Very Quick Post

The next two days I will be babysitting my 2 1/2 mo. old grandson for 8 hours + so will not have time to blog; am attempting to throw together a quick one for you.

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Tropical Jell-O Pretzel Salad

Crust:
2 C. crushed pretzels
3/4 C. melted butter
3 T. sugar

Filling:
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
(do NOT drain)
1 (3 oz) box Coconut Cream pudding
mix
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed*

Topping:
1 (3 oz) box orange Jell-O
1 C. boiling water
3 (11 oz, ea) cans mandarin oranges,
drained

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Combine crushed
pretzels, sugar & melted butter in
pan – gently stir to combine &
spread around pan evenly. Bake
10 minutes & cool completely.
Pour entire can of crushed pineapple
(with juices) in a medium bowl;
sprinkle coconut pudding mix on top
& stir until completely incorporated.
Fold in Cool Whip & transfer to dish,
spreading on top of baked pretzels,
making sure to reach all edges.
Refrigerate while mixing Jell-O.
Combine 1 C. boiling water with
box of Jell-O; stir until completely
dissolved – let stand 10-15 minutes
until Jell-O cools slightly. Pour on top
of pineapple layer. Arrange mandarin
orange slices to cover entire surface.
Cover & refrigerate at least 3-4 hours
until completely cooled & set. Cut
into squares to serve & refrigerate
leftovers.

*You can substitute 2 C. whipped
cream in place of Cool Whip

(recipe: butterwithasideofbread.com)
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Easy Pork Chop Casserole

4 pork chops (or chicken breast
or thighs)
1 can cream of mushroom soup (can
also use cream of celery or chicken)
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 C. rice
2 C. water
1/2 C. frozen peas
1 C. broccoli pieces
paprika – to taste
seasoning salt – to taste
garlic powder – to taste
black pepper – to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix soups, water & rice in a small
bowl & pour into a 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Add vegetables & mix to combine.
Place chops on top of mixture & season
with spices recommended then cover
with foil. Bake 60 minutes until chops
are cooked through. Remove foil &
return to oven to bake 15 minutes
more – just to brown top a bit.
Serves 4

(recipe: learningtheropesonerecipeatatime.)
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Hot Broccoli/Cheese Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 C. sour cream
1 envelope dry Italian
salad dressing mix
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
broccoli, thawed, well drained
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Beat cream cheese, sour cream &
dry dressing mix in large bowl
using elec. mixer until well
blended. Add broccoli & 1 1/2
C. Cheddar, stir in gently. Spread
mixture into a 9 inch pie plate.
Bake 20 minutes then sprinkle
top with remaining Cheddar cheese.
Bake 5 minutes more until cheese
is melted. Serve with crackers for
dipping. (Makes 32 servings, 2 T.
each)

(recipe: Kraftrecipes.com)
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Saucy Foil-Pack BBQ Ribs
(grill)

3/4 C. BBQ sauce (your choice)
2 T. orange marmalade
2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
4 lb. Pork baby back ribs

Heat grill to medium-high heat.
Mix BBQ sauce, marmalade &
pepper sauce until blended. Place
half the ribs in single layer in
center of large sheet of heavy-duty
foil. Bring up long sides of foil;
double fold both short ends of
foil to seal, leaving top open.
Add 1/4 C. water (or 1 ice cube)
to packet through top opening.
Double fold top to seal packet,
leaving room for heat circulation
inside. Repeat with remaining
ribs. Grill 45 min – 1 hour until
ribs are done. Remove ribs from
foil packets; return ribs to grill;
brush with BBQ sauce mixture.
Grill 15 minutes, turning &
brushing occasionally with
remaining sauce. Serves 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Easy Baked Meatballs

1 lb. lean ground beef
2 eggs beaten with 1/2 C.
milk
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. Panko or regular bread-
crumbs
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
fresh ground black pepper
1/4 C. minced fresh basil

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together in
large bowl. Form into golf ball-
sized meatballs & place on a
baking sheet. Bake 30 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

2 large chicken breasts (or 4 small)
3 T. Italian seasoning
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder
6 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese
1 (28 oz) can tomato sauce
2 T. olive oil
3/4 C. bread crumbs
1-2 eggs (poster used 2 medium)
salt/pepper, to taste

Optional: angel hair pasta

Add 2 T. olive oil to bottom of crockpot.
In small bowl whisk eggs until beaten.
In medium bowl add bread crumbs, Parm.
cheese, pepper/salt – stir until combined.
Dredge chicken in egg mixture, then in
bread crumb mixture, coating both sides
of chicken – place chicken in crockpot. In
medium bowl stir tomato sauce, Ital.
seasoning, salt, sugar, gran. garlic & onion
powder – pour over chicken. Layer mozz.
cheese on top; add more cheese if you
want. Cover & cook on Low 4-5 hours
until chicken is done. Serve with cooked
pasta of your choice – garnish with more
cheese, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: adashofsanity.com)
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Puff Pastry Bacon Twists
(appetizers)

1 (17.3 oz) pkg. (2 sheets) puff
pastry sheets, thawed
1 egg, beaten
1 medium fresh jalapeno, seeded/
minced (2 T.)
1 heaping Cup Pepper Jack cheese,
shredded
12 strips bacon (3/4 lb)
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 tsp. ground coriander
1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lay 2 sheets pastry on cutting board
with long end running left to right
& brush lightly with beaten egg.
Sprinkle 1 T. minced jalapeno over
each sheet. Divided shredded cheese
between each sheet, covering the
surface right to edges. Using palm of
your hand, press cheese into pastry
so it holds in place. Take back side
of dough & fold over to meet the
edge closest to you & pinch the seam
closed. Pat top so the top & bottom
adhere to each other. Using a sharp
knife or pizza cutter, cut in half,
front to back then cut each half in half
then each quarter into thirds. You will
have 12 folded half inch strips – repeat
for second sheet. Line 2 sheet pans with
foil then place a baking rack on each.
Spray racks with nonstick spray. Twist
each piece of dough strips two full
turns & place back on board. Cut each
piece of bacon in half (long way) so
you have 24 long strips. Take each
pastry twist & wrap each with a long
strip of bacon – place back on board.
In small bowl mix brown sugar, coriander
& cumin – stir to combine then pour onto
a plate or platter. Roll each bacon wrapped
pastry in mixture & place 12 on each racked
sheet pan. Bake 25 minutes, rotate pan &
bake another 25 minutes. (Ovens vary
in heat so check for doneness at 40 & 45
minutes – poster’s took exactly 50 minutes)
Cool on rack & serve. Makes 24

(recipe: afamilfeast.com)
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Creamy Roasted Tomato/Bacon Dip
(uses oven & grill)

1 lb. bacon
1 C. diced onion
2 T. fresh garlic, minced
2 (14.5 oz,ea) cans (Hunts) Fire
roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. dry thyme
1 tsp. dry oregano
1 (8 oz) tub softened whipped
cream cheese
1 C. Colby-Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 C. Romano cheese, grated
1 baguette
2 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cook bacon until crisp – reserve
2 T. bacon fat (discard rest) Cut
cooked bacon into small pieces or
crumble by hand.
Reheat 2 T. bacon fat over medium-
high heat & add onions – cook 3
minutes then add garlic. Cook 1
more minute then add both cans
tomatoes (with juice) as well as
all spices. Stir once then place pan
in oven & roast 30 minutes, stirring
once halfway through cooking time.
Remove from oven & lower oven
heat to 375 degrees F.
While tomatoes are roasting, mix
cream cheese, Colby & Romano
cheeses in medium bowl – mix in
all but 1/4 C. crumbled bacon. Pour
roasted tomato mixture in a casserole
dish & spread cheese/bacon mixture
on top. (does not need to be spread
to edges) Bake 45 minutes uncovered.

While mixture is baking, slice baguette
in half then slice into half-inch slices.
Brush both sides with oil & grill on a
ribbed grill pan a few minutes on each
side. Remove dip from oven, sprinkle
top with rest of crumbled bacon &
serve with toasted baguette slices.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Crockpot Baked Beans

2 (28 oz, each) cans Bushs
original baked beans
1 lb. ground beef, cooked/
drained
7 slices bacon, cooked/sliced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 T. brown sugar
1/4 C. ketchup
2 T. mustard
1 (1 oz) pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 T. hot sauce (optional)

Pour all ingredients into crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours (Try
not to open lid during cooking time)
Serves 10+

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Spicy Caramel Frosted Brownies

1 C. butter, melted
2 1/4 C. sugar
1 1/4 C. cocoa powder
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
5 eggs
1 T. vanlla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. espresso powder (optional)
1 1/2 C. flour

Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. Chipotle chili powder
2 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large microwave-
safe bowl melt butter. Stir in sugar
until shiny; stir in cocoa powder,
salt & baking powder; combine
completely. Stir in eggs, one-at-a-
time, mixing well after each addition.
Add cinnamon & espresso powder
(if using). Slowly mix in flour,
stirring until smooth & completely
combined; pour into prepared pan.
Bake 28 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out
clean and edges have set. Let cool
completely in pan.
Frosting:
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-
low heat. Stir in brown sugar & milk, stirring
to combine. Remove from heat. When
cool, stir in vanilla & chili powder. Whisk
in powdered sugar until fluffy & smooth –
spread over cooled brownies.

(recipe: lemonsforlulu.com)

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Last night was Knit/Crochet night and we had
16 lovely ladies – one of which was my good
friend Mary (Momma); she came at the behest
of another mutual friend and former co-worker
at the Telephone Company we both worked at
many years ago. It was great seeing those two
ladies be able to catch up on their lives. I guess,
if I had to give a reason why I started & run my
knit group, the fact that people can get together
& enjoy each other’s company while working on
a craft (knitting or crochet) they both like is the
basic reason. Meeting new friends, learning new
ideas/tips/techniques are also mixed up in there
somewhere, too. Our group now ranges in age
from Katie, age 10, to one of our older ladies (right
now I’m not exactly sure who tops that group) but
the top age is somewhere around 85 (might be
higher, I’m not sure).  It’s great to see all of them
happily chatting away while also working on
something they brought – makes it all worth it!

