Delivered!

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Today was my “Get it DONE!” day – delivered 30 baby hats and the two miscarriage blankets to the hospital and a 30-gallon garbage bag full of yarn to the Senior Center to go to Children’s Village (they teach the teens to knit & crochet). Dropped off some books at the library and checked out four more (that’s about my limit – 4 books/3 weeks). It’s a grey/gloomy day out but the roads are clear – temps around 27. I noticed gas prices are at $1.53/9 right now.

Yesterday found me comping up the special needs group’s newsletter – almost done with that and ready to print soon. It’s not ‘technically’ due out until beginning of March but my ‘kids’ will start calling me around the end of this month wondering where their newsletter is, so it’s just easier to get it out a little early if I can.

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No-Bake Banana Eclair “Cake”

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant
pudding mix
1 1/2 C. cold milk
15 graham crackers, broken
crosswise in half (30 squares),
divided
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/
divided
3 bananas, sliced
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

Beat pudding mix & milk in large
bowl using whisk 2 minutes. Let
stand 5 minutes. Cover bottom of
8″ square pan with 10 graham
cracker squares, overlapping as
needed to form an even layer. Stir
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip into pudding;
spread half over graham squares
in pan & cover with layers of half
each: bananas & graham squares.
Repeat layers of pudding mixture,
bananas, & graham squares.
Refrigerate 3 hours.
Microwave remaining Cool Whip
with chocolate in microwaveable
bowl on High 1 minute until
chocolate is completely melted
& mixture is well blended when
stirring – spread over dessert &
refrigerate 15 minutes.
Serves 9

(recipe: Kraft recipes)
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Crockpot Mongolian Beef

1 1/2 lb. beef flank steak, cut into
stir-fry sized strips
1/4 C. cornstarch
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C. soy sauce
3/4 C. water
3/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. shredded carrots
3 medium green onions, chopped

cooked rice
additional chopped green onions,
garnish, if desired

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place cornstarch
in a shallow bowl & coat each
piece of steak in cornstarch; place
in crockpot. (discard any remaining
cornstarch). Combine remaining
ingredients in a bowl & pour over
beef in crockpot. Cook on High
2-3 hours (or Low 4-5 hours). Serve
over rice & topped with additional
chopped green onions, if desired.
Serves 4

(recipe: myrecipemagic.com)
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Cream Cheese/Chicken Soup

1 small onion, chopped
1 T. butter
3 C. chicken broth
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4″
slices
2 medium potatoes, peeled/cubed
2 C. cooked, cubed chicken
2 T. minced fresh parsley
salt/pepper, to taste
1/4 C. flour
1 C. milk
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, cubed

In large saucepan saute onion in
butter; add broth, carrots & potatoes
& bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover &
simmer 15 minutes until vegetables
are tender. Add chicken, parsley, salt/
pepper & heat through. Combine flour
& milk until smooth – add to vegetable
mixture & bring to a boil. Cook & stir
2 minutes until thickened; reduce heat.
Add cream cheese & cook, stirring,
until melted. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cream Cheese/Chicken Soup

1 small onion, chopped
1 T. butter
3 C. chicken broth
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4″
slices
2 medium potatoes, peeled/cubed
2 C. cooked, cubed chicken
2 T. minced fresh parsley
salt/pepper, to taste
1/4 C. flour
1 C. milk
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, cubed

In large saucepan saute onion in
butter; add broth, carrots & potatoes
& bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover &
simmer 15 minutes until vegetables
are tender. Add chicken, parsley, salt/
pepper & heat through. Combine flour
& milk until smooth – add to vegetable
mixture & bring to a boil. Cook & stir
2 minutes until thickened; reduce heat.
Add cream cheese & cook, stirring,
until melted. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Lemon Pork Chops

1-2 lb. bone-in pork chops
lemon pepper seasoning

Cover bottom of crockpot with a
layer of pork chops – only 1
chop deep. Sprinkle layer liberally
with lemon-pepper seasoning. Place
any remaining pork chops on top &
sprinkle liberally with seasoning.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours (or
High 3 1/2 – 4 hours.)
Serves 4

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Black Bean-Tomato Chili

2 T. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
3 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes,
undrained
2 (15 oz, ea) cans black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 C. orange juice (or juice from
3 medium oranges)

In Dutch oven heat oil over medium-
high heat. Add onion & green pepper;
cook & stir 8-10 minutes until tender.
Add garlic & seasonings; cook 1 minute
longer. Stir in remaining ingredients;
bring to boil. Reduce heat & simmer,
covered, 20-25 minutes to allow flavors
to blend, stirring occasionally. Serves 6
(2 1/4 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Strawberry & White

Chocolate Cookies

1 box strawberry cake mix
1 (8 T.) stick butter, melted
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
4 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
3/4 C. white chocolate chips
3/4 C. M & M’s*

Combine butter, egg, vanilla & cream
cheese in a bowl; mix thoroughly.
Add cake mix (half box at a time)
& mix until well combined. Stir in
chips & M & M’s by hand;
refrigerate at least 1 hour then roll
dough into 1 inch balls.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place balls on a parchment paper-
lined baking sheet & bake 9 minutes
(do not brown). Let cookies cool on
sheet for several minutes before
removing to a wire rack to cool.
Makes 3 dozen. Cookies can be
stored in an airtight container up
for 4-5 days.

*If you are making these for Valentine’s
Day – you might want to use the pink/
red/white M & M’s

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Still have a little more work on the baby
blanket created from my friend’s knitted
rectangle – maybe one more row then
crocheting a border/scallop. It’s nice
knowing that the baby hats are gone –
now I’m open for creating more (in my
own time).

Hope your day is going just GREAT!

Hugs;

Pammie

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