This Grandma’s not getting any younger!

Just got home from ‘grandkid-watching’ – eight hours! Oldest grandson (11) is self-amusing but our (just turned 5 months) little grandson is not! Just when you think: “Oh, Good! He’s yawning – he’ll take a nap!” he fools you. I watched him the other night because both of his parents had to work – that little stinker was awake from around 5:30 p.m. until 11:45 p.m.! He really fights going to sleep! I left today with his Dad watching him and they were both lying on the couch together – want to guess who fell asleep first? Let’s just say he really gives me a run for my money!

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Samoa Sheet Cake
(like the Girl Scout Cookie)

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter
1 C. water
4 T. cocoa powder
1/2 C. butter-flavored shortening
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/8 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
6 T. milk
3 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 C. caramel sauce
dash salt

Toppings:
2 1/2 C. sweetened shredded
coconut
8 oz. wrapped caramel candies
2 T. milk
3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread coconut onto large cookie
sheet & spread evenly. Toast
coconut 5-6 minutes (check
closely & stir a few times) Allow
to cool.
Turn up oven temp. to 400 degrees F.
In large bowl or stand mixer, combine
flour & sugar. In saucepan combine
1/2 C. butter, 1 C. water, 4 T. cocoa
& 1/2 C. shortening; bring to boil
over medium-high heat, stirring
continually. Pour mixture into
flour/sugar mixture & mix 30
seconds. Using elec. mixer:
To bowl add 1/2 C. buttermilk
& stir into batter. Add 1/2 tsp. baking
soda, 1/8 tsp. salt, 2 eggs &
1 tsp. vanilla – mix 1 minute
making sure to scrape bottom of
bowl using rubber spatula to make
sure all dry ingredients are
incorporated.
Spray large rimmed cookie sheet with
nonstick spray & pour batter into
sheet. Bake 20 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center comes
out clean.
While cake bakes, make Frosting:
In large microwave-safe bowl add 1/2 C.
butter & 6 T. milk – heat to boiling.
Add 1/8 C. caramel sauce, 3 C.
powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla &
dash salt – whisk together with a
fork until smooth (it will be thin)

When cake is still warm from oven, poke
holes all over top with a fork & pour
frosting over top of cake. Immediately
sprinkle on toasted coconut. Place
unwrapped caramels in a microwave-
safe bowl. Add 2 T. milk (or evap. milk)
to caramels & heat 30 seconds. Stir &
heat again, in 30 second intervals until
caramels are melted & smooth. Stir
well & drizzle over coconut on cake.
Place chocolate chips in a microwave-
safe measuring cup; heat at 30-
second intervals, stirring after each
one. Add 1/2 tsp. shortening & stir
to combine – drizzle over top of
caramel.
At this point you can either eat it
now OR refrigerate 1 hour so that
it cuts into nice portions.
Serves 16-20

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad

Salad:
8 oz. penne pasta noodles, cooked
accordg. to pkg. directions
2 C. packed fresh baby spinach
leaves
1 C. sliced strawberries
1 C. pineapple chunks
1/4 C. dried cranberries (or
dried blueberries)
1/4 C. salted cashews or other
nuts (like pecans or walnuts)

Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
1/2 C. olive oil
1/3 C. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 T. Dijon mustard
3 T. honey
1/3 C. orange juice
2 tsp. poppy seeds
pinch salt/pepper

Combine all dressing ingredients in
a jar; cover & shake well. Combine
cooked penne, spinach, strawberries,
pineapple, cranberries & nuts in large
bowl – toss with prepared dressing.
Serve immediately or cover & chill
1 hour before serving. Serves 10

(recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com)
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Crockpot Chicken & Zucchini

3 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
2 T. minced garlic
2 small yellow onions, chopped
1 tsp. onion powder
2 whole zucchini, sliced
1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
2 T. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
(can also use Swiss, Cheddar or
mozzarella – shredded)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl mix all spices, spaghetti
sauce, onions, garlic & sliced
zucchini. Place chicken in
crockpot & pour veggies/sauce
over chicken. Spread chopped
green onions over mixture. Cover
& cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
5 hours. Once chicken is cooked,
cover with chosen cheese; cover
& let stand a few minutes to
allow cheese to melt. Serves 8

NOTE: can be served ‘as is’ or
over cooked pasta or noodles.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Cheeseburger Pie

1 tube crescent rolls
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
4 T. ketchup
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
sliced cheese – your choice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
spray. In skillet brown beef; drain
& mix in onions – cook until tender.
Mix in ketchup, Worc. sauce until
well combined.
Separate crescent rolls & arrange
in a star shape with tips pointing
out, on sprayed sheet, with last
piece for center. Place meat
mixture in center going out about
half way to the points. Top each
triangle with 1/2 slice of cheese
then roll tip of crescent roll towards
the center. Bake 15-20 minutes.

Note: you can substitute ground
chicken, pork or turkey instead
of beef.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Mexican Pasta Salad

4 C. wagon wheel pasta, cooked/
drqained
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. frozen corn, thawed/drained
1/2 C. chopped red pepper
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 C. ranch salad dressing
1 T. taco seasoning mix (dry)
1 T. lime juice
1/2 C. Mexican-style finely
shredded Four cheese (Kraft)
1/3 C. finely chopped fresh cilantro

Combine first 5 ingredients in large
bowl. Mix dressing, seasoning mix &
lime juice until blended; add to salad &
toss until evenly coated. Add cheese &
cilantro; mix lightly. Serves 8 (1 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Texas Cinnamon Butter
great on pancakes/waffles/
toast/bagels, etc.

2 sticks butter, softened to
room temp.
1/4 C. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla

In large bowl combine all
ingredients. Using an elec.
mixer, mix all ingredients
until fully combined & butter
is slightly whipped. Place in a
ramekin (small bowl) &
garnish with a dusting of
cinnamon. Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Freezer Cucumber Pickles

4 lb. pickling cucumbers, sliced
8 C. thinly sliced onions (about
8 medium)
1/4 C. salt
3/4 C. water
4 C. sugar
2 C. cider vinegar

Rinse ten 2-Cup plastic containers &
lids with boiling water; dry thoroughly.
Divide cucumbers, onions, salt & water
between 2 large bowls; let stand at room
temp. 2 hours – do not drain.
Add 2 C. sugar & 1 C. vinegar to each bowl;
stir until sugar has dissolved. Transfer to
prepared containers, leaving 1 inch head-
space for expansion; freeze up to 6 months.

Thaw pickles in refrigerator 8 hours before
using. Serve within 2 weeks after thawing.
Makes 10 pints.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Custard Peach Pie

1 unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 lb. fresh peaches (5-6),
peeled/sliced
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 large egg yolks
3/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Topping:
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 C. flour
1 1/2 T. sugar
1 pinch salt

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Gently place pie crust in bottom
of pie dish & crimp edges, if
desired. Arrange peach slices
in circles in bottom of crust,
filling bottom of dish. In
separate bowl whisk yogurt,
egg yolks, 3/4 C. sugar, 1/4 C.
flour, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg
until combined; pour over peaches.
Cover edges of crust with foil.
Bake 30-32 minutes until center
is almost set.
While pie is baking, make topping:
Topping:
Whisk flour, sugar & salt; cut in
butter until crumbly.
Once pie is out of oven, sprinkle
topping over pie & return to oven
15 minutes until topping is lightly
browned & pie is cooked through.
Remove from oven & let cool
15 minutes before serving.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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Our weather is still nice – in the high 70’s, sunny
with a slight breeze – if going to the beach is your
‘thing’, this weather is perfect for that!

Not doing much different – reading, knitting some
(started knitting some toddler headbands for the
Detroit Veteran’s Baby Shower coming up in
September – I’m told the Moms really like them).
This Saturday is the all-day County Ice Cream
Social – I’ll be there with some of my knit group
ladies knitting  (in costume)under the shade of
a sycamore tree! Last year it POURED the entire
day – hoping we have a nice, sunny but COOL
day! We’ll see –

Hoping you are able to enjoy your summer,
too!

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. Hey you are doing great for allthe energy you are expending!


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