Another new week!

I started out this day by deciding THIS was going to be the day I finally FINISH the bright yellow baby blanket – and I did. (I’ve already posted photos before, so I’ll save you that…). I still have 2 more I’m working on, both are about half done and will probably go with me on the 28th for the Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social – am (once again) excited for this event. Lots to see and do: a tour of the Governor Moses Wisner Home (he was one of Michigan’s Governors – his house is really something to see!). When my boys were younger I took them on a guided tour of the estate – LOTS of Michigan history. Also at this event there will be Barbershop quartet singing, vintage cars, lots of vendors selling their wares plus people working on ‘old tyme’ crafts like wool spinning, knitting/crochet, wood carving, etc.

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Crockpot Peach Cobbler

1 1/8 C. brown sugar (light or dark)
3/4 C. rolled oats
3/4 C. flour
3/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/2 C. unsalted butter, divided
20 oz. peaches, fresh or frozen

In large bowl combine all dry
ingredients. Add 6 T. melted butter to
dry mixture & combine until it resembles
coarse crumbs. Using the 2 remaining
T. butter, butter sides & bottom of a
3.5 or 4 qt. crockpot. Add 1/4 of dry
ingredient mixture to bottom of crockpot
& spread in an even layer. Add peaches
to mixing bowl with rest of dry ingredients –
toss to coat peaches in the mixture. Pour
contents of bowl into crockpot & spread
evenly. Cover & cook on Low 3 to 3 1/2
hours. Serves 6

NOTE: poster tried this recipe using a
crockpot liner & said it did NOT work
very well.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Refrigerator Pickles

2 English cucumbers
1 1/2 C. water
3 T. white vinegar
1 1/2 T. kosher salt (or pickling salt)
2 tsp. peppercorns
2 T. minced garlic
6 sprigs fresh dill

2 pint-sized Mason jars & lids/rings
– washed/dried

In a large pot mix water, white vinegar,
salt, peppercorns & garlic. Cut cucumbers
into spears to fit into Mason jars. Fill Mason
jars with cut cucumber spears & fresh dill
sprigs – pour brine over spears then seal jars
with lids. Place jars in fridge 1-2 days before
eating.

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Seafood Pasta Salad

Dressing:
1 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. buttermilk/sour cream or
plain Greek yogurt
1 T. lemon juice (or apple cider
vinegar)
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. Creole mustard
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. dill
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped

Salad:
2 C. medium pasta shells, cooked/
drained
1 lb. small (51/60 count) cooked shrimp
1 c. cooked, peeled crawfish tails
1 C. fresh crab (or one 8 oz pkg imitation
crab
1/2 tsp. Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 C. chopped bell pepper
1/4 C. chopped celery
1 T. chopped/pickled jalapeno
salt & black pepper, to taste

In bottom of large serving bowl or
lidded storage bowl whisk dressing
ingredients together.

Prepare pasta accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & let cool. Place
pasta in bowl on top of dressing.
Add seafood & sprinkle lightly with
Cajun seasoning & Old Bay. Add
green onion, bell pepper, celery &
jalapeno – toss/taste & adjust
seasonings, adding salt/pepper ONLY
if needed. Serve immediately or
refrigerate until needed to develop
flavors.
 If refrigerated: toss with a few splashes
of milk to freshen before serving.
Serves 4-6

Crab Salad:
Use only crab, omit pasta & reduce
mayonnaise & buttermilk by half
to start, adjusting to desired consistency.

NOTE: If you are boiling your own shrimp,
reserve leftover cooking water & use to
boil the pasta (it adds great flavor to the
salad) REMEMBER-Depending on the heat &
seasoning used in your boil, do not add any
salt/pepper, Old Bay or Cajun seasoning to
the dressing or salad until you taste the
salad after it’s dressed.

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Rosemary/Lemon Grilled Chicken

1 medium lemon
1/3 C. butter, cubed
4 tsp. minced fresh rosemary (or
1 tsp. dried/crushed)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast
halves (6 oz, ea)

Finely grate lemon peel then juice
lemon. In microwave, melt butter –
stir in lemon peel & juice, rosemary,
garlic, salt/pepper. Grill chicken,
covered, over medium heat (or broil
4 inches from heat) 5-7 minutes on each
side until a thermometer reads 165
degrees F., basting frequently with
butter mixture during last 5 minutes of
cooking time. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Green Beans & Potatoes
Oven or Crockpot recipe

2 lb. fresh, frozen or canned green beans
(if fresh, wash, remove ends & break into
pieces)
6-7 red potatoes, cut into pieces
1-2 C. chicken broth (or one 14.5 oz) can
(you don’t have to use chicken broth -poster
thinks it just makes the recipe better)
1 ham hock (can use cooked ham, bacon,
pork jowl or salt pork – about 1/2 C., chopped)
2-3 C. water
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C. finely diced onion (optional)
1 tsp. minced garlic (optional)

In large pot combine all ingredients & bring
to a boil – turn heat to medium-low &
cook about 1 1/2 hours until potatoes are
cooked & water has cooked down.
Serves 8-10

NOTE: You can also cook this in the crockpot:
Cook on Low 6-7 hours or High 4 hours

ALSO: you can also add a few teaspoons bacon
drippings if you’re just using ham – this will add
flavor to the beans

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Lazy-day Cabbage Roll Casserole

2 lb. ground beef, browned/drained
1 C. chopped onion
1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
1 head cabbage, chopped
1 C. instant rice*
1 tsp. salt
1 (14 oz) can beef broth

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine all ingredients in large
bowl & pour into an ungreased
9 X 13″ baking dish; drizzle top
with broth. Cover with foil & bake
1 hour. Uncover & stir; cover again
& bake an additional 30 minutes or
until rice is cooked & casserole is
heated through. Serves 10-12

*poster says she adds more because
she really likes rice

(recipe: mandysrecipeboxblog.com)
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4-Ingredient Biscuits & Gravy

1 tube large, flaky biscuits (like Pillsbury
Grands)
1/2 lb. ground breakfast sausage
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 1/2 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a small casserole dish (7 X 10″)
with nonstick cooking spray. Open
biscuits, cut biscuits into quarters. Layer
half of quarters in casserole dish. Bake
10 minutes.
Gravy:
In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat
brown sausage until fully cooked. Sprinkle
top of cooked sausage with flour – use
wooden spoon to stir flour into sausage
until completely absorbed. Lower heat to
medium; cook 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add milk, stir to combine; add salt/pepper –
stir frequently until mixture comes to a slight
boil. Taste & adjust seasonings as needed. If
gravy is too thick, add a bit more milk (it
should be slightly runny). Pour gravy over
cooked biscuits; layer remaining uncooked,
quartered biscuits over gravy. Place casserole
dish on a baking sheet & bake 20-25 minutes
until golden brown. * Serve immediately.
Serves 8

*If biscuits start to over-bake, cover with foil
for last 10 minutes of baking time.

(recipe: lemon-sugar.com)


Ice Cream Cookie Dessert

1 (15.5 oz) pkg. Oreo cookies, crushed/
divided
1/4 C. butter, melted
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
1 (16 oz) jar hot fudge ice cream topping,
warmed
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

In large bowl combine 3 3/4 C. cookie
crumbs & butter – press into a greased
9 X 13″ baking dish. Spread with ice
cream; cover & freeze until set. Drizzle
fudge topping over ice cream; cover &
freeze to set. Spread with Cool Whip;
sprinkle top with remaining cookie
crumbs. Cover & freeze 2 hours until
firm. Remove from freezer 10 minutes
before serving.
Serves 12

NOTE: To make cutting easier: Dip the
knife in hot water, wipe blade,periodically,
to clean it.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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I’m still battling the ‘cough’ but starting to
feel a little stronger; Wednesday is going to
be a rough day for me: babysitting 8:15 a.m. –
around 3/3:30 then at 6:30 my special needs
group’s Music/Birthday night – will need to
get lots of extra sleep tomorrow night to
conserve my energy!

Our weather is staying high 80’s/low 90’s
& the reports say scattered thundershowers
but we haven’t seen any the last few days –
just checked: now they’re saying 40% chance –
oh well . . . tomorrow is supposed to be a high
of 79 so that’s a little different!

Gas prices are staying level at $2.89/9 – that’s
good ’cause I need a fill up soon!

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Almost here!

The Fourth of July is almost here – how do I know this? Because everyone surrounding us is lighting firecrackers – LOTS of firecrackers. I know that tonight is the local boat clubs HUGE display (I like fireworks, just don’t care for the crowds and big traffic jam on the way home.) Since it’s really close and I still have lots of great recipes – here ya go!

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Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie

4 C. fresh or frozen blueberries,
thawed if frozen
3 T. instant tapioca
3/4 C. plus 1 T. sugar, divided
1 T. lemon juice
zest of 1 lemon
1 (15 oz) box refrigerated pie crusts
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl combine blueberries,
tapioca, 3/4 C. sugar, lemon juice &
lemon zest – mix well & let stand
15-20 minutes.
Unroll 1 pie crust & place in a 9-inch
pie plate. Pour blueberry mixture into
crust. Unroll remaining pie crust &
place on top of mixture – seal & flute
edges. Cut several slits in top crust;
brush with egg & sprinkle with
remaining sugar. Place a pan or
cookie sheet under pie when putting
pie in oven (to catch any drips).
Bake 50-55 minutes until top is
golden. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Honey Orange Ribs

Meat:
1 rack St. Louis ribs

Rub:
1/4 C. kosher salt
1/4 C. black pepper
2 T. sugar
1 tsp. crushed coriander
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder

Sauce:
1/2 C. orange marmalade
1/4 C. honey
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Heat grill to 300 degrees F.*
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Place ribs in a large aluminum tray.
Prepare ribs by removing the extra
‘silver skin’ off back of ribs (discard
skin). In a bowl combine all rub
ingredients – season meat liberally
by rubbing rub into meat – cover
tray with foil. Cook ribs about 2 hours.
In small pot combine sauce ingredients.
Remove cooked ribs from tray and place
directly on grill (you may need to coat
the grill grates with oil or grill-safe
nonstick cooking spray to keep them from
sticking). Apply sauce liberally to ribs &
cover with lid – cook an additional 5
minutes. Carefully flip ribs over & add
another coating of sauce – cook 5
more minutes. Continue doing this a
few more times to get a thick coating
of sticky sauce on ribs. Remove ribs
from grill. Serves 4

*Keep an eye on the grill temperature; try
to keep it a consistent 300 degrees during
the entire cooking time.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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The Best Chicken Marinade

1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 C. balsamic vinegar or other vinegar
1/4 C. soy sauce
1/4 C. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 C. lemon juice
3/4 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. dried rosemary
2 T. Dijon or spicy brown mustard
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
6 chicken breasts or 3.5 lb. chicken

In large Pyrex measuring cup or mixing
bowl combine all ingredients (except
chicken) – whisk together. Remove one
half cup marinade & reserve for basting
chicken later.
Place chicken in large ziplock bag & pour
marinade over top – close securely.
Marinade at least 4 hours & up to
24 hours in fridge.

To Grill:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat &
lightly oil grates. Remove chicken from
marinade, letting excess drip off. Grill
chicken 5-6 minutes per side or until
cooked through. Baste chicken occasionally
with reserved marinade. Remove chicken
from grill & tent with foil. Let chicken rest
at least 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 6

NOTE: If you bring reserved marinade up to
a boil, let simmer until slightly reduced – makes
a wonderful sauce to go on top of the chicken.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Black Bean & Olive Salsa

1 C. drained/rinsed canned
black beans, divided
1 (16 oz) jar thick & chunky salsa
(Taco Bell)
3/4 C. coarsely chopped, pitted
black olives
1/2 C. frozen corn
1 T. chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. fresh lime juice

Mash 1/2 C. beans in medium bowl.
Add remaining beans with all
remaining ingredients in medium bowl;
mix well. Refrigerate 1 hour before
serving. Makes 24 servings (2 T. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Creamy Greek Potato Salad

2 lb. baby yellow potatoes
1 C. English cucumber, sliced into
discs & halved
1/4 C. red onion, finely diced
1/2 C. crumbled feta cheese
1/2 C. Kalamata olives, sliced
3/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
2 T. mayonnaise
1 T. lemon juice (more if desired)
1 tsp. fresh snipped dill (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt/black pepper, to taste
2 T. chopped parsley – garnish

Boil potatoes in salted water about
10-15 minutes until easily pierced
with a fork. Drain; place in strainer
in sink & run with ice cold water to
cool potatoes & stop cooking. Once
cooled, drain & quarter potatoes then
add to a large bowl. Add cucumbers,
onion, olives & feta to bowl.
In small bowl whisk Greek yogurt, mayo,
lemon juice, dill, garlic powder, salt/
pepper, to taste. Mix well & add to bowl
with potato mixture. Gently toss to coat.
Top with chopped parsley & keep covered
& chilled until ready to serve. Serves 4-5

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Crockpot Kielbasa & BBQ Beans

2 (15 oz, ea) cans black beans,
drained/rinsed
2 (15.8 oz, ea) cans Great Northern
beans, drained/rinsed
1 (15.25 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 onion, diced
1/2 C. BBQ sauce
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. mustard
1 tsp. chili powder
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. maple syrup
1/4 C. molasses
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked, cut into
bite-sized pieces
2 lb. Kielbasa, cut into bite-sized
pieces

In large crockpot add all ingredients
except Kielbasa – stir gently to combine.
Place kielbasa on top. Cover & cook
on Low 6-8 hours or High 4-5 hours.
Stir in kielbasa before serving.
Serves 12

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Street Corn Salad

1/2 C. chopped fresh cilantro
3 T. T. lime juice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. olive oil
4 C. fresh corn kernels (or frozen/
thawed)
1 C. thinly sliced radishes
1 C. cherry or grape tomatoes/halved
1/3 C. finely chopped green onion
1/3 C. crumbled feta cheese

Dressing:
In small bowl combine cilantro, lime
juice, salt/pepper – whisk in olive oil.

In medium bowl stir corn, radishes &
tomatoes; gently stir in dressing & spoon
mixture onto a serving platter or shallow
serving bowl. Sprinkle with feta cheese &
serve. Serves 6-8

(recipe: nancy-c.com)
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Unbundled Green Beans

1 lb. smoked bacon, diced 1/2″
1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen whole green
beans*
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. coarse black peppers
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. soy sauce
1/2 C. butter, softened

Heat large skillet over medium heat.
Add diced bacon & cook until brown
but not crispy. Remove & transfer half
of bacon to a paper towel-lined plate
before it becomes crispy – cook
remainder until crispy & transfer to
paper towel-lined plate (leave grease in
pan). Add green beans to skillet & toss;
add salt/pepper & garlic powder & toss
to season well. Simmer.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In small bowl add Wors. sauce, brown
sugar, soy sauce & butter; whisk until
completely smooth. Transfer green
bean mixture to a casserole dish; spoon
sauce over top. Bake, uncovered,
30-40 minutes until green beans are tender.
Remove from oven & sprinkle top with
reserved crispy bacon.

*canned beans can be used – reduce
cooking time.

(recipe: cookingwithk.net)
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Grandma & Katie’s Frozen Dessert
(from Best Church Suppers)

1/2 C. creamy peanut butter
1/2 C. light corn syrup
2 C. crispy rice cereal
2 C. chocolate-flavored crispy
rice cereal
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 to 1 C. Spanish peanuts, coarsely
chopped
(Optional: chocolate syrup)

Blend peanut butter & corn syrup
in a large bowl. Add cereals, stir
until coated then press into bottom
of a ungreased 9 X 13 baking pan.
Spread ice cream over top &
sprinkle with peanuts. Swirl choc.
syrup (if using) over top. Cover with
foil & freeze at least 4 hours before
serving. Cut into squares to serve.
Serves 15-18

(recipe: gooseberrypatch)

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Today was a 6 hour babysitting job – wouldn’t be
so bad except (for the past 3 weeks) I’m suffering
from really bad allergies. NEVER had them before,
that I know of, but now I’m either sneezing & nose
draining, or fully stuffed up & coughing from it all –
no fun. Got home with just enough time to change
clothes and go to my regular knit group. I was
totally amazed that, the evening before a holiday,
TWELVE ladies showed up to knit! (and here I
thought we might get 2-3!).

Our gas prices are hovering at $2.89/9 (which is
good because I fully expected, because of the
holiday, they’d go up over $3.00).

Weather-wise, we’re into the 90’s now & sunny
with a slight breeze – SOooooooo glad we have
central air conditioning at my house! (I’m spoiled!)

Hope you have a good evening!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: here is the photo from Log Cabin Day – my friend,
Rick Barry (who is an author & writes about WWII adventures)
and I in our costumes. I would have posted this earlier on but
could not seem to get a ‘copy & paste’ from the sources I was
using (Thank you, Mary/Momma – got it from your blog!).
Since it was raining on Log Cabin Day my group was given
shelter under the ‘Local Authors” tent – Rick & I were just
about to leave for the day when a man approached both
of us, asking if he could take our picture – apparently he
was from our local newspaper. The photo was on their
web site (but that site wouldn’t allow me to cut/copy
the picture). Anyway, it was a fun reminder of the day
(I totally FORGOT to use my camera the entire day! Sigh!)

 

Saturday

Today is my: “Well Earned REST!” It’s been a VERY busy/crazy/hectic week and I’m SOoooooo glad I don’t have anything else to do today except rest & recuperate! Brief summary of yesterday (just as an example): Ended up doing an un-planned babysitting from 9:15-12:30 for starters (son had a good reason/job related, so I said OK); run home & grab husband – we drive an hour to the store where we bought my electric piano, to buy a BETTER foot/sustain pedal (the one that came with it was really cheap plastic – very light – it kept sticking to the bottom of my foot when I played!), left there & went to lunch at a local coney place (we used to think they were really good but after yesterday have changed our minds – they were mediocre, to say the least). Got home & had to chop 2 big onions for the upcoming (in 2 hours) last special needs group Gym Night. Rested for a very short time, drove there – (let’s see, make this short): cut a huge watermelon, cooked hot dogs to feed about 40 people, helped serve/also served ice cream, cleaned up & drove home – got home around 9:30 VERY TIRED! SOoooo glad today is free of anything but cooking dinner!

Tomorrow is Father’s Day so I’ve put together some recipes that might help out for that event:

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Millionaire’s Pie

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks,
drained & blotted dry on paper towels
1 C. chopped pecans
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker
pie crust

In large bowl combine pineapple, pecans,
sweetn’d cond. milk & lemon juice; mix
well. Gently fold in Cool Whip & pour
into prepared crust. Freeze at least 6
hours or overnight. Allow pie to thaw
about 5 minutes before serving then
freeze any leftover pie.  Serves 6

NOTE: You can top the pie with extra
pecans & a drizzle of caramel ice cream
sauce for an ‘extra millionaire’ presentation.

(recipe:  mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Chili Cheese Casserole

1 (9 1/4 oz) bag Fritos corn chips
2 (15 oz, ea) cans chili
3 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (16 oz) container sour cream
1/2 C. diced white onion

extra Fritos corn chips – for garnish,
if desired

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 1/2 C. Fritos
on bottom of crockpot – spoon chili
over top. Sprinkle half onions on top
then half the cheese. Spread all of
sour cream on top & top with rest of
cheese & onions. Cover & cook on High
2 hours. Serve with additional Fritos on
top (for garnish). Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Crockpot Pepper Jack Chicken

3-4 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
or breasts
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. cumin
salt/pepper, to taste
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen whole green beans
1 bell pepper, seeded/sliced
8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. butter

2 C. shredded Pepper Jack cheese

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place chicken in bottom of crockpot &
season with garlic powder/onion powder,
cumin, salt/pepper. Layer green beans,
mushrooms & pepper on top  – season
again with salt/pepper & top with butter.
Cover & cook on Low 4-6 hours until
chicken is shreddable when stirred. Stir
chicken until shredded & top with cheese.
Cover & cook on High until cheese melts.
Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Summer Vegetable Cobbler

2 T. butter
3 small zucchini, sliced
1 small sweet red pepper,
finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. flour
1 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Biscuit Topping:

1 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 T. cold butter
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
3 T. minced fresh basil
2/3 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 8 inch square baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet heat butter on
medium-high heat. Add zucchini,
red pepper & onion – cook & stir
10-12 minutes until zucchini is
crisp-tender. Add garlic, cook 1
minute more. In small bowl whisk
flour, milk, salt/pepper – stir into
veggies. Bring to a boil, stirring
constantly; cook & stir 2-3 minutes
until sauce is thickened. Spoon into
prepared dish.
Topping:
In small bowl whisk flour, baking
powder & salt – cut in butter until
mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Stir in cheese & basil; add milk, stir
just until moistened. Drop by rounded
tablespoonfuls over filling.
Bake 25-30 minutes until filling is
bubbly & biscuits are golden brown.
Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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“Slider Casserole”

2 lb. ground beef
1 box dry onion soup mix
(comes with 2 pkgs – you will
use both)
2 (12 oz, ea) tubes crescent rolls
8-10 slices American cheese
mustard, to taste
dill pickles, chopped – to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In a
skillet brown ground beef; crumble
& mix with both pkgs. onion soup
mix. Drain meat into a colander;
using paper towels, press down on
mixture & squeeze out as much
liquid as possible. Unroll one tube
rolls into prepared dish, flatten
slightly to seal seams & cover the
bottom – top with ground beef then
top with cheese slices. Top with pickles
& mustard (to taste). Unroll other
tube rolls over top, sealing seams &
covering contents in dish. Bake 15-20
minutes until top is golden brown &
cheese is melted. Cut into squares &
serve with additional condiments,
if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Chicken Roll-ups

3 large chicken breasts (about 2 lb)
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
22 strips pre-cooked bacon, divided
4 green onions, minced
3 mushrooms, minced
3/4 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 T. dried parsley
salt/pepper

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large gallon-sized zip-lock bag
place 1 chicken breast. Seal bag
securely & pound chicken to
flatten (you want it to be as thin
as you can get it – about 1/4
inch thick). Cut breast in half &
repeat with other 2 breasts
(pound & cut in two). Cut 4
slices bacon finely. In a medium
microwaveable bowl place cream
cheese – microwave 30 seconds to
soften. Mix in green onions, minced
bacon & mushrooms along with
minced garlic, onion powder, parsley
& salt/pepper – stir to blend well.
Sprinkle a bit of salt & pepper over
each chicken breast; spoon about 2
T. cream cheese mixture onto each
flattened breast & roll up. Wrap 2-3
pieces of pre-cooked bacon around
each one. NOTE: if bacon is hard to
manipulate, place it on a plate &
microwave about 20 seconds to
make it more pliable. Lay chicken
rolls in prepared pan & bake,
uncovered, 30-40 minutes until
inside of chicken is cooked through
& is no longer pink. Remove from
oven & cover with foil. Allow to stand
5 minutes, then serve. Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Jalapeno Popper Pimento Cheese
(spread/dip)

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
2 T. hot pickled jalapeno peppers,
chopped well
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
6 strips thick cut bacon, cooked/crumbled

In large microwaveable bowl place cream
cheese – microwave 30 seconds (it should
be mushy & stir-able, not melted – consistency
of mayonnaise). Add shredded Cheddar,
chopped jalapenos & mayonnaise – blend well.
Add cooked bacon & stir well. Store in tightly
covered jar – lasts 4 days refrigerated.

(recipe: nanaslittlekitchen.com)
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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 1/4 C. sugar, divided
1 C. flour
1/2 C. cocoa, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
1/3 C. melted butter
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. brown sugar
1 1/4 C. boiling water

Whipped cream or Cool Whip-
garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Combine 3/4 C. sugar, 1/4 C.
cocoa, flour, baking powder &
salt in a bowl. Add milk, butter &
vanilla; beat until smooth. Pour into
an ungreased 9 X 9″ baking dish. Stir
1/4 C. sugar, 1/2 C. brown sugar,
1/4 C. cocoa & sprinkle over top
of batter. Pour boiling water over top
& bake 35-40 minutes until center is
almost set (do not over bake). Let
stand 15 minutes. Serves 9
Serve with whipped cream or
Cool Whip

(recipe: 77recipes.com)

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Ended up finishing one of the three baby
blankets and started a new one. New one
is using a multi-colored medium blue/white
twist – when knit it comes out almost looking
like light blue denim! 

Log Cabin Day is a week
(+ 1 day) away – my mind is still trying to wrap
around new things: moving my group to a new
location on the grounds (closer to the action),
taking less things with me (no longer transporting
our big sign, table covers, etc.) and hoping more
ladies will join me. I was getting a bit concerned
last week but now have seven ladies who have
said they’ll be there for either the day or part
of, so we’ll see.

Gas prices surprised me yesterday – was
expecting to see $2.89/9 (like the day
before) and was shocked at $3.09/9! Oh
well – not much choice, need it.

Hope you’re having a good day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Every day’s an adventure!

Life never ceases to amaze me – last night was oldest grandson’s last Viola concert – on the way to the concert my husband pushed the button on my van for the automatic window to go down – button jammed/window now continually DOWN. Long story short: husband called Chrysler & they shipped/drove the part to our dealership – husband put in the part and now my window works! YAY! Along with that story is the fact that now I can attend a wedding tomorrow (using my car) – been looking forward to this one because it’s a close friend’s Granddaughter; I’ve known her all her life and I’m so excited for her – will be a great wedding.

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 Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

1 (16 oz) can lemon pie filling
1 (15 oz) box yellow cake mix
4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted butter,
very thinly sliced

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray a square baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Pour
pie filling into prepared dish &
spread to corners. Top with half
of dry cake mix. Place cubed
cream cheese evenly on top then
sprinkle remaining dry cake mix
on top. Place butter pats in single
layer on top, trying to cover as much
of surface of cake as possible. Bake
35-40 minutes until toothpick inserted
into center comes out clean. Remove
from oven & let cool 15 -20 minutes
before serving. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Salmon Cakes

2 (6 oz, ea) cans salmon, drained/
remove bones (if desired)
2 eggs
10 saltine crackers, crushed
salt/pepper
garlic powder, to taste
olive oil

In large bowl mix first 4
ingredients; for into patties.
Heat oil in large skillet &
fry patties on both sides
until golden. Serves 2-4

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

1 lb. uncooked macaroni pasta
4 T. apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 C. mayonnaise, divided
1 C. milk, divided
2 T. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. black pepper

Optional add-ins:
thinly sliced sweet onion
diced celery
finely shredded carrots
chopped pineapple bits
peas
chopped hard-boiled egg
cooked/crumbled bacon
cooked/cubed ham

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain well. Place
hot pasta into a large bowl &
sprinkle with apple cider vinegar,
stirring to coat. Let stand & cool
10 minutes (for pasta to absorb
vinegar). Whisk 1 1/2 C. may,
1/2 C. milk, sugar, salt/pepper
in a bowl. Fold in cooked/cooled
macaroni, stir to coat. Allow to
cool completely. Add remaining
1/2 C. milk & 1/2 C. mayo along
with any add-ins you might like;
stir to coat. Cover & refrigerate
at least 1 hour or overnight. Stir
before serving & adjust seasonings
as needed. Serves 10-12

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Crockpot Cheesy Hashbrowns

1/4 C. butter
1 sweet onion, chopped
3-4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. sour cream
1 (30 oz) bag frozen country-style
shredded hashbrowns, thawed
salt/pepper, to taste

Melt butter in a saucepan over
medium heat; add onions &
saute until transparent. Remove
from heat & mix in sour cream.
In a large bowl mix thawed hash-
browns & 2 C. shredded cheese;
salt/pepper to taste. Pour butter
mixture in & gently mix until mixed
well. Spread mixture in bottom of
6 quart crockpot. Sprinkle
remaining cheese on top. Cover &
cook on Low 6-8 hours (or High
3-4 hours).  Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Watermelon & Tomato Salad

1 pint grape tomatoes (about 2 C.)*
1 pear tomato, chopped
1 regular tomato, chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled/chopped
1 C. chopped onion**
3-4 C. peeled/chopped watermelon
juice of 1 fresh lemon (or about 3 T.)
5 T. olive oil
1/2 tsp. dried basil (or fresh basil leaves)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
(Optional: fresh mint leaves – poster used
3-4, chopped)

In large salad bowl combine tomatoes,
cucumber, onion & watermelon. In
another bowl whisk lemon juice, olive
oil, basil, salt/pepper. (add chopped
mint leaves, if using). Toss salad
with dressing. Chill & serve.
Serves about 8

*poster cuts some in half & leaves
a few whole

**poster used sweet Vidalia

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Creamy Sun Dried Tomato
Sauce Chicken
(crockpot)

1/2 C. chicken broth
1 1/2 – 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken
thighs or breasts (frozen is fine)
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 C. flour
1 (6.7 oz) jar sundried tomatoes
1/2 C. Half & Half or heavy cream
2/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2-4 T. chopped fresh basil (or more,
depending on preference)
=
Cooked pasta, rice or quinoa to
serve 8*
=
Add broth & chicken to crockpot;
sprinkle with garlic powder, Ital.
seasoning, salt/pepper. Mix crushed
tomatoes & flour together & pour
over top of chicken. Cover & cook on
Low 4 hours (for thawed chicken),
6 hours for frozen. Use a fork to break
up chicken. Drain sun-dried tomatoes
of all oil – chop & add to crockpot; add
Half & Half (or cream), Parm. cheese &
basil – stir. Serve by itself or with cooked
pasta, rice or quinoa. Serves 8

*Poster said she cooked 1 lb. pasta on
stovetop while chicken was cooking. She
stirred the drained pasta plus 1/4 C.
pasta water into crockpot with chicken &
sauce.

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Death-by-chocolate Poke Cake

Cake:
1 box chocolate cake mix (plus
ingredients on box to make cake)
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips,
melted
chocolate candy bar shavings – garnish

Frosting:
1 C. butter, softened
2 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3/4 C. cocoa powder
2 tsp. vanilla
pinch kosher salt
1/4 C. heavy whipping cream,
plus more, if necessary

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Butter & flour 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Prepare cake mix accordg.
to pkg. directions & bake
26 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of cake
comes out clean. Using the
handle of a wooden spoon, poke
top of cake all over, making holes.
In small bowl mix sweet’d cond’
milk & melted chocolate together –
pour mixture into holes.

Frosting:

In large bowl using elec. mixer,
beat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa
powder, vanilla & salt. Beat in
heavy cream (adding more, by
tablespoon, until consistency is
creamy but can hold peaks).
Spread frosting all over cake,
smoothing top evenly then
sprinkle top with chocolate
shavings.

(recipe: delish.com)

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Our weather is in the 70’s & sunny – perfect
SUMMER weather (in my opinion). Gas prices
are hovering between $2.99/9 and $3.09/9
I’m glad I got to my local Clark station when
it was still $2.99/9!

Been on the phone & also chatting with lots
of people about the two upcoming events
I like to participate in – both of the historical
society’s events. Not sure exactly why, but
both groups are really behind on asking
groups/people/presenters to participate –
very strange. I even sent out an email to
my knit group asking who would be joining
me at Log Cabin Day – so far 2 people
said they’re coming – going to be a VERY
THIN presentation from us – oh well.
Reminds me of the very first year I asked
our group to attend -I was the only one
there (no costume at that time) – just me
sitting in a folding chair, regular clothes,
knitting with a little sign saying:
“Waterford-Area Knitters & Crocheters”-
people walked by looking at me like I was
NUTS! We’ll see how this all shakes out –
I’m getting the feeling that both groups
are thinning out due to lack of getting
NEW volunteers to participate. This
generation is just NOT interested in history,
so why bother (not my idea). It’s very sad.

Hope your day is going smoothly – tonight
is Enchiladas for dinner – a favorite here.

Hugs;

Pammie

Sunday Evening

I feel like I’m ‘Back to ME’ again – had a great choir practice this evening followed by evening church and communion – I’m ‘fueled’ and ready to regain the land of the living – so to speak.

There are SOooooo many recipes to share, I’ve decided to keep on, especially since I always give the source of each recipe on this blog. Here goes:

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Icebox Cake

2 lb. fresh strawberries, washed, tops
cut off & sliced 1/4 inch
2 sleeves graham crackers
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, room temp.
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant cheesecake
flavored pudding mix
3 C. milk
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/divided

Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Line bottom with graham
crackers. In large bowl combine cream
cheese & sweetn’d cond’ milk – using elec
mixer, beat until smooth & creamy. Add
pudding mixes & milk – continue mixing on
Low 4-5 minutes until it starts to thicken.
Fold in 2 C. Cool Whip until smooth. Pour
half of cream cheese mixture over graham
crackers. Arrange a single layer of straw-
berry slices over cream cheese mixture &
top with another layer of graham crackers.
Cover with remaining cream cheese mixture &
top with another layer of sliced strawberries.
Cover & refrigerate 6-8 hours.
When serving, top with remaining Cool Whip.
Crush remaining graham crackers & sprinkle
over top.

(recipe: Tasty Recipes)
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Crockpot Cheesy Salsa Chicken/Rice

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts,
cubed
2 (10.75 oz, ea) cans Cheddar cheese soup
1 (16 oz) jar chunky salsa
1 1/4 C. water
1 1/4 C. uncooked long-cooking rice
(NOT minute rice)

Mix all ingredients in crockpot;
cover & cook on Low 5 hours –
(it’s done when chicken & rice
are tender). Serves 6-8

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chunky Gazpacho Salad

5 roma tomatoes, chopped into
1-inch chunks
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 English cucumber, chopped
2 green onions, sliced (green &
white parts)
1/3 C. fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 T. spicy vegetable juice
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. olive oil

Combine tomatoes, bell pepper,
celery & cucumber in a large
bowl with green onions & parsley.
In small bowl whisk vegetable juice,
vinegar, Wors. sauce, Dijon mustard,
salt/pepper. Slowly whisk in olive
oil until well combined; pour over
salad & toss mix well. Refrigerate
30 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: lisasdinnertimedish.com)
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Grilled Maple Pork Chops

6 T. maple syrup
6 T. balsamic vinegar
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4/ tsp. ground black pepper
4 boneless pork loin chops (1 1/2
inches thicken & 12 oz, each)

In small bowl whisk syrup, vinegar,
salt/pepper until blended – pour
1/2 C. into a large ziplock bag. Add
chops – seal bag & turn to coat.
Refrigerate 1 hour (reserve
remaining marinade for basting)

Oil grill & bring to medium heat.
Drain chops (discard marinade in
bag). cook chops, covered, over
medium heat OR broil 4 inches from
heat 13-17 minutes until a thermometer
reads 145 degrees F., turning occasionally
& basting with reserved marinade during
last 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before
serving. Serves 4

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Maple Baked Beans with Sausage

2 (28 oz, ea) cans Bush’s Original baked
beans
1 lb. mild sausage
1/2 C. chopped white onion
2 T. brown sugar
1 T. McCormick Grill Mates
Smokehouse Maple
2 T. ketchup
2 T. mustard
1/3 C. maple syrup

Preheat oven 300 degrees F. Brown
sausage in skillet & drain. Combine
with all other ingredients in a casserole
dish with a lid. Bake 2 hours until
desired consistency. Serves 8-10

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Chicken & Asparagus Quiche

2 (9 inch, ea) pie crusts
2 T. butter
2 T. olive oil
1 T. garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed/
cut into 1-inch pieces
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts,
diced
3 eggs, beaten
1 C. Half & Half
1 tsp. dry mustard
salt/pepper, to taste
2 C. shredded Monterey Jack
cheese, divided

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Place pie crusts in two 9″
pie pans & bake 10-12 minutes
until lightly golden.

Reduce oven temp. to 375 degrees F.

In large skillet melt butter & olive
over medium heat. Saute
garlic, onion & asparagus 5-7
minutes until asparagus is
crisp-tender. Using a slotted
spoon, remove vegetables
from skillet, leaving as much
butter mixture as possible. Add
chicken to skillet & saute 7-8
minutes until fully cooked.
Remove skillet from heat. In a
bowl whisk remaining ingredients
(except cheeses). Sprinkle 1/2 C.
cheese in each pie crust. Layer
half of chicken in each crust,
followed by half veggies per
crust & half egg mixture into
each crust. Top with remaining
cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30-35
minutes. Makes 2 quiches, each
serving 4-6

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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4-Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies

1 (14 oz) bag sweetened shredded
coconut
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2/3 C. lightly salted chopped almonds

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Line large baking sheet with parchment
paper. In large bowl combine coconut,
cond. milk, choc. chips & almonds –
stir until combined. Fill a small bowl
with a little warm water.Using a scoop
or tablespoon, scoop dough onto sheet.
Dip your fingers in the water & gently
pat down tops of each cookie to form
discs (or use the back of a spoon
dipped in water). Bake 14-17 minutes
until edges start to turn brown. Cool
on baking sheet a few minutes then
transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 3 dozen

(recipe: tiphero.com)

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Our weather this past week has gone from the
80’s/90’s down to the 60’s today with overcast
clouds & intermitant rain – it’s OK – all the beautiful
flowers & growing things need the rain.

I’m still plugging away at the three baby blankets
with a short pause to (once again) correct slight
mistakes in 2 out of 3…sometimes ya ‘got it’ and
sometimes ya just don’t! I’m determined to finish
all three of them.

OH! Gas prices dropped a bit from $3.?? down to
$2.89/9 – not great but better than into the Three
dollar range, right? Makes my little Scots heart
glad to see any drop in price!

Hope that you are having a good day/evening –

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Wednesday!

It’s a sun-shiny, bright new Summer-like day out; 75 degrees F with a slight breeze – what could be better? Just got home from Library Knit Group (10 – 12 p.m.), quick trip to Krogers & Kroger gas station, Gordon Foods – now I’M HOME! A friend told me about Kroger Fuel REWARDS program (I already have their Kroger card & get accumulating fuel points) but didn’t know that you can also subscribe to their SURVEY site and get up to 20 fuel points per month! With Kroger, if you spend $100.00 you get 10 fuel points; that’s equal to 10 cents off on each gallon of gas and it goes from there. Since I had STICKER SHOCK when I got out of Kroger, knowing I had 10 cents off per gallon made me happy. Going TO knit group the price was $2.99/9 for regular . . . a little over 2 hours later it had jumped to $3.16/9! Yes, I know it’s going on a holiday weekend but I sure didn’t expect that kind of a jump so soon! Only got $25.00 (had a little less than a quarter tank and am going to be doing a bit of driving in the next few days, so needed to get gas). (If you might be interested in the Kroger Fuel Survey thing – go to

http://www.kroger.com/fuel

and look for the heading Fuel Survey on the left side of the screen – you will need to have a Kroger Plus shopper’s Card to qualify). Every little bit helps!

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Lemon Pudding Dessert

1 C. cold butter, cubed
2 C. flour
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
3 C. cold whole milk
2 (3.4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant
lemon pudding mix

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In medium bowl cut butter into
flour until crumbly – press into
ungreased 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Bake 18-22 minutes until light
brown. Cool on wire rack.

Beat cream cheese & sugar until
smooth; fold in 1 C. Cool Whip &
spread over cooled crust.

In large bowl beat milk & pudding
mix on Low speed using elec. mixer
2 minutes. Carefully spread over
cream cheese layer. Top with
remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate
at least 1 hour. Makes 16 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crunchy Taco Salad

1 small head green cabbage, thinly
sliced (about 4 C. ) – or lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, diced (about 1 C.)
1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 C.)
1 medium green bell pepper, diced (1 C.)
1 (15 oz) can kidney/pinto or black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (8 oz) can whole kernel corn
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 to 1 C. Spicy Guacamole Dressing*
1/2 C. feta cheese, crumbled (or Cheddar,
shredded)
2 C. corn tortilla chips, crumbled
1/2 C. water
1/4 C. fresh lemon juice
1/4 medium onion, peeled
1 medium avocado, peeled/pitted &
quartered
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 fresh serrano chili pepper
1/4 C. chopped cilantro leaves
1 T. olive or vegetable oil
1 tsp. sea salt

Mix cabbage (or lettuce), tomatoes,
onion, bell pepper, beans, corn &
chili powder in a large bowl. Toss
salad with Guacamole dressing; let
stand 10 minutes. Sprinkle top with
cheese & tortilla chips. Serves 4

*Spicy Guacamole Dressing:
Using food processor (or elec. mixer)
blend water, lemon juice, onion, avocado,
garlic, chili, cilantro, oil & salt until smooth
& creamy. Add more water if too thick

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Asparagus/Egg/Bacon
Salad w/Dijon Vinaigrette

1 large hard-boiled egg, peeled/
sliced
1 2/3 C. chopped asparagus
2 slices cooked/crumbled center-
cut bacon
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
pinch salt/pepper

Bring a pot of water to boil;
add asparagus & cook 2-3 minutes
until tender yet firm. Drain & run
under cold water to stop cooking
process. In small bowl mix Dijon
mustard, oil, vinegar & salt/pepper.
Arrange asparagus on a plate; top
with egg slices & bacon – drizzle
with vinaigrette. Serves 1

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Sour Cream Fish Fillets

1 1/2 lb. cod or haddock, cut
into 6 fillets
1 C. sour cream
1/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 T. Italian-seasoned bread
crumbs
2 T. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
fillets in a single layer in dish.
In medium bowl combine sour
cream, Parm. cheese, paprika,
salt/pepper – mix well. Spread
evenly over fish & sprinkle top
with bread crumbs. Drizzle top
with melted butter. Bake 20-25
minutes until fish flakes easily
with a fork. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Tangy Raspberry
Chicken ‘n Spinach

1 (8 oz) bottle raspberry vinaigrette
salad dressing
4 lb. frozen boneless skinless chicken
breasts (or thighs)*
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
black pepper – to taste
3 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges,
drained

Cooked rice/potatoes/pasta
to serve 6

Lightly spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray. Pour a
small layer of salad dressing on
bottom of crockpot. Place chicken
on top – season with salt/pepper.
Add spinach on top of chicken & push
it down so it fits in the crockpot.
Pour remaining salad dressing on
top. Cover & cook on High 4-5
hours until chicken is not longer
pink inside. Add drained mandarin
oranges to crockpot. Cover & turn
temperature to Warm. (allow to stay
warm while you cook whatever rice/
potatoes/pasta you want to serve
with this). Serves 6

*You can also use thawed chicken &
reduce the cooking time to 4 hours
on High.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Jalapeno Corn Dip

1 (15 oz) can sweet whole
kernel corn, drained (or)
2 C. fresh corn cut from cob
1 bell pepper, seeded/diced
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded/
finely diced
1 small can chopped green chiles
1 C. shredded Colby Jack cheese
blend
1/4 C. sour cream
2 T. mayonnaise
2 T. chopped cilantro
2 green onions, sliced
squirt of lime juice

Place all ingredients in medium
bowl – stir to combine. Serves 8

(recipe: lemontreedwelling.com)
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Creamy Bacon/Pea Salad

1 (32 oz) pkg. frozen peas, defrosted
6 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 C. Cheddar cheese, diced
1 C. Miracle Whip salad dressing
1 T. sugar
2 T. milk
1 tsp. seasoning salt
salt/pepper, to taste

In large bowl mix peas, bacon & cheese.
In small bowl whisk Miracle Whip, sugar,
milk, seasoning salt, salt/pepper – pour
over pea mixture & toss to coat. Cover
& refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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5-ingredient Peach Cobbler
Dump Cake

1 (29 oz) can sliced peaches
in heavy syrup
1 (15.25 oz) can sliced peaches
in heavy syrup, drained
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Dump large can of peaches into
pan then add smaller drained
peaches & spread out evenly.
Sprinkle top with cinnamon,
evenly. Pour dry cake mix on
top & spread out evenly.
Pour melted butter over dry
cake mix. Bake 50 minutes –
1 hour until top starts to
brown & edges are bubbling.
Serve warm.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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Things have been going well this week (so far);
tomorrow husband & I are going to see/with
possible buying a piano keyboard from a friend
of ours (they’re moving out of state). I have a
1930’s? baby grand piano that belonged to my
mother – yes, it’s very ‘pretty’ but it’s in need
of a great deal of work (lots of strings replaced,
body work, etc. we’re talking probably around
$1,000 in work, at least). This offer came up and
we’re going to see what we think – I have not been
a fan of keyboards – for their lack of pressure
when playing the keys, sound, etc. BUT this
friend plays very well so I’m excited to see just
what they have to offer. (Husband even said if
I want to, we can go look at a new keyboard if
this doesn’t pan out – we’ll see…). I miss having
a piano to play (and husband says he misses
hearing me play – I haven’t in too many years
now and I miss just being able to sit down when
a piece of music comes to mind and play it.

We don’t have any special plans for the upcoming
holiday – just church Sunday. OH! My ‘belated’
Mother’s Day dinner last Sunday at oldest son’s
house was great: BBQ ribs on his grill, a tomato/
feta/cucumber salad/BBQ beans with pork in them,
grilled asparagus and a huge chocolate cake –
needless to say: I PIGGED OUT!

Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

WOooooooEeeeeeee – it’s HOT!

Just got home from a little trip to drop off some donations to St. Vincent de Paul (my new ‘charity of choice – gave up on Purple Heart – used to donate to them all the time but every time we scheduled a pick up, they never came!) This place is close and looks like they could use some nice donations, so that’s why I chose them. Stopped at KMart on the way home & picked up a pair of summer shorts for me; I have, probably, 7 pairs IN A BOX which would be really wrinkled, so I just got lazy & bought a new pair. Didn’t hurt that I had $6.00 off in KMart bonus points – that helped! It’s a bright, sunny day – 77 degrees F. (not much breeze) – I LOVE THESE KINDS OF DAY!  Even if I stay in the house, it cheers me up just seeing the sunshine!

KNITTING MOJO:  Dropped both other baby afghans & started a new one in bright yellow using a 2-row pattern and am happy with it. (I’ll go back to the others in awhile).

GAS PRICES: WOW! Our gas is at $2.99/9 and in some places $3.09/9 – wonder what’s pushing the big jump in prices?

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Island Breezes Coffee Cake
(overnight recipe)

2/3 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. sweetened/shredded
coconut, toasted
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. cook & serve
coconut cream pudding mix
20 frozen bread dough dinner
rolls
1 (20 oz) can pineapple tidbits,
drained
1 (3 oz) jar macadamia nuts,
coarsely chopped
1/2 C. butter, cubed

In small bowl mix brown sugar,
coconut & pudding mix (dry). Place
10 rolls in a greased Bundt (or tube)
pan. Layer with half sugar mixture,
1 C. pineapple tidbits, 1/2 C. nuts &
1/4 C. butter – repeat layers. Cover
with plastic wrap & refrigerate
overnight.
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Remove pan from fridge about
1 3/4 hours before serving – let
rise in a warm place until dough
reaches top of pan, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Remove plastic wrap; bake 35-40
minutes until golden brown. (cover
loosely with foil if top browns too
quickly). Cool 10 minutes before
inverting onto a serving plate.
Serve warm. Makes 12 servings

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Garlic Butter Shrimp & Quinoa


3 T. unsalted butter*
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 green or/red/yellow bell pepper,
diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 C. uncooked quinoa
4 C. chicken broth
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 lb. shrimp, raw/tail-on
3 T. unsalted butter*
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes,
(optional)
salt/pepper, to taste
fresh chopped parsley (garnish-
optional)
wedges lemon- for serving

Place a large non-stick skillet over
medium heat & add 3 T. butter –
melt completely. Add onion, bell
pepper, celery & garlic – cook 3-4
minutes until onion & bell pepper
have begun to soften. Add uncooked
quinoa – stir to combine & cook 1
minute, toasting the quinoa. Add
chicken broth & bring to boil – reduce
heat to Low then add oregano & thyme;
stir to combine. Cover & simmer 15
minutes.
After quinoa has simmered 15 minutes:
remove lid & stir. Add shrimp then arrange
on top of quinoa (shrimp will probably
cover entire top of dish – you might have
to nestle a few into mixture until cooked
through.) Remove lid & test doneness of
quinoa (it’s done when completely soft
but still ‘pops’ a bit when eaten. The
quinoa should have absorbed nearly all
liquid but it will continue to absorb
moisture as it sits. Remove skillet from
heat; melt remaining 3 T. butter in
microwave & stir garlic, salt/pepper
flakes into melted butter then drizzle
over shrimp. Sprinkle top with parsley
(if using) & serve immediately with
lemon wedges on the side.
Serves 8-10

*if you don’t want to use butter you
can substitute with same amount of
olive oil

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Easy, Creamy Chicken & Mushroom
Pasta

3 chicken breasts, sliced into strips
1 (10 1/2 oz) pkg. mushrooms sliced
thinly
1 (11.28 oz) pkg. penne pasta
1 shallot, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 1/2 C. chicken stock
8 T. cream cheese
salt/black pepper, to taste
handful chopped fresh Italian parsley,
finely chopped (garnish)

Cook pasta to al dente; reserve 2 ladles
pasta water & drain cooked pasta. Spray
a frying pan with nonstick cooking spray –
add chicken strips & cook until lightly
golden on both sides; remove & set
aside. Spray pan with a little more
nonstick spray – add shallot, garlic &
mushrooms – fry 2 minutes. Add a little
stock & reduce down – repeat with a
little stock until mushrooms are golden.
Whisk cream cheese in remaining stock
& reserved pasta water then add to pan
with mushrooms – bring to boil. Simmer,
uncovered, until sauce reduces down &
starts to thicken slightly. Add pasta &
chicken to pan & continue to simmer until
chicken is thoroughly cooked & sauce has
thickened. Stir parsley into mixture &
season well with salt/pepper. Serves 4

(recipe: slimmingeats.com)
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Spinach Dip Crescent Bites
(appetizers)

2 T. butter
1 C. chopped green onion (about
1 bunch, white & green both)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. chopped red bell pepper,
seeded (1 large)
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed/well squeezed/
drained
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 C. mayonnaise
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1/2 C. chopped water chestnuts
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan chehese
2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a saute pan over medium heat
melt butter; add green onion, bell
pepper & garlic -saute 3-4 minutes.
Add spinach & cream cheese – stir
mixture & blend in cream cheese until
melted. Stir in salt/pepper, paprika,
crushed red pepper flakes, mayo,
lemon juice, water chestnuts &
Parmesan – remove from heat. Unroll
one pkg. crescent rolls & place on a
baking sheet. Using your fingers, gently
press seams together to seal. Spread
spinach mixture evenly over dough,
leaving about 1/2-inch border along
edges. Unroll other pkg. rolls & place
on top of spinach mixture – press edges
together to seal – gently press seams
together. Bake 20-25 minutes until
roll dough is golden brown. Cut into
small squares & serve (NOTE: a pizza
cutter works very well for cutting them).

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)
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Crockpot Bacon/Spinach Quiche

1 T. butter
10 eggs
1 C. milk
1 C. chopped spinach
8 oz. shredded cheese
1/2 tsp. black pepper
10 slices bacon, chopped
(or 3/4 C. real bacon bits)
1/2 C. chopped spinach (or
any other vegetable)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In very
large bowl combine eggs, milk,
cheese, spinach & pepper – pour
into crockpot. Sprinkle cooked
bacon on top. Cover & cook on
Low 4 hours. Serves 8

(recipe: sidetrackedsarah.com)
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Spicy Oven-baked Pork Chops

4-6 bone-in pork chops (or boneless,
if desired)
1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. water
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried onion flakes (or
finely chopped onion)
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. Cajun seasoning*

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place chops in a baking dish or
iron skillet. Whisk together
remaining ingredients in a bowl
& pour over chops. Bake 45-60
minutes uncovered until chops
are done in center. Serves 4-6

*Homemade Cajun Seasoning
(makes about 1/3 C.)

2 T. paprika
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (or
more, if desired)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground thyme
1/2 tsp. oregano

Combine all ingredients & store in
airtight container.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.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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Not much new around here, supposed to go
to another grandson baseball game but it’s just
too hot for me (I don’t do well in heat, even in
the shade). Middle son is going to cook me
dinner tonight (for Mother’s Day) – I’m guessing
it will be something like brown rice & mixed
oriental veggies (he’s vegetarian) – oh well, I
don’t have to cook, so I’m looking forward to it!

Have a great day!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s Thursday already!

Sometimes my weeks just FLY BY! Ever have that happen? This has been another crazy/busy week – my back is finally acting normal again – YAY! I honestly don’t even remember Monday! Tuesday was a really crazy/hectic day babysitting. My oldest son (Dad of grandsons) is trying to install a new tub & surround (with a little help from a plumber acquaintance). Said plumber was supposed to show up at 4 p.m. to get the pipes soldered/surround in, etc. He showed up an hour late, quickly told son what HE should get done then said he had to get home for dinner (apparently his wife is a stickler for prompt dinner time – sigh). My son was SO furious he stomped upstairs & started doing it himself. He said: “Mom, what time is your knit thing?” (I’m supposed to be there around 6 p.m.) – he said; “Well, you can go, we’ll be fine.” (we being the baby & him, older grandson was at track & baseball practice). I said: “No WAY I’m leaving him alone while you plumb the bathroom!” . . . long story short, I stayed until 7:30 (SUPER…SUPER tired/worn out), went to Burger King & grabbed food (didn’t even taste it, I was THAT tired!). I guess yesterday the plumber came back & did what he was supposed to do TUESDAY! Bathroom is now up & running/functional again. I love my baby grandson but this day he was extra clingy – play a little then look at me/put his arms up with this “Pick me UP!” look – VERY unusual for him. He took an hour nap, woke up, did the raised arm thing then slept on my chest for another HOUR! (He hasn’t done that since he was very tiny). I know it’s a stage – he now cries when his parents have to leave; he’ll outgrow it, but it really made for a very long day! (OH – forgot to mention Son/older grandson & baby came over at around 8:30 to take showers – guess who kept the baby comfy – while he continued to cry because his daddy was in the shower!). VERY. . . V E R Y long day!

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Trying to feature some Mother’s Day recipes – just in case you might need a few ideas . . .

Pecan Pie Pound Cake

4 sticks butter, room temp
4 C. sugar
4 C. flour (cake or all purpose)
8 large eggs, room temp
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
2-3 tsp. vanilla
1 (or more) C. chopped pecans
1 (or more) C. brown sugar
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1 jar caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
In large bowl using elec. mixer, cream
butter, cream cheese & sugar until
smooth. Add eggs, one-at-a time, then
add flour, one cup at a time. Add 2-3
tsp. vanilla & mix well. Grease & flour
(or spray & flour) a tube pan (or Bundt
pan) & pour in batter, spreading to
even. Sprinkle nuts & brown sugar
on top & lightly press into the batter.
Bake 1 hour 15 minutes*. Remove
from oven & allow to cool a few
minutes before inverting onto a
plate. Drizzle caramel over top &
down sides of cake.

*You might want to tent the top of
the cake with foil if it is browning
too fast or the nuts are scorching.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Watermelon/Cucumber/Feta Salad
(cubed)

1 English cucumber
1 small watermelon
one 5 oz. block feta cheese
1 tsp. olive oil
black pepper
2 T. fresh basil leaves
2 T. fresh mint leaves

To cube cucumber:
Cut ends off cucumber; thinly
slice off all four long sides so
that it resembles a long rectangle.
Cut into 13 one-inch cubes (reserve
rest of cucumber for another use)

To cube watermelon:
Cut off ends; cut into 1-inch slices.
Cut into thirteen 1-inch cubes
discard rind & reserve rest of
watermelon for another use.

To cube feta:
Cut into four 1-inch cubes (same
size as cucumber cubes)

To build the salad:
Bottom layer: Arrange 3 cubes
cucumber across serving platter,
then 5 cubes down, alternating
cucumber & watermelon cubes.
Alternate cucumber & watermelon
cubes to create a checkerboard
pattern. (Fit in Feta cubes in design)
Drizzle cubed salad with oil then
sprinkle with pepper, basil & mint
leaves. Serves 2

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Mushroom/Onion Chops
with Gravy

4 (or more) thick cut pork chops
2/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 C. oil
1 large onion, cut into rings
2 (4 oz, ea) cans chopped mushrooms,
drained
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1 pkg. onion soup mix
1/3 C. sour cream
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 C. water
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Cooked mashed potatoes or rice or
noodles to serve 4-6
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Heat 1/4 C. oil in a large skillet until hot.
In small flat pie pan, whisk together flour,
black pepper/salt & garlic powder. Dredge
chops in flour mixture & brown in oil along
with onion rings. Remove chops & rings –
place in crockpot along with drained
mushrooms. In skillet you used to brown
chops, place leftover flour, chicken broth,
onion soup mix, sour cream, Worc. sauce &
water. Stir often & bring to boil to thicken.
Once thickened, pour over chops in crockpot.
Cover & cook 6-7 hours on Low (or 4-5 hours
on High. Serve with cooked mashed potatoes/
cooked rice/cooked noodles – pouring gravy
over top. Serves 4-6

NOTE: You can prepare this on stovetop:
add chops back to skillet once you’ve made
the gravy. Cover & simmer until fully cooked.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Orange-Chicken Pasta Salad

1 (16 oz) box rotini pasta
2 C. cooked chicken breast, diced
into chunks*
3 C. diced romaine lettuce (or baby
spinach), roughly chopped
1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
well
1 c. roughly chopped pecans
1 (12 oz) bottle Orange Poppy Seed
salad dressing** (you can find it at
Kroger: “Private Selection”

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain well then cool. In large bowl combine
cooled pasta, diced chicken, chopped
lettuce, mandarin oranges & chopped nuts.
Pour poppyseed dressing on top & stir
gently to combine. You can serve immediately
or cover bowl with plastic wrap & refrigerate
1-2 hours. Stir again before serving.
Serves 10

*You can also use rotisserie chicken, canned
chicken or grilled chicken.

**If you can’t find orange poppyseed
dressing, just use regular poppyseed
dressing.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Strawberry/Spinach Pasta Salad
with Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

8 oz. penne noodles, cooked
accordg. to pkg. directions
2 C. packed fresh baby spinach
leaves
1 C. sliced strawberries
1 C. pineapple chunks
1/4 C. dried cranberries or blueberries
1/2 C. salted cashews (or other nuts)

Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

1/2 C. olive oil
1/3 C. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 T. Dijon mustard
3 T. honey
1/3 C. orange juice
2 tsp. poppy seeds
(optional) pinch salt/pepper

Combine all dressing ingredients in
a jar & shake well. Combine cooked
pasta, spinach, strawberries, pineapple,
cranberries & nuts in large bowl – toss
with prepared dressing. Serve immediately
or cover & chill 1 hour before serving.
Serves 10

(recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com)
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Crockpot Caramel Pie

2 (14 oz, ea) cans sweetened
condensed milk
1 (9 inch) graham cracker pie crust
whipped cream

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick spray. Pour sweet’d
cond. milk into cropot. Cover &
cook on Low 2-4 hours (time
depends on what size crockpot
you’re using). Start stirring every
15 minutes AFTER 1 1/2 hours –
if using a larger crockpot, (OR)
2 1/2 hours if using a smaller one.
When mixture is golden brown &
not too thick, spoon into pie crust
& chill completely. Serve topped
with whipped cream. Makes 1 pie

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Finished getting the grocery shopping
done today and now it’s time for me
to REST! I actually decided yesterday
that I was so overly tired from Tuesday
that I skipped going to the Library Knit
group (and grocery shopping) and did
very little! I DIDN’T EVEN KNIT!!!
Amazing! Glad I’m (hopefully) on the
Down Side of a crazy week.

Gas Prices:
Had to get gas today: $2.89/9 (not
happy with that price so only got
$30. – hopefully they will go down
soon.

Hope you’re enjoying your day;

Hugs;

Pammie

Wednesday – we have BUNNIES!

Every year we look forward to spotting our BUNNIES in our yard. Every year we have two wild brown bunnies that live in our black raspberry bushes. Last year, for whatever reason, they didn’t come back BUT…they’re here NOW! YAY! For our family it’s like a sign of Spring, along with all the lovely forsythia bushes blooming, the hyacinth, daffodils, narcissus and others – FINALLY Spring has come to our little corner of the world. Today it’s a bit overcast but still . . . it’s 72 degrees F.! I love having the sun out and warmer weather – makes me smile a lot.

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 6-Ingredient Pudding Cake

9 sheets cinnamon graham crackers
1 3/4 C. cold milk
1 ( 1 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 C. fresh raspberries, divided
1 C. fresh blueberries, divided
2 1/2 C. Cool Whip, thawed/divided

Line bottom of a 9 X 9″ square baking dish
with 4 1/2 graham crackers. In medium
bowl whisk milk & pudding mix until
slightly thickened – let stand 2 minutes until
soft set. Stir in 3/4 C. each of berries; fold
in 2 C. Cool Whip. Spread half of pudding
over graham crackers; repeat layers.
Cover & refrigerate 2 hours.
Just before serving, dollop with remaining
Cool Whip & berries. Serves 12

(recipe: everydaydiabeticrecipes.com)
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Ritz Cracker Chicken

4 chicken breasts
1 C. Ritz (or other butter crackers),
crushed
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
black pepper, to taste
2 eggs
1/2 C. butter

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In small bowl mix cracker crumbs,
garlic salt & pepper. Whisk eggs in
a shallow pie plate or pan.Dip each
chicken breast into beaten eggs then
dredge in cracker crumbs, coating
completely – place in prepared
pan. Cut butter into small pieces &
dot over top of chicken. Bake 30-35
minutes until chicken is cooked through.
Serves 4

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Cheesy Garlic-Roasted Asparagus

1 lb. asparagus spears, woody ends
removed
3 T. olive oil
1 T. minced garlic (or 4 cloves, minced)
3/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 1/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Arrange asparagus on sheet.
In small bowl mix olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper-
drizzle over asparagus & toss to coat evenly.
Bake 10-15 minutes until just beginning to
get tender. Remove from oven & top with
shredded cheese. Return to oven & broil
(or grill) until cheese melts  (4-5 minutes).
Adjust salt/pepper & serve immediately.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: cafedelites.com)
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Crockpot Lasagna

1 (25 oz) bag frozen cheese ravioli
1 lb. ground beef, browned
3 (14-15 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 T. garlic salt
4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese (optional)

In large skillet brown beef; drain. Stir
in tomatoes & seasoning. In crockpot
cover bottom with some of the sauce.
Place a layer of ravioli across bottom;
a layer of mozzarella – repeat layers
until all meat & ravioli are used. (end
with meat sauce on top layer.) Top
with rest of mozzarella & add Parm.
cheese on top (if desired). Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours.
Turn off heat & let stand 15 minutes
before serving. Cut & serve.

(recipe: eatingonadime.com)
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Creamy Steak Fettucini

1 (12 oz) pkg. fettucini
2 T. olive oil
kosher salt/black pepper
1 lb. sirloin steak.
2 T. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. flour
2 C. milk
1 T. fresh chopped parsley
1/2 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 C. halved cherry tomatoes
2 C. baby spinach

bottled Balsamic glaze, for drizzling

Cook fettucini accordg. to pkg.
directions until al dente; drain.
Season steak generously with salt/
pepper. In large skillet over medium-
high heat add 2 T. olive oil & cook
steak until desired doneness. Transfer to
a plate to let rest 10 minutes then
slice thinly.

Alfredo Sauce:

Add butter to skillet & melt; add garlic-
cook 1 minute. Whisk in flour – cook
1 more minute then add milk & simmer
until thickened, 5 minutes. Add parsley,
Parmesan & tomatoes – cook 2 minutes.
Add cooked fettucini & toss to coat. Add
spinach & toss until wilted. Top with
sliced steak & drizzle with balsamic glaze.
Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Spinach & Artichoke-stuffed Shells

24 jumbo pasta shells (about 12 oz)
10 oz. frozen, chopped spinach,
thawed/drained & squeezed dry
1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained/
roughly chopped
1 C. whole milk ricotta
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp.
2/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
kosher salt/black pepper
1 C. Half & Half
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. olive oil
1/3 C. panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. chopped fresh Italian
parsley, (optional)
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Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente; drain.
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Mix spinach, artichokes, ricotta,
4 oz. cream cheese, 1/3 C. Parm. cheese,
1 tsp. salt & few grinds black pepper in
medium bowl. Whisk together Half &
Half, mozzarella, remaining 4 oz. cream
cheese, remaining 1/3 C. Parm. cheese &
1 tsp. salt in medium microwave-safe
bowl until smooth & combined. Heat in
microwave in 30 second increments,
stirring between each, until warm &
smooth, about 2 minutes. Spread
1/2 C. cheese sauce in bottom of a
9 X 13″ baking dish. Stuff a heaping
Tablespoon spinach mixture into each
shell & arrange in baking dish seam-sides
up. Pour remaining cheese sauce over
shells, cover with foil & bake 13-15
minutes until cheese is melted & bubbling.

Mix olive oil, breadcrumbs & parsley (if
using) in small bowl until well combined.
Remove foil from baking dish & sprinkle
mixture over shells. Bake until breadcrumbs
are golden brown & cheese is bubbly,
about 10 minutes. Serves 4-6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Quick Toffee/Banana Pudding

1 C. heavy cream
8 T. butter
2/3 C. packed light brown sugar
1/3 C. maple syrup
6 slices store-bought gingerbread
cake
2 large bananas, sliced
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Combine cream, butter, sugar &
syrup in small pan & heat gently,
stirring constantly until smooth &
melted. Layer cake & bananas in
9 inch square baking pan; pour
sauce on top & sprinkle with pecans.
Bake 10 minutes until sauce is
bubbly. Serve hot. Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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With both our middle & youngest sons home now
our schedules have changed a bit – more cooking
for me (I don’t mind). Middle son got a new job
at another Hilton hotel about 20 minutes from
where we live & will probably start either Monday
or Tuesday of next week (front desk). That is a good
thing for him; he was looking for a management
position but they told him if he really ‘hustled”
that might be a possibility in the near future, so
that’s good.

With oldest grandson’s baseball & track games,
my husband & I are a bit more busy than usual.
I’m still going to my two knit groups & all the other
activities so I guess the old expression: “That which
doesn’t kill me makes me stronger” sort of applies.
(grin).

Hope you are able to enjoy a little of the
Spring weather where you are!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Keep forgetting to mention: gas prices are
UP in our area, from $.259/9 to now $2.89/9
or $2.99/9, depending on where you go. I was
just glad I had 10 cents off per gallon through
Kroger – every little bit helps, right?

 

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