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winter2013J-examinerIt’s been amazing to see some of the pictures from the ‘polar vortex’ . . . new word to me. While we didn’t have any temperatures to compare to those ‘minus double digits’ up north, we did get down into the teens for a couple of nights – which for our part of Texas – is pretty cold. Fortunately we didn’t have any problems with pipes freezing or electrical outages.   To be on the safe side, I had cooked a couple of meals ahead . . . soup and spaghetti. Something that could easily be reheated in the electric skillet if we needed it.


bear1_2014Bear really seemed to enjoy the cold and was super frisky.

We kept him in for a few days when it was particularly cold transforming the laundry room in to his new kennel – bed, food, water, and toys, of course. He did well – but having a 70 pound puppy in the house was somewhat of a challenge. And, when he finally got to go back out and romp – he had a grand time ripping my rosemary bush apart – and uncovering some plants. Check out his treasures I found on the porch.    It’s hard to tell but the limbs off the plant are about 3/4 of an inch in diameter and the old sheet is a full-size flat.  Go Bear !!!!




David has had some really sore muscles but  is better  –  thanks to his cousin (Lyndall).  She recommended a gadget that is touted to relieve muscle discomfort. It is an electronic pulse massager by truMedic. Comes with four very STICKY pads, wires and a controller that allows you to place the electro pads where you want to apply the massage and then turn it on to the level you desire. After a couple of ‘treatments’ David appears to be better and we’re hoping this will get him back up and running a little quicker than without the massager.   For more information and product reviews on this item, visit this link to Amazon.




Regular football season is over, and I watched a lot of it – yes, I still love football. Interesting how The Super Bowl has turned into something of an ‘event’ with home and sports bar parties. Both of course mean lots of food!! Below are a few tasty Super Bowl snacks. I’ve listed the recipes for the new goodies  followed by some quick and easy old favorites. Enjoy !




Pizza Thins (The amount of each ingredient depends on the number of pizza thins you want to make and how heavy you want the toppings. Use your best judgment on this for quantity.)


  • 1 loaf of small cocktail bread
  • Bulk sausage (cooked & crumbled – regular & hot)
  • Finely grated mozzarella cheese
  • Finely chopped bell pepper
  • Finely chopped onion


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. On cookie sheet, place the bread slices
  3. Layer slices with sausage, cheese, bell pepper and onion
  4. Bake in pre-heated oven for approximately 15 minutes
  5. Serve warm

Note: These are really good and disappear quickly – so make plenty.


Mini-Oriental Meatballs


  • 1-1/2 tablespoon light rum
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 pressed garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck


  1.  Blend first four ingredients together
  2. Add spice mix to beef and mix well
  3. Shape into mini-meatballs about 1 inch in diameter
  4. Bake at 300 degrees for 12-15 minutes (turn once)
  5. Serve with toothpicks

Make-ahead Cheese Ball


  •  1 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/4 lb. Roquefort cheese crumbled
  • 1/2 lb. cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups crushed Sour Cream & Onion flavored potato chips


 Have cheeses at room temperature before starting.

  1.  Blend cheeses well with mixer or food processor
  2. Add Worcestershire sauce, onion, pepper and 1/4 cup of the crushed potato chips
  3. Shape cheese mixture into ball and roll in remaining chips until covered.
  4. Chill.

This recipe improves with chilling so make ahead and chill or freeze for later.

Quick & Easy
  •  Simmer cocktail sausages in BBQ sauce. Keep warm in chafing dish, crock pot or over a warmer
  • Sauté shrimp in butter (or margarine), season with dill weed or blackened seasoning. Keep warm over warmer.
  • Serve assorted melon balls, pineapple chunks, apple wedges alone or with fruit dip.
  • Combine flaked crabmeat with enough mayonnaise to moisten, season with curry powder. Serve with flavored cracker of choice.
  • Spread thin slices of French bread with soft butter, top with cheese of choice and heat in the oven at 350 degrees until cheese melts.
  • Perennial favorite . . . serve up a big bowl of Chex Mix for grabbing. Get recipe here. 
  • And if you’ve got the taste for wings or mini-sliders, check out last year’s recipes.







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