WOooooooEeeeeeee – it’s HOT!

Just got home from a little trip to drop off some donations to St. Vincent de Paul (my new ‘charity of choice – gave up on Purple Heart – used to donate to them all the time but every time we scheduled a pick up, they never came!) This place is close and looks like they could use some nice donations, so that’s why I chose them. Stopped at KMart on the way home & picked up a pair of summer shorts for me; I have, probably, 7 pairs IN A BOX which would be really wrinkled, so I just got lazy & bought a new pair. Didn’t hurt that I had $6.00 off in KMart bonus points – that helped! It’s a bright, sunny day – 77 degrees F. (not much breeze) – I LOVE THESE KINDS OF DAY!  Even if I stay in the house, it cheers me up just seeing the sunshine!

KNITTING MOJO:  Dropped both other baby afghans & started a new one in bright yellow using a 2-row pattern and am happy with it. (I’ll go back to the others in awhile).

GAS PRICES: WOW! Our gas is at $2.99/9 and in some places $3.09/9 – wonder what’s pushing the big jump in prices?

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Island Breezes Coffee Cake
(overnight recipe)

2/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. sweetened/shredded
coconut, toasted
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. cook & serve
coconut cream pudding mix
20 frozen bread dough dinner
rolls
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
drained
1 (3 oz) jar macadamia nuts,
coarsely chopped
1/2 C. butter, cubed

In small bowl mix brown sugar,
coconut & pudding mix (dry). Place
10 rolls in a greased Bundt (or tube)
pan. Layer with half sugar mixture,
1 C. pineapple tidbits, 1/2 C. nuts &
1/4 C. butter – repeat layers. Cover
with plastic wrap & refrigerate
overnight.
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Remove pan from fridge about
1 3/4 hours before serving – let
rise in a warm place until dough
reaches top of pan, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Remove plastic wrap; bake 35-40
minutes until golden brown. (cover
loosely with foil if top browns too
quickly). Cool 10 minutes before
inverting onto a serving plate.
Serve warm. Makes 12 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Garlic Butter Shrimp & Quinoa


3 T. unsalted butter*
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 green or/red/yellow bell pepper,
diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 C. uncooked quinoa
4 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 lb. shrimp, raw/tail-on
3 T. unsalted butter*
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes,
(optional)
salt/pepper, to taste
fresh chopped parsley (garnish-
optional)
wedges lemon- for serving

Place a large non-stick skillet over
medium heat & add 3 T. butter –
melt completely. Add onion, bell
pepper, celery & garlic – cook 3-4
minutes until onion & bell pepper
have begun to soften. Add uncooked
quinoa – stir to combine & cook 1
minute, toasting the quinoa. Add
chicken broth & bring to boil – reduce
heat to Low then add oregano & thyme;
stir to combine. Cover & simmer 15
minutes.
After quinoa has simmered 15 minutes:
remove lid & stir. Add shrimp then arrange
on top of quinoa (shrimp will probably
cover entire top of dish – you might have
to nestle a few into mixture until cooked
through.) Remove lid & test doneness of
quinoa (it’s done when completely soft
but still ‘pops’ a bit when eaten. The
quinoa should have absorbed nearly all
liquid but it will continue to absorb
moisture as it sits. Remove skillet from
heat; melt remaining 3 T. butter in
microwave & stir garlic, salt/pepper
flakes into melted butter then drizzle
over shrimp. Sprinkle top with parsley
(if using) & serve immediately with
lemon wedges on the side.
Serves 8-10

*if you don’t want to use butter you
can substitute with same amount of
olive oil

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Easy, Creamy Chicken & Mushroom
Pasta

3 chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1 (10 1/2 oz) pkg. mushrooms sliced
thinly
1 (11.28 oz) pkg. penne pasta
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 1/2 C. chicken stock
8 T. cream cheese
salt/black pepper, to taste
handful chopped fresh Italian parsley,
finely chopped (garnish)

Cook pasta to al dente; reserve 2 ladles
pasta water & drain cooked pasta. Spray
a frying pan with nonstick cooking spray –
add chicken strips & cook until lightly
golden on both sides; remove & set
aside. Spray pan with a little more
nonstick spray – add shallot, garlic &
mushrooms – fry 2 minutes. Add a little
stock & reduce down – repeat with a
little stock until mushrooms are golden.
Whisk cream cheese in remaining stock
& reserved pasta water then add to pan
with mushrooms – bring to boil. Simmer,
uncovered, until sauce reduces down &
starts to thicken slightly. Add pasta &
chicken to pan & continue to simmer until
chicken is thoroughly cooked & sauce has
thickened. Stir parsley into mixture &
season well with salt/pepper. Serves 4

(recipe: slimmingeats.com)
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Spinach Dip Crescent Bites
(appetizers)

2 T. butter
1 C. chopped green onion (about
1 bunch, white & green both)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. chopped red bell pepper,
seeded (1 large)
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/well squeezed/
drained
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 C. chopped water chestnuts
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan chehese
2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a saute pan over medium heat
melt butter; add green onion, bell
pepper & garlic -saute 3-4 minutes.
Add spinach & cream cheese – stir
mixture & blend in cream cheese until
melted. Stir in salt/pepper, paprika,
crushed red pepper flakes, mayo,
lemon juice, water chestnuts &
Parmesan – remove from heat. Unroll
one pkg. crescent rolls & place on a
baking sheet. Using your fingers, gently
press seams together to seal. Spread
spinach mixture evenly over dough,
leaving about 1/2-inch border along
edges. Unroll other pkg. rolls & place
on top of spinach mixture – press edges
together to seal – gently press seams
together. Bake 20-25 minutes until
roll dough is golden brown. Cut into
small squares & serve (NOTE: a pizza
cutter works very well for cutting them).

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Crockpot Bacon/Spinach Quiche

1 T. butter
10 eggs
1 C. milk
1 C. chopped spinach
8 oz. shredded cheese
1/2 tsp. black pepper
10 slices bacon, chopped
(or 3/4 C. real bacon bits)
1/2 C. chopped spinach (or
any other vegetable)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In very
large bowl combine eggs, milk,
cheese, spinach & pepper – pour
into crockpot. Sprinkle cooked
bacon on top. Cover & cook on
Low 4 hours. Serves 8

(recipe: sidetrackedsarah.com)
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Spicy Oven-baked Pork Chops

4-6 bone-in pork chops (or boneless,
if desired)
1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. water
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried onion flakes (or
finely chopped onion)
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. Cajun seasoning*

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place chops in a baking dish or
iron skillet. Whisk together
remaining ingredients in a bowl
& pour over chops. Bake 45-60
minutes uncovered until chops
are done in center. Serves 4-6

*Homemade Cajun Seasoning
(makes about 1/3 C.)

2 T. paprika
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (or
more, if desired)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. oregano

Combine all ingredients & store in
airtight container.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Peanut Butter Fudge Cake
(use medium-sized crock, not large)

3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. peanut butter
1 T. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. cocoa powder
1 C. boiling water

vanilla ice cream

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray.
In bowl combine 1/4 C. sugar, flour &
baking powder. In another bowl combine
milk, peanut butter, oil & vanilla; whisk
until smooth. Combine milk mixture with
dry ingredients (makes a thick batter.)
Spread batter evenly into crockpot.
In microwave, heat 1 C. water to boiling
(about 3 minutes) then add in remaining
sugar & cocoa powder; whisk to dissolve
sugars. Pour this directly over cake
batter in crockpot. Cover & cook on High
1 1/2 – 2 hours until spongy & springs back
to the touch, it will not be firm. Spoon
into bowls while warm; top with vanilla
ice cream, if desired.

(recipe: thetaylor-house.com)

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Not much new around here, supposed to go
to another grandson baseball game but it’s just
too hot for me (I don’t do well in heat, even in
the shade). Middle son is going to cook me
dinner tonight (for Mother’s Day) – I’m guessing
it will be something like brown rice & mixed
oriental veggies (he’s vegetarian) – oh well, I
don’t have to cook, so I’m looking forward to it!

