Welcome, Monday!

It’s been a quiet weekend, not much going on (which is a GOOD thing!). Waiting for youngest son to come over and FINALLY enjoy his Dairy Queen Peanut Butter Cup ice cream cake! He’s busy and it’s been in our freezer since his birthday beginning of AUGUST!!! (fear not – it’s not freezer burned).

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Caramel Apple Dip

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
1/3 C. sugar
1 (16 oz) container caramel dip or
thick caramel sauce
1/2 C. toffee bits

Sliced apples, for dipping

Place cream cheese in medium bowl &
beat with elec. mixer until smooth &
creamy. Add sugar & beat until thoroughly
combined. Spread mixture in an even layer
in a 3-cup serving dish. Pour caramel dip/
sauce over cream cheese mixture – spread
in even layer. Top with toffee bits & serve
with sliced apples. Serves 8

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

4 (14.5 oz, ea) cans Italian stewed
tomatoes
4 T. flour
4 T. butter, melted
2 tsp. salt
pepper
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 C. Half & Half
1 C. chicken broth
12-24 oz. pkg. tortellini

Place tomatoes in a blender;
add flour, butter, salt & a dash
or two pepper – blend until
very smooth. Pour mixture into
a large soup pot & bring to
boil over medium-high heat
while stirring. Reduce heat &
cook 2-3 minutes. Bring large
pot of water to a boil; add a
little salt & cook tortellini
so that tortellini are easy to
bite through, 2-3 minutes. Drain
pasta in colander & rinse under
cold water. Add Half & Half and
baking soda to pot with soup; stir
to combine. (it will froth up a bit)
Allow soup to cook & thicken,
stirring occasionally, about 8-10
minutes. Warm 1 cup chicken
broth in microwave & add to soup,
stirring to combine. Add tortellini
just before serving.
Serves 6-8

NOTE: If soup gets too thick add a
little more chicken broth.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Cider-glazed Chicken

3 T. unsalted butter, divided
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
3/4 C. apple cider & 1 T. , divided
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
3 apples, cored/thinly sliced
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large OVEN-SAFE skillet melt 1 1/2
T. butterover medium heat; season
chicken generously with salt/pepper.
Cook,skin-side down, until golden, about
8 minutes. Turn chicken, add cider &
place pan in oven – roast 20 minutes.
Remove chicken to a plate. Whisk mustard
& sage into cider drippings in pan – season
to taste with salt/pepper; pour sauce over
chicken.

While chicken is cooking:
In another skillet, cook apples in remaining
butter over medium-high heat 5 minutes.
Add remaining tablespoon apple cider, turn
heat to High & cook 1-2 minutes more. Season
with salt & serve alongside the chicken.
Serves 4

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

3 T. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Place all ingredients in small jar &
shake to combine. Use as you
would for store-bought pumpkin
pie spice. Store with tight lid, in
cool, dark pantry for up to 6 months.

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Cracker Barrel Mashed Potatoes

6 large potatoes, peeled/cubed/boiled
1 (8 oz) can evaporated milk
1 stick margarine
salt/pepper, to taste

After potatoes are boiled & drained,
add margarine – a slice or two at a
time, to pot until all is melted – mix
well. Using an elec. mixer, whip
potatoes while adding a little
evap. milk at a time until creamy.
Season with salt/pepper. Serves 4

(recipe: allfreecopycatrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

1 small onion, chopped
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen corn kernels
2 (10 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
with chilies
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chili
peppers, chopped
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 T. cumin
1 T. chili powder
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro

Combine beans, onion, chili peppers,
corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato,
cumin, chili powder & taco seasoning
in crockpot – mix well. Nestle chicken
into mixture in crockpot to completely
cover. Cover & cook on Low 8-10 hours
or High 4-6 hours.
One half hour before serving:
remove chicken & shred – return to
crockpot & stir in. Top with fresh
cilantro. Serves 10

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Cheese & Pumpkin-filled
Manicotti

1 (8 oz) pkg. manicotti shells
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese,
divided
1 C. canned pumpkin
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 large egg yolks
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 (24 oz) jar garlic spaghetti sauce,
divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook manicotti shells accordg.
to pkg. directions for al dente;
drain. In large bowl mix ricotta
cheese, 1 C. mozzarella cheese,
pumpkin, Parm. cheese, egg
yolks & nutmeg; spoon into
manicotti. Spray 9 X 13″ baking
pan with nonstick cooking spray
& spread 1 C. spaghetti sauce
into bottom of pan-spread out.
Top sauce with stuffed manicotti.
Pour remaining spaghetti sauce
over top & sprinkle with remaining
cheese. Bake, covered, 25-30
minutes until cheese is melted.
Serves 7

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Fruit & Yogurt Muffins

2 1/4 C. flour
2/3 C. brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
2 eggs
1/4 C. butter, melted
3/4 C. vanilla yogurt (or
your favorite flavor)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. dried fruit, your choice

Topping:
1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 T. butter, softened

Muffins:
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 12-count muffin tin with
nonstick cooking spray OR line
with cupcake papers. In bowl
whisk flour, baking powder &
salt. In another bowl beat sugar &
eggs. Add in melted butter, vanilla,
yogurt & milk – beat until just
combined – do not over mix.
Fold in dried fruit & spoon batter
into prepared cups.

Topping:
Combine all topping ingredients &
sprinkle on top of muffins. Press
lightly into dough. Bake 15-18
minutes until lightly brown.
Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)

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Our weather is still holding out nicely: still
in the 70’s during the day (occasional rain)
but still really Fall-like. Lots of colorful leaves
on the trees and ground – makes you want to
go for the cider, doughnuts, caramel apples,
all things pumpkin, etc.

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Monday Morning Musings

The sun IS shining – it’s going to be a High 80’s day and I’m glad – I LOVE this last little bit of Summer weather before the (dreaded) Fall/Winter cold & snow. Today, so far, is open-ended – no particular plans for the day (which is nice). I’m guessing I’ll get the text later today to babysit my little grandson tomorrow, so that makes today all the sweeter. (Don’t get me wrong – I love my grandson & spending time with him BUT…I’m not getting any younger and lifting a 22 lb. baby is quite a feat for me so I don’t do it very much if I can avoid it. I have taken to getting down on the floor to change diapers to prevent the ‘carrying’ – works for me.)

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Fantastic Cake

1 box dark chocolate fudge
cake mix & ingredients to prepare
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (8 oz) Heath milk chocolate toffee
bits

Prepare & bake cake as directed on
pkg. for 9 X 13″ pan; cool completely.
Using a drinking straw, poke holes close
together all over top of cake. Slowly
pour condensed milk over top, filling
in the holes. Repeat using caramel
topping. Spread Cool Whip on top &
sprinkle top with toffee bits. Chill
several hours or overnight before
serving.

(recipe: FB)
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Cowboy Cornbread Trifle

1 box cornbread mix (Jiffy), prepared
accordg. to pkg. directions
2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded/
minced
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1 lb. thick sliced bacon, cooked/chopped
into bits
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 C. Ranch salad dressing
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 (16 oz, ea) cans beans (pinto, kidney
or black – drained/rinsed)
2 (16 oz, ea) cans whole kernel corn,
drained
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 small bunch green onions, thinly
sliced
salt/pepper, to taste

Cut baked cornbread into 1-inch chunks.
Toss tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, beans,
jalapenos & corn together in large bowl
to make a salsa. In another bowl combine
mayonnaise & ranch dressing – add salt/
pepper, to taste.

Building Trifle:
In large (preferably clear) bowl place
one layer of cornbread bits. Top with a
layer of salsa; shredded cheese, mayo
mixture & diced bacon – repeat layers.
Garnish top with sliced green onions &
any remaining cheese & bacon.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour before
serving. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Bacon Cheese Puffs
(appetizers)

1/2 C. milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 C. grated cheese (sharp Cheddar
works best)
2 medium onions, finely chopped
3 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 C. self-rising flour
1 tsp. French or grainy mustard

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray a cookie sheet
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl combine egg & milk;
stir in remaining ingredients. Drop
batter by rounded teaspoon onto
prepared sheet & bake until golden
brown, about 20 minutes. Cool
on wire racks.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad
(refrigerate overnight)

1 box pasta shells, cooked/rinsed
in cold water
4 oz. mild Cheddar cheese cubes*
1/3 C. diced red onion
1 packet Ranch salad dressing mix
10 oz. peas (frozen or canned/drained)-
if using frozen, thaw before using
1/2 C. sour cream
1/3 C. mayonnaise

Cook pasta according to pkg. directions,
rinse in cold water. Add all ingredients
to large bowl & chill overnight.

*Poster cuts cubes into quarters
NOTE: if you like more ranch flavor
you can use two dressing mix packets

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Sweet Macaroni/Ham Salad

2 C. elbow macaroni, cooked
al-dente (accordg. to pkg. directions)
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled/chopped
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped carrots
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
2 C. cooked, chopped ham

Dressing:
1 to 1 1/2 C. mayonnaise or
Miracle Whip
3 T. sugar
1 T. white vinegar
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. yellow mustard
1 tsp. celery seed

Combine all salad ingredients
in large bowl & toss to  mix.
Combine dressing ingredients
& pour over salad, mix well.
Refrigerate 3-4 hours before
serving. Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Chicken & Zucchini

3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
breasts
2 T. garlic, minced
2 small yellow onions, chopped
1 tsp. onion powder
2 whole zucchini, sliced
24 oz. spaghetti sauce (1 jar)
2 T. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
(can also use Swiss, Cheddar or
mozzarella)

cooked pasta of your choice
to serve 8

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. In large bowl mix
all spices, spaghetti sauce, onions,
garlic & sliced zucchini. Place
chicken breasts in crockpot & pour
vegetables over top. Spread
chopped green onions over top.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or
High 5 hours. Once cooked, cover
mixture with cheese of your
choice & let it stand until cheese
melts.
Serve with cooked pasta, if desired,
or just ‘as is’. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
Muffins

1 egg
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. unsweetened apple sauce
1 C. pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 T. pumpkin spice

Cream Cheese Topping:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 T. sugar
1 egg white
1/2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick
spray (or use paper liners)
In small bowl beat cream cheese, 1 T.
gran. sugar, egg white, milk & vanilla
2 minutes. In another bowl beat egg
& brown sugar. Add pumpkin puree &
apple sauce – mix well then stir in flour,
baking soda, baking powder & pumpkin
spice – pour mixture into 12 muffin cups.
Top each with 1 T. cream cheese mixture.
Use a toothpick to swirl cream cheese
into muffin batter. Bake 18-20 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: drizzlemeskinny.com)

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Have been working on the new mint
green baby afghan; originally I wrote
that it didn’t have a name BUT…after
working up about 2 inches of the pattern
it sunk in: I’ve done this before! This is
actually the Plume Pattern that I’ve
made two other afghans in. It’s a pretty
pattern and not too difficult; I was
hoping for something NEW that I’d
never knit before but…found this on
a slip of paper I’d written out and just
kept going. Oh well – it will work! Almost
done with the white & striped blanket
(will show a photo soon); this is another
charity knit and I’m happy it turned out
nicely. This one was done using up some
pretty tiny/fuzzy yarns I was given years
ago (kind of hated to use them because they’re

now discontinued & I haven’t been able to
locate something similar). Oh well –
it was given to me to USE, so that’s what I’m
doing!

Managed to visit a few garage sales over
the weekend and score a few deals: one
sale had lots of women’s tops in my size
(think I bought 6). Yesterday I stopped at
the local Farmer’s Market where they
were holding their annual Community
Garage Sale; bought 5 nice, ripe tomatoes,
one huge green pepper and got 2 FREE
paperback books! (total spent: $4.50 for
the veggies!).  They had tons of various
items for sale but nothing interested me –
oh well, it’s all about the ADVENTURE,
right?

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Not that Fall is my favorite season, but it IS nice to see all the leaves change colors – I’ll give you that. Also love apples – apple anything! Just made a small apple crisp the other day because a friend gave me a small bag of apples (the crisp is almost gone!). I know lots of people live for the changing of the seasons especially for the ‘pumpkin-everything’ – pies, cookies, cakes, brownies, etc, not counting all the various coffee drinks!

I still have a few more Summer recipes to share so I’ll try to place them in this post before we get colder weather and all the summer recipes are put away until next year.

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Cookies ‘n Cream Brownies

1 box brownie mix plus
ingredients to prepare (as listed
on box)
16 Oreo cookies
4 Hershey “Cookies ‘n Creme candy
bars
melted chocolate, for drizzling
(optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 8 X 8″square baking pan
with parchment paper. Prepare
brownie batter per box instructions.
Pour batter into prepared pan then
lay down Oreo cookies on top in
an even layer, pressing cookies down
so the batter covers them almost
completely. Bake 35 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center comes
out mostly clean. Let cool completely
in pan. Place unwrapped candy bars
in medium microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave on 50 per cent power
until they are melted – pour over
the brownies & smooth into even
layer using a spatula. Refrigerate
10 minutes then drizzle top with
melted chocolate, if using. Cut
into squares. Serves 16

(recipe: delish.com)
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3-Ingredient Zucchini Parmesan

1 C. sliced zucchini
1 T. shredded Parmesan cheese
10 squirts ‘butter spray’ (nonstick
butter-flavored cooking spray)

Line a cookie sheet with foil;
spray with nonstick cooking
spray. Place zucchini slices on
pan then spritz with butter spray.
Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top
& place under broiler for a few
minutes until cheese starts to
brown.
Makes 1 serving

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Salmon w/Zucchini & Spaghetti

1/2 lb. uncooked thin spaghetti
4 T. olive oil, divided
1 lb. salmon, skinned/cut into
2″ cubes
1 pint small cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 lb. onion, cut into thin strips
1/4 lb. sweet banana peppers, cut into
thin strips*
pinch red pepper flakes
1 T. garlic, minced
1/4 C. white wine
1 lb. zucchini, cut into thin strips
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. grated black pepper
1/4 C. fresh Italian flat-leaf
parsley, chopped
1/2 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. freshly grated Romano cheese
1/2 C. fresh Italian basil, chopped

Cook spaghetti accordg. to pkg.
directions – a little less than al dente.
Remove to a bowl, leaving pasta
water in pot. In large skillet add half
of oil & heat to medium-high. Add
salmon cubes (not touching each
other) & cook a few minutes on
each side to brown & cook almost
through – remove to a bowl. Add
tomatoes to skillet & cook until just
starting to pop, 2-3 minutes – remove
to same bowl as fish. Add remaining
oil & onions – saute 2 minutes,
scraping up any browned bits from
bottom of pan. Add banana peppers &
cook 2-3 minutes to soften. Add pepper
flakes & garlic, cook 1 minute then add
wine – cook to evaporate, about 2 minutes.
Add zucchini & cook, stirring 2 minutes.
Add salt/pepper, parsley & cream – stir.
Add about 1 C. pasta water & stir. Add
Romano & basil – stir then add cooked
pasta. Stir then add cooked tomatoes &
salmon – gently toss to combine; remove
from heat.
To serve: top with additional fresh basil &
Romano cheese. Serves 4-6

NOTE: try to cut veggies into thin strips
similar in size to spaghetti.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Stuffed Eggplant Parmesan

1 1/2 C. marinara, divided
2 medium eggplants, halved
1 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. dried oregano
kosher salt
ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. chopped tomatoes
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella,
divided
1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. Italian bread crumbs
1/4 C. basil, chopped fine

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread about 1 C. marinara
sauce in bottom of medium
baking dish. Using a spoon,
hollow out the insides of the
eggplants leaving about a 1/2″
border around skin to create
a boat. Roughly chop the
scooped out eggplant. Place
‘boats’ in prepared dish
(scooped sides up). In large
skillet over medium heat
place olive oil; heat oil then
add onion & cook about
5 minutes until softened.
Stir in chopped eggplant &
season with oregano, salt/
pepper. Cook, stirring often,
until eggplant is golden &
tender, about 3 minutes. Stir
in garlic & cook until fragrant,
about 30 seconds – transfer
mixture to a large bowl. Add
chopped tomatoes, egg, 1 1/2
C. mozzarella & 1/2 C. marinara;
mix just until combined. Scoop
mixture into eggplant ‘boats’ &
top with more mozzarella,
Parmesan & bread crumbs.
Bake about 50 minutes until
boats are tender & cheese has
melted. Garnish with chopped
basil & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Zucchini Tots
(appetizer)

1 packed Cup grated zucchini
1 large egg
1/4 medium onion, minced
1/4 C. grated sharp Cheddar
cheese
1/3 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Grate zucchini into a
clean dish towel until you have 1
packed cup. Wring all excess water
out of zucchini; there will be a LOT
of water. In medium bowl combine
all ingredients & season with
salt/pepper, to taste. Spoon 1 T.
mixture into your hand & roll into
small ovals – place on prepared
sheet & bake 16-18 minutes,
turning halfway through cooking
time until golden. Makes 16 tots.
Serves 3

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Layered Apple/Pork Chop Bake

4-6 boneless pork chops
2-3 apples, peeled/sliced
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 to 1/3 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon, divided
1/2 tsp. nutmeg, divided
1/2 T. cornstarch (optional)
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place sliced apples in bottom of a
large baking dish & sprinkle with
1/2 tsp. cinnamon & 1/4 tsp.
nutmeg. Place chops on top of
apple slices & season generously
with salt/pepper. In medium saucepan
over medium-high heat, combine
butter & brown sugar, whisking until
melted & incorporated. Stir in
remaining cinnamon & nutmeg. Whisk
in cornstarch (if using) – makes for a
thicker glaze. Pour mixture over chops
& apple slices in pan then bake
35-40 minutes until chops are cooked
through. serves 4-6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Pecan Pie

1 refrigerated pie crust
3 eggs
1 C. sugar
2/3 C. dark corn syrup
1/3 C. melted butter
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. chopped pecans (or a combination
of chopped & whole)

vanilla ice cream – for serving

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place pie crust in crockpot & mold
it to fir the shape of the crock. Stir
remaining ingredients together (except nuts),
until well mixed. Stir in nuts (you can reserve
some for sprinkling on top). Pour
filling into pie crust. Gently place reserved
nuts on top of filling. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm with
vanilla ice cream (if desired).  Serves 6

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

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Our weather is gorgeous today: sunny &
86 degrees F. I read that this Fall is going to
be un-seasonably warm for much longer
than usual – interesting…

I started a new baby afghan today – mint
green (sport weight yarn) in another knit
lace pattern. Not exactly sure where I
found this pattern; apparently I just copied
down the pattern without including the
site/place I found it – no name, either, but
it’s a rather easy pattern and works up
nicely. (Yes, I’m back to my old ‘several
projects on the needles’ at once.) Currently
there’s the 3/4ths finished knit baby afghan
in white & stripes of pink, green, blue & yellow;
a 3/4ths done scarf for the homeless, the new
mint green afghan and am also working on
making more baby headbands for Detroit
Vets baby shower NEXT year. (The lady in
charge said they were a big hit – this year
I only made 8 so I’m attempting to get more
done for next year.) Oh…and baby hats
whenever I feel ‘inspired’ to make them. I
have a ‘go’ bag which has the supplies to
make hats – I usually take that with me if
I’m going to an appointment or know I’m
going to sit for long periods of time; also
have the same thing in my car – I don’t
like wasting time just sitting; would much
rather be doing something constructive –
know what I mean?

Hope you are enjoying your FIRST DAY OF FALL

Hugs;

Pammie

Nothin’ special goin’ on . . .

It’s a rather gloomy/rainy day – temps around 72 degrees F. (not bad, just overcast). Did a quick trip to get gas & go grocery shopping and am now home for the rest of the day. Dinner is easy – we had BLT’s last night and there’s enough for dinner tonight, also! Saturday is our Sunday school class picnic so NO COOKING DINNER then, either! Am planning on taking a 3-Bean cold salad and the Apple/Caramel dump cake I listed a few posts ago – pretty easy stuff. (Our teacher grills steaks & chicken plus roasts corn on the cob – his wife told me they’re making ice cream sandwiches using giant chocolate chip cookies – she baked them!) Pretty fancy eats!

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Banana Bread Brownies

2 eggs
3 bananas, mashed
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 C. sour cream
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
2 C. flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
(optional)

Frosting:
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
3 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. milk

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray or line
with parchment paper. In bowl
place mashed bananas; add
cinnamon & stir until well blended.
In another large bowl beat sugar,
butter, sour cream & eggs until
creamy. Add vanilla & mashed
banana mixture. In another separate
bowl combine flour, baking soda &
salt; slowly add dry ingredients to
wet in 3 small batches (fold in nuts
if using). Pour batter into prepared
dish, spreading evenly. Bake 20-25
minutes until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Remove
from oven & cool slightly.

Frosting:
In large saucepan melt butter until just
golden brown in color. Whisk in
powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time,
followed by vanilla & milk. Once
mixture has come together & thickened,
pour warm frosting over top of banana
brownies, using a spatula to spread
evenly over top. Cool completely
before cutting into squares.
Makes 12-16 squares.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Mama’s Cucumber Salad

8 C. thinly sliced cucumbers
(about 5)
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 C. white vinegar
1/2 C. sugar
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or
1 1/2 tsp. bottled chopped garlic)
1 T. vegetable oil
4 tsp. salt
1 C. water
1/2 tsp. white pepper
3 T. chopped fresh dill (or
1-2 T. dried)

In large bowl combine cucumbers &
onion. Im large saucepan mix vinegar,
sugar, garlic, oil, salt/pepper & bring
to boil, stirring frequently. Pour
mixture over cucumbers & onions;
add pepper & dill – mix well.
Makes 8 Cups

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Zucchini Lasagna
(partial grill use)

1 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 T. chopped fresh basil
black pepper, to taste
3 medium (8 oz ea) zucchini,
sliced 1/8″ thick
1 1/2 C. ricotta cheese
1/4 C. Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 large egg
16 oz. (4 C.) shredded mozzarella
cheese

In medium saucepan brown meat &
season with salt; drain & remove
meat to a pan/plate. Add olive oil
to pan & saute garlic & onions about
2 minutes. Return meat to pan; add
tomatoes, basil, salt/pepper & simmer
on Low at least 30-40 minutes, covered.
Do not add extra water; sauce should
be thick. Lightly salt sliced zucchini &
set aside 10 minutes (salting takes a
lot of water out of the zucchini). After
10 minutes blot off excess water using
a paper towel.

Preheat gas grill to Medium High
& grill zucchini 2-3 minutes per side,
until slightly browned. Place on
paper towels to soak up any excess
moisture.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In medium bowl mix ricotta, Parmesan
cheeses & egg – stir well. Spray bottom
& sides of  9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray & spread 1/2 C. sauce
in bottom of pan. Layer zucchini to
cover bottom. Spread 1/2 C. cheese
mixture on top then top with 1 C.
mozzarella cheese – repeat process-
last layer top with remaining zucchini
& sauce. Cover with foil & bake 30
minutes. Uncover & bake 20 minutes
more (to dry up sauce). Place remaining
1 C. mozzarella on top & bake until
cheese melts, 10 minutes. Let stand
5-10 minutes before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Crockpot Crab Rangoon Dip

16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
4 whole green onions, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
12 oz. imitation crab meat, shredded

Crackers for dipping

Spray insides of crockpot; add all
ingredients to crockpot & stir to
combine. Cover & cook on Low
2 hours, stirring at least once
during cooking time. Serve with
crackers for dipping. Serves 4

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Confetti Couscous Salad
(2 hour or overnight chill
time)

2 C. water or broth
1 (10 oz) pkg. couscous
1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1/2 C. fresh basil, chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 (4 oz) pkg. crumbled feta cheese

In medium saucepan bring water or
broth to boil over medium-high heat;
stir in couscous; cover & remove from
heat. Let stand 5 minutes. LIghtly
fluff couscous with a fork & place in
a large bowl to cool. Add remaining
ingredients (except feta); mix well.
Chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
Stir in feta just before serving.
Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Salsa Lime Chicken
(from frozen)

Can be served ‘as is’ over
cooked rice or noodles OR
serve on burritoes, tacos,
enchiladas, salads or
quesadillas.

3 frozen boneless skinless
chicken breast halves (2 1/4 lb)
1/4 C. fresh lime juice
1 C. salsa or picante sauce
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 C. chopped cilantro

Place all ingredients (except
cilantro) into crockpot. Cover &
cook on Low 6-8 hours until
chicken is tender. Remove chicken
& shred; return to crockpot &
stir into juices. Add cilantro &
serve.

NOTE: If chicken is NOT frozen,
cook 4-6 hours instead of 6-8

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Birthday Cake Popcorn

your favorite popcorn – popped
1/2 C. vanilla frosting
candy sprinkles
————-
Cover a baking sheet with waxed
paper & spread popped corn out
on sheet. (remove any unpopped
kernels). Microwave frosting on
full powder about 30 seconds;
drizzle warm frosting over popcorn
& toss sprinkles on – mix well & allow
frosting to cool.

(recipe: asthebunnyhops.com)
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Creamy Pineapple Show-off
Bars

2 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1 C. unsalted butter
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar PLUS 4 T.
1 egg
1 1/2 C. vanilla
1 pint whipping cream
1 C. crushed pineapple, drained
pinch salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Melt 1/2 C. butter & combine with
graham cracker crumbs in a large
bowl. Press mixture into a 8 X 11″
baking dish. Bake 15 minutes &
cool thoroughly.
Cream 1/2 C. butter & powdered
sugar using elec. mixer until fluffy.
Add egg & 1 tsp. vanilla -beat a
few more minutes & spread on
top of cooled crust. Chill until firm.
In large bowl whip cream & 4 T.
powdered sugar. Add pinch salt &
1/2 tsp. vanilla – whip until it holds
stiff peaks. Fold in pineapple &
pile over filling. Sprinkle top with
1/4 C. graham cracker crumbs.
Chill before serving.

(recipe: ninerecipes.com)

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Still working on finishing blue “tassel”
baby blanket – I’ve decided that I’m
doing ONE more set of pattern, then
the top border & that one’s done.
Started another blanket a few days
ago (old pattern, 2-row repeat, very
easy); still have one more skein of
the fuzzy/chunky yarn to finish the
autumn-colors scarf. The other day
I decided to kind of look through
‘some’ of my yarns – found out I
have a LOT more yarn tagged for
scarves than I originally thought.
Oh well – looks like I’ll be busy
this fall/winter, eh?  The Detroit
Veteran’s Baby Shower is coming
up end of September; just wrote
my group letting them know they
have about 4 more weeks to finish
any projects – just waiting to hear
from the coordinator at VA as to
when she can join us to pick up
all our finished items. Still haven’t
heard from the lady in charge of
the baby blankets for the Crisis
Pregnancy mobile unit – I have
4 blankets for them. (I’ve been
dragging my feet on deliveries-
also have 40 baby hats for our
local hospital which I ‘should’
have delivered in the early
summer – they were done then,
I just didn’t get them over there.
(Good thing is: they don’t care
WHEN I bring them, so that’s
nice for me – they just like getting
them to give to the new parents.)

Hope your day is going along well –
stay healthy (if you can) and remember
to grab a little rest time for yourself.
YOU ARE IMPORTANT!

Hugs;

Pammie

I’ve got a HEAD ACHE!

Just spent a good hour talking/listening to women at AAA – UGH! Let me clarify: we received a form from our car insurance (AAA) asking us to fill it in concerning our medical coverage. Husband got a bit frustrated about it and called them 3 days ago (while I was out). It seems he came away with the impression that if we were in an auto accident we would NOT be covered for medical! WHAT? I encouraged him to call AAA again (with both of us on the line) and see what that’s all about. It seems they did not have our updated medical information AND, since we are now BOTH covered by Medicare, things have changed A LOT! For both of us, our medical coverage in accidents will be through AAA, not Medicare – goofy! Throw in LOTS of talking/adjusting money amounts, etc. and our bill will go UP considerably come our next payment due in November – UGH! (Yes, we know we could go through another auto insurance). At the end of said conversation she asks if we would be interested in a AAA Mastercard which would save us 3% on our bill? We decided “OK – whatever…” so she shifts us to another woman (who just happens to be in Florida!). I don’t know exactly how to put this gently – trying not to be POLITICALLY INCORRECT HERE but her accent DROVE ME NUTS! She spoke exceptionally fast and, after about 10 minutes, all I could hear was “Blah, blah, blah Mr. L” (insert our last name) over & over & over. It became a total blur – she asked if my husband wanted me included on the card and the next thing I know – I’M forced to talk with her! DOUBLE UGH! Crazy stuff – it got to the point where I said: “Whatever – I don’t care.” She replied: “Well, Mrs. L – I cannot fill in that portion myself, YOU have to give me your choice of answers.” (Let’s just say: if I were a swearing woman, BOY would she have received my CHOICE ANSWER!”) That being said, we now have a 3% AAA Mastercard coming in the mail. Husband reminded me that the crazy phone call will save us $90 every 3 months – I ‘guess’ it was worth it….sigh.

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Blueberry Crumble Bars

1 1/2 C. flour
1 1/2 C. quick-cooking oats
1 1/2 C. sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 C. cold butter
2 C. blueberries
2 T. cornstarch
2 T. lemon juice

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine flour, oats, 1 C. sugar,
cinnamon & baking soda in large
bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture
until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Reserve about 2 C. flour/butter
mixture (for topping). Press
remaining mixture into prepared
dish to form crust. In a medium
saucepan bring blueberries,
remaining 1/2 C. sugar, cornstarch
& lemon juice to boil, stirring
constantly, until mixture is
thickened, about 2 minutes.
Spread blueberry mixture over
crust & sprinkle with reserved
topping mixture. Bake 25 minutes
until topping is just browned.
Cool before cutting.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Grilled Corn Salad

6 ears freshly shucked corn
1 green pepper, diced
2 Roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
1/4 C. diced red onion
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro,
chopped (or more, to taste)
2 tsp. olive oil (or to taste)
salt/ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat outdoor grill to medium
heat – lightly oil grill grate. Cook
corn on grill, turning occasionally,
until corn is tender & specks of
black appear, about 10 minutes.
Set aside until just cool enough to
handle. Slice kernels off cob &
place in a bowl. Combine warm
corn kernels with green pepper,
diced tomato/onion/cilantro &
olive oil. Season with salt/pepper
& toss until evenly mixed. Let
rest at least 30 minutes to allow
flavors to blend before serving.

(recipe: supercookingideas.com)
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Parmesan Chicken & Garlic
Zucchini (pan fried)

4 thin chicken breasts, boneless
(under an inch in thickness)
8 T. butter, divided
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 C. Italian bread crumbs (or panko)
1 tsp. pepper
1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. onion powder
2 medium zucchini, sliced semi-thin
3 fresh garlic cloves, minced

Breading:
Beat eggs in a shallow dish. In another
shallow dish combine bread crumbs,
Parm. cheese, pepper, onion powder &
flour – stir to fully combine. In large
hot skillet melt 4 T. butter. Dip each of
chicken pieces in egg mixture then coat
in bread crumb mixture – place in hot
skillet with melted butter. Cook on each
side about 4 minutes or until outside
is crispy & browned & chicken is cooked
completely throughout. Remove from
pan & set aside.
Add 4 T. butter to skillet & saute garlic
about 1-2 minutes; add sliced zucchini
& saute until completely tender –
sprinkle with salt/pepper. Add chicken
back to skillet; gently mix & heat about
30 seconds. Sprinkle with Parmesan
cheese & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: myincrediblerecipes.com)
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Pork Chop & Potato Casserole

1 T. vegetable oil
6 boneless pork chops
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup
1 C. milk
4 potatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Heat oil in large skillet over
medium-high heat; place chops
in oil & sear on both sides. In
medium bowl combine soup &
milk. Arrange sliced potatoes &
onions in 9 X 13″ baking dish;
place browned chops on top then
pour soup mixture over all. Bake
30 minutes. Top with shredded
cheese & bake 30 minutes more.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bites

2 C. shredded/patted dry
zucchini (about 2 medium)
1 1/4 C. plain bread crumbs
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 large egg
1/2 C. finely chopped green onion
2 T. chopped dill
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder

Ranch salad dressing, for dipping

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment
paper. In large bowl mix bread
crumbs, Cheddar cheese, egg,
green onion, dill & seasonings until
well combined. One Tablespoon at
a time, press zucchini mixture into
small balls & place on prepared
sheet – repeat, using up rest of
zucchini mixture. Bake about
30 minutes until browned & crisp,
turning over halfway through baking
time. Serve warm with Ranch salad
dressing for dipping, if desired.
Makes 30 bites

(recipe: hostthetoast.com)
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Crockpot Asiago Spinach Dip

(sorry, can’t make this display without underline!)

1 lb. neufchatel cheese (or
cream cheese) two 8 oz.
blocks, cut into chunks
1 lb. asiago cheese, shredded
6 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves,
roughly chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

In 3 qt. crockpot add all
ingredients – stir to combine.
Cover & cook on Low 2 hours,
stirring after 1 hour of cooking
time & once at end of 2 hours.
Set crockpot to Warm to keep
dip warm for serving. Serves 12

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Quick Sauteed Zucchini &
Mushrooms

1 lb. zucchini, ends cut off &
sliced then cut into quarters
6 oz. white mushrooms, chopped
1 C. red onion, chopped
1/2 C. roasted garlic cloves, peeled
1-2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
salt/black pepper
pinch red pepper flakes
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Saute all ingredients (except cheese)
in large skillet until onions are tender.
Remove skillet from heat & sprinkle
top with cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Strawberry Cream Cheese
Icebox Cake

2 lb. strawberries
2 sleeves graham crackers
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1 (14 oz) can sweetened
condensed milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant
cheesecake-flavored pudding mix
3 C. milk
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/
divided

Wash, cut tops off & slice strawberries
1/4 in thick. Line bottom of 9 X 13″
baking dish with graham crackers (break
if necessary to fit). Combine cream
cheese & sweetn’d cond. milk in large
bowl & beat with elec. mixer until
smooth & creamy. Add pudding mixes
& milk; beat on Low 4-5 minutes until
mixture starts to thicken. Fold in 2 C.
Cool Whip until smooth. Pour half
of mixture over graham crackers in
dish. Arrange a single layer of sliced
strawberries over cream cheese
mixture. Top with another layer of
graham crackers then remaining
cream cheese mixture. Top with
another layer of sliced strawberries.
Cover & refrigerate 6-8 hours. When
serving, top with remaining Cool
Whip – crush remaining graham
crackers & sprinkle over top.

(recipe: leaderrecipes.com)

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I finished the blue/mint green/white baby
blanket yesterday and am 3/4ths done
with the blue ‘tassels’ blanket. Started a
quick (thick/bumpy yarn) scarf – finished
one of 3 skeins of that yarn so it should be
finished in the next week or so.

Wednesday I had an enjoyable time at
lunch with three of my church ladies –
we went to Olive Garden (soup/salad/
breadsticks). After I stopped at JoAnn’s
and, of course, found another very pretty
thin baby yarn in shades of peach, yellow,
white – am currently trying to decide which
pattern to use to execute another (you
guessed it) baby blanket. Just can’t resist
my ‘go-to’ knitting – I almost feel incomplete
without having at least two patterns going
at once (I’ve read on a knitting site there
are people who feel that way and are doing
5 different projects! YIKES!).

Going to wrap this up and get on with my
day (hopefully with no more crazy phone
calls!).

Enjoy your day –

Hugs;

Pammie

A little bit of this ‘n that . . .

Today is another of those ‘lots of things going on’ days – example: just got off the phone with our local newspaper’s Delivery department. I’m usually not one to complain but sometimes ya just gotta! Felt bad calling in AGAIN but this makes 5 times in 2 weeks they’ve screwed up our newspaper delivery! I’ve called it in, they say “We’ll send you out a copy of the missed paper TOMORROW!” OK!!! Never comes – finally today was kind of the ‘last straw’ – Yes, I got a ‘paper’ – this one was the Community News section TWICE – also all the ‘ads’ for various stores – no REAL PAPER; no front page or sports section – just 2 copies of the Community News & lots of goofy ad/flyers! UGH! Spoke to a very nice gentleman who gave me $$$ credit for 5 missed papers, looked over my account AND said he’s submitting it to the District Manager to request I get a NEW carrier! YAY! FINALLY vindication! We’ll see how this goes. We’ve been receiving this paper since the 1970’s so I’m no newbie.

On another GREAT NEWS note: I have a HUGE PRAISE THE LORD! report. I have to see my general doctor every 3 months (due to being a previous cancer patient). Three months ago they took blood & the report came back with high red blood cells; Dr. said “Drink lots of water & we’ll check it again in 3 months, it could be a fluke in the test.” Went, again, last Thurs. – they drew blood (I get the results via email) – this time it showed high/elevated WHITE blood cell counts! This got me worried because the doctor mentioned that I might have to go back to the cancer doctor – sometimes after receiving radiation, the body will go a little wacky and the bone marrow starts OVER-producing red blood cells. The mention of going back to the cancer center kind of freaked me out – it’s been 5 1/2 YEARS since I’ve been cancer-free s0 you can understand my worry. (YES, I prayed about this BIG TIME!). My doctor said: “When you get the test results email, call the office & leave a message to have me review your labs.” I did that – Friday, Monday, Tuesday – only to hear he’s on vacation until NEXT FRIDAY! UGH! Today I got a call from another doctor covering his patients and she reviewed the labs & said EVERYTHING IS NORMAL! (I said: “But what about those 3 HIGHs in the white blood cells part?”) She said that was .1 % elevated – no big deal – could be caused by allergies. YAY! What a relief!!! For a few days now I’ve had thoughts of what it was like when I went through the cancer treatments – not a pleasant thing – makes you start to REALLY realize just how precious EVERY DAY is – especially with your family. TREASURE your families – make sure they KNOW you love and care for them – we only have THIS TIME to do that, tomorrow is not a given thing.

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Lemon-Blueberry Cake

1 (18 oz.) box vanilla cake mix
plus ingredients to prepare cake
juice & zest of 1 1/2 lemons,
divided plus more zest for garnish
1 3/4 C. fresh blueberries, divided
3 T. flour

Frosting:
1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 1/2 to 3 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch kosher salt
2 thin slices lemon, for topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray three 9 inch cake pans
with nonstick cooking spray &
line with parchment paper. Prepare
cake mix accordg. to pkg. directions;
stir in juice & zest of 1 lemon. In
small bowl toss 1 C. blueberries &
flour until completely coated (to
keep blueberries from sticking).
Gently fold blueberries into batter.
Divide batter evenly among pans
& bake 18-20 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into centers
comes out clean. Let cake cool in
pans 10 minutes then invert onto
wire rack & cool completely.

Frosting:

In large bowl using elec. mixer
beat butter & 2 1/2 C. powdered
sugar. Add remaining lemon juice
& zest & heavy cream – beat until
combined then beat in vanilla &
salt. (add remaining 1/2 C.
powdered sugar if desired for
texture & flavor).
Place a dab of frosting on a cake
plate (to keep cake in place). Place
one cake layer on plate & top with
frosting – repeat with next 2 layers –
frost sides of cake. Garnish top
with remaining blueberries, lemon
slices & zest. Serves 8-10

(recipe: delish.com)
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Honey Balsamic Grilled Chicken
&  Summer Veggies

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless
chicken cutlets, sliced thin
3 T. pesto
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
juice from 1/2 lime
2 T. olive oil
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. honey
kosher salt
1 lb. (bunch) asparagus, ends
removed
2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4″
thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced
into strips
olive oil cooking spray

Marinate chicken with pesto, garlic,
red pepper flakes, lime juice &
1/2 tsp. salt at least 1 hour or
overnight. Mix oil, balsamic vinegar,
honey & 1/4 tsp. salt in small bowl.

Heat grill to medium-high heat – make
sure grates are clean & well-oiled to
prevent sticking.

Place veggies on 1 large grill tray or
2 smaller trays (or cook in batches).
spray with olive oil cooking spray,
season with salt/pepper & cook-
turning constantly until edges are
browned, about 6-8 minutes.
Remove from grill. Cook chicken
4-5 minutes on each side until
grill marks appear & chicken is
cooked through. Transfer to
platter with veggies & pour
balsamic dressing over all.
Serves 6

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Greek Hummus-stuffed Mini
Peppers
(appetizers)

12 assorted mini sweet peppers
(orange, red, yellow)
1/2 C. plain hummus
1/4 C. crumbled Feta cheese
1/4 C. chopped cucumbers
2 tsp. chopped chives

Cut off tops of peppers; remove
& discard seeds. Combine
remaining ingredients in a bowl
& stuff ingredients into peppers.
Serve. Makes 4 servings

(recipe: Kraft.com)
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Capellini Caprese (salad)

1/2 lb. capellini pasta, uncooked
1/2 C. (Kraft) Tuscan Italian salad
dressing
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 C. halved grape tomatoes
1 C. shredded mozzarella
1/3 C. fresh basil, thinly sliced

Cook pasta as directed on pkg,
omitting salt. Heat salad dressing
in large nonstick skillet on medium-
high heat. Add onions & garlic; cook
& stir 2 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook
5 minutes until heated through,
stirring occasionally. Drain pasta; add
to tomato mixture & mix lightly. Sprinkle
with cheese & basil – serve.
Serves 4 (1 1/2 C. each)

(recipe: Kraft.com)
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(Grill) Foil-Pan Grilled Sea Food
& Rice

3/4 C. (Kraft) sun-dried Tomato
vinaigrette salad dressing
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 1/2 C. long-grain white rice,
uncooked
1 C. loosely packed fresh
parsley
3 cloves garlic
zest of 1 lemon
1 lb. cod fillets, cut into
1-inch chunks
1 lb. uncooked deveined/
peeled medium shrimp
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat grill to medium heat.
Combine salad dressing & onions
in deep 9 X 13″ disposable foil
pan; place on grill grate. Cook &
stir 4 minutes until onions are
crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, broth
& rice – bring to boil. Cover pan with
foil; reduce heat to Low. Close grill
lid & grill 20 minutes until almost
all liquid is absorbed, stirring every
5 minutes. In food processor, place
parsley, garlic & lemon zest – pulse
until just blended. Add cod to rice
mixture & cook 5 minutes. Stir in
shrimp – cook 4-6 minutes until cod
flakes easily with fork, shrimp turn
pink & rice is tender. Remove from
grill – stir in parsley mixture & top
with cheese. Serve warm.
Serves 8, 1 C. each

(recipe: Kraft.com)
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3-ingredient S’Mores Cookie
Bites

6 graham cracker sheets*
6 large marshmallows
12 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped

Heat broiler & place oven rack
on lowest level

Break graham cracker sheets in
half; cut each half into a circle
using a 2 to 2 1/2 inch round
metal cookie cutter. Using
clean scissors, cut each
marshmallow into 2 halves.
Place graham circles in center
of large baking sheet, about
1/2 inch apart. Centering them
on the sheet allows even broiling.
Top each circle with a marshmallow,
cut sides down. Place under broiler
& watch very closely – toast until
golden, rotating pan. Once golden
immediately remove from oven
& gently press one Hershey’s
Kiss into center of each toasted
marshmallow. Serve warm.
Makes 12

*Poster says you can also substitute
Saltines or Ritz crackers for grahams.

(recipe: thecomfortofcooking.com)
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Mini Zucchini Pizza appetizers

1 large zucchini (about 11 oz),
cut into 1/4 inch slices/rounds
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/3 C. pizza sauce
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella
cheese
1/2 C. miniature pepperoni slices
minced fresh basil

Preheat broiler. Spray a baking
sheet with nonstick cooking spray
& arrange zucchini rounds in single
layer on sheet. Broil 3-4 inches
from heat just until crisp-tender,
1-2 minutes per side. Sprinkle
tops with salt/pepper & top with
sauce, cheese & pepperoni. Broil
until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
Sprinkle tops with basil & serve.
Makes about 24 rounds.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Homemade (no churn)
Ice Cream

2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
food coloring, if desired
1 C. fresh raspberries, pureed or
mashed
1 T. vanilla

Combine sweetened cond. milk &
vanilla in large bowl; stir in pureed
fruit & food coloring (if using). In
another bowl using an elec. mixer
on medium-high speed, whip heavy
cream until stiff peaks form. (Do
NOT use Cool Whip). Fold whipped
cream into berry/milk mixture &
pour into a 9 X 5″ loaf pan or 2 qt.
freezer container. Cover & freeze
4-6 hours until firm.
Serves 6

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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In light of all that’s been happening
health-scare wise, today I called two
of my close lady friends (we’ve all
known each other since High School
and all go to the same church) and
got together a “Ladies Out” lunch
date next week. We’ve been saying
we need to do this again but never
quite got it organized – well, now
that’s in the works! I need to realize
TIME/LIFE IS SHORT – SEIZE THE DAY!
or, in Latin: Carpe diem:


A shortened version of the original Latin phrase
Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero”
meaning “seize the day, trusting as little as
possible in the future
.”

Our weather is back in the high 70’s,
sunny & breezy; time to take my
knitting outside!

Hope you are enjoying this lovely
summer weather – it won’t be around
for much longer (unless it stays
warm through September – I wish!)

Hugs;

Pammie

Thursday thoughts –

Nothing special going on today – YAY! Yesterday was busy with the first of two funerals this week – nice to see family we hadn’t seen in a long time. I got to see one cousin’s husband I haven’t seen in probably 30 years! He’s from Morocco and lives in Las Vegas – great person; he kept saying: “We need to go out to dinner soon!” They will be here until Sunday so maybe that will happen! Today is moderately warm mid 70’s but overcast – supposed to be high 86 today. I ‘should’ go to the library & return/check out some books plus pay our Summer Taxes (building is in same complex) – we’ll see … depends on how motivated I feel!

Lots more very interesting Summer recipes coming in so here ya go:

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Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast
Cake

1/2 C. (8 T.) unsalted butter,
room temp
zest from 1 large lemon
1 egg, room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour (set aside 1/4 C. for later)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 C. fresh blueberries
1/2 C. buttermilk
1-2 T. sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9″ square baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray & line
with parchment paper. In bowl,
using elec. mixer, cream butter
with lemon zest & 3/4 C. plus
2 T. sugar untl light & fluffy. Add
egg & vanilla; beat until combined.
Toss blueberries with 1/4 C. flour
then whisk remaining flour, baking
powder & salt together in another
bowl. Add flour mixture to batter,
a little at a time, alternating with
buttermilk (leave excess flour from
blueberry bowl behind). Fold in
blueberries using a spatula. Spread
batter into prepared pan; sprinkle
top with 1-2 T. sugar. Bake 35-45
minutes. Check with a toothpick
for doneness. If necessary, return
pan to oven for a couple more
minutes.

NOTE: Baking for as long as 10
minutes more might be necessary
if you’re using a smaller pan like
an 8 X 8″.  Let cool at least 15
minutes before cutting. Serves 16

(recipe: alexandracooks.com)
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Turkey/Tomato/Zucchini Casserole


1 lb. ground turkey breast (or ground
chicken/ground beef)
1 small onion, diced
1 T. minced garlic
salt/pepper, to taste
1 lb. zucchini (about 3 small),
diced
1 C. cooked brown rice
1 (14.5 oz) can Italian-seasoned
diced tomatoes, drained
1 T. Italian seasoning
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
skillet heat 2 tsp. olive oil over
medium-high heat. Cook turkey,
onion & garlic until no longer pink;
drain & season with salt/pepper. Stir
in zucchini & cook over medium heat
5 minutes more. Stir in rice, tomatoes,
Ital. seasoning & Parm. cheese – pour
mixture into prepared dish. Top with
Mozz. cheese & bake, uncovered,
20-25 minutes until cheese melts &
casserole is bubbly. Serves 4

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Bundles
(oven or grill)

1 1/2 lb. asparagus spears, trimmed
4-5 inches long tips
olive oil, for drizzling
few grinds black pepper
4 slices bacon or pancetta
chopped chives or scallions,
(optional garnish)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lightly coat asparagus in olive
oil & season with black pepper.
COUNT spears & divide the total
number by four – gather that
number of spears & use a slice
of bacon to wrap the bundle.
Secure the spears together with
cooking twine – repeat with
rest of spears/bacon. (Serves 4)

OVEN:
Place bundles on slotted
broiler pan & bake 12 minutes

GRILL:
Place bundles on hot grill &
cover; cook 10-12 minutes until
bacon is crisp & asparagus bundles
are tender.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Cheesy Chicken/Tomato/Mushroom
Casserole

2 lb. chicken breast, diced into
1″ pieces
2 (4 oz, ea) cans sliced mushrooms,
drained/rinsed
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with
juices
1 C. chicken broth
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. sliced green onion (garnish)
1 T. fresh chopped parsley (garnish)
1 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Add 1
T. oil to a skillet; season chicken
breast with salt/pepper then saute
on medium heat on both sides.
Transfer chicken to prepared dish.
Scatter mushrooms & tomatoes over
top of chicken pieces; pour broth
over both. Top with shredded cheese.
Cover with foil & bake 30 minutes.
Remove foil & continue baking
5 minutes until cheese is golden on top.
Garnish with optional garnishes.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Couscous Chicken Salad

Dressing:
1/3 C. olive oil
2 T. white balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Salad:
2 large boneless/skinless chicken
breasts, cooked/sliced into 1″ pieces
1 1/3 C. whole wheat Israeli couscous,
also known as pearl couscous
1 T. olive oil
2 C. water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 C. packed spinach, coarsely chopped
or torn
2 C. packed arugula, coarsely chopped
or torn
18 oz. (about 3 C.) grape tomatoes/cherry
tomatoes or baby heirloom tomatoes, red &
yellow, halved
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced thin
1/2 C. chopped flat leaf parsley
6 button mushrooms, sliced
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:
Whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, paprika,
salt/pepper in small bowl.

Salad:
In large saucepan over medium-high heat
place 1 T. olive oil. Add couscous, stirring
frequently, cook until lightly golden,
about 4-5 minutes. Add water & salt –
bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low,
cover & simmer until water is absorbed,
about 10 minutes. In large bowl combine
spinach, arugula, tomatoes, red pepper,
parsley & mushrooms – add Feta cheese
but do not yet mix. Add couscous. Whisk
dressing to thoroughly combine ingredients
again & pour over couscous.
NOW – mix everything together, allow the
heat of the couscous to warm the dressing
& slightly melt the cheese. Serves 4-6

NOTE: poster said they sliced the chicken
breast in half lengthwise to have 2 thinner
breasts – she grilled hers on a George
Foreman grill

(recipe: 365daysofbakingandmore.com)
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Fresh Vegetable Salad

Dressing:
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. finely seeded/diced jalapeno pepper
1 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Salad:
4 ears yellow corn, cooked/cooled &
cut off cob
2 large tomatoes, seeded/chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped

In medium bowl whisk all dressing
ingredients together until smooth.
Set aside to let flavors marry while
preparing salad.

In large bowl mix all veggies together;
pour dressing over veggies & gently
mix together until well combined. Serve
immediately. Serves 8-12

(recipe: whitelightsonwednesday.com)
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Cherry Cheesecake Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed
1/2 of (7.5 oz) jar marshmallow
creme
2 C. cherry pie filling
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Dippers:
chocolate or Nilla wafer cookies or
graham crackers

In large bowl cream cream cheese &
marshmallow creme 2-3 minutes until
blended & smooth; mix in vanilla. Gently
fold in Cool Whip until incorporated.
Spread mixture in even layer in 8 or 9″
square baking dish – smooth top evenly
then top with cherry pie filling – smooth
top. Use cookies or graham crackers as
dippers.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Brown Rice & Apple Salad

6 C. cooked brown rice
2 Granny Smith apples, cored/diced
2 red bell peppers, seeded/diced
3-4 green onions, whites removed &
thinly sliced
1/4 C. parsley, finely chopped
2-3 T. fresh lemon juice (1 large or
2 medium lemons)
5 T. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C. vegetable oil
salt/pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in large bowl
& stir to combine until everything is
mixed & well coated with dressing.
Season with salt/pepper & stir to
combine. Serve at room temperature
or chilled. Serves 6-8

(recipe: breadboozebacon.com)
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Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. ranch salad dressing mix (dry)
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
2 medium yellow summer squash,
thinly sliced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. seeded/chopped green bell
pepper
1/2 C. seeded/chopped red bell
pepper

Dressing:
In bowl whisk first 6 ingredients
until sugar is dissolved. Place
vegetable in a large bowl; toss
with dressing. Refrigerate, covered,
until cold. Serve using a slotted
spoon. Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Cream Soda Poke Cake
(using removable crock)

1 box white cake mix & ingredients
to prepare it – prepare cake batter*
1 (12 oz) bottle Cream Soda (or Big Red)
small pkg. strawberry Jell-O
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 small box instant vanilla pudding

Lightly spray insides of 6-qt. crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. *Pour prepared
cake batter into crockpot. Place 3-4 paper
towels under lid; cover & cook on High
1-2 hours. Test if done using a wooden
toothpick inserted in center – if it comes
out clean, cake is done. Remove crock from
base & let cake cool.
When cake has cooled, poke holes in cake
using a toothpick. Mix together cream soda
(or Big Red) with powdered strawberry
Jell-O – evenly pour over cake. In a different
bowl, mix Cool Whip & dry pudding mix –
spread over top of cake evenly.

NOTE: You can serve immediately (Poster
says she thinks it’s best chilled first).

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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Hope you’re enjoying your day – stay
healthy!

Hugs;

Pammie

Monday – all quiet here – so far!

Not much going on; tomorrow (of course) is the Fourth of July & lots of celebrations all over. Here, not so much. I made the mistake of scheduling another Knit/Crochet night on that day – I’m guessing there won’t be any ladies wanting to come out for that BUT – at Log Cabin Day there was a very nice young couple who had just moved to our area who were SUPER excited about her coming & joining our group…she also took a calendar (where the 4th is listed as a meeting night). I’ve decided to go over to Panera anyway and sit for about an hour, just in case she/they might show up. My husband chimed in: “Maybe I’ll join you – we could eat dinner there” – surprise! That’s an idea – then I don’t have to cook! Well, with that thought in mind, I decided that I’d prepare our 4th dinner tonight and then eat out tomorrow. Right now I have a (larger than normal) pot of baked beans slow cooking in the oven. With them will be hamburgers & tossed salad. (Let’s just say we’ll have baked beans for quite a few nights . . .)

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Fruit Explosion Muffins

2 C. sour cream (or Greek plain
yogurt)
1 C. canola oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. sugar
2 C. flour
2 C. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
4 C. berries of your choice,
fresh or frozen
3/4 C. jam or jelly (flavor that
goes with fruits you chose)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line muffin pans with paper liners
or spray well with nonstick spray.
In large bowl whisk sour cream,
oil, eggs & vanilla. Add sugar until
combined completely. Add flours,
baking powder, baking soda & salt –
stir in until combined. Carefully
stir in berries. Spoon 1 T. batter into
bottom of each liner, spreading it
to cover the bottom completely. Top
with 1 tsp. jam & cover with remaining
batter (1 heaping tablespoon per muffin
cup), covering the jam with batter. Bake
23-25 minutes until light golden brown
& a wooden toothpick inserted into
center of muffin comes out clean &
batter around berries appears cooked.
Cool to room temperature & serve.
Muffins can be stored at room temp.
2-3 days or frozen 3-4 months.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Tex-Mex Chopped Chicken Salad

Dressing:
1 C. ranch salad dressing
2 T. taco seasoning mix (dry),
hot or mild

Salad:
3 C. chicken: cooked/cooled/
diced
4 C. Romaine lettuce, chopped
(about 1 head)
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cucumber, seeded/diced
1 C. corn kernels, fresh or frozen
4-5 green onions, sliced
1 (15 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese,
(OR) Pepper Jack, cut into 1/4″
cubes
1/4 C. cilantro, chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
1 C. tortilla chips, crushed

Optional:
jalapeno – seeded/diced
pumpkin seeds,
diced avocado
diced jicama

In small bowl stir dressing
ingredients – refrigerate until
ready to use. In large bowl
toss all salad ingredients
together; add dressing a little
at a time, then toss until lightly
coated. Season with salt/pepper,
to taste & serve immediately.
Serves 8

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Crispy Baked Chicken Supreme

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 C. sour cream
1 (6 oz) pkg. stuffing mix for chicken
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. (If chicken breasts are
super thick, slice in half horizontally –
OR pound them slightly to flatten
them on the thick end); place in
prepared pan. Stir sour cream &
soup together & spread in an even
layer over chicken. Pour contents
of stuffing mix in a gallon-size zip-
lock bag & (using a rolling pin) crush
into fine crumbs. Open bag & add
Parm cheese to bag; shake to
combine. Sprinkle mixture on top
of sauce/chicken (use it all – it will
seem like a thick layer, but it will
cook down). Distribute butter slices
on top of crumbs. Bake 45 minutes –
one hour, depending on thickness
of chicken. (internal temp. of chicken
should be 165 degrees F).
Serves 6

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Peach Cobbler

4 C. fresh or frozen peach slices
3/4 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 frozen pie pastry shell, broken
into large pieces

coarse sugar

Ice cream or whipped cream
for topping

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
combine peach slices, brown
sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon,
nutmeg & lemon juice – stir to
incorporate then pour into
crockpot. Scatter broken pie
pastry shell over mixture then
sprinkle top with coarse sugar.
Lay top of crockpot opening with
paper towels to soak up any excess
moisture. Cover & cook on High
3 1/2 hours. Serve with whipped
cream or ice cream on the side.

(recipe: slowcooker-deserts.cooktopcove.
com)
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Mandarin Pasta Spinach
Salad w/ Teriyaki Dressing

8 oz. bowtie pasta
4 C. spinach leaves
1/2 C. craisins (dried cranberries)
1/3 C. cashews or pine nuts
1 (4 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
1/4 C. cilantro leaves, roughly
chopped

Dressing:
1/3 C. teriyaki sauce (the
thicker, the better)
1/3 C. rice wine vinegar (or
can substitute apple cider
vinegar)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. sugar
1/2 C. oil (vegetable, canola,
olive)

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & rinse with
cold water. While pasta is
boiling, prepare dressing in a
jar, combining all ingredients.
Cover & shake to combine. Chill
until ready to use.
In large bowl toss pasta, spinach,
craisins, nuts, mandarin oranges &
cilantro-just before serving pour
dressing over salad & toss to coat.
Serves 4

(recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com)
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Texas Taco Dip Platter

2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can diced
tomatoes, undrained
1 (12 oz) can tomato paste
1 (15 oz) can tomato puree
2 T. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. salt
2 (15 oz, ea) cans Ranch-style
beans (pinto beans in seasoned
tomato sauce)

1 (10.5 oz) pkg. corn chips
2 C. hot, cooked rice

Toppings:
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium head iceberg lettuce,
shredded
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 (2 1/4 oz) can sliced ripe
olives, drained
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Optional toppings/sides:
sliced jalapenos, sliced bell
peppers, minced cilantro
chopped green onions
sour cream
1 C. picante sauce
hot sauce

In large skillet cook beef & onion
over medium heat until meat is
no longer pink; drain. Add next
7 ingredients & simmer 1 1/2
hours.
Add beans & heat through. On
a large platter layer:
corn chips, rice, meat mixture,
cheese, onion, lettuce, tomatoes &
olives. Serve with optional sides/
toppings. Makes 20 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Quick Icebox Sandwich Dessert

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
2 C. cold milk
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. (6 oz) miniature semisweet
chocolate chips
24 whole graham crackers, halved

In bowl mix pudding mix & milk
accordg. to pkg. directions –
refrigerate until set. Fold in Cool
Whip & chocolate chips. Place
24 graham crackers on a baking
sheet & top each with about 3
T. filling. Place another graham
cracker on top. Wrap each
‘sandwich’ individually in plastic
wrap & freeze 1 hour until firm.
Serve frozen. Makes 2 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Saturday

It’s a quiet day (so far) with nothing in particular planned – how’s YOUR day going? Our weather has dropped in temperature due to rain/thunder storms intermittently; right now it’s overcast & cloudy (the weather channel says it’s 70 degrees out – sure doesn’t FEEL like 70!) Supposed to get up to 80 with more chance of thunderstorms. Looking at the coming week, it’s supposed to be in the 70-80 degrees F. range – interesting!

Do you have plans for the Fourth of July/Independence day? It falls on a Tuesday and (due to my not planning well) is also scheduled as a Knit/Crochet Night…hmmmmmm.  I’m pretty sure MOST of my ladies will NOT show up; my problem is: at Log Cabin Day a lady & her husband came and were VERY excited/interested in the group – they just moved to the area. I’m wondering if SHE might show? Just in case, I’m going to Panera & knit about an hour (with my little group sign on the table) – we’ll see what happens. (Don’t want to lose a new member before actually GETTING one, right?).

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Easiest Strawberry Cake

1 (store bought) Angel Food cake
1 large pkg. strawberry Jell-O
2 C. boiling water
1 small tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 large pkg. frozen strawberries,
with juice (not whole frozen)

Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with  nonstick spray.
Break half of cake into chunks &
place in bottom of pan. Mix
Jell-O in a bowl with 2 C. boiling
water until dissolved. Add straw-
berries & stir. Stir in spoonfuls
of Cool Whip until well mixed.
Spoon half of mixture over cake
in pan; repeat layers & refrigerate
several hours until ready to serve.
Cut into squares & serve.

(recipe: supercookingideas.com)
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Sausage/Cream Cheese Crescents

(appetizers)

16 oz. bulk sausage, cooked/crumbled/
cooled
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.
In large bowl combine cooked/cooled
sausage, cream cheese & shredded
cheese. Separate rolls into triangles.
Cut each triangle in half lengthwise;
scoop a heaping tablespoon filling
on each & roll up. Place rolls in
prepared pan & bake 15 minutes
until golden brown.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Jack’s Potato Salad

5 lb. new red potatoes, skins
left on
1 T. salt
6 room-temp uncooked eggs
3 T. white vinegar, divided
1 1/2 T. cider vinegar
1 C. finely minced sweet onion
2 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. olive oil
1/3 C. canola oil

Wash unpeeled potatoes & place in
a large pot of water; cover potatoes
about 6 inches above potatoes. Add
1 T. salt & bring to boil – reduce heat
to medium boil & cook 30-40 minutes
(depending on size of potatoes) prick
with a fork to test if they’re done.
Bring medium pot of water to boil;
add 1 1/2 T. white vinegar & gently add
whole eggs using a slotted spoon, being
careful not to crack the shells. Boil
rapidly 5 minutes; turn off heat & let
eggs sit in hot water 15 minutes. Drain
eggs & shake the pan back & forth to
crack the shells (Makes peeling much
easier!). Under running water, remove
shells. Roughly chop the eggs in large
pieces. In medium bowl mix 1 1/2 T.
white vinegar, cider vinegar, onions,
celery salt, pepper, poppy seeds, sugar,
mustard & mayonnaise – refrigerate.
Mix both oils in a measuring cup or
other small container. Once potatoes
are cooked, leave them in hot water &
remove, one-at-a-time, using a slotted
spoon, to your cutting board. Cut
potatoes into chunks & place in large
bowl. (once you are about 1/4th way
through cutting the hot potatoes, pour
one quarter of mixed oils over cut
potatoes & combine gently.) Continue
with cutting & oiling until all of oil &
potatoes are in large bowl. Add
mayonnaise mixture to hot potatoes &
gently mix; add cooked eggs & gently
mix. Pour entire contents out onto a
sheet pan, spreading evenly. Cover with
plastic wrap & refrigerate until chilled to
below 40 degrees F. Once cool enough,
remove to serving container & serve.
Serves 15-18

NOTE: If serving this outside, try to keep
shaded – as an extra precaution, place
a large bowl of ice (larger than serving
bowl) UNDER the serving bowl to keep it
chilled while serving. Refrigerate leftovers
as soon as you have finished serving.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Simple Garlic Shrimp

1 1/2 T. olive oil
1 lb. shrimp, peeled/
deveined
salt, to taste
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp. cold butter
1/3 C. chopped Italian flat
leaf parsley, divided
1 1/2 T. cold butter
water, as needed

Heat oil in heavy skillet over
high heat until it just begins to
smoke. Place shrimp in an even
layer on bottom of pan & cook
1 minute without stirring. Season
shrimp with salt; cook & stir until
shrimp begin to turn pink, about
1 minute. Stir in garlic & red pepper
flakes; cook & stir 1 minute. Stir in
lemon juice, 1 1/2 tsp. cold butter &
half parsley. Cook until butter has
melted, about 1 minute, then turn
heat to Low & stir in  1 1/2 T. cold
butter. Cook & stir until all butter has
melted to form a thick sauce & shrimp
are pink & opaque, 2-3 minutes.
Remove shrimp using a slotted spoon
& transfer to a bowl; continue to cook
butter sauce, adding water 1 tsp. at a
time, if too thick, about 2 minutes;
season with salt, to taste. Serve
shrimp topped with pan sauce. Garnish
with remaining parsley.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon
Dressing

6 uncooked eggs, room temp
1 T. white vinegar
1 lb. maple-flavored bacon
10 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 (8 oz) pkg. button mushrooms,
sliced very thin
1 small red onion (half chopped &
half thinly sliced, divided)
1/2 C. white balsamic vinegar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 C. water

In medium or large saucepan fill 3/4 th
full with water – add 1 T. white vinegar.
Bring to boil & gently spoon the eggs
IN SHELLS into water, being careful not
to break the shells. When water comes
back to boil, time 5 minutes then shut
off burner. Leave eggs in hot water
15 more minutes. Pour off water, shake
pan to crack shells (makes it much easier
to remove shells) & peel shells under
running water. Slice cooled eggs into about
4-5 slices per egg. In large skillet cook bacon
until crisp; remove to paper towels & crumble
or rough chop. Reserve 2 T. bacon fat (discard
rest). Heat bacon fat over medium heat & saute
chopped red onion about 5 minutes. Add white
balsamic vinegar & scrape down pan of any
browned bits. Add sugar mustard & water –
stir to combine. Remove from heat until
ready to serve.
In one large bowl layer all ingredients (or
in 6 individual bowls dividing ingredients
between bowls). (Spinach, sliced red onion,
sliced mushrooms, sliced cooked eggs &
bacon).
To serve: heat dressing to hot & serve over
salad or on the side. Serves 6

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Simple Smothered Chicken
(crockpot)

1-2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
2 packets dry chicken gravy mix (.87
oz. ea)
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 3/4 C. water
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Place gravy mix, soup, water & pepper
in crockpot – whisk until smooth as you
can get it. Add chicken; cover & cook
8-10 hours. Serves 4

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Chicken & Summer Squash
(crockpot)

3 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
2 (10.5 oz, ea) cans cream of
chicken soup
4 small summer squash, sliced
(poster used yellow squash)
16 oz. sour cream
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. butter, room temp.
1 C. bread crumbs
dried parsley, optional garnish
paprika, optional garnish

hot cooked rice or pasta to
serve 8

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place chicken
breasts in bottom of crockpot. In
large bowl mix soup, sour cream,
onion, cheese, garlic salt, pepper
& butter. Fold in sliced squash &
mix well to coat – pour over
chicken. Sprinkle bread crumbs on
top. Cover & cook on Low 8 hours
or High 4-5 hours. (chicken should
be fully cooked when it reaches
165 degrees F. using a thermometer).
Serve over hot cooked rice or pasta
& garnish with dried parsley and/or
paprika. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Crockpot Blueberry/Lemon Cobbler

Filling:

32 oz. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 C. sugar
3 T. lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
1/4 C. flour

Topping:

2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. butter (2 sticks, chilled/
cut into bits)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla

vanilla ice cream or whipped cream,
for topping cobbler, if desired

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place blueberries in bottom of
crockpot; sprinkle lemon juice on top.
In medium bowl mix sugar & lemon
zest, working zest into sugar with your
fingers to release the lemon oils in the
zest. Add flour & stir with a fork to
evenly combine flour with sugar. Sprinkle
mixture evenly over berries & toss to
combine.

Topping:

In medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, lemon
zest, baking powder, salt & nutmeg using
a fork until well combined. Using 2 butter
knives or a pastry cutter, cut in cold bits
of butter into flour mixture until it
resembles a coarse meal with small pea-
sized pieces of butter. In small bowl whisk
eggs & vanilla with a fork & gently toss
egg mixture into flour/butter mixture
until moistened & dough starts to hold
together & create clumps of dough.
Sprinkle cobbler topping evenly over
blueberries in crockpot. Cover opening
of crockpot with paper towels or a clean
kitchen towel; cover with lid. (toweling
will absorb any condensation that will
collect on lid while cooking, preventing
it from dripping onto cobbler.) Cook
on High 3-4 hours until you can see the
juices from the blueberries bubbling
around edges of crockpot. Check
cobbler at 3 hour mark & only cook
for additional time if needed. Turn
off crockpot & carefully remove lid
& toweling. Let cobbler cool slightly
before serving. Serve with vanilla
ice cream or whipped cream, if
desired. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Since it’s such a ‘blah’ day, I’m planning on catching
up on my knitting – still have about one-fourth knit on
the blue/green/white baby blanket and maybe half
done on the ‘tassel stitch’ blanket. I find that my
‘lack of attention’ kicks in a LOT when I’m knitting
a pattern I really don’t care for. Let me explain: I
really wanted to learn/conquer the ‘tassel stitch’
pattern – it looks fancy and thought it would make
a nice baby boy blanket (when knit in medium
blue) – Yes, lots of people have commented on
it BUT, although I conquered it, I’m not fond of
knitting it! (Strange, right?) I find myself hoping
I’m almost done so I can go on to another NEW/
INTERESTING pattern – it’s the old saying: “The
grass (in this case, pattern) is always greener in
the other pasture!” With both patterns I find that
I can only knit about 1 full round of pattern – in
both blankets that would be about 6-7 rows of
120+ stitches each row, before I’m too bored to
go on – pretty bad, eh? Both blankets WILL get
done – remember I still have July 29th Oakland
County Ice Cream Social to knit at from 11 a.m. –
5 p.m. so knitting WILL be done (grin).

Hope YOU are having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Getting Ready!

Tomorrow is LOG CABIN DAY and this is what I’ll look like

It’s a fun-filled day – lots to see & do; it is a celebration of our state’s Log Cabin celebration. Every year the Waterford Historical Society puts on this event (this will be my ninth year participating. Our group gets together to demonstrate old-fashioned crafts: knitting, crochet (and along with us is my friend Tracy who spins). This year they’ve cut down our days from 2 to one, and cut the time from 9 – 5 to 10 – 4 p.m. so it will be a VERY fast day for me. There is SO much to see: a local alpaca farm brings out 2 of their alpacas (they have them in a small pen & you can pet them), there’s a small steam locamotive train on raised tressels (it’s about shoulder height), wood carvers, lace (tatting) makers, lots of food & music plus touring the antique buildings (AND a white elephant sale!). It’s a great family event.

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Fresh Strawberry Muffins

2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt (or 1/4 tsp
sea salt)
1/2 C. unsalted butter, cut into
chunks
2/3 C. sugar
finely grated zest & juice of
1 large lemon
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. sour cream
12 oz. fresh strawberries, hulled/
diced
coarse sugar (such as tubinado,
for sprinkling – optional)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray two 24-cup mini muffin
pans generously with nonstick
spray or line with paper liners.
In a bowl sift flour, baking powder,
baking soda & salt. In bowl of a
elec. mixer fitted with paddle
attachment, beat butter, sugar &
lemon zest on medium-high speed
until fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat
in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla
until well combined, scraping
down sides of bowl using a rubber
spatula. Add sour cream & lemon
juice; beat on Low speed. Add dry
ingredients & beat on Low speed
just until evenly moistened. Gently
stir in strawberries on Low speed.
Batter will be super thick.Pour
batter into prepared pans.
Bake 15-20 minutes. Remove
from oven & sprinkle tops with
coarse sugar, if using. Makes 24
muffins

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Mexican Corn on the Cob
(grill & crockpot recipe)

4 ears sweet corn
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. lime juice
1 T. Sriracha
1 T. fresh chopped cilantro

Clean ears of corn & place on
large piece of foil. Add 2 T. butter
& sprinkle evenly with chili powder.
Wrap tightly & place on grill preheated
to 450 degrees F..
Cook 20-25 minutes until crisp-tender.
Remove & unwrap corn; sprinkle with
cheese, a squeeze of fresh lime juice
& a drizzle of Sriracha. Garnish with
chopped cilantro. Serves 4

Crockpot Recipe:
Place foil-wrapped corn in crockpot.
Cook on High 2 hours or Low 4 hours.
Finish with recipe – unwrap/garnish,
etc.

(recipe: showcookergourmet.net)
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Sausage-stuffed Zucchini Boats

4 medium zucchini
1/4 C. marinara sauce
1 tsp. oil
1/2 small onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. diced red bell pepper
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
14 oz. Italian sausage, casings
removed
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
salt/pepper, to taste

Bring large pot of water to boil.
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut zucchini in half lengthwise &
scoop out flesh using a spoon so
that each zucchini ‘boat’ is about
1/4 inch thick. Place zucchini
halves in boiling water & cook 1
minute-remove from water. Lightly
spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray & add marinara sauce
to bottom of pan – spread out evenly.
In large saute pan brown sausage,
breaking up into small pieces while
cooking – brown thoroughly & remove
from pan. Add oil to pan & cook onion,
garlic & bell pepper on medium-low
2-3 minutes. Add sausage back to pan
& salt/pepper – cook another 2-3 minutes.
Spoon sausage mixture into zucchini
boats (each should hold about 1/3 C.).
Top with a sprinkle of tomatoes, 1 T.
mozzarella & sprinkling of Parm. cheese.
Place in prepared dish, cover with foil &
bake 35 minutes until cheese melts.
Makes 8 ‘boats’

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Hot Jezebel Dip/Sauce

1 (18 oz) jar apricot preserves
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 T. Dijon mustard
2-3 T. horseradish
fresh cracked black pepper,
to taste

crackers or pita chips for dipping

In bowl whisk together preserves,
mustard, horseradish & pepper –
add more horseradish/pepper, to
taste.
OPTIONAL: chill overnight OR serve
immediately poured over top of
cream cheese block. Serve with
pita chips or crackers. Serves 8-10

Optional: Pour into mason jars
& store, refrigerated, until ready
to serve.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Creamy Tortellini Mac & Cheese

1 (20 oz) bag frozen cheese
tortellini
1 (16 oz) block Velveeta cheese,
cubed
6-8 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. finely chopped yellow onion
2/3 C. heavy cream
3 T. unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
kosher salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
olive oil, as needed
Parmesan cheese, grated, as needed

Heat 2 T. olive oil in large saucepan
over Low heat; cook onions, stirring
frequently, until caramelized, 10-15
minutes – season with salt/pepper.
While onions are cooking bring large
pot of salted water to boil & cook
tortellini accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente. Drain, reserving 1/4 C.
cooking water. Return pasta to pot
over medium-low heat. Gently stir
in Velveeta, heavy cream & butter;
season generously with salt/pepper
& add nutmeg. Fold in cooked onions
& sprinkle in 1/2 crumbled bacon.
Transfer to serving bowls & serve hot,
garnished with Parmesan cheese.
Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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30 Minute Chicken Cordon Bleu
Casserole

1 (12 oz) pkg. bowtie pasta
1 C. chicken broth
2 C. Half & Half
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder
salt/pepper, to taste
3 T. sour cream
2 C. cooked/cubed chicken
2 C. cooked/chopped ham
1-2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
1 C. Italian Panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Cook pasta
accordg. to pkg. directions. Mix
chicken broth, Half & Half, soups,
mustard, onion powder, salt/pepper
in large skillet – simmer 4-5 minutes.
Add sour cream, chicken, ham &
cooked pasta – toss to combine well.
Pour mixture into prepared dish.
Sprinkle top with Swiss cheese &
bread crumbs. Bake 20 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Nutella Brownie Pudding

3 eggs
1 C. + 3 T. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. cocoa powder
1/3 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
10 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/4 C. Nutella

vanilla ice cream

Find an oven-safe casserole dish that
fits inside your crockpot – spray the
insides with nonstick spray. Fill bottom
of crockpot with about 2 inches of water.
In bowl beat eggs & sugar on medium
speed 5-7 minutes until very thick &
light yellow in color. Make sure to mix
for full 5 minutes (it’s essential for
texture of this dessert). Add vanilla,
cocoa, flour & salt – mix on Low speed
just until combined. With mixer on Low
speed, carefully add melted butter &
Nutella – mix just until combined, using
a spatula to scrape sides of bowl – pour
batter into prepared dish & place dish
in bottom of crockpot. (the water
should go about halfway up the sides
of the dish). Place 2 layers of thick
paper towels over the top of the
crockpot & secure them by placing
crockpot lid on top. Cook on High
2-3 hours (at 2 hours it will be more
melty; at 3 hours it will still be moist
but totally cooked through – you
choose which you prefer). Unplug
crockpot & let stand 10 minutes.
Scoop mixture into serving bowls &
top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Makes 6 servings

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)

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Today I went out with full intention of purchasing gas
for my car at (what I thought) was $2.16/9 – big
surprise – it’s now $2.39/9 (again). Husband thinks
I’m a little nuts worrying about a few cents per
gallon, but HEY! Every little bit counts!

Weather-wise we’ve had a few showers & thunder; it’s
supposed to rain a little tomorrow (hope not). The good
thing is: our group is under a pavilion which helps – except
if it blows & rains – no big deal.

I’m pretty well ‘set’ for things I have to take with me
tomorrow – just need to do some ironing of my
costume and I should be ‘good to go’.

Hope you have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie