Palm Sunday!

The sun is (finally) out, beautiful Spring day! What’s missing? Going to church. Our pastors have been able to set up an video each Sunday & Wednesday since this started; it’s nice but I really MISS going to church! Church is not just seeing friends, singing hymns, touching base – it’s FAMILY! Yes, Easter will certainly feel different next Sunday – remember to worship the Lord, anyway!

We’re doing fine; this Tuesday I’m going to try Kroger’s Drive-Up/Pick Up for groceries! Ought to be a new experience. (I just read 2 posts ago & I already wrote about it). Hope you are all able to get the groceries you need. Now our President is suggesting we ALL wear face masks when out in public. If you’re one of my readers you might recall my writing about several of my knitter friends sewing masks for our local hospitals. A few days ago I was asked if I could get some masks for 2 young men I know from another church who are now EMT/ambulance drivers. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem, but now? I’m pretty sure all of my sewing friends are done with the ones they made – what now? Another friend is teamed up with a large group of sewers in another city and they now have a website for first responders/essential workers so I forwarded that site to my friends. (I would post it here except it’s basically for a small area of Michigan) – hoping there are others near you doing the same thing in case you need a mask. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A MASK – there’s another solution:  On YouTube there is a video on “How to make a Face Mask using 1 bandana and 2 hair ties” – I am suggesting you go to and type in HOW TO MAKE A FACE MASK VIDAH”  (the lady demonstrating the mask makes it VERY EASY to follow and you end up with a mask that’s 5-6 thickness of bandana material). Hope this helps.


Brown Sugar/Caramel Pound Cake

1 1/2 C. butter, softened
2 C. light brown sugar, packed
1 C. granulated sugar
5 large eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. whole milk
1 (8 oz) bag toffee chips (Heath)
1 C. pecans, chopped

Caramel Drizzle:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 C. brown sugar
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray (or butter & dust
with flour)
In large bowl beat butter until creamy;
add sugars & beat until fluffy. Beat in
eggs, one-at-a-time.
In medium bowl combine flour, baking
powder & salt. Add flour mixture to batter
in other bowl alternately with milk; beat
just until combined. Stir in toffee chips &
nuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan.

NOTE: to prevent excess browning, cover
cake with foil while baking.

Bake 85 minutes until a wooden toothpick
inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
Let cake cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove cake
from pan & invert onto a wire rack to cool
WHILE cake is baking; prepared drizzle:

Caramel Drizzle:
In medium saucepan combine swetnd cond.
milk & brown sugar; bring to boil over medium-
high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat &
simmer 8 minutes, whisking frequently. Remove
from heat; whisk in butter & vanilla. Let cool
5 minutes before using.
NOTE: MAKE SURE to drizzle caramel while still


Chicken Tortilla Chip Casserole

4-5 C. chicken, cooked/chopped
1 C. green onion, chopped (or use regular)
1 C. green pepper, seeded/chopped
2 T. oil
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of celery soup
1 (4 oz) can green chilies, drained
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
3-4 C. crushed tortilla chips
2 C. shredded Mexican-style cheese
(or any cheese of your choice)

Optional garnishes:
sour cream
chopped tomatoes
sliced olives
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In a large
skillet cook gr. pepper & onion in oil.
Add tomatoes, both soups, green chilis,
chili & garlic powders, salt/pepper, cumin
& mix well. Simmer about 10 minutes.
To the prepared dish add a layer of
crushed tortilla chips. Add a layer of chicken
& cover with half the soup mixture – sprinkle
1 C. shredded cheese on top. Add another
layer chips, chicken & rest of soup mixture.
Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove & add remaining
cup of cheese. Bake 5 minutes – long enough
to melt the cheese on top.
Serve with optional garnishes.
Serves 10-12

NOTE: You can add some cayenne or hot sauce
to the casserole if you like it hot.

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

12 hard boiled eggs
2 T. mustard
3/4 C. mayonnaise
3/4 C. milk or Half & Half
1 T. vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. dried dill
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 C. finely chopped red onion
1 C. finely chopped celery
3/4 C. chopped cooked bacon
4 lb. potatoes: cooked/peeled &
cut into 1-inch pieces
Peel eggs & place yolks in a medium
bowl. Mix yolks together with mustard,
mayo, milk & vinegar – beat until creamy
& fairly thin. Stir in dill, pepper, onion,
celery & bacon. Dice egg whites & add to
cooked/cubed potatoes. Pour egg yolk
mixture over egg whites & potatoes –
stir well until eggs/potatoes are coated.
Chill several hours.

How to make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs:
Place fresh eggs in a pot & fill with cold
water 1 inch above the top of the eggs.
Bring to a boil over medium heat then
remove from heat. Cover pot with lid &
let stand 12 minutes. Immediately run
pan under cold water to stop cooking


Crockpot Applesauce Pork Chops

4-6 large thick boneless pork chops
2 T. butter
2 T. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 C. honey BBQ sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 C. chunky or regular applesauce

Brown chops in skillet in butter until
browned on both sides – place in
crockpot. In a bowl whisk brown sugar,
salt/pepper, garlic powder, BBQ sauce,
Worc. sauce & applesauce & pour over
chops. Cover & cook on Low 7 hours (or
High 4 hours) Serves 4-6


Sausage/Spinach Crustless Quiche

1/2 lb. pork sausage
3 C. chopped fresh spinach
1 (4 oz) can chopped mushrooms, drained
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. chopped green (or regular) onion
5 eggs
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 10 inch pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray.
In skillet, cook sausage; drain. In large
bowl toss cooked sausage with chopped
spinach, onions, mushrooms & 1/2 C.
cheese – place mixture in prepared dish.
In same bowl you tossed spinach, whisk
eggs, milk, sour cream, garlic powder,
salt/pepper – pour over sausage in prepared
dish. Sprinkle rest of cheese on top & bake
40-45 minutes until center is set & top is
browned. Serves 6-8


Cheesy Bundt Bread

3 C. flour, sifted
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 large eggs
3/4 C. sour cream
3/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C. unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. baking soda
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick cooking
spray & spread evenly around pan with
a paper towel.
In large bowl mix flour, baking soda, baking
powder, salt, garlic & onion powders until
combined. In another bowl whisk eggs,
sour cream & yogurt – mix into dry ingredients.
Add melted butter – stir to combine. Mix
cheeses into mixture & pour into prepared
pan, spreading evenly to edges.
Bake 50-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Remove from
oven & cool 10 minutes before slicing.

NOTE: a friend made this recipe & she added
chopped jalapenos to batter.


Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box chocolate fudge
cake mix (Betty Crocker)
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil
1 1/4 C. freshly brewed coffee, cooled
a little (can use water, if desired)

Pudding Layer:
1 (3.9 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
2 C. milk

Third Layer:
1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

In medium bowl using an elec. mixer,
mix cake mix, eggs & oil a few seconds
before adding coffee. Slowly add the coffee
& finish blending – do not over mix, some
lumps are fine.
In another bowl mix pudding mix & milk
until combined. Allow to thicken a few minutes.

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray & pour in batter. Add pudding
by dropping dollops over the cake mix batter;
sprinkle top with chocolate chips. Cover &
cook on High 3 hours without opening the
lid during cooking time.
Serves 12



Hope you are all well;




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