Blessings – always welcome

Cold, rainy & gloomy today – High 40 degrees F. Well, it’s now Spring so guess we’ll just have to adjust – right?

On that note husband & I had to make a trip to the drug store to pick up some prescriptions. One of his prescriptions (a week ago) was deliberately left there. Why, you ask? Because when they told me it would cost $500.00 I chose to wait. After husband spoke to pharmacist about his particular drug insurance, today when we went back to pick his 2 and my 3 prescriptions the total for his was $00.00 and total of all costs for purchases (including a large bag of chips & two 2-liter bottles of pop) came to $21.00! THANK YOU, LORD! I will definitely take that blessing! I was really dreading us having that high of a bill every three months (Yes, I know that some of you might have that high a cost). So very grateful we didn’t. WHEW!

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Luscious Layered Lemon Dessert

Crust:
1 C. flour
1/2 C. very finely chopped pecans
1/4 C. butter, melted

Layers:
8 oz. cream cheese
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
2 small pkgs instant lemon pudding
mix
1 T. lemon juice (optional)
3 C. milk
1 C. powdered sugar
3 T. finely chopped pecans (garnish)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine crust ingredients until
well blended & crumbly; press into
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish & bake
15 minutes. Cool completely.
Layers:
Using elec. mixer, mix cream cheese &
powdered sugar until smooth & creamy.
Fold in 1 C. Cool Whip & spread over
cooled crust. NOTE: If your crust pulls
apart – it might be because your pecans
are a little coarse. Just work slowly; you
may have to use your fingertips to spread
cream cheese layer as best you can. Whisk
together pudding mixes & milk; add lemon
juice & stir until thick – spread over cream
cheese layer. Spoon remaining Cool Whip
over pudding & sprinkle top with a dusting
of chopped pecans. Refrigerate 4 hours
before serving.

NOTE: Poster says this recipe is even better
the next day – she often prepares 2 just for
this reason!

(recipe: happyhooligans.ca)
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Melt-in-your-mouth Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese
1 C. (plain) Greek yogurt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Combine Parmesan,
yogurt, garlic powder, salt/pepper
& spread over chicken. Bake 35
minutes until chicken is done.
Serves 4

(recipe: normalcooking.com)
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Beef & Spinach Baked Rotini

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 (1 lb, 8 oz) jar Ragu Chunky
Tomato/Garlic/Onion sauce
1 (6 oz) bag fresh spinach
2 C. water
1 C. ricotta cheese (about 8 oz)
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 (12 oz) pkg. rotini pasta, uncooked
3/4 C. mozzarella cheese (about 3 oz)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Brown ground beef in large skillet
over medium-high heat; drain. Place
spinach in a skillet with 2 T. water &
cook (wilt) until soft. Combine sauce
& water in a large bowl; stir in cooked
beef, ricotta, spinach, Parmesan &
uncooked rotini. Spray a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray & pour mixture
into dish – spread evenly. Cover tightly
with foil & bake 55 minutes. Remove
foil & sprinkle top with mozzarella
cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional
5 minutes until cheese melts. Let stand
5 minutes before serving.

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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8-Can Taco Soup

1 (15 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1 (15 1/4 oz) can sweet corn,
drained (whole kernel)
1 (12.5 oz) can chicken breasts,
drained
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
chicken soup
1 (10 oz. can green enchilada sauce
1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
1 (1 1/4 oz) packet taco seasoning

Garnishes:
corn chips
grated Cheddar cheese

Place all ingredients in large pot;
heat until warm, stirring occasionally.
Serve with tortilla chips & grated
cheese on top of each bowl, if desired.
Serves 7

(recipe: food.com)
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Chive & Onion Hash Brown Potatoes

1 1/2 C. Half & Half
1 (8 oz) tub spreadable
chive & onion cream cheese
2 T. dried minced onion
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 (20 oz, ea) pkgs. refrigerated
shredded hash brown potatoes
2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
3 T. minced fresh chives, divided
2 T. butter, cubed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In Dutch oven combine first 5
ingredients; cook & stir over
medium heat until blended; stir
in potatoes. Spray a 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick spray &
layer 1/3 of mixture & 2/3 C.
Swiss cheese in pan. Sprinkle
with 1 T. chives & repeat layers.
Top with remaining hash brown
mixture & cheese; dot with butter.
Cover with foil & bake 35 minutes.
Remove foil & bake 10-20 minutes
longer until edges begin to brown &
potatoes are heated through. Let
stand 10 minutes before serving.
Sprinkle top with remaining chives &
serve. Serves 12 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Southwest Cornbread Casserole

Cornbread layer:
1/2 C. melted butter
1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. buttermilk*
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 C. flour
1 C. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt

Meat mixture:
1 lb. ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
5-6 mini bell peppers, chopped
salt/pepper
3 T. taco seasoning
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. salsa
2 C. Mexican-blend shredded cheese
chopped cilantro – optional

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven
In medium bowl beat 1/2 C. melted
butter & 1/2 C. sugar; blend in 2
eggs & beat to combine. Pour 1
C. buttermilk into a 2 Cup glass
measuring cup. Add 1/2 tsp. baking
soda & stir to combine – add this to
butter/sugar mixture & stir to combine.
In separate bowl mix 1 C. flour, 1 C.
cornmeal & 1/2 tsp. salt – fold into
wet ingredients (do not over mix)
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray & spread cornbread batter evenly
in pan. Bake 12-15 minutes until top
is set & slightly firm. (it should almost
be baked completely – make sure it’s
just about done before moving to next
step).  While cornbread is baking, heat
a large, deep skillet over medium-high
heat. Add ground beef, minced garlic,
onion & chopped bell peppers – sprinkle
with salt/pepper & 3 T. taco seasoning
mix – stir & cook until beef is cooked
through & no longer pink. Add enchilada
sauce, diced tomatoes, black beans &salsa
to skillet & stir to blend. Allow to simmer
& cook on Low heat 5 minutes. Carefully
pour mixture on top of corn bread. Sprinkle
top with shredded cheese & bake 5-8
minutes until cheese melts. Sprinkle top
with chopped cilantro, if using.
Serves 7-8

*If you don’t have buttermilk –
place 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
in a 2 Cup measuring cup & fill up
rest of cup with milk (to reach
1 cup). Stir & let stand 5 minutes-
now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Lofthouse Soft Frosted Cookies

Cookies:
3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. sour cream
1 egg

Frosting:
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 T. milk

In bowl whisk flour, baking soda &
baking powder. In another bowl beat
butter & sugar until fluffy; add egg,
vanilla & sour cream – mix until
combined. Gradually add in flour
mixture & beat until just combined.
(dough will be soft & sticky). Wrap
dough in plastic wrap & refrigerate
1-2 hours until firm.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment
paper or mats. Scoop dough by
tablespoons (approx. 2 T. per cookie)
& roll into a ball – place on sheet.
Lightly press down on each ball to
flatten just a bit – repeat with remaining
dough. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Let cookies rest on sheets a few minutes
before removing to wire rack to completely
cool before frosting.
Beat frosting ingredients until fully
combined & fluffy; frost cooled cookies
Makes approx. 18 cookies

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Not much going on around here, tonight
is my special needs group’s Gym Night –
we have an activity-filled 1 1/2 hours
along with a special snack. The group
loves it as it gives them a chance to
mingle/interact without just the usual
sit-down Bible study (both are good,
this is just a little more loosely
structured – Fun Night).

Hope you’re having a good week;

Hugs;

Pammie

FINALLY!

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After waiting 2 days, I finally got to hold him! Days were hectic and I am not one to impose myself on others, but last night oldest son texted me the baby was up & active, did I want to come over & hold him? OF COURSE! Picture is a little blurry (son was trying to use my camera and the flash had been shut off, plus baby was fussing a bit – at first). I had a great time just chatting with his parents and holding him while he slept – for THREE hours! Both parents kept saying they’ve never seen him so relaxed – told them it’s the Grandma Touch. Many years ago, at another church nursery, I was always the person they gave the fussy babies to – don’t know what I did/do, but it seems to work. I had a great time!

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Cappuccino Magic Cake

6 T. unsalted butter
3 large eggs, room temp,
separated
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon (more for serving)
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. milk
5 tsp. instant expresso powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

powdered sugar, for dusting
whipped cream/Cool Whip,
for serving

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven.
Line a 8 X 8″ baking pan with a
12 X 8″ piece of parchment paper,
leaving an overhang on 2 sides.
Melt butter in small microwave-
safe bowl, about 1 minute. Brush
parchment paper with some of
butter; flip paper over & press
back into pan – brush other side
& sides of the pan with butter.
Whisk egg yolks & sugar
vigorously in large bowl until
pale, creamy & thick (1-2 minutes)
Pour in remaining butter & whisk
until incorporated. Add flour,
cinnamon & salt; mixing until
completely combined. Heat milk
in microwaveable bowl or
measuring cup until warm, 1
minute. Whisk espresso powder &
vanilla into milk until completely
dissolved. Slowly add milk mixture
to egg yolk mixture, whisking
constantly until well combined
(batter will be thin). Beat egg
whites & cream of tartar in another
bowl using elec. mixer on medium
speed until stiff peaks form, about
2 minutes. Scrape whites into yolk
mixture, gently breaking them up
a little with a whisk. Using a whisk,
gently stir & fold mixture a few times
to coat the whites with liquid while
keeping as much volume as possible
(batter will not totally come together).
Pour batter into prepared pan & gently
smooth top with a spatula. Bake until
top is browned & puffed & cake is
mostly set with a slight jiggle in the
center, about 1 hour. Let cake cool
completely in pan, about 2 hours.

To Serve:
Dust top of cake with some powdered
sugar & a little cinnamon. Run a small
spatula or thin knife around edges of
pan to loosen. Use parchment paper
overhang to lift cake from pan – place
on a cutting board & cut cake into
9 squares – serve topped with whipped
cream or Cool Whip. Makes 9 servings.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Mongolian Shrimp & Broccoli

3 T. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 ginger, grated
3 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 1/2 lb. shrimp without tails,
peeled/deveined
salt
1/3 C. cornstarch
canola oil
1 large head broccoli, cut into
florets

Cooked rice to serve 4

In small bowl combine soy sauce,
garlic, ginger, brown sugar & pepper.
In medium bowl season shrimp with
salt & mix with cornstarch until well
coated. In large skillet over medium-
high heat, add 1 T. oil & cook broccoli
until tender, 2 minutes. Add soy sauce
mixture & cook 1 minute. Add shrimp
& stir until cooked through & broccoli
is slightly charred. Serve immediately.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Skinny Texas Cheese Fries

4-5 medium Yukon Gold or Russet
potatoes
2 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic salt
salt
1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, grated
1 T. bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 T. cilantro, chopped
1 T. green onions, chopped

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Wash potatoes; slice into 1/2 inch
strips. Lay potato strips face down
in 2 piles; slice each pile into 1/2
inch strips. Place them in a bowl
& drizzle 2 T. olive oil over top.
In small bowl combine chili powder,
seasoned salt, paprika & garlic –
sprinkle seasoning over top of
potatoes & toss, using tongs,
making sure all slices get covered
with seasoning. Generously spray
2 large cookie sheets with nonstick
spray. Lay potatoes out evenly, making
sure none overlap. Bake 25 minutes.
Test with a fork to be sure they are
soft in centers. Remove from oven &
sprinkle tops with salt. Using a spatula,
place all fries into a deep 9 X 9″ casserole
dish (or deep dish pie plate). Sprinkle
with Cheddar cheese & bacon crumbles.
Place pan in oven & allow cheese to melt,
2-3 minutes. sprinkle top with chopped
cilantro & green onions & serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Anything Goes Sausage Soup
(cooks for 9-10 hours)

1 lb. bulk pork sausage
4 C. water
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup, undiluted
1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed
Cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
5 medium red potatoes, cubed
4 C. chopped cabbage
3 large carrots, thinly sliced
4 celery ribs, chopped
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
5 chicken bouillon cubes
1 T. dried parsley flakes
3/4 tsp. pepper
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

In large skillet cook sausage over
medium heat until no longer pink;
drain & transfer to 6 qt. crockpot.
Stir in water & soups until blended.
Add vegetables, bouillon, parsley
& pepper. Cover & cook on Low
9-10 hours until vegetables are
tender. Stir in milk, cover & cook
30 minutes longer.
Serves 15 (4 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Homemade Guacamole

2 ripe Haas avocados
4 T. minced red onion
1 tsp. (or more) hot sauce
2 T. minced cilantro
1 tsp. lime juice
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
few grinds black pepper
1/2 of a ripe tomato, seeded/
skinned & diced

Crackers or chips, for dipping

Run a knife around outside of
avocados from top to bottom &
back to top. Cut down to it; using
a twisting motion, twist avocado
halves apart. Tap pit with the edge
of a knife so that knife partially
goes into pit – turn knife & pit will
come out. (be careful not to swing
too hard & hit your hand). Run a
soup spoon between avocado pulp
& skin – place pulp in a medium
bowl; mash slightly with a fork,
leaving large chunks.
Add all other ingredients (except
tomato); adjust seasoning as needed.
When ready to serve, sprinkle
diced tomato on top. Makes 2 Cups

NOTE: If, after preparing the guacamole,

when ready to serve, place the PIT in the

middle of the guacamole – it will keep it from

turning brown.


(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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30 Minute Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta
(uses rotisserie chicken & oven-proof
skillet)

1 (12 oz) pkg. bowtie pasta
2 T. butter
1 C. chicken broth
2 C. Half & Half
2 (10 oz, ea) cans cream of chicken soup
1 tsp. honey mustard
1/4 tsp. onion powder
salt/pepper, to taste
3 T. sour cream
2 C. cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped
2 C. deli ham, chopped (or leftover ham)
8 slices Swiss cheese
1 1/4 C. Italian Panko bread crumbs*

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions. Heat
butter in medium skillet over medium-high
heat. Add chicken broth, Half & Half & both
cans soup – whisk to combine. Add honey
mustard, onion powder & salt/pepper – stir
& bring to simmer, stirring occasionally. Allow
to simmer 4-5 minutes until slightly thickened.
Add chopped chicken, ham & sour cream to
skillet then drained/cooked pasta – stir together.
Lay slices of Swiss cheese on top of mixture then
sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
Turn on broiler
Place under broiler & cook until golden brown –
just a few minutes; watch so you don’t burn it.
Remove from oven & allow to cool a little before
serving. Serves 6-8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Mexican Beer Chicken

6-8 bone-in/skin on chicken thighs
1 bottle dark (Mexican) beer
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper

Mix all seasonings in a small bowl;
sprinkle each thigh with blend & place
in crockpot. Pour in beer*. Cover &
cook:
Frozen: 4-6 hours on High or 8-10 on Low
Thawed: 3-4 hours on High or 7-8 on low

*Poster said she pours the beer down the
side of the crockpot so as not to wash all
the seasonings off the chicken.

(recipe: bobbiskozykitchen.com)
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Sugar Cookie Apple Crisp

2 T. butter, melted/cooled
1/4 C. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 pinch nutmeg
pinch salt
6 medium apples, peeled/
cored/chopped into bite-
sized chunks
1 (14 oz) pkg. refrigerated
sugar cookie dough, broken
into chunks
1/2 C. rolled oats

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 9″ casserole or
deep-dish baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
combine butter, sugar, lemon
juice, cinnamon, allspice,
nutmeg & salt. Add apples &
toss to coat. Scrape sides of
bowl with spatula & transfer
to prepared dish. Using a food
processor (or blender), add
cookie dough & oats – pulse
several times until mixture
resembles coarse, wet sand.
Use your hands to sprinkle
mixture on top of apples.
Bake 20-25 minutes until
topping is lightly browned
& apples bubble. Let cool
slightly before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: food.com)
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Our weather has been a bit goofy – if you
read the weather reports we’re supposed to
be getting COLD weather, but each day it keeps
getting warmer (for example: woke up & it was
35 degrees F. – a few hours later it’s almost 55!)
I can definitely take this weather but having
grown up in good old Michigan, I KNOW we will
probably get some snow before or during Easter –
wouldn’t be the first time.

Nothing much new going on (except the baby, of
course) – gas prices keep fluctuating between
$2.19/9 and $2.29/9 – not sure just why but as
long as they stay in that range, we’re good.

Tonight is Knit/Crochet night – still working on
both baby blankets – slowly plodding along.

Have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

and we have another GRANDSON!

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Kolt Brian  20 inches, almost 8 lbs. & Mommy

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Kolt & Daddy (our son)

It was a crazy/hectic Friday to Saturday for us but finally he’s born & in good health. They are (hopefully) going home sometime this afternoon. Not much to report – with all the things going on at the hospital, I didn’t get to hold him YET – but I will, when he’s home. My son says the baby has big feet! Of course, being OUR baby – he’s cute (don’t all grandparents say that?)

Will report more later – going to take a well-deserved nap!

Hugs;

Pammie

Published in: on February 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm  Comments (4)  
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Hangin’ with the OWLS and other things –

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First, since the cute Snoopy clipart showed up, just had to post it. Our weather temperatures have drastically changed since this time last week – woke up to 32 degrees F. (Yes, here in Michigan that CAN be the exact temperature when we get that dreaded “S” word – snow). If we had pumpkins I could have said there was definitely FROST on those pumpkins! It’s sunny, breezy and now up to 43 balmy degrees so I can’t complain too much. First thing found me getting out to return library books (found out they were closed for Veteran’s Day – which was YESTERDAY! UGH!) Oh well – was able to use the ‘side of the building’ return slot, so at least they won’t be over-due! Made a quick trek to Tim Horton’s for husband’s favorite coffee pods and tried out their ‘special: small hot cocoa for $1.00’ – it was good. Next was a quick trip to the grocery store where I found myself being seduced by two items: fresh broccoli and some really nice looking pork chops on sale; yes, dinner very soon will be broiled BBQ pork chops, baked potatoes & broccoli with cheese sauce – YUM! Tonight’s dinner will be Potato Soup – haven’t made it in awhile and, with the cold temperatures, it just seemed to be the ‘thing’ to make!

I have some GREAT NEWS! Just got the results back from my doctor’s visit on Tuesday for a chest x-ray and ultrasound of my abdomen. When I went to see my oncologist last week (cancer doctor) he requested I get these tests done – just as a preventative, last thing after being Five Years Cancer Free. To put it mildly, it made me feel a little unsettled – if I’m now cancer-free, WHY these tests? Oh well, being the good little patient I am, I had them done. Results: ALL GOOD- ALL CLEAR! YAY! Thank You, Lord!

To fill you in on the OWL story: I think I mentioned in a few posts back that I wanted to knit a baby hat for our unborn grandson – his Momma decorated his room in all owl designs so I felt a little owl hat would go good with the baby blanket. Searching for just the right pattern took some time, as did the knitting of the hat & attempting to make the face ‘cute’. When I showed my friend (the leader of my special needs group) the photo of the baby hat she immediately said: “Can you make an adult one for my daughter in Colorado? She LOVES owls!” (Normally I would NOT go for any requests like that but since she is one of my closest friends, I said “I’ll try”. Let’s just say, with researching a pattern that would fit the hat I had in mind took me almost 2 days (hence why I haven’t been writing here). Lots of really cute patterns – some in other languages (Russian/Chinese, etc.) – let’s just say I skipped those. Some I couldn’t figure out how to extract the cute owl pattern from the rest of the pattern – UGH! FINALLY I found a dishcloth pattern that fit my needs & immediately set to knitting up a test ‘swatch’. (another hour at least). Started on the hat late afternoon yesterday (lots of math figuring, to make sure the pattern would fit exactly in the middle of the hat, etc.) Worked on it a good 2 hours then put it down when I noticed that I didn’t like the way I’d done a few rows (time to rip them back – I gave up on that last night). Got up early this morning and set to ripping out 4 1/2 rows (92 stitches per row) until I was finally back where I wanted to be. Long story – I still have about 1 – 1  1/2 hours left of knitting then it will be done. I will post a photo of both the baby owl had and the adult one soon. Some days I just don’t FEEL like knitting any more . . . sigh.

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No-Bake Marshmallow
Pumpkin Pie

1 (10 oz) pkg. large marshmallows
1 C. canned pumpkin
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 (9 inch) graham cracker
pie crust

additional Cool Whip, for topping

In large saucepan combine first
6 ingredients; cook & stir over
medium heat 8-10 minutes until
marshmallows are melted; remove
from heat & cool to room temp.
Fold in Cool Whip & spoon into
crust. Refrigerate 3 hours until set.
Serve with additional Cool Whip
for topping, if desired. Makes 8
servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Southern Green Beans w/Bacon

4 strips thick-cut bacon
2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
3 C. water
3 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. seasoning salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 T. butter, unsalted
1/3 C. sliced almonds

Cook bacon in large Dutch oven
until crisp; drain on paper towels &
cut into pieces. Reserve bacon
grease-add beans, water, broth,
garlic powder, seasoning salt/
pepper to pot & bring to a boil.
Simmer 20-30 minutes until beans
are tender. Drain beans into a
strainer & return to pot on stove.
Add butter & almonds; cook over
medium heat, swirling pot, until
butter becomes golden brown &
gives off a nutty aroma. Stir beans
& bacon into butter & heat through,
making sure to coat everything with
butter. Serve warm. Serves 6-8

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Pepper Jack Scalloped Potatoes

6 large russet potatoes, peeled/
rinsed/dried/sliced 1/4″ or
thinner
1/4 C. unsalted butter
1 small onion, chopped fine
1/4 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/4 C. milk
1 1/4 C. Half & Half
2 1/4 C. Pepper Jack cheese,
freshly grated

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. In medium pan,
saute onion in butter over medium
heat until softened. Add flour & stir
to incorporate well. Slowly add milk &
cream; whisk together – season with
salt/pepper. Continue stirring until
mixture is bubbly & thickened; remove
from heat & add 1 1/4 C. Pepper Jack
cheese – stir until creamy. Evenly layer
half of sliced potatoes in prepared dish;
pour half of sauce onto potatoes & spread
evenly using back of a spoon. Evenly layer
remaining potatoes & cover with remaining
sauce, evenly. Sprinkle top with remaining
1 C. cheese. Bake, uncovered, 45-55 minutes
until a fork easily pierces the potato slices.
(cooking time will depend on thickness of
potato slices).
Remove from oven & cool 10 minutes
before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: cozycountryliving.com)
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Sweet Potato Casserole

2 lb. sweet potatoes, cleaned
4 T. melted butter
1/4 C. milk
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1 egg

Topping:
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
4 T. melted butter
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a sheet pan with foil &
spray with nonstick spray. Prick
potatoes with a fork & place on
pan. Bake until tender, 45 minutes-
1 hour. When potatoes are cool
enough to handle, cut them open,
scoop out insides & place potato
insides in a large bowl. Add 4 T.
butter, milk, brown sugar, spices
& egg to bowl. Use a potato masher
or food processor to mash/blend
until mostly smooth. Spray a 9 X 9″
pan or 2 qt. baking dish with nonstick
spray. Discard skins or use for another
recipe.
Spread sweet potato  mixture into
pan evenly. In another bowl, mix brown
sugar, flour, melted butter & pecans,
until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of potatoes
& bake 25-30 minutes until topping has
lightly browned. Serve immediately
Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Bacon Cheeseburger Pie

1 T. olive oil
1 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
salt/pepper
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. chopped dill pickles
1 tsp. pickle juice
1 T. yellow or Dijon mustard
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 C. milk
1 large egg
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
8 strips bacon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large skillet over medium heat
heat oil. Add onion & cook until
tender. Add garlic & cook 1 minute.
Add ground beef; cook until no
longer pink, 5-7 minutes; drain &
remove from heat. Season with
salt/pepper, Worc., dill pickles,
pickle juice & mustard – stir to
combine. Line a pie plate with
refrigerated pie crust & transfer
beef mixture to crust. In small bowl
whisk milk & egg; pour over beef &
top with Cheddar. Make a bacon
lattice
by placing 4 strips of bacon
on top of the pie. Flip 2 back & place
1 slice on top, then flip back the
2 slices & flip up the other 2,
creating a ‘weave’. Cover crust
with foil & bake 35 minutes. If
bacon needs to be cooked more,
place under broiler 3-5 minutes.
Let cool 10 minutes then serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Grandma’s Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef
1 (28 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can Italian-style diced
tomatoes
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
broccoli, thawed/well-drained
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
10 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 1/2 C. (6 oz) shredded mozzarella
cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large skillet
brown beef over medium heat
8-10  minutes until no pink
remains, crumbling meat as it
cooks; drain. Add spaghetti
sauce, tomatoes & salt; stir
until well blended. In medium
bowl combine broccoli, ricotta
& Parmesan cheeses; mix in egg.
Spread 2 C. sauce mixture over
bottom of prepared dish. Press
4 uncooked noodles lengthwise
over sauce & place 1 noodle
crosswise across each end of
dish, completely covering
sauce mixture. Spread
ricotta mixture evenly over noodles
then sprinkle with 1 C. mozzarella
cheese. Top with 1 1/2 C. sauce then
arrange remaining noodles over
sauce, pressing lightly into sauce.
Spread remaining sauce over top.
Bake 55 minutes until noodles
are tender. Remove from oven &
sprinkle with remaining 1/2 C.
mozzarella; cover with foil & let
stand 10 minutes. Cut & serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Beef Barley Soup

1 T. butter
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1/2 C. chopped onion
4 C. beef broth
4 C. water
2 C. chopped, cooked roast beef
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 C. quick-cooking barley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. frozen peas

In 6 qt. stockpot, heat butter over
medium-high heat; saute carrot,
celery & onion until tender, 4-5
minutes. Add broth, water, beef,
tomatoes, barley & seasonings;
bring to boil. Reduce heat &
simmer, covered, 20 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Add beef
& peas, heat through, about
5 minutes. Serves 8 (3 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Gingerbread
Pudding Cake

1/2 C. molasses
1 C. water
1/4 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. sugar
1 large egg white
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 C. chopped pecans
6 T. brown sugar
3/4 C. hot water
2/3 C. butter, melted

Cool Whip (thawed), whipping
cream optional toppings

Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick spray.
Mix molasses & 1 C. water. In a
bowl cream softened butter & sugar
until light & fluffy; beat in egg
white & vanilla. In another bowl whisk
together flour, baking soda, salt &
spices; add to creamed mixture
alternately with  molasses mixture,
beating well after each addition;
fold in pecans. Pour mixture into
prepared crockpot & sprinkle top
with brown sugar. Mix hot water &
melted butter; pour over batter (DO
NOT STIR). Cover & cook on High
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean (2 to 2 1/2 hours).
Turn off crockpot, let stand 15 minutes.
If desired serve with optional
toppings. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Well, that’s all the excitement around here lately –
hope you are able to enjoy this Fall weather AND
stay nice & warm!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Forgot to mention: gas prices around
here have dropped to $1.99/9 – WOW!

I have a GREAT Husband!

SICK CAR

After all the car troubles yesterday (and it wouldn’t start at all), we gave it another ‘go’ today (without all the cold/rain). He calmly cleaned off the battery cables, filled the water reservoirs, etc. and we hooked my van up to his Jeep to get it started. Fast forward about 1/2 hour: my car held a charge – YAY!. I took it on a good, long ‘run’, about 4-5 miles, easy and it ran fine. Shut it off, started it up again – Yay, we have Running CAR again! Thank You, Lord AND HUSBAND! He said we’ll give it a few hours and try to start it again, just to make sure. He’s thinking that somehow I accidentally left on an overhead light which would have drained the battery. I vaguely remember fiddling with the brightness switch on the way home Wednesday because the dashboard lights didn’t seem quite as bright as I thought they should be – must have been ‘that’. Ah, LIFE – it’s good if you don’t let it get to you!

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Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies

1 (family size) box brownie mix
2 C. fresh pumpkin puree (or
a 15 oz. can pumpkin puree)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/3 C. chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. Combine
brownie mix, choc. chips &
1 1/2 C. pumpkin puree in a
bowl. In separate bowl mix
1/2 C. remaining pumpkin
puree & pumpkin pie spice.
Spread 3/4 ths of brownie mix
in pan; spread pumpkin puree
mixture on top then top with
remaining brownie mix. Using
a knife, gently swirl top layer
so it gets mixed up with puree.
Bake 30-35 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean.

(recipe: brooklynfarmgirl.com)
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Crockpot Pizza Sloppy Joes

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 pkg. pepperoni, cut into 1/4’s
(1/2 C. – more or less-your choice)
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. oregano
1 jar pizza sauce
hamburger rolls, for serving

Place ground beef & onion in
crockpot & cook on High 2 hours
(drain grease).* Add pizza sauce,
pepperoni quarters & spices –
stir. Cover & cook on Low 4-6
hours; serve on rolls.

(recipe: infarrantlycreative.net)
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Pumpkin Risotto

1 C. Arborio rice
1 C. canned pumpkin puree
1 tsp. olive oil
3/4 lb. onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. dry white wine
4 C. vegetable stock or broth
1 large clove garlic, minced
5-6 T. grated Parmesan cheese
salt/pepper/nutmeg, to taste

Pour veg. stock in a pan & heat
to simmer. On another burner,
warm a large non-stick pot until
it’s hot – reduce heat to medium-
hot & add olive oil; saute onion &
garlic. Once onion begins to look
slightly yellow, stir in rice & coat it
with mixture. Add wine & let wine
finishes evaporating. Gently pour
1 C. warm stock into pot & reduce
heat to simmer, along with a pinch
of nutmeg. Stir frequently as rice
absorbs the liquid. Continue by
adding another cup of stock, stirring,
until rice is tender but not falling apart
or overly sticky. (If you have any stock
left at this time, leave it aside. If you
need more, warm it & add). Reduce
heat so pot is no longer simmering but
merely warm. Taste rice & mix in
pumpkin, cheese, salt/pepper until
flavor you want is achieved. Serve
immediately. Serves 2-3
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Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Bake

3 T. butter, softened
1 (1 lb) French bread, cut into 1/2″
slices (about 22 slices)
2 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided
1 (10 3/4 oz) can tomato soup
1/2 C. milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Lightly spread butter on one side of
bread slices & place on baking sheet.
Bake 5-7 minutes, turn over & bake
another 5 minutes until lightly toasted.
Arrange half the slices in 9 X 13″ baking
dish in a single layer. Sprinkle bread with
1 1/2 C. cheese & top with remaining
bread slices. In medium bowl combine
soup & milk; evenly pour over bread. Bake
20 minutes; remove from oven & sprinkle
with remaining cheese. Bake 10 more
minutes until heated through. Serves 5

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cheesy One-Pot Pumpkin Pasta

12 oz. pasta noodles (elbow/farfalle or
penne)
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. pumpkin puree (not pumpkin
pie filling)
4 C. vegetable broth
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 T. butter
4 oz. cream cheese, room temp,
cut into cubes
parsley, for garnish

In stockpot or deep-sided skillet,
add noodles, onion, garlic, broth,
pumpkin puree, red pepper flakes,
salt/pepper & nutmeg – stir to blend.
Cook on medium-high heat – bring to
boil then cover, reducing heat to
simmer 10 minutes. Uncover, stir,
cover & simmer 2-4 more minutes
until pasta is al dente. Add butter &
cream cheese cubes; stir constantly,
until cheese is melted & mixed in.
Serve topped with parsley, if desired.
Add salt/pepper, to taste.

(recipe: domesticsuperhero.com)
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Layered Ham & Cheese Potato Bake

5 potatoes, peeled
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
8-10 slices ham
7-8 slices mozzarella cheese
5 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1/4 C. parsley, chopped
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. heavy cream
2 eggs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Slice potatoes into 1/4″ thick slices.
Season slices with salt/pepper, tossing
to make sure they’re coated evenly.
Press a layer of potatoes evenly into
bottom of greased, square baking pan.
Place half of ham slices evenly on top,
then sliced cheese. Next, layer of potatoes,
remaining ham & sliced cheese. Sprinkle
bacon & parsley evenly on top & then
one final layer of potatoes. Sprinkle
shredded cheese on top; press it into
an even layer. In small bowl mix heavy
cream & eggs – pour on top of mixture.
Bake 40 minutes until cheese is deep
golden brown. Cool slightly then slice.
Serves 4-5

(recipe: buzzfeed.com)
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Caramel Apple Cobbler

1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
2 (21 oz, ea) cans apple pie filling
1 T. cinnamon
1 C. butter, melted
1/4 C. caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Pour pie filling in bottom of greased
8 X 11″ casserole pan or 2 1/2 qt.
casserole dish. Sprinkle cinnamon over
top of pie filling & top with caramel
ice cream topping. Pour dry cake mix
over filling, then pour melted butter
on top of cake mix. Bake 50-60
minutes. Serves 12

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)

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It’s nice now that the rain stopped, that
we’re back to Fall weather: leaves changing/
falling, over-cast days but 50 degrees out
today (NO rain!). I noticed, on my battery-
charging drive, that our local Clark station
has gas at $2.09/9 (another 10 cents a
gallon drop – yay!).

Dinner tonight will be Pierogies &
Polish sausage – since it’s getting
chilly out, time for warmer meals.
There’s lots of harvest/pumpkin/
Fall recipes coming in – hope they
help you plan your dinners!

Hugs;

Pammie

Some days are better than others –

rainy-day-background-open-colourful-umbrellas-weather-31795428

Today we finally have the ‘weather shift’ – it’s 55 degrees F. and pouring rain. I had, a little earlier, planned several quick trips to the drug store, bank, library and grocery store – all that changed when I got in my car and it wouldn’t start. Husband very nicely tried helping, using all the tricks of the trade: check battery, try jump starting my van using his Jeep, cleaning off the battery cables, etc. – nothing. When my van was hooked up to his, it started – but after, nothing. When I got in my car, originally, I noticed a tiny, high-pitched sound – husband heard it in the engine area, but couldn’t define just where it was coming from. It would occasionally stop, then start up again, sort of like ‘something electrical’ was trying to run – crazy stuff. After much trying/attempting, we both agreed to just come in the house & get warm & dry, we were both cold & soaked. He’s all for trying again tomorrow to see if it will be better when it’s not raining – sure hope so! Actually, thank You, Lord, I don’t have anything pressing I need to be going to until Saturday, and if that happens & I still don’t have a car, I’m sure I can get a ride. Sometimes you just don’t know when life’s gonna hit you in the face with something ‘different’! Hoping we can get it running long enough to be able to drive it to the dealership (which is a good 25 minutes away) – we’ll see; more ‘adventures’ tomorrow.

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Grandma’s Pumpkin Snack Cake

2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 C. granulated sugar
1 C. vegetable oil
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin

Frosting:
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 T. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In medium bowl
stir flour, salt, cinnamon, baking
powder, baking soda. Using elec.
mixer in another bowl combine
eggs, sugar, oil & pumpkin – mix
then add dry ingredients to wet
mixture & beat at Low speed until
combined & batter is smooth. Spread
batter into pan & bake 30 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Cool cake in pan
completely before frosting.
Beat cream cheese using elec. mixer
until smooth; add in sugar & milk –
mix on Low speed until combined.
Stir in vanilla & mix again; spread
over cooled cake. Dust top lightly
with cinnamon, if desired then
cut into bars.

(recipe: kitchenmeetsgirl.com.)
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Autumn Soup

2 1/2 C. cubed, peeled butternut
squash
1 large sweet potato, peeled/cubed
3 medium carrots, sliced
1/4 C. thawed orange juice concentrate
3 c. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 T. sour cream
2 T. minced chives
1 T. sesame seeds, toasted

Place squash, sweet potato & carrots
in a steamer basket. Place basket in
a large saucepan over 1 inch of water.
Bring to boil; cover & steam 12-16
minutes until tender. Cool slightly then
transfer to food processor. Add OJ
concentrate, cover & process until
smooth. Transfer to large saucepan;
stir in milk, salt/pepper & cook,
stirring, over Low heat until heated
through (do not boil). Top each serving
with 1 1/2 tsp. sour cream, 1 tsp. chives
& 1/2 tsp. sesame seeds. Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Horseradish/Cheddar
Mac & Cheese

3 T. melted unsalted butter
1/2 lb. dry elbow macaroni
1 C. milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
coarse salt/ground black pepper
1 lb. horseradish Cheddar cheese,
grated

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly coat a 6 qt casserole dish
with 2 T. melted butter. Cook
macaroni accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain well & pour into a bowl. Add
remaining butter & toss to coat. Mix
milk, eggs & nutmeg with salt/pepper
in medium bowl. Add half of cheese
& stir to combine. Spoon half of buttered
macaroni into prepared dish; pour half
of milk mixture over macaroni & toss
to combine. Sprinkle half of remaining
cheese over macaroni; combine
remaining macaroni with remaining milk
mixture. When well combined, pour into
dish – sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Bake 35 minutes until top is crusty &
golden brown & edges are bubbling.
Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Crockpot Beer Can Chicken

2 T. smoked paprika
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. coarse pepper
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 (6 inch, ea) strips foil, each
bunched into a ball
1 (16 oz) can beer
1 (6.5 – 7 lb.) whole chicken

Mix paprika, salt/pepper,
oregano, thyme, garlic powder
& cayenne in small bowl. Place
foil balls in bottom of crockpot &
pour beer in. Rinse chicken & pat
dry with paper towels. Rub chicken
with seasoning mixture & place
chicken on top of foil balls. Cover &
cook on High 3 hours or Low 5-7
hours. (chicken is well done when
a meat thermometer reads 165
degrees F. in breast, or 175 degrees F.
in thickest part of thigh.)

(recipe: everydaygoodthinking.com)
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Skillet Stroganoff

1 T. olive oil
1 lb. sirloin, cut into small cubes
or thin strips
salt/pepper
2 T. butter (+ more for noodles)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 C. white button mushrooms,
sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C. white wine
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 C. beef stock
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/4 C. water
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 C. sour cream

cooked egg noodles

1/4 C. chopped parsley

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Season steak with salt/
pepper & place in skillet in single
layer. Brown on all sides & cook
until medium-rare, about 2-4
minutes. Remove meat to plate to
rest; add butter to skillet. Add
onions & mushrooms; season
with salt/pepper & saute until
onions are soft & mushrooms
tender. Stir in garlic & cook 1
minute. Add wine, Worc. & beef
stock; bring to simmer. Whisk
cornstarch & water; pour into
pan. Reduce heat & add mustard
& sour cream. Stir until evenly
incorporated then add steak
back to pan, tossing to coat meat.
Cook egg noodles according to pkg.
directions; add butter & toss to coat.
Serve over buttered egg noodles &
garnish with chopped parsley.
Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cheese-stuffed Meatballs

4 string cheese packets, cut
cheese into 1″ cubes
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 C. breadcrumbs
1 egg
1/4 C. chopped parsley,
divided
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese,
plus more for serving
salt/pepper
1 T. olive oil
1 (15 oz) jar marinara sauce

In medium bowl combine beef,
pork, breadcrumbs, eggs, 2 T.
parsley, garlic & Parmesan.
Season to taste with salt/pepper
& stir to combine. Scoop mixture
into small balls (about 2 T.) &
press 1 cube string cheese into
center, sealing meat tightly
around cheese; repeat with
remaining meatball mixture &
cheese. Heat olive oil in large
skillet over medium-high heat.
Add meatballs & cook to brown
on all sides. When meatballs
have developed a nice crust,
remove to a plate & wipe skillet
clean. Return skillet to stove over
medium heat. Pour marinara in
skillet & add meatballs to sauce.
Spoon sauce over meatballs.
Cover pan & simmer 12 minutes
until cooked through. Serve warm
& garnish with parsley & Parmesan.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Mini Eclair Bites

2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 sticks margarine, melted
1 (4-serving size) pkgs. instant
FRENCH vanilla pudding mix
1 1/4 C. milk
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
3/4 C. chocolate frosting
(the kind that comes in a plastic
cup)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 18 mini-muffin cups with paper
liners. In medium bowl combine
graham crumbs, sugar & butter – mix
well. Evenly press mixture into liners
using your fingers – press over bottom
& up sides of liners. Bake 5 minutes
until crust begins to brown – remove
from oven & cool completely.
In medium bowl whisk pudding mix &
milk. Fold in Cool Whip & place in a
zip-lock bag. Seal bag & snip off one
corner of bag (you’re using the bag
as a pastry bag for piping). Fill the
crusts with mixture evenly.
In small microwave-safe bowl heat
frosting 10-15 seconds & stir until
smooth & pourable. Place frosting in
another ziplock bag, snip corner &
top pudding mixture with a dollop
of frosting. Refrigerate 4 hours until
ready to serve. Makes 18

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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I was talking with my husband about just
how advantageous this car-event was;
any other day we probably would be
needing groceries but actually we’re doing
well. I made a big batch of the spicy black
bean/chicken soup last night so there’s
leftovers.  We’re in good shape and I’m
thankful. I ‘was’ going to go to the library
because I was kind of ‘out’ of books to
read, but I’m sure I’ll be just fine – if I
look around here enough, I’m pretty sure
I could find one I haven’t read yet and
you KNOW there’s always knitting – hehehe.

Hope you are warm, dry and cozy wherever
you are. Sometimes little things like this
happen to heighten our awareness of just
how blessed we truly are!

Hugs;

Pammie

Enjoying the quite/rest – for now . . .

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After the past crazy/hectic week I’m definitely enjoying the semi-rest/quiet. Yesterday went OK – early on…church/change clothes, grandson’s football game EXCEPT – the team that played before his went over time – WAY over time which put his team way over, also. I’m sitting there looking at my watch (choir practice starts at 4:45 p.m. a good 20-25 minutes away from where I am)…time is getting VERY close to 4 p.m. and there’s still the FOURTH quarter to go! By this time I’m pretty exhausted – it’s semi-warm out but directly in front of us is the team’s cheer leaders. We’re talking 7-9 year olds (I’m guessing here) – screaming & yelling the ENTIRE game – UGH! I’m sorry – I’m not one for seeing little girls dolled up like the show “Toddlers & Tiaras” (make up, outfits that are not really for little girls, etc.) so all I want to do is watch the FOOTBALL game. Finally I make the decision to just stay for the end of the game and chuck choir practice/evening church/church business meeting and then go home. Got home & took a 1 1/2 hour NAP – I was whipped!

Today is the ‘annual’ (both sides) Mammogram – you know the drill, ladies: this is where I get up on my soapbox and urge you STRONGLY to go get your Mammograms. Bottom line: if I hadn’t done that five years ago who knows what would have happened – I’m quickly approaching the 5-year mark for being breast cancer FREE-YES, a routine mammogram caught the 3 tumors. They were very small and very close to my rib wall (in fact, had the first surgery not come back with what they call a ‘dirty margin’ – means there might be more cancer cells in the area – I might be still carrying cancer in my body.) I praise the LORD that my 5 year anniversary is quickly coming up – not sure, exactly, when the oncologist (my main cancer doctor) declares me Cancer Free – it could be December or January – I’ll have to find out then. I do know, looking back, it was 4 days ago 5 years ago that I had my first cancer surgery (then another one 2 weeks later). MAMMOGRAMS CAN SAVE LIVES! Please go get yours – we want to see you around to enjoy your life!

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Layered Peanut Butter Dessert Dip

1 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. Marshmallow creme (Kraft)
1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/4 C. coconut, toasted
1 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted/
cooled
2 T. cocktail peanuts

Optional ‘dippers’:
sliced fruit, vanilla cookies, graham
crackers

Spread peanut butter onto bottom of
8 inch pie plate. Mix marshmallow
creme & Cool Whip until blended;
spread over peanut butter. Top with
remaining ingredients.
Makes 16 (2 T. ea) servings

(recipe: Kraft recipes)
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Crockpot Balsamic Chicken & Carrots

4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
1 lb. carrots, washed/peeled
2 T. butter
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1/4 C. honey
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. dried cilantro
1 tsp. jarred minced garlic
pinch red pepper flakes

Melt butter in skillet over medium-high
heat. Add chicken, skin sides down, &
let brown 5-6 minutes until golden
brown. Flip & brown 2-3 minutes on
other side. Whisk vinegar, honey,
salt, cilantro, garlic & red pepper flakes
together. Place chicken & whole carrots
in crockpot – pour balsamic mixture
over top. Cover & cook on High 3-4
hours or Low 6-8 hours. Serves 4

(recipe: slowcookergourmet.net)
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Baked Steak with Gravy

1 C. flour
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
6-8 beef cube steaks
1 tsp. butter
2 (10 3/4 oz, ea) cans golden
mushroom soup
2 1/2 C. water
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms,
drained

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Mix flour, salt & pepper in a
shallow pie pan. Dredge steaks in
mixture. Melt butter in a skillet
over medium heat; add steaks &
brown on both sides. Arrange
steaks in a lightly greased 9 X 13″
baking dish. Combine soup, water
& mushrooms – pour over steaks.
Cover with foil & bake 45-50
minutes. Remove foil, bake an
additional 15 minutes. Serves 6-8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Country Potato Bake

1 lb. pkg. frozen shredded
hash browns
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken
soup
1 C. sour cream
1/4 C. margarine, melted
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
1 (2.8 oz) can French-fried onions

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread hashbrowns evenly in lightly
sprayed 9 X 13″ baking dish. Mix
soup, sour cream & marg. together
& pour over top. Sprinkle top with
cheese, bacon & onions. Cover with
foil & bake 45 minutes. Serves 12

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Three-Bean Salad

1 (16 oz) can green beans, drained
1 (16 oz) can yellow beans, drained
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans rinsed/
drained
1 onion, sliced
3/4 C. sugar
2/3 C. vinegar
1/3 C. oil
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. dried oregano

Mix beans & onion together in
bowl. Combine remaining ingredients
in a saucepan & heat until sugar
dissolves – pour over beans.
Refrigerate at least 12 hours prior
to serving. Serves 12

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Zippy Zucchini Pasta

1 (7 oz) pkg. angel hair pasta or
thin spaghetti
2 small zucchini, cut into
1/4″ pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. olive oil
1 (14.5 oz) can Mexican diced
tomatoes, undrained
1/4 C. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/8 – 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
flakes

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg.
directions. In large skillet saute
zucchini & garlic in oil until
zucchini is crisp-tender. Add
tomatoes, parsley, oregano & pepper
flakes; heat through. Drain pasta,
serve with zucchini mixture.
Serves 3

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Amish Apple Dessert

1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/4 C. milk (divided into 1/2 C.
and 3/4 C.)
5-6 C. peeled/cored/sliced apples
(about 10) place in water with a
little lemon juice to prevent browning)
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 eggs

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 8″, or 9 X 9″ baking
dish with nonstick spray. Mix flour,
baking powder, salt & 1/2 C. milk
in small bowl. (dough will be quite
soft). Take half of dough & roll out
onto a flour-dusted surface until it
is the size of the bottom of the
pan you are using. Carefully transfer
dough to pan – use your fingers to
form dough to cover bottom of pan.
Whisk eggs & 3/4 C. milk. Drain apples
& place them evenly over dough in pan –
sprinkle with cinnamon & 3/4 C. sugar.
Roll out remaining dough large enough
to mostly cover apples in pan. Pour
egg/milk mixture over apples. Carefully
place rolled dough on top – you do not
need to seal it to edges. Bake 45 minutes
until apples are soft & custard is set.

(recipe: notquiteamishliving.com)
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Haven’t received my ‘driving times’ for this week
yet (grandson transport). All is well with oldest
son & his girlfriend (after her roll-over car
accident) – she’s still a little bruised, but she &
baby are fine. Middle son is settling into his new
job as front desk clerk at Hilton – he said it’s either
really slow or really hectic but he’s getting used to
it. Other than that, this week is looking up –
tomorrow is knit/crochet night, Weds. is my
usual special needs group and coming up Saturday
is a Moms-to-Moms sale! I’ve never been to one
before but I’m told they are very ‘grandma’
friendly – I’m looking for some good prices on
a used Pack ‘n Play, maybe a changing table and
a high chair – we’ll see what happens (I’m
EXCITED! BABY shopping – YAY!)

Have a GREAT week!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: We’re almost into Fall weather – I had to wear
long pants and a sweater this morning – it was really
CHILLY! 68 degrees F. ; supposed to warm up into the
70’s later today – YAY!

SURPRISE! . . . WOW!

Yesterday was certainly NOT your average day. I finally got youngest son to agree to ‘do his cake & picture’ – he turned 22 on Saturday but was never around to do it until yesterday. In the photo you can see he was tired, but agreed:

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Happy 22, Eric!

(that’s a Dairy Queen Reese’s Ice cream cake!)

Yesterday also was the day my oldest invited us over for a family dinner – the food was fantastic! New York strip steaks, grilled to perfection including caramelized onions & mushrooms, baked potatoes, grilled asparagus (I’d never had it grilled before – phenomenal flavor!), my Greek salad, appetizers: sliced Cheddar & Pepper Jack cheeses, sliced salami, Brie cheese ‘en croute’ (wrapped in phyllo dough) & crackers. We all ate until we were stuffed. The entire dinner party included myself, my husband, middle son, oldest son/his girlfriend & our grandson, and her Mom (her dad had pulled his back earlier & couldn’t come). Finally the decided to bring out the cake – mind you, we were STUFFED! Out came a big bakery box from a local bakery that is well known for wonderful baked goods. Son opens the box & places the cake on the table with a grin. We’re all talking, not really taking in ‘the cake’. I look over & notice something on the top – two baby pacifiers! Her Mom kept talking and finally my son’s girlfriend said: “Mom, look at the cake!” Her mom walks over, starts reading the top and screams/cries! The cake is decorated in pink & blue dots – in the middle is a sign that says: “We’re having a baby!” There’s also a little teddy bear on top. Both sets of parents have talked about how great our ‘kids’ are together; they are both SUPER happy together – I’m still in shock. From what I’m told, the baby’s due date is March 1st – Wow…just WOW! It’s been TEN years since our last baby – I have since given away almost all baby ‘stuff’. There’s a few things I kept – just in case: small baby swing, big battery-operated swing, some toys. Of course, that ‘news’ got me thinking: lots of visits to Good Will, Salvation Army, etc. for baby items for OUR house. They were talking baby showers and it’s been decided that she doesn’t have that many close ‘girl’ friends to have just a ‘girl’ shower, so they’re going to have a (not sure what it’s called) combined? shower – guys & girls together. Well, my thoughts are: as soon as we find out the sex, it’s time for me to get started KNITTING – FOR SURE! All I kept saying last night was: “WOW – JUST WOW!” They, of course, are THRILLED and so is my grandson; he & his dad want a boy – I & girlfriend want a GIRL! We’ll see what transpires – what a surprise!

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Sweet ‘n Salty Ice Cream Sandwiches

32 saltine crackers
1/2 c. unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1/2 C. packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 1/3 (8 oz) bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. toasted, sliced almonds
2-3 C. vanilla ice cream, softened 5
minutes at room temp.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line two 9 X 9″ baking pans with foil &
spray with nonstick spray. Line up 16
crackers, salt sites up, in bottom of each
pan. In small saucepan, melt butter & sugar
over medium heat 3-5 minutes until melted –
whisk to emulsify then stir in vanilla. Pour
half of mixture over each tray of crackers;
spread evenly to cover crackers. Bake
10-15 minutes until topping is bubbly &
edges have just started to darken. Sprinkle
chocolate chips over topping & let stand
5 minutes until melted; spread choc. chips
in even layer then top with sliced almonds.
Freeze both pans 15-30 minutes until solid.
Remove from freezer & carefully peel off
foil from bottoms. Line one of the pans with
plastic wrap then put a sheet of the crackers
in it, chocolate-side down. Scoop softened
ice cream onto crackers & spread out in an
even layer. Lightly press the other choc. covered
sheet over top of ice cream layer (choc. side up)
& freeze 6-8 hours until solid, then cut into
sandwiches.

(recipe: tiphero.com)
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Sauted Zucchini & Sweet Corn

2 T. butter
2 C. zucchini or summer squash,
halved & sliced
1/2 C. onion, diced
1/3 c. green bell pepper, diced
2 C. fresh sweet corn, cut from cob,
(can also use frozen/thawed)
1 T. fresh chopped parsley
1 T. fresh chopped basil
salt/pepper, to taste

Melt butter over medium heat in
medium saute pan; add zucchini,
onion & green pepper – saute
4-5 minutes. Add corn & saute
3-4 minutes longer. Season with
salt/pepper & stir in parsley &
basil. Remove from heat & serve.

(recipe: hoteatsandcoolreads.com)
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3-Ingredient Chicken

2 packets dry Italian salad dressing
mix
1/2 C. brown sugar
6-8 chicken thighs (or your choice),
skin on

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a metal rimmed baking sheet
with foil. Place brown sugar & dry
mixes in a large zip-lock bag – shake
to  mix. Add chicken pieces to bag &
shake to coat then place pieces on
prepared sheet, skin sides up. Bake
35 minutes for thighs, longer for
thicker pieces, like breasts – until
juices run clear.

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)
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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced*
1 1/4 C. soft bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 T. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 (8 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce,
divided
2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
4-5 medium zucchini
2 C. (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large bowl combine first 11
ingredients & one can tomato sauce; mix
well. Stir in tomatoes. Half zucchini
lengthwise; scoop out seeds & fill with
meat mixture. Spray two 9 X 13″ baking dishes
with nonstick spray & place zucchini boats
in greased dishes. Spoon remaining tomato
sauce over top of each. Bake, uncovered, 45
minutes until zucchini is tender. Sprinkle tops
with cheese during last few minutes of
cooking time. Serves 8-10

*Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot
peppers, the oils can burn your skin. Avoid
touching your face.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Mozzarella/Tomato/Basil Frittata

12 large eggs
1/2 C. whole milk
2 T. olive oil
4 large ripe tomatoes, peeled/
sliced
1 lb. fresh or smoked mozzarella,
diced
2 T. slivered basil leaves
salt/fresh ground black pepper

Preheat broiler
In large bowl whisk eggs with milk.
Pour 1 T. oil into very large oven-
proof skillet (or use 2 skillets with
half the ingredients in each). Place
over medium heat & pour in egg
mixture. Scatter tomatoes, cheese &
basil over top & season with salt/
pepper. When bottom just begins to
brown, place skillet under broiler
just until the top is set, 1 minute or
less. Remove from oven & use a large
spatula to transfer frittata to a
serving platter. Cool about 10 minutes
then cut into wedges & serve.
Serves 12

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Country Apple Fritter Bread

Bread:
1/3 C. light brown sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2/3 C. white sugar
1/2 C. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. milk
2 apples, peeled/chopped mixed
with:
2 T. granulated sugar & 1
tsp. cinnamon

Glaze:
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1-3 T. milk or cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 5″ loaf pan with nonstick
spray or line with foil then spray
with nonstick spray. Mix brown sugar
& cinnamon in a bowl. In another
medium bowl beat white sugar & butter
using elec. mixer until smooth & creamy.
Beat in eggs, 1-at-a-time, until blended; add
vanilla. Combine & whisk flour & baking
powder in another bowl & add into creamed
butter mixture – stir until blended. Mix milk
into batter until smooth; pour half batter
into prepared pan; add half apple mixture,
then half brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.
Lightly pat apple mixture into batter. Pour
remaining batter over apple layer & top with
remaining apple mixture, then brown sugar/
cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apples into
batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through
apples using a knife or spoon. Bake 50-60
minutes until a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Remove from oven
& allow to cool 15 minutes before drizzling
with glaze.
Glaze:
Mix powdered sugar & milk or cream until
well mixed then drizzle over loaf.
Makes 1 loaf

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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I was happy with the way the Greek salad turned
out; I just went on-line and looked over various
salad recipes then concocted my own. Ingredients
were:
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chopped romaine lettuce (almost 2 heads)
chopped iceburg lettuce (1 head)
sliced cherry tomatoes (1 1/2 pints)
peeled/sliced cucumbers (1 1/2)
chopped green bell pepper (1)
sliced/pitted Kalamata olives (half a jar)
sliced purple onion (small amount – it was
VERY potent!)
feta cheese (about 1/2 – 3/4 C.)
small amount toasted, chopped garlic (2 T. ?)
KROGER brand Greek salad dressing

I made a large amount (am actually thinking
of recreating it for the Sunday School picnic
this Saturday – we’ll see). There was enough
left over for us to leave some at son’s house
AND bring a rather large bowl home (half of
which became my breakfast!) Weight-wise, let’s
just say: I PIGGED OUT! Had steak, asparagus,
2 helpings salad and a very tiny amount of cake,
minus the frosting. Getting on scales today was
‘as expected’ . . . it read: GET BACK ON YOUR DIET,
WOMAN!” hehehe.

Well, now I wear 2 hats: one for a 10 year old
grandson and one for a yet-to-be-born baby
grandchild! AMAZING!

Hugs;

Pammie

Lots more recipes!

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Another sunny day – temps almost to 46 degrees F. which is a GOOD thing! Today is a ‘mixed bag’ – finished the blue & brown baby blanket for my friend (I’ll photo later, probably after I knit a hat & booties to go with it); baked 2 loaves of Banana Nut Bread (the really easy kind using cake mix), did a load of laundry, spent a considerable amount of time attempting to locate a photo from 2005 of my brother & I. It took me awhile to realize that the reason why I can’t seem to find it on a disc is because that was before I had a digital camera! That means that NOW I have to try to locate negatives – oh, brother. I’ve looked (& cleaned out a small cupboard) & looked (cleaned out all the drawers in my desk AND the miscellaneous box next to the desk) and looked (dragged down at least 4 bags of varying sizes full of little photo/negative envelopes from upstairs) but – nope – can go back before 1994, but not find 2005! My house is such a rabbit warren that WHO KNOWS where they could be? Oh well – I’ll just keep looking.

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Enchilada Chicken Wings

Cilantro Dip:
1 C. sour cream
1 C. cilantro, loosely packed
2 cloves garlic, grated
salt

Wings:
2 1/2 lb. chicken wings, separated
at joint, tips removed
2 tsp. taco seasoning mix (Old El Paso)
oil, for frying
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce

Dip:
Combine sour cream, cilantro & garlic
in small food processor or blender;
process until smooth. Season with
salt, refrigerate until serving.

Wings:
Preheat oven to ‘warm’ setting & place
a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet.
Heat large, heavy skillet with about 1 inch
oil, to 350 degrees F. Sprinkle taco
seasoning on both sides of wings. Working
in 2 batches, add wings to oil & fry until
cooked through, about 5 minutes on each
side. Use tongs to transfer cooked wings
to cooling rack & place in oven to keep
warm. Once wings are cooked, toss in
bowl with enchilada sauce; stir to coat.
Serve immediately with cilantro dip.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteandtellblog.com)
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Zucchini Pizza Bites

1 T. olive oil
2 zucchini cut into 1/4″ thick rounds
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
marinara sauce
pepperoni slices (optional)
shredded mozzarella or provolone
cheese
fresh chopped parsley

Preheat broiler to 500 degrees F.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat,
heat oil. Working in batches, cook
zucchini slices about 1-2 minutes per
side until golden brown; season with
salt/pepper & place on a foil-lined
baking sheet. Top each slice with a
dollop of marinara sauce, 1 slice
pepperoni (if using) and sprinkle
tops with cheese. Broil until cheese
melts, 1-2 minutes; remove from
oven & garnish with parsley.

(recipe: hipfoodiemom.com)
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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 C. water
1/2 C. butter, cubed
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1/4 C. baking cocoa
3 large eggs
1/2 C. sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla

Frosting:
3 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. chopped salted (or unsalted)
peanuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. In large bowl
whisk flour, sugar, baking soda &
salt. In a small saucepan combine
water, butter, peanut butter &
cocoa; bring to a boil, stirring
occasionally; add to flour mixture,
stirring just until moistened. In
small bowl whisk eggs, sour cream &
vanilla until blended; add to flour
mixture, whisking constantly; pour
into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean.
Frosting:
(While cake bakes) In large bowl
beat powdered sugar, peanut butter
milk & vanilla until smooth. Remove
cake from oven & place on wire rack.
Immediately spread frosting on cake &
top with peanuts. Cool completely.
Serves 15

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Fried Chicken Nuggets

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 C. ice water
1 egg
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 C. flour (plus another handful)
canola or peanut oil, for frying

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Get ice water ready.
Heat oil(a few inches) in large skillet
to 375 degrees F. Cut chicken into
1″ pieces & pat dry using paper towels;
toss chicken with a handful of flour.
In large bowl whisk egg & ice water
together. Add 3/4 C. flour, salt, pepper
& baking soda; stir until almost all
of flour is incorporated. Add another
1/4 c. flour & ONLY stir 2-3 times. Dip
each chicken piece in batter, tap it
against side of bowl to remove any
excess batter & place in oil. Fry until
pieces are golden brown; transfer
to a cooling rack or paper towels.
Lightly salt (optional)

(recipe: souschefs.blogspot.in)
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Bacon-Tater Snacks

2 C. tater tots, frozen & thawed
to room temp
1 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, cut
into 1/4″ squares
4 slices bacon, quartered
1/4 C. brown sugar
1 T. chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment
paper. Starting with a bacon piece,
lay one tater tot in center of bacon,
top with cheese & roll up; secure
with a toothpick. Roll tots in brown
sugar & place tots, seam
sides down, on prepared sheet.
Bake 20-25 minutes, turning once
halfway through baking time. Garish
tots with parsley (if using) & serve
immediately.

(recipe: homemadesimple.com)
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30-Minute Buffalo Chicken Salad
Sliders

3/4 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
2 T. hot sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 C. cooked, diced chicken
3/4 C. celery, diced
1/2 C. sweet onion, diced

8 dinner rolls, split (poster
used potato dinner rolls)

In large bowl combine mayo,
sour cream, hot sauce & seasonings
until well mixed. Stir in chicken,
celery & onion; mix well. Fill
rolls with chicken mixture.
Makes 8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.typepad.
com)
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Crockpot Spinach Dip

1 (20 oz) pkg. frozen spinach
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, cubed
2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 pkt. dry onion soup/dip mix
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 C. sour cream
4 garlic cloves, minced

Dippers;
tortilla chips, slices of a
baguette or cut fresh
vegetables

Place frozen spinach in a
colander; run warm water
over spinach until it thaws.
Using a few thick paper towels,
thoroughly blot water off the
spinach; place spinach in bottom
of crockpot. Add cream cheese
cubes, Parm. cheese, dry onion
soup mix, Worc. sauce, sour cream
& minced garlic to crockpot; stir a
bit. Cover & cook on High 90 minutes
to 2 hours; stir until creamy. Serve
with tortilla chips, slices of a
baguette or cut fresh vegetables.
Serves 10-15 servings

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Bacon-Horseradish Dip

8 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 T. canola oil (or 1 T. bacon fat)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 (3 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
1 T. prepared horseradish
1 1/4 tsp. stone ground mustard
1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

Cook onion & garlic in 1 T. bacon fat
(or oil); cooking over medium heat
3-4 minutes. Place mixture in a bowl
with bacon. Stir in cream cheese, sour
cream, horseradish, mustard, pepper/
salt until well blended. Refrigerate
at least 2 hours to blend flavors.
Serve chilled or at room temp (dip
spreads easily at room temp).

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Easy Blender Chocolate Mousse

1 (12 oz) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate
chips
1/2 C. granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 C. milk, scalded

whipping cream or Cool Whip,
for topping

Add choc. chips, sugar & eggs to a
blender; pulse about 30 seconds
until ingredients are mixed & choc.
chips are cut into smaller pieces. Pour
in scalding hot milk & blend on medium
speed until mixture is very smooth &
choc. chips have melted completely.
Pour into small serving glasses &
chill until firm. Top with whipped
cream or Cool Whip for serving.
Recipe filled 10 small dessert
glasses.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)

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A little earlier this house was filled with
lots of (in good fun) teasing/yelling/
groaning as two of my sons and one
of their friends were practicing to go
to a “Super Smash Brothers” tournament.
The guys are all in their 20’s and were
having a great time attempting to beat
each other before heading off to the
gaming. I told them “You head out like
Warriors and return as Winners!” (I
hope). I love hearing them have a good
time together – you never get too old
to enjoy the sounds of laughter in
the house!

Hope you’re enjoying your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Stayin’ Warm Inside!

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Husband just read me the weather report for the next few days – I thought it was cold YESTERDAY – boy, was I wrong! Today 12 degrees F. (wind chill minus 11), next couple days: high of 14, 17, 28, back to teens (don’t want to imagine the wind chills – I’m cold enough!). Driving home from church last night made me really appreciate a car with a working heater; even WITH the heater cranked up to high I was still COLD; it was 11 degrees at that time (don’t know the wind chill – didn’t need to know to know it was really COLD!). Thank YOU, Lord, for giving us a warm house, working cars, clothes to cover us, food in our pantry – all the blessings You have provided AND a relatively healthy family at this time! Remember the old song most of us learned as children: “Count Your Blessings” Name them, one by one, count your blessings see what God has done; Count your blessings, name them one-by-one, Count your many blessing see what God has done!” Those words ring SO true!

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Butter Rolls
(sweet cinnamon rolls)

2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. (2 sticks) butter, cold
1/2 C. cold water
3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 C. milk
2/3 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 7 X 11″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl mix
flour, & salt; using a pastry cutter,
cut in butter. When you have
coarse crumbs, add 1/2 C. water &
stir. Use your hands to press the
dough together & refrigerate 10
minutes. Generously sprinkle
workspace with flour & roll
dough into a 12 X 10″ rectangle.
Spread softened butter evenly
over dough; sprinkle with 1/4 C.
sugar & cinnamon. Roll up dough,
jelly-roll style & cut into 12 even
slices; place in prepared dish. In
small saucepan, heat milk &
remaining sugar just until it
begins to boil Remove from heat &
stir in vanilla; pour over rolls.
Bake 30-40 minutes until browned.
Makes 12 rolls

(recipe: bunsinmyoven.com)
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Tuscan Pork Chops

4 pork chops, fat trimmed
1 T. olive
oil
5 cloves garlic, diced
1 1/2 C. fresh tomatoes, diced,
including liquid
1 large onion, diced
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. basil

Cooked pasta or noodles
for 4

Heat a large, heavy pan on High
until warm. Add oil & heat untl
shimmery, but not burning/
smoking, about 20 seconds. Brown
pork chops on each side.Reduce heat to
medium-low, add onions. Stir &
flip chops after 2 minutes on each
side. Add tomatoes, garlic & spices;
simmer until tomatoes are soft &
sauce has set-up, about 5-8 minutes.
Serve on a bed of cooked pasta or
noodles. Serves 4

(recipe: sweetcsdesigns.com)
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Turkey Stuffed Peppers

4 large bell peppers*
1 lb. lean chopped turkey meat
1-2 T. garlic powder
1 small white onion, chopped
1 T. chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp. cumin
1 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. tomato sauce
1/2 C. small diced tomatoes
1 1/2 C. cooked rice
shredded cheese, for topping
(poster uses Mexican blend)
1 C. black beans, drained/
rinsed (optional)

Heat oven 400 degrees F.
Place ground turkey in medium
saute pan, season with garlic
powder & brown. About half-
way through browning add
chopped onion, garlic & cilantro.
Cook until meat is completely
browned & onion is a little
translucent. Add tomato
sauce, diced tomatoes & chicken
broth; mix & simmer on Low
5 minutes. Add cooked rice into
meat mixture & blend well. (at
this point you can add the black
beans, if desired). Cut bell peppers
in half lengthwise & remove seeds.
Place each half in a 9 X 13 baking dish.
Spoon meat mixture into each pepper
half, filling as much as possible. Pour
enough chicken broth into pan to
cover entire bottom of pan in a
thin layer. Cover dish tightly with
foil & bake 35 minutes. Remove
foil & top each pepper with shredded
cheese.

* poster suggests looking for round
peppers – they’re easier to fill

(recipe: thelovenerds.com)
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Chicken Gnocci Soup

2 T. olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, cut diagonally
into 1/2 inch thick slices
2 stalks celery, halved lengthwise
& cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 quarts chicken broth
1 lb. mini potato gnocci
2 C. shredded, cooked chicken
kosher salt/ground black pepper,
to taste
3 T. parsley, finely chopped

Place a soup pot over medium heat &
coat bottom with olive oil. Add onion,
carrots & celery, cook until tender 5
minutes. Add garlic, bay leaves & thyme;
cook 2 more minutes. Pour in chicken
broth & bring to boil. Add gnocci &
simmer 5 minutes until tender. Stir in
cooked chicken & continue to simmer
another couple minutes to heat through.
Season with salt/pepper, remove bay
leaves. Serve with chopped parsley
sprinkled on top. Serves 6-8

(recipe: twopeasandtheirpod.com)
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Black Bean/Quinoa Enchilada Bake

1 C. uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 C. water
1 T. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed/
diced
1 red pepper, seeds removed/diced
1 orange bell pepper, seeds removed/
diced
1 C. frozen corn kernels
juice of 1 small lime
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 T. chili powder
1/3 C. chopped cilantro
salt/pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz, ea) cans black beans,
drained/rinsed
2 C. red enchilada sauce
2 C. shredded Mexican blend cheese

Toppings: sliced green onions, avocado
slices, sour cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Add quinoa & water to
medium saucepan & bring to boil over
medium heat. Boil 5 minutes; turn heat
to Low & simmer 15 minutes until water
has been absorbed. Remove from heat &
fluff with a fork; cover & set aside.
In large skillet heat olive oil over medium-
high heat. Add onion, garlic & jalapeno;
saute 5 minutes until softened. Add
peppers & corn; cook 3-4 minutes. Add
lime juice, cumin, chili powder & cilantro;
stir to combine. Season with salt/pepper,
to taste. In large bowl add cooked quinoa &
black beans. Add sauteed vegetable
mixture & stir to combine. Pour in enchilada
sauce; stir well. Add 1/2 C. shredded cheese &
mix & pour into prepared dish. Top with
remaining cheese; cover with foil & bake
20 minutes. Remove foil & bake 10 minutes
until cheese has melted & edges are
bubbling. Remove from oven, let cool
10 minutes. Garnish with toppings, if
desired. Serve warm. Serves 8-10

NOTE: This recipe freezes well

(recipe: twopeasandtheirpod.com)
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Apple Pecan Cake

1 C. vegetable oil
2 C. sugar
3 eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. chopped pecans
3 C. peeled/chopped apples

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ pan with nonstick
spray. In large bowl mix all
ingredients together except nuts
& apples. Batter will be stiff, mix
well then add apples & nuts – mix
& spread in pan. Bake 45 minutes.
The apples moisten the cake while
cooking.

(If you would like an icing on the cake)
ICING:

1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Place all icing ingredients in a pan
& bring to boil – boil 2 minutes then
set pan in a bowl filled with ice water
& beat icing until thickened. You can
also add powdered sugar to mixture if
it’s not thick enough.

(recipe: Courtney Luper – Facebook)
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Caramelized Baked Chicken Legs/
Wings

2 1/2 lb. chicken legs*
1 2/3 tsp. olive oil
1/2 C. soy sauce
1 2/3 T. ketchup
3/4 C. honey
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
salt/pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place chicken in 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Mix oil, soy sauce, ketchup, honey,
garlic, salt & pepper – pour over
chicken. Bake 1 hour until sauce is
caramelized. Serves 6-8

*can use wings or pork ribs

(recipe: food.com)
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Crockpot Beef Casserole Soup

3 leeks, cleaned & chopped
2 bell peppers, chopped
8 carrots, chopped
6 stalks celery, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 – 1 1/2 lb. beef stew meat,
cut into chunks
3 beef bouillon cubes
garlic powder, to taste
basil, to taste
salt/pepper, to taste

6 1/2 – 7 C. boiling water

Place boiling water in crockpot;
add all other ingredients. Cover
& cook 8 hours.

(recipe: deliciousrecipes.blog.co.uk)
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Crust:
1 pkg. Oreo cookies
5 T. butter, melted

Filling:
1 3/4 C. creamy peanut butter
1 C. sugar
1/4 C. melted butter
1 (small) pkg. instant chocolate
pudding mix
1 1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed

Topping:
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. peanut butter cups, chopped

Using a food processor, grind Oreos
into fine crumbs; mix with melted
butter & press firmly onto a 9″
springform pan or pie plate. Place
in freezer while you work on filling.
In a bowl mix peanut butter, sugar &
melted butter until well combined;
press into prepared pie crust.
In separate bowl whisk pudding mix &
milk 2 minutes. Fold in Cool Whip &
spread over peanut butter layer.
Refrigerate 1 hour until set.
Spread remaining Cool Whip over top
of pie & sprinkle with chopped peanut
butter cups. Refrigerate 1 hour before
slicing. Serves 10

(recipe: dinnersdishesanddesserts.com)

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Not much going on at the moment; I’ve
been procrastinating about going ‘out’ –
probably need milk & bread, but not sure
I want to go get COLD while doing just
that (I’m lazy!). Happy that today middle
son is ‘off’ (he works for a garbage company
and I can’t imagine riding on the back of a
garbage truck in these freeze temps!); yes,
he works tomorrow – sigh.

Tonight’s dinner is homemade pizza – that’s
another one of those ‘more than one meal’
dinners. I use already prepared frozen pizza
crusts from Gordon Food Services – they come
3 to a pkg., about 14″ each crust. (They used
to offer two to a pkg. which, I thought, was
better for our family, but have gotten used to
preparing three at a time – lots of leftovers
for dinner/lunch & the guys just grabbing a
slice whenever they want. The next two days
will be my knit group & special needs group
so it’s nice to already have dinner made!

Hope you are all keeping warm (that is, if
you are in a COLD climate!). Try to take a
little time out for yourself – maybe a quick
5 minute ‘cat-nap’ (I did that for 40 minutes
before leaving for choir yesterday and woke
up craving chocolate cake! Who knows what
that was about!?).

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Forgot to mention: Gas Prices
around here have dropped to $1.64/9
YAY!