Happy Sunday!

On & off rain here lately – fortunately, it’s mostly been at night! We had a pretty windy/heavy storm last night and are supposed to be getting more today. The ‘good’ thing about that? I don’t have to remember to water my outdoor hanging flower baskets!

Not much new around here, almost done with the pink baby blanket, 3/4ths done with the chevron blanket and – (getting bored) – started a man’s winter scarf the other day with very heavy (donated) yarn. I don’t usually use thick yarn OR big knitting needles, so this is an ‘experience’ for me. The needles I’m using are size 15 (I usually use a 6 or 8) – the yarn colors remind me of a German Shepherd dog – black/various browns & a medium grey mixture – it will make a nice, heavy scarf (if I don’t go crazy knitting it!)

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For all of you who just want a ‘little’ dessert:

Choc. Chip Cookie-in-a-Mug
Makes 1

1 T. real butter, salted or unsalted
small pinch salt
1 T. granulated sugar
1 T. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk
3 T. flour
2 T. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place butter in microwave-safe mug
& melt – (about 20 seconds) Stir in salt,
white & brown sugars & vanilla. Add egg
yolk; stir well then add flour. Stir again &
add choc. chips. Stir & microwave approx.
40 seconds

NOTE: cookie will continue to cook when
you take it out – let it cool slightly then eat.
You can also add a little ice cream on top.
-No baking soda or baking powder needed
-there is enough butter to keep it from sticking
to sides of mug.
-Can also be made in a small microwave-safe bowl
or ramekin.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Crockpot Squash Au Gratin
(low carb)

1/4 C. melted butter
1 T. minced garlic
1 medium zucchini, sliced thin
1 medium yellow squash, sliced thin
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. pork rinds, crushed finely
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Pour butter in bottom of crockpot;
sprinkle garlic evenly over butter.
In large bowl mix mayo, sour cream, 1/2
C. cheese, pork rinds, squash &
zucchini – pour mixture into crockpot
& spread out evenly. Top with
remaining cheese. Cover & cook on
High 3-4 hours until squash is tender
& edges are golden brown.
Serves 6-8

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Easy BLT Pasta Salad

12 oz. elbow (or other short) pasta
9 strips bacon, cooked crisp/rough chopped
1 C. Ranch salad dressing
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded/diced
2 C. romaine lettuce, cut into
bite-sized pieces
2 T. chives, chopped

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
until al dente; drain & rinse under cold
water until cooled. In large bowl mix
cooled pasta & ranch dressing, stir to
coat. Add most of tomatoes, lettuce
& most of bacon – gently stir to combine
& coat all ingredients. Garnish top of dish
with reserved tomatoes, bacon & chives.
Serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken

4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 strips thick-cut bacon cut into
bite-sized pieces
3/4 C. prepared Ranch salad dressing
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Preheat grill to Medium-high heat (about
375 degrees F.)
Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets
parchment paper & use a heavy rolling
pin or pan to pound chicken to an even
thickness. Drizzle chicken with oil & season
with salt/pepper & garlic powder on both
sides. Grill chicken about 5-7 minutes per
side until internal temperature reaches 160
degrees F.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-
high heat until crisp; drain all but 1 T. grease.
Return bacon & grease to stove top. Turn
heat to Low & add ranch dressing, stirring
to form a sauce. Add grilled chicken to pan
& coat with sauce, letting simmer 1-2 minutes.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Grilled Campfire Potatoes
(can also be made in oven)

1 lb. sweet onions (like Vidalia), peeled/
cut into 1/4″ slices
2 T. fresh garlic, chopped
2 lb. russet potatoes, peeled/sliced into
1/4″ slices
2 T. olive oil
4 T. melted butter
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. fresh thyme, chopped
1 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. paprika

Heat grill to maintain a closed cover
temp. of 350 degrees F. (OR) heat
oven to same temp.
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Lay out two 30″ long sheets foil on top
of each other, shiny sides up*
Place 2 pieces of parchment paper next
to each other over the foil. Sprinkle onions &
garlic over parchment.
In large bowl place sliced potatoes, oil, butter,
salt/pepper, thyme, rosemary & paprika – toss.
Lay in single layer over onions & garlic. Fold up
sides of foil/parchment & crimp together in
center then fold up & crimp ends. Make several
slits in top for steam. Place packet on grill with
cover closed (OR) in oven. Cook 30 minutes.
Remove & serve. Serves 6

*Interesting fact: Shiny side of foil reflects heat
& dull side absorbs heat. (information from the
manufacturing of tin foil.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Zucchini Quiche

Hash Brown Crust:
3 C. refrigerated or frozen hash
browns, thawed/patted dry
2 T. olive oil
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Quiche Filling:
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked/crumbled
(reserve 1 T. bacon grease in pan)
1 shallot, diced (or onion)
1 medium zucchini, grated (squeezed
dry)*
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 eggs, room temp.
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 C. shredded cheese (sharp Cheddar,
Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack
or a combination of 2 or more)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Crust:

Spray a 9″ pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. In medium bowl combine
hash browns, olive oil, butter, salt/pepper –
toss to combine. Bake 20-25 minutes until
edges are golden brown.
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Reduce oven temp. to 350 degrees F.
Filling:
In skillet used for bacon add diced shallots &
saute over medium heat 3-4 minutes until
translucent & soft. Add shredded zucchini;
turn heat to High. Season with salt/pepper &
cook 3-5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
In small bowl combine flour, baking powder &
salt. In a separate bowl beat eggs until fluffy,
2-3 minutes. Whisk in Greek yogurt until smooth.
Add grated cheese, flour mixture, bacon &
zucchini mixture – stir until combined. Pour
filling into crust & bake 35-40 minutes until
center is set, the top is puffed & golden brown
AND a toothpick inserted into center comes out
clean. Remove from oven & allow to cool
several minutes before removing from pan &
serving.
Can be eaten at room temp. or chilled.
Serves 8

*Shredded Zucchini:
Grate zucchini onto a clean kitchen
towel & squeeze dry, removing as
much excess liquid as possible.

(recipe: amomontimeout.com)
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Blueberry Kuchen

1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 C. whole milk
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. fresh or frozen blueberries

Topping:
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In a
bowl combine first 6 ingredients. Add
milk, butter, egg & vanilla – beat 2
minutes until well blended. Pour into
prepared dish & sprinkle top with
blueberries. In a bowl combine sugar &
flour. Add butter & toss with a fork until
crumbly – sprinkle over top of blueberries.
Bake 40 minutes until lightly browned.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Samoa Sheet Cake

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter
1 C. water
4 T. cocoa
1/2 C. butter-flavored shortening
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
6 T. milk
3 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 C. caramel sauce (ice cream topping)
dash salt

Toppings;
2 1/2 C. sweetened coconut
8 oz. wrapped caramels (unwrapped)
2 T. milk
3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
On large cookie sheet pour 2 1/2 C.
coconut – spread out evenly.  Bake
5-6 minutes – stir a few times while
toasting & watch closely so it doesn’t
burn – remove from oven & cool.

Turn oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
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In large bowl add flour & sugar – toss to
combine. In medium saucepan add butter, water,
cocoa & shortening – bring to a boil over medium-
high heat, stirring continually – pour into flour/
sugar mixture & mix 30 seconds (using elec. mixer).
Add buttermilk & mix into batter. Add baking soda,
salt, eggs & vanilla – mix 1 minute, making sure to
scrape bottom of bowl using rubber spatula so all
dry ingredients are incorporated. Spray large rimmed
cookie sheet (poster’s is 17 1/2 X 12 1/2″) with nonstick
cooking spray & pour batter onto sheet. Bake 20
minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes
out clean.  While cake bakes, prepare frosting:
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Frosting:
In a large microwave-safe bowl place butter & milk – heat
to boiling. Add caramel sauce, powdered sugar, vanilla &
dash salt – whisk using a fork until smooth (it will be thin).
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When cake is still warm from oven poke holes all over cake
with a fork – pour prepared frosting over top of cake & smooth
out. Immediately sprinkle toasted coconut on top of frosting.
Place unwrapped in microwave bowl. Add 2 T. milk (or evap.
milk) to caramels & microwave 30 seconds. Stir & heat again
in 30-second intervals until caramel has melted & is smooth.
Drizzle over top of coconut.
Place milk choc. chips in a glass measuring cup & microwave
in 30-second increments, stirring after each. Add 1/2 tsp.
shortening & stir to combine. When melted, drizzle over
top of caramel on cake. NOTE: you can serve cake at this
point but if you like a cake that slices well –
refrigerate cake at least 1 hour before slicing & serving.
Serves 16-20

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

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Hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Setting things straight

Ah, the ‘fun’ of paying household bills – right? I do my bill paying on line with my bank. Over the years, several times, we’ve run into a problem. This time it was getting a $10.98 late fee tacked on to my garbage pick up bill – except I PAID ON TIME through my bank! The very next day we get an automated phone call informing us if said bill is not paid they will cancel our service! NO! Several phone calls (with REAL people) later I am now sending them a printed copy of my bank statement saying it was not only paid on time but there should be NO late fee! The nice lady agreed and now the ‘proof’ is in the mail. UGH! Makes me crazy – you think you’re doing the right thing only to find out – not always. In this case it’s either the Bank or the Post Office’s fault – ugh.

Keeping busy these days attempting to finish the two baby blankets I posted photos of in an earlier post. Today I decided on the final yarn color for the Chevron blanket – am ‘almost’ to the middle of that blanket and about 3/4ths done with the pink lace one. I have 5 weeks before they need to be done. On another good note-was able to get in touch with the lady in charge of picking up the baby blankets for Crisis Pregnancy Mobile Unit. She’s been out of state and will be moving, so this might be my last delivery for that charity. (No worries – there are ALWAYS more charities). Also got in touch with the person in charge of the Food Closet at the church I have my special needs group at. They said they are happy to get more scarves & hats for the homeless (at the end of last year’s ‘season’ they weren’t sure they were going to continue it because they only had about 10 families involved and ALL had received knitted items). Once I’m done with the two baby blankets I’ll start working on scarves – always a nice ‘change’ of pace in knitting. Since our last knit group “Yarn Swap” I have several yarns awaiting the scarves project so I’m a bit excited to get started! (Yes, it takes very small things to make me happy).

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Streuseled Zucchini Bundt Cake

2 C. shredded zucchini, patted dry
1 1/3 C. plain yogurt
3/4 C. sugar
2 large egg whites, room temp.
1/3 C. canola oil
1 large egg, room temp.
4 tsp. vanilla, divided
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. dry bread crumbs
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/3 C. chopped walnuts
1/3 C. raisins
1 T. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
3/4 C. powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 10″ Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray & sprinkle with dry bread
crumbs.
In large bowl beat zucchini, yogurt,
sugar, egg whites, oil, 1 egg & 3 tsp.
vanilla until well blended.
In small bowl combine flour, baking
powder, baking soda & salt; gradually
beat into zucchini mixture until
blended. Pour 1/3 of batter into
prepared pan.
In small bowl combine brown sugar,
nuts, raisins, cinnamon & allspice –
sprinkle half over batter. Top with
another 1/3 batter & sprinkle with
remaining brown sugar mixture – top
with remaining batter.
Bake 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean. Cool
10 minutes before removing from pan to
a wire rack to cool completely.
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In a small bowl combine powdered sugar,
remaining vanilla & enough milk to achieve
desired ‘drizzle’ consistency – drizzle over
cooled cake.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pea & Peanut Salad

2 1/2 C. frozen peas (about 10 oz),
thawed
1 C. dry roasted peanuts
1 C. chopped celery
6 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. prepared Zesty Italian
salad dressing

In large bowl combine first 5 ingredients.
In small bowl mix mayo & salad dressing –
stir into salad. Refrigerate, covered,
until ready to serve. Makes 4 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sweet & Hot Shrimp Tacos

3/4 C. Sweet chili sauce*
2 T. honey
40 medium-sized shrimp (pre-cooked/
tails off)
6 corn tortillas
olive oil
salt
Mexican cheese blend, shredded
chopped lettuce
chopped tomatoes

Heat medium skillet over medium-
high heat. Pour 3/4 C. sweet chili
sauce into pan; add 2 T. honey – stir
to combine & heat through. Add shrimp
to sauce; stir, making sure all shrimp are
coated. Heat, just until shrimp are warm.
(Do not over cook).
Heat a large skillet over medium-high
heat. Add about 1/2 T. olive oil to pan;
add a few corn tortillas (as many as will
fit pan) – sprinkle them with a little salt &
allow them to get golden brown; flip over
& brown other size. Remove to a serving
plate & top with saucy shrimp, cheese,
lettuce & tomato. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 tacos

*You can find Sweet Chili sauce in most
grocery stores in the Asian aisle.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Grilled Root Vegetables

12-15 large carrots, peeled
1 head garlic, peeled
1 large white onion, cut into
1″ pieces
small potatoes, leave whole
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 T. butter
2 T. freshly chopped parsley (optional)
(large disposable foil cooking pan)

Preheat grill to 350 degrees F.
Spray insides of foil pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Add carrots, garlic, onion &
potatoes to pan. Pour 1 T. olive oil over
vegs & toss to coat. Add paprika & garlic
salt – toss to coat. Cover pan tightly with
foil & place on hot grill. Cook 20 minutes,
then carefully unwrap & stir. Rotate pan,
cover & cook 15-20 minutes more until
veggies are crisp-tender. Watch so they
don’t burn. Add 1 T. butter & 2 T. parsley –
taste & adjust seasonings-garlic salt.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Bacon/Mushroom/Swiss Chicken

3 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled (reserve
drippings)
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
6 slices Swiss cheese
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Pour reserved bacon grease in a skillet &
heat over medium heat. Place chicken in
warmed grease & cook 3-5 minutes until
slightly golden (turn once). Spray insides of
crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
Place chicken in crockpot & cover with
mushrooms. Pour soup into skillet (undiluted),
warm then pour over chicken. Cover & cook
on Low 4-5 hours; check chicken for doneness.
Place a slice of Swiss cheese on top of each
chicken breast; sprinkle with bacon & turn
crockpot heat to High. Cover & cook 10-15
minutes until cheese is melted. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Kielbasa w/
Garlic Rice

2 T. olive oil
1 (13 oz) pkg. smoked kielbasa sausage,
cut into 1/2″ slices
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
1/2 C. pineapple chunks
1 (8 oz) bottle sweet & sour sauce
2 (7 oz, ea) pkgs. Minute Ready to
Serve Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine rice

In nonstick skillet heat olive oil over
medium heat. Add kielbasa-cook 2-3
minutes, flipping over, until both sides
are nicely browned. Add onion & bell
pepper – cook 5-6 minutes longer. Stir
in pineapple & sweet/sour sauce – heat
2-3 minutes.

Prepare rice accordg. to pkg. directions.
Place rice on a dish & spoon kielbasa
mixture on top. Serves 4

(recipe: whoneedsacape.com)
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Blueberry/Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
Parfaits

6 (4 oz) jars (or parfait glasses
3/4 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. lemon zest & 3 T. juice (from 1
lemon) divided
1 T. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, divided
2/3 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 crushed shortbread cookies
1/2 C. blueberries
1/2 C. blueberry jam

In small microwaveable bowl pour
lemon juice & water – sprinkle gelatin
on top & microwave on High 45 seconds
until gelatin is completely dissolved when
stirred. Cool 3 minutes
In large bowl using elec. mixer beat cream
cheese until light & fluffy. Add geletin
mixture; beat until blended. Gently stir in
Cool Whip & lemon zest. Press cookie
crumbs into bottoms of jars/glasses &
top with layers of blueberries, jam &
cream cheese mixture. Cover with lids
(or clear plastic wrap) & refrigerate 2
hours. Serves 6

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)

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Our weather has been “OK” except last night
THREE TIMES in very quick time our cell
phones were BOMBED with Emergency
FLOOD ALERTS! The funny thing is – we don’t
have any BIG water around here to be worried
about flooding! (there was a small ‘river’ of
water going down my driveway during the
rains, but nothing REALLY to worry about!)
Go figure!  The temperatures are in the mid
to high 70’s which is nice  – not too hot, not
too cold – in my eyes: JUST PERFECT!

No big plans for the day, no knit group
tonight; dinner is leftover chicken pot pie.
Tomorrow is library knit & my special
needs group, Thurs. is babysitting at 2 p.m.
My oldest son & his family have been on a
VERY MUCH NEEDED vacation last week to
Myrtle Beach, North Carolina so this will
be the first time I will see them in almost 2 weeks.
Just glad they were able to ‘get away’ as both
of them have very high stress jobs. Time with
their kids and time alone, away from phones
is always nice.

Hope your week is shaping up nicely,

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Always Nice to see Old Friends!

This Sunday after church I was just getting in our car when my husband called my cell phone to tell me: “Get back in here – there’s someone who wants to see you!” In the photo above is my dear friend Katie and her sons. I have known her since she was about 3 weeks old – I was her first caregiver (she’s now 35!) She and my oldest son were best friends all through grade school until they moved away. Her husband is a pastor in Kentucky now so I don’t get to see her very often – it was really nice to re-connect! (It’s funny-I don’t think I really feel like I’m losing weight but when I put on the dress above – which I haven’t worn for years, it was too big but I didn’t have time to change – funny how time changes things!)

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Lemon Blueberry Bread

1/3 C. butter, melted
1 C. sugar
3 T. lemon juice
2 large eggs, room temp.
1 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk (2%)
1 C. fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 C. chopped nuts
2 T. grated lemon zest

Glaze:
2 T. lemon juice
1/4 C. sugar
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 4″ loaf pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl beat
butter, sugar, lemon juice & eggs.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking
powder & salt – stir into egg mixture
alternately with milk, beating well
after each addition. Fold in blueberries,
nuts & lemon zest & pour batter into
prepared pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted into center of
loaf comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in
pan before removing from pan to a wire
rack to cool.

Glaze:
Combine glaze ingredients & drizzle over
warm bread. Cool completely before cutting.
Makes 1 loaf.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Fiesta Confetti Corn

1 1/2 T. butter (or bacon drippings)
1/2 c. chopped Vidalia or other
sweet onion
1/2 C. EACH: green & red bell
pepper, diced
1/4 C. chopped fresh jalapeno
6 C. fresh corn, cooked/scraped
from cob
1/2 tsp. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
(or to taste)
1/2 tsp. chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. cumin (or to taste)
1/2 C. water or chicken broth,
divided

In a skillet with lid heat butter (or
bacon drippings) – saute onion &
peppers until tender, about 4 minutes.
Add corn, sugar & seasonings & 1/4
C. water/broth. Reduce heat to Low;
cover & simmer only long enough
to warm through thoroughly & adding
additional water as needed to prevent
corn from sticking. Taste & adjust
seasonings as needed. Serves 4-6

NOTE: Frozen/thawed or canned/
drained corn may be substituted.
Can also substitute a 4 oz. jar of
chopped pimentos, drained, for bell
pepper. Add some chopped/cooked
bacon for extra flavor.

For a Creamier Version:
Stir in 1/3 C. shredded cheese and/or
3 oz. cubed cream cheese and
substitute heavy cream or Half & Half
for water or broth, stirred in at the
end.

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Crockpot Garlic Tenderloin

2-3 lb. pork tenderloin
2 T. butter
1 C. butter, melted
1 T. garlic powder
2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried cilantro leaves
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper

Melt 2 T. butter in a skillet over
medium-high heat*. Brown
tenderloins about 3-5 minutes on
each side then place in crockpot,
pouring the remaining butter/
cooking juices over top. Whisk
melted butter & spices together &
pour evenly over tenderloin. Cover
& cook on Low 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
Serves 8

*or use the saute/brown feature,
if available, on your slow cooker

NOTE: While browning tenderloin,
let it rest at least 3 minute per side;
do not turn or flip it – it will make
the browning process work much
better.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Fresh Green Bean/Walnut/Feta Salad

1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
cut into 2″ pieces
1 C. chopped walnuts
3/4 C. diced red onion
1 C. crumbled Feta cheese
3/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. white wine vinegar
1/4 C. fresh mint leaves, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil;
add green beans & cook ONLY 3
minutes. Drain well & immediately
plunge into ice water to stop cooking
process. Drain again & pat dry with
paper towels then place in large bowl.
Add walnuts, red onion & Feta; gently
stir to combine. In a food processor (or
blender) combine olive oil, white wine
vinegar, mint, garlic, salt/pepper & pulse
a few times to blend. Pour dressing over
bean mixture & toss. Chill about 1  hour
before serving.

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Dill Pickle Bites
(appetizer – 8 hrs. or overnight chill)

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 T. mayonnaise
1 T. grated onion
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1/8 tsp. black pepper
12 baby dill pickles
12 slices white bread (or whole wheat)
crusts cut off
(optional) hard salami slices

In small bowl combine cream cheese, mayo,
onion, dill & pepper – mix until well combined.
Roll each bread sliced with a rolling pin until flat.
Spread cream cheese mixture thinly onto bread,
using approx. 1 T. per slice. Place a baby dill on
each & roll up.* Place rolls, seam sides down,
in a glass baking dish. Cover & refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight.
To serve:  Cut each roll into 3 pieces.
Makes 36 bites

*If you are using hard salami slices, spread about
1/2 T. cream cheese mixture on each slice then
top with a slice of salami & spread remaining
1/2 T. cream cheese on top. Place pickle then
roll up

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Pork Chop & Cabbage Casserole

4-6 pork chops
4-5 C. coarsely chopped cabbage
2 T. olive oil
1 medium green pepper, cut into
rings
1 medium onion, peeled/cut into
rings
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained (could use fresh tomatoes)
1/2 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
cheese of your choice)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In a skillet brown pork chops in olive
oil. In large casserole dish layer
cabbage, green pepper & onion. Place
browned chops on top. In a bowl mix
dry onion soup mix, diced tomatoes,
chicken broth, salt/pepper, garlic
powder & oregano – pour over top
of chops. Cover & bake 55-60 minutes
until cabbage is cooked to the
consistency you like. Remove from
oven & sprinkle cheese on top. Return
to oven, uncovered, until cheese melts.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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No-Bake Chunky Monkey Cake

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
mix
3 C. cold water, divided
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. instant chocolate pudding
mix
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed/divided
1 banana
1 box graham cracker squares

Line a 9 X 13″ baking pan with foil.
Line bottom of pan with a single layer of
graham crackers (you may have to break
some to fit) In medium bowl add van.
pudding mix with 1 1/2 C. milk – whisk
to combine. Fold in 1 C. Cool Whip.
Pour pudding mixture over grm. crackers
& spread out evenly. Top pudding layer with
another layer of gr. crackers. In separate
bowl add choc. pudding mix & remaining
1 1/2 C. milk – whisk to combine & fold in
last 1 C. Cool Whip. Spread choc. pudding
mixture over 2nd layer gr. crackers. Cover
pan with plastic wrap & refrigerate at least
4 hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, slice banana into thin
slices & spread over cake top evenly. Crush
1 graham cracker square & sprinkle crumbs
over top of cake. Slice & serve. Serves 9

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Having my baby grandson away on vacation has given
me more time to read (James Patterson novels) and knit;
below is a half-way done pink baby afghan and then a
project I just started last night. I wanted a chevron pattern
and have large balls of several solid colors so I chose this
pattern. It’s very easy (2 rows) so I’m hoping it will go
quickly. Just got the Pick-Up date for the Detroit Veteran’s
Hospital baby shower: Sept. 17th so that’s my goal for
attempting to finish both afghans – we’ll see how that goes.

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So far, the colors for the chevron will be white/medium yellow/mint green/a blue, white, green variegated then repeat in opposite order so bottom of afghan mirrors the top – we’ll see how it goes.

Hope your day is going well – it’s mid 70’s & on & off rain (but that’s OK because our flowers need it!)

Hugs;

Pammie

Summer on a Saturday

Had to go out today to purchase snacks for my Sunday School class (my turn) – wasn’t out for more than a half hour but MAN, IT’S HOT! I tend to forget just how hot until I’m out in it – with AC in both the house & car I’m spoiled. It’s 90 degrees F., clear skies & sunny (not much breeze) – perfect day for the beach (I’m guessing – haven’t been to the beach in a good 5+ years).

Was working on a new blue/green/white variegated baby blanket but just kept getting hung up with the pattern. Last night I couldn’t seem to get it right and today I noticed that I’d dropped a stitch a good 4+ rows down from where I was attempting to work. I gave up – ripped it out and went for a new pattern, soft pink yarn – finally back in my ‘Happy Place’! My theory is: Why work on something that gives you grief? Life’s too short – knit happy!

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Watermelon Chiffon Pie

1 graham cracker pie crust
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Filling:
6 C. watermelon (seeds are fine)
1/3 C. sugar
2 T. unflavored gelatin (2 envelopes)
1 T. fresh lime juice (or 1 T. lemon juice)
2 large egg whites, room temp.
1 C. cold heavy cream (or 1 C. whipping
cream)
1 C. powdered sugar

Garnish:
powdered sugar, for dusting
whipped cream
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Place a medium bowl & beaters from
elec. mixer in refrigerator to chill.
Bake pie crust accordg. to pkg. directions;
allow to cool & refrigerate until ready to use.
Combine watermelon & sugar in very large
bowl. Using a potato masher, mash until
mxiture is quite liquid. Set aside for 15
minutes. After 15 minutes, drain mixture
through a strainer, reserving almost 2 3/4 C.
juice (discard pulp & any seeds).
Place 1/4 C. juice in medium bowl & sprinkle
dry gelatin over it. Set aside 3-4 minutes to
dissolve. Heat 1/2 C. of juice in a small
saucepan over medium heat (or in microwave)
to a near boil. Whisk hot juice into dissolved
gelatin. Pour remaining 2 C. watermelon
juice into large bowl & stir in gelatin/watermelon
juice mixture. Stir in lime juice & refrigerate.
Using an elec. mixer in medium bowl, beat egg whites
until stiff peaks form. Set aside & clean & dry beaters.
Using the chilled bowl & beaters beat heavy cream
until it holds stiff peaks. Add powdered sugar & beat
until smooth & stiff but not grainy. Refrigerate.

When watermelon juice mixture starts to firm up,
add about 1/4th of whipped cream & beat using
elec. mixer, until smooth. Add beaten egg whites &
remaining whipped cream. Gently fold in using a
large rubber spatula. (If necessary, use a whisk very
briefly to smooth mixture & break up any large globs
of whites or whipped cream). Pour filling into cooled
pie crust – shake to settle mixture. Cover with
loosely tented foil & refrigerate at least 4 hours,
preferably overnight.

To serve, garnish each slice with dusting of powdered
sugar & a dollop of whipped cream. Serves 10-12

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Broiled Chicken & Artichokes

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
(about 2 lb)
2 (7.5 oz, ea) jars marinated
quartered artichoke hearts, drained
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Preheat broiler. In large bowl, toss
chicken & artichokes with oil, salt
& pepper – transfer to broiler pan.
Broil 3 inches from heat 8-10 minutes
or until a thermometer inserted into
chicken reads 170 degrees., turning
chicken & artichokes halfway through
cooking. Sprinkle with cheese & broil
1-2 minutes longer until cheese is
melted. Sprinkle with parsley.
Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Seafood Salad w/Shrimp & Crab

1 lb. shrimp, cooked/peeled &
de-veined (41/60 count)
24 oz. imitation crab meat
1/2 C. celery, finely chopped
1/4 C. onion, finely chopped
1 C. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. Accent seasoning (MSG)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic salt

Cut each shrimp into 2-3 pieces. Chop
crabmeat into pieces about the size
of the shrimp pieces. Mix all ingredients
in a large bowl & refrigerate 4 hours to
allow flavors to blend. Serves 6-8

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Pizza Bake

1 (16 oz) tube biscuits (8 per can) –
cut biscuits into 6ths
1 lb. ground sausage; browned/
drained/divided
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (8 oz) container pizza sauce
1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
(optional: 1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms,
drained)
2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
(optional: 1 (4 oz) can sliced olives,
drained)
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Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray & place sliced biscuit pieces
in bottom. Sprinkle 1/2 C. cooked sausage
& 1/4 C. Parmesan cheese – spread sauce
on top. Top with remaining sausage. Layer
peppers & optional mushrooms. Top with
cheese & optional olives. Cover & cook
on Low 3 hours until center is done &
edges are golden. Cool 10-15 minutes
before slicing & serving. Serves 6-8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Dip

2 C. cooked chicken, coarsely chopped
into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 C. Alfredo sauce (in a jar or homemade)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 C. cooked/crumbled bacon
1/2 C. diced tomatoes
1 T. chopped parsley

Dippers:
Crackers
chunks of bread
wedges of pita bread
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a small skillet or baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken,
Alfredo sauce, cream cheese, Parm. cheese,
Italian seasoning & 1/2 C. Mozzarella cheese
in a bowl – stir to combine. Spread mixture
into prepared pan & top with remaining cup
of Mozzarella cheese. Bake 20 minutes until
dip is bubbly and cheese is melted. Turn oven
to Broil – broil 1-2 minutes until cheese just
starts to brown. Top the dip with bacon,
tomatoes & parsley. Serves 8

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Taco-stuffed Avocados

1 lb. ground beef
1 T. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. onion powder
4 oz. tomato sauce
3 avocados, halved
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/4 C. lettuce, shredded

Additional toppings:
chopped cilantro
sour cream
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In medium saucepan add ground beef –
cook over medium heat until browned.
Drain; add seasonings & tomato sauce –
stir to combine & cook 3-4 minutes.
Remove pit from halved avocados. Place
cooked meat mixture into ‘pit holes’ in
avocado halves. Top with cheese, tomatoes,
lettuce, cilantro & sour cream. Serves 6

NOTE: If you want to make the ‘pit holes’
in the avocado halves bigger, spoon out
some of the avocado & set aside to make
guacamole.

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Easy Refrigerator Pickles

6 C. thinly sliced cucumbers
2 C. thinly sliced onions
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. ground tumeric
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Place cucumbers & onion in a
large bowl. Combine remaining
ingredients in a saucepan & bring
to boil. Cook & stir just until the
sugar is dissolved – pour over
cucumber mixture & cool. Cover
tightly & refrigerate at least 24
hours before serving. Makes 6 Cups.

NOTE: You can use this brine to quick-
pickle other vegetables such as summer
squash & green beans.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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3-Ingredient Potato Chip Clusters

9 oz. white baking chocolate, chopped
2 C. coarsely crushed ridged potato chips
1/2 C. chopped pecans

In large microwave-safe bowl, melt
chocolate. Stir in potato chips & nuts –
drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed
paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate
until set. Makes about 3 dozen

Options: You can use shoestring potatoes
or Fritos in place of the potato chips.
For an easy-grab & go: line muffin tins
with paper liners & place batter in liners.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Hope your week has gone well for you;

Hugs;

Pammie

New Week – new challenges

This Thursday is my regular 3-month doctor check up and I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a lecture on my diabetes. I’m not on meds but try to regulate my sugar numbers by eating correctly. That’s not saying I don’t ‘cheat’ (see above funny). We’ll see how it goes – along with the sugar number comes my weight – another thing I try to keep under control; so far that’s doing OK – hopefully!

Was just going through my emails and decided to weed out a lot of the old ones, like “25% off shoe sale from PayLess”! I went back 2 years then got bored – lots of my emails are for recipes and knitting patterns/stitches so you can guess how FULL my emails are! Just for ‘fun’ I just looked at the total: 1,970 emails ‘saved’ – I read them and then couldn’t decide what to do with them so there they sit! Oh well – we all have our ‘foibles’!

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Raspberry Marshmallow Fluff Salad

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 C. mini marshmallows
1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (32 oz) tub vanilla yogurt
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries

In large bowl mix yogurt & pudding mix;
stir until completely mixed together. Fold
in Cool Whip & raspberries (raspberries
will soften while salad sets). Add marsh-
mallows & mix well. Cover & refrigerate
30 minutes. When removing from fridge
fold salad with a spatula several times to
allow raspberry juices to spread through-
out salad. Serves 15

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

1 (7oz) jar (Classico) traditional
Basil Pesto sauce & spread
1/4 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 1/2 C. rotini pasta, cooked/drained
1/2 C. sliced black olives
3 T. chopped oil-packed/sun dried
tomatoes, drained
1/2 tsp. black pepper

In large bowl mix pesto & dressing until
blended. Add remaining ingredients &
mix lightly. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Serves 6

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Steak & Potato Kebabs

1/2 lb. fingerling potatoes,
halved lengthwise
1 1/2 lb. beef tenderloin,
cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
2 T. olive oil
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-2
inch pieces
1/4 C. ketchup
2 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. steak sauce
pinch red pepper flakes
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8 (10″ each) skewers
NOTE: If using wooden skewers,
make sure to soak them in water
before using)
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Preheat grill to medium high &
brush grates with vegetable oil.
Place potatoes in a microwave-
safe bowl; cover & microwave
about 5 minutes until tender.
Toss beef with olive oil in large
bowl & season with salt/pepper.
Thread beef, potatoes & asparagus
onto skewers.
Combine ketchups, mustard, vinegar,
2 T. water, Wors. sauce, steak sauce
& red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
Grill kebabs, turning occasionally,
about 6 minutes for medium-rare.
Serve with the sauce.
Makes 4 servings

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Baby Back Ribs

1 rack baby back pork ribs
1 C. water
1/2 C. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
2 tsp. Hickory liquid smoke

more Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
for serving

RUB:
 2 T. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
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Remove silver skin from back of
ribs* – cut ribs into 4 sections.

In small bowl mix together all
Rub ingredients & ‘rub’ onto
ribs using your hands – place ribs
in crockpot. Pour water & liquid
smoke around ribs**. Cover & cook
on Low 8 hours (or High 4 hours).
Brush with more BBQ sauce if desired,
& serve. Serves 4

*Removing silver skin: Poster lifts an
edge of the middle of the ribs &
tears off in one piece

**You can add liquid smoke into rub
instead of adding to water, if desired

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Pasta with “The Works”

1/2 C. thinly sliced pepperoni
1 medium green pepper cut into 2-inch
long strips (about 1 1/2 C.)
2 C. (Prego) Fresh mushroom Italian sauce
or traditional spaghetti sauce
1/3 C. pitted black olives, cut in half (optional)
3 C. rotini (sprial) pasta, cooked/drained
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz)

Optional: grated Parmesan cheese

In a 10″ skillet over medium heat cook pepperoni
& peppers until peppers are tender-crisp, stirring
often. Stir in sauce & olives (if using) & bring to a
boil. Reduce heat to Low; cover & cook 10 minutes.
Stir pasta & mozzarella cheese into skillet & serve
with grated Parmesan cheese (if desired).
Serves 4

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

4 1/2 C. cooked penne pasta (about
2 1/2 C./8 oz. dry)
1 (14.5 oz) jar Prego Alfredo sauce
4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl stir cooked pasta, sauce,
bacon, dressing & half of cheese. Spoon
mixture into a 8 X 8″ baking dish &
sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
Bake 30 minutes until pasta is hot &
bubbling. Serves 4

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Rolls

4 (1/4 oz, ea) pkgs. active dry yeast
2 1/2 C. warm water (110 – 115 degrees F)
3 C. 2% warm milk (110-115 degrees F.)
1/2 C. butter, softened
2 large eggs, room temp.
3/4 C. honey
4 tsp. salt
14 C. flour

Filling:
6 T. butter, softened
2 1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 (12 oz) pkg. miniature semisweet
chocolate chips
3 tsp. cinnamon

Glaze:
3 C. powdered sugar
6 T. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
6-8 T. whole milk
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In large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water;
let stand 5 minutes. Add milk, butter, eggs,
honey, salt & 3 C. flour – using elec. mixer,
beat on Low speed 3 minutes. Stir in enough
remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn
dough onto a floured surface; knead until
smooth & elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a
large buttered bowl, turning once. Cover &
let rise in a warm place until dough doubles
in size, about 1 hour.
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Grease four 9 X 13″ baking dishes with butter.
Punch down dough & turn onto a floured
surface. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll
each piece into a 14 X 8″ rectangle & spread
tops of pieces with butter. In a bowl combine
brown sugar, chips & cinnamon – sprinkle over
dough to within 1/2 inch of dough edges –
press mixture into dough. Roll up dough
jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Pinch
seams to seal. Cut each roll into 12 slices &
place, cut sides down, into greased baking dishes.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cover & let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake rolls 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
Cool for 5 minutes then remove from pans to
wire racks to complete cooling.

Glaze:
In a large bowl combine powdered sugar, butter,
vanilla & enough milk to reach desired consistency.
Drizzle over warm rolls. Makes 4 dozen

NOTE: Recipe can be halved

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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So far it’s looking like a ‘light’ week for me:
Knit group at Panera tomorrow evening;
Library Knit Group Weds. morning/special
needs group Weds. night; Dr. visit Thurs &
babysitting grandson Friday.

Am still working on several knitting projects:
started a new baby blanket in shades of blues/
greens/white (variegated yarn), still knitting
baby booties and (temporarily) knitting baby
headbands for the Detroit Veteran’s Baby
Shower in September. For several years now
I’ve knit toddler baby headbands for that event
but this year two of my ladies from my knit
groups purchased a book on how to knit FLOWERS
so they came up with this idea that THEY would
knit the flowers and I could knit the headbands –
well . . . I ‘guess’ that’s OK but knitting headbands
is rather boring (just saying). Oh well – the job
gets done so I shouldn’t complain, right?

Our weather is now ‘typical’ Michigan July –
in the 80’s most days, sometimes rain but
mostly just hot. I’m grateful for our air
conditioning in both the house & car – I
don’t do well in heat so AC helps keep me
in a ‘pleasant’ mood!

Thought I’d ‘brag’ a bit on my middle son
(not the chef) – he came up with the idea, as
he put it: “Mom, you cook for us ALL the time,
I thought it might be nice to cook for YOU for
a change.” Last night he came up with this
idea: He took 6 boneless/skinless chicken
breasts & put them in a ziplock bag. He
dissolved some salt (don’t know how
much) in hot water & put it in the bag.
Placed the bag in the fridge for about
6 hours – chicken was frozen when he
started. After removing them from
fridge he tore off 6 large heavy foil squares.
He put one chicken breast (1 per square) &
topped them with chopped onion, Italian
seasoning & fresh garlic. He also
added salt/pepper, & cayenne then wrapped
them up & placed them on a cookie sheet.
Baked 45 minutes and they came out VERY
tender (I used a BUTTER knife to cut them-
amazing!) He was very happy they came out
the way he wanted. This was the FIRST TIME
he’s ever tried this idea! I thought it was
great – we had them with some chicken
stuffing on the side.

Hope you are able to enjoy this day –
stay cool & smile!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Thursday!

It’s another BEAUTIFUL Spring day here in Michigan – temps are supposed to get to High of 74 degrees F. WOW! It’s sunny, slight breeze and lovely robin’s egg blue skies – LOVE THIS WEATHER!

Today is an unusual babysitting day – had to be there by 7:30 a.m. and was supposed to sit until around 10:30. After about an hour Momma came home – turns out no one told her that there was no managers meeting this morning! Oh well, at least she has some extra time at home (I have to go back at 2 p.m. until my son gets home- anywhere from 4:30 – 7 p.m.) Just glad I got extra time off! (Grandson was very good but listening to kid’s TV for hours is really mind numbing!). Started a new baby blanket using a pattern I’d done years ago – simple 2- row pattern, easy to knit while chatting at both knit groups.

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Fresh Blueberry Cheesecake

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray.

Crust:

1 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C. rolled oats (can use quick-cooking)
1/2 C. chopped walnuts or nuts of your
choice
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 C. butter or marg. (8 T.), melted

Combine all crust ingredients & press
into prepared pan. Bake 10-12 minutes;
allow to cool.
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Cream Cheese Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk (not evaporated)
1/3 C. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine filling ingredients in a large
bowl & mix (using elec. mixer on High
speed) 3-4 minutes. Pour over cooled
crust. Refrigerate 3 hours.
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Fresh Blueberry Topping:

2 C. fresh blueberries (could use frozen)
(NOTE: can use any fruit)
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 C. water
1 T. lemon juice

Combine all blueberry topping ingredients
(except lemon juice) in a saucepan & bring
to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 2 minutes
to thicken; remove from heat, stir in lemon
juice & allow to cool. Pour over cheesecake
after it has been refrigerated 3 hours.
Serves 10-12
Keep refrigerated.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Lazy Day Lasagna

1/2 (25 oz) bag frozen cheese ravioli
1/2 lb. ground beef, browned/drained
2 (14 or 15 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
1/2 T. Italian seasoning
1/2 T. garlic salt
2 C. mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 9″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. After cooking/draining
beef, stir in tomatoes & seasonings.
Place a layer of ravioli on bottom of
prepared pan & spoon half of sauce
over top. Layer half mozz. cheese &
repeat: ravioli/sauce/cheese. End
topping with Parm. cheese. Bake
35-45 minutes until bubbly.
Remove from oven & let stand 10-15
minutes before serving. Cut & serve.
Serves 3-4

NOTE: recipe can easily be doubled –
bake in 9 X 13″ pan.

(recipe: eatingonadime.com)
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Cheesy Garlic/Ham Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 T. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 stick butter or marg., cut into
pieces
1 1/2 C. cooked, chopped ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
any cheese of your choice)
1 1/4 C. evaporated milk (can also
use buttermilk instead)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
cooking spray.
In a large bowl mix flour, baking
powder, salt, garlic powder using a
whisk. Cut butter pieces into flour
mixture until it resembles coarse
crumbs. Add ham, cheese & milk –
mix with a spoon & turn out onto
a floured board. NOTE: Poster does
NOT roll this out – just pats the dough
using her hands to the desired
thickness. She uses a small cookie
cutter instead of a regular biscuit
cutter. Bake 15-20 minutes until
brown on top.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Garlic Rice & Chicken

4 T. butter
1 C. diced onion
1 T. minced garlic
2 C. uncooked brown rice
3 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1/2 C. shredded or grated Parmesan
cheese
1 large bunch asparagus; washed/cut
into 1″ pieces*
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Heat a pan over medium heat on stove;
add butter & melt. Add onion – saute
4-5 minutes. Add garlic & saute 20-30
seconds. Add rice & stir to coat rice in
butter & onions – place in crockpot.
Stir chicken broth, basil, garlic powder,
salt/pepper into crockpot. Nestle chicken
in crockpot. Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours
until rice is tender. Remove chicken & cut
into bite-sized pieces – stir back into crockpot.
Stir in cheese & asparagus – cover & cook
on High 10 minutes until asparagus is cooked.
When asparagus is to your softness, serve.
Serves 6

*Can substitute broccoli florets- cut into small
florets so they can cook quickly. (can also use
frozen broccoli – run hot water over it before
adding to crockpot.

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna Soup

1 lb. Italian sausage
1 medium yellow onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 (29 oz) can crushed tomatoes,
undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can tomato juice (or
V8)
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried marjoram
1/2 tap. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
1 whole bay leaf
2 T. brown sugar
2 C. chicken stock
10 oz. lasagna noodles, broken
up into bite-sized pieces
2 C. Ricotta cheese
1/2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese

In large skillet cook & crumble sausage,
onion & garlic until sausage is no longer
pink & onions start to become translucent,
drain. Add sausage mixture, spices, canned
tomatoes, tomato juice & chicken broth
to 5 qt. or larger crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low 5 hours. Remove bay leaf & discard.
Add broken lasagna noodles & cook an
additional 1 hour until noodles are al dente.
In mixing bowl combine Ricotta, mozzarella &
Parmesan cheeses. Top servings of soup with
1 spoonful of cheese mixture before serving.
Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Pork Chop Marinade
(stove or grill recipe)

4 bone-in pork chops

1/3 C. soy sauce
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. olive oil
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 C. black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a dish. Place
chops in a large zip-lock bag – pour
in about 3/4ths of marinade (save
rest for basting). Squeeze out excess
air in bag & refrigerate at least 1 hour
(or up to 8 hours).
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Cook chops on a grill or in a pan on
medium-high heat about 4-5 minutes
per side, until internal temp. of chops
is 145 degrees F. Baste after flipping
chops & after removing from grill.
When chops are done, place on a plae
& tent with foil. Let rest 3-5 minutes
then serve. Serves 4

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake

Cake:

1 box white cake mix PLUS ingredients
to prepare cake

Filling:

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
4 T. melted butter
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch kosher salt

Frosting:

1/2 C. heavy cream
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
4 T. butter, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch kosher salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Prepare
cake accordg. to pkg. directions.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
bake 20 minutes, until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool.

Filling:
In medium bowl whisk sweetn’d cond’
milk, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon &
salt.

Frosting:
In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
In another large bowl beat cream cheese &
butter together until no lumps remain. Add
powdered sugar & beat until smooth. Add
in vanilla & pinch salt – fold in whipped
cream until just combined. Using bottom of
a wooden spoon, poke holes all over cake.
Pour filling over & use a rubber spatula
to push into holes. Frost with cream cheese
frosting.
Refrigerate 20 minutes before serving.
Serves 12

(recipe: delish.com)

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Hope you had a great Mother’s Day –
we went out to dinner – food was
very tasty (I was stuffed!) and it was
really nice to just sit around with family
and enjoy their company. The baby was
GREAT – for 2+ years old he sat for over
2 hours in a high chair; all the servers &
managers kept coming over to ‘chat’ with
him so he was having a great time ‘holding
court’. The restaurant even gave all
mothers a long stemmed red rose! Very
nice!

Hoping you have a very nice day –
remember to take a little time for
yourself!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Saturday!

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day so I found some REALLY YUMMY-sounding recipes to share (got me almost drooling!). Yesterday I babysat my 2 yr old grandson & when his Daddy came home, oldest son asked me what I’m doing Sunday. (Other than going to church – nothing really). So – now we’re all going to his girlfriend’s restaurant (J. Alexanders – pretty fancy – GREAT food! She’s one of the managers). Ought to be a fun time!

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Graham Cracker ‘Eclair’ Cake

1 (3.4 oz) box vanilla instant pudding mix
1 1/2 C. cold milk
15 graham crackers, broken crosswise in
half (30 squares), divided
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. chocolate frosting (can use
ready-to-spread (or)* See recipe BELOW
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In a bowl using elec. mixer, beat dry
pudding mix & milk 2 minutes. Let
stand 5 minutes. Cover bottom of a
8 inch square baking pan with
graham cracker squares, overlapping
as needed, to form an even layer. Stir
Cool Whip into pudding; spread half
over graham crackers in pan. Cover with
10 of remaining cracker squares – repeat
layers of pudding mixture & squares.
Refrigerate 3 hours. Spread top with
chocolate frosting. Serves 9

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Shrimp Scampi

1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled/
deveined
3/4 C. white wine
1/4 C. olive oil
1/2 C. unsalted butter
2 T. margarine
3 T. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 T. parsley flakes

grated Parmesan cheese – garnish

Heat wine, olive oil, butter, margarine
& garlic in large skillet over medium heat
just until it starts to boil. Add paprika &
parsley flakes – stir & immediately add
shrimp. Cook 4-5 minutes until shrimp
turn pink. (don’t over cook). Spoon
shrimp onto a plate with some of cooking
sauce & top liberally with Parmesan cheese.
Serves 2

Suggestion: serve over cooked thin spaghetti
noodles

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Spinach, Strawberry, Mandarin
Salad w/poppy seed dressing
(prepare ahead to allow flavors
to blend)

1 bunch fresh spinach
2 pints sliced fresh strawberries,
cut into thirds
1 (4 oz) can mandarin orange sections,
drained, reserve 2 tsp. juice for dressing
1 fresh kiwi – peeled/sliced into quarters

Dressing:
1/3 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. oil
1/4 C. white vinegar
2 T. sesame seeds
3 T. poppy seeds
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp. minced onion
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Combine all dressing ingredients – mix
well & refrigerate
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(taste dressing & adjust sugar/vinegar
for your sweet/tart preferences)

Tear fresh spinach into bite-sized pieces;
wash & pat dry. Wash strawberries, drain,
pat dry & cut into thirds. Shake dressing
container well & toss with spinach, straw-
berries, kiwi & mandarin orange sections
just before serving (otherwise spinach will
wilt). Serves 6-8

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Scallops & Pasta Florentine

1 lb. sea scallops, patted dry
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large shallot – minced
1/4 C. white wine
7 tsp. oil
1/2 C. chicken broth
3 T. butter, softened
1 (6 oz) pkg. fresh baby spinach
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 C. fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/4 tsp. lemon zest (grated)
8 oz. spaghetti or linguine, cooked
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Sprinkle scallops with salt/pepper. Heat
2 T. oil in a skillet; add scallops & cook
about 2 minutes each side, until browned.
Remove from skillet & keep warm. In same
skillet heat remaining oil & add shallot – cook
until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in wine &
cook until reduced by half, about 30 seconds.
Add broth & simmer. Stir in butter & pasta –
toss until heated through. Add spinach, cherry
tomatoes, parsley & lemon zest – toss until
spinach wilts. Add scallops & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Chicken Pasta Milano

1 T. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. sun-dried tomato, chopped
1 C. chicken broth, divided
1 C. heavy cream
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 T. olive oil
2 T. basil

8 oz. angel hair pasta, cooked/
drained
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In large saucepan melt butter over
Low heat. Add garlic & cook 1 minute.
Add tomatoes & 3/4 C. broth. Increase
heat to medium & bring to boil. Reduce
heat & simmer, uncovered, about 10
minutes. Add cream & bring to boil again,
stirring frequently. Simmer over medium
heat until sauce is thick. Sprinkle salt/pepper
over both sides of chicken. Heat oil in a skillet;
add chicken & saute until chicken is no longer
pink inside (about 4 minutes each side). Remove
chicken from skillet & drain fat. In same skillet
stir 1/4 C. broth with pan juices & bring to a
boil. Reduce slightly & add to cream sauce –
stir in basil. Serve chicken atop the cooked
pasta & coat with cream sauce. Serves 4

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Stuffed Chicken Breasts (with
Feta cheese & sun-dried tomatoes)

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts,
pounded thin
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded/
diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
5 large sun-dried tomatoes, diced
1 tsp. thyme
8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled finely
1/2 C. breadcrumbs (poster uses
Italian)
olive oil
salt/pepper
toothpicks
chopped green onion – garnish
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray.
Saute in a skillet garlic & bell pepper in oil 3
minutes to combine flavors – set aside to cool.
In a bowl combine feta, breadcrumbs, thyme,
tomatoes & garlic/red pepper mixture – toss
until well mixed (this is stuffing).
Lay a flattened piece of chicken on a cutting
board or counter. Place 1/4 of stuffing onto
chicken (like a burrito – down the center) &
roll as tight as you can get it – secure with a
toothpick & place on baking sheet. Brush
tops of chicken with olive oil (to give a golden
brown texture) – season with salt/pepper.
Cook breasts about 35 minutes until internal
temperature reaches 180 degrees F. on a
cooking thermometer.
Garnish with chopped green onion & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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S’Mores Dump Cake

2 (4 oz, ea) pkgs. (Bakers) semi-sweet chocolate,
chopped
2 C. milk, divided
1 C. sugar
3 eggs
4 C. miniature marshmallows, divided
1 C. dry chocolate cake mix (from 2 layer
cake pkg) *
1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Microwave chopped chocolate & 1 C.
milk in medium microwaveable bowl
on High 2 1/2 minutes; stir until
chocolate is completely melted &
mixture is well blended. Add sugar,
eggs & remaining milk; mix well;
pour batter into prepared pan.
Cover with 3 C. marshmallows &
sprinkle top with dry cake mix &
graham crumbs – drizzle top with
melted butter. Bake 35-40 minutes
until center is almost set. Immediately
top with remaining marshmallows.
Cool completely before cutting.
Serves 16

*How to use leftover cake mix:
Store leftover dry cake mix in airtight
container at room temperature. Use it
to make cupcakes. Beat remaining cake
mix with 2/3 C. water, 2 eggs & 3 T. oil
using elec. mixer until blended. Spoon
into prepared muffin cups. Bake as
directed on pkg. for cupcakes

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Finally finished the yellow baby blanket –
I like the way the pattern looks but it got
really boring knitting it (I know – don’t
complain!).

 

Hope you have a GREAT day and remember
to do something for yourself (even if it’s only
a 5-minute nap!).

Hugs;

Pammie

and we have BUNNIES – again!

Every Spring I look forward to seeing if I can spot our bunnies – these are wild bunnies that (usually) live in our yard in a space that used to be a garden – lots of wild blackberry bushes have taken over the area so they are well protected from predators. I saw one this morning – looking all fat & healthy (probably an adult) – just seeing them makes me happy.

Our weather has been really nice – yesterday it was SUPER sunny and got up to 71 degrees F. – YAY!!! (the rest of the week our forecast is for rain, but hey – we need that for the flowers, right?)

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I missed posting Cinco de Mayo recipes – so here’s a few, anyway

Double-Lemon Cheesecake Bars

52 Vanilla wafers, finely crushed,
about 2 C.
3 T. butter or marg., melted
4 eggs, divided
4 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
1 3/4 C. sugar, divided
3 T. flour
1 T. lemon zest AND
1/3 C. lemon juice (from 2 lemons),
divided
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 C. water

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with foil – ends
extending over sides (to use as handles).
In a bowl mix wafer crumbs & butter until
blended. Press onto bottom of pan & bake
10 minutes. Separate 1 egg; refrigerate yolk
until ready to use. Beat cream cheese, 1 C.
sugar, flour, lemon zest, 2 T. lemon juice &
vanilla in large bowl with elec. mixer until
blended. Add egg white & remaining 3 whole
eggs, one at a time, mixing on Low speed after
each – just until blended – pour over crust.
Bake 40 minutes until center is almost set.
Cool 1 hour & refrigerate 4 hours.
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Mix cornstarch & remaining sugar in medium
saucepan; gradually stir in water & remaining
lemon juice just until blended. Bring just to a
boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook
& stir until clear & thickened. Lightly beat reserved
egg yolk in small bowl with fork until blended.
Stir in 2 T. hot cornstarch mixture & return to
remaining cornstarch mixture in saucepan; stir
until blended. Cook 1 minute until thickened,
stirring constantly. Cool slightly.
Spoon lemon glaze over cheesecake. Refrigerate
1 hour until firm. Using foil as handles, remove
cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.
Makes 16

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Mexican Taco Casserole

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1/2 onion, chopped (optional)
1 C. corn
1 can black beans, drained/rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes w/green chilies (aka: Rotel)
1/2 envelope dry taco seasoning
garlic salt, to taste
2 C. cooked rice (poster used brown rice)
8 oz. shredded cheese (poster used Cheddar)

In skillet brown meat; add onions, taco seasoning,
tomatoes, beans & corn – stir to combine.
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray. Spread cooked rice on bottom of crockpot &
sprinkle with garlic salt. Spoon meat mixture over
rice & top with cheese. Cover & cook on High
2-3 hours. Serves 10

NOTE: for some crunch, add crushed tortilla
chips on top before serving.

(recipe: eatingonadime.com)
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(this next recipe my son (the chef) makes for holidays – really tasty – he drizzles honey over the brie before wrapping then does the rest of steps – no jam)

Baked Brie w/Phyllo Dough & Jam
(appetizer)

6 sheets phyllo dough (14 X 18″ size)
1 stick (8 T.) butter, melted
1 lb. round brie cheese
4-6 T. preserves or jam (your choice;
suggestions: peach, strawberry, apricot)

crackers for serving
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Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Have on hand: a clean, dry dishcloth or
towel (needed to keep phyllo from drying
out).
Unroll phyllo & lay 1 sheet of dough onto a
large cutting board. Using a pastry brush,
brush dough with melted butter. Wrap phyllo
around brie (you can use more butter to get
folds to stick around brie). Brush next sheet
of phyllo with butter & place wrapped brie,
fold side down, in center of second phyllo
sheet – wrap around brie – repeat until you
have wrapped 5 sheets of phyllo around
cheese, always turning cheese over each
time so that folds are on the bottom.
Brush a generous amount of butter on 6th
sheet of phyllo. Spread jam across top of
wrapped brie – gently place phyllo over jam,
butter side down, being careful not to tear
the dough. Finish wrapping brie with dough,
folding edges underneath brie & using
additional butter, as needed, to smooth
phyllo folds around cheese. Brush additional
butter on top.
Place wrapped brie on a round baking pan or
cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes until lightly
brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
Serve with crackers for dipping.

(recipe:  afamilyfeast.com)
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1-Pot Mexican Chicken & Rice

5 chicken thighs, bone in/skin on
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 T. olive oil
1 C. white rice, uncooked
1 T. minced garlic
2 C. chicken stock
1 C. salsa
1/2 red bell pepper, minced
optional garnish: chopped parsley

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Heat cast iron skillet on High heat.
Season chicken with garlic powder,
chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika,
salt & cayenne pepper. Place chicken,
skin sides down, in skillet & cook
4-5 minutes until browned – flip &
cook 3-4 minutes on other sides.
EITHER: remove chicken to a plate,
(OR) push chicken to sides of skillet:
Add olive oil & heat to medium-high.
Add onions & cook 3-4 minutes. Once
onions are mostly cooked, add garlic &
cook 30 seconds while stirring. Add
uncooked rice, salsa & bell pepper –
cook 1 minute unitl boiling. Pour in
chicken stock & place chicken back in
skillet, skin sides up. Cover & bake
35-40 minutes. Serves 5

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

8 corn or flour tortillas
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 (4 oz) can fire-roasted chopped
green chiles, drained
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
about 3 C. enchilada sauce, divided
2 C. shredded Mexican-style 4-blend cheese
(or whatever cheese you like)
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Toppings:
chopped green onions
chopped tomatoes
fresh chopped parsley
sour cream
sliced black olives

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brown ground beef & onion in skillet;
drain. Add chopped garlic, green chilies,
black beans, cumin, pepper/salt & 1 1/4
C. enchilada sauce to ground beef. Stir &
cook on Low 8-10 minutes. Spread 3 T.
enchilada sauce evenly in bottom of a
9 X 13″ baking dish. Place stacked tortillas
on a microwave-safe plate & microwave
all 30 seconds to warm & make them
more pliable. Fill each tortilla with hamburg
mixture & place in baking dish. Pour 1 C.
enchilada sauce over tortillas & spread
evenly. Sprinkle 2 C. shredded cheese on
top evenly & bake 25 minutes. Garnish
with your favorite toppings.
Makes 4-6 servings

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Chicken Tortilla Dump Dinner

2 (10 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
with chilies (like RoTel)
1 C. chicken broth
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (10 oz) bag frozen corn
5 C. cooked/shredded chicken
(from small rotisserie chicken)
12 small corn tortillas, cut into
quarters
1 (8 oz) block Monterrey Jack
cheese, shredded (about 2 C.)
1/2 C. sour cream
1/3 C. diced red onion
1/3 C. loosely packed fresh
cilantro, chopped

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray insides of 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl stir diced tomatoes
with chilies, chicken broth, chili
powder, cumin & salt. Add black
beans, frozen corn, chicken, tortilla
wedges & half the cheese – stir to
evenly distribute & moisten all the
ingredients. Place in prepared dish
& spread evenly. Loosely cover
with foil & bake 25 minutes.

Raise oven temp. to 400 degrees F.
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Remove foil & sprinkle top with
remaining cheese. Bake until cheese
melts, about 10 minutes. Remove
from oven & top with dollops of
sour cream; sprinkle with red onion
& cilantro. Serve hot.
Serves  6-8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Peaches ‘n Cream
Dump Cake

1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling
1 box white cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 C. sugar

In a bowl mix cream cheese &
sugar until smooth. Pour pie
filling into bottom of crockpot
& smooth out. Top filling with
cream cheese mixture then
sprinkle dry cake mix on top.
Pour melted butter evenly
over top. Place 6-8 paper
towels between lid of crockpot
& lid (to help absorb moisture).
Cover & cook on High 1-2 hours.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Cherry Choc. Chip Cookies

1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. gran. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 C. chocolate chips
3/4 C. chopped maraschino cherries

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment
paper. In large bowl using elec.
mixer, beat butter & sugars until light
& fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs &
vanilla – beat until combined. In another
bowl mix flour, baking soda & salt – stir into
wet ingredients then fold in choc. chips &
cherries. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop
cookies onto prepared baking sheets & bake
until set, 12-15 minutes. Makes 22 cookies

(recipe: delish.com)

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I need to brag a little on my husband – he’s
the kind of person who can fix or figure out
just about anything. My (3-4 yr old) cell phone
has been acting up lately: in middle of typing
a text I will suddenly lose the keyboard & am
unable to continue – or it will suddenly jump
to another screen totally – frustrating! We
were talking about me possibly getting a new
phone but I wanted to download all my photos
FIRST – well, that became almost impossible.
Enter my husband! It took him a good hour to
finally get the data transferred to my computer –
there were 2 photos that I really wanted to save
and (almost) no amount of fiddling with the data
would allow them to be transferred/saved. He
kept working at it and FINALLY succeeded – YAY!
(I’m still learning how to make a video using my
phone, but super cute 2 yr old grandson is making
that a ‘needed’ thing!) Managed to get him being
his usual crazy/funny self and wanted to save those,
too. All is well – we will be off to the phone store
in a little while – time to ‘teach an old “lady” new
tricks’ – right? (don’t know about you, but I DREAD
having to learn how to operate something digital/
new – sigh).

Hang in there!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Got a small reprieve on knitting baby booties –
my friend who’s been delivering them will not be
able to do so until end of the month, so I’m trying
to finish the yellow blanket (nice pattern, just boring
to knit). Also – stepped out of my comfort zone yesterday
and bought a hand-crank yarn ball winder.
I already have an electric one which drives me nuts –
never makes the yarn ‘balls’ tight – they are very loose
& almost fall apart right after using. New winder works
like a charm – YAY! Yep – even though I’m quickly
approaching 71, it’s never too late to learn something
new.

The “Best Laid Plans . . . “

 (the YIPPEE above doesn’t exactly ‘fit’, but the

topsy-turvy part does!

Sometimes we plan things and then something comes up to change them – that was me . . . today. Went to my library knit group and had planned on making about 3 stops to various stores before coming home. Just got on the road after knitting when my husband called to ask me to come home. He has a tooth that’s been bothering him and, apparently, it got worse. He made an emergency appointment for our dentist and that’s what we did. He’s scheduled to have oral surgery this Monday (same day as our family Easter dinner). All things considered – it’s not a big deal – we can ‘adjust’ through it all. He’s resting and started antibiotics to get him through until Monday – I feel bad for him because this came up rather suddenly but I’m very grateful we have the dental coverage for him to get it fixed. I got a call that I’m also babysitting tomorrow (unplanned) so will present the situation to my son at that time. To quote the old saying: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”; (not the Scottish version, but you get the idea). We’re flexible – we’ll survive. (Actually I haven’t really felt ‘into’ the Easter preparations mood, so we’ll see where this goes. Still have to do grocery shopping – that will come tomorrow before babysitting!)

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Carrot Cake Bars

Cake:

Step one:
1 1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce
(or oil)
2 C. sugar
3 eggs

Step two:
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Step three:
2 C. grated carrots
1 C. shredded sweetened coconut
1 C. chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. crushed pineapple in
juice, not syrup
(not drained)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. powdered sugar
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray with nonstick
cooking spray  (or line with parchment
paper) a 10 X 15″ jelly roll pan.

In large bowl combine Step one
ingredients. Add Step 2 ingredients
& stir in Step 3 ingredients.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into cake comes out clean.
Cool completely.

Frosting:
In large bowl using elec. mixer,
beat butter & cream cheese until
fluffy. Add vanilla & powdered
sugar ( a little at a time) – beat
until smooth. Spread on top of
cooled bars. Makes 36 bars

NOTE: store any leftovers in
an airtight container, refrigerated,
up to 3 days

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Ranch Avocado Egg Salad

2 ripe avocados
1 T. fresh lemon juice
6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 small shallot, finely diced
1/2 tsp. ranch seasoning
1/4 C. mayonnaise or plain
Greek yogurt
salt/pepper, to taste

Dice avocados & place in medium
bowl; squeeze lemon juice on them
& gently stir (keeps them from
turning brown). Add chopped eggs,
diced shallot, ranch seasoning &
mayo – stir well. Taste for seasoning
& add salt/pepper to taste.
Serves 6

NOTE: for added crunch you can
add a few slices of cooked/crumbled
bacon.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Creamy Pea Salad

2 lb. frozen green peas,
thawed
1/2 C. plain greek yogurt
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. diced red onion
8 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. cubed Colby-Jack cheese

In large bowl combine all ingredients
& stir to combine, making sure to
coat all ingredients well. Serves 10

NOTE: Store any leftovers in fridge
for up to 3 days

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Cheesy Bacon/Egg Crescent Ring

4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
4 eggs
1/3 C. milk
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (8 oz., ea) tube crescent rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bowl combine eggs, milk, pepper &
salt – whisk until combined. Pour eggs
into a skillet & scramble over medium
heat. Unroll crescent dough & separate
into triangles. Arrange triangles on a
14 inch ungreased pizza pan with points
towards outside of pan & wide ends
overlapping at center, leaving a 4-inch
wide opening in the center. Press
overlapping dough to seal. Spoon eggs
over wide ends of rolls & sprinkle cheese
over eggs – top with crumbled bacon.
Fold pointed ends of triangles over filling,
tucking points under to form a ring (filling
will be visible). Bake 12-15 minutes until
crescents are golden brown.
Serves 8

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Reuben Brunch Bake
(overnight recipe)

8 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 (14.5 oz) can sauerkraut, rinsed/
well drained
2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1/2 C. whole milk
1 (2 oz) pkg. thinly sliced deli
corned beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 slices rye bread, toasted &
coarsely chopped
1/4 C. butter, melted

Spray a 11 X 7″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine first 9 ingredients &
pour into prepared dish. Refrigerate,
covered, overnight.
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Remove casserole from fridge 30
minutes before baking.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Toss rye bread crumbs & butter &
sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake,
uncovered, 40-45 minutes until a
knife inserted into center comes
out clean. Let stand 10 minutes
before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Mac & Cheese

1 lb. cavatappi pasta (or other
corkscrew shaped pasta)
1/4 C. butter, cut into cubes
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 C. Half & Half
4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 lb. block of American (Velveeta)
cheese, cut into cubes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
Optional garnish: 2 tsp. chopped
parsley
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Cook pasta in boiling water 2 minutes
less than pkg. directions call for- drain.
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray. Place cooked pasta in crockpot & add
butter – stir until noodles are coated with butter.
Add evap. milk, Half & Half, Cheddar & Velveeta
cheeses, salt/pepper, onion powder & paprika –
stir until combined. Cover & cook on Low
1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
At end of cooking time stir until a smooth
sauce coats the noodles. Serve topped with
parsley, if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Grape Salad

4 C. seedless grapes, halved
1 T. brown sugar
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. maple or vanilla extract
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. chopped pecans

Combine cream cheese, brown sugar &
extract in a bowl until smooth & creamy.
Fold in Cool Whip & gently fold in grapes
& nuts – stir to combine. Refrigerate 1
hour (or serve room temp.) Serves 8

(recipe: spendwithpennies.com)
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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

1 box Pillsbury Moist Supreme
chocolate cake mix
2 (20 oz, ea) cans cherry pie filling
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 C.) melted
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Dump
both cans of pie filling into dish &
level with a spoon. Dump dry cake
mix on top of pie filling & smooth
out. Drizzle melted butter over top
of cake & top with chocolate chips.
Bake 1 hour. Serves 9

Serve with vanilla ice cream or your
favorite whipping cream.

(recipe: centslessdeals.com)
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So that’s what’s going on around here lately;
while at the dentist I was able to finally finish
the multi-colored baby blanket – YAY! Not
sure what I’ll knit next – might start a crocheted
granny square baby blanket – we’ll see.

Hope things are going well for you;

Hugs;

Pammie

Friday

Ah, yes – Michigan in the Spring; it’s been another rollercoaster ride with our weather. It ‘was’ kinda warm a few days ago and then there was yesterday – waking up to a covering of snow – lovely . . . not. It eventually melted & today we have gloomy & rainy 53 degrees. Looking at our upcoming weather it’s ‘maybe’ going up to 63 today (I doubt it) then Sun/Mon. it’s rain and SNOW again. . . lovely. Oh well – EVENTUALLY we’ll have Spring!

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Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake:
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. sour cream
1 1/2 C. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 C. sliced almonds

Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 T. milk
dash salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line two 8″ round cake pans with
parchment paper & spray with
nonstick cooking spray, generously.
In stand mixer or large bowl add
softened butter & brown sugar:
cream together until light & fluffy,
about 2 minutes. Add egg & beat
1 minute, scraping sides of bowl &
adding almond extract – mix until
just combined. In another bowl
mix flour, baking soda, baking
powder & salt. Pour half of dry
ingredients into creamed mixture &
mix just until combined. Add half of
sour cream & mix just until combined-
repeat with remaining dry ingred. &
sour cream – make sure to not over
mix. Gently fold in blueberries.
Spread batter into pans evenly &
sprinkle tops with almonds. Bake
20 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Allow
pans to rest on counter 5 minutes then
invert onto a wire rack.

Whisk glaze ingredients together in
small bowl & drizzle over tops of warm
cakes. Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

14 eggs
2 T. milk
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
salt/black pepper
12 small croissant rolls, sliced in half
1 (6 oz) pkg. sharp Cheddar cheese slices
1 (9 oz) pkg. deli ham
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl crack eggs; add  milk,
seasoned salt & some salt/pepper –
whisk vigorously with a fork (you want
it kind of frothy). Pour eggs into prepared
pan & bake 15 minutes until eggs puff up
& are cooked through. Cool 5 minutes then
cut into 12 rectangles (same size as
croissants). Place one egg slice on each bottom
half & top with some ham & cheese.
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Spray another 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray & arrange croissant
sandwiches in pan. Cover pan tightly with foil
& refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place covered pan in oven & bake 15 minutes
until sandwiches have heated through & cheese
is melted. Makes 12 sandwiches

NOTE: Poster split each cheese slice in half,
placing one half under ham & one over so
the cheese melted & secure the ham in place.
She said it helps speed up the process if you
cut the croissants, add all the egg, then all
the ham & cheese – instead of doing each one
individually.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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15-Minute Honey Garlic Chicken

3 chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb)
salt/pepper
1/4 C. flour
6 T. butter, divided
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1/2 C. honey

Filet each chicken breast into 2 equal halves –
sprinkle with salt/pepper. Pour flour into a
shallow dish (or pie plate) & dredge each
piece in flour, making sure both sides are
covered. Heat a large deep skillet over medium
high heat. Add 4 T. butter & melt. Place chicken
in skillet & brown on both sides (about 3
minutes per side). Move chicken to sides of pan &
add 2 T. butter in center – melt. Place garlic in
center of pan & stir to combine – cook 1-2 minutes.
Add apple cider vinegar, soy sauce & honey to
center of pan. Shake pan a bit, allowing sauce &
garlic to spread & combine. Cook until sauce
thickens & chicken is no longer pink in middle,
2-3 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Strawberry Spinach Salad

5 oz. pkg. Spring Mix salad
1 pint strawberries, washed/
hulled, sliced
1 C. walnut halves
3 oz. creamy Gorgonzola cheese*
1/2 C. mint – chopped tiny

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:

3/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Place spring mix in large bowl &
top with strawberries & nuts. Sprinkle
Gorg. cheese & chopped mint on top

Dressing:
Combine all dressing ingredients in large
jar with lid; cover & shake vigorously
until dressing has emulsified (it should
look uniform in appearance). Serve
salad with dressing on the side or
drizzle over top of salad just before
serving.  Serves 4

*Look for Gorgonzola that doesn’t
crumble – you want the really creamy
kind

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Creamy Chicken/Fajita
Bowls

2 lb. boneless chicken
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1 green bell pepper seeded/sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1/2 to 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 (14-16 oz) can crushed tomatoes,
undrained
1 medium onion, sliced
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
2 packets dry Fajita seasoning

Optional: shredded Cheddar Cheese
slices lemon or lime
Cooked rice or mashed potatoes to serve
6
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Add chicken, peppers & onions to
crockpot. In a bowl combine tomatoes
& fajita seasonings – pour over ingredients
in crockpot. Top with cream cheese cubes.
Cover & cook on Low around 6 hours,
stirring at about 5 hours. Serve over cooked
rice or mashed potatoes & sprinkle some
cheese on top. Squeeze some lemon or lime
on top.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Garlicy Shrimp Stir Fry

2 T. olive oil
1 lb. shrimp, peeled/deveined
kosher salt/black pepper
1 T. sesame oil
1 small head broccoli, cut into
small florets
8 oz. sugar snap peas
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. minced fresh ginger
1/2 C. soy sauce
1 T. cornstarch
juice of 1 lime
2 T. brown sugar
pinch of red pepper flakes

In large skillet over medium heat,
heat oil. Add shrimp & season with
salt/pepper. Cook until pink, 5 minutes,
then remove from skillet. Return
skillet to heat & heat sesame oil. Add
broccoli, peas & bell pepper – cook
until soft, 7 minutes. Add garlic &
ginger; cook 1 minute more. In small
bowl, whisk soy sauce, cornstarch, lime
juice, brown sugar & pinch red pepper
flakes; add to skillet & toss to coat. Add
shrimp & cook until heated through,
2 minutes. Serves 5

(recipe: delish.com)
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Classic Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs
2 1/2 T. mayonnaise
1 1/2 T. sweet pickle relish
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
dash black pepper
optional garnish: paprika

Place eggs in bottom of a saucepan &
add enough cold water to cover eggs.
Bring to a boil; cover & remove from heat.
Let stand 15 minutes. After 15 minutes
drain water then fill sauce pan with cold
water & ice – allow to stand 5 minutes.
Tap each egg firmly on counter until
cracks form all over shell – peel eggs
under cold running water. Slice eggs
in half lengthwise & carefully remove
yolks. Place yolks in a bowl & mash
using a fork. Add mayonnaise, relish,
mustard, salt/pepper & stir well.
Spoon mixture into egg white halves.
Sprinkle tops with a bit of paprika.
Makes 12

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Fluffy Orange Jell-o Salad

1 C. hot water
2 (3 oz) pkgs. orange Jell-o
1 C. crushed ice
8 C. miniature marshmallows
2 (15 oz, ea) cans mandarin oranges,
drained
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

In a glass 2 cup
measuring cup- pour in 1 C.
water & microwave 2-3 minutes until
boiling. Add both pkgs. orange Jell-o to
hot water & stir until completely dissolved.
Add 1 C. crushed ice & stir until all ice
has melted. Refrigerate 20-30  minutes
until it’s the consistency of thick pudding.

To a large bowl add marshmallows. Add
mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple to
bowl then sprinkle dry vanilla pudding mix
in bowl. Add Cool Whip & stir all in bowl
until combined. Remove orange Jell-o
from fridge & add to bowl – stir to combine.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour – or up to 12
hours. Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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This week it’s babysitting Thurs & Friday
but only for about 4 hours each, so that’s
not too bad. My 2 yr old grandson amazes
me in his mental growth – yesterday he ran
up to me & ‘threw’ at me a continuous
sentence consisting of “Green/Yellow/
Green/Yellow/Green/Yellow” in rapid
order then said “Bye! waved at me & ran
away . . . strange child! He keeps me laughing
for sure!  While babysitting I do manage to
get in a good amount of knitting. I have 5
more pairs of baby booties and we’ll be
able to donate another 50 pairs, making
our total donations 200 pairs since we
started about 2 1/2 months ago. Still
working on the 2 baby blankets – one
(a multi-colored) is almost finished; the
other (all yellow) still is only about 1/4th
finished. I now have 5 baby blankets done-
most of those will probably go to Crisis
Pregnancy Center Mobile Unit – I donate
blankets to them twice a year. The lady
that runs the mobile unit meets me in
the parking lot of a church that’s about
half-way between the two of us. As I’ve
mentioned before, they give baby blankets
to women who agree to not abort their
babies.

Not much else new around here – trying
to get together an Easter ‘sides’ menu –
haven’t really thought about it much
although it’s coming up pretty soon – how
are you doing with your Easter dinner plans?
I will attempt to post more Easter recipes
for you soon.

Hope you have a nice, relaxing day today!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS:
Gas Prices

Don’t know about your area, but
our gas prices keep jumping. They
were something like $2.69/9 and
now we’re up to $2.79/9
really hope they go down soon
for the holidays for all the people
who will be driving to relatives &
family.