WOooooooEeeeeeee – it’s HOT!

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

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

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

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Island Breezes Coffee Cake
(overnight recipe)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Combine all ingredients & store in
airtight container.

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

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

vanilla ice cream

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

(recipe: thetaylor-house.com)

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

Have a great day!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Happy Monday!

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

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Peanut Butter “Lunch Lady”
Cookie Bars

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

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

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

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Taco Pizza

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Baked Mac & Cheese

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

coarse salt, for topping
spicy mustard, for dipping

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

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Mexican Spiced Brownies

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

Milk Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting:

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

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

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

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Friday!

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

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

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Rice Krispie Peanut Butter Balls

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

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

(recipe: creationsbykara.com)
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Chicken Cornbread Casserole

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Crockpot Stuffed Pepper Soup

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

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Ham ‘n Grits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Beef & Pepper Skillet

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

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cherry Pie Cookies

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

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

(recipe: butterwithasideofbread.com)

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

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

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Anyone for Second Spring?

Yesterday was ‘interesting’: temps in the high 20’s, extremely windy and intermittent SNOW! I went to my library knit group first then to Krogers – BRrrrrrr! You certainly didn’t want to be out in it for very long – bitter cold/bitter wind. Got my shopping done, put the cart next to my car to unload it and the next thing I know my cart is rolling across the parking lot! LOTS of wind! Also had to pump gas – that was NO fun! Gas prices jumped a bit from $2.59 to (depending on where you go) $2.69 or $2.79/9! Now is when I’m very grateful for a nice warm/operating car and nice warm house!

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The Perfect Cream Pie Bars

Dough:

2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
4 eggs yolks
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temp,
slightly melted
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla

Filling:

4 egg whites
2 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C. strawberry yogurt
1 3/4 C. sour cream
1 1/4 C. sugar
5 T. flour (heaping)
zest from 1 lemon
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Dough:
Mix all dough ingredients just
until combined (do not over mix).
Divide in half – spread half on
bottom of prepared dish. Bake
10-15 minutes. Cool slightly.

Filling:
Whisk egg whites until stiff peaks
form. In large bowl mix yogurt with
sour cream, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla
& flour – gently fold in egg whites.
Pour filling onto baked/cooled dough.
Crumble other half of dough over top
of filling. Bake 30 minutes until top
is golden. Cool to room temp;
refrigerate 2 hours. Serve chilled.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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5-Ingredient Ham/Noodle Casserole

1 (12 oz) pkg. wide egg noodles
1 T. prepared mustard
2-4 C. diced/cooked ham
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup (undiluted)
1 C. grated Cheddar cheese

Optional:
4 C. frozen French-style green beans
or any other veggies of your choice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Cook egg
noodles accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente; drain. In large bowl
combine mustard, ham, soup &
(optional green beans). Pour cooked/
drained noodles over ingredients in
bowl – stir to combine. Pour mixture
into prepared dish & top with grated
cheese. Cover with foil & bake 20
minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered
20-25 minutes more until cheese is
melted & dish is heated through.
Serves 8

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Crispy Green Beans

1 C. Panko bread crumbs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 eggs
1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans,
trimmed

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a baking spray with nonstick
cooking spray. In a shallow dish
combine bread crumbs, Parm. cheese,
garlic powder, salt & cayenne pepper –
mix well. In another shallow dish whisk
eggs. Coat each green bean in egg, then
coat completely in bread crumb mixture.
Place in a single layer on sheet & spray
with nonstick cooking spray. Bake
12-15 minutes until golden brown &
crispy. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Breaded Pork Chops

1/4 C. Bisquick baking mix
7 saltine cracker squares, crushed
(1/2 C.)
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 egg
1 T. water
4 pork chops (about 1/2″ thick)

In a plate or shallow dish, mix
Bisquick, cracker crumbs, seasoned
salt & pepper. Mix egg & water in
another shallow bowl/plate. Dip
pork chops into egg mixture then
coat in Bisquick mixture. Spray a
12-inch skillet with cooking spray &
heat over medium-high heat. Cook
pork chops 8-10 minutes in skillet,
turning once, until slightly pink in center.
Serves 4

(recipe: www.tasteandtellblog.com)
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Crockpot Bacon & Bean Soup

6 slices bacon, chopped small
16 oz. dried Great Northern Beans,
soaked*
1 (32 oz) can chicken broth
1 whole onion, diced
3-5 whole carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. black pepper
kosher salt, to taste

Cook chopped bacon in skillet until
crispy; drain. Drain soaking water from
beans & pour beans into 6-7 qt. crockpot.
Add broth, onion, carrots, garlic, thyme,
rosemary & pepper. Add additional water
as needed to cover beans by 1 inch. Add
half of cooked bacon (refrigerate rest of
bacon for later). Cover & cook on Low
10-12 hours or High 6-8 hours until beans
are cooked through. Just before serving,
add rest of cooked bacon, stir & adjust
seasoning of salt/pepper. Serves 10

* You can either do the overnight
bean soak (OR) a ‘quick soak’ –
sort & rinse beans; add them to a big
pot of boiling water. Turn off heat, cover
& let stand until water is room temperature.
Drain soaking water off beans before using.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Best Ham Salad Ever

6 C. ham, (cooked), coarsely
ground*
4 eggs, hard-boiled/chopped
1 C. celery, finely chopped
1/2 C. onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. sweet pickle relish
1 C. mayonnaise
4 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried basil

In large bowl combine all ingredients &
mix well. (this makes a 1/2 gallon
Tupperware container full).
Recipe can be halved.

*You can finely chop the ham if
you don’t have a food processor
or a meat grinder.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Peanut Butter-Stuffed
Chocolate Crescent Rolls

1 tube crescent roll dough (8 count)
1/2 C. peanut butter
3/4 C. mini chocolate chips
powdered sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lightly spray a baking sheet
with nonstick cooking spray.
Separate dough into 8 preformed
triangles. Spread 1 heaping T.
peanut butter onto wide end of
triangle ( do not go all the way
to the edges of dough). Sprinkle
chocolate chips evenly over dough &
roll up, starting with wide end. Place
2 inches apart on prepared sheet.
Bake 9-11 minutes until dough is
lightly golden brown. Remove from
oven & immediately sprinkle tops
with powdered sugar. Serve warm.
Store any leftovers in air-tight
container at room temp. Slightly
re-heat in microwave, if desired.
Makes 8

NOTE: another commenter said
she used Nutella instead of
peanut butter & a dollop of
thick jam.

(recipe: southyourmouth.com)

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Not much new going on – glad that,
so far, I don’t have anywhere to go
today. Finished another book and
got the notice from the Library
that a brand new book I want to
read is ‘in’ – YAY! Love the library
‘Hold’ system where you can ask
for a book, even if it’s not in your
local  library and they will put out
a request to have it delivered to
your local library.

Started a new medium yellow baby
blanket – simple pattern, should go
fairly fast. (the ladies in the library
knit group really liked the pattern).

Have a great day & STAY WARM!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

and now for SPRING!

Even though it’s kind of gloomy & wet out (34 degrees F.) my heart is looking forward to SPRING! Looking at our weather forecast for the next few days, you certainly wouldn’t say that Spring/warmer weather is coming – we’re looking at rain & possible snow but I’m determined to be SKEPTICAL! (or crazy – you pick). Spring is MY season – I love looking forward to seeing new growth – tiny flowers pushing up from what was frozen earth a month ago; hearing the birds singing (how I’ve missed that!) and the possibility of seeing our rabbits (they live in a wild blackberry bramble in our yard). I know Spring is just around the corner and I’m excited to greet it!

I tried the No-Bake Oreo dessert I posted a few posts ago and it was a BIG hit! I think if I make it again I’ll just throw the whole Oreo cookies in the food processor – putting them in a ziplock bag & smashing them wasn’t the best solution (in  my opinion) – I ended up getting out my big rolling pin & smashing them with that – it worked but the food processor would have been easier.

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Crockpot Strawberry Shortcake

2 1/4 C. pancake mix
3/4 C. sugar, divided
2/3 C. milk
3 T. applesauce
1 qt. strawberries, hulled/sliced

optional garnish: Cool Whip, thawed

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl mix pancake mix, 1/2 C. sugar,
milk & applesauce until you have a
dough. Gently press dough into bottom
of crockpot. Cover & cook on High
1 hour 15 minutes (until center of
dough is ‘done’ – a wooden toothpick
inserted into center of dough comes
out clean). Gently toss strawberries
with remaining 1/4 C. sugar in a
separate bowl. Turn shortcake out
onto a plate. Cut shortcake into
pieces & spoon berries over top.
Top with Cool Whip, if desired.
Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Italian Easter Pie

2 (9-inch, each) rolled, refrigerated
pie crusts (from 14.1 oz pkg)
3 eggs
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. chopped, cooked ham
1/2 C. chopped genoa salami
1/2 C. chopped pepperoni slices

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Unroll 1 pie crust & place in 9″
deep round cake pan, pressing
crust firmly on bottom & up sides
of pan. In large bowl whisk eggs,
Parm. cheese, garlic powder & pepper.
Add ricotta & mozz. cheese; mix well.
Stir in ham, salami & pepperoni until
thoroughly combined – pour into pan.
Cover mixture with remaining 1 pie
crust & pinch edges together to seal –
flute edges. Using a knife, cut four
1 inch slits in top (to vent).
In small bowl whisk egg & water – brush
top of crust with egg wash.
Bake 55-60 minutes until a knife
inserted into center comes out clean &
top is golden brown. Let stand 15
minutes before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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3-Bean Salad

2 (15 oz, ea) cans chick peas
2 (15 oz, ea) cans red kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans cut green beans, drained
1 (4 oz) jar diced pimentos, with juice
2 onions, diced

Dressing:

1 C. cider vinegar
1 C. white sugar
2/3 C. olive oil (or oil of your choice)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

Place all beans in a colander & rinse
well. In a bowl place sugar, vinegar, oil,
minced garlic salt/pepper – mix well.
Place beans in a large bowl; add chopped
onion & pimentos. Pour dressing over all
& stir well to coat. Cover & refrigerate
several hours (or overnight). NOTE: a
few hours before serving, stir well again &
return to fridge. Will keep at least a week
in fridge.

Poster says: this makes a large bowl –
perfect for a cookout or snacking all
week long. You can easily divide this
recipe in half, if you prefer less.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Baked Pimento Cheese Dip
in a Bread Bowl

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz) jar pimiento peppers, drained
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 round loaf of bread

sliced green onions, for serving
butter crackers, for dipping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine cream
cheese, mayonnaise, Cheddar
cheese, pimiento & cayenne –
mix & season with salt/pepper.
Slice top off of bread; using your
hands, scoop out the bread
insides (reserve), leaving a thin
outer crust. Place bread on a
baking sheet & spoon cheese
mixture into bread bowl. Bake
20 minutes until warmed through
& bubbly. Garnish with green
onions & serve hot.
You can use the scooped out
bread pieces for dippers or
crackers. Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Easy French Onion Soup

1 large onion (yellow or red)
2 thick slices French bread
3 slices Swiss cheese
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 C. beef broth
pinch salt
1 bay leaf
2 T. butter

Melt butter over medium-high heat
in medium sauepan. Peel & quarter
onion, then slice thinly. Place onion
in pan, add salt & cook, stirring
occasionally until caramelized, 8-10
minutes. Add beef broth, pepper &
bay leaf – bring to a boil, reduce heat
to Low & cook 10 minutes. Heat broiler
to High & toast both sides of bread.
Remove bay leaf from soup & ladle into
oven-proof bowls. Place bread on top
of soup then top each bowl with 1 1/2
slices cheese. Place bowls on a baking
sheet & broil 3-4 minutes until cheese
is bubbly & begins to brown. Remove &
serve. Serves 2

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp
Pasta

8 oz. linguine pasta
2 T. olive oil
6 T. butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 1/4 lb. large shrimp
salt/pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
4 C. baby spinach
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese
2 T. parsley, chopped
1 T. lemon juice

In large pot cook pasta accordg.
to pkg. directions; drain. Using
same pot, heat oil & 2 T. butter;
add garlic & red pepper flakes;
cook until fragrant. Add shrimp,
salt/pepper (to taste) & cook
until shrimp start to turn pink.
Add Ital. seasoning & spinach –
cook until spinach wilts. Add
pasta back into pot with
remaining butter, Parm. cheese &
parsley – stir & cook until butter
melts. Add lemon juice just
before serving – serve hot.
Serves 6

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crockpot Pepper Steak

16 oz. beef stew meat
2 red bell peppers, seeded/
cut into strips
2 green bell peppers, seeded/
cut into strips
3 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 can beef broth
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1 C. flour

In large bowl mix flour & salt;
rub meat with mixture. In a
skillet on medium-high heat add
oil; add meat, garlic, pepper strips.
Cook until meat starts to brown.
Remove meat & peppers from
skillet to crockpot. Ad stewed
tomatoes to skillet (with juice)
& beef broth. Gradually stir in
flour while stirring to make a
gravy – pour over meat in
crockpot. Cover & cook on Low
8 hours.

(recipe: facebook)
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4-Ingredient Pecan Balls

1/2 C. unsalted butter (1 stick),
softened
2 T. sugar
1 C. flour
1 heaping cup chopped pecans
1/4 tsp. salt

optional chocolate drizzle:
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 275 degrees F.
Cream butter, sugar & flour using
an elec. mixer. Fold in nuts & salt –
stir to combine. (mixture will be
crumbly but will stick to itself).
Roll dough into small balls (about
1/2 inch) & place on ungreased
cookie sheet (you can wet your
hands to keep dough from
sticking to you.) Bake 45 minutes.
Let cool completely on sheet before
transferring to air tight container.
Will keep up to 1 week on counter or
in pantry.

Chocolate Drizzle:
Place chocolate chips in a microwave
safe bowl; microwave 1 minute. Stir
& microwave in 30-second intervals
until chocolate is melted & can be
stirred together. Drizzle over cooled
pecan balls or dunk balls in melted
chocolate. Makes 22 balls

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)

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We had a nice, quiet Easter dinner – THIS time
(with my son’s insisting on reducing the total
foods/appetizers) it was very manageable!
The other grandma brought appetizers (a few
too many, but HEY! It’s her thing), we had ham,
garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole,
croissants, the Oreo dessert & brownies – MORE
than enough food for 9 people. I was going to
cook the ham I bought Friday but son sent home
ham, so I’ll table that for now.  Was pleasantly
surprised to find that I didn’t gain any pounds
over the dinner (usually I put on 2+ lbs) YAY!

Here is the heavier cream baby blanket I just
finished; am going to save it for the Detroit
Veterans Hospital’s baby shower in September.

 

I spent some time yesterday attempting to choose
another pattern to start another blanket, but
nothing I tried really ‘spoke’ to me. I have a lovely
worsted weight medium yellow yarn and want to
find a nice pattern for it. It will come, sometimes
I just need to NOT think about it and then it becomes
easier! (Believe me, with all the knitting books AND
all the patterns I’ve copied from the internet, I’m
not at a loss for patterns – it’s just picking the right
one to tickle my fancy at the time.)

Hope your Easter weekend/holiday was lovely.
Today is babysitting the 1 yr old grandson who’s
learned more (challenging) ‘tricks’ – watching
him interact with the other grandparents and
seeing what’s ‘acceptable’ for his behavior
means I’m going to have a CHALLENGING day
today, for sure! It’s interesting (I ‘guess’ I’ll use
that word) to see the different parenting styles;
I’ve always been a safety nut when it comes to
babies – giving a baby that doesn’t have back
teeth to chew with a big chunk of ham is NOT
my idea of a good idea! Or an entire jumbo
black olive! (Yes, the olive will break down
easier than the ham, but the idea that “He’ll
spit it out if he can’t swallow it” is a REALLY
RISKY idea!) Let’s just say that ‘enduring’
the different grandparenting styles was
not enjoyable – I just kept watching to make
sure he didn’t choke!

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Getting ready for Easter dinner!

Went to my library knit group this morning then off to two grocery stores to purchase food for the upcoming Easter dinner at my son’s house. Was pleased when the cashier at Kroger said: “You saved $30.00 – WOW!” – guess it’s just being aware of where the savings on foods you need are. This year my son (oldest/Exec. chef) said he wants to pare down the dinner a bit. It ‘was’ getting a bit over the top at Christmas – WAaaaaaay too much food and he doesn’t have space to store all the leftovers (don’t think anyone even took any home, either!). With that in mind, he asked that we just do: mashed potatoes (his Dad’s specialty), green bean casserole, croissants, black olives & a dessert . . . HEY  – THAT I can do! (I also bought a small spiral/fully cooked ham for us to have AFTER Easter – love getting a good deal on that.) I didn’t know it but the cashier mentioned that KROGER is having a HUGE sale on TURKEYS (she said one guy came in & bought 30 frozen turkeys!) WOW! Maybe (just maybe) I might consider getting one to freeze – we’ll see. (I kind of wondered why they had such a HUGE display of frozen turkeys when it’s usually HAM that’s featured at Easter! Now I know!)

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Finally finished the ‘donated peach colored’ squares afghan – took it to library knit group & they liked it.

I didn’t have a lot of room to spread it out so it’s kind of ‘bunchy’ but it will work just fine for a baby.

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Pineapple-Orange Pretzel Squares

2 1/2 C. crushed pretzels
2 sticks butter, melted
1 C. plus 3 T. sugar, divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
with juice reserved
1 (4 serving size) pkg. instant
vanilla pudding mix
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl combine pretzels, butter &
3 T. sugar – press mixture onto
bottom of baking dish. Bake
10 minutes – let cool. In large bowl
using an elec. mixer, beat cream
cheese & 1 C. sugar until smooth.
Fold in Cool Whip – spread mixture
evenly over pretzel crust. In medium
bowl combine pineapple with juice &
pudding mix until thoroughly
combined. Gently stir in oranges &
spread over cream cheese layer. Cover
& chill at least 4 hours until firm.
Cut into squares & serve. Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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7-Layer Fresh Salad

4 C. loosely packed torn
romaine lettuce
1 C. sliced radishes
2 C. frozen peas, thawed
1 red pepper, seeded/
chopped
5 hard-cooked eggs, quartered
4 green onions, chopped
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1 T. sugar

In large clear bowl place lettuce.
Cover with layers of next 7 ingredients.
Mix remaining ingredients until blended;
spread over salad, completely covering
top layer. Refrigerate several hours –
toss just before serving.
Serves 10 (1 C. each)

(recipe: kraft.com)
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Apple Coleslaw

3 C. chopped cabbage
1 carrot, scraped & shredded
2 apples, unpeeled/chopped
(poster used 1 red & 1 green
Delicious)
1/4 – 1/2 C. chopped onion
(poster used purple – can use any)
1 tsp. celery seeds or 1/2 C. chopped
celery
1/2 C. mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
2 T. honey
1 T. granulated sugar
2 tsp. white vinegar
1/8 tsp. black pepper
pinch salt

In large bowl combine cabbage,
shredded carrot, chopped apples,
onion & celery – toss. In another
bowl whisk together mayo, honey,
sugar, vinegar, pepper/salt. Pour
mixture over slaw & mix well
using a spoon. Refrigerate 2- 3
hours before serving,
Makes about 4 C. (or 8 servings)

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Southern Pea Salad

1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen sweet peas, thawed
(uncooked)
2 eggs, hard boiled/peeled/chopped
4-6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled-
(or 1 C. cooked/chopped ham)
1/2 C. chopped green (or regular) onion
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. celery seeds (OR) 1/2 C. chopped
celery
dash cayenne powder
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream

In a large bowl combine peas, eggs,
bacon, onion, cheese, pepper/salt,
garlic powder, celery (seeds or regular)
& cayenne – mix in mayo & sour cream.
Refrigerate a few hours. Serves 6-8

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Baked Ham in Cheese Crust

1 (5 lb) fully cooked ham
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
drained
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
1 C. plain bread crumbs
6 T. (3/4 stick) butter, melted
2 T. dry mustard

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray a roasting pan with nonstick
cooking spray; place ham in pan.
In large bowl combine remaining
ingredients – mix well. Using your
hands, form a crust by patting
pineapple mixture over ham,
completely covering top & sides
(except for cut side). Bake 1 to
1 1/4 hours or until ham is heated
through & crust is golden. Slice
& serve. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1/4 C. olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. Brussels Sprouts, trimmed &
cut in half.

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl combine oil, garlic
powder, onion powder, salt/pepper.
Add Sprouts & toss gently to evenly
coat. Spread sprouts evenly on
rimmed baking sheet & bake
25-30 minutes until tender &
browned, turning once halfway
through cooking time. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cold Yogurt Cucumber Soup

1 large English cucumber, peeled/
finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt (more, to taste)
2 T. olive oil (optional)
2-3 T. chopped fresh dill
2 C. plain Greek yogurt
2 C. cold water

In large, deep bowl combine
cucumber, garlic, salt, oil & dill.
Add yogurt & stir to combine.
Dilute with cold water, mixing
well, making sure there are no
lumps from yogurt. Add more salt
if needed. Refrigerate at least
30 minutes. Serves 4

(recipe: cookinglsl.com)
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Crockpot Corn Casserole

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 C. sugar
1 (8.5 oz) box Jiffy corn muffin mix
2 1/2 C. frozen corn
1 (16 oz) can creamed corn
1 C. milk
2 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl
combine cream cheese, eggs &
sugar. Mix in muffin mix &
remaining ingredients (mix well).
Pour into crockpot, smooth top
evenly. Cover & cook on High
2-4 hours. Serves 8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Crust:

3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/4 C. granulated sugar
2 T. brown sugar
4 T. melted butter

Filling:

1 1/2 C. heavy cream
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1 T. vanilla

Chocolate Topping:

1/2 C. heavy cream
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Crust:
In large bowl blend graham crumbs,
4 T. sugar, brown sugar & melted
butter until fully combined. Press
mixture into a 9″ pie plate, covering
bottom completely & pushing crumbs
1/2 inch up sides of plate. Place crust
in freezer while making rest of filling.

Filling:

In a bowl whip 1 1/2 C. heavy cream
until it forms stiff peaks. Refrigerate
while making rest of filling.
In large bowl beat cream cheese until
smooth. Add sugar & mix until blended.
Add peanut butter & vanilla – mix well.
Fold whipped cream into peanut butter
mixture, blending well. Pour filling into
prepared crust & place back in freezer.

Chocolate topping:

In small saucepan (with a lid) slowly
bring remaining 1/2 C. heavy cream to
a boil (being careful not to scald it). Turn
off heat & add chocolate chips, pushing
chips into the cream until almost
completely covered. Place lid on pan &
let stand on stove. After 10 minutes, stir
until chips are melted & fully blended
into cream. Cool to room temperature,
then pour sauce over pie. Place back
in freezer 30 minutes before serving.

NOTE: If serving pie more than half hour
after final preparation, store in freezer.
Thaw 20 minutes before serving  for a
frozen, ice-cream-like consistency. If
you are having difficulty cleanly removing
pie crust from plate, submerge the very
bottom of pie dish in hot tap water (about
1/2 inch water) to loosen crust being
careful not to get water in pie itself.)
OR – thaw for longer, in fridge for a
gooey, soft pie. Serves 8-10

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Our weather is still holding out – sunny &
in the 40’s so I can’t complain. Gas prices
are up a little: $2.59/9 (but still, not bad).

Tomorrow we are making the trip to visit
our good friend (who also does our taxes
AND is also our Sunday School teacher!).
It’s always a fun trip & we go out for lunch
afterwards, so it’s a Win-Win situation.

Have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Happy Tuesday!

Well, it’s raining and supposed to continue for most of this week – Hey! It beats SNOW! My cousin in Iowa ended up with 9 inches of the white stuff this past weekend – SO glad we skirted that one!

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Lemon Fruit Cake

1 (16.5 oz) box (Duncan Hines
Signature Lemon Supreme Moist
cake mix
1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits
in 100% pineapple juice,drained
– reserve 1/4 C. juice
1 (8 oz) can mandarin oranges/
drained – reserve 1/4 C. juice
1/2 C. milk
4 eggs
1/3 C. oil
1 C. shredded coconut

Glaze:
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Generously spray a 10 inch
Bundt pan (see note) with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine cake mix, saved
juices from pineapple/oranges,
milk, eggs & oil – combine using
an elec. mixer. Fold in pineapple
tidbits, mandarin oranges &
coconut using a spoon. Pour
batter into prepared pan.
Bake 55-60 minutes until center
tests done. Cool 10 minutes in
pan then remove to wire rack
to cool completely.

Glaze:

1 C. powdered sugar
3-4 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Place sugar in a bowl; whisk
in milk & vanilla until mixture
is smooth (you can add more
or less milk/sugar to get the
consistency you want. Drizzle
glaze over top & sides of
cooled cake. (you can also
place a few maraschino cherries
on top for garnish).

NOTE: You can also bake this
in a 9 X 13″ baking pan but
you will have to cut the baking
time – test doneness with a
wooden toothpick inserted into
center. (poster did not give exact
baking time for 9 X 13″ pan)

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Creamy Tomato/Tarragon Soup

3 T. olive oil
2 medium onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can whole plum tomatoes
1 (12 oz) can vegetable stock (or
chicken)
2 tsp. salt (more, to taste, if needed)
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
(optional)
1/4 – 1/2 C. Greek plain yogurt
1 T. fresh tarragon, chopped

Add oil to large pot or Dutch oven &
bring to light simmer over medium-
high heat. Add onions & saute until
soft, about 6 minutes. Stir in garlic –
cook 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes &
juice – lightly break large tomatoes
up with a wooden spoon. Add stock &
bring to simmer. Add salt/black pepper
& crushed red pepper (if using). Reduce
heat to Low & simmer 20 minutes.
Puree using blender, adding soup back
to pot & return to light boil over Low
heat 1-2 minutes. Stir in yogurt &
tarragon. Garnish each bowl with a
dollop of sour cream & a little tarragon,
if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: bakerbynature.com)
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Maple Baked Beans with Sausage

2 (28 oz, ea) cans Bush’s original baked
beans
1 lb. mild pork sausage
1/2 C. chopped white onion
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. ketchup
2 T. prepared mustard
1/3 C. maple syrup

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Brown sausage in skillet; drain.
Combine sausage with all other
ingredients in a casserole dish.
Cover & bake 2 hours until desired
consistency. Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Apricot-glazed Turkey Breast

1/2 C. apricot preserves
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. pepper
dash salt
1 bone-in turkey breast (5 lb)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Combine preserves, vinegar, pepper/
salt in a bowl. Place turkey breast on
a rack in a large shallow roasting pan.
Bake, uncovered, 1 1/2 to 2 hours
until a meat thermometer reads
170 degrees F., basting with glaze
every 30 minutes. (Cover loosely
with foil if turkey browns too quickly).
Cover & let stand 15 minutes before
slicing. Serves 15

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Roasted Herb & Lemon Cauliflower

1 medium heat cauliflower, cut into
florets (about 6 C.)
4 T. olive oil, divided
1/4 C. minced fresh parsley
1 T. minced fresh rosemary
1 T. minced fresh thyme
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Place cauliflower in an ungreased
15 X 10 X 1″ baking pan. Drizzle
with 2 T. oil & toss to coat. Roast
20-25 minutes until golden brown
& tender, stirring occasionally. In
a small bowl combine remaining
ingredients; stir in remaining oil.
Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl;
drizzle with herb mixture & toss to
combine. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Sour Cream & Bacon
Chicken

8 slices bacon
1/3 C. diced onion
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (10 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 oz) can Cheddar cheese soup
1 C. sour cream
1/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper, to taste

Cooked rice, egg noodles or mashed
potatoes

Cut each chicken breast in half to
make 2 long/narrow chicken tender-
shaped pieces. Place bacon in large
skillet & cook over medium heat until
halfway cooked. Immediately wrap
a slice of bacon around each chicken
piece while bacon is still pliable –
place in crockpot. Add onion to skillet
& cook in bacon fat 2 minutes; remove
with slotted spoon & place in crockpot.
In medium bowl whisk both soups, sour
cream, flour & garlic powder – pour
over chicken. Cover & cook on Low
5-6 hours until chicken is completely
cooked through. Remove chicken from
crockpot & place on serving platter.
Whisk sauce well & taste for seasoning-
adjust salt/pepper, to taste. Serve over
cooked rice, egg noodles or mashed
potatoes.

(recipe: crockpotmoms.com)
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Blackberry Orange Cake

1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar, divided
1 large egg
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1 1/2 C. plus 1 T. flour, divided
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 C. sour cream (or plain
yogurt)
2 C. fresh blackberries

powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray & flour a 9 inch springform
pan. In large bowl cream butter &
3/4 C. sugar until light & fluffy. Beat
in egg & orange peel. In another
bowl whisk 1 1/2 C. flour, baking
soda & salt – add to creamed
mixture alternately with sour cream,
beating well after each addition –
pour into prepared pan.
In a bowl toss blackberries with
remaining flour & arrange over
batter in pan  – sprinkle top with
remaining sugar. Bake 40-45 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
of cake comes out clean. Loosen
sides from pan using a knife; remove
rim from pan. Cool on a wire rack.
Serve warm or at room temp.
If desired, dust top with powdered
sugar before serving. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Went out to lunch with a friend yesterday –
celebrated her 84th birthday. I decided to
try something I’ve never had before: Fish
tacos – they were tasty!

Today is babysitting my youngest grandson-
his Momma is having 2 teeth extracted and,
for some reason, she thinks she will be able
to just come home & go to work (as a waitress)!
I’m thinking that probably won’t be the case.
Her Mom is driving her this morning – I’m
guessing it will be her Mom taking care of HER
and I’ll be watching the baby – all at their house –
we’ll see.

Tonight is Knit Night – I’m just finishing up the
sewing in ‘ends’ on the ‘donated peach squares’
baby afghan; because it’s a thick/heavy one, I’ll
hold onto it until the Fall for the Detroit Vets
baby shower. It was a good effort ‘saving’ some
squares a friend knit and making them into
something useful.

Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

FINALLY it’s SPRING!

Yes, I’m a Day Late – but it’s still SPRING!

Been a busy few days – ended up babysitting from 10 a.m. – after 5 yesterday (older grandson has ‘football conditioning’ after school – getting them toughened up for this coming fall). Today was the library Knit Group & grocery shopping. Been having great ‘fun’ attempting to find the exact kind of liquid hand soap my husband likes (I have NO idea where I originally got it) – stopped at the local dollar store (was sure they were the ‘place’ . . . nope). Have checked out our local drug stores & grocery stores; something tells me he’s just going to have to learn to like a new scent! (It was a cheap one – $1.00 a bottle – no big deal). Also attempted to locate a SMALL funnel – probably should have stopped in at the local hardware store as the dollar store and groceries don’t have one – NO, I don’t need the really long ones that you would use for putting oil in your car!). Baby grandson is now totally on regular milk – which means you have to heat it up a bit (they don’t own a microwave so it’s the ‘old way’ – heat it in a pan on the stove.) That’s fine EXCEPT then you have to pour it into the bottle WITHOUT spilling it all over the counter! (I’ve so far resorted to using a small measuring cup and a lid from one of those squeeze bottles you can buy to fill with ketchup/mustard/bbq sauce, etc – son has those around). Only trouble with those is – the opening is VERY small, hence it takes a long time to get the warm milk from the measuring cup into the ‘pseudo’ funnel/lid and into the bottle before spilling it! I’m thinking of putting one of OUR small funnels in my purse JUST to use for that purpose! Crazy…

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Chocolate Raspberry Tart

1/2 C. raspberry jam, divided
1 9 inch prepared pie crust
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely
chopped
1 1/4 C. heavy cream
4 T. unsalted butter, cut into
8 pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 pint fresh raspberries

Preheat oven 275 degrees F.
Microwave 1/4 C. jam on High
30 seconds, spread in a thin layer
on bottom of pie crust. Place
chocolate in large heat-proof bowl.
In small saucepan over medium-high
heat, warm cream, butter & salt,
stirring frequently until cream just
starts to simmer, about 6 minutes.
Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate
& let stand 5 minutes. Whisk until
chocolate mixture is smooth. Slowly
whisk eggs into chocolate mixture
until smooth – pour into crust &
place on a baking sheet. Bake until
outer edge of filling is set but center
jiggles – 30-35 minutes. Let cool on
baking sheet on wire rack at least
30 minutes, then refrigerate, uncovered,
until filling is completely set, at least
4 hours.
Spread remaining jam on top of tart &
garnish with fresh raspberries.
Refrigerate any leftovers. Serves 8

(recipe: Kroger.com)
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Crockpot Pork Roast w/Veggies &
Gravy

1 (3 lb) pork roast
3 T. olive oil
salt/pepper
5 russet potatoes, cut into bite-
sized pieces
1 large onion, chopped
3 C. mini carrots
1 T. garlic, chopped
1/4 C. soy sauce
1/4 C. balsamic salad dressing
1/2 C. water
1/2 C. brown sugar

Gravy:
juices from roast
2 (.87 oz, ea) pkts. pork gravy mix
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. milk
1 (10 oz) can cream of mushroom soup

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat;
pour 3 T. oil in pan – sprinkle roast generously
with salt/pepper on top & bottom – carefully
place roast in hot pan – sear both sides of
roast to golden brown.
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray – place seared roast in crockpot – pour
mini carrots around roast. Layer potatoes &
onions on top. Place chopped garlic, soy sauce,
balsamic dressing, 1/2 C. water & brown sugar in
medium bowl – whisk to make sure sugar gets
dissolved – pour mixture over roast/veggies.
Salt/pepper potatoes. Cover & cook on High
4-5 hours*.

When roast has cooked through (inner temp.
of 160 degrees F.) carefully pour juice from
crockpot into a medium sauce pan. Turn off
crockpot, leave meat inside with lid on 5-10
minutes before serving.

To saucepan add both packets gravy mix, milk,
water & mushroom soup – whisk together to
combine. Heat mixture to boiling over medium-
high heat, stirring occasionally. Serve roast
& veggies with gravy drizzled over top or serve
gravy as a side. Serves 6-7

*If your crockpot cooks quickly, poster suggests
cooking roast & sauce in crockpot on LOW 4
hours, then adding veggies & cooking on High
an additional 2 hours.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Corn Soup w/Chipotle Sour Cream

1/2 stick unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder
kosher salt/black pepper
6 ears corn (or 5 C. kernels)
4 C. vegetable stock
2 T. fresh lime juice
3/4 C. sour cream, divided
2 T. chopped chipotles in adobo

In large pot heat butter over medium
heat. Add onion, garlic, cumin & chili
powder – season with salt/pepper. Cook
until softened, 8-10 minutes. Add corn &
stock to pot – bring to boil. Reduce heat
& simmer until corn is soft: 4-6 minutes
more. Working in batches, puree soup
in blender until smooth. Whisk in lime
juice & 1/4 C. sour cream. In small bowl,
combine remaining 1/2 C. sour cream &
chipotle in adobo, letting some streaks
of chipotle remain. Dollop on sour cream
& serve. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Candied Carrots

1 lb. carrots, peeled/sliced 1/2″ pieces
2 T. butter
3 T. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 T. chopped parsley

Place sliced carrots in large skillet;
add 1 C. water to pan – bring to a
simmer & cook 8-10 minutes until
tender. Drain water; over medium
heat add brown sugar, butter, salt/
pepper – stir & cook 2-3 minutes
until butter & sugar have melted &
carrots are coated in the glaze.
Sprinkle with parsley & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Kielbasa/Peppers & Potato Skillet
Hash

2 T. olive oil
1 T. unsalted butter
1 lb. potatoes, thinly sliced into
bite-sized pieces
salt/pepper, to taste
14 oz. turkey kielbasa, cut into
1/4″ rounds (or regular kielbasa)
1 onion, thinly sliced
1-2 bell peppers, chopped

Heat oil & butter in large skillet
over medium-high heat. Add
potatoes & season with salt/pepper.
Cook until browned on one side,
6-7 minutes. Turn potatoes & cook
4-5 minutes longer until golden brown.
Remove from skillet using a slotted
spoon. (If skillet is looking dry, add
another T. olive oil) Add onions &
peppers – cook, stirring frequently,
until onions are soft & peppers are
tender – season with salt/pepper.
Stir potatoes back in & continue
cooking 1-2 more minutes. Check
seasonings & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

1 lb. ground beef
1 C. chopped onion
2 C. frozen corn, thawed
2 C. frozen peas, thawed
2 T. ketchup
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 T. cornstarch
1 tsp. beef bouillon granules
1/2 C. cold water
1/2 C. sour cream
3 1/2 C. cooked mashed potatoes,
prepared with milk & butter
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

In large skillet cook beef & onions
over medium heat until meat is no
longer pink; drain. Stir in corn, peas,
ketchup, Worc. sauce & garlic – reduce
heat to Medium-low. Cover & cook
5 minutes. In a small bowl combine
cornstarch, bouillon & water until well
blended – stir into beef  mixture & bring
to boil over medium heat. Cook & stir
2 minutes until thickened. Stir in sour
cream & heat through (do not boil).
Spread mashed potatoes over top;
sprinkle with cheese. Cover & cook until
potatoes are heated through & cheese
is melted. Serves 6

Freezer option:
Prepare recipe as directed but do not add
sour cream. Freeze cooled mixture in a
freezer container. To use: partially thaw
in fridge overnight & heat through in a
large skillet, stirring occasionally & adding
a little water if necessary. Stir in sour
cream & finish recipe.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pistachio Pudding Cookies

1 3/4 C. flour
1 (3 oz) pkg. pistachio pudding mix
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. light brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1/2 C. chopped pistachios
1 C. white chocolate chips
3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted
butter, room temp.

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with waxed
paper or lightly spray with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl combine
dry ingredients (pudding mix, flour,
salt & baking powder). In another
bowl using elec. mixer, beat butter,
vanilla & both sugars until creamy;
beat in egg. Slowly combine dry
ingredients with wet until well
blended. Fold in pistachios &
chocolate chips. Scoop out a
founded tablespoon of dough &
place on prepared sheet. Bake 10-12
minutes until cookies are just
browned. Cool on wire rack
before serving.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)

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Not much else new – the weather is really
chilly (30’s) but clear and nice (with the
occasional sunshine). Easter is coming
quickly – so far I haven’t planned anything-
no Easter candy/dinner preparations, nada.
I know that oldest son will be having the
dinner at his house and that we will bring
‘sides’ and desserts – no worries on the sides
as they are the same for every holiday:
mashed potatoes, green bean casserole,
corn casserole, rolls, black olives – and
some sort of dessert(s).

Still working on both baby blankets AND
the donated peach-colored squares blanket;
almost done with the second yellow ‘strip’,
then it’s just sewing it all together & crocheting
a border (I’ll post a photo when it’s done).

Hope you are all in good health and enjoying
the beginnings of SPRING! I love hearing the
birds singing – the other morning I was up at
around 6 a.m. (it was still totally dark out) and
I could hear a Cardinal just singing his little
heart out! LOVE IT!

Hugs;

Pammie

I KNOW Spring’s coming . . . but-

Looking at our local weather site, it looks like we’re going to have clear, sunny weather up to TUESDAY! NO SNOW (that we know of) – it’s been jumping from the low 20’s in the morning up to the 40’s by 4 p.m. – goofy, but typical MICHIGAN – sigh. (I remember when I was a young girl we got a huge dump of snow on Easter!).

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Nut & Cinnamon Danish
(last minute quick recipe)

1/4 C. chopped walnuts
2 T. light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 (17.3 oz) pkg. buttermilk
biscuits – 8 to pkg)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 egg
2 T. granulated sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 16 muffin cups with nonstick
cooking spray. In small bowl
combine walnuts, brown sugar &
cinnamon – mix well. Separate each
biscuit in half by gently pulling apart.
Place each biscuit half in a muffin cup
& press against bottom & sides to form
a crust. In medium bowl beat cream
cheese, egg & gran. sugar until smooth.
Evenly spoon mixture into cups &
sprinkle evenly with nut mixture.
Bake 10-12 minutes until edges are
golden. Allow to cool slightly then
serve warm. Makes 16

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Creamy Carrot Soup w/Ranch
Whipped Cream

2 T. unsalted butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
kosher salt/black pepper
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 lb. carrots, chopped
1 bay leaf
4 C. water/vegetable broth/or
chicken broth
1 C. heavy cream
1 1/2 T. (Hidden Valley Original
Ranch) salad dressing & seasoning mix

Melt butter in large pot over medium-
high heat. Add onion & cook, stirring
often, 8-10 minutes. Season with salt/
pepper. Add garlic & cook 2 minutes. Add
carrots & bay leaf – season with salt/pepper.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots begin
to soften, about 5 minutes. Add water or
broth – bring to a simmer. Cook, partially
covered, until carrots are easily mashed
against side of pot – 15-20 minutes. Let
cool slightly. Working in 2 batches, transfer
soup to a blender  & puree until very smooth.

In large bowl combine heavy cream & Ranch
dressing mix – beat until soft peaks form. Serve
soup topped with ranch mixture & ground black
pepper. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Brown Sugar/Pineapple
Ham

1 pre-cooked/spiral-cut/bone-in
(or boneless) ham
3 1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. honey
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits or
chunks, do not drain

In large crockpot (6 qt or larger) cover
bottom with 2 C. brown sugar. Place
ham on top; open the slices of ham
slightly using your fingers. Pour honey
evenly over ham. Add pineapple around
sides (along with juice) & put some on top.
Top with remaining 1 1/2 C. brown sugar,
making sure it is evenly distributed over
entire top of ham. Cover & cook on Low
3 1/2 – 4 hours.

(recipe: myincrediblerecipes.com)
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Lemon Butter Scallops

1 lb. scallops
salt/pepper, for seasoning
1 T. canola oil
2 T. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 C. freshly squeezed lemon
juice
2 T. minced parsley

Pat scallops dry using paper towels;
season with salt/pepper.  Add canola
oil to large skillet over medium-high
heat – warm oil until almost smoking.
Place scallops in skillet & cook until
browned on first side: 2-4 minutes.
Flip & cook until second side is brown &
center is barely cooked through –
transfer to a serving dish. Melt butter
in skillet; add garlic & cook about 30
seconds. Whisk in lemon juice & parsley.
Pour sauce over scallops & serve
immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Serves 4

(recipe: Kroger.com)
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Chicken/Wild Rice/Broccoli
Casserole

1 C. long grain & wild rice, cooked
1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts, cut into
1″ pieces
2 T. olive oil
1 T. unsalted butter
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 C. milk
1 large head broccoli, broken
into florets with stems – chopped
salt/pepper, to taste
3 oz. can French fried onions – garnish

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Heat large
skillet over medium-high heat – place
in oil & heat until oil shimmers. Add
chicken & cook, stirring occasionally,
until chicken is no longer pink. Remove
chicken to a plate. Add butter to skillet
& cook onion about 3 minutes until
translucent. Scatter flour over butter in
pan & cook 1 minute. Pour milk into
skillet & bring to a simmer – cook sauce
3 minutes. Leave chicken diced (or shred
into bite-sized pieces) – place chicken
back in pan; add broccoli & cooked rice-
stir in salt/pepper, to taste. Stir mixture
& place into prepared dish. Top with
Fr. onions & bake 20-25 minutes until
hot & bubbly. Serves 8-10

(recipe: cerydaydishes.com)
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Crockpot Brussels Sprouts

1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
3 T. butter
1 T. Dijon mustard
salt/pepper, to taste
(optional: sprinkle shaved
or shredded Parmesan cheese
on top just before serving)

Wash & trim ends of sprouts;
place in 4 quart or larger crockpot.
Add mustard, salt/pepper & toss
to coat sprouts. Add 3 T. butter on
top. Cover & cook on High 2 hours.
Serves 6

(crockpotladies.com)
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Sour Cream Chocolate Cookies

1/2 C. butter or margarine, softened
3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 C. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 C. flour
1/2 C. baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. (6 oz) semi-sweet
chocolate chips
1/2 C. vanilla or white chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray cookie sheets with nonstick
cooking spray.
In large bowl cream butter & sugars;
beat in egg, sour cream & vanilla.
Combine dry ingredients & gradually
add to creamed mixture – stir in chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches
apart onto prepared baking sheets.
Bake 12-15 minutes until set. Cool
2 minutes before removing to wire racks
to cool completely. Makes about
3 dozen.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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This has been another of those ‘roller coaster’ weeks –
when almost every day has at least ONE thing or place
to go & do…makes me really yearn for a day with
NOTHING planned – like today! It’s a lovely (but chilly)
clear/sunny day.

I started out by making a trip to JoAnn’s to buy another
skein of a particular yellow yarn (found it – and I didn’t
have a ball band-that piece of paper which tells you
which company/brand/type/weight, etc. yarn you have).
I also spotted another skein of baby yarn
(white/pink/yellow/blue) so I decided
to pick that up, too (had a 40% off coupon). Earlier this
day I discovered a JoAnn’s gift card from last JUNE – my
friend had purchased it for my birthday and I totally
forgot about it. When I approached the cashier & gave
her my 40% off coupon she said that everything I bought
(a few other things besides yarn) were ALL on sale (hence,
you can’t use their coupons on sale items). I showed her
my gift card & said I wasn’t really sure how much was on
it so we scanned it. My total bill was $20.10 … the card
had $20.00 – YAY! I happily handed her the dime and almost
skipped out of the store! Proceeded to the Kroger Gas
Station and was able to get gas with my .20 cents off per
gallon. Our local Clark station (my usual place) had gas
at $2.49/9 which is ‘usually’ a good price. Filled up my
tank at Kroger for $2.27/9  – another savings – double
YAY! Just in case you’re not familiar – Kroger offers 

lower gas prices according to how much
you spend on groceries. If I’m correct, you
get 10 cents off per gallon for every $100.00
you spend and it accumulates/rolls over (not
exactly sure the cut off on them but I think
it’s something like 2 months). It’s another
nice little ‘bonus’.

 
Lastly I happily came home and began knitting on
the ‘donated squares’ project using the new yellow
yarn. I had put a book on Hold at the library-when I
went to pick it up Wednesday I was kind of confused –
it was a DVD packet – book on DISC! I have never done
that before but found it was FUN listening to the book
while knitting (mind you, this is STRAIGHT KNITTING,
no fancy patterns). Ended up hearing the ENTIRE
book today – it’s by two of my favorite authors:
Lincoln Child & Douglas Preston (GREAT mystery
writers). I still must say: I appreciate reading/holding
a real book but this was an interesting adventure.

Hope you have a GREAT rest of the day –

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: To prove I was having WAY too much fun
with the audio book while knitting – I was
supposed to knit 12 rows/155 stitches per
row. I now have to unravel 2 rows – I just
kept knitting & listening, knitting & listening!

Oh well – live & learn, right?

and a little snow on the side…

I can remember last Wednesday it was so nice & Spring-like that I took off my light jacket while grocery shopping! Today there’s a good 6 inches of VERY heavy snow on the ground (the roads are clear, though) sunny and 31 degrees F. out. Looking at the updated forecast, I guess we’ve got all the snow (for now) -none predicted until Wednesday night – temps. close to 40 so I really hope it MELTS this stuff!

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Chocolate/Marble Gooey Butter Cake

Base:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted (1 stick)
1 egg

Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1/2 C. butter, melted (1 stick)
1 tsp. vanilla
3 3/4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.

Base:
In large bowl mix dry cake mix, egg &
melted butter – beat until well combined
(batter will be thick); spread evenly on
bottom of prepared dish.

Filling:
Beat cream cheese, eggs, melted butter
& vanilla until smooth. Gradually add
powdered sugar & beat until fully
combined. Remove 1 C. cream cheese
mixture & set aside. Spread remaining
cream cheese mixture over base. In a
saucepan (or microwave) melt chocolate
chips until smooth. Mix melted chips
with reserved 1 C. cream cheese mixture
until fully combined.
Spoon dollops of mixture on top of plain
cream cheese batter – swirl carefully with
a butter knife, creating a marble effect.
Bake 45 minutes. (Do not bake too long-
it should be soft.) Let cool completely
before cutting.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Crockpot Greek Chicken

1 medium onion, chopped
1 cinnamon stick
2 T. olive oil
1 T. minced garlic
zest from 1 lemon
juice from 1 lemon
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts

6 whole grain pita breads

Place onions & cinnamon stick in
crockpot. In small bowl mix oil,
garlic, lemon zest, oregano, salt/
pepper. Rub chicken with oil
mixture & place in crockpot.
Squeeze lemon juice over chicken,
cover & cook on Low 3-4 hours
until chicken reaches internal
temperature of 165 degrees F.
and is no longer pink. Slice
chicken & serve with pita bread.
Refrigerate leftovers. Serves 6

(recipe: kroger.com)
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Cheesy Turkey Meatball Skillet

1/4 C. plus 2 T. olive oil
4 cloves garlic minced/divided
2 T. chopped fresh rosemary
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 lb. ground turkey
1 C. bread crumbs
1 large egg
3 T. fresh chopped parsley (more
for garnish, if desired)
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Sauce:*
In large pot over Low heat, heat
1/4 C. oil. Add half the garlic & all
rosemary – stir (making sure it doesn’t
burn) 1 minute. Add tomatoes & season
with salt/pepper. Let simmer while you
make the meatballs.

Meatballs:
In large bowl combine turkey, bread
crumbs, egg, remaining garlic & parsley-
season with salt/pepper. Roll mixture into
balls.

In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat
remaining 2 T. oil. Place meatballs in skillet
& brown, moving occasionally to ensure
they don’t stick, about 5 minutes. Ladle
sauce into skillet & over meatballs. Top
with cheese & bake until meatballs are
cooked through – 10 minutes more.
Garnish with parsley & serve. Serves 4

*You can used jarred spaghetti sauce if
you are in a hurry

(recipe: delish.com)
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Confetti Corn & Rice Salad

4 ears corn, husked
1 1/2 C. rice, cooked
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, halved/thinly
sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Optional: 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
thinly sliced

Simple Dressing:
2 T. red wine vinegar
2 T. olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste

Boil or grill corn until tender – let cool.
Using a sharp knife, cut kernels from cob
in ‘planks’ (strips). Place rice, red onion,
green pepper. tomatoes & (if using-
jalapeno pepper) in large bowl. Mix in
corn strips – reserving some for garnish
on top.

Dressing:

Whisk all dressing ingredients together &
drizzle on top of salad. Serve at room
temp. or refrigerate overnight before
serving. Add additional corn ‘strips’ to
top before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Bacon/Jalapeno Popper Bites

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 green onions, thinly sliced
3 jalapenos, seeded/diced
8 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
8 oz. shredded Pepper Jack cheese
48 Tostitos “Scoops” tortilla chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment
paper. In medium bowl mix cream
cheese, green onions, jalapenos,
bacon, & cheeses. Spoon filling into
“Scoops” (about 1 tsp. each) &
place on baking sheet. Top each
with additional bacon & Cheddar
cheese, if desired. Bake 8-10 minutes
until filling is bubbly & cheese is
melted. Serves 4 dozen

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Sweet & Sour Country Ribs

1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. packed light brown sugar
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1 T. mustard powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2-4 lb. country-style pork ribs
(bone in or boneless)
russet potatoes (optional)
cornstarch & water

In small bowl whisk together ketchup,
brown sugar, vinegar, mustard powder,
cayenne, salt/pepper & pour into
crockpot. Nestle ribs in sauce. (IF
you want baked potatoes, wrap scrubbed
russet potatoes in foil & place on top of
ribs). Cover & cook on Low 6-10 hours.
Uncover & remove potatoes. Place ribs
on a platter. Turn crockpot to High heat.
Mix 2 T. cornstarch with 3 T. water in
small bowl – stir mixture into sauce in
crockpot – sauce will thicken in about
10 minutes. Spoon sauce over meat &
serve. Serves 6

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Cannoli Poke Cake

1 (16.5 oz) box white cake mix,
plus ingredients to prepare
1 (14 oz) can sweetened
condensed milk, divided
1 (8 oz) tub mascarpone cheese
1 C. ricotta cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to required time
for cake  mix
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Prepare
cake according to box directions &
bake. Remove from oven & allow
to cool. When cake is cool:
poke holes all over top of baked
cake with the end of a wooden
spoon – holes about 1 inch apart.
Reserve 2 T. sweetened cond.
milk & pour remainder over top
of cake & into holes. In large
bowl using elec. mixer beat
mascarpone & ricotta cheeses &
vanilla until creamy. Beat in
powdered sugar & reserved
sweetened cond. milk until
smooth. Spread mixture evenly
over top of cake & sprinkle top
with mini chocolate chips.
Refrigerate cake 2 hours until
ready to serve. Serves 15

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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Not much ‘new’ around here, still plodding
away at the cream baby blanket (I made a
mistake on one of the 8 rows last Weds.
and it took me awhile to get it back to
normal – sigh…me and my grand ideas of
making very detailed lace patterns…

Wednesday at the Library knit group one of
the ladies asked if anyone would want her
7 knit squares; she had been experimenting
with various knit patterns and these were
what are called ‘swatches’. They’re peach/
apricot colored and (you know me) I decided
I’d make a baby blanket out of them. Yesterday
I sat down to draw up the pattern; it will be
peach/white/and two half-strips of lemon
yellow; should be pretty when I get it done.
The ‘fun’ part is I had to figure out just how
many stitches she used for each square, then
see if I could duplicate what she’d done (for the
white squares). I’ve done this sort of thing before,
it just takes time working it out. Three of her
squares are just straight ‘knit’, the other four
are various knit patterns – I decided the white
ones should just be knit (and the two yellow
strips, also); that should augment the fancy
patterns and sort of ‘show them off’…I hope.
The good thing is: since they are just straight
knit, I can take them to both knit groups and
work on them WHILE carrying on a conversation
without having mistakes (I hope!). I’ve learned:
if I take fancy patterns AND try to talk/knit…
I make mistakes.

Hope you are all having a great day – hope
it’s sunny where you are so the sunshine
can lift your spirits and maybe make you smile!

Hugs;

Pammie