Bye-Bye Summer – sure wish you would stay longer!

It’s sunny out today which is a plus but looking over the weather report for our area, the ‘high’s’ aren’t what I’d call high – in low 60’s all this coming week – sigh. Yes, I KNOW that Fall follows Summer but every year I really dread it because what comes next is NOT NICE! I’ve lived in good old Michigan all my life and STILL can’t say I really like cold weather/snow/sleet/ice, etc.

Today is a kind of ‘off’ day for me, at least NOW, anyway – have to go to a funeral visitation in a few hours for one of my ‘original’ special needs students – original because she was with the group when they first started back in Fall, 1990.

The past two days were rough – babysitting my 2 1/2 hr old grandson from 7:30 a.m. – around 7/7:30 both days. Let’s just say I got a LOT of knitting done! Am halfway through a blue/green/white baby blanket and 1/4th done with the new pattern (white/pink/mint green/yellow/baby blue. Also knit up more baby booties – we now have 21 pairs done for the next donation (I usually donate them when we get to around 50 prs). We originally started donating booties Feb. 22 of this year and have given 414 pairs (not counting the current 21). I am SO proud of my ladies who give of themselves when I ask for their help – they are go generous.

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Cake:
1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 stick)
3/4 C. granulated sugar
3 large eggs, room temp
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. sour cream
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Filling:
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping:
5 T. unsalted butter, cold,
cut into cubes
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. finely chopped pecans
pinch salt
powdered sugar – for dusting

Place oven rack in center of oven
Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl cream butter & sugar
together until light & fluffy then add
eggs, one-at-a-time, mixing each egg
in completely before adding the next.
Stir in vanilla & sour cream then sift
dry ingredients on top of wet ingredients
& fold to combine.

In separate bowl, stir pumpkin, sugar, egg,
cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg until completely
combined.

In a third bowl, use a fork to combine butter with
sugar, flour, cinnamon, pecans & salt until butter
is incorporated & mixture is crumbly. Spread
batter evenly in bottom of prepared dish &
sprinkle about 1/4th of pecan crumble on top.
Spread pumpkin mixture over batter & smooth
into an even layer. Use a butter knife to gently
swirl the pumpkin mixture together with batter.
Sprinkle remaining pecan mixture evenly over
top. Bake 50-60 minutes, just until firm in center.
Remove to a rack to cool slightly. Sprinkle top
with just a bit of powdered sugar then slice
& serve. Serves 16

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Creamy Chicken & Corn Soup

1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing
1 C. chopped onion
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 Sazan Adobo seasoning with saffron
1 (14.7 oz) can cream-style corn
1 C. shredded, cooked chicken
1 T. chopped fresh parsley

In medium saucepan heat salad dressing
on medium-high heat. Add onions & peppers;
cook 5 minutes until crisp-tender, stirring
frequently. Add cream cheese & cook 5
minutes until cream cheese is completely
melted & mixture is well blended, stirring
constantly. Add broth & Adobo seasoning;
stir until blended. Stir in corn & chicken;
simmer on medium-low heat 10 minutes
until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle top with parsley when serving,
if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Jalapeno/Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread

1 stick (8 T) unsalted butter, melted
2 3/4 C. self-rising flour, sifted
2 T. sugar
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (12 oz) can or bottle lager, pilsner
or IPA-style beer, room temp
1 C. sliced pickled jalapenos

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Brush a 8 X 4 X 2 1/2″ loaf pan
with some of the melted butter.
Whisk flour, sugar & 1/2 C. cheese
in large bowl. Pour beer into a
medium bowl – add half the
remaining melted butter & whisk
together (it will get foamy). Pour
beer/butter mixture into flour
mixture & fold until just combined.
(it’s ok if there are lumps). Batter
will be relatively thick & shaggy.
Transfer to prepared loaf pan & pat
out into an even layer. Pour remaining
melted butter over batter & top with
remaining cheese & Jalapeno slices.
Bake1 hour to 1 hr 5 minutes (until
golden brown & an instant-read
thermometer inserted into center
registers 190 degrees F.)
Let loaf cool in pan on a rack for
about 15 minutes. Invert bread out
of pan & eat warm or room temp.
Makes 1 loaf

COOKS NOTE:  When measuring flour
we spoon it into a dry measuring cup
& level off the excess. Scooping
directly from the bag compacts the
flour & results in dry baked goods.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Sausage Manicotti

1 lb. uncooked bulk pork sausage
2 C. cottage cheese
1 (8 oz) box manicotti shells
1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick
cooking spray.
In large bowl combine sausage &
cottage cheese – stuff into uncooked
manicotti shells & place prepared
pan – top with marinara sauce.
Cover & bake 55-60 minutes until
a thermometer inserted into the
center of a shell reads 160 degrees F.
Uncover; sprinkle top with mozz.
cheese & bake 8-10 minutes longer
until cheese is melted. Let stand
5 minutes before serving. Serves 7

Freezing option:
Transfer individual portions
of cooled manicotti to freezer containers &
freeze. To use: partially thaw in fridge
overnight. Transfer to a microwave-safe
dish & microwave on High, stirring
occasionally & adding a little spaghetti
sauce, if necessary.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Meatloaf

2 lb. ground beef
2 C. oats or cracker crumbs
2 eggs
1 large onion (or 2 small), diced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 C. ketchup (plus extra for topping)
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In a large bowl mix all ingredients
together well. Spray insides of
crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
Press ground beef mixture into crockpot,
and make a groove down the middle. Top
with as little or much ketchup as you
desire. Cover & cook on Low 4-6 hours.
Serves 8

NOTE: Poster said she doubles the recipe.
To prepare the recipe as written, she uses
a 5-6 qt. crockpot (or to HALVE the recipe,
she uses a 2.5 or 3 qt. crockpot).

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Pork Chop Stuffing

1-2 lb. pork chops
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (6 oz) box (Stove Top) stuffing mix
2 C. chicken broth*
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In a bowl mix dry stuffing & broth
together. Place chops in bottom of
crockpot & pour soup over chops –
spread evenly. Once stuffing has
absorbed all broth, spread stuffing
evenly on top. Cover & cook on Low
4-6 hours. Serves 4

*If you like drier stuffing, reduce broth
to at least 1 1/2 C.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Honey Roasted Almonds

4 C. whole raw almonds
1/4 C. honey
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1/2 C. granulated sugar (for
dusting)
1/2 tsp. dried spice (such as:
cinnamon, cumin, chili powder,
etc) – optional
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Place 2 oven racks as close to center of
oven as possible.
Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with
parchment paper – divide almonds into
2 portions then spread evenly between
both baking sheets. Toast in oven 10 minutes.
(while almonds roast):
In a small saucepan add honey & sugar over
medium heat & bring to boil. Let mixture
bubble 2 minutes then remove from heat.

Remove almonds from oven (but leave oven
temp. at 325 degrees F.). Transfer roasted
almonds to a large bowl then pour in honey
mixture – stir to coat almonds evenly, working
quickly to avoid it from setting up.
Transfer nuts back to parchment-lined baking
sheets then spread into a thin layer, separating
nuts to avoid clumping. Return to oven & bake
15 minutes. Remove from oven & cool
completely.

Once almonds are completely cool but slightly
tacky, break up any clumps that are stuck
together. In a large bowl stir fine sea salt &
additional 1/2 C. of granulated sugar along with
any spices you might like. Add honey-roasted
almonds to the bowl then toss until completely
coated. Makes 8 servings
Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container
for several weeks.

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

2 C. flour
2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted margarine*
3/4 C. gran. sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 T. red food coloring

1/4 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment
paper. In medium bowl whisk flour,
cocoa powder, baking powder, baking
soda & salt. In another large bowl
using elec. mixer, beat margarine &
sugar together until light & fluffy. Add
eggs, one at a time, beating after each
addition then add vanilla & food
coloring. Add dry ingredients & mix
until just combined.

Place powdered sugar in a shallow
plate or pie tin.

Roll about 1 T. dough into a ball then
roll in powdered sugar – repeat with
rest of dough then re-roll each ball in
powdered sugar again. Arrange balls
about 1 inch apart on prepared sheets
& bake 10-12 minutes until cookies
have flattened & set in middle. Let cool
on trays 5 minutes then transfer to wire
rack to cool completely. Makes 2 dozen.

*Poster used Country Crock baking
sticks

(recipe: delish.com)

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Hope you’re having a good day;

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Almost forgot!

Monday my husband & I went to see the
Downton Abbey movie and thoroughly
enjoyed it! I think, even if you didn’t follow
the TV show, you would be able to follow
the movie just fine. Just seeing the costumes,
scenery, pomp & circumstance (of the King’s
visit) is enough let alone following the on-
going stories of each character. If you haven’t
gone – GO! (Now I can’t wait to see IF they
will offer it on DVD for sale – probably next
year . . . sure hope so!)

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Changes

Yesterday I was thinking about how things/events change in our lives. Sometimes it’s things we kind of expect to go on forever. I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before but recently the lady who used to receive the baby blankets for Crisis Pregnancy Center’s Mobile Unit is selling her house and moving out of state. That presented a problem for me – where would I donate all the baby blankets I knit (besides to Detroit Veteran’s Hospital’s Baby Shower which is only once a year)? I prayed on it and finally located Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Auburn Hills, MI. (I had called a few other organizations who didn’t seem the least bit interested – but when I got the rejection response I decided to ask if they had any suggestions for other places and the lady mentioned Crossroads). I have been SUPER HAPPY for days now – the lady I spoke to was VERY happy; she said; ‘We would LOVE it – our ladies LOVE those things!” That’s all I needed to hear! Their location is fairly close to the church my special needs group meets at, so I kind of know where I’m going. That response got me going looking for a new pattern to knit – new ‘place’, new project! I found a pattern I had only ‘test knit’ once; it’s called “Two-color Star Stitch” and I’ve been happily knitting on it since yesterday. I chose to make it in white, pale pink, mint green, pale yellow and medium blue (stripes of each color). The pattern is VERY easy so I’m really happy it’s coming together so nicely. (I also chose those colors because I can use up some of the baby yarn from other projects). I should also mention I texted the Crisis Preg. Lady (the one who’s moving) and her response was great: “Oh, I’m SO GLAD! I can’t say enough about how great they are!” That made me feel like it’s an answer to prayer – the blankets are going to an organization that supports LIFE.

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Blueberry Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. sugar
4 T. butter or marg. (1/2 stick)
3/4 C. buttermilk
1 egg
1 C. fresh blueberries (or can use frozen)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl mix flour,
baking powder & sugar using a whisk.
Cut in butter pieces. In a separate
bowl beat egg & milk – add dry
ingredients & mix with a spoon; fold
in blueberries & turn out onto a floured
surface. Pat dough to about 1/2 inch thick
using your hands. Cut out biscuits using
a biscuit cutter (or a buttered drinking
glass) – place on prepared sheet with
biscuits touching. Bake 15-20 minutes
until biscuits are brown on top.
Makes about 12 biscuits

Can be glazed:
1 C. powdered sugar
4-5 T. milk

In a small bowl whisk milk & sugar
until consistency to drizzle over biscuits.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Stuffed Pepper Soup

2 lb. ground beef
6 C. water
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
2 C. chopped green peppers
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. cooked long-grain rice
chopped fresh parsley, optional garnish

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook
& stir beef until no longer pink; drain. Stir
in next 8 ingredients & bring to boil. Reduce
heat; simmer, uncovered, until peppers are
tender, about 30 minutes. Add cooked rice;
simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add chopped
parsley, if desired. Serves 8 (makes 2 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Mexican Stuffed Shells

1 C. mild taco sauce
1 C. mild salsa
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
3/4 C. onion, finely diced
1 packet dry taco seasoning mix
1 (12 oz) box jumbo shell pasta,
cooked accordg. to pkg. directions
2 C. shredded cheese (poster used
a blend of Cheddar & Monterey Jack)
2 T. chopped cilantro

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Place taco sauce & salsa
in a bowl & stir to combine-spread in an
even layer in bottom of prepared pan.
Heat vegetable oil in large pan over medium
heat; add onion & cook 3-4 minutes until
translucent. Add gr. beef & taco seasoning –
cook, breaking up meat into small pieces.
Cook 5-6 minutes until beef is cooked
through. Fill pasta shells with beef mixture &
place in prepared pan on top of sauce. Sprinkle
cheese on top. Bake , uncovered, 20 minutes
until cheese is melted & sauce is bubbly.
Sprinkle top with chopped cilantro & serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

2 medium zucchini
1/2 C. flour (optional)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil & spray
with nonstick cooking spray. In
a small bowl combine bread crumbs,
Parm. cheese, salt/pepper, paprika,
garlic powder & Ital. seasoning.
Cut off ends of zucchini; cut zucchini
in half then cut into 1/2 inch wide
strips (or wedges). Coat zucchini with flour
(if desired). Dip strips in beaten egg &
shake off excess. Dredge zucchini in bread
crumb mixture & place on prepared sheet-
repeat with rest of ‘fries’. Spray top of
‘fries’ with nonstick cooking spray &
bake 22-25 minutes until golden brown
& crisp. Turn over halfway through baking
time. Serves 4

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Mexican Sausage Balls
(appetizer)

1 lb. pork sausage
2 C. Bisquick baking mix
2 C. shredded Mexican cheese
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (4 oz) jar green chilies, drained
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray.
In large bowl mix all ingredients
together & shape into walnut-sized
balls. Place on baking sheet & cook
25-30 minutes. Makes 6 servings

Salsa Verde Dipping Sauce:

1 C. sour cream
4 T. salsa verde

Mix sauce ingredients together &
serve in a bowl with sausage balls

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Pimento/Cream Cheese Appetizer Spread

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (4 oz) jar pimientos, well-drained
3 green onions, chopped
2 T. finely chopped seeded jalapeno
peppers
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crackers, for dipping
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In large bowl mix all ingredients until
well blended. Serve with crackers for
dipping. Makes 16 servings

NOTE: Can be made ahead & refrigerated
up to 24 hours before serving

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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No-Bake Apple Yum-Yum

1 1/2 C. cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
6 T. salted butter, melted
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. plus 3 T. granulated sugar, divided
2 C. heavy whipping cream (1 pint) NOTE:
you can use Cool Whip defrosted instead)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 (21 oz) can apple pie filling (open can &
use a knife to slice apples in the can)

In medium bowl combine melted butter &
graham crumbs. (NOTE: set aside 2 T. crumbs for
topping). Spread rest of crumbs in a 9 X 9″ baking
pan – push down crumbs to make a flat layer. Combine
cream cheese with 1/2 C. sugar using an elec. mixer.
In another bowl combine heavy whipping cream, 3 T.
sugar & vanilla – using an elec. mixer, whip until stiff
peaks form. (skip this step if using Cool Whip). Combine
cream cheese mixture with whpd. cream, by hand,
until well combined. Spread half of mixture evenly
over crust. Evenly spread cut apple filling over whpd.
cream layer. Top with remaining cream cheese/whipd
cream mixture & spread evenly. Top with reserved
graham crumbs. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight
before slicing & serving. Serves 8

NOTE: to up the cinnamon level add about 1 tsp. cinnamon
to graham cracker crumbs (OR) if you can’t find cinnamon
graham crackers

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Hope you have a GREAT DAY!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: I realize my above comments about LIFE could be

considered controversial but I am a mother of three

ADOPTED sons – I was never able to conceive, so

adoption v/s abortion is a very important subject to me.

Totally Amazing!

Above is the total of knit/crochet/sewn/quilted items donated to Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Baby Shower: 316 items! I was in awe of all the beautifully crafted items from blankets, hats, booties, headbands, mittens, outfits, etc.: the ladies truly outdid our past donations. All of these items came from my knit group as well as our local library knit/crochet group and even some from ladies who knit in another knit group PLUS a donation of 7 quilts from one of our ladie’s churches! I would post all the photos but they are too numerous to do so (23!). It was a boisterous, loud, fun-filled evening. We were even able to donate another 51 pairs of baby booties to the other charity that create burial outfits for babies. I am so proud of my friends!

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Peanut Butter Lunch Lady Cookie Bars

2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 C. peanut butter, divided
1 1/2 C. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 C.  milk + 2 T., divided
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
4 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a large cookie sheet with
nonstick cooking spray (or line with
parchment paper.) In large bowl mix
all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking
soda, salt). In another bowl whisk 1/2 C.
milk, vanilla, eggs. In a saucepan melt
1 C. (2 sticks) butter & 1 C. peanut butter &
bring to boil. Remove from heat & slowly
add dry ingredients followed by milk/egg
mixture – mix until well combined. Pour onto
cookie sheet, spread evenly to edges. Bake
20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Cool completely
before frosting.
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Frosting:
1 stick butter
1/2 C. peanut butter
2 T. milk
4 C. powdered sugar

In a saucepan bring butter & peanut butter
to a boil. Add milk & slowly mix in powdered
sugar until well combined. Pour frosting over
cake, spreading evenly to edges. Allow to cool
& set before serving.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Zucchini Quiche w/Bacon &
Hash Brown Crust

Crust:
3 C. refrigerated or frozen hash
browns, thawed/patted dry
2 T. olive oil
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Quiche Filling:

1/2 C. bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 shallot, diced
1 medium zucchini
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 eggs, room temp.
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 C. shredded cheese (Sharp Cheddar,
Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Dubliner,
Pepper Jack – or a combination of 2
or more)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 inch pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. Grate zucchini onto a
clean kitchen towel & squeeze dry,
removing as much excess liquid as possible.

In medium bowl combine hash browns,
olive oil, butter, salt/pepper – toss to
combine. Press mixture firmly into bottom & up
sides of prepared pie plate, forming a crust.
(Make sure it goes all the way up the sides
b/c it will shrink some while baking)
Bake 20-25 minutes until edges are golden
brown.
REDUCE oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
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Filling:
Cook bacon in large saute pan over medium-
high heat until crispy, 6-8 minutes on each
side. Remove from skillet & crumble. Remove
all but 1 T. of bacon grease from skillet. Add
diced shallots & saute over medium heat 3-4
minutes until translucent & soft. Add shredded
zucchini – turn heat to High. Season with salt/
pepper & cook 3-5 more minutes, stirring
occasionally. Combine flour, baking powder &
salt in small bowl. In separate bowl, beat eggs
until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in Greek
yogurt until combined & smooth. Add in
grated cheese, flour mixture, bacon &
zucchini mixture – stir until combined. Pour
filling into hash brown crust & bake 35-40
minutes until center is set, top is puffed &
golden brown and a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Let stand several
minutes before removing from pan & serving.
Can also be eaten at room temperature or
chilled. Serves 8

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Zucchini Pancakes

2 medium zucchini, about 3/4 lb.
2 T. grated red onion
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
6-8 T. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
unsalted butter
vegetable oil

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Grate zucchini into a bowl using
large grating side of a box grater.
Immediately stir in onion & eggs.
Stir in 6 T. flour, baking powder,
salt & pepper. (if batter gets too
thin from zucchini liquid, add remaining
2 T. flour). Heat a large (10-12 inch)
sauce pan over medium heat &
melt 1/2 T. butter & 1/2 T. veg. oil
in pan. When butter is hot but not
smoking, lower heat to medium-low
& drop heaping soup spoons of
batter into pan. Cook pancakes
about 2 minutes on each side until
browned. Place cooked pancakes
on a sheet pan & keep warm in oven.
Wipe out pan with a dry paper towel;
add more butter & oil to pan &
continue to fry pancakes until all
batter is used. Pancakes can stay
warm in oven up to 30 minutes.
Serve hot. Makes 10 (3 inch) pancakes

