Craft Update

Since I keep referring to my various knit projects, thought I’d share a few photos (so you kind of know what I’m talking about):

The Mint Green baby blanket (might give it to our Pastor’s wife, who’s due in mid-May) (almost done)

Salmon pink & white ‘needy’ scarf (done)

Gray men’s/boys ‘needy’ scarf (almost done)

Most recently started Teal & White baby blanket

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Strawberry Cream Cheese
Icebox Cake

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

Spray bottom of 9 X 13″ baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray & line
bottom with graham crackers. In a
bowl combine cream cheese & sweetened
condensed milk – beat using elec. mixer
until smooth & creamy. Add pudding mixes
and milk – mix on Low 4-5 minutes until
mixture starts to thicken. Fold in 2 C.
Cool Whip until smooth. Pour half of
cream cheese mixture over graham
crackers & smooth evenly. Arrange a
single layer of sliced strawberries over
cream cheese mixture. Top strawberries
with another layer of graham crackers/
cover with remaining cream cheese
mixture. Top with another layer of
strawberries. Cover & refrigerate
6-8 hours. When serving, top with
remaining Cool Whip. Crush remaining
graham crackers & sprinkle crumbs over
the top.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Tomato Balsamic Chicken
(Crockpot)

2 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 C. thinly sliced shallots
2 lb. bone-in skinless chicken thighs
1 T. flour
1/2 C. chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes,
undrained
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Hot cooked orzo (rice) or your
choice of cooked rices to serve 6
=
Place carrots & shallots in crockpot
& top with chicken. In a bowl whisk
flour & broth until smooth. Stir in
tomatoes, vinegar, oil, garlic &
seasonings – pour over chicken. Cover
& cook on Low until chicken & carrots
are tender, 6-8 hours. Remove chicken
from bones, shred slightly using 2 forks;
return to crockpot & heat through.
Serve with your choice of cooked rices.

Freezer Option:
Freeze cooked chicken mixture in
freezer containers. To use: partially
thaw in fridge overnight. Heat through
in saucepan, stirring occasionally.
Serve with cooked rice.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crispy Fried Parmesan Turkey
Cutlets

1 1/2 lb. turkey cutlets (4)
2/3 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 egg
1 T. water
1 C. Panko bread crumbs
2/3 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 T. butter
2 T. olive oil

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large plate (or pie plate) mix
flour, salt, poultry seasoning &
pepper. In another plate beat egg
& water. In third large plate mix
Panko & Parmesan cheese.
Bread turkey in this order:
Dip in egg, then flour, again egg,
then Panko. Press flour & bread
crumbs on really well & set aside
while heating skillet. In large cast
iron or heavy skillet heat butter &
oil over medium heat until butter
is totally melted & bubbling. Add
breaded cutlet (2 at a time) to
skillet & cook 3-4 minutes per
side until golden. Transfer to a
cookie sheet & cook rest. When
they are all browned, transfer to
oven 10 minutes to finish cooking.
If your cutlets are very thin (less
than 1/2 inch) you may be able to
cook them through in the skillet
without need for the oven.
(Internal temp. of meat should
read 160 degrees F. when done).
Makes 4 – serve warm.

(recipe: iwashyoudry.com)
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Hot & Sour Soup

2 tsp. brown sugar
1 T. chili sauce or sriracha
2 T. red wine vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1/2 inch piece ginger, grated
(about 2 tsp)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. firm tofu, pressed until
drained & chopped into strips
1 C. shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 C. cooked chicken, shredded
1 (8 oz) can bamboo shoots, drained/
finely chopped
6 C. chicken broth or stock (or veg. broth)
2 T. cornstarch
4 T. cold water
2 eggs, slightly beaten

Garnish:
2 tsp. toasted sesame seed oil
black or white pepper, to taste
4 green onions, finely chopped

In large pot heat chicken broth over
medium-high heat & add cooked
chicken, mushrooms, bamboo shoots,
tofu, garlic, ginger, vinegars, chili sauce,
soy sauce & sugar – bring to boil. Reduce
heat & simmer 5 minutes. In small bowl
whisk cornstarch & 4 T. cold water until
smooth – gradually stir into soup. Cook
4-7 minutes until soup thickens. Slowly
pour beaten eggs in a thin stream while
stirring soup – cook 25 seconds.
Garnish: In small bowl mix oil, pepper &
onions. Ladle soup into bowls & garnish
with sesame mix. Serve hot. Serves 4
(2 C. servings)

(recipe: allfood.recipes.com)
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Winter Black Bean Salsa

1 (16 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen whole
kernel corn, thawed
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 C. chopped red onion
1/4 C. fresh lime juice
1 envelope (Good Seasons)
Garlic & Herb salad dressing mix
2 T. chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. minced fresh jalapeno
pepper (optional)
1/4 tsp. ground cumin

Tortilla chips – for dipping

Mix all ingredients in large bowl
until well blended; cover &
refrigerate at least 15 minutes
before serving. Store leftover
salsa in airtight container in
fridge. Makes 32 (2 T. each)
servings.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com
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Grandma’s Deviled Eggs

18 eggs
1/3 C. mayonnaise
2 tsp. yellow mustard
1/2 tsp. celery salt
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Place eggs in a soup pot & add
just enough water to cover eggs;
heat to boiling. When water is
boiling, remove pan from heat.
Cover & let stand 20 minutes.
Drain water & run cold water over
eggs. Add some ice cubes to water &
let cool 5-10 minutes. Peel eggs, slice
in half length-wise. Remove yolks to
a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise,
mustard, celery salt, salt & pepper;
mix well. Fill each egg half with
yolk mixture. Serve immediately or
cover & refrigerate until ready to
serve. Makes 36

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Butterscotch Cheesecake Bars

6 oz. pkg. butterscotch chips
1/3 C. butter
2 C. graham cracker crumbs
1 C. chopped pecans
8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Melt butterscotch chips & butter
in a saucepan over medium-low
heat; stir in cracker crumbs &
nuts. Press half of mixture onto
bottom of an ungreased 9 X 13″
baking dish. In another bowl
beat cream cheese until fluffy.
Stir in condensed milk; mix in
vanilla & egg – pour over
crumb mixture. Top with remaining
crumb mixture. Bake 25-30
minutes. Chill until firm then cut
into bars. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)

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Have a great day!

Hugs;

Pammie

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and then there’s today –

Yes, folks, we have exactly the above today. (I’m just grateful that most of the snow we had on the ground melted yesterday!). How do you know when you’re loved? When your dear, sweet husband drives you in his Jeep to you 9:30 a.m. eye doctor appointment IN A SNOWSTORM! It was snowy, slippery (truck in front of us almost did a 360 spinout turning a corner) and very dangerous – thank heavens I have a husband who is a GOOD DRIVER! Not only was he very safely driving – we actually got there exactly on time! Oh, and he also ordered my favorite pizza: Veggie Deep Dish from Jet’s, so I don’t have to cook, since my eyes are dialated! The snow has slowed down some, roads are still nasty – SO glad I don’t have anywhere to go tonight or tomorrow. (Just guessing, I’d say we got about 1 1/2 inches); temperature is now 17 degrees F. (with a wind chill of -2 degrees F. – BRrrrrrrr!). (So glad I have my knitting to keep me busy!)

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Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

1 C. sugar
1/2 C. cocoa powder
1 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
4 T. butter, melted
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
1 C. boiling water

vanilla ice cream

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray an 8 X 8″ square baking pan
with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk
1/2 C. sugar with 1/4 C. cocoa powder.
In another large bowl whisk flour,
remaining 1/2 C. sugar, remaining 1/4 C.
cocoa, baking powder & salt. Whisk milk,
butter, egg yolk & vanilla in another medium
bowl until smooth. Stir milk mixture into
flour mixture until just combined; fold in
chocolate chips (batter will be stiff). Using
a rubber spatula, scrape batter into prepared
pan & spread into corners. Sprinkle reserved
cocoa & sugar mixture evenly over top then
gently pour boiling water over cocoa – DO
NOT STIR. Bake until top of cake is cracked,
sauce is bubbling & a toothpick inserted
into cakey area comes out mostly clean,
about 22-24 minutes. Cool on rack for at
least 10 minutes. Serve warm (with vanilla
ice cream, if desired.)

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili  

3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into 1 1/4″ pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 T. olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded/
chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 (15 oz, ea) cans cannellini
beans (white beans) drained/
rinsed – divided
2 1/2 C. chicken broth, divided
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:
sliced avocado
quartered cherry tomatoes
chopped cilantro

In large skillet heat 1 T. oil over
medium-high heat. Sprinkle
chicken with salt/pepper & saute
until browned – place in crockpot.
In same skillet heat remaining oil
& saute onion until tender. Add
jalapeno, garlic, oregano & cumin-
cook & stir 2 minutes & add to
crockpot. In a bowl mash 1 C. of
beans & stir in 1/2 C. broth; add
mashed bean mixture & rest of
beans to crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low until chicken is tender,
3 to 3 1/2 hours. Stir before
serving. Serve as is or with
desired toppings. Serves 6

NOTE: This chili can also be
frozen. Cool chili first & place
in freezer containers. To use:
partially thaw in refrigerator
overnight. Heat through in a
saucepan, stirring occasionally
& adding a little broth or water
if necessary.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crescent Breakfast Tart

1 tube crescent roll dough
6 eggs
2/3 C. shredded Monterey
Jack cheese
4 sliced cooked bacon
kosher salt
ground black pepper
1 T. chopped chives (garnish)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Line a medium baking dish with
parchment paper. Place dough on
sheet & pinch seams together. Fold
edges of dough in to create a crust.
Crack eggs onto dough & sprinkle
with cheese. Place bacon on top &
season with salt/pepper. Carefully
transfer sheet to oven & bake until
crust is golden and egg whites are
set – 10-15 minutes. Garnish top
with chives & slice into squares.
Serve warm. Serves 4-6

(recipe: delish.com)
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French Onion Soup Casserole

2-3 T. butter or margarine
3 large sweet onions (or 4 medium
white or yellow), sliced
2 C. shredded Swiss cheese (8 oz)
black pepper, to taste
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted*
2/3 C. milk
1 tsp. soy sauce
8 + slices French bread

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in a saute pan over
medium heat; add onions & brown
until clear. In shallow 2 qt. casserole
dish, layer onions, 2/3 of cheese & pepper,
to taste. In a sauce pan, heat soup, milk
& soy sauce, stirring to blend. Pour mixture
into casserole & stir gently to mix. Top with
bread slices & bake 15 minutes (uncovered).
After that baking time bread should be toasted.
Push bread slices under the sauce & top with
remaining cheese. Place back in oven & bake
15 minutes more.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Crockpot Banana Bread
(for crockpots with removable
insert ONLY)

1 1/2 C. mashed, very ripe bananas
(about 4)
3/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
2 2/3 C. Bisquick (baking mix)

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Line
bottom of crockpot with cooking
parchment paper & spray again.
In large bowl mix bananas, sugar,
melted butter, vanilla & eggs until well
blended; stir in Bisquick until
well blended – pour into crockpot.
Place a folded, clean dish towel
over the top of the crockpot then
place lid on crockpot. (this prevents
condensation from dripping onto
bread.) Cook on High 1 hour.
Carefully remove crockpot insert,
leaving the cover on – rotate the
insert 180 degrees & replace in
crockpot & continue cooking on
High 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours until a
toothpick inserted into center of
bread comes out with moist
crumbs. Remove crockpot insert
to a cooling rack; uncover & let
stand 15 minutes. Remove bread
from insert to cooling rack.
Peel off parchment paper & cool
completely – about 1 hour.

(recipe: lifemadedelicious.ca)
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Ham & Tater Tot Casserole

4 C. cooked, chopped ham
4 eggs
3 T. milk
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese (or
your choice)
1/2 C. chopped green onions (or
regular)
Tater tots (about one half of a
32 oz. bag – or enough to cover
top of dish)

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 9″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Spread
ham on bottom of dish. In a
bowl whisk eggs, milk, garlic
powder, black pepper & salt –
pour over ham. Sprinkle top
with cheese & gr. onions. Layer
tater tots on top & bake 35
minutes or until tots are brown.
Serves 6

Note: you can also sprinkle extra
cheese on top the last 5 minutes
of baking time.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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1-Pot Sausage Penne Pasta

1 lb. Italian sausage, cut into
bite-sized pieces
1 lb. penne pasta
2 C. chicken broth
1 (24 oz) jar tomato basil
spaghetti sauce
1 C. milk
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella
cheese
fresh basil, optional garnish

In large pan over medium-high
heat cook sausage until browned,
stirring often. Add broth, spag.
sauce & milk; stir to combine.
Add pasta & stir – bring to boil &
cook, stirring often, 6-8 minutes
until pasta is al dente. Remove from
heat & stir in cheese until melted.
Garnish with basil, if desired.
Serve immediately.

(recipe: leaderrecipes.com)
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Caramel Apple Muffins

2 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. milk
1/4 C. butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. apple, cored/peeled/
finely diced
12 caramels, unwrapped/diced

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 12 muffin tins with paper
liners. Combine flour, sugar,
cinnamon, baking powder &
salt in large bowl. In another
large bowl mix milk, butter, egg &
vanilla. Add flour mixture to
wet mixture & stir just until
blended. Stir in apples & caramels;
divide batter evenly between
muffin cups. Bake 25 minutes
until tops spring back when
lightly pressed. Serve warm;
makes 12

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)

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Ended up ordering new frames & lens today (the
ones I’m wearing are 3 years old); had the discussion
(because of my age) of having cataract surgery (I’ve
been stalling this one for a good 3 years now) – my
doctor said: “Don’t worry – you’ll let me know when
you’re ready.” For now, I’d rather still wear my glasses,
thank you. (grin) Bottom line: even WITH the surgery,
I would still have to wear glasses to see up close – sigh.

Stay warm & healthy, my friends – SPRING is coming
(maybe not soon, but it’s coming!)

Hugs;

Pammie

Interesting/Jumbled up Day!

Today started out with me going to the FIRST Knit Group in our local library (10 a.m. -12 p.m.); very interesting – 9 ladies came and we chatted up a storm! Turns out two of the ladies live on the street behind my house (talk about small world), one of them used to foster children through the agency I used to foster for; one of them used to belong to my knit group (for a very brief time a good 6 years+ ago (I didn’t recognize her because her hair used to be black).  We’re all excited because this group meets EVERY week (as opposed to my group which meets bi-weekly). I’d say about 5 of the ladies are planning on coming to my group on Tuesday. One of the Librarians asked for information on my group because they sometimes get people asking if they know of any EVENING knitting/crochet groups – SCORE!!! I ended up handing out all the business cards I had on me (didn’t think of that before I went) – this looks to be a FUN experience!

After that meeting I went to Kroger – first thing: I almost got hit in my front quarter panel by a Senior Citizen who was backing out of a Handicap parking spot – I hit my horn and they just kept coming! Pretty scary stuff (I couldn’t back up because there was someone directly behind me!) – end result, I’d guess there was (MAYBE) 4 inches between their rear bumper and my car when they finally stopped! WHEW! Got through that and the person parked right next to them tried to do the SAME thing! PEOPLE – LOOK IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR BEFORE BACKING UP!!!  I almost reconsidered just going home, but didn’t. Upon checking out, the cashier seemed a bit flustered – I looked on the screen – for some reason the scanner wasn’t reading my hot dogs correctly and the cashier was beside herself. The screen read $49.50 for one package of Koegel’s Vienna franks! WOW! The more she worked at it, the worse it got – soon we had TWO billed at $49.50 each! She called the store manager who did her ‘thing’ – she ended up totally frustrated when the machine scanned ONE package at $490.50  . . . man, those must be SOME good hot dogs, right? They ended up canceling out the entire order and then had to un-bag the groceries & re-ring them; I wasn’t upset but I felt bad for them AND the bagger who had to do it all over again! CRAZY, eh?  I’m home now enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee and writing to you . . . (sigh of comfort!).

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Ultimate Chocolate Pudding
Dump Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 small box chocolate instant
pudding
1 3/4 C. milk
1 1/2 C. chocolate chips*

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In bowl mix pudding mix with
milk; stir in chocolate cake mix
(dry). Batter will be very thick.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray & spread
batter into dish. Scatter chocolate
chips on top. Bake 25 minutes or
until edges start pulling away from
sides of pan.

*Poster used semi-sweet chips
NOTE: You can also change by
using different flavors of cake mix &
pudding and different chips.

(recipe: makinitmobetta.com)
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Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

4 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled/halved/sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced thin
1/3 C. flour
4 C. chicken broth
2 C. cooked, shredded chicken
1 1/2 C. cooked wild rice
3/4 C. heavy cream
salt/pepper, to taste
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Heat large pot over medium-high heat;
add bacon & cook 4-5 minutes, stirring
occasionally until crisp & browned. Remove
from pot to paper towels. Add onion,
carrots & celery to bacon fat in pot &
cook 5-6 minutes until just tender; season
with salt/pepper. Add flour, stirring to coat
veggies evenly – cook 1 minute. Slowly add
chicken broth, whisking until smooth –
bring to a simmer. Add chicken & rice, simmer
4-5 minutes. Taste & adjust seasonings; stir
in parsley. Serve immediately, topped with bacon.
Serves 4

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Ham, Cheese & Tomato Quiche

1 (9 inch) pie crust, uncooked*
2 T. flour
1 C. evaporated milk
3 eggs
1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 C. onion, chopped
1 C. cooked ham, chopped
1/8 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Pierce unbaked pie shell several
times with a fork. Add ham,
tomato, cheese & onion to shell
Whisk flour, eggs, milk, salt/pepper
& spices in a bowl until smooth as
you can get it – pour over ingredients
in pie shell. Bake 50-55 minutes.
Serves 6-8

*poster used a Pillsbury frozen crust)

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)
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Tomato Balsamic Chicken
(Crockpot)

2 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 C. thinly sliced shallots
2 lb. bone-in skinless chicken thighs
1 T. flour
1/2 C. chicken broth
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes,
undrained
1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Hot cooked orzo (rice) or your
choice of cooked rices to serve 6
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Place carrots & shallots in crockpot
& top with chicken. In a bowl whisk
flour & broth until smooth. Stir in
tomatoes, vinegar, oil, garlic &
seasonings – pour over chicken. Cover
& cook on Low until chicken & carrots
are tender, 6-8 hours. Remove chicken
from bones, shred slightly using 2 forks;
return to crockpot & heat through.
Serve with your choice of cooked rices.

Freezer Option:
Freeze cooked chicken mixture in
freezer containers. To use: partially
thaw in fridge overnight. Heat through
in saucepan, stirring occasionally.
Serve with cooked rice.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Brussels Sprouts
with Maple-Dijon Glaze

10 slices maple/brown sugar extra
thick-cut bacon
30 Brussels Sprouts, cleaned/stems
trimmed (cut large ones in half)
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. maple syrup
2 T. Dijon mustard

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil
then place a metal cooking
rack on top of foil. Cut bacon
into thirds (to roll around sprouts)
Wrap each B. sprout with bacon,
placing the seam sides down on pan.
Bake 35-40 minutes depending on how
crispy you want your bacon. (if desired,
turn pieces the last 10 minutes of cooking).
In small saucepan over medium heat
combine brown sugar, syrup & mustard;
whisk just until it begins to boil & is well
combined, 2-3 minutes. Insert toothpicks
into each ‘sprout bundle’ and brush with
glaze. Serve immediately. Makes about
30 sprout bundles.

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Chicken Tortilla Bake

3 C. shredded, cooked chicken
2 (4 oz. ea) cans chopped green
chilies
1 C. chicken broth
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup, undiluted
1 (10 3/4 oz) can cream of
chicken soup, undiluted
1 small onion, finely chopped
12 corn tortillas, warmed
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine chicken,
chilies, broth, soups & onion.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Layer
half of tortillas in dish, cutting
to fit pan if desired. Top with
half of chicken mixture & half
of cheese; repeat layers. Bake,
uncovered, 30 minutes until
heated through. Serves 6-8

Freezer option:
Prepare casserole, cover & freeze.
To use:
Partially thaw in fridge overnight.
Remove from fridge 30 minutes
before baking. Preheat oven 350
degrees F. Bake casserole as directed
above, increasing time as necessary
to heat through & for a thermometer
inserted in center to read 165 degrees F.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Coconut Rice Pudding

1 C. uncooked long grain rice
5 C. coconut milk, divided
2 T. coconut oil
1 C. sugar
1 C. dried cranberries
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
dash salt

toasted sweetened shredded
coconut/additional coconut milk,
optional

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Place
rice in 3-4 qt. crockpot & pour
in 4 C. coconut milk. Add coconut
oil & distribute evenly over top.
Add next 5 ingredients. Cover &
cook on Low 4-5 hours, adding
enough remaining coconut milk
to reach desired consistency. Let
stand, uncovered, 10  minutes.
Serve warm, with toasted coconut
& additional coconut milk, if desired.
Serves 12

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
salt/pepper
garlic powder
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 C. chopped dill pickle
3 eggs
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/2 C. Half & Half
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 bag frozen french fries,
any style

Optional toppings:
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes
Thousand Island salad dressing
ketchup
mustard

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 2 or 2 1/2 qt. casserole dish
with nonstick cooking spray. In
skillet brown ground beef with onion,
garlic, salt/pepper – drain grease. Add
chopped pickles into mixture & spoon
into prepared dish. In small bowl whisk
eggs, mayonnaise and Half & Half – pour
mixture over ground beef in pan. Sprinkle
1 C. shredded cheese on top & season
again with salt/pepper. Top with frozen
french fries – season fries with salt/pepper
& a sprinkling of garlic powder (if desired).
Bake 35 minutes until fries are cooked &
crispy. Place dish under broiler for a few
minutes if you want your fries a bit more
crispy. Top with remaining cup of shredded
cheese – return to oven until cheese melts.
Slice & serve with your choice of toppings.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Sour Cream Chip Muffins

1 1/2 C. flour
2/3 C. sugar
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 C. (8 oz) sour cream
5 T. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. mint or semi-sweet
chocolate chips

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick
cooking spray – or use paper liners.
In large bowl combine flour, sugar,
baking powder, baking soda & salt.
Combine egg, sour cream, butter &
vanilla – stir into dry ingredients just
until moistened. Fold in choc. chips.
Fill muffin cups 3/4ths full of batter.
Bake 18-20 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of muffin comes
out clean. Cool 5 minutes before
removing from pan to wire rack.
Makes 12 muffins.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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I’ve been a little busy lately with babysitting
my 10 mo. old grandson – he’s at a fun stage.
Our weather has been all over the place with
the ‘deep freeze’ last week, then some snow
(about 2 inches) and now it’s almost 40 degrees F.
and lightly misting/raining – go figure! It’s a bit
foggy out, also, so I’m concerned about the
driving conditions later when I have to go to
my special needs group. That, in itself, is going
to be a bit ‘crazy’ – due to all the weather
changes, our group hasn’t met since the first
week in DECEMBER! I still have all the Christmas
presents to drag with me tonight plus a bunch
more things (I can envision a good 2-3 trips
from car to church). It’s also Music/Birthday
night so the kids will be a bit hyped up due to
that (it’s their favorite night – we sing lots of
simple Christian songs). We’re STILL awaiting
an actual DATE to re-schedule the Christmas
Party for the group (I know – crazy, eh?) I’m
SO over even thinking about doing that, let
alone practicing/playing “O, Holy Night’ one
more time…oh well, it’s my ‘job’, right? I do
get to deliver tonight “THE lovey/blanket” to the
young man who’s mom asked me to re-create
his old one so I’ll let ya know his reaction.

Stay healthy (& warm!);

Hugs;

Pammie

Into the deep freeze we go!

We’ve started off this new year with a (FROZEN) bang! This week’s temperatures have been hovering around ZERO – I’ve stayed home for the past 2 days but need to venture out later on. A startling surprise greeted me upon waking – our water pipes were frozen! I’m VERY blessed to have a handy/creative husband who knew just what to do: grab the hair dryer & apply gentle heat to said pipes. After working at it a good 12-15 minutes we finally have water – YAY! Reading our weather update, it’s about 5 BELOW ZERO right now at  9 a.m. Factoring in the Wind Chill, it feels like about -24!!! Remembering my childhood, guess it’s a good thing we didn’t know about Wind Chill – we just thought “It’s cold – BOY, is it COLD!” So glad I really don’t have to go out until later (and, believe me, I’d stay home another day BUT – I have a baby shower to go to at 11 a.m. tomorrow and need a fancy bag to put gift in) – the dollar store is really close so it will be a very quick trip. SO glad for dollar stores that sell nice gift bags for a reasonable price (being the Scots person I am, I hate spending $5-7 dollars for a paper bag when you can get a nice one for $1-2 at the dollar store!).

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Apple Walnut Spice Cake

4 Granny Smith apples, chopped
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vnailla
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. salt
1/2 C. milk
1 C. walnuts, roughly chopped
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese
frosting, room temp.
1/4 C. butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. (golden) brown sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Combine apples & sugar
in large bowl; add in oil, eggs
& vanilla -stir to combine. In
separate bowl combine flour,
baking powder, baking soda,
cinnamon, nutmeg & salt; add
this mixture to apple mixture.
Add milk & stir to combine – mix
in walnuts. Spread batter into
prepared dish. Bake 30 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean.
-While waiting for cake to cool-
Prepare Frosting:
Beat cream cheese until smooth,
adding in a little butter while
continuing to beat. Mix in vanilla
& brown sugar – continue to beat
until sugar has dissolved & frosting
is light & fluffy. When cake has
completely cooled, frost with
frosting.

Optional: Sprinkle additional
chopped walnuts on top for garnish
Refrigerate once frosted.
Serves 12

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Crockpot Creamy Chicken

6 chicken breast halves (about 2-3 lb)
1/4 C. butter
1 (.7 oz) pkg. dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 (13.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese

Cooked rice or noodles to serve 8

Place chicken, butter, dry Ital. dressing mix
& soup in crockpot. Cover Y cook on Low
2-6 hours*. Remove lid & stir; break up
chicken using a fork or knife (or leave in
large pieces if you like). Cut cream cheese
into cubes & stir into crockpot. Let cream
cheese melt about 10 minutes then stir
again until it’s creamy. Serve over cooked
rice or cooked noodles. Serves 8

*NOTE: If you have a large crockpot with
hardly any chicken in it, it will cook in
2 hours – if you have a crockpot filled to
the brim, it will take 6 hours.

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Crockpot Mexican Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
salt/pepper
1 tsp. taco seasoning mix
1 C. uncooked quinoa
2 (10 oz, ea) cans red enchilada
sauce (mild or medium)
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans fire-roasted diced
tomatoes (undrained)
1 C. whole kernel corn, frozen or canned
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 T. chili powder
1 T. ground cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 C. Cheddar-Jack cheese, shredded

Optional Toppings:
chopped cilantro
chopped tomatoes
chopped green onions
chopped avocado

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat;
add ground beef, onion & garlic – season
generously with salt/pepper & taco
seasoning. Cook until beef is browned &
onions are translucent. Spray 3-4 qt
crockpot insides with nonstick cooking
spray. Add cooked mixture & all other
ingredients (except cheese & toppings).
Stir, cover & cook on Low 5-6 hours (OR)
on High 3-4 hours. When quinoa is soft
& liquid has been absorbed, stir & top
with cheese. Cover & cook 10-15 minutes
more until cheese melts. Top with optional
toppings & serve.
Makes 8 generous servings

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Country Cabbage Soup

2 lb. ground beef
2 (28 oz, ea) cans stewed tomatoes
1 medium head cabbage, shredded
2 large onions, chopped
6 ribs celery, chopped
salt/pepper, to taste

In large saucepan, cook beef over
medium heat until no longer pink;
drain. Add tomatoes, cabbage,
onions & celery – bring to boil.
Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered,
25 minutes until veggies are tender.
Stir in salt/pepper. Serves 12-14
(makes 3 1/4 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Olive Garden Minestrone
(copycat)

1 small onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. sliced carrots
1 medium zucchini, sliced, then
cut slices in half
1 meidum yellow squash, sliced,
then cut slices in half
2 T. minced fresh parsley
1/4 C. celery, sliced
3 T. olive oil
2 (15 oz, ca) cans cannellini beans,
drained/rinsed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans red kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced
tomatoes, drained
4 C. vegetable stock
2 C. water
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
3/4 C. small pasta shells (or ditilini)
4 C. fresh baby spinach
1/4 C. Parmesan or Romano cheese,
grated

In large (8-10 qt) stock pot heat oil
over medium heat; add onion, garlic,
carrots, zucchini, yellow squash,
parsley & celery. Cook over medium
heat 5 minutes until onion becomes
translucent. Add veg. stock, water,
cannellini beans, kidney beans, diced
tomatoes, herbs & salt/pepper. Bring
to boil, reduce heat to Low; cover &
simmer 30 minutes. Add pasta & baby
spinach -stir. Cover & simmer 20-30
minutes more. Stir in grated cheese &
serve immediately. Serves 8

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Crockpot Cream Soda
Poke Cake

1 box white cake – batter
prepared but not baked
1 (12 oz) can cream soda (or
Big Red)
1 small box strawberry Jell-O
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 small box instant vanilla pudding

LIghtly spray insides of crockpot.
Pour prepared cake batter into
crockpot. Place 3-4 paper towels under
lid of crockpot; cover & cook on High
1-2 hours. Test to see if cake is done
using ‘toothpick method’ (insert a
toothpick into center of cake – if it
comes out dry/with no liquid batter,
it’s done). Remove crock from crockpot
& let cool. When cake is cooled, poke
holes all over top of cake using a
toothpick. Mix cream soda with dry
Jell-O & evenly pour mixture over cake.
In a different bowl, mix Cool Whip &
dry pudding mix – spread evenly over
cake. Serves 8

NOTE: You can serve this right after
making it, but it is also tasty chilled.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Hope you are able to stay HEALTHY, WARM
and able to enjoy some of the blessings of
these winter months. I’m not a fan of cold,
but have to admit the beautiful BLUE skies,
frost on the trees/bushes, etc. and the
crispness of the air refreshes me.

Hugs;

Pammie

and here comes the C-O-L-D!

Here in Michigan it’s hit the REALLY cold temperatures (getting close to or under ZERO) with wind chills of -11 degrees F. ; we’ve canceled my special needs group for the night because of it (we have students in wheelchairs and using walkers and with it that cold, it’s really miserable just getting from the parking lot to the building). Spent the greater part of the day babysitting my (now) 10 month old grandson – we had fun (he’s working on growling at the moment, so we did a LOT of that). We had a small amount of snowfall in the past few days making the side roads a bit slippery – SO glad I’m staying IN tonight! Last night was my Knit group and I got to Panera Bread at around 6 p.m. only to see a notice on the door: “This evening we will be closing at 7 p.m. for an employee food tasting of our new menu items.” Great . . . being it’s really cold, I didn’t expect many ladies (there were around 8 who came in & out); I stayed, chatting, until 7:05 (there were still LOTS of people in the place – not my job to worry about how they were going to gently get them all to leave!).

Now that we’re past the holidays (AND the holiday foods) I thought I’d start posting some winter foods – enjoy!

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2-ingredient Chocolate Coke Cake

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 (12 oz) can Coca-Cola

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine cake mix
& Coke using elec. mixer until
smooth. LIne a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with parchment paper &
pour batter into pan. Bake 35
minutes until a knife inserted into
center comes out clean. Cool
before cutting – use a sharp knife
to cut.

(recipe: kirbiecravings.com)
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Mexican Chicken & Corn Chowder

3 T. butter or olive oil
1 to 1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless
chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 lb. potatoes, cut into bite-sized
pieces
1 (14.75 oz) can cream-style corn
1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel diced tomatoes &
green chilies
1 (12 oz) bag frozen corn
hot sauce, to taste (optional)
1 (32 oz or 4 C.) chicken broth
2 C. heavy cream
2 C. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
fresh cilantro, chopped (optional garnish)

In Dutch oven or soup pot melt butter over
medium-high heat. Add hcicken, onion,
carrots & garlic – cook, stirring occasionally,
until chicken is no longer pink. Stir in chili
powder, cumin, salt, paprika, potatoes,
cream-style corn, tomatoes, frozen corn,
hot sauce (if using), & chicken broth – bring
to boil then reduce heat to medium-low.
Cover & cook 10 minutes. Stir in cream &
cook over Low heat 7-10 minutes until
chowder is slightly thickened & potatoes
are fork-tender. Stir in cheese, stirring
frequently, until cheese melts. Serve,
garnished with cilantro, if desired.
Serves 8-10

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes.com)
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Crockpot Beefy Nacho Soup

1 lb. ground beef
2 T. taco seasoning
1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced
tomatoes
2 1/2 C. milk
8 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
(or mild), plus more for topping

crushed tortilla chips (garnish)

Brown ground beef in skillet over
medium-high heat; drain. Add taco
seasoning, tomatoes, cheese & milk.
Cover & cook on High 2-3 hours or Low
4-6 hours. Remove lid & stir well until
cheese is melted & combined. Top with
additional cheese & crushed chips, if
desired, when serving. Serves 6

(recipe: slowcookergourmet.net)
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Stuffed Chicken with Gravy

1 boneless, skinless chicken thighs*
1 (6 oz) box chicken stuffing mix
1 (12 oz) jar chicken gravy, heated
salt/pepper/garlic powder – to taste

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Prepare stuffing
mix accordg. to pkg. directions; cover &
set aside. Season chicken with salt/pepper
& garlic powder. Place about 1/4 C. stuffing
on each piece of chicken & wrap sides around
to create a little bundle – place in prepared dish.
Spoon remaining stuffing around chicken
bundles. Cover with foil & bake 20 minutes.
Remove from oven, remove foil & continue
cooking, uncovered, 15-20 minutes longer
until chicken is fully cooked. Pour gravy
over chicken & stuffing when ready to serve.

*can substitute chicken breast cutlets for thighs

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Creamy Veggie Gnocchi

1 bunch asparagus, ends
trimmed & chopped into 1″
pieces
1 C. frozen peas, thawed
1 (16 oz) pkg. gnocchi
1 T. olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 C. Half & Half
1/2 lemon, juiced
salt/pepper, to taste
(optional) red pepper flakes,
garnish

Bring large pot of water to boil; add
gnocchi & cook accordg. to pkg.
directions. Drain. In a skillet on
medium-high, heat olive oil & onion.
Season with salt/pepper & saute
until translucent. Add garlic, stirring
until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add
chopped asparagus & saute 5-7
minutes until tender. Add peas &
gnocchi – cook 2 minutes. Pour
Half & Half and Parmesan cheese into
skillet & stir carefully to coat with
cream sauce. Sauce is done when
cheese has melted & cream sauce
has thickened. Add lemon juice &
toss before serving.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: 12 tomatoes.com)
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Cheesy Salsa Mini Meatloaves

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. finely chopped onion
1 egg
12 saltine crackers, finely
crushed (about 1/2 C.)
1 1/2 C. Mexican-style (Kraft)
finely shredded Four Cheese,
divided
1 C. thick salsa, divided

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In bowl mix first 4 ingredients
with 1 C. cheese & 1/2 C. salsa.
Spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick
cooking spray & press mixture
into cups – use the back of a spoon
to make an indentation in center
of each. Cover a baking sheet
with foil & place muffin tin on sheet.
Bake 20-25 minutes until meatloaves
are done (160 degrees F.) Top with
remaining salsa & cheese – bake
3  minutes more until cheese is
melted.
Makes 12

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Pecan Pie Bread Pudding

1 (6 oz) mini loaf French bread,
cubed
6 large eggs
1 (14 oz) can Eagle Brand Sweetened
Condensed milk
3/4 C. dark corn syrup
1/2 C. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 T. vanilla
1 1/2 C. coarsely chopped pecans,
divided

Optional:
vanilla ice cream
maple syrup
caramel ice cream topping

Spread bread cubes in a single
layer in 15 X 10″ baking pan.
Bake, stirring occasionally, 10
minutes until cubes are toasted.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Beat eggs
in large bowl using elec. mixer on
medium speed until fluffy. Blend
in Eagle Brand milk, dark corn
syrup, brown sugar, butter & vanilla.
Stir in toasted bread cubes & 1 C. pecans
until evenly moistened – pour into
prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining
pecans & allow to stand 30 minutes.
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake 40-45 minutes until golden
brown around edges. Cool 5
minutes. Serve warm or cooled
with any options listed above,
as desired. Serves 9

(recipe: allrecipes.com)

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Since I now have a ‘free week’ until next
special needs group (next Weds.) I started
another ‘needy’ men’s scarf (had more
various gray yarn, so thought it seemed
like a good idea.) I was all happy I didn’t
have to go out until Sunday then
remembered I have a (church) baby
shower Saturday (yes, I knit a baby
blanket, hat & booties for it plus a few
more items to add to the bag). Oh well,
maybe by then it will be warmer & clear
on Saturday…(naw, who am I kidding!?)

Stay healthy (if you can), stay warm &
try to find something to amuse yourself
during the beginning of this New Year!

Hugs;

Pammie

Getting Closer . . .

Got a few more decorations up yesterday (not many) and still no tree – it will come. Hope you are getting the last minute things done you hoped you would/could. Still struggling with lack of energy and tomorrow I babysit – really hoping it’s ONLY 10:15 a.m. – 3:30! Learned yesterday that youngest son is going to be able to join us for Christmas dinner – YAY! In going over all the various canned/boxed foods I bought for the various dishes for Christmas dinner I discovered I missed a good 5-7 cans green beans for the Green Bean Casserole! Got to thinking about it (after searching all over and in my car) – I remembered getting into a good 15 minute conversation with one of the older men that works at one of the grocery stores I frequent – and, said conversation was just when I was trying to decide how many cans of green beans to buy. Guess the ‘conversation/distraction’ was enough to cause me to totally forget to buy them! UGH! Well, I ‘was’ kind of planning on going out for a short trip to the drug store (I’m searching for something I SHOULD have bought a few weeks ago when I saw them) – wanted to buy one of those really big Hershey’s Kisses for the baby’s Mom (just a little something ‘extra’, but it seems they are sold out in places I go). Have fully decided I’m NOT going to WalMart, KMart or Meijers, even IF they have them – too tired, still, to battle crowds – might just ‘go without.’ These past few days of realizing I’m NOT as healthy as I’d hoped brings back a saying my good friend Mary (Momma) shared with me:

What I have   –          is enough
What I am      –          is enough
What I do       –          is enough
What I’ve achieved – is enough

I’ve notice, through the years, that EVERY Christmas I do the same thing: buy presents that I think are nice/heartfelt/something the person receiving them will enjoy THEN, when it comes REALLY CLOSE to the actual day-I begin to doubt if it’s ENOUGH. That’s NOT a good thing – hence, why Mary’s saying really hits home. I just have to re-read the saying and APPLY IT! (Have you ever had that situation?)

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Pie Crust Pinwheel Cinnamon
Cookies

2 pie crusts (store bought or homemade)
2/3 C. sugar (option: mix half white & half
brown)
1/2 C. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 to 2 1/2 T. cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment
paper. In small bowl combine sugar(s)
& cinnamon. Roll pie crusts on on a clean,
lightly floured surface & roll each out into
a large rectangle. Brush melted butter over
dough, then evenly sprinkle cinnamon/sugar
mixture on top. Starting with long end, roll
dough over itself to create a long log. Cut
log into 1-inch rounds then transfer to sheets.
Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are light
golden. Remove from oven & let cool 2 minutes
before transferring to a wire rack to cool
completely. Makes approx. 2 dozen

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls
(appetizer)

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
8 slices Swiss cheese
8 slices deli ham
2 chicken breasts, cooked/sliced thinly
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 T. honey
2 T. Dijon mustard

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a pie pan (or 9″ baking pan) with
nonstick cooking spray. Remove rolls
from pkg; lay out in long rectangle –
pinch seams together well. Sprinkle
Italian seasoning on. Layer: Swiss
cheese, then ham then chicken breast.
Roll up like a cinnamon roll & cut into
8-10 rolls/rounds. Place rolls on pie pan
& bake 18-20 minutes until golden brown.
Mix honey & Dijon & serve in a small
bowl as a dip. Makes 4 servings

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents

16 oz. bulk sausage, cooked/crumbled
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
1 C. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In large bowl combine cooked
sausage, cream cheese & Cheddar
cheese. Separate rolls into triangles;
cut each triangle in half, lengthwise.
Scoop a heaping tablespoon meat
mixture onto each roll & roll up.
Place on cookie sheets & bake about
15 minutes until golden brown.

(recipe: easyrecipesly.com)
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Ham & Swiss Rolls (appetizer)

1/4 C. Dijon mustard
1 onion, minced
1 C. butter, melted
4 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
2 T. poppy seeds
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
4 pkgs. small dinner rolls
1 lb. shaved deli ham

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Combine mustard, onion, butter,
cheese, poppy seeds & Worc.
sauce in small bowl. Using a
serrated knife, slice an entire
pkg. of rolls in half horizontally.
Spread bottom half of rolls with
1/4 of mustard mixture, top with
1/4 lb. ham & replace top bun.
Place rolls on a sheet pan lined
with foil – repeat with remaining
rolls & ingredients. Bake 20-30
minutes until thoroughly heated.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Artichoke/Garlic/Herb Cream
Cheese Spread

1 (6 oz) jar marinated artichokes,
drained/chopped*
8 oz. cream cheese
3/4 tsp. dried garlic
1/2 tsp. chopped chives
1/2 tsp. chopped dill weed
1/2 tsp. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. dried red & green pepper
flakes (optional)
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. white pepper

Chop artichokes in blender or food
processor. Combine all ingredients
in medium bowl & chill several hours.
Serve with toasted bread, pita chips
or crackers. Makes 1 1/2 C.

(recipe: whoneedsacape.com)
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Creamy Broccoli-Bacon Bake

6 C. small broccoli florets
2 carrots, sliced
1 (8 oz) tub (Kraft) Philadelphia
cream cheese spread
2 T. milk
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 green onions, sliced
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked/chopped

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In large saucepan filled with
boiling water add broccoli &
carrots – cook 2-3 minutes until
crisp-tender. Drain, reserving
1/4 C. cooking water. Mix next
3 ingredients in a bowl until
blended. Return cooked vegs.
to saucepan; add cream cheese
spread & onion – stir until
veggies are evenly coated with
sauce, adding reserved cooking
water, if necessary, for desired
consistency. Spray a 2-qt.
casserole dish with nonstick
cooking spray & spoon mixture
into dish. Top with shredded
cheese & bacon – cover with foil.
Bake 25 minutes until heated
through – uncover for last 5
minutes of cooking time.
Serves 8 (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Taco Casserole

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
2 T. taco seasoning
1 (13.75 oz) can cream of chicken
soup
1 (10.5 oz) can Ro*Tel tomatoes
(diced tomatoes w/green chilies)
1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. frozen corn
1 1/2 C. shredded cheese (poster
uses sharp Cheddar & mozzarella,
mixed)

Toppings:
Tortilla chips
sour cream
cilantro
sliced avocado

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. In a
large skillet brown meat; drain
& add taco seasoning. Add
soup, Ro*Tel, beans & corn –
stir well & pour into crockpot.
Sprinkle top with cheese. Cover
& cook on Low 2-3 hours.
Serve with desired toppings.
Serves 4-6

NOTE: This recipe can also be
made in the oven:
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
Mix ingredients together (after
cooking meat) & pour into
prepared dish. Bake 30 minutes.

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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Chicken Gnocchi Soup

1 medium onion, chopped
2 large carrots, peeled/grated
4 stalks celery, chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled/chopped
2-3 T. olive oil
1 rotisserie chicken plus 1 C.
reserved broth from bottom of container
7 C. water
8 chicken bouillon cubes
1 (16 oz) pkg. Potato Gnocchi
(Gnocchi are Italian dumplings &
can usually be found in grocery stores
by the dried pastas – might also be
found in the frozen sections)
4 C. Half & Half
1 1/2/ C. spinach, chopped
1 tsp. thyme
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1 T. sugar
1/4 C. cold water
5 T. cornstarch
salt/pepper
2 T. butter

Heat a large soup pot over medium-
high heat & heat oil. When oil is hot,
add chopped veggies – cook over
medium-high heat, stirring occasionally
5-8 minutes until onions are translucent.
Remove skin from chicken & meat from
bones – chop meat. Pour broth from
chicken container & 7 C. hot water into
pot; add chicken bouillon cubes & stir;
add chopped chicken & bring to boil.
Pour gnocchi into boiling pot & return
to boil. Cook 3-4 minutes – gnocchi will
be cooked through when they float to
top of broth. Add spinach, Half & Half,
thyme, nutmeg, sugar & 2 T. butter to
pot, stir & bring to boil.
In small bowl combine 1/4 C. cold water
& 5 T. cornstarch – mix well & pour into
pot. Bring soup to boil while stirring – it
will thicken as it reaches a boil. Season
with salt/pepper & serve. Serves 12

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Strawberry/Banana Cheesecake
Salad

1 (8 oz)  pkg. cream cheese, softened
16 oz. vanilla yogurt
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 (3.5 oz) pkg. cheesecake-flavored
instant pudding or pie filling mix
1/2 bag miniature marshmallows
3 pints strawberries, cleaned/sliced
4 bananas, sliced
1 container raspberries (optional)

In large bowl mix cream cheese, yogurt,
pudding mix & Cool Whip until creamy.
Stir in marshmallows/fold in fruit.
Garnish top of bowl with additional
fruit, if desired. Refrigerate 1 hour.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Fudge Pie

2/3 C. evaporated milk
1/2 of a 12 oz. pkg. semisweet
chocolate morsels
2 T. butter
1 C. sugar
2 T. flour
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. salt
1 C. chopped pecans

1 (unbaked) pie crust

fresh whipped cream, for
serving
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Place first 3 ingredients in a
microwave-safe bowl & heat
on High 1 to 1 1/2 minutes
until melted & smooth, whisking
at 30 second intervals. Whisk
sugar & flour into chocolate
mixture; add eggs, 1 at a time,
whisking just until blended after
each addition. Whisk in vanilla &
salt; stir in pecans. Pour mixture
into pie shell & bake 35-40 minutes
until set. Cool 10 minutes before
serving.
Serve with fresh whipped cream.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)

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Have a great day – and TRY to stay healthy!

Hugs;

Pammie

Can you say: SNOW DAY?

All the best laid plans, etc. – our county is getting 5-8 inches of the white stuff today/tonight…that means my big (150+ people) special needs group Christmas party is officially canceled. Yep – I’ve done all the texting/calling to let everyone know so now it’s just sit back & enjoy the time home. As to the food for all: fortunately, the pasta wasn’t cooked yet, the spaghetti sauce not prepared, the lady buying the salad didn’t buy it, all the tons of cookies already baked by the church’s youth group have been frozen – that leaves the garlic bread (frozen) and any goodies the leaders were going to bake & bring (like my two 9 X 13″ pans of frosted brownies – now in my freezer.). We are officially re-scheduling the party for mid-January simply because the church calendar is totally booked through the end of December! It’s OK – I’m just happy to be able to STAY HOME warm & safe!!! (I took advantage of the clear weather around 9:15 a.m. and did a quick trip to the grocery store for more toilet paper & Kleenex – the two things we really needed.) Found a nice little pork roast which is now in my crockpot; dinner will be roast, baked potatoes & tossed salad! YUM!

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Cranberry Sauce Muffins

1 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
3/4 C. cranberry sauce
1/2 C. honey
1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 C. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla

(1 tsp. orange zest*)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 12 muffin tins with muffin liners
then spray with nonstick cooking
spray. In large bowl combine flour,
baking soda, baking powder & salt.
In separate medium bowl beat eggs;
add cranberry sauce, honey, apple-
sauce, oil & vanilla – mix until well
combined. Divide batter evenly
among muffin cups (cups will be
nearly full). Bake 17-20 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into
center of muffin comes out clean.
Makes 12 muffins.

NOTE: If your cranberry sauce is very
liquidy or runny, you may want to
increase the amount of flour by
3-4 T.

*If your cranberry sauce does not
have orange zest in it – poster
would suggest adding 1 tsp.
to batter with wet ingredients.

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Butternut Squash au Gratin

1 butternut squash
4 slices bacon
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 T. flour
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 C. chicken broth
1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese,
divided

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cut squash in half lengthwise (discard
seeds & pulp). Cut each half cross-wise
into thin slices, remove peels. Place
squash slices in large saucepan; add
enough water to cover & bring to boil
on High heat. Reduce heat to simmer
on medium-low 8-10 minutes until
squash is tender. Cook bacon in a
skillet until crisp, stirring occasionally.
Remove from skillet to paper towel;
reserve 1 T. drippings – add onions &
cook, stirring, 5 minutes until crisp-
tender. Stir in flour & pepper – cook
& stir 1 minute. Gradually stir in
broth; cook & stir 2-3  minutes until
thickened. Remove from heat & stir
in 1 C. cheese. Drain squash & arrange
half in a 8 or 9 inch square baking dish.
Cover with half the sauce & repeat
layers, topping with bacon & remaining
cheese. Bake 25-30  minutes until
mixture is heated through & cheese
is melted. Serves 8 (1/2 C. each)

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Cranberry-Nut Stuffing

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter
1 C. chopped onion
1 C. chopped celery
1 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. chopped pecans
2 1/2 C. chicken broth
1/2  (of 12 oz bag) cubed herb
seasoned stuffing
1/2 (of 14 oz bag) herb seasoned
stuffing

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 3 qt. casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In large
saucepan melt butter over
medium-high heat. Add onions
& celery – cook 6-8 minutes until
tender. Add cranberries, nuts,
broth & both stuffings – gently
stir until well combined – spoon
into prepared dish. Cover & bake
30 minutes. Uncover & bake
15 minutes more until heated
through. Serves 6

NOTE: Poster says: “We like to
use a combination of cubed &
regular stuffins so that we get
a chunkier texture.”

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Christmas Flank Steak
(overnight GRILL recipe)

1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
1/4 C. olive oil
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 T. chopped fresh basil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. sugar
1;2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 (1 1/2 – 2 lb.) beef flank steak

In large ziplock plastic bag, combine
all ingredients except steak. Shake to
mix well. Score steak on both sides
by making diagonal cuts 1 1/2 inches
apart. Place steak in bag, seal &
marinate in fridge at least 4 hours
or overnight, turning bag occasionally.

Heat grill to medium-high heat
Remove steak (discard marinade). Grill
steak 4-5 minutes on each side, until
center is cooked to medium. Slice
steak on an angle across the grain &
serve. Serves 4

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Tuscan White Bean Chicken Soup
(crockpot)

2 (15 oz., ea) cans cannellini beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, reserve
juices
1 (32 oz) box chicken or vegetable broth
1 1/2 C. carrots, diced
1 1/2 C. celery, diced
1 C. yellow onion, diced
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 sprig rosemary
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste

Parmesan cheese, grated – optional
garnish

Place chicken, carrots, celery, onion &
garlic in crockpot. Add cannelini beans &
diced tomatoes (with juices); pour in
chicken broth. Season generously with
salt/pepper then add bay leaves,
rosemary sprig, oregano, thyme, basil &
red pepper flakes. Stir well then cover &
cook on High 3-4 hours or Low 6-8 hours
until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Using
2 forks, remove chicken to a plate &
shred – return chicken to pot & stir.
Serve hot, garnished with Parmesan
cheese, if desired. Serves 8

Optional: Place all ingredients (uncooked)
into a large resealable plastic gallon-sized
bag; squeeze out all remaining air & freeze
for up to 6 months before cooking.

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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3-Ingredient Ranch Chicken
(crockpot)

1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts
1 C. chicken broth
1 dry pkt. spicy Ranch salad dressing mix
salt/pepper, to taste

Trim chicken breasts & sprinkle both
sides with salt/pepper. Place chicken
broth in pot; sprinkle half of packet
ranch mix onto one side of chicken
& place (seasoned side up) in crockpot.
Sprinkle remaining dry mix on top;
cover & cook on High 3 1/2 – 5 hours.
Serves 4

(recipe: presnicketyplates.com)
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Lemon Glacier Bars

1 (16.5 oz) box lemon cake mix
2 large eggs, divided
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
1/3 C. sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl combine cake mix,
1 egg & oil; using elec. mixer
beat at medium speed until
crumbly (reserve 1 C. mixture
for topping). Press remaining
mixture into bottom of ungreased
9 X 13″ baking dish. Bake 12
minutes until lightly brown.
Beat cream cheese at medium
speed until creamy; add sugar,
remaining egg & lemon juice,
beating just until smooth. Pour
cream cheese mixture over baked
crust; sprinkle with reserved
cake mixture. Bake, uncovered,
20-22 minutes until lightly
browned. Let cool slightly; cover
& chill. Cut into bars before serving.
Makes 15 bars

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Husband & I are slowly getting better;

I’m not coughing as much as I was a

few days ago. Still VERY glad to get

the news I don’t have to go out in

that weather!

 

Hope YOU are warm, safe & in good

health!

Hugs;

Pammie

I’m Happy- getting things done!

Thought this was a clever idea-made with candy canes!

Well, I’m ‘back to normal’ (that means no more sitting around in my jammies doing nothing!). First thing this morning found me attempting to locate an order on Amazon (oldest grandson’s main gift) – yes, they shipped it – NO (even thought they say yes) it’s NOT here! Received the other item that was in the order but not the one I really wanted. Took me a good 5 minutes of rooting around their site to find out just WHERE to look to get some action on locating said item! Ended up on Amazon Chat with a nice gentleman named Orlando who researched it then offered to send me a replacement  (YAY!) AND it will be here TOMORROW! I was concerned because it’s a toy that’s just new this year; very interesting technology: it’s called a 3Doodler Start 3D writing pen (& accessories). Basically it’s kind of like a fat pen that has thin plastic ‘cartridges’ by which you can draw anything in 3D – like drawing an UPRIGHT house! I thought he would find it interesting (he’s 11 1/2). Think of it almost like a glue gun (except it doesn’t get hot) – it extrudes liquid plastic in a thin line which you can use to draw UPRIGHT with! (Hope he likes it).

Was going out today & noticed our gas prices have jumped from $2.39/9 (last night) to $2.79/9 today – WOW! Good thing I was able to redeem my Kroger Fuel Points – got my gas for $2.15/9! Score!

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Crockpot Gingerbread
Pudding Cake

1/4 C. butter, softened
1/4 C. sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. molasses
1 C. water
1 1/4 C. (whole wheat) or
all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

Topping:
6 T. brown sugar
3/4 C. hot water
1/4 C. butter, melted

Spray insides of 3-4 qt. crockpot
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl, using elec. mixer, beat
butter & sugar until combined. Add
egg & beat until combined. Add
vanilla, molasses & water – Start
at LOW speed & beat until combined.
(there might be a few flecks of butter
in batter, but that’s OK).
Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon,
ginger, salt & nutmeg – beat until
combined – pour into crockpot.
Sprinkle top with brown sugar.
Combine hot water & melted
butter – pour over brown sugar –
DO NOT STIR. Cover & cook on
High 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Serve warm
with ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves 6

(recipe: thereciprebel.com)
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Cranberry/Almond Cheese Ball

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
4 oz. sharp white Cheddar cheese,
grated
2/3 C. dried cranberries
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (6 oz) pkg. whole almonds (poster
uses Blue Diamond Smokehouse flavor)

Combine first 4 ingredients in medium
bowl, stirring until well combined. Spoon
contents onto a plate & use plastic wrap
to form into a ball; refrigerate at least 1
hour. Cover entire ball with whole almonds
(you may have some leftover). Refrigerate
until ready to serve. Serve with assorted
breads, pretzels or crackers for dippers.
Makes 8 servings

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Pepperoni Pizza Twists

1 lb. pkg. refrigerated pizza
dough, room temp.
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
6 T. grated Parmesan cheese
(or more, if you like)
3 T. olive oil
4 oz. sliced pepperoni*
4 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Roll dough out into a rectangle on
lightly floured surface. Combine
garlic powder, parsley, Parm. cheese,
red pepper flakes in small bowl –
sprinkle about half onto dough.
Sprinkle Mozz. cheese on one half
of dough & top with *pepperoni (if
you are using mini pepperoni, you can
leave it whole – if using full-sized, cut
them in quarters). Fold the side of dough
without pepperoni over to other side,
covering filling. Use a sharp knife or pizza
cutter to cut dough into thin strips (You
will get about 12 strips out of 1 lb. dough).
You will be placing the strips on  parchment-
lined baking sheets.
Twist strips a few times & press down
on ends to keep them closed. Brush tops
of twists with olive oil & sprinkle with
seasoning blend – place on sheet,
seasoned sides down. Brush other side
of twists with oil & sprinkle with seasoning
blend, again. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden
brown. Serve with marinara sauce (or Ranch
dressing). Serves 12

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Potato/Bacon Bake

3 lb. potatoes, peeled/halved
(the short way)
1 lb. bacon, diced
2 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar
cheese, divided
1 medium onion, sliced
2 T. butter
3 T. flour
2 C. milk
1/2 tsp. salt (or more, to taste)
1/2 tsp. black pepper (or more,
to taste)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. green onions, chopped

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Parboil potatoes (boil about 10
minutes); drain & let cool. While
potatoes are boiling, saute diced
bacon, onion & garlic until bacon
is browned & onions soft. Remove
from pan but reserve grease in pan.
After potatoes have cooled, carefully
slice them into discs. In same pan
with bacon grease, melt butter. Mix
in flour & salt, stirring constantly to
avoid burning flour. As soon as flour
is mixed in, begin pouring in  milk,
still stirring. Continue to cook until
slightly thick, then add 2 C. cheese &
black pepper, stirring until melted –
remove from heat. Spoon & spread
some sauce into bottom of a 9 X 13″
baking dish. Make a single layer of
sliced potatoes. Sprinkle half of bacon/
onion  mixture over then pour half of
sauce on top. Make a second layer of
potato slices followed by remaining
bacon & onion mixture – add rest of
sauce & spread out evenly. Sprinkle
remaining 1/2 C. shredded cheese on
top. Bake 45 minutes until top is
bubbling & golden. Let cool 15 minutes
before serving. Top with chopped
green onion. Serves 4-6

(recipe: cooktopcove.com)
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Beef Lombardi Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. salt
black pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 bay leaf
1 pkg. egg noodles, cooked
1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese,
softened
6 green onions, chopped
1 C. sour cream
2 C. grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. Brown
beef over medium heat in skillet;
drain. Add garlic – cook until soft.
Add tomatoes, honey, salt/pepper,
bay leaf & Tabasco; lower heat to
simmer – cook 30 minutes. Combine
cooked noodles, cream cheese, green
onions & sour cream – mix well.
Alternately layer: noodle mixture,
tomato mixture & grated cheese,
ending with cheese on top. Cover
with foil & bake 30 minutes until
heated through & bubbly.

NOTE: can be frozen after being
prepared before or after baking

(recipe: 07recipes.com)
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Sweet Potato Hash

2 T. olive oil
3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled/
chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded/chopped
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/4 tsp. seasoned salt
salt/pepper, to taste

Heat large, deep skillet over medium-
high heat. Add oil & allow to heat
through. Add sweet potatoes & cook
2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
2 T. hot water to pan (this will create
steam); cover & continue to cook
3 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add remaining ingredients & stir to
combine. Cook until sweet potatoes are
soft on inside & peppers/onions are crisp-
tender (about 10 minutes). Taste &
adjust seasoning to your liking.
Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Restaurant-style French Onion Soup

1/4 C. unsalted butter
2 C. sweet yellow onions, diced
1 tsp. dried Basil (optional)
1 (1 oz) pkg. Au Jus Gravy Mix
3 C. water

Optional Toppings;
4 slices baguette bread, toasted
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

In medium sauce pot melt butter over
medium-high heat. Add onions & cook,
stirring often, until caramelized & lightly
browned (about 20 minutes). If you like:
stir in basil & cook 1-2 minutes more. In
a 2-Cup measuring cup, add 1 C. cold
water & packet of Au Jus gravy mix. Stir
vigorously with a fork until well combined
& smooth – pour into pot with remaining
2 C. water. Bring to boil while stirring
often. Once boiling, reduce heat & simmer
about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Serves 4

Optional Restaurant-style soup:
Divide cooked soup among four oven-safe
bowls. Top each with 1 slice of toasted
baguette & a good sprinkling of mozzarella
cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet &
place under Broiler until lightly browned
on top (about 3-4 minutes). Serve immediately.

(recipe:southernplate.com)
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Fudge-filled Peanut Butter Bars

Crust & Topping:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 C. peanut butter
1/2 C. butter, room temp.
2 eggs, beaten

Filling:
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed
milk
3 T. butter
1 C. sweetened flake coconut
3/4 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 C. flour
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl combine cake mix (dry), peanut
butter, butter & eggs until dough
starts to hold together (mixture will
be very thick). Press 2/3 rds of dough
into bottom of prepared pan forming
crust.
Filling:
In medium saucepan combine chocolate
chips, milk & butter; melt over low heat
until smooth. Stir in coconut, brown sugar,
flour & chopped pecans – mix until combined
well. Remove from heat; spread filling over
dough in pan. Crumble rest of dough evenly
over filling & bake 20-25 minutes. Allow
to cool before cutting into bars.

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)

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Knitting-wise I’ve been OK – still working on
the mint green baby blanket. Along with that
have knit 3-4 scarves for the needy. I have a
upcoming ‘new’ project – this is another of
those “Gifts of Love” . . . what do I mean by
that? If you’ve been reading my blog for a
few years you might remember the “Afghan
from Hell” – a very nice older lady approached
me at Panera (during my Knit Night group) and
asked if anyone could repair an afghan? Long
story short: a very dear friend (very old lady)
had begun to crochet/knit an afghan for this
person but was put in hospital. While in there
the family dog chewed up a good portion AND
a well-meaning family member decided to try
to CUT OUT the chew spots – it was a HUGE MESS!
I knew that none of my ladies would even consider
that so I took it home. End result: I managed to
make her a almost new blanket – she was thrilled.
She & her husband cried when I showed it to them.
Well – advance a few years and now the new
project: in my special needs group is an absolutely
DELIGHTFUL man. His mother recently asked me
if I knew anyone who would attempt to knit/crochet
a copy of a VERY loved blanket he’s had since he
was a baby? I said I’m not great at crochet, but if
she would text me a photo, I’d see what I can do.
Well, friends – it’s another “blanket from hell” –
it used to be lime green & white, now it’s a
basketball-sized WAD of crocheted MESS! (it’s
kind of dark green & cream – you can tell it’s
REALLY been loved!)

Photo from my cell phone

She said he won’t sleep
without it so I asked her if he would even
consider a replacement – she said it will take
awhile – we’ll see. She wants more of a
‘lovey’ than an afghan (meaning smaller).
I have lime green & white yarn so I began
about 4 inches, attempting to copy the photo.
There’s a spot (in the ‘wad’) that looks more
like created crocheted ‘holes’ – I’m not real
familiar with those so I’m hoping she might
either take another photo close up OR
bring it tonight to my special needs group.
We’ll see where this goes – it’s not like it’s
my first (blanket from hell) rodeo! Call me
crazy but I DO love a challenge!

Hope you are doing well this day –

Hugs;

Pammie

Happy Tuesday!

Saw this ‘hat’ on Facebook & couldn’t resist showing it to you! Can you imagine the looks you’d get if you wore that on a shopping trip? Too funny!

It’s a gorgeous day out – sun shining, almost 50 degrees F.! Wow – such a treat – I love it when the sun shines, really cheers me up (she said, knowing that the really cold, gloomy weather is just around the corner – sigh).

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Easy Pistachio Pie

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 (3.4 oz) pkg. instant pistachio
pudding mix (Jell-O)
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple,
including juice
1 C. miniature marshmallows
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
(or 1 C. heavy whipping cream,
whipped to stiff peaks)
Prepared baked pie crust
(graham cracker crust can be used, also)

Optional Toppings:
1 C. whipped cream
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. chopped pistachios
sliced maraschino cherries

In large bowl beat cream cheese &
pudding mix until light & fluffy.
Beat in crushed pineapple (with juice).
Stir in marshmallows – fold in Cool
Whip (or whipped cream) & spoon
into pie crust. Chill at least 2 hours.

Optional Toppings:
Beat whipped cream & powdered
sugar together until stiff peaks
form – pipe onto top of pie; add
maraschino cherries & chopped
pistachios. Serves 12

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Leftovers – Thanksgiving Egg Rolls

6 eggroll wrappers*
1 C. leftover cooked turkey,
shredded
1 C. leftover mashed potatoes
1 C. leftover cranberries
1 C. leftover stuffing
vegetable oil
1/2 C. leftover gravy (for dipping)

Place an eggroll wrapper on a clean
surface – lay it out so that it forms
a triangle in front of you.  Spread a
thin layer of cranberries on, then
add a few T. mashed potatoes, stuffing
& turkey. Fold up bottom point &
tightly fold in sides. Gently roll, then
seal fold using a few drops of water
on edges; repeat with remaining
leftovers.
In large skillet over medium heat,
heat oil (it should reach 1 inch up
sides of pan) until it starts to bubble.
Add egg rolls & fry until golden,
1 minute per side. Transfer to a
paper towel-lined plate to cool
slightly. Serve with heated gravy.
Makes 6

*can find them in the produce
section of grocery store

(recipe: Facebook)
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Swiss/Bacon Dip

8 slices bacon, chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
2 rounded teas. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 C. shredded Swiss cheese
3 scallions, chopped
1/2 C. smoked almonds, coarsely
chopped

Dippers:
baby carrots
cocktail-sized bread slices
crackers
sliced baguettes

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Brown bacon in nonstick skillet
over medium heat; drain bacon
on paper towels. In medium
bowl combine cream cheese,
mayonnaise, mustard, cheese,
scallions & cooked bacon. Spray
small shallow baking casserole
with nonstick spray & spread
mixture into dish. Bake 15-18
minutes until golden & bubbly
at edges. Top with chopped
almonds. Serve with suggested
dippers. Serves 6

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

3 t. olive oil
3/4 C. diced onion
1 1/4 C. diced carrots
3/4 C. sliced celery
3 T. flour
3 C. chicken broth
2 1/2 C. chopped, cooked turkey
1 1/4 C. frozen peas
salt/pepper, to taste

Topping:
1 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/3 C. milk

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large pot over medium heat
heat oil until shimmering. Saute
onion, carrots, celery until
softened. Stir in flour until no
lumps remain. Add about 1/4 C.
broth & stir until a thick sauce
forms. Add remaining broth &
bring to boil. Reduce heat to a
simmer & allow to simmer until
thickened, about 10 minutes.
Turn off heat & stir in turkey/peas;
season with salt/pepper. In separate
small bowl beat egg & milk – pour into
flour & stir to combine. (it should be
a sticky dough). Drop dough, 2-3
T. each, on top of turkey mixture.
Bake 17-19 minutes until topping
is golden brown.

(recipe: iamhomesteader.com)
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Crockpot Honey (Baked) Ham
Crockpot & Oven recipes

7-10 lb. spiral ham
2 T. brown Dijon mustard
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. honey
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/3 C. water
2 T. corn starch

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray. Combine
sugar, honey, nutmeg, cinnamon &
mustard in a saucepan on medium
heat; cook 2-5 minutes until
ingredients melt & combine – whisk
thoroughly & remove from heat.
Place ham in crockpot & pour water
in bottom of crockpot; pour honey/brown
sugar mixture over ham.* Cover & cook
on Low 6-8 hours, basting ham with
juices once every hour. Once ham is
cooked, remove from crockpot. Pour
juices from bottom of crockpot into a
medium saucepan. Mix 2 T. cornstarch
with 1 T. water in saucepan; cook on
medium heat until starts to thicken.
Use that as a glaze over ham or even
as a gravy for potatoes.
Serves 14

*If your lid does not fit over ham,
you can make a foil tent to cover ham.

NOTE: IF you don’t own a crockpot,
you can bake the ham – follow above
directions & ‘tent’ the ham with foil.
Bake 350 degrees F. 15-20  minutes
per pound, basting once every half
hour.

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)
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Cream of Wild Rice Soup

1 large onion, chopped
1 large carrot, shredded
1 rib celery, chopped
1/4 C. butter
1/2 C. flour
8 C. chicken broth
3 C. cooked wild rice
1 C. cubed, cooked chicken
breast
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 C. evaporated milk
1/4 C. minced chives

In large saucepan saute onion,
carrot & celery in butter until
tender. Stir in flour until blended.
Gradually add broth. Stir in rice,
chicken, salt/pepper & bring to
a boil over medium heat. Cook &
stir 2 minutes until thickened.
Stir in milk & cook 3-5 minutes
longer. Garnish with chives when
serving. Serves 10 (2 1/2 quarts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Marshmallow/Caramel Popcorn

1/2 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. butter
9-10 marshmallows
12 C. popped popcorn

In glass measuring cup or
microwaveable bowl microwave
brown sugar & butter 2 minutes.
Add marshmallows & microwave
until melted, 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.
Pour over popped popcorn.

(recipe: 07recipes.com)
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Tuna Casserole

1 (10.75 oz) can cream of
mushroom soup
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 1/2 C. egg noodles, cooked/
drained
1/2 C. frozen peas
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
drained
2 (5 oz, ea) cans chunk light tuna
in water, drained
salt/black pepper, to taste
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 C. French fried onions

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 1 1/2 qt. baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl combine soup,
milk, mayo, garlic powder. Stir
in cooked noodles, peas,
tomatoes, tuna, salt/pepper
& spoon into prepared dish.
Sprinkle top with cheese &
bake 20 minutes until bubbly.
Top with French fried onions &
bake another 5 minutes.
Serves 6

(recipe: redgoldtomatoes.com)
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Easy Pull-apart Pizza Bread

2 tubes refrigerated pizza dough
or biscuits
2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. Italian seasoning
1/3 C. olive oil
1 (8 oz) pkg. sliced pepperoni,
cut into small pieces
1 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. garlic powder (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Remove dough from tubes, cut
biscuits/dough into quarters.
In bowl, mix all other ingredients
together & toss to combine. Spread
mixture on each piece of dough &
arrange in a baking dish. Bake
30 minutes. Flip onto a serving plate
& enjoy.

NOTE: Poster said she served a warmed
pizza sauce in a dish, on the side, for
dipping

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)
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No Bake Oatmeal Fudge Cookies

3 C. rolled oats
1 tsp. vanilla
1 C. chopped nuts (optioanal)
1/2 C. butter
2 C. sugar
1/2 C. evaporated milk
1/2 C. cocoa powder

Place large sheets of waxed paper
on counter/smooth surface. In a
bowl mix oats, vanilla & nuts. In a
pan on medium-low heat bring sugar,
cocoa & evaporated milk to boil,
stirring & cooking 2 minutes. Turn
off heat. Add butter & whisk to melt.
While still hot, add oat mixture &
stir to coat. Drop mixture by spoonful
onto waxed paper & let cool at least
2 hours.

(recipe: all-my-recipes.com)

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These past days (after Thanksgiving) I
almost feel like a woman on vacation –
nothing in particular that needs ‘doing’!
(Not complaining, mind you) the baby’s
Mom decided to quit her job (good
decision – they were really over-working
her way too much & no commensurate
pay for doing so!). That being said, she
heard from another place while working
out her 2-week notice, went for the
interview and before she got to the
parking lot, they hired her on the spot!
She starts tomorrow, so I don’t have to
babysit today – that feels strange but
I know the ‘new’ sitting schedule is
in the works – soon! She asked for
weekends off & better hours so she
could spend more time with the
baby & her family and the new place
gave it to her! (Now THAT’S having
an excellent resume, right?). Before
this, my son (the chef) left for work
at 4:30 a.m. and (usually) got home
around 3:30 p.m. – she would have
to go to work anywhere from 10:30
a.m. to 2 p.m. and not get home
until around 11:30 – 12 p.m. – that
left little or no time to spend with
my son and the baby – I don’t blame
her a bit! We’ll see how this works
out as time goes on.

I finally (almost) finished out the
turkey – made Turkey Stroganoff
with egg noodles; there’s still
enough white meat to make some
sandwiches so my husband is happy.

Well, I had fun with the “Black Friday”
sales ON LINE – now I’m getting emails
saying my items have shipped – YAY!
I really like this idea – I don’t have to
go out & battle crowds AND I get
some pretty sweet discounts to boot;
a win/win situation in my books.

Hope you have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

A Little Bit of This ‘n That –

So – I survived Black Friday – did you? I was very happy to spend the day at my computer searching the sales ON LINE! Managed to just about finish my Christmas gift shopping – YAY! Only one item ‘might’ get here after Christmas (a gift for the baby – small toy) so I’m not too disappointed. This year, once again, is ‘practical gifts’; years ago when the guys were younger there was time to buy some ‘fun’ gifts like t-shirts with goofy sayings, or pajama bottoms that looked like blue jeans but now that they are all in their 20’s (& one in his 30’s) it’s time to resort to “What do they NEED gifts. With that comes the ‘went a little over what I wanted in the budget’ but that’s OK – at least I know that each one is getting something that they need AND that they probably can’t afford right now. I remember those days back when I was young & single – very little money and trying to stretch it as far as I could, sometimes ignoring some things that probably needed fixing, etc. The LORD has blessed us abundantly and we’re just grateful we can help out while we can – ever been in that situation?

Along with all the on-line shopping I ran into some things for sale that I thought were just totally ridiculous, like candy canes in flavors I NEVER would have imagined, like: Bacon, Coffee, Rotisserie chicken! Really??? Oh, and then there’s a Dog Breed DNA testing kit, a Helicopter Tour over Maui, Hawaii and a Private Aviation membership – if you have the extra $$$, I guess . . . in case you might need some gift ‘ideas’ . . . sigh.

There are quite a few ‘after Thanksgiving’ recipes out there – I just haven’t taken the time to type them up yet, so I’m just going to post recipes I already have ready for you:

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Caramel Pumpkin Pie Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 T. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
5 graham crackers, crushed/
divided
3 T. caramel sauce, divided

whipped cream
crushed pecans

apple slices, for dipping

In a bowl mix cream cheese with
powdered sugar & vanilla until
well combined. Stir in pumpkin &
pumpkin pie spice – mix well.  Pour
a thin layer of crushed graham
cracker crumbs in bottom of serving
dish; top with a layer of pumpkin
mixture – spread evenly. Top with
1 T. caramel sauce, spread evenly
over pumpkin – repeat layering
once more. Top with whipped
cream, remaining graham crackers,
caramel sauce & pecans. Serve with
apple slices for dipping. Refrigerate
any leftovers. Serves 10

(recipe: mymagazine)
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Chili-Cornbread Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can red enchilada sauce
1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (8.5 oz) box corn muffin mix (Jiffy)
2 C. Mexican-cheese blend, shredded/
divided
1/3 C. milk
1 onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds/ribs removed,
finely chopped
1 egg
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
salt/ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large skillet over medium-high heat
brown beef, onion & jalapeno until
beef is no longer pink & veggies are
softened; drain fat. Season with salt/
pepper; stir in cumin, chili powder,
garlic powder, tomatoes, enchi. sauce &
kidney beans; cook 7-10 minutes until
mixture has reduced slightly. Transfer
to a baking dish & sprinkle 1 1/2 C.
cheese on top. In large bowl, prepare
corn muffin mix accordg. to pkg. directions;
stirring in egg & 1/3 C. milk until smooth.
Stir in remaining cheese & pour mixture
evenly over top of casserole ingredients.
Bake 20-22 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into center of cornbread comes
out mostly clean. Remove from oven &
serve hot. Serves 8

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)
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Country Chicken ‘n Rice

1 (3 to 3 1/2 lb. chicken, cut
into 8 pieces
6 C. water
2 (15 oz,ea) cans tomato sauce
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 T. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. long or whole-grain rice,
rinsed.

In large pot bring all ingredients
(except rice) to a boil over medium-
high heat. Cover & allow to boil 35
minutes. Add rice & cook 25-30
minutes longer until rice is tender,
no pink remains in chicken & chicken
juices run clear.
Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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(This one could use cooked turkey instead)

Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

1 (1 lb) box jumbo pasta shells
2 C. cooked/shredded chicken
1 C. ricotta cheese
3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. fresh chopped parsley (more
for garnish, if desired)
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste
Sauce:
4 T. butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 C. milk

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cook pasta shells accordg. to pkg.
directions for al dente; drain &
return to pot. In large bowl combine
chicken, ricotta, 1/2 C. mozzarella,
1/2 C. Parmesan & parsley; season
with salt/pepper & mix well.
Alfredo Sauce:
In a skillet over medium heat
melt butter; add garlic & cook
2 minutes then add cream
cheese & whisk until completely
combined. Stir in milk, rest of
cheeses & bring to a simmer.
Season with salt/pepper & let
thicken over low heat 3-5
minutes.
Spray a casserole dish with
nonstick cooking spray &
spread a layer of sauce in bottom.
Stuff cooked shells with chicken
mixture & place in baking dish.
Spoon more sauce over all
shells & bake 15 minutes until
warmed thoroughly & bubbly.
Garnish with parsley. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Saucy Swiss Steak

1/4 C. zesty Italian salad dressing
1 boneless beef chuck steak (1 lb),
cut into 4 pieces
1/4 C. flour
1/4 C. tomato paste
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
1/2 C. beef broth
1 green pepper, chopped

2 C. cooked, hot mashed potatoes
1/2 C. shredded Swiss cheese

Heat salad dressing in large skillet on
medium-high heat. Coat meat with
flour; gently shake off excess flour.
Cook meat in skillet 2-3 minutes on
each side until evenly browned on
both sides; remove from heat. Combine
tomato paste, tomatoes & broth in
crockpot; add meat & peppers. Cover
& cook on Low 8-10 hours, or High
3-4 hours. Serve meat over cooked
mashed potatoes & top with cheese.
Serves 4

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Vegetable/Lentil Soup

1 (16 oz) bag brown lentils
8 C. vegetable stock
1 (15.5 oz) can fire-roasted
diced tomatoes
2 medium white potatoes, diced
2 large carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 large onion, diced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. fresh kale, chopped

Add all ingredients to crockpot
(except Kale) & stir. Cover & cook
on Low 6-7 hours. Add kale to
crockpot & cook another 15 minutes
until desired tenderness. Serves 6

(recipe: dearcrissy.com)
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Cranberry-Orange Shortbread
Cookies

1/2 C. dried cranberries (Craisins)
3/4 C. sugar, divided
2 1/2 C. flour (spooned & leveled,
not scooped)
1 C. butter, cold/cubed
1 tsp. almond extract
zest of 1 orange
1-2 T. fresh orange juice (optional)

additional sugar to coat cookies before
baking, if desired

LIne a baking sheet with parchment
paper. Combine cranberries & 1/4 C.
sugar in food processor or blender –
process just until cranberries are broken
down into smaller pieces. Combine
flour & remaining sugar in large bowl.
Using a pastry cutter (or 2 knives) cut
in butter (you want very fine crumbs).
Stir in almond, cranberries & sugar
mixture, orange zest & orange juice
(if using). Using your hands, knead
dough until it comes together & forms
a ball. Shape dough into a log about
2 inches in diameter; wrap in plastic
wrap & refrigerate 2 hours or up to
72 hours.

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Cut slices of cookie dough about 1/4″
thick. (Sugar coating – if using: Place
about 1/2 C. sugar in a bowl & coat
cookie slices in sugar) Place cookies on
baking sheet – bake 12-15 minutes just
until cookies are set. DO NOT OVER
BAKE. (poster pulls hers at 12 minutes).
Let cookies cool several minutes on
sheet before removing to a cooling
rack. Let cool completely. Store in
air tight container for 3 days or freeze
up to 3 months. Makes 2 1/2 dozen
cookies.

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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This year I did something different: I
had a 14 lb. frozen turkey in the freezer
& decided to try something the ‘other
grandma’ does each holiday: cook an
entire holiday meal the day before so
that she & her husband have their own
holiday foods AFTER the holiday. Each
holiday she doesn’t take any leftovers
home – she already has an entire meal
AT HER HOUSE. At first I thought that
was pretty strange, but then I got to
thinking about it: each holiday I haul
home the leftover ‘sides’, but there’s
usually not a lot of leftover turkey/ham
so I don’t take that. THIS YEAR we have
leftover mashed potatoes, green bean
casserole, wild rice pilaf, rolls, cranberry
relish & dessert AND a 14# cooked
turkey! That worked out well because
both younger sons stopped over yesterday,
saying: “Hey, Mom – got any leftovers?”
Too funny – now that they’re both living
on their own, I guess leftovers sound
pretty good! After ‘our’ turkey had
cooked/cooled I totally stripped the
carcass so now we have meat for
sandwiches, etc. – have to say the
‘other gdma’ had a good idea! Not
sure if I’ll do that for Christmas, but
we’ll see. I’ve learned, many years
ago – if you want a turkey ON SALE
buy it during Thanksgiving sales
because they go back up in price
right after the holiday; I was able
to get a 14.5 lb. turkey at 49 cents
a pound this past week, so I’m
happy!

Enough about all that – hope you
had a GREAT holiday!

Hugs;

Pammie