You WON!

For Christmas this year I chose a very ‘Techy” gift for my older (11 yrs) grandson; it’s called a 3D Doodler pen. What’s that, you ask? It’s a ‘pen’ which extrudes hot plastic in a thin stream which can be used to draw 3Dimensional objects! (I’ll admit, I saw a commercial on TV featurning it). I ordered the starter kit on Amazon. About a week or so ago one of the many craft sites I subscribe to had a contest to win a 3D pen so, every few days, I’d submit an entry. Today I got an email – I won one! (Yes, that makes TWO of those he’ll get for Christmas, but HOW COOL IS THAT!? This photo kind of gives you an idea of it: (the Soyee, I think, is demonstrating some child’s name on a ‘flag’)

Kids (and adults) can draw objects in 3Dimensions! (I’m thinking I’ll have to go to Amazon & order another ‘plastic sticks’ filler packet, as I’m not sure how many come in the kit – I can see them being used at a fast rate in the beginning, just trying to get the skill down.

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Cranberry Coffee Cake

1 stick butter or margarine (8 T., or
1/2 C., softened)
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract (could use
vanilla)
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. buttermilk
1 (14 oz) can whole berry
cranberry sauce
1 C. chopped nuts: pecans or
walnuts

Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
3-4 T. milk

Whisk together & drizzle over
fully baked/cooled cake.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Using elec. mixer & large bowl
cream together butter, sugar, eggs
& almond extract. In separate bowl
whisk flour, baking powder, baking
soda, salt & cinnamon; combine
dry ingredients into butter mixture.
Add sour cream & buttermilk, mix
until smooth. Spray a 9 X 13″ baking
pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread half batter in bottom of pan.
Spread half of cranberry sauce over
batter & swirl into batter using a
knife; sprinkle on top half the nuts &
repeat. Bake 40-50 minutes until
center tests done. Drizzle on glaze
when cake has cooled.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Ice Cube Chocolates

2 1/2 C. dark or milk chocolate chips
2 T. coconut oil

assorted fillings: peanut butter, shredded
coconut, nuts, caramels, chocolate-coated
candy, mini-marshmallows, etc.

Lightly spray two plastic ice cube trays
with nonstick cooking spray. In medium
microwave-safe bowl, combine choc.
chips & oil – microwave 60-90 seconds
until chips are melted, stirring occasionally.
Pour chocolate into trays, filling each cube
about one-third full. Place trays in freezer
2 minutes; remove & tilt to make sure
chocolate coats all sides of each cube.
Place trays back in freezer 2 minutes until
chocolate has thickened slightly. Tilt again
to make sure chocolate coats all sides of
cubes with a thicker coat of chocolate –
place back in freezer 2 more minutes until
set.

Fill each chocolate shell with about 1 tsp.
of your desired filling. Cover filling with melted
chocolate & tap ice cube trays on counter
to level chocolate; pour more melted
chocolate over top. Place trays in freezer
1 hour until hardened. Remove from freezer
& let stand 5 minutes. Unmold chocolates
by lightly twisting trays.

NOTE: To ‘fancy’ them up a bit, drizzle tops
with white chocolate & decorate each piece
with holiday sugar decorations.
Makes 20

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Christmas Beef Roast
Bacon-wrapped Tenderloin
w/balsamic glaze
(crockpot)

3-4 lb. beef tenderloin, 10 inches
long (the thick end of a whole
tenderloin)*
12 strips thick pepper bacon
1 small onion, sliced thin
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
3/4 C. beef stock
1/3 C. balsamic vinegar
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. sugar
1 T. flour
salt/pepper

*Ask for butcher to cut a whole
tenderloin in half so you can purchase
the thick end (OR) buy a Butt Beef
Tenderloin
Salt & pepper the tenderloing thoroughly;
lay bacon strips out on a clean surface,
touching each other so they create a
rectangular sheet of bacon. Lay tenderl.
across bacon & carefully wrap bacon ends
over the top. Secure bacon strips by
“sewing” toothpicks through the ends.

Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat &
place tender, toothpick-sides down, in skillet.
Brown bacon on all sides, turning as needed,
10 minutes.** Place tenderl. in crockpot &
pour pan drippings over top. Place sliced
onion, garlic cloves & rosemary sprigs
around it. Insert an oven-safe thermometer
in thickest part of meat; cover & cook on
Low 2-4 hours, when thermometer reaches
130 degrees F. (depending on weight &
thickness.)
Once temp. reaches 100 degrees F.,  mix
flour & sugar in medium bowl – whisk in
balsamic vinegar & mustard until there
are no clumps. Whisk in beef stock &
pour around meat; cover & continue
cooking until you reach 130 degrees F.

At 130 degrees F., remove meat & cover
with foil for at least 10 minutes. (Temp.
will continue to rise to 135 degrees F. as
it rests.) If needed, allow balsamic glaze
to continue simmering until thick.

To serve:
Remove toothpicks & slice into thin
rounds; top with balsamic glaze.
Serves 8

**This can be done ahead of time & the
seared meat can be refrigerated for
1-2 days, if needed.

(recipe: aspicyperspective.com)
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Crockpot Turtles Candy 

4 C. pecans, chopped
2 lb. almond bark
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 oz. chocolate baking bar
2 (12 oz, ea). pkgs. Rolo candies,
unwrapped*
candy sprinkles – optional

Place pecans, almond bark. choc.
chips & choc. baking bar in crockpot
set on Low. Cover & heat 1 1/2 – 2 hours
until melted. Uncover & stir until evenly
combined. Line 2 baking sheets with
parchment paper (or silicone mats). Lay
Rolos candies on paper, 2 inches apart.
Using a small cookie scoop**, scoop choc.
mixture, a little at a time, on each Rolo –
repeat until all Rolos are covered. Top
each candy with sprinkles, if desired.
Allow candy to cool until hardened.
Makes about 96

*If you want more caramel in each
bite, you can substitute caramels
in place of Rolos.

**If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you
can use a heaping Tablespoon/measuring
spoon.

(recipe; realhousemoms.com)
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Holiday Deviled Eggs

9 eggs
1/3 C. mayonnaise
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 T. sweet relish, drained (optional)
1/4 tsp. paprika (for dusting)

Place eggs in large saucepan & add
just enough water to cover. Bring to
boil over medium-high heat; remove
pan from heat, cover & let stand
20 minutes. Drain off water & run
cold water over eggs. Add some
ice cubes to pan & allow to cool
5-10 minutes.

Peel eggs, slice in half lengthwise &
remove yolks to a bowl. Arrange egg
white halves on a serving platter.
To yolk bowl add mayonnaise, mustard,
salt/pepper & relish – mix well. Fill egg
white halves with mixture & sprinkle
tops with paprika. Cover lightly with
plastic wrap & refrigerate until ready
to serve . Makes 18

(recipe; mrfood.com)
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Loaded Potato Cocktail Bites

3 1/2 C. frozen shredded potatoes,
thawed
1 egg, beaten
1/2 C. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. ready-to-serve bacon pieces

1/2 C. sour cream
2 T. chopped fresh chives

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 24 mini muffin cups with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine potatoes, egg, four,
salt/pepper – mix well. Add cheese
& bacon, mix until combined. Place
about a tablespoon of mixture in each
muffin cup & press down gently
(cups should be filled to the top).
Bake 18-20 minutes until crispy
brown. Let cool slightly (about 2
minutes) then run a knife around
edges & remove to a platter. Top
with sour cream & chives; serve
immediately. Makes 24

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Fried Mac ‘n Cheese Balls

1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen mac & cheese,
thawed
1 egg
1 T. water
1 c. Italian bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 C. vegetable oil

LIne a baking sheet with waxed
paper.
Using a small ice cream scoop or
teaspoon, shape mac & cheese
into 1-inch balls & place on prepared
sheet. Freeze 2 hours or until firm.

In a shallow dish beat egg & water. In
another shallow dish combine bread
crumbs, garlic powder & pepper. In
a deep saucepan over medium heat,
heat oil until hot. Dip frozen balls
into egg wash then roll in bread
crumbs. In small batches, fry balls
3-5 minutes until golden brown &
center is hot. Drain on a paper
towel-lined plate. Serve immediately.
Makes 22

NOTE: Keep remaining mac & cheese
balls frozen until ready to fry.

– If you have leftover mac & cheese, you
can use that instead of the frozen, just
make sure it’s chilled before rolling into
balls.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Overnight we’ve had about 2 inches of snow; the
roads are clear but the temperatures are LOW –
that reads: VERY COLD! Right now it’s 16 degrees F.
with a wind chill making it feel like -2 degrees F.
SOooooooo glad I don’t have to go out today/tonight!
The ‘not so nice thing’? Tomorrow night is the BIG
Christmas dinner/program for my special needs kids
and we’re supposed to get another 2 inches of snow
and wind chill making it feel like -5 degrees F. I know
that they’re planning on feeding 150 people so I’m
really hoping/praying the people still come with
those conditions. (otherwise I predict we’ll be taking
home LOTS of leftovers!).

Husband & I feel ‘about the same’ – not great,
not totally sick. He’s on antibiotics & I’m now on
Claritin…bad thing about Claritin? It can take several
DAYS before you start feeling results! GREAT…sigh.
The doctor said if I don’t start feeling better by
Wednesday, call him & he’ll order something else.
We’ll see – still sneezing, stuffed up which means
when Pammie’s sick – she’s CRANKY! Not good!
I did manage to get the Jan/Feb. newsletter done
yesterday for the group & it’s mailed to the church
office – hopefully I’ll be able to pick up the copies
tomorrow night and get them mailed out in the
next week or so – that’s one thing off my mind!
Christmas decorations? Nope, not yet – they’ll
come – hopefully, when I feel better. To husband
& I it’s NO BIGGIE! (don’t fret, it’s OK)

STAY HEALTHY!

Hugs;

Pammie

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More Holiday Recipes!

