Something unbelievable happened at our house this week. It snowed! You got it! The first day of spring and it snowed. The ironic thing about it was the fact that the day before it was 60+ degrees and “Grouchy Bear” got to sit out on the deck.

Something unbelievable happened at our house this week. It snowed! You got it! The first day of spring and it snowed. The ironic thing about it was the fact that the day before it was 60+ degrees and “Grouchy Bear” got to sit out on the deck.

 It was a really great day and he was happier than I have seen him since last fall. The incredible thing was that we had company in the morning. Wes and Sharon Miller stopped by to drop off a shelf he had built for my pantry and when they left we stepped outside to say goodbye. It was freezing cold and we hurried back inside. Three hours later the heat wave hit and three hours later it was gone. Then to add to the growling of the “Bear” the snow began and we are now snowed in again.

 So here we sit again, snowed in and the growling had begun. Since I know that the kitchen is more homey if it is smelling like baked goods and feeling warm I have begun making a lot of things for you know who to eat.

 

Cranberry munchy

crunchy

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ginger

4 cups spoon size shredded wheat cereal

1 cup cocktail peanuts

1 cup dried cranberries (Craisins are great)

Microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes butter and sugar in large microwave safe bowl.

Add ginger; mix well. Add cereal; toss lightly. Spread in a single layer in a 15 x 10 baking pan.

Bake 15 minutes in 350 degrees oven; stir in peanuts. Return to oven for 10 minutes. Cool completely. Add dried cranberries and toss lightly.

 

Chicken salad

surprise

3/4 cup mayonnaise

2 teaspoons lime juice

3/4 teaspoon curry powder

2 cups cooked chicken, cubed

1 medium apple, diced

1 cup seedless grapes, sliced lengthwise

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup thinly sliced celery

1/4 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, lime juice, and curry powder.

Add chicken, apple, grapes, cranberries, celery, pecans and onions. Toss, mixing well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

 When weather permits we enjoy going to Cracker Barrel with many of our friends. Recently we had Sunday lunch with Bob and Kay Morris and Norma Rice.

We enjoyed the wonderful HUGE blueberry muffins there.  Later in the week while shopping at Hy-Vee I purchased a blueberry muffin mix and a six cup jumbo sized muffin tin.

The mix comes with a small can of very small blueberries so I added two cups or more of frozen blueberries.

The muffin tins need to be at least three quarters full! After I shared the info with Kay she went to Hy-Vee but she substituted the generic muffin mix for a Duncan Hines that was also whole wheat and she added extra berries.

 So if you are trying to deal with someone with a case of “cabin fever” I highly recommend any of the above recipes to make them happy.

 See you next week.