Monday Morning Musings

The sun IS shining – it’s going to be a High 80’s day and I’m glad – I LOVE this last little bit of Summer weather before the (dreaded) Fall/Winter cold & snow. Today, so far, is open-ended – no particular plans for the day (which is nice). I’m guessing I’ll get the text later today to babysit my little grandson tomorrow, so that makes today all the sweeter. (Don’t get me wrong – I love my grandson & spending time with him BUT…I’m not getting any younger and lifting a 22 lb. baby is quite a feat for me so I don’t do it very much if I can avoid it. I have taken to getting down on the floor to change diapers to prevent the ‘carrying’ – works for me.)

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Fantastic Cake

1 box dark chocolate fudge
cake mix & ingredients to prepare
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 jar caramel ice cream topping
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (8 oz) Heath milk chocolate toffee
bits

Prepare & bake cake as directed on
pkg. for 9 X 13″ pan; cool completely.
Using a drinking straw, poke holes close
together all over top of cake. Slowly
pour condensed milk over top, filling
in the holes. Repeat using caramel
topping. Spread Cool Whip on top &
sprinkle top with toffee bits. Chill
several hours or overnight before
serving.

(recipe: FB)
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Cowboy Cornbread Trifle

1 box cornbread mix (Jiffy), prepared
accordg. to pkg. directions
2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded/
minced
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1 lb. thick sliced bacon, cooked/chopped
into bits
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 C. Ranch salad dressing
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 (16 oz, ea) cans beans (pinto, kidney
or black – drained/rinsed)
2 (16 oz, ea) cans whole kernel corn,
drained
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 small bunch green onions, thinly
sliced
salt/pepper, to taste

Cut baked cornbread into 1-inch chunks.
Toss tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, beans,
jalapenos & corn together in large bowl
to make a salsa. In another bowl combine
mayonnaise & ranch dressing – add salt/
pepper, to taste.

Building Trifle:
In large (preferably clear) bowl place
one layer of cornbread bits. Top with a
layer of salsa; shredded cheese, mayo
mixture & diced bacon – repeat layers.
Garnish top with sliced green onions &
any remaining cheese & bacon.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour before
serving. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Bacon Cheese Puffs
(appetizers)

1/2 C. milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 C. grated cheese (sharp Cheddar
works best)
2 medium onions, finely chopped
3 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 C. self-rising flour
1 tsp. French or grainy mustard

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray a cookie sheet
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl combine egg & milk;
stir in remaining ingredients. Drop
batter by rounded teaspoon onto
prepared sheet & bake until golden
brown, about 20 minutes. Cool
on wire racks.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Cheddar Ranch Pasta Salad
(refrigerate overnight)

1 box pasta shells, cooked/rinsed
in cold water
4 oz. mild Cheddar cheese cubes*
1/3 C. diced red onion
1 packet Ranch salad dressing mix
10 oz. peas (frozen or canned/drained)-
if using frozen, thaw before using
1/2 C. sour cream
1/3 C. mayonnaise

Cook pasta according to pkg. directions,
rinse in cold water. Add all ingredients
to large bowl & chill overnight.

*Poster cuts cubes into quarters
NOTE: if you like more ranch flavor
you can use two dressing mix packets

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Sweet Macaroni/Ham Salad

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

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

Combine all salad ingredients
in large bowl & toss to  mix.
Combine dressing ingredients
& pour over salad, mix well.
Refrigerate 3-4 hours before
serving. Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Chicken & Zucchini

3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
breasts
2 T. garlic, minced
2 small yellow onions, chopped
1 tsp. onion powder
2 whole zucchini, sliced
24 oz. spaghetti sauce (1 jar)
2 T. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
(can also use Swiss, Cheddar or
mozzarella)

cooked pasta of your choice
to serve 8

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. In large bowl mix
all spices, spaghetti sauce, onions,
garlic & sliced zucchini. Place
chicken breasts in crockpot & pour
vegetables over top. Spread
chopped green onions over top.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or
High 5 hours. Once cooked, cover
mixture with cheese of your
choice & let it stand until cheese
melts.
Serve with cooked pasta, if desired,
or just ‘as is’. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
Muffins

1 egg
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/3 C. unsweetened apple sauce
1 C. pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 T. pumpkin spice

Cream Cheese Topping:
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 T. sugar
1 egg white
1/2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick
spray (or use paper liners)
In small bowl beat cream cheese, 1 T.
gran. sugar, egg white, milk & vanilla
2 minutes. In another bowl beat egg
& brown sugar. Add pumpkin puree &
apple sauce – mix well then stir in flour,
baking soda, baking powder & pumpkin
spice – pour mixture into 12 muffin cups.
Top each with 1 T. cream cheese mixture.
Use a toothpick to swirl cream cheese
into muffin batter. Bake 18-20 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins

(recipe: drizzlemeskinny.com)

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Have been working on the new mint
green baby afghan; originally I wrote
that it didn’t have a name BUT…after
working up about 2 inches of the pattern
it sunk in: I’ve done this before! This is
actually the Plume Pattern that I’ve
made two other afghans in. It’s a pretty
pattern and not too difficult; I was
hoping for something NEW that I’d
never knit before but…found this on
a slip of paper I’d written out and just
kept going. Oh well – it will work! Almost
done with the white & striped blanket
(will show a photo soon); this is another
charity knit and I’m happy it turned out
nicely. This one was done using up some
pretty tiny/fuzzy yarns I was given years
ago (kind of hated to use them because they’re

now discontinued & I haven’t been able to
locate something similar). Oh well –
it was given to me to USE, so that’s what I’m
doing!

Managed to visit a few garage sales over
the weekend and score a few deals: one
sale had lots of women’s tops in my size
(think I bought 6). Yesterday I stopped at
the local Farmer’s Market where they
were holding their annual Community
Garage Sale; bought 5 nice, ripe tomatoes,
one huge green pepper and got 2 FREE
paperback books! (total spent: $4.50 for
the veggies!).  They had tons of various
items for sale but nothing interested me –
oh well, it’s all about the ADVENTURE,
right?

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Babysitting … almost 7 months now!

And THIS is what happens when I don’t get to babysit for almost 2 1/2 weeks! He’s got 2 bottom teeth now, crawls a lot, pulls himself to a stand AND says: “Da-da!” I had a happy/fun sitting yesterday (it was NOT as long as the last time: 10 1/2 hours!). This time I was there 4 hrs 15 minutes AND he took a nap from 11:25 a.m. – 2:05! SCORE! He’s also grabbing at the babygate & shaking it; believe me, I was extra vigilant at the safety issues. I know at his last pediatrician’s visit they said he was in the 95 percentile in height & weight – this boy is really striving to break all the baby standards!

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Jamaican Banana Bread

2 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 C. mashed ripe banana,
(about 3)
1/4 C. plain yogurt*
3 T. apple cider (or dark rum)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. flaked sweetened
coconut
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 1/2 T. fresh lime or lemon
juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 5″ loaf pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Place flour, baking
soda & salt in large bowl – whisk
to combine. In another large bowl
add gran. sugar & butter – beat using
elec. mixer on medium speed until well
blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating
well after each addition. Add banana,
yogurt, cider & vanilla – beat until
blended. Add flour mixture; beat at
Low speed until just moistened. Stir
in 1/2 C. coconut & spoon batter into
prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top with
1 T. coconut. Bake 1 hour until a
wooden toothpick inserted into center
of loaf comes out clean. Cool in pan
10 minutes on a wire rack; them remove
loaf from pan. Combine powdered sugar &
juice, stir with a whisk & drizzle over top
of warm bread. Cool completely on wire
rack before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.

