I finally got out of the house after nearly a week. I have this incredible driveway and it drifts badly. Last year at this time I was snowed in for five weeks. If you remember we had 20 inches of snow and before we got a chance to dig out we got another 20 inches. We had two big tractors come in and they had a big problem, “Where do we put 40 inches of snow?”

That made me thankful that this time it only lasted a week and I got out, had my hair done and made a quick stop to my favorite shop in Odessa. The Red Door is a quaint little antique and gift shop. Rebecca runs it and she is a neat lady and I really enjoy a stop by to say hi and have a cup of coffee. The shop is on the main drag, kind of across the street and up a few doors from the police station so if you get down this way stop and look at all her neat stuff. She has jewelry, antiques and lots of goodies and the best cup of coffee you could ask for.

A Chinese restaurant is across from her, a neat appliance store and another couple of antique, flea market types of places up the street. Come visit Odessa and enjoy the fun.

This week kind of got cooking dropped but I managed to cook up a couple of neat things. I have almost finished my remodeling and it time for curtains and other décor items. The house looks beautiful and I am so proud. Mike has to put the shower head on the shower, faucets on the tub and shower and finish the end of the décor on the tub. Then we are done! PRAISE the LORD!

No knead jiffy rolls

3 cups self-rising flour 3 Tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 12-ounce can beer or non alcoholic beer, room temperature

Mix flour, sugar and salt together; add beer and stir. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick vegetable spray. Fill cups 2/3 full with dough. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until rolls are golden. Serve warm. Makes one dozen.

The Jiffy Roll recipe was given to me by a lady at our church who brought them to a pot luck.

Another recipe I received from our church group was called Monster Meatball Sandwiches. I believe she got both recipes from Gooseberry Patch “5 ingredients cookbook.”

Monster meatball sandwiches

32 bite-size frozen meatballs 9-ounce jar mango chutney 1 cup chicken broth 16 dinner rolls 16-ounce jar sweet-hot pickle sandwich relish

Stir together first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 25 to 30 minutes. Cut rolls vertically through top cutting to, but not through, bottom. Place 2 meatballs on each roll. Top with relish. Makes 16 (This recipe can easily be cut down to the size you need it).

This recipe would be great anytime and if you are snowed in it would be a comfort I believe. If anything can be a comfort when you are snowed in.

Have a good time enjoying our warm weather and get ready for another storm I am sure. See you next week.

Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.