The Day After! (also called “I survived!”)

Last night was the ‘big event’ for the Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Baby shower donations and the ladies (once again) knocked my socks off! We had a grand total of 133 items! The breakdown: 17 blankets, 47 baby hats, 18 toddler headbands, 24 bibs, 1 sweater & pants, 2 sweater/hat/mittens sets, 2 baby sacks, 19 pr. booties and one (very adorable) knit zebra!  Each year things ‘shake out’ differently – for the most part, we usually have a LOT of blankets and then other items; not this year! I’ve decided I’m going to just stick to headbands & blankets. Here are a few of the photos:

One of our ladies is an expert knitter & she loves to create these hats & booties – there’s a pumpkin set, an eggplant set, a strawberry set & 2 (pink & blue sets) with pea pods attached to the hats. She was having fun this year doing the red/white/blue Star hats.

                Another lady sewed baby bibs using flannel & terry cloth! There’s 14 of them!

                                        my headbands

The VERY adorable zebra is upper left corner (I tried my best to photo him but he’s FLOPPY. She’s another expert knitter & created the sweater sets all ‘out of her head’! WOW!

                    Three of my blankets (not very good lighting)

(There’s a total of 15 photos, so I only included some) I was so proud of all my ladies – there were even a few donated items from OTHER knitters who knew of our project but aren’t in the group!

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Spiced Zucchini Bars

2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1 C. oil
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 C. raisins
2 C. zucchini, grated
3/4 C. chopped nuts
1 (16 oz) container cream cheese
frosting

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 15 X 10″ jelly roll
pan. In bowl combine flour, baking
soda, salt & cinnamon. In another
bowl whisk eggs, oil, sugar, vanilla &
lemon juice. Gradually add flour
mixture to egg mixture – fold in
remaining ingredients (except
frosting). Pour into prepared pan
& bake 25-35 minutes until lightly
golden. Cool completely then
spread with frosting. Cut into bars.
Makes 3 dozen bars

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.typepad.com)
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Honey Soy Chicken Breasts
(a few hours marinade or overnight)

1/4 C. honey
1/3 c. light soy sauce
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
4 cloves minced garlic
1 T. finely grated fresh ginger root
4 large chicken breasts, skinless
but not boneless

Stir together all ingredients (EXCEPT
chicken) & pour into a large ziplock
bag. Add chicken & marinate in fridge
a few hours or over night.

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place marinated chicken on a foil-
lined cookie sheet & bake, uncovered,
about 45 minutes until chicken is
fully cooked (using a meat thermometer,
internal temp. of chicken should be 170
& 180 degrees F.). DO NOT throw away
the marinade. While chicken is cooking,
simmer it in a saucepan over low heat
& brush on chicken about every 10
minutes as it cooks. Serves 4

(recipe: rockrecipes.com)
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Grandma’s Sunday Roast

3 C. beef broth
2-3 lb. beef chuck roast, trimmed of
excess fat
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. crushed rosemary
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
2 lb. red or yellow potatoes, cut
into large chunks
1 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
1 lb. baby carrots
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. cornstarch + 2 T. cold water

Press all seasonings (salt/onion powder/
garlic powder/rosemary/paprika) onto all
sides of roast. Pour beef broth into crockpot;
add roast. (You can brown the roast before-
hand – brown each side in 1 T. heated oil
in a skillet for 3 minutes per side).
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours.
Remove lid & add veggies; drizzle with
Worc. sauce – cover & cook 4 hours more
on Low.
Remove lid; scoop meat & veggies onto
large platter & loosely tent with foil.
In small bowl stir cornstarch & cold water
until smooth – stir mixture into juices in
crockpot. Turn heat to High & let thicken;
stirring. (You can also thicken the gravy on
the stove in a pot if you desire).
Serve roast with veggies & gravy.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

1 (12 oz) box tri-colored rotini (or any
color)
1 (3.8 oz) can sliced black olives
1 (5.75 oz) can sliced green olives
6 oz. fresh broccoli, chopped
6 oz. fresh cauliflower, chopped
1/4 C. sunflower seeds
1/4 C. (Hormel) real bacon pieces
1 pkt. dry Ranch salad dressing mix
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. milk

In medium bowl mix Ranch dressing mix,
sour cream, mayonnaise, milk – whisk
together; cover & let thicken 30 minutes.
Cook pasta; drain & rinse in cold water –
pour into a large bowl. Add olives, broccoli,
cauliflower, sunflower seeds & bacon to
noodles – pour ranch dressing over & toss
to fully coat. Chill 1 hour for flavors to
blend then sprinkle more bacon pieces
on top before serving. Serves 12

(recipe: persniketyplates.com)
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Last Minute Green Beans

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans green beans, drained
1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Place drained green beans in medium
saucepot; add onion, tomatoes with
juice, salt/pepper -stir. Bring to slight
boil over medium-high heat. Reduce
heat to Low. Cover & simmer 10-15
minutes.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Bacon/Cucumber/Tomato Salad

6 slices bacon
3 C. large cut chopped cucumber
3 C. large cut chopped tomatoes
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/8 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. Creole or Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Cook bacon until crisp; drain on
paper towels – chop when cool
enough to handle, reserve a pinch
for garnish.
Toss cucumber & tomatoes together –
season with salt. Mix together
mayonnaise & seasonings; add to
tomatoes & gently toss. Add remaining
bacon to salad – gently toss, taste &
adjust seasonings. Transfer to a serving
bowl & garnish with a sprinkle of
Creole or Cajun seasoning & reserved
bacon. Serve immediately or refrigerate
1 hour to chill. Serves about 4

NOTE:
Old Fashioned Cracker Salad:

Prepare salad as above omitting
cucumber & adding 1/2 C. chopped
Vidalia onion or 2 large green onions,
sliced. Double mayonnaise amount –
stir in 1 sleeve saltine crackers, coarsely
broken. Mix well, adding additional
mayonnaise if needed to moisten.
Serve immediately or (if refrigerating)
wait to add crackers until just before
serving. Also good with one boiled/
chopped egg added.

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Grilled Steak/Potato & Mushroom Kabobs

1 lb. steak cut into 1″ chunks
8 oz. fresh mushrooms
1 lb. small potatoes
1/4 C. olive oil
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. dried oregano

In a rimmed baking pan add steak chunks &
mushrooms. In a medium bowl whisk oil,
vinegar, garlic, salt/pepper, rosemary &
oregano -pour over steak & mushrooms
in pan. Cover & refrigerate at least 2 hours
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Meanwhile, boil potatoes in large pot of
salted water until just tender, about 8-10
minutes – drain & cool slightly. Thread
marinated steak chunks, mushrooms &
potatoes, alternating, onto skewers.
Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill kabobs
10-12 minutes, turning once, until meat is
cooked to desired doneness. Re-season with
salt/pepper & serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)
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Easy Copycat Thin Mint Cookies

1 C. chocolate (dark, semi-sweet or coating/
confectionery wafers)
3/4 tsp. mint extract
15-18 Ritz crackers

Place a layer of waxed paper on a cookie
sheet.
Melt chocolate of your choice (in micro-
wave or in a saucepan). Add mint extract
to melted chocolate (this might cause
the chocolate to thicken up a bit, depending
on what type of chocolate you use). Dip
crackers in chocolate (poster says she drops
the cracker into the chocolate & flip it around
using a fork – remove carefully using two forks –
Let excess chocolate drip off & place on
prepared waxed paper. Cool & store cookies
in fridge. These cookies are best eaten straight
from the fridge. Makes 15-18 cookies

(recipe: craftcookingmama.com)

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Our weather has been pretty nice – not too hot;
today it’s hovering around 72 degrees F. & sunny.
Looks like we’ll be having highs from 78 to 82 for
the rest of the week – I LIKE that!

Not much else new; working on another baby blanket
(I know . . . . what ELSE do I knit, right?).

I’m not sure if the ‘other’ grandma is back from their
cabin but (so far) I haven’t been asked to babysit this
week – I’m GOOD with that; can always use the break!
I’ve already texted that the only days I’m free next week
are Wednesday (If needed, otherwise it’s my Library Knit
group 10-12 & my special needs group 6:15-9) and Friday!
We’ll see what shakes out . . .

Have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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and now it’s Friday!

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

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4 Hour or Overnight Fruit Salad

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Parsley Smashed Potatoes

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

additional minced fresh parsley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cake:

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: norinesnest.com)
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Bacon/Avocado Pasta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE: Poster used a 2.5 qt. crockpot

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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

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


Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Saturday!

It’s a typical Michigan Winter day – temps around 29 degrees F., no ‘extra’ snow (yet) – it did give us about 1 1/2 inches more yesterday which made driving home a bit touchy. Yesterday! I babysat from 10 a.m. – 3:30! YAY! All went very well, had a great time wrestling with (as my husband calls him) “Da Baby” – he’s a little over 9 months old now, 5 teeth (with another one coming soon); he can walk pretty well now – loves making ovals & circles – he can even walk backwards – surprising!

IT’S FINALLY DONE! KEVIN’S BLANKET/LOVEY!

This is the photo I had to work from – the request was to “TRY” to (somehow) copy it, if I could. My dear, sweet special needs guy, Kevin, has slept with this since he was a baby (and still does) – he’s almost ‘loved it to death’. His Mom asked if I could see what I could do. Originally it was Mint green & white (now it’s sage & cream). With some struggles finding that funny sort of ‘hole/stitch’ at the right top of the photo, I plowed on. Since I really had no idea just ‘where’ the hole pattern went in the entire blanket, I just sort of ‘winged it’ – his Mom said: “Do what you can”. Remembering that I’m a KNITTER who’s a beginner Crocheter, here is the finished crocheted blanket/lovey:

It’s 28 inches wide by 40 inches long (if you flip the photo, the bottom is a reverse of what you’re seeing in the photo). There are mistakes and it’s not perfect, but I think, for what it’s going to be used for, it should work. (He wads up his old blanket & tucks it under his head/face when he sleeps.)

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 Crockpot Turtles Candy

4 C. pecans, chopped
2 lb. almond bark
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 oz. chocolate baking bar
2 (12 oz, ea). pkgs. Rolo candies,
unwrapped*
candy sprinkles – optional

Place pecans, almond bark. choc.
chips & choc. baking bar in crockpot
set on Low. Cover & heat 1 1/2 – 2 hours
until melted. Uncover & stir until evenly
combined. Line 2 baking sheets with
parchment paper (or silicone mats). Lay
Rolos candies on paper, 2 inches apart.
Using a small cookie scoop**, scoop choc.
mixture, a little at a time, on each Rolo –
repeat until all Rolos are covered. Top
each candy with sprinkles, if desired.
Allow candy to cool until hardened.
Makes about 96

*If you want more caramel in each
bite, you can substitute caramels
in place of Rolos.

**If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you
can use a heaping Tablespoon/measuring
spoon.

(recipe; realhousemoms.com)
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Cheesy Spinach Bundles
(appetizers)

1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed, well-drained
1/2 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. (Kraft) Philadelphia Chive &
Onion cream cheese spread
1 egg, separated
1 (8 oz) tube refrigerated crescent
dinner rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F>
Mix first 4 ingredients & egg yolk
in large bowl until blended. Open
rolls & separate into 8 triangles.
Cut each triangle diagonally in
half. Spoon 1 T. spinach mixture
in center of each triangle. Bring
corners of dough to center over
filling, overlapping ends. Pinch
ends together to seal & place on
baking sheets. Beat egg white
lightly & brush on tops of bundles.
Bake 12-15 minutes until golden
brown. Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Broccoli Casserole Dip

4 slices bacon
1 head broccoli cut into
small florets (about 3 C.)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
kosher salt
ground black pepper
1/2 C. crumbled Ritz crackers
1/4 C. butter, melted

crackers, for serving

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large nonstick skillet cook
bacon over medium heat until
crisp – remove bacon from
skillet & transfer to paper towel-
lined plate. Reserve 2 T. bacon
fat in skillet. Add broccoli florets
& cook until crisp-tender, about
4 minutes. Chop bacon &
broccoli into very small pieces. In
large bowl combine cream cheese,
mayonnaise, sour cream & garlic
powder – mix until smooth. Fold
in cheese, cooked broccoli & bacon.
Season with salt/pepper & transfer
to small baking dish. In small bowl
combine crumbled crackers with
melted butter – toss until combined.
Scatter mixture on top of dip in dish.
Bake 15 minutes until cheese is melted
& cracker topping is golden & crispy.
Serve warm with crackers for dipping.
Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

2 cloves garlic
1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas,** drained/rinsed
SEE next ingredient
**1/2 C. liquid from chickpea can (at
most)
4 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 T. tahini
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. olive oil
1 medium sweet potato, roasted
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (if
you don’t like spicy, cut amount
to 1/2 tsp.)

Add garlic to food processor & process
until chopped. Add chickpeas, lemon
juice, tahini, salt, olive, roasted sweet
potato & spices – process 1-2 minutes
(mixture will be pretty thick & not
completely smooth). Slowly add in
reserved liquid & process until hummus
reaches your desired consistency.
(Poster noted she used 1/2 C.)

(recipe: hungrybynature.com)
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Bacon-Cheddar Cornbread Loaf

1/2 C. melted butter
1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. milk
1 C. flour
1 1/2 C. cornmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 slices bacon, chopped in small
pieces
1 C. fresh or frozen whole kernel corn
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed
2 T. fresh rosemary, sage or chives

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 5″ loaf pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Fry bacon until crisp;
transfer to paper towels. Whisk
melted butter, sugar, milk & eggs in
a bowl. In another bowl whisk flour,
cornmeal, baking powder & salt.
Gently stir dry flour mixture into wet
ingredients until combined & moistened,
but not over mixed. Fold in cheese, bacon
crumbles, herbs & corn using a spatula,
until incorporated. Pour into prepared
loaf pan & bake 30 minutes, topping
with extra cheese after 20 minutes of
baking time. Bread is cooked when middle
is set & edges are golden brown.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12 tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Philly Cheese Steak
Casserole

2 lb. chip steak (or) 2 lb. cube steaksk
cut into strips
1 green pepper, cut into strips
1 red pepper, cut into strips
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 T. olive oil
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 to 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/4 lb. pepperoni, thinly sliced
8 oz. Provolone cheese, thinly
sliced

In medium skillet saute mushrooms
in oil until softened & light brown,
about 5 minutes – add to crockpot
along with rest of ingredients EXCEPT
Provolone. Cover & cook on Low
6 hours. Stir well & divide among
6 bowls. Cover each bowl with
Provolone & add some cooking juices
to each bowl to melt the cheese.
Serves 6

(recipe: Mike Suddaby-Facebook)
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Ranch Potatoes

8-10 medium potatoes, peeled/
cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 can cream of mushroom soup,
undiluted
1 1/4 C. milk
1 envelope dry ranch salad dressing mix
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided
salt/pepper
6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place potato cubes in saucepan, cover
with water & bring to boil – cook about
10-12 minutes until potatoes are almost
tender; drain then place in prepared pan.
In a bowl mix soup, milk, dry dressing mix,
1 C. cheese, salt/pepper to taste & pour
over potatoes. Sprinkle crumbled bacon &
remaining cheese on top. Bake, uncovered,
25-30 minutes until potatoes are tender.

(recipe: Mike Suddaby-Facebook)
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Pecan Chicken Salad

4 C. cooked/chopped chicken
breast (OR) two 15 oz. cans
1 1/2 C. sliced seedless grapes
(red or white)
1/2 C. chopped celery

Dressing:
1 T. sugar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. lemon juice
3/4 C. chopped pecans
1 C. mayonnaise

Mix all ingredients together;
place in a serving bowl.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Chicken with Sour Cream Gravy

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
halves (about 2 lb)
1/4 C. butter
2 C. chicken broth
1 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. flour
salt/pepper, to taste

Cooked egg noodles for 4

In large skillet melt butter over
medium heat. Add chicken &
cook until very lightly browned
on both sides but not cooked
through. Add broth & reduce
heat to Low about 10 minutes
until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken & place on a
plate. Add sour cream, garlic
powder, salt/pepper to skillet;
continue cooking on Low while
stirring until sour cream is
melted & fully incorporated.
Remove about 1/2 C. of liquid
from skillet & stir flour into
liquid until smooth then pour
back into skillet. Using a wire
whisk, whisk until gravy is
thickened & smooth again. Add
chicken back to skillet & turn to coat.
Serve chicken & sauce immediately
over cooked egg noodles.
Serves 4

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Oreo Cookie Balls-3 Ingredients!

1 (14 to 19 oz) pkg. Oreo cookies
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 pkg. white almond bark (OR) 24 oz.
white chocolate chips*

*Almond bark contains no nuts – it is
a candy coating that may be found
near the chocolate chips in stores.

Cookies:
Crush Oreos very fine-either by using a
food processor or placing in a ziplock
bag & crushing them with a mallet or
rolling pin.
In a large bowl, using elec. mixer mix
cream cheese & crushed cookies – mix
until well blended. Scoop out & form
into 1-inch balls – place on waxed paper
until ready to dip.

