It’s a Quiet Day Here – So Far . . .

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Happy Monday! Right now it’s 11:24 a.m. and all’s quiet at my house – AMAZING! All three gentlemen are still ‘in residence’, which makes the above statement even more valid. Usually, once they’re all ‘up’, things tend to get a little noisy – TV on, video games blaring, etc. I’m content to be sitting here with you, sipping my morning coffee and just finishing up some recipes to post for you. This selection of recipes I would classify as being: INTERESTING! Not your ‘usual’ recipes, but they sort of either ‘sounded good’ OR ‘made sense’ when reading them. See what you think:

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Steamed Asparagus on Toast w/Milk Gravy
(yes, I know – it sounds strange, but reading
over the recipe, it kind of makes sense!)

(This is for ONE SERVING:)
6 stalks asparagus, steamed
1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted

Milk Gravy Recipe:
2 T. butter
4 T. flour
1/4-1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (to taste)
2 C. milk

Melt butter over low heat; stir in flour &
black pepper. Stir until well blended. Remove
from heat. Gradually stir in milk; return to
heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until thick
& smooth.
TO PREPARE:
Place 1 slice toast on plate, cover toast with
steamed asparagus. Ladle hot gravy over
asparagus.

NOTE: You can also make the gravy a
Cheese Sauce Gravy by adding 1 1/2 C.
grated cheese to gravy, stir in & cook
until cheese is melted & gravy is thick &
smooth.

(recipe: Nancy-justapinch.com)
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Hot Sin Apple Bread
(wild name, eh?)


3 eggs
1 C. vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanill
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 C. flour
4 C. grated, peeled apples

Topping:
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. cinnamon
2 tsp. flour
1/4 C. cold butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour 2 loaf pans. Mix topping
ingredients; place half in bottom of
prepared pans. Mix eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla,
baking soda & salt together in large mixing
bowl. Gradually add flour, mixing well. Add
apples; mix well. Do Not overmix. Pour into
prepared pans. Sprinkle remaining topping
on top of loaves. Bake 1 hour. Makes 2 loaves.

(recipe: Jamie-justapinch.com)
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Sweetened Sauerkraut


4 slices bacon, cooked
1 medium onion, chopped
4 C. sauerkraut *
1 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

*If using canned sauerkraut, make
sure to rinse VERY well (to take out
salt).
Cook bacon, crumble,remove from pan.
Add onions to bacon grease, cook until
tender. Drain grease; add bacon,sauerkraut,
tomato sauce & brown sugar to pan.
Simmer 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serves 6

(recipe: Kathy-justapinch.com)
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Herbed Tomato/Cheese Appetizers


1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. fresh or frozen chopped chives
1 t. fresh chopped dill (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
4 tomatoes, peeled/seeded & diced

In medium bowl combine cream cheese,
garlic, chives & dill. Add tomatoes & mix
well. Serve on crackers, English muffins,
bagels or crusty bread. Makes 1 1/2 Cups.

(recipe: Judy-justapinch.com)
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Spinach – Cream Cheese Savory Pastries


1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1 can spinach, drained
1 can refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Microwave cream cheese about 30 seconds
until it is soft. Add egg to cream cheese; mix
well. Fold in spinach until well combined.
Roll out dough until you have 4 (4×4) squares.
Add 1-2 T. spinach mixture to center of one
square. Fold over edges carefully to make a
triangle. Pinch edges together, repeat with
other squares. Place on baking sheet & bake
15-20 minutes or until pastry is light golden
brown. Let cool 10 minutes. Serves 4.

(recipe: Kris – justapinchcom)
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Amazing Coconut Pie


2 C. milk
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. Bisquick
4 eggs
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter or margarine,
softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 C. raisins
1 1/3 C. flake coconut

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place milk, sugar, Bisquick, eggs, butter &
vanilla in blender; cover. Blend on Low
3 minutes. Pour into greased 9 inch pie
plate. Sprinkle with raisins & coconut.
Place pie on a baking sheet.
Bake 40 minutes or until pie is set in center
& top is golden brown. Cool on wire rack.
Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 8

Can also be made using an electric
mixer: Beat butter & sugar in large bowl
using electric mixer on medium speed until
light & fluffy. Beat in eggs & vanilla. Add
Bisquick alternately with milk, beating well
after each addition. Pour into greased pie
plate & continue as directed above.

(recipe: Kraft foods)
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Cream Cheese Chicken Rolls


8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 oz cream cheese, softened
8 slices bacon
chives (to taste)
Cooked rice (to serve 6)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13 baking pan with nonstick
spray. Pound chicken breasts to 1/2 inch
thickness. Spread each with a pat of
cream cheese & sprinkle with chives.
Fold ends over filling & wrap with a slice
of bacon. Place, seam side down, in pan.
Bake 40 minutes on top rack of oven
(until internal temperature reaches 165
degrees F.), then broil 5 minutes or until
bacon is crisp. Serve chicken on a bed
of prepared rice drizzled with pan
drippings.

(recipe: Pilgrims Pride)

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Quick Country Cupboard Soup


1/2 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast halves
cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 C. thinly sliced carrots
1 C. thinly sliced potatoes
2 (1 oz, ea) pkgs. dry onion soup mix
2 T. white sugar
4 C. water
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1/2 C. seashell pasta
ground black pepper, to taste

In large stockpot, heat oil over medium
heat. Add meat & brown lightly. Stir in
carrots, potatoes, onion soup mix, sugar,
water, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, hot
pepper sauce & pepper; stir frequently.
Bring to a boil; add pasta & reduce heat.
Simmer gently for 30-40 minutes or until
vegetables are tender. Serves 6

(recipe: Pilgrims Pride)

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This past weekend found my husband home with an upper respiratory infection, hence we were not able to attend the (much anticipated by me) “Dinner with the President” that I believe I wrote about in a earlier post. This was to be a formal dinner with the actual rein-actors who ‘work’ at the Abraham Lincoln Museum portraying Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln. Our friends who invited us said it was a very nice evening (albeit very LONG 6 – 9:15 p.m.). I guess, in the long run, it was better we did not go, as husband was feeling under the weather. I had volunteered to do the driving (80 miles one way) but he said no – knowing I don’t do well driving after dark, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. Oh well . . . no good crying over spilt “Lincoln”, eh?

Tonight is our church’s Ladies Fellowship and they’ve chosen an interesting topic: De-Cluttering your Life. We are to bring 5-10 ‘items’ we do not want, need or use (household things, no clothes). After a light supper and devotion, we will be placing our items on tables then doing a sort of ‘garage sale’ thing: you get to take something you want (not sure exactly how MANY you get to take, perhaps it goes with how many you brought??? I’ll find out). I currently have about 4-5 items to bring: an unused but very nice pizza pan, some Fall embroidered leaves hand towels (have had them since a shower a good 8 years ago – just never had a use for them!), some overly large paper muffin liners (I thought they were regular size) – there’s about 150! and a few other things I can’t remember right now. Still have to ‘get busy’ collecting for tonight – ought to be interesting! Tomorrow is Knit Night, Weds. special needs group, Thurs. grandson babysitting – I think FRIDAY might be EMPTY, at the moment! Surprise!

Am on the crocheted border of the baby afghan now. Made three rows of triple crochet in white, am doing 2 rows of the multi-colored yarn the afghan’s made in, then another 3 rows of white. Not sure, yet, whether I’ll do a picot-edging or not. That’s all the crafting I’ve done for the past 2-3 days, no baby hats or chemo caps.

Weather-wise it’s been cold (24 degrees) but clear. Yesterday morning the sky was a wonderful shade of bright blue with big, huge fluffy white clouds. When I came out to get in the car (8:45 a.m.) I kept hearing this strange sound close to me. Upon further inspection I discovered a Red Headed Woodpecker up in our tree – and it looked like it had made a nest inside the tree, a good 8-10 feet up! So happy to finally hear BIRDS singing again! I sure missed them!  Looking at the 7 day forecast for our area I don’t see any SNOW predicted! YAY! However, it does look like we’re in for some really chilly days & nights (in the 20’s, some going into low 30’s) but I’m not surprised – it’s Michigan – land of SNOW & COLD! Spring is coming – soon! YAY! (As if I haven’t emphasized this enough – it’s my FAVORITE season of the year!)

Anyway, enough of that; stopped at the library and checked out two more John Lescroart books – he writes murder/fiction usually in a courtroom setting. Quick reads but interesting; think I’m going to pursue his entire listing of books written, a little at a time. I’m like that – do YOU do that, too? If you find an author you like, you read ALL of their books? So glad for libraries! I’m sometimes tempted to buy them and then think: This book is a good 6 years old – go check the library! Saves money, supports the library AND keeps me amused – a Win/Win/Win situation if ever I saw one!

Hope you’re having a great day – hope the weather is cooperating for you!

Enjoy your day;

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Oh, almost forgot! Gas prices here dropped another 10 cents a gallon: $3.69/9  – hey, it’s better than going up, right?

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. You sound really busy – and I think I just might try that apple bread. You’ve inspired me to get to work on crocheted border for my guest room pillow cases! ❤

    • Glad to hear I inspired you – that doesn’t happen often! Have you ever thought of looking up (on the internet) crocheted border patterns? If you go on YouTube and type in crochet borders, I’m sure there will be quite a few videos you might like (just a thought). And then there’s also http://www.ravelry.com (it’s free to join and there are lots of free patterns).
      Hugs;
      Pam

      • Yes, I’m on Ravelry….it’s not that I don’t have a pattern (I do), it’s that I’m not always motivated to start! ❤


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