A Very Nice Day

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I have to say, as days go – yesterday was a VERY NICE DAY. I should preface, the day before as I was coming out of the library, I heard a voice say: “Look who’s here!” I turned around and it was a friend I haven’t seen in about 4 years; she was very excited, saying: “You’ve been on my mind ALL WEEK!” After a short chat, she invited me to lunch at her house the following day (yesterday). I went, she had a lovely lunch of tossed salad, homemade chicken noodle soup and rosemary bread; we had a good sit-down for about two hours, then it was time to leave for my annual eye exam. If you’ve read my blog before, you know that this exam I was kind of dreading simply because my eye doctor had said last year: “You know, next year will be the time to do your cataract surgery on both eyes.” Well, I’m here to tell you – my eyes are doing great: no signs of diabetic retinopathy (no damage to my eyes because of my being diabetic), I’m seeing 20/20 with my glasses, and we can postpone the surgery another year – YAY!!! After the exam, I had talked my husband into trying a new ‘burger joint’ in the area: Halo Burger. I’d heard, from several friends, that they make a really tasty burger. Last Sunday’s newspaper fliers produced a coupon for Buy 1 ‘Classic Halo Burger’, get 1 free, so that’s what we did. Husband tried their Green Olive burger (his favorite) and declared it “One tasty burger”; I had the Classic – talk about juicy AND tasty! They hand make their patties, which makes all the difference. They are large – one was more than enough for me. The prices (to me) are a little high: $4-6 a burger, but they’re worth it, compared to the size/taste of say McDonalds/Wendy’s. Husband also ordered a large fries – can’t say that the fries were anything to write home about – OK/average. When youngest son came home later and we talked about our ‘adventure’ he said we really needed to try out another ‘burger joint’ that’s been here about 6 months: “Five Guys Burgers & Fries”; looks like that’s our next point of adventure! An early lunch with a friend, a good report on my eyes, lunch with husband – all in all, a good day!

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(Not sure if I’ve posted these before, but thought the name was interesting!)

Waffle Iron Cookies

1/2 C. margarine
4 T. baking cocoa, heaped
2 eggs
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 C. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt

(optional: cake frosting)

Heat waffle iron.
In medium bowl, melt margarine & cocoa.
Stir in eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla & salt. Drop
by teaspoonsful onto hot waffle iron, baking
several at a time, about 45 seconds. Cool
then frost, if desired. Makes 15 or more.

(recipe: Marsha-justapinch.com)
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Polish Sausage & Cabbage Soup Crock Pot

2 C. potatoes, cubed & peeled
4 C. cabbage, shredded fine
1 carrot, shredded fine
1 large onion, chopped
2 tsp. caraway seeds, crushed (optional)
1-1/4 lb Polish sausage, cooked, halved lengthwise
and cut into 1/2 inch slices
4 C. chicken broth (or you can use water)
black pepper and salt to taste

Place potatoes, cabbage, carrot, onion, caraway seeds,
sausage, pepper and salt in crock pot. Pour broth over all.
Cover, cook on low for 10 – 12 hours or high for 5 – 6 hours.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Shrimp Scampi Skewers


1 lb. uncooked large shrimp, peeled & deveined
4 green onions, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
2 T. lemon juice
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 lemon, halved & sliced
non-stick cooking spray

Combine shrimp, onions, lemon juice & garlic
in medium bowl. Cover & marinate 10 minutes.
Alternately thread shrimp, onion & lemon slices
on skewers*. Grill or broil, turning once & spraying
with nonstick spray 4 minutes or until shrimp turns
pink. Just before serving, spray skewers again with
nonstick spray. Serves 4

*If using wooden skewers, soak skewers in water at
least 30 minutes prior to use.

(recipe: Unilever)
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Fresh Corn Salsa

4 tomatoes, chopped, (1 1/2 lb)
1 C. cooked fresh corn kernels
(2 ears of fresh corn=1 C. cooked)
1/4 C. finely chopped red onions
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing

Combine all ingredients except dressing,
in large bowl. Add dressing, mix lightly.

(recipe: Kraft foods)
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Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted
Red Peppers

1 slice cooked bacon, crumbled
2 T. cider vinegar
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
2 C. packaged fresh baby spinach
3 T. jarred roasted red sweet peppers,
drained & sliced
2 T. whole almonds or pecans, toasted
1 T. crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:
In small skillet, whisk together vinegar,
oil, sugar, garlic & black pepper. Bring to
boil, reduce heat, boiling gently, uncovered,
1 minute, stirring constantly.

In medium bowl, combine bacon, spinach,
roasted peppers, almonds & feta cheese.
Drizzle with warm dressing; toss to coat.
Serve immediately. Serves 2

(recipe: CVS)

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Cheddar Zucchini Frittata

4 eggs
1/2 C. finely shredded Cheddar cheese
2 T. snipped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. olive oil
12 oz. zucchini, halved lengthwise &
sliced
4 green onions, sliced

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Position oven rack to upper third of oven.
In medium bowl, whisk eggs, cheese, half
of parsley, pepper & salt; set aside. In
9 or 10″ ovenproof skillet, heat olive oil
over medium-high heat. Add zucchini &
green onions; cook 5-8 minutes or just
until tender, stirring frequently. Carefully
pour egg mixture over vegetables. Reduce
heat to medium. As mixture sets, run a
spatula around edge of skillet, lifting
egg mixture so uncooked portion flows
underneath. Continue cooking & lifting
edges about 5 minutes or until egg mixture
is almost set (surface will be moist). Reduce
heat as necessary to prevent overbrowning.
Place skillet in oven; bake about 5 minutes or
until frittata is firm & top is golden brown.
Sprinkle with remaining 2 T. parsley, serve warm
cut into wedges. Serves 4.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Easy Cheesy Breadsticks

1 (10 oz) can prepared pizza crust
1 T. butter, melted
1/2 C. Provolone cheese, shredded
1 T. Parmesan cheese
1 T. dried basil
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
(marinara sauce, for dipping)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Unroll pizza dough onto greased cookie sheet
or large bar stone; brush with butter. Sprinkle
cheeses & spices evenly over dough. Using
pizza cutter, cut dough lengthwise into 12
long strips, then cut those in half to make
24 strips. DO NOT separate strips. Bake
10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
Recut along each strip & remove from
cookie sheet. Serve sticks warm with
marinara sauce.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Fabulous Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Pie

For the pie:

1 chocolate graham cracker crust
1 C. peanut butter
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, room temp
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed & divided
1(11.75 oz) jar hot fudge topping, divided
1/2 C. sugar

For the topping:
2 T. hot fudge
2 T. peanut butter

In large bowl, beat peanut butter, cream cheese,
and sugar until creamy. Fold in 3 cups Cool Whip.
Spoon mixture into crust and smooth to edges.
Remove 2 tablespoons hot fudge from jar and
reserve in zip-lock plastic baggie for later. Heat
remaining hot fudge according to package directions.
Spread on top of peanut butter layer. Refrigerate pie
until serving time.
When ready to serve:
carefully spread remaining Cool Whip on top of pie.
Knead hot fudge in baggie with hands; cut tiny hole in
corner of baggie and pipe over pie. Repeat with 2
tablespoons peanut butter and pipe on pie in opposite
direction.

(recipe: Facebook)

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How are your gas prices lately? Ours went up slightly from $3.49/9 to $3.56/9 – I’m guessing it’s in preparation for the holidays, even though that’s not immediately coming. This weekend, here in my town, is the annual “Woodward Cruise”. If you’re not from Michigan or not into old cars, perhaps you havent’ heard of this event. To put it simply: it’s all about the cars! OLD cars & trucks, which come to this area to ride around and show off their cars. Since Pontiac, Michigan was once the site for Pontiac Motors, which produced the Pontiac line of cars, this has become “THE” place to be if you love old cars. It’s only supposed to be one weekend (this one) each year, but because lots of people love to show off their cars, it sort of stretches to more like 2 WEEKS. I live on a main road so I hear the  cars as they drive by – remember the hot rods of the ’50’s & ’60’s? The Muscle Cars? We’ve got ’em – along with just about ANY make & model from the very first cars on. They ‘cruise’ “The LOOP” – it’s like a 3-city drive, enjoying seeing other cars as well as being ‘seen’. There are all sorts of events surrounding this weekend – a big cement empty lot in downtown Pontiac which is set aside for parking your cars, propping the hood up, setting up your sign telling viewers what make/model, etc. and then walking around looking at the other cars. Restaurants open their parking lots for more ‘old car viewing’, some churches do the same – it’s quite ‘the thing’ IF you’re into cars!  A new t-shirt design is created each year – the logo design is a yearly contest, the winner having their design put on t-shirts, hats, posters, etc. What am I doing, you ask? Staying home and ‘out of the line of trouble.’ Yes, if I wanted I could go take lawn chairs and ‘stake out a seat’ along the route – lots of people LOVE doing this every year – just sitting in a lawn chair along side a road watching all the cars go by – not my ‘cup of tea’, so to speak. If I wanted to do that, I could just go sit on my front lawn! Oh well – so much for that.

Hope you have a great weekend; our weather has finally cooperated some – it’s nice and clear, but not very warm (right now it’s 55 degrees F. at 8:30 a.m.!) It will probably warm up some a little later.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. So glad you had a good day.

  2. Flint is into the Back To The Bricks celebration right now ( our old cars thing) so I know what you mean. I don’t do the walk around thing either but a lot of people do.


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