Rolling with the ‘changes’

Sometimes life hands you changes – sometimes you’re READY and sometimes you’re not. We have had discussions with middle son about him moving back home (this was probably beginning of March). That time came & went – and is now back again. Looks like he will be making the move WITH HIS CAT this weekend. I don’t have a problem with said son – only two ‘possible’ problems: (1) youngest son & middle son do NOT get along AT ALL, (2) said cat has just been fixed – used to be a male and was fixed, perhaps, a little late – not looking forward to the possibility of a cat peeing in my house! Already had the discussion: cat pees – it’s GONE! I’ve spent a little time today moving things around in his room (where my computer is) – there is NOT enough room for him to bring back all he has (he acquired a LOT of furniture – I’ll let HIM figure that one out). Only room for a single bed and (maybe) 2 dressers (room is small). Husband took down the baby changing table & we carried that and the baby port-a-crib upstairs (with my babysitting at their house, we never had reason to use either one). Knowing this cat is coming has made me SUPER vigilant about looking at everything – especially my yarn & things I’m working on; guess I’ll be putting them in plastic bags (for safe keeping). We’ll see how this all turns out…(there is more to the story than I chose to share, just know that this move is necessary for the time being).

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Coconut Bundt Cake

Cake:
1 1/2 C. butter
2 C. sugar
4 eggs
1 C. sour cream
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. coconut extract *
1 3/4 C. flour
2 C. flaked coconut

Coconut Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. heavy cream (or more,
if you want it thinner)
1 tsp. coconut extract
1/2 C. flaked coconut (garnish)

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Generously grease & flour bundt pan.
In medium bowl mix flour & flaked
coconut. In large bowl using elec.
mixer, cream butter & sugar. Add
eggs & mix until mixture is light &
fluffy. Add sour cream, baking powder
& coconut extract – mix well. Add half
of flour mixture to creamed mixture;
mix well. Add remaining flour
mixture & mix until well combined.
Let cake batter rest 5 minutes.
Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 60-70 minutes until a toothpick
inserted near center comes out clean.
Cool 25 minutes in pan then invert
onto a serving plate. Frost with glaze.

Glaze:
Mix all glaze ingredients together in small
bowl using a spoon or whisk. Pour on top
of cake & let glaze drizzle down sides of
cake. Sprinkle top with coconut & serve.

*Poster used 2 tsp.

NOTE: Poster also suggests you grease &
flour bundt pan really well – she used
shortening instead of cooking spray. She
also doubled glaze recipe & toasted the
coconut.

(recipe: 5boysbaker.com)
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Seafood Casserole

8 oz. haddock, cleaned/skinned
(or any firm white non-oily fish)
1 lb. scallops (may be omitted)
1 lb. large shrimp, cleaned/deveined
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 to 3/4 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
paprika
salt/black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a glass 7 X 11″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Cut
fish into about 1 1/2 inch chunks &
lay in dish. Add shrimp & scallops;
sprinkle with salt/pepper, to taste.
Add minced garlic on top. Pour
heavy cream over fish & add Swiss
cheese. Sprinkle top with paprika &
Parmesan cheese. Bake 15-20
minutes being careful to not over
bake so shrimp don’t over cook.
Serves 6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Crockpot Ham & Beans

1 (16 oz) pkg. dried Northern beans
1 C. cooked ham & meaty ham
bone (OR) 2-3 ham hocks
2 T. dried, minced onion
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
salt/pepper, to taste

Rinse beans & check for any
pebbles. Place beans in crockpot
& add remaining ingredients.
Cover in water until water reaches
about 2 inches above beans. Cover
& cook on High 2 hours then Low
for 4 hours. Remove meat from
bones & discard bones. Stir &
crush some of the beans to make
the dish creamier. Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Lemon Garlic Veggies

1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans,
ends trimmed
3 T. butter
2 T. lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 T. capers
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

In a soup pot place green beans &
cover with water. Bring to boil over
high heat – boil 6-8 minutes until
crisp-tender; drain well.
In same pot over medium heat, melt
butter. Stir in remaining ingredients
including green beans & heat 5 minutes
until heated thorough. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Sweet Macaroni Salad

2 C. cooked (al dente) elbow
macaroni
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled/chopped
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped carrots
1/2 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped sweet green pepper
2 C. cooked/chopped ham

Dressing:

1 to 1 1/2 C. mayonnaise (or Miracle
Whip)
3 T. granulated sugar
1 T. white vinegar
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. yellow prepared mustard
1 tsp. celery seed

In large bowl combine salad
ingredients – toss to mix. Combine
dressing ingredients in another
bowl & pour over salad – mix well
& refrigerate 3-4 hours.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycookscom)
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(the name of this enticed me!)
Southern Jezebel Dip
(sweet & spicy)

2 C. apricot preserves
1/4 C. horseradish sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
black pepper, to taste
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese

Dippers: crackers or pita chips

Place block of cream cheese
on a serving plate. Mix first 4
ingredients together & pour
over cream cheese.
Serve with crackers or pita chips.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken:
1 T. olive oil
1 1/2 lb. chicken breasts
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
1/2 C. water

Fried Rice:
1 T. olive oil
2 eggs
3 C. day old cooked rice
12 oz. pkg. frozen peas & carrots
1 T. soy sauce
1 T. hoisin sauce
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 C. green onions, chopped

Place chicken & all (chicken) ingredients
in a skillet over medium heat. Cover &
let simmer until cooked through, 6-7
minutes per side until internal temperature
of chicken is 165 degrees F. Remove from
skillet, shred & place back in skillet.

Rice:
In large wok (or skillet) heat oil over medium-
high heat then crack 2 eggs in center &
scramble – salt & pepper, to taste. Once
eggs are scrambled, add cooked rice,
chicken & onions, frozen peas/carrots, soy
sauce, hoison sauce, salt/pepper. Stir fry,
mixing all ingredients together. Stir in green
onions. Taste & adjust seasonings. Remove
from heat & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Buttermilk Blueberry Explosion Cake

1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 tsp. lemon zest from 1 large lemon
2 large eggs, room temp.
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 C. fresh blueberries
3/4 C. buttermilk
(optional: sugar for top)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 9″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl using elec. mixer cream
butter, 1 C. sugar & lemon zest
until light & fluffy. Add in eggs &
vanilla – mix to combine. In another
bowl, whisk flour, baking powder &
salt.* Gradually add flour mixture to
wet batter with a tablespoon of sugar.
Pour batter into prepared pan &
bake 40-45 minutes. (check with a
toothpick for doneness) – return
pan to oven a few more minutes if
necessary. Let cool at least 15 minutes
before serving.

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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Our weather has finally turned a corner,
so to speak – it’s sunny and 59 degrees F!
(rain in the forecast for later tonight and
through Sunday – then, Monday it says
“chance of snow showers”…ugh)

I’ve been watching our gas prices go up
& down – yesterday (early) it was $2.79/9
then dropped to $2.59/9…then last night
it was back up to $2.79/9…what??? Kinda
like: if you see a good price JUMP ON IT
because it will change quickly! Crazy!

Here’s hoping you’re having a good week
so far. Keep on keepin’ on – better to keep
plugging ahead than falling behind, right?

Hugs;

Pammie

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WOW!

View from my dining room window

This is what we woke up to this morning – and there was NO reports of this coming on our weather sites! I’d say it’s about 2 inches. I have to babysit in about 2 hours so am glad it looks like it’s falling off the trees & power lines – maybe it will be gone quickly? One can hope, right?

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Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle
Cookie Bars

Apple Mixture:
1 T. butter
2 large Granny Smith apples,
finely chopped
pinch or two ground cinnamon

Snickerdoodle batter:
2 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. butter, room temp.
1 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 T. vanilla

Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
2 T. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Melt butter in saucepan – add diced
apples & pinch cinnamon. Cook over
medium-high heat 5-6 minutes. Place
cooked apples onto a paper towel &
refrigerate or freeze to allow to cool
completely.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13 baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray or line with foil
for easy removal, leaving foil overhang
on sides to pull out of pan easily.
In large bowl add flour, cream of tartar,
baking soda, cinnamon & salt – whisk
to combine. Using elec. mixer, cream
butter & sugars in a bowl at medium
speed until light & fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
Add in eggs one-at-a-time, then vanilla –
beat until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients
until just combined then fold in apple
mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan
& spread evenly.

Cinnamon-sugar Topping:
Stir together in a small cup or bowl
ingredients until well mixed. Evenly
sprinkle topping over top of batter.
Bake 25-30 minutes until surface springs
back when gently pressed. Cool before
cutting. Makes 20-24 bars.

NOTE: poster also said you can add
some white chocolate chips, pecans or
walnuts on top if you like.

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)
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Breakfast Ham Fritatta

12 eggs
1/2 C. milk
1 lb., cooked/chopped ham
1/2 C. shredded mozzarella
cheese
3 green onions, finely sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeded/diced
1/2 C. frozen corn & peas,
defrosted
salt/black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl whisk together eggs &  milk.
Stir in remaining ingredients &
pour into prepared dish. Bake
50-55 minutes until center has set.
Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.

(recipe: withablast.net)
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Baked Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken

Chicken coating:
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken
breasts
salt/pepper
1 C. cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 C. canola oil

Sweet/sour sauce:
3/4 C. sugar
4 T. ketchup
1/2 C. distilled white vinegar
1 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. garlic salt

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Rinse
chicken in water then cut into
cubes; season with salt/pepper,
to taste. Heat 1/4 C. oil in
large skillet. Place cornstarch in
a shallow pie plate; beat eggs
in another shallow pie plate.
Dip chicken into cornstarch,
then into beaten eggs. Cook
chicken until browned but not
cooked through then place in
prepared/greased baking dish.
Mix all Sweet/Sour ingredients
in a bowl using a whisk & pour
evenly over chicken. Bake chicken
one hour – turning chicken pieces
every 15 minutes during cooking
time.

(recipe: cookandbliss.com)
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Fried Rice with Cabbage

Rice:
1 C. brown rice
2 1/2 C. water
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

Fried Rice:
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T. finely peeled/minced ginger root
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 C. shredded cabbage
1 C. bean sprouts
1 1/2 T. canola oil (or other high-heat
oil)
1 C. shredded carrots
2 T. soy sauce (optional)
1/2 C. chopped scallions (or basil)-
optional  garnish
1/4 C. sesame seeds (optional) garnish

Rice:
Add rice, salt & water to a saucepan –
stir once – bring to boil over high heat.
Reduce heat to low. Cover & cook 40
minutes (do not remove lid). Remove
from heat & let stand 5 minutes, covered.
Remove lid & fluff rice with a fork. Lay
rice evenly on a baking sheet (do not press
rice down – arrange to fill baking sheet.)
Refrigerate sheet, uncovered, 1 hour (or
up to 10 hours) to cook & dry out the rice.

To Fry Rice:
Add oil to a pan over medium heat; add
onions & ginger – cook about 4-5 minutes
until onions softened slightly. Add cabbage &
carrots – cook 1 minute; add garlic & cook an
additional 30 seconds. Add rice & turn heat
to High. Stir constantly 4 minutes; stir in soy
sauce. Add bean sprouts cook an additional
minute. Serve with optional garnishes sprinkled
on top. Serves 4

(recipe: skinnyms.com)
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Crockpot Ham & Cheese Soup

1 red pepper, seeded/diced
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. oil
1 lb. cooked ham, diced
2 (10 3/4 oz, ea) cans Cheddar Cheese
Soup
2 (10 3/4 oz, ea) cans cream of Potato
soup
3 C. Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Cheddar Jack or
Monterey Jack cheese
4 C. milk
1 C. whipping cream
salt/pepper, to taste
1 T. garlic/herb seasoning

In a skillet heat oil & cook onion, garlic
& red pepper until tender – add to 6 qt.
crockpot. Add remaining ingredients to
crockpot – mix well. Cover & cook on Low
4-6 hours, stirring occasionally. Serves 8-10

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Ham/Apple/Cheese Quiche

1 (9 inch) pie shell, uncooked
(poster used a frozen crust)
1 1/2 C. chopped, cooked ham
1/4 C. chopped onion
1 C. chopped apples (poster used
unpeeled Red Delicious)
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. sour cream
1 tsp. Dijon mustard (or spicy
brown mustard)
2 tsp. flour
1/2 C. evaporated milk (could
use regular whole milk)
3 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large bowl combine ham,
onion & chopped apples – spread
in bottom of pie crust; sprinkle
cheese on top. In another bowl
mix sour cream, mustard, flour,
milk, eggs, salt/pepper until smooth;
pour over ham mixture & bake
50-55 minutes. (you can sprinkle on
extra cheese the last 10 minutes of
baking if you like).
Makes 1 (9 inch) quiche

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Hot Fudge Pie

1 stick butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C. flour

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 8″ pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl
cream together butter & sugar
using elec. mixer* until fluffy,
about 3 minutes. Add eggs &
vanilla – mix well. Pour mixture
into prepared pan & bake
30-35 minutes until center
is set.

*Mixing by hand (instead of
using elec. mixer) makes a
more gooey texture; using
elec. mixer makes it more of
a brownie or cake texture.

(recipe: supercookingideas.com)

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It’s been a nice, quiet week so far –
started a new book by Steve Berry:
“The Bishop’s Pawn”, it’s his latest.
Not exactly sure if I like this one –
I really like his writing style but this
one is different; it’s fiction but explores
what ‘might’ have really happened during
the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination.
Started it yesterday and am half through
it (I just keep telling myself “You need to
finish it!”); I very rarely bale out on a book.
I’ve been waiting for him to write a new
book and had great expectations for this one
but not sure if it’s the subject matter or the
way he’s writing it, but it drags. We’ll see-

Hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Saturday – again!

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

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Brown Sugar Caramel Pound Cake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Breakfast for Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Spring Chicken Pasta Salad

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: goodenessgracious.com)
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Crunchy Cinnamon French Toast

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

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

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)

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

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

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

Hugs;

Pammie

and now for SPRING!

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

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

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Crockpot Strawberry Shortcake

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

optional garnish: Cool Whip, thawed

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Italian Easter Pie

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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3-Bean Salad

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

Dressing:

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

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

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

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

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

sliced green onions, for serving
butter crackers, for dipping

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

(recipe: delish.com)
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Easy French Onion Soup

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crockpot Pepper Steak

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

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

(recipe: facebook)
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4-Ingredient Pecan Balls

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

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

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

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

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)

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

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

 

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

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

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Getting ready for Easter dinner!

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

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

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

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Pineapple-Orange Pretzel Squares

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: kraft.com)
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Apple Coleslaw

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

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

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Southern Pea Salad

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cold Yogurt Cucumber Soup

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

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

(recipe: cookinglsl.com)
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Crockpot Corn Casserole

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

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Crust:

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

Filling:

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

Chocolate Topping:

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

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

Filling:

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

Chocolate topping:

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

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

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

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

Have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

FINALLY it’s SPRING!

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

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

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Chocolate Raspberry Tart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: delish.com)
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Candied Carrots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pistachio Pudding Cookies

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

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

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)

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

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

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

Hugs;

Pammie

I KNOW Spring’s coming . . . but-

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

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Nut & Cinnamon Danish
(last minute quick recipe)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: myincrediblerecipes.com)
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Lemon Butter Scallops

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: cerydaydishes.com)
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Crockpot Brussels Sprouts

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

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

(crockpotladies.com)
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Sour Cream Chocolate Cookies

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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

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

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

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

Hope you have a GREAT rest of the day –

Hugs;

Pammie

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

Oh well – live & learn, right?

and a little snow on the side…

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

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Chocolate/Marble Gooey Butter Cake

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Crockpot Greek Chicken

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

6 whole grain pita breads

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

(recipe: kroger.com)
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Cheesy Turkey Meatball Skillet

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

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optional: 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
thinly sliced

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

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

Dressing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Cannoli Poke Cake

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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

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

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

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Saturday!

I spent yesterday happily snuggled in my warm little house while watching at least 6 inches of the white, fluffy stuff accumulate on my driveway. Finally, around 4 p.m. our plow guy came and cleared it so that any family members who might want to traverse our drive could do so without sliding back out onto our MAJOR HIGHWAY/speed 45 MPH! When I awoke today I found IT’S SNOWING – AGAIN! Reading the NOAA weather report (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-basically our national weather service) it says we’re due for another inch today, temp 20 degrees F. with wind chill of 11 degrees F. . . . oh, joy.  At 10:45a.m. we will be attending oldest grandson’s flag football game – this time we’re taking my husband’s Jeep (just in case there’s any road problems). Ah, the fun of winter, eh?

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Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake

2 (21 oz, ea) cans apple pie filling
1 (16.5 oz) box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. cinnamon chips
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Spoon
pie filling into baking dish –
smooth out. In medium bowl
combine cake mix, cinnamon
chips, walnuts & cinnamon –
sprinkle evenly over pie filling
then drizzle with melted butter.
Bake 45-50 minutes until golden
brown & bubbly. Serve warm
or cold. Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Southwest Cornbread Casserole

Cornbread layer:
1/2 C. melted butter
1/2 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. buttermilk*
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 C. flour
1 C. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
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Meat Mixture:
1 lb. ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
5-6 mini bell peppers, chopped
salt/pepper
3 T. taco seasoning mix
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes, not
drained
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. salsa
2 C. Mexican-blend shredded cheese
(optional: chopped cilantro)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place oven rack in center of oven.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl
beat 1/2 C. melted butter & 1/2 C. sugar;
beat in 2 eggs to combine. (*buttermilk:
Into measuring cup containing buttermilk
add 1/2 tsp. baking soda – stir to combine.
Add this to butter/sugar mixture & stir to
combine. In separate bowl toss 1 C. flour,
1 C. cornmeal & 1/2 tsp. salt – fold into wet
ingredients (do not over mix).
Spread batter into prepared pan & spread
out evenly. Bake 12-15 minutes until top is
set & slightly firm. (It should be almost
baked completely).

While cornbread is baking: place a large,
deep skillet over medium-high heat & add
gr. beef, garlic, onion & bell peppers. Sprinkle
with salt/pepper & taco seasoning. Stir &
cook until beef is cooked through & no longer
pink. Add enchil. sauce to gr. beef mixture &
diced tomatoes, black beans & salsa – stir &
simmer on Low 5 minutes. Carefully pour
meat mixture on top of corn bread. Sprinkle
top with Mexican cheese blend & bake
5-8 minutes longer until cheese melts.
(sprinkle top with cilantro, if using).
Serves 7-8

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Using a 2-Cup measuring cup add
1 T. lemon juice or vinegar to cup –
fill cup to 1 C. line with milk – stir
& let stand 5 minutes then use.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Sweet & Sour Beef

2 lb. cut up beef stir fry meat
10-12 oz. bottled sweet & sour sauce*
1 C. shredded carrots
2 T. shredded onions (squeezed in a
paper towel after shredding)

4 C. cooked rice
16 oz. pkg. frozen stir fry vegetables

Place beef, shredded carrots & onions
in crockpot – add sweet/sour sauce & mix
in. Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours.
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About half hour before cooking time is
done, cook your rice & stir fry veggies.
(cook veggies either in the microwave or
on stovetop). Serve beef mixture over
cooked rice. Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Chicken Roll Ups

2 (8 oz, ea) boneless, skinless
chicken breasts
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
16 slices pepperoni
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese,
divided
1/4 C. Italian bread crumbs
1/2 C. pizza sauce

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray. Cut
each chicken breast in half
horizontally & lightly pound
to 1/4 inch thickness. Sprinkle
chicken evenly with Parm. cheese &
oregano. Top chicken evenly with
pepperoni & half of Mozz. cheese;
roll up jelly-roll fashion. Place
bread crumbs in a shallow dish &
coat chicken evenly on all sides –
place, seam-sides down, on baking
sheet. Lightly spray roll ups with
cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes.
Remove from oven & top evenly
with pizza sauce & remaining
mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-8
more minutes until chicken is
no longer pink in center. Serve
immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cabbage Roll Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small head cabbage, chopped
2 1/2 C. water
2/3 C. uncooked long grain rice
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
grated Parmesan cheese (Optional)

In nonstick Dutch oven, cook ground
beef & garlic over medium heat until
meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in
cabbage, water, rice, Worc. sauce,
onion powder, basil, cayenne & pepper –
bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover &
simmer 25-30 minutes until rice is
tender. Stir in tomatoes & salt; heat
through. Sprinkle top with cheese if
desired, when serving. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Easy Weekend Pasta Bake

1 lb. rigatoni pasta, uncooked
1 lb. ground beef
1 (24 oz) jar pasta sauce
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided
2 T. chopped fresh basil, divided
1/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions,
omitting salt. Brown meat in large
skillet; drain. Drain pasta; spoon into
3 qt casserole dish sprayed with nonstick
spray. Add meat, pasta sauce, tomatoes,
1 1/2 C. mozzarella & 1 T. basil; mix well.
Top with remaining cheeses. Bake 20
minutes until heated through. Sprinkle
top with remaining basil. Serves 8 (2 C. ea)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Cherry Fudge Cake

1 (16.5 oz) pkg. devil’s food cake mix
with pudding
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
2 eggs
1 tsp. almond or vanilla extract
1 C. sugar
1/3 C. butter
1/3 C. milk
1 C. (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with nonstick
spray. In large bowl combine cake mix,
pie filling, eggs & extract; mix until
well blended & pour into prepared pan.
Bake 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean; cool in pan
on wire rack. In small saucepan combine
sugar, butter & milk; bring to boil,stirring
constantly. Reduce heat to low & simmer
1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from
heat; stir in choc. chips until blended &
pour over cooled cake. Let stand until set.
Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)

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We’re all in good health; spent yesterday getting
a few things done like laundry, dishwasher, sending
out Thank You’s to my special needs group people
who gave me Christmas gifts Weds. I’m still working
on the two baby blankets (one teal & white, one
cream) and more baby hats. Kind of looking
forward to this Tuesday Knit group because we’re
having another YARN swap! (No, of course I don’t
NEED more yarn, it’s just fun to see all the varieties
and maybe find a few little balls I can use for baby
hats.)

Hope you are all staying warm AND HEALTHY
in this Winter ‘Wonderland’ –

Hugs;

Pammie

Busy Monday

Tomorrow is my husband’s 66th birthday so (thanks to the reminder by a friend) I ‘remembered’ to bake him his favorite Banana Cake! (Whew – I had totally forgot about baking – just focused on his present!). The cake I baked is not the original recipe I found on the ‘net’ many years ago (will still have to see if I can research that one – it was super moist AND had banana cream cheese frosting, to boot!). This one is a good cake, all scratch – THANK HEAVENS I had 4 frozen bananas in the freezer and enough butter & cream cheese to make it! (Yes, I ‘could’ make a trip to the store, but was trying to avoid that if I could.) Got the word that I’m babysitting Tues AND Thurs. this week so I know I’m going to be tired – wanted to spend today relaxing (if I could). Am going to make Shepherd’s Pie for dinner (another of his favorites).

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Here’s the recipe for the banana cake I made:

Banana Cake

1 1/2 C. mashed ripe bananas
2 tsp. lemon juice
3 C. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 C. butter, softened
2 1/8 C. gran. sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. buttermilk
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Frosting:
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 275 degrees F.
Grease & flour 9 X 13″ baking pan
Mix mashed with lemon juice in small
bowl. In medium bowl mix flour, baking
soda & salt. In large bowl cream 3/4 C.
butter & 2 1/8 C. gran. sugar. Beat in
eggs 1 at a time; stir in vanilla. Beat in
flour mixture gradually with buttermilk.
Stir in banana mixture & pour into pan.
Bake 1 hour. Place directly in freezer
45 minutes

Frosting:
In large bowl cream butter & cream
cheese until smooth; beat in vanilla. Add
powdered sugar gradually & beat at Low
speed until combined, then High until
smooth. Frost cake

NOTE: (cake)The original recipe called for
3 1/2 C. powdered sugar but I thought that
made it too sweet and texture more like
wall-paper paste, so I just used 3 C. – as it
was, I ended up using a little milk to thin
it to a spreading consistency. Husband
suggested next time I try using a little
sour cream – that would work, too, and
not change the consistency too much.

(recipe: allrecipes.com/recipe/8333/
banana-cake-vi/)
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Creamy Wild Rice/Chicken Soup

1/4 C. butter
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
3 stalks celery ,diced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3 C. chicken: cooked/shredded
(can use a rotisserie chicken)
4 C. chicken stock
1 C. heavy cream
1 T. flour
1 C. long grain & wild rice mix

In large heavy bottomed pot melt
butter over medium heat. Add onion,
carrots & celery – cook 2-3 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms-
season with salt/pepper – cook until
mushrooms are soft. Add shredded
chicken & stock. In small bowl whisk
flour & heavy cream until smooth-
pour into soup & stir. Add rice & cook,
covered, 25-30 minutes until rice is
tender. Taste & adjust salt/pepper.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Crockpot Cranberry/Orange Pork
Roast

3 lb. boneless rolled pork roast
1 (14 oz) can whole cranberry
sauce
1 orange
2 tsp. dried, minced onion
1 tsp. ground sage

Rinse pork roast under cold water
in sink & pat dry with paper towels;
place in crockpot. In small bowl
combine cranberry sauce, zest &
juice from orange, dried onion &
sage; mix well & pour over roast.
Cover & cook 6-8 hours on Low
or 3-4 hours on High until cooked
through & tender. Remove roast
from crockpot & let stand 5-10
minutes before slicing (to allow
juices to redistribute throughout
the meat.) Slice & serve.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Spicy Hot Sausage Balls
(appetizer)

1 (16 oz) pkg. hot pork sausage*
2 1/2 C. Bisquick baking mix
1 1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese

Serve with your favorite type
of mustard, for dipping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine all
ingredients. Using your hands,
knead mixture well until soft
dough forms. Roll dough into
1-inch balls & place on a rimmed
baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes,
until bottoms begin to brown &
no pink remains in sausage.
Makes about 5 dozen

*Make sure to use a packaged
hot sausage like Jimmy Dean brand
NOT spicy Italian sausage from the
meat counter because the consistency
is different.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Baked Bean Chili Casserole

1 1/2 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded/finely chopped
2 (16 oz, ea) cans pork & beans
1/2 C. BBQ sauce
1 can RoTel tomatoes with chilies
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/2 C. catsup
2 T. spicy brown mustard
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
4 T. brown sugar
8 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Brown
ground bee, onion & bell
pepper in large saucepan. Add
pork & beans, BBQ sauce & brown
sugar to beef mixture – simmer,
covered, at least 5 minutes. Pour
mixture into prepared pan &
crumble bacon on top. Bake,
foil-covered, 45 minutes. Remove
foil & bake 10 minutes more.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Ham & Beans

1 (16 oz) pkg. dried Northern beans
3-4 meaty ham hock shanks or a
meaty ham bone (1 1/2 lbs), meat
chopped into big chunks
1 small onion, diced
salt/pepper, to taste
1/3 C. light brown sugar

Sort beans for any pebbles then
rinse beans under cold water. Add
rinsed beans, onion, salt/pepper &
ham into crockpot. Add enough
water to cover the beans (between
6-8 cups water). Cover & cook on
High 2 hours. Reduce heat to Low
& cook 4-5 hours until beans are
tender. Remove ham shanks or
hocks – shred meat then return to
crockpot. Add brown sugar & stir.

NOTE: Poster removes about 1 cup
liquid from beans before adding
brown sugar – depends on how
thick you want the beans.

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread

1 1/3 C. flour
2/3 C. old fashioned oats
1/3 C. granulated sugar
1/3 C. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 C. mini chocolate chips (plus
more, for topping, if desired)
1 egg
3 T. butter, melted
1 C. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 9″ loaf pan.
In bowl, whisk flour, oats, sugars,
baking powder, baking soda &
cinnamon. In another bowl mix
egg, butter & milk. Stir wet
ingredients into dry – fold in
chocolate chips. Pour batter into
prepared pan & sprinkle top
with additional chocolate chips,
if desired. Bake 40-45 minutes.
(or when inserting a knife into
center of bread comes out clean).

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)

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Our weather has taken a WARM turn – it’s
been in the 40’s yesterday and today, with
rain for most of the day. (It’s a bit gloomy,
but at least we’re not slipping & sliding on
ice or huge amounts of snow!) Driving
home from church last night was a bit
of a challenge: lots of patches of fog but
I took my time & got home fine.

Hope you are all in good spirits and good
health – remember SPRING IS COMING!

Hugs;

Pammie