It’s Wednesday!

It’s a sun-shiny, bright new Summer-like day out; 75 degrees F with a slight breeze – what could be better? Just got home from Library Knit Group (10 – 12 p.m.), quick trip to Krogers & Kroger gas station, Gordon Foods – now I’M HOME! A friend told me about Kroger Fuel REWARDS program (I already have their Kroger card & get accumulating fuel points) but didn’t know that you can also subscribe to their SURVEY site and get up to 20 fuel points per month! With Kroger, if you spend $100.00 you get 10 fuel points; that’s equal to 10 cents off on each gallon of gas and it goes from there. Since I had STICKER SHOCK when I got out of Kroger, knowing I had 10 cents off per gallon made me happy. Going TO knit group the price was $2.99/9 for regular . . . a little over 2 hours later it had jumped to $3.16/9! Yes, I know it’s going on a holiday weekend but I sure didn’t expect that kind of a jump so soon! Only got $25.00 (had a little less than a quarter tank and am going to be doing a bit of driving in the next few days, so needed to get gas). (If you might be interested in the Kroger Fuel Survey thing – go to

http://www.kroger.com/fuel

and look for the heading Fuel Survey on the left side of the screen – you will need to have a Kroger Plus shopper’s Card to qualify). Every little bit helps!

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Lemon Pudding Dessert

1 C. cold butter, cubed
2 C. flour
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
3 C. cold whole milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant
lemon pudding mix

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In medium bowl cut butter into
flour until crumbly – press into
ungreased 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Bake 18-22 minutes until light
brown. Cool on wire rack.

Beat cream cheese & sugar until
smooth; fold in 1 C. Cool Whip &
spread over cooled crust.

In large bowl beat milk & pudding
mix on Low speed using elec. mixer
2 minutes. Carefully spread over
cream cheese layer. Top with
remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate
at least 1 hour. Makes 16 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crunchy Taco Salad

1 small head green cabbage, thinly
sliced (about 4 C. ) – or lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, diced (about 1 C.)
1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 C.)
1 medium green bell pepper, diced (1 C.)
1 (15 oz) can kidney/pinto or black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (8 oz) can whole kernel corn
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 to 1 C. Spicy Guacamole Dressing*
1/2 C. feta cheese, crumbled (or Cheddar,
shredded)
2 C. corn tortilla chips, crumbled
1/2 C. water
1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
1/4 medium onion, peeled
1 medium avocado, peeled/pitted &
quartered
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 fresh serrano chili pepper
1/4 C. chopped cilantro leaves
1 T. olive or vegetable oil
1 tsp. sea salt

Mix cabbage (or lettuce), tomatoes,
onion, bell pepper, beans, corn &
chili powder in a large bowl. Toss
salad with Guacamole dressing; let
stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle top with
cheese & tortilla chips. Serves 4

*Spicy Guacamole Dressing:
Using food processor (or elec. mixer)
blend water, lemon juice, onion, avocado,
garlic, chili, cilantro, oil & salt until smooth
& creamy. Add more water if too thick

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Asparagus/Egg/Bacon
Salad w/Dijon Vinaigrette

1 large hard-boiled egg, peeled/
sliced
1 2/3 C. chopped asparagus
2 slices cooked/crumbled center-
cut bacon
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
pinch salt/pepper

Bring a pot of water to boil;
add asparagus & cook 2-3 minutes
until tender yet firm. Drain & run
under cold water to stop cooking
process. In small bowl mix Dijon
mustard, oil, vinegar & salt/pepper.
Arrange asparagus on a plate; top
with egg slices & bacon – drizzle
with vinaigrette. Serves 1

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Sour Cream Fish Fillets

1 1/2 lb. cod or haddock, cut
into 6 fillets
1 C. sour cream
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. Italian-seasoned bread
crumbs
2 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
fillets in a single layer in dish.
In medium bowl combine sour
cream, Parm. cheese, paprika,
salt/pepper – mix well. Spread
evenly over fish & sprinkle top
with bread crumbs. Drizzle top
with melted butter. Bake 20-25
minutes until fish flakes easily
with a fork. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Tangy Raspberry
Chicken ‘n Spinach

1 (8 oz) bottle raspberry vinaigrette
salad dressing
4 lb. frozen boneless skinless chicken
breasts (or thighs)*
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
black pepper – to taste
3 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained

Cooked rice/potatoes/pasta
to serve 6

Lightly spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray. Pour a
small layer of salad dressing on
bottom of crockpot. Place chicken
on top – season with salt/pepper.
Add spinach on top of chicken & push
it down so it fits in the crockpot.
Pour remaining salad dressing on
top. Cover & cook on High 4-5
hours until chicken is not longer
pink inside. Add drained mandarin
oranges to crockpot. Cover & turn
temperature to Warm. (allow to stay
warm while you cook whatever rice/
potatoes/pasta you want to serve
with this). Serves 6

*You can also use thawed chicken &
reduce the cooking time to 4 hours
on High.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Jalapeno Corn Dip

1 (15 oz) can sweet whole
kernel corn, drained (or)
2 C. fresh corn cut from cob
1 bell pepper, seeded/diced
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded/
finely diced
1 small can chopped green chiles
1 C. shredded Colby Jack cheese
blend
1/4 C. sour cream
2 T. mayonnaise
2 T. chopped cilantro
2 green onions, sliced
squirt of lime juice

Place all ingredients in medium
bowl – stir to combine. Serves 8

(recipe: lemontreedwelling.com)
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Creamy Bacon/Pea Salad

1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen peas, defrosted
6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. Cheddar cheese, diced
1 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
1 T. sugar
2 T. milk
1 tsp. seasoning salt
salt/pepper, to taste

In large bowl mix peas, bacon & cheese.
In small bowl whisk Miracle Whip, sugar,
milk, seasoning salt, salt/pepper – pour
over pea mixture & toss to coat. Cover
& refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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5-ingredient Peach Cobbler
Dump Cake

1 (29 oz) can sliced peaches
in heavy syrup
1 (15.25 oz) can sliced peaches
in heavy syrup, drained
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Dump large can of peaches into
pan then add smaller drained
peaches & spread out evenly.
Sprinkle top with cinnamon,
evenly. Pour dry cake mix on
top & spread out evenly.
Pour melted butter over dry
cake mix. Bake 50 minutes –
1 hour until top starts to
brown & edges are bubbling.
Serve warm.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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Things have been going well this week (so far);
tomorrow husband & I are going to see/with
possible buying a piano keyboard from a friend
of ours (they’re moving out of state). I have a
1930’s? baby grand piano that belonged to my
mother – yes, it’s very ‘pretty’ but it’s in need
of a great deal of work (lots of strings replaced,
body work, etc. we’re talking probably around
$1,000 in work, at least). This offer came up and
we’re going to see what we think – I have not been
a fan of keyboards – for their lack of pressure
when playing the keys, sound, etc. BUT this
friend plays very well so I’m excited to see just
what they have to offer. (Husband even said if
I want to, we can go look at a new keyboard if
this doesn’t pan out – we’ll see…). I miss having
a piano to play (and husband says he misses
hearing me play – I haven’t in too many years
now and I miss just being able to sit down when
a piece of music comes to mind and play it.

We don’t have any special plans for the upcoming
holiday – just church Sunday. OH! My ‘belated’
Mother’s Day dinner last Sunday at oldest son’s
house was great: BBQ ribs on his grill, a tomato/
feta/cucumber salad/BBQ beans with pork in them,
grilled asparagus and a huge chocolate cake –
needless to say: I PIGGED OUT!

Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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It’s Saturday – again

Not quite like the other day when it was sunny & in the 70’s – today it’s rainy, chilly & gloomy (temp. 63 degrees F.). Looking at the coming week, it looks like we won’t have sun & 70’s until around Tuesday – that’s OK…life goes on, right?

GUESS WHAT! My Knitting Mojo is back! Yesterday I decided to attempt to figure out where I went so terribly wrong on both baby afghans – took me a bit, but they are both UP & running again! YAY! (If you’re counting, that makes 3 I’m working on now – 2 yellow, one multi-colored – all charity knits). I thought it was amusing last night while at my special needs group’s Gym Night one lady started talking about going to a garage sale where they had a lot of yarn for sale at great prices (she said: “Pam, you SHOULD have been there! I’ll be you’d buy the place out!”) I told her I have 3 very large Tupperware bins full of yarn plus several garbage bags full, so it would not be something I’d consider at the moment. She looked quite shocked that I would have that much until I told her I do charity knitting – guess that made sense to her, then.

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Banana Pudding Dip

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant banana
pudding mix
1 1/2 C. milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 T. sugar
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. diced fresh bananas

Suggested Dippers:
Vanilla Wafers, shortbread slices,
graham crackers and/or fresh
fruit, for serving

Garnish:
Whipped cream & vanilla wafer
crumbs  (optional)

In medium bowl whisk pudding mix &
milk until smooth. Using an elec. mixer
beat cream cheese & sugar until smooth.
Add pudding mixture & beat well. Fold
in Cool Whip & refrigerate until ready
to serve.  Serves 8

Just before serving:
Top with chopped bananas & garnish
with whipped cream & cookie crumbs
if using.

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)
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Baked Mushroom Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken
breast halves (1 lb)
1/4 C. flour
3 T. butter, divided
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 C. chicken broth
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/3 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. sliced green onions

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 11 X 7″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Flatten
each chicken breast to 1/4″
thickness*. Place flour in zip lock
bag; add chicken (a few pieces at
a time) – seal & shake to coat. In large
skillet brown chicken in 2 T. butter on
both sides – transfer to prepared dish.
In same skillet saute mushrooms in
remaining butter until tender. Add
broth, salt/pepper – bring to boil &
cook 5 minutes until liquid is
reduced to 1/2 C. – spoon over chicken.
Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes until
chicken is no longer pink. Sprinkle with
cheese & green onions. Bake 5 minutes
longer until cheese is melted. Serves 4

*To flatten – place chicken in ziplock bag;
seal & pound out chicken using a meat
mallet (if you have one) or a rolling pin
to 1/4 inch thickness.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sausage & Cheese Grits Muffins

1/2 lb. pork sausage, cooked/drained
1 1/2 flour
3/4 C. quick-cooking grits
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
4 T. (or 1/4 C.) butter, melted
2 eggs
1 C. buttermilk
2 T. honey
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 12-cup muffin tin with
nonstick cooking spray.
In medium bowl whisk flour, grits,
baking powder, baking soda & salt.
Stir in melted butter, eggs, buttermilk &
honey – mix well. Fold in cooked/crumbled
sausage & cheese. Add batter to muffin
tins & bake 20-25 minutes until
golden brown. Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Pepperoni Pizza Penne

2 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned/
drained
1 (8 oz) pkg. penne pasta, cooked
1 (16 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese
1 (10 3/4 oz) can tomato bisque
2 (14 oz, ea) jars pizza sauce
1 (7 oz) pkg. sliced pepperoni

Place half of ground meat in bottom
of crockpot – layer half of cooked
penne on top. Sprinkle half of cheese
on top & pour half of soup on top.
Pour 1 jar pizza sauce over top &
layer half of pepperoni on top =
repeat layering with remaining
ingredients. Cover & cook on Low
4 hours. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Casserole

1 (12.4 oz) can refrigerated
cinnamon roll dough
1/2 C. whipping cream
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 T. maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
(sugar icing – optional, often
included in dough container)

Remove dough from can; cut
each piece into quarters. In large
bowl combine whipping cream,
eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon
& nutmeg; whisk until smooth.
Place three-fourths of quartered
pieces in bottom of 4-quart crockpot.
Pour cream mixture on top & layer
remaining pieces on top. Cover &
cook on High 1 hour 45 minutes. If
your dough came with icing, drizzle
over warm casserole before serving.
Serves 4-6

NOTE: For a more festive flavor: omit
nutmeg & mix zest of 1 clementine
orange with 1 T. granulated sugar –
sprinkle over top of casserole instead
of using icing.

(recipe: cooktopcove.com)
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Crunchy Asian Coleslaw

1 (3 oz) pkg. oriental or beef Ramen
noodles, crushed (discard seasoning pkt)
1 bottle Marzetti Simply Dressed Ginger
Sesame Vinaigrette
3 C. ready-to-eat coleslaw mix
2 C. broccoli slaw
4-5 green onions, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Break up or crush Ramen noodles &
place in single layer on medium
baking sheet – bake 10 minutes until
lightly golden. Remove from oven &
cool completely. In large bowl add
coleslaw, broccoli slaw, green onions &
cooled noodles. Pour vinaigrette over
mixture & lightly toss. Serve immediately
to retain it’s crunchiness.
Serves 4-6

NOTE: If you can’t find the vinaigrette:

Homemade Dressing:

1/2 C. peanut oil
1/4 C. sugar
6 T. rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Combine all dressing ingredients &
mix well. Pour over salad mixture &
lightly toss

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Tuna Pasta Casserole

2 1/2 C. multigrain or whole grain rotini
pasta (or your choice of pasta)
3 tsp. corn oil
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 C. frozen peas, thawed
2 (5 oz, ea) cans solid white albacore
tuna in water, drained
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2/3 C. crackers, coarsely crushed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook pasta 2 minutes less than pkg.
directions; drain. Spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl mix oil, soup, sour cream,
milk, cream cheese, pepper & garlic
powder until well mixed. Stir in peas,
pasta, tuna & Cheddar cheese then
place in prepared dish, spreading out
evenly. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes.
Remove from oven & sprinkle top with
crushed crackers. Bake 15-20 minutes
more until top is lightly brown & sauce
is bubbling. Let cool 10 minutes before
serving. Serves 10-12

(recipe: crayonsandcravings.com)
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No Bake Peanut Butter/Oat Cookies

2 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
1 (8 T.) stick unsalted butter
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
3 C. old-fashioned rolled oats
1 C. smooth peanut butter
1 T. vanilla

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper
or parchment. In medium saucepan
bring sugar, milk, butter & cocoa to a
boil over medium heat, stirring
occasionally. Let boil 1 minute; remove
from heat & stir in oats, & peanut butter;
stir to combine. Drop teaspoonfuls of
mixture onto prepared sheet & let
stand at room temperature about 30
minutes until cooled & hardened.
Refrigerate in airtight container up to
3 days. Makes about 60 cookies

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

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So – today is/was also the wedding day
of Prince Harry & Megan Markle – did
you get to watch it on TV? I had forgotten
about it until my husband spotted it on
TV so I watched it (on 3 different channels,
since each one cut out – never did get to
see the entire thing, but that’s OK – all
went well.) I find it interesting looking at
the various HATS the women wore – all
the “Fascinators” (those little or big things
that just sort of sit on the top or to the side
of the head – not exactly a HAT). One woman
had one on that looked like a paper plate
with a little thin ribbon – looked like something
a kindergartner would make for their mom!
Oh well – that’s “fashion” for ya!

Just put a pork roast with carrots, potatoes,
chopped onion, mushrooms & cranberry
sauce in crockpot for dinner tonight. If you’ve
never tried it – cranberry sauce adds a nice
tart/sweet taste to pork. (also had salt/
black pepper, Worcestershire sauce & garlic
powder.) I LOVE using my crockpot – you can
throw all the ingredients in and, in hours,
have a complete meal all cooked! YAY!

Have a SUPER GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

WOooooooEeeeeeee – it’s HOT!

Just got home from a little trip to drop off some donations to St. Vincent de Paul (my new ‘charity of choice – gave up on Purple Heart – used to donate to them all the time but every time we scheduled a pick up, they never came!) This place is close and looks like they could use some nice donations, so that’s why I chose them. Stopped at KMart on the way home & picked up a pair of summer shorts for me; I have, probably, 7 pairs IN A BOX which would be really wrinkled, so I just got lazy & bought a new pair. Didn’t hurt that I had $6.00 off in KMart bonus points – that helped! It’s a bright, sunny day – 77 degrees F. (not much breeze) – I LOVE THESE KINDS OF DAY!  Even if I stay in the house, it cheers me up just seeing the sunshine!

KNITTING MOJO:  Dropped both other baby afghans & started a new one in bright yellow using a 2-row pattern and am happy with it. (I’ll go back to the others in awhile).

GAS PRICES: WOW! Our gas is at $2.99/9 and in some places $3.09/9 – wonder what’s pushing the big jump in prices?

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Island Breezes Coffee Cake
(overnight recipe)

2/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. sweetened/shredded
coconut, toasted
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. cook & serve
coconut cream pudding mix
20 frozen bread dough dinner
rolls
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
drained
1 (3 oz) jar macadamia nuts,
coarsely chopped
1/2 C. butter, cubed

In small bowl mix brown sugar,
coconut & pudding mix (dry). Place
10 rolls in a greased Bundt (or tube)
pan. Layer with half sugar mixture,
1 C. pineapple tidbits, 1/2 C. nuts &
1/4 C. butter – repeat layers. Cover
with plastic wrap & refrigerate
overnight.
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Remove pan from fridge about
1 3/4 hours before serving – let
rise in a warm place until dough
reaches top of pan, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Remove plastic wrap; bake 35-40
minutes until golden brown. (cover
loosely with foil if top browns too
quickly). Cool 10 minutes before
inverting onto a serving plate.
Serve warm. Makes 12 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Garlic Butter Shrimp & Quinoa


3 T. unsalted butter*
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 green or/red/yellow bell pepper,
diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 C. uncooked quinoa
4 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 lb. shrimp, raw/tail-on
3 T. unsalted butter*
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes,
(optional)
salt/pepper, to taste
fresh chopped parsley (garnish-
optional)
wedges lemon- for serving

Place a large non-stick skillet over
medium heat & add 3 T. butter –
melt completely. Add onion, bell
pepper, celery & garlic – cook 3-4
minutes until onion & bell pepper
have begun to soften. Add uncooked
quinoa – stir to combine & cook 1
minute, toasting the quinoa. Add
chicken broth & bring to boil – reduce
heat to Low then add oregano & thyme;
stir to combine. Cover & simmer 15
minutes.
After quinoa has simmered 15 minutes:
remove lid & stir. Add shrimp then arrange
on top of quinoa (shrimp will probably
cover entire top of dish – you might have
to nestle a few into mixture until cooked
through.) Remove lid & test doneness of
quinoa (it’s done when completely soft
but still ‘pops’ a bit when eaten. The
quinoa should have absorbed nearly all
liquid but it will continue to absorb
moisture as it sits. Remove skillet from
heat; melt remaining 3 T. butter in
microwave & stir garlic, salt/pepper
flakes into melted butter then drizzle
over shrimp. Sprinkle top with parsley
(if using) & serve immediately with
lemon wedges on the side.
Serves 8-10

*if you don’t want to use butter you
can substitute with same amount of
olive oil

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Easy, Creamy Chicken & Mushroom
Pasta

3 chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1 (10 1/2 oz) pkg. mushrooms sliced
thinly
1 (11.28 oz) pkg. penne pasta
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 1/2 C. chicken stock
8 T. cream cheese
salt/black pepper, to taste
handful chopped fresh Italian parsley,
finely chopped (garnish)

Cook pasta to al dente; reserve 2 ladles
pasta water & drain cooked pasta. Spray
a frying pan with nonstick cooking spray –
add chicken strips & cook until lightly
golden on both sides; remove & set
aside. Spray pan with a little more
nonstick spray – add shallot, garlic &
mushrooms – fry 2 minutes. Add a little
stock & reduce down – repeat with a
little stock until mushrooms are golden.
Whisk cream cheese in remaining stock
& reserved pasta water then add to pan
with mushrooms – bring to boil. Simmer,
uncovered, until sauce reduces down &
starts to thicken slightly. Add pasta &
chicken to pan & continue to simmer until
chicken is thoroughly cooked & sauce has
thickened. Stir parsley into mixture &
season well with salt/pepper. Serves 4

(recipe: slimmingeats.com)
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Spinach Dip Crescent Bites
(appetizers)

2 T. butter
1 C. chopped green onion (about
1 bunch, white & green both)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. chopped red bell pepper,
seeded (1 large)
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/well squeezed/
drained
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 C. chopped water chestnuts
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan chehese
2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a saute pan over medium heat
melt butter; add green onion, bell
pepper & garlic -saute 3-4 minutes.
Add spinach & cream cheese – stir
mixture & blend in cream cheese until
melted. Stir in salt/pepper, paprika,
crushed red pepper flakes, mayo,
lemon juice, water chestnuts &
Parmesan – remove from heat. Unroll
one pkg. crescent rolls & place on a
baking sheet. Using your fingers, gently
press seams together to seal. Spread
spinach mixture evenly over dough,
leaving about 1/2-inch border along
edges. Unroll other pkg. rolls & place
on top of spinach mixture – press edges
together to seal – gently press seams
together. Bake 20-25 minutes until
roll dough is golden brown. Cut into
small squares & serve (NOTE: a pizza
cutter works very well for cutting them).

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Crockpot Bacon/Spinach Quiche

1 T. butter
10 eggs
1 C. milk
1 C. chopped spinach
8 oz. shredded cheese
1/2 tsp. black pepper
10 slices bacon, chopped
(or 3/4 C. real bacon bits)
1/2 C. chopped spinach (or
any other vegetable)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In very
large bowl combine eggs, milk,
cheese, spinach & pepper – pour
into crockpot. Sprinkle cooked
bacon on top. Cover & cook on
Low 4 hours. Serves 8

(recipe: sidetrackedsarah.com)
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Spicy Oven-baked Pork Chops

4-6 bone-in pork chops (or boneless,
if desired)
1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. water
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried onion flakes (or
finely chopped onion)
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. Cajun seasoning*

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place chops in a baking dish or
iron skillet. Whisk together
remaining ingredients in a bowl
& pour over chops. Bake 45-60
minutes uncovered until chops
are done in center. Serves 4-6

*Homemade Cajun Seasoning
(makes about 1/3 C.)

2 T. paprika
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (or
more, if desired)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. oregano

Combine all ingredients & store in
airtight container.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Peanut Butter Fudge Cake
(use medium-sized crock, not large)

3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. peanut butter
1 T. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. cocoa powder
1 C. boiling water

vanilla ice cream

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray.
In bowl combine 1/4 C. sugar, flour &
baking powder. In another bowl combine
milk, peanut butter, oil & vanilla; whisk
until smooth. Combine milk mixture with
dry ingredients (makes a thick batter.)
Spread batter evenly into crockpot.
In microwave, heat 1 C. water to boiling
(about 3 minutes) then add in remaining
sugar & cocoa powder; whisk to dissolve
sugars. Pour this directly over cake
batter in crockpot. Cover & cook on High
1 1/2 – 2 hours until spongy & springs back
to the touch, it will not be firm. Spoon
into bowls while warm; top with vanilla
ice cream, if desired.

(recipe: thetaylor-house.com)

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Not much new around here, supposed to go
to another grandson baseball game but it’s just
too hot for me (I don’t do well in heat, even in
the shade). Middle son is going to cook me
dinner tonight (for Mother’s Day) – I’m guessing
it will be something like brown rice & mixed
oriental veggies (he’s vegetarian) – oh well, I
don’t have to cook, so I’m looking forward to it!

Have a great day!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

Another day in the life…

Today was another ‘grandson babysitting’ day – fortunately, it was a rather easy one (and short!). Got to see him yesterday at his older brother’s baseball game (they won).

Our weather has been OK – yesterday it was breezy & warm – great for an evening baseball game. Today it’s overcast & 61 degrees F. – same grandson has a track meet at 4 then baseball practice (glad I only have to go to the occasional games!) – I’m busy enough.

Managed to mess up BOTH baby blankets I’m working on – not exactly sure just ‘how’ but BOTH patterns are ONE STITCH off, to the left! Lighter weight/multi-colored one I ripped back a good 4 inches last night – it’s STILL off! Took heavier yellow one with me today – it’s ALSO one stitch off to the left! UGH! There goes my KNITTING MOJO! Think I’m going to let them both rest for a few days before attempting to figure out where I went wrong. Both are really easy patterns with a total of four rows, only one row is the actual ‘gotta count stitches’ row – UGH!

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No-Bake Caramel Shortbread Pie

Crust:
2 C. crushed shortbread cookies (reserve
1 T. for topping)
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1/3 C. sugar

Caramel Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. caramel dessert topping
1 T. vanilla
1/4 C. heavy cream
(whipped topping – optional)

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Crust:
Mix all crust ingredients in medium bowl;
press on bottom & up sides of an 8-inch
pie plate (can use 9″ but crust will be
thinner).

Filling:
Beat cream cheese, caramel topping &
vanilla in large bowl using elec. mixer
on medium speed until smooth. Gradually
beat in heavy cream just until blended –
beat on medium-high speed 2 minutes
until fluffy; spoon mixture into crust.
(add whipped topping, if desired).
Refrigerate 3 hours until set. When ready
to serve, drizzle additional caramel on top
& sprinkle with shortbread crumbs.
Store leftovers in fridge.

(recipe: iambaker.net)
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4-Ingredient Chicken Thighs

8 chicken thighs
1 pkt. dry French Onion soup mix
1 (8 oz) bottle Russian salad dressing
1 small jar apricot preserves (or
about 1 C.)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In a bowl mix soup mix, salad dressing
& preserves. Place chicken pieces in a
baking pan; sprinkle with pepper (no
extra salt is needed). Pour soup mix
sauce over chicken & coat well. Bake,
uncovered, 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
until chicken is done. Baste several
times during cooking time.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Mashed Potato Pie

2 C. leftover mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1/4 C. cottage cheese
1/4 C. sour cream
2 green onions, chopped
1 T. bacon bits
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar-Jack
cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. In a large bowl
beat eggs; add cottage cheese &
sour cream-stir to combine. Add
mashed potatoes – mix well &
pour into prepared dish. Bake
20  minutes – move dish to upper
part of oven & cook 6-7 minutes
more until beginning to get
golden brown. Let stand a few
minutes before slicing. Serves 4

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Foil-grilled/baked Asparagus

1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
8 tsp. butter cut into small
pieces
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 T. chopped parsley
lemon wedges – (optional,
for serving)

Preheat Grill – (OR) oven 425 degrees F.
Cut 4 large squares foil & spray with
nonstick cooking spray. Divide asparagus
evenly among foil. Sprinkle Italian
seasoning, salt/pepper evenly over
asparagus & place 2 tsp. butter in each
packet. Fold foil over asparagus, sealing
completely on all sides.
Grill:  15 minutes, flipping packet once
halfway through cooking time
Oven: Bake 15 minutes

Open packets carefully; gently stir to make
sure all asparagus is coated with butter &
seasonings. Sprinkle with parsley & serve
with lemon wedges, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Sausage & Vegetable Skillet

1 T. olive oil
1 (12 oz) pkg. fully cooked Italian
chicken sausage links, cut into
1 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 lb. red potatoes (about 5
medium) thinly sliced
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen corn
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/4 C. vegetable broth
2 C. fresh baby spinach

In 12 inch skillet heat oil over medium-
high heat. Saute sausage & onion until
onion is tender. Add garlic & pepper
flakes – cook & stir 1 minute. Add
potatoes, corn, pepper & broth; bring
to boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook,
covered, until potatoes are tender, 15-20
minutes. Stir in spinach until wilted.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Parmesan/Garlic Potatoes

3 lb. baby potatoes, *washed/halved
3 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 T. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried dill
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

In a bowl toss halved potatoes in
melted butter, olive oil & minced
garlic – add to crockpot. In another
bowl mix dry seasonings – sprinkle
potatoes with seasoning & lightly
toss.. Cover & cook on Low 4-5
hours or High 2-3 hours until
potatoes can easily be pierced with
a fork. Serves 6

*Poster used Dutch yellow baby
potatoes (also called NEW potatoes).
You can use yellow, red or multi-colored
baby/new potatoes

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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4-Ingredient Ice Cream Muffins

1 pint (16 oz) Cookies ‘n Cream ice
cream, melted
1 1/4 C. self-rising flour
15 chocolate sandwich cookied (like
Oreos)
2/3 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
3 T. melted ice cream in a small
bowl. Whisk remaining melted
ice cream with flour in medium
bowl until smooth. Use a small
ice cream scoop (about 2 T.) to
spoon batter into each muffin cup.
Place 1 sandwich cookie on top of
batter in each cup. Spoon some of
remaining batter on top of each
cookie. Bake 16-18 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
of muffin comes out clean & tops
are light golden brown. Let cool
completely in tin.
Glaze:
Whisk together powdered sugar &
reserved melted ice cream until
smooth & thick. Place the remaining
3 cookies into a small ziplock bag &
roughly crush. Transfer cooled muffins
to a serving platter. Spread some of
glaze on top of each muffin then sprinkle
tops with crushed cookies. Makes 12.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

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Hope you’re having a good day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Friday!

Hope your day is going well – mine started out just fine, thank you! Made breakfast (eggs & toast) for the family – any more, a meal together is a rarity around here! Everyone’s going their own way – to work, out, etc. so that was a bit of a treat to eat together. It’s a rather ‘blah’ day – gloomy & a little chilly 42 degrees F. with big chance of showers/thunderstorms today & tomorrow. That’s OK – we need rain for the Spring flowers, right? I’m thinking of delivering some items to St. Vincent de Paul, just because the boxes have been hanging around here for months, but I might just choose to stay in & knit – who knows?

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I thought I’d try to post some interesting recipes for you that might be used for a Brunch or Dinner – see what you think:

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Cherry Chocolate Cake

1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 small box instant chocolate
pudding mix
1/3 C. flour
1 1/2 C. water
1/2 C. oil
4 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can cherry pie filling
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. chocolate chips
1 C. sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl add cake mix (dry),
pudding mix & flour – stir to
incorporate. Add eggs, water &
almond – using elec. mixer beat on
Low 1 minute (scrape sides of bowl).
Beat on Medium speed 3-4 minutes
until batter is glossy & smooth; pour
batter into prepared pan & spread
to even top. Bake 35-40 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
of cake comes out clean. Remove
from oven & IMMEDIATELY poke
holes all over top of cake using the
end of a wooden spoon. Drizzle
sweetened condensed milk all over
top of cake filling all holes. Let cool
to room temperature. Toss almonds
in a medium skillet & cook over
medium heat, stirring frequently,
until golden brown – allow to cool.
Once cake has cooled, spread pie
filling on top; spread Cool Whip over
pie filling & sprinkle top with chocolate
chips & almonds. Cover & chill at least
1 hour before serving.
Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Cheddar-crusted Chicken/Broccoli
Casserole

2 T. butter
1/2 C. flour
3 C. chicken broth
1 C. Half & Half
1 tsp. honey mustard
salt/pepper
2 C. cooked rice
3 C. cooked (rotisserie) chicken,
chopped
3 C. steamed broccoli
2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
20 butter crackers (Ritz type), crushed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In deep skillet melt 2 T. butter;
add 1/2 C. flour & stir to form
a roux (paste). Add chicken broth,
Half & Half, honey mustard & salt/
pepper – stir & bring to boil. It
should thicken up once boiled
1-2 minutes – keep stirring. Remove
from heat & add cooked rice, chicken
& broccoli*. Add 1 C. Ched. cheese &
stir to combine (taste & adjust salt/
pepper). Pour mixture into prepared
dish & top with 1 C. shredded Ched.
cheese. Sprinkle crushed crackers
on top. Bake 20-25 minutes until
heated through & top is golden
brown. Serves 8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Linguine with Shrimp & Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil:
1/2 C. olive oil
1 lemon, zested

Pasta:
1 lb. linguine pasta
2 T. olive oil
2 shallots, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz. frozen shrimp
1/4 C. lemon juice (about 2
lemons)
1 lemon, zested
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 oz. arugula (about 3 packed
cups)
1/4 C. chopped fresh flat-leaf
parsley

Lemon oil:

Combine olive oil & lemon zest in
small bowl.

Pasta:

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente (about 8-10 minutes). Drain,
reserving 1 C. cooking water.
In large, heavy skillet warm olive oil over
medium heat. Add shallots & garlic – cook
2 minutes. Add shrimp & cook about 5
minutes, until pink. Add cooked pasta,
lemon juice, lemon zest, salt/pepper –
toss to coat. Turn off heat & add argula.
Using a mesh sieve, strain lemon zest
out of reserved lemon/olive oil – add
oil to pasta. (zest can be discarded). Add
some of cooking water to pasta mixture
to reach desired consistency. Add chopped
parsley & toss to combine. Serve
immediately. Serves 4-6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Baked Seafood Stuffed Avocados

4 avocados, sliced in half length-
wise/pitted
8 oz. cooked shrimp, chopped
3 1/4 oz. crab (flaked/cooked)
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. onion, finely diced
2 eggs, beaten
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. seafood seasoning (like
Old Bay)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine chopped
shrimp, crab, Cheddar cheese,
onions, parsley, seafood seasoning,
lemon juice & eggs – mix well. Spoon
mixture equally on top of each
avocado half (you might have a little
extra filling left) Place in 9 X 13
baking dish without tilting avocados.
Bake 25 minutes until heated through.
Serve immediately. Serves 8

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Scampi Pasta

8 oz. linguine pasta
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. cajun seasoning
1 T. olive oil
1/4 C. white wine (OR) chicken stock
1/4 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 T. salted butter
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled/deveined
6 cloves garlic, grated
salt/black pepper, to taste
zest of 1 lemon
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions; drain
well. In large, deep skillet, melt butter over
medium-high heat. Add shrimp, cajun
seasoning, olive oil, garlic & red pepper flakes.
Stir occasionally until fully cooked, about
3 minutes. Stir in wine/chicken stock, fresh
lemon juice – season with salt/pepper. Lower
heat to simmer; remove from heat & stir in
pasta, lemon zest, HALF cup Parm. cheese –
mix until fully incorporated. Top with last
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese & chopped parsley.
Serve immediately.

(recipe: myincrediblerecipes.com)
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Pineapple BBQ Chicken

1 lb (4 oz, ea) boneless skinless
chicken breasts
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 C. honey BBQ sauce (or your
favorite), divided
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained
1/2 T. olive oil

Season chicken breasts with salt/
pepper. Spray a baking dish with
nonstick spray & arrange chicken
in dish. Top with 1/3 of BBQ sauce &
rub it in. Top with pineapple chunks &
cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30
minutes – 2 hours. When ready to bake,
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Remove plastic wrap, drizzle olive oil
over chicken & bake, uncovered, 40
minutes until chicken’s internal
temperature reads 165 degrees F.
Remove from oven & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: diethood.com)
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Butter Crumb Asparagus

2 oz. day-old bread, crusts
removed (or 4 half-inch thick
baguette slices)
1 1/2 T. unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
kosher salt
1 1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Heat oven 250 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven.
Place bread in food processor &
pulse until coarse crumbs – spread
crumbs on a rimmed baking sheet &
bake until they’re dry & lightly crisped,
about 20 minutes. Let cool then grind
again in processor to get a scant 1/4 C.
fine crumbs.
Melt butter in a skillet over low heat; add
breadcrumbs & thyme. Cook slowly,
stirring often, until crumbs are deep golden
brown, about 18 minutes. Season with
1/8 tsp. salt & let cool (they will crisp as
they cool.)

Raise oven temperature to 450 degrees F.
Place asparagus on a baking sheet in single
layer & drizzle with olive oil. Using your
hands, toss spears to coat evenly with oil.
Season with 1/2 tsp. salt. Roast until spears
are tender & lightly blistered, 12-14 minutes
for medium. Transfer to serving platter &
sprinkle with lemon juice & top with
breadcrumbs. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Best Cucumber Salad Ever

2 cucumbers, very thinly sliced
1 red onion, very thinly sliced
2 T. vinegar or lemon juice
2 T. sour cream or plain yogurt
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. chopped fresh dill

In large bowl mix cucumbers &
onions together. In another covered
bowl (or a jar with a lid) mix rest
of ingredients & stir or shake to
incorporate. Pour over cumber
mixture & chill until very cold.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Chicken Tortellini Salad

1 (20 oz) pkg. fresh/frozen or
dried cheese tortellini
1 C. sour cream
1 C. mayonnaise
1 (1 oz) pkg. dry ranch salad
dressing mix
1 (10 oz) pkg. cooked, sliced
chicken (OR) 2 C. leftover
cooked chicken
1 (12 oz) jar sliced, roasted
red peppers, drained
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 C. fresh chopped basil

Cook tortellini accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain/rinse with cold
water & drain again. In large bowl
combine sour cream, mayonnaise &
dry ranch dressing mix – mix well.
Add tortellini, chicken, roasted peppers,
scallions & basil – toss until well combined.
Serve warm (or) cover & chill until ready
to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Pecan Pie

1 refrigerated pie crust
3 eggs
1 C. sugar
2/3 C. dark corn syrup
1/3 C. melted butter
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. chopped pecans (or a combination
of chopped & whole)

vanilla ice cream – for serving

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place pie crust in crockpot & mold
it to fir the shape of the crock. Stir
remaining ingredients together (except nuts),
until well mixed. Stir in nuts (you can reserve
some for sprinkling on top). Pour
filling into pie crust. Gently place reserved
nuts on top of filling. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm with
vanilla ice cream (if desired).  Serves 6

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

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Have a wonderful day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Monday!

So far, today has been a nice, relaxing one – we ‘were’ supposed to go to older grandson’s baseball game this evening but his dad informed us he’s sick, so we’ll stay home (& stay warm – it’s supposed to get a little chilly later). I love these days when the sun’s shining, things are blooming, the birds are singing – I LOVE SPRING! (Yes, my back is still not quite back to normal, but I’m content just ‘chilling’ for now, working on knitting 2 baby afghans for charity, reading a book or napping.)

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Peanut Butter “Lunch Lady”
Cookie Bars

2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 C. peanut butter, divided
1 1/2 C. (3 sticks) unsalted
butter, softened
1/2 C. milk + 2 T., divided
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
4 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a large cookie sheet with
nonstick cooking spray (or) line
with parchment paper. In large
bowl mix all dry ingredients:
flour, sugar, baking soda, salt.
In another bowl whisk together
1/2 C. milk, vanilla, eggs.
In a saucepan, melt 1 C. (2 sticks)
butter & 1 C. peanut butter – bring
to a boil. Remove from heat &
slowly add flour mixture, followed
by milk/egg mixture – mix until
well combined. Pour batter onto
cookie sheet & spread evenly
to edges. Bake 20 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Cool competely
before frosting.

Frosting:
In a saucepan bring 1 stick butter &
1/2 C. peanut butter to a  boil. Add
2 t. milk & slowly mix in powdered
sugar until well combined. Pour
frosting over cookies, spreading
evenly to edges. Allow frosting
to cool & set before cutting.
Serves 16-24

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Taco Pizza

1 (14.5 oz) pkg. Pillsbury Best
Classic Pizza dough
1 (16 oz) can refried beans, warmed
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. diced onion
2 T. taco seasoning
2 C. shredded Colby Jack cheese

Optional Toppings;
shredded lettuce
sour cream
diced tomato
diced avocado
sliced black olives
corn chips
taco sauce

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Place a sheet of parchment paper
on a baking sheet (or pizza pan).
Unroll pizza dough & place on sheet/
pan. Par-bake dough for 10 minutes.
Brown ground beef & onion in a
skillet over medium heat until no
longer pink. Stir in taco seasoning &
cook 1 more minute. Remove crust
from oven & top with warmed refried
beans – smooth in an even layer. Sprinkle
with cheese & taco meat. Return to oven
6-7 minutes until crust is golden brown &
cheese is melted. Top any desired
toppings. Serves 8

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Crockpot Creamy Chicken/Dressing Bake

6 whole boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1 (16 oz) bottle creamy salad dressing
(ranch, blue cheese, Italian, Caesar,
Poppy seed, Thousand Island – your
choice)
2 large russet potatoes, sliced
2 medium onions, diced small
1 1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 large tomato,chopped

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Place sliced potatoes &
chopped onion in bottom of crockpot;
mix together. Place chicken on top,
overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle
chicken with cheeses then pour salad
dressing over chicken, making sure to
cover chicken as much as possible.
Sprinkle bread crumbs, parsley &
chopped tomato on top. Cover &
cook on Low 7-8 hours or High 3-4
hours. Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Baked Mac & Cheese

2 1/2 C. uncooked macaroni
2 1/2 T. flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
black pepper, to taste (poster uses
about 1 tsp.)
4 T. butter, cut into thin slices
3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (mild
or sharp)
1 C. whole milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
until tender; drain. Mix all dry
ingredients together. Spray an oven-safe
bowl or dish* with nonstick cooking spray.
Place half of cooked macaroni in dish.
Sprinkle half of flour mixture on top &
top with half of butter slices. Sprinkle
1 1/2 C. cheese over top & repeat. Pour
milk over all. Cover with foil & bake 35
minutes. Remove foil, bake an additional
10 minutes. Serve hot. Serves 6

*Can be made in a 9 X 13″ dish or large
oven-proof bowl.

(recipe: Christy Jordan-Southern Plate)
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Country Chicken & Rice

1 (3 – 3 1/2 lb) chicken, cut into
8 pieces
6 C. water
2 (15 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 T. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. long or whole-grain rice,
rinsed

In large pot bring all ingredients
except rice to boil over medium-
high heat. Cover & boil 35 minutes.
Add rice & cook 25-30 minutes until
rice is tender, no pink remains in
chicken & chicken juices run clear.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cheese-stuffed Pretzel Bites

1 (13.8 oz) tube refrigerated
pizza dough
6 oz. cheese (like Velveeta)
cut into 24 half-inch squares
2/3 C. baking soda

coarse salt, for topping
spicy mustard, for dipping

Place oven rack on top third
position & preheat 450 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Press & stretch dough
into a 11 X 16″ rectangle – cut into
twenty four 2 1/2 ” squares. Place
a piece of cheese in center of a
square; pinch 2 opposite corners of
dough together over cheese, bring
other 2 corners to the middle & pinch
to secure the cheese. Repeat with rest
of dough & cheese.
Heat 6 C. water in a medium saucepan
over high heat. Whisk in baking soda –
bring to a boil. Working in batches, boil
‘bites’ 30 seconds then transfer to
prepared baking sheet, seam-sides
down – quickly sprinkle tops with salt.
Bake 5 minutes, rotate pan & bake
another 5 minutes, until dark brown.
Serve with spicy mustard.
Makes 24 bites.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Mexican Spiced Brownies

Brownies:
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 C. sugar
4 large eggs
1 T. vanilla
2/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 C. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 – 1/3 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder

Milk Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting:

1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened
2 oz. milk chocolate, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. powdered sugar
2-3 T. buttermilk
(optional) chili powder & cinnamon
to sprinkle on top

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
parchment paper, leaving an
overhang on two sides. Press
paper into corners of pan & lightly
grease (or spray) paper with butter.
In a microwaveable bowl, melt 2
sticks butter – let cool slightly.
Add sugar, eggs, & vanilla to butter
& mix until well blended. Add flour,
cocoa, cinnamon, chili powder, baking
powder & salt – whisk or stir until
smooth. Pour & spread batter into
prepared dish. Bake 20-25 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out fudgy. Cool in pan on wire
rack then use parchment paper
‘handles’ to lift brownies out onto
a plate (or leave in pan) – frost with
frosting, cut & serve.

Frosting:
Using an elec. mixer, beat butter on
medium speed until fluffy. Add melted
chocolate & vanilla – continue beating
until well combined. Add powdered
sugar & 2 T. buttermilk – continue
beating until smooth & fluffy, about
5 minutes. (add more buttermilk, if
needed for desired consistency.)

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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Hope you are enjoying a nice, relaxing day –
Summer is just around the corner!

Hugs;

Pammie

Short post – back’s acting up . . . again…

Been kind of ‘under the weather’ the past three days – not sure exactly ‘why’, but my lower back is seized up  – again. (I’m thinking this time it might be from stress). When it does this, it’s extremely painful to stand for very long; walking is also painful. Best thing: sitting or lying down. It will eventually go away and I’ve been knitting up a storm, reading the latest murder mystery and catching up on word-search puzzles so I’m OK.

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Country Apple Fritter Bread

1/3 C. light brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. milk
2 apples, peeled/chopped

Creme Glaze:

1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. milk or cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 5″ loaf pan with
nonstick cooking spray (or
line pan with foil & spray
foil). In a bowl mix brown
sugar & cinnamon. In a
medium bowl beat gran.
sugar & butter using an elec.
mixer until smooth & creamy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time,
until blended; mix in vanilla.
Combine & whisk flour & baking
powder in another bowl; add
into creamed butter mixture-
stir until blended. Mix  milk into
batter until smooth. In small
bowl combine sliced apples &
brown sugar; toss to coat.
Pour half batter into prepared
loaf pan; add half apple mixture
on top of batter. Lightly pat
apple mixture into batter.
Pour remaining batter over apple
layer & top with remaining half
apple mixture & sprinkle remaining
brown sugar/cinn. mixture on top.
Using a knife tip, gently swirl brown
sugar on top. Bake 50-60 minutes
until center of loaf comes out clean
when tested using a toothpick. Allow
cake to cool at least 15 minutes before
drizzling top with glaze.
Glaze:
In small bowl mix powdered sugar
& milk until well mixed. Drizzle
over top of cooled cake.

(recipe: food.com)
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Pork Chops with Caramelized Onion/
Mushroom Sauce
(Crockpot)

4 boneless pork chops
flour
salt/black pepper
6 medium fresh mushrooms,
sliced
2 T. olive oil
2 T. unsalted butter, divided
1 medium yellow onion, sliced &
separated into rings
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 C. Half & Half (optional)
1-2 T. cornstarch (optional)
1 bay leaf (optional)
=
Cooked rice/noodles or
mashed potatoes
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Season chops with salt/pepper.
Heat oil in cast iron skillet over
medium-high heat; saute until
golden brown then remove. Add
onions to skillet & lightly brown –
remove. Add 1 T. unsalted butter –
when melted, saute mushrooms.
Remove & de-glaze pan with 1/3
C. beef broth – pour remaining
broth into crockpot. Add sauce
from skillet, Worc. sauce & spices –
add chops, onions & mushrooms.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours
until very tender. Remove bay leaf
& throw away. Turn crockpot to
High & add 1 T. butter. In small
bowl mix cornstarch and Half & Half;
whisk to blend well then pour into
crockpot & whisk. Cook an additional
15-20 minutes (depending on thickness
of sauce preferred). Serve over cooked
rice/noodles/mashed potatoes, if
desired.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby-Facebook)
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Skillet Beef Tamales

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/3 C. chopped red pepper
1/3 C. chopped green pepper
2 C. salsa
3/4 C. frozen corn
2 T. water
6 (6 inch) corn tortillas, halved &
cut into 1/2 inch strips
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
5 T. sour cream

Spray large nonstick skillet with
nonstick cooking spray. Cook beef
& peppers over medium heat 6-8
minutes until beef is no longer pink
& vegetables are tender; drain. Stir
in salsa, corn & water – bring to boil.
Stir in tortilla strips; reduce heat &
simmer, covered, 10-15 minutes until
tortillas are softened. Sprinkle with
cheese & cook, covered, 2-3 minutes
until cheese melts. Serve with sour
cream. Serves 5

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cream Cheese Garlic Butter

1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/4 C. butter
4 oz. cream cheese
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients in a bowl –
refrigerate until ready to use.

(recipe: Pinterest.com)
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Mexican Cinnamon Cookies

2 3/4 C. flour
2 large eggs
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 stick (8 T.) unsalted buttter,
room temp.
1 1/2 C. plus 2 T. sugar, divided
1/2 C. shortening (or unsalted
butter)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line baking sheet with parchment
paper. Beat butter, eggs, shortening,
vanilla & 1 1/2 C. sugar at medium
speed, using elec. mixer, until creamy.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt &
cream of tartar in another bowl;
sift into butter mixture & mix to
combine. In separate bowl stir
cinnamon & 2 T. sugar. Scoop
1 T. dough & roll into a ball.
Toss in cinnamon/sugar mixture
& place on baking sheet. Bake
8-10 minutes. Cool completely
before serving. Makes 3-4 dozen
cookies

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

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I had all kinds of plans to copy Mexican
recipes for you for today (Cinco de Mayo)
but then the back-thing popped in & I
totally forgot! (Love being on my
computer, but sitting in my office chair
while doing it is not a good idea).

Hope you have a GREAT CINCO DE MAYO!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

Wednesday – we have BUNNIES!

Every year we look forward to spotting our BUNNIES in our yard. Every year we have two wild brown bunnies that live in our black raspberry bushes. Last year, for whatever reason, they didn’t come back BUT…they’re here NOW! YAY! For our family it’s like a sign of Spring, along with all the lovely forsythia bushes blooming, the hyacinth, daffodils, narcissus and others – FINALLY Spring has come to our little corner of the world. Today it’s a bit overcast but still . . . it’s 72 degrees F.! I love having the sun out and warmer weather – makes me smile a lot.

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 6-Ingredient Pudding Cake

9 sheets cinnamon graham crackers
1 3/4 C. cold milk
1 ( 1 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 C. fresh raspberries, divided
1 C. fresh blueberries, divided
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed/divided

Line bottom of a 9 X 9″ square baking dish
with 4 1/2 graham crackers. In medium
bowl whisk milk & pudding mix until
slightly thickened – let stand 2 minutes until
soft set. Stir in 3/4 C. each of berries; fold
in 2 C. Cool Whip. Spread half of pudding
over graham crackers; repeat layers.
Cover & refrigerate 2 hours.
Just before serving, dollop with remaining
Cool Whip & berries. Serves 12

(recipe: everydaydiabeticrecipes.com)
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Ritz Cracker Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 C. Ritz (or other butter crackers),
crushed
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
black pepper, to taste
2 eggs
1/2 C. butter

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In small bowl mix cracker crumbs,
garlic salt & pepper. Whisk eggs in
a shallow pie plate or pan.Dip each
chicken breast into beaten eggs then
dredge in cracker crumbs, coating
completely – place in prepared
pan. Cut butter into small pieces &
dot over top of chicken. Bake 30-35
minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Serves 4

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Cheesy Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

1 lb. asparagus spears, woody ends
removed
3 T. olive oil
1 T. minced garlic (or 4 cloves, minced)
3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Arrange asparagus on sheet.
In small bowl mix olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper-
drizzle over asparagus & toss to coat evenly.
Bake 10-15 minutes until just beginning to
get tender. Remove from oven & top with
shredded cheese. Return to oven & broil
(or grill) until cheese melts  (4-5 minutes).
Adjust salt/pepper & serve immediately.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: cafedelites.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna

1 (25 oz) bag frozen cheese ravioli
1 lb. ground beef, browned
3 (14-15 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 T. garlic salt
4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese (optional)

In large skillet brown beef; drain. Stir
in tomatoes & seasoning. In crockpot
cover bottom with some of the sauce.
Place a layer of ravioli across bottom;
a layer of mozzarella – repeat layers
until all meat & ravioli are used. (end
with meat sauce on top layer.) Top
with rest of mozzarella & add Parm.
cheese on top (if desired). Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours.
Turn off heat & let stand 15 minutes
before serving. Cut & serve.

(recipe: eatingonadime.com)
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Creamy Steak Fettucini

1 (12 oz) pkg. fettucini
2 T. olive oil
kosher salt/black pepper
1 lb. sirloin steak.
2 T. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. flour
2 C. milk
1 T. fresh chopped parsley
1/2 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 C. halved cherry tomatoes
2 C. baby spinach

bottled Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Cook fettucini accordg. to pkg.
directions until al dente; drain.
Season steak generously with salt/
pepper. In large skillet over medium-
high heat add 2 T. olive oil & cook
steak until desired doneness. Transfer to
a plate to let rest 10 minutes then
slice thinly.

Alfredo Sauce:

Add butter to skillet & melt; add garlic-
cook 1 minute. Whisk in flour – cook
1 more minute then add milk & simmer
until thickened, 5 minutes. Add parsley,
Parmesan & tomatoes – cook 2 minutes.
Add cooked fettucini & toss to coat. Add
spinach & toss until wilted. Top with
sliced steak & drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Spinach & Artichoke-stuffed Shells

24 jumbo pasta shells (about 12 oz)
10 oz. frozen, chopped spinach,
thawed/drained & squeezed dry
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained/
roughly chopped
1 C. whole milk ricotta
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
2/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
kosher salt/black pepper
1 C. Half & Half
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. olive oil
1/3 C. panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. chopped fresh Italian
parsley, (optional)
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Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente; drain.
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Mix spinach, artichokes, ricotta,
4 oz. cream cheese, 1/3 C. Parm. cheese,
1 tsp. salt & few grinds black pepper in
medium bowl. Whisk together Half &
Half, mozzarella, remaining 4 oz. cream
cheese, remaining 1/3 C. Parm. cheese &
1 tsp. salt in medium microwave-safe
bowl until smooth & combined. Heat in
microwave in 30 second increments,
stirring between each, until warm &
smooth, about 2 minutes. Spread
1/2 C. cheese sauce in bottom of a
9 X 13″ baking dish. Stuff a heaping
Tablespoon spinach mixture into each
shell & arrange in baking dish seam-sides
up. Pour remaining cheese sauce over
shells, cover with foil & bake 13-15
minutes until cheese is melted & bubbling.

Mix olive oil, breadcrumbs & parsley (if
using) in small bowl until well combined.
Remove foil from baking dish & sprinkle
mixture over shells. Bake until breadcrumbs
are golden brown & cheese is bubbly,
about 10 minutes. Serves 4-6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Quick Toffee/Banana Pudding

1 C. heavy cream
8 T. butter
2/3 C. packed light brown sugar
1/3 C. maple syrup
6 slices store-bought gingerbread
cake
2 large bananas, sliced
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Combine cream, butter, sugar &
syrup in small pan & heat gently,
stirring constantly until smooth &
melted. Layer cake & bananas in
9 inch square baking pan; pour
sauce on top & sprinkle with pecans.
Bake 10 minutes until sauce is
bubbly. Serve hot. Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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With both our middle & youngest sons home now
our schedules have changed a bit – more cooking
for me (I don’t mind). Middle son got a new job
at another Hilton hotel about 20 minutes from
where we live & will probably start either Monday
or Tuesday of next week (front desk). That is a good
thing for him; he was looking for a management
position but they told him if he really ‘hustled”
that might be a possibility in the near future, so
that’s good.

With oldest grandson’s baseball & track games,
my husband & I are a bit more busy than usual.
I’m still going to my two knit groups & all the other
activities so I guess the old expression: “That which
doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” sort of applies.
(grin).

Hope you are able to enjoy a little of the
Spring weather where you are!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Keep forgetting to mention: gas prices are
UP in our area, from $.259/9 to now $2.89/9
or $2.99/9, depending on where you go. I was
just glad I had 10 cents off per gallon through
Kroger – every little bit helps, right?

 

It’s Friday!

It’s another nice day out, sunny & breezy – right now it’s 57 degrees F. with a high expected of 64! YAY! We now have daffodils & hyacinth blooming and we finally saw our two (adult) rabbits in the back yard yesterday. Every year we look for them and haven’t seen them in almost a YEAR! I really am glad they (or their offspring) are still around. This morning found husband & I getting up early to take my van into the dealership – the heater fan makes a loud humming noise when you put it on medium to high. We were driving the other day & husband turned on the heat – we heard a funny sound then the loud hum noise s0 we’ll see what that’s all about when the dealership calls back. Went out to breakfast at our favorite spot: Village Place – casual dining, friendly staff, big portions – what’s not to like!?

Here’s the teal & white baby blanket I finally finished; it’s going to the Detroit Veteran’s Hospital for their September baby shower for vets wives.

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Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

1 C. corn syrup
1 C. powdered sugar
1 C. peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 C. Rice Krispies cereal

Lay sheets of waxed paper
on baking sheets.
In very large saucepan stir
together corn syrup & sugar –
bring to boil, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat & add peanut
butter & vanilla; stir until smooth
then stir in cereal. Drop by spoonfuls
onto waxed paper. Cool slightly &
roll into balls. Makes 3 dozen

(recipe: creationsbykara.com)
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Chicken Cornbread Casserole

1/3 C. milk
1 egg
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 (8.5 oz) box corn bread mix (Jiffy)
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
1 C. salsa
1 (4 oz) can green chilies, drained/
chopped
1 (14 oz) can whole kernel corn
2 C. cooked chicken breast, shredded
1 1/2 C. Mexican 4-cheese blend, cheese,
shredded
1 T. fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl stir milk, egg, butter & cornbread
mix until well incorporated – pour into
prepared dish. Bake 15-20 minutes
until just set. Combine enchilada
sauce, salsa, green chilies, corn, cumin
& red pepper flakes in a bowl. Remove
cornbread from oven; poke top of
cornbread all over with a fork & pour
enchilada sauce mixture over top.
Spread shredded chicken on top &
sprinkle cheese all over top. Return
to oven & bake 15-20 minutes longer
until cornbread is cooked through &
cheese is melted. Remove from oven
& let cool 5-10 minutes before
cutting. Garnish with cilantro &
serve hot. Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Porkchop/Potato Casserole

6 large pork chops
6 medium potatoes-peeled/
salt/pepper, to taste
cut into round slices
flour
1 large can cream of mushroom
soup
1/2 (soup can) water
oil for frying

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In 9 X 13″ baking dish layer
sliced potatoes & sprinkle
with salt/pepper. Coat pork
chops with flour. Heat oil in
large skillet & brown chops
on medium-high heat, flipping
to brown both sides. Arrange
cooked chops on top of sliced
potatoes. Heat soup with water
in saucepan & pour over chops/
potatoes. Cover with foil & bake
1 1/2 hours. Serves 4

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Crockpot Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 C. onion, diced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
juice included
with roasted garlic & onions
(Red Gold)
2 C. green or red peppers, chopped
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
3 C. beef broth
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 C. cooked rice

In skillet brown ground beef &
onions over medium heat; drain &
place in crockpot. Add rest of
ingredients; cover & cook on Low
6-8 hours. Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Ham ‘n Grits

3 C. water
3/4 C. quick cooking grits
1/2 tsp. salt
4 T. butter or margarine
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 C. cooked ham, chopped
1/4 C. green onions, chopped (can
use regular onions)
several drops hot sauce (optional)
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
cheese of your choice), divided

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a large casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray (Poster
used a 9 X 5″ loaf pan)
In a large pot bring water & salt to
a boil; add grits & cook 5 minutes
until thick. Remove from stove &
add butter, eggs, garlic powder,
ham, green onions, hot sauce & half
the cheese. Mix well & pour into
prepared dish. Bake 30-35 minutes
uncovered.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Roasted Asparagus & Spinach Pasta
Salad

8 oz. penne (or any tubular pasta),
uncooked
1 lb. fresh asparagus, cut into 1″
pieces
2 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
3 C. fresh baby spinach
2 T. toasted sesame seeds
1 C. coarsely chopped cashews
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese

Dressing:
1/2 C. olive oil
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1 clove garlic, finely minced
5 T. white wine vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. toasted (dark) sesame oil
1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
rinse & drain.
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lay asparagus on a baking sheet &
drizzle 2 T. olive oil – toss to coat &
sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt. Roast
asparagus 8-10 minutes until it’s
crisp/tender – stir after 5 minutes.
Remove & let cool.
Place all dressing ingredients (except
for oil) in a blender – pulse a few times
to mix. With blender running, add oil in
a steady stream (SEE NOTE). Mix the
pasta, spinach, asparagus & sesame
seeds in a large bowl. Toss in dressing
& top with cashews & cheese.
Serves 6-8

NOTE: Poster said: You have to remove
the little glass thing in the lid (so as to
prevent making a mess) cover most of
the hole with a paper towel while
you’re adding the oil

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Beef & Pepper Skillet

1 lb. ground beef
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
with green chilies, undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
1 T. chili powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
2 C. instant brown rice
1 medium red pepper, sliced
1 medium green pepper, sliced
1 C. shredded Colby-Monterey
Jack cheese

In large skillet cook beef over
medium heat 6-8 minutes until
meat is no longer pink; drain. Add
tomatoes, broth, chili powder, salt &
garlic powder – bring to boil. Stir in
rice & peppers; reduce heat & simmer,
covered, 8-10 minutes until liquid is
absorbed. Remove from heat; sprinkle
top with cheese & let stand, covered,
until cheese is melted. Serves 6

Freezer option:
Before adding cheese to recipe, cool
beef mixture. Freeze beef mixture &
cheese separately in freezer containers.
To use: partially thaw in fridge overnight.
Heat mixture in saucepan, stirring
occasionally & adding a little broth if
necessary. Sprinkle top with cheese &
let cheese melt.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cherry Pie Cookies

1 C. sugar
1/2 c. softened butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 C. flour
1 can cherry pie filling
melted white chocolate, for
drizzling on top

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray mini muffin pan with
nonstick spray. Cream sugar &
butter together; add egg &
vanilla; mix. In separate bowl,
combine sour cream, salt & soda.
Add flour & sour cream to butter
mixture, beat until smooth. Scoop
dough out* into muffin cups. (no
need to roll out dough, it will bake
the same). Bake 15-18 minutes making
sure they don’t get too brown. Right
after removing from oven use a small
measuring spoon to gently push in
middle of each cookie, forming a cup.
(Don’t push through cookie completely,
just make a well for the pie filling).
Let cookies cool in pan 10-15 minutes
then gently run a thin knife around edges
to remove. Place pie filling in a bowl.
Use a fork to fill each cookie cup with
cherries (poster said her cups held
2-4 cherries, each). When filled, drizzle
tops with melted white chocolate,
if desired. Makes about 30

(recipe: butterwithasideofbread.com)

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It’s been another busy week; with all that’s
been going on, my back was really hurting
yesterday and I ended up ‘begging off’ of
going to grandson’s baseball game. (Monday:
2 1/2+ hours sitting in a folding chair at
baseball; Tuesday babysitting 1 yr old then
2 1/2 hrs. sitting on a banquet bench at
knit group; Weds. 2 hrs. sitting in folding
chair at library knitting group then 1 1/2
hrs. in folding chair at special needs group)
by Thursday night my back was screaming!
Back is doing better now, I told oldest son
I’d really try to make the Monday baseball
game – we’ll see. The really GOOD thing is:
(other than picking up my van) I don’t have
anything SPECIFIC I HAVE to do or go to
until church Sunday! AND they’re having
what they call “Small Groups” Sunday
evening, so no choir practice, either! YAY!
(don’t get me wrong – I LOVE choir practice!).

Hope you are doing OK (or better) today-
looking at the weather report for tomorrow
there’s a 30% chance of snow! (but, as my
husband reminded me: “It’s ONLY 30%!” so
that’s Ok…I guess).  I’m thinking of making
Pierogies & Polish Sausage for dinner tonight –
it’s been such a ‘busy/crazy/nothing normal”
week, I haven’t cooked like I usually do (and
having middle son home – the one who loves
to eat – it seems funny not having any left
overs in the fridge!)

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

and sometimes things change . . .

Well, over the weekend life changed again – middle son moved back home (temporarily). It’s a long story but about 3 weeks ago he & his girlfriend of over a year broke up, he lost his job AND his cat ran away. (one of my friends said that sounds like the makings of a Country Western song). We would rather have him here for awhile, getting his life back in order, than him being alone.

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 Strawberries & Cream Cake

1 box white cake mix (plus egg
whites, oil & water to make cake)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temp
1/4 C. milk
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
3 C. sliced fresh strawberries
1 (12.75 oz) container strawberry
glaze (found in produce section of
grocery stores)

Prepare & bake cake accordg. to pkg.
directions for a 9 X 13″ cake – cool
completely. Beat cream cheese, milk
& powdered sugar using elec. mixer
until fluffy & smooth; fold in Cool
Whip & stir to combine. Spread
mixture over cooled cake. Combine
strawberry slices & strawberry glaze;
gently stir until strawberries are
coated with glaze – spread over
cream cheese mixture & refrigerate
until ready to serve.

(recipe: southyourmouth.com)
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Oven-fried Chicken Drumsticks

2 C. finely crushed potato chips
(6 oz bag)
3 lb. chicken drumsticks
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. buttermilk
1/2 tsp. Cajun seasoning

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with
foil; spray generously with nonstick
cooking spray. Place crushed chips
in a zip-lock bag. Pat chicken dry. In
large bowl whisk mayo, buttermilk &
seasoning until smooth. Add chicken;
toss to coat. One at a time, add chicken
to bag & shake to coat with crumbs. Place
chicken on prepared sheet & bake until
coating is golden brown, 35-40 minutes
(depending on size of drumsticks). Serve
immediately; refrigerate any leftovers.
Serves 4

(recipe: Kroger flyer)
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Turkey Tetrazzini

1 lb. fettuccine pasta
2 T. olive oil
4 C. shredded, cooked turkey or
chicken (light & dark meat)
2 C. frozen peas
6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1 C. finely chopped onion
1/2 C. finely chopped celery
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, stemmed
& thinly sliced
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/4 C. water
1/3 C. flour
3 C. chicken broth
2 C. milk (or Half & Half)
1/2 C. dried bread crumbs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
to al dente; drain & return to pot –
toss with 1 T. olive oil. Stir in
turkey & peas. In large, deep
skillet heat 1 T. oil & 3 T. butter
over medium heat – add onion &
celery, stirring, 2 minutes. Add
mushrooms, salt & poultry seasoning;
cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Pour
1/4 C. water into pan, stir to get
browned bits from bottom of pan;
cook 1 minute until liquid has nearly
evaporated – remove veggies from
pan. Return skillet to heat, add 3 T.
butter-melt, sprinkle flour into pan &
cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Gradually
add broth, stirring continuously. When
mixture begins to thicken, add milk &
cook, stirring, about 5 minutes until
sauce thickens. Remove from heat;
pour sauce over pasta in a large bowl.
Stir in mushroom mixture – mix well &
pour into prepared dish. In small bowl
combine bread crumbs, Parm., & paprika
with the melted butter – sprinkle evenly
over top of pasta mixture. Bake 30
minutes until heated through & bubbling
& top is golden brown. Allow to cool
5 minutes before serving. Serves 10

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

1 small onion, chopped
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen corn kernels
2 (10 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
with chilies
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chili
peppers, chopped
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 T. cumin
1 T. chili powder
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro

Combine beans, onion, chili peppers,
corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato,
cumin, chili powder & taco seasoning
in crockpot – mix well. Nestle chicken
into mixture in crockpot to completely
cover. Cover & cook on Low 8-10 hours
or High 4-6 hours.
One half hour before serving:
remove chicken & shred – return to
crockpot & stir in. Top with fresh
cilantro. Serves 10

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Cheesy Garlic/Ham Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 T. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 stick butter or margarine, cut into
pieces
1 1/2 C. cooked, chopped ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
you can mix cheeses- your choice)
1 1/4 C. evaporated milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl mix flour,
baking powder, salt, garlic powder
using a whisk. Cut butter pieces into
flour mixture until it resembles coarse
crumbs. Add ham, cheese & milk –
mix with a spoon & turn out onto a
floured board. (Poster pats dough out
using her hands, to desired thickness).
She uses a small cookie cutter instead
of a regular biscuit cutter. Place cut
out biscuits on prepared sheet &
bake 15-20 minutes until brown on
top. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen small
biscuits.
Serve with honey, preserves, molasses,
butter, etc.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Italian Wedding Soup

1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 T. breadcrumbs
1 T. Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. onion powder
5 3/4 C. chicken broth
2 C. chopped escarole or
2 C. chopped spinach
1/2 C. orzo pasta, uncooked
1/3 C. finely chopped carrot
grated Parmesan cheese

In medium bowl combine meat,
egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan
cheese, basil & onion powder;
shape into 3/4 inch balls. In
large saucepan heat broth to
boiling, stir in spinach, orzo,
carrot & meatballs.Return to
boil; reduce heat to medium &
cook at a slow boil 10 minutes
or until orzo is tender. Stir
frequently to avoid sticking.
Serve with additional Parm.
cheese sprinkled on top.
Serves 4

(recipe: food.com)
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Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

1 1/2 lb. small red potatoes*
1/3 C. melted unsalted butter
2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
1/3 C. plain breadcrumbs
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 C. grated Parmesan (or Romano)
cheese
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lightly spray large baking sheet
with nonstick cooking spray. Scrub
potatoes well; dry of any excess
water. Cut each potato in half &
place in large bowl. Mix garlic &
melted butter together – pour
over potatoes. Combine remaining
ingredients & add to potatoes – toss
to coat well. Place potatoes on
prepared sheet & bake 50-60
minutes until golden brown.
Serves 6

*You can use larger red potatoes,
cut them into 1 to 1 1/2 inch
chunks.

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake

1 (18.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant chocolate pudding
mix
2 C. sour cream
3 eggs
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. water
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.
In bowl of stand mixer, beat all ingredients
except: chocolate chips, until well blended.
Fold in chocolate chips & spoon batter into
pan. Batter will be thick. Bake 50 minutes
to 1 hour. Cool 15 minutes in pan before
turning out onto a wire rack to cool.

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)
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Our weather has finally ‘turned’ – it’s a
lovely, sunny day – supposed to get up
to 64 degrees F. REALLY hoping it does,
as oldest grandson has a baseball game
this evening 6:30-8 (and really don’t want
to shiver while watching, if I can help it!).

Hope you have a very enjoyable day!

Hugs;

Pammie