Another beautiful Summer Day

It’s a gorgeous, sunny/breezy summer day – windows are open (don’t need air conditioning at the moment – 70 degrees F).  It’s been a very relaxing week AND I’M GRATEFUL! Due to my inability to be content with just knitting 2 different baby blankets, I’m now trying a new one: white & medium yellow stripes. (since I’m using donated yarn, mine is different: the blue stripes in the photo are white on mine & the white stripes/areas are medium yellow). We’ll see how this goes – I’m pretty sure I won’t be done with this in time for the Detroit Vet’s baby shower in September, but that’s OK – I also have the Crisis Pregnancy group to donate blankets to.

Knit Garter Stripe Baby Blanket

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Arizona Sunshine Lemon Pie

Pie:
1 large lemon
4 large eggs
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 (9 inch) piecrust, unbaked
(poster used frozen deep dish)

Topping:
1 C. whipping cream
2 T. sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Wash lemon, cut up & remove
all seeds (do not peel); place
lemon in a food processor or
blender; add eggs, butter,
vanilla & sugar – blend until
smooth. Pour mixture into crust &
bake about 40 minutes until set.
Let pie cool then chill.

Topping:
Place mixing bowl & elec. mixer
beaters in freezer for about 20
minutes. Add whipping cream &
to cold bowl & whip until peaks
form. Slice pie & serve with a
dollop of whipped cream on top.

NOTE: Pie can be served warm
(it just won’t be as firm) or at
room temperature, if desired.

(recipe: ninerecipes.com)
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Sausage/Cream Cheese Crescents

1 (16 oz) pkg. bulk pork sausage,
cooked/crumbled (any flavor)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
(or any cheese of your choice)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bowl combine sausage, cream
cheese & shredded cheese. Separate
crescent rolls into triangles; cut each
triangle in half lengthwise. Scoop a
heaping tablespoon of meat filling
onto each roll & roll up. Place rolls
on a baking sheet & bake 15 minutes
until golden brown.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Strawberry/Avocado/Spinach
Salad w/ Greek Yogurt/Poppy
Seed Dressing

Dressing:
2/3 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 C. cider vinegar
3 T. honey
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. olive oil
1 T. poppy seeds
2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Salad:
12 oz. fresh baby spinach,
rinsed/dried
1 pint strawberries, cut into
thin slices
1-2 ripe avocados, cut into
thin slices
1/2 C. toasted pecans
4 oz. goat cheese

Combine all dressing ingredients
in a jar with a lid; secure lid &
shake vigorously to combine. (OR
whisk until completely blended).
Refrigerate until ready to use. (up
to 5 days)

In large bowl gently toss all salad
ingredients together & drizzle
with dressing. Serves 8

(recipe: hostthetoast.com)
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Spaghetti Squash Tetrazzini

2 – 2 1/4 lb. spaghetti squash
1 C. water

Filling:
1 T. butter
8 oz. creminimushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. chopped onion
8 oz. chopped, cooked ham/turkey
or chicken
2 T. dry white wine or sherry

Sauce:
1 1/2 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half
3 T. butter
3 T. flour
salt/pepper, to taste

Topping:
1 C. Parmesan cheese
2 T. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. soft bread crumbs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Carefully cut squash in half
lengthwise & scoop out seeds.
Place, flesh side down, in a
glass casserole dish & pour water
over it. Cover tightly with foil &
bake 40 minutes – cool enough to
handle.
While squash is baking, heat 1 T.
butter in large nonstick skillet &
saute onions until they begin to
brown. Add mushrooms & cook
until soft; stir in wine & cooked
(meat of your choice) – continue
to saute until mixture is fairly dry.
Melt 3 T. butter in empty skillet
& whisk in flour; quickly add cold
Half & Half & cold milk – season
with salt/pepper. Cook, stirring
over medium-low heat until sauce
thickens.
When squash is cooked & cooled
using a fork, rake cooked flesh inside,
pulling it into spaghetti-like strands –
place strands in a bowl. Stir in melted
butter, Parm. cheese, nutmeg, cooked
mushroom/ham & more salt/pepper,
if needed. Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. Stir sauce into
squash mixture & toss until squash is
mixed & coated – pour into prepared
dish. Sprinkle top of casserole with
bread crumbs. In oven at 350 degrees F.
bake casserole, uncovered, 30 minutes
until crumbs are golden & casserole is
bubbly. Serves 6-8

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Marinated Baked Pork Chops

Marinade:
1 T. soy sauce
2 T. vegetable oil
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. ketchup

6 pork chops, trimmed of fat

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In small bowl blend all marinade
ingredients. Place chops in medium
baking dish & spread with half the
sauce. Bake chops 30 minutes; turn
& pour rest of sauce on chops. Bake
30 minutes longer until internal
temperature of chops reaches 145
degrees F.

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Fresh Corn/Hash Brown &
Zucchini casserole

1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese, divided
8 slices cooked bacon/crumbled &
divided
1 (30 oz) pkg. shredded hash
brown potatoes, thawed
1 C. ranch salad dressing
4 C. fresh corn kernels
2 zucchini, shredded
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream
4 green onions, chopped
1 tsp. ground black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray.

Reserve 1/2 C. cheese & 1/4 C.
bacon for topping

Combine remaining cheese & bacon
with remaining ingredients; spoon
into prepared pan. Top with
reserved cheese & bacon. Bake
40-45 minutes until heated through.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 18 (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Honey-Garlic Shrimp

3 T. honey
1 T. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. crushed chili flakes
(optional)
1 tsp. fresh minced ginger
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
(about 1 T.)
3/4 lb. medium uncooked
shrimp, peeled/deveined
1 T. olive oil
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
2 T. sliced green onion, garnish

cooked brown rice for 2
cooked broccoli or other veggies
for 2 – to serve with shrimp

Whisk honey, soy sauce, chili flakes
(if using), ginger & garlic in medium
bowl. In another medium bowl add
shrimp & oil – season with salt/pepper,
toss to coat. Heat a pan over medium-
high heat. Place shrimp in pan in an
even layer & cook on one side until
nicely seared, about 1-2 minutes. Flip
over & cook 1 more minute (so they’re
just cooked but stilla little translucent
in center). Pour honey/garlic marinade in
pan & cook until shrimp is cooked through,
about 1 minute. (If desired, remove shrimp
from pan so they don’t over cook) reduce
sauce a little to thicken it – watch it, as
sauce can easily burn.) Serve shrimp with
sauce over brown rice & cooked veggies.
Garnish with green onion. Serves 2

(recipe: tiphero.com)
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Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken
(crockpot)

4 chicken thighs (bone-in/skin on)
2 C. pineapple cut into 1″ chunks
1 yellow onion, cut into 1″ chunks
3 T. honey
2 T. soy sauce
1/2 C. dark brown sugar
1 T. grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. sesame seeds (optional)
1 T. cornstarch
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1″
chunks
chopped parsley – garnish

cooked rice for 4

In a skillet brown chicken thighs
on both sides 3-5 minutes over
high heat. Place pineapple &
onion in bottom of crockpot.
Mix honey, soy sauce, brown
sugar, grated ginger & garlic &
place in crockpot. Carefully
add chicken. Cover & cook
on Low 5 hours or High 3
hours. Mix cornstarch & water
in small bowl then stir into
crockpot along with bell
peppers. Cover & cook an
additional 30 minutes.
Serve over cooked rice & garnish
with chopped parsley.

(recipe: ninerecipes.com)
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Frozen Lemonade Pie

Crust:
1 1/2 C. graham cracker
crumbs (about 10 full-sheet
crackers)
7 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/4 C. light brown sugar

Filling:
1 C. cold heavy whipping
cream*
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. vanilla
1 (14 oz) can sweetened
condensed milk
1 T. fresh lemon zest
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 C. thawed lemonade
concentrate

Crust:
In large bowl mix graham cracker
crumbs, melted butter & brown
sugar until combined; pour into
a 9 inch pie plate or springform
pan, packing it firmly into bottom
& up sides of pan. Cover crust
with plastic wrap & refrigerate
1 hour.

Filling:
In bowl of stand mixer beat heavy
whipping cream, vanilla & sugar on
medium-high speed until stiff peaks
form (see * below)
In bowl of stand mixer beat
cream cheese & sweetnd cond. milk
until smooth. Beat in lemonade
concentrate, lemon juice & lemon
zest until combined then fold in
whipped cream mixture. Pour into
pie crust, cover with plastic wrap &
freeze a minimum of 6 hours or
until firm.
When ready to serve remove from
freezer & cut into slices.

*Can substitute 1 (8 oz) tub Cool
Whip, thawed

(recipe: yummly.co)

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Hope you’re having a nice, relaxing day!

Hugs;

Pammie

I survived Log Cabin Day – another year!

One of our members, Tracy, is also a spinner – here she’s demonstrating her craft to a young boy

My friend, Marty – all bundled up but smiling!

Our youngest member, Katie – (she has a green dragon painted on her face)

My friend, Lane (we’ve been friends since high school-used to ride the bus together)

Sally, brave soul who walked to Log Cabin Days – she’s there every year

It was a cold, windy and, at times, rainy day – not exactly the kind of day you’d like to spend outside knitting/crocheting/spinning in. As you can see from some of the photos, the ladies had to bundle up to keep warm. We braved the elements – I brought out my ‘fingerless’ gloves to wear while knitting as my hands kept getting very cold. This year the Waterford Hisorical Society chose to down-size our event from 2 days to 1, and then cut the time from 9 – 5, to 10 – 4. When asked, those in charge said that they just weren’t getting the help needed to run the event two days (and their members were getting older, hence less who volunteer). It was ‘nice’ but I found myself longing for the days past where there were Civil War reenactors & their tents, miniature steam locamotives, wood carvers, live alpacas, our ‘resident’ American Indian – alot was missing; I’m guessing simply because only doing this event one day and for only 6 hours was simply not worth all the efforts involved in set up and tear down. In years past the ‘tent people’ (reenactors) would come in Friday, set up their tents and live on the grounds until Sunday night – cooking/eating/sleeping in their environment – this year their area was bare. There are two parts to the grounds – the main area where the entertainment/food/and all the old buildings are – then there’s ‘over the bridge’ where my group (and the tents) are. The only other group in our area was a husband & wife who bring in surveying maps & equipment from the early beginnings of my state: Michigan. They set up their tent and dress in period costumes while informing people of the history of surveying – very interesting.  It was a good day but sad for me, as well – I miss the energy and excitement of Log Cabin Days past.

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Raspberry Mandarin Whip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1/2 C granulated sugar
1 (12 oz. tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 bananas, sliced
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained
1 (16 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries

In medium bowl mix cream cheese &
sugar until smooth & fluffy. Stir in Cool
Whip; fold in bananas, mandarin
oranges & raspberries. Transfer to a
9 X 13″ baking dish. Cover & freeze at
least 4 hours. Remove from freezer
half hour before serving.

(recipe: simplerecipes – Facebook)
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Wedge Salad Dip

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
1 packet Ranch salad Dressing mix
1 1/2 C. chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 C. chopped tomatoes
1/2 C. chopped, cooked bacon
2-4 oz. crumbled blue cheese, to taste
1 T. chopped fresh chives

crackers or tortilla chips, for dipping

Combine cream cheese, sour cream &
ranch dip mix – mix until smooth. Spread
into bottom of 9 inch pie plate. Top with
lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, blue cheese &
chives. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips

(recipe: lemontreedwelling.com)
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Crispy/Spicy Zucchini Fries

3-4 large zucchini, ends removed/
cut into thin wedges
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 C. panko breadcrumbs
1 1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder, (optional)
1/4 tsp. paprika

vegetable oil, for frying

Fill a deep skillet or Dutch oven with
2 inches of vegetable oil-heat over
medium heat until oil reaches 350
degrees F. on deep-fry thermometer.
Line a large plate with paper towels
(to drain cooked wedges)
In shallow bowl or dish with a lip,
mix flour, salt & pepper together.
Place beaten egg in a second bowl.
In third bowl combine Parmesan
cheese, panko breadcrumbs, chili
powder & paprika – mix well.
In batches, dredge zucchini wedges
in flour mixture. Shake off excess &
dip in eggs, making sure all sides
are coated. Let remaining egg drip
off then dredge in panko/parm.
mixture, pressing firmly so that it
adheres to wedges. Carefully lower
wedges into frying oil & cook,
turning over in middle of cooking,
3-4 minutes until wedges are a
reddish golden color. Remove
using a slotted spoon, to a paper-
towel lined plate to drain. Serve
immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Baked Orange Chicken

Chicken:
3-4 boneless skinless chicken
breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
salt/pepper, to taste
1 1/2 C. cornstarch
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 C. canola oil

Sauce:
2/3 C. brown sugar
2/3 C. orange juice
1/4 C. soy sauce
2 tsp. sriracha sauce
3 T. white vinegar
3 T. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. cornstarch

Cooked rice for 4-6 people

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Season chicken with salt/pepper. In
separate bowls place cornstarch &
beaten eggs. Dip chicken pieces into
cornstarch, then egg mixture. Heat
canola oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat & cook until lightly browned.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray & place coated chicken in pan.
In medium bowl whisk brown sugar,
orange juice, sriracha, both vinegars,
soy sauce, garlic salt & cornstarch;
pour over chicken & bake 1 hour.
Serve over rice, if desired.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Fire & Ice Salsa

3 C. watermelon, diced
1 C. cucumber, seeded/
diced
1 T. chopped green onion
1/2 C. bell peppers, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
diced (optional)
2 T. chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 medium red onion, diced
2 T. fresh lime juice
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

In large bowl combine all ingredients.
Mix well & serve.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Parmesan-crusted Pork Chops

4 boneless pork chops
1/3 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
2 T. Italian bread crumbs
3 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 pinch paprika
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/4 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray glass baking dish with
nonstick spray. Drizzle pork
chops with olive oil on both
sides. In shallow bowl combine
Parm. cheese, bread crumbs,
garlic powder, paprika, parsley
& pepper – dredge chops in
mixture until completely coated.
Heat 1 T. oil in a skillet & saute
chops, 5 minutes each side.
Place in baking dish & cook
25-30 minutes (longer if using
thicker chops)
Serves 4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Chinese Chicken/Noodle Salad

Salad:
1 (16 oz) box linguine
2-3 C. rotisserie chicken, chopped
2 C. frozen peas, thawed
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 C. carrots, grated
4 green onions, chopped on a
diagonal
4 T. toasted sesame seeds

Noodles:
1/2 C. soy sauce
2 T. sesame oil
2 T. brown sugar
1/4 C. canola or vegetable oil
1 T. fresh garlic, minced
1 T. fresh garlic, grated
1/4 C. rice wine vinegar
1 tsp. sriracha sauce

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions.
Place all salad ingredients in large bowl.
Place all dressing ingredients in large glass
measuring cup – stir to combine – pour
dressing over salad & toss to combine.
Cover & refrigerate 2-3 hours before
serving. When ready to serve: taste &
adjust salt/pepper. Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Chocolate Pecan Slab Pie

Crust:

1 box (2 crusts) refrigerated pie
crust
1 1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. cocoa powder
2 T. sugar
1/4 C. butter, softened

Filling:

4 eggs
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 1/2 C. light corn syrup
3 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
4 oz. dark chocolate baking
bar, chopped
coarse sea salt
2 C. pecan halves

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Toast pecan halves in a baking
dish 5 minutes until lightly
browned.
Open pie crust box – allow
crusts to sit at room temp.
about 10 minutes then unroll
both crusts. Press both into
a 15 X 10″ flat rimmed baking
sheet; cover entire bottom &
sides of sheet & overlap crusts
in  middle. Be sure seams are
firmly sealed. In a large bowl
whisk flour, cocoa powder &
sugar. Add 1/4 C. butter & cut
mixture using 2 knives or pastry
cutter. Press mixture on top of
unbaked crust. Bake 15 minutes
until chocolate puffs a bit; remove
from oven. In large bowl beat eggs,
sugar, corn syrup, butter & vanilla;
mix until fully combined & smooth.
Pour on top of chocolate crust &
spread evenly; sprinkle chopped
chocolate & toasted pecans on
top. Bake 20 minutes until filling
is set; cool completely before
cutting. Serves 15-16

NOTE:  When cutting: spray a sharp
knife with nonstick spray before
cutting-makes cutting easier & a little
less gooey.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)

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Last night when I got home I told my husband I
wanted two things: a hot cup of tea and a warm
shower – I was really chilled. The next knitting
event for our group comes up at the end of July:
the Oakland County Historical Society’s Ice Cream
Social which takes place on the grounds of our
first Governor’s house (mansion). Our group
took part last year but it poured rain the entire
day (we were located in the Carriage House
so we were dry), making it a day when few
people chose to come out for such an event.
This year the lady organizing this approached
me yesterday, making sure our group would be
there this year. IF the weather permits, we will
be located under a very large sycamore tree
which, I’m told, is right in the middle of the
event. Really hoping the weather permits
and is DRY and not too hot. You really begin
to test your ‘meddle’ when faced with doing
your craft outside/all day. It’s worth it – we did
have one young couple stop by who had just
moved to the area. The wife seemed very
excited to discover our group in her area –
hopefully she will join us soon!

Hoping your weekend was pleasant;

Hugs;

Pammie

Help! I’m Lost on “PINTEREST”!

Free Knitting Pattern for Classic Lace Baby Throw - This baby blanket by Lion Brand Yarn is knit in 3 panels of lace and 2 panels of seed stitch and then seamed. 32 x 35 in. (81.5 x 89 cm)

If you’ve read my blog for very long you know I LOVE knitting – especially if it’s challenging (Why? I’m not sure!). There is a wonderful site on line that’s free; it’s called PINTEREST and it has all kinds of ideas for almost anything you can think of: crafts, cooking, fitness, home improvement, fashion, building, inspirational sayings, tips on how to raise foods/yard plants, etc. – if you think it – it’s probably on that site!

http://pinterest.com

They have a HUGE area for all things knitting and, in particular: Lace Knitting. I have recently learned that I love the challenge of lace knitting. It doesn’t have to be a doily (which most of you are probably thinking of when you hear lace knitting) – almost all of the baby blankets I have knit lately have been lace patterns. For example, the picture above is a lace knitting pattern (one I’ve bookmarked for a future baby blanket). There is really only ONE problem with Pinterest: once you start looking you get MESMERIZED! You can lose entire hours just looking at all the various things there! Sometimes you end up seeing a lot of the same thing; for example, I was looking at a particular site that just dealt with lace knitting – there were probably at least 12 patterns with the same photos repeated over & over & over! Why? Not really sure – you just learn to kind of skip/skim over them. If you have some extra time give Pinterest a try – I’m sure there’s something on there you would find interesting! (even recipes!)

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Hotel Rice Pudding

1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 C. sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pint sour cream
1 C. raisins
1/3 C. chopped maraschino
cherries
3 C. cooked long or whole-
grain rice (not instant)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
spray a 1 1/2 quart casserole
dish with nonstick spray. In
large bowl cream butter &
sugar. Using elec. mixer, beat
in eggs, one-at-a-time. Add
remaining ingredients & mix
well. Pour mixture into
prepared dish & bake 45-50
minutes until center is set.
Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Bacon & Egg Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
8 hard cooked eggs, chopped
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. finely chopped red onion
2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain/rinse & let cool.
Place cooled macaroni in large
bowl; add remaining ingredients &
mix well. Cover & refrigerate at
least 1 hour before serving.
Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Chicken & Mushrooms

1 1/2 lb. chicken
2 T. oil
1 (16 oz) pkg. crimini mushrooms,
sliced
1 yellow onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt/pepper, to taste
1/4 C. fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 C. chicken broth
2 T. cornstarch

Cooked rice or pasta

In medium skillet add oil & chicken; cook
on medium-high heat & sear until brown;
flip & brown on other side. Place in crockpot.
In same skillet add onion & saute until
tender; put in crockpot. Place mushrooms,
garlic, & parsley in an even layer over chicken;
pour in broth & add salt/pepper. Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours. Remove chicken &
add cornstarch to juices & mushrooms in
crockpot. Whisk until smooth then return
chicken to crockpot. Cover & cook until
gravy is thick, about 20 minutes. Serve
over cooked rice or pasta.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Garlic/Lemon/Butter
Artichokes

6 qt. or larger crockpot

3 medium artichokes (or 2 large)
salt
pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lemon
1/4 C. butter
1 C. water

Cut bottoms off artichokes so they
sit flat; cut very tops off (about
half inch). If you have trouble
getting the chokes to fit, peel off
a few of the outer leaves; place
them in crockpot. Sprinkle salt/pepper
then add garlic. Squeeze lemon
juice over them. Cut butter into
slices & place on top. Add water
to bottom of crockpot. Cover &
cook on High 3 1/2 hours without
opening lid during cooking time.
Serve with melted butter (or
mayonnaise, if that’s your thing)
Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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BLT Panzanella (Bread) Salad

1 lb. bacon
1 T. olive oil
1/2 loaf French or Italian bread,
cut into 1-inch squares
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
4 C. chopped romaine lettuce
4 C. chopped iceberg lettuce
1 C. fresh basil leaves
2 large tomatoes, cored/cut ito
bite-sized pieces

Dressing:
2 T. fresh lemon juice
zest from 1/4 lemon
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. whole grain mustard
1 T. mayonnaise
1 T. sour cream (or creme fraiche)
1/2 tsp. honey
few drops sriracha or other hot sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
few grinds fresh ground black pepper
2 T. bacon fat
3 T. olive oil
1 T. basil, finely chopped

Cut bacon into 4 pieces each;
cook until crisp in large skillet.
Drain on paper towels & reserve
1 T. in pan & 2 more for dressing –
total of 3 T. reserved.
Add oil to 1 T. bacon fat in skillet &
heat to medium high. Add bread,
salt & pepper – toss continuously
until toasted on all sides, about
10 minutes.
Cut romaine & iceberg lettuces into
bite-sized pieces – place in large bowl.
Add whole basil leaves, tomatoes,
cooked bacon & toasted bread – toss.

Dressing:
Place all dressing ingredients (except
bacon fat, oil & basil) into a blender –
blend & slowly add bacon fat & olive
oil. Toss in basil & pulse a few times
to combine. Serve dressing drizzled over
salad & tossed to coat – or on side, if
desired.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Cantonese Orange Ribs
(oven & crockpot methods)

1 slab meaty pork baby back
ribs, cut into serving pieces

Glaze: (for both methods)
1 C. orange marmalade
3/4 C. water
1/3 C. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger

OVEN directions:
Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Place ribs, meaty side down, in
a shallow roasting pan. Roast
30 minutes; drain fat. Turn
ribs meaty-sides up, reduce
oven temp. to 350 degrees &
continue roasting (uncovered)
60 minutes longer.
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CROCKPOT directions:
Place ribs in a 5-7 qt. crockpot.
Add 1 C. water & 1 T. soy sauce.
Cook on Low 6-8 hours.

Glaze:
 Place all glaze ingredients in a
small saucepan; bring to boil
over high heat. Reduce heat
to medium-low & reduce by
50% (should be like thick syrup).
Heat a gas grill OR broiler on
High heat. Generously glaze ribs
with glaze. Grill each side
approximately 5 minutes –
watch them carefully so they
don’t burn – just get bubbly
on the surface & slightly crisp.
Serves 4

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Pecan Pie Bars

Crust:
1 1/4 C. (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted
butter, room temp.
6 T. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 C. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt

Topping:
2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 C. light corn syrup
1 1/2 C. light brown sugar, packed
2 T. heavy cream
1 lb. pecans, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Crust:

Beat butter & gran. sugar in bowl
of elec. mixer fitted with a paddle
attachment until light, about 3
minutes. Add eggs & vanilla; mix
well. Sift together flour, baking
powder & salt. Mix dry ingredients
into batter with mixer on Low
speed just until combined. Press
dough evenly into ungreased
9 X 13 inch baking sheet,
making an edge around edge like
you would a pie crust. (It will be
very sticky; sprinkle dough &
your hands lightly with flour)
Bake 15 minutes until crust is
set but not browned; let cool.

Topping:

Combine butter, corn syrup &
brown sugar in large, heavy-
bottomed saucepan. Cook over
Low heat until butter is melted,
using a wooden spoon to stir.
Raise heat & boil 3 minutes;
remove from heat. Stir in heavy
cream & nuts; pour over crust,
trying not to get the filling
between the crust & pan. Bake
25-30 minutes until filling is set.
Remove from oven & allow to cool.
Wrap in plastic wrap & refrigerate
until cold. Cut into bars & serve.
Serves 18

(recipe: theslowroastedItalian.com)

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Today is another busy day so I’m taking
a little time to relax here on my computer
as well as knitting a few rows on both
baby blankets. Among my purchases at
WalMart yesterday were two very large
balls of yarn: one a bright, cheery
yellow and a bright blue – sometimes
it’s hard for me to CURB my desire to
start another project when I see a really
cute pattern or nice baby yarn. Ah, the
‘fun’ of being a bit ADHD (Attention
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) – No,
I don’t actually have ADHD (my middle
son does) – basically you get easily
distracted by almost anything! I’m not
that bad, but when it comes to yarns,
knitting & new patterns – I’m there!

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Out ‘Shoppin’! (or – subtitle: I LOVE A GOOD BARGAIN!)

Today found me out & about – first trip was to the Salvation Army looking for a chest of drawers for middle son. Didn’t find one BUT found two very nice long ‘church’ skirts ( 99 cents each!), some yarn (of course) and three very lovely hand knit baby blankets (each around $3.99). I have learned to search for these (if they’re a good price and in almost new condition) – they get added to the many blankets & items we donate to the Detroit Veteran’s Baby Shower in September. For $3.99 I couldn’t MAKE one so these were a really good find. Next was WalMart (no, I don’t shop there often but when I do…look out!). Best deal? a VERY large black forest ham/Swiss cheese/lettuce sub sandwich for $3.29! Why so low a price? It was made yesterday – normal price: $4.99! It was large enough for me to have a quarter of it and husband had the rest – VERY big lunch and very reasonable, too!

Tomorrow night is my special needs group’s last Gym Night until Fall – we’re doing Bingo. Our kids love this as we have small prizes for winning (and, of course, enough for everyone to win at least one thing). Some of the other leaders have already found some nice small items so it was my turn. Let me tell ya – trying to find something small & reasonably price for a GUY is not easy! I ended up buying four key chains that have foam ‘floats’ on them (in case you drop them in the water when boating or swimming) – weird, I know – but I was desperate! Bought 2 big boxes of the ‘theater candy’ (99 cents each) – I kind of gave up. I’m pretty sure there will also be individual bags of chips as prizes, so we’ll be ‘good’.

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Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/3 C. milk
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
2 C. chocolate chips
1 C. caramel sauce
1/2 C. (from a can of vanilla
prepared frosting)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In bowl beat dry
cake mix, milk, eggs & melted
butter until fully combined & smooth;
pour batter into prepared dish.
Sprinkle top of batter with chocolate
chips & press them down slightly.
Bake 30-35 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into cake comes out clean.
Let cake cool 30 minutes.
Spray  long fork tines with nonstick
spray: using fork, poke holes all over
top of cake. Pour caramel sauce on
top. Let cake stand 1 hour to allow
caramel to soak into cake. Microwave
prepared frosting about 15-30 seconds
until it is thinned out & easy to drizzle.
Drizzle frosting on top of cake before
serving. Serves 12-15
Store leftovers, covered, in refrigerator

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Bacon/Cheeseburger Casserole

1 uncooked pie crust
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
5 slices bacon, chopped
1/3 C. panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. yellow mustard
3 T. BBQ sauce
1 T. ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg
1/4 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Brown ground beef, onion & bacon
until no pink remains; drain well.
Remove from heat & stir in bread
crumbs, mustard, BBQ sauce, ketchup,
Worc. sauce & pepper – place mixture
into pie crust. In small bowl combine
cheese, milk & egg – spread over
meat mixture. Cover edges of pie
crust with foil (or a pie shield) to
prevent over browning of crust edges.
Bake 15 minutes, remove foil & bake
an additional 15 minutes.

NOTE: you can also add diced pickles
to the dish, omit them or serve them
on the side.

(recipe: tasteerecipe.com)
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Greek Pasta Salad

1 (12 – 16 oz) box curly pasta
(radiatore or ruffles)
1 (10 oz) bag fresh spinach,
rinsed/drained/coarsely chopped
1/2 lb. (8 oz) feta cheese, crumbled
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 C. pitted Kalamata olives, drained
1 C. bottled Greek salad dressing
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain, rinse & drain again. In large bowl
combine remaining ingredients; add
pasta & toss gently until evenly coated.
Serve or refrigerate until ready to
serve. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Hawaiian Party Salad

8 oz. elbow macaroni, cooked/
rinsed in cold water
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained (reserve 1/4 C. juice)
2 C. cooked/cubed ham
1/2 C. shredded carrot
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt

In large bowl combine cooked
macaroni, pineapple chunks, ham,
carrots & onions. In small bowl
whisk reserved juice, mayonnaise,
sour cream, vinegar, sugar & salt –
pour over pasta mixture & mix
until evenly coated. Serve or chill
until ready to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Green Beans

4 (14.5 oz, ea) cans green beans,
rinsed/drained
8 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked/
crumbled (reserve 2 T. drippings)
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. ketchup
1/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1/3 C. BBQ sauce
1/4 C. honey
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

In large bowl combine ketchup, brown
sugar, BBQ sauce, honey. Wors. sauce &
cayenne until combined – season with
salt/pepper. Heat 2 T. reserved
bacon drippings in large pan or skillet
over medium-high heat. Saute onions
until softened & translucent – season
with salt/pepper & red pepper flakes –
remove from heat. Spray crockpot
insides with nonstick spray; place green beans
& onions (including remaining bacon
grease) in crockpot. Pour BBQ/ketchup
mixture over beans. Mix together then
top with crumbled bacon. Cover & cook
on High 2-3 hours or Low 4-5 hours.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Sweet Honey-Mustard Chicken
(crockpot & freezer meal)

4 chicken breasts (or 10-12 thighs)
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 C. honey
1/4 C. (4 T.) butter
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
salt/pepper, to taste

Crockpot:
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place all ingredients in crockpot.
Cover & cook on High 3-4 hours or
5-6 on Low. Remove rosemary sprigs
(discard) & shred chicken. Place chicken
back in crockpot – stir.
Serve over buttered rice, mashed
potatoes or noodles.

Freezer Meal:
Combine all ingredients & place in
freezer ziplock bag; label & freeze flat.
The day before you plan to cook, place
in fridge to thaw overnight. Next day
follow above directions for crockpot
cooking.

(recipe: auntbeesrecipes.com)
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Simple Caesar Salad for a Crowd

2 bags romaine lettuce
2 bunches green onions, sliced
1 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 bottle (good quality) Caesar
salad dressing
(toasted croutons, if desired)

Place both bags lettuce in large
salad bowl. Scatter sliced green
onions on top & sprinkle Parm.
cheese on top – toss well.
Drizzle salad dressing, a little
at a time, over mixture & toss
well as you add dressing.
Sprinkle a little more Parm.
cheese on top (& add croutons,
if using).

(recipe: lifeinmyemptynest.blogspot)
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Triple Chocolate Punch Bowl Cake


Cake:
1 1/2 C. hot brewed coffee
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
(finely chopped – or use chips)
3 large eggs
3/4 C. vegetable oil
1 1/2 C. buttermilk*
3/4 tsp. vanilla
3 c. granulated sugar
2 1/2 C. flour
1 1/2 C. cocoa powder (regular,
not Dutch)
2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. salt

Pudding:
2 (3.4 oz, ea) boxes instant
chocolate pudding mix
3 C. milk
1 C. cream

Whipped Cream topping:
2 C. heavy whipping cream
6-8 T. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
(fresh berries – optional)

CAKE:
Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Place chocolate in heat-proof bowl;
pour hot coffee over chocolate & let
stand, stirring occasionally, until
chocolate is melted. Beat eggs (using
elec. mixer) until thick & lemon-colored.
Slowly add oil to eggs, then slowly add
buttermilk – then vanilla. Add chocolate
mixture slowly & beat until well combined.
In another bowl, sift sugar, flour, cocoa, soda,
powder & salt – add gradually to liquids &
beat on medium speed just until combined.
Spray 8 or 9″ baking pans with nonstick spray.
Pour batter into pans & bake 40-60 minutes
(until center is set – do not overbake).

PUDDING:
Place pudding mix, milk & cream in large bowl
& whisk until mix is totally dissolved, 2-3
minutes. Chill until ready to assemble cake.

WHIPPED CREAM:
Place all ingredients in stand mixer with
attachment & beat until firm peaks form.
(NOTE: the amount of powdered sugar just
depends on personal preference)
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TO ASSEMBLE:
Break up baked cake into bite-sized pieces.
Place about 1/3 of cake in bottom of large
punch bowl or trifle bowl. Add 1/3 of pudding
(in even layer) then 1/3 of whipped cream (evenly).
Repeat these steps 2 times, ending with whipped
cream. Top with fresh berries, if desired.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 16

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar into
a 2-Cup measuring cup. Pour in enough
milk to read 1 1/2 Cups. Stir then let
set 5 minutes – now you have 1 1/2 C.
buttermilk!

(recipe: neighborfoodblog.com)

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My ‘car saga’ yesterday worked out, finally –
they were able to finish all the work by 4:45 p.m.;
by then my husband was home & could drive me
back to the dealership. I was able to leave there &
make it to my special needs group a little early.

Thanks for your suggestions/ideas on
how to fix my car! You know me & my
ability to ‘pick up people’? While sitting
in the dealership waiting room a lady
came over & asked what I was knitting
so I explained about the charity baby
blankets. She mentioned she belongs
to a group in a nearby city that provides
clothing for needy families; the one thing
they don’t seem to be able to get is:
BABY HATS … you guessed it, she asked
for my business card and was interested
in whether I would be able to knit some
for their group. (You know me & a good
cause – guess I’ll be switching ‘gears’ for
awhile & knitting baby hats for them.
I think I’m not the only one knitting baby
hats for our local hospital so they can
be put on hold for awhile. Hey – IF I can
fill a need for a good cause – I’m there.

I’m truly grateful for air conditioning as the weather
has turned really hot (in the high 80’s/90’s).

Gas prices are now down to $2.26/9 – dropped
another 3 cents – YAY!

I’m sitting here enjoying my ‘off day’ from
babysitting & other appointments; feels
nice to know that I don’t have to GO anywhere
later on. Dinner is Enchiladas – easy & lasts
more than one meal – YAY!

Have a GREAT Day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Time to ENJOY LIFE!

It’s looking like another beautiful day here – in the mid 70’s & sunny! So far this week my babysitting has been rather easy (I say that quietly – I’m happy with seeing the little guy but rather enjoy a LITTLE sitting rather than 8+ hour days, back to back). The other grandfather is currently in the hospital as of Saturday – they think he had another stroke but can find no signs of it so they’re running tests. I feel really bad for the grandmother & daughter (my oldest son’s girlfriend & Mom to the baby) – they have enough stress in their lives so this just added more. Grandfather has had a history of strokes and has been losing weight (15 lb. in a little over a month) so they think he also has a slow bleed somewhere, hence why they’re keeping him at the hospital for testing. I only babysat Tuesday 2:30 – 5, so that was easy and the baby was in a great mood. Tuesday was Knit/Crochet Night, last night was special needs group. THIS SATURDAY the knit group talked me into arranging something new for us; this Saturday is NATIONAL KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY! We’re going to meet on Panera Bread’s patio at 10 a.m. and just do what we all love – KNIT (and I included our crocheters, too). Not sure just how many we’ll have (I’m guessing maybe 3?) and I’m not planning on staying long (maybe an hour?) but it’s all open-ended, so we’ll see. Currently still plodding ahead with the blue ‘Tassel stitch’ baby blanket and started another multi-color blue/white/lime green blanket in the stitch I did last (It’s from the Linus Project – another charity that collects blankets and, NO-I only borrowed their pattern, not joining another charity project group – that would be a little too much for me). I’m ‘trying’ to get my knit items delivered – need to take 40 baby hats to local hospital and about 5-6 blankets to Crisis Pregnancy Center’s mobile unit (they are a little hard to coordinate delivery times for – they are a mobile unit that travels all over; we’re looking at next week some time).

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Hawaiian Cheesecake Salad

8 oz. cream cheese
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant cheesecake
pudding mix (unprepared)
1 C. International Delight French
Vanilla (coffee) Creamer
1 lb. strawberries, hulled/sliced
4 mandarin oranges, peeled/
sectioned
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
drained
3 kiwi, peeled/cut into half moons
2 mangoes, cut into bite-sized
chunks
1 banana, cut into circles
juice of 1/2 lemon

In medium (tall) bowl-poster
uses 8 C measuring cup) using
elec. mixer, whip cream cheese
until smooth. Add dry pudding
mix – beat until well combined.
With mixer on Low, slowly add
creamer to cream cheese mix –
about a tablespoon at a time –
mix until it becomes smooth &
all of creamer has been combined
into cream cheese – repeat until
all creamer has been used – whip
until smooth. In large bowl,
combine strawberries, oranges, pine-
apple, kiwi & mango. Add cheese-
cake mixture to fruit & gently
fold together. In small bowl combine
banana & lemon juice – toss until
well coated, draining any excell
lemon juice. Gently fold banana
into cheesecake salad. Chill until
ready to serve or serve immediately.
Serves 16

NOTE: Do not pour all of creamer into
cream cheese mixture at once – it will
get clumpy & no matter how long you
beat it, it will stay that way.

Recipe can be made ahead: Prepare
cheesecake mixture & refrigerate in
bowl. Mix all of fruit in large bowl &
refrigerate. Before serving, drain any
excess liquid from fruit then fold into
cheesecake mixture.

(recipe: theslowroasteditalian.com)
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Asiago Chicken Pasta w/Sun-dried
Tomatoes & Spinach

1/3 C. sun-dried tomatoes (with oil)
2 T.) (comes in a jar)
1 lb. chicken breasts, sliced in half &
chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt
paprika
1 C. Half & Half
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. asiago cheese, grated
8 oz. box penne pasta
2 C. fresh spinach leaves

If sun-dried tomatoes are too big,
chop into smaller bites. Heat 2 T.
olive oil with tomatoes & garlic in
skillet over medium heat. Add
chopped chicken – generously
season chicken in skillet with salt &
paprika – cook until chicken is cooked
through completely. To skillet add 1 C.
Half & Half & 1/4 tsp. salt – bring to boil.
Add grated Asiago cheese & stir about
30 seconds to melt cheese. Reduce heat
to simmer & continue stirring to make
sure all cheese melts. If sauce is too thick,
add another 1/3 C. Half & Half & stir.
Taste sauce – add more salt, if needed. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions – drain/
rinse. Add past to sauce. Add spinach & mix
well. On Low simmer, cover with lid & let
pasta sit to allow spinach to wilt. After
spinach has wilted, stir everything together
to combine – taste & adjust seasonings if
needed. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.co)
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Taco-stuffed Zucchini Boats

4 medium zucchini, cut in half
lengthwise
1/2 C. mild salsa
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt, to taste
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 small onion, minced
2 T. bell pepper, minced
1 (4 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 C. water
1/2 C. Mexican-blend shredded
cheese
1/4 C. chopped scallions or cilantro,
for topping

Bring large pot of salted water to
boil.
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place 1/4 C. salsa in bottom of
large baking dish. Using a small
spoon or melon baller, hollow out
centers of zucchini halves, leaving
1/4 inch thick shell on each. Chop
scooped out flesh into small pieces
& set aside 3/4 C.  to add to taco
filling (squeeze excess water out
using a paper towel) – discard
rest of flesh or using in another
recipe. Drop zuccini halves in
boiling water & cook 1 minute –
remove from water. Brown turkey
in large skillet, breaking up pieces
while cooking; when meat is no
longer pink, add spices & stir well.
Add onion, bell pepper, reserved
zucchini flesh, tomato sauce & water-
stir then cover & simmer on Low
20  minutes. Using a spoon, fill
hollowed zucchini ‘boats’, dividing
filling equally, about 1/3 C. per
half, pressing mixture into boats
firmly. Top each with 1 T. shredded
cheese. Cover with foil & bake 35
minutes until cheese melts &
zucchinis are cooked through. Top
with scallions & serve with salsa
on the side. Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Garlicky Shrimp Alfredo Bake

10 oz. penne pasta
3 T. butter, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. medium or large shrimp,
peeled/deveined
3 T. chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 T. flour
3/4 C. milk
1/4 C. chicken broth
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese,
divided
1/4 C. plus 2 T. freshly grated
Parmesan cheese, divided
fresh ground black pepper
2 large tomatoes, chopped (about 1 C.)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large pot salted water cook pasta
accordg. to pkg. directions for al dente;
drain & return to pot. In large oven-
proof skillet over medium heat, melt
1 T. butter; add garlic, shrimp & 2 T.
parsley – season with salt. Cook until
shrimp is pink & no longer opaque,
2 minutes per side. Transfer shrimp
to a plate (keep juices in skillet)
Add remaining 2 T. butter to skillet
& let melt; add flour & whisk until
golden, 1-2 minutes. Add milk &
chicken broth – bring to simmer.
Stir in 3/4 C. mozzarella & 1/4 C.
Parmesan cheese until creamy –
season with salt/pepper. Return
shrimp to skillet; add tomatoes &
cooked pasta – toss until combined.
(add more milk if mixture is too
thick). Sprinkle with remaining
1/4 C. mozzarella & 2 T. Parmesan
& bake until melty, 5-7 minutes.
Place under broiler 2-3 minutes
until top is golden (watch carefully
so it doesn’t burn). Garnish with
remaining T. parsley & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Farmers Market Summer Crockpot Stew


1 (2 lb.) beef chuck roast, cut into
1/2 inch cubes
1/3 C. flour
3 T. olive oil
2 C. sliced carrots
3 ribs celery, diced
3 C. russet potatoes, diced into 1/2
inch pieces
1 large onion, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 C. water
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 T. minced fresh parsley
salt/pepper, to taste

In large bowl combine beef cubes & flour,
mixing well to coat. In medium saucepan
over medium-high heat, saute beef in oil,
stirring occasionally until beef is slightly
browned, 5-10 minutes (beef will not be
entirely cooked). Place beef in crockpot;
add carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, garlic,
tomatoes, water, vinegar & seasonings –
stir to combine. Cover & cook on Low
5-6 hours. Season with salt/pepper before
serving. Serves 8-10

NOTE: Stew will keep, refrigerated, up
to 4 days

(recipe: wholeandheavenlyoven.com)
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Loaded Macaroni Salad


8 oz. shell macaroni
4 eggs, hard-boiled/chopped
4 sweet pickles, chopped
2 oz. pimento, diced
6 oz. black olives, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. paprika

Cook macaroni accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & rinse under
cold water. Place cooked macaroni
in large bowl with eggs, pickles,
olives, pimentos & onion. In small
bowl mix vinegar, mayonnaise, salt/
pepper, paprika & mustard – pour
over macaroni mixture & mix
thoroughly. Chill at least 1 hour
before serving.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups

9 lasagna noodles
1 (14.5 oz) jar Garlic Alfredo
sauce
1 lb. cooked, shredded chicken
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic salt
2 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray an 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. Pour 1/2 C. Alfredo
sauce on bottom of pan & spread
out. Cook lasagna noodles until
al dente (do not over cook them
as they will be baked, also). Drain
& rinse noodles with cold water.
While they are cooking mix 1 C.
Alfredo sauce, 1 C. Mozz. cheese,
chicken, garlic salt & oregano in
a bowl. Lay out cooked noodles &
blot water off with paper towel.
Spread 1/9 of chicken mixture on
a noodle – roll up  & place, seam
sides down in pan – repeat with
remaining noodles & sauce. Pour
rest of Alfredo sauce on top &
top with remaining cheese. Bake
30 minutes. Serves 4-5

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Mini Muffin Tin Lasagnas
(appetizer)

1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 (15 oz) carton ricotta cheese
2 C. shredded Italian cheese blend,
divided
1 T. olive oil
24 wonton wrappers*
1 (24 oz) jar garden-style pasta
sauce
minced fresh parsley (optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In bowl mix egg, ricotta cheese &
1 1/4 C. Italian cheese blend.
Generously grease 12 muffin cups
with oil; line each with a wonton
wrapper. Fill each with 1 T. ricotta
mixture & 1 1/2 T. pasta sauce. Top
each with a second wrapper, rotating
corners & pressing down centers.
Repeat ricotta & sauce layers. Sprinkle
tops with remaining cheese blend. Bake
20-25 minutes until cheese has melted.
If desired, sprinkle tops with parsley.
Makes 6 servings.

*You can find wonton wrappers in most
grocery stores in the refrigerated section
of the vegetable/fruit aisle

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pineapple Sunshine Cake

1 box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 C. oil (poster used vegetable)

Frosting:
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple with
juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
combine cake mix, eggs, oil &
crushed pineapple with juice;
mix well & pour into prepared
pan. Bake 25-30 minutes until
a toothpick inserted into center
of cake comes out clean. Allow
to cool completely on wire rack.
In medium bowl fold Cool Whip,
pudding mix & crushed pineapple;
spread over top of cooled cake.

NOTE: Poster reserves a small
amount of pineapple to sprinkle
on top of frosting at the end

(recipe: belleofthekitchen.com)

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Not much else new around here, gas
prices are staying the same ($2.49/9).

Hope you are enjoying a lovely day –

Hugs;

Pammie

Another NEW Month!

Have been kinda busy lately, sorry for lack of posting. Middle son finally moved out Friday – well, let’s just say KINDA moved out. His new place is an entire basement – one problem: no closet! His solution: leave his work suits at our house, drop by about an hour before work, shower & change into suit, grab a bite to eat then go to work (repeat after work). We got together & ordered a clothes rack for him, but won’t be here for 2-4 weeks! Oh well, at least we get to SEE him each day, check on how things are going, etc. I see, on Facebook, he’s asked his friends for any furniture they might want to donate to his cause. As he puts it: I own very little: a bed, large screen TV and one small 4 drawer dresser – he’s right; his older brother said he’s going to have to eventually section off that basement into seating areas, etc. Oh well, the ‘fun’ for him, begins!

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Cake Mix Peanut Butter Bars

Crust:
1 box white cake mix
1 egg
3/4 C. peanut butter
1/4 C. canola oil

Filling:
1 (14 oz) can sweetened
condensed milk
1/2 C. peanut butter chips
3/4 C. chopped peanuts
1 C. chopped Reese’s peanut
butter cups (poster used mini’s)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix cake mix, egg, canola oil &
peanut butter in large bowl (mix
using hands or a large spoon until
it makes a crumbly dough. Spray
9 X 13 pan with nonstick spray &
press 3/4 ths of mixture onto
bottom of pan; reserve 1/4
dough mixture. Pour entire can
of sweetened cond. milk over
pressed dough; sprinkle top with
nuts, peanut butter chips &
chopped Reese’s. Sprinkle reserved
dough over toppings (most of layer
should be covered.
Bake 20-25 minutes until edges
are golden brown. Cool at least
45 minutes before serving.
Serves 12

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Spinach Salad

1 (10 oz) bag spinach
3/4 C. craisins (dried cranberries)
3/4 C. sliced almonds, toasted

Dressing:
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. dried minced onion
3/4 tsp. poppy seeds
1/8 tsp. paprika
2 T. white wine vinegar
1/4 C. vegetable oil

Place spinach, craisins & almonds
in large bowl. Mix together dressing
ingredients & pour over salad –
toss well & serve

(had this at a party Sunday at church)
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Roasted Turkey Taco Spaghetti
Squash Boats

3 small spaghetti squash (24 oz, ea)
1 lb. ground turkey
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 small onion, minced
2 T. bell pepper, minced
1/2 C. water
1 (4 oz) can tomato sauce
3/4 C. shredded Mexican blend
cheese

Pico de Gallo:
1 C. chopped tomato
1/4 C. chopped scallion
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
2 T. fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
LIne a baking sheet with parchment
paper (or two sheets if they won’t
all fit on one). Cut squash in half
lengthwise & use a spoon to
scrape out seeds & soft yellow
strands (discard seeds & strands).
Spray inside of squash halves
with nonstick spray & lightly
sprinkle with salt/pepper. Place
squash face-down on prepared
sheets & bake 50 minutes until
flesh easily pierces with a fork.
Brown turkey in large skillet,
breaking it into smaller pieces
as it cooks. When no longer
pink, add dry seasoning & mix
well. Add onion, pepper, water &
tomato sauce. Cover & simmer on
Low 20 minutes. Combine ingredients
for Pico de Gallo in medium bowl;
refrigerate until ready to eat.
Once squash is cooked & cool enough
to handle, use a fork to scrape insides
so that squash ‘strands/spaghetti’
appear. Spoon a scant 1/2 C. meat into
each half & top with 2 T. cheese. Place
in oven & bake 5 minutes until cheese
melts. Remove, top with Pico de Gallo
& serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Cola Burgers
(grill)

1 egg
1/2 C. cola, divided
1/2 C. crushed saltine crackers
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 lb. hamburger
6 T. French salad dressing,
divided
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

(6 hamburger buns)

In a bowl mix egg, 1/4 C. cola,
cracker crumbs, 2 T. salad
dressing, cheese & salt – mix
until well combined then stir
in beef. Shape into 6 patties. Mix
together 1/4 C. cola & 4 T. salad
dressing. Grill burgers 3 minutes
per side then brush with cola
mixture. Grill 8-10 minutes longer
then serve. Makes 6

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Mama’s Chicken Rollups

2 large chicken breasts
1 can crescent rolls
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup
1/2 (soup can) of chicken broth
from cooking chicken*
1/2 (soup can) milk
1 T. flour
6 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
pinch salt & pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place chicken breasts in large
pot & cover with water; bring to
boil & cook on Medium heat
until no longer pink inside. Remove
chicken from pot & let cool enough
to handle – shred chicken. Add soup,
milk, flour, salt/pepper to broth* &
stir to combine. Spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray.
Unroll crescent rolls & separate into
triangles. Put a little cheese on dough
& a good heaping of chicken at large
end of triangle. Roll up & place in
prepared pan – continue with rest
of dough & filling. Pour broth
mixture around & on top of each
roll. Bake 25 minutes then top
with cheese – bake 5 minutes more.
Let stand a few minutes before
serving with soup mixture.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Sweet & Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

6 jalapeno peppers
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. shredded Cheddar cheese
6 strips bacon, halved width-
wise
1/4 C. brown sugar, packed
1 T. chili seasoning mix

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 15 X 10 X1″ baking
sheet with nonstick spray.
Using disposable or kitchen
rubber gloves when handling
cut peppers & seeds, the oils
can burn the skin. Avoid
touching your face.
Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise
& remove seeds. In small bowl
beat cheeses until blended & spoon
into pepper halves. Combine brown
sugar & chili seasoning; coat peppers
with mixture & place on sheet. Bake
18-20 minutes until bacon is firm.
Makes 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

2 large (16 oz) skinless boneless
chicken breasts, cut into even
bite-sized pieces
1/2 tsp. salt, to taste
1/2 tsp. black pepper, to taste
2 tsp. olive oil
6 T. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 T. Panko bread crumbs
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
spray. Place oil in one bowl, bread-
crumbs/Panko/Parm. cheese in a
pie plate. Season chicken with salt/
pepper; place in bowl with oil & mix
well so oil evenly coats all chicken.
Put a few chunks of chicken at a
time in breadcrumb mixture to coat,
then onto baking sheet. Lightly spray
tops of chicken pieces with nonstick
spray. Bake 8-10 minutes; turn pieces
over & bake another 4-5 minutes until
cooked through. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cream Cheese Streusel Muffins

3 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted

Topping:
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C. butter

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 12-count muffin pan with
nonstick spray or line with paper
liners. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking
powder & salt. In another bowl beat
sugar & cream cheese until combined;
add eggs, vanilla, milk & melted butter,
mix just until combined. Gradually add
flour mixture & beat just until combined.
(do not overmix) Scoop batter evenly
into prepared muffin pan.

Topping:
Mix topping ingredients until crumbly;
sprinkle evenly over top of muffin batter
in cups. Bake 20 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of muffin comes out
clean. Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: TableforSeven)

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Our weather is typical Michigan Spring:
cold in mornings (40’s) followed by rain
and/or shine. This morning I had to go
out early and it was in the 40’s with
intermittent rain – now it’s clear and
74 degrees! Go figure! I’m not complaining-
gotta have the rain for the flowers.
Speaking of flowers there are lots of
tulips, lilacs and Lilly of the Valley in
bloom in my yard – I LOVE SPRING!

Am anxious that FINALLY we’re back to
garage sale weather! There is a rather
large church really near me that holds
an annual 3-day rummage sale – I go
every year. This year I’ll be specifically
looking for things for middle son AND
a high chair and baby walker for new
grandson. I’m glad that my back
problems are decreasing – will be
babysitting for a few hours Friday.
When I saw my doctor I mentioned
that I really wanted to get this back
problem under control since I will
be doing a lot of babysitting in the
very near future. We’ll see how it
goes.

Gas prices in our area: had to fill
up today and it was $2.39/9 – not
bad ($40.00 to totally fill up
my van – was on almost empty)

Almost forgot to post the
recent knitted blankets:
First up: the baby girl blanket
for Youth Pastor’s wife’s shower
(May 20th)

I really like this pattern: works up quickly and really looks fancy!

Next up: baby boy blanket (for no one in particular); this one looks good; it’s 7 rows – all is easy UNTIL row 6 when I have to use a very tiny crochet hook to get the reverse Knit 4 together done (this row/stitch is done using both MY way of knitting: Continental Combined AND the traditional English way of knitting for the reverse Knit 4 together (pattern requires knit 4 together through the back loops followed by knit 4 together through the front loops – English style). Believe me, I’ve contemplated ditching/ripping this one out but then thought: it’s ONLY one row, so just deal with it! Don’t know if I’ll do this pattern ever again, thought . . . sigh)

It’s supposed to look like Tassels: from the Barbara Walker patterns, called Lucina Shell pattern


Hope all is going well for you and
you are in good health.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

I’m ‘getting it’ – slowly but surely!

Today finds me wrapping up the last details of another ‘every 2 month’ special needs group newsletter. A few months back the church we meet at volunteered to print the newsletters for us; that’s a huge help for us ‘however’ – it requires me to convert my 4-page copy to a PDF file & then email it to the church. No big deal – right? Well, if you’re at all like me, new things take awhile for me to understand and finally GET THEM! My husband is the in residence computer genius here and he’s showed me, over & OVER how to do this very thing. Today I decided I would NOT bother him but go on my notes and see if I can, indeed, do that very thing. Think I got it – finally! (I even sent a blind copy to myself, just to make sure I did it right!); tomorrow I will drive over to the church & pick up the printed copies, take them home/fold them/address & stamp envelopes & drive them to the Post Office. Our ‘students’ really expect the newsletter BEFORE the next month, so I kind of have to get them to them quickly – sigh.

GOOD NEWS! Went for my regular ‘every 3 month’ doctor visit today and finally ‘braved it’  and told my doctor what’s been bothering me. Short story: I have had lower back pain for a good 40+ years, sometimes when it ‘goes out’ I’m in a great deal of pain and standing or walking is very painful. Monday night it hit (not as bad as before, but still not pleasant). If you’ve read my blog for awhile I mentioned purchasing a TENS machine (sends ultrasound waves through muscles, hopefully to relax them) – that helps but still have pain so I finally mentioned it to my doctor. Good news is: he knew exactly what I was talking about, gave me an exercise to do to help, ordered spinal x-ray, Aleve for pain plus a mild muscle relaxer – we’ll see how this goes. I’m just SUPER HAPPY there’s no surgery involved. I have Scoliosis in upper back so that was a real concern for me – WHEW! Other than that, I’m doing great: diabetic blood sugar levels are great/weight good, blood tests good – YAY!

Babysat grandson again yesterday for 4 1/2 hours (yes, lifting him was a bit of a struggle, but I was careful to consider my back pain). He’s now 2 months, 27 inches long and 13.4 lb. – his baby doctor said he’s perfect! (The family says he’s a little CHUNK!) I also wanted to check out my back problem, knowing that I’d be babysitting for quite awhile.

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4-Layer Chocolate Dessert

1 C. flour
1/2 C. cold butter
1 C. chopped walnuts, toasted*/
divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
2 (8 oz, ea) tubs Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
2 1/2 C. milk
2 (3.9 oz, ea) instant chocolate
pudding mix
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chunks
chocolate syrup

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place flour in small bowl & cut in butter
until crumbly; stir in 1/2 C. nuts & press
onto bottom of ungreased 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Bake until light golden brown,
12-15 minutes. Cool completely on wire
rack.

In small bowl beat cream cheese &
powdered sugar until smooth; fold in
1 tub Cool Whip & spread over crust.
In large bowl whisk milk & pudding mix
2 minutes. Gently spread over cream
cheese layer; top with remaining Cool
Whip. Sprinkle top with chocolate
chunks & remaining nuts. Refrigerate
until cold. Cut into bars. Just before
serving, drizzle top with chocolate
syrup. Makes 15 servings.

*To Toast Nuts:
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place nuts in shallow pan & bake
5-10 minutes (OR) cook in a skillet
over Low heat until lightly browned,
stirring occasionally.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Ham & Cheese Pie

1 C. diced cooked ham
3/4 C. shredded Swiss cheese
5 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled
3/4 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
3 T. chopped onion
3 T. chopped green pepper
1 C. milk
1/4 C. Bisquick baking mix
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 10″ quiche dish or pie plate
with nonstick spray. Layer ham,
Swiss cheese, bacon, Cheddar
cheese, onion & green pepper in
bottom of plate. Place remaining
ingredients in blender in order
listed above & process 35-40
seconds – pour over ingredients
in plate – do not stir. Bake,
uncovered, 30-35 minutes until
set & lightly browned. Let stand
5 minutes before cutting.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Broccoli & Cheese

2 T. butter
1/4 C. chopped onion
2 T. flour
1 C. milk, heated
1/2 lb. Velveeta cheese, cut into
cubes
salt/pepper, to taste
6 C. cooked broccoli, chopped
1 tsp. butter
1/4 C. breadcrumbs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 qt. casserole dish with
nonstick spray. In medium saucepan
melt 2 T. butter. Saute onion in
butter, 1-2 minutes. Stir in flour &
cook 30 seconds. Whisk in hot milk,
stirring until thickened. Stir in
Velveeta until melted; add salt/pepper.
Combine cheese sauce & broccoli &
pour into prepared dish. In a 1-cup
glass measuring cup melt 1 tsp.
butter in microwave. Stir in bread
crumbs & sprinkle mixture on top
of casserole. Cover with foil & bake
30-40 minutes. Remove foil & bake
an additional 5 minutes. Serves 4-6

(recipe: lifeinmyemptynest.blogspot.in)
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London Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken
breast halves
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup
1 C. cooking sherry
2 T. olive oil
additional mushrooms, thickly
sliced, (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Add oil to large hot skillet & brown
chicken well on all sides. In small
bowl mix soup & cooking wine well.
Place browned chicken in a 9 X 13″
baking dish & pour sauce over –
add extra sliced mushrooms, if using.
Bake 30-40 minutes until chicken tests
done (juices run clear or 170 degrees F.)
Serves 4

NOTE: Poster says this is great served
over cooked rice

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Layered Tex-Mex Taco Salad

1/2 C. Miracle whip salad dressing
1/2 C. sour cream
1 T. taco seasoning mix
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
6 C. tightly packed, coarsely
chopped iceberg lettuce
1/2 C. slivered red onions
1 1/2 C. Mexican-style finely
shredded Four cheese (Kraft)
1 C. grape tomatoes, halved
1 avocado
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro

Mix first 3 ingredients until blended.
In large salad bowl layer beans,
lettuce, onions, cheese & tomatoes;
spread dressing mixture over salad
& refrigerate 2 hours. Peel & chop
avocado; spoon over salad just
before serving. Sprinkle top with
cilantro. Makes 12 (1 C. each) servings.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna

1 lb. ground beef
1 (24 oz) jar pasta sauce
1 C. water
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 (7 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese,
divided
1 egg
2 T. chopped fresh parsley
6 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Brown meat in large skillet; drain.
Stir in pasta sauce & water. Mix
ricotta, 1 1/2 C. mozzarella, 2 T.
Parmesan, egg & parsley in a bowl.
Spoon 1 C. meat sauce into crockpot;
top with layers of half each: noodles
(broken to fit) & cheese mixture. Cover
with 2 C. meat sauce. Top with remaining
noodles (broken to fit), cheese mixture &
meat sauce. Cover & cook on Low 4-6
hours until liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle
top with remaining cheeses & let stand,
covered, 10 minutes until cheeses melt.
Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Cheesecake-filled Strawberries

10 strawberries (small – or 5 large),
hulled (make a small hole in top)
3 oz. cream cheese
1 T. sugar
1/4 C. powdered sugar

Place powdered sugar on a plate &
spread out. Heat cream cheese in
microwave 15 seconds. Add sugar
& mix. Use a spoon to put cream
cheese into strawberries then roll
strawberry tops in powdered sugar.
Refrigerate 30 minutes.
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Our weather has turned a little colder,
but still in the 60’s – supposed to get
rainy & windy later today & for a few
days. The flowers & trees love the rain
and I love the end result – getting to see
all the lovely BLOOMING things! I LOVE
SPRING!

Not much else new, finished the baby
blanket for our Youth Pastor & his wife
& now plodding along with the (new to
me) “Tassel Stitch” blanket in blue; to
me it looks more like a boy’s pattern.

I’ll put in photos of both soon.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

More Easter Preparations

On the Easter dinner scene: after running my (I thought) ‘great’ idea of purchasing 2 VEGAN dinner options at a local restaurant this coming Saturday by son with vegan girlfriend, his reaction was: “But Mom – it won’t be FRESH!” UGH! He ended up Googling Falafel – turns out there’s a local grocery really close to here that sells it; his suggestion: buy it, warm it up and VOILA! We’ve got something she can eat! (Ah, the lengths we go to to please – but we DO want her to feel welcome!). I still need to figure out dessert(s) – haven’t got that far yet.

Yesterday was ‘take your Senior Friend out to lunch’ day – we went to Ruby Tuesday’s. Afterwards I stopped by the local Salvation Army store and found a really pretty, very fancy black top with silver sparkles that will be just fine for wearing with a straight, long black skirt should we get invited to a wedding! Total cost: $3.99! Also found a really pretty knit baby blanket which I purchased for 2 reasons: (1) to give to Detroit Veteran’s for their baby shower (it was brand new) and (2) to see if I could find/figure out the knit pattern. Last night I was on the ‘net’ for a good 1 1/2 hours trying to find that stitch – finally found it. It’s called Lucina Shell by Barbara G. Walker (Barbara is deceased but was known to be the premiere knitting ‘goddess’ and STILL is!). She creates gorgeous patterns – we’ll see if I can conquer this one!

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

1 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. honey
1/4 C. unsalted butter
3 C. regular or frosted cornflakes

Place choc. chips, peanut butter, honey
& butter in large glass bowl – microwave
2 minutes Full power. Remove & stir
until chocolate has completely melted
& all is well combined. Stir in cornflakes
& mix well. Line a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
parchment paper; spread choc. mixture
evenly in pan. Chill until firm, at least
2-4 hours. Slice with sharp knife & store
chilled bars in fridge up to 2 weeks.
Makes 48 bars

(recipe: melissassouthernstylekitchen.com)
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Fresh Tomato Bruschetta
(appetizer)

4 plum tomatoes, seeded/
chopped
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan
cheese
1/4 C. minced fresh basil
3 T. olive oil
2 T. minced fresh parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper
flakes
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 French bread baguette
(10.5 oz) cut into 1/2″ slices
1/4 C. butter, softened
8 oz. fresh mozzarella
cheese, sliced

In small bowl combine the first
10 ingredients. Spread baguette
slices with butter; top each with
a cheese slice. Place on ungreased
baking sheets & broil 3-4 inches
from heat 3-5 minutes until cheese
is melted. Using a slotted spoon,
top each slice with about 1 T.
tomato mixture. Makes 3 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Brie-Cherry Pastry Cups
(appetizers)

1 sheet frozen puff pastry,
thawed
1/2 C. cherry preserves
4 oz. Brie cheese, cut into
1/2 inch cubes
1/4 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
2 T. minced chives

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Unfold puff pastry & cut into
36 squares. Spray 36 mini
muffin cups with nonstick
spray. Press squares into
cups & bake 10 minutes. Using
the end of a wooden spoon
handle, make a 1/2 inch deep
indentation in center of each
cup. Bake 6-8 minutes longer
until golden brown. Using
spoon handle, press squares
down again. Spoon a rounded
1/2 tsp. of preserves in each
cup & top with cheese. Sprinkle
tops with nuts & chives. Bake
3-5 minutes until cheese is
melted. Makes 3 dozen

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sassy Chicken Salad

1 (10 oz) can (Red Gold)
Tex-Mex Petite diced
tomatoes & green chilies*
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 T. honey
2 C. chopped, cooked chicken
1 C. thinly sliced celery
1 c. grapes, halved
1/2 C. chopped toasted
pecans

In medium bowl combine
tomatoes, mayonnaise &
honey. Stir in chicken, celery,
grapes & pecans. Cover &
chill. May be served in hollowed
out melons, avocados or
papayas. Makes a great
sandwich when served on a
croissant. Serves 6

PAM NOTE: I would guess
you could also use Ro*Tel
tomatoes as a substitute
(the ones with green chiles)

(recipe: redgoldtomatoes.com)
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Sunshine Chicken Salad

1 oz. pkg. dry Ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. plain/pineapple or pina colada-
flavored if desired yogurt
1/4 C. honey
2 C. cooked chicken, cubed
1 (8 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 1/2 C. seedless red grapes
1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts,
drained (optional)
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. slivered almonds, toasted

Combine dressing mix, mayonnaise,
yogurt & honey in small bowl – chill
at least 30 minutes. Place chicken,
pineapple & grapes in a bowl; add
celery & water chestnuts (if using) &
toss with chilled dressing. Sprinkle
top with almonds before serving.
Serves 4

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Pioneer Woman’s Best
Breakfast Potatoes

5 lb. red potatoes, roughly
chopped/diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded/
roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded/
roughly chopped
1/4 C. olive oil
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl toss potatoes,
garlic, onion, green & red bell
peppers, olive oil, butter, seasoned
salt, cayenne, salt/pepper. Bake
20-25 minutes, shaking pan twice.
Raise oven temperature to 500
degrees F. & bake until crisp &
brown, 10-15 minutes. Sprinkle
a little more salt & pepper on them
before serving. Serves 6-9

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Carrot Fries with Lemon Dip
(need deep fry thermometer)

Dip:
1 C. sour cream
1/3 C. chopped fresh mint
1 1/2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Fries:
5 C. vegetable oil
6 large egg whites, beaten
3 C. panko breadcrumbs
(Japanese breadcrumbs)
4 large carrots, peeled/cut
into 3 inch long sticks, each
about 1/2 inch thick
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

Dip:
In medium bowl mix sour cream,
mint, lemon juice, sugar, salt/pepper
until blended. Cover & chill at least
30 minutes and up to 1 day

Fries:
In large heavy-bottomed saucepan,
heat oil over medium heat until a
deep-frying thermometer inserted
into oil reaches 350 degrees F. (If you
DON’T have a thermometer, a cube
of bread will brown in about 3
minutes)

Place egg whites in medium bowl; place
bread crumbs in another medium bowl.
Working in batches, drop carrot sticks
into egg whites & turn to coat. Remove,
allowing any excess egg white to drip
back into bowl. Drop sticks into panko
& toss gently to coat.

Working in batches, fry sticks until
deep brown 3-4 minutes, turning &
separating with a wooden spoon &
adjusting temperature to maintain
350 degrees F. Drain on paper towels.

Place a bowl of dip in center of a
platter; sprinkle fries with salt &
pepper & arrange around dip on
platter. Serves 4-6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

1 lb. elbow macaroni
6 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 C. chopped celery
3/4 C. sweet pickle relish,
drained well
2 C. mayonnaise
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
paprika, for sprinkling top

In large pot of boiling water, cook
macaroni 7-9 minutes just until
tender. Drain, rinse & let cool. In
large bowl combine cooked
macaroni with remaining ingredients
except paprika – mix well. Sprinkle
top with paprika & cover. Refrigerate
1 hour until ready to serve. Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Lemon Cream Fruit Tart
(overnight recipe)

1 3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
3 T. granulated sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) melted butter
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 fruit for garnish, like
cut up strawberries, blueberries,
raspberries, peaches, blackberries,
etc.

Drizzle:
1/2 powdered sugar
1 T. your favorite coffee
creamer (or milk)
Whisk together & drizzle over
top of tart just before serving

In medium bowl combine graham
cracker crumbs, gran. sugar & butter;
mix well. Press mixture into bottom
of a 9-inch springform or tart pan.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
In small microwave-save bowl, sprinkle
gelatin over water; let stand 5 minutes
then 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
lemon mixture into crust. Cover &
refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Garnish
with assorted fruits. Mix together drizzle
ingredients & drizzle over top of tart
just before serving.  Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Our weather has turned colder & rainy/gloomy –
looking at the rest of this week’s forecast, it doesn’t
look promising: partly sunny w/50% chance of rain,
cloudy with showers, temps in 60’s – oh well, it’s
good for the flowers, right?

Hope you’re having a good day and getting on
with your Easter preparations!

Hugs;

Pammie

Easter is coming – soon!

Looking at the calendar – Easter will be here very soon! For some of you it means new Easter outfits or Easter baskets – for me it means church, singing Easter songs and dinner with the family. Our oldest (the chef) was over last night and we were discussing IF we were doing a family dinner at his house this year. He said this will be the very FIRST time he’s ever had Easter off – every other restaurant/place he’s worked they’ve done an Easter brunch – at his hotel they are not doing that so he’s OFF! Not sure yet on time of dinner/who’s bringing what but now I need to hone my Easter ‘sides’ recipes. I’ve been gleaning some for you and I’m sure there will be more to come.

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Lemon Meringue Pie Bites

1 (16 oz) pkg. refrigerated sugar
cookies
2 egg whites, room temp.
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 T. sugar
1 C. lemon curd, room temp.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 24-count mini muffin
pan with nonstick spray. Break
apart cookie dough & place one
in each muffin cup. Bake 10-12
minutes until lightly brown. Remove
from oven & let cool 5 minutes.
Gently make a small indentation on
top of each cookie (you can use end
of a wooden spoon or your index
finger). Let cool while you beat egg
whites. In mixing bowl beat whites &
cream of tartar until foamy. Add in
sugar & continue beating on High
until soft peaks form & whites are
shiny white. Scoop about 1 T. of
lemon curd into cookie cups & top
each with beaten egg whites. Return
to oven & bake an additional 10
minutes until meringues are lightly
browned. Keep leftovers in
fridge. Makes 24

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Roasted Spring Vegetables

1 lb. thin carrots, peeled
8 oz. shallots, peeled/quartered
2 T. olive oil
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
3 T. maple syrup
1 T. honey
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 T. butter
1 tsp. salt
1 T. fresh thyme leaves

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Halve, lengthwise, any carrots
1″ thick or thicker. Place carrots
& shallots in single layer in 15 X
10″ baking pan with sides – drizzle
1 T. of oil on them. Roast 10
minutes, shaking pan & turning
once. Add asparagus, drizzle with
remaining oil & roast 10 minutes
longer. Meanwhile, in small sauce-
pan, combine syrup, honey, vinegar,
butter & salt. Cook over medium
heat until it boils. Boil 2 minutes
then pour over roasted vegetables.
Sprinkle top with thyme.
Serves 8
Refrigerate any leftovers

(recipe: kroger.com)
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Holiday Brunch Casserole
(overnight recipe)

4 C. frozen shredded hash
brown potatoes, thawed
1 lb. bulk pork sausage, cooked/
drained
1/2 lb. bacon strips, cooked/
crumbled
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided
4 large eggs
3 C. milk
1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1/2 tsp. salt

In large bowl combine first
5 ingredients; stir in 1 C. cheese.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray & place mixed
ingredients in pan. In another
bowl whisk eggs, milk, baking mix
& salt until blended; pour over
top. Sprinkle top with remaining
cheese. Cover & refrigerate
overnight.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Remove casserole from fridge
while oven heats. Bake, uncovered,
30-35 minutes until a knife inserted
near center comes out clean. Let
stand 10 minutes before cutting.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Maple-Peach Glazed Ham

1 fully-cooked bone-in ham
(7-9 lb)
2 C. peach preserves or orange
marmalade
1/2 C. maple syrup
1/3 C. orange juice
2 T. ground ancho chili
pepper, (optional)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Place ham on a rack in a
shallow roasting pan. Cover
& bake 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 hours until
a thermometer reads 130 degrees
F. In small saucepan mix preserves,
syrup, orange juice & chili pepper
(if using) until blended. Remove
3/4 C. mixture for glaze.
Remove ham from oven; brush
with some of glaze. Bake, uncovered,
15-20 minutes longer until a
thermometer reads 140 degrees F.,
brushing occasionally with remaining
glaze. Bring preserves mixture to a
boil over medium heat, stirring
occasionally. Cook & stir 1-2 minutes
until slightly thickened. Serves as
a sauce with ham. Makes 16 servings,
about 2 C. sauce)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Spinach/Raspberry Salad

1/3 C. slivered blanched almonds
3 T. white wine vinegar
1/3 C. vegetable oil
6 oz. ready-to-use baby
spinach leaves
2 green onions, sliced
5 T. sugar, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. poppy seeds
6 oz. fresh raspberries

In small nonstick skillet combine
almonds & 2 T. sugar – cook over
medium heat 3 minutes until
sugar melts & coats the almonds
and they are golden brown, stirring
frequently. Spread on waxed paper
to cool. In small bowl beat vinegar,
remaining 3 T. sugar, salt & mustard
using wire whisk until blended. Whisk
in oil until thick & well blended then
stir in poppy seeds. In large shallow
bowl toss spinach with dressing; top
with raspberries, green onions &
almonds. Serve immediately.
Refrigerate leftovers. Serves 6

(recipe: kroger.com)
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Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

1 1/2 C. flour
3 T. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 C. sour cream
3/4 C. plus 1 T. milk
2 extra-large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
unsalted butter
2 ripe bananas, diced plus
extra for serving
maple syrup, for topping

Sift together flour, sugar, baking
powder & salt. In separate bowl
whisk sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla
& lemon zest. Add wet ingredients
to dry, mixing only until combined.
Melt 1 T. butter in large skillet over
medium-low heat until it bubbles.
Ladle pancake batter into pan to make
3-4 pancakes – distribute a rounded
T. bananas on each pancake. Cook
2-3 minutes until bubbles appear on
top & underside is nicely browned.
Flip pancakes & cook 1 more minute
until browned. Place cooked pancakes
on a plate, cover to keep warm. Wipe
out pan using a paper towel, add more
butter & continue cooking pancakes
until all batter is used up. Serve with
sliced bananas & maple syrup on top.
Makes 12 pancakes

(recipe: Ina Garten – foodnetwork.com)
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Creamy Bacon/Pea Salad

1 lb. frozen peas
5 slices bacon, cooked/diced
1/4 red onion, diced
3 oz. Cheddar cheese, diced
1/3 C. sour cream
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
1 T. lemon juice
salt/pepper, to taste

Place frozen peas in a colander &
place colander in a bowl. Run hot
water over them to thaw; drain
well. In a bowl mix sour cream,
onion, mayo, ranch dressing, lemon
juice, salt/pepper – mix well. Place
peas in a bowl & mix dressing into
peas. Fold half of bacon & all of
cheese into salad. Garnish top
with remaining bacon. Cover &
refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

(recipe: family freshmeals.com)
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Crockpot Ravioli Casserole

1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
1 (24 oz) pkg. frozen cheese ravioli,
uncooked (do not need to thaw)
1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey/
chicken)
1 small onion, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 (6 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
(optional: chopped fresh basil – garnish)

In large skillet saute beef, onion, pepper &
garlic over medium-high heat until meat is
no longer pink. Season with salt/pepper &
drain any fat from skillet. Spray insides of
crockpot with nonstick spray & spread
1 C. marinara sauce in bottom. Top with half
of ravioli, half cooked meat & half mozzarella.
Add another layer remaining sauce, rest of
ravioli & rest of meat/mozzarella. Cover &
cook on High 2-3 hours or Low 4-5 hours.
Sprinkle with Parmesan & garnish with basil
before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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English Muffin Bread

2 T. cornmeal
butter
2 C. milk
1 C. hot water
6 C. flour, divided
2 T. yeast (active/dry)
1 T. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven 170 degrees F.
Coat bottom & sides of two
(8 X 4″) loaf pans with butter.
Sprinkle 1 T. cornmeal in each
pan & shake pan to coat sides
& bottom with cornmeal. Pour
1 C. hot water & 2 C. milk into a
glass measuring cup – microwave
2 minutes on High. In large mixing
bowl add 3 C. flour, 2 T. yeast, 1 T.
sugar, 2 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. soda –
stir together using a fork. Pour
warm milk liquid into dry
ingredients. Using electric mixer
on Low 1 minute, then medium
1 more minute. Add additional
3 C. flour, one cup at a time, while
mixer is running on Low. Mix until
well combined, just 1-2 minutes.
Dough will be stiff, kind of like
thick cookie dough. Scoop dough
into prepared pans & press down
using your fingers. Place dough in
oven & allow dough to rise until it
has almost reached the tops of the
pans (should take about 10 minutes).
Turn oven heat to 400 degrees F.
Allow bread to bake for about
20 minutes until tops are golden
brown & bread sounds hollow when
top is tapped. (NOTE: the 20 minutes
cooking time includes the rising time)
Remove from oven & allow to cool
in pans 5 minutes then remove from
pans. Makes 2 loaves

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Caramelized Brown Butter Cake

1 C. (2 sticks) unsalted butter,
room temp.
4 large eggs, room temp
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

In heavy skillet on Low heat, melt
butter until it begins to foam; stir
about 5 minutes until it turns golden
brown & smells nutty. Transfer to a
large heatproof bowl; allow to cool
in fridge until solid, about 30 minutes.
Once solid, remove from fridge & set
aside to bring back to room temp.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place oven rack on lower middle section
of oven. Butter a nonstick 9 X 5″ loaf pan
& dust with powdered sugar. Beat browned
butter until it becomes creamy, then add
sugar & vanilla; continue beating 3-5 minutes
until well combined & creamed. Beat in
eggs, one at a time, making sure each is
thoroughly combine before adding the
next. In a separate bowl, combine flour,
salt & baking powder; slowly beat flour
mixture into creamed butter mixture until
well combined. Transfer batter to prepared
pan, smooth out top evenly & bake 30
minutes. Remove from oven, loosely cover
with foil then bake 20-25 minutes more.
Allow cake to cool in pan 10-15 minutes
then transfer, upside down, to a serving
platter. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

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This week is Spring Break for our schools
which means my 10 yr. old grandson is
off, also. He spent the day here yesterday
and will be back Friday. We spent the day
watching ‘goofy’ kid shows, visiting our
local library and reading – he’s into Percy
Jackson books now and I’m really glad
he’s become a ‘reader’. My husband &
I both love to read and I’m SO glad my
grandson does, too-such a great way to
expand your vocabulary!

Along with reading I’ve been working
on getting more baby blankets done.
Finished the Diagonal Box Stitch
blanket:

I’m almost half done with another knit
multi-colored blanket; this one is more
of a ‘girl’s’ colors one. I just love the
challenge of figuring out a new pattern
and then executing it.

Gas prices: they seem to be holding
(for now) at $2.39/9 – wonder if
they’ll go up before the holiday?

Newest grandson & his Momma are
currently sick with a virus – I stopped
by their house yesterday to pick up
oldest grandson and they both were
being ‘cared for’ by her Mom. Baby is
a bit cranky due to being sick; Momma
is trying her hardest to get better as
she goes back to work Friday. This will
be a new job at a new restaurant/bar.
Their friend & former neighbor is
revamping a local place and attempting
to upscale it to a more family-friendly
place. She will be the head bartender
& in charge of wait staff so you can
see why she needs to be feeling much
better by then! With her Mother &
myself we can pretty much hold up
the baby/grandson watching job so
we’ll see how this all goes.

Hope things are going well for
you at the moment –

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Sunday!

It’s a rather gloomy, wet day out there (temp is 47 degrees F.) but it’s better than snow! (guess you could say it’s ‘liquid snow’, right?). I’m slowly feeling better – was able to go to church and sing in the choir (YAY!). Came home later & had a surprise visit from oldest son & his little family; they stopped by to drop off husband’s air pump. It was nice to see ALL of them – newest grandson is now officially 4 weeks/or 1 month old. I get the fun of babysitting him tomorrow evening while his parents go to a concert/date – am guessing about 4-5 hours, total – we’ll see. I also get the ‘fun’ of learning all the in’s & outs of new-fangled baby paraphernalia like the Dr. Brown baby bottles and heating pumped mommy milk on the stove after it’s been frozen! (In my day I used the microwave and, being our boys were adopted, didn’t have to figure out how to defrost that kind of milk). I’ve decided, since it’s supposed to continue raining/storming, I’m taking some matches with me – just in case the power goes out. I KNOW they have lots of candles. Should be a fun/interesting/unique experience, for sure!

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 Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Pudding

8 C. day-old, unfrosted cinnamon
rolls, cubed*
4 large eggs
2 C. milk
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 C. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. raisins

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place roll cubes in bottom.
In small bowl whisk eggs, milk, sugar, butter,
vanilla & nutmeg – stir in raisins & pour over
cinnamon rolls. Stir gently. Cover & cook on
Low 3 hours until a knife inserted near
center comes out clean. Serves 6

*8 slices cinnamon or white bread, cut
into 1 inch cubes may be substituted
for the cinnamon rolls

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Liver & Onions with Bacon!

1 lb. beef liver
1/4 – 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper (to taste)
2 medium onions
4 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
2 T. butter
2 T. water

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Brown bacon in pan & reserve
grease. Wash the liver & slice
into thin (1/4 – 1/2″) slices;
rinse well & pat dry using paper
towels. Mix flour, garlic powder,
salt/pepper in small bowl. Grease
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish using
the bacon grease. Dip liver slices into
flour mixture & place in prepared dish.
Thinly slice onions into rings & layer
on top of liver. Cut butter into small
pats & place over sliced onions. Add
water to pan to keep all moisture from
cooking off. Bake 30-40 minutes until
well cooked & onions are soft. It may
take up to an hour, depending on
thickness of liver slices. When done
cooking, sprinkle top with bacon
crumbles. Serves 4-6

(recipe:wellnessmama.com)
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Cowboy Cornbread Meatloaf

1 1/2 – 2 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 box cornbread stuffing mix
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. seasoning salt
1/3 to 1/2 C. sliced canned mushrooms
1/2 C. diced onions
1/2 C. honey BBQ sauce (or your
favorite)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Prepare stuffing according to box
directions. Combine stuffing,
ground beef, egg, garlic powder,
seasoning, mushrooms & onions-
mix well. Spray a loaf pan with
nonstick spray & press meatloaf
into pan evenly. Brush top of
meatloaf with a light coating of
BBQ sauce. Bake 1 hour; remove
& brush again with a thick layer
of BBQ sauce; place back in oven
another 5  minutes. Serves 6

(recipe: militarywivessaving.com)
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BBQ Chili Cheese Biscuit Casserole

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1/2 large onion, finely diced
1 large carrot, peeled/shredded
1/2 bell pepper, diced
2 stalks kale, chopped (or few
handfuls spinach, chopped)
1 1/2 T. chili powder
1 (19 oz) can black or kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. BBQ sauce

Biscuits:
2 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
(optional)
1/2 C. cold butter cut into
1/2 inch cubes
1/2 to 3/4 C. milk
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.

Chili:
In large oven-safe skillet cook
ground beef & onion over medium-
high heat until browned. Add carrot,
pepper, kale (spinach) & chili powder;
cook 2-3 minutes until veggies are
softened. Add beans, tomatoes, ketchup
& BBQ sauce. Cover & simmer over
medium heat 10 minutes. (while cooking,
prepare the biscuits)

Biscuits:

In medium bowl mix flour, baking
powder, salt & garlic powder. Add
butter cubes to mixture & cut in until
crumbly. Stir in milk gradually, stirring
just enough so dough comes together.
Roll out on floured surface & cut into
biscuit rounds (or you can leave as
one piece). Place biscuits on top of
chili mixture. Lay a piece of foil over top
(do not tighten around skillet – this is
only to prevent spatters in oven). Bake
10 minutes until light golden brown.
Remove foil, sprinkle with cheese &
bake 1-2 minutes more until cheese
melts. Serves 8

NOTE: Can be made ahead:
Cook chili 10 minutes & prepared
biscuit dough. Wrap dough in plastic
wrap & refrigerate. Cool chili to
room temp & refrigerate. When ready
to bake, bake chili, covered at 450
degrees F. 10-15 minutes before adding
biscuits on top & baking additional 10
minutes.

To Freeze: Assemble completely, minus
the cheese & freeze. To bake, thaw in
fridge overnight or on counter 2-3 hours.
(Might require additional baking time
if still partially frozen when you bake.
Sprinkle on cheese during last 10 minutes.

(recipe: thereciperebel.com)
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Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone

1 C. dried navy beans, rinsed
4 carrots, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 qt. (5 C.) vegetable broth
3/4 C. ditalini pasta, uncooked
3/4 C. “Classico Traditional Basil
Pesto pasta sauce & spread”
1 (5 oz) pkg. fresh baby spinach leaves
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray & place beans, carrots & garlic in
bottom. Add broth & stir. Cover & cook
on Low 7-8 hours (or High 3 1/2 – 4 hours).
Stir in pasta & pesto sauce; cover & cook
on Low 30 minutes (or High 15 minutes).
Add spinach & lemon juice; stir & serve
topped with cheese. Serves 8 (1 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Sheet Pan Home Fries

20 oz. baby red potatoes, cut
into 1/2 inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, chopped
1 1/2 T. olive oil
1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
fresh black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Line a sheet pan with foil or
spray with nonstick spray.
Combine all ingredients in
large bowl & toss to coat
then transfer to sheet pan &
spread in single layer. Roast
on bottom rack of oven 15
minutes. Turn mixture using
a spatula & roast an additional
25-30 minutes until golden
brown & cooked through.
Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Crockpot Red Velvet Spoon
Brownies

3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
3/4 C. butter
2 C. sugar
2 eggs
3 egg whites
1 1/2 C. flour
3 oz. red food coloring
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt

Icing:
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 T. butter
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
pecan pieces (optional)

Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick spray.
Place choc. chips & 3/4 C. butter
in microwave safe bowl – melt
at 30 second intervals, stirring
in between.* Whisk in eggs & egg
whites, one at a time. Mix in flour,
food coloring, vanilla, baking cocoa,
salt & baking powder. Spoon
batter into crockpot & spread out
evenly. Place a few paper towels
across opening of crockpot to catch
any moisture that may drip on
batter & cover with lid. Cook on
Low 2 1/2-3 hours. If done, when
you insert a toothpick into center,
a few crumbs will stick to it when
it comes out.Remove lid & let cool
while preparing icing.**

Icing;
Beat cream cheese & butter until
mostly smooth; stir in powdered
sugar & salt, then mix in vanilla
completely.

To serve:
Place a dollop of brownie on a plate
with a dollop of icing on top & a
sprinkle of pecans, if using.

*If your microwave safe bowl isn’t
large enough, pour mixture into
a large bowl & stir in sugar.

**When you remove the lid it will
look great until it starts to cool – then
it will fall – it is perfect for spooning
out to serve.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Veggie-Lovers Cream Cheese Spread

8 oz. softened cream cheese*
1 T. finely diced jalapeno pepper
(optional)
3 T. finely diced green bell pepper
3 T. finely diced red bell pepper
1 green onion, chopped finely
3 T. finely diced carrot
3 T. finely diced broccoli (stem &
flower)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
pinch sugar
pinch ground white pepper

Mix all ingredients together well;
refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 1 cup approximately

*Microwave cream cheese on
microwaveable plate 30 seconds
on High

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Marshmallow ‘Peeps’ Cookie Bars

1/2 C. butter
4 egg yolks
1 egg
1 box yellow cake mix
sprinkles
3 1/2 C. white chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 325 degrees F
Spray 9 X 13″ cake pan with nonstick spray.
Whip butter until fluffy, add egg & yolk
in large bowl; combine dry cake mix
along with some sprinkles. Press
dough into prepared pan & bake
18-20 minutes. Allow cake to cool
completely.
Melt white chocolate  chips in a pan
on stove (or microwave)
then combine with sweetened
condensed milk & vanilla to make
fudge layer – pour mixture evenly
over cooked ‘cake’ & smooth top.
While ‘fudge’ layer is still warm, line Peeps
side-by-side (varying colors, if desired)
on top & add some sprinkles to top.
Place pan in fridge to set. Once set,
cut into
bars (following Peeps bodies) &
serve.

(recipe: tiphero.com)
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This coming week looks like it will be
pretty busy with babysitting, knit group,
special needs group, visiting our Tax Man,
special needs Gym Night – SO GLAD my
back is finally feeling better!

Still working on knitting baby hats for
the Detroit Vet’s baby shower in Sept.,
1 pink variegated yarn baby blanket &
the mint green Diagonal Squares crocheted
baby blanket – keeps me out of trouble!
Need to visit the library again soon, ran out
of books to read. I ended up ‘raiding’ my
upstairs paperbacks (we’re talking 1980’s+)
and found “The Fourth Estate” by Jeffrey
Archer (one of my favorite authors) – I thought
I’d read all his books but this one was new
to me (that could either mean I haven’t
read it ORRrrrrrrrrr I’m getting too old and
I DID read it, just forgot! … Oh well . . .

Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

Hugs;

Pammie