Truly a “Fix it as you go” Day!

The day started out just fine – first thing up: paying house bills on line. All went very well until I hit a ‘wall’ with a particular company – it seems I couldn’t “log in”, no matter HOW I tried! Finally, with a lot of ‘tinkering’ my husband & I figured out that we needed to set up a BRAND NEW User Name & Password (that took about 25 minutes!). After a phone call to said company FINALLY I was able to go on line to make the payment . . . I thought. It seems that it STILL didn’t go through correctly; am going to have to attempt it again tomorrow (after checking, again, to see if what I did today actually WENT THROUGH on their site! I checked our bank and it didn’t show the payment, either…frustrating!). A little later I had planned on doing a quick shopping run – it started really storming so had to delay that by about an hour. Got that done, just got home to receive a text that I needed to call all our students/helpers/leaders, etc. – the church my special needs group meets at is under construction (they’re building a brand new church, a little at a time, on the same grounds). Apparently the construction crew hit a WATER line and there’s no water at the church – that doesn’t work for my kids so next thing I’m non-stop calling all our people.  MY DEAR EXCEL program has been known to do some strange things (husband has tried to figure this one out – to no avail) – it seems that sometimes when I go into the spread sheets it drops down a line or two and I end up inserting phone #’s or addresses to ANOTHER PERSON! UGH! Just when I think I’ve got it all figured out and it’s fine – something like today happens. I dialed one of my student’s phone numbers and got a totally different student! He’s so funny; he said: “What are you doing, Dude? This is (his name), not …..!” Oh brother! Oh well – we push on! Got a busy signal when calling another home; kept trying every 10-15 minutes but after about an hour I decided I’d try the Mom’s cell phone number instead. (GOOD thing I did – she informed me they don’t HAVE a house phone any more!) UGH!!! Crazy stuff – glad I’ve got the night off to recover!!! (Leftovers for dinner: Cornish Game hens, mashed potatoes, gravy & tossed salads) – yum.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

5 C. sweetened whipped cream
11-12 large rectangular graham
crackers
3 C. strawberries, chopped

In a square baking dish spread a
thin layer of whipped cream. Layer
graham crackers on top; cover with
a layer of whipped cream. Sprinkle
1/3 of strawberries on top then
layer with whipped cream again.
Repeat until all ingredients used.
The top layer should be strawberries
(not covered with cream). Refrigerate
at least 3 hours. Serves 9

(recipe: buzzfeed.com)
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Crunchy Pea Salad

2 1/2 C. frozen peas (about 13 oz)
1 c. dry roasted peanuts
1 C. chopped celery
6 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. Zesty Italian salad dressing

In large bowl combine first 5
ingredients. In small bowl mix
mayonnaise & salad dressing;
toss with salad in first bowl.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: the-girl-who-ate-everything.com)
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Bacon/Chicken/Potato Foil Packets
( oven & grill methods)

6 T. butter, melted
2 T. ranch salad dressing mix (dry)
salt/pepper, to taste
4 medium chicken breasts (approx
4 oz, each)
1 lb. small red potatoes, halved or
quartered
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
2 T. chopped parsley

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
(Grill – heat to medium-high heat).
In small bowl whisk butter, ranch
dry mix, salt/pepper. Spray 4 large
squares of foil with nonstick spray.
Place potatoes in a bowl & drizzle
with 4 T. ranch butter on top – toss
to coat evenly. Place one chicken
breast on each foil square & season
with salt/pepper, to taste. Divide
potatoes evenly among squares &
arrange around chicken. Drizzle
remaining 2 T. butter over chicken
& fold edges over chicken & potatoes
to make a packet.
Bake: 45 minutes
Grill: 30 minutes
Open packets & sprinkle cheese over
top – leave packets open & return to
oven/grill 2-3 minutes until cheese
melts. Sprinkle with bacon & parsley
before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Summer Squash & Mushroom
Casserole

2 medium yellow summer squash,
diced
1 large zucchini, diced
1/2 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 C. chopped onion
2 T. olive oil
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. crushed butter-flavored (like Ritz)
crackers (about 25 crackers)
1 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 11 X 7″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet saute squash, zucchini,
mushrooms & onion in oil until tender;
drain. In large bowl combine vegetable
mixture, cheese, soup, sour cream & salt.
Pour mixture into prepared dish. Combine
cracker crumbs & butter – sprinkle on top
of casserole. Bake, uncovered, 25-30
minutes until bubbly. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Simple Smothered Chicken
(crockpot)

1-2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
2 pkts. dry chicken gravy mix (.87 oz, ea)
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 3/4 C. water
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Place gravy mix, soup, water & pepper
in crockpot – whisk until smooth (as
smooth as you can get it). Add chicken;
cover & cook 8-10 hours on Low
Serves 4

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Berry Cheesecake Salad

6 C. mixed berries (blueberries/
blackberries/raspberries,strawberries
cut into quarters
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1/2 C. + 2 T. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. heavy cream or milk
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed

additional berries & mint sprigs
for garnish –  optional

Place cream cheese in medium bowl &
using elec. mixer, beat until completely
smooth. Add powdered sugar & beat
until combined. Add vanilla & cream &
continue to beat until smooth. Gently
fold in Cool Whip. Place berries in a
large bowl & pour cheesecake mixture
over top – stir gently until berries are
coated into cheesecake mix. Garnish
with berries & mint sprigs & serve.
Serves 6

*Cake Flour: if you don’t have cake
flour you can substitute 2 T. all-purpose
flour plus 2 T. cornstarch= 1 C. cake flour

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Grilled Vegetable Medley

2 bulbs garlic, peeled (left whole)
1 (8 oz) pkg. mushrooms
1 red onion, chopped
2 small sweet red peppers,
chopped
2 small sweet orange peppers,
chopped
10 stalks asparagus, cut into small
pieces
olive oil
salt/pepper
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat grill to medium-high heat
(temp. 350 degrees F. approx.)
Turn temperature down to Low.
Line grill with heavy foil, turning
edges of foil up a bit to retain
juices. Drizzle foil with olive oil.
Carefully place veggies on foil &
drizzle with more oil; sprinkle
with salt/pepper. Cover grill
& cook about 10 minutes, stirring
occasionally. When veggies are
cooked through (onions should be
translucent & garlic should be
golden brown). Use a metal
spatula to scoop veggies off foil
into a large bowl. Squeeze lemon
juice on veggies & sprinkle top
with Parm cheese – stir & taste,
adjusting salt/pepper if needed.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Blueberry/Lemon Cobbler


Filling:

32 oz. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 C. sugar
3 T. lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
1/4 C. flour

Topping:

2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. butter (2 sticks, chilled/
cut into bits)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla

vanilla ice cream or whipped cream,
for topping cobbler, if desired

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place blueberries in bottom of
crockpot; sprinkle lemon juice on top.
In medium bowl mix sugar & lemon
zest, working zest into sugar with your
fingers to release the lemon oils in the
zest. Add flour & stir with a fork to
evenly combine flour with sugar. Sprinkle
mixture evenly over berries & toss to
combine.

Topping:

In medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, lemon
zest, baking powder, salt & nutmeg using
a fork until well combined. Using 2 butter
knives or a pastry cutter, cut in cold bits
of butter into flour mixture until it
resembles a coarse meal with small pea-
sized pieces of butter. In small bowl whisk
eggs & vanilla with a fork & gently toss
egg mixture into flour/butter mixture
until moistened & dough starts to hold
together & create clumps of dough.
Sprinkle cobbler topping evenly over
blueberries in crockpot. Cover opening
of crockpot with paper towels or a clean
kitchen towel; cover with lid. (toweling
will absorb any condensation that will
collect on lid while cooking, preventing
it from dripping onto cobbler.) Cook
on High 3-4 hours until you can see the
juices from the blueberries bubbling
around edges of crockpot. Check
cobbler at 3 hour mark & only cook
for additional time if needed. Turn
off crockpot & carefully remove lid
& toweling. Let cobbler cool slightly
before serving. Serve with vanilla
ice cream or whipped cream, if
desired. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

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I’m getting in so many yummy-sounding
summer recipes lately it’s hard to choose
which to post!

Hope you are all in good health & able to
enjoy some of this summer weather. Aside
from the thunderstorms predicted for the
next 2-3 days, the weather is a balmy 71
degrees F. (not too hot!).

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. This is why I still write checks.


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