Another beautiful day!

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Finally, after all the goofy/cold weather our daffodils & narcissus are able to bloom without hanging their heads! The weather has gotten a little colder, but still very tolerable (in the 60’s), sunny and Spring-like – I LOVE IT!

LOTS of recipes to share – ran into several really nice crockpot sites and couldn’t stop typing!

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 Orange Creamsicle Cookies

1 1/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 T. finely grated orange rind
1/4 C. freshly squeezed orange juice
2 3/4 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. white chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In bowl of elec. mixer, cream
sugar , butter, cream cheese,
egg, vanilla, orange rind &
orange juice 1-2 minutes until
well combined. In separate bowl
stir flour, baking soda, cream of
tartar & salt; add to creamed
mixture & mix until combined.
Stir in white choc. chips. Spray
a cookie sheet with nonstick
spray & scoop dough onto sheet.
Bake approx. 8 minutes just
until done, so they stay chewy
& soft. Let cool on sheet a few
minutes then remove to a wire
rack to cool completely. Store
in an airtight container to stay
soft.

(recipe: Christine Bell)
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Triple Cheddar Mac & Cheese
(crockpot)

2 C. dry elbow macaroni
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (10 3/4 oz) can Cheddar cheese soup
8 oz. sour cream
1/2/ C. (1 stick) butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. white pepper (or black)
1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 C. Triple Cheddar cheese,
shredded/ divided
(Kraft)

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Parboil macaroni in salted water
6 minutes then drain well before adding
to crockpot. While macaroni is cooking, in
small bowl whisk melted butter, evap.
milk, Cheddar cheese soup, sour cream,
eggs & seasonings. Pour sauce on top of
cooked macaroni along with 3 C. Triple
Cheddar cheese; stir all ingredients until
macaroni is coated & sauce is evenly
distributed. Cover & cook on Low 2 hours,
remove lid & check middle for doneness.
Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Cover &
cook another 15 minutes to allow cheese
to melt. Serves 8-10

(recipe: melissassouthernstylekitchen.com)
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Biscuits & Gravy Bake

1 (12 oz) tube refrigerated biscuits
6 eggs
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 lb. cooked sausage
1 C. shredded cheese

Gravy:
4 T. butter
4 T. flour
salt/pepper, to taste
2 C. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cut each biscuit into 8 pieces. In a
bowl mix eggs, 1/2 C. milk, salt/
pepper.
Gravy:
Melt butter in a saucepan;
stir in flour , salt/pepper & slowly
add milk. Simmer, stirring, until
thickened.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray. Layer
biscuits, sausage, cheese, egg mixture
& gravy. Bake 35-45 minutes until eggs
on bottom are cooked.

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)
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Corn & Bacon Casserole

1 (15 1/4 oz) can whole kernel
corn, drained
1 (14 3/4 oz) can cream-style corn,
undrained
1 (8 oz) pkg. Jiffy Corn Muffin mix
1 C. sour cream
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1/3 C. chopped onion
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
3 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. Ro*Tel diced tomatoes with
green chilies, drained

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in small saucepan,
saute onion a few minutes until
softened. In large bowl combine
both corn, muffin mix, sour cream,
shredded cheese, bacon, diced
tomatoes & butter/onion from
pan. Mix thoroughly & pour into
a greased 9 X 9″ baking dish. Bake
55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before
serving. Serves 8

(recipe: whoneedsacape.com)
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Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

1/2 C. chicken broth
1/3 C. soy sauce
1/4 C. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1 lime
1 lb. flank steak
1 T. sesame oil
1 head broccoli florets
salt/pepper
sesame seeds (garnish)

Cooked rice for 4

In medium bowl combine broth,
soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic &
lime juice. Heat large skillet over
High heat. Rub steak with oil &
add to skillet – sear steak 3 minutes
per side then transfer to a cutting
board – let rest 5 minutes then slice.
Add sauce to skillet & deglaze pan
then add broccoli. Return steak to
skillet & let simmer in sauce. Season
generously with salt/pepper. Garnish
with sesame seeds & serve with rice.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Strawberry Cream Poke Cake

Cake:
1 box white cake mix
4 eggs
1 C. milk
1/4 C. oil

1 box strawberry Jello –
prepared – leave to cool

Frosting:
1 can whipped vanilla frosting
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip
1 tsp. almond extract
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened

Sliced fresh strawberries for topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. Mix together cake
ingredients; pour into pan &
bake 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
When cool, poke holes all over cake
using a straw. Pour warm liquid
Jello all over cake.
Mix frosting & Cool Whip together.
Mix softened cream cheese into
mixture & add almond extract –
mix until well blended then frost
cooled cake. Place sliced strawberries
on top of cake.

(recipe: Courtney Luper-Facebook)

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It’s been a bit crazy the past few days – it
seems good old MICROSOFT really wants
me to accept their “Windows 10” program-
to the point where they’re trying to FORCE
the download onto my computer! UGH! It
took my husband several tries to just get
the “Beginning Download” screen off! He
ended up backing my files onto discs and
several other ‘things’ only he knows how
to do – but I DO NOT WANT WINDOWS 10!
If you’ve been with me for awhile you might
remember all the huge MESS that program
did to my husband’s computer (including us
taking the computer to Best Buy’s GEEK
Squad to see if they could restore the computer
and remove “10” – it took them a few days
to get it off (that was right after the launch
for the ‘new Windows 10’ program – we were
some of the first people to try to install it.
Now, grant you, they MIGHT have improved
said model – I don’t care – I DO NOT want it!
For 3 days now I have been happily working
on my computer only to have the screen go
totally blank, then up pops a window in the
center of the screen announcing “Uploading
Windows 10″ will begin immediately, do not
turn off your computer.” You better believe
my fingers IMMEDIATELY hit OFF! Sure hope
that all works and I don’t HAVE to take it if
I don’t WANT it – UGH – BIG BROTHER
LEAVE ME ALONE!

Have noticed that the gas prices have dropped
at bit over the past few days. Last I’d checked
they were hovering around $2.00 but now
they’re at around $1.95/9 (taking a guess here,
haven’t been ‘out’ in 2 days).

Was finally able to meet with my friend that
has the other knit/crochet group that makes
hats/scarves/gloves/mittens for the homeless
and give her the 39-gallon garbage bag full of
various yarns – she was in total shock! “Where
did you get all this?” (from our group yarn
swap back in the fall – it’s been THAT long I’ve
been attempting to get with her to pass it on!
She was thrilled – I’m happy to pass it on and
not carry the ‘guilt’ that all that yarn produces
in me when I feel like I really NEED to knit items
for that worthy cause – I just need to keep my
‘charity causes’ desires at a minimum. I’m already
doing enough for several other causes – no need
for more stress – right?

I’m going to close for now and go read more
recipes (my secret fun thing to do). Try to stay
healthy and enjoy some of this SPRING weather!

Hugs;

Pammie

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5 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. My computer has been doing the same thing with Windows 10. Ugh! Hopefully they will move on and forget about us soon!

    • Check the comment below from 1EarthUnited – she gives a link to get rid of the Windows 10 popups! I’m going to try it a little later today – sure would be grand if it really works!

  2. I have been lucky enough to get 10 to work but then I have Les to fix the thing that jump up and bite me in the butt.

  3. Hi Pammie! It’s easy to disable Win 10 upgrade popups permanently.
    Follow these easy steps:
    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/how-stay-on-windows-7-8-forever-3614204/

    Good Luck! 🙂

    • THANK YOU for your suggestion! (Haven’t tried it yet, husband wants to do it but I’m really anxious to give it a try!) THANKS!


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