I FINALLY DID IT!

I WENT SHOPPING!!! Our state is finally out from under the ‘stay at home’ order; we picked up my van at the dealership yesterday (needed a new Air Conditioning compressor – under warranty – yay!). Today I decided I would GO OUT! Stopped at Walgreens & picked up my instant coffee on sale (they offer it about every 3-4 months on sale) then stopped at CVS to pick up more things on sale (and to use my $10 off coupon that would expire soon). After that I drove to a nice little park where 12 of my knit ladies were meeting (6 feet apart) to knit/crochet for an hour outside! It was SO NICE to get out and really SEE people in person instead of on the Zoom meetings! One lady brought me a bag of white yarns; said “I thought you might be able to use these.” Turns out she was absolutely right! I really needed exactly that! (I use a lot of white yarn in the baby blankets). PERFECT! Without going into great detail, we’re going to do this again tomorrow (there’s a free yarn/knit project thing going on so the intent is for us to pick up the yarns, knit/crochet something with it then give it back to the lady who will give it to a charity for them to sell in their gift shop.

(a 80+ yr old woman died & she had a stash of VERY EXPENSIVE yarns – her daughter gave us the yarns with the intent that we would use them for charity only. (one of my ladies is keeping track of it all). I took 2 bags – we’ll see how this goes. Am planning on knitting either a cowl, fingerless gloves or a scarf with it – we’ll see – I promised I wouldn’t knit a baby blanket! HA!)

I’m going to try to go grocery shopping tomorrow – we’ll see how that goes (and if I have the courage to do so – today found me almost in a panic attack after leaving the first store – weird! I’ve been looking forward to this for 3 months!)

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Cherry Coffee Cake

1 1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
8 T. butter (1 stick/ 1/2 C.), melted
1/2 C. milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (20 oz) can cherry pie filling
1 tsp. lemon extract
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Crumb Topping:
1/2 C. flour
2 T. butter, melted
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 9″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl whisk flour, sugar,
baking powder/baking soda.
Stir in melted butter, milk, egg &
vanilla – mix well & spread into
bottom of prepared pan. In a
medium bowl mix lemon extract
with pie filling & spread over
flour mixture.
In a small bowl mix together Crumb
Topping ingredients & sprinkle on
top of pie filling.
Bake 55-60  minutes until topping is
brown & bubbly. Serves 9

NOTE: If you would like a glaze on top,
combine 1/2 C. powdered sugar & a few
tablespoons milk – drizzle over cooled cake.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Chicken Tortilla Bake

3 C. cooked, shredded chicken
2 (4 oz, ea) cans chopped green chilies
1 C. chicken broth
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup undiluted
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken
soup undiluted
1 small onion, finely chopped
12 corn tortillas, warmed
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:
Sour cream
chopped green onions
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine chicken, chiles, broth,
soups & onion. Layer half of tortillas
in bottom of sprayed pan, cutting to
fit if desired. Top with half of chicken
mixture & half of cheese – repeat
layers.
Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes until
heated through. Serves 8

NOTE: Freezer option:
Cover & freeze unbaked casserole
To use: partially thaw in fridge overnight.
Remove from fridge 30 minutes before
baking. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake 30 minutes, increasing time as
necessary to heat through & a
thermometer inserted in center
reads 165º.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crunchy Taco Cups
(appetizer)

1 lb. ground beef, cooked/drained
1 envelope taco seasoning (3 T.)
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes &
green chilies, drained
1 1/2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
(OR) Mexican blend cheese
24 wonton wrappers*
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Generously spray a 12 – cup muffin
tin with nonstick cooking spray. Combine
cooked meat, taco seasoning & Ro-Tel
in a bowl; stir to combine. Line each
muffin tin with a wonton wrapper; add
1 1/2 T. meat mixture & top with 1 T.
cheese – press down & add another layer
of wonton wrapper, meat mixture & a
final layer of cheese – repeat.
Bake 11-13 minutes until cups are heated
through & edges are brown. Makes 12

*You can find wonton wrappers in the
chilled fruits/veggies section of
grocery stores

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Deep-dish Ham & Asparagus Quiche

1 9 inch pie crust (refrigerated)
3 T. olive oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 T. water
12 oz. cooked ham, cubed
1 small bunch asparagus, trimmed/
cut into small pieces
6 oz. shredded Swiss or Monterey
Jack cheese
7 eggs
3 C. heavy cream
salt/pepper, to taste

Coat large skillet with olive oil; add
onions & water – cook over medium-low
heat, stirring occasionally about 30 minutes,
until caramelized. Add ham & cook,
stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. Add
asparagus; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large bowl combine eggs, heavy cream, salt/
pepper – whisk to combine. Place about 2/3rds
ham mixture into crust – top with 2/3rds cheese.
Pour 2/3 egg mixture on top – repeat with remaining
ham/cheese/egg mixtures. Filling should be about
1/2″ from top of pie crust. (If you have extra
ingredients, save for scrambled eggs the next day).
Cover quiche loosely with foil. Bake about 90
minutes. Remove foil & bake another 20-30 minutes
until quiche is set but juggles just slightly.
Remove from oven, let cool on wire rack 30-45
minutes before serving. Can be served room
temp, cold or warm. Serves 12

NOTE: If making the day ahead, let cool to room
temp. on a cooling rack. Cover & refrigerate.
Remove from fridge about 45 minutes before
planning to serve.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Creamy Nacho Chicken Dip

1 (16 oz) can refried beans
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (12 oz) can chicken, drained/shredded
1 (16 oz) jar chunky salsa
8 oz. shredded Mexican-blend cheese

tortilla chips or tortillas for dipping
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Spray insides of 4 qt. crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In small bowl
mash/stir cream cheese until smooth.
Layer ingredients in crockpot:
refried beans
cream cheese
chicken
salsa
cheese
Cover & cook on High 1 hour (or Low 2 hrs)
Serve either on top of chips or use chips/
tortillas as dippers.  Serves 12

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Fried Boneless/Skinless
Chicken Breasts
(overnight recipe)

2 lb. boneless/skinless chicken
breasts
2 C. buttermilk*
2 C. flour
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
3 whole eggs
3 T. whole milk
2 T. hot sauce (your choice)
Enough shortening (or lard) to
come 2 inches up side of a large
cast iron skillet
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Place chicken breasts in a large zip
lock bag; cover with buttermilk &
let stand in refrigerator overnight
or at least 12 hours. When ready
to cook; drain chicken/discard
buttermilk.
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In large bowl whisk flour, salt/pepper,
garlic powder & paprika. In a shallow
(pie) pan beat eggs, milk & hot sauce.
Place chicken, 2 pieces at a time, in
flour mixture, then egg, then back
into flour, pressing each time to coat.
Breading should be rough & shaggy:
the shaggy parts will crisp up as they fry
& give a nice crunchy crust. As you bread
each piece, place on a platter or plate.

Place a rack over a sheet tray (set aside).

In a large heavy-bottomed skillet, melt
shortening & heat to 325 degrees – no
higher**. Add all chicken at once, piece by
piece. If they don’t comfortably fit all at
once, you will need to cook in 2 batches.
The temperature of the oil will drop below
300 degrees F. when you place the chicken
in; if oil is too hot, the outsides will get too
dark before the insides cook. Fry for a total
of about 15 minutes, carefully turning each
piece every few minutes for even browning.
(Insert a probe thermometer into one piece
& remove from fryer onto prepared rack when
internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F.
The chicken will continue to cook to a safe
165 degrees F.) Be careful when handling
the chicken so the cooked breading stays on.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

*If you don’t have buttermilk: In a 1-cup
measuring cup add 1 T. lemon juice or
vinegar. Pour enough milk in cup to reach
1-cup. Stir & let stand 5 minutes – now you
have ‘sour milk/buttermilk’.

**Poster used a candy thermometer to
reach temperature

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

1 bunch broccoli (about 1 1/2 lb.)
cut into bite-sized florets
3 T. olive oil
1/2 C. fresh garlic cloves (more or
less, to taste)cut in half or thirds
if especially large
salt/black pepper, to taste
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Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray a rimmed baking sheet
lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl toss broccoli with
oil, garlic, salt & pepper – spread
in single layer on prepared sheet.
Roast about 20 minutes until
broccoli is bright green & edges are
starting to brown. (do not let garlic
get too brown or it will taste bitter)
Serve hot.  Serves 4

(recipe: kalynskitchen.com)
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Brownie-bottom Cheesecake

1 box brownie mix
2 (8 oz) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

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Chocolate ice cream topping
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9″ springform pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
Mix brownie mix accordg. to pkg;
spread in prepared pan.
Bake 8-10 minutes.
In large bowl mix cream cheese, eggs,
sugar & vanilla – beat until smooth &
spread on top of brownie.
Bake 30 minutes.
Reduce heat to 325 degrees F.
Bake another 15 minutes.
Cool completely before removing
from pan. Serve with chocolate
sauce drizzled on top, if desired.
Serves 8
(does not need to be refrigerated
before serving)

(recipe: simplystacie.net)

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Since all of my ‘usual’ activities have been
put on hold b/c of the virus, I’ve been watching
TV in the evenings. Have been ‘binge watching’
NCIS Los Angeles lately, think I have 3-4 more
episodes before I’m done with the season (at
least all the ones that are ‘free’). I enjoy the
interaction between the characters; we also
love NCIS and NCIS New Orleans for the same
reasons.

I spoke to the other leaders of my special
needs group and we’ve come to the decision
that we plan on starting up in the Fall. Hopefully
by that time things will have settled down a bit
as to churches being open, larger groups of
people meeting together – we’ll see. My group
averages about 15-17 students and about 8
or so adults. It’s such a strange world when you
have to plan out how far apart each person will
be from another person!  With that said, at
least now I know that my summer will be free.
Not sure yet when oldest son will have me start
babysitting my 3 yr old grandson again. He’s
checked with his big boss about when the hotels
will plan on re-opening their restaurants; still
not getting a definite answer – that’s hard to
plan when you don’t really know!

Hope you are all well and coping OK with all
the changes.

Hugs;

Pammie

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