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

Taking Advantage of my FREE day!

Today I ‘technically’ have NOTHING scheduled except my special needs group tonight – YAY! I just went over my emails and decided to totally FLUSH a good 100+ recipe emails – got all the way back to Easter. That might not sound like much, but I get at least 12-15 emails a day from various recipe sites – some I read right away, some I type up & save to use here on my blog and some I just get rid of. A person can only save SO many – right? I just kinda closed me eyes and let them go – they won’t be missed if I didn’t read them in the first place, I hope.

A little later today I have to mail the next newsletter for special needs group (should have done it Monday, but I was lazy – I’m still ‘early’, as they’re not due until first day of July). Also on my agenda is stopping by the local baseball batting cages to purchase a card for older grandson’s birthday. Ordered him a “Minecraft” (game) t-shirt and need to order a on-line gaming ‘card’ that he can download for game time (I pay, he uses the card to pay for gaming time on line). He will be 11 this Friday but they’re not having a party until some time in July, so I still have time to get it all together.  “Was” supposed to watch both grandsons yesterday, but older grandson was at his Mom’s, so it was just baby & me – he was really good. He’s just discovered his “HIGH PITCHED” voice – we had a grand time SHRIEKING at each other – such fun! (didn’t take any photos, sorry). It’s hard to believe on Saturday he will be FOUR months old already!

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Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert

1 C. flour
1/2 C. cold butter, cubed
1 1/2 C. chopped cashews, divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 C. creamy peanut butter
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
2 2/3 C. cold milk
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 (1.55 oz) milk chocolate candy
bar, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In food processor place flour &
butter; cover & process until
mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add 1 C. cashews; pulse a few times
until combined. Press mixture into
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish – spread
evenly. Bake 25-28 minutes until golden.
Cool completely on wire rack

In small bowl beat cream cheese, peanut
butter & powdered sugar until smooth.
Fold in 1 C. Cool Whip & spoon over cooled
crust.
In another bowl whisk milk & both pudding
mixes 2 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes until
soft-set then spread over cream cheese layer.
Top with remaining Cool Whip & sprinkle top
with chopped candy bar & remaining nuts.
Cover & refrigerate at least 1 hour before
serving. Serves 12-16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Blender Salsa

1/2 medium red onion, divided
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
juice from 1 lime
3 cloves garlic, crushed
5 Roma or Plum tomatoes, halved/
seeded
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
handful of chopped cilantro

Place half of onion, jalapeno,
lime juice & garlic in blender &
pulse several times to break up.
Add rest of onion, tomatoes, salt,
sugar & cilantro – pulse until
desired consistency is reached.
Refrigerate several hours for best
flavor – or serve immediately
if desired. Store in airtight
container in fridge up to 3 days.
Makes 2 cups

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Zucchini Quiche

Crust: (or use 10″ store bought)
1 1/2 C. flour
4 T. butter, cold/cubed
4 T. vegetable shortening, cold
3 T. ice water
kosher salt/ground black pepper,
to taste
(uncooked beans – for weighing
down crust)

Filling:
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 C. milk (or 1 C. milk, 1/2 C.
heavy cream)
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 white onion, chopped
2-3 small zucchini, rinsed/chopped
2 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
kosher salt/ground black pepper,
to taste
mixed herbs, garnish-optional

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray pie pan with nonstick spray.
In food processor pulse flour with
very cold cubed butter, cold
shortening & salt until mixture is
pebble-like in texture. While
pulsing, slowly drizzle ice cold water
until dough ball begins to form. Turn
dough onto counter & roll into a ball.
Wrap ball in plastic wrap & refrigerate
30 minutes.
Remove from fridge, roll out on lightly
floured surface. Fold dough in half &
carefully transfer to 10″ pie pan. Spread
dough out gently in pan & trim off excess
overhang. (Dough should be rolled out
1-2 inches larger than size of pie plate)
Cover crust with sheet of parchment paper
or foil & weigh down with beans. Bake
10 minutes – remove beans & bake,
uncovered, another 5 minutes. Remove
from oven & reduce oven temperature
to 350 degrees F.
Heat 2 T. oil in large pan over medium-
high heat. Cook zucchini until softened,
8-9 minutes. Add onion (& more oil if
necessary) – cook until translucent,
stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes. Drain
any excess oil & season with salt/pepper.
In medium bowl mix milk (& heavy cream,
if using) with beaten eggs. Add nutmeg &
a pinch of salt/pepper. Spread veggies out
evenly in crust & slowly pour egg mixture
in. Cover top with mixed cheeses & herbs,
if using. Bake 35-40 minutes until crust
is golden brown & cheese is bubbly. Let
cool 10 minutes before cutting. Serve
warm. Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Pineapple Punch

2 tea bags
2 C. boiling water
2 lemons, halved/juiced
1 C. sugar
3 C. water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (46 oz) can Dole Pineapple
juice
sliced lemons & fresh mint-garnish

Brew tea accordg. to pkg. directions
in boiling water. Place lemon halves
(not juice), 3 C. water & 1 C. sugar in
saucepan – bring to simmer. Continue
simmering until sugar has dissolved;
remove from heat, discard lemon halves.
Stir in vanilla & lemon juice. Combine
tea, lemon mixture & pineapple juice
in large pitcher. Chill & serve over ice.
Garnish with sliced lemons & fresh
mint, if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Smothered Steak
(copycat Applebees recipe)
NEED grill or grill pan

Potatoes:
1 head garlic
1 T. olive oil
2 lb. potatoes (Yukon Gold or
New Road)
1/2 C. milk
1/4 C. cream
3 T. butter
salt/ground black pepper,
to taste

Onions & Mushrooms:
1 large yellow onion
8 oz. white button or
creminin mushrooms
2 T. butter
salt/ground black pepper,
to taste

Steak:
1 T. olive oil
2 1/2 lb. sirloin steak, 1 inch thick
8 slices mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut garlic crosswise & lay on a
piece of foil. Drizzle cut edges
with oil & wrap tightly in foil.
Bake 30 minutes. Reserve oil
in packet & squeeze the head
to produce softened cloves.
Mash with salt/pepper. (can
be done ahead).
Cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces
& place in large pot. Cover with
water & bring to boil. Lower heat
to medium & cook 20-25 minutes
until potatoes are soft when tested
with tines of a fork. Drain well &
place potatoes in large bowl of
elec. mixer. On Low speed, mash
potatoes. Slowly add milk, cream,
butter then olive oil/garlic mixture
until fluffy & smooth. Cover & keep
warm until ready to serve.

While potatoes are boiling, place
olive oil in medium nonstick skillet
over medium-low heat; cook onions
until slightly softened, stirring
frequently about 15 minutes. Add
mushrooms & read heat to medium,
stirring frequently another 10
minutes. Keep warm until ready to
serve.

Cut steak into 4 serving-sized
pieces. Rub steaks with olive
oil on all surfaces. Heat a grill or
stovetop grill pan & grill steaks
4 minutes per side for medium-
rare, or longer, as desired. After
first 4 minutes, turn & top each
steak with mozzarella slices – cheese
will melt as steak finishes cooking.
Serve steaks with potatoes &
topped with some of onion/
mushroom mixture. Serves 4

(recipe: allfreecopycatrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Meatloaf-stuffed Onions

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 C. pork rinds, crushed (or bread-
crumbs or oatmeal)
2 large eggs
1/3 C. tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 T. dried parsley
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated or
shredded
1/4 C. yellow onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 (16 oz) pkg. bacon
6 large onions – as large as you
can get

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Mix all ingredients (except large
onions & bacon) in very large bowl.
Peel onions – cut top & bottoms off &
separate 2 layers from rest of onion (the
layers will be put in the meatloaf). Shape
meatloaf meat into the same number of
balls as you have 2-layer onions – place
both on a sheet pan. (If you have any
leftover onion sections, you can use them
in another recipe). Take one meatloaf ball
& wrap with 1 slice bacon & cover with
the onion – carefully set into crockpot;
repeat with rest of meatloaf/bacon/onions.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
4-5 hours. (You will want to use a meat
thermometer to make sure the temperature
reaches 160 degrees F. Remove onions with
tongs when fully cooked. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Best 5-Cup Fruit Salad
(8 hour or overnight recipe)

1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded coconut
1 C. miniature marshmallows
1 C. pineapple tidbits, drained
1 C. mandarin oranges, drained

Mix sour cream, coconut, marsh-
mallows & pineapple together in
a bowl. Smooth top & garnish
with mandarin oranges. Cover with
plastic wrap & refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)

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I noticed yesterday that our gas prices
have REALLY dropped! Now at $2.16/9 –
that’s GREAT!

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

And so my Summer schedule begins!

Today is the start of baby/grandson sitting BOTH grandsons; was kinda hoping for an ‘easy’ day of maybe 2-5 p.m. but looks like it’s more like 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; we’ll see how this goes. Last night found me out to dinner with oldest son & his little family (minus older grandson) – it was my birthday dinner. Originally I picked “Olive Garden” but this is the Executive Chef son and he had a fit – “NO! We’re not eating there!” (he listed off a bunch of reasons, mostly that they don’t have a chef on hand to COOK their food, they warm it up & it all comes frozen – surprising. I’ve never eaten at one, their commercials just make their food look really good.) We ended up at the same place we ate for Mother’s Day. It’s a medium-priced  place with a relaxed atmosphere. Since my husband was also coming I had to kind of pick a place that wasn’t (in his words) “fancy-schmancy”. This place had good food; I had fried calamari for appetizer & cedar plank salmon, grilled asparagus & baby red skin potatoes – yummy.  Husband had the same and seemed pleased with his food (Yay). Tonight is also Knit Night so I’m really hoping I’m not totally exhausted when it’s time to go to that. I chose to watch both grandsons at THEIR house because then the (almost 11 yr old) grandson would have all his games/toys/friends right there and (hopefully) not be as bored as he would be at our house – we’ll see how this works out.

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Banana Split Dessert (Lasagna)

Crust:
2 C. crushed graham crackers
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
2 T. sugar
kosher salt

Cream Filling:
12 oz. cream cheese, room
temp.
1/4 C. sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Fruit Layer:
3 bananas, thinly sliced
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
well drained
1 lb. strawberries, finely chopped

Additional Toppings:
8 oz. tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. walnuts, chopped
chocolate syrup
rainbow sprinkles
maraschino cherries

Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.
Crust:
In medium bowl add gr. cracker
crumbs, butter, sugar & pinch of
salt; mix until evenly combined
then press into baking dish. Place
in fridge at least 15 minutes, to set.

Cream Filling:
In large bowl beat cream cheese &
sugar until fluffy, 5 minutes. Fold in
Cool Whip & spread mixture evenly
on crust.

Cream Layer:
Add even layers bananas, pineapple &
strawberries. Top with Cool Whip &
sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours up to
overnight.

When ready to serve, garnish with
chocolate syrup, sprinkles & maraschino
cherries.
Serves 12

(recipe: delish.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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Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
6 hard cooked eggs, chopped
1 C. chopped celery
3/4 C. sweet pickle relish,
drained well
2 C. mayonnaise
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
paprika, for sprinkling on top

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain/rinse & let cool.
In large bowl combine cooked
macaroni with remaining ingredients
(except paprika) – mix well. Sprinkle
top of salad with paprika & cover.
Refrigerate 1 hour until ready to
serve. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Shrimp Linguine

1 lb. cooked large shrimp,
(thawed/tails removed)
2 T. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes*
pinch crushed red pepper
salt/pepper
2 tsp. light brown sugar
1 C. Half & Half
3 T. fresh parsley (or 1 tsp.
dried parsley)
1/4 C. (heaping) fresh
grated Parmesan cheese
(plus extra for topping)
8 oz. cooked linguine

Place butter in large skillet
over medium heat; add garlic
& saute 2-3 minutes. Add
canned tomatoes**, crushed
red pepper, pinch or 2 of
salt & brown sugar – cook
about 5 minutes. Add Half &
Half & parsley; bring to slow
boil then immediately turn
heat to medium-low. Cook
5-10 minutes, stirring
occasionally until mixture
reduces by a third. Cook
linguine accordg. to pkg.
directions. Add shrimp,
Parm. cheese & black pepper;
cover & simmer 3 minutes until
shrimp are heated through &
cheese is melted. Add cooked/
drained linguine & simmer
3-4 more minutes. Serve
topped with more Parm. cheese
& fresh black pepper.

*poster said she used the canned
tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano

**poster said she broke up the
tomatoes using a food processor
to make them smaller

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Mexican-style Coleslaw

1 (14 oz) bag coleslaw mix
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded/
diced
1/2 orange bell pepper, seeded/
diced
3/4 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. sour cream
1 (13.75 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (13.75 oz) can corn, rinsed/
drained
1/3 C. fresh cilantro, minced
1/4 C. lime juice
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
minced
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (dry)

In medium bowl whisk together
mayonnaise, sour cream, lime
juice & dry taco seasoning mix
until combined. Refrigerate until
ready to use. Combine all other
ingredients in large bowl. Toss
with taco seasoning mixture until
thoroughly coated, then top with
more cilantro, if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Easy Mini Sausage Quiches
(appetizers)

1/2 lb. bulk hot Italian sausage
(or mild, your choice)
2 T. dried minced onion
2 T. minced chives
1 (8 oz) tube refrigerated
crescent rolls
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Swiss
cheese
1 C. (8 oz) cottage cheese
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
paprika

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray mini muffin cups with
nonstick spray.
In large skillet brown sausage &
onion over medium heat 4-5
minutes until meat is no longer
pink; drain. Stir in chives. On
lightly floured surface, unroll
crescent dough into one long
rectangle; seal seams & perforations.
Cut into 48 pieces. Press onto
bottom & up sides of prepared
muffin cups. Fill each with about
2 tsp. sausage mixture. In a large
bowl combine eggs & cheeses;
spoon 2 tsp. over each muffin
cup & sprinkle tops with
paprika. Bake 20-25 minutes
until a knife inserted into center
comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes
before removing from pans to
wire rack. If desired, sprinkle
tops with additional minced
chives. Serve warm.
Makes 4 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Homemade Won Ton Soup

1 bunch green onions, cut into
1/2 inch pieces, divided – reserve
1 T.
6 fresh mushrooms, sliced – reserve
1 T.
1 lb. ground pork
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. soy sauce
1 egg
1/4 C. dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 (16 oz) pkg. wonton wrappers*
8 C. chicken broth
16 uncooked medium shrimp,
peeled/deveined (optional)
1 medium head bok choy,
torn into 2-inch pieces
16 snow pea pods
1 dash soy sauce (or to taste,
optional)
1 dash sesame oil (or to taste,
optional)

Finely chop reserved 1 T. green
onions & mushrooms – place in
a bowl with ground pork, 1 T.
sesame oil, 1 T. soy sauce, egg,
bread crumbs, salt/pepper – stir
to thoroughly mix. Spoon about
1 T. mixture onto center of each
wonton wrapper. Use your finger
or a pastry brush, lightly moisten
edges of wrappers with water. Fold
one corner of wrapper over filling to
opposite corner to form a triangle.
Press edges together to seal. Moisten
the two long ends of triangle, fold
them together & press to firmly seal.
In large saucepan over medium heat
bring broth to a boil. Drop filled
wontons, one at a time, into broth &
cook 3-5 minutes until they float to
surface. Reduce heat to simmer &
gently stir in shrimp, bok choy &
reserved sliced mushrooms. Let
simmer 2 minutes until shrimp turn
pink then drop in snow pea pods.
Garnish with remaining green onions
& dash of soy sauce & sesame oil.
Serve immediately. Serves 8

*you can find won ton wrappers in
the fresh veggie section at the grocery
store

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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No-Bake Strawberry/Banana
Pudding Twinkies Cake

10 Twinkies, individually
wrapped (unwrap them)
4 C. whipped cream
2 C. strawberries, diced
2 C. strawberries, sliced
1 (3.4 oz) box Jell-O instant
banana cream pudding mix
1 C. heavy cream
1 C. whole milk
2 T. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Rinse strawberries; pat dry.
Slice 2 C. strawberries & mix
with powdered sugar. Place
diced strawberries in separate
bowl (cake topping).
Place unwrapped Twinkies in a
medium casserole dish. Mix
pudding mix with milk, vanilla &
heavy cream – pour over Twinkies.
Top pudding with sliced straw-
berries & top with strawberries
with whipped cream. Last, place
diced strawberries on top of
whipped cream layer. Cover with
plastic wrap & refrigerate 3 hours.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)

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Our weather has cooled off a bit, had a few
thunderstorms to help that; scattered
showers & high of 74 today.

Not much else new on the horizon except
this coming Sunday is our “one day” Log
Cabin Day – that event crept up on me.
I know that it’s always the last weekend
in June but this time it seemed to come
earlier! Hope we have good weather for
our ONE day event (still can’t get used to
it being only one day now . . . ).

Hope you are having a good start to your
week. Stay healthy!

Hugs;

Pammie

Some days ya just gotta be FLEXIBLE!

Today was “take my van in to the dealership for fluid changes’ day. Also on that agenda was ‘please check out WHY my right front tire has a continual slow leak!” and – why my electric side doors sometimes decide they don’t want to open/close – only sometimes! I was prepared: took 2 knitting projects and my latest book. Drove myself there, got some free coffee and commenced knitting. About half hour later nice young man from Service comes over & tells me that I have more issues than I thought: #1 they can’t find reason for electric door problem (why am I not surprised?), #2 all FOUR tires have issues (they ARE older tires) #3 something else I don’t remember now needed fixing. When I asked grand total of TIME for fixing all this they said: FIVE HOURS! Oh MY! Today is husband’s class reunion in another city so he’ll be gone a good 3+ hours, tonight is special needs group – what to do? Nice guy suggested they DO have a shuttle AND I’m just within their radius for using it -now I’m home sitting at my lovely computer, it’s almost 11 a.m. Husband ‘should’ be home in time to drive me back to dealership later. As I was getting out of the shuttle the driver said: “Hope they get your vehicle done today!” OH MY – never thought of the “What if they don’t? scenario! Mentioned to husband that he might need to drive me tonight to special needs – his response: “Won’t be the first time!” Ah, life – it’s great IF you’re flexible! Yesterday while watching the baby (just before Mom left for work) she asked if I was available TODAY to watch him – I had to say No. I texted her a little earlier explaining my plight and saying that IF she still needed, I could watch him until around 4:30 BUT she would have to pick me up; turns out her Dad will watch the baby so I’M FREE – WOW, what a concept!

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Easy Strawberry Cake

1 (16.25 oz) box white cake mix
1 (.3 oz) box strawberry Jell-O
4 egg whites
1/3 C. canola oil
1 C. frozen unsweetened
strawberries, thawed
1/2 C. water
1/3 C. butter, softened
2 1/3 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour two 9″ round
cake pans. In large bowl combine
cake mix & Jell-O; add egg whites
& oil; beat using elec. mixer until
well blended. In small bowl or
food processor, mash strawberries
in their juice – set aside 3 T.
mashed berries for icing. Add
water & remaining berries to
batter & mix; pour into pans.
Bake 20-25 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of cake comes
out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes;
remove cakes from pan to wire
racks & cool completely.

Icing:
Combine butter & reserved berrie
mixture in small bowl. Gradually
beat in powdered sugar until light &
fluffy). Place one cake on serving platter
& top with half of icing; top with second
cake & repeat, spreading icing evenly
on top.

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Chicken Burrito Skillet

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 T. olive oil, divided
1 C. uncooked long grain rice
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
& rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 1/2 C. chicken broth
1 C. shredded Mexican-blend cheese
1 medium tomato, chopped
3 green onions, chopped

Sprinkle chicken with salt/pepper.
In large skillet over medium-high
heat, heat 1 T. oil. Saute chicken
until browned, about 2 minutes-
remove from pan. In same pan, heat
remaining oil over medium-high
heat. Saute rice until lightly browned,
1-2 minutes. Stir in beans, canned
tomatoes, seasonings & broth – bring
to boil. Place chicken on top (do not
stir into rice). Simmer, covered, until
rice is tender & chicken is no longer
pink, 20-25 minutes. Remove from
heat; sprinkle top with cheese. Let
stand, covered, until cheese melts.
Top with tomato & green onions.
Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Mexican Corn Bread Salad

1 (1 oz) pkg. dry Ranch
dressing mix
1 C. sour cream
1 C. mayonnaise
6 corn bread muffins
2 (16 oz, ea) cans pinto
beans, drained/rinsed
1 green bell pepper,
chopped
1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen corn,
thawed
3 large tomatoes, chopped
10 slices bacon, cooked/
crumbled
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Mexican
cheese blend
6 scallions, sliced

In small bowl combine dressing
mix, sour cream & mayonnaise.
Crumble 3 corn muffins in large
glass bowl or trifle dish. Place a
layer of beans over muffins, then
bell pepper, dressing mixture,
corn, tomatoes, bacon, remaining
corn muffins (crumbled), cheese &
scallions. Cover & chill at least
2 hours before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Freezer Slaw

1 1/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. cider vinegar
2 (10 oz, ea) pkgs. shredded
angel hair cabbage slaw
1 large carrot, peeled/shredded
1 small green bell pepper,
diced
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. mustard seeds (optional)

Bring sugar & vinegar to a boil in
small saucepan, stirring until sugar
dissolves; cool. Combine cabbage
slaw & remaining 4 ingredients;
pour vinegar mixture over cabbage
mixture & toss to coat. Place in a
large heavy-duty ziplock bag or an
airtight container & freeze up to
3 months. Thaw in fridge before
serving. Serves 8

NOTE: If you don’t need to make
this dish in advance, prepare dish-
cover & chill at least 2 hours before
serving.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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NO-bake “Baked Potato” Salad

8 medium potatoes (about 3 lb)
scrubbed & cut into 1-inch chunks
1 T. salt
1 (16 oz) tub sour cream
1/4 C. real bacon bits
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Place potatoes in large pot with
enough water to cover them. Add
salt & bring to boil over high heat.
Cook potatoes 10-15 minutes until
fork-tender; drain well & allow to
cool slightly. In large bowl combine
remaining ingredients; mix well.
Add potatoes & mix until well
combined. Serve warm or cover &
chill until ready to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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No-cook Roll-ups
(appetizers)

1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen
chopped spinach, thawed &
well-drained
1 C. mayonnaise
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 (.4 oz) envelope Ranch-
style salad dressing mix (dry)
1 (3 oz) pkg. bacon bits
9 (10 inch) flour tortillas

In large bowl combine all
ingredients except tortillas;
stir well. Spread mixture on
tortillas, distributing evenly.
Roll up, jelly-roll fashion;
wrap each in plastic wrap.
Chill 4-6 hours then cut into
1/2 inch thick slices & serve.
Makes 6 dozen

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs

4 skinless boneless chicken thighs
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/2 C. ketchup
1/3 C. honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried basil

Lay chicken thighs in bottom of
crockpot. Whisk soy sauce, ketchup,
honey, garlic & basil together in a
bowl & pour over chicken. Cover &
cook on Low 6 hours. Serves 2

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Peachy Pork Chops

4-6 whole very ripe peaches, peeled/
pitted (can use frozen that have
been thawed or canned-in-water,
not syrup)
1 small onion,
2-4 lb. boneless pork chops
1/4 C. ketchup
1/4 C. honey BBQ sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. soy sauce
pinch salt
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Using blender or food processor,
place peaches in device & process
until smooth adding a small amount
of water, if necessary. Puree should
be smooth & not chunky. Place a
small amount of olive oil in large fry
pan heated to medium-low heat.
Place some of pork chops in pan &
cook 3-5 minutes per side until
chops are slightly browned on each
side but still pink inside (work in
batches until all are semi-cooked).
As chops are browning place finished
ones in a bowl, coat each chop with
some peach puree & place in crockpot.
When all chops are cooked/coated,
mix remaining peach puree, ketchup,
BBQ sauce, brown sugar, salt, garlic
salt, soy sauce & ground ginger in a bowl
& mix well to combine. Drizzle mixture
over top of chops. Cover & cook on
Low 5-6 hours or High 2-3 hours.
Test chops for doneness to make sure
they are no longer pink inside or when
a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Pineapple Pie

1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. crushed pineapple
3 T. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat all ingredients together
(except pie shell) & pour into
unbaked pie shell. Bake until
pie sets & is brown.

(recipe: tastyrecipes/facebook.com)

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Weather-wise we’re now DEFINITELY into SUMMER;
high 80’s & low 90’s – thank heavens for air conditioning!

Gas prices are really good: $2.29/9! YAY!

Depending on whether I need to go back & fetch my
vehicle today or not, dinner “might” be enchiladas.
We love them but it takes about 40+ minutes to make
them, then about an hour to bake them – we’ll see,
dinner just might be ‘catch-as-catch-can’ (meaning
eat what you want, I’m not cooking!)

Hope you’re having an OK day!

Hugs;

Pammie

National KNIT IN PUBLIC Day!

Seven lovely ladies participated today – we sat outside on Panera Bread’s patio (roasting in 74 degrees & sunny). I was there, also, but not in the photos; our youngest member (Katie) is in the third photo along with her younger brother. Her Mom brought all 4 kids plus their 2 puppies – interesting day! I only managed 2 hours in the heat – was just happy we had a turnout (considering I really didn’t know if anyone WOULD show up!).

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S’Mores Ice Cream Cake
(8 hour – overnight chill time)

Crust:
10 graham crackers, divided
3 T. butter, softened

Ice Cream Layer:
5 oz (or 3/4 C.) bittersweet chocolate
or chocolate chips
1/2 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk (reserve rest for whipped topping
layer)
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Marshmallow Layer:
2 C. mini marshmallows

Whipped Cream Layer:
2 C. heavy whipping cream
reserved 1/2 can sweetened
condensed milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla

S’More Layer:
1/2 C. mini marshmallows
2 Hershey chocolate bars,
broken up
1-2 graham crackers, crushed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line bottom of 8″ springform pan
with parchment paper. Using food
processor, pulse 10 graham crackers
until finely ground; add butter &
pulse until blended (or crush crackers
in ziplock bag using rolling pin). Add
graham cracker crumbs/butter to a bowl
& use fingertips to mix all well. Press
mixture into bottom of prepared pan;
bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
Let cool 25 minutes.

Ice Cream Layer:

Melt chocolate in microwave;
let cool slightly. Using elec.
mixer, beat chocolate, half can
condensed milk & vanilla in
large bowl until combined. Add
1 C. heavy cream & beat on High
speed until thick; medium peaks
forming. Spoon mixture on top of
cooled crust & spread evenly.

Marshmallow Layer:

Sprinkle marshmallows on top &
gently pat down into chocolate
filling.

Whipped Cream Layer:

Using elec. mixer, beat remaining
cond. milk, vanilla & heavy cream until
thick; medium – stiff peaks forming,
3-5 minutes – spread on top of
chocolate layer.

S’More Layer:

Break remaining 2 graham crackers into
tiny pieces; sprinkle crumbs/broken
chocolate bars & marshmallows on top
of whipped cream layer. Cover & freeze
until firm, at least 8 hours & up to 2 weeks.

When ready to serve, unmold & transfer
to a platter. Let stand 5 minutes before
slicing. Serves 12

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)
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Easy Layered Taco Salad
(overnight recipe)

1 lb. ground beef
1 small can green chilies, (undrained)
1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves
removed (all other lettuces will wilt)
1 pkt. dry taco seasoning mix*
1 C. Ranch Sour Cream mayonnaise **
1 (15 oz) can your favorite beans, drained/
rinsed well
1/2 can (about 7 oz) sweet corn kernels,
drained well
1/2 C. chopped red or green onion (more
for garnish)
8 oz. your favorite tomato salsa
8 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (3.8 oz) can sliced black olives, drained well
1/2 lb. bacon, fried crispy/crumbled
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
1 Roma tomato, seeded/chopped
ripe avocado chunks (optional)
tortilla chips – for topping

Cook ground beef, canned chilies &
taco seasoning in skillet until beef
is browned & liquid from chilies
has evaporated. Refrigerate &
allow to chill until completely cold.
When chilled, place in bottom of
9 X 13″ glass cake pan. Top with a
double layer of lettuce leaves (half
the head), 1/2 C. Ranch/sour cream
mayo (smoothed evenly), beans,
corn, onion, another double layer
lettuce (press down gently after
placing lettuce), 1/2 C. Ranch/Sour
cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives,
bacon, jalapenos, tomato & more
onion. Cover with foil & refrigerate
12-24 hours before slicing. Break up
tortilla pieces on top & slice. You can
also top with avocado chunks, extra
tomato chunks & hot sauce.
Serves 8-12

*You can also use mixture of cumin,
chili powder & garlic powder

**Ranch Sour Cream Mayonnaise
3/4 C. real mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
3-6 T. dry buttermilk ranch salad
dressing mix

Mix ingredients together well.

(recipe: chindeep.com)
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Mama’s Chicken Rollups

2 large chicken breasts
1 can crescent rolls
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup
1/2 (soup can) of chicken broth
from cooking chicken*
1/2 (soup can) milk
1 T. flour
6 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
pinch salt & pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place chicken breasts in large
pot & cover with water; bring to
boil & cook on Medium heat
until no longer pink inside. Remove
chicken from pot & let cool enough
to handle – shred chicken. Add soup,
milk, flour, salt/pepper to broth &
stir to combine. Spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray.
Unroll crescent rolls & separate into
triangles. Put a little cheese on dough
& a good heaping of chicken at large
end of triangle. Roll up & place in
prepared pan – continue with rest
of dough & filling. Pour broth
mixture around & on top of each
roll. Bake 25 minutes then top
with cheese – bake 5 minutes more.
Let stand a few minutes before
serving with soup mixture.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. ketchup
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 C. milk
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 eggs
3/4 C. finely crushed saltine
cracker crumbs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 5 X 9″ loaf pan with
nonstick spray. Spread brown
sugar in bottom of pan & top
with ketchup (spread evenly).
Mix rest of ingredients in large
bowl then shape into a loaf;
place loaf in pan on top of
ketchup. Bake 1 hour.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Smothered Chicken
w/Bacon & Onions

8 slices center cut bacon,
cut into 1″ pieces
2 onions, cut lengthwise in
half, then sliced crosswise
1/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/4 C. chicken broth
8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
4 C. egg noodles, uncooked
1 (8 oz) tub cream cheese spread
2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Cook in stir bacon in large skillet
on medium heat until crisp; remove
bacon from skillet using slotted
spoon & drain on paper towels.
Drain all but 2 T. drippings from
skillet; add onions & cook 15-18
minutes until golden brown,
stirring occasionally. For the last
minute of stirring add flour, pepper
& half the bacon – whisk in broth
until blended (mixture will be
thick). Add chicken to crockpot &
cover with onion  mixture. Cover &
cook on Low 4-5 hours (or High
2-3 hours). About 15 minutes before
ready to serve, cook noodles accordg.
to pkg. directions, omitting salt. Drain
noodles & place on a platter. Top
with chicken, reserving onion mixture
in crockpot. Mix cream cheese spread,
milk & garlic powder in a bowl then add
to ingredients in crockpot & stir until
blended. Spoon mixture over chicken;
top with parsley & remaining bacon.
Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Santa Fe Rice Salad

2 C. cooked/cooled rice
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans,
drained/rinsed
3 ears fresh corn on the cob
(about 1 1/2 C. kernels)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 C. minced onion
2 T. white vinegar
2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
minced
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar

In medium bowl combine rice,
beans, corn kernels & onion. In
another small bowl whisk remaining
ingredients; pour over rice mixture &
mix well. Cover & chill 2-3 hours to
allow flavors to blend. Stir before
serving. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cold Sesame Noodles

1 lb. linguine or spaghetti
1 C. peanut butter
6 scallions (green onions),
thinly sliced
2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
2 T. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1/2 of a red pepper, cut into
strips

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain. In large
bowl combine remaining
ingredients; mix well. Add
pasta & toss to coat evenly.
Cover & chill at least 1 hour
before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Gazpacho (cold summer soup)

1 (46 oz) can tomato juice
1 C. diced cucumber
1 C. diced green bell pepper
1 C. sliced green onions
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 T. white vinegar
4 T. olive or vegetable oil
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
hot pepper sauce, to taste

In large bowl combine all ingredients;
mix well & serve chilled. Serves 8

Note: you can also add fresh chopped
tomato, thyme, rosemary,oregano,basil
or dill.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Grilled Cabbage Steaks w/Bacon &
Blue Cheese

6 slices bacon
1 pkg McCormick Grill Mates Smoky
Applewood Marinade
3 T. vegatable oil
2 T. cider vinegar
2 T. maple syrup
1 head green cabbage, cut into
3/4″ thick slices (about 6 ‘steaks’)
1/2 C. crumbled blue cheese
2 T. thinly sliced green onions

Cook bacon in large skillet on medium
heat until crisp; reserve 1 T. drippings;
crumble bacon. Mix Marinade Mix,
oil, vinegar, maple syrup & reserved
bacon drippings in small bowl until
well blended. Place cabbage steaks
in large ziplock bag or glass dish; add
marinade & toss to coat well.
Refrigerate 30 minutes (or longer)
for extra flavor. Remove from
marinade & reserve any leftover
marinade.
Heat grill to medium heat & grill
cabbage ‘steaks’ 5-6 minutes per
side until tender-crisp, brushing
with leftover marinade. Serve
steaks topped with blue cheese,
crumbled bacon & green onions.
Serves 6

(recipe: mccormick.com)
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Summertime Fluff

1/2 (16 oz) box orzo pasta
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
drained (reserve 1 C. juice)
1/3 C. sugar
1 T. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T. egg whites
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 C. vanilla Greek yogurt
1 1/2 C. miniature marshmallows
1/2 C. maraschino cherries, cut in
half
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Rinse under cold running water;
drain well. In saucepan over medium
heat combine reserved pineapple juice,
sugar, flour, salt & egg whites; cook
until mixture thickens & is smooth,
stirring constantly. Remove from heat
& stir in lemon juice – let cool.
In large bowl combine pasta, pineapple
juice mixture & yogurt. Stir in pineapple
tidbits & marshmallows; fold in mandarin
oranges, cherries & Cool Whip. Serve or
refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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It’s a gorgeous Summer day out – sunny with
a slight breeze; it’s 83 degrees F. now & supposed
to get up to 86 – WARM!

Gas prices are in the ‘decent’ range: $2.33/9 –
I read in our local paper that gas prices around
here are the lowest they’ve been in many years.
YAY!

Right now I’m happy I’m home in my nice
air conditioning with no particular plans for
the day other than making dinner later.

Enjoy your day;

Hugs;

Pammie