More Summertime Recipes!

Strawberry Banana Poke Cake

1 (13.25 oz) box strawberry cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 C. whole milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) boxes instant banana pudding
mix
4 C. cold whole milk

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
4 bananas, thinly sliced
1 pint strawberries, cleaned/thinly sliced

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl beat cake
mix, eggs, melted butter & 1 C. milk,
stirring until mixture is smooth. Pour
batter into prepared dish & bake accordg.
to cake pkg. directions. While cake bakes:
Whisk pudding mix & 4 C. cold milk. Remove
cake from oven & using the handle of a
wooden spoon, poke holes all over top of
cake 2 inches apart. Pour pudding over top
of cake & smooth to fill holes. Refrigerate
cake to set pudding.
Once pudding is set, top with a thick layer
of Cool Whip. Top with sliced strawberries &
bananas. Slice & serve.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

2 medium zucchini (about 1 lb, total)
1 T. olive oil
1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
(3/4 oz)
1/4 C. plain dry breadcrumbs
1/8 tsp. salt
fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray. Slice
zucchini into 1/4 inch thick rounds.
In medium bow, toss zucchini with
oil. In small bowl combine Parm.,
bread crumbs, salt & a few turns of
pepper. Dip each round into Parm.
mixture, coating evenly on both
sides & pressing coating on to
stick. Place in a single layer on
prepared sheet. Bake 25-30
minutes until browned & crisp.
Remove with a spatula & serve
immediately.
Makes 4 servings (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Black Bean & Corn Salad

1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
2 C. frozen corn kernels
1 small red bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, (half a palm
full)
2 tsp. hot sauce (recommended Tabasco)
1 lime, juiced
2 T. vegetable or olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Let
stand at least 15 minutes for corn to fully
defrost & flavors to combine, then toss
& serve. Serves 4

NOTE: using frozen corn – the corn will
add a quick-chill to this salad as it
defrosts – no need to refrigerate

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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30-Minute Grilled Chicken Thighs
(& Watermelon/Feta Salad

5 large cloves garlic, 4 grated/
1 whole
1/2 C. plus 2 T. olive oil (plus more
for oiling grill grates)
zest & juice of 2 lemons
1 T. dried oregano
4 large bone-in, skin on chicken
thighs (about 2 lb)
1/2 of medium watermelon, about
3 lb.
1 garden cucumber, peeled (8 oz)
1 (4 oz) block feta cheese
1/2 C. pitted Kalamata olives
kosher salt/gr. black pepper
1/2 baguette, halved length-wise
1/2 C. fresh mint leaves, torn into
large pieces

Prepare grill for medium heat.
Place grated garlic in large ziplock
bag; add 1/4 C. oil, lemon zest &
juice, oregano & chicken. Seal bag
tightly & (using your hands) vigorously
massage marinade into chicken, making
sure chicken is evenly coated. Marinate
at least 10 minutes at room temp.

Remove rind from watermelon, cut fruit
into 1 inch cubes & place in large mixing
bowl. (should be about 6 C.) Quarter the
cucumber lengthwise & cut into 1-inch
pieces-place on top of watermelon in bowl.
Cut feta cheese into 1/2-inch cubes & place
on top of cucumber. Top with Kalamata
olives. (DO not mix yet).

Remove chicken from marinade & place on
a platter. Lightly oil grill grates & sprinkle
chicken liberally with salt/pepper – arrange
pieces skin-sides down on grill, leaving some
space between pieces. Cook until skin is lightly
charred & releases itself from grill, about 2
minutes. Rotate chicken about 90 degrees so
skin won’t burn – cook 2 more minutes. Flip &
cook an additional 5 minutes. Cover grill & cook
until an instant-read thermometer inserted into
deepest part of chicken reads 165 degrees F.,
about 5 more minutes. Transfer to a platter &
let rest at least 5 minutes before serving.
While chicken is resting, brush the cut sides
of the baguette halves with 2 T. oil & sprinkle
with salt/pepper. Arrange bread, cut-sides down,
on grill & cook until lightly charred & warmed
through, about 2 minutes. Halve remaining
garlic clove & lightly rub cut sides of garlic on
hot bread. Halve each piece of baguette.

Scatter most of shredded mint over watermelon
mixture; add remaining 1/4 C. olive oil & a large
pinch of salt/pepper -stir gently to combine.

Divide watermelon salad among 4 dinner plates
with 1 piece chicken & some bread. Garnish with
remaining mint & serve immediately.
Serves 4

NOTE: If using a charcoal grill, be sure to allow a
little extra time to let coals reach the proper
temperature before cooking.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Mediterranean Cucumber & Tomato Salad

1 cucumber, skin-on, seeded/chopped
1 pint cherry tomatoes (25-30) halved or
quartered
3 radishes, chopped (or can substitute
a few T. chopped red onion)
1 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded/chopped
handful fresh parsley
1 T. olive oil
3 T. lemon juice
salt, to taste

Combine all ingredients in large bowl &
toss well. Serve at room temp. or refrigerate.
Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Creamy Crockpot Corn

1 (24 oz) pkg. frozen corn
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1/4 C. butter, cubed
2 T. sugar
salt/pepper – to taste

Place frozen corn in crockpot; add
butter & cream cheese. Add sugar,
salt/pepper – stir to combine.
Cover & cook on High 2 hours
(or Low 4 hours). Halfway through
cooking time stir again, cover &
continue to cook.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Hot Fudge Brownies

1 (20 oz) box brownie mix – prepared
with ingredients on box (but not baked)
1 C. chocolate syrup
1 C. hot water

Optional toppings:
vanilla ice cream, Cool Whip (thawed),
maraschino cherries, sprinkles, chopped nuts
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Spray crockpot insides with nonstick cooking
spray. Pour brownie batter into crockpot &
spread evenly. In a bowl combine choc.
syrup & water – pour over batter. Cover &
cook on High 2 1/2 – 3 hours until edges
are just set. Remove lid & let stand 30
minutes so middle can set up. Serve with
your favorite toppings. Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Enjoy this great SUMMER weather while it lasts!

Hugs:

Pammie

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It’s Tuesday

We took my minivan into the dealership yesterday – air conditioning only works on drivers side, big roofing nail in front tire, slow leak in back tire AND a rattling noise by the tailpipe – just a ‘few’ things, right? They called today – they can fix the air (under warrantee – YAY!), fix the tires BUT the rattle is the heat shield (the bolts rusted off) so we have to take it to their body shop to have THEM fix it – oh, joy – next week another trip to the dealership. Life goes on, right?

The weather is beginning to look a little “Fall-like” – not sure if it’s just because of the heat but leaves are falling off the trees. Temps are still in the 70’s with rain showers in the evenings.

Lots of summer recipes still to share:

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Grilled Cantaloupe Salad with Blueberry/
Ginger Vinaigrette

6 C. greens
6 wedges cantaloupe (grilled & cut into
1/2″ chunks) SEE BELOW
1/2 C. blueberries
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1/4 C. crumbled goat cheese

Vinaigrette:

1 C. fresh blueberries
1/4 C. fresh ginger, peeled, add
more, if desired
1 lemon
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 T. white balsamic vinegar
1/4 C. olive oil
1 T. honey
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How to Grill Cantaloupe:
Make sure grill grates are clean; preheat
to medium-high heat (about 450-500 degrees F.)
Spray grill with a grill-specific cooking spray or brush
grates with either vegetable or canola oil. Lay cant.
slices on hot grill – cook 3 minutes; flip & cook another
3-4 minutes until cantaloupe is softened with grill
marks. Remove from grill & cool enough to touch.
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Lay greens on a serving platter – arrange grilled
cantaloupe & blueberries on top. Sprinkle
pecans & goat cheese on top.

Viniagrette:
Place all viniagrette ingredients in a blender or
food processor – blend until smooth (there will
be small pieces of blueberry skin). Pour dressing
over salad or serve on the side. Store extra
dressing in fridge up to 3 days – shake well
before serving. Serves 6-8

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crustless Tomato Pie

4 tomatoes, sliced
1 T. salt
1 T. butter
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. fresh oregano, chopped
6-7 leaves basil, chopped
2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
plus extra for sprinkling on top
2 eggs, beaten

Spray a pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. Sliced tomatoes & lay
out on plates – sprinkle lightly with
salt & let stand 20 minutes.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In small skillet over medium-high
heat melt butter. Add onion &
garlic, saute about 8 minutes
until onions are soft – transfer
to a medium bowl. Add cheese,
eggs, herbs & pepper to bowl – stir
to combine. Drain water off tomatoes.
Using a paper towel, gently blot tomatoes
to soak up excess moisture & arrange
in single layer in prepared pie plate. Top
with about 1/4 C. of cheese mixture &
repeat until all ingredients have been
used, finishing with a layer of tomatoes.
Top with a sprinkle of mozz. cheese.
Bake 30-40 minutes until edges are
lightly browned. Serves 8

(recipe: biscuitsandburlap.com)
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Zucchini/Cheese Casserole

4 T. butter, divided
6 small zucchini, chopped (about
7 C.)
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 C. crushed Rice Chex cereal
1 C. shredded Colby/Mozzarella
Jack cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet heat 2 T. butter over
medium-high heat. Add zucchini &
onion – cook & stir 10-12 minutes until
crisp-tender. Transfer to a bowl & cool
slightly. In a microwave-save bowl, melt
remaining butter – drizzle over cereal
& toss to coat. Stir cheese, eggs, salt/pepper
into zucchini mixture. Transfer to prepared
dish & sprinkle top with cereal mixture.
Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes until heated
through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Mississippi Whole Chicken

1 (5-6 lb) whole chicken
1 envelope dry Ranch Salad Dressing mix
1 envelope Au Just Gravy Mix (or Brown
Gravy mix)
1/2 stick (1/4 C.) butter, sliced
6 pepperoncinis (come in a jar in the
pickle aisle of grocery stores)
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Rinse chicken (remove any organs/neck,
etc. from cavity) – pat chicken dry &
place in bottom of crockpot. Sprinkle the
two envelopes on top of chicken & place
butter slices on top. Add pepperoncinis
on top. Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours.
Scrape excess seasonings off top of
chicken into the cooking liquid. Place
whole chicken in a serving or baking dish.
Mix seasonings into cooking liquid & pour
over chicken. Arrange pepperoncinis around
chicken. Serves 4-6

NOTE: the pepperoncinis add great flavor
but, if you’re not a fan of heat, you don’t
HAVE to eat them!

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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3-Bean Macaroni Salad

1 C. elbow macaroni, uncooked
1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
halved
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can great Northern beans,
drained/rinsed
1 green pepper, seeded/chopped
3/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. Zesty Italian salad dressing
2 T. chopped fresh dill

Cook macaroni in large saucepan
accordg. to pkg. directions (omitting
salt) – add green beans to boiling
water for last 2 minutes. Drain, rinse
with cold water & drain again. Place
macaroni mixture in large bowl; add
remaining beans, peppers & onions –
mix lightly. Mix remaining ingredients
until blended & add to salad – toss to
coat. Serves 16 (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Lemonade Frosting

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. butter, softened
6 C. powdered sugar
1 T. lemon zest
3 T. fresh lemon juice

Beat cream cheese & butter at
medium speed with elec. mixer
until creamy. Gradually add in
powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time,
beating at Low speed until
blended after each addition. Beat
in lemon zest & juice just until
blended. Increase speed to High
& beat until light & fluffy.

(recipe: Rhonda G-Marys Recipe
Exchange)
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Fiesta Corn/Squash Casserole

5 C. chopped squash (yellow or
zucchini or a combination of both)
water, to cover squash
1 1/2 C. fresh or frozen corn (no need
to thaw)
1/4 C. chopped onion
1/4 C. evaporated or regular milk
2 T. butter
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cumin (optional)
1/2 C. finely shredded Fiesta-blend
cheese
1 egg

Topping:

1 C. plain Panko bread crumbs (you
could also use crushed Ritz crackers)
2 T. butter, melted
1/2 C. finely shredded Fiesta-blend
cheese (combination of shredded
Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla
& Asadero cheeses)

Combine bread crumbs & butter
& sprinkle over casserole – sprinkle
on 1/2 C. cheese.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a large casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place squash in a pot on stove & cover
with water; bring to boil & cook about
10 minutes until squash gets soft when
poked with a fork. Add corn & onion –
cook 5 minutes more. Remove from stove
& drain water. Add milk, butter, pepper/
salt, garlic powder, cumin (if using), cheese
& egg – stir to combine. Pour mixture into
a casserole dish & sprinkle on topping.
Bake casserole 20 minutes until brown on
top. Serves about 6

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Cider-glazed Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled/cubed
2 tart apples, cored/sliced
1 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
salt/pepper, to taste
2 T. olive oil, divided
6 chicken thighs, trimmed
2/3 C. apple cider
2 T. honey
1 T. grainy mustard
1 T. butter
3 sprigs fresh rosemary

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl combine potatoes,
apples & chopped rosemary; season
with salt/pepper. Drizzle with 1 T. oil;
toss to coat. Heat remaining oil in
large cast-iron skillet over medium-
high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down;
cook 3-5 minutes, until golden. Remove
chicken to a plate. Stir cider, honey &
mustard into drippings in skillet – bring
to almost-boil; cook until mixture has
cooked down slightly. Whisk in butter &
return chicken to skillet, skin-side up.
Spoon potato mixture around chicken;
add rosemary sprigs to skillet & place
skillet in oven. Bake, uncovered, 20
minutes, until chicken is cooked through &
potatoes are tender. If potatoes need to
cook longer, transfer chicken to a platter &
let stand. Return skillet to oven until
potatoes are tender. Serve chicken &
potato mixture topped with sauce from
skillet. Serves 6

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Spiced Zucchini Sheet Cake

1 large zucchini, cut in half, peeled/
(seeds removed) chopped into large
chunks
1/2 C. melted butter
1 1/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Icing:
2 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. sour cream
dash salt
milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a large edged sheet pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place zucchini chunks in a blender &
blend until smooth (you will need
1 1/2 C. puree). Add melted butter,
sugar & milk to blender – mix until
combined. Add eggs, vanilla & mix
until combined.
In medium bowl toss flour, baking soda,
salt, cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves.
Add dry ingredients to wet & mix
just until combined. Pour batter into
prepared sheet & smooth evenly.
Bake 12-15 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Remove from oven & allow to cool
completely on a wire rack.

Icing:
In a large bowl combine powdered
sugar, softened butter, vanilla, sour
cream & dash salt – mix & add a bit of
milk if icing is too thick. When cake is
cooled, spread icing on top & spread
evenly. Refrigerate 1 hour to allow
icing to set. Slice into bars & serve

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

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Hope you have a GREAT week!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Sunday!

On & off rain here lately – fortunately, it’s mostly been at night! We had a pretty windy/heavy storm last night and are supposed to be getting more today. The ‘good’ thing about that? I don’t have to remember to water my outdoor hanging flower baskets!

Not much new around here, almost done with the pink baby blanket, 3/4ths done with the chevron blanket and – (getting bored) – started a man’s winter scarf the other day with very heavy (donated) yarn. I don’t usually use thick yarn OR big knitting needles, so this is an ‘experience’ for me. The needles I’m using are size 15 (I usually use a 6 or 8) – the yarn colors remind me of a German Shepherd dog – black/various browns & a medium grey mixture – it will make a nice, heavy scarf (if I don’t go crazy knitting it!)

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For all of you who just want a ‘little’ dessert:

Choc. Chip Cookie-in-a-Mug
Makes 1

1 T. real butter, salted or unsalted
small pinch salt
1 T. granulated sugar
1 T. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk
3 T. flour
2 T. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place butter in microwave-safe mug
& melt – (about 20 seconds) Stir in salt,
white & brown sugars & vanilla. Add egg
yolk; stir well then add flour. Stir again &
add choc. chips. Stir & microwave approx.
40 seconds

NOTE: cookie will continue to cook when
you take it out – let it cool slightly then eat.
You can also add a little ice cream on top.
-No baking soda or baking powder needed
-there is enough butter to keep it from sticking
to sides of mug.
-Can also be made in a small microwave-safe bowl
or ramekin.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Crockpot Squash Au Gratin
(low carb)

1/4 C. melted butter
1 T. minced garlic
1 medium zucchini, sliced thin
1 medium yellow squash, sliced thin
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. pork rinds, crushed finely
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Pour butter in bottom of crockpot;
sprinkle garlic evenly over butter.
In large bowl mix mayo, sour cream, 1/2
C. cheese, pork rinds, squash &
zucchini – pour mixture into crockpot
& spread out evenly. Top with
remaining cheese. Cover & cook on
High 3-4 hours until squash is tender
& edges are golden brown.
Serves 6-8

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Easy BLT Pasta Salad

12 oz. elbow (or other short) pasta
9 strips bacon, cooked crisp/rough chopped
1 C. Ranch salad dressing
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded/diced
2 C. romaine lettuce, cut into
bite-sized pieces
2 T. chives, chopped

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
until al dente; drain & rinse under cold
water until cooled. In large bowl mix
cooled pasta & ranch dressing, stir to
coat. Add most of tomatoes, lettuce
& most of bacon – gently stir to combine
& coat all ingredients. Garnish top of dish
with reserved tomatoes, bacon & chives.
Serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken

4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 strips thick-cut bacon cut into
bite-sized pieces
3/4 C. prepared Ranch salad dressing
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Preheat grill to Medium-high heat (about
375 degrees F.)
Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets
parchment paper & use a heavy rolling
pin or pan to pound chicken to an even
thickness. Drizzle chicken with oil & season
with salt/pepper & garlic powder on both
sides. Grill chicken about 5-7 minutes per
side until internal temperature reaches 160
degrees F.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-
high heat until crisp; drain all but 1 T. grease.
Return bacon & grease to stove top. Turn
heat to Low & add ranch dressing, stirring
to form a sauce. Add grilled chicken to pan
& coat with sauce, letting simmer 1-2 minutes.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Grilled Campfire Potatoes
(can also be made in oven)

1 lb. sweet onions (like Vidalia), peeled/
cut into 1/4″ slices
2 T. fresh garlic, chopped
2 lb. russet potatoes, peeled/sliced into
1/4″ slices
2 T. olive oil
4 T. melted butter
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. fresh thyme, chopped
1 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. paprika

Heat grill to maintain a closed cover
temp. of 350 degrees F. (OR) heat
oven to same temp.
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Lay out two 30″ long sheets foil on top
of each other, shiny sides up*
Place 2 pieces of parchment paper next
to each other over the foil. Sprinkle onions &
garlic over parchment.
In large bowl place sliced potatoes, oil, butter,
salt/pepper, thyme, rosemary & paprika – toss.
Lay in single layer over onions & garlic. Fold up
sides of foil/parchment & crimp together in
center then fold up & crimp ends. Make several
slits in top for steam. Place packet on grill with
cover closed (OR) in oven. Cook 30 minutes.
Remove & serve. Serves 6

*Interesting fact: Shiny side of foil reflects heat
& dull side absorbs heat. (information from the
manufacturing of tin foil.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Zucchini Quiche

Hash Brown Crust:
3 C. refrigerated or frozen hash
browns, thawed/patted dry
2 T. olive oil
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Quiche Filling:
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked/crumbled
(reserve 1 T. bacon grease in pan)
1 shallot, diced (or onion)
1 medium zucchini, grated (squeezed
dry)*
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 eggs, room temp.
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 C. shredded cheese (sharp Cheddar,
Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack
or a combination of 2 or more)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Crust:

Spray a 9″ pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. In medium bowl combine
hash browns, olive oil, butter, salt/pepper –
toss to combine. Bake 20-25 minutes until
edges are golden brown.
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Reduce oven temp. to 350 degrees F.
Filling:
In skillet used for bacon add diced shallots &
saute over medium heat 3-4 minutes until
translucent & soft. Add shredded zucchini;
turn heat to High. Season with salt/pepper &
cook 3-5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
In small bowl combine flour, baking powder &
salt. In a separate bowl beat eggs until fluffy,
2-3 minutes. Whisk in Greek yogurt until smooth.
Add grated cheese, flour mixture, bacon &
zucchini mixture – stir until combined. Pour
filling into crust & bake 35-40 minutes until
center is set, the top is puffed & golden brown
AND a toothpick inserted into center comes out
clean. Remove from oven & allow to cool
several minutes before removing from pan &
serving.
Can be eaten at room temp. or chilled.
Serves 8

*Shredded Zucchini:
Grate zucchini onto a clean kitchen
towel & squeeze dry, removing as
much excess liquid as possible.

(recipe: amomontimeout.com)
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Blueberry Kuchen

1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 C. whole milk
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. fresh or frozen blueberries

Topping:
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In a
bowl combine first 6 ingredients. Add
milk, butter, egg & vanilla – beat 2
minutes until well blended. Pour into
prepared dish & sprinkle top with
blueberries. In a bowl combine sugar &
flour. Add butter & toss with a fork until
crumbly – sprinkle over top of blueberries.
Bake 40 minutes until lightly browned.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Samoa Sheet Cake

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter
1 C. water
4 T. cocoa
1/2 C. butter-flavored shortening
1/2 C. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
6 T. milk
3 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 C. caramel sauce (ice cream topping)
dash salt

Toppings;
2 1/2 C. sweetened coconut
8 oz. wrapped caramels (unwrapped)
2 T. milk
3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
On large cookie sheet pour 2 1/2 C.
coconut – spread out evenly.  Bake
5-6 minutes – stir a few times while
toasting & watch closely so it doesn’t
burn – remove from oven & cool.

Turn oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
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In large bowl add flour & sugar – toss to
combine. In medium saucepan add butter, water,
cocoa & shortening – bring to a boil over medium-
high heat, stirring continually – pour into flour/
sugar mixture & mix 30 seconds (using elec. mixer).
Add buttermilk & mix into batter. Add baking soda,
salt, eggs & vanilla – mix 1 minute, making sure to
scrape bottom of bowl using rubber spatula so all
dry ingredients are incorporated. Spray large rimmed
cookie sheet (poster’s is 17 1/2 X 12 1/2″) with nonstick
cooking spray & pour batter onto sheet. Bake 20
minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes
out clean.  While cake bakes, prepare frosting:
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Frosting:
In a large microwave-safe bowl place butter & milk – heat
to boiling. Add caramel sauce, powdered sugar, vanilla &
dash salt – whisk using a fork until smooth (it will be thin).
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When cake is still warm from oven poke holes all over cake
with a fork – pour prepared frosting over top of cake & smooth
out. Immediately sprinkle toasted coconut on top of frosting.
Place unwrapped in microwave bowl. Add 2 T. milk (or evap.
milk) to caramels & microwave 30 seconds. Stir & heat again
in 30-second intervals until caramel has melted & is smooth.
Drizzle over top of coconut.
Place milk choc. chips in a glass measuring cup & microwave
in 30-second increments, stirring after each. Add 1/2 tsp.
shortening & stir to combine. When melted, drizzle over
top of caramel on cake. NOTE: you can serve cake at this
point but if you like a cake that slices well –
refrigerate cake at least 1 hour before slicing & serving.
Serves 16-20

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

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Hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Setting things straight

Ah, the ‘fun’ of paying household bills – right? I do my bill paying on line with my bank. Over the years, several times, we’ve run into a problem. This time it was getting a $10.98 late fee tacked on to my garbage pick up bill – except I PAID ON TIME through my bank! The very next day we get an automated phone call informing us if said bill is not paid they will cancel our service! NO! Several phone calls (with REAL people) later I am now sending them a printed copy of my bank statement saying it was not only paid on time but there should be NO late fee! The nice lady agreed and now the ‘proof’ is in the mail. UGH! Makes me crazy – you think you’re doing the right thing only to find out – not always. In this case it’s either the Bank or the Post Office’s fault – ugh.

Keeping busy these days attempting to finish the two baby blankets I posted photos of in an earlier post. Today I decided on the final yarn color for the Chevron blanket – am ‘almost’ to the middle of that blanket and about 3/4ths done with the pink lace one. I have 5 weeks before they need to be done. On another good note-was able to get in touch with the lady in charge of picking up the baby blankets for Crisis Pregnancy Mobile Unit. She’s been out of state and will be moving, so this might be my last delivery for that charity. (No worries – there are ALWAYS more charities). Also got in touch with the person in charge of the Food Closet at the church I have my special needs group at. They said they are happy to get more scarves & hats for the homeless (at the end of last year’s ‘season’ they weren’t sure they were going to continue it because they only had about 10 families involved and ALL had received knitted items). Once I’m done with the two baby blankets I’ll start working on scarves – always a nice ‘change’ of pace in knitting. Since our last knit group “Yarn Swap” I have several yarns awaiting the scarves project so I’m a bit excited to get started! (Yes, it takes very small things to make me happy).

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Streuseled Zucchini Bundt Cake

2 C. shredded zucchini, patted dry
1 1/3 C. plain yogurt
3/4 C. sugar
2 large egg whites, room temp.
1/3 C. canola oil
1 large egg, room temp.
4 tsp. vanilla, divided
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. dry bread crumbs
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/3 C. chopped walnuts
1/3 C. raisins
1 T. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
3/4 C. powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 10″ Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray & sprinkle with dry bread
crumbs.
In large bowl beat zucchini, yogurt,
sugar, egg whites, oil, 1 egg & 3 tsp.
vanilla until well blended.
In small bowl combine flour, baking
powder, baking soda & salt; gradually
beat into zucchini mixture until
blended. Pour 1/3 of batter into
prepared pan.
In small bowl combine brown sugar,
nuts, raisins, cinnamon & allspice –
sprinkle half over batter. Top with
another 1/3 batter & sprinkle with
remaining brown sugar mixture – top
with remaining batter.
Bake 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean. Cool
10 minutes before removing from pan to
a wire rack to cool completely.
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In a small bowl combine powdered sugar,
remaining vanilla & enough milk to achieve
desired ‘drizzle’ consistency – drizzle over
cooled cake.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pea & Peanut Salad

2 1/2 C. frozen peas (about 10 oz),
thawed
1 C. dry roasted peanuts
1 C. chopped celery
6 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. prepared Zesty Italian
salad dressing

In large bowl combine first 5 ingredients.
In small bowl mix mayo & salad dressing –
stir into salad. Refrigerate, covered,
until ready to serve. Makes 4 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sweet & Hot Shrimp Tacos

3/4 C. Sweet chili sauce*
2 T. honey
40 medium-sized shrimp (pre-cooked/
tails off)
6 corn tortillas
olive oil
salt
Mexican cheese blend, shredded
chopped lettuce
chopped tomatoes

Heat medium skillet over medium-
high heat. Pour 3/4 C. sweet chili
sauce into pan; add 2 T. honey – stir
to combine & heat through. Add shrimp
to sauce; stir, making sure all shrimp are
coated. Heat, just until shrimp are warm.
(Do not over cook).
Heat a large skillet over medium-high
heat. Add about 1/2 T. olive oil to pan;
add a few corn tortillas (as many as will
fit pan) – sprinkle them with a little salt &
allow them to get golden brown; flip over
& brown other size. Remove to a serving
plate & top with saucy shrimp, cheese,
lettuce & tomato. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 tacos

*You can find Sweet Chili sauce in most
grocery stores in the Asian aisle.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Grilled Root Vegetables

12-15 large carrots, peeled
1 head garlic, peeled
1 large white onion, cut into
1″ pieces
small potatoes, leave whole
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 T. butter
2 T. freshly chopped parsley (optional)
(large disposable foil cooking pan)

Preheat grill to 350 degrees F.
Spray insides of foil pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Add carrots, garlic, onion &
potatoes to pan. Pour 1 T. olive oil over
vegs & toss to coat. Add paprika & garlic
salt – toss to coat. Cover pan tightly with
foil & place on hot grill. Cook 20 minutes,
then carefully unwrap & stir. Rotate pan,
cover & cook 15-20 minutes more until
veggies are crisp-tender. Watch so they
don’t burn. Add 1 T. butter & 2 T. parsley –
taste & adjust seasonings-garlic salt.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Bacon/Mushroom/Swiss Chicken

3 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled (reserve
drippings)
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
6 slices Swiss cheese
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Pour reserved bacon grease in a skillet &
heat over medium heat. Place chicken in
warmed grease & cook 3-5 minutes until
slightly golden (turn once). Spray insides of
crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
Place chicken in crockpot & cover with
mushrooms. Pour soup into skillet (undiluted),
warm then pour over chicken. Cover & cook
on Low 4-5 hours; check chicken for doneness.
Place a slice of Swiss cheese on top of each
chicken breast; sprinkle with bacon & turn
crockpot heat to High. Cover & cook 10-15
minutes until cheese is melted. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Kielbasa w/
Garlic Rice

2 T. olive oil
1 (13 oz) pkg. smoked kielbasa sausage,
cut into 1/2″ slices
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
1/2 C. pineapple chunks
1 (8 oz) bottle sweet & sour sauce
2 (7 oz, ea) pkgs. Minute Ready to
Serve Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine rice

In nonstick skillet heat olive oil over
medium heat. Add kielbasa-cook 2-3
minutes, flipping over, until both sides
are nicely browned. Add onion & bell
pepper – cook 5-6 minutes longer. Stir
in pineapple & sweet/sour sauce – heat
2-3 minutes.

Prepare rice accordg. to pkg. directions.
Place rice on a dish & spoon kielbasa
mixture on top. Serves 4

(recipe: whoneedsacape.com)
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Blueberry/Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
Parfaits

6 (4 oz) jars (or parfait glasses
3/4 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. lemon zest & 3 T. juice (from 1
lemon) divided
1 T. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, divided
2/3 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 crushed shortbread cookies
1/2 C. blueberries
1/2 C. blueberry jam

In small microwaveable bowl pour
lemon juice & water – sprinkle gelatin
on top & microwave on High 45 seconds
until gelatin is completely dissolved when
stirred. Cool 3 minutes
In large bowl using elec. mixer beat cream
cheese until light & fluffy. Add geletin
mixture; beat until blended. Gently stir in
Cool Whip & lemon zest. Press cookie
crumbs into bottoms of jars/glasses &
top with layers of blueberries, jam &
cream cheese mixture. Cover with lids
(or clear plastic wrap) & refrigerate 2
hours. Serves 6

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)

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Our weather has been “OK” except last night
THREE TIMES in very quick time our cell
phones were BOMBED with Emergency
FLOOD ALERTS! The funny thing is – we don’t
have any BIG water around here to be worried
about flooding! (there was a small ‘river’ of
water going down my driveway during the
rains, but nothing REALLY to worry about!)
Go figure!  The temperatures are in the mid
to high 70’s which is nice  – not too hot, not
too cold – in my eyes: JUST PERFECT!

No big plans for the day, no knit group
tonight; dinner is leftover chicken pot pie.
Tomorrow is library knit & my special
needs group, Thurs. is babysitting at 2 p.m.
My oldest son & his family have been on a
VERY MUCH NEEDED vacation last week to
Myrtle Beach, North Carolina so this will
be the first time I will see them in almost 2 weeks.
Just glad they were able to ‘get away’ as both
of them have very high stress jobs. Time with
their kids and time alone, away from phones
is always nice.

Hope your week is shaping up nicely,

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Tuesday and a Quiet Day!

It’s a beautiful summer day – sunny, slight breeze and the temperature is 72! PERFECT summer weather! Earlier I came home to our porch to find a lady cardinal had gotten in the porch and couldn’t get out. Took me awhile of working at it but finally was able to sort of scoop her up using a batmitton racket & shooing her out the door. I had noticed when I first came in the porch there was a male cardinal outside the porch – I’m guessing that might have been her mate. Anyway – peace is restored in the cardinal world.

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Peaches & Cream Muffins

3/4 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. cooking oil (poster used Canola)
3/4 C. sour cream
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 C. flour
1 (15 oz) can peaches, drained/
cut into pieces
extra nutmeg – optional

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine sugar, eggs, vanilla,
cooking oil & sour cream – mix well
using a spoon, until smooth. Add
baking soda, nutmeg & flour – continue
stirring. Fold in drained peaches. Add
batter to muffin tins & sprinkle tops
with a little more nutmeg. Bake 20
minutes. Makes 12

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Buffalo Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

1 T. olive oil
1 lb. peeled/deveined large shrimp,
chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 C. hot sauce (such as Franks)
1 head romaine lettuce (or butter
lettuce), leaves separated (need
12 leaves)
1/4 C. red onion, finely chopped
1 rib celery, sliced thin
1/2 C. light Blue Cheese or Ranch
salad dressing
chopped chives, optional garnish

In large skillet over medium heat, heat
oil. Add shrimp & garlic – cook, flipping
halfway through cooking time, until
pink & opaque on both sides, about
2 minutes per side. Turn off heat & add
hot sauce, tossing to coat.

Assemble Wraps:
Add a scant 1/4 C. shrimp mixture to
center of a lettuce leaf, then top with
dressing, red onion & chives.
Serves 4

(recipe:  skinnytaste.com)
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Crockpot Biscuit Breakfast Casserole

1 tsp. butter, softened
1 (16.3 oz) tube refrigerated biscuits
(8 count tube)
4 large
eggs
1/4 C. milk
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
5 oz. bacon, cooked/chopped

Butter sides & bottom of (either) a
3.5 qt. or 6 quart oval crockpot. Open
biscuits & lay in single layer in bottom.
In medium bowl whisk eggs, milk,
cheese & bacon – pour evenly over top
of biscuits. Cover & cook on High 1 1/2 –
2 hours until sides of biscuits are lightly
browned & egg mixture is fully cooked.
Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

4 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni
4 oz. smoked ham, diced
1 1/2 oz. mild Cheddar cheese, diced
1 C. diced fresh pineapple
1/2 C. diced pimientos
1/2 C. diced red onion
1/2 C. diced celery
1/2 C. mayonnaise
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1 tsp. ginger paste
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
salt/black pepper, to taste

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; rinse & drain. Stir together
remaining ingredients with cooked
macaroni & refrigerate several hours
before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Tarragon Chicken Salad

4 chicken breasts (or small whole
chicken) cooked – about 3 1/2 C.
cooked/chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 C. dried cranberries or grape
halves
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1 T. dried tarragon
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. mayonnaise

In large bowl combine chicken with
other ingredients. Adjust salt/
pepper to taste & add more mayo.
as needed to reach desired consistency.
Chill at least 2 hours to allow flavors
to meld.

NOTE: Can be served over lettuce leaves
or in a sandwich

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Grilled Chicken Satay w/Peanut Sauce

1 C. plain yogurt
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 T. curry powder
1 1/2 lb. skinless boneless chicken
breasts, cut into strips
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vegetable oil – for grilling
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Butter lettuce leaves – serving
Fresh cilantro leaves-serving
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20 wooden skewers soaked
in water for 30 minutes
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Peanut Sauce:

1 C. smooth peanut butter
1/4 C. soy sauce
2 tsp. red chili paste (like sambal)
2 T. dark brown sugar
2 limes, juiced
1/2 C. hot water
1/4 C. chopped peanuts – garnish
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Chicken Marinade:
In a shallow pan/dish combine yogurt,
ginger, garlic & curry powder – stir
to combine. Place chicken strips in
yogurt mix & gently toss until well
coated. Cover, refrigerate & let
marinate up to 2 hours.
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Peanut Sauce:
In a food processor combine:
peanut butter, soy sauce, red chili
paste, brown sugar & lime juice.
Process to fully combine until
smooth. (While motor is running,
drizzle hot water to thin out
sauce.) Pour sauce into a serving
bowl & garnish top with chopped
peanuts.
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Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Thread chicken pieces onto soaked
skewers*. Brush grill with oil
to prevent meat sticking. Grill
skewers 3-5 minutes per side until
nicely seared & cooked through.

Place butter lettuce leaves &
cilantro on a large serving platter
& arrange grilled skewers on it.
Place Peanut Sauce on platter &
serve. Makes 20 skewers

*Thread chicken pieces onto soaked
skewers, working skewers in & out
of meat, down the middle of each
piece so it stays in place during
grilling.
When grilling, place
skewer ‘stick/handles’ facing UP
so they don’t burn & also so you
can pick them up without burning
your fingers when removing from
grill.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Choc. Chip “Cookie in a Mug”
(1 person – microwave recipe)

1 T. butter, salted or unsalted
small pinch salt
1 T. granulated sugar
1 T. light or dark brown sugar, firmly
packed
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk
3 T. flour
2 T. semi-sweet chocolate chips
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(There is enough butter in this
recipe to keep cookie from sticking
to mug. Also, can be made in a
ramekin or small microwave-safe
bowl)

In a microwaveable mug, place
butter-microwave about 20
seconds to melt butter. Stir in
small pinch salt, both sugars &
vanilla. Add egg yolk & stir well
then add flour. Stir again & add
choc. chips – stir well. Microwave
approx. 40 seconds.

NOTE: cookie will continue to cook
when you take it out. Let cool slightly
then eat. Could also add a little ice
cream on top.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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It’s going to be a BUSY week but also
FUN – the ‘usual’: both knit groups, my
special needs group but also: I get to
go out to lunch with two ladies I went
to high school with! We’ve been friends
since 1965, approximately, so it’s nice
to get together every once in awhile to
just chat and catch up.

This Saturday is my ‘other’ 1800’s event –
this one is the county historical Ice Cream
Social. The weather looks to be OK – mid 80’s
(but not like last week – in the 90’s!). Hopefully
there will be a breeze as my group & I will be
knitting/crocheting under a Sycamore tree for
the day. I will take photos to post later (if it doesn’t
rain!).

Hope you have a GREAT day/week.

Hugs;

Pammie

Tuesday – more recipes!

Easy Ice Cream Cake

1 (20 oz) box brownie mix, prepared
accordg. to pkg. directions
15 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped
1 (13 oz) jar hot fudge topping,
room temp (or slightly warmed if needed)
3 quarts ice cream, slightly softened
(should be spreadable)
1 (12 oz) jar salted caramel sauce,
room temp. or warmed slightly if needed)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Prepare brownie mix as directed & bake
in 9 X 13″ pan for 19-22 minutes until
edges appear done & center isn’t quite
set. Cool completely then freeze 30 minutes.
Spread hot fudge topping on brownies-
smooth out & top with chopped Oreos. Use
a spatula to really press cookies into topping –
smooth out top & freeze at least 30 minutes

Spread ice cream over hot fudge layer – smooth
top with a spatula. Cover with plastic wrap &
freeze at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.

Top ice cream with caramel sauce & smooth top.
Using a elec. stand or hand mixer, beat heavy
whipping cream, powdered sugar & vanilla until
stiff peaks form. Spread on top of caramel & smooth.
Freeze at least 2 hours.

When ready to serve, top with Oreo cookie crumbs
& additional whipped cream. Serves 20

NOTE: Store in freezer, tightly wrapped or in an
airtight container for up to 3 weeks. Allow about
10 minutes at room temp. before cutting

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Honey Mustard Chicken
(for sandwiches)

1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
thighs/breasts (or a combo of both)
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 C. mustard
1/4 C. honey
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. black pepper
salt, to taste,
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Buns (for 6-8 sandwiches)
sliced pickles for serving
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Add chicken broth & chicken to crockpot.
Sprinkle seasoned salt on chicken; cover
& cook on Low 4-6 hours. Remove chicken
using tongs, & shred. In large bowl stir mustard,
honey, mayonnaise & pepper – stir chicken
into sauce, coating well – salt, to taste.
Serve chicken on buns with pickles.
Makes 6-8 sandwiches

NOTE: Poster said this recipe is good both warn
& cold – (cold, more like a chicken salad). Can
be served, cold, over salad greens with sliced
grapes & tomatoes.

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Cherry Tomato Salad w/Buttermilk-
Basil Dressing

6 C. red and yellow cherry tomatoes,
halved, if large
kosher salt/ground black pepper
2/3 C. buttermilk
1/4 C. sour cream
3 T. thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced

Place tomatoes in a large serving
bowl & season with salt/pepper – toss.
In another bowl whisk buttermilk, sour
cream, basil, shallot & garlic -season
with pepper & drizzle over tomatoes –
toss. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Grilled Veggie Platter w/Yogurt Mint
Sauce

Sauce:
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 C. fresh chopped mint, divided
2 cloves minced garlic, divided
1 tsp. olive oil
salt/black pepper

Veggies:
2 large red & orange bell peppers,
seeded/cut into 1″ pieces
1 red onion, sliced into 1/4″
thick rounds
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
1 yellow squash, sliced diagonally 1/4″
thick
1 large zucchini, sliced diagonally 1/4″
thick
2 T. olive oil
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
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Sauce:
Combine yogurt with half of mint
& half of garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt & black
pepper – place in a small bowl. Swirl
in 1 tsp. olive oil on top & garnish
with more mint.

Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high
heat. When ready, oil the grates.
Toss veggies in a large bowl with olive
oil, lemon juice, remaining garlic,
1/2 tsp. salt & black pepper, to taste.
Grill veggies, turning occasionally,
until lightly charred, about 6-10
minutes. Arrange on a platter with
mint yogurt sauce & sprinkle with
remaining mint. Serves 4

NOTE: recipe also calls for:
1 tsp. dried Zataar seasoning to
be mixed with veggies before
grilling. (since I’ve never heard
of this – I added it at the bottom &
YOU can choose to use it, or not
– Pam)

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Broiled Chicken & Artichokes

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
(about 2 lb)
2 (7.5 oz, ea) jars marinated,
quartered artichoke hearts, drained
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Preheat broiler.
In large bowl toss chicken & artichokes
with oil, salt/pepper – transfer to a
broiler pan. Broil 3 inches from heat,
8-10 minutes until a thermometer
inserted into chicken reads 170 degrees F.
turning chicken & artichokes halfway
through cooking time. Sprinkle with
cheese & broil 1-2 minutes longer until
cheese melts. Sprinkle with parsley
when serving. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Homemade Meatball Subs

Sauce:
1 (28 oz) can tomato puree
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 (1.5 oz ea) packets spaghetti sauce mix
salt/pepper to taste

Pour all ingredients into a saucepan &
bring to boil, stirring frequently. Turn
heat to Low & simmer until completely
blended, stirring frequently. (serves 8)
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Meatballs
1 lb. ground beef
1 C. Italian flavored dry bread crumbs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 T. fresh parsley, m inced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C. milk
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
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8 hoagie or hot dog buns, split
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Optional toppings:
grated Parmesan or mozzarella cheese
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Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl mix all
meatball ingredients. Using your hands,
form 8 2-inch balls & place in crockpot;
pour sauce over meatballs. Cover & cook
on Low 8-10 hours (or High 4-6 hours).
Serve meatballs on buns with sauce &
optional toppings, if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Mini Peanut Butter Treats

Cookie:
1/2 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Filling:
42 miniature (Reese’s) peanut
butter/chocolate cups

In a large bowl using elec. mixer combine
butter, sugars, egg, peanut butter & vanilla –
beat until smooth. In another bowl combine
flour, baking soda & salt; gradually add to
peanut butter mixture – mix until fully
combined. Cover & chill 1 hour or until
easy to handle.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray miniature muffin cups with nonstick
cooking spray. Roll dough into walnut-sized
balls & place in prepared cups. Bake 8-9
minutes. Remove from oven & gently press
one (Reese’s) peanut butter/choc. cup into
each cookie, forming a depression. Cool
10 minutes before removing to wire racks to
cool completely. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It was a GREAT day!

On Sunday (Log Cabin Day) we had 11 of my fellow knitters & crocheters come to spend the day with me and enjoy all of the activities. (I’m working on a baby blanket for a friend who’s due in September – just finished it yesterday). The weather was perfect (81 degrees F) with a nice breeze AND we were under tents so it was an enjoyable experience. There was only one sad part: this was the very LAST Log Cabin Day – from talking to those in charge of that particular historical society, they just can’t get the volunteers needed to keep it going. Very sad, but I’m reassured that they will be working on coming up with other, new ideas. I told them if they need me or my group, just let me know.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Cream Dessert

Crust:
2 C. flour
1 C. chopped pecans
1 C. butter, melted
1/4 C. sugar

Topping:
1 C. packed brown sugar
3 T. cornstarch
5 C. chopped, fresh or
frozen rhubarb
1 C. sliced fresh strawberries
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 1/4 C. heavy whipping cream/
whipped & divided

Additional brown sugar (optional)
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In small
bowl combine flour, pecans, butter
& sugar – press into prepared pan &
bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on wire rack.

In large saucepan over medium heat
combine brown sugar & cornstarch;
stir in rhubarb until combined. Bring
to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat; cook
& stir 4-5 minutes until thickened. Remove
from heat; cool then stir in strawberries.

In large bowl beat cream cheese & powdered
sugar 7ntil smooth. Fold in 1 C. whipped cream-
spread over crust & top with rhubarb mixture.
Spread remaining whipped cream on top.
Refrigerate 3-4 hours before serving.
Garnish top with additional brown sugar, if
desired. Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Watermelon Salsa

1 1/2 tsp. lime zest (from about
1 lime)
1/4 C. fresh lime juice (from about
3 limes)
1 T. sugar
fresh ground black pepper
3 C. seeded/finely chopped watermelon
1 cucumber-peeled/seeded & diced
1 mango-peeled/diced
1 jalapeno pepper – seeded/minced
1 small red onion, finely chopped
8 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
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Tortilla or pita chips, for dipping
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In large bowl stir together lime zest,
lime juice, sugar & 3/4 tsp. pepper.
Add watermelon, cucumber, mango,
jalapeno, onion & basil -toss gently.
Chill until ready to serve.
Serve with chips for dipping
Makes 3 Cups

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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3-Bean Macaroni Salad

1 C. elbow macaroni, uncooked
1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
halved
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can Great Northern beans,
rinsed
1 green pepper, chopped
3/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. Zesty Italian salad dressing
2 T. chopped fresh dill

Cook macaroni accordg to pkg. directions,
omitting salt & adding green beans to
boiling water for last 2 minutes of
cooking time. Drain & rinse with cold
water; drain again. Place in large bowl &
add remaining beans, peppers & onions-
mix lightly. In small bowl mix remaining
ingredients until blended & pour over
salad – toss to coat. Serves 16

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Crockpot BBQ Roast
(made using beer OR cola!)

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

In small bowl combine bbq seasoning,
salt/pepper & rub all over roast – place
roast in crockpot. Gently pour beer/cola
over roast & sprinkle a little more
seasoning on top. Cover & cook on Low
10-12 hours. Serves 6

NOTE: You ‘could’ cook it on High but it
is not recommended – the meat may not
be as tender.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Smoked Paprika Chicken Thighs
& seasoned rice

6-8 chicken thighs (bone in/skin on)
2 T. olive oil
2 T. butter
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1/2 C. chopped sweet green or
red pepper
2 C. chopped baby spinach
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
2 C. heavy cream
2 C.  instant white rice

In a large skillet heat butter & olive
oil. In a bowl combine salt, pepper,
smoked paprika, garlic powder &
cayenne. Roll each chicken thigh in
spices & brown in skillet on both
sides until skin is cooked & blackened.
Remove thighs from skillet. Add green
onion & pepper to skillet & cook. Add
spinach & pour in chicken broth &
heavy cream. Stir & bring to a low
boil; turn to simmer. Add rice & cook
3-4 minutes. Add thighs back to
skillet; cover & simmer 15 minutes.
Remove from heat & let stand 10
minutes before serving to allow
rice to absorb liquid. Garnish with
chopped green onions.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)
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Cherry Tomato Salad w/Buttermilk-
Basil Dressing

6 C. red and yellow cherry tomatoes,
halved, if large
kosher salt/ground black pepper
2/3 C. buttermilk
1/4 C. sour cream
3 T. thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced

Place tomatoes in a large serving
bowl & season with salt/pepper – toss.
In another bowl whisk buttermilk, sour
cream, basil, shallot & garlic -season
with pepper & drizzle over tomatoes –
toss. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Grilled Lemon/Cilantro Shrimp

1 lb. peeled/deveined LARGE
shrimp (tails on), raw
2 T. olive oil
2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced/or pressed
2 T. chopped cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Extra lemon wedges &
chopped cilantro – for garnish
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Wooden skewers soaked in water

Place all ingredients in a large
bowl & stir to evenly coat. Let
stand, covered/refrigerated
10-15 minutes. Heat grill to
hot & wipe down grates with
olive oil or nonstick cooking spray
to prevent sticking.

Turn grill heat to Low
Thread shrimp onto skewers.
Place shrimp on grill & cook 2-3
minutes per side, until shrimp
turn pink & are cooked through.
Remove from grill & serve hot.
Top with extra cilantro & lemon
wedges, if desired
Serves 6

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Fluffy Angel Food Cake w/Fresh Berries

1 (pre-made) Angel Food Cake
1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 1/2 C. cold milk
2 C. whipping cream-4 C. whipped (OR)
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. fresh blueberries
1 C. strawberries, chopped
1/2 C. powdered sugar (optional)
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Slice cake through, evenly, 2 times using
a sharp or serrated knife so you get 3
layers.

Filling:

In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat cream
cheese & dry pudding mix until blended.
Whisk milk into cream cheese/pudding filling
& let stand 3-4 minutes. Gently stir in
2 C. Cool Whip (or whipped cream)

Building the cake:
Place one layer of cake on a serving plate.
Spread a layer of pudding mixture over cake
& top with a layer of blueberries & chopped
strawberries – repeat 2  more times using
cake layers & berries. Frost cake using
remaining 2 C. whipped cream* using a
long spatula. Refrigerate 1 hour & keep
leftovers refrigerated/covered. Serves 12

*If you are preparing whipped cream, using
an elec. mixer, whip 2 cups (16 oz0 until
you have stiff peaks (reserve 2 C. to add to
cream cheese filling & add in 1/2 C. powdered
sugar to whipping cream already in bowl. Mix
together & refrigerate until ready to frost cake.

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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My husband finally got his Jeep back from the dealership
today – squirrels had got under the hood and chewed up
the wiring harness – every time he tried to start it the
emergency alarm horn would blare – no fun! Now we’re back
to our ‘regular’ situation – YAY!

So far it looks like I have a rather light babysitting schedule
(only 1 day) so that’s good. Trying to finish up knit projects
as I have a new multicolored baby yarn and a pattern I want
to start soon. (Now comes using my handy-dandy yarn winder
to put the big BALL of yarn into little yarn ‘cakes’ where it will
be easier to use).

The weather is breezy, sunny with beautiful blue skies & big
white fluffy clouds – temperature 87 (read that:
HOT if you have to be out in it!)

Have a great day – remember to stay hydrated and REST when
you need to!

Hugs;

Pammie

End of the week –

Today is Friday and my life is (kind of) slowing down – a bit. Yesterday was truly hectic (glad that’s over). VERY LONG STORY (shortened greatly) – husband’s Jeep needed work – finally got it towed to our dealership yesterday which allowed access to our backyard for our riding mower. Back yard was greatly overgrown so husband first did the dealership/tow thing then came home & mowed the ‘wheat field’. I also had babysitting 12:30 p.m. – ??? (turned out to be around 6:45 p.m.). LONG day – grandson was ok UNTIL he decided to find a TV remote (which I didn’t even know existed!) and messed up their TV. He LOVES watching TV and was very angry at me for not being able to FIX IT! (this resulted in a good 15 minutes of almost non-stop crying filled with “Blaze, Gumma – PWEEZE?” read that: kids TV cartoon called “Blaze and the Monster Machines” – his favorite show. I finally resorted to reading my book and ignoring him because NO amount of talking, glaring, etc. worked – this child is allowed free reign when at the other grandparents house and almost doesn’t know the word NO. Anyway I was ‘rescued’ by my son getting home – he knew how to push the right buttons to fix the TV and all was good. I was truly GLAD to come home – my dear husband orderd Jet’s pizza (half veggie for me/half meat lovers for him) so I was a tired but happy camper.

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Raspberry Pretzel Salad

2 C. salted pretzels, lightly crushed
3 T. sugar
1/2 C. butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (6 oz) pkg. raspberry Jell-O mix
2 C. water
4 C. frozen raspberries

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine crushed pretzels,
sugar & melted butter; mix & pour into
a 9 X 13″ baking dish. Press mixture into
pan to form a crust. Bake 12 minutes
then cool completely.
In large bowl beat cream cheese, lemon
juice & 1/2 C. sugar until smooth & fluffy.
Fold in Cool Whip & spread mixture over
cooled crust, making sure to go to edges
of dish (to seal). Bring 2 C. water to a
boil then stir in raspberry Jell-O mix
until dissolved (about 2 minutes). Remove
from heat & stir in frozen raspberries –
pour mixture over cream cheese layer &
refrigerate until Jell-O layer is set, about
2-4 hours. Serves 16

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Grilled Margarita Chicken Skewers

1 1/2 lb. skinless boneless chicken
breasts, cut into 12 strips
1 (10 oz) can frozen margarita mix,
thawed
2/3 C. tequila
1/2 C. chopped fresh cilantro
2 T. chicken seasoning
vegetable oil – for grill

Baby arugula & lime halves,
for serving – optional
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In large ziplock bag place chicken,
margarita mix, tequila, cilantro &
chicken seasoning; squeeze out
air & seal. Massage bag to combine
ingredients & refrigerate 30 minutes
to 1 hour.
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Soak 12 wooden skewers in water
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Preheat grill to medium heat.
Remove chicken from marinade &
thread each piece onto a skewer. Oil the
grill grates & grill skewers 1-2 minutes
per side or until meat is cooked through.
Serve on a platter with arugula & lime
wedges. Makes 12 skewers

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Zesty Feta & Veggie Rotini Salad

3 C. tri-colored rotini pasta, cooked/
cooled
1 C. crumbled Feta cheese
1 C. halved cherry tomatoes
1 C. chopped cucumbers*
1/2 C. sliced black olives
1/2 C. zesty Italian salad dressing (Kraft)
1/4 C. finely chopped red onion

In large bowl combine all ingredients &
toss. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Serves 8

*When using unpeeled cucumbers, be
sure to scrub the skin before chopping
(some cucumbers are heavily waxed)
OR peel before chopping.

You can also substitute other vegetables
like chopped red/green/yellow/orange
bell peppers

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Bacon Cheddar Popovers

2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 T. butter, melted
3 eggs
1 1/2 C. milk

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray a 6-cup popover pan or
muffin tin with nonstick cooking
spray. In large bowl whisk flour,
baking powder & salt. Fold in
bacon, cheese & butter with a
spoon. In a separate bowl beat
eggs & milk using a fork then add
to flour mixture. Stir all ingredients
with a spoon just until moistened –
do not over mix. Pour batter into
prepared cups – fill cups almost
to the rim. Bake 15 minutes then
reduce heat to 350 degrees F. &
continue baking 15-20 minutes
until golden brown on top.
Makes 6 large popovers.

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Taco Casserole

1 lb. ground beef, browned/drained
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
1/2 C. water
1 (15 oz) can pork & beans*
1 (11 oz) can mexicorn – drained**
1 (10.75 oz) can Cheddar cheese soup
1 C. milk
2 C. shredded cheese (poster used
Mozzarella)
2 C. crushed Chili Cheese Fritos***
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After cooking & drained meat, mix water
& taco seasoning – stir into meat then
pour into crockpot. Top with pork & beans
& mexicorn. In a small bowl mix soup &
milk – pour into crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low 5-6 hours. Top with cheese &
turn heat to High for 15 minutes. Top
with crushed Fritos & serve.
Serves 8

*can substitute pork & beans for chili beans

** can substitute for regular corn

***can substitute with crushed Doritos or
even crushed butter crackers

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball

1 lb. bacon cooked crisp, crumbled/
divided (reserve 2 T. bacon fat)
2/3 C. sweet onion, minced fine
2/3 C. sweet red bell pepper, minced
fine
1 T. garlic, minced fine
1 T. sugar
1 T. champagne vinegar
2 T. apricot jam (or other flavor) or
preserves
1/2 C. pecans, divided
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. sour cream
1 C. Swiss cheese, shredded
3 C. sharp white Cheddar cheese,
shredded
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/4 C. fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
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crackers, for serving
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In a skillet heat 2 T. bacon fat; add onions,
bell pepper & garlic; saute 4 minutes over
medium-high heat until soft. Lower heat to
medium; add sugar, vinegar & jam – cook
another minute -remove pan to cool. In small
pan over medium heat toast pecans 2-3 minutes
until browned. Remove to a cutting board & chop
fine. Reserve half the nuts in a medium bowl. In
bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat
cream cheese until smooth then beat in sour
cream – scrape & beat again. Add cheeses, salt/
pepper, half of chopped nuts, half of chopped
bacon & all onions/peppers. Mix just long
enough to incorporate – do not over mix.
Refrigerate 1 hour. Add remaining chopped
bacon to bowl with nuts & stir in chopped
parsley. Lay out a big piece of plastic wrap or
parchment pepper – sprinkle half bacon/nut
mixture out. Using a rubber spatula, gather
up cheese mixture. Using your hands, form
into a ball shape & roll in bacon/nuts, etc.
Cover ball until all mixture is used up; place
on a serving dish & refrigerate 1 hour.
Serve with crackers. Makes approx. 24 servings

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Orange/Vanilla Ice Cream Pie

1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 C. orange sherbet
1 C. orange soda/pop
1 prepared graham cracker pie shell
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
1 tsp. orange extract
1 T. powdered sugar
zest of 1 orange

In blender combine ice cream,
sherbet & orange soda/pop; blend
until smooth, stopping blender &
stirring mixture as needed to ensure
even blending. Pour mixture into pie
shell, then carefully transfer to freezer.
Freeze several hours or until firm.
When ready to serve, in large bowl
combine cream, extract & powdered
sugar. Using elec. mixer on High, whip
until cream holds firm peaks. Fold in
orange zest then mound mixture over
the ice cream pie. Let stand at room
temperature 5 minutes or until thawed
just enough to slice easily. Serves 6

(recipe: dallasnews.com)

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I’ve decided to try to ‘take it easy’ today &
tomorrow; need to do a quick grocery
shop in awhile.

Sunday is the annual Log Cabin Day where
my knit group & I participate by demonstrating
knitting/crochet at the event. I love going and
was informed by my friend & President of that
Historical Society that this might very well be the
last one – they just can’t get the needed
volunteers to staff it. I will truly miss it – have
been doing my best to ‘get the word out’ to
COME! The entire event is free with lots to
see and do. Next big event, for me, will be
July 27th when our County Historical Society
will be holding their Ice Cream Social – again
my knit group sits knits/crochets and has fun.

Hope you are able to enjoy some of this
gorgeous summer weather. Yes, it’s hot
but it’s also MUCH better than freezing
with snow & ice! Just a thought –

Hugs;

Pammie

Monday

It’s been raining A LOT lately-getting a bit tired of it. Hope all of you who are Dads had a great Father’s Day – I spent some of it babysitting my 2 yr old grandson so my oldest son could take his oldest (12) son golfing – they had a good time (even though it was drizzling the entire time).

I have a crazy/busy week ahead – not exactly looking forward to it but hey – it’s got to be done. Today I’m FREE! YAY! Need to go to the library ’cause I’m out of books to read. Currently plowing my way through James Patterson’s murder mysteries – SO GLAD he wrote over 100 books! Tomorrow will find me at the car dealership at 9 a.m. for them to check my air conditioning. Two weeks ago they put a dye in the system to check for any more leaks – hope that’s all good (before they fixed it we were smelling antifreeze every time we turned on the heat or air – not good.) Weds. is Knit Library 10-12 then a funeral visitation for a friend from my special needs group way back when I first started there in 1993. Her situation was interesting; when I first started in the group her Mother died. About a year later one of our other girl’s mothers (a widow) started dating the father and eventually they got married, making the two special needs girls not only friends but now step-sisters! They moved up North a short while later and I haven’t seen them since. The funeral notice said she was in her 50’s; I’m just stopping by to say hello to her family. Anyway – my week is going to be crazy-busy until Saturday and believe me, I’m going to NEED a BREAK by then!

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3-ingredient Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

2 (21 oz, ea) cans cherry pie filling
1 box (Betty Crocker) Super Moist Devil’s
Food cake mix
3/4 C. butter, melted

Optional toppings:
Whipped cream
Cool Whip
Vanilla ice cream
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread pie filling in dish & top
with dry cake mix. Gently shake
pan to distribute cake mix evenly.
Pour melted butter over top, tilting
pan to cover as much of the top with
butter as possible. Bake 42-45 minutes
until mostly dry on top & bubbly around
edges. Remove from oven & cool in
pan 10 minutes before serving. Serve
warm with optional toppings. Serves 12

(recipe: bettycrocker.com)
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Easy Baked Taco Pie

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 T. chili powder
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen corn, thawed/
drained
6 whole wheat tortillas (6 inch)
1 C. Mexican-style finely shredded
Four Cheese, divided (Kraft)
1/4 C. sour cream

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Brown hamburger with onions & chili
powder in large skillet on medium-high
heat. Add tomatoes & corn; cook 5 minutes
until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Spoon 1 C. meat mixture into a 2-qt. casserole
dish. Cover with 3 tortillas, overlapping if
necessary to fit dish. Top with 2 C. remaining
meat mixture & 1/2 C. cheese. Cover with
remaining tortillas & remaining meat. Cover
with foil & bake 25-30 minutes until heated
through. Remove foil & top with remaining
cheese – bake, uncovered, 5 minutes until
cheese is melted. Cut into wedges & serve
topped with sour cream. Serves 4

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Crockpot Red Beans & Sausage

1 lb. kielbasa sausage, cut into bite-
sized pieces
4-5 (16 oz, ea) cans red beans, drained*
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes with
roasted garlic & onion (Red Gold)
1 onion, chopped
hot pepper sauce, to taste

Cooked rice

Place all ingredients in crockpot;
cover & cook on Low 8 hours or
High 4-5 hours. Serve over cooked
rice. Serves 6-8

*Poster used 2 cans Red Gold
red beans & 2 cans Red Gold
kidney beans – drained/rinsed)

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Grilled Shrimp

4 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. olive oil
1/2 C. finely chopped basil
2 T. vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. hot sauce
2 lb. raw large shrimp, peeled/
deveined

Combine all ingredients (except
shrimp) in a shallow dish – mix
well. Add shrimp & toss to coat.
Cover & marinade 2-3 hours in
fridge, stirring occasionally.
Heat grill to medium-hot.
Remove shrimp from marinade, reserve
marinade. Place shrimp on skewers &
grill 3-4 minutes on each side, basting
frequently with marinade. Serves 6

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Chinese Chicken & Noodle Salad

Salad:
1 (16 oz) box linguine
2-3 C. rotisserie chicken, chopped
2 C. frozen peas, thawed
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
1 C. carrots, grated
4 green onions, chopped on a
diagonal
4 T. toasted sesame seeds

Noodles:

1/2 C. soy sauce
2 T. sesame oil
2 T. brown sugar
1/4 C. canola or vegetable oil
1 T. fresh garlic, minced
1 T. fresh ginger, grated
1/4 C. rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. sriracha (hot sauce)

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions.
Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl
Place all dressing ingredients in a large
glass measuring cup & stir to combine.
Pour dressing over salad & toss to combine.
Cover & refrigerate 2-3 hours before serving
When ready to serve: taste & adjust salt/
pepper to your liking. Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Dill Pickle Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. pickle juice
3/4 C. chopped dill pickles
1 T. fresh dill, chopped
2 T. sliced green onions
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

chopped pickles & dill for garnish

In medium bowl mix cream cheese,
pickle juice, pickles, dill, green onions
& garlic powder until thoroughly combined.
Add a little more juice if you prefer a thinner
consistency. Serve immediately or refrigerate
up to 8 hours. Garnish top with chopped
pickles & dill prior to serving.
Serves 8

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Mongolian Meatball Ramen

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs
3 green onions, thinly sliced/divided
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. sesame oil, divided
red pepper flakes
kosher salt/ground black pepper
2 tsp. minced ginger
3/4 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/4 C. brown sugar
2 T. hoisin sauce
3 pkgs. instant ramen noodles
(discard flavor packets)

sesame seeds – garnish

In large bowl combine ground beef,
Panko, about half green onions, egg,
garlic & 1 tsp. sesame oil – season with
red pepper flakes, salt/pepper & mix
until well combined. Form meatballs
by scooping a heaping Tablespoon
mixture & rolling into balls.
In large skillet over medium-high heat,
heat a thin layer of vegetable oil. Add
meatballs & sear until each side
develops a crust, about 2 minutes
per side. Remove meatballs from
skillet & add remaining sesame oil
to pan. Stir in ginger & cook about
30 seconds. Add broth, soy sauce,
brown sugar & hoisin sauce -stir to
combine & bring to a simmer. Return
meatballs to skillet & cover with lid.
Cook about 10 minutes, until meatballs
are cooked through.
Cook ramen noodles in a large pot of
boiling water accordg. to pkg. directions –
drain. Add cooked ramen to skillet &
toss until fully coated with sauce. Garnish
with remaining green onions & sesame
seeds. Serve warm. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes & Chicken

1 (4.9 oz) box scalloped potatoes
4 whole boneless, skinless chicken
breasts
2 C. water

Place chicken in bottom of 6 qt
crockpot; pour box of scalloped
potatoes (dry) over chicken. In bowl
mix the seasoning packet from
potatoes with 2 C. water; stir well
& pour over potatoes & chicken.
Cover & cook on Low 8 hours, or
4 hours on High. Serves 4

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Nutella-stuffed Cookies
(read recipe for prep times)

1 1/2 C. Nutella
1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. gran. sugar
2 large eggs
2 T. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
1 C. unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
flaky sea salt (garnish)

Line a baking sheet with parchment
paper. Scoop 1-T. sized balls of
Nutella onto sheets (24 in all)
Place sheet in freezer until
balls are frozen (1 hour)
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In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
butter & both sugars until light &
fluffy. Add eggs, milk & vanilla – beat
until combined. Add flour, cocoa powder,
baking soda & salt – mix well.
Refrigerate dough while Nutella balls are
in freezer.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scoop a heaping T. of cookie dough Flatten
into a pancake-like circle.Top with a frozen
Nutella ball & cover with dough, pinching to
seal & adding more dough if necessary to
completely cover ball. Transfer to prepared
baking sheet (space cookies 2 inches apart)
repeat with remaining dough & Nutella balls.
Sprinkle tops of cookies with flaky sea salt &
bake 15 minutes until puffed. Remove from
oven & let cool on sheet 5 minutes before
serving. Makes approx. 24 cookies

(recipe: delish.com)

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Hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Friday!

It’s a beautiful sunny day – temps at 67 with a high expected of 72 degrees F. – I LIKE THAT! It’s been pretty rainy around here lately and my very nice weather today will turn to more rain tomorrow – oh well, it saves me trying to remember to water my flowering hanging basket!

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Best Peanut Butter Bars

1 C. butter (or marg.), melted
2 C. graham cracker crumbs
2 C. powdered sugar
1 C. peanut butter
1 1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
4 T. peanut butter

In medium bowl mix butter, graham
cracker crumbs, powdered sugar &
1 C. peanut butter until well blended.
Press evenly into an ungreased 9 X 13″
baking dish. In a metal bowl over
simmering water (or in microwave in a
microwaveable container) melt chocolate
chips with 4 T. peanut butter, stirring
occasionally until smooth. Spread over
mixture in baking dish. Refrigerate at
least 1 hour before cutting into squares.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

2 eggs
2/3 C. milk
32 Ritz (or other butter) crackers,
crushed
1/2 C. chopped onion
4 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)

Topping:
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. mustard

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a bowl beat eggs; add milk &
crackers. Stir in onion & cheese;
mix well then mix in ground beef.
Shape into a loaf & place in a baking
pan you have sprayed with nonstick
cooking spray. Bake 30 minutes then
add topping:

In a bowl combine ketchup, brown
sugar & mustard; mix well & spread
half over meatloaf after 30 minutes
of baking. Return meatloaf to oven
for 10 minutes. Spoon rest of topping
over meatloaf & bake another 5-10
minutes. (Can place under broiler to
brown top a little – watch to not burn
the topping)

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Roast Beef with Chive-Roasted
Potatoes
(a way to use up left-over cooked
beef roast)

2 lb. red potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes
2 T. olive oil
2 tsp. minced chives
3/4 tsp. salt, divided
2 medium onions, halved &
thinly sliced
1 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 C. butter, cubed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/3 C. dry red wine or beef broth
2 C. cubed cooked roast beef
1 C. beef gravy

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Place potatoes in greased 15 X 10 X 1″
baking pan & drizzle with oil – sprinkle
with chives, 1/4 tsp. salt – toss to coat.
Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes,
stirring occasionally. In large skillet
saute onions & mushrooms in butter
until tender. Add garlic, rosemary, pepper
& remaining salt – cook 1 minute. Stir
in wine (or broth). Add beef & gravy –
heat through. Serve with potatoes.
Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Oven Baked Brown Rice

1 T. olive oil
1 T. butter
1 small onion, chopped very small
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. carrots, chopped very small
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1 1/2 C. brown rice
3 1/4 C. chicken broth

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Add oil & butter to a large skillet
over medium-high heat – allow to
melt & get hot. Add onion, garlic &
carrots – sprinkle with a bit of salt/pepper.
Cook & stir frequently until onions are
translucent. Spray a 2-3 qt. casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Add rice,
sauteed veggies & broth into prepared
casserole dish; stir well & cover.* Bake
1 hr 10 minutes. Remove from oven & allow
to rest 5 minutes. Uncover, fluff rice with a
fork & serve. Serves 6-8

*If your dish doesn’t have a lid, cover
tightly with 2 layers of foil

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net.)
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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

3 (10 oz, ea) cans red enchilada sauce,
warmed
4 1/2 C. shredded, cooked chicken
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles,
undrained
1 (8 oz) pkg. Kraft Cheddar & Asadero
Cheese for tacos, divided
1 c. sour cream, divided
16 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warmed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking pan
spread 1 C. enchi. sauce. Combine
chicken, chiles & 3/4 each cheese &
sour cream; spoon down centers of
tortillas & roll up. Place, seam sides
down, over sauce in pan & top with
remaining sauce. Cover with foil &
bake 20 minutes until heated through.
Sprinkle top with remaining cheese &
bake, uncovered, 5 minutes until
melted. Serve topped with remaining
sour cream. Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes)
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Crockpot Sweet & Sour Bratwurst

8-10 bratwurst or other fresh
sausage links
1 large onion, sliced
1 (18 oz) bottle BBQ sauce
3 medium green bell peppers,
chopped
2 medium red bell peppers,
chopped
1 (16 oz) can chunk pineapple,
drained

Brown bratwurst over medium-high
heat in a skillet – cut browned sausages
into bite-sized pieces (if desired). Layer
sliced onion in bottom of crockpot; add
cooked sausage & BBQ sauce. Cover &
cook on Low 3-4 hours. Add peppers,
onion & pineapple chunks. Cover &
cook, stirring occasionally, until peppers
are tender, about 2-3 hours longer.
Serves 8

(recipe: thespruceeats.com)
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Watermelon/Cucumber Salad

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
4 C. diced watermelon
1 cucumber – seeded/sliced
small handful thinly sliced fresh mint
chopped cashews
1/4 C. olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt
crumbled goat cheese

Place onion in cold water & soak. In a
large bowl toss watermelon, cucumber &
mint. Drain onion, squeeze dry & add to
bowl along with some chopped cashews.
Add olive oil & lemon juice – season with
salt & toss. Top salad with crumbled goat
cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Dad’s Cola Burgers
(grill)

1/2 C. crushed saltines (about 15
crackers
1/2 C. (nondiet) cola, divided
6 T. French salad dressing, divided
1 large egg
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt, divided
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef (90% lean)
6 hamburger buns, split
(Optional toppings: lettuce,
sliced tomatoes/sliced red onion

Heat grill to medium heat.
In large bowl combine cracker crumbs,
1/4 C. cola, 3 T. salad dressing, egg, Parm.
cheese & 1/4 tsp salt. Add beef & mix well.
Shape into 6 3/4 inch thick patties (mixture
will be moist). Sprinkle with remaining salt.
In another bowl combine remaining cola &
salad dressing.
Grill patties, covered, over medium heat 3
minutes per side. Brush with cola mixture &
grill, brushing & turning occasionally, until
a thermometer reads 160 degrees F., 3-4
minutes longer. Serve on buns with
toppings (your choice). Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cool & Creamy Watermelon Pie

1 (3 oz) pkg. watermelon Jell-O
1/4 C. boiling water
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 C. cubed, seeded watermelon
1 (9 inch) graham cracker pie crust

In large bowl dissolve Jell-O in boiling
water; cool to room temp. Whisk in
Cool Whip. Fold in watermelon & spoon
into crust. Refrigerate 2 hours until set.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Have a great day –

Hugs;

Pammie