*or pina colada flavored yogurt, if you
can find it!

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Crispy Onion Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 C. honey mustard
2 C. French’s French fried onions,
crushed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Line a baking dish with foil &
spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Dip each chicken breast in honey-
mustard then coat in crushed
French fried onions. Place in
prepared dish & bake 30-35
minutes until cooked through.
Serves 4

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

3 lb. small red or white potatoes
1/4 C. good olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. minced garlic (6 cloves)
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut potatoes in half or quarters;
place in a bowl with olive oil,
salt/pepper & garlic – toss until
potatoes are well coated. Transfer
to a sheet pan & spread out in a
layer. Roast 45 minutes to 1 hour
until browned & crisp. Flip twice
using a spatula during cooking
time in order to ensure even
browning. Remove from oven,
toss with parsley, season to
taste with salt/pepper & serve hot.
Serves 8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Honey Cornbread

1 T. butter, softened
1 C. cornmeal
1 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 C. buttermilk*
2 eggs
4 T. butter, melted
1/4 C. honey

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Use softened butter to grease a 9 or 10″
square baking pan (or cast iron skillet).
In large bowl mix cornmeal, flour, baking
powder, sugar & salt. Make a well in middle
of dry mixture & add buttermilk, eggs, butter
& honey – stir until just combined – do not
over mix! Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Cool at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Serves 10

*If you don’t have buttermilk:
Pour 1 T. lemon juice or vinegar into
a 1 or 2-Cup measuring cup. Pour in
milk to reach the 1-cup measure &
stir using a fork. Let stand 5 minutes
and you have buttermilk!

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Zucchini Fries

2-3 medium zucchini, unpeeled
1 C. flour
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
3/4 C. milk
1 C. cooking oil

Heat 1 C. cooking oil in a large
skillet (or fryer) – oil needs
to be very hot for this recipe.
Mix all ingredients in bowl (except
oil). Cut ends off zucchini, cut in
half then into strips (like French
fries) or can cut into chunks. Dip
several pieces of zucchini into flour
mixture. Add zucchini to hot oil &
fry on each side until golden brown.
Remove & drain on a paper towel-
lined plate. Makes a large plate
of fried zucchini.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Zucchini Beef Skillet

1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
2 fresh tomatoes, peeled/chopped
1 1/2 C. fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 T. pimiento
1 T. dried parsley
5 C. unpeeled thinly sliced zucchini
(can use yellow squash or a mixture
of both)
1 pkg. onion soup mix
3/4 C. water

Brown ground beef, onion & green
pepper in large skillet; drain. Add
remaining ingredients – cover &
simmer 15-20 minutes until
vegetables are tender. Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crab Alfredo

1 (12 oz) pkg. linguine pasta
3 T. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 T. flour
1 C. heavy cream
1 C. chicken broth
1 1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan
cheese, plus more for garnish
1 T. Old Bay seasoning, more
for sprinkling
kosher salt/fresh ground black pepper
2 T. fresh chopped parsley, more for
garnish
1 lb. lump crab meat
juice of 1/2 lemon

In large pot of salted boiling water,
cook linguine accordg. to pkg.
directions for al dente; drain &
return to pot. In large skillet over
medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic &
cook 1 minute then add flour & stir
until golden. Pour in heavy cream &
chicken broth; simmer until thick,
3 minutes. Add Parmesan & let
melt, 2 minutes. Season with Old Bay,
salt/pepper. Stir in parsley & crab
meat – toss until coated then add
linguine & toss until fully combined.
Garnish with Old Bay, parsley &
Parmesan cheese – squeeze with
lemon. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Smokehouse Almond/Apple/
Spinach Salad

Salad:
1 (12 oz) pkg. fresh spinach
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 large Golden Delicious apple, sliced
1 large Gala apple, sliced
2 C. shredded, cooked chicken (can
use rotisserie)
1/2 red onion, sliced
3/4 C. (Blue Diamond) Smokehouse
whole almonds

Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
1/3 C. apple cider vinegar
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
6 T. mayonnaise
1 tsp. honey mustard
3 T. orange juice
1/4 tsp. onion powder
6 T. vegetable or canola oil
1 T. poppy seeds

In large serving bowl layer all
salad ingredients.
Dressing:
Place all dressing ingredients
(except oil & poppy seeds) in blender;
blend until smooth. Add oil, a little
at a time, until completely incorporated.
Add poppy seeds & stir to combine.
Toss salad & pour dressing over top.
Toss to combine & serve immediately
Serves 7

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Carrot Cake w/ Cream
Cheese Frosting
(uses 7 qt. or larger crockpot,
in which a loaf pan will fit)

Cake:
2/3 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 C. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
with juice
1/2 C. golden raisins
1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
(optional)
1 C. carrot, finely grated

Cream Cheese Frosting:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cake:
In small bowl combine flour,
sugar, baking soda, baking powder,
spices, ginger & salt; whisk to mix
fully. In large bowl combine oil,
eggs, pineapple, raisins, nuts &
carrot – whisk to combine well. Add
dry ingredients to wet ingredients &
mix by hand using a spoon or rubber
spatula until well mixed. Spray a loaf
pan  with nonstick spray (or use
butter & flour). Pour batter into
prepared pan & place in bottom of
7 qt. crockpot. Cover top opening of
crockpot with paper towels (double
layer or a thin kitchen towel, making
sure towel is not touching cake). Cover
with lid & cook on High 3-4 hours until
a toothpick inserted into center of cake
comes out clean. Remove pan from
crockpot & let cool in pan on wire
rack 5 minutes. Invert cake onto a
cooling rack & let cool completely
before frosting.

Frosting:

Using elec. mixer, whip cream cheese until
fluffy. Add powdered sugar, a little at a time,
scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix
in vanilla. Once cake is cooled, frost with
frosting.
Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)

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Right now I’m waiting for my Apple Crisp to
finish baking; a church friend gave me a bag
of apples Sunday & they had to be used up
quickly. I’ve noticed, now that all of our boys
are officially moved out, that husband & I
don’t eat as much – hence leftovers last a
LOT longer than before. Made Pork Cube
Steaks, corn-on-the-cob & big tossed salad
for dinner . . . there’s enough for dinner for
both of us tonight, also! Seems funny learning
how to cook for just TWO people! (The apple
crisp is a small one – apples only made a
8 X 8″ pan, so I don’t see that lasting very
long around here!).

Hope you are all in good health & enjoying
the last of the Summer weather. I’m still
(as I do every year) rooting for Indian
Summer. For those of you who don’t know
what I’m talking about, here in Michigan
we are ‘usually’ gifted with a short period
of days (sometimes almost a week) of
un-seasonably warm weather (like it
would be in July – in the high 80’s) before
we get really cold Fall weather. Indian
Summer also usually comes after we’ve
had a short period of cooler temperatures;
maybe you can see why I always really
HOPE we’ll get that last little bit of WARM
before the cold sets in. It’s been nice the
past few days, lows of 60’s/high of mid-
80’s with a brief period of drizzle yesterday.

Gas Prices: I’ve been wondering if the recent
hurricanes would affect the gas prices; for a
short few days prices went up about 10 cents
a gallon to the $2.59/9 range but now they’re
back down to $2.33/9 per gallon.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Hello, September (a little late)…

Hello! Been awhile since I’ve posted (or, it feels that way to me) – been playing ‘catch up’. Next Tuesday is the official “Pick Up” date for all the knit/crocheted baby items for the Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Baby shower so I’ve been trying to make sure all the details are covered; example: drove to meet a fellow group member to pick up EIGHT flannel baby blankets she’d made – she won’t be able to attend next week’s meeting. Also delivered 40 baby hats to the local hospital – after next Tuesday I’ll FINALLY be back to ‘Ground Zero’ – meaning I won’t have any more baby projects awaiting delivery – YAY! (You know, of course, that doesn’t mean I won’t be creating more…just means I don’t have any LEFT to give away!). Right now I’m working on the peach/white baby blanket for my friend who’s due in February (this blanket is for IF she has a girl, already have a blue one for the other choice); a white & muted baby colors striped blanket for Crisis Pregnancy Center and a dark plum colored scarf for the needy/homeless this winter (getting a head start!). Of course, I also am doing my ‘usual’ – perusing various knit stitch/pattern sites for new ideas for more blankets…I’m incorrigible on that one-grin! Love keeping busy and being able to give things away.

In my many travels yesterday (meeting lady to pick up flannel blankets/stop at JoAnn’s/stop at WalMart) I picked up a rather sad-looking skein of mint green baby yarn that had lost it’s tag/band information – it was one of those BIG skeins; got it for $4.00 at WalMart in the Clearance section just because it didn’t have a band – SCORE! Also picked up some blue/white/darker blues cotton skeins to knit up some spa cloths for oldest son’s girlfriend (baby’s Mom) for Christmas – it’s SO nice to see something you made for someone actually being USED! I’ve seen the ones I made her last year hanging WET on the shower bar – YAY!

(example of my ‘crazy knit stitches/patterns’ obsession: just found a really pretty knit sweater pattern (NO, I’m NOT a sweater/garment knitter) but am going to attempt the bottom pattern & see if I can make it into a baby blanket!

Speaking of BABY – he’s now crawling and popping another tooth – sigh. I’m almost in trepidation when getting the request to babysit now; went Tuesday and wasn’t sure just WHAT to expect. Arrived and there was no big blanket on the floor for him to play on, no Pack & Play (port-a-crib) up – nothing! I asked & was told: “Oh, he crawls everywhere now!” UGH! Where do you put him when you suddenly have to go to the bathroom? She mentioned putting him in the bouncer – LET ME TELL YA – that ‘item’ takes some time & patience to get BOTH little feet & legs in the holes WITHOUT jamming his feet or knees; can’t imagine trying to do that when you REALLY have to go potty! UGH! Fortunately he was in the bouncer for a good 45 minutes before fussing. Made him a bottle & he slept until his Dad got home about 50 minutes later! SCORE!

Fruit & Cream Pie

1 unbaked deep dish
pie crust
2 C. whipping cream
1/4 C. powdered sugar
3 C. fresh fruit, cut up
(strawberries, blueberries,
kiwi fruit, peaches, etc.)

Bake pie crust accordg. to
pkg. directions – cool 30
minutes. In large bowl
combine whipping cream &
powdered sugar – using elec.
mixer, beat until stiff peaks
form. Gently fold in fruit &
spoon into cooled crust.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour
before serving. Store
leftovers in fridge.

(recipe: americantimes.food.com)
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Tuna Zucchini Cakes

1 T. butter
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1 (6.4 oz) pouch light tuna in water
1 c. seasoned bread crumbs, divided
1 C. shredded zucchini
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 C. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
2 T. canola oil

In large saucepan over medium-
high heat heat butter; add onion.
Cook & stir until tender; remove
from heat. Add tuna, 1/2 C. bread
crumbs, zucchini, eggs, parsley, lemon
juice, salt/pepper – mix lightly but
thoroughly. Shape into 6 half-inch
thick patties & coat with remaining
bread crumbs. In large skillet heat
oil over medium heat. Add patties &
cook 3 minutes per side until golden
brown & heated through.
Serves 3

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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One-Pot Shrimp Linguine

1 box linguine pasta
1 lb. shrimp
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 C. fresh basil
2 cloves fresh garlic
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 C. spinach
1 C. feta cheese
2 C. water
2 tsp. salt

Place pasta, fresh & canned
tomatoes, basil, salt/pepper &
2 cloves garlic (whole/peeled)
in large skillet. Add 2 C. water & cook
over high heat – after 5 minutes add
shrimp & spinach. Cook until all
liquid is absorbed & shrimp is
fully cooked (pink). Top with feta
cheese & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: homemadeinterest.com)
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Asparagus Bacon Salad (& dressing)

1 lb. fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
salt/pepper
3-4 slices bacon, cooked, broken into
pieces
1 small onion, cut into rings
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 C. baby spinach, chopped
1/2 C. chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
1 C. raisins (optional)

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Trim asparagus spears & spread out on
baking sheet – spray with nonstick cooking
spray & sprinkle with salt & black pepper.
Bake 10 minutes until tender or to your
liking. Combine bacon pieces, onion rings,
tomato, spinach, nuts & raisins (if using)
in large bowl. Cut asparagus into pieces
& add – toss all ingredients together.
Adjust salt/pepper as needed.

Note: you can also add chopped boiled
eggs or cut up apples to this salad.

Dressing:
1 T. lemon juice
2 T. olive oil
2 T. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (can use
fresh minced – about 1 clove)
1 tsp. spicy brown mustard or Dijon
1 tsp. dried basil (or fresh, chopped)
2 T. honey
1/8 tsp. black pepper
salt, to taste

Mix all dressing ingredients together &
serve with above salad. Makes about
1/2 Cup.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Short & Sweet Baked Beans
(crockpot)

4 slices bacon
1 C. frozen chopped onion
4 (15 oz, ea) cans pork & beans in
tomato sauce, drained
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. ketchup
1/2 C. molasses
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Cook bacon in large skillet over
medium heat until done; drain,
reserving 1 tsp. drippings; crumble
bacon. Place bacon, reserved
drippings, onion & remaining
ingredients in 3-4 qt. crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours.
Serves 10

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Chicken, Tomatoes & Corn
Foil Packets

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 C. grape tomatoes, halved
2 ears corn, shucked
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 C. olive oil, divided
2 T. butter
kosher salt
ground black pepper
fresh basil, for garnish

Heat grill to High. Cut 4 sheets
of foil about 12 inches long.
Top each piece of foil with
a chicken breast, tomatoes,
corn & garlic. Drizzle each with
1 T. olive oil & top with a pat
of butter – season with salt/pepper.
Fold foil packets crosswise over
chicken & veggies to completely
cover the food. Roll tops & bottom
edges to seal closed. Grill until
internal temperature of chicken
reads 170 degrees F. on an instant-
read thermometer & veggies are
tender. Garnish with basil & serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Spicy Watermelon Salsa

1/4 C. lime juice
3 T. brown sugar
2 T. cider vinegar
1 T. honey
1/4 tsp. salt
3 C. seeded/chopped watermelon
1 medium cucumber, seeded/chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded/finely
chopped
1/4 C. finely chopped sweet yellow
pepper
1/4 C. minced fresh cilantro

In large bowl combine first 5
ingredients. Add remaining
ingredients – toss to combine.
Refrigerate, covered, until serving.
If necessary, drain before serving.
Serves 15 (1/3 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Oven-Baked Cheeseburger
Sliders

2 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. ketchup
3 T. yellow mustard, divided
12 square dinner rolls
1 C. bread & butter pickles,
drained
8 slices Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. (1/2 stick) butter
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. sesame seeds

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
skillet over medium-high heat,
cook ground beef & onion 5-7
minutes until browned; drain.
Add garlic powder, salt/pepper,
ketchup & 2 T. mustard – mix
well & heat 2 minutes. Place
bottoms of dinner rolls in bottom
of prepared dish. Top with beef
mixture, pickle chips & a slice
of cheese each. Place bun tops
over cheese. In small saucepan
on Low heat combine butter, brown
sugar, Worc. sauce, sesame seeds &
remaining 1 T. mustard; heat 3-5
minutes until sauce is smooth,
stirring occasionally. Pour sauce over
buns & cover with foil. Bake 15-20
minutes until heated through &
cheese is melted. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Bacon/Green Beans/Cabbage
(crockpot)

1 head cabbage, chopped
1 (38 oz) can Italian-cut green beans,
undrained
4 C. chicken broth
1 stick butter, cubed
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp/
crumbled
salt/pepper, to taste

Place cabbage in 6 qt. crockpot &
pour green beans & broth on top.
Add (cooked) bacon, salt/pepper &
butter. Cover & cook on High 3-4
hours or Low 6-8 hours until cabbage
is tender. Serves about 16

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
room temp.
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (3.4 oz) box instant lemon
pudding mix
3/4 C. frozen lemonade concentrate
1 graham cracker pie crust

Optional: lemon zest or Whipped
cream

Combine evaporated milk & pudding
mix in medium bowl & beat on Low
speed of elec. mixer 2-3 minutes
until thick. In separate bowl or mixer
beat cream cheese until light & airy;
mix in lemonade concentrate. Once
fully incorporated, mix in pudding
mixture. Transfer filling to pie crust &
refrigerate 4-6 hours or overnight.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)

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I’m going to attempt to post ALL the
Summer Recipes very soon so I don’t
forget any AND so you can enjoy them
before cold weather sets in. Speaking
of weather – it’s a little colder here in
Michigan (could be due to all the
hurricane influences, although we are
far from both hurricanes) – it’s been
getting into the low 70’s and almost a
little chilly when it gets to evenings.
I’ve also noticed gas prices went up-
possibly due to the hurricanes; used
to be $2.49/9 and now we’re at
$2.59/9 – not bad, just a little higher.

Hope you are ALL SAFE AND IN GOOD
HEALTH. Please remember to take
good care of YOURSELF! (You can’t help
others if YOU aren’t doing well – right?)

Hugs;

Pammie

and a FUN day was had by all!

The Oakland County (MI) Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social; me in costume and my oldest son & his family (grandson #1 Eleven years old, baby grandson #2 Five months old

They had an enjoyable day touring our state’s first governor’s house – very interesting place FULL of history & antiques! I spent the day chatting & knitting so I had fun as well. The weather cooperated; it was breezy & sunny (we were under the tree in the background) so out of the hot sun. My son had mentioned that he wanted our grandson to do the tour, as he remembered it from when we were homeschooling many years ago & I privately arranged for a guided tour of the buildings & grounds – glad to know that history is not lost on my children and grandchildren!

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 Southern Strawberry Punch
Bowl Cake
(overnight recipe)

1 box yellow cake mix
1 (6 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 large can crushed pineapple,
drained
2 (10 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen
strawberries
2 bananas
1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed

Bake cake in 2 round cake pans
& set aside to cool. Prepare
pudding mix & place in fridge
to chill. Cut one layer of cake
into small chunks & place in
punch bowl. Spread half of
pudding on top then add half
of pineapple & 1 pkg. strawberries.
Slice one banana on top & spread
half of Cool Whip on top, spreading
to cover completely. Repeat with
another layer – ending with Cool
Whip. Refrigerate overnight.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Crockpot Asiago Spinach Dip

1 lb. neufchatel cheese (or
cream cheese) two 8 oz.
blocks, cut into chunks
1 lb. asiago cheese, shredded
6 oz. fresh baby spinach leaves,
roughly chopped
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

In 3 qt. crockpot add all
ingredients – stir to combine.
Cover & cook on Low 2 hours,
stirring after 1 hour of cooking
time & once at end of 2 hours.
Set crockpot to Warm to keep
dip warm for serving. Serves 12

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Cucumber, Tomato, Onion Salad

1 C. water
1/2 C. distilled white vinegar
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 T. fresh ground black pepper
3 cucumbers, peeled/sliced
1/4 inch thick
3 tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 onion, sliced, separated into
rings

Whisk water, vinegar, oil, sugar,
salt/pepper in large bowl until
smooth. Add cucumbers, tomatoes
& onions – stir to coat. Cover bowl
with plastic wrap & refrigerate
at least 2 hours before serving.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Zucchini Pizza Casserole

4 C. shredded unpeeled zucchini
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 C. mozzarella cheese, divided
1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided
1 lb. ground beef.
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 (15 oz) can Italian tomato sauce
1 medium green or sweet red
pepper, seeded/chopped

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick spray.
Place shredded zucchini in a
colander; sprinkle with salt &
let stand 10 minutes. Squeeze
out moisture. Combine zucchini
with eggs, Parm. & half of
mozzarella & Cheddar cheese.
Press mixture into prepared dish &
bake 20 minutes.
In large saucepan cook beef & onion
over medium heat, crumbling beef
until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Add tomato sauce & spoon over
zucchini mixture in dish. Sprinkle
top with remaining cheeses & add
red pepper. Bake 20 minutes until
heated through. Serves 8

NOTE: Mixture can be frozen:
Cool baked casserole; cover &
freeze. To use, partially thaw in
fridge overnight. Remove from
fridge 30  minutes before baking.
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Unwrap
casserole & reheat on lower oven
rack until heated through & a
thermometer reads 165 degrees F.
in center of casserole.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Oven-roasted Corn with
Chipotle Butter
(serves 2)

2 ears fresh corn on cob,
in husk

Chipotle Butter:
1/2 C. butter, softened
(1 stick)
2-3 chipotle chiles (canned)
2 tsp. adobo sauce (from
can of chilies)
=
Prepare butter:
Place butter ingredients in a
blender or food processor;
puree until well blended.
Tear off a sheet of plastic
wrap or waxed paper – place
pureed butter on paper & roll
up, forming it into a long log-
shaped roll. Refrigerate or freeze
until ready to use.  Serves 4-6

NOTE: Serve rolled up log or cut
off slices as needed. Butter can
be frozen for up to a few months –
slice off what you need after it’s
frozen.

Butter is good on grilled or roasted
meats, as well. Also on POPCORN!

Corn:

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place corn WITH husks on, directly
on oven rack & bake 20-30 minutes
until corn is as tender as you like it.
Peel back husks & remove silks before
serving

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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2-Tomato Gratin

2 large green tomatoes, thinly
sliced
2 large, firm red tomatoes, thinly
sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
4 large cloves garlic, sliced
6 slices whole wheat bread (very
thinly sliced)-toasted & cut into
rectangles
1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 lb. thinly sliced provolone cheese
1/4 C. shaved Parmesan cheese
1/2 C. fresh lemon basil leaves
salt/pepper
2 T. balsamic vinegar
3 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In 8 X 8″ baking dish alternate layers
of red & green tomato slices with onion,
garlic slices, basil & toasted rectangles
of bread. Place shredded mozzarella
on first layer. Drizzle each layer with
olive oil & balsamic vinegar – season
to taste with salt/pepper. Cover dish
with foil & bake 30 minutes. Remove
foil & top with Provolone & Parmesan
cheeses. Return to oven & bake 25-30
minutes longer until cheese is golden.
Serves 4-5

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Double Berry Cake

1 C. fresh raspberries
1 C. fresh black berries
1 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
3 T. canola oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. sugar
1 C. milk

Topping:
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 C. sugar
1 C. boiling water

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray an 8 X 8″ baking dish
with nonstick spray. Place
berries in dish. Mix all other
cake ingredients in large bowl
& spread over berries (flour-
milk). In small bowl combine
sugar, cornstarch & boiling water –
mix well & pour over dough.
Bake 45-55 minutes until browned
on top. Serves 9

(recipe: 77recipes.com)
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Honey Balsamic Grilled
Chicken & Vegetables

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless
thin sliced chicken cutlets
3 T. pesto
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
flakes
juice from 1/2 lime
2 T. olive oil
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. honey
kosher salt
1 lb. asparagus (1 bunch),
tough ends removed
2 medium zucchini, sliced
1/4 inch thick
1 red bell pepper, seeded/
sliced into strips
olive oil cooking spray

Marinate chicken with pesto,
garlic, red pepper flakes, lime
juice & 1/2 tsp. salt at least
1 hours or overnight for best
results. Mix oil, balsamic vinegar,
honey & 1/4 tsp. salt in small bowl.
Heat grill over medium-high heat –
make sure grates are clean & well
oiled to prevent sticking. Put veggies
on 1 large grill tray or 2 smaller ones
(or cook in batches). Spray with olive
oil spray, season with salt/pepper &
cook, turning constantly until edges
are browned, about 6-8 minutes.
Set aside on a dish. Cook chicken
about 4-5 minutes on each side, until
grill marks appear & chicken is cooked
through. Transfer to a platter with
veggies & pour balsamic dressing over
everything. Serves 6

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Bundt Pan Breakfast

1 C. diced, cooked ham
2 C. tater tots, frozen
1 dozen eggs, whisked
1 tube Pillsbury Grands! biscuits
(8 pkg) diced (raw)
2 C. cheese, your choice
1/4 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a bundt pan with nonstick
spray. Mix all above ingredients
together & pour into pan. Bake
45 minutes. Remove from oven,
place a dinner plate over top of
bundt pan, hold onto plate &
flip over – remove bundt pan.
Let cool a little then cut & serve.

NOTE: You can use any meats or
veggies. Key is: don’t add too much
bread (biscuits) – the tater tots add
just the right amount – they shred
some when cooked so you think
they are hash browns.

(recipe: facebook)
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Apple-Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins

3/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. + 2 T. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 C. shredded zucchini
1 C. shredded apple
coarse sugar for sprinkling on tops

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 12 muffin tin cups with paper
liners. In medium bowl add sugar,
oil, eggs & vanilla; whisk until smooth.
Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda &
baking powder – stir until just combined.
Fold in shredded zucchini & apple. Use
a cookie scoop to spoon batter into cups.
Sprinkle tops of muffins with coarse sugar.
Bake 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into centers comes out clean. Makes 12

(recipe: persnicketyplates.com)

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Gas prices lately have been jumping more than a yoyo!
A week ago they were at $2.59/9 then dropped to $2.29/9
and now, today they’re back up to $2.49/9 (probably should
have grabbed some when they were lower, right?)

My week has been filled with baby/kid sitting the boys, my
special needs group & knitting. Tomorrow is church then
I’m just going to come home and CHILL! Husband was so
sweet to suggest we order Jet’s Pizza for dinner so I didn’t
have to cook after being busy all day at the Ice Cream Social.
Volunteering there we get free cake & ice cream – I opted for
a half slice of pecan coffee cake – much less sweet than all the
other ‘treats’ I saw there (they had Neapolitan ice cream –
not my favorite, so I passed on that one) – brought home half
of my ‘half slice’ of cake to my husband – I just wanted a taste.

Hope your week is going well – stay healthy (if you can!)

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Another gorgeous (but hot) Summer day!

Today found me doing what I do, lately – watching the grandsons. This was ‘supposed’ to be 9:30 – noon-ish; turned out to be 9:30 – 3 something, sigh. Oh well, the day went well – oldest grandson went to his friend’s house for the day to go swimming which left just myself & the baby. The baby had 2 immunization shots yesterday and, hence, spent almost the entire day SLEEPING! (I read half of a book, so didn’t waste the time.)

Remember my mentioning the off-yellow & white baby blanket I was going to knit? After knitting a good 6 inches & playing with the stitch changes/color changes I decided to kill it – it went out with the trash today. (Yes, I ‘could’ have unraveled all that yarn, but with the color changes, it just wasn’t worth it.) I feel MUCH free-er! Sometimes ya just gotta make those choices – do I REALLY want to keep doing this pattern for the rest of an entire blanket? NO! I’m sure there will DEFINITELY be more interesting patterns I’ll feel like tackling in the near future.

Lots & LOTS of very interesting Summer recipes – having a hard time keeping up with them all!

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Lemon Zucchini Cake

1 3/4 C. sugar
6 T. olive oil
2 eggs, room temp.
1/3 C. milk
2 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla (or almond extract)
2 C. cake flour*
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 C. shredded zucchini, drained/
squeezed dry
2 T. lemon zest

Glaze:
1 C. powdered sugar
1-2 T. lemon juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick
spray & line with parchment paper.
In large bowl combine flour, baking
powder & salt – whisk together. In
large bowl combine sugar, olive oil;
whisk to combine; add eggs & milk
& whisk to combine. Add lemon
juice & vanilla – stir to combine. Add
flour mixture & stir just until
incorporated. Fold in zucchini & lemon
zest. Pour batter into prepared pan;
bake 45-55 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out with
moist crumbs. Top of cake should look
dry. Place pan on cooling rack & cool
15 minutes. Using parchment paper,
carefully lift cake from pan. Let cool
completely on rack. Serves 10 (1 loaf)

Glaze:
In small bowl combine powdered sugar
& lemon juice; whisk until smooth.
Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Herb-butter Salmon & Asparagus
Foil Packets
(oven & grill methods)

4 boneless, skinless salmon fillets
salt/pepper, to taste
1 lb. asparagus, ends trimmed
1 lemon, thinly sliced (+added wedges
for garnish, if desired)
1/2 C. butter, room temp
3 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 tsp. minced garlic
fresh thyme or parsley, optional garnish

Season salmon generously with salt/pepper
on both sides. Tear off four 12 X 12″ foil
squares & spray with nonstick spray. Arrange
1 fillet & 1/4 th of the asparagus in center of
each square. Slide lemon slices under salmon.
In small bowl mix butter, Italian seasoning &
garlic; drop large dollops of mixture on top
of salmon. Fold foil tightly around salmon &
asparagus, being sure to seal ends together
tightly so juices & butter don’t run out while
cooking.

OVEN method:
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place packets in oven & bake 20 minutes
until asparagus is tender & salmon is flaky

GRILL method:
Place packets on grill & grill over medium-
high heat 6-8 minutes on each side.

Open packets (being careful to avoid steam)
& drizzle fresh lemon juice over top of salmon;
serve immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com)
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5-Ingredient Summer Salad

1-2 cucumbers, sliced
1 chopped tomato
3 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1-2 T. mayonnaise
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
salt/black pepper, to taste

Mix mayonnaise & spices
together in small bowl. In large
bowl combine cucumbers,
tomato & bacon – stir in mayo
mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour.

(recipe: reciperoost.com)
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Crockpot German Potato Salad

4 C. potatoes, peeled/ cubed
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
PLUS 2 T. drippings reserved
3/4 C. chopped onion
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1/4 C. water
2 T. cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. sugar
pepper, to taste
dried parsley, to taste
fresh parsley, chopped (optional
garnish)

In saucepan over medium heat
boil potatoes until tender; drain &
allow to cool. Saute onions in
reserved bacon drippings over
medium-high heat until tender. In
large bowl mix soup, water, vinegar,
sugar & pepper; mix in bacon &
onion – mix to combine. Pour in
cooked potatoes & parsley – mix
all together & place in crockpot.
Cover & cook on Low 4 hours.
Garnish with fresh chopped
parsley, if desired. Serve warm.
Serves 4

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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5 Ingredient Neiman Marcus Dip

1 C. Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. slivered almonds
1/4 C. finely chopped green onions
1 pkg. real bacon bits (or 6 slices
bacon cooked/crumbled)

Ritz crackers or corn chips for dipping

In large bowl combine all dip
ingredients; mix well & refrigerate
at least 30 minutes before serving.
Serve with Ritz crackers or corn
chips for dipping.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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Spinach-Parmesan Casserole

2 lb. fresh baby spinach
5 T. butter
3 T. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. Italian seasoning
3/4 tsp. salt
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place 5 C. water in a stockpot &
bring to boil. Add spinach & cook,
covered, 1 minute just until
wilted; drain well. In small skillet,
heat butter & oil over medium-low
heat. Add garlic, Ital. seasoning &
salt; cook & stir until garlic is tender,
1-2 minutes. Spray a 8 X 8″ or 1 1/2
qt. casserole dish with nonstick spray.
Spread spinach in dish & drizzle with
butter mixture then sprinkle with
cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15
minutes until cheese is lightly browned.
Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Pineapple/Ham & Dijon Sandwiches
(crockpot)

2 lb. fully cooked ham, cut into
1/2″ cubes
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
undrained
1 medium green pepper, finely
chopped
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. finely chopped onion
1/4 C. Dijon mustard
1 T. dried minced onion
10 hamburger buns, split
10 slices Swiss cheese
(additional Dijon mustard,
optional)

Spray insides of a 4-qt crockpot
with nonstick spray. Combine first
7 ingredients in crockpot. Cover &
cook on Low 3-4 hours until
heated through.

Preheat broiler
Place bun bottoms & tops on
baking sheets, cut sides up. Using
a slotted spoon, place ham mixture
on bun bottoms & top with cheese.
Broil 3-4 inches from heat 1-2 minutes
until cheese is melted & tops are
toasted. Place tops on & serve with
additional mustard, if using.
Makes 10 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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No-churn Raspberry Ripple
Ice Cream

2 C. frozen raspberries (or fresh)
1/4 C. sugar
2 C. heavy cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened,
condensed milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Place raspberries & sugar in saucepan
over medium heat; bring to boil. Simmer
5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until
raspberries have broken down & mixture
has thickened. Push mixture through a
sieve into a small bowl & discard seeds/
pulp. Allow to cool completely.
Using an elec. mixer, whip heavy cream
to stiff peaks.
In separate bowl, whisk condensed milk &
vanilla; gently fold into whipped cream.
Pour half of mixture into a 9 X 5″ loaf
pan & dollop spoonfuls of raspberry sauce
on top. Swirl sauce through with a toothpick
or knife. Pour rest of ice cream mixture on
top & swirl in more raspberry sauce. Use as
much or as little of the sauce as you like,
or save some for another batch of ice
cream.
Cover loaf pan tightly with foil & freeze
at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.

NOTE: ice cream can be stored in freezer
up to 1 month. Raspberry sauce can be
stored in fridge up to 1 week.

(recipe: marshsbakingaddiction.com)
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Pizza Pasta Salad

3 C. penne pasta, cooked/rinsed
4 tomatoes, chopped
12 slices hard salami, chopped
1 C. (Kraft) finely shredded Italian
Five Cheese blend
1/2 C. sliced fresh basil
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 C. (Kraft) Tuscan House
Italian salad dressing

Combine all ingredients in large
bowl & refrigerate 1 hour before
serving. Serves 10, 1 C. each

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Frozen Strawberry/Lemonade
Dessert

1 quart (approx 4 C.) strawberries,
hulled
1/2 gallon (approx 8 C) vanilla ice
cream
1 (12 oz) frozen lemonade concentrate,
thawed

Optional topping:
Whipped cream or Cool Whip (thawed)

Blend strawberries in food processor or
blender until pureed. In large bowl mix
strawberries, ice cream & lemonade –
mix until well blended. Pour into a
freezer-safe container with lid.
Cover & freeze at least 2 hours before
serving. If desired, top with whipped cream
or Cool Whip. Serves 6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)

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Hope all is going well for all of you;
this is one of those ‘busy’ weeks, with
extra events: tomorrow is the funeral
of my husband’s cousin Nick – Sunday
is the funeral of another cousin, JoAnn.
Both were in early 70’s range, both had
cancer – lovely people but sometimes
we just have to accept the fact that
we’re all getting older and these things
are a part of life; they will be missed
but they both got to live long, fulfilling
lives & got to see their children grow up
AND the blessings of seeing & knowing
their grandchildren. Such is life.

Hugs;

Pammie

Taking Advantage of my FREE day!

Today I ‘technically’ have NOTHING scheduled except my special needs group tonight – YAY! I just went over my emails and decided to totally FLUSH a good 100+ recipe emails – got all the way back to Easter. That might not sound like much, but I get at least 12-15 emails a day from various recipe sites – some I read right away, some I type up & save to use here on my blog and some I just get rid of. A person can only save SO many – right? I just kinda closed me eyes and let them go – they won’t be missed if I didn’t read them in the first place, I hope.

A little later today I have to mail the next newsletter for special needs group (should have done it Monday, but I was lazy – I’m still ‘early’, as they’re not due until first day of July). Also on my agenda is stopping by the local baseball batting cages to purchase a card for older grandson’s birthday. Ordered him a “Minecraft” (game) t-shirt and need to order a on-line gaming ‘card’ that he can download for game time (I pay, he uses the card to pay for gaming time on line). He will be 11 this Friday but they’re not having a party until some time in July, so I still have time to get it all together.  “Was” supposed to watch both grandsons yesterday, but older grandson was at his Mom’s, so it was just baby & me – he was really good. He’s just discovered his “HIGH PITCHED” voice – we had a grand time SHRIEKING at each other – such fun! (didn’t take any photos, sorry). It’s hard to believe on Saturday he will be FOUR months old already!

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Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert

1 C. flour
1/2 C. cold butter, cubed
1 1/2 C. chopped cashews, divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/3 C. creamy peanut butter
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
2 2/3 C. cold milk
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 (1.55 oz) milk chocolate candy
bar, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In food processor place flour &
butter; cover & process until
mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add 1 C. cashews; pulse a few times
until combined. Press mixture into
bottom of 9 X 13″ baking dish – spread
evenly. Bake 25-28 minutes until golden.
Cool completely on wire rack

In small bowl beat cream cheese, peanut
butter & powdered sugar until smooth.
Fold in 1 C. Cool Whip & spoon over cooled
crust.
In another bowl whisk milk & both pudding
mixes 2 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes until
soft-set then spread over cream cheese layer.
Top with remaining Cool Whip & sprinkle top
with chopped candy bar & remaining nuts.
Cover & refrigerate at least 1 hour before
serving. Serves 12-16

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Blender Salsa

1/2 medium red onion, divided
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
juice from 1 lime
3 cloves garlic, crushed
5 Roma or Plum tomatoes, halved/
seeded
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
handful of chopped cilantro

Place half of onion, jalapeno,
lime juice & garlic in blender &
pulse several times to break up.
Add rest of onion, tomatoes, salt,
sugar & cilantro – pulse until
desired consistency is reached.
Refrigerate several hours for best
flavor – or serve immediately
if desired. Store in airtight
container in fridge up to 3 days.
Makes 2 cups

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Zucchini Quiche

Crust: (or use 10″ store bought)
1 1/2 C. flour
4 T. butter, cold/cubed
4 T. vegetable shortening, cold
3 T. ice water
kosher salt/ground black pepper,
to taste
(uncooked beans – for weighing
down crust)

Filling:
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 C. milk (or 1 C. milk, 1/2 C.
heavy cream)
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1 white onion, chopped
2-3 small zucchini, rinsed/chopped
2 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
kosher salt/ground black pepper,
to taste
mixed herbs, garnish-optional

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Spray pie pan with nonstick spray.
In food processor pulse flour with
very cold cubed butter, cold
shortening & salt until mixture is
pebble-like in texture. While
pulsing, slowly drizzle ice cold water
until dough ball begins to form. Turn
dough onto counter & roll into a ball.
Wrap ball in plastic wrap & refrigerate
30 minutes.
Remove from fridge, roll out on lightly
floured surface. Fold dough in half &
carefully transfer to 10″ pie pan. Spread
dough out gently in pan & trim off excess
overhang. (Dough should be rolled out
1-2 inches larger than size of pie plate)
Cover crust with sheet of parchment paper
or foil & weigh down with beans. Bake
10 minutes – remove beans & bake,
uncovered, another 5 minutes. Remove
from oven & reduce oven temperature
to 350 degrees F.
Heat 2 T. oil in large pan over medium-
high heat. Cook zucchini until softened,
8-9 minutes. Add onion (& more oil if
necessary) – cook until translucent,
stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes. Drain
any excess oil & season with salt/pepper.
In medium bowl mix milk (& heavy cream,
if using) with beaten eggs. Add nutmeg &
a pinch of salt/pepper. Spread veggies out
evenly in crust & slowly pour egg mixture
in. Cover top with mixed cheeses & herbs,
if using. Bake 35-40 minutes until crust
is golden brown & cheese is bubbly. Let
cool 10 minutes before cutting. Serve
warm. Serves 6-8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Pineapple Punch

2 tea bags
2 C. boiling water
2 lemons, halved/juiced
1 C. sugar
3 C. water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (46 oz) can Dole Pineapple
juice
sliced lemons & fresh mint-garnish

Brew tea accordg. to pkg. directions
in boiling water. Place lemon halves
(not juice), 3 C. water & 1 C. sugar in
saucepan – bring to simmer. Continue
simmering until sugar has dissolved;
remove from heat, discard lemon halves.
Stir in vanilla & lemon juice. Combine
tea, lemon mixture & pineapple juice
in large pitcher. Chill & serve over ice.
Garnish with sliced lemons & fresh
mint, if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Smothered Steak
(copycat Applebees recipe)
NEED grill or grill pan

Potatoes:
1 head garlic
1 T. olive oil
2 lb. potatoes (Yukon Gold or
New Road)
1/2 C. milk
1/4 C. cream
3 T. butter
salt/ground black pepper,
to taste

Onions & Mushrooms:
1 large yellow onion
8 oz. white button or
creminin mushrooms
2 T. butter
salt/ground black pepper,
to taste

Steak:
1 T. olive oil
2 1/2 lb. sirloin steak, 1 inch thick
8 slices mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut garlic crosswise & lay on a
piece of foil. Drizzle cut edges
with oil & wrap tightly in foil.
Bake 30 minutes. Reserve oil
in packet & squeeze the head
to produce softened cloves.
Mash with salt/pepper. (can
be done ahead).
Cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces
& place in large pot. Cover with
water & bring to boil. Lower heat
to medium & cook 20-25 minutes
until potatoes are soft when tested
with tines of a fork. Drain well &
place potatoes in large bowl of
elec. mixer. On Low speed, mash
potatoes. Slowly add milk, cream,
butter then olive oil/garlic mixture
until fluffy & smooth. Cover & keep
warm until ready to serve.

While potatoes are boiling, place
olive oil in medium nonstick skillet
over medium-low heat; cook onions
until slightly softened, stirring
frequently about 15 minutes. Add
mushrooms & read heat to medium,
stirring frequently another 10
minutes. Keep warm until ready to
serve.

Cut steak into 4 serving-sized
pieces. Rub steaks with olive
oil on all surfaces. Heat a grill or
stovetop grill pan & grill steaks
4 minutes per side for medium-
rare, or longer, as desired. After
first 4 minutes, turn & top each
steak with mozzarella slices – cheese
will melt as steak finishes cooking.
Serve steaks with potatoes &
topped with some of onion/
mushroom mixture. Serves 4

(recipe: allfreecopycatrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Meatloaf-stuffed Onions

1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 C. pork rinds, crushed (or bread-
crumbs or oatmeal)
2 large eggs
1/3 C. tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 T. dried parsley
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated or
shredded
1/4 C. yellow onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 (16 oz) pkg. bacon
6 large onions – as large as you
can get

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
spray. Mix all ingredients (except large
onions & bacon) in very large bowl.
Peel onions – cut top & bottoms off &
separate 2 layers from rest of onion (the
layers will be put in the meatloaf). Shape
meatloaf meat into the same number of
balls as you have 2-layer onions – place
both on a sheet pan. (If you have any
leftover onion sections, you can use them
in another recipe). Take one meatloaf ball
& wrap with 1 slice bacon & cover with
the onion – carefully set into crockpot;
repeat with rest of meatloaf/bacon/onions.
Cover & cook on Low 6-8 hours or High
4-5 hours. (You will want to use a meat
thermometer to make sure the temperature
reaches 160 degrees F. Remove onions with
tongs when fully cooked. Serves 8

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Best 5-Cup Fruit Salad
(8 hour or overnight recipe)

1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded coconut
1 C. miniature marshmallows
1 C. pineapple tidbits, drained
1 C. mandarin oranges, drained

Mix sour cream, coconut, marsh-
mallows & pineapple together in
a bowl. Smooth top & garnish
with mandarin oranges. Cover with
plastic wrap & refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight.

(recipe: allrecipes.com)

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I noticed yesterday that our gas prices
have REALLY dropped! Now at $2.16/9 –
that’s GREAT!

Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Nice Day!

Our sweet, pudgy 3 month old grandson; he DOES have hair, it’s mostly in the back by his neck!

 

My days, now, are filled with figuring out which days I’ll be babysitting the above young man. He’s a very good, easy-going baby so most days are a breeze.

Looking over my many recipes, it’s time to give you more CROCKPOT recipes (plus more Summer ones, too):

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Tropical Jell-O Pretzel Salad

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

Filling:
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
undrained
1 (3 oz) box Coconut Cream instant
pudding mix
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip*, thawed

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

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan
with nonstick spray. In prepared
pan combine crushedpretzels,
sugar & melted butter; gently
stir to combine & spread around
pan evenly. Bake 10 minutes &
cool completely. Pour entire can
of crushed pineapple & juices
in medium bowl; sprinkle coconut
pudding mix on top & stir until
completely well mixed – fold in
Cool Whip. Spread mixture on
top of completely cooled pretzel
crust making sure mixture reaches
all of edges. Place pan in fridge to
keep cool while mixing Jell-O.
Combine 1 C. boiling water with
orange Jell-O in a bowl; stir until
Jell-O is completely dissolved;
pour into refrigerated pan on
top of pineapple/whipped topping.
Arrange mandarin orange slices to
completely cover surface of salad.
Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate
at least 3-4 hours, until salad is
completely cooled & set. Cut into
squares & serve; store leftovers
in fridge.

*If you don’t have Cool Whip, you
can substitute 2 C. homemade
whipped cream.

(recipe: butterwithasideofbread.com)
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Crockpot Creamy Herb Chicken

1 lb. boneless chicken breast
1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 C. milk
1 envelope Garlic & Herb Pasta (dry)
mix
1 tsp. ground thyme
1 tsp. parsley flakes

Cooked rice or egg noodles for 4-6

Place chicken in crockpot. In a bowl
whisk milk, soup, dry sauce mix,
parsley & thyme until smooth &
combined – pour over chicken. Cover
& cook on Low 4 hours until chicken
is cooked through. If desired, cut or
shred chicken before serving. Serves
over cooked rice or egg noodles.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Crockpot Easy Italian Sausage &
Pepper sandwiches

6 Italian sausage links, mild
or spicy
2 medium green bell peppers,
seeded & sliced
1 medium yellow onion,
peeled/halved/sliced into strips
1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce

6 Submarine sandwich rolls

Place sausages in bottom of
crockpot. Add sliced peppers &
onion. Pour jarred marina
sauce over everything. Cover &
cook on Low 6-8 hours. Serve
on submarine rolls. Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Crockpot Peachs ‘n Cream Dump Cake

1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling
1 box white cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
1/4 C. sugar

In a bowl mix cream cheese & sugar
until smooth. Pour pie filling in bottom
of crockpot & top with cream cheese
mixture. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top
& spread evenly. Place 6-8 regular-
sized paper towels on top of crockpot
opening & cover with lid. Cook on
High 1-2 hours. Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot ‘Hillybilly’ Beans

1/2 lb. ground chuck
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 1/2 C. BBQ sauce
1/3 C. packed light brown sugar
1/2 C. water
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans/drained,
rinsed
1 (15.5 oz) can butter beans, drained
1 (15.5 oz) can pork & beans, not
drained
1/2 C. cooked, crumbled bacon

Combine all ingredients in 5 qt
crockpot; mix well. Cover & cook
on High 4 hours or Low 6 hours.
Serve immediately. Serves 8

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Rustic Potatoes

1 (30 oz) pkg. frozen country-
style hash browns
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of potato
soup, undiluted*
1 1/3 C. milk
1 T. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper
1 C. (4 oz) shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Combine all
ingredients (except cheese) &
pour into crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low 5 hours; stir in cheese &
serve immediately. Serves 8

*you could also substitute
cream of celery or mushroom

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot German Potato Salad

3 onions, thinly sliced
3 (20 oz, ea) pkgs. refrigerated
potato wedges
1/3 C. flour
1/3 C. sugar
1 T. dry mustard
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. celery seeds
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. water
1 1/4 C. cider vinegar
3 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled

Place onions in crockpot; top with
potatos. Stir flour & next 5 ingredients
in large saucepan; gradually whisk
water & vinegar into flour mixture;
stirring well. Cook, whisking constantly,
over medium-high heat until slightly
thickened – pour over potatoes. Cover &
cook on Low 6-7 hours; sprinkle with
bacon & serve warm.
Serves 14

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Peanut Butter Fudge Cake
(use medium-sized crock, not large)

3/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. peanut butter
1 T. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. cocoa powder
1 C. boiling water

vanilla ice cream

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray.
In bowl combine 1/4 C. sugar, flour &
baking powder. In another bowl combine
milk, peanut butter, oil & vanilla; whisk
until smooth. Combine milk mixture with
dry ingredients (makes a thick batter.)
Spread batter evenly into crockpot.
In microwave, heat 1 C. water to boiling
(about 3 minutes) then add in remaining
sugar & cocoa powder; whisk to dissolve
sugars. Pour this directly over cake
batter in crockpot. Cover & cook on High
1 1/2 – 2 hours until spongy & springs back
to the touch, it will not be firm. Spoon
into bowls while warm; top with vanilla
ice cream, if desired.

(recipe: thetaylor-house.com)
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Pasta in Tomato-Basil Sauce

3 (14.5 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes,
partially drained
1 onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 C. olive oil
3 T. dried basil
1 (16 oz) pkg. angel hair pasa,
uncooked
Garnish: grated Parmesan cheese

In large saucepan over medium heat
combine all ingredients except pasta
& Parm. cheese – bring to boil. Reduce
heat to Low; cover & simmer 20 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Cook pasta accordg.
to pkg. directions; drain. Serve sauce
over cooked pasta; sprinkle with cheese.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Strawberry Punch

1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice,
chilled
2 1/4 C. water
3/4 C. pink lemonade concentrate,
thawed
3/4 C. sugar
1 quart strawberry ice cream
2 1/2 quarts ginger ale, chilled
1 pint fresh strawberries

In large punch bowl combine first
4 ingredients. Add ice cream, stir
gently. Add ginger ale, stir gently.
Cut fresh strawberries & add to
punch. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 quarts

(recipe: Facebook: My Foodies)
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No-Bake Berry Icebox Cake

19 oz. graham crackers
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. vanilla instant
pudding mix
2 1/2 C. cold milk
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
3 C. fresh strawberries, sliced
1 1/2 C. fresh blueberries
2 oz. white chocolate chips

Beat cream cheese & dry pudding
mixes in large bowl using elec. mixer
until blended; gradually beat in milk.
Reserve 1/2 C. Cool Whip – gently stir
rest of Cool Whip into mixture. In
bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking dish spread
a thin layer of Cool Whip just to coat
bottom of pan. Layer 5 graham crackers
across center of the pan, then 2 more,
breaking as needed to fit around the
top & bottom edges. Spread a layer
of pudding mixture over grahams &
top with a layer of blueberries &
sliced strawberries. Place graham
crackers on top of berries, then
pudding mixture, then berries again.
Repeat layers one more time.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight
until graham crackers have softened
completely.
When ready to serve, melt white
chocolate chips in a bowl as directed
on pkg. & drizzle over top of dessert.
(You can use a spoon to drizzle it
over tops of berries or you can put
it in a small ziplock bag & snip off
bottom corner of bag & use as a
piping bag – pipe over top.
Serves 12-16

(recipe: cakescottage.com)

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Today I finally got to go back to church
after missing two weeks – it was very
nice to be back however I chose NOT
to even attempt to sing (don’t remember
ever having to do that before) but didn’t
want to start coughing/choking/gagging.
Told the choir director that next Sunday,
Lord willing, I’ll be there in my regular
spot – we only have two more Sundays
to sing before the choir takes the summer
off! (Our church will be celebrating 50
years this coming August and the choir
is singing for that so I’m sure there will
be a few practices beforehand, but for
the most part, we’ll be ‘off’ for the
Summer & start up again in September.

Hope you are enjoying a really nice,
relaxing day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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