Mid-week!

Super cold here and supposed to get to below zero by Sunday – oh, joy . . . we’re supposed to be getting snow in the next few days but it doesn’t say ‘accumulation’ so I’m REALLY hoping it doesn’t stick! Went to Library Knit group this morning and there was a film of ice on the windshield – enough that it had to be scraped before I could drive. Oh well – it’s Michigan – what can I expect at this time of year, right?

Working on 2 baby blankets – one is a combination of pinks (like the ‘blues’ one I did & posted the photo) and the other is a new pattern (to me). I had purchased some very nice, soft dusty pink yarn and had done a good foot or more of another (new) pattern when I discovered I’d made a mistake about 2 inches down. Normally it wouldn’t be a big problem, but this time I did a Yarn-Over – which creates a HOLE (where one was NOT supposed to be!). I decided, instead of taking each stitch off of the needles, one-by-one, I would just remove the needles, unravel the yarn down to that row and resume – HA! WHAT FOLLY! This particular yarn being nice & soft AND SLIPPERY decided it had a mind of it’s own and unraveled ALL OVER THE PLACE – WAY PAST THE MISTAKE, etc! I tried, several times, to get all the stitches back on the needles before finally (in utter desperation) unraveling the entire thing and putting yarn & needles away (for several days). Finally found a different pattern and am (so far) happily creating – we’ll see where this goes! (I remember, many years ago, a knitter friend gifted me an entire bag of this same type of yarn, in at least 6 colors – she said she found it very frustrating because it was so slippery . . . guess I should have learned, right?)

LOTS of great soup/cold weather recipes coming in!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Cookie Layer:
1 C. butter
2 eggs
2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 C. quick-cooking oats

Topping:
1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. chopped nuts (poster uses pecans)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl cream 1 C.
butter, brown sugar, eggs & vanilla. Add
flour, salt, soda & oats – mix well then
press into prepared pan. In another bowl
melt 2 T. butter & chocolate chips together.
Add sweeten’d/Cond’ milk, vanilla, salt &
nuts – mix until smooth. Pour mixture
over cookie layer & spread evenly over
top. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool then cut
into bars. Makes 20 bars

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Crockpot Northern Beans & Ham

1 (16 oz) pkg. dried Northern beans
3-4 meaty ham hocks/shank or meaty
ham bone (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1 small onion, diced
(1 pkg. Goya ham-flavored concentrate –
optional)
1 bay leaf
salt/pepper, to taste
1/4 to 1/3 C. light brown sugar

Sort dry beans for any pebbles – rinse under
cold water. In a large bowl soak beans in water
for 3 hours*; drain & rinse beans.

Add rinsed beans, onion, salt/pepper, bay leaf
& ham shanks/hocks/ham – chopped into large
chunks, to crockpot. Add enough water (or water
& broth) to cover beans by 2 inches (about 6-8
cups) & add Goya ham concentrate, if using. Cover
& cook on High first hour; turn heat to Low & cook
an additional 4 hours (OR) until beans are tender
& a bit creamy. Remove ham shanks or hocks,
pull off all meat. Remove bay leaf & discard;
return meat to crockpot & add brown sugar – stir.
If there is a lot of juice in the beans you can remove
1 C. before adding brown sugar – all depends on how
thick or thin you want the beans to be.

*NOTE: Poster does not soak beans overnight
because she says they cook tender after 5
hours of cooking.

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Sauteed Chicken w/Veggies

2-3 boneless skinless chicken
breasts cut into bite-sizes cubes
2 T. olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. chicken broth
8 oz. spaghetti, broken into
small pieces (1 1/2 – 2 inches)
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
plus extra for garnish
2 C. broccoli florets
1 C. squash: zucchini, yellow, etc.,
peeled/cubed

Heat oil in large skillet over medium
heat. Add chicken, onion, carrots &
garlic – season with salt/pepper & cook
5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
chicken broth & broken spaghetti – stir
to combine & submerge noodles in
broth. Cover with tight-fitting lid,
reduce heat to Low & simmer 5 minutes.
Uncover; stir in Parm. cheese – add broccoli
& squash. If liquid has been absorbed add
a small amount of water or broth. Cover &
simmer 5 minutes until veggies have
reached desired tenderness. Uncover;
sprinkle with additional Parm. cheese &
serve immediately. Serves 6-8

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Best Taco Mini Meatloaves

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. lean ground pork
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 (12 oz) bag Doritos, crushed
2 eggs, beaten
1 C. shredded Mexican-blend
cheese
1 (16 oz) jar salsa

Meatloaf Topping:

8 oz. salsa
1 C. shredded cheese (your choice)
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cover a baking sheet with foil. Place
all meatloaf ingredients in large bowl
& mix well then shape into mini loaves,
the desired size you want, using your
hands. Place loaves on prepared sheet.
Top with meat loaf toppings.
Bake about 30 minutes. (until internal
temperature is 160 degrees F.) (NOTE:
Poster make 7 mini loaves and they
took 30 minutes to bake.)

(recipe: plowthroughlife.com)
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Quick ‘n Easy Ground Beef Stew

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. flour
1 1/2 C. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 C. beef broth
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 C. heavy whipping cream
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 medium unpeeled Yukon Gold/
Russet or red potatoes cut into
1/2 inch cubes
2 medium carrots, cut into small
pieces (about 1 C.)
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Optional serving method:
Can serve ‘as is’ or over
cooked brown rice
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In large skillet cook beef over
medium-high heat 5-7 minutes
stirring occasionally until thoroughly
cooked; drain. Stir in salt/pepper & flour.
Add mushrooms, cook 3 minutes,
stirring occasionally. In small bowl mix
broth, Worc. sauce, whipping cream &
mustard with a wire whisk – add to
beef mixture. Stir in potatoes, carrots &
zucchini. Reduce heat to Medium-low –
cover & cook 15 minutes until veggies
are tender & sauce is slightly thickened.
If sauce is too thin at end of cooking
time, increase heat to medium-high &
cook, uncovered, a few minutes until
liquid reduces & is slightly thickened.
Sprinkle top with parsley & serve.
Serves 4-5 (see optional serving method
above)

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Crockpot Clam Chowder

1 yellow onion, diced
1 C. water
3 medium russet or yellow potatoes,
peeled/cut into cubes
2 (6.5 oz, ea) cans minced clams with
juice
1 C. frozen corn
1 C. cooked/crumbled bacon (poster
used a pkg. of real bacon bits)
3 ribs celery, cut into quarter-inch
pieces
2 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half
2 T. melted butter
1/2 C. flour
salt/pepper, to taste

Add onion, water, potatoes,
clams with juice, corn, bacon &
celery to crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low 4-6 hours. Place butter,
Half & Half, milk & flour in a
saucepan. Cook on Low & whisk
until it is thick & bubbly. Take
about 1/2 C. of liquid from crockpot
& mix into saucepan then add that
mixture to crockpot & stir. Salt/
pepper, to taste. Cover & cook on
Low an additional 30 minutes.
Makes 8 Cups of soup

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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3-Ingredient Peach Cobbler

1 large can peaches (or 2 smaller cans)
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a 9 X 13″ baking dish pour peaches
including juices. Sprinkle dry cake mix
over top & smooth. Evenly distribute
melted butter on top of cake mix.
Bake 30 minutes

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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1 Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
(small batch: makes 12)

1 C. rolled oats (or quick-cooking oats)
1 ripe banana
1/3 C. smooth peanut butter
1 T. honey
1/3 C. chocolate chips
1 egg
1/2 C. chopped nuts of your choice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray.
In bowl combine all ingredients
with a spoon. Roll mixture into
walnut-sized balls & place on
prepared sheet; mash each
cookie out flat with your hand
or a spoon. Bake 12-15 minutes.
Makes 1 dozen cookies

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)

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I’m planning on making a batch of
Bean Soup tomorrow – it’s a good
‘stick to your ribs’ meal for cold
weather.

Babysat my almost-2 yr old grandson
yesterday and he makes me laugh. My
throat was dry so I coughed – he said:
“Bless you!” so I said: “Thank you!”
then he said: “You’re welcome!” –
almost made me want to cough again
just to see if he’d repeat it! His Dad
said he can’t believe how much
personality is in such a little body –
he’s a riot – makes me laugh and
laughter keeps me young.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Decorations DOWN – YAY!

My husband helped me take the tree off the baby grand piano; my job was to de-construct it & put it all back in the box. This year I came up with a GREAT solution to the base coming off right during our lifting the tree – happens EVERY year! This year I used Gorilla tape & taped the base to the stand – YES-it worked! I was a bit surprised that the taking-down of all the decorations yesterday went much smoother and faster than putting them all up. All that remains is waiting for youngest son to wake up so I can put the tree & lights away (storage is in his room).

Other things that happened:  Middle son turned 30 yesterday.

(for some reason I did a horrible job of writing this time, but it’s his favorite: double chocolate brownies, so he didn’t care.

Finished the PEACH colored baby afghan for Crisis Pregnancy centers – in the photo it looks kind of pink; couldn’t seem to get the colors adjusted but you get the idea.

