Busy Week!

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This upcoming weekend is the Woodward Dream Cruise” –  for those of us in this state: Michigan, that means this week and the next our roads will be filled with tons of OLD CARS! People from all over the country come to this event – the actual ‘event’ is only supposed to be this coming Saturday, but that doesn’t stop anyone – they’re already ‘cruising’ up & down the roads, hoping people will see their old cars. There are restaurants and other places that schedule ‘car events’ during the week – those with old cars come & park their cars (usually with the hood up, so you can admire their engines) and just ‘hang out, talking CARS’! It’s kind of nice to see some of them but, for the most part, that’s not my ‘thing.’ The only reason I bring this up today is: Our GAS PRICES just jumped OVERNIGHT from $2.39/9 to $2.99/9 a gallon – and I’m SURE it’s because of this event – they’ve got ya on that; people need GAS to run these cars! CRAZY! I don’t EVER remember a 60 CENTS A GALLON jump overnight before! Right now I have a little more than a quarter tank and was thinking of getting gas in the next few days BUT . . . I still have another .30 cents off per gallon coupon for Speedway – might be using that soon!

Today was my ‘let’s get these deliveries DONE’ day. Took a box of old toys to the people who picked up my old TV – they have a small Motel and had mentioned they get families in there occasionally that are through Children’s Services – families that don’t have any toys – the move is rather ‘sudden’, so I told them I would bring them – today was that day. A quick trip to the historical society (they’re only open Wednesdays) found me dropping off a small bag of ladies gloves – they can either use them in their displays or some of the docents can wear them during Log Cabin Days – either way, that’s done. Last trip to the library to drop off the (very big/heavy) books I just finished & grab 2 more (less heavy this time).  Last ‘project’ IF I get to it today, is photographing the baby items already in my possession for the upcoming Detroit Veterans Baby Shower. The lady who is in charge of it will be coming to my next Knit/Crochet Night (next Tuesday) and I’d like to get a few photos of these before turning them over to her. My only problem for the past 3-4 days is: it looks nice & sunny (want to use the picnic table in my backyard) and then it starts RAINING and that doesn’t work! I know that there will be more deliveries on Tuesday and I’ll have to be quick to get them photo’d before she takes them, but thought I’d get a head-start on it before then. Still working on baby hats; if you know me, you know I get an idea in my head and become a bit OCD (Obsessive/Compulsive) about it – want it DONE NOW! (Mind you, I don’t have ANY set schedule for delivering them – the hospital is just happy to get them WHENEVER!) It’s all my craziness – I like delivering a ‘batch’ of about 25 Newborn & 25 Premie hats at a time. I have 11 more to go – am going to try to get them done this week, then my only actual ‘projects’ will be knitting more scarves for the 4 homeless shelters. THOSE items won’t be due to deliver until October, so NO RUSH! Since the homeless project is an on-going, there’s no actual delivery DATE on them, either (except my crazies in my head saying: GET THEM DONE-NOW!) Sigh . . .

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Moist Zucchini Bread

3 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1 C. granulated sugar
1 C. vegetable oil
1 C. packed brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2-3 C. grated zucchini
1 C. chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Grease & flour two loaf pans
In large bowl combine flour, salt,
baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon,
& ginger; whisk until combined. In
another bowl mix granulated sugar &
butter; mix until creamy. Mix in brown
sugar, eggs & vanilla. Add dry mixture
to wet mixture & stir until combined.
Fold grated zucchini into mixture &
pour into prepared pans. Bake 45-60
minutes. Makes 2 loaves.

(recipe: divascancook.com)
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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

1 lb. penne pasta
2 tsp. salt
1 C. Caesar salad dressing
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. lemon juice
6 C. romaine lettuce (about
1 head) finely chopped
1 (10.5 oz) box grape tomatoes
1/2 C. finely shredded Parmesan
cheese
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 C. diced or shredded grilled chicken

Cook past accordg. to pkg. directions
until tender but slightly firm. Drain then
immediately rinse under cold water
to cool & stop cooking. In a very large
bowl add Caesar dressing, Worc. sauce,
garlic powder & lemon juice; stir to
combine. Add chopped romaine, grape
tomatoes, Parmesan, black pepper &
well-drained pasta; stir until ingredients
are well coated. Add diced or shredded
chicken – toss to distribute chicken evenly
through salad. Season to taste with salt/
pepper if desired. Serve immediately
or cover & chill until ready to serve.

(recipe:everydaydishes.com)
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Rice-Stuffed Tomatoes

10 large tomatoes
3/4 C. uncooked short grain rice
2 zucchini, peeled/grated
1 onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves
1 T. fresh oregano (or 1 tsp. dried)
2 T. dry mint, chopped
4 T. fresh parsley (or 4 tsp. dried)
1 T. tomato paste
1 1/2 C. olive oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
salt/pepper
1 1/2 lb. potatoes

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Slice tops off tomatoes (keep tops);
use a spoon to scoop out insides
(reserve juice in one bowl, insides
in another) Make small slits in the
inside bottom of tomatoes making
sure not to cut all the way through.
Lightly grease 9 X 13″ baking dish;
place tomatoes in dish. Put onion,
garlic tsp. oil & pinch of salt in food
processor; mix just a bit – or mix in
a bowl using a spoon, chops onions
& garlic a little finer. Chop insides of
tomatoes into small pieces; add to large
bowl with grated zucchini. Add 1 T.
salt, dry mint, parsley & tomato paste;
combine. Add uncooked rice, 1 tsp.
lemon juice, 3/4 C. oil; mix & let set.
Peel potatoes & cut into chunks; toss
with oregano, 3/4 C. oil & add
reserved tomato juice. Fill tomatoes
to the top with rice mixture & top
with their tops. Place potato mixture
in the empty space around tomatoes;
add any leftover rice mixture in the
gaps. Add 1 C. of water to the corner
of pan & tilt so water is evenly
distributed. Bake 15-20 minutes, reduce
heat to 325 & bake 60-90 minutes. If
it seems dry during cooking, add a little
more water to the pan. Serves 10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Sweet Mustard Chicken Bake

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
halves
1/2 C. honey
1/4 C. Dijon mustard
1/2 C. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Grease a shallow baking dish. In
a small bowl stir honey, mustard,
melted butter & pepper. Place
chicken in prepared dish & pour
honey/mustard sauce over. Bake
45 minutes, basting frequently
with sauce, until chicken is firm
& juices run clear. Serves 4

(recipe: Crockpot Moms)
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Donut Muffins

1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. sugar
1/3 C. brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 2/3 C. flour
1 C. milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line a muffin tin with paper
muffin cups & grease cups with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
cream butter, vegetable oil &
sugars until smooth. Add eggs &
beat to combine; stir in baking
powder, baking soda, nutmeg,
cinnamon, salt & vanilla.
Alternate gradually stirring a little
flour & milk into butter mixture,
making sure everything is thoroughly
combined. Spoon batter evenly into
prepared muffin pan, filling cups
nearly full. Bake 15-17 minutes until
pale, golden brown & wooden tooth-
pick inserted into center comes out
clean. Remove from oven & let cool
until you can handle them. Serve
plain or top with a glaze or sugar/
cinnamon mixture.

(recipe: finesoutherndish.com)
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Lemonade Pudding Fruit Salad
Large recipe

1 medium honeydew melon, peeled/
seeded & cubed
1 medium cantaloupe, peeled/seeded
& cubed
2 C. cubed seedless watermelon
2 medium peaches, sliced
2 medium nectarines, sliced
1 C. seedless red grapes
1 C. halved fresh strawberries
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
2 medium kiwifruit, peeled/halved &
sliced
2 medium firm bananas, sliced
1 large Granny Smith apple, cubed
1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade
concentrate, thawed
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix

In large bowl combine first 9
ingredients; cover & refrigerate
at least 1 hour. Just before serving
stir in bananas & apple. Combine
lemonade concentrate & dry pudding
mix; pour over fruit & toss to coat.
Makes 20 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Greek Rice

2 T. olive oil
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 T. garlic minced
zest from one lemon
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 lb. baby spinach
1 C. basmati rice
2 C. vegetable broth
4 T. fresh dill, chopped/divided
1/2 tsp. salt
few grinds black pepper
juice from one lemon

Heat olive oil in medium pan
with tightly fitting cover over
medium-high heat. Saute onions
until translucent (about 5-7 minutes).
Add garlic & saute another minute.
Add lemon zest, cumin & spinach;
cover pan & cook until spinach wilts
(about 3-5 minutes). Stir in rice, veg.
stock, 2 T. dill, salt & pepper into
spinach mixture & stir to combine.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer,
cover & cook until rice is tender, about
15-20 minutes (follow your rice pkgs.
directions). Stir in lemon juice & remaining
fresh dill before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Cookies ‘n Cream Pie

1 (9 inch) chocolate-flavored
prepared pie crust
1 quart vanilla ice cream,
softened
12 Oreo sandwich cookies,
coarsely crushed, divided

In medium bowl combine ice
cream & 1 C. crushed cookies;
mix well. Spoon ice cream
mixture into pie crust & top
with remaining crushed cookies.
Cover & freeze at least 3 hours
before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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Latest update on son moving in: now it
looks like it’s going to be this coming Monday.
He’s still working part-time as a busser and part
time at the garbage company – says he’s thinking
about dropping the bussing job (too much drama
in the work place – it’s mostly women). We’ll see
how that goes.  Youngest had to quit his pizza
delivery job when his car died – now he’s having
trouble finding another job – so around here it’s
JOB HUNTING Central – sigh.

Not much else news – Friday we’ll have grandson
all day then deliver him to his touch football
practice around 5 p.m. (It ‘was’ going to be more
days watching him, but his mother changed up
the schedule – it works MUCH better for all of us
now. She discovered that the team he was going
to be on had games VERY FAR away; not good. Now
there might be a few farther away, but for the most
part they’re in the area; that’s good for ALL of us
who drive him!

Hope you’re having a great day – it’s beginning to
look like we’re in for rain again – sigh. Looking at
our weather – looks like just cloudy for today, but
then chance of thunderstorms Thurs & Friday –
we’ll see if I get the photos done.

Hugs;

Pammie

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