A New Month to contemplate!

Now we’re into November – can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? Looking at the calendar for the next two months it’s almost scary how quickly the holidays are coming up! Husband & I went for regular doctor check ups last week and it seemed so strange to hear the staff there telling everyone to have a great holiday! (WHAT holiday? Thanksgiving is WEEKS away!) Oh well . . . doesn’t thrill my little heart to think that, very soon, I’ll have to be deciding on which recipes to prepare for said holiday…how about you?

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Caramel Apple Ginger Crumble

Filling:
4 lb. medium apples (Fiji or Cortland)
peeled/halved/cored
4 T. fresh lemon juice
1 T. cinnamon
1/3 C. chopped crystallized ginger
1/3 C. caramel sauce, divided

Topping:
2 1/2 C. old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 C. light brown sugar
1 1/4 C. flour
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into
small pieces

Optional: serve with vanilla ice cream
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl
mix apple slices, lemon juice, cinnamon,
ginger, caramel sauce & 1/4 C. light
brown sugar. Spread on bottom of
prepared dish – make even. In another
large bowl mix oats, remaining sugar &
flour. Pinch butter with your fingers
until large pebbles form – crumble
this topping evenly over apple filling &
bake 55 minutes – until filling is bubbly
& topping is lightly toasted. Allow
to cool completely before drizzling
with remaining caramel sauce &
serving.

(recipe: thenaptimechef.com)
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Monterey Mushroom Squares

1 (8 oz) tube refrigerated crescent
rolls
2 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 C. butter, melted
1/2 C. shredded Monterey Jack
cheese
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. onion salt

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
Separate dough into 2 long
rectangles & press into prepared
pan on bottom & 1/2 way up the
sides of the pan. Toss mushrooms
with melted butter & spoon over
dough. Sprinkle top with remaining
ingredients & bake 20-25 minutes.
Cut into squares & serve warm.
Makes 24 squares.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Turkey Sausage-stuffed Acorn
Squash

4 medium acorn squash (about
1 1/2 lb. ea)
1 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lb. Italian turkey sausage links,
casings removed
1/2 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium apple, peeled/finely
chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tsp. fennel seed
2 tsp. caraway seeds
1/2 tsp. dried sage
3 C. fresh baby spinach
1 T. minced fresh thyme
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese,
chopped
1 T. red wine vinegar

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut squash lengthwise in half;
remove/discard seeds. Using
a sharp knife, cut a thin slice
from bottom of each half to
allow them to lit flat in pan.
Place squash in pan, hollow
sides down. Add 1/4 inch of
hot water & halved tomatoes.
Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes.
In large skillet cook sausage,
mushrooms, apple, onion &
dried seasonings over medium
heat 8-10 minutes until sausage
is no longer pink, breaking up
sausage into crumbles; drain.
Add spinach, thyme, salt/pepper &
cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Remove
from heat. Carefully remove squash
from pan; drain cooking liquid from
pan, reserving tomatoes. Return
squash to pan, hollow sides UP.
Stir cheese, vinegar & reserved
tomatoes into sausage mixture;
spoon into squash cavities. Bake
5-10 minutes longer until heated
through & squash is easily pierced
with a fork. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Red Pepper/Sausage Soup

1 lb. ground Italian sausage
3 assorted bell peppers,seeded/
thinly sliced
1 (32 oz) box chicken stock
2 C. marinara sauce
1/4 to 1/2 C. heavy cream, (optional)
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs rosemary
1 sprig thyme
1 bunch fresh oregano (OR)
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, (optional)
kosher salt/ground black pepper,
to taste

Optional:
garlic croutons – garnish
grated Parmesan cheese – garnish

Heat olive oil in large stock pot or
Dutch oven over medium-high heat;
saute onion & bell pepper 6-8 minutes
until softened. Add garlic – cook 1
minute then season with salt/pepper,
red pepper flakes, if using. Pushing
veggies to edge of pot, add ground
sausage & cook, breaking up into
small pieces, until browned – season
again with salt/pepper. SEE NOTE
BELOW
Stir in marinara sauce – cook 2 minutes
then add chicken broth. ADD HERB
bundle/infuser into soup. Bring to a
boil, then reduce heat & let simmer
15-20 minutes. Taste & adjust
seasonings. Stir in heavy cream. Remove
infuser/herb bundle when ready to serve.
Ladle soup into bowls & garnish with
desired garnishes. Serves 6

NOTE: IF you have an herb infuser,
place bay leaves, rosemary, thyme &
oregano in; seal infuser.
IF YOU DO NOT: you can wrap the
above herbs in a small piece of cloth
& tie up in to a bundle with twine.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Confetti Rice

6 T. butter
1 1/2 C. jasmine rice (uncooked)
1 T. chicken bouillon
3 C. water
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 C. shredded carrot
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 C. frozen baby peas
1/4 C. frozen corn kernels
1/2 small green bell pepper,
cut into thin strips
1/2 small red bell pepper, cut
into thin strips
2 T. Parmesan or Romano cheese,
grated

Melt butter over medium heat in large,
deep skillet. Add rice to pan & let rice
toast (brown a bit), stirring frequently.
Add chopped onion, shredded carrot &
garlic to pan – fry about 2 minutes,
stirring constantly. Stir in water &
bouillon; bring to boil. Cover & reduce
heat to Low – cook until liquid is almost
absorbed. Add cheese, peas, corn &
peppers – stir to combine. Cover & cook
on Low heat 5 minutes. Serves 6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Skillet Chicken w/Roasted
Red Pepper Cream Sauce

1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless
chicken breasts
1/2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. jarred roasted red
peppers, drained/finely
chopped
1 1/2 C. chicken stock
1/4 C. fresh basil, chopped
fine
1/2 C. sour cream or plain
Greek yogurt

In a shallow dish whisk flour,
salt/pepper. Dredge chicken in
flour mixture to coat. In large
skillet heat olive oil over medium
heat. Add chicken & saute 3-4
minutes per side until chicken is
cooked thoroughly. (Chicken is
done when meat thermometer
inserted into center reaches
170 degrees F.) Remove chicken
from skillet. In same skillet add
garlic & roasted red pepper; saute
1 minute then whisk in chicken
stock & basil. Simmer 2-3 minutes
until slightly thickened. Turn heat to
very low & whisk in sour cream (or
yogurt). Add chicken back to skillet
& simmer 1-2 minutes to heat
through – do not boil. Transfer
chicken to serving platter & pour
sauce over chicken. Serves 5

(recipe: perdue.com)
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Black Bean/Pumpkin/Turkey Chili

2 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium sweet yellow bell
pepper, seeded/chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15 oz, ea) cans black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15 oz) can solid-pack pumpkin
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
3 C. chicken broth
2 1/2 C. cubed, cooked turkey
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
cubed a

Optional toppings:
cubed avocado
thinly sliced green onions

In large skillet heat oil over
medium-high heat. Add onion &
pepper, cook & stir until tender.
Add garlic – cook 1 minute more;
place in crockpot. Stir in next 10
ingredients (beans through salt).
Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours.
Top with optional toppings if
desired. Serves 10 (2 1/2 quarts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles

1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. shortening (butter-flavored)
1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. brown sugar
3/4 C. pure pumpkin (not filling)
1 T. vanilla
2 3/4 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt

Sugar mixture:

4 T. granulated sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Place mixture in small dish/
pie plate & stir to combine.
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In large bowl cream butter, shortening
& sugars together. Add pumpkin &
vanilla – mix well. In another bowl combine
flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, baking
powder, pumpkin pie spice & salt.
Gradually add flour mixture to creamed
mixture, stirring until well combined.
Refrigerate dough at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Line baking sheets with parchment
paper. Remove dough from fridge
& form into small 1-inch balls. Roll
balls in sugar mixture & place on
prepared sheets. Bake 8 minutes.
Remove & let cool on sheet 2 minutes
before transferring to cooling rack.
Makes 3 dozen cookies

(recipe: momontimeout.com)

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So far this week my calendar is looking
“normal” – no extra/special events requiring
my attendance. I also get a small reprieve
from babysitting, as my son’s ‘other
grandmother’ will be watching the baby
for the week. Sometimes it’s just nice to
have an ‘easy’ schedule (for a short while
anyway) – only Knit night & special needs
group (that I know of…).

Gas prices are steady at $2.69/9

Weather is cooler, in the 40’s with
occasional rain & gloomy days but we
expect that. I’m not fond of the ‘gloom’
BUT it’s better than when the temperatures
plummet and it’s SNOWING! (Hey, I live
in MICHIGAN so I have no complaints –
we have cold/snow, etc. we’re a NORTHERN
state!) Life goes on – right?

Stay warm, remember to take a break every
once in awhile, treat yourself to something:
hot cocoa/coffee/tea, maybe a tiny snack?

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. There was snow on the last day of October and heavy fog this morning (go Figure). Well enjoy your little rest.


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