The “Best Laid Plans . . . “

 (the YIPPEE above doesn’t exactly ‘fit’, but the

topsy-turvy part does!

Sometimes we plan things and then something comes up to change them – that was me . . . today. Went to my library knit group and had planned on making about 3 stops to various stores before coming home. Just got on the road after knitting when my husband called to ask me to come home. He has a tooth that’s been bothering him and, apparently, it got worse. He made an emergency appointment for our dentist and that’s what we did. He’s scheduled to have oral surgery this Monday (same day as our family Easter dinner). All things considered – it’s not a big deal – we can ‘adjust’ through it all. He’s resting and started antibiotics to get him through until Monday – I feel bad for him because this came up rather suddenly but I’m very grateful we have the dental coverage for him to get it fixed. I got a call that I’m also babysitting tomorrow (unplanned) so will present the situation to my son at that time. To quote the old saying: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”; (not the Scottish version, but you get the idea). We’re flexible – we’ll survive. (Actually I haven’t really felt ‘into’ the Easter preparations mood, so we’ll see where this goes. Still have to do grocery shopping – that will come tomorrow before babysitting!)

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Carrot Cake Bars

Cake:

Step one:
1 1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce
(or oil)
2 C. sugar
3 eggs

Step two:
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Step three:
2 C. grated carrots
1 C. shredded sweetened coconut
1 C. chopped nuts (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. crushed pineapple in
juice, not syrup
(not drained)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. powdered sugar
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray with nonstick
cooking spray  (or line with parchment
paper) a 10 X 15″ jelly roll pan.

In large bowl combine Step one
ingredients. Add Step 2 ingredients
& stir in Step 3 ingredients.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into cake comes out clean.
Cool completely.

Frosting:
In large bowl using elec. mixer,
beat butter & cream cheese until
fluffy. Add vanilla & powdered
sugar ( a little at a time) – beat
until smooth. Spread on top of
cooled bars. Makes 36 bars

NOTE: store any leftovers in
an airtight container, refrigerated,
up to 3 days

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Ranch Avocado Egg Salad

2 ripe avocados
1 T. fresh lemon juice
6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 small shallot, finely diced
1/2 tsp. ranch seasoning
1/4 C. mayonnaise or plain
Greek yogurt
salt/pepper, to taste

Dice avocados & place in medium
bowl; squeeze lemon juice on them
& gently stir (keeps them from
turning brown). Add chopped eggs,
diced shallot, ranch seasoning &
mayo – stir well. Taste for seasoning
& add salt/pepper to taste.
Serves 6

NOTE: for added crunch you can
add a few slices of cooked/crumbled
bacon.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Creamy Pea Salad

2 lb. frozen green peas,
thawed
1/2 C. plain greek yogurt
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. diced red onion
8 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. cubed Colby-Jack cheese

In large bowl combine all ingredients
& stir to combine, making sure to
coat all ingredients well. Serves 10

NOTE: Store any leftovers in fridge
for up to 3 days

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Cheesy Bacon/Egg Crescent Ring

4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
4 eggs
1/3 C. milk
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (8 oz., ea) tube crescent rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bowl combine eggs, milk, pepper &
salt – whisk until combined. Pour eggs
into a skillet & scramble over medium
heat. Unroll crescent dough & separate
into triangles. Arrange triangles on a
14 inch ungreased pizza pan with points
towards outside of pan & wide ends
overlapping at center, leaving a 4-inch
wide opening in the center. Press
overlapping dough to seal. Spoon eggs
over wide ends of rolls & sprinkle cheese
over eggs – top with crumbled bacon.
Fold pointed ends of triangles over filling,
tucking points under to form a ring (filling
will be visible). Bake 12-15 minutes until
crescents are golden brown.
Serves 8

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Reuben Brunch Bake
(overnight recipe)

8 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 (14.5 oz) can sauerkraut, rinsed/
well drained
2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1/2 C. whole milk
1 (2 oz) pkg. thinly sliced deli
corned beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 slices rye bread, toasted &
coarsely chopped
1/4 C. butter, melted

Spray a 11 X 7″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine first 9 ingredients &
pour into prepared dish. Refrigerate,
covered, overnight.
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Remove casserole from fridge 30
minutes before baking.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Toss rye bread crumbs & butter &
sprinkle over top of casserole. Bake,
uncovered, 40-45 minutes until a
knife inserted into center comes
out clean. Let stand 10 minutes
before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Mac & Cheese

1 lb. cavatappi pasta (or other
corkscrew shaped pasta)
1/4 C. butter, cut into cubes
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 C. Half & Half
4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 lb. block of American (Velveeta)
cheese, cut into cubes
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
Optional garnish: 2 tsp. chopped
parsley
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Cook pasta in boiling water 2 minutes
less than pkg. directions call for- drain.
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray. Place cooked pasta in crockpot & add
butter – stir until noodles are coated with butter.
Add evap. milk, Half & Half, Cheddar & Velveeta
cheeses, salt/pepper, onion powder & paprika –
stir until combined. Cover & cook on Low
1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
At end of cooking time stir until a smooth
sauce coats the noodles. Serve topped with
parsley, if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Grape Salad

4 C. seedless grapes, halved
1 T. brown sugar
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. maple or vanilla extract
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. chopped pecans

Combine cream cheese, brown sugar &
extract in a bowl until smooth & creamy.
Fold in Cool Whip & gently fold in grapes
& nuts – stir to combine. Refrigerate 1
hour (or serve room temp.) Serves 8

(recipe: spendwithpennies.com)
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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

1 box Pillsbury Moist Supreme
chocolate cake mix
2 (20 oz, ea) cans cherry pie filling
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 C.) melted
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Dump
both cans of pie filling into dish &
level with a spoon. Dump dry cake
mix on top of pie filling & smooth
out. Drizzle melted butter over top
of cake & top with chocolate chips.
Bake 1 hour. Serves 9

Serve with vanilla ice cream or your
favorite whipping cream.

(recipe: centslessdeals.com)
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So that’s what’s going on around here lately;
while at the dentist I was able to finally finish
the multi-colored baby blanket – YAY! Not
sure what I’ll knit next – might start a crocheted
granny square baby blanket – we’ll see.

Hope things are going well for you;

Hugs;

Pammie

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Thoughts on a Tuesday

Easter is fast approaching – are you ready with all your recipes? I’m certainly NOT! I know we’re having Easter dinner on MONDAY (2 family members will finally be able to join us the day AFTER Easter, so that’s what we’re doing). I know that in the next few days I’ll have to ‘get my act in gear’ and figure out what ‘sides’ we’re bringing – I’m one for trying new things/recipes/ideas – my husband . . . not so much. He’s not fond of my ‘changing’ things – would rather stick with the traditional (almost EVERY holiday) dinner sides: garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, etc . . . I, on the other hand, would LOVE to make the cheesy (or sometimes called Funeral) potatoes – LOVE them but never make them for a regular dinner meal. We’ll see . . .

Spent most of yesterday babysitting my (just turned 2) grandson. He loves watching kid/baby TV programs and was all worked up because children on a show couldn’t find the Rainbow EGG – came running up to me all upset: “GUMMA! GUMMA! RAINBOW EGG!” (me: It will be OK…) later ran up, jumping up & down with joy: “GUMMA! GUMMA! Rainbow EGG!” Ah, yes – he’s quite the boy – keeps me amused! (I love how, as he grows, I’ve gone from being called: “Mumna” to now Gumma – love it.

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Easy Cream Cheese Danish

Dough:
1 1/2 C. warm water
2 T. sugar
1 T. dry active yeast
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 – 4 C. flour
2 T. melted butter

Filling:
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
3/4 C. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
dash salt
1 C. raspberry/mixed berry or
strawberry jam

Glaze:
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 T. milk
1 T. butter

DOUGH:
In bottom of stand mixer or
large bowl mix water, sugar &
yeast – let stand 5 minutes until
bubbly. Add salt & flour (one cup
at a time) until dough scrapes the
edges of the bowl clean. When all
flour is added, mix on High 5 minutes.
Pour 2 T. butter into bottom of a large
jelly roll pan or cookie sheet w sides;
spread around to cover pan. Place
dough on buttered pan & let rest
5 minutes. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP.
Press dough out to corners of pan.

FILLING:
In small mixing bowl mix cream cheese,
sugar, vanilla, egg & salt – mix on High
2 minutes until all ingredients are smoothly
incorporated. Spoon cream cheese filling
onto dough & spread to cover dough, using
a knife.
Warm up jam in microwave about 30 seconds
(makes it easier to spread) spoon onto cream
cheese filling in little globs. Run a knife or spoon
through cream cheese filling to make a marble
effect.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
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Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into 12 large
(5 inches or so) squares. Cut each square in
half diagonally to make 24 triangles. Let dough
rest & rise about 10 minutes (it doesn’t need
to rise much – only to be even with rim of pan.
Watch carefully) Before you bake, run pizza
cutter through cutting lines – it will be sticky –
clean off pizza wheel several times as you go.

Bake when it reaches rim.
Bake about 20 minutes until top & bottom both
get golden brown. When done remove from
oven & let cool 10 minutes.

GLAZE:
In small bowl whisk glaze ingredients until
smooth. Place in a ziplock bag & cut off
a very small bottom corner to use as a
piping bag. After danish is mostly cool
separate danishes from each other &
remove from pan. Pipe glaze onto each
danish & serve. Makes 24

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Strawberry/Cream Cheese-stuffed
French Toast
(overnight recipe)

1 loaf French bread
1/2 C. melted butter
3/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. corn syrup
8 oz cream cheese
1 egg
1/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. strawberry jam
8 eggs
1 C. milk
cinnamon

Fresh strawberries (or
you can use frozen/defrosted)
powdered sugar
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Slice bread into 1/2 inch thick slices.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl
mix butter, brown sugar & corn syrup-
pour mixture into prepared pan & smooth
it out so it covers bottom entirely. Place
bread slices on top*.
In a separate bowl combine cream cheese,
egg, sugar & strawberry jam – beat using
elec. mixer until smooth – pour over top
of bread slices. Layer more bread on top
of cream cheese layer. In another bowl
combine 8 eggs, 1 C. milk – whisk until
well combined & pour on top of bread
slices; sprinkle tops of bread with
cinnamon. Cover with foil & refrigerate
overnight.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake pan, covered, 1 to 1 1/2 hours **
removing foil last 15 minutes of cooking.
Serve with fresh strawberries & top
each serving with powdered sugar, if desired.

*Poster said she had to cut some of the
bread slices in half to fit – they can be
a bit crowded, just not overlapping

**Baking time depends on how quickly
your oven cooks & how cold your refrigerator
keeps food. It needs to soak up all the egg &
milk ‘juice’ and have time to caramelize on
bottom.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

*1 (10 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
8 oz. sour cream
1 1/2 C. shredded Colby-Jack cheese
1 tsp. dried marjoram leaves
salt/pepper, to taste
1 (32-40 oz) pkg. frozen hash brown
potatoes

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Combine soup, sour cream,
cheese, marjoram, salt/pepper in medium
bowl & mix well using wire whisk until
well blended. Pour half of frozen potatoes
into crockpot & smooth top. Do not pack
the potatoes down since you want the
sour cream mixture to permeate the
potatoes. ** Top with half of sour cream
mixture then rest of potatoes, then
remaining sour cream mixture, spreading
evenly. Cover & cook on High 3 1/2 – 4 1/2
hours. If you have a newer, hotter crockpot
check at 3 hours to see if potatoes are
tender. NOTE: You can cook this recipe
on Low 7-9 hours until potatoes are tender
& bubbling. Serve immediately.
Serves 12

*You can use other soups like cream of
potato or alfredo sauce

**You can also add meatballs (frozen/fully
cooked – thawed first in microwave) or cooked
meat at this stage like cubed chicken, turkey
or ham.

(recipe: thespruceeats.com)
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Italian Vegetable Soup

1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 medium onion, sliced
1 1/2 C. water
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans/
chick peas – drained/rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
2 medium zucchini, cut into
1/4″ slices
1/2 tsp. dried basil

grated Parmesan cheese – garnish
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In large saucepan, cook sausage &
onion over medium heat until meat
is no longer pink – drain. Stir in water,
beans, tomatoes, broth, zucchini & basil.
Bring to boil, reduce heat & simmer until
zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes.
Garnish with cheese. Serves 8 (2 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Ham/Brown Sugar Glaze

5 lb. spiral-cut smoked ham
1/2 C. water
1/2 C. unsalted butter
1 C. dark brown sugar
1/4 C. maple syrup
2 T. hot English mustard
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 oranges – juice & zest

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place ham in large roasting tin &
place in oven. Follow ham package
directions for cooking time (usually
20 minutes per pound plus 20 minutes
at the end).

Glaze:

In a medium saucepan melt butter, sugar
& maple syrup. Once butter & sugars are
dissolved, add mustard, cinnamon, cloves
& garlic – bring to a simmer & add orange
juice & zest – whisk to combine & let
simmer 1 minutes.

During last 30 minutes of ham baking time:
baste the ham every 10 minutes, adding
any of the pan juices to glaze pan. Once
ham is cooked, place on a serving platter
& drizzle with extra glaze. Serves 18

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Baked Nectarine Chicken Salad

1 1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
4 C. cooked, cubed chicken
8 ribs celery, thinly sliced
4 medium nectarines, (peeled),
coarsely chopped
8 green onions, sliced
2 (3 oz, ea) cans crispy chow mein
noodles

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ dish with nonstick
cooking spray.
In small bowl mix first 5 ingredients.
In large bowl combine chicken, celery,
nectarines & onions – add mayo mixture
to chicken mixture – toss gently to coat
& pour into prepared dish, spreading
evenly. Sprinkle top with noodles & bake,
uncovered, 20-25 minutes until heated through.
Serves 8

NOTE: Can be made 1 day ahead; Prepare,
cover & refrigerate. Remove from fridge
30 minutes before baking. Sprinkle top
with noodles & bake as directed.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cinnabon Cake w/Cream Cheese
Frosting

Cake:
3 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 C. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. butter, melted

Topping:
1 C. butter, melted
1 C. brown sugar
2 T. flour
1 T. cinnamon

Frosting:
3 oz. cream cheese
1/4 C. softened butter
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
few tsp. milk
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ glass baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray. Using
elec. mixer, in large bowl, add flour,
salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs
& vanilla – combine well then slowly
stir in melted butter – pour into pan.

Topping:
In bowl mix butter, brown sugar,
flour & cinnamon until well combined –
drizzle evenly over batter & use a knife
tip to swirl topping through cake. Bake
35-40 minutes. Cake is done when a
toothpick inserted into center comes
out nearly clean. Allow cake to cool
completely before frosting.

Frosting:
Beat first 3 frosting ingredients in a
bowl until creamy. Add a drop of milk at
a time until still thick, yet spreadable;
spread evenly over cake. Cut into squares
& serve.

(recipe: hugsandcookiesxoxo.com)

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Hope your dinner plans for Easter are
coming along well.

Looked out our window today and saw
a big, fat robin and a tiny chipmunk zipping
across the yard – love to see signs of Spring!

Hugs;

Pammi

 

Friday

Ah, yes – Michigan in the Spring; it’s been another rollercoaster ride with our weather. It ‘was’ kinda warm a few days ago and then there was yesterday – waking up to a covering of snow – lovely . . . not. It eventually melted & today we have gloomy & rainy 53 degrees. Looking at our upcoming weather it’s ‘maybe’ going up to 63 today (I doubt it) then Sun/Mon. it’s rain and SNOW again. . . lovely. Oh well – EVENTUALLY we’ll have Spring!

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Blueberry Almond Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake:
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. sour cream
1 1/2 C. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 C. sliced almonds

Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 T. milk
dash salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line two 8″ round cake pans with
parchment paper & spray with
nonstick cooking spray, generously.
In stand mixer or large bowl add
softened butter & brown sugar:
cream together until light & fluffy,
about 2 minutes. Add egg & beat
1 minute, scraping sides of bowl &
adding almond extract – mix until
just combined. In another bowl
mix flour, baking soda, baking
powder & salt. Pour half of dry
ingredients into creamed mixture &
mix just until combined. Add half of
sour cream & mix just until combined-
repeat with remaining dry ingred. &
sour cream – make sure to not over
mix. Gently fold in blueberries.
Spread batter into pans evenly &
sprinkle tops with almonds. Bake
20 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Allow
pans to rest on counter 5 minutes then
invert onto a wire rack.

Whisk glaze ingredients together in
small bowl & drizzle over tops of warm
cakes. Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Make-Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

14 eggs
2 T. milk
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
salt/black pepper
12 small croissant rolls, sliced in half
1 (6 oz) pkg. sharp Cheddar cheese slices
1 (9 oz) pkg. deli ham
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl crack eggs; add  milk,
seasoned salt & some salt/pepper –
whisk vigorously with a fork (you want
it kind of frothy). Pour eggs into prepared
pan & bake 15 minutes until eggs puff up
& are cooked through. Cool 5 minutes then
cut into 12 rectangles (same size as
croissants). Place one egg slice on each bottom
half & top with some ham & cheese.
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Spray another 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray & arrange croissant
sandwiches in pan. Cover pan tightly with foil
& refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place covered pan in oven & bake 15 minutes
until sandwiches have heated through & cheese
is melted. Makes 12 sandwiches

NOTE: Poster split each cheese slice in half,
placing one half under ham & one over so
the cheese melted & secure the ham in place.
She said it helps speed up the process if you
cut the croissants, add all the egg, then all
the ham & cheese – instead of doing each one
individually.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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15-Minute Honey Garlic Chicken

3 chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb)
salt/pepper
1/4 C. flour
6 T. butter, divided
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1/2 C. honey

Filet each chicken breast into 2 equal halves –
sprinkle with salt/pepper. Pour flour into a
shallow dish (or pie plate) & dredge each
piece in flour, making sure both sides are
covered. Heat a large deep skillet over medium
high heat. Add 4 T. butter & melt. Place chicken
in skillet & brown on both sides (about 3
minutes per side). Move chicken to sides of pan &
add 2 T. butter in center – melt. Place garlic in
center of pan & stir to combine – cook 1-2 minutes.
Add apple cider vinegar, soy sauce & honey to
center of pan. Shake pan a bit, allowing sauce &
garlic to spread & combine. Cook until sauce
thickens & chicken is no longer pink in middle,
2-3 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Strawberry Spinach Salad

5 oz. pkg. Spring Mix salad
1 pint strawberries, washed/
hulled, sliced
1 C. walnut halves
3 oz. creamy Gorgonzola cheese*
1/2 C. mint – chopped tiny

Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing:

3/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Place spring mix in large bowl &
top with strawberries & nuts. Sprinkle
Gorg. cheese & chopped mint on top

Dressing:
Combine all dressing ingredients in large
jar with lid; cover & shake vigorously
until dressing has emulsified (it should
look uniform in appearance). Serve
salad with dressing on the side or
drizzle over top of salad just before
serving.  Serves 4

*Look for Gorgonzola that doesn’t
crumble – you want the really creamy
kind

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Creamy Chicken/Fajita
Bowls

2 lb. boneless chicken
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1 green bell pepper seeded/sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1/2 to 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 (14-16 oz) can crushed tomatoes,
undrained
1 medium onion, sliced
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
2 packets dry Fajita seasoning

Optional: shredded Cheddar Cheese
slices lemon or lime
Cooked rice or mashed potatoes to serve
6
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Add chicken, peppers & onions to
crockpot. In a bowl combine tomatoes
& fajita seasonings – pour over ingredients
in crockpot. Top with cream cheese cubes.
Cover & cook on Low around 6 hours,
stirring at about 5 hours. Serve over cooked
rice or mashed potatoes & sprinkle some
cheese on top. Squeeze some lemon or lime
on top.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Garlicy Shrimp Stir Fry

2 T. olive oil
1 lb. shrimp, peeled/deveined
kosher salt/black pepper
1 T. sesame oil
1 small head broccoli, cut into
small florets
8 oz. sugar snap peas
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. minced fresh ginger
1/2 C. soy sauce
1 T. cornstarch
juice of 1 lime
2 T. brown sugar
pinch of red pepper flakes

In large skillet over medium heat,
heat oil. Add shrimp & season with
salt/pepper. Cook until pink, 5 minutes,
then remove from skillet. Return
skillet to heat & heat sesame oil. Add
broccoli, peas & bell pepper – cook
until soft, 7 minutes. Add garlic &
ginger; cook 1 minute more. In small
bowl, whisk soy sauce, cornstarch, lime
juice, brown sugar & pinch red pepper
flakes; add to skillet & toss to coat. Add
shrimp & cook until heated through,
2 minutes. Serves 5

(recipe: delish.com)
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Classic Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs
2 1/2 T. mayonnaise
1 1/2 T. sweet pickle relish
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/8 tsp. salt
dash black pepper
optional garnish: paprika

Place eggs in bottom of a saucepan &
add enough cold water to cover eggs.
Bring to a boil; cover & remove from heat.
Let stand 15 minutes. After 15 minutes
drain water then fill sauce pan with cold
water & ice – allow to stand 5 minutes.
Tap each egg firmly on counter until
cracks form all over shell – peel eggs
under cold running water. Slice eggs
in half lengthwise & carefully remove
yolks. Place yolks in a bowl & mash
using a fork. Add mayonnaise, relish,
mustard, salt/pepper & stir well.
Spoon mixture into egg white halves.
Sprinkle tops with a bit of paprika.
Makes 12

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Fluffy Orange Jell-o Salad

1 C. hot water
2 (3 oz) pkgs. orange Jell-o
1 C. crushed ice
8 C. miniature marshmallows
2 (15 oz, ea) cans mandarin oranges,
drained
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

In a glass 2 cup
measuring cup- pour in 1 C.
water & microwave 2-3 minutes until
boiling. Add both pkgs. orange Jell-o to
hot water & stir until completely dissolved.
Add 1 C. crushed ice & stir until all ice
has melted. Refrigerate 20-30  minutes
until it’s the consistency of thick pudding.

To a large bowl add marshmallows. Add
mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple to
bowl then sprinkle dry vanilla pudding mix
in bowl. Add Cool Whip & stir all in bowl
until combined. Remove orange Jell-o
from fridge & add to bowl – stir to combine.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour – or up to 12
hours. Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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This week it’s babysitting Thurs & Friday
but only for about 4 hours each, so that’s
not too bad. My 2 yr old grandson amazes
me in his mental growth – yesterday he ran
up to me & ‘threw’ at me a continuous
sentence consisting of “Green/Yellow/
Green/Yellow/Green/Yellow” in rapid
order then said “Bye! waved at me & ran
away . . . strange child! He keeps me laughing
for sure!  While babysitting I do manage to
get in a good amount of knitting. I have 5
more pairs of baby booties and we’ll be
able to donate another 50 pairs, making
our total donations 200 pairs since we
started about 2 1/2 months ago. Still
working on the 2 baby blankets – one
(a multi-colored) is almost finished; the
other (all yellow) still is only about 1/4th
finished. I now have 5 baby blankets done-
most of those will probably go to Crisis
Pregnancy Center Mobile Unit – I donate
blankets to them twice a year. The lady
that runs the mobile unit meets me in
the parking lot of a church that’s about
half-way between the two of us. As I’ve
mentioned before, they give baby blankets
to women who agree to not abort their
babies.

Not much else new around here – trying
to get together an Easter ‘sides’ menu –
haven’t really thought about it much
although it’s coming up pretty soon – how
are you doing with your Easter dinner plans?
I will attempt to post more Easter recipes
for you soon.

Hope you have a nice, relaxing day today!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS:
Gas Prices

Don’t know about your area, but
our gas prices keep jumping. They
were something like $2.69/9 and
now we’re up to $2.79/9
really hope they go down soon
for the holidays for all the people
who will be driving to relatives &
family.

Happy Thursday!

it’s Thursday – over half-way through the week! Will be babysitting in a very short while (hopefully, it will be a short day but tomorrow is 10:30 – ??? which could be 6/6:30/7 – whatever).

Weather-wise, it’s typical Michigan Spring – sometimes rainy & gray, sometimes sunny! 30’s for most of week but also possibility of SNOW two days – oh well . . . at least we know SPRING IS ON THE WAY! We have Aconite flowers all over the backyard; they’re a bright yellow ground cover. Originally they were all on my neighbor’s side of the fence, but slowly, over the years, they have all crept under the fence and now are all over MY yard (and NONE on theirs! Strange!)

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Homemade Chocolate Turtle Cake

1 C. chocolate chips
2 C. pecans
3/4 C. melted butter
1/2 C. evaporated milk
1 (14 oz) bag caramels, unwrapped
1 1/3 C. water
1/3 C. oil
3 eggs
1 (18 oz) box German Chocolate cake mix

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Prepare
cake mix accordg. to pkg. directions &
pour half of batter into prepared pan.
Bake 15 minutes. Remove & let cool.
In a double boiler, add unwrapped
caramels, milk & butter – stir constantly
until melted – pour over cooled cake.
Sprinkle top of cake with 1 C. pecans &
chocolate chips. Pour remaining batter
on top & bake 20 minutes.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Bundt Cake Breakfast

1 C. cooked, diced ham
1 C. Tater Tots – frozen
1 dozen eggs, whisked
1 can Pillsbury Grands biscuits (8),
diced – raw
2 C. cheese – your choice (poster used Cheddar)
1/4 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Mix all ingredients
together in large bowl & pour into
prepared pan. Bake 45 minutes.
When done, turn onto a platter –
cut & serve.

NOTE: You can substitute any cooked
meat or veggies – the key is to not add
too much starch.

(recipe: skinnypoints.com)
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Lemon Chicken Rice Skillet

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
halves (or boneless chicken thighs)
salt/pepper, to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried parsley
2 T. butter
1 C. uncooked white rice (poster used Jasmine)
2 1/4 C. chicken stock
1 tsp. lemon zest & 3 T. lemon juice, from
one lemon
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 whole lemon, cut into slices – (garnish)

Heat large skillet with lid over medium-
high heat. Season chicken with salt/pepper,
garlic powder & parsley. Add butter to skillet
& cook chicken in hot butter until browned,
but not cooked all the way through (about
2 minutes per side). Remove chicken from
skillet to a plate. Add rice, chicken stock, lemon
zest, lemon juice & parsley to skillet over medium
heat; using a wooden spoon, scrape browned bits
from bottom of pan. Let rice come to a small boil,
then reduce heat to simmer. Place chicken on top
of rice mixture, cover with lid & cook 20-25 minutes
until rice is tender & liquid is absorbed. Garnish
chicken with lemon slices & extra parsley, if desired.
Serves 4

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Alfredo Tortellini
Soup

1 C. diced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 C. chicken broth
4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2″
pieces
4 ribs celery, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts (frozen is OK)
1/2 C. flour
2 C. Half & Half
1 (19 oz) pkg. frozen cheese tortellini
1 1/2 C. grated/shredded Parmesan
cheese
5 large kale leaves, washed & coarsely
chopped (discard stems)
salt/pepper, to taste

Add onion, garlic, chicken broth, carrots,
celery, salt/pepper & chicken to crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours (6 hours
for thawed chicken/8 hours for frozen).
Remove lid & use tongs to place chicken
on a cutting board – cut into pieces or
shred – add back to crockpot. Turn
heat to High – warm the Half & Half*.
Whisk flour, 1 T. at a time, into Half &
Half until smooth – pour into crockpot.
Stir & let soup thicken about 10 minutes.
Add in tortellini, Parmesan & kale.
Tortellini will cook in about 5-10 minutes.
Adjust salt/pepper to taste.
Serves 8-10

* Poster warms in a microwaveable
cup or bowl for 1 minute

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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I thought this was a VERY INTERESTING idea!

Wafflemaker Hash Browns

1 (30 oz) bag frozen shredded hash
browns, thawed
4 T. (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
3/4 C. grated Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. chopped ham

Preheat waffle maker on regular
setting & spray both heated elements
with nonstick cooking spray. Squeeze
out any excess moisture from potatoes &
place in a bowl. Pour melted butter over,
sprinkle with salt/pepper & stir. Scoop
a heaping 1/2 C. of mixture into each bottom
waffle section* – top with a generous 2 T.
Cheddar then a sprinkling of chopped
ham. Top cheese & ham in each section
with another 1/4 C. hash browns. Close
waffle iron & cook 15 minutes on
regular setting. Repeat with rest of
hash browns, cheese & ham, filling
one section of waffle iron. Makes 5

*you  might want to spread hash browns
around a bit to totally fill each section

(recipe: foodnetwork.com
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Tamale Pie

1 box corn muffin mix (like Jiffy)
1 large egg
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 c. canned creamed corn
1 T. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
kosher salt/ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 C. red enchilada sauce
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Grease a large oven-safe skillet with
nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl
whisk corn muffin mix, egg, sour cream
& creamed corn – pour into prepared
skillet & bake 20 minutes until golden.
Let cool.
In large skillet over medium heat, heat
oil. Add onion, cumin & chili powder –
season with salt/pepper – cook 5 minutes
until soft. Add garlic & cook 1 minute until
fragrant. Add gr. beef & cook, breaking up
meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer
pink, about 6 minutes; drain. Poke entire
surface of cooked cornbread with a fork &
pour enchilada sauce over. Top with beef &
cheeses. Cover with foil & bake about 20
minutes until cheese is melted. Turn on
broiler, remove foil & broil about 5 minutes
until cheese turns golden. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Knock Your Socks Off Chicken
& Sausage
(crockpot)

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1 pkg Andoulle sausage (or you can
use smoked sausage, kielbasa)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temp.
1 C. chicken stock
1/2 C. white wine (or beer or chicken
stock)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 T. grainy mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
(scallions – chopped – optional garnish)
=
Cooked white rice, noodles, quinoa or
pasta to serve 4
=
In medium bowl mix cream cheese with
chicken stock, salt, garlic, mustard & wine
until incorporated. Place chicken & sausage
in bottom of crockpot & place onions on top.
Pour cream cheese mixture over top. Cover
& cook on High 4 hours (or Low 5-6 hours)
checking occasionally to be sure it’s not
thickening too much – if it is, add a little
more chicken stock or wine.

When ready to serve, you can place the meal
in a baking dish & place under broiler a few
minutes (optional). Salt & pepper, to taste
& serve with suggested sides.

NOTE from poster: If your sauce seems thinner
you can always remove the lid from crockpot
the last hour of cooking time.

(recipe: bakednewengland.com)

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Well, recipes were copying just fine until the last dessert
one – back to my sites old tricks so no last dessert recipe –
sorry.

On the knitting note; Tuesday I was able to deliver
50 pairs of baby booties – that makes 150 pairs since
we first took up the challenge – I’m so proud of my ladies!

Guess I’d better get off here and organize what I’m taking
for babysitting today besides my knitting (some sort of
lunch . . . ).

Have a GREAT day! SPRING IS COMING!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Gas prices are up to $2.69/9 (was lucky to use my Kroger gas points to get 20 cents off per gallon – yay!

 

BRrrrrrrrrrrr! COLD!

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

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Creme Caramel Squares

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

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

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

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Barley Sausage Soup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Buttermilk Cornbread

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)

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

Hope you are nice & warm;

Hugs;

Pammie

Tuesday

Our weather has been SOooooo strange this winter – it’s so nice to have ‘warmer’ weather these past 2 days (it’s now 33 degrees F. but overcast). I know 33 sounds cold but it’s much better than last week’s BELOW ZERO temps! Tonight’s forecast is for sleet & freezing rain (oh joy – tonight is Knit/Crochet night at Panera!). Tomorrow’s not much better: more freezing rain with some ice accumulation – high 34 degrees F. – tomorrow is my special needs group meeting – we’ll see if THAT happens! If it doesn’t, that will make THREE weeks in a row we’ve had to cancel due to bad weather. Oh well . . . such is life, right?

Right now I’m awaiting a call from oldest son (HOPEFULLY) telling me my babysitting day is changed to Thursday. I’m supposed to sit today at 2 but son said he HAS to work late, which would make me not be able to go to my Knit/Crochet night at Panera. He’s checking with other grandparents to see if they’ll switch. Sure hope so: once he called I had great visions of all the things I can get done today: bank, library, grocery store, drug store, pick up mail – REALLY hope they can change because the oncoming weather sure doesn’t sound like I’ll be able to accomplish any of said trips if they can’t . . . and so we wait.

(Looks like my blog site is doing the TEENY-TINY print again with the recipes – UGH!) That means I have to type each recipe onto the site instead of ‘copy & paste’. So strange – after I hand-type in a few recipes, it will TAKE the copy & paste again – weird! (but I’m happy at least I don’t have to type ALL the recipes over again!)

OH-just got the ‘word’ I’m free today! YAY! Babysit 10:30 a.m. Thurs.

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Shortbread

1 C. butter, softened

1/2 C. sugar

1/2 C. powdered sugar

2 C. flour

1/2 C. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. salt

In large bowl cream butter & sugars

until light & fluffy. Combine flour,

cornstarch & salt – gradually add to

creamed mixture & mix well. Roll

dough into a 15 X 2 X 1″ rectangle;

chill.

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.

Cut dough into 1/4″ slices, place

them 2 inches apart on a ungreased

baking sheet. Prick tops with a fork

& bake 10-12 minutes until set.

Remove to wire racks to cool.

Makes 5 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)


Chicken Dumpling Soup

6 boneless chicken thighs

2 (10 3/4 oz, ea) cans cream of celery soup

2 (15 oz., ea) cans mixed vegetables,

drained

salt/pepper, to taste

1 (12 oz) tube refrigerated biscuits, torn

Place chicken in a large soup pot over high heat.

Add enough water to cover; bring to a boil over

High heat – reduce heat to medium & simmer

15-20 minutes until chicken juices run clear. Drain,

reserving 3 C. broth in pot. Remove chicken &

cool; shred chicken & return to pot. Stir in soup,

veggies, salt/pepper. Add biscuit pieces. Simmer

over medium heat 7-8 minutes until ‘dumplings’

are done. Serves 6

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)


Cabbage Rolls
(alternative to making rolls)

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small head cabbage, chopped
2 1/2 C. water
2/3 C. uncooked long grain rice
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp. salt

grated Parmesan cheese, topping

In nonstick Dutch oven cook beef &
garlic over medium heat until meat is
no longer pink; drain. Stir in next 8
ingredients & bring to boil. Reduce heat;
cover & simmer until rice is tender; 25-30
minutes. Stir in tomatoes & salt; heat
through. If desired, sprinkle with cheese
when serving. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Tiny Taco Bites (appetizers)

8 corn tortillas
8 oz cooked pork shoulder (or any
other leftover cooked meat)
1 1/2 T. taco seasoning mix
6 T. salsa
1 lettuce leaf, shredded
1 T. finely shredded cheese of your
choice

NEEDED:
1 (24 cup) mini muffin tin
a Mason jar or something with
same sized opening to use as
a cutting guide for tortillas
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Using mason jar as a guide, cut 3
mini-tortillas from each large tortilla,
making a total of 24 mini tortillas.*
In a bowl mix meat & taco seasoning.
Microwave mini tortillas 15 seconds –
this makes them pliable. Place one
mini tortilla & 1 tsp. meat in each
mini muffin tin. (Meat will act as a
weight & help keep the shape of
the bites.) Work quickly – once
tortillas cool they become more
difficult to bend. Bake 12 minutes
until tortillas are golden brown. Allow
to cool 3 minutes – tortillas will
continue to get crispy as they sit.
Remove from muffin tin & top each
with salsa, shredded lettuce & cheese.
Makes 24  (6 bites per person)

*Poster said she was able to stack
& cut through 3 large tortillas at once.

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Parslied Potatoes

1 1/2 lb. small new red potatoes
1 T. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small clove garlic, crushed
1 C. chicken broth
1 C. chopped fresh parsley, divided
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Peel a strip of skin from around middle
of potato; place in a bowl of cold water –
repeat with rest of potatoes.
Heat large skillet over medium-high heat;
add oil. Saute onion & garlic 5 minutes until
tender. Add broth & 3/4 C. parsley; mix well &
bring to boil. Drain potatoes & place in a single
layer in skillet. Return to boil & reduce heat.
Cover & simmer 10 minutes until potatoes are
tender. Remove potatoes using a slotted spoon
to a serving bowl. Add pepper to skillet – stir.
Pour sauce over potatoes & sprinkle top with
remaining parsley. Serves 6

Note: Avoid overcrowding & use a skillet large
enough to ensure the potatoes will remain
in one even layer for fastest cooking
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Crockpot Southwest Breakfast
Casserole

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

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Reuben Bake

2 (8 oz, ea) tubes refrigerated
crescent rolls
1 lb. sliced Swiss cheese
1 1/4 lb. sliced deli corned beef
1 (14 oz) can sauerkraut -drained/
rinsed thoroughly
2/4 C. Thousand Island salad
dressing
1 lightly beaten egg white
3 tsp. caraway seeds

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Unroll one tube
crescent rolls into 1 rectangle,
sealing seams by pressing. Place
in prepared dish & bake 8-10
minutes. In bowl, mix sauerkraut
& salad dressing. Spread half of
cheese over baked crust & add a
layer of corned beef. Add a layer
of sauerkraut mixture & top with
other half of cheese. Unroll
second tube of crescent dough
onto a floured surface & roll
into a 9 X 13″ rectangle – place
over top of contents of dish.
Brush top with beaten egg
white & sprinkle top with
some caraway seeds.
Bake 12-16 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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One-Skillet Lasagna

3/4 lb. ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
with basil, oregano & garlic,
undrained
2 (14 oz, ea) jars spaghetti sauce
2/3 C. cream of onion soup,
undiluted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 C. cottage cheese
3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
9 no-cook lasagna noodles
1/2 C. shredded Colby-Monterey
Jack cheese
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

In large skillet cook beef & garlic over
medium heat until meat is no longer
pink; drain. Stir in tomatoes & spaghetti
sauce – heat through & transfer to large
bowl. In small bowl combine soup, eggs,
cottage cheese & Ital. seasoning. Return
1 C. meat sauce to skillet – spread evenly.
Layer with 1 C. cottage cheese mixture,
1 1/2 C. meat sauce & half of noodles,
breaking noodles to fit. Repeat layers &
top with remaining meat sauce. Bring to
a boil – reduce heat. Cover & simmer 15-17
minutes until noodles are tender. Remove
from heat; sprinkle with cheeses – cover &

let stand 2 minutes until melted. Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)


Minny’s Chocolate Pie

1 9″ deep-dish frozen pie crust
1 1/2 C. sugar
3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
4 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
3/4 C. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt

fresh whipping cream – for serving
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place pie crust in 9″ pie plate, crimp
edges & prick crust on bottom lightly
with a fork. Line crust with foil or
parchment paper & fill with pie
weights or dry beans. Bake 15 minutes
until set. Remove foil & weights – bake
5 minutes more, just until crust is dry
but not browned.
In large bowl whisk sugar with cocoa,
butter, eggs, evap. milk, vanilla & salt
until smooth – pour into pie shell &
bake 45 minutes until filling is set
around edges but a little jiggly in center.
Cover edges of crust with foil strips halfway
through baking – transfer pie to a rack &
let cool completely before cutting into
wedges. Serve with whipped cream.
Refrigerate any leftovers. Serves 8

NOTE: Can be made a day ahead; refrigerate
overnight.

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Hope your day is going well and your
weather is what you’d hoped for (in
Michigan we know better than to HOPE
for good weather – it IS what it IS!)

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Gas prices are up again: $2.19/9 AMENDMENT:

just got home from my errands, gas is at $2.29/9!!!

a jump of 20 cents a gallon in less than a week! UGH!

Beginning to WARM UP! (Kinda)

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

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

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

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

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 Turtle Cheesecake Dip

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Chicken & Corn Soup

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

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

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Broccoli Cheese Soup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Jalapeno Popper Egg Cups

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

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

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Banana Pudding Fluff

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

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

(recipe: facebook)

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

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

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

Hugs;

Pammie

and now it’s SUPER COLD!

(saw this on Facebook – thought it was pretty creative!)

  Today is the day everyone is freaking out about – temperatures BELOW zero and wind chills that are dangerous. Roads are clear, it’s almost sunny out – I’M GOING TO THE LIBRARY TO KNIT! Spent all day babysitting my baby grandson yesterday; finished the ‘pinks’ baby blanket & knit 2 1/2 pairs of baby booties (finished the other bootie this morning). Found another ‘new to me’ knit pattern so will be starting another blanket, probably today.

On our snow plowing conundrum – it turned out to be a very long story: Our ‘regular’ guy retired & didn’t tell us; next guy who was recommended very abruptly said: “I’m SWAMPED!”. I ended up calling back our old guy for another recommendation so now we have someone for the ‘next’ big snow. My oldest son who drove 12+hours home after being away for the weekend suddenly showed up in our driveway with a snowblower & did our drive! I was super surprised (didn’t expect him home for at least another 3-4 hours!). He said they decided to leave early knowing the driving conditions would be bad; he borrowed the snowblower from the other grandparents: did his driveway, their driveway then ours – what a guy! My special needs group is officially canceled for tonight & all my people are called (got that done last night!). I’m thinking pork roast, carrots & potatoes in the crockpot for dinner – easy-peasy!

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Orange Coffee Rolls

1/4 C. warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast

1 3/4 C. sugar, divided
2 eggs
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. butter melted/divided
1 tsp. salt
2 3/4 to 3 C. flour
1 C. flaked coconut, toasted/
divided
2 T. orange zest
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. butter
2 tsp. orange juice

Grease a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with butter, or spray
with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine dry yeast into
warm water in a large bowl;
let stand 5 minutes. Add 1/4 C.
sugar, eggs, sour cream, 6 T.
melted butter & salt; beat
using elec. mixer on medium
speed until blended. Gradually
stir in enough flour to make a
soft dough. Turn dough out onto
a well-floured surface. Knead
dough until smooth & elastic,
about 5 minutes. Grease a
large bowl with butter; place
dough ball in bowl. Cover with
a towel & place in a warm place
(85 degrees), free from drafts,
1 1/2 hours or until dough doubles
in bulk. Punch dough down & divide
in half. Roll one portion dough into a
12-inch circle; brush with 1 T. melted
butter. In a small bowl combine 3/4 C.
sugar, 3/4 C. coconut & orange zest;
sprinkle half of mixture over dough.
Cut into 12 wedges; roll each wedge,
beginning at wide end & place in
prepared pan, point sides down –
repeat with remaining dough/butter/
coconut mixture. Cover & let rise in
a warm place, free from drafts, 45
minutes or until double in bulk.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake rolls 25-30 *minutes until golden.
*Cover with foil after 15 minutes to
prevent excess browning. While rolls
are baking: in a small saucepan combine
3/4 C. sugar, sour cream, butter & orange
juice. Over medium heat bring to boil.
Boil, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Let
cool slightly then spoon warm glaze over
warm rolls & sprinkle with remaining
1/4 C. coconut. Makes 2 dozen.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 lb. ground beef (or sausage)
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
4 C. water
1-2 lb. pkg. frozen pepper & onion
blend
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic
2 tsp. basil

4 C. riced, cooked – for serving
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In large pot or Dutch oven, brown
beef over medium-high heat until
no longer pink. Drain. Add onion/
pepper blend & cook until peppers
are tender & onions are slightly
translucent. Stir in all other
ingredients (except rice) – bring to
boil over medium heat. Reduce
heat & simmer about 30 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Stir in rice to
each bowl (or in the whole pot, if
desired) just before serving.

NOTE: Poster said “If you’re not going
to eat all of the soup at that serving,
she suggests stirring rice into each
individual bowl of soup rather than
the entire pot.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Crockpot Cube Steak

2 lb. cube steak
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup

Cooked rice or egg noodles to serve 6
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Place cube steak in freezer for about
20 minutes to facilitate easier slicing.
Cut meat into 1-inch strips & place in
bottom of 5 qt or larger crockpot; pour
soup on top. Cover & cook on Low 4-6
hours. Serve over cooked white or brown
rice or cooked egg noodles.

NOTE: If you would like a thinner gravy,
add a little water to meat & soup (about
1/4 C.). Without adding water the meat
will release it’s own juices which will thin
out the gravy, also.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Amish Breakfast Casserole

1 lb. sliced bacon, diced
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 C. frozen, shredded hash
brown potatoes, thawed
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 C. cottage cheese
1 1/4 C. shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet cook bacon & onion
over medium heat until bacon is
crisp; drain. In large bowl combine
remaining ingredients; stir in bacon
mixture & transfer to prepared pan.
Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes until
a knife inserted into center comes out
clean. Let stand 10 minutes before
cutting. Serves 12

NOTE: can be assembled a day ahead &
baked just before serving.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Honey/Lemon/Ginger Chicken

4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
salt/pepper, to taste
2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil, divided
1/2 C. honey
zest of 1 lemon
4 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 T. soy sauce
1 T. cornstarch
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Cooked rice to serve 6
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Heat a large skillet over medium-
high heat; add 1 T. olive oil & heat.
Add chicken chunks & sprinkle with
salt/pepper. Cook until browned on
all sides & no longer pink on the
inside – about 10 minutes. In a
medium saucepan, heat over medium-
high heat & add 1 T. olive oil – heat oil.
Add ginger & garlic, cook 2-3 minutes
being careful not to burn, until fragrant &
slightly golden brown. In large glass
measuring cup whisk lemon zest, lemon
juice, vinegar, honey, soy sauce & cornstarch;
make sure all is well combined. Pour sauce
over garlic & ginger -stir to combine & allow
to come to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once
at a boil, cook 2 minutes – sauce will thicken
& turn a bit darker. Pour sauce over cooked
chicken & stir, making sure all chicken is
coated in sauce. Serve immediately over
cooked rice. Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Tuscan Sausage & White Bean Soup

1/4 C. butter
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic,finely chopped
1/4 C. flour
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1/2 lb. ground pork sausage, cooked/
drained
1 (15.5 oz) can undrained cannellini
beans
salt/pepper, to taste

In medium saucepan melt butter; add
onion & garlic, cook 1-2 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until onion is tender. Stir
in flour – slowly add evap. milk & broth
while stirring constantly. Once mixture
comes to a complete boil, add sausage
& beans. Heat through, season with
salt/pepper. Serves 4

(recipe: theseoldcookbooks.com)
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Reese’s Chocolate Butter Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box Devil’s Food cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 egg
12 peanut butter cups (full sized circle)
cut into sixths
4 snack-sized Butterfinger candy bars,
coarsely chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. creamy peanut butter
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. butter, melted
4 C. powdered sugar

Glaze:
1 C. milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Generously spray 9 X 13″ baking
pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl combine dry cake
mix, melted butter & egg – mix
until combined. Cover bottom of
greased pan evenly with cake
mixture. Spread peanut butter cups &
butterfinger pieces over cake mixture.
Mix cream cheese, peanut butter, eggs
& vanilla until well blended then add
butter. Mix in powdered sugar until well
blended & spread over candy bar layer.
Bake 55 minutes – it will puff up in the
center & will drop a little after you remove
it from oven. Let cool
Mix Glaze ingredients in a microwave-safe
bowl & microwave until chips are melted.
Spread over cooled cake. Serves 30

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)

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Ok – right now (8:50 a.m.) the temp. is showing
-8 degrees F. with a wind chill of -31 degrees F.!
Now THAT’S cold! The really FUNNY thing is:
they’re predicting a high of near 45 degrees F.
for Sunday! WEIRD! (then rain & high near 48
for next Monday) Hey-I can take the cold – you
can walk & drive in it & not worry about falling
or getting your car stuck in it! Wonder how
many brave ladies will venture out today to
library Knit group!

Stay warm – our local newspaper’s headline
today is: “Stay warm – stay inside!”

Hugs;

Pammie



 

Here comes the S-N-O-W!

Here in Michigan we are awaiting a BIG snowstorm coming sometime today/night – 5 to 7 inches (YUCK). Yesterday found me attempting to contact our snowplow man to make sure we are still on his list of clients – to no avail; calls went to his answering machine which promptly told clients that the ‘box is full and not able to take any more messages.” UGH! Finally, out of frustration, I tried ONE MORE TIME this morning and got him right away. My ‘hunch’ was right – he’s retired! We are now going to try another man who was referred to us by a friend – sure hope this works out, don’t want to be snowed in. We live on a MAJOR highway (45 mph. in front of our house) and our driveway is sloped just enough to make it nigh onto impossible to get UP if there’s any snow on it! The county road crews come through plowing the road constantly which piles up HUGH amounts of snow/ice at the bottom of the drive – you would need a SHERMAN TANK to get over that once it freezes up, hence WHY we need the drive plowed! Husband & I (and the boys, at times) have shoveled that for many years but both husband & I are now of an age that we shouldn’t be doing that kind of work, so we called a plow guy. SURE HOPE this new guy comes through – I’m thinking I will probably be the one to babysit tomorrow morning. Son & his girlfriend went with other couples for a weekend together and are due back tonight (other grandparents babysat for 4 days so I’m pretty sure they won’t be babysitting tomorrow when our son & girlfriend have to go back to work). OH JOY – I get to ‘venture out’ – sure hope the drive gets cleared & the roads are good – we’ll see.

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Sour Cream Banana Bars

Bars:
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 C. sour cream
1/2 C. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 C. mashed bananas
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
3 3/4 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4-5 T. Half & Half

Optional: add 1/2 C. chopped nuts
to batter of bars, if desired

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 10 X 15″ jelly roll pan.
In large bowl using elec. mixer, combine
sugar, sour cream, butter & eggs – mix on
Low speed, scraping bowl occasionally,
until combined. Add bananas & vanilla –
mix on Low about 30 seconds. Add flour,
salt & baking soda – mix on medium speed
about 1 minute, just until combined – pour
into prepared pan. Bake 18-22 minutes until
golden brown & a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Cool until just
slightly warm & frost with Brown Butter
Frosting. Serves 12

Frosting:
In small saucepan brown butter over medium
heat until golden brown in color & golden-
brown flecks appear, swirling pan frequently.
(butter will become a little foamy). Remove
from heat & pour into a large bowl, cool
slightly. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and
Half & Half – mix using elec. mixer until
smooth & spreadable

(recipe: 5boysbaker.com)
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Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup

2 C. cooked/chopped roast beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 (12 oz) bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
1 (42 oz) can tomato juice
1 1/2 C. coarse-chopped cabbage
1 large potato, peeled/chopped
salt/pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients in crockpot;
cover & cook on Low 8 hours or
until potatoes are tender.
Serves 10

(recipe: farmwifecooks.com)
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Tex-Mex Bean Bake w/Cornbread
Topping

1 T. olive oil
1 large sweet potato, peeled/
finely chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 small green pepper, coarsely
chopped
1 small sweet red pepper, coarsely
chopped
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. frozen corn
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 C. vegetable broth
3 oz. cream cheese, softened

Topping:
1 (8.5 oz) box corn bread/muffin mix
(Jiffy)
1 large egg
1/3 C. milk
1/3 C. solid-pack pumpkin

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet heat oil over
medium-high heat. Add sweet
potato, onion & peppers- cook &
stir 5-7 minutes until potato is
cooked halfway through. Stir in
beans, corn, chilies, salt & cumin;
heat through. Stir in broth & cream
cheese until blended – pour mixture
into prepared pan.
In large bowl combine corn bread mix,
egg, milk & pumpkin – spoon over
bean mixture in pan. Bake, uncovered,
25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into topping portion comes out clean.
Serves 8

NOTE: this recipe can be made ahead a
day in advance. Prepare as directed,
omitting topping. Cover & refrigerate
overnight. Remove from fridge 30 minutes
before baking. Prepare topping & bake
as directed

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Stir-fry Garlic/Beef & Broccoli

1 lb. round steak, very thinly sliced*
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp. medium sherry (optional)
1 1/2 T. cornstarch
1/4 C. olive oil (or other oil)
3/4 lb. broccoli, cut into small
florettes
1/4 C. chicken stock
4 green onions, cut into 1″ lengths
1 1/2 C. small mushrooms, sliced
2 T. soy sauce (or more, if desired)
salt/pepper
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Cooked rice or noodles to serve 6
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Place sliced steak in a bowl with sherry
(if using), soy sauce, cornstarch & a little
salt – stir & let rest 20 minutes.
Place 2 T. oil in a skillet over medium-high
heat. Add garlic & stir-fry 1-2 minutes. Add
mushrooms & stir-fry 2 minutes; remove &
keep warm. Place 2 T. oil in skillet & stir-fry
beef until nicely browned; remove & keep
warm. Add 1 T. oil to skillet & stir-fry green
onions 1 minute-remove & keep warm. Pour
chicken stock in skillet & heat to bubbling;
add broccoli. Cover & steam 3-4 minutes.
Remove lid & place all ingredients in
skillet; heat through but do not over cook.
Serves 6

*Steak is sliced easily if it is half-frozen
when you slice it

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Scrambled Egg Muffins

12 eggs
1/2 C. milk
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 green onion, chopped
3-4 slices deli ham
4 fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking
spray. Crack eggs into large bowl; add
milk, salt/pepper/seasoned salt – whisk
vigorously with a fork. Sprinkle onion,
ham, mushrooms & cheese into muffin
tin bottoms & pour some of egg mixture
into each cup (just a little less than full=
helps if you use a large measuring cup)
Bake 30 minutes until they puffed up &
are a bit golden brown along the edges.
Allow to sit in pan about 5 minutes, then
serve. Makes 12

NOTE: They can be made ahead – cool
completely & store in ziplock bags in fridge.
Microwave to reheat.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Country Chicken ‘n Rice

1 (3 to 3 1/2 lb) chicken, cut into 8
pieces
6 C. water
2 (15 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1T. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. long or whole-grain rice,
rinsed

In large pot bring all ingredients
except rice to a boil over medium-
high heat. Cover & allow to boil
35 minutes. Add rice & cook 25-30
minutes until rice is tender, no pink
remains in chicken & chicken juices
run clear. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

1 box white cake mix
1 egg
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment
paper. In mixing bowl beat dry cake
mix, egg & melted butter until fully
combined. In small bowl mix cinnamon
& sugar. Scoop batter & shape into
1 inch balls & roll balls in cinnamon/sugar
mixture – place on cookie sheet – repeat
with remaining dough. Bake 10-12 minutes
until edges are light brown. Let cookies
set on cookie sheet 5 minutes before
removing – cool completely on wire rack.
Makes 36-40 cookies

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Am currently working on finishing the ‘various
pinks’ blanket (almost done), the continuing
baby booties project and then – the other night
I got a text from oldest son asking if I would
mind making a (Loom-knit) hat for his friend.
I told son I haven’t made those in years (the
process makes my hands hurt so I kind of stopped
doing that) BUT – this is my son’s close friend so
I caved. Told him I hoped his friend didn’t mind
the colors I chose (only large skeins of ‘regular’
yarn I had at the moment): maroon & black.
Friend sent me a text with a photo of him holding
a post-it note saying “I love you, Pam!” so – being
the ‘softy’ that I am, of course I’m making him a
hat! (I’ve known him since they were teens – he
works for my son as an under chef, he’s a great
guy!). To take my mind off the ‘process’ of making
the hat I’ve been watching the cooking channel &
looming – it helps. I also told my son ‘no more
volunteering my hat making skills, please’.

Hope you are having a GREAT day! It’s the
beginning of a new week – let’s hope it turns
out to be a good one!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Mid-week!

Super cold here and supposed to get to below zero by Sunday – oh, joy . . . we’re supposed to be getting snow in the next few days but it doesn’t say ‘accumulation’ so I’m REALLY hoping it doesn’t stick! Went to Library Knit group this morning and there was a film of ice on the windshield – enough that it had to be scraped before I could drive. Oh well – it’s Michigan – what can I expect at this time of year, right?

Working on 2 baby blankets – one is a combination of pinks (like the ‘blues’ one I did & posted the photo) and the other is a new pattern (to me). I had purchased some very nice, soft dusty pink yarn and had done a good foot or more of another (new) pattern when I discovered I’d made a mistake about 2 inches down. Normally it wouldn’t be a big problem, but this time I did a Yarn-Over – which creates a HOLE (where one was NOT supposed to be!). I decided, instead of taking each stitch off of the needles, one-by-one, I would just remove the needles, unravel the yarn down to that row and resume – HA! WHAT FOLLY! This particular yarn being nice & soft AND SLIPPERY decided it had a mind of it’s own and unraveled ALL OVER THE PLACE – WAY PAST THE MISTAKE, etc! I tried, several times, to get all the stitches back on the needles before finally (in utter desperation) unraveling the entire thing and putting yarn & needles away (for several days). Finally found a different pattern and am (so far) happily creating – we’ll see where this goes! (I remember, many years ago, a knitter friend gifted me an entire bag of this same type of yarn, in at least 6 colors – she said she found it very frustrating because it was so slippery . . . guess I should have learned, right?)

LOTS of great soup/cold weather recipes coming in!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Cookie Layer:
1 C. butter
2 eggs
2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 C. quick-cooking oats

Topping:
1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. chopped nuts (poster uses pecans)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl cream 1 C.
butter, brown sugar, eggs & vanilla. Add
flour, salt, soda & oats – mix well then
press into prepared pan. In another bowl
melt 2 T. butter & chocolate chips together.
Add sweeten’d/Cond’ milk, vanilla, salt &
nuts – mix until smooth. Pour mixture
over cookie layer & spread evenly over
top. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool then cut
into bars. Makes 20 bars

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Crockpot Northern Beans & Ham

1 (16 oz) pkg. dried Northern beans
3-4 meaty ham hocks/shank or meaty
ham bone (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1 small onion, diced
(1 pkg. Goya ham-flavored concentrate –
optional)
1 bay leaf
salt/pepper, to taste
1/4 to 1/3 C. light brown sugar

Sort dry beans for any pebbles – rinse under
cold water. In a large bowl soak beans in water
for 3 hours*; drain & rinse beans.

Add rinsed beans, onion, salt/pepper, bay leaf
& ham shanks/hocks/ham – chopped into large
chunks, to crockpot. Add enough water (or water
& broth) to cover beans by 2 inches (about 6-8
cups) & add Goya ham concentrate, if using. Cover
& cook on High first hour; turn heat to Low & cook
an additional 4 hours (OR) until beans are tender
& a bit creamy. Remove ham shanks or hocks,
pull off all meat. Remove bay leaf & discard;
return meat to crockpot & add brown sugar – stir.
If there is a lot of juice in the beans you can remove
1 C. before adding brown sugar – all depends on how
thick or thin you want the beans to be.

*NOTE: Poster does not soak beans overnight
because she says they cook tender after 5
hours of cooking.

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Sauteed Chicken w/Veggies

2-3 boneless skinless chicken
breasts cut into bite-sizes cubes
2 T. olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. chicken broth
8 oz. spaghetti, broken into
small pieces (1 1/2 – 2 inches)
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
plus extra for garnish
2 C. broccoli florets
1 C. squash: zucchini, yellow, etc.,
peeled/cubed

Heat oil in large skillet over medium
heat. Add chicken, onion, carrots &
garlic – season with salt/pepper & cook
5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
chicken broth & broken spaghetti – stir
to combine & submerge noodles in
broth. Cover with tight-fitting lid,
reduce heat to Low & simmer 5 minutes.
Uncover; stir in Parm. cheese – add broccoli
& squash. If liquid has been absorbed add
a small amount of water or broth. Cover &
simmer 5 minutes until veggies have
reached desired tenderness. Uncover;
sprinkle with additional Parm. cheese &
serve immediately. Serves 6-8

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Best Taco Mini Meatloaves

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. lean ground pork
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 (12 oz) bag Doritos, crushed
2 eggs, beaten
1 C. shredded Mexican-blend
cheese
1 (16 oz) jar salsa

Meatloaf Topping:

8 oz. salsa
1 C. shredded cheese (your choice)
=
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cover a baking sheet with foil. Place
all meatloaf ingredients in large bowl
& mix well then shape into mini loaves,
the desired size you want, using your
hands. Place loaves on prepared sheet.
Top with meat loaf toppings.
Bake about 30 minutes. (until internal
temperature is 160 degrees F.) (NOTE:
Poster make 7 mini loaves and they
took 30 minutes to bake.)

(recipe: plowthroughlife.com)
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Quick ‘n Easy Ground Beef Stew

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. flour
1 1/2 C. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 C. beef broth
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 C. heavy whipping cream
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 medium unpeeled Yukon Gold/
Russet or red potatoes cut into
1/2 inch cubes
2 medium carrots, cut into small
pieces (about 1 C.)
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Optional serving method:
Can serve ‘as is’ or over
cooked brown rice
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In large skillet cook beef over
medium-high heat 5-7 minutes
stirring occasionally until thoroughly
cooked; drain. Stir in salt/pepper & flour.
Add mushrooms, cook 3 minutes,
stirring occasionally. In small bowl mix
broth, Worc. sauce, whipping cream &
mustard with a wire whisk – add to
beef mixture. Stir in potatoes, carrots &
zucchini. Reduce heat to Medium-low –
cover & cook 15 minutes until veggies
are tender & sauce is slightly thickened.
If sauce is too thin at end of cooking
time, increase heat to medium-high &
cook, uncovered, a few minutes until
liquid reduces & is slightly thickened.
Sprinkle top with parsley & serve.
Serves 4-5 (see optional serving method
above)

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Crockpot Clam Chowder

1 yellow onion, diced
1 C. water
3 medium russet or yellow potatoes,
peeled/cut into cubes
2 (6.5 oz, ea) cans minced clams with
juice
1 C. frozen corn
1 C. cooked/crumbled bacon (poster
used a pkg. of real bacon bits)
3 ribs celery, cut into quarter-inch
pieces
2 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half
2 T. melted butter
1/2 C. flour
salt/pepper, to taste

Add onion, water, potatoes,
clams with juice, corn, bacon &
celery to crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low 4-6 hours. Place butter,
Half & Half, milk & flour in a
saucepan. Cook on Low & whisk
until it is thick & bubbly. Take
about 1/2 C. of liquid from crockpot
& mix into saucepan then add that
mixture to crockpot & stir. Salt/
pepper, to taste. Cover & cook on
Low an additional 30 minutes.
Makes 8 Cups of soup

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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3-Ingredient Peach Cobbler

1 large can peaches (or 2 smaller cans)
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a 9 X 13″ baking dish pour peaches
including juices. Sprinkle dry cake mix
over top & smooth. Evenly distribute
melted butter on top of cake mix.
Bake 30 minutes

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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1 Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
(small batch: makes 12)

1 C. rolled oats (or quick-cooking oats)
1 ripe banana
1/3 C. smooth peanut butter
1 T. honey
1/3 C. chocolate chips
1 egg
1/2 C. chopped nuts of your choice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray.
In bowl combine all ingredients
with a spoon. Roll mixture into
walnut-sized balls & place on
prepared sheet; mash each
cookie out flat with your hand
or a spoon. Bake 12-15 minutes.
Makes 1 dozen cookies

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)

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I’m planning on making a batch of
Bean Soup tomorrow – it’s a good
‘stick to your ribs’ meal for cold
weather.

Babysat my almost-2 yr old grandson
yesterday and he makes me laugh. My
throat was dry so I coughed – he said:
“Bless you!” so I said: “Thank you!”
then he said: “You’re welcome!” –
almost made me want to cough again
just to see if he’d repeat it! His Dad
said he can’t believe how much
personality is in such a little body –
he’s a riot – makes me laugh and
laughter keeps me young.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie