and the weekend begins!

I love the fact that we have a 3-day weekend but also know that I will have to go grocery shopping later today (oh, joy…). I’m sure there will be lots of folks rushing to get their ingredients for great holiday picnics & cook-outs; for us, nothing special (I might buy some mustard potato salad – isn’t THAT invigorating!? hehehe). Still battling the sore throat & cough/fatigue. I told my husband this morning I felt like I could easily go back to bed & sleep another 4+ hours (whatever this ‘bug’ is, I’m really getting the deep/lots of dreams sleep!). Attended the funeral visitation yesterday and ran into a lady who used to work for the phone company when both my husband & I did (Bonnie Brown – for those of you ‘former Bell employees who will ask me: WHO was it?). She saw me across the room & pointed, while mouthing: I KNOW YOU!” I have a terrible memory but it’s a great thing my husband has a phenomenal one – (they had a great chat while I listened.) It’s been 34 years since I retired so I really don’t remember the names/faces anymore – husband is always saying he wishes he could give ME his memory (wouldn’t that be great!).

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No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake
Ice Cream

2 C. heavy whipping cream
1 (14 oz) jar sweetened condensed
milk
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. thawed frozen blueberries
3 T. sugar
2 T. lemon juice

In large saucepan cook blueberries,
sugar, lemon juice & salt over medium-
high heat; bring to boil until mixture
starts to thicken. Remove from heat &
allow to cool completely then chill in
fridge about 1 hour.
In large bowl beat cream cheese until
creamy & smooth. Using elec. mixer,
add condensed milk & vanilla, mixing
until smooth. Add vanilla & heavy
cram – whisk on High speed until soft
peaks form. Spread half mixture into a
loaf pan. Spoon chilled blueberry sauce
over whipped mixture. Top with remaining
cream mixture, spreading evenly. Using a
knife, drag or swirl blueberry mixture into
cream mixture. Cover with foil & freeze
6 hours until firm.

(recipe: frugalcouponliving.com)
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5-Minute Avocada Salad with Bacon

1 medium avocado, coarsely chopped
1 roma tomato, coarsely chopped
1 T. onion, finely chopped
3 slices bacon, fried crisp/crumbled
1 T. cilantro, finely chopped
1 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. olive oil
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder

Toss all ingredients together &
serve immediately. Serves 2

(recipe: intoxicatedonlife.com)
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Crockpot Bavarian Brats & Sauerkraut

1 lb. bratwurst (or smoked sausage/
kielbasa)
1 (14 oz) can whole potatoes, drained
1 (14-16 oz) can sauerkraut (undrained)
1/4 C. apple juice
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. caraway seeds

If using uncooked bratwurst, prick casing
& steam 10 minutes to release any excess
fat. (this step can be eliminated if using
fully-cooked smoked sausage or kielbasa)
When meat is cool enough to handle,
cut in 1-inch pieces. Brown meat in large
skillet over medium-high heat; then add
to crockpot. Add sauerkraut, juice, sugar,
caraway seeds & potatoes – stir to combine.
Cover & cook on High 3 hours (or Low about
5 hours).  Serves 2

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Amish Hot Bacon Slaw

1 small head cabbage, chopped
1 C. thinly sliced carrots
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
6 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic paste
1/2 tsp. celery seed
salt/pepper, to taste

Whisk vinegar, sugar, olive oil,
garlic paste & celery seed together.
Fry bacon until crisp then stir in
cabbage, carrots & onion; season
with salt/pepper & cook, stirring,
until cabbage wilts. Stir in vinegar
mixture & continue cooking until
vegetables are crisp-tender &
liquid is about gone. Serve warm.
Serves 6

Suggested serving with: BBQ rubs, pork
steaks, BBQ chicken or pulled pork
along with sides of mac & cheese,
corn on the cob or baked beans

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Sriracha Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs, hard cooked
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 T. sriracha sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard (or Creole)
salt/pepper, to taste
sweet paprika (garnish)
1 fresh red fresno (red jalapeno)
pepper, thinly sliced into rings
(optional garnish)

Place eggs in saucepan & cover with
cold water. Bring to rolling boil then
reduce heat & simmer 10 minutes.
Drain hot water from eggs & cover
with cold water. Peel eggs & halve,
lengthwise; remove yolks to a small
bowl & mash with a fork. Stir in
mayonnaise, sriracha sauce, mustard,
salt/pepper until smooth. Pipe* mixture
into egg white halves & garnish with
a sprinkle of paprika & slice of
red jalapeno (if using). Serves 12

*If you don’t have a piping bag: spoon
mixture into a large ziplock bag; seal
top & snip one corner tip of bag – use
to pipe filling into eggs

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Watermelon Lemonade

4 C. watermelon juice (see below)
1 C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
3 C. cold (filtered) water
1/2 C. sugar
fresh mint sprigs (optional)

Cut fruit from melon & remove
both white & black seeds. Puree
fruit & strain; discard solids. Stir
strained watermelon juice with
lemon juice, water & sugar,
to taste. Serve garnished with
mint sprigs, if desired. Makes
8 servings.

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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4 Bean Salad
(6 hour or overnight recipe)

4 (16 oz, ea) cans beans: choose
4 types: green beans, kidney beans,
chickpeas, cannellini beans, wax
beans, limas, black-eyed peas, etc.)
1 red onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

Dressing:
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Whisk dressing ingredients together.
Mix salad ingredients together &
marinate in dressing 6 hours or
overnight before serving.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Shrimp Kebabs
(with passion fruit glaze)

Glaze:
1 C. passion fruit juice
2 oz. dry white wine
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sriracha sauce
1 T. ketchup

1 lb. jumbo shrimp or prawns,
shelled, leaving tail section on,
deveined (about 20 per lb)
soaked bamboo skewers
approx. 20 slices bacon, 1 slice for
every shrimp (depending on
shrimp size per lb.)
3 baby zucchini cut into about
20 pieces
about 20 small crimini mushrooms,
brushed clean

Heat grill to moderate heat
Stir ingredients for glaze together
in small saucepan & reduce over
Low heat, stirring often, until
glaze becomes thick & syrupy.
Using 1 soaked skewer, pierce
1 end of a slice of bacon, add
shrimp-poking skewer right in the
shrimp & then secure the top
of the bacon slice over shrimp
on skewer. Add a piece of
zucchini & mushroom to each
skewer – repeat with rest of
skewers & ingredients.
Grill shrimp, turning often,
basting with glaze as the
bacon becomes about
2/3 done. Continue to
baste & cook until bacon
is cooked through. Serve
any extra glaze with skewers.
Serves 3-4

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Beer BBQ Sauce

2 T. butter
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 C. tomato sauce
1 tsp. prepared mustard
1 T. molasses
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 T. hot sauce
1 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
12 oz. lager beer

Whisk all ingredients together;
heat in a saucepan, stirring
frequently, until mixture reduces
& becomes as thick as you prefer.
Makes 1 pint.

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Strawberry Dessert Pizza
(uses cast iron griddle)

1 (16 oz) pkg. ready-to-bake
sugar cookie dough (24 individual
cookies)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow whip (cream)
1 (16 oz) jar strawberry glaze (poster
uses Marzetti’s – usually in area where
fresh strawberries are sold)
1 (13 oz) carton fresh strawberries,
sliced into halves

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Arrange individual ready-to-
bake cookie dough into 12-14″
round cast iron griddle. Press
cookie dough pieces together
to form a pizza crust. Bake
15-18 minutes or until dough
is cooked & golden brown.
Let crust cool completely.
Beat cream cheese & marsh-
mallow whip in bowl of
elec. mixer using wire whisk
attachment until smooth &
creamy. Spread cream mixture
over cooled crust to within
1/2 inch from edges. Spread
strawberry glaze over cream
cheese mixture & top with
fresh strawberry halves.
Refrigerate any leftovers.

(recipe: cookingwithk.net)

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It’s now noon and I’d better get myself
ready to go shopping; it’s funny-with
just my husband & I here now, food
goes farther – we just don’t eat as
much as when we had the boys here.
(except when middle son drops in &
consumes all the leftovers! His girlfriend
calls him a walking garbage can!). We
even have only ONE bag of garbage
each week now – used to run 2-3
(39 gallon) bags per week. Yep, guess
it’s confirmed – we’re now officially
OLD PEOPLE! When at the funeral
visitation yesterday I had a long talk
with the grandson of the man who
passed. Grandson is a great friend of
my boys (I consider him one of my
kids); while we were talking I mentioned
something about my age (will be 69 in
June) and he choked: “I thought you
were my MOM’s age!” (somewhere
in the 50’s) I told him it’s thanks to
REVLON hair coloring! hehehe-nice
to have people think you a bit
younger than you are, right?

Enjoy your day – it’s a gorgeous one
out there today – sunny & 69 degrees
F. (supposed to get up to 75 later
today!) THIS is the weather I love!
Sunny, not too hot, a slight breeze –
would love to be floating along on
a boat somewhere just observing the
scenery. (in fact, husband & I had
that very conversation yesterday
while driving past a local lake: he
said he’d want to be on a pontoon
boat, fishing with me at the wheel;
I said I’d rather just be in a row boat
floating along looking at the fish &
seeing the water lilies – interesting
differences, I guess.

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

Settling in – sort of

Spring is here – it’s Michigan so that means ONE DAY of Spring like weather and then we FREEZE for a few days. It got down to freezing temperatures last night (low 30’s) but today it’s sunny & breezy/mid-day (3 p.m.) and it’s 53 degrees F. out. I
see, via our weather channel, that they’ve extended the FREEZE WARNING onto tonight, too – oh, joy… highest temp. they’re predicting this week is 62 so it can’t be all bad, right? The flowers/blooming trees/bushes, singing birds –
they’re all there to look at & love. (I find myself out driving and thanking the Lord for all the glorious things He’s created for us to see & enjoy – we are blessed.)

As per my blog entry title, I’m slowly settling into a sort of schedule: I get a text usually Sunday evening asking my schedule for the coming week, then am asked if I can watch the baby for whatever days are needed. That’s not a bad deal, tomorrow I go at 9:45 and am guessing I’ll be ‘relieved’ at around 2/2:30 by my son (the Dad). We’ll see – it’s usually pretty open-ended.

Got to visit two Mom2Mom sales Saturday and was able to find both a folding high chair and a baby walker – total cost for
both: $20!!! The high chair isn’t the latest but I dont’ care – if it folds up into a small package it will do what I need. The walker doesn’t fold, but I should be able to store it upstairs after he’s outgrown it. After leaving the two sales I stopped at our local St. Vincent de Paul store and had fun looking around there, too. They have phenomenal prices; I mentioned to the lady behind the counter that they were selling a VERY nice Graco baby high chair for $5; I had seen about 4 of them at the Mom2Mom sales, each one going for $40 – tried to suggest they might want to up the price just a little. She said they exist to help out people who can’t afford the expensive things – that’s impressive!

 The baby shower for my most recent Mommy is coming up in 2 weeks; I have the blanket knit and 3 toddler baby headbands – still want to knit a few pairs of booties in newborn & 3-6 month sizes. After that, maybe I’ll pick up a few more things to go in the bag, like a thick cardboard baby book, a frozen teething ring, etc. I’m really happy for this couple – they are SO cute together, both have naturally curly hair (she’s a natural blond & he’s got dark black hair – should be interesting to see the color & curliness of the baby’s hair!).

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Reese’s Chocolate Butter Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box Devils Food cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 egg
12 peanut butter cups (full sized),
cut into sixths
4 snack-sized Butterfinger candy bars,
coarsely chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. creamy peanut butter
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. butter, melted
4 C. powdered sugar
1 C. milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Generously spray a 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick spray.
Combine dry cake mix, melted
butter, & egg – mix until combined.
Cover bottom of greased pan
evenly with cake mixture. Spread
peanut butter cups & Butterfinger
pieces over cake mix. In a bowl
mix cream cheese, peanut butter,
eggs & vanilla until well blended –
add melted butter & mix. Mix
in powdered sugar until well
blended & spread over candy
layer. Bake 55 minutes – NOTE:
it will puff up in the center & will
drop a little after removing from
oven. Let cake cool.
Mix chocolate chips & vegetable
oil in a microwave-safe dish;
microwave until melted then
spread over cooled cake.

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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One-Pot Chicken & Rice with
Vegetables

1 T. olive oil
2 C. boneless chicken breast,
cubed
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 large shallots, sliced
2 large carrots, diced
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. butter, divided
1 C. arborio rice
3 C. vegetable stock (or broth)
10 stalks asparagus, chopped,
stems removed
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
(fresh parsley – optional garnish)

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Season chicken with Italian
seasoning & place in pan. Cook until
browned on all sides, stirring
often. Push chicken & veggies to
side of pan & add 1 T. butter & rice.
Stir rice to coat with the butter & cook
3 minutes, stirring & incorporating with
the veggies. Pour stock into pan & bring
just to a boil then reduce heat to simmer
& simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes.
Stir in asparagus & cook another 5
minutes.Stir in remaining 1 T. butter &
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese – check seasoning
& add salt/pepper, to taste. Serve
immediately (garnish with parsley, if desired.)
Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cheddar, Ham & Dill Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. (1 stick) cold unsalted
butter, cut into 1/4″ cubes
3/4 C. packed shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese
1 C. diced (cooked) ham
3 T. chopped fresh dill
2/3 C. buttermilk *
1 egg yolk
2 T. whole milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl mix flour, corn-
starch, baking powder, baking
soda, sugar, salt/pepper – cut in
butter using a pastry cutter or
2 knives until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Add Cheddar, ham &
dill; stir in buttermilk just until
combined. (take care to not over
mix or biscuits will be tough).
In small bowl add egg yolk & milk;
whisk to combine. Turn dough
out onto a lightly floured surface &
pat into a rectangle about 1 1/2″ thick.
Cut 8 biscuits using a floured 2 1/2 inch
biscuit cutter (or a glass about the same
diameter) Cover a baking sheet with
parchment paper & place cut biscuits
on sheet. Lightly brush top of each
biscuit with beaten egg yolk mixture.
Bake 15 minutes until golden brown.
Makes 8 biscuits

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar
into a 1-cup measuring cup. Fill
to 2/3 C. line with milk & stir with
a fork. Let stand 5 minutes – now
you have buttermilk!

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Balsamic Zucchini Saute

1 T. olive oil
3 medium zucchini, cut into
thin slices
1/2 C. chopped sweet onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/3 C. crumbled feta cheese

In large skillet heat oil over medium-
high heat; saute zucchini & onion
until crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes.
Stir in seasonings. Add vinegar &
cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Top with
cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sour Cream Pork Chops

(crockpot)

6 pork chops
salt/pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
1/2 C. flour
1 large onion, sliced 1/4″
thick
2 cubes chicken bouillon
2 C. boiling water
2 T. flour
1 (8 oz) tub sour cream

Season chops with salt/pepper
& garlic powder; dredge in flour.
In a skillet over medium heat, lightly
brown chops in small amount of oil.
Place chops in crockpot & top with
onion slices. Dissolve bouillon cubes
in boiling water & pour over chops.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours.

Preheat oven 200 degrees F.
After chops have cooked, transfer
chops to oven to keep warm. Be
careful, chops are very tender –
they will fall apart. In small bowl
blend 2 T. flour with sour cream;
mix into meat juices  in crockpot.
Turn crockpot to High 15-30
minutes until sauce is slightly
thickened. Serve sauce over chops

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

1 stick butter
2 eggs
1 box yellow cake mix
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick spray. Melt butter &
whisk with eggs until combined;
add in dry cake mix & stir until
combined. Stir in chocolate chips
& mix well. Pour into prepared
pan & bake 20 minutes.

(NOTE: if you choose smaller
pans, bake 25-28 minutes)

(recipe: 78recipes.com)
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Cucumber, Cauliflower & Corn Salad

2 C. cauliflower florets cut into
small florets
2 small cucumbers, sliced into
thin slices then cut into half-slices
1/2 red bell pepper, cubed
2-3 green onions, thinly chopped
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn,
drained
1/3 – 1/2 C. mayonnaise
salt/pepper, to taste
fresh dill (optional)

In large bowl mix all ingredients; mix
well. Sprinkle top with fresh dill, if
desired.

(recipe: valentinascorner.com)
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Loaded Mashed Potato/Beef Pie

1 1/4 lb. ground beef
1 egg
6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
2 C. prepared mashed potatoes
1 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 C. onion, chopped
1/2 C. chopped tomato
1/4 C. seasoned breadcrumbs
3 T. chopped green onions
salt/black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine beef, egg,
onion & breadcrumbs – season
with salt/pepper.; mix well using
your hands then transfer mixture
to a pie plate & press mixture
on bottom & up sides of dish. Fill
pie plate with mashed potatoes &
smooth top using back of a spoon;
top with Cheddar cheese.
Bake 40-45 minutes until cheese is
melted & meat registers an
internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
using a thermometer. (NOTE: If
cheese is melting too quickly,
cover top with foil). Remove from
oven, garnish top with bacon,
tomato & green onions; serve hot.
Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Lemon Cream Poke Cake

1 box lemon cake mix plus
ingredients to prepare
3/4 C. frozen lemonade,
undiluted
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. Half & Half (or) whole milk
1 (4 serving size) lemon instant
pudding mix
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Prepare cake as directed on box
using a 9 X 13″ pan. Cool cake
on a rack; once cooled, poke
holes all over top of cake using
the rounded handle of a wooden
spoon, about 1 inch apart. Beat
cream cheese until smooth; slowly
beat in Half & Half then blend in
lemonade. Add pudding mix & beat
1 minute. Pour pudding mix over
top of cake & refrigerate until well
chilled & pudding is set. Frost
with Cool Whip. Serves 12

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Hope you are all having a great day – even if it’s gloomy or rainy outside, we still have our health (no matter what state it’s in – it’s better than being totally bed-ridden). Not trying to be morbid, but sometimes I have to give myself a pep talk to remind ME that I’m still healthy enough to keep plugging away at my days and trying to make them count. Keeping in touch with friends, doing a kind deed, praying for others – all things I’m still very capable of doing.

Enjoy your day!

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

Another NEW Month!

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

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Cake Mix Peanut Butter Bars

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

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

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

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Spinach Salad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(6 hamburger buns)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Chicken Nuggets

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

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

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cream Cheese Streusel Muffins

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

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

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

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

(recipe: TableforSeven)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

and a Happy Tuesday to you, too!

Sorry I’ve been absent & not posted – no good reason other than being busy! Babysat youngest grandson yesterday for 5 1/2 hours; for the most part it was easy – got some knitting done. I’ve started a new (to me) pattern called Tassel stitch; it’s 8 rows for one pattern and I’ve decided it will make a good baby boy blanket, doing it in medium blue yarn. Am also babysitting for a few hours tomorrow – I’ll be pretty good at this by the time I’m done, right?

He’s officially 2 months old now!

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Lemon Lush

Bottom Pecan Layer:
2 C. flour
1 C. butter, melted/cooled
1/2 C. finely chopped pecans*
1/4 C. granulated sugar

Lemon Cream Cheese Layer:
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened to room temp.
1 C. granulated sugar
1-2 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice

Lemon Pudding Layer:
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant lemon
pudding mix
1 1/2 C. milk

Topping:
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
(or you can use the same amount
of whipped cream)
zest of 1/2 lemon
(optional: sprinkle finely chopped
pecans on top OR thinly sliced
lemon quarters arranged on top)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine flour, melted/
cooled butter, ground pecans & 1/4
C. sugar – press into bottom of 9 X 13″
baking pan & bake 20-25 minutes until
golden brown. Allow to cool completely
before adding any layers.
Using an elec. mixer, combine cream
cheese, 1 C. sugar, 1-2 T. fresh lemon
juice – mixture should be even & smooth;
spread evenly on top of baked/cooled
bottom crust.
In large bowl whisk milk & instant pudding
mix until set (4-5 minutes); spread evenly
on top of cream cheese layer.
Spread thawed Cool Whip on top of
pudding layer & add lemon zest and/or
finely chopped pecans. Refrigerate 1 hour
to set before serving. Serves 6-8

NOTE: You can freeze it overnight for more
defined slices. Do NOT freeze if you substitute
whipped cream – it might not hold up like
Cool Whip. Make sure you use a sharp knife
when cutting if it’s frozen.

*you can put them in a food processor to
pulse, also

(recipe: amandascookin.com)
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Crockpot Ham & Bean Soup
(overnight recipe)

1 lb. mixed dried beans
ham bone
1 1/2 C. cooked, cubed ham
1 large onion, chopped
3/4 C. chopped celery
3/4 C. carrots, sliced or chopped
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
6 C. water
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
juice of 1 lemon (2-4 T)
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 C. tomato juice

Place beans in large bowl & cover
with 6 C. water – soak overnight/
drain liquid. Add beans, ham bone,
ham, onion, celery, carrots, parsley,
water, Worc. sauce, bay leaf, ground
mustard, chili powder, salt/pepper to
crockpot. Cover & cook on Low 8-10
hours or High 5-6 hours. Combine
lemon juice, tomatoes & tomato
juice – stir into soup. Remove bay
leaf & ham bone before serving.
Serves 10

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Ham & Cheese Puff
(brunch, lunch or dinner)
OVERNIGHT recipe

2 (1 lb, each) loaves Italian
bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
6 C. cubed, fully cooked ham
1 1/2 lb. Monterey Jack or
Muenster cheese, cuted
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 C. butter
16 large eggs
7 C. milk
1/2 C. prepared mustard

Toss bread, ham & cheese in a
LARGE bowl then divide between
2 greased 9 X 13″ baking dishes.
In a skillet saute onion in butter
until tender; transfer to a bowl.
Add eggs, milk & mustard; mix
well then pour over bread
mixture. Cover & refrigerate
overnight

Remove from fridge 30 minutes
before baking.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake, uncovered, 55-65 minutes
until a knife inserted near center
comes out clean. Serve immediately.
Makes 24-30 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Nanny’s Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

5 lb. potatoes, peeled/cut into
1″ pieces
3/4 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. sour cream
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 – 1 C. milk, warmed
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Place potatoes in a 6-qt. stockpot;
add water to cover & bring to boil.
Reduce heat; cook, uncovered,
10-15 minutes until tender. Drain;
return potatoes to pot & stir over
Low heat 1 minute to dry. Coarsely
mash potatoes, gradually adding
butter, sour cream, cheese, seasonings
& enough milk to reach desired
consistency. Stir in parsley.
Serves 12 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Granny’s Vegetable Salad
(overnight recipe)

3/4 C. white vinegar
1/2 C. vegetable or olive oil
1 C. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 (15 oz) can small green peas,
drained
1 (14.5 oz) can French-style
green beans, drained
2 (11 oz, ea) cans sweet or
shoepeg corn, drained
1 C. diced celery
1 C. diced bell pepper
1 C. diced onion
1 (2 oz) jar diced pimientos,
drained

Combine vinegar, oil, sugar, salt
& pepper in small saucepan;
bring just to a boil over medium-
high heat, stirring constantly
until sugar dissolves. Remove
from heat & allow to cool.
Combined remaining ingredients
in large bowl & pour vinegar
mixture over all, stirring to coat.
Cover & chill 8 hours until
thoroughly chilled. Serve with a
slotted spoon.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Sweet & Sour Green Beans

6-7 slices bacon
1/2 onion, chopped
1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen French-style
green beans (or other green beans)
2 T. vinegar
2 T. granulated sugar
salt/pepper, to taste

Cut bacon into 1-inch segments;
place in skillet with onion & cook
over medium heat until browned;
stirring often; remove to a plate.
Add beans to skillet & continue
cooking over medium heat until
they are desired tenderness;
add vinegar & sugar – stir. Add
bacon & onions to skillet & let
simmer a few minutes, stirring
often. Add salt/pepper, to taste
& serve warm.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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(Lower fat) Buttermilk Oven-
Fried Chicken

8 bone-in chicken pieces (thighs,
drumsticks, breasts or a mix)-skin
can be removed before preparation,
if desired
1 T. oil*

Buttermilk Dip:
1 C. buttermilk**
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. hot sauce (optional)

Coating:
2 C. flour
1 T. kosher salt
1 T. paprika (smoked is best)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. sugar

*Oils: canola, peanut or vegetable –
avoid olive oil due to it’s smoking
point

Place oil in large baking sheet (15 X 10
jelly roll pan works well) or large baking
pan (metal roasting works well, too).
Place pan in oven & heat to 350 degrees F.

Whisk all buttermilk dip ingredients in large
bowl; mix all coating ingredients in another
large bowl. Dip chicken into buttermilk then
into coating mixture – again, dip piece in
buttermilk & coating mixture – place chicken,
skin sides down on hot baking sheet. Bake
25 minutes. Turn chicken over & bake another
20 minutes. Serves 4-8

** If you do not have Buttermilk:
In a 2-cup measuring cup pour 1 T.
lemon juice or vinegar – pour milk
into cup to the 1-cup mark & stir
with a fork. Let stand 5 minutes &
you now have 1 cup buttermilk

NOTE: To prevent flour from getting gloppy
from the dipping, only add enough to coat
a few pieces then add more for next batch.
Poster also adds: she uses an oblong pan for
flour dip because it gives you space to roll
the chicken in the coating

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Quick (Ravioli) Lasagna

1 (20 oz) bag frozen ravioli, any flavor
1 1/4 C. spaghetti sauce
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray an 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Spoon about 1/4 C.
spaghetti sauce on bottom of dish;
add a layer of ravioli on top &
sprinkle with half mozzarella cheese.
Repeat layers, finishing with mozzarella
on top. Sprinkle top with Parmesan
cheese. Cover & bake 30 minutes.
Uncover & bake an additional 10
minutes until cheese is bubbling.
Let stand 10 minute before cutting.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Apple Brownies

3 large sweet apples, peeled/
cored & chopped (2 1/2 – 3 cups)
1 1/4 C. flour
1 C. sugar
1/4 C. orange juice
12 T. unsalted butter, room
temp.
1 large egg
1 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Place chopped apples in large bowl
& pour lemon juice over – toss to
coat fully.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 8 X 11″ baking dish
using nonstick spray (or butter).
In medium bowl whisk flour,
cinnamon, baking powder, salt &
nutmeg. In another large bowl or
mixer cream butter & sugar until
fluffy & lightened in color. Mix
in egg & vanilla until incorporated;
mix in orange juice – gradually add
dry ingredients. Stir until just
combined then fold in chopped
apples. Pour mixture into prepared
dish. Bake 40-45 minutes until golden
brown. Remove from oven & let cool,
then slice into squares. Makes 1 dozen
squares.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

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Hope things are going good for you;

Hugs;

Pammie

A little ‘unplanned’ walk –

Just came in from picking a big bunch of daffodils – regular & doubles plus some miniatures and some narcissus; to that bunch I added a few branches of forsythia – I LOVE spring flowers!

Today I had a few errands to run, nothing big: drugstore, mailbox, bank & library. Accomplished all but the last one but, upon getting out of my car at the bank I suddenly realized I had locked my keys in my car! (got slightly distracted when I remembered that I forgot to fill out a deposit slip, so I laid the keys on the dash, filled out the form & got out – I always hit the ‘door lock’ button when I open it . . . ooooooooops! I called my husband and asked if he could drive them up to me, as we only live about 2 minutes away. He very nicely reminded me that his Jeep needed a ‘jump’, the battery was dead. He suggested I call AAA – I said, that’s silly, it’s too close – I’ll walk home & get them. He replied he’d meet me half-way, so that’s what we did and then we both walked to the bank & I drove him home. Nothing like a little ‘unplanned’ exercise, right? Finished up by going to the library, so my errands are now complete.

This is the beginning week of work for our grandbaby’s Momma, so I will be watching him tomorrow 11 a.m. – ? (whenever either his Mom or Dad get home – hopefully before I need to go to my special needs group . . . we’ll see!).

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Dreamsicle Cake

1 box white cake, prepared*
1 small box orange Jell-O
1 C. hot water
1/2 C. cold water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 1/3 C. powdered sugar
(1 T. water – to thin frosting,
if needed)

(Poster prepared her cake in
a bundt pan but you could use
a 9 X 13″ pan sprayed with nonstick
spray then prepare cake & let cool.
Poke cooled cake all over with a fork,
skewer or chop stick. In 2-Cup measuring
cup heat 1 C. water to boiling & dissolve
Jell-O in boiling water. Add 1/2 C. cold
water & stir then pour entire contents
over cake (cake will absorb it all).
Frosting:
Mix cream cheese & powdered sugar (add
more water if needed to thin). Spread
over cooled cake & refrigerate 2 hours.
Serves 12

(recipe: goodenessgracious.com)
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California Veggie Casserole

2 (14 oz, ea) cans artichoke
hearts, drained/quartered
2 (9 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/squeezed dry
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
3/4 C. milk
5 T. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Place artichoke
hearts in bottom of dish; top
with spinach. In large bowl
combine cream cheese, milk,
butter, garlic powder, nutmeg
& pepper; dollop mixture over
spinach then spread carefully
with a knife. Sprinkle Parmesan
cheese on top & bake 35-40
minutes until heated through.
Serves 8

NOTE: Dish can be prepared
ahead of time: prepared then
cover & refrigerate. Before
you are ready to serve, bake
casserole in preheated oven
& serve hot

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Minty Pea Salad

1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. sour cream
1/4 c. finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 (16 oz) bag frozen peas,
thawed
1/4 C. finely chopped onion

In large bowl combine mayonnaise,
sour cream, mint, mustard, salt/pepper
& mix well. Stir in peas & onion until
evenly coated. Cover & refrigerate
at least 1 hour before serving.
Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Cashew Chicken

5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
cut into small cubes
2 chili peppers, seeded/chopped
(optional)
1 bunch bok choy (Chinese cabbage)
cleaned of dirt
1 C. cashews, toasted
4 T. cornstarch or flour
2 T. olive oil
kosher salt/ground pepper,
to taste

Sauce:
1/2 C. soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 T. hoisin sauce
2 T. rice wine vinegar
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. ketchup
2 T. chili sauce
1/2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

Cooked rice for 6

Place cornstarch, salt/pepper in large
ziplock bag; add chicken cubes, seal
& shake vigorously to fully coat cubes.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat; cook chicken 2-3 minutes
per side until browned then transfer
to crockpot. Add bok choy (& peppers,
if using). In bowl whisk soy sauce, garlic,
hoisin sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown
sugar, ketchup, chili sauce, sesame oil
& ginger until combined – drizzle over
chicken & bok choy – toss to combine.
Cover & cook on Low 3-4 hours. Add
cashews during last 30 minutes of
cooking, or just before serving.
Serve over cooked rice.
Serves 6

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Quick Onion Casserole

5 large sweet onions, sliced
12 crumbled Ritz-type crackers
1 lb. brown & serve sausage,
crumbled
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 C. grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place half of onions on bottom
of 9 X 13″ baking dish. Layer
with crushed crackers, sausage,
remaining onions, soup, salt &
cheese. Bake 1 hour until golden.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Onion Cream Pork Chops

4 large bone-in rib or center-cut
pork chops
*1 recipe (see below) cream of
onion soup
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup
1 envelope Ranch salad dressing mix
1/3 C. dry white wine
1/2 C. milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Sprinkle chops with salt/pepper & place
in bottom of crockpot. In small bowl
mix soups, milk, Ranch seasoning mix
& wine – pour over chops. Cover &
cook on Low 3-4 hours. Serves 4

Homemade Cream of Onion soup

2 T. unsalted butter
1/2 C. chopped onions
1/4 C. flour
1 T. chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 C. water
1/2 C. milk or Half & Half
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Melt butter in small saucepan over
medium heat; add onions & stock.
Cook & stir about 5 minutes until
onions are soft. Whisk in flour (this
will be very thick). Slowly whisk in
water (still very thick) then repeat
with milk or half & half. Continue
cooking until mixture bubbles, then
cook 1 minute. Add salt/pepper.

(To use as a soup – stir in 1 Cup  milk
or Half & Half)

(recipe:bakeatmidnite.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 marashino 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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Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes &
Ham

3 lb. potatoes, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 C. diced, cooked ham
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup (undiluted)
3/4 C. water
1 T. chopped fresh chives
(optional)

Layer half of potato slices, onion,
ham & cheese. Sprinkle with salt
& pepper. Repeat layers with
remaining potatoes, onion, ham
& cheese. In small bowl stir soup
& water – spoon over potato
mixture. Cover & cook on Low
7-8 hours. Sprinkle with chives
before serving (if desired)
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Honey-Lime Fruit Salad

8 C. fresh fruit – watermelon (cut
into bite sized pieces), cantaloupe
(cut into bite-sized pieces), pineapple
(cut into bite-sized pieces), Kiwi,
peeled/sliced, strawberries sliced,
blueberries, black raspberries, grapes,
peaches
1/2 C. fresh lime juice
zest of 2 limes
1/2 C. honey
slivered almonds (optional)

Clean & cut fruits & place in large
bowl. Zest limes into bowl; juice
limes & combine with honey – pour
over fruit. Chill for at least 1 hour
before serving. Sprinkle top with
slivered almonds before serving,
if desired.

Serving idea: You could use the
pineapple or watermelon to be
the serving bowl: Slice either fruit
in half (for pineapple, from top
where leaves are, down to bottom)
hollow out the fruit (using flesh for
salad) & once mixed up, pour
fruit salad into either pineapple or
watermelon ‘shell’ for serving.

(recipe: pockchangegourmet.com)

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Our weather is STILL really nice – in the 60’s with
sunshine & clear skies; we’re supposed to get
some rain in the next few days but hey – it’s
good for the flowers, right?

Not much else new – gonna be busy this
next few days: special needs group Weds.,
fund raiser Thursday for a group our special
needs group supports (they give our kids jobs
on a farm) and Gym Night Friday (special
needs group) – might even have a babysitting
early day thrown in – who knows?

Hope you had a GREAT Easter and are still
enjoying some of the leftovers – I’ll try to
post some ham/leftovers recipes soon.

Hugs;

Pammie

More Easter Preparations

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

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

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Sassy Chicken Salad

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

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

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

(recipe: redgoldtomatoes.com)
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Sunshine Chicken Salad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

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

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

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

1 3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
3 T. granulated sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) melted butter
1 (.25 oz) envelope unflavored
gelatin
1/4 C. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. lemon Greek yogurt
3/4 C. heavy cream
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest

assorted fruit for garnish, like
cut up strawberries, blueberries,
raspberries, peaches, blackberries,
etc.

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

In medium bowl combine graham
cracker crumbs, gran. sugar & butter;
mix well. Press mixture into bottom
of a 9-inch springform or tart pan.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
In small microwave-save bowl, sprinkle
gelatin over water; let stand 5 minutes
then heat in microwave on High 20
seconds. Stir thoroughly until gelatin
is completely dissolved. In large bowl
beat cream cheese & yogurt until
creamy. Add heavy cream & powdered
sugar – beat 2-3 minutes until thickened
& fluffy. Beat in lemon juice, lemon zest
& gelatin mixture until smooth. Pour
lemon mixture into crust. Cover &
refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Garnish
with assorted fruits. Mix together drizzle
ingredients & drizzle over top of tart
just before serving.  Serves 8

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

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

Hugs;

Pammie

Easter’s coming – SOON!

I looked out today and saw our daffodils are blooming – YAY! Also, all around the area, lots of forsythia are blooming brightly – I love seeing the bright yellow – so cheery!

This has been a rather busy/hectic week (and it’s only Wednesday!) Yesterday (Tuesday) found me babysitting my 6 week old grandson for the day. He’s just coming into something I had not heard of before: The SIX WEEK Growth spurt! (read that – wants to drink CONSTANTLY!) Let’s just say he really kept this grandma hopping – for the first 1 1/2 hours I did nothing but heat up bottles, feed him/change diaper & repeat. Kept thinking: Come on, kid – take a NAP! Finally, after much trying, he did and I got about a 2 hour break (finished reading my book). He’s becoming more aware of things around him so I put him under his crib mobile for awhile and he was fascinated watching it go around while hearing various tunes from it’s music box. (He actually seemed to fancy certain songs over others – kicking his feet and cooing at the mobile during those songs). His Momma went back to work last Friday and will soon have a set schedule – then I’ll be better able to adjust my schedule accordingly.

(that dark spot on his shirt isn’t wet – it’s just a reflection)

6 weeks old, 12 lbs (he’s gotten so long that 3 month pants are too short on him – his Mom & Dad are both tall, so he’s taking after them!)

After babysitting it was time for Knit/Crochet Night (let’s just say I was less energetic than usual) – we had 16 ladies and a new person who used to be one of my bosses when I worked at the Telephone Company over 34 years ago! Good evening!

Along with everything else comes Easter dinner preparations; THIS year we have a new ‘fluke’ – middle son’s new girlfriend is a Vegan – that means NO meats, no animal anything (not even eggs), and no dairy . . . that makes for some difficult menu planning, to say the least. In my little neighborhood we just got a small new Middle Eastern restaurant. I went over their menu selections & even called to ask questions (No, they won’t be open Easter BUT they’re open Saturday). I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to BUY 2 vegetarian dishes for her: Vegetarian Mujaddara (rice & lentils pilaf with caramelized onions) and a Falafel Plate (a deep-fried ball/doughnut or pattie made from ground chick peas, fava beans or both). My oldest son (the chef) is making ham & some other kind of meat and said he would prepare his version of a quinoa salad (very good). My thoughts are: she will have fresh veggies & the 2 veggie dishes – hopefully that will be enough.  I’m also bringing garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, some kind of sweet potatoes and some dessert(s) – the other grandma is doing all the appetizers (and, believe me, she does TONS!). I love all her choices (EXCEPT they are all containing cheeses or milk products, etc.). For a minute I really thought I had a great idea: make deviled eggs! Then it hit me: NO EGGS! UGH! I don’t know yet whether she’s vegan because of a medical condition OR just by choice – guess it really doesn’t matter except it makes a family dinner that much more difficult. (sorry – I’ll get off my soap box now . . .)

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No-Bake Crispy Peanut Butter Squares

1 C. smooth peanut butter
1/4 C. butter or margarine
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch salt
2 C. corn flakes cereal
1 C. crispy rice cereal
8″ square baking pan, lightly greased

In saucepan over Low heat, stir peanut
butter, butter, brown sugar & corn
syrup until blended & smooth – remove
from heat & stir in vanilla & salt. In
large bowl mix cereals; add peanut
butter mixture & mix well. Press evenly
into prepared pan. Chill 6 hours until
firm; cut into squares. Makes 16 squares

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

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes &
Ham

3 lb. potatoes, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 C. diced, cooked ham
1 C. (4 oz) shredded Cheddar
cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup (undiluted)
3/4 C. water
1 T. chopped fresh chives
(optional)

Layer half of potato slices, onion,
ham & cheese. Sprinkle with salt
& pepper. Repeat layers with
remaining potatoes, onion, ham
& cheese. In small bowl stir soup
& water – spoon over potato
mixture. Cover & cook on Low
7-8 hours. Sprinkle with chives
before serving (if desired)
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Creamy Tortellini Skillet

2 C. spaghetti sauce
1 C. Half & Half
2 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. minced onion
1 (24 oz) pkg. frozen tortellini

In large skillet (which has a lid),
add garlic & cook for less than a
minute. Pour spaghetti sauce, Half
& Half & chicken broth in skillet &
stir to combine well. Add frozen
tortellini & mix well with sauce.
Increase heat to boil then reduce
to Low. Cover & cook 12-15 minutes.
Serves 6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Parmesan-crusted Cauliflower

1 1/2 C. panko bread crumbs
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 eggs
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into
bite-sized florets
1 C. vegetable oil

In medium bowl combine bread
crumbs, Parm. cheese, garlic powder,
salt & cayenne pepper – mix well.
In another medium bowl lightly beat
eggs. Dip cauliflower florets in egg,
then roll in bread crumbs until evenly
coated on all sides, pressing gently,
if needed. In large skillet over medium-
high heat, heat oil until hot. Fry cauliflower
1-2 minutes until golden brown, then turn
& fry 1-2 more minutes. Remove with
slotted spoon to paper towel-lined
plate. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.
Serve immediately. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Honey-Garlic Baked Chicken

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 C. honey
2 T. soy sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In medium bowl mix flour & paprika;
coat each chicken thigh in mixture &
place in greased or foil-lined dish.
Sprinkle each thigh with salt/pepper.
In separate bowl mix honey, soy sauce &
garlic; pour evenly over chicken – flip each
over to coat on both sides. Cover with
foil & bake 30 minutes. Uncover &
continue baking 15 minutes. Serves 6

(recipe:thecookierookie.com)
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Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup

1 lb. ground beef, cooked/
drained
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
1 (32 oz) container chicken broth
4 C. potatoes, peeled/cubed
2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded
1 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. chopped carrot
1/2 c. green bell pepper, seeds
removed/chopped
1/4 C. flour
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. chili powder (optional)
salt/ground black pepper, to taste

Garnish
cooked/crumbled bacon

Place cooked ground beef, tomatoes,
potatoes, carrot, bell pepper, onion,
celery & garlic in crockpot; pour
chicken stock over top. Season with
chili powder, salt/pepper & stir to
combine. Cover & cook on High
3-4 hours until vegetables are
softened. In small bowl stir flour
into heavy cream until no chunks
remain then pour into crockpot.
Add Cheddar cheese & stir to
combine then cover & cook
another 20-30 minutes. Serve hot.
Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Easy Pineapple Casserole

2 (20 oz, ea) cans pineapple
chunks, drained
2 C. (8 oz) shredded sharp
Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. sugar
3 T. flour
2 C. coarsely crushed butter-
flavored (like Ritz) crackers
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) melted butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. In large
bowl combine pineapple, cheese,
sugar & flour; toss until evenly
coated & place in prepared pan.
In small bowl combine crushed
crackers & butter; mix well then
sprinkle on top of casserole.
Bake 30-35 minutes until heated
through & topping is golden.
Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)


Easy No-Bake Caramel Pie

1 (6 oz) bag Milky Way Bites (candy)
1 (16 oz) AND 1 (8 oz) tubs Cool Whip,
thawed
1 (14 oz) can Dulce de Leche (if you
can’t find this – you can make your own,
using one 14 oz. can sweetened
condensed milk -recipe follows
1 store-bought chocolate cookie
pie shell

Chop Milky Way Bites into small pieces;
reserve 1/4 C. Place 16 oz. Cool Whip
in a large bowl; fold in Dulce de Leche.
Fold in chopped Bites & pour into
pie shell. Top with 8 oz. Cool Whip &
sprinkle reserved chopped Bites on
top. Refrigerate 4 hours before serving.
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Weather-wise it’s been clear & nice, today
it’s in the 50’s with a slight breeze. (chance
of rain Easter Sunday).

Today was my “reward” for babysitting
yesterday – I took a friend out for her
birthday to Ruby Tuesday’s – I had a
nice chicken salad (enough to bring half
home for later!). Afterwards I wandered
over to the Salvation Army store and
bought a really nice/fancy/dress top:
black, short sleeves with silver sparkles
all over it. No, it’s not something I
would normally purchase but after
looking at it for awhile, decided it
would be the perfect thing to wear
with my long black skirt for a wedding
or other formal affair – price? $6.99!
SCORE! AND – to add to that, today
was their Seniors Day so I got an
extra 25% off my purchase! After
that I went to our local Kroger
Gas Station because I had 50 cents
off per gallon on their gas (due to
my shopping Kroger lately) – that
was another SCORE! Gas here is down
just a little to $2.43/9 a gallon so getting
50 cents off that per gallon was REALLY
nice!

I still have some grocery shopping to do,
hopefully Friday (I know – LOTS of people
will be in the stores then) but want to
avoid the REALLY BIG rush on Saturday.

Hope your Easter plans are coming
together nicely!

Hugs;

Pammie

Easter is coming – soon!

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

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Lemon Meringue Pie Bites

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

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

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Roasted Spring Vegetables

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Spinach/Raspberry Salad

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

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

(recipe: kroger.com)
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Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: family freshmeals.com)
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Crockpot Ravioli Casserole

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

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

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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English Muffin Bread

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

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

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Caramelized Brown Butter Cake

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

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

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

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

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

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

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

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

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

Hope things are going well for
you at the moment –

Hugs;

Pammie