and the weekend begins!

I love the fact that we have a 3-day weekend but also know that I will have to go grocery shopping later today (oh, joy…). I’m sure there will be lots of folks rushing to get their ingredients for great holiday picnics & cook-outs; for us, nothing special (I might buy some mustard potato salad – isn’t THAT invigorating!? hehehe). Still battling the sore throat & cough/fatigue. I told my husband this morning I felt like I could easily go back to bed & sleep another 4+ hours (whatever this ‘bug’ is, I’m really getting the deep/lots of dreams sleep!). Attended the funeral visitation yesterday and ran into a lady who used to work for the phone company when both my husband & I did (Bonnie Brown – for those of you ‘former Bell employees who will ask me: WHO was it?). She saw me across the room & pointed, while mouthing: I KNOW YOU!” I have a terrible memory but it’s a great thing my husband has a phenomenal one – (they had a great chat while I listened.) It’s been 34 years since I retired so I really don’t remember the names/faces anymore – husband is always saying he wishes he could give ME his memory (wouldn’t that be great!).

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No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake
Ice Cream

2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) jar sweetened condensed
milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. thawed frozen blueberries
3 T. sugar
2 T. lemon juice

In large saucepan cook blueberries,
sugar, lemon juice & salt over medium-
high heat; bring to boil until mixture
starts to thicken. Remove from heat &
allow to cool completely then chill in
fridge about 1 hour.
In large bowl beat cream cheese until
creamy & smooth. Using elec. mixer,
add condensed milk & vanilla, mixing
until smooth. Add vanilla & heavy
cram – whisk on High speed until soft
peaks form. Spread half mixture into a
loaf pan. Spoon chilled blueberry sauce
over whipped mixture. Top with remaining
cream mixture, spreading evenly. Using a
knife, drag or swirl blueberry mixture into
cream mixture. Cover with foil & freeze
6 hours until firm.

(recipe: frugalcouponliving.com)
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5-Minute Avocada Salad with Bacon

1 medium avocado, coarsely chopped
1 roma tomato, coarsely chopped
1 T. onion, finely chopped
3 slices bacon, fried crisp/crumbled
1 T. cilantro, finely chopped
1 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. olive oil
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder

Toss all ingredients together &
serve immediately. Serves 2

(recipe: intoxicatedonlife.com)
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Crockpot Bavarian Brats & Sauerkraut

1 lb. bratwurst (or smoked sausage/
kielbasa)
1 (14 oz) can whole potatoes, drained
1 (14-16 oz) can sauerkraut (undrained)
1/4 C. apple juice
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. caraway seeds

If using uncooked bratwurst, prick casing
& steam 10 minutes to release any excess
fat. (this step can be eliminated if using
fully-cooked smoked sausage or kielbasa)
When meat is cool enough to handle,
cut in 1-inch pieces. Brown meat in large
skillet over medium-high heat; then add
to crockpot. Add sauerkraut, juice, sugar,
caraway seeds & potatoes – stir to combine.
Cover & cook on High 3 hours (or Low about
5 hours).  Serves 2

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Amish Hot Bacon Slaw

1 small head cabbage, chopped
1 C. thinly sliced carrots
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
6 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic paste
1/2 tsp. celery seed
salt/pepper, to taste

Whisk vinegar, sugar, olive oil,
garlic paste & celery seed together.
Fry bacon until crisp then stir in
cabbage, carrots & onion; season
with salt/pepper & cook, stirring,
until cabbage wilts. Stir in vinegar
mixture & continue cooking until
vegetables are crisp-tender &
liquid is about gone. Serve warm.
Serves 6

Suggested serving with: BBQ rubs, pork
steaks, BBQ chicken or pulled pork
along with sides of mac & cheese,
corn on the cob or baked beans

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Sriracha Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs, hard cooked
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 T. sriracha sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard (or Creole)
salt/pepper, to taste
sweet paprika (garnish)
1 fresh red fresno (red jalapeno)
pepper, thinly sliced into rings
(optional garnish)

Place eggs in saucepan & cover with
cold water. Bring to rolling boil then
reduce heat & simmer 10 minutes.
Drain hot water from eggs & cover
with cold water. Peel eggs & halve,
lengthwise; remove yolks to a small
bowl & mash with a fork. Stir in
mayonnaise, sriracha sauce, mustard,
salt/pepper until smooth. Pipe* mixture
into egg white halves & garnish with
a sprinkle of paprika & slice of
red jalapeno (if using). Serves 12

*If you don’t have a piping bag: spoon
mixture into a large ziplock bag; seal
top & snip one corner tip of bag – use
to pipe filling into eggs

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Watermelon Lemonade

4 C. watermelon juice (see below)
1 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 C. cold (filtered) water
1/2 C. sugar
fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Cut fruit from melon & remove
both white & black seeds. Puree
fruit & strain; discard solids. Stir
strained watermelon juice with
lemon juice, water & sugar,
to taste. Serve garnished with
mint sprigs, if desired. Makes
8 servings.

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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4 Bean Salad
(6 hour or overnight recipe)

4 (16 oz, ea) cans beans: choose
4 types: green beans, kidney beans,
chickpeas, cannellini beans, wax
beans, limas, black-eyed peas, etc.)
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

Dressing:
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Whisk dressing ingredients together.
Mix salad ingredients together &
marinate in dressing 6 hours or
overnight before serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Shrimp Kebabs
(with passion fruit glaze)

Glaze:
1 C. passion fruit juice
2 oz. dry white wine
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sriracha sauce
1 T. ketchup

1 lb. jumbo shrimp or prawns,
shelled, leaving tail section on,
deveined (about 20 per lb)
soaked bamboo skewers
approx. 20 slices bacon, 1 slice for
every shrimp (depending on
shrimp size per lb.)
3 baby zucchini cut into about
20 pieces
about 20 small crimini mushrooms,
brushed clean

Heat grill to moderate heat
Stir ingredients for glaze together
in small saucepan & reduce over
Low heat, stirring often, until
glaze becomes thick & syrupy.
Using 1 soaked skewer, pierce
1 end of a slice of bacon, add
shrimp-poking skewer right in the
shrimp & then secure the top
of the bacon slice over shrimp
on skewer. Add a piece of
zucchini & mushroom to each
skewer – repeat with rest of
skewers & ingredients.
Grill shrimp, turning often,
basting with glaze as the
bacon becomes about
2/3 done. Continue to
baste & cook until bacon
is cooked through. Serve
any extra glaze with skewers.
Serves 3-4

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Beer BBQ Sauce

2 T. butter
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 C. tomato sauce
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 T. molasses
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 T. hot sauce
1 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
12 oz. lager beer

Whisk all ingredients together;
heat in a saucepan, stirring
frequently, until mixture reduces
& becomes as thick as you prefer.
Makes 1 pint.

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Strawberry Dessert Pizza
(uses cast iron griddle)

1 (16 oz) pkg. ready-to-bake
sugar cookie dough (24 individual
cookies)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow whip (cream)
1 (16 oz) jar strawberry glaze (poster
uses Marzetti’s – usually in area where
fresh strawberries are sold)
1 (13 oz) carton fresh strawberries,
sliced into halves

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Arrange individual ready-to-
bake cookie dough into 12-14″
round cast iron griddle. Press
cookie dough pieces together
to form a pizza crust. Bake
15-18 minutes or until dough
is cooked & golden brown.
Let crust cool completely.
Beat cream cheese & marsh-
mallow whip in bowl of
elec. mixer using wire whisk
attachment until smooth &
creamy. Spread cream mixture
over cooled crust to within
1/2 inch from edges. Spread
strawberry glaze over cream
cheese mixture & top with
fresh strawberry halves.
Refrigerate any leftovers.

(recipe: cookingwithk.net)

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It’s now noon and I’d better get myself
ready to go shopping; it’s funny-with
just my husband & I here now, food
goes farther – we just don’t eat as
much as when we had the boys here.
(except when middle son drops in &
consumes all the leftovers! His girlfriend
calls him a walking garbage can!). We
even have only ONE bag of garbage
each week now – used to run 2-3
(39 gallon) bags per week. Yep, guess
it’s confirmed – we’re now officially
OLD PEOPLE! When at the funeral
visitation yesterday I had a long talk
with the grandson of the man who
passed. Grandson is a great friend of
my boys (I consider him one of my
kids); while we were talking I mentioned
something about my age (will be 69 in
June) and he choked: “I thought you
were my MOM’s age!” (somewhere
in the 50’s) I told him it’s thanks to
REVLON hair coloring! hehehe-nice
to have people think you a bit
younger than you are, right?

Enjoy your day – it’s a gorgeous one
out there today – sunny & 69 degrees
F. (supposed to get up to 75 later
today!) THIS is the weather I love!
Sunny, not too hot, a slight breeze –
would love to be floating along on
a boat somewhere just observing the
scenery. (in fact, husband & I had
that very conversation yesterday
while driving past a local lake: he
said he’d want to be on a pontoon
boat, fishing with me at the wheel;
I said I’d rather just be in a row boat
floating along looking at the fish &
seeing the water lilies – interesting
differences, I guess.

Hugs;

Pammie

Gramma Recovery Time

(don’t I wish!)

The past two days of 8+ hours babysitting can take a toll on ya – especially if you’re STILL not over the sore throat/coughing thing. SOoooooo glad I have today OFF! (Have to attend a funeral visitation in a few hours, but that will go by quickly). I dearly love my grandson, who just turned 3 months today, but when he’s cranky it’s a WHOLE ‘NOTHER STORY! (and he was, yesterday – all day!). I came home, got in my jammies & took a nap – we’re talking around 6 p.m.! I’m sure things will be better once I get over this throat thing, but for now I just feel cranky & achy – sorry for dumping on you. Got to thinking-Hey – the holiday weekend is coming up SOON – better get some holiday recipes out there for the people! Here ya go:

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Luscious Lemon Layered Dessert

Crust:
1 C. flour
1/2 C. ground nuts (or finely
chopped)
1/4 C. butter, melted

Layers:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
2 small boxes instant Lemon
Pudding mix
1 T. lemon juice (optional)
3 C. milk
1 C. powdered sugar
3 T. finely chopped nuts (to
sprinkle on top)

Crust:
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, chopped nuts &
melted butter – stir until well-
blended & crumbly. Press into
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish
& bake 15 minutes. Cool
completely.

Layers:
Using elec. mixer, blend cream
cheese & powdered sugar until
smooth & creamy. Fold in 1 C.
Cool Whip & spread over crust.

Whisk together pudding boxes &
milk – add lemon juice & stir until
thick. Spread over cream cheese
layer.

Spoon remaining Cool Whip over
pudding & sprinkle top with a
dusting of chopped nuts.
Refrigerate 4 hours before
serving.

NOTE: Poster says it’s better
the next day so she usually
makes it the day BEFORE
she’s going to serve it.

(recipe: happyhooligans.ca)
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Jalapeno-Popper Burgers
(grill)

3 jalapeno peppers, halved
lengthwise & seeded
1 tsp. olive oil
6 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 (3 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. lemon-pepper seasoning
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
2 lb. ground beef
4 slices Pepper Jack cheese
4 hamburger buns, split
4 lettuce leaves
1 large tomato, sliced
3/4 C. guacamole

Brush jalapenos with oil & grill,
covered, over medium heat 3-5
minutes until tender, turning
occasionally. When cool enough
to handle, finely chop. In small
bowl, combine bacon, cream cheese,
& jalapeno until blended. In large
bowl combine garlic, salt, lemon-
pepper, pepper & paprika. Crumble
beef over mixture & mix well. Shape
into 8 thin patties. Spoon bacon
mixture onto center of four patties;
top with remaining patties & press
edges to firmly seal.

Grill burgers, covered, over medium
heat (OR) broil 4 inches from heat
6-7 minutes on each side until a
meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
& juices run clear. Top with Pepper Jack
cheese; cover & cook 1-2 minutes longer
until cheese has melted.

Grill buns; cut -sides down, over medium
heat 30-60 seconds until toasted. Serve
burgers on buns with lettuce, tomato &
guacamole. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Southern Summer Succotash

2 C. frozen lima beans
1 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 small Vidalia onion, diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
corn kernels from 6 ears corn
2 C. sliced okra
1 C. heavy whipping cream
3 fresh sprigs thyme
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 T. diced, roasted red peppers
1 C. halved grape tomatoes
1/2 lb. thick-sliced bacon,
cooked/crumbled

In small saucepan combine lima
beans & enough water to cover;
bring to boil, reduce heat & simmer
10-12 minutes/drain. Add olive oil
& butter to large skillet – heat over
medium heat. Add onion & cook
3-4 minutes; add garlic, corn & okra,
saute 3-4 minutes. Add cream, thyme
(whole sprigs), sugar, salt/pepper –
cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove thyme sprigs & discard. Stir
in lima beans, Parm. cheese, roasted
red peppers & tomatoes – cook 1
minute, remove from heat & top
with crumbled bacon. Serves 6

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)
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Caprese Spinach Salad

1 C. baby spinach leaves
1 large tomato, sliced 3/4″ thick
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese,
sliced
2 T. chopped fresh basil
1 T. olive oil
2 T. balsamic vinegar

Spread spinach onto a serving
plate. Place tomato slices on
spinach then top each slice of
tomato with a slice of mozz.
cheese. Sprinkle basil over top
& drizzle with olive oil & balsamic
vinegar. Serves 2

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Momma’s Old Fashioned Potato Salad

3 to 3 1/2 lb. potatoes* (about 10
medium)
6 hard-cooked eggs
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. evaporated milk
3 T. white vinegar
2 T. prepared mustard
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
(additional hard-cooked eggs,
sliced – for garnish on top)
paprika

In large kettle cook potatoes** in
boiling salted water until tender;
drain & cool. Peel potatoes & cut
into chunks. Separate egg yolks
from whites (set yolks aside). Chop
whites & add to potatoes with onion.
In small bowl mash egg yolks; stir in
mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, mustard,
sugar, salt/pepper –  pour over potatoes
& toss well. Adjust seasonings, if
necessary then spoon into a serving
bowl. Garnish top with sliced eggs &
paprika. Chill until ready to serve.
Serves 12

**to prevent potatoes from mushing &
losing their shape, add 1/2 tsp.
vinegar to cooking water

Potato Suggestions: Yukon Gold, new
potatoes or redskin potatoes (Russet
potatoes will work but they tend to
fall apart)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Tender Baked Chicken Thighs

8 bone-in chicken thighs with skin
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. onion salt
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line baking sheet with foil & spray
with cooking spray. Arrange thighs
on sheet. Combine garlic salt, onion
salt, oregano, thyme, paprika & pepper
in small container with lid. Close lid &
shake until spices are thoroughly mixed –
sprinkle spice mixture liberally over
chicken. Bake until crisp, thighs are no
longer pink at bone & juices run clear –
about 1 hour. (instant-read thermometer
inserted near bone should read 165 degrees F.)
Serves 4

NOTE: You can broil the chicken for last part
of cooking – do so for only 1-2 minutes &
be careful as spices burn very quickly

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Crockpot 3-ingredient Dump Cake

2 (21 oz, ea) cans cherry pie filling
1 (15.25 oz) box white or yellow
cake mix
1 stick butter (1/2 C.)

Place pie filling in bottom of crockpot.
In a bowl using a pastry blender or
2 forks, cut butter into dry cake mix.
(consistency will be very crumbly).
Evenly sprinkle mixture over pie filling.
Place a double layer of paper towels
gently on top of crockpot opening &
place lid on top to secure them in
place. Cook on High 2-3 hours or
Low 4-6 hours. Remove lid & discard
paper towels. Serves 15

NOTE: Great in a bowl with some
vanilla ice cream!

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Crockpot Smoky Baked Beans

1 lb. bulk spicy pork sausage
1 meidum onion, chopped
2 (15 oz, ea) cans pork & beans
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (16 oz) can butter beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can navy beans, drained
& rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes &
green chilies, drained
1/2 C. hickory-smoke-flavored BBQ
sauce
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. steak seasoning
1 tsp. liquid smoke, (optional)

In large skillet cook sausage & onion
over medium heat until meat is no
longer pink; drain. Combine beans,
tomatoes & sausage in crockpot. In
small bowl combine BBQ sauce, ketchup,
brown sugar, mustard, steak seasoning &
liquid smoke, if using – stir mixture into
beans. Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours
or until heated through. Makes 16 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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4-Layer Cookie Bars

1 (16 oz) pkg. rectangular
buttery crackers (kinda like Ritz)
1/2 C. margarine
2/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C. milk
2/3 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. peanut butter chips

Butter (or spray with nonstick spray)
a 9 X 13″ baking pan. Line bottom
with a single layer of crackers. Melt
margarine in heavy saucepan; add
sugars, graham cracker crumbs & milk.
Heat over medium-high heat until sugars
dissolve, stirring often then spread over
crackers in pan. Arrange another layer of
crackers on top. Combine remaining
ingredients in a saucepan; heat over
Low heat until melted, stirring until
smooth & creamy then spread over
crackers; set aside until firm. Cut into
bars to serve. Makes 2 dozen bars

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Will try to post more recipes for the
weekend. I’m just grateful I can now
relax a little, knit some/nap some &
try to get over this creeping-crud I
have (it’s been almost 2 weeks!)

Stay healthy (if you can), relax if &
when you can – and try to enjoy the
weekend.

Hugs;

Pammie

Very Quick Post

The next two days I will be babysitting my 2 1/2 mo. old grandson for 8 hours + so will not have time to blog; am attempting to throw together a quick one for you.

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Tropical Jell-O Pretzel Salad

Crust:
2 C. crushed pretzels
3/4 C. melted butter
3 T. sugar

Filling:
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
(do NOT drain)
1 (3 oz) box Coconut Cream pudding
mix
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed*

Topping:
1 (3 oz) box orange Jell-O
1 C. boiling water
3 (11 oz, ea) cans mandarin oranges,
drained

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Combine crushed
pretzels, sugar & melted butter in
pan – gently stir to combine &
spread around pan evenly. Bake
10 minutes & cool completely.
Pour entire can of crushed pineapple
(with juices) in a medium bowl;
sprinkle coconut pudding mix on top
& stir until completely incorporated.
Fold in Cool Whip & transfer to dish,
spreading on top of baked pretzels,
making sure to reach all edges.
Refrigerate while mixing Jell-O.
Combine 1 C. boiling water with
box of Jell-O; stir until completely
dissolved – let stand 10-15 minutes
until Jell-O cools slightly. Pour on top
of pineapple layer. Arrange mandarin
orange slices to cover entire surface.
Cover & refrigerate at least 3-4 hours
until completely cooled & set. Cut
into squares to serve & refrigerate
leftovers.

*You can substitute 2 C. whipped
cream in place of Cool Whip

(recipe: butterwithasideofbread.com)
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Easy Pork Chop Casserole

4 pork chops (or chicken breast
or thighs)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (can
also use cream of celery or chicken)
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 C. rice
2 C. water
1/2 C. frozen peas
1 C. broccoli pieces
paprika – to taste
seasoning salt – to taste
garlic powder – to taste
black pepper – to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix soups, water & rice in a small
bowl & pour into a 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Add vegetables & mix to combine.
Place chops on top of mixture & season
with spices recommended then cover
with foil. Bake 60 minutes until chops
are cooked through. Remove foil &
return to oven to bake 15 minutes
more – just to brown top a bit.
Serves 4

(recipe: learningtheropesonerecipeatatime.)
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Hot Broccoli/Cheese Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 C. sour cream
1 envelope dry Italian
salad dressing mix
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
broccoli, thawed, well drained
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat cream cheese, sour cream &
dry dressing mix in large bowl
using elec. mixer until well
blended. Add broccoli & 1 1/2
C. Cheddar, stir in gently. Spread
mixture into a 9 inch pie plate.
Bake 20 minutes then sprinkle
top with remaining Cheddar cheese.
Bake 5 minutes more until cheese
is melted. Serve with crackers for
dipping. (Makes 32 servings, 2 T.
each)

(recipe: Kraftrecipes.com)
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Saucy Foil-Pack BBQ Ribs
(grill)

3/4 C. BBQ sauce (your choice)
2 T. orange marmalade
2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
4 lb. Pork baby back ribs

Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Mix BBQ sauce, marmalade &
pepper sauce until blended. Place
half the ribs in single layer in
center of large sheet of heavy-duty
foil. Bring up long sides of foil;
double fold both short ends of
foil to seal, leaving top open.
Add 1/4 C. water (or 1 ice cube)
to packet through top opening.
Double fold top to seal packet,
leaving room for heat circulation
inside. Repeat with remaining
ribs. Grill 45 min – 1 hour until
ribs are done. Remove ribs from
foil packets; return ribs to grill;
brush with BBQ sauce mixture.
Grill 15 minutes, turning &
brushing occasionally with
remaining sauce. Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Easy Baked Meatballs

1 lb. lean ground beef
2 eggs beaten with 1/2 C.
milk
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. Panko or regular bread-
crumbs
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 C. minced fresh basil

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together in
large bowl. Form into golf ball-
sized meatballs & place on a
baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

2 large chicken breasts (or 4 small)
3 T. Italian seasoning
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder
6 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
2 T. olive oil
3/4 C. bread crumbs
1-2 eggs (poster used 2 medium)
salt/pepper, to taste

Optional: angel hair pasta

Add 2 T. olive oil to bottom of crockpot.
In small bowl whisk eggs until beaten.
In medium bowl add bread crumbs, Parm.
cheese, pepper/salt – stir until combined.
Dredge chicken in egg mixture, then in
bread crumb mixture, coating both sides
of chicken – place chicken in crockpot. In
medium bowl stir tomato sauce, Ital.
seasoning, salt, sugar, gran. garlic & onion
powder – pour over chicken. Layer mozz.
cheese on top; add more cheese if you
want. Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours
until chicken is done. Serve with cooked
pasta of your choice – garnish with more
cheese, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: adashofsanity.com)
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Puff Pastry Bacon Twists
(appetizers)

1 (17.3 oz) pkg. (2 sheets) puff
pastry sheets, thawed
1 egg, beaten
1 medium fresh jalapeno, seeded/
minced (2 T.)
1 heaping Cup Pepper Jack cheese,
shredded
12 strips bacon (3/4 lb)
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lay 2 sheets pastry on cutting board
with long end running left to right
& brush lightly with beaten egg.
Sprinkle 1 T. minced jalapeno over
each sheet. Divided shredded cheese
between each sheet, covering the
surface right to edges. Using palm of
your hand, press cheese into pastry
so it holds in place. Take back side
of dough & fold over to meet the
edge closest to you & pinch the seam
closed. Pat top so the top & bottom
adhere to each other. Using a sharp
knife or pizza cutter, cut in half,
front to back then cut each half in half
then each quarter into thirds. You will
have 12 folded half inch strips – repeat
for second sheet. Line 2 sheet pans with
foil then place a baking rack on each.
Spray racks with nonstick spray. Twist
each piece of dough strips two full
turns & place back on board. Cut each
piece of bacon in half (long way) so
you have 24 long strips. Take each
pastry twist & wrap each with a long
strip of bacon – place back on board.
In small bowl mix brown sugar, coriander
& cumin – stir to combine then pour onto
a plate or platter. Roll each bacon wrapped
pastry in mixture & place 12 on each racked
sheet pan. Bake 25 minutes, rotate pan &
bake another 25 minutes. (Ovens vary
in heat so check for doneness at 40 & 45
minutes – poster’s took exactly 50 minutes)
Cool on rack & serve. Makes 24

(recipe: afamilfeast.com)
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Creamy Roasted Tomato/Bacon Dip
(uses oven & grill)

1 lb. bacon
1 C. diced onion
2 T. fresh garlic, minced
2 (14.5 oz,ea) cans (Hunts) Fire
roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. dry thyme
1 tsp. dry oregano
1 (8 oz) tub softened whipped
cream cheese
1 C. Colby-Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 C. Romano cheese, grated
1 baguette
2 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cook bacon until crisp – reserve
2 T. bacon fat (discard rest) Cut
cooked bacon into small pieces or
crumble by hand.
Reheat 2 T. bacon fat over medium-
high heat & add onions – cook 3
minutes then add garlic. Cook 1
more minute then add both cans
tomatoes (with juice) as well as
all spices. Stir once then place pan
in oven & roast 30 minutes, stirring
once halfway through cooking time.
Remove from oven & lower oven
heat to 375 degrees F.
While tomatoes are roasting, mix
cream cheese, Colby & Romano
cheeses in medium bowl – mix in
all but 1/4 C. crumbled bacon. Pour
roasted tomato mixture in a casserole
dish & spread cheese/bacon mixture
on top. (does not need to be spread
to edges) Bake 45 minutes uncovered.

While mixture is baking, slice baguette
in half then slice into half-inch slices.
Brush both sides with oil & grill on a
ribbed grill pan a few minutes on each
side. Remove dip from oven, sprinkle
top with rest of crumbled bacon &
serve with toasted baguette slices.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Crockpot Baked Beans

2 (28 oz, each) cans Bushs
original baked beans
1 lb. ground beef, cooked/
drained
7 slices bacon, cooked/sliced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 T. brown sugar
1/4 C. ketchup
2 T. mustard
1 (1 oz) pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 T. hot sauce (optional)

Pour all ingredients into crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours (Try
not to open lid during cooking time)
Serves 10+

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Spicy Caramel Frosted Brownies

1 C. butter, melted
2 1/4 C. sugar
1 1/4 C. cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
5 eggs
1 T. vanlla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. espresso powder (optional)
1 1/2 C. flour

Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. Chipotle chili powder
2 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large microwave-
safe bowl melt butter. Stir in sugar
until shiny; stir in cocoa powder,
salt & baking powder; combine
completely. Stir in eggs, one-at-a-
time, mixing well after each addition.
Add cinnamon & espresso powder
(if using). Slowly mix in flour,
stirring until smooth & completely
combined; pour into prepared pan.
Bake 28 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out
clean and edges have set. Let cool
completely in pan.
Frosting:
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-
low heat. Stir in brown sugar & milk, stirring
to combine. Remove from heat. When
cool, stir in vanilla & chili powder. Whisk
in powdered sugar until fluffy & smooth –
spread over cooled brownies.

(recipe: lemonsforlulu.com)

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Last night was Knit/Crochet night and we had
16 lovely ladies – one of which was my good
friend Mary (Momma); she came at the behest
of another mutual friend and former co-worker
at the Telephone Company we both worked at
many years ago. It was great seeing those two
ladies be able to catch up on their lives. I guess,
if I had to give a reason why I started & run my
knit group, the fact that people can get together
& enjoy each other’s company while working on
a craft (knitting or crochet) they both like is the
basic reason. Meeting new friends, learning new
ideas/tips/techniques are also mixed up in there
somewhere, too. Our group now ranges in age
from Katie, age 10, to one of our older ladies (right
now I’m not exactly sure who tops that group) but
the top age is somewhere around 85 (might be
higher, I’m not sure).  It’s great to see all of them
happily chatting away while also working on
something they brought – makes it all worth it!

Our gas prices are ‘dancing’ again: were $2.59/9
then went to $2.53/9 (I filled up) – a little later that
same day they dropped to $2.49/9 – ugh…

Still fighting the “creeping crud” I have; broke down
& went to doctor’s Monday (constant coughing,
really raw throat,feels like it’s in my ears, fatigue,
tons of sleeping with really strange dreams) –
both doctors checked me out & said it’s not Strep
(which is why I went, since I do babysitting – didn’t
want to pass that on). Ended up saying they both
think it’s something seasonal –
take an antihistamine, use a throat spray, Ibuprofen
for pain (no it’s not in my ears) – SIGH! Basically – go
home – it will eventually go away…SIGH! Oh well,
I tried. Tried sucking on a Cepacol lozenge – YUCK!
Yes, it kind of numbed my throat but the taste was
not worth the effort. I babysit the next two days
so hoping I have the strength/energy for that –
we’ll see. It’s not as busy this week as last, so
that’s good.

Hoping you are in good health and able to
enjoy this time of year. Our weather is a bit
on & off between warm (in 70’s) then back
to 50/60’s & cloudy with some rain. I know
it will eventually even out – I’m just glad it’s
not really hot (as son’s house I babysit at
does NOT have air conditioning!).

Hugs;

Pammie

Crazy-busy but I survived!

2 days of 8-hours each day babysitting & I survived! He’s almost 3 months now & lots of fun – sure is getting chubby, but crawling should change that.

Like I mentioned, it’s been a really busy week, just got home from the Youth Pastor’s wife’s baby shower – along with the knit blanket, a hard-backed baby book & diapers I also included a hat, pair of 3-6 mo. booties, & 3 toddler headbands:

They received lots of great gifts (some very nice crocheted items, also!)

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Gas prices have stayed ‘up’ some this week: now at $2.59/9 (I only got 1/4 tank, hoping it will go down soon)

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Along with all the busy-ness & ‘fun’ I managed to pick up some sort of ‘bug’ – just leaves me feeling a bit tired, HUGE headache and sore throat, followed by coughing – fun…sigh. I’m taking the extra vitamins (AirBorne) & Zinc, hoping it will go away soon.

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Crust:
1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted
butter, diced/room temp
1/3 C. granulated sugar
3 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt

Filling:
2 C. freeze-dried strawberries
(from a 1.2 oz. bag)
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 1/3 C. granulated sugar
1/3 C. flour
3/4 C. lemon juice (from
6-7 lemons)
4 T. (1/2 stick) unsalted
butter, melted

powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
foil, overlapping a 2″ overhang
on two sides. Spray foil with
nonstick spray.

Crust:
Combine flour, butter, sugar,
cornstarch & salt in food
processor; pulse until dough
comes together (about 1 minute).
Press dough evenly into pan
bottom & bake until crust is
golden at edges & pale golden
in center & firm – about 30
minutes. Remove from oven &
cool on wire rack. Reduce oven
temperature to 300 degree F.

Filling:
Place strawberries in clean
food processor bowl; pulse into
a powder. Whisk eggs, egg yolks,
sugar & flour in a medium bowl
until smooth. Whisk in lemon
juice, strawberry powder & melted
butter. Pour filling over warm crust
& return to oven. Bake until filling
is just set – 30-35 minutes. Cool
bars on wire rack 30 minutes. Use
the foil overhangs to lift bars from
pan & place on a baking sheet.
Refrigerate until firm, at least
1 hour. Peel foil from bars, trim
edges & cut into 24 bars. Dust
top with powdered sugar & serve.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Waffle Crab Cakes

9 oz. lump crab meat, shell
pieces removed
1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs, plain
1 large egg, beaten
1 T. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 T. chopped chives
2 T. minced fresh parsley
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/8 tsp. paprika
few dashes Tabasco sauce
(Optional)
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
(4 lemon wedges – garnish,
optional)

In large bowl combine Panko,
eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon, parsley,
lemon juice, Tabasco, salt/pepper –
mix well then fold in crab meat
carefully, being careful not to over
mix. Gently shape into round, flattened
patties using your hands, about 1/2 C.
each – makes 4 patties. Heat waffle
iron to High then spray with nonstick
cooking spray. Place one pattie in
center of iron, close gently & cook
until the edges are golden, about
2 1/2 – 3 minutes. Serve with lemon
wedges, if desired.  Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Turkey Stuffed Peppers

1 lb. ground turkey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 onion, minced
1 T. chopped fresh cilantro or
parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
3 large sweet red bell peppers,
washed
1 C. chicken broth
1/4 C. tomato sauce
1 1/2 C. cooked brown rice
6 T. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lightly spray nonstick cooking spray
in medium skillet & heat on medium.
Add onion, garlic & cilantro – saute
about 2 minutes. Add ground turkey,
salt, garlic powder, cumin & cook 4-5
minutes until meat is completely
cooked through. Add tomato sauce,
1/2 C. chicken broth – mix well &
simmer on Low 5 minutes. Combine
cooked rice & meat mixture. Cut
bell peppers in half lengthwise &
remove all seeds & membranes.
Spoon 2/3 C. meat mixture into
each pepper half & place in a 9 X 13″
baking dish. Top each with 1 T. cheese.
Pour remainder of chicken broth on
bottom of pan. Cover tightly with
foil & bake 45 minutes. Carefully
remove foil & serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Baked Chicken Parmesan

4 chicken breasts (about 8 oz,ea)
sliced in half to make 8
3/4 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. butter, melted (or olive oil)
3/4 C. mozzarella cheese
1 C. marinara sauce

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray large baking sheet lightly
with nonstick spray. Combine
breadcrumbs & Parm. cheese in
a bowl. Lightly brush melted
butter on chicken then dip into
Parm. mixture & place on baking
sheet – repeat with rest of chicken.
Lightly spray a little more oil on top
of chicken & bake 25 minutes.
Remove from oven, spoon 1 T. sauce
over each piece of chicken & top
with 1 1/2 T. shredded mozz. cheese.
Bake 5 more minutes until cheese
is melted. Serves 8

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Crockpot Cheesy Scalloped
Potatoes with Ham & Corn

2 lb. yellow potatoes, thinly
sliced into quarter-inch rounds
salt/pepper
1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. milk
8 oz. (2 C.) shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese, divided
1 (15.25 oz) can whole kernel corn,
drained
1 lb. cubed/cooked ham

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place sliced potatoes in bottom
of crockpot; lightly salt/pepper them.
In saucepan over medium heat melt
butter then stir in flour, salt/pepper.
Add milk all-at-once & cook, stirring
constantly, until mixture thickens
& bubbles. Remove from heat &
add 1 1/2 C. cheese; whisk until
smooth-pour mixture over potatoes.
Gently stir in corn & ham; coat
potatoes evenly with cheese sauce
mixture. Cover & cook on Low 8 hours
until potatoes are soft. Sprinkle
remaining cheese on top of casserole,
let cheese melt then serve. Serves 8

NOTE: Poster used a 3 quart crockpot

(recipe: 365daysofslowcooking.com)
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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

1 lb. penne pasta
2 tsp. salt
1 C. Caesar salad dressing
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. lemon juice
6 C. Romaine lettuce,
finely chopped (about 1
head)
1 (10.5 oz) container grape
tomatoes
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese,
finely shredded
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 C. cooked chicken, diced or
shredded
salt, to taste

Bring large pot of water to boil; add
salt & pasta then stir to prevent
sticking. Return water to boil then
reduce heat to medium-low. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions until
tender but still slightly firm (al dente).
Drain then immediately rinse under
cold water to cool pasta & stop
cooking; drain completely. Using a
very large bowl, add Caesar salad
dressing, Worche. sauce, garlic powder
& lemon juice – stir to combine. Add
chopped Romaine, grape tomatoes,
Parm. cheese, pepper & drained
pasta – stir until ingredients are well
coated. Add diced/shredded chicken then
toss to distribute chicken evenly through
salad. Season with salt/pepper, if
desired. Serve immediately or cover &
chill until ready to serve. Serves 10

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Strawberry Icebox Cake

3 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced
1 (14.4 oz) box Honey Graham
crackers
3 (8 oz, ea) tubs Cool Whip,
thawed

NOTE: Each layer uses about
1 lb. sliced strawberries and
one entire tub of Cool Whip
(besides the first thin layer)

Spread a thin layer of Cool Whip on
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking pan, just
to coat the bottom. Layer 5 graham
crackers across center of pan, then
2 more, breaking them as needed to
fit around the top & bottom edges.
Spread a thick layer of Cool Whip
(just use remaining Cool Whip from
first tub) over grahams & top with
a hearty layer of sliced strawberries.
Repeat layers a total of 3 times,
finishing with layer of strawberries.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours or
overnight until graham crackers have
softened completely. Serve chilled.
Serves 16-20

(recipe: sprinklesomesugar.com)
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German Pancakes w/Buttermilk
Syrup
(also called Dutch Babies)

Pancakes:
6 eggs
1 C. milk
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. butter, melted

Syrup:
1 1/2 C. sugar
3/4 C. buttermilk*
1/2 C. butter, melted
2 T. corn syrup (light)
1 T. baking soda
2 T. vanilla
(powdered sugar,
optional – for dusting)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Combine eggs, milk, flour & salt
in blender & process until smooth.
Pour melted butter into an ungreased
9 X 13″ baking dish; pour in batter.
Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes
until browning begins.

Syrup:
In medium saucepan combine sugar,
buttermilk, butter, corn syrup & baking
soda; bring to boil & continue boiling
7 minutes. (It may foam up & boil
over – don’t worry). Remove from
heat & stir in vanilla. Dust pancakes
with powdered sugar & serve
immediately with syrup.

*If you don’t have Buttermilk:
pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
into a 1 C. measuring cup;
pour in milk to reach the 3/4 C.
mark. Stir with a fork & let stand
5 minutes – now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: highheelsandgrills.com)
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Cheese Puffs
(appetizer)

1/2 C. milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 C. grated cheese
1 C. self-rising flour
3 diced strips bacon
1 small onion, diced

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large bowl mix egg & milk;
mix in rest of ingredients. Line
a baking tray with parchment
paper & drop large teaspoons
of mixture onto tray. Bake
25 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Chocolate Chip Fruit Dip

1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 (8 oz) tub whipped cream cheese
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

sliced fruit, cookies, or crackers for dipping

In medium bowl combine yogurt, cream
cheese, brown sugar & vanilla – mix well.
Stir in choc. chips & serve immediately
(OR) refrigerate in air-tight container
2-3 hours. Refrigerate leftovers Serves 4-6

NOTE: chocolate chips will soften & melt
after about 1 day in fridge

(recipe: myfearlesskitchen.com)

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Our weather this past week has been really
nice, in the 70’s most days (today it’s over-
cast & cloudy, so 62). Looking at the next
few days, looks like showers are in our
view & 60’s for temperatures. I still LOVE
seeing all the flowers & trees in bloom!

Hope you’re having a good week!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Monday!

So cute I couldn’t resist: May 13th – “Dance like a Chicken Day”! (I love Sandra Boynton’s drawings!)

Yesterday was Mother’s Day – I hope those of you who are mothers or grandmothers had a very nice day. I babysat Friday and when my oldest son got home from work he asked if I would like to go out for brunch Saturday (to avoid the crowds Sunday) – I said Sure! I met him at the restaurant he’d picked, along with his girlfriend & our 2 1/2 mo. old grandson. While we were chatting he told me he’d also invited my other two sons  – I was super surprised! I told him I’d probably fall off my chair if they, indeed, came – to my surprise, THEY DID! Middle son brought his new girlfriend – we had a wonderful, fun time (husband chose not to attend – he hates what he calls ‘made up’ holidays – read that: anything other than Easter & Christmas – maybe Thanksgiving – says they’re all invented to bring in money to candy/card/& flower companies – ugh!). Yesterday I decided that I was going to do something for me: I made my favorite dessert (I had posted it in an earlier blog but realized yesterday that I might have left out the ‘where to use’ part of one ingredient, so I’ll re-post today.)

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In my original posting I left out WHERE to use the cornstarch

Strawberry Heaven Dessert

1 angel food cake
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1 qt. fresh strawberries, sliced*
3 T. cornstarch
1 (3 oz) pkg. strawberry Jell-O
1 T. lemon juice
1 C. water


In medium saucepan combine 1/2 C. , sugar, cornstarch,
Jell-0, lemon juice & water. Cook over medium heat,
stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil & thickens;
set aside to cool slightly. When cooled, stir in sliced
strawberries. Tear angel food cake into 1 inch pieces
& toss in a bowl with 2 C. Cool Whip. Press mixture
into bottom of a CLEAR 9 X 13” baking dish
(so you can see the layers). Combine cream cheese,
1/2 C. sugar & vanilla in bowl using elec. mixer; beat
until smooth then stir in remaining Cool Whip &
spread evenly over cake layer. Poor cooled strawberry
mixture over cream cheese layer & spread to
cover top evenly. Refrigerate 2-3 hours before serving.
Serves 12

*You can substitute 1 (16 oz) bag frozen whole
strawberries, thawed & chopped, for fresh
strawberries

NOTE: I’m considering trying this using
blueberries & ‘Berry Blue’ Jell-O – you
could (I’m guessing also do this with
raspberries & raspberry-flavored Jell-O


Honey-Garlic Shrimp Skillet

1 lb. shrimp, peeled/deveined
with tails on

Sauce:
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. minced ginger
4 T. honey
2 T. soy sauce

Combine sauce ingredients &
divide in half. Marinate shrimp
using half of sauce, 15-30 minutes
(discard marinade). In large skillet
over medium heat, sear shrimp in
some oil – sear on both sides in
2 batches until browned, about
1 minute per side. Using tongs, rub
shrimp in caramelized bits on
bottom of pan. Serve hot drizzled
with remaining sauce. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.co)
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Oven-baked Green Tomatoes

1 C. cornmeal
1 T. dried dill weed
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
5 medium green tomatoes,
thinly sliced

Pr3heat oven 325 degrees F.
Lightly spray a medium baking
sheet with nonstick spray. In
small bowl combine cornmeal,
dill, salt/pepper. Dip tomato
slices into mixture, coating
both sides & arrange in single
layer on prepared sheet. Bake
45 minutes until crisp & brown.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Hamburger Steak, Onions & Gravy

1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1/4 C. bread crumbs
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. vegetable oil
1 C. thinly sliced onion
2 T. flour
1 C. beef broth
1 T. cooking sherry (or can
substitute water)
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt

In large bowl mix ground beef, egg,
bread crumbs, pepper/salt, onion
powder, garlic powder & Wors.
sauce; form into 8 balls & flatten
into patties. Heat oil in large skillet
over medium heat. Fry patties &
onion in oil until patties are browned,
about 4 minutes per side. Remove to
a plate & keep warm. Sprinkle flour
over onions & drippings in skillet;
stir in flour with a fork, scraping
bits of beef off bottom as you stir.
Gradually mix in beef broth & sherry;
season with seasoned salt. Simmer &
stir over medium-low heat about 5
minutes until gravy thickens. Turn heat
to Low, return patties to gravy, cover
& simmer another 15 minutes.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Minnesota Pork
Chop Casserole

1 1/2 lb. pork chops
2 T. oil
2 (10.5 oz, ea) cans cream of
mushroom soup
1 1/2 C. chicken broth
1 1/2 C. sliced mushrooms
1/2 C. minced onion
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 C. Minute brown rice
1/2 C. wild rice

In medium bowl mix soups, chicken
broth, mushrooms, onion, pepper,
thyme, garlic, Minute brown rice &
wild rice. Place a large skillet on the
stove over medium-high heat. When
skillet is hot add oil. When oil is hot
brown chops on both sides (don’t
have to fully cook, just brown). Spray
crockpot insides with nonstick spray &
add rice mixture. Lay browned chops
on top, cover & cook on High 3 1/2
hours. Serves 4

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Asparagus ‘Fries’

1 bunch asparagus
cooking oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. maple syrup
1 C. flour*

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut asparagus spears in half &
place in a deep bowl – sprinkle
with oil, salt/pepper, paprika
& syrup – mix to coat. Place flour
in another bowl and, one-by-one,
place asparagus spear halves in
bowl & toss to coat well. Cover
a baking sheet with parchment
paper & bake 20-25 minutes
until golden brown. Serve with
your favorite dip. Serves 4

*This recipe was vegetarian –
I substituted Almond meal for
flour when copying

(recipe: yummly.co)
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Cherry Fluff

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
well drained
2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 C. shredded coconut
1/2 C. chopped pecans (optional)

Combine Cool Whip, cond. milk,
pie filling & pineapple in large
bowl. Fold in marshmallows,
coconut & pecans. Refrigerate
1 hour before serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: tasteerecipe.com)
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Pesto, Pasta & Potatoes

1 1/2 lb. small red potatoes,
halved
12 oz. uncooked spiral pasta
3 C. cut fresh or frozen green beans
1 (6.5 oz) jar prepared pesto
1 C. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Place potatoes in large saucepan, cover
with water & bring to boil. Reduce heat,
cook, uncovered, until tender, 8-10
minutes. Drain & transfer to large bowl.
Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions,
adding green beans during last 5 minutes
of cooking time. Drain, reserving 3/4 C.
pasta water; add to potatoes. Toss with
pesto, cheese & enough pasta water to
moisten. Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
with salted Chocolate ganache

1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1 (8 T.) stick unsalted butter,
melted
8 oz. semisweet baking chocolate,
chopped into small pieces
1 C. heavy cream
1 tsp. flaky sea salt, (optional)

Spray bottom & sides of an 8 X 8″
baking dish with nonstick spray.
In large bowl combine powdered
sugar, graham cracker crumbs,
peanut butter, 1/8 tsp salt &
melted butter. Press mixture
into prepared baking dish.
Place chocolate & 1/8 tsp. salt
in a medium bowl. Heat cream in
a small saucepan until bubbles
start to form around edges. Pour
cream over chocolate; let sit
1 minute & then whisk until
completely melted & smooth.
Pour mixture over peanut butter
mixture in pan & refrigerate until
chocolate is cooled & set, at
least 45 minutes & up to overnight.
Sprinkle top evenly with flaky sea
salt (if using). Cut into squares to
serve. Serves 8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

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I’m learning to think of my weeks in
terms of when I’m babysitting (usually a
4-8 hour day); this week I’m ‘at my task’
Thursday & Friday – fill in ‘regular weekly
events: Weds. special needs group/monthly
special needs group Gym Night Friday. This
Saturday is the baby shower I’ve been waiting
for – Youth Pastor’s wife is expecting early in
June (it’s going to be a girl) so I’ve got the
pink/white & tan blanket, matching pair of
booties & 3 headbands done (I might knit a
pair of the ‘Fortune Cookie’ booties – maybe…
add to those some diapers & a baby hard-
cardboard book (a Sandra Boynton
book – really cute!). Husband wants to go
looking at riding lawn mowers tomorrow –
(oh, joy) – but he DID add that we could go
out to lunch at Outback Steak House after
so there’s some incentive!

I know it’s only Monday but here’s hoping
your week turns out just the way you want
it to!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Got a bit of a shock
yesterday when I noticed that
gas prices have JUMPED BIG
TIME: last Friday they were
$2.23/9…yesterday they were
$2.39/9…WOW, talk about
taking advantage of a holiday!

Nothin’ Special . . .

Today is my ‘in between’ day – in between baby sitting days. I’m learning that I’m looking forward to these days when I don’t have the entire day nailed down with ‘sitting’; don’t get me wrong – I love my new grandson, but there are times when it really gets tiring. The other day I sat from 9:45 – 5:10 p.m. and, unlike his ‘normal’ – this time he decided he didn’t need to SLEEP! All during that entire time I’d say he had a total of, maybe, 1 hour of sleep – drove me nuts! Get him asleep, put him down and (MAYBE, if I was lucky) he’d sleep – but that day, no more than 10-15 minutes before he was awake again! Awake is not a bad thing but it is if they’re cranky! Not sure just what he thought was going on, but he had one very TIRED Grandma by the end of that day! (That would have been Tuesday and THEN I had Knit/Crochet night!)…sigh…

The weather has gone back to (I would call it: Poopy) – 40’s/50’s & gloomy/gray, rainy. It IS supposed to get warmer for Mother’s Day, so that will be nice for all those people going out to eat. Today it’s around 48 degrees F. raining & gloomy. I’m thinking of going to the library & Meijers – just for something different. Have no idea what I’m making for dinner, either; I have the option of doing Ravioli, or homemade pizza. One thing that has changed over the past 2 weeks is: it’s just my husband & I eating meals! If I cook anything we end up having those same leftovers for DAYS! I made salmon patties & baked potatoes the other night and by the next day I didn’t even want to SMELL them! Weird, I know – food lately is not something I really want to eat OR smell (and NO, I’m not pregnant, for those funny friends of mine who might want to suggest that!).

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Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard

2 1/2 C. whole milk, divided
6 large egg yolks
2/3 C. granulated sugar, divided
1/3 C. corn starch
1 vanilla bean, split & scraped
4 oz. cream cheese, softened

Optional garnish: fresh strawberries

In a medium bowl whisk 1/2 C. milk,
egg yolks, 1/3 C. sugar & corn starch;
whisk until well blended. In small
saucepan heat remaining 2 C. milk with
remaining 1/3 C. sugar & scraped
vanilla bean seeds with the pod. Heat
to simmer, then remove pod & discard.
While whisking, slowly drizzle hot milk
into the bowl with egg/sugar mixture,
making sure to whisk continually. Pour
entire custard mixture back into the pan
& heat just until it thickens, which should
be very quickly. Reduce heat to Low, add
softened cream cheese & beat with a
whisk while cooking – about 1 minute,
to form a thick creamy custard. Pour
mixture into a large serving bowl (or
individual dishes). Cover with plastic
wrap, pushing wrap down onto surface
of custard (this prevents a skin forming
on the top). Refrigerate completely
before serving. Top with fresh straw-
berries when serving, if desired.
Serves 8

Note; this can be prepared a day
ahead & kept refrigerated until
ready to serve

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Creamy Pea Salad

1/2 yellow bell pepper,
finely chopped
1/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 T. dried basil
1 T. finely diced red onion
2 tsp. diced pimiento
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 lb. shelled fresh peas (OR)
2 (16 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen tiny
peas, thawed

In large bowl combine all ingredients
except peas – mix well. Stir in peas
until completely coated with dressing.
Cover & refrigerate at least 3-4 hours;
serve at room temperature.
Makes 8 Cups – about 16 servings

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Honey-Garlic Pork Chops
(grill)

1/2 C. ketchup
2 2/3 T. honey
2 T. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6 (4 oz, ea) 1inch thick pork chops

Preheat grill for medium heat &
lightly oil grate. Whisk ketchup,
honey, soy sauce & garlic in a
bowl to make glaze. Sear chops
on both sides on grill. Lightly brush
glaze on each side of chops as they
cook; grill until no longer pink in
center, about 7-9 minutes per side.
(an instant-read thermometer
inserted into center of chops should
read 145 degrees F.)

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Apple Balsamic Chicken

1 lb. boneless chicken breast
1 medium apple, chopped
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. paprika
salt/pepper, to taste
2 T. butter
2 T. flour

Whisk together vinegar, lemon juice,
garlic powder, thyme, paprika, salt/
pepper. Place chicken in crockpot;
pour mixture on top. Add chopped
apples on top; cover & cook on Low
4 hours. Remove chicken from crockpot,
chop or shred, as desired. Remove
liquid from crockpot & strain through
a colander into a saucepan. Add butter
& flour & bring mixture to a boil. Cook
3-5 minutes until slightly thickened.
Add chicken back into crockpot &
pour sauce over top. Coat chicken
with liquid & warm 10-15 minutes
before serving.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Baked Lemon/Garlic Tilapia

3-6 Tilapia filets
6-8 crushed/diced large cloves
garlic
2 1/2 T. butter
4 T. fresh lemon juice
3 T. fresh or dried parsley
1 tsp. fresh or dried oregano
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In saucepan over Low heat, melt
butter; saute garlic 1 minute. Add
3 T. lemon juice, parsley, oregano,
salt/pepper – mix together & turn
off heat. Spray large baking dish
with nonstick spray. Pour 1 T.
lemon juice into dish, place fish
on top & season with herbs,
salt/pepper. Pour lemon mixture
over fish & sprinkle top with some
parsley. Bake until fish is cooked
through.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Stuffed French Bread

1 loaf French bread (unsliced)
1 lb. ground beef
2 T. finely chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped celery
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 T. milk
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt/pepper, to taste
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar
cheese
1/2 T. chopped parsley (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Slice French bread in half length-
wise – remove bread in center of
each half – reserve removed bread
to a large bowl & tear into small
chunks. In large skillet brown beef
& onion over medium heat; drain.
Add celery & garlic, cook a few minutes.
Pour in soup, Worc. sauce & milk;
season with salt/pepper – cook 5
minutes while stirring then remove
to large bowl. Place the 2 halves
of bread on a large baking sheet.
Pour meat mixture evenly in
center of ONE half of bread. Top
with cheese then cover with
second bread half.
Bake 10-15 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Classic Lemon Bars

Crust:
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 C. plus 2 T. flour
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. salt

Filling:
3 eggs
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 T. lemon zest
1/2 C. lemon juice, fresh
squeezed
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. flour

Topping:
powdered sugar
lemon slices (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 9″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Mix melted
butter, flour, powdered sugar
& salt together; press in an
even layer in bottom of prepared
pan. Bake 10 minutes.
In medium bowl mix eggs, sugar,
lemon zest, lemon juice, baking
powder, & flour together. Pour
mixture over cooled crust & bake
25 minutes until filling has set.
Allow to cool.
When cooled, sprinkle top with
powdered sugar & top each
bar (if desired) with a lemon
slice. Best eaten at room
temperature or cold.
Makes 9-12 bars

(recipe: alattefood.com)
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Crockpot Spicy Chicken Soup

2 large baking potatoes, peeled/
cut into chunks (about 3 1/2 C.)
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen sweet corn
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled/ cut into chunks
(1 C.)
1 onion, thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 C. salsa
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast,
cut in half
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
(about 10 1/2 oz)
3 C. chicken broth

4 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips
chopped fresh parsley – garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake tortilla strips on cookie sheet
10-15 minutes – set aside

Place potatoes, corn, celery, onion &
garlic in crockpot. Stir in salsa, cumin,
chili powder & pepper. Distribute
chicken evenly on top of veggies &
pour chicken broth over top. Cover
& cook on High 4 hours. Remove
chicken – shred into bite-sized pieces,
stir then return to crockpot. Cover &
cook 15-20 minutes longer until
vegetables are tender.
Serve topped with baked tortilla strips
& garnish with parsley.
Serves 6

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Chicken Pasta Primavera Salad

2 C. cooked chicken, cut into chunks
8 oz. curly pasta
1/2 C. olive oil
1 small onion, sliced into rings
1 medium carrot, diced
1 small summer squash, sliced
into rounds
8 spears asparagus, cut into 2″
pieces
1/2 c. peas
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. grated garlic
1/4 C. chopped fresh basil
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
grated fresh Parmesan – garnish

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain,
rinse with cold water & transfer to large
bowl. Drizzle 1 T. olive oil on pasta &
toss to coat. In large skillet heat 1 T.
olive oil over medium-high heat. Add
onion; cook until soft, about 2- 3 minutes.
Add carrot, summer squash & asparagus:
cook 1-2 minutes. Add peas & cook
1 more minute. Vegetables should be
just cooked & still crisp; season with
salt/pepper – remove from heat & let cool.
Whisk red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic,
basil & Parm. cheese until combined –
continue whisking & drizzle in remaining
5 T. olive oil. To serve, toss pasta with
cooked chicken, sauteed vegetables,
cherry tomatoes & Parmesan dressing
until well combined. Transfer to a
serving platter & garnish with grated
Parmesan cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: perdue.com)
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Boston Cream Pie Dessert
(2 hour or overnight recipe)

Crust:

2 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
2 T. sugar
10 T. unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate topping:

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chunks or
chips
1/4 plus 2 T. heavy cream (or Half & Half)
1 1/2 T. gran. sugar
1 1/2 T. corn syrup

Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with foil or
parchment paper.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place graham crackers in food processor;
add sugar & process until combined.
Slowly drizzle melted butter in & process
until crust comes together. Press crust
into prepared pan & press down firmly.
Bake 7-8 minutes; cool completely.

Filling:

Place cream cheese in food processor;
process until creamy, 10-15 seconds.
Add vanilla, dry pudding mix & sugar –
process until well combined. Add Cool
Whip in 2 additions; process just until
combined, do not over mix. Scoop
filling into baked/cooled crust & spread
evenly – smoothing top. Refrigerate
2 hours to overnight.

Chocolate Topping:

Place chocolate in medium bowl. Place
cream, sugar & corn syrup in medium
saucepan & heat to just boiling; remove
from heat. Pour cream mixture over
chocolate (do not mix – let stand 5
minutes). Whisk mixture until smooth
then let cool to room temperature.
Pour mixture over filling OR top each
slice just before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: crunchycreamysweet.com)

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Let’s see – in our area gas prices are at a ‘nice’
place: $2.23/9 . . . I like that!

I’ve decided that for Mother’s Day I’m going to
make myself (and everyone else) a repeat of
the Strawberry Heaven dessert – I posted it
before (made with already prepared Angel
Food Cake, Cool Whip, cream cheese, Jello) –
they all liked it and I decided I would  ‘treat’
myself for a change – (grin).

Hope your days are coming together nicely for
you. Spring is all around – trees & flowers
blooming, birds singing – and we need the rain,
even though it makes for gloomy days – we
ALWAYS have SOMETHING to be grateful for!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Settling in – sort of

Spring is here – it’s Michigan so that means ONE DAY of Spring like weather and then we FREEZE for a few days. It got down to freezing temperatures last night (low 30’s) but today it’s sunny & breezy/mid-day (3 p.m.) and it’s 53 degrees F. out. I
see, via our weather channel, that they’ve extended the FREEZE WARNING onto tonight, too – oh, joy… highest temp. they’re predicting this week is 62 so it can’t be all bad, right? The flowers/blooming trees/bushes, singing birds –
they’re all there to look at & love. (I find myself out driving and thanking the Lord for all the glorious things He’s created for us to see & enjoy – we are blessed.)

As per my blog entry title, I’m slowly settling into a sort of schedule: I get a text usually Sunday evening asking my schedule for the coming week, then am asked if I can watch the baby for whatever days are needed. That’s not a bad deal, tomorrow I go at 9:45 and am guessing I’ll be ‘relieved’ at around 2/2:30 by my son (the Dad). We’ll see – it’s usually pretty open-ended.

Got to visit two Mom2Mom sales Saturday and was able to find both a folding high chair and a baby walker – total cost for
both: $20!!! The high chair isn’t the latest but I dont’ care – if it folds up into a small package it will do what I need. The walker doesn’t fold, but I should be able to store it upstairs after he’s outgrown it. After leaving the two sales I stopped at our local St. Vincent de Paul store and had fun looking around there, too. They have phenomenal prices; I mentioned to the lady behind the counter that they were selling a VERY nice Graco baby high chair for $5; I had seen about 4 of them at the Mom2Mom sales, each one going for $40 – tried to suggest they might want to up the price just a little. She said they exist to help out people who can’t afford the expensive things – that’s impressive!

 The baby shower for my most recent Mommy is coming up in 2 weeks; I have the blanket knit and 3 toddler baby headbands – still want to knit a few pairs of booties in newborn & 3-6 month sizes. After that, maybe I’ll pick up a few more things to go in the bag, like a thick cardboard baby book, a frozen teething ring, etc. I’m really happy for this couple – they are SO cute together, both have naturally curly hair (she’s a natural blond & he’s got dark black hair – should be interesting to see the color & curliness of the baby’s hair!).

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Reese’s Chocolate Butter Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box Devils Food cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 egg
12 peanut butter cups (full sized),
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
1 C. milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Generously spray a 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick spray.
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 mix. In a bowl
mix cream cheese, peanut butter,
eggs & vanilla until well blended –
add melted butter & mix. Mix
in powdered sugar until well
blended & spread over candy
layer. Bake 55 minutes – NOTE:
it will puff up in the center & will
drop a little after removing from
oven. Let cake cool.
Mix chocolate chips & vegetable
oil in a microwave-safe dish;
microwave until melted then
spread over cooled cake.

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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One-Pot Chicken & Rice with
Vegetables

1 T. olive oil
2 C. boneless chicken breast,
cubed
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 large shallots, sliced
2 large carrots, diced
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. butter, divided
1 C. arborio rice
3 C. vegetable stock (or broth)
10 stalks asparagus, chopped,
stems removed
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
(fresh parsley – optional garnish)

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Season chicken with Italian
seasoning & place in pan. Cook until
browned on all sides, stirring
often. Push chicken & veggies to
side of pan & add 1 T. butter & rice.
Stir rice to coat with the butter & cook
3 minutes, stirring & incorporating with
the veggies. Pour stock into pan & bring
just to a boil then reduce heat to simmer
& simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes.
Stir in asparagus & cook another 5
minutes.Stir in remaining 1 T. butter &
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese – check seasoning
& add salt/pepper, to taste. Serve
immediately (garnish with parsley, if desired.)
Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cheddar, Ham & Dill Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. (1 stick) cold unsalted
butter, cut into 1/4″ cubes
3/4 C. packed shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese
1 C. diced (cooked) ham
3 T. chopped fresh dill
2/3 C. buttermilk *
1 egg yolk
2 T. whole milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl mix flour, corn-
starch, baking powder, baking
soda, sugar, salt/pepper – cut in
butter using a pastry cutter or
2 knives until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Add Cheddar, ham &
dill; stir in buttermilk just until
combined. (take care to not over
mix or biscuits will be tough).
In small bowl add egg yolk & milk;
whisk to combine. Turn dough
out onto a lightly floured surface &
pat into a rectangle about 1 1/2″ thick.
Cut 8 biscuits using a floured 2 1/2 inch
biscuit cutter (or a glass about the same
diameter) Cover a baking sheet with
parchment paper & place cut biscuits
on sheet. Lightly brush top of each
biscuit with beaten egg yolk mixture.
Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
Makes 8 biscuits

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
into a 1-cup measuring cup. Fill
to 2/3 C. line with milk & stir with
a fork. Let stand 5 minutes – now
you have buttermilk!

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Balsamic Zucchini Saute

1 T. olive oil
3 medium zucchini, cut into
thin slices
1/2 C. chopped sweet onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/3 C. crumbled feta cheese

In large skillet heat oil over medium-
high heat; saute zucchini & onion
until crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes.
Stir in seasonings. Add vinegar &
cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Top with
cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sour Cream Pork Chops

(crockpot)

6 pork chops
salt/pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
1/2 C. flour
1 large onion, sliced 1/4″
thick
2 cubes chicken bouillon
2 C. boiling water
2 T. flour
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream

Season chops with salt/pepper
& garlic powder; dredge in flour.
In a skillet over medium heat, lightly
brown chops in small amount of oil.
Place chops in crockpot & top with
onion slices. Dissolve bouillon cubes
in boiling water & pour over chops.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours.

Preheat oven 200 degrees F.
After chops have cooked, transfer
chops to oven to keep warm. Be
careful, chops are very tender –
they will fall apart. In small bowl
blend 2 T. flour with sour cream;
mix into meat juices  in crockpot.
Turn crockpot to High 15-30
minutes until sauce is slightly
thickened. Serve sauce over chops

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. Melt butter &
whisk with eggs until combined;
add in dry cake mix & stir until
combined. Stir in chocolate chips
& mix well. Pour into prepared
pan & bake 20 minutes.

(NOTE: if you choose smaller
pans, bake 25-28 minutes)

(recipe: 78recipes.com)
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Cucumber, Cauliflower & Corn Salad

2 C. cauliflower florets cut into
small florets
2 small cucumbers, sliced into
thin slices then cut into half-slices
1/2 red bell pepper, cubed
2-3 green onions, thinly chopped
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn,
drained
1/3 – 1/2 C. mayonnaise
salt/pepper, to taste
fresh dill (optional)

In large bowl mix all ingredients; mix
well. Sprinkle top with fresh dill, if
desired.

(recipe: valentinascorner.com)
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Loaded Mashed Potato/Beef Pie

1 1/4 lb. ground beef
1 egg
6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
2 C. prepared mashed potatoes
1 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1/2 C. chopped tomato
1/4 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
3 T. chopped green onions
salt/black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine beef, egg,
onion & breadcrumbs – season
with salt/pepper.; mix well using
your hands then transfer mixture
to a pie plate & press mixture
on bottom & up sides of dish. Fill
pie plate with mashed potatoes &
smooth top using back of a spoon;
top with Cheddar cheese.
Bake 40-45 minutes until cheese is
melted & meat registers an
internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
using a thermometer. (NOTE: If
cheese is melting too quickly,
cover top with foil). Remove from
oven, garnish top with bacon,
tomato & green onions; serve hot.
Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Lemon Cream Poke Cake

1 box lemon cake mix plus
ingredients to prepare
3/4 C. frozen lemonade,
undiluted
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. Half & Half (or) whole milk
1 (4 serving size) lemon instant
pudding mix
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Prepare cake as directed on box
using a 9 X 13″ pan. Cool cake
on a rack; once cooled, poke
holes all over top of cake using
the rounded handle of a wooden
spoon, about 1 inch apart. Beat
cream cheese until smooth; slowly
beat in Half & Half then blend in
lemonade. Add pudding mix & beat
1 minute. Pour pudding mix over
top of cake & refrigerate until well
chilled & pudding is set. Frost
with Cool Whip. Serves 12

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Hope you are all having a great day – even if it’s gloomy or rainy outside, we still have our health (no matter what state it’s in – it’s better than being totally bed-ridden). Not trying to be morbid, but sometimes I have to give myself a pep talk to remind ME that I’m still healthy enough to keep plugging away at my days and trying to make them count. Keeping in touch with friends, doing a kind deed, praying for others – all things I’m still very capable of doing.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

This was not a planned post, it just happened to fall on Mexico’s Fifth of May celebrations; “the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s  victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.” (during the Franco-Mexican War; quote from Google) Since most of us like (or love) SOME form of Mexican cuisine, I thought I’d post some tasty Mexican recipes for you today. (Mind you, these are NOT authentic – just simple & tasty)

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Easy Speedy Taco Bake

2 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
1 C. diced onion
2 tsp. minced garlic
2/3 C. water
4 T. taco seasoning mix
1 can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
1 C. shredded cheese, divided
(poster used Mexican blend)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. milk
1 1/2 C. Bisquick baking mix

For Serving:
sour cream,  shredded lettuce,
chopped tomatoes, sliced black
olives, shredded cheese, salsa

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large skillet
brown meat over medium heat
until no longer pink; drain. Add
chopped onion, garlic, water &
taco seasoning; bring to boil &
reduce heat. Simmer until onions
have softened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in beans & green chilies.
Transfer meat to prepared dish &
sprinkle with 1 C. cheese. In large
bowl, combine Bisquick, eggs &
milk until moistened; pour
mixture over meat mixture evenly.
Bake 20-25 minutes until top is
lightly browned & a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Top with sour cream, cheese, lettuce,
tomatoes, olives, salsa,

(recipe: kitchenmeetsgirl.com)
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Mexican Stuffed Shells

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
4 oz. cream cheese
16 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 C. salsa
1 c. taco sauce
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded Monterrey Jack
cheese
3 green onions, chopped
1 (or more) C. sour cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ (or larger) baking
dish with nonstick spray (pan
needs to be large enough to hold
16 stuffed JUMBO shells)
Brown beef in skillet & season
with taco seasoning mix (accordg.
to pkg. directions). Mix in cream
cheese; simmer, covered, until
cream cheese melts – stir & let cool.
Cook shells accordg. to pkg.
directions. Pour salsa into bottom
of prepared dish & spread around.
Stuff shells with beef mixture &
arrange in baking dish over salsa.
Pour taco sauce over shells &
cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with shredded
cheeses & bake 10-15 minutes longer,
uncovered. Top with green onions &
sour cream & serve.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Taco Cornbread Casserole

1 (8 1/2 oz) pkg. cornbread/
muffin mix
1 egg
1/3 C. milk
3 C. hamburger

1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
(water for mix – accordg. to
pkg. directions)

1 can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (8 oz) C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Colby Jack,
Cheddar or Mexican cheese/
divided
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 C. shredded lettuce
1 can sliced ripe olives (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl mix cornbread mix,
egg & milk until well blended. Spray
8 X 8″ baking dish with nonstick spray.
Spread cornbread mixture into pan,
spread evenly & bake 15 minutes.
Taco meat: Cook hamburger in skillet;
drain & add taco seasoning mix & water
(as per pkg. directions).
Mix cooked taco meat & black beans;
layer over cornbread. In a bowl mix
sour cream, 3/4 C. cheese & onion-
spread over meat mixture. Bake
20-25 minutes. Remove from oven,
top with tomatoes, lettuce &
1/4 C. cheese – serve.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Foil-Pack Chicken Fajita Dinner

1 1/2 C. instant white rice,
uncooked
1 1/2 C. hot water
1 T. taco seasoning mix
4 small boneless skinless
chicken breasts (1 lb)
1 green bell pepper cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 C. chunky salsa
1/2 C. Mexican-style shredded
taco cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Tear off 4 large sheets heavy-duty
foil – then fold up all sides to form
a 1 inch rim – spray with nonstick
spray. Combine rice, water & taco
seasoning; spoon onto foil & top
with remaining ingredients. Bring
up sides of foil & fold to make 4
packets. Place packets in a 15 X
10 X 1 inch pan. Bake 30-35 minutes
until chicken is done (165 degrees F.)
Cool 5 minutes then cut slits in
foil to release steam before
opening. Serves 4

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Creamy Burrito Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
6 large flour tortillas
1 can refried beans (regular size)
2-3 C. shredded taco or Cheddar
cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 oz. sour cream (8 T.)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brown beef & onion in skillet; drain
fat. Add taco seasoning; stir in refried
beans. Mix soup & sour cream in a
separate bowl & spread half of mixture
in bottom of a casserole dish. Tear up
3 tortillas & spread over mixture in
dish. Place half of meat/onion mixture
on top, add a layer of cheese & repeat
layers. Sprinkle cheese on top & bake,
uncovered, 20-30 minutes

(recipe: Mary Free-“Marys Recipe
Exchange)
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Homemade Dulce De Leche

(Mexican Caramel sauce)

1 can sweetened condensed milk
(NOT evaporated milk)

OVEN METHOD:

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Pour contents of can into a oven-
proof dish; sprinkle top with some
kosher salt & tightly cover with foil.
Place covered dish in a larger roasting
or casserole pan – fill pan with water
until it reaches three-quarters up sides
of covered dish to create a water bath.
Place in oven 60-90 minutes, checking
every 30 minutes on water level & adding
more if needed. Dulche de Leche is ready
when it takes on a brown, caramel-like
appearance. Remove from oven & whisk to
smoothness. Let cool before using.

(recipe: itsakeeper.com)
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Jalapeno Spinach Dip
(crockpot)

2 (10 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen
chopped spinach, thawed/
squeezed dry
2 (8 oz, ea) cream cheese,
softened
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. Half & Half cream
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped/seeded
jalapeno peppers*
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dill weed

tortilla chips, for dipping

In 1 1/2 qt. crockpot combine
first 10 ingredients. Cover &
cook on Low 2-3 hours or until
heated through. Serve with
chips. Makes 16 (1/4 C. each)
servings.

*Wear disposable or rubber
kitchen gloves when cutting
hot peppers; the oils can
burn the skin. Avoid touching
your face.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Taco Lasagna

12 no-boil lasagna noodles
1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 3/4 C. ricotta cheese
4 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
3 C. chunky salsa
2 T. taco seasoning (dry)

Toppings:
1 T. green onions, chopped
sour cream
chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray. Brown
ground beef in large skillet,
drain & stir in taco seasoning.
In medium bowl mix egg with
ricotta cheese until well combined.
Place 4 lasagna noodles in bottom
of prepared pan; spread 1/3 of
ricotta mixture over noodles,
evenly spoon 1/3 of ground beef
then evenly spread 1/3 of salsa.
Top with 1/3 of Cheddar cheese-
repeat steps, finishing with Cheddar
cheese. Cover with foil & bake
30-40 minutes until heated through.
Turn on broiler, remove foil &
broil top until cheese is lightly
browned. Let cool 5-10 minutes
before cutting. Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Chicken Quesadilla Pie

1 large flour tortilla
1 rotisserie chicken, skin
removed, meat shredded
(or 2 chicken breasts, cooked/
shredded & boned)
1 (4 oz) can green chilies
2 C. Mexican-blend cheese,
shredded/divided
1 C. whole milk
1 C. flour
1/3 C. fresh cilantro, finely
chopped (plus extra for garnish)
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
salt/black pepper, to taste

Garnishes:
fresh, chopped cilantro
sour cream

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9-inch pie plate.
Place tortilla in bottom of plate.
In large bowl combine shredded
chicken, 1 C. cheese, cilantro,
green chilies, chili powder, salt/
pepper – stir until combined then
transfer to tortilla, smoothing into
even layer. In separate bowl whisk
milk, flour & eggs; stir in baking
powder & season with salt. Once
smooth, carefully pour mixture over
chicken filling. Top evenly with
remaining cheese. Bake 20-25
minutes until surface is golden
brown & center is just set. Remove
from oven & let cool 5 minutes
before serving. Slice into wedges
& serve hot, garnished with more
cilantro or sour cream, if desired.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Mexican Dorito Casserole

2 C. shredded, cooked chicken
1 C. shredded cheese (more if you
like more)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. sour cream
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (canned
tomatoes with jalapenos-mild)
1/2 packet taco seasoning mix
(or more, if desired)
1 bag regular Nacho Cheese Doritos

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine all ingredients
except Doritos. Spray 2 qt. baking
dish with nonstick spray. Place a layer
of lightly crushed Doritos (about 2 C.)
in bottom of pan, then a layer of
chicken mixture; repeat once, ending
with chicken mixture. Top with more
shredded cheese. Cover & bake 30-35
minutes until bubbling hot.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)

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Polvorones de Canele
(Cinnamon Cookies)

1 C. butter
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. flour

1 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray cookie sheets with nonstick
spray. In medium bowl cream
1/2 C. powdered sugar & butter
until smooth; stir in vanilla.
Combine flour, salt & 1/2 tsp.
cinnamon; stir into creamed
mixture to form a stiff dough.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls.
Mix 1 C. powdered sugar & 1 tsp.
cinnamon in a pie plate (or
shallow dish); roll balls in
mixture & place on prepared
cookie sheets. Bake 15-20
minutes until browned. Cool
on wire racks. Makes about 20
cookies.

(note: one of people rating these
cookies stated that they taste
MUCH better after cooling – don’t
eat them warm)

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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It’s been a busy week so far – baby
sat grandson yesterday and will again
(for 2-3 hours) today. He’s really getting
much more social – loves to ‘talk’ to
his mobile or people. Yesterday was
also my very favorite rummage sale at
a very close local church (they used to
hold their sales twice a year but were
having trouble getting enough volunteers
so now they only do ONE a year – I’ve
been patiently waiting for this.) When
I got the request to babysit from 10:30-
5 yesterday I was (to say the least) not
very pleased and went about the house
grumbling to myself. Husband heard me
and volunteered: “What if I watched him
for about an hour while you went to the
sale?” That took some thinking but then
I agreed (after checking with the baby’s
parents). When 1:30 p.m. came I rushed
through the sale (having been there for
so many years I knew exactly where each
department was). Since our middle son
moved out, I perused (very quickly) the
furniture department and found a Papasan
chair covered in navy blue cloth – it even
folds up – for $5.00; grabbed that. Also
found a sweater & blouse for me – total
of my purchases $13.00. (Now I can also
say that, in previous years with MUCH
more time on my hands to look, I’ve
been known to come home with a
big BOX ‘o stuff – books, kitchen items,
clothes, etc. but being pressed for
time, I only hit those areas I knew
I could get through quickly.) I
managed to get back to my son’s
house in a total of 50 minutes!
When I left husband & grandson,
the baby was sleeping – when I came
in the house he was STILL sleeping!
YAY! Thank You, Lord! (I prayed on it,
that the baby would be easy on my
husband). Saturday there are TWO
Mom2Mom sales in our area, both
going at the same time. A “Mom2Mom”
sale is where a bunch of Moms/
Grandmas, etc. get together (usually
in a church or gym) to sell all things
pertaining to babies: clothes, toys,
furniture, etc. I am still looking for
a fold up highchair and relatively
simple baby walker. (Yes, I could
easily buy them new, but since
I won’t be using them constantly,
it makes more sense to my little
“Scottish heart” to buy them at
a reduced price! Nothing like a
jam-packed week to keep me going!
(In fact, earlier I asked my husband:
It IS Friday, isn’t it? It’s been such a
busy/crazy week I forgot what day
it was!).

Hope your week is shaping up
nicely – enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Another NEW Month!

Have been kinda busy lately, sorry for lack of posting. Middle son finally moved out Friday – well, let’s just say KINDA moved out. His new place is an entire basement – one problem: no closet! His solution: leave his work suits at our house, drop by about an hour before work, shower & change into suit, grab a bite to eat then go to work (repeat after work). We got together & ordered a clothes rack for him, but won’t be here for 2-4 weeks! Oh well, at least we get to SEE him each day, check on how things are going, etc. I see, on Facebook, he’s asked his friends for any furniture they might want to donate to his cause. As he puts it: I own very little: a bed, large screen TV and one small 4 drawer dresser – he’s right; his older brother said he’s going to have to eventually section off that basement into seating areas, etc. Oh well, the ‘fun’ for him, begins!

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Cake Mix Peanut Butter Bars

Crust:
1 box white cake mix
1 egg
3/4 C. peanut butter
1/4 C. canola oil

Filling:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened
condensed milk
1/2 C. peanut butter chips
3/4 C. chopped peanuts
1 C. chopped Reese’s peanut
butter cups (poster used mini’s)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix cake mix, egg, canola oil &
peanut butter in large bowl (mix
using hands or a large spoon until
it makes a crumbly dough. Spray
9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray &
press 3/4 ths of mixture onto
bottom of pan; reserve 1/4
dough mixture. Pour entire can
of sweetened cond. milk over
pressed dough; sprinkle top with
nuts, peanut butter chips &
chopped Reese’s. Sprinkle reserved
dough over toppings (most of layer
should be covered.
Bake 20-25 minutes until edges
are golden brown. Cool at least
45 minutes before serving.
Serves 12

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Spinach Salad

1 (10 oz) bag spinach
3/4 C. craisins (dried cranberries)
3/4 C. sliced almonds, toasted

Dressing:
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. dried minced onion
3/4 tsp. poppy seeds
1/8 tsp. paprika
2 T. white wine vinegar
1/4 C. vegetable oil

Place spinach, craisins & almonds
in large bowl. Mix together dressing
ingredients & pour over salad –
toss well & serve

(had this at a party Sunday at church)
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Roasted Turkey Taco Spaghetti
Squash Boats

3 small spaghetti squash (24 oz, ea)
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 small onion, minced
2 T. bell pepper, minced
1/2 C. water
1 (4 oz) can tomato sauce
3/4 C. shredded Mexican blend
cheese

Pico de Gallo:
1 C. chopped tomato
1/4 C. chopped scallion
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
2 T. fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
LIne a baking sheet with parchment
paper (or two sheets if they won’t
all fit on one). Cut squash in half
lengthwise & use a spoon to
scrape out seeds & soft yellow
strands (discard seeds & strands).
Spray inside of squash halves
with nonstick spray & lightly
sprinkle with salt/pepper. Place
squash face-down on prepared
sheets & bake 50 minutes until
flesh easily pierces with a fork.
Brown turkey in large skillet,
breaking it into smaller pieces
as it cooks. When no longer
pink, add dry seasoning & mix
well. Add onion, pepper, water &
tomato sauce. Cover & simmer on
Low 20 minutes. Combine ingredients
for Pico de Gallo in medium bowl;
refrigerate until ready to eat.
Once squash is cooked & cool enough
to handle, use a fork to scrape insides
so that squash ‘strands/spaghetti’
appear. Spoon a scant 1/2 C. meat into
each half & top with 2 T. cheese. Place
in oven & bake 5 minutes until cheese
melts. Remove, top with Pico de Gallo
& serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Cola Burgers
(grill)

1 egg
1/2 C. cola, divided
1/2 C. crushed saltine crackers
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 lb. hamburger
6 T. French salad dressing,
divided
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

(6 hamburger buns)

In a bowl mix egg, 1/4 C. cola,
cracker crumbs, 2 T. salad
dressing, cheese & salt – mix
until well combined then stir
in beef. Shape into 6 patties. Mix
together 1/4 C. cola & 4 T. salad
dressing. Grill burgers 3 minutes
per side then brush with cola
mixture. Grill 8-10 minutes longer
then serve. Makes 6

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Mama’s Chicken Rollups

2 large chicken breasts
1 can crescent rolls
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup
1/2 (soup can) of chicken broth
from cooking chicken*
1/2 (soup can) milk
1 T. flour
6 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
pinch salt & pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place chicken breasts in large
pot & cover with water; bring to
boil & cook on Medium heat
until no longer pink inside. Remove
chicken from pot & let cool enough
to handle – shred chicken. Add soup,
milk, flour, salt/pepper to broth* &
stir to combine. Spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray.
Unroll crescent rolls & separate into
triangles. Put a little cheese on dough
& a good heaping of chicken at large
end of triangle. Roll up & place in
prepared pan – continue with rest
of dough & filling. Pour broth
mixture around & on top of each
roll. Bake 25 minutes then top
with cheese – bake 5 minutes more.
Let stand a few minutes before
serving with soup mixture.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

6 jalapeno peppers
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. shredded Cheddar cheese
6 strips bacon, halved width-
wise
1/4 C. brown sugar, packed
1 T. chili seasoning mix

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 15 X 10 X1″ baking
sheet with nonstick spray.
Using disposable or kitchen
rubber gloves when handling
cut peppers & seeds, the oils
can burn the skin. Avoid
touching your face.
Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise
& remove seeds. In small bowl
beat cheeses until blended & spoon
into pepper halves. Combine brown
sugar & chili seasoning; coat peppers
with mixture & place on sheet. Bake
18-20 minutes until bacon is firm.
Makes 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

2 large (16 oz) skinless boneless
chicken breasts, cut into even
bite-sized pieces
1/2 tsp. salt, to taste
1/2 tsp. black pepper, to taste
2 tsp. olive oil
6 T. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 T. Panko bread crumbs
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
spray. Place oil in one bowl, bread-
crumbs/Panko/Parm. cheese in a
pie plate. Season chicken with salt/
pepper; place in bowl with oil & mix
well so oil evenly coats all chicken.
Put a few chunks of chicken at a
time in breadcrumb mixture to coat,
then onto baking sheet. Lightly spray
tops of chicken pieces with nonstick
spray. Bake 8-10 minutes; turn pieces
over & bake another 4-5 minutes until
cooked through. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cream Cheese Streusel Muffins

3 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted

Topping:
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C. butter

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 12-count muffin pan with
nonstick spray or line with paper
liners. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking
powder & salt. In another bowl beat
sugar & cream cheese until combined;
add eggs, vanilla, milk & melted butter,
mix just until combined. Gradually add
flour mixture & beat just until combined.
(do not overmix) Scoop batter evenly
into prepared muffin pan.

Topping:
Mix topping ingredients until crumbly;
sprinkle evenly over top of muffin batter
in cups. Bake 20 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of muffin comes out
clean. Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: TableforSeven)

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Our weather is typical Michigan Spring:
cold in mornings (40’s) followed by rain
and/or shine. This morning I had to go
out early and it was in the 40’s with
intermittent rain – now it’s clear and
74 degrees! Go figure! I’m not complaining-
gotta have the rain for the flowers.
Speaking of flowers there are lots of
tulips, lilacs and Lilly of the Valley in
bloom in my yard – I LOVE SPRING!

Am anxious that FINALLY we’re back to
garage sale weather! There is a rather
large church really near me that holds
an annual 3-day rummage sale – I go
every year. This year I’ll be specifically
looking for things for middle son AND
a high chair and baby walker for new
grandson. I’m glad that my back
problems are decreasing – will be
babysitting for a few hours Friday.
When I saw my doctor I mentioned
that I really wanted to get this back
problem under control since I will
be doing a lot of babysitting in the
very near future. We’ll see how it
goes.

Gas prices in our area: had to fill
up today and it was $2.39/9 – not
bad ($40.00 to totally fill up
my van – was on almost empty)

Almost forgot to post the
recent knitted blankets:
First up: the baby girl blanket
for Youth Pastor’s wife’s shower
(May 20th)

I really like this pattern: works up quickly and really looks fancy!

Next up: baby boy blanket (for no one in particular); this one looks good; it’s 7 rows – all is easy UNTIL row 6 when I have to use a very tiny crochet hook to get the reverse Knit 4 together done (this row/stitch is done using both MY way of knitting: Continental Combined AND the traditional English way of knitting for the reverse Knit 4 together (pattern requires knit 4 together through the back loops followed by knit 4 together through the front loops – English style). Believe me, I’ve contemplated ditching/ripping this one out but then thought: it’s ONLY one row, so just deal with it! Don’t know if I’ll do this pattern ever again, thought . . . sigh)

It’s supposed to look like Tassels: from the Barbara Walker patterns, called Lucina Shell pattern


Hope all is going well for you and
you are in good health.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

I’m ‘getting it’ – slowly but surely!

Today finds me wrapping up the last details of another ‘every 2 month’ special needs group newsletter. A few months back the church we meet at volunteered to print the newsletters for us; that’s a huge help for us ‘however’ – it requires me to convert my 4-page copy to a PDF file & then email it to the church. No big deal – right? Well, if you’re at all like me, new things take awhile for me to understand and finally GET THEM! My husband is the in residence computer genius here and he’s showed me, over & OVER how to do this very thing. Today I decided I would NOT bother him but go on my notes and see if I can, indeed, do that very thing. Think I got it – finally! (I even sent a blind copy to myself, just to make sure I did it right!); tomorrow I will drive over to the church & pick up the printed copies, take them home/fold them/address & stamp envelopes & drive them to the Post Office. Our ‘students’ really expect the newsletter BEFORE the next month, so I kind of have to get them to them quickly – sigh.

GOOD NEWS! Went for my regular ‘every 3 month’ doctor visit today and finally ‘braved it’  and told my doctor what’s been bothering me. Short story: I have had lower back pain for a good 40+ years, sometimes when it ‘goes out’ I’m in a great deal of pain and standing or walking is very painful. Monday night it hit (not as bad as before, but still not pleasant). If you’ve read my blog for awhile I mentioned purchasing a TENS machine (sends ultrasound waves through muscles, hopefully to relax them) – that helps but still have pain so I finally mentioned it to my doctor. Good news is: he knew exactly what I was talking about, gave me an exercise to do to help, ordered spinal x-ray, Aleve for pain plus a mild muscle relaxer – we’ll see how this goes. I’m just SUPER HAPPY there’s no surgery involved. I have Scoliosis in upper back so that was a real concern for me – WHEW! Other than that, I’m doing great: diabetic blood sugar levels are great/weight good, blood tests good – YAY!

Babysat grandson again yesterday for 4 1/2 hours (yes, lifting him was a bit of a struggle, but I was careful to consider my back pain). He’s now 2 months, 27 inches long and 13.4 lb. – his baby doctor said he’s perfect! (The family says he’s a little CHUNK!) I also wanted to check out my back problem, knowing that I’d be babysitting for quite awhile.

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4-Layer Chocolate Dessert

1 C. flour
1/2 C. cold butter
1 C. chopped walnuts, toasted*/
divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
2 (8 oz, ea) tubs Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
2 1/2 C. milk
2 (3.9 oz, ea) instant chocolate
pudding mix
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chunks
chocolate syrup

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place flour in small bowl & cut in butter
until crumbly; stir in 1/2 C. nuts & press
onto bottom of ungreased 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Bake until light golden brown,
12-15 minutes. Cool completely on wire
rack.

In small bowl beat cream cheese &
powdered sugar until smooth; fold in
1 tub Cool Whip & spread over crust.
In large bowl whisk milk & pudding mix
2 minutes. Gently spread over cream
cheese layer; top with remaining Cool
Whip. Sprinkle top with chocolate
chunks & remaining nuts. Refrigerate
until cold. Cut into bars. Just before
serving, drizzle top with chocolate
syrup. Makes 15 servings.

*To Toast Nuts:
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place nuts in shallow pan & bake
5-10 minutes (OR) cook in a skillet
over Low heat until lightly browned,
stirring occasionally.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Ham & Cheese Pie

1 C. diced cooked ham
3/4 C. shredded Swiss cheese
5 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
3/4 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
3 T. chopped onion
3 T. chopped green pepper
1 C. milk
1/4 C. Bisquick baking mix
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 10″ quiche dish or pie plate
with nonstick spray. Layer ham,
Swiss cheese, bacon, Cheddar
cheese, onion & green pepper in
bottom of plate. Place remaining
ingredients in blender in order
listed above & process 35-40
seconds – pour over ingredients
in plate – do not stir. Bake,
uncovered, 30-35 minutes until
set & lightly browned. Let stand
5 minutes before cutting.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Broccoli & Cheese

2 T. butter
1/4 C. chopped onion
2 T. flour
1 C. milk, heated
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut into
cubes
salt/pepper, to taste
6 C. cooked broccoli, chopped
1 tsp. butter
1/4 C. breadcrumbs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 qt. casserole dish with
nonstick spray. In medium saucepan
melt 2 T. butter. Saute onion in
butter, 1-2 minutes. Stir in flour &
cook 30 seconds. Whisk in hot milk,
stirring until thickened. Stir in
Velveeta until melted; add salt/pepper.
Combine cheese sauce & broccoli &
pour into prepared dish. In a 1-cup
glass measuring cup melt 1 tsp.
butter in microwave. Stir in bread
crumbs & sprinkle mixture on top
of casserole. Cover with foil & bake
30-40 minutes. Remove foil & bake
an additional 5 minutes. Serves 4-6

(recipe: lifeinmyemptynest.blogspot.in)
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London Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken
breast halves
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup
1 C. cooking sherry
2 T. olive oil
additional mushrooms, thickly
sliced, (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Add oil to large hot skillet & brown
chicken well on all sides. In small
bowl mix soup & cooking wine well.
Place browned chicken in a 9 X 13″
baking dish & pour sauce over –
add extra sliced mushrooms, if using.
Bake 30-40 minutes until chicken tests
done (juices run clear or 170 degrees F.)
Serves 4

NOTE: Poster says this is great served
over cooked rice

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Layered Tex-Mex Taco Salad

1/2 C. Miracle whip salad dressing
1/2 C. sour cream
1 T. taco seasoning mix
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
6 C. tightly packed, coarsely
chopped iceberg lettuce
1/2 C. slivered red onions
1 1/2 C. Mexican-style finely
shredded Four cheese (Kraft)
1 C. grape tomatoes, halved
1 avocado
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro

Mix first 3 ingredients until blended.
In large salad bowl layer beans,
lettuce, onions, cheese & tomatoes;
spread dressing mixture over salad
& refrigerate 2 hours. Peel & chop
avocado; spoon over salad just
before serving. Sprinkle top with
cilantro. Makes 12 (1 C. each) servings.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef
1 (24 oz) jar pasta sauce
1 C. water
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 (7 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese,
divided
1 egg
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Brown meat in large skillet; drain.
Stir in pasta sauce & water. Mix
ricotta, 1 1/2 C. mozzarella, 2 T.
Parmesan, egg & parsley in a bowl.
Spoon 1 C. meat sauce into crockpot;
top with layers of half each: noodles
(broken to fit) & cheese mixture. Cover
with 2 C. meat sauce. Top with remaining
noodles (broken to fit), cheese mixture &
meat sauce. Cover & cook on Low 4-6
hours until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle
top with remaining cheeses & let stand,
covered, 10 minutes until cheeses melt.
Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Cheesecake-filled Strawberries

10 strawberries (small – or 5 large),
hulled (make a small hole in top)
3 oz. cream cheese
1 T. sugar
1/4 C. powdered sugar

Place powdered sugar on a plate &
spread out. Heat cream cheese in
microwave 15 seconds. Add sugar
& mix. Use a spoon to put cream
cheese into strawberries then roll
strawberry tops in powdered sugar.
Refrigerate 30 minutes.
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Our weather has turned a little colder,
but still in the 60’s – supposed to get
rainy & windy later today & for a few
days. The flowers & trees love the rain
and I love the end result – getting to see
all the lovely BLOOMING things! I LOVE
SPRING!

Not much else new, finished the baby
blanket for our Youth Pastor & his wife
& now plodding along with the (new to
me) “Tassel Stitch” blanket in blue; to
me it looks more like a boy’s pattern.

I’ll put in photos of both soon.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie