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    4 Forks

    For me and my husband, 2 forks is enough, 3 is better and 4 is max. “For that amount of money, we’ll just buy new stuff when we get there and give all this stuff away!!!” The words still ring in my ears as I laugh to myself about my husband’s response to the mover as we planned to move cross country. But that’s exactly what we did. Donated. Sold. Purged. All worldly possessions but the very few small things that could fit into our Honda Civic, along with our 3 animals. We donated so much to a local charity that they limited us to a specific number of car…

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    Vintage Vittles

    hahaha-vintage vittles, or is it “viddles?” Synonyms for vittles Synonyms bread, chow, chuck , comestibles, eatables, eats, edibles, fare, food,foodstuffs, grub, meat, provender, provisions, table. Well, considering what I grew up eating, “vittles” is an overstatement! My first memories of food are from my elementary school years, and boxed food was the rage, along with anything Kraft advertised on TV and in magazines. One of my favorite things for my mom to make for us on a Friday night (in her light pink oven) was foil-wrapped hot dogs, including relish and mustard and cheese, all heated up making the hot dog bun warm and crunchy. I can taste it now. I haven’t been able to locate the vintage ad, but wieners were all the…

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    Possum Pie, No Lie!

    I don’t know why it’s called possum pie, but it hails from Arkansas, and it’s cream cheese, chocolate layer pie. The toppings range from nuts to chocolate curls. It’s got a wonderful nutty shortbread crust and is pretty simple to make. Print Arkansas Possum Pie Ingredients Pecan Shortbread Crust 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup butter 1/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup pecans chopped Cream Cheese Layer 6 ounces cream cheese softened 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons heavy cream Pudding Layer 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup cocoa powder 3 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour Pinch of salt 3 egg yolks 2 cups whole milk 2 tablespoons butter 1…

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    Cheesy Zucchini & Riced Cauliflower

    Whether you’re one of the millions of those Keto or Low-Carb people or not, this side dish is really good. It goes well with chicken, beef, pork – anything! Not a fan of cauliflower, this doesn’t taste like it at all, which is a good thing if you’re me. I kind of think that riced cauliflower is sort of like tofu-it takes on the flavors of what it is mixed with, which is also good. Give it a try-you’ll be glad you did. Print Cheesy Zucchini & Riced Cauliflower Ingredients 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 bag s frozen riced cauliflower 1 large zucchini 1/2 tsp seasoned salt…

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    Longhorn Steakhouse Parmesan Crusted Chicken Copy Kat Recipe

    I live in Texas, okay. That means that steakhouses are on every corner, and LongHorn Steakhouse is one of the best. You probably thought I’d be sharing a steak recipe, but actually it’s a chicken dish that is wonderful. It’s called Parmesan Crusted Chicken-grilled chicken topped with a creamy parmesan cream sauce. What’s not to love about that?! Click HERE to see the original “Copy Kat” version (including a video) that shows how to make it at home. That’s what I love about the Copy Kat site because I truly hate going out to eat-would rather make it at home, but there are a lot of great dishes I want…

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    Power Your Person

    Branding first began more than half a century ago as a way for cattle ranchers to mark their animals-horses and cattle. This was the perfect way to prevent or at least deter stolen herds. In the late 1880’s, packaged goods like Coca-Cola started taking off. I know-can you believe it?! 1880’s?! Well, the generic soda wasn’t the same, and Coca-Cola had to have a way to separate their product from the generic sidekick. So, branding it was. Not with a branding iron, of course, but with words and slogans. David Ogilvy, pictured above, was what they called an Advertising Tycoon aka “The Father of Advertising.” “When I write an advertisement,…

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    Crock Pot Potatoes

    This recipe is great to take with you or cook ahead so you can focus on your company. They’re also great for holidays. Made it your crockpot and creamy and wonderful-mix it up a little-add bacon, cheese, etc. Whatever you’d like-it’s just potatoes. Print Crock Pot Potatoes Ingredients 5 pounds red potatoes quartered, with skins on or off, your preference 1 clove minced garlic or a dash of garlic salt or powder 2 cubes chicken bouillon salt & pepper to taste 3/4 cup sour cream 8 ounces cream cheese softened 1/2 cup butter Instructions Boil potatoes, garlic, and bouillon together for about 20 minutes, just until potatoes are tender but…

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    Classic Zucchini Bread

    I prefer my zucchini in a sweet quick bread like this rather than as a side dish, imagine that! This recipe has an entire cup of oil in it, so just face it now and know that if your neighbor keeps giving you garden-grown zucchini you must, at some point, make this bread to give back. It’s just neighborly. Print Zucchini Bread Ingredients 3 eggs 2 cups white sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups grated zucchini 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional Instructions Preheat an oven…

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    Salisbury Steak

    This is a pretty straight-forward American recipe that most people have either had at Luby’s or at home made by their mom or grandma. I’m funny that way-love just plain, ole good American dishes like this. Mashed potatoes and peas and I’m one happy person. Print Salisbury Steak and Gravy Ingredients 1 can condensed French onion soup 1 1/2 pounds ground beef-93% lean 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon flour 1/4 cup ketchup yest that's right-ketchup 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard Instructions In a large bowl, mix together 1/3 cup condensed French onion soup…

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    Creamy Mac N Cheese Please

    I know I’m weird-I like Spaghetti-Os cold out of the can. I also like cheap frozen pizza. I like Stouffers’s  Mac N Cheese, but I want to make it myself. So here goes. Print Homemade Stouffer's Mac N Cheese Ingredients 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni 1/4 cup butter 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup 1 t salt 1/2 t pepper 1/2 t dry mustard 1 c whole milk 1/2 c sour cream Instructions Boil salted water and cook macaroni. Drain and set aside.  In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt butter, add soup, salt, pepper and dry mustard. Stir slowly and add…

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    IKEA Meatballs

    I’m not sure what makes these meatballs Swedish or the ones that IKEA serves and touts as Swedish, but nontheless, the are one of my favorites. I don’t care to eat them at IKEA, but I did have 1 once, and I made my own and love them. Eating out is not one of my preferences, especially at a furniture store. Just doesn’t seem natural to me. Here’s what I came up with ~ Print IKEA Meatballs Ingredients Meatballs 1/4 cup butter 1 medium white onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 t salt 1/2 t pepper 3/4 cup whole milk 1 T Worcestershire sauce 2 cups plain breadcrumbs…

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    Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing

    Here’s the deal In the South we call it dressing, not stuffing. It’s baked outside the bird, not inside. It’s made with mostly cornbread and little stale bread or leftover biscuits. Everyone thinks theirs is the best. Mine is the best. This stays warm all day long, even for 2nds and leftovers that night with a roll and slice of turkey, along with a spoonful of cranberry sauce. It stays warm and moist all day because it stays covered in your slow cooker, or crock pot. It is just the best way. Trust me. Print Crock Pot Cornbread Dressing Ingredients 6 cups cornbread cooked (I use either an 8x8 or…

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    Pecan Pie Cheesecake

    This is the best of both worlds. It’s not my recipe but a fellow cooking friend of mine, and it’s really good. Print Pecan Pie Cheesecake Ingredients 1 refrigerated or frozen pie crust 9" if using frozen let stand on counter before baking PECAN PIE LAYER: 3 eggs 1 c light corn syrup i use karo 1/4 c sugar 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 c pecans in pieces or halved CHEESECAKE LAYER: 2 pkg 8oz cream cheese room temperature - i use philadelphia 1/2 c sugar 1/4 tsp salt 1 egg 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In your mixer combine 3 eggs with…

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    Coconut Date Nut Balls

    You know when you can’t help yourself from eating something wonderful before it’s done? Well, these are like that. Once I make this warm candy, I can’t even wait until I roll them into balls, then in coconut and I’ve got a mouthful of that warm, date/butter mixture. It’s almost too hot, right out from the pan, to put in my mouth but so worth it. You know what I mean. My friend, Becky, loves for me to make them at Christmas. Unless she’s on a low-carb eating plan, then I just keep them for myself. I always make them though during the holidays because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without…

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    Avalanche No-Bake Cookies

    This is one of my very favorite holiday cookies because #1 They are easy (perfect during the holidays), #2 They are made with 4 ingredients, #3 They have a little peanut butter in them, but it’s not overwhelming and #4 They are made with my favorite cereal-Rice Krispies! Print No Bake Avalanche Cookies Ingredients 2 cups Crispy Rice cereal 1 cup mini marshmallows 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1 lb white chocolate *optional – 1/4 cup sprinkles or mini chocolate chips to sprinkle on top Instructions Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside. Mix cereal and marshmallows in a large bowl. Set aside. Melt white chocolate and peanut…

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    High-Fat?Low-Fat?No Fat?!

    fad  /fad/noun an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze.       I’m not one to go with the crowd and follow the fads, BUT there is one fad I wanted so badly to be a part of, and that was the go-go-boot fad. I was in 6th grade, it was the 60s (as my grandson says, the 1900s!). All the girls and I wore crazy colors of fishnet hose, held up by a garter belt. Then the final touch was the go-go boot, which my mother said looked trashy. I wore my fishnets with…

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    Good Meatloaf

    Some people love it, some hate it. It’s okay, not life-altering. Some people only like it with mayo on a sandwich cold the next day. This is a good meatloaf. Print Good Meatloaf Ingredients 2 tsp canola oil 1 small onion finely chopped 1 medium carrot finely chopped 3 stalk s celery, finely chopped 1 lb lean ground beef 1/2 c seasoned bread crumbs 1 egg 3/4 c ketchup divided 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp garlic powder Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 4-1/2 x 8-1/2-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Heat the oil in a…

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    Italian Easter Cookies

    No, I’m not Italian, and NO, I didn’t have these as a little girl at Easter. I just like them, and I make them on Easter nowdays. I think that a little almond extract makes them Italian maybe? No ricotta cheese in them at all. They sure are pretty on an Easter tray too. Print Italian Easter Cookies Ingredients COOKIES 1/2 c butter room temperature 3/4 c sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract 1/4 c milk 1/4 c vegetable or canola oil 3 3/4 c all purpose flour 5 tsp baking powder GLAZE 4 c powdered sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract…

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    Goof Balls

    I don’t want to actually call these filled fried dough balls “donuts” because I try not to eat donuts (it’s a long story, trust me). So, these are called-goof balls. See for yourself how easy and good they are. Print Goof Balls Ingredients 1 can s store brand or name brand bisquits 30 small marshmallows 30 small chocolate or butterscotch chips canoila oil to deep fry 1 c powdered sugar or brown sugar or white sugar Instructions HEAT oil for deep frying. PRESS out each cycle of each bisquit. PUT 3 marshmellows and 3 chips in middle. FOLD sides up and pinch together to seal. FRY in oil, turning to…

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    Vanilla Sponge Cake Roll

    This is a fun, simple sponge cake recipe you make in a shallow baking sheet. You can fill it immediately when cooled with any type of filling. It’s fun to make and easy to roll. If you don’t have cake flour, just measure out regular all purpose flour, remove 1 Tablespoon and sift the flour with the baking powder. Print Vanilla Sponge Cake Roll Ingredients 4 eggs 1/2 c sugar 1/2 c cake flour 1 Tbsp baking powder 1 tsp vanilla Instructions Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a half sheet pan with a silpat and grease with either shortening or butter-sides and bottom silpat also. In the bowl of…

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