Woke up yesterday to these –

This might not seem unusual to most of you BUT I live directly on a MAJOR road with 45 mph speeds (and more) – I will say we live across the street from a small, well shaded park with lake (which is probably where they live). Our backyard IS fenced (but they jumped it like it wasn’t even there!) These are both you males with their antlers still covered in ‘velvet’ (a fuzzy covering they will shed as they mature). They stayed at least 1 1/2 hours – I was in love. Years ago we had a full-grown male buck (with a magnificent rack of antlers) spend awhile in our yard just resting under our swing set – he came two years in a row but hasn’t been back so I was SOoooo happy to see these two!

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Summer Lemonade Cookies

1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 C. plus 2 T. sugar
2 eggs
3 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 (6 oz) can frozen lemonade
concentrate, thawed/divided
1 T. grated lemon peel

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large bowl cream butter &
1 C. sugar; add eggs, beating
well. In another large bowl combine
flour & baking soda – add alternately
with 1/2 C. lemonade concentrate
into egg mixture – stir in lemon peel.
Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls
2 inches apart on ungreased cookie
sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes until
edges are light brown. Remove from
oven & brush hot cookies lightly
with remaining lemonade concentrate.
Sprinkle cookies with remaining 2 T.
sugar. Makes 4 dozen (48 cookies)

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Avocado Tuna Salad

1 (15 oz) can tuna in oil, drained/
flaked (3 small cans)
1 English cucumber, sliced
2 large (or 3 medium) avocados,
peeled/pitted/sliced
1 small/medium red onion, thinly
sliced
1/4 C. fresh cilantro (1/2 of small
bunch)
2 T. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt, or to taste
1/8 tsp. black pepper

In large bowl combine sliced cucumber,
sliced avocado, red onion, drained tuna &
1/4 C. cilantro. Drizzle with lemon juice,
salt/pepper – toss to combine.
Serves 6 as a side salad

(recipe: natashaskitchen.com)
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Honey Dijon Grilled Chicken
(grill or grill pan)

4 (6 oz) boneless, skinless chicken
breast halves
1/3 C. horseradish Dijon mustard
(regular mustard will work, also)
3 T. honey
1 T. parsley flakes
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat grill or grill pan to
medium-high heat – spray with
nonstick cooking spray or olive
oil. Once pan is hot, reduce
heat to just below medium. In small
bowl combine Dijon mustard, honey
& parsley flakes. Flatten chicken
breasts to an even thickness by
placing them between 2 sheets of
parchment paper & pounding them
with a rolling pin or heavy-bottomed
pan – season with salt/pepper to taste.
Place chicken on grill 3 minutes then
flip over & brush with honey/Dijon
sauce; grill an additional 2-3 minutes
until internal temperature reaches
155 degrees F. (using a meat thermometer).
Remove from grill & loosely cover with foil.
Let rest 5 minutes before serving; serve
with any additional sauce on the side for
dipping. Serves 4

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

8 potatoes, cubed (half peeled or
half with skins left on)
2 tsp. salt
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
6 green onions, sliced (including tops)
2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
16 oz. sour cream
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 C. Miracle Whip (or 1 C. mayonnaise)

In large pot boil cubed potatoes with
salt – when fully cooked, drain.
Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a bowl combine sour cream, black
pepper & Miracle Whip (or mayo) – add
to potatoes. Add bacon, onions &
cheese (reserve some of each for top
of salad – garnish); mix with potatoes &
pour into a greased baking dish. Top
with reserved cheese, onions & bacon.
Bake 10-15 minutes until cheese melts.
Serves 6

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Crockpot Chili-Dog Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 green bell pepper/seeded/chopped
2 T. dry minced onion
1 T. minced garlic
2 C. marinara sauce
1 C. beef broth
2 tsp. chili powder (or cayenne
powder, for a spicier dish)
1 T. cumin
8 hot dogs, cut lenth-wise then
cut in half
salt/pepper, to taste
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
additional cheese for garnish

In saucepan brown ground beef
with garlic, onion, bell pepper, salt/
pepper. Stir in marinara sauce, cumin,
chili (cayenne) powder & broth – pour
into 6 qt. crockpot. Evenly add all hot
dogs to top of mixture & cover with
cheese. Cover & cook on High 2 hours
(or Low 4 hours). Stir before serving.
Top with additional cheese, if desired.
Serves 4

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Chive Pinwheel Rolls

3 1/2 C. flour
3 T. sugar
1 (1/4 oz) pkg. active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. milk
1/3 C. canola oil
1/4 C. water
1/4 C. mashed potatoes
without added milk & butter
1 large egg

Chive Filling:
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
1 C. minced onions
1 large egg yolk
butter, melted

In large bowl combine 2 1/2 C.
flour, sugar, yeast & salt. In small
saucepan, heat milk, oil, water &
mashed potatoes to 120-130 degrees
F. – add to dry ingredients; beat just
until moistened. Add egg, beat until
smooth. Stir in enough remaining
flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto
a floured surface; knead until smooth &
elastic – about 6-8 minutes. Grease a large
bowl & place dough in bowl, turning once
to grease top. Cover & let rise in a warm
place until doubled, about 1 hour
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Turn dough onto a floured surface; roll
into a 15 X 10 X 1 inch rectangle. In a
bowl combine sour cream, chives & egg
yolk; spread over dough to within
1/2 inch of edges. Roll up, jelly-roll
style, starting with a long side. Pinch
seam o seal & cut into 1 inch slices.
Place slices cut-sides down in a 9 X 13″
baking dish. Cover & Let rise until
doubled, about 1 hour.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake slices 30-35 minutes until
golden brown; brush tops with
melted butter & cool on a wire rack.
Refrigerate leftovers. Makes 15 rolls

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Pork Chops & Veggies Sheet
Pan dinner

olive oil
3-4 C. small potatoes, or chopped potatoes
3-4 C. fresh green beans, trimmed
kosher salt/black pepper
2 lb. boneless thin-cut pork chops
(Smokehouse Maple seasoning or other
seasoning blend)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Brush one large or two small rimmed
baking sheets with olive oil. Toss potatoes
with a drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper –
place on one section of sheet pan. Toss
green beans with a drizzle of olive oil,
salt/pepper & place them in a section
of sheet pan. Brush pork chops with olive
oil & place in remaining space on pan –
sprinkle chops with seasoning. Bake
sheet pan 25-30 minutes until meat is
cooked through & potatoes are tender.
Serves 6

(recipe: eatathomecooks.com)
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No-Bake Root Beer Float Pie

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed/
divided
3/4 C. cold root beer (diet)
1/2 C. milk
1 (1 oz) pkg. sugar-free instant
vanilla pudding mix
1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust
maraschino cherries (optional garnish)

Separate 1/2 C. Cool Whip & refrigerate for
garnish. In large bowl whisk root beer, milk
& pudding mix 2 minutes. Fold in half of
remaining Cool Whip & spread into crust.
Spread remaining Cool Whip over pit.
Freeze at least 8 hours or overnight.
Dollop reserved Cool Whip over each
serving & top with a marschino cherry
if desired. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Today was my babysitting day and my (almost)
1 1/2 yr old grandson was sleeping when I arrived.
That might be good, but (as I suspected) he woke
up about 10 minutes after his Mom left and was
awake the rest of the morning/afternoon – full
of energy! (His mom texted me later: “He didn’t
wear you out, did he?” – Naw – I’m tougher than
that!).

Our weather is HOT – but then, it’s July so that’s
no surprise. Got in my car to come home and
the car thermometer read: 90 degrees F. – UGH!
(so glad I have air in my car & home!). My oldest
has been taking advantage of using their kayaks
so I’m glad they’re enjoying the weather.

Hope you’re enjoying whatever kind of weather
you have at the moment – the COLD is coming
soon enough!

Hugs;

Pammie

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Happy FOURTH OF JULY!

Today is a GORGEOUS day for a holiday! It’s 86 degrees F. , very sunny with a slight breeze – perfect for all of you who are hosting or going to outdoor celebrations!

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Pina Colada Fluff

1 (3.4 oz) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 tsp. rum extract
2 C. miniature marshmallows
1 C. shredded sweetened coconut
1/2 C. chopped nuts, your choice

Combine pudding mix & crushed
pineapple in large bowl – stir until
completely combined. Fold in CoolWhip,
rum extract, marshmallows, coconut &
nuts. Chill until ready to serve.
Serves 8

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Mexicali Cheddar Bean Salad

1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can navy or great Northern
beans, drained/rinsed
6 oz. Cheddar cheese, cubed
1 small red pepper, seeded/chopped
1/2 C. thick & chunky salsa (Taco Bell)
1/2 C. sliced green onions
1/4 C. chopped cilantro (optional)
1 T. lime juice
12 lettuce leaves

Toss all ingredients (except lettuce)
in large bowl. Refrigerate several hours
until chilled. When ready to serve –
serve on lettuce-lined plates.
Makes 8 cups

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Bacon Ranch Cheese Dip

6 stips bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
1/2 C. chopped green onion
1 (1 oz) pkg. original Ranch Dip Mix
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. horseradish sauce
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine ranch dip mix, cream cheese,
sour cream, mayo, garlic powder, pepper,
horseradish sauce & shredded cheese –
mix using elec. mixer. Fold in green onion
& crumbled bacon using a spoon.
Makes 3 cups

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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South of the Border BBQ Chicken
Salad

3 C. cooked, diced chicken breast*
1/4 C. BBQ sauce
6 C. chopped romaine lettuce
1 tomato, diced
1 C. frozen corn, thawed
1 C. canned black beans, drained/
rinsed
1/4 C. diced red onion
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 C. Ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. tortilla strips

In medium bowl combine chicken &
BBQ sauce; toss to evenly coat. In
large bowl place lettuce; top with
chicken, tomato, corn, black beans,
onion & cheese. Pour dressing over
salad & toss gently to combine. Top
with tortilla strips & serve immediately.
Serves 6

*can also use rotisserie chicken, shredded

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Crockpot Shredded Beef Philly
Cheesesteaks

3-4 lb. round beef roast
salt/pepper/onion powder (to taste)
cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1.1 oz) pkt. (Lipton) beefy onion
soup mix
1 bell pepper, seeded/sliced
1 white onion, sliced
1 C. water

For Serving:
sliced Swiss cheese
Hoagie buns or sliced French bread

Sprinkle roast lightly with salt/pepper &
onion powder. Place large skillet over
medium-high heat – when pan is hot, add
oil. Brown roast on all sides then add to
crockpot. Add minced garlic, onion soup
mix, bell peppers & onions to crockpot –
pour water over all. Cover & cook on Low
8 hours without opening the lid during
cooking time. Using 2 forks, shred meat
in the crockpot, discarding any fatty
pieces. Let meat & juices settle a few
minutes to let the grease rise to the top.
Using a paper towel, lay it over meat &
remove immediately – most of the grease
will be on the paper towel – discard.
Serve on sliced French bread or Hoagie
buns, topped with Swiss cheese. If you
want the cheese melted, place cheese-
topped sandwiches in oven under broiler
until cheese melts. Serves 6

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Chicken Ranch Wraps (grill)

2 C. grilled chicken breasts (cooked/
chopped/seasoned with your favorite
spices)*
1/4 C. ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 C. minced cilantro (optional)
4 (8 inch) tortillas

Fill a tortilla with cheese, cooked chicken,
minced cilantro & lots of ranch dressing. Grill
on a pan for a few minutes per side, to crisp
up the tortilla & melt the cheese. Serves 4

Other suggested fillings:
diced avocado
diced tomatoes
cooked/crumbled bacon
shredded lettuce

*You can also use rotisserie chicken or
leftover chicken/fresh grilled chicken or
any type of cooked chicken you have on
hand.

(recipe: yummly.com)
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No Bake Pudding Cake

3 (4 serving size) pkgs. instant pudding;
prepared as directed on pkgs.*
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 box graham crackers

Optional garnishes:
chocolate syrup
candy sprinkles

Lay out graham crackers in a
9 X 13″ baking dish (break to
fit). Cover grahams with half of
pudding then a layer of crackers
over pudding. Cover with remaining
pudding & top with Cool Whip.
Refrigerate overnight or at least
6 hours. Cut & serve like cake

*poster used vanilla pudding

(recipe: just2sisters.com)

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Have a WONDERFUL, safe holiday!

Hugs;

Pammie

In our area the fireworks at night have already started – great, if you like them – I feel sorry for people with pets and those suffering from PSD. I also noticed that the FIREFLIES are out! I love seeing them – they always make me smile! More holiday recipes for you:

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Reese’s Chocolate Butter Cake

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

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

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Blue Cheese Potato Salad
(overnight recipe)

8 C. potatoes – boiled/peeled/cubed
1/2 C. green onions, chopped
1/2 C. celery, chopped
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 C. slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 C. crumbled blue cheese
2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. white wine vinegar

Combine cooked/cubed potatoes,
onions, celery, parsley, almonds,
celery seed, salt/pepper in large
serving bowl. Mix blue cheese, sour
cream & vinegar in a small bowl –
pour over potatoes, tossing to coat.
Chill overnight. Serves 8-10

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Ginger Garlic Cucumber Salad

2 seedkess cucumbers* (like Enlish)
2 T. kosher salt
3 green onions, finely sliced
1 T. finely minced cilantro

Dressing:
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 small clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 T. vegetable oil
1 T. soy sauce
2 tsp. dark sesame oil
1 tsp. sugar

Slice cucumbers very thin (a mandolin
is best for this). Place in a colander &
sprinkle with kosher salt – toss so they
are well coated. Set colander in the sink
15-20 minutes. Lay cucumber slices on a
kitchen towel & pat to dry. Place in a
large bowl then add green onions &
cilantro.
Dressing:
Mix sugar, ginger, garlic & soy sauce in
small bowl until sugar is dissolved.
Whisk in oils then pour over cucumber
slices & toss to coat. Refrigerate until
ready to use.

These will keep about 2 days but
dressing will get a bit watery (still tastes
good).

*Do not use regular cucumbers because
they are waxed.

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Sweet ‘n Spicy Grilled Chicken

1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. honey mustard
4 cloves garlic, peeled
4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
2 T. adobo sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Using a food processor or blender, puree
oil, mustard, garlic clove, chipotle peppers,
adobo sauce, salt, oregano & black pepper;
spread mixture all over chicken breasts.
Let chicken sit in marinade 1 hour up to
4 hours in fridge.

Heat grill to medium-high.
Place chicken breasts on grill &
grill 6 minutes on first side &
5 minutes on second side.
Allow meat to rest at least 5
minutes before cutting it.

NOTE: this will be very spicy

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Roasted Zucchini Salad

2 zucchini, cut lengthwise
into quarters then sliced
crosswise
2 red peppers, seeded &
cut into strips
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing
1/4 C. crumbled feta cheese
2 T. chopped fresh mint

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Toss vegetables with dressing; spread
on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet
sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake 25 minutes, stirring after 10
minutes. Cool completely.
Transfer vegetables to large bowl;
add cheese & mint – mix lightly.
Serves 4 (1 1/4 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Potato & Ham Salad

1 1/2 lb. small potatoes, cut
in half
1 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. chicken broth
3 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. fully cooked, cubed ham
1 (8 oz) pkg. Monterey Jack
cheese, cubed
1 C. chopped tomato
1/4 C. sliced green onions

Place potatoes in large saucepan &
cover with water; bring to boil. Reduce
heat & cook 10-15 minutes until fork
tender; drain well. In large bowl whisk
mayo, sour cream, chicken broth, Dijon
mustard, celery seed, salt/pepper. Add
cooked potatoes to mayo mixture & mix
well to coat. Add ham & mix well. Gently
stir in cheese, tomato & green onions.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap & refrigerate
at least 2 hours before serving. Stir before
serving. Serves 15

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Cream Cheese Lemonade Pie

Pie:
1 (5 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (3.4 oz) box instant lemon pudding
mix (small box)
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese
3/4 C. frozen lemonade concentrate

Crust:
2 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1/3 C. sugar
2/3 C. butter, melted
(or you can use one 9″ prepared
graham cracker crust)
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Crust:
In medium bowl combine all crust
ingredients – whisk together until
well combined. Press graham cracker
crumbs into deep pie dish & make sure
to bring crust up sides. Bake 10-12
minutes – remove from oven & let
cool.

Filling:
In small bowl combine evap. milk &
pudding mix – using elec. mixer, beat
on Low speed 2 minutes (mixture
will be thick). In another medium
bowl beat cream cheese until light
& fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually
beat in lemonade concentrate. Gradually
beat in pudding mixture – pour into
cooled crust. Cover & refrigerate
at least 4 hours.

(recipe: cookandbliss.com)
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Our weather is ‘relatively’ nice today –
right now it’s 81 degrees F. (high expected
of 87) – sunny. Last night our church had
a holiday picnic at 6 p.m. (I didn’t plan on
going) at about 5:40 it started to really
get dark & there was a big thunderstorm
but by 6 p.m. it was all clear! (Pastor
mentioned that if it rained they would
hold it in the gym – I felt sorry for all the
men who were hauling tables & chairs
onto trucks yesterday to be driven up
to the pavillion – wonder if they had to
dry off all of that?

Hope you’re having a great day – I was
supposed to babysit today but son &
his family went up to their cabin so now
I’m on for tomorrow instead. Took this
extra day/time to finally tackle the bright
yellow baby blanket, ripping back another
3-4 rows. My fully determined – if I run into
ANY MORE mistakes, it gets ripped out &
the yarn donated – I’m done with it! (and
to think: it’s only a 2-row pattern!)

Hugs;

Pammie

 

More Holiday Recipes!

As I’ve mentioned before – LOTS of great sounding holiday recipes are pouring into my emails so, of course, I JUST HAVE TO SHARE THEM! Enjoy –

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Crockpot Zucchini Cake w/Cream
Cheese Frosting

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3 large eggs
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/2 C. unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
2 C. grated unpeeled zucchini
(about 2-3 small – squeeze to
remove moisture after grating)
1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 C. golden raisins

Cream Cheese Frosting:

6 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cake:
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. In medium bowl whisk
flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg
& baking powder. In another medium bowl
whisk eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, applesauce,
lemon zest & vanilla until well combined.
Add dry ingredients to wet in three separate
batches, mixing until well combined before
adding more dry ingredients. Stir in shredded
zucchini, pecans & raisins to batter & stir with
a spatula or wooden spoon until all is well
distributed into batter. Pour batter into crockpot
& spread batter evenly. Place a double layer
of paper towels on top of crockpot, under the
lid
to prevent condensation from dripping onto
cake. Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours (check
cake at 2 hour mark & cook for additional time
only if necessary) or until a wooden toothpick
inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
Once cake is cooked, remove lid & paper
towels – lift stoneware crock out of base &
place cake in crock on a wire cooling rack –
allow cake to cool to room temperature before
frosting.

Frosting:
While cake is cooking add softened cream
cheese, powdered sugar, lemon juice &
vanilla to bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a
whisk attachment. Mix on slow speed until
powdered sugar is incorporated into cream
cheese. Turn mixer on medium-high & whisk
3-5 minutes until frosting is light & fluffy.
Spread frosting on cooled cake.
Serves 12

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Grilled Greek Pork Chops
(8 hour or overnight recipe)

3 T. olive oil
6 tsp. lemon juice
1 1/2 T. Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
3/4 tsp. ground mustard
6 boneless pork loin chops
(3/4″ thick & about 4 oz, ea)

In large ziplock bag mix first 9
ingredients. Add chops; seal
bag & mix well until all chops
are coated. Refrigerate 8 hours
or overnight.

Remove chops from bag & discard
marinade. Grill chops, covered,
over medium heat, 4-5 minute per
side until internal temperature
reaches at least 150 degrees F.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: tone-and-tighten.com)
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Crunchy Ramen Taco Salad

1/2 C. Ranch salad dressing
1/2 C. hot sauce
2 T. fresh lime juice
2 (3 oz., ea) pkgs. ramen noodle soup
mix
1 (14 oz) pkg. coleslaw blend (cabbage
slaw mix)
1 C. frozen corn, thawed
1 C. (15 oz) canned black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

Mix dressing, hot sauce & lime juice
until blended. Break ramen noodles
into a large bowl (discard seasoning
packet – or reserve for another use).
Add remaining ingredients & dressing
mixture to noodles; mix lightly.
Serves 15 (2/3 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Super Supendous Potato Salad

1 clove garlic, peeled
3 lb. small red potatoes, quartered
2 T. cider vinegar, divided
1 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
6 hard-boiled eggs, divided
1 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. sour cream
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. paprika (plus extra for
garnish – optional)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
2 T. minced fresh parsley

Skewer garlic with a toothpick (to make
it easier to find after cooking). Place
potatoes, 1 T. vinegar, 1 tsp. salt & skewered
garlic in Dutch oven. Add water to cover &
bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until
tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain, reserving
garlic – remove skewer & crush garlic. Chop
5 hard boiled eggs. In a large bowl whisk
together mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard,
paprika, pepper, garlic & remaining vinegar &
salt. Stir in potatoes, chopped eggs, onion &
celery. Refrigerate 4 hours until cold.
Just before serving, slice remaining egg &
arrange on top of salad; sprinkle with parsley
& additional paprika (if using). Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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BLT & Bow Tie Pasta Salad

Salad:
1 (16 oz) pkg. bowtie noodles
1 (16 oz) pkg. bacon
2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
2 pints grape tomatoes, sliced
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

Dressing:
1 C. mayonnaise (not light)
1 1/3 C. milk
3 1/2 T. (dry) ranch salad dressing mix
8 T. Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
place cooked pasta in a strainer in sink &
run cold water over it until it cools down.
Cook bacon accordg. to pkg. directions;
place on a paper towel & dab off all grease
from top of bacon. Allow to cool then
crumble.
On a large serving platter with a lip
(or in a large serving bowl):
Place pasta, bacon, chicken, tomatoes &
lettuce – cover & refrigerate at least 1 hour
(& up to 3 hours).
In large glass measuring cup place all
dressing ingredients – stir well to combine.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
When ready to serve: Pour dressing over
top of salad & toss to combine.
Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Baked Mac & Cheese

2 1/2 C. uncooked macaroni
2 1/2 T. flour
1 1/4 tsp. salt
pepper, to taste (about 1 tsp.)
4 T. butter, cut into thin slices
3 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. whole milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray oven-safe bowl or dish* with
nonstick cooking spray. Cook
pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Mix all dry ingredients together.
Place half of cooked macaroni in
prepared bowl. Sprinkle half of flour
mixture over top & top with half of
butter slices. Sprinkle 1 1/2 C. cheese
on top – repeat. Pour milk over all.
Cover with foil & bake 35  minutes.
Remove foil & bake 10 more minutes.
Serve hot.

*You can make this in a 9 X 13″ or
large oven-proof bowl.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Picnic Fried Chicken
(can be overnight recipe)

1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 lb) cut up
3/4 – 1 C. buttermilk*

Coating:
1 1/2 – 2 C. all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 T. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground sage
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/8 tsp. baking powder
oil – for frying

Pat chicken pieces with paper towels;
place in large flat dish. Pour buttermilk
over chicken; cover & allow to soak
at least 1 hour or overnight in fridge.
Combine coating ingredients in large
ziplock plastic bag. Add chicken pieces,
one at a time, shake to coat well. Lay
coated pieces on waxed paper 15
minutes to allow coating to dry (will
cling better in frying).
In Dutch oven or other deep skillet,
heat 1/2 inch oil over medium heat
to 350 degrees F. Fry chicken, uncovered,
7-8 minutes per side until coating is
dark golden brown & meat is no longer
pink, turning occasionally. Drain on
paper towels. Serves 6

*If you don’t have buttermilk – pour
1 T. lemon juice or vinegar into a 1
Cup measuring cup. Add enough  milk
to reach desired amount (recipe calls
for 3/4 – 1 C. buttermilk). Stir mixture
& let stand 5 minutes – now you have
buttermilk (sour milk).

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Balsamic 3-Bean Salad

2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/
cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 C. balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 C. sugar
1 clove garlic,minced
3/4 tsp. salt
2 (16 oz, ea) cans kidney beans;
drained/rinsed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans cannellini beans,
drained/rinsed
4 fresh basil leaves, torn

Fill a large pot or bowl with ice water.
Fill a Dutch oven 3/4ths full of water –
bring to a boil. Add green beans – cook,
uncovered, 3-6 minutes until crisp-tender.
Drain & immediately drop into ice water.
In large bowl whisk vinaigrette, sugar, garlic &
salt until sugar is dissolved. Add canned & green
beans – toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, at
least 4 hours. Stir in basil just before serving.
Serves 12 (3/4 C. each)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Southern Pineapple Cake

Cake:
2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple
with juice

Topping:
1/2 C. butter
2/3 C. evaporated milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. sugar
1 C. chopped pecans or walnuts
1 C. coconut flakes

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda,
eggs, vanilla & pineapple (with juice).
Beat until well combined – pour
into prepared pan & bake 40-45
minutes until golden brown.
(while cake is baking)
Heat butter, evap. milk, vanilla &
sugar in medium saucepan until it
begins to boil over medium-high heat.
Stir in nuts & coconut; continue cooking
on medium heat about 5 minutes,
stirring constantly. (mixture will thicken
slightly). Remove baked cake from oven &
poke holes all over the top using a wooden
chopstick or tines of a large serving fork.
Spread topping evenly over top of warm
cake & allow to cool.

(recipe: mooreorlesscooking.com)

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Supposed to be a super hot day today:
sunny & high near 94 (heat index as
high as 105 degrees F.) – not planning
on going anywhere or doing anything
strenuous so I’ll be (happily) inside my
air-conditioned house knitting/reading/
playing computer word games or napping!
(Ah, the strenuous life of a retired grandma!)

Hope you have a COOL, relaxing day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Pammie’s New Toy!

Today husband & I went to Guitar Center & purchased the keyboard, stand, bench & headphones (so I can practice if anyone is watching TV or napping & not disturb them). I pretty much knew what I wanted & husband had HIS idea of what I needed  – I’m wondering if the salesman thought we were ‘fighting’ because he would say “I think she wants this…” and I would follow with “No, I really don’t want that!” (too funny). Husband convinced me that I didn’t want a ‘enclosed bottom’ piano because then it would be much more difficult to move it (in the photo you can see that we set it up directly in front of my old baby grand). This new ‘toy’ sounds & feels just like a regular piano AND also has a feature for it to sound like a church organ or a concertina! (I really didn’t want all the ‘bells & whistles’ like the various recorded music play-alongs, or all the various ‘voices’ – just give me PIANO!!!) After ‘testing it out’ for over 2 hours my back was yelling, my feet were freezing (the air conditioning was blowing on them) and I really needed to visit the ‘little girls room’ – guess you can tell I was having a good time! It’s going to take time for me to get back my old ‘playing MOJO’ – I can remember the beginnings of songs but then draw a complete blank on the middle! (I foresee lots of listening on YouTube to get them back!).

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S’mores Cobbler

1 (5 oz) pkg. cook & serve
chocolate pudding
3 C. whole milk
12 graham cracker squares
3/4 C. miniature semi-sweet
chocolate chips
1 (15 oz) box chocolate cake
mix, dry
1/2 C. cold butter, sliced
1 (10 oz) pg. miniature marsh-
mallows
whipped cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Prepare pudding with milk on
stove top as directed on pkg;
cool in pot 15 minutes. Spread
pudding evenly in bottom of
9 X 13″ baking dish. Lay graham
crackers evenly in pudding &
sprinkle with 1/2 C. choc. chips.
Sprinkle dry cake mix over pudding
& dot with slices of butter. Bake 25
minutes; remove from oven & stir
to make sure any dry cake mix spots
have been moistened. Sprinkle
evenly with marshmallows &
remaining chocolate chips. Bake
an additional 5-8 minutes until
marshmallows are puffy & brown.
Allow to cool 15 minutes before
serving. Serves 12

(recipe: mostlyhomemademom.com)
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Chicken Salad

3 C. cooked, chicken, chopped
(or 3 cans)
1 1/2 C. red seedless grapes, halved
1 C. sliced celery
1/3 C. sliced green onion
3/4 C. mayonnaise
pinch dried ginger
1/2 C. chopped pecans (or more,
as desired)
1/2 tsp. salt

In large bowl combine mayo, ginger,
chopped pecans & salt – stir in chicken,
grapes, celery & green onion.

(recipe: amandascookin.com)
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Grilled Corn & Zucchini Salad
with Feta
   GRILL

1/2 C. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 ears corn
3 zucchini, cut lengthwise into
planks
4 tsp. lemon juice
4 oz. feta cheese

In large bowl mix olive oil, garlic,
salt/pepper & red pepper flakes.
Lightly coat corn & zucchini with
half of mixture (leave rest in bowl).
Grill veggies, charring some (but
not all) for flavor. Alternatively,
cook on High in a skillet until tender.
Cut corn from cob & cut zucchini
into 1/2 in. wide pieces. Mix all
veggies in bowl with remaining oil
mixture. Mix in lemon juice & feta –
toss & serve warm or cold.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: amandascookin.com)
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Sriracha Deviled Eggs

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

Drain cooked eggs & cool in cold
water. Peel & half (lengthwise).
Remove yolks to a small bowl &
mash with a fork. Stir in mayo,
sriracha sauce, mustard, salt/pepper
until smooth. Place mixture into a
ziplock bag – seal & snip a corner
of the bag to use as a piping bag.
Pipe filling into egg halves; garnish
with a sprinkle of paprika & a slice
of red jalapeno (if desired).
Makes 12

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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BBQ Picnic Chicken
Grill

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. butter
1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. chili sauce*
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. celery seed
1 T. prepared mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
2 dashes hot sauce
2 broiler/fryer chickens (3 1/2 – 4
lb., each) cut up

In large saucepan, saute garlic in
butter until tender. Add next 8
ingredients & bring to boil, stirring
constantly. Remove from heat.
On lightly greased grill rack, grill
chicken, covered, over medium
heat 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
Baste with sauce; grill 15 minutes
longer until a thermometer reaches
170 degrees F., basting & turning
several times. Serves 8

*if you don’t have chili sauce, use
1/4 C. ketchup or 1/4 C. cocktail
sauce

NOTE: This sauce is best when made
a day or two ahead allowing flavors
time to come together.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Kansas City-style Ribs
GRILL

1 1/3 C. packed brown sugar
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. smoked paprika
12 bone-in country-style pork
ribs (about 7 lb)

Sauce:
2 T. canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 C. tomato sauce
1/3 C. dark brown sugar
1/4 C. ketchup
1/4 C. molasses
1 T. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground mustard
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

In small bowl mix brown sugar &
seasonings; sprinkle over ribs &
refrigerate, covered at least 1 hour.

Sauce:
In large saucepan, heat oil over
medium heat. Add onion – cook
& stir 5-6 minutes until tender.
Stir in remaining ingredients &
bring to boil, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat.
Wrap ribs in large piece of heavy-
duty foil; seal edges of foil. Grill,
covered, over indirect medium heat
1 1/4 – 1 3/4 hours until ribs are
tender. Carefully remove ribs from
foil & place over direct medium heat;
baste with some of the sauce. Grill,
covered, 8-10 minutes until browned,
turning & basting occasionally with
remaining sauce. Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cherry BBQ Sauce

1 medium onion, chopped
2 T. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 C. fresh or frozen dark sweet
cherries, pitted/coarsely chopped
1 C. ketchup
2/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. cider vinegar
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. ground mustard
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. liquid smoke, optional

In large saucepan, saute onion in
butter until tender. Add garlic; cook
1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients &
cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat
20 minutes until cherries are tender &
sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.
Makes about 3 1/2 C. sauce

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Bacon Baked Beans

1 (32 oz) can pork & beans
1 lb. bacon, cooked crisp/crumbled
1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. onion, diced
2 T. bacon grease

Combine all ingredients in 2 1/2 qt.
crockpot & stir. Cover & cook on Low
6-8 hours (or High 3-4 hours). Serves 6

Recipe can be halved or doubled.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Banana Breeze Pie

Crust:
1/3 C. butter
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 C. corn flakes, crushed

Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 C. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla

bananas
=
Crust:
In small pan over low heat, melt
butter, sugar, cinnamon – stirring
constantly until bubbles form
around edge of pan – remove from
heat. Add crushed corn flakes & mix
well. Press evenly in bottom & up
sides of a 9″ pie pan. Chill.

Filling:
In large bowl using elec. mixer,
beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add
sweetn’d cond. milk & blend
thoroughly. Add lemon juice &
vanilla – stir until mixture is completely
combined & thickened – pour into
chilled crust. When ready to serve,
top with sliced bananas.

(recipe: kandyskitchenkreations.com)

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Was just reading about something that’s
officially coming to internet TODAY: it’s called
GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation.
It’s a privacy law that affects anyone that
does ANY sort of business online – including
BLOGGERS! (This has to do with the Facebook
mess about collecting information about you &
sharing it with a third-party – this is the end-
result to prevent that from happening again).
After reading an article about this, it makes me
wonder if they are also meaning me sharing
recipes from others -WITHOUT their consent!
That might be true – there are HUGE fines for
that sort of thing, so what this means is: I’m
going to have to check this out further.

Ah, life gets ‘interesting’ at times, eh?

Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

I’m not ready . . .

Tonight is my special needs group’s “Harvest Dance Party” and I’m just not ready . . . let me explain: it’s going to be BIG (because not only will our kids be there, but several other groups have been invited), it’s going to be VERY loud (that’s a given when my kids get excited, and it’s going to be LOOoong (I need to be there at 4 p.m./it doesn’t start until 6:30, ends 8:30 so you can guess I’ll be PRETTY TIRED when I finally get to go home after helping clean up. Yes, I love getting together with my ‘kids’ but I’m just not ready for this level of  WILD/LOUD! This past Wednesday found our room packed with kids – it was our Music/Birthday night. What was different this time? We’re finally getting back some of our kids- the church we meet at is undergoing a huge re-building and the parking lot has been a nightmare for anyone with physical disabilities or wheelchairs (dirt, rocks, no lighting at night, etc.). Recently they’ve added parking lot lighting (YAY!) but it’s still pretty treacherous for wheelchairs so quite a few of our group homes just haven’t been coming. With more kids in our room this Weds. it was loud, hectic and almost overwhelming but we survived. Because of the construction, our group has been moved back to our ‘old’ room (the one we asked to be taken out of due to lack of room for wheelchairs) so now that we’re back in that room – it’s CROWDED! Oh well, eventually it will be better – we’ve been assured that the building project will be suspended as of the end of October – still not sure where that leaves our group but we’ll see. All that said – I’m going to put on my BIG GIRL PANTS and go to this dance/party with a big smile, hoping to help out wherever needed. (It’s a Western/Cowboy theme – I bought a red bandanna & am wearing a denim shirt – (western is NOT my style, so I’m going to be quite the CITY cowgirl…hehehe).

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Pumpkin Pie Cake

1 (29 oz) can pumpkin
2 boxes spice cake mix
1 bag milk chocolate chips
(optional)

1 tub cream cheese frosting

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 11 X 18″ baking sheet
with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine pumpkin, cake mixes &
(chocolate chips, if using) together
in large bowl, mix well & pour into
prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes.

NOTE: You will not use eggs, oil or
water in the cake – the pumpkin
adds the moisture.

When cake is cooled, frost with
cream cheese frosting
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This recipe can be halved:
1 box spice cake mix
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin
1/2 bag chocolate chips (optional)

half tub cream cheese frosting

Use a 9 X 13″ baking dish sprayed
with nonstick spray. Bake 350 degrees
F. for 20-25 minutes

(recipe: thecreativemom.com)
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Balsamic Chicken w/Roasted
Vegetables

8 (4 oz ea) boneless skinless
chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
1 tsp. kosher salt
fresh black pepper, to taste
10 medium spears asparagus,
ends trimmed, cut in half
2 red bell peppers seeded,
cut into strips
1 red onion, chopped in large
chunks
1/2 C. carrots, sliced in half
long, cut into 3 inch pieces
5 oz. pkg. sliced mushrooms
1/4 C. plus 1 T. balsamic vinegar
2 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed/roughly
chopped
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 T. fresh rosemary
1/2 T. dried oregano or thyme
2 leaves fresh sage, chopped

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Season chicken with salt/pepper.
Spray 2 large baking sheets with
nonstick cooking spray. Combine
all ingredients together in large
bowl-use your hands to mix well
then arrange everything onto
prepared sheets – spread out in
an even layer. (VEGGIES should
NOT touch chicken or chicken will
steam instead of roast). Bake
20-25 minutes until chicken is
cooked through & veggies are
roasted & tender. Serves 4

(recipe: skinnytste.com)
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Hearty Sausage & Bean One Pot

1 medium onion, peeled/cut in
half & sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 lb. fresh Italian sausage, casings
removed
1/2 lb. fully-cooked smoked sausage,
sliced diagonally into 1/2 inch slices
1 (16 oz) can cannellini beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (16 oz) can chick peas, drained/rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 C. chicken broth

Spray large saucepan with nonstick
cooking spray. Add onion & garlic – cook
over medium heat 2-3 minutes until
onion is softened. Add Ital. sausage to
pan & cook, stirring, 3 minutes. Add
sliced smoked sausage & cook 3-5
minutes until Ital. sausage is cooked
through & not pink. Pour off drippings;
stir in remaining ingredients. Mix gently,
cover & reduce heat to Low – simmer
5 minutes. Uncover & cook over medium-
Low heat 5-10 minutes to blend flavors.
Serves 5

NOTE: You can also add rice or noodles to
soup – they soak up the sauce.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Braised Red Cabbage

2 T. butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 medium red cabbage, shredded
(about 8 C.)
1 tart apple, peeled/cored & sliced
1 T. sugar
1 T. red wine vinegar
1/2 C. good red wine
1 bay leaf
salt/ground black pepper

Melt butter in Dutch oven or soup
pot. Add onions & saute over medium
heat until soft, about 7 minutes. Add
cabbage, apple, sugar, vinegar, red wine
& bay leaf. Stir & simmer on Low 30-40
minutes until cabbage is tender. Remove
bay leaf & season with salt/pepper.
Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Grilled Ranch Potatoes

2 lb. baby potatoes, halved
1/4 tsp. olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 packet ranch salad dressing mix
kosher salt
ground black pepper
Ranch dressing – for drizzling
chopped fresh chives, for garnish

Preheat grill to Medium heat. In
large bowl toss potatoes with
olive oil, lemon juice & ranch
seasoning mix. Season with salt/
pepper & toss to coat. Thread
potatoes onto skewers & grill
until tender & lightly charred,
15 minutes. Drizzle with Ranch
dressing & garnish with chives.
Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Popcorn Balls

12 C. popped popcorn
1 (16 oz) bag regular sized marsh-
mallows
1/4 C. butter
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
8 oz. white chocolate chips
1-2 T. shortening
1/2 C. fall colors sprinkles

Lay out several sheets of waxed
paper on counter.
Heat butter in LARGE sauce pan over
medium heat until melted. Add
marshmallows & stir until
completely melted. Add pumpkin
pie spice – remove from heat & stir
in popped popcorn. Make sure
your hands are clean & spray
them with nonstick cooking spray.
Gently scoop up popcorn mixture &
press into a ball shape; place balls
on waxed paper.
Add white chocolate chips &
shortening to a deep bowl. Melt
accordg to pkg. directions in
microwave in 30 second increments,
stirring in between, until completely
melted & smooth. Dip balls in white
chocolate & then in sprinkles – place
back on waxed paper until chocolate
is hard.

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Cheesy Meatball Bake

1 lb. ground beef
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/4 C. finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. milk
2 C. marinara sauce
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. chopped parsley (garnish)

In large bowl combine ground beef,
garlic, Parm. cheese, breadcrumbs,
egg, salt/pepper & milk – mix until
thoroughly combined.
Preheat broiler.
Spray bottom of a 9 or 10″ skillet with
nonstick cooking spray. Form meatballs
approx. 1 1/2 inches in diameter & place
in a single layer in pan. Broil 8-10 minutes
until meatballs are cooked through &
browned on top.* Drain any fat/liquids in
pan. Pour marinara sauce over meatballs
& sprinkle cheese over sauce. Broil 3-5
until cheese is melted & browned.  Sprinkle
with parsley & serve immediately. Serves 4

*It does not say in the recipe, but I would
probably turn the meatballs at about 4 minutes
to make sure all sides are cooked.

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Peanut Butter Pudding Dessert

1 C. flour
1/2 C. cold butter, cubed
1 1/2 C. chopped cashews, divided
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/3 C. creamy peanut butter
1 C. powdered sugar
1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip,
thawed/divided
2 2/3 C. cold milk
1 (3.9 oz) pkg. instant chocolate
pudding mix
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 (1.55 oz) milk chocolate candy
bar, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place flour & butter in food processor;
cover & process until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Add 1 C. nuts; pulse a
few times until combined. Spray 9 X 13″
baking dish with nonstick cooking spray &
press mixture into pan to form a crust.
Bake 25-28 minutes until golden brown.
Remove & cool completely on wire rack.
In small bowl beat cream cheese, peanut
butter & powdered sugar until smooth;
fold in 1 C. Cool Whip – spoon over crust.
In another bowl whisk milk & both pudding
mixes 2 minutes; let stand 2 minutes until
soft-set. Spread mixture over cream cheese
layer. Top with remaining Cool Whip mixture
& sprinkle with chopped chocolate &
remaining nuts. Cover & refrigerate at least
1 hour before serving. Serves 12-16

NOTE: You can substitute your favorite pudding
flavors; use almond butter in place of peanut
butter or use dark or white chocolate bars for
topping. You can also use fresh whipped
cream instead of Cool Whip.

If you are transporting this dessert during the
summer/warm weather, you can freeze this
dessert 20-30 minutes to keep it cold en route.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather has finally changed: it’s really COLD/
WET/RAINY/GLOOMY today! Woke up at 7 a.m. &
you would have thought it was the middle of the
night – it was DARK!!! Glad I don’t have to go out
until later today – it’s supposed to get down to
56…it’s 56 RIGHT NOW! Looking at our weather
forecast – we don’t get sun until Monday, but
still a HIGH of 56! UGH! (Here’s where I insert
my desire for INDIAN SUMMER! One can hope,
right?)

Hope you are staying warm & cosy – enjoy a
little something warm (tea, coffee, etc.) and
maybe a little added ‘extra’ (cookie, doughnut,
etc.) just to keep you ‘fortified’…hehehe.

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s PICNIC Day!

Today starts off a weekend of fun for my church – today we are having an Indoor Picnic! Tomorrow is the 50 year celebration of our church so it’s been almost a month of various fun activities. People who used to sing in our choir are joining the choir today and tomorrow (we have 15 ‘extra’ people!) – I have to be a choir practice at 4 p.m., then at 5 we will have an indoor picnic followed by a Memories presentation/slide show with lots of photos of people who have attended through the years. Tomorrow morning the ‘extra’ people will also be singing with the choir; for the usual Sunday School hour we will be having a group ‘Question & Answer’ period with the various pastors who have been with our church through the 50 years – that ought to be FUN! After the morning service is a catered dinner in the gym – so MORE fun! I’m excited to see people I haven’t seen in many years – one couple in particular; I’ve known them since around 1988 or so, the husband used to be our Youth Pastor at the church I’m at with my special needs group. They moved and are now pastoring a large church up North; I haven’t seen them in a good 15 years so it will be really nice to finally re-connect!

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Seafoam Salad

1 (29 oz) can pears in heavy
syrup, juices reserved
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
room temp.
1 (8 oz) pkg. Cool Whip,
thawed
1 (6 oz) pkg. strawberry or
raspberry Jell-O

Whipped cream

Place pears in medium saucepan
over medium-high heat & bring to
boil. Remove from heat & whisk
in Jell-O, stirring until fully
dissolved. Transfer mixture to
blender & add cream cheese &
pears – blend until both are
smoothly incorporated. Pour
mixture into large bowl then
gently fold in Cool Whip. Lightly
spray a Bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray then pour  mixture
into Bundt pan. Refrigerate
3-6 hours until completely set.
When ready to serve fill a large
bowl (bigger than Bundt pan) with
hot water. Carefully dip bottom of
Bundt pan into warm water to
loosen edges of Jell-O then invert
Bundt pan onto a serving plate.
Top individual servings with whipped
cream, if desired.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Israeli Salad

2 large tomatoes, diced
1 large cucumber, diced
1/2 medium red onion, diced
2 bell peppers (any color) diced
juice from 1 lemon, to taste
1 1/2 T. Italian seasoning
4 T. olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste

Toss all ingredients together in
large bowl. Eat now or
refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serves 4

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Easy Peach Freezer Jam

1 (1.75 oz) pkg. no-sugar-needed
fruit pectin
5-6 ripe peaches, peeled/diced
3/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. unsweetened white grape
juice
5 (8 oz) mason jars or tupperware
containers
1/2 to 1 T. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

In large bowl place ice cubes &
cold water.
Bring large pot of water to boil &
carefully lower peaches into water;
cook 30 seconds then remove from
water & place in ice bath to prevent
further cooking. Once cool, peel skins
off & dice into small pieces. Puree
peaches in food processor or blender
until smooth. Pour grape & lemon
juices in medium saucepan & bring
to boil over medium-high heat – stir
in pectin. Make sure mixture is at a
rolling boil & use a wire whisk to stir
until pectin is fully dissolved – cook
1 minute. Add in peach puree, sugar,
cinnamon & nutmeg – let cook (boiling)
5-6 minutes. Remove from heat & pour
into glass containers, making sure to
leave space on top for jam to expand
in the freezer. Let cool fully then seal
jars & store in freezer. Serves 8-10

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Zucchini Tomato Gratin

1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. finely chopped onion
2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 C. white rice
2 small zucchini, sliced
1/4″ thick
4 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/2
inch thick
1 C. boiling water
salt/pepper
1/2 C. grated Asiago cheese (OR)
1/4 C. grated Parmesan or
Romano cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place oil in 8inch square baking
dish & spread around bottom of
dish. Sprinkle garlic, onion & basil
over oil. Spread rice on top evenly.
Layer zucchini & tomato slices over
rice & pour boiling water over top.
Season with salt/pepper. Bake 20
minutes. Sprinkle top with cheese
& bake another 10-15 minutes
until cheese is golden brown &
vegetables & rice are cooked.
Serve immediately. Serves 4

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Crockpot Provincial Chicken

2 lb. boneless skinless chicken,
cubed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
2 zucchini, diced
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. dried, minced onion
2 T. diced parsley
1 T. dried basil
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 C. sour cream

cooked bowtie pasta for 6

Place chicken, tomatoes, zucchini,
soup, vinegar, onion & spices in
crockpot & mix together. Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours or High 2 hours.
Remove lid, stir in cheese & sour
cream – cook an additional 15 minutes.
Serve over cooked pasta. Serves 6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crispy Corn Bread

1 T. unsalted butter
1 1/2 C. stone-ground cornmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 C. buttermilk
2 T. unsalted butter

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Place butter in 12″ skillet &
place in oven.

NOTE: Watch butter carefully
When butter in large skillet (in oven)
is smoking, carefully remove from
oven & swirl butter around to coat
bottom of skillet

In large bowl sift dry ingredients together.
In medium bowl whisk egg until
frothy then whisk in buttermilk.
Add wet ingredients to dry &
mix thoroughly. Melt 2 T. butter
in small skillet & whisk into batter.
Pour batter into smoking skillet; it
should sizzle. Bake 15 minutes until
top of bread is golden brown &
edge has pulled away from side of
skillet; remove from oven.
Cut cornbread into 6 wedges in
skillet & serve hot.
Serves 6

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Garlic Steak & Potato Foil Packs
(grill or oven)

Serves 4

2 1/2 lb. top sirloin steak, trimmed
of fat & cut into 2 1/2″ to 2″ X 2″ pieces
1 lb. baby yellow potatoes, quartered
(or halved if less than 1 inch)
3 T. olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste
1 T. minced garlic
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried thyme
Optional: fresh thyme or parsley
for topping

OVEN:
Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large bowl combine steak
pieces, olive oil, salt/pepper, garlic
& seasonings – toss to combine.
Divide steak & potatoes between
four 12 X 12″ sheets of foil. Wrap
boil tightly around contents to
form foil packets. Place packets in
oven & cook 20-25 minutes until
cooked through to desired doneness*.

GRILL:
Heat grill  to High heat.
Follow same method for preparing
foil packets; place packets on grill
& grill about 10 minutes on each
side until steak & potatoes are
cooked through.
NOTE: If you prefer a char on your steak
open packets at end of cooking & cook
a few minutes directly on grill.

For baking, you can switch oven to Broil,
open packets & broil a few minutes.

*For medium doneness on steak, boil
potatoes first, 5 minutes, before adding
to bowl & proceeding with rest of directions.
(Helps them cook faster once in foil packet).

(recipe: lecremedelacrumb.com)
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Crockpot Taco Cheese Dip

1 (32 oz) pkg. Velveeta cheese,
cut into small cubes
2 pkgs. taco seasoning mix (dry)
1 lb. ground beef
1 (15 oz) can refried beans

tortilla chips for dipping

Brown ground beef in a skillet;
drain. Stir in taco seasoning (without
adding water) & place in crockpot.
Add cheese cubes & refried beans
to crockpot & stir. Cover & cook on
Low, stirring frequently. Once cheese
is melted & mixture is heated through
place crockpot on Warm & serve with
tortilla chips for dipping.

NOTE: Poster also said that this dip
is great on burritos. They also, at
various times, have added some salsa
& sliced jalapenos to this dip.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Planning on making this for an upcoming

picnic!

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

2 cans apple pie filling (or other fruit)
1 box yellow cake mix
2 sticks butter, melted (1 Cup)
1/2 C. caramel sauce (ice cream topping)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1/2 C. chopped pecans (or walnuts),
optional

Whipped cream, Cool Whip or ice
cream – garnish, optional

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Mix pie
filling & caramel sauce together &
pour into prepared pan- spread evenly
(you may add cinnamon, if using). Pour
dry cake mix on top of mixture & spread
evenly. Top with melted butter & nuts
(if using). Bake 45-50 minutes until top
is golden brown & filling is bubbly around
edges. Serve with optional garnishes.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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Our weather has cooled off a bit due
to thunderstorms last evening – it’s
currently 67 degrees F. – looking at
next week it’s going to be in the
mid 80’s (that’s OK!) Glad the pastors
chose to have a INDOOR picnic – “just
in case” of inclement weather!

Hope you are having a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Memorial Day

The Day we remember those who died in service to our country

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It’s a beautiful day out there – sunny, slight breeze and supposed to get up to around 76 degrees – perfect for those who are planning outdoor activities. With that said, here’s more picnic/family gathering type recipes!

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No-Bake Crispy Peanut Butter Squares

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

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

(recipe: cookstr.com)
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Spicy Grilled Peel & Eat Shrimp

GRILL

1 T. lemon juice
zest from half lemon
4 T. softened butter
3 T. crushed hot peppers
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 T. fresh garlic, minced
2 lb. 16-20 shell-on raw shrimp
(look for deveined) *
2 T. minced fresh parsley,
(optional garnish)

In food processor or blender, place
lemon juice, zest, butter, hot
peppers, paprika, cumin, black
pepper & garlic – puree to a smooth
consistency. Using a small spoon,
scrape some of mixture along outside
edge of shrimp (where vein would be)
UNDER shell. Rub remaining mixture
over all shrimp so mixture is all over
each piece & in center cut. Refrigerate
shrimp at least 1/2 hour – preheat
grill to High heat.

Place shrimp on grill & grill a few
minutes on each side until cooked (no
need to oil grill grates). Do no overcook.
Makes 36 shrimp

*If shrimp are not deveiend, run a
sharp knife around outside curve of
each shrimp but leave the shell
on & remove the vein.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Simple Cucumber Salad

1 large English cucumber,
sliced thin
2 tsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 1/2 T. olive oil
2 T. fresh dill fronds, finely
chopped

Place sliced cucumber in medium
bowl. In small bowl whisk both
vinegars, salt/pepper, mustard &
sugar – while whisking, slowly
drizzle oil to form the vinaigrette.
Taste & adjust salt to your liking.
Add dressing to cucumbers along
with fresh dill & gently toss to
combine. Serve immediately.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Spring Vegetable/Egg Casserole

2 T. olive oil
1 white onion, diced
1 large carrot (or 1 C. baby carrots)
peeled/diced
1 lb. asparagus, cut on diagonal into
bite-sized pieces
4 oz. sugar peas, halved
4 C. broccoli florets, chopped (about
1 medium head broccoli)
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
4 oz. feta cheese crumbles
12 large eggs, whisked
1/2 C. milk
salt/pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Heat 1 T. oil in
large saute pan over medium-
high heat; add onion & saute
4-5 minutes until soft & trans-
lucent. Add remaining 1 T. oil,
carrot, asparagus, snap peas,
broccoli & garlic – stir to combine.
Continue cooking 8-10 minutes,
stirring occasionally, until veggies
have softened & cooked through.
Add mushrooms & cherry tomatoes –
stir 3-4 minutes. Transfer half of
mixture to prepared dish & spread
in even layer. Sprinkle top evenly
with half of feta; repeat with rest
of veggies followed by rest of feta.
In separate bowl whisk eggs & milk
plus a generous pinch of salt/pepper
until combined – pour evenly over
veggies in dish. Bake 30-40 minutes
until a toothpick inserted in middle
of casserole comes out clean. Serve
immediately. Serves 12

NOTE: If you would like to prepared
this in advance: prepare casserole,
cover & refrigerate up to 1 day before
baking. At time of baking, remove cover,
let casserole rest at room temperature
while oven heats, then bake as directed.

(recipe: yummly.co)
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Summer Strawberry Crepes

8 slices white bread, crusts cut off
1 quart strawberries, washed/hulled &
diced
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. Greek yogurt, any flavor
2 T. sugar
3 eggs
2 T. Half & Half

Using a rolling pin, roll bread completely
flat & thin. Mix cream cheese, yogurt &
sugar in a bowl, whisking lightly. Spread
flattened bread with cheese mixture –
sprinkle a bit of the berries in a thin line
near edge of each bread slice & roll bread
over berries & continue to roll up – continue
with rest of bread/berries. Whisk eggs &
Half & Half. Heat a saute pan over medium
heat & spray lightly with nonstick spray. Roll
bread rolls in egg mixture & place in pan, edge
sides down. Saute on all sides until brown. Remove
to a plate, spoon some of the cheese mixture over
centers of each & sprinkle tops with more
strawberries. Serve warm. Serves 8

(recipe: modernchristianhomemaker.com)
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7-Layer Salad

1/2 head iceburg lettuce
2 C. baby spinach and/or
baby kale
1 C. diced tomatoes
6 hard boiled eggs, diced
or sliced
6 sliced green onions (save
1 T. for garnish)
8 sliced bacon, cooked/crumbled
roughly
1 1/2 C. frozen peas
1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 T. fresh dill, chopped

Dressing:
Combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise,
sugar, salt/pepper/dill – whisk to
combine.
In bottom of large bowl arrange
lettuce, then a layer of spinach &
kale. Arrange tomatoes on top of
spinach/kale. Layer boiled eggs on
top of tomatoes followed by a
layer of bacon then add frozen
peas on top of bacon. Spread
dressing evenly over top & sprinkle
top with dill garnish & green onions.

NOTE: Additional toppings, if desired:
shredded Cheddar cheese, frozen
corn kernels, sliced/chopped cucumber,
chopped red onion

(recipe: ehow.com)
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Tuscan Tortellini Salad

1 lb. cheese tortellini (fresh)
1/4 C. olive oil
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper
4 slices prosciutto, chopped
1/2 C. baby spinach
1/2 C. sun-dried tomato, chopped
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded

In large pot boiling salted water
cook tortellini accordg. to pkg.
directions; drain & transfer to large
bowl.
Dressing:
Whisk olive oil, bals. vinegar, salt &
pepper. Add prosciutto, spinach,
sun-dried tomato & dressing to
bowl with tortellini & toss until
well combined. Garnish with
Parmesan cheese. Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Garlic Cheddar Quick Bread


3 C. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded
1/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 1/2 C. milk
1/4 C. canola oil
1 egg

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick
spray. In large bowl whisk flour,
baking powder, sugar, garlic
powder & Ital. seasonings. In
another bowl mix milk, egg &
oil until well combined; fold in
cheese. Pour mixture into
prepared pan (if desired
sprinkle a little additional
Italian seasoning on top)
Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Let bread cool approximately
15 minutes before cutting.
Makes 1 loaf

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Easy Taco Bake

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
2/3 C. water
(Fritos) Chili cheese corn chips
1 can Cheddar cheese soup
1/2 C. milk
8-12 oz. shredded mozzarella
cheese – topping

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In skillet brown ground beef then
add taco seasoning & water (as
per seasoning packet – cook per
directions on packet). Cover the
bottom of a 9 X 9″ baking pan
with Fritos & top with taco meat.
In saucepan, heat soup & milk
until smooth then pour over taco
meat. Spread cheese on top of pan
& bake 10-15 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Corn/Bacon/Jalapeno
Popper Dip
  (uses 3 qt. crockpot)

16 oz. cream cheese, softened/
cubed
1 C. mayonnaise
4 oz. canned green chilies,
drained/chopped
4 oz. canned jalapeno chilies,
drained/chopped
1/2 c. Mexican cheese blend,
shredded
1/2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 C. panko bread crumbs
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

In small (3 qt) crockpot mix
first 6 ingredients. Cover &
cook on Low 1 hour, stirring
occasionally. In small bowl mix
bread crumbs & Parm. cheese;
sprinkle over top of cooked
dip. Serves 10

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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The Perfect Lemon Dessert

Crust:
1 C. butter, softened (but not
room temp)
2 C. flour
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 C. pecans, chopped small

Cream Cheese Layer:
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese
1 C. powdered sugar

Pudding Layer:
2 small boxes lemon pudding mix
3 1/2 C. cold milk
1 (16 oz.) tub Cool Whip, thawed

fresh lemon zest – garnish (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Stir crust ingredients together using
a fork; press into bottom of 9 X 13″
baking dish & bake 15-20 minutes
until light golden brown. Remove
from oven & cool completely.

Beat cream cheese & sugar until creamy
& smooth; spread over cooled crust. Whisk
together pudding mixes & milk then allow
to sit 5 minutes to thicken – spread on top
of cream cheese layer. Cover & refrigerate
1 hour.
Spread Cool Whip on top & cut into 18-24
pieces – garnish with fresh lemon zest, if
desired.

(recipe: tasteerecipe.com)

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Hope you have a safe & fun holiday –
relax & enjoy the day!

Hugs;

Pammie

and the weekend begins!

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

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No-Churn Blueberry Cheesecake
Ice Cream

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

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

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

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

Toss all ingredients together &
serve immediately. Serves 2

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

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

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

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Amish Hot Bacon Slaw

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

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

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

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Sriracha Deviled Eggs

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

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

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

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Watermelon Lemonade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: palatablepastime.com)
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Beer BBQ Sauce

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: cookingwithk.net)

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

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

Hugs;

Pammie

Nothin’ Special . . .

Today is my ‘in between’ day – in between baby sitting days. I’m learning that I’m looking forward to these days when I don’t have the entire day nailed down with ‘sitting’; don’t get me wrong – I love my new grandson, but there are times when it really gets tiring. The other day I sat from 9:45 – 5:10 p.m. and, unlike his ‘normal’ – this time he decided he didn’t need to SLEEP! All during that entire time I’d say he had a total of, maybe, 1 hour of sleep – drove me nuts! Get him asleep, put him down and (MAYBE, if I was lucky) he’d sleep – but that day, no more than 10-15 minutes before he was awake again! Awake is not a bad thing but it is if they’re cranky! Not sure just what he thought was going on, but he had one very TIRED Grandma by the end of that day! (That would have been Tuesday and THEN I had Knit/Crochet night!)…sigh…

The weather has gone back to (I would call it: Poopy) – 40’s/50’s & gloomy/gray, rainy. It IS supposed to get warmer for Mother’s Day, so that will be nice for all those people going out to eat. Today it’s around 48 degrees F. raining & gloomy. I’m thinking of going to the library & Meijers – just for something different. Have no idea what I’m making for dinner, either; I have the option of doing Ravioli, or homemade pizza. One thing that has changed over the past 2 weeks is: it’s just my husband & I eating meals! If I cook anything we end up having those same leftovers for DAYS! I made salmon patties & baked potatoes the other night and by the next day I didn’t even want to SMELL them! Weird, I know – food lately is not something I really want to eat OR smell (and NO, I’m not pregnant, for those funny friends of mine who might want to suggest that!).

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Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard

2 1/2 C. whole milk, divided
6 large egg yolks
2/3 C. granulated sugar, divided
1/3 C. corn starch
1 vanilla bean, split & scraped
4 oz. cream cheese, softened

Optional garnish: fresh strawberries

In a medium bowl whisk 1/2 C. milk,
egg yolks, 1/3 C. sugar & corn starch;
whisk until well blended. In small
saucepan heat remaining 2 C. milk with
remaining 1/3 C. sugar & scraped
vanilla bean seeds with the pod. Heat
to simmer, then remove pod & discard.
While whisking, slowly drizzle hot milk
into the bowl with egg/sugar mixture,
making sure to whisk continually. Pour
entire custard mixture back into the pan
& heat just until it thickens, which should
be very quickly. Reduce heat to Low, add
softened cream cheese & beat with a
whisk while cooking – about 1 minute,
to form a thick creamy custard. Pour
mixture into a large serving bowl (or
individual dishes). Cover with plastic
wrap, pushing wrap down onto surface
of custard (this prevents a skin forming
on the top). Refrigerate completely
before serving. Top with fresh straw-
berries when serving, if desired.
Serves 8

Note; this can be prepared a day
ahead & kept refrigerated until
ready to serve

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Creamy Pea Salad

1/2 yellow bell pepper,
finely chopped
1/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1/4 C. plain Greek yogurt
1 T. dried basil
1 T. finely diced red onion
2 tsp. diced pimiento
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 lb. shelled fresh peas (OR)
2 (16 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen tiny
peas, thawed

In large bowl combine all ingredients
except peas – mix well. Stir in peas
until completely coated with dressing.
Cover & refrigerate at least 3-4 hours;
serve at room temperature.
Makes 8 Cups – about 16 servings

(recipe: theseasonedmom.com)
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Honey-Garlic Pork Chops
(grill)

1/2 C. ketchup
2 2/3 T. honey
2 T. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6 (4 oz, ea) 1inch thick pork chops

Preheat grill for medium heat &
lightly oil grate. Whisk ketchup,
honey, soy sauce & garlic in a
bowl to make glaze. Sear chops
on both sides on grill. Lightly brush
glaze on each side of chops as they
cook; grill until no longer pink in
center, about 7-9 minutes per side.
(an instant-read thermometer
inserted into center of chops should
read 145 degrees F.)

(recipe: allrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Apple Balsamic Chicken

1 lb. boneless chicken breast
1 medium apple, chopped
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. paprika
salt/pepper, to taste
2 T. butter
2 T. flour

Whisk together vinegar, lemon juice,
garlic powder, thyme, paprika, salt/
pepper. Place chicken in crockpot;
pour mixture on top. Add chopped
apples on top; cover & cook on Low
4 hours. Remove chicken from crockpot,
chop or shred, as desired. Remove
liquid from crockpot & strain through
a colander into a saucepan. Add butter
& flour & bring mixture to a boil. Cook
3-5 minutes until slightly thickened.
Add chicken back into crockpot &
pour sauce over top. Coat chicken
with liquid & warm 10-15 minutes
before serving.

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Baked Lemon/Garlic Tilapia

3-6 Tilapia filets
6-8 crushed/diced large cloves
garlic
2 1/2 T. butter
4 T. fresh lemon juice
3 T. fresh or dried parsley
1 tsp. fresh or dried oregano
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In saucepan over Low heat, melt
butter; saute garlic 1 minute. Add
3 T. lemon juice, parsley, oregano,
salt/pepper – mix together & turn
off heat. Spray large baking dish
with nonstick spray. Pour 1 T.
lemon juice into dish, place fish
on top & season with herbs,
salt/pepper. Pour lemon mixture
over fish & sprinkle top with some
parsley. Bake until fish is cooked
through.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Stuffed French Bread

1 loaf French bread (unsliced)
1 lb. ground beef
2 T. finely chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped celery
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 T. milk
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt/pepper, to taste
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar
cheese
1/2 T. chopped parsley (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Slice French bread in half length-
wise – remove bread in center of
each half – reserve removed bread
to a large bowl & tear into small
chunks. In large skillet brown beef
& onion over medium heat; drain.
Add celery & garlic, cook a few minutes.
Pour in soup, Worc. sauce & milk;
season with salt/pepper – cook 5
minutes while stirring then remove
to large bowl. Place the 2 halves
of bread on a large baking sheet.
Pour meat mixture evenly in
center of ONE half of bread. Top
with cheese then cover with
second bread half.
Bake 10-15 minutes.

(recipe: 77easyrecipes.com)
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Classic Lemon Bars

Crust:
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 C. plus 2 T. flour
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/8 tsp. salt

Filling:
3 eggs
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 T. lemon zest
1/2 C. lemon juice, fresh
squeezed
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. flour

Topping:
powdered sugar
lemon slices (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 9″ baking dish with
nonstick spray. Mix melted
butter, flour, powdered sugar
& salt together; press in an
even layer in bottom of prepared
pan. Bake 10 minutes.
In medium bowl mix eggs, sugar,
lemon zest, lemon juice, baking
powder, & flour together. Pour
mixture over cooled crust & bake
25 minutes until filling has set.
Allow to cool.
When cooled, sprinkle top with
powdered sugar & top each
bar (if desired) with a lemon
slice. Best eaten at room
temperature or cold.
Makes 9-12 bars

(recipe: alattefood.com)
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Crockpot Spicy Chicken Soup

2 large baking potatoes, peeled/
cut into chunks (about 3 1/2 C.)
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen sweet corn
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled/ cut into chunks
(1 C.)
1 onion, thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 C. salsa
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast,
cut in half
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
(about 10 1/2 oz)
3 C. chicken broth

4 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips
chopped fresh parsley – garnish

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake tortilla strips on cookie sheet
10-15 minutes – set aside

Place potatoes, corn, celery, onion &
garlic in crockpot. Stir in salsa, cumin,
chili powder & pepper. Distribute
chicken evenly on top of veggies &
pour chicken broth over top. Cover
& cook on High 4 hours. Remove
chicken – shred into bite-sized pieces,
stir then return to crockpot. Cover &
cook 15-20 minutes longer until
vegetables are tender.
Serve topped with baked tortilla strips
& garnish with parsley.
Serves 6

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Chicken Pasta Primavera Salad

2 C. cooked chicken, cut into chunks
8 oz. curly pasta
1/2 C. olive oil
1 small onion, sliced into rings
1 medium carrot, diced
1 small summer squash, sliced
into rounds
8 spears asparagus, cut into 2″
pieces
1/2 c. peas
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. grated garlic
1/4 C. chopped fresh basil
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
grated fresh Parmesan – garnish

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions
for al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain,
rinse with cold water & transfer to large
bowl. Drizzle 1 T. olive oil on pasta &
toss to coat. In large skillet heat 1 T.
olive oil over medium-high heat. Add
onion; cook until soft, about 2- 3 minutes.
Add carrot, summer squash & asparagus:
cook 1-2 minutes. Add peas & cook
1 more minute. Vegetables should be
just cooked & still crisp; season with
salt/pepper – remove from heat & let cool.
Whisk red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic,
basil & Parm. cheese until combined –
continue whisking & drizzle in remaining
5 T. olive oil. To serve, toss pasta with
cooked chicken, sauteed vegetables,
cherry tomatoes & Parmesan dressing
until well combined. Transfer to a
serving platter & garnish with grated
Parmesan cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: perdue.com)
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Boston Cream Pie Dessert
(2 hour or overnight recipe)

Crust:

2 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
2 T. sugar
10 T. unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate topping:

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chunks or
chips
1/4 plus 2 T. heavy cream (or Half & Half)
1 1/2 T. gran. sugar
1 1/2 T. corn syrup

Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with foil or
parchment paper.
Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place graham crackers in food processor;
add sugar & process until combined.
Slowly drizzle melted butter in & process
until crust comes together. Press crust
into prepared pan & press down firmly.
Bake 7-8 minutes; cool completely.

Filling:

Place cream cheese in food processor;
process until creamy, 10-15 seconds.
Add vanilla, dry pudding mix & sugar –
process until well combined. Add Cool
Whip in 2 additions; process just until
combined, do not over mix. Scoop
filling into baked/cooled crust & spread
evenly – smoothing top. Refrigerate
2 hours to overnight.

Chocolate Topping:

Place chocolate in medium bowl. Place
cream, sugar & corn syrup in medium
saucepan & heat to just boiling; remove
from heat. Pour cream mixture over
chocolate (do not mix – let stand 5
minutes). Whisk mixture until smooth
then let cool to room temperature.
Pour mixture over filling OR top each
slice just before serving. Serves 6

(recipe: crunchycreamysweet.com)

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Let’s see – in our area gas prices are at a ‘nice’
place: $2.23/9 . . . I like that!

I’ve decided that for Mother’s Day I’m going to
make myself (and everyone else) a repeat of
the Strawberry Heaven dessert – I posted it
before (made with already prepared Angel
Food Cake, Cool Whip, cream cheese, Jello) –
they all liked it and I decided I would  ‘treat’
myself for a change – (grin).

Hope your days are coming together nicely for
you. Spring is all around – trees & flowers
blooming, birds singing – and we need the rain,
even though it makes for gloomy days – we
ALWAYS have SOMETHING to be grateful for!

Hugs;

Pammie