Bye-Bye Summer – sure wish you would stay longer!

It’s sunny out today which is a plus but looking over the weather report for our area, the ‘high’s’ aren’t what I’d call high – in low 60’s all this coming week – sigh. Yes, I KNOW that Fall follows Summer but every year I really dread it because what comes next is NOT NICE! I’ve lived in good old Michigan all my life and STILL can’t say I really like cold weather/snow/sleet/ice, etc.

Today is a kind of ‘off’ day for me, at least NOW, anyway – have to go to a funeral visitation in a few hours for one of my ‘original’ special needs students – original because she was with the group when they first started back in Fall, 1990.

The past two days were rough – babysitting my 2 1/2 hr old grandson from 7:30 a.m. – around 7/7:30 both days. Let’s just say I got a LOT of knitting done! Am halfway through a blue/green/white baby blanket and 1/4th done with the new pattern (white/pink/mint green/yellow/baby blue. Also knit up more baby booties – we now have 21 pairs done for the next donation (I usually donate them when we get to around 50 prs). We originally started donating booties Feb. 22 of this year and have given 414 pairs (not counting the current 21). I am SO proud of my ladies who give of themselves when I ask for their help – they are go generous.

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Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Cake:
1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 stick)
3/4 C. granulated sugar
3 large eggs, room temp
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. sour cream
2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Filling:
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping:
5 T. unsalted butter, cold,
cut into cubes
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. finely chopped pecans
pinch salt
powdered sugar – for dusting

Place oven rack in center of oven
Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl cream butter & sugar
together until light & fluffy then add
eggs, one-at-a-time, mixing each egg
in completely before adding the next.
Stir in vanilla & sour cream then sift
dry ingredients on top of wet ingredients
& fold to combine.

In separate bowl, stir pumpkin, sugar, egg,
cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg until completely
combined.

In a third bowl, use a fork to combine butter with
sugar, flour, cinnamon, pecans & salt until butter
is incorporated & mixture is crumbly. Spread
batter evenly in bottom of prepared dish &
sprinkle about 1/4th of pecan crumble on top.
Spread pumpkin mixture over batter & smooth
into an even layer. Use a butter knife to gently
swirl the pumpkin mixture together with batter.
Sprinkle remaining pecan mixture evenly over
top. Bake 50-60 minutes, just until firm in center.
Remove to a rack to cool slightly. Sprinkle top
with just a bit of powdered sugar then slice
& serve. Serves 16

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Creamy Chicken & Corn Soup

1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing
1 C. chopped onion
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 Sazan Adobo seasoning with saffron
1 (14.7 oz) can cream-style corn
1 C. shredded, cooked chicken
1 T. chopped fresh parsley

In medium saucepan heat salad dressing
on medium-high heat. Add onions & peppers;
cook 5 minutes until crisp-tender, stirring
frequently. Add cream cheese & cook 5
minutes until cream cheese is completely
melted & mixture is well blended, stirring
constantly. Add broth & Adobo seasoning;
stir until blended. Stir in corn & chicken;
simmer on medium-low heat 10 minutes
until heated through, stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle top with parsley when serving,
if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Jalapeno/Cheddar Cheese Beer Bread

1 stick (8 T) unsalted butter, melted
2 3/4 C. self-rising flour, sifted
2 T. sugar
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (12 oz) can or bottle lager, pilsner
or IPA-style beer, room temp
1 C. sliced pickled jalapenos

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Brush a 8 X 4 X 2 1/2″ loaf pan
with some of the melted butter.
Whisk flour, sugar & 1/2 C. cheese
in large bowl. Pour beer into a
medium bowl – add half the
remaining melted butter & whisk
together (it will get foamy). Pour
beer/butter mixture into flour
mixture & fold until just combined.
(it’s ok if there are lumps). Batter
will be relatively thick & shaggy.
Transfer to prepared loaf pan & pat
out into an even layer. Pour remaining
melted butter over batter & top with
remaining cheese & Jalapeno slices.
Bake1 hour to 1 hr 5 minutes (until
golden brown & an instant-read
thermometer inserted into center
registers 190 degrees F.)
Let loaf cool in pan on a rack for
about 15 minutes. Invert bread out
of pan & eat warm or room temp.
Makes 1 loaf

COOKS NOTE:  When measuring flour
we spoon it into a dry measuring cup
& level off the excess. Scooping
directly from the bag compacts the
flour & results in dry baked goods.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Sausage Manicotti

1 lb. uncooked bulk pork sausage
2 C. cottage cheese
1 (8 oz) box manicotti shells
1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick
cooking spray.
In large bowl combine sausage &
cottage cheese – stuff into uncooked
manicotti shells & place prepared
pan – top with marinara sauce.
Cover & bake 55-60 minutes until
a thermometer inserted into the
center of a shell reads 160 degrees F.
Uncover; sprinkle top with mozz.
cheese & bake 8-10 minutes longer
until cheese is melted. Let stand
5 minutes before serving. Serves 7

Freezing option:
Transfer individual portions
of cooled manicotti to freezer containers &
freeze. To use: partially thaw in fridge
overnight. Transfer to a microwave-safe
dish & microwave on High, stirring
occasionally & adding a little spaghetti
sauce, if necessary.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Meatloaf

2 lb. ground beef
2 C. oats or cracker crumbs
2 eggs
1 large onion (or 2 small), diced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 C. ketchup (plus extra for topping)
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In a large bowl mix all ingredients
together well. Spray insides of
crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
Press ground beef mixture into crockpot,
and make a groove down the middle. Top
with as little or much ketchup as you
desire. Cover & cook on Low 4-6 hours.
Serves 8

NOTE: Poster said she doubles the recipe.
To prepare the recipe as written, she uses
a 5-6 qt. crockpot (or to HALVE the recipe,
she uses a 2.5 or 3 qt. crockpot).

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Pork Chop Stuffing

1-2 lb. pork chops
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (6 oz) box (Stove Top) stuffing mix
2 C. chicken broth*
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In a bowl mix dry stuffing & broth
together. Place chops in bottom of
crockpot & pour soup over chops –
spread evenly. Once stuffing has
absorbed all broth, spread stuffing
evenly on top. Cover & cook on Low
4-6 hours. Serves 4

*If you like drier stuffing, reduce broth
to at least 1 1/2 C.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Honey Roasted Almonds

4 C. whole raw almonds
1/4 C. honey
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
1/2 C. granulated sugar (for
dusting)
1/2 tsp. dried spice (such as:
cinnamon, cumin, chili powder,
etc) – optional
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Place 2 oven racks as close to center of
oven as possible.
Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with
parchment paper – divide almonds into
2 portions then spread evenly between
both baking sheets. Toast in oven 10 minutes.
(while almonds roast):
In a small saucepan add honey & sugar over
medium heat & bring to boil. Let mixture
bubble 2 minutes then remove from heat.

Remove almonds from oven (but leave oven
temp. at 325 degrees F.). Transfer roasted
almonds to a large bowl then pour in honey
mixture – stir to coat almonds evenly, working
quickly to avoid it from setting up.
Transfer nuts back to parchment-lined baking
sheets then spread into a thin layer, separating
nuts to avoid clumping. Return to oven & bake
15 minutes. Remove from oven & cool
completely.

Once almonds are completely cool but slightly
tacky, break up any clumps that are stuck
together. In a large bowl stir fine sea salt &
additional 1/2 C. of granulated sugar along with
any spices you might like. Add honey-roasted
almonds to the bowl then toss until completely
coated. Makes 8 servings
Store any leftovers in a tightly sealed container
for several weeks.

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

2 C. flour
2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted margarine*
3/4 C. gran. sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 T. red food coloring

1/4 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment
paper. In medium bowl whisk flour,
cocoa powder, baking powder, baking
soda & salt. In another large bowl
using elec. mixer, beat margarine &
sugar together until light & fluffy. Add
eggs, one at a time, beating after each
addition then add vanilla & food
coloring. Add dry ingredients & mix
until just combined.

Place powdered sugar in a shallow
plate or pie tin.

Roll about 1 T. dough into a ball then
roll in powdered sugar – repeat with
rest of dough then re-roll each ball in
powdered sugar again. Arrange balls
about 1 inch apart on prepared sheets
& bake 10-12 minutes until cookies
have flattened & set in middle. Let cool
on trays 5 minutes then transfer to wire
rack to cool completely. Makes 2 dozen.

*Poster used Country Crock baking
sticks

(recipe: delish.com)

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Hope you’re having a good day;

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Almost forgot!

Monday my husband & I went to see the
Downton Abbey movie and thoroughly
enjoyed it! I think, even if you didn’t follow
the TV show, you would be able to follow
the movie just fine. Just seeing the costumes,
scenery, pomp & circumstance (of the King’s
visit) is enough let alone following the on-
going stories of each character. If you haven’t
gone – GO! (Now I can’t wait to see IF they
will offer it on DVD for sale – probably next
year . . . sure hope so!)

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Changes

Yesterday I was thinking about how things/events change in our lives. Sometimes it’s things we kind of expect to go on forever. I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before but recently the lady who used to receive the baby blankets for Crisis Pregnancy Center’s Mobile Unit is selling her house and moving out of state. That presented a problem for me – where would I donate all the baby blankets I knit (besides to Detroit Veteran’s Hospital’s Baby Shower which is only once a year)? I prayed on it and finally located Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Auburn Hills, MI. (I had called a few other organizations who didn’t seem the least bit interested – but when I got the rejection response I decided to ask if they had any suggestions for other places and the lady mentioned Crossroads). I have been SUPER HAPPY for days now – the lady I spoke to was VERY happy; she said; ‘We would LOVE it – our ladies LOVE those things!” That’s all I needed to hear! Their location is fairly close to the church my special needs group meets at, so I kind of know where I’m going. That response got me going looking for a new pattern to knit – new ‘place’, new project! I found a pattern I had only ‘test knit’ once; it’s called “Two-color Star Stitch” and I’ve been happily knitting on it since yesterday. I chose to make it in white, pale pink, mint green, pale yellow and medium blue (stripes of each color). The pattern is VERY easy so I’m really happy it’s coming together so nicely. (I also chose those colors because I can use up some of the baby yarn from other projects). I should also mention I texted the Crisis Preg. Lady (the one who’s moving) and her response was great: “Oh, I’m SO GLAD! I can’t say enough about how great they are!” That made me feel like it’s an answer to prayer – the blankets are going to an organization that supports LIFE.

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Blueberry Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. sugar
4 T. butter or marg. (1/2 stick)
3/4 C. buttermilk
1 egg
1 C. fresh blueberries (or can use frozen)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl mix flour,
baking powder & sugar using a whisk.
Cut in butter pieces. In a separate
bowl beat egg & milk – add dry
ingredients & mix with a spoon; fold
in blueberries & turn out onto a floured
surface. Pat dough to about 1/2 inch thick
using your hands. Cut out biscuits using
a biscuit cutter (or a buttered drinking
glass) – place on prepared sheet with
biscuits touching. Bake 15-20 minutes
until biscuits are brown on top.
Makes about 12 biscuits

Can be glazed:
1 C. powdered sugar
4-5 T. milk

In a small bowl whisk milk & sugar
until consistency to drizzle over biscuits.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Stuffed Pepper Soup

2 lb. ground beef
6 C. water
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
2 C. chopped green peppers
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. cooked long-grain rice
chopped fresh parsley, optional garnish

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook
& stir beef until no longer pink; drain. Stir
in next 8 ingredients & bring to boil. Reduce
heat; simmer, uncovered, until peppers are
tender, about 30 minutes. Add cooked rice;
simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add chopped
parsley, if desired. Serves 8 (makes 2 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Mexican Stuffed Shells

1 C. mild taco sauce
1 C. mild salsa
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
3/4 C. onion, finely diced
1 packet dry taco seasoning mix
1 (12 oz) box jumbo shell pasta,
cooked accordg. to pkg. directions
2 C. shredded cheese (poster used
a blend of Cheddar & Monterey Jack)
2 T. chopped cilantro

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Place taco sauce & salsa
in a bowl & stir to combine-spread in an
even layer in bottom of prepared pan.
Heat vegetable oil in large pan over medium
heat; add onion & cook 3-4 minutes until
translucent. Add gr. beef & taco seasoning –
cook, breaking up meat into small pieces.
Cook 5-6 minutes until beef is cooked
through. Fill pasta shells with beef mixture &
place in prepared pan on top of sauce. Sprinkle
cheese on top. Bake , uncovered, 20 minutes
until cheese is melted & sauce is bubbly.
Sprinkle top with chopped cilantro & serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

2 medium zucchini
1/2 C. flour (optional)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil & spray
with nonstick cooking spray. In
a small bowl combine bread crumbs,
Parm. cheese, salt/pepper, paprika,
garlic powder & Ital. seasoning.
Cut off ends of zucchini; cut zucchini
in half then cut into 1/2 inch wide
strips (or wedges). Coat zucchini with flour
(if desired). Dip strips in beaten egg &
shake off excess. Dredge zucchini in bread
crumb mixture & place on prepared sheet-
repeat with rest of ‘fries’. Spray top of
‘fries’ with nonstick cooking spray &
bake 22-25 minutes until golden brown
& crisp. Turn over halfway through baking
time. Serves 4

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Mexican Sausage Balls
(appetizer)

1 lb. pork sausage
2 C. Bisquick baking mix
2 C. shredded Mexican cheese
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (4 oz) jar green chilies, drained
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray.
In large bowl mix all ingredients
together & shape into walnut-sized
balls. Place on baking sheet & cook
25-30 minutes. Makes 6 servings

Salsa Verde Dipping Sauce:

1 C. sour cream
4 T. salsa verde

Mix sauce ingredients together &
serve in a bowl with sausage balls

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Pimento/Cream Cheese Appetizer Spread

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (4 oz) jar pimientos, well-drained
3 green onions, chopped
2 T. finely chopped seeded jalapeno
peppers
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crackers, for dipping
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In large bowl mix all ingredients until
well blended. Serve with crackers for
dipping. Makes 16 servings

NOTE: Can be made ahead & refrigerated
up to 24 hours before serving

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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No-Bake Apple Yum-Yum

1 1/2 C. cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
6 T. salted butter, melted
1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. plus 3 T. granulated sugar, divided
2 C. heavy whipping cream (1 pint) NOTE:
you can use Cool Whip defrosted instead)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 (21 oz) can apple pie filling (open can &
use a knife to slice apples in the can)

In medium bowl combine melted butter &
graham crumbs. (NOTE: set aside 2 T. crumbs for
topping). Spread rest of crumbs in a 9 X 9″ baking
pan – push down crumbs to make a flat layer. Combine
cream cheese with 1/2 C. sugar using an elec. mixer.
In another bowl combine heavy whipping cream, 3 T.
sugar & vanilla – using an elec. mixer, whip until stiff
peaks form. (skip this step if using Cool Whip). Combine
cream cheese mixture with whpd. cream, by hand,
until well combined. Spread half of mixture evenly
over crust. Evenly spread cut apple filling over whpd.
cream layer. Top with remaining cream cheese/whipd
cream mixture & spread evenly. Top with reserved
graham crumbs. Refrigerate a few hours or overnight
before slicing & serving. Serves 8

NOTE: to up the cinnamon level add about 1 tsp. cinnamon
to graham cracker crumbs (OR) if you can’t find cinnamon
graham crackers

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Hope you have a GREAT DAY!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: I realize my above comments about LIFE could be

considered controversial but I am a mother of three

ADOPTED sons – I was never able to conceive, so

adoption v/s abortion is a very important subject to me.

Totally Amazing!

Above is the total of knit/crochet/sewn/quilted items donated to Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Baby Shower: 316 items! I was in awe of all the beautifully crafted items from blankets, hats, booties, headbands, mittens, outfits, etc.: the ladies truly outdid our past donations. All of these items came from my knit group as well as our local library knit/crochet group and even some from ladies who knit in another knit group PLUS a donation of 7 quilts from one of our ladie’s churches! I would post all the photos but they are too numerous to do so (23!). It was a boisterous, loud, fun-filled evening. We were even able to donate another 51 pairs of baby booties to the other charity that create burial outfits for babies. I am so proud of my friends!

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Peanut Butter Lunch Lady Cookie Bars

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

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

In a saucepan bring butter & peanut butter
to a boil. Add milk & slowly mix in powdered
sugar until well combined. Pour frosting over
cake, spreading evenly to edges. Allow to cool
& set before serving.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Zucchini Quiche w/Bacon &
Hash Brown Crust

Crust:
3 C. refrigerated or frozen hash
browns, thawed/patted dry
2 T. olive oil
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Quiche Filling:

1/2 C. bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 shallot, diced
1 medium zucchini
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 eggs, room temp.
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 C. shredded cheese (Sharp Cheddar,
Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Dubliner,
Pepper Jack – or a combination of 2
or more)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 inch pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. Grate zucchini onto a
clean kitchen towel & squeeze dry,
removing as much excess liquid as possible.

In medium bowl combine hash browns,
olive oil, butter, salt/pepper – toss to
combine. Press mixture firmly into bottom & up
sides of prepared pie plate, forming a crust.
(Make sure it goes all the way up the sides
b/c it will shrink some while baking)
Bake 20-25 minutes until edges are golden
brown.
REDUCE oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
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Filling:
Cook bacon in large saute pan over medium-
high heat until crispy, 6-8 minutes on each
side. Remove from skillet & crumble. Remove
all but 1 T. of bacon grease from skillet. Add
diced shallots & saute over medium heat 3-4
minutes until translucent & soft. Add shredded
zucchini – turn heat to High. Season with salt/
pepper & cook 3-5 more minutes, stirring
occasionally. Combine flour, baking powder &
salt in small bowl. In separate bowl, beat eggs
until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in Greek
yogurt until combined & smooth. Add in
grated cheese, flour mixture, bacon &
zucchini mixture – stir until combined. Pour
filling into hash brown crust & bake 35-40
minutes until center is set, top is puffed &
golden brown and a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Let stand several
minutes before removing from pan & serving.
Can also be eaten at room temperature or
chilled. Serves 8

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Zucchini Pancakes

2 medium zucchini, about 3/4 lb.
2 T. grated red onion
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
6-8 T. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
unsalted butter
vegetable oil

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Grate zucchini into a bowl using
large grating side of a box grater.
Immediately stir in onion & eggs.
Stir in 6 T. flour, baking powder,
salt & pepper. (if batter gets too
thin from zucchini liquid, add remaining
2 T. flour). Heat a large (10-12 inch)
sauce pan over medium heat &
melt 1/2 T. butter & 1/2 T. veg. oil
in pan. When butter is hot but not
smoking, lower heat to medium-low
& drop heaping soup spoons of
batter into pan. Cook pancakes
about 2 minutes on each side until
browned. Place cooked pancakes
on a sheet pan & keep warm in oven.
Wipe out pan with a dry paper towel;
add more butter & oil to pan &
continue to fry pancakes until all
batter is used. Pancakes can stay
warm in oven up to 30 minutes.
Serve hot. Makes 10 (3 inch) pancakes

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Crustless Pizza
NOTE: poster used a 5-6 qt.
crockpot

2 lb. ground beef
garlic salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
dried minced onion, to taste
1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce
2 C. shredded pizza-blend cheese
PLUS
your favorite pizza toppings

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Brown beef & season in a skillet
over medium-high heat; drain. Place
beef & cheese in a bowl & mix to
combine. Evenly spread beef mixture
in crockpot & pour pizza sauce on top –
spread out evenly. Top with pizza cheese &
toppings. Cover & cook on Low around
4 hours. Serves 8-10

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

3 acorn squash
2 T. olive oil, divided
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
6 cloves garlic, peeled/left whole
3 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
4 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground sage
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. allspice
1 C. heavy cream
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. red wine vinegar

Optional garnishes:
shredded Parmesan cheese
roasted pumpkin seeds
fresh parsley, chopped
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Preheat oven 400 degrees
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Slice each squash length-
wise end-to-end; scrape seeds out-
discard seeds. Drizzle 1 T. oil over sqaush &
season to taste with salt/pepper. Place each
half cut-side down on sheet. Wrap garlic in
foil & place on sheet. Roast 1 hour until
softened & beginning to collapse. Remove &
set aside to cool.
When cool enough to handle, scrape flesh
from rinds & add flesh to large bowl along
with garlic cloves. Place a Dutch oven or soup
pot over medium-high heat – add diced bacon &
saute until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove
bacon from pan & place on paper towel to drain.
Remove bacon fat from pan, leaving about 1 T.
in pot – return to heat. Add onion & cook 3 minutes
until translucent. Add broth, a little at a time,
scraping up any brown bits on bottom of pot. Add
squash, garlic, ginger, sage, cayenne & allspice –
bring to boil; simmer 5 minutes. Puree soup in a
blender in small batches (or use immersion blender).
NOTE: If using blender, do not fill blender more than
half full – hot soup can blow the lid off if you put
too much in. Return soup to pot; stir in cream,
Worsch. sauce & vinegar – bring to a simmer. Add
salt/pepper & taste. Serve with your choice of
garnishes. Serves 12

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Quick Mushroom Chicken Bake

1 1/4 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast
halves
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1 T. vegetable oil
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
2/3 C. milk
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/8 tsp. black pepper
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3 C. hot, cooked white rice/pasta or
mashed potatoes
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Season chicken with lemon pepper.
Heat oil in 10-inch skillet & add chicken.
Cook 10 minutes until well browned on
both sides. Place chicken in a 2-quart
baking dish. Stir soup, mushrooms, milk,
cheese & garlic in a small bowl. Season
with black pepper & pour mixture over
chicken. Bake 30 minutes until chicken
is cooked through. Serve chicken & sauce
with rice. Serves 4

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Cookie Dough Dip

1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. milk or cream
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. mini chocolate chips
plus more for garnish

Dippers:
vanilla wafers
graham crackers
shortbread cookies
pretzel sticks
strawberries

In a mixing bowl using elec.
beaters, place butter & cream
cheese – beat until smooth & creamy.
Add milk & beat until smooth. Add
brown sugar, powdered sugar &
vanilla – beat until smooth. Using
a spatula, fold in choc. chips &
spoon into a serving bowl. Top
with additionaly choc. chips &
serve. Serves 12

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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This is the middle of a VERY busy week; I’m tired/exhausted
but also extremely happy/honored at all that came about
with my knit groups.

Our weather is staying ‘Summer-like’ with temps in the
high 70’s, which is VERY nice.

Hope you have a GREAT ‘rest of the week’!

Hugs;

Pammie

The Ups and Downs in a Day

Today is another ‘wrapping things up’ day – I knit for Crisis Pregnancy Center’s mobile unit and had 6 blankets ready for pick-up/delivery – the lovely lady who meets me to pick them up has been under a lot of pressure/stress lately with selling their house, moving and, recently, the death of her mother. I have been blessed by her, many times – this time she agreed to allow me to donate ‘their’ blankets to the Detroit Vet’s Baby shower coming up next Tuesday. I knew she was really stressed and didn’t want to add to it – this way the blankets go to a good cause.

Along with that I’ve started knitting for homeless or needy people – mostly scarves. I have 4 done, 1 man’s ‘loomed’ hat and another one almost done. Working on these, I tend to forget that it’s not one of my favorite ‘knits’ – I’ve decided that, sometimes, you just have to go with what’s comfortable for YOU! I will finish these and donate them – maybe, later on in the Fall/Winter I’ll take it up again – maybe . . .

Two of the scarves for donation

The completed baby blankets for Detroit Vets

Getting things together for next week’s Vet’s baby shower – trying to remember all the ‘little things’ like extra ink pens, extra small crochet hooks (to help place the name tags on the items), enough name tags for all the donated items, etc.

Another ‘fun thing’ – this Wednesday morning our Library Knit Group will be having a pot luck! One of our ladies suggested it to the head librarian and she set it up! This is a ‘first’ for us; I’m bringing BBQ’d pork & buns for sandwiches. I know we will be eating well because of all the items listed on the sign up sheet. (In case you wondered, I ‘cheated’ & went to Gordon Food Services for their frozen pulled pork – I’ll cook it before time, mix with Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet Vidalia onion BBQ sauce & place it in my crockpot to keep warm – that should work!)

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Eclair Cake

Cake:
1 box chocolate graham crackers
2 (3 1/4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 C. creamy peanut butter
3 1/2 C. milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Frosting:
1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 T. butter, melted
2 T. white corn syrup
1/2 C. powdered sugar
2-3 T. milk
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(optional garnish:
mini peanut butter cups)
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Cake:

Spray bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Place one
layer of graham crackers on bottom,
breaking to completely cover bottom.
In a medium bowl mix pudding mix,
peanut butter & milk using an elec.
mixer – mix 2 minutes then fold in
Cool Whip. Spread half mixture on
top of first layer of crackers. Place a
second layer of crackers on top &
spoon remaining pudding mix on top.
Finish with third layer of crackers.

Prepare frosting ingredients & spread
on top of last layer of crackers, spreading
all the way to the edges. Refrigerate
overnight (so crackers become soft &
moist).
Optional garnish: mini peanut butter cups
Slice & serve

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Zucchini Corn Risotto

4 T. butter
3 T. olive oil
1 lb. zucchini, sliced into quarter-inch
slices (cut large slices in half)
3 ears fresh corn, (2-3 C) removed
from cobs
1 C. diced sweet onion (like Vidalia)
1 T. fresh minced garlic
1 C. arborio rice
1/3 C. white wine (poster used Chardonnay)
2 1/2 to 2 3/4 C. chicken stock, hot
1/2 C. heavy cream (heated past room temp.
but not scorching hot)
3/4 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt (if needed)

In 4-5 qt. heavy-bottomed pan, over medium
to medium-high heat, melt 1 T. butter in 1 T.
olive oil. Once hot, add half the zucchini & cook
without touching – for 2 minutes. Flip pieces over
& cook 2 more minutes then remove to a bowl.
Add another T. each of butter & oil – once hot,
cook second half of zucchini & remove to bowl.
Add another T. butter; once melted, add corn &
saute 2 minutes – place in bowl. Add remaining
butter & oil (once butter melts), add onions &
cook 2 minutes. Add garlic & cook 1 more minute.
Add rice & cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add wine;
once evaporated, add 1 C. stock & half the cream.
Stir constantly; once the liquid has been absorbed,
ad 1/2 C. stock & remaining cream – stir until that
liquid has been absorbed. Add another 1/2 C. stock
& stir/cook until absorbed. Add another 1/2 C.
stock; once that has been evaporated, remove from
heat & test the rice. If it is cooked – do not add final
quarter C. stock – IF if still has some ‘chew’, stir in
last of the stock.Cover & leave off heat 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, stir in Parm. cheese, basil & pepper.
Taste & decide if salt is needed. Stir in zucchini &
corn – serve. Serves 8

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Cherry Tomato Salad

4 C. cherry or grape tomatoes,
halved
2 C. fresh mozzarella balls, halved
1/4 C. red onion, minced
1/4 C. chopped fresh herbs, such as:
parsley, basil, chives, green onions,
oregano
1/4 C. olive oil
1 1/2 T. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper, to taste

Place tomatoes, mozz. balls, red onion
& herbs in a large bowl. In small bowl
whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar,
oregano, garlic powder & salt/pepper.
Pour dressing over tomato mixture &
gently toss to coat evenly. Serves 6

(recipe: dinenratthezoo.com)
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Creamy Zucchini/Spinach Pasta Bake

3 C. cavatappi pasta, uncooked
1 onion, chopped
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half,
then sliced crosswise
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (6 oz) pkg. baby spinach leaves
1 (24 oz) jar (Classico) Marinara with
plum tomatoes & olive oil pasta sauce
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Cook pasta as directed on pkg,
omitting salt. In large skillet cook
& stir onions over medium heat
3-4 minutes until crisp-tender. Add
zucchini & mushrooms, cook 3-4
minutes until zucchini is crisp-
tender, stirring frequently. Add
half the spinach; cook 2-3 minutes
until just wilted – repeat with
remaining spinach; remove from
heat.
Drain pasta; add to veg. mixture in
skillet along with pasta sauce, ricotta,
Ital. seasoning & 1 C. mozzarella – mix
lightly. Spoon mixture into prepared
pan & top with remaining mozzarella.
Bake 20-25 minutes until casserole is
heated through & mozzarella is melted.
Serves 12

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Southern Bacon-fried Cabbage

6 slices bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large head cabbage, cored/chopped
2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Cook bacon in large skillet over meidum-
high heat until crisp. Remove bacon to
paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 2 T.
bacon grease & discard rest. In same skillet
with reserved 2 T. grease, cook onion until
soft (about 4 minutes) on medium-high heat.
Add garlic & cook 1 more minute. Stir in
cabbage & continue to cook & stir 4-5 minutes.
Add salt/pepper, onion & garlic powders –
mix well. Reduce heat to Low, cover & allow
to simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30
minutes. Just before serving mix bacon into
cooked cabbage. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes.com)
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Crockpot Meatball Parmesan (low carb)
(makes 24 meatballs)

2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 C. marinara sauce
2 T. dried minced onion (or freeze-
dried shallots)
2 tsp. minced garlic (or freeze dried)
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
3/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
salt/pepper, to taste

Additional marinara & shredded
mozzarella, to taste
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Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray. In large bowl mix marinara sauce
with meat, onion, garlic, Parm. cheese,
eggs & seasonings. Form mixture into
24 meatballs & place in crockpot, stacking
lightly, if necessary. Cover & cook on High
2-3 hours until meatballs are cooked through.
Remove meatballs from crockpot & set
aside any you would like to freeze.

To serve:
Toss meatballs in additional marinara &
place over your favorite cooked pasta –
top with cheese.

To freeze:
Place meatballs in a single layer on a
cookie sheet & freeze a few hours then
transfer to a freezer bag.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Lazy Day Lasagna

1 lb. dry lasagna noodles
1 lb. lean ground beef (or half
beef/half pork), browned/drained
1 (24 oz) jar marinara OR pasta
sauce
2/3 C. water
1 (15 oz.) tub ricotta or cottage
cheese
12 oz. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray
Spread 2/3 rds of sauce on
bottom of pan; top with dry
lasagna noodles (you can break
some to fit). Pour remaining sauce
into pan with browned meat (add
water to jar, cover with lid, shake
& pour into skillet) – stir in. Simmer
5 minutes. Scatter about 1/3 of
ricotta cheese on top of noodles in
pan; sprinkle about 3 oz. shredded
mozz. cheese on top & top with
about 1/3rd of meat sauce. Add
another layer noodles & press down
slightly. Repeat with ricotta/mozz.
cheese & meat sauce  – TWO more
times. Top with remaining mozz.
cheese & sprinkle top with Italian
seasoning. Cover tightly with foil &
bake 45 minutes until noodles are
fork-tender. (The additional water &
steam created by covering with foil
will cook the noodles). Remove foil
& bake another 7-8 minutes until
cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven
& let rest at least 15 minute before
serving. Serves 8

(recipe: momonttimeout.com)
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NO-Bake Cherry Cookies

2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter, cubed
6 T. 2% milk
3 T. baking cocoa
1 C. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract
3 C. quick-cooking oats
1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries,
well drained/finely chopped
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Spread several sheets of waxed
paper on the counter (for later).
In large saucepan combine sugar, butter,
milk & cocoa – bring to boil, stirring
constantly – cook & stir 3 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in peanut
butter & extracts until blended. Stir
in oats & cherries. Drop by Tablespoonfuls
onto waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.
Makes about 5 1/2 dozen.
Store in air-tight containers.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather has been kind of hard to predict
lately – today it’s really chilly (to me, anyway) –
right now it’s 68 degrees F., cloudy and gray. The
strange thing is: this WEDS. it’s supposed to get
up to 84 degrees F! (then showers likely) – sigh.
Looks like Weds. night-Friday is showers &
thunderstorms – oh, great . . . sigh.

Hope you are having a GREAT start to your
week!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Sunday!

On & off rain here lately – fortunately, it’s mostly been at night! We had a pretty windy/heavy storm last night and are supposed to be getting more today. The ‘good’ thing about that? I don’t have to remember to water my outdoor hanging flower baskets!

Not much new around here, almost done with the pink baby blanket, 3/4ths done with the chevron blanket and – (getting bored) – started a man’s winter scarf the other day with very heavy (donated) yarn. I don’t usually use thick yarn OR big knitting needles, so this is an ‘experience’ for me. The needles I’m using are size 15 (I usually use a 6 or 8) – the yarn colors remind me of a German Shepherd dog – black/various browns & a medium grey mixture – it will make a nice, heavy scarf (if I don’t go crazy knitting it!)

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For all of you who just want a ‘little’ dessert:

Choc. Chip Cookie-in-a-Mug
Makes 1

1 T. real butter, salted or unsalted
small pinch salt
1 T. granulated sugar
1 T. light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk
3 T. flour
2 T. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Place butter in microwave-safe mug
& melt – (about 20 seconds) Stir in salt,
white & brown sugars & vanilla. Add egg
yolk; stir well then add flour. Stir again &
add choc. chips. Stir & microwave approx.
40 seconds

NOTE: cookie will continue to cook when
you take it out – let it cool slightly then eat.
You can also add a little ice cream on top.
-No baking soda or baking powder needed
-there is enough butter to keep it from sticking
to sides of mug.
-Can also be made in a small microwave-safe bowl
or ramekin.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Crockpot Squash Au Gratin
(low carb)

1/4 C. melted butter
1 T. minced garlic
1 medium zucchini, sliced thin
1 medium yellow squash, sliced thin
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. pork rinds, crushed finely
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Pour butter in bottom of crockpot;
sprinkle garlic evenly over butter.
In large bowl mix mayo, sour cream, 1/2
C. cheese, pork rinds, squash &
zucchini – pour mixture into crockpot
& spread out evenly. Top with
remaining cheese. Cover & cook on
High 3-4 hours until squash is tender
& edges are golden brown.
Serves 6-8

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Easy BLT Pasta Salad

12 oz. elbow (or other short) pasta
9 strips bacon, cooked crisp/rough chopped
1 C. Ranch salad dressing
4 Roma tomatoes, seeded/diced
2 C. romaine lettuce, cut into
bite-sized pieces
2 T. chives, chopped

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
until al dente; drain & rinse under cold
water until cooled. In large bowl mix
cooled pasta & ranch dressing, stir to
coat. Add most of tomatoes, lettuce
& most of bacon – gently stir to combine
& coat all ingredients. Garnish top of dish
with reserved tomatoes, bacon & chives.
Serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken

4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 strips thick-cut bacon cut into
bite-sized pieces
3/4 C. prepared Ranch salad dressing
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Preheat grill to Medium-high heat (about
375 degrees F.)
Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets
parchment paper & use a heavy rolling
pin or pan to pound chicken to an even
thickness. Drizzle chicken with oil & season
with salt/pepper & garlic powder on both
sides. Grill chicken about 5-7 minutes per
side until internal temperature reaches 160
degrees F.
Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-
high heat until crisp; drain all but 1 T. grease.
Return bacon & grease to stove top. Turn
heat to Low & add ranch dressing, stirring
to form a sauce. Add grilled chicken to pan
& coat with sauce, letting simmer 1-2 minutes.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Grilled Campfire Potatoes
(can also be made in oven)

1 lb. sweet onions (like Vidalia), peeled/
cut into 1/4″ slices
2 T. fresh garlic, chopped
2 lb. russet potatoes, peeled/sliced into
1/4″ slices
2 T. olive oil
4 T. melted butter
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. fresh thyme, chopped
1 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tsp. paprika

Heat grill to maintain a closed cover
temp. of 350 degrees F. (OR) heat
oven to same temp.
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Lay out two 30″ long sheets foil on top
of each other, shiny sides up*
Place 2 pieces of parchment paper next
to each other over the foil. Sprinkle onions &
garlic over parchment.
In large bowl place sliced potatoes, oil, butter,
salt/pepper, thyme, rosemary & paprika – toss.
Lay in single layer over onions & garlic. Fold up
sides of foil/parchment & crimp together in
center then fold up & crimp ends. Make several
slits in top for steam. Place packet on grill with
cover closed (OR) in oven. Cook 30 minutes.
Remove & serve. Serves 6

*Interesting fact: Shiny side of foil reflects heat
& dull side absorbs heat. (information from the
manufacturing of tin foil.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Zucchini Quiche

Hash Brown Crust:
3 C. refrigerated or frozen hash
browns, thawed/patted dry
2 T. olive oil
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Quiche Filling:
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked/crumbled
(reserve 1 T. bacon grease in pan)
1 shallot, diced (or onion)
1 medium zucchini, grated (squeezed
dry)*
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 eggs, room temp.
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 C. shredded cheese (sharp Cheddar,
Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack
or a combination of 2 or more)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Crust:

Spray a 9″ pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. In medium bowl combine
hash browns, olive oil, butter, salt/pepper –
toss to combine. Bake 20-25 minutes until
edges are golden brown.
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Reduce oven temp. to 350 degrees F.
Filling:
In skillet used for bacon add diced shallots &
saute over medium heat 3-4 minutes until
translucent & soft. Add shredded zucchini;
turn heat to High. Season with salt/pepper &
cook 3-5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
In small bowl combine flour, baking powder &
salt. In a separate bowl beat eggs until fluffy,
2-3 minutes. Whisk in Greek yogurt until smooth.
Add grated cheese, flour mixture, bacon &
zucchini mixture – stir until combined. Pour
filling into crust & bake 35-40 minutes until
center is set, the top is puffed & golden brown
AND a toothpick inserted into center comes out
clean. Remove from oven & allow to cool
several minutes before removing from pan &
serving.
Can be eaten at room temp. or chilled.
Serves 8

*Shredded Zucchini:
Grate zucchini onto a clean kitchen
towel & squeeze dry, removing as
much excess liquid as possible.

(recipe: amomontimeout.com)
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Blueberry Kuchen

1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 C. whole milk
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. fresh or frozen blueberries

Topping:
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In a
bowl combine first 6 ingredients. Add
milk, butter, egg & vanilla – beat 2
minutes until well blended. Pour into
prepared dish & sprinkle top with
blueberries. In a bowl combine sugar &
flour. Add butter & toss with a fork until
crumbly – sprinkle over top of blueberries.
Bake 40 minutes until lightly browned.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Samoa Sheet Cake

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

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

Toppings;
2 1/2 C. sweetened coconut
8 oz. wrapped caramels (unwrapped)
2 T. milk
3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. shortening
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
On large cookie sheet pour 2 1/2 C.
coconut – spread out evenly.  Bake
5-6 minutes – stir a few times while
toasting & watch closely so it doesn’t
burn – remove from oven & cool.

Turn oven temperature to 400 degrees F.
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In large bowl add flour & sugar – toss to
combine. In medium saucepan add butter, water,
cocoa & shortening – bring to a boil over medium-
high heat, stirring continually – pour into flour/
sugar mixture & mix 30 seconds (using elec. mixer).
Add buttermilk & mix into batter. Add baking soda,
salt, eggs & vanilla – mix 1 minute, making sure to
scrape bottom of bowl using rubber spatula so all
dry ingredients are incorporated. Spray large rimmed
cookie sheet (poster’s is 17 1/2 X 12 1/2″) with nonstick
cooking spray & pour batter onto sheet. Bake 20
minutes until a toothpick inserted into center comes
out clean.  While cake bakes, prepare frosting:
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Frosting:
In a large microwave-safe bowl place butter & milk – heat
to boiling. Add caramel sauce, powdered sugar, vanilla &
dash salt – whisk using a fork until smooth (it will be thin).
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When cake is still warm from oven poke holes all over cake
with a fork – pour prepared frosting over top of cake & smooth
out. Immediately sprinkle toasted coconut on top of frosting.
Place unwrapped in microwave bowl. Add 2 T. milk (or evap.
milk) to caramels & microwave 30 seconds. Stir & heat again
in 30-second intervals until caramel has melted & is smooth.
Drizzle over top of coconut.
Place milk choc. chips in a glass measuring cup & microwave
in 30-second increments, stirring after each. Add 1/2 tsp.
shortening & stir to combine. When melted, drizzle over
top of caramel on cake. NOTE: you can serve cake at this
point but if you like a cake that slices well –
refrigerate cake at least 1 hour before slicing & serving.
Serves 16-20

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

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Hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Setting things straight

Ah, the ‘fun’ of paying household bills – right? I do my bill paying on line with my bank. Over the years, several times, we’ve run into a problem. This time it was getting a $10.98 late fee tacked on to my garbage pick up bill – except I PAID ON TIME through my bank! The very next day we get an automated phone call informing us if said bill is not paid they will cancel our service! NO! Several phone calls (with REAL people) later I am now sending them a printed copy of my bank statement saying it was not only paid on time but there should be NO late fee! The nice lady agreed and now the ‘proof’ is in the mail. UGH! Makes me crazy – you think you’re doing the right thing only to find out – not always. In this case it’s either the Bank or the Post Office’s fault – ugh.

Keeping busy these days attempting to finish the two baby blankets I posted photos of in an earlier post. Today I decided on the final yarn color for the Chevron blanket – am ‘almost’ to the middle of that blanket and about 3/4ths done with the pink lace one. I have 5 weeks before they need to be done. On another good note-was able to get in touch with the lady in charge of picking up the baby blankets for Crisis Pregnancy Mobile Unit. She’s been out of state and will be moving, so this might be my last delivery for that charity. (No worries – there are ALWAYS more charities). Also got in touch with the person in charge of the Food Closet at the church I have my special needs group at. They said they are happy to get more scarves & hats for the homeless (at the end of last year’s ‘season’ they weren’t sure they were going to continue it because they only had about 10 families involved and ALL had received knitted items). Once I’m done with the two baby blankets I’ll start working on scarves – always a nice ‘change’ of pace in knitting. Since our last knit group “Yarn Swap” I have several yarns awaiting the scarves project so I’m a bit excited to get started! (Yes, it takes very small things to make me happy).

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Streuseled Zucchini Bundt Cake

2 C. shredded zucchini, patted dry
1 1/3 C. plain yogurt
3/4 C. sugar
2 large egg whites, room temp.
1/3 C. canola oil
1 large egg, room temp.
4 tsp. vanilla, divided
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. dry bread crumbs
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/3 C. chopped walnuts
1/3 C. raisins
1 T. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
3/4 C. powdered sugar
2-3 tsp. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 10″ Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray & sprinkle with dry bread
crumbs.
In large bowl beat zucchini, yogurt,
sugar, egg whites, oil, 1 egg & 3 tsp.
vanilla until well blended.
In small bowl combine flour, baking
powder, baking soda & salt; gradually
beat into zucchini mixture until
blended. Pour 1/3 of batter into
prepared pan.
In small bowl combine brown sugar,
nuts, raisins, cinnamon & allspice –
sprinkle half over batter. Top with
another 1/3 batter & sprinkle with
remaining brown sugar mixture – top
with remaining batter.
Bake 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean. Cool
10 minutes before removing from pan to
a wire rack to cool completely.
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In a small bowl combine powdered sugar,
remaining vanilla & enough milk to achieve
desired ‘drizzle’ consistency – drizzle over
cooled cake.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pea & Peanut Salad

2 1/2 C. frozen peas (about 10 oz),
thawed
1 C. dry roasted peanuts
1 C. chopped celery
6 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. prepared Zesty Italian
salad dressing

In large bowl combine first 5 ingredients.
In small bowl mix mayo & salad dressing –
stir into salad. Refrigerate, covered,
until ready to serve. Makes 4 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sweet & Hot Shrimp Tacos

3/4 C. Sweet chili sauce*
2 T. honey
40 medium-sized shrimp (pre-cooked/
tails off)
6 corn tortillas
olive oil
salt
Mexican cheese blend, shredded
chopped lettuce
chopped tomatoes

Heat medium skillet over medium-
high heat. Pour 3/4 C. sweet chili
sauce into pan; add 2 T. honey – stir
to combine & heat through. Add shrimp
to sauce; stir, making sure all shrimp are
coated. Heat, just until shrimp are warm.
(Do not over cook).
Heat a large skillet over medium-high
heat. Add about 1/2 T. olive oil to pan;
add a few corn tortillas (as many as will
fit pan) – sprinkle them with a little salt &
allow them to get golden brown; flip over
& brown other size. Remove to a serving
plate & top with saucy shrimp, cheese,
lettuce & tomato. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 tacos

*You can find Sweet Chili sauce in most
grocery stores in the Asian aisle.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Grilled Root Vegetables

12-15 large carrots, peeled
1 head garlic, peeled
1 large white onion, cut into
1″ pieces
small potatoes, leave whole
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 T. butter
2 T. freshly chopped parsley (optional)
(large disposable foil cooking pan)

Preheat grill to 350 degrees F.
Spray insides of foil pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Add carrots, garlic, onion &
potatoes to pan. Pour 1 T. olive oil over
vegs & toss to coat. Add paprika & garlic
salt – toss to coat. Cover pan tightly with
foil & place on hot grill. Cook 20 minutes,
then carefully unwrap & stir. Rotate pan,
cover & cook 15-20 minutes more until
veggies are crisp-tender. Watch so they
don’t burn. Add 1 T. butter & 2 T. parsley –
taste & adjust seasonings-garlic salt.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Bacon/Mushroom/Swiss Chicken

3 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled (reserve
drippings)
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
6 slices Swiss cheese
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Pour reserved bacon grease in a skillet &
heat over medium heat. Place chicken in
warmed grease & cook 3-5 minutes until
slightly golden (turn once). Spray insides of
crockpot with nonstick cooking spray.
Place chicken in crockpot & cover with
mushrooms. Pour soup into skillet (undiluted),
warm then pour over chicken. Cover & cook
on Low 4-5 hours; check chicken for doneness.
Place a slice of Swiss cheese on top of each
chicken breast; sprinkle with bacon & turn
crockpot heat to High. Cover & cook 10-15
minutes until cheese is melted. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Sweet & Sour Hawaiian Kielbasa w/
Garlic Rice

2 T. olive oil
1 (13 oz) pkg. smoked kielbasa sausage,
cut into 1/2″ slices
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
1/2 C. pineapple chunks
1 (8 oz) bottle sweet & sour sauce
2 (7 oz, ea) pkgs. Minute Ready to
Serve Garlic & Olive Oil Jasmine rice

In nonstick skillet heat olive oil over
medium heat. Add kielbasa-cook 2-3
minutes, flipping over, until both sides
are nicely browned. Add onion & bell
pepper – cook 5-6 minutes longer. Stir
in pineapple & sweet/sour sauce – heat
2-3 minutes.

Prepare rice accordg. to pkg. directions.
Place rice on a dish & spoon kielbasa
mixture on top. Serves 4

(recipe: whoneedsacape.com)
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Blueberry/Lemon Cheesecake Mousse
Parfaits

6 (4 oz) jars (or parfait glasses
3/4 tsp. unflavored gelatin
1 tsp. lemon zest & 3 T. juice (from 1
lemon) divided
1 T. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, divided
2/3 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 crushed shortbread cookies
1/2 C. blueberries
1/2 C. blueberry jam

In small microwaveable bowl pour
lemon juice & water – sprinkle gelatin
on top & microwave on High 45 seconds
until gelatin is completely dissolved when
stirred. Cool 3 minutes
In large bowl using elec. mixer beat cream
cheese until light & fluffy. Add geletin
mixture; beat until blended. Gently stir in
Cool Whip & lemon zest. Press cookie
crumbs into bottoms of jars/glasses &
top with layers of blueberries, jam &
cream cheese mixture. Cover with lids
(or clear plastic wrap) & refrigerate 2
hours. Serves 6

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)

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Our weather has been “OK” except last night
THREE TIMES in very quick time our cell
phones were BOMBED with Emergency
FLOOD ALERTS! The funny thing is – we don’t
have any BIG water around here to be worried
about flooding! (there was a small ‘river’ of
water going down my driveway during the
rains, but nothing REALLY to worry about!)
Go figure!  The temperatures are in the mid
to high 70’s which is nice  – not too hot, not
too cold – in my eyes: JUST PERFECT!

No big plans for the day, no knit group
tonight; dinner is leftover chicken pot pie.
Tomorrow is library knit & my special
needs group, Thurs. is babysitting at 2 p.m.
My oldest son & his family have been on a
VERY MUCH NEEDED vacation last week to
Myrtle Beach, North Carolina so this will
be the first time I will see them in almost 2 weeks.
Just glad they were able to ‘get away’ as both
of them have very high stress jobs. Time with
their kids and time alone, away from phones
is always nice.

Hope your week is shaping up nicely,

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Always Nice to see Old Friends!

This Sunday after church I was just getting in our car when my husband called my cell phone to tell me: “Get back in here – there’s someone who wants to see you!” In the photo above is my dear friend Katie and her sons. I have known her since she was about 3 weeks old – I was her first caregiver (she’s now 35!) She and my oldest son were best friends all through grade school until they moved away. Her husband is a pastor in Kentucky now so I don’t get to see her very often – it was really nice to re-connect! (It’s funny-I don’t think I really feel like I’m losing weight but when I put on the dress above – which I haven’t worn for years, it was too big but I didn’t have time to change – funny how time changes things!)

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Lemon Blueberry Bread

1/3 C. butter, melted
1 C. sugar
3 T. lemon juice
2 large eggs, room temp.
1 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk (2%)
1 C. fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 C. chopped nuts
2 T. grated lemon zest

Glaze:
2 T. lemon juice
1/4 C. sugar
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 4″ loaf pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl beat
butter, sugar, lemon juice & eggs.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking
powder & salt – stir into egg mixture
alternately with milk, beating well
after each addition. Fold in blueberries,
nuts & lemon zest & pour batter into
prepared pan. Bake 60-70 minutes or
until a toothpick inserted into center of
loaf comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in
pan before removing from pan to a wire
rack to cool.

Glaze:
Combine glaze ingredients & drizzle over
warm bread. Cool completely before cutting.
Makes 1 loaf.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Fiesta Confetti Corn

1 1/2 T. butter (or bacon drippings)
1/2 c. chopped Vidalia or other
sweet onion
1/2 C. EACH: green & red bell
pepper, diced
1/4 C. chopped fresh jalapeno
6 C. fresh corn, cooked/scraped
from cob
1/2 tsp. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
(or to taste)
1/2 tsp. chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 tsp. cumin (or to taste)
1/2 C. water or chicken broth,
divided

In a skillet with lid heat butter (or
bacon drippings) – saute onion &
peppers until tender, about 4 minutes.
Add corn, sugar & seasonings & 1/4
C. water/broth. Reduce heat to Low;
cover & simmer only long enough
to warm through thoroughly & adding
additional water as needed to prevent
corn from sticking. Taste & adjust
seasonings as needed. Serves 4-6

NOTE: Frozen/thawed or canned/
drained corn may be substituted.
Can also substitute a 4 oz. jar of
chopped pimentos, drained, for bell
pepper. Add some chopped/cooked
bacon for extra flavor.

For a Creamier Version:
Stir in 1/3 C. shredded cheese and/or
3 oz. cubed cream cheese and
substitute heavy cream or Half & Half
for water or broth, stirred in at the
end.

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Crockpot Garlic Tenderloin

2-3 lb. pork tenderloin
2 T. butter
1 C. butter, melted
1 T. garlic powder
2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried cilantro leaves
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper

Melt 2 T. butter in a skillet over
medium-high heat*. Brown
tenderloins about 3-5 minutes on
each side then place in crockpot,
pouring the remaining butter/
cooking juices over top. Whisk
melted butter & spices together &
pour evenly over tenderloin. Cover
& cook on Low 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
Serves 8

*or use the saute/brown feature,
if available, on your slow cooker

NOTE: While browning tenderloin,
let it rest at least 3 minute per side;
do not turn or flip it – it will make
the browning process work much
better.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Fresh Green Bean/Walnut/Feta Salad

1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
cut into 2″ pieces
1 C. chopped walnuts
3/4 C. diced red onion
1 C. crumbled Feta cheese
3/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. white wine vinegar
1/4 C. fresh mint leaves, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil;
add green beans & cook ONLY 3
minutes. Drain well & immediately
plunge into ice water to stop cooking
process. Drain again & pat dry with
paper towels then place in large bowl.
Add walnuts, red onion & Feta; gently
stir to combine. In a food processor (or
blender) combine olive oil, white wine
vinegar, mint, garlic, salt/pepper & pulse
a few times to blend. Pour dressing over
bean mixture & toss. Chill about 1  hour
before serving.

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Dill Pickle Bites
(appetizer – 8 hrs. or overnight chill)

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 T. mayonnaise
1 T. grated onion
1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
1/8 tsp. black pepper
12 baby dill pickles
12 slices white bread (or whole wheat)
crusts cut off
(optional) hard salami slices

In small bowl combine cream cheese, mayo,
onion, dill & pepper – mix until well combined.
Roll each bread sliced with a rolling pin until flat.
Spread cream cheese mixture thinly onto bread,
using approx. 1 T. per slice. Place a baby dill on
each & roll up.* Place rolls, seam sides down,
in a glass baking dish. Cover & refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight.
To serve:  Cut each roll into 3 pieces.
Makes 36 bites

*If you are using hard salami slices, spread about
1/2 T. cream cheese mixture on each slice then
top with a slice of salami & spread remaining
1/2 T. cream cheese on top. Place pickle then
roll up

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Pork Chop & Cabbage Casserole

4-6 pork chops
4-5 C. coarsely chopped cabbage
2 T. olive oil
1 medium green pepper, cut into
rings
1 medium onion, peeled/cut into
rings
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained (could use fresh tomatoes)
1/2 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
cheese of your choice)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In a skillet brown pork chops in olive
oil. In large casserole dish layer
cabbage, green pepper & onion. Place
browned chops on top. In a bowl mix
dry onion soup mix, diced tomatoes,
chicken broth, salt/pepper, garlic
powder & oregano – pour over top
of chops. Cover & bake 55-60 minutes
until cabbage is cooked to the
consistency you like. Remove from
oven & sprinkle cheese on top. Return
to oven, uncovered, until cheese melts.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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No-Bake Chunky Monkey Cake

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding
mix
3 C. cold water, divided
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. instant chocolate pudding
mix
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed/divided
1 banana
1 box graham cracker squares

Line a 9 X 13″ baking pan with foil.
Line bottom of pan with a single layer of
graham crackers (you may have to break
some to fit) In medium bowl add van.
pudding mix with 1 1/2 C. milk – whisk
to combine. Fold in 1 C. Cool Whip.
Pour pudding mixture over grm. crackers
& spread out evenly. Top pudding layer with
another layer of gr. crackers. In separate
bowl add choc. pudding mix & remaining
1 1/2 C. milk – whisk to combine & fold in
last 1 C. Cool Whip. Spread choc. pudding
mixture over 2nd layer gr. crackers. Cover
pan with plastic wrap & refrigerate at least
4 hours or overnight.

When ready to serve, slice banana into thin
slices & spread over cake top evenly. Crush
1 graham cracker square & sprinkle crumbs
over top of cake. Slice & serve. Serves 9

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Having my baby grandson away on vacation has given
me more time to read (James Patterson novels) and knit;
below is a half-way done pink baby afghan and then a
project I just started last night. I wanted a chevron pattern
and have large balls of several solid colors so I chose this
pattern. It’s very easy (2 rows) so I’m hoping it will go
quickly. Just got the Pick-Up date for the Detroit Veteran’s
Hospital baby shower: Sept. 17th so that’s my goal for
attempting to finish both afghans – we’ll see how that goes.

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So far, the colors for the chevron will be white/medium yellow/mint green/a blue, white, green variegated then repeat in opposite order so bottom of afghan mirrors the top – we’ll see how it goes.

Hope your day is going well – it’s mid 70’s & on & off rain (but that’s OK because our flowers need it!)

Hugs;

Pammie

Summer on a Saturday

Had to go out today to purchase snacks for my Sunday School class (my turn) – wasn’t out for more than a half hour but MAN, IT’S HOT! I tend to forget just how hot until I’m out in it – with AC in both the house & car I’m spoiled. It’s 90 degrees F., clear skies & sunny (not much breeze) – perfect day for the beach (I’m guessing – haven’t been to the beach in a good 5+ years).

Was working on a new blue/green/white variegated baby blanket but just kept getting hung up with the pattern. Last night I couldn’t seem to get it right and today I noticed that I’d dropped a stitch a good 4+ rows down from where I was attempting to work. I gave up – ripped it out and went for a new pattern, soft pink yarn – finally back in my ‘Happy Place’! My theory is: Why work on something that gives you grief? Life’s too short – knit happy!

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Watermelon Chiffon Pie

1 graham cracker pie crust
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Filling:
6 C. watermelon (seeds are fine)
1/3 C. sugar
2 T. unflavored gelatin (2 envelopes)
1 T. fresh lime juice (or 1 T. lemon juice)
2 large egg whites, room temp.
1 C. cold heavy cream (or 1 C. whipping
cream)
1 C. powdered sugar

Garnish:
powdered sugar, for dusting
whipped cream
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Place a medium bowl & beaters from
elec. mixer in refrigerator to chill.
Bake pie crust accordg. to pkg. directions;
allow to cool & refrigerate until ready to use.
Combine watermelon & sugar in very large
bowl. Using a potato masher, mash until
mxiture is quite liquid. Set aside for 15
minutes. After 15 minutes, drain mixture
through a strainer, reserving almost 2 3/4 C.
juice (discard pulp & any seeds).
Place 1/4 C. juice in medium bowl & sprinkle
dry gelatin over it. Set aside 3-4 minutes to
dissolve. Heat 1/2 C. of juice in a small
saucepan over medium heat (or in microwave)
to a near boil. Whisk hot juice into dissolved
gelatin. Pour remaining 2 C. watermelon
juice into large bowl & stir in gelatin/watermelon
juice mixture. Stir in lime juice & refrigerate.
Using an elec. mixer in medium bowl, beat egg whites
until stiff peaks form. Set aside & clean & dry beaters.
Using the chilled bowl & beaters beat heavy cream
until it holds stiff peaks. Add powdered sugar & beat
until smooth & stiff but not grainy. Refrigerate.

When watermelon juice mixture starts to firm up,
add about 1/4th of whipped cream & beat using
elec. mixer, until smooth. Add beaten egg whites &
remaining whipped cream. Gently fold in using a
large rubber spatula. (If necessary, use a whisk very
briefly to smooth mixture & break up any large globs
of whites or whipped cream). Pour filling into cooled
pie crust – shake to settle mixture. Cover with
loosely tented foil & refrigerate at least 4 hours,
preferably overnight.

To serve, garnish each slice with dusting of powdered
sugar & a dollop of whipped cream. Serves 10-12

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Broiled Chicken & Artichokes

8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
(about 2 lb)
2 (7.5 oz, ea) jars marinated
quartered artichoke hearts, drained
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Preheat broiler. In large bowl, toss
chicken & artichokes with oil, salt
& pepper – transfer to broiler pan.
Broil 3 inches from heat 8-10 minutes
or until a thermometer inserted into
chicken reads 170 degrees., turning
chicken & artichokes halfway through
cooking. Sprinkle with cheese & broil
1-2 minutes longer until cheese is
melted. Sprinkle with parsley.
Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Seafood Salad w/Shrimp & Crab

1 lb. shrimp, cooked/peeled &
de-veined (41/60 count)
24 oz. imitation crab meat
1/2 C. celery, finely chopped
1/4 C. onion, finely chopped
1 C. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. Accent seasoning (MSG)
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic salt

Cut each shrimp into 2-3 pieces. Chop
crabmeat into pieces about the size
of the shrimp pieces. Mix all ingredients
in a large bowl & refrigerate 4 hours to
allow flavors to blend. Serves 6-8

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Pizza Bake

1 (16 oz) tube biscuits (8 per can) –
cut biscuits into 6ths
1 lb. ground sausage; browned/
drained/divided
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (8 oz) container pizza sauce
1/2 C. chopped bell pepper
(optional: 1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms,
drained)
2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
(optional: 1 (4 oz) can sliced olives,
drained)
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Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray & place sliced biscuit pieces
in bottom. Sprinkle 1/2 C. cooked sausage
& 1/4 C. Parmesan cheese – spread sauce
on top. Top with remaining sausage. Layer
peppers & optional mushrooms. Top with
cheese & optional olives. Cover & cook
on Low 3 hours until center is done &
edges are golden. Cool 10-15 minutes
before slicing & serving. Serves 6-8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Dip

2 C. cooked chicken, coarsely chopped
into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 C. Alfredo sauce (in a jar or homemade)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 C. cooked/crumbled bacon
1/2 C. diced tomatoes
1 T. chopped parsley

Dippers:
Crackers
chunks of bread
wedges of pita bread
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a small skillet or baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken,
Alfredo sauce, cream cheese, Parm. cheese,
Italian seasoning & 1/2 C. Mozzarella cheese
in a bowl – stir to combine. Spread mixture
into prepared pan & top with remaining cup
of Mozzarella cheese. Bake 20 minutes until
dip is bubbly and cheese is melted. Turn oven
to Broil – broil 1-2 minutes until cheese just
starts to brown. Top the dip with bacon,
tomatoes & parsley. Serves 8

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Taco-stuffed Avocados

1 lb. ground beef
1 T. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. onion powder
4 oz. tomato sauce
3 avocados, halved
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/4 C. lettuce, shredded

Additional toppings:
chopped cilantro
sour cream
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In medium saucepan add ground beef –
cook over medium heat until browned.
Drain; add seasonings & tomato sauce –
stir to combine & cook 3-4 minutes.
Remove pit from halved avocados. Place
cooked meat mixture into ‘pit holes’ in
avocado halves. Top with cheese, tomatoes,
lettuce, cilantro & sour cream. Serves 6

NOTE: If you want to make the ‘pit holes’
in the avocado halves bigger, spoon out
some of the avocado & set aside to make
guacamole.

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Easy Refrigerator Pickles

6 C. thinly sliced cucumbers
2 C. thinly sliced onions
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. ground tumeric
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Place cucumbers & onion in a
large bowl. Combine remaining
ingredients in a saucepan & bring
to boil. Cook & stir just until the
sugar is dissolved – pour over
cucumber mixture & cool. Cover
tightly & refrigerate at least 24
hours before serving. Makes 6 Cups.

NOTE: You can use this brine to quick-
pickle other vegetables such as summer
squash & green beans.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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3-Ingredient Potato Chip Clusters

9 oz. white baking chocolate, chopped
2 C. coarsely crushed ridged potato chips
1/2 C. chopped pecans

In large microwave-safe bowl, melt
chocolate. Stir in potato chips & nuts –
drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed
paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate
until set. Makes about 3 dozen

Options: You can use shoestring potatoes
or Fritos in place of the potato chips.
For an easy-grab & go: line muffin tins
with paper liners & place batter in liners.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Hope your week has gone well for you;

Hugs;

Pammie

New Week – new challenges

This Thursday is my regular 3-month doctor check up and I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a lecture on my diabetes. I’m not on meds but try to regulate my sugar numbers by eating correctly. That’s not saying I don’t ‘cheat’ (see above funny). We’ll see how it goes – along with the sugar number comes my weight – another thing I try to keep under control; so far that’s doing OK – hopefully!

Was just going through my emails and decided to weed out a lot of the old ones, like “25% off shoe sale from PayLess”! I went back 2 years then got bored – lots of my emails are for recipes and knitting patterns/stitches so you can guess how FULL my emails are! Just for ‘fun’ I just looked at the total: 1,970 emails ‘saved’ – I read them and then couldn’t decide what to do with them so there they sit! Oh well – we all have our ‘foibles’!

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Raspberry Marshmallow Fluff Salad

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

In large bowl mix yogurt & pudding mix;
stir until completely mixed together. Fold
in Cool Whip & raspberries (raspberries
will soften while salad sets). Add marsh-
mallows & mix well. Cover & refrigerate
30 minutes. When removing from fridge
fold salad with a spatula several times to
allow raspberry juices to spread through-
out salad. Serves 15

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad

1 (7oz) jar (Classico) traditional
Basil Pesto sauce & spread
1/4 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
2 1/2 C. rotini pasta, cooked/drained
1/2 C. sliced black olives
3 T. chopped oil-packed/sun dried
tomatoes, drained
1/2 tsp. black pepper

In large bowl mix pesto & dressing until
blended. Add remaining ingredients &
mix lightly. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Serves 6

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Steak & Potato Kebabs

1/2 lb. fingerling potatoes,
halved lengthwise
1 1/2 lb. beef tenderloin,
cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
2 T. olive oil
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-2
inch pieces
1/4 C. ketchup
2 T. Dijon mustard
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. steak sauce
pinch red pepper flakes
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8 (10″ each) skewers
NOTE: If using wooden skewers,
make sure to soak them in water
before using)
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Preheat grill to medium high &
brush grates with vegetable oil.
Place potatoes in a microwave-
safe bowl; cover & microwave
about 5 minutes until tender.
Toss beef with olive oil in large
bowl & season with salt/pepper.
Thread beef, potatoes & asparagus
onto skewers.
Combine ketchups, mustard, vinegar,
2 T. water, Wors. sauce, steak sauce
& red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
Grill kebabs, turning occasionally,
about 6 minutes for medium-rare.
Serve with the sauce.
Makes 4 servings

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Baby Back Ribs

1 rack baby back pork ribs
1 C. water
1/2 C. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
2 tsp. Hickory liquid smoke

more Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
for serving

RUB:
 2 T. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
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Remove silver skin from back of
ribs* – cut ribs into 4 sections.

In small bowl mix together all
Rub ingredients & ‘rub’ onto
ribs using your hands – place ribs
in crockpot. Pour water & liquid
smoke around ribs**. Cover & cook
on Low 8 hours (or High 4 hours).
Brush with more BBQ sauce if desired,
& serve. Serves 4

*Removing silver skin: Poster lifts an
edge of the middle of the ribs &
tears off in one piece

**You can add liquid smoke into rub
instead of adding to water, if desired

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Pasta with “The Works”

1/2 C. thinly sliced pepperoni
1 medium green pepper cut into 2-inch
long strips (about 1 1/2 C.)
2 C. (Prego) Fresh mushroom Italian sauce
or traditional spaghetti sauce
1/3 C. pitted black olives, cut in half (optional)
3 C. rotini (sprial) pasta, cooked/drained
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz)

Optional: grated Parmesan cheese

In a 10″ skillet over medium heat cook pepperoni
& peppers until peppers are tender-crisp, stirring
often. Stir in sauce & olives (if using) & bring to a
boil. Reduce heat to Low; cover & cook 10 minutes.
Stir pasta & mozzarella cheese into skillet & serve
with grated Parmesan cheese (if desired).
Serves 4

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

4 1/2 C. cooked penne pasta (about
2 1/2 C./8 oz. dry)
1 (14.5 oz) jar Prego Alfredo sauce
4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl stir cooked pasta, sauce,
bacon, dressing & half of cheese. Spoon
mixture into a 8 X 8″ baking dish &
sprinkle top with remaining cheese.
Bake 30 minutes until pasta is hot &
bubbling. Serves 4

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Rolls

4 (1/4 oz, ea) pkgs. active dry yeast
2 1/2 C. warm water (110 – 115 degrees F)
3 C. 2% warm milk (110-115 degrees F.)
1/2 C. butter, softened
2 large eggs, room temp.
3/4 C. honey
4 tsp. salt
14 C. flour

Filling:
6 T. butter, softened
2 1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 (12 oz) pkg. miniature semisweet
chocolate chips
3 tsp. cinnamon

Glaze:
3 C. powdered sugar
6 T. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
6-8 T. whole milk
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In large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water;
let stand 5 minutes. Add milk, butter, eggs,
honey, salt & 3 C. flour – using elec. mixer,
beat on Low speed 3 minutes. Stir in enough
remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn
dough onto a floured surface; knead until
smooth & elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a
large buttered bowl, turning once. Cover &
let rise in a warm place until dough doubles
in size, about 1 hour.
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Grease four 9 X 13″ baking dishes with butter.
Punch down dough & turn onto a floured
surface. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll
each piece into a 14 X 8″ rectangle & spread
tops of pieces with butter. In a bowl combine
brown sugar, chips & cinnamon – sprinkle over
dough to within 1/2 inch of dough edges –
press mixture into dough. Roll up dough
jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Pinch
seams to seal. Cut each roll into 12 slices &
place, cut sides down, into greased baking dishes.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cover & let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake rolls 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
Cool for 5 minutes then remove from pans to
wire racks to complete cooling.

Glaze:
In a large bowl combine powdered sugar, butter,
vanilla & enough milk to reach desired consistency.
Drizzle over warm rolls. Makes 4 dozen

NOTE: Recipe can be halved

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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So far it’s looking like a ‘light’ week for me:
Knit group at Panera tomorrow evening;
Library Knit Group Weds. morning/special
needs group Weds. night; Dr. visit Thurs &
babysitting grandson Friday.

Am still working on several knitting projects:
started a new baby blanket in shades of blues/
greens/white (variegated yarn), still knitting
baby booties and (temporarily) knitting baby
headbands for the Detroit Veteran’s Baby
Shower in September. For several years now
I’ve knit toddler baby headbands for that event
but this year two of my ladies from my knit
groups purchased a book on how to knit FLOWERS
so they came up with this idea that THEY would
knit the flowers and I could knit the headbands –
well . . . I ‘guess’ that’s OK but knitting headbands
is rather boring (just saying). Oh well – the job
gets done so I shouldn’t complain, right?

Our weather is now ‘typical’ Michigan July –
in the 80’s most days, sometimes rain but
mostly just hot. I’m grateful for our air
conditioning in both the house & car – I
don’t do well in heat so AC helps keep me
in a ‘pleasant’ mood!

Thought I’d ‘brag’ a bit on my middle son
(not the chef) – he came up with the idea, as
he put it: “Mom, you cook for us ALL the time,
I thought it might be nice to cook for YOU for
a change.” Last night he came up with this
idea: He took 6 boneless/skinless chicken
breasts & put them in a ziplock bag. He
dissolved some salt (don’t know how
much) in hot water & put it in the bag.
Placed the bag in the fridge for about
6 hours – chicken was frozen when he
started. After removing them from
fridge he tore off 6 large heavy foil squares.
He put one chicken breast (1 per square) &
topped them with chopped onion, Italian
seasoning & fresh garlic. He also
added salt/pepper, & cayenne then wrapped
them up & placed them on a cookie sheet.
Baked 45 minutes and they came out VERY
tender (I used a BUTTER knife to cut them-
amazing!) He was very happy they came out
the way he wanted. This was the FIRST TIME
he’s ever tried this idea! I thought it was
great – we had them with some chicken
stuffing on the side.

Hope you are able to enjoy this day –
stay cool & smile!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Thursday!

It’s another BEAUTIFUL Spring day here in Michigan – temps are supposed to get to High of 74 degrees F. WOW! It’s sunny, slight breeze and lovely robin’s egg blue skies – LOVE THIS WEATHER!

Today is an unusual babysitting day – had to be there by 7:30 a.m. and was supposed to sit until around 10:30. After about an hour Momma came home – turns out no one told her that there was no managers meeting this morning! Oh well, at least she has some extra time at home (I have to go back at 2 p.m. until my son gets home- anywhere from 4:30 – 7 p.m.) Just glad I got extra time off! (Grandson was very good but listening to kid’s TV for hours is really mind numbing!). Started a new baby blanket using a pattern I’d done years ago – simple 2- row pattern, easy to knit while chatting at both knit groups.

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Fresh Blueberry Cheesecake

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray.

Crust:

1 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C. rolled oats (can use quick-cooking)
1/2 C. chopped walnuts or nuts of your
choice
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 C. butter or marg. (8 T.), melted

Combine all crust ingredients & press
into prepared pan. Bake 10-12 minutes;
allow to cool.
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Cream Cheese Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk (not evaporated)
1/3 C. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine filling ingredients in a large
bowl & mix (using elec. mixer on High
speed) 3-4 minutes. Pour over cooled
crust. Refrigerate 3 hours.
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Fresh Blueberry Topping:

2 C. fresh blueberries (could use frozen)
(NOTE: can use any fruit)
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 C. water
1 T. lemon juice

Combine all blueberry topping ingredients
(except lemon juice) in a saucepan & bring
to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 2 minutes
to thicken; remove from heat, stir in lemon
juice & allow to cool. Pour over cheesecake
after it has been refrigerated 3 hours.
Serves 10-12
Keep refrigerated.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Lazy Day Lasagna

1/2 (25 oz) bag frozen cheese ravioli
1/2 lb. ground beef, browned/drained
2 (14 or 15 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
1/2 T. Italian seasoning
1/2 T. garlic salt
2 C. mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 9″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. After cooking/draining
beef, stir in tomatoes & seasonings.
Place a layer of ravioli on bottom of
prepared pan & spoon half of sauce
over top. Layer half mozz. cheese &
repeat: ravioli/sauce/cheese. End
topping with Parm. cheese. Bake
35-45 minutes until bubbly.
Remove from oven & let stand 10-15
minutes before serving. Cut & serve.
Serves 3-4

NOTE: recipe can easily be doubled –
bake in 9 X 13″ pan.

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

2 C. flour
2 T. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 stick butter or marg., cut into
pieces
1 1/2 C. cooked, chopped ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
any cheese of your choice)
1 1/4 C. evaporated milk (can also
use buttermilk instead)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
cooking spray.
In a large bowl mix flour, baking
powder, salt, garlic powder using a
whisk. Cut butter pieces into flour
mixture until it resembles coarse
crumbs. Add ham, cheese & milk –
mix with a spoon & turn out onto
a floured board. NOTE: Poster does
NOT roll this out – just pats the dough
using her hands to the desired
thickness. She uses a small cookie
cutter instead of a regular biscuit
cutter. Bake 15-20 minutes until
brown on top.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Garlic Rice & Chicken

4 T. butter
1 C. diced onion
1 T. minced garlic
2 C. uncooked brown rice
3 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1/2 C. shredded or grated Parmesan
cheese
1 large bunch asparagus; washed/cut
into 1″ pieces*
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Heat a pan over medium heat on stove;
add butter & melt. Add onion – saute
4-5 minutes. Add garlic & saute 20-30
seconds. Add rice & stir to coat rice in
butter & onions – place in crockpot.
Stir chicken broth, basil, garlic powder,
salt/pepper into crockpot. Nestle chicken
in crockpot. Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours
until rice is tender. Remove chicken & cut
into bite-sized pieces – stir back into crockpot.
Stir in cheese & asparagus – cover & cook
on High 10 minutes until asparagus is cooked.
When asparagus is to your softness, serve.
Serves 6

*Can substitute broccoli florets- cut into small
florets so they can cook quickly. (can also use
frozen broccoli – run hot water over it before
adding to crockpot.

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna Soup

1 lb. Italian sausage
1 medium yellow onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 (29 oz) can crushed tomatoes,
undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can tomato juice (or
V8)
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried marjoram
1/2 tap. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
1 whole bay leaf
2 T. brown sugar
2 C. chicken stock
10 oz. lasagna noodles, broken
up into bite-sized pieces
2 C. Ricotta cheese
1/2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese

In large skillet cook & crumble sausage,
onion & garlic until sausage is no longer
pink & onions start to become translucent,
drain. Add sausage mixture, spices, canned
tomatoes, tomato juice & chicken broth
to 5 qt. or larger crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low 5 hours. Remove bay leaf & discard.
Add broken lasagna noodles & cook an
additional 1 hour until noodles are al dente.
In mixing bowl combine Ricotta, mozzarella &
Parmesan cheeses. Top servings of soup with
1 spoonful of cheese mixture before serving.
Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Pork Chop Marinade
(stove or grill recipe)

4 bone-in pork chops

1/3 C. soy sauce
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. olive oil
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 C. black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a dish. Place
chops in a large zip-lock bag – pour
in about 3/4ths of marinade (save
rest for basting). Squeeze out excess
air in bag & refrigerate at least 1 hour
(or up to 8 hours).
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Cook chops on a grill or in a pan on
medium-high heat about 4-5 minutes
per side, until internal temp. of chops
is 145 degrees F. Baste after flipping
chops & after removing from grill.
When chops are done, place on a plae
& tent with foil. Let rest 3-5 minutes
then serve. Serves 4

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Cinnamon Roll Poke Cake

Cake:

1 box white cake mix PLUS ingredients
to prepare cake

Filling:

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
4 T. melted butter
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch kosher salt

Frosting:

1/2 C. heavy cream
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
4 T. butter, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch kosher salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Prepare
cake accordg. to pkg. directions.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
bake 20 minutes, until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool.

Filling:
In medium bowl whisk sweetn’d cond’
milk, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon &
salt.

Frosting:
In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
In another large bowl beat cream cheese &
butter together until no lumps remain. Add
powdered sugar & beat until smooth. Add
in vanilla & pinch salt – fold in whipped
cream until just combined. Using bottom of
a wooden spoon, poke holes all over cake.
Pour filling over & use a rubber spatula
to push into holes. Frost with cream cheese
frosting.
Refrigerate 20 minutes before serving.
Serves 12

(recipe: delish.com)

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Hope you had a great Mother’s Day –
we went out to dinner – food was
very tasty (I was stuffed!) and it was
really nice to just sit around with family
and enjoy their company. The baby was
GREAT – for 2+ years old he sat for over
2 hours in a high chair; all the servers &
managers kept coming over to ‘chat’ with
him so he was having a great time ‘holding
court’. The restaurant even gave all
mothers a long stemmed red rose! Very
nice!

Hoping you have a very nice day –
remember to take a little time for
yourself!

Hugs;

Pammie