Shopping!

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While reading our local paper yesterday I saw an ad for a new store in our area: Foreman Mills – they mostly sell clothing. At the bottom of their ad was a 50% off one item, one day only coupon – SCORE! I’ve never been there before (it’s really close) – I was pleasantly surprised. They carry LARGE sized clothing for both men & women! I went, looking for a few more pairs capri pants – found two. The really nice thing was: One pair was $4.99 and the other $12.00 – using the coupon I came out paying very little! As I mentioned before, they carry large sizes – while I was in the Plus Size Women’s section I noticed shorts at 5X – never seen those before! In the Large Men’s section there were 8 & 9X items! Again- never seen that in a regular store before! (I must say – most of their clothing was geared for the ‘younger set’ – lots of sequins/glitter/slits, etc. – you just have to wade through all that to find what you’re looking for.

Have you seen the gas prices lately? I was really needing gas; had gone shopping at KMart the other day and got a 30 cents off per gallon coupon (YAY!) so using the coupon it took $4.50 off my total bill. Gas prices that day were $2.49/9 – great!

Husband & I decided to check out a little restaurant pretty close to our area: The Royal Diner; it was recommended by a friend.  The Royal Diner, 6540 Dixie Highway, Clarkston, MI. It’s got all you would want in a diner: booths, counter seating, the ‘diner atmosphere’ – HUGE menu! Husband got a Patty Melt & I got a Philly Cheese Steak – let’s just say we REALLY got our monies worth! I managed to eat half my sandwich – it was chock-ful of HUGE fresh mushrooms, big slices of green peppers and lots of meat & cheese – YUM! The prices were really good, also – told husband I would like to go there again – he was pleased. (I also noticed a lot of ‘seniors’ there so you pretty well know their prices are good for the quality/quantity of meals!).

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Chocolate Zucchini Coconut Cake

Cake:
2 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. cocoa (Dutch process)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. unsalted butter, room temp.
1/2 C. coconut oil, melted & cooled
to room temp.
1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 C. shredded zucchini
1/2 C. sweetened flake coconut
1/2 C. chocolate chips

Coconut Frosting:
1 C. unsalted butter, room temp.
3 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. coconut extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. toasted coconut (for garnish)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Grease a 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick
spray. In large bowl whisk flour, cocoa,
baking soda, baking powder & salt.
In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter,
coconut oil & sugar until smooth,
about 2 minutes. Add eggs & vanilla,
beat until smooth. Add yogurt & mix
until combined. Slowly mix in dry
ingredients; mix until just combined.
Fold in zucchini, coconut & choc. chips.
Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake
40-45 minutes until top springs back
lightly when touched & a toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove cake from oven & cool completely
on wire rack

Frosting:
In bowl of stand mixer beat butter until
smooth. Gradually add sugar & mix until
creamy & smooth, about 3 minutes. Add
coconut & vanilla, beat until smooth.
Frost cooled cake with frosting, sprinkle
toasted coconut on top.

(recipe:twopeasandtheirpod.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna

1 1/2 lb. hamburger, cooked/drained
2 jars spaghetti sauce
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 box lasagna noodles
3 C. cottage cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Stir spaghetti sauce into cooked meat;
add diced tomatoes with juice. Add
seasonings; stir & remove from heat.
In bowl combine cottage cheese, eggs &
Parmesan cheese. Spread 1 C. meat sauce
on bottom of crockpot; top with noodles
broken to fit. Layer remaining ingredients:
Cottage cheese mixture
mozzarella cheese
meat sauce
broken noodles
repeat – making last layer meat sauce.
Cover & cook on Low 4-6 hours until
noodles are tender. Sprinkle top with
remaining 1 C. mozzarella; cover & let
stand 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Cut into pieces & serve.

(recipe: Courtney Luper-Facebook)
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Crockpot Lasagna

1 1/2 lb. hamburger, cooked/drained
2 jars spaghetti sauce
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 box lasagna noodles
3 C. cottage cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Stir spaghetti sauce into cooked meat;
add diced tomatoes with juice. Add
seasonings; stir & remove from heat.
In bowl combine cottage cheese, eggs &
Parmesan cheese. Spread 1 C. meat sauce
on bottom of crockpot; top with noodles
broken to fit. Layer remaining ingredients:
Cottage cheese mixture
mozzarella cheese
meat sauce
broken noodles
repeat – making last layer meat sauce.
Cover & cook on Low 4-6 hours until
noodles are tender. Sprinkle top with
remaining 1 C. mozzarella; cover & let
stand 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Cut into pieces & serve.

(recipe: Courtney Luper-Facebook)
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Chickpea, Pesto, Tomato Mozzarella
Salad

1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained/rinsed
1/4 C. pesto
1 C. chopped grape tomatoes
1/4 C. chopped fresh mozzarella
salt/black pepper, to taste
2 T. chopped fresh basil

In medium bowl combine chickpeas,
pesto, tomatoes & mozz. cheese; gently
stir & season with salt/pepper, to taste.
Garnish with fresh basil. Serves 4

(recipe: twopeasandtheirpod.com)
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Santa Fe Chicken Foil Dinner

1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed/drained
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes w/green chilies,
drained
2 C. corn, frozen
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. onion salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 C. shredded Mexican-blend cheese
4 squares foil: 18″ X 12″
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Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Mix beans, tomatoes, frozen corn,
cumin, onion salt, chili powder,
paprika & salt in a bowl. Spray each
foil square with nonstick spray on one
side. Pound each chicken breast using
a meat tenderizer then cube & place
one each, in center of foil square. Spoon
1/4th bean mixture on top of chicken
;
bring short sides of foil together & fold
at the top. Bring long sides together &
fold again. Make sure you leave a little
room inside the packet for steam
expansion. Place packets on a baking
sheet & cook 17-20 minutes. Carefully
open packets so you don’t get steam
burn. Place about 1/8th C. shredded
cheese in each packet, reseal to melt
cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: highheelsandgrills.com)
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Zucchini-Parmesan (side dish)

4 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4″
slices
1 T. olive oil
1/2 – 1 tsp. minced garlic
1 (14 1/2 oz) can Italian diced
tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

In large skillet saute zucchini in oil
until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook
1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes,
salt/pepper. Simmer, uncovered,
9-10 minutes until liquid is evaporated.
Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.
Serve using slotted spoon. Makes 6
servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Fresh Raspberry Pie

Crust:
2 C. flour
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 C. shortening
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 T. cold water
1 T. white vinegar

Filling:
1 1/3 C. sugar
2 T. quick-cooking tapioca
2 T. cornstarch
5 C. fresh or frozen raspberries,
unsweetened (thawed)
1 T. butter

Topping:
1 T. milk
1 T. sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine flour, sugar &
salt; cut in shortening until mixture
resembles coarse crumbs. Combine
egg, water & vinegar; stir into flour
mixture just until moistened. Divide
dough in half so that one ball is slightly
larger than the other. Wrap each in
plastic wrap & refrigerate 30 minutes
until easy to handle.
In large bowl combine sugar, tapioca,
cornstarch & raspberries; let stand
15 minutes.
On lightly floured surface, roll out larger
ball of dough to fit a 9″ pie plate. Transfer
dough to pie plate; trim & even edge. Add
raspberry filling & dot top with butter. Roll
out remaining dough ball to fit top of pie;
place over filling. Trim, seal & flute edges.
Cut slits in top, brush with milk & sprinkle
top with sugar. Bake 50-55 minutes until
crust is golden brown & filling is bubbly.
Cool on wire rack. Makes 6-8 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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The weather has been pretty steady this
past week – hot! In the mid to high 80’s,
sunny & clear. I shouldn’t complain, cold
weather is coming pretty soon (hate to
think of that just yet!).

It’s been a pretty calm week – middle son
gave us a bit of a ‘reprieve’ – he said he’ll
move back sometime in the next 2 weeks.
Said his older brother is not pleased with
the move but middle son doesn’t make
enough money to cover all his bills, so
this is the best solution for now. (He just
popped by to watch his favorite TV shows-
oldest son doesn’t have cable).

Nothing else going on at the moment –
still working on the gray scarf, about 3/4ths
done with the last of the trilogy by Ken
Follett – I really like his writing. Didn’t
know I’d enjoy history that much but
right now it’s up to the Nixon impeach-
ment – I lived that era so it’s more
relevant to me.

Hope you’re enjoying this day –
take a quick break: grab a quick
nap/snack/something cool to drink.
ENJOY YOUR LIFE – it’s the only one
you get!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Almost forgot to mention:
IF YOU HAVE A COMPUTER AND
WERE CONSIDERING INSTALLING
WINDOWS 10:
  Husband was
eager to get this installed on
both our computers – it became
available Weds. so he installed
it on HIS computer. Took forever
to install – got to the regular
screen (the one you have before
you click on what you want to
go to) – the picture background
was there but NONE OF HIS
FOLDERS! THEN the entire screen
began to flash. I should insert here:
husband knows quite a bit about
computers – he did everything he
could THINK OF to get it to stop –
nothing worked. We ended up
taking it to Best Buy – their
“Geek Squad” – the guy there did
everything HE could think of –
same results. They ended up
keeping it – (still there today);
got a call yesterday saying they
think it’s cleared, something
about a Trojan Horse (not sure
if it was on OUR computer OR
the program from Windows 10).
They are going to attempt to
re-install Windows 10 – if they
can’t, we’ll go with them re-installing
Windows 7 (think that’s the right
number). SUPER FRUSTRATING!
SOoooooo glad he didn’t do it
to my computer, too! (Husband
said he knew that all my business
accounts were on my computer
and he didn’t want to mess with
those until we were completely
sure it works without glitches!
(WHEW!)

Anyway – just saying BE CAREFUL
if you decide to install Windows 10.

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Thx 4 the warning, i hear many ppl are experiencing technical difficulties with WIN 10 upgrade. I was thinking about waiting a month before upgrading my WIN 7, but don’t think it’s worth the risk. I may just buy a new computer with WIN 10 pre-installed.
    I hope our fellow bloggers heed the warning, i’ll try and spread the word. Thank you Pammie!

  2. For me Windows 7 is good enough . I say if it ain’t broke don’t fix it but I know “IT” folks want the latest on their machines ( I got one of those in my family). .


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