Settling in – sort of

Spring is here – it’s Michigan so that means ONE DAY of Spring like weather and then we FREEZE for a few days. It got down to freezing temperatures last night (low 30’s) but today it’s sunny & breezy/mid-day (3 p.m.) and it’s 53 degrees F. out. I
see, via our weather channel, that they’ve extended the FREEZE WARNING onto tonight, too – oh, joy… highest temp. they’re predicting this week is 62 so it can’t be all bad, right? The flowers/blooming trees/bushes, singing birds –
they’re all there to look at & love. (I find myself out driving and thanking the Lord for all the glorious things He’s created for us to see & enjoy – we are blessed.)

As per my blog entry title, I’m slowly settling into a sort of schedule: I get a text usually Sunday evening asking my schedule for the coming week, then am asked if I can watch the baby for whatever days are needed. That’s not a bad deal, tomorrow I go at 9:45 and am guessing I’ll be ‘relieved’ at around 2/2:30 by my son (the Dad). We’ll see – it’s usually pretty open-ended.

Got to visit two Mom2Mom sales Saturday and was able to find both a folding high chair and a baby walker – total cost for
both: $20!!! The high chair isn’t the latest but I dont’ care – if it folds up into a small package it will do what I need. The walker doesn’t fold, but I should be able to store it upstairs after he’s outgrown it. After leaving the two sales I stopped at our local St. Vincent de Paul store and had fun looking around there, too. They have phenomenal prices; I mentioned to the lady behind the counter that they were selling a VERY nice Graco baby high chair for $5; I had seen about 4 of them at the Mom2Mom sales, each one going for $40 – tried to suggest they might want to up the price just a little. She said they exist to help out people who can’t afford the expensive things – that’s impressive!

 The baby shower for my most recent Mommy is coming up in 2 weeks; I have the blanket knit and 3 toddler baby headbands – still want to knit a few pairs of booties in newborn & 3-6 month sizes. After that, maybe I’ll pick up a few more things to go in the bag, like a thick cardboard baby book, a frozen teething ring, etc. I’m really happy for this couple – they are SO cute together, both have naturally curly hair (she’s a natural blond & he’s got dark black hair – should be interesting to see the color & curliness of the baby’s hair!).

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Reese’s Chocolate Butter Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box Devils Food cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 egg
12 peanut butter cups (full sized),
cut into sixths
4 snack-sized Butterfinger candy bars,
coarsely chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. creamy peanut butter
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. butter, melted
4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Generously spray a 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick spray.
Combine dry cake mix, melted
butter, & egg – mix until combined.
Cover bottom of greased pan
evenly with cake mixture. Spread
peanut butter cups & Butterfinger
pieces over cake mix. In a bowl
mix cream cheese, peanut butter,
eggs & vanilla until well blended –
add melted butter & mix. Mix
in powdered sugar until well
blended & spread over candy
layer. Bake 55 minutes – NOTE:
it will puff up in the center & will
drop a little after removing from
oven. Let cake cool.
Mix chocolate chips & vegetable
oil in a microwave-safe dish;
microwave until melted then
spread over cooled cake.

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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One-Pot Chicken & Rice with
Vegetables

1 T. olive oil
2 C. boneless chicken breast,
cubed
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 large shallots, sliced
2 large carrots, diced
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. butter, divided
1 C. arborio rice
3 C. vegetable stock (or broth)
10 stalks asparagus, chopped,
stems removed
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
(fresh parsley – optional garnish)

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Season chicken with Italian
seasoning & place in pan. Cook until
browned on all sides, stirring
often. Push chicken & veggies to
side of pan & add 1 T. butter & rice.
Stir rice to coat with the butter & cook
3 minutes, stirring & incorporating with
the veggies. Pour stock into pan & bring
just to a boil then reduce heat to simmer
& simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes.
Stir in asparagus & cook another 5
minutes.Stir in remaining 1 T. butter &
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese – check seasoning
& add salt/pepper, to taste. Serve
immediately (garnish with parsley, if desired.)
Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cheddar, Ham & Dill Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. (1 stick) cold unsalted
butter, cut into 1/4″ cubes
3/4 C. packed shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese
1 C. diced (cooked) ham
3 T. chopped fresh dill
2/3 C. buttermilk *
1 egg yolk
2 T. whole milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl mix flour, corn-
starch, baking powder, baking
soda, sugar, salt/pepper – cut in
butter using a pastry cutter or
2 knives until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Add Cheddar, ham &
dill; stir in buttermilk just until
combined. (take care to not over
mix or biscuits will be tough).
In small bowl add egg yolk & milk;
whisk to combine. Turn dough
out onto a lightly floured surface &
pat into a rectangle about 1 1/2″ thick.
Cut 8 biscuits using a floured 2 1/2 inch
biscuit cutter (or a glass about the same
diameter) Cover a baking sheet with
parchment paper & place cut biscuits
on sheet. Lightly brush top of each
biscuit with beaten egg yolk mixture.
Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
Makes 8 biscuits

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
into a 1-cup measuring cup. Fill
to 2/3 C. line with milk & stir with
a fork. Let stand 5 minutes – now
you have buttermilk!

