Overlapping Days!

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Wednesday

How to you get everything done AND write a blog? You overlap the blog entries! It’s now 1 week to Christmas and I’m slowly getting things done. Last night was the Knit group Movie night – we had a great time, good food and conversation. Mid-day yesterday I suddenly thought of ANOTHER person I forgot a present for: oldest son’s girlfriend! (You’d think, after 6 years, I wouldn’t forget her!). That got me to thinking: what can I do? Why, knit ANOTHER pair of wrist warmers, of course! I’m making hers out of white yarn and adding another set of the pattern, to make them a little longer (she’s a tall girl). At the movie night I got one done, so am working on #2 today. Tonight is my special needs group’s party and, after doing this going on 20 years now, I well know NOT to over-do my energies because after the party I’m going to be exhausted! Got the strings of lights up on the secretary and fireplace mantel, partially assembled the tree (forgot the TOP section, husband is going to go upstairs and get it later.) I’m thinking tree decorating some time tomorrow. Also realized I didn’t bring down the lighted wreath for the side window facing the driveway (and visible from the road) so that’s another thing to ask him to bring down. (I’m learning! Conserve my energy!!!).

We tried the ‘easy banana bread’ I made the other day and I must say: I’m impressed! It’s very flavorful and moist! (this is the 3-ingredient Banana Bread recipe I posted a few days ago). All these years I’ve been using my close friend’s recipe for banana bread (and it’s a good one), but this THREE INGREDIENT thing is great! Am thinking of making sure we always have a box of yellow cake mix in the house – that way, when we get all those ‘almost black’ bananas around here, I can use them up! (hate throwing them away – such a waste of  money! Bananas were 59 cents a lb. at Kroger yesterday!).

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Easiest Pineapple Cake

Cake:

2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch salt
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 C. chopped nuts (optional)

Frosting:

1 stick butter
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. confectioners sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix all cake ingredients together in
large bowl, using a fork. Pour batter
into greased 9 X 13 pan; bake 35-40
minutes, until top is golden brown.

Frosting:
Beat butter, cream cheese & vanilla
together until creamy; gradually mix in
powdered sugar. Frost cake while cakeis still warm.

Sprinkle top with chopped
nuts, if desired. Serves 15

(recipe: Cassie-justapinch.com)
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Easy Peppery Brie en Croute

1 (8 oz) tube crescent roll dough
1 (8 oz) pkg. brie,rind removed
2 T. Tabasco GREEN pepper sauce
1 egg, beaten
crackers

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Work crescent dough into thin circle
large enough to completely wrap brie.
Place cheese in center of dough circle;
prick top of the cheese several times
with a fork & slowly pour 1 T. Tabasco
over top of cheese. Let it stand briefly
so that cheese absorbs the sauce. Add
remaining Tablespoon Tabasco, pricking
cheese several more times with fork.
Some sauce will run over side of cheese,
don’t worry about it. Bring edges of dough
over top of cheese, working it together
to completely cover the cheese. Brush
edges with beaten egg & seal. Bake
about 10 minutes. Be careful not to over-
bake, as the cheese will run. Serve
immediately with crackers.

(recipe: Beth-justapinch.com)
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Incredible Pimento Cheese Spread

1 lb. Velveeta cheese
1 lb. medium Cheddar cheese
1 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese
1 pint Miracle Whip salad dressing
8 oz. jar pimento, drained & chopped
3 T. sugar
salt & pepper, to taste

Grate cheeses or cut into small pieces.
Allow to soften to room temperature. Combine
all ingredients; blend using elec. mixer/blender
or food processor. (It may be necessary to
divide ingredients into two batches unless you
have a very large mixing container). Store
leftovers in fridge. Can be frozen.
Makes 2 quarts.

(recipe: Shelley-justapinch.com)
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Skinny Taco Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened (1/3 less fat)
8 oz. sour cream (reduced fat)
1 (16 oz) jar mild salsa
1/2 packet taco seasoning mix
2 C. iceburg lettuce, shredded fine
2 large tomatoes, seeds removed & diced
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
small jar sliced black olives (drained)

baked tortilla chips

In large bowl combine cream cheese, sour
cream, salsa & taco seasoning; mix well
using elec. mixer. Spread on bottom of a
large shallow glass dish. Top with shredded
lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese & black
olives. Serve with baked tortilla chips.
Makes 24 servings

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Veggie Pizza Appetizers

2 (8 oz, ea) cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
1 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1 C. fresh broccoli florets
1 C. chopped green pepper
1 C. chopped, seeded tomatoes
1/2 C. sliced, pitted black olives
1/4 C. finely chopped onion

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Separate dough into 4 rectangles. Press dough onto
bottom and up sides of a 15 X 10 X 1 inch baking pan
to form crust. Bake 11-13 minutes or until golden brown;
cool. Mix cream cheese, Mir. Whip, dill & onion salt until
well blended; spread over crust. Top with remaining
ingredients & refrigerate then cut into squares.
Makes 32 servings.

Variations: you can substitute chopped cucumbers or
shredded carrots, or chopped red bell peppers for any
of the chopped vegetables.

(recipe: Kraft foods)
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Crockpot Stuffed Peppers4 green or red peppers
1/2 lb. ground pork
3/4 c. water, divided
1/2 C. barbecue sauce, divided
1 C. instant white rice, uncooked
1 C. frozen peas
1/4 lb. (4 oz) Velveeta cheese,
cut into 1/2 in/ cubes

Cut tops off peppers; chop tops,
then refrigerate for another use. Remove
seeds from peppers; discard. Set pepper
shells aside. Combine meat, 1/4 C. water &
1/4 c. barbecue sauce, rice & peas; spoon
into pepper shells & top with Velveeta
chunks. Mix remaining water & barbecue
sauce in crockpot. Stand peppers in
crockpot; cover with lid. Cook 5-7 hours
on Low, or 2 1/2 0 3 1/2 hours on High.
Serves 4

(recipe: Kraft foods)
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Mediterranean Lemon Chicken

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6 chicken thighs, leg quarters or drumsticks
1 lemon
2 tsp. dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
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Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In 9 X 13 baking dish, grate peel of 1/2 lemon, 
squeeze out the juice (about 1/4 C.) and add to
peel with oregano, garlic, oil, salt & pepper; stir
until mixed. Remove skin from chicken & discard.
Coat chicken pieces with lemon mixture & arrange,
bone side up, in baking dish. Cover & bake 20
minutes. Turn & baste chicken. Reduce heat to
400 degrees F. & bake, uncovered, basting every
10 minutes for about 30 more minutes. Serve 
chicken with pan juices. Serves 6

(recipe: Pilgrim's Co.)
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Creamy Pesto Fish


4 frozen haddock fillets* (1 lb) – DO
NOT thaw
1/4 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 T. pesto
1 tomato, chopped

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Place fish in 9 X 13 baking dish. Mix
dressing & pesto; spread on fish then
top with tomatoes. Bake 15 minutes or
until fish flakes easily with fork.
Serves 4

*can substitute frozen halibut or cod fillets

(recipe: Kraft foods)
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York Peppermint Patty Brownies

1 C. butter + 1 T., to coat pan
8 (1 oz ea) squares unsweetened chocolate
5 eggs
3 3/4C. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 2/3 C. flour
1 C. semi sweet chocolate chips
2 bags York Peppermint Patties*

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.

Line bottom of 9 X 13 pan with foil;
grease foil with butter. Microwave
unsweetened chocolate & butter 30
seconds at a time, stirring after each
cooking interval. Cook & stir until they
are melted; set aside. In mixing bowl, beat
eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt & almond extract
3-4 minutes. Add melted chocolate mixture
& flour; mix until incorporated. Stir in
chocolate chips. Spread half of batter into
buttered pan. Unwrap patties & line them up
on top of bottom layer of batter. Cover patties
with second half of batter. Bake 23 minutes.
Stick a knife in center of top layer of brownies
to make sure it comes out clean before removing
from oven. Cool on wire rack then refrigerate at
least 6 hours. Cut into bars. Makes 40 small
brownies. NOTE: they are very rich, cut them small.

*poster said: DO NOT use generic peppermint
patties – make sure you use YORK brand.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup!)
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Thursday/Friday

It's Friday already! The past two days just FLEW by! The special needs
group party turned out very nice; I'd guess we had about 80 people (we
bought food & set up tables for 120, there were 2 1/2 empty tables and
LOTS of leftover sandwiches & cookies!) I made the goofy mistake of 
forgetting to bring my 'regular, every-day' shoes to wear in the kitchen
BEFORE the party, then change into my Sunday dress shoes - ended up
working in heels 5 1/2 hours - by going home time I was a very pained
zombie! I caught myself just going in circles - my feet & legs were a 
big fat pain. GOT TO remember not to do that next year, for sure! 
Thursday found me in the basement of a local church helping one of my
friends who has a very large missionary outreach; her computer had been
hacked and she's so busy she hasn't had time to re-enter all her contacts
back onto her computer, so I spent a few hours doing that. It was fun - I 
like working in quiet, so I happily was tucked in a corner typing away.
Due to being a bit sore and tired (still), 'THE' tree still didn't get
put up - but today's my goal for that. I was 'going' to go to a concert
at 10 a.m. by the kids from Durban, S. Africa (that I've told you about) 
but it appears the roads are all icy - schools are closed and it's 
raining right now (temp. 41!!!). Our roads here are clear, but the 
school where they will be performing is on dirt roads (it's the school
my boys attended when they were young), so I KNOW the roads and also
KNOW they can be a real PAIN if it's icy, so I'm staying home. One of
the presents I received from my spec'l needs group is the CD of these
kids singing, so I won't totally miss them, just the experience of 
seeing them 'in action.'
    This is the week the roofing company said they would be out here
to put on the gutters & a little bit of siding; guess that's not 
happening. I know I wouldn't want to be working outside in this 
weather! After we've had a few days of snow, I don't mind it so much.
There's probably about 8-9 inches on the ground, but the roads & walk
ways are clear (that could change quickly - weather report for this
weekend is mostly 'winter flurries' - oh, goody).
   Gas Prices! The prices around here have been steady (amazing!) at
lowest: $3.09/9 - that's not bad! I still have over a half-tank so
won't be taking advantage of that soon.
    Well, dear people, it's (more than) time for me to get off here.
Enjoy your day - and take a little time for yourself (maybe enjoy a
Christmas cookie and some cocoa? A few marshmallows won't totally 
ruin your diet - trust me!)

Big Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. Why do I get the feeling you are like a puupy chasing it’s tail? Slow down Lady Jane–try to enjoy your life a little more –we only go around once you know!!!!


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