Almost there!

Slowly but surely we’re getting the decorating done – ONE tree up/ONE left to do (the tiny one on top of the baby grand piano). Got ALL the house decorations up – YAY! Last night while I was watching the cooking channel my husband comes in and says: “Let’s go – we’re going to try ONE MORE TIME to find your ceramic snowmen.” (Let’s just say I wasn’t really in the mood, but I went, anyway.) He poked & prodded spots I’d already checked multiple times but then . . . he says: “What’s in THIS box?” I said; “I don’t know – it’s not with the Christmas stuff, I didn’t check that.” He says: “Well, isn’t’ that a snowman sticking out?” YEP!!! YAY!!! I was thrilled, been bugged about not finding them for days now (prayed on it, too). While I’m putting them in their respective places he says “Let me see one of those” – he looks on the bottom & goes on line (I’d done this a few years ago but didn’t get anywhere) – turns out he found the company that makes them AND some that were for sale on EBay & Amazon! I checked – he said: “If you really like them – GET THEM!” So . . . long story short – I have three coming in the mail! SUPER! (I leave them up after Christmas because they just cheer up the house a bit).

This is one of them – I just love the details in them – each one looks like it’s knitted, etc. SO CUTE!

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Pumpkin Cookies w/Brown Butter
Icing

Cookies:
1/2 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. granulated sugar
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. clove
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Icing:
3 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. unsalted butter
1/4 C. milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl cream butter & sugars.
Add pumpkin, egg & vanilla -beat
until well-blended. In another large
bowl combine remaining ingredients
(all dry ingredients). Add dry to pumpkin
mixture & beat until just combined.
Drop on cookie sheets by Tablespoonfuls
& flatten slightly. Bake 10-12 minutes until
edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies
to a wire rack & cool completely.

Icing:
In medium bowl place powdered sugar. Melt
butter in a small saucepan over medium heat,
stirring frequently until golden brown. It will
develop brown flecks & a nutty fragrance –
about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cool 2-3
minutes & pour over powdered sugar. Add milk
& vanilla – vigorously whisk mixture until smooth.
Icing should be thin enough to spread, but not
runny or drippy. Add additional milk or powdered
sugar as needed, to achieve desired consistency.
Spread approximately 1 T. icing on each cookie.
Allow to set before serving. Makes 36 cookies

(recipe: thegoldlininggirl.com)
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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

4 (14.5 oz, ea) cans Italian stewed
tomatoes
4 T. flour
4 T. butter, melted
2 tsp. salt
pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 C. Half & Half
1 C. chicken broth, warmed
1 (12-24 oz.) pkg. tortellini
(poster used fresh)

Place tomatoes in blender; add flour,
melted butter, salt & a dash or 2 of
pepper – blend until smooth (should
take a few minutes). Pour mixture
into a large soup pot & bring to boil
over medium-high heat, while
stirring. Reduce heat & cook 2-3
minutes.
In a large pot add water & salt –
bring to a boil & add tortellini. Cook
just enough so they are easy to bite
through – a few minutes. Drain & pour
cold water over cooked tortellini. Add
Half & Half & baking soda to tomato
pot -stir to combine. (it will froth up
a bit). Cook & stir occasionally,
until thickened, 8-10 minutes. Add
warmed chicken broth-stir to combine.
Add cooked tortellini just before serving.
Serves 6-8

NOTE: If soup gets too thick, add a bit
more chicken broth

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Salty/Sweet/Crunchy
Goodness (snack bark)

1/2 C. butter, sliced
1 (11.5 oz) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. creamy peanut butter
2 C. corn chips, coarsely crushed
2 C. mini pretzel twists, coarsely crushed

Place all ingredients (except corn chips &
pretzels) in crockpot & stir. Cover & cook
on High 30-90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once chocolate is completely melted, add
corn chips & pretzels – gently stir until
everything is well coated. Line a cookie sheet
with parchment paper & spread mixture
evenly with a wooden spoon onto sheet.
Place sheet in fridge about 1 hour until
mixture sets up. Break into pieces &
serve. Serves 10-12

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Shrimp in Mushroom Cream Sauce

1 lb. small shrimp, peeled/uncooked
3 T. unsalted butter, divided
1 (10.25 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
2 large buttom mushrooms, chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
1 C. heavy cream
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese (OR) Roman
cheese

Cooked basmati rice to serve 4

Melt 2 T. butter in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Add shrimp & cook until pink &
opaque on both sides; remove from pan.
Add remaining 1 T. butter to pan – turn heat
to High. Add chopped mushrooms & garlic,
cooking until mushrooms begin to sear. Mix
soup & cream in small bowl & pour into pan.
Add cheese & heat until soup mixture just
begins to boil. Place shrimp back into skillet &
heat through. Garnish with chopped fresh
parsley if desired.Serve immediately over
cooked basmati rice. Serves 4

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Christmas Morning Punch

2 C. orange juice
2 C. cranberry juice
1 C. pineapple juice
1 C. ginger ale

Combine all ingredients in a
pitcher – serve cold.

(recipe: facebook)
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Cheesy Turkey/Bacon Sliders

15 slider buns
1 lb. shredded turkey
1 lb. bacon, cooked
1 (8 oz) pkg. sliced Provolone cheese
1/4 C. butter, melted
3 T. honey mustard
2 tsp. poppy seeds

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Slice slider buns horizontally & arrange
bun bottoms in a 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Layer turkey, bacon & cheese on top of
rolls & place tops on buns. Cut in between
the slider buns to separate. In a small
bowl mix butter, honey-mustard & poppy
seeds – brush mixture on bun tops to cover
the buns & drip between them.
Bake 20 minutes. Makes 15 sliders

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Marshmallow Squares

1/2 C. peanut butter
1 (12 oz) pkg. butterscotch chips
1/2 C. butter
3 C. miniature marshmallows

Spray a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
In small pot melt butter, chips &
peanut butter over Low heat. Cool,
add marshmallows & pour into
prepared pan. Allow to cool &
cut into squares.

(recipe: deliciousfoodhomemade.com)

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Our weather is still holding out – (no snow) YAY!
I need to run to the drug store after I finish here –
so nice to not have to fight with scraping snow off
car windows, slipping & sliding on roads; I know it’s
coming but SUPER GLAD it’s not here . . . yet!

Hope your holiday plans are coming together – all
my presents (that I know of) are purchased, just
have to be wrapped (I’m notorious for waiting ’til
the last minute for that).

Stay healthy, warm & in a GREAT HOLIDAY spirit!

Hugs;

Pammie

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How are YOU doing today?

It’s been a gloomy, gray day here with intermittent snow/freezing snow. Took me awhile (and the encouragement of a friend) to finally get me ‘up and out’ – I knew I needed to go to KMart for a few last Christmas gifts, just couldn’t seem to get motivated. When I texted her the weather report she responded that she was OUT the door (she had to go to the drug store) so I thought: “Guess I’d better get with it, too!” With our Michigan weather, you never know whether it’s going to be good, clear driving weather, or totally miserable. (It was a bit slippery, but I’m home safe). The good thing is: today is the ONLY day showing any snow activity so maybe we’re good!

Actually hit St. Vincent de Paul Thrift store, KMart & the grocery store so I’m happy those things got done. Now have the fixin’s for Chicken Parmesan & Cheesy Garlic noodles, Chili, Homemade Pizza, & Pork steak so that’s out of the way. My sweet (PUDGY) grandson (who’s almost 2) is now wearing size 4 clothes – he’s almost outgrown all his pants. Good thing St. Vincent’s had some size 4 stretch pants on sale! SCORE! (His Mom said that some of his jeans won’t get past his chubby little thighs!). Other than a few tiny ‘stocking stuffers’, I’m DONE with shopping! YAY! (am still a bit perplexed about a pair of thermal bottoms I ordered from Sears/KMart – their site said they were delivered – going to have to search the closet again – maybe I hid them TOO good!)

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Red Velvet Sugar Cookies

1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 T. milk
1 T. red food coloring
3 C. flour
1/2 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
(approx. 1 C. coarse sugar, for rolling)

In large bowl whisk flour, cocoa, salt &
baking soda. In another bowl beat butter
& sugars until fluffy – add in eggs, vanilla,
milk & food coloring – beat until combined.
Gradually add in flour mixture & beat
until combined. Cover dough & refrigerate
at least 1 hour before baking.*

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Add approx. 1 C. granulated sugar into a
small bowl. Roll dough into 1″ balls then
coat with sugar from bowl & place on
sheet approx. 1 to 1/12 inches apart.
Bake 9-10  minutes until edges are
lightly browned. Let cookies stand
5 minutes before removing from sheet
to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes approx. 36 cookies

*Dough can be refrigerated overnight,
if needed

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Pimiento/Cheese/Sausage Dip

1 (11 oz) container pimiento cheese spread*
1 lb ground sausage (your choice of heat),
cooked/drained/crumbled
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
1 C. salsa

After sausage has been cooked/etc. keep
in pan & add cream cheese & salsa. Stir
in pimiento cheese spread – cover & allow
cheeses to melt slowly over Low-medium
heat, stirring frequently. Do not allow
mixture to come to a simmer – you want it
to all melt together slowly. Once mixture
is combined & melty, serve immediately.
Serves 8

*Poster used Prices Southern Style pimiento
cheese spread
NOTE: you can keep this mixture in a small
crockpot on the “keep warm” setting while
serving.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Best Easy Broccoli/Beef Stir Fry

3 T. cornstarch, divided
1/2 C. water, plus
2 T. water, divided
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 lb. boneless round steak (or) 1 lb
charcoal chuck steak, cut into thin
3-inch strips
2 T. vegetable oil, divided
4 C. broccoli florets
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1/3 C. soy sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground ginger

Hot, cooked rice to serve 4

In a bowl combine 2 T. cornstarch,
2 T. water & garlic powder until
smooth. Add beef & toss to coat.
In large skillet or wok over medium-
high heat, stir-fry beef in 1 T. oil until
beef reaches desired doneness –
remove & keep warm. Stir-fry
broccoli & onion in remaining oil
4-5 minutes; return beef to pan.
Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger
& remaining cornstarch & water until
smooth – add to pan. Cook & stir
2 minutes. Serve over rice

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Pizza Bake

1 (16 oz) tub (8 biscuit) biscuits, cut
into sixths
1 lb. ground sausage; browned/drained/
divided
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (8 oz) jar pizza sauce
1/2 C. bell pepper, chopped
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Optional:
4 oz. can sliced mushrooms,
drained
1 (4 oz) can sliced olives, drained
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Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place biscuit pieces in bottom of
crockpot. Sprinkle with 1/2 C.
cooked/drained sausage & 1/4 C.
Parmesan cheese; spread sauce
on top. Top with remaining
sausage. Layer peppers &
optional mushrooms/olives.
Top with cheese. Cover & cook
on Low 3 hours until center is
done & edges are golden.
Cool 10-15 minutes before
slicing & serving. Serves 6-8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Turkey Chili

1 red pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 (13 3/8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (19 oz) can red kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 T. garlic powder
3 T. chili powder
1 T. ground cumin
1 T. paprika
1/2 T. dried oregano
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (or to taste)
2 lb. extra lean ground turkey
salt/pepper

Place all ingredients (except ground
turkey) to crockpot – stir well. Add
turkey & stir again so all is coated.

NOTE: wait until it’s cooked before
adding salt because chili powder
contains salt – you don’t want to
over salt it.

Cover & cook 8 hours on Low.
Serves 6

Serving suggestions:
Can be served over cooked rice,
cooked pasta and/or topped with
sliced avocado, plain Greek yogurt
or sour cream, chopped cilantro,
shredded Cheddar cheese, tortilla
chips or sliced jalapeno peppers.
RECIPE ALSO freezes well.

NOTE: This recipe also has a good amount
of liquid – if you want less liquid, cook it
with lid off for last hour or 2 (you might
want to increase heat to High at that
point) or transfer to a pan & cook off
some of the liquid. It also gets dried each
time you re-heat it.

(recipe: saltandlavender.com)
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Sugar Cookie Truffles

15 baked sugar cookies
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened to room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch kosher salt
2 tsp. coconut oil
1 1/4 C. white chocolate chips
(Sprinkles – for garnish)

Line a small baking sheet with
parchment paper. In large food
processor, process cookies until
sandy.* In large bowl stir cream
cheese, crushed cookies, vanilla &
salt. Using a small cookie scoop,
form mixture into small balls &
place on prepared sheet – repeat
until all mixture used. Place sheet
in freezer 10 minutes.
Meanwhile – in a microwave-safe
bowl mix coconut oil & white choc.
chips – microwave on Low in 30-
second intervals, stirring in between,
until completely melted. When balls
are chilled, dip them in the chocolate
& place back on sheet. Sprinkle
immediately with sprinkles. When all
are dipped & decorated, place sheet
back in freezer for 10 more minutes
to set. Makes 15

*alternate method: place cookies in
a zip-lock back & crush into crumbs

(recipe: delish.com)
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4-Ingredient Pecan Balls

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

(optional: 1/2 C.  semi-sweet
chocolate chips

Preheat oven 275 degrees F.
In large bowl using elec. mixer,
cream butter, sugar & flour. Fold
in pecans & salt – stir until combined.
(Mixture will be crumbly but will stick
to itself.) Roll dough into small balls
(about 1/2 “) & place on an ungreased
cookie sheet. (NOTE: You can wet your
hands to keep dough from sticking
to you).  Bake 45 minutes.
Let cool completely on sheet before
transferring to an airtight container.
They will keep for up to a week on the
counter or in the pantry. Makes 22

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

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)

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Hope you are all warm & enjoying the
Holidays as they come.

Hugs;

Pammie

Sunday and WEIRD weather!

December 2nd and it’s not just raining – it’s HAILING! The temperature is unusually warm today (56), gloomy foggy/rainy but then we get THUNDER AND HAIL! WEIRD! There IS snow predicted for Thursday but no accumulations mentioned (YAY – let’s hope it stays that way!).

Slowly but surely dragging down the Christmas decorations – I’ve never been one for really getting ‘into’ decorating but if I don’t I hear it from my sons, so . . . . sigh.

Gas prices are STILL at $2.29/9 – GREAT!

Today is also “Computer improvements are driving me NUTS’ Day! The other day when I turned my computer on I get this little “hold on for some updates to Thunderbird’ (my email server). Little did I know at the time, they DIDN’T ASK me if I WANTED them, they just automatically installed them! First things first, all my emails became DOUBLE SPACED! Took my dear husband about 20 minutes to discover just WHY that happened and then how to reverse it. Today I went to send an email to my cousin in Iowa (we email every Sunday) and, just as I’m hitting “SEND” I see on the screen NOT SEND but “SEND LATER”! UGH – more ‘stuff’! Took both of us about 10 minutes to find the ‘alternate setting’ that got rid of that, also (also explains why said cousin never replied to an email I sent a few days ago!) UGH! TECHNOLOGY SUCKS!

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Cream Cheese Mints

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 T. butter, softened
7-8 C. powdered sugar (start with 7,
reserve 1 C. for dipping later)
4-6 drops peppermint oil
(food coloring, if desired)

In large bowl place cream cheese, butter
& peppermint oil – using elec. mixer,
beat until fluffy. Add 7 C. powdered
sugar & beat again until dough is like
in consistency. It will seem stiff & dry at
first but after a minute or two it will
come together. (you can add coloring
at this point, if desired.) (If it’s too dry
to form balls after you’re done mixing,
add 1 T. milk & mix again.) Form into
small 1 inch balls & place on waxed paper.
Roll each ball in powdered sugar &
flatten slightly with your fingertip/
a fork/back of a spoon/bottom of a
glass or a tiny
seasonal pastry stamp. Allow mints
to dry a few hours before storing. If
they will be eaten in a day or two, you
can leave them out in an airtight
container – for longer storage, place
in fridge. Makes about 80 1-inch mints.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Crockpot Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

1 pkg. shredded hash browns (poster
used Ore Ida)
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese (medium)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 C. sour cream
1 pkt. dry Ranch salad dressing mix
1 stick butter, melted (1/2 C.)
3 C. corn flakes
1 pkg. French’s fried onions

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray (or use a crockpot liner).
Pour in hash browns & use a fork or spoon
to break up any large chunks of frozen
potatoes that may be stuck together. Mix
in shredded cheese & evenly distribute
through potatoes. In separate bowl whisk
soup, sour cream & dry Ranch mix – pour
over potatoes & mix evenly throughout.
Add half of French onions & stir. Melt
butter & drizzle half of it over the potatoes
& mix in. In separate bowl crush up corn
flakes & remaining French onions*. Mix
remaining melted butter (about 1/4 C.)
in with crushed corn flakes & fried onions –
spread over top of hash browns. Cover &
cook on High 4 hours (or Low 6-8 hours).
Serves 4-6

*Poster uses a wire whisk or you can place
them in a ziplock bag & crush them that way

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Apple Juice Grilled Chicken
(can be overnight recipe)

1 C. apple juice
1/4 C. canola oil
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. soy sauce
3 T. fresh lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Place chicken breasts in a shallow
pan. Whisk together apple juice, oil, brown
sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice & garlic in
medium bowl – pour over chicken in pan
& refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Remove chicken from marinade & grill until
done, 12-15 minutes.

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Ritz Cracker Oven-fried Chicken

1 C. sour cream (not low fat)
1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
3-4 chicken breasts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place crushed crackers in a shallow
bowl (or pie plate). Place sour cream
in a shallow bowl or plate. Pat chicken
dry with paper towel & roll in sour
cream then roll each chicken breast
in cracker crumbs & place on baking
sheet. Bake 30 minutes, turn over &
bake 20-30 minutes more until
lightly browned.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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 Asparagus-stuffed Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
(about 1 lb)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
kosher salt/ground black pepper
4 slices mozzarella cheese
zest of 1 lemon
pinch red pepper flakes
1 bunch asparagus, woody ends
removed
2 T. olive oil (for pan)
lemon wedges (for serving)
1/4 C. grated Parmesan, garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In medium bowl toss asparagus with
1 T. olive oil, lemon zest & red pepper
flakes. On clean work surface, cut a
pocket into each breast, stuff each
with mozz. cheese & asparagus.
Season chicken all over with oregano,
salt/pepper – secure with wooden
toothpicks. In large (oven proof) skillet
over medium-high heat, read remaining
1 T. olive oil; add chicken & cook about
5 minutes until seared & golden on bottom.
Flip chicken & cook second side about 5
minutes until golden. Transfer skillet
to oven & bake until chicken is cooked
through, 10-15 minutes more. Squeeze
lemon juice over cooked chicken & garnish
with Parm. cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Mississippi Sin Dip

24 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
8 oz. chopped green chilies
2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (16 oz) tub sour cream
12 oz. deli honey ham, very finely
chopped

corn chips, or crackers for dipping

Preheat oven 250 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together &
pour into greased 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Bake 30 minutes until bubbly.
Serves 20

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Crockpot Meaty Split Pea Soup

1 C. dried split peas
4 C. water
2/3 C. chopped onion
4 potatoes, peeled/cut into
pieces
1/2 C. chopped celery
1 (13 oz) pkg. beef smoked
sausage, cut into pieces
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded

Wash peas & drain – place in
crockpot with all other ingredients.*
Cover & cook on High 4 hours or
Low 7 hours until potatoes are done.
Makes about 2 quarts soup.

*Poster said you can either add
cheese with other ingredients or
sprinkle over soup, once cooked, into
bowls

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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5-Minute Fantasy Bars

1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (11 oz) bag butterscotch chips
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows

Line a 9 x 13″ baking dish with nonstick
foil. In large microwave-safe container*
add choc. & butterscotch chips & peanut
butter. Microwave on High in 30-second
intervals, stirring in between until chips
are fully melted, peanut butter is incor-
porated & mixture is smooth. Stir in
marshmallows until fully coated. Pour
mixture into prepared pan & refrigerate
until set, about 2 hours. Cut into bars.
Store leftovers in airtight container.
Makes 24 bars.

*Poster uses an 8-Cup Pyrex measuring
cup.
NOTE: If you’d like the bars to be thicker
use a 9″ square pan & allow an extra
30 minutes for bars to set up

(recipe: momontimeout.com)

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Did a 6-hour babysitting yesterday (kind of an emergency – both oldest
son AND his girlfriend had to work & neither knew about it ahead of
time! Son had scheduled an employee meeting months in advance
for his kitchen staff & expected his girlfriend would be off – oh well,
that’s why there’s grandmas!). During said time I managed to
finish one of two scarves for the needy: both are child’s size.
Almost done with #2 , should be able to finish that one in maybe
1 1/2 hours.

#1 (left) #2 (right – almost finished)

Hope you have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Now the sun is out and no rain/hail! Go figure!

End of the month – can you believe it?

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

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No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut Butter Layer:

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

Topping:

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

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

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

(recipe: walkingonsunshinerecipes.com)
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Crockpot Bacon Swiss Chicken

3 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled &
drippings reserved
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
6 slices Swiss cheese

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

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

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

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

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

Replace potatoes with cauliflower

Fry ham until slightly crisp on outside
before adding to soup

(recipe: closetcooking.com)
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Baked Shrimp Scampi

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

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

(recipe: Kraftrecipes)
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Greek Feta & Tomato Dip

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

Crusty Artisan bread – thin loaf

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

*You can find this at WalMart in the
spice aisle

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Dirty Rice

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

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

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Coconut Cream Poke Cake

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

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

(recipe: allrecipes.com)

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

Hugs;

Pammie

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

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

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

files directly onto site WITHOUT having to

type them – AGAIN! YAY!

and here comes the S-N-O-W!

The good thing is: we’re only supposed to get THREE inches – (hopefully)! It’s coming down in tiny flakes but it’s also pretty windy. I decided that, rather than wait until tomorrow (and then regret my decision) I’d go grocery shopping today (wasn’t even aware it’s CYBER MONDAY until I got to the store, but it was OK – not crowded at all (YAY!). Treated myself to 3 Christmas presents: 2 nice cardigan (kinda long) sweaters: one is a rust color and only $15 and the other is a medium gray with 30% off, so I was happy. They will go nicely with a black skirt & a turtle neck for church. Also ‘caved’ & bought a little Christmas Cactus. I bought one two years ago & it hasn’t bloomed since. This one was $4.00 and had a few buds so we’ll see. (I AM known as the Plant Killer)…sadly.

Gas prices are down to $2.29/9 now – WOW!

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Looks like the blog site is STILL shrinking my recipes – here goes hand-typing them – sorry for the double spacing; that’s part of it, also…sigh

Cranberry Walnut Tart

Crust:

1 C. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

6 T. ice-cold unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces

1 T. granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

2-4 T. ice water

Filling:

3 large eggs

1 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. light corn syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 T. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 C. walnuts, toasted in dry pan & coarsely chopped

3 C. fresh cranberries (if using frozen, thaw/drain/

pat dry any excess moisture

Crust:

Place flour, salt, cold butter, sugar & egg yolk

in food processor – pulse 10 times. Add up to

4 T. ice water & pulse as you add.  Mixture

will be a bit crumbly but should come together

if you pinch a little in your hand. Place a

piece of plastic wrap on your counter &

pour out crust mixture onto wrap. Using

sides of plastic, pull plastic together to

form a ball of dough. Wrap & press into

a disc shape. Refrigerate at least 1 hour

(this can be done a day ahead).

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.

Lightly dust counter with flour & remove

dough from fridge. Roll out dough 2 inches

larger than a 10″ tart pan (with removable

bottom). Gently lift dough into tart pan

& press into sides & up rim making sure

the dough is even all around. Don’t be afraid

to make the sides thicker than the bottom

by pressing excess dough back down into

tart pan, inside ridges. Line bottom of crust

with parchment paper & fill with pie weights,

dry beans or rice.

NOTE: you can prepare filling while crust bakes.

Bake crust 10 minutes; remove from oven &

remove weights/beans/rice. Let cool 10 minutes

(crust is pre-baked at this time).

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Lower oven temp. to 350 degrees F.

In medium bowl beat eggs. Add brown sugar,

corn syrup, vanilla & melted butter – beat in

flour & salt. Stir in chopped nuts & gently fold

in cranberries. Pour batter into now cooled crust.

Place in center of oven & bake 45-55  minutes until

browned. Cool to room temp. then refrigerate to

set. Tart is best served cold. Remove sides of tart

pan by placing on a high round surface (such as

a can) & gently drop the outer ring onto the table.

Place tart on a serving platter & cut into slices

to serve. Makes 8-10 slices.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)


Light Stovetop Turkey Tetrazinni

1 T. vegetable oil

1/2 C. chopped onion (optional)

10 oz. pkg. button mushrooms, sliced

2 C. chicken broth

2 1/2 C. milk

1 (12 oz) pkg. whole wheat spaghetti (or regular),

uncooked

2 C. cooked, shredded turkey (or rotisserie chicken)

1/2 C. sour cream

1 T. butter

1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Italian parsley, chopped (optional)

Heat oil in large pot on medium-high heat. Add

onion (if using) & mushrooms – cook until starting

to soften, 2-3 minutes. Pour chicken stock & milk

into pot; cover & bring to a boil over High heat. Add

spaghetti to pot & cook until almost al dente, about

10 minutes. Stir in cooked turkey & finish cooking until

pasta is done. Remove pot from heat, stir in sour cream,

butter & cheese. Serve immediately, garnishing with

chopped parsley, if using. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)


Leftover Turkey Salad

4 C. chopped, cooked turkey

1/2 C. mayonnaise

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 T. lemon juice

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 C. finely diced celery

1/4 C. sliced scallions

2 tsp. chopped fresh dill

In large bowl combine turkey, mayo,

mustard, lemon juice, sugar, celery, scallions &

dill, stirring until well combined. Taste &

season with salt/pepper. Serve immediately

or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Makes 6 servings.

(recipe: justataste.com)


Leftover Turkey & Rice Soup

6 slices bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 large carrot, peeled/chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

kosher salt/ground black pepper

1/2 C. dry white wine (or water)

4 C. chicken broth

1 C. jasmine rice

2 C. leftover cooked/shredded turkey

1/4 C. fresh chopped parsley

In large pot over medium heat, cook bacon

until crispy, 8  minutes then transfer to a

paper towel-lined plate. Drain all but 1 T.

bacon fat. Add onion, carrots, bell pepper &

garlic to pot – season with salt/pepper &

cook 5-7 minutes until veggies are soft.

Add wine, broth & rice – bring to a boil.

Simmer until rice is tender, 20 minutes.

Stir in turkey & parsley until warmed

through. Serve immediately with crispy

bacon. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)

Crockpot Spiced Apple Dump Cake

1 (16.5 oz) box spice cake mix

2 (29 oz, ea) cans apple pie filling

3/4 C. butter, melted

1 C. quick-cooking oats

1 C. walnuts, chopped (optional)

Optional toppings:

Ice cream and/or whipped cream

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In a bowl combine dry cake mix, oats &

melted butter – mix to combine. Add pie

filling to bottom of a 5-6 qt. crockpot.

Pour cake mixture over pie filling &

sprinkle top with chopped nuts, if using.

Cover & cook on High 2 hours. Serve

warm or cold – with ice cream or

whipped cream, if desired.

Serves 10

(recipe: crockpot ladies.com)


Well, that’s all for now – hope our snow stays true to the report &

we only get up to 3 inches. I’m planning on staying home & knitting

today & tomorrow, so I’m good (for now!). We’re still enjoying our

leftover turkey & fixin’s – nothing like leftovers! (Oh, by the way – I’ve

lost 11 lb.s now – YAY!

 

Stay warm & safe!

Hugs;

Pammie

Saturday

Happy “day after Black Friday” and two days after Thanksgiving! Don’t know about your house but we still have lots of leftovers which means I DON’T HAVE TO COOK! YAY!

Found more recipes to share with you –

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Ok – it seems the ‘cut/paste’ is turning into miniscule print AGAIN! UGH! Will see what I can do about this. About the only way I can post right now is just type them into the post.

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Caramel Apple Dessert Dip

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened

1/3 C. sugar

1 (16 oz) jar caramel dip or thick caramel sauce

1/2 C. toffee bits

Place cream cheese in medium bowl &

beat using elec. mixer until smooth & creamy.

Add sugar & beat until thoroughly combined.

Spread mixture evenly in a 3-Cup serving dish.

Pour caramel/dip sauce over cream cheese &

spread evenly; top with toffee bits. Serve

with fresh sliced apples. Serves 8

 

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)


Crockpot Acorn Squash Soup

2 medium acorn squash cut into wedges/seeded

1 small yellow onion, finely diced

1 (32 oz) can vegetable broth

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. fresy thyme leaves

1 T. fresh rosemary leaves

salt/pepper, to taste

Place wedges of squash into a 6 qt.

or larger crockpot. Add broth, onion,

garlic, thyme & rosemary. Cover & cook

on Low 4-6 hours until squash is tender.

Remove & place on a plate until cool

to the touch. Using a spoon, scoop out

the flesh from skin & place flesh back

in crockpot. Cover & cook an additional

20-30 minutes on Low until squash is

warmed back up. In small batches,

puree squash in a blender, being

careful while blending hot liquids.

Serves 6

 

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)


Thanksgiving in a Blanket

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls

3/4 C. shredded, cooked turkey

3/4 C. prepared stuffing

3/4 C. prepared mashed potatoes

1 C. cranberry sauce

1/4 C. prepared gravy, warmed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment

paper. On lightly floured surface, roll out

crescent rolls. Top with mashed potatoes,

turkey, stuffing & cranberry sauce (you

want small amounts of each). Roll up

& transfer to prepared baking sheet.

Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with gravy, for dunking. Makes 8

 

(recipe: delish.com)


Thanksgiving Nachos

1 bag Ruffles potato chips

1 C. Gouda cheese, shredded

1 C. cooked, shredded turkey

1 1/2 C. leftover stuffing

1 Can cranberry sauce

1/2 C. turkey gravy

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Spread potato chips on a parchment

lined baking sheet. Top with half of

the cheese, turkey & stuffing. Top

with more chips & remaining cheese/

turkey/stuffing. Bake 8-10 minutes

until cheese has melted. Top with

dollops of cranberry sauce & garnish

with a drizzle of turkey gravy.

Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)


No Bake Cranberry Cream Pie

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, softened

1 (14.5 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce

1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed (or 1 1/2 C.

heavy whipping cream, whipped)

1 pre-made 9″ graham cracker pie crust

Place softened cream cheese in a stand

mixer with paddle attachment & beat

until smooth & fluffy, about 1 minute.

Remove cranberry sauce to a microwaveable

bowl; chop it up slightly using a fork &

microwave on Low setting 30 seconds to

1 minute (you want it softened up &

starting to break down but not melted).

Add this to cream cheese & beat until

smooth, scraping down sides of bowl

a few times. Remove bowl from mixer

& fold in Cool Whip then pour into

pie crust, smooth the top into a mound.

Freeze 6-8 hours or overnight.

Serves 8

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)


Well, it seems we’ve had a small reprieve-
our weather is WARMER with light rain
which is melting the snow that was on
the ground! 

(Ok, this is weird – NOW the print size
WORKS! Not complaining, mind you!)
We’re supposed to get temps. in the
40’s today & tomorrow then back to
mid-30’s & snow (less than an inch)
for Sunday night & Monday. Oh well –
can’t complain – it IS Winter now!

Have you noticed the gas prices?
Ours dropped to an unheard of
$2.39/9 lately! WOW! I only needed
a quarter tank but gladly filled it up
with those prices! (Who knows how
long we’ll have that blessing!?)

Hope you are all well, happily enjoying
whatever you are doing this Saturday.

Hugs;

Pammie

Oooooooops! Forgot (for two days now) to
post these:

Baby blanket # 1 for Crisis Pregnancy Mobile Unit

This is the blanket made from the (already knit) middle square my friend
gave me many years ago. She gave me 6 knit squares she’d worked on as
test knits – she was trying out various patterns for a sweater & didn’t know
what to do with the ‘practice squares’ so she gave them to me. I used up
some of my extra baby yarns & just crocheted the border. I sent her a photo
of it & she said she wished she had more squares so she could see what
else I’d come up with to make out of them!

Starting “The List”

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

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

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

LOTS OF HOLIDAY RECIPES!!! GOTTA SHARE!

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Upside-down Cranberry Pecan
Cinnamon Rolls

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

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

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

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Turkey Meatloaf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mix ingredients together – Makes
about 8 servings

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

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

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

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Maple Crockpot Ham

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

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

(recipe: mykitchenismyplayground.com)
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Lovin’ Onions Casserole

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pecan Pie

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

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

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

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

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)

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

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

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

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Git ‘er DONE day!

It’s in the low 30’s today and snowing – yuck (good thing: it’s small flakes – so far). Since today I didn’t have an exact agenda, I decided it was another of my GET THINGS DONE days! Started out by finishing the cream scarf (1 skein):

Next it was “MAKE THE FRINGE!” (a tedious job I really dislike – but I got it done!)

(these are the poor, pitiful scarves – I sewed some knit squares I found together to make 2 kids scarves – for the homeless, as well as the cream one above).

Next it was work on the boot toppers a bit; am half done with the first one (noticed, while knitting, that I’d dropped a stitch about 4 rows below so that was ‘fun’ trying to rip out the rows and then figure out just WHAT row I was on at that time – think it’s all good now).  Am thinking of starting another scarf today – found some really soft teal yarn that would make a nice kid’s scarf – we’ll see.

In the crockpot is a nice beef roast with potatoes & carrots (and a pkg. of dry onion soup mix – makes a great flavor) so dinner is ‘on the way’ – leaves me more time to do other things! (LOVE my crockpot!!!)

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Layered Pumpkin Lush
(dessert)

Crust:
2 C. flour
2/3 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. pecans, chopped

Cream Cheese Layer:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed

Pumpkin Layer:
2 1/2 C. milk
3 small boxes white chocolate instant
pudding mix
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Whipped Cream Topping:
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. pecans, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.

In medium bowl combine flour,
butter & 3/4 C. pecans – press into
bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15
minutes – allow to cool completely.

In medium bowl mix cream cheese &
powdered sugar; add 1 C. Cool Whip
& spread on top of cooled crust. In
large bowl mix milk, pudding mixes,
pumpkin, 1 C. Cool Whip & pumpkin
pie spice until smooth – spread on top
of cream cheese layer.

Spread another cup of Cool Whip on top
& sprinkle with remaining pecans. Chill
at least 3 hours until set. Serves 12

(recipe: norinesnext.com)
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Scalloped Corn

4 T. unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1 1/2 C. Half & Half
1 T. sugar
2 (14 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen corn
(about 5 C.) thawed
1 1/2 C. coarsely crushed butter
crackers (like Ritz or Toll House)
1 C. shredded white Cheddar
cheese (about 2 oz)
kosher salt

Place oven rack in top third of
oven.
Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray a 2 qt. oval baking dish with
1 T. butter. In large bowl whisk
eggs and Half & Half together.
Add sugar, corn, 1/2 C. crushed
crackers, 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese &
1 tsp. salt. Pour mixture into
prepared dish, spreading to make
an even layer. Bake, uncovered,
utnil edges are set but center is
still wet, about 35 minutes. Melt
remaining 3 T. butter in small
dish in microwave (about 30 seconds).
Mix butter into remaining 1 C. crushed
crackers until evenly moistened –
sprinkle remaining cheese & buttered
crackers over corn. Continue baking
utnil edges are brown & top is set and
golden, 20-25 minutes more. Remove
from oven & let stand 5 minutes
before serving. Serves 10-12

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Company Chicken Casserole

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 C. chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 wedges onion
4 C. Herb stuffing mix (dry)
1/2 C. butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pint sour cream
8 oz. frozen broccoli florets/cuts,
thawed (optional)

In a skillet place chicken breasts,
broth, garlic & onion over medium-
high heat – bring to boil. Turn down
heat to medium & simmer, covered,
15-20 minutes. Remove chicken &
shred with 2 forks. Reserve the broth.
In a 9 X 13″ baking dish melt butter.
Mix all ingredients together (including
chicken) & place in pan. Bake until
golden brown. Serves 8

(recipe: allmyrecipes.com)
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Oven-Baked Philly Cheesesteak
Sandwiches

1/2 lb. ribeye steak
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
kosher salt/black pepper
2 T. unsalted butter
1 green bell pepper, seeded/
sliced (or diced)
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
12 slices Provolone cheese,
each cut in half

6 Hoagie sandwich buns, sliced
in half

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Add butter to a cast iron skillet
& heat to medium high.
Place steak in a pan or bowl with
Wors. sauce, salt/pepper – stir to
coat & let marinate while prepping
veggies & while the pan is getting hot.
Add steak to hot pan & brown well
without moving 3-5 minutes until a
good crust forms. Flip & cook 3-5 minutes
until a similar crust forms – remove steak
from pan & add veggies. Slice steak
while veggies are cooking (2-3 minutes) –
remove pan from heat. Cut a ‘well’ into
6 hoagie rolls & add 2 pieces to bottom
of each bun. Add some steak, veggies &
top with 2 additional cheese half-slices.
Place sandwich halves in a baking pan
& bake 15 minutes until cheese browns.
Makes 6 sandwiches

(recipe: dinnerthendessert.com)
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Crockpot Sweet Potato Soup

3 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled/cut
into 1″ cubes (about 8 C.)
2 T. butter
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dried minced onion
1 tsp. dried celery flakes
(optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/8 tsp. ground chipotle pepper*
6 C. chicken broth

Optional toppings:
sour cream
roasted pumpkin seeds

In 4-5 qt. crockpot combine all
ingredients except optional
toppings. Cover & cook on Low
5-6 hours until potatoes are tender.
Using a blender, cool soup slightly
then puree in batches; return soup
to crockpot & heat through. If
desired top with optional toppings.
Serves 8 (2 1/2 quarts)

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

*Chipotle pepper adds a touch of
smoky heat but can be omitted

TIPS/OPTIONS:
You can substitute 1 medium chopped
onion & 2 ribs celery instead of dried

If you prefer FRESH herbs: use 3/4 tsp
minced fresh thyme in place of dried

The potatoes will be tender in 5-6 hours
but they can be cooked longer since they
eventually will be pureed.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chocolate Cookie Pudding

1 (6 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
2 C. cold milk
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
2 C. crushed (Oreos) chocolate sandwich
cookies, crushed/divided
3/4 C. chopped pecans

Place pudding mix & milk in a bowl &
whisk 2 minutes. Cover & refrigerate
5-10 minutes to thicken. In separate
bowl combine cream cheese & Cool
Whip – blend well. Cover the bottom of
a 8-Cup bowl with 1 C. crushed cookies.
Spread half of cream cheese mixture on
top, followed by half of pecans. Spread
all of the pudding on top of pecans.
Spread nuts with remaining cream
cheese & top with remaining cookies &
nuts. Cover & refrigerate until ready to
serve. Serves 6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Tomorrow is another ‘all-day’ babysitting so
I’ll be able to (maybe) finish the crocheted
knitted square/blanket I mentioned in the
last blog post. Hope the weather ‘holds’ &
doesn’t get nasty – not looking forward to
driving in lots of snow.

Stay WARM, SAFE and have a GREAT
DAY!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

Winter is DEFINITELY here!

We’ve had snow now TWICE, each time around an inch – first time it melted right away but now? Nope. It’s a ‘balmy’ 25 degrees F. out there – got out my heavy winter jacket & also zipped my winter liner in my Sunday trench coat. Gloves & scarves out – I’m ready . . . I think.

New surprise – our local gas prices are down to $2.49/9! Can’t remember when I’ve seen anything below $2.59/9 so this is great (except when it hit $2.59/9 Sunday I filled up – so hope it stays that low for awhile!).

Went to my library knit group this morning and we were all chatting about how many Christmas gifts we’re creating. I thought I was good on that one (none!) but the other day I got to thinking about middle son’s new girlfriend (she’s not only naturally gorgeous but she’s got this ADORABLE personality – I loved her immediately!) – so guess who’s knitting a pair of oatmeal-colored cabled boot toppers now . . . hehehe. Still have the two red scarves to make red/white fringe for; still working on the two baby blankets and then I got the idea to knit another ‘quick’ scarf, so there’s that as well (good thing with that – it’s just a 1-skein wonder and I’m almost done with it – homeless/kids scarf). Yes, I know – I’m ‘nuts’ but I get bored just knitting one thing so I let my creativeness kind of wander a bit .

Went shopping at Meijer the other day SPECIFICALLY because they have (Meijer brand) young turkeys on sale for $. 37 a lb – got home after $100 – something purchases only to realize I totally forgot about the turkey! Good thing their sale is still on – got a 13.5 lb. turkey for $5.00! With my oldest (the chef) doing all holiday dinners at HIS house (and he buys the meats) this one will be perfect for just husband, middle son & me. I learned, last year from Oldest son’s girlfriend’s Mother, to prepared another dinner THE DAY AFTER for just us – that way we have lots of leftovers! WIN/WIN! I babysat my sweet 1 1/2 yr old grandson all day yesterday after they got back from a week’s vacation to Myrtlebeach S.C. Since he & his family are SO BUSY lately I tried to make a ‘bargain’ with him: Middle son works until 8 p.m., other grandparents won’t be able to come but for around an hour, our youngest won’t be coming – could we please SKIP the dinner this year & just focus on Christmas dinner? NOPE – he’s the chef & he’s COOKING! Oh well . . .

My sweet grandson 1 1/2 yrs old

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Crockpot Pumpkin Dump Cake

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
4 large eggs
1 1/2 C. sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (18.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 C. chopped pecans (optional)

In bowl mix pumpkin, evap. milk,
eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice & salt-
pour into bottom of crockpot & spread
evenly. Evenly sprinkle dry cake mix
on top. Pour melted butter evenly over
top of dry cake mix then sprinkle top
with chopped pecans (if using).
Cover & cook on High 2 hours.
Serves 10

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

3 sweet potatoes (medium, scrubbed
clean)
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Cut sweet potatoes in half then
cut each half into 4 equal sized
wedges. Arrange wedges on a
rimmed baking sheet & drizzle
with olive oil. Sprinkle with
salt, pepper & chili powder –
toss to coat well with oil &
seasonings. Roast about 25
minutes until potatoes are
browned, crispy on the outside
& fork-tender on the inside.
Remove from oven & serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: addapinch.com)
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Easy Roasted Acorn Squash

1 acorn squash (medium, about 1 lb)
1 T. unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces,
room temp.
salt/pepper
2 tsp. dark brown sugar (or packed light)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place oven rack in middle of oven.
Cut squash in half lengthwise & scrape
out seeds (using a spoon). Cut a small
slice off the rounded side of each half
to help them lie flat. Using your fingers,
butter each half with 1 piece butter then
season generously with salt/pepper. Divide
sugar & remaining butter pieces evenly
among the 2 squash halves. Place halves,
cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake
45 minutes to 1 hour. Serves 2

(recipe: chowhound.com)
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Stuffing w/Sausage, Cranberries & Apple

8-10 C. bread, cubed*
1 lb. breakfast sausage
1 onion, diced
1 C. celery, chopped
1 1/2 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 1/2 T. fresh sage, chopped
2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
salt/pepper, to taste
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
1 C. dried cranberries
1-2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 C. fresh parsley, chopped
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 C. turkey or chicken
stock (or broth)
8 T. butter, melted/divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place cubed bread in large baking sheet
& bake 5-10 minutes until dried out. In
large skillet brown sausage – remove
from skillet, leaving 1 T. of grease in
skillet. Add onion, celery, rosemary,
sage, thyme, salt/pepper to skillet &
cook over medium heat, stirring
frequently, until onions are translucent.
Place dried bread crumbs in very large
bowl. Add sausage, onion/herb mixture
apple, cranberries, eggs, 2 C. stock/broth
& 4 T. melted butter – mix until combined.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Place stuffing mixture into
pan & press down lightly. Cover with foil
& bake 45 minutes. Remove stuffing from
oven & remove foil. Check consistency of
stuffing – add additional stock as needed &
drizzle with remaining 4 T. melted butter.
Return stuffing to oven, uncovered, &
continue baking 15-25 minutes until
stuffing is lightly browned on top. Top with
additional fresh herbs, if desired, & serve
immediately. Serves 12

*Suggested breads to use: Ciabatta, Sourdough,
French

(recipes: momontimeout.com)
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(I thought this one sounded interesting for a

savory side dish)

Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding

6 C. (1/2 inch diced) bread cubes
from a rustic country loaf, crusts
removed
2 T. olive oil
1 T. unsalted butter
2 oz. pancetta*, small dice
4 C. sliced leeks, white & light
green parts (4 leeks)
1 1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms,
stems trimmed & 1/4″ sliced
1 T. chopped fresh taragon
1/4 C. medium or dry sherry
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1/3 C. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 extra large eggs
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
1 C. chicken stock
1 1/2 C. grated Gruyere cheese
(6 oz), divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread bread cubes on a sheet pan
& bake 15-20 minutes until lightly
browned. Heat oil & butter in a large
saute pan over medium heat. Add
pancetta & cook 5 minutes, until
starting to brown. Stir in leeks &
cook over medium heat 8-10 minutes
until leeks are tender. Stir in mush-
rooms, tarragon, sherry, 1 T. salt &
1 1/2 tsp. pepper – cook 10-12
minutes until  most of liquid evaporates
stirring occasionally. Turn off heat;
stir in parsley. In large bowl whisk eggs,
cream, chicken stock & 1 C. Gruyere.
Add bread cubes & mushroom mixture,
stirring well to combine. Allow to stand
at room temperature for 30 minutes to
allow bread to absorb the liquid. Stir
well & pour into a 2 1/2 to 3 qt. dish.
Sprinkle top with remaining cheese &
bake 45-50 minutes until top is browned
& custard is set. Serve hot.
Serves 8-10

*Pancetta is an Italian bacon

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

3 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
(about 4)
1 (16 oz) jar salsa verde (mild)
1/2 C. water

Place chicken in crockpot; pour
salsa & water over top. Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours (thawed chicken)
to 8 hr. (frozen).
Remove lid; using tongs, move chicken
to a cutting board & shred then stir
back into crockpot. Serves 10

NOTE: Can be used in tacos, burritos,
quesadillas, over cooked rice, in salads
or plain.

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Raspberry Marshmallow Fluff Salad

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 C. mini marshmallows
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (32 oz) tub vanilla yogurt
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries

In large bowl mix yogurt & dry pudding –
stir until completely mixed together.
Fold in Cool Whip & raspberries (Raspberries
will soften while salad sets). Add marsh-
mallows & mix together. Cover & refrigerate
30  minutes (this will allow the raspberries
to soften). Fold salad with a spoon several
times after removing from fridge – raspberry
juice will spread throughout the salad.
Serves 15

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Am still working at lowering my blood sugar
levels before reporting back to the doctor in
mid-December. I’ve mostly been cutting out
lots of carbohydrates/sugars and substituting
LOTS of water and vegetables. I’ve gone from
185 to 176.4* and the last time I tested my
blood in the morning it was 101!!! I don’t
remember EVER having a morning number
that low! YAY!!! Really hoping that my total
A1C (that’s the total of your blood numbers
for 3 months) comes back lower – that’s my
whole goal. Yes, it will make the holidays
more difficult eating-wise, but if I just stick
to what I started I should be OK – we’ll see!

*I should add I haven’t been doing any
exercise – I KNOW that if I did, it would
be lower – just been too lazy.

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Yep, It’s MICHIGAN!

(Just saw this on Facebook – sure wish the sign was a precursor to how long the snow will stay… just sayin’) Woke up to a heavy coating of snow on the ground/cars/trees/bushes but the roads are (wet) clear so that’s good. It’s 33 degrees F. out (perfect snow temp.) and, looking at the forecast, we’ll be seeing snow today and tomorrow with temps. in the 30’s for days . . . oh joy…sigh. (If you’ve known me or read my blog for awhile you KNOW I don’t like winter – I TOLERATE it – time to drag out the heavy winter coat, gloves, scarf, etc. My oldest son is in South Carolina right now so I texted him a photo of the snow; his reply was: “SAVE it for us when we get home!” (he loves snow/skiing, snow boarding, etc.)

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Cranberry/Pecan Pumpkin Bread

3 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 C. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin
pie filling)
2/3 C. brown sugar
2/3 C. granulated sugar
1 C. applesauce (OR) canola oil
3 eggs, room temp.
1 T. vanilla
1 C. dried cranberries
1 C. chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray two 8 X 4″ loaf pans with nonstick
cooking spray & line with parchment
paper. In large bowl whisk flour, salt,
baking powder, baking soda & pumpkin
pie spice. In medium bowl whisk pumpkin,
brown sugar, granulated sugar, applesauce
(or oil), eggs & vanilla. Stir wet ingredients
into dry ingredients, mixing just until
moistened & combined. Fold in cranberries
& pecans, reserving a small amount of nuts
for topping, if desired. Pour half of batter
into each prepared loaf pan & bake 50-55
minutes or until a toothpick inserted into
center of loaf comes out clean. Cool for
10 minutes in pan before removing to a
wire rack to cool completely. Makes 2 loaves.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Melting Sweet Potatoes

4 T. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 tsp. chopped fresh sage
2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
2 lb. sweet potatoes, sliced 1″ thick
kosher salt/black pepper
1 1/2 C. chicken broth
honey, for drizzling

Preheat oven 475 degrees F.
Place butter, sage & thyme in a large
microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in
30-second intervals until butter is
melted, about 1 minute. Add potatoes,
1 1/2 tsp. salt & generous amount of
pepper – toss together. Place potatoes in
a 9 X 13″ metal baking dish in a single
layer (glass should not be used at this
temperature). Bake until potatoes are
a deep golden brown on bottom, about
15 minutes. Flip & continue baking until
a deep, golden brown on second side,
another 15 minutes. Pour in chicken
broth & continue to bake until potatoes
are soft & liquid is almost completely
reduce, about 15 minutes more. Transfer
to a serving platter, season with more
salt/pepper & drizzle with honey.
Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Simple Crockpot Potato Soup

1 bag frozen hash brown potatoes
2 (14 oz, ea) cans chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/3 tsp. black pepper
8 oz. block cream cheese, cut into
chunks
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Optional toppings:
chopped green onion
shredded Cheddar cheese
cooked/crumbled bacon
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Combine frozen hash browns, chicken broth,
soup, chopped onion & pepper in crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 5 hours. Stir in cream
cheese; cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Top with optional toppings.

(recipe: hisugarplum.com)
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Easy Pork Chops w/Sweet Sour Glaze

4 (8 oz) pork chops, bone in, 3/4 to 1″ thick
salt/black pepper, to taste
2 T. unsalted butter

Glaze:
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
3 T. honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
salt/black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Season chops with salt/pepper. In large
skillet melt butter over medium-high
heat; add chops & sear both sides until
golden brown, 2-3  minutes. Place chops
in oven & roast until completely cooked
through, 8-10 minutes (internal temp.
140 degrees F.)*

Glaze:
Combine balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic,
oregano, basil, thyme & red pepper flakes in
small saucepan over medium heat – season
with salt/pepper, to taste. Bring to boil; reduce
heat & simmer until slightly thickened, about
5 minutes.
Serve chops immediately with glaze.
Serves 4

*Cooking times may vary depending on size
& thickness of chops

(recipe: damndelicious.net)
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Favorite Company Casserole

1 (6 oz) pkg. wild rice, cooked
3 C. frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1 1/2 C. cooked, cubed chicken
1 C. cubed, cooked ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (4 1/2 oz) jar sliced mushrooms,
drained
1 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1/2 to 1 tsp. curry powder
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup, undiluted
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 2 qt baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray & layer the first 6
ingredients in order listed in dish.
In a bowl combine mayonnaise,
mustard, curry & soup & spread
over top. Sprinkle top with Parm.
cheese & bake, uncovered, 45-60
minutes until top is light golden
brown. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sauteed Carrots

2 lb. carrots, peeled
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. unsalted butter
1 1/2 T. chopped fresh dill or
flat-leaf parsley

Cut carrots diagonally into 1/4″
slices; you should have about
6 C. carrots. Place carrots, 1/3 C.
water, salt/pepper in a large
10-12 inch) saute pan – bring to
boil. Cover & cook over medium-
low heat 7-8 minutes until carrots
are just cooked through. Add butter
& saute another minute, until water
evaporates & carrots are coated with
butter. Turn off heat, toss with dill
or parsley; sprinkle with salt/pepper &
serve. Serves 6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Blueberry Cake

1 (7 oz) pkg. Blueberry muffin mix,
divided
1/4 C. milk
1 egg
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/3 C. butter, softened

Set aside 1/3 C. muffin mix.
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl
stir together remaining muffin mix,
milk, egg & cinnamon – pour into
crockpot & spread evenly. In another
bowl add reserved muffin mix, brown
sugar & softened butter – cut together
until mixed thoroughly & crumbly –
spread over batter in crockpot. Cover
top of crockpot with 6-8 paper towels,
place lid & cook on High 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
When cake is done, turn off crockpot & let
stand 10 minutes. Loosen edges of cake
with a knife & serve.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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After several days of fiddling about with
various knitting patterns I FINALLY found one
that works for a child’s scarf (most didn’t
show the pattern using cream colored yarn) –
frustrating. Still working on the 2 baby blankets;
that will be a project for awhile, neither are
close to half-way done yet.

Hope you are all staying WARM & COSY (&
SAFE!).

Enjoy your day;

Hugs;

Pammie