WHEW! One less – take a big, deep breath!

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This has been one of ‘THOSE’ weeks – constant ‘stuff’ needing to be done. Just got off the phone with my grandson’s Mom – YAY (or WHEW!) apparently the ‘powers that be – those who care for him besides me’ somehow thought when I said I wanted to switch from Fridays to Thursdays, it meant NOW. (I meant when school starts). This week & next were supposed to be ‘watch grandson’ Tuesday, Thursday AND Friday – big stuff. I love him dearly but it really wears me out trying to keep him amused! For example, I knew we were going to get him around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday – what I didn’t know was- he wouldn’t be picked up until 5:35 p.m.! USUALLY it’s around 2:30 – so by 3 or so I was getting antsy – by 5, ready for a BIG NAP! Problem with that? Knit Night started at 6:30, I had to leave at 5:50 or so to battle the traffic AND the big thunderstorm. It all worked out – only 8 of us showed up – Panera was a virtual waste land – we had the whole place to ourselves! So, bottom line on grandson – I ‘only ‘ have him next Tues & Thur, not Friday and after that, only on Thursdays after 4 p.m. when I pick him up at the bus stop!

This has been THE craziest year for funerals, also. In the past three months I have been to, (or will be going to) a total of EIGHT funerals! Yesterday afternoon my sweet little old lady (with Alzheimers) that we drive to church had her husband’s memorial service. Being that it was also my special needs group night, I could only stay about an hour for visitation. While there I got a phone call from my ‘partner/other teacher’ for the group saying that she couldn’t come to teach because there had just been a death in HER family. First she outlined that I’d be fine as I’d have another lady as my helper; then she called back about 5 minutes later to tell me she’d forgot – the other lady would be in a teacher training meeting, so I’m on my own! CRAZY NIGHT! We played Bible Bingo and I enlisted the aid of our new helper (who is also a youth pastor at that church) – he’s about 6′ 7″, HUGE, gentle Giant of a man with a big, booming voice. All worked out very well – the kids loved it. As we’re setting up snacks; one of my helpers asks me if I’d heard anything about another friend – No, so she tells me he died Tuesday! Eight funerals in three months! That’s just CRAZY! They were all LOVELY, great people whom I will truly miss. While I’m saying my goodbyes to the family of my Alzheimers lady, a lady from the funeral home says my name. (OK – I thought, not sure if I heard right, but I turned to her) Turns out I was right: she’s the daughter of ANOTHER really dear friend whom I’d sort of lost contact with – who ALSO has Alzheimers now! IN FACT, to make it even stranger: SHE LIVES DIRECTLY ACROSS THE HALL FROM MY LITTLE OLD LADY IN THE SAME SENIOR CITIZENS CONDO! How weird is that?! I chatted with the daughter a bit, got her phone number and said I’d call soon to go see her Mom. As she said: “Maybe she’ll recognize you, maybe she won’t – BUT she’ll make a really good job of ‘faking it’ if she doesn’t! How funny! Ah, Life – sometimes ya just gotta roll with the punches and keep looking up – right?

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Sauteed Zucchini & Tomatoes

1 T. cooking oil
4 small zucchini, sliced (about 4 C)
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes,
undrained
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Add zucchini & cook 7
minutes or until tender, stirring
occasionally. Add undrained tomatoes,
salt & pepper; break up tomatoes with
spoon. Cook 2 minutes more or until
hot. Serves 4 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
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Crockpot Polynesian Chicken

4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless

(about 1 1/2 lb),cut into 2″ cubes

1 red bell pepper, cored/seeded & sliced
into 1″ strips
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks in natural juice
2 T. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1/3 C. honey
2 T. cornstarch

(recommend using 4-7 qt crockpot)
Pour juice from pineapple into small bowl. Mix
soy sauce, garlic, ginger & honey into juice;
whisk to combine. Add cornstarch, stir until
combined. Place chicken in crockpot, add
pineapple chunks. Pour pineapple juice mixture
over chicken. Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours. Add
bell peppers the last 15 minutes of cooking time.
Serve over a bed of cooked quinoa or brown rice.
Serves 6
(recipe: Peg-Marys Recipe Exchange)
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California Baked Potatoes
3 (cold) baked potatoes, cut into spears
1/2 C. Catalina salad dressing
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. parsley flakes

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Toss potato spears with salad dressing;
place on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle
with garlic & parsley. Bake 20 minutes
or until crispy. Serves 4
(recipe: Kraft foods)
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Summer Salad w/Baby Greens

3 oz (about 4 C.) baby arugula &
baby spinach mix
5 oz. whole wheat or brown rice
pasta
1/3 C. sun dried tomatoes, sliced thin
2 T. capers, drained
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 T. extra virgin olive oil
salt & fresh pepper, to taste
2 T. freshly shaved Parmigiano
Reggiano

Boil pasta in salted water accordg. to
pkg. directions; drain & rinse in cold
water. In large bowl, combine pasta,
baby greens, tomatoes, capers, olive
oil, vinegar, salt & pepper; toss well.
Just before serving top with freshly
shaved Parmigiano Reggiano.
Serves 4

 

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Dale’s “Can’t Stop

Eating it” Salad

2 heads iceburg lettuce, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped

1 yellow or white onion, chopped

1 C. mayonnaise
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1 C. sour cream
1 T. sugar (or Splenda)
Parmesan cheese
fresh ground black pepper
4-5 slices bacon, fried crisp &
cru
mbled

In large bowl top lettuce with
celery & onion. Mix mayonnaise
with vinegar & drop spoonfuls
over salad. Mix sour cream with
sugar & drop spoonfuls over

salad.Spread dressing evenly over
salad to cover; sprinkle Parmesan
cheese over dressing & grind
black pepper (to taste) over
cheese. Cover with plastic wrap.
When ready to serve,
sprinkle bacon over top
& toss well,to evenly coat
all.
(recipe: Facebook)

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Party Hamburger Dip
(crockpot)

1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 can Ro*Tel tomatoes & chilies
1/2 onion, diced
1 (8 oz) pkg. fresh mushrooms,
sliced

Serve with: corn chips, tortilla
chips or crackers

In skillet, brown hamburger, onion
& mushrooms; drain. Add Velveeta
to crockpot; turn crockpot heat to
High & cook until cheese is melted.
Add other ingredients; stir & cook
about 30 minutes. Leave crockpot
on Low while serving.

(recipe: allcrockpotrecipes.com)

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Super Moist Zucchini/Chocolate/
Pecan Cake

Cake:
1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. canola oil
1 3/4 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 C. flour
4 T. cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. buttermilk*
2 C. shredded zucchini

Topping:
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1 C. chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl add 1/2 C. softened
butter, oil, sugar & eggs; mix well,
about 3 minutes. In medium bowl
add flour, cocoa, baking powder,
cinnamon, cloves & baking soda;
whisk until well blended. Pour
1/2 C. butter milk & vanilla into
large bowl; add dry ingredients &
mix until all is well combined. Add
shredded zucchini to batter & mix
until combined. Spray 9 X 13 pan
with nonstick spray; pour in batter
& spread to smooth.
Place nuts, brown sugar & choc.
chips in bowl; toss together &
sprinkle over top of batter.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until
a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Serves 12-15

*if you don’t have buttermilk,
pour 1/2 C. milk into 1 C. measuring
cup, add 1 tsp. vinegar or lemon
juice – stir & let set 5 minutes. Use
in place of buttermilk.

Poster says this cake is great the
next day warmed in the microwave.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crispy Zucchini Fries

1 medium zucchini
1 egg
1/4 C. milk
1 1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. granulated garlic
2 T. Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

marinara sauce, for dipping,
if desired

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cut ends off zucchini, slice in
half then slice each half into
1/2 inch strips. Separate strips
in two, lay face down & slice into
strips (like fries). Crack egg into
loaf pan; beat with fork until
frothy. Add 1/4 C. milk & whisk.
Pour panko crumbs into another
loaf pan; add seasonings & stir
to combine. Dip each zucchini
slice in egg, then in Panko mix.
Place strips on cookie sheet
sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake
20-30 minutes until golden brown
& crispy. Sprinkle with a bit more
salt when they come out of the
oven. Serve with marinara sauce,
if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Fluffy Strawberry Salad

1 (6 oz) box strawberry or
raspberry Jello
1 C. boiling water
1 C. crushed ice (or 1 C. cold
water)
1 (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
4 C. miniature marshmallows
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (16 oz) container fresh
strawberries, cleaned & sliced.

Pour Jello into medium bowl; pour
in boiling water & stir 2  minutes
until dissolved. Pour ice or cold
water in bowl; mix well. If using
cold water, refrigerate until jello
is set up. If using ice, refrigerate
about 10 minutes. Jello should
be as thick as pudding. Pour
crushed pineapple & vanilla pudding
mix in large bowl; stir to combine.
Add marshmallows & Cool Whip;
stir with wooden spoon. Stir Jello
& pineapple mix together, mixing
well to combine. Add sliced berries
to bowl; stir to combine. Cover &
refrigerate at least 1 hour before
serving. Can be made up to 24
hours in advance. Serves 15

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

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Ooops – forgot to give you:


Peach Coffee Cake

1 (18 1/2 oz) pkg. yellow cake mix
3 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. lemon extract, divided
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling, cut
into smaller pieces
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. butter, softened

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl, combine dry cake mix,
eggs, 1/2 tsp. extract, walnuts & pie
filling; stir until well blended. Spread
in greased & floured 9 X 13 pan; set
aside. In separate bowl, mix sugar,
flour, butter & remaining extract with
a fork or pastry blender until crumbly;
sprinkle evenly over batter. Bake 40-45
minutes, until center of cake springs
back when touched. Serves 12

(recipe: Marys Recipe Exchange)
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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Sometimes you wonder how much you can take when people around you loose loved ones and it effects you as well. But this is part of life and you manage to muddle through and yet still help the person in trouble. But that is you my friend and I’m proud to call you that.

    • You and I have been such close friends all these years – I’m honored to call you my friend. LOVE YOU LOTS!!!


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