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Dec 12 2014


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I am looking through my blog so I can find my Pretzel Salad recipe. I make it each year for my quilt guild party. I love the sweet and salty flavor of this yummy salad.

Hubby and I ate at Boondock’s restaurant tonight. It is a local tavern and the food is so good. I had a Po Boy oyster sandwich. It was so good. Fried is the only way I want to eat an oyster.

I quilted three large table toppers today. I am worn out! I have to put binding on each of them. I can’t show a picture yet because they are gifts.

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Aug 26 2013

Pie Crust

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I enjoyed eating the pie, my husband’s cousin made, so much that it has inspired me to stop using store bought crusts and find a great recipe to make a homemade pie, crust and all. Does anyone have a great pie crust recipe?

There are books Acoustic-Guitar for dummies guitars at guitar center locations, surely there are books for us baking dummies!

I did see a recipe in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens. The recipe calls for shortening and butter. I am under the impression that using butter in the recipe is not a good idea. I have heard that lard or shortening makes a good pie crust. Adding butter makes the pie greasy. Is that true?

I hope someone rescues me from boring pie crusts!

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Sep 24 2012

Gluten-Free Cinnamon and Nutmeg Cupcakes

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Guest post by Elise Lévêque
Everyone loves a cupcake as a treat, but what if you’re one of the few who can’t eat gluten? Hosting for gluten free folk ain’t easy and it’s tough being the only person in the room not enjoying baked goods. Of course, it’s more than possible.
Here is my personal favourite – gluten-free cinnamon and nutmeg cupcakes. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does!


Servings: 13
Calories per cup cake: 141
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

• 1 ½ cups of wheat free flour
• ½ cup sugar
• ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa
• ½ tsp salt
• 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp white vinegar
• 1/8 cup butter, softened
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 2/3 cup light buttermilk
• 1 tsp of nutmeg
• 2 tsp of cinnamon

Make sure you have all your ingredients laid out, and that you do all the mixing, on plastic tablecloths to avoid any mess!


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit. Line the cupcake tray with cake cases – the more decorative the better!
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, cocoa, and baking powder. In another large bowl beat the sugar and butter.
3. Beat in the egg and vanilla to the butter mix. In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda and vinegar.
4. Add half of the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and mix well. Add buttermilk and continue to mix. Add the remaining dry ingredients and fold in the vinegar and baking soda.
5. Pour into the prepared cupcake liners so each is ¾ full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
6. Cool, then frost with cinnamon and soya butter frosting (see below)

I recommend swapping your usual butter for soya butter as it’s light and easy to beat.
You will need:
• 2 tsp of cinnamon
• ½ tsp of vanilla essence
• 1 cup icing sugar
• ½ cup soya butter
Gently mix all of the icing sugar, half the cinnamon and the vanilla essence into the soya butter with a spoon. Ensure that the spoon remains cool. Once the icing sugar is blended into the soya butter and the texture is smooth, stop! Beating beyond this point can make the icing split and not sit right. Apply with a spoon to the cupcakes, dust with cinnamon and leave to set (or enjoy immediately, yum).

Do you have any gluten free recipes to share?

Elise Lévêque is a bubbly French fashionista. She broke free of Paris to indulge in eccentric England and fell in love. She adores cooking for loved ones and being the hostess with the mostess. She currently blogs for Wipe Easy Tablecloths.

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May 03 2012

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

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I signed up to bring a dessert to our annual spring quilt banquet. I hope the weather is nice. We hope to have our banquet in the park’s metal building shelter house. This is what I will be bringing.


Strawberry Pretzel Salad
1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
4 1/2 tablespoons white sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (6 ounce) package strawberry flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 (16 ounce) package frozen strawberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together the pretzels, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes.
In a medium bowl, stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water. Mix in frozen strawberries, and stir until thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

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Feb 23 2011

Cherry Cheesecake!

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When the kids are visiting, any healthy eating goes out the window. I refuse to listen to reviews and read information about diet supplements! Life is to be enjoyed and when my family gets together, we entertain around the dinner table. Last Tuesday was my birthday and so, my daughter and I decided to make a cake. I recommended cherry chip because that is her favorite birthday cake and since we didn’t get to celebrate with her in January, we could eat her cake now. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. We put the two together and came up with this recipe. We were in the grocery store looking up recipes on her iPhone. I love being able to do that. Too bad I am too cheap to get a phone like that for myself. My son has web access on his phone too and was able to make us dinner reservations while en route to the restaurant. It was fun being seated ahead of the crowd of people lined up at the door.

Cheese cake recipe
from halfhourmeals.com
2-8oz packages cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
9in graham cracker crust
chop up cherries
Beat ingredients together, mix in cherries, bake at 350 for 30 min. Add desired topping, bake 10mins, til center is set.

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Dec 07 2010

Random Thoughts on Tuesday

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I wish I could say I had all my Christmas shopping finished. When the kids were small, I usually had all my shopping finished before the end of October! It is funny that when you don’t have all the pressures of small children’s needs, deadlines for assignments, and such, you tend to put things off. I definitely work better under pressure.

As I mentioned before, I caught a pretty nasty cold right after Thanksgiving. I thought I was over it but had a relapse on Sunday. I am tired of not feeling well and am determined to get into the holiday spirit. I bought the ingredients to make Almond Roca and plan on getting some holiday baking done this evening.

How are your holiday preparations going?

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Nov 10 2009

A New Kind of Chili

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I have been so hungry for chili. The cool temperatures and falling leaves are prompting fall moods. Fall brings to my mind great soups and pots full of chili. I was happy that hubby felt the need to make chili this weekend, that was until he announced he was going to try a new recipe. His recipe called for roast beef! I don’t know about you but in my mind, chili calls for hamburger and beans. His recipe had me fearing that his latest concoction would be better than the best diet pills ever invented! I was pleasantly surprised.

The chili he came up with was a smooth blend of roast beef and tomato sauce. What surprised me the most was that he used Jiffy corn bread mix, mixed with a bit of the broth and microwaved for a few minutes. He then added the broth back to the chili which thickened it. It was scrumptious.

Lynn’s Chili

2 1/2 lb chuck roast cut into bite sized pieces
2 lbs 80/20 ground beef
1 1 lb package fresh pork sausage mild (whatever hotness you like)
1 medium white onion chopped
1 package chili seasoning
4 cups water

Brown meats, onion, add water and simmer for one hour.
Then add:
Add 4 cans kidney beans (2 dark red, 2 light red)
5 stalks of celery cut into half inch pieces
One 12 oz can V8 juice
6 oz can of salsa (Chi Chi’s Salsa is what we like)
2 cups water

Simmer until chuck roast meat is fork tender.
Spoon out 2 cups of liquid and put into a bowl. Add 1/3 pkg Jiffy corn bread mix. Stir and put mixture into microwave for 45 seconds. This mixture will puff up a bit. Stir and add back into the chili.

Spoon into bowls and sprinkle grated cheese over the top.

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Mar 12 2009

Four Foods On Friday 69

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Fun, Crafts and Recipes I was looking at all the wonderful recipes Val has posted for Easter and discovered it is time for Four Foods On Friday. Yay, the weekend is almost here and I get to sew!

#1. Olive oil. What kind do you prefer to use?
I am so confused about which olive oil to buy. Hopefully, someone will tell me what kind I need to buy.

#2. Meatballs. Do you make them from scratch, buy premade cooked or buy premade frozen?
I buy them premade from Sams Club. I only think of them for holiday pitch-ins for some reason.

#3. Do you use napkins at home? Paper or cloth?
We use paper napkins. If I have Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner at my house, I will use cloth napkins. I have some that look winter like.

#4. Share a recipe for a white sauce.

I make a white sauce to pour over salmon patties. I melt 1/4 cup of butter or margarine. Add a bit of flour and stir over medium/low heat until it begins to thicken. Slowly add 2 cups of milk. That is how I make white sauce for my pot pie too.

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Sep 10 2008

Zucchini Boats Recipe

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While visiting blogs during my Tackle It Tuesday rounds, I ran across a terrific recipe. The 160 Acre Woods shared her recipe for Zucchini Boats. I tried to make them last night but my neighbor didn’t have any zucchini left in her garden. Darn!

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Feb 10 2007

Homemade Marshmallows

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I didn’t even know you could make homemade marshmallows! I’ve heard the girls online raving about these. I’m going to try and make them so I’ll let you know. Homemade Marshmallows

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