Quick Post

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Hello, Everyone!

I was noticing that I haven’t been writing as much as I used to, so thought I’d throw together a quick post. It’s Tuesday – Knit/Crochet night very soon; I always like going to that – you never know who’s coming and what they’ll be sharing idea-wise, or just in conversation – makes for a fun night.

Weather-wise it’s getting a bit cooler – right now it’s 64 degrees & a bit grey out – but then, it’s almost 5 p.m. and our days are getting shorter QUICKLY!  Leaves are turning, our driveway is covered in yellow leaves and tons of hickory nuts; back yard is covered in fallen (and still falling) black walnuts – the squirrels are in ‘High Alert’ trying to gather them all in before the snows fall.

Gas Prices – How are yours? A few days ago I decided to get my tank filled, as the price was $3.36/9 a gallon – today I’m VERY glad I did! The prices jumped 22 cents a gallon OVER NIGHT! I was quite shocked driving by my usual gas station (Clark) and seeing $3.89/9 a gallon today! Crazy . . .

Quick venture into a sort of ‘political’ comment: What are your thoughts on our government being ‘shut-down’? Are you concerned about this Debt deadline coming Oct 17th? I can’t believe the govm’t cut off the poor people from WIC – (Women/Infants/Children) – it’s a government funded food program for people who really need it. Personally, I can’t imagine being in that state and suddenly realizing you have NO FOOD! Scary stuff! Yes, I’ll give you that there are probably people on the program that really DON’T need it – but still – having young children and no food – not good. (Off my soapbox now . . . you can relax).

Recipes – getting lots of them; having trouble sorting through them all as it seems like there are tons of pumpkin or apple recipes. I ‘try’ to post some desserts, main courses, and veggies – just to be ‘well rounded’ (just in case you noticed . . . hehehe)

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Pumpkin Crunch

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 C. sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1 box yellow cake mix
1 C. melted butter
—-
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine pumpkin through
cinnamon, pour into greased
9 X 13 pan. Sprinkle dry cake
mix over all, then pour melted
butter on top. Bake 1 hour 10
minutes.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Rueben Pizza

1 roll Pillsbury thin crust pizza dough
thousand island salad dressing
thinly shaved corned beef
sauerkraut, rinsed & drained*
10 squares sliced Swiss cheese

Prebake crust according to pkg directions.
Spread salad dressing on cooled crust. Top
with sauerkraut, corned beef & sliced cheese.
Return to oven; bake 6-10 minutes, to melt the
cheese.

NOTE*: Make sure sauerkraut is well-drained so
that pizza doesn’t get soggy.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Oven-baked Tacos

1 lb. ground beef
pkt. taco seasoning
refried beans
1/2 can tomato sauce
hard corn taco shells
shredded Cheddar cheese
shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Brown meat & drain grease. Add
taco seasoning & water (accordg to
pkg); when thickened, remove from
heat. Stand taco shells up in a casserole
dish, fill with some refried beans, then meat.
Sprinkle tops of tacos with both cheeses. Bake
10 minutes.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Baked Potato Casserole

5 large potatoes, cooked & diced
6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 lb. ground beef, cooked & crumbled
1 lb. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 pint sour cream (2 C.)
2 chopped green onions
salt & pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients in greased casserole
dish. Bake 30 minutes.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe
Exchange)
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Spicy Sausage Pizza Dip
(crockpot)

1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 small onion, chopped (1/3 C.)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (7 1/2 oz) can tomatoes, cut up
(undrained)
1/2 of 6 oz can tomato paste (1/3 C)
2 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
1 1/2 tsp. dried basil, crushed
1 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
1/4 C. chopped black olives
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

(Dippers: breadsticks, breaded
mozzarella cheese sticks, green
sweet bell pepper sticks, carrots)

In large skillet cook sausage, onion &
garlic until meat is browned & onion
is tender; drain well. In 3 1/2 – 4 qt
crockpot combine sausage mixture,
tomato sauce, undrained tomatoes,
tomato paste, oregano, basil, sugar &
red pepper. Stir all ingredients together.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
3-4 hours. Stir in olives; sprinkle with
grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with
desired dippers.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe
Exchange)
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Apple-Walnut Salad

1 large Granny Smith apple, cored , chopped
(1 3/4 C.)
1 large Gala apple, cored, chopped (1 3/4 C.)
1/2 C. golden raisins
1/2 C. plain yogurt
1 T. sugar
1 T. fresh orange juice
1/2 C. chopped walnuts, toasted

In large bowl, mix apples & raisins. In small
bowl, mix yogurt, sugar & orange juice; pour
over apple mixture & stir to coat. Serve or
refrigerate. Stir in walnuts just before
serving. Serves 7

NOTE: Orange-flavored or regular sweetened
dried cranberries can be substituted for raisins.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe Exchange)
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Crockpot Apple Oatmeal
(overnight recipe)

2 cored/peeled & sliced apples
1/4 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch salt
2 C. oatmeal
2 C. milk
2 C. water

Place apples, sugar, cinnamon & salt
in bottom of crockpot. Pour in oatmeal,
milk & water – DO NOT STIR. Cook,
overnight on Low 8-9 hours.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Amish Cinnamon Bread

1 C. butter, softened
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 C. buttermilk
4 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda

Cinnamon-Sugar Topping:

2/3 C. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cream together butter, 2 C. sugar & eggs.
Add milk, flour & baking soda. Place 1/2
of batter (or a little less) into greased
loaf pans (1/4 in each pan). Mix, in
separate bowl, 2/3 C. sugar & cinnamon.
Sprinkle 3/4 cinnamon mixture on top of
the 1/2 batter in each pan. Add remaining
batter to pans; sprinkle with last of
cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife.
Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean. Cool
in pan 20 minutes before removing from
pan.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Went to a very nice wedding Saturday – logistics of my time-usage were a bit ‘dicey’ – went to Grandson’s flag football game 1-2 p.m., raced home/changed clothes and drove to the wedding. I know I wrote about it last post – it was a VERY long drive involving a ‘Michigan Round – a – bout’ (that was crazy but I did it), and getting to church about 10 minutes LATE! The groom & bride’s Moms were both at the door (I’m friends with both of them) and they said: “No problem – go find a seat!”) Wedding was very nice, reception was at another location – Canterbury Village King’s Court Castle: very nice venue, very formal – great atmosphere. I was greatly surprised at the food – it was EXCELLENT! (Last wedding I went to 2 weeks ago there was almost NOTHING a diabetic could eat – tons of carbohydrates, some meat, NO VEGGIES!). This wedding definitely made up for that: tossed salad, steamed mixed vegs (green & yellow beans & carrots), mashed potatoes, noodles Alfredo, (some other pasta), beef rolled up, some sort of breaded chicken (ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!) and rolls. Even the wedding cake was great! They had two different flavors: white cake with a rich chocolate ganash or carrot cake w/rich cream cheese frosting (I had that – BIG YUM!!!). The parents told the room: “Please feel free to be comfortable. Use this time like you were sitting down to dinner at our house – if you want seconds or thirds – GO AHEAD! Relax and enjoy yourselves, we are so very honored you are here to celebrate this wedding of our children with us.”  Great night (and I found my way home OK!).

Going to close for now as I have to grab my Knit Night stuff and get out the door!

Enjoy your evening and remember: Relax, stay warm and do something YOU like doing!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

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  1. It sounded like the wedding was well worth attending. I’m glad you had a good time.


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