And so my Summer schedule begins!

Today is the start of baby/grandson sitting BOTH grandsons; was kinda hoping for an ‘easy’ day of maybe 2-5 p.m. but looks like it’s more like 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; we’ll see how this goes. Last night found me out to dinner with oldest son & his little family (minus older grandson) – it was my birthday dinner. Originally I picked “Olive Garden” but this is the Executive Chef son and he had a fit – “NO! We’re not eating there!” (he listed off a bunch of reasons, mostly that they don’t have a chef on hand to COOK their food, they warm it up & it all comes frozen – surprising. I’ve never eaten at one, their commercials just make their food look really good.) We ended up at the same place we ate for Mother’s Day. It’s a medium-priced  place with a relaxed atmosphere. Since my husband was also coming I had to kind of pick a place that wasn’t (in his words) “fancy-schmancy”. This place had good food; I had fried calamari for appetizer & cedar plank salmon, grilled asparagus & baby red skin potatoes – yummy.  Husband had the same and seemed pleased with his food (Yay). Tonight is also Knit Night so I’m really hoping I’m not totally exhausted when it’s time to go to that. I chose to watch both grandsons at THEIR house because then the (almost 11 yr old) grandson would have all his games/toys/friends right there and (hopefully) not be as bored as he would be at our house – we’ll see how this works out.

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Banana Split Dessert (Lasagna)

Crust:
2 C. crushed graham crackers
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
2 T. sugar
kosher salt

Cream Filling:
12 oz. cream cheese, room
temp.
1/4 C. sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Fruit Layer:
3 bananas, thinly sliced
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
well drained
1 lb. strawberries, finely chopped

Additional Toppings:
8 oz. tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. walnuts, chopped
chocolate syrup
rainbow sprinkles
maraschino cherries

Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.
Crust:
In medium bowl add gr. cracker
crumbs, butter, sugar & pinch of
salt; mix until evenly combined
then press into baking dish. Place
in fridge at least 15 minutes, to set.

Cream Filling:
In large bowl beat cream cheese &
sugar until fluffy, 5 minutes. Fold in
Cool Whip & spread mixture evenly
on crust.

Cream Layer:
Add even layers bananas, pineapple &
strawberries. Top with Cool Whip &
sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours up to
overnight.

When ready to serve, garnish with
chocolate syrup, sprinkles & maraschino
cherries.
Serves 12

(recipe: delish.com)
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Chicken & Summer Squash
(crockpot)

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

hot cooked rice or pasta to
serve 8

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

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
6 hard cooked eggs, chopped
1 C. chopped celery
3/4 C. sweet pickle relish,
drained well
2 C. mayonnaise
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
paprika, for sprinkling on top

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain/rinse & let cool.
In large bowl combine cooked
macaroni with remaining ingredients
(except paprika) – mix well. Sprinkle
top of salad with paprika & cover.
Refrigerate 1 hour until ready to
serve. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Shrimp Linguine

1 lb. cooked large shrimp,
(thawed/tails removed)
2 T. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes*
pinch crushed red pepper
salt/pepper
2 tsp. light brown sugar
1 C. Half & Half
3 T. fresh parsley (or 1 tsp.
dried parsley)
1/4 C. (heaping) fresh
grated Parmesan cheese
(plus extra for topping)
8 oz. cooked linguine

Place butter in large skillet
over medium heat; add garlic
& saute 2-3 minutes. Add
canned tomatoes**, crushed
red pepper, pinch or 2 of
salt & brown sugar – cook
about 5 minutes. Add Half &
Half & parsley; bring to slow
boil then immediately turn
heat to medium-low. Cook
5-10 minutes, stirring
occasionally until mixture
reduces by a third. Cook
linguine accordg. to pkg.
directions. Add shrimp,
Parm. cheese & black pepper;
cover & simmer 3 minutes until
shrimp are heated through &
cheese is melted. Add cooked/
drained linguine & simmer
3-4 more minutes. Serve
topped with more Parm. cheese
& fresh black pepper.

*poster said she used the canned
tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano

**poster said she broke up the
tomatoes using a food processor
to make them smaller

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Mexican-style Coleslaw

1 (14 oz) bag coleslaw mix
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded/
diced
1/2 orange bell pepper, seeded/
diced
3/4 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. sour cream
1 (13.75 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (13.75 oz) can corn, rinsed/
drained
1/3 C. fresh cilantro, minced
1/4 C. lime juice
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
minced
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (dry)

In medium bowl whisk together
mayonnaise, sour cream, lime
juice & dry taco seasoning mix
until combined. Refrigerate until
ready to use. Combine all other
ingredients in large bowl. Toss
with taco seasoning mixture until
thoroughly coated, then top with
more cilantro, if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Easy Mini Sausage Quiches
(appetizers)

1/2 lb. bulk hot Italian sausage
(or mild, your choice)
2 T. dried minced onion
2 T. minced chives
1 (8 oz) tube refrigerated
crescent rolls
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Swiss
cheese
1 C. (8 oz) cottage cheese
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
paprika

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray mini muffin cups with
nonstick spray.
In large skillet brown sausage &
onion over medium heat 4-5
minutes until meat is no longer
pink; drain. Stir in chives. On
lightly floured surface, unroll
crescent dough into one long
rectangle; seal seams & perforations.
Cut into 48 pieces. Press onto
bottom & up sides of prepared
muffin cups. Fill each with about
2 tsp. sausage mixture. In a large
bowl combine eggs & cheeses;
spoon 2 tsp. over each muffin
cup & sprinkle tops with
paprika. Bake 20-25 minutes
until a knife inserted into center
comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes
before removing from pans to
wire rack. If desired, sprinkle
tops with additional minced
chives. Serve warm.
Makes 4 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Homemade Won Ton Soup

1 bunch green onions, cut into
1/2 inch pieces, divided – reserve
1 T.
6 fresh mushrooms, sliced – reserve
1 T.
1 lb. ground pork
1 T. sesame oil
1 T. soy sauce
1 egg
1/4 C. dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 (16 oz) pkg. wonton wrappers*
8 C. chicken broth
16 uncooked medium shrimp,
peeled/deveined (optional)
1 medium head bok choy,
torn into 2-inch pieces
16 snow pea pods
1 dash soy sauce (or to taste,
optional)
1 dash sesame oil (or to taste,
optional)

Finely chop reserved 1 T. green
onions & mushrooms – place in
a bowl with ground pork, 1 T.
sesame oil, 1 T. soy sauce, egg,
bread crumbs, salt/pepper – stir
to thoroughly mix. Spoon about
1 T. mixture onto center of each
wonton wrapper. Use your finger
or a pastry brush, lightly moisten
edges of wrappers with water. Fold
one corner of wrapper over filling to
opposite corner to form a triangle.
Press edges together to seal. Moisten
the two long ends of triangle, fold
them together & press to firmly seal.
In large saucepan over medium heat
bring broth to a boil. Drop filled
wontons, one at a time, into broth &
cook 3-5 minutes until they float to
surface. Reduce heat to simmer &
gently stir in shrimp, bok choy &
reserved sliced mushrooms. Let
simmer 2 minutes until shrimp turn
pink then drop in snow pea pods.
Garnish with remaining green onions
& dash of soy sauce & sesame oil.
Serve immediately. Serves 8

*you can find won ton wrappers in
the fresh veggie section at the grocery
store

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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No-Bake Strawberry/Banana
Pudding Twinkies Cake

10 Twinkies, individually
wrapped (unwrap them)
4 C. whipped cream
2 C. strawberries, diced
2 C. strawberries, sliced
1 (3.4 oz) box Jell-O instant
banana cream pudding mix
1 C. heavy cream
1 C. whole milk
2 T. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Rinse strawberries; pat dry.
Slice 2 C. strawberries & mix
with powdered sugar. Place
diced strawberries in separate
bowl (cake topping).
Place unwrapped Twinkies in a
medium casserole dish. Mix
pudding mix with milk, vanilla &
heavy cream – pour over Twinkies.
Top pudding with sliced straw-
berries & top with strawberries
with whipped cream. Last, place
diced strawberries on top of
whipped cream layer. Cover with
plastic wrap & refrigerate 3 hours.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)

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Our weather has cooled off a bit, had a few
thunderstorms to help that; scattered
showers & high of 74 today.

Not much else new on the horizon except
this coming Sunday is our “one day” Log
Cabin Day – that event crept up on me.
I know that it’s always the last weekend
in June but this time it seemed to come
earlier! Hope we have good weather for
our ONE day event (still can’t get used to
it being only one day now . . . ).

Hope you are having a good start to your
week. Stay healthy!

Hugs;

Pammie

Out ‘Shoppin’! (or – subtitle: I LOVE A GOOD BARGAIN!)

Today found me out & about – first trip was to the Salvation Army looking for a chest of drawers for middle son. Didn’t find one BUT found two very nice long ‘church’ skirts ( 99 cents each!), some yarn (of course) and three very lovely hand knit baby blankets (each around $3.99). I have learned to search for these (if they’re a good price and in almost new condition) – they get added to the many blankets & items we donate to the Detroit Veteran’s Baby Shower in September. For $3.99 I couldn’t MAKE one so these were a really good find. Next was WalMart (no, I don’t shop there often but when I do…look out!). Best deal? a VERY large black forest ham/Swiss cheese/lettuce sub sandwich for $3.29! Why so low a price? It was made yesterday – normal price: $4.99! It was large enough for me to have a quarter of it and husband had the rest – VERY big lunch and very reasonable, too!

Tomorrow night is my special needs group’s last Gym Night until Fall – we’re doing Bingo. Our kids love this as we have small prizes for winning (and, of course, enough for everyone to win at least one thing). Some of the other leaders have already found some nice small items so it was my turn. Let me tell ya – trying to find something small & reasonably price for a GUY is not easy! I ended up buying four key chains that have foam ‘floats’ on them (in case you drop them in the water when boating or swimming) – weird, I know – but I was desperate! Bought 2 big boxes of the ‘theater candy’ (99 cents each) – I kind of gave up. I’m pretty sure there will also be individual bags of chips as prizes, so we’ll be ‘good’.

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Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/3 C. milk
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
2 C. chocolate chips
1 C. caramel sauce
1/2 C. (from a can of vanilla
prepared frosting)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In bowl beat dry
cake mix, milk, eggs & melted
butter until fully combined & smooth;
pour batter into prepared dish.
Sprinkle top of batter with chocolate
chips & press them down slightly.
Bake 30-35 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into cake comes out clean.
Let cake cool 30 minutes.
Spray  long fork tines with nonstick
spray: using fork, poke holes all over
top of cake. Pour caramel sauce on
top. Let cake stand 1 hour to allow
caramel to soak into cake. Microwave
prepared frosting about 15-30 seconds
until it is thinned out & easy to drizzle.
Drizzle frosting on top of cake before
serving. Serves 12-15
Store leftovers, covered, in refrigerator

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Bacon/Cheeseburger Casserole

1 uncooked pie crust
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
5 slices bacon, chopped
1/3 C. panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. yellow mustard
3 T. BBQ sauce
1 T. ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg
1/4 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Brown ground beef, onion & bacon
until no pink remains; drain well.
Remove from heat & stir in bread
crumbs, mustard, BBQ sauce, ketchup,
Worc. sauce & pepper – place mixture
into pie crust. In small bowl combine
cheese, milk & egg – spread over
meat mixture. Cover edges of pie
crust with foil (or a pie shield) to
prevent over browning of crust edges.
Bake 15 minutes, remove foil & bake
an additional 15 minutes.

NOTE: you can also add diced pickles
to the dish, omit them or serve them
on the side.

(recipe: tasteerecipe.com)
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Greek Pasta Salad

1 (12 – 16 oz) box curly pasta
(radiatore or ruffles)
1 (10 oz) bag fresh spinach,
rinsed/drained/coarsely chopped
1/2 lb. (8 oz) feta cheese, crumbled
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 C. pitted Kalamata olives, drained
1 C. bottled Greek salad dressing
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain, rinse & drain again. In large bowl
combine remaining ingredients; add
pasta & toss gently until evenly coated.
Serve or refrigerate until ready to
serve. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Hawaiian Party Salad

8 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked/
rinsed in cold water
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained (reserve 1/4 C. juice)
2 C. cooked/cubed ham
1/2 C. shredded carrot
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

In large bowl combine cooked
macaroni, pineapple chunks, ham,
carrots & onions. In small bowl
whisk reserved juice, mayonnaise,
sour cream, vinegar, sugar & salt –
pour over pasta mixture & mix
until evenly coated. Serve or chill
until ready to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Green Beans

4 (14.5 oz, ea) cans green beans,
rinsed/drained
8 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked/
crumbled (reserve 2 T. drippings)
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. ketchup
1/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1/3 C. BBQ sauce
1/4 C. honey
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

In large bowl combine ketchup, brown
sugar, BBQ sauce, honey. Wors. sauce &
cayenne until combined – season with
salt/pepper. Heat 2 T. reserved
bacon drippings in large pan or skillet
over medium-high heat. Saute onions
until softened & translucent – season
with salt/pepper & red pepper flakes –
remove from heat. Spray crockpot
insides with nonstick spray; place green beans
& onions (including remaining bacon
grease) in crockpot. Pour BBQ/ketchup
mixture over beans. Mix together then
top with crumbled bacon. Cover & cook
on High 2-3 hours or Low 4-5 hours.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Sweet Honey-Mustard Chicken
(crockpot & freezer meal)

4 chicken breasts (or 10-12 thighs)
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 C. honey
1/4 C. (4 T.) butter
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
salt/pepper, to taste

Crockpot:
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place all ingredients in crockpot.
Cover & cook on High 3-4 hours or
5-6 on Low. Remove rosemary sprigs
(discard) & shred chicken. Place chicken
back in crockpot – stir.
Serve over buttered rice, mashed
potatoes or noodles.

Freezer Meal:
Combine all ingredients & place in
freezer ziplock bag; label & freeze flat.
The day before you plan to cook, place
in fridge to thaw overnight. Next day
follow above directions for crockpot
cooking.

(recipe: auntbeesrecipes.com)
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Simple Caesar Salad for a Crowd

2 bags romaine lettuce
2 bunches green onions, sliced
1 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 bottle (good quality) Caesar
salad dressing
(toasted croutons, if desired)

Place both bags lettuce in large
salad bowl. Scatter sliced green
onions on top & sprinkle Parm.
cheese on top – toss well.
Drizzle salad dressing, a little
at a time, over mixture & toss
well as you add dressing.
Sprinkle a little more Parm.
cheese on top (& add croutons,
if using).

(recipe: lifeinmyemptynest.blogspot)
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Triple Chocolate Punch Bowl Cake


Cake:
1 1/2 C. hot brewed coffee
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
(finely chopped – or use chips)
3 large eggs
3/4 C. vegetable oil
1 1/2 C. buttermilk*
3/4 tsp. vanilla
3 c. granulated sugar
2 1/2 C. flour
1 1/2 C. cocoa powder (regular,
not Dutch)
2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. salt

Pudding:
2 (3.4 oz, ea) boxes instant
chocolate pudding mix
3 C. milk
1 C. cream

Whipped Cream topping:
2 C. heavy whipping cream
6-8 T. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
(fresh berries – optional)

CAKE:
Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Place chocolate in heat-proof bowl;
pour hot coffee over chocolate & let
stand, stirring occasionally, until
chocolate is melted. Beat eggs (using
elec. mixer) until thick & lemon-colored.
Slowly add oil to eggs, then slowly add
buttermilk – then vanilla. Add chocolate
mixture slowly & beat until well combined.
In another bowl, sift sugar, flour, cocoa, soda,
powder & salt – add gradually to liquids &
beat on medium speed just until combined.
Spray 8 or 9″ baking pans with nonstick spray.
Pour batter into pans & bake 40-60 minutes
(until center is set – do not overbake).

PUDDING:
Place pudding mix, milk & cream in large bowl
& whisk until mix is totally dissolved, 2-3
minutes. Chill until ready to assemble cake.

WHIPPED CREAM:
Place all ingredients in stand mixer with
attachment & beat until firm peaks form.
(NOTE: the amount of powdered sugar just
depends on personal preference)
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TO ASSEMBLE:
Break up baked cake into bite-sized pieces.
Place about 1/3 of cake in bottom of large
punch bowl or trifle bowl. Add 1/3 of pudding
(in even layer) then 1/3 of whipped cream (evenly).
Repeat these steps 2 times, ending with whipped
cream. Top with fresh berries, if desired.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 16

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar into
a 2-Cup measuring cup. Pour in enough
milk to read 1 1/2 Cups. Stir then let
set 5 minutes – now you have 1 1/2 C.
buttermilk!

(recipe: neighborfoodblog.com)

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My ‘car saga’ yesterday worked out, finally –
they were able to finish all the work by 4:45 p.m.;
by then my husband was home & could drive me
back to the dealership. I was able to leave there &
make it to my special needs group a little early.

Thanks for your suggestions/ideas on
how to fix my car! You know me & my
ability to ‘pick up people’? While sitting
in the dealership waiting room a lady
came over & asked what I was knitting
so I explained about the charity baby
blankets. She mentioned she belongs
to a group in a nearby city that provides
clothing for needy families; the one thing
they don’t seem to be able to get is:
BABY HATS … you guessed it, she asked
for my business card and was interested
in whether I would be able to knit some
for their group. (You know me & a good
cause – guess I’ll be switching ‘gears’ for
awhile & knitting baby hats for them.
I think I’m not the only one knitting baby
hats for our local hospital so they can
be put on hold for awhile. Hey – IF I can
fill a need for a good cause – I’m there.

I’m truly grateful for air conditioning as the weather
has turned really hot (in the high 80’s/90’s).

Gas prices are now down to $2.26/9 – dropped
another 3 cents – YAY!

I’m sitting here enjoying my ‘off day’ from
babysitting & other appointments; feels
nice to know that I don’t have to GO anywhere
later on. Dinner is Enchiladas – easy & lasts
more than one meal – YAY!

Have a GREAT Day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Some days ya just gotta be FLEXIBLE!

Today was “take my van in to the dealership for fluid changes’ day. Also on that agenda was ‘please check out WHY my right front tire has a continual slow leak!” and – why my electric side doors sometimes decide they don’t want to open/close – only sometimes! I was prepared: took 2 knitting projects and my latest book. Drove myself there, got some free coffee and commenced knitting. About half hour later nice young man from Service comes over & tells me that I have more issues than I thought: #1 they can’t find reason for electric door problem (why am I not surprised?), #2 all FOUR tires have issues (they ARE older tires) #3 something else I don’t remember now needed fixing. When I asked grand total of TIME for fixing all this they said: FIVE HOURS! Oh MY! Today is husband’s class reunion in another city so he’ll be gone a good 3+ hours, tonight is special needs group – what to do? Nice guy suggested they DO have a shuttle AND I’m just within their radius for using it -now I’m home sitting at my lovely computer, it’s almost 11 a.m. Husband ‘should’ be home in time to drive me back to dealership later. As I was getting out of the shuttle the driver said: “Hope they get your vehicle done today!” OH MY – never thought of the “What if they don’t? scenario! Mentioned to husband that he might need to drive me tonight to special needs – his response: “Won’t be the first time!” Ah, life – it’s great IF you’re flexible! Yesterday while watching the baby (just before Mom left for work) she asked if I was available TODAY to watch him – I had to say No. I texted her a little earlier explaining my plight and saying that IF she still needed, I could watch him until around 4:30 BUT she would have to pick me up; turns out her Dad will watch the baby so I’M FREE – WOW, what a concept!

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Easy Strawberry Cake

1 (16.25 oz) box white cake mix
1 (.3 oz) box strawberry Jell-O
4 egg whites
1/3 C. canola oil
1 C. frozen unsweetened
strawberries, thawed
1/2 C. water
1/3 C. butter, softened
2 1/3 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour two 9″ round
cake pans. In large bowl combine
cake mix & Jell-O; add egg whites
& oil; beat using elec. mixer until
well blended. In small bowl or
food processor, mash strawberries
in their juice – set aside 3 T.
mashed berries for icing. Add
water & remaining berries to
batter & mix; pour into pans.
Bake 20-25 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of cake comes
out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes;
remove cakes from pan to wire
racks & cool completely.

Icing:
Combine butter & reserved berrie
mixture in small bowl. Gradually
beat in powdered sugar until light &
fluffy). Place one cake on serving platter
& top with half of icing; top with second
cake & repeat, spreading icing evenly
on top.

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Chicken Burrito Skillet

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 T. olive oil, divided
1 C. uncooked long grain rice
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
& rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
2 1/2 C. chicken broth
1 C. shredded Mexican-blend cheese
1 medium tomato, chopped
3 green onions, chopped

Sprinkle chicken with salt/pepper.
In large skillet over medium-high
heat, heat 1 T. oil. Saute chicken
until browned, about 2 minutes-
remove from pan. In same pan, heat
remaining oil over medium-high
heat. Saute rice until lightly browned,
1-2 minutes. Stir in beans, canned
tomatoes, seasonings & broth – bring
to boil. Place chicken on top (do not
stir into rice). Simmer, covered, until
rice is tender & chicken is no longer
pink, 20-25 minutes. Remove from
heat; sprinkle top with cheese. Let
stand, covered, until cheese melts.
Top with tomato & green onions.
Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Mexican Corn Bread Salad

1 (1 oz) pkg. dry Ranch
dressing mix
1 C. sour cream
1 C. mayonnaise
6 corn bread muffins
2 (16 oz, ea) cans pinto
beans, drained/rinsed
1 green bell pepper,
chopped
1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen corn,
thawed
3 large tomatoes, chopped
10 slices bacon, cooked/
crumbled
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Mexican
cheese blend
6 scallions, sliced

In small bowl combine dressing
mix, sour cream & mayonnaise.
Crumble 3 corn muffins in large
glass bowl or trifle dish. Place a
layer of beans over muffins, then
bell pepper, dressing mixture,
corn, tomatoes, bacon, remaining
corn muffins (crumbled), cheese &
scallions. Cover & chill at least
2 hours before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Freezer Slaw

1 1/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. cider vinegar
2 (10 oz, ea) pkgs. shredded
angel hair cabbage slaw
1 large carrot, peeled/shredded
1 small green bell pepper,
diced
1 tsp. celery salt
1 tsp. mustard seeds (optional)

Bring sugar & vinegar to a boil in
small saucepan, stirring until sugar
dissolves; cool. Combine cabbage
slaw & remaining 4 ingredients;
pour vinegar mixture over cabbage
mixture & toss to coat. Place in a
large heavy-duty ziplock bag or an
airtight container & freeze up to
3 months. Thaw in fridge before
serving. Serves 8

NOTE: If you don’t need to make
this dish in advance, prepare dish-
cover & chill at least 2 hours before
serving.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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NO-bake “Baked Potato” Salad

8 medium potatoes (about 3 lb)
scrubbed & cut into 1-inch chunks
1 T. salt
1 (16 oz) tub sour cream
1/4 C. real bacon bits
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Place potatoes in large pot with
enough water to cover them. Add
salt & bring to boil over high heat.
Cook potatoes 10-15 minutes until
fork-tender; drain well & allow to
cool slightly. In large bowl combine
remaining ingredients; mix well.
Add potatoes & mix until well
combined. Serve warm or cover &
chill until ready to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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No-cook Roll-ups
(appetizers)

1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen
chopped spinach, thawed &
well-drained
1 C. mayonnaise
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 (.4 oz) envelope Ranch-
style salad dressing mix (dry)
1 (3 oz) pkg. bacon bits
9 (10 inch) flour tortillas

In large bowl combine all
ingredients except tortillas;
stir well. Spread mixture on
tortillas, distributing evenly.
Roll up, jelly-roll fashion;
wrap each in plastic wrap.
Chill 4-6 hours then cut into
1/2 inch thick slices & serve.
Makes 6 dozen

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Honey-Garlic Chicken Thighs

4 skinless boneless chicken thighs
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/2 C. ketchup
1/3 C. honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried basil

Lay chicken thighs in bottom of
crockpot. Whisk soy sauce, ketchup,
honey, garlic & basil together in a
bowl & pour over chicken. Cover &
cook on Low 6 hours. Serves 2

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Peachy Pork Chops

4-6 whole very ripe peaches, peeled/
pitted (can use frozen that have
been thawed or canned-in-water,
not syrup)
1 small onion,
2-4 lb. boneless pork chops
1/4 C. ketchup
1/4 C. honey BBQ sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. soy sauce
pinch salt
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Using blender or food processor,
place peaches in device & process
until smooth adding a small amount
of water, if necessary. Puree should
be smooth & not chunky. Place a
small amount of olive oil in large fry
pan heated to medium-low heat.
Place some of pork chops in pan &
cook 3-5 minutes per side until
chops are slightly browned on each
side but still pink inside (work in
batches until all are semi-cooked).
As chops are browning place finished
ones in a bowl, coat each chop with
some peach puree & place in crockpot.
When all chops are cooked/coated,
mix remaining peach puree, ketchup,
BBQ sauce, brown sugar, salt, garlic
salt, soy sauce & ground ginger in a bowl
& mix well to combine. Drizzle mixture
over top of chops. Cover & cook on
Low 5-6 hours or High 2-3 hours.
Test chops for doneness to make sure
they are no longer pink inside or when
a meat thermometer reads 145 degrees F.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Pineapple Pie

1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. crushed pineapple
3 T. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 unbaked pie shell

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat all ingredients together
(except pie shell) & pour into
unbaked pie shell. Bake until
pie sets & is brown.

(recipe: tastyrecipes/facebook.com)

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Weather-wise we’re now DEFINITELY into SUMMER;
high 80’s & low 90’s – thank heavens for air conditioning!

Gas prices are really good: $2.29/9! YAY!

Depending on whether I need to go back & fetch my
vehicle today or not, dinner “might” be enchiladas.
We love them but it takes about 40+ minutes to make
them, then about an hour to bake them – we’ll see,
dinner just might be ‘catch-as-catch-can’ (meaning
eat what you want, I’m not cooking!)

Hope you’re having an OK day!

Hugs;

Pammie

and so begins the HEAT!

Yesterday around 5 p.m. I happened to glance out at our thermometer on the garage IN FULL SUN – it read: 119 degrees F! WOW – car thermometer read 92, so you know it was a HOT one! Today it’s another fully sunny, slightly  breezy day – I’m ‘staying in’ with the air on – yep, enjoyin’ the summer INSIDE!

Checking my calendar for this week, it’s another busy one: babysitting Tues & Fri. 2:30 – 5:30/6, Wed. take my van in for routine work in the morning & special needs group in evening, (Think I might have Thurs. free, not sure) then babysitting again Friday. I don’t mind when it’s not totally FULL, gives me a chance to do the little things (like grocery shopping, getting gas, trip to drug store – that stuff) without making me feel totally frazzled. (got to add another cute Sandra Boynton cartoon here – couldn’t resist her humor:)

Now you know the difference, right?

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

4 C. fresh rhubarb (1″, diced –
4-5 stalks)
4 C. fresh strawberries, hulled &
halved (if large)
1 1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. grated orange zest
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 C. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 c. flour
1/2 C. light brown sugar, lightly
packed
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. quick-cooking oats (not instant)
12 T. (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted
butter, diced

vanilla ice cream, for serving

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Toss rhubarb, strawberries, 3/4 C.
gran. sugar & orange zest together
in large bowl. In measuring cup
dissolve cornstarch in orange juice
then mix into fruit. Pour fruit
mixture into a 8 X 11″ baking dish
& place dish on a sheet pan lined
with parchment paper.

Topping:
In bowl of elec. mixer fitted with
paddle attachment, combine flour,
remaining 1/2 C. sugar, brown sugar,
salt & oatmeal – mix at Low speed
then add butter & mix until dry
ingredients are moist & mixture is
in crumbles; sprinkle topping over
fruit in dish, covering top completely.
Bake 1 hour until fruit is bubbling &
topping is golden brown. Serve warm
with ice cream. Serves 6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Citrus Broccoli Salad

1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. orange juice
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
dash black pepper
3 C. coarsely chopped broccoli
florets (about 8 oz)
1 C. orange, peeled/cut into
bite-sized chunks
3/4 C. sweetened dried cranberries
1/3 C. roasted salted sunflower seeds
2 T. sliced red onion

In large serving bowl mix mayo,
orange juice, sugar, salt/pepper.
Add remaining ingredients & toss
until well coated. Store covered,
in refrigerator.

(recipe: facebook – Mike Suddaby)
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Crockpot Tuscany Pot Roast

& Veggies

1 (3.5 – 5 lb) beef chuck roast
5-6 carrots, cut into chunks
5-6 medium russet potatoes,
peeled/cubed
1 (12 oz) jar beef gravy
1/2 C. white vinegar
1 packet dry Italian salad dressing
mix

Place roast in crockpot, add carrots
& potatoes. In medium bowl mix
beef gravy, white vinegar & dry
Ital. salad dressing mix – pour over
roast. Cover & cook 8 hours on Low.
Remove roast & veggies to platter
& serve. Serves 4-6

(recipe: southerplate.com)
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Bacon/Egg Salad Lettuce Cups

3 T. mayonnaise
1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt (non-fat)
2 T. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
pinch salt
8 hard cooked eggs, cooked &
placed in an ice bath
4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
8 leaves butter lettuce

In small bowl add mayonnaise, yogurt,
mustard, vinegar, honey, garlic powder &
salt – stir until well combined. Chop eggs
& place in bowl; fold until well combined.
Serve salad on a leaf of butter lettuce &
top with bacon crumbles. Serves 4

NOTE: Mixture will thin after sitting in
fridge for a few hours – mix then use.

(recipe: thecreativebite.com)
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Macaroni Picnic Salad

1 (16 oz) pkg. elbow macaroni
3/4 C. extra sharp Cheddar cheese,
cubed small
1 C. bread & butter pickles, chopped
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen peas, thawed
1 red bell pepper, seeded/chopped
6 green onions + tops, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled/chopped fine
1 lb. bacon, fried  & chopped
5 hard cooked eggs, chopped

Dressing:
1 pkg. dry Ranch salad dressing mix
1 C. real mayonnaise
1/3 C. sugar
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. sweet pickle juice
2 T. mustard
(2 tsp. Tony Cachare’s Creole seasoning)
generous amount ground black pepper

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
cool. Combine all salad ingredients;
combine all dressing ingredients –
mix both together & chill until ready
to serve. Serves 8

(recipe: chindeep.com)
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Juicy Watermelon Salad

8 C. cubed seedless watermelon
(about 1 medium)
1 small red onion, cut into rings
1 C. coarsely chopped macadamia
nuts or slivered almonds, toasted
1 C. fresh arugula or baby spinach
1/3 C. balsamic vinaigrette
3 T. canola oil
1 C. (4 oz) crumbled blue cheese
(watermelon slices – optional)

In large bowl combine watermelon &
onion; cover & refrigerate until cold,
about 30 minutes. Just before serving,
add nuts & arugula to mixture. In small
bowl whisk vinaigrette & oil; drizzle
over salad & toss to coat. Serve over
sliced watermelon, if desired. Sprinkle
top with cheese. Makes 10 servings.

NOTE: TO toast nuts: Preheat oven 350
degrees F. Place nuts in shallow pan &
bake 5-10 minutes
(OR) cook in a skillet over Low heat until
lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Potato Pancakes

4 C. cold mashed potatoes
5 slices bacon
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Place bacon in large, deep skillet on
medium-high heat. Cook bacon,
turning occasionally, until evenly
browned & crisp, about 10 minutes.
Remove bacon, crumble & set aside.
Leave drippings in pan & mix mashed
potatoes, eggs, onion powder, salt/
pepper in a bowl. Stir in crumbled
bacon & cheese – form into 8 patties.
Heat drippings to medium heat &
pan-fry patties in drippings until crisp
on each side, about 4 minutes per
side.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby – Facebook)
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Peach-Pineapple Dump Cake

2 T. flour
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. water
1 1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1 stick butter (8 oz) cut into
16 cubes

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray – dust with flour
to coat. Pour Pineapple (& juices)
and peach pie filling into prepared
dish – swirl fruit using a spoon to
combine, but don’t over mix. Pour
dry cake mix on top, evenly. Scatter
nuts on top of cake followed by
cubes of butter, dotting them all
over cake top. Place baking dish
on a cookie sheet (to prevent spills
in oven). Bake 1 hour – check cake:
it should be golden brown & bubbly.
Remove from oven & serve warm
topped with a scoop of vanilla
ice cream.

(recipe: tootsweet4two.com)

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Health-wise I’m finally almost back to
my regular health; I ‘braved it’ yesterday
and sung in choir (and practice, later).
I was very happy to find that my voice
was OK (chewed a cough drop just before
we were to sing the choir number, just to
make sure I didn’t cough – it went well.)
Allergies – not very cool; haven’t had them
my entire life and now I do? Not cool.

Looking at the calendar for the rest of the
month I was almost surprised to see that
Log Cabin Day is in 2 weeks! WOW that
crept up fast! I love participating in that
event – you meet such nice people, get
to be outdoors (under a pavillion), enjoy
doing your craft of choice (knit/crochet)
in a early 1900’s setting – lots of fun. This
year they are scaling down the event due
to lack of helpers which is sad – really
hoping that doesn’t effect the entire event.
(used to be 2 full days 9-5, now it’s one day
10-4). We’ll see –

Hope you are in (relatively) good health
and able to enjoy this summer weather.

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: LOTS of summer recipes – having trouble
choosing which ones to post and not
overwhelm you with recipes!

National KNIT IN PUBLIC Day!

Seven lovely ladies participated today – we sat outside on Panera Bread’s patio (roasting in 74 degrees & sunny). I was there, also, but not in the photos; our youngest member (Katie) is in the third photo along with her younger brother. Her Mom brought all 4 kids plus their 2 puppies – interesting day! I only managed 2 hours in the heat – was just happy we had a turnout (considering I really didn’t know if anyone WOULD show up!).

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S’Mores Ice Cream Cake
(8 hour – overnight chill time)

Crust:
10 graham crackers, divided
3 T. butter, softened

Ice Cream Layer:
5 oz (or 3/4 C.) bittersweet chocolate
or chocolate chips
1/2 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk (reserve rest for whipped topping
layer)
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Marshmallow Layer:
2 C. mini marshmallows

Whipped Cream Layer:
2 C. heavy whipping cream
reserved 1/2 can sweetened
condensed milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla

S’More Layer:
1/2 C. mini marshmallows
2 Hershey chocolate bars,
broken up
1-2 graham crackers, crushed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line bottom of 8″ springform pan
with parchment paper. Using food
processor, pulse 10 graham crackers
until finely ground; add butter &
pulse until blended (or crush crackers
in ziplock bag using rolling pin). Add
graham cracker crumbs/butter to a bowl
& use fingertips to mix all well. Press
mixture into bottom of prepared pan;
bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
Let cool 25 minutes.

Ice Cream Layer:

Melt chocolate in microwave;
let cool slightly. Using elec.
mixer, beat chocolate, half can
condensed milk & vanilla in
large bowl until combined. Add
1 C. heavy cream & beat on High
speed until thick; medium peaks
forming. Spoon mixture on top of
cooled crust & spread evenly.

Marshmallow Layer:

Sprinkle marshmallows on top &
gently pat down into chocolate
filling.

Whipped Cream Layer:

Using elec. mixer, beat remaining
cond. milk, vanilla & heavy cream until
thick; medium – stiff peaks forming,
3-5 minutes – spread on top of
chocolate layer.

S’More Layer:

Break remaining 2 graham crackers into
tiny pieces; sprinkle crumbs/broken
chocolate bars & marshmallows on top
of whipped cream layer. Cover & freeze
until firm, at least 8 hours & up to 2 weeks.

When ready to serve, unmold & transfer
to a platter. Let stand 5 minutes before
slicing. Serves 12

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)
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Easy Layered Taco Salad
(overnight recipe)

1 lb. ground beef
1 small can green chilies, (undrained)
1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves
removed (all other lettuces will wilt)
1 pkt. dry taco seasoning mix*
1 C. Ranch Sour Cream mayonnaise **
1 (15 oz) can your favorite beans, drained/
rinsed well
1/2 can (about 7 oz) sweet corn kernels,
drained well
1/2 C. chopped red or green onion (more
for garnish)
8 oz. your favorite tomato salsa
8 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (3.8 oz) can sliced black olives, drained well
1/2 lb. bacon, fried crispy/crumbled
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
1 Roma tomato, seeded/chopped
ripe avocado chunks (optional)
tortilla chips – for topping

Cook ground beef, canned chilies &
taco seasoning in skillet until beef
is browned & liquid from chilies
has evaporated. Refrigerate &
allow to chill until completely cold.
When chilled, place in bottom of
9 X 13″ glass cake pan. Top with a
double layer of lettuce leaves (half
the head), 1/2 C. Ranch/sour cream
mayo (smoothed evenly), beans,
corn, onion, another double layer
lettuce (press down gently after
placing lettuce), 1/2 C. Ranch/Sour
cream mayo, salsa, cheese, olives,
bacon, jalapenos, tomato & more
onion. Cover with foil & refrigerate
12-24 hours before slicing. Break up
tortilla pieces on top & slice. You can
also top with avocado chunks, extra
tomato chunks & hot sauce.
Serves 8-12

*You can also use mixture of cumin,
chili powder & garlic powder

**Ranch Sour Cream Mayonnaise
3/4 C. real mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
3-6 T. dry buttermilk ranch salad
dressing mix

Mix ingredients together well.

(recipe: chindeep.com)
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Mama’s Chicken Rollups

2 large chicken breasts
1 can crescent rolls
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup
1/2 (soup can) of chicken broth
from cooking chicken*
1/2 (soup can) milk
1 T. flour
6 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
pinch salt & pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place chicken breasts in large
pot & cover with water; bring to
boil & cook on Medium heat
until no longer pink inside. Remove
chicken from pot & let cool enough
to handle – shred chicken. Add soup,
milk, flour, salt/pepper to broth &
stir to combine. Spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray.
Unroll crescent rolls & separate into
triangles. Put a little cheese on dough
& a good heaping of chicken at large
end of triangle. Roll up & place in
prepared pan – continue with rest
of dough & filling. Pour broth
mixture around & on top of each
roll. Bake 25 minutes then top
with cheese – bake 5 minutes more.
Let stand a few minutes before
serving with soup mixture.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Brown Sugar Meatloaf

1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. ketchup
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 C. milk
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 eggs
3/4 C. finely crushed saltine
cracker crumbs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 5 X 9″ loaf pan with
nonstick spray. Spread brown
sugar in bottom of pan & top
with ketchup (spread evenly).
Mix rest of ingredients in large
bowl then shape into a loaf;
place loaf in pan on top of
ketchup. Bake 1 hour.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Smothered Chicken
w/Bacon & Onions

8 slices center cut bacon,
cut into 1″ pieces
2 onions, cut lengthwise in
half, then sliced crosswise
1/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/4 C. chicken broth
8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
4 C. egg noodles, uncooked
1 (8 oz) tub cream cheese spread
2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Cook in stir bacon in large skillet
on medium heat until crisp; remove
bacon from skillet using slotted
spoon & drain on paper towels.
Drain all but 2 T. drippings from
skillet; add onions & cook 15-18
minutes until golden brown,
stirring occasionally. For the last
minute of stirring add flour, pepper
& half the bacon – whisk in broth
until blended (mixture will be
thick). Add chicken to crockpot &
cover with onion  mixture. Cover &
cook on Low 4-5 hours (or High
2-3 hours). About 15 minutes before
ready to serve, cook noodles accordg.
to pkg. directions, omitting salt. Drain
noodles & place on a platter. Top
with chicken, reserving onion mixture
in crockpot. Mix cream cheese spread,
milk & garlic powder in a bowl then add
to ingredients in crockpot & stir until
blended. Spoon mixture over chicken;
top with parsley & remaining bacon.
Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Santa Fe Rice Salad

2 C. cooked/cooled rice
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans,
drained/rinsed
3 ears fresh corn on the cob
(about 1 1/2 C. kernels)
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 C. minced onion
2 T. white vinegar
2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
minced
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sugar

In medium bowl combine rice,
beans, corn kernels & onion. In
another small bowl whisk remaining
ingredients; pour over rice mixture &
mix well. Cover & chill 2-3 hours to
allow flavors to blend. Stir before
serving. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cold Sesame Noodles

1 lb. linguine or spaghetti
1 C. peanut butter
6 scallions (green onions),
thinly sliced
2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
2 T. sesame oil
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1/2 of a red pepper, cut into
strips

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain. In large
bowl combine remaining
ingredients; mix well. Add
pasta & toss to coat evenly.
Cover & chill at least 1 hour
before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Gazpacho (cold summer soup)

1 (46 oz) can tomato juice
1 C. diced cucumber
1 C. diced green bell pepper
1 C. sliced green onions
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
6 T. white vinegar
4 T. olive or vegetable oil
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
hot pepper sauce, to taste

In large bowl combine all ingredients;
mix well & serve chilled. Serves 8

Note: you can also add fresh chopped
tomato, thyme, rosemary,oregano,basil
or dill.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Grilled Cabbage Steaks w/Bacon &
Blue Cheese

6 slices bacon
1 pkg McCormick Grill Mates Smoky
Applewood Marinade
3 T. vegatable oil
2 T. cider vinegar
2 T. maple syrup
1 head green cabbage, cut into
3/4″ thick slices (about 6 ‘steaks’)
1/2 C. crumbled blue cheese
2 T. thinly sliced green onions

Cook bacon in large skillet on medium
heat until crisp; reserve 1 T. drippings;
crumble bacon. Mix Marinade Mix,
oil, vinegar, maple syrup & reserved
bacon drippings in small bowl until
well blended. Place cabbage steaks
in large ziplock bag or glass dish; add
marinade & toss to coat well.
Refrigerate 30 minutes (or longer)
for extra flavor. Remove from
marinade & reserve any leftover
marinade.
Heat grill to medium heat & grill
cabbage ‘steaks’ 5-6 minutes per
side until tender-crisp, brushing
with leftover marinade. Serve
steaks topped with blue cheese,
crumbled bacon & green onions.
Serves 6

(recipe: mccormick.com)
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Summertime Fluff

1/2 (16 oz) box orzo pasta
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
drained (reserve 1 C. juice)
1/3 C. sugar
1 T. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T. egg whites
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 C. vanilla Greek yogurt
1 1/2 C. miniature marshmallows
1/2 C. maraschino cherries, cut in
half
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Rinse under cold running water;
drain well. In saucepan over medium
heat combine reserved pineapple juice,
sugar, flour, salt & egg whites; cook
until mixture thickens & is smooth,
stirring constantly. Remove from heat
& stir in lemon juice – let cool.
In large bowl combine pasta, pineapple
juice mixture & yogurt. Stir in pineapple
tidbits & marshmallows; fold in mandarin
oranges, cherries & Cool Whip. Serve or
refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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It’s a gorgeous Summer day out – sunny with
a slight breeze; it’s 83 degrees F. now & supposed
to get up to 86 – WARM!

Gas prices are in the ‘decent’ range: $2.33/9 –
I read in our local paper that gas prices around
here are the lowest they’ve been in many years.
YAY!

Right now I’m happy I’m home in my nice
air conditioning with no particular plans for
the day other than making dinner later.

Enjoy your day;

Hugs;

Pammie

Time to ENJOY LIFE!

It’s looking like another beautiful day here – in the mid 70’s & sunny! So far this week my babysitting has been rather easy (I say that quietly – I’m happy with seeing the little guy but rather enjoy a LITTLE sitting rather than 8+ hour days, back to back). The other grandfather is currently in the hospital as of Saturday – they think he had another stroke but can find no signs of it so they’re running tests. I feel really bad for the grandmother & daughter (my oldest son’s girlfriend & Mom to the baby) – they have enough stress in their lives so this just added more. Grandfather has had a history of strokes and has been losing weight (15 lb. in a little over a month) so they think he also has a slow bleed somewhere, hence why they’re keeping him at the hospital for testing. I only babysat Tuesday 2:30 – 5, so that was easy and the baby was in a great mood. Tuesday was Knit/Crochet Night, last night was special needs group. THIS SATURDAY the knit group talked me into arranging something new for us; this Saturday is NATIONAL KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY! We’re going to meet on Panera Bread’s patio at 10 a.m. and just do what we all love – KNIT (and I included our crocheters, too). Not sure just how many we’ll have (I’m guessing maybe 3?) and I’m not planning on staying long (maybe an hour?) but it’s all open-ended, so we’ll see. Currently still plodding ahead with the blue ‘Tassel stitch’ baby blanket and started another multi-color blue/white/lime green blanket in the stitch I did last (It’s from the Linus Project – another charity that collects blankets and, NO-I only borrowed their pattern, not joining another charity project group – that would be a little too much for me). I’m ‘trying’ to get my knit items delivered – need to take 40 baby hats to local hospital and about 5-6 blankets to Crisis Pregnancy Center’s mobile unit (they are a little hard to coordinate delivery times for – they are a mobile unit that travels all over; we’re looking at next week some time).

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Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

8 oz. cream cheese
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant cheesecake
pudding mix (unprepared)
1 C. International Delight French
Vanilla (coffee) Creamer
1 lb. strawberries, hulled/sliced
4 mandarin oranges, peeled/
sectioned
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
drained
3 kiwi, peeled/cut into half moons
2 mangoes, cut into bite-sized
chunks
1 banana, cut into circles
juice of 1/2 lemon

In medium (tall) bowl-poster
uses 8 C measuring cup) using
elec. mixer, whip cream cheese
until smooth. Add dry pudding
mix – beat until well combined.
With mixer on Low, slowly add
creamer to cream cheese mix –
about a tablespoon at a time –
mix until it becomes smooth &
all of creamer has been combined
into cream cheese – repeat until
all creamer has been used – whip
until smooth. In large bowl,
combine strawberries, oranges, pine-
apple, kiwi & mango. Add cheese-
cake mixture to fruit & gently
fold together. In small bowl combine
banana & lemon juice – toss until
well coated, draining any excell
lemon juice. Gently fold banana
into cheesecake salad. Chill until
ready to serve or serve immediately.
Serves 16

NOTE: Do not pour all of creamer into
cream cheese mixture at once – it will
get clumpy & no matter how long you
beat it, it will stay that way.

Recipe can be made ahead: Prepare
cheesecake mixture & refrigerate in
bowl. Mix all of fruit in large bowl &
refrigerate. Before serving, drain any
excess liquid from fruit then fold into
cheesecake mixture.

(recipe: theslowroasteditalian.com)
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Asiago Chicken Pasta w/Sun-dried
Tomatoes & Spinach

1/3 C. sun-dried tomatoes (with oil)
2 T.) (comes in a jar)
1 lb. chicken breasts, sliced in half &
chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt
paprika
1 C. Half & Half
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. asiago cheese, grated
8 oz. box penne pasta
2 C. fresh spinach leaves

If sun-dried tomatoes are too big,
chop into smaller bites. Heat 2 T.
olive oil with tomatoes & garlic in
skillet over medium heat. Add
chopped chicken – generously
season chicken in skillet with salt &
paprika – cook until chicken is cooked
through completely. To skillet add 1 C.
Half & Half & 1/4 tsp. salt – bring to boil.
Add grated Asiago cheese & stir about
30 seconds to melt cheese. Reduce heat
to simmer & continue stirring to make
sure all cheese melts. If sauce is too thick,
add another 1/3 C. Half & Half & stir.
Taste sauce – add more salt, if needed. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions – drain/
rinse. Add past to sauce. Add spinach & mix
well. On Low simmer, cover with lid & let
pasta sit to allow spinach to wilt. After
spinach has wilted, stir everything together
to combine – taste & adjust seasonings if
needed. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.co)
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Taco-stuffed Zucchini Boats

4 medium zucchini, cut in half
lengthwise
1/2 C. mild salsa
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt, to taste
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 small onion, minced
2 T. bell pepper, minced
1 (4 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 C. water
1/2 C. Mexican-blend shredded
cheese
1/4 C. chopped scallions or cilantro,
for topping

Bring large pot of salted water to
boil.
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place 1/4 C. salsa in bottom of
large baking dish. Using a small
spoon or melon baller, hollow out
centers of zucchini halves, leaving
1/4 inch thick shell on each. Chop
scooped out flesh into small pieces
& set aside 3/4 C.  to add to taco
filling (squeeze excess water out
using a paper towel) – discard
rest of flesh or using in another
recipe. Drop zuccini halves in
boiling water & cook 1 minute –
remove from water. Brown turkey
in large skillet, breaking up pieces
while cooking; when meat is no
longer pink, add spices & stir well.
Add onion, bell pepper, reserved
zucchini flesh, tomato sauce & water-
stir then cover & simmer on Low
20  minutes. Using a spoon, fill
hollowed zucchini ‘boats’, dividing
filling equally, about 1/3 C. per
half, pressing mixture into boats
firmly. Top each with 1 T. shredded
cheese. Cover with foil & bake 35
minutes until cheese melts &
zucchinis are cooked through. Top
with scallions & serve with salsa
on the side. Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Garlicky Shrimp Alfredo Bake

10 oz. penne pasta
3 T. butter, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. medium or large shrimp,
peeled/deveined
3 T. chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 T. flour
3/4 C. milk
1/4 C. chicken broth
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese,
divided
1/4 C. plus 2 T. freshly grated
Parmesan cheese, divided
fresh ground black pepper
2 large tomatoes, chopped (about 1 C.)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large pot salted water cook pasta
accordg. to pkg. directions for al dente;
drain & return to pot. In large oven-
proof skillet over medium heat, melt
1 T. butter; add garlic, shrimp & 2 T.
parsley – season with salt. Cook until
shrimp is pink & no longer opaque,
2 minutes per side. Transfer shrimp
to a plate (keep juices in skillet)
Add remaining 2 T. butter to skillet
& let melt; add flour & whisk until
golden, 1-2 minutes. Add milk &
chicken broth – bring to simmer.
Stir in 3/4 C. mozzarella & 1/4 C.
Parmesan cheese until creamy –
season with salt/pepper. Return
shrimp to skillet; add tomatoes &
cooked pasta – toss until combined.
(add more milk if mixture is too
thick). Sprinkle with remaining
1/4 C. mozzarella & 2 T. Parmesan
& bake until melty, 5-7 minutes.
Place under broiler 2-3 minutes
until top is golden (watch carefully
so it doesn’t burn). Garnish with
remaining T. parsley & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Farmers Market Summer Crockpot Stew


1 (2 lb.) beef chuck roast, cut into
1/2 inch cubes
1/3 C. flour
3 T. olive oil
2 C. sliced carrots
3 ribs celery, diced
3 C. russet potatoes, diced into 1/2
inch pieces
1 large onion, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 C. water
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 T. minced fresh parsley
salt/pepper, to taste

In large bowl combine beef cubes & flour,
mixing well to coat. In medium saucepan
over medium-high heat, saute beef in oil,
stirring occasionally until beef is slightly
browned, 5-10 minutes (beef will not be
entirely cooked). Place beef in crockpot;
add carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, garlic,
tomatoes, water, vinegar & seasonings –
stir to combine. Cover & cook on Low
5-6 hours. Season with salt/pepper before
serving. Serves 8-10

NOTE: Stew will keep, refrigerated, up
to 4 days

(recipe: wholeandheavenlyoven.com)
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Loaded Macaroni Salad


8 oz. shell macaroni
4 eggs, hard-boiled/chopped
4 sweet pickles, chopped
2 oz. pimento, diced
6 oz. black olives, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. paprika

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & rinse under
cold water. Place cooked macaroni
in large bowl with eggs, pickles,
olives, pimentos & onion. In small
bowl mix vinegar, mayonnaise, salt/
pepper, paprika & mustard – pour
over macaroni mixture & mix
thoroughly. Chill at least 1 hour
before serving.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups

9 lasagna noodles
1 (14.5 oz) jar Garlic Alfredo
sauce
1 lb. cooked, shredded chicken
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic salt
2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray an 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. Pour 1/2 C. Alfredo
sauce on bottom of pan & spread
out. Cook lasagna noodles until
al dente (do not over cook them
as they will be baked, also). Drain
& rinse noodles with cold water.
While they are cooking mix 1 C.
Alfredo sauce, 1 C. Mozz. cheese,
chicken, garlic salt & oregano in
a bowl. Lay out cooked noodles &
blot water off with paper towel.
Spread 1/9 of chicken mixture on
a noodle – roll up  & place, seam
sides down in pan – repeat with
remaining noodles & sauce. Pour
rest of Alfredo sauce on top &
top with remaining cheese. Bake
30 minutes. Serves 4-5

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Mini Muffin Tin Lasagnas
(appetizer)

1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 (15 oz) carton ricotta cheese
2 C. shredded Italian cheese blend,
divided
1 T. olive oil
24 wonton wrappers*
1 (24 oz) jar garden-style pasta
sauce
minced fresh parsley (optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bowl mix egg, ricotta cheese &
1 1/4 C. Italian cheese blend.
Generously grease 12 muffin cups
with oil; line each with a wonton
wrapper. Fill each with 1 T. ricotta
mixture & 1 1/2 T. pasta sauce. Top
each with a second wrapper, rotating
corners & pressing down centers.
Repeat ricotta & sauce layers. Sprinkle
tops with remaining cheese blend. Bake
20-25 minutes until cheese has melted.
If desired, sprinkle tops with parsley.
Makes 6 servings.

*You can find wonton wrappers in most
grocery stores in the refrigerated section
of the vegetable/fruit aisle

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pineapple Sunshine Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 C. oil (poster used vegetable)

Frosting:
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple with
juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
combine cake mix, eggs, oil &
crushed pineapple with juice;
mix well & pour into prepared
pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
of cake comes out clean. Allow
to cool completely on wire rack.
In medium bowl fold Cool Whip,
pudding mix & crushed pineapple;
spread over top of cooled cake.

NOTE: Poster reserves a small
amount of pineapple to sprinkle
on top of frosting at the end

(recipe: belleofthekitchen.com)

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Not much else new around here, gas
prices are staying the same ($2.49/9).

Hope you are enjoying a lovely day –

Hugs;

Pammie

I HAD FUN!

Yesterday was an all-day babysitting (9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) but it was also the opening day of a friend’s new restaurant. My oldest son (the chef) has a close friend/neighbor who decided to open a restaurant in Keego Harbor, MI. ;my  son’s girlfriend (and  grandbaby’s Mother) is the head bartender at this place, also. Son & girlfriend invited my husband & I to said opening (my husband said No – he’s not really fond of large gatherings) so my son said: “Come on, Mom – I’ll pick you up at 6:30 – we’re going!” You see the title of this blog – the place was PACKED with people, all wait staff was hopping – the menu is a little different than I’m used to (more ‘modern’ – for example they had ‘deconstructed crab cakes’ – read that as crab DIP! – we ordered it – it was ‘ok’). The interior is ‘laid back 50’s decor’; we (Son, 10 1/2 yr old grandson, myself & the baby) ordered appetizers: Crab DIP, nachos & grandson ordered bacon-wrapped shrimp (with jalapeno inside & maple/sriracha dip) – crab dip I already commented on, shrimp was tasty but the nachos came on a HUGE plate, heaping with really tasty nachos! Son said they make the chips themselves using won ton wrappers they cut into wedges & deep fry – they were light, very thin & tasty! We stayed 2 1/2 hours; girlfriend was REALLY hopping, her parents came, too; our friend the new owner had about 30 family there – a great evening! Middle son & his girlfriend (& her girl friend) also came just about when we were leaving – lots of people/music/food – hoping it really makes a go of it there. (I noticed when we left there is an Italian restaurant right next door – son said it’s more upscale, so no competition but directly across the street is ANOTHER restaurant, about the same venue – we’ll see where this goes.) Guess I should list the name of the new restaurant: Doc & June (I know, weird name plus the sign is written really strangely – told son they might have trouble with people understanding just WHAT it is by their sign). I should also explain: the DOC is the back part of the restaurant – they will (eventually, as soon as all gets DONE) make that into a little ‘store’ where you can pick up quick sub sandwiches, veggies, breads, etc. The owner/friend said that there really isn’t any place close by for people to grab quick fresh foods so hope that part ‘goes’ well, also.

Babysitting again today, but only for a few hours; I’m really anxious to hear the ‘war stories’ from last night (from the baby’s Mom). Both oldest son & his girlfriend have been having TONS of work trouble: staff coming in late or leaving early (or just plain not coming at all), yesterday the main computer at son’s restaurant went down hence no way to (quickly) get customer’s bills/room orders, etc. – since son is Exec. Chef, that also meant all restaurant/bar orders had to be hand-done, then backed up on another computer, etc. Crazy stressful! Both son & his girlfriend have been working horrible amounts of hours for the past 2 weeks, really hoping this calms down SOON! They were able to get away for 2 days to her parent’s cabin over the weekend so that helped son (and baby behaved beautifully!).

On the health end, I’m kind of getting better – not quite so fatigued – YAY! Throat is not as sore, but still at any given moment when I go to speak, I’m suddenly totally out of breath & coughing up a storm. (I can see I won’t be singing any time soon – that makes me sad, as our church choir only has 3 more Sundays to sing before we take 2 months off for Summer). Oh well – you do what you have to do (or in my case, what you CAN do, right?)

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Pineapple Fluff Salad

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened
condensed milk
1/4 C. lemon juice
2 (20 oz, ea) pineapple tidbits,
drained
1 1/2 C. multicolored miniature
marshmallows, divided
1 (8 oz)  tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. chopped nuts
1/3 C. maraschino cherries, chopped

In large serving bowl beat cream cheese,
milk & lemon juice until smooth.
Add pineapple & 1 C. marshmallows;
fold in Cool Whip. Sprinkle top with
nuts, cherries & remaining marsh-
mallows. Refrigerate 1 hour (also
refrigerate any leftovers).
Serves 16 (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Hawaiian Garlic Butter Shrimp


1 lb. (26/30) shrimp, deveined/
shell on
2 T. olive oil
2 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 C. flour
8 T. unsalted butter, cut into
1″ pieces
10 cloves garlic, chopped
2 T. dry white wine
1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 T. chopped parsley

For Serving:
cooked white rice
lemon wedges
pineapple

In large ziplock bag place shrimp, oil,
paprika, cayenne, salt/pepper & toss
well to coat, making sure all shrimp
are evenly coated. Seal bag & refrigerate
at least 30 minutes/up to 24 hours.
When ready to prepare, remove from
fridge. Add flour to a shallow baking
dish; dredge shrimp on both sides
in flour. Heat a large saute pan on
medium heat; add butter & melt.
Add garlic & saute 30 seconds then
add shrimp. Cook 3 minutes per side
until cooked through. Add wine &
lemon juice; stir to combine. Continue
to cook 1 minute; remove from heat
& garnish with parsley.
Divide shrimp among 4 plates &
serve immediately with side of rice,
lemon wedge pineapple.
Serves 4

(recipe: cookingwithcocktailrings.com)

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Ramen Noodle Summer Salad

3 pkgs. ramen noodles, uncooked
3 C. finely shredded cabbage
1/2 C. thinly sliced celery
1/2 C. finely shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. diced carrot
1/4 C. vegetable oil
2 T. white vinegar
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. white pepper
paprika, to garnish

Prepare ramen noodles according to
pkg. directions but do not add spice
packets, drain. In large bowl combine
noodles, cabbage, celery, cheese & carrot.
In small bowl blend oil, vinegar, sugar,
seasoned salt, dry mustard & pepper;
stir in add to noodle mixture – toss to
coat. Chill thoroughly. Toss gently before
serving & sprinkle with paprika before
serving. Serves 8

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Creamy Tortellini Skillet
(with or without sausage)

12 oz. turkey sausage
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. canola oil
1 (19 oz) pkg. frozen tortellini
1 1/2 C. spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 C. chicken broth
3/4 C. Half & Half
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Slice sausage into coin-sized pieces.
In large skillet over medium heat add
canola oil, garlic & sausage; cook until
brown. Pour in spaghetti sauce, chicken
broth & Half & Half, stir to combine
well. Add frozen tortellini & stir to mix.
Increase heat to boil then reduce heat
& cover with lid. Cook 12-15 minutes
until pasta is tender. Sprinkle top with
Parmesan cheese before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Cracker Barrel Sunday
Homestyle Chicken

oil for frying
4 boneless, skinless chicken
breasts
2 C. flour
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 C. buttermilk*
1/2 C. water

Pour 3-4 inches of oil into a deep
fryer or large pot – preheat oil
to 350 degrees F.

Seasoned flour:
Combine flour, salt/pepper in
a bowl – stir to combine well.
In another bowl mix buttermilk &
water. (NOTE: if your chicken breasts
are not fairly uniform in size, place
them between 2 slices of waxed paper
& gently pound them out with a meat
pounder until they are more uniform in
size – this helps with even cooking times)
Pat breasts dry with paper towel. Season
chicken with salt/pepper then dredge in
flour, dip in buttermilk, then dredge again
in seasoned flour. Deep-fry chicken in hot
oil, turn breasts during cooking to make
sure both sides are golden brown (about
7-8 minutes for each one). Drain chicken
on a wire rack. Serves 2

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. vinegar or lemon juice in a
1-cup measuring cup & fill cup to
1 cup with milk. Stir & let stand
5 minutes – now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: copykat.com)
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(Copycat) KFC Coleslaw

2 heads green cabbage, chopped
fine (approx. 20 C.)
1 C. chopped fine carrot
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 C. buttermilk*
1 C. whole milk
2 C. real mayonnaise
1/4 C. white vinegar
2 T. fresh lemon juice

In very large container (note: Poster
uses a 8 quart container), mix cabbage
& carrots until well blended. In large
bowl combine sugar, salt, pepper,
buttermilk, whole milk, mayo, vinegar
& lemon juice – whisk until well blended
& smooth – pour over cabbage/carrot
mixture & mix very well. Cover & chill
at least 2 hours prior to serving. When
ready to serve, stir once again, very well.
Serves at least 20

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar into
a 2-cup measuring cup – fill rest of
cup to 2 cup mark with milk – stir & let
stand 5 minutes – now you have
buttermilk!

(recipe: chindeep.com)
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Pecan Cobbler Dump Cake

6 T. butter (no substitutes)
1 C. pecans
1 1/2 C. self-rising flour
1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
2/3 C. milk (more, if needed)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 C. hot water

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Add butter to a 9 X 13″ baking dish &
melt in oven. Swirl butter around in
pan to coat bottom then sprinkle
nuts over butter. In a bowl mix flour,
sugar, milk & vanilla – stir to combine
but do not over mix. Pour batter over
butter & nuts – do not mix. Sprinkle
brown sugar evenly over batter – do
not stir. Carefully pour hot water over
mixture – do not stir. Bake 30-35
minutes until golden brown.

(recipe: callmepmc.com)
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Fresh Tomato & Cucumber Salad

1/4  C. lemon juice
1/4 C. olive oil
1 T. minced fresh basil (or 1 tsp.
dried)
1 T. white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. minced fresh mint (or
1/4 tsp. dried)
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
4 plum tomatoes, seeded/chopped
2 medium cucumbers, chopped
1/2 C. Greek olives, sliced
2 C. torn mixed salad greens
3/4 C. crumbed feta cheese
1/4 C. pine nuts, toasted

In small bowl whisk first 8 ingredients.
In large bowl combine tomatoes,
cucumbers & olives; drizzle with half
of dressing & toss to coat. Arrange
salad greens on large serving plate;
spoon tomato mixture over top. Sprinkle
top with cheese & pine nuts then
drizzle with remaining dressing.
Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Colorful Corn  & Bean Salad

1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (13 oz) jar corn relish
1/2 C. canned kidney beans (rinsed)
1/2 C. quartered cherry tomatoes
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/4 C. chopped sweet orange bell
pepper
1/4 C. sliced pimiento-stuffed olives
2 tsp. minced fresh parsley

In large bowl combine all ingredients.
Cover & refrigerate until serving
Makes 12 servings (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Bacon-Cheddar Chicken &
Potatoes

1/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
6 large bone-in chicken thighs,
skin & fat removed
4 slices bacon
1 1/2 lb. red skin potatoes (about
5) cut into 1″ chunks
1 onion, cut into 1/2″ chunks
1 C. (Kraft) shredded Triple
Cheddar cheese
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Marinade:
Pour salad dressing over chicken
in a shallow dish & refrigerate
30 minutes.

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cook bacon in large skillet on
medium heat until crisp; remove
from skillet, reserving 1 T. drippings
i skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels.
Add potatoes & onions to skillet & cook
6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove
from heat & crumble bacon – add to
potato mixture & mix lightly. Spoon
into 9 X 13″ baking dish. Remove
chicken from marinade (discard
marinade) – place chicken over potato
mixture & bake 55  minutes to 1 hour
until potatoes are tender & chicken is
fully cooked (165 degrees F. ). Top
with cheese & parsley. Serves 6

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Elvis Pudding Cake

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant banana cream
pudding mix
3 C. cold milk
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (regular size)
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 C. peanut butter chips
1/2 C. chocolate chips

Optional toppings:
Whipped cream (or Cool Whip),
sliced fresh bananas

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. In medium bowl whisk pudding mix
& milk 2 minutes – let stand another
2 minutes until soft-set – pour into crockpot.
Prepare cake mix accordg. to pkg. directions,
add in 1/2 C. peanut butter; pour cake
batter over pudding. Cover & cook on Low
3-3 1/2 hours. Sprinkle peanut butter chips &
chocolate chips on top. Cover crockpot but
turn it off
. Let stand 15 minutes to partially
melt the chips. Serve warm with optional
toppings. Serves 12

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

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Our weather has been very nice- mid 70’s
most days & sunny (can’t beat that!). Hope
you are beginning to enjoy this upcoming
Summer.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Memorial Day

The Day we remember those who died in service to our country

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It’s a beautiful day out there – sunny, slight breeze and supposed to get up to around 76 degrees – perfect for those who are planning outdoor activities. With that said, here’s more picnic/family gathering type recipes!

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No-Bake Crispy Peanut Butter Squares

1 C. smooth peanut butter
1/4 C. butter or margarine
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch salt
2 C. corn flakes cereal
1 C. crispy rice cereal
8″ square baking pan, lightly greased

In saucepan over Low heat, stir peanut
butter, butter, brown sugar & corn
syrup until blended & smooth – remove
from heat & stir in vanilla & salt. In
large bowl mix cereals; add peanut
butter mixture & mix well. Press evenly
into prepared pan. Chill 6 hours until
firm; cut into squares. Makes 16 squares

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Spicy Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp

GRILL

1 T. lemon juice
zest from half lemon
4 T. softened butter
3 T. crushed hot peppers
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. fresh garlic, minced
2 lb. 16-20 shell-on raw shrimp
(look for deveined) *
2 T. minced fresh parsley,
(optional garnish)

In food processor or blender, place
lemon juice, zest, butter, hot
peppers, paprika, cumin, black
pepper & garlic – puree to a smooth
consistency. Using a small spoon,
scrape some of mixture along outside
edge of shrimp (where vein would be)
UNDER shell. Rub remaining mixture
over all shrimp so mixture is all over
each piece & in center cut. Refrigerate
shrimp at least 1/2 hour – preheat
grill to High heat.

Place shrimp on grill & grill a few
minutes on each side until cooked (no
need to oil grill grates). Do no overcook.
Makes 36 shrimp

*If shrimp are not deveiend, run a
sharp knife around outside curve of
each shrimp but leave the shell
on & remove the vein.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Simple Cucumber Salad

1 large English cucumber,
sliced thin
2 tsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh dill fronds, finely
chopped

Place sliced cucumber in medium
bowl. In small bowl whisk both
vinegars, salt/pepper, mustard &
sugar – while whisking, slowly
drizzle oil to form the vinaigrette.
Taste & adjust salt to your liking.
Add dressing to cucumbers along
with fresh dill & gently toss to
combine. Serve immediately.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Spring Vegetable/Egg Casserole

2 T. olive oil
1 white onion, diced
1 large carrot (or 1 C. baby carrots)
peeled/diced
1 lb. asparagus, cut on diagonal into
bite-sized pieces
4 oz. sugar peas, halved
4 C. broccoli florets, chopped (about
1 medium head broccoli)
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
4 oz. feta cheese crumbles
12 large eggs, whisked
1/2 C. milk
salt/pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Heat 1 T. oil in
large saute pan over medium-
high heat; add onion & saute
4-5 minutes until soft & trans-
lucent. Add remaining 1 T. oil,
carrot, asparagus, snap peas,
broccoli & garlic – stir to combine.
Continue cooking 8-10 minutes,
stirring occasionally, until veggies
have softened & cooked through.
Add mushrooms & cherry tomatoes –
stir 3-4 minutes. Transfer half of
mixture to prepared dish & spread
in even layer. Sprinkle top evenly
with half of feta; repeat with rest
of veggies followed by rest of feta.
In separate bowl whisk eggs & milk
plus a generous pinch of salt/pepper
until combined – pour evenly over
veggies in dish. Bake 30-40 minutes
until a toothpick inserted in middle
of casserole comes out clean. Serve
immediately. Serves 12

NOTE: If you would like to prepared
this in advance: prepare casserole,
cover & refrigerate up to 1 day before
baking. At time of baking, remove cover,
let casserole rest at room temperature
while oven heats, then bake as directed.

(recipe: yummly.co)
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Summer Strawberry Crepes

8 slices white bread, crusts cut off
1 quart strawberries, washed/hulled &
diced
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. Greek yogurt, any flavor
2 T. sugar
3 eggs
2 T. Half & Half

Using a rolling pin, roll bread completely
flat & thin. Mix cream cheese, yogurt &
sugar in a bowl, whisking lightly. Spread
flattened bread with cheese mixture –
sprinkle a bit of the berries in a thin line
near edge of each bread slice & roll bread
over berries & continue to roll up – continue
with rest of bread/berries. Whisk eggs &
Half & Half. Heat a saute pan over medium
heat & spray lightly with nonstick spray. Roll
bread rolls in egg mixture & place in pan, edge
sides down. Saute on all sides until brown. Remove
to a plate, spoon some of the cheese mixture over
centers of each & sprinkle tops with more
strawberries. Serve warm. Serves 8

(recipe: modernchristianhomemaker.com)
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7-Layer Salad

1/2 head iceburg lettuce
2 C. baby spinach and/or
baby kale
1 C. diced tomatoes
6 hard boiled eggs, diced
or sliced
6 sliced green onions (save
1 T. for garnish)
8 sliced bacon, cooked/crumbled
roughly
1 1/2 C. frozen peas
1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 T. fresh dill, chopped

Dressing:
Combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise,
sugar, salt/pepper/dill – whisk to
combine.
In bottom of large bowl arrange
lettuce, then a layer of spinach &
kale. Arrange tomatoes on top of
spinach/kale. Layer boiled eggs on
top of tomatoes followed by a
layer of bacon then add frozen
peas on top of bacon. Spread
dressing evenly over top & sprinkle
top with dill garnish & green onions.

NOTE: Additional toppings, if desired:
shredded Cheddar cheese, frozen
corn kernels, sliced/chopped cucumber,
chopped red onion

(recipe: ehow.com)
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Tuscan Tortellini Salad

1 lb. cheese tortellini (fresh)
1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
4 slices prosciutto, chopped
1/2 C. baby spinach
1/2 C. sun-dried tomato, chopped
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded

In large pot boiling salted water
cook tortellini accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & transfer to large
bowl.
Dressing:
Whisk olive oil, bals. vinegar, salt &
pepper. Add prosciutto, spinach,
sun-dried tomato & dressing to
bowl with tortellini & toss until
well combined. Garnish with
Parmesan cheese. Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Garlic Cheddar Quick Bread


3 C. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded
1/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 1/2 C. milk
1/4 C. canola oil
1 egg

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick
spray. In large bowl whisk flour,
baking powder, sugar, garlic
powder & Ital. seasonings. In
another bowl mix milk, egg &
oil until well combined; fold in
cheese. Pour mixture into
prepared pan (if desired
sprinkle a little additional
Italian seasoning on top)
Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Let bread cool approximately
15 minutes before cutting.
Makes 1 loaf

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Easy Taco Bake

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
2/3 C. water
(Fritos) Chili cheese corn chips
1 can Cheddar cheese soup
1/2 C. milk
8-12 oz. shredded mozzarella
cheese – topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In skillet brown ground beef then
add taco seasoning & water (as
per seasoning packet – cook per
directions on packet). Cover the
bottom of a 9 X 9″ baking pan
with Fritos & top with taco meat.
In saucepan, heat soup & milk
until smooth then pour over taco
meat. Spread cheese on top of pan
& bake 10-15 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Corn/Bacon/Jalapeno
Popper Dip
  (uses 3 qt. crockpot)

16 oz. cream cheese, softened/
cubed
1 C. mayonnaise
4 oz. canned green chilies,
drained/chopped
4 oz. canned jalapeno chilies,
drained/chopped
1/2 c. Mexican cheese blend,
shredded
1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 C. panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

In small (3 qt) crockpot mix
first 6 ingredients. Cover &
cook on Low 1 hour, stirring
occasionally. In small bowl mix
bread crumbs & Parm. cheese;
sprinkle over top of cooked
dip. Serves 10

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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The Perfect Lemon Dessert

Crust:
1 C. butter, softened (but not
room temp)
2 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. pecans, chopped small

Cream Cheese Layer:
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese
1 C. powdered sugar

Pudding Layer:
2 small boxes lemon pudding mix
3 1/2 C. cold milk
1 (16 oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed

fresh lemon zest – garnish (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Stir crust ingredients together using
a fork; press into bottom of 9 X 13″
baking dish & bake 15-20 minutes
until light golden brown. Remove
from oven & cool completely.

Beat cream cheese & sugar until creamy
& smooth; spread over cooled crust. Whisk
together pudding mixes & milk then allow
to sit 5 minutes to thicken – spread on top
of cream cheese layer. Cover & refrigerate
1 hour.
Spread Cool Whip on top & cut into 18-24
pieces – garnish with fresh lemon zest, if
desired.

(recipe: tasteerecipe.com)

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Hope you have a safe & fun holiday –
relax & enjoy the day!

Hugs;

Pammie

and the weekend begins!

I love the fact that we have a 3-day weekend but also know that I will have to go grocery shopping later today (oh, joy…). I’m sure there will be lots of folks rushing to get their ingredients for great holiday picnics & cook-outs; for us, nothing special (I might buy some mustard potato salad – isn’t THAT invigorating!? hehehe). Still battling the sore throat & cough/fatigue. I told my husband this morning I felt like I could easily go back to bed & sleep another 4+ hours (whatever this ‘bug’ is, I’m really getting the deep/lots of dreams sleep!). Attended the funeral visitation yesterday and ran into a lady who used to work for the phone company when both my husband & I did (Bonnie Brown – for those of you ‘former Bell employees who will ask me: WHO was it?). She saw me across the room & pointed, while mouthing: I KNOW YOU!” I have a terrible memory but it’s a great thing my husband has a phenomenal one – (they had a great chat while I listened.) It’s been 34 years since I retired so I really don’t remember the names/faces anymore – husband is always saying he wishes he could give ME his memory (wouldn’t that be great!).

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No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake
Ice Cream

2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) jar sweetened condensed
milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. thawed frozen blueberries
3 T. sugar
2 T. lemon juice

In large saucepan cook blueberries,
sugar, lemon juice & salt over medium-
high heat; bring to boil until mixture
starts to thicken. Remove from heat &
allow to cool completely then chill in
fridge about 1 hour.
In large bowl beat cream cheese until
creamy & smooth. Using elec. mixer,
add condensed milk & vanilla, mixing
until smooth. Add vanilla & heavy
cram – whisk on High speed until soft
peaks form. Spread half mixture into a
loaf pan. Spoon chilled blueberry sauce
over whipped mixture. Top with remaining
cream mixture, spreading evenly. Using a
knife, drag or swirl blueberry mixture into
cream mixture. Cover with foil & freeze
6 hours until firm.

(recipe: frugalcouponliving.com)
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5-Minute Avocada Salad with Bacon

1 medium avocado, coarsely chopped
1 roma tomato, coarsely chopped
1 T. onion, finely chopped
3 slices bacon, fried crisp/crumbled
1 T. cilantro, finely chopped
1 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. olive oil
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder

Toss all ingredients together &
serve immediately. Serves 2

(recipe: intoxicatedonlife.com)
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Crockpot Bavarian Brats & Sauerkraut

1 lb. bratwurst (or smoked sausage/
kielbasa)
1 (14 oz) can whole potatoes, drained
1 (14-16 oz) can sauerkraut (undrained)
1/4 C. apple juice
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. caraway seeds

If using uncooked bratwurst, prick casing
& steam 10 minutes to release any excess
fat. (this step can be eliminated if using
fully-cooked smoked sausage or kielbasa)
When meat is cool enough to handle,
cut in 1-inch pieces. Brown meat in large
skillet over medium-high heat; then add
to crockpot. Add sauerkraut, juice, sugar,
caraway seeds & potatoes – stir to combine.
Cover & cook on High 3 hours (or Low about
5 hours).  Serves 2

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Amish Hot Bacon Slaw

1 small head cabbage, chopped
1 C. thinly sliced carrots
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
6 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic paste
1/2 tsp. celery seed
salt/pepper, to taste

Whisk vinegar, sugar, olive oil,
garlic paste & celery seed together.
Fry bacon until crisp then stir in
cabbage, carrots & onion; season
with salt/pepper & cook, stirring,
until cabbage wilts. Stir in vinegar
mixture & continue cooking until
vegetables are crisp-tender &
liquid is about gone. Serve warm.
Serves 6

Suggested serving with: BBQ rubs, pork
steaks, BBQ chicken or pulled pork
along with sides of mac & cheese,
corn on the cob or baked beans

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Sriracha Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs, hard cooked
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 T. sriracha sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard (or Creole)
salt/pepper, to taste
sweet paprika (garnish)
1 fresh red fresno (red jalapeno)
pepper, thinly sliced into rings
(optional garnish)

Place eggs in saucepan & cover with
cold water. Bring to rolling boil then
reduce heat & simmer 10 minutes.
Drain hot water from eggs & cover
with cold water. Peel eggs & halve,
lengthwise; remove yolks to a small
bowl & mash with a fork. Stir in
mayonnaise, sriracha sauce, mustard,
salt/pepper until smooth. Pipe* mixture
into egg white halves & garnish with
a sprinkle of paprika & slice of
red jalapeno (if using). Serves 12

*If you don’t have a piping bag: spoon
mixture into a large ziplock bag; seal
top & snip one corner tip of bag – use
to pipe filling into eggs

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Watermelon Lemonade

4 C. watermelon juice (see below)
1 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 C. cold (filtered) water
1/2 C. sugar
fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Cut fruit from melon & remove
both white & black seeds. Puree
fruit & strain; discard solids. Stir
strained watermelon juice with
lemon juice, water & sugar,
to taste. Serve garnished with
mint sprigs, if desired. Makes
8 servings.

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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4 Bean Salad
(6 hour or overnight recipe)

4 (16 oz, ea) cans beans: choose
4 types: green beans, kidney beans,
chickpeas, cannellini beans, wax
beans, limas, black-eyed peas, etc.)
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

Dressing:
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Whisk dressing ingredients together.
Mix salad ingredients together &
marinate in dressing 6 hours or
overnight before serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Shrimp Kebabs
(with passion fruit glaze)

Glaze:
1 C. passion fruit juice
2 oz. dry white wine
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sriracha sauce
1 T. ketchup

1 lb. jumbo shrimp or prawns,
shelled, leaving tail section on,
deveined (about 20 per lb)
soaked bamboo skewers
approx. 20 slices bacon, 1 slice for
every shrimp (depending on
shrimp size per lb.)
3 baby zucchini cut into about
20 pieces
about 20 small crimini mushrooms,
brushed clean

Heat grill to moderate heat
Stir ingredients for glaze together
in small saucepan & reduce over
Low heat, stirring often, until
glaze becomes thick & syrupy.
Using 1 soaked skewer, pierce
1 end of a slice of bacon, add
shrimp-poking skewer right in the
shrimp & then secure the top
of the bacon slice over shrimp
on skewer. Add a piece of
zucchini & mushroom to each
skewer – repeat with rest of
skewers & ingredients.
Grill shrimp, turning often,
basting with glaze as the
bacon becomes about
2/3 done. Continue to
baste & cook until bacon
is cooked through. Serve
any extra glaze with skewers.
Serves 3-4

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Beer BBQ Sauce

2 T. butter
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 C. tomato sauce
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 T. molasses
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 T. hot sauce
1 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
12 oz. lager beer

Whisk all ingredients together;
heat in a saucepan, stirring
frequently, until mixture reduces
& becomes as thick as you prefer.
Makes 1 pint.

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Strawberry Dessert Pizza
(uses cast iron griddle)

1 (16 oz) pkg. ready-to-bake
sugar cookie dough (24 individual
cookies)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow whip (cream)
1 (16 oz) jar strawberry glaze (poster
uses Marzetti’s – usually in area where
fresh strawberries are sold)
1 (13 oz) carton fresh strawberries,
sliced into halves

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Arrange individual ready-to-
bake cookie dough into 12-14″
round cast iron griddle. Press
cookie dough pieces together
to form a pizza crust. Bake
15-18 minutes or until dough
is cooked & golden brown.
Let crust cool completely.
Beat cream cheese & marsh-
mallow whip in bowl of
elec. mixer using wire whisk
attachment until smooth &
creamy. Spread cream mixture
over cooled crust to within
1/2 inch from edges. Spread
strawberry glaze over cream
cheese mixture & top with
fresh strawberry halves.
Refrigerate any leftovers.

(recipe: cookingwithk.net)

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It’s now noon and I’d better get myself
ready to go shopping; it’s funny-with
just my husband & I here now, food
goes farther – we just don’t eat as
much as when we had the boys here.
(except when middle son drops in &
consumes all the leftovers! His girlfriend
calls him a walking garbage can!). We
even have only ONE bag of garbage
each week now – used to run 2-3
(39 gallon) bags per week. Yep, guess
it’s confirmed – we’re now officially
OLD PEOPLE! When at the funeral
visitation yesterday I had a long talk
with the grandson of the man who
passed. Grandson is a great friend of
my boys (I consider him one of my
kids); while we were talking I mentioned
something about my age (will be 69 in
June) and he choked: “I thought you
were my MOM’s age!” (somewhere
in the 50’s) I told him it’s thanks to
REVLON hair coloring! hehehe-nice
to have people think you a bit
younger than you are, right?

Enjoy your day – it’s a gorgeous one
out there today – sunny & 69 degrees
F. (supposed to get up to 75 later
today!) THIS is the weather I love!
Sunny, not too hot, a slight breeze –
would love to be floating along on
a boat somewhere just observing the
scenery. (in fact, husband & I had
that very conversation yesterday
while driving past a local lake: he
said he’d want to be on a pontoon
boat, fishing with me at the wheel;
I said I’d rather just be in a row boat
floating along looking at the fish &
seeing the water lilies – interesting
differences, I guess.

Hugs;

Pammie

Very Quick Post

The next two days I will be babysitting my 2 1/2 mo. old grandson for 8 hours + so will not have time to blog; am attempting to throw together a quick one for you.

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Tropical Jell-O Pretzel Salad

Crust:
2 C. crushed pretzels
3/4 C. melted butter
3 T. sugar

Filling:
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
(do NOT drain)
1 (3 oz) box Coconut Cream pudding
mix
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed*

Topping:
1 (3 oz) box orange Jell-O
1 C. boiling water
3 (11 oz, ea) cans mandarin oranges,
drained

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Combine crushed
pretzels, sugar & melted butter in
pan – gently stir to combine &
spread around pan evenly. Bake
10 minutes & cool completely.
Pour entire can of crushed pineapple
(with juices) in a medium bowl;
sprinkle coconut pudding mix on top
& stir until completely incorporated.
Fold in Cool Whip & transfer to dish,
spreading on top of baked pretzels,
making sure to reach all edges.
Refrigerate while mixing Jell-O.
Combine 1 C. boiling water with
box of Jell-O; stir until completely
dissolved – let stand 10-15 minutes
until Jell-O cools slightly. Pour on top
of pineapple layer. Arrange mandarin
orange slices to cover entire surface.
Cover & refrigerate at least 3-4 hours
until completely cooled & set. Cut
into squares to serve & refrigerate
leftovers.

*You can substitute 2 C. whipped
cream in place of Cool Whip

(recipe: butterwithasideofbread.com)
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Easy Pork Chop Casserole

4 pork chops (or chicken breast
or thighs)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (can
also use cream of celery or chicken)
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 C. rice
2 C. water
1/2 C. frozen peas
1 C. broccoli pieces
paprika – to taste
seasoning salt – to taste
garlic powder – to taste
black pepper – to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix soups, water & rice in a small
bowl & pour into a 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Add vegetables & mix to combine.
Place chops on top of mixture & season
with spices recommended then cover
with foil. Bake 60 minutes until chops
are cooked through. Remove foil &
return to oven to bake 15 minutes
more – just to brown top a bit.
Serves 4

(recipe: learningtheropesonerecipeatatime.)
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Hot Broccoli/Cheese Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 C. sour cream
1 envelope dry Italian
salad dressing mix
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
broccoli, thawed, well drained
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat cream cheese, sour cream &
dry dressing mix in large bowl
using elec. mixer until well
blended. Add broccoli & 1 1/2
C. Cheddar, stir in gently. Spread
mixture into a 9 inch pie plate.
Bake 20 minutes then sprinkle
top with remaining Cheddar cheese.
Bake 5 minutes more until cheese
is melted. Serve with crackers for
dipping. (Makes 32 servings, 2 T.
each)

(recipe: Kraftrecipes.com)
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Saucy Foil-Pack BBQ Ribs
(grill)

3/4 C. BBQ sauce (your choice)
2 T. orange marmalade
2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
4 lb. Pork baby back ribs

Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Mix BBQ sauce, marmalade &
pepper sauce until blended. Place
half the ribs in single layer in
center of large sheet of heavy-duty
foil. Bring up long sides of foil;
double fold both short ends of
foil to seal, leaving top open.
Add 1/4 C. water (or 1 ice cube)
to packet through top opening.
Double fold top to seal packet,
leaving room for heat circulation
inside. Repeat with remaining
ribs. Grill 45 min – 1 hour until
ribs are done. Remove ribs from
foil packets; return ribs to grill;
brush with BBQ sauce mixture.
Grill 15 minutes, turning &
brushing occasionally with
remaining sauce. Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Easy Baked Meatballs

1 lb. lean ground beef
2 eggs beaten with 1/2 C.
milk
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. Panko or regular bread-
crumbs
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 C. minced fresh basil

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together in
large bowl. Form into golf ball-
sized meatballs & place on a
baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

2 large chicken breasts (or 4 small)
3 T. Italian seasoning
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder
6 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
2 T. olive oil
3/4 C. bread crumbs
1-2 eggs (poster used 2 medium)
salt/pepper, to taste

Optional: angel hair pasta

Add 2 T. olive oil to bottom of crockpot.
In small bowl whisk eggs until beaten.
In medium bowl add bread crumbs, Parm.
cheese, pepper/salt – stir until combined.
Dredge chicken in egg mixture, then in
bread crumb mixture, coating both sides
of chicken – place chicken in crockpot. In
medium bowl stir tomato sauce, Ital.
seasoning, salt, sugar, gran. garlic & onion
powder – pour over chicken. Layer mozz.
cheese on top; add more cheese if you
want. Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours
until chicken is done. Serve with cooked
pasta of your choice – garnish with more
cheese, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: adashofsanity.com)
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Puff Pastry Bacon Twists
(appetizers)

1 (17.3 oz) pkg. (2 sheets) puff
pastry sheets, thawed
1 egg, beaten
1 medium fresh jalapeno, seeded/
minced (2 T.)
1 heaping Cup Pepper Jack cheese,
shredded
12 strips bacon (3/4 lb)
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lay 2 sheets pastry on cutting board
with long end running left to right
& brush lightly with beaten egg.
Sprinkle 1 T. minced jalapeno over
each sheet. Divided shredded cheese
between each sheet, covering the
surface right to edges. Using palm of
your hand, press cheese into pastry
so it holds in place. Take back side
of dough & fold over to meet the
edge closest to you & pinch the seam
closed. Pat top so the top & bottom
adhere to each other. Using a sharp
knife or pizza cutter, cut in half,
front to back then cut each half in half
then each quarter into thirds. You will
have 12 folded half inch strips – repeat
for second sheet. Line 2 sheet pans with
foil then place a baking rack on each.
Spray racks with nonstick spray. Twist
each piece of dough strips two full
turns & place back on board. Cut each
piece of bacon in half (long way) so
you have 24 long strips. Take each
pastry twist & wrap each with a long
strip of bacon – place back on board.
In small bowl mix brown sugar, coriander
& cumin – stir to combine then pour onto
a plate or platter. Roll each bacon wrapped
pastry in mixture & place 12 on each racked
sheet pan. Bake 25 minutes, rotate pan &
bake another 25 minutes. (Ovens vary
in heat so check for doneness at 40 & 45
minutes – poster’s took exactly 50 minutes)
Cool on rack & serve. Makes 24

(recipe: afamilfeast.com)
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Creamy Roasted Tomato/Bacon Dip
(uses oven & grill)

1 lb. bacon
1 C. diced onion
2 T. fresh garlic, minced
2 (14.5 oz,ea) cans (Hunts) Fire
roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. dry thyme
1 tsp. dry oregano
1 (8 oz) tub softened whipped
cream cheese
1 C. Colby-Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 C. Romano cheese, grated
1 baguette
2 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cook bacon until crisp – reserve
2 T. bacon fat (discard rest) Cut
cooked bacon into small pieces or
crumble by hand.
Reheat 2 T. bacon fat over medium-
high heat & add onions – cook 3
minutes then add garlic. Cook 1
more minute then add both cans
tomatoes (with juice) as well as
all spices. Stir once then place pan
in oven & roast 30 minutes, stirring
once halfway through cooking time.
Remove from oven & lower oven
heat to 375 degrees F.
While tomatoes are roasting, mix
cream cheese, Colby & Romano
cheeses in medium bowl – mix in
all but 1/4 C. crumbled bacon. Pour
roasted tomato mixture in a casserole
dish & spread cheese/bacon mixture
on top. (does not need to be spread
to edges) Bake 45 minutes uncovered.

While mixture is baking, slice baguette
in half then slice into half-inch slices.
Brush both sides with oil & grill on a
ribbed grill pan a few minutes on each
side. Remove dip from oven, sprinkle
top with rest of crumbled bacon &
serve with toasted baguette slices.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Crockpot Baked Beans

2 (28 oz, each) cans Bushs
original baked beans
1 lb. ground beef, cooked/
drained
7 slices bacon, cooked/sliced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 T. brown sugar
1/4 C. ketchup
2 T. mustard
1 (1 oz) pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 T. hot sauce (optional)

Pour all ingredients into crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours (Try
not to open lid during cooking time)
Serves 10+

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Spicy Caramel Frosted Brownies

1 C. butter, melted
2 1/4 C. sugar
1 1/4 C. cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
5 eggs
1 T. vanlla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. espresso powder (optional)
1 1/2 C. flour

Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. Chipotle chili powder
2 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large microwave-
safe bowl melt butter. Stir in sugar
until shiny; stir in cocoa powder,
salt & baking powder; combine
completely. Stir in eggs, one-at-a-
time, mixing well after each addition.
Add cinnamon & espresso powder
(if using). Slowly mix in flour,
stirring until smooth & completely
combined; pour into prepared pan.
Bake 28 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out
clean and edges have set. Let cool
completely in pan.
Frosting:
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-
low heat. Stir in brown sugar & milk, stirring
to combine. Remove from heat. When
cool, stir in vanilla & chili powder. Whisk
in powdered sugar until fluffy & smooth –
spread over cooled brownies.

(recipe: lemonsforlulu.com)

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Last night was Knit/Crochet night and we had
16 lovely ladies – one of which was my good
friend Mary (Momma); she came at the behest
of another mutual friend and former co-worker
at the Telephone Company we both worked at
many years ago. It was great seeing those two
ladies be able to catch up on their lives. I guess,
if I had to give a reason why I started & run my
knit group, the fact that people can get together
& enjoy each other’s company while working on
a craft (knitting or crochet) they both like is the
basic reason. Meeting new friends, learning new
ideas/tips/techniques are also mixed up in there
somewhere, too. Our group now ranges in age
from Katie, age 10, to one of our older ladies (right
now I’m not exactly sure who tops that group) but
the top age is somewhere around 85 (might be
higher, I’m not sure).  It’s great to see all of them
happily chatting away while also working on
something they brought – makes it all worth it!

Our gas prices are ‘dancing’ again: were $2.59/9
then went to $2.53/9 (I filled up) – a little later that
same day they dropped to $2.49/9 – ugh…

Still fighting the “creeping crud” I have; broke down
& went to doctor’s Monday (constant coughing,
really raw throat,feels like it’s in my ears, fatigue,
tons of sleeping with really strange dreams) –
both doctors checked me out & said it’s not Strep
(which is why I went, since I do babysitting – didn’t
want to pass that on). Ended up saying they both
think it’s something seasonal –
take an antihistamine, use a throat spray, Ibuprofen
for pain (no it’s not in my ears) – SIGH! Basically – go
home – it will eventually go away…SIGH! Oh well,
I tried. Tried sucking on a Cepacol lozenge – YUCK!
Yes, it kind of numbed my throat but the taste was
not worth the effort. I babysit the next two days
so hoping I have the strength/energy for that –
we’ll see. It’s not as busy this week as last, so
that’s good.

Hoping you are in good health and able to
enjoy this time of year. Our weather is a bit
on & off between warm (in 70’s) then back
to 50/60’s & cloudy with some rain. I know
it will eventually even out – I’m just glad it’s
not really hot (as son’s house I babysit at
does NOT have air conditioning!).

Hugs;

Pammie