Happy Monday!

So far, today has been a nice, relaxing one – we ‘were’ supposed to go to older grandson’s baseball game this evening but his dad informed us he’s sick, so we’ll stay home (& stay warm – it’s supposed to get a little chilly later). I love these days when the sun’s shining, things are blooming, the birds are singing – I LOVE SPRING! (Yes, my back is still not quite back to normal, but I’m content just ‘chilling’ for now, working on knitting 2 baby afghans for charity, reading a book or napping.)

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Peanut Butter “Lunch Lady”
Cookie Bars

2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 C. peanut butter, divided
1 1/2 C. (3 sticks) unsalted
butter, softened
1/2 C. milk + 2 T., divided
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
4 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a large cookie sheet with
nonstick cooking spray (or) line
with parchment paper. In large
bowl mix all dry ingredients:
flour, sugar, baking soda, salt.
In another bowl whisk together
1/2 C. milk, vanilla, eggs.
In a saucepan, melt 1 C. (2 sticks)
butter & 1 C. peanut butter – bring
to a boil. Remove from heat &
slowly add flour mixture, followed
by milk/egg mixture – mix until
well combined. Pour batter onto
cookie sheet & spread evenly
to edges. Bake 20 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Cool competely
before frosting.

Frosting:
In a saucepan bring 1 stick butter &
1/2 C. peanut butter to a  boil. Add
2 t. milk & slowly mix in powdered
sugar until well combined. Pour
frosting over cookies, spreading
evenly to edges. Allow frosting
to cool & set before cutting.
Serves 16-24

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Taco Pizza

1 (14.5 oz) pkg. Pillsbury Best
Classic Pizza dough
1 (16 oz) can refried beans, warmed
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. diced onion
2 T. taco seasoning
2 C. shredded Colby Jack cheese

Optional Toppings;
shredded lettuce
sour cream
diced tomato
diced avocado
sliced black olives
corn chips
taco sauce

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Place a sheet of parchment paper
on a baking sheet (or pizza pan).
Unroll pizza dough & place on sheet/
pan. Par-bake dough for 10 minutes.
Brown ground beef & onion in a
skillet over medium heat until no
longer pink. Stir in taco seasoning &
cook 1 more minute. Remove crust
from oven & top with warmed refried
beans – smooth in an even layer. Sprinkle
with cheese & taco meat. Return to oven
6-7 minutes until crust is golden brown &
cheese is melted. Top any desired
toppings. Serves 8

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Crockpot Creamy Chicken/Dressing Bake

6 whole boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1 (16 oz) bottle creamy salad dressing
(ranch, blue cheese, Italian, Caesar,
Poppy seed, Thousand Island – your
choice)
2 large russet potatoes, sliced
2 medium onions, diced small
1 1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 large tomato,chopped

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Place sliced potatoes &
chopped onion in bottom of crockpot;
mix together. Place chicken on top,
overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle
chicken with cheeses then pour salad
dressing over chicken, making sure to
cover chicken as much as possible.
Sprinkle bread crumbs, parsley &
chopped tomato on top. Cover &
cook on Low 7-8 hours or High 3-4
hours. Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Baked Mac & Cheese

2 1/2 C. uncooked macaroni
2 1/2 T. flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
black pepper, to taste (poster uses
about 1 tsp.)
4 T. butter, cut into thin slices
3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (mild
or sharp)
1 C. whole milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
until tender; drain. Mix all dry
ingredients together. Spray an oven-safe
bowl or dish* with nonstick cooking spray.
Place half of cooked macaroni in dish.
Sprinkle half of flour mixture on top &
top with half of butter slices. Sprinkle
1 1/2 C. cheese over top & repeat. Pour
milk over all. Cover with foil & bake 35
minutes. Remove foil, bake an additional
10 minutes. Serve hot. Serves 6

*Can be made in a 9 X 13″ dish or large
oven-proof bowl.

(recipe: Christy Jordan-Southern Plate)
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Country Chicken & Rice

1 (3 – 3 1/2 lb) chicken, cut into
8 pieces
6 C. water
2 (15 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 T. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. long or whole-grain rice,
rinsed

In large pot bring all ingredients
except rice to boil over medium-
high heat. Cover & boil 35 minutes.
Add rice & cook 25-30 minutes until
rice is tender, no pink remains in
chicken & chicken juices run clear.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cheese-stuffed Pretzel Bites

1 (13.8 oz) tube refrigerated
pizza dough
6 oz. cheese (like Velveeta)
cut into 24 half-inch squares
2/3 C. baking soda

coarse salt, for topping
spicy mustard, for dipping

Place oven rack on top third
position & preheat 450 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Press & stretch dough
into a 11 X 16″ rectangle – cut into
twenty four 2 1/2 ” squares. Place
a piece of cheese in center of a
square; pinch 2 opposite corners of
dough together over cheese, bring
other 2 corners to the middle & pinch
to secure the cheese. Repeat with rest
of dough & cheese.
Heat 6 C. water in a medium saucepan
over high heat. Whisk in baking soda –
bring to a boil. Working in batches, boil
‘bites’ 30 seconds then transfer to
prepared baking sheet, seam-sides
down – quickly sprinkle tops with salt.
Bake 5 minutes, rotate pan & bake
another 5 minutes, until dark brown.
Serve with spicy mustard.
Makes 24 bites.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Mexican Spiced Brownies

Brownies:
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 C. sugar
4 large eggs
1 T. vanilla
2/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 C. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 – 1/3 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Milk Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting:

1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened
2 oz. milk chocolate, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. powdered sugar
2-3 T. buttermilk
(optional) chili powder & cinnamon
to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
parchment paper, leaving an
overhang on two sides. Press
paper into corners of pan & lightly
grease (or spray) paper with butter.
In a microwaveable bowl, melt 2
sticks butter – let cool slightly.
Add sugar, eggs, & vanilla to butter
& mix until well blended. Add flour,
cocoa, cinnamon, chili powder, baking
powder & salt – whisk or stir until
smooth. Pour & spread batter into
prepared dish. Bake 20-25 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out fudgy. Cool in pan on wire
rack then use parchment paper
‘handles’ to lift brownies out onto
a plate (or leave in pan) – frost with
frosting, cut & serve.

Frosting:
Using an elec. mixer, beat butter on
medium speed until fluffy. Add melted
chocolate & vanilla – continue beating
until well combined. Add powdered
sugar & 2 T. buttermilk – continue
beating until smooth & fluffy, about
5 minutes. (add more buttermilk, if
needed for desired consistency.)

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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Hope you are enjoying a nice, relaxing day –
Summer is just around the corner!

Hugs;

Pammie

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  1. just keep on taking it easy.


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