Happy Friday!

Hope your day is going well – mine started out just fine, thank you! Made breakfast (eggs & toast) for the family – any more, a meal together is a rarity around here! Everyone’s going their own way – to work, out, etc. so that was a bit of a treat to eat together. It’s a rather ‘blah’ day – gloomy & a little chilly 42 degrees F. with big chance of showers/thunderstorms today & tomorrow. That’s OK – we need rain for the Spring flowers, right? I’m thinking of delivering some items to St. Vincent de Paul, just because the boxes have been hanging around here for months, but I might just choose to stay in & knit – who knows?

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I thought I’d try to post some interesting recipes for you that might be used for a Brunch or Dinner – see what you think:

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Cherry Chocolate Cake

1 box Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 small box instant chocolate
pudding mix
1/3 C. flour
1 1/2 C. water
1/2 C. oil
4 eggs
1 tsp. almond extract
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 can cherry pie filling
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. chocolate chips
1 C. sliced almonds, toasted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl add cake mix (dry),
pudding mix & flour – stir to
incorporate. Add eggs, water &
almond – using elec. mixer beat on
Low 1 minute (scrape sides of bowl).
Beat on Medium speed 3-4 minutes
until batter is glossy & smooth; pour
batter into prepared pan & spread
to even top. Bake 35-40 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
of cake comes out clean. Remove
from oven & IMMEDIATELY poke
holes all over top of cake using the
end of a wooden spoon. Drizzle
sweetened condensed milk all over
top of cake filling all holes. Let cool
to room temperature. Toss almonds
in a medium skillet & cook over
medium heat, stirring frequently,
until golden brown – allow to cool.
Once cake has cooled, spread pie
filling on top; spread Cool Whip over
pie filling & sprinkle top with chocolate
chips & almonds. Cover & chill at least
1 hour before serving.
Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Cheddar-crusted Chicken/Broccoli
Casserole

2 T. butter
1/2 C. flour
3 C. chicken broth
1 C. Half & Half
1 tsp. honey mustard
salt/pepper
2 C. cooked rice
3 C. cooked (rotisserie) chicken,
chopped
3 C. steamed broccoli
2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
20 butter crackers (Ritz type), crushed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In deep skillet melt 2 T. butter;
add 1/2 C. flour & stir to form
a roux (paste). Add chicken broth,
Half & Half, honey mustard & salt/
pepper – stir & bring to boil. It
should thicken up once boiled
1-2 minutes – keep stirring. Remove
from heat & add cooked rice, chicken
& broccoli*. Add 1 C. Ched. cheese &
stir to combine (taste & adjust salt/
pepper). Pour mixture into prepared
dish & top with 1 C. shredded Ched.
cheese. Sprinkle crushed crackers
on top. Bake 20-25 minutes until
heated through & top is golden
brown. Serves 8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Linguine with Shrimp & Lemon Oil

Lemon Oil:
1/2 C. olive oil
1 lemon, zested

Pasta:
1 lb. linguine pasta
2 T. olive oil
2 shallots, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz. frozen shrimp
1/4 C. lemon juice (about 2
lemons)
1 lemon, zested
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 oz. arugula (about 3 packed
cups)
1/4 C. chopped fresh flat-leaf
parsley

Lemon oil:

Combine olive oil & lemon zest in
small bowl.

Pasta:

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente (about 8-10 minutes). Drain,
reserving 1 C. cooking water.
In large, heavy skillet warm olive oil over
medium heat. Add shallots & garlic – cook
2 minutes. Add shrimp & cook about 5
minutes, until pink. Add cooked pasta,
lemon juice, lemon zest, salt/pepper –
toss to coat. Turn off heat & add argula.
Using a mesh sieve, strain lemon zest
out of reserved lemon/olive oil – add
oil to pasta. (zest can be discarded). Add
some of cooking water to pasta mixture
to reach desired consistency. Add chopped
parsley & toss to combine. Serve
immediately. Serves 4-6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Baked Seafood Stuffed Avocados

4 avocados, sliced in half length-
wise/pitted
8 oz. cooked shrimp, chopped
3 1/4 oz. crab (flaked/cooked)
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. onion, finely diced
2 eggs, beaten
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1 T. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. seafood seasoning (like
Old Bay)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine chopped
shrimp, crab, Cheddar cheese,
onions, parsley, seafood seasoning,
lemon juice & eggs – mix well. Spoon
mixture equally on top of each
avocado half (you might have a little
extra filling left) Place in 9 X 13
baking dish without tilting avocados.
Bake 25 minutes until heated through.
Serve immediately. Serves 8

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Scampi Pasta

8 oz. linguine pasta
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. cajun seasoning
1 T. olive oil
1/4 C. white wine (OR) chicken stock
1/4 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 T. salted butter
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled/deveined
6 cloves garlic, grated
salt/black pepper, to taste
zest of 1 lemon
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions; drain
well. In large, deep skillet, melt butter over
medium-high heat. Add shrimp, cajun
seasoning, olive oil, garlic & red pepper flakes.
Stir occasionally until fully cooked, about
3 minutes. Stir in wine/chicken stock, fresh
lemon juice – season with salt/pepper. Lower
heat to simmer; remove from heat & stir in
pasta, lemon zest, HALF cup Parm. cheese –
mix until fully incorporated. Top with last
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese & chopped parsley.
Serve immediately.

(recipe: myincrediblerecipes.com)
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Pineapple BBQ Chicken

1 lb (4 oz, ea) boneless skinless
chicken breasts
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 C. honey BBQ sauce (or your
favorite), divided
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained
1/2 T. olive oil

Season chicken breasts with salt/
pepper. Spray a baking dish with
nonstick spray & arrange chicken
in dish. Top with 1/3 of BBQ sauce &
rub it in. Top with pineapple chunks &
cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30
minutes – 2 hours. When ready to bake,
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Remove plastic wrap, drizzle olive oil
over chicken & bake, uncovered, 40
minutes until chicken’s internal
temperature reads 165 degrees F.
Remove from oven & serve. Serves 4

(recipe: diethood.com)
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Butter Crumb Asparagus

2 oz. day-old bread, crusts
removed (or 4 half-inch thick
baguette slices)
1 1/2 T. unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves
kosher salt
1 1/2 lb. asparagus, trimmed
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Heat oven 250 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven.
Place bread in food processor &
pulse until coarse crumbs – spread
crumbs on a rimmed baking sheet &
bake until they’re dry & lightly crisped,
about 20 minutes. Let cool then grind
again in processor to get a scant 1/4 C.
fine crumbs.
Melt butter in a skillet over low heat; add
breadcrumbs & thyme. Cook slowly,
stirring often, until crumbs are deep golden
brown, about 18 minutes. Season with
1/8 tsp. salt & let cool (they will crisp as
they cool.)

Raise oven temperature to 450 degrees F.
Place asparagus on a baking sheet in single
layer & drizzle with olive oil. Using your
hands, toss spears to coat evenly with oil.
Season with 1/2 tsp. salt. Roast until spears
are tender & lightly blistered, 12-14 minutes
for medium. Transfer to serving platter &
sprinkle with lemon juice & top with
breadcrumbs. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Best Cucumber Salad Ever

2 cucumbers, very thinly sliced
1 red onion, very thinly sliced
2 T. vinegar or lemon juice
2 T. sour cream or plain yogurt
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. chopped fresh dill

In large bowl mix cucumbers &
onions together. In another covered
bowl (or a jar with a lid) mix rest
of ingredients & stir or shake to
incorporate. Pour over cumber
mixture & chill until very cold.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Chicken Tortellini Salad

1 (20 oz) pkg. fresh/frozen or
dried cheese tortellini
1 C. sour cream
1 C. mayonnaise
1 (1 oz) pkg. dry ranch salad
dressing mix
1 (10 oz) pkg. cooked, sliced
chicken (OR) 2 C. leftover
cooked chicken
1 (12 oz) jar sliced, roasted
red peppers, drained
6 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 C. fresh chopped basil

Cook tortellini accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain/rinse with cold
water & drain again. In large bowl
combine sour cream, mayonnaise &
dry ranch dressing mix – mix well.
Add tortellini, chicken, roasted peppers,
scallions & basil – toss until well combined.
Serve warm (or) cover & chill until ready
to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Pecan Pie

1 refrigerated pie crust
3 eggs
1 C. sugar
2/3 C. dark corn syrup
1/3 C. melted butter
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. chopped pecans (or a combination
of chopped & whole)

vanilla ice cream – for serving

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place pie crust in crockpot & mold
it to fir the shape of the crock. Stir
remaining ingredients together (except nuts),
until well mixed. Stir in nuts (you can reserve
some for sprinkling on top). Pour
filling into pie crust. Gently place reserved
nuts on top of filling. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm with
vanilla ice cream (if desired).  Serves 6

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

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Have a wonderful day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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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

Happy Monday!

Well, our weather keeps amusing us (for want of a better word); today it’s almost 40 degrees and snowing! Yep – April and snow (good thing is: it’s not sticking). Managed to get my running around done: mail, bank, drug store & groceries (all just in case we DO end up with worse weather.) They canceled morning church yesterday but we did have evening church and a baby shower afterwards (made mint green baby blanket & hat, plus other ‘extras’ in the bag). The good thing was the roads were clear, all the ice was gone. Before I had to leave for choir practice (4:45) my dear husband went outside with two buckets of warm salted water & poured them over the windows on my car (they were coated in ice); that really helped!

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Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake
(low fat)

2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 C. sugar
1/4 C. water
1 egg
1 egg white
6 T. butter, softened
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 or 9″ loaf pan with
nonstick cooking spray. In a
bowl whisk flour, baking powder,
baking soda & salt. In another
smaller bowl, whisk 1/3 C. sugar,
cocoa powder & water – whisk until
smooth. In another bowl, beat
remaining 1 C. sugar & butter. Add
in egg, then egg white. Then add
vanilla & yogurt – mix until combined.
Gradually add in flour mixture – mix
until combined. Take 1 Cup batter &
add to cocoa mixture – combine well.
Layer batter in loaf pan, starting with
vanilla mixture, then chocolate. Swirl
with a butter knife for a marble effect.
Bake 45-50 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Let cake set 10-15 minutes before
removing from pan. Makes 1 loaf.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Fully Loaded Chicken/Potato Bake

3 C. chicken, cooked/cut into cubes
1 (28 oz) pkg. frozen diced potatoes
(hash browns) with onions & peppers,
thawed
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
hot sauce, to taste
salt/pepper, to taste

Optional Toppings:
bacon – cooked/crumbled
chopped chives or green onions

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken &
potatoes to a large bowl. Mix in soup,
sour cream, 1/2 C. Cheddar & Mozz.
cheeses, milk, garlic powder, salt/
pepper & hot sauce – stir well.
Spread mixture into prepared dish
& top with remaining cheeses. Cover
with foil & bake 40 minutes until
potatoes are tender & mixture is
hot & bubbling. Uncover dish &
bake another 5 minutes. Sprinkle
top with bacon/chives/green onions.
Let cool before serving.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Scalloped Potatoes & Ham
(crockpot)

3 lb. potatoes, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 C. cooked/diced ham
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup (undiluted)
3/4 C. water
1 T. chopped fresh chives (optional)

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Layer half of sliced
potatoes, onion, ham & cheese on
bottom – sprinkle with salt/pepper &
repeat layers. In small bowl stir soup &
water – spoon over top of mixture.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours.
Sprinkle top with chives before serving,
if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Poor Man’s Hamburger Steaks

2 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 C. saltine crackers, crushed
(1 sleeve, approximately)
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
flour – for dredging
kosher salt/ black pepper, to taste

Gravy:
2 (10.75 oz, ea) cans cream of
mushroom soup
1 1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl whisk soup, milk & parsley.
In another bowl combine ground
beef, crushed saltines, milk, Ital.
seasoning, garlic & onion powders
& cayenne – season liberally with
salt/pepper. Use your hands or 2
forks to combine ingredients until
just mixed then gently form into
patties. Place 1 C. flour (or more,
as needed) in a shallow dish (or
pie plate) & dredge all patties in
flour on both sides. Heat a large
skillet over medium-high heat &
when very hot, sear patties on
both sides until golden brown.
You may need to work in batches;
the insides will still be under-
cooked.
Transfer patties to greased baking
dish & evenly top with gravy. Cover
with foil & bake 30-40 minutes until
cooked through.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Spicy Enchilada/Chicken Dip

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chilies
1 tsp each: chili powder/cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
4 C. cooked, shredded chicken
8 oz (2 C.) shredded Mexican blend
cheese, divided

Garnish: thinly sliced green onions

Tortilla chips, for dipping
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl beat cream
cheese & sour cream until smooth. Stir
in ingredients from enchilada sauce to
garlic powder. Fold in chicken & 1 C.
cheese. Spread mixture into prepared
dish & top with remaining cheese.
Bake 25-30 minutes until center is hot
& edges bubble. Garnish with green
onions, if desired & serve with chips.
Serve immediately/refrigerate any
leftovers. Serves 10

NOTE:  Dip can be assembled up to
24 hours in advance & refrigerated
until ready to bake.

(recipe: Kroger flyer)
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5-Minute Dark Chocolate Raspberry
Fudge

20 oz. dark chocolate chips (60% Cacoa)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 C. seedless raspberry jam
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. white chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 T. coconut oil or shortening
1/2 tsp. raspberry extract (or liqueur)
pink food coloring

Spray 8 or 9″ square pan with nonstick
cooking spray & line with parchment
paper. In large microwaveable bowl
combine dark chocolate chips & sweet’d
cond. milk – heat on High at 30 second
intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
Stir in rasp. jam, vanilla & salt until
combined. Remove 1/2 C. white choc. chips
from pkg. & set aside. Add remaining white
choc. chips to mixture & stir. Add
remaining white choc. chips & stir;
– dark choc. mixture will still be warm at
this point so chips will melt partially &
create a marbling effect – depending on how
hot it is. Spoon fudge into prepared pan &
refrigerate until firm.

Pink Raspberry Drizzle (optional)
Combine reserved 1/3 C. white choc. chips
& either coconut oil or shortening in small
microwaveable bowl. Heat on High in 30
second intervals, stirring in between, until
smooth. Stir in extract (or liqueur) & food
coloring until desired color is achieved.
Drizzle over top of fudge & chill 15 minutes
until set. Remove fudge from pan & cut into
small squares. Store in airtight container
in fridge. Makes 81 pieces

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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This evening is older grandson’s first baseball
game. This may sound a little dumb but I asked
my husband if they were playing INDOORS. Yes,
weird, but we just went through their soccer
games under a dome. Husband very nicely
told me we’re NOT GOING; it’s going to be
under 30 degrees F. and rain/snow showers…
YES, THEY’RE PLAYING OUTSIDE!  Crazy! These
games will continue every Monday/Thurs/Sat.
for about 2 months . . . oh, joy…sigh. We’ll
see how that goes.

Try to stay warm, healthy and enjoy your day,
taking a little time out for something YOU like!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: My ‘something I like’ today was treating
husband & I to Tim Horton’s coffee & breakfast
sausage/egg/cheese biscuit sandwiches! YUM!

Oh boy … WHEE! (I think)

Yes, you could say my life, lately, is like a roller coaster ride. Spent most of yesterday trying to think of anything ELSE I could do to make son’s room ‘less cluttered’ AND attempted to think of new ways to protect my knitting projects & yarns. Texted oldest son today, asking if he knew ‘when’ the move was happening (since he has a pickup truck & middle son would ask for his help.) Turns out middle son spent the night at oldest son’s – they had a long talk and outcome is: Middle son is going to stay at his apartment. (for how long, we don’t know). I feel like a person who’s just been given a reprieve – my entire day was kind of in ‘limbo’ – no plans until ‘the move’ – not even what’s for dinner plans! Of course, I thanked the Lord, first, for this ‘new event’. Wow…all I can say is: WOW!

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Chocolate Rice Krispie Balls

Balls:
1/2 C. peanut butter
3 T. butter, soft
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1 C. shredded coconut

Chocolate:
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 square sweet chocolate

In large bowl mix ingredients
for balls & refrigerate 30
minutes. Form mixture into
balls & refrigerate another
hour.

Chocolate:

Place a large sheet of
waxed or parchment paper
on the counter. In a double boiler,
melt chocolate chips with the
sweet chocolate then drop the
balls into chocolate one-at-a-time
to coat. Lift balls from chocolate
& place on waxed/parchment
paper. Freeze to set.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Ham Broccoli Pasta Casserole

1 1/2 C. cooked/chopped ham
1 1/2 C. dry, uncooked pasta (poster
uses small pasta shells)
1 C. frozen broccoli pieces (no need
to thaw or cook)
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup (undiluted)
1 C. evaporated milk
4 T. butter (1/2 stick) melted
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Topping:

4 T. (1/2 C.) butter, melted
1 C. crushed (Ritz/butter) crackers
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine ham, pasta,
broccoli pieces & cheese. In another
bowl combine chicken broth, soup,
milk, melted butter, green onion, salt/
pepper, mustard & garlic powder – mix
with a spoon & pour over ham/etc.
in other bowl. Mix all ingredients &
pour into at least a 2 qt. baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes. Remove
& stir. In a bowl combine topping
ingredients & sprinkle over partially
cooked casserole. Place back in oven
& bake, uncovered, another 40
minutes. Remove & let cool about
15 minutes before serving.
Serves 8

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Ratatouille

1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium yellow summer squash,
sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1 small eggplant, cut into chunks
4-5 large tomatoes, diced (OR)
1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes,
drained
1/2 tsp. basil or 1/4 C. chopped
1 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. thyme (OR) 3-4 sprigs fresh
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 medium boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks

Place all ingredients into crokpot.
Cover & cook on High 3-5 hours, Low
4-6 hours. Serves 4-6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Down-home Salisbury Steak

Patties:
2 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, finely minced
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded/
finely minced
1 stalk celery, finely minced
2 T. fresh parsley, minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram, crushed
1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Sauce:
6 T. butter
8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
(about 2 C.)
2 tsp. flour
2/3 C. chili sauce (like Heinz)
1/2 C. beef broth
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
dash bottled hot pepper sauce

Preheat broiler
In large bowl add meat, onion, bell
pepper, celery, parsley, garlic, dry
mustard, marjoram, thyme, paprika,
salt/pepper – lightly mix all together,
being careful not to overwork the meat.
Shape mixture into 8 patties about 3/4″
thick. Place on broiler pan & cook 12-14
minutes until done, turning halfway
through cooking time.

Sauce:
While steaks broil, prepare sauce. In
large saucepan melt butter; add mush-
rooms & cook 4-5 minutes over medium-
high heat until tender. Sprinkle with flour &
stir. Add chili sauce, beef broth, lemon
juice, Worc. sauce & hot pepper sauce –
Cook & stir until bubbly. Cook 1 minute
more. Serve sauce over patties.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: www.tasteandtellblog.com)
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Jalapeno Popper/Sausage Dip
(Crockpot – 3 qt)

1 lb. bulk spicy pork sausage
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
cubed
4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
(about 12 oz)
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies,
undrained
1 (4 oz) can diced jalapeno peppers,
undrained

assorted cut fresh veggies, for dipping
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In large skillet cook sausage over
medium heat 6-8 minutes until no
longer pink, breaking into crumbles.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage
to a 3 qt. crockpot. Stir in cream cheese,
Parm. cheese, sour cream, chilies &
peppers. Cover & cook on Low 3 to 3 1/2
hours until heated through. Stir before
serving. Makes 24 (1/4 C. each) servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Nutty Broccoli Slaw

1 (3 oz) pkg. chicken ramen noodles
1 (16 oz) pkg. broccoli coleslaw mix
2 c. sliced green onions ( about 2
bunches)
1 1/2 C. broccoli florets
1 (6 oz) can ripe black olives, drained/
halved
1 c. sunflower seeds, toasted
1/2 C. slivered almonds
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/2 C. olive oil

(open Ramen noodle packet –
set aside seasoning packet) Crush
noodles & place in large bowl. Add
slaw mix, onions, broccoli, olives,
sunflower seeds & almonds. In a
jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine
sugar, vinegar, oil & contents of
seasoning packet – shake well.
Drizzle over salad & toss to coat.
Serve immediately. Serves 16

NOTES:
*To save calories, reduce vinegar
& oil from 1/2 C. to 1/3 C.

*Add 1 tsp. each: minced garlic &
ginger plus 1 T. toasted sesame oil
for an Asian twist to the dressing

*If you prefer a more neutral flavor,
use canola oil in place of olive oil

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls

24 oz. refrigerated cinnamon
rolls (in tubes – cut into quarters,
divided)
4 eggs
1/2 C. whipping cream
3 T. maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
a layer of cinnamon roll pieces
on bottom. In a bowl beat eggs,
cream, maple syrup, vanilla &
spices until blended – pour over
rolls. Place remaining roll
pieces on top & spoon a packed
of icing (from refrigerated rolls
tube) over rolls. Cover & cook
on Low 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Once
done cooking, drizzle rest of icing
packets over rolls. Serves 4

(recipe: weekendcollective.com)

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Well, our weather is now VERY APRIL- it’s
pouring VERY hard (almost thought it was
hail earlier because it was hitting the
windows so hard!). Right now it’s 37
degrees F. with expected Winter Storm
Warning
for tonight through Sunday:
80% chance of freezing rain & possible
snow (high of 44 degrees F. tomorrow-
depending -we might stay home from
church). Then Monday night rain/snow
& chance of snow showers, low of
28 degrees F. BRrrrrrrr! (weirdness-
Weds. is a possible high of 52!) Ah,
Michigan – if I didn’t grow up here,
not sure I’d stay here!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Saturday – again!

Here we are in the beginning of April – it’s very nicely sunny out, not very breezy and 32 degrees F., a light dusting of snow on the ground. It seems to be the ‘norm’ lately for us to get a light dusting almost every day – good thing is: it melts! Looking at the coming week, snow again Monday night/Tuesday morning and again on Thursday. Oh well – living in Michigan all my life, you come to sort of EXPECT it!

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Brown Sugar Caramel Pound Cake

1 1/2 C. butter, softened
2 C. light brown sugar, packed
1 C. granulated sugar
5 large eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. whole milk
1 (8 oz) bag toffee chips
1 C. pecans, chopped
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Caramel Drizzle:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 C. brown sugar
2 T. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray (12 C.) Bundt cake pan with
nonstick cooking spray (or grease &
dust with flour). Beat butter until
creamy; add sugars, beating until
fluffy. Add eggs, one-at-a-time. In
medium bowl combine flour, baking
powder & salt. Add flour mixture to
batter, alternately, with milk – beat
until just combined. Stir in toffee
chips & pecans – spoon batter into
prepared pan & bake 85 minutes
until a wooden toothpick inserted
near center comes out clean.

NOTE: To prevent excess browning,
cover cake with foil while baking.
Let cake cool in pan 10 minutes.
Remove from pan & let cool
completely on wire rack. Prepare
Caramel drizzle & spoon over cooled
cake.

Caramel Drizzle:
In medium saucepan combine cond.
milk & brown sugar – bring to boil over
medium-high heat, whisking frequently.
Reduce heat, simmer 8 minutes, whisking
frequently. Remove from heat; whisk in
butter & vanilla. Let cool 5 minutes
before using.
NOTE: Make sure to drizzle the caramel
while STILL HOT

(recipe: cookandbliss.com)
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Crockpot Ham & Cheddar Quiche

2 refrigerated pie crusts
2 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided
1 C. chopped, cooked ham
4 green onions, chopped (plus
extra for garnish)
6 eggs
1 C. whipping cream
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
(optional: 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg)

Lightly spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Arrange pie
crusts in bottom of crockpot – trim
crust should overlap slightly & be
about 2 inches up sides. Cover &
cook crust 1 1/2 hours on High. Evenly
arrange cheese, green onions & ham
over crust. In a bowl mix eggs, whipping
cream, salt/pepper (& nutmeg, if using)
pour into pie crust & sprinkle remaining
cheese on top. Cover & cook on High
an additional 1 1/2 hours until filling
is set completely. Uncover – let stand
5 minutes. Garnish with additional
chopped green onions, if desired.
Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Breakfast for Dinner

1 lb. ground pork sausage,
browned/drained
1/2 C. green onions, chopped
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
diced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1 dozen eggs, beaten
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 3 quart casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Layer
cooked sausage, onions, peppers,
tomatoes & cheese. In large bowl
whisk remaining ingredients &
pour over casserole in dish. Bake,
uncovered, 55-60 minutes until
set & top is golden. Let stand
10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Chicken Puffs (appetizers)

2 (3 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
3 T. butter, melted/divided
1 1/2 C. diced, cooked chicken
2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. minced onion
2 T. diced pimentos
2 (8 oz, ea) tubes crescent rolls

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl mix cream cheese &
2 T. melted butter. Add chicken,
milk, garlic powder, salt/pepper,
minced onion & pimentos – mix
well. Separate each pkg. rolls into
four rectangles. Spoon chicken
filling into center of each rectangle,
distributing filling evenly – bring
ends up, pinch closed & twist; brush
each with 1 T. melted butter. Place puffs
on prepared sheet & bake 12-15 minutes
until golden brown. Serves 8

Note: You can use all white meat
chicken/all dark or a combination
of both.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Spring Chicken Pasta Salad

8 oz. penne pasta, cooked accordg.
to pkg. directions – slightly cooled
1 (7 oz) container prepared pesto
sauce
2 C. cooked chicken chunks
4 plum tomatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. pine nuts

In large bowl place pasta; add pesto
sauce & toss to coat. Add remaining
ingredients (except pine nuts) &
toss until thoroughly combined.
Cover & chill 1 hour. Before serving,
sprinkle top with pine nuts.
Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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15-minute Ham Fried Rice

1 C. cooked/chopped ham
2 bags Steamfresh White Rice
with veggies – cooked
(Uncle
Ben’s)
2 eggs
salt/pepper, to taste
soy sauce, optional

Heat ham in large skillet; add
cooked rice w/veggies. Make
a well in center of skillet & add
the eggs, salt/pepper – scramble
eggs in center & gradually mix into
rice/ham mixture. Serve with
soy sauce, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: goodenessgracious.com)
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Crunchy Cinnamon French Toast

4 eggs
1 C. milk
3 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. crushed corn flakes cereal
about 12-14 slices bread –
your choice; Texas toast works
very well)

Heat a large frying pan or skillet
to medium heat & spray with
nonstick cooking spray (or use
1 T. butter to coat pan). Pour
crushed cereal into a pie plate.
In a medium bowl mix eggs, milk,
cinnamon & nutmeg – transfer to
another pie plate. Dip 1 slice bread
into egg mixture to coat, then dip
in corn flakes. Place coated bread
in skillet & cook until both sides
are light brown, about 2 minutes
for each slice. Serves 8

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)

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Later today husband & I are going to a
“Farewell” lunch/dinner for a couple
who’ve been in our Sunday School class
a good 15+ years – they’re moving down
South to be with their kids & grands. We
were asked to bring a main dish + a side
or dessert. I have a terrible time deciding
what to bring (I know-right? All the recipes
I post/view per week…oh well). I finally
decided on a bucket of Kentucky Fried
Chicken and a Blueberry Pudding Cake
(bought it – already made). I know there
will be tons of various salads and probably
lots of desserts. Some people do the big
crockpot of spaghetti or Tuna Noodle –
not really fond of either. I figured most
people like fried chicken and I cut the
cake into small pieces (you always want
to try SEVERAL desserts, right?). The
best thing is: I don’t have to cook dinner!
(not guessing there will be any leftovers
of the chicken). I’ve also learned with
all these dinners – make/buy something
YOU like, cause you’ll probably end up
bringing some home (I love the blueberry
cake thing – wink).

Well, we’ve had a rather relaxing week of
“Son NOT moving back home” – that sounds
terrible, but we’ve gotten into a rather
comfy ‘niche and really didn’t want to add a
CAT to our comfort. I like cats but – (I’ll leave
it at that).

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend –
take a nice rest/nap, eat/drink something
that makes you feel comfy – take a little
time for YOU!

Hugs;

Pammie

Winding down the last few days

I’m sure you’re probably getting the final items needed to prepare your Easter dinner so I thought I’d throw in a few more ‘side’ dishes, just in case you might need a new idea.

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Cranberry-Pecan Coffee Cake

1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (16 oz) can whole-berry cranberry
sauce
1 C. coarsely chopped pecans

Glaze:
3/4 C. powdered sugar
2 T. whipping cream
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour four (5″ X 3″)
mini loaf pans. Using elec.
mixer, in large bowl beat butter
at medium speed until creamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating
well. Add eggs, one at a time,
beating after each addition.
In another bowl combine flour,
baking powder, baking soda &
salt – add to butter mixture
alternately with sour cream –
beginning & ending with flour
mixture. Stir in extracts & spoon
1/2 C. batter into each loaf pan.
In a small bowl gently stir
cranberry sauce then spoon
3 T. sauce over batter in each pan
& spread to edges. Sprinkle 3 T.
nuts over sauce in each pan.
Repeat layers in each pan using
remaining batter/sauce/nuts.
Bake 48-50 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center
of pan comes out clean. Cool
in pans on wire rack 15 minutes;
remove from pans & cool
completely on wire rack.
In small bowl combine glaze
ingredients & drizzle over cooled
cakes. Makes 4 mini cakes.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.typepad.com)
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Creamed Onions

1 T. butter or margarine
2 onions, peeled/cut into wedges
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup (undiluted)
1/3 C. milk
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

In medium skillet melt butter
over medium-high heat. Saute
onions 10-15 minutes until they
soften & start to brown. In small
bowl combine remaining
ingredients; mix well & add to
skillet. Reduce heat & simmer
5-8 minutes. Serve warm.
Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Throw-together Carrot Salad

1 C. marshmallow creme*
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 lb. carrots, peeled/shredded
(about 4 C.)
1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
well drained
1/2 C. raisins

In large bowl combine marshmallow
creme & mayonnaise until well
blended. Add remaining ingredients
& toss to evenly coat. Cover & chill
at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
Serves 6

*Marshmallow Creme – found in a jar
(usually by Kraft) – sometimes by the
peanut butter, sometimes by other
baking items

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Minty Pea Salad

1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
1/4 C. finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 (16 oz) bag frozen sweet peas,
thawed
1/4 C. finely chopped onion

In large bowl combine mayo, sour
cream, mint, mustard, salt/pepper;
mix well. Stir in peas & onion until
evenly coated. Cover & refrigerate
at least 1 hour before serving.
Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Country Club Stuffed Mushrooms

1 lb. baby bella mushrooms
2 T. butter
1/4 C. chopped onion
2 tsp. chopped fresh garlic
1 (9 oz) pkg. frozen creamed
spinach, thawed
1/2 C. frozen pre-cooked sausage
crumbles
3 T. Italian bread crumbs

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Gently clean mushrooms by
wiping them with a damp paper
towel. Remove stems & place
caps on a baking sheet. Finely
chop stems. In large skillet melt
butter over medium-high heat.
Add chopped mushrooms, onion
& garlic; saute 4-5 minutes until
tender. Add spinach & sausage –
mix until well combined. Remove
from heat & add bread crumbs –
mix well. Evenly divide spinach
mixture on top of each mushroom
cap & mound using a spoon. Bake
15-20 minutes until heated
through. Serve immediately.
Makes 18

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cucumber Salad

1 C. white vinegar
1 C. water
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
8 C. cucumbers, peeled/
thinly sliced (about 3 lb.
total)

In large bowl combine vinegar,
water, sugar & salt – mix until well
blended. Add cucumbers & toss
until well coated. Cover & chill
at least 2 hours (or overnight).
Will keep in a sealed container in
fridge for several weeks.
Serves 14

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Lemon Cream Fruit Tart

1 3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
3 T. granulated sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 (.25 oz) envelope unflavored
gelatin
1/4 C. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. lemon Greek yogurt
3/4 C. heavy cream
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
assorted fresh fruit for garnish
(poster used sliced strawberries,
blueberries, mandarin oranges,
sliced kiwi)

Glaze:

1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. coffee creamer (or heavy cream)

In small bowl whisk together sugar &
creamer – drizzle over top of fruit on
tart before serving
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In medium bowl combine graham
crumbs, sugar & butter – mix well.
Press in to bottom of 9″ springform
or tart pan. Refrigerate until ready to
fill.
In small microwave-safe bowl, add 1/4
C. water – sprinkle dry gelatin on top of
water & let stand 5 minutes. Heat in
microwave on High 20 seconds; stir
thoroughly until gelatin is completely
dissolved. In large bowl beat cream
cheese & yogurt until creamy. Add
heavy cream & powdered sugar – beat
2-3 minutes until thickened & fluffy.
Beat in lemon juice, lemon zest &
gelatin mixture until smooth. Pour
into crust. Cover & refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight. Garnish with sliced
fresh fruit. Drizzle glaze on top & serve.
Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pinwheel Mints

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/2 to 1 tsp. mint extract
7 1/2 – 8 1/2 C. powdered sugar
your choice of food coloring colors

additional powdered sugar

NOTE: The colors chosen originally
were red & green – for EASTER, you
might want different colors) For the
sake of this recipe, I’m going to call
them color A & color B

In large bowl beat cream cheese &
mint extract until smooth. Gradually
beat in as much powdered sugar as
possible. Turn mixture onto a work
surface dusted with powdered sugar;
kneed in remaining powdered sugar
until smooth & sugar is absorbed
(mixture will be stiff). Divide
mixture in half – using desired food
colors, tint one portion one color &
the other portion another color –
kneading until blended. Divide each
portion in half; shape each half into a
10 inch long log, making 2 logs of each
color. Place one log on a 12 inch piece
of waxed paper lightly dusted with
powdered sugar – flatten log slightly;
cover with a second piece of waxed
paper. Roll out candy mixture into
a 12 inch X 5 inch rectangle – repeat
with remaining logs.
Remove top sheet of waxed paper from
one (color A) and one (color B) rectangle.
Place one over the other & roll up (kind
of like a candy cane), starting at a long side.
Wrap in waxed paper; twist ends together –
repeat with remaining rectangles. Chill
overnight.

To serve: cut into 1/2 inch slices & store in
an airtight container, refrigerated, up to
1 week. Makes about 3 dozen.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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No-Fail Ambrosia Salad

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. sour cream
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries, drained/
halved & patted dry
1 c. sweetened coconut flakes
2 C. miniature marshmallows
3/4 C. chopped nuts (walnuts/pecans/
cashews) – optional

In large serving bowl fold sour cream &
Cool Whip together. Fold in remaining
ingredients, making sure pineapple,
oranges & cherries have been properly
drained. Serve immediately or refrigerate
until ready to serve. Serves 8

(recipe; momontimeout.com)
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I’m also collecting a few ‘AFTER’ Easter
recipes for using the ham leftovers.

It’s rainy & gloomy today but that’s OK –
we’re doing the 1-hour trip to see our
friend and tax man with lunch ‘out’
afterwards, so it’s all good.

Hope all your Easter dinner plans
are coming together just as you planned.

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

 

Pet Peeve

As you know I like to feature recipes in my blog – I obtain these from various sources/sites after reading through LOTS of recipes, I choose those I think sound tasty and (semi) easy to prepare. What I don’t usually mention is HOW some of these recipes are written – enter: MY PET (recipe writing) PEEVE! Example: today I found a tasty-sounding Turkey/Stuffed Shells recipe and began typing it out. I DO NOT understand how, when someone is writing up a recipe, they can totally MISS important steps in preparing a recipe! Steps like HOW BIG a meatball is supposed to be if it’s in the recipe title that it’s supposed to be a MINI meatball? OR, for that matter, going from mixing meatball ingredients in a bowl to putting said meatballs in a pan WITHOUT listing HOW to make the meatball or WHAT SIZE the pan is supposed to be? Crazy! I try to never assume the reader knows these things – this could be the very first time they’ve ever tried making this type of recipe! I made the (dumb) mistake yesterday of commenting on Facebook about a recipe – exactly the same issue: no details about how big/how much/what size dish, etc. Got a rather snarky reply back from FACEBOOK saying I’m supposed to take up that issue with the original writer of the recipe. MY THOUGHT: don’t post it if you’re not ready to receive comments on said recipe! That’s what the COMMENT section is all about! (and I wasn’t the only person making that type comments on that recipe!). I’m NOT a beginner cook but I AM concerned about those who might be reading my recipes on my blog, therefore I try my best to make sure the recipe is clear about how something is prepared, what size pan, how long to cook, etc. That said, the stuffed shell turkey meatball recipe is ME, winging it on the size of the pan to put the meatballs in to bake AND the size of the MINI meatballs! Oh well…I’ll step off of my soapbox now….

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Spinach-stuffed Shells with Mini
Turkey Meatballs

15 jumbo pasta shells
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1/4 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 1/2 C. ricotta cheese
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 C. baby spinach, chopped
1/2 C. marinara sauce, divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large pot of salted boiling
water, cook pasta shells to al dente.
Drain then return to pot & let
cool.

Meatballs:

In large bowl combine ground turkey,
bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic, parsley &
red pepper flakes – season with salt/pepper.
Form mixture into small 1″ balls &
place in 9 X 13″ baking dish &
bake until cooked through, 10-12 minutes.
In large bowl stir ricotta, mozzarella &
spinach – season with salt/pepper. Pour
1/4 C. marinara sauce in bottom of oven-
proof skillet or baking dish. Stuff shells
with ricotta mixture & meatballs –
arrange in dish & spoon remaining
marinara sauce over top. Bake 18-20
minutes until hot & bubbly. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cinnamon Bun Pie

1 1/2 sticks butter
1 C. chopped pecans
1 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. ground cinnamon
1 (16.3 oz) tube refrigerated
biscuits (about 8)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Melt butter in medium bowl in
microwave – spoon about 2 T.
into deep-dish ceramic pie plate
or 9″ round pan – tip plate to coat
bottom & sides. In another small
bowl stir pecans, cranberries, sugar
& cinnamon – spoon about 1 C. into
bottom of baking dish. Remove
biscuits from tube & divide each one
into 3 layers. Dip each biscuit layer
into butter & arrange 6 of them on
bottom of baking dish to cover nut
mixture. Spoon another layer of nuts,
etc. on top of the biscuits & dip
remaining 2 biscuits in melted butter &
place on top. Pour remaining nut mixture
on top layer & pour rest of melted butter
over top. Bake 25 minutes until biscuits
are completely cooked. Cool in pan on a
cooling rack 5 minutes then turn out onto
a serving plate. Scrape any nuts/sugar
remaining in bottom of pan onto rolls.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Crockpot Italian Pork Chops

6 bone-in pork chops
2 C. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 (16 oz) bottle Italian salad dressing
3 whole yellow onions, peeled/sliced
into rings

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray & place 1 layer of onions
in bottom. Place 2 C. bread crumbs in
shallow bowl (big enough to fit 1 pork
chop). Pour about half of Ital. dressing
into crumbs & mix until moistened –
wait 5 minutes for bread crumbs to
absorb moisture. Pour an additional
half of what’s left of dressing into
bowl & mix again. Pat each chop into
mixture, smearing on both sides of
chop & place a layer in crockpot.
Add another layer onions & another
layer breaded chops. Add another layer
of onions – if you have more chops, keep
making layers & end with onions.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours.
Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Loaded Bacon/Split Pea Soup

1 lb. bacon
1 large onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt/ground black pepper
4 C. chicken broth
1 (12 oz) pkg. dried split peas,
sorted/rinsed

fresh chopped parsley, chopped –
garnish

In large stockpot over medium heat
cook bacon until crispy, about 8
minutes; transfer to paper towel-
lined plate & let cool, then crumble.
Add onion, carrot & garlic to pot –
cook until tender, 6-8 minutes.
Season generously with salt/pepper.
Add broth & peas – let simmer,
covered, until peas are tender,
35-40 minutes. Serve garnished
with parsley & bacon. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Feta Shrimp Skillet

1 T. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes,
undrained
1/4 C. white wine (optional)
1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp,
peeled/deveined
2 T. minced fresh parsley
3/4 C. feta cheese, crumbled

In large nonstick skillet heat oil
over medium-high heat. Add onion;
cook/stir 4-6 minutes until tender.
Add garlic & seasonings – cook 1
minute longer. Stir in tomatoes &
wine, if desired. Bring to boil; reduce
heat & simmer, uncovered, 5-7 minutes
until sauce is slightly thickened. Add
shrimp & parsley – cook 5-6 minutes
until shrimp turns pink, stirring
ocassionally. Remove from heat;
sprinkle top with cheese & let stand,
covered, until cheese is softened.
Serves 4

NOTE: if desired, you can add 1/4 C.
chopped kalamata olives with the
tomatoes. Dish is great served over
rice or pasta, zucchini noodles or
spaghetti squash.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Cabbage Casserole

4 C. shredded cabbage
1 C. grated carrot
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1 egg
1 C. milk
6 T. shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. minced fresh parsley
2 T. shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 qt. (or 9 X 13″) baking
dish with nonstick spray. In
large skillet sprayed with nonstick
cooking spray, saute cabbage,
carrot & onions until crisp-tender.
Transfer mixture to prepared dish.
In a bowl combine egg, milk, Swiss
cheese & salt – pour over vegetables.
Sprinkle top with parsley & Parm.
cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30-35
minutes until a knife inserted near
center comes out clean.

(recipe: facebook)
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Crockpot Ham/Tomato/Egg

Casserole

2 T. butter, melted
10 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 C. heavy cream
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. grape tomatoes, cut in half
4 oz. deli ham, chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed

Melt butter in 6  qt. crockpot. In a bowl
combine beaten eggs with heavy cream &
season with salt/pepper – pour into crockpot
& evenly add ham, tomatoes & cream cheese.
Cover & cook on High 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours
until eggs are set. Serves 8

NOTE: If you do not like cream cheese you can
either omit it or substitute a shredded cheese
for it (like mozzarella).

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Creamy Lemon Squares

Crust:
4 T. unsalted butter, melted/cooled,
plus more for greasing pan
1 1/2 C. C. (about 24 squares) crushed
graham crackers
1/4 C. sugar

Filling
2 large egg yolks
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1/2 C. fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brush an 8 X 8″ baking pan with
melted butter. Line bottom with parchment
paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two
sides. Using a food processor, finely grind
graham crackers. Add in sugar & butter;
blend to mix. Press mixture into bottom of
pan & 1 inch up the sides. Bake 8-12
minutes until lightly browned. Cool crust
30 minuets

Filling:
In large bowl whisk egg yolks & condensed
milk. Add lemon juice & whisk until smooth-
pour into cooled crust & carefully spread to
edges of pan. Bake about 15 minutes until
set. Cool in pan on rack then chill at least
1 hour before serving. Using the parchment
paper overhang, lift out of pan & transfer to
a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut
into 16 squares, wiping knife with a damp
kitchen towel between each cut. Makes 16
squares.

(recipe: cakerecipesblog.com)

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Well, it’s March First – it’s 34 degrees F &
gloomy/rainy outside (AND we’re supposed
to get rainthat later turns into 1-4 inches of
SNOW!) UGH! Looking at the Natioal Weather
site we will have a Winter Storm Warning
late tonight until 4 a.m. tomorrow. “Total
daytime accumulation of snow around 4 inches”
then TONIGHT: “new snow accumulation of
around 3 inches” . . . oh, goody! 7 inches???
Friday-Sunday temps around 35-40 degrees;
that’s not really enough to melt all that snow!
(I guess if there’s an UP side to all of this, almost
ALL of the old snow is totally gone-roads, sidewalks,
ground all snow free).  I’m grateful that I don’t
really have any pressing engagements to go to;
grocery shopping all done/errands run earlier
in the week. I’m looking forward to just reading
the 3 books I checked out in the library, knitting
on several projects and making homemade pizza
for dinner tonight. Ah, the life of luxury, right?
(hehehe)

Oh – I should add that sometimes I make mistakes
in typing up the featured recipes. I remember
several years ago a friend of  mine was following
my blog & she emailed me with a ‘slight’ error.
Apparently my big fat fingers hit the “0” instead
of the “-” (as in 3540 minutes) instead of 340
minutes! Oh well – at least you know I’m HUMAN!!!

Hope you have a GREAT day and are able to do
something relaxing at some point in your day!
Spring is coming! We’re hearing BIRDS singing!
YAY! My FAVORITE season is quickly coming!

Hugs;

Pammie

Beautiful but chilly day!

Today is bright & sunny, but only 12 degrees F. with a slight breeze which makes you feel colder than you actually are. Been ‘out & about’ all morning (grocery shopping, getting gas and attending another knit group) – don’t remember if I mentioned that I joined another knit group which meets in our local library Weds. mornings 10-12 p.m. Lovely group (and growing) with lots to offer: patterns/ideas/tips, etc. Today another member of my knit group joined us and then ended up teaching all of us there the “Russian Join” which is a method of joining two yarn ends so that you don’t have a big knot in your project – very handy! Two of the library ladies joined my group last night, so I can easily see that this ‘attending two knit groups’ will be beneficial to lots of ladies! Also learned yesterday that our pastor’s wife is expecting a BOY in mid May, so the mint green afghan will go to her (almost done with it – a few more rows then a border & I’m done!)

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Caramel Pecan French Toast
(4 hour or overnight recipe)

1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter
2 T. light corn syrup
1 C. chopped pecans, divided
12 slices Italian-style (or any
thick) bread
6 eggs
2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon

Caramel Sauce:
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. (1/4 stick) butter
1 T. light corn syrup

In small saucepan over medium
heat, cook brown sugar, butter &
corn syrup until thickened, stirring
constantly. Pour sauce into a 9 X 13″
baking dish & sprinkle with 1/2 C.
chopped pecans. Place 6 slices
bread in dish & sprinkle with
remaining pecans – cover with
remaining bread slices. In a blender,
combine eggs, milk, vanilla & cinnamon-
pour evenly over bread. Cover &
refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake French toast 40-45 minutes
until egg mixture is firm & golden
brown. In a small saucepan combine
Caramel Sauce ingredients; cook over
Low heat until thickened, stirring
constantly. Serve with French toast.
Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Baked Chicken ChimiChangas

2 1/2 C. cooked, shredded chicken
breast
1 C. salsa
1 small onion, chopped
3/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
6 (10 inch) flour tortillas
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. chicken broth
2 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1 C. Half & Half
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In a skillet
simmer chicken, salsa, onion, cumin &
oregano until heated through & most
of liquid has evaporated. Place 1/2
cup mixture down middle of each
tortilla; top with 2 T. cheese. Fold
sides & ends over filling & roll up.
Place, seam sides down, in prepared
dish. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes
until lightly browned. In a saucepan,
heat broth, bouillon & pepper until
bouillon is dissolved. Combine flour
& cream until smooth; stir into broth.
Bring to boil; cook & stir 2 minutes
until thickened. Stir in chilies & heat
through.
To serve:
Cut chimichangas in half; spoon sauce
over top. Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Shepherd’s Pie

1 1/2 – 2 lb. beef chuck roast or
stew meat, cut into chunks
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. frozen peas
1 C. frozen corn
1/3 C. Guinness beer
3 T. tomato paste
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. corn starch
2 tsp. whole grain mustard
1 tsp. beef granules
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
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5 C. mashed potatoes (prepared)
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

In nonstick skillet cook onions 5-6
minutes until soft; place in crockpot.
Add beef & all remaining ingredients
(except mashed potatoes & cheese) in
crockpot – season with salt/pepper &
stir well. Wipe down insides of crockpot
with a paper towel then spread mashed
potatoes over top of beef mixture to the
sides of crockpot to seal ingredients. Place
a long piece of paper towel over opening
of crockpot & cover with lid (to absort
steam). Cook on High 4-5 hours or Low
8-10 hours.
When ready to serve, sprinkle cheese over
top of potatoes & cover with lid 5 minutes
to melt cheese. Serve hot. Serves 8

(recipe: aspicyperspective.com)
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Winter Rice

2 T. butter or margarine
2 C. chopped onion
1 C. long-grain or whole-grain
rice, uncooked
2 C. chicken broth
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. white pepper

In large skillet over medium heat,
melt butter; saute onion 5 minutes.
Add rice & continue to saute 7-10
minutes until rice begins to brown.
Stir in remaining ingredients & reduce
heat to Low; cover & simmer 20-25
minutes until rice is tender & mixture
is creamy. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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20-Minute Sesame Chicken &
Broccoli
(underlined items you might
not have on hand)

2 T. vegetable oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken
thighs, cut into strips
1 bunch fresh broccoli, cut into
florets
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 T. grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. rice vinegar
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
2 T. oyster sauce
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 C. water

Cooked white or brown rice
to serve 4

In medium bowl whisk soy sauce,
rice vinegar, sesame oil, oyster
sauce & cornstarch. Add oil to
large wok or skillet over high heat.
Add chicken & cook until golden
brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add
broccoli, green onions, ginger &
garlic – cook 3 minutes, stirring
frequently. Pour Soy Sauce mixture
on top of ingredients in wok/skillet
& stir. Add water & stir until mixture
has thickened, about 1 minute.
Serve over cooked rice. Serves 4

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Clam Chowder

1/2 lb. bacon, diced
3 (6.5 oz, ea) cans clams, not drained
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled/diced
2 ribs celery, diced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 C. water
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 C. Half & Half
2 tsp. cornstarch

In large skillet on medium-high, cook
bacon until crisp-remove from pan.*
Add to crockpot:half bacon, clams, onion,
potatoes, celery, garlic, water, salt/pepper
& thyme – stir. Cover & cook on Low 7
hours (refrigerate remaining bacon until
ready to serve with soup). In a measuring
cup add Half & Half with cornstarch &
whisk to combine. Add mixture to crockpot
& stir. Cook on High 30 minutes. Serve
with remaining bacon sprinkled over top.**
Serves 8

*Poster sometimes cooks potatoes & onion
in bacon grease before adding to crockpot.

**You might want to heat the bacon slightly
before sprinkling it on top since it will be
cold from fridge.

(recipe: dinnerthendessert.com)
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Lemon Blossoms
(mini cupcakes)

1 (18.5 oz) box yellow cake mix
3 1/2 oz. instant lemon pudding mix
4 large eggs
3/4 C. vegetable oil

Glaze;
4 C. powdered sugar
1/3 C. fresh lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
3 T. vegetable oil
3 T. water

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray miniature muffin cups with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine cake mix, dry pudding
mix, eggs & oil – blend well using
elec. mixer until smooth, about 2
minutes (batter will be thick). Pour a
small amount of batter into tins,
filling half full*. Bake 12 minutes.**
Turn out baked muffins onto a tea
towel.
Glaze:
Prepare while cupcakes bake. In large
bowl combine powdered sugar, lemon
juice, zest, oil & 3 T. water – mix with
a spoon until smooth. Using your
fingers, dip each into glaze while
still warm, covering as much of each
cake as possible (OR spoon glaze over
warm cakes, turning to completely
coat). Place on wire rack with
waxed paper underneath to catch
any drips. Let glaze set thoroughly,
about 1 hour, before storing in
containers with tight-fitting lids.

*Poster said a small cookie scoop
works well for making them uniform
size

**IF you make a large batch, be sure
to reverse muffin tins mid-way through
baking times to insure uniform baking.
Poster notes they come out of tins
better if you cook them a little past the
golden brown stage, making the cakes
more firm.

(recipe: cookandbliss.com)

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The past few days have been a bit of a scramble –
babysat yesterday 10:15 – 5:15 (over my usual
time; son got stuck on the expressway in bumper-
to-bumper traffic), then Knit Night. Also – amidst
the many things going on, youngest son moved
back in. He went for a job interview earlier today,
really hoping this works – he needs a good, steady
job.

Tonight is my Special Needs group – first time we’ve
been able to meet since the FIRST week in December!
Our weather has just not been cooperating! I have a
HUGE pile of things to drag with me tonight (the
Christmas presents for the various leaders & lots of
other ‘stuff’) – one good thing: WE don’t have to teach
tonight! Once a month we have a visiting missionary
come & teach our group so we, the leaders, can have
a Business Meeting. (because of all the delayed events,
we’re also cramming our Birthday Night into tonight –
crazy/busy but the kids will love it!).

Hope you are able to stay healthy and warm –
Spring is (eventually) coming! Hang in there!

Hugs;

Pammie

Finally – feeling more like the old ‘me’!

I can actually say that I’m finally feeling MUCH better! First thing today I baked a 9 X 13″ apple crisp – had a bunch of apples that were ‘on the edge’, so got that out of the way. A bit later I was getting the ‘itch’ to do some Christmas decorating so now we have a lighted wreath on the outside window, lighted roping on the fire place & secretary, some window decals in the bathroom, kitchen windows & back door. There’s still lots to bring down (no tree yet)  but at least I got a START! (also –  sent text I’m feeling better so now I’m babysitting tomorrow 10:15 a.m. – ?…hoping it’s only 3/3:30 p.m.)

(In my haste to share the recipes I totally forgot photos of my house today:)

The backyard picnic table – Yes, we got about 8 inches yesterday!

My car WAS totally clean before all the snow started!

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Lot’s more desserts/candy recipes for ya:

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Peppermint Swirl Fudge

1 tsp. butter
1 (10 to 12 oz) pkg. white baking
chips
1 (16 oz) tub vanilla frosting
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
8 drops red food coloring
2 T. crushed peppermint candies

Line a 9″ square baking pan with foil
(extending foil out past rim of pan) &
lightly grease with butter. In small
saucepan, melt chips, stirring until
smooth. Remove from heat, stir in
frosting & extract then spread into
prepared pan. Randomly place drops
of food coloring over fudge – cut
through fudge with a knife to swirl
color. Sprinkle top with candies &
refrigerate 1 hour until set.
Using foil – lift fudge from pan.
Gently peel off foil & cut into 1 inch
squares. Store in airtight container.
Makes about 1 1/2 lb.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pistachio Cranberry Bark

2 C. (12 oz) semisweet chocolate
chips
1 C. chopped pistachios, toasted/
divided
3/4 C. dried cranberries, divided
5 oz. white candy coating, melted

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
In microwave-safe bowl, microwave
choc. chips until melted; stir until
smooth. Stir in 3/4 C. pistachios &
half of cranberries – spread onto
prepared sheet & drizzle with melted
candy coating. Cut through layers with
a knife to swirl. Sprinkle top with
remaining pistachios & cranberries;
refrigerate until firm. Cut or break
into pieces & store in airtight container
in fridge. Makes about 1 lb.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy White Chocolate-covered Pretzels

100 miniature pretzels (or 50 pretzel rods)
16 oz. candy coating or melting chocolate
wafers (such as Ghiradelli or CandiQuik
sprinkles, candies, crushed candy canes,
etc. for topping

Cover a large baking sheet with parch-
ment paper. Set out your toppings that
you plan to use to decorate the pretzels.
Melt chocolate/candy coating accordg. to
pkg. directions. Use a large fork or pronged
dipping tool to dip bottom of each pretzel
into melted chocolate – gently tap until
excess chocolate has dripped off. Scrape
the bottom of the fork/tool against the
bowl before gently placing coated pretzel
on baking sheet. Sprinkle on desired
toppings while chocolate is still wet –
let set until hardened. Store in air tight
container up to 1 week. Makes 15
servings.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Rolo Candy Buttons

24 miniature or square pretzels
24 Rolo candies, unwrapped*
24 M & M’s

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with
parchment paper. Lay half of
pretzels on sheet & top each
with a Rolo candy – bake 2-4
minutes until Rolos have softened.
Remove from oven & gently press
1 M & M on top of each Rolo. Chill
10 minutes until chocolate has set.
Store leftovers in an airtight
container. Makes 24 candies.
Recipe can easily be doubled or
tripled.

*Rolo candy: Usually sold in a roll
in the candy aisle:
a small individual
round caramel covered in chocolate.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese
Buttons
(candy)

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. mint extract
several drops green gel food coloring
1 C. heavy whipping cream
10 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine cream cheese & 1 C.
powdered sugar in large bowl – use
stand or hand mixer to combine. Add
extract & coloring – mix until combined.
Gradually add rest of powd’d sugar –
mix until combined, scraping down
sides of bowl as needed. Use your
hands to combine ingredients if your
mixer is not up to the task. Line a large
baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop
out a teaspoon of dough & form into a ball
using the palm of your hands – place on
prepared sheet; repeat with rest of dough.
Using the end of a wooden spoon or a
small measuring spoon, create an indentation
in each ball – NOTE: dust the measuring spoon
with powdered sugar if it sticks.
Chill mints until firm, about 1 hour.

Place chocolate chips in heat-proof bowl or
large measuring cup. In saucepan bring
heavy cream to just a simmer then pour
over chocolate chips – stir once or twice &
let stand 1 minutes. Continue stirring until
chocolate is fully melted & incorporated.
Transfer mixture to a ziplock bag & let set
30 minutes until it has thickened up (think
yogurt consistency). You can speed up the
process by refrigerating BUT keep an eye
on it or it will get very firm. Cut the
bottom corner of bag & pipe into center
of each mint. Chill about an hour until
chocolate has set up. Store in fridge.
Makes 6 dozen

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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M & M Marshmallow Dream Bars

1 (12 oz) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (11 oz) pkg. butterscotch chips
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows
1 C. M & M’s

LIne a 9 X 13″ baking sheet with nonstick
foil. Combine first 3 ingredients in large
microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High
in 30-second intervals, stirring in between,
until chips are fully melted & mixture is
smooth. Stir in marshmallows until fully
coated & pour mixture into prepared sheet.
Sprinkle top with M & M’s & press them
down slightly. Refrigerate about 2 hours
until set. Cut into bars. Store leftovers in
airtight container. Makes 36 bars

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Maple Nut Fudge

3/4 C. butter
3 C. granulated sugar
2/3 C. evaporated milk
12 oz. white chocolate chips,
chopped
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
2 1/2 tsp. maple extract
2 C. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread walnuts in an even layer on
a baking sheet; bake 5 minutes then
stir – bake an additional 5 minutes &
let cool. Spray  9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray then
line with parchment paper. Combine
butter, sugar & evap. milk in heavy-
bottomed saucepan; bring to boil
over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Once at full boil, continue boiling
5 minutes, stirring continuously.
Remove from heat & stir in white
choc. chips (poster uses a whisk
to get out all the lumps). Stir in
marshmallow creme & maple extract;
stir in walnuts & pour into prepared
dish. Let cool completely then cut
into squares. Top with additional
toasted walnuts, if desired.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge

2 C. sugar
3/4 C. sour cream (not light)
1/2 C. unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. white chocolate chips
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
1 tsp. vanilla (use clear vanilla extract
if you want whiter fudge)
1 (5 oz) bag dried cranberries (Craisins).

Line 9 X 13″ baking dish with foil & lightly
spray with nonstick cooking spray. Combine
sugar, sour cream, butter & salt in a heavy
2 qt. saucepan. Bring to boil over medium
heat, stirring frequently. Continue cooking/
stirring occasionally, to soft ball stage (238
degrees F.). Remove from heat & stir in
choc. chips until fully melted (a few minutes).
Stir in marshmallow creme & vanilla until
smooth & blended. Stir in dried cranberries
until evenly coated – pour into prepared
dish & cool to room temperature. Chill
several hours before cutting into squares.
Store in airtight container.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Soft Eggnog Cookies w/Eggnog
Frosting

Cookies:
2 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. eggnog

Frosting:
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter,
softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3-4 T. eggnog
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line rimmed baking sheets with
parchment paper or spray lightly
with nonstick cooking spray. In
medium bowl whisk flour, baking
powder, salt, nutmeg & cinnamon.
In another bowl beat butter until
creamy then mix in both sugars.
Add egg yolks, vanilla & eggnog –
mix until creamy. Gradually add
flour mixture & mix until fully
combined. Roll batter into 1-2 inch
balls & place on baking sheet –
flatten slightly. Bake 12-13 minutes
until lightly browned. Let cool 5
minutes on sheets then transfer to
wire rack to cool completely before
frosting

Frosting:
In large bowl beat butter until creamy
then add vanilla. Gradually add powdered
sugar & mix until combined. Add eggnog &
mix 2-3 minutes until fluffy. Frost on cooled
cookies. If desired, sprinkle tops with nutmeg
or cinnamon.

(recipe: communitytable.parade.com)

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I still have LOTS more – will try to post more
often so you can have a CHOICE of ideas for
your holiday gatherings.

Hugs;

Pammie