and now it’s Friday!

Been a rainy couple of days here – weather is still in the 80’s & 90’s. Babysat yesterday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and am back at it again today 1 p.m. – ? Got some granny squares crocheted – actually only have one more white square to go and I’m ready to sew them together – YAY! Started the sewing yesterday and got 4 rows done so it should go by pretty fast. Was going to add this one to the charity blankets but then got invited to a baby shower where they know it’s going to be a boy, so this will work just fine. Will probably add a hat & booties and a few other ‘goodies’ to the present.

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4 Hour or Overnight Fruit Salad

3 large eggs, beaten
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. vinegar
2 T. butter
2 C. green grapes
2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
2 medium firm bananas, sliced
2 C. heavy whipping cream, whipped
1/2 C. chopped pecans

In double boiler over medium heat,
cook & stir eggs, sugar & vinegar
until mixture is thickened & reaches
160 degrees F. Remove from heat &
stir in butter – cool.
In large serving bowl combine grapes,
marshmallows, pineapple, oranges &
bananas – add cooled dressing & stir
to coat. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, fold in whipped
cream & pecans. Serves 12-16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Parsley Smashed Potatoes

16 small red potatoes (about 2 lb)
1 rib celery, sliced
1 medium carrot, sliced
1/4 C. finely chopped onion
2 C. chicken broth
1 T. minced fresh parsley
1 1/2 tsp. salt/divided
1 tsp. black pepper/divided
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. butter, melted

additional minced fresh parsley

Place potatoes, celery, carrot & onion
in 4 qt crockpot. In small bowl mix
broth, parsley, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp.
black pepper & garlic – pour over
vegetables. Cover & cook on Low
6-8 hours until potatoes are tender.
Transfer potatoes to a 15 X 10 X1″
pan – discard cooking liquid &
vegetables. Using bottom of a measuring
cup, flatten potatoes slightly. Transfer
to a large bowl; drizzle with butter.
Sprinkle with remaining salt & pepper –
toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional
parsley. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Grilled Cube Steak & Greek Corn Salad

3 T. olive oil
2 T. red wine vinegar
2 T. chopped fresh oregano
and/or mint
1 tsp. honey
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste
1 English cucumber, peeled/chopped
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 C. crumbled feta cheese (about 4 oz)
1/3 C. pitted green olives, sliced
2 ears corn, shucked
1 1/4 lb. cube steaks*

Preheat grill to High
In medium bowl whisk olive oil, vinegar,
herbs, honey, 3/4 tsp. salt & a few grinds
black pepper. Remove 2 T. of mixture to
a large bowl. Add cucumber, tomatoes,
red onion, feta & olives to bowl with oil
mixture & toss to coat. Grill the corn,
about 8 minutes until charred in spots,
turning occasionally – remove to a cutting
board. Season steaks with salt/pepper.
Working in batches, if necessary, grill
steaks until edges start browning, about
2 minutes. Flip & cook until browned
on other side, about 30 seconds – transfer
to bowl with reserved oil mixture & toss
to coat. Cut kernels off corn cob & add
to salad. Serves 4

*If you can’t find cube steak, a top round
steak pounded with a meat mallet will
work.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Sausage-stuffed Zucchini Boats

4 medium zucchini, cut in half
lengthwise
1 T. olive oil
8 oz. sweet loose Italian sausage
8 oz. hot loose Italian sausage
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes,
chopped
kosher salt/black pepper
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, finely
grated
1/2 C. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 C. breadcrumbs
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Using a teaspoon, scoop out flesh of
zucchini (so they resemble boats).
Place in 9 X 13″ baking dish – chop up
the ‘flesh’ from the insides.
In medium saute pan over medium-
high heat, add olive oil & heat through.
Add both Ital. sausage & cook 4 minutes.
Add garlic, onion, chopped zucchini
flesh, tomatoes & salt/pepper (to taste).
Cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
In medium bowl add Parm. & Mozz.
cheeses, breadcrumbs & parsley – mix
to combine. Spoon & mound sausage
mixture into zucchini boats. Sprinkle
breadcrumb mixture on top & bake
20 minutes until golden brown.
Makes 8 ‘boats’

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Lemon Zucchini Bread w Crumb Topping

Cake:

1 C unpeeled zucchini – finely shredded
(can do in food processor – do NOT squeeze
or dry zucchini – makes bread moist)
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. lemon zest
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. cooking oil
1 egg
2 T. lemon juice

Crumb Topping:
1/4 C. + 2 T. flour
1/4 C. sugar
2 T. melted butter
1/4 C. rolled oats

Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick
cooking spray.
In medium bowl add 1 1/2 C. flour,
1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. baking
powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, shredded zucchini
& lemon zest. Add 3/4 C. sugar, 1/4 C.
cooking oil, 1 egg & 2 T. lemon juice.
Using a wooden spoon, mix until just
combined (it’s important to not over
stir the batter). Pour batter into prepared
loaf pan.

Crumb Topping:
In small bowl mix together crumb
topping ingredients – using a fork
mix until a loose crumb mixture forms.
Sprinkle crumb topping over bread batter.
Bake 50-55 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully
flip bread over & place bread on wire rack
to finish cooling.

Lemon Glaze:
In small bowl mix together Lemon Glaze
ingredients until well blended & sugar
has dissolved. Once bread has cooled,
drizzle glaze over top of Crumb Topping
using a tablespoon – allowing glaze to
run down sides of cake. Let bread set until
glaze hardens, 15-20 minutes. Glaze will
hold crumb on top of bread & also soaks
into bread.

(recipe: norinesnest.com)
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Bacon/Avocado Pasta

1 (12 oz) box fusili pasta
4 sliced bacon, diced
2 avocados, halved/seeded/
peeled & diced
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/3 C. diced red onion
1/4 C. fresh basil, sliced thin
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. lemon juice (fresh squeezed,
more or less, to taste)
1 T. lemon zest
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

In large pot boiling/salted water
cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain well. Heat large skillet over
meidum-high heat; add bacon &
cook until brown & crispy, about
6-8 minutes; transfer to paper
towel-lined plate. In large bowl
combine pasta, bacon, avocado,
tomatoes, onion & basil. Stir in
Parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice &
zest, salt/pepper, to taste. Serve
hot or cold, garnished with Parmesan
cheese, if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cheesy Tomato/Spinach/Olive
Pasta

1 1/2 C. dry fusili (or other) pasta
2 tsp. olive oil
2 small tomatoes, chopped
2 tsp. garlic, minced (2 cloves)
1 1/2 C. tomato sauce
5 C. fresh baby spinach (or
1 C. thawed/well drained frozen)
1/3 C. chopped black olives
1/4 C. chili flakes (or more, to taste)
1 C. grated Mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
salt/pepper, to taste

Make Sauce:
Heat oil in a skillet on medium-high
heat. Add chopped tomatoes – saute
3-4 minutes. Add garlic & olives, saute
1 minute. Add tomato sauce, then
spinach – stir until wilted & heated
through, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in
chili flakes.

Finish Pasta;
Add Mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses to
sauce &stir until melted (or leave Parmesan
on the side, to pass). Add salt/pepper (if
needed – olives are salty so may not be
needed). Serves 3-4

NOTE: Poster serves with warm crusty bread &
butter or garlic bread.  This pasta is also great
reheated the next day.

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Mixed-Berry
Cobbler

1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen mixed berries
1 C. sugar
1/4 C. corn starch
1/4 C. water
1 T. vanilla
1 (12 oz) tube refrigerated cinnamon
rolls with icing

In large bowl mix water & cornstarch
together; add sugar & mix well. Pour
berries into mixture & gently stir
until berries are coated evenly –
pour into crockpot & mix well. Place
cinnamon rolls in a single layer on top.
Cover & cook on High 3-4 hours.
Serve with icing drizzled on top.
Serves 8

NOTE: Poster used a 2.5 qt. crockpot

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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This has been one of those weeks where
not much has been accomplished, but that’s
OK. Started reading a true story/murder
mystery called “The Monster of Florence”
by Douglas Preston. I am a big fan of Mr.
Preston’s writings, especially those combined
with Lincoln Childs – together they write some
really interesting tales. This book, however,
is a true story and was said to be one of the
unsolved crimes of Italy – I guess the actual
killer was never found although the writer
suggests he & another newspaper journalist
might have actually met the person – strange.

Hope you are having a good day – try to stay
healthy. I just noticed yesterday that all of my family
are FINALLY done with the coughing thing!
YAY! That was one nasty ‘bug’ – finally put
the Robitussin back in the cupboard. I was
beginning to get a bit worried because
choir will be starting up in September and
I sure didn’t want to attempt singing while
still struggling to BREATHE without coughing!


Hugs;

Pammie

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and . . . it’s PICNIC day! YAY!

Today is my Sunday School Class picnic – (I’ll admit – I ‘caved’) I’m bringing Gordon Food Service Red Skin Potato Salad (it’s really good & much easier than making it myself!) and chocolate frosted brownies. It’s a nice day for a picnic – upper 70’s & sunny. My SS teacher lives on some very nice property – lots of land, trees and a pond (which they have a paddle boat on!). Lots to do (besides chatting) – they have all kinds of lawn games out, nice log 2-person swings and more food than you could hold! Always a GREAT time!

Don’t know if I mentioned in last post but I’m starting another baby blanket but this time it’s crocheted Granny squares – I have enough leftover yarns from other blankets to make a 3-color blanket: white, lime green & a variegated blue/lime green/white yarn – should be nice when it’s done. I babysat for youngest grandson yesterday from 6 a.m. – around 4:50 so got 7 squares crocheted (finished product will have 35 squares). Long day but relatively OK until he got sick – try cleaning up after a baby that’s walking around (doing what you do when you have a very upset stomach) – wipe, clean – try to grab the kid & clean him up . . . not a fun project. He had a slight fever & cried for 15 minutes straight – finally wore down & napped. I found some Gatorade in the fridge (diluted some in a bottle) and that seemed to help him- poor little guy. (His dad says he’s doing fine today – typical little kids: bounce back quickly – which is a GOOD thing!)

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Mandarin Orange Salad

1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 large can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 medium/large cans mandarin oranges,
drained
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

In large bowl mix Cool Whip & dry pudding
mix. Add undrained pineapple & both cans
mandarin oranges (use as many oranges as
you like – save a few for decoration on top
of salad). Refrigerate until it thickens again –
a few hours before you need to serve it.
Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crockpot Fiesta Pork Chops

6-8 pork chops
1 (15 oz) can chili beans with
chili sauce
1 1/2 C. salsa of your choice
1 C. corn
green chilies, to taste
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3-4 C. cooked rice

Layer all ingredients in crockpot
(except rice). Cover & cook on Low
5 hours (or High 2 1/2 hours). Serve
over cooked rice. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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3-Bean Baked Beans

1/2 lb. ground beef
5 strips bacon, diced
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. ketchup
1/4 C. BBQ sauce
2 T. molasses
2 T. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 (16 oz, ea) cans pork & beans,
undrained
1 (16 oz) can butter beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 2 1/2 qt. baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet cook & crumble beef
with bacon & onion over medium heat
until beef is no longer pink; drain. Stir
in sugars, ketchup, BBQ sauce, molasses,
mustard, chili powder & salt until blended;
stir in beans. Pour beans into prepared
dish. Bake, covered, until beans reach
desired thickness, about 1 hour.
Serves 12 (3/4 C. each)

Freezer option:
Freeze cooled bean mixture in
freezer containers.
To use: partially thaw in fridge
overnight. Heat in saucepan,
stirring occasionally & adding
a little water, if needed.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Tomatoes with Buttermilk
Vinaigrette

3/4 C. buttermilk
1/4 C. minced fresh tarragon
1/4 C. white wine vinegar
3 T. canola oil
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 lb. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 C. minced fresh chives

In small bowl whisk first 8 ingredients
until blended – refrigerate, covered,
until serving.
Just before serving – arrange cut tomatoes
on a platter; drizzle with vinaigrette &
sprinkle top with chives.
Makes 12 servings (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cool Ranch Zucchini Chips

2 zucchini, sliced very thin into coins
using a mandolin, if you have one
1 T. olive oil
1 T. ranch seasoning
1 tsp. dried oregano
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven 225 degrees F.
Spray a large baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray. Pat sliced
zucchini with paper towels to draw
out excess moisture. In small pie
plate mix ranch seasoning, oregano,
salt & pepper. In large bowltoss
zucchini with oil then toss in seasoning
plate to coat – place coated ‘coins’ in
a single layer on prepared baking sheets.
Bake about 1 hour 20 minutes, until
crispy – checking after 1 hour. Let cool
to room temperature before serving.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

2 bags Spring Mix lettuce, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/2 bunch green onions, chopped
1 can black beans, drained/rinsed
1 can corn, drained
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 lime
1 bag corn chips
4 chicken breasts
1/2 C. BBQ sauce of your choice

Dressing:
1 1/2 C. ranch dressing
3/4 C. BBQ sauce (poster uses
Sweet Baby Ray’s)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray and place
chicken in dish. Pour BBQ sauce
over chicken & bake 25-30 minutes.
When it has cooled, chop into 1″
pieces. Place chopped lettuce, cilantro
& green onion in large bowl. Add corn,
beans, chopped red pepper, chicken,
chips, cheese & squirt lime juice over
top. Toss ingredients well.
Mix dressing ingredients & serve on
the side. Serves 15

NOTE: You can reduce the size of the
salad: When measuring ingredients for
the dressing include 2 parts Ranch &
1 part BBQ sauce.

If you are taking this to a Potluck:
Don’t add chicken, chips, cheese or
lime until just before serving (it will
get all soggy).

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Chicken Tacos

2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
(fresh or frozen)
1 packet taco seasoning mix
16 oz. salsa (your choice)
1/3 C. chopped fresh cilantro
juice of 2 small limes

Taco shells or tortillas, for serving

Additional toppings:
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
diced avocado
shredded cheese (of your choice)
sour cream
sliced black (or green) olives

Place chicken breasts in bottom of
crockpot; sprinkle dry taco seasoning
mix over top then cover with salsa,
lime juice & cilantro. Cover & cook
4 hours on High (or 6-7 hours on Low).
Remove chicken from crockpot to
separate bowl & shred using 2 forks.
Moisten chicken with small amounts of
juice left over from crockpot until you
get the amount of moisture you like.
(poster used about 1/2 – 3/4 C.)
Serve with taco shells or tortillas and
any of suggested toppings above.
Serves 8

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cherry Cheesecake Lush

1 C. vanilla wafer crumbs
1 C. finely chopped pecans
1 C. butter, melted
1 (18 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed,
divided
1 (23 oz) pkg. cheesecake flavored
pudding mix
3 C. milk
1 can cherry pie filling
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In medium bowl combine vanilla
wafer crumbs, nuts & melted
butter. Press mixture into 9 X 13″
baking dish & bake 15 minutes.
Remove from oven & cool.
In separate bowl combine cream
cheese, powdered sugar & 1 1/2 C.
Cool Whip; mix until smooth &
spread evenly over cooled crust.
Combine cheesecake pudding mix,
milk & 1 1/2 C. Cool Whip – mix until
smooth & spread evenly over cream
cheese layer in pan. Top with pie filling,
remaining Cool Whip & 1/2 C.
chopped nuts.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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On the babysitting front: I was concerned about
the next 2 weeks schedule, as the baby’s Mom
is in management training & has been needing
me at 6 a.m. (usually a 10-12 hour day). Her
parents will be going out of town for the next
2 weeks (they are the MAIN caregivers/babysitters
of the baby) so the thought of MANY 10-12 hr.
days was kind of stressing me out a bit. For
next week I only have to babysit two days: Thurs/
Friday starting at ONE p.m.! YAY! I can DO that!
Not sure of the following week’s schedule, but HEY –
I’m THRILLED for the two days next week! It might
not sound like much watching a 1 1/2 yr old while
he plays but it gets tedious (no, I’m not complaining)
and by the time it’s almost over I’m READY to go
home! He’s a great baby, loves to play and sometimes
climb up on me to wrestle (which is lots of fun) but
my ‘baby’ days are behind me and I don’t have the
amount of energy I WISH I had – but life goes on-
right?

Hope you’re enjoying these last Summer days –
hard to believe we’re almost to the MIDDLE
of AUGUST already!

Hugs;

Pammie

and a new week begins!

The day started out bright & sunny (supposed to get in the mid 90’s – sigh…thank heavens for Air Conditioning!). Got a text that I’m babysitting Friday starting at 6 a.m. (again) – oh well, I CHOSE that day, so it’s ok… then came the next announcement that her parents are going out of town for 2 weeks (they babysit the grandbaby every OTHER day I don’t!) – looks like I’m going to be super busy AND tired for the next 2 weeks – we’ll see how that goes!

Made the ‘executive decision’ today to rip out the baby blanket I showed you the photo of last post – I KNEW there was something wrong with that pattern but just couldn’t remember exactly what – well, the @@@ hit the fan when I went back to the next colored set of pattern – no matter WHAT I did, it just didn’t come out on the right side so I ditched it; there’s no reason to continue working on a project that’s nothing but trouble – life’s too short to be aggravated like that. (Am happily working on the ‘other’ new pattern I found – it’s a V pattern (little holes running up the blanket that make V shapes – easy pattern; it was originally a bookmark pattern I found on a Vintage Knits site – works for me!) – this one is in shades of blue, mint green & white.

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Sheet Pan Cream Puff

1 C. water
1/2 C. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. flour
4 large eggs

Filling:
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 C. cold milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant vanilla
pudding mix

Topping:
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
chocolate syrup

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 15 X 10 X 1″ baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large saucepan over medium heat
bring water, butter & salt to a boil.
Add flour all at once & stir until a
smooth ball forms; continue beating
until smooth & shiny. Remove from
heat; let stand 5 minutes. Add eggs,
one-at-a-time, beating well after each
addition. Pour into prepared pan &
bake 28-30 minutes until puffed &
golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Filling:
In large bowl beat cream cheese, milk
& pudding mixes until smooth – spread
over crust. Refrigerate 20 minutes then
top with Cool Whip, spreading evenly.
Store in fridge – just before serving
drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Serves 15

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Green Bean/Tomato/Onion
& Basil Summer Salad

1 lb thin French-style green beans
(or fresh garden green beans) trimmed &
cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 small sweet onion, cut into
thin slivers
2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
generous amount of thinly-sliced
fresh basil (poster used about 1/3 C.)
salt/fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Dressing:
3 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp. finely minced fresh garlic
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. sea salt

Start water boiling in a vegetable
steamer or pot with a steaming rack.
When water starts to boil, steam beans
5 minutes then drain & immediately
place them in a bowl of ice water (some
beans are tougher than others – test
one for doneness after 5 minutes to
see what you think). Let beans cool
in ice water about 1 minute then
drain immediately into a colander
placed in the sink.
In a bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice,
garlic, oregano & salt to make dressing.
Wash fresh basil leaves & dry then cut
into thin strips. Remove drained beans
from colander into a bowl large enough
to toss ingredients together. Add cherry
tomatoes & onions – toss together. Toss
with desired amount of dressing then
gently mix in sliced basil. Season with
salt/pepper & serve. Serves 4-6

NOTE: Poster says salad is best when it’s
freshly made but is still good after being
in fridge overnight

(recipe: kalynskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Easy Green Beans & Potatoes
with Bacon

8 strips bacon, chopped
1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans,
trimmed/cut into 2″ pieces (about
4 C.)
4 medium potatoes, peeled/cut
into 1/2 inch cubes
1 small onion, halved/sliced
1/4 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

In large skillet cook bacon over medium
heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.
Remove to paper towels using slotted
spoon – drain grease, reserving 1 T.
Cover & refrigerate bacon until serving.
In 5 qt crockpot, combine remaining
ingredients; stir in reserved 1 T. bacon
drippings. Cover & cook on Low 6-8
hours until potatoes are tender –
stir in bacon, heat through.
Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Beefy Taco Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
3/4 C. mayonnaise
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 C. shredded Cheddar or Mexican-
blend cheese
4 C. shredded lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 medium green pepper, diced

tortilla chips, for dipping

In small bowl beat cream cheese,
sour cream & mayonnaise until
smooth; spread on a 12 – 14″
pizza pan or serving dish. Refrigerate
1 hour.
In a saucepan over medium heat, brown
beef; drain. Add taco seasoning mix,
tomatoe sauce & cook, stirring, 5 minutes.
Cool completely then spread over cream
cheese layer. Refrigerate.

Just before serving:
Sprinkle with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes,
onion & green pepper. Serve with chips.
Makes 16-20 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sweet ‘n Spicy Bacon-wrapped Chicken

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs*
8 slices bacon
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper
1/2 C. brown sugar
chopped parsley, optional garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In a bowl combine chili powder, paprika
& garlic powder. Roll each chicken piece
in these spices & wrap in a strip of bacon
(secure with toothpicks, if desired).
Place wrapped pieces in a 10 inch skillet
or 9 X 13″ baking dish – sprinkle tops
with brown sugar.
Bake 30-35 minutes until chicken
reads 165 degrees F. on a meat
thermometer & is no longer pink inside.
(Poster broils top of chicken 1-2 minutes
to crisp the bacon before serving.)
Serves 4

*Poster says you can also use chicken
tenders – she likes the thighs because
you can wrap bacon completely
around chicken.

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Make – ahead Hearty 6-Layer Salad

1 1/2 C. uncooked small pasta shells
1 T. vegetable oil
3 C. shredded lettuce
3 large hard-boiled large eggs, sliced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 C. shredded, cooked chicken breast
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen peas, thawed

Dressing:
1 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
2 green onions, chopped
2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Toppings;
1 C. shredded Colby or Monterey Jack
cheese
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain & rinse under cold water. Drizzle
with oil & toss to coat. Place lettuce in
a 2 1/2 qt. glass serving bowl; top with
pasta & eggs. Sprinkle with salt/pepper.
Layer with chicken & peas.
In small bowl mix dressing ingredients
until blended; spread over top.
Refrigerate, covered, several hours or
overnight. Serves 12

Suggestions:
-You can also use other
salad greens like baby spinach or
arugula.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Garlic Parmesan Rice

4 T. salted butter, divided
1 T. olive oil
1 C. Jasmine rice, rinsed/drained
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 3/4 C. water
1 C. milk, divided
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
salt/pepper, to taste

Add 2 T. butter & olive oil to a
pan over medium heat. Add rice,
garlic salt & parsley – toast rice
until just lightly browned. Add in
water & 1/2 C. milk – bring to boil
then reduce heat & simmer, covered,
about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally
until rice is tender & most of liquid
is absorbed. Stir in remaining 2 T.
butter, 1/2 C. milk & Parmesan cheese.
Season with salt/pepper to taste.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

1 box white or yellow cake mix
(ingredients to make cake: egg
whites, oil, water)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room
temp.
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (13.5 oz) pkg. premade strawberry
glaze (usually sold by fresh strawberries)
3 C. fresh strawberries, tops cut off/
sliced

Prepare cake accordg to pkg. directions
for 9 X 13″. Allow cake to cool. In a bowl
combine cream cheese & powdered sugar
until smooth; stir in Cool Whip & combine
well – smooth over cooled cake. In a bowl
combine strawberry glaze with sliced
fresh strawberries & spread on top of
Cool Whip – smooth out. Refrigerate until
ready to serve.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Still trying to wrap my brain around exactly
WHAT 2 dishes I’m bringing to our Sunday
School class picnic this coming Saturday!
(You’d think, with all the great recipes at
my disposal, I’d be able to choose 2 really
quick, right? . . . sigh

Dinner tonight is a roast chicken, carrots &
red potatoes – easy, very little fuss & yummy.

Hope your day is turning out JUST like you
wanted!

Hugs;

Pammie

Finally Saturday!

It’s been a busy/crazy week – husband & I are FINALLY feeling better (still a little cough, but nothing like before!). I babysat Thurs. from 6 a.m. – almost 6 p.m. (baby’s Mom is in training for a management position and THIS week they shifted her schedule – I ‘made it’-YAY! The weather has been nice, in the 70’s  – today’s high is supposed to be 89! (glad I don’t have any plans to be outside!).

Finished two baby blankets (have posted the photos of them partially done before – blue & white one & a multi-colored one). Have begun another blanket using the remaining blue & white yarn along with a thicker white yarn – it’s a pattern I’ve done before – it’s a ‘corner to corner’ blanket, meaning you begin with 2 stitches & knit ‘corner to corner, increasing & decreasing stitches as you go.

In the one I’m doing the solid parts are white & the parts with ‘holes’ are the blue/white yarn – helps me use up yarns! Am thinking of beginning crocheting some Granny Squares using up some of the many baby yarns I have – you know: the bits that are not enough to actually make anything but a few baby hats (am REALLY tired of baby hats at the moment) so we’ll see where ‘that’ idea goes…

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Banana Pudding Fluff

1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla
or banana flavored pudding mix,
(can use sugar-free)
1 C. milk (can use nonfat)
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
(can use sugar free)
3 C. mini marshmallows
3 C. Vanilla Wafers, broken into
pieces
3 medium bananas, sliced

Whisk pudding mix & milk in large
bowl – let stand 3 minutes to set.
Stir in Cool Whip, then stir in
marshmallows, cookies & sliced
bananas. Serve the same day
it’s made – (bananas will turn
brown with age & cookies will
soften if left longer than one day).
Serves 10

(recipe: easygoodideas.com)
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Creamy Zucchini & Spinach Pasta
Bake

3 C. cavatappi pasta (or elbow macaroni)
1 onion, chopped
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half,
then sliced crosswise (making half moons)
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (6 oz) pkg. baby spinach leaves
1 (24 oz) jar marinara (poster used
Classico marinara with plum tomatoes & olive
oil)
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
(poster used Kraft with a touch of Philadelphia)
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray.
Cook pasta in large saucepan accordg. to pkg.
directions, omitting salt. Cook & stir onions
in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 3-4
minutes until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring
frequently. Add half the spinach; cook 2-3
minutes just until wilted – repeat with
remaining spinach – remove from heat. Drain
pasta; add to vegetable mixture in skillet
along with pasta sauce, ricotta, Italian
seasoning & 1 C. mozzarella, mix lightly.
Spoon mixture into prepared pan – top
with remaining mozzarella. Bake 20-25
minutes until casserole is heated through
& mozzarella is melted.
Serves about 12, 1 C. each

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Ranch Potatoes

6 strips bacon, chopped
2 1/2 lb. small red potatoes, cubed
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of potato
soup, undiluted
1/4 C. milk (2%)
1 envelope dry Buttermilk Ranch
salad dressing mix
3 T. thinly sliced green onions

In large skillet cook bacon over medium
heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.
Remove with slotted spoon; drain on
paper towels. Drain drippings, reserving
1 T.  Place potatoes in 3 qt crockpot. In
a bowl beat cream cheese, soup, milk,
dry dressing mix & reserve bacon drippings
until blended; stir into potatoes. Sprinkle
with crumbled bacon. Cover & cook on
Low 7-8 hours until potatoes are tender.
Top with green onions. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Dip

3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 C. chicken broth
1 C. milk
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
2 C. cooked, chopped chicken breasts
(about 1 large)

Dippers:
cut up veggies, crackers and/or crusty
bread

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray medium (1 – 1.5 qt) baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Alfredo sauce:
In medium skillet over medium heat,
melt butter – whisk in flour until smooth.
Add salt, parsley & garlic – cook 1 minute.
Add broth & milk – whisk until combined.
Cook over medium heat, whisking often,
until thickened & smooth. Stir in Parm.
cheese & 1/2 C. mozzarella until melted.
In medium bowl using elec. mixer, beat
cream cheese until smooth; add Alfredo
sauce & beat until combined; stir in
chicken & spread in prepared baking dish.
Top with remaining 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese.
Bake 15-20 minutes until bubbly & beginning
to brown.  Makes 3 1/2 C.

(OR) Cover & refrigerate up to 2 days until
ready to bake.

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Ambrosia Salad

3/4 C. heavy cream, chilled
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. sour cream
4 C. mini marshmallows (either
regular or fruit-flavored)
1 1/2 C. sweetened shredded coconut
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, well
drained
3/4 C. maraschino cherries, stems
removed
1 C. pineapple tidbits, well drained

In a medium bowl, combine heavy
cream, powdered sugar & vanilla. Using
an elec. mixer, beat mixture on high
speed until stiff peaks form. Add sour
cream & stir until well combined. In
another large bowl combine marsh-
mallows, coconut, oranges, cherries &
pineapple – stir to combine. Pour
whipped cream mixture over ingredients
& stir until evenly combined & all
ingredients are covered in cream
mixture. Cover & refrigerate at least
one hour before serving. Serves 12

NOTE: Be sure to thoroughly DRAIN
the fruit if you are making the salad
more than an hour ahead of time. You
can put all the fruit in a colander &
let it stand/drain about an hour –
this will keep the salad from becoming
soupy while it sets.

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Baked Chicken with Peaches
(oven & crockpot)

1 pkg. chicken parts (poster used
thighs)
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 T. butter or margarine
1 (1 lb) can sliced or halved
peaches in juice

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a bowl mix flour, salt/pepper,
cinnamon & nutmeg. Spray a
casserole dish with nonstick
cooking spray & place chicken
parts in dish – sprinkle flour
mixture over chicken. Cut butter
into pats & place on top of each
chicken piece. Bake 35-40
minutes. Remove from oven &
place peaches in dish with chicken;
pour peach juice over all & bake
another 20 minutes. Remove &
spoon juice over chicken – serve.

Crockpot:
Prepare as above, placing chicken
in crockpot & cooking on Low
7 hours or High 4 hours. Add
peaches the last half hour of cooking.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Grilled Firecracker Potato Salad
GRILL recipe

3 lb. small red potatoes (about 30)
quartered
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Dressing:
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1/4 C. Dijon mustard
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Salad:
6 hard boiled large eggs, chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
minced fresh chives, (optional)
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Toss potatoes with oil, salt/pepper &
place in a grill wok* or basket. Grill,
covered, over medium heat 20-25
minutes until potatoes are tender,
stirring occasionally. Transfer
potatoes to a large bowl; cool slightly.
In small bowl mix dressing ingredients.
Add dressing, eggs & celery to potatoes;
toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered,
1-2 hours until cold. If desired, sprinkle
with chives.
Makes 16 servings (1 C. each)

*If you do not have a grill wok or
basket, use a large disposable foil
pan & poke holes in bottom of pan

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

2 C. chopped rhubarb
2 c. quartered strawberries
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. cornstarch dissolved in
1 T. water
1/4 C. flour (optional thickener
for filling)

Topping:
1 C. flour
1 C. rolled oats
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. water
1 stick (8 T.) cold, salted butter,
cubed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Butter a 10 – 12 inch oven-proof
skillet. Blend chopped rhubarb,
strawberries, 1/2 C. sugar, cornstarch
& 1/4 C. flour -pour into prepared skillet
& heat over medium heat 10 minutes,
stirring occasionally, until thickened.
In a large bowl add topping ingredients:
flour, rolled oats, sugar, cinnamon then cut
in butter using a pastry cutter or 2
forks until it makes a crumbly, slightly
moist texture. Sprinkle this mixture
on top of filling in skillet & bake 35-40
minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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I have Sunday School snack duty tomorrow
so I went to Gordon Food Service & bought
a bunch of ‘small’ treats – mini muffins, mini
brownies, mini cream cheese danishes; my
husband said: “Don’t worry about having
too many – I’ll always eat all the leftovers!”

Gas prices have finally dropped a bit to
$2.89/9 – was getting really close to $3.00
so glad it’s back down (for now).

Not much else new on the horizon – we
have our annual Sunday School class picnic
next Saturday at our teacher’s house –
that’s ALWAYS a great time! He loves grilling
so he does chicken, steak and (this year) he’s
decided to add shrimp! YUM! He also does
grilled corn on the cob & homemade ice
cream – WOW! NOT the place to go if you’re
trying to stay on a diet, for sure! We all bring
salads, side dishes or desserts so it’s a big
PIG OUT party! LOVE going every year – they
have a really nice home & grounds (complete
with a pond you can either row a row boat in
or paddle a little paddle boat! I just like to sit
in the shade & chat with all the people – really
nice time.

Hope you’re enjoying this Summer – it always
seems to go by SO FAST! (I even heard of some
schools starting school already! Not in my area,
but that’s CRAZY! I guess those kids get out
in May, but still – give me the old “School
Starts AFTER Labor DAY!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Fun Day!

Today was a great day to hold an ice cream social – temps in the mid-70’s, sunny and a slight breeze. Five ladies joined me to knit & crochet (plus another of our members who is a spinner) Here are a few photos:

Chris & Karen

                             Liz & Sally

                                                  Tracey & Katie

Along with all the fun, we were also given a ‘special treat’ – some of the gentlemen from the Big Chief Chorus were strolling around and the gave us a 3-song serenade!

About half-way through the day I hear “HI, PAM!” – I look up and it’s my husband’s cousin & family – that was a surprise!

   It’s always fun to see family where you don’t expect them!

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Raspberry/Marshmallow Fluff Salad

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

In large bowl mix yogurt & dry pudding mix;
stir until completely mixed together. Fold
in Cool Whip & raspberries (raspberries will
soften when the salad sets). Add marsh-
mallows & mix in. Cover & refrigerate
30 minutes. Fold salad with a large spoon
several times after removing from fridge
so that raspberry juice will spread through
the salad.  Serves 15

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Ham Salad

3/4 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. finely chopped celery
1/4 C. sliced green onions
2 T. minced fresh chives
1 T. honey
2 tsp. spicy brown mustard
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
5 C. fully cooked/diced ham or turkey
1/3 C. chopped pecans & almonds,
toasted
(slider buns, split – optional)

Mix first 8 ingredients – stir in ham.
Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
Stir in nuts before serving. If desired,
serve on buns. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Garlic Butter Shrimp &
Vegetable Skillet

about 1 1/2 lb. shrimp, medium size
2 T. unsalted butter
1 T. minced garlic
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. red chili flakes
1 medium zucchini, cut into cubes
1 C. assorted bell peppers (red/green/
yellow)
1/2 T. fresh lemon juice
salt/pepper, to taste
fresh chopped parsley or cilantro – garnish

In hot pan add butter & a little cooking oil.
Add cleaned shrimp – cook 4-5 minutes until
shrimp turn pink in color. Add minced garlic
& cook 1 more minute. Add cumin & chili
flakes, mix well. Add zucchini & peppers –
mix & cook 3-4 minutes. Add lemon juice &
chopped parsley – toss quickly & turn off heat.
Serve as is, or on top of cooked rice.
Serves 4

(recipe: theflavoursofkithen.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna Casserole
(low carb)

1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
1-2 lb. sausage, browned/drained
4 oz. canned/sliced mushrooms
(optional)
16 slices chicken breast (thin deli
slices)
12 slices mozzarella cheese
15 oz. ricotta cheese
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

In a bowl combine marinara, sausage &
mushrooms. Spoon several spoonfuls
of this mixture into bottom of crockpot
& spread in a very thin layer. Add 8 slices
chicken evenly & top with 6 slices
mozzarella. Add half meat sauce & evenly
dollop dots of half of the ricotta cheese.
Repeat layers beginning with chicken slices,
mozz. slices, meat sauce & ricotta. Top
with mozzarella. Cover & cook on Low 2-3
hours until cheese is melted & casserole
is heated through. Serves 8

For best results: Let casserole cool at least
an hour to make it more sliceable. Placing
it, overnight, in the fridge after cooking will
produce even better slices – just slice &
reheat in microwave.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Layered Salad for a Crowd

1 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. whole milk
2 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. seasoning blend
1 bunch romaine lettuce, torn
2 medium carrots, grated
1 C. chopped red onion
1 medium cucumber, sliced
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen peas, thawed
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
8 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled

Dressing:
In small bowl whisk mayonnaise, milk,
dill & seasoning blend.

Salad:
In a 4 qt. clear glass serving bowl, layer
romaine, carrots, onion & cucumber (DO
NOT TOSS). Pour dressing over top; sprinkle
with peas, cheese & bacon. Cover &
refrigerate until serving. Serves 20

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Grilled Vegetable Medley

2 bulbs garlic (*leave bulbs whole)
1 (8 oz) pkg. fresh mushrooms
1 red onion
2 small sweet red bell peppers
2 small sweet orange bell peppers
10 stalks asparagus
olive oil
salt/pepper
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Peel garlic* – you want each clove
whole. Rough chop all vegetables.
Heat grill to medium-high heat
(until a thermometer reaches
350 degrees F. or so) – turn temp.
down to Low.
Line grill with a long piece of foil –
turn edges of foil up a bit (as a lip)
to catch all the juices. Drizzle olive
oil on foil & carefully pour vegetables
over foil – drizzle them with more
olive oil & sprinkle with more salt/pepper
on top. Cover grill & cook about 10
minutes, stirring occasionally. When
vegetables are cooked through (onions
should be translucent & garlic should
have a golden brown color) use a
metal spatula to scoop veggies off
of tin foil & into a large bowl.
Squeeze 1 T. lemon juice (about half
of 1 lemon) onto veggies. Sprinkle
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese over
top & stir well. Taste & adjust salt/
pepper if needed. Serves 4-6

NOTE: If you are worried about having
garlic breath-when garlic grills away
& gets caramelized on outside, it becomes
very mild & delicious.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Raspberry Almond
Coffee Cake

Cake:
3 C. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 C. cold, unsalted butter, cubed
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
2 large eggs
1 1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. almond extract
2 pints fresh raspberries
4 oz. toasted, sliced almonds

Icing:
1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Butter bottom & insides of crockpot. In
large bowl mix flour, sugar, cubed butter,
baking soda & baking powder. Using elec.
mixer on slow setting, mix until butter is
cut into dry ingredients & resembles coarse
crumbs. Mix in eggs, one-at-a-time. Add yogurt,
applesauce, vanilla & almond – mix until it
resembles a stiff batter. Using a rubber spatula,
scoop half of batter into prepared crockpot &
spread as evenly as possible. Sprinkle fresh
raspberries evenly over dough. Spread
remaining dough on top of berries, being
careful not to smash the berries too much.
Sprinkle almonds over top of mixture. Place
a single layer of paper towels between the
lid & crockpot. Cover & cook on High 2-3
hours until a toothpick inserted into center
of cake comes out clean. Remove lid & lift
stoneware insert from heating element &
place cake (in insert) on a wire cooling rack –
allow to cool completely.
Once cake is completely cooled, mix icing
ingredients in small bowl & drizzle icing
over cake before serving.
Serves 12

NOTE: If fresh raspberries are not in season,
you can use frozen berries or even raspberry
jam instead

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Great day – lots of fun AND I hardly coughed at
all (husband thinks it’s because I was outside
all day in the fresh air). I’m hoping it means I’m
finally getting over this ‘creeping crud’ I have!

Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Friday!

Just got home from taking the list of knitters over to the historical society for tomorrow – that place is BUZZING! I’m glad I’m ONLY in charge of my wee little band of knitters! As far as I know there will be 6 other ladies joining me under the sycamore tree to knit – ought to be fun.

There are SO MANY great summer recipes coming in – I don’t know where to begin! (Got ‘lost’ on http://www.tasteofhome.com because they have SO many great/easy recipes! Go, check them out!)

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Blueberry Cupcakes w/Cream Cheese
Frosting

Cupcakes:
1 2/3 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
3/4 C. plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
2/3 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 C. fresh blueberries
1/4 C. milk
1 T. flour (for blueberries)
1/4 C. brown sugar, for topping
1/2 C. granulated sugar, for topping
1 tsp. cinnamon, for topping
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Frosting:

1 1/4 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 2/3 C. powdered sugar
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NOTE: If desired, additional blueberries
to top frosted cupcakes
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Cupcakes:

Preheat oven 375 degrees F. Line a
12- count muffin pan with paper liners
or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In small bowl toss blueberries with
1 T. flour. In another bowl whisk flour,
baking powder & salt. In a large mixing bowl,
beat together butter & sugar until fluffy;
add in eggs, vanilla & yogurt – beat
until combined. Gradually add in flour
mixture & milk, alternating between the
two – beat until just combined. Fold in
blueberries & divide batter evenly into
cupcake pan. In another bowl mix brown
sugar, granulated sugar & ground cinnamon
for topping – sprinkle on top of cupcakes
& press lightly to help mixture adhere to
batter. Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cupcakes cool 10 minutes before
removing from pan, then cool completely
on a wire rack before frosting.

Frosting:

Using an elec. mixer, beat butter & cream
cheese on High speed until fluffy then
gradually add in powdered sugar & vanilla.
Continue beating about a minute until
fully mixed & fluffy. Frost on cooled
cupcakes. Makes 12 cupcakes

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Crockpot Coca Cola Pork Chops

4-6 large pork chops (can use
bone-in – any pork chops will do)
1 C. Coca Cola (can use diet/
Pepsi or any cola drink)
2 T. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. ketchup
2 T. grape jelly (optional)
1 tsp. minced garlic

Brown chops in a skillet on stove-
place in crockpot. Whisk Coke,
brown sugar, pepper/salt, ketchup,
onion, jelly (if using) & minced garlic
using a wire whisk – pour over chops.
Cover & cook 7-8 hours on Low or
4-5 hours on High. Serve with the
grave poured over them. Serves 4-6

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Balsamic Green Bean Salad

2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
1/4 C. olive oil
3 T. lemon juice
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground mustard
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 large red onion, chopped
4 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
1 C. (4 oz) crumbled feta cheese

Place beans in a 6 qt. stockpot; add
water to cover & bring to a boil.
Cook, covered, 8-10 minutes until
crisp-tender. Drain & immediately
place in ice water. Drain & pat dry.
In small bowl whisk oil, lemon juice,
vinegar, salt, garlic powder, mustard
& pepper – drizzle over beans. Add
onion; toss to coat. Refrigerate,
covered, at least 1 hour.
Just before serving, stir in tomatoes
& cheese. Serves 16 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Artichoke/Shrimp/Pasta Salad

1 (16 oz) pkg. bow tie pasta
2 lb. peeled/deveined/cooked
shrimp (31-40 per lb)
2 (7.5 oz, ea) cans marinated,
quartered artichoke hearts, drained
2 (2 1/4 oz, ea) cans sliced ripe
olives, drained
2 C. (8 oz) crumbled feta cheese
8 green onions, sliced
1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley
1/4 C. chopped fresh basil

Dressing:
1/2 C. white wine vinegar
1/2 C. olive oil
1/4 C. lemon juice
2 T. chopped fresh basil
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
fresh ground black pepper – optional

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente; drain & rinse with cold
water – drain well. In large bowl combine
pasta, shrimp, artichokes, olives, cheese,
green onions, parsley & basil.
In small bowl whisk vinegar, oil, lemon
juice, basil, mustard & (if using) black
pepper. Pour dressing over pasta mixture
& toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered,
2 hours before serving.
Serves 12 (1 1/3 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Turkey Almond Salad

2/3 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
1 T. milk
2 tsp. prepared mustard
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 C. cooked/cubed turkey
2 C. shredded cabbage
3/4 C. diced celery
1/2 C. sliced green onion
1 1/2 C. chow mein noodles
1/2 C. slivered almonds, toasted
2 T. sesame seeds, toasted

In large bowl combine first 6 ingredients.
Add turkey, cabbage, celery & green
onions – toss to combine. Cover & chill
several hours.
Just before serving, add chow mein noodles,
almonds & sesame seeds – toss to combine.
Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cuban Sliders

2 (12 oz, ea) pkgs. Kings Hawaiian
sweet rolls
1 1/4 lb. thinly sliced deli ham
9 slices Swiss cheese (about 6 oz)
24 dill pickle slices
1/2 C. butter, cubed
2 T. finely chopped onion
2 T. Dijon mustard

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Without separating the rolls, cut each
pkg. of rolls in half horizontally. Spray
a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray & arrange bottom halves
of buns in pan. Layer bun bottoms with
ham, cheese & pickles – replace top halves
of rolls.
In a microwave, melt butter – stir in onion &
mustard – drizzle over roll tops. Bake, covered,
10 minutes. Uncover & bake until golden
brown & heated through, 5-10 minutes more.
Makes 2 dozen sliders

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)


4-Cheese Spinach Lasagna

2 C. chopped fresh broccoli
1 1/2 C. julienned carrots
1 C. sliced green onions
1/2 C. chopped sweet red pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. vegetable oil
1/2 C. flour
3 C. whole milk
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese,
divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen, chopped
spinach – thawed & squeezed dry
1 1/2 C. cottage cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
12 lasagna noodles, cooked/drained

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet saute vegetables & garlic
in oil until crisp-tender – remove from
heat. In small heavy saucepan whisk
flour & milk until smooth – bring to
boil; cook & stir 2 minutes. Reduce
heat; stir in 1/4 C. Parm. cheese, salt &
pepper – cook 1 minute longer until
cheese is melted. Remove from heat;
stir in spinach (set 1 Cup aside).
In large bowl, combine cottage cheese,
mozzarella & Swiss cheeses – spread
1/2 C. spinach mixture in prepared pan.
Layer with 4 cooked noodles, half cheese
mixture, vegetables & 3/4 C. spinach
mixture – repeat. Top with remaining
noodles, reserved spinach mixture &
remaining Parm. cheese. Cover & bake
35 minutes. Uncover, bake 15 minutes
longer until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes
before cutting.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Best Peanut Butter Brownies Ever!

Filling:
3/4 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 egg, room temp.

Brownies:
1 (12 oz) pkg. semi-sweet or bittersweet
chocolate chips
6 T. unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs, room temp.
1/4 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 C. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Ganache (chocolate topping)
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 C. heavy whipping cream
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9-inch square baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray; line the
pan with parchment paper, leaving
an overhang on both sides (to be used
as handles to pull brownies out).

Filling:
In medium bowl combine all filling
ingredients thoroughly.

Brownies:
In large microwave-safe  bowl combine
chocolate chips & butter. In 30-second
increments on High heat, melt chips,
stirring in between until melted. Stir
in sugar & vanilla until completely combined.
Add eggs, one at a time, stirring in between
until combined. In a small bowl, whisk cocoa
powder, cornstarch & salt; add dry mixture
to wet mixture & stir vigorously until mixture
is smooth & begins to pull away from sides of
bowl (1-2 minutes). Stir in mini chocolate chips.
Pour two-thirds of batter into prepared pan &
smooth top using a spatula. Drop small spoonfuls
of peanut butter mixture on top of brownie batter.
Spoon remaining brownie batter on top & smooth
using the back of a spoon. (it doesn’t have to be
perfect). Bake 33-37 minutes until a wooden
toothpick inserted into center comes out with a
few moist crumbs. (watch brownies closely
after 30 minutes – do not rely on the time as much
as using the toothpick method). Cool brownies
completely on a wire rack or in fridge.

Ganache:
In a heat-proof bowl place chopped bittersweet
chocolate. Heat whipping cream until scalding hot –
pour over top of chocolate & let stand 5 minutes.
Stir until smooth (if chocolate hasn’t melted all
the way, heat in microwave on High heat in 15
second increments, stirring in between, until
fully melted.)  Pour mixture over top of cooled
brownies & use a spatula to spread on top to
smooth. Refrigerate until ganache has completely
set. Cut into bars & serve.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in fridge.
Serves 36

(recipe: momontimeout.com)

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The weather is looking very nice for
tomorrow’s event – sunny & in the 70’s
YAY!

Today was Day 5 of the Z-pack antibiotics
& I’m STILL coughing my head off – sigh.
Been taking Robitussin to help with that.

Have a great Friday!

Hugs;

Pammie

Finally – a day to relax!

It’s been a rather crazy week here – today I’m labeling: “Ping Pong Day!” Lots of emails/texts/phone calls – call a friend, have to email that friend, then text same person – crazy stuff! One person I know had an antique sewing machine & wanted to know if I wanted it (No, BUT . . . I have a friend who collects them so let me give her the information) – that resulted in lots of emails/texts/phone calls . . . sigh (and that was only ONE of the many various situations today! Crazy!

Babysat my youngest grandson yesterday and, once again, managed to screw up their TV (it was too loud, couldn’t find the remote so finally pushed the button on the side of the flat screen – that shut it off but then I couldn’t turn it back on!) Finally located the remote for the sound but that only operates the sound, so we were still without TV. I substituted (as any good Grandma would) by asking “Alexa – play classical music” – that worked out great, the baby loved ‘conducting’ the music with his little green plastic pot, using that as a conductor’s wand!

(blurry photo but you get the idea!)

It was a very long day, as his Mom had to work early hours and his Dad got stuck in a traffic jam – I was there from 8:10 a.m. – 5:50 p.m. – then had to rush home, change my top & drive to my special needs group – WHEW! I slept REALLY well last night! (Good thing today is a ‘do nothing special’ day – right?)

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Browned Butter/Cinnamon Rice
Krispie Treats

5 T. butter
10 C. mini marshmallows, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
6 C. crispy rice cereal (ex: Rice Krispies
or brand equivalent)

Topping:
Line a 9 X 9″ baking pan with foil &
spray with nonstick cooking spray. In
large saucepan melt butter over medium
heat. Cook butter until it is toasty brown
color. Once butter has a nutty-aroma, lower
heat & add 8 C. mini marshmallows to pan.
Stir frequently until marshmallows have
completely melted and are smooth. Remove
from heat & stir in cinnamon & vanilla. Stir
in cereal – stir to coat. Stir in remaining
2 C. marshmallows – do not mix completely –
you don’t want them to melt into cereal mix.
Press cereal mixture evenly into prepared
pan. In a small bowl mix ground cinnamon &
sugar for a topping – spread on top of cereal
mixture & press down lightly. Refrigerate
at least an hour before cutting & serving.
Makes 12 large bars

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Bacon-Tomato Linguine

kosher salt
1 (12 oz) pkg. linguine
6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2″ pieces
3 C. cherry or grape tomatoes
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 large eggs
1/3 C. grated Parmesan or
Pecorino-Romano cheese (plus
more for topping)
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
fresh ground black pepper
1 C. fresh basil, torn

Add kosher salt to large pot of water –
bring to a boil; add pasta & cook as
directed on label. Reserve 1 1/4 C.
cooking water – drain pasta. Cook
bacon in large nonstick skillet over
medium-high until crisp, about 5
minutes. Add tomatoes & shallot –
cook about 5 minutes until tomatoes
start to burst. Pour off all but 2 T.
drippings from skillet. Whisk eggs,
cheese, lemon zest & 1 tsp. pepper
in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in
1 C. reserved cooking water. Reduce
heat to medium-low; add pasta &
toss well. Slowly pour in egg mixture,
tossing, to make a creamy sauce – about
1 minute. Season with salt then add
remaining 1/4 C. cooking water as
needed to loosen. Stir in basil & top
each serving with more cheese &
season with pepper. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Sheet Pan Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks
1 red onion, chopped
2 green bell peppers, seeded/chopped
(about 1-2 inch chunks – as well as red
bell pepper)
1 red bell pepper, seeded/chopped
3 chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 lb)
cut into 1 inch chunks
3-4 T. olive oil
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Cooked white rice to serve 6-8
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Sauce:
1 C. pineapple juice
1/4 C. water
3/4 C. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. chicken bullion granules
1 C. sugar
1 T. brown sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper

Preheat oven 420 degrees F.
Pour as much of the juice from
pineapple into a large glass
measuring cup. Place chicken,
veggies & pineapple chunks in a
large bowl. Drizzle 3-4 T. olive oil
into bowl & toss to coat. Sprinkle
chicken & veggies with garlic salt &
lemon pepper – stir to combine. Line
2 large baking sheets with foil & spread
mixture evenly over sheets. Bake
20 minutes until chicken is cooked
through & veggies are crisp-tender.

(while pans are roasting, prepare sauce)

Sauce:
In a large bowl pour pineapple juice*,
water, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce,
chicken bull granules, sugar/brown sugar,
cornstarch, garlic powder, ginger & lemon
pepper – whisk to combine making sure
cornstarch is completely dissolved – pour
liquid into a saucepan & bring to boil over
medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
Allow to boil 2 minutes.
When chicken has cooked through & veggies
are crisp-tender, pour 1/3 of sauce over top
of each pan (leaving about 1/3 of it in saucepan
to drizzle over each individual serving). Stir
sauce into chicken & veggies to coat completely.
Bake an additional 10 minutes until sauce
bubbles up a bit & becomes sticky. Serve in
individual bowls with cooked white rice &
additional sauce poured over top.
Serves 6-8

*You should have about 1 C. juice – if you
aren’t quite there, add a bit of water to bring
measurement to a full cup

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.com)
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Crockpot Root Beer Pulled Pork
Sliders

2 lb. pork shoulder or pork butt
1 bottle root beer of your choice
1 C. BBQ sauce of your choice
12 slider buns

Place pork in crockpot (you can add
a little salt/pepper, to taste) & pour
the bottle of root beer on top of meat.
Cover & cook on Low 8 hours minimal.

Remove pork from crockpot into a large
mixing bowl & using 2 forks, shred meat.
Add 1 C. BBQ sauce to meat & mix well.
Toast slider buns (if you like) & assemble
the sandwiches. Makes 12 sliders

NOTE: You can top these with a slaw if you
like.

(recipe: myrecipemagic.com)
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Skillet-toasted Corn Salad

1/3 C. + 1 T. olive oil, divided
1/3 C. lemon juice
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
3-4 dashes hot sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
6 ears fresh sweet corn, husked/
kernels cut off
4 red, yellow and/or green bell
peppers, seeded/coarsely chopped
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 head romaine lettuce, cut cross-
wise into 1-inch pieces.

In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, conbine
1/3 C. oil, lemon juice, sauces, garlic,
salt/pepper – cover & shake well.
Heat remaining oil in a large skillet
over medium-high heat. Add corn &
saute 5 minutes until corn is tender &
golden, stirring often. Remove from
heat; keep warm. Combine corn,
peppers & cheese in a large bowl; pour
olive oil  mixture over top & toss lightly
to coat. Serve over lettuce.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Pimento/Cream Cheese
Spread

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (4 oz) jar pimentos, well drained
3 green onions, chopped
2 T. finely chopped/seeded jalapeno
peppers

Mix all ingredients until blended.
Makes 16 (2 T. each) servings

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Winning Apricot Bars

3/4 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/3 C. sweetened, shredded coconut
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
1 (10 to 12 oz) jar apricot preserves

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl cream butter & sugar until
light & fluffy. Beat in egg & vanilla. In a
small bowl, whisk flour & baking powder;
gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing
well. Fold in coconut & walnuts.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray & press two-thirds of dough
into bottom of pan. Spread dough with
preserves; crumble remaining dough over
preserves. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden
brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Spent most of yesterday (besides babysitting)
working on the blue baby blanket – it’s a little
over half done now (Yay!).

Dinner tonight is Enchiladas – we’re down to
one serving of Zucchini Casserole, so it’s time
to cook again. I try to make recipes that will
feed us for more than one meal. Since our
middle son moved back home (and he’s an
‘eating machine’) foods rotate through the
fridge at a faster rate than before – that’s
OK, just keeps me on my toes making sure
there’s leftovers when he gets home from
work (Yes, he can cook but leftovers are
always appreciated).

Hoping you’re having a nice, RELAXING day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Thursday!

Nice Summer day today – sunny with a slight breeze & 82 degrees F. Finally broke down & went to the doctor today; just getting too fatigued from all the coughing. It’s about what I expected: an allergy thing – he gave me a pill for the coughing, a pill for all the head congestion/draining & told me to keep using the Flonase daily for a week (I thought it was only when you needed it, so I haven’t been using it regularly . . . duh). If I’m not better in 2 weeks call the office & he will order an antibiotic. It was strange today – as I went to get on the scale I got really dizzy & sort of fell off backwards (caught myself but felt really silly). Haven’t had the dizziness before, so that was a new one! Husband & I went out to eat afterwards at Village Place (it’s becoming our local ‘haunt’); while we were there we saw two couples we knew – ‘old home week’! I tried their Chicken Fritter Wrap and it was really good: fried chicken breast chopped up on a flour tortilla with chopped lettuce & tomato & their ZIP sauce (don’t know what’s in it but it was perfect for that sandwich – I also added shredded Cheddar cheese – perfect lunch). PLUS they give you such big orders I had half to bring home for later! YAY!

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Raspberry Marshmallow Fluff Salad

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

In large bowl mix yogurt & pudding mix –
stir until completely mixed together. Fold
in Cool Whip & raspberries*. Add marsh-
mallows & stir together. Cover & refrigerate
salad 30 minutes. Fold salad with a spoon
several times after removing from fridge –
this allows the raspberry juice to spread
throughout the salad. Serves 15

*The raspberries will soften while the
salad sets

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Crockpot BBQ Pork Tenderloin

3 lb. pork tenderloin
8 oz. BBQ sauce (your choice)
1 small onion, minced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
2 dashes hot sauce (optional)
salt/pepper

Salt & pepper loin & place in
crockpot. Add garlic & onion –
pour BBQ sauce over meat; add
hot sauce (if using) & stir to
distribute evenly. Cover & cook
on Low 6-7 hours. Serves 4

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
1/4 C. white vinegar
3/4 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. milk
1/4 C. pineapple juice
1/2 C. finely minced sweet pickels
1/2 C. finely minced pickled carrot
1/2 C. finely minced pineapple
salt/black pepper
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Mix in last, just before serving:
3 T. mayonnaise
3 T. milk
2 T. pineapple juice

Boil pasta until very soft; drain &
return to pot – toss with vinegar.
Set aside to cool. In large bowl
combine 3/4 C. mayo, milk &
pineapple juice – whisk well &
stir in pickles, carrots, pineapple,
salt/pepper. Add cooled pasta to
mixture, stir to coat completely.
Transfer to airtight container (or
cover bowl) – refrigerate several
hours. During this time the pasta
will absorb most of the sauce &
will appear dry & less creamy than
just after mixing. After refrigerating,
combine last 3 ingredients & stir to
combine. Makes 1 1/2 lb. salad

(recipe: spabettie.com)
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Prima Vera Stuffed Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T. olive oil
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 zucchini, halved/thinly sliced into
half moons
3 medium tomatoes, halved/thinly sliced
into rounds
2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
1 C. shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place chicken on a cutting board &
make 5 slits in each breast, being
careful not to cut through completely.
Drizzle oil over chicken & season with
salt/pepper & Ital. seasoning. Stuff each
chicken breast with zucchini, tomato,
bell pepper & red onion. Place breasts
in a roasting pan, or other shallow pan.
Sprinkle each breast with mozzarella &
bake 25 minutes until chicken is cooked
through & no longer pink. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Campfire Potatoes

5 medium potatoes, sliced
1 stick butter (1/2 C.)
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 small white onion, sliced
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl mix butter, Wors.
sauce, salt/pepper, oregano & garlic.
Add potatoes, cheeses & onion to
bowl with butter mixture – mix until
potatoes are coated. Place potato
mixture in bottom of crockpot &
smooth evenly. Cover & cook on
High 4 hours WITHOUT opening
lid during cooking time. Serves 6

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Strawberry Salad w/Poppy Seed Dressing

1/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. slivered almonds
1 bunch romaine, torn (about 8 C.)
1 small onion, halved & thinly sliced
2 C. halved fresh strawberries

Dressing:
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 T. sugar
1 T. sour cream
1 T. milk
2 1/4 tsp. cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. poppy seeds

Place sugar in small heavy skillet;
over medium-low heat cook & stir
until melted & caramel-colored –
about 10 minutes. Stir in almonds
until coated & spread on foil to cool.
Place romaine, onion & strawberries in
a large bowl. Whisk dressing ingredients
together & toss with salad. Bread
candied almonds into pieces & sprinkle
over salad. Serve immediately.
Serves 10

NOTE: you can also add 2 lb. grilled
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
sliced & added to salad.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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1-Bowl Lemon Brownies

1 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 T. vegetable oil
zest of 2 lemons
2 T. fresh lemon juice

Glaze:
1 rounded C. powdered sugar
zest of 1 lemon
about 2-4 T. fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 8 X 8″ or 9 X 9″ square
baking pan with foil, leaving extra
foil hanging over sides for ‘handles’.
Place all brownie ingredients in a
medium bowl & stir by hand until
smooth (about 30 seconds); spread
batter into prepared pan & bake
about 20 minutes. Cool in pan 5-10
minutes. Lift out of pan & spread
glaze over warm brownies.

Glaze:
Stir glaze ingredients together in a bowl,
adding juice gradually until glaze is
spreadable.

(recipe: jennycancook.com)

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Hope you have a GREAT day!

 

Hugs;

 

Pammie

 

Woke up yesterday to these –

This might not seem unusual to most of you BUT I live directly on a MAJOR road with 45 mph speeds (and more) – I will say we live across the street from a small, well shaded park with lake (which is probably where they live). Our backyard IS fenced (but they jumped it like it wasn’t even there!) These are both you males with their antlers still covered in ‘velvet’ (a fuzzy covering they will shed as they mature). They stayed at least 1 1/2 hours – I was in love. Years ago we had a full-grown male buck (with a magnificent rack of antlers) spend awhile in our yard just resting under our swing set – he came two years in a row but hasn’t been back so I was SOoooo happy to see these two!

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Summer Lemonade Cookies

1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 C. plus 2 T. sugar
2 eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 (6 oz) can frozen lemonade
concentrate, thawed/divided
1 T. grated lemon peel

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl cream butter &
1 C. sugar; add eggs, beating
well. In another large bowl combine
flour & baking soda – add alternately
with 1/2 C. lemonade concentrate
into egg mixture – stir in lemon peel.
Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls
2 inches apart on ungreased cookie
sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes until
edges are light brown. Remove from
oven & brush hot cookies lightly
with remaining lemonade concentrate.
Sprinkle cookies with remaining 2 T.
sugar. Makes 4 dozen (48 cookies)

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Avocado Tuna Salad

1 (15 oz) can tuna in oil, drained/
flaked (3 small cans)
1 English cucumber, sliced
2 large (or 3 medium) avocados,
peeled/pitted/sliced
1 small/medium red onion, thinly
sliced
1/4 C. fresh cilantro (1/2 of small
bunch)
2 T. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp. black pepper

In large bowl combine sliced cucumber,
sliced avocado, red onion, drained tuna &
1/4 C. cilantro. Drizzle with lemon juice,
salt/pepper – toss to combine.
Serves 6 as a side salad

(recipe: natashaskitchen.com)
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Honey Dijon Grilled Chicken
(grill or grill pan)

4 (6 oz) boneless, skinless chicken
breast halves
1/3 C. horseradish Dijon mustard
(regular mustard will work, also)
3 T. honey
1 T. parsley flakes
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat grill or grill pan to
medium-high heat – spray with
nonstick cooking spray or olive
oil. Once pan is hot, reduce
heat to just below medium. In small
bowl combine Dijon mustard, honey
& parsley flakes. Flatten chicken
breasts to an even thickness by
placing them between 2 sheets of
parchment paper & pounding them
with a rolling pin or heavy-bottomed
pan – season with salt/pepper to taste.
Place chicken on grill 3 minutes then
flip over & brush with honey/Dijon
sauce; grill an additional 2-3 minutes
until internal temperature reaches
155 degrees F. (using a meat thermometer).
Remove from grill & loosely cover with foil.
Let rest 5 minutes before serving; serve
with any additional sauce on the side for
dipping. Serves 4

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

8 potatoes, cubed (half peeled or
half with skins left on)
2 tsp. salt
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
6 green onions, sliced (including tops)
2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
16 oz. sour cream
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 C. Miracle Whip (or 1 C. mayonnaise)

In large pot boil cubed potatoes with
salt – when fully cooked, drain.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a bowl combine sour cream, black
pepper & Miracle Whip (or mayo) – add
to potatoes. Add bacon, onions &
cheese (reserve some of each for top
of salad – garnish); mix with potatoes &
pour into a greased baking dish. Top
with reserved cheese, onions & bacon.
Bake 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.
Serves 6

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Chili-Dog Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 green bell pepper/seeded/chopped
2 T. dry minced onion
1 T. minced garlic
2 C. marinara sauce
1 C. beef broth
2 tsp. chili powder (or cayenne
powder, for a spicier dish)
1 T. cumin
8 hot dogs, cut lenth-wise then
cut in half
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
additional cheese for garnish

In saucepan brown ground beef
with garlic, onion, bell pepper, salt/
pepper. Stir in marinara sauce, cumin,
chili (cayenne) powder & broth – pour
into 6 qt. crockpot. Evenly add all hot
dogs to top of mixture & cover with
cheese. Cover & cook on High 2 hours
(or Low 4 hours). Stir before serving.
Top with additional cheese, if desired.
Serves 4

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chive Pinwheel Rolls

3 1/2 C. flour
3 T. sugar
1 (1/4 oz) pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. milk
1/3 C. canola oil
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. mashed potatoes
without added milk & butter
1 large egg

Chive Filling:
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
1 C. minced onions
1 large egg yolk
butter, melted

In large bowl combine 2 1/2 C.
flour, sugar, yeast & salt. In small
saucepan, heat milk, oil, water &
mashed potatoes to 120-130 degrees
F. – add to dry ingredients; beat just
until moistened. Add egg, beat until
smooth. Stir in enough remaining
flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto
a floured surface; knead until smooth &
elastic – about 6-8 minutes. Grease a large
bowl & place dough in bowl, turning once
to grease top. Cover & let rise in a warm
place until doubled, about 1 hour
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Turn dough onto a floured surface; roll
into a 15 X 10 X 1 inch rectangle. In a
bowl combine sour cream, chives & egg
yolk; spread over dough to within
1/2 inch of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll
style, starting with a long side. Pinch
seam o seal & cut into 1 inch slices.
Place slices cut-sides down in a 9 X 13″
baking dish. Cover & Let rise until
doubled, about 1 hour.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake slices 30-35 minutes until
golden brown; brush tops with
melted butter & cool on a wire rack.
Refrigerate leftovers. Makes 15 rolls

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Pork Chops & Veggies Sheet
Pan dinner

olive oil
3-4 C. small potatoes, or chopped potatoes
3-4 C. fresh green beans, trimmed
kosher salt/black pepper
2 lb. boneless thin-cut pork chops
(Smokehouse Maple seasoning or other
seasoning blend)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Brush one large or two small rimmed
baking sheets with olive oil. Toss potatoes
with a drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper –
place on one section of sheet pan. Toss
green beans with a drizzle of olive oil,
salt/pepper & place them in a section
of sheet pan. Brush pork chops with olive
oil & place in remaining space on pan –
sprinkle chops with seasoning. Bake
sheet pan 25-30 minutes until meat is
cooked through & potatoes are tender.
Serves 6

(recipe: eatathomecooks.com)
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No-Bake Root Beer Float Pie

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/
divided
3/4 C. cold root beer (diet)
1/2 C. milk
1 (1 oz) pkg. sugar-free instant
vanilla pudding mix
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
maraschino cherries (optional garnish)

Separate 1/2 C. Cool Whip & refrigerate for
garnish. In large bowl whisk root beer, milk
& pudding mix 2 minutes. Fold in half of
remaining Cool Whip & spread into crust.
Spread remaining Cool Whip over pit.
Freeze at least 8 hours or overnight.
Dollop reserved Cool Whip over each
serving & top with a marschino cherry
if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Today was my babysitting day and my (almost)
1 1/2 yr old grandson was sleeping when I arrived.
That might be good, but (as I suspected) he woke
up about 10 minutes after his Mom left and was
awake the rest of the morning/afternoon – full
of energy! (His mom texted me later: “He didn’t
wear you out, did he?” – Naw – I’m tougher than
that!).

Our weather is HOT – but then, it’s July so that’s
no surprise. Got in my car to come home and
the car thermometer read: 90 degrees F. – UGH!
(so glad I have air in my car & home!). My oldest
has been taking advantage of using their kayaks
so I’m glad they’re enjoying the weather.

Hope you’re enjoying whatever kind of weather
you have at the moment – the COLD is coming
soon enough!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy FOURTH OF JULY!

Today is a GORGEOUS day for a holiday! It’s 86 degrees F. , very sunny with a slight breeze – perfect for all of you who are hosting or going to outdoor celebrations!

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Pina Colada Fluff

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 tsp. rum extract
2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 C. shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 C. chopped nuts, your choice

Combine pudding mix & crushed
pineapple in large bowl – stir until
completely combined. Fold in CoolWhip,
rum extract, marshmallows, coconut &
nuts. Chill until ready to serve.
Serves 8

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Mexicali Cheddar Bean Salad

1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can navy or great Northern
beans, drained/rinsed
6 oz. Cheddar cheese, cubed
1 small red pepper, seeded/chopped
1/2 C. thick & chunky salsa (Taco Bell)
1/2 C. sliced green onions
1/4 C. chopped cilantro (optional)
1 T. lime juice
12 lettuce leaves

Toss all ingredients (except lettuce)
in large bowl. Refrigerate several hours
until chilled. When ready to serve –
serve on lettuce-lined plates.
Makes 8 cups

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Bacon Ranch Cheese Dip

6 stips bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1 (1 oz) pkg. original Ranch Dip Mix
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. horseradish sauce
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine ranch dip mix, cream cheese,
sour cream, mayo, garlic powder, pepper,
horseradish sauce & shredded cheese –
mix using elec. mixer. Fold in green onion
& crumbled bacon using a spoon.
Makes 3 cups

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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South of the Border BBQ Chicken
Salad

3 C. cooked, diced chicken breast*
1/4 C. BBQ sauce
6 C. chopped romaine lettuce
1 tomato, diced
1 C. frozen corn, thawed
1 C. canned black beans, drained/
rinsed
1/4 C. diced red onion
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. tortilla strips

In medium bowl combine chicken &
BBQ sauce; toss to evenly coat. In
large bowl place lettuce; top with
chicken, tomato, corn, black beans,
onion & cheese. Pour dressing over
salad & toss gently to combine. Top
with tortilla strips & serve immediately.
Serves 6

*can also use rotisserie chicken, shredded

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Shredded Beef Philly
Cheesesteaks

3-4 lb. round beef roast
salt/pepper/onion powder (to taste)
cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1.1 oz) pkt. (Lipton) beefy onion
soup mix
1 bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1 white onion, sliced
1 C. water

For Serving:
sliced Swiss cheese
Hoagie buns or sliced French bread

Sprinkle roast lightly with salt/pepper &
onion powder. Place large skillet over
medium-high heat – when pan is hot, add
oil. Brown roast on all sides then add to
crockpot. Add minced garlic, onion soup
mix, bell peppers & onions to crockpot –
pour water over all. Cover & cook on Low
8 hours without opening the lid during
cooking time. Using 2 forks, shred meat
in the crockpot, discarding any fatty
pieces. Let meat & juices settle a few
minutes to let the grease rise to the top.
Using a paper towel, lay it over meat &
remove immediately – most of the grease
will be on the paper towel – discard.
Serve on sliced French bread or Hoagie
buns, topped with Swiss cheese. If you
want the cheese melted, place cheese-
topped sandwiches in oven under broiler
until cheese melts. Serves 6

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Chicken Ranch Wraps (grill)

2 C. grilled chicken breasts (cooked/
chopped/seasoned with your favorite
spices)*
1/4 C. ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 C. minced cilantro (optional)
4 (8 inch) tortillas

Fill a tortilla with cheese, cooked chicken,
minced cilantro & lots of ranch dressing. Grill
on a pan for a few minutes per side, to crisp
up the tortilla & melt the cheese. Serves 4

Other suggested fillings:
diced avocado
diced tomatoes
cooked/crumbled bacon
shredded lettuce

*You can also use rotisserie chicken or
leftover chicken/fresh grilled chicken or
any type of cooked chicken you have on
hand.

(recipe: yummly.com)
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No Bake Pudding Cake

3 (4 serving size) pkgs. instant pudding;
prepared as directed on pkgs.*
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 box graham crackers

Optional garnishes:
chocolate syrup
candy sprinkles

Lay out graham crackers in a
9 X 13″ baking dish (break to
fit). Cover grahams with half of
pudding then a layer of crackers
over pudding. Cover with remaining
pudding & top with Cool Whip.
Refrigerate overnight or at least
6 hours. Cut & serve like cake

*poster used vanilla pudding

(recipe: just2sisters.com)

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Have a WONDERFUL, safe holiday!

Hugs;

Pammie