Chive & Dijon Crab Cakes with Garlic Aioli

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1 lb. crabmeat
1/2 c. bread crumbs (I use homemade crumbs from GF Trader Joe’s Bread)
2 tbs. parsley
2 tbs. heavy cream
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. chives
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/3 c. egg beaters or 1 egg
1/3 c. bread crumbs (I use Gluten Free)

Combine first 10 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir until well blended.  Shape into 8 patties; set aside.  Place dry bread crumbs in a bowl and dip each of the 8 patties in the crumbs.  Cover both sides well.  Saute over medium-high heat in a non-stick pan in half olive oil and half butter.  Cook 5 minutes or until golden, turning once.

We like this served with either horseradish sauce or garlic aioli:

Garlic Aioli
3 cloves garlic
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

Crush the garlic cloves with the flat of a knife, and remove the skin. Then mince the garlic very fine. Add a pinch of salt, and using the flat of the knife again, scrap and press the garlic against the cutting surface to make a very smooth paste. It’s making this paste from the fresh garlic that gives aioli its intense garlic flavor.

Add the garlic to a small bowl, and whisk together with the rest of the ingredients. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Serve cold.

Enjoy!

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Menu Plan Monday – August 28, 2017

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Again, this week, this week’s menus include many of the ideas from last week’s menu.
 The nice thing about being retired is that we can decide to change plans and eat out or bring home take out as the mood strikes.   Friday,  I enjoyed a lovely day out with a friend ending up at Red Lobster having our mutual favorite meal of Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada Dipping Sauce and Tossed Salad.  Rick enjoyed steak on the grill at home.  It certainly is nice to be a bit flexible.

MONDAY
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Orange Tapioca Salad
Tossed Salad

TUESDAY
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GF Salmon Patties with Garlic Aioli
(I use crushed cheerios or Trader Joes’ GF Bread Crumbs  in lieu of crackers.)
Red Potatoes
Tomato, cuke salad

WEDNESDAY
BBQ Wings DinnerBBQ Wings
Potato Salad
Corn on the Cob
Lemon Pie Parfaits

THURSDAY
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Light Dinner of Coastal Cobb Salad
My Homemade Italian Dressing:
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar or  equiv. sugar substitute
1 tbs.  chopped parsley
1 tsp. oregano leaves
salt and pepper to taste

FRIDAY
spaghetti & Meatballs
Spaghetti & Meatballs/Sausage
Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread
Italian Ice

SATURDAY
Tuna Pie Dinner
Tuna Pot Pie
L/O Tossed Salad
Stuffed Eggs
GF Brownie Pie

SUNDAY
Eat Out or Leftovers

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Orange Tapioca Jello Salad

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1-3 oz. package Orange Gelatin
1- 3.5 oz. package Tapioca Pudding
1-3.5 oz. Vanilla  Pudding  (Not instant)
1 can crushed pineapple (large)
Mini marshmallows (if desired)

Drain pineapple, reserving the liquid.  Mix the gelatin and puddings together in a large saucepan.  Add enough water to the reserved juice to make 3 cups and stir into the dry mixture.  Slowly bring to a boil.  Allow to cool a little and mix in the pineapple.  Transfer to serving dish.  Top with mini marshmallows.  Refrigerate.

 
This recipe was given to me by my friend, Cindy DeJong.  This orange creamsicle salad   is such a great add to any meal.

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Menu Plan Monday – August 21, 2017

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Last week ended up being much busier than we thought.  We made three trips to Phoenix for various needs, including computer clean-up and updates, etc. at Best Buy, so we chose to get lunch out and have lighter, quick evening meals.  Therefore, this week’s menu will be a repeat of some of last week’s menu.

MONDAY

Chicken napoli
Chicken Napoli
Tossed Salad
GF Garlic Bread
Paleo Chocolate Brownie Skillet Cake

TUESDAY
Pot Roast
Pot Roast with
Potatoes, Onions, Celery, Carrots
GF Biscuits

WEDNESDAY
Roast Beef Hash and Eggs
Roast Beef Hash
Eggs
Left over  GF Biscuits with Jam
(Thanks to our friend, Shirley, for the homemade Blueberry/Rhubarb Jam.
Sooo Delicious!)

THURSDAY
salmon-patties-with-garlic-aioliGF Salmon Patties with Garlic Aioli
(I use crushed cheerios or Trader Joes’ GF Bread Crumbs  in lieu of crackers.)
Red Potatoes
Tomato, cuke salad

FRIDAY
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Crock Pot Pork Chops with Awesome Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Green  Beans
Applesauce

SATURDAY
BBQ Wings DinnerBBQ Wings
Potato Salad
Corn on the Cob
Lemon Pie Parfaits

SUNDAY
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Light Lunch of Coastal Cobb Salad
My Homemade Italian Dressing:
1/2 c. olive oil
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tsp. sugar or  equiv. sugar substitute
1 tbs.  chopped parsley
1 tsp. oregano leaves
salt and pepper to taste

(Celebrating Christian’s 13th Birthday after Church Tonight!)
Pulled Pork, etc.
Bring GF Cupcakes

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Creative Corner – Card Making

How I enjoyed creating this Noah’s Ark card for my friend, Sue’s baby shower.
Her son Noah is due any day now.  Wished I had taken pictures of the nautical-themed shower decorations done by friends, Crystal and Heather.
IMG_0913Designed on my Silhouette Cameo importing the clipart from disc.  Font: LW Sugar
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The card below was made for friends who are going through some really tough times right now, and we wanted them to know that we were thinking of and praying for them.  When one in the family of God suffers, we all suffer with them.   Background, Sizzix Lovely Lace embossing folder; Sentiment, Inspired, Prayer Mini Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink; Origami Bow (3″x3″) instructions can be found here.  IMG_0920

Happy Birthday slider card for a beloved senior saint, Pastor Patrick.  How very dear he is to us,  and we couldn’t  love him more!   We so appreciate his ministry to us and so many others over the years.  He truly is an amazing man of God!IMG_0923

Lots of birthdays this past month! This is one of my favorite cards, and I have made this so many times.  Rose dotted paper and craft paper from JoAnn’s; Birthday salutation designed on my Silhouette.
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Wishing a sweet friend enjoyment on her special day.  Even though I do not get to see her often, I want her to realize how very special she is to me and that I miss seeing her so much!   Background, Darice Brick Wall embossing folder; Flowers from Silhouette #183346; Salutation stamp by Papertrey Ink , Think Big Favorites #24, Item #2620.
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Card and paper crafting is definitely therapy for me.  I find myself getting lost in the creative moments abandoning the stressful demands of life.  Yes, I definitely like to drink coffee and make stuff.

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Menu Plan Monday – August 14, 2017

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MONDAY
Meatloaf Redux WMMeatloaf
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

TUESDAY
mmeatloaf_2127  Ckn Leek Soup 3
Meatloaf BLT’s
Pickles & Chips
Chicken Vegetable Soup

WEDNESDAYsalmon-patties-with-garlic-aioliGF Salmon Patties with Garlic Aioli
(I use crushed cheerios in lieu of crackers.)
Red Potatoes
Tomato, cuke salad

Garlic Aioli
2 garlic cloves, pressed, 1/4 teaspoon (or more) coarse kosher salt, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice.  Refrigerate until chilled and flavors meld.

THURSDAY
Errand Day-Eat Out

FRIDAY
Chicken napoli
Chicken Napoli
Tossed Salad
GF Garlic Bread
Paleo Chocolate Brownie Skillet Cake

SATURDAY
Philly cheesesteak stuffed peppers
Philly Cheese Steak
on Peppers
Tossed Salad
Italian Ice

SUNDAY
Petite sirloin
Grilled Petite Sirloin Steaks
Boiled Red Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole

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Creative Corner – Card Making

Can I tell you that staying inside and crafting has been no chore this past July.  Temperatures and humidity here in the low Arizona desert have been soaring.  I rather enjoyed being inside creating special cards for the special people in our lives.

First card making priority….our grandson’s 9th Birthday card! I thought he might enjoy birthday slider card made on my Silhouette Cameo.  I used Lori Whitlock’s circle penny slider card #42685.  I did later discovered via a Youtube video that cutting an additional large circle atop the folded card would have made the chopped off top disappear.  Oh well, next time!
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Another slider card designed on my Silhouette Cameo for a male friend who does never seem to age.  He truly is one-of-a-kind friend, and we cherish his friendship dearly.  Car clipart from Google images.Phil's BD card
I made this card for such a dear friend who is always such an encouragement to me.  I so look forward to her hugs every week at church!  Love the new dimensional hex embossing folder from Stampin Up!  SU Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Flower Shop, Butterfly Basics and Butterfly punch and dies.    Circle and greetings designed and cut on Silhouette.
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When I saw this quote by  Kolette Hall , Design ID #49148,  in the Silhouette store, I knew exactly whose life this phrase reflected.  This cherished friend is such a joy and blessing to everyone around her.  God truly made her special, and I couldn’t love her more!  Background, Recollections-Fashionably Chic Paper; SU Flower Shop & Flourish Thinlits.  Tag-Papertrey Ink  Tag Sale, Quilted Die.
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This card was designed for my dear friend who just loves entertaining friends.  She always has a great assortment of teas created by herself.  She is so outgoing and  friendly that she seems to know and be known by everyone in our community …we call her co-mayor of our city!  Teapot stamp and die from Papertrey Ink; Leaves from SU Kinda Eclectic; Background from SU Moonlight Paper Pad; Circle, Scalloped Circle, and  sentiment designed on  Silhouette Cameo.img_0877.jpg

This card was designed for a hurting someone who needed a bit of encouragement.
Inside:  May God hold you in His arms, as we hold you in our prayers.
Verse designed on Silhouette Cameo; Tag, Papertrey Ink;
and SU Flowers shop stamps and Flourish dies.
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I did create a few more cards in July but forgot to take pics of them.  Well, I will most likely be making them again so will post the remakes in the future.

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Love in a Box – August 2017

Our monthly “Love Box”  to our grandson has been in New York for a week now.  I just wanted to make sure that he had received it before I posted it’s contents.

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Always first and foremost, the Call to Glory, devotional booklet.  How very important it is for us to encourage our grandson’s spiritual growth.

And for a bit of fun and a tasty treat:
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I put this Summer Fun card together on my Silhouette Cameo and tucked in a bit of cash perhaps for an ice cream treat.

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This month two packages of tic tacs.  One for our grandson and one to share with a friend (Kid Act of Kindness.)  Love these cut little ice cream pins I found at Michaels.

Seems as if in my personal devotional time, messages heard online, in conversations with others and even in posts on Facebook, the theme of kindness has been coming up over and over.  I saw a post on Pinterest for Kids Acts of Kindness from Coffee Cups and Crayons , and I knew this would be the theme for this month “Love Package.”  KINDNESS!   So I put together is Kids Acts of Kindness Kit for our grandson, using the ideas from Coffee Cups and Crayons and putting my own little twist on the items to be included.  So here we go…

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A notebook to contain all the goodies…color book page and colored pencils, 100 acts of kindness idea sheet,  calendars for August and September, calendar buttons, wall tack, Hug cards,  and Happy notes (free printables found on Megan’s blog here.)

Happy Notes
Free Hug Cards
The Free Hug Cards and container (above) and calendars and calendar buttons (below) were designed and cut out on my Silhoutte Cameo.

Kindness Calendars
AOK Buttons
I found this great back-to-school” prayer online and decided to include it on the September Calendar.
“Dear Lord, use my eyes to see new friends.
Open my ears to hear my teacher.
Open my mind to learn new things,
Let my heart remember You are near when I am afraid.
Help me to love others like You do.
I want to shine Your light so bright in my school. Amen.”

I applaud Megan at Coffee Cups and Crayons for all her wonderful ideas and her willingness to freely share them.

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YES, THEY DO!

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Menu Plan Monday – August 7, 2017

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MONDAY
Sausage supper
Sausage with Peppers and Onions
GF Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Ice

TUESDAY
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Shrimp and Crabmeat Scampi
Garlic Buttered Rice
Crunchy Peanut Coleslaw

WEDNESDAY
Sausage cheddar quiche
Crustless Ham & Cheddar Quiche
Waldorf Salad 
GF Blueberry Muffins
(I use Martha White GF Mix and add fresh blueberries and walnuts.)

THURSDAY
Creamed chipped beef over potatoes
Creamed Chipped Beef on
Baked Potato Wedges
Peas
Razzling Rainbow Salad (Cottage Cheese/Jello Salad)

FRIDAY
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Crock Pot Pork Chops with Awesome Sauce
Mashed Potatoes
Lima Beans
Applesauce

SATURDAY
Chicken napoli
Chicken Napoli
Tossed Salad
Garlic Bread

SUNDAY
Left Overs or Eat out.

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Menu Plan Monday – July 24, 2017

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MONDAY
Shopping Day in Mesa
Eat out  at Allison Texas BBQ – Great way to start the week.

TUESDAY
Creamed tuna on toast cups
Tomato Juice Cocktail
Marge’s Creamed Tuna in Toast Cups
(I’ll use Trader Joe’s GF Bread.)
Sliced Cucumbers and Tomatoes

WEDNESDAY
fluffy rice and chicken
Fluffy Rice and Chicken
Steamed Brocolli
Ice Cream Sundaes

 THURSDAY
(The remainder of the week from last week’s menu.)
Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Jamaican Rice and Peas
Coleslaw
GF Banana Bread

FRIDAY
chicken tenders with coleslaw
Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
Coleslaw

SATURDAY
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Salisbury Steak
Mashed Potatoes
Green Pies

SUNDAY
Left Over Salisbury Steak

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