Today our temperatures are in the low 30’s with a light dusting of snow on the ground (supposed to get more later…sigh). I’m still feeling stuffy & ‘not my best’, am trying to decide if going to church tomorrow is a good idea (I hate to miss).

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Lots of appetizers & dips!

Shrimp & Crab Dip

8 imitation crab sticks
1 1/2 C. cooked shrimp
1/2 C. onion,chopped
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. black olives
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. mayonnaise

Place crab, shrimp, onion, celery &
black olives in food processor &
process until smooth. In a bowl
mix crab mixture, Cheddar cheese &
mayonnaise until combined. Chill
2 hours. Serve with crackers

(recipe: hoteatsandcoolreads.com)
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Hot Creamy Sausage Dip

1 lb. Bob Evans zesty hot roll
sausage
5 green onions, chopped/divided
1 C. sour cream
1/2 C. mayonnsie
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 (2 oz) jar chopped pimientos,
drained

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 1 quart baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet over medium heat
brown & crumble sausage until no
longer pink; drain & remove from
heat. Add all remaining ingredients
except 1 green onion & mix. Pour
mixture into prepared dish. Bake
20-25 minutes until bubbly. Garnish
with remaining chopped green
onion. Keep warm.
Serve with Melba toast, sesame or
wheat crackers.
Refrigerate leftovers. (Can be reheated
for later serving.

(recipe: lifeinmyemptynest.com)
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Fried Ravioli (appetizer)

1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs
1/2 C. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
10-14 store-bought fresh ravioli (NOT
frozen) – poster used Jumbo Four
Cheese)
2 eggs, room temp.
1/3 C. milk
oil for frying

Marinara sauce, for dipping (optional)

In shallow bowl combine bread crumbs,
Ital. seasoning & salt. Whisk eggs &
milk in another bowl. Dip raviolis in
egg mixture, then into bread crumbs
to coat. Repeat a second time so they
are double-coated – place them on
a wire rack.  You can either deep-fry
or pan fry raviolis. Heat oil to 350-
375 degrees F.
Raviolis take about 3 minutes to
cook; flip over about halfway through
to make sure they are cooked evenly.
Once golden, remove to a paper towel-
lined plate. They will puff up slightly
when cooked. Serve warm or room temp.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Warm Spinach Feta Cheese Dip

2 T. olive oil
7 C. fresh spinach (7 C.
fresh spinach=1 C. frozen,
thawed)
If you use thawed, you don’t
need to saute it
3 cloves garlic, minced
7 oz. cream cheese
1 C. Feta cheese, crumbled
1 C. plain Greek yogurt

Dippers:
rolls, chunks of baguettes,
crackers, pretzels

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large oven-safe skillet heat oil;
add spinach & saute until soft*.
Add garlic & saute 1-2 more minutes.
Turn off heat. In large bowl using electric
mixer, combine cream cheese,
crumbled Feta & Greek yogurt-
stir in sauteed spinach/garlic &
pour all back into skillet. Bake 15-20
minutes in oven until heated through.
Serve with dippers. Serves 6-8

(recipe can be doubled – you can
use frozen spinach, thawed & excess
water squeezed out.

*If you can’t fit all the spinach in
the skillet, half it & wait until it shrinks
enough to add the rest.

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Bacon-Asparagus Dippers

8 slices bacon, sliced in half
lengthwise
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
fresh ground black pepper

Caesar salad dressing for dipping

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a large, rimmed baking sheet
with parchment paper & top with
a cooling rack. Carefully wrap
each asparagus spear with a
piece of bacon in a spiral; repeat
with rest of bacon/asparagus &
season with pepper. Place on
rack & bake 28-30 minutes until
bacon is crispy. Serve with Caesar
salad dressing for dipping.
Makes 16 spears

(recipe: delish.com)
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Jalapeno Popper stuffed Mushrooms

20 button mushrooms, stems removed
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 slices bacon, cooked/chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt
ground black pepper

chopped chives – garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl combine cream
cheese, Cheddar, bacon, jalapeno
& garlic – season with salt/pepper.
Stuff mushroom tops with mixture
& transfer to a baking dish or sheet.
Bake 25 minutes until mushrooms
are cooked & mixture warmed through.
Garnish with chopped chives & serve.
Serves 20

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese

Fresh fruits for dippers:
orange slices/wedges, strawberries,
chunks of banana, etc.

In medium bowl using elec. mixer,
blend both ingredients until smooth.
Chill, if desired. Serve with any fresh
fruits.

(recipe: hoteatsandcoolreads.com)
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Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos

1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced
tomatoes & green chilies,
drained – liquid reserved
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 (6 oz) bag corn tortilla chips
1 C. shredded, cooked rotisserie
chicken
1 C. shredded Cheddar & Monterey
Jack cheese blend (4 oz)
1/4 C. sliced green onions
1 (2.25 oz) can sliced black olives,
drained

Optional toppings:
sour cream
guacamole
sliced jalapenos

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Reserve 1/2 C. drained tomatoes.
Stir together remaining tomatoes &
reserved liquid with refried beans
in medium bowl. Arrange chips on
large baking sheet. Top with bean/
tomato mixture & shredded
chicken – sprinkle top with cheese.
Bake 5 minutes until cheese melts.
Top with reserved tomatoes, green
onions & olives. Garnish with
optional toppings & serve
immediately. Serves 6

NOTE: You can replace the
chicken with cooked ground
beef

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
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Crockpot Chicken/Enchilada/Queso Dip

3 (8 oz, ea) blocks cream cheese
2 C. rotisserie chicken breast
(or 2 poached breasts, shredded)
1 can chopped green chilies
1 1/2 C. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 C. salsa verde
1 T. chopped green onions
1 plum tomato, diced

tortilla or corn chips, for dipping

Combine all ingredients (except
chips) in crockpot – reserving some
chopped tomato  for garnish. Cover
& cook on Low 1 1/2 hours until
all is melted. Stir & cover with
reserved tomatoes. Serve with
chips. Serves 10

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Easy Mexican Party Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. Mexican-style shredded 4-cheese,
divided (Kraft)
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) jar thick/chunky salsa
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Mix cream cheese, sour cream & 3/4 C.
shredded cheese until blended – spread
on bottom of crockpot. Top with beans,
then salsa. Cover & cook on Low 3-4
hours. Top with onions, cilantro &
remaining cheese.
Makes 40 (2 T. ea) servings

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Swedish Meatballs

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can beef broth
1 pkt. dry onion soup mix
2 T. A1 steak sauce
2 lb. frozen meatballs
8 oz sour cream (1 C.)
1 (16 oz) pkg. egg noodles

In crockpot mix soup with beef
broth, onion soup mix & A1 – stir
well. Add in frozen meatballs; cover
& cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
3-5 hours. Stir in sour cream. Cook
egg noodles accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain. Mix cooked noodles
into meatball mixture & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Still working on the ‘lovey’ for my special
needs friend – I’m just over half done – YAY!
(Monday husband & I go to the doctors,
so he said we can stop at JoAnn’s, if I need,
to pick up more yarn for this project).

Hope you are enjoying your day – STAY
HEALTHY – if you can!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Every year I procrastinate when it comes
to putting up Christmas decorations and this
year is no different. As a child I loved getting
to do that – as an adult, not so much. So far
we have 3 snowmen (statues) ‘up’, that’s it
(and those I got down last week!).

I’m Happy- getting things done!

Thought this was a clever idea-made with candy canes!

Well, I’m ‘back to normal’ (that means no more sitting around in my jammies doing nothing!). First thing this morning found me attempting to locate an order on Amazon (oldest grandson’s main gift) – yes, they shipped it – NO (even thought they say yes) it’s NOT here! Received the other item that was in the order but not the one I really wanted. Took me a good 5 minutes of rooting around their site to find out just WHERE to look to get some action on locating said item! Ended up on Amazon Chat with a nice gentleman named Orlando who researched it then offered to send me a replacement  (YAY!) AND it will be here TOMORROW! I was concerned because it’s a toy that’s just new this year; very interesting technology: it’s called a 3Doodler Start 3D writing pen (& accessories). Basically it’s kind of like a fat pen that has thin plastic ‘cartridges’ by which you can draw anything in 3D – like drawing an UPRIGHT house! I thought he would find it interesting (he’s 11 1/2). Think of it almost like a glue gun (except it doesn’t get hot) – it extrudes liquid plastic in a thin line which you can use to draw UPRIGHT with! (Hope he likes it).

Was going out today & noticed our gas prices have jumped from $2.39/9 (last night) to $2.79/9 today – WOW! Good thing I was able to redeem my Kroger Fuel Points – got my gas for $2.15/9! Score!

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Crockpot Gingerbread
Pudding Cake

1/4 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. molasses
1 C. water
1 1/4 C. (whole wheat) or
all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping:
6 T. brown sugar
3/4 C. hot water
1/4 C. butter, melted

Spray insides of 3-4 qt. crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl, using elec. mixer, beat
butter & sugar until combined. Add
egg & beat until combined. Add
vanilla, molasses & water – Start
at LOW speed & beat until combined.
(there might be a few flecks of butter
in batter, but that’s OK).
Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon,
ginger, salt & nutmeg – beat until
combined – pour into crockpot.
Sprinkle top with brown sugar.
Combine hot water & melted
butter – pour over brown sugar –
DO NOT STIR. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm
with ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves 6

(recipe: thereciprebel.com)
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Cranberry/Almond Cheese Ball

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
4 oz. sharp white Cheddar cheese,
grated
2/3 C. dried cranberries
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (6 oz) pkg. whole almonds (poster
uses Blue Diamond Smokehouse flavor)

Combine first 4 ingredients in medium
bowl, stirring until well combined. Spoon
contents onto a plate & use plastic wrap
to form into a ball; refrigerate at least 1
hour. Cover entire ball with whole almonds
(you may have some leftover). Refrigerate
until ready to serve. Serve with assorted
breads, pretzels or crackers for dippers.
Makes 8 servings

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Pepperoni Pizza Twists

1 lb. pkg. refrigerated pizza
dough, room temp.
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
6 T. grated Parmesan cheese
(or more, if you like)
3 T. olive oil
4 oz. sliced pepperoni*
4 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Roll dough out into a rectangle on
lightly floured surface. Combine
garlic powder, parsley, Parm. cheese,
red pepper flakes in small bowl –
sprinkle about half onto dough.
Sprinkle Mozz. cheese on one half
of dough & top with *pepperoni (if
you are using mini pepperoni, you can
leave it whole – if using full-sized, cut
them in quarters). Fold the side of dough
without pepperoni over to other side,
covering filling. Use a sharp knife or pizza
cutter to cut dough into thin strips (You
will get about 12 strips out of 1 lb. dough).
You will be placing the strips on  parchment-
lined baking sheets.
Twist strips a few times & press down
on ends to keep them closed. Brush tops
of twists with olive oil & sprinkle with
seasoning blend – place on sheet,
seasoned sides down. Brush other side
of twists with oil & sprinkle with seasoning
blend, again. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden
brown. Serve with marinara sauce (or Ranch
dressing). Serves 12

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Potato/Bacon Bake

3 lb. potatoes, peeled/halved
(the short way)
1 lb. bacon, diced
2 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided
1 medium onion, sliced
2 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt (or more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. black pepper (or more,
to taste)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. green onions, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Parboil potatoes (boil about 10
minutes); drain & let cool. While
potatoes are boiling, saute diced
bacon, onion & garlic until bacon
is browned & onions soft. Remove
from pan but reserve grease in pan.
After potatoes have cooled, carefully
slice them into discs. In same pan
with bacon grease, melt butter. Mix
in flour & salt, stirring constantly to
avoid burning flour. As soon as flour
is mixed in, begin pouring in  milk,
still stirring. Continue to cook until
slightly thick, then add 2 C. cheese &
black pepper, stirring until melted –
remove from heat. Spoon & spread
some sauce into bottom of a 9 X 13″
baking dish. Make a single layer of
sliced potatoes. Sprinkle half of bacon/
onion  mixture over then pour half of
sauce on top. Make a second layer of
potato slices followed by remaining
bacon & onion mixture – add rest of
sauce & spread out evenly. Sprinkle
remaining 1/2 C. shredded cheese on
top. Bake 45 minutes until top is
bubbling & golden. Let cool 15 minutes
before serving. Top with chopped
green onion. Serves 4-6

(recipe: cooktopcove.com)
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Beef Lombardi Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. salt
black pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 bay leaf
1 pkg. egg noodles, cooked
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
6 green onions, chopped
1 C. sour cream
2 C. grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Brown
beef over medium heat in skillet;
drain. Add garlic – cook until soft.
Add tomatoes, honey, salt/pepper,
bay leaf & Tabasco; lower heat to
simmer – cook 30 minutes. Combine
cooked noodles, cream cheese, green
onions & sour cream – mix well.
Alternately layer: noodle mixture,
tomato mixture & grated cheese,
ending with cheese on top. Cover
with foil & bake 30 minutes until
heated through & bubbly.

NOTE: can be frozen after being
prepared before or after baking

(recipe: 07recipes.com)
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Sweet Potato Hash

2 T. olive oil
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled/
chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
salt/pepper, to taste

Heat large, deep skillet over medium-
high heat. Add oil & allow to heat
through. Add sweet potatoes & cook
2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
2 T. hot water to pan (this will create
steam); cover & continue to cook
3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add remaining ingredients & stir to
combine. Cook until sweet potatoes are
soft on inside & peppers/onions are crisp-
tender (about 10 minutes). Taste &
adjust seasoning to your liking.
Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Restaurant-style French Onion Soup

1/4 C. unsalted butter
2 C. sweet yellow onions, diced
1 tsp. dried Basil (optional)
1 (1 oz) pkg. Au Jus Gravy Mix
3 C. water

Optional Toppings;
4 slices baguette bread, toasted
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

In medium sauce pot melt butter over
medium-high heat. Add onions & cook,
stirring often, until caramelized & lightly
browned (about 20 minutes). If you like:
stir in basil & cook 1-2 minutes more. In
a 2-Cup measuring cup, add 1 C. cold
water & packet of Au Jus gravy mix. Stir
vigorously with a fork until well combined
& smooth – pour into pot with remaining
2 C. water. Bring to boil while stirring
often. Once boiling, reduce heat & simmer
about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Serves 4

Optional Restaurant-style soup:
Divide cooked soup among four oven-safe
bowls. Top each with 1 slice of toasted
baguette & a good sprinkling of mozzarella
cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet &
place under Broiler until lightly browned
on top (about 3-4 minutes). Serve immediately.

(recipe:southernplate.com)
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Fudge-filled Peanut Butter Bars

Crust & Topping:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. butter, room temp.
2 eggs, beaten

Filling:
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
3 T. butter
1 C. sweetened flake coconut
3/4 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl combine cake mix (dry), peanut
butter, butter & eggs until dough
starts to hold together (mixture will
be very thick). Press 2/3 rds of dough
into bottom of prepared pan forming
crust.
Filling:
In medium saucepan combine chocolate
chips, milk & butter; melt over low heat
until smooth. Stir in coconut, brown sugar,
flour & chopped pecans – mix until combined
well. Remove from heat; spread filling over
dough in pan. Crumble rest of dough evenly
over filling & bake 20-25 minutes. Allow
to cool before cutting into bars.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Knitting-wise I’ve been OK – still working on
the mint green baby blanket. Along with that
have knit 3-4 scarves for the needy. I have a
upcoming ‘new’ project – this is another of
those “Gifts of Love” . . . what do I mean by
that? If you’ve been reading my blog for a
few years you might remember the “Afghan
from Hell” – a very nice older lady approached
me at Panera (during my Knit Night group) and
asked if anyone could repair an afghan? Long
story short: a very dear friend (very old lady)
had begun to crochet/knit an afghan for this
person but was put in hospital. While in there
the family dog chewed up a good portion AND
a well-meaning family member decided to try
to CUT OUT the chew spots – it was a HUGE MESS!
I knew that none of my ladies would even consider
that so I took it home. End result: I managed to
make her a almost new blanket – she was thrilled.
She & her husband cried when I showed it to them.
Well – advance a few years and now the new
project: in my special needs group is an absolutely
DELIGHTFUL man. His mother recently asked me
if I knew anyone who would attempt to knit/crochet
a copy of a VERY loved blanket he’s had since he
was a baby? I said I’m not great at crochet, but if
she would text me a photo, I’d see what I can do.
Well, friends – it’s another “blanket from hell” –
it used to be lime green & white, now it’s a
basketball-sized WAD of crocheted MESS! (it’s
kind of dark green & cream – you can tell it’s
REALLY been loved!)

Photo from my cell phone

She said he won’t sleep
without it so I asked her if he would even
consider a replacement – she said it will take
awhile – we’ll see. She wants more of a
‘lovey’ than an afghan (meaning smaller).
I have lime green & white yarn so I began
about 4 inches, attempting to copy the photo.
There’s a spot (in the ‘wad’) that looks more
like created crocheted ‘holes’ – I’m not real
familiar with those so I’m hoping she might
either take another photo close up OR
bring it tonight to my special needs group.
We’ll see where this goes – it’s not like it’s
my first (blanket from hell) rodeo! Call me
crazy but I DO love a challenge!

Hope you are doing well this day –

Hugs;

Pammie

The beginning of another week . . .

After reading our weather report for the coming week I’m not too excited about Weds – Sunday; temps HIGH 31 with possible snow – ugh. Glad I finished my Christmas shopping (on Black Friday/on line) – there’s a few small things to still pick up but nothing big.

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Orange Jell-O Pretzel Dessert

3/4 C. butter, melted
1 T. plus 3/4 C. sugar (divided)
2 C. finely crushed pretzels
2 C. boiling water
2 (3 oz, ea) pkgs. orange Jell-o
2 (8 oz, ea) cans crushed pineapple,
drained
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed

Additional Cool Whip &
mandarin oranges – garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix melted butter & 1 T. sugar in a
bowl; stir in pretzels. Press mixture
into bottom of ungreased 9 X 13″
baking dish. Bake 10 minutes – cool
completely on wire rack.
Pour dry Jell-o into large bowl; add
boiling water & stir 2 minutes to
completely dissolve. Stir in fruit &
refrigerate until partially set, about
30 minutes.
In a bowl beat cream cheese &
remaining sugar until smooth; fold
in 2 C. Cool Whip & spread over
cooled crust. Gently spoon Jell-o
mixture over top & refrigerate,
covered, until firm, 2-4 hours.
To serve:
Cut into squares, top with Cool
Whip & mandarin oranges.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Sausage Breakfast
Casserole

1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen shredded
has brown potatoes
1 pkg. JIMMY DEAN hearty
original sausage crumbles
2 C. (8 oz) shredded mozzarella
cheese
1/2 C. (2 oz) shredded Parmesan
cheese
1/2 C. sun-dried tomatoes packed
in oil; drained/sliced thin*
6 green onions, sliced
12 eggs
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Spray 6 qt (or larger) crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray. Layer
half of potatoes on bottom. Top
with half sausage, both cheeses,
tomatoes & green onions – repeat
layer. Beat eggs, milk, salt/pepper in
large bowl using wire whisk, until
well blended – pour evenly over
mixture in pot. Cover & cook on
Low 8 hours or High 4 hours until
eggs are set.

*can substitute 1 C. chopped
fresh tomatoes for sun-dried.

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Crab & Cream Cheese Dip

2 green onions, sliced thin/divided
1/2 C. finely chopped red bell
pepper
1 (8 oz) tub soft cream cheese
1 (6 oz) can lump crab meat,
drained
1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
1 T. Dijon mustard

crackers, for dipping

Set aside 2 T. sliced green onions.
Mix remaining onions with all
remaining ingredients (not crackers).
Refrigerate mixture at least 1 hour;
sprinkle top with reserved sliced
onions & serve with crackers.
Serves 18 (2 T. spread/5 crackers
per serving)

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Cornbread Chicken Casserole

1 (8.5 oz) box cornbread mix (Jiffy)
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
1 (14 oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (4 oz) can green chilies, drained/
chopped
2 C. cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 C. salsa (your choice)
1 1/2 C. Mexican Four cheese blend,
shredded
1/3 C. milk
1 egg
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 T. fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl stir milk, egg, butter & cornbread
mix until well incorporated. Pour into
prepared dish & bake 15-20 minutes until
just set. Combine enchil. sauce, salsa, green
chilies, corn, cumin & red pepper flakes in
a bowl. Remove cornbread from oven; poke
top of cornbread all over with a fork & pour
enchiliada sauce mixture over top. Spread
shredded chicken on top & sprinkle with
cheese. Bake another 15-20 minutes until
cornbread is cooked through & cheese is
melted. Remove & let cool 5-10 minutes.
Garnish with cilantro, if using & serve hot.
serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Bacon “crack” Bites
(appetizer)

1 pkg. bacon, strips cut in
half horizontally
32 Club (rectangular) crackers
1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan
cheese
ground black pepper

Ranch salad dressing, for dipping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with
parchment paper & arrange
crackers on sheet. Sprinkle tops
with Parmesan. Tightly wrap each
cracker with bacon & place seam-
sides down, on sheet – top with
more cheese. Bake 48-50 minutes
until bacon is cooked through &
bites are crisp. Season with pepper
& serve with Ranch dressing for
dipping. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cheesy Lasagna Soup

1 lb. ground turkey or beef
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 T. dry minced onion
1 (28 oz) can whole tomatoes,
drained & pureed to desired
texture (using your blender)
2 T. brown sugar
2 tsp. dry Italian seasoning
1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
3 C. chicken broth
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/2 C. dry lasagna noodles,
broken into pieces
salt/pepper, to taste

shredded mozzarella cheese –
garnish

In large pot brown ground
meat with garlic & onion; cook
until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth,
brown sugar, Ital. seasoning & salt/
pepper -stir to combine. Bring  mixture
to a boil; reduce heat to Medium &
simmer 15 minutes. Add lasagna
noodle pieces; cook until tender,
approx. 10-15 minutes more. Stir
in Parmesan cheese. Top with
mozzarella cheese when serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Crockpot Gingerbread
Pudding Cake

1/4 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. molasses
1 C. water
1 1/4 C. (whole wheat) or
all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping:
6 T. brown sugar
3/4 C. hot water
1/4 C. butter, melted
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Optional toppings:
Ice cream
Whipped cream

Spray insides of 3-4 qt. crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl, using elec. mixer, beat
butter & sugar until combined. Add
egg & beat until combined. Add
vanilla, molasses & water – Start
at LOW speed & beat until combined.
(there might be a few flecks of butter
in batter, but that’s OK).
Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon,
ginger, salt & nutmeg – beat until
combined – pour into crockpot.
Sprinkle top with brown sugar.
Combine hot water & melted
butter – pour over brown sugar –
DO NOT STIR. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm
with ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves 6

(recipe: thereciprebel.com)

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Hope you are all well and beginning to
enjoy the Christmas Spirit! Remember –
don’t over-do it (ie: stop & get some rest
if you need it, drink water, etc.). This is
‘supposed’ to be a FUN thing, right?

Hugs;

Pammie

A Little Bit of This ‘n That –

So – I survived Black Friday – did you? I was very happy to spend the day at my computer searching the sales ON LINE! Managed to just about finish my Christmas gift shopping – YAY! Only one item ‘might’ get here after Christmas (a gift for the baby – small toy) so I’m not too disappointed. This year, once again, is ‘practical gifts’; years ago when the guys were younger there was time to buy some ‘fun’ gifts like t-shirts with goofy sayings, or pajama bottoms that looked like blue jeans but now that they are all in their 20’s (& one in his 30’s) it’s time to resort to “What do they NEED gifts. With that comes the ‘went a little over what I wanted in the budget’ but that’s OK – at least I know that each one is getting something that they need AND that they probably can’t afford right now. I remember those days back when I was young & single – very little money and trying to stretch it as far as I could, sometimes ignoring some things that probably needed fixing, etc. The LORD has blessed us abundantly and we’re just grateful we can help out while we can – ever been in that situation?

Along with all the on-line shopping I ran into some things for sale that I thought were just totally ridiculous, like candy canes in flavors I NEVER would have imagined, like: Bacon, Coffee, Rotisserie chicken! Really??? Oh, and then there’s a Dog Breed DNA testing kit, a Helicopter Tour over Maui, Hawaii and a Private Aviation membership – if you have the extra $$$, I guess . . . in case you might need some gift ‘ideas’ . . . sigh.

There are quite a few ‘after Thanksgiving’ recipes out there – I just haven’t taken the time to type them up yet, so I’m just going to post recipes I already have ready for you:

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Caramel Pumpkin Pie Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 T. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
5 graham crackers, crushed/
divided
3 T. caramel sauce, divided

whipped cream
crushed pecans

apple slices, for dipping

In a bowl mix cream cheese with
powdered sugar & vanilla until
well combined. Stir in pumpkin &
pumpkin pie spice – mix well.  Pour
a thin layer of crushed graham
cracker crumbs in bottom of serving
dish; top with a layer of pumpkin
mixture – spread evenly. Top with
1 T. caramel sauce, spread evenly
over pumpkin – repeat layering
once more. Top with whipped
cream, remaining graham crackers,
caramel sauce & pecans. Serve with
apple slices for dipping. Refrigerate
any leftovers. Serves 10

(recipe: mymagazine)
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Chili-Cornbread Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (8.5 oz) box corn muffin mix (Jiffy)
2 C. Mexican-cheese blend, shredded/
divided
1/3 C. milk
1 onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds/ribs removed,
finely chopped
1 egg
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt/ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large skillet over medium-high heat
brown beef, onion & jalapeno until
beef is no longer pink & veggies are
softened; drain fat. Season with salt/
pepper; stir in cumin, chili powder,
garlic powder, tomatoes, enchi. sauce &
kidney beans; cook 7-10 minutes until
mixture has reduced slightly. Transfer
to a baking dish & sprinkle 1 1/2 C.
cheese on top. In large bowl, prepare
corn muffin mix accordg. to pkg. directions;
stirring in egg & 1/3 C. milk until smooth.
Stir in remaining cheese & pour mixture
evenly over top of casserole ingredients.
Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of cornbread comes
out mostly clean. Remove from oven &
serve hot. Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Country Chicken ‘n Rice

1 (3 to 3 1/2 lb. chicken, cut
into 8 pieces
6 C. water
2 (15 oz,ea) cans tomato sauce
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 T. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. long or whole-grain rice,
rinsed.

In large pot bring all ingredients
(except rice) to a boil over medium-
high heat. Cover & allow to boil 35
minutes. Add rice & cook 25-30
minutes longer until rice is tender,
no pink remains in chicken & chicken
juices run clear.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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(This one could use cooked turkey instead)

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

1 (1 lb) box jumbo pasta shells
2 C. cooked/shredded chicken
1 C. ricotta cheese
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. fresh chopped parsley (more
for garnish, if desired)
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste
Sauce:
4 T. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 C. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook pasta shells accordg. to pkg.
directions for al dente; drain &
return to pot. In large bowl combine
chicken, ricotta, 1/2 C. mozzarella,
1/2 C. Parmesan & parsley; season
with salt/pepper & mix well.
Alfredo Sauce:
In a skillet over medium heat
melt butter; add garlic & cook
2 minutes then add cream
cheese & whisk until completely
combined. Stir in milk, rest of
cheeses & bring to a simmer.
Season with salt/pepper & let
thicken over low heat 3-5
minutes.
Spray a casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray &
spread a layer of sauce in bottom.
Stuff cooked shells with chicken
mixture & place in baking dish.
Spoon more sauce over all
shells & bake 15 minutes until
warmed thoroughly & bubbly.
Garnish with parsley. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Saucy Swiss Steak

1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing
1 boneless beef chuck steak (1 lb),
cut into 4 pieces
1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. tomato paste
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1/2 C. beef broth
1 green pepper, chopped

2 C. cooked, hot mashed potatoes
1/2 C. shredded Swiss cheese

Heat salad dressing in large skillet on
medium-high heat. Coat meat with
flour; gently shake off excess flour.
Cook meat in skillet 2-3 minutes on
each side until evenly browned on
both sides; remove from heat. Combine
tomato paste, tomatoes & broth in
crockpot; add meat & peppers. Cover
& cook on Low 8-10 hours, or High
3-4 hours. Serve meat over cooked
mashed potatoes & top with cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Vegetable/Lentil Soup

1 (16 oz) bag brown lentils
8 C. vegetable stock
1 (15.5 oz) can fire-roasted
diced tomatoes
2 medium white potatoes, diced
2 large carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 large onion, diced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. fresh kale, chopped

Add all ingredients to crockpot
(except Kale) & stir. Cover & cook
on Low 6-7 hours. Add kale to
crockpot & cook another 15 minutes
until desired tenderness. Serves 6

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Cranberry-Orange Shortbread
Cookies

1/2 C. dried cranberries (Craisins)
3/4 C. sugar, divided
2 1/2 C. flour (spooned & leveled,
not scooped)
1 C. butter, cold/cubed
1 tsp. almond extract
zest of 1 orange
1-2 T. fresh orange juice (optional)

additional sugar to coat cookies before
baking, if desired

LIne a baking sheet with parchment
paper. Combine cranberries & 1/4 C.
sugar in food processor or blender –
process just until cranberries are broken
down into smaller pieces. Combine
flour & remaining sugar in large bowl.
Using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives) cut
in butter (you want very fine crumbs).
Stir in almond, cranberries & sugar
mixture, orange zest & orange juice
(if using). Using your hands, knead
dough until it comes together & forms
a ball. Shape dough into a log about
2 inches in diameter; wrap in plastic
wrap & refrigerate 2 hours or up to
72 hours.

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Cut slices of cookie dough about 1/4″
thick. (Sugar coating – if using: Place
about 1/2 C. sugar in a bowl & coat
cookie slices in sugar) Place cookies on
baking sheet – bake 12-15 minutes just
until cookies are set. DO NOT OVER
BAKE. (poster pulls hers at 12 minutes).
Let cookies cool several minutes on
sheet before removing to a cooling
rack. Let cool completely. Store in
air tight container for 3 days or freeze
up to 3 months. Makes 2 1/2 dozen
cookies.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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This year I did something different: I
had a 14 lb. frozen turkey in the freezer
& decided to try something the ‘other
grandma’ does each holiday: cook an
entire holiday meal the day before so
that she & her husband have their own
holiday foods AFTER the holiday. Each
holiday she doesn’t take any leftovers
home – she already has an entire meal
AT HER HOUSE. At first I thought that
was pretty strange, but then I got to
thinking about it: each holiday I haul
home the leftover ‘sides’, but there’s
usually not a lot of leftover turkey/ham
so I don’t take that. THIS YEAR we have
leftover mashed potatoes, green bean
casserole, wild rice pilaf, rolls, cranberry
relish & dessert AND a 14# cooked
turkey! That worked out well because
both younger sons stopped over yesterday,
saying: “Hey, Mom – got any leftovers?”
Too funny – now that they’re both living
on their own, I guess leftovers sound
pretty good! After ‘our’ turkey had
cooked/cooled I totally stripped the
carcass so now we have meat for
sandwiches, etc. – have to say the
‘other gdma’ had a good idea! Not
sure if I’ll do that for Christmas, but
we’ll see. I’ve learned, many years
ago – if you want a turkey ON SALE
buy it during Thanksgiving sales
because they go back up in price
right after the holiday; I was able
to get a 14.5 lb. turkey at 49 cents
a pound this past week, so I’m
happy!

Enough about all that – hope you
had a GREAT holiday!

Hugs;

Pammie

The “Day Before”!

Here we are at the ‘last’ day BEFORE Thanksgiving cooking, etc. Lots of recipes – this time I tried to pick ones that are a little ‘different’ – perhaps to ‘inspire you’?

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Hot-Water Gingerbread

1/2 C. boiling water
1/2 C. shortening
1/2 C. white sugar
3/4 C. molasses
2 eggs
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl pour hot water
over shortening. Add sugar &
molasses – mix well using elec.
mixer. Add eggs & continue
mixing. Mix flour, baking powder,
baking soda, cinnamon, ginger,
cloves & salt using a wire mixer –
add to molasses mixture. Mix
just until all ingredients are wet.
Spray a 9 X 9″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Pour
mixture into pan & bake 35-40
minutes until center is done.
Makes about 9 servings.
(can add a lemon glaze or
whipped cream when serving.)

Lemon Glaze:
1/4 C. lemon juice
1 T. lemon zest
1 (or more) C. powdered sugar

Mix ingredients using wire whisk
& spread over hot gingerbread.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Creamy Pumpkin Soup

1 (29 oz) can pure pumpkin
1 3/4 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. water
1/4 C. firmly packed light
brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 C. Half & Half

In large saucepan combine all
ingredients except Half & Half;
mix well & bring to boil over
medium heat, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat to Low & stir in Half
& Half until well blended. Cover &
simmer until heated through.
Serve immediately. Serves 5

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Apple Slaw

3 T. olive oil
2 T. mayonnaise
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. hot sauce
1 T. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (16 oz) pkg. shredded coleslaw
mix
1 large apple, cored/diced
4 sliced cooked bacon, crumbled

In large bowl whisk olive oil,
mayonnaise, mustard, lemon
juice, hot sauce, sugar & salt.
Add coleslaw mix & apple &
toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle
top with bacon & serve (OR)
cover & refrigerate until ready
to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Brown Sugar Carrots
(also OVEN & stovetop methods)

5 lb. bag carrots, peeled/cut into
3/4″ coins
1/4 C. unsalted butter
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Place all ingredients in crockpot &
mix together. Cover & cook on Low
4 hours. Garnish with additional
brown sugar when serving, if
desired.
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OVEN:
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a large foil-lined pan with
nonstick spray. Mix all ingredients
& pour into pan. Bake 25-30
minutes.
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STOVETOP:
Boil carrots 5-7 minutes. Place
all ingredients in large pan &
cook carrots until glazed &
thickened.

(recipe: dinnerthendessert.com)
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Turkey Gravy (from drippings)

1/4 C. fat skimmed from drippings
1/4 C. flour
2 C. drippings
1 T. butter or heavy cream
salt/pepper, to taste

Place fat in large saucepan over
medium heat; let fat melt & then
sprinkle flour on top. Using a
wooden spoon, stir continuously
until fat & flour have formed a
mixture. Continue stirring until flour
browns slightly, 4-5 minutes. If
drippings have cooled, heat them up
in microwave 30 seconds or more
until they are hot. (NOTE: if you
have less drippings than recipe
calls for – supplement with turkey
or chicken broth). Whisk in hot
drippings to flour mixture – keep
whisking until liquids are fully
incorporated. Bring gravy to a
simmer & continue simmering
until it reaches desired consistency.
Season with salt/pepper then stir in
1 T. butter or heavy cream. Serve
hot. Serves 8
Recipe can easily be doubled or
tripled.

NOTE:
Too thick: add broth
Too thin:  mix 1 T. butter with
1 T. flour- whisk in
Lumps:  use a strainer
Fat from drippings: can
be supplemented with butter
if you need more.
Drippings:  can be supplemented
with turkey or chicken broth if
you need more.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Sweet Potato Crisp

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 (40 oz) can sweet potatoes,
drained
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 C. packed brown sugar,
divided
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
2/3 C. chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. old fashioned or quick-
cooking oats, uncooked
1/3 C. cold butter or margarine,
cut into small chunks
1/4 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Using elec. mixer, beat cream
cheese, potatoes, cinnamon &
1/4 C. sugar until blended. Spray
1 1/2 qt. casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray; spoon
potato mixture into dish & top
with chopped apples & cranberries.
In a medium  bowl combine flour, oats
& remaining sugar; cut in butter using
a pastry blender or 2 knives until
mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in nuts & sprinkle over fruit.
Bake 35-40 minutes until heated
through. Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Southern Pea Salad

1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen sweet peas,
thawed
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
4-6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
(OR) 1 C. cooked, chopped ham
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. celery seeds (or
1/2 C. chopped celery)
dash cayenne
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream

Combine peas, eggs, bacon,
onion, cheese, pepper/salt,
garlic powder, celery &
cayenne in large bowl. Mix
in mayonnaise & sour cream.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Really Good Rice Pudding

1 1/2 C. water
3/4 C. uncooked medium white
rice
2 C. milk, divided
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

In medium saucepan over
high heat, bring water to boil.
Stir in rice; reduce heat to Low
& simmer, covered, 15-20
minutes until water is absorbed
by rice. In large saucepan over
medium heat, combine 1 1/2 C.
milk, sugar, salt & rice; mix well.
Cook 10-15 minutes until
thickened, stirring constantly.
Stir in remaining 1/2 C. milk &
egg; cook 2 minutes more,
stirring constantly. Remove from
heat & stir in butter & vanilla;
place in serving bowl & refrigerate
until chilled. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot (3 qt)
Warm Honey Fruit Spread
(appetizer)

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
cubed & softened
1/2 C. honey
1/2 C. chopped dried fruit
1/4 C. chopped pecans
2 tsp. orange marmalade
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Dippers:
shortbread cookies
graham crackers
biscuits
scones

Beat cream cheese & honey at
medium speed using elec. mixer
until creamy. Stir in dried fruit &
remaining ingredients. Spoon
into 3 qt. crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low 2 1/2 hours. Stir before
serving. Serve with dippers.
Makes 2 1/2 Cups

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crispy Apple Rings

1 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
4 T. sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 C. milk
1 egg
3/4 C. vegetable oil
4 large apples, peeled/
cored & sliced into 1/4-inch
rings
2 tsp. cinnamon

In large bowl combine flour,
baking powder, 2 T. sugar & salt –
mix well. Add milk & egg, beating
until well mixed. In large, deep
skillet, heat oil over medium-high
heat. Dip apple rings into batter
then place in skillet & cook in
batches 2-3 minutes per side,
until golden. Drain on paper
towel-lined plate. In small bowl
combine cinnamon & remaining
2 T. sugar; mix well & sprinkle
over apple rings. Serve
immediately. Makes about 36
rings.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Last night was Knit Night & we had a
‘small but cosy’ seven people attend.

After chatting with oldest son about
final food list for the holiday, I think I’ll
do a quick grocery run to local small
grocery store & pick up fresh cranberries
& an orange to make cran-orange relish.
(I kinda tried to get him to make it but
he said he hadn’t ordered cranberries-
I’m guessing at work? so I dropped it.)
I’m sure we’ll have more than enough
food for the day – only ‘new’ glitch –
dinner has been moved up from the
traditional 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. (let’s just
say my husband is not very happy
he has to start making mashed potatoes
EARLY in the day . . . sigh).

Hope all of your preparations are going
well.  Remember to take a little time out
to ‘rest’ and ENJOY the day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

 

Getting closer …

Just got home from grocery shopping at Kroger – even made sure I got there early (9: 15 a.m.) and still ended up with many aisles crowded with not so happy-to-be-there customers. Oh well, hopefully I’m done with all that – bought more than I expected but I know it will all be used – eventually. They had those little Clementine oranges (“Cuties”) on sale for $2.99 a bag so I grabbed some (not on my list) and a few other things – Yep, I’m an impulse buyer!

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Apple Walnut Crumb Pie

1 (9 inch) frozen pie crust
1 (21 oz) can apple pie filling
1 C. flour
1/2 C. firmly packed light
brown sugar
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 C. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Arrange pie crust on a baking
sheet. Evenly spread apple
pie filing into crust. Combine
flour & brown sugar in a medium
bowl. Stir in mayonnaise using a
fork until mixture is the size of
coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts &
evenly sprinkle mixture over apples.
Bake 45 minutes until golden brown
& bubbling. Cool slightly on wire
rack. Serve warm or room temp.
Serves 6

(recipe: hellmanns.com)
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Crockpot Wild Rice Stuffing

2 T. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 ribs celery, finely sliced
1 (16 oz) pkg. fresh mushrooms,
sliced (cremini, baby bella, etc.)
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 1/2 C. RICE MIX (uncooked
brown & wild, rinsed & drained)
5 1/2 C. chicken broth
2/3 C. dried cranberries
1 T. chopped fresh sage
1 T. chopped fresh thyme
1/2 C. slivered almonds, toasted

In large skillet heat oil over medium;
add onions & celery – cook, stirring
occasionally, until onion is softened &
lightly brown, about 8 minutes. Increase
heat to medium-high; add mushrooms &
cook, stirring often, about 6 minutes, until
mushrooms are soft & most of liquid has
evaporated. Stir in salt/pepper – remove
from heat. In 3-4 qt crockpot stir together
wild rice blend & sauteed vegetables.
Carefully pour in broth; gently stir. Cover
& cook on Low 5-6 hours or High 2-3
hours, until rice is tender. Turn off
crockpot; stir in cranberries, sage &
thyme. Taste & adjust seasonings.
Cover & let stand 10  minutes. Just
before serving, sprinkle toasted
almonds on top. Serve warm.
Serves 8

NOTE: Can be made ahead:
Saute celery/onions/mushrooms up
to 2 days in advance & store in fridge.
Add all ingredients to crockpot just
before cooking.

(recipe: wellplated.com)
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Crockpot Spicy Queso Dip

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/ribs
removed, chopped fine
1/2 poblano pepper, seeded/ribs
removed, chopped fine
1 shallot, peeled/chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, minced fine
8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz. Gouda cheese, shredded
4 oz. cubed cream cheese
1 T. cornstarch & 1 T. water
1 1/2 C. Half & Half

chips, for dipping

Place cheeses & cream cheese in
crockpot. Mix cornstarch with 1 T.
water & add to crockpot; pour in
Half & Half. Cover & cook on High
2 hours, stirring every 20-30
minutes until fully melted & warm.
Serve with chips for dipping.
Serves 8

(recipe:slowcookergourmet.net)
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Crockpot Sausage Breakfast
Casserole

1 (26-32 oz) pkg. frozen shredded
hash brown potatoes
1 pkg. (Jimmy Dean) Hearty
Original sausage crumbles
2 C. (8 oz) shredded mozzarella
cheese
1/2 C. (2 oz) shredded Parmesan
cheese
1/2 C. sun dried tomatoes (packed in
oil) drained/ sliced*
6 green onions, sliced
12 eggs
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Layer half
of potatoes on bottom. Top with
half of sausage, both cheeses,
sun dried tomatoes & green onions;
repeat layers. In large bowl beat
eggs, milk, salt/pepper using a
wire whisk until well blended;
pour evenly over mixture in crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 8 hours or
High 4 hours until eggs are set.

*you can substitute 1 C. fresh chopped
tomatoes for sun dried, if desired

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Crockpot Fruit Compote

1 (1 lb) bag frozen mixed fruit*
1 (14.5 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
1/2 C. raisins
1/2 C. maraschino cherries, drained
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 stick butter (4 T), melted
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling

Place all fruit in bottom of crockpot.
Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, brown
sugar, melted butter & pie filling in
a bowl – pour over fruit. Cover & cook
on High 2-3 hours, stirring a couple
times during cooking. Makes about
5 C. fruit.

*Poster said the bag she bought had
pineapple, strawberries, peaches &
mango)

NOTE: Poster said this is really good
when served with or on pound cake.
You can also add nuts. Keeps well
for a few days if refrigerated

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Citrus & Herb
Turkey Breast

1 (6-7 lb.) bone-in turkey breast,
skin intact
2 oranges, quartered
4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 T. olive oil
1 T. chopped fresh thyme
1 T. chopped fresh rosemary
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. chicken broth

Rinse turkey breast & pat dry.
Place quartered oranges & fresh
herb sprigs in bottom of crockpot.
Drizzle olive oil over turkey breast
& sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs,
salt/pepper – rub into skin & place
in crockpot. Pour broth around
turkey. Cover & cook on Low 5-7
hours until turkey reaches 165 degrees F.
food thermometer. Remove turkey from
crockpot & tent with foil 20 minutes.

To brown skin:
Place turkey on a cookie sheet &
place under broiler 3-5 minutes until
golden brown, then tent with foil.
Slice & serve.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Jalapeno-Buttermilk-Cornbread
Stuffing

3 C. cornbread, dried out & cubed
(store bought or homemade)
1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded,
finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. chicken stock
2 T. olive oil or butter
salt/ground black pepper, to taste
cilantro, optional garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Heat olive
oil in large skillet over medium heat &
saute onions, celery, bell peppers &
jalapenos until softened, about 12
minutes. During last few minutes of
cooking, add minced garlic, stirring
frequently to prevent burning. Stir
in cubed cornbread & chicken stock;
mix until liquid is completely absorbed
by bread & vegetables; season with
salt/pepper. Pour mixture into baking
dish & bake 20-25 minutes until
browned, crispy & cooked through.
(bread should be crisp but still moist).
Garnish with cilantro (if using) &
serve immediately. Makes approx. 4 C.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Mozzarella-stuffed Garlic Knots

1 (13 oz) tube refrigerated pizza crust
3/4 lb. mozzarella, shredded
2 T. Parmesan & Romano cheese, grated
3 T. salted butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 C. fresh parsley, chopped

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Unroll pizza dough &
cut into 10 equal portions. Press down
the center of each pizza dough strip to
create a well for the cheese. Sprinkle
some mozzarella cheese down center
length of each strip; pinch edges together
to form a mozzarella-filled roll – repeat
with rest of dough then mold each strip
into a knot. Bake 15-20 minutes until
golden brown. Combine butter, garlic,
parsley, Parm/Rom. cheese in a saucepan
& saute on medium-high heat until butter
is melted. Toss each baked ‘knot’ into
butter mixture & serve while hot.
Makes 10 knots

(recipe: apronsandstilletos.com)
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Cool Whip Frosting

1 (4 oz) box instant pudding
mix, dry (any flavor)
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

In large bowl combine pudding mix,
powdered sugar & milk; mix at Low
speed until blended. Let mixture
stand 3 minutes then fold in thawed
Cool Whip. Frost & keep refrigerated

(recipe: Facebook)
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Caramel Apple Sheet Cake

2 C. flour plus 2 T. flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. butter
1 C. water
1/2 C. shortening
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. peeled/chopped green apples

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

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 15 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl mix
flour, sugar & cinnamon – stir to
combine. In medium saucepan
combine butter, water & shortening;
bring to boil. After mixture reaches
boil, add it to the flour mixture & stir
to combine. Add buttermilk, then
baking soda, eggs, vanilla – in that
order, mixing in between each
addition. Stir in apples & pour into
prepared dish. Bake 20 minutes. Let
cool 10-15 minutes.
While cake is cooling prepare frosting:
Combine butter & milk in medium
bowl; microwave until butter is melted.
Add powdered sugar, vanilla & caramel
sauce & stir until smooth. Pour frosting
evenly over cooled cake.

(recipe: chef-in-training.com)

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Today is my BUSY day – grocery shopping, home a
bit to rest (& write this blog) then babysitting 8 1/2
month old grandson 1:30 – (hopefully around 3:30/4pm).
Home again to eat/rest then at 5:45 off to Knit/Crochet
night until around 9 p.m. (Glad I’m still healthy enough
to keep up this pace – but I know that I’m pretty
‘free’ tomorrow, no big things to do. Ran into
three people at the grocery store so that ‘chatting’
added almost an hour to my shop time. First person
is the Great Grandma to my oldest grandson & I
haven’t seen her for a good 6+ months (She’s close
to 90 & still in great health – still bowls!), then as
I turned around to re-group my brain on what else
I needed there stood a homeschooling friend/Mom
whom I hadn’t seen for a good 10+ years! More
chatting, then on with shopping. Just about ready
to go up to check out when I look up & see one of
my knitting ladies, so . . .  again, more chatting!
It was a fun & busy morning, for sure!

Weather-wise, it’s sunny & 47 degrees (didn’t need
my hat, scarf & gloves – yay!).

Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Recipes and MORE Recipes!

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Crockpot Garlic Sweet Potato Mash

1 1/2 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled/
cut into 1″ cubes
3 C. water
1 bay leaf
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 tsp. kosher salt
3 T. butter
1/4 C. milk

Place sweet potato cubes in crockpot;
add water, bay leaf, garlic & salt. Cover
& cook on Low 4 hours or High 2 hours
until sweet potatoes are very soft. Drain
all liquid (poster uses a colander). Add
butter & milk; mash until desired
consistency. Add salt/pepper to taste.
Serves 6

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Oven-roasted Brussels Sprouts/
Butternut Squash & Apples

3 C. Brussels Sprouts (ends trimmed/
outer-loose leaves removed)
2 c. cubed Butternut squash
2 Granny Smith apples, VERY COLD &
cut into cubes
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. chili powder

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place veggies on a large baking
sheet & drizzle with oil. Sprinkle
chili powder & cinnamon on top;
using your hands, toss all together
making sure to evenly coat all.
Bake 20-25 minutes until veggies
are tender, turning once half way
through cooking time. Serve
immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Cranberry/Pear Sauce

1 (12 oz) pkg. fresh cranberries
1/2 C. orange juice
1 pear, small/ripe – peeled/cored/
chopped
1 T. port wine
lime zest
1 tsp. fresh ginger root, finely
minced
3 T. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. ground caramom

In crockpot, combine all ingredients.
Stir, cover & cook on High 3 hours.
Cranberries will be partially popped
& sauce will have begun to thicken.
Allow to cool at room temp before
serving (it will continue to thicken).
Can be made smooth, if desired,
by processing in a blender. Also,
additional sweetener, such as honey,
can be added, if desired. Makes 2 C.

(recipe: boulderlocavore.com)
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Crockpot Cran-Apple Cider

64 oz. Ocean Spray Cran-apple juice
2 sticks cinnamon
5 whole cloves
2 star anise pods
apple slices (poster uses Gala)

Place all ingredients in a 4 qt (or
larger) crockpot. Cover & cook on
High 2 hours until heated. Serves 8

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crockpot Turkey/Apple/Wild
Rice Dinner

1 C. wild rice mix (brown/uncooked)
1 apple, cored/chopped
1/4 C. sweetened dried cranberries
2 C. water
1 lb. boneless skinless turkey breast

cranberry sauce (optional, for serving)

Add rice, apple & cranberries to 4 qt
crockpot; stir & pour water over. Lay
turkey breast on rice mixture & cover.
Cook on Low 6-8 hours or High 3-4.
Serve with cranberry sauce, if desired.
Serves 4

NOTE: Poster substitutes chicken stock
for the water (if you like a little salt)

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cranberry-Orange Honey Butter

1 lb. butter, softened
1 C. whole cranberry sauce
2 T. honey
1 T. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. fresh orange zest

Cream butter using elec. mixer until
light & fluffy. Mix in cranberry sauce,
honey, powd. sugar & orange zest
until completely incorporated. Store
in fridge up to 2 weeks. Set out to
soften before serving.

(recipe: caramelpotatoes.com)
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Mandarin Orange Fruit Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room
temp.
1 (7 oz) jar Marshmallow Fluff
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained (reserve liquid)

Whip cream cheese using elec.
mixer until light & fluffy. Add
Marshmallow Fluff until well
combined. Whip in oranges until
they are broken up. Refrigerate
at least 2 hours or overnight
before serving.

NOTE: You can make this into a
sauce to pour over a fruit salad:
Mix in a little reserved orange
liquid until you reach desired
consistency.

(recipe: caramelpotatoes.com)
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Warm Honey Walnut Salad

1/2 C. Italian salad dressing
3 T. honey
2 T. maple syrup
1 T. peanut oil
2 T. chopped walnuts
1 (8 oz) pkg. mixed baby greens
1 pear, cored/thinly sliced*

Place all ingredients except mixed
greens & pear in a microwave-safe
bowl. Microwave at 100% powder
1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir then toss
with mixed greens & add fresh pear
slices. Serve immediately. Serves 4

*can substitute an apple for the pear

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 C. brown sugar
2 T. butter, softened
1 egg
2 T. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a flat rimmed cookie sheet
with parchment paper (OR) spray
lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
In a bowl whisk flour, baking soda,
cinnamon & salt. In another bowl
beat butter & sugar until fluffy. Add
in egg, vanilla & pumpkin puree –
beat until combined. Gradually add
in flour mixture & mix until fully
combined; fold in chocolate chips.
Roll dough into approx. 1 inch balls &
place on prepared cookie sheet,
about 1 inch apart – flatten lightly.
Bake 8-10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes
before removing to a wire rack.
Makes approx. 18-24 cookies

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Yesterday we had light snow (but it didn’t
stay – YAY!) Today it’s around 34 degrees F.
and SUNNY!

Enjoy your day!

Pammie

 

 

and so we begin with HOLIDAY RECIPES!

My inbox in chock-ful of holiday recipes – where to start? Which ones to keep? Oh my – it’s a job! If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you know that I love to find ‘interesting’ recipes from all sorts of various sites. I try to remember, every once in awhile, to make note here that these are NOT my recipes, and I note the site at the bottom of the recipe where I found said recipe. Since we have Thanksgiving in our sights very soon, I thought I’d try to start posting recipes that might help you in your choices for what to cook/serve for YOUR holiday meal.

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Crockpot Turkey Breast & Gravy

2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 medium onions, chopped
3 medium carrots, cut into
1/2″ slices
3 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
1 bone-in turkey breast (6-7 lb),
skin removed
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. water

Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
Place vegetables in bottom of
crockpot; top with turkey. Rub
turkey with seasoning mixture
from bowl. Cover & cook on Low
5-6 hours until temp. of turkey
(using a thermometer) reads
at least 170 degrees F. Remove
from crockpot; let stand, covered,
15 minutes before slicing.
Serves 12

Gravy:
Strain cooking juices into a small
saucepan. Mix flour & water until
smooth; stir into cooking juices &
bring to a boil. Cook & stir until
thickened, 1-2 minutes.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Turkey Breast
(brined then cooked)

9 lb. turkey breast, thawed
1/2 C. kosher salt
1/2 C. sugar
10 oz. soy sauce
1/2 C. Worchestershire sauce
2 tsp. dried celery seed
2 T. poultry seasoning

In a large stock pot dissolve
salt & sugar in warm water.
Add soy & Worc. sauce, celery
seed & poultry seasoning. Place
thawed turkey breast in pot &
cover with water – refrigerate
24 hours.
Remove turkey from brine &
rinse off with water. Place turkey
breast in crockpot; cover & cook
on Low until internal temperature
reaches 165 degrees F (about
8 hours). Makes 8
servings

NOTE: poster said that after
brining & rinsing breast, she rubbed
the breast with poultry seasoning
before placing in crockpot.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Carrots Au Gratin

2 C. carrots, peeled/thinly
sliced
1/4 C. minced onions
1/2 C. water
1/4 C. plus 3 T. butter,
divided
1/4 C. flour
1 1/2 C. milk
1/3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 T. dried parsley
2 C. butter crackers (like Ritz),
crushed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Cook
carrots & onions in water until
tender; drain. Add 1/4 C. butter
& flour – stir in milk. Cook & stir
until thickened. Remove from
heat; add cheese & parsley –
stir well then pour into prepared
dish. Mix remaining butter &
crushed crackers together –
sprinkle on top of dish & bake 20
minutes. Serves 4

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

4 sweet potatoes, peeled/
cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 C. olive oil plus more for
drizzling
1/4 C. honey
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
salt/ground black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
On a sheet tray sprayed with
nonstick cooking spray lay out
potatoes in a single layer. Drizzle
oil, honey, cinnamon, salt/pepper
over potatoes. Roast 25-30 minutes
until tender. * When you remove
them & transfer to a serving
platter, drizzle more olive oil over
them.

*Poster said she likes to roast them
a little longer so check them & poke
with a fork to see if they’re done.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Layered Sweet Potato Casserole

5-6 sweet potatoes
1/2 C. (1 stick) margarine
3/4 C. brown sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place sweet potatoes in stock pot
filled with enough water to cover;
heat to boiling & cook about 15
minutes (test with a fork). They need
to be done but not mushy). Drain &
allow to cool. Peel sweet potatoes,
being careful to leave as much flesh
as possible. Slice into 1/2 inch slices
& place slices in bottom of a 2 qt.
baking dish, enough to cover bottom.
(you will be making 3 layers, total)
Cut margarine into 1/2 T. slices &
place 5-6 pats over sweet potatoes.
Sprinkle 1/4 C. brown sugar over
margarine & repeat layers twice more,
ending with brown sugar on top.
Bake 40 minutes; remove from oven &
allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

(recipe: mostlyhomemademom.com)
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(my son does Brie every year for an appetizer)

Maple/Bacon baked Brie

8 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 C. maple syrup
1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
1 wheel Brie cheese (unwrapped)
1 egg mixed with 1 T. water (egg wash)
2 T. pecans, chopped

crackers, small slices ‘party breads’
for dipping

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In small skillet over medium heat
cook bacon until crisp – 8 minutes.
Drain; add maple syrup to skillet
& stir until combined. On a parch-
ment lined baking sheet, roll out
puff pastry. Place Brie on top & top
with all but 1-2 T. maple/bacon
mixture. Fold up each corner of
puff pastry, brushing each fold
corner with egg wash. Top with
pecans & remaining maple/bacon
mixture. Bake until puff pastry
is golden (cover with foil if getting
too dark). Serve immediately
with dippers.

(recipe: delish.com)
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Baked Brie w/Cherry Preserves

1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
1 (7 oz) wheel Brie cheese, unwrapped
1/4 C. cherry preserves
egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 T.
water)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut puff pastry into 8-inch square.
Place Brie in center of pastry &
top with cherry preserves. Fold
up corners of pastry, sealing at
top & brush with egg wash.
Bake 20-25 minutes until pastry
is golden brown & cheese is melted.
(if top of pastry starts browning
too much, cover with foil)

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Mint Hot Chocolate

2 (11.8 oz, ea) bags milk chocolate
chips
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 C. sugar
1 T. vanilla
2 tsp. mint extract
1 gallon whole milk
marshmallows – for serving

Place all ingredients (except marsh-
mallows) in crockpot – stir. Cover &
cook on High 2 – 2 1/2 hours, stirring
occasionally. Serve with marshmallows.
Serves 10

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Pumpkin Pie “Bites”

1 tube crescent roll dough

Filling:
3/4 C. pumpkin puree, squeezed
in paper towels to drain moisture
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. granulated sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. allspice
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Coating:
1 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Icing:
1/3 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. milk (or more to reach
desired consistency)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with cooking
parchment paper.
In medium bowl mix cream cheese,
gran. sugar & brown sugar until
well combined. Add pumpkin puree,
cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg & allspice.
Add egg yolk & vanilla – mix until
smooth. Unroll crescent dough &
separate into 4 rectangles, sealing
perforations between 2 triangles
with your fingers. Cut each rectangle
in half to make 8 total squares.
Scoop 2 T. filling into center of each
dough square – pinch corners of
dough around filling & roll gently to
make a well-sealed ball.

In a pie pan or plate mix Coating:
1/2 C. sugar & 1/2 tsp.
cinnamon – brush each ball with
melted butter then roll evenly in
cinn/sugar mixture.

Set each ‘bite’, seal-side down,
on prepared sheet 2 inches apart.
Bake 11-15 minutes until golden brown.

While bites are baking prepare Icing:
In small bowl mix powdered sugar &
1 tsp. milk – until you reach desired
thickness (add more milk, if needed).
Drizzle over bites & serve immediately.

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I will have lots more holiday recipes coming –
this is just the beginning. Yesterday I chatted
with our oldest son (the chef) to kind of get
an idea of what we’re doing for our holiday
dinner. He decided that he wants to ‘pare
down’ this year (last year was a bit ‘over the
top’). He’s cooking the turkey & doing a baked
brie appetizer. Other grandma switched gears
on me: I guess she’s not doing the cold sides,
but is doing sweet potatoes & some sort of
pretzel appetizer? I’m sticking with ‘the
usual/tried & true’: garlic mashed potatoes,
green bean casserole, (thinking of going with
croissants this year), and some sort of desserts.
I know we won’t go away hungry!

Had an easy babysitting yesterday: 1:30 –
around 3:45! He’s 8 months old now, has
3 teeth, is standing & attempting to stand
without holding onto something – lots of
standing & rocking back & forth plus lots
of “Dadada!” I haven’t seen him in 2 weeks
so we had fun playing. Older grandson (11)
almost brought me to tears; I was getting
my shoes on to go home and he said:
“You’re not leaving now, Grandma, are
you?” I said “Well, it’s time to go” and
he ran & gave me a huge hug and said:
“But I haven’t seen you in a LONG time
and I miss you!” WOW! It’s the little
things like that in life that make you
just want to pause time and savor it –
it doesn’t get any sweeter than that.

Make SURE you take time for those
things in your life that are IMPORTANT-
life is short . . . savor the moments!

Hugs;

Pammie

and so it begins – THE HOLIDAYS!

First thing this morning I was looking over all the 5 grocery store flyers for my area, attempting to come up with some sort of idea of what I’m preparing for next week’s dinner. Mind you, my oldest son will be having the dinner at his house & I’m bringing half of the ‘sides’ and the desserts (other grandma is doing the rest). Now that we’ve had one Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner experience with ‘other grandma’ I now have a better idea of what’s expected of me. Her version of both dinners involves COLD sides: macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw, etc. whereby I was raised on HOT sides: sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, etc. And she also does something I’ve never heard of before: she cooks an entire holiday dinner the day before FOR HERSELF & HER HUSBAND, then they have their ‘feast’ the day AFTER the holiday. OK…different. Why is that important? When it comes to offering leftovers to take home, she doesn’t want any, as she already has a full dinner at home. Different (or strange, whichever you want to think); I’ve learned not to ‘go against the flow’ and just keep on plugging, so to speak. She also does not do desserts, so that leaves me. What am I bringing? I HAVE NO IDEA! (am thinking about the first dessert below – for starters)

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Pecan Pie Bars

2 C. unsalted butter, room
temp/divided
2 C. light brown sugar, divided
2 T. vanilla
2 C. flour
1/2 C. light corn syrup
1/4 C. heavy cream
1 lb. pecans, chopped

Preheat oven 250 degrees F.
Line 9 X 13″ baking dish with
parchment paper. In large bowl
using elec. mixer, cream 1 C.
butter & 1/2 C. brown sugar until
light & fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add 1 T. vanilla & mix to combine.
On Low speed, add flour & mix
until flour & butter have come
together. Place dough in prepared
pan & using your fingers, press
dough evenly in pan. Bake 15
minutes until crust is light brown
around edges. Cool in fridge or
freezer. (Leave oven on).

In 4 qt. saucepan over medium-
high heat, combine 1 C. butter,
1 1/2 C. brown sugar & corn syrup;
stir until well blended. Bring to boil &
stir frequently 3 minutes. (mixture will
get light & airy). Remove pan from heat;
add heavy cream & vanilla; stir to combine.
Add pecans & stir until they are completely
coated. Remove crust from fridge/freezer –
pour topping over crust; using a spatula
to spread in an even layer. Return pan to
oven & bake 25 minutes until topping
is set (it will move slowly when you
jiggle the pan). Allow bars to cool
completely before cutting into squares.
Makes 20 bars

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)

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Ham & Egg Cups

6 slices deli-style ham
6 eggs
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray muffin tin cups with
nonstick cooking spray. Line
bottom of muffin tin cups with
individual slices of ham. In a
skillet, scramble 6 eggs as
desired; scoop eggs evenly
into cups; sprinkle tops with
Cheddar cheese & black pepper.
Bake 10-12 minutes until cheese
is melted & ham is baked.
Makes 6 cups

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Chicken/Quinoa/Brown Rice Soup

1 onion, chopped
2 C. carrots, chopped
2 C. celery, chopped
2 T. olive oil, divided
1 1/2 lb. chicken thighs (can use
frozen)
16 C. water
12 tsp. chicken base (or chicken
bullion)
1 1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 tsp. parsley
2 bay leaves
salt/pepper
2/3 C. quinoa
3/4 C. brown rice
5 C. fresh spinach, chopped small

Heat large, deep skillet over
medium-high heat. Add 1 T.
olive oil – when oil is hot, add
veggies & sprinkle with salt/
pepper. Cook until crisp-tender,
about 5 minutes. Carefully
scoop veggies out & set aside.
Place chicken in a soup pot; add
hot water, chicken base/bullion,
seasonings & sprinkle with salt/
pepper, to taste. Bring to boil
over High heat (making sure it
doesn’t boil over). Once you have
a rolling boil, turn heat to medium
& allow chicken to cook through,
about 20 minutes. Using same
skillet you cooked veggies in,
heat to medium-high – add 1 T.
olive oil. When oil is hot, add quinoa
& brown rice. Stir & allow both to
get toasted (it will start to smell
kind of nutty, about 5 minutes.)
When chicken is cooked through,
remove from pot & shred using 2
forks then place back in pot.
Carefully pour quinoa/rice into pot
& bring to boil. Cover with lid (with
slight gap for steam). Cook 20
minutes until grains are soft & cooked
through. Add veggies & simmer just
until heated through. Remove pot
from heat; add spinach to pot & stir.
Taste soup for seasoning, adding more
salt/pepper, if needed. Serves 6-8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Baked Cranberry/Orange Stuffing-
crusted Chicken

1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. dried cranberries
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
halves (about 1 1/4 lb)
1/2 C. seasoned cubed stuffing mix,
finely crushed

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Combine mayonnaise, cranberries &
orange peel in medium bowl. Arrange
chicken on baking sheet & evenly
top with mayo. mixture then sprinkle
with stuffing crumbs. Bake 20 minutes
until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Serves 4

(recipe: hellsmanns.com)
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Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups

12 wonton wrappers
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
12 oz. bacon, cooked/crumbled-
(reserve 2 T.)
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
(reserve 2 T.)
3-4 jalapenos, seeded/chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin sups with cooking
spray. Place 1 wonton wrapper in
each muffin cup; Bake 8 minutes
until lightly browned. Remove from
oven & cool slightly. In medium bowl
mix cream cheese, sour cream, bacon,
Ched. cheese & chopped jalapenos.
Spoon filling into cups then sprinkle
tops with reserved bacon & cheese.
Return to oven & bake 8-10 minutes
until wontons are golden brown &
cheese is melted. Makes 12

(recipe: lemontreedwelling.com)
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Bacon-Blue Cheese Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
1 (5 oz) container crumbled
blue cheese
2 T. ranch dressing
1/2 C. cooked/crumbled bacon
4 green onions, sliced

Dippers;
crackers, bread or fresh veggies

In small bowl combine cream
cheese, sour cream, blue cheese
& ranch dressing – blend until smooth.
Stir in bacon & onions. Serve with
suggested dippers. Serves 8

(recipe: lemontreedwelling.com)
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2-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake
(with Apple Cider Glaze)

Cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree

Glaze:
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3 T. apple cider
3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a small (7 X 11 X 2″ pan)
with nonstick cooking spray.
In mixer bowl beat dry cake mix
& pumpkin puree until well mixed.
Mixture will be very thick; pour
batter into prepared pan. Bake
28 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out
clean. Do not overbake. Let cool
5-10 minutes in pan; flip pan
onto a platter.

Glaze:

In large bowl combine powdered
sugar, apple cider & pumpkin
pie spice. Glaze should be thick
but pourable. Add more sugar or
cider if needed to achieve desired
consistency. Pour glaze over cake
while cake is still warm. Reserve
some glaze to pour over each slice
when served. Serve warm or at
room temperature.

 (recipe: americantimesfood.com)

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Our weather is a bit confusing: kind of like “Make
sure you look at the weather report before planning
your day”. Yesterday was overcast with light rain &
in the 30’s. Last night when I went to choir practice
at 4:30 p.m. it was very lightly sprinkling. When I
came out after evening church (a little after 7 p.m.)
I couldn’t really tell if it was raining heavily OR it
was huge snow flakes! It kept up until I got close
to home (about 15 minutes later) then it was just
a light rain again…go figure; sigh. Right now
(1:30 p.m.) it’s 41 degrees F. , overcast but I can
live with that. Am trying to decide if I want to
venture out to go pick up “on hold” library books
& a quick trip to Krogers, or put it off. IF I do that,
will have to wait until Weds or Friday. Tomorrow
starts back babysitting BUT – I don’t have to go
until 1:30 p.m. . . . YAY! That means I probably
will be there until around 5/5:30 – not bad!

Hope, for your ‘first day of the week’ you’re
having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie