Nice and quiet – strangely so…

Of all the Christmases I’ve lived through, this had to be the most ‘unusual/quiet’ one I’ve had. Middle son has moved to his girlfriend’s (plus he had to work 2-10 p.m.) so we didn’t see him at all. Youngest spent the entire day & night sleeping! Husband & I had fun in the kitchen cooking; he had the local radio station on so the house was full of ‘fun’ Christmas songs while we peeled & chopped potatoes for his Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Our original time for Christmas Dinner at oldest son’s was supposed to be 3 p.m. but he texted saying they were running late and would we mind if it was 4:30/5 p.m.? NOT AT ALL! Gave us more time! Dinner at their house was VERY small & quiet as well; her parents didn’t come (not exactly sure why – something about their new puppy couldn’t be left alone . . . that was the story at Thanksgiving also – I don’t know, just felt bad for oldest son’s girlfriend, as she would have liked to have her parents there also.) As it was it was his family (4) and husband & I (2) – let’s just say we had WAaaaaaay too much food! I made a huge spinach salad that would have fed at least 8; his Prime Rib was wonderful along with his grilled Asparagus with Balsamic Wine reduction – tons of food and (of course) we all over-ate! LOTS of leftovers for the next few days, for sure!

Lots more recipes to share – I guess I should insert here (as I do every few months) The recipes on my blog (for the most part) are NOT my recipes – at the end of the recipes is the site link for the originator of said recipe. The recipes I post are ones that sound really tasty to me and, hopefully, somewhat easy to put together, too.

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Cookie Dough Fudge

1 stick butter, softened
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. flour
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/4 C. mini chocolate chips,
divided
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 1/2 C. white chocolate, melted

Spray a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray & line with
parchment paper. In large bowl using
elec. mixer, beat butter, sugar & vanilla
until smooth. Add flour & salt; beat
until combined. Stir in 1 C. mini choc.
chips. In another large bowl mix sweeten’d
cond. milk & melted white chocolate – fold
into cookie dough mixture & pour into prepared
pan – top with remaining 1/4 C. mini choc. chips.
Refrigerate until fudge is firm – about 2 hours.
Remove from pan by lifting edges of parchment
paper then cut into squares. Makes about 15
squares.

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Potato Cheese Soup
(4 ingredients!)

2 (28 oz, ea) bags frozen Potatoes O’Brien
(shredded/or diced potatoes w/ onions & peppers)
2 (32 oz, ea) boxes chicken broth
2 (10 oz, ea) cans cream of chicken soup
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, cut into
chunks.

Place potatoes, broth cream cheese chunks
& soup in crockpot. Stir, cover & cook on High
2 hours (or Low 3 hours). Stir well before
serving. Serves 12-15 (generously)

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Greek Feta Dip

12 oz. feta cheese
1 C. Greek yogurt
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/4 C. olive oil, plus more
for drizzling
juice & zest of 1 lemon
kosher salt
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
2 T. freshly chopped dill,
plus more for garnish
1/2 C. chopped cucumber
1/2 C. halved cherry tomatoes

Pita chips, for dipping

In large bowl using elec. mixer, beat
feta cheese, Greek yogurt, cream cheese,
oil, lemon juice & zest until fluffy & combined.
Season with salt & red pepper flakes; stir in dill.
Transfer dip to a serving bowl & top with chopped
cucumber, tomatoes, dill & a drizzle of oil. Serve
with pita chips. Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Bundt Cake Breakfast

1 C. cooked/diced ham
2 c. tater tots, still frozen
12 eggs, whisked
1 can (8) Pillsbury Grands biscuits,
diced – still raw dough
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a bundt pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Mix all ingredients
together & pour into prepared pan.
Bake 45 minutes; remove from oven
& lay a serving plate on top of Bundt
pan. Invert pan so that breakfast is
now on the serving plate. Serve warm.

NOTE from poster: you can use any meats
or veggies; the key is not to add too much
bread – tater tots add just the right amount
of potatoes – they shred up & you would
think they were hash browns without making
it dense.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)


Chicken Pot Pie SOUP!

3 chicken breasts, cut into small
chunks
3 carrots, peeled/chopped into
chunks
3 medium potatoes, peeled/chopped
small chunks
2 stalks celery, chopped
pinch salt/pepper
2 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)
3 1/2 C. chicken stock OR (3 1/2 C. water +
3 bouillon cubes)
3 T. unsalted butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. minus 1 T. flour
1 1/4 C. milk
juice of 1 lemon
1 small bunch fresh thyme

In large pot add chicken, carrots,
potatoes, celery, salt/pepper,
thyme & stock – bring to boil &
allow to simmer 15 minutes –
turn off heat. When nearly cooked,
in another saucepan add butter &
onions – heat on medium heat – cook
5-6 minutes until soft. Add flour into
onions & stir to form a creamy paste,
cook, stirring, 1 minute then add a
ladle of stock from chicken broth
(try to get mostly stock, not chicken/
veggies). Whisk, adding stock, until
you have ladled out most of stock
from chicken pan (leaving chic &
veggies behind). Pour milk into sauce
mixture; heat through while stirring
with whisk. (Sauce should thicken slightly
as it’s heating). Once sauce is almost
boiling (do NOT let it boil); pour it back
into pan with chicken & veggies. Bring
heat to almost boiling & add in half of
lemon juice – stir & taste – add rest of
lemon juice if needed. Season with salt/
pepper & top with a sprig of fresh thyme
before serving. Serves 5-6

(recipe: kitchensanctuary.com)
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Cheesy Mushroom & Broccoli
Casserole

3 T. butter
2 T. flour
1/2 lb. Shiitake or Baby Bella
mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C. onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. chicken stock
1 (10 oz) box frozen chopped
broccoli, thawed/drained
2 C. shredded Cheddar-Monterey
Jack blend cheese
3 C. cooked rice
salt/pepper

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Butter a 1 1/8 qt. oval casserole
dish. In large pot, melt 3 T. butter
& flour over medium heat until
golden in color, making a quick
roux. The roux should resemble
the color of peanut butter. Add
mushrooms, onion, garlic, garlic
powder, cayenne pepper, heavy
cream & chicken stock. Add
broccoli, 1 C. cheese & rice.
Season with salt/pepper, to
taste. Pour into prepared dish &
top with remaining cheese. Bake
until cheese is melted & golden,
about 20 minutes.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Tomato & Shrimp Pasta

1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled/deveined
8 oz. spaghetti, uncooked (or any pasta
you desire)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
4 medium tomatoes, cored/seeded &
cut into 1″ pieces
2 T. coarsely chopped fresh basil
3 T. olive oil, divided
1/2 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
pinch red pepper flakes
salt/pepper, to taste

Cook pasta accordg. to pkg. directions;
drain. Heat 1 T. oil in large, deep skillet.
Add shrimp & garlic – cook until shrimp
turns pink. Add tomatoes, basil, remaining
2 T. oil, pepper flakes, salt/pepper. Toss,
gently heating tomatoes but not cooking
them. Remove from heat & toss in cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Chunky Monkey Brownies

2 C. flour
1 1/2 C. brown sugar, packed
1/2 C. granulated sugar
2 sticks (1 C.) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. banana (mashed with a fork-
about 1 medium)
10 oz. Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate
baking melts (or 12 oz. semi sweet
chocolate chips)
1/4 C. chocolate chips (for topping)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. In a bowl mix butter, eggs,
sugars, salt & vanilla using elec. mixer
until well mixed. Stir with a wooden spoon
to combine:flour, mashed banana & baking
melts/chips; spread into prepared pan &
smooth top evenly Sprinkle choc. chips
on top. Bake 30-40 minutes until lightly
golden brown & a toothpick inserted in
center comes out clean. Cool completely
in pan before cutting into bars.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Candied Pecans
(6 qt. or larger crockpot)

2 egg whites
1 T. vanilla
1 3/4 C. sugar
1 3/4 C. brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 lb. whole pecans

In small bowl whisk egg whites &
vanilla until very frothy (may take
a minute or two). In medium bowl
add sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg & salt
stir until combined. Place pecans in
a large bowl; pour egg whites over &
stir until pecans are evenly coated. Pour
over sugar mixture & stir until pecans
are coated. Spray insides of crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray – add nuts.
Cover & cook on Low for 3 hours,
stirring every 20 minutes. When cooking
time is done, pour nuts onto a baking
sheet lined with waxed or parchment
paper. Cool for 30 minutes before storing
or packaging in bags. Serves 20

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)
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Our weather, once again, is acting very
unlike Winter in Michigan (which I, personally,
am LOVING!) It snowed just a tad yesterday
(Christmas Day) and my oldest son was
ecstatic – he & his oldest son (12) LOVE to go
snowboarding in the winter – however –
the snow all melted! Today it got up to 45
degrees F.!!! YAY! (I’ve lived in good old
Michigan all my life so I KNOW this will
not be the end of snow for us – just hoping
we don’t really bad snowfalls (has happened
in years past) – will just have to wait & see.

Hope your holiday went very well and you
were able to enjoy time with friends/family,
some good food and great company.

Hugs;

Pammie

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More Catching Up to get done

Lately my days/weeks have been jam-packed with at least ONE thing to get done every day; that’s fine but it really makes planning for said things difficult when I don’t know when I’m going to be babysitting! Was kind of holding my breath yesterday (HOPING I wouldn’t get a text) – we spent a good 3 hours at the car dealership waiting for them to install a part on my van heater. I was really wondering WHY it was taking so long since they ordered the part & assured me it would be in Monday. (turns out they had to remove the entire dashboard to get to the heater part!). Finished knitting the peach baby blanket and (silly me) didn’t bring any other knitting – was REALLY getting bored: read 6 magazines, ate a little of their free popcorn, drank some free coffee – finally we were ready! Since I didn’t get ‘the text’, was able to get almost all the grocery shopping done for the coming holiday. I wanted to give one of our adult helpers in my special needs group a loaf of some sort of fruit bread – finally settled on Apple Cinnamon (and will add applesauce instead of water) to the mix (YES-I’m always looking for a QUICK fix for baking, so I bought a mix!).  Also, every year we give our mail person/lady a plate of cookies so I bought some at our local grocery store – they look homemade, so we’re good there! (CHECK! One more thing off my to-do list!). Tonight is my Panera Knit/Crochet group’s Christmas gathering. I like to treat the ladies to Panera chocolate chip cookies & I add mini candy bars to the platter – my way of saying Thanks for being a part of my group. (Ordered Panera cookies on line – CHECK!). HOPEFULLY after tomorrow night I’ll be pretty much free of the dreaded ‘GOT-TO-DO’S’! Was able to purchase most of what I put in my guys Christmas stockings at the drug store today so that’s also done! CHECK!

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Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cookies

1 (16.5 oz) box deluxe moist yellow
cake mix
2/3 C. butter, softened
2 eggs
1/2 C. sugar
3 tsp. cinnamon

In large bowl combine
dry cake mix, butter & eggs – chill
1 hour.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. In a small dish mix
sugar & cinnamon together. Roll
dough into 1-inch balls & roll in
cinn/sugar mixture – place on
prepared baking sheet 2 inches
apart. Bake 10-12 minutes
Makes 25-30 cookies

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Apple-Cranberry Crumb Bars

1/2 C. butter
1 box (2 layer) yellow cake mix
2 eggs, divided
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 (8 oz, ea) pks. cream cheese,
softened
1/2 C. sugar
2 Gala apples, peeled/chopped
1 C. fresh or frozen cranberries

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 9 X 13″ baking dish with foil, with
ends of foil extending over sides. Micro-
wave butter in large microwaveable bowl
on High 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until melted.
Add dry cake mix, 1 egg & cinnamon; beat
using elec. mixer until blended. Press 2/3
of dough onto bottom of prepared pan. Beat
cream cheese & sugar using elec. mixer until
blended. Add remaining egg; mix well-spread
over crust & top with fruit. Pinch small pieces
of remaining dough between your fingers; press
lightly into cream cheese layer. Bake 45-50
minutes until center is almost set. Cool completely
& refrigerate 1 hour. Using foil ‘handles’, lift
dessert from pan before cutting into bars.
Makes 32 bars

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Bacon/Cheeseburger Dip

1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
8 oz. cream cheese, cubed
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes with
green chilies
1 (6 oz) pkg. real bacon bits, divided:
(reserve 2 T. for garnish)
1 tsp. dried parsley

Assorted dippers
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Brown ground meat in large skillet/drain.
Over Low heat, stir in cheeses, tomatoes &
juices, bacon bits; cook, stirring frequently
until all is heated through & well blended.
Pour into 2 qt. crockpot; cover & cook on
Low 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in
parsley & sprinkle with remaining bacon bits
just before serving.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Crockpot Breakfast Casserole

1 (30 oz) pkg. frozen shredded
hash brown potatoes
1 lb. bulk pork sausage, cooked/
drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
12 large eggs
1 C. milk (2%)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray. Layer half of potatoes,
sausage, onion, chilies & cheese – repeat
layers. In large bowl whisk eggs, milk,
salt/pepper – pour on top of mixture.
Cover & cook on Low 7-9 hours or until
eggs are set. Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Farmers Casserole  (OVEN)
(overnight recipe – possibly
breakfast?)

3 C. frozen hash browns
3/4 C. shredded Monterrey Jack or
Pepper Jack cheese
1 C. cooked, cubed ham
1/4 C. chopped green onion
4 eggs, well beaten
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with nonstick
cooking spray. Arrange hash browns evenly
on bottom of dish; sprinkle top with cheese,
ham, onions. In a small bowl combine eggs,
evap. milk & seasonings – pour over potatoes/
cheeses. Refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake casserole 40-50 minutes until set.
Let rest 5 minutes then cut & serve.

(recipe: food.com/Mike Suddaby/FB)
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Grandma’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs

2 lb. lean ground beef
2 C. plain bread crumbs
1 C. milk
1 egg
salt/pepper, to taste

Sauce:
1 C. chopped green bell pepper
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks in
juice (including juice)
1 C. chopped onion
2/3 C. brown sugar
1 C. ketchup
1 C. water
4 T. vinegar
4 T. Worcestershire sauce

Cooked rice, noodles or
mashed potatoes to serve 10

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix all ingredients in large bowl –
form into balls & place on prepared
dish in single layer. Combine all
sauce ingredients in another bowl &
pour over meatballs. Bake 1 hour
uncovered. Serve over cooked noodles,
rice or mashed potatoes.  Serves 10

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Reuben Nachos

1 large bag bagel chips
1/2 lb. deli corned beef, chopped
into bite-sized pieces
1/2 C. sauerkraut
1 1/2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
1 T. horseradish
Russian salad dressing, for serving
2 T. chives, finely chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Scatter an even layer of bagel chips
on large rimmed baking sheet. Top
with half of sauerkraut, cheese &
horseradish. Add second layer of
bagel chips & top with remaining
sauerkraut/cheese/horseradish. Bake
until cheese is melted & chips are
slightly golden, about 10-15 minutes.
Drizzle nachos with Russian dressing
& garnish with chives. Serve warm.
Serves 8

(recipe: delish.com)
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Best Chicken Ever

4 boneless, skinless chicken
breasts cut in half (long way)
1 pkt. Ranch salad dressing mix
3/4 C. Panko bread crumbs
3/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 C. melted butter

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a medium baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.*
In medium bowl mix Ranch mix,
bread crumbs & Parmesan cheese.
Rinse chicken & pat dry using paper
towels. Melt butter in medium
microwaveable bowl. Dip each
piece of chicken into melted butter,
covering both sides. Press each
side of chicken in breading mix &
place in prepared dish. Sprinkle
rest of breading mix over chicken.
Bake 45 minutes.

*Poster also lined the baking dish
with foil, then sprayed with nonstick
spray – this prevents chicken sticking.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Easy Pistachio Pie

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. Jell-O pistachio instant
pudding mix
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple with
juices
1 C. miniature marshmallows
1 (8 oz) tub Cool whip (OR) 1 C.
heavy whipping cream whipped to
stiff peaks
1 prepared pie crust* baked & cooled

In large bowl beat cream cheese &
dry pudding mix until light & fluffy. Beat
in crushed pineapple with juices – stir
in marshmallows. Fold in Cool Whip
(or whipped cream). Spoon mixture
into pie crust & chill at least 2 hours.
Optional Toppings:
Beat whipped cream & powdered sugar
together until stiff peaks form – pipe
on top of pie.
Maraschino cherries
Chopped pistachios

*Poster uses Nilla Wafer Pie crust
There is enough filling for a 9.5 inch
pie plate – you can serve extra filling
as a dessert.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)

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Hope all of your holiday plans are coming
together for you. I’m a List Maker – you will
find me with lists all over the place; my
attempt at trying to NOT FORGET anything!
(Example: today I had THREE grocery lists-
one for each of the two small grocers very
near to my house, One list for CVS and another
for Krogers). I read each of the store’s flyers
and then made my lists according to who had
the best prices for the items I needed to buy.
(Wish I’d remembered to bring my Kroger
list with me – planning on going there Weds.
but without that list I couldn’t remember who
had the best price on cream cheese or stick
butter, just to mention a few things . . . sigh).
(another example – while waiting at a red light
I suddenly remembered I needed to get gas
so I wrote that in BIG letters at the bottom
of my grocery list – just so I wouldn’t FORGET!)
…it worked!

Enjoy your day – enjoy your plans and try NOT
to STRESS over all the little things. NO MATTER
WHAT – life goes on. Better it go on with you
not having an ulcer over the stress of the moment.

Hugs;

Pammie

Cookin’ up a big ole pot of Chili!

Even though our weather is not exactly ‘right’ for this time of year in Michigan (it’s in the 40’s today & sunny – no snow!) I felt like it was time to make a ‘stick-to-your-ribs’ pot of chili. I make a really big batch and it goes quickly with three guys in the house. (I like it because I make it one day then only have to reheat portions for the following days – easy!)

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Ultimate Sugar Cookies
overnight recipe
(soft cookies – like Lofthouse)

1/2 C. unsalted butter (softened)
3/4 c. plus 2 T. sugar
1 large egg
1 egg white
1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. sour cream
1/4 tsp. salt
3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Frosting:
4 C. powdered sugar
1/4 C. unsalted butter, room temp.
1/4 C. shortening
1/4 C. milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. salt
Optional additions:
food coloring
candy sprinkles
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In medium bowl whisk flour, baking
powder, baking soda & salt. In another
bowl (of stand mixer) using elec. mixer
beat butter on medium speed 1 minute
until fluffy; add sugar & continue beating
until creamy & smooth – 3 minutes. Add
egg, egg white & vanilla; mix until smooth.
Mix in sour cream & salt – beat at Low speed
until combined. Slowly stir in dry ingredients;
beat at Low speed until just combined, scraping
down bowl as needed. Cover bowl & chill
at least 2 hours or overnight.
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Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment
paper (or a silicone mat). Using a 1 ounce
cookie scoop (or-roll dough into balls a little
smaller than a golf ball). Fill a cup with water
& moisten your fingertips as you press each
ball onto parchment paper. Form balls into
a circle that is about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Leave about 1/2 inch between cookies on
sheets. Bake 14-16 minutes until dough has
puffed up & is firm (do not let them brown)
Transfer to a wire rack & cool completely
before frosting.
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Frosting:
In large bowl combine powdered sugar, butter,
shortening, milk, vanilla, salt & food coloring-
mix until well combined. Once cookies have
cooled completely, frost & add sprinkles (if
using). Allow frosting to set then store in air-
tight container.  Makes 28 cookies

(recipe: myrecipemagic.com)
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Easy Jalapeno Popper Bites
(appetizers)

8 oz. cream cheese, softened*
3-4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 jalapeno peppers/seeded/diced-
use less or more depending on preference)
8 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
8 oz. Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
48 tortilla Scoops chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 2 large baking sheets with
parchment paper. In medium bowl
stir cream cheese, green onions, jalapenos,
bacon, Pepper Jack & Chedd. cheese.
Place Scoops chips on baking sheets &
spoon a rounded teaspoon of filling into
each chip. Top with additional bacon &
cheese if desired. Bake 8-10 minutes until
filling is bubbly & cheese is melted.
Serve immediately.

*can use light cream cheese also

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Crockpot Cashew Candy Clusters

24 oz. unsalted dry roasted cashews
4 oz. unsweetened dark baking
chocolate
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 lb. vanilla almond bark
1 tsp. vanilla

Lay out paper (or foil) cupcake liners
(about 50) on a flat surface.
Spray 5 qt or larger crockpot insides
with nonstick cooking spray. Add
cashews, dark choc., choc. chips &
van/almond bark to bottom of crockpot.
Cover & cook 1 hour on LOW, stirring
every 15 minutes using a rubber spatula.
Continue cooking 1-2 hours more, stirring
every 30 minutes until all chocolate is
melted. Stir in vanilla extract. Using a
large kitchen spoon, scoop mixture into
cupcake liners & allow to cool completely
before eating or packaging. Makes about 50

NOTE: You can also add pretzel bits, dry
cereal, different nuts (or mini marshmallows
at very end as you’re spooning mixture into
cupcake liners).

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Apple Cider Ham

9-10 lb. fully cooked, smoked,
bone-in half ham
whole cloves (optional)
1 3/4 C. apple cider (or apple juice)
divided*
2/3 C. light brown sugar
1/3 C. pepper jelly
1/4 C. honey
3 T. yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. Creole/Cajun seasoning
(or to taste) optional

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a roasting pan (that is just large
enough for the ham) with foil. Add
another section of foil for wrapping
loosely around ham. Trim ham of
excess fat & score on top of ham,
about 1-inch apart, creating a diamond
pattern. Stud pattern with whole cloves
if desired. Place ham, cut side down in
pan. Pour 1 C. apple cider on bottom of
pan, cover ham loosely with another
sheet of foil. Bake 30 minutes.
(Meanwhile):
In medium bowl combine brown sugar,
pepper jelly, honey, mustard & Creole/
Cajun seasoning to form a thick paste.
Remove ham from oven & uncover.
Pour brown sugar mixture over ham
using a spatula to spread all over. Add
remaining cider to bottom of pan; cover
ham loosely & cook 1 1/2 – 2 hours
longer, depending on size of ham,
basting with pan juices about every
20 minutes.
Remove foil for last 20
minutes of cooking time. Let rest 15
minutes before carving; dredge cut
slices in drippings before plating.
Serves about 12

*can also substitute ginger ale, Sprite
or 7UP.

NOTE: You can also garnish ham with
pineapple rings & cherries last 20
minutes of cooking time.

(recipe: deepsouthdish.com)
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Tex-Mex Breakfast Casserole
(overnight recipe)

1 (14.5 oz) can diced potatoes (or
1 3/4 C. cooked/diced potatoes)
2 links cooked Chorizo sausage,
diced (3 1/2 oz)
2 (4.5 oz, ea) cans chopped green
chilies,undrained
2 C. shredded Colby-Monterey Jack
cheese
12 large eggs
1/2 C. chopped scallions
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt (like Adobo)
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced thin (seeded,
if desired)
4 oz. (1 small) Haas avocado, sliced
1 C. chunky mild salsa

Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Place potatoes
in dish & top with chorizo, green chilies
& 1 C. cheese. In medium bowl beat
eggs, scallions & seasoning salt using a
whisk until well blended – pour over
potato mixture. Cover & refrigerate
overnight.
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Remove from fridge
Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Bake, uncovered, 55-60 minutes until a
knife inserted near center comes out
clean. Top with remaining 1 C. cheese &
jalapeno slices. Bake 2 more minutes until
cheese melts. Cut into 10 squares & serve
with salsa & avocado. Serves 10

(recipe: skinnytaste.com)
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Company Rice

1 rib celery, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 T. butter
5 C. chicken broth
1 C. uncooked wild rice
1 C. uncooked long grain rice
2/3 C. dried cherries or cranberries
1/2 C. chopped pecans, toasted

In large sauce pan saute celery, carrot &
onion in butter until tender. Stir in broth
& wild rice – bring to boil. Reduce heat,
cover & simmer 25 minutes. Add long-
grain rice, cover & simmer 20 minutes
longer. Stir in cherries; cook 5 minutes
longer until liquid is absorbed. Just before
serving stir in pecans.
Serves 10

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Roasted Garlic Mashed
Potatoes

5 lb. red potatoes, washed, mostly
peeled (or you can completely peel)
& cut into chunks
3 cloves garlic
salt/pepper
1 tsp. chicken bullion granules
1 C. warm water
8 T. butter, divided
1/3 C sour cream
1/2 C. milk

Place potatoes in crockpot & sprinkle
generously with salt/pepper. Place
garlic in center of a small square of
foil & wrap up foil like a Hershey’s
kiss; place bundle in corner of crockpot.
Pour chicken bullion into water & stir
then pour over top of potatoes. Cut 4
T. butter into small pieces & place in
random spots over top of potatoes.
Cover & cook on High 4 hours (or Low
7-8 hours depending on how fast your
crockpot works). When potatoes are
fork-tender, remove tin foil packet,
open it & smash garlic using a fork –
add half of garlic into crockpot (If
you want more garlic flavor, you can
add a bit more after everything is all
mixed together – better to start with
a little bit at first). Pour milk, 4 T.
butter & 1/3 C. sour cream into
crockpot; using elec. mixer, blend
everything together until potatoes
are fluffy & smooth. You can add
more milk if they are too thick.
Taste & adjust seasonings/garlic.
Serves 10-12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Chewy Gingerbread Bars

3/4 C. butter, melted
1 C. sugar
1/4 C. molasses
1 egg
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Cream Cheese Frosting:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T. butter, softened
2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
dash salt
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 9″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
In bowl of stand mixer or large
mixing bowl pour melted
butter, sugar & molasses -beat
until well combined. Add egg &
beat until smooth. In separate
bowl mix all dry ingredients –
pour mixed dry ingredients into
mixer bowl & beat just until
combined. Press dough into
prepared pan. Bake 15-20
minutes (DO NOT over bake).
It is done when a wooden
toothpick is inserted into center
& comes out clean. Remove pan
from oven & allow to cool completely.
(bars will continue to cook at bit as
they cool.)

Mix all frosting ingredients together
using elec. mixer & beat until smooth.
Frost cooled bars & refrigerate 1 hour
then cut & serve. Store leftover bars
in fridge or freezer.

NOTE: This recipe can be doubled:
Use a large jelly roll pan (11 1/2 X
16″). Bake 20-25 minutes. Follow rest
of recipe directions.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)

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It’s going to be another crazy/busy week coming up –
just finished the Senior Choir’s Christmas program
this morning so that’s 1 check off – this Wednesday
is my special needs group’s Christmas dinner/program –
after that I’m pretty well FREE of big commitments
(at least until after Christmas!).

Started another baby blanket yesterday that’s a copy
of one I did a few months ago (a Feather & Fan pattern)-
I liked it so well I decided to do another one! Have a
little more knitting to do on the peach colored baby
blanket and a bigger amount of knitting on a red &
white striped scarf for charity (I’m not planning on
getting that done before the holiday).

Hope you are all in good health and enjoying the
Christmas season. I have a tiny bit of baking left
to do (I like to give loaves of bread for some of
my friends & cookies for our mail lady – those are
on my list for this week).

Hugs;

Pammie

 

PS: Gas Prices are now down to: $2.19/9  WOW!!!

and here comes the S-N-O-W!

The good thing is: we’re only supposed to get THREE inches – (hopefully)! It’s coming down in tiny flakes but it’s also pretty windy. I decided that, rather than wait until tomorrow (and then regret my decision) I’d go grocery shopping today (wasn’t even aware it’s CYBER MONDAY until I got to the store, but it was OK – not crowded at all (YAY!). Treated myself to 3 Christmas presents: 2 nice cardigan (kinda long) sweaters: one is a rust color and only $15 and the other is a medium gray with 30% off, so I was happy. They will go nicely with a black skirt & a turtle neck for church. Also ‘caved’ & bought a little Christmas Cactus. I bought one two years ago & it hasn’t bloomed since. This one was $4.00 and had a few buds so we’ll see. (I AM known as the Plant Killer)…sadly.

Gas prices are down to $2.29/9 now – WOW!

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Looks like the blog site is STILL shrinking my recipes – here goes hand-typing them – sorry for the double spacing; that’s part of it, also…sigh

Cranberry Walnut Tart

Crust:

1 C. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

6 T. ice-cold unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces

1 T. granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

2-4 T. ice water

Filling:

3 large eggs

1 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. light corn syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 T. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 C. walnuts, toasted in dry pan & coarsely chopped

3 C. fresh cranberries (if using frozen, thaw/drain/

pat dry any excess moisture

Crust:

Place flour, salt, cold butter, sugar & egg yolk

in food processor – pulse 10 times. Add up to

4 T. ice water & pulse as you add.  Mixture

will be a bit crumbly but should come together

if you pinch a little in your hand. Place a

piece of plastic wrap on your counter &

pour out crust mixture onto wrap. Using

sides of plastic, pull plastic together to

form a ball of dough. Wrap & press into

a disc shape. Refrigerate at least 1 hour

(this can be done a day ahead).

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.

Lightly dust counter with flour & remove

dough from fridge. Roll out dough 2 inches

larger than a 10″ tart pan (with removable

bottom). Gently lift dough into tart pan

& press into sides & up rim making sure

the dough is even all around. Don’t be afraid

to make the sides thicker than the bottom

by pressing excess dough back down into

tart pan, inside ridges. Line bottom of crust

with parchment paper & fill with pie weights,

dry beans or rice.

NOTE: you can prepare filling while crust bakes.

Bake crust 10 minutes; remove from oven &

remove weights/beans/rice. Let cool 10 minutes

(crust is pre-baked at this time).

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Lower oven temp. to 350 degrees F.

In medium bowl beat eggs. Add brown sugar,

corn syrup, vanilla & melted butter – beat in

flour & salt. Stir in chopped nuts & gently fold

in cranberries. Pour batter into now cooled crust.

Place in center of oven & bake 45-55  minutes until

browned. Cool to room temp. then refrigerate to

set. Tart is best served cold. Remove sides of tart

pan by placing on a high round surface (such as

a can) & gently drop the outer ring onto the table.

Place tart on a serving platter & cut into slices

to serve. Makes 8-10 slices.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)


Light Stovetop Turkey Tetrazinni

1 T. vegetable oil

1/2 C. chopped onion (optional)

10 oz. pkg. button mushrooms, sliced

2 C. chicken broth

2 1/2 C. milk

1 (12 oz) pkg. whole wheat spaghetti (or regular),

uncooked

2 C. cooked, shredded turkey (or rotisserie chicken)

1/2 C. sour cream

1 T. butter

1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Italian parsley, chopped (optional)

Heat oil in large pot on medium-high heat. Add

onion (if using) & mushrooms – cook until starting

to soften, 2-3 minutes. Pour chicken stock & milk

into pot; cover & bring to a boil over High heat. Add

spaghetti to pot & cook until almost al dente, about

10 minutes. Stir in cooked turkey & finish cooking until

pasta is done. Remove pot from heat, stir in sour cream,

butter & cheese. Serve immediately, garnishing with

chopped parsley, if using. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)


Leftover Turkey Salad

4 C. chopped, cooked turkey

1/2 C. mayonnaise

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 T. lemon juice

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 C. finely diced celery

1/4 C. sliced scallions

2 tsp. chopped fresh dill

In large bowl combine turkey, mayo,

mustard, lemon juice, sugar, celery, scallions &

dill, stirring until well combined. Taste &

season with salt/pepper. Serve immediately

or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Makes 6 servings.

(recipe: justataste.com)


Leftover Turkey & Rice Soup

6 slices bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 large carrot, peeled/chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

kosher salt/ground black pepper

1/2 C. dry white wine (or water)

4 C. chicken broth

1 C. jasmine rice

2 C. leftover cooked/shredded turkey

1/4 C. fresh chopped parsley

In large pot over medium heat, cook bacon

until crispy, 8  minutes then transfer to a

paper towel-lined plate. Drain all but 1 T.

bacon fat. Add onion, carrots, bell pepper &

garlic to pot – season with salt/pepper &

cook 5-7 minutes until veggies are soft.

Add wine, broth & rice – bring to a boil.

Simmer until rice is tender, 20 minutes.

Stir in turkey & parsley until warmed

through. Serve immediately with crispy

bacon. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)

Crockpot Spiced Apple Dump Cake

1 (16.5 oz) box spice cake mix

2 (29 oz, ea) cans apple pie filling

3/4 C. butter, melted

1 C. quick-cooking oats

1 C. walnuts, chopped (optional)

Optional toppings:

Ice cream and/or whipped cream

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In a bowl combine dry cake mix, oats &

melted butter – mix to combine. Add pie

filling to bottom of a 5-6 qt. crockpot.

Pour cake mixture over pie filling &

sprinkle top with chopped nuts, if using.

Cover & cook on High 2 hours. Serve

warm or cold – with ice cream or

whipped cream, if desired.

Serves 10

(recipe: crockpot ladies.com)


Well, that’s all for now – hope our snow stays true to the report &

we only get up to 3 inches. I’m planning on staying home & knitting

today & tomorrow, so I’m good (for now!). We’re still enjoying our

leftover turkey & fixin’s – nothing like leftovers! (Oh, by the way – I’ve

lost 11 lb.s now – YAY!

 

Stay warm & safe!

Hugs;

Pammie

Saturday

Happy “day after Black Friday” and two days after Thanksgiving! Don’t know about your house but we still have lots of leftovers which means I DON’T HAVE TO COOK! YAY!

Found more recipes to share with you –

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Ok – it seems the ‘cut/paste’ is turning into miniscule print AGAIN! UGH! Will see what I can do about this. About the only way I can post right now is just type them into the post.

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Caramel Apple Dessert Dip

1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, softened

1/3 C. sugar

1 (16 oz) jar caramel dip or thick caramel sauce

1/2 C. toffee bits

Place cream cheese in medium bowl &

beat using elec. mixer until smooth & creamy.

Add sugar & beat until thoroughly combined.

Spread mixture evenly in a 3-Cup serving dish.

Pour caramel/dip sauce over cream cheese &

spread evenly; top with toffee bits. Serve

with fresh sliced apples. Serves 8

 

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)


Crockpot Acorn Squash Soup

2 medium acorn squash cut into wedges/seeded

1 small yellow onion, finely diced

1 (32 oz) can vegetable broth

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. fresy thyme leaves

1 T. fresh rosemary leaves

salt/pepper, to taste

Place wedges of squash into a 6 qt.

or larger crockpot. Add broth, onion,

garlic, thyme & rosemary. Cover & cook

on Low 4-6 hours until squash is tender.

Remove & place on a plate until cool

to the touch. Using a spoon, scoop out

the flesh from skin & place flesh back

in crockpot. Cover & cook an additional

20-30 minutes on Low until squash is

warmed back up. In small batches,

puree squash in a blender, being

careful while blending hot liquids.

Serves 6

 

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)


Thanksgiving in a Blanket

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls

3/4 C. shredded, cooked turkey

3/4 C. prepared stuffing

3/4 C. prepared mashed potatoes

1 C. cranberry sauce

1/4 C. prepared gravy, warmed

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment

paper. On lightly floured surface, roll out

crescent rolls. Top with mashed potatoes,

turkey, stuffing & cranberry sauce (you

want small amounts of each). Roll up

& transfer to prepared baking sheet.

Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with gravy, for dunking. Makes 8

 

(recipe: delish.com)


Thanksgiving Nachos

1 bag Ruffles potato chips

1 C. Gouda cheese, shredded

1 C. cooked, shredded turkey

1 1/2 C. leftover stuffing

1 Can cranberry sauce

1/2 C. turkey gravy

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.

Spread potato chips on a parchment

lined baking sheet. Top with half of

the cheese, turkey & stuffing. Top

with more chips & remaining cheese/

turkey/stuffing. Bake 8-10 minutes

until cheese has melted. Top with

dollops of cranberry sauce & garnish

with a drizzle of turkey gravy.

Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)


No Bake Cranberry Cream Pie

2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, softened

1 (14.5 oz) can whole berry cranberry sauce

1 (12 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed (or 1 1/2 C.

heavy whipping cream, whipped)

1 pre-made 9″ graham cracker pie crust

Place softened cream cheese in a stand

mixer with paddle attachment & beat

until smooth & fluffy, about 1 minute.

Remove cranberry sauce to a microwaveable

bowl; chop it up slightly using a fork &

microwave on Low setting 30 seconds to

1 minute (you want it softened up &

starting to break down but not melted).

Add this to cream cheese & beat until

smooth, scraping down sides of bowl

a few times. Remove bowl from mixer

& fold in Cool Whip then pour into

pie crust, smooth the top into a mound.

Freeze 6-8 hours or overnight.

Serves 8

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)


Well, it seems we’ve had a small reprieve-
our weather is WARMER with light rain
which is melting the snow that was on
the ground! 

(Ok, this is weird – NOW the print size
WORKS! Not complaining, mind you!)
We’re supposed to get temps. in the
40’s today & tomorrow then back to
mid-30’s & snow (less than an inch)
for Sunday night & Monday. Oh well –
can’t complain – it IS Winter now!

Have you noticed the gas prices?
Ours dropped to an unheard of
$2.39/9 lately! WOW! I only needed
a quarter tank but gladly filled it up
with those prices! (Who knows how
long we’ll have that blessing!?)

Hope you are all well, happily enjoying
whatever you are doing this Saturday.

Hugs;

Pammie

Oooooooops! Forgot (for two days now) to
post these:

Baby blanket # 1 for Crisis Pregnancy Mobile Unit

This is the blanket made from the (already knit) middle square my friend
gave me many years ago. She gave me 6 knit squares she’d worked on as
test knits – she was trying out various patterns for a sweater & didn’t know
what to do with the ‘practice squares’ so she gave them to me. I used up
some of my extra baby yarns & just crocheted the border. I sent her a photo
of it & she said she wished she had more squares so she could see what
else I’d come up with to make out of them!

Git ‘er DONE day!

It’s in the low 30’s today and snowing – yuck (good thing: it’s small flakes – so far). Since today I didn’t have an exact agenda, I decided it was another of my GET THINGS DONE days! Started out by finishing the cream scarf (1 skein):

Next it was “MAKE THE FRINGE!” (a tedious job I really dislike – but I got it done!)

(these are the poor, pitiful scarves – I sewed some knit squares I found together to make 2 kids scarves – for the homeless, as well as the cream one above).

Next it was work on the boot toppers a bit; am half done with the first one (noticed, while knitting, that I’d dropped a stitch about 4 rows below so that was ‘fun’ trying to rip out the rows and then figure out just WHAT row I was on at that time – think it’s all good now).  Am thinking of starting another scarf today – found some really soft teal yarn that would make a nice kid’s scarf – we’ll see.

In the crockpot is a nice beef roast with potatoes & carrots (and a pkg. of dry onion soup mix – makes a great flavor) so dinner is ‘on the way’ – leaves me more time to do other things! (LOVE my crockpot!!!)

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Layered Pumpkin Lush
(dessert)

Crust:
2 C. flour
2/3 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. pecans, chopped

Cream Cheese Layer:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed

Pumpkin Layer:
2 1/2 C. milk
3 small boxes white chocolate instant
pudding mix
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Whipped Cream Topping:
1 C. Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. pecans, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.

In medium bowl combine flour,
butter & 3/4 C. pecans – press into
bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15
minutes – allow to cool completely.

In medium bowl mix cream cheese &
powdered sugar; add 1 C. Cool Whip
& spread on top of cooled crust. In
large bowl mix milk, pudding mixes,
pumpkin, 1 C. Cool Whip & pumpkin
pie spice until smooth – spread on top
of cream cheese layer.

Spread another cup of Cool Whip on top
& sprinkle with remaining pecans. Chill
at least 3 hours until set. Serves 12

(recipe: norinesnext.com)
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Scalloped Corn

4 T. unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1 1/2 C. Half & Half
1 T. sugar
2 (14 oz, ea) pkgs. frozen corn
(about 5 C.) thawed
1 1/2 C. coarsely crushed butter
crackers (like Ritz or Toll House)
1 C. shredded white Cheddar
cheese (about 2 oz)
kosher salt

Place oven rack in top third of
oven.
Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Spray a 2 qt. oval baking dish with
1 T. butter. In large bowl whisk
eggs and Half & Half together.
Add sugar, corn, 1/2 C. crushed
crackers, 1/2 C. Cheddar cheese &
1 tsp. salt. Pour mixture into
prepared dish, spreading to make
an even layer. Bake, uncovered,
utnil edges are set but center is
still wet, about 35 minutes. Melt
remaining 3 T. butter in small
dish in microwave (about 30 seconds).
Mix butter into remaining 1 C. crushed
crackers until evenly moistened –
sprinkle remaining cheese & buttered
crackers over corn. Continue baking
utnil edges are brown & top is set and
golden, 20-25 minutes more. Remove
from oven & let stand 5 minutes
before serving. Serves 10-12

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Company Chicken Casserole

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 C. chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 wedges onion
4 C. Herb stuffing mix (dry)
1/2 C. butter
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pint sour cream
8 oz. frozen broccoli florets/cuts,
thawed (optional)

In a skillet place chicken breasts,
broth, garlic & onion over medium-
high heat – bring to boil. Turn down
heat to medium & simmer, covered,
15-20 minutes. Remove chicken &
shred with 2 forks. Reserve the broth.
In a 9 X 13″ baking dish melt butter.
Mix all ingredients together (including
chicken) & place in pan. Bake until
golden brown. Serves 8

(recipe: allmyrecipes.com)
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Oven-Baked Philly Cheesesteak
Sandwiches

1/2 lb. ribeye steak
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
kosher salt/black pepper
2 T. unsalted butter
1 green bell pepper, seeded/
sliced (or diced)
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
12 slices Provolone cheese,
each cut in half

6 Hoagie sandwich buns, sliced
in half

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Add butter to a cast iron skillet
& heat to medium high.
Place steak in a pan or bowl with
Wors. sauce, salt/pepper – stir to
coat & let marinate while prepping
veggies & while the pan is getting hot.
Add steak to hot pan & brown well
without moving 3-5 minutes until a
good crust forms. Flip & cook 3-5 minutes
until a similar crust forms – remove steak
from pan & add veggies. Slice steak
while veggies are cooking (2-3 minutes) –
remove pan from heat. Cut a ‘well’ into
6 hoagie rolls & add 2 pieces to bottom
of each bun. Add some steak, veggies &
top with 2 additional cheese half-slices.
Place sandwich halves in a baking pan
& bake 15 minutes until cheese browns.
Makes 6 sandwiches

(recipe: dinnerthendessert.com)
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Crockpot Sweet Potato Soup

3 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled/cut
into 1″ cubes (about 8 C.)
2 T. butter
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. dried minced onion
1 tsp. dried celery flakes
(optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/8 tsp. ground chipotle pepper*
6 C. chicken broth

Optional toppings:
sour cream
roasted pumpkin seeds

In 4-5 qt. crockpot combine all
ingredients except optional
toppings. Cover & cook on Low
5-6 hours until potatoes are tender.
Using a blender, cool soup slightly
then puree in batches; return soup
to crockpot & heat through. If
desired top with optional toppings.
Serves 8 (2 1/2 quarts)

Freezer option:
Freeze cooled soup in freezer
containers. To use: partially thaw in
fridge overnight. Heat through in a
saucepan, stirring occasionally &
adding a little broth or water if
necessary.

*Chipotle pepper adds a touch of
smoky heat but can be omitted

TIPS/OPTIONS:
You can substitute 1 medium chopped
onion & 2 ribs celery instead of dried

If you prefer FRESH herbs: use 3/4 tsp
minced fresh thyme in place of dried

The potatoes will be tender in 5-6 hours
but they can be cooked longer since they
eventually will be pureed.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Chocolate Cookie Pudding

1 (6 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
2 C. cold milk
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
2 C. crushed (Oreos) chocolate sandwich
cookies, crushed/divided
3/4 C. chopped pecans

Place pudding mix & milk in a bowl &
whisk 2 minutes. Cover & refrigerate
5-10 minutes to thicken. In separate
bowl combine cream cheese & Cool
Whip – blend well. Cover the bottom of
a 8-Cup bowl with 1 C. crushed cookies.
Spread half of cream cheese mixture on
top, followed by half of pecans. Spread
all of the pudding on top of pecans.
Spread nuts with remaining cream
cheese & top with remaining cookies &
nuts. Cover & refrigerate until ready to
serve. Serves 6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Tomorrow is another ‘all-day’ babysitting so
I’ll be able to (maybe) finish the crocheted
knitted square/blanket I mentioned in the
last blog post. Hope the weather ‘holds’ &
doesn’t get nasty – not looking forward to
driving in lots of snow.

Stay WARM, SAFE and have a GREAT
DAY!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

Winter is DEFINITELY here!

We’ve had snow now TWICE, each time around an inch – first time it melted right away but now? Nope. It’s a ‘balmy’ 25 degrees F. out there – got out my heavy winter jacket & also zipped my winter liner in my Sunday trench coat. Gloves & scarves out – I’m ready . . . I think.

New surprise – our local gas prices are down to $2.49/9! Can’t remember when I’ve seen anything below $2.59/9 so this is great (except when it hit $2.59/9 Sunday I filled up – so hope it stays that low for awhile!).

Went to my library knit group this morning and we were all chatting about how many Christmas gifts we’re creating. I thought I was good on that one (none!) but the other day I got to thinking about middle son’s new girlfriend (she’s not only naturally gorgeous but she’s got this ADORABLE personality – I loved her immediately!) – so guess who’s knitting a pair of oatmeal-colored cabled boot toppers now . . . hehehe. Still have the two red scarves to make red/white fringe for; still working on the two baby blankets and then I got the idea to knit another ‘quick’ scarf, so there’s that as well (good thing with that – it’s just a 1-skein wonder and I’m almost done with it – homeless/kids scarf). Yes, I know – I’m ‘nuts’ but I get bored just knitting one thing so I let my creativeness kind of wander a bit .

Went shopping at Meijer the other day SPECIFICALLY because they have (Meijer brand) young turkeys on sale for $. 37 a lb – got home after $100 – something purchases only to realize I totally forgot about the turkey! Good thing their sale is still on – got a 13.5 lb. turkey for $5.00! With my oldest (the chef) doing all holiday dinners at HIS house (and he buys the meats) this one will be perfect for just husband, middle son & me. I learned, last year from Oldest son’s girlfriend’s Mother, to prepared another dinner THE DAY AFTER for just us – that way we have lots of leftovers! WIN/WIN! I babysat my sweet 1 1/2 yr old grandson all day yesterday after they got back from a week’s vacation to Myrtlebeach S.C. Since he & his family are SO BUSY lately I tried to make a ‘bargain’ with him: Middle son works until 8 p.m., other grandparents won’t be able to come but for around an hour, our youngest won’t be coming – could we please SKIP the dinner this year & just focus on Christmas dinner? NOPE – he’s the chef & he’s COOKING! Oh well . . .

My sweet grandson 1 1/2 yrs old

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Crockpot Pumpkin Dump Cake

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
4 large eggs
1 1/2 C. sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (18.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 C. chopped pecans (optional)

In bowl mix pumpkin, evap. milk,
eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice & salt-
pour into bottom of crockpot & spread
evenly. Evenly sprinkle dry cake mix
on top. Pour melted butter evenly over
top of dry cake mix then sprinkle top
with chopped pecans (if using).
Cover & cook on High 2 hours.
Serves 10

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

3 sweet potatoes (medium, scrubbed
clean)
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Cut sweet potatoes in half then
cut each half into 4 equal sized
wedges. Arrange wedges on a
rimmed baking sheet & drizzle
with olive oil. Sprinkle with
salt, pepper & chili powder –
toss to coat well with oil &
seasonings. Roast about 25
minutes until potatoes are
browned, crispy on the outside
& fork-tender on the inside.
Remove from oven & serve.
Serves 6

(recipe: addapinch.com)
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Easy Roasted Acorn Squash

1 acorn squash (medium, about 1 lb)
1 T. unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces,
room temp.
salt/pepper
2 tsp. dark brown sugar (or packed light)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place oven rack in middle of oven.
Cut squash in half lengthwise & scrape
out seeds (using a spoon). Cut a small
slice off the rounded side of each half
to help them lie flat. Using your fingers,
butter each half with 1 piece butter then
season generously with salt/pepper. Divide
sugar & remaining butter pieces evenly
among the 2 squash halves. Place halves,
cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake
45 minutes to 1 hour. Serves 2

(recipe: chowhound.com)
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Stuffing w/Sausage, Cranberries & Apple

8-10 C. bread, cubed*
1 lb. breakfast sausage
1 onion, diced
1 C. celery, chopped
1 1/2 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 1/2 T. fresh sage, chopped
2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
salt/pepper, to taste
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
1 C. dried cranberries
1-2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 C. fresh parsley, chopped
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 C. turkey or chicken
stock (or broth)
8 T. butter, melted/divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Place cubed bread in large baking sheet
& bake 5-10 minutes until dried out. In
large skillet brown sausage – remove
from skillet, leaving 1 T. of grease in
skillet. Add onion, celery, rosemary,
sage, thyme, salt/pepper to skillet &
cook over medium heat, stirring
frequently, until onions are translucent.
Place dried bread crumbs in very large
bowl. Add sausage, onion/herb mixture
apple, cranberries, eggs, 2 C. stock/broth
& 4 T. melted butter – mix until combined.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
cooking spray. Place stuffing mixture into
pan & press down lightly. Cover with foil
& bake 45 minutes. Remove stuffing from
oven & remove foil. Check consistency of
stuffing – add additional stock as needed &
drizzle with remaining 4 T. melted butter.
Return stuffing to oven, uncovered, &
continue baking 15-25 minutes until
stuffing is lightly browned on top. Top with
additional fresh herbs, if desired, & serve
immediately. Serves 12

*Suggested breads to use: Ciabatta, Sourdough,
French

(recipes: momontimeout.com)
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(I thought this one sounded interesting for a

savory side dish)

Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding

6 C. (1/2 inch diced) bread cubes
from a rustic country loaf, crusts
removed
2 T. olive oil
1 T. unsalted butter
2 oz. pancetta*, small dice
4 C. sliced leeks, white & light
green parts (4 leeks)
1 1/2 lb. cremini mushrooms,
stems trimmed & 1/4″ sliced
1 T. chopped fresh taragon
1/4 C. medium or dry sherry
kosher salt/ground black pepper
1/3 C. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
4 extra large eggs
1 1/2 C. heavy cream
1 C. chicken stock
1 1/2 C. grated Gruyere cheese
(6 oz), divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spread bread cubes on a sheet pan
& bake 15-20 minutes until lightly
browned. Heat oil & butter in a large
saute pan over medium heat. Add
pancetta & cook 5 minutes, until
starting to brown. Stir in leeks &
cook over medium heat 8-10 minutes
until leeks are tender. Stir in mush-
rooms, tarragon, sherry, 1 T. salt &
1 1/2 tsp. pepper – cook 10-12
minutes until  most of liquid evaporates
stirring occasionally. Turn off heat;
stir in parsley. In large bowl whisk eggs,
cream, chicken stock & 1 C. Gruyere.
Add bread cubes & mushroom mixture,
stirring well to combine. Allow to stand
at room temperature for 30 minutes to
allow bread to absorb the liquid. Stir
well & pour into a 2 1/2 to 3 qt. dish.
Sprinkle top with remaining cheese &
bake 45-50 minutes until top is browned
& custard is set. Serve hot.
Serves 8-10

*Pancetta is an Italian bacon

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken

3 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
(about 4)
1 (16 oz) jar salsa verde (mild)
1/2 C. water

Place chicken in crockpot; pour
salsa & water over top. Cover &
cook on Low 4 hours (thawed chicken)
to 8 hr. (frozen).
Remove lid; using tongs, move chicken
to a cutting board & shred then stir
back into crockpot. Serves 10

NOTE: Can be used in tacos, burritos,
quesadillas, over cooked rice, in salads
or plain.

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Raspberry Marshmallow Fluff Salad

1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
2 C. mini marshmallows
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (32 oz) tub vanilla yogurt
1 (12 oz) pkg. frozen raspberries

In large bowl mix yogurt & dry pudding –
stir until completely mixed together.
Fold in Cool Whip & raspberries (Raspberries
will soften while salad sets). Add marsh-
mallows & mix together. Cover & refrigerate
30  minutes (this will allow the raspberries
to soften). Fold salad with a spoon several
times after removing from fridge – raspberry
juice will spread throughout the salad.
Serves 15

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Am still working at lowering my blood sugar
levels before reporting back to the doctor in
mid-December. I’ve mostly been cutting out
lots of carbohydrates/sugars and substituting
LOTS of water and vegetables. I’ve gone from
185 to 176.4* and the last time I tested my
blood in the morning it was 101!!! I don’t
remember EVER having a morning number
that low! YAY!!! Really hoping that my total
A1C (that’s the total of your blood numbers
for 3 months) comes back lower – that’s my
whole goal. Yes, it will make the holidays
more difficult eating-wise, but if I just stick
to what I started I should be OK – we’ll see!

*I should add I haven’t been doing any
exercise – I KNOW that if I did, it would
be lower – just been too lazy.

Hope you’re having a GREAT 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!)

 

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