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Crustless Pizza
NOTE: poster used a 5-6 qt.
crockpot

2 lb. ground beef
garlic salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
dried minced onion, to taste
1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce
2 C. shredded pizza-blend cheese
PLUS
your favorite pizza toppings

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Brown beef & season in a skillet
over medium-high heat; drain. Place
beef & cheese in a bowl & mix to
combine. Evenly spread beef mixture
in crockpot & pour pizza sauce on top –
spread out evenly. Top with pizza cheese &
toppings. Cover & cook on Low around
4 hours. Serves 8-10

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

3 acorn squash
2 T. olive oil, divided
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
6 cloves garlic, peeled/left whole
3 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
4 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground sage
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. allspice
1 C. heavy cream
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. red wine vinegar

Optional garnishes:
shredded Parmesan cheese
roasted pumpkin seeds
fresh parsley, chopped
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Preheat oven 400 degrees
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Slice each squash length-
wise end-to-end; scrape seeds out-
discard seeds. Drizzle 1 T. oil over sqaush &
season to taste with salt/pepper. Place each
half cut-side down on sheet. Wrap garlic in
foil & place on sheet. Roast 1 hour until
softened & beginning to collapse. Remove &
set aside to cool.
When cool enough to handle, scrape flesh
from rinds & add flesh to large bowl along
with garlic cloves. Place a Dutch oven or soup
pot over medium-high heat – add diced bacon &
saute until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove
bacon from pan & place on paper towel to drain.
Remove bacon fat from pan, leaving about 1 T.
in pot – return to heat. Add onion & cook 3 minutes
until translucent. Add broth, a little at a time,
scraping up any brown bits on bottom of pot. Add
squash, garlic, ginger, sage, cayenne & allspice –
bring to boil; simmer 5 minutes. Puree soup in a
blender in small batches (or use immersion blender).
NOTE: If using blender, do not fill blender more than
half full – hot soup can blow the lid off if you put
too much in. Return soup to pot; stir in cream,
Worsch. sauce & vinegar – bring to a simmer. Add
salt/pepper & taste. Serve with your choice of
garnishes. Serves 12

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Quick Mushroom Chicken Bake

1 1/4 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast
halves
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1 T. vegetable oil
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
2/3 C. milk
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/8 tsp. black pepper
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3 C. hot, cooked white rice/pasta or
mashed potatoes
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Season chicken with lemon pepper.
Heat oil in 10-inch skillet & add chicken.
Cook 10 minutes until well browned on
both sides. Place chicken in a 2-quart
baking dish. Stir soup, mushrooms, milk,
cheese & garlic in a small bowl. Season
with black pepper & pour mixture over
chicken. Bake 30 minutes until chicken
is cooked through. Serve chicken & sauce
with rice. Serves 4

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Cookie Dough Dip

1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. milk or cream
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. mini chocolate chips
plus more for garnish

Dippers:
vanilla wafers
graham crackers
shortbread cookies
pretzel sticks
strawberries

In a mixing bowl using elec.
beaters, place butter & cream
cheese – beat until smooth & creamy.
Add milk & beat until smooth. Add
brown sugar, powdered sugar &
vanilla – beat until smooth. Using
a spatula, fold in choc. chips &
spoon into a serving bowl. Top
with additionaly choc. chips &
serve. Serves 12

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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This is the middle of a VERY busy week; I’m tired/exhausted
but also extremely happy/honored at all that came about
with my knit groups.

Our weather is staying ‘Summer-like’ with temps in the
high 70’s, which is VERY nice.

Hope you have a GREAT ‘rest of the week’!

Hugs;

Pammie

The Ups and Downs in a Day

Today is another ‘wrapping things up’ day – I knit for Crisis Pregnancy Center’s mobile unit and had 6 blankets ready for pick-up/delivery – the lovely lady who meets me to pick them up has been under a lot of pressure/stress lately with selling their house, moving and, recently, the death of her mother. I have been blessed by her, many times – this time she agreed to allow me to donate ‘their’ blankets to the Detroit Vet’s Baby shower coming up next Tuesday. I knew she was really stressed and didn’t want to add to it – this way the blankets go to a good cause.

Along with that I’ve started knitting for homeless or needy people – mostly scarves. I have 4 done, 1 man’s ‘loomed’ hat and another one almost done. Working on these, I tend to forget that it’s not one of my favorite ‘knits’ – I’ve decided that, sometimes, you just have to go with what’s comfortable for YOU! I will finish these and donate them – maybe, later on in the Fall/Winter I’ll take it up again – maybe . . .

Two of the scarves for donation

The completed baby blankets for Detroit Vets

Getting things together for next week’s Vet’s baby shower – trying to remember all the ‘little things’ like extra ink pens, extra small crochet hooks (to help place the name tags on the items), enough name tags for all the donated items, etc.

Another ‘fun thing’ – this Wednesday morning our Library Knit Group will be having a pot luck! One of our ladies suggested it to the head librarian and she set it up! This is a ‘first’ for us; I’m bringing BBQ’d pork & buns for sandwiches. I know we will be eating well because of all the items listed on the sign up sheet. (In case you wondered, I ‘cheated’ & went to Gordon Food Services for their frozen pulled pork – I’ll cook it before time, mix with Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet Vidalia onion BBQ sauce & place it in my crockpot to keep warm – that should work!)

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Eclair Cake

Cake:
1 box chocolate graham crackers
2 (3 1/4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 C. creamy peanut butter
3 1/2 C. milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Frosting:
1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 T. butter, melted
2 T. white corn syrup
1/2 C. powdered sugar
2-3 T. milk
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(optional garnish:
mini peanut butter cups)
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Cake:

Spray bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Place one
layer of graham crackers on bottom,
breaking to completely cover bottom.
In a medium bowl mix pudding mix,
peanut butter & milk using an elec.
mixer – mix 2 minutes then fold in
Cool Whip. Spread half mixture on
top of first layer of crackers. Place a
second layer of crackers on top &
spoon remaining pudding mix on top.
Finish with third layer of crackers.

Prepare frosting ingredients & spread
on top of last layer of crackers, spreading
all the way to the edges. Refrigerate
overnight (so crackers become soft &
moist).
Optional garnish: mini peanut butter cups
Slice & serve

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Zucchini Corn Risotto

4 T. butter
3 T. olive oil
1 lb. zucchini, sliced into quarter-inch
slices (cut large slices in half)
3 ears fresh corn, (2-3 C) removed
from cobs
1 C. diced sweet onion (like Vidalia)
1 T. fresh minced garlic
1 C. arborio rice
1/3 C. white wine (poster used Chardonnay)
2 1/2 to 2 3/4 C. chicken stock, hot
1/2 C. heavy cream (heated past room temp.
but not scorching hot)
3/4 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt (if needed)

In 4-5 qt. heavy-bottomed pan, over medium
to medium-high heat, melt 1 T. butter in 1 T.
olive oil. Once hot, add half the zucchini & cook
without touching – for 2 minutes. Flip pieces over
& cook 2 more minutes then remove to a bowl.
Add another T. each of butter & oil – once hot,
cook second half of zucchini & remove to bowl.
Add another T. butter; once melted, add corn &
saute 2 minutes – place in bowl. Add remaining
butter & oil (once butter melts), add onions &
cook 2 minutes. Add garlic & cook 1 more minute.
Add rice & cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add wine;
once evaporated, add 1 C. stock & half the cream.
Stir constantly; once the liquid has been absorbed,
ad 1/2 C. stock & remaining cream – stir until that
liquid has been absorbed. Add another 1/2 C. stock
& stir/cook until absorbed. Add another 1/2 C.
stock; once that has been evaporated, remove from
heat & test the rice. If it is cooked – do not add final
quarter C. stock – IF if still has some ‘chew’, stir in
last of the stock.Cover & leave off heat 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, stir in Parm. cheese, basil & pepper.
Taste & decide if salt is needed. Stir in zucchini &
corn – serve. Serves 8

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Cherry Tomato Salad

4 C. cherry or grape tomatoes,
halved
2 C. fresh mozzarella balls, halved
1/4 C. red onion, minced
1/4 C. chopped fresh herbs, such as:
parsley, basil, chives, green onions,
oregano
1/4 C. olive oil
1 1/2 T. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper, to taste

Place tomatoes, mozz. balls, red onion
& herbs in a large bowl. In small bowl
whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar,
oregano, garlic powder & salt/pepper.
Pour dressing over tomato mixture &
gently toss to coat evenly. Serves 6

(recipe: dinenratthezoo.com)
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Creamy Zucchini/Spinach Pasta Bake

3 C. cavatappi pasta, uncooked
1 onion, chopped
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half,
then sliced crosswise
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (6 oz) pkg. baby spinach leaves
1 (24 oz) jar (Classico) Marinara with
plum tomatoes & olive oil pasta sauce
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Cook pasta as directed on pkg,
omitting salt. In large skillet cook
& stir onions over medium heat
3-4 minutes until crisp-tender. Add
zucchini & mushrooms, cook 3-4
minutes until zucchini is crisp-
tender, stirring frequently. Add
half the spinach; cook 2-3 minutes
until just wilted – repeat with
remaining spinach; remove from
heat.
Drain pasta; add to veg. mixture in
skillet along with pasta sauce, ricotta,
Ital. seasoning & 1 C. mozzarella – mix
lightly. Spoon mixture into prepared
pan & top with remaining mozzarella.
Bake 20-25 minutes until casserole is
heated through & mozzarella is melted.
Serves 12

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Southern Bacon-fried Cabbage

6 slices bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large head cabbage, cored/chopped
2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Cook bacon in large skillet over meidum-
high heat until crisp. Remove bacon to
paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 2 T.
bacon grease & discard rest. In same skillet
with reserved 2 T. grease, cook onion until
soft (about 4 minutes) on medium-high heat.
Add garlic & cook 1 more minute. Stir in
cabbage & continue to cook & stir 4-5 minutes.
Add salt/pepper, onion & garlic powders –
mix well. Reduce heat to Low, cover & allow
to simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30
minutes. Just before serving mix bacon into
cooked cabbage. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes.com)
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Crockpot Meatball Parmesan (low carb)
(makes 24 meatballs)

2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 C. marinara sauce
2 T. dried minced onion (or freeze-
dried shallots)
2 tsp. minced garlic (or freeze dried)
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
3/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
salt/pepper, to taste

Additional marinara & shredded
mozzarella, to taste
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Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray. In large bowl mix marinara sauce
with meat, onion, garlic, Parm. cheese,
eggs & seasonings. Form mixture into
24 meatballs & place in crockpot, stacking
lightly, if necessary. Cover & cook on High
2-3 hours until meatballs are cooked through.
Remove meatballs from crockpot & set
aside any you would like to freeze.

To serve:
Toss meatballs in additional marinara &
place over your favorite cooked pasta –
top with cheese.

To freeze:
Place meatballs in a single layer on a
cookie sheet & freeze a few hours then
transfer to a freezer bag.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Lazy Day Lasagna

1 lb. dry lasagna noodles
1 lb. lean ground beef (or half
beef/half pork), browned/drained
1 (24 oz) jar marinara OR pasta
sauce
2/3 C. water
1 (15 oz.) tub ricotta or cottage
cheese
12 oz. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray
Spread 2/3 rds of sauce on
bottom of pan; top with dry
lasagna noodles (you can break
some to fit). Pour remaining sauce
into pan with browned meat (add
water to jar, cover with lid, shake
& pour into skillet) – stir in. Simmer
5 minutes. Scatter about 1/3 of
ricotta cheese on top of noodles in
pan; sprinkle about 3 oz. shredded
mozz. cheese on top & top with
about 1/3rd of meat sauce. Add
another layer noodles & press down
slightly. Repeat with ricotta/mozz.
cheese & meat sauce  – TWO more
times. Top with remaining mozz.
cheese & sprinkle top with Italian
seasoning. Cover tightly with foil &
bake 45 minutes until noodles are
fork-tender. (The additional water &
steam created by covering with foil
will cook the noodles). Remove foil
& bake another 7-8 minutes until
cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven
& let rest at least 15 minute before
serving. Serves 8

(recipe: momonttimeout.com)
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NO-Bake Cherry Cookies

2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter, cubed
6 T. 2% milk
3 T. baking cocoa
1 C. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract
3 C. quick-cooking oats
1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries,
well drained/finely chopped
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Spread several sheets of waxed
paper on the counter (for later).
In large saucepan combine sugar, butter,
milk & cocoa – bring to boil, stirring
constantly – cook & stir 3 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in peanut
butter & extracts until blended. Stir
in oats & cherries. Drop by Tablespoonfuls
onto waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.
Makes about 5 1/2 dozen.
Store in air-tight containers.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather has been kind of hard to predict
lately – today it’s really chilly (to me, anyway) –
right now it’s 68 degrees F., cloudy and gray. The
strange thing is: this WEDS. it’s supposed to get
up to 84 degrees F! (then showers likely) – sigh.
Looks like Weds. night-Friday is showers &
thunderstorms – oh, great . . . sigh.

Hope you are having a GREAT start to your
week!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Sunday!

On & off rain here lately – fortunately, it’s mostly been at night! We had a pretty windy/heavy storm last night and are supposed to be getting more today. The ‘good’ thing about that? I don’t have to remember to water my outdoor hanging flower baskets!

Not much new around here, almost done with the pink baby blanket, 3/4ths done with the chevron blanket and – (getting bored) – started a man’s winter scarf the other day with very heavy (donated) yarn. I don’t usually use thick yarn OR big knitting needles, so this is an ‘experience’ for me. The needles I’m using are size 15 (I usually use a 6 or 8) – the yarn colors remind me of a German Shepherd dog – black/various browns & a medium grey mixture – it will make a nice, heavy scarf (if I don’t go crazy knitting it!)

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For all of you who just want a ‘little’ dessert:

Choc. Chip Cookie-in-a-Mug
Makes 1

1 T. real butter, salted or unsalted
small pinch salt
1 T. granulated sugar
1 T. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk
3 T. flour
2 T. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place butter in microwave-safe mug
& melt – (about 20 seconds) Stir in salt,
white & brown sugars & vanilla. Add egg
yolk; stir well then add flour. Stir again &
add choc. chips. Stir & microwave approx.
40 seconds

NOTE: cookie will continue to cook when
you take it out – let it cool slightly then eat.
You can also add a little ice cream on top.
-No baking soda or baking powder needed
-there is enough butter to keep it from sticking
to sides of mug.
-Can also be made in a small microwave-safe bowl
or ramekin.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Crockpot Squash Au Gratin
(low carb)

1/4 C. melted butter
1 T. minced garlic
1 medium zucchini, sliced thin
1 medium yellow squash, sliced thin
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. pork rinds, crushed finely
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Pour butter in bottom of crockpot;
sprinkle garlic evenly over butter.
In large bowl mix mayo, sour cream, 1/2
C. cheese, pork rinds, squash &
zucchini – pour mixture into crockpot
& spread out evenly. Top with
remaining cheese. Cover & cook on
High 3-4 hours until squash is tender
& edges are golden brown.
Serves 6-8

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Easy BLT Pasta Salad

12 oz. elbow (or other short) pasta
9 strips bacon, cooked crisp/rough chopped
1 C. Ranch salad dressing
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded/diced
2 C. romaine lettuce, cut into
bite-sized pieces
2 T. chives, chopped

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
until al dente; drain & rinse under cold
water until cooled. In large bowl mix
cooled pasta & ranch dressing, stir to
coat. Add most of tomatoes, lettuce
& most of bacon – gently stir to combine
& coat all ingredients. Garnish top of dish
with reserved tomatoes, bacon & chives.
Serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken

4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 strips thick-cut bacon cut into
bite-sized pieces
3/4 C. prepared Ranch salad dressing
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Preheat grill to Medium-high heat (about
375 degrees F.)
Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets
parchment paper & use a heavy rolling
pin or pan to pound chicken to an even
thickness. Drizzle chicken with oil & season
with salt/pepper & garlic powder on both
sides. Grill chicken about 5-7 minutes per
side until internal temperature reaches 160
degrees F.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-
high heat until crisp; drain all but 1 T. grease.
Return bacon & grease to stove top. Turn
heat to Low & add ranch dressing, stirring
to form a sauce. Add grilled chicken to pan
& coat with sauce, letting simmer 1-2 minutes.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Grilled Campfire Potatoes
(can also be made in oven)

1 lb. sweet onions (like Vidalia), peeled/
cut into 1/4″ slices
2 T. fresh garlic, chopped
2 lb. russet potatoes, peeled/sliced into
1/4″ slices
2 T. olive oil
4 T. melted butter
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. fresh thyme, chopped
1 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. paprika

Heat grill to maintain a closed cover
temp. of 350 degrees F. (OR) heat
oven to same temp.
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Lay out two 30″ long sheets foil on top
of each other, shiny sides up*
Place 2 pieces of parchment paper next
to each other over the foil. Sprinkle onions &
garlic over parchment.
In large bowl place sliced potatoes, oil, butter,
salt/pepper, thyme, rosemary & paprika – toss.
Lay in single layer over onions & garlic. Fold up
sides of foil/parchment & crimp together in
center then fold up & crimp ends. Make several
slits in top for steam. Place packet on grill with
cover closed (OR) in oven. Cook 30 minutes.
Remove & serve. Serves 6

*Interesting fact: Shiny side of foil reflects heat
& dull side absorbs heat. (information from the
manufacturing of tin foil.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Zucchini Quiche

Hash Brown Crust:
3 C. refrigerated or frozen hash
browns, thawed/patted dry
2 T. olive oil
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Quiche Filling:
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked/crumbled
(reserve 1 T. bacon grease in pan)
1 shallot, diced (or onion)
1 medium zucchini, grated (squeezed
dry)*
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 eggs, room temp.
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 C. shredded cheese (sharp Cheddar,
Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack
or a combination of 2 or more)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Crust:

Spray a 9″ pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. In medium bowl combine
hash browns, olive oil, butter, salt/pepper –
toss to combine. Bake 20-25 minutes until
edges are golden brown.
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Reduce oven temp. to 350 degrees F.
Filling:
In skillet used for bacon add diced shallots &
saute over medium heat 3-4 minutes until
translucent & soft. Add shredded zucchini;
turn heat to High. Season with salt/pepper &
cook 3-5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
In small bowl combine flour, baking powder &
salt. In a separate bowl beat eggs until fluffy,
2-3 minutes. Whisk in Greek yogurt until smooth.
Add grated cheese, flour mixture, bacon &
zucchini mixture – stir until combined. Pour
filling into crust & bake 35-40 minutes until
center is set, the top is puffed & golden brown
AND a toothpick inserted into center comes out
clean. Remove from oven & allow to cool
several minutes before removing from pan &
serving.
Can be eaten at room temp. or chilled.
Serves 8

*Shredded Zucchini:
Grate zucchini onto a clean kitchen
towel & squeeze dry, removing as
much excess liquid as possible.

(recipe: amomontimeout.com)
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Blueberry Kuchen

1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 C. whole milk
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. fresh or frozen blueberries

Topping:
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In a
bowl combine first 6 ingredients. Add
milk, butter, egg & vanilla – beat 2
minutes until well blended. Pour into
prepared dish & sprinkle top with
blueberries. In a bowl combine sugar &
flour. Add butter & toss with a fork until
crumbly – sprinkle over top of blueberries.
Bake 40 minutes until lightly browned.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Samoa Sheet Cake

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter
1 C. water
4 T. cocoa
1/2 C. butter-flavored shortening
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

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

Toppings;
2 1/2 C. sweetened coconut
8 oz. wrapped caramels (unwrapped)
2 T. milk
3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
On large cookie sheet pour 2 1/2 C.
coconut – spread out evenly.  Bake
5-6 minutes – stir a few times while
toasting & watch closely so it doesn’t
burn – remove from oven & cool.

Turn oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
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In large bowl add flour & sugar – toss to
combine. In medium saucepan add butter, water,
cocoa & shortening – bring to a boil over medium-
high heat, stirring continually – pour into flour/
sugar mixture & mix 30 seconds (using elec. mixer).
Add buttermilk & mix into batter. Add baking soda,
salt, eggs & vanilla – mix 1 minute, making sure to
scrape bottom of bowl using rubber spatula so all
dry ingredients are incorporated. Spray large rimmed
cookie sheet (poster’s is 17 1/2 X 12 1/2″) with nonstick
cooking spray & pour batter onto sheet. Bake 20
minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes
out clean.  While cake bakes, prepare frosting:
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Frosting:
In a large microwave-safe bowl place butter & milk – heat
to boiling. Add caramel sauce, powdered sugar, vanilla &
dash salt – whisk using a fork until smooth (it will be thin).
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When cake is still warm from oven poke holes all over cake
with a fork – pour prepared frosting over top of cake & smooth
out. Immediately sprinkle toasted coconut on top of frosting.
Place unwrapped in microwave bowl. Add 2 T. milk (or evap.
milk) to caramels & microwave 30 seconds. Stir & heat again
in 30-second intervals until caramel has melted & is smooth.
Drizzle over top of coconut.
Place milk choc. chips in a glass measuring cup & microwave
in 30-second increments, stirring after each. Add 1/2 tsp.
shortening & stir to combine. When melted, drizzle over
top of caramel on cake. NOTE: you can serve cake at this
point but if you like a cake that slices well –
refrigerate cake at least 1 hour before slicing & serving.
Serves 16-20

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

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Hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Setting things straight

Ah, the ‘fun’ of paying household bills – right? I do my bill paying on line with my bank. Over the years, several times, we’ve run into a problem. This time it was getting a $10.98 late fee tacked on to my garbage pick up bill – except I PAID ON TIME through my bank! The very next day we get an automated phone call informing us if said bill is not paid they will cancel our service! NO! Several phone calls (with REAL people) later I am now sending them a printed copy of my bank statement saying it was not only paid on time but there should be NO late fee! The nice lady agreed and now the ‘proof’ is in the mail. UGH! Makes me crazy – you think you’re doing the right thing only to find out – not always. In this case it’s either the Bank or the Post Office’s fault – ugh.

Keeping busy these days attempting to finish the two baby blankets I posted photos of in an earlier post. Today I decided on the final yarn color for the Chevron blanket – am ‘almost’ to the middle of that blanket and about 3/4ths done with the pink lace one. I have 5 weeks before they need to be done. On another good note-was able to get in touch with the lady in charge of picking up the baby blankets for Crisis Pregnancy Mobile Unit. She’s been out of state and will be moving, so this might be my last delivery for that charity. (No worries – there are ALWAYS more charities). Also got in touch with the person in charge of the Food Closet at the church I have my special needs group at. They said they are happy to get more scarves & hats for the homeless (at the end of last year’s ‘season’ they weren’t sure they were going to continue it because they only had about 10 families involved and ALL had received knitted items). Once I’m done with the two baby blankets I’ll start working on scarves – always a nice ‘change’ of pace in knitting. Since our last knit group “Yarn Swap” I have several yarns awaiting the scarves project so I’m a bit excited to get started! (Yes, it takes very small things to make me happy).

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Streuseled Zucchini Bundt Cake

2 C. shredded zucchini, patted dry
1 1/3 C. plain yogurt
3/4 C. sugar
2 large egg whites, room temp.
1/3 C. canola oil
1 large egg, room temp.
4 tsp. vanilla, divided
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. dry bread crumbs
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/3 C. chopped walnuts
1/3 C. raisins
1 T. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
3/4 C. powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 10″ Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray & sprinkle with dry bread
crumbs.
In large bowl beat zucchini, yogurt,
sugar, egg whites, oil, 1 egg & 3 tsp.
vanilla until well blended.
In small bowl combine flour, baking
powder, baking soda & salt; gradually
beat into zucchini mixture until
blended. Pour 1/3 of batter into
prepared pan.
In small bowl combine brown sugar,
nuts, raisins, cinnamon & allspice –
sprinkle half over batter. Top with
another 1/3 batter & sprinkle with
remaining brown sugar mixture – top
with remaining batter.
Bake 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean. Cool
10 minutes before removing from pan to
a wire rack to cool completely.
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In a small bowl combine powdered sugar,
remaining vanilla & enough milk to achieve
desired ‘drizzle’ consistency – drizzle over
cooled cake.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pea & Peanut Salad

2 1/2 C. frozen peas (about 10 oz),
thawed
1 C. dry roasted peanuts
1 C. chopped celery
6 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. prepared Zesty Italian
salad dressing

In large bowl combine first 5 ingredients.
In small bowl mix mayo & salad dressing –
stir into salad. Refrigerate, covered,
until ready to serve. Makes 4 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sweet & Hot Shrimp Tacos

3/4 C. Sweet chili sauce*
2 T. honey
40 medium-sized shrimp (pre-cooked/
tails off)
6 corn tortillas
olive oil
salt
Mexican cheese blend, shredded
chopped lettuce
chopped tomatoes

Heat medium skillet over medium-
high heat. Pour 3/4 C. sweet chili
sauce into pan; add 2 T. honey – stir
to combine & heat through. Add shrimp
to sauce; stir, making sure all shrimp are
coated. Heat, just until shrimp are warm.
(Do not over cook).
Heat a large skillet over medium-high
heat. Add about 1/2 T. olive oil to pan;
add a few corn tortillas (as many as will
fit pan) – sprinkle them with a little salt &
allow them to get golden brown; flip over
& brown other size. Remove to a serving
plate & top with saucy shrimp, cheese,
lettuce & tomato. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 tacos

*You can find Sweet Chili sauce in most
grocery stores in the Asian aisle.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Grilled Root Vegetables

12-15 large carrots, peeled
1 head garlic, peeled
1 large white onion, cut into
1″ pieces
small potatoes, leave whole
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 T. butter
2 T. freshly chopped parsley (optional)
(large disposable foil cooking pan)

Preheat grill to 350 degrees F.
Spray insides of foil pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Add carrots, garlic, onion &
potatoes to pan. Pour 1 T. olive oil over
vegs & toss to coat. Add paprika & garlic
salt – toss to coat. Cover pan tightly with
foil & place on hot grill. Cook 20 minutes,
then carefully unwrap & stir. Rotate pan,
cover & cook 15-20 minutes more until
veggies are crisp-tender. Watch so they
don’t burn. Add 1 T. butter & 2 T. parsley –
taste & adjust seasonings-garlic salt.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Bacon/Mushroom/Swiss Chicken

3 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled (reserve
drippings)
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
6 slices Swiss cheese
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Pour reserved bacon grease in a skillet &
heat over medium heat. Place chicken in
warmed grease & cook 3-5 minutes until
slightly golden (turn once). Spray insides of
crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
Place chicken in crockpot & cover with
mushrooms. Pour soup into skillet (undiluted),
warm then pour over chicken. Cover & cook
on Low 4-5 hours; check chicken for doneness.
Place a slice of Swiss cheese on top of each
chicken breast; sprinkle with bacon & turn
crockpot heat to High. Cover & cook 10-15
minutes until cheese is melted. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Kielbasa w/
Garlic Rice

2 T. olive oil
1 (13 oz) pkg. smoked kielbasa sausage,
cut into 1/2″ slices
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
1/2 C. pineapple chunks
1 (8 oz) bottle sweet & sour sauce
2 (7 oz, ea) pkgs. Minute Ready to
Serve Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine rice

In nonstick skillet heat olive oil over
medium heat. Add kielbasa-cook 2-3
minutes, flipping over, until both sides
are nicely browned. Add onion & bell
pepper – cook 5-6 minutes longer. Stir
in pineapple & sweet/sour sauce – heat
2-3 minutes.

Prepare rice accordg. to pkg. directions.
Place rice on a dish & spoon kielbasa
mixture on top. Serves 4

(recipe: whoneedsacape.com)
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Blueberry/Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
Parfaits

6 (4 oz) jars (or parfait glasses
3/4 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. lemon zest & 3 T. juice (from 1
lemon) divided
1 T. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, divided
2/3 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 crushed shortbread cookies
1/2 C. blueberries
1/2 C. blueberry jam

In small microwaveable bowl pour
lemon juice & water – sprinkle gelatin
on top & microwave on High 45 seconds
until gelatin is completely dissolved when
stirred. Cool 3 minutes
In large bowl using elec. mixer beat cream
cheese until light & fluffy. Add geletin
mixture; beat until blended. Gently stir in
Cool Whip & lemon zest. Press cookie
crumbs into bottoms of jars/glasses &
top with layers of blueberries, jam &
cream cheese mixture. Cover with lids
(or clear plastic wrap) & refrigerate 2
hours. Serves 6

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)

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Our weather has been “OK” except last night
THREE TIMES in very quick time our cell
phones were BOMBED with Emergency
FLOOD ALERTS! The funny thing is – we don’t
have any BIG water around here to be worried
about flooding! (there was a small ‘river’ of
water going down my driveway during the
rains, but nothing REALLY to worry about!)
Go figure!  The temperatures are in the mid
to high 70’s which is nice  – not too hot, not
too cold – in my eyes: JUST PERFECT!

No big plans for the day, no knit group
tonight; dinner is leftover chicken pot pie.
Tomorrow is library knit & my special
needs group, Thurs. is babysitting at 2 p.m.
My oldest son & his family have been on a
VERY MUCH NEEDED vacation last week to
Myrtle Beach, North Carolina so this will
be the first time I will see them in almost 2 weeks.
Just glad they were able to ‘get away’ as both
of them have very high stress jobs. Time with
their kids and time alone, away from phones
is always nice.

Hope your week is shaping up nicely,

Hugs;

Pammie

Another GREAT Summer Day!

It’s another really NICE day here – sunny skies, slight breeze, temperature at 77 degrees F. and I saw our BUNNY in the back yard this morning – YAY! Got up kind of early, worked on both baby blankets – really want to finish BOTH by the pick-up date of Sept. 17th – we’ll see. Spent some time photographing my blankets (6) and all of the really beautiful things my friend Liz created to donate. She’s from Scotland and does GORGEOUS knitting – she knit up several baby sets (hat, booties, sweater), plus 3 extra sweaters, 2 prs. mittens, 6 prs. booties – I love seeing her projects. She’ll be out of country for the pick-up so she gave them to me to hold on to. The night of the pick up is REALLY hectic for me – everyone is coming in with their finished donations – I have to make sure each item is tagged (the ladies at the Vets want to know who knit/crocheted each thing so we put on tags with our first names on them), then photographed to be posted to our web site for those who weren’t able to attend for the pick up. Rarely do I take any knitting projects on that night because when it’s all done-I’m exhausted! I’m really proud of my ladies for all their kindness and donations – it makes me really happy that we are able to give-back to the wives of those in the military.

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No-Bake Twinkie Cake

1 box Hostess Twinkies
4 bananas, peeled/sliced
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
well
1 (3 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
2 C. cold milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Toppings:
maraschino cherries
chopped nuts
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Remove Twinkies from wrappers (you
will use about 7 Twinkies) & slice
in half lengthwise. Place halves into
a 9 X 13″ baking dish, cream sides up.
Layer sliced bananas on top then spread
drained crushed pineapple on top.
In a bowl combine instant pudding mix
with 2 C. cold milk – whisk until combined
& starts to thicken slightly (3-5 minutes).
(Needs to still be pourable). Pour pudding
over pineapple & spread out evenly. Layer
with Cool Whip & spread evenly. Drain a
few maraschino cherries on a paper towel.
Sprinkle top of cake with chopped nuts then
place cherries on top. Cover & refrigerate
1 hour before serving. Serves 12

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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9-Layer Summer Salad

1 (16 oz.) bagged salad mix
1 bundle radishes, cleaned/
trimmed/diced
1 small purple onion, diced
1 (6 oz) pkg. frozen peas
1 (6 oz) pkg. shredded cheese of
your choice
1 (10 oz) pkg. cherry tomatoes,
either whole or halved
1 (16 oz) pkg. baby corn, diced
1 (4 oz) container bacon bits
1 (16 oz) jar artichokes, drained/
diced

NOTE: if you want the full effect of
this beautiful salad – prepare in a
clear bowl.

Place 1-2 handfuls salad mix in bottom
of bowl. Layer sliced radishes on top in
a ring around inside of bowl leaving a gap
in the middle to place more lettuce. Add
diced onion in a ring, more lettuce. A ring
of frozen peas & then cheese – fill gap with
more lettuce. A ring of tomatoes all across
top of bowl. Next baby corn, then artichokes-
both of these layers go all across top of layer.
Last add bacon bits sprinkled on top.

(recipe: heavenlysavings.net)
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Red Potato Salad

1 1/2 lb. baby red potatoes, cut into quarters
8 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
1 C. white onion, diced
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 C. mayonnaise
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
paprika – garnish
chopped fresh parsley – garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place cut potatoes on a baking sheet
lined with parchment paper – bake
30 minutes. Remove from oven & cool
10-15 minutes. Place crumbled bacon (
reserve a little for garnish), eggs, onion,
dry mustard, garlic salt, pepper & roasted
potatoes in large mixing bowl – stir to
combine.

Dressing:

In small bowl whisk mayo. & plain Greek
yogurt – pour over top of salad & gently
stir to coat. Top with reserved bacon, paprika
& diced parsley. Cover & refrigerate until
ready to serve. Serves 8

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Scallops

2 lb. bacon (regular, not thick),
sliced & cut in half
2 lb. sea scallops (if very large,
cut in half
3 T. butter
1 T. minced garlic
1/3 C. chicken broth

Wrap a piece of bacon around each
scallop & secure with a toothpick.
Arrange wrapped scallops on a
baking sheet. Broil 5 inches from
heat 3 minutes per side until bacon
is crisp. In small skillet melt butter.
Add garlic & saute 1 minute. Add
broth & bring to a boil; cook 2
minutes. Place cooked scallops in
a large bowl & pour broth over –
gently toss to coat. Makes 40

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Ham Salad

6 C. ham, coarsely ground
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 C. celery, finely chopped
1/2 C. onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. sweet pickle relish
1 C. mayonnaise
4 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried basil

In large bowl combine all ingredients –
mix well.
MAKES 1/2 GALLON!

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Apricot Chicken

6 frozen skinless/boneless chicken breasts
(not thawed)
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1/2 C. Russian or French salad dressing
1 C. apricot preserves or jam
2 T. apple cider vinegar (or fresh lime or
lemon juice)
1 tsp. dried basil or thyme leaves
1/8 tsp. black pepper
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Cooked rice, pasta or mashed
potatoes to serve 6
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In bottom of 4 qt crockpot arrange frozen
chicken pieces. Mix dry onion soup  mix,
salad dressing, apricot preserves/jam,
apple cider vinegar, dried herb & pepper
in medium bowl – stir well with a whisk to
combine & pour over chicken. Cover & cook
on Low 6-8 hours until chicken is cooked to
160 degrees F. on a meat thermometer & is
tender when pierced with a fork.

NOTE: If you like you can thicken mixture
before serving by combining 2 t. cornstarch
with 3 T. water or chicken stock in a small
bowl – mix using a whisk until smooth &
add to crockpot – stir & turn heat to High
10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened.
Serve with cooked rice, pasta or mashed
potatoes. Serves 6

(recipe: thespruceeats.com)
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Red Lobster’s Cheese (Biscuit) Loaf

3 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. black pepper
4 oz. Cheddar cheese, cut into
1/4 inch cubes
1 1/4 C. milk
3/4 C. sour cream
3 T. butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 5″ loaf pan with
nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl
whisk first 5 ingredients. Carefully
stir in cheese cubes until covered
in flour mixture (this helps the cheese
from sinking to the bottom of the loaf).
In a different bowl, whisk remaining
ingredients. Fold wet mixture into flour
& cheese mixture. Stir until just
combined – do not over stir. Spread
mixture into prepared loaf pan & bake
45-50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes
then remove from pan & allow to cool
on a wire rack 1 hour before slicing.
Makes 1 loaf.

(recipe: 1Krecipes.com)
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Triple Berry Salad w/Vanilla Syrup

6-8 C. fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries
& raspberries) Rinsed/hulled & large berries
cut into 2-3 slices.
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Place sugar & water in a small saucepan
over medium heat. Bring just to simmer;
stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from
heat & cool 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.
Chill completely in fridge.

Place berries in a large bowl. Just before
serving, drizzle syrup over berries & toss
gently to coat. (You may not need all of
the syrup.)

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)

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Hope it’s a NICE day for you, too!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Always Nice to see Old Friends!

This Sunday after church I was just getting in our car when my husband called my cell phone to tell me: “Get back in here – there’s someone who wants to see you!” In the photo above is my dear friend Katie and her sons. I have known her since she was about 3 weeks old – I was her first caregiver (she’s now 35!) She and my oldest son were best friends all through grade school until they moved away. Her husband is a pastor in Kentucky now so I don’t get to see her very often – it was really nice to re-connect! (It’s funny-I don’t think I really feel like I’m losing weight but when I put on the dress above – which I haven’t worn for years, it was too big but I didn’t have time to change – funny how time changes things!)

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Lemon Blueberry Bread

1/3 C. butter, melted
1 C. sugar
3 T. lemon juice
2 large eggs, room temp.
1 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk (2%)
1 C. fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 C. chopped nuts
2 T. grated lemon zest

Glaze:
2 T. lemon juice
1/4 C. sugar
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 4″ loaf pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl beat
butter, sugar, lemon juice & eggs.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking
powder & salt – stir into egg mixture
alternately with milk, beating well
after each addition. Fold in blueberries,
nuts & lemon zest & pour batter into
prepared pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted into center of
loaf comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in
pan before removing from pan to a wire
rack to cool.

Glaze:
Combine glaze ingredients & drizzle over
warm bread. Cool completely before cutting.
Makes 1 loaf.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Fiesta Confetti Corn

1 1/2 T. butter (or bacon drippings)
1/2 c. chopped Vidalia or other
sweet onion
1/2 C. EACH: green & red bell
pepper, diced
1/4 C. chopped fresh jalapeno
6 C. fresh corn, cooked/scraped
from cob
1/2 tsp. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
(or to taste)
1/2 tsp. chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. cumin (or to taste)
1/2 C. water or chicken broth,
divided

In a skillet with lid heat butter (or
bacon drippings) – saute onion &
peppers until tender, about 4 minutes.
Add corn, sugar & seasonings & 1/4
C. water/broth. Reduce heat to Low;
cover & simmer only long enough
to warm through thoroughly & adding
additional water as needed to prevent
corn from sticking. Taste & adjust
seasonings as needed. Serves 4-6

NOTE: Frozen/thawed or canned/
drained corn may be substituted.
Can also substitute a 4 oz. jar of
chopped pimentos, drained, for bell
pepper. Add some chopped/cooked
bacon for extra flavor.

For a Creamier Version:
Stir in 1/3 C. shredded cheese and/or
3 oz. cubed cream cheese and
substitute heavy cream or Half & Half
for water or broth, stirred in at the
end.

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Crockpot Garlic Tenderloin

2-3 lb. pork tenderloin
2 T. butter
1 C. butter, melted
1 T. garlic powder
2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried cilantro leaves
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper

Melt 2 T. butter in a skillet over
medium-high heat*. Brown
tenderloins about 3-5 minutes on
each side then place in crockpot,
pouring the remaining butter/
cooking juices over top. Whisk
melted butter & spices together &
pour evenly over tenderloin. Cover
& cook on Low 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
Serves 8

*or use the saute/brown feature,
if available, on your slow cooker

NOTE: While browning tenderloin,
let it rest at least 3 minute per side;
do not turn or flip it – it will make
the browning process work much
better.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Fresh Green Bean/Walnut/Feta Salad

1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
cut into 2″ pieces
1 C. chopped walnuts
3/4 C. diced red onion
1 C. crumbled Feta cheese
3/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. white wine vinegar
1/4 C. fresh mint leaves, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil;
add green beans & cook ONLY 3
minutes. Drain well & immediately
plunge into ice water to stop cooking
process. Drain again & pat dry with
paper towels then place in large bowl.
Add walnuts, red onion & Feta; gently
stir to combine. In a food processor (or
blender) combine olive oil, white wine
vinegar, mint, garlic, salt/pepper & pulse
a few times to blend. Pour dressing over
bean mixture & toss. Chill about 1  hour
before serving.

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Dill Pickle Bites
(appetizer – 8 hrs. or overnight chill)

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 T. mayonnaise
1 T. grated onion
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1/8 tsp. black pepper
12 baby dill pickles
12 slices white bread (or whole wheat)
crusts cut off
(optional) hard salami slices

In small bowl combine cream cheese, mayo,
onion, dill & pepper – mix until well combined.
Roll each bread sliced with a rolling pin until flat.
Spread cream cheese mixture thinly onto bread,
using approx. 1 T. per slice. Place a baby dill on
each & roll up.* Place rolls, seam sides down,
in a glass baking dish. Cover & refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight.
To serve:  Cut each roll into 3 pieces.
Makes 36 bites

*If you are using hard salami slices, spread about
1/2 T. cream cheese mixture on each slice then
top with a slice of salami & spread remaining
1/2 T. cream cheese on top. Place pickle then
roll up

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Pork Chop & Cabbage Casserole

4-6 pork chops
4-5 C. coarsely chopped cabbage
2 T. olive oil
1 medium green pepper, cut into
rings
1 medium onion, peeled/cut into
rings
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained (could use fresh tomatoes)
1/2 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
cheese of your choice)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In a skillet brown pork chops in olive
oil. In large casserole dish layer
cabbage, green pepper & onion. Place
browned chops on top. In a bowl mix
dry onion soup mix, diced tomatoes,
chicken broth, salt/pepper, garlic
powder & oregano – pour over top
of chops. Cover & bake 55-60 minutes
until cabbage is cooked to the
consistency you like. Remove from
oven & sprinkle cheese on top. Return
to oven, uncovered, until cheese melts.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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No-Bake Chunky Monkey Cake

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
mix
3 C. cold water, divided
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. instant chocolate pudding
mix
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed/divided
1 banana
1 box graham cracker squares

Line a 9 X 13″ baking pan with foil.
Line bottom of pan with a single layer of
graham crackers (you may have to break
some to fit) In medium bowl add van.
pudding mix with 1 1/2 C. milk – whisk
to combine. Fold in 1 C. Cool Whip.
Pour pudding mixture over grm. crackers
& spread out evenly. Top pudding layer with
another layer of gr. crackers. In separate
bowl add choc. pudding mix & remaining
1 1/2 C. milk – whisk to combine & fold in
last 1 C. Cool Whip. Spread choc. pudding
mixture over 2nd layer gr. crackers. Cover
pan with plastic wrap & refrigerate at least
4 hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, slice banana into thin
slices & spread over cake top evenly. Crush
1 graham cracker square & sprinkle crumbs
over top of cake. Slice & serve. Serves 9

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Having my baby grandson away on vacation has given
me more time to read (James Patterson novels) and knit;
below is a half-way done pink baby afghan and then a
project I just started last night. I wanted a chevron pattern
and have large balls of several solid colors so I chose this
pattern. It’s very easy (2 rows) so I’m hoping it will go
quickly. Just got the Pick-Up date for the Detroit Veteran’s
Hospital baby shower: Sept. 17th so that’s my goal for
attempting to finish both afghans – we’ll see how that goes.

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So far, the colors for the chevron will be white/medium yellow/mint green/a blue, white, green variegated then repeat in opposite order so bottom of afghan mirrors the top – we’ll see how it goes.

Hope your day is going well – it’s mid 70’s & on & off rain (but that’s OK because our flowers need it!)

Hugs;

Pammie

Summer on a Saturday

Had to go out today to purchase snacks for my Sunday School class (my turn) – wasn’t out for more than a half hour but MAN, IT’S HOT! I tend to forget just how hot until I’m out in it – with AC in both the house & car I’m spoiled. It’s 90 degrees F., clear skies & sunny (not much breeze) – perfect day for the beach (I’m guessing – haven’t been to the beach in a good 5+ years).

Was working on a new blue/green/white variegated baby blanket but just kept getting hung up with the pattern. Last night I couldn’t seem to get it right and today I noticed that I’d dropped a stitch a good 4+ rows down from where I was attempting to work. I gave up – ripped it out and went for a new pattern, soft pink yarn – finally back in my ‘Happy Place’! My theory is: Why work on something that gives you grief? Life’s too short – knit happy!

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Watermelon Chiffon Pie

1 graham cracker pie crust
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Filling:
6 C. watermelon (seeds are fine)
1/3 C. sugar
2 T. unflavored gelatin (2 envelopes)
1 T. fresh lime juice (or 1 T. lemon juice)
2 large egg whites, room temp.
1 C. cold heavy cream (or 1 C. whipping
cream)
1 C. powdered sugar

Garnish:
powdered sugar, for dusting
whipped cream
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Place a medium bowl & beaters from
elec. mixer in refrigerator to chill.
Bake pie crust accordg. to pkg. directions;
allow to cool & refrigerate until ready to use.
Combine watermelon & sugar in very large
bowl. Using a potato masher, mash until
mxiture is quite liquid. Set aside for 15
minutes. After 15 minutes, drain mixture
through a strainer, reserving almost 2 3/4 C.
juice (discard pulp & any seeds).
Place 1/4 C. juice in medium bowl & sprinkle
dry gelatin over it. Set aside 3-4 minutes to
dissolve. Heat 1/2 C. of juice in a small
saucepan over medium heat (or in microwave)
to a near boil. Whisk hot juice into dissolved
gelatin. Pour remaining 2 C. watermelon
juice into large bowl & stir in gelatin/watermelon
juice mixture. Stir in lime juice & refrigerate.
Using an elec. mixer in medium bowl, beat egg whites
until stiff peaks form. Set aside & clean & dry beaters.
Using the chilled bowl & beaters beat heavy cream
until it holds stiff peaks. Add powdered sugar & beat
until smooth & stiff but not grainy. Refrigerate.

When watermelon juice mixture starts to firm up,
add about 1/4th of whipped cream & beat using
elec. mixer, until smooth. Add beaten egg whites &
remaining whipped cream. Gently fold in using a
large rubber spatula. (If necessary, use a whisk very
briefly to smooth mixture & break up any large globs
of whites or whipped cream). Pour filling into cooled
pie crust – shake to settle mixture. Cover with
loosely tented foil & refrigerate at least 4 hours,
preferably overnight.

To serve, garnish each slice with dusting of powdered
sugar & a dollop of whipped cream. Serves 10-12

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Broiled Chicken & Artichokes

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
(about 2 lb)
2 (7.5 oz, ea) jars marinated
quartered artichoke hearts, drained
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Preheat broiler. In large bowl, toss
chicken & artichokes with oil, salt
& pepper – transfer to broiler pan.
Broil 3 inches from heat 8-10 minutes
or until a thermometer inserted into
chicken reads 170 degrees., turning
chicken & artichokes halfway through
cooking. Sprinkle with cheese & broil
1-2 minutes longer until cheese is
melted. Sprinkle with parsley.
Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Seafood Salad w/Shrimp & Crab

1 lb. shrimp, cooked/peeled &
de-veined (41/60 count)
24 oz. imitation crab meat
1/2 C. celery, finely chopped
1/4 C. onion, finely chopped
1 C. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. Accent seasoning (MSG)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic salt

Cut each shrimp into 2-3 pieces. Chop
crabmeat into pieces about the size
of the shrimp pieces. Mix all ingredients
in a large bowl & refrigerate 4 hours to
allow flavors to blend. Serves 6-8

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Pizza Bake

1 (16 oz) tube biscuits (8 per can) –
cut biscuits into 6ths
1 lb. ground sausage; browned/
drained/divided
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (8 oz) container pizza sauce
1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
(optional: 1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms,
drained)
2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
(optional: 1 (4 oz) can sliced olives,
drained)
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Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray & place sliced biscuit pieces
in bottom. Sprinkle 1/2 C. cooked sausage
& 1/4 C. Parmesan cheese – spread sauce
on top. Top with remaining sausage. Layer
peppers & optional mushrooms. Top with
cheese & optional olives. Cover & cook
on Low 3 hours until center is done &
edges are golden. Cool 10-15 minutes
before slicing & serving. Serves 6-8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Dip

2 C. cooked chicken, coarsely chopped
into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 C. Alfredo sauce (in a jar or homemade)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 C. cooked/crumbled bacon
1/2 C. diced tomatoes
1 T. chopped parsley

Dippers:
Crackers
chunks of bread
wedges of pita bread
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a small skillet or baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken,
Alfredo sauce, cream cheese, Parm. cheese,
Italian seasoning & 1/2 C. Mozzarella cheese
in a bowl – stir to combine. Spread mixture
into prepared pan & top with remaining cup
of Mozzarella cheese. Bake 20 minutes until
dip is bubbly and cheese is melted. Turn oven
to Broil – broil 1-2 minutes until cheese just
starts to brown. Top the dip with bacon,
tomatoes & parsley. Serves 8

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Taco-stuffed Avocados

1 lb. ground beef
1 T. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. onion powder
4 oz. tomato sauce
3 avocados, halved
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/4 C. lettuce, shredded

Additional toppings:
chopped cilantro
sour cream
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In medium saucepan add ground beef –
cook over medium heat until browned.
Drain; add seasonings & tomato sauce –
stir to combine & cook 3-4 minutes.
Remove pit from halved avocados. Place
cooked meat mixture into ‘pit holes’ in
avocado halves. Top with cheese, tomatoes,
lettuce, cilantro & sour cream. Serves 6

NOTE: If you want to make the ‘pit holes’
in the avocado halves bigger, spoon out
some of the avocado & set aside to make
guacamole.

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Easy Refrigerator Pickles

6 C. thinly sliced cucumbers
2 C. thinly sliced onions
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. ground tumeric
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Place cucumbers & onion in a
large bowl. Combine remaining
ingredients in a saucepan & bring
to boil. Cook & stir just until the
sugar is dissolved – pour over
cucumber mixture & cool. Cover
tightly & refrigerate at least 24
hours before serving. Makes 6 Cups.

NOTE: You can use this brine to quick-
pickle other vegetables such as summer
squash & green beans.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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3-Ingredient Potato Chip Clusters

9 oz. white baking chocolate, chopped
2 C. coarsely crushed ridged potato chips
1/2 C. chopped pecans

In large microwave-safe bowl, melt
chocolate. Stir in potato chips & nuts –
drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed
paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate
until set. Makes about 3 dozen

Options: You can use shoestring potatoes
or Fritos in place of the potato chips.
For an easy-grab & go: line muffin tins
with paper liners & place batter in liners.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Hope your week has gone well for you;

Hugs;

Pammie

It was a GREAT day!

On Sunday (Log Cabin Day) we had 11 of my fellow knitters & crocheters come to spend the day with me and enjoy all of the activities. (I’m working on a baby blanket for a friend who’s due in September – just finished it yesterday). The weather was perfect (81 degrees F) with a nice breeze AND we were under tents so it was an enjoyable experience. There was only one sad part: this was the very LAST Log Cabin Day – from talking to those in charge of that particular historical society, they just can’t get the volunteers needed to keep it going. Very sad, but I’m reassured that they will be working on coming up with other, new ideas. I told them if they need me or my group, just let me know.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Cream Dessert

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

Topping:
1 C. packed brown sugar
3 T. cornstarch
5 C. chopped, fresh or
frozen rhubarb
1 C. sliced fresh strawberries
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 1/4 C. heavy whipping cream/
whipped & divided

Additional brown sugar (optional)
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In small
bowl combine flour, pecans, butter
& sugar – press into prepared pan &
bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on wire rack.

In large saucepan over medium heat
combine brown sugar & cornstarch;
stir in rhubarb until combined. Bring
to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat; cook
& stir 4-5 minutes until thickened. Remove
from heat; cool then stir in strawberries.

In large bowl beat cream cheese & powdered
sugar 7ntil smooth. Fold in 1 C. whipped cream-
spread over crust & top with rhubarb mixture.
Spread remaining whipped cream on top.
Refrigerate 3-4 hours before serving.
Garnish top with additional brown sugar, if
desired. Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Watermelon Salsa

1 1/2 tsp. lime zest (from about
1 lime)
1/4 C. fresh lime juice (from about
3 limes)
1 T. sugar
fresh ground black pepper
3 C. seeded/finely chopped watermelon
1 cucumber-peeled/seeded & diced
1 mango-peeled/diced
1 jalapeno pepper – seeded/minced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
8 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
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Tortilla or pita chips, for dipping
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In large bowl stir together lime zest,
lime juice, sugar & 3/4 tsp. pepper.
Add watermelon, cucumber, mango,
jalapeno, onion & basil -toss gently.
Chill until ready to serve.
Serve with chips for dipping
Makes 3 Cups

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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3-Bean Macaroni Salad

1 C. elbow macaroni, uncooked
1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
halved
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can Great Northern beans,
rinsed
1 green pepper, chopped
3/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. Zesty Italian salad dressing
2 T. chopped fresh dill

Cook macaroni accordg to pkg. directions,
omitting salt & adding green beans to
boiling water for last 2 minutes of
cooking time. Drain & rinse with cold
water; drain again. Place in large bowl &
add remaining beans, peppers & onions-
mix lightly. In small bowl mix remaining
ingredients until blended & pour over
salad – toss to coat. Serves 16

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Crockpot BBQ Roast
(made using beer OR cola!)

3 lb. beef roast
1/4 C. BBQ seasoning
salt/pepper, to taste
1 (12 oz.) can beer/non-alcoholic OR
Cola

In small bowl combine bbq seasoning,
salt/pepper & rub all over roast – place
roast in crockpot. Gently pour beer/cola
over roast & sprinkle a little more
seasoning on top. Cover & cook on Low
10-12 hours. Serves 6

NOTE: You ‘could’ cook it on High but it
is not recommended – the meat may not
be as tender.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs
& seasoned rice

6-8 chicken thighs (bone in/skin on)
2 T. olive oil
2 T. butter
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1/2 C. chopped sweet green or
red pepper
2 C. chopped baby spinach
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
2 C. heavy cream
2 C.  instant white rice

In a large skillet heat butter & olive
oil. In a bowl combine salt, pepper,
smoked paprika, garlic powder &
cayenne. Roll each chicken thigh in
spices & brown in skillet on both
sides until skin is cooked & blackened.
Remove thighs from skillet. Add green
onion & pepper to skillet & cook. Add
spinach & pour in chicken broth &
heavy cream. Stir & bring to a low
boil; turn to simmer. Add rice & cook
3-4 minutes. Add thighs back to
skillet; cover & simmer 15 minutes.
Remove from heat & let stand 10
minutes before serving to allow
rice to absorb liquid. Garnish with
chopped green onions.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)
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Cherry Tomato Salad w/Buttermilk-
Basil Dressing

6 C. red and yellow cherry tomatoes,
halved, if large
kosher salt/ground black pepper
2/3 C. buttermilk
1/4 C. sour cream
3 T. thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced

Place tomatoes in a large serving
bowl & season with salt/pepper – toss.
In another bowl whisk buttermilk, sour
cream, basil, shallot & garlic -season
with pepper & drizzle over tomatoes –
toss. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Grilled Lemon/Cilantro Shrimp

1 lb. peeled/deveined LARGE
shrimp (tails on), raw
2 T. olive oil
2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced/or pressed
2 T. chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Extra lemon wedges &
chopped cilantro – for garnish
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Wooden skewers soaked in water

Place all ingredients in a large
bowl & stir to evenly coat. Let
stand, covered/refrigerated
10-15 minutes. Heat grill to
hot & wipe down grates with
olive oil or nonstick cooking spray
to prevent sticking.

Turn grill heat to Low
Thread shrimp onto skewers.
Place shrimp on grill & cook 2-3
minutes per side, until shrimp
turn pink & are cooked through.
Remove from grill & serve hot.
Top with extra cilantro & lemon
wedges, if desired
Serves 6

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Fluffy Angel Food Cake w/Fresh Berries

1 (pre-made) Angel Food Cake
1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 1/2 C. cold milk
2 C. whipping cream-4 C. whipped (OR)
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. fresh blueberries
1 C. strawberries, chopped
1/2 C. powdered sugar (optional)
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Slice cake through, evenly, 2 times using
a sharp or serrated knife so you get 3
layers.

Filling:

In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat cream
cheese & dry pudding mix until blended.
Whisk milk into cream cheese/pudding filling
& let stand 3-4 minutes. Gently stir in
2 C. Cool Whip (or whipped cream)

Building the cake:
Place one layer of cake on a serving plate.
Spread a layer of pudding mixture over cake
& top with a layer of blueberries & chopped
strawberries – repeat 2  more times using
cake layers & berries. Frost cake using
remaining 2 C. whipped cream* using a
long spatula. Refrigerate 1 hour & keep
leftovers refrigerated/covered. Serves 12

*If you are preparing whipped cream, using
an elec. mixer, whip 2 cups (16 oz0 until
you have stiff peaks (reserve 2 C. to add to
cream cheese filling & add in 1/2 C. powdered
sugar to whipping cream already in bowl. Mix
together & refrigerate until ready to frost cake.

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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My husband finally got his Jeep back from the dealership
today – squirrels had got under the hood and chewed up
the wiring harness – every time he tried to start it the
emergency alarm horn would blare – no fun! Now we’re back
to our ‘regular’ situation – YAY!

So far it looks like I have a rather light babysitting schedule
(only 1 day) so that’s good. Trying to finish up knit projects
as I have a new multicolored baby yarn and a pattern I want
to start soon. (Now comes using my handy-dandy yarn winder
to put the big BALL of yarn into little yarn ‘cakes’ where it will
be easier to use).

The weather is breezy, sunny with beautiful blue skies & big
white fluffy clouds – temperature 87 (read that:
HOT if you have to be out in it!)

Have a great day – remember to stay hydrated and REST when
you need to!

Hugs;

Pammie