Sleepy Saturday – (yawn)

For a change around here it’s quiet AND there’s really nothing ‘scheduled’ to do today-YAY! (Of course, that doesn’t pre-suppose that I haven’t already done a bunch of things, either – grin). Managed to remember to write out and mail several house bills that aren’t on the ‘pay on line’ program, knit 24 rows on the blue scarf (that’s about all I can handle on that pattern at a time – it’s too ‘fussy’ – needs constant attention to details), knit another inch or more on the second chemo cap, cleaned up the kitchen sink dishes, loaded the dishwasher, started a load of clothes, updated the blog recipe list – think that’s about all for now. It’s one of those days that looks like it’s warm outside, even the sounds you hear make you think that: someone close mowing their lawn – BUT – those sites & sounds are deceiving – it’s only 40 degrees! I’m wearing a sweater & slippers – just a bit chilly! Yesterday I managed to sit outside and knit for around an hour – the thermometer said it was almost 79 degrees (but I didn’t believe that); it was cloudy and getting more windy by the minute – looking like rain. A little later we did get rain, just not a big storm as they were predicting.  I think dinner is going to be pork steaks & baked potatoes (& some sort of vegetable). Lately my boys are so busy they’re rarely here for dinner, which makes ‘cooking’ dinner difficult when it’s only for 2 people (Yes, I know quite a few people cook for only 2 but I’m not quite ‘there’ yet – we’re still FOUR, but it varies per day!).

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Pepperoni Squares

2 eggs
2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 C. flour
6 oz. pepperoni, chopped 4 oz. grated Swiss cheese
1 1/2 C. grated sharp
Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Mix all ingredients together
with a fork. Place in a
9 x 13 baking pan. Bake,
uncovered, 30 minutes. Cut
into squares & serve warm.

(recipe: Joann-RDJ 4/20/12)
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Almost Lasagna
 
1 lb. elbow macaroni, cooked
1 lb. ground turkey (or beef,
chicken, sausage or tofu
crumbles)
1 (26 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 lb Ricotta cheese (or cottage
cheese)
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 C. diced zucchini, or match-
stick carrots, etc.
salt & pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brown meat; drain well. Stir
together eggs, ricotta, grated
Parmesan, salt & pepper. Mix
cooked meat, macaroni, sauce &
veggies; add ricotta mixture-
blend well. Spray 9 x 13 
baking dish with nonstick
spray. Spread half of
macaroni mixture evenly
over bottom of pan. Top 
with a cup of mozzarella
then sprinkle with Parmesan.
Add remaining macaroni
mixture; top with 
remaining cheeses, cover
with foil. Bake 20 minutes,
uncover, bake another 10-
20 minutes or until cheese
on top is lightly browned &
bubbly.
Serves 6

(recipe: Lisa - justapinch.com)
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Strawberry Charlotte
 
1 jelly roll (homemade or
commercial)
1 (3 oz) pkg. strawberry
Jello mix
1 C. hot water
1 C. miniature marshmallows
10 oz. frozen strawberries
(fresh, for garnish, if you 
have them)
1/4 C. lemon juice
2 egg whites
1/4 C. sugar
1 C. heavy whipping cream,
whipped
1 C. pecans, coarsely 
broken

Cut jelly roll into 1/2 inch
slices. Arrange slices over 
bottom & around sides of an
oiled 2 1/2 quart mixing
bowl. Dissolve Jello in hot
water; add marshmallows &
partially defrosted straw-
berries, stirring until
marshmallows dissolve. Add
lemon juice & chill until
partially congealed; beat
until fluffy. Beat egg whites
until soft peaks form; gradually
beat in sugar. Fol into Jello
mixture; blend in whipped
cream & nuts. Pile mixture
lightly into jelly roll-
lined bowl. Chill until
firm. Unmold, garnish &
serve. Feeds 8-10

(recipe: Kathleen)

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Bacon-wrapped Stuffing Balls
 
2/3 C. finely chopped onions
2 T. butter
1 box stuffing mix
1/4 C. finely chopped celery
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1 large egg, beaten
12 slices (or more) bacon

In small skillet, saute onion
& celery in butter until tender.
In large bowl, combine stuffing
mix & remaining seasonings; toss
to mix evenly. Add onion mixture
and egg; toss lightly to coat
bread mixture. Roll mixture into
1 1/4 inch balls. Wrap a bacon
slice around each ball & secure
with a toothpick. Repeat with
remaining ingredients. In 
large skillet, cook bacon
roll-ups on all sides over
medium heat for 18 minutes 
or until bacon is crisp and a
meat thermometer inserted
into stuffing reads at least
160 degrees F. Drain on 
paper towels. Makes 12 or
more.

These can also be made ahead,
cooked, cooled then frozen.

(recipe: Pat-justapinch.com)
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Easy Jello Tiramisu
 
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla
instant pudding
2 C. cold milk
3/4 C. Cool Whip, thawed
8 soft ladyfingers
1 square Bakers Semi-
sweet chocolate, finely
grated

Beat pudding mix & milk
in medium bowl with whisk
2 minutes; stir in Cool
Whip. Place 1 ladyfinger
in each of 4 dessert dishes,
cover with half each of 
pudding mixture and grated
chocolate. Repeat layers.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
Serves 4.

(recipe: kraftfoods)
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Mushroom "Bruschetta: Chicken Skillet
 
1 .b mixed fresh mushrooms, coarsely
chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1/4 C. balsamic dressing
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
4 small boneless skinless chicken
breast halves
1/2 C. shredded Italian Three
cheese blend cheese (Kraft)
1 T. coarsely chopped fresh chives

Cook mushrooms & onions in large
nonstick skillet on medium-high
heat 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add dressing, garlic & thyme; cook
5-7 minutes or until mushrooms are
tender, stirring frequently. Transfer
to bowl, cover to keep warm. Add
chicken to skillet; cook 5 minutes
on each side or until done. Top
chicken with mushrooms & cheese; 
cover. Cook 2-4 minutes or until
cheese is melted; sprinkle top
with chives. Serves 4

(recipe: Kraftfoods)
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Orange Blossom Balls
(no-bake!)
 
1 (12 oz) box vanilla wafers,
crushed
1 (6 oz) can orange juice
concentrate, thawed, undiluted
1 C. confectioners sugar
1 C. finely chopped nuts
1 pkg. flaked, sweetened
coconut

Crush vanilla wafers very fine;
mix with sugar. Add undiluted
juice & nuts; mix well. Shape
into small balls; roll in 
coconut. Store in airtight
container in refrigerator.

(recipe: MaryAnn-justapinch.com)
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Hope you are able to have a nice,
relaxing day today, as well. Take
a little time to enjoy doing 
somethine YOU like (even if it's only 
sitting down and putting your feet
up for a few minutes - RELAX!
Close your eyes and breathe
deeply - enjoy that few minutes
of calm!)

Hugs;

Pammie
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  1. We had calm and quiet also. Sometimesthat what you need the most of!


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