Another new week!

I started out this day by deciding THIS was going to be the day I finally FINISH the bright yellow baby blanket – and I did. (I’ve already posted photos before, so I’ll save you that…). I still have 2 more I’m working on, both are about half done and will probably go with me on the 28th for the Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social – am (once again) excited for this event. Lots to see and do: a tour of the Governor Moses Wisner Home (he was one of Michigan’s Governors – his house is really something to see!). When my boys were younger I took them on a guided tour of the estate – LOTS of Michigan history. Also at this event there will be Barbershop quartet singing, vintage cars, lots of vendors selling their wares plus people working on ‘old tyme’ crafts like wool spinning, knitting/crochet, wood carving, etc.

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Crockpot Peach Cobbler

1 1/8 C. brown sugar (light or dark)
3/4 C. rolled oats
3/4 C. flour
3/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 C. unsalted butter, divided
20 oz. peaches, fresh or frozen

In large bowl combine all dry
ingredients. Add 6 T. melted butter to
dry mixture & combine until it resembles
coarse crumbs. Using the 2 remaining
T. butter, butter sides & bottom of a
3.5 or 4 qt. crockpot. Add 1/4 of dry
ingredient mixture to bottom of crockpot
& spread in an even layer. Add peaches
to mixing bowl with rest of dry ingredients –
toss to coat peaches in the mixture. Pour
contents of bowl into crockpot & spread
evenly. Cover & cook on Low 3 to 3 1/2
hours. Serves 6

NOTE: poster tried this recipe using a
crockpot liner & said it did NOT work
very well.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Refrigerator Pickles

2 English cucumbers
1 1/2 C. water
3 T. white vinegar
1 1/2 T. kosher salt (or pickling salt)
2 tsp. peppercorns
2 T. minced garlic
6 sprigs fresh dill

2 pint-sized Mason jars & lids/rings
– washed/dried

In a large pot mix water, white vinegar,
salt, peppercorns & garlic. Cut cucumbers
into spears to fit into Mason jars. Fill Mason
jars with cut cucumber spears & fresh dill
sprigs – pour brine over spears then seal jars
with lids. Place jars in fridge 1-2 days before
eating.

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Seafood Pasta Salad

Dressing:
1 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. buttermilk/sour cream or
plain Greek yogurt
1 T. lemon juice (or apple cider
vinegar)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. Creole mustard
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dill
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped

Salad:
2 C. medium pasta shells, cooked/
drained
1 lb. small (51/60 count) cooked shrimp
1 c. cooked, peeled crawfish tails
1 C. fresh crab (or one 8 oz pkg imitation
crab
1/2 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 C. chopped bell pepper
1/4 C. chopped celery
1 T. chopped/pickled jalapeno
salt & black pepper, to taste

In bottom of large serving bowl or
lidded storage bowl whisk dressing
ingredients together.

Prepare pasta accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & let cool. Place
pasta in bowl on top of dressing.
Add seafood & sprinkle lightly with
Cajun seasoning & Old Bay. Add
green onion, bell pepper, celery &
jalapeno – toss/taste & adjust
seasonings, adding salt/pepper ONLY
if needed. Serve immediately or
refrigerate until needed to develop
flavors.
 If refrigerated: toss with a few splashes
of milk to freshen before serving.
Serves 4-6

Crab Salad:
Use only crab, omit pasta & reduce
mayonnaise & buttermilk by half
to start, adjusting to desired consistency.

NOTE: If you are boiling your own shrimp,
reserve leftover cooking water & use to
boil the pasta (it adds great flavor to the
salad) REMEMBER-Depending on the heat &
seasoning used in your boil, do not add any
salt/pepper, Old Bay or Cajun seasoning to
the dressing or salad until you taste the
salad after it’s dressed.

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Rosemary/Lemon Grilled Chicken

1 medium lemon
1/3 C. butter, cubed
4 tsp. minced fresh rosemary (or
1 tsp. dried/crushed)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
halves (6 oz, ea)

Finely grate lemon peel then juice
lemon. In microwave, melt butter –
stir in lemon peel & juice, rosemary,
garlic, salt/pepper. Grill chicken,
covered, over medium heat (or broil
4 inches from heat) 5-7 minutes on each
side until a thermometer reads 165
degrees F., basting frequently with
butter mixture during last 5 minutes of
cooking time. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Green Beans & Potatoes
Oven or Crockpot recipe

2 lb. fresh, frozen or canned green beans
(if fresh, wash, remove ends & break into
pieces)
6-7 red potatoes, cut into pieces
1-2 C. chicken broth (or one 14.5 oz) can
(you don’t have to use chicken broth -poster
thinks it just makes the recipe better)
1 ham hock (can use cooked ham, bacon,
pork jowl or salt pork – about 1/2 C., chopped)
2-3 C. water
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C. finely diced onion (optional)
1 tsp. minced garlic (optional)

In large pot combine all ingredients & bring
to a boil – turn heat to medium-low &
cook about 1 1/2 hours until potatoes are
cooked & water has cooked down.
Serves 8-10

NOTE: You can also cook this in the crockpot:
Cook on Low 6-7 hours or High 4 hours

ALSO: you can also add a few teaspoons bacon
drippings if you’re just using ham – this will add
flavor to the beans

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Lazy-day Cabbage Roll Casserole

2 lb. ground beef, browned/drained
1 C. chopped onion
1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
1 head cabbage, chopped
1 C. instant rice*
1 tsp. salt
1 (14 oz) can beef broth

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients in large
bowl & pour into an ungreased
9 X 13″ baking dish; drizzle top
with broth. Cover with foil & bake
1 hour. Uncover & stir; cover again
& bake an additional 30 minutes or
until rice is cooked & casserole is
heated through. Serves 10-12

*poster says she adds more because
she really likes rice

(recipe: mandysrecipeboxblog.com)
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4-Ingredient Biscuits & Gravy

1 tube large, flaky biscuits (like Pillsbury
Grands)
1/2 lb. ground breakfast sausage
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 1/2 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a small casserole dish (7 X 10″)
with nonstick cooking spray. Open
biscuits, cut biscuits into quarters. Layer
half of quarters in casserole dish. Bake
10 minutes.
Gravy:
In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat
brown sausage until fully cooked. Sprinkle
top of cooked sausage with flour – use
wooden spoon to stir flour into sausage
until completely absorbed. Lower heat to
medium; cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add milk, stir to combine; add salt/pepper –
stir frequently until mixture comes to a slight
boil. Taste & adjust seasonings as needed. If
gravy is too thick, add a bit more milk (it
should be slightly runny). Pour gravy over
cooked biscuits; layer remaining uncooked,
quartered biscuits over gravy. Place casserole
dish on a baking sheet & bake 20-25 minutes
until golden brown. * Serve immediately.
Serves 8

*If biscuits start to over-bake, cover with foil
for last 10 minutes of baking time.

(recipe: lemon-sugar.com)


Ice Cream Cookie Dessert

1 (15.5 oz) pkg. Oreo cookies, crushed/
divided
1/4 C. butter, melted
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
1 (16 oz) jar hot fudge ice cream topping,
warmed
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

In large bowl combine 3 3/4 C. cookie
crumbs & butter – press into a greased
9 X 13″ baking dish. Spread with ice
cream; cover & freeze until set. Drizzle
fudge topping over ice cream; cover &
freeze to set. Spread with Cool Whip;
sprinkle top with remaining cookie
crumbs. Cover & freeze 2 hours until
firm. Remove from freezer 10 minutes
before serving.
Serves 12

NOTE: To make cutting easier: Dip the
knife in hot water, wipe blade,periodically,
to clean it.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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I’m still battling the ‘cough’ but starting to
feel a little stronger; Wednesday is going to
be a rough day for me: babysitting 8:15 a.m. –
around 3/3:30 then at 6:30 my special needs
group’s Music/Birthday night – will need to
get lots of extra sleep tomorrow night to
conserve my energy!

Our weather is staying high 80’s/low 90’s
& the reports say scattered thundershowers
but we haven’t seen any the last few days –
just checked: now they’re saying 40% chance –
oh well . . . tomorrow is supposed to be a high
of 79 so that’s a little different!

Gas prices are staying level at $2.89/9 – that’s
good ’cause I need a fill up soon!

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Woke up yesterday to these –

This might not seem unusual to most of you BUT I live directly on a MAJOR road with 45 mph speeds (and more) – I will say we live across the street from a small, well shaded park with lake (which is probably where they live). Our backyard IS fenced (but they jumped it like it wasn’t even there!) These are both you males with their antlers still covered in ‘velvet’ (a fuzzy covering they will shed as they mature). They stayed at least 1 1/2 hours – I was in love. Years ago we had a full-grown male buck (with a magnificent rack of antlers) spend awhile in our yard just resting under our swing set – he came two years in a row but hasn’t been back so I was SOoooo happy to see these two!

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Summer Lemonade Cookies

1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 C. plus 2 T. sugar
2 eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 (6 oz) can frozen lemonade
concentrate, thawed/divided
1 T. grated lemon peel

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl cream butter &
1 C. sugar; add eggs, beating
well. In another large bowl combine
flour & baking soda – add alternately
with 1/2 C. lemonade concentrate
into egg mixture – stir in lemon peel.
Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls
2 inches apart on ungreased cookie
sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes until
edges are light brown. Remove from
oven & brush hot cookies lightly
with remaining lemonade concentrate.
Sprinkle cookies with remaining 2 T.
sugar. Makes 4 dozen (48 cookies)

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Avocado Tuna Salad

1 (15 oz) can tuna in oil, drained/
flaked (3 small cans)
1 English cucumber, sliced
2 large (or 3 medium) avocados,
peeled/pitted/sliced
1 small/medium red onion, thinly
sliced
1/4 C. fresh cilantro (1/2 of small
bunch)
2 T. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp. black pepper

In large bowl combine sliced cucumber,
sliced avocado, red onion, drained tuna &
1/4 C. cilantro. Drizzle with lemon juice,
salt/pepper – toss to combine.
Serves 6 as a side salad

(recipe: natashaskitchen.com)
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Honey Dijon Grilled Chicken
(grill or grill pan)

4 (6 oz) boneless, skinless chicken
breast halves
1/3 C. horseradish Dijon mustard
(regular mustard will work, also)
3 T. honey
1 T. parsley flakes
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat grill or grill pan to
medium-high heat – spray with
nonstick cooking spray or olive
oil. Once pan is hot, reduce
heat to just below medium. In small
bowl combine Dijon mustard, honey
& parsley flakes. Flatten chicken
breasts to an even thickness by
placing them between 2 sheets of
parchment paper & pounding them
with a rolling pin or heavy-bottomed
pan – season with salt/pepper to taste.
Place chicken on grill 3 minutes then
flip over & brush with honey/Dijon
sauce; grill an additional 2-3 minutes
until internal temperature reaches
155 degrees F. (using a meat thermometer).
Remove from grill & loosely cover with foil.
Let rest 5 minutes before serving; serve
with any additional sauce on the side for
dipping. Serves 4

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

8 potatoes, cubed (half peeled or
half with skins left on)
2 tsp. salt
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
6 green onions, sliced (including tops)
2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
16 oz. sour cream
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 C. Miracle Whip (or 1 C. mayonnaise)

In large pot boil cubed potatoes with
salt – when fully cooked, drain.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a bowl combine sour cream, black
pepper & Miracle Whip (or mayo) – add
to potatoes. Add bacon, onions &
cheese (reserve some of each for top
of salad – garnish); mix with potatoes &
pour into a greased baking dish. Top
with reserved cheese, onions & bacon.
Bake 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.
Serves 6

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Chili-Dog Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 green bell pepper/seeded/chopped
2 T. dry minced onion
1 T. minced garlic
2 C. marinara sauce
1 C. beef broth
2 tsp. chili powder (or cayenne
powder, for a spicier dish)
1 T. cumin
8 hot dogs, cut lenth-wise then
cut in half
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
additional cheese for garnish

In saucepan brown ground beef
with garlic, onion, bell pepper, salt/
pepper. Stir in marinara sauce, cumin,
chili (cayenne) powder & broth – pour
into 6 qt. crockpot. Evenly add all hot
dogs to top of mixture & cover with
cheese. Cover & cook on High 2 hours
(or Low 4 hours). Stir before serving.
Top with additional cheese, if desired.
Serves 4

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chive Pinwheel Rolls

3 1/2 C. flour
3 T. sugar
1 (1/4 oz) pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. milk
1/3 C. canola oil
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. mashed potatoes
without added milk & butter
1 large egg

Chive Filling:
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
1 C. minced onions
1 large egg yolk
butter, melted

In large bowl combine 2 1/2 C.
flour, sugar, yeast & salt. In small
saucepan, heat milk, oil, water &
mashed potatoes to 120-130 degrees
F. – add to dry ingredients; beat just
until moistened. Add egg, beat until
smooth. Stir in enough remaining
flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto
a floured surface; knead until smooth &
elastic – about 6-8 minutes. Grease a large
bowl & place dough in bowl, turning once
to grease top. Cover & let rise in a warm
place until doubled, about 1 hour
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Turn dough onto a floured surface; roll
into a 15 X 10 X 1 inch rectangle. In a
bowl combine sour cream, chives & egg
yolk; spread over dough to within
1/2 inch of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll
style, starting with a long side. Pinch
seam o seal & cut into 1 inch slices.
Place slices cut-sides down in a 9 X 13″
baking dish. Cover & Let rise until
doubled, about 1 hour.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake slices 30-35 minutes until
golden brown; brush tops with
melted butter & cool on a wire rack.
Refrigerate leftovers. Makes 15 rolls

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Pork Chops & Veggies Sheet
Pan dinner

olive oil
3-4 C. small potatoes, or chopped potatoes
3-4 C. fresh green beans, trimmed
kosher salt/black pepper
2 lb. boneless thin-cut pork chops
(Smokehouse Maple seasoning or other
seasoning blend)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Brush one large or two small rimmed
baking sheets with olive oil. Toss potatoes
with a drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper –
place on one section of sheet pan. Toss
green beans with a drizzle of olive oil,
salt/pepper & place them in a section
of sheet pan. Brush pork chops with olive
oil & place in remaining space on pan –
sprinkle chops with seasoning. Bake
sheet pan 25-30 minutes until meat is
cooked through & potatoes are tender.
Serves 6

(recipe: eatathomecooks.com)
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No-Bake Root Beer Float Pie

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/
divided
3/4 C. cold root beer (diet)
1/2 C. milk
1 (1 oz) pkg. sugar-free instant
vanilla pudding mix
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
maraschino cherries (optional garnish)

Separate 1/2 C. Cool Whip & refrigerate for
garnish. In large bowl whisk root beer, milk
& pudding mix 2 minutes. Fold in half of
remaining Cool Whip & spread into crust.
Spread remaining Cool Whip over pit.
Freeze at least 8 hours or overnight.
Dollop reserved Cool Whip over each
serving & top with a marschino cherry
if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Today was my babysitting day and my (almost)
1 1/2 yr old grandson was sleeping when I arrived.
That might be good, but (as I suspected) he woke
up about 10 minutes after his Mom left and was
awake the rest of the morning/afternoon – full
of energy! (His mom texted me later: “He didn’t
wear you out, did he?” – Naw – I’m tougher than
that!).

Our weather is HOT – but then, it’s July so that’s
no surprise. Got in my car to come home and
the car thermometer read: 90 degrees F. – UGH!
(so glad I have air in my car & home!). My oldest
has been taking advantage of using their kayaks
so I’m glad they’re enjoying the weather.

Hope you’re enjoying whatever kind of weather
you have at the moment – the COLD is coming
soon enough!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy FOURTH OF JULY!

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

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Pina Colada Fluff

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

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

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Mexicali Cheddar Bean Salad

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

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

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Bacon Ranch Cheese Dip

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

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

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

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

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

*can also use rotisserie chicken, shredded

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: yummly.com)
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No Bake Pudding Cake

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

Optional garnishes:
chocolate syrup
candy sprinkles

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

*poster used vanilla pudding

(recipe: just2sisters.com)

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Have a WONDERFUL, safe holiday!

Hugs;

Pammie

In our area the fireworks at night have already started – great, if you like them – I feel sorry for people with pets and those suffering from PSD. I also noticed that the FIREFLIES are out! I love seeing them – they always make me smile! More holiday recipes for you:

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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 size),
cut into sixths
4 snack size 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.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Combine
dry cake mix, melted butter & egg –
mix until combined. Cover bottom
of prepared pan evenly with cake
mixture. Spread peanut butter cups
& butterfinger pieces over cake
mixture. In another bowl mix cream
cheese, peanut butter, eggs & vanilla
until well blended then add butter.
Mix in powdered sugar, a little at a
time, until well blended; spread over
candy bar layer.
Bake about 55 minutes – it will puff up
in the center & drop a little after you
remove it from the oven. Let it cool.
Mix chocolate chips & vegetable oil in
a microwave-safe dish & melt chips –
mix well & spread over cooled cake.

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Blue Cheese Potato Salad
(overnight recipe)

8 C. potatoes – boiled/peeled/cubed
1/2 C. green onions, chopped
1/2 C. celery, chopped
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 C. slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. crumbled blue cheese
2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. white wine vinegar

Combine cooked/cubed potatoes,
onions, celery, parsley, almonds,
celery seed, salt/pepper in large
serving bowl. Mix blue cheese, sour
cream & vinegar in a small bowl –
pour over potatoes, tossing to coat.
Chill overnight. Serves 8-10

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Ginger Garlic Cucumber Salad

2 seedkess cucumbers* (like Enlish)
2 T. kosher salt
3 green onions, finely sliced
1 T. finely minced cilantro

Dressing:
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 T. vegetable oil
1 T. soy sauce
2 tsp. dark sesame oil
1 tsp. sugar

Slice cucumbers very thin (a mandolin
is best for this). Place in a colander &
sprinkle with kosher salt – toss so they
are well coated. Set colander in the sink
15-20 minutes. Lay cucumber slices on a
kitchen towel & pat to dry. Place in a
large bowl then add green onions &
cilantro.
Dressing:
Mix sugar, ginger, garlic & soy sauce in
small bowl until sugar is dissolved.
Whisk in oils then pour over cucumber
slices & toss to coat. Refrigerate until
ready to use.

These will keep about 2 days but
dressing will get a bit watery (still tastes
good).

*Do not use regular cucumbers because
they are waxed.

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Sweet ‘n Spicy Grilled Chicken

1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. honey mustard
4 cloves garlic, peeled
4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 T. adobo sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Using a food processor or blender, puree
oil, mustard, garlic clove, chipotle peppers,
adobo sauce, salt, oregano & black pepper;
spread mixture all over chicken breasts.
Let chicken sit in marinade 1 hour up to
4 hours in fridge.

Heat grill to medium-high.
Place chicken breasts on grill &
grill 6 minutes on first side &
5 minutes on second side.
Allow meat to rest at least 5
minutes before cutting it.

NOTE: this will be very spicy

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Roasted Zucchini Salad

2 zucchini, cut lengthwise
into quarters then sliced
crosswise
2 red peppers, seeded &
cut into strips
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing
1/4 C. crumbled feta cheese
2 T. chopped fresh mint

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Toss vegetables with dressing; spread
on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet
sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake 25 minutes, stirring after 10
minutes. Cool completely.
Transfer vegetables to large bowl;
add cheese & mint – mix lightly.
Serves 4 (1 1/4 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Potato & Ham Salad

1 1/2 lb. small potatoes, cut
in half
1 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. chicken broth
3 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. fully cooked, cubed ham
1 (8 oz) pkg. Monterey Jack
cheese, cubed
1 C. chopped tomato
1/4 C. sliced green onions

Place potatoes in large saucepan &
cover with water; bring to boil. Reduce
heat & cook 10-15 minutes until fork
tender; drain well. In large bowl whisk
mayo, sour cream, chicken broth, Dijon
mustard, celery seed, salt/pepper. Add
cooked potatoes to mayo mixture & mix
well to coat. Add ham & mix well. Gently
stir in cheese, tomato & green onions.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap & refrigerate
at least 2 hours before serving. Stir before
serving. Serves 15

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie

Pie:
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (3.4 oz) box instant lemon pudding
mix (small box)
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese
3/4 C. frozen lemonade concentrate

Crust:
2 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 C. sugar
2/3 C. butter, melted
(or you can use one 9″ prepared
graham cracker crust)
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Crust:
In medium bowl combine all crust
ingredients – whisk together until
well combined. Press graham cracker
crumbs into deep pie dish & make sure
to bring crust up sides. Bake 10-12
minutes – remove from oven & let
cool.

Filling:
In small bowl combine evap. milk &
pudding mix – using elec. mixer, beat
on Low speed 2 minutes (mixture
will be thick). In another medium
bowl beat cream cheese until light
& fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually
beat in lemonade concentrate. Gradually
beat in pudding mixture – pour into
cooled crust. Cover & refrigerate
at least 4 hours.

(recipe: cookandbliss.com)
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Our weather is ‘relatively’ nice today –
right now it’s 81 degrees F. (high expected
of 87) – sunny. Last night our church had
a holiday picnic at 6 p.m. (I didn’t plan on
going) at about 5:40 it started to really
get dark & there was a big thunderstorm
but by 6 p.m. it was all clear! (Pastor
mentioned that if it rained they would
hold it in the gym – I felt sorry for all the
men who were hauling tables & chairs
onto trucks yesterday to be driven up
to the pavillion – wonder if they had to
dry off all of that?

Hope you’re having a great day – I was
supposed to babysit today but son &
his family went up to their cabin so now
I’m on for tomorrow instead. Took this
extra day/time to finally tackle the bright
yellow baby blanket, ripping back another
3-4 rows. My fully determined – if I run into
ANY MORE mistakes, it gets ripped out &
the yarn donated – I’m done with it! (and
to think: it’s only a 2-row pattern!)

Hugs;

Pammie

 

More Holiday Recipes!

As I’ve mentioned before – LOTS of great sounding holiday recipes are pouring into my emails so, of course, I JUST HAVE TO SHARE THEM! Enjoy –

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Crockpot Zucchini Cake w/Cream
Cheese Frosting

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 large eggs
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
2 C. grated unpeeled zucchini
(about 2-3 small – squeeze to
remove moisture after grating)
1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 C. golden raisins

Cream Cheese Frosting:

6 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cake:
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. In medium bowl whisk
flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg
& baking powder. In another medium bowl
whisk eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce,
lemon zest & vanilla until well combined.
Add dry ingredients to wet in three separate
batches, mixing until well combined before
adding more dry ingredients. Stir in shredded
zucchini, pecans & raisins to batter & stir with
a spatula or wooden spoon until all is well
distributed into batter. Pour batter into crockpot
& spread batter evenly. Place a double layer
of paper towels on top of crockpot, under the
lid
to prevent condensation from dripping onto
cake. Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours (check
cake at 2 hour mark & cook for additional time
only if necessary) or until a wooden toothpick
inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
Once cake is cooked, remove lid & paper
towels – lift stoneware crock out of base &
place cake in crock on a wire cooling rack –
allow cake to cool to room temperature before
frosting.

Frosting:
While cake is cooking add softened cream
cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice &
vanilla to bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a
whisk attachment. Mix on slow speed until
powdered sugar is incorporated into cream
cheese. Turn mixer on medium-high & whisk
3-5 minutes until frosting is light & fluffy.
Spread frosting on cooled cake.
Serves 12

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Grilled Greek Pork Chops
(8 hour or overnight recipe)

3 T. olive oil
6 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 T. Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
3/4 tsp. ground mustard
6 boneless pork loin chops
(3/4″ thick & about 4 oz, ea)

In large ziplock bag mix first 9
ingredients. Add chops; seal
bag & mix well until all chops
are coated. Refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight.

Remove chops from bag & discard
marinade. Grill chops, covered,
over medium heat, 4-5 minute per
side until internal temperature
reaches at least 150 degrees F.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: tone-and-tighten.com)
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Crunchy Ramen Taco Salad

1/2 C. Ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. hot sauce
2 T. fresh lime juice
2 (3 oz., ea) pkgs. ramen noodle soup
mix
1 (14 oz) pkg. coleslaw blend (cabbage
slaw mix)
1 C. frozen corn, thawed
1 C. (15 oz) canned black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

Mix dressing, hot sauce & lime juice
until blended. Break ramen noodles
into a large bowl (discard seasoning
packet – or reserve for another use).
Add remaining ingredients & dressing
mixture to noodles; mix lightly.
Serves 15 (2/3 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Super Supendous Potato Salad

1 clove garlic, peeled
3 lb. small red potatoes, quartered
2 T. cider vinegar, divided
1 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
6 hard-boiled eggs, divided
1 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. paprika (plus extra for
garnish – optional)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Skewer garlic with a toothpick (to make
it easier to find after cooking). Place
potatoes, 1 T. vinegar, 1 tsp. salt & skewered
garlic in Dutch oven. Add water to cover &
bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until
tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain, reserving
garlic – remove skewer & crush garlic. Chop
5 hard boiled eggs. In a large bowl whisk
together mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard,
paprika, pepper, garlic & remaining vinegar &
salt. Stir in potatoes, chopped eggs, onion &
celery. Refrigerate 4 hours until cold.
Just before serving, slice remaining egg &
arrange on top of salad; sprinkle with parsley
& additional paprika (if using). Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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BLT & Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Salad:
1 (16 oz) pkg. bowtie noodles
1 (16 oz) pkg. bacon
2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
2 pints grape tomatoes, sliced
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

Dressing:
1 C. mayonnaise (not light)
1 1/3 C. milk
3 1/2 T. (dry) ranch salad dressing mix
8 T. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
place cooked pasta in a strainer in sink &
run cold water over it until it cools down.
Cook bacon accordg. to pkg. directions;
place on a paper towel & dab off all grease
from top of bacon. Allow to cool then
crumble.
On a large serving platter with a lip
(or in a large serving bowl):
Place pasta, bacon, chicken, tomatoes &
lettuce – cover & refrigerate at least 1 hour
(& up to 3 hours).
In large glass measuring cup place all
dressing ingredients – stir well to combine.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
When ready to serve: Pour dressing over
top of salad & toss to combine.
Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Baked Mac & Cheese

2 1/2 C. uncooked macaroni
2 1/2 T. flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
pepper, to taste (about 1 tsp.)
4 T. butter, cut into thin slices
3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. whole milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray oven-safe bowl or dish* with
nonstick cooking spray. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Mix all dry ingredients together.
Place half of cooked macaroni in
prepared bowl. Sprinkle half of flour
mixture over top & top with half of
butter slices. Sprinkle 1 1/2 C. cheese
on top – repeat. Pour milk over all.
Cover with foil & bake 35  minutes.
Remove foil & bake 10 more minutes.
Serve hot.

*You can make this in a 9 X 13″ or
large oven-proof bowl.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Picnic Fried Chicken
(can be overnight recipe)

1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 lb) cut up
3/4 – 1 C. buttermilk*

Coating:
1 1/2 – 2 C. all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 T. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground sage
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/8 tsp. baking powder
oil – for frying

Pat chicken pieces with paper towels;
place in large flat dish. Pour buttermilk
over chicken; cover & allow to soak
at least 1 hour or overnight in fridge.
Combine coating ingredients in large
ziplock plastic bag. Add chicken pieces,
one at a time, shake to coat well. Lay
coated pieces on waxed paper 15
minutes to allow coating to dry (will
cling better in frying).
In Dutch oven or other deep skillet,
heat 1/2 inch oil over medium heat
to 350 degrees F. Fry chicken, uncovered,
7-8 minutes per side until coating is
dark golden brown & meat is no longer
pink, turning occasionally. Drain on
paper towels. Serves 6

*If you don’t have buttermilk – pour
1 T. lemon juice or vinegar into a 1
Cup measuring cup. Add enough  milk
to reach desired amount (recipe calls
for 3/4 – 1 C. buttermilk). Stir mixture
& let stand 5 minutes – now you have
buttermilk (sour milk).

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Balsamic 3-Bean Salad

2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 C. balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 C. sugar
1 clove garlic,minced
3/4 tsp. salt
2 (16 oz, ea) cans kidney beans;
drained/rinsed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans cannellini beans,
drained/rinsed
4 fresh basil leaves, torn

Fill a large pot or bowl with ice water.
Fill a Dutch oven 3/4ths full of water –
bring to a boil. Add green beans – cook,
uncovered, 3-6 minutes until crisp-tender.
Drain & immediately drop into ice water.
In large bowl whisk vinaigrette, sugar, garlic &
salt until sugar is dissolved. Add canned & green
beans – toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at
least 4 hours. Stir in basil just before serving.
Serves 12 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Southern Pineapple Cake

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
with juice

Topping:
1/2 C. butter
2/3 C. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. sugar
1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
1 C. coconut flakes

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda,
eggs, vanilla & pineapple (with juice).
Beat until well combined – pour
into prepared pan & bake 40-45
minutes until golden brown.
(while cake is baking)
Heat butter, evap. milk, vanilla &
sugar in medium saucepan until it
begins to boil over medium-high heat.
Stir in nuts & coconut; continue cooking
on medium heat about 5 minutes,
stirring constantly. (mixture will thicken
slightly). Remove baked cake from oven &
poke holes all over the top using a wooden
chopstick or tines of a large serving fork.
Spread topping evenly over top of warm
cake & allow to cool.

(recipe: mooreorlesscooking.com)

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Supposed to be a super hot day today:
sunny & high near 94 (heat index as
high as 105 degrees F.) – not planning
on going anywhere or doing anything
strenuous so I’ll be (happily) inside my
air-conditioned house knitting/reading/
playing computer word games or napping!
(Ah, the strenuous life of a retired grandma!)

Hope you have a COOL, relaxing day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Pammie’s New Toy!

Today husband & I went to Guitar Center & purchased the keyboard, stand, bench & headphones (so I can practice if anyone is watching TV or napping & not disturb them). I pretty much knew what I wanted & husband had HIS idea of what I needed  – I’m wondering if the salesman thought we were ‘fighting’ because he would say “I think she wants this…” and I would follow with “No, I really don’t want that!” (too funny). Husband convinced me that I didn’t want a ‘enclosed bottom’ piano because then it would be much more difficult to move it (in the photo you can see that we set it up directly in front of my old baby grand). This new ‘toy’ sounds & feels just like a regular piano AND also has a feature for it to sound like a church organ or a concertina! (I really didn’t want all the ‘bells & whistles’ like the various recorded music play-alongs, or all the various ‘voices’ – just give me PIANO!!!) After ‘testing it out’ for over 2 hours my back was yelling, my feet were freezing (the air conditioning was blowing on them) and I really needed to visit the ‘little girls room’ – guess you can tell I was having a good time! It’s going to take time for me to get back my old ‘playing MOJO’ – I can remember the beginnings of songs but then draw a complete blank on the middle! (I foresee lots of listening on YouTube to get them back!).

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S’mores Cobbler

1 (5 oz) pkg. cook & serve
chocolate pudding
3 C. whole milk
12 graham cracker squares
3/4 C. miniature semi-sweet
chocolate chips
1 (15 oz) box chocolate cake
mix, dry
1/2 C. cold butter, sliced
1 (10 oz) pg. miniature marsh-
mallows
whipped cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Prepare pudding with milk on
stove top as directed on pkg;
cool in pot 15 minutes. Spread
pudding evenly in bottom of
9 X 13″ baking dish. Lay graham
crackers evenly in pudding &
sprinkle with 1/2 C. choc. chips.
Sprinkle dry cake mix over pudding
& dot with slices of butter. Bake 25
minutes; remove from oven & stir
to make sure any dry cake mix spots
have been moistened. Sprinkle
evenly with marshmallows &
remaining chocolate chips. Bake
an additional 5-8 minutes until
marshmallows are puffy & brown.
Allow to cool 15 minutes before
serving. Serves 12

(recipe: mostlyhomemademom.com)
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Chicken Salad

3 C. cooked, chicken, chopped
(or 3 cans)
1 1/2 C. red seedless grapes, halved
1 C. sliced celery
1/3 C. sliced green onion
3/4 C. mayonnaise
pinch dried ginger
1/2 C. chopped pecans (or more,
as desired)
1/2 tsp. salt

In large bowl combine mayo, ginger,
chopped pecans & salt – stir in chicken,
grapes, celery & green onion.

(recipe: amandascookin.com)
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Grilled Corn & Zucchini Salad
with Feta
   GRILL

1/2 C. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 ears corn
3 zucchini, cut lengthwise into
planks
4 tsp. lemon juice
4 oz. feta cheese

In large bowl mix olive oil, garlic,
salt/pepper & red pepper flakes.
Lightly coat corn & zucchini with
half of mixture (leave rest in bowl).
Grill veggies, charring some (but
not all) for flavor. Alternatively,
cook on High in a skillet until tender.
Cut corn from cob & cut zucchini
into 1/2 in. wide pieces. Mix all
veggies in bowl with remaining oil
mixture. Mix in lemon juice & feta –
toss & serve warm or cold.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: amandascookin.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
salt/pepper, to taste
sweet paprika (garnish)
1 fresh red fresno (red jalapeno)
thinly sliced into rings (optional
garnish)

Drain cooked eggs & cool in cold
water. Peel & half (lengthwise).
Remove yolks to a small bowl &
mash with a fork. Stir in mayo,
sriracha sauce, mustard, salt/pepper
until smooth. Place mixture into a
ziplock bag – seal & snip a corner
of the bag to use as a piping bag.
Pipe filling into egg halves; garnish
with a sprinkle of paprika & a slice
of red jalapeno (if desired).
Makes 12

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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BBQ Picnic Chicken
Grill

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. butter
1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. chili sauce*
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. celery seed
1 T. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
2 dashes hot sauce
2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 1/2 – 4
lb., each) cut up

In large saucepan, saute garlic in
butter until tender. Add next 8
ingredients & bring to boil, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat.
On lightly greased grill rack, grill
chicken, covered, over medium
heat 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
Baste with sauce; grill 15 minutes
longer until a thermometer reaches
170 degrees F., basting & turning
several times. Serves 8

*if you don’t have chili sauce, use
1/4 C. ketchup or 1/4 C. cocktail
sauce

NOTE: This sauce is best when made
a day or two ahead allowing flavors
time to come together.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Kansas City-style Ribs
GRILL

1 1/3 C. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. smoked paprika
12 bone-in country-style pork
ribs (about 7 lb)

Sauce:
2 T. canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 C. tomato sauce
1/3 C. dark brown sugar
1/4 C. ketchup
1/4 C. molasses
1 T. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

In small bowl mix brown sugar &
seasonings; sprinkle over ribs &
refrigerate, covered at least 1 hour.

Sauce:
In large saucepan, heat oil over
medium heat. Add onion – cook
& stir 5-6 minutes until tender.
Stir in remaining ingredients &
bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat.
Wrap ribs in large piece of heavy-
duty foil; seal edges of foil. Grill,
covered, over indirect medium heat
1 1/4 – 1 3/4 hours until ribs are
tender. Carefully remove ribs from
foil & place over direct medium heat;
baste with some of the sauce. Grill,
covered, 8-10 minutes until browned,
turning & basting occasionally with
remaining sauce. Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cherry BBQ Sauce

1 medium onion, chopped
2 T. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 C. fresh or frozen dark sweet
cherries, pitted/coarsely chopped
1 C. ketchup
2/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. cider vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. ground mustard
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. liquid smoke, optional

In large saucepan, saute onion in
butter until tender. Add garlic; cook
1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients &
cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat
20 minutes until cherries are tender &
sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.
Makes about 3 1/2 C. sauce

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Bacon Baked Beans

1 (32 oz) can pork & beans
1 lb. bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. onion, diced
2 T. bacon grease

Combine all ingredients in 2 1/2 qt.
crockpot & stir. Cover & cook on Low
6-8 hours (or High 3-4 hours). Serves 6

Recipe can be halved or doubled.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Banana Breeze Pie

Crust:
1/3 C. butter
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. corn flakes, crushed

Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 C. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla

bananas
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Crust:
In small pan over low heat, melt
butter, sugar, cinnamon – stirring
constantly until bubbles form
around edge of pan – remove from
heat. Add crushed corn flakes & mix
well. Press evenly in bottom & up
sides of a 9″ pie pan. Chill.

Filling:
In large bowl using elec. mixer,
beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add
sweetn’d cond. milk & blend
thoroughly. Add lemon juice &
vanilla – stir until mixture is completely
combined & thickened – pour into
chilled crust. When ready to serve,
top with sliced bananas.

(recipe: kandyskitchenkreations.com)

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Was just reading about something that’s
officially coming to internet TODAY: it’s called
GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation.
It’s a privacy law that affects anyone that
does ANY sort of business online – including
BLOGGERS! (This has to do with the Facebook
mess about collecting information about you &
sharing it with a third-party – this is the end-
result to prevent that from happening again).
After reading an article about this, it makes me
wonder if they are also meaning me sharing
recipes from others -WITHOUT their consent!
That might be true – there are HUGE fines for
that sort of thing, so what this means is: I’m
going to have to check this out further.

Ah, life gets ‘interesting’ at times, eh?

Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

I’m not ready . . .

Tonight is my special needs group’s “Harvest Dance Party” and I’m just not ready . . . let me explain: it’s going to be BIG (because not only will our kids be there, but several other groups have been invited), it’s going to be VERY loud (that’s a given when my kids get excited, and it’s going to be LOOoong (I need to be there at 4 p.m./it doesn’t start until 6:30, ends 8:30 so you can guess I’ll be PRETTY TIRED when I finally get to go home after helping clean up. Yes, I love getting together with my ‘kids’ but I’m just not ready for this level of  WILD/LOUD! This past Wednesday found our room packed with kids – it was our Music/Birthday night. What was different this time? We’re finally getting back some of our kids- the church we meet at is undergoing a huge re-building and the parking lot has been a nightmare for anyone with physical disabilities or wheelchairs (dirt, rocks, no lighting at night, etc.). Recently they’ve added parking lot lighting (YAY!) but it’s still pretty treacherous for wheelchairs so quite a few of our group homes just haven’t been coming. With more kids in our room this Weds. it was loud, hectic and almost overwhelming but we survived. Because of the construction, our group has been moved back to our ‘old’ room (the one we asked to be taken out of due to lack of room for wheelchairs) so now that we’re back in that room – it’s CROWDED! Oh well, eventually it will be better – we’ve been assured that the building project will be suspended as of the end of October – still not sure where that leaves our group but we’ll see. All that said – I’m going to put on my BIG GIRL PANTS and go to this dance/party with a big smile, hoping to help out wherever needed. (It’s a Western/Cowboy theme – I bought a red bandanna & am wearing a denim shirt – (western is NOT my style, so I’m going to be quite the CITY cowgirl…hehehe).

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Pumpkin Pie Cake

1 (29 oz) can pumpkin
2 boxes spice cake mix
1 bag milk chocolate chips
(optional)

1 tub cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 11 X 18″ baking sheet
with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine pumpkin, cake mixes &
(chocolate chips, if using) together
in large bowl, mix well & pour into
prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes.

NOTE: You will not use eggs, oil or
water in the cake – the pumpkin
adds the moisture.

When cake is cooled, frost with
cream cheese frosting
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This recipe can be halved:
1 box spice cake mix
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin
1/2 bag chocolate chips (optional)

half tub cream cheese frosting

Use a 9 X 13″ baking dish sprayed
with nonstick spray. Bake 350 degrees
F. for 20-25 minutes

(recipe: thecreativemom.com)
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Balsamic Chicken w/Roasted
Vegetables

8 (4 oz ea) boneless skinless
chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
1 tsp. kosher salt
fresh black pepper, to taste
10 medium spears asparagus,
ends trimmed, cut in half
2 red bell peppers seeded,
cut into strips
1 red onion, chopped in large
chunks
1/2 C. carrots, sliced in half
long, cut into 3 inch pieces
5 oz. pkg. sliced mushrooms
1/4 C. plus 1 T. balsamic vinegar
2 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed/roughly
chopped
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 T. fresh rosemary
1/2 T. dried oregano or thyme
2 leaves fresh sage, chopped

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Season chicken with salt/pepper.
Spray 2 large baking sheets with
nonstick cooking spray. Combine
all ingredients together in large
bowl-use your hands to mix well
then arrange everything onto
prepared sheets – spread out in
an even layer. (VEGGIES should
NOT touch chicken or chicken will
steam instead of roast). Bake
20-25 minutes until chicken is
cooked through & veggies are
roasted & tender. Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytste.com)
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Hearty Sausage & Bean One Pot

1 medium onion, peeled/cut in
half & sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 lb. fresh Italian sausage, casings
removed
1/2 lb. fully-cooked smoked sausage,
sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch slices
1 (16 oz) can cannellini beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can chick peas, drained/rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 C. chicken broth

Spray large saucepan with nonstick
cooking spray. Add onion & garlic – cook
over medium heat 2-3 minutes until
onion is softened. Add Ital. sausage to
pan & cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add
sliced smoked sausage & cook 3-5
minutes until Ital. sausage is cooked
through & not pink. Pour off drippings;
stir in remaining ingredients. Mix gently,
cover & reduce heat to Low – simmer
5 minutes. Uncover & cook over medium-
Low heat 5-10 minutes to blend flavors.
Serves 5

NOTE: You can also add rice or noodles to
soup – they soak up the sauce.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Braised Red Cabbage

2 T. butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 medium red cabbage, shredded
(about 8 C.)
1 tart apple, peeled/cored & sliced
1 T. sugar
1 T. red wine vinegar
1/2 C. good red wine
1 bay leaf
salt/ground black pepper

Melt butter in Dutch oven or soup
pot. Add onions & saute over medium
heat until soft, about 7 minutes. Add
cabbage, apple, sugar, vinegar, red wine
& bay leaf. Stir & simmer on Low 30-40
minutes until cabbage is tender. Remove
bay leaf & season with salt/pepper.
Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Grilled Ranch Potatoes

2 lb. baby potatoes, halved
1/4 tsp. olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 packet ranch salad dressing mix
kosher salt
ground black pepper
Ranch dressing – for drizzling
chopped fresh chives, for garnish

Preheat grill to Medium heat. In
large bowl toss potatoes with
olive oil, lemon juice & ranch
seasoning mix. Season with salt/
pepper & toss to coat. Thread
potatoes onto skewers & grill
until tender & lightly charred,
15 minutes. Drizzle with Ranch
dressing & garnish with chives.
Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Popcorn Balls

12 C. popped popcorn
1 (16 oz) bag regular sized marsh-
mallows
1/4 C. butter
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
8 oz. white chocolate chips
1-2 T. shortening
1/2 C. fall colors sprinkles

Lay out several sheets of waxed
paper on counter.
Heat butter in LARGE sauce pan over
medium heat until melted. Add
marshmallows & stir until
completely melted. Add pumpkin
pie spice – remove from heat & stir
in popped popcorn. Make sure
your hands are clean & spray
them with nonstick cooking spray.
Gently scoop up popcorn mixture &
press into a ball shape; place balls
on waxed paper.
Add white chocolate chips &
shortening to a deep bowl. Melt
accordg to pkg. directions in
microwave in 30 second increments,
stirring in between, until completely
melted & smooth. Dip balls in white
chocolate & then in sprinkles – place
back on waxed paper until chocolate
is hard.

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Cheesy Meatball Bake

1 lb. ground beef
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 C. finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. milk
2 C. marinara sauce
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. chopped parsley (garnish)

In large bowl combine ground beef,
garlic, Parm. cheese, breadcrumbs,
egg, salt/pepper & milk – mix until
thoroughly combined.
Preheat broiler.
Spray bottom of a 9 or 10″ skillet with
nonstick cooking spray. Form meatballs
approx. 1 1/2 inches in diameter & place
in a single layer in pan. Broil 8-10 minutes
until meatballs are cooked through &
browned on top.* Drain any fat/liquids in
pan. Pour marinara sauce over meatballs
& sprinkle cheese over sauce. Broil 3-5
until cheese is melted & browned.  Sprinkle
with parsley & serve immediately. Serves 4

*It does not say in the recipe, but I would
probably turn the meatballs at about 4 minutes
to make sure all sides are cooked.

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert

1 C. flour
1/2 C. cold butter, cubed
1 1/2 C. chopped cashews, divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/3 C. creamy peanut butter
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
2 2/3 C. cold milk
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. instant chocolate
pudding mix
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 (1.55 oz) milk chocolate candy
bar, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place flour & butter in food processor;
cover & process until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Add 1 C. nuts; pulse a
few times until combined. Spray 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick cooking spray &
press mixture into pan to form a crust.
Bake 25-28 minutes until golden brown.
Remove & cool completely on wire rack.
In small bowl beat cream cheese, peanut
butter & powdered sugar until smooth;
fold in 1 C. Cool Whip – spoon over crust.
In another bowl whisk milk & both pudding
mixes 2 minutes; let stand 2 minutes until
soft-set. Spread mixture over cream cheese
layer. Top with remaining Cool Whip mixture
& sprinkle with chopped chocolate &
remaining nuts. Cover & refrigerate at least
1 hour before serving. Serves 12-16

NOTE: You can substitute your favorite pudding
flavors; use almond butter in place of peanut
butter or use dark or white chocolate bars for
topping. You can also use fresh whipped
cream instead of Cool Whip.

If you are transporting this dessert during the
summer/warm weather, you can freeze this
dessert 20-30 minutes to keep it cold en route.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather has finally changed: it’s really COLD/
WET/RAINY/GLOOMY today! Woke up at 7 a.m. &
you would have thought it was the middle of the
night – it was DARK!!! Glad I don’t have to go out
until later today – it’s supposed to get down to
56…it’s 56 RIGHT NOW! Looking at our weather
forecast – we don’t get sun until Monday, but
still a HIGH of 56! UGH! (Here’s where I insert
my desire for INDIAN SUMMER! One can hope,
right?)

Hope you are staying warm & cosy – enjoy a
little something warm (tea, coffee, etc.) and
maybe a little added ‘extra’ (cookie, doughnut,
etc.) just to keep you ‘fortified’…hehehe.

Hugs;

Pammie

There are days – yawn…

Yep, that’s me this morning! Yesterday I got a phone call from oldest son asking if I could babysit 3:30 – around 10:30 p.m. as he was going to cover a bartender shift at his hotel for an employee – Sure…Ok. I don’t mind spending time with my very busy 7 mo. old grandson EXCEPT the little stinker does NOT like to take a nap! He took about a 40 minute nap somewhere around 4 something and then was UP until TEN P.M. just before his Dad got home (11:45p.m.). That makes for one VERY LONG day/evening for me – I was totally exhausted. Got home & went right to bed – TO bed, not to SLEEP – got about 3 hours sleep when my alarm went off to get up for church. Husband heard the alarm & said his neck was really stiff & sore, what did I think about skipping church today…2 seconds later I was back to SLEEP – slept until 11 a.m.! Yes, I was tired! (am planning on going to choir practice 4:45 & then evening church so all wasn’t lost). OH! The OTHER thing – when his dad got home he woke up while getting his diaper changed and then was TOTALLY AWAKE when I left! UGH! That kid!!! (didn’t text to ask how long he was up after that…not my problem!)

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Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

1 3/4 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3/4 C. milk
10 tsp. seedless strawberry
(or your favorite flavor) jam

Topping:
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/3 C. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine flour,
baking powder, salt, nutmeg
& cinnamon. In small bowl
combine sugar, oil, egg & milk;
stir into dry ingredients just
until moistened. Line muffin
cups with paper liners & fill each
cup half full of batter; place 1
tsp. jam on top & cover jam
with enough batter to fill
muffin cups 3/4ths full.
Bake 20-25 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Place melted
butter in small bowl; combine
sugar & cinnamon in another
bowl. Immediately after removing
muffins from oven dip tops in
butter then into cinnamon-sugar.
Serve warm. Makes 10 standard-
sized muffins

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

1/2 C. diced white onion
1/2 C. diced red bell pepper
1 C. frozen whole kernel corn
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 1/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1 (4 oz) can mild green chilies
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
6 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 T. cilantro leaves, chopped

1 C. tortilla strips

Toppings:
sour cream
chopped avocado
sliced black olives
shredded Cheddar cheese

Place onion, bell pepper, corn,
black beans, chicken, chilies,
tomato sauce, tomatoes, chili
powder, cumin, garlic powder,
chicken broth & salt into crockpot-
stir to combine. Cover & cook on
Low 6-8 hours or High 3-4 hours.
Remove chicken from crockpot,
shred using 2 forks & return meat
to crockpot. Stir in chopped cilantro
& ladle into bowls. Top with tortilla
strips & any toppings you might
like. Serve immediately.
Serves 4

NOTE: there is no mention in the
recipe of HOW they did the tortilla
strips, but by the photo it looks like
they might have cut flour tortillas into
strips, sprayed a sheet pan with non-
stick spray & put them on the sheet
& baked them for a few minutes to
crisp them up then topped the soup
with them.
(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Coconut-Curry Carrot Salad

1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. coconut milk
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 lb. carrots, shredded
1/3 C. sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 C. golden raisins
2 T. sweetened, flaked coconut,
toasted

Combine mayonnaise, coconut milk,
curry powder, salt & cayenne in
large bowl. Add remaining ingredients
& toss to coat. Serves 4

(recipe: hellmanns.com)
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Sesame Chicken Salad


1/3 C. mayonnaise
1 T. soy sauce
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1 1/3 C. cooked, cubed chicken breast
1/2 C. chopped fresh snow peas
1 small sweet red onion, chopped
1 T. sesame seeds, toasted
4 lettuce leaves
1 T. chopped cashews

In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, soy
sauce & ginger; stir in chicken, peas, pepper&
sesame seeds. Serve over lettuce leaves;
sprinkle tops with cashews. Serves 2

(recipe: moms2moms.com)
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Zesty Italian Chicken Salad
(grill)

1/2 C. zesty Italian salad dressing, divided
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb. fresh asparagus spears, cut into
2 inch lengths, blanched
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 C. thinly sliced red onions
1 (6 oz) pkg. baby spinach leaves
1/2 C. cashews

Pour 1/4 C. dressing over chicken in shallow
glass dish; turn chicken to evenly coat both
sides of each breast. Refrigerate 30 minutes
to marinade. Heat grill to medium heat. Remove
chicken from marinade, discard marinade. Grill
chicken 6-8 minutes on each side or until done
(165 degrees F.); cut into strips. Place chicken &
vegetables on spinach-covered platter; sprinkle
with nuts & drizzle with remaining dressing.
Serves 4 (2 1/2 C. each)

(recipe: Kraft foods)
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Sausage Gravy & Biscuits

1 (16.3 oz) tub Pillsbury Grands!
refrigerated biscuits

12 oz. bulk pork sausage
1/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
3 C. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake biscuits accordg. to pkg.
directions on tube. In large skillet
crumble sausage & cook over
medium-high heat until browned
& no longer pink, stirring frequently.
Using wire whisk, stir in flour, salt/
pepper then gradually stir in milk.
Cook, whisking constantly, until
mixture thickens. Split baked,
warm biscuits & place on serving
plates. Serve sausage mixture
over split biscuits. Serves 8

(recipe: pillsbury.com)
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Arugula & Green Apple Salad

2 limes
3 T. mayonnaise
1 T. olive oil
1 T. water
2 tsp. firmly packed light
brown sugar
4 C. arugula or baby spinach
leaves
1 medium Granny Smith apple,
cored/thinly sliced
1/3 C. pine nuts, toasted
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
or shaved

In a bowl grate rind of 1 lime to measure
1 tsp. zest then squeeze juice from
both limes. Combine mayonnaise,
olive oil, water, lime juice, lime zest &
brown sugar. Arrange arugula on a
serving platter; top with apple slices &
pine nuts. Drizzle with lime dressing &
garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: hellmanns.com)
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Apple Crisp Pizza

Pastry for single crust pie (9 inches)
2/3 C. sugar
3 T. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 medium apples (Gala, Fiji,
Braeburn, Empire), peeled/
diced 1/4 inch pieces

Topping:
1/2 C. flour
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. old fashioned rolled oats
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 C. salted butter, softened

Drizzle:
1/2 C. caramel ice cream topping

ice cream, for serving with pizza,
if desired
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Roll pastry to fit a 12″ pizza pan;
fold under edges to give the pizza
a bit of a raised crust. Combine sugar,
flour & cinnamon in medium bowl.
Add peeled/diced apples & toss to
coat. Arrange apples in single layer
over pie crust to completely cover it.

Topping:
Combine flour, brown sugar, oats,
cinnamon & butter in a bowl; mix
well. Sprinkle evenly over apples.
Bake 35-40 minutes until apples are
tender. Remove from oven &
immediately drizzle caramel topping
over pizza. Cut into slices & serve
warm (with ice cream, if desired).
Makes 12 slices.

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)

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Our weather is beautiful for Fall in
Michigan – the sun is shining & it’s almost
70 degrees F.; lots of colorful leaves on
the trees & ground. THIS is the time of
year I love (before we get the cold) when
apples are in season and it’s a lovely day
to take a walk.

Gas prices are dropping slightly now to
$2.39/9 (thanks to one of my readers
who mentioned that would happen
fairly soon!).

Hope you are having a LOVELY day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

The Long Holiday Weekend

Here we are at Saturday AND the second day in September – Wow, did that come up fast! So far, don’t have any actual ‘plans’ for these few days (Saturday-Monday); I put spareribs in the crockpot yesterday & we had BBQ ribs, corn on the cob & baked potatoes . . . yummy. Don’t know if you’ve ever tried it, but ribs in a crockpot come out SO moist & fall-off-the-bones! AND – corn on the cob cooked in the microwave is SO EASY! Last year I saw a video on YouTube that changed my way of cooking corn on the cob:

He’s right – it comes out really easily from the silks/husks and tastes great!

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No-Bake Triple Layer Lemon Pudding Pie

1 ready-to-use graham cracker or shortbread
pie crust
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant lemon pudding mix
2 C. whole milk
1 T. fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream**
3 T. powdered sugar

Combine instant pudding mix, milk & fresh
lemon juice in large bowl; whisk together
until pudding is thick (about 2 minutes). Spread
1 1/2 C. into crust. *In another large bowl beat
heavy whipping cream & powdered sugar using
elec. mixer until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes).
Add half of freshly whipped cream to remaining
pudding mix & whisk together until combined.
Spread over lemon layer in crust. Top pie with
remaining whipped cream. Cover & refrigerate
at least 3-4 hours before serving. For best
results, prepare & refrigerate overnight.
Serves 8

*To speed up whipping the cream, place
bowl & elec. mixer beaters in freezer
about 15 minutes to get ice cold. The
colder, the better as it will speed up
the process of whipping the cream
(usually 2-3 minutes instead of 5
minutes or more).

**If you don’t want to use heavy whipping
cream, you can use 8 oz. tub Cool Whip,
thawed – combine half of tub with
remaining lemon pudding mix & other
half to top pie.

(recipe: togetherasfamily.com)
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Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini

2 eggplants thinly sliced
lengthwise
salt/black pepper
2 T. olive oil (plus more for
brushing)
1 T. balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 small zucchini, trimmed/
sliced
(optional: mint leaves – garnish)

Sprinkle eggplant slices with
2 tsp. salt -place in a colander for
30 minutes. Mix oil, vinegar & garlic –
season with salt/pepper.
Preheat a ridged grill pan over High
heat. Brush zucchini with a little olive
oil & season with salt/pepper. Cook
zucchini, turning once, about 3 minutes
until tender. Transfer to a large bowl.
Rinse eggplants & pat dry with paper
towels. Brush eggplants with olive oil
& cook about 5 minutes, turning once.
Transfer to bowl with zucchini, add
dressing & mix. Stir in mint leaves (if
using). Let stand at least 30 minutes
before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Bacon & Egg Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
8 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. finely chopped red onion
2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper

In large pot boiling water cook
macaroni over High heat 7-9
minutes or just until tender;
drain & rinse under cold water.
Place cooked macaroni in large
bowl & add all other remaining
ingredients – mix well. Cover &
refrigerate at least 1 hour before
serving. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Warm Potato & Sausage Salad

3 lb. red potatoes
1 lb. Kielbasa sausage, sliced
4 scallions, sliced
1/2 C. dill pickle relish
1/4 C. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 C. olive oil
1/4 C. white wine vinegar or
white vinegar
1 T. chopped fresh taragon
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cloves garlic, minced

Cook potatoes in boiling water
(to cover potatoes) in Dutch oven
10-15 minutes until tender; drain &
cool to touch. Cook sausage in large
nonstick skillet over medium-high
heat 4 minutes until browned; drain
& set aside. Slice potatoes; combine
potatoes, scallions, pickle relish &
parsley in large bowl – stir in sausage.
Combine oil & remaining ingredients
in 2-Cup microwave-safe measuring
cup. Microwave on High 45 seconds
or until mixture is very warm (do
not boil). Pour warm dressing over
potatoe mixture & toss to coat.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Quick & Easy Corn Salsa

3 C. frozen whole kernel
corn, thawed
1 (15 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet red pepper,
finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
finely chopped
1/3 C. rice vinegar
1 T. olive oil
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1/4 tsp. black pepper
dash cayenne pepper
2/3 C. fresh cilantro, minced

dippers: corn chips, potato
chips, crackers, etc.

In large bowl combine first
5 ingredients. In another bowl
whisk vinegar, oil, mustard,
salt, hot pepper sauce, pepper &
cayenne. Stir in cilantro. Drizzle
over corn mixture & toss to
coat. Chill until serving.
Makes 20 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chicken/Bacon/Ranch Skewers

1 C. Ranch salad dressing plus
more for drizzling
juice of 1/2 lemon
pinch cayenne pepper
kosher salt
ground black pepper
1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into
1″ chunks (skinless)
16 slices bacon
1 C. cherry tomatoes
chopped chives, garnish

Heat grill to Medium heat. In
medium bowl stir ranch dressing,
lemon juice & cayenne – season
with salt/pepper. Add chicken &
toss to coat.

Assemble Skewers:

Start with a piece of bacon; add
a piece of chicken then weave
bacon back over the skewer. Add
a cherry tomato & weave bacon
back over skewer. Repeat, using
2 pieces of bacon per skewer. Season
skewers with salt/pepper. Lay a
piece of foil down on brill & add
skewers. Grill, turning occasionally,
until chicken is no longer pink &
bacon is cooked through &crispy,
8 minutes per side. Drizzle skewers
with Ranch dressing & garnish with
chives. Makes 8 skewers

(recipe: delish.com)
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Sticky Grilled Chicken

1/2 C. soy sauce
1/2 C. balsamic vinegar
3 T. honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, chopped
1 lb. chicken drumsticks
2 T. sesame seeds (garnish)

Make Marinade:
In large bowl whisk soy sauce,
bals. vinegar, honey, garlic &
green onions. Reserve 1/2 C.
for basting chicken after grilling.
Add chicken to a large ziplock
bag or baking dish & pour
marinade over chicken. Let
marinade in refrigerate at least
3 hours (or up to overnight).

When ready to grill:
Heat grill to High. Oil grates &
add chicken, then periodically
baste with marinade & grill
until cooked through 10-12
minutes per side. Garnish
with sesame seeds & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Short & Sweet Baked Beans
(crockpot)

4 slices bacon
1 C. frozen chopped onion
4 (15 oz, ea) cans pork & beans in
tomato sauce, drained
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. molasses
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Cook bacon in large skillet over
medium heat until done; drain,
reserving 1 tsp. drippings; crumble
bacon. Place bacon, reserved
drippings, onion & remaining
ingredients in 3-4 qt. crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours.
Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pioneer Woman’s Apple Dumplings

2 large Granny Smith apples
2 (8 oz, ea) cans crescent rolls
2 sticks butter
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. (or 6 oz. can) Mountain
Dew soda/pop or 7-UP
or half 12 oz can

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Peel apples & slice
into 8 wedges. Separate dough
into triangles. Roll each apple wedge
in dough starting at wide end. Pinch
to seal dough & cover apple. Place
in baking dish* Melt butter in small
saucepan & stir in sugar & cinnamon;
heat, whisking to combine. Mixture
will slowly combine & thicken – when
it’s thickened, remove from heat &
add vanilla. Pour mixture over dumplings.
Pour pop/soda over dumplings & bake
30-45 minutes until golden brown.

*Poster says it’s easier if you first pat
apple wedge dry – then wrap dough
around it.

(recipe: thepioneerwoman.com)

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Our weather is cooler (High today expected
to be 67 degrees F.) but sunny so it’s pleasant
to look out the window. I’m not much of an
‘outdoors’ person, but love seeing the sunshine!

Hope you are able to have a RELAXING weekend!

Hugs;

Pammie

Accepting getting old – gracefully (I hope)

Yesterday found me baby/kid sitting for 10 hours! Mind you, my grandsons are great BUT I’m 69 1/2 and not getting any younger! The day before youngest grandson, now 6 months, popped his first bottom tooth AND had 3 baby shots at the doctors! Yep, you guessed it – he was cranky! We started out the day just great – he had fun playing on the floor but…when it came time for him to take a nap he really fought it. Finally ‘crashed’ – for a total of 20 minutes…sigh. Older grandson (age 11) helped at times keeping the baby amused but about 5 p.m. or so the baby got REALLY cranky – ugh. (Mind you – it was also Knit/Crochet night at 6:30…so I was really sweating it that my son got home before I needed to leave!). Fast forward to 6 p.m., 6:15 finally son arrived. Baby FINALLY slept and I left to go home, change clothes, brush hair, grab knit stuff & go to Panera. When I arrived (a little late) at Panera the ladies all said: “You look EXHAUSTED! What happened?” They were right, took me about 5 minutes to just process what I was doing next – stood in line for food/drink and rather zombie-like ordered food (almost like point at sign & grunt). I made it through the evening – SOoooooooo glad to be home. Today is a ‘down’ day and I’m fully planning on relaxing as much as possible (tonight is special needs group). You can REALLY feel just how (semi) old you’re getting after a 10 hour babysitting day – let me tell ya! (Oh, Thursday older grandson is coming over to our house for a few hours …hopefully only a FEW hours while baby’s Mom takes baby to a baby appointment.)

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
3/4 C. plain yogurt
1/4 C. canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. shredded zucchini

Frosting:
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate,
chopped
1/4 C. butter, cubed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl whisk first 7
ingredients. In another bowl
whisk eggs, yogurt, oil &
vanilla until blended – add to
flour mixture & stir just until
moistened. Stir in zucchini &
pour into prepared pan. Bake
25-30 minutes until top springs
back when lightly touched.
Cool completely in pan on wire
rack.


Frosting:


Place evap. milk, sugar & vanilla
in a blender; cover & process
30 seconds. In a microwave-safe
bowl melt chocolate & butter; stir
until smooth then add to milk
mixture. Cover & process 30-45
seconds until thickened & smooth,
stopping to scrape down sides of
blender container as needed.
Serves 15

NOTE: Be careful when microwaving
chocolate – it can scorch easily. To
avoid this, stir every 10-15 seconds
or use a lower power level.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Fresh Garden Salad

2 C. chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
1/4 C. yellow corn
1/2 C. fresh tomato, chopped
1 C. roasted small yellow potatoes
1/2 C. cooked/chopped meat of
your choice
1/8 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 T. ranch dressing (or Greek yogurt)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a sheet tray with nonstick
cooking spray; cut potatoes into
small pieces & arrange on tray in
single layer. Spray potatoes with
nonstick cooking spray (or brush
with a little olive oil) & bake 20
minutes until brown. (You can
also place cut up broccoli and/or
cauliflower on tray & roast as well).
Place all ingredients in large bowl-
toss & serve.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Ham & Garden Vegetable Soup

3 1/2 C. chicken broth
2 C. water
4 T. butter (optional)
4 potatoes, peeled/cut up
1 C. chopped green onion (or
regular onion)
3-4 carrots, scraped/chopped
2 C. chopped, cooked ham
1/2 C. dried black-eyed peas
(optional)
2 C. chopped fresh spinach
1/2 C. fresh, chopped okra
(optional)
1/2 C. fresh corn kernels
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T. chopped fresh basil (or dried)
1 T. chopped fresh parsley (or dried)

Combine all ingredients in large pot;
bring to boil – turn heat down to
simmer & cook about 45 minutes
until potatoes & black-eyed peas
(if using) are done. Makes 8 Cups
or servings.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Cheesy Zucchini Cornbread Muffins

2 C. self-rising cornmeal *
1/3 C. self-rising flour
2 eggs
1 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 C. buttermilk (or regular milk)
2 T. cooking oil (or bacon drippings)
1 C. shredded zucchini
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
cheese of your choice)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a muffin tin with nonstick
cooking spray. Combine cornmeal,
flour, eggs, sugar, buttermilk & oil
in large bowl – mix well with spoon.
Fold in zucchini & cheese. Fill each
muffin cup to about 1/4″ from top.
Bake 25-30 minutes until golden
on top. Makes 12 muffins.

*If you don’t have self-rising cornmeal:
Mix regular cornmeal with 1 1/2 tsp.
baking powder & 1/2 tsp. salt.

NOTE: these muffins are great with
cooked, crumbled bacon – fold in
bacon with batter before baking.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Tomato Pie

1 deep dish pie shell
about 3 C. sliced/chopped
tomatoes*
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil
salt/pepper, to taste
2-3 T. mayonnaise
5 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
1 1/2 C. shredded cheese of your choice
(poster used shredded Parmesan, Swiss,
& Mexican blend – 1/2 C. each)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Punch holes in bottom of pie
crust & cook empty pie crust 10
minutes.
Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F.
Remove from oven & add a layer of
cheese, onion & tomatoes; sprinkle
with salt/pepper, oregano & basil.
Continue layering until you have
used up all ingredients
EXCEPT 1/2 C. cheese. Mix crumbled
bacon, mayo & cheese – spread on top
of pie. (you can sprinkle on extra
cheese if desired). Bake 35-40
minutes. Remove from oven & let
stand at least 15 minutes before
cutting.

*try to use firm tomatoes. Poster
said she chopped tomatoes & put
them in a colander to drain at least
30 minutes before adding to pie.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Golden Chicken
with Noodles

2 (10 3/4 oz, ea) cans cream of
chicken soup
1/2 C. water
1/4 C. lemon juice
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 large carrots, thickly sliced
(about 6 C.)
8 skinless, boneless chicken
breast halves (about 2 lb)

4 C. egg noodles, cooked/drained
chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Stir soup, water, lemon juice,
mustard, garlic powder & carrots
into crockpot. Add chicken &
stir to coat. Cover & cook on
Low 7-8 hours until chicken is
thoroughly cooked.
Serve with cooked noodles &
sprinkle with parsley.
Serves 8

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Quick Roasted Shrimp Salad

2 1/2 lb. (12-15 count) shrimp
1 T. olive oil
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 C. mayonnaise
1 T. oranze zest (2 oranges)
2 T. freshly squeezed orange
juice
1 T. white wine vinegar
1/4 C. minced fresh dill
2 T. capers, drained
2 T. red onion, diced small

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Peel/devein shrimp – place on
a sheet pan with olive oil,
1 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. black pepper –
toss together. Spread shrimp in
one layer & roast 6-8 minutes,
just until pink, firm & cooked through.
Allow to cool 3 minutes.
Sauce:
In large bowl whisk mayo, orange
zest, orange juice, vinegar, 1/2 tsp.
salt & 1/2 tsp. pepper. When shrimp
are cool, add shrimp to sauce & toss
well. Add dill, capers & red onion
& toss well. Let stand, at room
temp., half hour. You can also chill
& serve at room temp. Serves 6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Fresh Blackberry Pie

2 (9 inch, ea) pie shells, unbaked
4 1/2 C. fresh blackberries
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. flour
3 T. butter or margarine
milk & 1 tsp. brown sugar (for top
of crust – optional, adds shine to
crust)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray then place crust
in plate. Prick crust with a fork.
Mix all ingredients in large
bowl except butter, milk &
brown sugar – pour into pie
shell. Cut butter into pieces
& place on top of filling. Place
second pie shell on top & cut
slits for steam to escape. Very
lightly brush a tiny bit of milk
on top of crust & sprinkle with
1 tsp. brown sugar. Bake 15
minutes. Reduce oven heat
to 375 & bake 20-25 minutes
longer until pie is brown on top.
Remove from oven & let cool
before cutting. Makes 1 pie.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)

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Due to all the hurricane weather in our country, our weather
has cooled off considerably – high 60’s to low
70’s, overcast & rainy. (Feels like Fall – ugh).

I noticed the gas prices also jumped about 20
cents a gallon – we’re now looking at $2.59/9
for regular.

Hope you are able to take a little time each
day to do something for you: a nice warm
cuppa-something you like (or iced, if that’s
your favorite), maybe a 10-minute nap,
read a book, do a crossword or word-search
puzzle – something to let your mind & body
RELAX a little – you’re worth it!

Hugs;

Pammie