Coating:
Melt almond bark (or white choc. chips):
1 of 2 methods: Place in microwave-safe
bowl & microwave in 30 second intervals,
stirring after each, until melted & smooth
(OR) Melt in a saucepan until fully melted
& smooth.
Dip each cookie ball in melted mixture then
place on waxed paper to cool completely.
Store in airtight container in fridge.
Makes 60-70 balls.

(recipe: southernplate.com)

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I’m slowly but surely feeling better – still
stuffed up but functioning OK. Tonight (6 p.m.)
is our final choir rehearsal for tomorrow’s
Christmas program – I’m going to TRY to
sing tonight – we’ll see what happens!

It’s now NINE days until Christmas; oldest
son let me know last night that we’re doing
Christmas dinner at 2 p.m. (at his house). I
have no idea what meat he’s doing but I’m
doing the ‘same old’ sides: garlic mashed
potatoes, corn casserole, green bean casserole,
(black olives – oldest’s favorite), probably a
repeat of the wild rice casserole (middle son’s
girlfriend – and now middle son are VEGAN –
they both said they loved the casserole so
here goes one more time!) and 2 desserts.
It’s a tradition in my family to bake a “Happy
Birthday, Jesus” chocolate cake so perhaps
that might be one of the 2 desserts – we’ll
see. Here’s a photo of one from a few years
ago:

Hope you are all able to remain in good
health while finishing up these days before
the holiday. While choosing the recipes to
post today I noticed I still have a LOT of
appetizer & cookie/candy recipes to post
so those will be coming in the next few
days.

Stay warm & take a few minutes to rest/
relax while going through your very busy
day!

Hugs;

Pammie

More Holiday Recipes!

Today our temperatures are in the low 30’s with a light dusting of snow on the ground (supposed to get more later…sigh). I’m still feeling stuffy & ‘not my best’, am trying to decide if going to church tomorrow is a good idea (I hate to miss).

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Lots of appetizers & dips!

Shrimp & Crab Dip

8 imitation crab sticks
1 1/2 C. cooked shrimp
1/2 C. onion,chopped
1 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. black olives
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. mayonnaise

Place crab, shrimp, onion, celery &
black olives in food processor &
process until smooth. In a bowl
mix crab mixture, Cheddar cheese &
mayonnaise until combined. Chill
2 hours. Serve with crackers

(recipe: hoteatsandcoolreads.com)
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Hot Creamy Sausage Dip

1 lb. Bob Evans zesty hot roll
sausage
5 green onions, chopped/divided
1 C. sour cream
1/2 C. mayonnsie
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 (2 oz) jar chopped pimientos,
drained

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 1 quart baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet over medium heat
brown & crumble sausage until no
longer pink; drain & remove from
heat. Add all remaining ingredients
except 1 green onion & mix. Pour
mixture into prepared dish. Bake
20-25 minutes until bubbly. Garnish
with remaining chopped green
onion. Keep warm.
Serve with Melba toast, sesame or
wheat crackers.
Refrigerate leftovers. (Can be reheated
for later serving.

(recipe: lifeinmyemptynest.com)
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Fried Ravioli (appetizer)

1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs
1/2 C. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
10-14 store-bought fresh ravioli (NOT
frozen) – poster used Jumbo Four
Cheese)
2 eggs, room temp.
1/3 C. milk
oil for frying

Marinara sauce, for dipping (optional)

In shallow bowl combine bread crumbs,
Ital. seasoning & salt. Whisk eggs &
milk in another bowl. Dip raviolis in
egg mixture, then into bread crumbs
to coat. Repeat a second time so they
are double-coated – place them on
a wire rack.  You can either deep-fry
or pan fry raviolis. Heat oil to 350-
375 degrees F.
Raviolis take about 3 minutes to
cook; flip over about halfway through
to make sure they are cooked evenly.
Once golden, remove to a paper towel-
lined plate. They will puff up slightly
when cooked. Serve warm or room temp.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Warm Spinach Feta Cheese Dip

2 T. olive oil
7 C. fresh spinach (7 C.
fresh spinach=1 C. frozen,
thawed)
If you use thawed, you don’t
need to saute it
3 cloves garlic, minced
7 oz. cream cheese
1 C. Feta cheese, crumbled
1 C. plain Greek yogurt

Dippers:
rolls, chunks of baguettes,
crackers, pretzels

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large oven-safe skillet heat oil;
add spinach & saute until soft*.
Add garlic & saute 1-2 more minutes.
Turn off heat. In large bowl using electric
mixer, combine cream cheese,
crumbled Feta & Greek yogurt-
stir in sauteed spinach/garlic &
pour all back into skillet. Bake 15-20
minutes in oven until heated through.
Serve with dippers. Serves 6-8

(recipe can be doubled – you can
use frozen spinach, thawed & excess
water squeezed out.

*If you can’t fit all the spinach in
the skillet, half it & wait until it shrinks
enough to add the rest.

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Bacon-Asparagus Dippers

8 slices bacon, sliced in half
lengthwise
1 lb. asparagus, trimmed
fresh ground black pepper

Caesar salad dressing for dipping

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a large, rimmed baking sheet
with parchment paper & top with
a cooling rack. Carefully wrap
each asparagus spear with a
piece of bacon in a spiral; repeat
with rest of bacon/asparagus &
season with pepper. Place on
rack & bake 28-30 minutes until
bacon is crispy. Serve with Caesar
salad dressing for dipping.
Makes 16 spears

(recipe: delish.com)
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Jalapeno Popper stuffed Mushrooms

20 button mushrooms, stems removed
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
8 slices bacon, cooked/chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt
ground black pepper

chopped chives – garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl combine cream
cheese, Cheddar, bacon, jalapeno
& garlic – season with salt/pepper.
Stuff mushroom tops with mixture
& transfer to a baking dish or sheet.
Bake 25 minutes until mushrooms
are cooked & mixture warmed through.
Garnish with chopped chives & serve.
Serves 20

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese

Fresh fruits for dippers:
orange slices/wedges, strawberries,
chunks of banana, etc.

In medium bowl using elec. mixer,
blend both ingredients until smooth.
Chill, if desired. Serve with any fresh
fruits.

(recipe: hoteatsandcoolreads.com)
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Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos

1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced
tomatoes & green chilies,
drained – liquid reserved
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
1 (6 oz) bag corn tortilla chips
1 C. shredded, cooked rotisserie
chicken
1 C. shredded Cheddar & Monterey
Jack cheese blend (4 oz)
1/4 C. sliced green onions
1 (2.25 oz) can sliced black olives,
drained

Optional toppings:
sour cream
guacamole
sliced jalapenos

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Reserve 1/2 C. drained tomatoes.
Stir together remaining tomatoes &
reserved liquid with refried beans
in medium bowl. Arrange chips on
large baking sheet. Top with bean/
tomato mixture & shredded
chicken – sprinkle top with cheese.
Bake 5 minutes until cheese melts.
Top with reserved tomatoes, green
onions & olives. Garnish with
optional toppings & serve
immediately. Serves 6

NOTE: You can replace the
chicken with cooked ground
beef

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
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Crockpot Chicken/Enchilada/Queso Dip

3 (8 oz, ea) blocks cream cheese
2 C. rotisserie chicken breast
(or 2 poached breasts, shredded)
1 can chopped green chilies
1 1/2 C. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 C. salsa verde
1 T. chopped green onions
1 plum tomato, diced

tortilla or corn chips, for dipping

Combine all ingredients (except
chips) in crockpot – reserving some
chopped tomato  for garnish. Cover
& cook on Low 1 1/2 hours until
all is melted. Stir & cover with
reserved tomatoes. Serve with
chips. Serves 10

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Easy Mexican Party Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. Mexican-style shredded 4-cheese,
divided (Kraft)
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) jar thick/chunky salsa
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Mix cream cheese, sour cream & 3/4 C.
shredded cheese until blended – spread
on bottom of crockpot. Top with beans,
then salsa. Cover & cook on Low 3-4
hours. Top with onions, cilantro &
remaining cheese.
Makes 40 (2 T. ea) servings

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Swedish Meatballs

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can beef broth
1 pkt. dry onion soup mix
2 T. A1 steak sauce
2 lb. frozen meatballs
8 oz sour cream (1 C.)
1 (16 oz) pkg. egg noodles

In crockpot mix soup with beef
broth, onion soup mix & A1 – stir
well. Add in frozen meatballs; cover
& cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
3-5 hours. Stir in sour cream. Cook
egg noodles accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain. Mix cooked noodles
into meatball mixture & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Still working on the ‘lovey’ for my special
needs friend – I’m just over half done – YAY!
(Monday husband & I go to the doctors,
so he said we can stop at JoAnn’s, if I need,
to pick up more yarn for this project).

Hope you are enjoying your day – STAY
HEALTHY – if you can!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Every year I procrastinate when it comes
to putting up Christmas decorations and this
year is no different. As a child I loved getting
to do that – as an adult, not so much. So far
we have 3 snowmen (statues) ‘up’, that’s it
(and those I got down last week!).

and so it begins – the winter sniffles…

Woke up yesterday with my head all stuffed up, now I sound like a man with a very deep voice – sigh. I don’t really ‘feel’ sick, just head’s all stuffed up (that will really go great this Sunday for choir, eh?). Oh well, it could be worse (AND I AM going to see the doctor Monday about the vein thing, so it’s all good).

Weather is getting more ‘wintery’ – woke up to 22 ‘balmy’ degrees, a light dusting of snow on the ground & sunny. It’s supposed to warm up a bit (am planning on going shopping a little later when it’s a bit warmer – I hope). According to our local weather report we’re due for 1-3 inches of snow in the next 2 days so I want to get most of my shopping done before then. Low temperatures for the next week or so, in the 20’s with highs of 30’s (oh, joy) – time to get out my HEAVY winter coat!

Lots of recipes, all sorts – some for holidays/parties, some just everyday – here ya go:

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Peppermint Bark Fudge

Chocolate Layer:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. peppermint extract

White layer:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 1/2 C. white chocolate chips
1 tsp. peppermint extract

Topping:
15 mini peppermint candy canes,
crushed

Line a 11″ X 7″ glass baking dish
with parchment paper. In heavy-
bottomed saucepan pour 1 can
sweetn’d/cond. milk, choc. chips &
1 tsp. peppermint extract – heat over
Low heat. Stir often – when choc. is
fully melted & well incorporated *(about
5-8 minutes),remove from heat & pour
into prepared dish. Clean the saucepan:
prepare White Layer the same as first.
When chocolate is fully melted, pour
over first layer in dish. Sprinkle crushed
candy canes over top, evenly. Allow to
set up at least 1 hour (you can refrigerate
to speed up the process). Slice into squares.
Serves 24

*If you notice chocolate is heating too
much & getting thick & crumbly, turn
heat down.

(recipe: eazypeazymealz.com)
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Cheesy Mac & Cheese

1 1/2 C. elbow macaroni, cooked/drained
accordg. to pkg. directions
2/3 C. evaporated milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 C. sour cream
4 T. butter or margarine, softened
2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 C. Velveeta cheese (OR) 8 oz, cut
into pieces – if you don’t like Velveeta,
just add 3 C. Cheddar instead of 2)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
To cooked/drained macaroni add butter
& cheese – mix well. Beat egg, milk, sour
cream, pepper/salt together with a wire
whisk & add to mac & cheese. Spray a
casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray
& pour mixture into dish. Cover dish with
foil & bake 50-60  minutes. Serves 6

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 lb. chicken, cooked/shredded
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 C. chopped onion
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans chicken broth
1 can whole kernel corn
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 T. lemon juice
1 C. salsa (your choice)

8 oz. corn tortilla chips
1/2 C. cheese, shredded
(your choice)

Heat olive oil in large saucepan;
add garlic & onion – cook until
onion is translucent. Stir in
remaining ingredients (except
chips & cheese). Simmer 20
minutes. Pour into bowls &
top with chips & cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Crockpot Ham

7-9 1/2 lb. ham
juice from a 20 oz. can of
pinapple rings
1 C. brown sugar

Place ham in crockpot; pour
juice over ham & pack brown
sugar over ham. Cover &
cook on Low 6-8 hours.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Sweet Potatoes

6 sweet potatoes
butter – to taste
brown sugar – to taste
cinnamon – to taste

Pierce each potato with a fork
several times & place in crockpot.
Cover & cook on High 3-4 hours.
Split potatoes & mash insides with
a fork. Top with butter, brown sugar
& cinnamon, to taste. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Beer Cheese Dip
(overnight recipe)

8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4  of a red onion, finely diced
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 pkg. dry Ranch dressing mix
1/2 C. beer (any beer works)
1/2 C. chopped bacon, cooked
hot sauce, to taste
ground pepper, to taste

Suggested dippers: pretzels

Mix all ingredients together in large
bowl; refrigerate over night for best
results.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Baked Mozzarella/Marinara Dip

1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 (32 oz) bottle marinara sauce
1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese
2 T. fresh basil, chopped very fine
pinch red pepper flakes
kosher salt/black pepper

1 crusty baguette, sliced/toasted
for dipping

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Heat oil in medium oven-proof
skillet over medium heat. Add
garlic & saute until golden, 3-5
minutes. Add marinara sauce; stir
in basil, red pepper flakes, salt/
pepper – bring to simmer then
remove from heat. Add mozzarella
to center of dish & transfer to oven.
Bake 20-25 minutes until cheese is
melty. Sprinkle pepper over cheese
& garnish skillet with more chopped
basil. Serve warm with toasted
baguette pieces. Serves 12

(recipe: delish.com)
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Butterscotch Almond Toffee

2 C. (1 lb) butter
2 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. slivered almonds
3/4 C. butterscotch chips
3/4 C. milk chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp. shortening, divided

Line a 15 X 10″ (jelly roll size)baking pan
with foil & lightly spray with nonstick cooking
spray. In heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine
butter, sugar & salt – melt over medium-high
heat, stirring until sugar is completely
dissolved. Clip a candy thermometer to side
of pan & continue cooking/stirring until it
reaches 290 degrees F. Stir in vanilla & slivered
almonds; pour into prepared pan. Tap the pan
to spread toffee evenly. Place pan on a rack to
cool. In small bowl combine butterscotch chips
& half of shortening. Combine choc. chips &
remaining shortening in separate microwave-safe
bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring
in between, until chips are fully melted & smooth.
Using a spatula, spread butterscotch & choc. on
top of cooled toffee. Refrigerate at least 30
minutes to set the chocolate. Break into pieces &
serve. Serves 24

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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After going on several crochet sites I was
able to locate the one ‘fancy/hole’ stitch
and master it. Worked on my ‘lovey’ blanket
for my special needs friend last night and am
about half-way done! Took awhile to get my
bearings on just exactly how I wanted to
design this (his Mom said do whatever I want,
she’s just happy I’m giving it a try!). Since I’m
not a crocheter per se (more a knitter who
knows basic crochet stitches) it’s a good effort;
perhaps in the hands of a real crocheter it would
look more professional, but for what it’s intended,
it will work.

Hope you’re having a good day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

I’m Happy- getting things done!

Thought this was a clever idea-made with candy canes!

Well, I’m ‘back to normal’ (that means no more sitting around in my jammies doing nothing!). First thing this morning found me attempting to locate an order on Amazon (oldest grandson’s main gift) – yes, they shipped it – NO (even thought they say yes) it’s NOT here! Received the other item that was in the order but not the one I really wanted. Took me a good 5 minutes of rooting around their site to find out just WHERE to look to get some action on locating said item! Ended up on Amazon Chat with a nice gentleman named Orlando who researched it then offered to send me a replacement  (YAY!) AND it will be here TOMORROW! I was concerned because it’s a toy that’s just new this year; very interesting technology: it’s called a 3Doodler Start 3D writing pen (& accessories). Basically it’s kind of like a fat pen that has thin plastic ‘cartridges’ by which you can draw anything in 3D – like drawing an UPRIGHT house! I thought he would find it interesting (he’s 11 1/2). Think of it almost like a glue gun (except it doesn’t get hot) – it extrudes liquid plastic in a thin line which you can use to draw UPRIGHT with! (Hope he likes it).

Was going out today & noticed our gas prices have jumped from $2.39/9 (last night) to $2.79/9 today – WOW! Good thing I was able to redeem my Kroger Fuel Points – got my gas for $2.15/9! Score!

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Crockpot Gingerbread
Pudding Cake

1/4 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. molasses
1 C. water
1 1/4 C. (whole wheat) or
all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping:
6 T. brown sugar
3/4 C. hot water
1/4 C. butter, melted

Spray insides of 3-4 qt. crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl, using elec. mixer, beat
butter & sugar until combined. Add
egg & beat until combined. Add
vanilla, molasses & water – Start
at LOW speed & beat until combined.
(there might be a few flecks of butter
in batter, but that’s OK).
Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon,
ginger, salt & nutmeg – beat until
combined – pour into crockpot.
Sprinkle top with brown sugar.
Combine hot water & melted
butter – pour over brown sugar –
DO NOT STIR. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm
with ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves 6

(recipe: thereciprebel.com)
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Cranberry/Almond Cheese Ball

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
4 oz. sharp white Cheddar cheese,
grated
2/3 C. dried cranberries
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (6 oz) pkg. whole almonds (poster
uses Blue Diamond Smokehouse flavor)

Combine first 4 ingredients in medium
bowl, stirring until well combined. Spoon
contents onto a plate & use plastic wrap
to form into a ball; refrigerate at least 1
hour. Cover entire ball with whole almonds
(you may have some leftover). Refrigerate
until ready to serve. Serve with assorted
breads, pretzels or crackers for dippers.
Makes 8 servings

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Pepperoni Pizza Twists

1 lb. pkg. refrigerated pizza
dough, room temp.
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
6 T. grated Parmesan cheese
(or more, if you like)
3 T. olive oil
4 oz. sliced pepperoni*
4 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Roll dough out into a rectangle on
lightly floured surface. Combine
garlic powder, parsley, Parm. cheese,
red pepper flakes in small bowl –
sprinkle about half onto dough.
Sprinkle Mozz. cheese on one half
of dough & top with *pepperoni (if
you are using mini pepperoni, you can
leave it whole – if using full-sized, cut
them in quarters). Fold the side of dough
without pepperoni over to other side,
covering filling. Use a sharp knife or pizza
cutter to cut dough into thin strips (You
will get about 12 strips out of 1 lb. dough).
You will be placing the strips on  parchment-
lined baking sheets.
Twist strips a few times & press down
on ends to keep them closed. Brush tops
of twists with olive oil & sprinkle with
seasoning blend – place on sheet,
seasoned sides down. Brush other side
of twists with oil & sprinkle with seasoning
blend, again. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden
brown. Serve with marinara sauce (or Ranch
dressing). Serves 12

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Potato/Bacon Bake

3 lb. potatoes, peeled/halved
(the short way)
1 lb. bacon, diced
2 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided
1 medium onion, sliced
2 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt (or more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. black pepper (or more,
to taste)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. green onions, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Parboil potatoes (boil about 10
minutes); drain & let cool. While
potatoes are boiling, saute diced
bacon, onion & garlic until bacon
is browned & onions soft. Remove
from pan but reserve grease in pan.
After potatoes have cooled, carefully
slice them into discs. In same pan
with bacon grease, melt butter. Mix
in flour & salt, stirring constantly to
avoid burning flour. As soon as flour
is mixed in, begin pouring in  milk,
still stirring. Continue to cook until
slightly thick, then add 2 C. cheese &
black pepper, stirring until melted –
remove from heat. Spoon & spread
some sauce into bottom of a 9 X 13″
baking dish. Make a single layer of
sliced potatoes. Sprinkle half of bacon/
onion  mixture over then pour half of
sauce on top. Make a second layer of
potato slices followed by remaining
bacon & onion mixture – add rest of
sauce & spread out evenly. Sprinkle
remaining 1/2 C. shredded cheese on
top. Bake 45 minutes until top is
bubbling & golden. Let cool 15 minutes
before serving. Top with chopped
green onion. Serves 4-6

(recipe: cooktopcove.com)
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Beef Lombardi Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. salt
black pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 bay leaf
1 pkg. egg noodles, cooked
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
6 green onions, chopped
1 C. sour cream
2 C. grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Brown
beef over medium heat in skillet;
drain. Add garlic – cook until soft.
Add tomatoes, honey, salt/pepper,
bay leaf & Tabasco; lower heat to
simmer – cook 30 minutes. Combine
cooked noodles, cream cheese, green
onions & sour cream – mix well.
Alternately layer: noodle mixture,
tomato mixture & grated cheese,
ending with cheese on top. Cover
with foil & bake 30 minutes until
heated through & bubbly.

NOTE: can be frozen after being
prepared before or after baking

(recipe: 07recipes.com)
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Sweet Potato Hash

2 T. olive oil
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled/
chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
salt/pepper, to taste

Heat large, deep skillet over medium-
high heat. Add oil & allow to heat
through. Add sweet potatoes & cook
2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
2 T. hot water to pan (this will create
steam); cover & continue to cook
3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add remaining ingredients & stir to
combine. Cook until sweet potatoes are
soft on inside & peppers/onions are crisp-
tender (about 10 minutes). Taste &
adjust seasoning to your liking.
Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Restaurant-style French Onion Soup

1/4 C. unsalted butter
2 C. sweet yellow onions, diced
1 tsp. dried Basil (optional)
1 (1 oz) pkg. Au Jus Gravy Mix
3 C. water

Optional Toppings;
4 slices baguette bread, toasted
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

In medium sauce pot melt butter over
medium-high heat. Add onions & cook,
stirring often, until caramelized & lightly
browned (about 20 minutes). If you like:
stir in basil & cook 1-2 minutes more. In
a 2-Cup measuring cup, add 1 C. cold
water & packet of Au Jus gravy mix. Stir
vigorously with a fork until well combined
& smooth – pour into pot with remaining
2 C. water. Bring to boil while stirring
often. Once boiling, reduce heat & simmer
about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Serves 4

Optional Restaurant-style soup:
Divide cooked soup among four oven-safe
bowls. Top each with 1 slice of toasted
baguette & a good sprinkling of mozzarella
cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet &
place under Broiler until lightly browned
on top (about 3-4 minutes). Serve immediately.

(recipe:southernplate.com)
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Fudge-filled Peanut Butter Bars

Crust & Topping:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. butter, room temp.
2 eggs, beaten

Filling:
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
3 T. butter
1 C. sweetened flake coconut
3/4 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl combine cake mix (dry), peanut
butter, butter & eggs until dough
starts to hold together (mixture will
be very thick). Press 2/3 rds of dough
into bottom of prepared pan forming
crust.
Filling:
In medium saucepan combine chocolate
chips, milk & butter; melt over low heat
until smooth. Stir in coconut, brown sugar,
flour & chopped pecans – mix until combined
well. Remove from heat; spread filling over
dough in pan. Crumble rest of dough evenly
over filling & bake 20-25 minutes. Allow
to cool before cutting into bars.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Knitting-wise I’ve been OK – still working on
the mint green baby blanket. Along with that
have knit 3-4 scarves for the needy. I have a
upcoming ‘new’ project – this is another of
those “Gifts of Love” . . . what do I mean by
that? If you’ve been reading my blog for a
few years you might remember the “Afghan
from Hell” – a very nice older lady approached
me at Panera (during my Knit Night group) and
asked if anyone could repair an afghan? Long
story short: a very dear friend (very old lady)
had begun to crochet/knit an afghan for this
person but was put in hospital. While in there
the family dog chewed up a good portion AND
a well-meaning family member decided to try
to CUT OUT the chew spots – it was a HUGE MESS!
I knew that none of my ladies would even consider
that so I took it home. End result: I managed to
make her a almost new blanket – she was thrilled.
She & her husband cried when I showed it to them.
Well – advance a few years and now the new
project: in my special needs group is an absolutely
DELIGHTFUL man. His mother recently asked me
if I knew anyone who would attempt to knit/crochet
a copy of a VERY loved blanket he’s had since he
was a baby? I said I’m not great at crochet, but if
she would text me a photo, I’d see what I can do.
Well, friends – it’s another “blanket from hell” –
it used to be lime green & white, now it’s a
basketball-sized WAD of crocheted MESS! (it’s
kind of dark green & cream – you can tell it’s
REALLY been loved!)

Photo from my cell phone

She said he won’t sleep
without it so I asked her if he would even
consider a replacement – she said it will take
awhile – we’ll see. She wants more of a
‘lovey’ than an afghan (meaning smaller).
I have lime green & white yarn so I began
about 4 inches, attempting to copy the photo.
There’s a spot (in the ‘wad’) that looks more
like created crocheted ‘holes’ – I’m not real
familiar with those so I’m hoping she might
either take another photo close up OR
bring it tonight to my special needs group.
We’ll see where this goes – it’s not like it’s
my first (blanket from hell) rodeo! Call me
crazy but I DO love a challenge!

Hope you are doing well this day –

Hugs;

Pammie

SO HAPPY and PROUD!

Last night was the Pick Up date for all of the lovely knitted & crocheted baby items for the upcoming Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Annual Baby Shower. The lady who is the Women’s Coordinator for the event told us there will be 17 Moms attending the shower. This year our group donated 87 knit & crocheted items! 24 blankets, 42 hats, 11 sets of booties, 2 snuggle sacks and 8 baby headbands – I’d say we MORE THAN covered the moms this time! (I was going to post all of the photos, but there are 17 photos, so I decided not to). The ladies in my group continue to amaze me with their generosity – so happy they participated in showing love to these Vets Moms!

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Caramel Apple Slab Pie

2 1/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2/3 C. butter-flavored shortening
8 T. cold water
1/3 C. flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3 1/2 lb. Granny Smith apples,
peeled/cored & cut into 1/4″
thick slices (10 cups)

Crumb Topping:
1 C. quick-cooking rolled oats
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. butter

Homemade Caramel:
1 C. brown sugar
4 T. butter
1/2 C. Half & Half
1 T. vanilla
pinch salt

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 15 X 10 X 1″ rimmed
sheet pan with nonstick spray.
Dough:
In large bowl combine flour &
salt; using pastry blender or
2 forks, cut in shortening until it
resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle
1 T. cold water over mixture & toss
with a fork. Repeat, using 1 T. water
at a time until it is  moistened, then
knead dough into a ball. On lightly
floured surface, roll dough into a
19X13″ rectangle. Wrap dough around
rolling pin & unroll dough into prepared
pan. Ease dough into pan & up sides,
being careful not to stretch it. Trim
dough to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pan.
Fold dough edge over & flute as desired.

In extra large bowl combine sugar,
1/3 C. flour, cinnamon & apples – toss
to coat. Spoon mixture onto dough &
spread evenly.

Crumb Topping:
In large stir oats, brown sugar & flour.
Using a pastry blender, cut in butter
until topping resembles coarse crumbs –
sprinkle on top of apples in pan. Bake
40-45 minutes until apples are tender. If
it is starting to brown too fast, cover top
with foil the last 5-10 minutes of baking.
Cool slightly.

Homemade caramel:
Place all ingredients in medium saucepan
over medium-low  to medium heat. Cook,
while whisking gently, 5-7 minutes until
thicker. Turn off heat. Serve warm or
refrigerate until cold. Drizzle caramel on
top of apple slab pie then serve.
Serves 25

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Cheesy Baked Zucchini

4 C. shredded zucchini
1 C. Bisquick baking mix
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. chopped scallion
2 T. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C. vegetable oil
4 eggs

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl combine all ingredients &
mix well – pour into prepared
dish. Bake 25 minutes until
golden brown. Cut into squares
& serve. Serves 15

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Garlic/Parmesan/Asparagus

1 lb. fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. butter, melted
1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

In large skillet bring 1/2 inch
of water to a boil. Add asparagus &
garlic; cook, covered, until asparagus
is crisp-tender, 3-5 minutes; drain.
Toss asparagus with butter & cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

12 oz. elbow macaroni
1/2 C. grated carrot
1 rib celery, finely diced
1 C. mayonnaise
3 T. pineapple juice
2 T. apple cider vinegar
salt/pepper, as desired

Cook macaroni per pkg.
directions; drain/cool.
Add grated carrot & celery &
mix. Whisk mayo, pineapple
juice & vinegar then pour over
noodles – toss to combine. Add
salt/pepper, to taste. Chill until
ready to serve. Serves 6

(recipe: slowcookergourmet.com)
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 Crockpot Pepper Steak

2 lb. beef sirloin cut into
2″ strips
garlic powder
3 T. vegetable oil
1 beef bouillon cube
1/3 C. hot water
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 large roughly chopped green
bell peppers
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes
with juice
3 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt

Heat oil in large skillet over medium
heat; season beef strips with garlic
powder then brown in oil. Once
browned, place strips in crockpot.
In large bowl mix bouillon cube with
hot water – dissolve then add cornstarch
& stir to dissolve; pour mixture over meat
in crockpot. Add onion, green peppers,
stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar &
salt – stir to combine. Cover & cook
3-4 hours on High or 6-8 on Low.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Homade Pimento Cheese Spread

2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
4 oz. diced pimentos, drained
1/2 tsp. dried mustard

Using elec. mixer, in bowl mix
cheese & cream cheese together –
mix 2-3 minutes. Add mayo &
mix again. Add in seasonings –
stir everything together then
mix in pimentos. Refrigerate
at least 10-15 minutes before
using.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake

8 oz. uncooked rigatoni pasta
1 T. olive oil
1 C. chopped onion
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen spinach,
thawed
3 C. cooked/cubed chicken breasts
1 (14 oz) can Italian-style diced
tomatoes, undrained
1 (8 oz) container (Philadelphia)
chive & onion cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Spread oil on bottom of 9 X 13″
baking pan & add onion in single layer.
Bake 15 minutes just until tender.
Transfer onion to large bowl. Drain
chopped spinach well, pressing between
layers of paper toweling. Stir in cooked
rigatoni, spinach, chicken & next 4
ingredients – into onion in bowl. Spoon
mixture into prepared dish & sprinkle
evenly with shredded cheese. Bake,
covered, 30 minutes. Uncover & bake 15
minutes more until bubbly.

(recipe: facebook)
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Crockpot Blueberry/Lemon Cobbler


Filling:

32 oz. blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 C. sugar
3 T. lemon juice (juice from 1 lemon)
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
1/4 C. flour

Topping:

2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
1 T. lemon zest (zest from 1 lemon)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. butter (2 sticks, chilled/
cut into bits)
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla

vanilla ice cream or whipped cream,
for topping cobbler, if desired

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place blueberries in bottom of
crockpot; sprinkle lemon juice on top.
In medium bowl mix sugar & lemon
zest, working zest into sugar with your
fingers to release the lemon oils in the
zest. Add flour & stir with a fork to
evenly combine flour with sugar. Sprinkle
mixture evenly over berries & toss to
combine.

Topping:

In medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, lemon
zest, baking powder, salt & nutmeg using
a fork until well combined. Using 2 butter
knives or a pastry cutter, cut in cold bits
of butter into flour mixture until it
resembles a coarse meal with small pea-
sized pieces of butter. In small bowl whisk
eggs & vanilla with a fork & gently toss
egg mixture into flour/butter mixture
until moistened & dough starts to hold
together & create clumps of dough.
Sprinkle cobbler topping evenly over
blueberries in crockpot. Cover opening
of crockpot with paper towels or a clean
kitchen towel; cover with lid. (toweling
will absorb any condensation that will
collect on lid while cooking, preventing
it from dripping onto cobbler.) Cook
on High 3-4 hours until you can see the
juices from the blueberries bubbling
around edges of crockpot. Check
cobbler at 3 hour mark & only cook
for additional time if needed. Turn
off crockpot & carefully remove lid
& toweling. Let cobbler cool slightly
before serving. Serve with vanilla
ice cream or whipped cream, if
desired. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

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I know that this week has been very trying
for SO many people in our country – prayers
sent out for all those that battled the storms &
fires – I can’t even imagine.

I noticed in our local paper that they are saying
the gas prices will rise due to the recent weather
situations; yesterday I observed our local station’s
prices are up to $2.59/9 (from $2.39/9) – it’s
understandable. I would imagine produce will
greatly increase in price as well as other items
that would normally be shipped by land; we’ll
see.

Our weather is in the low 70’s during the day,
sunny (supposed to rain tomorrow).

Hoping you are all in good healthy and safety;

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

Feeling MUCH Better, Thank You!

After living with my back being ‘less than great’ since Friday, I can now say that using the Icy Hot Smart Relief TENS therapy machine really worked to relax the muscles in my lower back. It took using it 5-6 times a day (half hour each session) but I finally don’t feel that pain and can stand up straight again! Thank You, Lord! I even cooked dinner last night (Potatoes O’Brian) – first time ‘testing’ how long I might be able to stand without pain or needing to sit down. Tonight is my special needs group – Music/Birthday Night – I’m going to attend but not stand up (much) if I can avoid it. For most of the evening I will be sitting at the piano, so that’s not a problem.

The evening before I felt the back injury I visited my oldest son’s family – while there I did a little ‘gentle’ wrestling with my older (10 1/2) grandson – there, I believe, was my mistake. Usually when he’s at our house we sit in my recliner & ‘wrestle’ – that’s fine. This time, it was sort of impromptu where I was standing up & he sort of ‘bent me over’, grabbing my neck which put my lower back into stress mode – didn’t hurt at the time but the next morning I couldn’t stand up straight without a lot of pain. This was my first visit with BOTH grandsons and it worked out great; I made sure I spent a good amount of time with older grandson FIRST before spending some time holding the baby.

As you can see, he loves his little brother!

He’s now a little over 3 weeks old

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Pecan Pie Bars

2 1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 sticks cold, unsalted butter,
cubed
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs
2 1/4 C. pecans, chopped
1 2/3 C. corn syrup
1 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. honey
6 T. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter,
melted
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
foil or parchment paper. In food
processor or large bowl, mix
together flour, sugar & salt until
combined. Slowly add in cold
butter & mix until mixture is
coarse & crumbly. Pour mixture
into prepared dish & press evenly
onto bottom & around edges to
form crust. Bake 20 minutes until
golden brown. Remove from oven.

In large bowl whisk eggs, corn syrup,
sugar, honey, butter & vanilla. Fold
in pecans & mix until thoroughly
coated – pour over hot crust. Return
to oven & bake 25-30 minutes until
filling has set. Remove & let cool
completely before removing using
foil, from baking dish. Cut into
bars. Makes 4 dozen

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Spicy Turkey Chili

1 lb. ground turkey
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded/diced
(unless you want more heat – leave
seeds in)
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. ancho chili powder
1 tsp. chipotle chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dried cilantro
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
8 oz. fresh sweet corn kernels
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans fire-roasted
diced tomatoes
2 C. chicken broth

Suggested ‘toppers’:
shredded Cheddar cheese
sour cream

Heat skillet over medium high heat.
Add gr. turkey & brown, breaking
apart with spatula; add diced
jalapenos to skillet & all dried spices.
Stir & cook until turkey is browned &
jalapenos begin to soften. Add mixture
to crockpot along with corn, tomatoes
& broth. Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours
or Low 4-6 (can cook on Low for up to
8 hours). Serve with shredded cheese &
sour cream, if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: slowcookergourmet.net)
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Cheesy Corn-stuffed Chicken

4  boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 C. shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1 ‘pouch’ Libby’s (frozen) Sweet Corn,
drained
seasoning for chicken (salt/pepper or
taco seasoning)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Make a horizontal sliced in side of
each chicken breast (making a pocket).
Mix cream cheese, corn & Pepper Jack
cheese & stuff breasts with mixture.
Place breasts on rimmed cookie sheet
& bake 20-25 minutes until chicken
is done & juices run clear. Serves 4

(recipe: lifewiththecrustcutoff.com)
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Open-faced BBQ Chicken Sandwich

1 loaf French bread
2 T. butter, softened
1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
3/4 C. BBQ sauce
3 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 green onions, chopped
3 T. cilantro, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Slice bread in half lengthwise.
Line a large cookie sheet with foil;
spray with nonstick spray. Place
bread on foil & spread 1 T. softened
butter on each half; place in oven to
toast slightly (4-5 minutes). Place
shredded chicken in a bowl & mix
with BBQ sauce. Place bowl in
microwave & heat 4 minutes. Stir
chicken mixture & place on toasted
bread. Sprinkle bread halves with
mozzarella cheese & place in oven
to melt – about 5 minutes. Spread
green onions & cilantro over both
halves & cut into serving sized
pieces. Serves 5-6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Simple Roasted Asparagus

1 lb. fresh asparagus, ends trimmed
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Arrange asparagus on rimmed
baking sheet. In small bowl combine
oil, sugar, salt/pepper – drizzle over
asparagus & toss gently until evenly
coated. Bake 15-20 minutes until
lightly browned & tender. Serve
immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Dump &

Go Enchilada  Soup

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts,
about 1 lb.
2 C. chicken stock
1 1/4 C. red enchilada sauce (one 10 oz
can)
2 (14 oz, ea) cans black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
1 (15 oz) can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, diced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt (to taste)

Optional garnishes:

chopped fresh cilantro
diced avocado
diced red onion
shredded cheese
sour cream
tortilla strips/chips

Add all ingredients to crockpot;
stir to combine. Cover & cook
3-4 hours on High, or 6-8 hours
on Low until chicken is cooked
through & shreds easily. Use 2
forks to shred chicken. Serve
warm with optional garnishes.
Serves 4-6

This can be refrigerated in a sealed
container up to 5 days or frozen
for up to 3 months

(recipe: gimmesomeoven.com)
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Crockpot Elvis Pudding Cake

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant banana cream
pudding mix
3 C. cold milk
1 pkg. yellow cake mix (regular size)
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 C. peanut butter chips
1/2 C. chocolate chips

Optional toppings:
Whipped cream (or Cool Whip),
sliced fresh bananas

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. In medium bowl whish pudding mix
& milk 2 minutes – let stand another
2 minutes until soft-set – pour into crockpot.
Prepare cake mix accordg. to pkg. directions,
add in 1/2 C. peanut butter; pour cake
batter over pudding. Cover & cook on Low
3-3 1/2 hours. Sprinkle peanut butter chips &
chocolate chips on top. Cover crockpot but
turn it off
. Let stand 15 minutes to partially
melt the chips. Serve warm with optional
toppings. Serves 12

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)

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Craft-wise, since I’ve been ‘sitting’ a lot
more than I would normally, I’ve finished
up the 40 baby hats for our local hospital
and started knitting more for the Detroit
Veteran’s Baby Shower coming in September.
Along with that project I made the ‘executive’
decision to rip out the green baby blanket
I’d been working on – the yarn is rather
heavy & bulky (and I don’t like knitting with
it!) so I came up with the idea to use it to
crochet a baby blanket instead. (Thank
you, Mary/Mama for the Diagonal Box
Stitch afghan pattern
!) That pattern will
work out MUCH better using this yarn
(in fact, I already started it today). Still
working on the other (thinner yarn) baby
blanket – not sure just yet where it will
be donated.

Weather-wise it’s been a very SPRING
weather – starts out a little chilly (in
the low 30’s) but then climbs to the
upper 40’s & sometimes 50’s! Sunny,
clear, light breeze (of course I’ve only
been able to observe this through the
windows – anxious to just GET OUT
for a change – been inside now for
5 days – ugh! Cabin Fever!)

Hope you are enjoying this lovely
SPRING! Soon we will be seeing
trees, bushes & flowers bursting
forth – can’t wait! We already are
hearing some of the birds singing –
love hearing them, too! Can’t wait
to spot my first Robin – in Michigan
that’s usually our first bird to return
from down South (kind of a Michigan
thing to see who spots one first!)

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s almost here!

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Finally finished up decorating the main tree, the lights around the fireplace & secretary AND got the presents wrapped – YAY! Only things left to do are bake a few things tomorrow & throw together (my first, ever) 3-Bean Salad (it has to marinate at least 12 hours) – those things are for Saturday. Sunday is church at 10:30 (have to be there at 10 a.m. for choir practice) then dinner at son’s house (time has not yet been decided). It feels GOOD to finally be ahead of schedule. Ran out to the store today for a few essentials: bread & eggs; came home with bananas, 2 boxes of ginger cookies, a small box of glazed donuts (the guys go through them like water), 3 bars of bath soap, 2 containers of hand soap – just a ‘few’things – hehehe

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Today’s post will be COOKIES & DESSERTS!

Chocolate Peppermint Pie

2 C. crushed Oreo cookies
3 T. butter, melted
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
2 1/2 C. vanilla ice cream
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
15 peppermint (round) candies
2 T. chocolate (ice cream) shell
topper

Remove ice cream from freezer &
leave to soften about 15 minutes.
Spray 9″ pie pan with nonstick
spray. Stir cookie crumbs & melted
butter in medium bowl; spread
mixture into pie pan & press evenly
over bottom & up sides of pan.
Freeze 10 minutes. Add thawed
Cool Whip, peppermint extract &
10 peppermint candies to blender;
blend until smooth; pour into pie
crust & freeze at least 3 hours. Crush
remaining candies. Immediately
before serving, top pie with
chocolate topping, additional
Cool Whip & crushed candies.
Serves 8

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
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Magic Turtle Bars

2 C. crushed vanilla cookies (wafers)
1/2 C. butter, melted (1 stick)
2 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-2 bags (Kraft) caramel bits
2 C. coarsely chopped pecans
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
LIghtly spray 9 X 13″ baking pan.
Combine crushed cookies & butter
until crumbs are moist & spread
evenly in bottom of pan, pressing
down to form a crust. Layer rest of
ingredients: 1 bag choc. chips, caramel
bits, pecans (save about 1/4 C. for
top), second bag of choc. chips,
remaining pecans. Drizzle sweetened
cond. milk over entire pan, making
sure to cover all nooks & crannies.
Bake 25-30 minutes just until milk
begins to turn golden. Let cool
completely before cutting. Store
in airtight container.

NOTE: if you choose to refrigerate
these bars, let them come back
to room temperature before
eating.

(recipe:chocolate.chocolateandmore
.com)
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Peanut Butter Snowballs

1 C. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 T. soft butter
1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1 bag white chocolate chips

Combine powdered sugar, salt,
butter & peanut butter in large
bowl, stirring until completely
mixed & smooth. Place dough
in fridge 20-30 minutes to firm
slightly.

Cover a baking sheet
with parchment paper.
Roll approx. 1 T. of dough
in your hands & place on
prepared sheet; roll rest
of dough & place sheet
in fridge 30 minutes.

In medium microwaveable
bowl melt white chocolate
chips in 30 second intervals,
stirring until completely
smooth. Dip balls in chocolate,
return to lined sheet &
refrigerate until ready to serve.

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
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Coconut Snowball Cookies

1 C. butter, softened
2/3 C. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
3 T. cornstarch
2 C. flour
1 C. finely shredded coconut
2 C. powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment
paper. Mix butter on Medium speed
using elec. mixer until creamy. Add
2/3 C. powdered sugar & salt; mix
well. Add vanilla, cornstarch &
coconut; continue mixing on Low
speed gradually adding flour & mix
until evenly combined. Scoop 1 T.
dough at a time & roll into a ball;
place balls on prepared sheet. Bake
16-18 minutes until bottoms get
lightly golden.
Place 2 C. powdered sugar in a
pie pan/plate (for rolling cookies)
Remove from oven & cool a few
minutes. While cookies are still
warm, roll them in powdered
sugar; place on wire rack to
cool then roll once more in
powdered sugar. Makes 25

(NOTE: I…Pam, don’t do the
second powdered sugar coating,
makes them too messy to eat,
in my opinion!)

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
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Martha Washington Balls
(candy)

3 C. pecans
2 C. coconut
4 C. powdered sugar
1 stick butter, room temp.
1 (14 oz) can sweetened
condensed milk
1 jar maraschino cherries,
drained/patted dry
2 C. chocolate candy melts

Line a baking sheet with
parchment paper.
Place pecans & coconut in food
processor; pulse until finely
chopped. Using elec. mixer,
cream sugar & butter together
until light. Add milk & chopped
nuts/coconut – stir until well
mixed. Using your hands, take
a small amount of dough &
form around a cherry; place
on prepared sheet. Chill in
fridge 1 hour.
Place chocolate melts in a glass
bowl & melt in microwave on
High 30 seconds; stir & repeat
until all chocolate is melted &
smooth. Dip each ball into
chocolate, allowing excess to
drip back into bowl. Place balls
on parchment-lined baking sheet
& allow to harden. Makes 36

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge EVER!

2 C. sugar
1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. peanut butter

In a pan bring sugar & milk to a
boil; boil 2 1/2 minutes. Remove
from heat & stir in peanut butter
& vanilla.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Crockpot Candy Cane Bark

24 oz. white chocolate chips
1 box peppermint candy canes,
unwrapped

Place one gallon-sized ziplock bag inside
another 1 gallon ziplock bag (so you have
a double bag). Place candy canes in bag(s);
zip up, removing most of air. Using a rubber
mallet, hammer or end of a rolling pin,
crush candy canes until you have a nice
mixture of small chunks & candy cane dust.
(Line crockpot with liner if you want to
use one)
Pour both bags of white chocolate chips
into crockpot (NOTE: DO NOT spray
insides of crockpot with nonstick spray.)
Cover & cook on Low 1 hour until chips
are melted enough that when stirred
they turn smooth. Be careful not to
overcook, as white chocolate chips
will burn. Line a large rimmed cookie
sheet with waxed or parchment paper.
Pour half of crushed candy canes into
melted white chocolate & stir until
well mixed & candy canes are covered
with melted white chocolate. Pour
melted white chocolate & candy cane
mixture into center or prepared cookie
sheet. Working quickly, spread candy
cane mixture evenly on cookie sheet
using a spatula, making sure there is no
overly thick or thin areas. Sprinkle
remaining candy cane pieces evenly
over top. Let candy harden at room
temp. a few hours (you can speed it
up by placing sheet in fridge). Flip
candy bark out of cookie sheet & peel
off paper; break bark into pieces. Store
in air tight container or package for
gift giving. Serves 15

NOTE: You can also use a food processor
to crush candy canes, being careful to
not over process – otherwise you end up
with just candy cane dust – with very few
little chunks

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Crockpot Cashew Candy Clusters

24 oz. dry roasted cashews(can use
peanuts)
4 oz. unsweetened dark baking
chocolate, broken into pieces
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 lb. vanilla almond bark broken
into as small of pieces as you can
1 tsp. vanilla

(recipe best made in a 5 qt or
larger crockpot for easier stirring)
Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Place cashews in
bottom of crockpot. Next a layer
of broken up dark chocolate &
chocolate chips. On top white
almond bark pieces. Cover &
cook on Low first hour, stirring
every 15 minutes using a spatula
or wooden spoon* After first hour,
stir every 30 minutes. When it starts
mixing really well but not quite all
melted, add vanilla & stir in well.
This can take 2-3 hours, depending
on how warm your crockpot gets.
(unless you are using a much older
first generation crockpot, skipping
the stirring process will result in
burnt cashews & chocolate.
After all is mixed well & smooth,
spoon out into empty cupcake
liners. Refrigerate until ready to
serve. Serves 4

*If you have a Warm feature on
your crockpot, cook on Warm for
the first 3 hours then just let it
melt as it won’t scorch before
stirring

NOTE: You can change up recipe
by adding pretzel bits, dry cereal,
different nuts or marshmallows at
very end as you are spooning
mixture into cups.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Cranberry Orange Bliss Bars

Bars:
3/4 C. butter, softened
1 1/4 C. brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. dried cranberries, chopped
1/2 C. white chocolate chips

Frosting:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. butter, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. orange zest
2 T. orange juice

Toppings:
2 T. dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 C. white chocolate, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Using stand mixer or large mixing
bowl, place butter & brown sugar;
mix until well combined. Add eggs,
one at a time, ginger, vanilla, 1/2
tsp. salt. Mix until mixture is smooth.
In small bowl mix together 1 tsp.
baking powder & 1 1/2 C. flour. Add
dry mixture to butter mixture & mix
until well combined (should take
a few minutes). Mix in chopped
cranberries & white choc. chips.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with non-
stick spray – place dough inside &
spread evenly using a knife. Bake
25-30 minutes until golden brown;
cool completely.

Frosting:
In medium bowl mix cream cheese,
butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, orange
zest & orange juice until well combined,
smooth & glossy. Spread over cooled
cake & top with chopped dried
cranberries.
Pour white choc. chips in microwave-
safe bowl; heat in 30 second intervals,
stirring between each. You want to
make sure the chocolate doesn’t get
too hot – it will clump up if heated
too fast. Drizzle melted chocolate over
bars & chill in fridge until chocolate
has set up & frosting has firmed up
a bit. Makes 16 bars

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Since you know I can’t just sit with nothing
to work on, have started (don’t remember
if I posted this one or not yet) a men’s
(homeless) scarf using some of the yarn
that was in that HUGE donation I posted
a few days ago. It’s about 3/4 ths done now;
it’s an easy stitch so it goes fast:

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The scarf starts out with a kind of

shiny dark charcoal, then goes to
white & gray – will end with the
dark charcoal. It doesn’t photograph
well – looks better in person.

Looking at all that yarn got me ‘desiring’
to crochet something. I’m only a beginner
when it comes to crochet, but wanted to
start a baby blanket using some of the
donated yarns. There were about 5 skeins
of this teal blue, decided to combine it
with white – reminds me of the colors
that were featured in the movie “Frozen”
(I didn’t see the movie, but saw all the
promotions/items featuring those two
colors together). I looked up a really
simple pattern, did 3 rows (in teal) and
decided it was rather boring looking so
then looked up another pattern – ended
up combining the two. The original
pattern called for casting on 61 stitches
for a baby blanket – well, that wasn’t
a good idea (too small) – I had already
done a good 10 rows before deciding
I’m just going to finish it then make a
wide teal & white border around it
to make it bigger – that should work.
(this one will be for Crisis Pregnancy
Center):

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The white stitches don’t show
up very well – they sort of look like
stars.

Our weather is still nice – the bottom of
our driveway is actually totally CLEAR –
certainly makes getting in our drive a LOT
nicer!

Hope you are happy with all of your
holiday preparations – don’t let them
BOG YOU DOWN! Take things a little
at a time – EVEN if that means that
some things just won’t get/be done!
I made the executive decision years
ago to no longer send Christmas
cards – I used to stress over it TOO
MUCH! The same decision came this
year about baking tons of cookies –
too much stress/too many calories!
I’m much happier for both decisions –
less stress makes a happier Pammie!

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie