and Summer begins!

Our weather has been really nice 80’s & some 90’s, not humid so that really makes it much better!

Busy but not busy – some days I feel like I used to ‘before Covid’ – something going on every day . . . and then there are other days where all I do is knit, read, mess on Facebook a bit, cook dinner – the ‘new’ normal. Friday was a cookout/meeting of the leaders for my special needs group. It was SO nice to see AND HUG (YES, we HUGGED!) everyone. Great food, great fellowship, great re-connecting. We discussed what our possible opening in the Fall will be like. Our group leader for 30 years is stepping down and another lady who makes a great leader will take over. Things will be different – not sure just how many of our ‘kids’ will return but . . . in the words of our former leader: The future of the group is not up to us: our job is to keep our eyes on the Lord and HE will lead us. It’s HIS group, whether it continues or fails is not up to us – we just need to do our jobs. The other issue with all of this is: I will be leaving about 3 months after they start up again. It has been discussed with our kids & leaders; I’ve been with the group since October, 1993. My husband doesn’t like me driving at night, especially in the winter (I don’t see well in the dark) so he has asked that I retire. When all is said & done there will be four, possibly five leaders. Three have been with the group about 3 years, the other two for less time. We will see what this all brings.

At the party I brought a dessert I haven’t made in a long time. This is one of those GREAT tasting recipes, so I’ll feature it here. Also, one of the leaders brought Hot Artichoke Dip – it was WONDERFUL! Really flavorful – really tasty. (see below)



1 (18.5 oz) box chocolate cake mix
1 (3 oz; 4 serving size) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 pint sour cream
3/4 C. vegetable oil
1 C. water
4 eggs
1 C. chocolate chips (6 oz. – you can
use more)
(chocolate hot fudge sauce – drizzle)
Vanilla ice cream
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl mix all ingredients; mix until
smooth & pour into crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours
until set in center. Let cool 30
minutes. Serves 10

Best served with vanilla ice cream

Hot Artichoke Dip

1 can artichoke hearts, chopped
1 C. mayonnaise
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
salt/pepper, to taste
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a medium casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix all dip ingredients together
& pour into prepared dish.
Bake 30-45 minutes.

Best served with chunks of
French bread

Grilled Squash with Herbs

3 large summer squash (yellow or green)
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. dried, minced rosemary
1 tsp. dried, minced basil
1 tsp. dried, minced parsley
Preheat grill to High
Cut squash lengthwise into thick
strips. Combine oil, salt/pepper &
herbs in a large bowl – toss squash
slices with mixture. Grill squash
about 3-4 minutes per side.
Serve immediately. Serves 4-6

Sheet Pan Panko Shrimp

1 1/2 lb. jumbo (10/15 count)
Wild American shrimp, preferably
Gulf Shrimp, peeled/deveined
zest of 1 lemon (reserve juice)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. Creole or Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. paprika
2/3 C. Panko bread crumbs
3 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes (plus
more for garnish, if desired)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with
foil & spray with nonstick cooking
spray or lightly brush with olive oil.
To remove excess water: pat shrimp
dry with paper towels & place in
large bowl. Toss with remaining
olive oil, salt/pepper, Cajun seasoning,
Old Bay, pepper flakes & paprika. Add
lemon zest & garlic, spread onto
prepared sheet in single layer.

In a separate bowl mix panko crumbs,
butter, cheese, black pepper & parsley.
Sprinkle half panko mixture over shrimp
& press lightly – repeat with remaining
crumbs. Bake 10-12 minutes (depending
on size of shrimp) until shrimp are
cooked through & crumbs lightly browned.
Squeeze lemon juice on top & sprinkle
with parsley before serving.
Serves 4

Yummy Summer Pea Salad

2 (6 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen peas, thawed
1 lb. bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
1 C. golden raisins
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 sweet onion, chopped
1/2 C. sunflower seeds


1 C. mayonnaise
2 T. wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. sugar (or, to taste)
In large bowl combine peas, bacon,
raisins, Cheddar cheese, onion &
sunflower seeds. In small bowl stir in mayo,
vinegar & sugar – drizzle over salad & toss
to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap &
refrigerate 1 hour.


Crockpot 3-Bean Casserole Crunch
and OVEN recipe

1 lb. ground beef
6 slices bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 T. white vinegar
1 T. mustard
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
1 (16 oz) can chili beans
1 (15 oz) can pork & beans
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 C. crushed Chili Cheese Fritos
In skillet brown ground beef with
bacon, onion & peppers – drain &
mix with remaining ingredients
(except cheese & Fritos).
Place mixture into crockpot; cover
& cook on Low 4-6 hours. Before
serving top each serving with
cheese & Fritos.* Serves 6

*If you want your cheese melty;
place on beans in crockpot for
10-15 minutes before serving.

OVEN method:
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 3 quart casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook meat/peppers, etc. as
above in a skillet; mix in a
bowl with all ingredients
(except cheese & Fritos) then
pour into prepared dish.
Bake 45 minutes then top with
cheese & chips – bake until
top is bubbly.


Creamy Baked Mac & Cheese

16 oz (about 3 C.) elbow macaroni
3 T. butter or margarine
1 1/2 C. milk, divided
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 lb (16 oz) cubed Velveeta
cheese (1/2 inch cubes)
8 oz. shredded mild Cheddar
cheese (about 2 C.) divided
8 oz. shredded Monterrey Jack
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook macaroni according to pkg.
directions until tender but not
soft (about 10 minutes). Drain &
pour into a mixing bowl – stir.
Melt Velveeta until melted/stir
until it’s creamy. Pour melted
cheese over pasta & stir well. Add
butter, eggs, milk & 1 C. shredded
cheese, salt/pepper. Mix very well
& pour into prepared dish. Pour rest
of cheese on top. Bake about 20
minutes until brown & bubbling.
Serve hot or cool 5 minutes out of

Shrimp Scampi Foil Packets
Grill or oven recipe

heavy aluminum foil
4 cloves garlic; 2 grated, 2 thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 T. olive oil
40 jumbo peeled/deveined shrimp,
slightly over 1 lb.
1/4 C. dry white wine
1 T. fresh lemon juice
4 pinches red pepper flakes
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
3 T. chopped parsley

Optional – for serving:
whole wheat crusty bread
1 lemon, cut into wedges
In large bowl whisk grated garlic, salt
& oil. Add shrimp & toss to coat.
Chill, uncovered, at least 30  minutes –
up to 1 hour.
To Grill:

Tear off four 16″ foil sheets. Place
10 shrimp in center of each sheet; top
with remaining garlic slices, 1 T. wine,
lemon juice, pinch red pepper flakes,
1/2 T. melted butter on each.
Bring up long sides of foil so ends
meet over the food. Double fold the
ends, leaving room for heat to circulate
inside. Double fold the 2 short ends to
seal the packet.  Serves 4

Grill over High heat 8  minutes. Use
gloves or tongs to remove & carefully
open. Top with chopped parsley.
Serve with lemon wedges.
OVEN method:
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Prepare packets as directed above.
Place packets in oven & bake about
10 minutes.


No-churn Ripple Ice Cream

2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C. cherry pie filling (from 21 oz can)*
1/2 C. blueberry pie filling (fro 21 oz can)*

In large bowl whip whipping cream until stiff
peaks form. Fold vanilla & sweetnd cond. milk
into whipped cream – Pour mixture into a
9 X 5″ loaf pan (or similar sized container).
Put cherry pie filling in food processor &
pulse until smooth – drizzle over top of whipped
cream mixture. (rinse & dry out food processor).
Process blueberry pie filling until smooth & drizzle
over whipped cream mixture. Use a knife to cut
through the pie filling & create swirls. Cover pan
tightly with plastic wrap & freeze 8 hours until
firm. Serves 10-12

*Reserve rest of pie filling for another use



Hope you’re having a GREAT DAY!



Another GLORIOUS Day!

Today is another gorgeous Summer day: sun shining, slight breeze, 64 degrees F. but supposed to get up to 71. I’m so happy our governor has lifted the stay-at-home order; managed to make a quick trip to the bank, get gas & stop at our mailbox. That might not sound like much but when we had the order, NONE of those would have been happening. I have learned to navigate the various grocery stores and their ‘stickers’ on the floors to keep you going the ‘right’ way down aisles or to keep you standing in line 6 ft. apart – I feel like an old ‘Pro’ now and IT FEELS GOOD JUST TO GET OUT!

Yesterday my oldest son & grandson tackled our yard; there were many over-grown trees, bushes, etc. I am amazed at the work they did – excellent work and they’re coming back next week to finish that project. Next in line: them cleaning out our garage. That might not sound like much but there is ‘stuff’ in there from 15-20 years ago! Lots of JUNK! We have made the decision that we will be having a new garage built so all of this work is in preparation for said project. I feel bad that I’m no longer able to do physical work like them but I’ve become a great ‘food & cold drinks’ runner!


Blackberry Cobbler

2 1/2 C. blackberries (washed)
1 C. sugar
1 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. milk
1/2 C. unsalted butter, melted

Place berries & sugar in large bowl;
mix together & let stand 30 minutes.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a bowl mix flour, baking powder,
salt & milk using a wooden spoon.
Stir in melted butter & hand mix
until ingredients are well incorporated
with a few clumps. Pour batter into a
medium baking dish & smooth out.
(you can line dish with parchment
paper, if desired, but don’t spray
with nonstick cooking spray).
Pour berries/sugar on top &
evenly distribute over batter.
Bake 45 minutes – 60 minutes,
depending on how golden you
prefer it to be. Let cool 5 minutes
before serving.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby – FB)

Easy Burrito Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
6 large flour tortillas
1 can refried beans
2-3 C. shredded taco or Cheddar
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 oz. sour cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In skillet brown beef & onion; drain.
Add taco seasoning & stir in refried
beans. In a bowl mix soup & sour
cream. Spread 1/2 sour cream
mixture in bottom of prepared dish.
Tear up 3 tortillas & spread over
sour cream mixture, to cover. Place
half of meat mixture on top & add
a layer of cheese; repeat layers,
ending with cheese.
Bake, uncovered, 20-30 minutes


Sweet & Sour Chicken

4 chicken breasts cut into
1-inch cubes

1 C. cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten

1/3 C. canola oil
3/4 C. sugar
4 T. ketchup
1/2 C. white distilled vinegar
1 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. garlic salt
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Heat oil in large skillet. Place
cornstarch in a shallow plate/pan
(like a pie plate); place beaten
eggs in another shallow pan.
Season chicken cubes with salt &
pepper then dip into cornstarch,
coat thoroughly then dip into
beaten eggs. Cook chicken in hot
oil in skillet until browned. Place
cooked chicken into a casserole dish.

In small bowl whisk together sauce
ingredients & pour evenly over chicken,
flipping chicken so sauce gets on both
sides. Bake 15 minutes; turn chicken over
& cook for another 15 minutes.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby – FB)

Crockpot Corn-on-the-Cob

7 ears fresh corn, shucked &
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 T. lemon juice
3 T. fresh parsley, minced
1 T. fresh chives, minced
(poster used freeze-dried)
salt/pepper, to taste

Place corn in crockpot; cover
with 1/4 C. water. Cover &
cook on High 2 1/2 – 3 hours;
drain. In small bowl mix all
ingredients except salt –
drizzle over corn – toss to
coat & sprinkle with salt.
Serves 6-7


Easy Taco Cups

1 lb. ground beef
 1/2 C. chopped onion
1 envelope dry taco seasoning mix
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
2 (8 oz, ea) tubes refrigerated
seamless crescent dough sheets
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
Optional toppings:
chopped tomatoes, sliced black olives,
shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole,
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large skillet cook beef & onion over
medium heat 6-8 minutes until no
longer pink, breaking into crumbles;
drain. Stir in taco seasoning & refried
beans – heat through. Unroll each
tube of dough into a long rectangle;
cut each rectangle into 12 pieces.
Press dough rectangles lightly onto
bottoms & up sides of 24 ungreased
muffin cups. Fill each cup with a rounded
tablespoon of beef mixture; sprinkle each
with 1 T. cheese & bake 14-16 minutes
until dough is golden brown. Cool in pans
10  minutes before removing. Serve with
toppings, if desired. Makes 12


Crockpot Homestyle Pork Chops

1/2 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
7 boneless pork chops
2 T. oil
1 (10.5 oz) can chicken broth

Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray.
In a bowl mix flour, mustard,
salt & garlic powder. Lightly
coat chops with mixture (set
aside remaining mixture).
In a skillet add oil – brown
chops over medium-high
heat. Mix broth with remaining
flour mixture & pour into
crockpot. Place browned chops
in crockpot; cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 hours.
Serves 6

Greek Cucumber/Avocado Salad

1 avocado, chopped
1/4 – 1/2 C. chopped onion
1 cucumber, peeled/cut into
bite-sized pieces
1 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
(or quartered, if desired)
1/2 C. black olives, halved
1/4 – 1/2 C. Feta cheese, to taste
1/8 C. olive oil
2 T. red wine vinegar
salt/pepper, to taste

In large bowl place avocado, cucumber,
onion, tomatoes & olives. Add Feta &
combine gently. In a small bowl combine
olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt/pepper &
pour over vegetables; combine gently.
Serve immediately or refrigerate to let
flavors combine. Stir before serving.
Serves 6

NOTE: Other ingredients you might
want to add:
chopped pepperoni
chopped red peppers
garbanzo beans/black beans (drained/
diced Cheddar cheese

If you like a lot more ingredients, add
more oil & vinegar.

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

5-6 slices thick-cut bacon (7-8 if
it’s not thick) cooked until crisp/
5-6 medium or large red new potatoes,
cut into about 1″ cubes
1/4 – 13 C. blue cheese salad dressing
1 T. horseradish (to taste)
1/4 – 1/2 C. diced white onion
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Optional: 2 oz. crumbled Blue cheese
In large bowl whisk salad dressing, parsley,
horseradish & onion.

Place cut potatoes in large pot of salted
water – bring to boil & cook 10-12
minutes until tender but still firm. Drain &
add hot potatoes to bowl with salad
dressing mixture – toss to coat. Mix in
bacon & gently fold together with
crumbled blue cheese, if using. Mix
so all is well coated with dressing &
mixed completely. Serves 4-6
Good hot, room temp. or cold

(recipe: seasonalandholidayrecipeexchange.

Crockpot Peanut Butter ‘n Jelly

2 (12 oz., ea) tubes biscuit dough,
cut into fourths*
3/4 C. creamy peanut butter
3/4 C. jelly
(Using 6 qt. crockpot)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place dough in crockpot &
spread out. In a saucepan
melt peanut butter over medium-
high heat, stirring constantly
until thin; drizzle over top of
dough. Melt jelly in a saucepan
(or microwave) drizzle over top
of peanut butter & biscuits.
Cover & cook on Low 90 minutes
to 3 hours, until center is set.
Serves 6-8

*If using a different sized biscuit
make sure you only use 24 oz. biscuit
dough. Too much dough will make it
difficult for center to set up.


Lemon Lava Cake

1 box lemon cake mix
plus ingredients needed to prepare
cake: eggs, oil, water
2 (3.4 oz, ea) boxes instant
lemon pudding mix
1/3 C. sugar (optional)
2 C. cold milk
1 1/4 C. water

powdered sugar – for dusting top

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Prepare
cake according to pkg. directions –
pour into prepared pan. In another
bowl combine dry pudding mix with
sugar,  milk & water – whisk briskly
2 minutes until it begins to thicken.
Spoon pudding mixture over cake
mix batter. (NOTE: once it’s on there
it’s hard to spread out – it will stick
to batter)
Place a large baking sheet under the
baking dish before placing in oven
(for overflows)

Bake 55 minutes – 1 hour.
To test doneness: insert a wooden
toothpick into center – if it only comes
out with pudding – you’re good. If you
still see gooey cake batter – bake a little
Remove from oven & cool about 20
minutes. (allows pudding layer to
thicken up a bit longer)
Serve sprinkled with a bit of powdered
sugar on top. Serves 12



Tomorrow is National Knit in Public Day
so you know where I’ll be!

Hope you are all in good health and able
to enjoy this lovely SUMMER weather!



Finding ME again!

Since the Covid 19 scare everyone has been under various types of hair/appearance situations. I have been able to purchase my hair coloring (been coloring my hair for many years) so that’s been OK. Not sure about the rest of you but I’ve noticed that a lot of things have changed concerning hair cuts/styling/make up, etc. – in Michigan our Governor is FINALLY lifting the restrictions on hair salons/barber shops/nail salons on June 15th. Over the past four months I’ve come to the conclusion that I no longer need to wear eye liner (been doing that since high school – mid 1960’s!). Our Governor finally let us out of quarantine this past Monday so yesterday I decided to LOOK FOR THE OLD ME again! I trimmed my hair (it’s about an inch from my waist), colored it and, today for the first time in 4 months – CURLED it! I put on make up, perfume and now I look very close to my OLD SELF! YAY! Sometimes you just need to do something to lift your spirits! (Side note: now that I’m able to ‘go out’ I made the observation that you don’t need to wear LIPSTICK when you’re wearing a mask! HA!)

The leaders of my Special Needs group have decided to have a picnic/meeting in two weeks; I’m bringing a very yummy/chocolaty dessert called: “Triple Chocolate Mess”. It’s one of those really rich desserts that you only need a little of – best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.



1 (18.5 oz) box chocolate cake mix
1 (3 oz; 4 serving size) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 pint sour cream
3/4 C. vegetable oil
1 C. water
4 eggs
1 C. chocolate chips (6 oz. – you can
use more)
(chocolate hot fudge sauce – drizzle)
Vanilla ice cream
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl mix all ingredients; mix until
smooth & pour into crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours
until set in center. Let cool 30
minutes. Serves 10
Best served with vanilla ice cream

Crockpot Chicken & Spanish Rice

1 stick butter (8 T.)
3-4 chicken breasts
1 (32 oz) can chicken stock or broth
1 (16 oz) pkg. yellow Spanish rice
1 oz. pkt. Ranch seasoning mix
water – if needed
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place butter & chicken in
crockpot – sprinkle dry Ranch
seasoning on top. Pour stock/broth
over chicken. Cover & cook on Low
7 hours. Remove lid; shred chicken.
Add rice & make sure it’s covered
with liquid (add water if needed).
Cover & cook 30-45 minutes until
rice is done. Serves 8


Crockpot Chicken & Spanish Rice

1 stick butter (8 T.)
3-4 chicken breasts
1 (32 oz) can chicken stock or broth
1 (16 oz) pkg. yellow Spanish rice
1 oz. pkt. Ranch seasoning mix
water – if needed
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place butter & chicken in
crockpot – sprinkle dry Ranch
seasoning on top. Pour stock/broth
over chicken. Cover & cook on Low
7 hours. Remove lid; shred chicken.
Add rice & make sure it’s covered
with liquid (add water if needed).
Cover & cook 30-45 minutes until
rice is done. Serves 8


Homemade Egg Rolls

2 tsp. vegetable oil
3/4 lb. ground pork (or gr. chicken/turkey)
salt/pepper, to taste
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
3 C. coleslaw mix
1/4 C. sliced green onions
1 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
12 egg roll wrappers*
1 egg, beaten
oil for frying
In large pan over medium-high
heat, heat veg. oil. Add gr. pork &
season with salt/pepper. Cook,
breaking up pork until meat is
brown & cooked through. Add
garlic & ginger – cook 30 seconds.
Stir in coleslaw mix & green onions –
cook 3-4 minutes until cabbage is
wilted. Stir in soy sauce & sesame
oil – remove from heat.
Unwrap wonton wrappers.
Spoon about 2-3 T. of filling onto
each wrapper & fold according to
pkg. directions, using the beaten egg
to seal the edges of the wrappers as
you go.
Pour 2-3 inches of oil into a deep pot
& heat to 350 degrees F.
Fry wrappers, 3-4 at a time, turning
occasionally until browned, about
3-5 minutes. Place cooked egg rolls
on paper towels then serve with
dipping sauce of your choice.
Makes 12 egg rolls

*You can find wonton wrappers in
the fresh vegetable aisle, usually in
the chilled section.

NOTE: If you would like to BAKE
the egg rolls instead of frying:
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Place them (after rolling) in a
baking pan/dish – spray them
with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake 15-20 minutes until browned
& crispy.


Sheet Pan Breakfast Fried Rice

1/2 lb. bacon, diced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
8 C. cooked jasmine rice
10 oz. frozen peas & carrots, thawed
1 C. chopped red bell pepper
4 scallions, (white parts only),
chopped & green sliced thin
3 T. soy sauce
1 T. sesame oil
1 1/2 C. shredded Colby-Monterey
Jack cheese
6 large eggs
(sriracha sauce – for topping)
Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven.
Arrange bacon & garlic on a baking
sheet & bake 15-18 minutes until
bacon is crisp. Remove from oven,
stir in rice & bake 18-10 minutes
until rice is crisp & starting to turn
lightly golden. Remove from oven.
Stir in peas & carrots, bell pepper,
scallion whites, soy sauce & sesame
oil. Make 6 ‘wells/indentations’ in
mixture on sheet & crack eggs into
them. Sprinkle cheese over top of
rice & bake 13-15 minutes until
cheese is melted & eggs are set.
Remove from oven – sprinkle green
scallions on top & drizzle with sriracha
sauce (if desired). Serves 6


Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

1 lb. ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
3/4 C. water
1 C. vegetable oil
8 (taco sized) flour tortillas
1 (15 oz) can refried beans
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
2 C. shredded Mexican cheese blend

diced tomatoes
sliced green onion
sliced olives

sour cream
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large skillet brown gr. beef;
crumble & drain. Add taco
seasoning & water; stir & bring
to boil. Reduce heat & simmer
until thickened. In large skillet
heat oil over medium heat. Add
tortillas, one-at-a-time, & cook
3-4 minutes, flipping frequently,
until crisp. Continue with rest of
tortillas; set aside.
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat
refried beans.
On each tortilla slather a generous
amount of refried beans; top with
meat. Place another tortilla on top;
slather about 2 T. enchilada sauce.
Add some shredded cheese on top
of sauce & continue assembling
rest of pizzas. Place assembled
pizzas on a large nonstick baking
sheet & bake 8-10 minutes until
cheese is melted. Serve with your
favorite toppings.
NOTE: Serves 4 (2 tortillas each pizza)


Sweet Pickle Deviled Eggs

12 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled,
sliced in half lengthwise.
1/2 C. mayonnaise (you can use a
little more if you want a creamier
1 T. yellow mustard
1/3 – 1/2 tsp. salt
dash black pepper
dash paprika for egg mixture
plus more for garnish
optional: dash onion powder and/or
garlic powder
3 T. sweet pickle relish (or finely
chopped sweet pickle – drain/
squeeze out excess liquid)
Place egg yolks in a small bowl
(set egg white halves aside). Mash
yolks then add mayo, mustard, salt/
pepper & paprika – stir well (if using
onion/garlic powders, add now). Stir
in pickle relish blending well.
Spoon egg mixture into centers of
egg white halves (can be piped in,
if desired). Garnish with light sprinkling
of paprika on top. Refrigerate until
ready to serve. Makes 24 egg halves.

(recipe: nancy –

Banana Cream Cheesecake Bars
(8 hour or overnight recipe)

1 (11 oz) box Nilla Wafer cookie crumbs
(3 C. crumbs)
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 pint heavy whipping cream
3/4 C. sugar
3 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs instant Banana
Cream Pudding mix
Optional Garnish:
Cool Whip (thawed)
Banana slices
In medium bowl combine wafer
crumbs & melted butter; press
mixture into bottom of an 8 X 8″
square baking pan (can use 9 X 9″)
lined with parchment paper with
extra paper hanging over edges
(to use as handles). Chill crust or
freeze while making filling.

In large metal bowl* using elec.
mixer on medium speed, whip
heavy whipping cream & sugar
together until stiff peaks form.

In another large bowl using elec.
mixer on medium speed, beat
cream cheese until smooth. Add
dry pudding mixes, a little at a
time, beating well between each
addition. Add whipped cream &
mix until smooth.
Spread filling evenly over chilled
crust. Cover pan with plastic wrap
& refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Cut chilled cheesecake into 9 squares
& garnish with whipped topping &
banana slices, if desired. Serve
chilled. Serves 9

*Poster notes: she places the metal
bowl in freezer for 10 minutes so it’s
cold before using.


Hope you are all doing well and are healthy!






I WENT SHOPPING!!! Our state is finally out from under the ‘stay at home’ order; we picked up my van at the dealership yesterday (needed a new Air Conditioning compressor – under warranty – yay!). Today I decided I would GO OUT! Stopped at Walgreens & picked up my instant coffee on sale (they offer it about every 3-4 months on sale) then stopped at CVS to pick up more things on sale (and to use my $10 off coupon that would expire soon). After that I drove to a nice little park where 12 of my knit ladies were meeting (6 feet apart) to knit/crochet for an hour outside! It was SO NICE to get out and really SEE people in person instead of on the Zoom meetings! One lady brought me a bag of white yarns; said “I thought you might be able to use these.” Turns out she was absolutely right! I really needed exactly that! (I use a lot of white yarn in the baby blankets). PERFECT! Without going into great detail, we’re going to do this again tomorrow (there’s a free yarn/knit project thing going on so the intent is for us to pick up the yarns, knit/crochet something with it then give it back to the lady who will give it to a charity for them to sell in their gift shop.

(a 80+ yr old woman died & she had a stash of VERY EXPENSIVE yarns – her daughter gave us the yarns with the intent that we would use them for charity only. (one of my ladies is keeping track of it all). I took 2 bags – we’ll see how this goes. Am planning on knitting either a cowl, fingerless gloves or a scarf with it – we’ll see – I promised I wouldn’t knit a baby blanket! HA!)

I’m going to try to go grocery shopping tomorrow – we’ll see how that goes (and if I have the courage to do so – today found me almost in a panic attack after leaving the first store – weird! I’ve been looking forward to this for 3 months!)


Cherry Coffee Cake

1 1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
8 T. butter (1 stick/ 1/2 C.), melted
1/2 C. milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (20 oz) can cherry pie filling
1 tsp. lemon extract
Crumb Topping:
1/2 C. flour
2 T. butter, melted
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 9″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl whisk flour, sugar,
baking powder/baking soda.
Stir in melted butter, milk, egg &
vanilla – mix well & spread into
bottom of prepared pan. In a
medium bowl mix lemon extract
with pie filling & spread over
flour mixture.
In a small bowl mix together Crumb
Topping ingredients & sprinkle on
top of pie filling.
Bake 55-60  minutes until topping is
brown & bubbly. Serves 9

NOTE: If you would like a glaze on top,
combine 1/2 C. powdered sugar & a few
tablespoons milk – drizzle over cooled cake.


Chicken Tortilla Bake

3 C. cooked, shredded chicken
2 (4 oz, ea) cans chopped green chilies
1 C. chicken broth
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup undiluted
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken
soup undiluted
1 small onion, finely chopped
12 corn tortillas, warmed
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:
Sour cream
chopped green onions
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine chicken, chiles, broth,
soups & onion. Layer half of tortillas
in bottom of sprayed pan, cutting to
fit if desired. Top with half of chicken
mixture & half of cheese – repeat
Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes until
heated through. Serves 8

NOTE: Freezer option:
Cover & freeze unbaked casserole
To use: partially thaw in fridge overnight.
Remove from fridge 30 minutes before
baking. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake 30 minutes, increasing time as
necessary to heat through & a
thermometer inserted in center
reads 165º.


Crunchy Taco Cups

1 lb. ground beef, cooked/drained
1 envelope taco seasoning (3 T.)
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes &
green chilies, drained
1 1/2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
(OR) Mexican blend cheese
24 wonton wrappers*
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Generously spray a 12 – cup muffin
tin with nonstick cooking spray. Combine
cooked meat, taco seasoning & Ro-Tel
in a bowl; stir to combine. Line each
muffin tin with a wonton wrapper; add
1 1/2 T. meat mixture & top with 1 T.
cheese – press down & add another layer
of wonton wrapper, meat mixture & a
final layer of cheese – repeat.
Bake 11-13 minutes until cups are heated
through & edges are brown. Makes 12

*You can find wonton wrappers in the
chilled fruits/veggies section of
grocery stores

Deep-dish Ham & Asparagus Quiche

1 9 inch pie crust (refrigerated)
3 T. olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 T. water
12 oz. cooked ham, cubed
1 small bunch asparagus, trimmed/
cut into small pieces
6 oz. shredded Swiss or Monterey
Jack cheese
7 eggs
3 C. heavy cream
salt/pepper, to taste

Coat large skillet with olive oil; add
onions & water – cook over medium-low
heat, stirring occasionally about 30 minutes,
until caramelized. Add ham & cook,
stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Add
asparagus; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large bowl combine eggs, heavy cream, salt/
pepper – whisk to combine. Place about 2/3rds
ham mixture into crust – top with 2/3rds cheese.
Pour 2/3 egg mixture on top – repeat with remaining
ham/cheese/egg mixtures. Filling should be about
1/2″ from top of pie crust. (If you have extra
ingredients, save for scrambled eggs the next day).
Cover quiche loosely with foil. Bake about 90
minutes. Remove foil & bake another 20-30 minutes
until quiche is set but juggles just slightly.
Remove from oven, let cool on wire rack 30-45
minutes before serving. Can be served room
temp, cold or warm. Serves 12

NOTE: If making the day ahead, let cool to room
temp. on a cooling rack. Cover & refrigerate.
Remove from fridge about 45 minutes before
planning to serve.


Crockpot Creamy Nacho Chicken Dip

1 (16 oz) can refried beans
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (12 oz) can chicken, drained/shredded
1 (16 oz) jar chunky salsa
8 oz. shredded Mexican-blend cheese

tortilla chips or tortillas for dipping
Spray insides of 4 qt. crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl
mash/stir cream cheese until smooth.
Layer ingredients in crockpot:
refried beans
cream cheese
Cover & cook on High 1 hour (or Low 2 hrs)
Serve either on top of chips or use chips/
tortillas as dippers.  Serves 12


Fried Boneless/Skinless
Chicken Breasts
(overnight recipe)

2 lb. boneless/skinless chicken
2 C. buttermilk*
2 C. flour
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
3 whole eggs
3 T. whole milk
2 T. hot sauce (your choice)
Enough shortening (or lard) to
come 2 inches up side of a large
cast iron skillet
Place chicken breasts in a large zip
lock bag; cover with buttermilk &
let stand in refrigerator overnight
or at least 12 hours. When ready
to cook; drain chicken/discard
In large bowl whisk flour, salt/pepper,
garlic powder & paprika. In a shallow
(pie) pan beat eggs, milk & hot sauce.
Place chicken, 2 pieces at a time, in
flour mixture, then egg, then back
into flour, pressing each time to coat.
Breading should be rough & shaggy:
the shaggy parts will crisp up as they fry
& give a nice crunchy crust. As you bread
each piece, place on a platter or plate.

Place a rack over a sheet tray (set aside).

In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, melt
shortening & heat to 325 degrees – no
higher**. Add all chicken at once, piece by
piece. If they don’t comfortably fit all at
once, you will need to cook in 2 batches.
The temperature of the oil will drop below
300 degrees F. when you place the chicken
in; if oil is too hot, the outsides will get too
dark before the insides cook. Fry for a total
of about 15 minutes, carefully turning each
piece every few minutes for even browning.
(Insert a probe thermometer into one piece
& remove from fryer onto prepared rack when
internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F.
The chicken will continue to cook to a safe
165 degrees F.) Be careful when handling
the chicken so the cooked breading stays on.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

*If you don’t have buttermilk: In a 1-cup
measuring cup add 1 T. lemon juice or
vinegar. Pour enough milk in cup to reach
1-cup. Stir & let stand 5 minutes – now you
have ‘sour milk/buttermilk’.

**Poster used a candy thermometer to
reach temperature

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

1 bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 lb.)
cut into bite-sized florets
3 T. olive oil
1/2 C. fresh garlic cloves (more or
less, to taste)cut in half or thirds
if especially large
salt/black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray a rimmed baking sheet
lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl toss broccoli with
oil, garlic, salt & pepper – spread
in single layer on prepared sheet.
Roast about 20 minutes until
broccoli is bright green & edges are
starting to brown. (do not let garlic
get too brown or it will taste bitter)
Serve hot.  Serves 4


Brownie-bottom Cheesecake

1 box brownie mix
2 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate ice cream topping
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9″ springform pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
Mix brownie mix accordg. to pkg;
spread in prepared pan.
Bake 8-10 minutes.
In large bowl mix cream cheese, eggs,
sugar & vanilla – beat until smooth &
spread on top of brownie.
Bake 30 minutes.
Reduce heat to 325 degrees F.
Bake another 15 minutes.
Cool completely before removing
from pan. Serve with chocolate
sauce drizzled on top, if desired.
Serves 8
(does not need to be refrigerated
before serving)



Since all of my ‘usual’ activities have been
put on hold b/c of the virus, I’ve been watching
TV in the evenings. Have been ‘binge watching’
NCIS Los Angeles lately, think I have 3-4 more
episodes before I’m done with the season (at
least all the ones that are ‘free’). I enjoy the
interaction between the characters; we also
love NCIS and NCIS New Orleans for the same

I spoke to the other leaders of my special
needs group and we’ve come to the decision
that we plan on starting up in the Fall. Hopefully
by that time things will have settled down a bit
as to churches being open, larger groups of
people meeting together – we’ll see. My group
averages about 15-17 students and about 8
or so adults. It’s such a strange world when you
have to plan out how far apart each person will
be from another person!  With that said, at
least now I know that my summer will be free.
Not sure yet when oldest son will have me start
babysitting my 3 yr old grandson again. He’s
checked with his big boss about when the hotels
will plan on re-opening their restaurants; still
not getting a definite answer – that’s hard to
plan when you don’t really know!

Hope you are all well and coping OK with all
the changes.



Holiday Recipes

Cherry Pudding Cake

2 C. flour
2 1/2 C. sugar, divided
4 tsp. baking powder
1 C. milk
2 T. canola oil
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans water-packed
pitted tart red cherries, well drained
2-3 drops red food coloring, optional
1/8 tsp. almond extract

Optional: whipped cream or ice cream
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 3 qt. shallow casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl combine
flour, 1 C. sugar, baking powder, milk & oil;
pour into prepared dish.
In another bowl combine cherries, food
coloring (if using) almond extract &
remaining sugar – mix well & spoon over
batter. Bake 40-45 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into cake portion comes out clean.
Serve warm with optional toppings.
Serves 12


Campfire Cheesy Potatoes
(in foil – Grill or Oven)

2 lb. mini Yukon Gold potatoes,
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
kosher salt/ground black pepper
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

chopped parsley – garnish
crushed red pepper flakes – garnish
Preheat grill to medium-high (OR)
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cut 4 large pieces of heavy duty foil
10″ long.
In large bowl toss potatoes with olive
oil, garlic powder & oregano – season
with salt/pepper. Divide potatoes between
foil pieces then fold packets crosswise to
completely cover potatoes – roll up top
& bottom edges to seam them closed.
Place packets on grill & cook 10-15
minutes, until just cooked through

(OVEN:) bake 15 minutes.

Being very careful, unwrap packets &
sprinkle with both cheeses – fold back
over potatoes & cook until cheeses
melt, 3-5 minutes. Top with parsley/
red pepper flakes – serve warm.
Serves 4


Best Pasta Salad

8 oz. rotini pasta
1 large tomato, chopped
into small pieces
1 medium green pepper, chopped
into small pieces
1 small onion, chopped, small
1 (2 1/4 oz) can black olives, drained/
1 (8 oz) bottle (Kraft) Sun-dried
tomato salad dressing
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions,
about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Drain pasta, rinse in cold water 3 minutes.
In large bowl mix cooled pasta, tomatoes,
peppers, onion & olives. Refrigerate about
1/2 hour. Pour on salad dressing; mix well.
Add Parm. cheese; mix well & serve
immediately. Serves 6-8

Leftovers: – you will need to re-wet the
salad by adding a little more dressing
the next day.

Southwestern Grilled Chicken
with Lime Butter

2 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. chili powder
1 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
3 T. olive oil
1 T. balsamic vinegar
3 1/2 lb. bone-in chicken parts

Lime Butter:

1/2 C. butter, melted
1 T. fresh lime juice
1 serrano chili, minced
2 T. finely minced white onion
1/4 C. finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 pinch black pepper

In small bowl combine first 8
ingredients. Using a spoon or
basting brush, spread mixture
over chicken – grill chicken.

Lime Butter:
In small bowl combine all butter
ingredients – drizzle over cooked
chicken just before serving (or
serve separately for dipping).
Serves 8

Greek Village Salad

4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 slender cucumber, cut in half
lengthwise, then cut into thin strips
1 green pepper, seeded/ cut into
thin strips
2 red peppers, seeded/cut into
thin strips
1 red onion, sliced/separated into rings
1/2 C. kalamata olives
8 oz. feta cheese, sliced


3 T. olive oil
1 T. red wine vinegar
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. chopped parsley
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp. salt
ground black pepper
Place all salad ingredients in
large bowl; top with olives.
Mix dressing ingredients in a
screw-top jar – seal/shake well.
Pour dressing on salad just
before serving. Top with feta &
sprinkle with oregano.
Serves 6


Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches

1 T. olive oil
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced into
quarters, then lengthwise
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1 orange bell pepper, seeded/sliced
2 medium yellow onions, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T. tomato paste
1 C. beer
1/2 C. BBQ sauce
4 hoagie rolls, sliced
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Heat oil in large cast iron skillet
(or Dutch oven) over medium heat.
Add sausages & brown on all
sides, 7-8 minutes. remove from
skillet. Add onions & pepper to
skillet & saute until tender, about
6 minutes. Add garlic & saute until
fragrant. Stir in tomato sauce, beer
& BBQ sauce – cook a few minutes
then add sausages. Reduce heat &
simmer until sauce is thick, about
10 minutes.

Place sliced hoagie rolls on a sheet
tray & toast in oven while sausage is
simmer. Remove from oven & fill
with sausage & peppers.
Serves 4


Crockpot Korean BBQ

1/4 C. corn starch
2 T. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. chicken or beef granules
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 onion, diced (1/3 C. dehydrated/
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/2 lb. bee flank steak*
Cooked rice or noodles to serve 8
Place all ingredients in crockpot;
cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours
(or) High 4-6 hours.
Remove meat & cut into pieces or
shred; return meat to crockpot.
Serves 8
Serve over rice or cooked noodles

*Poster notes that she has used a
beef roast and or/beef round steak
instead of flank steak.


Crockpot Creamy Nacho Chicken Dip

1 (16 oz) can refried beans
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (12 oz) can chicken, drained/shredded
1 (16 oz) jar chunky salsa
8 oz. shredded Mexican-blend cheese

tortilla chips or tortillas for dipping
Spray insides of 4 qt. crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl
mash/stir cream cheese until smooth.
Layer ingredients in crockpot:
refried beans
cream cheese
Cover & cook on High 1 hour (or Low 2 hrs)
Serve either on top of chips or use chips/
tortillas as dippers.  Serves 12


Crockpot Mac & Cheese

1 lb. elbow macaroni, uncooked
(regular, not gluten free)
2 1/2 C. whole milk
12 oz. evaporated milk
12 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded (3 C.)
4 oz. American Cheese* (or
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
dash cayenne pepper, to taste
1/4 C. butter, cubed

Spray a 6 qt. crockpot insides
with nonstick cooking spray.
Rinse uncooked pasta well under
cold water & drain – add to crockpot
along with milks, cheeses, salt/pepper,
mustard, garlic powder & cayenne.
Stir to combine, making sure macaroni
is submerged in liquid as much as
possible – dot with cubed butter.
Cover & cook on Low 1 hour. Remove
lid & stir – depending on your crockpot,
your dish could be done at this point
OR require up to 1-2 more hours
cooking time. IF NOT DONE: continue
cooking & checking every half hour
or so. When done, pasta will be
tender & liquid will be thick & creamy.
Serves 8

*American cheese or Monterrey:
1 C. shredded from the deli, not
processed slices


Salted Caramel Cookie Cups

3/4 C. butter
1 C. brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
2 tsp. corn starch
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. mini chocolate chips
20 caramel candies, unwrapped
kosher salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 10 muffin cup openings with
nonstick cooking spray.
In small saucepan melt butter over
medium heat. Whisk constantly
until butter turns a deep golden brown,
about 5 minutes. Pour butter into a large
mixing bowl – stir in brown sugar until
well combined; stir in egg & vanilla –
mix well. Mix in flour, corn starch, baking
soda & salt until well combined. Let sit
15 minutes to cool before adding choc.
chips. Scoop 1 T. dough into each muffin
cup – flatten with your fingers to cover
bottom of the tin. Place 2 caramel candies
on top of dough; sprinkle with a bit of
kosher salt. Top each with another tablespoon
of cookie dough. Bake 10 minutes.
Remove from oven & let cool 10 minutes
before carefully removing from tins. Best
served warm (otherwise caramel hards
back up). Makes 10 cookies

NOTE: Poster said: can reheat in a hot oven
or microwave them for 10 seconds.



Enjoy your weekend!



Holiday Weekend Coming Up!

Hope you are having a good day – any plans for this coming holiday weekend? For us, it’s ‘business as usual’ – we don’t really do anything special. Our weather here in Michigan is heating up – it’s supposed to be in the 80’s for 3-4 days (after which comes more rain). Am currently working on the two baby blankets; here are the two I just finished:

           Crocheted ‘flower’ squares using up bits of baby yarns


        Knit blanket similar to “Feather & Fan” but without all the ‘holes’


Easy 3-Ingredient Lemon Crumble Bars

1 box yellow cake mix
1 stick salted butter (1/2 C.) softened
to room temp.
1 (22 oz) can lemon pie filling

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray
In large bowl combine softened
butter with dry cake mix; mix until
crumbly. Set aside 1/2 C. mixture
for topping.
Press rest of mixture into bottom of
prepared pan – spread out evenly
& pack it down using your fingers.
Spoon lemon pie filling onto crust &
smooth out. Sprinkle reserved crumb
mixture on top of pie filling.
Bake 20-25 minutes.
Top will start to turn a very light golden
brown. Slice & serve. Serves 12


Crockpot German Potato Salad

4 C. potatoes, peeled/cubed
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
PLUS 2 T. drippings reserved
3/4 C. onion, chopped
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1/4 C. water
2 T. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. sugar
black pepper/dried parsley – to taste
Garnish: chopped fresh parsley
Place cubed potatoes in large pot
with water to cover & boil over
medium heat until tender; drain &
Saute onions in reserved bacon
drippings in skillet over medium-high
heat until tender. In a large bowl mix
soup, water, cider vinegar, sugar &
pepper. Add bacon & onion – mix well.
Pour cooked/cooled potatoes & parsley
in bowl & mix well & place in crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours.
Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
Serve warm. Serves 4


Ham & Cheese Macaroni Salad

2 C. uncooked elbow macaroni
2 T. white vinegar
2 C. cooked, chopped ham
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen peas, thawed
1 (8 oz) block mild or medium Cheddar
cheese, cut into small cubes
1/2 C. very finely chopped onion

1 C. mayonnaise
1 T. white vinegar
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain well & place in
a large bowl. Toss with 2 T. vinegar.
Stir in cubed cheese, ham, peas &
onion. Set aside to let noodles
absorb the vinegar.
Prepare dressing in a small bowl;
whisk mayo, 1 T. vinegar, sugar,
salt & pepper & pour over macaroni
mixture – stir until well combined.
Cover & chill at least 1 hour before
(OR) chill overnight to allow flavors
to fully meld. Serves 10-12

Hot Turkey & Cheese Party Rolls

1 (8 oz) tube crescent roll dough
12-16 slices sliced turkey
12 slices Colby Jack cheese
1 stick butter (1/2 C.) melted
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. chopped parsley
1 tsp. Poppy seeds

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
Roll out dough & cut into 4 rectangular
shapes – press seams together. On
each rectangle place 3-4 slices turkey,
top with cheese slices & press
together seam gently (you will have
4 rolls at this point). Slice each roll
into 3 pieces (total 12 rolls) – place
in prepared pan. In small bowl combine
melted butter, garlic powder & parsley –
brush over tops of rolls & sprinkle with
poppy seeds. Bake 12-15 minutes until
just starting to turn brown. Makes 12


Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad

1 (24 oz) bag breaded chicken breast
chunks (fully cooked)
6 C. chopped romaine lettuce
3 C. shredded cabbage
1 C. shredded carrots
3 green onions, chopped
1 (2 oz) pkt. slivered almonds
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges,
well drained
1/3 C. crunchy rice or chow mein


1 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. rice wine vinegar
6 T. honey
3 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. sesame oil

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Place chicken chunks on a foil-
lined baking sheet (or spray with
nonstick cooking spray). Cook
15-20 minutes. While chicken is
cooking, prepare salad:

In large bowl combine chopped romaine
& shredded cabbage. Toss in shredded
carrots, green onions & slivered almonds.
Top with mandarin oranges & crunchy
rice noodles/chow mein noodles.

In a bowl whisk all dressing ingredients.

Once chicken is cooked, remove from oven
& add to prepared salad. Pour dressing
over top (or you can keep dressing on side)
Serves 6

NOTE: Sesame oil is very strong in flavor –
do not overdo it

Sloppy Joe Bake

1/2 T. cooking oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 medium green bell pepper,
1 rib celery, chopped
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. hot sauce (or to taste) optional
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 C. ketchup
salt/pepper, to taste
3 C. grated cheese, divided
4 hamburger buns
4 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet heat oil over medium
heat. Add onion, bell pepper & celery-
cook until softened but not brown. Add
gr. beef & garlic – cook until meat is no
longer pink, breaking up into chunks.
Drain & stir in Worc. sauce, hot sauce,
tomato sauce & ketchup. Simmer 15
minutes or until mixture begins to
thicken. Add salt & pepper, to taste.
Spoon into prepared dish; sprinkle
2 C. cheese all over top. Butter the
buns & place on top, cut sides up.
Sprinkle tops of rolls with remaining
cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes until
browned on top. Serves 4-6


Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Pie

3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C. granulated sugar
2 T. brown sugar
4 T. melted butter

1 1/2 C. heavy cream
8 oz cream cheese, softened
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1 T. vanilla
1 C. mini chocolate chips

In large bowl combine graham
cracker crumbs, gran. sugar,
brown sugar & melted butter –
press mixture into a 9″ pie plate,
covering bottom completely &
pushing crumbs about 1-2 inches
up sides of plate. Place in freezer
while making filling.

Whip heavy cream until it holds
stiff peaks – refrigerate while making
rest of filling.
In large bowl using elec. mixer beat
cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar
& mix until blended. Add peanut
butter & vanilla; mix well. (scrape sides
of bowl to insure ingredients are fully
blended). Fold whipped cream into
peanut butter mixture, blending well.
Fold in choc. chips until evenly
distributed through filling – pour
filling into prepared crust & place
into freezer until firm.
NOTE: If serving pie more than half-hour
after freezing, store in freezer. Thaw 20
minutes before serving for a frozen, ice
cream-like consistency.

IF you are having trouble cleanly removing
pie crust from pie plate, submerge the
very bottom of the dish in some hot tap
water – about 1/2 inch, in your sink to
loosen crust, being careful not to get
water in pie itself. (OR) thaw longer in
fridge for a gooey, soft pie.
Serves 8-10



Hope you are all staying healthy!



Happy Wednesday!

It’s a lovely Spring day out – sunny 50 degrees F. (High expected of 61). Just got done with a Zoom Knit Library group (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – I’m so glad one of our ladies started that – it’s so nice to just knit & chat with friends! My husband hears us chatting and is amazed at the various suggestions/tips, etc. we come up with. One lady was having trouble with a pretty complicated shawl pattern and other ladies chimed in with suggestions – great! I’m almost done with the variegated baby blanket; still have lots of work on the terry-like fuzzy chevron blanket. (I’ve done that pattern before but can only do about 8 rows before I need to stop – lots of counting stitches/rows.

Hope all of you are having a great day! I’ve been (like usual) collecting more recipes to share:


Old Fashioned Butter Cake

3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 C. butter
2 C. granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 C. buttermilk or cream*
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 9 X 13″ baking
or Bundt pan. Sift flour, baking
powder, baking soda & salt
together. Cream butter, sugar,
mix in eggs (one at a time),
and vanilla. Blend in buttermilk
alternately with flour mixture into
creamed mixture. Pour into
prepared pan. Bake 1 hour. Remove
from oven & let cool completely.
Frost with:

Butter Cream Frosting:
1 C. butter, softened
1/2 c. milk or cream
2 tsp. vanilla
5 C. powdered sugar

Cream butter & vanilla until smooth.
Add sugar, alternating with milk, a
little at a time; blend until desired
consistency is reached. Frost cake.

Use 1/2 C. butter & 1/2 C. shortening
in place of the 1 C. butter

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. vinegar or lemon juice in
a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour in
enough milk to reach the 1 Cup
mark. Stir & let set 5 minutes –
now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: Courtney Luper-Facebook)

Chicken Tortilla Chip Casserole

4-5 C. cooked, chopped chicken
1 C. green onion, chopped (or regular
1 C. green pepper, chopped
2 T. oil
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of celery soup,
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken 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. cumin
3-4 C. crushed tortilla chips
2 C. shredded Mexican-style cheese
(or cheese of your choice)

NOTE: you can add some cayenne
or hot sauce to casserole before, or
after baking

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


Crockpot Meatloaf & Veggies

2 T. olive oil, divided
1 onion, finely diced
2 tsp. garlic, minced
2 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, minced
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt (plus more, to
1/2 tsp black pepper ( plus more, to
1/4 C. beef broth
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
3/4 C. breadcrumbs
3/4 C. ketchup, divided
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1 lb. small potatoes, halved
1 lb. carrots, peeled/halved,
cut into 1-inch pieces

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
In small pan on stovetop heat 1 T.
olive oil; add onion & cook 4-5 minutes
or until softened. Add garlic & cook 30
seconds more. Place garlic/onion in
large bowl with ground beef, thyme, salt/
pepper, broth, Worc. sauce, eggs &
breadcrumbs -stir well to combine.
Drizzle remaining olive oil over carrots &
potatoes – toss to coat; season with salt/
pepper, to taste. Form beef mixture into
a loaf & place in crockpot. Arrange
veggies around meat. Brush top with
half the ketchup.
Cover & cook on Low 6 hours.
Brush remaining ketchup over cooked
meatloaf; sprinkle with parsley then
slice & serve. Serves 8

NOTE: if you don’t have time to cook
the onions & garlic, you can add them
raw to ground beef mixture


Broccoli, Cheese & Potato Soup

2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
2-3 large carrots, peeled, diced
4 medium potatoes, peeled, cubed
into small pieces
1 tsp. onion powder
2 small heads broccoli, washed/diced
3 T. butter
1/2 C. flour
3 1/2 – 4 C. milk
4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic pepper
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/chopped
In large pot combine broth, carrots,
potatoes & onion powder – bring to boil.
Cover & simmer 10 minutes. Add broccoli;
cover & simmer another 10 minutes.
While simmering:
In large saucepan melt butter. Whisk
in flour – cook 1 minutes until golden
brown. Whisk in milk & cook 5 minutes
until sauce thickens. Add cheese & stir
until melted; add salt & garlic pepper.
Pour cheese sauce into pot with veggies
& stir until well combined. Add more milk
for a thinner consistency, if desired. Adjust
salt/pepper if needed. Top with bacon
pieces when serving.

(recipe: FB Social Distance Dishes)
Frito Pie

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (15 oz, ea) cans Ranch style beans
(pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
1 (9 1/4 oz) pkg. Frito Corn chips
2 (10 oz. ea) cans enchilada sauce
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
thinly sliced green onions (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
skillet over medium heat cook beef &
onions; drain & stir in beans – heat
through. Reserve 1 C. corn chips for
topping. Place remaining corn chips in
bottom of prepared dish & layer with
meat mixture, enchilada sauce &
cheese. Top with reserved chips.
Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes until
cheese is melted. Sprinkle with sliced
green onions, if desired. Serves 6


Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip

2 cans Ro*TEL (poster used 1 can Mexican-
style & 1 can Chili Fixin’s)
1 can Wolf brand chili – homestyle flavor
1 (32 oz) pkg. Velveeta, cubed
1 T. chili powder

Pour Ro*Tel in bottom of crockpot; add
Velveeta & pour Wolf’s chili on top.
Sprinkle top with chili powder & stir.
Cover & cook on Low 1 hour, stirring
occasionally. If cheese has not blended,
cook another 1/2 hour, stirring
occasionally. Serve with corn chips for
dipping. Serves 12


Gran’s Apple Cake

1 2/3 C. sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 T. canola oil
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
6 C. peeled/chopped tart apples
1/2 C. chopped pecans

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray. In large bowl beat sugar, eggs,
applesauce, oil & vanilla until blended. In
another bowl whisk flour, baking soda,
cinnamon & salt; gradually beat into
sugar mixture – fold in apples & nuts.
Transfer mixture to prepared pan &
bake 35-40 minutes until top is golden
brown & a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Cool completely in pan
on wire rack

In small bowl beat cream cheese, butter &
vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in
powdered sugar (mixture will be soft) &
spread over cake. Refrigerate leftovers.
Makes 18 servings



I had a very nice Mother’s Day – my oldest son’s
girlfriend had to work all day but dropped off
dinner for my husband & I:  Crab Cakes, Prime Rib,
Mashed Potatoes, Mac & Cheese (with Gruyere
cheese!), creamed spinach – what a feast! (She works
at J. Alexander’s – a kind of up-scale steak house –
they’ve gone to take out only; the food is excellent!)
There was enough for at least 2 dinners (we still have
enough prime rib for dinner tonight; am going to make
baked potatoes & add a salad – VOILA! One more
dinner! I’m anxious to make Nachos as I bought the
ingredients last week (when we did a pick-up grocery
order with Meijers). That’s ONE thing you can’t say
we’ve missed: LOTS OF FOOD! I’m working my best
at not over-eating (which is so easy to do these days!).

Have things changed any in your areas? Our ‘Stay at
Home/Stay Safe’ thing has been lifted a tiny bit: now
the golf courses are open and (according to one of
my knit ladies) they are going to allow golf carts as
of next week but only ONE PERSON PER CART. Not
much else that I’ve noticed (that I would use or need)
has changed/opened. I heard today that schools in
my area (only doing on-line) are going to be done
June 10th. I email my cousin in Iowa every Sunday &
he said their Governor opened TATOO PARLORS!
What a weird thing! (and those are counted as
ESSENTIAL???)  Lots of people here are getting
VERY anxious for barber shops to open (guess that’s
one area where I’m lucky to have long hair I trim
myself) although my husband’s getting a bit ‘shaggy’!

Stay safe – try to keep healthy!



It’s a GORGEOUS DAY out there!

Just came in from knitting at my picnic table in 71 degrees – sunny, birds chirping, a mourning dove cooing, a goose flying over (honking) and a bunny about 7 feet from me (he & I kept company the entire time I was out there). SOooooooo nice to be relaxing in the sun!

Not much new here but I wanted to share more recipes, so here ya go!


Pineapple Coconut Loaf Cake

1 stick butter, softened
1 C. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract (could use
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 C. milk
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
drain (save 1/4 C. juice)
1 C. shredded or flaked coconut
2/3 C. powdered sugar
3 T. pineapple juice
1 tsp. vanilla (optional)

In a bowl whisk glaze ingredients &
drizzle over cooled cake.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 5″ loaf pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl using elec. mixer,
beat butter, sugar, eggs & extract
until smooth. In another bowl
whisk flour & baking powder; add
to butter mixture along with milk &
drained pineapple – fold in coconut.
Place batter in prepared pan &
bake 60-65 minutes until center
tests done. Cool 10 minutes then
remove from pan. Drizzle glaze
over cake & serve. Makes 1 loaf.

(Optional toppings besides glaze:)
toasted coconut
toasted nuts
powdered sugar


Crockpot Bacon/Mushroom/Egg

1/4 C. butter, melted
8 oz. fresh mushrooms
1/4 C. white onion, chopped
1/2 C. peppers of your choice (poster
used Poblano & Anaheim)
10 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 C. heavy cream
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. cumin
salt/pepper, to taste
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
10 slices Havarti cheese, divided
In a skillet saute mushrooms, onions
& peppers with 1/4 C. butter – cool.
(If preparing in a browning crockpot
you don’t need to grease the crockpot).

In a bowl mix beaten eggs, heavy
cream, cumin, salt/pepper, garlic,
crumbled bacon, mozz. cheese &
2 slices Havarti cheese(crumbled).

(If using a traditional crockpot; coat
insides with butter. If using a browning
crockpot, it will already be buttered
from the saute step).
Stir mushroom mixture into egg mixture &
pour into crockpot. Cover & cook on High
45 minutes – 3 hours, until eggs are set.
(cooking times vary greatly depending on
how hot your crockpot cooks).
Cover eggs with Havarti cheese & cook
5 minutes more to melt cheese.
Serves 8-10


BLT Macaroni Salad

2 C. elbow macaroni, boiled
to al dente (about 8 minutes);
drained & rinsed in cold water
until chilled.
1 1/4 C. mayonnaise
5 tsp. white vinegar
1 1/4 C. celery diced
1 large tomato, diced
5 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 (16 oz) pkg. bacon, cooked/
Place cooked/cooled macaroni in
large salad bowl. In another bowl
mix mayo, vinegar, celery, tomato,
green onions, Ched. cheese, salt/
black pepper. – stir into cooked/
cooled macaroni until thoroughly
combined. Cover & chill at least
2 hours. Mix cooked/crumbled
bacon into salad & serve.
Serves 12

Hamburger Soup

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 C. chopped carrots
1 C. chopped celery
1 C. chopped onion
6 cubes beef bouillon
5 C. water
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen whole
kernel corn
1 tsp. dried basil
3 T. ketchup
In medium skillet brown hamburger
over medium heat; drain.  In large
stockpot combine beef, carrots,
celery, onions, bouillon, water,
tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes,
salt, corn, basil & ketchup – bring
to boil. Reduce heat; simmer at least
1 1/2 hours.


No-crust Pizza

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 C. pizza sauce
1 1/2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Other toppings:
cooked/chopped ham
cooked, crumbled sausage
sliced mushrooms
chopped green peppers
garlic powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Using elec. mixer, in large bowl
combine cream cheese, eggs, pepper,
garlic powder & Parm. cheese until
combined – spread in prepared pan.
Bake 12-15 minutes until crust is
golden brown. Allow crust to cool
10 minutes then spread pizza sauce
on crust. Top with cheese & toppings;
sprinkle top with garlic powder (if
desired). Bake an additional 8-10
minutes until cheese is melted.


Bacon/Cheddar Cheese Muffins

2 1/2 C. self-rising flour*
2 tsp. sugar
2 C. buttermilk **
1 egg
2 T. oil (or bacon drippings)
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded (or whatever cheese you like)
5 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick
cooking spray (or line with liners)
In large bowl mix flour, sugar, buttermilk,
& egg with a spoon. Add oil, cheese &
crumbled bacon – mix well & fill muffin
cups about half full. Bake 25-30 minutes
until done & golden brown on top.
Makes 12

*If you don’t have self-rising flour:
(this recipe makes 1 CUP) – you will
have to adjust measurements to make
the above recipe)

1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Mix together. Equals 1 C. self-rising flour
If you don’t have buttermilk:
in a 2-cup measuring cup add 1 T.
either lemon juice or vinegar. Fill
cup the rest of the way with milk.
Stir & let stand 5 minutes.
Now you have 2 cups ‘soured’ milk,
or buttermilk –


Crockpot Hot Fudge Peanut
Butter Cake

1 1/2 C. packed brown sugar, divided
1 C. flour
6 T. baking cocoa, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
2 T. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. semisweet chocolate (or
peanut butter) chips
1 3/4 C. boiling water
vanilla ice cream – for serving
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In a medium
bowl combine 1 C. brown sugar, flour,
3 T. cocoa, baking powder & salt. In
another large bowl combine milk, butter &
vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until
combined. Spread evenly into crockpot.
Sprinkle with choc/pb chips. In a bowl
combine remaining brown sugar &
baking cocoa; stir in boiling water &
pour over batter. DO NOT STIR.
Cover * & cook on High about 4 hours
or until a toothpick inserted in center
comes out clean. Allow to set 15
minutes, covered, before serving.
Serve warm with ice cream.
Serves 6-8

*Place a couple layers of paper
towels between crockpot & lid to
absorb moisture while baking


Freezer Taco Rice

3 lb. ground beef/turkey or chicken
3 C. diced onion
3 (1 1/4 oz, ea) pkgs. taco seasoning mix
6 C. cooked white or brown rice
3 (16 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
2 (12 oz, ea) pkgs. shredded Mexican-
blend cheese

Brown meat in large skillet over medium
heat; drain. Add onion, taco seasoning,
rice & tomatoes – simmer until thickened,
about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
Package in 3 freezer-safe containers.
Makes 3 containers – each container
serves 4-6



Green Chile Cheese Squares

2 C. shredded Monterey or Pepper
Jack cheese
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (7 oz) can chopped green chilies,
3/4 C. whole milk
1/2 C. flour
2 large eggs
(Optional: Cajun seasoning &
chopped parsley)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 8 X 8″ baking dish with
parchment paper, leaving an
overhang on edges. In a bowl
combine cheeses & place half
in baking dish. Top with chilies,
then add remaining cheese on
top; gently press into pan. In
a bowl whisk milk & eggs; add
flour & whisk well – drizzle
evenly on top of cheese.
Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes
until lightly browned on top.
Remove & let cool. Garnish
with optional additions, if
desired). Cut into 25 squares.
Best served slightly warm or at
room temp.

For more heat: substitute
pickled jalapeno for half of the
green chilies.
-recipe can be doubled – use
a 9 X 13″ baking dish.


Apple Pie Bread


2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter (8 T/1 stick) melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. sour cream
1/2 C. buttermilk
2 eggs
2 C. peeled/shredded apples
(poster used Red Delicious)


1/2 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
3/4 C. raisins


3/4 C. powdered sugar
3 T. milk (more or less)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 5″ loaf pan with nonstick
cooking spray.

In large bowl mix flour, salt & baking
soda; add sugar, melted butter, vanilla,
sour cream, buttermilk & eggs – mix well
using a spoon. Fold in shredded apples &
pour into prepared pan.

In a bowl mix together swirl ingredients;
spread over batter. Using a knife, swirl
into batter.
Bake 65-70 minutes; test for doneness
using a toothpick inserted into center
of bread – if it comes out clean, it’s done.
Let cool 10-15 minutes then remove
from pan.

In small bowl mix ingredients until
consistency to drizzle; drizzle over
bread once cooled. Makes 1 loaf

NOTE: You can freeze this bread or
reheat it. It keeps well for several days
in a cool, dry place or refrigerated.



Happy Saturday!



and it’s FRIDAY . . . AGAIN!

It’s a lovely Spring day out – lots of sunshine, 58 degrees F.  – MY kind of day! We started out the morning Skyping with oldest son & our 2 grandsons, that was fun. Just got off the phone with another long-time friend (it’s her 77th birthday). Today is a day that just demands me to say: WE ARE SO BLESSED! I’m 71 3/4ths, my husband is 69; we’re in fairly good health – the friend I just talked with is in poor health and it grieves me to hear all she’s gone through. I’m SO grateful we can take things to the Lord for prayer; another blessing!

Our governor just extended the stay-at-home order to extend to May 25th (actually, it’s not yet official, but it’s coming.) I guess there are several law suits against her for doing this – not only the ‘regular’ people, but those in office here in Michigan are DONE with the stay at home thing. It’s now been over 6 weeks since I’ve been in any store. (I got to ‘escape the house’ today for a few minutes; drove to the local bank – the drive through, and deposited some checks. It was nice to just DRIVE my car and be OUTSIDE!) Food-wise we’re doing fine, am planning on making chili tonight (that should last us 3-4 days). Hearing about the lack of chicken in the stores and reading about the chicken processing plants being closed – scary stuff but I know we’ll make it through this! Hope you are all doing well – in good health. I’m scrounging around for new books to read (actually, digging through my old ones) and still knitting. My days are simple: eat/knit/read/play on computer – Facebook, recipes, etc., some tv in the evenings. I’ve been watching a few free movies on Xfinity/Comcast. I watched the 2017 version of “Murder on the Orient Express” (with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dame Judith Dench) – it was ‘ok’ – haven’t seen (or read) the other versions. I thought this one was rather ‘dark’ – as I said, it was ‘ok’.


Crushed Pineapple Sour Cream Pie

1 (9 inch) baked pie crust
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple with
1 (3.5 oz0 pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
2 T. granulated sugar
1 C. sour cream

Optional garnish: sweetened coconut flakes
In large bowl using elec. mixer, combine
pineapple, dry pudding mix & sugar –
mix in sour cream & beat on Low 2 minutes.
Pour mixture into prepared pie shell & chill
before serving. Can top with sweetened coconut
flakes as a garnish.


Mini Quiches – 3 Ways

3 refrigerated pie crusts
3 eggs
1/2 C. heavy cream
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
(each makes enough to fill
8 muffin cups)
1/2 C. cooked spinach, excess water
removed, coarsely chopped
1/4 C. roasted red bell peppers,
finely chopped
3 T. feta cheese, crumbled
1 tsp. fresh dill,  minced

Ham & Cheese:
1/4 C. cooked ham, diced
1/4 C. Swiss cheese, shredded
1 T. fresh parsley, minced

1/4 C. cooked bacon, crumbled
1/3 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 T. green onions, sliced
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 24 mini muffin cups with
nonstick cooking spray
Unroll pie crusts & lay them on
a flat surface. Using a 3 inch
cookie cutter – cut 12 circles out
of each crust (or you could use
the edge of a floured drinking glass)
Press each circle of crust into the
muffin cups.
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, cream,

Greek Mini Quiches:
Divide spinach, roasted peppers,
feta cheese & dill between 8 muffin cups

Ham & Cheese Mini Quiches:
Divide ham, cheese & parsley
between 8 muffin cups

Bacon Mini Quiches:
Divide bacon, cheese & green
onions between 8 muffin cups.

Pour egg mixture into each cup so
that cups are 3/4ths full.
Bake 20-25 minutes until tops are
browned. Use a spatula to lift the
quiches out of the pans.
Serve immediately.
Makes 24 mini quiches.

Bacon/Potato/Corn Chowder

1/2 bacon, chopped
1/4 C. chopped onion
1 1/2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes
(about 5 medium) peeled/cubed
1 (14 3/4 oz) can cream-style corn
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Place potatoes in large saucepan;
cover with water & bring to boil
over high heat. Reduce heat to
medium; cook, uncovered 10-
15 minutes until tender; drain,
reserving 1 C. potato water.

In large skillet cook bacon over
medium heat until crisp, stirring
occasionally. Remove with slotted
spoon; drain on paper towels. (reserve
1 1/2 tsp. bacon drippings in pan). Add
onion; cook & stir over medium-high
heat until tender.
Add corn, milk, salt/pepper, potatoes &
reserved potato water to saucepan; heat
through. Stir in bacon & onion.
Serves 6


Crockpot Taco Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef
1 oz. pkt. taco seasoning
8 burrito-sized flour tortillas
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened/
2 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce, divided
Optional toppings:
grated or shredded Cheddar cheese
chopped tomatoes
chopped green peppers
sliced black olives
sour cream
hot sauce
Brown gr. beef in skillet over medium-
high heat; drain. Add taco seasoning &
cook accordg. to pkt. directions.
Lightly spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Spread 1/4th of cream cheese
on tortillas.
Place 2 tortillas in crockpot so that
they cover the bottom & come up the
sides some. Top with 1/4th of taco
meat, 1/4th of cheese & 1/4th of
tomato sauce – repeat layers three
more times. Cover & cook on Low 3-5
hours. Serve with your favorite taco
toppings. Serves 8

NOTE: Make sure your cream cheese is
softened so it’s easier to spread.


Cream Cheese Sausage-Stuffed Biscuits

1 lb. ground pork sausage
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened to
room temp.
1 packet dry Ranch dressing mix/seasoning
2 C. shredded Pepper Jack cheese
2 (6 oz, ea) tubes refrigerated buttermilk
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 6 muffin tins with nonstick
cooking spray.
In large skillet over medium heat cook
& crumble sausage until cooked; drain.
In large bowl combine cooked sausage,
softened cream cheese, dry ranch seasoning
& shredded Pepper Jack. Place 1 biscuit
in bottom of each muffin tin – spread them
out to make sure they fully cover the bottom.
Evenly scoop sausage mixture on top of each
biscuit. Bake about 12-15 minutes until
biscuits are done & turn golden brown.
Makes 6

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs

8 bone-in chicken thighs
1/4 tsp. onion salt
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. chili pepper
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil &
spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place
all spices in a small container with lid –
cover & shake until thoroughly mixed –
sprinkle over chicken thighs. Bake about
1 hour – you can test by inserting a
thermometer near the bone – it should
read 165 degrees F.


Crockpot Oreo Lava Cake

2 C. flour
1 C. sugar
12 T. baking cocoa, divided
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 C. milk
4 T. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
12 Oreo cookies, crumbled/divided
1 1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
3 C. hot water
Ice Cream
Crumbled Oreo cookies
Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl combine flour,
sugar, 4 T. cocoa, baking powder &
salt. Add milk, oil & vanilla – stir.
Fold in crushed Oreo’s & pour
batter into crockpot – spread
evenly. In separate bowl combine
brown sugar & 8 T. cocoa; stir
in hot water & pour mixture
evenly over batter – DO NOT STIR.
Cover & cook on High 1 1/2 – 2 hours
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Turn off crockpot &
remove lid. Let cake stand 30-40
Serve cake in bowls, add optional
crumbled Oreo garnish then spoon
‘chocolate lava’ from bottom of
crockpot over cake. Top with ice cream.
Serves 12


Homemade Pay Day Candy Bars

3 C. salted peanuts
2 C. peanut butter chips
2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3 T. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray (or line
with parchment paper)
In large saucepan melt butter & peanut
butter chips over medium heat until
smooth. Stir in sweet’d cond’ milk,
vanilla & marshmallows- stirring
until smooth & incorporated.
Spread half of peanuts in bottom
of prepared dish – pour cond’d milk
mixture over peanuts then sprinkle
remaining peanuts on top.
Cut into bars



I hope you are all well and adjusting

to all this ‘virus’ stuff.





Happy Wednesday!

Nothin’ much new here; enjoyed chatting with 11 of my Library Knit group today. We’re all ‘good’ – I asked if they had cooked anything new lately . . . answer: No. Tonight I’m making homemade Potato Soup. Still working on the new baby blanket; I like the pattern (looks like Feather & Fan but without all the Yarn Overs – for those of you who don’t knit: it means there aren’t lots of tiny holes in the pattern.)

To date I have not been in a store of any kind in over 6 weeks now. (sent youngest son to CVS to pick up a black printer cartridge for my printer). I had enough Extra Bucks, points, etc. to pay $22. of the total cost of $29 – yay! Wanted to use up my extra bucks, etc. before they expired in May (plus I really needed a new black cartridge).


Fresh Strawberry Muffins

1/2 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. sugar
1 egg
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. chopped fresh strawberries
3 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin cups with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl cream butter &
sugar; add egg – mix well.
In small bowl sift flour, baking
powder & salt. Add flour mixture
& milk, alternately to butter
mixture. Add vanilla; gently stir
in strawberries. Spoon batter
into muffin cups.
In small bowl combine sugar &
cinnamon – sprinkle over tops
of muffins.
Bake 20-25 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: homeofmy heart – FB)

Spinach Cheese Manicotti

1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/squeezed dry
1/2 C. minced onion
1 egg
2 tsp. minced fresh parsley
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 (26 oz, ea) jars spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 C. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. manicotti shells

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine ricotta, spinach,
onion & egg; season with parsley, pepper
& garlic powder. Mix in1 C. mozz. & 1/4
C. Parm. cheese. In another bowl stir
spaghetti sauce & water. Spread 1 C.
sauce on bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Stuff uncooked manicotti shells with
ricotta mixture & arrange in a single
layer in dish. Cover with remaining
sauce & sprinkle top with both mozz.
& Parm. cheeses.
Bake 45-55 minutes until noodles
are soft. Serve 6


Crockpot Cashew Chicken

2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
(or chicken breast tenders)
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T. canola oil
1/4 C. soy sauce
2 T. rice wine vinegar
2 T. ketchup
1 T. brown sugar
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 C. cashews
Cooked rice to serve 4-6
In large ziplock bag combine flour &
pepper – add chicken & shake to coat.
Heat oil in skillet over medium-high
heat & brown chicken about 2 minutes
on each side – place in crockpot.
In a small bowl combine soy sauce, vinegar,
ketchup, sugar, garlic, ginger & pepper flakes –
pour over chicken. Cover & cook on Low
3-4 hours. Add cashews – stir.
Serve over cooked rice.

NOTE: if you want more sauce, double
sauce ingredients – pour over chicken
when serving.

(recipe: homeofmyheart FB)

Asparagus-stuffed Chicken Breasts

4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 t. Italian seasoning mix
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
salt/pepper, to taste
12 asparagus spears, ends trimmed
1 oz. tomatoes (OR) sun dried
tomatoes, chopped
4 slices Mozzarella cheese
1 T. olive oil
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place chicken on a clean chopping board &
sprinkle with Ital. seasoning, garlic powder,
salt/pepper. Slice each breast (horizontally)
so that you make a pocket in each one – be
careful to not cut all the way through.
Place 3 spears asparagus & a few pieces of
tomato (or sun dried) on a slice of Mozz.
Roll them up the place one each in slits
of chicken. Close pocket with a wooden
Heat oil in a skillet & sear chicken until
golden brown on each side, 3-5 minutes
per side. Place chicken in an oven-safe
dish & bake 15-20 minutes until fully
cooked through. Serves 4

(recipe: FB – Stacy Guck)
Pepperoni Pizza Biscuit Bites

1 (12 oz) tube refrigerated biscuits
(12 in tube)
24 slices pepperoni
shredded mozzarella cheese/cheese
sticks or cheese cut into small pieces
about 1/4 C. pizza sauce (or tomato sauce)
1/4 C. chopped green onions (or regular onions)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Optional toppings:
chopped green chiles, cooked,crumbled
bacon/sausage/ham/hamburger, chopped
green peppers, sliced olives, sliced mush-
rooms, hot sauce, shredded Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a large baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. (Poster
used 101 inch pie plate)
Cut each biscuit in half (making 24 halves).
Roll each half (using a rolling pin or the
outside edge of a glass) as big as you
can make it. Spread each half with
pizza sauce, 1 slice pepperoni, pinch
shredded cheese & chopped onion. Roll
biscuit half up, tuck in ends & place
in prepared dish – repeat with rest
of ingredients & biscuit halves. Sprinkle
each with oregano & garlic powder. You
can also top each with a little extra
pizza sauce & about 1/2 C. shredded
cheese. (and/or: add any of the above
optional toppings)

Bake 20-25 minutes until biscuits
are cooked. You can either pull off
pieces or slice. Serves about 6

(Just for fun:)
Candy Popcorn!

9 C. popped popcorn, divided
2-3 T. each:
red Jell-O
purple Jell-O
yellow Jell-O
9 T. butter, divided
3 T. white corn syrup, divided
up to 3 T. water, as needed
food coloring – optional

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment
paper or silicone liners. Spread 3 C.
popped popcorn in an even layer on
each sheet. In medium saucepan combine
1 color Jello mix with 1 C. sugar, 3 T. butter &
1 T. corn syrup – bring to boil over medium heat,
adding water as needed if mixture appears too
thick. You can mix in a few drops of food coloring
if desired to make the colors brighter. Boil
candy mixture 3-4 minutes then pour over one
cookie sheet of popcorn – toss to coat. Bake
10 minutes, tossing popcorn once halfway
through. Allow popcorn to cool before
removing from baking sheet & breaking
Repeat rest of popcorn with each color of
Once all popcorn is candied, combine all flavors
in a bowl & gently toss to mix.
Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Makes 9 cups popcorn

Orange Creamsicle Pound Cake

3 C. flour (sifted then measured)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. butter, room temp. (no substitutions)
1/2 C. vegetable shortening
3 C. granulated sugar
6 large eggs, room temp.
1 C. whole milk, room temp.
3 oz. Jell-O orange gelatin (not sugar free)
2 tsp. vanilla
3 C. powdered sugar, sifted
3-5 T. cream soda

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Grease a 10-inch tube pan with
vegetable shortening then either
dust with flour or sugar.
In large bowl sift flour, salt & baking
powder together. In another large
bowl using elec. mixer, beat butter,
shortening & gran. sugar until fluffy.
Stop mixer, scrape down sides & mix
to combine. Add eggs, one-at-a-time,
beating well after each addition. Add
vanilla to milk then add milk mixture
& flour, alternately, beginning &
ending with flour mixture. Stop mixer,
scrape down sides, mix again. Pour
half of batter into prepared pan. Add
Jell-O (dry) to bowl & mix until
combined, don’t over mix (you could
also fold in by hand). Pour orange
batter over plain batter & smooth top.
Bake 1 hour 20 minutes. (cake is done
when no crumbs or dry crumbs remain
on a wooden toothpick inserted in
thickest part of cake).
Cool in pan on wire rack 20 minutes
before inverting cake onto a plate to
cool completely. Make sure cake is
cooled completely before frosting.
In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar
with cream soda until smooth – drizzle
over cake.
Cake will be good 4-5 days in an airtight
container on the counter.
Makes 1 cake



Hope you are all doing well;