Moving Day! (again – different son this time)

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Today finds me assisting youngest son in his first endeavor to move to a new place. He’s done all the packing/moving his single bed mattress from upstairs, out to my van, loading my van, etc. We’re awaiting the call that the room is now ready (I guess the owners are cleaning the floors first?) my only job is to drive my van to his new place (he’ll do the unloading). The groceries are all bought (did that yesterday) his laundry caught up, etc. Each son, when moving, was given about a week’s worth of groceries & supplies (clothes soap, kleenex, toilet paper, etc.) – this son is not much of an ‘eater’ so trying to figure out just what foods he might like was a bit of a challenge – but I succeeded! Each son was different when it came to moving – some wanted/needed a lot of help; this one is very independent, so in the area of needing help – not so much. We’ll see how this goes. My next ‘job’ will be going over his old room, dusting/vacuuming, re-arranging lots of ‘stuff’ so that middle son (when/if he decides) can move up there. Again – we’ll see…

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PBJ Pie


1 single pie crust
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temp.
2/3 C. peanut butter smooth or crunchy
1/2 C. sugar
2 T. milk
1 T. honey
pinch salt
3/4 C. jelly, your choice flavor
1 C. heavy whipping cream
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2-4 T. powdered sugar

chopped peanuts – optional garnish

Crust:
Prepare pie crust or use already
prepared – bake & cool completely

Peanut Butter Filling:

In large bowl cream peanut butter,
cream cheese, sugar, milk, honey &
salt until well combined; spoon into
prepared crust – spread evenly.

Jelly Filling:
Add jelly to small bowl; mix with spoon
or fork slightly to make it easier to spread;
spread over peanut butter layer & smooth
evenly.

Whipping Cream:
Chill a large bowl & elec. mixer beaters at
least 30 minutes. Add cold heavy whipping
cream to chilled bowl; beat at medium
speed until cream begins to thicken. Add
vanilla & turn on High – continue beating
until cream thickens. Gradually add in
powdered sugar until cream forms stiff
peaks – generously spoon onto jelly layer.
Top with chopped nuts. Refrigerate any
leftovers. Serves 8

(recipe: hoosierhomemade.com)
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Crockpot Honey Pork Roast

3-4 lb. pork loin roast
2 T. dried oregano
2 T. dried basil
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3/4 tsp. salt
2 T. garlic, minced
1/2 C. honey
2 T. olive oil
1/4 C. soy sauce
2/3 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray & place roast in
pot. In medium bowl combine
oregano,basil, pepper/salt/,
garlic, honey, soy sauce & Parm.
cheese – mix well & pour over
roast. Cover & cook on Low 6-8
hours. Remove cooked roast
from crockpot, reserving liquid.
Shred meat. Add reserved cooking
liquid to a saucepan & bring to
a boil. Reduce heat & simmer until
reduced & thickened. Pour reduced
thickened sauce over meat & serve.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: tiphero.com)
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Cheesy Tuscan Spaghetti Squash

2 medium spaghetti squash
olive oil, for brushing
kosher salt/black pepper
1 whole head garlic
1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 C. chicken or vegetable stock/broth
3 T. prepared pesto
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 C. (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
5 oz. fresh baby spinach
salt/pepper, to taste
red pepper flakes, to taste
8 slices provolone cheese
basil leaves (topping)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Carefully cut squash in half, lengthwise;
scrape out seeds & membranes, leaving
denser flesh intact. Transfer squash halves
to large rimmed baking sheet & brush
insides of squash lightly with oil; season
with salt/pepper – flip squash halves over
so that cut sides face down. Remove excess
garlic ‘paper’ from outside of head; keep
remainder of head intact. Cut top off head
to expose tops of individual cloves. Place
garlic head on a piece of foil & drizzle
exposed cloves lightly with olive oil – wrap
garlic in foil & place on baking sheet with
squash. Roast squash & garlic until tender,
about 35 minutes. Remove from oven &
allow to cool 5-10 minutes before handling.
Flip squash over – cut sides up – scoop
squash from outer skin & place ‘insides’ in
a bowl. Reserve outer skins (for boats)
In medium pot, heat crushed
tomatoes & stock over medium heat; bring
to boil. Squeeze in roasted garlic & mix well.
Reduce heat to medium-low; add pesto &
yogurt, stirring to combine. Stir in mozzarella &
baby spinach. Continue stirring until cheese is
melted & spinach is wilted. Mix scooped out
spaghetti squash into sauce – season with
salt/pepper & red pepper flakes, to taste.
Divide squash evenly between squash skins.
Cover with provolone cheese & broil until
cheese melts & is beginning to brown – top
with fresh basil leaves & serve warm.
Serves 4

(recipe: hostthetoast.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Cream Cheese
stuffed Chicken Breasts

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 T. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
2 T. chopped green onions
4-8 pieces bacon

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cut chicken into 4 equal pieces; pound
out meat to 1/4″ thick. Mix cream
cheese, chopped gr. onions & shredded
Pepper Jack. Place 1/4 of this mixture
in middle of each piece of chicken.
Starting on long side, roll up, keeping
cheese mixture to the middle. Wrap
1-2 slices of bacon around breast &
secure with a wooden toothpick.
(one piece of bacon is enough, but
you can use 2). Place on baking sheet &
bake 30 minutes. Place sheet under
broiler about 5 minutes to brown &
crisp bacon. Turn each breast over
& broil another 3 minutes to crisp
up bottom side. Serves 2

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Turmeric Cauliflower Soup
Turmeric is a very good spice
for healing – this soup is also
good for any stomach aliments

1 medium heat cauliflower, chopped
1 medium shallot, quartered
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. red lentils
2 C. vegetable broth
2 1/2 C. milk*

garnishes: fresh herbs, cracked pepper,
lime, olive oil

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl add cauliflower, shallots
& garlic – drizzle with olive oil & spices;
toss to combine. Place mixture on a
baking sheet & roast 30 minutes,
flipping half way through cooking time.
After roasting, transfer to saucepan;
add lentils, broth & 2 C. milk – stir to
combine then bring to boil. Cover &
reduce to simmer 20 minutes. Remove
from heat; place contents in blender &
blend until smooth – stir in remaining
milk & serve immediately – top with
desired garnishes. Serves 4

*Poster used unsweetened almond
milk

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Dressed Up Wild Rice

1 T. butter
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
3 scallions, sliced
1 (6.2 oz) pkg. quick long grain &
wild rice mix (including seasoning
packet) uncooked
1 2/3 C. water
1/3 C. sherry*

In large skillet over medium-high
heat, melt butter. Add mushrooms
& scallions – cook until tender,
stirring constantly. Stir rice mix with
seasoning packet, water & sherry into
mushroom mixture – bring to boil,
stirring occasionally. Cover, reduce
heat to Low & simmer 10 minutes
until rice is tender & liquid is absorbed.
Stir gently with fork before serving.
Serves 4

*For this recipe, cook with sherry
like you would wine – using only
ones that you would drink

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Easy Caramel Pie
(does take some time)

1 cooked pie shell
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk (Eagle Brand)
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 bananas, sliced (enough to cover
bottom of crust)READ directions
before slicing
1/2 C. chopped walnuts

Remove label from Eagle Brand
milk & place UNOPENED can in
a saucepan. Completely cover can
with water & boil 3 hours, replacing
water when needed. Keep can
completely submerged in boiling
water at all times. After 3 hours, cool
can completely (approx. 4 hours).
Sprinkle 14/ C. chopped nuts on
crust bottom. Slice bananas & layer
on top of nuts. Carefully open cooled
can of milk & pour into shell. Refrigerate
at least 1 hour. Top with Cool Whip &
1/4 C. chopped walnuts.

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)
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Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

1 C. shortening
2 C. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 T. milk
2 1/2 C. flour
2 C. old-fashioned oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In bowl cream shortening &
brown sugar; add eggs & milk-
mix well. Combine flour, oats,
baking soda, salt & cinnamon –
add to creamed mixture. Drop
by rounded teaspoonfuls 2
inches apart on lightly sprayed
baking sheets. Bake 12-15
minutes until done. Makes 4
dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather has been behaving nicely
these days – clear (no snow or rain) and
in the 40’s. Looking at the forecast for
the next 7 days – we even have a High
of 58 for Saturday – WOW! Lots of
‘partly cloudys’ but on the whole, it
looks like a few days coming up!

It’s nice, sometimes, to have a rather
lazy few days – today was just getting
a few little things done on the special
needs group newsletter (I’m awaiting
final approval of the calendar for the
next 2 months) – other than that, I’m
ready to send it to the church for
printing! Sometimes the newsletters
‘go together/are assembled/compiled’
with little or no problems (like this time)
and others have been a real pain –
mostly with the printer/paper jamming/
etc. so having the church print them for
us removes that problem – YAY!

Slowly plodding along on the two baby
blankets – no hurries. I might spend some
time in the next few days just knitting
baby hats to get them up to my usual
‘quota’. The hospital I donate them to
is very happy to get them WHENEVER
I deliver them. If you know me, I tend
to set big goals for myself – I want to
deliver a good amount, not just a few
hats, so I try to get 25 Premie & 25
Newborns done for one delivery. That
said, I still have about 10 to go with
each size; one premie hat takes me
about an hour/newborn 1 1/2 hours,
tops. I like knitting them because they
are so simple I can watch tv or day-
dream while doing them. They are a
straight-knit (not in the round) so it’s
knit one row, purl the next, etc.

Hope your day is shaping up just as
you’d planned!

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. It is good that this son has made the move a little easier for you.


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