Crazy Weather – still

Just a few weeks ago we were enjoying close to 50 degrees F. weather – now we’re back to a light dusting of snow on the ground, low 20’s and pretty strong (30 mph) winds . . . welcome to Michigan! Gee, looking at the weather forecast, if we wait until Friday we might actually get up to 40 degrees F.! (But then there’s Friday & Saturday with 80% chance of snow . . . oh, goodie) Sigh –


Looking at St. Patrick’s Day coming up – found some recipes for ya

Grasshopper Pie
(overnight recipe)

2 (3 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
15 drops green food coloring
24 chocolate-covered mint cookies,
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 chocolate crumb crust (8 inch)

In large bowl beat cream cheese until
fluffy. Gradually beat in milk until
smooth. Beat in food coloring. Coarsely
crush 16 cookies; stir into cream cheese
mixture. Fold in Cool Whip & spoon into
crust. Cover & freeze overnight.
Remove from freezer 15 minutes before
serving. Garnish with remaining crushed
cookies. Makes 8 servings


Farmer’s Cabbage & Pasta

1/4 C. vegetable oil
1 1/2 C. chopped onion (about
2 medium)
4 C. chunked cabbage (about
1/2 medium head)
8 oz. bowtie noodles, cooked
accordg. to pkg. directions
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

In large skillet heat oil over medium-
high heat; saute onions & cabbage
until very soft & light brown. Add
remaining ingredients & cook 3-5
minutes until heated through. Serve
immediately. Serves 6

Sweet & Sour Irish Cabbage

2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. white vinegar
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. caraway seed
1/4 C. water
4 C. shredded green cabbage,
about half a medium head

In large skillet over medium heat,
heat all ingredients except cabbage
2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add
cabbage & stir to coat. Reduce heat
to Low, cover & simmer 20 minutes.
Serves 3


Irish County Chicken Breasts

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 oz. butter
1 C. fresh white bread crumbs, crusts
2 oz. white wine
juice of 1/2 lemon
8 oz. heavy cream
3 egg yolks
ground black pepper
2 oz. Cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Sprinkle salt on chicken. Melt butter
in large frying pan over medium heat.
Add chicken, cook 10-15 minute until
just lightly colored on both sides. Spray
a ovenproof dish with nonstick spray &
place breasts in dish. Cook bread crumbs
in remaining butter in skillet until golden
but not too brown; remove from pan to
another dish – Deglaze pan with white
wine & lemon juice until it has reduced
to about half it’s volume. Leave in pan
until you are ready to use it. Beat cream
& egg yolks in bowl, season with salt/
pepper & stir in cheese. Pour deglazing
liquid from skillet over chicken, followed
by cream mixture & finish by sprinkling
cooked crumbs over top. Bake 25 minutes
until top is golden & egg mixture is firm.
Serves 4

Serve with new potatoes & green peas


Crockpot Sausage/Hash Brown

8 eggs
2 lb. pork breakfast sausage,
30 oz. frozen hash browns,
2 C. milk
2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded

In large skillet cook & brown sausage;
drain & add to 4 qt or larger crockpot.
In same skillet add a little of sausage
drippings (or butter) & cook hash
browns until slightly browned, about
10-15 minutes. Add hash browns to
crockpot. In medium bowl whisk eggs,
milk & cheese until well combined;
pour on top of mixture in crockpot;
stir. Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Serves 6-8

*you can substitute ground turkey,
egg beaters & low fat cheese, if


Crispy Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

4 potatoes (medium) scrubbed,
not peeled
4 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. parsley
salt, to taste
4 T. fresh Parmesan cheese,

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Line a sheet pan with parchment
paper. Slice potatoes 1/4″ thick &
toss with olive oil, seasonings &
2 T. Parm. cheese. Bake in single
layer 30 minutes until browned,
flipping potatoes after 15 minutes.
Once browned, top with remaining
2 T. Parm. cheese & bake an additional
5 minutes until cheese bubbles &
browns. Serves 2-4


Chocolate Mint Parfait Bars

1 box chocolate cake mix
1/3 C. butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 C. water

Middle Layer:
1 (.25 oz) envelope plain unflavored
1/4 C. boiling water
4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 C. shortening
1/4 tsp. mint extract
2-3 drops green food coloring (optional)

Top Layer:
6 T. butter
12 oz. chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees
Spray 9 X 13 baking dish with nonstick
spray. In large bowl combine cake mix,
butter, water & egg; beat at slow speed
until mixed then press evenly into bottom
of pan. Bake 10 minutes; cool completely
before adding second layer

Middle Layer:
In bowl dissolve gelatin in boiling water;
cool slightly. Add 2 C. powdered sugar &
blend well. Beat in butter, shortening,
mint & food coloring (if using). Beat 1
minute at Medium speed until smooth
& creamy. Add remaining 2 C. powdered
sugar until smooth; spread evenly over
cooled base.

Top Layer:
In saucepan over Low heat, melt chocolate
chips & butter until smooth, stirring
constantly. Carefully spread evenly over
filling, covering completely. Refrigerate
until firm, then cut into bars. Let stand
at room temperature about 20 minutes
before serving. Store any remaining bars
in fridge. Makes approx. 36 bars.


Not much new going on around here;
last night was Knit/Crochet night and,
even with the cold, 12 lovely ladies
showed up. We’re planning a Knit/Crochet
Movie night for next Tuesday – that’s where
we get together at one of our ladies houses
& bring food, knit/crochet & watch a movie.
They chose Mexican for the food theme; am
thinking of making enchiladas (just not making
them quite as spicy as for my family). I send
around an email asking anyone interested to
send me what food they’re bringing & then I
try to coordinate it all; they bring movies
they enjoy & then we vote on which one we’ll
watch that evening. (I’m thinking of buying
“Dr. Strange” & bringing it – it was SUCH a
GREAT movie – lots of action, good plot &
plot twists – we’ll see if they vote for that one.

Hope you’re having a good week – enjoy
your day!




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  1. Movie nights sounds like a great Idea

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