Warming up!

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It’s now around 54 degrees F. – sun shining and most of our snow is melting – YAY! Looking at the next few days we should be seeing somewhat the same temps, a little cooler, but not by much. It’s ALWAYS nice to look forward to warmer weather.

It’s been a quiet few days here, nothing much to report but I did want to share the completed afghan with my friend’s knit cream square in the center:

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I still have two more of her test rectangles – not exactly sure just when I’ll tackle another one. Right now I’ve started a very simple red & white striped baby blanket for Crisis Pregnancy center. I’m thinking the above afghan will be my first donation to the Detroit Veteran’s Hospital Baby Shower in September.

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Chocolate Cashew Popcorn

Popped popcorn (air pop works best)
cashews (as many as you want)
Milk chocolate
Dark chocolate

Cover 2 cookie sheets (the kind with
sides) with waxed paper & spread
popped corn on paper. Sprinkle nuts
over popcorn. Melt both chocolates &
drizzle over popcorn. Let chocolate
harden & serve.

(recipe: whoneedsacape.com)

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Great Northern Bean Stew

1 lb. bulk pork sausage
1 C. chopped onion
1 (15.5 oz) can Great Northern
beans, drained/rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
2 C. chopped cabbage
1 C. sliced carrots
1 T. white vinegar
1 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce
2 T. minced fresh parsley

In large saucepan cook sausage &
onion over medium heat until meat
is no longer pink; drain. Add next
11 ingredients & bring to boil. Reduce
heat, cover & simmer 50-60 minutes
until vegetables are tender. Stir in
parsley & cook 5 minutes longer.
Serves 6

FREEZER Option:
This cooked stew can be frozen in
freezer containers. To use, partially
thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat
through in a saucepan, stirring
occasionally & adding a little water
if necessary.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Not yo Mama’s Tuna Casserole!

4 (4 oz, ea) cans water-packed LIGHT tuna,
drained
8 oz. wide egg noodles, cooked accordg.
to pkg. directions
1 T. olive oil
1 (8 oz) pkg. fresh mushrooms
1 C. firmly packed chopped fresh
spinach
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
1 C. chicken stock
1/4 – 1/2 C. milk
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. finely crushed potato chips
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Heat olive oil in pan & add mushrooms,
celery, onion, spinach & garlic; cook 5
minutes then add cream cheese, beef
stock, mozz & Parm cheeses & milk,
stirring until smooth & creamy. Fold in
cooked noodles & tuna until combined.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray. Pour mixture into prepared pan &
top with Cheddar cheese & crushed
potato chips. Bake 20 minutes; remove
from oven & allow to cool, loosely covered
with foil, for about 20 minutes.

(recipe: kelliskitchen)
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Spiced/Baked Chicken Wings

1/3 C. flour
2 T. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
3 T. butter
10 chicken wings – tips removed,
thawed

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil; dot
foil with butter. In medium bowl
combine flour, paprika, garlic
powder, salt/pepper. Coat both
sides of each wing fully in mixture
& place on baking sheet. Make
sure the butter pieces are evenly
spaced out among the wings. Bake
30 minutes. Turn wings over & bake
an additional 15 minutes more until
crispy & fully cooked. Serve with
your favorite dipping sauce.
Serves 2-4

(recipe: thecookierookie.com)
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Smoked Salmon Quiche

1 sheet refrigerated pie pastry
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
1 T. flour
3 plum tomatoes, seeded/chopped
2 T. finely chopped onion
2 tsp. canola oil
3 oz. smoked salmon fillet,
flaked (about 1/2 C.)
4 large eggs
1 C. whole milk
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
On lightly floured surface, unroll
pastry. Transfer to a 9″ pie plate;
trim to 1/2 inch beyond edge of
plate & flute edges. In small bowl
combine cheese & flour; transfer
to pastry. In large skillet, saute
tomatoes & onion in oil just until
tender. Remove from heat; stir in
salmon & spoon over cheese
mixture. In small bowl whisk eggs,
milk & salt; pour into pastry.
Bake 35-40 minutes until a knife
inserted near center comes out
clean. Let stand 15 minutes before
cutting. Serves 8

Freezer option:
Prepare & bake quiche; cool completely.
Securely wrap & freeze cooled quiche
in plastic wrap & foil. To use, partially
thaw in fridge overnight. Remove from
fridge 30 minutes before baking. Preheat
oven 350 degrees F. – unwrap quiche, reheat
in oven until heated through.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cocoa-Loco Cream Cheese Pie

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
1 (4 serving) pkg. instant chocolate
fudge pudding mix
1 C. milk
1/4 C. water
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract, divided
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed, divided
1 (9 oz) chocolate cookie pie crust
2 tsp. instant chocolate drink mix
1 T. chopped almonds
1 T. mini chocolate chips

In large bowl combine cream cheese,
dry pudding mix, milk & water; mix
with wire whisk; mix in 1 tsp. almond
extract & 1/4 C. Cool Whip. Pour into
crust & refrigerate about 15 minutes.
In small bowl combine remaining 3/4
C. Cool Whip, almond extract & instant
chocolate drink mix; spread evenly over
cheesecake layer. Sprinkle top with
almonds & choc. chips. Refrigerate
2 hours until ready to serve. Serves 10

(recipe: everydaydiabeticrecipes.com)
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Swedish Meatball Soup

1 large egg
2 C. Half & Half cream, divided
1 C. soft bread crumbs
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 3/4 tsp. salt, divided
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 T. butter
3 T. flour
3/4 tsp. beef bouillon granules
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
3 C. water
1 lb. red potatoes, cubed
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen peas,
thawed

In large bowl beat egg; add 1/3 C.
Half & Half, bread crumbs, onion &
1 tsp. salt. Crumble beef over mixture
& mix well – shape into 1/2 inch balls.
In Dutch oven brown meatballs in butter
in batches. Remove from pan; drain.
Add flour, bouillon, pepper, garlic salt &
remaining salt to pan; stir until smooth.
Gradually stir in water & bring to boil.
Reduce heat; cook & stir 2 minutes until
thickened. Add potatoes & meatballs.
Reduce heat, cover & simmer 25 minutes
until potatoes are tender. Stir in peas &
remaining cream; heat through.
Serves 8 – about 2 quarts.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Honey Pears

2 ripe pears, large sized
2 tsp. honey
1/4 C. chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cut each pear in half & cut a
small sliver off back side (so it
sits flat in pan). Place open-
faced on baking sheet. Scoop
out seeds using a spoon or melon
baller. Mix walnuts & cinnamon
together & spoon into pears.
Drizzle tops with 1/2 tsp. honey
on each half. Bake 30 minutes; cool
& eat. Serves 4

(recipe: pgeveryday.com)

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Here’s hoping you have a
GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Gas prices around here really jumped
up! A day ago they were at $1.59/9 –
yesterday I drove by and the price was
$1.73/9 . . .  WOW!

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