Another beautiful Saturday!

It seems so strange the way the days are flying by. I’m sure, once our ‘quarantine’ is lifted, we will wonder just how we survived without going bonkers (for those of you who haven’t been working through this). It’s a sunny/balmy 66 degrees F. Yesterday I decided I really needed to find another baby blanket pattern – as if knitting 2 wasn’t enough . . . bumped into a pattern that I’d done many years ago. This time I decided to change it up a bit; I’m starting with white and a federal blue then will see where this goes. I don’t think I have enough blue to complete the blanket so am thinking of changing it up by using various colors, interspersed with white – we’ll see. The fuzzy pink/white blanket is almost done; the multi-colored/scalloped blanket has a long way to go.

In the ‘kinda bored’ area, I decided we needed to spice up dinner so I made a Taco Salad the other night. (ordering groceries through Kroger-they didn’t have 1,000 Island salad dressing so I went with Catalina – DON’T DO THAT! TOO SWEET!) Needless to say, it’s all gone – sweet or not! Last night I made a Meat & Potato Pie (basically it’s a big meatloaf made in a 9 X 13″ baking pan, topped with mashed potatoes & shredded Cheddar Cheese (melted); it’s one of my husband’s favorite meals. I still have to roast the turkey – it’s been my ‘staple quarantine’ food since this started. I kind of felt like I knew that I had that in the freezer so we wouldn’t totally run out of meat! (fowl, to be more specific). I don’t know about your area, but here meat/chicken especially/hamburger are pretty scarce in the stores. I tried ordering Pork Chops from Kroger last time since they were advertised on sale that week but didn’t get them in my order. According to the calendar for my state
Michigan; our Stay-At-Home Order expires June 12th. Am REALLY hoping this will be the END of the ‘can’t go out no matter what’ if you’re considered in the older age group/diabetic, etc. I try not to complain, but there’s only SO MUCH you can try to convince yourself you’re not totally BORED!

A few days ago my oldest son & his 2 sons (ages 14 & 3) showed up at our house to cut down some trees in our yard & take out part of a chain-link fence. I knew SON was coming but didn’t expect our grandsons (well – the 3 yr old, anyway). We’ve seen son & older grandson at a distance since this started but have not been close to the 3 yr old. Let’s just say the 3 yr old is VERY ADVENTUROUS (to say the least). I ended up bringing him in the house & watching various DVD’s with him to keep him amused – it was a VERY LONG afternoon! (wrote on the calendar the date just in case I end up sick in 2 weeks – sure hope not!) Husband was outside helping do the work; the yard looks great.

I also found out lately that two events I take part in every year will still be held: our County Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social end of July (where I wear my costume & my ladies & I knit/crochet outside under a sycamore tree for the day – this year it’s going to be 2 days; they will be celebrating the BiCentennial for the County. Our end of September knit/crochet donations for the Detroit Veterans Hospital Baby Shower is also a ‘go’, but they will have to do a ‘drive in/pick up’ for the ladies, rather than a sit-down shower/party. I will have to work out the details of how the lady in charge of Women’s Affairs will pick up our donations, but that will be at a later date (maybe we’ll have to do a parking lot pick-up, too!).

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Crockpot Raspberry/
Chocolate Lava Cake
(using 2 1/2 qt. crockpot)

1/2 C. butter, sliced
2 (1 oz, ea) squares unsweetened
baking chocolate
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. seedless raspberry jam,
divided
6 tsp. seedless raspberry jam,
divided
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
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Optional garnishes:
fresh raspberries
ice cream
whipped cream
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Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray.
In a saucepan on Low heat,
melt butter & chocolate. Remove
from heat & stir in sugar, 1/3 C.
jam, vanilla & eggs. Add flour
& baking powder – combine
well & pour into crockpot.
Dot top with remaining
teaspoonfuls of jam evenly.
Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours
until cake is set (it will be a
spoonable consistency)
Serve warm with fresh raspberries
& ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Parmesan-Roasted Carrot Fries

2 lb. carrots, peeled/sliced into
1/4″ thick ‘fries’
1 T. oil
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. Parmigiano-reggiano (Parmesan)
cheese, grated
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Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In a large bowl gently toss carrots in
oil, salt/pepper – sprinkle on cheese;
mix to coat. Spread in single layer on
a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Roast 16-20 minutes, mixing halfway
through. Serves 6

(recipe: closetcooking.com)
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Brown Sugar Baked Beans

10 slices bacon, halved
1 yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
(54 oz) pork & beans
4 T. ketchup
1/4 C. molasses
2/3 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. cider vinegar
2 tsp. dry mustard

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Cook bacon about half way done;
drain on paper towel.
Place oven rack to lower-middle rack
position. In deep skillet heat about
2 T. bacon grease (or butter)over medium
heat. Add diced onion & green pepper –
saute about 5 minutes until softened.
Add remaining ingredients & stir to
combine – simmer about 1 minute.
Pour beans in bottom of prepared dish;
lay semi-cooked bacon on top. Bake
2-3 hours (depending on your desired
consistency). Let beans stand 5
minutes before serving.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Sheet Pan Panko Shrimp

1 1/2 lb. jumbo (10/15 count)
Wild American shrimp, preferably
Gulf Shrimp, peeled/deveiend
zest of 1 lemon (reserve juice)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. Creole or Cajun seasoning
1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. paprika
2/3 C. panko breadcrumbs
3 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 T. dried parsley flakes, plus
more for garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with
foil & spray with nonstick cooking
spray (or brush lightly with olive oil)
Pat shrimp dry using paper towels &
place in large bowl. Toss with
remaining olive oil, salt/pepper, Cajun
seasoning, Old Bay, pepper flakes &
paprika. Add lemon zest & garlic,
spread on prepared pan in single layer.

In separate bowl mix panko crumbs,
butter, cheese, black pepper & parsley –
sprinkle half over shrimp & press lightly;
repeat with remaining crumbs. Bake 10-12
minutes (depending on size of shrimp)
until shrimp are cooked through &
crumbs are lightly browned. Squeeze
lemon juice on top & sprinkle with
parsley before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Cucumber Cream Cheese Spread
(overnight recipe)

1/2 cucumber, peeled, cut into chunks
3 green onions, sliced thinly
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. salt

Dippers: crackers, toasted bagels
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Cut off roots from gr. onion; place
onions in food processor – add
cucumber. Pulse until coarsely
chopped (do not over process – you
want chunks not water). Add cream
cheese, Worc. sauce & salt – Cover &
pulse until smooth; transfer to a
medium bowl. Cover & refrigerate
overnight for flavors to blend.
(this recipe NEEDS to be refrigerated
overnight before eating).
Serves 4

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad

2 C. orzo pasta
1 C. grape tomatoes, quartered
1 C. diced cucumber
5 T. olive oil
1 lemon
2 T. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. dried oregano (optional)
salt/pepper, to taste

Cook pasta until tender (about 10
minutes) – do not over cook or it
will become mushy. Rinse with cold
water & drain. Zest lemon to get
1 T. lemon zest. Juice the lemon to
get 2 tsp. lemon juice.
In large bowl mix parsley, tomatoes,
cucumbers, lemon zest. Mix in oil
& seasonings; stir in drained pasta &
combine. Serve immediately or chill,
covered. Serves 8

NOTE: refrigerate leftovers for up to
5 days

(recipe: noplatelikehome.com)
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Red Beet Eggs

12 hard boiled eggs, shelled
2 cans sliced or whole beets
2 C. beet juice from cans (add
water to make 2 C., if needed)
2 C. white vinegar (equal to
amount of beet juice/water)
1/4 C. sugar

In a saucepan heat beet juice/
water to very hot but not boiling.
Add sugar & vinegar – stir & allow
to cool a little.
In a large gallon glass jar add eggs
& beets; pour liquid over beets &
refrigerate for at least 4 days.

(recipe: myproductivebackyard.com)
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Crockpot Bacon Cheddar Potatoes

1 (12 oz) pkg. bacon, cooked crisp/
crumbled
6 potatoes, peeled, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
Optional garnish: chopped green onion
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Line crockpot with aluminum foil so
that it will be able to fold together
over top of potatoes. Spread half of
crumbled bacon evenly on bottom
of crockpot – cover with half sliced
onions. Top with half of potatoes;
repeat layers. Fold foil to create
a packet over potatoes. Cover &
cook on Low 4-6 hours.
ONE half hour before serving:
add cheese & stir gently. Cover &
heat through. Just before serving
top with chopped green onion,
if using. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Easy Peach Crumble

9 C. frozen peaches & any juice
in the bag, thawed
3/4 C. brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 T. cornstarch
1 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. old fashioned oats
1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. cold butter, cubed
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Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray.
In a bowl mix peaches, 1/2 C.
brown sugar, cornstarch, lemon
juice & extracts; add to crockpot.
In another bowl mix remaining
ingredients using 2 forks or a
pastry cutter until crumbles form.
Sprinkle crumbles over top of
peaches. Cover & cook on High
90 minutes. Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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Hope you are all in good health & enjoying this weather!

Hugs;

Pammie

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