Life is Good!

Woke up to about an inch of snow on the ground, but sunny & 34 degrees F. Supposed to be a little more snow tomorrow, but today & tomorrow are supposed to get up to the 40’s so I’m guessing it will melt (hopefully).

How to explain yesterday? You might remember my problems with the Kroger ‘order on line/pick up at store’ situation of last week? (ordered groceries, my credit card got hacked, Kroger said I couldn’t change the card to a new #, ‘thought’ I cancelled the order due for pick up yesterday). Last night around 6:30 p.m. I was making dinner when we got a call from Kroger asking why we didn’t pick up our groceries that were due for pick up at noon? I explained the above situation and the lovely lady said: “Oh, NO – I’ve seen my manager change a charge; the transaction is NEVER done until you pick up the groceries – of COURSE we can take another card!” So, fast forward – we picked up the order (actually got the lovely lady who called us as the person bringing out our order.) Got home – fast forward: went on my computer and what to my wondering eyes does appear but a Kroger Survey! Did I like my experience with their pick up method? I was able to explain the entire situation AND there was even a place at the end to commend an employee – I was SO glad we could do that for the lovely lady who called us. WOW! (addendum: I still have in the Kroger order which is being delivered tomorrow! Adjusted that one & decided that we’d go ahead – we can always freeze bread, meat, cheese! CRAZY!!!

Took a picture of the (almost done) baby blanket I’m working on – a friend wanted to see it so here’s what it looks like now: (it reminds me of a rainbow or dyed Easter eggs!)

I still have LOTS of baby yarn to work with; am researching trying to knit mitered squares:

It’s basically knitting squares – my problem is when I try them they come out as KITES, not squares – we’ll see where this goes . . .


Apple Pie Skillet Biscuits

1 (8 count) tube refrigerated biscuits
3 T. salted butter, melted
1/3 C. light brown sugar, packed
1/2 T. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. apple pie spice*
1 (21 oz) can apple pie filling
2 T. powdered sugar
splash of milk
1/3 C. chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Brush an oven-safe skillet with
butter & place biscuits in pan,
brushing both sides with remaining
butter. In a bowl mix brown sugar,
cinnamon & apple pie spice – set
aside 1/3rd of mixture & sprinkle
rest on top of biscuits.
Using kitchen shears, chop pie filling
into small pieces right in the can – spoon
evenly over biscuits & sprinkle top with
reserved brown sugar mixture.
Bake, uncovered, 35-45 minutes (depending
on size of biscuits) until puffy & cooked
through in the center (check with a toothpick
inserted into center – should come out clean).
Remove from oven & allow to cool on a rack
10 minutes.
In a bowl mix powdered sugar with just a
tiny splash of milk – stir; adding more milk
as needed for a thick but pourable glaze
consistency. Drizzle glaze all over & sprinkle
with chopped nuts – serve
immediately. Makes about 4-6 servings.

*Substitute: a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg &


Mini Breakfast Cheddar/Broccoli/
Bacon Quiches

1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup, undiluted
1 (10 oz) pkg. chopped/frozen broccoli
cuts, thawed & well-drained
6 slices bacon, cooked/drained/roughly
chopped (about 3/4 C.)
1/2 C. Bisquick baking mix
1/4 C. milk
3 eggs
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 12 (2 1/2 inch) mini muffin
cups with nonstick cooking spray.
In medium bowl stir soup, broccoli,
bacon, Bisquick, milk, eggs & cheese.
Spoon about 1/4 C. mixture into each
muffin cup. Bake 30 minutes until
quiches are golden brown & a knife
inserted into center comes out clean.
Let quiches cool in pan on a wire rack
about 5 minutes. Remove quiches from
pan & serve. Serves 6

Walking Taco Casserole

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/3 large onion, chopped
1 can green chiles, (small can)
1 can enchilada sauce
2 oz. cream cheese
1 bag Fritos corn chips
1 bag shredded cheese (Cheddar or
your choice)
3/4 C. shredded lettuce
1/2 C. diced tomatoes
16 salsa
8 oz. sour cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick cooking
spray.In skillet brown ground beef with onion;
drain. Add green chiles, ench. sauce & cream

Layer in following order:
meat mixture
shredded cheese

Bake 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
Top individual servings with lettuce, tomatoes,
salsa, sour cream, as desired.


Crockpot Spaghetti Squash w/Meatballs

4 lb spaghetti squash, washed & prick
skin with a knife multiple times on all
2 lb. ground beef
1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce, divided
2 T. dried minced onion
2 tsp. minced garlic (poster uses freeze-dried)
2 tsp. Italian (or pizza) seasoning
2/3 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 eggs

Garnish: shredded Mozzarella and/or
Parmesan cheese
salt, to taste
After scoring spaghetti squash, wrap it in
foil & place in 6 qt or larger crockpot. In
large bowl mix 1/2 C. marinara, beef, onion,
garlic, seasoning, Parm. cheese & eggs –
for into 24 meatballs. Carefully place
meatballs around squash in crockpot,
stacking as necessary but do not press them
Cover & cook on High 4-6 hours
until meatballs are cooked to 165º degrees &
you can easily insert a knife into squash.
Carefully remove squash – it will be HOT.
Slice squash in half & scoop out seeds –
discard seeds. Allow squash to cool briefly
before handling further.
Carefully break apart meatballs in crockpot &
stir in remaining marinara sauce. Use a spoon
or fork to scrape squash strands until they
begin to break off ‘shell’ & place them in the
crockpot, salting to taste – stir.
To serve: plate squash & meatballs – top with
cheese. Serves 8

*NOTE: when purchasing your spagetti squash
pay attention to shape – try to find one that
will easily fit in your crockpot.
IF YOUR CROCKPOT LID doesn’t totally close
you can use foil around the lid & top to keep
the heat in


Skillet Lasagna w/ Home made
tomato sauce

3 T. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
pinch hot pepper flakes
2 T. tomato paste
1 jar strained/pureed tomatoes
1 plum tomato, finely chopped
1 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. fresh torn basil

(Makes 2 3/4 C. sauce)

9 lasagna noodles, broken into 1/3rds
2 C. sauce (above)
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 C. ricotta cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. fresh torn basil
Heat oil in large (high-sided)skillet over
medium heat. Cook garlic & hot pepper
flakes until golden, 1-2 minutes. Stir in
tomato paste – cook 1 minute. Stir in
jarred & fresh tomatoes, salt/pepper –
bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-
low; cook 10-15 minutes until sauce
thickens slightly. Stir in basil leaves.
(For thicker/richer/sweeter sauce, cook
1-2 hours)

Preheat boiler in oven & position rack
in middle position.
Cook noodles accordg. to pkg directions,
drain, reserving 1/4 C. pasta water. Bring
sauce to boil – toss in cooked noodles,
reserved pasta water & Parmesan. Dot
with ricotta cheese & sprinkle with
mozzarella cheese. Broil 3-5 minutes until
cheese melts. Sprinkle top with torn basil.
Serves 4

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Toss cooked noodles with pasta water &
cold tomato sauce. Layer with ricotta,
mozz & Parm. cheese in oiled 10-inch skillet
or baking dish. Cover with foil & bake 15
minutes. Remove foil & bake 10-15 minutes
longer until golden brown & bubbling.

(recipe: etc.)

Crockpot Italian Wedding Soup

1 lb. cooked meatballs
6 C. chicken broth
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 carrot, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
10 oz. pkg. frozen riced cauliflower
3 oz. fresh baby spinach

garnish: shredded Parmesan cheese
Place cooked meatballs in 6 qt. crockpot.
Pour broth over top & add all remaining
ingredients (except spinach & Parm. cheese)
Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours (or Low 4-6
hours). Stir in spinach & serve in bowls
topped with Parm. cheese. Serves 6


30-Minute Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

1 (12 oz) pkg. bowtie pasta, cooked
accordg. to pkg. directions
2 T. butter
1 C. chicken broth
2 C. half & half
2 (10 oz, ea) cans cream of chicken soup
1 tsp. honey mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder
salt/pepper, to taste
3 T. sour cream
2 C. cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped
2 C. deli ham, chopped (or leftover, diced)
8 slices Swiss Cheese
1 1/4 C. Italian Panko bread crumbs
(Italian bread crumbs work, also)

In large, deep OVEN SAFE skillet melt
2 T. butter on medium-high heat. Add
chicken broth, half & half, both cans
soup – whisk to combine. Add mustard,
onion powder, salt/pepper – stir & bring
to simmer, stirring occasionally.
Allow to simmer 4-5 minutes until slightly
thickened. Add chicken, ham, sour cream &
cooked/drained pasta – stir well to
combine (adjust salt/pepper to taste)
Lay Swiss cheese slices over mixture.
Sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
Turn oven broiler on.
Place skillet under broiler & allow cheese to
melt & breadcrumbs to get golden brown.
(watch it so you don’t burn top). Allow
skillet to cool on counter a few minutes
then serve. Serves 6-8


Brown Sugar Pie

1 1/2 C. brown sugar
2 T. flour
2 eggs
4 T. butter or marg., melted
1/2 C. milk
1/4 tsp. lemon extract
1 (9 inch)
unbaked pie crust

Optional topping:
Whipped cream
Cool Whip (thawed)
Ice cream
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In bowl combine all filling ingredients,
mixing well with wire whisk. Pour into
unbaked pie shell & bake 50-55 minutes.
Pie will rise up while cooking & later
will go down when cooled. Serve with
optional toppings. Makes 1 pie




Well, that’s what’s happening around here lately;
hope you are all well. I’m still (like probably all of you)
trying to keep positive that this virus situation will
soon be over but, at the same time, wary of what
will come. Praying for peace of mind for all of us
during this.
There WILL be and end to this!



PS: Gas prices here are now $1.19/9 a gallon! WOW!

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