Starting “The List”

As the days draw closer to Thanksgiving I’ve started thinking about Christmas gifts – not an easy task. I’ve been cruising Amazon & managed to order a few things but some of the people on my list are rather difficult to buy gifts for – they either HAVE everything they want OR they are so brand-specific it gets ‘muddy’ trying to come up with something they’ll like – WITHOUT RESORTING TO JUST GIVING A GIFT CARD! Know what I mean? Yes, I ‘could’ knit/crochet something but that, in itself, takes time. Am thinking about knitting more spa cloths for oldest son’s girlfriend (did that last year & she really liked them) but, again, TIME crunch! How are YOU doing on you list? Started yet? I noticed in my email “In” box that two gifts I ordered have arrived – YAY – it’s a start! Baby grandson is another one that’s hard to buy for: other grandma practically buys out the store when it comes to his gifts. I’m not one to compete with anyone, just want to get him something – am thinking of going clothes, simply because he has TOO MANY toys already! (He’s only 1 1/2 and she’s already bought him tons of toys for 4 & 5 year olds! His closet is FULL of toys he’s never even played with yet, not counting his room floor is covered with toys that were too old for him – like puzzles – the pieces are scattered everywhere – he’s TOO YOUNG! UGH! (Ah, the plight of a grandma . . . sigh).

Babysat yesterday for 9 long hours – managed to finish TWO baby blankets – YAY! Am looking at starting a new scarf with a pattern I haven’t done in a good 10 years+ – the pattern is either called: “Ball Band” or “Mosaic” – uses two yarns together to make what looks (to me) like bricks:

Not the best photo but you get the idea. I remember I was really struggling with how to knit this pattern when a good (expert knitter) friend said: “Here – it’s EASY – you just do this!” and she was right. Now remembering that 10+ years later resulted in me checking videos on YouTube but once I saw it done, it’s a snap! Think it would make a nice scarf pattern (although it takes awhile to knit – we’ll see).

LOTS OF HOLIDAY RECIPES!!! GOTTA SHARE!

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Upside-down Cranberry Pecan
Cinnamon Rolls

1 (13.9 oz) tube Pillsbury cinnamon
rolls (with icing) any flavor (poster
liked the orange ones best)
1/2 C. dried cranberries
1/4 C. light or dark brown sugar
1/4 C. chopped pecans
4 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In small bowl stir together brown
sugar & butter – spread in bottom of
a ungreased* 9″ cake pan – sprinkle
top with cranberries & pecans. Open
rolls & arrange in pan over cranberries/
nuts. Bake 20-25 minutes until lightly
browned on top. Remove from oven &
turn upside-down onto a large serving
plate – do not remove pan. Let stand
5 minutes before removing pan. Place
cinnamon roll icing in a plastic bag &
knead until warm & pliable. Cut corner
off bag – drizzle over rolls.

*you don’t need to grease pan BUT it
does need to be nonstick

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Turkey Meatloaf

3 C. chopped yellow onions
(2 large)
2 T. olive oil
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
or (1/2 tsp. dried)
1/3 C. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 C. chicken stock

1 1/2 tsp. tomato paste
5 lb. ground turkey breast
1 1/2 C. plain dry bread crumbs
3 extra-large eggs, beaten
3/4 C. ketchup

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
In medium pan over medium-low
heat, cook onions, olive oil, salt/pepper &
thyme, about 15 minutes. Add Worc. sauce,
chicken stock & tomato paste – mix well &
allow to cool to room temp. In large bowl
combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, eggs
& onion – mix well & shape into a rectangular
loaf on an ungreased sheet pan; spread ketchup
evenly over top. Bake 1 1/2 hours until internal
temp. reads 160 degrees F. & meatloaf is cooked
through (Placing a pan of hot water in oven
under the meatloaf will prevent the top from
cracking). Serve hot, at room temp. or cold in
a sandwich. Serves 8-10

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Green Beans

1 lb. fresh green beans
10-12 slices thick-cut bacon
(poster used regular bacon)
2 T. butter
1 T. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Wash &
thoroughly dry beans then season
with salt/pepper. Bundle together
5-8 beans (depends on size of beans &
amount of beans you got for one lb.)
Using a slice of bacon, wrap it around
the center of the beans to hold them
together – lay them seam-sides down,
in baking dish – repeat with remaining
beans & bacon. Heat a small saucepan
over Low heat; add butter, brown
sugar & garlic – whisk until butter melts.
Using a pastry brush, brush mixture over
top of each bundle. Cover with foil &
bake 35 minutes. Remove foil; bake
10-15 minutes longer (NOTE: poster
said it took more like 25 minutes for her
to get the bacon somewhat crisp – she
still ended up putting them under the
broiler to crisp up the bacon).
Poster noted it made 10-12 bundles

NOTE: Poster noted that the beans are
cooking in bacon fat – next time she
plans on cooking them in a roasting pan
& using a wire rack so that the beans still
get the juices of the bacon but the majority
of the fats will drip down into pan.

(recipe: makinitmobetta.com)
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3-Ingredient Cranberry Salad

2 (15 oz, ea) cans whole cranberries in
sauce
2 (14 oz, ea) cans mandarin oranges,
drained
1 C. chopped walnuts

Mix ingredients together – Makes
about 8 servings

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes w/
Honey & Cinnamon

4 sweet potatoes, peeled/cut into
1″ cubes
1/4 C. olive oil, plus more for
drizzling
1/4 C. honey
2 tsp. cinnamon
salt/black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lay sweet potatoes out in a single
layer on a roasting tray. Drizzle oil,
honey, cinnamon, salt/pepper over
potatoes. Roast 25-30 minutes until
tender. Remove from oven & transfer
to a serving platter. Drizzle with more
olive oil. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Maple Crockpot Ham

4-6 lb. fully cooked bone-in ham
1/2 C. maple syrup
1/2 C. unsweetened applesauce
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Lightly spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray. Remove
ham from pkg & discard any flavoring
packet. Check end of bone for a
plastic cap (if present, discard). Using
a sharp knife, score skin & fat of ham
about 1/8 inch deep by making cuts
about every 2 inches all the way across
the ham (this allows flavor to more easily
penetrate into the ham while cooking) –
place ham in crockpot. Cover & cook
3-4 hours on High (or 5-6 hours on Low)
until meat is tender in internal temp.
reaches 140 degrees F. Baste once with
juices in crockpot. (do not baste repeatedly
as removing the lid from the crockpot drops
the temperature & increases cooking time.)
Remove ham to a serving platter or cutting
board. Tent with foil to keep warm & allow
it to rest 10-15 minutes before slicing.
If desired, drizzle a tiny bit of warm maple
syrup over ham slices for an added touch
of maple.

(recipe: mykitchenismyplayground.com)
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Lovin’ Onions Casserole

1 T. butter
7 onions, coarsely chopped (about
7 C.)
1/2 C. self-rising flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 C. (5 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided
1 1/4 C. (5 oz) shredded Monterey Jack
cheese, divided
1 T. jarred jalapeno peppers, drained/
chopped (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 1 1/2 qt. casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
skillet over medium-high heat, melt
butter – add onions & saute about
10 minutes until softened. In medium
bowl combine flour, salt/pepper. Add
1 C. of each cheese; mix well. Add
jalapeno peppers (if using) & cooked
onions – mix well & pour into prepared
dish. Combine remaining cheese &
sprinkle evenly over top. Bake 30
minutes until cheese is melted &
bubbly. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Eggs Benedict Casserole
(1 hour or overnight)

1 (12 oz) pkg. English muffins,
cut into 1-inch chunks
1 (6 oz) pkg. Canadian bacon,
cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 C. shredded Muenster
cheese
8 eggs
1 1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (.9 oz) pkt. hollandaise sauce
mix, prepared accordg. to pkg.
directions
1 T. chopped chives

Spray a 3-quart casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Layer
half the muffin pieces, half bacon
& half cheese in dish – repeat
layers one more time.
In medium bowl whisk eggs, milk, salt/
pepper – evenly pour over casserole &
cover with foil. Refrigerate at least
1 hour or overnight.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Bake casserole (foil covered) 30 minutes.
Remove foil & bake 20-25 minutes until
eggs are set. Warm hollandaise sauce in
small saucepan & drizzle over casserole.
Sprinkle top with chives & serve
immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pecan Pie

1 (9 inch) pie crust (homemade or
store-bought) chilled
1 C. brown sugar
1 C. corn syrup
1/4 C. unsalted butter
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 T. water
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 1/4 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
On floured surface roll out chilled
pie crust using a floured rolling pin.
Lightly flour the inside of a 9-inch
pie pan then transfer pie dough to
pie pan. Lightly flour inside of the
dough, fold over the edges &
refrigerate while you make the
filling.

Filling:
In medium saucepan melt sugar,
corn syrup & butter until sugar is
no longer grainy. Dissolve cornstarch
in water & whisk into sugar mixture.
Remove mixture from heat & stir in
vanilla & cinnamon. In medium bowl
whisk eggs then whisk 2-3 T. of sugar/
corn syrup mixture into the eggs. Whisk
egg mixture into remaining sugar/corn
syrup mixture. Spread pecans in bottom
of pie dough then pour filling mixture
over top. Bake 50-60 minutes, place a
piece of foil (or a pie shield) over top
after about 30 minutes to prevent the
crust from burning. Allow pie to cool
& set at room temp. at least 4 hours
before serving.

NOTE:
Store pie at room temp. 1-2 days or in
fridge up to 4 days. Baked & cooled
pecan pie can be wrapped tightly &
frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in
fridge overnight before serving.

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)

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Weather-wise we’re doing pretty good –
temps in the mid-30’s/cloudy (gloomy) &
80% chance of snow (but only less than
1/2 inch possible). Rest of the week it’s mid-
30’s & tiny chance of snow Monday but the
week looks pretty clear (of snow) so that’s
a good thing for those who might be traveling.

Our Thanksgiving dinner is slowly getting whittled
down to (maybe) 7  – that means cooking smaller
amounts of side dishes (which is good). Still not
exactly sure ‘what’ side dishes but will probably
be the ‘same old/same old’ (Green Bean Casserole,
Wild Rice stuffing, Husband’s Garlic Mashed
potatoes and ??? desserts. It’s getting harder to
fathom all the carbs due to me trying my hardest
to lower my blood sugar levels AND/lose weight
(good thing: as of yesterday I’m down 10 lbs.) and
sugar #’s are good – now just have to keep it up.

Hope your Holiday plans (if you’ve started) are
going well. Stay WARM and safe – try to do something
today (even if it’s something little) for yourself:
Take a nap, read a book, have a cup of your favorite
hot beverage – SOMETHING!

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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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

 

Almost Holiday time!

You can always tell when a holiday is coming by the amount of RECIPES I get sent to my email! Since the Fourth of July is coming up quickly, I thought I’d start posting recipes for those of you who might be holding picnics, pot lucks, cookouts, etc.

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Crockpot Brownie Pudding Cake

1 C. flour
1 1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. baking cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. oil
1 T. vanilla
3 large egg whites
2 large eggs
1/4 C. milk chocolate chips, melted
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garnish – powdered sugar

In a bowl mix together flour, sugar,
cocoa & salt. In a separate large bowl
stir oil, vanilla, egg whites & eggs
until well blended. Gently pour flour
mixture into egg mixture – stir until
completely combined. Stir in melted
chocolate. Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray; pour
batter into crockpot. Place 3-4 paper
towels over top of crockpot & place
lid on. Cook on Low 2 hours (sides
should be set, middle should be soft).
Leave lid on, turn off heat & let cake
stand about 30 minutes. Serve
sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Bacon/Avocado Salad

3/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
4 tsp. sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Salad:
1 bunch romaine (about 12 C.)
3/4 lb. bacon strips, cooked/crumbled
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium red onion, halved/thinly
sliced
3 medium ripe avocados, peeled/cubed
2 T. lemon juice
1 C. crumbled Gorgonzola or Feta cheese

Place first 6 ingredients in a jar with a tight-
fitting lid; shake well until blended –
refrigerate until ready to serve.
In large bowl combine romaine, bacon,
tomatoes & onion. Toss avocados with
lemon juice & add to salad; sprinkle with
cheese. Serve with dressing, shaking to
blend again if needed. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Patio Pinto (beans)

1/2 lb. bacon strips, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 (15 oz, ea) cans pinto beans,
drained/rinsed
4 (8 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce
2 (4 oz, ea) cans chopped green chilies
1/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium
heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove
with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
Reserve 2 T. drippings in pan (discard the rest).
Add onion to drippings; cook & stir over
medium heat 6-8 minutes until tender. Add
garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in beans, tomato
sauce, green chilies, brown sugar & seasonings.
Sprinkle top with bacon. Bake, covered,
60-70 minutes until heated through.
Serves 10

NOTE: Freezer option:
Freeze cooled bean mixture in freezer
containers. To use: partially thaw in
fridge overnight. Heat through in a saucepan,
stirring occasionally & adding a little water,
if necessary.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Spectacular Overnight Coleslaw

1 medium head cabbage, shredded
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
1/2 C. chopped sweet red pepper
1/2 C. sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
1/2 C. white wine vinegar
1/2 C. canola oil
1/2 C. sugar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. mustard seed

Combine cabbage, onion, peppers &
olives in a large bowl. In large saucepan,
mix remaining ingredients & bring to boil;
cook & stir 1 minute. Pour mixture over
vegetables & stir gently. Cover &
refrigerate overnight – mix well before
serving. Serves 16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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4-ingredient Sweet & Sticky Ribs
(crockpot)

3 lb. pork baby back ribs
4 C. apple juice
1/4 – 1/2 C. apple cider (OR)
apple cider vinegar*
1 C. BBQ sauce

Remove membrane that covers
underside of ribs – cut slab in
half. Pour apple juice & vinegar
into crockpot. Place ribs in liquid,
meat side down. Cover & cook on
Low – cook 8-10 hours (or High
5-7 hours). Remove ribs to a
baking dish & cover on both
sides with BBQ sauce. Place under
broiler 5 minutes until sauce is
bubbling & starts to caramelize.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

* If you don’t want to add the
vinegar, replace it with more apple
juice

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Warm Tomato/Mozzarella Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. (Kraft) Olive Oil Vinaigrette-
Balsamic/divided
1 1/2 C. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 T. chopped fresh thyme
1/4 C. finely shredded Parmesan cheese
32 flatbread crackers

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Mix cream cheese, mozzarella & 2 T.
vinaigrette until blended; spread onto
bottom of 9″ pie plate. Top with tomatoes &
drizzle with remaining vinaigrette – sprinkle
with thyme. Bake 13 minutes until tomatoes
are softened & dip is heated through. Sprinkle
top with Parmesan; bake 2 minutes until
melted. Serve with crackers.
Serves 16 (2 T. dip & 2 crackers each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Spinach Pasta Salad

2 C. spinach, broken into pieces
or chopped
1 C. cooked, chopped ham (or
any meat you want)
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1/2 C. chopped/peeled cucumber
2 boiled eggs, chopped
1 1/2 C. uncooked pasta (cooked
al dente, accordg. to pkg. directions &
drained)
1 large tomato, chopped

Dressing:

1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. white vinegar
1 T. white granulated sugar
1 tsp. dried basil (or 1 T. fresh,
chopped)

Mix together salad ingredients in large
bowl. Combine dressing ingredients &
mix with a spoon – toss salad & dressing
together. Serves 6-8

NOTE: You can also add other ingredients
like: corn, peas, carrots, peppers

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Campfire S’More Nacho Grill Packets

6 whole graham crackers, broken into

pieces (6 whole = 2 C.)

1 1/2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 C. crumbled fudge brownies
3/4 C. milk chocolate morsels
nonstick cooking spray
1/3 C. creamy peanut butter
Reddi-Whip spray whipped topping
(or Cool Whip or whipped cream)

Preheat gas grill for medium heat.
Stir graham crackers, marshmallows,
brownies & morsels in large bowl.
Place one 18″ X 18″ piece of heavy
duty foil on counter; spray with
nonstick cooking spray. Place mixture
in center of foil; drop dollops of
peanut butter evenly over top. Double
fold top & ends of foil, leaving space
for steam to gather. Place packet on
grate & cover grill. Grill 5 minutes until
marshmallows & morsels melt. Carefully
open packet & top with Reddi-Whip or
other topping. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

NOTE: You can also bake packet in oven:
400 degrees F. place packet in a shallow
pan & bake 10 minutes until marshmallows
& morsels melt.

(recipe: readyseteat.com)

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I tried to copy the photo from our local
newspaper (from Log Cabin Day) but
although I can copy to an email, I can’t
copy to my blog site (will have to ask
my husband for help with that one).

Our weather is getting much warmer
AND much wetter! It rained, on & off,
all day yesterday; it’s supposed to be
clear today with a high of 85. Starting
Friday it’s highs of 91, 96, 90 and 87 –
glad I won’t be OUTSIDE on those days!

Not much going on around here; it’s nice
to finally have a ‘nothing special’ week
for a change.

Hope you are enjoying your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Some Holiday Recipes!

Easy 5-Minute Kool-Aid Pie

1 graham cracker pie crust
1 pkt. Kool-Aid (your choice
of flavor)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Pour sweet’d/cond milk in a bowl
& add Kool-Aid – mix together. Fold
in Cool Whip-mix thoroughly & spoon
into pie crust. Serve

(recipe: donnahup.com)
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Southern Baked Beans

1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can cannellini beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (12 oz) jar chili sauce
3/4 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. ketchup
1/4 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. ground mustard

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ square baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In
large bowl combine all ingredients –
pour into prepared dish. Bake
50-60 minutes until beans are
bubbly & sauce has thickened.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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“Hillbilly” Ribs

2 T. vegetable oil
4 lb. country-style pork ribs
1 (12 oz) bottle chili sauce
1/2 C. water
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. yellow mustard
1/4 C. brown sugar

In a soup pot over medium-high
heat, heat oil until hot; cook ribs
8-10 minutes until brown on all
sides. In large bowl combine
remaining ingredients; mix well.
Reduce heat to medium & drain
off excess liquids. Pour sauce
mixture over ribs, partially cover &
cook 1 1/2 hours until ribs are
cooked through & tender, turning
occasionally. Serves 5

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Stacked Pasta Salad

1 lb. tri-colored pasta twirls
1 (16 oz) tub sour cream
1 C. mayonnaise
1/2 c. milk
4 scallions (green onions),
thinly sliced
1 T. dried tarragon
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 bunch (2-3 stalks) broccoli,
cut into small florets &
blanched*
1 large head cauliflower, cut
into small florets & blanched*
1 large red bell pepper, diced

Cooked accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain/rinse & drain again – let cool.
In large bowl combine sour cream,
mayo, milk, scallions, tarragon, salt/
black pepper – mix well. Reserve
1 C. sour cream mixture & add pasta
to remaining sour cream mixture –
toss until well coated. In a large clear
bowl (or trifle dish) layer half the pasta
mixture, half broccoli, half cauliflower,
half bell pepper. Repeat layers once
more & drizzle with reserved sour
cream mixture. Cover & chill at least
2 hours before serving. Toss just before
serving. Serves 8

*To blanch broccoli & cauliflower florets:
Add each to a large pot of boiling water
for 1 minute then remove to a bowl of
ice water to immediately stop them from
cooking any farther; drain well.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Amish Harvest Tomatoes

3 large tomatoes, cored/cut
into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, cut into thin
half-moon slices
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1/3 C. sugar
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

In large bowl combine tomatoes &
onions. In small bowl whisk oil,
vinegar, sugar, Ital. seasoning, salt/
pepper until sugar is dissolved –
pour over tomato mixture & mix
well. Serve or cover & chill until
ready to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Awesome Rice Salad

2 (15 oz, ea) cans black beans,
drained/rinsed
2 C. cold, cooked rice
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 C. sliced scallions
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 C. olive oil
1 T. cider vinegar
1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce
(optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 tsp. black pepper

In large bowl combine beans &
rice; mix well. In medium bowl
combine remaining ingredients;
mix well – fold tomato mixture
into bean mixture. Refrigerate
at least 1 hour before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Root Beer Chicken
( oven & GRILL recipe)

1 (3 to 3 1/2 lb.) chicken,
cut into 8 pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 C. root beer
1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
3 T. Worcestershire sauce
3 T. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
chicken pieces on dish & season
with salt/pepper. Bake 45-50
minutes until no pink remains in
chicken & juices run clear. In
medium saucepan combine
remaining ingredients; mix well &
bring to boil over medium heat,
stirring occasionally. Reduce heat
to medium-low & simmer 20
minutes until sauce is reduced by
half.
Preheat grill to medium heat.
Coat chicken with sauce & grill
5 minutes per side, basting
frequently with sauce. Bring
remaining sauce to a boil, then
serve with chicken. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Bacon Corn Bread

1 C. sour cream
1 C. milk
1 egg
3 T. butter, melted
1 1/2 C. yellow cornmeal
1/4 C. flour
1/4 c. real bacon bits
2 T. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 8-inch square baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl whisk sour cream,milk,
egg & butter – add remaining
ingredients & whisk until mixed;
pour into prepared pan. Bake
25-30 minutes until a wooden
toothpick inserted in center
comes out clean. Let cool
15 minutes then cut into
squares – serve warm. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Buttermilk Custard Apple Pie

Sauteed apples:
1/4 C. butter
2 C. apples – peeled/cored/sliced
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Custard:
1/4 C. butter
1 C. sugar
4 eggs
2 T. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. buttermilk
1 refrigerated pie crust
placed into a 9″ pie plate

Topping:

3 T. butter
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
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Preheat oven 325 degrees F.

Apples:
Melt butter in a skillet; stir in
apples & 1/2 C. sugar – cook,
stirring occasionally, until apples
are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
Remove from heat & allow to
cool to room temp.

Custard:
Beat butter & sugar together; add
eggs, flour, vanilla & buttermilk-
beat until blended. Place pie crust
in a 9-inch pie plate & spoon apple
mixture in bottom of crust. Pour custard
over apples. Bake 30 minutes.

Topping:
Mix butter, sugar, brown sugar, flour
& cinnamon using a pastry blender
(or your hands) until coarse crumbs
form. Sprinkle topping over pie & bake
an additional 30 minutes until custard
is set. Allow to cool completely before
serving.

(recipe: gooseberry patch recipes for
comfort)
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Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

and now for SPRING!

Even though it’s kind of gloomy & wet out (34 degrees F.) my heart is looking forward to SPRING! Looking at our weather forecast for the next few days, you certainly wouldn’t say that Spring/warmer weather is coming – we’re looking at rain & possible snow but I’m determined to be SKEPTICAL! (or crazy – you pick). Spring is MY season – I love looking forward to seeing new growth – tiny flowers pushing up from what was frozen earth a month ago; hearing the birds singing (how I’ve missed that!) and the possibility of seeing our rabbits (they live in a wild blackberry bramble in our yard). I know Spring is just around the corner and I’m excited to greet it!

I tried the No-Bake Oreo dessert I posted a few posts ago and it was a BIG hit! I think if I make it again I’ll just throw the whole Oreo cookies in the food processor – putting them in a ziplock bag & smashing them wasn’t the best solution (in  my opinion) – I ended up getting out my big rolling pin & smashing them with that – it worked but the food processor would have been easier.

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Crockpot Strawberry Shortcake

2 1/4 C. pancake mix
3/4 C. sugar, divided
2/3 C. milk
3 T. applesauce
1 qt. strawberries, hulled/sliced

optional garnish: Cool Whip, thawed

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl mix pancake mix, 1/2 C. sugar,
milk & applesauce until you have a
dough. Gently press dough into bottom
of crockpot. Cover & cook on High
1 hour 15 minutes (until center of
dough is ‘done’ – a wooden toothpick
inserted into center of dough comes
out clean). Gently toss strawberries
with remaining 1/4 C. sugar in a
separate bowl. Turn shortcake out
onto a plate. Cut shortcake into
pieces & spoon berries over top.
Top with Cool Whip, if desired.
Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Italian Easter Pie

2 (9-inch, each) rolled, refrigerated
pie crusts (from 14.1 oz pkg)
3 eggs
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. chopped, cooked ham
1/2 C. chopped genoa salami
1/2 C. chopped pepperoni slices

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Unroll 1 pie crust & place in 9″
deep round cake pan, pressing
crust firmly on bottom & up sides
of pan. In large bowl whisk eggs,
Parm. cheese, garlic powder & pepper.
Add ricotta & mozz. cheese; mix well.
Stir in ham, salami & pepperoni until
thoroughly combined – pour into pan.
Cover mixture with remaining 1 pie
crust & pinch edges together to seal –
flute edges. Using a knife, cut four
1 inch slits in top (to vent).
In small bowl whisk egg & water – brush
top of crust with egg wash.
Bake 55-60 minutes until a knife
inserted into center comes out clean &
top is golden brown. Let stand 15
minutes before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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3-Bean Salad

2 (15 oz, ea) cans chick peas
2 (15 oz, ea) cans red kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans cut green beans, drained
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimentos, with juice
2 onions, diced

Dressing:

1 C. cider vinegar
1 C. white sugar
2/3 C. olive oil (or oil of your choice)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

Place all beans in a colander & rinse
well. In a bowl place sugar, vinegar, oil,
minced garlic salt/pepper – mix well.
Place beans in a large bowl; add chopped
onion & pimentos. Pour dressing over all
& stir well to coat. Cover & refrigerate
several hours (or overnight). NOTE: a
few hours before serving, stir well again &
return to fridge. Will keep at least a week
in fridge.

Poster says: this makes a large bowl –
perfect for a cookout or snacking all
week long. You can easily divide this
recipe in half, if you prefer less.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Baked Pimento Cheese Dip
in a Bread Bowl

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz) jar pimiento peppers, drained
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 round loaf of bread

sliced green onions, for serving
butter crackers, for dipping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine cream
cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar
cheese, pimiento & cayenne –
mix & season with salt/pepper.
Slice top off of bread; using your
hands, scoop out the bread
insides (reserve), leaving a thin
outer crust. Place bread on a
baking sheet & spoon cheese
mixture into bread bowl. Bake
20 minutes until warmed through
& bubbly. Garnish with green
onions & serve hot.
You can use the scooped out
bread pieces for dippers or
crackers. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Easy French Onion Soup

1 large onion (yellow or red)
2 thick slices French bread
3 slices Swiss cheese
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 C. beef broth
pinch salt
1 bay leaf
2 T. butter

Melt butter over medium-high heat
in medium sauepan. Peel & quarter
onion, then slice thinly. Place onion
in pan, add salt & cook, stirring
occasionally until caramelized, 8-10
minutes. Add beef broth, pepper &
bay leaf – bring to a boil, reduce heat
to Low & cook 10 minutes. Heat broiler
to High & toast both sides of bread.
Remove bay leaf from soup & ladle into
oven-proof bowls. Place bread on top
of soup then top each bowl with 1 1/2
slices cheese. Place bowls on a baking
sheet & broil 3-4 minutes until cheese
is bubbly & begins to brown. Remove &
serve. Serves 2

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp
Pasta

8 oz. linguine pasta
2 T. olive oil
6 T. butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/4 lb. large shrimp
salt/pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
4 C. baby spinach
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese
2 T. parsley, chopped
1 T. lemon juice

In large pot cook pasta accordg.
to pkg. directions; drain. Using
same pot, heat oil & 2 T. butter;
add garlic & red pepper flakes;
cook until fragrant. Add shrimp,
salt/pepper (to taste) & cook
until shrimp start to turn pink.
Add Ital. seasoning & spinach –
cook until spinach wilts. Add
pasta back into pot with
remaining butter, Parm. cheese &
parsley – stir & cook until butter
melts. Add lemon juice just
before serving – serve hot.
Serves 6

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crockpot Pepper Steak

16 oz. beef stew meat
2 red bell peppers, seeded/
cut into strips
2 green bell peppers, seeded/
cut into strips
3 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 can beef broth
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 C. flour

In large bowl mix flour & salt;
rub meat with mixture. In a
skillet on medium-high heat add
oil; add meat, garlic, pepper strips.
Cook until meat starts to brown.
Remove meat & peppers from
skillet to crockpot. Ad stewed
tomatoes to skillet (with juice)
& beef broth. Gradually stir in
flour while stirring to make a
gravy – pour over meat in
crockpot. Cover & cook on Low
8 hours.

(recipe: facebook)
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4-Ingredient Pecan Balls

1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 stick),
softened
2 T. sugar
1 C. flour
1 heaping cup chopped pecans
1/4 tsp. salt

optional chocolate drizzle:
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 275 degrees F.
Cream butter, sugar & flour using
an elec. mixer. Fold in nuts & salt –
stir to combine. (mixture will be
crumbly but will stick to itself).
Roll dough into small balls (about
1/2 inch) & place on ungreased
cookie sheet (you can wet your
hands to keep dough from
sticking to you.) Bake 45 minutes.
Let cool completely on sheet before
transferring to air tight container.
Will keep up to 1 week on counter or
in pantry.

Chocolate Drizzle:
Place chocolate chips in a microwave
safe bowl; microwave 1 minute. Stir
& microwave in 30-second intervals
until chocolate is melted & can be
stirred together. Drizzle over cooled
pecan balls or dunk balls in melted
chocolate. Makes 22 balls

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)

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We had a nice, quiet Easter dinner – THIS time
(with my son’s insisting on reducing the total
foods/appetizers) it was very manageable!
The other grandma brought appetizers (a few
too many, but HEY! It’s her thing), we had ham,
garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole,
croissants, the Oreo dessert & brownies – MORE
than enough food for 9 people. I was going to
cook the ham I bought Friday but son sent home
ham, so I’ll table that for now.  Was pleasantly
surprised to find that I didn’t gain any pounds
over the dinner (usually I put on 2+ lbs) YAY!

Here is the heavier cream baby blanket I just
finished; am going to save it for the Detroit
Veterans Hospital’s baby shower in September.

 

I spent some time yesterday attempting to choose
another pattern to start another blanket, but
nothing I tried really ‘spoke’ to me. I have a lovely
worsted weight medium yellow yarn and want to
find a nice pattern for it. It will come, sometimes
I just need to NOT think about it and then it becomes
easier! (Believe me, with all the knitting books AND
all the patterns I’ve copied from the internet, I’m
not at a loss for patterns – it’s just picking the right
one to tickle my fancy at the time.)

Hope your Easter weekend/holiday was lovely.
Today is babysitting the 1 yr old grandson who’s
learned more (challenging) ‘tricks’ – watching
him interact with the other grandparents and
seeing what’s ‘acceptable’ for his behavior
means I’m going to have a CHALLENGING day
today, for sure! It’s interesting (I ‘guess’ I’ll use
that word) to see the different parenting styles;
I’ve always been a safety nut when it comes to
babies – giving a baby that doesn’t have back
teeth to chew with a big chunk of ham is NOT
my idea of a good idea! Or an entire jumbo
black olive! (Yes, the olive will break down
easier than the ham, but the idea that “He’ll
spit it out if he can’t swallow it” is a REALLY
RISKY idea!) Let’s just say that ‘enduring’
the different grandparenting styles was
not enjoyable – I just kept watching to make
sure he didn’t choke!

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Saturday again!

Just received my weekly email from my cousin who lives in Camanche, IOWA. He started out his post with the words: “A blizzard here this morning, supposed to get 12+ inches – very high winds, too.” OH MY GOODNESS! I even double-checked the date, making sure he wasn’t doing an April Fool’s on me, early! The REALLY bad part of his announcement? We, here in good old Michigan, usually get whatever weather he gets – the NEXT DAY! I’ve double checked OUR forecast and there’s NO snow in it ( It did say something about rain & snow showers this coming Thursday…sigh). Can’t even imagine! (I believe I DID tell you that here in Michigan we sometimes get snow on Easter, so it wouldn’t surprise me…)

LOTS of great sounding Easter dinner-type recipes coming in:

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Layered No-Bake Banana Split
Dessert

Crust:

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

Cream Cheese Layer:

12 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1/4 C. sugar
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed

Fruit & Toppings:

3-4 bananas, sliced
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
drained well
16 oz. fresh strawberries, hulled/
sliced
8 oz. tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
chocolate syrup
maraschino cherries

Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl mix graham cracker crumbs &
melted butter using a fork until all
crumbs are evenly moistened. Press
mixture into bottom of pan in an
even layer. Refrigerate while making
next layer.

In medium bowl mix cream cheese &
sugar using elec. mixer on Medium
speed until light & fluffy, about 3
minutes. Fold in Cool Whip until
thoroughly combined – spread on
top of crust.

Arrange banana slices in single layer on
cream cheese filling – top with an even
layer of crushed pineapple, then an
even layer of sliced strawberries. Cover
with Cool whip, smoothing top. Sprinkle
top with chopped nuts. Drizzle with
chocolate syrup & top with maraschino
cherries. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or
overnight.
Leftovers refrigerated up to 4 days.
Makes 12-16 servings

(recipe: browneyedbaker.com)
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Deviled Eggs with Bacon

12 hard boiled large eggs
1/3 C. mayonnaise
3 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
3 T. finely chopped red onion
3 T. sweet pickle relish
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

Cut cooked eggs in half length-
wise. Remove yolks to a small
bowl. Set whites aside. Mash
yolks; add mayo, bacon, onion
& relish – mix well. Spoon
mixture into egg white halves.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Sprinkle tops with paprika.
Makes 2 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Apple Cider-glazed Ham

1/2 fully cooked bone-in ham
(6-7 lbs)
2 C. apple cider
1 C. honey
1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/4 C. dijon mustard
1 T. butter
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. apple pie spice

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Place ham on a rack in a shallow
roasting pan. Score surface of
ham using a  knife, making
diamond shapes 1/2 inch deep.
Cover with foil & bake 2 hours.

Remove ham from oven & uncover.
In large saucepan, combine cider,
honey, vinegar & mustard – bring
to boil Reduce heat; simmer,
uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring
frequently. Stir in butter, chili
powder & apple pie spice. Remove
1 Cup for serving. Cook remaining
sauce until thickened; spoon over
ham. Bake ham, uncovered, 30-35
minutes longer. Warm reserved
sauce & serve with ham.
Makes 10 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheddar & Chive Mashed Potatoes
(OVERNIGHT recipe)

5 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes,
peeled/cut into 1″ pieces (about 10 C.)
1 C. butter, cubed
1 C. sour cream
2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 C. shredded Monterey Jack
cheese
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. minced fresh chives

Toppings;
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (6 oz) can French fried onions

Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place potatoes in 6 qt stockpot;
add water to cover – bring to boil.
Reduce heat to medium & cook,
uncovered, until tender, 10-15
minutes. Drain & transfer to large
bowl. Add butter, sour cream, salt/
pepper – beat until blended.* Beat
in whipping cream. Stir in cheeses &
chives. Spoon mixture into prepared
dish, cover with foil & refrigerate
overnight.
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Remove potatoes from fridge –
let stand 10-15 minutes while
oven heats. (Putting a cold dish
directly into a hot oven can
cause the dish to crack).

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake, covered, 45 minutes, stirring
after 30 minutes. Sprinkle with
toppings, bake, uncovered, 15
minutes more until heated through.
Serves 16 (3/4 C. each)

*Take care not to overbeat the
potatoes – they can go from whipped
to gluey.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Lemony Chicken & Spring Veggie Soup

2 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
1 leek, quartered (white part sliced)
2 carrots, peeled/diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt/black pepper
4 C. chicken stock
1 C. peas (fresh or frozen)
1 C. baby zucchini, diced small
2 C. cooked chicken breasts,
shredded or cubed (can use
rotisserie chicken)
2 tsp. lemon zest
2 T. lemon juice
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2 C. cooked quinoa
1/4 C. chopped basil
4 lemon wedges (garnish

In large pot over medium heat add
butter & oil. Once melted, add leek &
carrots – cook 3-5 minutes until slightly
tender. Add garlic, salt/pepper, stir to
combine. Add stock & bring to gentle
simmer. Cover partially with lid & cook
15-20 minutes until carrots are tender.
Turn off heat; add peas, zucchini, chicken,
lemon zest & juice – stir to combine.
Allow peas & zucchini to become crisp-
tender, 3-4 minutes (check to adjust
salt/pepper).
To serve:
Add about 1/2 C. quinoa to a bowl;
ladle some soup with veggies/chicken
over top & sprinkle top with basil. Squeeze
some lemon juice from lemon wedge
(if desired) & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: thecozyapron.com)
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Crockpot Italian Chops

6 boneless pork chops
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/3 C. oil
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 C. water

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Place 2 chops in bottom
of crockpot – top with 1/3 of chopped
onion – repeat layers, ending with onion.
Pour tomatoes over onions then add
rest of ingredients. Cover & cook on Low
3-4 hours. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Sour Cream Breadsticks

2 C. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 C. butter
2 T. fresh chopped chives
1 1/4 C. sour cream
2 T. butter, melted
coarse salt

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
In large bowl mix flour, baking
powder & salt. Using a pastry
cutter or a fork, cut int butter
until it resembles fine crumbs.
Stir in chives; add sour cream &
stir just until it comes together
in a ball. Lightly flour a work
surface & place dough on surface.
Knead dough lightly 10 times or
until it comes together in a smooth
ball. Roll dough into a 12 X 8″
rectangle. Cut it into 12 1-inch wide
strips – place them 1 inch apart on
an ungreased baking sheet. Brush
tops lightly with melted butter &
sprinkle with coarse salt. Bake
10-12 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm. Makes 12 breadsticks.

(recipe: tasteandtellblog.com)
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(The next dessert I’m going to make for Easter)

Creamy No-Bake Cookies &
Cream Dessert

1 (15 oz) pkg. Oreo cookies
1/2 C. butter, melted (1 stick)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
2 (10 oz, ea) tubs Cool Whip,
thawed
1 (5.5 oz) box instant chocolate
pudding mix
3 1/2 C. milk

Bottom Layer:

 In large zip-lock bag crush Oreos.
Reserve 1/2 C. for topping. Press
remaining crumbs on bottom of
9 X 13″ baking dish. Pour melted
butter over crumbs – press down
with a fork.

Cream Cheese Layer:

In large bowl beat cream cheese
using elec. mixer until fluffy. on
Low speed slowly add powdered
sugar; mix until combined. Fold
in One tub Cool Whip – spread
mixture on top of cookie layer.

Pudding Layer:

In medium bowl whisk milk &
pudding mix 2 minutes – let
stand 5 minutes to firm up;
spread over cream cheese layer.

Spread remaining tub Cool Whip
on top of pudding layer & sprinkle
top with reserved cookie crumbs.
Cover & refrigerate at least 2 hours
before serving.

(recipe: recipelion.com)

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So far- Easter dinner – I made the ‘usual’
list of things we bring to holiday dinners;
oldest son stopped over a few days ago &
mentioned that they’re still not sure on the
time for Easter dinner – it ‘might’ be 5/6 p.m.
I’m REALLY hoping that’s the case (we have
early church – I have to be there by 9:10 a.m.
for choir rehearsal). If dinner is in the evening
that will give me a chance to go home &
relax a bit, then get cooking – we’ll see.

Middle son stopped by yesterday to ‘solidify’
the news – he’s moving back home first week
of April . . . yes, that will make us an (almost)
FULL household again (barring oldest son &
his family). I guess, if I have to look for a ‘good’
thing in this, he DID give us a 2-week start in
re-arranging his room. This is the same room
I’ve sort of ‘taken over’ as my computer room.
This time he comes with MORE furniture than
in the past 4 times he moved back PLUS A
CAT! Husband & I don’t mind cats except that
oldest son & his 2 sons are all asthmatic! Guess
that will definitely cut short any visits by them,
right? Sigh…(to quote my mom) “Ain’t life grand?”
I know we’ll adjust; trying not to stress over it.

Hope you are having a nice, relaxing day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Getting Closer to the New Year…

With the New Year fast approaching, I thought I’d post more appetizer & dip recipes for you.

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4 Ingredient Cheese Ball

24 oz. cream cheese, softened,
(3 pkgs)
1 jar Kraft Roka Blue Cheese
Spread
1 jar Kraft Old English cheese
spread (or American cheese spread)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
sliced almonds (or walnuts, pecans,
etc.)

assorted crackers, for dipping

In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
all ingredients (except nuts) until
smooth. Place a large piece of
plastic wrap in a small bowl &
scoop cheese mixture into wrap.
Using the plastic wrap, shape
cheese mixture into a ball.
Refrigerate 1/2 hour. Remove
ball from fridge & take off
plastic wrap. Place sliced almonds
on a plate (or pie plate) & roll
cheese ball in nuts to coat. Place
ball on a serving plate & serve
with assorted crackers. Makes
1 ball.

(recipe: myrecipemagic.com)
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3-Ingredient Nacho Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1 (16 oz) jar salsa (your choice)
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded 4-Cheese
Mexican blend cheese

corn chips – for dipping

Optional toppings for serving:
diced avocado,
sliced olives, cherry tomatoes
cut in half, chopped green onions

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread cream cheese evenly in
bottom of a medium baking dish*.
Pour salsa over top & spread to
cover the cream cheese. Sprinkle
shredded cheese on top. Bake
15-20 minutes until hot & bubbly.
Garnish with optional toppings
shredded cheese on top. Serve
with corn chips for dipping.
Serves 10

* poster used deep dish pie plate
(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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4-ingredient Chicken Taquitos
(appetizers)

10 (6 inch) soft flour tortillas
1 C. cooked, finely diced chicken
1 C. (Sargento) 4-Cheese Mexican
shredded cheese
1/3 C. salsa or taco sauce

Optional garnishes:
salsa, guacamole, sour cream,
sliced black or green olives,
sliced green onion

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl stir chicken, cheese &
salsa. Divide chicken mixture evenly
down the side of each tortilla. Roll
up tortilla & place on foil-lined
baking sheet; repeat with rest of
ingredients. Spray tops of taquitos
with nonstick cooking spray (to
help them brown & crisp in oven).
Bake 15-20 minutes until crispy.
Makes 10

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Nachos
(appetizer)

1 (1 oz) pkt. taco seasoning mix
2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
breasts
1 (16 oz) jar salsa
8 oz. tortilla chips
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Additional toppings:
sliced black olives, sliced green
onions, guacamole, sliced avocado,
sour cream, salsa, chopped jalapeno
peppers

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
chicken in bottom of crockpot;
sprinkle with taco seasoning &
pour salsa on top. Cover & cook
on High 2-3 hours (or Low 6-8
hours). When chicken is done,
using 2 forks – shred chicken &
return to crockpot. Keep chicken
warm in crockpot until ready to
serve with nachos. Place tortilla
chips on a large serving platter.
Spoon hot, shredded chicken over
chips & top with shredded cheese.
(Cheese will melt from heat of
chicken – OR you can place the
nachos under the broiler for
a few minutes to get the cheese
crispy & browned on top).
Garnish with additional toppings
of your choice. Serves 8

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Southwestern Egg Rolls
(appetizer)

1 C. finely diced, cooked chicken
2 tsp. taco seasoning mix
1/4 C. whole kernel corn
1/4 C. black beans, rinsed/drained
4 T. salsa (plus additional, for
dipping)
4-Cheese Mexican blend shredded
cheese (about 1/3 C.)
8 egg roll wrappers*

garnish: sliced green onion

Dipping: salsa, sour cream,
guacamole

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
LIne a baking sheet with foil &
spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl mix chicken, taco
seasoning, corn, beans & salsa.
Spoon about 2 T. mixture on
bottom third of one egg roll
wrapper; top with about 1 tsp.
cheese. Fold sides toward
center & roll tightly. (Keep
the remaining wrappers covered
with a damp paper towel until
ready to use to prevent drying
out.) Place egg roll, seam-side
down on baking sheet – repeat
with remaining wrappers. Spray
tops of egg rolls with nonstick
cooking spray (helps them turn
golden brown & crispy). Bake
10-15 minutes until lightly
browned. Makes 8
Recipe can be doubled.

*You can find egg roll wrappers
in most grocery stores in the
fresh vegetable section.

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Pepperoni Pizza Sliders
(appetizers)

12 slider buns (or Hawaiian
rolls, sliced)
3/4 to 1 C. pizza or pasta sauce
1 (6 oz) pkg. pepperoni slices
1 (8 oz) pkg. fresh mozzarella cheese
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick cooking
spray. Cut slider/buns in half &
place bottoms in prepared dish.
Spread pizza/pasta sauce on
bun bottoms. Top each with
pepperoni slices using as
many as you like. Slice
mozzarella into 12 slices &
place 1 slice on each bottom;
replace bun tops on sliders.
In small bowl combine Parmesan,
melted butter, garlic powder,
basil & oregano – mix & spread
over tops of rolls. Cover with
foil & bake 25 minutes. Remove
foil & bake 5 more minutes.
Serve immediately.
Makes 12 sliders

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Creamy Mushroom Tartlets
(appetizers)

1 T. butter or margarine
1 (8 oz) pkg. fresh mushrooms,
finely chopped
1/2 C. (Kraft) Philadelphia Chive &
Onion cream cheese spread
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 (8 oz) tube refrigerated crescent
dinner rolls
2 tsp. finely chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in large nonstick
skillet on medium heat. Add
mushrooms; cook 5 minutes
until tender, stirring frequently.
Add cream cheese spread &
Parmesan; cook & stir 1 minutes
until cream cheese melts. Remove
from heat. Unroll dough into 2
long rectangles; firmly press
perforations & seams together
to seal. Cut each rectangle into
12 squares. Place 1 square in
each of 24 mini muffin cups
with corners of squares extending
over rims of cups. Firmly press
dough onto bottom & up side of
each cup. Spoon about 1 1/2 tsp.
mushroom mixture in each cup.
Bake 10-12 minutes until golden
brown. Sprinkle tops with parsley.
Cool in pan 5 minutes before
serving. Makes 12 servings.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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I had great plans of going to KMart for
some SALE shopping today but woke
up to more snow on the ground – sigh.
We’ll see about the shopping – hopefully
the roads will clear up a little. My middle
son will be having his 29th birthday
January 4th, so I’d like to see if I can
find a few things for him. THIS son is
one that loves lots of things but also
is happy with things he NEEDS. We
helped him out with a little bill paying
for his Christmas gift (that’s what he
asked for) but also gave him SOCKS,
which he needed. (I love this son for
his honesty – he opened the socks &
said: “I really need underwear…” so
guess what he’s getting for part of
his birthday presents! He also REALLY
needs gloves & a snow brush/scraper.
Both younger sons seem to lose those
items EVERY winter – sigh. (the snow
brush I have in my car is a good 30+
years old and still works just fine! I even
use it to brush stuff off the floor of my
car during the non-winter months – it’s
really held up!

Not much going on around here lately –
I cooked a half ham yesterday, just so
we’d have meat to go with all the leftover
sides that are still in our fridge! (and, it
makes great sandwiches, too!). Looking
at some (new to me) knit patterns to
start another ‘needy’ scarf – I have tons
of yarn so knitting scarves makes sense
in the winter. I LOVE my knitting – I
don’t knit for me – I knit for charity
simply because I can knit all the patterns
I like AND THEN GIVE THEM AWAY! To
me, it’s a win/win situation.

Hope you are staying nice & warm (and
healthy)!  Don’t know about you, but
my scale is registering more pounds
than I’d like right now – almost time
to start working on losing some weight-
again!

Hugs;

Pammie

The calm after the holiday

Here in Michigan we’re digging out, again, from all the snow we got the last week or so. First we got EIGHT inches in one day, then Christmas Day we got a good 4 inches more. NOW we’re into the ‘deep freeze’ – it’s not snowing but it’s REALLY cold! Today at around 8:30 a.m. it was -4 (and that’s not counting the wind chill factor). It’s kind of one of those “don’t go out unless you HAVE to!” things. The roads are clear – now – so driving is better but you’d better wear LOTS of layers of clothing/coats/jackets/hats/scarves/gloves-mittens, etc. I babysat yesterday from 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. but needed to get gas first; let’s just say I was very glad to have a heavy coat with a hood so that I could pull the hood up over my hat – pumping gas on a very cold, windy day is not recommended; from the weather report, it’s going to be COLD all week. (looking at my cell phone, it just says COLD for each day, so you know it’s not your regular temperatures.)

This is the week I always feel ‘out of sorts’ – it’s not a regular week day, it’s not exactly a holiday; you kind of forget which ‘day’ it is without the ‘usual’ activities (for me it seems strange not having a Knit Night OR my special needs group). Cooking is really not needed as we plow through the leftovers (not complaining, mind you). I plan on finishing the knit  ‘young girls white & pink scarf’ I started last week, another needy donation thing.

One more photo from Christmas; you’ll note the baby has pink ‘goo’ smeared all over him (that’s my Pink Fluff dessert they decided to let him try). This photo was taken just before he had a quick bath & bed, so for him, it was the end of a VERY busy day.

He had on a really cute one-piece outfit that made him look like he was wearing a tuxedo!

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With New Year’s Eve festivities approaching, I thought I’d post appetizers & dips for those of you who are having parties

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Sausage & Cheese Dip

1 lb. breakfast sausage
8 oz. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, cubed
1 1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded cheese (your choice)
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 C. sliced green onions
1/4 tsp. curry powder (optional)
1/4 tsp. Creole or Cajun seasoning,
to taste (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. dried minced onion
2 tsp. dried parsley
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Assorted crackers, chips or mixed
raw vegetables for dipping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brown sausage in an oven-safe
skillet or casserole dish; drain &
return sausage to skillet. Add cheeses
& cook over Low heat, stirring often,
until cheese has melted. Blend in
remaining ingredients; taste &
adjust to your liking. Bake, uncovered,
30-40 minutes until heated through &
bubbly around edges. Serve warm with
suggested dippers. Serves 4-6

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Ham & Cheese Pinwheels

1 tube refrigerated pizza dough*
3/4 lb. ham, sliced very thin
8 oz. Swiss cheese, sliced very thin
8 T. butter, melted
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. poppy seeds**
1 T. chopped parsley (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Unroll dough into large
rectangle about 13″ X 8″. Layer ham on
top of dough to cover it completely; layer
cheese in same fashion over ham. Starting
at one long end, tightly roll up dough, jelly
roll style, pinching the end to seal. Cut the
loaf crosswise into 12 equal pieces & arrange
on prepared dish. Whisk butter, brown sugar,
mustard & poppy seeds together & pour
evenly over rolls. Bake 25-30 minutes until
golden brown. Sprinkle top with parsley,
if desired. Makes 12 pinwheels.
Rolls can be stored, unbaked, up to 24
hours refrigerated, covered with foil, before
baking.

*You can substitute pizza dough with crescent
rolls, using 1 1/2 tubes (8 oz, ea)

**You can substitute sesame seeds for poppy
seeds

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Chicken Zucchini Poppers

2 C. zucchini, grated (skins on),
about 2 small
1 lb. ground chicken
1/4 yellow onion, finely minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/finely
minced (optional)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Mix zucchini, chicken,
onion, jalapeno, garlic, salt, paprika
& pepper until combined. Scoop
heaping tablespoons of mixture onto
prepared sheet, spacing at least 1 inch
apart. Bake 18-20 minutes until centers
are firm. Remove from oven, move oven
rack to top position; set oven to Broil.
Sprinkle tops of poppers with Parmesan
cheese. Broil poppers until tops are
light brown & crispy. Makes 36
Serve alone or with your favorite dipping
sauce.

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Bacon Deviled Eggs

1 dozen large eggs
4 slices bacon
2 T. mayonnaise
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1 tsp. dill pickle relish
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
scallions, chopped – garnish

Place eggs in large pot & add
water to cover eggs by at least
an inch. Bring water to full,
rolling boil; set timer for 2 minutes.
After pot has been at a full boil for
2 minutes, remove from heat &
place on cool part of stove – reset
timer for 10 minutes. At 10 minutes
carefully drain hot water & cover eggs
with cold water until they are cool
enough to peel – peel eggs. Rinse
peeled eggs under cold water to remove
any shell. Cook bacon over medium heat
until crispy, turning halfway through.
Drain on paper towels & cool – reserve
drippings for filling. Cut each hard boiled
egg in half lengthwise; remove yolks to
small bowl (reserve whites for filling).
Place cooked yolks in a bowl & mash
well with a fork; add mayonnaise, bacon
drippings, mustard, vinegar & pickle
relish – stir until combined. Season with
salt/pepper & spoon or pipe filling into
reserved egg white halves. Crumble bacon
into large pieces & stick bits of bacon on
top of each egg half; sprinkle with chopped
scallions, if using. Makes 24

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Honey Teriyaki Chicken Wings

Wings:
4-5 lb. chicken wings, rinsed/dried
salt/pepper
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Sauce:
1 C. soy sauce
1/2 C. orange juice
juice of 1 lemon
1 T. garlic, minced
2 T. fresh grated ginger
1/2 C. honey
3 T. rice vinegar
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 C. water
2 T. cornstarch
sesame seeds – garnish

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven.
Spray baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. (if you are making
5 lb. wings, you will need 2 sheets).
Do not over crowd wings on pan or
they won’t become crispy. You can
place a wire cooling rack on sheet
to enhance crispness. In large bowl
place wings; lightly salt & pepper.
Sprinkle baking powder over wings,
tossing to lightly dust each wing –
place on prepared sheet. Space
wings as far apart as possible; bake
45-55 minutes, turning once or
twice during cooking time. (NOTE:
each time you turn the wings, spoon
off any liquid that accumulates on
bottom of pan – this helps wings
develop a crispier texture.
In medium saucepan add soy sauce,
orange juice, lemon juice, garlic,
ginger, honey vinegar, brown sugar &
red pepper flakes – cook over medium
heat – bring to full rolling boil then
reduce heat to medium-low & simmer
sauce 8-9 minutes to reduce & thicken.
In small bowl stir water & cornstarch.
Remove sauce from heat momentarily-
whisk in cornstarch mixture & stir until
completely combined – return pan to heat.
Turn heat to medium & bring to boil.
Reduce heat to Low & simmer 1 minute.
Remove sauce from heat & cover.
When wings are cooked through & crispy,
transfer to a large bowl & toss desired
amount of sauce with them. You can also
spoon sauce over wings directly in pan
if desired. Reserve extra sauce for dipping.
Transfer coated wings back to baking
sheet & return to oven 8-10 minutes until
glaze becomes dark & sticky. Remove from
oven & spoon a little sauce from pan onto
wings for extra flavor. Sprinkle tops with
sesame seeds & allow wings to cool a
few minutes before serving. Serves 12

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Cranberry-Eggnog Muffins

2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 large egg
1 C. eggnog
1/4 C. butter, melted
3/4 C. whole-berry cranberry
sauce

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Grease or line with paper
liners 12 muffin cups.
In large bowl whisk first 5
ingredients. In another bowl
whisk egg, eggnog & melted
butter until blended – add to
flour mixture & stir just until
moistened. Spoon 1 T. batter
in bottom of each cup. Drop
1 tsp. cranberry sauce into
center of each & top with
remaining batter & cranberry
sauce. Cut through batter with
a knife to swirl. Bake 15-18
minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of muffin
comes out clean. Cool 5
minutes on a rack before
removing from pan to cool.
Serve warm. Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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I’m sure there will be more dips &
appetizer recipes in the next few days
so, hopefully, you’ll find something you
like!

Enjoy these next few days before more
holiday activities (if you’re partying on
New Years). Remember to STAY HEALTHY
(if you can) and take a break/relax a bit
just to re-charge your energy!

Hugs;

Pammie

and a WONDERFUL TIME was had by all!

The image is a little dark, but we got (almost) the entire family! From left: My husband, next to him our oldest son, in front of him is baby’s Grandma #2, behind her is me, in front of me is oldest grandson’s Grandma & her husband, then oldest grandson (11 1/2), seated is other (baby) grandpa #2 and the baby’s Momma (baby was sleeping). Our middle son & his girlfriend were working, youngest son wasn’t feeling well – but we got ALMOST everyone in the photo!

We had food galore! Oldest son (the chef) also made a boatload of Lobster Mac & cheese (first time I’ve had that) plus lots of other foods too numerous to mention/list. Let’s just say no one went home hungry!

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Apple Cobbler Shortbread Squares

Crust:
1 stick butter
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt

Filling:
3 large apples, peeled/cored/
thinly sliced
3 T. granulated sugar
2 T. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping:
1 C. light brown sugar
3/4 C. flour
6 T. butter, softened

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl beat 1 stick butter, 1/4 C. sugar
& vanilla until creamy. Add 1 C. flour,
1/4 tsp. salt – mix well. Press mixture
evenly into baking dish. Bake 15 minutes.

Filling:
In large bowl combine filling ingredients;
mix until apples are evenly coated.

Topping:
Mix ingredients until crumbly; sprinkle
half over crust.

Increase oven temperature
to 350 degrees.

Place apple mixture in even layer over
crust; sprinkle with remaining topping.
Bake 30-35 minutes until a toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean.
Let cool 2 hours then refrigerate 2 hours.
Cut into bars – serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Leftovers – Egg Rolls

6 egg roll wrappers*
1 C. leftover cooked turkey,
shredded
1 C. leftover mashed potatoes
1 C. leftover cranberries
1 C. leftover stuffing
vegetable oil
1/2 C. leftover gravy (for dipping)

Place an egg roll wrapper on a clean
surface – lay it out so that it forms
a triangle in front of you.  Spread a
thin layer of cranberries on, then
add a few T. mashed potatoes, stuffing
& turkey. Fold up bottom point &
tightly fold in sides. Gently roll, then
seal fold using a few drops of water
on edges; repeat with remaining
leftovers.
In large skillet over medium heat,
heat oil (it should reach 1 inch up
sides of pan) until it starts to bubble.
Add egg rolls & fry until golden,
1 minute per side. Transfer to a
paper towel-lined plate to cool
slightly. Serve with heated gravy.
Makes 6

*can find them in the produce
section of grocery store

(recipe: Facebook)
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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

3 t. olive oil
3/4 C. diced onion
1 1/4 C. diced carrots
3/4 C. sliced celery
3 T. flour
3 C. chicken broth
2 1/2 C. chopped, cooked turkey
1 1/4 C. frozen peas
salt/pepper, to taste

Topping:
1 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/3 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large pot over medium heat
heat oil until shimmering. Saute
onion, carrots, celery until
softened. Stir in flour until no
lumps remain. Add about 1/4 C.
broth & stir until a thick sauce
forms. Add remaining broth &
bring to boil. Reduce heat to a
simmer & allow to simmer until
thickened, about 10 minutes.
Turn off heat & stir in turkey/peas;
season with salt/pepper. In separate
small bowl beat egg & milk – pour into
flour & stir to combine. (it should be
a sticky dough). Drop dough, 2-3
T. each, on top of turkey mixture.
Bake 17-19 minutes until topping
is golden brown.

(recipe: iamhomesteader.com)
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Crockpot Chicken & Stuffing
Casserole

3 large carrots, peeled/sliced
1 (12 oz) bag frozen broccoli florets
(about 4 C.)
1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
thighs or breasts
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1/4 C. water
3 1/2 C. (about 7.5 oz) dry herb-seasoned
stuffing mix
1/3 C. butter, melted

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Place carrots & broccoli
on bottom. Season chicken with salt/
pepper & place on top of vegetables.
In medium bowl whisk soups & water –
pour over chicken. Sprinkle dry stuffing
mix on top of chicken & drizzle with
melted butter. Cover & cook on Low
6-8 hours (or High 3-4 hours).
Serves 8

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Tropical Fruit Salad

4 kiwis, peeled/sliced
3 navel oranges, peeled/sliced &
cut in half
2 mangos, peeled/cubed
1 pineapple, cut into bite-sized
chunks
2 C. seedless red grapes
1/2 C. sour cream
2 T. honey
1 tsp. orange zest

Combine fruits in a large bowl &
spoon onto a serving platter. Mix
remaining ingredients until blended;
drizzle mixture over fruit just before
serving. Serves 10 (1 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Double-Pork Hash

5 slices bacon, (thick-cut)
1 (8 oz) boneless ham steak,
cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 C. red bell pepper, seeded/
diced (1/2 inch)
1 (20 oz) bag refrigerated hash
brown potatoes
salt/black pepper, to taste

IN large skillet over medium heat
cook bacon, turning once, until
crisp (about 8 minutes). Transfer
to paper towels to cool/crumble.
Pour fat from skillet into a small
bowl (you should have about 5 T. ;
add vegetable oil, if needed to achieve
5 T. Return 3 T. bacon fat to skillet –
over medium heat add ham & cook,
stirring occasionally, until beginning to
brown, about 2 minutes. Add onion &
red pepper, cook, stirring occasionally,
until onion is golden, about 7 minutes.
Add hash brown potatoes; cook until
underside is mostly golden, about 7
minutes. Drizzle remaining 2 T. bacon
fat over hash. Using a metal spatula,
turn hash over in sections. Continue
cooking, stirring occasionally, until
hash is completely golden brown, about
5 minutes. Sprinkle with crumbled
bacon & season with salt/pepper.
Serve hot. Serves 6

(recipe: Smithfield)
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Sweet Potato Turkey Patties

1 lb. ground turkey
1 clove garlic
1 T. maple syrup
1/4 C. chopped chives
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
salt/pepper – to taste
2 C. grated sweet potato
2 T. olive oil

In food processor add turkey, garlic,
maple syrup, chives, red pepper flakes,
poultry seasoning, salt/pepper – process
until combined then transfer to large
bowl. Add grated sweet potato to bowl
& fold into turkey mixture until well
combined. In large skillet heat olive
oil over medium-high heat. Once hot,
form mixture into patties & place in
skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes per side. Add
a splash of water to skillet, cover &
cook another 5 minutes to help cook
thoroughly without burning outside of
patties. Remove cover, let liquid cook off;
transfer patties to a paper towel-lined plate
to drain.

(recipe: runningtothekitchen.com)
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Turkey Tetrazzini

half of (16 oz) box spaghetti noodles
3 T. butter, divided
2 C. cooked turkey, chopped
1 C. mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, chopped
salt/pepper
1 (10 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/8 tsp dry mustard
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 T. Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. dried parsley

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook spaghetti noodles accordg.
to pkg directions; drain & place in
a 3 quart casserole dish that has
been sprayed with nonstick
cooking spray (OR you can use a
7 X 11″ pan). Add 1 T. butter to
noodles & toss to melt butter.
Heat a large skillet & melt 2 T.
butter in skillet; once melted,
add mushrooms & onion (salt &
pepper a bit). Saute over medium
high heat until onions are translucent.
Add soup & milk – whisk to combine.
Add poultry seasoning & dry mustard –
stir to combine. Add 1 C. Cheddar
cheese & stir in – once melted, remove
pan from heat. Sprinkle chopped turkey
over noodles in dish. Pour soup mixture
over turkey, sprinkle with 1 C. mozzarella
cheese & 1 T. Parm. cheese on top of
sauce. Sprinkle dried parsley on top &
bake 30 minutes until cheese is melted &
sides are bubbly. Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Double Chocolate Cake

1 (2 layer) chocolate cake mix
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. chocolate instant
pudding mix
1 C. sour cream
1 C. water
2/3 C. oil
4 eggs
1 1/2 pkgs. (4 oz, ea) semi-sweet
chocolate (6 oz) chopped
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed

Mix dry cake mix & pudding mix
in a large bowl using whisk until
blended. Add next 4 ingredients;
mix well & stir in chopped chocolate.
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray & pour mixture in.
Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours
(or High 3 – 3 1/2 hours) until top
surface of cake has no wet spots
& cake begins to pull away from
sides of crockpot. Serve warm
with Cool Whip topping. Serves 16

(recipe: Kraft recipes)

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Yesterday was a day filled with LOTS of action:
husband & I struggled for HOURS getting the
foods prepared to take to oldest son’s house –
Christmas Eve my (wonderful – NOT!) back went
‘out’ again, so standing was very painful but we
managed to work around it: I sat while cutting
up potatoes (husband peeled – for mashed pots).
We did our best to make oldest son’s sudden change
in ‘eating time’ from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m. but several
small disasters lost us some time, so we didn’t get there
until around 1:30 – oh well . . . Green Bean casserole
decided to overflow all over inside of microwave
(where I’d put it to speed up the cooking time), corn
casserole took longer to cook than usual – stuff like
that. Oh – and then there was the WEATHER! The
temps were hovering at 19 degrees F. and it began
to snow MORE! Driving was very slow and treacherous-
his street was almost impassable, but we made it!
It snowed while we were there, probably another 1-2
inches – it’s supposed to be VERY cold all week (right
now NOAH National weather service is saying it’s
2 degrees F. outside with wind chill making it feel
like -13 degrees F! (the HIGHEST temp this week is
Friday at 16 degrees F. so not to thrilled with that,
but HEY! What can ya do?  I’m babysitting tomorrow,
hopefully only 10:15 – 3:30, but we’ll see. Baby got
TONS of toys so I’m sure he will be very amused while
playing with all of them.

Wanted to share with you my most precious presents;
Oldest son & his girlfriend had these photos blown up
& framed on canvas (each is about 1 1/2 feet square):

Bottom photo was Thanksgiving, 2017 (I didn’t know my son was taking the photo!)

To sum it all up – we had a WONDERFUL Christmas!

Hoping you were able to enjoy your
holiday. It’s not the presents under
the tree that counts – it’s who’s
IN YOUR HEART!

Hugs;

Pammie

Christmas Eve, 2017

And so it’s Christmas Eve – this day started out with church & singing in the choir. Our choir director and his lovely wife (who is also our accompanist) are in another state for the holidays SOooooooo we did something we have never done before – we sang to a CD of the music. I must say – it took a bit of work as most are not used to that idea, but after practicing, we actually nailed it in the final performance so I was happy (as, I’m sure, was our assistant director!). During church I got a text from middle son asking if he & his girlfriend could take my husband & I out for lunch (as their Christmas gift to us) – so we went to a nearby Middle Eastern restaurant (girlfriend is Vegan & son is getting there). This was my second try at that type of food and I did my best NOT to let them know I really didn’t like ANYTHING I’d ordered – I DID try, though! Not my idea of a good idea; I had Garlic Almond Ghallaba with chicken: “Assorted sautéed vegetables and your choice of meat blended together with rice, almonds & garlic”; it also came with more roasted (BIG CHUNKS) veggies: green pepper, carrots, zucchini, onion. If nothing else, it was filling (I told my husband he gets ALL of my ‘takeout/leftovers’ – I’m really not interested). BUT…it’s the thought that counts, right? (son & girlfriend were really enjoying their foods).

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(A few last minute recipes – just in case you might need them)

Caramelized Onion Dip

2 T. unsalted butter
2 T. olive oil
3 lb. yellow onions, cut in
half lengthwise & crosswise
into 1/4″ slices
2 T. brown sugar
salt/black pepper
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
3 dashes hot sauce (optional)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream

chopped chives – garnish (optional)

Heat butter & oil in heavy medium
saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add onions & sugar – cook, stirring
constantly, until soft & golden, about
15-20 minutes. Season with salt/pepper.
Stir in vinegar & simmer until mixture is
dry. Add hot sauce (if using). Remove from
heat & allow to cool slightly.
Mix cream cheese until smooth in large
bowl. Fold in sour cream & caramelized
onions – season with salt/pepper. Garnish
with chives, if using.
Can be eaten warm or chilled.
Makes 2 Cups

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Pretzel-ring Beer Cheese Dip

1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
plus more for sprinkling
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 T. chopped chives (more for
garnish)
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 C. beer (suggested: Guinness)
ground black pepper
2 T. baking soda
1 can Pillsbury Grands! biscuits
egg wash (1 egg + 1 T. water, mixed)
coarse salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Dip:
In large bowl combine cheeses,
cream cheese, mustard, chives,
garlic powder & beer- season with
salt/pepper.

Pretzels:
In small saucepan bring 2 C. water
& baking soda to a boil. Reduce to
a simmer. Cut each biscuit in half &
roll into a ball then cut an X slice
across top of each ball. Drop into
simmering water & cook 1 minute.
Remove using a slotted spoon –
transfer to a cast-iron skillet
forming a ring around skillet. Brush
biscuits with egg wash & sprinkle
tops with coarse salt. Transfer
cheese dip to center of skillet &
smooth top. Sprinkle top of dip
with more Cheddar cheese. Bake
until biscuits are golden & dip
is warmed through, 33-35 minutes.
Garnish with chopped chives & serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cheesy Cauliflower/Bacon Dip

4 C. small cauliflower florets
(about 1/2 large head)
1/2 C. water
4 slices bacon
1/2 C. finely chopped yellow onions
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, cubed
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
3/4 C. mayonnaise
1 (8 oz) pkg. (Kraft) shredded Italian
5-cheese blend, divided
1 T. sliced green onions

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In food processor, process cauliflower
until pea-sized pieces. Place in large
microwaveable bowl & stir in water.
Microwave on High 3 minutes; stir.
(goal is crisp-tender). If necessary,
continue microwaving 2 minutes until
any larger cauliflower pieces are crisp-
tender; drain. Cook bacon in medium
skillet on medium heat until crisp;
remove to paper towel-lined plate.
Discard all but 1 T. drippings. Add
onions to drippings; cook 3-4 minutes
until crisp-tender, stirring frequently.
Add cream cheese & hot sauce; cook &
stir 2-3 minutes until cream cheese is
completely melted & well blended. Stir
in cauliflower, mayo & 1 1/2 C. cheese;
smooth top. Crumble bacon; sprinkle
over dip & top with remaining shredded
cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes until dip
is heated through & top is brown;
sprinkle top with green onions &
serve. Makes 32 (2 T. each) servings.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

5 lb. red potatoes, peeled/cut
into chunks
3 cloves garlic
salt/pepper
1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 C. water
8 T. butter, divided
1/3 C. sour cream
1/2 C. milk

Place garlic cloves in a small square of
foil; wrap foil up like a Hershey kiss
candy. Place peeled/chopped potatoes
into crockpot & season well with salt/
pepper. Place foil/garlic packet into
potatoes. Place chicken bouillon granules
into a large 2-Cup measuring cup & stir in
1 C. warm water until dissolved – pour over
potatoes. Cut 4 T. butter into small pieces
& place in random spots over potatoes.
Cover & cook on High 4 hours or Low
7-8 (depending on how fast your crockpot
cooks).
When potatoes are fork-tender, remove foil
packet; open it – smash garlic with a fork &
add half of it back into crockpot. (If you want
more garlic taste, add more after everything
is mixed together – best to start with a little).
Pour 1/2 C. milk, 4 T. butter & 1/3 C. sour
cream into crockpot & mix, using elec. mixer
until all is smooth. You can add more milk
if they are too thick. Taste & add more salt/
pepper/garlic, if needed. Serves 10-12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Cranberry-Orange Cake

1 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. sour cream
1 C. granulated sugar
3 large eggs
zest of 1 orange – (about 1 T.)
juice of an orange
1/2 C. butter
2 T. sugar
1 1/2 C. fresh cranberries

Icing:
1 C. powdered sugar
2-3 T. milk/water or orange
juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Sprinkle 2 T. sugar in
bottom of sprayed pan. Sprinkle
1/4 C. cranberries on top of sugar.
Cream butter & sugar until sugar
turns a lemon color, about 4-5
minutes. Add eggs, one at a time,
mix until incorporated. Add orange
juice & zest, then sour cream. When
fully incorporated, add flour, salt &
baking powder – mix well. Stir in
remaining 1 1/4 C. cranberries; pour
into prepared pan & bake 50-55
minutes until a toothpick inserted
near center comes out clean. Let
stand 5 minutes after removing
from oven. Invert cake onto a wire
rack to cool.
Mix glaze ingredients & spread on
top & sides of cake. Serve.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Chocolate Churro Dip

1 tube refrigerated biscuit dough
4 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 C. cinnamon sugar
2 C. Nutella (chocolate-hazelnut
spread)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray an oven-safe 10″ skillet
with nonstick cooking spray. Cut
each biscuit in half & roll into
balls. Dunk each ball in melted
butter then roll in cinnamon-sugar.
Place around the perimeter of the
skillet to form a ring. Biscuit
pieces should be touching. Pour/
scoop Nutella into center of skillet
& bake 25 minutes until biscuits
are golden & cooked through. Let
stand 10 minutes before serving.
Serve warm. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Salted Caramel Apple Crumble

Caramel Sauce:
1 C. sugar
1/4 C. water
1 tsp. sea salt
3/4 C. heavy cream
3 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Crumble:
1 C. flour
1/3 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. granulated sugar
6 T. softened butter
1/2 tsp. salt
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled/
cored/sliced
2 T. lemon juice
2 T. butter
1/4 tsp. salt

Caramel Sauce:
Heat sugar & water in small
saucepan on medium heat to
melt sugar. Continue cooking &
swirling sugar until it turns an
amber color. Whisk in sea salt &
heavy cream (mixture will bubble
up violently, briefly). Continue
whisking until sauce is smooth.
Stir in butter & vanilla.

Crumble:
Combine all crumble ingredients using
an elec. mixer. Mixture will be crumbly
but stay together when squeezed. Place
sliced apples in a bowl with lemon juice.
Cook apples in a large cast iron skillet
over medium-low heat in butter to draw
out moisture. Sprinkle with salt to draw
out all moisture possible. Drain & place
back in skillet. (about 5-7 minutes cooking
time). Pour 3/4 of prepared caramel
sauce into apples & gently stir. Top with
crumble topping & bake 20 minutes.
Serve with remaining caramel sauce.
Serves 6

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Weather-wise, our temps. dropped severely –
it’s now 19 degrees and snowing. We’re supposed
to get 1-3 inches; while we were at the restaurant
it was coming down a LOT. Going home was pretty
slippery  – SO glad we only live about 7 minutes
away AND don’t have to go out again today/tonight!

All I have left to ‘do’ is wrap presents and (maybe)
put together the 2 casseroles together & refrigerate
overnight (easy day!).

Stay warm, SAFE and remember to relax a bit in
between ‘adventures’!

Hugs;

Pammie