Have a great day!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Another day in the life…

Today was another ‘grandson babysitting’ day – fortunately, it was a rather easy one (and short!). Got to see him yesterday at his older brother’s baseball game (they won).

Our weather has been OK – yesterday it was breezy & warm – great for an evening baseball game. Today it’s overcast & 61 degrees F. – same grandson has a track meet at 4 then baseball practice (glad I only have to go to the occasional games!) – I’m busy enough.

Managed to mess up BOTH baby blankets I’m working on – not exactly sure just ‘how’ but BOTH patterns are ONE STITCH off, to the left! Lighter weight/multi-colored one I ripped back a good 4 inches last night – it’s STILL off! Took heavier yellow one with me today – it’s ALSO one stitch off to the left! UGH! There goes my KNITTING MOJO! Think I’m going to let them both rest for a few days before attempting to figure out where I went wrong. Both are really easy patterns with a total of four rows, only one row is the actual ‘gotta count stitches’ row – UGH!

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No-Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie

Crust:
2 C. crushed shortbread cookies (reserve
1 T. for topping)
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1/3 C. sugar

Caramel Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. caramel dessert topping
1 T. vanilla
1/4 C. heavy cream
(whipped topping – optional)

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Crust:
Mix all crust ingredients in medium bowl;
press on bottom & up sides of an 8-inch
pie plate (can use 9″ but crust will be
thinner).

Filling:
Beat cream cheese, caramel topping &
vanilla in large bowl using elec. mixer
on medium speed until smooth. Gradually
beat in heavy cream just until blended –
beat on medium-high speed 2 minutes
until fluffy; spoon mixture into crust.
(add whipped topping, if desired).
Refrigerate 3 hours until set. When ready
to serve, drizzle additional caramel on top
& sprinkle with shortbread crumbs.
Store leftovers in fridge.

(recipe: iambaker.net)
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4-Ingredient Chicken Thighs

8 chicken thighs
1 pkt. dry French Onion soup mix
1 (8 oz) bottle Russian salad dressing
1 small jar apricot preserves (or
about 1 C.)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In a bowl mix soup mix, salad dressing
& preserves. Place chicken pieces in a
baking pan; sprinkle with pepper (no
extra salt is needed). Pour soup mix
sauce over chicken & coat well. Bake,
uncovered, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
until chicken is done. Baste several
times during cooking time.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Mashed Potato Pie

2 C. leftover mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1/4 C. cottage cheese
1/4 C. sour cream
2 green onions, chopped
1 T. bacon bits
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar-Jack
cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. In a large bowl
beat eggs; add cottage cheese &
sour cream-stir to combine. Add
mashed potatoes – mix well &
pour into prepared dish. Bake
20  minutes – move dish to upper
part of oven & cook 6-7 minutes
more until beginning to get
golden brown. Let stand a few
minutes before slicing. Serves 4

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Foil-grilled/baked Asparagus

1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
8 tsp. butter cut into small
pieces
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 T. chopped parsley
lemon wedges – (optional,
for serving)

Preheat Grill – (OR) oven 425 degrees F.
Cut 4 large squares foil & spray with
nonstick cooking spray. Divide asparagus
evenly among foil. Sprinkle Italian
seasoning, salt/pepper evenly over
asparagus & place 2 tsp. butter in each
packet. Fold foil over asparagus, sealing
completely on all sides.
Grill:  15 minutes, flipping packet once
halfway through cooking time
Oven: Bake 15 minutes

Open packets carefully; gently stir to make
sure all asparagus is coated with butter &
seasonings. Sprinkle with parsley & serve
with lemon wedges, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Sausage & Vegetable Skillet

1 T. olive oil
1 (12 oz) pkg. fully cooked Italian
chicken sausage links, cut into
1 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 lb. red potatoes (about 5
medium) thinly sliced
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen corn
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/4 C. vegetable broth
2 C. fresh baby spinach

In 12 inch skillet heat oil over medium-
high heat. Saute sausage & onion until
onion is tender. Add garlic & pepper
flakes – cook & stir 1 minute. Add
potatoes, corn, pepper & broth; bring
to boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook,
covered, until potatoes are tender, 15-20
minutes. Stir in spinach until wilted.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Parmesan/Garlic Potatoes

3 lb. baby potatoes, *washed/halved
3 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 T. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

In a bowl toss halved potatoes in
melted butter, olive oil & minced
garlic – add to crockpot. In another
bowl mix dry seasonings – sprinkle
potatoes with seasoning & lightly
toss.. Cover & cook on Low 4-5
hours or High 2-3 hours until
potatoes can easily be pierced with
a fork. Serves 6

*Poster used Dutch yellow baby
potatoes (also called NEW potatoes).
You can use yellow, red or multi-colored
baby/new potatoes

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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4-Ingredient Ice Cream Muffins

1 pint (16 oz) Cookies ‘n Cream ice
cream, melted
1 1/4 C. self-rising flour
15 chocolate sandwich cookied (like
Oreos)
2/3 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
3 T. melted ice cream in a small
bowl. Whisk remaining melted
ice cream with flour in medium
bowl until smooth. Use a small
ice cream scoop (about 2 T.) to
spoon batter into each muffin cup.
Place 1 sandwich cookie on top of
batter in each cup. Spoon some of
remaining batter on top of each
cookie. Bake 16-18 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
of muffin comes out clean & tops
are light golden brown. Let cool
completely in tin.
Glaze:
Whisk together powdered sugar &
reserved melted ice cream until
smooth & thick. Place the remaining
3 cookies into a small ziplock bag &
roughly crush. Transfer cooled muffins
to a serving platter. Spread some of
glaze on top of each muffin then sprinkle
tops with crushed cookies. Makes 12.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

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Hope you’re having a good day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Thursday already!

Sometimes my weeks just FLY BY! Ever have that happen? This has been another crazy/busy week – my back is finally acting normal again – YAY! I honestly don’t even remember Monday! Tuesday was a really crazy/hectic day babysitting. My oldest son (Dad of grandsons) is trying to install a new tub & surround (with a little help from a plumber acquaintance). Said plumber was supposed to show up at 4 p.m. to get the pipes soldered/surround in, etc. He showed up an hour late, quickly told son what HE should get done then said he had to get home for dinner (apparently his wife is a stickler for prompt dinner time – sigh). My son was SO furious he stomped upstairs & started doing it himself. He said: “Mom, what time is your knit thing?” (I’m supposed to be there around 6 p.m.) – he said; “Well, you can go, we’ll be fine.” (we being the baby & him, older grandson was at track & baseball practice). I said: “No WAY I’m leaving him alone while you plumb the bathroom!” . . . long story short, I stayed until 7:30 (SUPER…SUPER tired/worn out), went to Burger King & grabbed food (didn’t even taste it, I was THAT tired!). I guess yesterday the plumber came back & did what he was supposed to do TUESDAY! Bathroom is now up & running/functional again. I love my baby grandson but this day he was extra clingy – play a little then look at me/put his arms up with this “Pick me UP!” look – VERY unusual for him. He took an hour nap, woke up, did the raised arm thing then slept on my chest for another HOUR! (He hasn’t done that since he was very tiny). I know it’s a stage – he now cries when his parents have to leave; he’ll outgrow it, but it really made for a very long day! (OH – forgot to mention Son/older grandson & baby came over at around 8:30 to take showers – guess who kept the baby comfy – while he continued to cry because his daddy was in the shower!). VERY. . . V E R Y long day!

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Trying to feature some Mother’s Day recipes – just in case you might need a few ideas . . .

Pecan Pie Pound Cake

4 sticks butter, room temp
4 C. sugar
4 C. flour (cake or all purpose)
8 large eggs, room temp
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
2-3 tsp. vanilla
1 (or more) C. chopped pecans
1 (or more) C. brown sugar
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1 jar caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
In large bowl using elec. mixer, cream
butter, cream cheese & sugar until
smooth. Add eggs, one-at-a time, then
add flour, one cup at a time. Add 2-3
tsp. vanilla & mix well. Grease & flour
(or spray & flour) a tube pan (or Bundt
pan) & pour in batter, spreading to
even. Sprinkle nuts & brown sugar
on top & lightly press into the batter.
Bake 1 hour 15 minutes*. Remove
from oven & allow to cool a few
minutes before inverting onto a
plate. Drizzle caramel over top &
down sides of cake.

*You might want to tent the top of
the cake with foil if it is browning
too fast or the nuts are scorching.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Watermelon/Cucumber/Feta Salad
(cubed)

1 English cucumber
1 small watermelon
one 5 oz. block feta cheese
1 tsp. olive oil
black pepper
2 T. fresh basil leaves
2 T. fresh mint leaves

To cube cucumber:
Cut ends off cucumber; thinly
slice off all four long sides so
that it resembles a long rectangle.
Cut into 13 one-inch cubes (reserve
rest of cucumber for another use)

To cube watermelon:
Cut off ends; cut into 1-inch slices.
Cut into thirteen 1-inch cubes
discard rind & reserve rest of
watermelon for another use.

To cube feta:
Cut into four 1-inch cubes (same
size as cucumber cubes)

To build the salad:
Bottom layer: Arrange 3 cubes
cucumber across serving platter,
then 5 cubes down, alternating
cucumber & watermelon cubes.
Alternate cucumber & watermelon
cubes to create a checkerboard
pattern. (Fit in Feta cubes in design)
Drizzle cubed salad with oil then
sprinkle with pepper, basil & mint
leaves. Serves 2

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Mushroom/Onion Chops
with Gravy

4 (or more) thick cut pork chops
2/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 C. oil
1 large onion, cut into rings
2 (4 oz, ea) cans chopped mushrooms,
drained
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1/3 C. sour cream
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 C. water
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Cooked mashed potatoes or rice or
noodles to serve 4-6
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Heat 1/4 C. oil in a large skillet until hot.
In small flat pie pan, whisk together flour,
black pepper/salt & garlic powder. Dredge
chops in flour mixture & brown in oil along
with onion rings. Remove chops & rings –
place in crockpot along with drained
mushrooms. In skillet you used to brown
chops, place leftover flour, chicken broth,
onion soup mix, sour cream, Worc. sauce &
water. Stir often & bring to boil to thicken.
Once thickened, pour over chops in crockpot.
Cover & cook 6-7 hours on Low (or 4-5 hours
on High. Serve with cooked mashed potatoes/
cooked rice/cooked noodles – pouring gravy
over top. Serves 4-6

NOTE: You can prepare this on stovetop:
add chops back to skillet once you’ve made
the gravy. Cover & simmer until fully cooked.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Orange-Chicken Pasta Salad

1 (16 oz) box rotini pasta
2 C. cooked chicken breast, diced
into chunks*
3 C. diced romaine lettuce (or baby
spinach), roughly chopped
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
well
1 c. roughly chopped pecans
1 (12 oz) bottle Orange Poppy Seed
salad dressing** (you can find it at
Kroger: “Private Selection”

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain well then cool. In large bowl combine
cooled pasta, diced chicken, chopped
lettuce, mandarin oranges & chopped nuts.
Pour poppyseed dressing on top & stir
gently to combine. You can serve immediately
or cover bowl with plastic wrap & refrigerate
1-2 hours. Stir again before serving.
Serves 10

*You can also use rotisserie chicken, canned
chicken or grilled chicken.

**If you can’t find orange poppyseed
dressing, just use regular poppyseed
dressing.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Strawberry/Spinach Pasta Salad
with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

8 oz. penne noodles, cooked
accordg. to pkg. directions
2 C. packed fresh baby spinach
leaves
1 C. sliced strawberries
1 C. pineapple chunks
1/4 C. dried cranberries or blueberries
1/2 C. salted cashews (or other nuts)

Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

1/2 C. olive oil
1/3 C. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 T. Dijon mustard
3 T. honey
1/3 C. orange juice
2 tsp. poppy seeds
(optional) pinch salt/pepper

Combine all dressing ingredients in
a jar & shake well. Combine cooked
pasta, spinach, strawberries, pineapple,
cranberries & nuts in large bowl – toss
with prepared dressing. Serve immediately
or cover & chill 1 hour before serving.
Serves 10

(recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com)
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Crockpot Caramel Pie

2 (14 oz, ea) cans sweetened
condensed milk
1 (9 inch) graham cracker pie crust
whipped cream

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Pour sweet’d
cond. milk into cropot. Cover &
cook on Low 2-4 hours (time
depends on what size crockpot
you’re using). Start stirring every
15 minutes AFTER 1 1/2 hours –
if using a larger crockpot, (OR)
2 1/2 hours if using a smaller one.
When mixture is golden brown &
not too thick, spoon into pie crust
& chill completely. Serve topped
with whipped cream. Makes 1 pie

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Finished getting the grocery shopping
done today and now it’s time for me
to REST! I actually decided yesterday
that I was so overly tired from Tuesday
that I skipped going to the Library Knit
group (and grocery shopping) and did
very little! I DIDN’T EVEN KNIT!!!
Amazing! Glad I’m (hopefully) on the
Down Side of a crazy week.

Gas Prices:
Had to get gas today: $2.89/9 (not
happy with that price so only got
$30. – hopefully they will go down
soon.

Hope you’re enjoying your day;

Hugs;

Pammie

Wednesday – we have BUNNIES!

Every year we look forward to spotting our BUNNIES in our yard. Every year we have two wild brown bunnies that live in our black raspberry bushes. Last year, for whatever reason, they didn’t come back BUT…they’re here NOW! YAY! For our family it’s like a sign of Spring, along with all the lovely forsythia bushes blooming, the hyacinth, daffodils, narcissus and others – FINALLY Spring has come to our little corner of the world. Today it’s a bit overcast but still . . . it’s 72 degrees F.! I love having the sun out and warmer weather – makes me smile a lot.

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 6-Ingredient Pudding Cake

9 sheets cinnamon graham crackers
1 3/4 C. cold milk
1 ( 1 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 C. fresh raspberries, divided
1 C. fresh blueberries, divided
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed/divided

Line bottom of a 9 X 9″ square baking dish
with 4 1/2 graham crackers. In medium
bowl whisk milk & pudding mix until
slightly thickened – let stand 2 minutes until
soft set. Stir in 3/4 C. each of berries; fold
in 2 C. Cool Whip. Spread half of pudding
over graham crackers; repeat layers.
Cover & refrigerate 2 hours.
Just before serving, dollop with remaining
Cool Whip & berries. Serves 12

(recipe: everydaydiabeticrecipes.com)
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Ritz Cracker Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 C. Ritz (or other butter crackers),
crushed
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
black pepper, to taste
2 eggs
1/2 C. butter

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In small bowl mix cracker crumbs,
garlic salt & pepper. Whisk eggs in
a shallow pie plate or pan.Dip each
chicken breast into beaten eggs then
dredge in cracker crumbs, coating
completely – place in prepared
pan. Cut butter into small pieces &
dot over top of chicken. Bake 30-35
minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Serves 4

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Cheesy Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

1 lb. asparagus spears, woody ends
removed
3 T. olive oil
1 T. minced garlic (or 4 cloves, minced)
3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Arrange asparagus on sheet.
In small bowl mix olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper-
drizzle over asparagus & toss to coat evenly.
Bake 10-15 minutes until just beginning to
get tender. Remove from oven & top with
shredded cheese. Return to oven & broil
(or grill) until cheese melts  (4-5 minutes).
Adjust salt/pepper & serve immediately.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: cafedelites.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna

1 (25 oz) bag frozen cheese ravioli
1 lb. ground beef, browned
3 (14-15 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 T. garlic salt
4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese (optional)

In large skillet brown beef; drain. Stir
in tomatoes & seasoning. In crockpot
cover bottom with some of the sauce.
Place a layer of ravioli across bottom;
a layer of mozzarella – repeat layers
until all meat & ravioli are used. (end
with meat sauce on top layer.) Top
with rest of mozzarella & add Parm.
cheese on top (if desired). Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours.
Turn off heat & let stand 15 minutes
before serving. Cut & serve.

(recipe: eatingonadime.com)
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Creamy Steak Fettucini

1 (12 oz) pkg. fettucini
2 T. olive oil
kosher salt/black pepper
1 lb. sirloin steak.
2 T. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. flour
2 C. milk
1 T. fresh chopped parsley
1/2 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 C. halved cherry tomatoes
2 C. baby spinach

bottled Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Cook fettucini accordg. to pkg.
directions until al dente; drain.
Season steak generously with salt/
pepper. In large skillet over medium-
high heat add 2 T. olive oil & cook
steak until desired doneness. Transfer to
a plate to let rest 10 minutes then
slice thinly.

Alfredo Sauce:

Add butter to skillet & melt; add garlic-
cook 1 minute. Whisk in flour – cook
1 more minute then add milk & simmer
until thickened, 5 minutes. Add parsley,
Parmesan & tomatoes – cook 2 minutes.
Add cooked fettucini & toss to coat. Add
spinach & toss until wilted. Top with
sliced steak & drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Spinach & Artichoke-stuffed Shells

24 jumbo pasta shells (about 12 oz)
10 oz. frozen, chopped spinach,
thawed/drained & squeezed dry
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained/
roughly chopped
1 C. whole milk ricotta
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
2/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
kosher salt/black pepper
1 C. Half & Half
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. olive oil
1/3 C. panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. chopped fresh Italian
parsley, (optional)
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Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente; drain.
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Mix spinach, artichokes, ricotta,
4 oz. cream cheese, 1/3 C. Parm. cheese,
1 tsp. salt & few grinds black pepper in
medium bowl. Whisk together Half &
Half, mozzarella, remaining 4 oz. cream
cheese, remaining 1/3 C. Parm. cheese &
1 tsp. salt in medium microwave-safe
bowl until smooth & combined. Heat in
microwave in 30 second increments,
stirring between each, until warm &
smooth, about 2 minutes. Spread
1/2 C. cheese sauce in bottom of a
9 X 13″ baking dish. Stuff a heaping
Tablespoon spinach mixture into each
shell & arrange in baking dish seam-sides
up. Pour remaining cheese sauce over
shells, cover with foil & bake 13-15
minutes until cheese is melted & bubbling.

Mix olive oil, breadcrumbs & parsley (if
using) in small bowl until well combined.
Remove foil from baking dish & sprinkle
mixture over shells. Bake until breadcrumbs
are golden brown & cheese is bubbly,
about 10 minutes. Serves 4-6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Quick Toffee/Banana Pudding

1 C. heavy cream
8 T. butter
2/3 C. packed light brown sugar
1/3 C. maple syrup
6 slices store-bought gingerbread
cake
2 large bananas, sliced
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Combine cream, butter, sugar &
syrup in small pan & heat gently,
stirring constantly until smooth &
melted. Layer cake & bananas in
9 inch square baking pan; pour
sauce on top & sprinkle with pecans.
Bake 10 minutes until sauce is
bubbly. Serve hot. Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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With both our middle & youngest sons home now
our schedules have changed a bit – more cooking
for me (I don’t mind). Middle son got a new job
at another Hilton hotel about 20 minutes from
where we live & will probably start either Monday
or Tuesday of next week (front desk). That is a good
thing for him; he was looking for a management
position but they told him if he really ‘hustled”
that might be a possibility in the near future, so
that’s good.

With oldest grandson’s baseball & track games,
my husband & I are a bit more busy than usual.
I’m still going to my two knit groups & all the other
activities so I guess the old expression: “That which
doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” sort of applies.
(grin).

Hope you are able to enjoy a little of the
Spring weather where you are!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Keep forgetting to mention: gas prices are
UP in our area, from $.259/9 to now $2.89/9
or $2.99/9, depending on where you go. I was
just glad I had 10 cents off per gallon through
Kroger – every little bit helps, right?

 

It’s Friday!

It’s another nice day out, sunny & breezy – right now it’s 57 degrees F. with a high expected of 64! YAY! We now have daffodils & hyacinth blooming and we finally saw our two (adult) rabbits in the back yard yesterday. Every year we look for them and haven’t seen them in almost a YEAR! I really am glad they (or their offspring) are still around. This morning found husband & I getting up early to take my van into the dealership – the heater fan makes a loud humming noise when you put it on medium to high. We were driving the other day & husband turned on the heat – we heard a funny sound then the loud hum noise s0 we’ll see what that’s all about when the dealership calls back. Went out to breakfast at our favorite spot: Village Place – casual dining, friendly staff, big portions – what’s not to like!?

Here’s the teal & white baby blanket I finally finished; it’s going to the Detroit Veteran’s Hospital for their September baby shower for vets wives.

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Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

1 C. corn syrup
1 C. powdered sugar
1 C. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 C. Rice Krispies cereal

Lay sheets of waxed paper
on baking sheets.
In very large saucepan stir
together corn syrup & sugar –
bring to boil, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat & add peanut
butter & vanilla; stir until smooth
then stir in cereal. Drop by spoonfuls
onto waxed paper. Cool slightly &
roll into balls. Makes 3 dozen

(recipe: creationsbykara.com)
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Chicken Cornbread Casserole

1/3 C. milk
1 egg
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 (8.5 oz) box corn bread mix (Jiffy)
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
1 C. salsa
1 (4 oz) can green chilies, drained/
chopped
1 (14 oz) can whole kernel corn
2 C. cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 1/2 C. Mexican 4-cheese blend, cheese,
shredded
1 T. fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl stir milk, egg, butter & cornbread
mix until well incorporated – pour into
prepared dish. Bake 15-20 minutes
until just set. Combine enchilada
sauce, salsa, green chilies, corn, cumin
& red pepper flakes in a bowl. Remove
cornbread from oven; poke top of
cornbread all over with a fork & pour
enchilada sauce mixture over top.
Spread shredded chicken on top &
sprinkle cheese all over top. Return
to oven & bake 15-20 minutes longer
until cornbread is cooked through &
cheese is melted. Remove from oven
& let cool 5-10 minutes before
cutting. Garnish with cilantro &
serve hot. Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Porkchop/Potato Casserole

6 large pork chops
6 medium potatoes-peeled/
salt/pepper, to taste
cut into round slices
flour
1 large can cream of mushroom
soup
1/2 (soup can) water
oil for frying

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In 9 X 13″ baking dish layer
sliced potatoes & sprinkle
with salt/pepper. Coat pork
chops with flour. Heat oil in
large skillet & brown chops
on medium-high heat, flipping
to brown both sides. Arrange
cooked chops on top of sliced
potatoes. Heat soup with water
in saucepan & pour over chops/
potatoes. Cover with foil & bake
1 1/2 hours. Serves 4

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Crockpot Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 C. onion, diced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
juice included
with roasted garlic & onions
(Red Gold)
2 C. green or red peppers, chopped
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
3 C. beef broth
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 C. cooked rice

In skillet brown ground beef &
onions over medium heat; drain &
place in crockpot. Add rest of
ingredients; cover & cook on Low
6-8 hours. Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Ham ‘n Grits

3 C. water
3/4 C. quick cooking grits
1/2 tsp. salt
4 T. butter or margarine
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 C. cooked ham, chopped
1/4 C. green onions, chopped (can
use regular onions)
several drops hot sauce (optional)
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
cheese of your choice), divided

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a large casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray (Poster
used a 9 X 5″ loaf pan)
In a large pot bring water & salt to
a boil; add grits & cook 5 minutes
until thick. Remove from stove &
add butter, eggs, garlic powder,
ham, green onions, hot sauce & half
the cheese. Mix well & pour into
prepared dish. Bake 30-35 minutes
uncovered.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Roasted Asparagus & Spinach Pasta
Salad

8 oz. penne (or any tubular pasta),
uncooked
1 lb. fresh asparagus, cut into 1″
pieces
2 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
3 C. fresh baby spinach
2 T. toasted sesame seeds
1 C. coarsely chopped cashews
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese

Dressing:
1/2 C. olive oil
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1 clove garlic, finely minced
5 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. toasted (dark) sesame oil
1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
rinse & drain.
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lay asparagus on a baking sheet &
drizzle 2 T. olive oil – toss to coat &
sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt. Roast
asparagus 8-10 minutes until it’s
crisp/tender – stir after 5 minutes.
Remove & let cool.
Place all dressing ingredients (except
for oil) in a blender – pulse a few times
to mix. With blender running, add oil in
a steady stream (SEE NOTE). Mix the
pasta, spinach, asparagus & sesame
seeds in a large bowl. Toss in dressing
& top with cashews & cheese.
Serves 6-8

NOTE: Poster said: You have to remove
the little glass thing in the lid (so as to
prevent making a mess) cover most of
the hole with a paper towel while
you’re adding the oil

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Beef & Pepper Skillet

1 lb. ground beef
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
with green chilies, undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
1 T. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
2 C. instant brown rice
1 medium red pepper, sliced
1 medium green pepper, sliced
1 C. shredded Colby-Monterey
Jack cheese

In large skillet cook beef over
medium heat 6-8 minutes until
meat is no longer pink; drain. Add
tomatoes, broth, chili powder, salt &
garlic powder – bring to boil. Stir in
rice & peppers; reduce heat & simmer,
covered, 8-10 minutes until liquid is
absorbed. Remove from heat; sprinkle
top with cheese & let stand, covered,
until cheese is melted. Serves 6

Freezer option:
Before adding cheese to recipe, cool
beef mixture. Freeze beef mixture &
cheese separately in freezer containers.
To use: partially thaw in fridge overnight.
Heat mixture in saucepan, stirring
occasionally & adding a little broth if
necessary. Sprinkle top with cheese &
let cheese melt.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cherry Pie Cookies

1 C. sugar
1/2 c. softened butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 C. flour
1 can cherry pie filling
melted white chocolate, for
drizzling on top

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray mini muffin pan with
nonstick spray. Cream sugar &
butter together; add egg &
vanilla; mix. In separate bowl,
combine sour cream, salt & soda.
Add flour & sour cream to butter
mixture, beat until smooth. Scoop
dough out* into muffin cups. (no
need to roll out dough, it will bake
the same). Bake 15-18 minutes making
sure they don’t get too brown. Right
after removing from oven use a small
measuring spoon to gently push in
middle of each cookie, forming a cup.
(Don’t push through cookie completely,
just make a well for the pie filling).
Let cookies cool in pan 10-15 minutes
then gently run a thin knife around edges
to remove. Place pie filling in a bowl.
Use a fork to fill each cookie cup with
cherries (poster said her cups held
2-4 cherries, each). When filled, drizzle
tops with melted white chocolate,
if desired. Makes about 30

(recipe: butterwithasideofbread.com)

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It’s been another busy week; with all that’s
been going on, my back was really hurting
yesterday and I ended up ‘begging off’ of
going to grandson’s baseball game. (Monday:
2 1/2+ hours sitting in a folding chair at
baseball; Tuesday babysitting 1 yr old then
2 1/2 hrs. sitting on a banquet bench at
knit group; Weds. 2 hrs. sitting in folding
chair at library knitting group then 1 1/2
hrs. in folding chair at special needs group)
by Thursday night my back was screaming!
Back is doing better now, I told oldest son
I’d really try to make the Monday baseball
game – we’ll see. The really GOOD thing is:
(other than picking up my van) I don’t have
anything SPECIFIC I HAVE to do or go to
until church Sunday! AND they’re having
what they call “Small Groups” Sunday
evening, so no choir practice, either! YAY!
(don’t get me wrong – I LOVE choir practice!).

Hope you are doing OK (or better) today-
looking at the weather report for tomorrow
there’s a 30% chance of snow! (but, as my
husband reminded me: “It’s ONLY 30%!” so
that’s Ok…I guess).  I’m thinking of making
Pierogies & Polish Sausage for dinner tonight –
it’s been such a ‘busy/crazy/nothing normal”
week, I haven’t cooked like I usually do (and
having middle son home – the one who loves
to eat – it seems funny not having any left
overs in the fridge!)

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

and sometimes things change . . .

Well, over the weekend life changed again – middle son moved back home (temporarily). It’s a long story but about 3 weeks ago he & his girlfriend of over a year broke up, he lost his job AND his cat ran away. (one of my friends said that sounds like the makings of a Country Western song). We would rather have him here for awhile, getting his life back in order, than him being alone.

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 Strawberries & Cream Cake

1 box white cake mix (plus egg
whites, oil & water to make cake)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temp
1/4 C. milk
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
3 C. sliced fresh strawberries
1 (12.75 oz) container strawberry
glaze (found in produce section of
grocery stores)

Prepare & bake cake accordg. to pkg.
directions for a 9 X 13″ cake – cool
completely. Beat cream cheese, milk
& powdered sugar using elec. mixer
until fluffy & smooth; fold in Cool
Whip & stir to combine. Spread
mixture over cooled cake. Combine
strawberry slices & strawberry glaze;
gently stir until strawberries are
coated with glaze – spread over
cream cheese mixture & refrigerate
until ready to serve.

(recipe: southyourmouth.com)
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Oven-fried Chicken Drumsticks

2 C. finely crushed potato chips
(6 oz bag)
3 lb. chicken drumsticks
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with
foil; spray generously with nonstick
cooking spray. Place crushed chips
in a zip-lock bag. Pat chicken dry. In
large bowl whisk mayo, buttermilk &
seasoning until smooth. Add chicken;
toss to coat. One at a time, add chicken
to bag & shake to coat with crumbs. Place
chicken on prepared sheet & bake until
coating is golden brown, 35-40 minutes
(depending on size of drumsticks). Serve
immediately; refrigerate any leftovers.
Serves 4

(recipe: Kroger flyer)
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Turkey Tetrazzini

1 lb. fettuccine pasta
2 T. olive oil
4 C. shredded, cooked turkey or
chicken (light & dark meat)
2 C. frozen peas
6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 C. finely chopped onion
1/2 C. finely chopped celery
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, stemmed
& thinly sliced
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/4 C. water
1/3 C. flour
3 C. chicken broth
2 C. milk (or Half & Half)
1/2 C. dried bread crumbs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
to al dente; drain & return to pot –
toss with 1 T. olive oil. Stir in
turkey & peas. In large, deep
skillet heat 1 T. oil & 3 T. butter
over medium heat – add onion &
celery, stirring, 2 minutes. Add
mushrooms, salt & poultry seasoning;
cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Pour
1/4 C. water into pan, stir to get
browned bits from bottom of pan;
cook 1 minute until liquid has nearly
evaporated – remove veggies from
pan. Return skillet to heat, add 3 T.
butter-melt, sprinkle flour into pan &
cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Gradually
add broth, stirring continuously. When
mixture begins to thicken, add milk &
cook, stirring, about 5 minutes until
sauce thickens. Remove from heat;
pour sauce over pasta in a large bowl.
Stir in mushroom mixture – mix well &
pour into prepared dish. In small bowl
combine bread crumbs, Parm., & paprika
with the melted butter – sprinkle evenly
over top of pasta mixture. Bake 30
minutes until heated through & bubbling
& top is golden brown. Allow to cool
5 minutes before serving. Serves 10

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

1 small onion, chopped
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen corn kernels
2 (10 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
with chilies
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chili
peppers, chopped
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 T. cumin
1 T. chili powder
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro

Combine beans, onion, chili peppers,
corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato,
cumin, chili powder & taco seasoning
in crockpot – mix well. Nestle chicken
into mixture in crockpot to completely
cover. Cover & cook on Low 8-10 hours
or High 4-6 hours.
One half hour before serving:
remove chicken & shred – return to
crockpot & stir in. Top with fresh
cilantro. Serves 10

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Cheesy Garlic/Ham Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 T. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 stick butter or margarine, cut into
pieces
1 1/2 C. cooked, chopped ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
you can mix cheeses- your choice)
1 1/4 C. evaporated milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl mix flour,
baking powder, salt, garlic powder
using a whisk. Cut butter pieces into
flour mixture until it resembles coarse
crumbs. Add ham, cheese & milk –
mix with a spoon & turn out onto a
floured board. (Poster pats dough out
using her hands, to desired thickness).
She uses a small cookie cutter instead
of a regular biscuit cutter. Place cut
out biscuits on prepared sheet &
bake 15-20 minutes until brown on
top. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen small
biscuits.
Serve with honey, preserves, molasses,
butter, etc.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Italian Wedding Soup

1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 T. breadcrumbs
1 T. Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. onion powder
5 3/4 C. chicken broth
2 C. chopped escarole or
2 C. chopped spinach
1/2 C. orzo pasta, uncooked
1/3 C. finely chopped carrot
grated Parmesan cheese

In medium bowl combine meat,
egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan
cheese, basil & onion powder;
shape into 3/4 inch balls. In
large saucepan heat broth to
boiling, stir in spinach, orzo,
carrot & meatballs.Return to
boil; reduce heat to medium &
cook at a slow boil 10 minutes
or until orzo is tender. Stir
frequently to avoid sticking.
Serve with additional Parm.
cheese sprinkled on top.
Serves 4

(recipe: food.com)
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Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

1 1/2 lb. small red potatoes*
1/3 C. melted unsalted butter
2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3 C. plain breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 C. grated Parmesan (or Romano)
cheese
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lightly spray large baking sheet
with nonstick cooking spray. Scrub
potatoes well; dry of any excess
water. Cut each potato in half &
place in large bowl. Mix garlic &
melted butter together – pour
over potatoes. Combine remaining
ingredients & add to potatoes – toss
to coat well. Place potatoes on
prepared sheet & bake 50-60
minutes until golden brown.
Serves 6

*You can use larger red potatoes,
cut them into 1 to 1 1/2 inch
chunks.

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

1 (18.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant chocolate pudding
mix
2 C. sour cream
3 eggs
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. water
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
In bowl of stand mixer, beat all ingredients
except: chocolate chips, until well blended.
Fold in chocolate chips & spoon batter into
pan. Batter will be thick. Bake 50 minutes
to 1 hour. Cool 15 minutes in pan before
turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)
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Our weather has finally ‘turned’ – it’s a
lovely, sunny day – supposed to get up
to 64 degrees F. REALLY hoping it does,
as oldest grandson has a baseball game
this evening 6:30-8 (and really don’t want
to shiver while watching, if I can help it!).

Hope you have a very enjoyable day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Beautiful DAY! (Quick – enjoy it before it goes away!)

Rejoicing because we have SUN! It’s a SUNNY DAY & 42 degrees F. HOORAY! It’s been rainy/cold/windy/blustery – fill in the blank, we’ve had it these past few days. I drove into the parking lot at the church where my special needs group meets last night and just as I went to shut off my car I hear: “Plink!” “Plink!” – HAIL! It hailed for the entire time I was there (2+ hours) then trickled down to a light rain on the way home and 34 degrees F. This evening is the second scheduled baseball game for my grandson (first one Monday got canceled due to COLD!) We’ll see how this one goes – (not exactly looking forward to sitting in a lawn chair in 40-something degree weather for 2 1/2 hours!)

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Spicy Applesauce Cake

2 C. applesauce
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. shortening
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 C. flour
1 T. baking cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 C. raisins
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. chopped walnuts

Topping:
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
2 T. brown sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl beat applesauce,
sugar, shortening & eggs. In
another bowl combine flour, cocoa,
baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg,
allspice & cloves – gradually beat
spice mixture into applesauce mixture
until blended. Stir in raisins, chocolate
chips & walnuts. Pour mixture into
prepared dish. Combine topping
ingredients & sprinkle over batter.
Bake 35-40 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack.
Makes 20-24 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheesy Garlic/Ham Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 T. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 stick butter or margarine, cut into
pieces
1 1/2 C. cooked, chopped ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
you can mix cheeses- your choice)
1 1/4 C. evaporated milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl mix flour,
baking powder, salt, garlic powder
using a whisk. Cut butter pieces into
flour mixture until it resembles coarse
crumbs. Add ham, cheese & milk –
mix with a spoon & turn out onto a
floured board. (Poster pats dough out
using her hands, to desired thickness).
She uses a small cookie cutter instead
of a regular biscuit cutter. Place cut
out biscuits on prepared sheet &
bake 15-20 minutes until brown on
top. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen small
biscuits.
Serve with honey, preserves, molasses,
butter, etc.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Salsa Ranch Chicken

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1-2 C. your favorite salsa (if you like
more juice with your chicken, add
more salsa, if you like less, use 1 C.)
1 pkt. dry Ranch salad dressing mix

Possible toppings:
shredded lettuce, chopped onions,
chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese,
sliced avocados/guacamole, sour cream

Place all ingredients in crockpot; cover
& cook on High 3-4 hours (Low 6).
Remove from crockpot & shred meat.
Use on tortillas for soft tacos/over rice
using taco toppings or over a tossed
salad.

(recipe: hesouthernladycooks.com)
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Cottage Potatoes
(LARGE recipe – serves 14)

12 large potatoes, peeled/diced
8 oz. Velveeta, cubed
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large green pepper, seeded/
chopped
1 (2 oz) jar diced pimentos, drained
1 slice bread, torn into crumbs
3 T. minced fresh parsley, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 1/2 C. cornflakes, crushed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a shallow 4 qt. baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Place potatoes in a large saucepan
or Dutch oven – cover with water.
Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium;
cover & cook 5-7 minutes until tender;
drain. In a bowl, combine cheese,
onion, green pepper, pimentos, bread
crumbs, 2 T. parsley & salt. Layer a
third of the potatoes & a third of
cheese mixture in prepared dish –
repeat layers twice. Pour milk &
butter over all; sprinkle top with
cornflake crumbs. Cover & bake
45 minutes. Uncover & bake 10-15
minutes longer until bubbly & top
is golden. Sprinkle with remaining
parsley. Serves 14

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Creamy 3-Cheese Spaghetti
(side dish)

1 (12 oz) pkg. spaghetti pasta
2 T. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C. heavy cream
3/4 C. chicken broth
3/4 C. shredded Italian cheese
blend
kosher salt/ground black pepper
2 T. fresh chopped parsley

Cook spaghetti accordg. to pkg.
directions for al dente; drain,
reserving 1 C. pasta water –
return spaghetti to pot. In a
large skillet over medium heat,
heat oil. Cook garlic 1 minute
then add heavy cream, chicken
broth & 1/2 C. pasta water. Add
cooked pasta & toss with tongs
until noodles are fully coated &
liquid is simmering. Remove from
heat & add cheese – toss constantly,
adding more pasta water until sauce
reaches desired consistency. Season
with salt/pepper & garnish with
parsley. Serve immediately
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Garlic/Mushroom Queso Dip

2 T. margarine
1 (8 oz) pkg. button mushrooms,
quartered
1 T. finely chopped garlic
1 C. chicken broth
1 lb. (16 oz) Queso Blanco
Velveeta
, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced
tomatoes & green chilies, drained

Dippers:
Toasted sliced bread or cut fresh
veggies – optional

Melt margarine in large skillet over
medium-high heat. Add mushrooms &
cook 2-3 minutes until browned lightly.
Add garlic, cook until fragrant. Add broth,
reduce heat to medium & simmer 2  minutes.
In 1 1/2 qt. microwaveable dish, combine
Velveeta cubes, drained Ro*Tel & mushroom
mixture. Cover & microwave on High 5
minutes (or just until Velveeta melts)
stirring after 3 minutes. Remove from
microwave; stir until blended. Serve with
suggested dippers, if desired.
Makes 24 servings (about 2 T. each)

(recipe: kraft.com)
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Honey Cinnamon Butter

1 stick butter (or 1/2 C./8 T.,
softened)
1/4 C. honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl
using an elec. mixer until spreading
consistency. Makes about 3/4 C.
Keep refrigerated.

NOTE: Poster uses salted butter –
if you don’t, you might want to add
a pinch of salt

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Maple Sugar Cream Pie

1 deep dish frozen pie crust
2 C. heavy cream
3/4 C. sugar
4 T. cornstarch
4 T. unsalted butter
1/4 C. maple syrup
1 tsp. maple extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt

Topping:
4 T. unsalted butter, melted
3 T. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Lay crust in a standard pie dish;
bake 10-12 minutes until just
lightly browned. Remove from oven.
In medium saucepan over medium
heat, melt 4 T. butter & heavy cream
together until butter is melted. Whisk
in cornstarch & sugar, stirring
continuously until thickened, 6-7 minutes.
Stir in maple syrup, maple extract, vanilla
extract & salt (if using) whisk until
incorporated. Pour filling into crust then
drizzle remaining melted butter on top.
Whisk together remaining topping
ingredients: sugar & cinnamon – sprinkle
over filling. Bake 25-30 minutes until
crust is golden brown & filling is bubbly.
Center should be set, but still a little
wobbly. Remove from oven & let cool,
then refrigerate until set 2-3 hours.

(recipe: theloverscooking.com)

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This is one of those crazy weeks where I don’t
really have much free time; last night when I
first got to my special needs group our leader
said to me: “Did you already give me a flyer
for the Gym Night?” (I must have had a blank
look on my face when she said: “You know –
this Friday is Gym Night, did you make up a
flyer?”) NOPE – TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT IT;
DIDN’T EVEN REMEMBER IT BEING ON THE
CALENDAR! OOoooooops! Oh well, there
went my ‘one free day/night’…sigh.  I guess
I ‘should’ be happy/grateful to have things to
keep me busy, right? (think I might have
mentioned here, with the addition of THREE
evenings a week for 15 weeks now devoted
to older grandson’s baseball games, that
just about kills any ‘free’ days/nights’, right?).
Oh well, time to pull up my “Big Girl” panties
and get on with things! With the addition of
said ‘extra’ activities, that makes dinner/meal
preparation a whole new ballgame (to use a
phrase…I know…’Booooooo!”….sorry). I made
a big batch of spaghetti & meatballs & garlic
bread Monday – husband & I had one meal.
Tuesday middle son stopped over, had 2 big
bowls then asked for some to take home…
that left ONE SERVING! sigh… Am planning
on making Zucchini Casserole for dinner
tonight; relatively easy recipe using rice,
hamburger, sliced zucchini, etc. “HOPEFULLY”
it will be there for more than ONE meal!
Can’t complain, this is the same son that
(for now) is STAYING where he lives and
not moving back home…YAY!)

Well, dear readers, the sun is shining &
I had better get on with my day, right?

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Monday!

Well, our weather keeps amusing us (for want of a better word); today it’s almost 40 degrees and snowing! Yep – April and snow (good thing is: it’s not sticking). Managed to get my running around done: mail, bank, drug store & groceries (all just in case we DO end up with worse weather.) They canceled morning church yesterday but we did have evening church and a baby shower afterwards (made mint green baby blanket & hat, plus other ‘extras’ in the bag). The good thing was the roads were clear, all the ice was gone. Before I had to leave for choir practice (4:45) my dear husband went outside with two buckets of warm salted water & poured them over the windows on my car (they were coated in ice); that really helped!

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Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake
(low fat)

2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 C. sugar
1/4 C. water
1 egg
1 egg white
6 T. butter, softened
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 or 9″ loaf pan with
nonstick cooking spray. In a
bowl whisk flour, baking powder,
baking soda & salt. In another
smaller bowl, whisk 1/3 C. sugar,
cocoa powder & water – whisk until
smooth. In another bowl, beat
remaining 1 C. sugar & butter. Add
in egg, then egg white. Then add
vanilla & yogurt – mix until combined.
Gradually add in flour mixture – mix
until combined. Take 1 Cup batter &
add to cocoa mixture – combine well.
Layer batter in loaf pan, starting with
vanilla mixture, then chocolate. Swirl
with a butter knife for a marble effect.
Bake 45-50 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Let cake set 10-15 minutes before
removing from pan. Makes 1 loaf.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Fully Loaded Chicken/Potato Bake

3 C. chicken, cooked/cut into cubes
1 (28 oz) pkg. frozen diced potatoes
(hash browns) with onions & peppers,
thawed
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
hot sauce, to taste
salt/pepper, to taste

Optional Toppings:
bacon – cooked/crumbled
chopped chives or green onions

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken &
potatoes to a large bowl. Mix in soup,
sour cream, 1/2 C. Cheddar & Mozz.
cheeses, milk, garlic powder, salt/
pepper & hot sauce – stir well.
Spread mixture into prepared dish
& top with remaining cheeses. Cover
with foil & bake 40 minutes until
potatoes are tender & mixture is
hot & bubbling. Uncover dish &
bake another 5 minutes. Sprinkle
top with bacon/chives/green onions.
Let cool before serving.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Scalloped Potatoes & Ham
(crockpot)

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

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Layer half of sliced
potatoes, onion, ham & cheese on
bottom – sprinkle with salt/pepper &
repeat layers. In small bowl stir soup &
water – spoon over top of mixture.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours.
Sprinkle top with chives before serving,
if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Poor Man’s Hamburger Steaks

2 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 C. saltine crackers, crushed
(1 sleeve, approximately)
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
flour – for dredging
kosher salt/ black pepper, to taste

Gravy:
2 (10.75 oz, ea) cans cream of
mushroom soup
1 1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl whisk soup, milk & parsley.
In another bowl combine ground
beef, crushed saltines, milk, Ital.
seasoning, garlic & onion powders
& cayenne – season liberally with
salt/pepper. Use your hands or 2
forks to combine ingredients until
just mixed then gently form into
patties. Place 1 C. flour (or more,
as needed) in a shallow dish (or
pie plate) & dredge all patties in
flour on both sides. Heat a large
skillet over medium-high heat &
when very hot, sear patties on
both sides until golden brown.
You may need to work in batches;
the insides will still be under-
cooked.
Transfer patties to greased baking
dish & evenly top with gravy. Cover
with foil & bake 30-40 minutes until
cooked through.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Spicy Enchilada/Chicken Dip

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chilies
1 tsp each: chili powder/cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
4 C. cooked, shredded chicken
8 oz (2 C.) shredded Mexican blend
cheese, divided

Garnish: thinly sliced green onions

Tortilla chips, for dipping
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl beat cream
cheese & sour cream until smooth. Stir
in ingredients from enchilada sauce to
garlic powder. Fold in chicken & 1 C.
cheese. Spread mixture into prepared
dish & top with remaining cheese.
Bake 25-30 minutes until center is hot
& edges bubble. Garnish with green
onions, if desired & serve with chips.
Serve immediately/refrigerate any
leftovers. Serves 10

NOTE:  Dip can be assembled up to
24 hours in advance & refrigerated
until ready to bake.

(recipe: Kroger flyer)
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5-Minute Dark Chocolate Raspberry
Fudge

20 oz. dark chocolate chips (60% Cacoa)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 C. seedless raspberry jam
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. white chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 T. coconut oil or shortening
1/2 tsp. raspberry extract (or liqueur)
pink food coloring

Spray 8 or 9″ square pan with nonstick
cooking spray & line with parchment
paper. In large microwaveable bowl
combine dark chocolate chips & sweet’d
cond. milk – heat on High at 30 second
intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
Stir in rasp. jam, vanilla & salt until
combined. Remove 1/2 C. white choc. chips
from pkg. & set aside. Add remaining white
choc. chips to mixture & stir. Add
remaining white choc. chips & stir;
– dark choc. mixture will still be warm at
this point so chips will melt partially &
create a marbling effect – depending on how
hot it is. Spoon fudge into prepared pan &
refrigerate until firm.

Pink Raspberry Drizzle (optional)
Combine reserved 1/3 C. white choc. chips
& either coconut oil or shortening in small
microwaveable bowl. Heat on High in 30
second intervals, stirring in between, until
smooth. Stir in extract (or liqueur) & food
coloring until desired color is achieved.
Drizzle over top of fudge & chill 15 minutes
until set. Remove fudge from pan & cut into
small squares. Store in airtight container
in fridge. Makes 81 pieces

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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This evening is older grandson’s first baseball
game. This may sound a little dumb but I asked
my husband if they were playing INDOORS. Yes,
weird, but we just went through their soccer
games under a dome. Husband very nicely
told me we’re NOT GOING; it’s going to be
under 30 degrees F. and rain/snow showers…
YES, THEY’RE PLAYING OUTSIDE!  Crazy! These
games will continue every Monday/Thurs/Sat.
for about 2 months . . . oh, joy…sigh. We’ll
see how that goes.

Try to stay warm, healthy and enjoy your day,
taking a little time out for something YOU like!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: My ‘something I like’ today was treating
husband & I to Tim Horton’s coffee & breakfast
sausage/egg/cheese biscuit sandwiches! YUM!

Oh boy … WHEE! (I think)

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

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Chocolate Rice Krispie Balls

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

Chocolate:
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 square sweet chocolate

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

Chocolate:

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

(recipe: Facebook)
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Ham Broccoli Pasta Casserole

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

Topping:

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

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Ratatouille

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

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

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Down-home Salisbury Steak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Nutty Broccoli Slaw

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls

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

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

(recipe: weekendcollective.com)

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

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Hugs;

Pammie

Rolling with the ‘changes’

Sometimes life hands you changes – sometimes you’re READY and sometimes you’re not. We have had discussions with middle son about him moving back home (this was probably beginning of March). That time came & went – and is now back again. Looks like he will be making the move WITH HIS CAT this weekend. I don’t have a problem with said son – only two ‘possible’ problems: (1) youngest son & middle son do NOT get along AT ALL, (2) said cat has just been fixed – used to be a male and was fixed, perhaps, a little late – not looking forward to the possibility of a cat peeing in my house! Already had the discussion: cat pees – it’s GONE! I’ve spent a little time today moving things around in his room (where my computer is) – there is NOT enough room for him to bring back all he has (he acquired a LOT of furniture – I’ll let HIM figure that one out). Only room for a single bed and (maybe) 2 dressers (room is small). Husband took down the baby changing table & we carried that and the baby port-a-crib upstairs (with my babysitting at their house, we never had reason to use either one). Knowing this cat is coming has made me SUPER vigilant about looking at everything – especially my yarn & things I’m working on; guess I’ll be putting them in plastic bags (for safe keeping). We’ll see how this all turns out…(there is more to the story than I chose to share, just know that this move is necessary for the time being).

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Coconut Bundt Cake

Cake:
1 1/2 C. butter
2 C. sugar
4 eggs
1 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. coconut extract *
1 3/4 C. flour
2 C. flaked coconut

Coconut Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. heavy cream (or more,
if you want it thinner)
1 tsp. coconut extract
1/2 C. flaked coconut (garnish)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Generously grease & flour bundt pan.
In medium bowl mix flour & flaked
coconut. In large bowl using elec.
mixer, cream butter & sugar. Add
eggs & mix until mixture is light &
fluffy. Add sour cream, baking powder
& coconut extract – mix well. Add half
of flour mixture to creamed mixture;
mix well. Add remaining flour
mixture & mix until well combined.
Let cake batter rest 5 minutes.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 60-70 minutes until a toothpick
inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool 25 minutes in pan then invert
onto a serving plate. Frost with glaze.

Glaze:
Mix all glaze ingredients together in small
bowl using a spoon or whisk. Pour on top
of cake & let glaze drizzle down sides of
cake. Sprinkle top with coconut & serve.

*Poster used 2 tsp.

NOTE: Poster also suggests you grease &
flour bundt pan really well – she used
shortening instead of cooking spray. She
also doubled glaze recipe & toasted the
coconut.

(recipe: 5boysbaker.com)
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Seafood Casserole

8 oz. haddock, cleaned/skinned
(or any firm white non-oily fish)
1 lb. scallops (may be omitted)
1 lb. large shrimp, cleaned/deveined
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 to 3/4 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
paprika
salt/black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a glass 7 X 11″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Cut
fish into about 1 1/2 inch chunks &
lay in dish. Add shrimp & scallops;
sprinkle with salt/pepper, to taste.
Add minced garlic on top. Pour
heavy cream over fish & add Swiss
cheese. Sprinkle top with paprika &
Parmesan cheese. Bake 15-20
minutes being careful to not over
bake so shrimp don’t over cook.
Serves 6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Crockpot Ham & Beans

1 (16 oz) pkg. dried Northern beans
1 C. cooked ham & meaty ham
bone (OR) 2-3 ham hocks
2 T. dried, minced onion
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
salt/pepper, to taste

Rinse beans & check for any
pebbles. Place beans in crockpot
& add remaining ingredients.
Cover in water until water reaches
about 2 inches above beans. Cover
& cook on High 2 hours then Low
for 4 hours. Remove meat from
bones & discard bones. Stir &
crush some of the beans to make
the dish creamier. Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Lemon Garlic Veggies

1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans,
ends trimmed
3 T. butter
2 T. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 T. capers
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

In a soup pot place green beans &
cover with water. Bring to boil over
high heat – boil 6-8 minutes until
crisp-tender; drain well.
In same pot over medium heat, melt
butter. Stir in remaining ingredients
including green beans & heat 5 minutes
until heated thorough. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Sweet Macaroni Salad

2 C. cooked (al dente) elbow
macaroni
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled/chopped
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped carrots
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped sweet green pepper
2 C. cooked/chopped ham

Dressing:

1 to 1 1/2 C. mayonnaise (or Miracle
Whip)
3 T. granulated sugar
1 T. white vinegar
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. yellow prepared mustard
1 tsp. celery seed

In large bowl combine salad
ingredients – toss to mix. Combine
dressing ingredients in another
bowl & pour over salad – mix well
& refrigerate 3-4 hours.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycookscom)
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(the name of this enticed me!)
Southern Jezebel Dip
(sweet & spicy)

2 C. apricot preserves
1/4 C. horseradish sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
black pepper, to taste
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese

Dippers: crackers or pita chips

Place block of cream cheese
on a serving plate. Mix first 4
ingredients together & pour
over cream cheese.
Serve with crackers or pita chips.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken:
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 C. water

Fried Rice:
1 T. olive oil
2 eggs
3 C. day old cooked rice
12 oz. pkg. frozen peas & carrots
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. hoisin sauce
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 C. green onions, chopped

Place chicken & all (chicken) ingredients
in a skillet over medium heat. Cover &
let simmer until cooked through, 6-7
minutes per side until internal temperature
of chicken is 165 degrees F. Remove from
skillet, shred & place back in skillet.

Rice:
In large wok (or skillet) heat oil over medium-
high heat then crack 2 eggs in center &
scramble – salt & pepper, to taste. Once
eggs are scrambled, add cooked rice,
chicken & onions, frozen peas/carrots, soy
sauce, hoison sauce, salt/pepper. Stir fry,
mixing all ingredients together. Stir in green
onions. Taste & adjust seasonings. Remove
from heat & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Buttermilk Blueberry Explosion Cake

1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 tsp. lemon zest from 1 large lemon
2 large eggs, room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 C. fresh blueberries
3/4 C. buttermilk
(optional: sugar for top)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 9″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl using elec. mixer cream
butter, 1 C. sugar & lemon zest
until light & fluffy. Add in eggs &
vanilla – mix to combine. In another
bowl, whisk flour, baking powder &
salt.* Gradually add flour mixture to
wet batter with a tablespoon of sugar.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
bake 40-45 minutes. (check with a
toothpick for doneness) – return
pan to oven a few more minutes if
necessary. Let cool at least 15 minutes
before serving.

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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Our weather has finally turned a corner,
so to speak – it’s sunny and 59 degrees F!
(rain in the forecast for later tonight and
through Sunday – then, Monday it says
“chance of snow showers”…ugh)

I’ve been watching our gas prices go up
& down – yesterday (early) it was $2.79/9
then dropped to $2.59/9…then last night
it was back up to $2.79/9…what??? Kinda
like: if you see a good price JUMP ON IT
because it will change quickly! Crazy!

Here’s hoping you’re having a good week
so far. Keep on keepin’ on – better to keep
plugging ahead than falling behind, right?

Hugs;

Pammie