I found a circa-1940’s scarf pattern on line and decided it would make a great baby afghan pattern; funny thing is: it seems VERY familiar! It’s VERY close to a scarf/afghan pattern I learned many MANY years ago while working All Nights at the phone company! The pattern I found on line calls for 10 rows – I started on row 10 and really didn’t like how it broke up the flow of the pattern so I did my own ‘adjusting’ – now it ‘flows’ like the pattern above, no breaking up after so many rows! I found a really nice, soft ‘dusty rose’ colored yarn at Meijers so that will be my next ‘new’ project (still working on the ‘use up extra yarns’ afghan – about 3/4ths done with that one).

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Crackerbarrel Fried Apples

2 C. apple juice, plus 1/2 C. apple juice
4 large Golden Delicious apples,
with peel on, cut into 1/2″ wedges
3 T. cornstarch
1 tsp. apple pie spice
4 T. sugar

In medium skillet combine 2 C.
apple juice & sliced apples – simmer
gently until apples are fork-tender
but not mushy, turning apples
frequently. Remove apples from juice
using a slotted spoon & place in an
oven-safe dish. In a blender combine
remaining 1/2 C. apple juice, cornstarch,
apple pie spice & sugar – blend a few
seconds until smooth. Whisk mixture
into hot apple juice in skillet & cook,
stirring constantly on medium-high
heat until it bubbles & becomes
thickened & smooth. Pour thickened
mixture over apples & serve.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Crockpot French Onion Soup

3 large yellow onions, sliced thin
3 T. butter
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. garlic, minced
64.5 oz. beef broth (Six 10.75 oz, ea)
cans
1 whole bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)
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6 slices French bread, sliced
1 C. Swiss cheese, shredded
1 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
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In medium skillet add butter, sliced
onions & brown sugar – saute until onions
become translucent & caramelized. To
a 4 qt. crockpot (or larger) add onions,
beef broth, garlic, bay leaf & thyme.
Cover & cook 4-5 hours on Low.

To serve:

Turn on oven broiler
Add soup to ovenproof bowls & top with
1-2 slices French bread; top with both
cheeses. Place bowls on a cookie sheet &
place under broiler 1-2 minutes until
cheeses are melted & bubbly. Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Cheesy Ham Bubble Bakes

1 (6 oz) pkg. (Oscar Mayer) smoked
ham, chopped
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (12 oz) can refrigerated buttermilk
biscuits (10 biscuits)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 8 muffin cups with nonstick
cooking spray.
In large bowl combine ham & cheese.
Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces & add to
ham mixture – mix lightly then spoon
into muffin tins. Bake 20 minutes until
puffed up & golden brown. Cool 10
minutes before removing from pan.
Serve warm. Makes 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Make-Ahead Eggs Benedict Toast Cups

6 English muffins, split
1 envelope hollandaise sauce mix
12 slices Canadian bacon, quartered
1 tsp. black pepper
1 T. olive oil
6 large eggs
1 T. butter

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin tin cups with
nonstick cooking spray.
Using a rolling pin, flatten muffin halves
& press into muffin cups. Bake until
lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Prepare hollandaise sauce accordg. to
pkg. directions; cool slightly. Sprinkle
bacon with black pepper. In large skillet
cook bacon in oil over medium heat until
partially cooked but not crisp. Remove
to paper towels to drain. Divide bacon
among muffin cups. Wipe skillet clean.

Whisk eggs & 1/2 C. cooled hollandaise
sauce until blended. In same skillet, heat
butter over medium heat. Pour egg mixture
into skillet; cook & stir until eggs are
thickened & no liquid egg remains. Divide
egg mixture among muffin cups & top
with remaining hollandaise sauce. Bake
8-10 minutes until heated through. Serve
warm. Makes 12

Overnight Option:
Refrigerate unbaked cups, covered,
overnight. Bake until golden brown,
10-12 minutes.

Freezer Option:
Cover & freeze unbaked cups in muffin
tin until firm. Transfer to an air-tight
container & return to freezer. To use,
bake cups in tin as directed, increasing
time to bake to 25-30 minutes. Cover
loosely with foil, if needed, to prevent
overbrowning.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Ground Beef Barley Soup

2 qts. water
2 meaty beef soup bones
2 beef bouillon cubes (or 2 tsp.
beef bouillon granules)
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 to 1/2 C. medium pearl barley
1 large carrot, diced
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 medium potatoes, peeled/
diced
2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

In large Dutch oven bring water &
soup bones to a rapid boil; add
bouillon. Stir in ground beef in
small amounts – reduce heat.
Cover & simmer 1 1/2 hours until
meat comes off bones easily. Remove
bones. Strain broth; cool &
chill – skim off fat. Remove meat from
bones; dice & return to broth along
with remaining ingredients – bring to
a boil Reduce heat; cover & simmer
about 1 hour or until vegetables are
tender. Serves 10-12 (about 2 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Asian Chicken Thighs

5 tsp. olive oil
5 bone-in chicken thighs,
skins removed
1/3 C. water
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. orange juice
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. ketchup
1 T. white vinegar
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. Chinese 5 spice powder
2 tsp. cornstarch
2 T. cold water
sliced green onions (garnish)

Cooked rice to serve 5

In large skillet heat oil over medium
heat; add chicken & cook 8-10
minutes per side until golden brown.
In small bowl whisk water, brown sugar,
orange juice, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar,
garlic, pepper flakes & 5-spice powder –
pour over chicken. Bring to boil, reduce
heat & simmer, uncovered, 30-35 minutes
until chicken is tender, turning chicken
occasionally. In small bowl mix cornstarch
& cold water until smooth – stir into pan &
bring to boil. Cook & stir 1 minute until
sauce is thickened. Sprinkle top with green
onions, if desired. Serve with cooked rice.
Serves 5

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Toasted Almond/Coconut Cream
Poke Cake

1 (2 layer size) white cake mix (plus
all ingredients needed on box to make
cake
1 tsp. almond extract
1 box coconut cream instant pudding mix
(use directions for ‘pie filling’)
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. toasted coconut
1/4 C. tasted sliced almonds

Prepare cake as per box directions but
add the 1 tsp. almond extract with
wet ingredients. Bake in a sprayed
9 X 13″ baking pan & bake as per
pkg. directions for that size pan.
When baked, remove from oven &
cool 15 minutes. Using the handle of
a wooden spoon, poke holes on top
of cake (about 6 holes across/10 holes
down) with holes about 1 inch apart.
Beat pudding mix & milk in small bowl
1 minute; pour over top of cake & press
mixture into holes. Cover & refrigerate
4 hours (the longer, the better). Frost
top of cake with Cool Whip before
serving & cover top with toasted
coconut & toasted almonds.
Serves 12

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Woke up to a light dusting of frost – it’s all gone
and the sun is shining brightly! LOVE the sunshine!
It always seems to charge my energy and give me
more ‘get up and go’, if you know what I mean!
Tomorrow starts a new week – finally back to my
‘old’ schedule of knit groups, special needs group,
babysitting, church/choir – it’s been a nice, peaceful
time of rest but I’m ready to learn new choir songs,
meet with my knit ladies and get back to ‘my’ normal!

Hope things are going well with you, also!

Hugs;

Pammie

and we’re OFF and RUNNING!

Good morning to a NEW YEAR! Hope you all had a good evening and are rested – ready to start a new day AND a NEW YEAR! (ours was, as I predicted) very quiet; husband & I enjoyed some chilled shrimp at  midnight then promptly went to bed!

I decided, to start out the new year, I’d post some BREAKFAST recipes for you (probably should have posted those a few days ago so you’d have something special to prepare for today – oh well . . . sorry)

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Glazed Choc. Chip Orange Bread

3 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. chocolate chips
zest of 1 large orange
1 large egg
1/4 C. orange juice
1 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. vegetable oil

Glaze:

1 C. powdered sugar
1-2 T. orange juice
orange zest – as much as you
want

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line bottom of a 9 X 5″ loaf pan
with parchment paper & spray
the sides of the pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl whisk
flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda,
salt, orange zest & choc. chips. In another
bowl whisk egg, orange juice, buttermilk
& oil – pour wet ingredients into dry &
mix until just combined – do not over-mix.

(NOTE: cover baking loaf with foil
half-way through baking time to prevent
the bread from browning too much.)

Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle
extra choc. chips on top & bake 50-60
minutes until a toothpick inserted into
center of loaf comes out clean. Allow
to cool completely in pan on wire rack
before removing & glazing.

Glaze:
In medium bowl whisk powdered sugar &
orange juice – add more juice, depending
on how thick you’d like the glaze – whisk
in zest then drizzle over cooled bread.

Bread will stay fresh in an air-tight
container at room temp. or refrigerated
for up to 5 days. It also freezes well for up
to 3 months. Thaw overnight in fridge.

(recipe: marshasbakingaddiction.com)
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Crockpot Biscuits & Gravy Casserole

1 tube large refrigerator biscuits (8 count),
cut into quarters
1 lb. breakfast sausage
2 T. butter
4 T. flour
3 C. milk
salt/pepper, to taste

In bottom of a crockpot place 6
biscuit quarters. Cover & cook on
High while making gravy.
Gravy:
In large saucepan over medium-
high heat, brown breakfast
sausage until cooked completely.
Do not drain; add butter to browned
sausage, stir into meat until melted.
Stir in flour, 1 T. at a time – dissolve
completely & cook an additional
minute. Slowly pour milk into mixture,
1/2 C. at a time; stir continually until
it begins to bubble & all milk is
completely incorporated. Continue
stirring 1 minute after it begins to
bubble – remove from heat & pour
over cooking biscuits. Top gravy
with remaining biscuit quarters.
Cover & cook on High 2 hours.
Serves 8

(recipe: beyerbeware.net)
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Crockpot Scrambled Eggs/Sausage &
Green Chilies
(overnight recipe)

5 T. butter, divided
2 T. corn starch
2 C. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
8 oz. cream cheese
12 medium eggs (or 10 large)
1 lb. pork sausage
1 (4 oz) can green chilies
1 tsp. seasoning salt

In saucepan over medium heat
combine milk & corn starch, whisking
until smooth. Add 2 T. butter & the
cream cheese; continue stirring
1 minute until boiling – remove from
heat & add salt/pepper. Brown pork
sausage in a skillet, adding chilies at
the end of cooking; drain & remove
to a plate. Place eggs in a large bowl &
whisk thoroughly, until yolks are well
combined. Whisk in seasoning salt.
Melt remaining 3 T. butter in skillet
over medium heat; pour in eggs &
cook 1-2 minutes, gently pushing eggs
off bottom to allow more liquid to be
spread around. DO NOT scramble
the eggs too much. When eggs are
nearly cooked (with little moisture
left) remove pan from heat. Combine
sausage & green chilies. (EITHER):
pour cream sauce over top OR pour
eggs into the sauce. Fold sauce into
eggs, breaking up any large egg
pieces to spread eggs through the
sauce. Taste & adjust salt/pepper,
as needed. Spray insides of crockpot
generously with nonstick cooking
spray & spread eggs in crockpot.
Let cool, then cover & refrigerate
overnight.
Serves 6

Next day:
Cook on High 2 hours.

NOTE:
Can be cooked in oven for 30 minutes
on 300 degrees F.

(recipe: beyerbeware.net)
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Make Ahead Ham & Cheese Quiche
(overnight recipe)

1 lb. deli ham
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. shredded Cheddar (or Colby
Jack) cheese
4 eggs
8 oz. whipping cream
1 frozen deep-dish pie crust

In medium bowl lightly beat eggs
& whipping cream until yolks are
blended into cream; add ham &
cheese – mix well. Cover in a bowl
& refrigerate overnight.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Pour eggs/ham/cheese mixture
into pie crust & bake 40 minutes
or until lightly golden brown. Serve
hot or at room temperature.
Serves 6

(recipe: theseoldcookbooks.com)
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Easy Cheesy Spinach Bake

4 eggs
1 (16 oz) tub cottage cheese
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/well drained-
squeezed
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. real bacon bits
1/2 C. green onion slices
1/2 of a medium red pepper, cut
into thin strips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9″ pie plate with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl beat eggs lightly;
add all remaining ingredients
except red peppers – mix well;
pour into prepared pan. Bake
40 minutes until center is set.
Top with peppers.
Serves 8

NOTE: can also be prepared
in a 9 X 13″ baking dish – bake
30 minutes until center is set
then cut into squares

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Overnight Tex/Mex Tortilla
Brunch Bake

5 whole wheat (10 inch) tortillas,
cut into 1-inch wide strips
1 lb. hot Italian sausage (casings
removed) cooked/drained
2 1/2 C. (Kraft) finely shredded
Cheddar – Pepper Jack cheese
8 eggs
1/2 C. milk
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies,
undrained
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 C. grape tomatoes, halved

In a 9 X 13″ baking dish sprayed
with nonstick cooking spray, layer
half EACH:
tortilla strips
sausage
cheese
Repeat layers. In large bowl whisk
eggs, milk, chilies, garlic powder,
cumin & pepper until blended –
pour over ingredients in baking
dish. Sprinkle top with paprika &
refrigerate overnight.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread tomato halves over casserole &
bake (uncovered) 45-50 minutes until
center is set & edges are lightly browned.
Serves 10

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Cinnamon Sugar Popovers

3 eggs, room temp.
1 1/2 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar plus 1 T.
2 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray a muffin pan (or popover pan)
with nonstick cooking spray. In bowl
whisk eggs & milk until foamy then
add vanilla. Add flour, salt & 1 T. sugar –
whisk until just combined & moist
(do not overmix). Fill pan cups with
batter (approx. 3/4th full each).
Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven
temp. to 350 degrees F. & bake
15 minutes until brown & dry to
the touch. Immediately & carefully
remove from pan. In small bowl
mix 1/4 C. sugar & cinnamon –
brush tops of warm popevers
with melted butter then sprinkle
with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
Makes 12

NOTE: If you use a muffin pan you
will get more (& smaller) popovers
than if you use a popover pan. If you
use a popover pan, you get approx.
6 larger popovers

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)


Coffee Butter Cake

1 box (Duncan Hines) Butter Cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1/2 C. prepared coffee
1/2 C. liquid coffee creamer, half & half
or heavy cream
4 eggs
1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 heaping Tablespoon cocoa powder

Coffee Butter Sauce:

3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter
1/4 C. prepared coffee
1-2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray insides of a Bundt pan with
nonstick cooking spray. Place all
cake ingredients in large bowl &
beat using elec. mixer until fully
incorporated & no lumps, scraping
down sides of bowl – about 2 minutes.
Pour batter into prepared pan & spread
evenly. Bake 40-45 minutes until a
toothpick inserted near center comes
out clean. Remove pan from oven &
cool in pan 10 minutes.

Sauce:
Place all sauce ingredients in large bowl
or saucepot. (If using bowl, microwave
at 30-second intervals, stirring after each,
until butter is melted & sugar is dissolved).
If using saucepot, cook over medium-low
heat, stirring constantly, until butter is
melted & sugar is completely dissolved. Using
a wooden skewer or fork – poke holes all over
top of cake while still in Bundt pan. Pour hot
sauce over cake & allow to cool completely
before turning cake onto a serving platter.
Garnish each pieces with whipped cream &
a sprinkling of cocoa powder or chocolate
shavings, if desired.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Woke up this morning to warmer
temperatures – all snow is gone!
(It did rain for most of yesterday
so there’s that . . . ) Looking at the
week our temps are mostly in the
30’s (which is typical for this time
of year here in Michigan); doesn’t
look like there’s snow on the near
horizon (a few 20% chance of snow
showers during week – those don’t
scare me).

Hope you have a GREAT first day of
the New Year!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Nice and quiet – strangely so…

Of all the Christmases I’ve lived through, this had to be the most ‘unusual/quiet’ one I’ve had. Middle son has moved to his girlfriend’s (plus he had to work 2-10 p.m.) so we didn’t see him at all. Youngest spent the entire day & night sleeping! Husband & I had fun in the kitchen cooking; he had the local radio station on so the house was full of ‘fun’ Christmas songs while we peeled & chopped potatoes for his Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Our original time for Christmas Dinner at oldest son’s was supposed to be 3 p.m. but he texted saying they were running late and would we mind if it was 4:30/5 p.m.? NOT AT ALL! Gave us more time! Dinner at their house was VERY small & quiet as well; her parents didn’t come (not exactly sure why – something about their new puppy couldn’t be left alone . . . that was the story at Thanksgiving also – I don’t know, just felt bad for oldest son’s girlfriend, as she would have liked to have her parents there also.) As it was it was his family (4) and husband & I (2) – let’s just say we had WAaaaaaay too much food! I made a huge spinach salad that would have fed at least 8; his Prime Rib was wonderful along with his grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Wine reduction – tons of food and (of course) we all over-ate! LOTS of leftovers for the next few days, for sure!

Lots more recipes to share – I guess I should insert here (as I do every few months) The recipes on my blog (for the most part) are NOT my recipes – at the end of the recipes is the site link for the originator of said recipe. The recipes I post are ones that sound really tasty to me and, hopefully, somewhat easy to put together, too.

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Cookie Dough Fudge

1 stick butter, softened
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/4 C. mini chocolate chips,
divided
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 1/2 C. white chocolate, melted

Spray a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray & line with
parchment paper. In large bowl using
elec. mixer, beat butter, sugar & vanilla
until smooth. Add flour & salt; beat
until combined. Stir in 1 C. mini choc.
chips. In another large bowl mix sweeten’d
cond. milk & melted white chocolate – fold
into cookie dough mixture & pour into prepared
pan – top with remaining 1/4 C. mini choc. chips.
Refrigerate until fudge is firm – about 2 hours.
Remove from pan by lifting edges of parchment
paper then cut into squares. Makes about 15
squares.

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Potato Cheese Soup
(4 ingredients!)

2 (28 oz, ea) bags frozen Potatoes O’Brien
(shredded/or diced potatoes w/ onions & peppers)
2 (32 oz, ea) boxes chicken broth
2 (10 oz, ea) cans cream of chicken soup
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, cut into
chunks.

Place potatoes, broth cream cheese chunks
& soup in crockpot. Stir, cover & cook on High
2 hours (or Low 3 hours). Stir well before
serving. Serves 12-15 (generously)

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Greek Feta Dip

12 oz. feta cheese
1 C. Greek yogurt
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/4 C. olive oil, plus more
for drizzling
juice & zest of 1 lemon
kosher salt
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. freshly chopped dill,
plus more for garnish
1/2 C. chopped cucumber
1/2 C. halved cherry tomatoes

Pita chips, for dipping

In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
feta cheese, Greek yogurt, cream cheese,
oil, lemon juice & zest until fluffy & combined.
Season with salt & red pepper flakes; stir in dill.
Transfer dip to a serving bowl & top with chopped
cucumber, tomatoes, dill & a drizzle of oil. Serve
with pita chips. Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Bundt Cake Breakfast

1 C. cooked/diced ham
2 c. tater tots, still frozen
12 eggs, whisked
1 can (8) Pillsbury Grands biscuits,
diced – still raw dough
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Mix all ingredients
together & pour into prepared pan.
Bake 45 minutes; remove from oven
& lay a serving plate on top of Bundt
pan. Invert pan so that breakfast is
now on the serving plate. Serve warm.

NOTE from poster: you can use any meats
or veggies; the key is not to add too much
bread – tater tots add just the right amount
of potatoes – they shred up & you would
think they were hash browns without making
it dense.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)


Chicken Pot Pie SOUP!

3 chicken breasts, cut into small
chunks
3 carrots, peeled/chopped into
chunks
3 medium potatoes, peeled/chopped
small chunks
2 stalks celery, chopped
pinch salt/pepper
2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)
3 1/2 C. chicken stock OR (3 1/2 C. water +
3 bouillon cubes)
3 T. unsalted butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. minus 1 T. flour
1 1/4 C. milk
juice of 1 lemon
1 small bunch fresh thyme

In large pot add chicken, carrots,
potatoes, celery, salt/pepper,
thyme & stock – bring to boil &
allow to simmer 15 minutes –
turn off heat. When nearly cooked,
in another saucepan add butter &
onions – heat on medium heat – cook
5-6 minutes until soft. Add flour into
onions & stir to form a creamy paste,
cook, stirring, 1 minute then add a
ladle of stock from chicken broth
(try to get mostly stock, not chicken/
veggies). Whisk, adding stock, until
you have ladled out most of stock
from chicken pan (leaving chic &
veggies behind). Pour milk into sauce
mixture; heat through while stirring
with whisk. (Sauce should thicken slightly
as it’s heating). Once sauce is almost
boiling (do NOT let it boil); pour it back
into pan with chicken & veggies. Bring
heat to almost boiling & add in half of
lemon juice – stir & taste – add rest of
lemon juice if needed. Season with salt/
pepper & top with a sprig of fresh thyme
before serving. Serves 5-6

(recipe: kitchensanctuary.com)
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Cheesy Mushroom & Broccoli
Casserole

3 T. butter
2 T. flour
1/2 lb. Shiitake or Baby Bella
mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. chicken stock
1 (10 oz) box frozen chopped
broccoli, thawed/drained
2 C. shredded Cheddar-Monterey
Jack blend cheese
3 C. cooked rice
salt/pepper

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Butter a 1 1/8 qt. oval casserole
dish. In large pot, melt 3 T. butter
& flour over medium heat until
golden in color, making a quick
roux. The roux should resemble
the color of peanut butter. Add
mushrooms, onion, garlic, garlic
powder, cayenne pepper, heavy
cream & chicken stock. Add
broccoli, 1 C. cheese & rice.
Season with salt/pepper, to
taste. Pour into prepared dish &
top with remaining cheese. Bake
until cheese is melted & golden,
about 20 minutes.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Tomato & Shrimp Pasta

1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled/deveined
8 oz. spaghetti, uncooked (or any pasta
you desire)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
4 medium tomatoes, cored/seeded &
cut into 1″ pieces
2 T. coarsely chopped fresh basil
3 T. olive oil, divided
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
pinch red pepper flakes
salt/pepper, to taste

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Heat 1 T. oil in large, deep skillet.
Add shrimp & garlic – cook until shrimp
turns pink. Add tomatoes, basil, remaining
2 T. oil, pepper flakes, salt/pepper. Toss,
gently heating tomatoes but not cooking
them. Remove from heat & toss in cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Chunky Monkey Brownies

2 C. flour
1 1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 C.) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. banana (mashed with a fork-
about 1 medium)
10 oz. Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate
baking melts (or 12 oz. semi sweet
chocolate chips)
1/4 C. chocolate chips (for topping)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. In a bowl mix butter, eggs,
sugars, salt & vanilla using elec. mixer
until well mixed. Stir with a wooden spoon
to combine:flour, mashed banana & baking
melts/chips; spread into prepared pan &
smooth top evenly Sprinkle choc. chips
on top. Bake 30-40 minutes until lightly
golden brown & a toothpick inserted in
center comes out clean. Cool completely
in pan before cutting into bars.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Candied Pecans
(6 qt. or larger crockpot)

2 egg whites
1 T. vanilla
1 3/4 C. sugar
1 3/4 C. brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 lb. whole pecans

In small bowl whisk egg whites &
vanilla until very frothy (may take
a minute or two). In medium bowl
add sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt
stir until combined. Place pecans in
a large bowl; pour egg whites over &
stir until pecans are evenly coated. Pour
over sugar mixture & stir until pecans
are coated. Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray – add nuts.
Cover & cook on Low for 3 hours,
stirring every 20 minutes. When cooking
time is done, pour nuts onto a baking
sheet lined with waxed or parchment
paper. Cool for 30 minutes before storing
or packaging in bags. Serves 20

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Our weather, once again, is acting very
unlike Winter in Michigan (which I, personally,
am LOVING!) It snowed just a tad yesterday
(Christmas Day) and my oldest son was
ecstatic – he & his oldest son (12) LOVE to go
snowboarding in the winter – however –
the snow all melted! Today it got up to 45
degrees F.!!! YAY! (I’ve lived in good old
Michigan all my life so I KNOW this will
not be the end of snow for us – just hoping
we don’t really bad snowfalls (has happened
in years past) – will just have to wait & see.

Hope your holiday went very well and you
were able to enjoy time with friends/family,
some good food and great company.

Hugs;

Pammie

Aaaand we’re on the ‘Home Stretch’!

Went out bright & early today to FINISH UP the shopping! Our middle son will be turning 30 Jan. 4th and I noticed in an ad for our local store: Meijers, that they had out the movie: “The House with a Clock in it’s Walls” – saw the previews last month and thought he would really enjoy this one, so got it today (along with a big bag of pistachios for my husband’s Christmas stocking). I’ve been going over the ‘food list’ for Christmas dinner and realized I didn’t have any desserts – good old Meijers bakery is GREAT for that so I picked up a really big pumpkin pie and a smaller sliced/variety cheesecake (with flavors like Lemon/Lime, Raspberry Swirl) – that should do the trick.

Going by our local Clark gas station today: $2.09/9 a gallon for gas! WOW! I really don’t remember seeing it that low in many, many years!

I survived my special needs group’s Christmas party Wednesday evening. This is the very FIRST time I have ever finished out the night and my back/legs/feet/hips were good – no pain! When we did the Harvest Party I was almost crawling at the end of the night attempting to walk across the gym for the 1,000th time – I decided NOT THIS TIME! I measured my walking and only did the entire gym a few times – YES! Spent yesterday sitting in my recliner knitting & relaxing – that was really nice.

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Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T. orange zest
6 T. orange juice, divided
1 C. butter, softened
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. white chocolate chips

Glaze:
1 C.  white chocolate chips,
3 T. orange juice
dash salt


Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray a Bundt pan generously with
nonstick cooking spray & dust lightly
with flour (or use spray that also has
flour in it). In small bowl place flour,
baking powder & 1/4 tsp. salt – mix
to combine. In large bowl of stand
mixer add butter, brown & gran.
sugars – beat until fluffy, about 2
minutes. Add eggs – mix 1 minute.
Add orange zest, orange juice & vanilla;
mix until combined. Add dry flour bowl
ingredients to wet & beat 1 minute –
scrape down sides of bowl to ensure
all ingredients are well incorporated.
Add 1 C. white choc. chips & 1 1/2
C. fresh or frozen cranberries – mix
to incorporate then pour into prepared
pan – smooth top evenly. (batter will
be very thick).
Bake 45-55 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into middle of cake comes out
clean. Remove from oven & allow to
cool in pan 10 minutes. Place a wire rack
over top of pan, invert pan so that cake
is now on wire rack. Allow cake to cool
completely before adding glaze.

Glaze:
In medium pan on stove: add 1 C. white
choc. chips, 3 T. orange juice & dash salt
– stir over medium-high heat until chocolate
has melted & is smooth – drizzle over cooled
cake. Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Chocolate Fudge

10 oz. chocolate chips (semi-sweet
or milk chocolate)
1 (16 oz.) tub prepared cake frosting
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Optional toppings:

crushed peppermint candies, chopped
nuts, candy sprinkles, dried fruit,
chopped candy bars
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Scoop frosting into bottom of 3 qt. crockpot;
add choc. chips & stir to combine. Cover &
cook on Low 1 to 1 1/2 hours. While choc.
mixture is cooking, line a 8 X 8″ baking pan
with parchment or waxed paper, leaving
paper on each side overhanging. Once choc.
mixture is melted, stir well to make sure
all is well combine & all chips are melted.
Pour mixture into prepared pan & spread
to smooth top evenly. Sprinkle top with
crushed peppermint candies, sprinkles,
chopped nuts or topping of your choice
(optional), pressing topping lightly with
your hand to make sure it sticks to fudge.
Refrigerate 2-3 hours. Cut cooled fudge
using a sharp knife. Makes 16 squares

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Crockpot Green Beans w/Bacon

8 slices bacon, cut into small
pieces/cooked until crispy
2 lb. rinsed/trimmed fresh green
beans
1/2 C. yellow onion, diced/sauteed
with bacon until transparent.
1 potato, diced
1 1/2 C. chicken broth or stock
salt/pepper, to taste

Lightly spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray. Add green
beans, black pepper, bacon (& drippings)
to crockpot – stir to make sure all are
mixed well. Add diced potatoes & broth/
stock – salt/pepper – to taste*. Cover &
cook on Low 6-8 hours or High 3-4
hours until beans reach your desired
level of tenderness. – adjust seasonings
to your liking & serve immediately.
Serves 8

*Poster says she frequently omits salt as
the bacon gives enough salty flavor.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Sausage Cheese Balls

3 C. Bisquick baking mix
1 lb. uncooked bulk pork
sausage
4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley (or 1/2
tsp. dried flakes)

Barbecue or chili sauce, for dipping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly grease bottom & sides of a jelly
roll pan or shallow casserole dish. In
large bowl mix all ingredients except
sauces for dipping, mix using your hands
or a spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch
balls & place on pan. Bake 20-25 minutes
until brown. Immediately remove from pan.
Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Can be made ahead:
Cover & refrigerate unbaked balls up to
24 hours. Bake as directed. Cover & freeze
any unbaked balls up to 1 month. Preheat
oven 350 degrees.

Place frozen balls on ungreased cookie sheet
& bake 25-30 minutes until brown.

Place 6 frozen balls on a microwaveable plate;
loosely cover with waxed paper & microwave
on High 45 seconds to 1 minute until heated
through.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby-Facebook)
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Ham & Cheese Rollups

1 (8 oz) tube crescent roll dough
1/2 lb. deli sliced ham
2 T. Dijon mustard
8 oz. sliced Swiss cheese
4 T. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. chopped parsley
1 tsp. poppy seeds

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray. On a lightly
floured surface unroll dough &
separate the sheet into rectangles.
Pinch the perforations to seal. Spread
mustard onto each rectangle; top with
sliced ham & cheese. Starting with one
short side, roll up each rectangle, pinching
edges to seal. Cut each roll into 5-6 slices &
place, cut sides up, in baking pan.
In small bowl whisk melted butter, garlic powder
& parsley – brush over pinwheels then sprinkle
poppy seeds on top. Bake 12-15 minutes until
rolls are golden. Makes 6 servings

(recipe: delish.com)
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Overnight Blueberry French Toast
Casserole

12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1-inch
cubes (Italian bread works best)
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, cut into
1-inch cubes
1 C. fresh or frozen blueberries
12 eggs, beaten
2 C. whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 C. maple syrup
1 C. granulated sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1 C. water
1 C. fresh or frozen blueberries
1 T. butter

Lightly grease a 9 X 13″ baking dish. Arrange
half bread cubes in dish & top with cream
cheese cubes. Sprinkle 1 C. blueberries over
cream cheese & top with remaining bread
cubes. In large bowl mix eggs,  milk, vanilla &
syrup – pour over bread cubes. Press the cubes
down a bit to ‘soak’ them in mixture. Cover
tightly & refrigerate overnight.

Remove bread cube mixture from fridge
30 minutes before baking.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cover with foil & bake 30 minutes. Uncover,
continue baking 25-30 minutes until center
is firm & surface is lightly browned. In medium
saucepan bring sugar, cornstarch & water to
a boil, stirring constantly – cook 3-4 minutes.
Mix in remaining 1 C. blueberries. Reduce heat
& simmer 10 minutes, until blueberries begin
to burst. Stir in butter & pour over baked
French toast. Serves 16

(recipe: wishesndishes.com)
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Crockpot Swedish Meatballs

1 T. butter
1 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup,
undiluted
1 envelope Lipton beefy onion soup mix
1 (24 oz) pkg. frozen fully-cooked Swedish
meatballs (OR) 1 (26 oz) pkg. frozen fully
cooked homestyle meatballs
2/3 C. sour cream
2 T. minced fresh parsley (or) 2 tsp dried

Hot cooked noodles or mashed potatoes
to serve 10 (Optional)

In large skillet heat butter over medium-high
heat. Saute mushrooms until tender, 4-5
minutes – place in crockpot. Stir in broth,
chicken soup & soup mix – stir in meatballs.
Cover & cook on Low 5-6 hours, until flavors
blend. Stir in sour cream & Parsley. Cover &
cook until heated through, about 15 minutes.
Serve with cooked noodles or mashed
potatoes to serve 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cream Cheese Mints

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

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

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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I’m thrilled our weather is still ‘good’ – today
it’s kind of misty/foggy & gloomy with temp.
at 38 degrees F. Looking at our weather
for the next week there are a few hints of
snow, but nothing showing any accumulation
so we can just hope it melts! (even Christmas
Day it says “chance of snow after 1 p.m., mostly
cloudy high near 34”. If we stay that way I’ll be
happy – Why, you ask? Because you can WALK,
DRIVE, TRAVEL
without worrying about slipping,
falling or getting into an accident when your car
slides on the roads!

Stay safe, warm and REMEMBER TO REST WHEN
YOU CAN!
If you ‘over-do’ it, you won’t have the
energy you need to get all your ‘stuff’ done! (that
is spoken from great experience in that area!).
I have babysitting at 1 p.m. today and have been
rejoicing in that TODAY is the only day I’ve had to
do that this week! YAY! (Don’t get me wrong – I
love my baby grandson but I also love my OWN
time) – at least I get a lot of knitting done when
sitting! (but then, I usually come home really
tired, so glad dinner is something simple:
steak & eggs – found 3 nice steaks on sale so
dinner will be easy!)

Hugs;

Pammie

Cruisin’ Along

This was the week of ‘something going on EVERY day’ – in an hour we have to be at the car dealership to get my mini van looked at – smelling antifreeze BIG TIME. Weather is good (for December in Michigan, that is -) it’s raining (but it’s not SNOW!) and 36 degrees F.  Checking the upcoming week, no snow in the forecast – YAY!

Lots of recipes to share; I was going over my grocery list for the week of Christmas just to make sure I don’t forget anything (also went through all the Christmas presents for that same thing – I thought I was missing a present for one of the sons AND I AM! Checked the emails & they say it’s been delivered, so time to check the mailbox a little later today to make sure! Hope you HAVE all your presents that you might have ordered; seems this year that more people are stealing packages right off peoples doorsteps! Terrible!

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 Sausage & Egg Hash Brown Cups

1 pkg. (Jimmy Dean) premium pork
sausage
1 (20 oz) pkg. refrigerated hash browns
4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 T. olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste
12 medium eggs
1/4 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 T. chives, thinly sliced

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil.
Divide sausage into 12 equal patties &
place on baking sheet – bake 15 minutes.
Increase oven temp. to 450 degrees F.
In large bowl combine hash browns,
1 C. cheese, olive oil, salt/pepper – toss
to combine. Generously spray 12 muffin
cups with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop
out rounded 1 quarter cup of hash brown
mixture & press into each cup. Use a spoon
or your fingers to pack mixture tightly. Spray
with additional nonstick cooking spray &
bake 15 minutes.
Reduce oven temp. to 350 degrees F.
Remove pan from oven & use a spoon to
carefully press hash browns down & up
the sides of each cup to create a ‘cup or
nest’ shape. Place 1 sausage patty in each
cup, trimming patties if needed. Carefully
top each sausage with an egg. Sprinkle
remaining cheese on top of each egg &
season with additional salt/pepper, if
desired. Bake 12-15 minutes until eggs
are set. Allow to rest 5 minutes before
carefully removing cups with a spoon.
Top with fresh cut chives, if desired.
Makes 12 cups

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Seafood-lovers Baked Crab Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
6 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. grated onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. mayonnaise
2 dashes hot sauce (more if you like)
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (12 oz) pkg. lump crab meat, drained
1 (14 oz) pkg. Gorton’s Popcorn shrimp
(freezer section of grocery store)

Optional Dippers:
toasted baguette slices
crackers
chips
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Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Place shrimp on a baking sheet & bake
12 minutes, turning after 5 minutes.
In large bowl combine cream cheese, Parm.
cheese, onion, garlic, mayo & hot sauce-
mix until combined. Fold in green onion &
crab – being careful not to over mix. Remove
shrimp from oven & reduce oven heat to
375 degrees F.
Scoop crab dip into a 3 qt baking dish &
smooth top evenly. Bake 20-23 minutes
until top is golden brown. Remove from
oven & top with baked popcorn shrimp.
Return to oven & bake an additional
15 minutes. Serve with optional
dippers.  Serves 12

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Cranberry-Cream Cheese Cookies

1 1/4 C. flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
6 T. butter, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. dried cranberries, finely chopped
1/2 C. apricot preserves, divided
1/4 C. finely chopped pecans,
divided

In large bowl combine flour & baking
soda. In another bowl beat cream cheese,
butter, sugar & vanilla using elec. mixer until
blended -gradually beat in flour mixture.
Refrigerate 30 minutes. (Meanwhile):
Place cranberries in a small bowl; add
enough boiling water to cover – let stand
10  minutes until softened; drain.
Divide dough in half. Place 1 half between two
lightly floured sheets of waxed paper & roll
into a 9-inch square – repeat with remaining
dough to make second square. Remove top
sheet of waxed paper from first dough square
& spread half of preserves over dough to within
1/2 inch of edges. Top evenly with half of EACH:
cranberries & nuts – roll up, starting at one side
of dough & using bottom sheet of waxed paper
to help roll dough up. Wrap in plastic wrap &
repeat with remaining ingredients. Freeze logs
2 hours.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Unwrap logs & cut each log into 18
slices. Cover 2 baking sheets with
parchment paper & place slices on
sheets – 2 inches apart. Bake 12-14
minutes until edges are golden brown.
Cool 1 minute on sheets then remove to
wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 18 cookies

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Easy Maple-Chocolate Fudge

1 (6 oz) pkg. pecan halves, divided
3 (4 oz, ea) pkgs. white chocolate
broken into small pieces
3/4 C. canned sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. maple extract

Line a 8 X 8″ pan with foil with ends of foil
extending over sides. Reserve 25 pecan
halves & chop remaining nuts. In a micro-
wavable bowl, microwave chocolate & milk
on High 2-3 minutes until almost melted,
stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until chocolate
is completely melted & mixture is well blended.
Stir in maple extract & chopped nuts – pour
into prepared pan. Refrigerate 2 hours until
firm. Using foil “handles”, remove fudge from
pan before cutting into squares. Press 1 of the
reserved nuts into top of each square before
serving. Makes 25 pieces

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Apricot Honey Pork Loin

1 (2-3 lb) pork loin
3 T. cooking oil
1/3 C. apricot preserves
1 T. spicy brown mustard
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. soy sauce
fresh chopped parsley -garnish
(optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Slice pork loin crosswise into 1/4 to
1/2 inch slices. Brown slices in oil
in skillet, on both sides. Whisk
remaining ingredients in a bowl.
Place browned pork slices in a
casserole dish. Pour apricot &
honey mixture over the slices.
Cover with foil & bake 35-40
minutes. (can add chopped
parsley before serving).
Serves about 8, depending on
size of the pork loin.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Brown Butter Pork Chops w/Mushrooms

4 T. unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 thick-cut boneless pork chops
1 C. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 T. dried oregano
1 T. dried thyme
1/4 C. flour
1 to 1 1/2 C. whole milk (or heavy cream)
salt/pepper, to taste

In large skillet over medium-low heat, heat
butter with garlic until melted – heat until
butter foams, stirring constantly to prevent
overflowing. Once foam subsides, continue
to heat until brown bits form at bottom of
skillet & a nutty aroma is produced. Add
chops & cook on each side until cooked
through, 3-5 minutes per side. Remove
cooked chops to a plate & tent loosely
with foil. Lower heat on skillet to Low
& add mushrooms, oregano & thyme to
butter – cook until mushrooms are slightly
softened & cooked. Whisk in flour until
no lumps remain. Slowly stir in milk until
desired gravy consistency is achieved.
Season with salt & pepper to taste. With
heat still on Low, return chops to gravy
for about 5 minutes. Serves 3

(recipe: iamhomesteader.com)
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Crockpot Cheesy Bacon Ranch
Potatoes

4 medium potatoes, washed/sliced

1 (1 oz) pkg. Ranch dressing mix
1 medium onion, sliced into rings
1 lb. bacon, cooked/diced
2 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
(reserve 1/2 C. )

Line a 4 to 4.5 qt. crockpot with foil
allowing enough extra to fold over
before cooking – spray foil with nonstick
cooking spray. Layer ingredients in
crockpot: potatoes, onion, bacon,
dry ranch mix & cheese into at least
2 layers. Once all ingredients are layered,
fold foil over top of potatoes. Cover &
cook on Low 4-6 hours. Garnish top with
remaining 1/2 C. cheese. Serves 4

NOTE: DO NOT forget to spray foil – if you
don’t some of the potatoes & cheese will
stick to the foil

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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5-ingredient Rocky Road Peanut Clusters

1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C. butterscotch chips
1 T. vegetable oil or shortening
1 1/2 C. roasted/lightly salted peanuts
1 1/2 C. miniature marshmallows

Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper.
In large microwave-safe bowl melt choc. &
butterscotch chips & oil together. Heat on
High 30 seconds, stir & repeat until chips
are melted & smooth. Quickly stir in nuts
& marshmallows.
Drop spoonfuls of mixture
onto waxed paper (you can make them as
large or small as you wish). Refrigerate
sheet 15 minutes before serving/packaging.
Store leftovers in an airtight container.
Makes 24 (depending on size you make them)

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Went to the doctor yesterday for my ‘every 3 month’
checkup & he was happy with the weight loss. We talked
about my diabetes and he said he’s still happy with how
I’m controlling it. Still have to wait on the blood test
results to see if my ‘radical weight loss idea’ really helped
lower my A1C (that’s a test for how your body handles
sugar – it’s a compilation of 3 months together) – am
really hoping it’s lowered some!

Try to stay warm, remember to take breaks so you
don’t OVER DO it! I’m really glad I started early
this year; still have to bake 3 loaves of banana bread
& wrap presents but those tasks can be spread over
several days so not so stressful – YAY!

Hugs;

Pammie

Starting “The List”

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

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

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

LOTS OF HOLIDAY RECIPES!!! GOTTA SHARE!

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Upside-down Cranberry Pecan
Cinnamon Rolls

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

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

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

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Turkey Meatloaf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mix ingredients together – Makes
about 8 servings

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

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

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

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Maple Crockpot Ham

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

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

(recipe: mykitchenismyplayground.com)
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Lovin’ Onions Casserole

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pecan Pie

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

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

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

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

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)

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

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

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

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Saturday

It’s a chilly, dreary day out there BUT it’s Saturday and it’s also a DAY OFF for me – YAY! Ended up sleeping in a bit & woke up really groggy – ever do that? Today is a “No particular plans” day (except cooking dinner: pork chops, baked potatoes & asparagus). Yesterday was also a ‘OFF DAY” for me – got lots done. Decided to wake up early: got a lot of paperwork done for my special needs group (updating figures/addresses/etc.) then switched Summer/Winter clothes (glad that’s all done), managed to knit some on both baby blankets and a new mens scarf I’m ‘creating as I go’ (that means I’m not exactly sure how all the various yarn colors are going to work into the scarf – we’ll just have to see as we go! That’s called ‘creative license’ but I just call it ‘being creative – & crazy!)

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Nutty Apple Bread Pudding

6-7 C. crumbled bread, broken
into about 1″ pieces
1 C. hot water
1 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. butter or margarine (4 T.),
melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. evaporated milk (can use
regular)
1 C. raisins
1 C. grated apple (1 large or 2
small apples, peeled & grated)
2/3 C. walnut pieces (or nuts of
your choice)

Optional toppings:
ice cream
caramel ice cream sauce

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 9″ square baking
pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Crumble bread in a large bowl &
pour hot water over bread. In
another bowl, combine remaining
ingredients (except nuts) & whisk
together. Add crumbs & mix with
a spoon – pour mixture into baking
dish. Sprinkle nuts over top & bake
35-40 minutes. Makes about 8
servings. Great with ice cream &
caramel sauce.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

14 eggs
2 T. milk
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
salt/pepper
12 small croissant rolls
1 (6 oz) pkg. sharp Cheddar cheese slices
1 (9 oz) pkg. sliced deli ham

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl crack eggs; add milk,
seasoned salt, some salt/pepper
& whisk vigorously with a fork (you
want it kind of frothy). Spray a
9 X 13″ pan with nonstick cooking
spray & pour eggs into pan. Bake
15 minutes until eggs puff up & are
cooked through. Allow to cool about
5 minutes then cut into eggs the
same size as the croissants. Slice
croissants & add 1 slice egg to each
one, topped with ham & cheese.*
Spray another 9 X 13″ baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray & place
sandwiches in pan. Cover tightly
with foil & refrigerate until ready
to serve.
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place refrigerated pan in oven &
bake about 15 minutes until
sandwiches have heated through &
cheese is melted. Makes 12.

*Poster said she split the cheese in
half & put one half on bottom of
croissant & one on top of ham so
melted cheese would secure ham
in place.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Roasted Smoked Sausage & Potatoes

1 (16 oz) pkg. Kielbasa or smoked sausage.
cut into rounds
5 large potatoes, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
(or 2 lb. red potatoes)
1 small onion, cut into pieces or chopped
olive oil
kosher or sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
few sprigs fresh thyme (or 1/8 tsp. dried)
Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning, to taste
1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil;
drizzle with a bit of olive oil. In large bowl
add sausage rounds, potatoes & onions.
Drizzle with a few T. olive oil & season
to taste with salt/pepper, thyme & creole
seasoning; toss until well blended & pour
into prepared baking sheet – spread to
even. Bake 45 minutes turning every 15
minutes until potatoes are golden brown &
tender. Turn off oven.
Remove from oven & scatter shredded cheese
over mixture – place sheet back in oven about
5 minutes until cheese melts.

(recipe: mommykitchen.net)
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Crockpot Sausage/White Bean &
Pasta Soup

1 lb. breakfast pork sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1 T. dried basil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 (14 oz) can chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 1/2 C. water
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of celery soup
1/2 pkg. baby carrots or 3-4 carrots,
cut into pieces
1 C. dried Great Northern beans
1/2 C. elbow macaroni or pasta shells
1 T. black pepper
salt, to taste
1/2 C. cabbage, shredded (optional)

Brown sausage & onion with basil &
garlic in a skillet; drain & pour into crock-
pot. Add all other ingredients (except
pasta) to crockpot. Cover & cook on Low
7-8 hours (or High 4-5 hours). About an
hour before soup finishes cooking, add
pasta. Makes about 3 quarts soup

NOTE: This recipe can also be made on
the stove: Cook in large pot until beans
are tender. Add pasta (or shells) about
last 20 minutes of cooking time.

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)
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Fall Tortellini Toss

1 (9 oz) pkg. refrigerated cheese
tortellini
2 T. olive oil
1/2 lb. sliced baby portobello
mushrooms
1 3/4 C. cubed/peeled butternut
squash (about 1/4 inch cubes)
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 medium tart apple, chopped/
seeded
3 T. (thawed) apple juice concentrate
3 T. cider vinegar
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1/3 C. chopped walnuts, toasted
1/3 C. cubed, smoked Gouda
cheese (about 1/4 inch cubes)
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Cook tortellini accordg. to pkg.
directions. In large skillet heat
oil over medium-high heat. Add
mushrooms, squash & poultry
seasoning – cook & stir 6-8
minutes until mushrooms are tender.
Add apple, apple juice concentrate,
vinegar & onion – cook 2-3 minutes
until squash is tender. Drain cooked
tortellini; rinse with cold water &
place in a large bowl. Add squash
mixture, walnuts, cheese & parsley,
toss gently to coat.
Serves 12 (2/3 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Stuffed Baked Apples

1 stick butter (salted or unsalted)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
4-5 baking apples*
3/4 C. hot water
1 tsp. cinnamon
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Suggested toppings:
Vanilla ice cream
Caramel ice cream sauce

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In medium bowl melt butter;
add brown sugar, flour, oats,
allspice, cinnamon & vanilla –
stir until well combined. Slice
each apple in half vertically
& remove stems. Using a
spoon (or melon baller) scoop
out the core of each apple.
Pour hot water into bottom of
a 9 X 13″ baking pan & place
apples in pan, cut sides up.
Sprinkle each with cinnamon.
Stuff each apple half with
mixture until all apples are
stuffed. Cover with foil &
bake 20 minutes. Remove
foil & bake another 25
minutes. Serve warm alone,
or with vanilla ice cream & caramel
sauce, if desired.
Makes 8-10 apple halves.

*Great apples for this recipe:
Granny Smith, Honey Crisp,
Golden Delicious, JonaGold

(recipe: southernplate.com)

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Hope you’re having a nice day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Getting some MUCH NEEDED rest!

Last night’s special needs group Harvest Party (Western theme)

There was also a ‘leaders’ photo taken but it hasn’t been posted yet, so this is (that I know of) the only other photo with me in it. The big gentleman in the back is “Pastor Dave”, he’s one of our leaders and the lady next to him is one of our moms (she brought some awesome cider & bakery donuts for the event). We had a good turn-out (about 45 kids + parents/helpers/caregivers). LOTS of hot dogs (we cooked 160, I think – my job, at that time, was plopping hot dogs on buns & slathering them (if they wanted) with chili. I managed to eat one hot dog & chili and snag a SUPER great chocolate sour cream donut – sure wished I had a cup of coffee to go with that donut – YUM! I was totally exhausted when I finally came home around 10:15 p.m. – it had been a crazy/busy day: grocery shopping really early (around 9:15 a.m.), then babysitting 1-4:30p.m., rush home & change clothes – drive to the church by 5:30 (got stuck in traffic, didn’t get there until around 5:50) then standing for 4 1/2 hours – lets just say I slept for ELEVEN hours straight! My body is not made for that kind of torture. I asked, yesterday, what was going on with the ‘other grandmother’s house – (hinting at “I’ve babysat 3 days this past week – what the heck?!”) I guess she will be pitching in again this coming week – sure hope so! Husband & I are supposed to go to a fund raiser dinner tonight (5 p.m.) but he gave me the ‘out’ “If you really don’t feel like going we could just mail them a check” – YES!!! So I’m taking that offer & staying home – SOoooooooo tired of running all week (and then there’s church twice tomorrow!). Decided dinner tonight will be Nachos – we love them and they’re not too hard to make (plus they feed us for several meals!) – BONUS!

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Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Dough
sheet
1/3 C. 100% pure pumpkin
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Unroll crescent dough onto waxed
paper. Spread pumpkin over dough;
top with brown sugar, nutmeg &
cinnamon. (NOTE: Roll into a large roll
from smaller end for bigger rolls)
Roll up & slice into 1″ pieces & place
on a cookie sheet*. Bake 21-23 minutes
until golden brown. Top with cream
cheese frosting.

*You can bake these in a casserole dish
or on a cookie sheet lined with waxed
paper – OR you can spray dish/sheet
with nonstick cooking spray for no
sticking.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 C. butter or margarine (or 8 T./
1 stick) softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (16 oz) box powdered sugar (about
3 1/2 C.)

In large bowl beat butter & cream
cheese using an elec. mixer. Add vanilla
& powdered sugar – continue mixing
until frosting is smooth & of spreading
consistency.

NOTE: This recipe will frost a 9 X 13″
cake,(or) a round 2-layer cake (OR)
a dozen to 1 1/2 dozen cupcakes

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks)
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Squash Gratin

3 T. unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 T. chopped fresh thyme
1 small butternut squash, peeled/
cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 small kabocha squash*, peeled/
cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. ground mace
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 C. chicken or vetetable broth
1/2 C. heavy cream
1/4 C. breadcrumbs
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1/2 C. grated Gruyere cheese,
about 2 oz.

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Melt 2 T. butter in large ovenproof
skillet over medium-high heat. Add
onion & thyme; cook, stirring, about
5 minutes until onions soften. Combine
butternut & kabocha squash in large
microwave-safe bowl with 1 C. water.
Cover with plastic wrap & microwave
until squash is just tender, about 5
minutes. Drain & add squash to skillet
along with garlic, mace, 1 tsp. salt &
few grinds black pepper. Cook, stirring,
about 3 minutes. Add broth & cook
until mostly absorbed, about 5 more
minutes. Stir in heavy cream & cook
until slightly thickened, 2 minutes. Melt
remaining 1 T. butter in microwave & toss
with breadcrumbs, Parm. cheese & parsley;
season with salt & pepper – sprinkle over
squash then top with Gruyere. Transfer
skillet to oven & bake about 30 minutes
until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before
serving. Serves 6-8

*Kabocha squash: is a winter squash,
also known as Japanese pumpkin. It has
dark green stripes on the outside.

How to break down butternut squash:
Cut about 1 inch off bottom end using
a chef’s knife – scoop out seeds. Hold
squash against your body & remove
skin using a vegetable peeler; chop.

How to break down kabocha squash:
Quarter the squash using a chef’s knife;
scoop out seeds. Put each quarter flat-
side down & cut off skin using a paring
knife; chop the squash.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Farmer’s Breakfast

6 large eggs
1/3 C. milk
1/2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. salt
6 oz. bulk pork sausage
1 T. butter
1 1/2 C. frozen, cubed hash brown
potatoes, thawed
1/4 C. chopped onion
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

In a bowl whisk eggs, milk, parsley &
salt. In 9″ cast-iron skillet (or other
oven-proof skillet) cook sausage over
medium heat until no longer pink;
remove & drain fat. In same skillet,
heat butter over medium heat; add
potatoes & onion – cook & stir 5-7
minutes until tender; return sausage
to pan. Add egg mixture; cook & stir
until almost set – sprinkle top with
cheese. Cover & cook 1-2 more minutes
until cheese melts. Serves 4

NOTE: If you don’t have frozen hash
brown potatoes, use par-cooked cubed
potatoes

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Pepper Jack Chicken

3-4 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs*
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. cumin
salt/pepper, to taste
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen whole
green beans
1 bell pepper -seeded/sliced
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. butter
10 slices Pepper Jack cheese

Place chicken in bottom of crockpot.
Season with garlic powder, onion
powder, cumin & salt/pepper. Layer
frozen green beans, mushrooms &
peppers. Season again with salt/pepper.
Top with butter; cover & cook on Low
4-6 hours until chicken is shreddable
when stirred. Stir chicken until shredded
then top with cheese. Cook on High
until cheese melts.

*You can use chicken breasts instead
of thighs but cooking time will likely
be less than with thighs. Watch closely
so you don’t dry out the chicken breasts.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Grandma’s Sausage Skillet Lasagna

2 lb. fresh hot Italian sausage*, casings
removed
2 C. diced onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (16 oz) pkg. lasagna noodles.
breaking each noodle into 3 pieces
1 (64 oz) jar marinara sauce
1 c. ricotta cheese
6 T. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

In an oven-safe 12 inch nonstick skillet
brown sausage over medium-high heat,
breaking up sausage into small pieces.
Once sausage is mostly cooked, add onion
& garlic – cook 2 minutes more; drain grease.
Add lasagna noodles & carefully pour sauce
all over top. Using a spatula or wooden spoon,
move the noodles so the sauce can get to the
bottom & in between the noodles. Return to
heat & bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
Cook until noodles have softened, about 15
minutes. Stir & toss noodles occasionally so
heat is evenly distributed throughout to cook
the noodles.
In a small bowl stir ricotta & Parm. cheeses.
Preheat oven to BROIL
In large dollops, place ricotta cheese mixture all
over lasagna mixture in skillet & place under
broiler until cheese has melted & is bubbly.
Carefully remove from oven & let sit 10
minutes before serving. Serves 6

*You don’t have to use hot Italian sausage,
you can use your favorite type of sausage.

(recipe: tablefortwoblog.com)
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Chunky Apple Cake

1/2 C. butter, softened
2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
2 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
6 C. chopped, peeled tart apples

Butterscotch Sauce:
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. butter, cubed
1/2 C. heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl cream butter, sugar & vanilla.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating
well after each addition. Combine
flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt &
baking soda in another bowl –
gradually add to creamed mixture &
mix well (batter will be stiff). Stir in
apples until well combined. Spread
into prepared dish & bake 40-45
minutes until top is lightly browned &
springs back when lightly touched.
Cool 30 minutes before serving.

In small saucepan combine brown sugar
& butter. Cook over medium heat until
butter is melted. Gradually add cream &
bring to slow boil over medium heat,
stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Serve with cake.

Serves 12-14

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Weather-wise, it’s chilly (40’s & 50’s) with
light rain & overcast. Just looked at the
local weather forecase & nearly dropped
my coffee cup:  From NOW until 10 p.m.
Sunday night: Rain, possibly mixed with
snow showers, breezy, high near 54 degrees F,
little or no snow accumulation expected.
YUCK!!! NOOoooooo! Not what I was
expecting to read – for sure! Rest of the
week is temps around 45-50 (with no snow
mentioned). Oh well – time to get ready –
winter is coming! (I still have to go through
my Summer/Winter clothes & switch them
out – that’s a task for this coming week, NOT
today, for sure!).

Hope you are gradually adjusting to the changes
in the weather. Stay warm & healthy if you can –
maybe enjoy a nice hot cup of something & relax
a little with a book or a NAP!

Hugs;

Pammie

Obligations

Our weather is definitely gone to COLD! Last night was the first of several ‘obligations’ I have this week: oldest (12) grandson’s last football game. We haven’t attended any this year (husband is not into football and sitting on bleachers); last night I rode with oldest son, his girlfriend, the baby & my middle son. Let’s just say: I forgot to bring a cushion for the bleachers – my butt FROZE! It was REALLY windy and around 43 degrees – NOT FUN! They lost 6-0 but we went to Culver’s for dinner and finally warmed up. I’m not into football, either, so spent most of the time keeping the baby amused (and his hands warm).

Today and tomorrow are babysitting; Weds. Knit Library in a.m., babysitting during day & Friends group that evening. Friday is my special needs group’s Harvest Party – lots of fun but also LOTS of activities helping the kids with games, serving food, etc. Saturday evening is a yearly obligation to attend a fund raiser for a former telephone company employee – her son was in college and due to join the Olympic team in archery when he died of a brain tumor. Each year his family holds a fund raiser dinner (great food) and has lots of various items for auction/silent auction to raise money for the college Archery team. We like going because we get to see some of the people we used to work with (my husband & I both worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. back in the day). Something tells me I’ll be MORE than ready to rest come Saturday!

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Iced Pumpkin Bars

4 large eggs
1 2/3 C. sugar
1 C. canola oil
1 (15 oz) can solid-pack pumpkin
2 C. flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking  powder
1 tsp. salt

Icing:
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1-2 T. cream or Half & Half

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl beat eggs, sugar, oil & pumpkin
until well blended. Combine flour,
cinnamon, baking powder, baking
soda & salt; gradually add to pumpkin
mixture – mix well. Pour into ungreased
15 X 10 X 1 inch baking pan. Bake 25-30
minutes until set. Cool completely.

Icing:
In small bowl beat cream cheese, powdered
sugar, butter & vanilla. Add enough cream to
achieve spreading consistency – spread over
bars. Cut into bars & store leftovers in fridge.
Makes 16 bars

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Pumpkin Sausage Soup

1 lb. mild ground Italian sausage
2 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32 oz) carton unsalted chicken
stock
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
1/3 C. cold water
1/3 C. cornstarch
2 C. shredded, smoked Cheddar cheese

In Dutch oven cook sausage, mushrooms &
onion over medium-high heat until sausage
is no longer pink & vegetables are tender,
8-10 minutes, breaking up sausage into
crumbles; drain grease. Add garlic; cook
1 minute. Add stock, pumpkin, sugar &
seasonings – bring to boil. Reduce heat –
cover & simmer 10 minutes. Stir in cream.
In small bowl mix cornstarch & water until
smooth – stir into pot & bring to boil. Cook
& stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Add
cheese – cook & stir until melted.
Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Spinach & Artichoke Chicken
Skillet

1/4 C. flour
salt/ground black pepper
4 (6 oz, ea) boneless skinless
chicken breasts
4 T. vegtable oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. cream cheese, cut into
chunks
1 C. Half & Half
1 (5 oz) pkg. baby spinach
(about 4 C.)
1 (14 oz) can artichoke
hearts drained/quartered

Cooked rice to serve 4
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Whisk flour, 1 T. salt & few
grinds pepper in a pie plate or
shallow dish. Coat both sides of
chicken in seasoned flour & shake
off any excess. Heat 3 T. oil in large,
heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-
high heat. Add chicken & cook,
(undisturbed) about 4 minutes until
deeply golden, without turning. Remove
chicken to a plate; add remaining 1 T.
oil to skillet & cook onion about 5
minutes, stirring occasionally, until it
begins to soften. Add garlic & cook,
about 30 seconds, stirring. Add cream
cheese & stir until melted. Pour in
Half & Half – use a wooden spoon to
scrape up any brown bits from bottom
of skillet – season with salt/pepper. Add
chicken back to skillet, seared side up.
Reduce heat to medium; cover & cook,
turning chicken about half-way through
cooking time until fully cooked (12-14
minutes) and a thermometer inserted
into thickest part of chicken read 165
degrees F.
Transfer chicken to a serving platter;
add spinach to sauce in skillet; cover
& cook until wilted, about 5 minutes.
Stir in artichoke hearts & cook until
heated through, about 1 minute. Season
with salt/pepper – pour creamy sauce
over chicken & serve with cooked rice.
Serves 4

(recipe: Foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Lentil Stew

1 yellow onion, diced
1 C. green or brown lentils
3 C. chicken or vegetable broth
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 T. tomato paste
1 large carrot, diced
(optional: 10 oz. beef smoked
sausage, sliced into quarter inch pieces)

Add all ingredients to crockpot – stir a bit.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours until lentils
are tender. Remove lid; add salt & pepper to
taste & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Bell Peppers Stuffed with Beef/Cheese

6 large green peppers
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1 (16 oz) can tomatoes, diced
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded (4 oz)

1/2 C. long grain rice (you can use
any rice, but it might affect cooking time)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cut tops off green peppers – discard
seeds & membranes. Chop enough of
the tops to make 1/4 C. Cook whole
green peppers, uncovered in boiling
water about 5 minutes – invert to drain
well. Sprinkle insides of peppers lightly
with salt. In a skillet cook gr. beef, onion &
1/4 C. chopped pepper until meat is
browned & veggies are tender; drain.
Add drained tomatoes, salt, Worc. sauce
& dash of black pepper to mixture.
Cook rice according to pkg. directions –
cook until soft. Add rice to beef mixture.
Stir in cheese. Stuff pepper insides with
meat mixture & place in 10 X 6 X 2″ baking
dish. Bake, covered, 30 minutes. During last
5 minutes add any remaining cheese to top
of peppers. Serves 3

NOTE: You can also cut a small slice off
bottom of peppers to help them stand up.

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Mama’s Banana/Pecan French Toast

1/2 C. Half & Half or milk
4 eggs
pinch salt
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
6 thick slices egg or potato bread
2 bananas, sliced
1 C. chopped pecans

Maple syrup – for serving
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Lay out a few large sheets of
waxed paper on the counter

In large, shallow bowl mix Half & Half,
eggs, salt, powdered sugar & vanilla –
mix well. Dip only one side of one
piece of bread into batter – place
dipped slice, batter side down, onto
waxed paper – layer the top of that
slice with bananas.
Dip a second slice of bread into batter
on both sides; place on top of banana
layer (making a sandwich). Place nuts
on a small plate. Remove ‘sandwich’
from waxed paper & place on top of
pecans, pressing down lightly to help
stick them into bread – flip sandwich
over & repeat.
Heat 1 T. of oil in small skillet over
medium-high heat. Place sandwich in
skillet & cook until lightly browned on
both sides – repeat with remaining
slices to make 2 more sandwiches.
Serve with maple syrup. Serves 3
(makes 3 sandwiches)

(recipe: www.southernplate.com)
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Hope that you are in good health; my days
are so mixed up I’m still thinking we’re in the
‘weekend’!

Enjoy your day!

Pammie