Beautiful DAY! (Quick – enjoy it before it goes away!)

Rejoicing because we have SUN! It’s a SUNNY DAY & 42 degrees F. HOORAY! It’s been rainy/cold/windy/blustery – fill in the blank, we’ve had it these past few days. I drove into the parking lot at the church where my special needs group meets last night and just as I went to shut off my car I hear: “Plink!” “Plink!” – HAIL! It hailed for the entire time I was there (2+ hours) then trickled down to a light rain on the way home and 34 degrees F. This evening is the second scheduled baseball game for my grandson (first one Monday got canceled due to COLD!) We’ll see how this one goes – (not exactly looking forward to sitting in a lawn chair in 40-something degree weather for 2 1/2 hours!)

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Spicy Applesauce Cake

2 C. applesauce
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. shortening
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 C. flour
1 T. baking cocoa
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 C. raisins
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. chopped walnuts

Topping:
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. chopped walnuts
2 T. brown sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl beat applesauce,
sugar, shortening & eggs. In
another bowl combine flour, cocoa,
baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg,
allspice & cloves – gradually beat
spice mixture into applesauce mixture
until blended. Stir in raisins, chocolate
chips & walnuts. Pour mixture into
prepared dish. Combine topping
ingredients & sprinkle over batter.
Bake 35-40 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack.
Makes 20-24 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheesy Garlic/Ham Biscuits

2 C. flour
2 T. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 stick butter or margarine, cut into
pieces
1 1/2 C. cooked, chopped ham
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
you can mix cheeses- your choice)
1 1/4 C. evaporated milk

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl mix flour,
baking powder, salt, garlic powder
using a whisk. Cut butter pieces into
flour mixture until it resembles coarse
crumbs. Add ham, cheese & milk –
mix with a spoon & turn out onto a
floured board. (Poster pats dough out
using her hands, to desired thickness).
She uses a small cookie cutter instead
of a regular biscuit cutter. Place cut
out biscuits on prepared sheet &
bake 15-20 minutes until brown on
top. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen small
biscuits.
Serve with honey, preserves, molasses,
butter, etc.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Salsa Ranch Chicken

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1-2 C. your favorite salsa (if you like
more juice with your chicken, add
more salsa, if you like less, use 1 C.)
1 pkt. dry Ranch salad dressing mix

Possible toppings:
shredded lettuce, chopped onions,
chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese,
sliced avocados/guacamole, sour cream

Place all ingredients in crockpot; cover
& cook on High 3-4 hours (Low 6).
Remove from crockpot & shred meat.
Use on tortillas for soft tacos/over rice
using taco toppings or over a tossed
salad.

(recipe: hesouthernladycooks.com)
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Cottage Potatoes
(LARGE recipe – serves 14)

12 large potatoes, peeled/diced
8 oz. Velveeta, cubed
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 large green pepper, seeded/
chopped
1 (2 oz) jar diced pimentos, drained
1 slice bread, torn into crumbs
3 T. minced fresh parsley, divided
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 1/2 C. cornflakes, crushed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a shallow 4 qt. baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Place potatoes in a large saucepan
or Dutch oven – cover with water.
Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium;
cover & cook 5-7 minutes until tender;
drain. In a bowl, combine cheese,
onion, green pepper, pimentos, bread
crumbs, 2 T. parsley & salt. Layer a
third of the potatoes & a third of
cheese mixture in prepared dish –
repeat layers twice. Pour milk &
butter over all; sprinkle top with
cornflake crumbs. Cover & bake
45 minutes. Uncover & bake 10-15
minutes longer until bubbly & top
is golden. Sprinkle with remaining
parsley. Serves 14

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Creamy 3-Cheese Spaghetti
(side dish)

1 (12 oz) pkg. spaghetti pasta
2 T. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C. heavy cream
3/4 C. chicken broth
3/4 C. shredded Italian cheese
blend
kosher salt/ground black pepper
2 T. fresh chopped parsley

Cook spaghetti accordg. to pkg.
directions for al dente; drain,
reserving 1 C. pasta water –
return spaghetti to pot. In a
large skillet over medium heat,
heat oil. Cook garlic 1 minute
then add heavy cream, chicken
broth & 1/2 C. pasta water. Add
cooked pasta & toss with tongs
until noodles are fully coated &
liquid is simmering. Remove from
heat & add cheese – toss constantly,
adding more pasta water until sauce
reaches desired consistency. Season
with salt/pepper & garnish with
parsley. Serve immediately
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Garlic/Mushroom Queso Dip

2 T. margarine
1 (8 oz) pkg. button mushrooms,
quartered
1 T. finely chopped garlic
1 C. chicken broth
1 lb. (16 oz) Queso Blanco
Velveeta
, cut into 1/2″ cubes
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced
tomatoes & green chilies, drained

Dippers:
Toasted sliced bread or cut fresh
veggies – optional

Melt margarine in large skillet over
medium-high heat. Add mushrooms &
cook 2-3 minutes until browned lightly.
Add garlic, cook until fragrant. Add broth,
reduce heat to medium & simmer 2  minutes.
In 1 1/2 qt. microwaveable dish, combine
Velveeta cubes, drained Ro*Tel & mushroom
mixture. Cover & microwave on High 5
minutes (or just until Velveeta melts)
stirring after 3 minutes. Remove from
microwave; stir until blended. Serve with
suggested dippers, if desired.
Makes 24 servings (about 2 T. each)

(recipe: kraft.com)
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Honey Cinnamon Butter

1 stick butter (or 1/2 C./8 T.,
softened)
1/4 C. honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients in a bowl
using an elec. mixer until spreading
consistency. Makes about 3/4 C.
Keep refrigerated.

NOTE: Poster uses salted butter –
if you don’t, you might want to add
a pinch of salt

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Maple Sugar Cream Pie

1 deep dish frozen pie crust
2 C. heavy cream
3/4 C. sugar
4 T. cornstarch
4 T. unsalted butter
1/4 C. maple syrup
1 tsp. maple extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt

Topping:
4 T. unsalted butter, melted
3 T. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Lay crust in a standard pie dish;
bake 10-12 minutes until just
lightly browned. Remove from oven.
In medium saucepan over medium
heat, melt 4 T. butter & heavy cream
together until butter is melted. Whisk
in cornstarch & sugar, stirring
continuously until thickened, 6-7 minutes.
Stir in maple syrup, maple extract, vanilla
extract & salt (if using) whisk until
incorporated. Pour filling into crust then
drizzle remaining melted butter on top.
Whisk together remaining topping
ingredients: sugar & cinnamon – sprinkle
over filling. Bake 25-30 minutes until
crust is golden brown & filling is bubbly.
Center should be set, but still a little
wobbly. Remove from oven & let cool,
then refrigerate until set 2-3 hours.

(recipe: theloverscooking.com)

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This is one of those crazy weeks where I don’t
really have much free time; last night when I
first got to my special needs group our leader
said to me: “Did you already give me a flyer
for the Gym Night?” (I must have had a blank
look on my face when she said: “You know –
this Friday is Gym Night, did you make up a
flyer?”) NOPE – TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT IT;
DIDN’T EVEN REMEMBER IT BEING ON THE
CALENDAR! OOoooooops! Oh well, there
went my ‘one free day/night’…sigh.  I guess
I ‘should’ be happy/grateful to have things to
keep me busy, right? (think I might have
mentioned here, with the addition of THREE
evenings a week for 15 weeks now devoted
to older grandson’s baseball games, that
just about kills any ‘free’ days/nights’, right?).
Oh well, time to pull up my “Big Girl” panties
and get on with things! With the addition of
said ‘extra’ activities, that makes dinner/meal
preparation a whole new ballgame (to use a
phrase…I know…’Booooooo!”….sorry). I made
a big batch of spaghetti & meatballs & garlic
bread Monday – husband & I had one meal.
Tuesday middle son stopped over, had 2 big
bowls then asked for some to take home…
that left ONE SERVING! sigh… Am planning
on making Zucchini Casserole for dinner
tonight; relatively easy recipe using rice,
hamburger, sliced zucchini, etc. “HOPEFULLY”
it will be there for more than ONE meal!
Can’t complain, this is the same son that
(for now) is STAYING where he lives and
not moving back home…YAY!)

Well, dear readers, the sun is shining &
I had better get on with my day, right?

Hugs;

Pammie

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Happy Monday!

Well, our weather keeps amusing us (for want of a better word); today it’s almost 40 degrees and snowing! Yep – April and snow (good thing is: it’s not sticking). Managed to get my running around done: mail, bank, drug store & groceries (all just in case we DO end up with worse weather.) They canceled morning church yesterday but we did have evening church and a baby shower afterwards (made mint green baby blanket & hat, plus other ‘extras’ in the bag). The good thing was the roads were clear, all the ice was gone. Before I had to leave for choir practice (4:45) my dear husband went outside with two buckets of warm salted water & poured them over the windows on my car (they were coated in ice); that really helped!

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Chocolate Marble Loaf Cake
(low fat)

2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 C. sugar
1/4 C. water
1 egg
1 egg white
6 T. butter, softened
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 or 9″ loaf pan with
nonstick cooking spray. In a
bowl whisk flour, baking powder,
baking soda & salt. In another
smaller bowl, whisk 1/3 C. sugar,
cocoa powder & water – whisk until
smooth. In another bowl, beat
remaining 1 C. sugar & butter. Add
in egg, then egg white. Then add
vanilla & yogurt – mix until combined.
Gradually add in flour mixture – mix
until combined. Take 1 Cup batter &
add to cocoa mixture – combine well.
Layer batter in loaf pan, starting with
vanilla mixture, then chocolate. Swirl
with a butter knife for a marble effect.
Bake 45-50 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center comes out clean.
Let cake set 10-15 minutes before
removing from pan. Makes 1 loaf.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Fully Loaded Chicken/Potato Bake

3 C. chicken, cooked/cut into cubes
1 (28 oz) pkg. frozen diced potatoes
(hash browns) with onions & peppers,
thawed
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 C. sour cream
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
hot sauce, to taste
salt/pepper, to taste

Optional Toppings:
bacon – cooked/crumbled
chopped chives or green onions

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Add chicken &
potatoes to a large bowl. Mix in soup,
sour cream, 1/2 C. Cheddar & Mozz.
cheeses, milk, garlic powder, salt/
pepper & hot sauce – stir well.
Spread mixture into prepared dish
& top with remaining cheeses. Cover
with foil & bake 40 minutes until
potatoes are tender & mixture is
hot & bubbling. Uncover dish &
bake another 5 minutes. Sprinkle
top with bacon/chives/green onions.
Let cool before serving.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Scalloped Potatoes & Ham
(crockpot)

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

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Layer half of sliced
potatoes, onion, ham & cheese on
bottom – sprinkle with salt/pepper &
repeat layers. In small bowl stir soup &
water – spoon over top of mixture.
Cover & cook on Low 7-8 hours.
Sprinkle top with chives before serving,
if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Poor Man’s Hamburger Steaks

2 lb. ground beef
1 1/2 C. saltine crackers, crushed
(1 sleeve, approximately)
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne
flour – for dredging
kosher salt/ black pepper, to taste

Gravy:
2 (10.75 oz, ea) cans cream of
mushroom soup
1 1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 T. fresh parsley, finely chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl whisk soup, milk & parsley.
In another bowl combine ground
beef, crushed saltines, milk, Ital.
seasoning, garlic & onion powders
& cayenne – season liberally with
salt/pepper. Use your hands or 2
forks to combine ingredients until
just mixed then gently form into
patties. Place 1 C. flour (or more,
as needed) in a shallow dish (or
pie plate) & dredge all patties in
flour on both sides. Heat a large
skillet over medium-high heat &
when very hot, sear patties on
both sides until golden brown.
You may need to work in batches;
the insides will still be under-
cooked.
Transfer patties to greased baking
dish & evenly top with gravy. Cover
with foil & bake 30-40 minutes until
cooked through.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Spicy Enchilada/Chicken Dip

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chilies
1 tsp each: chili powder/cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
4 C. cooked, shredded chicken
8 oz (2 C.) shredded Mexican blend
cheese, divided

Garnish: thinly sliced green onions

Tortilla chips, for dipping
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl beat cream
cheese & sour cream until smooth. Stir
in ingredients from enchilada sauce to
garlic powder. Fold in chicken & 1 C.
cheese. Spread mixture into prepared
dish & top with remaining cheese.
Bake 25-30 minutes until center is hot
& edges bubble. Garnish with green
onions, if desired & serve with chips.
Serve immediately/refrigerate any
leftovers. Serves 10

NOTE:  Dip can be assembled up to
24 hours in advance & refrigerated
until ready to bake.

(recipe: Kroger flyer)
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5-Minute Dark Chocolate Raspberry
Fudge

20 oz. dark chocolate chips (60% Cacoa)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 C. seedless raspberry jam
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
12 oz. white chocolate chips, divided
1 1/2 T. coconut oil or shortening
1/2 tsp. raspberry extract (or liqueur)
pink food coloring

Spray 8 or 9″ square pan with nonstick
cooking spray & line with parchment
paper. In large microwaveable bowl
combine dark chocolate chips & sweet’d
cond. milk – heat on High at 30 second
intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
Stir in rasp. jam, vanilla & salt until
combined. Remove 1/2 C. white choc. chips
from pkg. & set aside. Add remaining white
choc. chips to mixture & stir. Add
remaining white choc. chips & stir;
– dark choc. mixture will still be warm at
this point so chips will melt partially &
create a marbling effect – depending on how
hot it is. Spoon fudge into prepared pan &
refrigerate until firm.

Pink Raspberry Drizzle (optional)
Combine reserved 1/3 C. white choc. chips
& either coconut oil or shortening in small
microwaveable bowl. Heat on High in 30
second intervals, stirring in between, until
smooth. Stir in extract (or liqueur) & food
coloring until desired color is achieved.
Drizzle over top of fudge & chill 15 minutes
until set. Remove fudge from pan & cut into
small squares. Store in airtight container
in fridge. Makes 81 pieces

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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This evening is older grandson’s first baseball
game. This may sound a little dumb but I asked
my husband if they were playing INDOORS. Yes,
weird, but we just went through their soccer
games under a dome. Husband very nicely
told me we’re NOT GOING; it’s going to be
under 30 degrees F. and rain/snow showers…
YES, THEY’RE PLAYING OUTSIDE!  Crazy! These
games will continue every Monday/Thurs/Sat.
for about 2 months . . . oh, joy…sigh. We’ll
see how that goes.

Try to stay warm, healthy and enjoy your day,
taking a little time out for something YOU like!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: My ‘something I like’ today was treating
husband & I to Tim Horton’s coffee & breakfast
sausage/egg/cheese biscuit sandwiches! YUM!

Oh boy … WHEE! (I think)

Yes, you could say my life, lately, is like a roller coaster ride. Spent most of yesterday trying to think of anything ELSE I could do to make son’s room ‘less cluttered’ AND attempted to think of new ways to protect my knitting projects & yarns. Texted oldest son today, asking if he knew ‘when’ the move was happening (since he has a pickup truck & middle son would ask for his help.) Turns out middle son spent the night at oldest son’s – they had a long talk and outcome is: Middle son is going to stay at his apartment. (for how long, we don’t know). I feel like a person who’s just been given a reprieve – my entire day was kind of in ‘limbo’ – no plans until ‘the move’ – not even what’s for dinner plans! Of course, I thanked the Lord, first, for this ‘new event’. Wow…all I can say is: WOW!

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Chocolate Rice Krispie Balls

Balls:
1/2 C. peanut butter
3 T. butter, soft
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1 C. shredded coconut

Chocolate:
1 pkg. chocolate chips
1 square sweet chocolate

In large bowl mix ingredients
for balls & refrigerate 30
minutes. Form mixture into
balls & refrigerate another
hour.

Chocolate:

Place a large sheet of
waxed or parchment paper
on the counter. In a double boiler,
melt chocolate chips with the
sweet chocolate then drop the
balls into chocolate one-at-a-time
to coat. Lift balls from chocolate
& place on waxed/parchment
paper. Freeze to set.

(recipe: Facebook)
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Ham Broccoli Pasta Casserole

1 1/2 C. cooked/chopped ham
1 1/2 C. dry, uncooked pasta (poster
uses small pasta shells)
1 C. frozen broccoli pieces (no need
to thaw or cook)
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken
soup (undiluted)
1 C. evaporated milk
4 T. butter (1/2 stick) melted
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Topping:

4 T. (1/2 C.) butter, melted
1 C. crushed (Ritz/butter) crackers
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine ham, pasta,
broccoli pieces & cheese. In another
bowl combine chicken broth, soup,
milk, melted butter, green onion, salt/
pepper, mustard & garlic powder – mix
with a spoon & pour over ham/etc.
in other bowl. Mix all ingredients &
pour into at least a 2 qt. baking dish.
Bake, uncovered, 35 minutes. Remove
& stir. In a bowl combine topping
ingredients & sprinkle over partially
cooked casserole. Place back in oven
& bake, uncovered, another 40
minutes. Remove & let cool about
15 minutes before serving.
Serves 8

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Ratatouille

1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 medium yellow summer squash,
sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
1 small eggplant, cut into chunks
4-5 large tomatoes, diced (OR)
1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes,
drained
1/2 tsp. basil or 1/4 C. chopped
1 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. thyme (OR) 3-4 sprigs fresh
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 medium boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 inch chunks

Place all ingredients into crokpot.
Cover & cook on High 3-5 hours, Low
4-6 hours. Serves 4-6

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Down-home Salisbury Steak

Patties:
2 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, finely minced
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded/
finely minced
1 stalk celery, finely minced
2 T. fresh parsley, minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram, crushed
1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Sauce:
6 T. butter
8 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms
(about 2 C.)
2 tsp. flour
2/3 C. chili sauce (like Heinz)
1/2 C. beef broth
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
dash bottled hot pepper sauce

Preheat broiler
In large bowl add meat, onion, bell
pepper, celery, parsley, garlic, dry
mustard, marjoram, thyme, paprika,
salt/pepper – lightly mix all together,
being careful not to overwork the meat.
Shape mixture into 8 patties about 3/4″
thick. Place on broiler pan & cook 12-14
minutes until done, turning halfway
through cooking time.

Sauce:
While steaks broil, prepare sauce. In
large saucepan melt butter; add mush-
rooms & cook 4-5 minutes over medium-
high heat until tender. Sprinkle with flour &
stir. Add chili sauce, beef broth, lemon
juice, Worc. sauce & hot pepper sauce –
Cook & stir until bubbly. Cook 1 minute
more. Serve sauce over patties.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: www.tasteandtellblog.com)
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Jalapeno Popper/Sausage Dip
(Crockpot – 3 qt)

1 lb. bulk spicy pork sausage
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
cubed
4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
(about 12 oz)
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies,
undrained
1 (4 oz) can diced jalapeno peppers,
undrained

assorted cut fresh veggies, for dipping
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In large skillet cook sausage over
medium heat 6-8 minutes until no
longer pink, breaking into crumbles.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage
to a 3 qt. crockpot. Stir in cream cheese,
Parm. cheese, sour cream, chilies &
peppers. Cover & cook on Low 3 to 3 1/2
hours until heated through. Stir before
serving. Makes 24 (1/4 C. each) servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Nutty Broccoli Slaw

1 (3 oz) pkg. chicken ramen noodles
1 (16 oz) pkg. broccoli coleslaw mix
2 c. sliced green onions ( about 2
bunches)
1 1/2 C. broccoli florets
1 (6 oz) can ripe black olives, drained/
halved
1 c. sunflower seeds, toasted
1/2 C. slivered almonds
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. cider vinegar
1/2 C. olive oil

(open Ramen noodle packet –
set aside seasoning packet) Crush
noodles & place in large bowl. Add
slaw mix, onions, broccoli, olives,
sunflower seeds & almonds. In a
jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine
sugar, vinegar, oil & contents of
seasoning packet – shake well.
Drizzle over salad & toss to coat.
Serve immediately. Serves 16

NOTES:
*To save calories, reduce vinegar
& oil from 1/2 C. to 1/3 C.

*Add 1 tsp. each: minced garlic &
ginger plus 1 T. toasted sesame oil
for an Asian twist to the dressing

*If you prefer a more neutral flavor,
use canola oil in place of olive oil

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls

24 oz. refrigerated cinnamon
rolls (in tubes – cut into quarters,
divided)
4 eggs
1/2 C. whipping cream
3 T. maple syrup
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
a layer of cinnamon roll pieces
on bottom. In a bowl beat eggs,
cream, maple syrup, vanilla &
spices until blended – pour over
rolls. Place remaining roll
pieces on top & spoon a packed
of icing (from refrigerated rolls
tube) over rolls. Cover & cook
on Low 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Once
done cooking, drizzle rest of icing
packets over rolls. Serves 4

(recipe: weekendcollective.com)

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Well, our weather is now VERY APRIL- it’s
pouring VERY hard (almost thought it was
hail earlier because it was hitting the
windows so hard!). Right now it’s 37
degrees F. with expected Winter Storm
Warning
for tonight through Sunday:
80% chance of freezing rain & possible
snow (high of 44 degrees F. tomorrow-
depending -we might stay home from
church). Then Monday night rain/snow
& chance of snow showers, low of
28 degrees F. BRrrrrrrr! (weirdness-
Weds. is a possible high of 52!) Ah,
Michigan – if I didn’t grow up here,
not sure I’d stay here!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Hugs;

Pammie

Rolling with the ‘changes’

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

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Coconut Bundt Cake

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

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

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

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

*Poster used 2 tsp.

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

(recipe: 5boysbaker.com)
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Seafood Casserole

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

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

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Crockpot Ham & Beans

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

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Lemon Garlic Veggies

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Sweet Macaroni Salad

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

Dressing:

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

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

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

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

Dippers: crackers or pita chips

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

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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Chicken Fried Rice

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

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

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

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

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Buttermilk Blueberry Explosion Cake

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

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

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)

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

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

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

Hugs;

Pammie

WOW!

View from my dining room window

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

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Apple Cinnamon Snickerdoodle
Cookie Bars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: thebakingchocolatess.com)
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Breakfast Ham Fritatta

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: cookandbliss.com)
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Fried Rice with Cabbage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Hot Fudge Pie

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

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

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

(recipe: supercookingideas.com)

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

Hope you have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Anyone for Second Spring?

Yesterday was ‘interesting’: temps in the high 20’s, extremely windy and intermittent SNOW! I went to my library knit group first then to Krogers – BRrrrrrr! You certainly didn’t want to be out in it for very long – bitter cold/bitter wind. Got my shopping done, put the cart next to my car to unload it and the next thing I know my cart is rolling across the parking lot! LOTS of wind! Also had to pump gas – that was NO fun! Gas prices jumped a bit from $2.59 to (depending on where you go) $2.69 or $2.79/9! Now is when I’m very grateful for a nice warm/operating car and nice warm house!

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The Perfect Cream Pie Bars

Dough:

2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
4 eggs yolks
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temp,
slightly melted
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla

Filling:

4 egg whites
2 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C. strawberry yogurt
1 3/4 C. sour cream
1 1/4 C. sugar
5 T. flour (heaping)
zest from 1 lemon
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Dough:
Mix all dough ingredients just
until combined (do not over mix).
Divide in half – spread half on
bottom of prepared dish. Bake
10-15 minutes. Cool slightly.

Filling:
Whisk egg whites until stiff peaks
form. In large bowl mix yogurt with
sour cream, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla
& flour – gently fold in egg whites.
Pour filling onto baked/cooled dough.
Crumble other half of dough over top
of filling. Bake 30 minutes until top
is golden. Cool to room temp;
refrigerate 2 hours. Serve chilled.

(recipe: recipelion.com)
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5-Ingredient Ham/Noodle Casserole

1 (12 oz) pkg. wide egg noodles
1 T. prepared mustard
2-4 C. diced/cooked ham
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup (undiluted)
1 C. grated Cheddar cheese

Optional:
4 C. frozen French-style green beans
or any other veggies of your choice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Cook egg
noodles accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente; drain. In large bowl
combine mustard, ham, soup &
(optional green beans). Pour cooked/
drained noodles over ingredients in
bowl – stir to combine. Pour mixture
into prepared dish & top with grated
cheese. Cover with foil & bake 20
minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered
20-25 minutes more until cheese is
melted & dish is heated through.
Serves 8

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Crispy Green Beans

1 C. Panko bread crumbs
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 eggs
1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans,
trimmed

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Spray a baking spray with nonstick
cooking spray. In a shallow dish
combine bread crumbs, Parm. cheese,
garlic powder, salt & cayenne pepper –
mix well. In another shallow dish whisk
eggs. Coat each green bean in egg, then
coat completely in bread crumb mixture.
Place in a single layer on sheet & spray
with nonstick cooking spray. Bake
12-15 minutes until golden brown &
crispy. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Breaded Pork Chops

1/4 C. Bisquick baking mix
7 saltine cracker squares, crushed
(1/2 C.)
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 egg
1 T. water
4 pork chops (about 1/2″ thick)

In a plate or shallow dish, mix
Bisquick, cracker crumbs, seasoned
salt & pepper. Mix egg & water in
another shallow bowl/plate. Dip
pork chops into egg mixture then
coat in Bisquick mixture. Spray a
12-inch skillet with cooking spray &
heat over medium-high heat. Cook
pork chops 8-10 minutes in skillet,
turning once, until slightly pink in center.
Serves 4

(recipe: www.tasteandtellblog.com)
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Crockpot Bacon & Bean Soup

6 slices bacon, chopped small
16 oz. dried Great Northern Beans,
soaked*
1 (32 oz) can chicken broth
1 whole onion, diced
3-5 whole carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. black pepper
kosher salt, to taste

Cook chopped bacon in skillet until
crispy; drain. Drain soaking water from
beans & pour beans into 6-7 qt. crockpot.
Add broth, onion, carrots, garlic, thyme,
rosemary & pepper. Add additional water
as needed to cover beans by 1 inch. Add
half of cooked bacon (refrigerate rest of
bacon for later). Cover & cook on Low
10-12 hours or High 6-8 hours until beans
are cooked through. Just before serving,
add rest of cooked bacon, stir & adjust
seasoning of salt/pepper. Serves 10

* You can either do the overnight
bean soak (OR) a ‘quick soak’ –
sort & rinse beans; add them to a big
pot of boiling water. Turn off heat, cover
& let stand until water is room temperature.
Drain soaking water off beans before using.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Best Ham Salad Ever

6 C. ham, (cooked), coarsely
ground*
4 eggs, hard-boiled/chopped
1 C. celery, finely chopped
1/2 C. onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. sweet pickle relish
1 C. mayonnaise
4 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried basil

In large bowl combine all ingredients &
mix well. (this makes a 1/2 gallon
Tupperware container full).
Recipe can be halved.

*You can finely chop the ham if
you don’t have a food processor
or a meat grinder.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Peanut Butter-Stuffed
Chocolate Crescent Rolls

1 tube crescent roll dough (8 count)
1/2 C. peanut butter
3/4 C. mini chocolate chips
powdered sugar

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Lightly spray a baking sheet
with nonstick cooking spray.
Separate dough into 8 preformed
triangles. Spread 1 heaping T.
peanut butter onto wide end of
triangle ( do not go all the way
to the edges of dough). Sprinkle
chocolate chips evenly over dough &
roll up, starting with wide end. Place
2 inches apart on prepared sheet.
Bake 9-11 minutes until dough is
lightly golden brown. Remove from
oven & immediately sprinkle tops
with powdered sugar. Serve warm.
Store any leftovers in air-tight
container at room temp. Slightly
re-heat in microwave, if desired.
Makes 8

NOTE: another commenter said
she used Nutella instead of
peanut butter & a dollop of
thick jam.

(recipe: southyourmouth.com)

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Not much new going on – glad that,
so far, I don’t have anywhere to go
today. Finished another book and
got the notice from the Library
that a brand new book I want to
read is ‘in’ – YAY! Love the library
‘Hold’ system where you can ask
for a book, even if it’s not in your
local  library and they will put out
a request to have it delivered to
your local library.

Started a new medium yellow baby
blanket – simple pattern, should go
fairly fast. (the ladies in the library
knit group really liked the pattern).

Have a great day & STAY WARM!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

and now for SPRING!

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

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

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Crockpot Strawberry Shortcake

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

optional garnish: Cool Whip, thawed

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Italian Easter Pie

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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3-Bean Salad

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

Dressing:

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

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

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

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

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

sliced green onions, for serving
butter crackers, for dipping

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

(recipe: delish.com)
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Easy French Onion Soup

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Crockpot Pepper Steak

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

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

(recipe: facebook)
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4-Ingredient Pecan Balls

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

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

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

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

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)

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

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

 

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

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

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

and a few last minute recipes . . .

Not much new to add – evening Good Friday church service (choir singing) then practice 7:45 – 9 p.m. Since paring down the Easter dinner, I only have a few things to prepare; am going to make the Oreo No-Bake dessert tomorrow, just to save a little time Sunday.

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Lemon/Berry Trifle

1 (16 oz) pkg. (prepared) angel food
cake
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 C. vanilla yogurt
1/2 C. lemon curd (see below)
1-2 C. fresh berries (blue/straw/
raspberry, blackberries)

whipped cream, for topping (or
extra Cool Whip)

Cut angel food cake into 1-2 inch cubes &
place in bottom of a (clear-if you have one)
trifle bowl (or large bowl). In a medium
bowl mix Cool Whip with yogurt & lemon
curd until curd is completely incorporated
into yogurt – spread evenly over cake cubes.
Top with fresh berries & a dollop of whipped
cream (or Cool Whip).

Lemon curd:

I did a research: Kroger carries it; also you can make it:
(microwave)
Place 2 large eggs & 1 C. sugar in a large microwaveable
bowl. Whisk to combine then whisk in 1/2 C. (4 oz)
unsalted melted butter. Add 1 C. lemon juice (about
4 large lemons); whisk until thoroughly combined.
Place bowl on a plate & microwave in 1-minute
increments, stirring after each minute. Curd will
foam up (why you have a plate under bowl & a LARGE
bowl). When the curd starts to mound up a tiny bit
in the center it should be ‘close’ – it should coat the
back of a spoon – thick enough so it doesn’t run
right off the spoon. Refrigerate until thoroughly
chilled (should be almost pudding consistency).

(recipe:aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Bacon-Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

12 large eggs
1/3 C. mayonnaise
juice of half lemon
1/4 C. chopped, cooked bacon
2 T. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 T. yellow mustard
2 tsp. chopped (seeded, if less
heat desired) jalapeno
kosher salt/ground black pepper

Place eggs in a single layer in a
saucepan – cover eggs with 2
inches of water & bring to boil.
Reduce heat & cook, covered,
1 minute. Remove from heat &
let stand, covered, 14 minutes
then rinse under cold water. Crack
shells & carefully peel under cool
running water. Halve eggs length-
wise. Spoon out yolks into a small
bowl – place whites on a serving
platter. Using a fork, mash yolks
then stir in mayonnaise, lemon
juice, bacon, Cheddar, mustard &
jalapenos – season with salt/pepper.
Spoon mixture evenly among egg
halves & serve (or refrigerate, then
serve). Makes 24 deviled eggs

(recipe: delish.com)
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Ham Asparagus Bundles

1 lb. fresh asparagus, woody
ends removed
1 T. olive oil
kosher salt/ground black pepper
flour – for dusting
1 sheet crescent roll dough
2/3 C. sliced ham
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Line a medium baking sheet with
parchment paper. In large bowl
toss asparagus in olive oil &
season with salt/pepper. On lightly
floured surface, roll crescent dough
out into a large rectangle. Square
off the edges & cut the rectangle
into 1/2 inch thick strips. Wrap
4-5 asparagus spears in one slice
of ham, then wrap from top to
bottom in a spiral using the
crescent dough strips. Place on
baking sheet, seam sides down.
Top each bundle with Parmesan &
bake 12-15 minutes until dough is
golden & asparagus is tender.
Serves 2-4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Cheesy Caramelized Onion Dip

1/2 lb. bacon
1 T. butter
2 large onions, thinly sliced
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. sour cream
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1 C. shredded Gruyere cheese
1 C. shredded Mozzarella cheese

chopped fresh parsley for garnish

toasted baguette slices, for dipping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large skillet over medium heat cook
bacon until crispy; drain, reserving
about 1 T. grease in pan. Melt butter in
same pan; add onions & cook until
soft & golden, about 10 minutes. In
large bowl, combine cream cheese,
sour cream, Wors. sauce & garlic
powder. Beat using elec. mixer until
light & fluffy – season with salt/pepper.
Fold in cheeses, crumbled bacon &
onions. Transfer to small baking dish
& bake 10 minutes until bubbly.
Garnish top with parsley & serve
warm with bread for dipping.
Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Tangy Broccoli Salad

3/4 C. Miracle Whip salad
dressing
2 T. sugar
2 T. white vinegar
6 C. small broccoli florets
6 sliced cooked bacon, crumbled
1/2 C. chopped red onion

In bowl mix first 3 ingredients
until blended. Combine remaining
ingredients in large bowl; add
dressing mixture & mix lightly.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
Serves 12 (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: Kraft.com)
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French Lemon Cake w/Lemon Glaze
(Crockpot)

Cake:

1 1/4 C. flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
dash salt
1/2 C. unsalted butter, room temp,
plus more for pan
1 C. sugar
1 large egg, room temp.
1/2 C. sour cream
zest of 1 lemon
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Lemon Glaze:

1 T. lemon juice
1/2 C. powdered sugar

Butter a 7 inch spring form pan.
Crumple a sheet of foil, about
24 inches long, into a thin strip &
form into a 7-inch ring. Place ring
in bottom of crockpot. In medium
bowl, whisk flour, baking powder &
salt. In large bowl using elec. mixer,
beat butter & sugar on medium-high
speed until light & fluffy – beat in egg.
Add sour cream & blend well. Add
flour mixture to butter mixture, beating
until well blended; beat in lemon zest,
lemon juice & vanilla. Pour batter into
prepared pan & place pan on the foil
ring in crockpot. Cover & cook on High
3-4 hours until a toothpick inserted
into center of cake comes out clean.
Remove pan to a wire rack to cool
10 minutes. Remove outer ring from
pan & let cake cool completely.

Glaze:
In small bowl whisk lemon juice &
powdered sugar until smooth – pour
over cooled cake.

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Hope you’re having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Winding down the last few days

I’m sure you’re probably getting the final items needed to prepare your Easter dinner so I thought I’d throw in a few more ‘side’ dishes, just in case you might need a new idea.

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Cranberry-Pecan Coffee Cake

1/2 C. butter, softened
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (16 oz) can whole-berry cranberry
sauce
1 C. coarsely chopped pecans

Glaze:
3/4 C. powdered sugar
2 T. whipping cream
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour four (5″ X 3″)
mini loaf pans. Using elec.
mixer, in large bowl beat butter
at medium speed until creamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating
well. Add eggs, one at a time,
beating after each addition.
In another bowl combine flour,
baking powder, baking soda &
salt – add to butter mixture
alternately with sour cream –
beginning & ending with flour
mixture. Stir in extracts & spoon
1/2 C. batter into each loaf pan.
In a small bowl gently stir
cranberry sauce then spoon
3 T. sauce over batter in each pan
& spread to edges. Sprinkle 3 T.
nuts over sauce in each pan.
Repeat layers in each pan using
remaining batter/sauce/nuts.
Bake 48-50 minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center
of pan comes out clean. Cool
in pans on wire rack 15 minutes;
remove from pans & cool
completely on wire rack.
In small bowl combine glaze
ingredients & drizzle over cooled
cakes. Makes 4 mini cakes.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.typepad.com)
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Creamed Onions

1 T. butter or margarine
2 onions, peeled/cut into wedges
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup (undiluted)
1/3 C. milk
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

In medium skillet melt butter
over medium-high heat. Saute
onions 10-15 minutes until they
soften & start to brown. In small
bowl combine remaining
ingredients; mix well & add to
skillet. Reduce heat & simmer
5-8 minutes. Serve warm.
Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Throw-together Carrot Salad

1 C. marshmallow creme*
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 lb. carrots, peeled/shredded
(about 4 C.)
1 (8 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
well drained
1/2 C. raisins

In large bowl combine marshmallow
creme & mayonnaise until well
blended. Add remaining ingredients
& toss to evenly coat. Cover & chill
at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.
Serves 6

*Marshmallow Creme – found in a jar
(usually by Kraft) – sometimes by the
peanut butter, sometimes by other
baking items

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Minty Pea Salad

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Country Club Stuffed Mushrooms

1 lb. baby bella mushrooms
2 T. butter
1/4 C. chopped onion
2 tsp. chopped fresh garlic
1 (9 oz) pkg. frozen creamed
spinach, thawed
1/2 C. frozen pre-cooked sausage
crumbles
3 T. Italian bread crumbs

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Gently clean mushrooms by
wiping them with a damp paper
towel. Remove stems & place
caps on a baking sheet. Finely
chop stems. In large skillet melt
butter over medium-high heat.
Add chopped mushrooms, onion
& garlic; saute 4-5 minutes until
tender. Add spinach & sausage –
mix until well combined. Remove
from heat & add bread crumbs –
mix well. Evenly divide spinach
mixture on top of each mushroom
cap & mound using a spoon. Bake
15-20 minutes until heated
through. Serve immediately.
Makes 18

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cucumber Salad

1 C. white vinegar
1 C. water
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. salt
8 C. cucumbers, peeled/
thinly sliced (about 3 lb.
total)

In large bowl combine vinegar,
water, sugar & salt – mix until well
blended. Add cucumbers & toss
until well coated. Cover & chill
at least 2 hours (or overnight).
Will keep in a sealed container in
fridge for several weeks.
Serves 14

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Lemon Cream Fruit Tart

1 3/4 C. graham cracker crumbs
3 T. granulated sugar
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 (.25 oz) envelope unflavored
gelatin
1/4 C. water
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 C. lemon Greek yogurt
3/4 C. heavy cream
1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3 T. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
assorted fresh fruit for garnish
(poster used sliced strawberries,
blueberries, mandarin oranges,
sliced kiwi)

Glaze:

1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. coffee creamer (or heavy cream)

In small bowl whisk together sugar &
creamer – drizzle over top of fruit on
tart before serving
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In medium bowl combine graham
crumbs, sugar & butter – mix well.
Press in to bottom of 9″ springform
or tart pan. Refrigerate until ready to
fill.
In small microwave-safe bowl, add 1/4
C. water – sprinkle dry gelatin on top of
water & let stand 5 minutes. Heat in
microwave on High 20 seconds; stir
thoroughly until gelatin is completely
dissolved. In large bowl beat cream
cheese & yogurt until creamy. Add
heavy cream & powdered sugar – beat
2-3 minutes until thickened & fluffy.
Beat in lemon juice, lemon zest &
gelatin mixture until smooth. Pour
into crust. Cover & refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight. Garnish with sliced
fresh fruit. Drizzle glaze on top & serve.
Serves 12

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Pinwheel Mints

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/2 to 1 tsp. mint extract
7 1/2 – 8 1/2 C. powdered sugar
your choice of food coloring colors

additional powdered sugar

NOTE: The colors chosen originally
were red & green – for EASTER, you
might want different colors) For the
sake of this recipe, I’m going to call
them color A & color B

In large bowl beat cream cheese &
mint extract until smooth. Gradually
beat in as much powdered sugar as
possible. Turn mixture onto a work
surface dusted with powdered sugar;
kneed in remaining powdered sugar
until smooth & sugar is absorbed
(mixture will be stiff). Divide
mixture in half – using desired food
colors, tint one portion one color &
the other portion another color –
kneading until blended. Divide each
portion in half; shape each half into a
10 inch long log, making 2 logs of each
color. Place one log on a 12 inch piece
of waxed paper lightly dusted with
powdered sugar – flatten log slightly;
cover with a second piece of waxed
paper. Roll out candy mixture into
a 12 inch X 5 inch rectangle – repeat
with remaining logs.
Remove top sheet of waxed paper from
one (color A) and one (color B) rectangle.
Place one over the other & roll up (kind
of like a candy cane), starting at a long side.
Wrap in waxed paper; twist ends together –
repeat with remaining rectangles. Chill
overnight.

To serve: cut into 1/2 inch slices & store in
an airtight container, refrigerated, up to
1 week. Makes about 3 dozen.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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No-Fail Ambrosia Salad

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. sour cream
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries, drained/
halved & patted dry
1 c. sweetened coconut flakes
2 C. miniature marshmallows
3/4 C. chopped nuts (walnuts/pecans/
cashews) – optional

In large serving bowl fold sour cream &
Cool Whip together. Fold in remaining
ingredients, making sure pineapple,
oranges & cherries have been properly
drained. Serve immediately or refrigerate
until ready to serve. Serves 8

(recipe; momontimeout.com)
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I’m also collecting a few ‘AFTER’ Easter
recipes for using the ham leftovers.

It’s rainy & gloomy today but that’s OK –
we’re doing the 1-hour trip to see our
friend and tax man with lunch ‘out’
afterwards, so it’s all good.

Hope all your Easter dinner plans
are coming together just as you planned.

Hugs;

Pammie

Getting ready for Easter dinner!

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

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

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

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Pineapple-Orange Pretzel Squares

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: kraft.com)
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Apple Coleslaw

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

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

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Southern Pea Salad

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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

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

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cold Yogurt Cucumber Soup

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

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

(recipe: cookinglsl.com)
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Crockpot Corn Casserole

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

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

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Crust:

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

Filling:

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

Chocolate Topping:

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

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

Filling:

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

Chocolate topping:

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

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

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

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

Have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie