It’s PICNIC Day!

Today starts off a weekend of fun for my church – today we are having an Indoor Picnic! Tomorrow is the 50 year celebration of our church so it’s been almost a month of various fun activities. People who used to sing in our choir are joining the choir today and tomorrow (we have 15 ‘extra’ people!) – I have to be a choir practice at 4 p.m., then at 5 we will have an indoor picnic followed by a Memories presentation/slide show with lots of photos of people who have attended through the years. Tomorrow morning the ‘extra’ people will also be singing with the choir; for the usual Sunday School hour we will be having a group ‘Question & Answer’ period with the various pastors who have been with our church through the 50 years – that ought to be FUN! After the morning service is a catered dinner in the gym – so MORE fun! I’m excited to see people I haven’t seen in many years – one couple in particular; I’ve known them since around 1988 or so, the husband used to be our Youth Pastor at the church I’m at with my special needs group. They moved and are now pastoring a large church up North; I haven’t seen them in a good 15 years so it will be really nice to finally re-connect!

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Seafoam Salad

1 (29 oz) can pears in heavy
syrup, juices reserved
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1 (8 oz) pkg. Cool Whip,
thawed
1 (6 oz) pkg. strawberry or
raspberry Jell-O

Whipped cream

Place pears in medium saucepan
over medium-high heat & bring to
boil. Remove from heat & whisk
in Jell-O, stirring until fully
dissolved. Transfer mixture to
blender & add cream cheese &
pears – blend until both are
smoothly incorporated. Pour
mixture into large bowl then
gently fold in Cool Whip. Lightly
spray a Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray then pour  mixture
into Bundt pan. Refrigerate
3-6 hours until completely set.
When ready to serve fill a large
bowl (bigger than Bundt pan) with
hot water. Carefully dip bottom of
Bundt pan into warm water to
loosen edges of Jell-O then invert
Bundt pan onto a serving plate.
Top individual servings with whipped
cream, if desired.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Israeli Salad

2 large tomatoes, diced
1 large cucumber, diced
1/2 medium red onion, diced
2 bell peppers (any color) diced
juice from 1 lemon, to taste
1 1/2 T. Italian seasoning
4 T. olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste

Toss all ingredients together in
large bowl. Eat now or
refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Easy Peach Freezer Jam

1 (1.75 oz) pkg. no-sugar-needed
fruit pectin
5-6 ripe peaches, peeled/diced
3/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. unsweetened white grape
juice
5 (8 oz) mason jars or tupperware
containers
1/2 to 1 T. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

In large bowl place ice cubes &
cold water.
Bring large pot of water to boil &
carefully lower peaches into water;
cook 30 seconds then remove from
water & place in ice bath to prevent
further cooking. Once cool, peel skins
off & dice into small pieces. Puree
peaches in food processor or blender
until smooth. Pour grape & lemon
juices in medium saucepan & bring
to boil over medium-high heat – stir
in pectin. Make sure mixture is at a
rolling boil & use a wire whisk to stir
until pectin is fully dissolved – cook
1 minute. Add in peach puree, sugar,
cinnamon & nutmeg – let cook (boiling)
5-6 minutes. Remove from heat & pour
into glass containers, making sure to
leave space on top for jam to expand
in the freezer. Let cool fully then seal
jars & store in freezer. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Zucchini Tomato Gratin

1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. finely chopped onion
2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 C. white rice
2 small zucchini, sliced
1/4″ thick
4 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/2
inch thick
1 C. boiling water
salt/pepper
1/2 C. grated Asiago cheese (OR)
1/4 C. grated Parmesan or
Romano cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place oil in 8inch square baking
dish & spread around bottom of
dish. Sprinkle garlic, onion & basil
over oil. Spread rice on top evenly.
Layer zucchini & tomato slices over
rice & pour boiling water over top.
Season with salt/pepper. Bake 20
minutes. Sprinkle top with cheese
& bake another 10-15 minutes
until cheese is golden brown &
vegetables & rice are cooked.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Crockpot Provincial Chicken

2 lb. boneless skinless chicken,
cubed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
2 zucchini, diced
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. dried, minced onion
2 T. diced parsley
1 T. dried basil
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. sour cream

cooked bowtie pasta for 6

Place chicken, tomatoes, zucchini,
soup, vinegar, onion & spices in
crockpot & mix together. Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours or High 2 hours.
Remove lid, stir in cheese & sour
cream – cook an additional 15 minutes.
Serve over cooked pasta. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crispy Corn Bread

1 T. unsalted butter
1 1/2 C. stone-ground cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 C. buttermilk
2 T. unsalted butter

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Place butter in 12″ skillet &
place in oven.

NOTE: Watch butter carefully
When butter in large skillet (in oven)
is smoking, carefully remove from
oven & swirl butter around to coat
bottom of skillet

In large bowl sift dry ingredients together.
In medium bowl whisk egg until
frothy then whisk in buttermilk.
Add wet ingredients to dry &
mix thoroughly. Melt 2 T. butter
in small skillet & whisk into batter.
Pour batter into smoking skillet; it
should sizzle. Bake 15 minutes until
top of bread is golden brown &
edge has pulled away from side of
skillet; remove from oven.
Cut cornbread into 6 wedges in
skillet & serve hot.
Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Garlic Steak & Potato Foil Packs
(grill or oven)

Serves 4

2 1/2 lb. top sirloin steak, trimmed
of fat & cut into 2 1/2″ to 2″ X 2″ pieces
1 lb. baby yellow potatoes, quartered
(or halved if less than 1 inch)
3 T. olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste
1 T. minced garlic
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried thyme
Optional: fresh thyme or parsley
for topping

OVEN:
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl combine steak
pieces, olive oil, salt/pepper, garlic
& seasonings – toss to combine.
Divide steak & potatoes between
four 12 X 12″ sheets of foil. Wrap
boil tightly around contents to
form foil packets. Place packets in
oven & cook 20-25 minutes until
cooked through to desired doneness*.

GRILL:
Heat grill  to High heat.
Follow same method for preparing
foil packets; place packets on grill
& grill about 10 minutes on each
side until steak & potatoes are
cooked through.
NOTE: If you prefer a char on your steak
open packets at end of cooking & cook
a few minutes directly on grill.

For baking, you can switch oven to Broil,
open packets & broil a few minutes.

*For medium doneness on steak, boil
potatoes first, 5 minutes, before adding
to bowl & proceeding with rest of directions.
(Helps them cook faster once in foil packet).

(recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com)
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Crockpot Taco Cheese Dip

1 (32 oz) pkg. Velveeta cheese,
cut into small cubes
2 pkgs. taco seasoning mix (dry)
1 lb. ground beef
1 (15 oz) can refried beans

tortilla chips for dipping

Brown ground beef in a skillet;
drain. Stir in taco seasoning (without
adding water) & place in crockpot.
Add cheese cubes & refried beans
to crockpot & stir. Cover & cook on
Low, stirring frequently. Once cheese
is melted & mixture is heated through
place crockpot on Warm & serve with
tortilla chips for dipping.

NOTE: Poster also said that this dip
is great on burritos. They also, at
various times, have added some salsa
& sliced jalapenos to this dip.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Planning on making this for an upcoming

picnic!

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

2 cans apple pie filling (or other fruit)
1 box yellow cake mix
2 sticks butter, melted (1 Cup)
1/2 C. caramel sauce (ice cream topping)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1/2 C. chopped pecans (or walnuts),
optional

Whipped cream, Cool Whip or ice
cream – garnish, optional

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Mix pie
filling & caramel sauce together &
pour into prepared pan- spread evenly
(you may add cinnamon, if using). Pour
dry cake mix on top of mixture & spread
evenly. Top with melted butter & nuts
(if using). Bake 45-50 minutes until top
is golden brown & filling is bubbly around
edges. Serve with optional garnishes.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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Our weather has cooled off a bit due
to thunderstorms last evening – it’s
currently 67 degrees F. – looking at
next week it’s going to be in the
mid 80’s (that’s OK!) Glad the pastors
chose to have a INDOOR picnic – “just
in case” of inclement weather!

Hope you are having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

A little bit of this ‘n that . . .

Today is another of those ‘lots of things going on’ days – example: just got off the phone with our local newspaper’s Delivery department. I’m usually not one to complain but sometimes ya just gotta! Felt bad calling in AGAIN but this makes 5 times in 2 weeks they’ve screwed up our newspaper delivery! I’ve called it in, they say “We’ll send you out a copy of the missed paper TOMORROW!” OK!!! Never comes – finally today was kind of the ‘last straw’ – Yes, I got a ‘paper’ – this one was the Community News section TWICE – also all the ‘ads’ for various stores – no REAL PAPER; no front page or sports section – just 2 copies of the Community News & lots of goofy ad/flyers! UGH! Spoke to a very nice gentleman who gave me $$$ credit for 5 missed papers, looked over my account AND said he’s submitting it to the District Manager to request I get a NEW carrier! YAY! FINALLY vindication! We’ll see how this goes. We’ve been receiving this paper since the 1970’s so I’m no newbie.

On another GREAT NEWS note: I have a HUGE PRAISE THE LORD! report. I have to see my general doctor every 3 months (due to being a previous cancer patient). Three months ago they took blood & the report came back with high red blood cells; Dr. said “Drink lots of water & we’ll check it again in 3 months, it could be a fluke in the test.” Went, again, last Thurs. – they drew blood (I get the results via email) – this time it showed high/elevated WHITE blood cell counts! This got me worried because the doctor mentioned that I might have to go back to the cancer doctor – sometimes after receiving radiation, the body will go a little wacky and the bone marrow starts OVER-producing red blood cells. The mention of going back to the cancer center kind of freaked me out – it’s been 5 1/2 YEARS since I’ve been cancer-free s0 you can understand my worry. (YES, I prayed about this BIG TIME!). My doctor said: “When you get the test results email, call the office & leave a message to have me review your labs.” I did that – Friday, Monday, Tuesday – only to hear he’s on vacation until NEXT FRIDAY! UGH! Today I got a call from another doctor covering his patients and she reviewed the labs & said EVERYTHING IS NORMAL! (I said: “But what about those 3 HIGHs in the white blood cells part?”) She said that was .1 % elevated – no big deal – could be caused by allergies. YAY! What a relief!!! For a few days now I’ve had thoughts of what it was like when I went through the cancer treatments – not a pleasant thing – makes you start to REALLY realize just how precious EVERY DAY is – especially with your family. TREASURE your families – make sure they KNOW you love and care for them – we only have THIS TIME to do that, tomorrow is not a given thing.

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Lemon-Blueberry Cake

1 (18 oz.) box vanilla cake mix
plus ingredients to prepare cake
juice & zest of 1 1/2 lemons,
divided plus more zest for garnish
1 3/4 C. fresh blueberries, divided
3 T. flour

Frosting:
1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 1/2 to 3 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch kosher salt
2 thin slices lemon, for topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray three 9 inch cake pans
with nonstick cooking spray &
line with parchment paper. Prepare
cake mix accordg. to pkg. directions;
stir in juice & zest of 1 lemon. In
small bowl toss 1 C. blueberries &
flour until completely coated (to
keep blueberries from sticking).
Gently fold blueberries into batter.
Divide batter evenly among pans
& bake 18-20 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into centers
comes out clean. Let cake cool in
pans 10 minutes then invert onto
wire rack & cool completely.

Frosting:

In large bowl using elec. mixer
beat butter & 2 1/2 C. powdered
sugar. Add remaining lemon juice
& zest & heavy cream – beat until
combined then beat in vanilla &
salt. (add remaining 1/2 C.
powdered sugar if desired for
texture & flavor).
Place a dab of frosting on a cake
plate (to keep cake in place). Place
one cake layer on plate & top with
frosting – repeat with next 2 layers –
frost sides of cake. Garnish top
with remaining blueberries, lemon
slices & zest. Serves 8-10

(recipe: delish.com)
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Honey Balsamic Grilled Chicken
&  Summer Veggies

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless
chicken cutlets, sliced thin
3 T. pesto
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
juice from 1/2 lime
2 T. olive oil
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. honey
kosher salt
1 lb. (bunch) asparagus, ends
removed
2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/4″
thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced
into strips
olive oil cooking spray

Marinate chicken with pesto, garlic,
red pepper flakes, lime juice &
1/2 tsp. salt at least 1 hour or
overnight. Mix oil, balsamic vinegar,
honey & 1/4 tsp. salt in small bowl.

Heat grill to medium-high heat – make
sure grates are clean & well-oiled to
prevent sticking.

Place veggies on 1 large grill tray or
2 smaller trays (or cook in batches).
spray with olive oil cooking spray,
season with salt/pepper & cook-
turning constantly until edges are
browned, about 6-8 minutes.
Remove from grill. Cook chicken
4-5 minutes on each side until
grill marks appear & chicken is
cooked through. Transfer to
platter with veggies & pour
balsamic dressing over all.
Serves 6

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Greek Hummus-stuffed Mini
Peppers
(appetizers)

12 assorted mini sweet peppers
(orange, red, yellow)
1/2 C. plain hummus
1/4 C. crumbled Feta cheese
1/4 C. chopped cucumbers
2 tsp. chopped chives

Cut off tops of peppers; remove
& discard seeds. Combine
remaining ingredients in a bowl
& stuff ingredients into peppers.
Serve. Makes 4 servings

(recipe: Kraft.com)
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Capellini Caprese (salad)

1/2 lb. capellini pasta, uncooked
1/2 C. (Kraft) Tuscan Italian salad
dressing
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 C. halved grape tomatoes
1 C. shredded mozzarella
1/3 C. fresh basil, thinly sliced

Cook pasta as directed on pkg,
omitting salt. Heat salad dressing
in large nonstick skillet on medium-
high heat. Add onions & garlic; cook
& stir 2 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook
5 minutes until heated through,
stirring occasionally. Drain pasta; add
to tomato mixture & mix lightly. Sprinkle
with cheese & basil – serve.
Serves 4 (1 1/2 C. each)

(recipe: Kraft.com)
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(Grill) Foil-Pan Grilled Sea Food
& Rice

3/4 C. (Kraft) sun-dried Tomato
vinaigrette salad dressing
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 1/2 C. long-grain white rice,
uncooked
1 C. loosely packed fresh
parsley
3 cloves garlic
zest of 1 lemon
1 lb. cod fillets, cut into
1-inch chunks
1 lb. uncooked deveined/
peeled medium shrimp
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat grill to medium heat.
Combine salad dressing & onions
in deep 9 X 13″ disposable foil
pan; place on grill grate. Cook &
stir 4 minutes until onions are
crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes, broth
& rice – bring to boil. Cover pan with
foil; reduce heat to Low. Close grill
lid & grill 20 minutes until almost
all liquid is absorbed, stirring every
5 minutes. In food processor, place
parsley, garlic & lemon zest – pulse
until just blended. Add cod to rice
mixture & cook 5 minutes. Stir in
shrimp – cook 4-6 minutes until cod
flakes easily with fork, shrimp turn
pink & rice is tender. Remove from
grill – stir in parsley mixture & top
with cheese. Serve warm.
Serves 8, 1 C. each

(recipe: Kraft.com)
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3-ingredient S’Mores Cookie
Bites

6 graham cracker sheets*
6 large marshmallows
12 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped

Heat broiler & place oven rack
on lowest level

Break graham cracker sheets in
half; cut each half into a circle
using a 2 to 2 1/2 inch round
metal cookie cutter. Using
clean scissors, cut each
marshmallow into 2 halves.
Place graham circles in center
of large baking sheet, about
1/2 inch apart. Centering them
on the sheet allows even broiling.
Top each circle with a marshmallow,
cut sides down. Place under broiler
& watch very closely – toast until
golden, rotating pan. Once golden
immediately remove from oven
& gently press one Hershey’s
Kiss into center of each toasted
marshmallow. Serve warm.
Makes 12

*Poster says you can also substitute
Saltines or Ritz crackers for grahams.

(recipe: thecomfortofcooking.com)
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Mini Zucchini Pizza appetizers

1 large zucchini (about 11 oz),
cut into 1/4 inch slices/rounds
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/3 C. pizza sauce
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella
cheese
1/2 C. miniature pepperoni slices
minced fresh basil

Preheat broiler. Spray a baking
sheet with nonstick cooking spray
& arrange zucchini rounds in single
layer on sheet. Broil 3-4 inches
from heat just until crisp-tender,
1-2 minutes per side. Sprinkle
tops with salt/pepper & top with
sauce, cheese & pepperoni. Broil
until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
Sprinkle tops with basil & serve.
Makes about 24 rounds.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Homemade (no churn)
Ice Cream

2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
food coloring, if desired
1 C. fresh raspberries, pureed or
mashed
1 T. vanilla

Combine sweetened cond. milk &
vanilla in large bowl; stir in pureed
fruit & food coloring (if using). In
another bowl using an elec. mixer
on medium-high speed, whip heavy
cream until stiff peaks form. (Do
NOT use Cool Whip). Fold whipped
cream into berry/milk mixture &
pour into a 9 X 5″ loaf pan or 2 qt.
freezer container. Cover & freeze
4-6 hours until firm.
Serves 6

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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In light of all that’s been happening
health-scare wise, today I called two
of my close lady friends (we’ve all
known each other since High School
and all go to the same church) and
got together a “Ladies Out” lunch
date next week. We’ve been saying
we need to do this again but never
quite got it organized – well, now
that’s in the works! I need to realize
TIME/LIFE IS SHORT – SEIZE THE DAY!
or, in Latin: Carpe diem:


A shortened version of the original Latin phrase
Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero”
meaning “seize the day, trusting as little as
possible in the future
.”

Our weather is back in the high 70’s,
sunny & breezy; time to take my
knitting outside!

Hope you are enjoying this lovely
summer weather – it won’t be around
for much longer (unless it stays
warm through September – I wish!)

Hugs;

Pammie

One of “THOSE” days-so far

Have you ever had one of “those” days where things just kind of go WEIRD? Example: stopped at bank drive-thru to deposit/get cash back on several checks. I sat there wondering what was taking SO long when the voice on the ‘box’ said: “Sorry for the long wait but we were checking your birth date with our records. When you can, will you stop into the bank and speak with one of the bank managers? It seems we have your birth date wrong on our records.” (mind you – they had my drivers license right there in front of them) WHAT? Ok . . . whatever. Next I go to the library to pick up two books that the library computer system emailed me reminders for/waiting for me in the “Hold” section – I check, no books. I asked the librarian and he says: “No, I’m sorry I don’t show any holds here for you currently.” Weird #2. Finally go to my local drug store to pick up 3 of MY prescription refills – turns out they only have one for my husband . . . WHAT? Weird #3! Yep, it’s one of “THOSE” days! Now I’m home safe & sound – hopefully it will only get better as the day goes on . . . hopefully!

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Peach Pretzel Jello Salad

Crust:
2 C. pretzels, crushed
3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted
butter, melted
2 T. sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Filling:
2 cans peaches, drained, peaches
patted dry
2 C. boiling water
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room
temp.
1 (6 oz) pkg peach jello
1/2 C. sugar

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl combine pretzels, sugar,
cinnamon & nutmeg; stir in melted
butter & mix thoroughly. Transfer
mixture to prepared pan & gently
press in even layer. Bake 8-10
minutes; set aside to cool.
In large bowl cream together
cream cheese & sugar then gently
fold in Cool Whip. Spread mixture
over cooled crust. Refrigerate
1 hour until set.
In large bowl combine jello with
boiling water & stir thoroughly
until completely dissolved; let
cool to room temperature. Top
cream cheese layer with peach
slices then gently pour gelatin
over cream cheese layer.
Refrigerate until set, 2-3 hours.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Bacon/Ranch Potatoes

6 slices bacon
3 lb. red potatoes, chopped
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided
1 T. Ranch seasoning & salad
dressing mix
2 T. chopped chives

Preheat 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil;
spread bacon in single layer on
sheet. Bake until brown & crispy,
12-14 minutes. Cool then crumble.
Line crockpot insides with foil,
leaving enough overhang to wrap
potatoes on top & spray with
nonstick cooking spray. Play a layer of
potatoes evenly in crockpot, top
with cheese, Ranch seasoning &
bacon crumbles – repeat 2 more
times (reserve 1/2 C. cheese).
Cover potatoes with foil & cook on
Low 7-8 hours or High 3-4 hours.
Sprinkle remaining 1/2 C. cheese;
cover & cook until melted, 1-2
minutes. Serve immediately
garnished with chopped chives.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Easy-Cheesy Zuchinni Bake

4 medium zucchini (1 1/2 lb),
unpeeled/sliced into 1/2″ slices
2 T. chopped fresh herbs (basil,
oregano or thyme)
1 T. minced garlic
1/2 C. (no sugar added) marinara
sauce
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
combine sliced zucchini, fresh
herbs, garlic, marinara & Mozz.
cheese. Transfer to prepared
dish; sprinkle with salt & pepper.
Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes.
Carefully remove from oven &
evenly sprinkle top with Cheddar
& Parmesan cheese. Return to
oven 10 minutes until cheeses
are melted & lightly browned.
Allow to sit 10 minutes before
serving.

(NOTE: poster states: “Like most
casseroles, this zucchini bake
tastes better when warm or at
room temperature rather than
when hot.”

(recipe: ninerecipes.com)
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Portobello Onion Tart
(appetizer)

1 sheet frozen puff pastry,
thawed
2 T. olive oil, divided
1/2 lb. sliced baby portobello
mushrooms
1 large onion, halved & thinly
sliced
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 C. (4 oz) crumbled goat cheese
or Gorgonzola cheese
2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary,
(optional)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Unfold pastry onto a parchment
paper-lined baking sheet. Using a
sharp knife, score a 1/2″ border
along edges of pastry. Within
border, prick pastry with a fork
all over. Bake 8-10 minutes until
golden brown. Remove from oven;
if center has puffed, flatten gently
with a spatula. In large skillet heat
1 T. olive oil over medium-high
heat. Add mushrooms; cook & stir
4-5 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove from pan. To same pan
add remaining oil & onion; cook &
stir 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.
Return mushrooms to pan; stir in salt.
In small bowl whisk eggs until blended;
stir in cheese & pour into crust. Top evenly
with mushroom mixture. Bake 13-15
minutes until cheese mixture is set. If
desired, sprinkle with rosemary.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Fried Green Tomatoes

1 unripe green tomato, cored/sliced
very thinly (1/8th inch)
1-2 large eggs, lightly beaten &
whisked with 1-2 T. water
1 C. seasoned flour (salt/pepper)
1 C. finely ground corn meal or
masa harina
1/2 C. buttermilk*
salt/pepper, to taste
cajun seasoning, to taste
hot sauce, to taste

Place each of the following
items, 1 per bowl:
(1) buttermilk,
(2) seasoned flour
(3) beaten egg
(4) corn meal

Heat 1-2 inches of oil in large skillet to
shallow-fry to tomatoes. Coat tomato
slices by first dipping in milk, then
into seasoned flour, then beaten egg,
& finally in corn meal. Fry coated tomato
slices 1-2 minutes per side until golden;
drain on paper towels. Serves 2-3

* if you don’t have buttermilk:
Place 1/2 tsp. lemon juice or vinegar
in a 1-cup measuring cup & fill to
1/2 C. measure with milk. Stir with
a fork & let stand 5 minutes – now
you have buttermilk.

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Broccoli Cheese Salad

2 heads broccoli, cut into
small florets
1 C. cherry tomatoes, cut in
half
1/2 red onion, cut into 1/2″
chunks
1 (6 oz) can whole black olives,
drained
1/2 lb. Monterrey Jack cheese, cut
into 1/2″ chunks
1/2 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, cut
into 1/2″ chunks
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 C. mayonnaise
3 T. honey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. cooked, crumbled bacon
(optional)

In large bowl combine broccoli,
tomatoes, onion, olives, & both
cheeses (chunks). In medium
bowl whisk yogurt, mayonnaise,
honey, garlic powder, salt/pepper &
pour over vegetables – toss until
evenly coated. Cover & chill until
ready to serve. Sprinkle top with
bacon before serving (if using bacon).
Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Ritzy Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Chicken:
4 large chicken breasts, each cut
into 3 large chunks
2 sleeves Ritz (or other butter) crackers
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 C. milk
3 C. grated Cheddar cheese
1 tsp. dried parsley

Sauce:
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 T. sour cream
2 T. butter

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place crackers in a food processor or
blender & grind up. Pour milk, cheese &
cracker crumbs into 3 separate pans. Toss
salt & pepper into cracker crumbs & mix
to combine. Dip each piece of chicken into
milk, then cheese. Press cheese into chicken
using your fingers (some will fall off when you
add to cracker crumbs – it’s ok) Press cheesy
chicken into cracker crumbs & press it on.*
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray. Lay chicken in pan. Sprinkle dried
parsley on top. Cover with foil & bake
35 minutes. Remove foil; bake an additional
10 minutes until edges of chicken are
golden brown & crispy.
In medium sauce pan combine soup, sour
cream & butter using a whisk. Stir over
medium-high heat until sauce is hot –
serve over chicken. Serves 7

*Once cheese melts in oven it will adhere
to crumbs & crackers

NOTE: This recipe can be frozen. Assemble
chicken accordg. to directions. Cover pan
tightly with foil & freeze. When ready to use,
thaw it out completely, then bake 400 degrees F.
35 minutes. It is best to make the sauce fresh
when you are ready to eat.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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No-bake Chocolate/Pretzel/
Peanut Butter Bars

1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
2 C. pretzel sticks, crushed into
crumbs
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 C. plus 1/4 C. smooth peanut
butter
1 1/2 C. milk chocolate chips

In medium bowl stir melted butter,
pretzel crumbs, powdered sugar &
1 C. peanut butter until well
combined. Press mixture into bottom
of ungreased 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Combine chocolate chips & 1/4 C.
peanut butter in a microwave-safe
bowl or measuring cup – microwave
in 30-second intervals, stirring
between, until melted & smooth.
Mix well then spread over layer in
dish. Refrigerate at least 1 hour
before cutting into squares.

(recipe: shared.com)

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Our weather is STILL gorgeous – in the mid
80’s, sunny with a slight breeze – can’t complain!

Sat down, yesterday, with my two knitting baby
blankets just to check & make sure I didn’t make
any mistakes while talking (lots) at the Ice Cream
Social – all’s good. Tomorrow is all-day baby/kid
sitting; tonight is the last of the Jet’s ceep-dish
vegetarian pizza – YAY! (I’ve learned over the
years that I like this one best – can do without
pepperoni, ham, hamburger, sausage, etc. on
my pizzas – just like the flavors of the veggies
& cheese!).

Hope your day is turning out JUST GREAT!

Enjoy;

Pammie

and a FUN day was had by all!

The Oakland County (MI) Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social; me in costume and my oldest son & his family (grandson #1 Eleven years old, baby grandson #2 Five months old

They had an enjoyable day touring our state’s first governor’s house – very interesting place FULL of history & antiques! I spent the day chatting & knitting so I had fun as well. The weather cooperated; it was breezy & sunny (we were under the tree in the background) so out of the hot sun. My son had mentioned that he wanted our grandson to do the tour, as he remembered it from when we were homeschooling many years ago & I privately arranged for a guided tour of the buildings & grounds – glad to know that history is not lost on my children and grandchildren!

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 Southern Strawberry Punch
Bowl Cake
(overnight recipe)

1 box yellow cake mix
1 (6 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 large can crushed pineapple,
drained
2 (10 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen
strawberries
2 bananas
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed

Bake cake in 2 round cake pans
& set aside to cool. Prepare
pudding mix & place in fridge
to chill. Cut one layer of cake
into small chunks & place in
punch bowl. Spread half of
pudding on top then add half
of pineapple & 1 pkg. strawberries.
Slice one banana on top & spread
half of Cool Whip on top, spreading
to cover completely. Repeat with
another layer – ending with Cool
Whip. Refrigerate overnight.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Crockpot Asiago Spinach Dip

1 lb. neufchatel cheese (or
cream cheese) two 8 oz.
blocks, cut into chunks
1 lb. asiago cheese, shredded
6 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves,
roughly chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

In 3 qt. crockpot add all
ingredients – stir to combine.
Cover & cook on Low 2 hours,
stirring after 1 hour of cooking
time & once at end of 2 hours.
Set crockpot to Warm to keep
dip warm for serving. Serves 12

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Cucumber, Tomato, Onion Salad

1 C. water
1/2 C. distilled white vinegar
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 T. fresh ground black pepper
3 cucumbers, peeled/sliced
1/4 inch thick
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 onion, sliced, separated into
rings

Whisk water, vinegar, oil, sugar,
salt/pepper in large bowl until
smooth. Add cucumbers, tomatoes
& onions – stir to coat. Cover bowl
with plastic wrap & refrigerate
at least 2 hours before serving.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Zucchini Pizza Casserole

4 C. shredded unpeeled zucchini
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 C. mozzarella cheese, divided
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided
1 lb. ground beef.
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 (15 oz) can Italian tomato sauce
1 medium green or sweet red
pepper, seeded/chopped

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray.
Place shredded zucchini in a
colander; sprinkle with salt &
let stand 10 minutes. Squeeze
out moisture. Combine zucchini
with eggs, Parm. & half of
mozzarella & Cheddar cheese.
Press mixture into prepared dish &
bake 20 minutes.
In large saucepan cook beef & onion
over medium heat, crumbling beef
until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Add tomato sauce & spoon over
zucchini mixture in dish. Sprinkle
top with remaining cheeses & add
red pepper. Bake 20 minutes until
heated through. Serves 8

NOTE: Mixture can be frozen:
Cool baked casserole; cover &
freeze. To use, partially thaw in
fridge overnight. Remove from
fridge 30  minutes before baking.
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Unwrap
casserole & reheat on lower oven
rack until heated through & a
thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
in center of casserole.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Oven-roasted Corn with
Chipotle Butter
(serves 2)

2 ears fresh corn on cob,
in husk

Chipotle Butter:
1/2 C. butter, softened
(1 stick)
2-3 chipotle chiles (canned)
2 tsp. adobo sauce (from
can of chilies)
=
Prepare butter:
Place butter ingredients in a
blender or food processor;
puree until well blended.
Tear off a sheet of plastic
wrap or waxed paper – place
pureed butter on paper & roll
up, forming it into a long log-
shaped roll. Refrigerate or freeze
until ready to use.  Serves 4-6

NOTE: Serve rolled up log or cut
off slices as needed. Butter can
be frozen for up to a few months –
slice off what you need after it’s
frozen.

Butter is good on grilled or roasted
meats, as well. Also on POPCORN!

Corn:

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place corn WITH husks on, directly
on oven rack & bake 20-30 minutes
until corn is as tender as you like it.
Peel back husks & remove silks before
serving

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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2-Tomato Gratin

2 large green tomatoes, thinly
sliced
2 large, firm red tomatoes, thinly
sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
4 large cloves garlic, sliced
6 slices whole wheat bread (very
thinly sliced)-toasted & cut into
rectangles
1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 lb. thinly sliced provolone cheese
1/4 C. shaved Parmesan cheese
1/2 C. fresh lemon basil leaves
salt/pepper
2 T. balsamic vinegar
3 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In 8 X 8″ baking dish alternate layers
of red & green tomato slices with onion,
garlic slices, basil & toasted rectangles
of bread. Place shredded mozzarella
on first layer. Drizzle each layer with
olive oil & balsamic vinegar – season
to taste with salt/pepper. Cover dish
with foil & bake 30 minutes. Remove
foil & top with Provolone & Parmesan
cheeses. Return to oven & bake 25-30
minutes longer until cheese is golden.
Serves 4-5

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Double Berry Cake

1 C. fresh raspberries
1 C. fresh black berries
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
3 T. canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. sugar
1 C. milk

Topping:
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 C. sugar
1 C. boiling water

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray an 8 X 8″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. Place
berries in dish. Mix all other
cake ingredients in large bowl
& spread over berries (flour-
milk). In small bowl combine
sugar, cornstarch & boiling water –
mix well & pour over dough.
Bake 45-55 minutes until browned
on top. Serves 9

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Honey Balsamic Grilled
Chicken & Vegetables

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless
thin sliced chicken cutlets
3 T. pesto
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
flakes
juice from 1/2 lime
2 T. olive oil
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. honey
kosher salt
1 lb. asparagus (1 bunch),
tough ends removed
2 medium zucchini, sliced
1/4 inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded/
sliced into strips
olive oil cooking spray

Marinate chicken with pesto,
garlic, red pepper flakes, lime
juice & 1/2 tsp. salt at least
1 hours or overnight for best
results. Mix oil, balsamic vinegar,
honey & 1/4 tsp. salt in small bowl.
Heat grill over medium-high heat –
make sure grates are clean & well
oiled to prevent sticking. Put veggies
on 1 large grill tray or 2 smaller ones
(or cook in batches). Spray with olive
oil spray, season with salt/pepper &
cook, turning constantly until edges
are browned, about 6-8 minutes.
Set aside on a dish. Cook chicken
about 4-5 minutes on each side, until
grill marks appear & chicken is cooked
through. Transfer to a platter with
veggies & pour balsamic dressing over
everything. Serves 6

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Bundt Pan Breakfast

1 C. diced, cooked ham
2 C. tater tots, frozen
1 dozen eggs, whisked
1 tube Pillsbury Grands! biscuits
(8 pkg) diced (raw)
2 C. cheese, your choice
1/4 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a bundt pan with nonstick
spray. Mix all above ingredients
together & pour into pan. Bake
45 minutes. Remove from oven,
place a dinner plate over top of
bundt pan, hold onto plate &
flip over – remove bundt pan.
Let cool a little then cut & serve.

NOTE: You can use any meats or
veggies. Key is: don’t add too much
bread (biscuits) – the tater tots add
just the right amount – they shred
some when cooked so you think
they are hash browns.

(recipe: facebook)
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Apple-Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins

3/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. + 2 T. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. shredded zucchini
1 C. shredded apple
coarse sugar for sprinkling on tops

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 12 muffin tin cups with paper
liners. In medium bowl add sugar,
oil, eggs & vanilla; whisk until smooth.
Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda &
baking powder – stir until just combined.
Fold in shredded zucchini & apple. Use
a cookie scoop to spoon batter into cups.
Sprinkle tops of muffins with coarse sugar.
Bake 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into centers comes out clean. Makes 12

(recipe: persnicketyplates.com)

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Gas prices lately have been jumping more than a yoyo!
A week ago they were at $2.59/9 then dropped to $2.29/9
and now, today they’re back up to $2.49/9 (probably should
have grabbed some when they were lower, right?)

My week has been filled with baby/kid sitting the boys, my
special needs group & knitting. Tomorrow is church then
I’m just going to come home and CHILL! Husband was so
sweet to suggest we order Jet’s Pizza for dinner so I didn’t
have to cook after being busy all day at the Ice Cream Social.
Volunteering there we get free cake & ice cream – I opted for
a half slice of pecan coffee cake – much less sweet than all the
other ‘treats’ I saw there (they had Neapolitan ice cream –
not my favorite, so I passed on that one) – brought home half
of my ‘half slice’ of cake to my husband – I just wanted a taste.

Hope your week is going well – stay healthy (if you can!)

Hugs;

Pammie

 

This Grandma’s not getting any younger!

Just got home from ‘grandkid-watching’ – eight hours! Oldest grandson (11) is self-amusing but our (just turned 5 months) little grandson is not! Just when you think: “Oh, Good! He’s yawning – he’ll take a nap!” he fools you. I watched him the other night because both of his parents had to work – that little stinker was awake from around 5:30 p.m. until 11:45 p.m.! He really fights going to sleep! I left today with his Dad watching him and they were both lying on the couch together – want to guess who fell asleep first? Let’s just say he really gives me a run for my money!

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Samoa Sheet Cake
(like the Girl Scout Cookie)

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

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

Toppings:
2 1/2 C. sweetened shredded
coconut
8 oz. wrapped caramel candies
2 T. milk
3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread coconut onto large cookie
sheet & spread evenly. Toast
coconut 5-6 minutes (check
closely & stir a few times) Allow
to cool.
Turn up oven temp. to 400 degrees F.
In large bowl or stand mixer, combine
flour & sugar. In saucepan combine
1/2 C. butter, 1 C. water, 4 T. cocoa
& 1/2 C. shortening; bring to boil
over medium-high heat, stirring
continually. Pour mixture into
flour/sugar mixture & mix 30
seconds. Using elec. mixer:
To bowl add 1/2 C. buttermilk
& stir into batter. Add 1/2 tsp. baking
soda, 1/8 tsp. salt, 2 eggs &
1 tsp. vanilla – mix 1 minute
making sure to scrape bottom of
bowl using rubber spatula to make
sure all dry ingredients are
incorporated.
Spray large rimmed cookie sheet with
nonstick spray & pour batter into
sheet. Bake 20 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center comes
out clean.
While cake bakes, make Frosting:
In large microwave-safe bowl add 1/2 C.
butter & 6 T. milk – heat to boiling.
Add 1/8 C. caramel sauce, 3 C.
powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla &
dash salt – whisk together with a
fork until smooth (it will be thin)

When cake is still warm from oven, poke
holes all over top with a fork & pour
frosting over top of cake. Immediately
sprinkle on toasted coconut. Place
unwrapped caramels in a microwave-
safe bowl. Add 2 T. milk (or evap. milk)
to caramels & heat 30 seconds. Stir &
heat again, in 30 second intervals until
caramels are melted & smooth. Stir
well & drizzle over coconut on cake.
Place chocolate chips in a microwave-
safe measuring cup; heat at 30-
second intervals, stirring after each
one. Add 1/2 tsp. shortening & stir
to combine – drizzle over top of
caramel.
At this point you can either eat it
now OR refrigerate 1 hour so that
it cuts into nice portions.
Serves 16-20

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Strawberry Spinach Pasta Salad

Salad:
8 oz. penne pasta noodles, cooked
accordg. to pkg. directions
2 C. packed fresh baby spinach
leaves
1 C. sliced strawberries
1 C. pineapple chunks
1/4 C. dried cranberries (or
dried blueberries)
1/4 C. salted cashews or other
nuts (like pecans or walnuts)

Orange Poppy Seed Dressing
1/2 C. olive oil
1/3 C. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 T. Dijon mustard
3 T. honey
1/3 C. orange juice
2 tsp. poppy seeds
pinch salt/pepper

Combine all dressing ingredients in
a jar; cover & shake well. Combine
cooked penne, spinach, strawberries,
pineapple, cranberries & nuts in large
bowl – toss with prepared dressing.
Serve immediately or cover & chill
1 hour before serving. Serves 10

(recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com)
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Crockpot Chicken & Zucchini

3 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
2 T. minced garlic
2 small yellow onions, chopped
1 tsp. onion powder
2 whole zucchini, sliced
1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
2 T. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
(can also use Swiss, Cheddar or
mozzarella – shredded)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl mix all spices, spaghetti
sauce, onions, garlic & sliced
zucchini. Place chicken in
crockpot & pour veggies/sauce
over chicken. Spread chopped
green onions over mixture. Cover
& cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
5 hours. Once chicken is cooked,
cover with chosen cheese; cover
& let stand a few minutes to
allow cheese to melt. Serves 8

NOTE: can be served ‘as is’ or
over cooked pasta or noodles.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Cheeseburger Pie

1 tube crescent rolls
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
4 T. ketchup
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
sliced cheese – your choice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
spray. In skillet brown beef; drain
& mix in onions – cook until tender.
Mix in ketchup, Worc. sauce until
well combined.
Separate crescent rolls & arrange
in a star shape with tips pointing
out, on sprayed sheet, with last
piece for center. Place meat
mixture in center going out about
half way to the points. Top each
triangle with 1/2 slice of cheese
then roll tip of crescent roll towards
the center. Bake 15-20 minutes.

Note: you can substitute ground
chicken, pork or turkey instead
of beef.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Mexican Pasta Salad

4 C. wagon wheel pasta, cooked/
drqained
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. frozen corn, thawed/drained
1/2 C. chopped red pepper
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 C. ranch salad dressing
1 T. taco seasoning mix (dry)
1 T. lime juice
1/2 C. Mexican-style finely
shredded Four cheese (Kraft)
1/3 C. finely chopped fresh cilantro

Combine first 5 ingredients in large
bowl. Mix dressing, seasoning mix &
lime juice until blended; add to salad &
toss until evenly coated. Add cheese &
cilantro; mix lightly. Serves 8 (1 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Texas Cinnamon Butter
great on pancakes/waffles/
toast/bagels, etc.

2 sticks butter, softened to
room temp.
1/4 C. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla

In large bowl combine all
ingredients. Using an elec.
mixer, mix all ingredients
until fully combined & butter
is slightly whipped. Place in a
ramekin (small bowl) &
garnish with a dusting of
cinnamon. Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Freezer Cucumber Pickles

4 lb. pickling cucumbers, sliced
8 C. thinly sliced onions (about
8 medium)
1/4 C. salt
3/4 C. water
4 C. sugar
2 C. cider vinegar

Rinse ten 2-Cup plastic containers &
lids with boiling water; dry thoroughly.
Divide cucumbers, onions, salt & water
between 2 large bowls; let stand at room
temp. 2 hours – do not drain.
Add 2 C. sugar & 1 C. vinegar to each bowl;
stir until sugar has dissolved. Transfer to
prepared containers, leaving 1 inch head-
space for expansion; freeze up to 6 months.

Thaw pickles in refrigerator 8 hours before
using. Serve within 2 weeks after thawing.
Makes 10 pints.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Custard Peach Pie

1 unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 lb. fresh peaches (5-6),
peeled/sliced
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 large egg yolks
3/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Topping:
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 C. flour
1 1/2 T. sugar
1 pinch salt

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Gently place pie crust in bottom
of pie dish & crimp edges, if
desired. Arrange peach slices
in circles in bottom of crust,
filling bottom of dish. In
separate bowl whisk yogurt,
egg yolks, 3/4 C. sugar, 1/4 C.
flour, vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg
until combined; pour over peaches.
Cover edges of crust with foil.
Bake 30-32 minutes until center
is almost set.
While pie is baking, make topping:
Topping:
Whisk flour, sugar & salt; cut in
butter until crumbly.
Once pie is out of oven, sprinkle
topping over pie & return to oven
15 minutes until topping is lightly
browned & pie is cooked through.
Remove from oven & let cool
15 minutes before serving.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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Our weather is still nice – in the high 70’s, sunny
with a slight breeze – if going to the beach is your
‘thing’, this weather is perfect for that!

Not doing much different – reading, knitting some
(started knitting some toddler headbands for the
Detroit Veteran’s Baby Shower coming up in
September – I’m told the Moms really like them).
This Saturday is the all-day County Ice Cream
Social – I’ll be there with some of my knit group
ladies knitting  (in costume)under the shade of
a sycamore tree! Last year it POURED the entire
day – hoping we have a nice, sunny but COOL
day! We’ll see –

Hoping you are able to enjoy your summer,
too!

Hugs;

Pammie

Thursday thoughts –

Nothing special going on today – YAY! Yesterday was busy with the first of two funerals this week – nice to see family we hadn’t seen in a long time. I got to see one cousin’s husband I haven’t seen in probably 30 years! He’s from Morocco and lives in Las Vegas – great person; he kept saying: “We need to go out to dinner soon!” They will be here until Sunday so maybe that will happen! Today is moderately warm mid 70’s but overcast – supposed to be high 86 today. I ‘should’ go to the library & return/check out some books plus pay our Summer Taxes (building is in same complex) – we’ll see … depends on how motivated I feel!

Lots more very interesting Summer recipes coming in so here ya go:

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Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast
Cake

1/2 C. (8 T.) unsalted butter,
room temp
zest from 1 large lemon
1 egg, room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour (set aside 1/4 C. for later)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 C. fresh blueberries
1/2 C. buttermilk
1-2 T. sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9″ square baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray & line
with parchment paper. In bowl,
using elec. mixer, cream butter
with lemon zest & 3/4 C. plus
2 T. sugar untl light & fluffy. Add
egg & vanilla; beat until combined.
Toss blueberries with 1/4 C. flour
then whisk remaining flour, baking
powder & salt together in another
bowl. Add flour mixture to batter,
a little at a time, alternating with
buttermilk (leave excess flour from
blueberry bowl behind). Fold in
blueberries using a spatula. Spread
batter into prepared pan; sprinkle
top with 1-2 T. sugar. Bake 35-45
minutes. Check with a toothpick
for doneness. If necessary, return
pan to oven for a couple more
minutes.

NOTE: Baking for as long as 10
minutes more might be necessary
if you’re using a smaller pan like
an 8 X 8″.  Let cool at least 15
minutes before cutting. Serves 16

(recipe: alexandracooks.com)
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Turkey/Tomato/Zucchini Casserole


1 lb. ground turkey breast (or ground
chicken/ground beef)
1 small onion, diced
1 T. minced garlic
salt/pepper, to taste
1 lb. zucchini (about 3 small),
diced
1 C. cooked brown rice
1 (14.5 oz) can Italian-seasoned
diced tomatoes, drained
1 T. Italian seasoning
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
skillet heat 2 tsp. olive oil over
medium-high heat. Cook turkey,
onion & garlic until no longer pink;
drain & season with salt/pepper. Stir
in zucchini & cook over medium heat
5 minutes more. Stir in rice, tomatoes,
Ital. seasoning & Parm. cheese – pour
mixture into prepared dish. Top with
Mozz. cheese & bake, uncovered,
20-25 minutes until cheese melts &
casserole is bubbly. Serves 4

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Asparagus Bundles
(oven or grill)

1 1/2 lb. asparagus spears, trimmed
4-5 inches long tips
olive oil, for drizzling
few grinds black pepper
4 slices bacon or pancetta
chopped chives or scallions,
(optional garnish)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lightly coat asparagus in olive
oil & season with black pepper.
COUNT spears & divide the total
number by four – gather that
number of spears & use a slice
of bacon to wrap the bundle.
Secure the spears together with
cooking twine – repeat with
rest of spears/bacon. (Serves 4)

OVEN:
Place bundles on slotted
broiler pan & bake 12 minutes

GRILL:
Place bundles on hot grill &
cover; cook 10-12 minutes until
bacon is crisp & asparagus bundles
are tender.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Cheesy Chicken/Tomato/Mushroom
Casserole

2 lb. chicken breast, diced into
1″ pieces
2 (4 oz, ea) cans sliced mushrooms,
drained/rinsed
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with
juices
1 C. chicken broth
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. sliced green onion (garnish)
1 T. fresh chopped parsley (garnish)
1 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Add 1
T. oil to a skillet; season chicken
breast with salt/pepper then saute
on medium heat on both sides.
Transfer chicken to prepared dish.
Scatter mushrooms & tomatoes over
top of chicken pieces; pour broth
over both. Top with shredded cheese.
Cover with foil & bake 30 minutes.
Remove foil & continue baking
5 minutes until cheese is golden on top.
Garnish with optional garnishes.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Couscous Chicken Salad

Dressing:
1/3 C. olive oil
2 T. white balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Salad:
2 large boneless/skinless chicken
breasts, cooked/sliced into 1″ pieces
1 1/3 C. whole wheat Israeli couscous,
also known as pearl couscous
1 T. olive oil
2 C. water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 C. packed spinach, coarsely chopped
or torn
2 C. packed arugula, coarsely chopped
or torn
18 oz. (about 3 C.) grape tomatoes/cherry
tomatoes or baby heirloom tomatoes, red &
yellow, halved
1 red bell pepper, seeded/sliced thin
1/2 C. chopped flat leaf parsley
6 button mushrooms, sliced
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:
Whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, paprika,
salt/pepper in small bowl.

Salad:
In large saucepan over medium-high heat
place 1 T. olive oil. Add couscous, stirring
frequently, cook until lightly golden,
about 4-5 minutes. Add water & salt –
bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low,
cover & simmer until water is absorbed,
about 10 minutes. In large bowl combine
spinach, arugula, tomatoes, red pepper,
parsley & mushrooms – add Feta cheese
but do not yet mix. Add couscous. Whisk
dressing to thoroughly combine ingredients
again & pour over couscous.
NOW – mix everything together, allow the
heat of the couscous to warm the dressing
& slightly melt the cheese. Serves 4-6

NOTE: poster said they sliced the chicken
breast in half lengthwise to have 2 thinner
breasts – she grilled hers on a George
Foreman grill

(recipe: 365daysofbakingandmore.com)
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Fresh Vegetable Salad

Dressing:
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. finely seeded/diced jalapeno pepper
1 tsp. celery seed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Salad:
4 ears yellow corn, cooked/cooled &
cut off cob
2 large tomatoes, seeded/chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped

In medium bowl whisk all dressing
ingredients together until smooth.
Set aside to let flavors marry while
preparing salad.

In large bowl mix all veggies together;
pour dressing over veggies & gently
mix together until well combined. Serve
immediately. Serves 8-12

(recipe: whitelightsonwednesday.com)
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Cherry Cheesecake Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed
1/2 of (7.5 oz) jar marshmallow
creme
2 C. cherry pie filling
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Dippers:
chocolate or Nilla wafer cookies or
graham crackers

In large bowl cream cream cheese &
marshmallow creme 2-3 minutes until
blended & smooth; mix in vanilla. Gently
fold in Cool Whip until incorporated.
Spread mixture in even layer in 8 or 9″
square baking dish – smooth top evenly
then top with cherry pie filling – smooth
top. Use cookies or graham crackers as
dippers.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Brown Rice & Apple Salad

6 C. cooked brown rice
2 Granny Smith apples, cored/diced
2 red bell peppers, seeded/diced
3-4 green onions, whites removed &
thinly sliced
1/4 C. parsley, finely chopped
2-3 T. fresh lemon juice (1 large or
2 medium lemons)
5 T. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C. vegetable oil
salt/pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in large bowl
& stir to combine until everything is
mixed & well coated with dressing.
Season with salt/pepper & stir to
combine. Serve at room temperature
or chilled. Serves 6-8

(recipe: breadboozebacon.com)
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Sweet & Sour Squash Salad

3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. ranch salad dressing mix (dry)
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
2 medium yellow summer squash,
thinly sliced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. seeded/chopped green bell
pepper
1/2 C. seeded/chopped red bell
pepper

Dressing:
In bowl whisk first 6 ingredients
until sugar is dissolved. Place
vegetable in a large bowl; toss
with dressing. Refrigerate, covered,
until cold. Serve using a slotted
spoon. Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Cream Soda Poke Cake
(using removable crock)

1 box white cake mix & ingredients
to prepare it – prepare cake batter*
1 (12 oz) bottle Cream Soda (or Big Red)
small pkg. strawberry Jell-O
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 small box instant vanilla pudding

Lightly spray insides of 6-qt. crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. *Pour prepared
cake batter into crockpot. Place 3-4 paper
towels under lid; cover & cook on High
1-2 hours. Test if done using a wooden
toothpick inserted in center – if it comes
out clean, cake is done. Remove crock from
base & let cake cool.
When cake has cooled, poke holes in cake
using a toothpick. Mix together cream soda
(or Big Red) with powdered strawberry
Jell-O – evenly pour over cake. In a different
bowl, mix Cool Whip & dry pudding mix –
spread over top of cake evenly.

NOTE: You can serve immediately (Poster
says she thinks it’s best chilled first).

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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Hope you’re enjoying your day – stay
healthy!

Hugs;

Pammie

An Easy Day –

Spent a few hours watching the grandsons – pretty easy day (baby was in a good mood, older grandson had 4 other neighborhood kids to play with . . . in the house). It’s a sunny, somewhat muggy day (temp 79 degrees F.); after the rains of a few days ago it’s been warm & muggy. (I’m fine – I spend most of my time in the house, anyway . . . with air conditioning, when needed – grin).

Yesterday found me perusing a few lace/knitting sites just for fun. You KNOW you’re a rather ‘basic’ knitter when you come across patterns like these:

Mind you, I’m happy where I’m at with my knitting ‘skills’ but just like looking at patterns to see if there might be something I could try to conquer. (read that: NOT the Pineapple Purse, above!) WHEW! We can all dream, right? (I’ll stick to baby blankets & hats, thank you).

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Blueberry Pie Bars

Crust & Crumble Topping:
1/2 C. unsalted butter, melted
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 C. flour
pinch salt (optional)

Filling:
1 large egg
heaping 1/2 C. plain or vanilla Greek
yogurt (or sour cream)
1/3 C. granulated sugar
2 Tsp. vanilla
1 T. flour

Blueberry Layer:
2 C. (12 oz) blueberries, fresh or frozen*
1/3 C. granulated sugar (or 1/2 C. if
berries are sour)
2 T. lemon juice
2 tsp. cornstarch

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 8 X 8″ pan with foil & spray
with nonstick cooking spray.

Crust & Crumble Topping:
In large microwaveable bowl melt
butter, about 1 minute on High. Add
sugars & whisk to combine. Add
flour, (optional salt) stir to combine.
Mixture will be very dry & sandy with
some larger, well-formed crumble
pieces. Reserve a heaping 3/4 C.
mixture.
Transfer remaining mixture to prepared
pan; using a spatula or your fingers, hard-
pack the mixture to create an even, smooth
flat crust.

Filling:
In medium bowl add egg, Greek yogurt,
sugar, vanilla – whisk to combine. Add
flour & whisk to combine. Evenly pour
filling over crust & jiggle pan to help
distribute filling (or smooth with a spatula).

Blueberry Layer:
In separate medium bowl add all filling
ingredients & toss to combine. If sugar
hasn’t dissolved fully or still has crystals
it’s OK – it will liquify while baking. Evenly
distribute berry mixture over filling. Evenly
sprinkle with reserved heaping 3/4 C. crust
mixture. (Poster notes: Before sprinkling,
I squeeze the mixture in my palm to
encourage bigger crumble pieces to form)

Bake 60 minutes until edges are bubbling
quite vigorously & there’s some bubbling
in center. Crumble topping should appear
set & very pale golden. Place pan on wire
rack & allow bars to cool at least 1-2 hours
(or overnight) before cutting. If you try
cutting them before they are fully cooled
they will be extremely messy & could fall
apart.

*Poster used frozen berries & did not thaw them;
said the pan was very cold when going into the
oven.
If using fresh berries: baking time will be
reduced by about 10-15 minutes, maybe
less.

Bars will keep at room temp. for up
to 1 week; in fridge up to 10 days (they are
good chilled or in the freezer up to 6 months

(recipe: averiecooks.com)
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Crunchy Thai Cucumber Salad

2 large cucumbers, chopped or
sliced
3 green onions, sliced
2 T. chopped roasted peanuts

Dressing:
4 T. Thai sweet chili sauce (found in
Asian aisle in grocery store)
1 T. rice vinegar
2 T. sugar
dash sesame oil
1/2 tsp. salt

Combine cucumber & green onions in
a bowl. Combine dressing ingredients
in small bowl & whisk to combine. Toss
dress with cucumbers & onions then
sprinkle with roasted peanuts. Keep
chilled – serve within 2 hours.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Cornbread Cowboy Trifle

1 (Jiffy Mix) box cornbread mix,
prepared with ingredients listed
on box
2 medium jalapeno peppers,
seeded/minced
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1 lb. thick-sliced bacon, cooked/
chopped into bits
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 C. ranch salad dressing
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drain juices
2 (16 oz, ea) cans beans (pinto,
kidney or black) drained/rinsed
2 (16 oz) cans whole kernel
corn, drained
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 small bunch green onions,
thinly sliced
salt/pepper, to taste

Cut prepared cornbread into 1-inch
chunks. In a LARGE bowl combine
tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, beans,
jalapenos & corn-making a salsa.
Combine mayonnaise & ranch
dressing in another bowl – add
salt/pepper, to taste.
Build Trifle:
In large serving bowl place a
layer of cornbread, layer of salsa,
add shredded cheese, layer of
mayonnaise mixture & layer of
diced bacon – repeat until layers
reach top of bowl. Garnish top
with green onions & any
remaining cheese & bacon.
Refrigerate 1 hour before
serving. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Cheddar/Bacon/Horseradish Dip

10 slices bacon, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz (2 C.) shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided
1/4 C. prepared horseradish
1 1/4 C. sour cream

In large skillet cook bacon until
crisp; using a slotted spoon, transfer
bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
When cool, crumble any large pieces.
Discard all but 2 T. bacon fat in skillet;
heat at medium heat – cook chopped
onions a few minutes – until soft, sweet &
lightly browned, about 15 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Transfer onions
to a blender or food processor. Add half
bacon, 1 1/2 C. cheese & all horseradish
& sour cream. Process until well combine.
Stir in remaining bacon & cheese,
reserving a bit for topping. Transfer
mixture to a serving bowl & sprinkle
remaining bacon & cheese on top.
Serve at room temperature.
Serves 6

(recipe: hostthetoast.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Roll-ups

3 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 1/4 C. milk
juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp. chopped parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. cream cheese, softened
2 C. shredded rotisserie chicken
1/2 C. finely grated Parmesan cheese
8 cooked lasagna noodles
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray large casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Melt
butter in large skillet over medium
heat; add garlic & saute until garlic
is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk
flour into butter & garlic; cook until
mixture is bubbling & golden, 1
minute more. Gradually pour in milk,
whisking constantly. Bring mixture
to a simmer, stir in cream cheese &
Parmesan. Let simmer until sauce
thickens, 2-3 minutes. Add lemon
juice & about 1 tsp. parsley; season
to taste with salt/pepper. Stir in
shredded chicken. Spoon a thin
layer of sauce on bottom of prepared
dish. Lay cooked noodles in single
layer on a cutting board or baking
sheet. Spread chicken mixture on each
noodle then roll up; lay in dish seam-
sides down. Spoon more sauce on
top of roll-ups. Bake 15-20 minutes
until sauce is bubbly & begins to
brown. Garnish with more parsley
& serve warm. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

4 boneless pork chops
1 (1 oz) pkt. ranch salad dressing
mix (dry)
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken
soup

Place chops in bottom of crockpot;
Sprinkle dry ranch mix on chops;
top with soup – mix to combine.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours
or High 3-4 hours. Serves 4

(note; poster serves this over a
bed of cooked rice)

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Lemon Mascarpone Cream Pie

Crust:
1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
2 T. sugar
7 T. butter, melted

Lemon Filling:
3/4 C. sweetened condensed milk
1/4 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 T. lemon zest
1 1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 C. powdered sugar
12 oz. mascarpone cheese
(yellow food coloring, if desired)

Lemon Whipped Cream:
3/4 C. heavy whipping cream
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon zest

Optional garnishes:
lemon slices
mint sprigs

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray 8 or 9″ pie pan. Combine
cracker crumbs, sugar & melted
butter in medium bowl; mix well.
Press mixture evenly into bottom
& up sides of pie pan. Bake
8-10 minutes – cool completely.

In medium bowl combine sweetnd’
cond. milk, lemon juice & lemon
zest. In another large bowl add
heavy whipping cream & powdered
sugar – whip on High speed using
elec. mixer until very stiff peaks form.
Add mascarpone cheese to mixture
& whip on medium speed just until
combined, then continue gently
folding together until well combined.
Add about 1/3 of lemon mixture to
whipped cream & gently fold to combine.
Add remaining lemon mixture & fold to
combine. Add a little yellow food coloring
(if desired). Add filling mixture to cooled
crust & refrigerate until firm, 4-5 hours.

To make Lemon Whipped Cream:
Add ingredients to elec. mixer bowl &
whip until stiff peaks form. Top pie
with cream & refrigerate until ready to
serve. (You can pipe cream onto edges
of pie crust & fill middle with lemon
slices & mint sprigs, if desired.)

(recipe: lifeloveandsugar.com)

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Hope you’re having a great day –
enjoy the sunshine!

Hugs;

Pammie

Truly a “Fix it as you go” Day!

The day started out just fine – first thing up: paying house bills on line. All went very well until I hit a ‘wall’ with a particular company – it seems I couldn’t “log in”, no matter HOW I tried! Finally, with a lot of ‘tinkering’ my husband & I figured out that we needed to set up a BRAND NEW User Name & Password (that took about 25 minutes!). After a phone call to said company FINALLY I was able to go on line to make the payment . . . I thought. It seems that it STILL didn’t go through correctly; am going to have to attempt it again tomorrow (after checking, again, to see if what I did today actually WENT THROUGH on their site! I checked our bank and it didn’t show the payment, either…frustrating!). A little later I had planned on doing a quick shopping run – it started really storming so had to delay that by about an hour. Got that done, just got home to receive a text that I needed to call all our students/helpers/leaders, etc. – the church my special needs group meets at is under construction (they’re building a brand new church, a little at a time, on the same grounds). Apparently the construction crew hit a WATER line and there’s no water at the church – that doesn’t work for my kids so next thing I’m non-stop calling all our people.  MY DEAR EXCEL program has been known to do some strange things (husband has tried to figure this one out – to no avail) – it seems that sometimes when I go into the spread sheets it drops down a line or two and I end up inserting phone #’s or addresses to ANOTHER PERSON! UGH! Just when I think I’ve got it all figured out and it’s fine – something like today happens. I dialed one of my student’s phone numbers and got a totally different student! He’s so funny; he said: “What are you doing, Dude? This is (his name), not …..!” Oh brother! Oh well – we push on! Got a busy signal when calling another home; kept trying every 10-15 minutes but after about an hour I decided I’d try the Mom’s cell phone number instead. (GOOD thing I did – she informed me they don’t HAVE a house phone any more!) UGH!!! Crazy stuff – glad I’ve got the night off to recover!!! (Leftovers for dinner: Cornish Game hens, mashed potatoes, gravy & tossed salads) – yum.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

5 C. sweetened whipped cream
11-12 large rectangular graham
crackers
3 C. strawberries, chopped

In a square baking dish spread a
thin layer of whipped cream. Layer
graham crackers on top; cover with
a layer of whipped cream. Sprinkle
1/3 of strawberries on top then
layer with whipped cream again.
Repeat until all ingredients used.
The top layer should be strawberries
(not covered with cream). Refrigerate
at least 3 hours. Serves 9

(recipe: buzzfeed.com)
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Crunchy Pea Salad

2 1/2 C. frozen peas (about 13 oz)
1 c. dry roasted peanuts
1 C. chopped celery
6 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. Zesty Italian salad dressing

In large bowl combine first 5
ingredients. In small bowl mix
mayonnaise & salad dressing;
toss with salad in first bowl.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: the-girl-who-ate-everything.com)
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Bacon/Chicken/Potato Foil Packets
( oven & grill methods)

6 T. butter, melted
2 T. ranch salad dressing mix (dry)
salt/pepper, to taste
4 medium chicken breasts (approx
4 oz, each)
1 lb. small red potatoes, halved or
quartered
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
2 T. chopped parsley

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
(Grill – heat to medium-high heat).
In small bowl whisk butter, ranch
dry mix, salt/pepper. Spray 4 large
squares of foil with nonstick spray.
Place potatoes in a bowl & drizzle
with 4 T. ranch butter on top – toss
to coat evenly. Place one chicken
breast on each foil square & season
with salt/pepper, to taste. Divide
potatoes evenly among squares &
arrange around chicken. Drizzle
remaining 2 T. butter over chicken
& fold edges over chicken & potatoes
to make a packet.
Bake: 45 minutes
Grill: 30 minutes
Open packets & sprinkle cheese over
top – leave packets open & return to
oven/grill 2-3 minutes until cheese
melts. Sprinkle with bacon & parsley
before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Summer Squash & Mushroom
Casserole

2 medium yellow summer squash,
diced
1 large zucchini, diced
1/2 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 C. chopped onion
2 T. olive oil
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. crushed butter-flavored (like Ritz)
crackers (about 25 crackers)
1 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 11 X 7″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet saute squash, zucchini,
mushrooms & onion in oil until tender;
drain. In large bowl combine vegetable
mixture, cheese, soup, sour cream & salt.
Pour mixture into prepared dish. Combine
cracker crumbs & butter – sprinkle on top
of casserole. Bake, uncovered, 25-30
minutes until bubbly. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Simple Smothered Chicken
(crockpot)

1-2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
2 pkts. dry chicken gravy mix (.87 oz, ea)
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 3/4 C. water
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Place gravy mix, soup, water & pepper
in crockpot – whisk until smooth (as
smooth as you can get it). Add chicken;
cover & cook 8-10 hours on Low
Serves 4

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Berry Cheesecake Salad

6 C. mixed berries (blueberries/
blackberries/raspberries,strawberries
cut into quarters
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1/2 C. + 2 T. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. heavy cream or milk
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed

additional berries & mint sprigs
for garnish –  optional

Place cream cheese in medium bowl &
using elec. mixer, beat until completely
smooth. Add powdered sugar & beat
until combined. Add vanilla & cream &
continue to beat until smooth. Gently
fold in Cool Whip. Place berries in a
large bowl & pour cheesecake mixture
over top – stir gently until berries are
coated into cheesecake mix. Garnish
with berries & mint sprigs & serve.
Serves 6

*Cake Flour: if you don’t have cake
flour you can substitute 2 T. all-purpose
flour plus 2 T. cornstarch= 1 C. cake flour

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Grilled Vegetable Medley

2 bulbs garlic, peeled (left whole)
1 (8 oz) pkg. mushrooms
1 red onion, chopped
2 small sweet red peppers,
chopped
2 small sweet orange peppers,
chopped
10 stalks asparagus, cut into small
pieces
olive oil
salt/pepper
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Heat grill to medium-high heat
(temp. 350 degrees F. approx.)
Turn temperature down to Low.
Line grill with heavy foil, turning
edges of foil up a bit to retain
juices. Drizzle foil with olive oil.
Carefully place veggies on foil &
drizzle with more oil; sprinkle
with salt/pepper. Cover grill
& cook about 10 minutes, stirring
occasionally. When veggies are
cooked through (onions should be
translucent & garlic should be
golden brown). Use a metal
spatula to scoop veggies off foil
into a large bowl. Squeeze lemon
juice on veggies & sprinkle top
with Parm cheese – stir & taste,
adjusting salt/pepper if needed.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Blueberry/Lemon Cobbler


Filling:

32 oz. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 C. sugar
3 T. lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
1/4 C. flour

Topping:

2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. butter (2 sticks, chilled/
cut into bits)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla

vanilla ice cream or whipped cream,
for topping cobbler, if desired

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place blueberries in bottom of
crockpot; sprinkle lemon juice on top.
In medium bowl mix sugar & lemon
zest, working zest into sugar with your
fingers to release the lemon oils in the
zest. Add flour & stir with a fork to
evenly combine flour with sugar. Sprinkle
mixture evenly over berries & toss to
combine.

Topping:

In medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, lemon
zest, baking powder, salt & nutmeg using
a fork until well combined. Using 2 butter
knives or a pastry cutter, cut in cold bits
of butter into flour mixture until it
resembles a coarse meal with small pea-
sized pieces of butter. In small bowl whisk
eggs & vanilla with a fork & gently toss
egg mixture into flour/butter mixture
until moistened & dough starts to hold
together & create clumps of dough.
Sprinkle cobbler topping evenly over
blueberries in crockpot. Cover opening
of crockpot with paper towels or a clean
kitchen towel; cover with lid. (toweling
will absorb any condensation that will
collect on lid while cooking, preventing
it from dripping onto cobbler.) Cook
on High 3-4 hours until you can see the
juices from the blueberries bubbling
around edges of crockpot. Check
cobbler at 3 hour mark & only cook
for additional time if needed. Turn
off crockpot & carefully remove lid
& toweling. Let cobbler cool slightly
before serving. Serve with vanilla
ice cream or whipped cream, if
desired. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

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I’m getting in so many yummy-sounding
summer recipes lately it’s hard to choose
which to post!

Hope you are all in good health & able to
enjoy some of this summer weather. Aside
from the thunderstorms predicted for the
next 2-3 days, the weather is a balmy 71
degrees F. (not too hot!).

Hugs;

Pammie

Another beautiful Summer Day

It’s a gorgeous, sunny/breezy summer day – windows are open (don’t need air conditioning at the moment – 70 degrees F).  It’s been a very relaxing week AND I’M GRATEFUL! Due to my inability to be content with just knitting 2 different baby blankets, I’m now trying a new one: white & medium yellow stripes. (since I’m using donated yarn, mine is different: the blue stripes in the photo are white on mine & the white stripes/areas are medium yellow). We’ll see how this goes – I’m pretty sure I won’t be done with this in time for the Detroit Vet’s baby shower in September, but that’s OK – I also have the Crisis Pregnancy group to donate blankets to.

Knit Garter Stripe Baby Blanket

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Arizona Sunshine Lemon Pie

Pie:
1 large lemon
4 large eggs
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 (9 inch) piecrust, unbaked
(poster used frozen deep dish)

Topping:
1 C. whipping cream
2 T. sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Wash lemon, cut up & remove
all seeds (do not peel); place
lemon in a food processor or
blender; add eggs, butter,
vanilla & sugar – blend until
smooth. Pour mixture into crust &
bake about 40 minutes until set.
Let pie cool then chill.

Topping:
Place mixing bowl & elec. mixer
beaters in freezer for about 20
minutes. Add whipping cream &
to cold bowl & whip until peaks
form. Slice pie & serve with a
dollop of whipped cream on top.

NOTE: Pie can be served warm
(it just won’t be as firm) or at
room temperature, if desired.

(recipe: ninerecipes.com)
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Sausage/Cream Cheese Crescents

1 (16 oz) pkg. bulk pork sausage,
cooked/crumbled (any flavor)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
(or any cheese of your choice)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bowl combine sausage, cream
cheese & shredded cheese. Separate
crescent rolls into triangles; cut each
triangle in half lengthwise. Scoop a
heaping tablespoon of meat filling
onto each roll & roll up. Place rolls
on a baking sheet & bake 15 minutes
until golden brown.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Strawberry/Avocado/Spinach
Salad w/ Greek Yogurt/Poppy
Seed Dressing

Dressing:
2/3 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 C. cider vinegar
3 T. honey
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. olive oil
1 T. poppy seeds
2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Salad:
12 oz. fresh baby spinach,
rinsed/dried
1 pint strawberries, cut into
thin slices
1-2 ripe avocados, cut into
thin slices
1/2 C. toasted pecans
4 oz. goat cheese

Combine all dressing ingredients
in a jar with a lid; secure lid &
shake vigorously to combine. (OR
whisk until completely blended).
Refrigerate until ready to use. (up
to 5 days)

In large bowl gently toss all salad
ingredients together & drizzle
with dressing. Serves 8

(recipe: hostthetoast.com)
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Spaghetti Squash Tetrazzini

2 – 2 1/4 lb. spaghetti squash
1 C. water

Filling:
1 T. butter
8 oz. creminimushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. chopped onion
8 oz. chopped, cooked ham/turkey
or chicken
2 T. dry white wine or sherry

Sauce:
1 1/2 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
salt/pepper, to taste

Topping:
1 C. Parmesan cheese
2 T. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. soft bread crumbs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Carefully cut squash in half
lengthwise & scoop out seeds.
Place, flesh side down, in a
glass casserole dish & pour water
over it. Cover tightly with foil &
bake 40 minutes – cool enough to
handle.
While squash is baking, heat 1 T.
butter in large nonstick skillet &
saute onions until they begin to
brown. Add mushrooms & cook
until soft; stir in wine & cooked
(meat of your choice) – continue
to saute until mixture is fairly dry.
Melt 3 T. butter in empty skillet
& whisk in flour; quickly add cold
Half & Half & cold milk – season
with salt/pepper. Cook, stirring
over medium-low heat until sauce
thickens.
When squash is cooked & cooled
using a fork, rake cooked flesh inside,
pulling it into spaghetti-like strands –
place strands in a bowl. Stir in melted
butter, Parm. cheese, nutmeg, cooked
mushroom/ham & more salt/pepper,
if needed. Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. Stir sauce into
squash mixture & toss until squash is
mixed & coated – pour into prepared
dish. Sprinkle top of casserole with
bread crumbs. In oven at 350 degrees F.
bake casserole, uncovered, 30 minutes
until crumbs are golden & casserole is
bubbly. Serves 6-8

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Marinated Baked Pork Chops

Marinade:
1 T. soy sauce
2 T. vegetable oil
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. ketchup

6 pork chops, trimmed of fat

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In small bowl blend all marinade
ingredients. Place chops in medium
baking dish & spread with half the
sauce. Bake chops 30 minutes; turn
& pour rest of sauce on chops. Bake
30 minutes longer until internal
temperature of chops reaches 145
degrees F.

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Fresh Corn/Hash Brown &
Zucchini casserole

1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese, divided
8 slices cooked bacon/crumbled &
divided
1 (30 oz) pkg. shredded hash
brown potatoes, thawed
1 C. ranch salad dressing
4 C. fresh corn kernels
2 zucchini, shredded
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream
4 green onions, chopped
1 tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.

Reserve 1/2 C. cheese & 1/4 C.
bacon for topping

Combine remaining cheese & bacon
with remaining ingredients; spoon
into prepared pan. Top with
reserved cheese & bacon. Bake
40-45 minutes until heated through.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 18 (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Honey-Garlic Shrimp

3 T. honey
1 T. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. crushed chili flakes
(optional)
1 tsp. fresh minced ginger
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
(about 1 T.)
3/4 lb. medium uncooked
shrimp, peeled/deveined
1 T. olive oil
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
2 T. sliced green onion, garnish

cooked brown rice for 2
cooked broccoli or other veggies
for 2 – to serve with shrimp

Whisk honey, soy sauce, chili flakes
(if using), ginger & garlic in medium
bowl. In another medium bowl add
shrimp & oil – season with salt/pepper,
toss to coat. Heat a pan over medium-
high heat. Place shrimp in pan in an
even layer & cook on one side until
nicely seared, about 1-2 minutes. Flip
over & cook 1 more minute (so they’re
just cooked but stilla little translucent
in center). Pour honey/garlic marinade in
pan & cook until shrimp is cooked through,
about 1 minute. (If desired, remove shrimp
from pan so they don’t over cook) reduce
sauce a little to thicken it – watch it, as
sauce can easily burn.) Serve shrimp with
sauce over brown rice & cooked veggies.
Garnish with green onion. Serves 2

(recipe: tiphero.com)
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Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken
(crockpot)

4 chicken thighs (bone-in/skin on)
2 C. pineapple cut into 1″ chunks
1 yellow onion, cut into 1″ chunks
3 T. honey
2 T. soy sauce
1/2 C. dark brown sugar
1 T. grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. sesame seeds (optional)
1 T. cornstarch
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1″
chunks
chopped parsley – garnish

cooked rice for 4

In a skillet brown chicken thighs
on both sides 3-5 minutes over
high heat. Place pineapple &
onion in bottom of crockpot.
Mix honey, soy sauce, brown
sugar, grated ginger & garlic &
place in crockpot. Carefully
add chicken. Cover & cook
on Low 5 hours or High 3
hours. Mix cornstarch & water
in small bowl then stir into
crockpot along with bell
peppers. Cover & cook an
additional 30 minutes.
Serve over cooked rice & garnish
with chopped parsley.

(recipe: ninerecipes.com)
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Frozen Lemonade Pie

Crust:
1 1/2 C. graham cracker
crumbs (about 10 full-sheet
crackers)
7 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/4 C. light brown sugar

Filling:
1 C. cold heavy whipping
cream*
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. vanilla
1 (14 oz) can sweetened
condensed milk
1 T. fresh lemon zest
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 C. thawed lemonade
concentrate

Crust:
In large bowl mix graham cracker
crumbs, melted butter & brown
sugar until combined; pour into
a 9 inch pie plate or springform
pan, packing it firmly into bottom
& up sides of pan. Cover crust
with plastic wrap & refrigerate
1 hour.

Filling:
In bowl of stand mixer beat heavy
whipping cream, vanilla & sugar on
medium-high speed until stiff peaks
form (see * below)
In bowl of stand mixer beat
cream cheese & sweetnd cond. milk
until smooth. Beat in lemonade
concentrate, lemon juice & lemon
zest until combined then fold in
whipped cream mixture. Pour into
pie crust, cover with plastic wrap &
freeze a minimum of 6 hours or
until firm.
When ready to serve remove from
freezer & cut into slices.

*Can substitute 1 (8 oz) tub Cool
Whip, thawed

(recipe: yummly.co)

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Hope you’re having a nice, relaxing day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Thursday already – where did the week go?

(thought he was cute – had to share!)

This has been a really EASY week for me (probably shouldn’t say that too loud, right?). Tuesday was the Fourth of July holiday – yes, my husband & I went to Panera Bread to ‘represent’ the knitting group (see previous blog) – one of my ladies actually came out so we enjoyed our dinner & chatting – we stayed about 1 1/2 hours before going home (possible ‘new’ member didn’t come). Wednesday, due to the holiday, we didn’t have my special needs group – so another FREE day! Today I got a text – Could I watch my two grandsons from 9 – 11 a.m.? SURE – easy-peesy, 2 hours! (I’ve learned – NEVER count on something that sounds that easy). Got there at 9 a.m. & Mom had to go into work for just a ‘few’ hours (their lady chef did a really nasty cut on her hand & couldn’t chop vegetables). Got a text – “Looks like it’s going to be 12:30 – are you good with that?” SURE (what else was I supposed to say?). At around 1:25 or so she arrived home – oh well, it wasn’t a BAD day – the baby was in a really good mood in spite of his teething/drooling BIG TIME (know there’s a bottom tooth soon to be making it’s appearance). Did a quick stop at the grocery store & drug store & now I’m home! YAY! I made too many baked beans for our Fourth dinner so took most of them to son’s house – not exactly sure WHAT we’re having for dinner yet. Bought some nice pork chops – we ‘could’ have them with mac & cheese (leftovers); we’ll see.

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Pink Flamingo Cake
(2-day recipe)

Poster said this one is good for
baby/bridal showers because of
it’s pink color


Cake:
1 box white cake mix
1 (3.5 oz) pkg. cherry Jell-O
3/4 C. vegetable oil
3/4 C. buttermilk*
3 eggs

Icing:
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple,
undrained
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
mix
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (8 oz) jar maraschino cherries, chopped
in half,  plus some juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray.
In large bowl mix dry cake mix, Jell-0
(dry), oil, buttermilk & eggs ; beat
using elec. mixer until smooth &
well combined, about 2 minutes.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
bake 30-35 minutes until center
springs back when pressed lightly.
Allow to cool completely.

Icing:
In medium bowl place crushed
pineapple (undrained). Sprinkle
pudding mix over & stir with a
spoon until well combined. Stir
in Cool Whip until fully incorporated.
Add cherries to mixture along with
enough cherry juice to tint the
mixture light pink. Stir until well
combined, adding more cherry
juice for color if needed. Frost
cake. Cover cake & refrigerate
2-3 days before serving.

*In place of buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
into a 2-cup measuring cup &
fill cup to 3/4 C. with milk. Stir
& let stand 5 minutes – now you
have buttermilk.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Summer Fresh Corn Salad

2 ears fresh corn, shucked
1 C. fresh baby carrots
1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded/
minced
1/2 C. pitted black olives, chopped
1/3 C. sliced scallions
1/2 C. chopped fresh tomato
1/2 C. crumbled feta cheese
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
salt/pepper, to taste
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. olive oil
1 T. balsamic vinegar (white if you
have it)

Boil corn & carrots in salted water
3-4 minutes – drain & cool in VERY
cold water (they should be cooked
a little but still be crunchy). When
corn is cooled enough to handle, trim
end of corn so it stands easily and,
using a utility knife, cut kernels off
sides of corn cob. Chop carrots; place
all ingredients in large bowl & mix
well. Chill salad before serving.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Easy Sticky Chicken

3-5 lb. bone-in/skin on chicken
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.
Mix ketchup, honey, brown sugar,
soy sauce & garlic powder in a
sauce pot & bring to boil over
medium heat, stirring constantly.
Arrange chicken pieces in a 9 X 13″
baking dish & pour sauce over it.
Turn chicken to coat thoroughly
& bake 45 minutes, turning
chicken at end of 45 minutes &
baking 30 minutes more.

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Skinny Greek Salad

1 bag romaine lettuce (about
6 C.)
1 large cucumber, peeled/chopped
(about 2 1/2 C.)
3 medium tomatoes, chopped (about
2 1/2 C. or cherry tomatoes, chopped)
1 medium red onion, chopped (1 C.)
16 Kalamata olives, sliced in half
1/2 C. feta cheese, crumbled

Dressing:
3/4 C. light Caesar vinaigrette or
light balsamic salad dressing
3/4 tsp. dried oregano

1/3 C. feta cheese

In large bowl add all salad ingredients
except feta cheese – refrigerate until
ready to serve. In small bowl add
dressing ingredients – whisk to blend
well & refrigerate until ready to toss.
To serve, toss salad with dressing &
divide on 4 plates. Top each with
2 T. feta cheese (if you’re serving
buffet style, add feta to salad just
before tossing). Serves 4

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Zucchini Fritters

1 1/2 lb. zucchini, grated
1 tsp. salt
1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. crumbled feta cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg, beaten
salt/pepper, to taste
2 T. olive oil
2 T. minced fresh dill

sour cream, plain yogurt – suggested
toppings

Place grated zucchini in a colander
or strainer over the sink. Add 1 tsp.
salt & gently mix. Let stand 10 minutes;
drain using a cloth or paper towels (to
remove most of moisture from zucchini).
In large bowl combine zucchini, flour,
feta, dill, garlic & egg – season with salt/
pepper. Heat oil in large skillet over
medium-high heat. Once oil is warm,
scoop a tablespoon of mixture for each
fritter into the oil. Flatten scoops using
a spatula & cook until underside is golden-
brown, about 2 minutes. Flip over & cook
on other side 1-2 minutes. Serve with sour
cream, plain yogurt or plain. Serves 4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Chicken & Summer Squash
(crockpot)

3 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
2 (10.5 oz, ea) cans cream of
chicken soup
4 small summer squash, sliced
(poster used yellow squash)
16 oz. sour cream
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. butter, room temp.
1 C. bread crumbs
dried parsley, optional garnish
paprika, optional garnish

hot cooked rice or pasta to
serve 8

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place chicken
breasts in bottom of crockpot. In
large bowl mix soup, sour cream,
onion, cheese, garlic salt, pepper
& butter. Fold in sliced squash &
mix well to coat – pour over
chicken. Sprinkle bread crumbs on
top. Cover & cook on Low 8 hours
or High 4-5 hours. (chicken should
be fully cooked when it reaches
165 degrees F. using a thermometer).
Serve over hot cooked rice or pasta
& garnish with dried parsley and/or
paprika. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Taco Casserole

1/2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 T. minced fresh garlic
1 bell pepper, chopped
seasoning salt
black pepper (can use cayenne, if
desired)
1 C. water
2 tsp. dried chili pepper flakes
1 bottle taco sauce
2 (4 oz, ea) cans diced green chiles
1 (14 oz) jar sliced ripe olives,
drained/divided
1 (1 1/4 oz) pkg. dry taco seasoning
mix (you can use 2 pkgs. if desired)
1 (4 1/2 oz) pkg. taco shells, broken
into pieces
4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 large tomato, chopped
3 sliced green onions

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.
Cook ground beef, onion, bell pepper,
chili flakes & garlic until beef is no
longer pink; drain then season with
seasoning salt/black pepper. Stir in
water, taco sauce, green chiles, half
of olives & taco seasoning mix. Cook
on Low heat 6-8 minutes. Layer half
of broken shells in prepared dish.
Cover with half meat sauce; sprinkle
with 2 C. cheese – repeat with
remaining broken shells, meat sauce &
top with remaining cheese*. Bake
20 minutes until bubbly & cheese is
melted. After baking, sprinkle top with
remaining olives, tomatoes & green onions.

*You can add cheese last 10 minutes of
baking time to prevent cheese from getting
hard.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Summer Blueberrie “Slump”
(like a cobbler)

Filling:
4 C. fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 C. sugar
1/3 C. water
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Topping:
1 1/2 C. flour
2/3 C. milk
3 T. sugar
3 T. butter
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

vanilla ice cream or whipped
cream – garnish, optional

In large bowl whisk flour, sugar,
baking powder & salt; stir in
milk until a shaggy dough forms –
do not over mix. Cut in butter
utnil mixture is fully incorporated.
In large saucepan or skillet over
medium-high heat, stir together
blueberries with sugar, water, lemon
juice & zest, cinnamon & nutmeg –
bring to boil. Stir in vanilla & cook
another 1-2 minutes. Break off
pieces of dough & drop them
(carefully) onto blueberry mixture.
Repeat until dough covers most
of blueberries then cover & reduce
heat to Low. Cook 27 minutes until
biscuits are cooked through. (make
sure not to uncover biscuits as
they’re cooking as this will allow
steam to escape & they won’t
rise or cook properly).
Uncover & serve hot with whipped
cream or vanilla ice cream.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Our weather is typical July for
Michigan-in the 80’s & sunny with
a slight breeze; today it’s 86 with
a 40% chance of thunderstorms
later & tomorrow. Rain is good;
we need it for the people who
grow gardens.

I’ve noticed that the day after
the Fourth of July our gas prices
skyrocketed from $2.26/9 to
$2.49/9 – that was a surprise!
At least they let the people who
had to travel enjoy some lower
prices, right?

Hope your week is turning out
the way you like!

Hugs;

Pammie