ENERGY – Use it while you’ve got it!

Shopping – total: 7 places: drug store, bank, pick up a donated baby blanket, Kroger, another drug store, gas and lastly Gordon Foods – YAY, I’m DONE! Some days I have the energy to get it all done, some I don’t. Wasn’t exactly planning on all that running but it sort of all fit in a row, so now it’s done. As I’ve mentioned before, this coming Tuesday is the pick up for all the baby items for the Detroit Veterans Hospital’s baby shower – I have a pile of items that need to be photographed (the ladies like to see what everyone donated – especially the ones that can’t make it on pick up night). I keep putting off the photo chore (why? I don’t know…). Started a new baby blanket yesterday AFTER several attempts at starting one with a different pattern & different yarn – switched needle sizes, etc. finally just got fed up & ripped it out (maybe 2-3 inches done). I decided to do one with yarns I already have on hand – ones that aren’t exactly enough to make an entire blanket but are still nice. This one will be done in the “Feather & Fan” pattern using a donated yarn from many years ago (I LOVE this yarn but it’s no longer made – sigh). It’s a kind of terrycloth-like yarn in baby weight; the blanket I’m doing now starts out with about an inch of white fuzzy yarn for the bottom, then about 2 inches of a medium blue in Feather & Fan, followed by another strip of fuzzy white. Next will be a variegated blue/green/white yarn, white strip, etc. I think it will turn out good – we’ll see.

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Cake Mix Peanut Butter Bars

1 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. water
1 large egg
1 pkg. yellow cake mix

Frosting:
1 stick margarine (1/2 C.), softened
1/4 C. milk
1-2 tsp. vanilla
3 T. cocoa
2-3 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl combine peanut butter, water &
egg, stirring until smooth. Stir in cake
mix until blended – spread into prepared
pan. Bake 20-25 minutes until puffed &
light golden brown. Cool completely.
Serves 24

Frosting:
In large bowl using elec. mixer, mix all
ingredients until smooth. Add more
powdered sugar or milk until you
reach desired consistency & spread
on top of bars.

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Fresh Cucumber Salad
(overnight recipe)

3 medium cucumbers, sliced
1 C. sugar
3/4 C. water
1/2 C. white vinegar
3 T. minced fresh dill or parsley

Place cucumbers in a 1 1/2 – 2 qt.
glass container. In a jar with a
tight-fitting lid, shake remaining
ingredients until combined – pour
over cucumbers. Cover & refrigerate
overnight. Serve with a slotted spoon.
Makes 10-12 servings.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheesy Zucchini & Beef Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork sausage
2 C. zucchini, diced
1 C. onion, diced
1 C. green pepper, diced
1 C. tomato, diced
1 C. water
1/2 C. shell macaroni, uncooked
2-3 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. salt
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Brown beef & sausage in skillet over
medium heat until fully cooked; drain
fat. Add vegetables, water, uncooked
macaroni, oregano & salt – bring to
boil, stirring often. Reduce heat to
Low; simmer 25 minutes until vegetables
& macaroni are tender & liquid is almost
absorbed. Stir occasionally, adding a little
more water if too dry. Remove from heat;
cover & let stand 10-15 minutes. Stir in
Cheddar cheese & spoon into prepared
dish; sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese.
Bake, uncovered, 5-10 minutes until cheese
is melted. Serves 6-8

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Popper Chicken

4 large jalapeno peppers (about 3 oz, each)
4 oz. cream cheese, divided into 4 pieces,
chilled
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
kosher salt/black pepper
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
about 5 oz each
4 thin slices Colby Jack cheese
20 slices bacon (about 1 1/2 lb.)

Wear gloves to protect your hands while
handling peppers – use a small paring knife
to cute stem-end off. Using knife, remove
ribs with seeds from inside peppers. Make
a cut down the length of the pepper from
top to tip; carefully, without breaking the
pepper in half, scrape out ribs & seeds.
Transfer peppers to a microwave-save
bowl. Add 3 T. water; cover tightly with
plastic wrap & microwave on High until
peppers turn olive green & are lightly
softened but still firm & hold their shape-
about 2-3 minutes. Let cool.
Stuff each pepper with a piece of cream
cheese, squeeze the walls around the
cream cheese to force out any air
pockets & seal jalapeno walls together.


In small bowl mix cumin, 1 T. salt & 1/2
tsp. pepper. Pound the chicken length-
wise down the breast to make a
rectangular 1/4-inch thick cutlet; sprinkle
with a quarter of seasoned salt & repeat
with rest of chicken & seasoned salt.
With one of narrow ends of chicken facing
you, lay a piece of Colby Jack cheese on
bottom of chicken cutlet. Place 1 stuffed
pepper crosswise on top of cheese about
2 inches from bottom; tightly roll up
chicken & cheese around the pepper,
folding in the sides as you roll – repeat
with remaining chicken & peppers.
Lay 5 strips of bacon on a clean work
surface so that the strips are slightly
overlapping (about 1/4 inch) & are wide
enough to completely cover a chicken roll.
Place 1 chicken roll at bottom of bacon
blanket – wrap bacon tightly over chicken
roll – repeat with rest of bacon & chicken
rolls.

Prepare grill for indirect grilling & heat
grill to medium-high heat.

Place bacon-wrapped chicken rolls
seam-sides down on cooler side of
grill. Cover & cook until bacon is
beginning to brown & cheese is
beginning to melt & ooze from sides,
15-20 minutes. Transfer rolls to hot side
of grill & cook until lightly charred,
1-2 minutes per side. Let cool 10
minutes before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Spicy Shrimp & Tomato Cream
Pasta

1 T. olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 lb. shrimp, peeled/deveined
1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (24 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 C. heavy cream
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 (12 oz) pkg. pasta, cooked accordg.
to pkg. directions

Heat 1 T. oil in large pan; add red
pepper flakes & shrimp – cook 1
minute per side until completely
pink. Remove shrimp from pan &
set aside. Add remaining oil to pan
& cook onion over medium-high
heat 5 minutes; add garlic & cook
1 more minute. Add spaghetti sauce,
heavy cream & Ital. seasoning – simmer
5 minutes. Return shrimp to pan & stir
in cooked pasta. Serves 4

(recipe: spicysouthernkitchen.com)
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Crockpot Garlic Green Beans w/
Gorgonzola

2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
halved
1 (8 oz) can sliced water chestnuts,
drained
4 green onions, chopped
5 strips bacon, cooked/crumbled,
divided
1/3 C. white wine or chicken broth
2 T. minced fresh thyme (OR) 2
tsp. dried
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
3/4 C. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Place green beans, water chestnuts,
green onions & 1/4 C. cooked bacon in
4 qt. crockpot. In small bowl mix wine,
thyme, garlic & seasoned salt; pour over
top. Cover & cook on Low 3-4 hours or
until beans are crisp-tender. Drain liquid
from beans. Just before serving, stir in
sour cream; sprinkle with cheese &
remaining bacon. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Roasted Beets

2 bunches red beets
2 bunches golden beets
4 T. olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. butter, melted

*Trim leaves & bottoms off beets &
peel; cut golden beets into one-inch pieces &
place in a medium saucepan. Cover with
salted water & bring to boil – boil just
until a fork can pierce but still be some-
what hard, about 20 minutes.  Put on
plastic or latex gloves & repeat same steps
as above for red beets, placing them in a
separate saucepan & following above
directions.
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Preheat oven 450 degrees F.  10 minutes
after beets have been boiling.

Drain beets separate from each other.
Pour out beets on each half of a sheet tray
NOT touching in the center. Drizzle oil all
over beets & sprinkle with salt, pepper &
garlic powder. Roast approx. 15 minutes until
tender & just starting to brown. Remove red
beets to a serving bowl & drizzle on half of
melted butter. Repeat for golden beets,
pouring them over the red beets & drizzling
on rest of melted butter. Serves 4-6

*Start with golden beets by trimming top &
bottoms then place cut down & using a peeler,
peel down towards the board – lay on it’s side
& peel around as you turn the beet – repeat
with red beets.
Through entire process keep golden beets
separate from red beets

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Pina Colada Ice Box Cake

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. rum extract
1 (13.66 oz) can coconut milk, divided*
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
15 whole graham crackers
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 C. sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

In large bowl using an electric mixer, beat
cream cheese, powdered sugar & extract
until smooth. Gradually beat in 1 C. coconut
milk; add pudding mix & beat on Low speed
until smooth – fold in Cool Whip. Pour remaining
coconut milk into a shallow dish. Quickly dip
half of the graham crackers into milk, allowing
excess to drip off. Arrange in a single layer in
a 9 X 13″ baking dish, breaking to fit as needed.
Layer with half each of cream cheese mixture,
pineapple & coconut – repeat layers. Refrigerate,
covered, at least 4 hours before serving.
Serves 12

*You can usually find coconut milk in the aisle
of the grocery store that has drink mixes

NOTE: For a nutty coconut flavor, toast the 1/2
C. of coconut that goes on the top layer.
To TOAST the coconut:
Place coconut in a shallow pan in oven at 350
degrees F. for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet
over Low heat until golden brown, stirring
occasionally.

As the dessert sits in the fridge, the graham crackers
absorb the moisture from the coconut milk &
pudding mixture, softening to a cake-like texture.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather has been nice – today it’s in the
70’s & cloudy, but nice for being outside.

Gas prices have jumped up then back down,
from $2.98/9 to $2.89/9, now back to $2.93/9.
The GOOD thing is: I’m a Kroger customer &
using their Kroger card you accumulate FUEL
points: 100 points gets you $.10 cents off per
dollar of gas. Today was JACKPOT day: I got
$.30 cents off per gallon – YAY! (I paid $.2.69/9)
Love to save money.
OH – IF you are a Kroger customer & have their
Kroger card – (I learned this from a friend) – at the
bottom of your grocery receipt is a little paragraph
saying: TELL US HOW WE’RE DOING! If you read the
paragraph & do their little ‘on line’ survey you get
50 fuel points! Nice – they add up fast if you shop
Kroger regularly.

Hope you are in good health & enjoying your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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It’s Wednesday – mid week!

Here we are at Wednesday already – Wow, this week is flying by! I’ve spent the past two days babysitting my 1 1/2 yr. old grandson for 8-10 hours a day…let me tell you: I love my grandson but it’s MIND-NUMBING! He’s into a new phase where he’s showing anger (lovely, right?) if you tell him stop he raises his fist and starts yelling baby-gibberish at you. This is NOT the grandma to do that with – I just glare at him, say: “No! STOP!” . . . it’s taken a few times but now if he starts getting anywhere near that all I have to do is glare and he sort of walks away with his eyes on the floor. I don’t want a baby tyrant on my hands and this is Week #2 of my babysitting more because the other grandparents are out of town (I’m sorry, but they are much more tolerant of his ‘cute’ little ways than I am – I raised three boys and helped raise 14 foster babies so I know who’s in charge . . . and it’s NOT a One Year OLD!) I’m also babysitting Friday but get to come in at 12:30 instead of much earlier so hoping that helps. I thought I was almost done with this ‘multi-day’ babysitting when I asked “How’s your parents doing?” and found out they are at their cabin NOT because they just wanted to get away but because they are having new wood floors put in and their house power-washed. When she checked on the progress yesterday, it appears the company has only ripped out the old carpet – no new floors yet . . . Oh BROTHER; can’t imagine my ‘sitting’ schedule next week – sigh. The good thing is: I have been solid on making sure I get MY days off for both knit groups & my special needs group – we’ll see how that goes next week –

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Fudgy Cocoa Zucchini Brownies

3/4 C. canola oil
1 C. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1/3 C. unsweetened baking
cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 C. shredded zucchini (excess
moisture squeezed out)
1/2 C. mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Fudge Frosting:
6 T. butter, softened
2 2/3 C. powdered
1/2 C. baking cocoa
1/4 to 1/3 C. milk or heavy cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
foil or parchment paper – lightly
spray with nonstick cooking spray. In
medium bowl add oil, eggs, vanilla &
sugar – using elec. mixer, beat 2 minutes.
In another bowl combine flour, cocoa
powder & baking soda – add wet
mixture to flour mixture & mix well.
Stir zucchini shreds into batter until
thoroughly incorporated. Add in mini
choc. chips. Spread batter in prepared
pan. Bake 20-25 minutes – allow brownies
to cool before frosting.

Frosting;
Using elec. mixer, cream butter & add in
powdered sugar until light & fluffy. Beat
in cocoa powder; add in milk/cream &
beat together until smooth. Frost brownies.

NOTE: You can add up to 2 C. of zucchini.
You can also double the recipes & use a
jelly roll pan for a large crowd.

(recipe: thebaking chocolatess.com)
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Broccoli/Cheese Cornbread

1 C. corn meal + 1 T.
1/3 C. flour
1 stick butter
2 tsp. honey
4 large eggs
1 (12 oz) pkg. ricotta, cottage
cheese (or sour cream)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne (to taste)
1 C. broccoli florets, steamed &
chopped
2 C. shredded cheese*
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 12 X 12″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray. Mix all
bread ingredients (except Cheddar
cheese) in a large bowl & pour into
prepared pan. Bake 35-45 minutes
until a wooden toothpick inserted
into center of bread comes out clean.

*POSTER cuts bread into pieces &
sprinkles Cheddar cheese on top
while still warm.

(recipe: whatscookinitalianstylecousine.com)
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Foil Pack Artichoke & Chicken Dinner

3 C. instant white rice, uncooked
3 C. warm water
6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts,
(1 1/2 lb, 1/2 inch thick)
1 (13 3/4 oz) can artichoke hearts,
drained/quartered
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1/2 C. Zesty Italian Salad dressing
1/4 C. (Classico) Traditional Basil
Pesto sauce & spread

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Mix rice & water in a bowl & spoon
onto centers of 6 large sheets of
heavy-duty foil. Top with chicken,
artichokes & tomatoes – drizzle
with combined dressing & pesto.
Bring up foil sides; double-fold
top & both ends to seal each
packet, leaving room for steam
inside. Place in a 15 X 10 X 1″ pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes until chicken is
done (165 degrees F.). Remove from
oven; let stand 5 minutes then cut
slits in foil to release steam before
opening. Serves 6

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Bacon-Cheddar Chicken & Potatoes

1/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
6 large bone-in chicken thighs, skin/
visible fat removed
4 slices bacon
1 1/2 lb. red potatoes (about 5) cut
into 1-inch chunks
1 onion, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1 C. (Kraft) shredded Triple Cheddar
cheese with a touch of Philadelphia
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Place chicken in a shallow dish & pour
salad dressing over it – refrigerate
30 minutes to marinate.

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cook bacon in large skillet over
medium heat until crisp; remove
bacon from skillet, reserving 1 T.
drippings in skillet; drain bacon
on paper towels. Add potatoes &
onion to skillet & cook 5 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Remove from
heat; crumble bacon & add to potato
mixture, mixing lightly. Spoon into
9 X 13″ baking dish. Remove chicken
from marinade (discard marinade/
salad dressing). Place chicken in dish
over potato mixture. Bake 55 minutes –
1 hour until potatoes are tender &
chicken is fully cooked (165 degrees F.).
Top with cheese & parsley – serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: kraftrecipes)
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Melon Salad w/Basil Dressing

6 C. cantaloupe, chopped
6 C. watermelon, chopped

Dressing:
2 C. fresh sweet basil
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
6 T. balsamic vinegar
3/4 C. honey
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
dash Tabasco sauce

Garnish:
1 C. feta cheese
fresh chopped basil leaves

In food processor pour vegetable
oil, apple cider vinegar, balsamic
vinegar, honey, salt/pepper – blend
until thick & creamy. Add basil & blend
until it is in very small pieces. Taste &
adjust seasonings to your taste. Pour
dressing over melon & toss to cover
melon all over. Chill salad.
Right before serving, toss with Feta
cheese crumbles.

(recipe: mizhelenscountrycottage.com)
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Crockpot Magic Bars

1 1/3 C. crushed graham crackers
1 stick butter, melted
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 C. baking morsels/chips (your choice –
poster used 1 part chocolate chips/
1 part white chips & 1 part butterscotch)

In a bowl mix crushed graham cracker
crumbs & melted butter – press mixture
into bottom of crockpot. Pour milk
over top of crust. Layer chips.
Cover & cook on High 1-2 hours until
set & edges are golden. Cool completely
& cut into bars. Bars are done when
you slide a spatula along the edge &
they easily pull away from edge.

NOTE: Let bars cool completely before
cutting – do not cut bars when hot.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)

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Our weather has been all over the place lately –
from the 70’s to the 90’s – yesterday started
out nice & warm followed by a huge torrent
of rain. It was so loud you could hear it inside
the house so I opened the sliding screen door
for the baby to be able to see & hear it – he
was fascinated (it rained really heavy for
almost 15 minutes straight and then the
sun came out & it was sunny for the rest
of the day!).

Gas prices were steady at $2.89/9 so
I filled up a few days ago – today same
place: $2.79/9…sigh.

I’ll be glad when this babysitting schedule
changes back to me sitting one day a week
for around 4-5 hours; it’s hard to believe
how exhausting it is to do nothing but
read/knit/watch him play (or wrestle
with him), change diapers & monitor his
eating. (I suppose if I were at home instead
of his house I could do other things but our
house is no longer ‘baby proofed’ so this
works out better. (Sorry for the complaining-
getting off my soapbox now . . . )

Hugs;

Pammie

Finally Saturday!

It’s been a busy/crazy week – husband & I are FINALLY feeling better (still a little cough, but nothing like before!). I babysat Thurs. from 6 a.m. – almost 6 p.m. (baby’s Mom is in training for a management position and THIS week they shifted her schedule – I ‘made it’-YAY! The weather has been nice, in the 70’s  – today’s high is supposed to be 89! (glad I don’t have any plans to be outside!).

Finished two baby blankets (have posted the photos of them partially done before – blue & white one & a multi-colored one). Have begun another blanket using the remaining blue & white yarn along with a thicker white yarn – it’s a pattern I’ve done before – it’s a ‘corner to corner’ blanket, meaning you begin with 2 stitches & knit ‘corner to corner, increasing & decreasing stitches as you go.

In the one I’m doing the solid parts are white & the parts with ‘holes’ are the blue/white yarn – helps me use up yarns! Am thinking of beginning crocheting some Granny Squares using up some of the many baby yarns I have – you know: the bits that are not enough to actually make anything but a few baby hats (am REALLY tired of baby hats at the moment) so we’ll see where ‘that’ idea goes…

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Banana Pudding Fluff

1 (3.4 oz) box instant vanilla
or banana flavored pudding mix,
(can use sugar-free)
1 C. milk (can use nonfat)
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
(can use sugar free)
3 C. mini marshmallows
3 C. Vanilla Wafers, broken into
pieces
3 medium bananas, sliced

Whisk pudding mix & milk in large
bowl – let stand 3 minutes to set.
Stir in Cool Whip, then stir in
marshmallows, cookies & sliced
bananas. Serve the same day
it’s made – (bananas will turn
brown with age & cookies will
soften if left longer than one day).
Serves 10

(recipe: easygoodideas.com)
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Creamy Zucchini & Spinach Pasta
Bake

3 C. cavatappi pasta (or elbow macaroni)
1 onion, chopped
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half,
then sliced crosswise (making half moons)
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (6 oz) pkg. baby spinach leaves
1 (24 oz) jar marinara (poster used
Classico marinara with plum tomatoes & olive
oil)
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
(poster used Kraft with a touch of Philadelphia)
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray.
Cook pasta in large saucepan accordg. to pkg.
directions, omitting salt. Cook & stir onions
in large nonstick skillet on medium heat 3-4
minutes until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring
frequently. Add half the spinach; cook 2-3
minutes just until wilted – repeat with
remaining spinach – remove from heat. Drain
pasta; add to vegetable mixture in skillet
along with pasta sauce, ricotta, Italian
seasoning & 1 C. mozzarella, mix lightly.
Spoon mixture into prepared pan – top
with remaining mozzarella. Bake 20-25
minutes until casserole is heated through
& mozzarella is melted.
Serves about 12, 1 C. each

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Ranch Potatoes

6 strips bacon, chopped
2 1/2 lb. small red potatoes, cubed
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of potato
soup, undiluted
1/4 C. milk (2%)
1 envelope dry Buttermilk Ranch
salad dressing mix
3 T. thinly sliced green onions

In large skillet cook bacon over medium
heat until crisp, stirring occasionally.
Remove with slotted spoon; drain on
paper towels. Drain drippings, reserving
1 T.  Place potatoes in 3 qt crockpot. In
a bowl beat cream cheese, soup, milk,
dry dressing mix & reserve bacon drippings
until blended; stir into potatoes. Sprinkle
with crumbled bacon. Cover & cook on
Low 7-8 hours until potatoes are tender.
Top with green onions. Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chicken Alfredo Dip

3 T. butter
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 C. chicken broth
1 C. milk
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
2 C. cooked, chopped chicken breasts
(about 1 large)

Dippers:
cut up veggies, crackers and/or crusty
bread

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray medium (1 – 1.5 qt) baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Alfredo sauce:
In medium skillet over medium heat,
melt butter – whisk in flour until smooth.
Add salt, parsley & garlic – cook 1 minute.
Add broth & milk – whisk until combined.
Cook over medium heat, whisking often,
until thickened & smooth. Stir in Parm.
cheese & 1/2 C. mozzarella until melted.
In medium bowl using elec. mixer, beat
cream cheese until smooth; add Alfredo
sauce & beat until combined; stir in
chicken & spread in prepared baking dish.
Top with remaining 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese.
Bake 15-20 minutes until bubbly & beginning
to brown.  Makes 3 1/2 C.

(OR) Cover & refrigerate up to 2 days until
ready to bake.

(recipe: therecipecritic.com)
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Ambrosia Salad

3/4 C. heavy cream, chilled
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. sour cream
4 C. mini marshmallows (either
regular or fruit-flavored)
1 1/2 C. sweetened shredded coconut
1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, well
drained
3/4 C. maraschino cherries, stems
removed
1 C. pineapple tidbits, well drained

In a medium bowl, combine heavy
cream, powdered sugar & vanilla. Using
an elec. mixer, beat mixture on high
speed until stiff peaks form. Add sour
cream & stir until well combined. In
another large bowl combine marsh-
mallows, coconut, oranges, cherries &
pineapple – stir to combine. Pour
whipped cream mixture over ingredients
& stir until evenly combined & all
ingredients are covered in cream
mixture. Cover & refrigerate at least
one hour before serving. Serves 12

NOTE: Be sure to thoroughly DRAIN
the fruit if you are making the salad
more than an hour ahead of time. You
can put all the fruit in a colander &
let it stand/drain about an hour –
this will keep the salad from becoming
soupy while it sets.

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Baked Chicken with Peaches
(oven & crockpot)

1 pkg. chicken parts (poster used
thighs)
3 T. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 T. butter or margarine
1 (1 lb) can sliced or halved
peaches in juice

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a bowl mix flour, salt/pepper,
cinnamon & nutmeg. Spray a
casserole dish with nonstick
cooking spray & place chicken
parts in dish – sprinkle flour
mixture over chicken. Cut butter
into pats & place on top of each
chicken piece. Bake 35-40
minutes. Remove from oven &
place peaches in dish with chicken;
pour peach juice over all & bake
another 20 minutes. Remove &
spoon juice over chicken – serve.

Crockpot:
Prepare as above, placing chicken
in crockpot & cooking on Low
7 hours or High 4 hours. Add
peaches the last half hour of cooking.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Grilled Firecracker Potato Salad
GRILL recipe

3 lb. small red potatoes (about 30)
quartered
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Dressing:
1 1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1/4 C. Dijon mustard
2 T. sweet pickle relish
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Salad:
6 hard boiled large eggs, chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
minced fresh chives, (optional)
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Toss potatoes with oil, salt/pepper &
place in a grill wok* or basket. Grill,
covered, over medium heat 20-25
minutes until potatoes are tender,
stirring occasionally. Transfer
potatoes to a large bowl; cool slightly.
In small bowl mix dressing ingredients.
Add dressing, eggs & celery to potatoes;
toss to combine. Refrigerate, covered,
1-2 hours until cold. If desired, sprinkle
with chives.
Makes 16 servings (1 C. each)

*If you do not have a grill wok or
basket, use a large disposable foil
pan & poke holes in bottom of pan

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler

2 C. chopped rhubarb
2 c. quartered strawberries
1/2 C. sugar
1 T. cornstarch dissolved in
1 T. water
1/4 C. flour (optional thickener
for filling)

Topping:
1 C. flour
1 C. rolled oats
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 T. water
1 stick (8 T.) cold, salted butter,
cubed

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Butter a 10 – 12 inch oven-proof
skillet. Blend chopped rhubarb,
strawberries, 1/2 C. sugar, cornstarch
& 1/4 C. flour -pour into prepared skillet
& heat over medium heat 10 minutes,
stirring occasionally, until thickened.
In a large bowl add topping ingredients:
flour, rolled oats, sugar, cinnamon then cut
in butter using a pastry cutter or 2
forks until it makes a crumbly, slightly
moist texture. Sprinkle this mixture
on top of filling in skillet & bake 35-40
minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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I have Sunday School snack duty tomorrow
so I went to Gordon Food Service & bought
a bunch of ‘small’ treats – mini muffins, mini
brownies, mini cream cheese danishes; my
husband said: “Don’t worry about having
too many – I’ll always eat all the leftovers!”

Gas prices have finally dropped a bit to
$2.89/9 – was getting really close to $3.00
so glad it’s back down (for now).

Not much else new on the horizon – we
have our annual Sunday School class picnic
next Saturday at our teacher’s house –
that’s ALWAYS a great time! He loves grilling
so he does chicken, steak and (this year) he’s
decided to add shrimp! YUM! He also does
grilled corn on the cob & homemade ice
cream – WOW! NOT the place to go if you’re
trying to stay on a diet, for sure! We all bring
salads, side dishes or desserts so it’s a big
PIG OUT party! LOVE going every year – they
have a really nice home & grounds (complete
with a pond you can either row a row boat in
or paddle a little paddle boat! I just like to sit
in the shade & chat with all the people – really
nice time.

Hope you’re enjoying this Summer – it always
seems to go by SO FAST! (I even heard of some
schools starting school already! Not in my area,
but that’s CRAZY! I guess those kids get out
in May, but still – give me the old “School
Starts AFTER Labor DAY!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

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

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*
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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