Great Time Yesterday!

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(we were at a sports bar – hence the ‘decorations’)

This is just part of the people at the “All Operator Reunion” – some of the people I & my husband worked with at Michigan Bell/AT&T (I’m second row far left/rust colored shirt & glasses, my husband is top row -right end, only guy!). I would guess we had something like 30 people there – nice lunch, great company. You’ve heard me mention my dear friend Mary/Momma before – she was my boss for many years when we both worked all nights (and then, later, when we both transferred to a different office) – she came (a good 1 1/2 hour drive from her house) – here she’s chatting with another friend – she’s on the left:

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We’ve been friends for 45 years now – (my husband is in the background in this photo – just noticed!). We all had a nice time catching up – can’t wait for next year’s reunion!

Saturday also found me with the other knit group, helping out. They had collected 300+ knit/crocheted hats/scarves/mittens for the four homeless/warming shelters in our area and some of her group gathered together to put little tags on each item and also to wind yarn into balls. It was a fun time for me getting to meet more of her group (they only meet for 2 hours once a month). The time flew by, we got everything done in 1 1/2 hours! So many nice/lovely hand made items – very nice to see all the work done. I’ve started another scarf for them, this time it’s a thinner white fuzzy yarn done in a very simple pattern. Also working on some bigger baby hats – there was only one tiny baby hat in her collection, so I thought I could ‘beef that up’ a little and make some more. It’s a great group with a great mission: keeping the homeless warm this winter!

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Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

1 C. granulated sugar
2 (15 oz, ea) cans pumpkin puree
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (18.25 oz) box white or yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter
cinnamon

vanilla ice cream

Combine sugar, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice
& salt in bottom of crockpot; stir. In separate
bowl combine cake mix (dry) & butter. Using a
fork or pastry blender, cut butter into cake mix
until butter is pea-sized & cake mix is crumbly.
Sprinkle mixture on top of pumpkin puree in
crockpot. Sprinkle cinnamon on top & place a
double layer of paper towels on top of crockpot
(Under lid). Put lid on & make sure it is secure.
(Paper towels will prevent condensation from
dripping onto cake). Cook on Low 3-4 hours or
High 90 minutes – 2 hours. Remove lid & turn
on Warm. Let set on Warm 20-30 minutes then
serve with vanilla ice cream. Makes 8-10
servings.

(recipe: 365 daysofcrockpot.com)
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Green Bean/Corn Casserole

1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of celery soup
1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 c. finely chopped onion
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans French style
green beans
2 C. thawed frozen corn
1/4 C. crushed cheese crackers
butter flavored spray

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine soup, sour
cream, cheese & onion; mix in
corn & beans. Transfer to 2 qt.
baking dish sprayed with nonstick
spray. Cover & bake 25 minutes.
Uncover & sprinkle crushed crackers
around outside edges of pan; spritz
crackers with butter flavored spray;
bake 15 minutes more. Serves 8

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Sweet & Sour Sesame Chicken

10 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken
breast, cut into nuggets
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 egg
1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. chicken broth
1 T. cornstarch
2 T. pancake syrup
2 T. rice vinegar
1 T. ketchup
1/2 T. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. crushed garlic
1 tsp. sesame seeds
2 T. thinly sliced scallions
(red pepper flakes – optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Place chicken in large bowl; season with
salt & pepper; add egg, mix well to coat.
Pour flour in a wide bowl. One at a time,
add nuggets to egg mixture; shake to
remove excess then dip into flour –
coating thoroughly. Evenly lay nuggets
on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes until
chicken is cooked through.

Sauce:
Combine broth with cornstarch in a nonstick
skillet; whisk to dissolve. Heat pan to Medium-
Low; add syrup, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce,
sesame oil & garlic; mix well. Cook & stir until
thick enough to coat a spoon, 2-3 minutes.
Remove skillet from heat; add chicken & toss
to coat. Plate chicken & sprinkle with sesame
seeds & scallions. (and red pepper flakes, if using).
Makes 2 servings.

(recipe: allfood.recipes)
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Garlic Shrimp Tortellini Toss

1 (19 oz) frozen cheese tortellini,
thawed
1 1/2 C. peas
2 T. olive oil
1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp,
peeled/deveined
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2/ tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. pepper

Prepare tortellini accordg to pkg.
directions. During last 5 minutes
of cooking, add peas; drain. While
tortellini is cooking, heat olive
oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Add shrimp; cook 2
minutes. Add garlic & cook
another 2 minutes until shrimp
turn pink. Add tortellini mixture
to skillet; stir in seasonings &
toss to coat. Serves 4

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Bacon-Double Cheese Dip
(crockpot)

8 slices bacon, chopped/cooked
crispy
2 (8 oz, ea) cream cheese, softened
1 C. mayonnaise or Plain Greek yogurt
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. shredded cheese
(your choice, poster used Swiss &
sharp Cheddar)
2 green onions, finely chopped

Beat together cream cheese &
mayonnaise (or yogurt). Stir in
shredded cheeses; add remaining
ingredients, reserving a little bit
of bacon for topping. Cover &
cook on Low 3 hours until hot &
smooth. Garnish with reserved
bacon. Serve with chips and/or
crackers. Serves 10-12

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Pepper Steak

1 to 1 1/2 lb. beef round steak, cut into
bite sized pieces
1/3 C. flour
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 onion, sliced
1 green and/or red bell pepper, clied
1 (14.5 oz) can Red Gold diced tomatoes
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
3 T. soy sauce

Hot, cooked rice (recipe serves 4-6)

Place meat in crockpot & sprinkle with
flour & pepper. Stir well to coat then add
rest of ingredients (except rice). Cover &
cook on High 1 hour. Reduce heat to Low
& continue cooking another 8 hours.
Serve over hot rice. Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Poor Man’s Philly Beef & Cheese
Sandwiches

2 lb. ground beef
2 pkgs. onion soup mix
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. butter
1 onion, sliced
8 small sweet peppers or
2 large bell peppers, sliced
salt
6 slices provolone cheese
8 crusty dinner rolls

Cook ground beef in large skillet;
drain grease. Add onion soup mix,
Worsc. sauce & stir. In another deep
skillet over medium-high heat. Add
2 T. butter, dash salt & peppers; cook
until golden & wilted, stirring
occasionally. Once meat has browned,
take 6 slices provolone cheese & lay
over top of meat. Turn off heat & cover
with lid; once cheese has melted, remove
pan from stove. Slice buns in half & spoon
some of the cheese/meat mixture onto the
buns; cover with some sauteed peppers/
onions mixture & serve. Makes 8 sandwiches.

(recipe: Jamiecooksitup.net)
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Sauerkraut/Potato Casserole

8-10 medium potatoes
1 large bag or can sauerkraut, drained
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 C. sour cream
1 can sausage links

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook potatoes, then peel & slice medium
thick. Place a layer of potatoes in bottom
of 9 X 13 pan. Slice sausage into 1/4 – 1/2
inch thickness. Place half in single layer
over potatoes. Mix together sauerkraut,
soup & sour cream; spread half over
potatoes/sausages. Repeat with another
layer of potatoes/sausages & kraut
mixture. Bake 30-40 minutes, until hot.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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CREAMY NEW ORLEANS PRALINES

3 cups sugar…
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 pinch salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 quart pecans

Combine sugar, buttermilk, corn syrup and salt
in a very large pan (it will foam considerably when
soda is added), and bring to a nice rolling boil.
Add soda, stir and cook until soft-ball is formed when
dropped in cold water. Then remove from heat and
add vanilla. Beat until color changes and candy thickens.
Stir in pecans. Drop by teaspoons onto greased cookie
sheet. (DO IT FAST before the candy hardens).

(recipe: Facebook)
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Rustic Tuscan Soup

1 loaf Italian bread (18 inch) cut into
1″ pieces
1 T. olive oil
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese,
divided
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 (15 oz, ea) cans cannellini beans,
rinsed
2 (14.5 oz., ea) cans diced tomatoes,
undrained
2 (14.5 oz ea) cans chicken broth
6 C. loosely packed fresh chopped kale

Preheat oven 400
degrees F.
Spread bread onto baking sheet; drizzle
cut sides with oil; sprinkle with 1 T. Parm.
cheese & crushed pepper; bake 10 minutes.
Cook & stir bacon in large saucepan on
medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon
from pan with slotted spoon; drain on
paper towels. Discard all but 1 T. bacon
drippings from pan; add onions & cook,
stirring, 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Return bacon to pan along with beans,
tomatoes, broth & 1/4 C. remaining cheese;
stir. Simmer on medium-low heat 20 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Add kale & cook 10
minutes longer. Serve soup topped with
Italian bread croutons & remaining cheese.
Makes 10 (1 C.) servings.

(recipe: Kraft foods)
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3 Ingredient Peach Cobbler
(crockpot)

6 large peaches, peeled & sliced
1 box white cake mix (unprepared)
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened

Place sliced peaches in bottom of
crockpot. Cut butter into cake mix
with a pastry blender until crumbly;
sprinkle over peaches. Place a paper
towel (or dish towel) over top of
crockpot & place lid on top. Cook on
High 2-3 hours or Low 4 hours. Remove
towel & serve.

Great with vanilla ice cream!
Makes 8 servings

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Our gas prices (happily) are staying the same:
$2.99/9 – YAY!

Our weather has turned a typical Michigan
Fall – clear and about 45 degrees F. right now
at 2:30 p.m. When we left for church this
morning at around 8:40 a.m. it was a ‘balmy’
29 degrees! I’ve heard, from friends, that it
actually snowed a bit on Halloween – I wouldn’t
know, we don’t ‘go out’ and because we live on
a major highway, there are no trick or treaters, so
we both just read or watched tv (totally oblivious
to any ‘white stuff’ that might have fallen from
the sky – must have been very little because it
was gone by morning – YAY!

Stay warm, enjoy your day –

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: This is now my 1,001 st post! (WordPress keeps track for me)

 

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