Ah, Spring – Flowers and Rain!

Looking at our weather forecast for the next few days, it’s looking like we won’t see the sun for quite a few days. It’s 50 degrees F. out there now, grey & rainy – guess I shouldn’t complain, though, because we all remember the rhyme we used to repeat as children: “April showers bring May flowers!” Lots of our flowers are blooming in the yard: daffodils, narcissus, Hyacinth (pretty but stinky), forsythia bushes, grape hyacinth and those tiny little white & purple violets we get all over the yard (they grow wild). I love driving around during this time of year and getting to see all the blooming bushes & trees in peoples yards; there is a gorgeous flowering magnolia near us (I’ve mentioned in years past my grandmother had a HUGE flowering magnolia in our yard that had dinner-plate sized flowers; really gorgeous but the blooms only lasted ONE day!). Seeing flowering plum & other beautiful pink-shaded bushes makes me really happy – I LOVE SPRING!

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Crockpot Dump Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
2 (21 oz, ea) cans cherry (or your
choice) pie filling
1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted butter,
cubed

vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
for garnish

Lightly spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. In large bowl cut cubed butter into cake
mix & mix until butter is coarse & crumbly. Pour
pie filling in crockpot then cover with cake
topping. Cover & cook on High 2 hours until
cake is golden brown & filling is hot & bubbly.
Transfer dessert to serving bowls & serve hot,
with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream.
Serves 8

(recipe: 12 tomatoes.com)
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Hash Brown Casserole

1 pkg. frozen shredded hash
brown potatoes, thawed
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 onion, diced
3 tsp. crushed garlic
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. black pepper
1 (16 oz) tub sour cream
2 T. butter, melted
8 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
salt/pepper, to taste

Optional topping:
chopped, cooked crispy
bacon – sprinkled on top
before baking

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 5 qt. casserole dish with
nonstick spray. Pour potatoes into
dish & sprinkle generously with
salt/pepper. In large bowl combine
remaining ingredients (except
Cheddar cheese) – pour mixture
over potatoes & top with Cheddar
cheese – spread out evenly. Bake
50 minutes until bubbly & golden
brown. Serves 6

(recipe:casserole.cooktopcove.com)
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Lemon Thyme Pork Chops

4 boneless pork chops (rib or
sirloin)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. dry white wine (or water)
4 T. unsalted butter, divided
1 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
1/4 C. lemon juice
1 tsp. creole seasoning
1 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
salt/black pepper, to taste
chopped green onions – garnish

In small bowl whisk flour, creole
seasoning, garlic & onion powders,
salt/pepper. Dredge pork chops
thoroughly in mixture, pressing
gently so it adheres. Heat 2 T.
butter in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Once hot, add chops &
cook, without moving (other than
to flip) until browned on both
sides, 6-7 minutes per side. Remove
from heat & transfer to a plate, cover
to keep warm. Return skillet to heat
& pour in wine, lemon juice & zest,
minced garlic & thyme, season
again with salt/pepper. Reduce
heat to medium & stir, making sure
to scrape browned bits on bottom
of pan. Return chops to pan &
reduce heat to Low; simmer 15-20
minutes until chops are cooked through.
Remove chops to a plate (or oven
preheated to 200 degrees F.) then add
remaining butter to sauce in skillet.
Whisk in heavy cream & bring to boil,
reduce heat to Low again & simmer
until thickened; once desired thickness
is reached, drizzle over chops &
serve hot. Serves 4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Brown Sugar/Honey Baked Chicken

8 pieces chicken, bone-in
1 large onion, sliced
4 T. butter
4 cloves garlic
1/4 C. brown sugar, packed
1 T. honey
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large skillet
over medium heat, melt 2 T.
butter. Season chicken with salt/
pepper & add to skillet. Sear chicken
pieces on both sides until golden
brown, 1-2 minutes per side. Place
chicken in prepared dish along
with onion slices. Melt remaining
2 T. butter in skillet; add garlic &
cook 1-2 minutes. Add brown
sugar, honey, oregano, thyme &
basil; stir to combine then pour
over chicken & onion in dish.
Bake 25-30 minutes. Once chicken
is cooked thoroughly, remove
from oven & serve hot. Serves 6-8

(Recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Calzone Pinwheels
(appetizers)

1/2 C. shredded mozzarella
cheese
1/2 C. ricotta cheese
1/2 C. diced pepperoni
1/4 C. grated Parmesan
cheese
1/4 C. chopped fresh
mushrooms
1/4 C. finely chopped
green pepper
2 T. finely chopped onion
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz) pkg. refrigerated
crescent rolls
1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce,
warmed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick spray.
In small bowl mix first 9
ingredients. Unroll crescent
dough & separate into
four rectangles; press
perforations to seal. Spread
rectangles with cheese mixture
to with 1/4 inch of edges. Roll
up, jelly-roll style, starting
with a short side – pinch seam
to seal. Using a serrated knife,
cut each roll into four slices &
place on sheet, cut sides down.
Bake 12-15 minutes until golden
brown. Serve with pizza sauce.
Makes 16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Italian Bacon/Cheese
Rotini

2 C. Half & Half
1 (10.75 oz) can Cheddar
cheese soup
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 (16 oz) pkg. Velveeta (or
half of 32 oz. pkg) cut into cubes
1 (16 oz) box rotini pasta, cooked
1 (12 oz) pkg. bacon, fried/crumbled
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 to 1 1/2 C. Italian bread crumbs

Pour Half & Half, soup & melted
butter into crockpot; stir until
completely mixed. Add cheese,
bacon, garlic & rotini & stir.
Sprinkle bread crumbs over top.
Cover & cook on Low 1 1/2 to
2 1/2 hours until cheese is melted.
Stir gently, but well so bread
crumbs & melted cheese are evenly
distributed. Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Broccoli/Ham Scalloped Potatoes

1/4 C. butter, cubed
2 T. chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 T. flour
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
2 1/2 C. milk
2 C. shredded Swiss cheese,
divided
2 lb. potatoes, peeled/thinly
sliced (about 4 C.)
2 C. fully cooked ham cut into
strips
2 C. frozen broccoli florets,
thawed/patted dry

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In Dutch oven, heat butter over
medium-high heat. Add onion &
garlic; cook & stir 2-3 minutes
until tender. Stir in flour, white
pepper & salt until blended;
gradually whisk in milk & bring
to a boil, stirring constantly.
Cook & stir 2 minutes until
thickened. Stir in 1 C. cheese;
reduce heat & cook 1-2 minutes
until cheese melts (sauce will
be thick) – remove from heat.
Add potatoes, ham & broccoli
to sauce; stir gently to coat.
Spray eight ramekins* with nonstick
spray & place mixture into
containers. Bake, covered,
40 minutes. Sprinkle tops with
remaining cheese & bake, uncovered,
20-25 minutes longer until potatoes
are tender & cheese is melted.
Serves 8

*small individual oven-proof dishes

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheesy Ham Chowder

10 strips bacon, diced
1 large onion, chopped
1 C. diced carrots
3 T. flour
3 C. milk
1 1/2 C. water
2 1/2 C. cubed potatoes
1 (15 1/4 oz) can whole kernel
corn, drained
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
pepper, to taste
3 C. (12 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese
2 c. cubed, fully cooked ham

In Dutch oven cook bacon over
medium heat until crisp; using
slotted spoon, remove to paper
towels to drain. Place onion &
carrots in drippings & saute until
tender. Stir in flour until blended;
gradually add milk & water & bring
to a boil. Cook & stir 2 minutes
until thickened. Add potatoes,
corn, bouillon & pepper; reduce
heat, simmer, uncovered, 20
minutes until potatoes are tender.
Add cheese & ham; heat until
cheese is melted. Stir in bacon &
serve. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Make Ahead French Toast Casserole
(overnight recipe)

20-24 slices cinnamon bread (or
cinnamon raisin)
3 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half
4 eggs
1 C. granulated sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened

cinnamon sugar – optional

Trim crusts from bread. Spray a 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick spray & arrange
half of bread in pan. In large bowl combine
milk, 3 eggs, Half & Half & 1/2 C. sugar –
whisk until well blended – pour half of
mixture over bread in pan. Using a food
processor or blender, add 1 egg, 1/2 C.
sugar, vanilla, nutmeg & cream cheese –
process until smooth then pour over
moist bread in pan. Top with remaining
bread & pour remaining milk mixture over
bread. Cover & refrigerate overnight. Remove
from fridge & let stand 30 minutes.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake 50-55 minutes. Let stand before
serving. Sprinkle top with cinnamon sugar
if desired. Makes 12 servings

(recipe: pockchangegourmet.com)
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Extreme Lemon Bundt Cake

1 (18 oz) box Betty Crocker or
     Pillsbury lemon cake mix
1 (3 oz) box instant lemon pudding
mix
4 extra-large eggs
1 C. sour cream
2 tsp. lemon extract (optional)

zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 C. oil

Spray insides of bundt pan with
nonstick spray (or) use two
large loaf pans, sprayed with
nonstick spray.
Preheat oven as directed on cake
mix box. Mix all ingredients together
& pour into pan(s). Bake as directed
on cake mix box.
Makes 16 slices

NOTE: This can be frozen for up to 30
days & still taste like you just baked it/
them (according to poster)

(recipe: food.com)

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This week is shaping up to be very busy for
me; babysat my 7 week old grandson yesterday –
he’s finally coming out of the “I’M STARVED”
6-8 week growth spurt and not eating
constantly – Whew! I was quite surprised
when he only drank ONE bottle and then
took a good 2 hour nap – before he would
drink a full bottle, sleep maybe (if you were
LUCKY) 10-15 minutes, then want another
2-4 oz.! We’re just happy he’s healthy &
growing! Tonight I have a spaghetti dinner
fund raiser to attend (and I don’t even LIKE
spaghetti!). The event is for a farm near
where my special needs group meets; the
owners are also the people who started
our special needs group; their goal is to
find meaningful employment for our
special needs students. They do this by
working on the farm with the animals or
making crafts to sell in the General Store.
It’s a great project – our students really
love the inter-action with the animals
and other students – it gives them a
purpose and a job and builds self
esteem and character. The head of
our group has been asked to speak
tonight and she wants me there
(as her ‘side kick’ – as she said last
night: “For a long time this group
was run just by myself & Pam”). We
both thank the Lord for sending us
more adult helpers who not only lend
a hand when needed but are also
advisors to our students. Our group is
growing; the Farm was our original
goal for our group – a place where
our students could come & work,
learn and interact with other special
needs people. We’re grateful that
the Lord has moved our group forward
so that we, as leaders, are able to see
the future for our ‘kids’. We (my
special needs group) will continue to
run our Bible Study program every
Wednesday and the Farm will continue
to grow as well. (in case you might be
interested, here’s the link to the Farm:

http://www.duttonfarm.org

(I love looking at the photos – there
are SO many of our ‘kids’ featured there!)

Hope you are having a very prosperous
and happy week!

Hugs;

Pammie

A little ‘unplanned’ walk –

Just came in from picking a big bunch of daffodils – regular & doubles plus some miniatures and some narcissus; to that bunch I added a few branches of forsythia – I LOVE spring flowers!

Today I had a few errands to run, nothing big: drugstore, mailbox, bank & library. Accomplished all but the last one but, upon getting out of my car at the bank I suddenly realized I had locked my keys in my car! (got slightly distracted when I remembered that I forgot to fill out a deposit slip, so I laid the keys on the dash, filled out the form & got out – I always hit the ‘door lock’ button when I open it . . . ooooooooops! I called my husband and asked if he could drive them up to me, as we only live about 2 minutes away. He very nicely reminded me that his Jeep needed a ‘jump’, the battery was dead. He suggested I call AAA – I said, that’s silly, it’s too close – I’ll walk home & get them. He replied he’d meet me half-way, so that’s what we did and then we both walked to the bank & I drove him home. Nothing like a little ‘unplanned’ exercise, right? Finished up by going to the library, so my errands are now complete.

This is the beginning week of work for our grandbaby’s Momma, so I will be watching him tomorrow 11 a.m. – ? (whenever either his Mom or Dad get home – hopefully before I need to go to my special needs group . . . we’ll see!).

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Dreamsicle Cake

1 box white cake, prepared*
1 small box orange Jell-O
1 C. hot water
1/2 C. cold water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 1/3 C. powdered sugar
(1 T. water – to thin frosting,
if needed)

(Poster prepared her cake in
a bundt pan but you could use
a 9 X 13″ pan sprayed with nonstick
spray then prepare cake & let cool.
Poke cooled cake all over with a fork,
skewer or chop stick. In 2-Cup measuring
cup heat 1 C. water to boiling & dissolve
Jell-O in boiling water. Add 1/2 C. cold
water & stir then pour entire contents
over cake (cake will absorb it all).
Frosting:
Mix cream cheese & powdered sugar (add
more water if needed to thin). Spread
over cooled cake & refrigerate 2 hours.
Serves 12

(recipe: goodenessgracious.com)
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California Veggie Casserole

2 (14 oz, ea) cans artichoke
hearts, drained/quartered
2 (9 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/squeezed dry
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
3/4 C. milk
5 T. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Place artichoke
hearts in bottom of dish; top
with spinach. In large bowl
combine cream cheese, milk,
butter, garlic powder, nutmeg
& pepper; dollop mixture over
spinach then spread carefully
with a knife. Sprinkle Parmesan
cheese on top & bake 35-40
minutes until heated through.
Serves 8

NOTE: Dish can be prepared
ahead of time: prepared then
cover & refrigerate. Before
you are ready to serve, bake
casserole in preheated oven
& serve hot

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Minty Pea Salad

1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
1/4 c. finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 (16 oz) bag frozen peas,
thawed
1/4 C. finely chopped onion

In large bowl combine mayonnaise,
sour cream, mint, mustard, salt/pepper
& mix well. Stir in peas & onion until
evenly coated. Cover & refrigerate
at least 1 hour before serving.
Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Cashew Chicken

5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
cut into small cubes
2 chili peppers, seeded/chopped
(optional)
1 bunch bok choy (Chinese cabbage)
cleaned of dirt
1 C. cashews, toasted
4 T. cornstarch or flour
2 T. olive oil
kosher salt/ground pepper,
to taste

Sauce:
1/2 C. soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 T. hoisin sauce
2 T. rice wine vinegar
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. ketchup
2 T. chili sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

Cooked rice for 6

Place cornstarch, salt/pepper in large
ziplock bag; add chicken cubes, seal
& shake vigorously to fully coat cubes.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat; cook chicken 2-3 minutes
per side until browned then transfer
to crockpot. Add bok choy (& peppers,
if using). In bowl whisk soy sauce, garlic,
hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown
sugar, ketchup, chili sauce, sesame oil
& ginger until combined – drizzle over
chicken & bok choy – toss to combine.
Cover & cook on Low 3-4 hours. Add
cashews during last 30 minutes of
cooking, or just before serving.
Serve over cooked rice.
Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Quick Onion Casserole

5 large sweet onions, sliced
12 crumbled Ritz-type crackers
1 lb. brown & serve sausage,
crumbled
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 C. grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place half of onions on bottom
of 9 X 13″ baking dish. Layer
with crushed crackers, sausage,
remaining onions, soup, salt &
cheese. Bake 1 hour until golden.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Onion Cream Pork Chops

4 large bone-in rib or center-cut
pork chops
*1 recipe (see below) cream of
onion soup
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup
1 envelope Ranch salad dressing mix
1/3 C. dry white wine
1/2 C. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Sprinkle chops with salt/pepper & place
in bottom of crockpot. In small bowl
mix soups, milk, Ranch seasoning mix
& wine – pour over chops. Cover &
cook on Low 3-4 hours. Serves 4

Homemade Cream of Onion soup

2 T. unsalted butter
1/2 C. chopped onions
1/4 C. flour
1 T. chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 C. water
1/2 C. milk or Half & Half
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Melt butter in small saucepan over
medium heat; add onions & stock.
Cook & stir about 5 minutes until
onions are soft. Whisk in flour (this
will be very thick). Slowly whisk in
water (still very thick) then repeat
with milk or half & half. Continue
cooking until mixture bubbles, then
cook 1 minute. Add salt/pepper.

(To use as a soup – stir in 1 Cup  milk
or Half & Half)

(recipe:bakeatmidnite.com)
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Crockpot Ham Steaks & Pineapple
Rings

2 1/2 lb. ham, sliced into 1/2″ slices
1 (20 oz) can pineapple slices –
reserve juice for sauce
1 (6 oz) can marashino cherries,
drained
3 T. brown sugar (packed)
1 T. mustard
1 T. apple cider vinegar

Place ham slices, pineapple slices &
cherries in crockpot. In medium
bowl mix pineapple juice, brown
sugar, mustard & apple cider
vinegar – whisk until smooth &
pour over ham. Cover & cook on
Low 5 hours WITHOUT opening
lid during cooking time. Drizzle
sauce over each serving. Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes &
Ham

3 lb. potatoes, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 C. diced, cooked ham
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup (undiluted)
3/4 C. water
1 T. chopped fresh chives
(optional)

Layer half of potato slices, onion,
ham & cheese. Sprinkle with salt
& pepper. Repeat layers with
remaining potatoes, onion, ham
& cheese. In small bowl stir soup
& water – spoon over potato
mixture. Cover & cook on Low
7-8 hours. Sprinkle with chives
before serving (if desired)
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

8 C. fresh fruit – watermelon (cut
into bite sized pieces), cantaloupe
(cut into bite-sized pieces), pineapple
(cut into bite-sized pieces), Kiwi,
peeled/sliced, strawberries sliced,
blueberries, black raspberries, grapes,
peaches
1/2 C. fresh lime juice
zest of 2 limes
1/2 C. honey
slivered almonds (optional)

Clean & cut fruits & place in large
bowl. Zest limes into bowl; juice
limes & combine with honey – pour
over fruit. Chill for at least 1 hour
before serving. Sprinkle top with
slivered almonds before serving,
if desired.

Serving idea: You could use the
pineapple or watermelon to be
the serving bowl: Slice either fruit
in half (for pineapple, from top
where leaves are, down to bottom)
hollow out the fruit (using flesh for
salad) & once mixed up, pour
fruit salad into either pineapple or
watermelon ‘shell’ for serving.

(recipe: pockchangegourmet.com)

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Our weather is STILL really nice – in the 60’s with
sunshine & clear skies; we’re supposed to get
some rain in the next few days but hey – it’s
good for the flowers, right?

Not much else new – gonna be busy this
next few days: special needs group Weds.,
fund raiser Thursday for a group our special
needs group supports (they give our kids jobs
on a farm) and Gym Night Friday (special
needs group) – might even have a babysitting
early day thrown in – who knows?

Hope you had a GREAT Easter and are still
enjoying some of the leftovers – I’ll try to
post some ham/leftovers recipes soon.

Hugs;

Pammie

More Easter Preparations

On the Easter dinner scene: after running my (I thought) ‘great’ idea of purchasing 2 VEGAN dinner options at a local restaurant this coming Saturday by son with vegan girlfriend, his reaction was: “But Mom – it won’t be FRESH!” UGH! He ended up Googling Falafel – turns out there’s a local grocery really close to here that sells it; his suggestion: buy it, warm it up and VOILA! We’ve got something she can eat! (Ah, the lengths we go to to please – but we DO want her to feel welcome!). I still need to figure out dessert(s) – haven’t got that far yet.

Yesterday was ‘take your Senior Friend out to lunch’ day – we went to Ruby Tuesday’s. Afterwards I stopped by the local Salvation Army store and found a really pretty, very fancy black top with silver sparkles that will be just fine for wearing with a straight, long black skirt should we get invited to a wedding! Total cost: $3.99! Also found a really pretty knit baby blanket which I purchased for 2 reasons: (1) to give to Detroit Veteran’s for their baby shower (it was brand new) and (2) to see if I could find/figure out the knit pattern. Last night I was on the ‘net’ for a good 1 1/2 hours trying to find that stitch – finally found it. It’s called Lucina Shell by Barbara G. Walker (Barbara is deceased but was known to be the premiere knitting ‘goddess’ and STILL is!). She creates gorgeous patterns – we’ll see if I can conquer this one!

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

1 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. honey
1/4 C. unsalted butter
3 C. regular or frosted cornflakes

Place choc. chips, peanut butter, honey
& butter in large glass bowl – microwave
2 minutes Full power. Remove & stir
until chocolate has completely melted
& all is well combined. Stir in cornflakes
& mix well. Line a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
parchment paper; spread choc. mixture
evenly in pan. Chill until firm, at least
2-4 hours. Slice with sharp knife & store
chilled bars in fridge up to 2 weeks.
Makes 48 bars

(recipe: melissassouthernstylekitchen.com)
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Fresh Tomato Bruschetta
(appetizer)

4 plum tomatoes, seeded/
chopped
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan
cheese
1/4 C. minced fresh basil
3 T. olive oil
2 T. minced fresh parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
flakes
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 French bread baguette
(10.5 oz) cut into 1/2″ slices
1/4 C. butter, softened
8 oz. fresh mozzarella
cheese, sliced

In small bowl combine the first
10 ingredients. Spread baguette
slices with butter; top each with
a cheese slice. Place on ungreased
baking sheets & broil 3-4 inches
from heat 3-5 minutes until cheese
is melted. Using a slotted spoon,
top each slice with about 1 T.
tomato mixture. Makes 3 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Brie-Cherry Pastry Cups
(appetizers)

1 sheet frozen puff pastry,
thawed
1/2 C. cherry preserves
4 oz. Brie cheese, cut into
1/2 inch cubes
1/4 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
2 T. minced chives

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Unfold puff pastry & cut into
36 squares. Spray 36 mini
muffin cups with nonstick
spray. Press squares into
cups & bake 10 minutes. Using
the end of a wooden spoon
handle, make a 1/2 inch deep
indentation in center of each
cup. Bake 6-8 minutes longer
until golden brown. Using
spoon handle, press squares
down again. Spoon a rounded
1/2 tsp. of preserves in each
cup & top with cheese. Sprinkle
tops with nuts & chives. Bake
3-5 minutes until cheese is
melted. Makes 3 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sassy Chicken Salad

1 (10 oz) can (Red Gold)
Tex-Mex Petite diced
tomatoes & green chilies*
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 T. honey
2 C. chopped, cooked chicken
1 C. thinly sliced celery
1 c. grapes, halved
1/2 C. chopped toasted
pecans

In medium bowl combine
tomatoes, mayonnaise &
honey. Stir in chicken, celery,
grapes & pecans. Cover &
chill. May be served in hollowed
out melons, avocados or
papayas. Makes a great
sandwich when served on a
croissant. Serves 6

PAM NOTE: I would guess
you could also use Ro*Tel
tomatoes as a substitute
(the ones with green chiles)

(recipe: redgoldtomatoes.com)
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Sunshine Chicken Salad

1 oz. pkg. dry Ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. plain/pineapple or pina colada-
flavored if desired yogurt
1/4 C. honey
2 C. cooked chicken, cubed
1 (8 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 1/2 C. seedless red grapes
1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts,
drained (optional)
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. slivered almonds, toasted

Combine dressing mix, mayonnaise,
yogurt & honey in small bowl – chill
at least 30 minutes. Place chicken,
pineapple & grapes in a bowl; add
celery & water chestnuts (if using) &
toss with chilled dressing. Sprinkle
top with almonds before serving.
Serves 4

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Pioneer Woman’s Best
Breakfast Potatoes

5 lb. red potatoes, roughly
chopped/diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded/
roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded/
roughly chopped
1/4 C. olive oil
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl toss potatoes,
garlic, onion, green & red bell
peppers, olive oil, butter, seasoned
salt, cayenne, salt/pepper. Bake
20-25 minutes, shaking pan twice.
Raise oven temperature to 500
degrees F. & bake until crisp &
brown, 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle
a little more salt & pepper on them
before serving. Serves 6-9

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Carrot Fries with Lemon Dip
(need deep fry thermometer)

Dip:
1 C. sour cream
1/3 C. chopped fresh mint
1 1/2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Fries:
5 C. vegetable oil
6 large egg whites, beaten
3 C. panko breadcrumbs
(Japanese breadcrumbs)
4 large carrots, peeled/cut
into 3 inch long sticks, each
about 1/2 inch thick
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

Dip:
In medium bowl mix sour cream,
mint, lemon juice, sugar, salt/pepper
until blended. Cover & chill at least
30 minutes and up to 1 day

Fries:
In large heavy-bottomed saucepan,
heat oil over medium heat until a
deep-frying thermometer inserted
into oil reaches 350 degrees F. (If you
DON’T have a thermometer, a cube
of bread will brown in about 3
minutes)

Place egg whites in medium bowl; place
bread crumbs in another medium bowl.
Working in batches, drop carrot sticks
into egg whites & turn to coat. Remove,
allowing any excess egg white to drip
back into bowl. Drop sticks into panko
& toss gently to coat.

Working in batches, fry sticks until
deep brown 3-4 minutes, turning &
separating with a wooden spoon &
adjusting temperature to maintain
350 degrees F. Drain on paper towels.

Place a bowl of dip in center of a
platter; sprinkle fries with salt &
pepper & arrange around dip on
platter. Serves 4-6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
6 hard-boiled 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 top

In large pot of boiling water, cook
macaroni 7-9 minutes just until
tender. Drain, rinse & let cool. In
large bowl combine cooked
macaroni with remaining ingredients
except paprika – mix well. Sprinkle
top with paprika & cover. Refrigerate
1 hour until ready to serve. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Lemon Cream Fruit Tart
(overnight recipe)

1 3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
3 T. granulated sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) melted butter
1 (.25 oz) envelope unflavored
gelatin
1/4 C. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. lemon Greek yogurt
3/4 C. heavy cream
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest

assorted fruit for garnish, like
cut up strawberries, blueberries,
raspberries, peaches, blackberries,
etc.

Drizzle:
1/2 powdered sugar
1 T. your favorite coffee
creamer (or milk)
Whisk together & drizzle over
top of tart just before serving

In medium bowl combine graham
cracker crumbs, gran. sugar & butter;
mix well. Press mixture into bottom
of a 9-inch springform or tart pan.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
In small microwave-save bowl, sprinkle
gelatin over water; let stand 5 minutes
then heat in microwave on High 20
seconds. Stir thoroughly until gelatin
is completely dissolved. In large bowl
beat cream cheese & yogurt until
creamy. Add heavy cream & powdered
sugar – beat 2-3 minutes until thickened
& fluffy. Beat in lemon juice, lemon zest
& gelatin mixture until smooth. Pour
lemon mixture into crust. Cover &
refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Garnish
with assorted fruits. Mix together drizzle
ingredients & drizzle over top of tart
just before serving.  Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Our weather has turned colder & rainy/gloomy –
looking at the rest of this week’s forecast, it doesn’t
look promising: partly sunny w/50% chance of rain,
cloudy with showers, temps in 60’s – oh well, it’s
good for the flowers, right?

Hope you’re having a good day and getting on
with your Easter preparations!

Hugs;

Pammie

Easter’s coming – SOON!

I looked out today and saw our daffodils are blooming – YAY! Also, all around the area, lots of forsythia are blooming brightly – I love seeing the bright yellow – so cheery!

This has been a rather busy/hectic week (and it’s only Wednesday!) Yesterday (Tuesday) found me babysitting my 6 week old grandson for the day. He’s just coming into something I had not heard of before: The SIX WEEK Growth spurt! (read that – wants to drink CONSTANTLY!) Let’s just say he really kept this grandma hopping – for the first 1 1/2 hours I did nothing but heat up bottles, feed him/change diaper & repeat. Kept thinking: Come on, kid – take a NAP! Finally, after much trying, he did and I got about a 2 hour break (finished reading my book). He’s becoming more aware of things around him so I put him under his crib mobile for awhile and he was fascinated watching it go around while hearing various tunes from it’s music box. (He actually seemed to fancy certain songs over others – kicking his feet and cooing at the mobile during those songs). His Momma went back to work last Friday and will soon have a set schedule – then I’ll be better able to adjust my schedule accordingly.

(that dark spot on his shirt isn’t wet – it’s just a reflection)

6 weeks old, 12 lbs (he’s gotten so long that 3 month pants are too short on him – his Mom & Dad are both tall, so he’s taking after them!)

After babysitting it was time for Knit/Crochet Night (let’s just say I was less energetic than usual) – we had 16 ladies and a new person who used to be one of my bosses when I worked at the Telephone Company over 34 years ago! Good evening!

Along with everything else comes Easter dinner preparations; THIS year we have a new ‘fluke’ – middle son’s new girlfriend is a Vegan – that means NO meats, no animal anything (not even eggs), and no dairy . . . that makes for some difficult menu planning, to say the least. In my little neighborhood we just got a small new Middle Eastern restaurant. I went over their menu selections & even called to ask questions (No, they won’t be open Easter BUT they’re open Saturday). I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to BUY 2 vegetarian dishes for her: Vegetarian Mujaddara (rice & lentils pilaf with caramelized onions) and a Falafel Plate (a deep-fried ball/doughnut or pattie made from ground chick peas, fava beans or both). My oldest son (the chef) is making ham & some other kind of meat and said he would prepare his version of a quinoa salad (very good). My thoughts are: she will have fresh veggies & the 2 veggie dishes – hopefully that will be enough.  I’m also bringing garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, some kind of sweet potatoes and some dessert(s) – the other grandma is doing all the appetizers (and, believe me, she does TONS!). I love all her choices (EXCEPT they are all containing cheeses or milk products, etc.). For a minute I really thought I had a great idea: make deviled eggs! Then it hit me: NO EGGS! UGH! I don’t know yet whether she’s vegan because of a medical condition OR just by choice – guess it really doesn’t matter except it makes a family dinner that much more difficult. (sorry – I’ll get off my soap box now . . .)

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No-Bake Crispy Peanut Butter Squares

1 C. smooth peanut butter
1/4 C. butter or margarine
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch salt
2 C. corn flakes cereal
1 C. crispy rice cereal
8″ square baking pan, lightly greased

In saucepan over Low heat, stir peanut
butter, butter, brown sugar & corn
syrup until blended & smooth – remove
from heat & stir in vanilla & salt. In
large bowl mix cereals; add peanut
butter mixture & mix well. Press evenly
into prepared pan. Chill 6 hours until
firm; cut into squares. Makes 16 squares

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Baked Ham in Cheese Crust

1 (5 lb) fully cooked ham
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
drained
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
1 C. plain bread crumbs
6 T. (3/4 stick) butter, melted
2 T. dry mustard

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray a roasting pan with nonstick
spray & place ham in pan. In large
bowl combine remaining ingredients;
mix well. Using your hands, form a
crust by patting pineapple mixture
over ham, completely covering top
& sides (except for cut side).
Bake 1 to 1 1/4 hours until ham is
heated through & crust is golden.
Slice & serve. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes &
Ham

3 lb. potatoes, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 C. diced, cooked ham
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup (undiluted)
3/4 C. water
1 T. chopped fresh chives
(optional)

Layer half of potato slices, onion,
ham & cheese. Sprinkle with salt
& pepper. Repeat layers with
remaining potatoes, onion, ham
& cheese. In small bowl stir soup
& water – spoon over potato
mixture. Cover & cook on Low
7-8 hours. Sprinkle with chives
before serving (if desired)
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Creamy Tortellini Skillet

2 C. spaghetti sauce
1 C. Half & Half
2 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. minced onion
1 (24 oz) pkg. frozen tortellini

In large skillet (which has a lid),
add garlic & cook for less than a
minute. Pour spaghetti sauce, Half
& Half & chicken broth in skillet &
stir to combine well. Add frozen
tortellini & mix well with sauce.
Increase heat to boil then reduce
to Low. Cover & cook 12-15 minutes.
Serves 6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Parmesan-crusted Cauliflower

1 1/2 C. panko bread crumbs
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 eggs
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into
bite-sized florets
1 C. vegetable oil

In medium bowl combine bread
crumbs, Parm. cheese, garlic powder,
salt & cayenne pepper – mix well.
In another medium bowl lightly beat
eggs. Dip cauliflower florets in egg,
then roll in bread crumbs until evenly
coated on all sides, pressing gently,
if needed. In large skillet over medium-
high heat, heat oil until hot. Fry cauliflower
1-2 minutes until golden brown, then turn
& fry 1-2 more minutes. Remove with
slotted spoon to paper towel-lined
plate. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.
Serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Honey-Garlic Baked Chicken

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 C. honey
2 T. soy sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In medium bowl mix flour & paprika;
coat each chicken thigh in mixture &
place in greased or foil-lined dish.
Sprinkle each thigh with salt/pepper.
In separate bowl mix honey, soy sauce &
garlic; pour evenly over chicken – flip each
over to coat on both sides. Cover with
foil & bake 30 minutes. Uncover &
continue baking 15 minutes. Serves 6

(recipe:thecookierookie.com)
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Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup

1 lb. ground beef, cooked/
drained
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1 (32 oz) container chicken broth
4 C. potatoes, peeled/cubed
2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded
1 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. chopped carrot
1/2 c. green bell pepper, seeds
removed/chopped
1/4 C. flour
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. chili powder (optional)
salt/ground black pepper, to taste

Garnish
cooked/crumbled bacon

Place cooked ground beef, tomatoes,
potatoes, carrot, bell pepper, onion,
celery & garlic in crockpot; pour
chicken stock over top. Season with
chili powder, salt/pepper & stir to
combine. Cover & cook on High
3-4 hours until vegetables are
softened. In small bowl stir flour
into heavy cream until no chunks
remain then pour into crockpot.
Add Cheddar cheese & stir to
combine then cover & cook
another 20-30 minutes. Serve hot.
Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Easy Pineapple Casserole

2 (20 oz, ea) cans pineapple
chunks, drained
2 C. (8 oz) shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. sugar
3 T. flour
2 C. coarsely crushed butter-
flavored (like Ritz) crackers
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) melted butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. In large
bowl combine pineapple, cheese,
sugar & flour; toss until evenly
coated & place in prepared pan.
In small bowl combine crushed
crackers & butter; mix well then
sprinkle on top of casserole.
Bake 30-35 minutes until heated
through & topping is golden.
Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)


Easy No-Bake Caramel Pie

1 (6 oz) bag Milky Way Bites (candy)
1 (16 oz) AND 1 (8 oz) tubs Cool Whip,
thawed
1 (14 oz) can Dulce de Leche (if you
can’t find this – you can make your own,
using one 14 oz. can sweetened
condensed milk -recipe follows
1 store-bought chocolate cookie
pie shell

Chop Milky Way Bites into small pieces;
reserve 1/4 C. Place 16 oz. Cool Whip
in a large bowl; fold in Dulce de Leche.
Fold in chopped Bites & pour into
pie shell. Top with 8 oz. Cool Whip &
sprinkle reserved chopped Bites on
top. Refrigerate 4 hours before serving.
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Weather-wise it’s been clear & nice, today
it’s in the 50’s with a slight breeze. (chance
of rain Easter Sunday).

Today was my “reward” for babysitting
yesterday – I took a friend out for her
birthday to Ruby Tuesday’s – I had a
nice chicken salad (enough to bring half
home for later!). Afterwards I wandered
over to the Salvation Army store and
bought a really nice/fancy/dress top:
black, short sleeves with silver sparkles
all over it. No, it’s not something I
would normally purchase but after
looking at it for awhile, decided it
would be the perfect thing to wear
with my long black skirt for a wedding
or other formal affair – price? $6.99!
SCORE! AND – to add to that, today
was their Seniors Day so I got an
extra 25% off my purchase! After
that I went to our local Kroger
Gas Station because I had 50 cents
off per gallon on their gas (due to
my shopping Kroger lately) – that
was another SCORE! Gas here is down
just a little to $2.43/9 a gallon so getting
50 cents off that per gallon was REALLY
nice!

I still have some grocery shopping to do,
hopefully Friday (I know – LOTS of people
will be in the stores then) but want to
avoid the REALLY BIG rush on Saturday.

Hope your Easter plans are coming
together nicely!

Hugs;

Pammie

Freebies by the side of the road!

Yesterday while driving home from evening church I spotted something along side the road at the end of someone’s driveway. Took me a bit of turning around before I was able to get to the driveway; as I got out of my car a gentleman who lived there asked if he could help me. I pointed to a rather nice baby changing table and he piped up and said: “It’s Free! You can have it!” I was thrilled! (mind you, here I am still dressed in my church clothes – fancy blouse & skirt, heels, etc.) He immediately says: “I can help you load it – here, let me give you a hand!” What a nice man! I told him that very soon we would be babysitting our grandson and that was the one thing I still needed. He said he thought that they might have picked up this very changing table, themselves, on the side of the road – how advantageous, right? I will need to find a pad for it and clean it up a bit (there was a bit of mud on the legs, since that driveway was a bit muddy – but mud never hurt anyone and I’ve got lots of cleaning supplies). YAY! I’m really thrilled! There are still only two items I’d like to purchase in the near future (for the baby): a walker and a high chair, neither of which I will be needing immediately. This week begins our baby’s Mom going back to work; I texted her a bit earlier asking if she has a schedule yet and she texted she will find out today. As she put it: “Our little guy is ready for  some ‘Grandma Pam’ time” Awwwwww – I’m ready! Her mother & I will be the babysitters while both parents are working which means I will be a bit more busy than my usual, but that’s OK.

Have you started planning your Easter meal yet? I haven’t heard from my oldest son as to what time OR what sides, so I’m still just waiting. Not sure, either, whether middle son & his new girlfriend will be joining us – she’s a Vegan (whole new learning experience for our family). I’m very happy for middle son – she’s very sweet and seems to really like our son. He’s a great guy but (as people would say) he’s a bit of a NERD – loves video games, Japanese Anime (cartoons) – he says he’s a lot like me (more emotional, caring, etc. than most guys are). We’ll see where all this goes.

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No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

Crust:
2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C. unsalted butter, melted

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

Fruit & Toppings:
3-4 bananas, sliced
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
drained well
16 oz. strawberries, hulled/sliced
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
chocolate syrup
maraschino cherries

Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In medium bowl
mix graham cracker crumbs &
melted butter with a fork, stirring
until all of crumbs are evenly moistened.
Dump crumbs into prepared pan &
press into an even layer. Refrigerate
while preparing next layer.

In medium bowl mix cream cheese &
sugar using elec. mixer on medium
speed until light & fluffy, about 3
minutes. Using a rubber spatula,
fold in Cool Whip until thoroughly
combined. Spread mixture on top
of graham crust. Arrange banana
slices in single layer on top of cream
cheese filling, top with an even layer
of crushed pineapple, then an even
layer of sliced strawberries. Cover with
Cool Whip, smoothing the top. Sprinkle
top with chopped nuts then drizzle
with chocolate syrup & top with
maraschino cherries. Refrigerate for
at least 4 hours or overnight.
Serves 12-16 (depending on how large
the servings are)

Leftovers can be stored, covered,
in fridge for up to 4 days.

NOTE: You can substitute whipped
cream for the Cool Whip; if using
this – leftovers should only be kept
for up to 2 days, refrigerated as
fresh whipped cream will become
watery as it sits in fridge.

(recipe: browneyedbaker.com)
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Fiesta Pinwheels
(appetizers)

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. picante salsa
2 T. taco seasoning mix
dash of garlic powder
1 (4.5 oz) can chopped black
olives, drained
1 (4 oz) can chopped green
chilies
1 C. (4 oz) finely shredded
Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. thinly sliced green onions
8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
salsa, for dipping

In small bowl beat cream cheese,
sour cream, picante sauce, taco
seasoning & garlic powder until
smooth. Stir in olives, chilies,
cheese & onions – spread about
1/2 C. on each tortilla. Roll up,
jelly-roll style. Wrap in plastic
wrap & refrigerate 2 hours or
overnight. Slice into 1 inch pieces;
place on a platter & serve with
salsa. Makes about 5 dozen.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Warm Bacon Cheese Spread

1 round (1 lb) loaf sourdough
bread
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 1/2 C. (12 oz) sour cream
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 lb. sliced bacon, cooked/
crumbled*
1/2 C. chopped green onions

assorted crackers, for serving

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Cut top fourth off top of bread
loaf; carefully hollow out the
bottom, leaving a 1 inch shell.
Cut the removed bread into
cubes & place in a ziplock bag
(to keep them from drying out).
In large bowl beat cream cheese
until fluffy. Add sour cream,
Cheddar cheese & Worc. sauce
until blended – stir in bacon &
onions then spoon into bread
shell. Wrap in heavy-duty foil
(about 24″ X 17″ ) & bake 1 hour
until heated through. Serve with
crackers & reserved bread crumbs.
Makes 4 Cups dip.

*You can make this a Seafood
Dip by changing out the bacon
for equal amounts lump crab,
cooked shrimp or a combination
of the two.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Casserole

1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup
1 (10.5 oz) can cheese soup
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel tomatoes or
diced tomatoes with chilies, undrained
2 lb. skinless boneless chicken breasts,
cut into 1 inch cubes
1 C. diced green pepper
1 C. diced onion
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 T. paprika
1 T. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 (16 oz) bag Mexican-blend shredded
cheese, divided
10 corn tortillas, cut or torn into
quarters
3 C. crushed corn chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
combine soups & canned
tomatoes; mix well. In another
bowl combine chicken, garlic,
pepper, onion & spices – mix
well until all is evenly coated.
Place a layer of chicken mixture
in bottom of prepared pan
followed by a layer of soup
mixture. Add a layer of corn
tortillas followed by a layer
of shredded cheese – continue
until you run out of ingredients.
Bake 20 minutes. Remove from
oven & spread a layer of crushed
corn chips on top followed by a
layer of shredded cheese. Bake
10 more minutes. Allow to cool
slightly & serve.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Crockpot Ham Steaks & Pineapple
Rings

2 1/2 lb. ham, sliced into 1/2″ slices
1 (20 oz) can pineapple slices –
reserve juice for sauce
1 (6 oz) can maraschino cherries,
drained
3 T. brown sugar (packed)
1 T. mustard
1 T. apple cider vinegar

Place ham slices, pineapple slices &
cherries in crockpot. In medium
bowl mix pineapple juice, brown
sugar, mustard & apple cider
vinegar – whisk until smooth &
pour over ham. Cover & cook on
Low 5 hours WITHOUT opening
lid during cooking time. Drizzle
sauce over each serving. Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained (liquid reserved)
1 1/4 C. ketchup
1 T. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 T. cider vinegar
3 carrots, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into
chunks
2 T. vegetable oil
4-6 pork loin chops, 1 inch thick

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large saucepan combine reserved
pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar
& vinegar; cook 5 minutes until hot.
Add pineapple chunks, carrots &
green pepper; remove from heat. In
large skillet heat oil & add chops –
brown on both sides. In shallow
baking dish arrange chops. Spread
pineapple/vegetable mixture over
top. Cover with foil & bake 25-35
minutes until chops are done &
vegetables are crisp-tender. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Best Sweet Coleslaw

1 (16 oz.) bag coleslaw mix
2/3 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. granulated sugar
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. celery seeds

In medium bowl stir mayonnaise,
sugar, vinegar, salt & celery seeds
until well mixed. Mix in coleslaw
blend & stir until well coated.
Cover & refrigerate 1-2 hours
before serving.

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Sweet Potato Casserole
w/ Brown Sugar topping

2 (29 oz, ea) cans cut sweet
potatoes, mashed
1/2 C. butter, melted
1/3 C. evaporated milk
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 C. light brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/3 C. butter
1 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
mix mashed sweet potatoes,
1/2 C. butter, evap. milk, sugar,
vanilla & eggs. Spread mixture
evenly into prepared pan. In
small bowl combine brown
sugar & flour – cut in 1/3 C.
butter until mixture is crumbly,
then stir in pecans. Sprinkle
mixture evenly over top of
sweet potato mixture. Bake
25 minutes until golden brown.

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Pineapple Pecan Carrot Cake

Cake:
2 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. canola or vegetable oil
1 C. light brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. shredded carrots *
(about 5-6 carrots)
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple,
drained
1 C. chopped pecans, divided

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
3 1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
whisk flour, baking powder, baking
soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves &
nutmeg. In another bowl whisk oil,
brown sugar, gran. sugar, eggs &
vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into
dry & stir until combined. Fold in
grated carrots, crushed pineapple
& 1/2 C. pecans. Spread batter into
prepared pan & bake 40-50 minutes.
Cake is done when a wooden tooth-
pick inserted into center comes out
clean. (NOTE: if cake is browning too
quickly, loosely lay a piece of foil over
top to prevent from browning too
much). Remove cake from oven &
place on wire rack – cool completely.
(If you need to speed up the cooling
process, refrigerate cake after it has
cooled on cooling rack 45 minutes.)
Frosting:
In a bowl beat together butter & cream
cheese until creamy & combined. Add
powdered sugar, heavy cream & vanilla;
beat until combined & fluffy, about
1-2 minutes. Spread over cooled cake
& sprinkle remaining nuts on top.

Cake can be made ahead of time. Bake
the cake, cool on cooling rack 45
minutes; cover & leave in fridge up to
2 days before needed. Remove from
fridge, prepare frosting, frost cake &
serve.

*You can shred your own carrots
using a cheese grater – much cheaper
than buying shredded

(recipe: togetherasfamily.com)

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Gas prices have dropped a teeny bit
from $2.59/9 to $2.53/9 . . . guess
that’s better than going up, right?

Our weather is now more ‘almost
Summer-like’, yesterday it got up
to 74 degrees & sunny – YAY! Today
is supposed to be high of 76 &
cloudy with 70% chance of rain
tonight. Rest of week is in the 50’s
but that’s better than the 30’s!

Hope you’re enjoying this Spring
weather in your area. Try to stay
healthy!

Hugs;

Pammie

and we have snow – again . . .

Yesterday was cold & rainy followed by snow overnight – about an inch. Today the sun is out (it’s still windy) but the snow is mostly melted – Welcome to MICHIGAN! Went grocery shopping yesterday and discovered that Kroger now sells a salad mix: Dole Chopped Salad Kit Sunflower Crunch (like the one Gordon Foods used to sell) that has lettuce, sunflower seeds, raisins, bacon bits, etc. and a dressing packet – I bought one – we’ll see how it tastes (this one has kale in it, too – YUCK! I know it’s good for you – just don’t like the very stiff texture.)  Gas prices have shot up to $2.59/9 (from $2.29/9 a day ago – guess they’re getting ready for the holiday drivers).

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Crockpot Red Velvet Spoon
Brownies

3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
3/4 C. butter
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
3 egg whites
1 1/2 C. flour
3 oz. red food coloring
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt

Icing:
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 T. butter
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
pecan pieces (optional)

Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick spray.
Place choc. chips & 3/4 C. butter
in microwave safe bowl – melt
at 30 second intervals, stirring
in between.* Whisk in eggs & egg
whites, one at a time. Mix in flour,
food coloring, vanilla, baking cocoa,
salt & baking powder. Spoon
batter into crockpot & spread out
evenly. Place a few paper towels
across opening of crockpot to catch
any moisture that may drip on
batter & cover with lid. Cook on
Low 2 1/2-3 hours. If done, when
you insert a toothpick into center,
a few crumbs will stick to it when
it comes out.Remove lid & let cool
while preparing icing.**

Icing;
Beat cream cheese & butter until
mostly smooth; stir in powdered
sugar & salt, then mix in vanilla
completely.

To serve:
Place a dollop of brownie on a plate
with a dollop of icing on top & a
sprinkle of pecans, if using.

*If your microwave safe bowl isn’t
large enough, pour mixture into
a large bowl & stir in sugar.

**When you remove the lid it will
look great until it starts to cool – then
it will fall – it is perfect for spooning
out to serve.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Easy 1-Pan Beef Roast
with vegetables

1 (10 1/2 oz) can French Onion
soup
1/4 C. flour
1 oven bag
3 1/2 lb. boneless beef chuck
roast
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 medium red potatoes cut
into quarters (about 3 C.)
3 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch
pieces
2 C. baby cut carrots

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Pour soup (undiluted) & four into
bag; close bag & mix soup & flour
using hands until no lumps are seen.
Place bag in a roasting pan. Season
meat with salt/pepper & place beef,
potatoes, celery & carrots in bag.
Close with the oven bag tie. Cut
6 (1/2 inch each) slits in top of bag &
roast 1 hour minutes until beef
is fork-tender. Let stand 10 minutes
in bag before serving.  Serves 6

OVEN BAG: disposable oven-safe
bags that you can find in the foil &
wrap section of grocery stores

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Apricot/Ginger/Mustard-Glazed
Ham

1 fully cooked bone-in ham
(7-9 lb)
1/2 C. apricot halves, drained
1/2 C. stone-ground mustard
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. grated fresh ginger
1 T. whole peppercorns
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Place ham on a rack in a shallow
roasting pan. Using a sharp knife,
score surface of ham with 1/4″
deep cuts in a diamond pattern.
Cover & bake 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 hours
until a thermometer reads 130º.
Place remaining ingredients in
a food processor (or blender) &
process until blended. Remove
ham from oven & increase oven
heat to 425 degrees F. Spread
apricot mixture over ham & bake,
uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer
until a thermometer reads 140 degrees
F. If desired, increase oven to Broil –
broil 2-4 minutes until top is golden
brown. Serves 16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crab Cakes

Cakes:
1/2 C. finely diced celery
1/4 c. sweet onion, finely
minced
1/4 C. fresh parsley,
finely minced
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 whole eggs, beaten
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 C. crushed saltines
1 lb. pasteurized lump
crab meat, drained
1 lb. pasteurized jumbo lump or
petite jumbo lump crab meat,
drained
oil for frying (enough to make
1/2 inch of oil in skillet)

In large bowl mix celery, onion,
parsley, mustard, mayonnaise,
Worch. sauce, eggs, cayenne,
salt, Old Bay – mix to combine.
Add cracker crumbs & both
types crab; gently fold to
combine. Using an ice cream
scoop or half cup measure,
scoop out 12 cakes onto a
parchment or foil lined sheet
tray. Flatten each cake into a
3 1/2 inch round thick disc.
Refrigerate sheet at least 30
minutes to set.

Heat oil in large skillet to 350
degrees F.
Using 2 spatulas*, gently slide
each cake into the hot oil,
cooking in 2 batches, 6 per
batch. Cook about 4 minutes
to brown; after 3 minutes
lift to check underside for
color. Using both spatulas
again, gently flip cake onto
one spatula & flip over, sliding
into hot oil (uncooked side
down). Cook remaining 1
minute then remove to paper
towels. When oil is back up
to temperature, cook the
second batch. Makes 12
cakes.

*Using 2 spatulas helps
prevent oil spattering
when turned

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Grilled Cheese & Tomato Casserole

1 stick (8 T.) unsalted butter,
melted
12 slices white bread
12 slices Cheddar cheese,
about 12 oz
6 slices Swiss cheese (about
3 oz)
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
4 C. mixed grape or cherry tomatoes,
halved (about 1 1/4 lb)
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 C. Half & Half
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 large eggs
1/4 C. fresh parsley leaves,
roughly chopped

Preheat broiler
Brush 9 X 13 baking pan
with some of melted butter
Lay 6 slices of bread on a baking
sheet in one even layer; brush
tops generously with butter.
Broil, rotating sheet as needed,
until bread is golden brown &
toasted, 2-4 minutes. Flip slices
(untoasted sides up). Put 2
slices Cheddar on 3 slices of
bread & 1 slice Swiss each on
remaining 3 breads. Return
to broiler & broil 1-2 minutes
until cheese is completely
melted. Press slices together
(each having both Cheddar &
Swiss) – repeat with remaining
bread & cheese slices & more
butter.
When cooled, trim crusts off
sandwiches & arrange in one
layer in prepared dish – sprinkle
Parmesan cheese over top.
Scatter the tomato halves on
the baking sheet & toss with 1/2
tsp. salt. Broil until they are very
soft & skins are wrinkled & browned
in spots, 4-5 minutes. Scatter
tomatoes over sandwiches.
Turn broiler to BAKE &
preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Whisk Half & Half, mayonnaise,
eggs, 1 tsp. salt & a few grinds
black pepper in a large bowl –
pour mixture over the tomatoes &
sandwiches (the liquid won’t
completely cover). Cover with foil
& bake until custard is mostly set,
about 30 minutes. Remove foil &
continue to bake until casserole is
hot & golden brown in spots, about
15 minutes more. Scatter parsley
on top & serve hot. Serves 6-8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Italian Sausage Egg Bake
(overnight recipe)

8 slices white bread, cubed
1 lb. Italian sausage links,
casings removed/sliced
2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
9 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 C. milk
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. fennel seed, crushed
(optional)

Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray & place bread
cubes in bottom. In large skillet
cook sausage over medium heat
until no longer pink; drain. Spoon
sausage over bread; sprinkle top
with cheeses. In large bowl whisk
eggs, milk & seasonings – pour
over casserole. Cover & refrigerate
overnight.

Remove casserole from fridge
30 minutes before baking
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake casserole, uncovered, 50-55
minutes until a knife inserted near
center comes out clean. Let stand
5 minutes before cutting.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Caramelized Vidalia Onion Dip

2 T. butter
3 Vidalia or other sweet onions,
thinly sliced
1 (8 oz ) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. Swiss cheese, shredded
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. mayonnaise

sweet potato chips – for dipping

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Melt butter in large skillet over
medium heat; add onions & cook,
stirring often, 30-40 minutes until
onions are caramel colored. Combine
onions, cheese & mayonnaise, stirring
well. Spoon dip into a lightly greased
1 1/2 – 2 qt. baking dish & bake,
uncovered, 30 minutes until golden
brown & bubbly. Serve with sweet
potato chips (if desired). Makes 4 Cups

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

1 (16 oz) load day-old French bread
2 1/2 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half (whole milk or heavy
cream)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. granulated sugar
1 T. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cube bread then place in large bowl.
In another bowl beat eggs, milk, half &
half, sugar, salt & vanilla – pour over
bread cubes & allow to sit 5-10 minutes.
In another small bowl combine, using
a fork, softened butter, brown sugar &
nuts (this will have the consistency of
wet sand). Spray an 8 X 8″ pan with
nonstick spray & pour half of bread
mixture into pan. Top with half of pecan
mixture. Spoon remaining bread mixture
over top & add remaining pecan
mixture – press down into pan slightly,
pan will be really full. Top with
remaining pecan mixture. Place pan
on a cookie sheet with a 1-inch edge
to catch any mixture that may boil
over. Bake 44-55 minutes. Center will
be slightly jiggly but will set when cooled.
Allow to cool 20-30 minutes before
serving so that slices will hold together.
It is a very thick pudding – poster cut
hers into 16 equal servings.

(recipe: callmepmc.com)

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This is Spring Break week for our kids
in school; we had our 10 yr old grandson
all day Monday and we have him again
today. The good thing today was: I got
to spend a little time with the baby.
Monday baby & his Momma were both
sick with a cold; baby is now well (with
a tiny cough) and the other grandma
is going to be babysitting him today
while his Momma is going back to
work for the first time after his
delivery. New world for both of them
AND for all of us, too. Soon we’ll
have to work out a schedule as to
who has the baby what times/days
and then, also figure in when we
get our older grandson, also. Life
is getting a bit more fast-paced –
will I be ready for it!?

Middle son also announced that
he’s planning on moving out as
soon as he gets his tax refund –
back with his friend (15 minutes
away) where he used to live about
2-3 years ago. The friend is a great
guy and has a nice condo – our son
(this time) will be taking the
basement apartment (much bigger)
which will be nice for him. Bad
part? Moving the single bed
mattress & bed frame down the
stairs – I’ll leave that to them to
work out.

While grocery shopping yesterday
it dawned on me that I will soon
have to learn to cook for JUST TWO
PEOPLE! This will be the first time
in 34 years that it’s just my husband
& I! That will be a little different!
I bought ingredients to make
enchiladas, lasagna, beef stroganoff-
all of those I’m used to making for
6+ people. Guess I’ll have to attempt
to pare down my recipes, eh?

Not much else new around here,
hope you’re having a good week!

Hugs;

Pammie

Easter is coming – soon!

Looking at the calendar – Easter will be here very soon! For some of you it means new Easter outfits or Easter baskets – for me it means church, singing Easter songs and dinner with the family. Our oldest (the chef) was over last night and we were discussing IF we were doing a family dinner at his house this year. He said this will be the very FIRST time he’s ever had Easter off – every other restaurant/place he’s worked they’ve done an Easter brunch – at his hotel they are not doing that so he’s OFF! Not sure yet on time of dinner/who’s bringing what but now I need to hone my Easter ‘sides’ recipes. I’ve been gleaning some for you and I’m sure there will be more to come.

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Lemon Meringue Pie Bites

1 (16 oz) pkg. refrigerated sugar
cookies
2 egg whites, room temp.
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 T. sugar
1 C. lemon curd, room temp.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 24-count mini muffin
pan with nonstick spray. Break
apart cookie dough & place one
in each muffin cup. Bake 10-12
minutes until lightly brown. Remove
from oven & let cool 5 minutes.
Gently make a small indentation on
top of each cookie (you can use end
of a wooden spoon or your index
finger). Let cool while you beat egg
whites. In mixing bowl beat whites &
cream of tartar until foamy. Add in
sugar & continue beating on High
until soft peaks form & whites are
shiny white. Scoop about 1 T. of
lemon curd into cookie cups & top
each with beaten egg whites. Return
to oven & bake an additional 10
minutes until meringues are lightly
browned. Keep leftovers in
fridge. Makes 24

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Roasted Spring Vegetables

1 lb. thin carrots, peeled
8 oz. shallots, peeled/quartered
2 T. olive oil
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
3 T. maple syrup
1 T. honey
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 T. butter
1 tsp. salt
1 T. fresh thyme leaves

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Halve, lengthwise, any carrots
1″ thick or thicker. Place carrots
& shallots in single layer in 15 X
10″ baking pan with sides – drizzle
1 T. of oil on them. Roast 10
minutes, shaking pan & turning
once. Add asparagus, drizzle with
remaining oil & roast 10 minutes
longer. Meanwhile, in small sauce-
pan, combine syrup, honey, vinegar,
butter & salt. Cook over medium
heat until it boils. Boil 2 minutes
then pour over roasted vegetables.
Sprinkle top with thyme.
Serves 8
Refrigerate any leftovers

(recipe: kroger.com)
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Holiday Brunch Casserole
(overnight recipe)

4 C. frozen shredded hash
brown potatoes, thawed
1 lb. bulk pork sausage, cooked/
drained
1/2 lb. bacon strips, cooked/
crumbled
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided
4 large eggs
3 C. milk
1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1/2 tsp. salt

In large bowl combine first
5 ingredients; stir in 1 C. cheese.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray & place mixed
ingredients in pan. In another
bowl whisk eggs, milk, baking mix
& salt until blended; pour over
top. Sprinkle top with remaining
cheese. Cover & refrigerate
overnight.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Remove casserole from fridge
while oven heats. Bake, uncovered,
30-35 minutes until a knife inserted
near center comes out clean. Let
stand 10 minutes before cutting.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Maple-Peach Glazed Ham

1 fully-cooked bone-in ham
(7-9 lb)
2 C. peach preserves or orange
marmalade
1/2 C. maple syrup
1/3 C. orange juice
2 T. ground ancho chili
pepper, (optional)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Place ham on a rack in a
shallow roasting pan. Cover
& bake 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 hours until
a thermometer reads 130 degrees
F. In small saucepan mix preserves,
syrup, orange juice & chili pepper
(if using) until blended. Remove
3/4 C. mixture for glaze.
Remove ham from oven; brush
with some of glaze. Bake, uncovered,
15-20 minutes longer until a
thermometer reads 140 degrees F.,
brushing occasionally with remaining
glaze. Bring preserves mixture to a
boil over medium heat, stirring
occasionally. Cook & stir 1-2 minutes
until slightly thickened. Serves as
a sauce with ham. Makes 16 servings,
about 2 C. sauce)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Spinach/Raspberry Salad

1/3 C. slivered blanched almonds
3 T. white wine vinegar
1/3 C. vegetable oil
6 oz. ready-to-use baby
spinach leaves
2 green onions, sliced
5 T. sugar, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. poppy seeds
6 oz. fresh raspberries

In small nonstick skillet combine
almonds & 2 T. sugar – cook over
medium heat 3 minutes until
sugar melts & coats the almonds
and they are golden brown, stirring
frequently. Spread on waxed paper
to cool. In small bowl beat vinegar,
remaining 3 T. sugar, salt & mustard
using wire whisk until blended. Whisk
in oil until thick & well blended then
stir in poppy seeds. In large shallow
bowl toss spinach with dressing; top
with raspberries, green onions &
almonds. Serve immediately.
Refrigerate leftovers. Serves 6

(recipe: kroger.com)
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Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

1 1/2 C. flour
3 T. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 C. sour cream
3/4 C. plus 1 T. milk
2 extra-large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
unsalted butter
2 ripe bananas, diced plus
extra for serving
maple syrup, for topping

Sift together flour, sugar, baking
powder & salt. In separate bowl
whisk sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla
& lemon zest. Add wet ingredients
to dry, mixing only until combined.
Melt 1 T. butter in large skillet over
medium-low heat until it bubbles.
Ladle pancake batter into pan to make
3-4 pancakes – distribute a rounded
T. bananas on each pancake. Cook
2-3 minutes until bubbles appear on
top & underside is nicely browned.
Flip pancakes & cook 1 more minute
until browned. Place cooked pancakes
on a plate, cover to keep warm. Wipe
out pan using a paper towel, add more
butter & continue cooking pancakes
until all batter is used up. Serve with
sliced bananas & maple syrup on top.
Makes 12 pancakes

(recipe: Ina Garten – foodnetwork.com)
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Creamy Bacon/Pea Salad

1 lb. frozen peas
5 slices bacon, cooked/diced
1/4 red onion, diced
3 oz. Cheddar cheese, diced
1/3 C. sour cream
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
1 T. lemon juice
salt/pepper, to taste

Place frozen peas in a colander &
place colander in a bowl. Run hot
water over them to thaw; drain
well. In a bowl mix sour cream,
onion, mayo, ranch dressing, lemon
juice, salt/pepper – mix well. Place
peas in a bowl & mix dressing into
peas. Fold half of bacon & all of
cheese into salad. Garnish top
with remaining bacon. Cover &
refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

(recipe: family freshmeals.com)
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Crockpot Ravioli Casserole

1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
1 (24 oz) pkg. frozen cheese ravioli,
uncooked (do not need to thaw)
1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey/
chicken)
1 small onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 (6 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
(optional: chopped fresh basil – garnish)

In large skillet saute beef, onion, pepper &
garlic over medium-high heat until meat is
no longer pink. Season with salt/pepper &
drain any fat from skillet. Spray insides of
crockpot with nonstick spray & spread
1 C. marinara sauce in bottom. Top with half
of ravioli, half cooked meat & half mozzarella.
Add another layer remaining sauce, rest of
ravioli & rest of meat/mozzarella. Cover &
cook on High 2-3 hours or Low 4-5 hours.
Sprinkle with Parmesan & garnish with basil
before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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English Muffin Bread

2 T. cornmeal
butter
2 C. milk
1 C. hot water
6 C. flour, divided
2 T. yeast (active/dry)
1 T. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven 170 degrees F.
Coat bottom & sides of two
(8 X 4″) loaf pans with butter.
Sprinkle 1 T. cornmeal in each
pan & shake pan to coat sides
& bottom with cornmeal. Pour
1 C. hot water & 2 C. milk into a
glass measuring cup – microwave
2 minutes on High. In large mixing
bowl add 3 C. flour, 2 T. yeast, 1 T.
sugar, 2 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. soda –
stir together using a fork. Pour
warm milk liquid into dry
ingredients. Using electric mixer
on Low 1 minute, then medium
1 more minute. Add additional
3 C. flour, one cup at a time, while
mixer is running on Low. Mix until
well combined, just 1-2 minutes.
Dough will be stiff, kind of like
thick cookie dough. Scoop dough
into prepared pans & press down
using your fingers. Place dough in
oven & allow dough to rise until it
has almost reached the tops of the
pans (should take about 10 minutes).
Turn oven heat to 400 degrees F.
Allow bread to bake for about
20 minutes until tops are golden
brown & bread sounds hollow when
top is tapped. (NOTE: the 20 minutes
cooking time includes the rising time)
Remove from oven & allow to cool
in pans 5 minutes then remove from
pans. Makes 2 loaves

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Caramelized Brown Butter Cake

1 C. (2 sticks) unsalted butter,
room temp.
4 large eggs, room temp
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

In heavy skillet on Low heat, melt
butter until it begins to foam; stir
about 5 minutes until it turns golden
brown & smells nutty. Transfer to a
large heatproof bowl; allow to cool
in fridge until solid, about 30 minutes.
Once solid, remove from fridge & set
aside to bring back to room temp.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place oven rack on lower middle section
of oven. Butter a nonstick 9 X 5″ loaf pan
& dust with powdered sugar. Beat browned
butter until it becomes creamy, then add
sugar & vanilla; continue beating 3-5 minutes
until well combined & creamed. Beat in
eggs, one at a time, making sure each is
thoroughly combine before adding the
next. In a separate bowl, combine flour,
salt & baking powder; slowly beat flour
mixture into creamed butter mixture until
well combined. Transfer batter to prepared
pan, smooth out top evenly & bake 30
minutes. Remove from oven, loosely cover
with foil then bake 20-25 minutes more.
Allow cake to cool in pan 10-15 minutes
then transfer, upside down, to a serving
platter. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

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This week is Spring Break for our schools
which means my 10 yr. old grandson is
off, also. He spent the day here yesterday
and will be back Friday. We spent the day
watching ‘goofy’ kid shows, visiting our
local library and reading – he’s into Percy
Jackson books now and I’m really glad
he’s become a ‘reader’. My husband &
I both love to read and I’m SO glad my
grandson does, too-such a great way to
expand your vocabulary!

Along with reading I’ve been working
on getting more baby blankets done.
Finished the Diagonal Box Stitch
blanket:

I’m almost half done with another knit
multi-colored blanket; this one is more
of a ‘girl’s’ colors one. I just love the
challenge of figuring out a new pattern
and then executing it.

Gas prices: they seem to be holding
(for now) at $2.39/9 – wonder if
they’ll go up before the holiday?

Newest grandson & his Momma are
currently sick with a virus – I stopped
by their house yesterday to pick up
oldest grandson and they both were
being ‘cared for’ by her Mom. Baby is
a bit cranky due to being sick; Momma
is trying her hardest to get better as
she goes back to work Friday. This will
be a new job at a new restaurant/bar.
Their friend & former neighbor is
revamping a local place and attempting
to upscale it to a more family-friendly
place. She will be the head bartender
& in charge of wait staff so you can
see why she needs to be feeling much
better by then! With her Mother &
myself we can pretty much hold up
the baby/grandson watching job so
we’ll see how this all goes.

Hope things are going well for
you at the moment –

Hugs;

Pammie

Blessings – always welcome

Cold, rainy & gloomy today – High 40 degrees F. Well, it’s now Spring so guess we’ll just have to adjust – right?

On that note husband & I had to make a trip to the drug store to pick up some prescriptions. One of his prescriptions (a week ago) was deliberately left there. Why, you ask? Because when they told me it would cost $500.00 I chose to wait. After husband spoke to pharmacist about his particular drug insurance, today when we went back to pick his 2 and my 3 prescriptions the total for his was $00.00 and total of all costs for purchases (including a large bag of chips & two 2-liter bottles of pop) came to $21.00! THANK YOU, LORD! I will definitely take that blessing! I was really dreading us having that high of a bill every three months (Yes, I know that some of you might have that high a cost). So very grateful we didn’t. WHEW!

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Luscious Layered Lemon Dessert

Crust:
1 C. flour
1/2 C. very finely chopped pecans
1/4 C. butter, melted

Layers:
8 oz. cream cheese
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
2 small pkgs instant lemon pudding
mix
1 T. lemon juice (optional)
3 C. milk
1 C. powdered sugar
3 T. finely chopped pecans (garnish)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine crust ingredients until
well blended & crumbly; press into
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish & bake
15 minutes. Cool completely.
Layers:
Using elec. mixer, mix cream cheese &
powdered sugar until smooth & creamy.
Fold in 1 C. Cool Whip & spread over
cooled crust. NOTE: If your crust pulls
apart – it might be because your pecans
are a little coarse. Just work slowly; you
may have to use your fingertips to spread
cream cheese layer as best you can. Whisk
together pudding mixes & milk; add lemon
juice & stir until thick – spread over cream
cheese layer. Spoon remaining Cool Whip
over pudding & sprinkle top with a dusting
of chopped pecans. Refrigerate 4 hours
before serving.

NOTE: Poster says this recipe is even better
the next day – she often prepares 2 just for
this reason!

(recipe: happyhooligans.ca)
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Melt-in-your-mouth Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese
1 C. (plain) Greek yogurt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Combine Parmesan,
yogurt, garlic powder, salt/pepper
& spread over chicken. Bake 35
minutes until chicken is done.
Serves 4

(recipe: normalcooking.com)
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Beef & Spinach Baked Rotini

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 (1 lb, 8 oz) jar Ragu Chunky
Tomato/Garlic/Onion sauce
1 (6 oz) bag fresh spinach
2 C. water
1 C. ricotta cheese (about 8 oz)
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 (12 oz) pkg. rotini pasta, uncooked
3/4 C. mozzarella cheese (about 3 oz)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Brown ground beef in large skillet
over medium-high heat; drain. Place
spinach in a skillet with 2 T. water &
cook (wilt) until soft. Combine sauce
& water in a large bowl; stir in cooked
beef, ricotta, spinach, Parmesan &
uncooked rotini. Spray a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray & pour mixture
into dish – spread evenly. Cover tightly
with foil & bake 55 minutes. Remove
foil & sprinkle top with mozzarella
cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional
5 minutes until cheese melts. Let stand
5 minutes before serving.

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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8-Can Taco Soup

1 (15 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1 (15 1/4 oz) can sweet corn,
drained (whole kernel)
1 (12.5 oz) can chicken breasts,
drained
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
chicken soup
1 (10 oz. can green enchilada sauce
1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
1 (1 1/4 oz) packet taco seasoning

Garnishes:
corn chips
grated Cheddar cheese

Place all ingredients in large pot;
heat until warm, stirring occasionally.
Serve with tortilla chips & grated
cheese on top of each bowl, if desired.
Serves 7

(recipe: food.com)
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Chive & Onion Hash Brown Potatoes

1 1/2 C. Half & Half
1 (8 oz) tub spreadable
chive & onion cream cheese
2 T. dried minced onion
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 (20 oz, ea) pkgs. refrigerated
shredded hash brown potatoes
2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
3 T. minced fresh chives, divided
2 T. butter, cubed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In Dutch oven combine first 5
ingredients; cook & stir over
medium heat until blended; stir
in potatoes. Spray a 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick spray &
layer 1/3 of mixture & 2/3 C.
Swiss cheese in pan. Sprinkle
with 1 T. chives & repeat layers.
Top with remaining hash brown
mixture & cheese; dot with butter.
Cover with foil & bake 35 minutes.
Remove foil & bake 10-20 minutes
longer until edges begin to brown &
potatoes are heated through. Let
stand 10 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle top with remaining chives &
serve. Serves 12 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Southwest Cornbread Casserole

Cornbread layer:
1/2 C. melted butter
1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. buttermilk*
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 C. flour
1 C. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt

Meat mixture:
1 lb. ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
5-6 mini bell peppers, chopped
salt/pepper
3 T. taco seasoning
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. salsa
2 C. Mexican-blend shredded cheese
chopped cilantro – optional

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven
In medium bowl beat 1/2 C. melted
butter & 1/2 C. sugar; blend in 2
eggs & beat to combine. Pour 1
C. buttermilk into a 2 Cup glass
measuring cup. Add 1/2 tsp. baking
soda & stir to combine – add this to
butter/sugar mixture & stir to combine.
In separate bowl mix 1 C. flour, 1 C.
cornmeal & 1/2 tsp. salt – fold into
wet ingredients (do not over mix)
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray & spread cornbread batter evenly
in pan. Bake 12-15 minutes until top
is set & slightly firm. (it should almost
be baked completely – make sure it’s
just about done before moving to next
step).  While cornbread is baking, heat
a large, deep skillet over medium-high
heat. Add ground beef, minced garlic,
onion & chopped bell peppers – sprinkle
with salt/pepper & 3 T. taco seasoning
mix – stir & cook until beef is cooked
through & no longer pink. Add enchilada
sauce, diced tomatoes, black beans &salsa
to skillet & stir to blend. Allow to simmer
& cook on Low heat 5 minutes. Carefully
pour mixture on top of corn bread. Sprinkle
top with shredded cheese & bake 5-8
minutes until cheese melts. Sprinkle top
with chopped cilantro, if using.
Serves 7-8

*If you don’t have buttermilk –
place 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
in a 2 Cup measuring cup & fill up
rest of cup with milk (to reach
1 cup). Stir & let stand 5 minutes-
now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Lofthouse Soft Frosted Cookies

Cookies:
3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. sour cream
1 egg

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

In bowl whisk flour, baking soda &
baking powder. In another bowl beat
butter & sugar until fluffy; add egg,
vanilla & sour cream – mix until
combined. Gradually add in flour
mixture & beat until just combined.
(dough will be soft & sticky). Wrap
dough in plastic wrap & refrigerate
1-2 hours until firm.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment
paper or mats. Scoop dough by
tablespoons (approx. 2 T. per cookie)
& roll into a ball – place on sheet.
Lightly press down on each ball to
flatten just a bit – repeat with remaining
dough. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Let cookies rest on sheets a few minutes
before removing to wire rack to completely
cool before frosting.
Beat frosting ingredients until fully
combined & fluffy; frost cooled cookies
Makes approx. 18 cookies

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Not much going on around here, tonight
is my special needs group’s Gym Night –
we have an activity-filled 1 1/2 hours
along with a special snack. The group
loves it as it gives them a chance to
mingle/interact without just the usual
sit-down Bible study (both are good,
this is just a little more loosely
structured – Fun Night).

Hope you’re having a good week;

Hugs;

Pammie

Frustrating but it’s DONE! YAY!

Every year I dread getting all the forms/paperwork together to go have our taxes done. We have a GREAT tax guy (and great friend) and he does a great job – I just ALWAYS have the feeling, when gathering up all the papers, that I forgot something – does that ever happen to you? Yes, he can call me – yes, I can fax anything to him I might have missed, just don’t like feeling totally incompetent (part of my Type-A personality gotta have all the I’s dotted & T’s crossed). We’ll see tomorrow . . .

Monday was my Babysitting Night with newest grandson, from 5 p.m. to around midnight. He slept a good part of that time, gave me a run for my money when he got hiccups (had to remember what to do with a baby that small – gave him few sips from his bottle & he was good!). All in all, it was a good evening & his parents got to go out & enjoy themselves a little.

Not the best photo – believe me I TRIED!

He’s now 1 month old and gaining a little weight – great to snuggle with!

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Berry Magic Cake

6 T. unsalted butter
3 large eggs, room temp,
separated
3/4 C. granulated sugar
2/3 C. flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. strawberries, sliced 1/4″
thick
1 C. raspberries, halved
lengthwise
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

powdered sugar – dusting
Whipped Cream (or Cool
Whip – for serving)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Position oven rack in center of
oven. Line a 8 X 8″ square baking
pan with a 12 X 8″ piece of
parchment paper, leaving an
overhang on 2 sides. Melt butter
in small microwave-safe bowl
in microwave, 1 minute. Brush
parchment paper with some of
butter then flip it over & press
it back in pan. Brush the other
side of paper & sides of the pan
with butter. Whisk egg yolks &
sugar vigorously in large bowl
until pale, creamy & thick,
1-2 minutes. Pour in remaining
melted butter & whisk
until incorporated. Add salt
& all but 2 T. flour, mixing
until completely combined.
Heat milk in microwave-safe
bowl or measuring cup in
microwave until warm, about
1 minute. Slowly add milk &
vanilla to egg yolk mixture,
whisking constantly until well
combined (batter will be thin).
Toss berries with reserved 2
T. flour & gently stir into the
mixture. Beat egg whites & cream
of tartar in another bowl using
elec. mixer on medium speed
until stiff peaks form, 2  minutes.
Scrape whites into yolk mixture,
gently breaking them up a little
with a whisk. Using whisk, gently
stir & fold mixture a few times to
coat the whites with liquid while
keeping as much volume as
possible. Pour batter into pan &
gently smooth top with a rubber
spatula. Bake until top is browned &
puffed and cake is mostly set with a
slight jiggle in center, about 1 hour.
Let cake cool completely in pan,
about 2 hours.
To serve:
Dust top of cake lightly with powdered
sugar; run a spatula or thin knife around
edges of pan to loosen. Use the paper
overhang to lift cake from pan & place
on a cutting board. Cut cake into 9
squares & serve topped with whipped
cream (or Cool Whip).

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Garlic Brown Sugar-Baked Chicken

8 pieces chicken, bone-in
1 large onion, sliced
4 T. butter
4 cloves garlic
1/4 C. brown sugar, packed
1 T. honey
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray. In
large skillet over medium heat,
melt 2 T. butter. Season chicken
with salt/pepper & add to skillet.
Sear chicken pieces on both sides
until golden brown, 1-2 minutes
per side then place in prepared
dish along with onion slices. Melt
remaining butter in skillet & add
garlic; cook 1-2 minutes. Add brown
sugar, honey, oregano, thyme & basil;
stir to combine. Pour glaze over chicken
& onion. Bake 25-30 minutes. Once
chicken is fully cooked, remove from
oven & serve hot. Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup

1 lb. ground beef, cooked/
drained
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1 (32 oz) container chicken broth
4 C. potatoes, peeled/cubed
2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded
1 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. chopped carrot
1/2 c. green bell pepper, seeds
removed/chopped
1/4 C. flour
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. chili powder (optional)
salt/ground black pepper, to taste

Garnish
cooked/crumbled bacon

Place cooked ground beef, tomatoes,
potatoes, carrot, bell pepper, onion,
celery & garlic in crockpot; pour
chicken stock over top. Season with
chili powder, salt/pepper & stir to
combine. Cover & cook on High
3-4 hours until vegetables are
softened. In small bowl stir flour
into heavy cream until no chunks
remain then pour into crockpot.
Add Cheddar cheese & stir to
combine then cover & cook
another 20-30 minutes. Serve hot.
Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Bundt Pan Roast Chicken!

3 cloves garlic, whole
2 carrots, chopped
1 onion, quartered
1/2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes,
quartered
1 large bunch fresh thyme
1 large bunch fresh rosemary
olive oil
1 (3-4 lb) whole chicken,
neck/gizzard/heart/liver removed
1 lemon, sliced
kosher salt
ground black pepper

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cover hole of Bundt pan with foil.
Place garlic, carrots, onion & potatoes
in Bundt pan; sprinkle with oil/salt/
pepper & toss to combine. Scatter
sprigs of thyme & rosemary on top
of vegetables. Pat chicken dry using
paper towels. Season inside of
cavity generously with salt/pepper,
then stuff with lemon halves, a few
sprigs of thyme & rosemary. Rub
oil all over skin of chicken then
season generously with salt/pepper.
Place chicken over hold in Bundt
pan so it’s standing up. Bake 45
minutes – 1 hour 10 minutes until
chicken is cooked through & skin
is golden brown. Let chicken rest
in pan at least 15 minutes before
removing & slicing. Serve with
roasted vegetables & juices from
pan. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Sausage & Potato Skillet

1 1/2 lb. any potato (Russet, new red,
yellow, etc.)
2 T. olive oil
1 1/2 lb. Italian sweet sausage, cut into
thick slices on the bias
1 lb. onion, sliced into thick slices
2 large green peppers, cut into thick
strips
1/4 C. chicken or vegetable stock
3 T. butter
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dry oregano
1/4 tsp. paprika

In large skillet with tight fitting lid,
fill half full with water. Peel potatoes
(if using new red, no need to peel); cut
into wedges & place in water as you cut.
Bring to boil, lower to medium boil &
boil 5 minutes. (potatoes should still have
a good bite- they will be cooked again, later.)
Using a strainer, remove to a plate, discard
water. Wipe out the pan & add olive oil; heat
on medium high; add sausage & brown on
both sides. Reduce heat & continue to cook
& turn until cooked through – remove to bowl.
Add onions & peppers to skillet & cook 8-10
minutes until peppers just start to lose their
crunch. Add stock & stir to loosen any bits on
the bottom of the pan. Pour this mixture into
bowl with sausages. Add butter to pan, salt,
garlic powder, oregano & paprika. Place potatoes
in pan & toss lightly to coat both sides then
cook until potatoes are browned & cooked
through, turning occasionally to brown both
sides. Add sausage, peppers & onions back
to pan & stir lightly without breaking up the
potatoes. Serves 4-6

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Crockpot Chocolate Espresso
Lava Cake

1 (regular size) chocolate fudge
cake mix
1 T. instant espresso powder
3 C. milk
1 (3.9 oz) instant chocolate
pudding mix
1 C. (6 oz) semisweet chocolate
chips
1 C. white baking chips

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
add espresso powder & then
prepare cake mix accordg. to
pkg. directions – pour into
crockpot. In small bowl whisk
milk & pudding mix 2 minutes.
Let stand 2 minutes until soft-
set then pour over batter. Cover
& cook on Low 3 to 3 1/2 hours
until a toothpick inserted in cake
portion comes out with moist
crumbs.
Sprinkle top with chocolate &
white baking chips. Turn off
crockpot, remove insert & let
stand, uncovered, 15-30 minutes
until chips are softened. Serve
warm. Serves 16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather is still Springy – in the 50’s &
sunny (supposed to be rainy for a few days);
got my errands done today so I’m good.

Last night was Knit Night and, for whatever
reason, we only had 7 people! Strange. We
also agreed that, with Easter coming, we’re
postponing the Knit/Crochet Movie night
until May – so much for ‘fun’, eh?

Gas prices are jumping again – was shocked
to see that they had gone from $2.29/9
to $2.46/9 in a few days – guess they need
the extra income for those traveling during
the holidays – right?

Anyway, hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Sunday!

It’s a rather gloomy, wet day out there (temp is 47 degrees F.) but it’s better than snow! (guess you could say it’s ‘liquid snow’, right?). I’m slowly feeling better – was able to go to church and sing in the choir (YAY!). Came home later & had a surprise visit from oldest son & his little family; they stopped by to drop off husband’s air pump. It was nice to see ALL of them – newest grandson is now officially 4 weeks/or 1 month old. I get the fun of babysitting him tomorrow evening while his parents go to a concert/date – am guessing about 4-5 hours, total – we’ll see. I also get the ‘fun’ of learning all the in’s & outs of new-fangled baby paraphernalia like the Dr. Brown baby bottles and heating pumped mommy milk on the stove after it’s been frozen! (In my day I used the microwave and, being our boys were adopted, didn’t have to figure out how to defrost that kind of milk). I’ve decided, since it’s supposed to continue raining/storming, I’m taking some matches with me – just in case the power goes out. I KNOW they have lots of candles. Should be a fun/interesting/unique experience, for sure!

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 Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Pudding

8 C. day-old, unfrosted cinnamon
rolls, cubed*
4 large eggs
2 C. milk
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. raisins

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place roll cubes in bottom.
In small bowl whisk eggs, milk, sugar, butter,
vanilla & nutmeg – stir in raisins & pour over
cinnamon rolls. Stir gently. Cover & cook on
Low 3 hours until a knife inserted near
center comes out clean. Serves 6

*8 slices cinnamon or white bread, cut
into 1 inch cubes may be substituted
for the cinnamon rolls

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Liver & Onions with Bacon!

1 lb. beef liver
1/4 – 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper (to taste)
2 medium onions
4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
2 T. butter
2 T. water

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Brown bacon in pan & reserve
grease. Wash the liver & slice
into thin (1/4 – 1/2″) slices;
rinse well & pat dry using paper
towels. Mix flour, garlic powder,
salt/pepper in small bowl. Grease
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish using
the bacon grease. Dip liver slices into
flour mixture & place in prepared dish.
Thinly slice onions into rings & layer
on top of liver. Cut butter into small
pats & place over sliced onions. Add
water to pan to keep all moisture from
cooking off. Bake 30-40 minutes until
well cooked & onions are soft. It may
take up to an hour, depending on
thickness of liver slices. When done
cooking, sprinkle top with bacon
crumbles. Serves 4-6

(recipe:wellnessmama.com)
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Cowboy Cornbread Meatloaf

1 1/2 – 2 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 box cornbread stuffing mix
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1/3 to 1/2 C. sliced canned mushrooms
1/2 C. diced onions
1/2 C. honey BBQ sauce (or your
favorite)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Prepare stuffing according to box
directions. Combine stuffing,
ground beef, egg, garlic powder,
seasoning, mushrooms & onions-
mix well. Spray a loaf pan with
nonstick spray & press meatloaf
into pan evenly. Brush top of
meatloaf with a light coating of
BBQ sauce. Bake 1 hour; remove
& brush again with a thick layer
of BBQ sauce; place back in oven
another 5  minutes. Serves 6

(recipe: militarywivessaving.com)
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BBQ Chili Cheese Biscuit Casserole

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1/2 large onion, finely diced
1 large carrot, peeled/shredded
1/2 bell pepper, diced
2 stalks kale, chopped (or few
handfuls spinach, chopped)
1 1/2 T. chili powder
1 (19 oz) can black or kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. BBQ sauce

Biscuits:
2 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
(optional)
1/2 C. cold butter cut into
1/2 inch cubes
1/2 to 3/4 C. milk
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.

Chili:
In large oven-safe skillet cook
ground beef & onion over medium-
high heat until browned. Add carrot,
pepper, kale (spinach) & chili powder;
cook 2-3 minutes until veggies are
softened. Add beans, tomatoes, ketchup
& BBQ sauce. Cover & simmer over
medium heat 10 minutes. (while cooking,
prepare the biscuits)

Biscuits:

In medium bowl mix flour, baking
powder, salt & garlic powder. Add
butter cubes to mixture & cut in until
crumbly. Stir in milk gradually, stirring
just enough so dough comes together.
Roll out on floured surface & cut into
biscuit rounds (or you can leave as
one piece). Place biscuits on top of
chili mixture. Lay a piece of foil over top
(do not tighten around skillet – this is
only to prevent spatters in oven). Bake
10 minutes until light golden brown.
Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese &
bake 1-2 minutes more until cheese
melts. Serves 8

NOTE: Can be made ahead:
Cook chili 10 minutes & prepared
biscuit dough. Wrap dough in plastic
wrap & refrigerate. Cool chili to
room temp & refrigerate. When ready
to bake, bake chili, covered at 450
degrees F. 10-15 minutes before adding
biscuits on top & baking additional 10
minutes.

To Freeze: Assemble completely, minus
the cheese & freeze. To bake, thaw in
fridge overnight or on counter 2-3 hours.
(Might require additional baking time
if still partially frozen when you bake.
Sprinkle on cheese during last 10 minutes.

(recipe: thereciperebel.com)
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Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone

1 C. dried navy beans, rinsed
4 carrots, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 qt. (5 C.) vegetable broth
3/4 C. ditalini pasta, uncooked
3/4 C. “Classico Traditional Basil
Pesto pasta sauce & spread”
1 (5 oz) pkg. fresh baby spinach leaves
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray & place beans, carrots & garlic in
bottom. Add broth & stir. Cover & cook
on Low 7-8 hours (or High 3 1/2 – 4 hours).
Stir in pasta & pesto sauce; cover & cook
on Low 30 minutes (or High 15 minutes).
Add spinach & lemon juice; stir & serve
topped with cheese. Serves 8 (1 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Sheet Pan Home Fries

20 oz. baby red potatoes, cut
into 1/2 inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, chopped
1 1/2 T. olive oil
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
fresh black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Line a sheet pan with foil or
spray with nonstick spray.
Combine all ingredients in
large bowl & toss to coat
then transfer to sheet pan &
spread in single layer. Roast
on bottom rack of oven 15
minutes. Turn mixture using
a spatula & roast an additional
25-30 minutes until golden
brown & cooked through.
Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Crockpot Red Velvet Spoon
Brownies

3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
3/4 C. butter
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
3 egg whites
1 1/2 C. flour
3 oz. red food coloring
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt

Icing:
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 T. butter
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
pecan pieces (optional)

Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick spray.
Place choc. chips & 3/4 C. butter
in microwave safe bowl – melt
at 30 second intervals, stirring
in between.* Whisk in eggs & egg
whites, one at a time. Mix in flour,
food coloring, vanilla, baking cocoa,
salt & baking powder. Spoon
batter into crockpot & spread out
evenly. Place a few paper towels
across opening of crockpot to catch
any moisture that may drip on
batter & cover with lid. Cook on
Low 2 1/2-3 hours. If done, when
you insert a toothpick into center,
a few crumbs will stick to it when
it comes out.Remove lid & let cool
while preparing icing.**

Icing;
Beat cream cheese & butter until
mostly smooth; stir in powdered
sugar & salt, then mix in vanilla
completely.

To serve:
Place a dollop of brownie on a plate
with a dollop of icing on top & a
sprinkle of pecans, if using.

*If your microwave safe bowl isn’t
large enough, pour mixture into
a large bowl & stir in sugar.

**When you remove the lid it will
look great until it starts to cool – then
it will fall – it is perfect for spooning
out to serve.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Veggie-Lovers Cream Cheese Spread

8 oz. softened cream cheese*
1 T. finely diced jalapeno pepper
(optional)
3 T. finely diced green bell pepper
3 T. finely diced red bell pepper
1 green onion, chopped finely
3 T. finely diced carrot
3 T. finely diced broccoli (stem &
flower)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
pinch sugar
pinch ground white pepper

Mix all ingredients together well;
refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 1 cup approximately

*Microwave cream cheese on
microwaveable plate 30 seconds
on High

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Marshmallow ‘Peeps’ Cookie Bars

1/2 C. butter
4 egg yolks
1 egg
1 box yellow cake mix
sprinkles
3 1/2 C. white chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 325 degrees F
Spray 9 X 13″ cake pan with nonstick spray.
Whip butter until fluffy, add egg & yolk
in large bowl; combine dry cake mix
along with some sprinkles. Press
dough into prepared pan & bake
18-20 minutes. Allow cake to cool
completely.
Melt white chocolate  chips in a pan
on stove (or microwave)
then combine with sweetened
condensed milk & vanilla to make
fudge layer – pour mixture evenly
over cooked ‘cake’ & smooth top.
While ‘fudge’ layer is still warm, line Peeps
side-by-side (varying colors, if desired)
on top & add some sprinkles to top.
Place pan in fridge to set. Once set,
cut into
bars (following Peeps bodies) &
serve.

(recipe: tiphero.com)
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This coming week looks like it will be
pretty busy with babysitting, knit group,
special needs group, visiting our Tax Man,
special needs Gym Night – SO GLAD my
back is finally feeling better!

Still working on knitting baby hats for
the Detroit Vet’s baby shower in Sept.,
1 pink variegated yarn baby blanket &
the mint green Diagonal Squares crocheted
baby blanket – keeps me out of trouble!
Need to visit the library again soon, ran out
of books to read. I ended up ‘raiding’ my
upstairs paperbacks (we’re talking 1980’s+)
and found “The Fourth Estate” by Jeffrey
Archer (one of my favorite authors) – I thought
I’d read all his books but this one was new
to me (that could either mean I haven’t
read it ORRrrrrrrrrr I’m getting too old and
I DID read it, just forgot! … Oh well . . .

Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

Hugs;

Pammie