Mid-Week Musings

Slowly but surely Fall is creeping into my area – the temperatures are getting a little colder in the evenings, BUT – day time temps are still in the low to mid 70’s, so I’m happy. I love all the Fall ‘stuff’ – leaves turning, brisk air, pumpkin-flavored everything, just don’t want to be reminded that WINTER is coming!

I should also mention: our internet went ‘down’ last week for 2 days; came ‘up’ again for a total of maybe an hour then was down again for another 2 days! LOVELY! Husband was NOT happy – last time out, they STILL didn’t know what caused it to happen twice!

This is a busy week for me, every day (& some evenings) has something to go to or do; can’t complain, I’d probably be bored if I didn’t have things to do, right? The other grandma is back so I didn’t babysit all last week (that was strange – no calls/texts so I kept waiting for the other ‘shoe’ to fall but it never happened). I decided I’d catch this week in the ‘bud’ by texting my crazy schedule, so I’m only babysitting Friday, starting at 6:45 (and probably until 4/5, so I’ll need my sleep!).

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I’m going to be a little crazy here and post LOTS of SUMMER recipes – there’s SO many I still want to share with you!

Strawberry Cream Cheese
Icebox Cake

2 lb. strawberries, washed/hulled/
sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 sleeves graham crackers
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room
temp.
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant cheesecake
flavored pudding mix
3 C. milk
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/
divided

Spray bottom of 9 X 13″ baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray & line
bottom with graham crackers. In a
bowl combine cream cheese & sweetened
condensed milk – beat using elec. mixer
until smooth & creamy. Add pudding mixes
and milk – mix on Low 4-5 minutes until
mixture starts to thicken. Fold in 2 C.
Cool Whip until smooth. Pour half of
cream cheese mixture over graham
crackers & smooth evenly. Arrange a
single layer of sliced strawberries over
cream cheese mixture. Top strawberries
with another layer of graham crackers/
cover with remaining cream cheese
mixture. Top with another layer of
strawberries. Cover & refrigerate
6-8 hours. When serving, top with
remaining Cool Whip. Crush remaining
graham crackers & sprinkle crumbs over
the top.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Stuffed Tomatoes
(baked or grilled)

6 large, ripe tomatoes

Stuffing:
4 C. fresh soft bread crumbs
1 medium onion, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 C. grated Parmesan or Romano
cheese
1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley
1 (4 oz) stick butter
1 tsp. salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. black pepper (or to taste)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
(NOTE: if you are putting them on
the grill – preheat grill to HIGH heat)
Cut tops off tomatoes at the stem end
then scoop out seeds & spines. (can use
a melon baller for this). Place hollowed-
out tomatoes, cut sides down on a paper
towel-lined plate.

Stuffing:
Place bread crumbs in large bowl & melt
butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onion & garlic – cook until onion is
just soft, about 3 minutes; add to bread
crumbs. Add cheese, parsley, salt/pepper &
mix well. Fill each tomato cavity with mixture
letting it mound up on top. Bake or grill
5-10 minutes until tomato is just beginning
to get soft. If you want more browning on
top – place under a broiler for 1-2 minutes.
Serves 6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Zucchini Gratin

6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter,
plus extra for topping
1 lb. yellow onions, cut in half &
sliced (3 large)
2 lb. zucchini, sliced 1/4 inch thick
(4 zucchini)
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 T. flour
1 C. hot milk
3/4 C. fresh bread crumbs
3/4 C. grated Gruyere cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 10″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Melt butter in very large (12 inch)
saute pan & cook onions over Low
heat 20 minutes until tender but not
browned. Add zucchini; cook, covered,
10 minutes until tender. Add salt/pepper &
nutmeg – cook, uncovered, 5 minutes –
stir in flour. Add hot milk & cook over Low
heat a few minutes until it makes a sauce.
Pour into prepared dish. Combine bread
crumbs & Gruyere cheese – sprinkle on
top of casserole – dot with 1 T. butter cut
into small bits. Bake 20 minutes until
bubbly & browned. Serves 6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Skinny Quinoa Veggie Dip

2 (15 oz, ea) cans black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 2/3 C. water, divided
salt/pepper, to taste
2/3 C. quinoa, rinsed*
5 T. lime juice, divided
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled/
coarsely chopped
2 T. plus 3/4 C. sour cream, divided
1/4 C. minced fresh cilantro
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
3/4 C. peeled/seeded/finely chopped
cucumber
3/4 C. finely chopped zucchini
1/4 C. finely chopped red onion
cucumber slices

In food processor pulse beans, cumin,
paprika, cayenne & 1/3 C. water until
smooth – add salt/pepper, to taste.
In small saucepan cook quinoa with
remaining 1 1/3 C. water accordg.
to pkg. directions. Fluff with a fork;
sprinkle with 2 T. lime juice.
Mash avocados, 2 T. sour cream, cilantro
& remaining lime juice.

In a 2 1/2 qt. dish, layer:
bean mixture
quinoa
avocado mixture
remaining sour cream
tomatoes
chopped cucumber,
zucchini
onion

Serve immediately with cucumber
slices for dipping, or refrigerate.
Serves 32

*look for quinoa in the cereal, rice
or organic food aisle

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Garden Bow Tie Salad

1 medium cucumber
1 medium yellow summer squash
1 medium zucchini
1 medium sweet red pepper
4 C. fresh broccoli florets
3 C. fresh cauliflowerets
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 pkgs. Italian salad dressing mix
4 1/2 C. uncooked bow tie pasta
1/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Wash first 5 ingredients but do not dry-
chop & transfer to large bowl. Add
remaining vegetables – sprinkle with
dry dressing mix – toss to coat. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions. Drain;
rinse with cold water & add to vegetable
mixture. In small bowl whisk remaining
ingredients & add to salad – toss to coat.
Serves 24 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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“Johnsonville Brats” Hot Tub

1 (2.85 oz) pkg. Johnsonville Original
Bratwurst Party pack
1 aluminum foil baking pan (11 X 9 X
2 3/4 inches)
2-3 (12 oz, ea) cans beer
2 T. butter
1 large yellow or white onion, sliced
12 brat buns

Cook brats on a gas or charcoal grill
accordg. to pkg. directions. When cooked,
remove from grill & place in foil pan – place
pan on grill, add beer, butter & onions.
Over medium heat, on a covered grill, allow
brats to simmer in beer & onions. Serve each
brat with onions on a bun. Makes 12 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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German Potato Salad

5 strips bacon
3/4 C. chopped onion
2 T. flour
2/3 C. cider vinegar
1 1/3 C. water
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
6 C. peeled/sliced/cooked
potatoes

in large skillet fry bacon until crisp;
remove to paper towel-lined plate.
Drain all but 2 T. of bacon drippings;
cook onion in drippings until tender.
Stir in flour & blend well. Add vinegar &
water; cook & stir until bubbly &
slightly thick. Add sugar & stir until it
dissolves.Gently stir crumbled bacon &
potatoes into mixture. Serve warm.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Garlic Shrimp

2 lb. peeled/deveined large shrimp (tail on
or off)
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 (8.5 oz) jar sundried tomatoes (reserve
oil from jar)
3 T. minced garlic
1/2 C. diced white onion
1/2 C. vegetable stock
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
2 C. fresh spinach
1/2 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
(basil – for garnish – optional)
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Serve with: Cooked rice or pasta to
feed 5-6
(OR) with toasted sourdough bread
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Heat large skillet on medium-high heat –
add 3 T. oil reserved from sun-dried tomatoes
jar. Add shrimp & season with garlic salt, pepper
& Old Bay seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally,
until shrimp are opaque (about 5 minutes); remove
shrimp from skillet. In same skillet add 2 additional
T. reserved sun-dried tomato oil on medium-high
heat. Add garlic, onion & sun-dried tomatoes -cook
1 minute. Stir in vegetable stock & Dijon mustard,
stir to combine then add in heavy cream; stir until
a creamy sauce forms & comes to a slight boil.
Reduce heat & add Parm. cheese & spinach. Cook &
stir until cheese has melted & spinach has wilted,
about 3 minutes. Add shrimp back to skillet & stir
to combine. Remove from heat, garnish with basil
(if using) & more Parmesan cheese. Serve over
cooked rice, pasta or with warm, toasted sourdough
bread. Serves 5-6

(recipe: thefoodcafe.com)
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Crockpot Peaches ‘n Cream Dump Cake

1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling
1 box white cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 C. sugar

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
In bowl mix cream cheese & sugar
until smooth. Place pie filling in
bottom of crockpot & spread evenly;
top with cream cheese mixture.
Sprinkle dry cake mix over top &
pour melted butter on top.
Place 6-8 paper towels over opening
of crockpot & place on lid (towels
absorb excess moisture). Cook on
High 1-2 hours. Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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I went to the second baby shower last Saturday;
I don’t know about you, but occasionally I tend
to go a little ‘crazy’ – I had originally planned on
giving them a crocheted Granny Square blanket
but the morning of the shower I decided that
wasn’t quite ‘good enough’ – I’ve known the
expectant Dad for many years, he’s almost like
another son to me. At 9:30 a.m. I started knitting
like crazy on the blanket I was working on (Feather
& Fan pattern, several different yarns) and knit
almost continually until 1 p.m. (shower started
at 1:30. I wrapped the blanket with other items
and when it came time to open gifts, I asked
them to please open mine first so I could sew
in all the ‘ends’! They did, I finished it, they
loved it . . . so much so that the expectant Dad
called me that evening to thank me, again, for
the blanket. He said: “I’ve seen you knitting
blankets for years and when I saw you come
through the door with a gift, all I could think
was: ‘I HOPE she knit one for us!’ – Pretty
sweet from a mid-20’s guy these days! I was
thrilled I’d made the decision to finish the
one that was ‘just a little fancier’ than the
original crocheted one. Sometimes you just
have to ‘go with your gut’ – right? Photo below:

Started another blanket, same pattern but
with pink/white/tiny bit of tan/mint green
yarn; I varied the pattern a bit and the ladies
in my Library Knit Group liked it quite a bit
so I guess it’s a good one.

Hope you are all in good spirits and health-
just got my approval for ‘almost’ 7 years
CANCER-FREE (in December) from my
Radiologist, so I’m thanking the LORD for
my good health.

HERE’S MY SOAPBOX MESSAGE:
Ladies – get your mammograms done! Mine
saved my life! A little bit of pain is worth it
compared to a VERY LONG time of going
through radiation/chemo treatments. I
was fortunate to only have 2 surgeries &
radiation, but it’s not a fun thing to do.

Hugs;

Pammie

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I’m Back! Whew!

It’s been a bit ‘rough’ – yesterday I babysat, starting at 6:15 a.m – really didn’t know the ‘end time’ so brought the ‘usual’ – my knitting & a book to read. Grandson was really good; his Mom came home at 4:45 – that’s about 10 1/2 hours and I was more than ready to go home! (THANK HEAVENS it wasn’t KNIT NIGHT!). Her parents are still Up North awaiting the finishing of their house here getting done (old carpeting ripped up & new wood floors for 5 rooms put down). I guess it’s being done by a ‘friend’ so it’s kind of a NOT A RUSH job – sigh. I love my baby grandson but I LOVE only babysitting for 4-5 hours ONE day a week! Guess I was spoiled, huh? Managed to finish another baby blanket & started a new one in shades of pink/white/tan (I ripped out that one today at the Knit Library group -pattern was just too fussy & too easy to make a mistake with – better to knit something I LIKE than something that will cause constant problems, right?).

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(realizing we’re fast approaching the end of the SUMMER recipes thought I’d try to fit them in NOW!)

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
Makes 4 servings

Base Ice Cream:
2 C. whole milk
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 T. vanilla
10 C. ice
8 T. rock salt

Base:
Stir milk, sugar & vanilla in
medium bowl; pour 1/2 C.
of mixture into a sandwich-
sized ziplock bag.

(add flavors here – see below)

Tightly seal bag – place that bag in
another sandwich-sized ziplock
bag & tightly seal – repeat with
remaining batter & desired
flavors.

Place ice & salt in a 4 qt. food
storage container with lid. Place
filled bags in container & secure
the lid. Shake container until
mixture is frozen & resembles
ice cream, about 5 minutes. Remove
bags with ice cream in them from
outer bag & snip a large piece off
one corner of each bag – pipe the
ice cream into small bowls.

Flavors:
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:
add 1 T. mini semisweet chocolate
chips

Chocolate Ice Cream:
add 1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder

Strawberry Ice Cream:
Add 1 T. chopped fresh strawberries
(from about 2 strawberries)

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Bacony Pasta Salad

12 oz. pasta
8 slices thin bacon
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. whole milk
4 T. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
dash sugar (optional)
10 oz. grape tomatoes (yellow &
red) halved lengthwise
1/2 lb. Cheddar cheese, cut into
small cubes
3 green onions, thinly sliced
ground black pepper
24 whole basil leaves, sliced
very thin

Cook pasta accordg to pkg. directions;
drain & rinse in cold water until cool.
Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces & saute
in large skillet until slightly crisp – remove
to a paper towel-lined plate.

Dressing:
In small bowl mix mayonnaise, milk,
vinegar, salt & sugar.

Stir together pasta, dressing, tomatoes,
bacon, Cheddar & green onions in large
bowl; adjust salt/pepper to your taste.
Stir in basil at end. Serves 8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Grilled Steak, Potato & Mushroom
Kabobs

1 lb. steak
8 oz. fresh mushrooms
1 lb. small potatoes
1/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Cut steak into 1-inch chunks & add to a
rimmed baking pan along with mushrooms.
In medium bowl whisk oil, vinegar, garlic,
salt/pepper/rosemary & oregano  – pour
over steak & mushrooms. Cover &
refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Boil potatoes in a large pot of salted water
until just tender, about 8-10 minutes; drain
& cool slightly. Thread marinated steak &
mushrooms, along with potatoes, onto
skewers. Grill kabobs 10-12 minutes, turning
once until meat is cooked to desired tender-
ness. Re-season with salt/pepper & serve
immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)
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Grilled Salmon in Foil Pack

1 red onion, halved lengthwise &
very thinly sliced
1 lemon, very thinly sliced (seeds
removed)
1 clove garlic, sliced
kosher salt
black pepper
1 (1 1/2 lb) piece center-cut
skinless salmon fillet
4 T. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter,
melted
1 T. dried Italian seasoning

Prepare grill for medium-high heat.
In a small bowl toss onion, lemon &
garlic with a generous pinch each of
salt/pepper – spread in center of a
24 inch long piece of heavy-duty foil.
Place salmon on top of mixture, drizzle
with butter & sprinkle top with Italian
seasoning & a generous amount of
salt/pepper. Bring the 2 long sides of
foil together & fold over twice to seal.
Bring ends of foil in and crimp to seal,
leaving a bit of room for steam to
circulate inside. Place packet on grill &
cook 10-15 minutes. Being careful of the
steam, open packet & check the salmon;
it should be mostly opaque with a
slightly rosy center. Transfer packet to a
cutting board & set aside about 5
minutes. Cut salmon into 4 equal
portions & transfer to 4 plates. Evenly
spoon onions/lemons & collected juices
over each salmon piece. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot BBQ Beer Roast

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

Rub your BBQ seasoning all over toast
along with salt/pepper – place roast in
crockpot. Gently pour beer over roast;
sprinkle a little more seasoning on roast.
Cover & cook on Low 10-12 hours.
Serves 6

NOTE: Poster noted you could cook this on
High but she wouldn’t recommend it – if you
cook it on high the meat might not come
out as tender as if it were cooked ‘low & slow’.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Beef Zucchini Enchiladas

2 T. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
kosher salt/black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 C. red enchilada sauce, divided
4 large zucchini, halved lengthwise
1 C. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

sour cream
fresh chopped cilantro

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. In large skillet over medium
heat, heat oil. Add onion & cook until soft,
about 5 minutes. Add garlic & cook 1 more
minute. Add ground beef; cook, breaking
up meat with a wooden spoon, until no
longer pink, about 6 minutes; drain fat.
Return skillet to stove; add 1 C. enchilada
sauce, chili powder & cumin – season with
salt/pepper & simmer 5 minutes. On a
cutting board, using  a Y-shaped vegetable
peeler, make thin slices of zucchini. Lay
out 3 slices, slightly overlapping & place a
spoonful of beef mixture on top – roll up
& place in baking dish – repeat with
remaining zucchini & filling. Spoon
remaining 1/2 C. enchiladas sauce over
zucchini & sprinkle top with both cheeses.
Bake 20 minutes until cheese is melty.
Garnish with sour cream & cilantro before
serving, if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Baked Tomatoes & Zucchini w/Cheddar
Parmesan Topping

2 T. olive oil
2 C. Vidalia onion, diced large
1 1/2 T. fresh minced garlic
4 T. butter
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs, divided
1 1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 C. extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded/
divided (poster used Cracker Barrel)
2 lb. fresh zucchini, trimmed/cut into quarter-
inch thick circles
1 1/2 lb. fresh garden tomatoes, sliced into
quarter-inch thick circles (poster used Big Beef
& Early Girls)
1/4 C. fresh chopped basil (do not chop until
needed in recipes – it will turn black if chopped
too soon)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In medium saute pan heat oil on
medium heat; once hot, add onions &
saute 3 minutes. Add garlic, butter &
oregano – cook another 2 minutes.
Remove from heat; mix in salt/pepper,
1 C. Panko, 1 C. Parmesan & 1 C.
Cheddar cheese – set aside.
Spray a 9 X 9″ or 8 X 10″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Pour in
remaining 1/2 C. Panko into pan (this
helps absorb the liquid that the tomatoes
& zucchini give off during baking). Layer
zucchini slices over each other in rows to
cover bottom of pan. Sprinkle remaining
1/2 C. Parmesan over top. Layer tomatoes
over zucchini & Parmesan in same manner.
Cover tops of tomatoes with remaining 1 C.
shredded Cheddar cheese.
Chop BASIL. Mix reserved topping & basil
together then spread over top of tomatoes,
etc. in pan. Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes.
Depending on your oven, dish  might take
more or less than 35 minutes – if getting
too brown, cover with foil.
To test for doneness, poke center with a
fork to gauge doneness of zucchini on bottom
layer – it should be tender & the top browned.
Let stand 10 minutes then cut into 8 (or more)
portions & serve.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Peach Mousse

1 1/2 C. ripe peaches, peeled/pitted &
mashed
2 C. powdered sugar
1 C. milk
2 1/2 C. whipping cream, whipped

garnish: chopped peaches & mint sprigs

In bowl mix peaches, powdered sugar &
milk. fold in whipped cream & freeze
1 hour or until firm. Garnish with
chopped peaches & mint sprigs.
Serves 10

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.typepad.com)
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Our weather is still typical Summer – in the 80’s &
sometimes 90’s – & MUGGY/HUMID! I’m just very
grateful we have air conditioning – going from the
car to a building is really an adventure into how your
body adjusts to changing temperatures!

Not much going on right now – next Tues. is the
collection date for all the knitted/crocheted items
for the Detroit Veterans’ Hospital’s Baby Shower &
I’m SO VERY pleased with my ladies & all they are
creating! Two ladies that have been with my group
for many years (and are expert knitters) are going to
donate this year and I’m THRILLED! This year, for the
first time, one of my ladies made flannel (sewn) baby
bibs 19 of them – with snaps! We’ve never had bibs
donated before!(Yes, we take non-knit/crocheted items,
too). This is going to be a very nice collection and I’m
so proud of the ladies!

Hope all of you are in good health & enjoying the
tail-end of our summer weather. (Spring is my favorite
time/season but I really miss the sunshine when we
finally drop into Fall. Fall colors are nice but I know
that cold weather is coming – living in Michigan with
the cold temps & snow – I like Spring/Summer best!)

Hugs;

Pammie

and a new week begins!

The day started out bright & sunny (supposed to get in the mid 90’s – sigh…thank heavens for Air Conditioning!). Got a text that I’m babysitting Friday starting at 6 a.m. (again) – oh well, I CHOSE that day, so it’s ok… then came the next announcement that her parents are going out of town for 2 weeks (they babysit the grandbaby every OTHER day I don’t!) – looks like I’m going to be super busy AND tired for the next 2 weeks – we’ll see how that goes!

Made the ‘executive decision’ today to rip out the baby blanket I showed you the photo of last post – I KNEW there was something wrong with that pattern but just couldn’t remember exactly what – well, the @@@ hit the fan when I went back to the next colored set of pattern – no matter WHAT I did, it just didn’t come out on the right side so I ditched it; there’s no reason to continue working on a project that’s nothing but trouble – life’s too short to be aggravated like that. (Am happily working on the ‘other’ new pattern I found – it’s a V pattern (little holes running up the blanket that make V shapes – easy pattern; it was originally a bookmark pattern I found on a Vintage Knits site – works for me!) – this one is in shades of blue, mint green & white.

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Sheet Pan Cream Puff

1 C. water
1/2 C. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. flour
4 large eggs

Filling:
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 C. cold milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant vanilla
pudding mix

Topping:
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
chocolate syrup

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 15 X 10 X 1″ baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large saucepan over medium heat
bring water, butter & salt to a boil.
Add flour all at once & stir until a
smooth ball forms; continue beating
until smooth & shiny. Remove from
heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs,
one-at-a-time, beating well after each
addition. Pour into prepared pan &
bake 28-30 minutes until puffed &
golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Filling:
In large bowl beat cream cheese, milk
& pudding mixes until smooth – spread
over crust. Refrigerate 20 minutes then
top with Cool Whip, spreading evenly.
Store in fridge – just before serving
drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Serves 15

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Green Bean/Tomato/Onion
& Basil Summer Salad

1 lb thin French-style green beans
(or fresh garden green beans) trimmed &
cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 small sweet onion, cut into
thin slivers
2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
generous amount of thinly-sliced
fresh basil (poster used about 1/3 C.)
salt/fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Dressing:
3 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Start water boiling in a vegetable
steamer or pot with a steaming rack.
When water starts to boil, steam beans
5 minutes then drain & immediately
place them in a bowl of ice water (some
beans are tougher than others – test
one for doneness after 5 minutes to
see what you think). Let beans cool
in ice water about 1 minute then
drain immediately into a colander
placed in the sink.
In a bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice,
garlic, oregano & salt to make dressing.
Wash fresh basil leaves & dry then cut
into thin strips. Remove drained beans
from colander into a bowl large enough
to toss ingredients together. Add cherry
tomatoes & onions – toss together. Toss
with desired amount of dressing then
gently mix in sliced basil. Season with
salt/pepper & serve. Serves 4-6

NOTE: Poster says salad is best when it’s
freshly made but is still good after being
in fridge overnight

(recipe: kalynskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Easy Green Beans & Potatoes
with Bacon

8 strips bacon, chopped
1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans,
trimmed/cut into 2″ pieces (about
4 C.)
4 medium potatoes, peeled/cut
into 1/2 inch cubes
1 small onion, halved/sliced
1/4 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

In large skillet cook bacon over medium
heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.
Remove to paper towels using slotted
spoon – drain grease, reserving 1 T.
Cover & refrigerate bacon until serving.
In 5 qt crockpot, combine remaining
ingredients; stir in reserved 1 T. bacon
drippings. Cover & cook on Low 6-8
hours until potatoes are tender –
stir in bacon, heat through.
Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Beefy Taco Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
3/4 C. mayonnaise
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 C. shredded Cheddar or Mexican-
blend cheese
4 C. shredded lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced

tortilla chips, for dipping

In small bowl beat cream cheese,
sour cream & mayonnaise until
smooth; spread on a 12 – 14″
pizza pan or serving dish. Refrigerate
1 hour.
In a saucepan over medium heat, brown
beef; drain. Add taco seasoning mix,
tomatoe sauce & cook, stirring, 5 minutes.
Cool completely then spread over cream
cheese layer. Refrigerate.

Just before serving:
Sprinkle with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes,
onion & green pepper. Serve with chips.
Makes 16-20 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sweet ‘n Spicy Bacon-wrapped Chicken

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs*
8 slices bacon
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper
1/2 C. brown sugar
chopped parsley, optional garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In a bowl combine chili powder, paprika
& garlic powder. Roll each chicken piece
in these spices & wrap in a strip of bacon
(secure with toothpicks, if desired).
Place wrapped pieces in a 10 inch skillet
or 9 X 13″ baking dish – sprinkle tops
with brown sugar.
Bake 30-35 minutes until chicken
reads 165 degrees F. on a meat
thermometer & is no longer pink inside.
(Poster broils top of chicken 1-2 minutes
to crisp the bacon before serving.)
Serves 4

*Poster says you can also use chicken
tenders – she likes the thighs because
you can wrap bacon completely
around chicken.

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Make – ahead Hearty 6-Layer Salad

1 1/2 C. uncooked small pasta shells
1 T. vegetable oil
3 C. shredded lettuce
3 large hard-boiled large eggs, sliced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 C. shredded, cooked chicken breast
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen peas, thawed

Dressing:
1 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
2 green onions, chopped
2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Toppings;
1 C. shredded Colby or Monterey Jack
cheese
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain & rinse under cold water. Drizzle
with oil & toss to coat. Place lettuce in
a 2 1/2 qt. glass serving bowl; top with
pasta & eggs. Sprinkle with salt/pepper.
Layer with chicken & peas.
In small bowl mix dressing ingredients
until blended; spread over top.
Refrigerate, covered, several hours or
overnight. Serves 12

Suggestions:
-You can also use other
salad greens like baby spinach or
arugula.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Garlic Parmesan Rice

4 T. salted butter, divided
1 T. olive oil
1 C. Jasmine rice, rinsed/drained
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 3/4 C. water
1 C. milk, divided
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
salt/pepper, to taste

Add 2 T. butter & olive oil to a
pan over medium heat. Add rice,
garlic salt & parsley – toast rice
until just lightly browned. Add in
water & 1/2 C. milk – bring to boil
then reduce heat & simmer, covered,
about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
until rice is tender & most of liquid
is absorbed. Stir in remaining 2 T.
butter, 1/2 C. milk & Parmesan cheese.
Season with salt/pepper to taste.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

1 box white or yellow cake mix
(ingredients to make cake: egg
whites, oil, water)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room
temp.
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (13.5 oz) pkg. premade strawberry
glaze (usually sold by fresh strawberries)
3 C. fresh strawberries, tops cut off/
sliced

Prepare cake accordg to pkg. directions
for 9 X 13″. Allow cake to cool. In a bowl
combine cream cheese & powdered sugar
until smooth; stir in Cool Whip & combine
well – smooth over cooled cake. In a bowl
combine strawberry glaze with sliced
fresh strawberries & spread on top of
Cool Whip – smooth out. Refrigerate until
ready to serve.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Still trying to wrap my brain around exactly
WHAT 2 dishes I’m bringing to our Sunday
School class picnic this coming Saturday!
(You’d think, with all the great recipes at
my disposal, I’d be able to choose 2 really
quick, right? . . . sigh

Dinner tonight is a roast chicken, carrots &
red potatoes – easy, very little fuss & yummy.

Hope your day is turning out JUST like you
wanted!

Hugs;

Pammie

Finally Saturday!

It’s been a busy/crazy week – husband & I are FINALLY feeling better (still a little cough, but nothing like before!). I babysat Thurs. from 6 a.m. – almost 6 p.m. (baby’s Mom is in training for a management position and THIS week they shifted her schedule – I ‘made it’-YAY! The weather has been nice, in the 70’s  – today’s high is supposed to be 89! (glad I don’t have any plans to be outside!).

Finished two baby blankets (have posted the photos of them partially done before – blue & white one & a multi-colored one). Have begun another blanket using the remaining blue & white yarn along with a thicker white yarn – it’s a pattern I’ve done before – it’s a ‘corner to corner’ blanket, meaning you begin with 2 stitches & knit ‘corner to corner, increasing & decreasing stitches as you go.

In the one I’m doing the solid parts are white & the parts with ‘holes’ are the blue/white yarn – helps me use up yarns! Am thinking of beginning crocheting some Granny Squares using up some of the many baby yarns I have – you know: the bits that are not enough to actually make anything but a few baby hats (am REALLY tired of baby hats at the moment) so we’ll see where ‘that’ idea goes…

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Banana Pudding Fluff

1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla
or banana flavored pudding mix,
(can use sugar-free)
1 C. milk (can use nonfat)
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
(can use sugar free)
3 C. mini marshmallows
3 C. Vanilla Wafers, broken into
pieces
3 medium bananas, sliced

Whisk pudding mix & milk in large
bowl – let stand 3 minutes to set.
Stir in Cool Whip, then stir in
marshmallows, cookies & sliced
bananas. Serve the same day
it’s made – (bananas will turn
brown with age & cookies will
soften if left longer than one day).
Serves 10

(recipe: easygoodideas.com)
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Creamy Zucchini & Spinach Pasta
Bake

3 C. cavatappi pasta (or elbow macaroni)
1 onion, chopped
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half,
then sliced crosswise (making half moons)
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (6 oz) pkg. baby spinach leaves
1 (24 oz) jar marinara (poster used
Classico marinara with plum tomatoes & olive
oil)
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
(poster used Kraft with a touch of Philadelphia)
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray.
Cook pasta in large saucepan accordg. to pkg.
directions, omitting salt. Cook & stir onions
in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 3-4
minutes until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring
frequently. Add half the spinach; cook 2-3
minutes just until wilted – repeat with
remaining spinach – remove from heat. Drain
pasta; add to vegetable mixture in skillet
along with pasta sauce, ricotta, Italian
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 about 12, 1 C. each

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Ranch Potatoes

6 strips bacon, chopped
2 1/2 lb. small red potatoes, cubed
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of potato
soup, undiluted
1/4 C. milk (2%)
1 envelope dry Buttermilk Ranch
salad dressing mix
3 T. thinly sliced green onions

In large skillet cook bacon over medium
heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.
Remove with slotted spoon; drain on
paper towels. Drain drippings, reserving
1 T.  Place potatoes in 3 qt crockpot. In
a bowl beat cream cheese, soup, milk,
dry dressing mix & reserve bacon drippings
until blended; stir into potatoes. Sprinkle
with crumbled bacon. Cover & cook on
Low 7-8 hours until potatoes are tender.
Top with green onions. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Dip

3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 C. chicken broth
1 C. milk
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
2 C. cooked, chopped chicken breasts
(about 1 large)

Dippers:
cut up veggies, crackers and/or crusty
bread

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray medium (1 – 1.5 qt) baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Alfredo sauce:
In medium skillet over medium heat,
melt butter – whisk in flour until smooth.
Add salt, parsley & garlic – cook 1 minute.
Add broth & milk – whisk until combined.
Cook over medium heat, whisking often,
until thickened & smooth. Stir in Parm.
cheese & 1/2 C. mozzarella until melted.
In medium bowl using elec. mixer, beat
cream cheese until smooth; add Alfredo
sauce & beat until combined; stir in
chicken & spread in prepared baking dish.
Top with remaining 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese.
Bake 15-20 minutes until bubbly & beginning
to brown.  Makes 3 1/2 C.

(OR) Cover & refrigerate up to 2 days until
ready to bake.

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Ambrosia Salad

3/4 C. heavy cream, chilled
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. sour cream
4 C. mini marshmallows (either
regular or fruit-flavored)
1 1/2 C. sweetened shredded coconut
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, well
drained
3/4 C. maraschino cherries, stems
removed
1 C. pineapple tidbits, well drained

In a medium bowl, combine heavy
cream, powdered sugar & vanilla. Using
an elec. mixer, beat mixture on high
speed until stiff peaks form. Add sour
cream & stir until well combined. In
another large bowl combine marsh-
mallows, coconut, oranges, cherries &
pineapple – stir to combine. Pour
whipped cream mixture over ingredients
& stir until evenly combined & all
ingredients are covered in cream
mixture. Cover & refrigerate at least
one hour before serving. Serves 12

NOTE: Be sure to thoroughly DRAIN
the fruit if you are making the salad
more than an hour ahead of time. You
can put all the fruit in a colander &
let it stand/drain about an hour –
this will keep the salad from becoming
soupy while it sets.

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Baked Chicken with Peaches
(oven & crockpot)

1 pkg. chicken parts (poster used
thighs)
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 T. butter or margarine
1 (1 lb) can sliced or halved
peaches in juice

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a bowl mix flour, salt/pepper,
cinnamon & nutmeg. Spray a
casserole dish with nonstick
cooking spray & place chicken
parts in dish – sprinkle flour
mixture over chicken. Cut butter
into pats & place on top of each
chicken piece. Bake 35-40
minutes. Remove from oven &
place peaches in dish with chicken;
pour peach juice over all & bake
another 20 minutes. Remove &
spoon juice over chicken – serve.

Crockpot:
Prepare as above, placing chicken
in crockpot & cooking on Low
7 hours or High 4 hours. Add
peaches the last half hour of cooking.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Grilled Firecracker Potato Salad
GRILL recipe

3 lb. small red potatoes (about 30)
quartered
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Dressing:
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1/4 C. Dijon mustard
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Salad:
6 hard boiled large eggs, chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
minced fresh chives, (optional)
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Toss potatoes with oil, salt/pepper &
place in a grill wok* or basket. Grill,
covered, over medium heat 20-25
minutes until potatoes are tender,
stirring occasionally. Transfer
potatoes to a large bowl; cool slightly.
In small bowl mix dressing ingredients.
Add dressing, eggs & celery to potatoes;
toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered,
1-2 hours until cold. If desired, sprinkle
with chives.
Makes 16 servings (1 C. each)

*If you do not have a grill wok or
basket, use a large disposable foil
pan & poke holes in bottom of pan

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

2 C. chopped rhubarb
2 c. quartered strawberries
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. cornstarch dissolved in
1 T. water
1/4 C. flour (optional thickener
for filling)

Topping:
1 C. flour
1 C. rolled oats
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. water
1 stick (8 T.) cold, salted butter,
cubed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Butter a 10 – 12 inch oven-proof
skillet. Blend chopped rhubarb,
strawberries, 1/2 C. sugar, cornstarch
& 1/4 C. flour -pour into prepared skillet
& heat over medium heat 10 minutes,
stirring occasionally, until thickened.
In a large bowl add topping ingredients:
flour, rolled oats, sugar, cinnamon then cut
in butter using a pastry cutter or 2
forks until it makes a crumbly, slightly
moist texture. Sprinkle this mixture
on top of filling in skillet & bake 35-40
minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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I have Sunday School snack duty tomorrow
so I went to Gordon Food Service & bought
a bunch of ‘small’ treats – mini muffins, mini
brownies, mini cream cheese danishes; my
husband said: “Don’t worry about having
too many – I’ll always eat all the leftovers!”

Gas prices have finally dropped a bit to
$2.89/9 – was getting really close to $3.00
so glad it’s back down (for now).

Not much else new on the horizon – we
have our annual Sunday School class picnic
next Saturday at our teacher’s house –
that’s ALWAYS a great time! He loves grilling
so he does chicken, steak and (this year) he’s
decided to add shrimp! YUM! He also does
grilled corn on the cob & homemade ice
cream – WOW! NOT the place to go if you’re
trying to stay on a diet, for sure! We all bring
salads, side dishes or desserts so it’s a big
PIG OUT party! LOVE going every year – they
have a really nice home & grounds (complete
with a pond you can either row a row boat in
or paddle a little paddle boat! I just like to sit
in the shade & chat with all the people – really
nice time.

Hope you’re enjoying this Summer – it always
seems to go by SO FAST! (I even heard of some
schools starting school already! Not in my area,
but that’s CRAZY! I guess those kids get out
in May, but still – give me the old “School
Starts AFTER Labor DAY!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Happy FOURTH OF JULY!

Today is a GORGEOUS day for a holiday! It’s 86 degrees F. , very sunny with a slight breeze – perfect for all of you who are hosting or going to outdoor celebrations!

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Pina Colada Fluff

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 tsp. rum extract
2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 C. shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 C. chopped nuts, your choice

Combine pudding mix & crushed
pineapple in large bowl – stir until
completely combined. Fold in CoolWhip,
rum extract, marshmallows, coconut &
nuts. Chill until ready to serve.
Serves 8

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Mexicali Cheddar Bean Salad

1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can navy or great Northern
beans, drained/rinsed
6 oz. Cheddar cheese, cubed
1 small red pepper, seeded/chopped
1/2 C. thick & chunky salsa (Taco Bell)
1/2 C. sliced green onions
1/4 C. chopped cilantro (optional)
1 T. lime juice
12 lettuce leaves

Toss all ingredients (except lettuce)
in large bowl. Refrigerate several hours
until chilled. When ready to serve –
serve on lettuce-lined plates.
Makes 8 cups

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Bacon Ranch Cheese Dip

6 stips bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1 (1 oz) pkg. original Ranch Dip Mix
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. horseradish sauce
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine ranch dip mix, cream cheese,
sour cream, mayo, garlic powder, pepper,
horseradish sauce & shredded cheese –
mix using elec. mixer. Fold in green onion
& crumbled bacon using a spoon.
Makes 3 cups

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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South of the Border BBQ Chicken
Salad

3 C. cooked, diced chicken breast*
1/4 C. BBQ sauce
6 C. chopped romaine lettuce
1 tomato, diced
1 C. frozen corn, thawed
1 C. canned black beans, drained/
rinsed
1/4 C. diced red onion
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. tortilla strips

In medium bowl combine chicken &
BBQ sauce; toss to evenly coat. In
large bowl place lettuce; top with
chicken, tomato, corn, black beans,
onion & cheese. Pour dressing over
salad & toss gently to combine. Top
with tortilla strips & serve immediately.
Serves 6

*can also use rotisserie chicken, shredded

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Shredded Beef Philly
Cheesesteaks

3-4 lb. round beef roast
salt/pepper/onion powder (to taste)
cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1.1 oz) pkt. (Lipton) beefy onion
soup mix
1 bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1 white onion, sliced
1 C. water

For Serving:
sliced Swiss cheese
Hoagie buns or sliced French bread

Sprinkle roast lightly with salt/pepper &
onion powder. Place large skillet over
medium-high heat – when pan is hot, add
oil. Brown roast on all sides then add to
crockpot. Add minced garlic, onion soup
mix, bell peppers & onions to crockpot –
pour water over all. Cover & cook on Low
8 hours without opening the lid during
cooking time. Using 2 forks, shred meat
in the crockpot, discarding any fatty
pieces. Let meat & juices settle a few
minutes to let the grease rise to the top.
Using a paper towel, lay it over meat &
remove immediately – most of the grease
will be on the paper towel – discard.
Serve on sliced French bread or Hoagie
buns, topped with Swiss cheese. If you
want the cheese melted, place cheese-
topped sandwiches in oven under broiler
until cheese melts. Serves 6

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Chicken Ranch Wraps (grill)

2 C. grilled chicken breasts (cooked/
chopped/seasoned with your favorite
spices)*
1/4 C. ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 C. minced cilantro (optional)
4 (8 inch) tortillas

Fill a tortilla with cheese, cooked chicken,
minced cilantro & lots of ranch dressing. Grill
on a pan for a few minutes per side, to crisp
up the tortilla & melt the cheese. Serves 4

Other suggested fillings:
diced avocado
diced tomatoes
cooked/crumbled bacon
shredded lettuce

*You can also use rotisserie chicken or
leftover chicken/fresh grilled chicken or
any type of cooked chicken you have on
hand.

(recipe: yummly.com)
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No Bake Pudding Cake

3 (4 serving size) pkgs. instant pudding;
prepared as directed on pkgs.*
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 box graham crackers

Optional garnishes:
chocolate syrup
candy sprinkles

Lay out graham crackers in a
9 X 13″ baking dish (break to
fit). Cover grahams with half of
pudding then a layer of crackers
over pudding. Cover with remaining
pudding & top with Cool Whip.
Refrigerate overnight or at least
6 hours. Cut & serve like cake

*poster used vanilla pudding

(recipe: just2sisters.com)

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Have a WONDERFUL, safe holiday!

Hugs;

Pammie

Almost Holiday time!

You can always tell when a holiday is coming by the amount of RECIPES I get sent to my email! Since the Fourth of July is coming up quickly, I thought I’d start posting recipes for those of you who might be holding picnics, pot lucks, cookouts, etc.

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Crockpot Brownie Pudding Cake

1 C. flour
1 1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. baking cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. oil
1 T. vanilla
3 large egg whites
2 large eggs
1/4 C. milk chocolate chips, melted
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garnish – powdered sugar

In a bowl mix together flour, sugar,
cocoa & salt. In a separate large bowl
stir oil, vanilla, egg whites & eggs
until well blended. Gently pour flour
mixture into egg mixture – stir until
completely combined. Stir in melted
chocolate. Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray; pour
batter into crockpot. Place 3-4 paper
towels over top of crockpot & place
lid on. Cook on Low 2 hours (sides
should be set, middle should be soft).
Leave lid on, turn off heat & let cake
stand about 30 minutes. Serve
sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Bacon/Avocado Salad

3/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
4 tsp. sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Salad:
1 bunch romaine (about 12 C.)
3/4 lb. bacon strips, cooked/crumbled
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, halved/thinly
sliced
3 medium ripe avocados, peeled/cubed
2 T. lemon juice
1 C. crumbled Gorgonzola or Feta cheese

Place first 6 ingredients in a jar with a tight-
fitting lid; shake well until blended –
refrigerate until ready to serve.
In large bowl combine romaine, bacon,
tomatoes & onion. Toss avocados with
lemon juice & add to salad; sprinkle with
cheese. Serve with dressing, shaking to
blend again if needed. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Patio Pinto (beans)

1/2 lb. bacon strips, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 (15 oz, ea) cans pinto beans,
drained/rinsed
4 (8 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce
2 (4 oz, ea) cans chopped green chilies
1/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium
heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove
with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
Reserve 2 T. drippings in pan (discard the rest).
Add onion to drippings; cook & stir over
medium heat 6-8 minutes until tender. Add
garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in beans, tomato
sauce, green chilies, brown sugar & seasonings.
Sprinkle top with bacon. Bake, covered,
60-70 minutes until heated through.
Serves 10

NOTE: Freezer option:
Freeze cooled bean mixture in freezer
containers. To use: partially thaw in
fridge overnight. Heat through in a saucepan,
stirring occasionally & adding a little water,
if necessary.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Spectacular Overnight Coleslaw

1 medium head cabbage, shredded
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
1/2 C. chopped sweet red pepper
1/2 C. sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
1/2 C. white wine vinegar
1/2 C. canola oil
1/2 C. sugar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. mustard seed

Combine cabbage, onion, peppers &
olives in a large bowl. In large saucepan,
mix remaining ingredients & bring to boil;
cook & stir 1 minute. Pour mixture over
vegetables & stir gently. Cover &
refrigerate overnight – mix well before
serving. Serves 16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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4-ingredient Sweet & Sticky Ribs
(crockpot)

3 lb. pork baby back ribs
4 C. apple juice
1/4 – 1/2 C. apple cider (OR)
apple cider vinegar*
1 C. BBQ sauce

Remove membrane that covers
underside of ribs – cut slab in
half. Pour apple juice & vinegar
into crockpot. Place ribs in liquid,
meat side down. Cover & cook on
Low – cook 8-10 hours (or High
5-7 hours). Remove ribs to a
baking dish & cover on both
sides with BBQ sauce. Place under
broiler 5 minutes until sauce is
bubbling & starts to caramelize.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

* If you don’t want to add the
vinegar, replace it with more apple
juice

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Warm Tomato/Mozzarella Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. (Kraft) Olive Oil Vinaigrette-
Balsamic/divided
1 1/2 C. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 T. chopped fresh thyme
1/4 C. finely shredded Parmesan cheese
32 flatbread crackers

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Mix cream cheese, mozzarella & 2 T.
vinaigrette until blended; spread onto
bottom of 9″ pie plate. Top with tomatoes &
drizzle with remaining vinaigrette – sprinkle
with thyme. Bake 13 minutes until tomatoes
are softened & dip is heated through. Sprinkle
top with Parmesan; bake 2 minutes until
melted. Serve with crackers.
Serves 16 (2 T. dip & 2 crackers each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Spinach Pasta Salad

2 C. spinach, broken into pieces
or chopped
1 C. cooked, chopped ham (or
any meat you want)
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1/2 C. chopped/peeled cucumber
2 boiled eggs, chopped
1 1/2 C. uncooked pasta (cooked
al dente, accordg. to pkg. directions &
drained)
1 large tomato, chopped

Dressing:

1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. white vinegar
1 T. white granulated sugar
1 tsp. dried basil (or 1 T. fresh,
chopped)

Mix together salad ingredients in large
bowl. Combine dressing ingredients &
mix with a spoon – toss salad & dressing
together. Serves 6-8

NOTE: You can also add other ingredients
like: corn, peas, carrots, peppers

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Campfire S’More Nacho Grill Packets

6 whole graham crackers, broken into

pieces (6 whole = 2 C.)

1 1/2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 C. crumbled fudge brownies
3/4 C. milk chocolate morsels
nonstick cooking spray
1/3 C. creamy peanut butter
Reddi-Whip spray whipped topping
(or Cool Whip or whipped cream)

Preheat gas grill for medium heat.
Stir graham crackers, marshmallows,
brownies & morsels in large bowl.
Place one 18″ X 18″ piece of heavy
duty foil on counter; spray with
nonstick cooking spray. Place mixture
in center of foil; drop dollops of
peanut butter evenly over top. Double
fold top & ends of foil, leaving space
for steam to gather. Place packet on
grate & cover grill. Grill 5 minutes until
marshmallows & morsels melt. Carefully
open packet & top with Reddi-Whip or
other topping. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

NOTE: You can also bake packet in oven:
400 degrees F. place packet in a shallow
pan & bake 10 minutes until marshmallows
& morsels melt.

(recipe: readyseteat.com)

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I tried to copy the photo from our local
newspaper (from Log Cabin Day) but
although I can copy to an email, I can’t
copy to my blog site (will have to ask
my husband for help with that one).

Our weather is getting much warmer
AND much wetter! It rained, on & off,
all day yesterday; it’s supposed to be
clear today with a high of 85. Starting
Friday it’s highs of 91, 96, 90 and 87 –
glad I won’t be OUTSIDE on those days!

Not much going on around here; it’s nice
to finally have a ‘nothing special’ week
for a change.

Hope you are enjoying your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s getting closer!

This coming Sunday is LOG CABIN DAY! Just got home from the location after asking a lot of questions. In years past (as I explained in a previous post) the event was 2 days, 10 – 5 p.m. but, due to lack of any volunteers to man/help out, they’ve had to cut it to ONE DAY 12 – 5 p.m. Sad, but what can ya do!? Because of the changes quite a few presenters/demonstrators refused to participate because it takes a lot of time to set up/take down their things (like the Civil War Presenters who came in cloth tents with all the ‘old fashioned’ camping equipment. Just found out today that the Surveyor who used to be right next to our location is not coming this year – that would leave just our little group all by ourselves under a pavillion – more an ‘after thought’ than a part of the event so I went to ask if we could move ‘closer to the action’. We will now be under a HUGE pine tree – there’s enough room for 6-8 (maybe more) folding chairs (they have the lower branches cut so you can stand up under it). I’m hoping that will work for enough shade (I burn terribly in direct sun) – we’ll see. Had to ask a few other questions for a few of my friends about parking/handicapped parking, etc. All looks like it’s going well: FORECAST for SUNDAY:

Partly cloudy, high 76 so that should work (plus we get a good breeze there, too!)

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Crockpot Chocolate Caramel Brownies

1 (18.3 oz) box brownie mix
1 (16 oz) tube chocolate frosting
3/4 C. caramel ice cream topping,
divided
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Spray crockpot insides with nonstick
cooking spray. Mix brownie mix accordg.
to pkg. directions & spoon into crockpot,
spreading evenly. Drizzle a little less than
a 1/2 C. caramel topping over top & swirl
in with a knife. Cover top of crockpot
opening with a few paper towels (to catch
moisture). Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours.
Let cool. In a microwave-safe bowl mix frosting
& remaining caramel topping. Heat 45 seconds;
stir & drizzle over brownies. Sprinkle walnuts
on top (if using) & serve. Serves 12

NOTE: If you don’t have a microwave-you can
just stir the frosting & topping until smooth in
a bowl & spread over cooled brownies gently.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Minty Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

8 C. cubed/seeded watermelon
2 English cucumbers, halved
lengthwise & sliced
6 green onions, chopped
1/4 C. minced fresh mint
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1/4 C. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

In large bowl combine watermelon,
cucumbers, green onions & mint. In
small bowl whisk remaining ingredients;
pour over salad & toss to coat. Serve
immediately or refrigerate, covered,
up to 2 hours before serving.
Serves 16 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cabbage & Sausage Foil Packets
(grill or oven)

1 lb. Polish Sausage, cut into 1″ pieces
(or your favorite smoked sausage)
1/2 head cabbage, cut into 1/2″ wedges
20 small potatoes, quartered
1 small onion, sliced
garlic butter – store bought or home made
salt/pepper, to taste
4 ice cubes

sour cream, topping, if desired
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NOTE: If you are concerned that your
foil packets may leak, double wrap
them in foil & seal

Grill:
Preheat grill to 400 degrees F.
Cut four 18″ X 12″ sheets foil – spray
well with nonstick cooking spray.
Divide cabbage, potatoes, onion onto
foil sheets – add 1 ice cube to each
mound. Evenly divide sausage between
packets & top with 1-2 T. garlic butter,
per packet – salt/pepper, to taste
Seal each [packet well & place on grill;
Grill 50 minutes, flipping packets every
15 minutes. Allow to rest 10 minutes
before serving. Serve with sour cream,
if desired.
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Oven:
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Prepare packets as described above & place
in oven 35-40 minutes until potatoes are
fork-tender. Potato sizes can vary, you will
want just over 1 C. diced/cubed potato per
serving.  Serves 4

(recipe: spendwithpennies.com)
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Macaroni Coleslaw

1 (7 oz) pkg. macaroni
1 (14 oz) pkg. coleslaw mix
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 medium cucumber, finely chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, finely
chopped
1 (8 oz) can whole water chestnuts,
drained/chopped

Dressing:
1 1/2 C. Miracle Whip
1/3 C. sugar
1/4 C. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain & rinse under cold water. Transfer
to a large bowl; add coleslaw mix, onions,
celery, cucumber, green pepper & water
chestnuts. In small bowl whisk dressing
ingredients – pour over salad & toss to
coat. Cover & refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Serves 16 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cold Corn Dip

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 (8 oz) pkg. Mexican-style finely-
shredded Four Cheese (Kraft)
1 1/2 C. fresh corn kernels
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies,
undrained
4 green onions, chopped
3 T. chopped fresh cilantro

Mix first 4 ingredients in medium bowl
until blended. Add remaining ingredients;
mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour until chilled.

(recipe: Kraft.com)
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Chicken Enchilada Bake

4 1/2 C. shredded rotisserie
chicken
1 (28 oz) can green enchilada sauce
1 1/4 C. (10 oz) sour cream
9 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into
1 1/2 inch pieces
4 C. shredded Monterey Jack
cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Layer
half of each:
chicken, enchilada sauce, sour
cream, tortillas & cheese – repeat
layers. Cover with foil & bake
40 minutes. Uncover & bake until
bubbly, about 10 minutes. Let
stand 15 minutes before serving.
Serves 8-10

FREEZER OPTION:
Prepare casserole – cover with foil &
freeze (unbaked). To use: partially thaw
in refrigerator overnight. Remove from
fridge 30 minutes before baking. Preheat
oven 375 degrees F. & bake casserole as
directed above, increasing time as
necessary to heat through & for a
thermometer inserted into center to
read 165 degrees F.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Eggless Potato Salad
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4 C. potatoes, boiled & chopped
1/4 C. chopped dill pickles
1 T. chopped fresh basil
1 can sliced olives
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped radishes
2 C. sour cream
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. fresh horseradish
1 T. chopped anchovies (optional)
-
Place all vegetables in large mixing
bowl. Add mustard, sour cream, horse-
radish & mix together. Break up 
anchovies & mix into salad (if using).
Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: Misty-justapinch.com)
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Crockpot Brown Sugar/Pineapple
Pork Roast

6 lb. pork shoulder butt roast
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
-
Place roast in crockpot, fat side up.
Pour pineapple chunks & juices over
roast. Sprinkle brown sugar over top.
Cover & cook on Low 4-6 hours, making
sure roast is fully cooked before serving.
Serve with cooking juices. Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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No-Bake Oatmeal Caramel Pudding
Cookies

2 C. sugar
3/4 C. butter
2/3 C. evaporated milk
2-3.4 oz. pkg. instant caramel
pudding mix
3 1/2 C. old fashioned oats
1/4 C. mini chocolate chips
1/2 C. chocolate toffee baking bits
-
Line a flat rimmed baking sheet
with parchment paper. In a 
saucepan, melt butter, sugar & milk;
bring to boil then remove from heat.
in large bowl whisk oats & pudding
mix. Add butter/sugar mixture & 
stir to coat. Let mixture stand & cool
8-10 minutes then stir in choc. toffee
bits. Drop dough by tablespoon onto
prepared sheets; sprinkle tops with
mini chocolate chips. Refrigerate
cookies 30 minutes - 1 hour to set.
Keep any leftovers refrigerated.
Makes approximately 24 cookies

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Hope you are enjoying the beginnings of Summer-
it's a bit overcast today and around 67 degrees out
(at least it's not sweltering!).

Hugs;

Pammie

Saturday

Today is my: “Well Earned REST!” It’s been a VERY busy/crazy/hectic week and I’m SOoooooo glad I don’t have anything else to do today except rest & recuperate! Brief summary of yesterday (just as an example): Ended up doing an un-planned babysitting from 9:15-12:30 for starters (son had a good reason/job related, so I said OK); run home & grab husband – we drive an hour to the store where we bought my electric piano, to buy a BETTER foot/sustain pedal (the one that came with it was really cheap plastic – very light – it kept sticking to the bottom of my foot when I played!), left there & went to lunch at a local coney place (we used to think they were really good but after yesterday have changed our minds – they were mediocre, to say the least). Got home & had to chop 2 big onions for the upcoming (in 2 hours) last special needs group Gym Night. Rested for a very short time, drove there – (let’s see, make this short): cut a huge watermelon, cooked hot dogs to feed about 40 people, helped serve/also served ice cream, cleaned up & drove home – got home around 9:30 VERY TIRED! SOoooo glad today is free of anything but cooking dinner!

Tomorrow is Father’s Day so I’ve put together some recipes that might help out for that event:

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Millionaire’s Pie

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained & blotted dry on paper towels
1 C. chopped pecans
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker
pie crust

In large bowl combine pineapple, pecans,
sweetn’d cond. milk & lemon juice; mix
well. Gently fold in Cool Whip & pour
into prepared crust. Freeze at least 6
hours or overnight. Allow pie to thaw
about 5 minutes before serving then
freeze any leftover pie.  Serves 6

NOTE: You can top the pie with extra
pecans & a drizzle of caramel ice cream
sauce for an ‘extra millionaire’ presentation.

(recipe:  mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Chili Cheese Casserole

1 (9 1/4 oz) bag Fritos corn chips
2 (15 oz, ea) cans chili
3 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1/2 C. diced white onion

extra Fritos corn chips – for garnish,
if desired

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 1/2 C. Fritos
on bottom of crockpot – spoon chili
over top. Sprinkle half onions on top
then half the cheese. Spread all of
sour cream on top & top with rest of
cheese & onions. Cover & cook on High
2 hours. Serve with additional Fritos on
top (for garnish). Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Crockpot Pepper Jack Chicken

3-4 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
or breasts
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. cumin
salt/pepper, to taste
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen whole green beans
1 bell pepper, seeded/sliced
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. butter

2 C. shredded Pepper Jack cheese

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place chicken in bottom of crockpot &
season with garlic powder/onion powder,
cumin, salt/pepper. Layer green beans,
mushrooms & pepper on top  – season
again with salt/pepper & top with butter.
Cover & cook on Low 4-6 hours until
chicken is shreddable when stirred. Stir
chicken until shredded & top with cheese.
Cover & cook on High until cheese melts.
Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Summer Vegetable Cobbler

2 T. butter
3 small zucchini, sliced
1 small sweet red pepper,
finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. flour
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Biscuit Topping:

1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 T. cold butter
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
3 T. minced fresh basil
2/3 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 8 inch square baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet heat butter on
medium-high heat. Add zucchini,
red pepper & onion – cook & stir
10-12 minutes until zucchini is
crisp-tender. Add garlic, cook 1
minute more. In small bowl whisk
flour, milk, salt/pepper – stir into
veggies. Bring to a boil, stirring
constantly; cook & stir 2-3 minutes
until sauce is thickened. Spoon into
prepared dish.
Topping:
In small bowl whisk flour, baking
powder & salt – cut in butter until
mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in cheese & basil; add milk, stir
just until moistened. Drop by rounded
tablespoonfuls over filling.
Bake 25-30 minutes until filling is
bubbly & biscuits are golden brown.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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“Slider Casserole”

2 lb. ground beef
1 box dry onion soup mix
(comes with 2 pkgs – you will
use both)
2 (12 oz, ea) tubes crescent rolls
8-10 slices American cheese
mustard, to taste
dill pickles, chopped – to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In a
skillet brown ground beef; crumble
& mix with both pkgs. onion soup
mix. Drain meat into a colander;
using paper towels, press down on
mixture & squeeze out as much
liquid as possible. Unroll one tube
rolls into prepared dish, flatten
slightly to seal seams & cover the
bottom – top with ground beef then
top with cheese slices. Top with pickles
& mustard (to taste). Unroll other
tube rolls over top, sealing seams &
covering contents in dish. Bake 15-20
minutes until top is golden brown &
cheese is melted. Cut into squares &
serve with additional condiments,
if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Chicken Roll-ups

3 large chicken breasts (about 2 lb)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
22 strips pre-cooked bacon, divided
4 green onions, minced
3 mushrooms, minced
3/4 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 T. dried parsley
salt/pepper

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large gallon-sized zip-lock bag
place 1 chicken breast. Seal bag
securely & pound chicken to
flatten (you want it to be as thin
as you can get it – about 1/4
inch thick). Cut breast in half &
repeat with other 2 breasts
(pound & cut in two). Cut 4
slices bacon finely. In a medium
microwaveable bowl place cream
cheese – microwave 30 seconds to
soften. Mix in green onions, minced
bacon & mushrooms along with
minced garlic, onion powder, parsley
& salt/pepper – stir to blend well.
Sprinkle a bit of salt & pepper over
each chicken breast; spoon about 2
T. cream cheese mixture onto each
flattened breast & roll up. Wrap 2-3
pieces of pre-cooked bacon around
each one. NOTE: if bacon is hard to
manipulate, place it on a plate &
microwave about 20 seconds to
make it more pliable. Lay chicken
rolls in prepared pan & bake,
uncovered, 30-40 minutes until
inside of chicken is cooked through
& is no longer pink. Remove from
oven & cover with foil. Allow to stand
5 minutes, then serve. Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Jalapeno Popper Pimento Cheese
(spread/dip)

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 T. hot pickled jalapeno peppers,
chopped well
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
6 strips thick cut bacon, cooked/crumbled

In large microwaveable bowl place cream
cheese – microwave 30 seconds (it should
be mushy & stir-able, not melted – consistency
of mayonnaise). Add shredded Cheddar,
chopped jalapenos & mayonnaise – blend well.
Add cooked bacon & stir well. Store in tightly
covered jar – lasts 4 days refrigerated.

(recipe: nanaslittlekitchen.com)
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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 1/4 C. sugar, divided
1 C. flour
1/2 C. cocoa, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
1/3 C. melted butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 1/4 C. boiling water

Whipped cream or Cool Whip-
garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine 3/4 C. sugar, 1/4 C.
cocoa, flour, baking powder &
salt in a bowl. Add milk, butter &
vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour into
an ungreased 9 X 9″ baking dish. Stir
1/4 C. sugar, 1/2 C. brown sugar,
1/4 C. cocoa & sprinkle over top
of batter. Pour boiling water over top
& bake 35-40 minutes until center is
almost set (do not over bake). Let
stand 15 minutes. Serves 9
Serve with whipped cream or
Cool Whip

(recipe: 77recipes.com)

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Ended up finishing one of the three baby
blankets and started a new one. New one
is using a multi-colored medium blue/white
twist – when knit it comes out almost looking
like light blue denim! 

Log Cabin Day is a week
(+ 1 day) away – my mind is still trying to wrap
around new things: moving my group to a new
location on the grounds (closer to the action),
taking less things with me (no longer transporting
our big sign, table covers, etc.) and hoping more
ladies will join me. I was getting a bit concerned
last week but now have seven ladies who have
said they’ll be there for either the day or part
of, so we’ll see.

Gas prices surprised me yesterday – was
expecting to see $2.89/9 (like the day
before) and was shocked at $3.09/9! Oh
well – not much choice, need it.

Hope you’re having a good day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Wednesday!

It’s a sun-shiny, bright new Summer-like day out; 75 degrees F with a slight breeze – what could be better? Just got home from Library Knit Group (10 – 12 p.m.), quick trip to Krogers & Kroger gas station, Gordon Foods – now I’M HOME! A friend told me about Kroger Fuel REWARDS program (I already have their Kroger card & get accumulating fuel points) but didn’t know that you can also subscribe to their SURVEY site and get up to 20 fuel points per month! With Kroger, if you spend $100.00 you get 10 fuel points; that’s equal to 10 cents off on each gallon of gas and it goes from there. Since I had STICKER SHOCK when I got out of Kroger, knowing I had 10 cents off per gallon made me happy. Going TO knit group the price was $2.99/9 for regular . . . a little over 2 hours later it had jumped to $3.16/9! Yes, I know it’s going on a holiday weekend but I sure didn’t expect that kind of a jump so soon! Only got $25.00 (had a little less than a quarter tank and am going to be doing a bit of driving in the next few days, so needed to get gas). (If you might be interested in the Kroger Fuel Survey thing – go to

http://www.kroger.com/fuel

and look for the heading Fuel Survey on the left side of the screen – you will need to have a Kroger Plus shopper’s Card to qualify). Every little bit helps!

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Lemon Pudding Dessert

1 C. cold butter, cubed
2 C. flour
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
3 C. cold whole milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant
lemon pudding mix

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In medium bowl cut butter into
flour until crumbly – press into
ungreased 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Bake 18-22 minutes until light
brown. Cool on wire rack.

Beat cream cheese & sugar until
smooth; fold in 1 C. Cool Whip &
spread over cooled crust.

In large bowl beat milk & pudding
mix on Low speed using elec. mixer
2 minutes. Carefully spread over
cream cheese layer. Top with
remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate
at least 1 hour. Makes 16 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crunchy Taco Salad

1 small head green cabbage, thinly
sliced (about 4 C. ) – or lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, diced (about 1 C.)
1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 C.)
1 medium green bell pepper, diced (1 C.)
1 (15 oz) can kidney/pinto or black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (8 oz) can whole kernel corn
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 to 1 C. Spicy Guacamole Dressing*
1/2 C. feta cheese, crumbled (or Cheddar,
shredded)
2 C. corn tortilla chips, crumbled
1/2 C. water
1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
1/4 medium onion, peeled
1 medium avocado, peeled/pitted &
quartered
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 fresh serrano chili pepper
1/4 C. chopped cilantro leaves
1 T. olive or vegetable oil
1 tsp. sea salt

Mix cabbage (or lettuce), tomatoes,
onion, bell pepper, beans, corn &
chili powder in a large bowl. Toss
salad with Guacamole dressing; let
stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle top with
cheese & tortilla chips. Serves 4

*Spicy Guacamole Dressing:
Using food processor (or elec. mixer)
blend water, lemon juice, onion, avocado,
garlic, chili, cilantro, oil & salt until smooth
& creamy. Add more water if too thick

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Asparagus/Egg/Bacon
Salad w/Dijon Vinaigrette

1 large hard-boiled egg, peeled/
sliced
1 2/3 C. chopped asparagus
2 slices cooked/crumbled center-
cut bacon
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
pinch salt/pepper

Bring a pot of water to boil;
add asparagus & cook 2-3 minutes
until tender yet firm. Drain & run
under cold water to stop cooking
process. In small bowl mix Dijon
mustard, oil, vinegar & salt/pepper.
Arrange asparagus on a plate; top
with egg slices & bacon – drizzle
with vinaigrette. Serves 1

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Sour Cream Fish Fillets

1 1/2 lb. cod or haddock, cut
into 6 fillets
1 C. sour cream
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. Italian-seasoned bread
crumbs
2 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
fillets in a single layer in dish.
In medium bowl combine sour
cream, Parm. cheese, paprika,
salt/pepper – mix well. Spread
evenly over fish & sprinkle top
with bread crumbs. Drizzle top
with melted butter. Bake 20-25
minutes until fish flakes easily
with a fork. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Tangy Raspberry
Chicken ‘n Spinach

1 (8 oz) bottle raspberry vinaigrette
salad dressing
4 lb. frozen boneless skinless chicken
breasts (or thighs)*
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
black pepper – to taste
3 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained

Cooked rice/potatoes/pasta
to serve 6

Lightly spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray. Pour a
small layer of salad dressing on
bottom of crockpot. Place chicken
on top – season with salt/pepper.
Add spinach on top of chicken & push
it down so it fits in the crockpot.
Pour remaining salad dressing on
top. Cover & cook on High 4-5
hours until chicken is not longer
pink inside. Add drained mandarin
oranges to crockpot. Cover & turn
temperature to Warm. (allow to stay
warm while you cook whatever rice/
potatoes/pasta you want to serve
with this). Serves 6

*You can also use thawed chicken &
reduce the cooking time to 4 hours
on High.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Jalapeno Corn Dip

1 (15 oz) can sweet whole
kernel corn, drained (or)
2 C. fresh corn cut from cob
1 bell pepper, seeded/diced
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded/
finely diced
1 small can chopped green chiles
1 C. shredded Colby Jack cheese
blend
1/4 C. sour cream
2 T. mayonnaise
2 T. chopped cilantro
2 green onions, sliced
squirt of lime juice

Place all ingredients in medium
bowl – stir to combine. Serves 8

(recipe: lemontreedwelling.com)
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Creamy Bacon/Pea Salad

1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen peas, defrosted
6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. Cheddar cheese, diced
1 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
1 T. sugar
2 T. milk
1 tsp. seasoning salt
salt/pepper, to taste

In large bowl mix peas, bacon & cheese.
In small bowl whisk Miracle Whip, sugar,
milk, seasoning salt, salt/pepper – pour
over pea mixture & toss to coat. Cover
& refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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5-ingredient Peach Cobbler
Dump Cake

1 (29 oz) can sliced peaches
in heavy syrup
1 (15.25 oz) can sliced peaches
in heavy syrup, drained
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Dump large can of peaches into
pan then add smaller drained
peaches & spread out evenly.
Sprinkle top with cinnamon,
evenly. Pour dry cake mix on
top & spread out evenly.
Pour melted butter over dry
cake mix. Bake 50 minutes –
1 hour until top starts to
brown & edges are bubbling.
Serve warm.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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Things have been going well this week (so far);
tomorrow husband & I are going to see/with
possible buying a piano keyboard from a friend
of ours (they’re moving out of state). I have a
1930’s? baby grand piano that belonged to my
mother – yes, it’s very ‘pretty’ but it’s in need
of a great deal of work (lots of strings replaced,
body work, etc. we’re talking probably around
$1,000 in work, at least). This offer came up and
we’re going to see what we think – I have not been
a fan of keyboards – for their lack of pressure
when playing the keys, sound, etc. BUT this
friend plays very well so I’m excited to see just
what they have to offer. (Husband even said if
I want to, we can go look at a new keyboard if
this doesn’t pan out – we’ll see…). I miss having
a piano to play (and husband says he misses
hearing me play – I haven’t in too many years
now and I miss just being able to sit down when
a piece of music comes to mind and play it.

We don’t have any special plans for the upcoming
holiday – just church Sunday. OH! My ‘belated’
Mother’s Day dinner last Sunday at oldest son’s
house was great: BBQ ribs on his grill, a tomato/
feta/cucumber salad/BBQ beans with pork in them,
grilled asparagus and a huge chocolate cake –
needless to say: I PIGGED OUT!

Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Saturday – again

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

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

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Banana Pudding Dip

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

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

Garnish:
Whipped cream & vanilla wafer
crumbs  (optional)

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

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

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)
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Baked Mushroom Chicken

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Pepperoni Pizza Penne

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

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Casserole

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

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

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

(recipe: cooktopcove.com)
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Crunchy Asian Coleslaw

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

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

NOTE: If you can’t find the vinaigrette:

Homemade Dressing:

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

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

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Tuna Pasta Casserole

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

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

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

Have a SUPER GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie