Friday

Woke up to a light DUSTING of snow on the ground – YAY! We ‘were’ supposed to be getting 3-6 inches between today & tomorrow, now they’ve changed it to 2 inches – hoping the ‘actual’ is even less! Today is clear and 26 degrees – at least I don’t have anywhere to go (that I know of, anyway!). Got my babysitting schedule for next week (gonna be rough) Monday 10:15 – around 7, Tuesday 2- 7ish (also my Knit NIGHT!), Friday 8:15 a.m. – 7ish. I already told my husband I’m going to be expecting a ‘order-in’ pizza for one of those nights, pretty sure I’m not going to feel like COOKING! I love my little grandson but 8+ hours of listening to Disney channel and Mickey Mouse’s squeeky voice can drive a sane lady slightly nuts! (I mute the TV when he’s sleeping!).

Yesterday I was asked to present a project to both of my knit groups; it’s a very worthy project but also heart-wrenching. We have been asked to knit/crochet baby booties for babies that have died. This is for a group called “Angels Above” Baby Gowns – they provide outfits for babies. It’s a very organized group – all they are asking from us is for booties and that I can do. I found a really easy pattern from another charity site and have started:

These are preemie sizes (the yarn bows are to keep the booties together, there are 6 booties in the photo).  I was surprised to learn that they need 100 sets per month! It’s very sad but also a very needed thing and I’m honored to be able to use my skills and yarns for this.

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Lemony Lemon Brownies

Brownies:
1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 C. flour
2 large eggs
2 T. lemon zest
2 T. lemon juice
3/4 C. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Tart Lemon Glaze:
4 T. lemon juice
8 tsp. lemon zest
1 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease a 8 X 8″ baking dish with
butter. Zest & juice 2 lemons. In
bowl of elec. mixer fitted with
paddle attachment, beat flour,
gran. sugar, salt & softened
butter until combined. In
separate bowl whisk eggs, lemon
zest & lemon juice until combined –
pour into flour mixture & beat 2
minutes at medium speed until smooth
& creamy. Pour into prepared pan &
bake 23-25 minutes (it should turn
golden around edges). Allow to cool
completely before glazing. Do not
over bake or bars will dry.

Glaze:
Whisk powdered sugar with lemon
zest & juice – spread over cooled
brownies with a rubber spatula. Let
glaze set then cut into bars.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Winter Shepherd’s Pie

3 C. cubed/peeled butternut
squash (1 inch pieces)
1 large potato, peeled/cut
into 1 inch cubes (about 2 C.)
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
2 C. vegetable broth
1/2 tsp. plus 3/4 tsp. salt, divided
3/4 tsp. black pepper, divided
2 lb. ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 T. olive oil
3/4 lb. sliced fresh mushrooms
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C. white wine (could substitute water)
1 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 C. flour
2 C. frozen peas (about 8 oz)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 1/2 qt. baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large saucepan place first 4
ingredients; bring to boil. Reduce
heat & simmer, covered, 10-15
minutes until vegetables are tender.
Drain, reserving broth. Mash vegetables
until smooth, stirring in 1/2 tsp. salt &
1/4 tsp. pepper.
In two batches, cook turkey & onion in a
Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5-7
minutes until turkey is no longer pink,
breaking turkey into crumbles. Remove
from pan. In same pan, heat oil over medium-
high heat; saute mushrooms until tender,
7-9 minutes. Add garlic; cook & stir 1 minute.
Add wine, thyme & remaining salt/pepper –
bring to boil, stirring to remove browned bits
from pan. Cook until liquid is evaporated.
Stir in flour until blended; gradually stir in
reserved broth. Bring to boil, cook & stir
until thickened. Stir in peas & turkey mixture;
heat through then pour into prepared pan.
Spread top evenly then top with mashed
vegetables. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes
until filling is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes
before serving. Serves 8

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Creamy Tomato/Sausage Soup

1 lb. ground pork
1/2 C. onion, diced (optional)
1 (23.5 oz) jar (no sugar added)
tomato sauce
1 T. roasted garlic Better than Bouillon*
8 oz. cream cheese
1 C. heavy whipping cream
1 tsp. dried basil
salt/pepper, to taste

In large soup pot or Dutch oven brown
sausage & onions (if using). When
completely cooked add tomato sauce,
cream cheese & ‘Better than Bouillon’
to pan – stir to combine & cook over
medium to medium-low heat until
cream cheese is melted. Add heavy
whipping cream & herbs to soup –
simmer until ready to serve. Serves 5

*Poster did not note any substitutes
for this product – I would guess you
could use boullion cubes or granules
as a substitute.

(recipe: beyerbeware.net)
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Oven Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch asparagus spears
3 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice,
(optional)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Remove woody ends of asparagus.
Place spears on a rimmed baking
sheet & drizzle olive oil over top.
Sprinkle with garlic, salt/pepper &
mix, using your hands; arrange in
single layer. Bake 10-15 minutes
until just tender, depending on
thickness of stalks.
If desired, sprinkle with lemon juice
just before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes.com)
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Layered Enchilada Bake

1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 C. thick/chunky salsa
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1/4 C. Zesty Italian salad
dressing (Kraft)
2 T. taco seasoning mix
6 (8 inch) flour tortillas
1 C. sour cream
1 (8 oz) pkg. (Kraft) Mexican-
style Finely shredded Four Cheese

Optional toppings:
chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce
chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In large skillet brown meat with
onions on medium-high; drain.
Stir in next 4 ingredients. Arrange
3 tortillas in a single layer in bottom
of a 9 X 13″ baking dish. Cover with
layers of (half of) meat mixture/
sour cream/cheese – repeat layers &
cover. Bake 40 minutes until heated
through & cheese is melted. Uncover
after 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes
before cutting. Add optional toppings,
if desired, before serving. Serves 8

NOTE: Can be made ahead. Line 9 X 13″
baking dish with foil with ends of foil
extending over sides of dish. Assemble
recipe as directed. Cover with additional
foil & freeze (up to 3 months). When ready
to serve, bake (covered) 400 degrees F.
1 hour. Remove foil & bake an additional
15-20 minutes until casserole is heated
through & cheese is melted. Let stand 5
minutes before cutting. To decrease
baking time:
thaw frozen casserole in
fridge overnight then bake, uncovered,
45 minutes until casserole is heated
through & cheese is melted.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Beef Lentil Soup

1 lb lean ground beef
1 (46 oz) can tomato juice or
V-8 juice
4 C. water
1 C. dried lentils, rinsed
2 C. chopped cabbage
1 C. sliced carrots
1 C. sliced celery
1 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. diced green pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 (10 oz) pkg. frozen chopped
spinach, thawed

In large stockpot cook beef over
medium heat until no longer pink;
drain. Add tomato (V-8) juice, water,
lentils, cabbage, carrots, celery,
onion, green pepper, pepper, thyme,
& bay leaf. Bring to boil – reduce heat;
simmer, uncovered, 1 to 1 1/2 hours
until lentils & veggies are tender. Add
spinach & heat through. Remove bay
leaf & serve. Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Crockpot Chicken Thighs

1 T. olive oil
6 bone-in (or boneless) chicken
thighs
salt/black pepper – to taste
1/2 C. soy sauce
1/2 C. ketchup
1/4 C. honey
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 oz. fresh minced ginger
2 T. Sriracha (hot sauce)
juice of 1 lime

cooked rice for 4
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In large skillet over medium-high
heat heat oil. Season chicken thighs
with salt/pepper & sear until golden,
3 minutes per side – transfer to
crockpot. In small bowl whisk soy
sauce, ketchup, honey, garlic, ginger,
Sriracha & lime juice – pour over
chicken & toss to coat. Cover &
cook on Low 6 hours (or high 2
hours) until no longer pink. Serve
over cooked rice. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Twinkie-like Bundt Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix
(plus required ingredients to prepare
cake)
6 large egg whites, beaten to stiff peaks
6 T. unsalted butter, room temp.
1 C. marshmallow creme
1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 T. heavy cream

Grease & flour a 12-C. Bundt pan;
Mix cake accordg. to pkg. directions.
Fold egg whites into batter using a
spatula until fully combined. Pour
batter into prepared pan & bake
accordg. to pkg. directions – Cool
cake completely

In large bowl combine butter &
marshmallow creme – beat using
elec. mixer until smooth & well
combined. Add powdered sugar &
cream – beat until fluffy, about 3
minutes. Pour mixture into a piping
bag fitted with a long, thin round tip.*

Turn the cake over so it is Flat-SIDE
UP – make 12 evenly-spaced holes in
the bottom of the cake using a skewer,
pressing only halfway down into cake &
wiggling the skewer slightly to widen
the holds until they are each about
1 inch wide. Insert piping tip into each
of the holes & squeeze until marshmallow
mixture starts to ooze out the top of the
hole. When all holes are filled, turn cake
Flat-Side DOWN onto a serving plate.
Serve immediately or cover & refrigerate
up to 2 days. Serves 8-10

*You could also do this using a large
zip-lock bag. After filling bag & sealing,
snip a tip off bottom of bag & use this
as a piping bag to pipe filling into holes.

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)

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Hope you are having a GREAT day –
try to stay healthy (and warm).

Hugs;

Pammie

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Mid-week!

Super cold here and supposed to get to below zero by Sunday – oh, joy . . . we’re supposed to be getting snow in the next few days but it doesn’t say ‘accumulation’ so I’m REALLY hoping it doesn’t stick! Went to Library Knit group this morning and there was a film of ice on the windshield – enough that it had to be scraped before I could drive. Oh well – it’s Michigan – what can I expect at this time of year, right?

Working on 2 baby blankets – one is a combination of pinks (like the ‘blues’ one I did & posted the photo) and the other is a new pattern (to me). I had purchased some very nice, soft dusty pink yarn and had done a good foot or more of another (new) pattern when I discovered I’d made a mistake about 2 inches down. Normally it wouldn’t be a big problem, but this time I did a Yarn-Over – which creates a HOLE (where one was NOT supposed to be!). I decided, instead of taking each stitch off of the needles, one-by-one, I would just remove the needles, unravel the yarn down to that row and resume – HA! WHAT FOLLY! This particular yarn being nice & soft AND SLIPPERY decided it had a mind of it’s own and unraveled ALL OVER THE PLACE – WAY PAST THE MISTAKE, etc! I tried, several times, to get all the stitches back on the needles before finally (in utter desperation) unraveling the entire thing and putting yarn & needles away (for several days). Finally found a different pattern and am (so far) happily creating – we’ll see where this goes! (I remember, many years ago, a knitter friend gifted me an entire bag of this same type of yarn, in at least 6 colors – she said she found it very frustrating because it was so slippery . . . guess I should have learned, right?)

LOTS of great soup/cold weather recipes coming in!

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Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Cookie Layer:
1 C. butter
2 eggs
2 C. brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 C. quick-cooking oats

Topping:
1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. chopped nuts (poster uses pecans)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with nonstick
cooking spray. In large bowl cream 1 C.
butter, brown sugar, eggs & vanilla. Add
flour, salt, soda & oats – mix well then
press into prepared pan. In another bowl
melt 2 T. butter & chocolate chips together.
Add sweeten’d/Cond’ milk, vanilla, salt &
nuts – mix until smooth. Pour mixture
over cookie layer & spread evenly over
top. Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool then cut
into bars. Makes 20 bars

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Crockpot Northern Beans & Ham

1 (16 oz) pkg. dried Northern beans
3-4 meaty ham hocks/shank or meaty
ham bone (about 1 1/2 lbs)
1 small onion, diced
(1 pkg. Goya ham-flavored concentrate –
optional)
1 bay leaf
salt/pepper, to taste
1/4 to 1/3 C. light brown sugar

Sort dry beans for any pebbles – rinse under
cold water. In a large bowl soak beans in water
for 3 hours*; drain & rinse beans.

Add rinsed beans, onion, salt/pepper, bay leaf
& ham shanks/hocks/ham – chopped into large
chunks, to crockpot. Add enough water (or water
& broth) to cover beans by 2 inches (about 6-8
cups) & add Goya ham concentrate, if using. Cover
& cook on High first hour; turn heat to Low & cook
an additional 4 hours (OR) until beans are tender
& a bit creamy. Remove ham shanks or hocks,
pull off all meat. Remove bay leaf & discard;
return meat to crockpot & add brown sugar – stir.
If there is a lot of juice in the beans you can remove
1 C. before adding brown sugar – all depends on how
thick or thin you want the beans to be.

*NOTE: Poster does not soak beans overnight
because she says they cook tender after 5
hours of cooking.

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Sauteed Chicken w/Veggies

2-3 boneless skinless chicken
breasts cut into bite-sizes cubes
2 T. olive oil
1/2 medium onion, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 C. chicken broth
8 oz. spaghetti, broken into
small pieces (1 1/2 – 2 inches)
1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated
plus extra for garnish
2 C. broccoli florets
1 C. squash: zucchini, yellow, etc.,
peeled/cubed

Heat oil in large skillet over medium
heat. Add chicken, onion, carrots &
garlic – season with salt/pepper & cook
5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
chicken broth & broken spaghetti – stir
to combine & submerge noodles in
broth. Cover with tight-fitting lid,
reduce heat to Low & simmer 5 minutes.
Uncover; stir in Parm. cheese – add broccoli
& squash. If liquid has been absorbed add
a small amount of water or broth. Cover &
simmer 5 minutes until veggies have
reached desired tenderness. Uncover;
sprinkle with additional Parm. cheese &
serve immediately. Serves 6-8

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Best Taco Mini Meatloaves

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 lb. lean ground pork
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 (12 oz) bag Doritos, crushed
2 eggs, beaten
1 C. shredded Mexican-blend
cheese
1 (16 oz) jar salsa

Meatloaf Topping:

8 oz. salsa
1 C. shredded cheese (your choice)
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Cover a baking sheet with foil. Place
all meatloaf ingredients in large bowl
& mix well then shape into mini loaves,
the desired size you want, using your
hands. Place loaves on prepared sheet.
Top with meat loaf toppings.
Bake about 30 minutes. (until internal
temperature is 160 degrees F.) (NOTE:
Poster make 7 mini loaves and they
took 30 minutes to bake.)

(recipe: plowthroughlife.com)
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Quick ‘n Easy Ground Beef Stew

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 T. flour
1 1/2 C. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 C. beef broth
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/3 C. heavy whipping cream
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 medium unpeeled Yukon Gold/
Russet or red potatoes cut into
1/2 inch cubes
2 medium carrots, cut into small
pieces (about 1 C.)
2 T. chopped fresh parsley

Optional serving method:
Can serve ‘as is’ or over
cooked brown rice
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In large skillet cook beef over
medium-high heat 5-7 minutes
stirring occasionally until thoroughly
cooked; drain. Stir in salt/pepper & flour.
Add mushrooms, cook 3 minutes,
stirring occasionally. In small bowl mix
broth, Worc. sauce, whipping cream &
mustard with a wire whisk – add to
beef mixture. Stir in potatoes, carrots &
zucchini. Reduce heat to Medium-low –
cover & cook 15 minutes until veggies
are tender & sauce is slightly thickened.
If sauce is too thin at end of cooking
time, increase heat to medium-high &
cook, uncovered, a few minutes until
liquid reduces & is slightly thickened.
Sprinkle top with parsley & serve.
Serves 4-5 (see optional serving method
above)

(recipe: mommyskitchen.net)
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Crockpot Clam Chowder

1 yellow onion, diced
1 C. water
3 medium russet or yellow potatoes,
peeled/cut into cubes
2 (6.5 oz, ea) cans minced clams with
juice
1 C. frozen corn
1 C. cooked/crumbled bacon (poster
used a pkg. of real bacon bits)
3 ribs celery, cut into quarter-inch
pieces
2 C. milk
1 C. Half & Half
2 T. melted butter
1/2 C. flour
salt/pepper, to taste

Add onion, water, potatoes,
clams with juice, corn, bacon &
celery to crockpot. Cover & cook
on Low 4-6 hours. Place butter,
Half & Half, milk & flour in a
saucepan. Cook on Low & whisk
until it is thick & bubbly. Take
about 1/2 C. of liquid from crockpot
& mix into saucepan then add that
mixture to crockpot & stir. Salt/
pepper, to taste. Cover & cook on
Low an additional 30 minutes.
Makes 8 Cups of soup

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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3-Ingredient Peach Cobbler

1 large can peaches (or 2 smaller cans)
1 yellow cake mix
1 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In a 9 X 13″ baking dish pour peaches
including juices. Sprinkle dry cake mix
over top & smooth. Evenly distribute
melted butter on top of cake mix.
Bake 30 minutes

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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1 Banana Peanut Butter Cookies
(small batch: makes 12)

1 C. rolled oats (or quick-cooking oats)
1 ripe banana
1/3 C. smooth peanut butter
1 T. honey
1/3 C. chocolate chips
1 egg
1/2 C. chopped nuts of your choice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray.
In bowl combine all ingredients
with a spoon. Roll mixture into
walnut-sized balls & place on
prepared sheet; mash each
cookie out flat with your hand
or a spoon. Bake 12-15 minutes.
Makes 1 dozen cookies

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)

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I’m planning on making a batch of
Bean Soup tomorrow – it’s a good
‘stick to your ribs’ meal for cold
weather.

Babysat my almost-2 yr old grandson
yesterday and he makes me laugh. My
throat was dry so I coughed – he said:
“Bless you!” so I said: “Thank you!”
then he said: “You’re welcome!” –
almost made me want to cough again
just to see if he’d repeat it! His Dad
said he can’t believe how much
personality is in such a little body –
he’s a riot – makes me laugh and
laughter keeps me young.

Enjoy your day!

Hugs;

Pammie

It’s SUNDAY! YAY!

It’s cold here in Michigan – in the 20-30’s most days & chilly but clear – NO SNOW! (I probably shouldn’t say that too loud). For this time of year in my state, that’s VERY unusual! We’ve had a few ‘light dustings’, nothing big AND I’M THRILLED! My cousin who lives in Iowa said he just shoveled 5 INCHES of what they were expecting as a ‘trace’ – YUCK! Yes, I know – we get snow every year but I really don’t like to have to wear boots, dress super heavy, slog through it/drive through it/worry about falling – getting car stuck, etc. For now – I’m just thrilled!

It’s been a quiet weekend; our church choir is back in action and this afternoon we’re back to practicing 4:45 – 6 p.m. then evening church. It’s kind of nice to get back to my ‘old’ routine of both knit groups, my special needs group, babysitting, church/choir – it’s been a nice ‘time off’, too. Hope you had some relaxation between the holidays.

Lots of great-sounding recipes coming in –

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Chocolate Cobbler

Batter:

1 C. self-rising flour
3/4 C. sugar
2 T. cocoa
1/2 C. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 T. vegetable oil

Topping:

3/4 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. cocoa
1 3/4 C. water

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 8 X 8″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray. In medium
bowl mix flour, sugar & cocoa. Add
milk, vanilla & oil – mix well until it
becomes a thick, brownie-like batter-
pour into prepared dish.
In a separate bowl stir together (topping
ingredients): brown sugar & cocoa – sprinkle
over batter. Very slowly pour hot water over
dry mixture & batter (do not stir).
Bake 40-45 minutes.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

6 (6 inch) corn tortillas, divided
1 1/2 tsp. oil, divided
1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken
breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 (14.5 oz., ea) cans chicken broth
1 C. thick/chunky salsa
1 C. frozen corn
1 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Cut tortillas into strips; toss with
1/2 tsp. oil & spread onto a rimmed
baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until
crisp, stirring occasionally.
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Finely chop remaining tortillas. Heat
remaining oil in large saucepan over
medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook &
stir 5 minutes. Add chopped tortillas,
broth, salsa & corn – bring to boil &
simmer on Medium-low heat 15
minutes. Serve topped with cheese &
tortilla strips. Serves 6

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Salmon Foil Packets
(grill or oven)

4 salmon fillets (4-6 oz, ea)
1/2 lb. asparagus spears, trimmed
4 ears fresh corn (kernels sliced off)
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1″ pieces
4 T. butter, softened
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
2 tsp. minced fresh parsley
1 tsp. lemon zest
salt/pepper, to taste

lemon wedges/chopped parsley,
for serving
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Preheat grill to medium heat (OR)
Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Tear off 4 large squares foil & spray
with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange
salmon, asparagus, corn & bell
peppers in center of each foil square.
In small bowl mix butter, garlic, thyme,
parsley, lemon zest, salt/pepper. Season
salmon fillets with salt/pepper, to taste.
Drop spoonfuls of butter mixture over
each salmon packet. Fold over foil to
seal the packets. Bake (or grill) 15-20
minutes until salmon is cooked through
& veggies are tender. Sprinkle with
parsley & serve with lemon wedges
Serves 4

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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Onion Baked Potatoes in Foil
(oven and grill methods)

6 medium potatoes
1 (1 oz) pkt. onion soup mix (28 g.,
approx)
2/3 C. margarine or butter

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Mix marg (or butter) & onion
soup mix together. Using a sharp
knife, make crosswise cuts into each
potato about 1/2 inch apart ( you
want to make 4-5 cuts in each potato,
stopping about 1/4 inch from bottom
of potato – DO NOT cut through to
bottom. Using a butter knife, add a
dab of marg. (or butter/soup mixture
between each slice, dividing evenly
between all slices in all potatoes. Wrap
each potato in foil & place on a cookie
sheet. Bake 40-45 minutes until a fork
easily goes through the potato. Makes 6

Grill Method:
Follow same directions for preparing
potatoes but bake on Medium-High
grill heat with lid down 30-40 minutes
until a fork easily goes through the
potatoes.

(recipe: foodmeanderings.com)
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Crustless Quiche

1 T. butter
8 oz. cremini mushrooms, thinly
sliced
1 shallot, minced
2 C. loosely packed fresh spinach
kosher salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
8 large eggs
1/4 C. whole milk
1/4 C. oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes,
finely chopped
1/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 8 or 9″ pie plate with
nonstick cooking spray.
In medium skillet over medium heat,
melt butter. Add mushrooms & cook,
undisturbed, 2 minutes. Stir & continue
to cook until mushrooms are tender &
golden, 5-6 minutes. Add shallot & cook
1 minute. Add spinach & cook until wilted,
1 minute more. Season with salt/pepper &
remove from heat. In large bowl whisk eggs,
milk, tomatoes, & Parmesan. Fold in
mushroom mixture & season again with salt/
pepper. Pour into prepared pan & bake 18-20
minutes, until eggs are just set. Let cool 3
minutes before slicing & serving.
Serves 6

(recipe: delish.com)
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Crockpot Amish Cabbage Patch Soup

1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 stalks celery, chopped (optional)
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1/2 head cabbage, chopped
2 (14.5 oz, ea) cans beef broth
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
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Optional toppings:
shredded Cheddar cheese
sour cream
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In skillet, cook ground beef; drain &
place in crockpot.  Add onion, celery,
green pepper, kidney beans & cabbage
to crockpot. In a bowl whisk beef broth,
tomatoes, salt/pepper, chili powder,
cumin & garlic powder – pour over crock
pot ingredients. Cover & cook on Low
6-7 hours (or high about 4).  Top with
optional toppings, if desired.
Serves 8-10

NOTE: Can be made on the stove in a
large stew pot.

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)
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Greek Yogurt Waffles

2 C. flour
2 eggs
1 3/4 C. milk
1/2 C. plain Greek yogurt
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
dash salt
1 T. sugar
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Preheat waffle maker & spray with
nonstick cooking spray. In a large
bowl beat eggs until fluffy then add
remaining ingredients & mix until
just combined. Pour desired amount
of batter on hot waffle maker & cook
according to manufacturers directions.
Serving size will depend on size of
your waffle iron. Makes approx. 6

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Blueberry Pudding Cake
(NOTE: this recipe bakes as it rises
to the top of a 8 X 8″ baking pan but,
once out of oven, deflates to about
half – that’s fine!)

1 pint fresh, ripe blueberries
(frozen will work, also)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. lemon zest
juice from half a lemon
1 C. flour
3/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 C. whole milk
3 T. melted butter
1 tsp. almond extract
1/3 C. granulated sugar
1 T. corn starch
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. boiling water

Preheat oven 350 degrees f.
Liberally butter a 8 X 8″ baking dish.
In a bowl toss blueberries with
cinnamon, lemon zest & juice – pour
into prepared pan. In medium bowl
whisk flour, 3/4 C. sugar & baking
powder. Whisk in milk, melted
butter & almond extract – pour evenly
over blueberries. In small bowl  mix
1/3 C. sugar with cornstarch & salt –
sprinkle over batter. Pour 1 C. boiling
water into pan OVER batter & place
in oven. Bake 30-40  minutes until a
toothpick inserted into center comes
out clean – but there is still blueberry
sauce at the bottom. Serves 4-6

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)

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I started a second dusty rose colored baby blanket
and, after having knit a good 1 1/2 feet (approx)
noticed I had made a mistake a good 10 rows
down – decided I’d rip it down to that and fix it.
Well . . . that was not a good idea, ended up just
ripping entire project up and am now looking
for a better pattern for that yarn. (I really liked
the look of the pattern – it was only 2 rows, BUT
it was almost ‘too easy’ – too easy to make
mistakes and too hard to fix them! I know there’s
other patterns out there just waiting for me to
find them!

Words from GRAMMIEPAMMIE: Keep your
chin up, stay warm, remember to get some
rest, remember to drink water regularly, and
do something that makes YOU happy!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Gas prices dropped 10 cents – to $1.99/9 – yay!

Entering into January

“Love is looking out for your friends”

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

Here we are into the first full week of January – it’s gloomy & raining out but (YAY!) no snow! It seems almost strange to not have a bunch of ‘things that have to be done’ hanging over my head (not that I’m complaining, mind you!). Tonight is my Knit/Crochet group’s first ‘official’ meeting – I changed our day because I really didn’t think many would like to come out New Years Day (not that I was worried about the drinking factor – just didn’t think they’d want to ‘go out’). It probably threw a couple people off (we meet bi-weekly) -TURNS OUT WE HAD 20! but we’ll get ‘back in the swing of things’ very soon. I love meeting with ‘my ladies’ – no matter if there’s only a few or an entire ‘bunch’, it’s always a fun time of lots of laughter, tips/sharing with each other (almost the same with the Weds. morning Library group). It’s nice to be able to do something you love (knitting/creating with yarns) and share that with others who feel the same way. Just noticed today that I’m almost done with the ‘use up blue yarns’ blanket; didn’t really think I was that far along! (This is almost a copy of one I did in the Summer for a friend – same colors of yarns. It’s nice to be able to create a baby blanket using up smaller bits of yarn and still come out with something nice.)

(Going nuts here – computer is ‘doing it’s old thing again’- I copy & paste, it transfers to blog page in SUPER TINY print! UGH!

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(Today: January 10th, Thursday – 2 days after above – it works again!) Spoke too soon; one recipe goes in fine, next one the title is good, recipe is in tiny print – UGH!)

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Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

2 T. butter
4 T. minced garlic
1 lb. boneless chicken tenders
6 T. brown sugar
salt/pepper, to taste

In skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter.
Add garlic & cook 2 minutes to brown it.
Season chicken with salt/pepper & add to pan.
Cook chicken 3 minutes on each side or until
no longer pink in middle. Sprinkle brown sugar
on top & heat until melted completely.
Serves 4

NOTE: cooking time may vary depending on
size of chicken tenders

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Chunky Chocolate Jam Bars

1 1/2 C. flour
1 C. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 C. butter, softened
1 1/2 C. quick-cooking oats
1/2 C. flake coconut
1/2 C. chopped pecans, toasted
5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate,
coarsely chopped
1 (12 oz) jar raspberry jam

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl mix flour, sugar &
baking powder until blended. Cut
in butter using pastry blender or
2 knives, until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs. Add oats, coconut &
nuts – mix well. Press half mixture
onto bottom of prepared pan & sprinkle
with chopped chocolate. Top with jam
& remaining crumb mixture. Bake
25-30 minutes until ligthly browned.
Cool completely before cutting into
bars. Makes 32 servings

(recipe: kraftrecipes)
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Northwoods Pie (savory dish)

2 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 lb. maple bacon
2 (28 oz, ea) cans Bush’s Maple Cured Bacon
Baked beans
4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large skillet brown ground beef & onion;
season with salt/pepper – drain excess
grease. In same pan, fry bacon until half-
way done (about 5 minutes on each side).
Season with salt/pepper & place cooked
bacon on paper towels to absorb excess
grease. In bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking pan
layer half the ground beef. Layer one can
baked beans on top. Next, layer 2 C. cheese &
half the partially cooked bacon. Continue
with same layers: ground beef, beans, cheese &
bacon. Cover with foil & bake 30 minutes until
cheese is melted & dish is bubbly. Serves 12

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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Crockpot Turkey Sausage
Soup w/veggies

1 (19.5 oz) pkg Italian turkey
sausage links, casings removed
3 large tomatoes, chopped
1 (15 oz) can garbanzo beans
(or chick peas) drained/rinsed
3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
1 1/2 C. cut fresh green beans,
cut into 1″ pieces
1 medium zucchini, quartered
lengthwise & sliced
1 large sweet red or green pepper,
chopped
8 green onions, chopped
4 C. chicken stock
1 (12 oz) can tomato paste
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/3 C. minced fresh bacil

In large skillet over medium heat
cook sausage 8-10 minutes until no
longer pink, breaking up into crumbles.
Drain & transfer to crockpot. Add
tomatoes, beans, carrots, green beans,
zucchini, pepper & green onions, In
large bowl whisk stock, tomato paste &
seasoned salt – pour over veggies. Cover
& cook on Low 6-8 hours until veggies
are tender. Just before serving, stir in
basil. Serves 10 (3 1/2 quarts)

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

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Baked Chicken & Spinach Spaghetti

1 lb. uncooked spaghetti
4-5 oz. fresh baby spinach, chopped
2 C. cooked, shredded chicken
2 (15 oz, ea) jars Alfredo pasta sauce
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1/4 C. sour cream
2 C. mozzarella cheese
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Lightly spray 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Cook
spaghetti until just tender, 6-8
minutes; drain & return to pot.
Stir spinach into warm spaghetti
followed by chicken & Alfredo
sauce – mix well. Spread half of
mixture into prepared pan. In
medium bowl stir ricotta, sour cream,
1 C. mozz cheese, egg, garlic, basil,
oregano, salt/pepper. Spread mixture
on top of mixture in pan & top with
remaining spaghetti – sprinkle top
with remaining mozz. cheese. Bake
20-25 minutes until golden & bubbly.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 8

(recipe: letsdishrecipes.com)
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Sauteed Zucchini & Tomatoes

1 T. canola oil
4 small zucchini, sliced, about 4 C.
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes,
undrained
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Add zucchini & cook 7
minutes until tender, stirring
occasionally. Add undrained
tomatoes, salt/pepper to skillet;
break up tomatoes with a spoon &
cook 2 minutes until hot. Serves 4

(recipe: readyseteat.com)
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Snickerdoodle Poppers

1 1/4 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 C. milk, room temp.
1/4 C. plain yogurt, room temp.
1/4 C. granulated sugar
3 T. butter, melted
vegetable oil, for frying

Coating:
2/3 C. granulated sugar
1 1/2 – 2 tsp. cinnamon

Filling:
1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
4 oz white chocolate

Combine 2/3 C. sugar & cinnamon –
set aside. In small bowl whisk flour,
baking powder & salt. In medium
bowl whisk milk, plain yogurt, sugar &
melted butter. Stir in dry ingredients &
mix just until combined.

In medium pot heat about 2 inches oil
to 350 degrees F.

Roll out about 1/2 T. dough into a ball
using your hands (roll gently) & place
ball into oil – fry until golden brown,
flipping when golden to cook evenly
on both sides. Work in small batches
because you have to work fast. Transfer
baked balls onto a paper towel-lined
plate to drain, then roll in cinnamon-
sugar mixture. Repeat with remaining
dough.
Prepare instant pudding mix & mix into
melted white chocolate. Transfer it
to a pastry bag with filling tip (or use
a zip lock bag with one corner trimmed).
Using a filling tip – poke poppers going
about halfway in, then squeeze in filling.
(If using ziplock bag, use a sharp/pointed
item like a chopstick to poke the holes,
then fill).
Makes 30

(recipe: omgchocolatedesserts.com)

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It’s Thursday, my ‘day off’ – yesterday was
super busy/crazy – so glad I have today to
rest/relax/recoup! The weather is finally
Michigan/January: in the low 20’s, really
chilly/windy with light snow (nothing – yet-
to worry about, just a light dusting).

Gas prices JUMPED yesterday: I went to the
Library knit group & stopped to get gas just
before; price I paid was $1.94/9 – 2 hours
later that same place was registering: $2.09/9
that’s a FIFTEEN cents a gallon jump! (I had read
on Facebook that the prices would probably go
back up to the $3.00 range soon – guess they
were right!

Need to go for a small grocery shopping today –
low on the ‘staples’: bread & milk. Not sure yet
what’s for dinner – thinking Salmon patties &
homemade garlic mashed potatoes. We’ve gotten
in to a kind of ‘new thing’ around my house – at
Christmas I made a huge spinach/mixed greens
Greek-type salad (sliced tomatoes, sliced green
peppers, sliced cucumber, sliced red onion, Feta
cheese & slivered almonds) – it was a HUGE hit
and so we’ve kind of carried that on since then.
I’m able to get these really big rectangular boxes
of mixed greens so I take half out & put them in
a zip lock bag for later then construct the salad
in that box. When it gets low, I just add more
greens & ingredients – works really well and ALL
of my family here have been hitting it, even
youngest son who NEVER eats veggies! Amazing!
I like it because it’s a quick fix if I’m hungry! (By
the way, still working on ‘the diet’ – lost 16 lbs.
and am down to 169 lbs – don’t remember WHEN
I was that low before! Diabetic numbers are good,
too.)

Anyway, now that the blog IS working I’d better
send this one out. Finished the “Use up the blue
yarns” blanket:

The colors didn’t photograph well – at the bottom there’s blue/green/white variegated yarn then a medium blue, then more variegated, etc. Oh well –

I just started another blanket in pinks (same idea/different pattern but with white lines dividing the colors)

Have a GREAT day – remember to REST & stay WARM!

Hugs;

Pammie

Decorations DOWN – YAY!

My husband helped me take the tree off the baby grand piano; my job was to de-construct it & put it all back in the box. This year I came up with a GREAT solution to the base coming off right during our lifting the tree – happens EVERY year! This year I used Gorilla tape & taped the base to the stand – YES-it worked! I was a bit surprised that the taking-down of all the decorations yesterday went much smoother and faster than putting them all up. All that remains is waiting for youngest son to wake up so I can put the tree & lights away (storage is in his room).

Other things that happened:  Middle son turned 30 yesterday.

(for some reason I did a horrible job of writing this time, but it’s his favorite: double chocolate brownies, so he didn’t care.

Finished the PEACH colored baby afghan for Crisis Pregnancy centers – in the photo it looks kind of pink; couldn’t seem to get the colors adjusted but you get the idea.

I found a circa-1940’s scarf pattern on line and decided it would make a great baby afghan pattern; funny thing is: it seems VERY familiar! It’s VERY close to a scarf/afghan pattern I learned many MANY years ago while working All Nights at the phone company! The pattern I found on line calls for 10 rows – I started on row 10 and really didn’t like how it broke up the flow of the pattern so I did my own ‘adjusting’ – now it ‘flows’ like the pattern above, no breaking up after so many rows! I found a really nice, soft ‘dusty rose’ colored yarn at Meijers so that will be my next ‘new’ project (still working on the ‘use up extra yarns’ afghan – about 3/4ths done with that one).

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Crackerbarrel Fried Apples

2 C. apple juice, plus 1/2 C. apple juice
4 large Golden Delicious apples,
with peel on, cut into 1/2″ wedges
3 T. cornstarch
1 tsp. apple pie spice
4 T. sugar

In medium skillet combine 2 C.
apple juice & sliced apples – simmer
gently until apples are fork-tender
but not mushy, turning apples
frequently. Remove apples from juice
using a slotted spoon & place in an
oven-safe dish. In a blender combine
remaining 1/2 C. apple juice, cornstarch,
apple pie spice & sugar – blend a few
seconds until smooth. Whisk mixture
into hot apple juice in skillet & cook,
stirring constantly on medium-high
heat until it bubbles & becomes
thickened & smooth. Pour thickened
mixture over apples & serve.

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)
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Crockpot French Onion Soup

3 large yellow onions, sliced thin
3 T. butter
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. garlic, minced
64.5 oz. beef broth (Six 10.75 oz, ea)
cans
1 whole bay leaf
1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1 tsp. dried)
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6 slices French bread, sliced
1 C. Swiss cheese, shredded
1 C. Parmesan cheese, shredded
=
In medium skillet add butter, sliced
onions & brown sugar – saute until onions
become translucent & caramelized. To
a 4 qt. crockpot (or larger) add onions,
beef broth, garlic, bay leaf & thyme.
Cover & cook 4-5 hours on Low.

To serve:

Turn on oven broiler
Add soup to ovenproof bowls & top with
1-2 slices French bread; top with both
cheeses. Place bowls on a cookie sheet &
place under broiler 1-2 minutes until
cheeses are melted & bubbly. Serves 6

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Cheesy Ham Bubble Bakes

1 (6 oz) pkg. (Oscar Mayer) smoked
ham, chopped
3/4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (12 oz) can refrigerated buttermilk
biscuits (10 biscuits)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 8 muffin cups with nonstick
cooking spray.
In large bowl combine ham & cheese.
Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces & add to
ham mixture – mix lightly then spoon
into muffin tins. Bake 20 minutes until
puffed up & golden brown. Cool 10
minutes before removing from pan.
Serve warm. Makes 8

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Make-Ahead Eggs Benedict Toast Cups

6 English muffins, split
1 envelope hollandaise sauce mix
12 slices Canadian bacon, quartered
1 tsp. black pepper
1 T. olive oil
6 large eggs
1 T. butter

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin tin cups with
nonstick cooking spray.
Using a rolling pin, flatten muffin halves
& press into muffin cups. Bake until
lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Prepare hollandaise sauce accordg. to
pkg. directions; cool slightly. Sprinkle
bacon with black pepper. In large skillet
cook bacon in oil over medium heat until
partially cooked but not crisp. Remove
to paper towels to drain. Divide bacon
among muffin cups. Wipe skillet clean.

Whisk eggs & 1/2 C. cooled hollandaise
sauce until blended. In same skillet, heat
butter over medium heat. Pour egg mixture
into skillet; cook & stir until eggs are
thickened & no liquid egg remains. Divide
egg mixture among muffin cups & top
with remaining hollandaise sauce. Bake
8-10 minutes until heated through. Serve
warm. Makes 12

Overnight Option:
Refrigerate unbaked cups, covered,
overnight. Bake until golden brown,
10-12 minutes.

Freezer Option:
Cover & freeze unbaked cups in muffin
tin until firm. Transfer to an air-tight
container & return to freezer. To use,
bake cups in tin as directed, increasing
time to bake to 25-30 minutes. Cover
loosely with foil, if needed, to prevent
overbrowning.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Ground Beef Barley Soup

2 qts. water
2 meaty beef soup bones
2 beef bouillon cubes (or 2 tsp.
beef bouillon granules)
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 to 1/2 C. medium pearl barley
1 large carrot, diced
1 small onion, chopped
3-4 medium potatoes, peeled/
diced
2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

In large Dutch oven bring water &
soup bones to a rapid boil; add
bouillon. Stir in ground beef in
small amounts – reduce heat.
Cover & simmer 1 1/2 hours until
meat comes off bones easily. Remove
bones. Strain broth; cool &
chill – skim off fat. Remove meat from
bones; dice & return to broth along
with remaining ingredients – bring to
a boil Reduce heat; cover & simmer
about 1 hour or until vegetables are
tender. Serves 10-12 (about 2 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Asian Chicken Thighs

5 tsp. olive oil
5 bone-in chicken thighs,
skins removed
1/3 C. water
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. orange juice
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. ketchup
1 T. white vinegar
4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. Chinese 5 spice powder
2 tsp. cornstarch
2 T. cold water
sliced green onions (garnish)

Cooked rice to serve 5

In large skillet heat oil over medium
heat; add chicken & cook 8-10
minutes per side until golden brown.
In small bowl whisk water, brown sugar,
orange juice, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar,
garlic, pepper flakes & 5-spice powder –
pour over chicken. Bring to boil, reduce
heat & simmer, uncovered, 30-35 minutes
until chicken is tender, turning chicken
occasionally. In small bowl mix cornstarch
& cold water until smooth – stir into pan &
bring to boil. Cook & stir 1 minute until
sauce is thickened. Sprinkle top with green
onions, if desired. Serve with cooked rice.
Serves 5

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Toasted Almond/Coconut Cream
Poke Cake

1 (2 layer size) white cake mix (plus
all ingredients needed on box to make
cake
1 tsp. almond extract
1 box coconut cream instant pudding mix
(use directions for ‘pie filling’)
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 C. toasted coconut
1/4 C. tasted sliced almonds

Prepare cake as per box directions but
add the 1 tsp. almond extract with
wet ingredients. Bake in a sprayed
9 X 13″ baking pan & bake as per
pkg. directions for that size pan.
When baked, remove from oven &
cool 15 minutes. Using the handle of
a wooden spoon, poke holes on top
of cake (about 6 holes across/10 holes
down) with holes about 1 inch apart.
Beat pudding mix & milk in small bowl
1 minute; pour over top of cake & press
mixture into holes. Cover & refrigerate
4 hours (the longer, the better). Frost
top of cake with Cool Whip before
serving & cover top with toasted
coconut & toasted almonds.
Serves 12

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)

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Woke up to a light dusting of frost – it’s all gone
and the sun is shining brightly! LOVE the sunshine!
It always seems to charge my energy and give me
more ‘get up and go’, if you know what I mean!
Tomorrow starts a new week – finally back to my
‘old’ schedule of knit groups, special needs group,
babysitting, church/choir – it’s been a nice, peaceful
time of rest but I’m ready to learn new choir songs,
meet with my knit ladies and get back to ‘my’ normal!

Hope things are going well with you, also!

Hugs;

Pammie

and now it’s SOUP weather!

Our weather has actually been COOPERATING! Very little snow (so far) – the temps are in the mid-30’s which is normal for Michigan in January. Again – I like this weather because I can drive/walk/get around without having to wear boots or worry about slipping (either walking or driving). Tomorrow is our middle son’s 30th birthday – my, how the time flies! I will be making him his ‘favorite’ birthday thing: double chocolate brownies with thick dark chocolate frosting.

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Crockpot Raspberry/Chocolate
Lava Cake
NOTE:
recipe uses a 2 1/2 qt.
crockpot

1/2 C. butter, sliced
2 (1 oz, ea) squares unsweetened
baking chocolate
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 C. sugar
1/3 C. + 6 tsp. Seedless Raspberry
jam – divided
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder

Spray insides of a small crockpot*
with nonstick cooking spray.
In a saucepan over Low heat melt
butter & chocolate; remove from
heat & stir in sugar, 1/3 C. jam,
vanilla & eggs. Add flour & baking
powder – combine well- pour into
prepared crockpot. Dot top with
remaining teaspoons of jam evenly
across the cake. Cover & cook on
High 2-3 hours until cake is set (it
will be a spoonable consistency).
Serve warm with fresh raspberries &
ice cream or whipped cream.
Serves 6

(Optional toppings: fresh raspberries,
ice cream, whipped cream)

*2 1/2 quart crockpot

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Crockpot Minestrone Soup

1 lb. ground turkey
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
1 yellow or white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 celery ribs, sliced into quarter-inch
pieces
1 large carrot, grated or sliced
1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed/cut
into 1″ pieces
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
6 C. chicken broth
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. ditalini pasta (or other pasta of
your choice)
2 T. chopped fresh basil

Parmesan cheese, for serving
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In large pan over medium heat cook
gr. turkey, breaking up with a wooden
spoon. Add salt, basil & oregano, onions
& garlic – brown turkey about 5 minutes
then transfer to crockpot. Add celery, carrots,
beans, both tomatoes, chicken broth, both
beans. Cover & cook on Low 6 hours.

NOTE:
If you will be eating all of the soup in one
day, you can add the dry pasta to crockpot
& cook on High until al dente – about 15-20
minutes.

If you will not be eating the entire batch of soup
& will have leftovers, cook pasta on stovetop
until al dente accordg. to pkg. directions – add
a little pasta to each individual bowl (this way
the pasta won’t get totally swollen & absorb
all the broth.
Stir in fresh basil – ladle into bowls & top each
serving with 1 T. shredded Parm. cheese.
Makes 16 Cups
(recipe can be halved)

(recipe: 365daysofcrockpot.com)
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White Bean Chicken Chili

1 (48 oz) jar Great Northern beans
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts,
cooked
1 (16 oz) jar salsa
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded Monterey
Jack cheese
1 (8 oz) pkg. jalapeno cheese, cubed

Place all ingredients in a large stockpot;
heat over Low heat until cheeses melt.
Stir in up to 1 C. water for desired
consistency; heat until warmed through.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Sausage/Spinach/Bean Soup

1 T. olive oil
8 links Italian sausage (casings removed)
9 oz. fresh spinach
2 (15 oz, ea) cans white beans, drained/
rinsed
2 (15 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
10 baby carrots, chopped
3 cartons/quarts or 96 oz. chicken broth
1 lb. Cavatappi pasta
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
salt/pepper, to taste

grated Parmesan cheese, for topping

In large stockpot heat oil, brown sausage,
breaking up with a wooden spoon as it
cooks. When almost browned, add all
veggies, salt/pepper. Allow veggies to
soften & cook about 7 minutes, stirring
occasionally so nothing sticks. Add tomatoes,
beans, pasta & all chicken broth – stir
to mix well. Add fresh basil & a little more
salt/pepper – bring to a boil. Reduce heat
to Low & simmer about 7 minutes to cook
the pasta.
A few minutes before serving, add all spinach
to pot – stir as it wilts. Serve immediately,
topped with Parm. cheese.

NOTE: If you are making this ahead (or have
leftovers) keep some extra chicken broth on
hand to add as you reheat it, as the pasta will
continue to soak up the liquid the longer
it sits.

(recipe: flavorsbyfour.blogspot.com)
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Cheddar Cheese Soup

2 1/2 C. shredded sharp Cheddar
cheese
3 T. butter
4 scallions (include some of green
parts) chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
4 T. flour
1/8 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. black pepper
3/4 C. chicken broth
1/4 C. heavy cream
3 1/2 C. Half & Half
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

In large pot melt butter; add
scallions, onion & celery. Cook until
onion softens. Sift in flour, nutmeg
& pepper – cook 2-3 minutes. Gradually
stir in broth – bring to a boil & simmer
15 minutes. Cool mixture slightly; strain
into a bowl & return it to pan. Add the
Half & Half & cream – bring soup just to
a boil. Gradually add cheese, stirring to
melt each batch before adding more.
Return soup to a boil, stirring often.
Taste then add salt & Worc. sauce.
Serves 4

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Cabbage & Beef Soup

1 lb. ground beef (lean)
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 (16 oz) can kidney beans,
drained/rinsed
1/2 medium cabbage, chopped
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes,
undrained
3 1/2 C. water
4 tsp. beef bouillon granules
(minced parsley – optional garnish)

In Dutch oven or big pot cook beef
over medium heat until no longer
pink; drain. Stir in remaining
ingredients (except parsley) – bring
to a boil. Reduce heat; cover & simmer
1 hour. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Serves 12 (3 qts)

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Lemon Pudding Bread

1 (18.25. oz) box white cake mix
2 small (4.3 oz, ea.) boxes instant
lemon pudding mix
1/2 C. vegetable oil
4 large eggs
8 oz. (1 C. ) sour cream
3/4 C. milk
6 T. lemon juice

Icing:
1 C. powdered sugar
3-5 T. lemon juice

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray 2 loaf pans with nonstick
cooking spray & lightly flour each
pan. In large bowl using electric
mixer – mix dry cake mix,
pudding mixes, oil, eggs, milk, lemon
juice & sour cream – mix about 2 minutes
on Medium speed – pour batter into
prepared pans.
Bake 50 minutes until a wooden toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean. Cool
about 20 minutes in pans before removing
to a wire rack.

Icing:

In bowl combine powdered sugar & (start
with) 3 T. lemon juice – whisk together.
Add lemon juice until you get the
desired consistency that you desire.
Drizzle over cooled bread & let set.
Makes 2 loaves

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)

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Hope you are having a good day and
are in good health.

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: I babysat today and now I’m ‘officially’
being called: “Gumma” (he’s almost 2)

 

Nice and quiet – strangely so…

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

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

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Cookie Dough Fudge

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Greek Feta Dip

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

Pita chips, for dipping

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

(recipe: delish.com)
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Bundt Cake Breakfast

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

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

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

(recipe: americantimesfood.com)


Chicken Pot Pie SOUP!

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

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

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

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

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

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Tomato & Shrimp Pasta

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

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

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Chunky Monkey Brownies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hugs;

Pammie

Almost there!

Slowly but surely we’re getting the decorating done – ONE tree up/ONE left to do (the tiny one on top of the baby grand piano). Got ALL the house decorations up – YAY! Last night while I was watching the cooking channel my husband comes in and says: “Let’s go – we’re going to try ONE MORE TIME to find your ceramic snowmen.” (Let’s just say I wasn’t really in the mood, but I went, anyway.) He poked & prodded spots I’d already checked multiple times but then . . . he says: “What’s in THIS box?” I said; “I don’t know – it’s not with the Christmas stuff, I didn’t check that.” He says: “Well, isn’t’ that a snowman sticking out?” YEP!!! YAY!!! I was thrilled, been bugged about not finding them for days now (prayed on it, too). While I’m putting them in their respective places he says “Let me see one of those” – he looks on the bottom & goes on line (I’d done this a few years ago but didn’t get anywhere) – turns out he found the company that makes them AND some that were for sale on EBay & Amazon! I checked – he said: “If you really like them – GET THEM!” So . . . long story short – I have three coming in the mail! SUPER! (I leave them up after Christmas because they just cheer up the house a bit).

This is one of them – I just love the details in them – each one looks like it’s knitted, etc. SO CUTE!

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Pumpkin Cookies w/Brown Butter
Icing

Cookies:
1/2 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. granulated sugar
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 C. canned pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. clove
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Icing:
3 C. powdered sugar
1/2 C. unsalted butter
1/4 C. milk
2 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
In large bowl cream butter & sugars.
Add pumpkin, egg & vanilla -beat
until well-blended. In another large
bowl combine remaining ingredients
(all dry ingredients). Add dry to pumpkin
mixture & beat until just combined.
Drop on cookie sheets by Tablespoonfuls
& flatten slightly. Bake 10-12 minutes until
edges are lightly browned. Remove cookies
to a wire rack & cool completely.

Icing:
In medium bowl place powdered sugar. Melt
butter in a small saucepan over medium heat,
stirring frequently until golden brown. It will
develop brown flecks & a nutty fragrance –
about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cool 2-3
minutes & pour over powdered sugar. Add milk
& vanilla – vigorously whisk mixture until smooth.
Icing should be thin enough to spread, but not
runny or drippy. Add additional milk or powdered
sugar as needed, to achieve desired consistency.
Spread approximately 1 T. icing on each cookie.
Allow to set before serving. Makes 36 cookies

(recipe: thegoldlininggirl.com)
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Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

4 (14.5 oz, ea) cans Italian stewed
tomatoes
4 T. flour
4 T. butter, melted
2 tsp. salt
pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 C. Half & Half
1 C. chicken broth, warmed
1 (12-24 oz.) pkg. tortellini
(poster used fresh)

Place tomatoes in blender; add flour,
melted butter, salt & a dash or 2 of
pepper – blend until smooth (should
take a few minutes). Pour mixture
into a large soup pot & bring to boil
over medium-high heat, while
stirring. Reduce heat & cook 2-3
minutes.
In a large pot add water & salt –
bring to a boil & add tortellini. Cook
just enough so they are easy to bite
through – a few minutes. Drain & pour
cold water over cooked tortellini. Add
Half & Half & baking soda to tomato
pot -stir to combine. (it will froth up
a bit). Cook & stir occasionally,
until thickened, 8-10 minutes. Add
warmed chicken broth-stir to combine.
Add cooked tortellini just before serving.
Serves 6-8

NOTE: If soup gets too thick, add a bit
more chicken broth

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Crockpot Salty/Sweet/Crunchy
Goodness (snack bark)

1/2 C. butter, sliced
1 (11.5 oz) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. creamy peanut butter
2 C. corn chips, coarsely crushed
2 C. mini pretzel twists, coarsely crushed

Place all ingredients (except corn chips &
pretzels) in crockpot & stir. Cover & cook
on High 30-90 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once chocolate is completely melted, add
corn chips & pretzels – gently stir until
everything is well coated. Line a cookie sheet
with parchment paper & spread mixture
evenly with a wooden spoon onto sheet.
Place sheet in fridge about 1 hour until
mixture sets up. Break into pieces &
serve. Serves 10-12

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Shrimp in Mushroom Cream Sauce

1 lb. small shrimp, peeled/uncooked
3 T. unsalted butter, divided
1 (10.25 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
2 large buttom mushrooms, chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
1 C. heavy cream
kosher salt/black pepper, to taste
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese (OR) Roman
cheese

Cooked basmati rice to serve 4

Melt 2 T. butter in large skillet over medium-
high heat. Add shrimp & cook until pink &
opaque on both sides; remove from pan.
Add remaining 1 T. butter to pan – turn heat
to High. Add chopped mushrooms & garlic,
cooking until mushrooms begin to sear. Mix
soup & cream in small bowl & pour into pan.
Add cheese & heat until soup mixture just
begins to boil. Place shrimp back into skillet &
heat through. Garnish with chopped fresh
parsley if desired.Serve immediately over
cooked basmati rice. Serves 4

(recipe: bakeatmidnite.com)
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Christmas Morning Punch

2 C. orange juice
2 C. cranberry juice
1 C. pineapple juice
1 C. ginger ale

Combine all ingredients in a
pitcher – serve cold.

(recipe: facebook)
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Cheesy Turkey/Bacon Sliders

15 slider buns
1 lb. shredded turkey
1 lb. bacon, cooked
1 (8 oz) pkg. sliced Provolone cheese
1/4 C. butter, melted
3 T. honey mustard
2 tsp. poppy seeds

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Slice slider buns horizontally & arrange
bun bottoms in a 9 X 13″ baking dish.
Layer turkey, bacon & cheese on top of
rolls & place tops on buns. Cut in between
the slider buns to separate. In a small
bowl mix butter, honey-mustard & poppy
seeds – brush mixture on bun tops to cover
the buns & drip between them.
Bake 20 minutes. Makes 15 sliders

(recipe: julieseatsandtreats.com)
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Marshmallow Squares

1/2 C. peanut butter
1 (12 oz) pkg. butterscotch chips
1/2 C. butter
3 C. miniature marshmallows

Spray a 8 X 8″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray.
In small pot melt butter, chips &
peanut butter over Low heat. Cool,
add marshmallows & pour into
prepared pan. Allow to cool &
cut into squares.

(recipe: deliciousfoodhomemade.com)

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Our weather is still holding out – (no snow) YAY!
I need to run to the drug store after I finish here –
so nice to not have to fight with scraping snow off
car windows, slipping & sliding on roads; I know it’s
coming but SUPER GLAD it’s not here . . . yet!

Hope your holiday plans are coming together – all
my presents (that I know of) are purchased, just
have to be wrapped (I’m notorious for waiting ’til
the last minute for that).

Stay healthy, warm & in a GREAT HOLIDAY spirit!

Hugs;

Pammie

Sunday and WEIRD weather!

December 2nd and it’s not just raining – it’s HAILING! The temperature is unusually warm today (56), gloomy foggy/rainy but then we get THUNDER AND HAIL! WEIRD! There IS snow predicted for Thursday but no accumulations mentioned (YAY – let’s hope it stays that way!).

Slowly but surely dragging down the Christmas decorations – I’ve never been one for really getting ‘into’ decorating but if I don’t I hear it from my sons, so . . . . sigh.

Gas prices are STILL at $2.29/9 – GREAT!

Today is also “Computer improvements are driving me NUTS’ Day! The other day when I turned my computer on I get this little “hold on for some updates to Thunderbird’ (my email server). Little did I know at the time, they DIDN’T ASK me if I WANTED them, they just automatically installed them! First things first, all my emails became DOUBLE SPACED! Took my dear husband about 20 minutes to discover just WHY that happened and then how to reverse it. Today I went to send an email to my cousin in Iowa (we email every Sunday) and, just as I’m hitting “SEND” I see on the screen NOT SEND but “SEND LATER”! UGH – more ‘stuff’! Took both of us about 10 minutes to find the ‘alternate setting’ that got rid of that, also (also explains why said cousin never replied to an email I sent a few days ago!) UGH! TECHNOLOGY SUCKS!

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Cream Cheese Mints

1 (8 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
3 T. butter, softened
7-8 C. powdered sugar (start with 7,
reserve 1 C. for dipping later)
4-6 drops peppermint oil
(food coloring, if desired)

In large bowl place cream cheese, butter
& peppermint oil – using elec. mixer,
beat until fluffy. Add 7 C. powdered
sugar & beat again until dough is like
in consistency. It will seem stiff & dry at
first but after a minute or two it will
come together. (you can add coloring
at this point, if desired.) (If it’s too dry
to form balls after you’re done mixing,
add 1 T. milk & mix again.) Form into
small 1 inch balls & place on waxed paper.
Roll each ball in powdered sugar &
flatten slightly with your fingertip/
a fork/back of a spoon/bottom of a
glass or a tiny
seasonal pastry stamp. Allow mints
to dry a few hours before storing. If
they will be eaten in a day or two, you
can leave them out in an airtight
container – for longer storage, place
in fridge. Makes about 80 1-inch mints.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Crockpot Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

1 pkg. shredded hash browns (poster
used Ore Ida)
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese (medium)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 C. sour cream
1 pkt. dry Ranch salad dressing mix
1 stick butter, melted (1/2 C.)
3 C. corn flakes
1 pkg. French’s fried onions

Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick
cooking spray (or use a crockpot liner).
Pour in hash browns & use a fork or spoon
to break up any large chunks of frozen
potatoes that may be stuck together. Mix
in shredded cheese & evenly distribute
through potatoes. In separate bowl whisk
soup, sour cream & dry Ranch mix – pour
over potatoes & mix evenly throughout.
Add half of French onions & stir. Melt
butter & drizzle half of it over the potatoes
& mix in. In separate bowl crush up corn
flakes & remaining French onions*. Mix
remaining melted butter (about 1/4 C.)
in with crushed corn flakes & fried onions –
spread over top of hash browns. Cover &
cook on High 4 hours (or Low 6-8 hours).
Serves 4-6

*Poster uses a wire whisk or you can place
them in a ziplock bag & crush them that way

(recipe: sugar-n-spicegals.com)
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Apple Juice Grilled Chicken
(can be overnight recipe)

1 C. apple juice
1/4 C. canola oil
1/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. soy sauce
3 T. fresh lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Place chicken breasts in a shallow
pan. Whisk together apple juice, oil, brown
sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice & garlic in
medium bowl – pour over chicken in pan
& refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Remove chicken from marinade & grill until
done, 12-15 minutes.

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Ritz Cracker Oven-fried Chicken

1 C. sour cream (not low fat)
1 sleeve Ritz crackers, crushed
3-4 chicken breasts

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a baking sheet with
nonstick cooking spray.
Place crushed crackers in a shallow
bowl (or pie plate). Place sour cream
in a shallow bowl or plate. Pat chicken
dry with paper towel & roll in sour
cream then roll each chicken breast
in cracker crumbs & place on baking
sheet. Bake 30 minutes, turn over &
bake 20-30 minutes more until
lightly browned.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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 Asparagus-stuffed Chicken

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
(about 1 lb)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
kosher salt/ground black pepper
4 slices mozzarella cheese
zest of 1 lemon
pinch red pepper flakes
1 bunch asparagus, woody ends
removed
2 T. olive oil (for pan)
lemon wedges (for serving)
1/4 C. grated Parmesan, garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
In medium bowl toss asparagus with
1 T. olive oil, lemon zest & red pepper
flakes. On clean work surface, cut a
pocket into each breast, stuff each
with mozz. cheese & asparagus.
Season chicken all over with oregano,
salt/pepper – secure with wooden
toothpicks. In large (oven proof) skillet
over medium-high heat, read remaining
1 T. olive oil; add chicken & cook about
5 minutes until seared & golden on bottom.
Flip chicken & cook second side about 5
minutes until golden. Transfer skillet
to oven & bake until chicken is cooked
through, 10-15 minutes more. Squeeze
lemon juice over cooked chicken & garnish
with Parm. cheese. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Mississippi Sin Dip

24 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. mayonnaise
8 oz. chopped green chilies
2 C. Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (16 oz) tub sour cream
12 oz. deli honey ham, very finely
chopped

corn chips, or crackers for dipping

Preheat oven 250 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together &
pour into greased 9 X 13″ baking
dish. Bake 30 minutes until bubbly.
Serves 20

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Crockpot Meaty Split Pea Soup

1 C. dried split peas
4 C. water
2/3 C. chopped onion
4 potatoes, peeled/cut into
pieces
1/2 C. chopped celery
1 (13 oz) pkg. beef smoked
sausage, cut into pieces
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried marjoram
1/2 C. milk
1/2 C. sharp Cheddar cheese,
shredded

Wash peas & drain – place in
crockpot with all other ingredients.*
Cover & cook on High 4 hours or
Low 7 hours until potatoes are done.
Makes about 2 quarts soup.

*Poster said you can either add
cheese with other ingredients or
sprinkle over soup, once cooked, into
bowls

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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5-Minute Fantasy Bars

1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 (11 oz) bag butterscotch chips
1 C. creamy peanut butter
1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows

Line a 9 x 13″ baking dish with nonstick
foil. In large microwave-safe container*
add choc. & butterscotch chips & peanut
butter. Microwave on High in 30-second
intervals, stirring in between until chips
are fully melted, peanut butter is incor-
porated & mixture is smooth. Stir in
marshmallows until fully coated. Pour
mixture into prepared pan & refrigerate
until set, about 2 hours. Cut into bars.
Store leftovers in airtight container.
Makes 24 bars.

*Poster uses an 8-Cup Pyrex measuring
cup.
NOTE: If you’d like the bars to be thicker
use a 9″ square pan & allow an extra
30 minutes for bars to set up

(recipe: momontimeout.com)

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Did a 6-hour babysitting yesterday (kind of an emergency – both oldest
son AND his girlfriend had to work & neither knew about it ahead of
time! Son had scheduled an employee meeting months in advance
for his kitchen staff & expected his girlfriend would be off – oh well,
that’s why there’s grandmas!). During said time I managed to
finish one of two scarves for the needy: both are child’s size.
Almost done with #2 , should be able to finish that one in maybe
1 1/2 hours.

#1 (left) #2 (right – almost finished)

Hope you have a GREAT day!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Now the sun is out and no rain/hail! Go figure!

and here comes the S-N-O-W!

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

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

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

Cranberry Walnut Tart

Crust:

1 C. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

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

1 T. granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

2-4 T. ice water

Filling:

3 large eggs

1 C. brown sugar

1/2 C. light corn syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

4 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 1/2 T. flour

1/4 tsp. salt

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

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

pat dry any excess moisture

Crust:

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

in food processor – pulse 10 times. Add up to

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

will be a bit crumbly but should come together

if you pinch a little in your hand. Place a

piece of plastic wrap on your counter &

pour out crust mixture onto wrap. Using

sides of plastic, pull plastic together to

form a ball of dough. Wrap & press into

a disc shape. Refrigerate at least 1 hour

(this can be done a day ahead).

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.

Lightly dust counter with flour & remove

dough from fridge. Roll out dough 2 inches

larger than a 10″ tart pan (with removable

bottom). Gently lift dough into tart pan

& press into sides & up rim making sure

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

to make the sides thicker than the bottom

by pressing excess dough back down into

tart pan, inside ridges. Line bottom of crust

with parchment paper & fill with pie weights,

dry beans or rice.

NOTE: you can prepare filling while crust bakes.

Bake crust 10 minutes; remove from oven &

remove weights/beans/rice. Let cool 10 minutes

(crust is pre-baked at this time).

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Lower oven temp. to 350 degrees F.

In medium bowl beat eggs. Add brown sugar,

corn syrup, vanilla & melted butter – beat in

flour & salt. Stir in chopped nuts & gently fold

in cranberries. Pour batter into now cooled crust.

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

browned. Cool to room temp. then refrigerate to

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

pan by placing on a high round surface (such as

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

Place tart on a serving platter & cut into slices

to serve. Makes 8-10 slices.

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)


Light Stovetop Turkey Tetrazinni

1 T. vegetable oil

1/2 C. chopped onion (optional)

10 oz. pkg. button mushrooms, sliced

2 C. chicken broth

2 1/2 C. milk

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

uncooked

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

1/2 C. sour cream

1 T. butter

1/4 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Italian parsley, chopped (optional)

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

onion (if using) & mushrooms – cook until starting

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

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

spaghetti to pot & cook until almost al dente, about

10 minutes. Stir in cooked turkey & finish cooking until

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

butter & cheese. Serve immediately, garnishing with

chopped parsley, if using. Serves 4

(recipe: yummly.com)


Leftover Turkey Salad

4 C. chopped, cooked turkey

1/2 C. mayonnaise

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 T. lemon juice

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 C. finely diced celery

1/4 C. sliced scallions

2 tsp. chopped fresh dill

In large bowl combine turkey, mayo,

mustard, lemon juice, sugar, celery, scallions &

dill, stirring until well combined. Taste &

season with salt/pepper. Serve immediately

or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

Makes 6 servings.

(recipe: justataste.com)


Leftover Turkey & Rice Soup

6 slices bacon, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 large carrot, peeled/chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

kosher salt/ground black pepper

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

4 C. chicken broth

1 C. jasmine rice

2 C. leftover cooked/shredded turkey

1/4 C. fresh chopped parsley

In large pot over medium heat, cook bacon

until crispy, 8  minutes then transfer to a

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

bacon fat. Add onion, carrots, bell pepper &

garlic to pot – season with salt/pepper &

cook 5-7 minutes until veggies are soft.

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

Simmer until rice is tender, 20 minutes.

Stir in turkey & parsley until warmed

through. Serve immediately with crispy

bacon. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)

Crockpot Spiced Apple Dump Cake

1 (16.5 oz) box spice cake mix

2 (29 oz, ea) cans apple pie filling

3/4 C. butter, melted

1 C. quick-cooking oats

1 C. walnuts, chopped (optional)

Optional toppings:

Ice cream and/or whipped cream

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In a bowl combine dry cake mix, oats &

melted butter – mix to combine. Add pie

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

Pour cake mixture over pie filling &

sprinkle top with chopped nuts, if using.

Cover & cook on High 2 hours. Serve

warm or cold – with ice cream or

whipped cream, if desired.

Serves 10

(recipe: crockpot ladies.com)


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

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

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

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

lost 11 lb.s now – YAY!

 

Stay warm & safe!

Hugs;

Pammie