Halfway through the week already!

 

So glad for days like today when I can de-stress a little & relax. Yesterday was a ‘treadmill’ day – constantly running! Started out the day at 10 a.m. babysitting my now VERY MOBILE 7 month old grandson – did that until around 5:30 p.m.(yep – 7 1/2 hours – ugh!). Left their house to rush to Panera for my Knit/Crochet group meeting. Got to Panera and realized I was not only tired but super hungry so ordered a bowl of their Broccoli-Cheddar soup & plain iced tea – that did the trick to revive me for the rest of the evening. It was a super happy night, 20 ladies & 2 young girls joined me – let’s just say, at times, the noise levels were REALLY LOUD with chatting & laughter but we all had a great time so it was worth it.

Baby grandson is now VERY mobile, crawling & pulling himself up on everything. I was reading a book while watching him play and all of a sudden I hear this loud breathing – he had pulled himself up beside my knees and was grinning from ear to ear, super excited at his achievement! Yep – it was like that ALL DAY – pull up (me worrying he’ll fall straight backwards & crack his head on the floor), me gently lowering him back down to a sitting position…2 minutes later, right back up breathing heavily & grinning  – what a baby! I was kind of wondering why I don’t exactly remember being quite so overwhelmed with my three boys when they were that age and then it dawned on me-I used a PLAY PEN to corral them. Yes, they got to crawl & explore but NOT ALL THE TIME! Whew – he’s certainly giving this grandma a run for her money!

Almost forgot to post: here are the latest baby blankets finally finished -both are probably going to Crisis Pregnancy Center

 

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No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter (1 stick/8 T.)
1/2 C. evaporated milk (can
also use whole milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. 100% pure pumpkin puree
2 1/2 C. quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice*

Cover a sheet pan or cookie sheet
with waxed paper.
Combine sugar, butter & milk in a
saucepan on stove. Bring to hard,
rolling boil & boil 1 minute, stirring
to make sure ingredients do not
stick. Remove from heat; stir in
vanilla, pumpkin pie spice & pumpkin
until mixture is melted & smooth.
Fold in oats & drop by spoonfuls onto
waxed paper. Let cool in refrigerator
several hours. Makes about 24 cookies.
Store in air-tight container in fridge.

*Pumpkin Pie Spice
3 T. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp. allspice
1 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Mix ingredients together in small
bowl.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Summer Tomato Gratin

3 large ripe tomatoes, cored/
sliced 1/2 inch thick
3 T. olive oil
salt/black pepper
1/4 C. roughly chopped basil
3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
1 C. coarse, fresh sourdough bread crumbs
1/3 C. finely grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 500 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center position.
Brush a large, shallow gratin dish
or earthenware casserole with a
little olive oil.

Place sliced tomatoes between 2
paper towels & let stand 45 minutes
to 1 hour.

Arrange tomato slices slightly overlapping
in prepared dish. Season lightly with
salt/pepper & scatter half of basil on top.
In small skillet, heat garlic in olive oil
about 45 seconds until aroma is released.
Remove from heat; stir in bread crumbs &
add a touch more salt/pepper. Scatter
mixture on top of tomatoes & top with
Parmesan cheese. Bake 15 minutes until
crumbs are golden brown. If desired, let
stand up to 1 hour. Reheat in low oven
5-10 minutes before serving.
Serves 5-6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Bacon Cheddar Chicken & Potatoes

1/4 C. ranch salad dressing
6 large bone-in chicken thighs,
skin & visible fat removed
4 slices bacon
1 1/2 lb. Red potatoes (about 5),
cut into 1 inch chunks
1 onion, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 C. (Kraft) shredded Triple-Cheddar
cheese (with a touch of Philadelphia)
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

In shallow pan pour dressing over
chicken & refrigerate 30 minutes.

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Cook bacon in large skillet on
medium heat until crisp; remove
bacon from skillet, reserving 1 T.
drippings in skillet – drain bacon
on paper towels. Add potatoes &
onions to skillet – cook 5 minutes,
stirring occasionally then remove
from heat. Crumble bacon & add
to skillet, mix lightly then spoon
into prepared dish. Remove
chicken from marinade; discard
marinade. Place chicken in pan
over potato mixture. Bake
55 minutes to 1 hour until
potatoes are tender & chicken
is done (165 degrees F.) Top
with cheese & parsley.
Serves 6

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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White Bean & Tomato Salad

1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained &
rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can (Hunts) diced tomatoes
with basil, garlic & oregano, undrained
1 C. sliced celery
1/4 C. loosely packed chopped fresh
Italian (flat leaf) parsley
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper

Stir together all ingredients in medium
bowl. Serves 4 (about 3/4 C. each)

(recipe: readyseteat)
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Cabbage-Apple Slaw

1/2 large head cabbage (or 1 1/2 bags
coleslaw mix)
2 large carrots, grated (omit if using bag mix)
1-2 apples, washed/cored/cut into chunks
1/3 C. golden raisins
1/4 C. craisins (optional)
3/4 C. mayonnaise (not light)
1/4 C. cider vinegar
2-3 T. sugar
3 tsp. celery seed

Wash & chop cabbage (if not using bag mix);
place in large bowl. Add carrots, apples,
raisins, craisins. In separate bowl, mix mayo,
vinegar & sugar until sugar dissolves.*
When dressing is mixed well, add celery seed.
Pour dressing over cabbage mixture & toss to
combine. Chill at least 1 hour.

*If you like the dressing more tart, add vinegar,
one tablespoon at a time; if you like it sweet, add
more sugar.

(recipe: abountifulkitchen.com)
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Parmesan-crusted Squash

1 Delicata (or Acorn) squash, about
14 oz, washed/dried
1 T. olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
1/4 C. fresh grated Parmesan
2 T. finely chopped parsley
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
1/2 tsp. lemon zest

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with
parchment then lightly spray
with nonstick cooking spray.
Slice squash in half length-wise
& scoop out seeds using a spoon.
Slice squash halves into 1/4 inch
thick slices (half circles) & place
in a large bowl. In small bowl
combine Parmesan, parsley,
thyme & lemon zest. Drizzle
olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper over
squash slices & toss well to coat.
Lay coated slices flat on prepared
baking sheets & pour Parm. mixture
over slices. Bake until soft & golden
brown on edges, about 25 minutes.
Serves 2

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Southwest Black Bean Salad

1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (9 oz) can corn (or frozen &
thawed)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/3 C. red onion, chopped
1 scallion, chopped
juice of 1 1/2 – 2 limes
1 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh minced cilantro (or
more, to taste)
salt/pepper
1 medium avocado, diced
1 diced jalapeno pepper (seeded),
(Optional)

In large bowl combine beans, corn,
tomato, onion, scallion, cilantro,
salt/pepper. Squeeze lime juice
to taste & stir in olive oil. Mix well &
marinate in fridge 30 minutes. Add
avocado just before serving.
Makes about 6 1/2 C.
(serves 13)

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Crockpot Pizza Casserole

2 lb. ground turkey or beef
1 T. dried onion (or 1/4 C. fresh
chopped
1 (20 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 (8 oz) pkg. wide egg noodles
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
6-8 slices pepperoni

Prepare egg noodles accordg. to
pkg. directions; drain. Brown
ground meet in large, deep skillet-
cook until no longer pink (drain).
Add spaghetti sauce, garlic &
oregano – mix well. Spray insides
of crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray. Spoon about 2 C. meat
mixture on bottom; spoon about
1 C. noodles on top of meat. Add
a layer of mozzarella & Cheddar
cheeses & repeat layers. Top
with pepperoni slices*. Cover &
cook on High 1 to 1 1/2 hours
until cheese melts. Serves 6-8

*You can also layer the pepperoni
between other ingredients (OR)
just omit if you don’t like it.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Spiced Zucchini Bars

2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1 C. oil
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 C. raisins
2 C. grated zucchini
3/4 C. chopped nuts
1 (16 oz) tub cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 15 X 10″ jelly
roll pan. In large bowl combine
flour, baking soda, salt & cinnamon.
In separate bowl whisk together
eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla & lemon
juice. Gradually add flour mixture
to egg mixture. Fold in remaining
ingredients (except frosting) &
pour into prepared pan. Bake 25-35
minutes until lightly golden. Cool
completely & spread with frosting.
Cut into bars. Makes 3 dozen.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)

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Our weather has finally cooled down a bit,
rained a tiny bit this morning but it’s sunny
& 75 right now. Supposed to be in the 60’s
for the rest of the week.

I was shocked last night when driving home
from Knit Night – earlier in the day gas prices
were $2.26/9 – by 9 p.m. they were up to
$2.59/9! Not sure exactly why, just glad I
still have a half tank before I need to worry
about it.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Monday Morning Musings

The sun IS shining – it’s going to be a High 80’s day and I’m glad – I LOVE this last little bit of Summer weather before the (dreaded) Fall/Winter cold & snow. Today, so far, is open-ended – no particular plans for the day (which is nice). I’m guessing I’ll get the text later today to babysit my little grandson tomorrow, so that makes today all the sweeter. (Don’t get me wrong – I love my grandson & spending time with him BUT…I’m not getting any younger and lifting a 22 lb. baby is quite a feat for me so I don’t do it very much if I can avoid it. I have taken to getting down on the floor to change diapers to prevent the ‘carrying’ – works for me.)

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Fantastic Cake

1 box dark chocolate fudge
cake mix & ingredients to prepare
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (8 oz) Heath milk chocolate toffee
bits

Prepare & bake cake as directed on
pkg. for 9 X 13″ pan; cool completely.
Using a drinking straw, poke holes close
together all over top of cake. Slowly
pour condensed milk over top, filling
in the holes. Repeat using caramel
topping. Spread Cool Whip on top &
sprinkle top with toffee bits. Chill
several hours or overnight before
serving.

(recipe: FB)
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Cowboy Cornbread Trifle

1 box cornbread mix (Jiffy), prepared
accordg. to pkg. directions
2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded/
minced
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1 lb. thick sliced bacon, cooked/chopped
into bits
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 C. Ranch salad dressing
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 (16 oz, ea) cans beans (pinto, kidney
or black – drained/rinsed)
2 (16 oz, ea) cans whole kernel corn,
drained
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 small bunch green onions, thinly
sliced
salt/pepper, to taste

Cut baked cornbread into 1-inch chunks.
Toss tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, beans,
jalapenos & corn together in large bowl
to make a salsa. In another bowl combine
mayonnaise & ranch dressing – add salt/
pepper, to taste.

Building Trifle:
In large (preferably clear) bowl place
one layer of cornbread bits. Top with a
layer of salsa; shredded cheese, mayo
mixture & diced bacon – repeat layers.
Garnish top with sliced green onions &
any remaining cheese & bacon.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour before
serving. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Bacon Cheese Puffs
(appetizers)

1/2 C. milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 C. grated cheese (sharp Cheddar
works best)
2 medium onions, finely chopped
3 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 C. self-rising flour
1 tsp. French or grainy mustard

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray a cookie sheet
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl combine egg & milk;
stir in remaining ingredients. Drop
batter by rounded teaspoon onto
prepared sheet & bake until golden
brown, about 20 minutes. Cool
on wire racks.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad
(refrigerate overnight)

1 box pasta shells, cooked/rinsed
in cold water
4 oz. mild Cheddar cheese cubes*
1/3 C. diced red onion
1 packet Ranch salad dressing mix
10 oz. peas (frozen or canned/drained)-
if using frozen, thaw before using
1/2 C. sour cream
1/3 C. mayonnaise

Cook pasta according to pkg. directions,
rinse in cold water. Add all ingredients
to large bowl & chill overnight.

*Poster cuts cubes into quarters
NOTE: if you like more ranch flavor
you can use two dressing mix packets

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Sweet Macaroni/Ham Salad

2 C. elbow macaroni, cooked
al-dente (accordg. to pkg. directions)
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled/chopped
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped carrots
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
2 C. cooked, chopped ham

Dressing:
1 to 1 1/2 C. mayonnaise or
Miracle Whip
3 T. sugar
1 T. white vinegar
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. yellow mustard
1 tsp. celery seed

Combine all salad ingredients
in large bowl & toss to  mix.
Combine dressing ingredients
& pour over salad, mix well.
Refrigerate 3-4 hours before
serving. Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Chicken & Zucchini

3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
breasts
2 T. garlic, minced
2 small yellow onions, chopped
1 tsp. onion powder
2 whole zucchini, sliced
24 oz. spaghetti sauce (1 jar)
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)

cooked pasta of your choice
to serve 8

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. In large bowl mix
all spices, spaghetti sauce, onions,
garlic & sliced zucchini. Place
chicken breasts in crockpot & pour
vegetables over top. Spread
chopped green onions over top.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or
High 5 hours. Once cooked, cover
mixture with cheese of your
choice & let it stand until cheese
melts.
Serve with cooked pasta, if desired,
or just ‘as is’. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
Muffins

1 egg
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. unsweetened apple sauce
1 C. pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 T. pumpkin spice

Cream Cheese Topping:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 T. sugar
1 egg white
1/2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick
spray (or use paper liners)
In small bowl beat cream cheese, 1 T.
gran. sugar, egg white, milk & vanilla
2 minutes. In another bowl beat egg
& brown sugar. Add pumpkin puree &
apple sauce – mix well then stir in flour,
baking soda, baking powder & pumpkin
spice – pour mixture into 12 muffin cups.
Top each with 1 T. cream cheese mixture.
Use a toothpick to swirl cream cheese
into muffin batter. Bake 18-20 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: drizzlemeskinny.com)

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Have been working on the new mint
green baby afghan; originally I wrote
that it didn’t have a name BUT…after
working up about 2 inches of the pattern
it sunk in: I’ve done this before! This is
actually the Plume Pattern that I’ve
made two other afghans in. It’s a pretty
pattern and not too difficult; I was
hoping for something NEW that I’d
never knit before but…found this on
a slip of paper I’d written out and just
kept going. Oh well – it will work! Almost
done with the white & striped blanket
(will show a photo soon); this is another
charity knit and I’m happy it turned out
nicely. This one was done using up some
pretty tiny/fuzzy yarns I was given years
ago (kind of hated to use them because they’re

now discontinued & I haven’t been able to
locate something similar). Oh well –
it was given to me to USE, so that’s what I’m
doing!

Managed to visit a few garage sales over
the weekend and score a few deals: one
sale had lots of women’s tops in my size
(think I bought 6). Yesterday I stopped at
the local Farmer’s Market where they
were holding their annual Community
Garage Sale; bought 5 nice, ripe tomatoes,
one huge green pepper and got 2 FREE
paperback books! (total spent: $4.50 for
the veggies!).  They had tons of various
items for sale but nothing interested me –
oh well, it’s all about the ADVENTURE,
right?

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Not that Fall is my favorite season, but it IS nice to see all the leaves change colors – I’ll give you that. Also love apples – apple anything! Just made a small apple crisp the other day because a friend gave me a small bag of apples (the crisp is almost gone!). I know lots of people live for the changing of the seasons especially for the ‘pumpkin-everything’ – pies, cookies, cakes, brownies, etc, not counting all the various coffee drinks!

I still have a few more Summer recipes to share so I’ll try to place them in this post before we get colder weather and all the summer recipes are put away until next year.

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Cookies ‘n Cream Brownies

1 box brownie mix plus
ingredients to prepare (as listed
on box)
16 Oreo cookies
4 Hershey “Cookies ‘n Creme candy
bars
melted chocolate, for drizzling
(optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 8 X 8″square baking pan
with parchment paper. Prepare
brownie batter per box instructions.
Pour batter into prepared pan then
lay down Oreo cookies on top in
an even layer, pressing cookies down
so the batter covers them almost
completely. Bake 35 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center comes
out mostly clean. Let cool completely
in pan. Place unwrapped candy bars
in medium microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on 50 per cent power
until they are melted – pour over
the brownies & smooth into even
layer using a spatula. Refrigerate
10 minutes then drizzle top with
melted chocolate, if using. Cut
into squares. Serves 16

(recipe: delish.com)
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3-Ingredient Zucchini Parmesan

1 C. sliced zucchini
1 T. shredded Parmesan cheese
10 squirts ‘butter spray’ (nonstick
butter-flavored cooking spray)

Line a cookie sheet with foil;
spray with nonstick cooking
spray. Place zucchini slices on
pan then spritz with butter spray.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top
& place under broiler for a few
minutes until cheese starts to
brown.
Makes 1 serving

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Salmon w/Zucchini & Spaghetti

1/2 lb. uncooked thin spaghetti
4 T. olive oil, divided
1 lb. salmon, skinned/cut into
2″ cubes
1 pint small cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 lb. onion, cut into thin strips
1/4 lb. sweet banana peppers, cut into
thin strips*
pinch red pepper flakes
1 T. garlic, minced
1/4 C. white wine
1 lb. zucchini, cut into thin strips
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. grated black pepper
1/4 C. fresh Italian flat-leaf
parsley, chopped
1/2 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. freshly grated Romano cheese
1/2 C. fresh Italian basil, chopped

Cook spaghetti accordg. to pkg.
directions – a little less than al dente.
Remove to a bowl, leaving pasta
water in pot. In large skillet add half
of oil & heat to medium-high. Add
salmon cubes (not touching each
other) & cook a few minutes on
each side to brown & cook almost
through – remove to a bowl. Add
tomatoes to skillet & cook until just
starting to pop, 2-3 minutes – remove
to same bowl as fish. Add remaining
oil & onions – saute 2 minutes,
scraping up any browned bits from
bottom of pan. Add banana peppers &
cook 2-3 minutes to soften. Add pepper
flakes & garlic, cook 1 minute then add
wine – cook to evaporate, about 2 minutes.
Add zucchini & cook, stirring 2 minutes.
Add salt/pepper, parsley & cream – stir.
Add about 1 C. pasta water & stir. Add
Romano & basil – stir then add cooked
pasta. Stir then add cooked tomatoes &
salmon – gently toss to combine; remove
from heat.
To serve: top with additional fresh basil &
Romano cheese. Serves 4-6

NOTE: try to cut veggies into thin strips
similar in size to spaghetti.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan

1 1/2 C. marinara, divided
2 medium eggplants, halved
1 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano
kosher salt
ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. chopped tomatoes
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella,
divided
1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. Italian bread crumbs
1/4 C. basil, chopped fine

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread about 1 C. marinara
sauce in bottom of medium
baking dish. Using a spoon,
hollow out the insides of the
eggplants leaving about a 1/2″
border around skin to create
a boat. Roughly chop the
scooped out eggplant. Place
‘boats’ in prepared dish
(scooped sides up). In large
skillet over medium heat
place olive oil; heat oil then
add onion & cook about
5 minutes until softened.
Stir in chopped eggplant &
season with oregano, salt/
pepper. Cook, stirring often,
until eggplant is golden &
tender, about 3 minutes. Stir
in garlic & cook until fragrant,
about 30 seconds – transfer
mixture to a large bowl. Add
chopped tomatoes, egg, 1 1/2
C. mozzarella & 1/2 C. marinara;
mix just until combined. Scoop
mixture into eggplant ‘boats’ &
top with more mozzarella,
Parmesan & bread crumbs.
Bake about 50 minutes until
boats are tender & cheese has
melted. Garnish with chopped
basil & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Zucchini Tots
(appetizer)

1 packed Cup grated zucchini
1 large egg
1/4 medium onion, minced
1/4 C. grated sharp Cheddar
cheese
1/3 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Grate zucchini into a
clean dish towel until you have 1
packed cup. Wring all excess water
out of zucchini; there will be a LOT
of water. In medium bowl combine
all ingredients & season with
salt/pepper, to taste. Spoon 1 T.
mixture into your hand & roll into
small ovals – place on prepared
sheet & bake 16-18 minutes,
turning halfway through cooking
time until golden. Makes 16 tots.
Serves 3

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Layered Apple/Pork Chop Bake

4-6 boneless pork chops
2-3 apples, peeled/sliced
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 to 1/3 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon, divided
1/2 tsp. nutmeg, divided
1/2 T. cornstarch (optional)
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place sliced apples in bottom of a
large baking dish & sprinkle with
1/2 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp.
nutmeg. Place chops on top of
apple slices & season generously
with salt/pepper. In medium saucepan
over medium-high heat, combine
butter & brown sugar, whisking until
melted & incorporated. Stir in
remaining cinnamon & nutmeg. Whisk
in cornstarch (if using) – makes for a
thicker glaze. Pour mixture over chops
& apple slices in pan then bake
35-40 minutes until chops are cooked
through. serves 4-6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Pecan Pie

1 refrigerated pie crust
3 eggs
1 C. sugar
2/3 C. dark corn syrup
1/3 C. melted butter
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. chopped pecans (or a combination
of chopped & whole)

vanilla ice cream – for serving

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place pie crust in crockpot & mold
it to fir the shape of the crock. Stir
remaining ingredients together (except nuts),
until well mixed. Stir in nuts (you can reserve
some for sprinkling on top). Pour
filling into pie crust. Gently place reserved
nuts on top of filling. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm with
vanilla ice cream (if desired).  Serves 6

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

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Our weather is gorgeous today: sunny &
86 degrees F. I read that this Fall is going to
be un-seasonably warm for much longer
than usual – interesting…

I started a new baby afghan today – mint
green (sport weight yarn) in another knit
lace pattern. Not exactly sure where I
found this pattern; apparently I just copied
down the pattern without including the
site/place I found it – no name, either, but
it’s a rather easy pattern and works up
nicely. (Yes, I’m back to my old ‘several
projects on the needles’ at once.) Currently
there’s the 3/4ths finished knit baby afghan
in white & stripes of pink, green, blue & yellow;
a 3/4ths done scarf for the homeless, the new
mint green afghan and am also working on
making more baby headbands for Detroit
Vets baby shower NEXT year. (The lady in
charge said they were a big hit – this year
I only made 8 so I’m attempting to get more
done for next year.) Oh…and baby hats
whenever I feel ‘inspired’ to make them. I
have a ‘go’ bag which has the supplies to
make hats – I usually take that with me if
I’m going to an appointment or know I’m
going to sit for long periods of time; also
have the same thing in my car – I don’t
like wasting time just sitting; would much
rather be doing something constructive –
know what I mean?

Hope you are enjoying your FIRST DAY OF FALL

Hugs;

Pammie

Babysitting … almost 7 months now!

And THIS is what happens when I don’t get to babysit for almost 2 1/2 weeks! He’s got 2 bottom teeth now, crawls a lot, pulls himself to a stand AND says: “Da-da!” I had a happy/fun sitting yesterday (it was NOT as long as the last time: 10 1/2 hours!). This time I was there 4 hrs 15 minutes AND he took a nap from 11:25 a.m. – 2:05! SCORE! He’s also grabbing at the babygate & shaking it; believe me, I was extra vigilant at the safety issues. I know at his last pediatrician’s visit they said he was in the 95 percentile in height & weight – this boy is really striving to break all the baby standards!

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Jamaican Banana Bread

2 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 C. mashed ripe banana,
(about 3)
1/4 C. plain yogurt*
3 T. apple cider (or dark rum)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. flaked sweetened
coconut
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 T. fresh lime or lemon
juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 5″ loaf pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Place flour, baking
soda & salt in large bowl – whisk
to combine. In another large bowl
add gran. sugar & butter – beat using
elec. mixer on medium speed until well
blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating
well after each addition. Add banana,
yogurt, cider & vanilla – beat until
blended. Add flour mixture; beat at
Low speed until just moistened. Stir
in 1/2 C. coconut & spoon batter into
prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top with
1 T. coconut. Bake 1 hour until a
wooden toothpick inserted into center
of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan
10 minutes on a wire rack; them remove
loaf from pan. Combine powdered sugar &
juice, stir with a whisk & drizzle over top
of warm bread. Cool completely on wire
rack before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.

*or pina colada flavored yogurt, if you
can find it!

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Crispy Onion Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 C. honey mustard
2 C. French’s French fried onions,
crushed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Line a baking dish with foil &
spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Dip each chicken breast in honey-
mustard then coat in crushed
French fried onions. Place in
prepared dish & bake 30-35
minutes until cooked through.
Serves 4

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

3 lb. small red or white potatoes
1/4 C. good olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. minced garlic (6 cloves)
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut potatoes in half or quarters;
place in a bowl with olive oil,
salt/pepper & garlic – toss until
potatoes are well coated. Transfer
to a sheet pan & spread out in a
layer. Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour
until browned & crisp. Flip twice
using a spatula during cooking
time in order to ensure even
browning. Remove from oven,
toss with parsley, season to
taste with salt/pepper & serve hot.
Serves 8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Honey Cornbread

1 T. butter, softened
1 C. cornmeal
1 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 C. buttermilk*
2 eggs
4 T. butter, melted
1/4 C. honey

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Use softened butter to grease a 9 or 10″
square baking pan (or cast iron skillet).
In large bowl mix cornmeal, flour, baking
powder, sugar & salt. Make a well in middle
of dry mixture & add buttermilk, eggs, butter
& honey – stir until just combined – do not
over mix! Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Serves 10

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar into
a 1 or 2-Cup measuring cup. Pour in
milk to reach the 1-cup measure &
stir using a fork. Let stand 5 minutes
and you have buttermilk!

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Zucchini Fries

2-3 medium zucchini, unpeeled
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
3/4 C. milk
1 C. cooking oil

Heat 1 C. cooking oil in a large
skillet (or fryer) – oil needs
to be very hot for this recipe.
Mix all ingredients in bowl (except
oil). Cut ends off zucchini, cut in
half then into strips (like French
fries) or can cut into chunks. Dip
several pieces of zucchini into flour
mixture. Add zucchini to hot oil &
fry on each side until golden brown.
Remove & drain on a paper towel-
lined plate. Makes a large plate
of fried zucchini.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Zucchini Beef Skillet

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
2 fresh tomatoes, peeled/chopped
1 1/2 C. fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 T. pimiento
1 T. dried parsley
5 C. unpeeled thinly sliced zucchini
(can use yellow squash or a mixture
of both)
1 pkg. onion soup mix
3/4 C. water

Brown ground beef, onion & green
pepper in large skillet; drain. Add
remaining ingredients – cover &
simmer 15-20 minutes until
vegetables are tender. Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crab Alfredo

1 (12 oz) pkg. linguine pasta
3 T. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. flour
1 C. heavy cream
1 C. chicken broth
1 1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan
cheese, plus more for garnish
1 T. Old Bay seasoning, more
for sprinkling
kosher salt/fresh ground black pepper
2 T. fresh chopped parsley, more for
garnish
1 lb. lump crab meat
juice of 1/2 lemon

In large pot of salted boiling water,
cook linguine accordg. to pkg.
directions for al dente; drain &
return to pot. In large skillet over
medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic &
cook 1 minute then add flour & stir
until golden. Pour in heavy cream &
chicken broth; simmer until thick,
3 minutes. Add Parmesan & let
melt, 2 minutes. Season with Old Bay,
salt/pepper. Stir in parsley & crab
meat – toss until coated then add
linguine & toss until fully combined.
Garnish with Old Bay, parsley &
Parmesan cheese – squeeze with
lemon. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Smokehouse Almond/Apple/
Spinach Salad

Salad:
1 (12 oz) pkg. fresh spinach
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 large Golden Delicious apple, sliced
1 large Gala apple, sliced
2 C. shredded, cooked chicken (can
use rotisserie)
1/2 red onion, sliced
3/4 C. (Blue Diamond) Smokehouse
whole almonds

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
1/3 C. apple cider vinegar
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
6 T. mayonnaise
1 tsp. honey mustard
3 T. orange juice
1/4 tsp. onion powder
6 T. vegetable or canola oil
1 T. poppy seeds

In large serving bowl layer all
salad ingredients.
Dressing:
Place all dressing ingredients
(except oil & poppy seeds) in blender;
blend until smooth. Add oil, a little
at a time, until completely incorporated.
Add poppy seeds & stir to combine.
Toss salad & pour dressing over top.
Toss to combine & serve immediately
Serves 7

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Carrot Cake w/ Cream
Cheese Frosting
(uses 7 qt. or larger crockpot,
in which a loaf pan will fit)

Cake:
2/3 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 C. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
with juice
1/2 C. golden raisins
1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
(optional)
1 C. carrot, finely grated

Cream Cheese Frosting:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cake:
In small bowl combine flour,
sugar, baking soda, baking powder,
spices, ginger & salt; whisk to mix
fully. In large bowl combine oil,
eggs, pineapple, raisins, nuts &
carrot – whisk to combine well. Add
dry ingredients to wet ingredients &
mix by hand using a spoon or rubber
spatula until well mixed. Spray a loaf
pan  with nonstick spray (or use
butter & flour). Pour batter into
prepared pan & place in bottom of
7 qt. crockpot. Cover top opening of
crockpot with paper towels (double
layer or a thin kitchen towel, making
sure towel is not touching cake). Cover
with lid & cook on High 3-4 hours until
a toothpick inserted into center of cake
comes out clean. Remove pan from
crockpot & let cool in pan on wire
rack 5 minutes. Invert cake onto a
cooling rack & let cool completely
before frosting.

Frosting:

Using elec. mixer, whip cream cheese until
fluffy. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time,
scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix
in vanilla. Once cake is cooled, frost with
frosting.
Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

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Right now I’m waiting for my Apple Crisp to
finish baking; a church friend gave me a bag
of apples Sunday & they had to be used up
quickly. I’ve noticed, now that all of our boys
are officially moved out, that husband & I
don’t eat as much – hence leftovers last a
LOT longer than before. Made Pork Cube
Steaks, corn-on-the-cob & big tossed salad
for dinner . . . there’s enough for dinner for
both of us tonight, also! Seems funny learning
how to cook for just TWO people! (The apple
crisp is a small one – apples only made a
8 X 8″ pan, so I don’t see that lasting very
long around here!).

Hope you are all in good health & enjoying
the last of the Summer weather. I’m still
(as I do every year) rooting for Indian
Summer. For those of you who don’t know
what I’m talking about, here in Michigan
we are ‘usually’ gifted with a short period
of days (sometimes almost a week) of
un-seasonably warm weather (like it
would be in July – in the high 80’s) before
we get really cold Fall weather. Indian
Summer also usually comes after we’ve
had a short period of cooler temperatures;
maybe you can see why I always really
HOPE we’ll get that last little bit of WARM
before the cold sets in. It’s been nice the
past few days, lows of 60’s/high of mid-
80’s with a brief period of drizzle yesterday.

Gas Prices: I’ve been wondering if the recent
hurricanes would affect the gas prices; for a
short few days prices went up about 10 cents
a gallon to the $2.59/9 range but now they’re
back down to $2.33/9 per gallon.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Monday Musings –

Kinda gloomy/misty day here – low 70’s & cloudy. Went for my yearly cancer check up & I’m clear (All clear for another year – YAY!)

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No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

3/4 C. butter
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. quick-cooking oats
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. peanut butter

Spray 9 X 9″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray. Melt
butter in large saucepan over
medium heat; stir in brown
sugar & vanilla. Mix in oats &
cook over Low heat 2-3 minutes
until ingredients are well blended.
Press 3/4ths of mixture into bottom
of prepared pan; reserve rest
for topping. Melt choc. chips
& peanut butter in small heavy
saucepan over Low heat, stirring
frequently until smooth. Pour
choc. mixture over crust in pan
& spread evenly using a knife or
back of a spoon. Crumble remaining
oat mixture over chocolate layer,
pressing in gently. Cover & refrigerate
2-3 hours or overnight. Bring to
room temperature before cutting
into bars.

NOTE: another poster recommended
using bittersweet chocolate & chunky
peanut butter –

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Zucchini/Tomato Bake

1 lb. zucchini (about 3
medium) chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes,
halved
2 cloves garlic minced
olive oil, for drizzling
kosher salt
black pepper
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. torn fresh basil, for garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine zucchini,
tomatoes, garlic & a drizzle of
olive oil. Season with salt/pepper
& toss to coat. Transfer mixture
to a small baking dish then
sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake 33-35 minutes until golden.
Garnish with basil & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Bowtie Pasta
Casserole

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (15 oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt/pepper, to taste
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen spinach, thawed
(can also use fresh)
1 (16 oz) pkg. bowtie pasta, cooked
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

In large skillet brown ground beef,
onion & garlic; place in crockpot &
add sauce, tomatoes & seasonings.
Stir, cover & cook 6-7 hours on Low.
Add last 4 ingredients during last
half hour of cooking time & turn
heat to High. Add fresh spinach,
pasta, Parmesan cheese & 1 C.
mozzarella cheese – mix well.
Add last 1/2 C. mozzarella to
melt on top before serving.

(recipe: omgtastyrecipes.com)
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Copycat Bacon & Ranch Potato Salad

6-8 medium red potatoes
1 T. kosher salt
2 eggs, hard-boiled/chopped
6 strips bacon, cooked, crumbled
1/2 C. sour cream
1 T. dry ranch dressing mix (poster
used Hidden Valley)
1/2 C. ranch salad dressing
salt, to taste

Place potatoes & salt in large pot
of water & bring to boil – cook until
potatoes can be pierced with a fork
easily (do not overcook or they will
be mushy). Drain & set aside to cool.
In medium bowl add sour cream &
dry ranch dressing mix – mix well.
Cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces.
Add potatoes, eggs & ranch dressing
to sour cream mixture. Add salt &
taste and more salad dressing until
salad is moistened to your liking.
Toss well, cover & refrigerate at least
2 hours to let flavors blend together.
Right before serving, add cooked,
crumbled bacon, mixing well. Serve
cold or at room temperature.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: thefarmgirlrecipes.blogspot.com)
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(copycat) Applebee’s Smothered
Steak Skillet
  (grill or stovetop)

Potatoes:
1 head garlic
1 T. olive oil
2 lb. potatoes (Yukon Gold or New
Road)
1/2 C. milk
1/4 C. cream
3 T. butter
salt/pepper, to taste

Onions & Mushrooms:
1 large yellow onion
8 oz. white button or cremini
mushrooms
2 T. butter
salt/black pepper, to taste

Steak:
1 T. olive oil
2 1/2 lb. sirloin steak, 1 inch thick
8 slices mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut garlic crosswise & lay on a
piece of foil – drizzle cut edges
with olive oil & wrap tightly in
foil. Bake 30 minutes (reserve
oil in foil & squeeze head of
garlic to produce the softened
cloves.) Mash with salt/pepper.
(can be done ahead).

Cut potatoes into 1 inch pieces &
place in large pot. Cover with water
& bring to boil. Lower heat to medium
& cook 20-25 minutes until potatoes
are soft when tested with tines of a
fork. Drain well & place into large
bowl. Using elec. mixer, mash potatoes
slowly, adding milk, cream, butter then
olive/garlic mixture – until fluffy &
smooth. Cover & keep warm until ready
to serve.

While potatoes are boiling place olive
oil in medium non-stick skillet over
medium low & cook onions until
slightly softened, stirring frequently,
15 minutes. Add mushrooms & raise
heat to medium, stirring frequently
for another 10 minutes. Keep warm
until ready to serve.

Cut steak into 4 serving-sized pieces.
Rub steaks with olive oil on all surfaces.
Heat an outside grill or stovetop grill
pan & grill steaks 4 minutes per side
for medium rare/or longer, as desired.
After first 4 minutes turn steaks & top
each steak with mozzarella slices; the
cheese will melt as steak finishes
cooking. Serve steaks with potatoes &
top with some of onion/mushroom
mixture. Serves 4

(recipe: allfreecopycatrecipes.com)
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Roasted Summer Vegetables


3 zucchini
3 yellow squash
1 1/2 T. kosher salt
1/2 T. black pepper
2 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Peel all vegetables & slice into
1/4″ thick slices. Drizzle olive
oil in large sheet pan & arrange
veggies on top. Sprinkle tops with
salt/pepper. Bake 30 minutes.
Serves 6

NOTE: You can make this dish
‘fancy’ by arranging sliced veggies
in a casserole dish (slices vertical)
and alternate each veggie OR you
can just do them in the sheet pan.

IF you prefer a softer texture, cook
them 5-7 minutes longer.

(recipe: bakersroyale.com.)
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Crazy Crust Pie

1 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. butter or margarine,
softened
3/4 C. milk
1 egg
1 (21 oz) can fruit pie filling
(apple, cherry, peach, blueberry,
etc.)
sugar or cinnamon-sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Combine flour, sugar, baking
powder, salt, butter, milk & egg;
beat well. Spray a 9″ pie plate
with nonstick spray & pour batter
into plate. Pour pie filling into
center of batter to 1 inch of edge.
Sprinkle with sugar  (if using apple
or peach, sprinkle with cinnamon
sugar). Do not stir. Bake 35-40
minutes until brown & dough is
done. Serves 6

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)

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Not much going on around here;
feeling kinda lazy – might just go
‘attempt’ a nap.

Hugs;

Pammie

SO HAPPY and PROUD!

Last night was the Pick Up date for all of the lovely knitted & crocheted baby items for the upcoming Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Annual Baby Shower. The lady who is the Women’s Coordinator for the event told us there will be 17 Moms attending the shower. This year our group donated 87 knit & crocheted items! 24 blankets, 42 hats, 11 sets of booties, 2 snuggle sacks and 8 baby headbands – I’d say we MORE THAN covered the moms this time! (I was going to post all of the photos, but there are 17 photos, so I decided not to). The ladies in my group continue to amaze me with their generosity – so happy they participated in showing love to these Vets Moms!

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Caramel Apple Slab Pie

2 1/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 C. butter-flavored shortening
8 T. cold water
1/3 C. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 1/2 lb. Granny Smith apples,
peeled/cored & cut into 1/4″
thick slices (10 cups)

Crumb Topping:
1 C. quick-cooking rolled oats
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. butter

Homemade Caramel:
1 C. brown sugar
4 T. butter
1/2 C. Half & Half
1 T. vanilla
pinch salt

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 15 X 10 X 1″ rimmed
sheet pan with nonstick spray.
Dough:
In large bowl combine flour &
salt; using pastry blender or
2 forks, cut in shortening until it
resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle
1 T. cold water over mixture & toss
with a fork. Repeat, using 1 T. water
at a time until it is  moistened, then
knead dough into a ball. On lightly
floured surface, roll dough into a
19X13″ rectangle. Wrap dough around
rolling pin & unroll dough into prepared
pan. Ease dough into pan & up sides,
being careful not to stretch it. Trim
dough to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pan.
Fold dough edge over & flute as desired.

In extra large bowl combine sugar,
1/3 C. flour, cinnamon & apples – toss
to coat. Spoon mixture onto dough &
spread evenly.

Crumb Topping:
In large stir oats, brown sugar & flour.
Using a pastry blender, cut in butter
until topping resembles coarse crumbs –
sprinkle on top of apples in pan. Bake
40-45 minutes until apples are tender. If
it is starting to brown too fast, cover top
with foil the last 5-10 minutes of baking.
Cool slightly.

Homemade caramel:
Place all ingredients in medium saucepan
over medium-low  to medium heat. Cook,
while whisking gently, 5-7 minutes until
thicker. Turn off heat. Serve warm or
refrigerate until cold. Drizzle caramel on
top of apple slab pie then serve.
Serves 25

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Cheesy Baked Zucchini

4 C. shredded zucchini
1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. chopped scallion
2 T. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C. vegetable oil
4 eggs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine all ingredients &
mix well – pour into prepared
dish. Bake 25 minutes until
golden brown. Cut into squares
& serve. Serves 15

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Garlic/Parmesan/Asparagus

1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. butter, melted
1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

In large skillet bring 1/2 inch
of water to a boil. Add asparagus &
garlic; cook, covered, until asparagus
is crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes; drain.
Toss asparagus with butter & cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

12 oz. elbow macaroni
1/2 C. grated carrot
1 rib celery, finely diced
1 C. mayonnaise
3 T. pineapple juice
2 T. apple cider vinegar
salt/pepper, as desired

Cook macaroni per pkg.
directions; drain/cool.
Add grated carrot & celery &
mix. Whisk mayo, pineapple
juice & vinegar then pour over
noodles – toss to combine. Add
salt/pepper, to taste. Chill until
ready to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: slowcookergourmet.com)
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 Crockpot Pepper Steak

2 lb. beef sirloin cut into
2″ strips
garlic powder
3 T. vegetable oil
1 beef bouillon cube
1/3 C. hot water
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 large roughly chopped green
bell peppers
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes
with juice
3 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt

Heat oil in large skillet over medium
heat; season beef strips with garlic
powder then brown in oil. Once
browned, place strips in crockpot.
In large bowl mix bouillon cube with
hot water – dissolve then add cornstarch
& stir to dissolve; pour mixture over meat
in crockpot. Add onion, green peppers,
stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar &
salt – stir to combine. Cover & cook
3-4 hours on High or 6-8 on Low.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Homade Pimento Cheese Spread

2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
4 oz. diced pimentos, drained
1/2 tsp. dried mustard

Using elec. mixer, in bowl mix
cheese & cream cheese together –
mix 2-3 minutes. Add mayo &
mix again. Add in seasonings –
stir everything together then
mix in pimentos. Refrigerate
at least 10-15 minutes before
using.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake

8 oz. uncooked rigatoni pasta
1 T. olive oil
1 C. chopped onion
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen spinach,
thawed
3 C. cooked/cubed chicken breasts
1 (14 oz) can Italian-style diced
tomatoes, undrained
1 (8 oz) container (Philadelphia)
chive & onion cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Spread oil on bottom of 9 X 13″
baking pan & add onion in single layer.
Bake 15 minutes just until tender.
Transfer onion to large bowl. Drain
chopped spinach well, pressing between
layers of paper toweling. Stir in cooked
rigatoni, spinach, chicken & next 4
ingredients – into onion in bowl. Spoon
mixture into prepared dish & sprinkle
evenly with shredded cheese. Bake,
covered, 30 minutes. Uncover & bake 15
minutes more until bubbly.

(recipe: facebook)
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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 know that this week has been very trying
for SO many people in our country – prayers
sent out for all those that battled the storms &
fires – I can’t even imagine.

I noticed in our local paper that they are saying
the gas prices will rise due to the recent weather
situations; yesterday I observed our local station’s
prices are up to $2.59/9 (from $2.39/9) – it’s
understandable. I would imagine produce will
greatly increase in price as well as other items
that would normally be shipped by land; we’ll
see.

Our weather is in the low 70’s during the day,
sunny (supposed to rain tomorrow).

Hoping you are all in good healthy and safety;

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Hello, September (a little late)…

Hello! Been awhile since I’ve posted (or, it feels that way to me) – been playing ‘catch up’. Next Tuesday is the official “Pick Up” date for all the knit/crocheted baby items for the Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Baby shower so I’ve been trying to make sure all the details are covered; example: drove to meet a fellow group member to pick up EIGHT flannel baby blankets she’d made – she won’t be able to attend next week’s meeting. Also delivered 40 baby hats to the local hospital – after next Tuesday I’ll FINALLY be back to ‘Ground Zero’ – meaning I won’t have any more baby projects awaiting delivery – YAY! (You know, of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t be creating more…just means I don’t have any LEFT to give away!). Right now I’m working on the peach/white baby blanket for my friend who’s due in February (this blanket is for IF she has a girl, already have a blue one for the other choice); a white & muted baby colors striped blanket for Crisis Pregnancy Center and a dark plum colored scarf for the needy/homeless this winter (getting a head start!). Of course, I also am doing my ‘usual’ – perusing various knit stitch/pattern sites for new ideas for more blankets…I’m incorrigible on that one-grin! Love keeping busy and being able to give things away.

In my many travels yesterday (meeting lady to pick up flannel blankets/stop at JoAnn’s/stop at WalMart) I picked up a rather sad-looking skein of mint green baby yarn that had lost it’s tag/band information – it was one of those BIG skeins; got it for $4.00 at WalMart in the Clearance section just because it didn’t have a band – SCORE! Also picked up some blue/white/darker blues cotton skeins to knit up some spa cloths for oldest son’s girlfriend (baby’s Mom) for Christmas – it’s SO nice to see something you made for someone actually being USED! I’ve seen the ones I made her last year hanging WET on the shower bar – YAY!

(example of my ‘crazy knit stitches/patterns’ obsession: just found a really pretty knit sweater pattern (NO, I’m NOT a sweater/garment knitter) but am going to attempt the bottom pattern & see if I can make it into a baby blanket!

Speaking of BABY – he’s now crawling and popping another tooth – sigh. I’m almost in trepidation when getting the request to babysit now; went Tuesday and wasn’t sure just WHAT to expect. Arrived and there was no big blanket on the floor for him to play on, no Pack & Play (port-a-crib) up – nothing! I asked & was told: “Oh, he crawls everywhere now!” UGH! Where do you put him when you suddenly have to go to the bathroom? She mentioned putting him in the bouncer – LET ME TELL YA – that ‘item’ takes some time & patience to get BOTH little feet & legs in the holes WITHOUT jamming his feet or knees; can’t imagine trying to do that when you REALLY have to go potty! UGH! Fortunately he was in the bouncer for a good 45 minutes before fussing. Made him a bottle & he slept until his Dad got home about 50 minutes later! SCORE!

Fruit & Cream Pie

1 unbaked deep dish
pie crust
2 C. whipping cream
1/4 C. powdered sugar
3 C. fresh fruit, cut up
(strawberries, blueberries,
kiwi fruit, peaches, etc.)

Bake pie crust accordg. to
pkg. directions – cool 30
minutes. In large bowl
combine whipping cream &
powdered sugar – using elec.
mixer, beat until stiff peaks
form. Gently fold in fruit &
spoon into cooled crust.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour
before serving. Store
leftovers in fridge.

(recipe: americantimes.food.com)
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Tuna Zucchini Cakes

1 T. butter
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1 (6.4 oz) pouch light tuna in water
1 c. seasoned bread crumbs, divided
1 C. shredded zucchini
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 C. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 T. canola oil

In large saucepan over medium-
high heat heat butter; add onion.
Cook & stir until tender; remove
from heat. Add tuna, 1/2 C. bread
crumbs, zucchini, eggs, parsley, lemon
juice, salt/pepper – mix lightly but
thoroughly. Shape into 6 half-inch
thick patties & coat with remaining
bread crumbs. In large skillet heat
oil over medium heat. Add patties &
cook 3 minutes per side until golden
brown & heated through.
Serves 3

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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One-Pot Shrimp Linguine

1 box linguine pasta
1 lb. shrimp
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 C. fresh basil
2 cloves fresh garlic
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 C. spinach
1 C. feta cheese
2 C. water
2 tsp. salt

Place pasta, fresh & canned
tomatoes, basil, salt/pepper &
2 cloves garlic (whole/peeled)
in large skillet. Add 2 C. water & cook
over high heat – after 5 minutes add
shrimp & spinach. Cook until all
liquid is absorbed & shrimp is
fully cooked (pink). Top with feta
cheese & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: homemadeinterest.com)
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Asparagus Bacon Salad (& dressing)

1 lb. fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
salt/pepper
3-4 slices bacon, cooked, broken into
pieces
1 small onion, cut into rings
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 C. baby spinach, chopped
1/2 C. chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1 C. raisins (optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Trim asparagus spears & spread out on
baking sheet – spray with nonstick cooking
spray & sprinkle with salt & black pepper.
Bake 10 minutes until tender or to your
liking. Combine bacon pieces, onion rings,
tomato, spinach, nuts & raisins (if using)
in large bowl. Cut asparagus into pieces
& add – toss all ingredients together.
Adjust salt/pepper as needed.

Note: you can also add chopped boiled
eggs or cut up apples to this salad.

Dressing:
1 T. lemon juice
2 T. olive oil
2 T. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (can use
fresh minced – about 1 clove)
1 tsp. spicy brown mustard or Dijon
1 tsp. dried basil (or fresh, chopped)
2 T. honey
1/8 tsp. black pepper
salt, to taste

Mix all dressing ingredients together &
serve with above salad. Makes about
1/2 Cup.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Short & Sweet Baked Beans
(crockpot)

4 slices bacon
1 C. frozen chopped onion
4 (15 oz, ea) cans pork & beans in
tomato sauce, drained
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. molasses
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Cook bacon in large skillet over
medium heat until done; drain,
reserving 1 tsp. drippings; crumble
bacon. Place bacon, reserved
drippings, onion & remaining
ingredients in 3-4 qt. crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours.
Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Chicken, Tomatoes & Corn
Foil Packets

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 C. grape tomatoes, halved
2 ears corn, shucked
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 C. olive oil, divided
2 T. butter
kosher salt
ground black pepper
fresh basil, for garnish

Heat grill to High. Cut 4 sheets
of foil about 12 inches long.
Top each piece of foil with
a chicken breast, tomatoes,
corn & garlic. Drizzle each with
1 T. olive oil & top with a pat
of butter – season with salt/pepper.
Fold foil packets crosswise over
chicken & veggies to completely
cover the food. Roll tops & bottom
edges to seal closed. Grill until
internal temperature of chicken
reads 170 degrees F. on an instant-
read thermometer & veggies are
tender. Garnish with basil & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Spicy Watermelon Salsa

1/4 C. lime juice
3 T. brown sugar
2 T. cider vinegar
1 T. honey
1/4 tsp. salt
3 C. seeded/chopped watermelon
1 medium cucumber, seeded/chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded/finely
chopped
1/4 C. finely chopped sweet yellow
pepper
1/4 C. minced fresh cilantro

In large bowl combine first 5
ingredients. Add remaining
ingredients – toss to combine.
Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
If necessary, drain before serving.
Serves 15 (1/3 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Oven-Baked Cheeseburger
Sliders

2 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. ketchup
3 T. yellow mustard, divided
12 square dinner rolls
1 C. bread & butter pickles,
drained
8 slices Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. sesame seeds

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
skillet over medium-high heat,
cook ground beef & onion 5-7
minutes until browned; drain.
Add garlic powder, salt/pepper,
ketchup & 2 T. mustard – mix
well & heat 2 minutes. Place
bottoms of dinner rolls in bottom
of prepared dish. Top with beef
mixture, pickle chips & a slice
of cheese each. Place bun tops
over cheese. In small saucepan
on Low heat combine butter, brown
sugar, Worc. sauce, sesame seeds &
remaining 1 T. mustard; heat 3-5
minutes until sauce is smooth,
stirring occasionally. Pour sauce over
buns & cover with foil. Bake 15-20
minutes until heated through &
cheese is melted. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Bacon/Green Beans/Cabbage
(crockpot)

1 head cabbage, chopped
1 (38 oz) can Italian-cut green beans,
undrained
4 C. chicken broth
1 stick butter, cubed
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp/
crumbled
salt/pepper, to taste

Place cabbage in 6 qt. crockpot &
pour green beans & broth on top.
Add (cooked) bacon, salt/pepper &
butter. Cover & cook on High 3-4
hours or Low 6-8 hours until cabbage
is tender. Serves about 16

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
room temp.
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (3.4 oz) box instant lemon
pudding mix
3/4 C. frozen lemonade concentrate
1 graham cracker pie crust

Optional: lemon zest or Whipped
cream

Combine evaporated milk & pudding
mix in medium bowl & beat on Low
speed of elec. mixer 2-3 minutes
until thick. In separate bowl or mixer
beat cream cheese until light & airy;
mix in lemonade concentrate. Once
fully incorporated, mix in pudding
mixture. Transfer filling to pie crust &
refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

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I’m going to attempt to post ALL the
Summer Recipes very soon so I don’t
forget any AND so you can enjoy them
before cold weather sets in. Speaking
of weather – it’s a little colder here in
Michigan (could be due to all the
hurricane influences, although we are
far from both hurricanes) – it’s been
getting into the low 70’s and almost a
little chilly when it gets to evenings.
I’ve also noticed gas prices went up-
possibly due to the hurricanes; used
to be $2.49/9 and now we’re at
$2.59/9 – not bad, just a little higher.

Hope you are ALL SAFE AND IN GOOD
HEALTH. Please remember to take
good care of YOURSELF! (You can’t help
others if YOU aren’t doing well – right?)

Hugs;

Pammie

The Long Holiday Weekend

Here we are at Saturday AND the second day in September – Wow, did that come up fast! So far, don’t have any actual ‘plans’ for these few days (Saturday-Monday); I put spareribs in the crockpot yesterday & we had BBQ ribs, corn on the cob & baked potatoes . . . yummy. Don’t know if you’ve ever tried it, but ribs in a crockpot come out SO moist & fall-off-the-bones! AND – corn on the cob cooked in the microwave is SO EASY! Last year I saw a video on YouTube that changed my way of cooking corn on the cob:

He’s right – it comes out really easily from the silks/husks and tastes great!

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No-Bake Triple Layer Lemon Pudding Pie

1 ready-to-use graham cracker or shortbread
pie crust
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant lemon pudding mix
2 C. whole milk
1 T. fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream**
3 T. powdered sugar

Combine instant pudding mix, milk & fresh
lemon juice in large bowl; whisk together
until pudding is thick (about 2 minutes). Spread
1 1/2 C. into crust. *In another large bowl beat
heavy whipping cream & powdered sugar using
elec. mixer until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes).
Add half of freshly whipped cream to remaining
pudding mix & whisk together until combined.
Spread over lemon layer in crust. Top pie with
remaining whipped cream. Cover & refrigerate
at least 3-4 hours before serving. For best
results, prepare & refrigerate overnight.
Serves 8

*To speed up whipping the cream, place
bowl & elec. mixer beaters in freezer
about 15 minutes to get ice cold. The
colder, the better as it will speed up
the process of whipping the cream
(usually 2-3 minutes instead of 5
minutes or more).

**If you don’t want to use heavy whipping
cream, you can use 8 oz. tub Cool Whip,
thawed – combine half of tub with
remaining lemon pudding mix & other
half to top pie.

(recipe: togetherasfamily.com)
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Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini

2 eggplants thinly sliced
lengthwise
salt/black pepper
2 T. olive oil (plus more for
brushing)
1 T. balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 small zucchini, trimmed/
sliced
(optional: mint leaves – garnish)

Sprinkle eggplant slices with
2 tsp. salt -place in a colander for
30 minutes. Mix oil, vinegar & garlic –
season with salt/pepper.
Preheat a ridged grill pan over High
heat. Brush zucchini with a little olive
oil & season with salt/pepper. Cook
zucchini, turning once, about 3 minutes
until tender. Transfer to a large bowl.
Rinse eggplants & pat dry with paper
towels. Brush eggplants with olive oil
& cook about 5 minutes, turning once.
Transfer to bowl with zucchini, add
dressing & mix. Stir in mint leaves (if
using). Let stand at least 30 minutes
before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Bacon & Egg Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
8 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. finely chopped red onion
2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper

In large pot boiling water cook
macaroni over High heat 7-9
minutes or just until tender;
drain & rinse under cold water.
Place cooked macaroni in large
bowl & add all other remaining
ingredients – mix well. Cover &
refrigerate at least 1 hour before
serving. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Warm Potato & Sausage Salad

3 lb. red potatoes
1 lb. Kielbasa sausage, sliced
4 scallions, sliced
1/2 C. dill pickle relish
1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 C. olive oil
1/4 C. white wine vinegar or
white vinegar
1 T. chopped fresh taragon
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cloves garlic, minced

Cook potatoes in boiling water
(to cover potatoes) in Dutch oven
10-15 minutes until tender; drain &
cool to touch. Cook sausage in large
nonstick skillet over medium-high
heat 4 minutes until browned; drain
& set aside. Slice potatoes; combine
potatoes, scallions, pickle relish &
parsley in large bowl – stir in sausage.
Combine oil & remaining ingredients
in 2-Cup microwave-safe measuring
cup. Microwave on High 45 seconds
or until mixture is very warm (do
not boil). Pour warm dressing over
potatoe mixture & toss to coat.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Quick & Easy Corn Salsa

3 C. frozen whole kernel
corn, thawed
1 (15 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet red pepper,
finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
finely chopped
1/3 C. rice vinegar
1 T. olive oil
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1/4 tsp. black pepper
dash cayenne pepper
2/3 C. fresh cilantro, minced

dippers: corn chips, potato
chips, crackers, etc.

In large bowl combine first
5 ingredients. In another bowl
whisk vinegar, oil, mustard,
salt, hot pepper sauce, pepper &
cayenne. Stir in cilantro. Drizzle
over corn mixture & toss to
coat. Chill until serving.
Makes 20 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chicken/Bacon/Ranch Skewers

1 C. Ranch salad dressing plus
more for drizzling
juice of 1/2 lemon
pinch cayenne pepper
kosher salt
ground black pepper
1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into
1″ chunks (skinless)
16 slices bacon
1 C. cherry tomatoes
chopped chives, garnish

Heat grill to Medium heat. In
medium bowl stir ranch dressing,
lemon juice & cayenne – season
with salt/pepper. Add chicken &
toss to coat.

Assemble Skewers:

Start with a piece of bacon; add
a piece of chicken then weave
bacon back over the skewer. Add
a cherry tomato & weave bacon
back over skewer. Repeat, using
2 pieces of bacon per skewer. Season
skewers with salt/pepper. Lay a
piece of foil down on brill & add
skewers. Grill, turning occasionally,
until chicken is no longer pink &
bacon is cooked through &crispy,
8 minutes per side. Drizzle skewers
with Ranch dressing & garnish with
chives. Makes 8 skewers

(recipe: delish.com)
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Sticky Grilled Chicken

1/2 C. soy sauce
1/2 C. balsamic vinegar
3 T. honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 lb. chicken drumsticks
2 T. sesame seeds (garnish)

Make Marinade:
In large bowl whisk soy sauce,
bals. vinegar, honey, garlic &
green onions. Reserve 1/2 C.
for basting chicken after grilling.
Add chicken to a large ziplock
bag or baking dish & pour
marinade over chicken. Let
marinade in refrigerate at least
3 hours (or up to overnight).

When ready to grill:
Heat grill to High. Oil grates &
add chicken, then periodically
baste with marinade & grill
until cooked through 10-12
minutes per side. Garnish
with sesame seeds & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Short & Sweet Baked Beans
(crockpot)

4 slices bacon
1 C. frozen chopped onion
4 (15 oz, ea) cans pork & beans in
tomato sauce, drained
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. molasses
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Cook bacon in large skillet over
medium heat until done; drain,
reserving 1 tsp. drippings; crumble
bacon. Place bacon, reserved
drippings, onion & remaining
ingredients in 3-4 qt. crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours.
Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings

2 large Granny Smith apples
2 (8 oz, ea) cans crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. (or 6 oz. can) Mountain
Dew soda/pop or 7-UP
or half 12 oz can

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Peel apples & slice
into 8 wedges. Separate dough
into triangles. Roll each apple wedge
in dough starting at wide end. Pinch
to seal dough & cover apple. Place
in baking dish* Melt butter in small
saucepan & stir in sugar & cinnamon;
heat, whisking to combine. Mixture
will slowly combine & thicken – when
it’s thickened, remove from heat &
add vanilla. Pour mixture over dumplings.
Pour pop/soda over dumplings & bake
30-45 minutes until golden brown.

*Poster says it’s easier if you first pat
apple wedge dry – then wrap dough
around it.

(recipe: thepioneerwoman.com)

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Our weather is cooler (High today expected
to be 67 degrees F.) but sunny so it’s pleasant
to look out the window. I’m not much of an
‘outdoors’ person, but love seeing the sunshine!

Hope you are able to have a RELAXING weekend!

Hugs;

Pammie