It’s Thursday already – where did the week go?

(thought he was cute – had to share!)

This has been a really EASY week for me (probably shouldn’t say that too loud, right?). Tuesday was the Fourth of July holiday – yes, my husband & I went to Panera Bread to ‘represent’ the knitting group (see previous blog) – one of my ladies actually came out so we enjoyed our dinner & chatting – we stayed about 1 1/2 hours before going home (possible ‘new’ member didn’t come). Wednesday, due to the holiday, we didn’t have my special needs group – so another FREE day! Today I got a text – Could I watch my two grandsons from 9 – 11 a.m.? SURE – easy-peesy, 2 hours! (I’ve learned – NEVER count on something that sounds that easy). Got there at 9 a.m. & Mom had to go into work for just a ‘few’ hours (their lady chef did a really nasty cut on her hand & couldn’t chop vegetables). Got a text – “Looks like it’s going to be 12:30 – are you good with that?” SURE (what else was I supposed to say?). At around 1:25 or so she arrived home – oh well, it wasn’t a BAD day – the baby was in a really good mood in spite of his teething/drooling BIG TIME (know there’s a bottom tooth soon to be making it’s appearance). Did a quick stop at the grocery store & drug store & now I’m home! YAY! I made too many baked beans for our Fourth dinner so took most of them to son’s house – not exactly sure WHAT we’re having for dinner yet. Bought some nice pork chops – we ‘could’ have them with mac & cheese (leftovers); we’ll see.

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Pink Flamingo Cake
(2-day recipe)

Poster said this one is good for
baby/bridal showers because of
it’s pink color


Cake:
1 box white cake mix
1 (3.5 oz) pkg. cherry Jell-O
3/4 C. vegetable oil
3/4 C. buttermilk*
3 eggs

Icing:
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple,
undrained
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
mix
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (8 oz) jar maraschino cherries, chopped
in half,  plus some juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray.
In large bowl mix dry cake mix, Jell-0
(dry), oil, buttermilk & eggs ; beat
using elec. mixer until smooth &
well combined, about 2 minutes.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
bake 30-35 minutes until center
springs back when pressed lightly.
Allow to cool completely.

Icing:
In medium bowl place crushed
pineapple (undrained). Sprinkle
pudding mix over & stir with a
spoon until well combined. Stir
in Cool Whip until fully incorporated.
Add cherries to mixture along with
enough cherry juice to tint the
mixture light pink. Stir until well
combined, adding more cherry
juice for color if needed. Frost
cake. Cover cake & refrigerate
2-3 days before serving.

*In place of buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
into a 2-cup measuring cup &
fill cup to 3/4 C. with milk. Stir
& let stand 5 minutes – now you
have buttermilk.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Summer Fresh Corn Salad

2 ears fresh corn, shucked
1 C. fresh baby carrots
1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded/
minced
1/2 C. pitted black olives, chopped
1/3 C. sliced scallions
1/2 C. chopped fresh tomato
1/2 C. crumbled feta cheese
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
salt/pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. olive oil
1 T. balsamic vinegar (white if you
have it)

Boil corn & carrots in salted water
3-4 minutes – drain & cool in VERY
cold water (they should be cooked
a little but still be crunchy). When
corn is cooled enough to handle, trim
end of corn so it stands easily and,
using a utility knife, cut kernels off
sides of corn cob. Chop carrots; place
all ingredients in large bowl & mix
well. Chill salad before serving.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Easy Sticky Chicken

3-5 lb. bone-in/skin on chicken
1 C. ketchup
1 C. honey
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix ketchup, honey, brown sugar,
soy sauce & garlic powder in a
sauce pot & bring to boil over
medium heat, stirring constantly.
Arrange chicken pieces in a 9 X 13″
baking dish & pour sauce over it.
Turn chicken to coat thoroughly
& bake 45 minutes, turning
chicken at end of 45 minutes &
baking 30 minutes more.

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Skinny Greek Salad

1 bag romaine lettuce (about
6 C.)
1 large cucumber, peeled/chopped
(about 2 1/2 C.)
3 medium tomatoes, chopped (about
2 1/2 C. or cherry tomatoes, chopped)
1 medium red onion, chopped (1 C.)
16 Kalamata olives, sliced in half
1/2 C. feta cheese, crumbled

Dressing:
3/4 C. light Caesar vinaigrette or
light balsamic salad dressing
3/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/3 C. feta cheese

In large bowl add all salad ingredients
except feta cheese – refrigerate until
ready to serve. In small bowl add
dressing ingredients – whisk to blend
well & refrigerate until ready to toss.
To serve, toss salad with dressing &
divide on 4 plates. Top each with
2 T. feta cheese (if you’re serving
buffet style, add feta to salad just
before tossing). Serves 4

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Zucchini Fritters

1 1/2 lb. zucchini, grated
1 tsp. salt
1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. crumbled feta cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg, beaten
salt/pepper, to taste
2 T. olive oil
2 T. minced fresh dill

sour cream, plain yogurt – suggested
toppings

Place grated zucchini in a colander
or strainer over the sink. Add 1 tsp.
salt & gently mix. Let stand 10 minutes;
drain using a cloth or paper towels (to
remove most of moisture from zucchini).
In large bowl combine zucchini, flour,
feta, dill, garlic & egg – season with salt/
pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over
medium-high heat. Once oil is warm,
scoop a tablespoon of mixture for each
fritter into the oil. Flatten scoops using
a spatula & cook until underside is golden-
brown, about 2 minutes. Flip over & cook
on other side 1-2 minutes. Serve with sour
cream, plain yogurt or plain. Serves 4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Chicken & Summer Squash
(crockpot)

3 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
2 (10.5 oz, ea) cans cream of
chicken soup
4 small summer squash, sliced
(poster used yellow squash)
16 oz. sour cream
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. butter, room temp.
1 C. bread crumbs
dried parsley, optional garnish
paprika, optional garnish

hot cooked rice or pasta to
serve 8

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place chicken
breasts in bottom of crockpot. In
large bowl mix soup, sour cream,
onion, cheese, garlic salt, pepper
& butter. Fold in sliced squash &
mix well to coat – pour over
chicken. Sprinkle bread crumbs on
top. Cover & cook on Low 8 hours
or High 4-5 hours. (chicken should
be fully cooked when it reaches
165 degrees F. using a thermometer).
Serve over hot cooked rice or pasta
& garnish with dried parsley and/or
paprika. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Taco Casserole

1/2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 T. minced fresh garlic
1 bell pepper, chopped
seasoning salt
black pepper (can use cayenne, if
desired)
1 C. water
2 tsp. dried chili pepper flakes
1 bottle taco sauce
2 (4 oz, ea) cans diced green chiles
1 (14 oz) jar sliced ripe olives,
drained/divided
1 (1 1/4 oz) pkg. dry taco seasoning
mix (you can use 2 pkgs. if desired)
1 (4 1/2 oz) pkg. taco shells, broken
into pieces
4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 large tomato, chopped
3 sliced green onions

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.
Cook ground beef, onion, bell pepper,
chili flakes & garlic until beef is no
longer pink; drain then season with
seasoning salt/black pepper. Stir in
water, taco sauce, green chiles, half
of olives & taco seasoning mix. Cook
on Low heat 6-8 minutes. Layer half
of broken shells in prepared dish.
Cover with half meat sauce; sprinkle
with 2 C. cheese – repeat with
remaining broken shells, meat sauce &
top with remaining cheese*. Bake
20 minutes until bubbly & cheese is
melted. After baking, sprinkle top with
remaining olives, tomatoes & green onions.

*You can add cheese last 10 minutes of
baking time to prevent cheese from getting
hard.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Summer Blueberrie “Slump”
(like a cobbler)

Filling:
4 C. fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 C. sugar
1/3 C. water
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Topping:
1 1/2 C. flour
2/3 C. milk
3 T. sugar
3 T. butter
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

vanilla ice cream or whipped
cream – garnish, optional

In large bowl whisk flour, sugar,
baking powder & salt; stir in
milk until a shaggy dough forms –
do not over mix. Cut in butter
utnil mixture is fully incorporated.
In large saucepan or skillet over
medium-high heat, stir together
blueberries with sugar, water, lemon
juice & zest, cinnamon & nutmeg –
bring to boil. Stir in vanilla & cook
another 1-2 minutes. Break off
pieces of dough & drop them
(carefully) onto blueberry mixture.
Repeat until dough covers most
of blueberries then cover & reduce
heat to Low. Cook 27 minutes until
biscuits are cooked through. (make
sure not to uncover biscuits as
they’re cooking as this will allow
steam to escape & they won’t
rise or cook properly).
Uncover & serve hot with whipped
cream or vanilla ice cream.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Our weather is typical July for
Michigan-in the 80’s & sunny with
a slight breeze; today it’s 86 with
a 40% chance of thunderstorms
later & tomorrow. Rain is good;
we need it for the people who
grow gardens.

I’ve noticed that the day after
the Fourth of July our gas prices
skyrocketed from $2.26/9 to
$2.49/9 – that was a surprise!
At least they let the people who
had to travel enjoy some lower
prices, right?

Hope your week is turning out
the way you like!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

 

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Wonderful recipes, must try the chicken and pink cake! Love the baby chick, babies are so cute, all species!

  2. My week is quiet but good. I hope yours continues the same.


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