It’s Wednesday – AGAIN!

Well, ‘life’ is finally getting back to ‘normal’ (I know: NORMAL is a setting on your dryer or a city in Indiana . . . hehehe). Went to both knit groups – lots of great chatting, sharing ideas, etc. One of my ‘helper’ adults in my special needs group has officially named me the “Logistics Manager” – that means I like to keep track of lots of little bits of information/details and have them IN ORDER! (that can also be explained as a “Type A Personality”). I’ve been attempting to get details together on both the Log Cabin Day AND the Oakland County Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social (not counting information on several new special needs students and several new knit group members). As to the two Historical Society events – I just learned last night that they are BOTH having problems with organizational details – one of my friends (who spins wool) will not be at either event – apparently they FORGOT to invite her and she now is booked for other events! WEIRD! I got to thinking – actually, if we’re analyzing details I/my group didn’t get an official invite from either society EITHER! WEIRD! I know that both groups are having difficulties with keeping volunteers to staff/man these events (their members are aging and there doesn’t seem to be very many young people interested in perpetuating these historic events!). I just sent out an email to my knit group asking them to please contact me as to how many will actually be attending/demonstrating for Log Cabin Day – so far I have ONE person…that’s sad. Because of the down-sizing, they also compacted presenters last year & moved things closer to the center of the location. As it stands, I (& my 1 friend) might be the ONLY presenters on the ‘other’ side of the bridge! Bad part is: I can’t even tell people where we’ll be located, as of right now I DON”T KNOW! WEIRDER! Oh well – just keep plugging (or, as Nemo said: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”). It will all work out in the end – I just hope this will not be the last year for either event. (the Oakland County one is much larger/more people, etc. – would be a shame if either one discontinued…)

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Strawberry Cream Parfaits

one 1 lb. bag frozen unsweetened
strawberries, thawed
2 T. sour cream
1 scant cup chilled heavy whipping
cream
eight 2-inch vanilla meringue
cookies, coarsely broken (about
2 C.) plus 2 more, halved*

In medium bowl using a fork (or
potato masher), mash berries &
juices into a chunky sauce. Place
sour cream into a 1-cup measuring
cup – add enough chilled heavy
cream to fill cup completely. Scrape
cream mixture into a deep medium
bowl – beat mixture until thick & stiff
using elec. mixer – fold in broken
merigues gently. Divide sauce in half &
spoon into bottom of four serving
bowls (or glasses). Divide cream
in half & spoon on top of sauce.
Repeat layers using remaining
sauce & cream mixture. Top each
parfait with a meringue half &
serve immediately. Serves 4

*can be found in grocery store or
local bakery – place meringues in
a ziplock bag & break up – (they
can be rather sharp if using just
your hands.)

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Fresh Vegetable Salad

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

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

In medium bowl whisk sour cream,
mayo, vinegar, jalapeno, celery seed,
salt/pepper until smooth. Set aside
at least 5 minutes for flavors to meld.
In large bowl mix all chopped veggies –
pour dressing over & gently mix
together until well combined. Serve
immediately or cover & refrigerate
until ready to serve – up to 3 hours.
Serves 10

You can leave out jalapeno if you
don’t like spicy foods.

*you can also use 2 (15 oz, ea) cans
whole kernel corn, drained/rinsed
(but fresh tastes better)

(recipe: breadboozebacon.com
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Chicken Salad w/ Lemon & Dill

10 1/2 oz. cooked skinless boneless
chicken breasts (from 1 whole
rotisserie chicken)
2 T. fresh dill, chopped
zest & juice of 1 lemon
1 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Remove chicken legs, wings &
thighs from chicken & set aside
for another meal. Remove skin
from breasts & remove meat
from bones. Break chicken into
chunks using your hands or a
knife – place in a large bowl. Add
dill, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive
oil & salt – mix together & refrigerate
until ready to serve. Serves 3

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Crockpot Biscuits/Bacon Breakfast
Casserole

8 slices bacon, cooked/chopped
5 large eggs
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. milk
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1 tube refrigerated biscuits (like Pillsbury
GRANDS!)

In a bowl mix bacon, eggs, cheese, milk,
tomato & bell pepper until well combined &
eggs are scrambled. Open biscuits & cut
each biscuit into 4 equal parts. Drop cut
biscuits into egg/milk mixture – fold into
mixture until biscuits are well covered.
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Pour biscuit/egg mixture
into crockpot, spreading evenly over
bottom. Cover & cook on High 3-4 hours
until biscuits are cooked through & no
longer doughy & egg mixture is cooked
in center. Serve, topping each serving
with additional cheese, if desired.
Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Crockpot Pork Chop Cacciatore

1 1/2 .b pork chops
2 T. cooking oil
1 (15 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes
3 T. tomato paste
1 c. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small white onion, diced
2 C. sliced fresh mushrooms

Cooked pasta or rice to serve 4
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Heat large, heavy skillet over
medium-high heat. Add oil & chops;
brown chops on both sides*

Sauce:
Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste,
chicken broth, garlic, salt/pepper,
thyme, oregano to crockpot – stir
until tomato paste dissolves into diced
tomato juice. Add onion & mushrooms;
stir again. Add chops into sauce. Cover
& cook on Low 6-7 hours WITHOUT
opening lid during cooking time.
Serve over cooked pasta or rice.
Serves 4

*Only brown chops, don’t cook
completely – crock pot will do that

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Strawberry Cobbler

1 C. self-rising flour
1 C. sugar
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
2 C. sweetened strawberries,
fresh or frozen
1 stick margarine

*1 T. sugar (last minute)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Melt margarine (or butter) in a
2 to 2 1/2 qt. oven-proof casserole.
In large bowl mix all dry ingredients
– stir in milk until smooth & pour over
melted margarine in casserole dish –
do not stir. Pour strawberries in center
of batter – do not stir.* Bake 30-40 minutes.
Batter should be cakey, not soupy.

*Poster said: She always sprinkles
1 T. sugar over batter & strawberries
before baking.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Overnight Fruit Salad

3 large eggs, beaten
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. vinegar
2 T. butter
2 C. green grapes
2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
2 medium firm bananas, sliced
2 C. heavy whipping cream, whipped
1/2 C. chopped pecans

In double boiler over medium heat
cook & stir eggs, sugar & vinegar
until mixture is thickened & reaches
160 degrees F. – remove from heat;
stir in butter. Cool.
In large serving bowl combine grapes,
marshmallows, pineapple, oranges &
bananas. Add cooled dressing & stir
to coat. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, fold in whipped
cream & pecans. Serves 12-16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather has turned a bit cooler –
today it’s in the low 60’s & sunny (we’ve
had a bit of rain lately but the days are
still nice – not too hot).

Also organizing my special needs group’s
last Gym Night until Fall – we’re having a
picnic (of sorts): hot dogs, chips, watermelon
& ice cream – a BIG treat for all involved –
that’s coming up Friday, June 15th. Life has
kind of swung into a Summer Whirlwind:
between knit groups & historical society
events, special needs group events, grandson’s
end-of-school year events and now a wedding
this Saturday, to quote an old expression:
“My dance card is all filled up!” (not complaining,
mind you!)

Hope you are managing whatever events &
happenings are coming your way – remember
to take a little time to ‘breathe’/relax – a quick
nap does wonders to revive the soul as well
as the body!

Hugs;

Pammie

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It’s Saturday – again

Not quite like the other day when it was sunny & in the 70’s – today it’s rainy, chilly & gloomy (temp. 63 degrees F.). Looking at the coming week, it looks like we won’t have sun & 70’s until around Tuesday – that’s OK…life goes on, right?

GUESS WHAT! My Knitting Mojo is back! Yesterday I decided to attempt to figure out where I went so terribly wrong on both baby afghans – took me a bit, but they are both UP & running again! YAY! (If you’re counting, that makes 3 I’m working on now – 2 yellow, one multi-colored – all charity knits). I thought it was amusing last night while at my special needs group’s Gym Night one lady started talking about going to a garage sale where they had a lot of yarn for sale at great prices (she said: “Pam, you SHOULD have been there! I’ll be you’d buy the place out!”) I told her I have 3 very large Tupperware bins full of yarn plus several garbage bags full, so it would not be something I’d consider at the moment. She looked quite shocked that I would have that much until I told her I do charity knitting – guess that made sense to her, then.

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Banana Pudding Dip

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant banana
pudding mix
1 1/2 C. milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 T. sugar
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. diced fresh bananas

Suggested Dippers:
Vanilla Wafers, shortbread slices,
graham crackers and/or fresh
fruit, for serving

Garnish:
Whipped cream & vanilla wafer
crumbs  (optional)

In medium bowl whisk pudding mix &
milk until smooth. Using an elec. mixer
beat cream cheese & sugar until smooth.
Add pudding mixture & beat well. Fold
in Cool Whip & refrigerate until ready
to serve.  Serves 8

Just before serving:
Top with chopped bananas & garnish
with whipped cream & cookie crumbs
if using.

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)
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Baked Mushroom Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken
breast halves (1 lb)
1/4 C. flour
3 T. butter, divided
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 C. chicken broth
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/3 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. sliced green onions

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 11 X 7″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Flatten
each chicken breast to 1/4″
thickness*. Place flour in zip lock
bag; add chicken (a few pieces at
a time) – seal & shake to coat. In large
skillet brown chicken in 2 T. butter on
both sides – transfer to prepared dish.
In same skillet saute mushrooms in
remaining butter until tender. Add
broth, salt/pepper – bring to boil &
cook 5 minutes until liquid is
reduced to 1/2 C. – spoon over chicken.
Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes until
chicken is no longer pink. Sprinkle with
cheese & green onions. Bake 5 minutes
longer until cheese is melted. Serves 4

*To flatten – place chicken in ziplock bag;
seal & pound out chicken using a meat
mallet (if you have one) or a rolling pin
to 1/4 inch thickness.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sausage & Cheese Grits Muffins

1/2 lb. pork sausage, cooked/drained
1 1/2 flour
3/4 C. quick-cooking grits
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 T. (or 1/4 C.) butter, melted
2 eggs
1 C. buttermilk
2 T. honey
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 12-cup muffin tin with
nonstick cooking spray.
In medium bowl whisk flour, grits,
baking powder, baking soda & salt.
Stir in melted butter, eggs, buttermilk &
honey – mix well. Fold in cooked/crumbled
sausage & cheese. Add batter to muffin
tins & bake 20-25 minutes until
golden brown. Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Pepperoni Pizza Penne

2 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned/
drained
1 (8 oz) pkg. penne pasta, cooked
1 (16 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese
1 (10 3/4 oz) can tomato bisque
2 (14 oz, ea) jars pizza sauce
1 (7 oz) pkg. sliced pepperoni

Place half of ground meat in bottom
of crockpot – layer half of cooked
penne on top. Sprinkle half of cheese
on top & pour half of soup on top.
Pour 1 jar pizza sauce over top &
layer half of pepperoni on top =
repeat layering with remaining
ingredients. Cover & cook on Low
4 hours. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Casserole

1 (12.4 oz) can refrigerated
cinnamon roll dough
1/2 C. whipping cream
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 T. maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
(sugar icing – optional, often
included in dough container)

Remove dough from can; cut
each piece into quarters. In large
bowl combine whipping cream,
eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon
& nutmeg; whisk until smooth.
Place three-fourths of quartered
pieces in bottom of 4-quart crockpot.
Pour cream mixture on top & layer
remaining pieces on top. Cover &
cook on High 1 hour 45 minutes. If
your dough came with icing, drizzle
over warm casserole before serving.
Serves 4-6

NOTE: For a more festive flavor: omit
nutmeg & mix zest of 1 clementine
orange with 1 T. granulated sugar –
sprinkle over top of casserole instead
of using icing.

(recipe: cooktopcove.com)
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Crunchy Asian Coleslaw

1 (3 oz) pkg. oriental or beef Ramen
noodles, crushed (discard seasoning pkt)
1 bottle Marzetti Simply Dressed Ginger
Sesame Vinaigrette
3 C. ready-to-eat coleslaw mix
2 C. broccoli slaw
4-5 green onions, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Break up or crush Ramen noodles &
place in single layer on medium
baking sheet – bake 10 minutes until
lightly golden. Remove from oven &
cool completely. In large bowl add
coleslaw, broccoli slaw, green onions &
cooled noodles. Pour vinaigrette over
mixture & lightly toss. Serve immediately
to retain it’s crunchiness.
Serves 4-6

NOTE: If you can’t find the vinaigrette:

Homemade Dressing:

1/2 C. peanut oil
1/4 C. sugar
6 T. rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Combine all dressing ingredients &
mix well. Pour over salad mixture &
lightly toss

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Tuna Pasta Casserole

2 1/2 C. multigrain or whole grain rotini
pasta (or your choice of pasta)
3 tsp. corn oil
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 C. frozen peas, thawed
2 (5 oz, ea) cans solid white albacore
tuna in water, drained
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2/3 C. crackers, coarsely crushed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook pasta 2 minutes less than pkg.
directions; drain. Spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl mix oil, soup, sour cream,
milk, cream cheese, pepper & garlic
powder until well mixed. Stir in peas,
pasta, tuna & Cheddar cheese then
place in prepared dish, spreading out
evenly. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes.
Remove from oven & sprinkle top with
crushed crackers. Bake 15-20 minutes
more until top is lightly brown & sauce
is bubbling. Let cool 10 minutes before
serving. Serves 10-12

(recipe: crayonsandcravings.com)
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No Bake Peanut Butter/Oat Cookies

2 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
1 (8 T.) stick unsalted butter
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 C. old-fashioned rolled oats
1 C. smooth peanut butter
1 T. vanilla

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper
or parchment. In medium saucepan
bring sugar, milk, butter & cocoa to a
boil over medium heat, stirring
occasionally. Let boil 1 minute; remove
from heat & stir in oats, & peanut butter;
stir to combine. Drop teaspoonfuls of
mixture onto prepared sheet & let
stand at room temperature about 30
minutes until cooled & hardened.
Refrigerate in airtight container up to
3 days. Makes about 60 cookies

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

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So – today is/was also the wedding day
of Prince Harry & Megan Markle – did
you get to watch it on TV? I had forgotten
about it until my husband spotted it on
TV so I watched it (on 3 different channels,
since each one cut out – never did get to
see the entire thing, but that’s OK – all
went well.) I find it interesting looking at
the various HATS the women wore – all
the “Fascinators” (those little or big things
that just sort of sit on the top or to the side
of the head – not exactly a HAT). One woman
had one on that looked like a paper plate
with a little thin ribbon – looked like something
a kindergartner would make for their mom!
Oh well – that’s “fashion” for ya!

Just put a pork roast with carrots, potatoes,
chopped onion, mushrooms & cranberry
sauce in crockpot for dinner tonight. If you’ve
never tried it – cranberry sauce adds a nice
tart/sweet taste to pork. (also had salt/
black pepper, Worcestershire sauce & garlic
powder.) I LOVE using my crockpot – you can
throw all the ingredients in and, in hours,
have a complete meal all cooked! YAY!

Have a SUPER GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Oh boy … WHEE! (I think)

Yes, you could say my life, lately, is like a roller coaster ride. Spent most of yesterday trying to think of anything ELSE I could do to make son’s room ‘less cluttered’ AND attempted to think of new ways to protect my knitting projects & yarns. Texted oldest son today, asking if he knew ‘when’ the move was happening (since he has a pickup truck & middle son would ask for his help.) Turns out middle son spent the night at oldest son’s – they had a long talk and outcome is: Middle son is going to stay at his apartment. (for how long, we don’t know). I feel like a person who’s just been given a reprieve – my entire day was kind of in ‘limbo’ – no plans until ‘the move’ – not even what’s for dinner plans! Of course, I thanked the Lord, first, for this ‘new event’. Wow…all I can say is: WOW!

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Chocolate Rice Krispie Balls

Balls:
1/2 C. peanut butter
3 T. butter, soft
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1 C. shredded coconut

Chocolate:
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 square sweet chocolate

In large bowl mix ingredients
for balls & refrigerate 30
minutes. Form mixture into
balls & refrigerate another
hour.

Chocolate:

Place a large sheet of
waxed or parchment paper
on the counter. In a double boiler,
melt chocolate chips with the
sweet chocolate then drop the
balls into chocolate one-at-a-time
to coat. Lift balls from chocolate
& place on waxed/parchment
paper. Freeze to set.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Ham Broccoli Pasta Casserole

1 1/2 C. cooked/chopped ham
1 1/2 C. dry, uncooked pasta (poster
uses small pasta shells)
1 C. frozen broccoli pieces (no need
to thaw or cook)
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup (undiluted)
1 C. evaporated milk
4 T. butter (1/2 stick) melted
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Topping:

4 T. (1/2 C.) butter, melted
1 C. crushed (Ritz/butter) crackers
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine ham, pasta,
broccoli pieces & cheese. In another
bowl combine chicken broth, soup,
milk, melted butter, green onion, salt/
pepper, mustard & garlic powder – mix
with a spoon & pour over ham/etc.
in other bowl. Mix all ingredients &
pour into at least a 2 qt. baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes. Remove
& stir. In a bowl combine topping
ingredients & sprinkle over partially
cooked casserole. Place back in oven
& bake, uncovered, another 40
minutes. Remove & let cool about
15 minutes before serving.
Serves 8

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Ratatouille

1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium yellow summer squash,
sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1 small eggplant, cut into chunks
4-5 large tomatoes, diced (OR)
1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes,
drained
1/2 tsp. basil or 1/4 C. chopped
1 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. thyme (OR) 3-4 sprigs fresh
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 medium boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks

Place all ingredients into crokpot.
Cover & cook on High 3-5 hours, Low
4-6 hours. Serves 4-6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Down-home Salisbury Steak

Patties:
2 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, finely minced
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded/
finely minced
1 stalk celery, finely minced
2 T. fresh parsley, minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram, crushed
1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Sauce:
6 T. butter
8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
(about 2 C.)
2 tsp. flour
2/3 C. chili sauce (like Heinz)
1/2 C. beef broth
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
dash bottled hot pepper sauce

Preheat broiler
In large bowl add meat, onion, bell
pepper, celery, parsley, garlic, dry
mustard, marjoram, thyme, paprika,
salt/pepper – lightly mix all together,
being careful not to overwork the meat.
Shape mixture into 8 patties about 3/4″
thick. Place on broiler pan & cook 12-14
minutes until done, turning halfway
through cooking time.

Sauce:
While steaks broil, prepare sauce. In
large saucepan melt butter; add mush-
rooms & cook 4-5 minutes over medium-
high heat until tender. Sprinkle with flour &
stir. Add chili sauce, beef broth, lemon
juice, Worc. sauce & hot pepper sauce –
Cook & stir until bubbly. Cook 1 minute
more. Serve sauce over patties.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: www.tasteandtellblog.com)
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Jalapeno Popper/Sausage Dip
(Crockpot – 3 qt)

1 lb. bulk spicy pork sausage
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
cubed
4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
(about 12 oz)
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies,
undrained
1 (4 oz) can diced jalapeno peppers,
undrained

assorted cut fresh veggies, for dipping
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In large skillet cook sausage over
medium heat 6-8 minutes until no
longer pink, breaking into crumbles.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage
to a 3 qt. crockpot. Stir in cream cheese,
Parm. cheese, sour cream, chilies &
peppers. Cover & cook on Low 3 to 3 1/2
hours until heated through. Stir before
serving. Makes 24 (1/4 C. each) servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Nutty Broccoli Slaw

1 (3 oz) pkg. chicken ramen noodles
1 (16 oz) pkg. broccoli coleslaw mix
2 c. sliced green onions ( about 2
bunches)
1 1/2 C. broccoli florets
1 (6 oz) can ripe black olives, drained/
halved
1 c. sunflower seeds, toasted
1/2 C. slivered almonds
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/2 C. olive oil

(open Ramen noodle packet –
set aside seasoning packet) Crush
noodles & place in large bowl. Add
slaw mix, onions, broccoli, olives,
sunflower seeds & almonds. In a
jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine
sugar, vinegar, oil & contents of
seasoning packet – shake well.
Drizzle over salad & toss to coat.
Serve immediately. Serves 16

NOTES:
*To save calories, reduce vinegar
& oil from 1/2 C. to 1/3 C.

*Add 1 tsp. each: minced garlic &
ginger plus 1 T. toasted sesame oil
for an Asian twist to the dressing

*If you prefer a more neutral flavor,
use canola oil in place of olive oil

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls

24 oz. refrigerated cinnamon
rolls (in tubes – cut into quarters,
divided)
4 eggs
1/2 C. whipping cream
3 T. maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
a layer of cinnamon roll pieces
on bottom. In a bowl beat eggs,
cream, maple syrup, vanilla &
spices until blended – pour over
rolls. Place remaining roll
pieces on top & spoon a packed
of icing (from refrigerated rolls
tube) over rolls. Cover & cook
on Low 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Once
done cooking, drizzle rest of icing
packets over rolls. Serves 4

(recipe: weekendcollective.com)

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Well, our weather is now VERY APRIL- it’s
pouring VERY hard (almost thought it was
hail earlier because it was hitting the
windows so hard!). Right now it’s 37
degrees F. with expected Winter Storm
Warning
for tonight through Sunday:
80% chance of freezing rain & possible
snow (high of 44 degrees F. tomorrow-
depending -we might stay home from
church). Then Monday night rain/snow
& chance of snow showers, low of
28 degrees F. BRrrrrrrr! (weirdness-
Weds. is a possible high of 52!) Ah,
Michigan – if I didn’t grow up here,
not sure I’d stay here!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Saturday – again!

Here we are in the beginning of April – it’s very nicely sunny out, not very breezy and 32 degrees F., a light dusting of snow on the ground. It seems to be the ‘norm’ lately for us to get a light dusting almost every day – good thing is: it melts! Looking at the coming week, snow again Monday night/Tuesday morning and again on Thursday. Oh well – living in Michigan all my life, you come to sort of EXPECT it!

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Brown Sugar Caramel Pound Cake

1 1/2 C. butter, softened
2 C. light brown sugar, packed
1 C. granulated sugar
5 large eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. whole milk
1 (8 oz) bag toffee chips
1 C. pecans, chopped
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Caramel Drizzle:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 C. brown sugar
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray (12 C.) Bundt cake pan with
nonstick cooking spray (or grease &
dust with flour). Beat butter until
creamy; add sugars, beating until
fluffy. Add eggs, one-at-a-time. In
medium bowl combine flour, baking
powder & salt. Add flour mixture to
batter, alternately, with milk – beat
until just combined. Stir in toffee
chips & pecans – spoon batter into
prepared pan & bake 85 minutes
until a wooden toothpick inserted
near center comes out clean.

NOTE: To prevent excess browning,
cover cake with foil while baking.
Let cake cool in pan 10 minutes.
Remove from pan & let cool
completely on wire rack. Prepare
Caramel drizzle & spoon over cooled
cake.

Caramel Drizzle:
In medium saucepan combine cond.
milk & brown sugar – bring to boil over
medium-high heat, whisking frequently.
Reduce heat, simmer 8 minutes, whisking
frequently. Remove from heat; whisk in
butter & vanilla. Let cool 5 minutes
before using.
NOTE: Make sure to drizzle the caramel
while STILL HOT

(recipe: cookandbliss.com)
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Crockpot Ham & Cheddar Quiche

2 refrigerated pie crusts
2 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided
1 C. chopped, cooked ham
4 green onions, chopped (plus
extra for garnish)
6 eggs
1 C. whipping cream
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
(optional: 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg)

Lightly spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Arrange pie
crusts in bottom of crockpot – trim
crust should overlap slightly & be
about 2 inches up sides. Cover &
cook crust 1 1/2 hours on High. Evenly
arrange cheese, green onions & ham
over crust. In a bowl mix eggs, whipping
cream, salt/pepper (& nutmeg, if using)
pour into pie crust & sprinkle remaining
cheese on top. Cover & cook on High
an additional 1 1/2 hours until filling
is set completely. Uncover – let stand
5 minutes. Garnish with additional
chopped green onions, if desired.
Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Breakfast for Dinner

1 lb. ground pork sausage,
browned/drained
1/2 C. green onions, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
diced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1 dozen eggs, beaten
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 3 quart casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Layer
cooked sausage, onions, peppers,
tomatoes & cheese. In large bowl
whisk remaining ingredients &
pour over casserole in dish. Bake,
uncovered, 55-60 minutes until
set & top is golden. Let stand
10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Chicken Puffs (appetizers)

2 (3 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
3 T. butter, melted/divided
1 1/2 C. diced, cooked chicken
2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. minced onion
2 T. diced pimentos
2 (8 oz, ea) tubes crescent rolls

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl mix cream cheese &
2 T. melted butter. Add chicken,
milk, garlic powder, salt/pepper,
minced onion & pimentos – mix
well. Separate each pkg. rolls into
four rectangles. Spoon chicken
filling into center of each rectangle,
distributing filling evenly – bring
ends up, pinch closed & twist; brush
each with 1 T. melted butter. Place puffs
on prepared sheet & bake 12-15 minutes
until golden brown. Serves 8

Note: You can use all white meat
chicken/all dark or a combination
of both.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Spring Chicken Pasta Salad

8 oz. penne pasta, cooked accordg.
to pkg. directions – slightly cooled
1 (7 oz) container prepared pesto
sauce
2 C. cooked chicken chunks
4 plum tomatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. pine nuts

In large bowl place pasta; add pesto
sauce & toss to coat. Add remaining
ingredients (except pine nuts) &
toss until thoroughly combined.
Cover & chill 1 hour. Before serving,
sprinkle top with pine nuts.
Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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15-minute Ham Fried Rice

1 C. cooked/chopped ham
2 bags Steamfresh White Rice
with veggies – cooked
(Uncle
Ben’s)
2 eggs
salt/pepper, to taste
soy sauce, optional

Heat ham in large skillet; add
cooked rice w/veggies. Make
a well in center of skillet & add
the eggs, salt/pepper – scramble
eggs in center & gradually mix into
rice/ham mixture. Serve with
soy sauce, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: goodenessgracious.com)
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Crunchy Cinnamon French Toast

4 eggs
1 C. milk
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. crushed corn flakes cereal
about 12-14 slices bread –
your choice; Texas toast works
very well)

Heat a large frying pan or skillet
to medium heat & spray with
nonstick cooking spray (or use
1 T. butter to coat pan). Pour
crushed cereal into a pie plate.
In a medium bowl mix eggs, milk,
cinnamon & nutmeg – transfer to
another pie plate. Dip 1 slice bread
into egg mixture to coat, then dip
in corn flakes. Place coated bread
in skillet & cook until both sides
are light brown, about 2 minutes
for each slice. Serves 8

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)

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Later today husband & I are going to a
“Farewell” lunch/dinner for a couple
who’ve been in our Sunday School class
a good 15+ years – they’re moving down
South to be with their kids & grands. We
were asked to bring a main dish + a side
or dessert. I have a terrible time deciding
what to bring (I know-right? All the recipes
I post/view per week…oh well). I finally
decided on a bucket of Kentucky Fried
Chicken and a Blueberry Pudding Cake
(bought it – already made). I know there
will be tons of various salads and probably
lots of desserts. Some people do the big
crockpot of spaghetti or Tuna Noodle –
not really fond of either. I figured most
people like fried chicken and I cut the
cake into small pieces (you always want
to try SEVERAL desserts, right?). The
best thing is: I don’t have to cook dinner!
(not guessing there will be any leftovers
of the chicken). I’ve also learned with
all these dinners – make/buy something
YOU like, cause you’ll probably end up
bringing some home (I love the blueberry
cake thing – wink).

Well, we’ve had a rather relaxing week of
“Son NOT moving back home” – that sounds
terrible, but we’ve gotten into a rather
comfy ‘niche and really didn’t want to add a
CAT to our comfort. I like cats but – (I’ll leave
it at that).

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend –
take a nice rest/nap, eat/drink something
that makes you feel comfy – take a little
time for YOU!

Hugs;

Pammie

Winding down the last few days

I’m sure you’re probably getting the final items needed to prepare your Easter dinner so I thought I’d throw in a few more ‘side’ dishes, just in case you might need a new idea.

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Cranberry-Pecan Coffee Cake

1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (16 oz) can whole-berry cranberry
sauce
1 C. coarsely chopped pecans

Glaze:
3/4 C. powdered sugar
2 T. whipping cream
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour four (5″ X 3″)
mini loaf pans. Using elec.
mixer, in large bowl beat butter
at medium speed until creamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating
well. Add eggs, one at a time,
beating after each addition.
In another bowl combine flour,
baking powder, baking soda &
salt – add to butter mixture
alternately with sour cream –
beginning & ending with flour
mixture. Stir in extracts & spoon
1/2 C. batter into each loaf pan.
In a small bowl gently stir
cranberry sauce then spoon
3 T. sauce over batter in each pan
& spread to edges. Sprinkle 3 T.
nuts over sauce in each pan.
Repeat layers in each pan using
remaining batter/sauce/nuts.
Bake 48-50 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center
of pan comes out clean. Cool
in pans on wire rack 15 minutes;
remove from pans & cool
completely on wire rack.
In small bowl combine glaze
ingredients & drizzle over cooled
cakes. Makes 4 mini cakes.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.typepad.com)
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Creamed Onions

1 T. butter or margarine
2 onions, peeled/cut into wedges
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup (undiluted)
1/3 C. milk
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

In medium skillet melt butter
over medium-high heat. Saute
onions 10-15 minutes until they
soften & start to brown. In small
bowl combine remaining
ingredients; mix well & add to
skillet. Reduce heat & simmer
5-8 minutes. Serve warm.
Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Throw-together Carrot Salad

1 C. marshmallow creme*
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 lb. carrots, peeled/shredded
(about 4 C.)
1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
well drained
1/2 C. raisins

In large bowl combine marshmallow
creme & mayonnaise until well
blended. Add remaining ingredients
& toss to evenly coat. Cover & chill
at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
Serves 6

*Marshmallow Creme – found in a jar
(usually by Kraft) – sometimes by the
peanut butter, sometimes by other
baking items

(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 sweet peas,
thawed
1/4 C. finely chopped onion

In large bowl combine mayo, 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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Country Club Stuffed Mushrooms

1 lb. baby bella mushrooms
2 T. butter
1/4 C. chopped onion
2 tsp. chopped fresh garlic
1 (9 oz) pkg. frozen creamed
spinach, thawed
1/2 C. frozen pre-cooked sausage
crumbles
3 T. Italian bread crumbs

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Gently clean mushrooms by
wiping them with a damp paper
towel. Remove stems & place
caps on a baking sheet. Finely
chop stems. In large skillet melt
butter over medium-high heat.
Add chopped mushrooms, onion
& garlic; saute 4-5 minutes until
tender. Add spinach & sausage –
mix until well combined. Remove
from heat & add bread crumbs –
mix well. Evenly divide spinach
mixture on top of each mushroom
cap & mound using a spoon. Bake
15-20 minutes until heated
through. Serve immediately.
Makes 18

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cucumber Salad

1 C. white vinegar
1 C. water
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
8 C. cucumbers, peeled/
thinly sliced (about 3 lb.
total)

In large bowl combine vinegar,
water, sugar & salt – mix until well
blended. Add cucumbers & toss
until well coated. Cover & chill
at least 2 hours (or overnight).
Will keep in a sealed container in
fridge for several weeks.
Serves 14

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Lemon Cream Fruit Tart

1 3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
3 T. granulated sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
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 fresh fruit for garnish
(poster used sliced strawberries,
blueberries, mandarin oranges,
sliced kiwi)

Glaze:

1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. coffee creamer (or heavy cream)

In small bowl whisk together sugar &
creamer – drizzle over top of fruit on
tart before serving
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In medium bowl combine graham
crumbs, sugar & butter – mix well.
Press in to bottom of 9″ springform
or tart pan. Refrigerate until ready to
fill.
In small microwave-safe bowl, add 1/4
C. water – sprinkle dry gelatin on top of
water & let stand 5 minutes. 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
into crust. Cover & refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight. Garnish with sliced
fresh fruit. Drizzle glaze on top & serve.
Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pinwheel Mints

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/2 to 1 tsp. mint extract
7 1/2 – 8 1/2 C. powdered sugar
your choice of food coloring colors

additional powdered sugar

NOTE: The colors chosen originally
were red & green – for EASTER, you
might want different colors) For the
sake of this recipe, I’m going to call
them color A & color B

In large bowl beat cream cheese &
mint extract until smooth. Gradually
beat in as much powdered sugar as
possible. Turn mixture onto a work
surface dusted with powdered sugar;
kneed in remaining powdered sugar
until smooth & sugar is absorbed
(mixture will be stiff). Divide
mixture in half – using desired food
colors, tint one portion one color &
the other portion another color –
kneading until blended. Divide each
portion in half; shape each half into a
10 inch long log, making 2 logs of each
color. Place one log on a 12 inch piece
of waxed paper lightly dusted with
powdered sugar – flatten log slightly;
cover with a second piece of waxed
paper. Roll out candy mixture into
a 12 inch X 5 inch rectangle – repeat
with remaining logs.
Remove top sheet of waxed paper from
one (color A) and one (color B) rectangle.
Place one over the other & roll up (kind
of like a candy cane), starting at a long side.
Wrap in waxed paper; twist ends together –
repeat with remaining rectangles. Chill
overnight.

To serve: cut into 1/2 inch slices & store in
an airtight container, refrigerated, up to
1 week. Makes about 3 dozen.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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No-Fail Ambrosia Salad

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. sour cream
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries, drained/
halved & patted dry
1 c. sweetened coconut flakes
2 C. miniature marshmallows
3/4 C. chopped nuts (walnuts/pecans/
cashews) – optional

In large serving bowl fold sour cream &
Cool Whip together. Fold in remaining
ingredients, making sure pineapple,
oranges & cherries have been properly
drained. Serve immediately or refrigerate
until ready to serve. Serves 8

(recipe; momontimeout.com)
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I’m also collecting a few ‘AFTER’ Easter
recipes for using the ham leftovers.

It’s rainy & gloomy today but that’s OK –
we’re doing the 1-hour trip to see our
friend and tax man with lunch ‘out’
afterwards, so it’s all good.

Hope all your Easter dinner plans
are coming together just as you planned.

Hugs;

Pammie

Pet Peeve

As you know I like to feature recipes in my blog – I obtain these from various sources/sites after reading through LOTS of recipes, I choose those I think sound tasty and (semi) easy to prepare. What I don’t usually mention is HOW some of these recipes are written – enter: MY PET (recipe writing) PEEVE! Example: today I found a tasty-sounding Turkey/Stuffed Shells recipe and began typing it out. I DO NOT understand how, when someone is writing up a recipe, they can totally MISS important steps in preparing a recipe! Steps like HOW BIG a meatball is supposed to be if it’s in the recipe title that it’s supposed to be a MINI meatball? OR, for that matter, going from mixing meatball ingredients in a bowl to putting said meatballs in a pan WITHOUT listing HOW to make the meatball or WHAT SIZE the pan is supposed to be? Crazy! I try to never assume the reader knows these things – this could be the very first time they’ve ever tried making this type of recipe! I made the (dumb) mistake yesterday of commenting on Facebook about a recipe – exactly the same issue: no details about how big/how much/what size dish, etc. Got a rather snarky reply back from FACEBOOK saying I’m supposed to take up that issue with the original writer of the recipe. MY THOUGHT: don’t post it if you’re not ready to receive comments on said recipe! That’s what the COMMENT section is all about! (and I wasn’t the only person making that type comments on that recipe!). I’m NOT a beginner cook but I AM concerned about those who might be reading my recipes on my blog, therefore I try my best to make sure the recipe is clear about how something is prepared, what size pan, how long to cook, etc. That said, the stuffed shell turkey meatball recipe is ME, winging it on the size of the pan to put the meatballs in to bake AND the size of the MINI meatballs! Oh well…I’ll step off of my soapbox now….

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Spinach-stuffed Shells with Mini
Turkey Meatballs

15 jumbo pasta shells
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1/4 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 1/2 C. ricotta cheese
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. baby spinach, chopped
1/2 C. marinara sauce, divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large pot of salted boiling
water, cook pasta shells to al dente.
Drain then return to pot & let
cool.

Meatballs:

In large bowl combine ground turkey,
bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic, parsley &
red pepper flakes – season with salt/pepper.
Form mixture into small 1″ balls &
place in 9 X 13″ baking dish &
bake until cooked through, 10-12 minutes.
In large bowl stir ricotta, mozzarella &
spinach – season with salt/pepper. Pour
1/4 C. marinara sauce in bottom of oven-
proof skillet or baking dish. Stuff shells
with ricotta mixture & meatballs –
arrange in dish & spoon remaining
marinara sauce over top. Bake 18-20
minutes until hot & bubbly. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cinnamon Bun Pie

1 1/2 sticks butter
1 C. chopped pecans
1 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 (16.3 oz) tube refrigerated
biscuits (about 8)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Melt butter in medium bowl in
microwave – spoon about 2 T.
into deep-dish ceramic pie plate
or 9″ round pan – tip plate to coat
bottom & sides. In another small
bowl stir pecans, cranberries, sugar
& cinnamon – spoon about 1 C. into
bottom of baking dish. Remove
biscuits from tube & divide each one
into 3 layers. Dip each biscuit layer
into butter & arrange 6 of them on
bottom of baking dish to cover nut
mixture. Spoon another layer of nuts,
etc. on top of the biscuits & dip
remaining 2 biscuits in melted butter &
place on top. Pour remaining nut mixture
on top layer & pour rest of melted butter
over top. Bake 25 minutes until biscuits
are completely cooked. Cool in pan on a
cooling rack 5 minutes then turn out onto
a serving plate. Scrape any nuts/sugar
remaining in bottom of pan onto rolls.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Crockpot Italian Pork Chops

6 bone-in pork chops
2 C. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 (16 oz) bottle Italian salad dressing
3 whole yellow onions, peeled/sliced
into rings

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray & place 1 layer of onions
in bottom. Place 2 C. bread crumbs in
shallow bowl (big enough to fit 1 pork
chop). Pour about half of Ital. dressing
into crumbs & mix until moistened –
wait 5 minutes for bread crumbs to
absorb moisture. Pour an additional
half of what’s left of dressing into
bowl & mix again. Pat each chop into
mixture, smearing on both sides of
chop & place a layer in crockpot.
Add another layer onions & another
layer breaded chops. Add another layer
of onions – if you have more chops, keep
making layers & end with onions.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours.
Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Loaded Bacon/Split Pea Soup

1 lb. bacon
1 large onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt/ground black pepper
4 C. chicken broth
1 (12 oz) pkg. dried split peas,
sorted/rinsed

fresh chopped parsley, chopped –
garnish

In large stockpot over medium heat
cook bacon until crispy, about 8
minutes; transfer to paper towel-
lined plate & let cool, then crumble.
Add onion, carrot & garlic to pot –
cook until tender, 6-8 minutes.
Season generously with salt/pepper.
Add broth & peas – let simmer,
covered, until peas are tender,
35-40 minutes. Serve garnished
with parsley & bacon. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Feta Shrimp Skillet

1 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes,
undrained
1/4 C. white wine (optional)
1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp,
peeled/deveined
2 T. minced fresh parsley
3/4 C. feta cheese, crumbled

In large nonstick skillet heat oil
over medium-high heat. Add onion;
cook/stir 4-6 minutes until tender.
Add garlic & seasonings – cook 1
minute longer. Stir in tomatoes &
wine, if desired. Bring to boil; reduce
heat & simmer, uncovered, 5-7 minutes
until sauce is slightly thickened. Add
shrimp & parsley – cook 5-6 minutes
until shrimp turns pink, stirring
ocassionally. Remove from heat;
sprinkle top with cheese & let stand,
covered, until cheese is softened.
Serves 4

NOTE: if desired, you can add 1/4 C.
chopped kalamata olives with the
tomatoes. Dish is great served over
rice or pasta, zucchini noodles or
spaghetti squash.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Cabbage Casserole

4 C. shredded cabbage
1 C. grated carrot
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1 egg
1 C. milk
6 T. shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. minced fresh parsley
2 T. shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 qt. (or 9 X 13″) baking
dish with nonstick spray. In
large skillet sprayed with nonstick
cooking spray, saute cabbage,
carrot & onions until crisp-tender.
Transfer mixture to prepared dish.
In a bowl combine egg, milk, Swiss
cheese & salt – pour over vegetables.
Sprinkle top with parsley & Parm.
cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30-35
minutes until a knife inserted near
center comes out clean.

(recipe: facebook)
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Crockpot Ham/Tomato/Egg

Casserole

2 T. butter, melted
10 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 C. heavy cream
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. grape tomatoes, cut in half
4 oz. deli ham, chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

Melt butter in 6  qt. crockpot. In a bowl
combine beaten eggs with heavy cream &
season with salt/pepper – pour into crockpot
& evenly add ham, tomatoes & cream cheese.
Cover & cook on High 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours
until eggs are set. Serves 8

NOTE: If you do not like cream cheese you can
either omit it or substitute a shredded cheese
for it (like mozzarella).

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Creamy Lemon Squares

Crust:
4 T. unsalted butter, melted/cooled,
plus more for greasing pan
1 1/2 C. C. (about 24 squares) crushed
graham crackers
1/4 C. sugar

Filling
2 large egg yolks
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1/2 C. fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brush an 8 X 8″ baking pan with
melted butter. Line bottom with parchment
paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two
sides. Using a food processor, finely grind
graham crackers. Add in sugar & butter;
blend to mix. Press mixture into bottom of
pan & 1 inch up the sides. Bake 8-12
minutes until lightly browned. Cool crust
30 minuets

Filling:
In large bowl whisk egg yolks & condensed
milk. Add lemon juice & whisk until smooth-
pour into cooled crust & carefully spread to
edges of pan. Bake about 15 minutes until
set. Cool in pan on rack then chill at least
1 hour before serving. Using the parchment
paper overhang, lift out of pan & transfer to
a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut
into 16 squares, wiping knife with a damp
kitchen towel between each cut. Makes 16
squares.

(recipe: cakerecipesblog.com)

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Well, it’s March First – it’s 34 degrees F &
gloomy/rainy outside (AND we’re supposed
to get rainthat later turns into 1-4 inches of
SNOW!) UGH! Looking at the Natioal Weather
site we will have a Winter Storm Warning
late tonight until 4 a.m. tomorrow. “Total
daytime accumulation of snow around 4 inches”
then TONIGHT: “new snow accumulation of
around 3 inches” . . . oh, goody! 7 inches???
Friday-Sunday temps around 35-40 degrees;
that’s not really enough to melt all that snow!
(I guess if there’s an UP side to all of this, almost
ALL of the old snow is totally gone-roads, sidewalks,
ground all snow free).  I’m grateful that I don’t
really have any pressing engagements to go to;
grocery shopping all done/errands run earlier
in the week. I’m looking forward to just reading
the 3 books I checked out in the library, knitting
on several projects and making homemade pizza
for dinner tonight. Ah, the life of luxury, right?
(hehehe)

Oh – I should add that sometimes I make mistakes
in typing up the featured recipes. I remember
several years ago a friend of  mine was following
my blog & she emailed me with a ‘slight’ error.
Apparently my big fat fingers hit the “0” instead
of the “-” (as in 3540 minutes) instead of 340
minutes! Oh well – at least you know I’m HUMAN!!!

Hope you have a GREAT day and are able to do
something relaxing at some point in your day!
Spring is coming! We’re hearing BIRDS singing!
YAY! My FAVORITE season is quickly coming!

Hugs;

Pammie

Nice Quiet Day – so far…

Our weather has been ‘holding off’ – almost all of the snow & ice have melted – YAY! Checking the weather forecast for the coming week there is a 50% chance of snow around 1 a.m. tonight, but for the most part, it looks in the 30’s & clear – hope so!

Nothing much going on today – even my grandson’s flag football team has the day off; tomorrow night’s choir practice is canceled so I have MORE than my normal share of OFF TIME – YAY! Spent part of the morning just knitting on both of the baby blankets; they are both a little ‘fussy’ so I tend to avoid working on them (me & my big ideas about “I just LOVE knitting LACE patterns – the more complicated, the better!” Yeah…right….sigh).  Dinner tonight is Beef Stew – I’ve been sort of craving a nice, homey meal that will last for more than one serving and stews/soups fit that bill.

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Banana Pudding Cake

Cake:
1 box vanilla cake mix PLUS
ingredients to make cake (as on box)

Pudding:
1 (3.4 oz) box vanilla pudding mix
2 C. cold milk
1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed

2 bananas, sliced

Buttercream Frosting:
1 1/2 C. butter, softened
5 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. plus 2 T. heavy cream
1 C. crushed Nilla wafer cookies
whole Nilla wafers – garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
LIne two 9″ cake pans with parchment
paper & spray with nonstick cooking
spray. Prepared cake accordg. to pkg.
directions – divide batter between
cake pans & bake 25-30  minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center of
cake comes out clean. Let cakes cool
10 minutes in pans then invert onto
wire racks to cool completely.

Pudding:

In large bowl combine milk &
pudding mix – stir until thickened,
about 5 minutes – fold in Cool Whip.

Frosting:

In large bowl using elec. mixer, combine
butter, 3 C. powdered sugar & vanilla.
Beat until light & fluffy – add remaining
sugar & heavy cream – beat until smooth.

Assembling Cake:

Using a serrated knife, cut off the rounded
top of each cake to make cake level. Top
one cake with a thick layer of pudding then
top with most of the banana slices (reserve
some to garnish top). Place second layer on
top & frost entire cake with buttercream,
reserving about 1 C. to pipe on top. Press
crushed Nilla wafers around sides of cake.
Transfer remaining buttercream to a piping
bag* fitted with a large star tip – pipe large
swirls around top of cake. Decorate top
with Nilla wafers & more banana slices.
Serves 8-10

*If you don’t have a piping bag – you can
use a large zip-lock bag. Spoon frosting
into bag, zip up then snip a bottom corner
off of bag & use that to pipe frosting onto
cake.

(recipe: delish.com)
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Chicken Parmesan stuffed Shells

1 lb. box jumbo pasta shells
3 C. shredded mozzarella cheese,
divided
1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese,
plus more for serving
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/4 C. marinara sauce, divided
1 T. fresh chopped basil (plus more
for garnish)
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt – to taste
ground black pepper – to taste
12 oz fresh or frozen breaded
chicken, cooked accordg. to pkg.
directions & diced

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large pot of salted boiling water
cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
until al dente – drain. In large bowl
combine 2 C. mozz. cheese, garlic,
2 C. marinara, basil & red pepper flakes;
season with salt/pepper. Stir until
combined then gently fold in cooked/
diced chicken. In bottom of a 9 X 13″
baking dish spread remaining marinara
sauce to a thin layer. Stuff chicken
mixture into cooked shells & arrange
on top of sauce side-by-side. Sprinkle
tops of shells with remaining mozz
& bake 30 minutes until cheese melts
& tops are turning slightly golden brown.
Cool slightly, garnish with Parm cheese &
basil & serve. Serves 6-8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Hamburger Soup

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 C. chopped onion
6 C. beef broth
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen peas &
carrots
3 T. tomato paste
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

In large soup pot over medium-
high heat, cook ground beef &
onion 6-8 minutes until browned;
drain. Add remaining ingredients;
bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-
low & cook 20 minutes until vegetables
are tender. Makes 12 Cups.

NOTE: When serving, top with shredded
Cheddar cheese to make it a Cheeseburger
Soup!

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Spinach & Cheese Manicotti

8 oz. uncooked manicotti shells
1 (32 oz) container ricotta cheese
2 C. (8 oz) shredded mozzarella
cheese
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1 egg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped spinach;
thawed/squeezed dry
1 (16 oz) jar spaghetti sauce

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Cook shells accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain/rinse then drain again. Spray pasta
lightly with nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine ricotta, mozzarella, 1/4 C.
Parm. cheese, egg, salt & pepper mix well
then add spinach & mix again. Fill each
shell with about 1/3 C. mixture & place in
prepared dish. Pour spaghetti sauce over
filled shells & sprinkle top with remaining
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese. Bake 35-40 minutes
until hot & bubbling. Serves 4

NOTE: For an easy way to fill shells:
Place cheese mixture in a resealable plastic
storage bag. Snip off a corner of bag &
squeeze cheese mixture into shells.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Fall-Off-The-Bone Spareribs

2 C. water
2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. packed dark brown sugar
1/2 onion, chopped
2 T. prepared yellow mustard
2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

5 1/2 lb. pork spareribs

In large saucepan combine all
ingredients except ribs; bring to
boil over High heat, stirring
frequently. Reduce heat to medium-
low & cook, stirring frequently,
35-40 minutes until sauce is thick
& glossy. Place ribs in large pot &
add just enough water to cover ribs.
Boil ribs over medium-high heat
about 30 minutes until fork-tender.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Drain ribs & place in large roasting
pan – baste heavily with sauce. Bake
30 minutes, basting ribs occasionally &
turning once after 15 minutes. Remove
ribs from pan & cut apart every 2-3 ribs
for easier eating. Serve with remaining
sauce. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Scrambled Eggs

1-2 T. butter, melted
10 large eggs, beaten
salt/pepper, to taste
1 1/4 C. heavy cream
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Coat 6-7 qt. crockpot well with
melted butter. Mix eggs & cream well &
stir in cheese – pour into crockpot. Cover
& cook on High 1-2 hours until eggs are
set. Gently fold in sides of set eggs to
chop up eggs into scrambled egg
consistency. DO NOT over stir.
Serves 6-8

NOTE: Make SURE you coat your crockpot
insides WELL with butter so eggs will lift
away from sides when it’s time to ‘scramble’
them.

POSTER NOTES: she tried using Cheddar instead
of mozzarella & she said: “The Cheddar was too
oily & the flavor was not as good. Mozzarella
seems like an odd choice, but works well.”

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Apple/Spice Pullapart Bread

1 round loaf hearty white or
sourdough bread, unsliced
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 C.) melted butter
1/2 C. dry spice cake mix
1/2 C. light brown sugar
1 apple, peeled,/cored, finely diced

1 C. powdered sugar
1 T. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray. Using
a serrated knife, make a criss-
cross pattern in the bread, slicing
1 inch apart, cutting almost all
the way to bottom of bread but
being careful not to cut through
completely. (you will be stuffing
the cuts). Place bread on baking
sheet & evenly pour melted
butter between each bread
section. In medium bowl combine
dry cake mix & brown sugar; mix
well. Add apples & toss to evenly
coat. Evenly sprinkle apple mixture
between each of the cut bread
sections, being careful not to break
the bread apart. Sprinkle any
remaining mixture over the bread.
Bake 25-30 minutes until bread
is crispy on top & bottom.

In a small bowl whisk powdered
sugar & milk until smooth -drizzle
over top of warm bread. Serve
immediately. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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Hope your Saturday is moving along
nicely and you’re able to take a little
time out for yourself: rest/relax, maybe
drink something warm & soothing? (I
personally love Chai Latte tea).

Hugs;

Pammie

 

 

a little ‘this’ & ‘that’ . . .

Just before we started serving the food last night – the lovely lady with me cooked all of the spaghetti & meatballs. We had a good evening – the weather held; I’m guessing we had about 50-60 people attending. LOTS of leftovers! The kids loved it – strange thing: I was the only one to make brownies – made two 9 X 13″ pans frosted w/Christmas sprinkles. We had TONS of cookies – almost all the same kind: sugar with sprinkles or frosting (if that was your ‘thing’ you were in cookie heaven!) I didn’t even get a taste of my brownies – they went fast!

Just heard the weather report for tomorrow: 6-8/9 inches of the white stuff! YUCK! SOooooo glad I don’t have to be anywhere! Husband & I went for our ‘regular’ (every 3 month) doctor check up – I’m doing just fine! YAY! (that’s what I thought, too, but it’s nice to have your doctor confirm it!). Did a little shopping, so we’re ‘good’ if we get the snow – even stopped & bought a paperback so I have something to read!

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Cake Mix Peanut Butter Bars

1 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. water
1 large egg
1 box yellow cake mix

Frosting:
1 stick margarine (1/2 C) softened
1/4 C. milk
1-2 tsp. vanilla
3 T. cocoa
2-3 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl
combine peanut butter, water &
egg; stir until smooth. Stir in dry
cake mix until well blended –
spread into prepared pan. Bake
20-25 minutes until puffed &light
brown – cool completely.

Frosting:
Mix all frosting ingredients in
a bowl using elec. mixer until
smooth. (add more powdered
sugar or milk until you reach
desired consistency). Spread
on top of bars

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Hamburger/Potato/Cheese Casserole

5 large russet potatoes, peeled/sliced
1/4 – 1/2 inch thick
2-3 T. chopped onions
1 lb. ground beef
salt/pepper

Cheese sauce:
2 C. milk
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
8 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
(ketchup – optional condiment)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 2 1/2 qt. casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
In a skillet brown hamburger &
onion; drain. Place a layer of sliced
potatoes in prepared dish, top with
half hamburger/onion mixture (salt
& pepper, to taste). Repeat layers
of potatoes/hamb. mixture (salt/
pepper).
Prepare cheese sauce:
In saucepan melt butter over
medium-high heat. Add flour &
salt/pepper – stir to blend. Add
milk; stir with whisk to incorporate
butter/flour mixture. Reduce heat,
stir until thickened & bubbly. Remove
from heat & add shredded cheese – stir
until cheese melts then pour over
hamb/potatoes in dish. Push potatoes
around in cheese sauce in all crevices
so they’re well coated. Cover & bake
1 1/2 hours, until potatoes are tender &
top is browned. (Poster notes that she
removes covering last 20 minutes of
baking time to help brown the top).
NOTE: even using the leanest of
ground beef, you can end up with
little pools of grease on top – just
spoon them off – it doesn’t mean it’s
greasy – just cheesy.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili    

3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 1/4″ pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 T. olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 (15 oz, ea) cans cannellini
beans (white beans) drained/
rinsed – divided
2 1/2 C. chicken broth, divided
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:
sliced avocado
quartered cherry tomatoes
chopped cilantro

In large skillet heat 1 T. oil over
medium-high heat. Sprinkle
chicken with salt/pepper & saute
until browned – place in crockpot.
In same skillet heat remaining oil
& saute onion until tender. Add
jalapeno, garlic, oregano & cumin-
cook & stir 2 minutes & add to
crockpot. In a bowl mash 1 C. of
beans & stir in 1/2 C. broth; add
mashed bean mixture & rest of
beans to crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low until chicken is tender,
3 to 3 1/2 hours. Stir before
serving. Serve as is or with
desired toppings. Serves 6

NOTE: This chili can also be
frozen. Cool chili first & place
in freezer containers. To use:
partially thaw in refrigerator
overnight. Heat through in a
saucepan, stirring occasionally
& adding a little broth or water
if necessary.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

3 whole boneless skinless chicken
breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
(can also use chicken tenderloins)
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
3/4 C. Buffalo wing sauce
2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. ranch salad dressing
1 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded

16 oz. penne pasta

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In small
bowl mix soup & buffalo wing
sauce. Place chicken in crockpot;
pour soup/wing sauce over chicken,
toss to coat. Cover & cook on Low
6 hours, stirring once in middle of
cooking time (if you can.) When
chicken is done cooking, cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions.
Add ranch dressing, sour cream &
mozzarella cheese into chicken –
stir well. Drain pasta & add to
crockpot – mix well. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Buttery Blueberry Breakfast
Bake

2 C. flour, divided
2 C. fresh blueberries
1 C. sugar (plus extra for
sprinkling on top of cake)
1/2 C. buttermilk*
1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted butter,
softened
1 lemon, zested & juiced
1 large egg, room temp.
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. kosher salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray a square baking dish
with nonstick spray. In medium
bowl whisk 1 3/4 C. flour, baking
powder & salt. In large bowl using
elec. mixer, cream butter, sugar &
lemon zest 3-5 minutes until fluffy
& lightened in color. Add egg &
vanilla; continue to beat until
incorporated. Take turns adding
buttermilk & flour mixture until
all is combined. Toss blueberries
in remaining 1/4 C. flour until
coated, then fold into batter.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
sprinkle 1-2 T. sugar on top. Bake
40 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out
clean. Remove from oven & let
cool before serving.
Serves 12-16

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Place 1 T. vinegar or lemon
juice in a 1-cup measuring cup &
fill with enough milk to reach the
1/2 C. line. Stir & let stand 5
minutes – now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Just put a phone call in to our man
who plows our driveway, asking him to
please MAKE SURE & plow our drive if
we get over 3 inches (last time we probably
had 2 & he didn’t come….sigh). I’ve mentioned
before that we have a short, rather steep drive
so if there’s any amount of snow on it, it becomes
VERY difficult to get up it so plowing really helps.

Hope you are all in good health & enjoying this
beginnings of February – hard to believe we’re
already into the second month of the new year!

Hugs;

Pammie

Wow – an entire WEEK’s gone by!

I guess, sometimes, I’m not quite aware of how much time goes by between posts – sorry! Now that we’ve added our oldest grandson’s Flag Football schedule to our week (on Saturdays) it’s making for very few days when something is NOT going on! When I first looked at this week’s schedule, there was only Friday open with nothing written in and then we got the very sad news that a good church friend died suddenly – viewing Friday. Life goes on and you learn to adjust but it’s hard saying goodbye, even though you know that person didn’t suffer and will be forever with the Lord. She lived a good, long life and her family will miss her greatly. This week I somehow managed to pull a muscle in my upper arm/shoulder – not exactly sure how that occurred but I’m guessing it was (here’s where I hate to admit it) either too much knitting or too much being on the computer (both which require using the upper arm muscles – computer/mouse pushing also). I ended up skipping my library knit group just because it was too painful! Spent the day reading (“Queen Victoria”) – I really like biographies/autobiographies so I managed to rest the muscles. Hope you’ve had a good week thus far – sometimes I’m really looking forward to days filled with appointments and sometimes I’m not. I picked up my new glasses and, after almost a week of wearing them, have decided to go back and ask them to see if they are TOO strong – everything seems a little out of focus – not like it’s not clear enough, almost just the opposite! Oh well- life goes on, right?

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Fluffy S’Mores Dip

6 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. Marshmallow Fluff*
4 C. heavy cream, divided
1 pkg. chocolate pudding mix
1 C. mini marshmallows (plus
more for garnish)
1 T. crushed graham crackers

graham crackers, for dipping

IN medium bowl beat cream cheese,
powdered sugar & Marshmallow
Fluff until smooth. Gradually add
2/3 C. heavy cream & beat until
fluffy – fold in mini marshmallows.
In another medium bowl beat
remaining heavy cream & pudding
mix until light & fluffy. Add both
dips to a single bowl, alternating
spoonfuls of both dips. Use a
butter knife to swirl through dips.
Top with more marshmallows &
crushed graham crackers.

*Marshmallow Fluff is a Kraft
product, sold in a jar, usually
with the pudding mixes in grocery
stores. (It’s like marshmallows
that have been melted)

(recipe: delish.com)
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Chicken Fried Steak

2 C. vegetable oil
1 1/2 lb. round steak, cut into
4 chunks/pounded out to about
3/4 inch thick
3 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
1 T. wtaer
2 large eggs, beaten with 3 T. milk
3 1/4 C. milk
2 C. flour (plus 1/4 C. more for gravy)

Heat oil in large medium cast iron
skillet. (If you haven’t pounded the meat:
place a chunk of steak between 2 large
pieces of plastic wrap – using a meat
mallet, tenderize/pound meat out from
center, until you have 3/4″ thickness. If
you want it thinner, keep pounding –
repeat with remaining meat.)
Dredge:
Add 2 C. flour to a medium casserole
dish – stir in 2 tsp. salt/1 tsp. pepper –
mix well. Dip meat into flour, lightly
coat, then dip into egg mix, then back
into flour. Set on a rack for a few minutes
until you have another one coated – repeat
with rest of meat. The oil in pan should be
around 350-375 degrees F. Carefully add
steak to skillet – fry 3-5 minutes on each
side. You will notice that the juices will
begin to sprout up while you are frying.
When you flip to fry other side, make sure
the juices run clear.
Preheat oven 225 degrees F.
Once steaks are fried place them in oven
to keep warm while you make gravy.
Gravy:
Carefully drain about 90% of oil –
reserve a bit (about 4 T.) because you
are going to brown the flour. With
remaining oil in skillet, add 1/4 C.
flour & whisk 2 minutes. Add in milk,
about 1 C. at a time, roughly every
4 minutes stir in milk/flour – continue
whisking. Season generously with
black pepper & a little salt. Taste &
adjust seasoning. Once gravy comes
to a boil, reduce heat to Low & continue
to whisk. Gravy should be thick (but not
too thick – if it’s too thick, you haven’t
whisked it enough – add a bit of water
to thin & whisk more).
Remove one of the steaks from the oven;
plate it & ladle gravy on top. Serves 4

(recipe: simplecomfortfood.com)
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Crockpot Corn Chowder w/Bacon

1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 lb. small red potatoes, cut into cubes
24 oz. frozen whole kernel corn
3 C. chicken broth
2 C. Half & Half
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. black pepper
salt, to taste
2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
3/4 C. cooked, crumbled bacon
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Add onion, cubed potatoes, frzn
corn & broth to crockpot – stir.
Cover & cook on High 3-4 hours
(or Low 7-8 hours) until potatoes
are tender. In measuring cup
combine Half & Half with cornstarch;
whisk until no lumps remain – pour
into crockpot & stir. Cook on High 15
minutes. Mash part of the potatoes
for creaminess (or use an immersion
blender to puree the soup) until you
have the desired texture. Add pepper,
chopped thyme & half of crisp bacon;
stir until combined – season with salt,
to taste. Serve with remaining bacon &
shredded Cheddar cheese sprinkled
over top. Serves 8

(recipe: platedcravings.com)
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Crockpot Honey-Mustard Chicken

2-3 large boneless, skinless chicken
breasts, cut into strips
1/4 C. honey
1/2 C. spicy brown (OR) stone ground
mustard
1/4 C. orange, pineapple or apple
juice
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. cornstarch
2 T. cold water

cooked rice for 4

In a bowl mix honey, mustard,
juice & soy sauce. Place chicken
in crockpot & pour sauce over.
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours.
When chicken is done cooking,
mix cornstarch & cold water
until smooth & lump free. Quickly
stir this mixture into honey-
mustard sauce in crockpot,
stirring well to combine. Continue
cooking 2-3 minutes until sauce
has thickened.
Serve with sauce over cooked
rice.

(recipe: perdue.com)
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Cheese & Broccoli Soup

2 C. sliced fresh carrots
2 C. broccoli florets
1 C. sliced celery
1 1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. butter
3/4 C. flour
1 (10.5 oz) can condensed
chicken broth, undiluted
4 C. whole milk
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese,
cubed

In large saucepan bring 2 quarts
water to a boil. Add carrots,
broccoli & celery – cover & boil
5 minutes; drain. In same saucepan
saute onion in butter. Add flour
& stir to make a paste. Gradually
add chicken broth & milk – cook
until  mixture thickens, about
8-10 minutes. Add vegetables;
heat until tender. Add cheese;
heat until cheese is melted.
Serves 6-8 (2 quarts).

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cherry Bubble Breakfast Bake

1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
2 tsp. almond extract
2 (16.3 oz, ea) cans refrigerated
biscuits – cut in half, then cut
into thirds
1/4 C. sliced almonds
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine pie filling & almond
extract; mix well. Add biscuits &
toss until evenly coated. Spread
mixture into prepared dish evenly
& sprinkle with almonds. Bake
40-45 minutes until dough is cooked
in center. Let cool slightly. In small
bowl whisk powdered sugar & milk
until smooth – drizzle over top; serve
warm. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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Our weather has been up & down – we
did get about 1 1/2 inches of snow the
other day, but now it’s mostly all melted.
Today it’s 32 degrees F. and has been varying
from sunny to really gloomy/cloudy and windy.

Gas prices have dropped a bit to $2. 49/9

Hope you are in good health and staying
warm (for those of you in cold climates!).

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s FRIDAY!

Hello! It’s a bright, clear sunny day outside (20 degrees F.) and we just got home from a morning ‘adventure’: had to take my van in to the dealership – the front window washer hoses broke (from the cold) and IF you hit spray, it sprayed only on the passenger side and even then off the side of the car, no where near the window! (Silly me – I thought we’d be there, maybe, a half hour…) went in at 9 a.m. and finally was done somewhere around 11. Husband & I went to brunch at Village Place and saw a couple we know from church; upon leaving I saw another lady that’s in my knit group (haven’t seen her in months – she doesn’t drive in the dark), so it was a very nice trip! My tummy is full of veggie omelet & some hash browns/coffee AND I finished the mint green baby blanket – YAY! (was a little ‘bummed’ because I only took that project so when the wait became longer than I anticipated, I had nothing to do!). Also found out Wednesday that the ‘Needy’ collection for hats/scarves/mittens/gloves/socks is getting really full so they don’t need any more scarves – have the thin gray one to finish up then that project is over…back to baby hats & blankets.

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Cran-Apple Muffins

1/2 C. whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/2 tsp. grated orange peel
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/3 C. milk
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1 C. shredded, peeled tart apple
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. orange juice

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin tins with nonstick
cooking spray (OR) use muffin papers.
In small bowl combine cran. sauce &
orange peel. In large bowl combine
flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda,
baking powder & salt. Beat egg, milk &
oil in small bowl; stir into dry ingredients
just until moistened. Fold in apple & fill
muffin cups half full. Make a ‘well’ in
center of each muffin; fill with about
2 tsp. cran. mixture. Bake 18-20 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
of muffin comes out clean. Cool 5
minutes before removing from pan
to wire rack.
Glaze:
Combine powdered sugar & orange
juice; drizzle over cooled muffins.
Makes about 12 muffins

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Chicken ‘n Stuffing

1 lb. boneless chicken breast (can
also substitute boneless turkey)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 (6 oz) box stuffing mix (chicken or
turkey flavor)
1/2 C. sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt)

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray & place chicken in crockpot.
Pour dry stuffing mix over chicken. In a
bowl mix soup with sour cream & pour
over stuffing. Cover & cook on Low 4
hours.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

2 C. green bell peppers, cut into 1/2
inch dice
2 T. unsalted butter
5 C. cubed sweet bread (such as
King’s Hawaiian, or challah) cut into
1/2 inch dice
3 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lb. cooked ham, cut 1/2 inch dice
10 eggs, beaten
4 C. whole milk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. white pepper

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
skillet saute bell pepper in 2 T.
butter over medium-high heat
5 minutes. Place cubed bread in
prepared dish. Toss cooked peppers,
cheese & ham in large bowl then
spread evenly over bread cubes.
In large bowl whisk eggs. In small
bowl place salt, mustard, nutmeg &
pepper – mix a few tablespoons of
whisked egg into spices & mix with
a fork until dissolved & not lumpy.
Add mixture back into eggs & whip
to combine. Pour mixture over
bread in dish & press down slightly
so bread absorbs liquid. Bake,
uncovered, 1 hour. Increase heat
to 350 degrees F. & bake another
15 minutes until browned on top
and a knife inserted into center of
pan comes out clean. Remove from
oven & allow to rest 10 minutes
before cutting. Cut into squares &
serve. Serves 8-10

(recipe: fromthepod.com)
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Beef Minestrone Soup

2 T. olive oil
1 lb. beef stew meat, cut into
small cubes
1/4 C. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 medium potatoes, peeled/
diced
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 (16 oz) can white beans
(cannellini or Great Northern)
drained/rinsed
1 (15 oz.) can cut green beans,
undrained
1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
4 C. beef stock

In large pot or Dutch oven place
2 T. olive oil; brown meat – remove
meat & drippings (keep drippings).
Saute onion, carrots, & celery in
the olive oil & butter; add potatoes &
zucchini, one at a time, cooking each
2-3 minutes before adding next veg.
Salt/pepper between each addition,
to taste. Add beans, beef stock &
tomatoes; cover & cook on Low heat
at least 3 hours.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Cola Ham

7 lb. semi-boneless fully cooked ham
1 (12 oz) can cola
1 C. packed brown sugar
1 (20 oz) can pineapple slices
(toothpicks)

In saucepan over medium-high, heat
cola & brown sugar, stirring continuously,
until mostly combined. Place ham in
crockpot & pour cola mixture over ham.
Use toothpicks to secure pineapple slices
on ham. Cover & cook on Low 6 hours.
Remove toothpicks & pineapple slices.
Slice ham & serve with pineapple slices.
Serves 10-12

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Better-than-takeout Fried Rice

4 C. cooked brown rice (or white)
1/2 lb. boneless chicken breast,
cooked/cut into bite-sized pieces
1 C. frozen peas & carrots
1 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs
3 T. sesame oil
1/4 C. soy sauce

In large skillet heat sesame oil
on medium heat; add onion,
garlic, peas & carrots – stir fry
until tender. Add eggs & scramble
to mix with veggies then add in
rice, chicken & soy sauce. Mix all
together & remove from heat.

You can substitute cooked shrimp
for the chicken, if desired

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Apple-Filled Pound Cake

4 C. finely chopped, unpeeled
cooking apples
1/2 C. orange juice, divided
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. applesauce
1 egg
2 egg whites
2 2/3 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. milk
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. brown sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray.
In medium bowl combine apples,
1/4 C. orange juice & cinnamon-
mix well. In large bowl using elec.
mixer on Medium speed, combine
gran. sugar & applesauce for 1-2
minutes until smooth. Add whole
egg & egg whites – beat well. Slowly
add half of flour, baking powder, salt,
milk & remaining 1/4 C. orange juice.
Beat in remaining flour until batter
is well mixed; add vanilla & mix well.
Pour half of batter into prepared
Bundt pan; top with half of apple
mixture, then cover with remaining
batter. Cover batter with remaining
apple mixture & sprinkle top with
brown sugar. Bake 60-70 minutes
until a toothpick inserted near
center of pan comes out clean.
Cool in pan 15 minutes on a wire
rack then invert cake onto a serving
plate. Serves 14

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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Looking at our weather forecasts for up to next
Tuesday, it looks pretty good (then they have
SNOW predictions…sigh). Oh well, it’s ‘that’
time of year to say: “Buckle up, Buttercup –
it’s Michigan – deal with it!”

Enjoy your day!

Pammie