a day to RELAX and catch up!

Sometimes in life you just NEED a ‘down’ day to re-group/gain your strength and your wits – that would be today for me! It’s been a pretty busy week so far with babysitting, grocery shopping, knit group, special needs group, etc. SOOOoo glad to have a FREE/Down day finally! Started out the day finishing up another pair of baby booties (have 13 pairs done for next delivery). One of the ladies in my Panera knit group has now started volunteering at the location where they do all the sewing of the baby gowns; she got to meet the woman who started the project of making & clothing infants who have died. My friend said they were very grateful for our group’s baby booties – that’s always good to hear that something you’re doing makes a small difference somewhere. (She also said that she would be willing to deliver our booties when she goes to volunteer sew – that would save some $$$ on shipping! YAY – another blessing!).

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Hershey Bar Cake

1 box German Chocolate cake mix
1 (3 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
3 large eggs
1/3 to 1/2 C. oil (depending on cake
mix brand)
1 1/4 C. water (depending on cake mix
brand)

Frosting:
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 scant C. granulated sugar
1 scant C. powdered sugar
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. chopped pecans (or other nuts)
1 giant Hershey bar – grated (not regular
size)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray & flour two 8″ cake pans. In large
bowl combine dry cake mix, vanilla pudding
mix, eggs & oil/water according to cake mix
directions – beat until smooth & pour into
prepared pans. Bake 35 minutes – remove
& cool layers.

Frosting:
Using an electric mixer, in medium bowl
beat cream cheese & granulated sugar
20 minutes. Add powdered sugar & beat
just until smooth. Fold in Cool Whip, nuts
& grated Hershey bar. Frost cake.

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Crockpot Easy Corned Beef & Cabbage

1 large yellow onion, cut into large wedges
4 medium potatoes, peeled/cut into quarters
1 lb. baby carrots
3 C. water
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 whole bay leaf
2 T. granulated sugar
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 lb. corned beef brisket
(with spice pkt) cut brisket in half to
fit crockpot, if needed
1 head fresh cabbage, cut into wedges (2-3 lb)

In 5-7 qt. crockpot place onion, potatoes &
carrots. In small bowl combine water, garlic,
bay leaf, sugar, vinegar, pepper & contents of
spice packet – pour over vegetables in crockpot.
Place brisket on top, then cabbage. Cover &
cook on Low 8-9 hours until meat & vegetables
are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.
Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)


(Copycat) Chicken Gnocchi Soup
(Olive Garden)

4 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
1 C. finely diced oion
1/2 C. finely diced celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C. flour
1 quart Half & Half
28 oz. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg (optional)
1 C. carrots, finely shredded
1 C. spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1 C. cooked, diced chicken breast
1 (16 oz.) pkg. ready-to-use gnocchi

In large saucepan over medium heat
melt butter into oil. Add onion, celery &
garlic – cook, stirring occasionally, until
onion becomes translucent. Whisk in flour &
cook 1 minute. Whisk in Half & Half – simmer
until thickened. Whisk in chicken broth & simmer
until thickened again. Stir in salt, thyme, parsley
& nutmeg (if using), carrots, spinach, chicken &
gnocchi. Simmer until soup is heated through.
Before serving, season with additional salt,
if needed. Serves 8

(recipe: copykat.com)
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Garlic Butter Meatballs

1 lb. ground chicken
5 cloves garlic, minced/divided
1 egg, beaten
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese (more for
garnish)
2 T. fresh chopped parsley
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste
2 T. olive oil
4 T. butter
juice of half lemon
1 lb. (spaghetti noodles) recipe
calls for 1 lb. “zoodles” – see *

In large bowl mix ground chicken, 2 garlic
cloves, egg, Parm. parsley & red pepper
flakes – season with salt/pepper then form
into Tablespoon-sized meatballs. In large
skillet over medium heat heat oil & cook
meatballs until golden on all sides & cooked
through, 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate &
wipe out skillet with a paper towel. Melt
butter in skillet & add remaining garlic –
cook 1 minute. Add ‘zoodles’ to skillet &
toss in garlic butter then squeeze in lemon
juice. Add meatballs back to skillet &
heat just until warmed through. Garnish
with Parmesan & serve. Serves 4

*Zoodles:  spiral cut zucchini to form
noodles.  (I am going out on a limb here
and saying you could probably substitute
cooked spaghetti noodles)

(recipe: delish.com)
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Tuscan Portobellow Stew

2 large Portobellow mushrooms,
coarsely chopped
1  medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil
1/2 C. white wine or vegetable
broth
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
2 C. chopped fresh kale
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 (15 oz, ea) cans cannellini beans,
drained, rinsed

In large skillet saute mushrooms,
onion & garlic in oil until tender.
Add wine (or broth) & bring to boil.
Cook until liquid is reduced by half;
stir in tomatoes, kale & seasonings.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat.
Cover & simmer 8-10 minutes. Add
beans & heat through. Discard bay
leaf & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheeseburger Cauliflower

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 lb. fresh or frozen cauliflower florets
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
salt – to taste
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

In large skillet over medium heat
brown beef; drain. In separate
saucepan place cauliflower in pan
& cover with water; cook over medium
heat until tender, about 15 minutes.
If using frozen – prepare accordg. to
pkg. directions. Drain well & add to
beef along with seasonings & cheese.
Cook until heated through & cheese
is melted. Serves 4-6

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Balsamic Brown sugar-glazed Carrots

1 (2 lb) pkg. baby carrots
1 T. olive oil
salt/pepper
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. brown sugar

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Lay out carrots evenly on a large
rimmed cookie sheet. Drizzle
1 T. olive oil over carrots & stir
so all are coated in oil. Sprinkle
with salt/pepper & stir. Cook
about 25 minutes until fork-tender.
In a small bowl mix 1 T. balsamic
vinegar with 1 T. brown sugar –
drizzle over top of hot carrots &
stir mixture into carrots. Place
pan back in oven 5 minutes. (The
vinegar mixture will turn glossy).
Taste & adjust seasoning (salt/pepper)
to your liking. Serves 6-8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Cheesecake Fluff

8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1/2 C. sugar*
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling

In large bowl place cream cheese,
sugar & Cool Whip – using elec.
mixer, beat until fully blended &
creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add in
all pie filling & stir by hand until fully
blended. Place in a serving dish;
refrigerate, covered, until ready to
serve. Makes 5 Cups.

*recipe calls for 1/2 C. Splenda or granulated
sweetener of your choice

(recipe: southernplate.com)

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Our weather has been pretty cold lately, but
mostly clear – few snow flurries but nothing
big (YAY!). I’ve heard a lot of people complaining
about how cold it’s been but my theory still goes:
You can ALWAYS drive/walk in cold: you don’t
get your car stuck in it, or slip & fall because of
it – so it’s tolerable! (in case you might be
wondering: ‘cold’ lately has been in the ‘teens’ –
right now it’s 19 degrees F. with a wind chill
making it feel like 8 degrees F. – that’s CHILLY!).
I don’t mind the cold so much unless it’s really
WINDY – then it’s a bit hard to deal with BUT
SPRING’S COMING SOON! (Here in Michigan
that’s usually a ‘false hope’ – looks like warm
weather but then we usually get one last BIG
snow storm – we’ll see . . .

Hope you are all in good health, warm &
enjoying this Thursday.

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Gas prices are staying at $2.49/9 lately – YAY!

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Mid-week!

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

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

LOTS of great soup/cold weather recipes coming in!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Best Taco Mini Meatloaves

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

Meatloaf Topping:

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

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

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

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

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Crockpot Clam Chowder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)

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

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

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

End of the month – can you believe it?

It’s a gray, lazy 32 degrees F. day – not a lot planned. We had a very light dusting of snow yesterday (not enough to even worry about). Finished a knit cowl (for homeless) and the last of three spa cloths for oldest son’s girlfriend for Christmas. Her gift will be another 1-hour ‘Float Session’ at a local spa (got her that last year for her birthday and she loved it-you’re basically floating in warm water with 100 lb. of epsom salts which causes you to float – it’s a private room with adjustable lighting (colored or not), your choice of music (or not) – very relaxing. I’m down to finishing knitting the ‘block/bricks-looking’ scarf (for the homeless) and the peach baby blanket (about 70% done with that). There is a very nice young married lady in our choir that is expecting sometime in the summer – that blanket (if she’s having a girl) will go to her. Not exactly sure what next project will be; maybe another scarf.  Got word today that I’m needed babysitting tomorrow 11 a.m. – 5/6; oldest son has an employee meeting then has to do inventory for his kitchen (he’s the Exec. Chef at his hotel) – looks like I might be finishing that scarf!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Layer:

1 C. butter, melted
3 3/4 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs

Topping:

2 C. milk chocolate chips, melted
1 1/2 C. creamy peanut butter

Mix together ingredients for peanut
butter layer & press into a 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Refrigerate 1 hour before adding
second layer.

In a microwaveable bowl stir together chips &
peanut butter. Microwave 1 minute – stir until
melted & smooth (repeat if necessary until all
chips are melted). – smooth over first layer &
refrigerate 2 hours before slicing.
Store in air-tight container – poster puts
waxed paper between the layers when
storing so they don’t stick. (depending on
the time of year, you might need to store
them in the fridge.)

(recipe: walkingonsunshinerecipes.com)
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Crockpot Bacon Swiss Chicken

3 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled &
drippings reserved
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

Pour reserved bacon grease in a skillet &
heat over medium heat. Place chicken
breasts in warmed grease & cook 3-5
minutes until slightly golden, turning
once. Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray & place chicken
in crockpot; cover with mushrooms.
Pour soup in skillet & warm through then
pour over chicken. Cover & cook on Low 4-5
hours. (check with meat thermometer
to know when chicken is done). Place
a slice of Swiss cheese on top of each
chicken breast, sprinkle with cooked
bacon. Turn heat up to High; cover &
cook 10-15 minutes more until cheese
is melted. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Ham & Potato/Corn Chowder

3 T. oil or butter
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. thyme
1/4 C. flour
2 C. ham or chicken broth
2 C. milk
1 1/2 lb. potatoes, diced small
(optional peeled)
8 oz. ham, diced
1 C. corn
salt/pepper, to taste

In large saucepan over medium-high
heat heat oil; add onions, carrots &
celery – cook until tender, 8-10 minutes.
Mix in garlic, thyme & flour – cook until
flour is lightly browned, 2-3 minutes.
Slowly stir in broth, deglazing pan as you
go. Add milk & potatoes, bring to boil
then reduce & simmer until potatoes are
tender, 10-12 minutes. Add ham & corn;
cook until heated – season with salt/pepper.
Serves 6

Options:
4 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled. Use
bacon grease to cook veggies instead of oil –
crumble bacon as garnish

Replace potatoes with cauliflower

Fry ham until slightly crisp on outside
before adding to soup

(recipe: closetcooking.com)
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Baked Shrimp Scampi

1 1/2 lb. uncooked medium shrimp,
peeled/deveined
1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. linguine, uncooked
1/3 C. Classico Traditional Basil Pesto
sauce & spread, divided
1 C. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
6 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1/4 C. tightly packed fresh parsley,
minced
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cover a rimmed baking sheet with
foil & spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Toss shrimp with dressing & garlic; spread
onto sheet & bake 15-20 minutes until
shrimp turn pink.
Cook pasta as directed on pkg, omitting salt.
Drain pasta, reserving 3/4 C. cooking water.
Heat 1 T. pesto sauce in large skillet over
medium heat. Add tomatoes & cook 2
minutes, stirring frequently. Add cream
cheese & cook, stirring, 2-3 minutes until
cream cheese is completely melted. Add
reserved cooking water & remaining pesto
sauce – mix well. Add pasta – cook & stir
3  minutes until heated through. Spoon
pasta mixture onto a platter & top with
shrimp, parsley & Parmesan cheese.
Serves 8

(recipe: Kraftrecipes)
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Greek Feta & Tomato Dip

2 C. grape tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
olive oil
Feta cheese
2-3 tsp. All Purpose Greek Seasoning

Crusty Artisan bread – thin loaf

Drizzle olive oil on bottom of a
serving platter. Sprinkle tomatoes &
green onions over top of oil. Sprinkle
Feta cheese over tomatoes & onions.
Sprinkle 2-3 tsp. All Purpose Greek
seasoning over top*. Toss mixture
together. Serve immediately with
dip. Makes 5-6 servings

*You can find this at WalMart in the
spice aisle

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Dirty Rice

2 C. long grain white rice
4 C. chicken broth
2 T. olive oil
1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced
1 green bell pepper, seeded/diced
1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1-2 T. creole seasoning
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
parsley – optional garnish

In large pot add rice & chicken broth –
bring to boil. Reduce heat to Low &
simmer, covered, 15-20 minutes until
liquid is absorbed. In saute pan add
olive oil & smoked sausage, cook until
browned. Add pepper, onion & celery –
cook until tender. Once rice is done,
stir into sausage/veggie mixture. Sprinkle
with creole seasoning & red pepper flakes;
stir until combined. Garnish with chopped
parsley, if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Coconut Cream Poke Cake

1 (18.25 oz) box white cake mix
1 (14 oz) can cream of coconut
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (8 oz) pkg. flaked coconut

Prepare & bake white cake accordg.
to pkg. directions. Remove cake
from oven – while still hot, using
a utility fork (or wooden spoon
handle) poke holes all over top of
cake. In a small bowl mix cream of
coconut & sweetened cond. milk
together – pour over top of cake.
Let cake cool completely then frost
with Cool Whip & sprinkle top with
flaked coconut. Keep cake
refrigerated.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)

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Hope you’re having a good day –
stay warm & healthy (if you can!).

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Gotta add: Not exactly sure just ‘why’ but my

blog site is working fine again! YAY! SO nice to

be able to ‘cut/paste’ the recipes from my

files directly onto site WITHOUT having to

type them – AGAIN! YAY!

Obligations

Our weather is definitely gone to COLD! Last night was the first of several ‘obligations’ I have this week: oldest (12) grandson’s last football game. We haven’t attended any this year (husband is not into football and sitting on bleachers); last night I rode with oldest son, his girlfriend, the baby & my middle son. Let’s just say: I forgot to bring a cushion for the bleachers – my butt FROZE! It was REALLY windy and around 43 degrees – NOT FUN! They lost 6-0 but we went to Culver’s for dinner and finally warmed up. I’m not into football, either, so spent most of the time keeping the baby amused (and his hands warm).

Today and tomorrow are babysitting; Weds. Knit Library in a.m., babysitting during day & Friends group that evening. Friday is my special needs group’s Harvest Party – lots of fun but also LOTS of activities helping the kids with games, serving food, etc. Saturday evening is a yearly obligation to attend a fund raiser for a former telephone company employee – her son was in college and due to join the Olympic team in archery when he died of a brain tumor. Each year his family holds a fund raiser dinner (great food) and has lots of various items for auction/silent auction to raise money for the college Archery team. We like going because we get to see some of the people we used to work with (my husband & I both worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. back in the day). Something tells me I’ll be MORE than ready to rest come Saturday!

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Iced Pumpkin Bars

4 large eggs
1 2/3 C. sugar
1 C. canola oil
1 (15 oz) can solid-pack pumpkin
2 C. flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking  powder
1 tsp. salt

Icing:
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1-2 T. cream or Half & Half

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl beat eggs, sugar, oil & pumpkin
until well blended. Combine flour,
cinnamon, baking powder, baking
soda & salt; gradually add to pumpkin
mixture – mix well. Pour into ungreased
15 X 10 X 1 inch baking pan. Bake 25-30
minutes until set. Cool completely.

Icing:
In small bowl beat cream cheese, powdered
sugar, butter & vanilla. Add enough cream to
achieve spreading consistency – spread over
bars. Cut into bars & store leftovers in fridge.
Makes 16 bars

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Pumpkin Sausage Soup

1 lb. mild ground Italian sausage
2 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32 oz) carton unsalted chicken
stock
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
1/3 C. cold water
1/3 C. cornstarch
2 C. shredded, smoked Cheddar cheese

In Dutch oven cook sausage, mushrooms &
onion over medium-high heat until sausage
is no longer pink & vegetables are tender,
8-10 minutes, breaking up sausage into
crumbles; drain grease. Add garlic; cook
1 minute. Add stock, pumpkin, sugar &
seasonings – bring to boil. Reduce heat –
cover & simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cream.
In small bowl mix cornstarch & water until
smooth – stir into pot & bring to boil. Cook
& stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Add
cheese – cook & stir until melted.
Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Spinach & Artichoke Chicken
Skillet

1/4 C. flour
salt/ground black pepper
4 (6 oz, ea) boneless skinless
chicken breasts
4 T. vegtable oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into
chunks
1 C. Half & Half
1 (5 oz) pkg. baby spinach
(about 4 C.)
1 (14 oz) can artichoke
hearts drained/quartered

Cooked rice to serve 4
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Whisk flour, 1 T. salt & few
grinds pepper in a pie plate or
shallow dish. Coat both sides of
chicken in seasoned flour & shake
off any excess. Heat 3 T. oil in large,
heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-
high heat. Add chicken & cook,
(undisturbed) about 4 minutes until
deeply golden, without turning. Remove
chicken to a plate; add remaining 1 T.
oil to skillet & cook onion about 5
minutes, stirring occasionally, until it
begins to soften. Add garlic & cook,
about 30 seconds, stirring. Add cream
cheese & stir until melted. Pour in
Half & Half – use a wooden spoon to
scrape up any brown bits from bottom
of skillet – season with salt/pepper. Add
chicken back to skillet, seared side up.
Reduce heat to medium; cover & cook,
turning chicken about half-way through
cooking time until fully cooked (12-14
minutes) and a thermometer inserted
into thickest part of chicken read 165
degrees F.
Transfer chicken to a serving platter;
add spinach to sauce in skillet; cover
& cook until wilted, about 5 minutes.
Stir in artichoke hearts & cook until
heated through, about 1 minute. Season
with salt/pepper – pour creamy sauce
over chicken & serve with cooked rice.
Serves 4

(recipe: Foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Lentil Stew

1 yellow onion, diced
1 C. green or brown lentils
3 C. chicken or vegetable broth
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 T. tomato paste
1 large carrot, diced
(optional: 10 oz. beef smoked
sausage, sliced into quarter inch pieces)

Add all ingredients to crockpot – stir a bit.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours until lentils
are tender. Remove lid; add salt & pepper to
taste & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beef/Cheese

6 large green peppers
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 (16 oz) can tomatoes, diced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded (4 oz)

1/2 C. long grain rice (you can use
any rice, but it might affect cooking time)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cut tops off green peppers – discard
seeds & membranes. Chop enough of
the tops to make 1/4 C. Cook whole
green peppers, uncovered in boiling
water about 5 minutes – invert to drain
well. Sprinkle insides of peppers lightly
with salt. In a skillet cook gr. beef, onion &
1/4 C. chopped pepper until meat is
browned & veggies are tender; drain.
Add drained tomatoes, salt, Worc. sauce
& dash of black pepper to mixture.
Cook rice according to pkg. directions –
cook until soft. Add rice to beef mixture.
Stir in cheese. Stuff pepper insides with
meat mixture & place in 10 X 6 X 2″ baking
dish. Bake, covered, 30 minutes. During last
5 minutes add any remaining cheese to top
of peppers. Serves 3

NOTE: You can also cut a small slice off
bottom of peppers to help them stand up.

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Mama’s Banana/Pecan French Toast

1/2 C. Half & Half or milk
4 eggs
pinch salt
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
6 thick slices egg or potato bread
2 bananas, sliced
1 C. chopped pecans

Maple syrup – for serving
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Lay out a few large sheets of
waxed paper on the counter

In large, shallow bowl mix Half & Half,
eggs, salt, powdered sugar & vanilla –
mix well. Dip only one side of one
piece of bread into batter – place
dipped slice, batter side down, onto
waxed paper – layer the top of that
slice with bananas.
Dip a second slice of bread into batter
on both sides; place on top of banana
layer (making a sandwich). Place nuts
on a small plate. Remove ‘sandwich’
from waxed paper & place on top of
pecans, pressing down lightly to help
stick them into bread – flip sandwich
over & repeat.
Heat 1 T. of oil in small skillet over
medium-high heat. Place sandwich in
skillet & cook until lightly browned on
both sides – repeat with remaining
slices to make 2 more sandwiches.
Serve with maple syrup. Serves 3
(makes 3 sandwiches)

(recipe: www.southernplate.com)
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Hope that you are in good health; my days
are so mixed up I’m still thinking we’re in the
‘weekend’!

Enjoy your day!

Pammie

Beautiful but chilly day!

Today is bright & sunny, but only 12 degrees F. with a slight breeze which makes you feel colder than you actually are. Been ‘out & about’ all morning (grocery shopping, getting gas and attending another knit group) – don’t remember if I mentioned that I joined another knit group which meets in our local library Weds. mornings 10-12 p.m. Lovely group (and growing) with lots to offer: patterns/ideas/tips, etc. Today another member of my knit group joined us and then ended up teaching all of us there the “Russian Join” which is a method of joining two yarn ends so that you don’t have a big knot in your project – very handy! Two of the library ladies joined my group last night, so I can easily see that this ‘attending two knit groups’ will be beneficial to lots of ladies! Also learned yesterday that our pastor’s wife is expecting a BOY in mid May, so the mint green afghan will go to her (almost done with it – a few more rows then a border & I’m done!)

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Caramel Pecan French Toast
(4 hour or overnight recipe)

1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter
2 T. light corn syrup
1 C. chopped pecans, divided
12 slices Italian-style (or any
thick) bread
6 eggs
2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon

Caramel Sauce:
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. (1/4 stick) butter
1 T. light corn syrup

In small saucepan over medium
heat, cook brown sugar, butter &
corn syrup until thickened, stirring
constantly. Pour sauce into a 9 X 13″
baking dish & sprinkle with 1/2 C.
chopped pecans. Place 6 slices
bread in dish & sprinkle with
remaining pecans – cover with
remaining bread slices. In a blender,
combine eggs, milk, vanilla & cinnamon-
pour evenly over bread. Cover &
refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake French toast 40-45 minutes
until egg mixture is firm & golden
brown. In a small saucepan combine
Caramel Sauce ingredients; cook over
Low heat until thickened, stirring
constantly. Serve with French toast.
Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Baked Chicken ChimiChangas

2 1/2 C. cooked, shredded chicken
breast
1 C. salsa
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
6 (10 inch) flour tortillas
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. chicken broth
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1 C. Half & Half
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In a skillet
simmer chicken, salsa, onion, cumin &
oregano until heated through & most
of liquid has evaporated. Place 1/2
cup mixture down middle of each
tortilla; top with 2 T. cheese. Fold
sides & ends over filling & roll up.
Place, seam sides down, in prepared
dish. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes
until lightly browned. In a saucepan,
heat broth, bouillon & pepper until
bouillon is dissolved. Combine flour
& cream until smooth; stir into broth.
Bring to boil; cook & stir 2 minutes
until thickened. Stir in chilies & heat
through.
To serve:
Cut chimichangas in half; spoon sauce
over top. Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Shepherd’s Pie

1 1/2 – 2 lb. beef chuck roast or
stew meat, cut into chunks
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. frozen peas
1 C. frozen corn
1/3 C. Guinness beer
3 T. tomato paste
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. corn starch
2 tsp. whole grain mustard
1 tsp. beef granules
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
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5 C. mashed potatoes (prepared)
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

In nonstick skillet cook onions 5-6
minutes until soft; place in crockpot.
Add beef & all remaining ingredients
(except mashed potatoes & cheese) in
crockpot – season with salt/pepper &
stir well. Wipe down insides of crockpot
with a paper towel then spread mashed
potatoes over top of beef mixture to the
sides of crockpot to seal ingredients. Place
a long piece of paper towel over opening
of crockpot & cover with lid (to absort
steam). Cook on High 4-5 hours or Low
8-10 hours.
When ready to serve, sprinkle cheese over
top of potatoes & cover with lid 5 minutes
to melt cheese. Serve hot. Serves 8

(recipe: aspicyperspective.com)
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Winter Rice

2 T. butter or margarine
2 C. chopped onion
1 C. long-grain or whole-grain
rice, uncooked
2 C. chicken broth
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. white pepper

In large skillet over medium heat,
melt butter; saute onion 5 minutes.
Add rice & continue to saute 7-10
minutes until rice begins to brown.
Stir in remaining ingredients & reduce
heat to Low; cover & simmer 20-25
minutes until rice is tender & mixture
is creamy. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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20-Minute Sesame Chicken &
Broccoli
(underlined items you might
not have on hand)

2 T. vegetable oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
thighs, cut into strips
1 bunch fresh broccoli, cut into
florets
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 T. grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. rice vinegar
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
2 T. oyster sauce
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 C. water

Cooked white or brown rice
to serve 4

In medium bowl whisk soy sauce,
rice vinegar, sesame oil, oyster
sauce & cornstarch. Add oil to
large wok or skillet over high heat.
Add chicken & cook until golden
brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add
broccoli, green onions, ginger &
garlic – cook 3 minutes, stirring
frequently. Pour Soy Sauce mixture
on top of ingredients in wok/skillet
& stir. Add water & stir until mixture
has thickened, about 1 minute.
Serve over cooked rice. Serves 4

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Clam Chowder

1/2 lb. bacon, diced
3 (6.5 oz, ea) cans clams, not drained
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled/diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 C. water
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 C. Half & Half
2 tsp. cornstarch

In large skillet on medium-high, cook
bacon until crisp-remove from pan.*
Add to crockpot:half bacon, clams, onion,
potatoes, celery, garlic, water, salt/pepper
& thyme – stir. Cover & cook on Low 7
hours (refrigerate remaining bacon until
ready to serve with soup). In a measuring
cup add Half & Half with cornstarch &
whisk to combine. Add mixture to crockpot
& stir. Cook on High 30 minutes. Serve
with remaining bacon sprinkled over top.**
Serves 8

*Poster sometimes cooks potatoes & onion
in bacon grease before adding to crockpot.

**You might want to heat the bacon slightly
before sprinkling it on top since it will be
cold from fridge.

(recipe: dinnerthendessert.com)
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Lemon Blossoms
(mini cupcakes)

1 (18.5 oz) box yellow cake mix
3 1/2 oz. instant lemon pudding mix
4 large eggs
3/4 C. vegetable oil

Glaze;
4 C. powdered sugar
1/3 C. fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
3 T. vegetable oil
3 T. water

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray miniature muffin cups with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine cake mix, dry pudding
mix, eggs & oil – blend well using
elec. mixer until smooth, about 2
minutes (batter will be thick). Pour a
small amount of batter into tins,
filling half full*. Bake 12 minutes.**
Turn out baked muffins onto a tea
towel.
Glaze:
Prepare while cupcakes bake. In large
bowl combine powdered sugar, lemon
juice, zest, oil & 3 T. water – mix with
a spoon until smooth. Using your
fingers, dip each into glaze while
still warm, covering as much of each
cake as possible (OR spoon glaze over
warm cakes, turning to completely
coat). Place on wire rack with
waxed paper underneath to catch
any drips. Let glaze set thoroughly,
about 1 hour, before storing in
containers with tight-fitting lids.

*Poster said a small cookie scoop
works well for making them uniform
size

**IF you make a large batch, be sure
to reverse muffin tins mid-way through
baking times to insure uniform baking.
Poster notes they come out of tins
better if you cook them a little past the
golden brown stage, making the cakes
more firm.

(recipe: cookandbliss.com)

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The past few days have been a bit of a scramble –
babysat yesterday 10:15 – 5:15 (over my usual
time; son got stuck on the expressway in bumper-
to-bumper traffic), then Knit Night. Also – amidst
the many things going on, youngest son moved
back in. He went for a job interview earlier today,
really hoping this works – he needs a good, steady
job.

Tonight is my Special Needs group – first time we’ve
been able to meet since the FIRST week in December!
Our weather has just not been cooperating! I have a
HUGE pile of things to drag with me tonight (the
Christmas presents for the various leaders & lots of
other ‘stuff’) – one good thing: WE don’t have to teach
tonight! Once a month we have a visiting missionary
come & teach our group so we, the leaders, can have
a Business Meeting. (because of all the delayed events,
we’re also cramming our Birthday Night into tonight –
crazy/busy but the kids will love it!).

Hope you are able to stay healthy and warm –
Spring is (eventually) coming! Hang in there!

Hugs;

Pammie

Success!

After much work, frustration, experimentation, etc. my husband FIXED MY SEWING MACHINE! He went back over the video from the other day, took more parts apart and discovered there was a tiny black thread wrapped around behind the bobbin holder (inside) – which is what was locking the entire machine up! Total time (approx.) he spent working on it: around 3 1/2 – 4 hours – cost: FABULOUSLY FREE! I’m happy with my very old machine – it goes forward & backward, making me happy! YAY!

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Lemon Sticky Buns w/Cream
Cheese Glaze

1 (3 oz) box Lemon Jell-O
(1 lemon) 1 T. juice & 2 tsp. zest,
divided
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar, divided
2 (8 oz, ea) tubes refrigerated
crescent dinner rolls, divided
1/4 C. butter, melted/divided
2 oz (1/4 of 8 oz pkg) cream cheese,
softened

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.
In bowl combine dry Jello, lemon
zest & 1/2 C. powdered sugar.
Unroll 1 tube crescent dough onto
work surface; firmly press perforations
& seams to form 12 X 4″ rectangle. Brush
with half the butter then sprinkle with
half Jello mixture. Roll up, starting at
one short end; cut into 6 slices. Arrange
slices, cut-sides up, in prepared pan –
repeat with remaining dough, butter &
Jello mixture. Bake 30 minutes until
golden brown. Cool 5 minutes.
Mix cream cheese, lemon juice & remaining
powdered sugar until blended. Drizzle
glaze over warm rolls. Serves 12

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

salt/black pepper
1 lb. corkscrew or cavatappi pasta
olive oil
1 lb. skinless chicken breast
1 T. unsalted butter
8 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
3 T. flour
1 1/2 C. Half & Half
1 1/2 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
plus  more for serving
1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
1 C. baby arugula, roughly chopped

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
until al dente; drain, reserving 1/2 C.
pasta water – return pasta to pot. In
large skillet over medium-high heat, heat
1 tsp. olive oil. Season chicken with
salt/black pepper & sear chicken until
golden & no longer pink, about 8
minutes per side. Transfer to plate &
let rest, then cut into cubes. Return
skillet to medium-high heat & melt
butter. Cook mushrooms until golden,
5 minutes then add garlic & onions &
cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes.
Add Half & Half, broth, Parm., oregano,
1 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. pepper. Bring to
boil, reduce heat & simmer 5 minutes.
Fold cooked pasta into sauce with chicken &
it’s juices, & arugula. If sauce is too thick,
add pasta water until you reach desired
consistency. Top with more shredded
Parmesan & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon/Sugar Butternut
Squash

1 (3-4 lb) butternut squash
1/2 C. butter (1 stick)
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 pinch ground cloves
dash salt

Peel squash; cut into squares &
discard seeds. Place squash in crockpot.
Cut butter into slices & place all over
cut squash. In small bowl mix together
brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
& salt – sprinkle mixture over squash &
butter. Cover & cook on High 3 hours
without opening lid during cooking time.
Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Crispy Fried Onion Casserole

3 C. cooked, shredded chicken
1 (16 oz) container French onion
chip dip
1 (10.5 oz) can mushroom soup
1 C. Cheddar cheese, grated
1 C. sour cream
1 1/2 C. French fried onions, lightly
crushed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Combine Fr. onion dip,
soup & sour cream in large bowl; fold
in shredded chicken & cheese. Pour
mixture into prepared pan. Bake 25
minutes until golden brown & bubbly.
Top with fried onions; return to oven
5-10 minutes. Remove from oven &
let cool 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Broccoli Beef

2 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced &
cut into 2″ strips
5 C. fresh broccoli cut into florets
1 1/2 C. beef broth
2/3 C. soy sauce
1/3 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. cold water
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. cornstarch
2 T. peanut oil
3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes,
(optional)
kosher salt/fresh ground black pepper,
to taste

(I would recommend serving this
over cooked rice)

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Add steak strips, beef broth, soy
sauce, brown sugar, garlic, peanut oil &
red pepper flakes (if using). Cover & cook
on High 2 hours until steak is cooked
through but still tender (or Low 4-5 hours).
After 2 hours cooking, whisk cornstarch &
water in small bowl then stir into beef
mixture. Stir in broccoli & cover. Continue
cooking 20-25 minutes until broccoli is
fork-tender. Spoon beef & broccoli into
bowls – serve hot. Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Chili Cheese Enchiladas


4 C. your favorite chili, heated to hot
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1 1/2 C. whole milk
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
2 shakes your favorite hot sauce
6 (8 inch, each) flour tortillas
2 C. shredded PepperJack cheese

Optional Toppings:
diced tomatoes, shredded
lettuce, chopped cilantro,
sliced black olives, minced
red onions, sour cream

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In medium sauce pan over medium
heat, melt butter & add flour. Cook
3 minutes, stirring often. Add cold
milk one-third at a time, mixing each
third in before adding next. Mixture
will start out thick then thin down
as you add remaining milk. Add Cheddar,
salt/pepper & hot sauce – stir. Add more
milk if too thick. Ladle a little sauce into
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish. Lay out
6 tortillas on your counter; divide
chili between them, filling one at a time.
Fold in each side & place, seam sides down,
in pan – repeat for remaining 5. Pour
remaining sauce over tops of each &
cover with PepperJack cheese. Bake,
uncovered, 30 minutes then finish under
broiler to brown tops. Serve with
optional toppings, if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Vegetable Chowder

3 C. diced/peeled potatoes
2 1/2 C. broccoli florets
1 C. chopped onion
1 C. grated carrots
2 celery stalks, diced
4 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
3 C. water
3/4 C. butter, cubed
3/4 C. flour
4 C. milk
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 C. cubed fully-cooked ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

In Dutch oven combine potatoes,
broccoli, onion, carrots, celery,
bouillon & water; simmer 20 minutes
until vegetables are tender. In large
saucepan melt butter & stir in flour.
Cook & stir over medium heat 2 minutes.
Whisk in milk, salt/pepper – bring to boil.
Cook & stir 2 minutes until thickened –
add to vegetable mixture with the ham.
Simmer 10 minutes until heated through.
Stir in cheese just until melted.
Serves 12 (3 quarts)

(Recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chicken-fried Steak & Creamy Gravy
(not a ‘diet’ meal)

5 lb. top or bottom round (beef), sliced
1/2 inch thick
3 C. milk
salt/ground black pepper
5 C. flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 quart vegetable oil, for frying
2 C. heavy cream

In shallow dish place 2 C. milk &
steak slices for 1 hour. Drain &
dry using paper towels. Season
meat using salt/pepper & sprinkle
lightly with 2 T. flour. Pound meat
to 1/4 inch thickness using a meat
tenderizer or mallet. In a shallow
bowl, combine eggs & remaining 1
C. milk; lightly dip meat into egg
mixture. Dredge meat in remaining
flour, reserving 2 T. – dredge twice
more, shaking away any excess. In
large cast iron skillet, pour 1 inch of
oil. Heat oil until hot & fry steak in
batches until golden brown on each
side.

NOTE: Oil will have to be changed
out at least once for this amount of
meat.

Continue frying until all floured
meat is cooked. When cooked, pour
off all but 1 T. oil. Remove skillet
from heat, stir in 2 T. flour & mix
into oil. Return to Low heat; add
cream & bring to a simmer,
stirring constantly & scraping up
the browned bits that cling to bottom
of pan, until cream gravy thickens.
Season to taste with salt/pepper &
serve hot with gravy on top.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Peanut Butter Whip Brownies

1 box of your favorite brownie mix &
ingredients to prepare
1 C. peanut butter
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temp.
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. M & M’s candies

Prepare brownies per pkg. directions – bake
& cool.
Prepare topping:
Beat softened cream cheese in mixer bowl
until light & fluffy. Add peanut butter &
beat until combined. Slowly add powdered
sugar & beat. Once incorporated, fold in
Cool Whip  & beat about 30 seconds.
Spread topping on cooled brownies in
even layer the sprinkle top with M & M’s.

(recipe: kleinworthco.com)
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Our weather today is totally CRAZY! It’s
47 degrees, sunny with fluffy little clouds
in the sky and the wind is 53 MPH! Trees
are swaying madly, sounds VERY loud out
there – (if the sky were dark I’d really be
worried/tornado weather) but it’s clear.
I have special needs group tonight &
bad weather does not bode well with
them – wonder how many people will
show up. It’s also Music/Birthday night-
if the power goes out you can pretty
well expect I’m going to be pounding
out songs on the piano for them to
sing to take their minds off the
situation!

Hope your weather is being ‘good’
to you today!

Hugs;

Pammie

and we’re back to WINTER/SNOW! (yay…sigh)

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Woke up to about an inch of snow on the ground and the temperatures are in the 20’s – that’s CHILLY! SO GLAD I don’t have anywhere to go or plans for the day – YAY! Am (almost) considering trying a new (to me) baby blanket pattern – depends on how ‘fussy’ it turns out to be after I practice the stitches; I bought 2 skeins of mint green baby yarn yesterday while at Meijers (grocery shopping). Last night was my special needs group’s Music/Birthday night and, like always, it was a very busy/hectic but fun night – I love doing it but it always wears me out when I get home. Didn’t sleep well (heard the dining room clock chime 3:30 a.m. – guessing I slept a little UNTIL middle son woke me up at 5:30 to help him tie his tie! UGH! He was having all sorts of trouble with it – we got it done, me half-bleary eyed – I went back to sleep & woke up at almost 10 a.m.!) SO GLAD my day is open-ended – I could even take a nap later, if needed!

Since our weather is so typical-Michigan goofy, thought I’d feature some soups/stews.

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 1/4 C. granulated sugar,
divided
1 C. flour
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa,
divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
1/3 C. unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 1/4 C. hot water
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vanilla ice cream, for serving

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Heat pot of water to very hot
(just under a simmer). In bowl
of stand mixer, combine 3/4 C.
gran. sugar, flour, 1/4 C. cocoa,
baking powder & salt. Stir in
milk, melted butter & vanilla –
mix until smooth. Lightly grease
a 2 qt. ceramic dish or 9″ square
baking pan – spread mixture evenly
into pan. In small bowl stir remaining
1/2 C. gran. sugar, brown sugar,
remaining 1/4 C. cocoa & mix well.
Sprinkle mixture evenly over batter
in pan. Pour hot water on top but
DO NOT STIR. Bake 35-40 minutes
if using a glass dish or 30-35 minutes
if using a metal pan – until center is
almost set. Remove dish from oven
& allow to stand 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, spoon cake into
individual serving dishes, making
sure to spoon the fudgy sauce from
bottom of pan over top of cake.
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream,
if desired & serve immediately.
Serves 8

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Bacon Cauliflower Chowder

4 slices bacon, cut into strips,
width-wise
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled/chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. flour
2 sprigs thyme, stripped/chopped
1 head cauliflower cut into small
florets
1 qt. vegetable broth
1 C. whole milk

In large pot over medium heat cook
bacon until crispy; transfer to paper
towels. Drain all but 2 T. bacon grease
from pot. Add onion, carrots & celery
to pot, season with salt/pepper & cook
until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
Add garlic & cook 1 minute. Sprinkle in
flour & cook 2 minutes, stirring. Add
thyme, cauliflower, broth & milk – bring
to boil. Immediately reduce heat to
simmer & cook until cauliflower is fork-
tender, about 15 minutes. Garnish with
chopped bacon & serve. Serves 6-8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Sausage & White Bean Soup

1/2 lb. sausage, casing removed
1/2 tsp. fennel seed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. diced onion
1/2 C. dry white wine
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
2 C. marinara sauce
1 (32 oz) can chicken stock
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans,
drained/rinsed
1/2 C. any small pasta
3 C. fresh baby spinach, washed/
dried

Heat large pot over medium-high heat.
Brown sausage & break up pieces. Add
fennel, garlic & onion, stirring occasionally,
cook 4 minutes. Pour in wine, 1 tsp. salt &
1/2 tsp. black pepper – simmer 2 minutes.
Add marinara & stock; bring to boil &
simmer 3 minutes. Add beans & pasta;
cook accordg. to pkg. directions for
al dente pasta. If soup is too thick,
add a splash of chicken stock or water.
Just before serving add fresh spinach to
pot. Stir until warmed through & spinach
is wilted. Serve immediately.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Beef & Barley Soup

1 1/2 lb. beef chuck, cut into
2 inch pieces
kosher salt
ground black pepper
olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, cut into half-moons
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, cut
into 1/4 inch slices
1/4 C. pearled barley
1 qt. chicken stock
1 T. soy sauce

Pat beef dry using paper towels;
season generously with salt/pepper.
Heat large cast iron skillet over high
heat; drizzle with oil & sear meat
on all sides until brown with a
crust, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer
meat to crockpot. Reduce heat on
stove to medium; add garlic, onions,
carrots, thyme, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp.
pepper – scrape pan with a wooden
spoon to loosen all browned meat
bits from bottom of pan & cook
3-4 minutes. If needed, add a splash
of water to fully deglaze pan – transfer
scrapings to crockpot. Add mushrooms,
barley, stock & soy sauce to crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 8 hours. Meat
should be very tender, serve
immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Meatball Sub Soup

Meatballs:
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. Italian bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C. fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt
ground black pepper

Soup
2 T. olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
2 T. tomato paste
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
3 C. beef broth
1 C. milk
3 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. dried oregano
kosher salt
ground black pepper

French baguettes, sliced


Meatballs:
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parch-
ment paper. In large bowl combine
ground beef, bread crumbs, garlic,
parsley & red pepper flakes – season
with salt/pepper. Mix well & roll into
meatballs – transfer to one baking
sheet; bake until browned & cooked
through, 15 minutes.

Heat broiler

Soup:
In large pot over medium-high heat,
heat oil. Add onion & cook until soft
& golden, 6 minutes. Add garlic & cook
1 minute more. Add tomato paste; stir
until combined. Add tomatoes, broth
& milk – stir until combined. Add meat-
balls; bring to simmer then add half
mozzarella & all of Parmesan cheese.
Season with oregano, salt/pepper.
Ladle soup into four oven-safe bowls
& top with a baguette slice. Top
slices with remaining mozzarella &
broil until browned & bubbly 2-3
minutes. Serve hot. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder


1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 C. chopped onion
3 T. butter
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. hot water
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1/2 – 1 tsp. ground cumin
2 C. Half & Half cream
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Monterrey
Jack cheese
1 (14 3/4 oz) can cream-style corn
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles,
undrained
1/4 – 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1 medium tomato, chopped
minced fresh cilantro – optional

In Dutch oven brown chicken &
onion in butter until chicken is
no longer pink. Add garlic &
cook 1 minute. Add water,
bouillon & cumin; bring to boil.
Reduce heat; cover & simmer
5 minutes. Stir in cream, cheese,
corn, chilies & hot pepper sauce.
Cook & stir over Low heat until
cheese is melted – add tomato.
Sprinkle with cilantro, if using.
Serves 6-8  (2 quarts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cherry Spice Cake

1/2 C. butter, softened
1 1/2 C. sugar
2 large eggs
2 C. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. buttermilk*
1 (14.5 oz) can pitted tart
cherries, drained
1/2 C. chopped walnuts or pecans

Frosting:
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 3/4 C. powdered sugar
1-2 tsp. water
2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)
additional chopped nuts, if desired for
garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line two 9 inch baking pans with waxed
paper. Grease & flour pans.
In large bowl cream butter & sugar until
light & fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time,
beating well after each addition. Combine
flour, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, baking
powder & salt – add to creamed mixture
alternately with buttermilk, beating well
after each addition. Fold in cherries & nuts.
Pour batter into prepared pans & bake
25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted
near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes
in pans before removing from pans to wire
racks to cool completely.
Frosting:
In large bowl beat cream cheese until
fluffy. Add powdered sugar & enough
water to achieve spreading consistency.
Color with food coloring (if using) &
spread frosting between layers & on top
& sides of cake. Garnish top with additional
chopped nuts, if desired. Makes 16 servings.

If you don’t have buttermilk:

Using a 1-cup measuring cup, pour 1 T.
lemon juice or vinegar in cup & fill rest
of cup with milk. Stir & let stand 5 minutes –
now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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I noticed that gas prices have dropped
here again to $2.09/9 – WOW! From
almost $2.40 down to that – great!

Stay warm, rest a bit & try to enjoy
a little something you like: 5 minutes
with your favorite book/music, a quick
‘Power Nap’, cup of something hot:
cocoa, coffee, tea – something to relax
you.

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Husband is finally feeling
better – not so much coughing;
now he’s catching up on his rest,
since all that coughing isn’t very
condusive to good sleep!

Whew!

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Today is my husband’s 65th birthday – he is not one to want any big deal made of it; cake & a present are fine for him. (don’t even wrap the present, no card – all on the ‘down low’). I gave him 2 new long-sleeved ‘church’ shirts and just finished popping his favorite cake (Banana w/Cream Cheese frosting) in the oven. I’d forgotten just how time-consuming/multi bowls/steps making a cake from scratch can be! I’m Bushed! (and the frosting is still yet to be made!). Earlier I went to Meijer to grab some garlic parmesan Alfredo sauce to go with the stuffed chicken breasts for dinner. His favorite dinner is Meat & Potato Pie (a huge meatloaf frosted with mashed potatoes & topped with melted sharp Cheddar Cheese) – we just had meatloaf a few nights ago so I decided to switch it up a bit (he likes this dinner, also).

Our weather is really goofy – it’s been that way now for almost this entire month. It was ‘supposed’ to be in the high 40’s today; when I went to Meijer at around 12:30 p.m. it was 39 degrees F., windy and raining – REALLY chilly! Oh well . . . better than snow I guess, right?

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For those of you who MIGHT ENJOY making a cake from scratch, here’s my recipe:

Banana Cake w/Cream Cheese Frosting

Cake:
1 1/2 C. mashed ripe bananas
2 tsp. lemon juice
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 C. butter, softened
2 1/8 C. granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. buttermilk*

Frosting:

1/2 C. butter, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 275 degrees F. **
Grease & flour either: (a) one 9 X 13″
baking dish OR (b) two 9″ round baking
pans.
Mix mashed banana with lemon juice in
small bowl. In medium bowl mix flour,
baking soda & salt. In large bowl cream
butter & granulated sugar. Beat in eggs
one-at-a-time then stir in vanilla. Beat
in flour mixture gradually with buttermilk.
Stir in banana mixture & pour into pan(s).
Bake 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted
into center of cake comes out clean.
PLACE DIRECTLY INTO FREEZER FOR 45
MINUTES
(this will make the cake very moist)


Frosting:
In large bowl cream butter & cream
cheese until smooth. Beat in vanilla &
add powdered sugar gradually. Beat at
LOW speed until fully combined then on
High until smooth. Frost cake.

(recipe: allrecipes.com/recipe/8333/banana-cake-vi/

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Using a 2-cup measuring cup add 1 T. lemon
juice or vinegar. Pour milk into cup to reach
1 1/2 cup mark. Stir with fork & let stand
5 minutes – now you have buttermilk!

**I baked  mine in two 9″ round pans &
at 350 degrees F. for 50 minutes.

NOTE: This makes a VERY dense cake
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Brocccoli, Sausage, Pasta Simmer

3 C. uncooked spiral pasta
2 lb. smoked kielbasa or Polish
sausage, cut into 1/4″ pieces
2 medium bunches broccoli, cut
into florets
1 C. sliced red onion
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes,
undrained
2 T. minced fresh basil or 2 tsp. dried
2 T. minced fresh parsley or 2 tsp.
dried
2 tsp. sugar

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions.
In Dutch oven saute sausage, broccoli
& onion 5-6 minutes until broccoli is
crisp-tender. Add tomatoes, basil,
parsley & sugar. Cover & simmer 10
minutes. Drain pasta & stir into
sausage mixture. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Bart’s Black Bean Soup

1 (15 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 1/2 C. chicken broth
3/4 C. chunky salsa
1/2 C. (canned) whole kernel
corn, drained
dash hot pepper sauce
2 tsp. lime juice
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese
2 T. chopped green onions

In microwave-safe bowl combine
first 5 ingredients. Cover & micro-
wave on High 2 minutes until
heated through. Pour into 4
serving bowl & drizzle each with
lime juice. Sprinkle with cheese &
green onions. Makes 4 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Sticky Chicken

3-5 lb. bone-in chicken,
skin on (legs & thighs)
1 C. ketchup
1 C. honey
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In sauce pot combine ketchup,
honey, brown sugar, soy sauce &
garlic powder over medium heat;
bring to boil while stirring – remove
from heat. Arrange chicken pieces
in 9 X 13″ baking dish. Pour entire
sauce over chicken, turning pieces
with tongs to fully coat. Bake 45
minutes (uncovered); turn pieces
& continue baking 30 minutes longer.
Fifteen  minutes before serving, turn
pieces one more time & baste with
sauce.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Beef Stew

2 lb. beef stew meat, cut into
1 inch cubes
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. dried onion flakes
1 1/2 C. beef broth
3 potatoes, peeled/diced
4 carrots, peeled/ sliced

Using gallon-sized ziplock bag,
mix flour, salt/pepper. Pour
meat into bag & shake until
well coated then place meat in
crockpot (discard bag). Stir garlic,
paprika, Worc. sauce, onion, broth,
potatoes & carrots into crockpot;
stir to combine. Cover & cook on
Low 8-10 hours. Serves 4

(recipe: juleseatsandtreats.com)
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Egg Rolls in a Bowl!

1 T. sesame oil
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 T. soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
1/4 tsp. pepper
6 C. shredded cabbage (about
1 small head)
2 large carrots, shredded (2 C.)
4 oz. rice noodles
3 green onions, thinly sliced

additional soy sauce, if desired

In large skillet heat oil over
medium-high heat; cook & crumble
pork until browned, 4-6 minutes.
Stir in soy sauce, garlic & seasonings.
Add cabbage & carrots; cook 4-6
minutes until vegetables are tender,
stirring occasionally. Cook rice noodles
accordg. to pkg. directions; drain &
immediately add to pork mixture,
tossing to combine. Sprinkle with
green onions. (serve with additional
soy sauce, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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3-ingredient Chili Cheese Dip

1 (15 oz.) can Hormel Turkey
chili (with or without beans)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, cut
into cubes
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

tortilla chips – for dipping

Combine all ingredients in micro-
wave safe bowl. Microwave on
High 2-3 minutes; stir & continue
to microwave in 30-second
intervals until all cheese is melted
& chili is heated through. Serve
warm with tortilla chips.

(recipe: amandascookin.com)
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Meatball-stuffed Biscuits
appetizer

1 (12 oz) tube Pillsbury Grands
Jr golden layers refrigerated
buttermilk biscuits
10 frozen fully-cooked Italian-style
meatballs, thawed, cut in half
4 sticks string cheese (mozzarella)
about 3 oz, cut each into 5 pieces
1 T. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 C. marinara sauce, warmed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Separate biscuits, cut each in half
(you should have 20 pieces). Gently
roll biscuit piece into a ball & flatten
in palm of your hand. Place 1 piece
string cheese (you may need to
flatten) & one meatball half in
biscuit – wrap remaining dough
around & seal edges. Place, seam-
sides down, in 9 inch round cake
pan – repeat for remaining meatballs.
Lightly spray tops with nonstick
cooking spray or lightly brush with
oil or melted butter. Sprinkle tops
with Parm. cheese, garlic powder &
Italian seasoning. Bake 18-23 minutes
until golden brown. Serve warm
with marinara sauce.

(recipe: amadascookin.com)
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Twisted Strawberry Shortcake
(like a trifle)

2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. vanilla instant
pudding mix
1 qt (4 C.) cold milk
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 (12 oz) prepared angel food
cake, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/3 C. orange juice
3 C. sliced fresh strawberries
5 oz. white chocolate, grated/
shaved

Beat pudding mixes & milk in large
bowl using a whisk for 2 minutes;
gently stir in Cool Whip. Place cake
cubes in large bowl & drizzle orange
juice over cake & toss to coat. Place
half of cake cubes in deep glass
serving bowl; cover with layers of
half each: pudding mixture, straw-
berries & chocolate. Top with layer
of remaining cake cubes, pudding
mixture, strawberries & chocolate.
Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before
serving. Store leftovers in fridge.
Makes 20 (1/2 C. each) servings

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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I noticed that gas prices have dropped a little,
again; now we’re down to $2.19/9 for regular
(that’s from $2.39/9 a week ago!) YAY!

Not much else pressing for the moment;
our ‘soon-to-be’ grandson’s baby shower
is this coming Saturday. (I still have to
remember to get a big ‘baby shower’ bag
to put the ‘stuff’ in). It’s hard for me to
grasp that very soon we will have a newborn
in the family – it’s been 10 years since my
first grandson (and the baby’s older brother!).
Not worried about my ‘baby care-giving’ skills;
it might have been 10 years but I think I’ve
got this one covered (that’s 3 adopted sons,
14 foster children, running my own baby/infant
day care for 3 years plus working in the church
baby nursery for years . . . yep, think I got this one)

Hope your day is going well – remember to take
a little break JUST FOR YOU! (Believe me, after
reading through the cake recipe, ‘thinking I had
it OK’ only to discover I didn’t really READ the
bowl sizes – ended up having to transfer the
dry ingredients to another bowl so I would
have enough room to mix ALL the ingredients
together at the end . . . sigh – I TOOK A BREAK!
In fact, am STILL taking a break while the cake
bakes!

Hugs;

Pammie