Our gas prices are ‘dancing’ again: were $2.59/9
then went to $2.53/9 (I filled up) – a little later that
same day they dropped to $2.49/9 – ugh…

Still fighting the “creeping crud” I have; broke down
& went to doctor’s Monday (constant coughing,
really raw throat,feels like it’s in my ears, fatigue,
tons of sleeping with really strange dreams) –
both doctors checked me out & said it’s not Strep
(which is why I went, since I do babysitting – didn’t
want to pass that on). Ended up saying they both
think it’s something seasonal –
take an antihistamine, use a throat spray, Ibuprofen
for pain (no it’s not in my ears) – SIGH! Basically – go
home – it will eventually go away…SIGH! Oh well,
I tried. Tried sucking on a Cepacol lozenge – YUCK!
Yes, it kind of numbed my throat but the taste was
not worth the effort. I babysit the next two days
so hoping I have the strength/energy for that –
we’ll see. It’s not as busy this week as last, so
that’s good.

Hoping you are in good health and able to
enjoy this time of year. Our weather is a bit
on & off between warm (in 70’s) then back
to 50/60’s & cloudy with some rain. I know
it will eventually even out – I’m just glad it’s
not really hot (as son’s house I babysit at
does NOT have air conditioning!).

Hugs;

Pammie

Crazy-busy but I survived!

2 days of 8-hours each day babysitting & I survived! He’s almost 3 months now & lots of fun – sure is getting chubby, but crawling should change that.

Like I mentioned, it’s been a really busy week, just got home from the Youth Pastor’s wife’s baby shower – along with the knit blanket, a hard-backed baby book & diapers I also included a hat, pair of 3-6 mo. booties, & 3 toddler headbands:

They received lots of great gifts (some very nice crocheted items, also!)

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Gas prices have stayed ‘up’ some this week: now at $2.59/9 (I only got 1/4 tank, hoping it will go down soon)

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Along with all the busy-ness & ‘fun’ I managed to pick up some sort of ‘bug’ – just leaves me feeling a bit tired, HUGE headache and sore throat, followed by coughing – fun…sigh. I’m taking the extra vitamins (AirBorne) & Zinc, hoping it will go away soon.

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Crust:
1 1/2 C. flour
3/4 C. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted
butter, diced/room temp
1/3 C. granulated sugar
3 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt

Filling:
2 C. freeze-dried strawberries
(from a 1.2 oz. bag)
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2 1/3 C. granulated sugar
1/3 C. flour
3/4 C. lemon juice (from
6-7 lemons)
4 T. (1/2 stick) unsalted
butter, melted

powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
foil, overlapping a 2″ overhang
on two sides. Spray foil with
nonstick spray.

Crust:
Combine flour, butter, sugar,
cornstarch & salt in food
processor; pulse until dough
comes together (about 1 minute).
Press dough evenly into pan
bottom & bake until crust is
golden at edges & pale golden
in center & firm – about 30
minutes. Remove from oven &
cool on wire rack. Reduce oven
temperature to 300 degree F.

Filling:
Place strawberries in clean
food processor bowl; pulse into
a powder. Whisk eggs, egg yolks,
sugar & flour in a medium bowl
until smooth. Whisk in lemon
juice, strawberry powder & melted
butter. Pour filling over warm crust
& return to oven. Bake until filling
is just set – 30-35 minutes. Cool
bars on wire rack 30 minutes. Use
the foil overhangs to lift bars from
pan & place on a baking sheet.
Refrigerate until firm, at least
1 hour. Peel foil from bars, trim
edges & cut into 24 bars. Dust
top with powdered sugar & serve.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Waffle Crab Cakes

9 oz. lump crab meat, shell
pieces removed
1/2 C. Panko bread crumbs, plain
1 large egg, beaten
1 T. mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 T. chopped chives
2 T. minced fresh parsley
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1/8 tsp. paprika
few dashes Tabasco sauce
(Optional)
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
(4 lemon wedges – garnish,
optional)

In large bowl combine Panko,
eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon, parsley,
lemon juice, Tabasco, salt/pepper –
mix well then fold in crab meat
carefully, being careful not to over
mix. Gently shape into round, flattened
patties using your hands, about 1/2 C.
each – makes 4 patties. Heat waffle
iron to High then spray with nonstick
cooking spray. Place one pattie in
center of iron, close gently & cook
until the edges are golden, about
2 1/2 – 3 minutes. Serve with lemon
wedges, if desired.  Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Turkey Stuffed Peppers

1 lb. ground turkey
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 onion, minced
1 T. chopped fresh cilantro or
parsley
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. kosher salt
3 large sweet red bell peppers,
washed
1 C. chicken broth
1/4 C. tomato sauce
1 1/2 C. cooked brown rice
6 T. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Lightly spray nonstick cooking spray
in medium skillet & heat on medium.
Add onion, garlic & cilantro – saute
about 2 minutes. Add ground turkey,
salt, garlic powder, cumin & cook 4-5
minutes until meat is completely
cooked through. Add tomato sauce,
1/2 C. chicken broth – mix well &
simmer on Low 5 minutes. Combine
cooked rice & meat mixture. Cut
bell peppers in half lengthwise &
remove all seeds & membranes.
Spoon 2/3 C. meat mixture into
each pepper half & place in a 9 X 13″
baking dish. Top each with 1 T. cheese.
Pour remainder of chicken broth on
bottom of pan. Cover tightly with
foil & bake 45 minutes. Carefully
remove foil & serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Baked Chicken Parmesan

4 chicken breasts (about 8 oz,ea)
sliced in half to make 8
3/4 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. butter, melted (or olive oil)
3/4 C. mozzarella cheese
1 C. marinara sauce

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray large baking sheet lightly
with nonstick spray. Combine
breadcrumbs & Parm. cheese in
a bowl. Lightly brush melted
butter on chicken then dip into
Parm. mixture & place on baking
sheet – repeat with rest of chicken.
Lightly spray a little more oil on top
of chicken & bake 25 minutes.
Remove from oven, spoon 1 T. sauce
over each piece of chicken & top
with 1 1/2 T. shredded mozz. cheese.
Bake 5 more minutes until cheese
is melted. Serves 8

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Crockpot Cheesy Scalloped
Potatoes with Ham & Corn

2 lb. yellow potatoes, thinly
sliced into quarter-inch rounds
salt/pepper
1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. milk
8 oz. (2 C.) shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese, divided
1 (15.25 oz) can whole kernel corn,
drained
1 lb. cubed/cooked ham

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Place sliced potatoes in bottom
of crockpot; lightly salt/pepper them.
In saucepan over medium heat melt
butter then stir in flour, salt/pepper.
Add milk all-at-once & cook, stirring
constantly, until mixture thickens
& bubbles. Remove from heat &
add 1 1/2 C. cheese; whisk until
smooth-pour mixture over potatoes.
Gently stir in corn & ham; coat
potatoes evenly with cheese sauce
mixture. Cover & cook on Low 8 hours
until potatoes are soft. Sprinkle
remaining cheese on top of casserole,
let cheese melt then serve. Serves 8

NOTE: Poster used a 3 quart crockpot

(recipe: 365daysofslowcooking.com)
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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

1 lb. penne pasta
2 tsp. salt
1 C. Caesar salad dressing
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. lemon juice
6 C. Romaine lettuce,
finely chopped (about 1
head)
1 (10.5 oz) container grape
tomatoes
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese,
finely shredded
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 C. cooked chicken, diced or
shredded
salt, to taste

Bring large pot of water to boil; add
salt & pasta then stir to prevent
sticking. Return water to boil then
reduce heat to medium-low. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions until
tender but still slightly firm (al dente).
Drain then immediately rinse under
cold water to cool pasta & stop
cooking; drain completely. Using a
very large bowl, add Caesar salad
dressing, Worche. sauce, garlic powder
& lemon juice – stir to combine. Add
chopped Romaine, grape tomatoes,
Parm. cheese, pepper & drained
pasta – stir until ingredients are well
coated. Add diced/shredded chicken then
toss to distribute chicken evenly through
salad. Season with salt/pepper, if
desired. Serve immediately or cover &
chill until ready to serve. Serves 10

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Strawberry Icebox Cake

3 lb. fresh strawberries, sliced
1 (14.4 oz) box Honey Graham
crackers
3 (8 oz, ea) tubs Cool Whip,
thawed

NOTE: Each layer uses about
1 lb. sliced strawberries and
one entire tub of Cool Whip
(besides the first thin layer)

Spread a thin layer of Cool Whip on
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking pan, just
to coat the bottom. Layer 5 graham
crackers across center of pan, then
2 more, breaking them as needed to
fit around the top & bottom edges.
Spread a thick layer of Cool Whip
(just use remaining Cool Whip from
first tub) over grahams & top with
a hearty layer of sliced strawberries.
Repeat layers a total of 3 times,
finishing with layer of strawberries.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours or
overnight until graham crackers have
softened completely. Serve chilled.
Serves 16-20

(recipe: sprinklesomesugar.com)
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German Pancakes w/Buttermilk
Syrup
(also called Dutch Babies)

Pancakes:
6 eggs
1 C. milk
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. butter, melted

Syrup:
1 1/2 C. sugar
3/4 C. buttermilk*
1/2 C. butter, melted
2 T. corn syrup (light)
1 T. baking soda
2 T. vanilla
(powdered sugar,
optional – for dusting)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Combine eggs, milk, flour & salt
in blender & process until smooth.
Pour melted butter into an ungreased
9 X 13″ baking dish; pour in batter.
Bake, uncovered, 20-25 minutes
until browning begins.

Syrup:
In medium saucepan combine sugar,
buttermilk, butter, corn syrup & baking
soda; bring to boil & continue boiling
7 minutes. (It may foam up & boil
over – don’t worry). Remove from
heat & stir in vanilla. Dust pancakes
with powdered sugar & serve
immediately with syrup.

*If you don’t have Buttermilk:
pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
into a 1 C. measuring cup;
pour in milk to reach the 3/4 C.
mark. Stir with a fork & let stand
5 minutes – now you have buttermilk!

(recipe: highheelsandgrills.com)
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Cheese Puffs
(appetizer)

1/2 C. milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 C. grated cheese
1 C. self-rising flour
3 diced strips bacon
1 small onion, diced

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large bowl mix egg & milk;
mix in rest of ingredients. Line
a baking tray with parchment
paper & drop large teaspoons
of mixture onto tray. Bake
25 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Chocolate Chip Fruit Dip

1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 (8 oz) tub whipped cream cheese
2 T. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 C. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

sliced fruit, cookies, or crackers for dipping

In medium bowl combine yogurt, cream
cheese, brown sugar & vanilla – mix well.
Stir in choc. chips & serve immediately
(OR) refrigerate in air-tight container
2-3 hours. Refrigerate leftovers Serves 4-6

NOTE: chocolate chips will soften & melt
after about 1 day in fridge

(recipe: myfearlesskitchen.com)

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Our weather this past week has been really
nice, in the 70’s most days (today it’s over-
cast & cloudy, so 62). Looking at the next
few days, looks like showers are in our
view & 60’s for temperatures. I still LOVE
seeing all the flowers & trees in bloom!

Hope you’re having a good week!

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

This was not a planned post, it just happened to fall on Mexico’s Fifth of May celebrations; “the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s  victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.” (during the Franco-Mexican War; quote from Google) Since most of us like (or love) SOME form of Mexican cuisine, I thought I’d post some tasty Mexican recipes for you today. (Mind you, these are NOT authentic – just simple & tasty)

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Easy Speedy Taco Bake

2 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
1 C. diced onion
2 tsp. minced garlic
2/3 C. water
4 T. taco seasoning mix
1 can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
1 C. shredded cheese, divided
(poster used Mexican blend)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. milk
1 1/2 C. Bisquick baking mix

For Serving:
sour cream,  shredded lettuce,
chopped tomatoes, sliced black
olives, shredded cheese, salsa

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large skillet
brown meat over medium heat
until no longer pink; drain. Add
chopped onion, garlic, water &
taco seasoning; bring to boil &
reduce heat. Simmer until onions
have softened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in beans & green chilies.
Transfer meat to prepared dish &
sprinkle with 1 C. cheese. In large
bowl, combine Bisquick, eggs &
milk until moistened; pour
mixture over meat mixture evenly.
Bake 20-25 minutes until top is
lightly browned & a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Top with sour cream, cheese, lettuce,
tomatoes, olives, salsa,

(recipe: kitchenmeetsgirl.com)
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Mexican Stuffed Shells

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
4 oz. cream cheese
16 jumbo pasta shells
1 1/2 C. salsa
1 c. taco sauce
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded Monterrey Jack
cheese
3 green onions, chopped
1 (or more) C. sour cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ (or larger) baking
dish with nonstick spray (pan
needs to be large enough to hold
16 stuffed JUMBO shells)
Brown beef in skillet & season
with taco seasoning mix (accordg.
to pkg. directions). Mix in cream
cheese; simmer, covered, until
cream cheese melts – stir & let cool.
Cook shells accordg. to pkg.
directions. Pour salsa into bottom
of prepared dish & spread around.
Stuff shells with beef mixture &
arrange in baking dish over salsa.
Pour taco sauce over shells &
cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with shredded
cheeses & bake 10-15 minutes longer,
uncovered. Top with green onions &
sour cream & serve.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Taco Cornbread Casserole

1 (8 1/2 oz) pkg. cornbread/
muffin mix
1 egg
1/3 C. milk
3 C. hamburger

1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
(water for mix – accordg. to
pkg. directions)

1 can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (8 oz) C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Colby Jack,
Cheddar or Mexican cheese/
divided
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 C. shredded lettuce
1 can sliced ripe olives (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl mix cornbread mix,
egg & milk until well blended. Spray
8 X 8″ baking dish with nonstick spray.
Spread cornbread mixture into pan,
spread evenly & bake 15 minutes.
Taco meat: Cook hamburger in skillet;
drain & add taco seasoning mix & water
(as per pkg. directions).
Mix cooked taco meat & black beans;
layer over cornbread. In a bowl mix
sour cream, 3/4 C. cheese & onion-
spread over meat mixture. Bake
20-25 minutes. Remove from oven,
top with tomatoes, lettuce &
1/4 C. cheese – serve.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Foil-Pack Chicken Fajita Dinner

1 1/2 C. instant white rice,
uncooked
1 1/2 C. hot water
1 T. taco seasoning mix
4 small boneless skinless
chicken breasts (1 lb)
1 green bell pepper cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 C. chunky salsa
1/2 C. Mexican-style shredded
taco cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Tear off 4 large sheets heavy-duty
foil – then fold up all sides to form
a 1 inch rim – spray with nonstick
spray. Combine rice, water & taco
seasoning; spoon onto foil & top
with remaining ingredients. Bring
up sides of foil & fold to make 4
packets. Place packets in a 15 X
10 X 1 inch pan. Bake 30-35 minutes
until chicken is done (165 degrees F.)
Cool 5 minutes then cut slits in
foil to release steam before
opening. Serves 4

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Creamy Burrito Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
6 large flour tortillas
1 can refried beans (regular size)
2-3 C. shredded taco or Cheddar
cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 oz. sour cream (8 T.)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brown beef & onion in skillet; drain
fat. Add taco seasoning; stir in refried
beans. Mix soup & sour cream in a
separate bowl & spread half of mixture
in bottom of a casserole dish. Tear up
3 tortillas & spread over mixture in
dish. Place half of meat/onion mixture
on top, add a layer of cheese & repeat
layers. Sprinkle cheese on top & bake,
uncovered, 20-30 minutes

(recipe: Mary Free-“Marys Recipe
Exchange)
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Homemade Dulce De Leche

(Mexican Caramel sauce)

1 can sweetened condensed milk
(NOT evaporated milk)

OVEN METHOD:

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Pour contents of can into a oven-
proof dish; sprinkle top with some
kosher salt & tightly cover with foil.
Place covered dish in a larger roasting
or casserole pan – fill pan with water
until it reaches three-quarters up sides
of covered dish to create a water bath.
Place in oven 60-90 minutes, checking
every 30 minutes on water level & adding
more if needed. Dulche de Leche is ready
when it takes on a brown, caramel-like
appearance. Remove from oven & whisk to
smoothness. Let cool before using.

(recipe: itsakeeper.com)
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Jalapeno Spinach Dip
(crockpot)

2 (10 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen
chopped spinach, thawed/
squeezed dry
2 (8 oz, ea) cream cheese,
softened
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. Half & Half cream
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1/4 C. chopped/seeded
jalapeno peppers*
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dill weed

tortilla chips, for dipping

In 1 1/2 qt. crockpot combine
first 10 ingredients. Cover &
cook on Low 2-3 hours or until
heated through. Serve with
chips. Makes 16 (1/4 C. each)
servings.

*Wear disposable or rubber
kitchen gloves when cutting
hot peppers; the oils can
burn the skin. Avoid touching
your face.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Taco Lasagna

12 no-boil lasagna noodles
1 lb. ground beef
1 egg
1 3/4 C. ricotta cheese
4 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
3 C. chunky salsa
2 T. taco seasoning (dry)

Toppings:
1 T. green onions, chopped
sour cream
chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick spray. Brown
ground beef in large skillet,
drain & stir in taco seasoning.
In medium bowl mix egg with
ricotta cheese until well combined.
Place 4 lasagna noodles in bottom
of prepared pan; spread 1/3 of
ricotta mixture over noodles,
evenly spoon 1/3 of ground beef
then evenly spread 1/3 of salsa.
Top with 1/3 of Cheddar cheese-
repeat steps, finishing with Cheddar
cheese. Cover with foil & bake
30-40 minutes until heated through.
Turn on broiler, remove foil &
broil top until cheese is lightly
browned. Let cool 5-10 minutes
before cutting. Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Chicken Quesadilla Pie

1 large flour tortilla
1 rotisserie chicken, skin
removed, meat shredded
(or 2 chicken breasts, cooked/
shredded & boned)
1 (4 oz) can green chilies
2 C. Mexican-blend cheese,
shredded/divided
1 C. whole milk
1 C. flour
1/3 C. fresh cilantro, finely
chopped (plus extra for garnish)
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
salt/black pepper, to taste

Garnishes:
fresh, chopped cilantro
sour cream

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9-inch pie plate.
Place tortilla in bottom of plate.
In large bowl combine shredded
chicken, 1 C. cheese, cilantro,
green chilies, chili powder, salt/
pepper – stir until combined then
transfer to tortilla, smoothing into
even layer. In separate bowl whisk
milk, flour & eggs; stir in baking
powder & season with salt. Once
smooth, carefully pour mixture over
chicken filling. Top evenly with
remaining cheese. Bake 20-25
minutes until surface is golden
brown & center is just set. Remove
from oven & let cool 5 minutes
before serving. Slice into wedges
& serve hot, garnished with more
cilantro or sour cream, if desired.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Mexican Dorito Casserole

2 C. shredded, cooked chicken
1 C. shredded cheese (more if you
like more)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. sour cream
1 can Ro-tel tomatoes (canned
tomatoes with jalapenos-mild)
1/2 packet taco seasoning mix
(or more, if desired)
1 bag regular Nacho Cheese Doritos

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine all ingredients
except Doritos. Spray 2 qt. baking
dish with nonstick spray. Place a layer
of lightly crushed Doritos (about 2 C.)
in bottom of pan, then a layer of
chicken mixture; repeat once, ending
with chicken mixture. Top with more
shredded cheese. Cover & bake 30-35
minutes until bubbling hot.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)

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Polvorones de Canele
(Cinnamon Cookies)

1 C. butter
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. flour

1 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray cookie sheets with nonstick
spray. In medium bowl cream
1/2 C. powdered sugar & butter
until smooth; stir in vanilla.
Combine flour, salt & 1/2 tsp.
cinnamon; stir into creamed
mixture to form a stiff dough.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls.
Mix 1 C. powdered sugar & 1 tsp.
cinnamon in a pie plate (or
shallow dish); roll balls in
mixture & place on prepared
cookie sheets. Bake 15-20
minutes until browned. Cool
on wire racks. Makes about 20
cookies.

(note: one of people rating these
cookies stated that they taste
MUCH better after cooling – don’t
eat them warm)

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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It’s been a busy week so far – baby
sat grandson yesterday and will again
(for 2-3 hours) today. He’s really getting
much more social – loves to ‘talk’ to
his mobile or people. Yesterday was
also my very favorite rummage sale at
a very close local church (they used to
hold their sales twice a year but were
having trouble getting enough volunteers
so now they only do ONE a year – I’ve
been patiently waiting for this.) When
I got the request to babysit from 10:30-
5 yesterday I was (to say the least) not
very pleased and went about the house
grumbling to myself. Husband heard me
and volunteered: “What if I watched him
for about an hour while you went to the
sale?” That took some thinking but then
I agreed (after checking with the baby’s
parents). When 1:30 p.m. came I rushed
through the sale (having been there for
so many years I knew exactly where each
department was). Since our middle son
moved out, I perused (very quickly) the
furniture department and found a Papasan
chair covered in navy blue cloth – it even
folds up – for $5.00; grabbed that. Also
found a sweater & blouse for me – total
of my purchases $13.00. (Now I can also
say that, in previous years with MUCH
more time on my hands to look, I’ve
been known to come home with a
big BOX ‘o stuff – books, kitchen items,
clothes, etc. but being pressed for
time, I only hit those areas I knew
I could get through quickly.) I
managed to get back to my son’s
house in a total of 50 minutes!
When I left husband & grandson,
the baby was sleeping – when I came
in the house he was STILL sleeping!
YAY! Thank You, Lord! (I prayed on it,
that the baby would be easy on my
husband). Saturday there are TWO
Mom2Mom sales in our area, both
going at the same time. A “Mom2Mom”
sale is where a bunch of Moms/
Grandmas, etc. get together (usually
in a church or gym) to sell all things
pertaining to babies: clothes, toys,
furniture, etc. I am still looking for
a fold up highchair and relatively
simple baby walker. (Yes, I could
easily buy them new, but since
I won’t be using them constantly,
it makes more sense to my little
“Scottish heart” to buy them at
a reduced price! Nothing like a
jam-packed week to keep me going!
(In fact, earlier I asked my husband:
It IS Friday, isn’t it? It’s been such a
busy/crazy week I forgot what day
it was!).

Hope your week is shaping up
nicely – enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Freebies by the side of the road!

Yesterday while driving home from evening church I spotted something along side the road at the end of someone’s driveway. Took me a bit of turning around before I was able to get to the driveway; as I got out of my car a gentleman who lived there asked if he could help me. I pointed to a rather nice baby changing table and he piped up and said: “It’s Free! You can have it!” I was thrilled! (mind you, here I am still dressed in my church clothes – fancy blouse & skirt, heels, etc.) He immediately says: “I can help you load it – here, let me give you a hand!” What a nice man! I told him that very soon we would be babysitting our grandson and that was the one thing I still needed. He said he thought that they might have picked up this very changing table, themselves, on the side of the road – how advantageous, right? I will need to find a pad for it and clean it up a bit (there was a bit of mud on the legs, since that driveway was a bit muddy – but mud never hurt anyone and I’ve got lots of cleaning supplies). YAY! I’m really thrilled! There are still only two items I’d like to purchase in the near future (for the baby): a walker and a high chair, neither of which I will be needing immediately. This week begins our baby’s Mom going back to work; I texted her a bit earlier asking if she has a schedule yet and she texted she will find out today. As she put it: “Our little guy is ready for  some ‘Grandma Pam’ time” Awwwwww – I’m ready! Her mother & I will be the babysitters while both parents are working which means I will be a bit more busy than my usual, but that’s OK.

Have you started planning your Easter meal yet? I haven’t heard from my oldest son as to what time OR what sides, so I’m still just waiting. Not sure, either, whether middle son & his new girlfriend will be joining us – she’s a Vegan (whole new learning experience for our family). I’m very happy for middle son – she’s very sweet and seems to really like our son. He’s a great guy but (as people would say) he’s a bit of a NERD – loves video games, Japanese Anime (cartoons) – he says he’s a lot like me (more emotional, caring, etc. than most guys are). We’ll see where all this goes.

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No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

Crust:
2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 C. unsalted butter, melted

Cream Cheese Layer:
12 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Fruit & Toppings:
3-4 bananas, sliced
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
drained well
16 oz. strawberries, hulled/sliced
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
chocolate syrup
maraschino cherries

Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In medium bowl
mix graham cracker crumbs &
melted butter with a fork, stirring
until all of crumbs are evenly moistened.
Dump crumbs into prepared pan &
press into an even layer. Refrigerate
while preparing next layer.

In medium bowl mix cream cheese &
sugar using elec. mixer on medium
speed until light & fluffy, about 3
minutes. Using a rubber spatula,
fold in Cool Whip until thoroughly
combined. Spread mixture on top
of graham crust. Arrange banana
slices in single layer on top of cream
cheese filling, top with an even layer
of crushed pineapple, then an even
layer of sliced strawberries. Cover with
Cool Whip, smoothing the top. Sprinkle
top with chopped nuts then drizzle
with chocolate syrup & top with
maraschino cherries. Refrigerate for
at least 4 hours or overnight.
Serves 12-16 (depending on how large
the servings are)

Leftovers can be stored, covered,
in fridge for up to 4 days.

NOTE: You can substitute whipped
cream for the Cool Whip; if using
this – leftovers should only be kept
for up to 2 days, refrigerated as
fresh whipped cream will become
watery as it sits in fridge.

(recipe: browneyedbaker.com)
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Fiesta Pinwheels
(appetizers)

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. picante salsa
2 T. taco seasoning mix
dash of garlic powder
1 (4.5 oz) can chopped black
olives, drained
1 (4 oz) can chopped green
chilies
1 C. (4 oz) finely shredded
Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. thinly sliced green onions
8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
salsa, for dipping

In small bowl beat cream cheese,
sour cream, picante sauce, taco
seasoning & garlic powder until
smooth. Stir in olives, chilies,
cheese & onions – spread about
1/2 C. on each tortilla. Roll up,
jelly-roll style. Wrap in plastic
wrap & refrigerate 2 hours or
overnight. Slice into 1 inch pieces;
place on a platter & serve with
salsa. Makes about 5 dozen.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Warm Bacon Cheese Spread

1 round (1 lb) loaf sourdough
bread
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 1/2 C. (12 oz) sour cream
2 C. (8 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
3/4 lb. sliced bacon, cooked/
crumbled*
1/2 C. chopped green onions

assorted crackers, for serving

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Cut top fourth off top of bread
loaf; carefully hollow out the
bottom, leaving a 1 inch shell.
Cut the removed bread into
cubes & place in a ziplock bag
(to keep them from drying out).
In large bowl beat cream cheese
until fluffy. Add sour cream,
Cheddar cheese & Worc. sauce
until blended – stir in bacon &
onions then spoon into bread
shell. Wrap in heavy-duty foil
(about 24″ X 17″ ) & bake 1 hour
until heated through. Serve with
crackers & reserved bread crumbs.
Makes 4 Cups dip.

*You can make this a Seafood
Dip by changing out the bacon
for equal amounts lump crab,
cooked shrimp or a combination
of the two.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheesy Chicken Tortilla Casserole

1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup
1 (10.5 oz) can cheese soup
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel tomatoes or
diced tomatoes with chilies, undrained
2 lb. skinless boneless chicken breasts,
cut into 1 inch cubes
1 C. diced green pepper
1 C. diced onion
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 T. paprika
1 T. chili powder
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 (16 oz) bag Mexican-blend shredded
cheese, divided
10 corn tortillas, cut or torn into
quarters
3 C. crushed corn chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
combine soups & canned
tomatoes; mix well. In another
bowl combine chicken, garlic,
pepper, onion & spices – mix
well until all is evenly coated.
Place a layer of chicken mixture
in bottom of prepared pan
followed by a layer of soup
mixture. Add a layer of corn
tortillas followed by a layer
of shredded cheese – continue
until you run out of ingredients.
Bake 20 minutes. Remove from
oven & spread a layer of crushed
corn chips on top followed by a
layer of shredded cheese. Bake
10 more minutes. Allow to cool
slightly & serve.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Crockpot Ham Steaks & Pineapple
Rings

2 1/2 lb. ham, sliced into 1/2″ slices
1 (20 oz) can pineapple slices –
reserve juice for sauce
1 (6 oz) can maraschino cherries,
drained
3 T. brown sugar (packed)
1 T. mustard
1 T. apple cider vinegar

Place ham slices, pineapple slices &
cherries in crockpot. In medium
bowl mix pineapple juice, brown
sugar, mustard & apple cider
vinegar – whisk until smooth &
pour over ham. Cover & cook on
Low 5 hours WITHOUT opening
lid during cooking time. Drizzle
sauce over each serving. Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained (liquid reserved)
1 1/4 C. ketchup
1 T. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 T. cider vinegar
3 carrots, sliced into 1/4″ rounds
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into
chunks
2 T. vegetable oil
4-6 pork loin chops, 1 inch thick

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large saucepan combine reserved
pineapple juice, ketchup, brown sugar
& vinegar; cook 5 minutes until hot.
Add pineapple chunks, carrots &
green pepper; remove from heat. In
large skillet heat oil & add chops –
brown on both sides. In shallow
baking dish arrange chops. Spread
pineapple/vegetable mixture over
top. Cover with foil & bake 25-35
minutes until chops are done &
vegetables are crisp-tender. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Best Sweet Coleslaw

1 (16 oz.) bag coleslaw mix
2/3 C. mayonnaise
1/3 C. granulated sugar
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. celery seeds

In medium bowl stir mayonnaise,
sugar, vinegar, salt & celery seeds
until well mixed. Mix in coleslaw
blend & stir until well coated.
Cover & refrigerate 1-2 hours
before serving.

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Sweet Potato Casserole
w/ Brown Sugar topping

2 (29 oz, ea) cans cut sweet
potatoes, mashed
1/2 C. butter, melted
1/3 C. evaporated milk
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 C. light brown sugar
1/2 C. flour
1/3 C. butter
1 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
mix mashed sweet potatoes,
1/2 C. butter, evap. milk, sugar,
vanilla & eggs. Spread mixture
evenly into prepared pan. In
small bowl combine brown
sugar & flour – cut in 1/3 C.
butter until mixture is crumbly,
then stir in pecans. Sprinkle
mixture evenly over top of
sweet potato mixture. Bake
25 minutes until golden brown.

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Pineapple Pecan Carrot Cake

Cake:
2 1/2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 C. canola or vegetable oil
1 C. light brown sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 C. shredded carrots *
(about 5-6 carrots)
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple,
drained
1 C. chopped pecans, divided

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
3 1/2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. In large bowl
whisk flour, baking powder, baking
soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves &
nutmeg. In another bowl whisk oil,
brown sugar, gran. sugar, eggs &
vanilla. Pour wet ingredients into
dry & stir until combined. Fold in
grated carrots, crushed pineapple
& 1/2 C. pecans. Spread batter into
prepared pan & bake 40-50 minutes.
Cake is done when a wooden tooth-
pick inserted into center comes out
clean. (NOTE: if cake is browning too
quickly, loosely lay a piece of foil over
top to prevent from browning too
much). Remove cake from oven &
place on wire rack – cool completely.
(If you need to speed up the cooling
process, refrigerate cake after it has
cooled on cooling rack 45 minutes.)
Frosting:
In a bowl beat together butter & cream
cheese until creamy & combined. Add
powdered sugar, heavy cream & vanilla;
beat until combined & fluffy, about
1-2 minutes. Spread over cooled cake
& sprinkle remaining nuts on top.

Cake can be made ahead of time. Bake
the cake, cool on cooling rack 45
minutes; cover & leave in fridge up to
2 days before needed. Remove from
fridge, prepare frosting, frost cake &
serve.

*You can shred your own carrots
using a cheese grater – much cheaper
than buying shredded

(recipe: togetherasfamily.com)

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Gas prices have dropped a teeny bit
from $2.59/9 to $2.53/9 . . . guess
that’s better than going up, right?

Our weather is now more ‘almost
Summer-like’, yesterday it got up
to 74 degrees & sunny – YAY! Today
is supposed to be high of 76 &
cloudy with 70% chance of rain
tonight. Rest of week is in the 50’s
but that’s better than the 30’s!

Hope you’re enjoying this Spring
weather in your area. Try to stay
healthy!

Hugs;

Pammie

and we have snow – again . . .

Yesterday was cold & rainy followed by snow overnight – about an inch. Today the sun is out (it’s still windy) but the snow is mostly melted – Welcome to MICHIGAN! Went grocery shopping yesterday and discovered that Kroger now sells a salad mix: Dole Chopped Salad Kit Sunflower Crunch (like the one Gordon Foods used to sell) that has lettuce, sunflower seeds, raisins, bacon bits, etc. and a dressing packet – I bought one – we’ll see how it tastes (this one has kale in it, too – YUCK! I know it’s good for you – just don’t like the very stiff texture.)  Gas prices have shot up to $2.59/9 (from $2.29/9 a day ago – guess they’re getting ready for the holiday drivers).

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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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Easy 1-Pan Beef Roast
with vegetables

1 (10 1/2 oz) can French Onion
soup
1/4 C. flour
1 oven bag
3 1/2 lb. boneless beef chuck
roast
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 medium red potatoes cut
into quarters (about 3 C.)
3 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch
pieces
2 C. baby cut carrots

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Pour soup (undiluted) & four into
bag; close bag & mix soup & flour
using hands until no lumps are seen.
Place bag in a roasting pan. Season
meat with salt/pepper & place beef,
potatoes, celery & carrots in bag.
Close with the oven bag tie. Cut
6 (1/2 inch each) slits in top of bag &
roast 1 hour minutes until beef
is fork-tender. Let stand 10 minutes
in bag before serving.  Serves 6

OVEN BAG: disposable oven-safe
bags that you can find in the foil &
wrap section of grocery stores

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Apricot/Ginger/Mustard-Glazed
Ham

1 fully cooked bone-in ham
(7-9 lb)
1/2 C. apricot halves, drained
1/2 C. stone-ground mustard
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. grated fresh ginger
1 T. whole peppercorns
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Place ham on a rack in a shallow
roasting pan. Using a sharp knife,
score surface of ham with 1/4″
deep cuts in a diamond pattern.
Cover & bake 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 hours
until a thermometer reads 130º.
Place remaining ingredients in
a food processor (or blender) &
process until blended. Remove
ham from oven & increase oven
heat to 425 degrees F. Spread
apricot mixture over ham & bake,
uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer
until a thermometer reads 140 degrees
F. If desired, increase oven to Broil –
broil 2-4 minutes until top is golden
brown. Serves 16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crab Cakes

Cakes:
1/2 C. finely diced celery
1/4 c. sweet onion, finely
minced
1/4 C. fresh parsley,
finely minced
1 T. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
4 whole eggs, beaten
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 C. crushed saltines
1 lb. pasteurized lump
crab meat, drained
1 lb. pasteurized jumbo lump or
petite jumbo lump crab meat,
drained
oil for frying (enough to make
1/2 inch of oil in skillet)

In large bowl mix celery, onion,
parsley, mustard, mayonnaise,
Worch. sauce, eggs, cayenne,
salt, Old Bay – mix to combine.
Add cracker crumbs & both
types crab; gently fold to
combine. Using an ice cream
scoop or half cup measure,
scoop out 12 cakes onto a
parchment or foil lined sheet
tray. Flatten each cake into a
3 1/2 inch round thick disc.
Refrigerate sheet at least 30
minutes to set.

Heat oil in large skillet to 350
degrees F.
Using 2 spatulas*, gently slide
each cake into the hot oil,
cooking in 2 batches, 6 per
batch. Cook about 4 minutes
to brown; after 3 minutes
lift to check underside for
color. Using both spatulas
again, gently flip cake onto
one spatula & flip over, sliding
into hot oil (uncooked side
down). Cook remaining 1
minute then remove to paper
towels. When oil is back up
to temperature, cook the
second batch. Makes 12
cakes.

*Using 2 spatulas helps
prevent oil spattering
when turned

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Grilled Cheese & Tomato Casserole

1 stick (8 T.) unsalted butter,
melted
12 slices white bread
12 slices Cheddar cheese,
about 12 oz
6 slices Swiss cheese (about
3 oz)
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
4 C. mixed grape or cherry tomatoes,
halved (about 1 1/4 lb)
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
1 C. Half & Half
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 large eggs
1/4 C. fresh parsley leaves,
roughly chopped

Preheat broiler
Brush 9 X 13 baking pan
with some of melted butter
Lay 6 slices of bread on a baking
sheet in one even layer; brush
tops generously with butter.
Broil, rotating sheet as needed,
until bread is golden brown &
toasted, 2-4 minutes. Flip slices
(untoasted sides up). Put 2
slices Cheddar on 3 slices of
bread & 1 slice Swiss each on
remaining 3 breads. Return
to broiler & broil 1-2 minutes
until cheese is completely
melted. Press slices together
(each having both Cheddar &
Swiss) – repeat with remaining
bread & cheese slices & more
butter.
When cooled, trim crusts off
sandwiches & arrange in one
layer in prepared dish – sprinkle
Parmesan cheese over top.
Scatter the tomato halves on
the baking sheet & toss with 1/2
tsp. salt. Broil until they are very
soft & skins are wrinkled & browned
in spots, 4-5 minutes. Scatter
tomatoes over sandwiches.
Turn broiler to BAKE &
preheat oven 350 degrees F.

Whisk Half & Half, mayonnaise,
eggs, 1 tsp. salt & a few grinds
black pepper in a large bowl –
pour mixture over the tomatoes &
sandwiches (the liquid won’t
completely cover). Cover with foil
& bake until custard is mostly set,
about 30 minutes. Remove foil &
continue to bake until casserole is
hot & golden brown in spots, about
15 minutes more. Scatter parsley
on top & serve hot. Serves 6-8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Italian Sausage Egg Bake
(overnight recipe)

8 slices white bread, cubed
1 lb. Italian sausage links,
casings removed/sliced
2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
9 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 C. milk
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. fennel seed, crushed
(optional)

Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray & place bread
cubes in bottom. In large skillet
cook sausage over medium heat
until no longer pink; drain. Spoon
sausage over bread; sprinkle top
with cheeses. In large bowl whisk
eggs, milk & seasonings – pour
over casserole. Cover & refrigerate
overnight.

Remove casserole from fridge
30 minutes before baking
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake casserole, uncovered, 50-55
minutes until a knife inserted near
center comes out clean. Let stand
5 minutes before cutting.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Caramelized Vidalia Onion Dip

2 T. butter
3 Vidalia or other sweet onions,
thinly sliced
1 (8 oz ) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz) pkg. Swiss cheese, shredded
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. mayonnaise

sweet potato chips – for dipping

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Melt butter in large skillet over
medium heat; add onions & cook,
stirring often, 30-40 minutes until
onions are caramel colored. Combine
onions, cheese & mayonnaise, stirring
well. Spoon dip into a lightly greased
1 1/2 – 2 qt. baking dish & bake,
uncovered, 30 minutes until golden
brown & bubbly. Serve with sweet
potato chips (if desired). Makes 4 Cups

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

1 (16 oz) load day-old French bread
2 1/2 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half (whole milk or heavy
cream)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 C. granulated sugar
1 T. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cube bread then place in large bowl.
In another bowl beat eggs, milk, half &
half, sugar, salt & vanilla – pour over
bread cubes & allow to sit 5-10 minutes.
In another small bowl combine, using
a fork, softened butter, brown sugar &
nuts (this will have the consistency of
wet sand). Spray an 8 X 8″ pan with
nonstick spray & pour half of bread
mixture into pan. Top with half of pecan
mixture. Spoon remaining bread mixture
over top & add remaining pecan
mixture – press down into pan slightly,
pan will be really full. Top with
remaining pecan mixture. Place pan
on a cookie sheet with a 1-inch edge
to catch any mixture that may boil
over. Bake 44-55 minutes. Center will
be slightly jiggly but will set when cooled.
Allow to cool 20-30 minutes before
serving so that slices will hold together.
It is a very thick pudding – poster cut
hers into 16 equal servings.

(recipe: callmepmc.com)

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This is Spring Break week for our kids
in school; we had our 10 yr old grandson
all day Monday and we have him again
today. The good thing today was: I got
to spend a little time with the baby.
Monday baby & his Momma were both
sick with a cold; baby is now well (with
a tiny cough) and the other grandma
is going to be babysitting him today
while his Momma is going back to
work for the first time after his
delivery. New world for both of them
AND for all of us, too. Soon we’ll
have to work out a schedule as to
who has the baby what times/days
and then, also figure in when we
get our older grandson, also. Life
is getting a bit more fast-paced –
will I be ready for it!?

Middle son also announced that
he’s planning on moving out as
soon as he gets his tax refund –
back with his friend (15 minutes
away) where he used to live about
2-3 years ago. The friend is a great
guy and has a nice condo – our son
(this time) will be taking the
basement apartment (much bigger)
which will be nice for him. Bad
part? Moving the single bed
mattress & bed frame down the
stairs – I’ll leave that to them to
work out.

While grocery shopping yesterday
it dawned on me that I will soon
have to learn to cook for JUST TWO
PEOPLE! This will be the first time
in 34 years that it’s just my husband
& I! That will be a little different!
I bought ingredients to make
enchiladas, lasagna, beef stroganoff-
all of those I’m used to making for
6+ people. Guess I’ll have to attempt
to pare down my recipes, eh?

Not much else new around here,
hope you’re having a good week!

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

a day early but it’s OK!

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day but I still have more recipes to share with you – so I made my post a day early! Today’s weather is a little warmer – sunny & 34 degrees F. (high supposed to get to 37!). I’m good with cold as long as there’s sun & it’s clear out! (Fussy – right?) I’m also in a good mood because I’m going to visit my oldest son & his little family later on this evening – get to see my oldest grandson (10) and his baby brother (almost 3 weeks this Saturday). This will be the first time I, as Grandma, will be around both boys – will have to remember to be extra-attentive to oldest so as not to incite any feelings of jealosy, since oldest was here first.

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Warm Triple Chocolate Pudding Cake

1 (2 layer) pkg. devil’s food cake mix
2 (3.9 oz, ea) pkgs. Chocolate instant
pudding mix
1/3 C. sugar
2 C. cold milk
1 1/4 C. water
3 C. miniature marshmallows
3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Prepare cake mix as directed on pkg;
spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
spray & pour batter into pan. Beat
dry pudding mixes, sugar, milk & water
using whisk 2 minutes; pour over cake
batter. Place baking dish on a rimmed
baking sheet. Bake 55 minutes to 1 hour
until a wooden toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes.

Heat oven broiler
Top cake with marshmallows & broil,
6 inches from heat, 30 seconds to
1 minutes until marshmallows are
golden brown. Melt chocolate as
directed on pkg; drizzle over top of
marshmallows. Cool 15 minutes.
Serves 16

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Hot Chili Cheese Dip

8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 can Hormel Chili without beans
1/2 C. chopped green onions
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread cream cheese in bottom of
9-inch pie plate. Top with chopped
green onion & spread chili on top.
Top with shredded cheese & bake
10 minutes until heated through &
cheese is melted. Serves 10

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Irish Tavern Steak & Ale Soup

1 lb. chuck or round steak, cut
into 1-inch cubes
2 large potatoes, cut into chunks
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 small onion, sliced
1/2 C. sliced mushrooms
1 tsp. fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp.
dried
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 (12 oz) can beer or ale
1/2 C. cream or evaporated milk
1 1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
2 T. olive oil

Seasoned flour:
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch black pepper

Heat 1 T. oil in heavy skillet over
medium heat. Mix seasoned flour
ingredients & place in a plastic bag.
Place cubed meat in bag & shake
until meat is coated. Place meat in
hot skillet, shaking off any excess
flour. Brown meat on all sides &
place in crockpot. Return skillet
to heat & add remaining 1 T. oil.
Saute onions, mushrooms, garlic &
celery until almost tender. Place
mixture in crockpot. Add potato
chunks to crockpot & pour beer
over top. Add bouillon cube &
thyme. Cover & cook on High
5-6 hours or Low 8-10 hours*
Turn off crockpot & add cream-
stir well. Add cheese & stir again.
Replace lid & let stand 10
minutes – stir again & serve.
Makes 4 servings.

*Poster recommends cooking
it on High so meat doesn’t break
apart

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Spicy Red Cabbage

4 oz. raisins
3 T. dark brown sugar
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
salt/black pepper
1 (2 lb) red cabbage, cored/
shredded
1 lb. tart apples, peeled/
cored/shredded
2 red onions, sliced
5 oz. apple cider
2 T. white wine vinegar or
cider vinegar
1 bay leaf

Combine raisins, sugar, garlic,
cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves,
salt/pepper, to taste. Layer
cabbage, apples & onion in
a Dutch oven, sprinkling
sugar mixture in between
layers as you go. Pour cider &
vinegar over top & drop in
bay leaf.
This dish may be cooked either
in the oven or stovetop.

If using oven, Preheat 350 degrees F.
Cover with tight-fitting lid & cook
slowly, stirring occasionally.
You can leave lid off for last 30 minutes
to reduce fluid & concentrate the flavor –
remove bay leaf & discard.

If doing stovetop, cover with tight-
fitting lid & cook slowly 2-3 hours,
stirring occasionally.

Dish can also be prepared ahead &
frozen. Serves 8

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Crockpot Beer Chicken

2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken
breasts (poster used 8 breasts,
4 oz. each)
1 bottle or can beer
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Place all ingredients in crockpot;
cook on High 4-5 hours or Low
6-8 hours. Serves 8

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crockpot Beef/Beer & Onion Ribs

oil for cooking
3-5 lb. beef back ribs
1 (1.0 oz) pkg. onion soup mix (dry)
1 large onion, sliced thick
1 (12 oz) can beer

Place a large pan over medium-high
heat; coat bottom of pan with cooking
oil & brown ribs then place in 6 qt.
crockpot. Add soup mix, onions &
pour beer over top. Cover & cook
on Low 7-8 hours without opening
lid during cooking time. Serves 4

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Mint Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. butter, softened
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. mint extract
green gel food coloring
2 c. mini chocolate chips, divided

animal crackers, graham crackers,
chocolate or vanilla wafers, for
dipping

Cream cream cheese & butter together.
Gradually beat in powdered sugar, then
extract & green gel coloring until desired
color is reached. Stir in 1 C. choc. chips &
transfer mixture to a bowl; refrigerate
at least 1 hour.

Sprinkle 1/2 C. choc. chips on top of a
piece of plastic wrap. Scoop out cream
cheese mixture & place on top of chips.
Sprinkle top of cream cheese with more
choc. chips. Wrap cheese mixture into a
ball & place in a clean bowl. Press into
bowl to form ball. Remove wrap &
invert onto a serving board or cake stand.
Sprinkle with more choc. chips, if needed.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until
ready to serve.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Neighborhood Coffee Cake

1 C. (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 C. sugar
3 eggs
3 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (21 oz) can blueberry pie filling

Topping:
1/4 C. flour
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. butter
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. In large bowl cream
1 C. butter & 1 1/2 C. sugar; add
eggs, one at a time,. Add 3 C. flour,
baking powder & vanilla; mix well.
Spread half of batter into prepared
pan. Using a wet knife, spread pie
filling evenly over batter & cover
evenly with remaining batter.

Topping:
In small bowl mix 1/4 C. flour, 1/4
C. sugar, 2 tsp. butter & cinnamon
using a fork, until crumbly. Sprinkle
over batter & bake 55-60 minutes until
a wooden toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire
rack. Cut & serve. Serves 15

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Hope you’re having a great day –

Hugs;

Pammie

A little at a time

good-morning-friends

Each day, lately, I’ve attempted to make a ‘dent’ in the ‘world of the upstairs JUNK’! Today was another ‘go at it’ – we’re talking YEARS of accumulations. Today I actually ‘found’ more little kids reading books, about 6 BOXES of VCR movie tapes (oh, joy), MORE of my old High School Homeschool books (a friend from church wants them – we’re talking Geometry, Biology, Economics, etc.) and that was just today’s discoveries. By the time I’m done I’m hoping to make more room upstairs for when middle son moves up there. It will be a LOT neater/cleaner and a little more roomy – makes my little heart glad.

Along with the cleaning ‘fun’ I ran into more bags of old house bills/receipts, etc. which need to be shredded. I don’t know about you, but shredding is NOT one of my favorite pastimes – boring! I have 2008 & 2009 to do in the next few days. My basic complaint (besides it being boring) is that those little ‘shreds’ seem to jump out of the garbage bag and end up being trecked all over the house! UGH! Oh well – one more job tackled – hopefully.

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Crockpot Lemon Spoon Cake
(about 4 lemons total for recipe)

1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. lemon juice (plus 2 T. for glaze)
1/2 C. water
1/3 C. melted butter
3 eggs
1 T. lemon zest (packed)

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

vanilla ice cream, if desired, for serving
cake with

In large bowl add cake mix, lemon juice,
water, melted butter, eggs & lemon zest;
mix with a spoon until combined. (Do not
over mix, some lumps are fine)
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick spray.
Pour batter into crockpot & smooth out evenly.
Cover & cook on High 1 1/2/ – 2 hours. Check
after 1 1/2 hours by pressing center of cake with
your fingers – it should be firm). If you are not
ready to serve when cooking time is up, turn
crockpot to warm setting.

Mix glaze ingredients in small bowl with a spoon.
Scoop cake into bowls & drizzle some glaze over
each serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if
desired. Serves 8 or more

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Easy Shrimp Scampi

2 T. olive oil
5 T. butter
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
1 lb. shrimp, (uncooked), peeled/
deveined
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 C. chopped parsley, divided
juice of 1 lemon

cooked rice or pasta for 4

Heat skillet over medium heat; add
oil & butter – heat until bubbly.
Add ground red pepper; stir constantly
30 seconds. Add shrimp, garlic, salt/
half of parsley; continue to stir 2
minutes. Add lemon juice & cook
1 more minute. Remove from heat &
garnish with remaining parsley. Serve
warm over cooked rice or pasta
Serves 4

(Recipe: yummly.com)
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Sriracha Chicken & Brown Sugar
Bacon Bites

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T. olive oil
2 T. Sriracha sauce
2 T. orange juice
6-8 slices bacon
6 T. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. black pepper

Cut chicken into 16-18 cubes &
place in large ziplock bag. Add
oil, Sriracha sauce & orange
juice. Zip up bag & turn to fully
coat chicken with marinade.
Refrigerate 1 hour, turning bag
every 20-30 minutes. (For spicier
bites, leave bag in fridge longer).
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut each slice of bacon into 3
pieces; remove chicken from
marinade & wrap a piece of bacon
around each chicken cube. Roll
cube in brown sugar & secure with
wooden toothpicks. Cover a baking
sheet with foil & spray foil with
nonstick spray – place cubes on sheet.
Sprinkle cubes with black pepper &
bake 30 minutes until bacon is crisp.
Turn pieces halfway through cooking
time. Serve warm. Serves 4

(recipe: perdue.com)
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Baked Rice with Sausage/Peppers

& Corn

1 lb. spicy or sweet Italian sausage (or
bratwurst)
2 T. olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 1/2 C. Arborio rice
3 C. chicken broth
2 ears fresh corn, shucked/kernels cut off
(or) about 2 C. frozen corn, thawed)
1 tsp. Old Bay cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 T. chopped cilantro

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Pierce sausages all
over on all sides using the tip of a
knife (to prevent splitting/bursting).
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat; add sausages & cook,
turning often, until browned, about
5-6 minutes. Allow sausages to rest
a few minutes then cut into halves
or thirds – transfer to prepared
baking dish. Add to skillet onion,
garlic & red pepper – cook, stirring
frequently, until onion is softened,
about 2-3 minutes. Add rice; stir &
cook 1 minute, making sure all grains
get coated with oil from pan. Add
chicken broth, corn, Old Bay, salt/
pepper & bring to boil. Carefully
pour hot mixture over sausages in
baking dish. Cover tightly with foil
& bake until rice is tender & has
absorbed chicken broth, about
30-35 minutes. After baking, remove
from oven & let stand 5 minutes
before serving. Sprinkle top with
chopped cilantro.

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Crockpot Honey Pork Roast

3-4 lb. pork loin roast
2 T. dried oregano
2 T. dried basil
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3/4 tsp. salt
2 T. garlic, minced
1/2 C. honey
2 T. olive oil
1/4 C. soy sauce
2/3 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray & place roast in
pot. In medium bowl combine
oregano,basil, pepper/salt/,
garlic, honey, soy sauce & Parm.
cheese – mix well & pour over
roast. Cover & cook on Low 6-8
hours. Remove cooked roast
from crockpot, reserving liquid.
Shred meat. Add reserved cooking
liquid to a saucepan & bring to
a boil. Reduce heat & simmer until
reduced & thickened. Pour reduced
thickened sauce over meat & serve.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: tiphero.com)
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Crockpot Cream Cheese Taco Dip

Dip:
16 oz. Velveeta, cubed
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, softened/
cubed
1 (16 oz) jar salsa
1 oz. pkg. dry taco seasoning mix
1 lb. ground beef, browned/drained

corn or tortilla chips for dipping

Place all DIP ingredients in crockpot
(2-3 qt if you have one). Cover &
cook on Low 1 to 1 1/2 hours,
stirring frequently. Serve with dippers
Serves 10

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Zuppa Toscana
(Italian Potato/Sausage Soup)

6 slices bacon, cut, cooked &
drained
1 lb. mild sausage, browned/
drained
4 C. diced russet potatoes
1 C. diced white onion
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 (32 oz) box chicken broth

1 1/2 C. heavy cream
4 C. chopped kale

Add all ingredients to crockpot
except cream & kale. Cover &
cook on Low 7 hours. When done,
add heavy cream & kale; push
kale down into soup. Cover &
cook an additional 20 minutes.
Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Banana Sundae Dessert
(overnight recipe)

1 (12 oz) pkg. vanilla wafers, crushed
1/2 C. butter, melted
2 T. sugar
6 C. chocolate chip ice cream,
softened
4 large, firm bananas, sliced
2 (11 3/4 oz, ea) jars hot fudge ice
cream topping, divided
6 C. strawberry or cherry ice cream,
softened

Optional toppings:
whipped cream (or Cool Whip)
maraschino cherries
chopped walnuts
banana slices
colored sprinkles

In a bowl combine crushed wafers,
melted butter & sugar; press onto
bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Freeze 15 minutes.
Spread choc. chip ice cream over
crust & layer with sliced bananas &
1 1/2 jars fudge topping (about 1 1/2
C.) Freeze, covered, at least 30 minutes.
Spread strawberry or cherry ice cream
over top & freeze, covered, 6 hours
or overnight.
Remove from freezer 10 minutes before
cutting. Warm remaining fudge topping &
drizzle over top. Serve with toppings.
Serves 16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Yesterday we had a VERY pleasant surprise –
middle son & I ‘adventured’ to the Wonderful
World of calling MEDICAID! Son doesn’t make
a lot of $$$ and is too old to be on our
medical insurance. He managed to lose his
Medicaid/Michigan insurance card and since
he hasn’t seen the doctor in awhile, thought
his coverage had expired. After a 20 minute
(listen to the canned music) wait we got an
actual PERSON – lady was very nice and checked
his account. Turns out his file is STILL active &
she’s sending him a new card! YAY! This is the
son that has very bad scoliosis (severe curvature
of the spine) and lately it’s been really painful
for him. He wants to be able to see a specialist
to get x-rays or an MRI to see just what can be
done. Many years ago while he was in his teens
we went through that – the specialist said that
unless it got more severe, there was nothing he
could do – just live with it. If it got worse he could
have surgery to have rods put in his back (VERY
painful). It’s many years later and he’s really needing
some sort of treatment (he’s already been to several
chiropractors – a little relief, for a little while – expensive
as they are not covered on insurance). We’ll see where
this goes – hopefully to get him some relief!

Our weather is, once again, gorgeous! It’s in the high
50’s today – forecast is rain/thunderstorms Thurs-Sun,
so ‘oh, goody’ but I’ll take the sunshine TODAY! It
always makes me extra happy feeling when the sun
is shining!

Gas prices are still at $2.19/9 a gallon – I know I need
to stop & fill up within the next few days, as well as
make a stop at the library & grocery store but just
haven’t felt the URGE to do so. That will change soon
because I have my special needs group tonight & it’s a
25 minute drive, one-way, so that will burn up some
gas & perhaps inspire me to get off my gluteus maximus
(polite way to say rear end/derriere, etc.) and go do
those things!

Hope your day is filled with some SUNSHINE and
a rest or two – just for the heck of it!

Hugs;

Pammie

Another GORGEOUS day!

a perfect day

The sun is shining & it’s 58 degrees F. in Michigan in FEBRUARY!

We’ve had several days like this and it really lifts one’s spirits to see the sunshine – you would almost expect flowers to start blooming! We do have some birds that have returned from down South – here in Michigan we look forward to robins coming back every year – kind of like a sign of Spring.

Youngest son moved out Friday and I’ve spend partial days working on straightening/sorting/re-packing, etc. things that were kind of shoved to the walls when he first moved up there. (I know that sounds weird, but the ‘room’ I’m talking about is the total upstairs of a 1 1/2 story Cape Cod house with peaked ceiling.) When middle & youngest son’s decided that they really didn’t get along & needed to have separate rooms (about 5-7 years ago) middle son chose to stay in the same room, youngest picked the upstairs. Going through boxes of ‘stuff’ I was pleasantly surprised to find some things I thought had long-since been given or thrown away – like baby toys! Found a bunch of jigsaw puzzles I’d forgotten, 10 partially-filled Word Search books (won’t be needing to buy any more any time soon!) – books, old VCR movies, etc. The ‘fun’, now is finding places to PUT all that stuff! I know what to do with the baby toys (the baby is due any day now – actual due date is March 1st). I have be best of intentions but find that (since the radiation 5 1/2 years ago) I just don’t have the energy/stamina I used to have. I find myself having to set ‘times’ and then say: “that’s enough for now” because otherwise I get too fatigued to do anything else that day. Frustrating but that’s just how it is now. I’m happy with what I’ve already accomplished – still have a lot to go; the REAL test is, like I said, finding places to put this ‘stuff’ once it’s all sorted & re-packed! UGH!

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Quick & Easy Banana Pudding

(quite honestly, I didn’t think this was so

‘Quick & Easy” as stated!)

 

1 box vanilla wafer cookies
1 small box vanilla instant pudding
mix (plus milk for preparing)
2-3 ripe bananas, sliced
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Prepare pudding mix according to
pkg. directions – refrigerate. Place
vanilla wafers in single layer on
bottom of a small baking dish*.
Spread half of pudding (about 1 C)
over cookies & top with a single
layer of sliced bananas. Repeat
layers, starting with cookies. Top
final layer of banana slices with
Cool Whip. Refrigerate at least
1 hour. Garnish top with extra
vanilla wafers, if desired.
Serves 4-6

*Poster used a glass 8 X 6 X 2″
dish and about 20 cookies for each
layer

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Crockpot Cream Cheese Taco Dip

Dip:
16 oz. Velveeta, cubed
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, softened/
cubed
1 (16 oz) jar salsa
1 oz. pkg. dry taco seasoning mix
1 lb. ground beef, browned/drained

corn or tortilla chips for dipping

Place all DIP ingredients in crockpot
(2-3 qt if you have one). Cover &
cook on Low 1 to 1 1/2 hours,
stirring frequently. Serve with dippers
Serves 10

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Dijon Pork Chops & Potatoes

1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup, undiluted
1/4 C. chicken broth
1/4 C. whole grain Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
6 medium red potatoes, sliced
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
6 boneless pork loin chops (about
1-inch thick)
1 T. oil

Thickening (if desired):
3 T. flour
1/4 C. water

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray.
In large bowl mix soup, broth, mustard,
garlic, thyme, salt/pepper. Stir in sliced
potatoes & onions & place in crockpot.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high
heat; brown chops well on both sides.
Place chops on top of potato mixture.
Cover & cook on Low 4-6 hours or High
3-5 hours. If you want a thick sauce,
mix together thickening ingredients
listed above & stir until there are no
lumps. Turn crockpot to High, remove
chops & stir flour mixture into potatoes.
Place chops back in crockpot & cook on
High 15-20 minutes longer until sauce
is thick & fully cooked. Serves 6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Easy Spanish Rice

1 C. chicken stock
1 C. white rice
1 C. tomato sauce
1 (4 oz) can green chiles
1 1/2 T. taco seasoning mix
1-2 T. olive oil

Heat oil in medium or large saucepan
over medium-high heat; pour in rice.
Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently
until rice is lightly toasted but not
burned. Pour in chicken stock, tomato
sauce, green chiles & taco seasoning;
stir well & bring to boil. Once boiling,
cover & reduce heat to Low. Cook
20-25 minutes until rice has absorbed
all liquid & is al dente. Uncover &
fluff with a fork, returning mixture to
heat if there is any liquid left in bottom
of pan. Serves 2-4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Chicken Wild Rice Soup

2 qt. chicken broth
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 C. finely chopped celery
1 C. shredded carrots
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 C. butter, cubed
1/4 C. flour
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup, undiluted
1/2 C. dry white wine (or
additional chicken broth)
3 C. cooked wild rice
2 C. cubed, cooked chicken

In large saucepan combine first
9 ingredients (broth – thyme); bring
to boil, reduce heat. Cover & simer
30  minutes. In Dutch oven melt butter
& stir in flour until smooth. Gradually
whisk in broth mixture; bring to boil,
cook & stir 2 minutes until thickened.
Whisk in soup & wine (or broth). Add
rice & chicken; heat through.
Makes 14 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Jiffy Cinnamon Rolls &
Cream Cheese Frosting

4-5 C. flour
1 box JIFFY yellow cake mix
2 pkg. fast rising yeast
1 tsp. salt
2 C. warm water
2 T. butter
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. cinnamon

Frosting:

1 (3 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/4 C. butter, softened
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. salt

Grease a cookie sheet or
spray with nonstick spray.
In large bowl combine 3 C. flour,
cake mix, yeast, salt & warm
water; mix until smooth. Add
enough remaining flour to form
a soft dough. Turn dough out onto
a lightly floured surface & knead
until smooth (6-8 minutes). Roll
dough to 9 X 18″ rectangle. Spread
dough with butter & sprinkle with
sugar & cinnamon. Roll dough up,
jelly-roll fashion, starting with long
end. Slice roll into 1-inch circles using
a piece of clean dental floss or heavy
thread placed under roll. Bring ends
of floss up & criss-cross at top of roll
& pull strings in opposite directions.
Place rolls on prepared sheet; cover
& let rise in a warm place until
doubled in size, about 15 minutes.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake rolls 15-18 minutes.
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Frosting:
While rolls are baking, beat
together cream cheese, butter,
powdered sugar, vanilla & salt.
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When baking is done, spread
frosting on warm rolls before
serving. Makes 12 rolls.

(recipe: food.com)

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Found out today that our Youth Pastor’s
wife is expecting a girl; I’m 3/4ths done
with a pink/tan & white blanket – YAY!
Will probably knit a hat & booties to
match (if I’m not mistaken, the baby
is not due until July).

Hope your day is going well and you
are in good health. FINALLY my husband
(after almost 3 weeks) is back to his old
self – the bronchitis seems to be gone –
YAY!

Hugs;

Pammie

Not much going on –

In Mi will it rain or will it snow

Had a light dusting of the white stuff overnight – nothing to worry about, maybe 1/2 inch total?

Last night was Knit/Crochet night and even though it was Valentine’s Day, 15 ladies came out to enjoy crafting together. Fun, quiet evening, worked a little on new mint green baby blanket and a little on another baby hat – nothin’ special.

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Crockpot Nutella Brownie Pudding

3 eggs
1 C. + 3 T. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. cocoa powder
1/3 C. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
10 T. unsalted butter, melted
1/4 C. Nutella

vanilla ice cream

Find an oven-safe casserole dish that
fits inside your crockpot – spray the
insides with nonstick spray. Fill bottom
of crockpot with about 2 inches of water.
In bowl beat eggs & sugar on medium
speed 5-7 minutes until very thick &
light yellow in color. Make sure to mix
for full 5 minutes (it’s essential for
texture of this dessert). Add vanilla,
cocoa, flour & salt – mix on Low speed
just until combined. With mixer on Low
speed, carefully add melted butter &
Nutella – mix just until combined, using
a spatula to scrape sides of bowl – pour
batter into prepared dish & place dish
in bottom of crockpot. (the water
should go about halfway up the sides
of the dish). Place 2 layers of thick
paper towels over the top of the
crockpot & secure them by placing
crockpot like on top. Cook on High
2-3 hours (at 2 hours it will be more
melty; at 3 hours it will still be moist
but totally cooked through – you
choose which you prefer). Unplug
crockpot & let stand 10 minutes.
Scoop mixture into serving bowls &
top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Makes 6 servings

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Philly Cheesesteak Soup

2 T. canola oil
2 onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. flour
4 C. chicken broth
1/2 lb. flank steak, thinly sliced
3 green bell peppers, seeded/
chopped
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
kosher salt/ground black pepper
8 oz. sliced Provolone cheese,
chopped, plus more for baguette

baguette, for serving

In large pot over medium heat, heat
1 T. oil. Add half the onion & cook
6 minutes; add garlic & cook 1 minute.
Add flour & whisk until golden, 2-3
minutes. Add broth & let simmer
15 minutes. In large skillet over medium-
high heat, heat remaining oil. Add steak,
onions & green peppers – cook, stirring
occasionally, until steak is cooked
through, 10-12 minutes. Stir in Worc.
sauce & season with salt/pepper. Add
cheese to soup & stir until melted. Add
steak mixture to soup & heat through,
3 minutes.
Heat broiler
Ladle soup into oven-safe bowls & top
with baguette slice each. Sprinkle
additional Provolone cheese on top
of slices & broil until cheese melts,
2-3 minutes. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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20 Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 T. olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 C. chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
1 C. crushed tomatoes
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 C. frozen corn
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. cooked/shredded chicken
breasts
1 T. lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
1 T. fresh chopped cilantro

Garnish suggestions:
sliced avocado
tortilla strips
chopped cilantro

Add oil to large saucepan-heat oil
& add onion – saute 2-3 minutes.
Add garlic, cook 1 minute; pour in
chicken broth, enchilada sauce,
crushed tomatoes, black beans, corn,
cumin, paprika & pepper – bring to
simmer & cook 10  minutes. Stir in
cooked chicken & warm through.
Remove from heat, ad lime juice
& cilantro – serve immediately with
garnishes, if desired. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Ranch/Mushroom Chicken Thighs

8 chicken thighs
1 1/2 T. dry Ranch salad dressing mix
2 T. olive oil
8 oz. cremini mushrooms
1 C. chicken broth
1/4 C. Ranch salad dressing (wet)
2 T. chopped parsley

Season chicken evenly with dry
Ranch dressing mix. In large,
heavy-bottomed skillet heat oil
over high heat. Add chicken, skin
sides down, & cook until browned,
undisturbed, about 5 minutes. Flip
over & cook 3-4 minutes; remove
from pan. Turn heat to medium;
add mushrooms – saute until
slightly softened, 3-4 minutes.
If bottom of pan looks like it might
start to burn, stir in 1-2 T. water.
Add chicken back to pan & add
broth. Bring to boil, cover, turn
heat to Low & simmer 30 minutes.
Remove cover, stir in wet Ranch
dressing & simmer 5 minutes more
until chicken is fully cooked & liquid
has slightly reduced. Garnish with
parsley & serve. Serves 4-6

(recipe: hiddenvalley.com)
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Skillet Pork Casserole

2 T. olive oil
1 lb. boneless pork chops*, cut
into bite-sized pieces
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. uncooked white rice
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 C. frozen peas & carrots
2 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. sour cream
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat oil in large skillet over medium
heat. Saute pork with garlic & onions
until pork is browned & onions are
tender, 5-7 minutes. Add rice, Ital.
seasoning, frozen peas/carrots & broth.
Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer &
cover. Cook 18 minutes until rice is
tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in sour
cream & 1/2 of cheese until combined.
Top with remaining cheese; cover 2-3
minutes until cheese melts.
Option: place skillet under broiler 2
minutes to melt cheese. Serves 4-6

*you can substitute cut up chicken
for pork

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Snickerdoodle Bars

1 stick butter (1/2 C.)
3/4 C. granulated sugar, divided
1/3 C. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 8 inch square baking dish
with nonstick spray. In large microwave-
safe bowl melt butter 45-60 seconds; add
1/2 C. gran. sugar, brown sugar, egg &
vanilla, whisk until smooth. Stir in flour,
cream of tartar & salt – mix until
thoroughly combined – spoon batter
into baking dish. In small bowl mix
cinnamon & remaining 1/4 C. sugar –
sprinkle evenly over batter. Bake
20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted
in center comes out clean. Cool then
slice into bars. Makes 15

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Mexican Party Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1 C. Mexican-style shredded Four
cheese (Kraft), divided
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

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray.
Mix cream cheese, sour cream & 3/4
C. shredded cheese until blended;
spread onto bottom of crockpot.
Top with black beans & salsa.
Cover & cook on Low 3-4 hours.
Top with onions, cilantro & remaining
cheese.
Serves: 40 servings, 2 T. each

(recipe: kraftrecipes)
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Deconstructed Egg Rolls

1 bag coleslaw mix
1 lb. sausage
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt
1/4 C. onion, diced

In large skillet brown sausage; drain
then mix in rest of ingredients. Cook,
covered, on medium heat 5 minutes.
Stir; adjust seasoning (salt/pepper)
& serve.

(recipe: 77 easyrecipes.com)
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Apple/Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Cream Cheese Filling:
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 T. flour
1 tsp. vanilla

Cake Batter:
1 C. finely chopped pecans
3 C. flour
1 C. granulated sugar
1 C. firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 C. canola oil
3/4 C. applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla
3 C. peeled/finely chopped apples,
about 1 1/2 lb.)

Caramel Pecan Frosting:

1/2 C. firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 C. butter
3 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. powdered sugar
1 C. pecan halves (garnish)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Filling:
Beat first 3 ingredients on medium
speed using elec. mixer until blended &
smooth. Add egg, flour & vanilla; beat
just until blended.

Batter:
Bake pecans in a shallow pan 8-10
minutes until toasted & fragrant,
stirring halfway through. Stir 3 C. flour
& next 7 ingredients in large bowl. Stir
in eggs & next 3 ingredients, stirring
just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Stir in apples & pecans. Grease & flour
a 14-Cup Bundt pan then spoon 2/3 rds
of apple mixture into pan. Spoon cream
cheese filling over apple mixture, leaving
a 1-inch border around edges of pan. Swirl
filling through apple mixture using a knife.
Spoon remaining apple mixture over filling.
Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes until a
long wooden pick inserted into center comes
out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack
15 minutes; remove from pan to rack &
cool completely (about 2 hours).

Frosting:
Bring 1/2 C. brown sugar, 1/4 C. butter &
3 T. milk to boil in 2-qt. saucepan over
medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil
1 minute whisking constantly. Remove from
heat; stir in vanilla. Gradually whisk in
powdered sugar until smooth. Stir gently
3-5 minutes until mixture begins to cool &
thickens slightly. Pour immediately over
cooled cake & garnish top with pecans (while
frosting is still hot).

(recipe: jamhands.net)

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Gas prices dropped a little – from $2.29/9
to $2.19/9 – that’s good.

Looking at the calendar I suddenly realized
that the end of the month is quickly creeping
up – that means I really need to hurry up and
get the next 2-month issue of my special needs
group newsletter composed! Sometimes it goes
together very smoothly – sometimes not …
this time I was in luck and it’s almost ready
to print! Now that we have totally changed
the old ‘system’ – the church we meet at has
graciously offered to print them for us (at a
savings of a good $70 or so), that means I
have to get them composed and ready to
print, then email via PDF file. They print &
staple them together for us (YAY!) which
just leaves me to fold them, address/stamp/
return address label – them then stuff the
envelopes & take them to the Post Office.
My ‘kids/students’ are not very understanding
when it comes to newsletter deliveries – they
expect they will ALWAYS be there when needed.
That means I’d BETTER get them done so they
get them in their mails by the first of March.
Too funny – I don’t mind; they are all so very
exacting in their thinking.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog,
not much going on right away. Youngest
announced yesterday that he’ll be able to
move out on Friday instead of the following
Tuesday – that’s fine. The only thing I need
to do is collapse the seats in my van so he
can put his single-bed mattress in & we can
transport to his new ‘room/place/digs’ (which
are about a block away on a very close side-
street). That will leave us with just ONE son
living with us – different!

Hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie