Happy Thursday!

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Another ‘hot one’ – just got back from a few quick errands and the car thermometer read 87 degrees F.  and that’s only around 10 a.m.! No rain in sight until Saturday (oh goodie, I have a picnic to go to then…) so we’ll see what happens.

Gas prices have dropped a little in the area; from $2.29/9 to $2.19/9  so that’s a good thing!

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Lush Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix*
1 1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
25 GOLDEN Oreo cookies, or other vanilla-
flavored cookies/graham crackers
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 (8 oz, ea) tubs Cool Whip, thawed
1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled/sliced &
patted dry
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Whisk pudding mix, milk & vanilla in medium
bowl.
Crust:
Crush cookies in large gallon-sized ziplock bag.
Reserve 1/2 C. crumbs; place 2 T. melted butter
in bag & press, using your hands to work the
butter through remaining cookie crumbs.
Pour crumbs into a 9 X 9″ baking dish – crust
will be crumbly. Fold 8 oz. Cool Whip into
pudding; place half pudding mixture on top
of crust. Place sliced strawberries in a single
layer over pudding. Spread remaining
pudding mix over top of berries. Top with
more Cool whip & sprinkle remaining cookie
crumbs over top. Chill at least 4 hours
before serving.

*You can also use cheesecake or lemon
instant pudding mix, instead of vanilla

(recipe: crazyforcrust.com)
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Lemonade Chicken
(oven or grill)

1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade
concentrate, defrosted/divided
5-6 sprigs fresh oregano (or)
1 tsp. dried*
3 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 whole chicken (about 3 lb),
cut into parts (or) equivalent
amount of parts

Marinade:
In small bowl mix 1/2 can lemonade,
oregano, oil, salt/pepper – mix well.
Place chicken in a zip-lock bag &
pour marinade over chicken, turning
bag a few times to coat chicken; place
bag in refrigerator at least 4 hours or
overnight.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Drain chicken & discard marinade.
Place chicken on a baking sheet & bake
45-60 minutes (time depends on size
of parts). while chicken is baking, prepare
glaze:
Place half of lemonade concentrate in
small saucepan & reduce by 50% over
medium heat, 5-8 minutes. About 5
minutes before chicken is done, glaze
each piece with prepared glaze.
Serves 4

NOTE: *you can use any herb you like

Chicken can be made & grilled on outside
grill, also

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Stuffed Pattypan Squash

6 pattypan squash, approx. 3 inches
in diameter
2 C. roughly chopped kale
1 T. olive oil
1/3 C. chicken or vegetable broth
2 C. corn, fresh or frozen
1/2 C. diced white onion
1 T. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 C. grated Cotija cheese*,
plus more for garnishing
1/4 C. basil, sliced thin

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place olive oil, kale & broth in
pan & cook over medium-high
heat until all of liquid is absorbed
(about 8 minutes). Once cooked,
set aside. Cut stems off tops &
bottoms of squash, removing as
little of the flesh of the squash as
possible – scoop out seedy center,
leaving a squash ‘cup’. Mix kale,
corn, white onion, garlic, salt/pepper
& 1 C. Cotija cheese in bowl. Lightly
spray a large casserole dish with nonstick
spray & evenly place squash in dish,
cup side up. Squeeze together a ball
of stuffing in your hands (like you’re
making a snowball) & place in squash
cups. (balls will be the size of a medium
ice cream scoop) – continue until all
squash are filled. Bake 35-45 minutes
then remove from oven & sprinkle tops
with cheese & sliced basil.
Serves 6

*can substitute Parmesan or feta

(recipe: simpleseasonl.com)
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Cool Fruit/Shrimp Salad

1 lb. cleaned shrimp, cooked
1/4 C. thinly sliced red onion,
separated into rings
1 C. (Kraft) Raspberry vinaigrette
salad dressing, divided
1 (10 oz) pkg. salad greens
1 medium papaya, peeled/cut into
chunks
2 medium kiwi, peeled/sliced
1 C. fresh raspberries

Toss shrimp & onion with 1/2 C.
dressing; cover & refrigerate 1 hour
to marinate. Drain & discard
marinade. Divide greens to 4 salad
plates & arrange fruit & shrimp over
greens. Serve topped with remaining
1/2 C. dressing. Serves 4

(recipe: Kraft recipes)
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Orange Julius
(recipe via Dairy Queen)

1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice
concentrate, thawed
1 C. whole milk
1 C. water
1/3 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
ice cubes
orange slices, (optional garnish)

Chill 2-4 glasses in fridge before
preparing.

In large bowl mix together orange
juice concentrate & 1 C. water until
smooth. Transfer mixture to blender &
pulse 5 seconds to make sure it’s
thoroughly combined. Pour in milk,
sugar, vanilla & 6-8 ice cubes – pulse
another 30-45 seconds or until smooth &
frothy. Divide into 2-4 chilled glasses &
serve immediately.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Oven-Fried Zucchini Chips

3 medium zucchini cut into
1/4″ thick slices
1 egg
2 T. Italian salad dressing
1/2 C. dry breadcrumbs
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat oven 475 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
spray.
Combine egg & Ital. dressing in
small bowl, stir well. Combine
bread crumbs, Parm. cheese &
pepper in small bowl; stir well.
Dip sliced zucchini into egg
mixture, dredge in bread
crumb mixture & place on sheet.
Bake 5 minutes, turning once &
baking an additional 5 minutes or
until golden brown. Serve immediately.
Serves 8

(recipe: food.com)
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Grilled S’Mores Packets

6 whole graham crackers, broken
into pieces (2 C.)
1 1/2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 c. crumbled fudge brownies
3/4 C. milk chocolate morsels
1/3 C. creamy peanut butter
(optional: Reddi-whip spray
whipped topping)

Preheat gas grill to medium heat.
Stir graham crackers, marshmallows,
brownies & morsels in large bowl.
Place one 18″ X 18″ piece of heavy
duty aluminum foil on counter; spray
with nonstick spray. Place mixture in
center of foil; drop dollops of peanut
butter evenly over top. Double fold
top & ends of foil, leaving space for
steam to gather. Place packet on grate,
cover grill & grill 5 minutes until
marshmallows & morsels melt. Carefully
open pack & top with Reddi-Whip, if
desired. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: readyseteat.com)

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Weight-wise, I’m back down to where I
was a few days ago (before the BIG pig-out
at my son’s on Tuesday) – that makes 9.8
lb. lost in about 4 1/2 weeks. I haven’t
measured myself (according to the diet
‘stuff’, you’re supposed to lose inches
before you lose pounds – we’ll see.

The last blog entry was so BIG I forgot to
mention a book I just finished that was
REALLY GREAT! It has excitement/adventure/
it’s pretty intense – a really GOOD read! The
author is: Lincoln Child and the book is:
“Lethal Velocity”. The concept is the opening
of a new theme park totally operated using
cutting-edge holograms & robotics. Of course
there are ‘bad guys’ which really keep the
story moving – I would HIGHLY recommend
it! (It’s a library book, written in 2002, so
it should be easy to locate). I’ve read quite
a few of his other novels (some co-written
with another author) and I would say this
is the BEST I’ve read by him – read it in a day.

Well, the “Grandma” (second time through)
bought my first “new baby” item – I tend to
be very conservative when buying baby items,
maybe you’d say more ‘conventional’? I found
two water-filled teething rings (shaped like
little butterflies) – I still have several like that
in my freezer. They’re great for teething babies
AND for small burns/hurts as they cover a
small space. Knowing that for the other
Grandma this is her FIRST grandbaby, I’ll let
her go crazy with the gifts (and I know she
WILL!). I like to take my time and find things
that are useful and sometimes, unusual – hey,
we’ve got SEVEN months to plan this, right?
It’s fun looking through all the NEW things
they have out for babies – some are totally
for the purchaser, and have little to no real
use other than eye-candy (I avoid those).
Then there’s the commercialism of baby stuff-
if you go in for a Disney item, you can guarantee
it’s going to cost twice as much (another thing
I avoid). I know that, in the future, we’ll be
needing (for my house) a changing table,
pack ‘n play and, later, a high chair – those,
I’m sure, I’ll be able to find at thrift stores –
it’s always nice to know that I have a good
amount of time to plan for this!

Anyway, hoping you’re having a good day;

Hugs;

Pammie

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. You sound like me with shopping for babies.

  2. It Don’t want to talk right now!


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