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Balsamic Zucchini Saute

1 T. olive oil
3 medium zucchini, cut into
thin slices
1/2 C. chopped sweet onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/3 C. crumbled feta cheese

In large skillet heat oil over medium-
high heat; saute zucchini & onion
until crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes.
Stir in seasonings. Add vinegar &
cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Top with
cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sour Cream Pork Chops

(crockpot)

6 pork chops
salt/pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
1/2 C. flour
1 large onion, sliced 1/4″
thick
2 cubes chicken bouillon
2 C. boiling water
2 T. flour
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream

Season chops with salt/pepper
& garlic powder; dredge in flour.
In a skillet over medium heat, lightly
brown chops in small amount of oil.
Place chops in crockpot & top with
onion slices. Dissolve bouillon cubes
in boiling water & pour over chops.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours.

Preheat oven 200 degrees F.
After chops have cooked, transfer
chops to oven to keep warm. Be
careful, chops are very tender –
they will fall apart. In small bowl
blend 2 T. flour with sour cream;
mix into meat juices  in crockpot.
Turn crockpot to High 15-30
minutes until sauce is slightly
thickened. Serve sauce over chops

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. Melt butter &
whisk with eggs until combined;
add in dry cake mix & stir until
combined. Stir in chocolate chips
& mix well. Pour into prepared
pan & bake 20 minutes.

(NOTE: if you choose smaller
pans, bake 25-28 minutes)

(recipe: 78recipes.com)
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Cucumber, Cauliflower & Corn Salad

2 C. cauliflower florets cut into
small florets
2 small cucumbers, sliced into
thin slices then cut into half-slices
1/2 red bell pepper, cubed
2-3 green onions, thinly chopped
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn,
drained
1/3 – 1/2 C. mayonnaise
salt/pepper, to taste
fresh dill (optional)

In large bowl mix all ingredients; mix
well. Sprinkle top with fresh dill, if
desired.

(recipe: valentinascorner.com)
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Loaded Mashed Potato/Beef Pie

1 1/4 lb. ground beef
1 egg
6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
2 C. prepared mashed potatoes
1 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1/2 C. chopped tomato
1/4 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
3 T. chopped green onions
salt/black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine beef, egg,
onion & breadcrumbs – season
with salt/pepper.; mix well using
your hands then transfer mixture
to a pie plate & press mixture
on bottom & up sides of dish. Fill
pie plate with mashed potatoes &
smooth top using back of a spoon;
top with Cheddar cheese.
Bake 40-45 minutes until cheese is
melted & meat registers an
internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
using a thermometer. (NOTE: If
cheese is melting too quickly,
cover top with foil). Remove from
oven, garnish top with bacon,
tomato & green onions; serve hot.
Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Lemon Cream Poke Cake

1 box lemon cake mix plus
ingredients to prepare
3/4 C. frozen lemonade,
undiluted
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. Half & Half (or) whole milk
1 (4 serving size) lemon instant
pudding mix
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Prepare cake as directed on box
using a 9 X 13″ pan. Cool cake
on a rack; once cooled, poke
holes all over top of cake using
the rounded handle of a wooden
spoon, about 1 inch apart. Beat
cream cheese until smooth; slowly
beat in Half & Half then blend in
lemonade. Add pudding mix & beat
1 minute. Pour pudding mix over
top of cake & refrigerate until well
chilled & pudding is set. Frost
with Cool Whip. Serves 12

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Hope you are all having a great day – even if it’s gloomy or rainy outside, we still have our health (no matter what state it’s in – it’s better than being totally bed-ridden). Not trying to be morbid, but sometimes I have to give myself a pep talk to remind ME that I’m still healthy enough to keep plugging away at my days and trying to make them count. Keeping in touch with friends, doing a kind deed, praying for others – all things I’m still very capable of doing.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. A great job on the shopping trip–now you are all set! Have a good day Love yah


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