Free Day! YAY!

I have babysat for the past two days (8 hrs + each day) so I’m MORE than ready to have a FREE (nothing planned) day! We FINALLY were able to have my special needs group meeting last night after almost FIVE weeks off – the kids were VERY loud and hyped up; you could certainly tell they were glad to get back together.

Our weather has calmed down a bit – it’s chilly (high of 28 degrees F.) but no new snow or freezing rain so I’m happy.

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DISCLAIMER HERE: Just wanted to remind everyone that the recipes I post on my blog are NOT MINE – I try to list all of the various sites I find the recipes on, at the end of each recipe>

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Shoefly Cupcakes

4 C. flour

2 C. packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1 C. cold butter, cubed

2 tsp. baking soda

2 C. boiling water

1 C. molasses

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

In large bowl combine flour, brown

sugar & salt. Cut in butter until

crumbly – set aside 1 C. for topping.

Add baking soda to remaining crumb

mixture; stir in water & molasses. Fill

muffin cups with paper liners & pour

2/3 rds batter into each. Sprinkle tops

with reserved crumb mixture. Bake

20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted

into center comes out clean. Cool 10

minutes before removing from pan to

wire racks to cool. Makes 2 dozen.

 

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

Crockpot Italian Vegetarian Bean
Soup

1 lb. dry Great Northern beans
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled/finely chopped
1 T. fennel seeds
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
salt/pepper, to taste
6 T. finely grated Parmesan cheese
(optional)

In a 3 qt. or larger crockpot combine
beans, celery, onion, carrots, fennel
seeds, oregano, garlic powder &
red pepper flakes. Add 5 C. cold water
to crockpot; cover & cook on High
5 hours, until beans are tender.

If Desired:

Drain to remove bean cooking liquid
which sometimes causes gas. Whether
you drain the beans or not, you’ll need
to add more liquid. Add enough water to
achieve desired soup thickness (it will
be between 2-4 C.) Stir in salt/pepper, to
taste. Ladle into bowls & top each
serving with 1 T. Parmesan cheese.
Serves about 4

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Chicken
Skillet

1/4 C. flour
kosher salt/black pepper
4 (6 oz, ea) boneless skinless chicken
breasts
4 T. vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into chunks
1 C. Half & Half
1 (5 oz) pkg. baby spinach (about 4 C.)
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained/
quartered

Cooked rice for 4
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In a pie plate or shallow dish whisk flour,
1 T. salt & few grinds black pepper. Coat
both sides of chicken breasts in mixture –
shaking off any excess. In large, heavy-
bottomed skillet over medium-high heat,
heat 3 T. oil. Add chicken & cook, undisturbed,
until deeply golden brown, about 4 minutes.
DO NOT turn. Remove chicken to a plate. Add
remaining 1 T. oil; cook onion, stirring occasionally,
until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Add
garlic & cook, stirring, about 30 seconds. Add
cream cheese & stir until melted. Pour in Half &
Half – using a wooden spoon, scrape up any bits
from bottom of skillet & season with salt/pepper.
Add chicken to skillet, seared side up. Reduce
heat to medium; cover & cook, turning about
halfway through cooking time, until an instant-
read thermometer inserted into thickest part
of chicken reads 165 degrees F. (12-14 minutes).
Transfer chicken to serving platter. Add spinach
to sauce in skillet & cook, covered, about 5
minutes until wilted. Stir in artichoke hearts &
cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
Season with salt/pepper & pour sauce over
chicken. Serve with cooked rice.
Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Skillet Fried Corn

8 ears fresh corn (OR) 1 (28 oz)
pkg. frozen corn
1 stick butter or margarine
2 T. bacon drippings
1 T. sugar
salt, to taste

Remove husks & silks from fresh
corn – wash & cut corn off cobs.
Scrape the cob to get out the juice.
Melt butter in a large skillet-add
fresh (or frozen) corn, bacon
drippings & sugar. Cook on medium-
high heat 15-20 minutes until corn
is done. Add salt, to taste.

NOTE: you can add cooked,crumbled
bacon to corn, too.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Tex-Mex Meatballs
(add them to Hero rolls or eat
them over rice for a meal)

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
2 C. shredded Mexican cheese blend,
divided
1/2 C. panko bread crumbs
2 T. fresh chopped parsley, plus more
for garnish
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
1 large egg
1 tsp. ground cumin
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste
1 T. olive oil
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 T. chopped chipotle chiles in
adobo sauce

(Hero rolls or cooked rice to serve 4)
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In medium bowl combine ground beef,
1 C. cheese, bread crumbs, parsley,
garlic, jalapeno, egg & cumin – season
with salt/pepper – mix until combined &
form into meatballs. In large skillet over
medium-high heat, heat oil. Add meatballs
in a single layer & sear 2 minute per side;
transfer to a plate. Add onion to skillet &
cook, stirring, 5 minutes, until soft. Stir in
crushed tomatoes & chipotle in adobo –
bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low
& return meatballs to skillet. Cover &
simmer about 10 minutes until meatballs
are cooked through. Top with remaining
1 C. cheese; cover & let melt – about 2
minutes. Garnish with parsley before
serving. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Chicken & Quinoa-stuffed Peppers

1 1/2 C. water
3/4 C. uncooked quinoa
1/2 tsp. ground thyme
2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper, divided
1 T. olive oil
2 (6 oz, ea) boneless, skinless
chicken breasts, chopped
2 T. minced garlic
2 C. spinach
1/2 C. cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 C. black olives, quartered
1/2 C. goat cheese
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
4 yellow bell peppers

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment
paper. In medium saucepan bring
water to boil; add quinoa, thyme,
1 1/2 tsp. salt & 3/4 tsp. pepper.
Cook quinoa, covered, over Low
heat about 15 minutes until water
is absorbed & quinoa is soft. Leave
covered & let sit 5 minutes. Remove
lid & fluff quinoa using a fork.
Add 1 T. oil to a saute pan over
medium heat & cook chopped chicken
10 minutes. Add garlic & cook 1 minute.
Stir in spinach, cherry tomatoes & olives
then add cooked quinoa. Stir in goad &
Parmesan cheeses – remove from heat
& set aside.
Cut each pepper in half vertically so
half the stem remains on each pepper
half. Scrape out seeds & stuff each
half with quinoa filling. Place peppers
on prepared baking sheet & bake
20 minutes.

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Wild Rice Soup

1/3 C. uncooked wild rice
1 T. canola oil
1 quart water (4 C.)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. flour
3 C. chicken broth
2 C. Half & Half cram
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1 tsp. salt

In medium saucepan combine rice,
oil & water – bring to boil. Reduce
heat; cover & simmer 30 minutes.
In a Dutch oven, cook onion, celery
& carrot in butter until vegetables
are almost tender. Stir in flour until
blended; cook & stir 2 minutes. Slowly
stir in broth & undrained rice. Bring
to a boil; cook & stir 2 minutes until
slightly thickened. Reduce heat; stir
in Half & Half, rosemary & salt.
Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes until
rice is tender. Serves 8 (about 2 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Mexican Party Dip
(best prepared in 3 qt. crockpot)

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. Mexican-style shredded 4 cheese
(Kraft) divided
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained/rinsed
1 (16 oz) jar thick & chunky salsa
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro
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Tortilla chips, for dipping
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Spray crockpot insides with nonstick
cooking spray.
In medium bowl mix cream cheese, sour
cream & 3/4 C. shredded cheese until
blended – spread on bottom of crockpot.
Top with beans & salsa. Cover & cook on
Low 3-4 hours. Top with onions, cilantro &
remaining cheese.

NOTE: Once dip is cooked, reduce heat to
Warm to keep dip warm & at a safe temp.
while serving.

Optional addition: add 1 T. finely chopped
fresh or jarred jalapeno peppers to cream
cheese mixture before spreading into
crockpot.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crescent Cherry Cheesecake
Cobbler

1 (8 oz) tub crescent rolls
12 oz. (1 1/2 blocks) cream
cheese, softened
3/4 C. sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter,
melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Unroll crescent
rolls & lay 4 in bottom of dish.
Cover bottom completely &
press to seal seams. In bowl
combine cream cheese &
1/2 C. sugar, using an elec.
mixer to blend until smooth.
Add in vanilla & mix well.
Spread mixture over rolls in
dish. Pour pie filling on top &
spread evenly. Top with
remaining dough, stretch it
out & seal seams as best
you can. Pour melted butter
on top & sprinkle 1/4 C. sugar
evenly over butter. Bake 35-45
minutes; top should be golden
brown.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Tomorrow I have the great fun of going out
to lunch with two friends; we all went to
high school together and ‘used to’ get together
for lunch about every 3-4 months (until one
of us got really sick – for over a year!). She’s
doing great now and we’re going OUT! YAY!
Sometimes you don’t realize just how nice
it is to spend time with friends and share
how your lives are going (good or bad).
We’re all very close in age, all go to the same
church and have known each other for a good
50+ years so it ought to be lots of fun and laughs.

Hope you are having a GREAT week!

Hugs;

Pammie

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BRrrrrrrrrrrr! COLD!

About 2 1/2 hours ago we suddenly lost power – and it just now came back on. My husband checked on his phone – it was a HUGE area affected – glad we’re slowly getting warm again! (I wouldn’t even want to imagine what being homeless would be like in these temperatures.) Yesterday it was in the low 20’s with HUGE winds – our youngest grandson’s birthday party was yesterday afternoon & I couldn’t get the car door open from the strength of the wind! It took me shoving and my husband pulling to get my car door open! He had a good party – lots of clothes & toys so he was happy.

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Creme Caramel Squares

1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 C. butter, melted
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. sugar
3 1/4 C. cold milk, divided
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/
divided
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. butterscotch instant pudding mix
1/3 C. caramel ice cream topping

In a bowl mix graham crumbs & butter; press onto
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish – refrigerate while
preparing filling.

In large bowl using elec. mixer beat cream cheese,
sugar & 1/4 C. milk until blended. Gently stir in
1 C. Cool Whip – spread over crust.
Beat each flavor of pudding mix separately
with 1 1/2 C. remaining milk in separate bowl
using a whisk for 2 minutes. Pour pudding in
layers over cream cheese filling then top with
remaining Cool Whip – spread evenly then
refrigerate 4 hours. Drizzle top with caramel
topping just before serving. Serves 16

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Barley Sausage Soup

1 lb. ground Italian sausage
1 C. diced onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1 C. diced celery
1 C. diced carrot
1/2 C. uncooked pearl barley
5 C. chicken broth
1 T. tomato paste
1 (14 oz) can petite diced tomatoes (or
fire-roasted tomatoes for more flavor)
1 bay leaf
salt/pepper, to taste

In a pan over medium-high heat brown
sausage & saute onion. Drain & add to
crockpot. Add garlic powder, basil, celery,
carrot, barley, broth, tomato paste, tomatoes &
bay leaf to crockpot. Cover & cook on Low
4-6 hours until barley is cooked through.
Discard bay leaf; taste & adjust salt/pepper
to taste. Serves 6

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Kielbasa/Peppers/Potato Hash

2 T. olive oil
1 T. unsalted butter
1 lb. potatoes, thinly sliced
into bite-sized pieces
salt/pepper, to taste
14 oz. turkey Kielbasa, cut
into 1/4″ rounds
1 onion, thinly sliced
1-2 bell peppers, chopped

In large skillet over medium-
high heat heat olive oil & butter-
add potatoes & season with salt/
pepper – cook until browned, 6-7
minutes. Flip potatoes over & cook
another 4-5 minutes until golden
brown. Remove from skillet using
a slotted spoon. (If skillet is looking
dry, add another T. olive oil). Add
kielbasa & cook 2-3 minutes on each
side until lightly browned. Add onions &
peppers, cook – stirring frequently, until
onions are soft & translucent & peppers
are tender. Season with salt/pepper. Stir
potatoes back into mixture & cook 1-2
minutes – check salt/pepper & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Hot Parmesan/Green Chile
Pepper Dip

2 T. panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese,
divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 C. Mexican-style shredded Four
Cheese with a touch of Phil. (Kraft)
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles,
undrained

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine bread crumbs & 1 T.
Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Mix
remaining Parmesan with remaining
ingredients in shallow ovenproof
dish until blended. Top with crumb
mixture. Bake 15 minutes until top
is golden brown & dip is hot &
bubbling around edges. Serves 20

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Eggs Benedict Casserole
(overnight recipe)

12 oz. Canadian bacon, chopped
6 English muffins, split & cut
into 1-inch pieces
8 large eggs
2 C. milk
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. paprika

Hollandaise Sauce:
4 large egg yolks
1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
2 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 C. butter, melted

Spray a 3 quart (OR) 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Place half of
Canadian bacon in pan; top
with English muffins &
remaining bacon. In large bowl
whisk eggs, milk & onion powder;
pour over top. Refrigerate,
covered, overnight
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Remove casserole from fridge while
oven heats. Sprinkle top with paprika.
Bake, covered, 35 minutes. Uncover,
bake 10-15 minutes longer or until
a knife inserted into center comes
out clean.

In top of a double boiler or metal
bowl over simmering water – whisk
egg yolks, cream, lemon juice &
mustard until blended; cook until
mixture is just thick enough to coat
a metal spoon & temperature reaches
160 degrees F., whisking constantly.
Reduce heat to very low. Very slowly
drizzle in warm melted butter,
whisking constantly. Serve immediately
with casserole
Serves 12 (1 2/3 C. sauce)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chilly-day Chicken Pot Pie

2 (9 inch, ea) pie crusts
1/4 C. margarine
1/4 C. flour
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 C. chicken broth
2/3 C. milk
2 C. cooked, cubed chicken
2 C. frozen mixed vegetables,
thawed

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place one crust in an ungreased 9″
pie plate. In a saucepan melt
margarine over medium heat; stir
in flour, seasoning & pepper – cook
until mixture is smooth & bubbly.
Gradually add broth & milk; bring
to a boil. Reduce heat & simmer,
stirring constantly, until  mixture
thickens. Stir in chicken & veggies;
cook until heated through – pour
into pie crust in pan. Place second
crust over filling; crimp edges &
cut vents in top. Bake 20-30
minutes until golden. Serves 4

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Buttermilk Cornbread

1 C. butter, melted
1 1/3 C. sugar
4 eggs
2 C. buttermilk*
1 tsp. baking soda
2 C. flour
2 C. cornmeal
1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl add melted butter &
sugar – mix to combine. Add eggs &
beat until smooth & a bit frothy.
Dissolve the baking soda into the
buttermilk & allow to dissolve –
pour into bowl with eggs, etc. &
beat until combined. In a separate
bowl combine flour, cornmeal &
salt – add dry ingredients to wet &
stir to combine – make sure to not
over mix. Pour batter into prepared
pan & bake 25-30 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center comes
out clean. Cool about 10 minutes then
cut into squares & serve.
Makes about 16 servings.

*If you don’t have buttermilk, you can
add 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar to a 3-
Cup measuring cup & pour milk into
cup to measure 2 Cups. Stir with a
fork & allow to set 5 minutes –
now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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S’Mores Dump Cake

2 (4 oz ea) pkgs. semi-sweet chocolate,
chopped
2 C. milk, divided
1 C. sugar
3 eggs
4 C. miniature marshmallows, divided
1 C. dry chocolate cake mix (from a
2-layer size box)
1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Microwave
chopped chocolate & 1 C. milk on
High 2 1/2 minutes; stir until chocolate
is completely melted & mixture is well
blended. Add sugar, eggs, & remaining
milk – mix well & pour into prepared
dish. Cover top with 3 C. marshmallows.
Sprinkle top with dry cake mix & graham
cracker crumbs – drizzle top with melted
butter. Bake 35-40 minutes until center
is almost set. Immediately top cake with
remaining marshmallows & cool
completely. Serves 16

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)

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All is well here – everyone is in good health (YAY!).
We’re supposed to be getting 2-4 inches of snow
Tuesday – Weds. . . . oh, joy. . . wonder if we’ll be
having my special needs group Weds. evening.
If not, that would make FIVE WEEKS we’ve missed!
We’ll see . . .

Hope you are nice & warm;

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Friday!

Today it’s a nice, clear (NO SNOW) day with sun – YAY! Temps in the High 20’s – for the rest of this AND next week. I realized today that I’ve been feeling like I’ve been put on hold – that feeling where something will happen. You don’t know when or what, but something’s coming. For me, that feeling is brought about by all the CRAZY Michigan weather! Snow/rain/freezing rain/drizzle, back to clear – CRAZY!

I babysat Tuesday and had to (karate) chop my car hood because it was covered in about an inch of snow which was then covered by a layer of ice – great fun. . . not. Oh well, that’s all melted now – roads are clear; walking is a bit of a challenge: some of the sidewalks are covered by a thin layer of ice from all the rain/melting ice, etc. Just gotta remember to walk “Like a Penguin” – have you seen those posts/suggestions stating that if we walk like a penguin (kind of hunched forward with feet pointed outwards and take small steps) we’re less likely to fall – looks goofy, but it works!

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Chocolate Cobbler

1 C. flour

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 C. sugar

2 T. plus 1/4 C. cocoa powder

1/2 C. milk

3 T. vegetable oil

1 C. packed brown sugar

1 3/4 C. hot water

Suggested ‘toppings’:

Ice cream and/or whipped cream

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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking

powder, sugar & 2 T. cocoa. Stir in

milk & oil – pour into a 9-inch pie

dish, baking dish or round skillet.

Combine brown sugar & remaining

cocoa – sprinkle over batter. Pour

hot water over top (DO NOT STIR).

Bake 40-45 minutes. Let stand

20 minutes to set up. Top with

ice cream or whipped cream.

Serves 4

(recipe: howsweeteats.com)


Crockpot Beef Taco Soup

1 lb. ground beef, browned/drained
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (.25 oz) pkt. taco seasoning mix
8 oz. tomato sauce

Garnish:
Shredded Cheese
Sour cream

Place all ingredients (except garnish)
in crockpot. Cover & cook on Low 6-8
hours. Serve with shredded cheese &
sour cream. Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Greek Chicken Tacos

1 to 1 1/2 lb. chicken tenderloins or
breasts, cut into 4 strips each
1/4 C. olive oil
1 lemon
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
6 (6″) flour tortillas
1 C. chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 to 1 C. crumbled feta cheese

In a bowl mix olive oil, juice & zest
of 1 lemon, garlic & salt – stir.
Place chicken in a ziplock bag & pour
mixture over chicken. Seal bag &
shake to coat chicken – refrigerate
at least 30 minutes (or up to 12 hours).

In large nonstick skillet place 1 T. oil
over medium-high heat. Add chicken &
cook, turning at least once, until
browned on both sides (10-15 minutes).
In small bowl mix chopped parsley &
tomatoes. Remove chicken to a plate
when done. Fill flour tortillas with 2
tenderloins each & top with tomato
mixture & feta cheese. Serve immediately.
Makes about 6 tacos. Recipe can be
doubled. (reheat chicken if using as
leftovers)

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Alfredo Shrimp Scamp Dump Dinner

4 T. butter, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 (12 oz) pkg. rotini pasta
1 lb. frozen peeled/deveined
medium shrimp
2 C. chicken broth
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest of 1/2 lemon
2 tsp. kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 C. loosely packed fresh parsley,
chopped
1/2 C. heavy cream, warmed

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Spread dry rotini in an
even layer in bottom of prepared dish.
Scatter shrimp over top & dot with butter.
Pour broth over top & sprinkle with red
pepper flakes, garlic, lemon zest, 2 tsp.
salt/black pepper, to taste. Cover with foil
& bake about 25 minutes until pasta is
al dente.
In small bowl toss Parm. with parsley –
when pasta is done, stir in warm cream &
top with cheese mixture. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Baked Chicken in Crescent Rolls for 2

2 boneless chicken breasts
1 tube crescent rolls
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 C. milk
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided
salt/pepper, to taste

Place chicken in a saucepan in
enough water to cover; add salt/
pepper to water & cook for 15
minutes (poach). Remove from
water; cool & cut into 4 pieces.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 8″ casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Divide crescent rolls & roll up
chicken in 4 rolls (you will not use
4 of the rolls, so you will have 4 left
over to cook for your bread). Place
chicken in prepared dish seam-sides
down. In small saucepan heat soup,
milk & 1/2 C. cheese until cheese is
melted – pour over chicken bundles
& sprinkle the other 1/2 C. cheese
on top. Bake 20 minutes until rolls
are golden brown. Serves 2

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Bubble Up Pizza

1 lb. Italian sausage
1 (15 oz) jar pizza sauce
1 (12 oz) tube refrigerated Pillsbury
Grands Jr. biscuits
2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
sliced pepperoni

additional toppings (if desired):
chopped onion, chopped green
pepper, sliced olives
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Brown &
crumble sausage – drain. Cut each
biscuit into eighths. In a bowl combine
pizza sauce with cut-up biscuits &
cooked sausage – stir to combine. Spread
mixture evenly in prepared dish. Top with
shredded cheese & sliced pepperoni.
Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes until
biscuits are cooked through.
Serves 9

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Oven Denver Omelet

8 large eggs
1/2 C. Half & Half cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. finely chopped fully cooked ham
1/4 C. finely chopped green pepper
1/4 C. finely chopped onion

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 inch square baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl whisk eggs & cream.
Stir in cheese, ham, gr. pepper & onion –
pour into prepared pan. Bake 25
minutes until golden brown.
Serves 6

NOTE: Green pepper is typical in a
Denver omelet but red, yellow &
orange peppers are also good & add
lots of color.

This is an American-style omelet-
puffed & golden brown. If you prefer
yours more tender & less brown, bake
at a lower temperature (325) until a
thermometer reads 160 degrees F. &
eggs are set.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Horseradish Cheese Spread

2 lb. box Velveeta cheese, cut into
cubes
1 C. mayonnaise
1 (4 oz) jar cream horseradish
2 (4 oz, ea) jars diced pimentos, drained
dash hot sauce

Crackers – for dipping
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In 4 qt. or larger crockpot place Velveeta
cubes, mayo, horseradish, pimentos & hot
sauce – stir. Cover & cook on High about an
hour 45 minutes, stirring about every 30
minutes. (NOTE: you can also heat this
on the stovetop in a saucepan, stirring
often). Spoon sauce into serving containers
with lids & refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Serve with crackers. Serves 25

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Creamy Custard Cake

4 eggs, separated
3/4 C. sugar
1 stick (1/2 C.) butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. flour
2 C. milk
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Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray 8 inch square baking dish
with nonstick spray. In medium
bowl beat egg whites until stiff
peaks form. In large bowl combine
egg yolks & sugar – beat until
smooth. Add butter & vanilla, mix
well. Beat in flour then slowly add
milk until well combined. Slowly
fold in egg whites; do not over
mix – pour into dish. Bake 45-50
minutes until set in center & golden
brown on top. Let cool then sprinkle
top with powdered sugar. Serves 9

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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Tonight is my special needs group’s Valentines
Dance and I’m sure they’re all super excited;
due to the crazy weather, we haven’t had a
regular Weds. night group meeting for 3
weeks now – I’m sure I’m in for LOTS of super-
excited students!

I’m really proud of both of my knit groups –
they have been working on the baby booties
I mentioned in an earlier post. I was able to
mail out 25 sets about 1 1/2 weeks ago and
now we’re almost to that amount – again!
They are ALL wonderful, caring people who
really ‘step up’ when a need is presented;
it’s really nice to know they help when I
ask.

This coming Tuesday is a big PERK
for our group: we’re having our first
YARN SWAP of the year. At this event we bring
in any unwanted yarns/needles/hooks/books/
patterns and lay them out on a table. If there
are any yarns, etc. we see that we want, we
take them. When I organized the first one
years ago I was trying to figure out how to
‘regulate’ this: If I bring in one skein of yarn,
can I take one skein? One of my friends said:
“People are bringing in stuff they DON’T
want – they can take as much as they want –
we want to GET RID of it!” Smart idea! If
there’s any leftover yarns, etc. I will take them
to my Library Knit group – if, after that, there
are any leftover yarns, we donate them to
the local Children’s Village where they teach
young people to knit/crochet – so nothing
gets wasted! It’s a fun event – I’m excited
to see what people bring in! (Actually, I don’t
really ‘need’ any yarn but it’s always nice to
look! )

Hope you’re having a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Have I got the CROCKPOT Recipes!

I also have a small group of friends who enjoy my sending them crockpot recipes I find on various sites – I realized today that I now have a HUGE amount of recipes, so decided to just do a CROCKPOT post today. Here ya go:

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Crockpot Pecan Pie Cake

1 C. chopped pecans
1 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. flour
2 eggs
1/2 C. butter, melted
(optional: powdered sugar)
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In a bowl mix pecans, brown sugar &
flour. In another large bowl beat eggs
until they start to foam a bit. Mix in
butter, pecan mixture, stirring until
just moistened. Spray insides of
6 qt. crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray & spoon in batter. Cover & cook
on High 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Cut & serve
with (optional) powdered sugar dusted
on each serving.  Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Swiss Cheese Meatloaf

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 C. bread crumbs
1/4 C. ketchup (additional for
topping)
2 slices Swiss Cheese

Line crockpot insides with foil & spray
with nonstick cooking spray (or use
crockpot liners). In bowl mix all
ingredients (except cheese) until
well combined. Form mixture into
a loaf & place in crockpot – spread
1/4 C. ketchup on top. Cover & cook
on High 4-5 hours (or Low 7-8 hours)
until cooked through. Place cheese
slices on top for last 1/2 hour of cooking
time to melt. Let meatloaf rest 5-8
minutes after removing from crockpot
& before slicing. Serves 4

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Crockpot Southwest Breakfast
Casserole

1 (8.3 oz) pkg. smoky links
4 C. frozen Tater Tots, thawed
1 (16 oz) jar salsa
2 C. shredded Colby Jack & Monterrey
Jack cheese, divided
6 eggs, beaten
salt/pepper, to taste

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Slice smoky links in half & brown
on both sides in a skillet; cut into
bite-sized pieces. Place thawed
tater tots in crockpot then place
sausage pieces, salsa & half of
cheese on top. Pour eggs over all
then sprinkle with salt/pepper; top
with rest of cheese. Cover & cook
on High 2 1/2 hours. Serves 6-8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot (Crazy Easy) Chicken Curry

2 lb. 2 oz. skinless boneless chicken breast,
diced
1 large onion, peeled/quartered
3 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 large green pepper, seeded/quartered
1 (5 oz) can tomato puree
2 C. coconut cream*
2 tsp. salt – more for seasoning, if desired
3 T. curry powder
2 T. corn starch
2 T. cold water

Cooked rice to serve 6
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Optional: chopped coriander & fresh
red chili – for serving
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Place diced chicken in crockpot & season
well with salt. Place onion, garlic cloves,
green pepper, tomato puree, coconut
cream/milk & salt in food processor
& puree until very smooth – pour over
chicken (don’t stir). Cover & cook on
Low 5 hours. Mix cornstarch in cold
water & stir into crockpot mixture-
mix gently so as to not break up
chicken. Cook 1 more hour.
Serve over cooked rice.
Sprinkle over some chopped coriander
& chili, if desired.
Serves 6

*Coconut cream/milk:
Poster said if you can’t find coconut cream,
you can substitute coconut milk BUT only use
1 1/4-1 1/2 C.

(recipe: kitchenmason.com)
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Crockpot Cherry Crisp
done in a 3qt crockpot

1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
2/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. old-fashioned oats, (uncooked)
1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. butter, softened

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Pour pie
filling into bottom of crockpot –
spread evenly. In a bowl
mix brown sugar, oats, flour & vanilla;
cut in butter using 2 forks or a pastry
cutter. Sprinkle mixture over pie
filling in crockpot. Cover crockpot
opening with a few paper towels
then place lid on. Cook on Low
4 hours (it should be warmed through
& bubbling). Serves 4

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Taco Dip

1 (15 oz) can chili with beans
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with
green chilies, drained
1 C. sour cream
1 (7 oz) pkg. shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese
1 small can sliced olives
2 green onions, diced
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1/2 C. (Sargento) Shredded 4-
cheese Mexican cheese blend

extra sliced olives and/or chopped
green onions for garnish, if desired
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Place all ingredients (except 4-cheese
Mexican blend) into crockpot – stir.
Cover & cook on High 1-2 hours until
dip is hot & cheese is melted. Stir then
top with shredded 4-cheese blend. Add
more olives/green onions, if desired.
Makes 10 servings

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Crockpot Italian Vegetarian Bean
Soup

1 lb. dry Great Northern beans
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled/finely chopped
1 T. fennel seeds
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
salt/pepper, to taste
6 T. finely grated Parmesan cheese
(optional)

In a 3 qt. or larger crockpot combine
beans, celery, onion, carrots, fennel
seeds, oregano, garlic powder &
red pepper flakes. Add 5 C. cold water
to crockpot; cover & cook on High
5 hours, until beans are tender.

If Desired:

Drain to remove bean cooking liquid
which sometimes causes gas. Whether
you drain the beans or not, you’ll need
to add more liquid. Add enough water to
achieve desired soup thickness (it will
be between 2-4 C.) Stir in salt/pepper, to
taste. Ladle into bowls & top each
serving with 1 T. Parmesan cheese.
Serves about 4

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Well, once again, our weather is here to AMAZE –
went to choir practice last night at 4:45 (totally
clear, no snow on ground). I had been watching
the weather reports & knew we were due for
freezing rain/drizzle. Got out of choir practice
at almost 6 p.m., took one look outside & decided
to skip evening church & go home. It was a pretty
SLOW drive (30-35 mph at the most) – roads were
slippery, especially at the lights. Wipers on the
whole time, defroster going full blast – was SO
grateful to get home safely! It continued for
awhile last night but roads are clear today –
reports are we’re supposed to get more of the
same tonight AND add to that: blowing snow
(about an inch accumulation/new sleet less
than an inch possible) Add to all that: Winds
up to 24 mph . . . LOTS OF FUN IN STORE!

Hope you all stay SAFE/WARM & DRY!
Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

SUPER BOWL RECIPES!

I’m not a football fan so until last night I didn’t realize THE GAME was THIS Sunday! Been saving up appetizer recipes for you – so here ya go!

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Fudge Puddles
Small, filled cookie cups
(regular & quick version)

Crust:

1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
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Fudge Filling:
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C. butterscotch chips*
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
(optional: chopped nuts or sprinkles)
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Crust:
In large bowl combine butter, peanut
butter & both sugars; beat in egg &
vanilla.
In separate bowl mix flour, baking soda &
salt. Gradually add flour mixture to creamy
mixture. Chill at least 1 hour (or if you’re
really pressed for time – put in freezer 15
minutes.)
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Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray mini muffin pan cups with nonstick
baking spray.
Remove dough from fridge & form into
1″ balls (poster uses a small melon scoop).
Place 1 ball in each mini muffin cup & bake
15 minutes until very lightly browned. Remove
from oven & make a dent in each ball – let cool
in pan at least 5 minutes then move to a cooling
rack.
Fudge Filling:
In a microwaveable bowl (or saucepan) combine
all filling ingredients (except nuts/sprinkles).
Microwave 1 minute – stir well (if there are any
unmelted chips, microwave in 15-second incre-
ments until all smooth).  IMMEDIATELY start
filling ball ‘dents’ as filling will start to harden-
stir well & fill all dents then sprinkle with nuts/
sprinkles (if desired) Let balls set for 1 hour.
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(Quicker Version):
Poster used Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie
mix
(1 pouch)instead of making dough. Follow
same idea: fill balls & bake. PREPARE FILLING &
follow same directions.

*If you don’t like butterscotch, use milk chocolate
chips

(recipe; mommyskitchen.net)
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Bite-sized Pepperoni Pizza Bites

2 pkgs. store-bought pizza dough,
prepared
1 jar pizza sauce
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 t. olive oil (or) melted butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
Mozzarella cheese (or string
cheese) cut into pieces
pizza toppings of your choice:
pepperoni slices, cooked hamburger
or sausage, ham, veggies, pineapple,
sliced olives,etc.
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marinara or pizza sauce, for dipping
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Preheat oven to specific temp. on
pizza dough pkg (usually 400 degrees F.)
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Lightly spray a pie pan or similar
sized dish with nonstick cooking spray.
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Unroll dough onto a lightly floured
surface – pat or roll dough to about
12″ X 8″ – cut this into 24 squares.
Place cheese & your desired toppings
in center of each square, making
sure you have enough room to
enclose the toppings in the dough.
When all squares are topped, carefully
lift up each square & wrap dough around
toppings. Pinch to make sure each ball
is sealed shut then place on prepared
pan, seam sides down. Brush tops of
balls with olive oil (or melted butter)
then sprinkle tops with garlic powder
& Italian seasoning – top with Parmesan
cheese. Bake 15-20 minutes until
golden brown on top. Serve warm
with warmed marinara or pizza
sauce on the side for dipping.
Makes 24

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Wholly Guacamole!

6 avocados (soft, but not mushy)
2-4 cloves garlic, minced (depends
on how much you like garlic)
1 lime, cut in half
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
salt
chopped cilantro (optional)
1 diced jalapeno pepper (optional)
(OR) 1 diced serrano pepper (optional)
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crackers or chips, for dipping
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Cut avocados in half, remove pit – spoon
avocado into a bowl. Add minced garlic &
squeeze juice from HALF lime into bowl –
mash ingredients together using back of
a large spoon or potato masher (NOTE:
some people like avocado chunky, some
smoother). Fold in diced tomato & onion;
add a few pinches salt & juice from
remaining lime half. Add cilantro &
peppers, if using. Cover bowl & refrigerate
30-45 minutes. Uncover & taste; add
salt, as needed. Serves 4-6

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Oven Potato-slice Nachos

2 large russet potatoes
seasoning salt/black pepper
2 (8 oz, ea) jars taco sauce
5 green onions, finely chopped
chopped green chili
2 C. shredded Mexican-blend
cheese (or Cheddar)
sliced black or green olives

Turn on oven broiler & place
oven rack 4 inches from broiler.
Slice potatoes into 1/4″ thick
slices; arrange in single layer on
large GREASED baking sheet(s).
Sprinkle both sides with salt/pepper.
Broil potatoes until golden brown;
turn over slices & broil other sides
until brown & fork-tender. Remove
from oven & top with taco sauce,
green onions, chilies, shredded
cheese & sliced olives. Place under
broiler until cheese melts.
Serves 2-4

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Easy Cheesy Puff Balls

1 (8 oz) pkg. sliced pepperoni
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 (10 1/8 oz) pkgs. Pillsbury
refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Remove rolls from packages &
separate into individual triangles.
Flatten each triangle & slice so that
it becomes 3 small triangles. Dice
or chop pepperoni into tiny, tiny
pieces. In a small bowl mix pepperoni
& cream cheese; mix very well so that
all of pepperoni pieces are mixed into
cream cheese. Using a small spoon,
place small spoonfuls of cream mixture
& place in centers of triangles. Pinch
up all sides of triangles around filling.
Repeat & place on cookie sheet. Bake
about 11 minutes – the amount of
time stated on crescent roll pkg.
Allow to cool a few minutes before
serving. Makes 48

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Antipasto Squares
(appetizers)

2 (8 oz, ea) tubes crescent dough
1/2 lb. deli ham
1/4 lb. pepperoni, sliced
1/2 lb. sliced Provolone cheese
1/4 lb. sliced mozzarella cheese
1 C. (16 oz) jar sliced pepperonicini
2 T. olive oil
1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. dried oregano
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Unroll one tube of
dough onto cookie sheet & spread out;
pinch seams together. Layer ham,
pepperoni, both cheeses & pepperoncini
on top in even layer. Unroll remaining dough
& place on top – pinch seams to seal. Brush
oil all over top of dough then sprinkle with
Parmesan & oregano. Bake about 35 minutes
until dough is golden & cooked through. (IF
dough is browning too quickly, cover with foil.)
Let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing
into squares. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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French Dip Sliders

5 T. butter, divided
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 sprigs plus 1/4 tsp. fresh thyme
kosher salt/black pepper
12 slider buns, halved
1 lb. thinly sliced deli roast beef
12 slices Provolone cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. minced garlic
1 1/2 C. (low sodium) beef broth
1 T. Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large skillet over medium-high
heat melt 2 T. butter. Add onion &
thyme sprigs – season with salt/pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized,
about 15 minutes. Discard thyme sprigs.
Place bottom halves of buns on a large
baking sheet & top with roast beef,
cheese, caramelized onions & bun tops.
Melt 2 T. butter & brush on top of buns.
Sprinkle tops with garlic powder, salt &
parsley – bake until cheese is melty
& sliders are warmed through, about
10-15 minutes.

Prepare Au Jus:

Add remaining 1 T. butter to same skillet
& melt over medium heat. Add garlic &
cook 1 minute then add beef broth,
Worc. sauce & thyme – season with
salt/pepper – simmer until slightly
reduced, about 10 minutes. Serve
sliders with Au Jus for dipping.
Makes 12

(recipe: delish.com)
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Philly Cheesesteak Nachos

2 T. vegetable oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 large bell peppers/seeded,
thinly sliced
kosher salt/black pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 lb. sirloin steak, thinly sliced
2 C. shredded Provolone cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 large bag tortilla chips

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with foil. Heat
1 T. oil in large skillet over medium heat;
add onion & peppers – season with salt/
pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onions
& peppers are tender, about 5 minutes.
Push peppers & onions to side of pan &
add 1 T. oil to other side. Add steak in a
single layer & season with salt/pepper.
Cook until steak is seared on one side;
season with salt/pepper & Ital. seasoning
then mix steak together with onions &
peppers. On prepared baking sheet add
about half the chips in a layer. Top with
half of mozz & half Provolone cheeses,
half steak & peppers. Repeat to make
another layer with remaining
ingredients. Bake about 15 minutes
until cheese has melted. Serve
immediately.  Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Nachos

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
garlic salt, to taste
salt/pepper, to taste
1 (12 oz) bottle Buffalo Wing sauce
1/2 C. ranch salad dressing
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes w/green
chilies
1 (12 oz) pkg. tortilla chips
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Place chicken in crockpot; sprinkle top
with garlic salt, salt/pepper. Pour in
enough Buffalo Wing sauce to cover
chicken. Cover & cook on Low about
4 hours, until chicken is very tender.
Shred chicken using 2 forks & drain
off any excess liquid. Stir in Ranch
dressing.
In a saucepan, combine Velveeta
with tomatoes/green chilies – cook &
stir until cheese melts.
On a large serving plate layer tortilla
chips. Spoon cheese sauce over chips &
top with shredded chicken. Serves 6-8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Bacon Cheeseburger Dip

1 lb. lean ground beef; cooked &
drained – season well with salt/pepper
1 (8 oz) brick Velveeta cheese, cubed
2 T. ketchup
2 T. mustard
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
6 slices bacon, cooked/diced
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
shredded lettuce
pickle slices

Dippers:  tortilla or corn chips
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In large skillet season beef well
with salt/pepper & cook – drain.
In medium saucepan melt Velveeta
over medium heat until melted.
Stir in cooked beef, ketchup, mustard,
Worc. sauce – mix until combined.
Pour mixture into a 9 X 13″ baking dish &
top with diced bacon, shredded cheese,
lettuce & pickle slices. Serve with dippers.
Serves 8

(recipe: familyfreshmeals.com)
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Ranch Sausage Cups

1 pkt. dry (Hidden Valley) Ranch dressing
mix (prepare accordg. to pkg. directions)
1 (10 oz) pkg. breakfast sausage, browned/
drained
1 (8 oz) pkg. Mexican 4-cheese blend cheese
1/2 C. green or red bell pepper, chopped
(optional)
1 (12 oz) pkg. won ton wrappers* cut into
fours
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In a bowl mix prepared ranch dressing
to cooked sausage; mix in cheese (&
bell peppers, if using). Refrigerate
30 minutes.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray standard muffin tins with
nonstick cooking spray. Place one
wonton wrapper in each muffin tin &
bake 5-7 minutes until lightly golden
brown. (Watch them carefully so they
don’t get too brown!)
Remove from oven & let cool slightly.
Add 2 T. sausage mixture to each cup &
return to oven 5-7 minutes until cheese
melts & mixture is heated through.
Cool slightly before serving.
Makes approx. 48 cups

*these are usually found in the
refrigerated vegetable section in
grocery stores

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Thin Mint Poke Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box chocolate cake
mix, prepared accordg. to pkg.
directions for a 9 X 13″ baking
dish
1 (14 oz) can sweetened
condensed milk
1 (11.75 oz) jar hot fudge sauce

Frosting:

1/2 C. butter, softened
2 T. milk
2 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
green food coloring
1 pkg. Andes mints, coarsely chopped

Prepare cake accordg. to pkg. directions
for a 9 X 13″ baking dish – let cake cool
completely. Using a fork or spoon handle,
poke holes over top of entire cake. Pour
sweetened condensed milk over cake, letting
it soak into the holes. Heat up hot fudge
in microwave then drizzle & spread over top
of cake.

Frosting:

Beat all frosting ingredients together until
smooth then spread over cake. Sprinkle
top with chopped Andes mints & refrigerate
at least 1 hour before serving. Serves 12

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)

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Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Beginning to WARM UP! (Kinda)

Yesterday found me babysitting from 10:15 a.m – after 7 p.m. When I left my house it was -14 degrees F.! My poor car really struggled to get going in those temps. (Quick sidenote: Our new Governor of Michigan sent out texts to all cell phones asking that people drop their house heat to 68 degrees F. until Friday – I guess there was a fire at one of the gas plants which caused a loss of gas and, if people didn’t comply, there might be BROWN OUTS – scary stuff!). My son & his girlfriend complied – so that meant GRANDMA & GRANDSONS FROZE!!! I had on lots of layers but my ears, nose, fingers & toes were cold ALL DAY! We later learned that the gas drop was lifted – let me tell you BOY was I glad to get home last night! (My husband decided that the ‘text thing’ was all a bunch of malarkey so OUR house was warm.) Oh well – we survived!

Today was the first day this week I was actually able to GET OUT and do errands – YAY! Wednesday the news was telling people to stay inside because the temperatures were so cold AND the wind chills were really bad. (I wasn’t happy – didn’t go to Library Knit group OR special needs group). Tried to go to the library today but they were closed (probably due to temperatures – I didn’t get out of my car to read sign on the door – parking lot was totally empty).

Was happy to get ‘needed stuff’ at 2 drug stores, mailed 25 pairs of baby booties to the project I mentioned and grocery shopped. Dinner will be left over pork roast, carrots & potatoes which I threw in the crockpot yesterday before leaving to babysit. SO HAPPY I have a crockpot – it really helps sometimes!

LOTS of great soup & appetizer recipes coming in (for Super Bowl, I’m guessing). Some of the soup recipes I’m featuring today are for smaller amounts of people – found them on a nice site & thought NOT ALL of you feed 6-8 people, so maybe this was a good idea! ENJOY!

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 Turtle Cheesecake Dip

30 (unwrapped) caramels
2 1/4 C. Cool Whip, thawed,
divided
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. chopped pecans, toasted

Suggested dippers:
graham crackers
vanilla cookies
shortbread cookies
pretzels
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In medium microwaveable bowl:
microwave caramels & 1/2 C. Cool Whip
on High 1 min 40 seconds, stirring after
1 minute. Stir until caramels are completely
melted & sauce is well blended. Cool
10 minutes. In small microwaveable bowl
microwave chocolate & 3/4 C. Cool Whip
1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir
until chocolate is completely y melted &
sauce is well blended. In another medium
bowl beat cream cheese using elec. mixer
until creamy. Add 2/3 C. caramel sauce –
beat until blended. Gently stir in remaining
1 C. Cool Whip. Spread cream cheese mixture
onto a serving plate. Drizzle top with chocolate
sauce & remaining caramel sauce. Sprinkle
top with nuts. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Makes 24 (2 T. each) servings.

(recipe: Kraftrecipes.com)
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Classic 30-Minute Chili

1 T. olive oil
1 lb. lean ground beef
3/4 C. chopped yellow onion
2 large cloves garlic, minced
3 T. chili powder
4 T. diced green chilies (from a can)
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 C. fire-roasted diced or crushed tomatoes
30 oz. beans, drained (poster uses 1 can ea:
kidney & pinto, drained/rinsed)
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Toppings:

corn chips
sour cream
shredded cheese
chopped green onions
cilantro
chopped jalapenos

In large pot over medium heat add 1 T.
olive oil & beef; saute, breaking up meat
into small pieces until it’s browned &
almost cooked through; drain. Add onions
& garlic – cook 5 minutes until onions have
softened. Add chili powder, green chilies,
tomato sauce, diced tomatoes & beans –
stir & bring to a simmer. Add 1-2 C. water
(depending on how thin you want it).
Simmer 10-15 minutes, partially covered.
Taste & add salt/pepper or more chili
powder, according to your taste preferences.
Serve hot with desired toppings.
Serves 4

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Chicken & Corn Soup

2 C. (one 16 oz. can) chicken stock
1 C. finely chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 cans cream-style corn
1 (12 oz) can evaporated skim milk
1 1/2 T. flour
1 C. cooked chicken (or 1 can cooked
chicken, drained)
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
salt/pepper, to taste

In large stock pot combine stock, onion &
celery – bring to boil. Lower heat, cover &
simmer 15 minutes until vegetables are
tender. Stir in remaining ingredients &
season with salt/pepper; mix well. Simmer
10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serves 6 (1 C. each)

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Broccoli Cheese Soup

4 T. butter
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
2 1/2 T. flour
2 C. whole milk
1 C. chicken/vegetable stock
1 large head broccoli, roughly
chopped
1 1/2 C. grated cheese
(additional milk & cheese may
be needed)
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In large pot over medium heat melt
butter. Add onions & cook about
4 minutes. Stir in flour & cook 1-2
minutes. Pour in milk & broth; add
broccoli & season with a dash of salt/
pepper. Cover & reduce heat to Low.
Simmer on Low until broccoli is tender,
20-30 minutes. Puree soup in a blender,
in batches (or) use an immersion blender,
(or) use a potato masher. Stir in cheese &
allow to melt. Taste & adjust seasonings
if needed. Thin with additional milk to
desired consistency.  Makes 4-5 bowls.

NOTE: To make it a little heartier:
stir in some cooked, diced ham or
cooked, chopped chicken or turkey.
Serve with extra cheese & crackers

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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15 Minute White Chicken Chili

3 C. pre-cooked/shredded chicken
1 (32 oz) can chicken stock
2 (15 oz) cans white beans, drained
2 tsp. cumin
1 (16 oz) jar salsa (your choice of
how hot)
8 oz. shredded Pepper-Jack cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
black pepper, to taste
1/2 C. tortilla chips (pieces)

Optional Toppings:
sour cream
grated/shredded cheese
chopped green onions
corn
sliced avocado
lime

Place first 8 ingredients in a large pot;
bring to boil over High heat. Reduce heat
to medium & simmer 10 minutes. Add
chips & let thicken to desired consistency.
Serve with optional toppings.

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Baked Nachos (using crockpot)

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 can black beans, drained/rinsed
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 jar of your favorite salsa (16 oz)

tortilla chips
=
Toppings:
shredded Cheddar cheese
sliced olives
peeled/diced avocado
salsa
sour cream
cilantro
guacamole
=
Brown meat, black beans & onion in
a skillet. Combine meat mixture & rest
of ingredients in a crockpot. Cover &
cook on Low 2-3 hours.

Turn oven broiler on
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If you’re making this for a group:
use a baking sheet covered in parchment
paper – spray paper with a little nonstick
cooking spray. Place tortilla chips on sheet.
Using a slotted spoon, spoon meat mixture
over chips & add your choice of toppings.
Broil in oven until cheese is melted & bubbly.
Remove from oven & let stand 1 minute then
drizzle sour cream on top & guacamole, if
using.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Jalapeno Popper Egg Cups

12 strips bacon
8 large eggs
4 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 oz. cream cheese
4 medium jalapeno peppers: 3 chopped,
/seeded & 1 seeded/ sliced into rings)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In skillet par-cook bacon until semi crisp.
(save bacon grease in pan) In a bowl using
elec mixer, mix eggs, cream cheese, chopped
jalapeno, leftover bacon grease, garlic & onion
powders, salt/pepper. Spray wells of 12 muffin
cups with nonstick cooking spray then wrap bacon
slices inside each muffin tin (1 slice per cup)
Pour egg mixture into cups making sure you only
fill half-way to 2/3rds full (they will rise up a lot).
Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top of each cup then
top with a jalapeno slice. Bake 20-25 minutes.
Once baked, remove from oven & let cool.
Makes 12

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Banana Pudding Fluff

1 (3.4 oz) box INSTANT vanilla or
banana pudding mix
1 C. milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
3 C. mini marshmallows
3 C. Vanilla Wafers, broken into
pieces
3 medium bananas, sliced
1 mashed banana

In large bowl whisk dry pudding
mix & milk – let stand 3 minutes
to set. Stir in Cool Whip, then
marshmallows, cookies, sliced &
mashed bananas.

(recipe: facebook)

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Since I mentioned in my last post that I’d
finished several knitting projects, thought
I’d add the photos: first one is a LOOM-
KNIT
hat for my son’s friend. (It’s done
in black & a dark maroon – but the color
looks more magenta in the photo).
Second photo is the ‘shades of pinks’
baby blanket I knit to use up some
smaller bits of pink variegated yarns.

I think it’s funny how strange our weather
has been this past week (due to the Polar
Vortex, I’m told) from below zero with
SUPER COLD wind chills to a High of
49 degrees F. this coming Monday AND
rain! WEIRD!  Guess I can’t complain
too much – at least it isn’t TONS of SNOW!
The roads & our driveway are completely
clear-YAY!  (right now the National
Weather Service says my area is 12 degrees F.
with no wind chill so that’s OK – it didn’t seem
to stop many people from driving/shopping
when I was out earlier.

Stay warm, try to relax a little, maybe eat/drink
something you like (like a treat for you!) –
Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

Last recipes for the New Year

Some tasty appetizers for you –

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Dessert Cheese Ball
(Confetti Cookie Dough Ball)

1 1/2 blocks cream cheese,
softened
4 T. (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. mini chocolate chips
3/4 C. assorted sprinkles

Nilla wafers & pretzels for dipping
=
In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
cream cheese & butter until light &
fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar, brown
sugar & vanilla – fold in choc. chips.
On a work surface, place 2 overlapping
sheets of plastic wrap. Scrape cookie
dough mixture onto sheets. Using your
hands, form mixture into a ball then
place in a small bowl – cover tightly
with plastic wrap & refrigerate until
firm, 3 hours. (once it’s semi-firm,
about 2 hours, you can better shape
it into a ball).
In a small bowl pour sprinkles. When
ready to serve, transfer ball to a serving
platter & cover ball entirely with sprinkles.
(if your ball is firm enough to roll, you
could roll it in sprinkles).
Serve with Nilla wafers & pretzels.
Serves 10-12

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crab Cakes

8 oz lump crab meat
1/3 C. cracker crumbs
1/4 C. bell pepper, chopped
1 green onion, finely chopped
(more for garnish)
1 egg
3 T. mayonnaise
1 T. Old Bay seasoning
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/3 C. vegetable oil (for frying)
flour – for dusting
lemon wedges – for serving

Sauce:
1/2 C. mayonnaise
2 T. scallions, chopped
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. garlic, minced
1 T. relish (or chopped dill pickles)
1 tsp. pickle juice
1/2 tsp. hot sauce (or more, to taste)
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
a splash of Worcestershire sauce
kosher salt, to taste

Cakes:
In large bowl mix all ingredients except
flour & oil – shape mixture into patties.
Dust patties with flour & place in a single
layer on a plate – chill 30 minutes.

When ready to cook: heat oil in a large
skillet over medium heat (when oil is hot:)
carefully place crab cakes in pan & fry
2-4 minutes, until golden brown. Carefully
flip crab cakes & fry on other side until
golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel-
lined plate to drain then serve with sauce,
chopped green onion & lemon wedges
Serves 4

Sauce:
Mix all ingredients for sauce in a medium
bowl until well combined. Keep refrigerated
until ready to serve.

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Beer-Cheese Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
1/4 C. beer
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 green onions, chopped
=
Dippers:
crackers
cut up fresh veggies
=
In medium bowl beat cream cheese,
Ranch dressg & beer using an elec.
mixer until blended. Stir in cheese &
onions & refrigerate several hours
until chilled. Serves 15

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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2-Bite Nacho Cups
(appetizers)

1/2 C. milk
12 slices American cheese, chopped
120 small round tortilla chips (about
6 C.)
1/2 C. Pico de Gallo
1/2 C. guacamole

Suggested garnishes:
sour cream
chopped fresh cilantro
=
In small microwaveable bowl, micro-
wave milk on High 1 min.; stir in chopped
cheese & microwave 1 minutes until cheese
is completely melted & sauce is well blended,
stirring after 30 seconds. In a 24-cup paper-
lined muffin tin
stand 5 chips, overlapping
as necessary to fit inside cups. Spoon 1 T.
cheese sauce into each cup & top with 1 tsp
EACH Pico de Gallo & guacamole. Garnish
with optional garnishes. Serves 24

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Sesame Chicken Bites
(appetizers)

Sauce:
3/4 C. mayonnaise
4 tsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Chicken:
1/2 C. dry bread crumbs
1/4 C. sesame seeds
2 tsp. minced fresh parsley
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1″ cubes
2-4 T. canola oil

In small bowl mix all sauce
ingredients – refrigerate until
serving.

In a shallow bowl mix bread crumbs,
sesame seeds & parsley. In another
shallow bowl mix mayo & seasonings.
Dip chicken into mayo mixture then into
crumb mixture, patting to help coating
adhere to all sides.
In large cast-iron or other heavy skillet
heat 2 T. oil over medium-high heat.
Add chicken & cook, in batches, until
chicken is no longer pink, turning
occasionally & adding additional oil
as needed. Drain on paper towels.
Serve with sauce.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen bites with
3/4 C. sauce

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Mini Crab Tarts

2 (1.9 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen miniature
phyllo tart shells
1 large egg
1/4 C. milk
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1 T. flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1 (6 oz) can lump crabmeat, drained
(& checked for bits of shell)
2 T. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 T. chopped green onion
(thinly sliced green onions – optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place tart shells in an ungreased 15 X 10 X
1 inch baking pan. In small bowl whisk
egg, milk, mayo, flour & salt until smooth.
Stir in crab, cheese & chopped onion – spoon
into tart shells. Bake 9-11 minutes until set.
Garnish with sliced onions, if using. Serve
warm. Makes 30

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Buffalo Wing Poppers

20 jalapeno peppers
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. cooked/diced chicken
1/2 C. Blue Cheese salad dressing
1/2 C. buffalo wing sauce

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray a 15 X 10 X 1″ baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut peppers in half lengthwise, leaving
stems intact (discard seeds). In small
bowl combine remaining ingredients;
pipe or spoon filling into pepper halves
& place in prepared pan. Bake, uncovered,
20 minutes for spicy flavor; 30 for medium
flavor & 40 minutes for mild.
Makes 40

NOTE: wear disposable gloves when cutting
peppers – the oils can burn the skin. Avoid
touching your face while handling these
peppers.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Ham & Brie Pastries

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1/3 C. apricot preserves
4 slices deli ham, quartered
8 oz. Brie cheese, cut into 16
pieces

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cover a baking sheet with
parchment paper.
On lightly floured surface, unfold
puff pastry. Roll pastry to 12 inch
square; cut into sixteen 3-inch
squares. Place 1 tsp. preserves in
center of each square & top with
ham & cheese, folding if necessary.
Overlap 2 opposite corners of pastry
over filling & pinch tight to seal –
place on prepared baking sheet.
Bake 15-20 minutes until golden
brown. Cool on pan 5 minutes
before serving. Makes 16

Freezer option:
Freeze cooled pastries in a freezer
container, separating layers with
waxed paper. To use: reheat pastries
on a baking sheet in preheated
400 degrees F. oven until heated
through.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Bacon/Cheddar Scones

5 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
2 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 stick butter (8 T or 1/2 C., softened)
2 eggs
1/3 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. sour cream

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl whisk flour, baking powder,
mustard, salt/pepper, cheese & half the
crumbled bacon. Cut in butter until
mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat
eggs in a small bowl using a fork; add eggs,
onions & sour cream to bowl & mix well until
dough is wet & forms a ball in the bowl. Spray
a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray &
place dough on sheet. Press dough with your
hands into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle
remaining bacon & press into dough. Cut dough
into 8 triangles (poster uses a pizza cutter). Bake
20-25 minutes until browned on top. Makes 8

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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It’s a quiet day here – woke up to temps in
the mid 20’s and some snow on the ground –
thank heavens it melted when we got out
of church! YAY! (there’s still a little on the
ground, but nothing big).

We don’t have any special plans for New
Year’s – middle son has to work until 11 p.m.
(he’s a front desk clerk at a Hilton Hotel). I
have some chilled shrimp for husband & I,
just for fun – that’s it!

Hope you are having a good/relaxing day.
Pretty soon it will be a NEW year! (Felt
funny saying to a friend as we left church –
see you NEXT YEAR!).

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Almost forgot! Gas today was $1.95/9 – WOW!

Lots ‘o Appetizers!

Sausage & Cheddar Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs
1/2 lb. bulk sausage
1/4 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese (plus additional for garnish)
1 tsp. Honey Dijon mustard
1/2 C. mayonnaise
paprika – garnish

Place eggs in a saucepan – fill with
water to cover eggs – bring to a boil
then reduce heat & cook eggs 15
minutes. *Drain under cold water &
let eggs cool completely before
removing shells. Peel shells from
eggs & cut eggs in half, lengthwise –
scoop out yolks into a large bowl.
Place egg white halves on a plate.

*While eggs are cooking, cook sausage
in a large skillet, crumble & cook until
no longer pink; drain.

With egg yolks in bowl mash yolks,
mayo, mustard, Cheddar cheese & 1/2
C. cooked sausage – mix until combined
& desired texture is reached. Spoon
mixture into egg white halves. Garnish
with more Cheddar cheese & paprika.
Serves 12

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Buffalo Shrimp Dip

11-14 oz. raw shrimp-cleaned/peeled/
thawed if frozen -chopped into small
pieces
1/2 C. diced onion
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded/stems
removed/chopped
1 C. fresh spinach, chopped
1/2 – 1 tsp. oil or butter for sauteing
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. beer (plus extra 1/2 C. , as
needed)
1 T. melted butter
3 T. hot sauce (extra, to your taste)
3 oz. grated Pepper Jack cheese
2 oz. grated sharp Cheddar cheese

garnish-chopped spinach & red pepper
flakes

Crackers, for dipping
=
In skillet over medium-high heat add a
little oil & saute onion & jalapenos. Add
chopped spinach (or add at end to insure
it stays bright green). Add shrimp & cook
1-3 minutes until opaque. Add cream cheese
& beer – stir to combine, reducing heat to
medium. Add butter, hot sauce & grated
cheeses – stir well until hot & melted, adding
extra beer as desired to thin sauce. Pour into
a serving bowl & garnish with chopped spinach
& red pepper flakes (if desired). (You can also
add a drizzle of hot sauce on top, if desired).
Serves 10

(recipe: peasandcrayons.com)
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Baked Brie w/Maple-glazed
Walnuts

1 (8 oz) wheel of Brie cheese
1/2 C. walnuts
2 T. maple syrup
dash salt
dash pepper

Dippers:
assorted crackers, apple
slices or hunks of baguette
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place Brie on a baking sheet lined
with foil – bake 15 minutes.
NOTE: once Brie has baked for 10 minutes:
To a small skillet add: walnuts, maple syrup,
salt/pepper & cook over medium heat, stirring
frequently until syrup has evaporated. Allow
Brie to cool a few minutes then transfer to
a serving dish & spoon glazed walnuts on top.
Serve immediately with assorted crackers &
dippers.

(recipe: lydioutloud.com)
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Mexican Won ton Appetizers

1/2 lb. Italian turkey sausage
1/2 lb. ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 C. shredded Jalapeno cheese
(Kraft)
3/4 C. thick/chunky salsa
48 won ton wrappers*
=
In large skillet crumble sausage &
ground turkey; cook on Medium-high
heat 10 minutes until no longer pink,
stirring frequently; drain. Add garlic,
cumin – cook & stir 2 minutes. Add cheese
& salsa; cook 2-3 minutes until cheese is
melted & mixture is well blended, stirring
frequently. Cool slightly.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cover baking sheets with foil & spray with
nonstick cooking spray. Place 8 won ton
wrappers in a single layer on a work surface.
Spoon 2 level teaspoons filling onto center
of each wrapper. Brush edges of wrappers
with water & fold diagonally in half (making
a triangle). Firmly press edges together to
seal & place on prepared sheets. Spray
tops lightly with additional cooking spray &
repeat with remaining wrappers & filling.
Bake 12-15 minutes until crisp & golden
brown, turning after 7 minutes. Place on
paper towels to drain. Serves 24

* you can usually find won ton wrappers in
the vegetable section (usually refrigerated)
in the grocery store

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Mini Loaded Tater Tot Appetizers

half of a (32 oz) pkg. Ore-Ida Tater
Tots  (about 48 tots)
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. sour cream
4 slices bacon; cooked/crumbled
2 green onions, sliced

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray 24 mini muffin cups with
nonstick cooking spray & place
2 tater tots in each tin. Place
muffin pan on bottom oven rack
& bake 10 minutes. Spray the
bottom of a shot glass (or other
small glass*) with nonstick cooking
spray & press tater tots (using a
twisting motion) to make potato
cups. Return to oven & bake 15
minutes longer until deep golden
brown. Add cheese to cups; bake
1 minutes until cheese is melted.
Transfer to a serving platter &
fill cups with remaining ingredients.
Serves 12

*You can also use the back of a large
metal spoon

Serving tip: Spoon sour cream into
a small ziplock plastic bag; snip off
one bottom corner of bag & use to
pipe sour cream into potato cups
before topping with bacon & green
onions.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Woke up to some snow on the ground
today and temps in the 20’s – WHERE did
THAT come from? I thought they said it
was supposed to be in the 40/50’s this
weekend! Surprise!!!

Slow, quiet weekend – hope you’re in
good health and RELAXING!

Hugs;

Pammie

(more appetizers following –
probably tomorrow!)

 

Nice and quiet – strangely so…

Of all the Christmases I’ve lived through, this had to be the most ‘unusual/quiet’ one I’ve had. Middle son has moved to his girlfriend’s (plus he had to work 2-10 p.m.) so we didn’t see him at all. Youngest spent the entire day & night sleeping! Husband & I had fun in the kitchen cooking; he had the local radio station on so the house was full of ‘fun’ Christmas songs while we peeled & chopped potatoes for his Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Our original time for Christmas Dinner at oldest son’s was supposed to be 3 p.m. but he texted saying they were running late and would we mind if it was 4:30/5 p.m.? NOT AT ALL! Gave us more time! Dinner at their house was VERY small & quiet as well; her parents didn’t come (not exactly sure why – something about their new puppy couldn’t be left alone . . . that was the story at Thanksgiving also – I don’t know, just felt bad for oldest son’s girlfriend, as she would have liked to have her parents there also.) As it was it was his family (4) and husband & I (2) – let’s just say we had WAaaaaaay too much food! I made a huge spinach salad that would have fed at least 8; his Prime Rib was wonderful along with his grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Wine reduction – tons of food and (of course) we all over-ate! LOTS of leftovers for the next few days, for sure!

Lots more recipes to share – I guess I should insert here (as I do every few months) The recipes on my blog (for the most part) are NOT my recipes – at the end of the recipes is the site link for the originator of said recipe. The recipes I post are ones that sound really tasty to me and, hopefully, somewhat easy to put together, too.

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Cookie Dough Fudge

1 stick butter, softened
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/4 C. mini chocolate chips,
divided
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 1/2 C. white chocolate, melted

Spray a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray & line with
parchment paper. In large bowl using
elec. mixer, beat butter, sugar & vanilla
until smooth. Add flour & salt; beat
until combined. Stir in 1 C. mini choc.
chips. In another large bowl mix sweeten’d
cond. milk & melted white chocolate – fold
into cookie dough mixture & pour into prepared
pan – top with remaining 1/4 C. mini choc. chips.
Refrigerate until fudge is firm – about 2 hours.
Remove from pan by lifting edges of parchment
paper then cut into squares. Makes about 15
squares.

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Potato Cheese Soup
(4 ingredients!)

2 (28 oz, ea) bags frozen Potatoes O’Brien
(shredded/or diced potatoes w/ onions & peppers)
2 (32 oz, ea) boxes chicken broth
2 (10 oz, ea) cans cream of chicken soup
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, cut into
chunks.

Place potatoes, broth cream cheese chunks
& soup in crockpot. Stir, cover & cook on High
2 hours (or Low 3 hours). Stir well before
serving. Serves 12-15 (generously)

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Greek Feta Dip

12 oz. feta cheese
1 C. Greek yogurt
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/4 C. olive oil, plus more
for drizzling
juice & zest of 1 lemon
kosher salt
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. freshly chopped dill,
plus more for garnish
1/2 C. chopped cucumber
1/2 C. halved cherry tomatoes

Pita chips, for dipping

In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
feta cheese, Greek yogurt, cream cheese,
oil, lemon juice & zest until fluffy & combined.
Season with salt & red pepper flakes; stir in dill.
Transfer dip to a serving bowl & top with chopped
cucumber, tomatoes, dill & a drizzle of oil. Serve
with pita chips. Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Bundt Cake Breakfast

1 C. cooked/diced ham
2 c. tater tots, still frozen
12 eggs, whisked
1 can (8) Pillsbury Grands biscuits,
diced – still raw dough
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Mix all ingredients
together & pour into prepared pan.
Bake 45 minutes; remove from oven
& lay a serving plate on top of Bundt
pan. Invert pan so that breakfast is
now on the serving plate. Serve warm.

NOTE from poster: you can use any meats
or veggies; the key is not to add too much
bread – tater tots add just the right amount
of potatoes – they shred up & you would
think they were hash browns without making
it dense.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)


Chicken Pot Pie SOUP!

3 chicken breasts, cut into small
chunks
3 carrots, peeled/chopped into
chunks
3 medium potatoes, peeled/chopped
small chunks
2 stalks celery, chopped
pinch salt/pepper
2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)
3 1/2 C. chicken stock OR (3 1/2 C. water +
3 bouillon cubes)
3 T. unsalted butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. minus 1 T. flour
1 1/4 C. milk
juice of 1 lemon
1 small bunch fresh thyme

In large pot add chicken, carrots,
potatoes, celery, salt/pepper,
thyme & stock – bring to boil &
allow to simmer 15 minutes –
turn off heat. When nearly cooked,
in another saucepan add butter &
onions – heat on medium heat – cook
5-6 minutes until soft. Add flour into
onions & stir to form a creamy paste,
cook, stirring, 1 minute then add a
ladle of stock from chicken broth
(try to get mostly stock, not chicken/
veggies). Whisk, adding stock, until
you have ladled out most of stock
from chicken pan (leaving chic &
veggies behind). Pour milk into sauce
mixture; heat through while stirring
with whisk. (Sauce should thicken slightly
as it’s heating). Once sauce is almost
boiling (do NOT let it boil); pour it back
into pan with chicken & veggies. Bring
heat to almost boiling & add in half of
lemon juice – stir & taste – add rest of
lemon juice if needed. Season with salt/
pepper & top with a sprig of fresh thyme
before serving. Serves 5-6

(recipe: kitchensanctuary.com)
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Cheesy Mushroom & Broccoli
Casserole

3 T. butter
2 T. flour
1/2 lb. Shiitake or Baby Bella
mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. chicken stock
1 (10 oz) box frozen chopped
broccoli, thawed/drained
2 C. shredded Cheddar-Monterey
Jack blend cheese
3 C. cooked rice
salt/pepper

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Butter a 1 1/8 qt. oval casserole
dish. In large pot, melt 3 T. butter
& flour over medium heat until
golden in color, making a quick
roux. The roux should resemble
the color of peanut butter. Add
mushrooms, onion, garlic, garlic
powder, cayenne pepper, heavy
cream & chicken stock. Add
broccoli, 1 C. cheese & rice.
Season with salt/pepper, to
taste. Pour into prepared dish &
top with remaining cheese. Bake
until cheese is melted & golden,
about 20 minutes.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Tomato & Shrimp Pasta

1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled/deveined
8 oz. spaghetti, uncooked (or any pasta
you desire)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
4 medium tomatoes, cored/seeded &
cut into 1″ pieces
2 T. coarsely chopped fresh basil
3 T. olive oil, divided
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
pinch red pepper flakes
salt/pepper, to taste

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Heat 1 T. oil in large, deep skillet.
Add shrimp & garlic – cook until shrimp
turns pink. Add tomatoes, basil, remaining
2 T. oil, pepper flakes, salt/pepper. Toss,
gently heating tomatoes but not cooking
them. Remove from heat & toss in cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Chunky Monkey Brownies

2 C. flour
1 1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 C.) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. banana (mashed with a fork-
about 1 medium)
10 oz. Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate
baking melts (or 12 oz. semi sweet
chocolate chips)
1/4 C. chocolate chips (for topping)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. In a bowl mix butter, eggs,
sugars, salt & vanilla using elec. mixer
until well mixed. Stir with a wooden spoon
to combine:flour, mashed banana & baking
melts/chips; spread into prepared pan &
smooth top evenly Sprinkle choc. chips
on top. Bake 30-40 minutes until lightly
golden brown & a toothpick inserted in
center comes out clean. Cool completely
in pan before cutting into bars.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Candied Pecans
(6 qt. or larger crockpot)

2 egg whites
1 T. vanilla
1 3/4 C. sugar
1 3/4 C. brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 lb. whole pecans

In small bowl whisk egg whites &
vanilla until very frothy (may take
a minute or two). In medium bowl
add sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt
stir until combined. Place pecans in
a large bowl; pour egg whites over &
stir until pecans are evenly coated. Pour
over sugar mixture & stir until pecans
are coated. Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray – add nuts.
Cover & cook on Low for 3 hours,
stirring every 20 minutes. When cooking
time is done, pour nuts onto a baking
sheet lined with waxed or parchment
paper. Cool for 30 minutes before storing
or packaging in bags. Serves 20

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Our weather, once again, is acting very
unlike Winter in Michigan (which I, personally,
am LOVING!) It snowed just a tad yesterday
(Christmas Day) and my oldest son was
ecstatic – he & his oldest son (12) LOVE to go
snowboarding in the winter – however –
the snow all melted! Today it got up to 45
degrees F.!!! YAY! (I’ve lived in good old
Michigan all my life so I KNOW this will
not be the end of snow for us – just hoping
we don’t really bad snowfalls (has happened
in years past) – will just have to wait & see.

Hope your holiday went very well and you
were able to enjoy time with friends/family,
some good food and great company.

Hugs;

Pammie

Last Minute – How’s it going?

Just got home from a quick ‘dash’ to the grocery store for last minute items – yes, that’s ME – the person who always says: “I’d never to shopping on Christmas EVE!” As I was looking over our menu for Christmas Dinner it occurred to me (like at Thanksgiving) – lovely menu BUT I can’t eat MOST of the sides! (Now that I’m trying to adhere to a stricter diabetic menu it changes the way I eat. Our menu will be: (probably appetizers by my son – like melted Brie & honey, several dips & crackers) my husband’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Wild Rice stuffing, croissants, my son’s Prime Rib & desserts: our family tradition: a “Happy Birthday, Jesus” chocolate cake, a smaller variety slices of cheesecakes. My ‘new’ addition: a spinach salad (hence my grocery trip). I decided the salad would have: Baby Spinach, Slices of red onion, chopped green pepper, sliced cucumbers, little tomatoes, feta cheese & slivered almonds (might change that to sun flower seeds – we’ll see) plus whatever dressings they want on it.  It will be a feast, for sure. How are YOU coming on your plans?  (side note: we have two small grocery stores in our area that tend to be a bit ethnic – the one observation from me the last 2 times I went there: No ALMONDS of any kind! Strange! ( was looking for slivered almonds)

A few more ‘last minute’ recipes for ya-

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Easy Bread Pudding

2 tubes refrigerated cinnamon rolls
8 eggs
5 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt

Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Break up cinnamon rolls into
bite-sized pieces & place in baking dish. In
large bowl whisk eggs until uniformly yellow –
add milk & salt; whisk until smooth. Pour
mixture over rolls, being careful to soak ALL
pieces with mixture. Let pieces soak 1 hour.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake 45-50 minutes until set.
Serves 12

Optional idea: replace regular milk with
chocolate milk & sprinkle top with chocolate
chips before baking.

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Brown Sugar Pecan Pie

1/2 C. butter
2 1/3 C. firmly packed brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temp.
1/4 C. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. toasted/chopped pecans
1 (9 inch) unbaked deep-dish pie crust

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Place pie dish (with crust)on a baking
sheet. In small saucepan melt butter,
continue cooking over medium heat,
stirring occasionally,until slightly browned.
Remove from heat & let cool 10
minutes. In a large bowl whisk together
brown sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla & salt
until smooth. Slowly drizzle in melted
butter, whisking the entire time until
fully incorporated – stir in pecans.
Pour mixture into pie crust & bake
45-55 minutes until puffed & golden
brown. Place on a cooling rack to cool.
Pie will settle as it cools. Let it cool
completely before slicing.
Serves 10

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Last Minute Chocolate Fudge

24 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
(about 4 C)
2 (14 oz, ea) cans sweetened condensed
milk
1/2 C. salted butter
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. pecans, chopped (optional)

Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with parchment
paper so it comes up the sides of the pan
(making it easy to remove the fudge).
In a large microwave-safe dish combine
choc. chips, sweeten’d cond. milk & butter.
Microwave in 1 minute segments, stirring
after each time until mixture is smooth &
creamy (takes about 4 minutes). Stir in
vanilla & 1 C. nuts (optional). Pour into
prepared pan & spread evenly. Top with
remaining nuts (if using). Refrigerate
to set then cut into small squares.
Makes 40-50 small squares

(NOTE: keep refrigerated for best texture).

(recipe: iwashyoudry)
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Crockpot French Onion Meatballs

1 (24-32 oz) bag frozen meatballs
2 cans French Onion soup

Combine ingredients in crockpot &
heat on High 2 hours (or Low
for 4 hours). Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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(crockpot) Tangy Pineapple Meatballs

1 (40 oz) bag frozen meatballs
1 (16 oz0 can pineapple tidbits
1 (24 oz) bottle ketchup
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. maple syrup
1/4 C. soy sauce

Combine all ingredients in crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 3 hours.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Raspberry Fluff Salad

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 C. mini marshmallows
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (32 oz) tub vanilla yogurt
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries

In large bowl mix yogurt & pudding mix;
stir until completely mixed. Fold in Cool
Whip & raspberries (raspberries will soften
while salad sets). Fold in marshmallows.
Cover & refrigerate 30 minutes. When
removing from fridge, fold salad with a
spoon several times to spread the raspberry
juice throughout the salad. Serves 15

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Crockpot Brown Sugar Ham

7 lb. cooked, bone-in ham or
spiral cooked ham
1 C. brown sugar
2 C. pineapple juice
1/2 C. maple syrup

Place ham in crockpot, flat side
down. Rub brown sugar over all
sides of ham; drizzle with juice
& syrup. Cover & cook on Low
4-6 hours. Serves 10-12

NOTE: Poster used 6-7 lb. ham
to fit inside a 6-8 qt. crockpot.
If your ham is just a little too big
to get the lid on tight – you can
wrap foil around the outside of
the lid to keep the heat in.
Cooking times will vary greatly
on this recipe depending on your
ham size/shape & how hot your
crockpot cooks. Check it regularly
to make sure you don’t over cook it.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Sausage/Mushroom Appetizer

48 large fresh mushrooms
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 lb. bulk pork sausage, cooked/
crumbled
1 C. shredded Swiss cheese
1/4 C. mayonnaise
3 T. butter, melted
2 T. finely chopped onion
2 tsp. spicy brown (or horseradish)
mustard
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray two 9 X 13″ baking dishes with
nonstick cooking spray.
Remove mushroom stems (discard or
save for another use). In large bowl
combine remaining ingredients – stuff
mixture inside mushroom caps & place
caps on prepared sheets. Bake, uncovered,
16-20 minutes until heated through.
Makes 4 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Twice-Baked Potato Casserole

1 1/2 lb. red potatoes (about 6
medium) baked & cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. sliced bacon, cooked/crumbled
3 C. sour cream
2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 green onions, sliced

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place half
of the cut potatoes in prepared dish.
Sprinkle top with half salt/pepper/
bacon. Top with half sour cream &
cheeses – repeat layers. Bake, uncovered,
20-25 minutes until cheeses are melted.
Sprinkle top with onions.
Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Brie w/Cranberry Sauce

8 oz. round brie cheese, room temp.
1/3 C. cranberry sauce
2 T. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. orange zest
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 C. hazelnuts, unroasted/roughly
chopped
fresh rosemary (garnish)

Crackers for dipping
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Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line a small baking dish with parchment
paper. Peel or slice off the top rind of the
brie – scrape out a small amount of cheese
to form a shallow hollow in the center –
place cheese in prepared dish. In a bowl
mix cranberry sauce, brown sugar, vanilla,
orange zest & nutmeg – spoon into hollow
of brie & sprinkle hazelnuts on top. Bake
8-12 minutes until filling is bubbling &
cheese is gooey.

NOTE: the goal is to take
the cheese out after it has softened, but
just before it collapses into a heap.

Using parchment paper, lift cheese out of
bowl using a spatula – carefully slide onto
a serving dish; garnish with a rosemary
sprig (if desired). Serve immediately with
assorted crackers for dipping. Serves 4-6

(recipe: thekitchn.com)
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Baked Brie w/Cranberry Sauce

8 oz. round brie cheese, room temp.
1/3 C. cranberry sauce
2 T. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. orange zest
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 C. hazelnuts, unroasted/roughly
chopped
fresh rosemary (garnish)

Crackers for dipping
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Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line a small baking dish with parchment
paper. Peel or slice off the top rind of the
brie – scrape out a small amount of cheese
to form a shallow hollow in the center –
place cheese in prepared dish. In a bowl
mix cranberry sauce, brown sugar, vanilla,
orange zest & nutmeg – spoon into hollow
of brie & sprinkle hazelnuts on top. Bake
8-12 minutes until filling is bubbling &
cheese is gooey.

NOTE: the goal is to take
the cheese out after it has softened, but
just before it collapses into a heap.

Using parchment paper, lift cheese out of
bowl using a spatula – carefully slide onto
a serving dish; garnish with a rosemary
sprig (if desired). Serve immediately with
assorted crackers for dipping. Serves 4-6

(recipe: thekitchn.com)
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                     A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU, ALL!

Hugs;

Pammie