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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pecan Praline #Recipe



1 1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk
2 tbsp salted butter
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a pot, combine the milk, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Stir, and bring to a boil( over medium high).
Let boil for 1 minutes then add in the pecans, and butter. Stir in. Let the candy reach 240 F degrees ( use a candy thermometer )
Remove the pot from the heat, and add in the vanilla.
Stir the ingredients, and let cool for 3 minutes.
Stir the mixture, until it starts to thicken.
Grease/ Butter a cookie sheet.
Spoon out the mixture onto the cookie sheet, and let the candy cool and firm.
Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Take advantage of this nutty month as we celebrate national pecan month

Enjoy this recipe 

This German Chocolate Pecan Pie Bar is perfect to take along, bake-sales or dessert Enjoy 



3 cups pecan halves
1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 & 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
3 large eggs
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Arrange pecans in a single layer of a shallow baking pan. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Stir halfway through baking.
Line the bottom and sides of a 9″x 13″x 2″ baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two short sides. Grease foil.
Whisk together the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and cocoa. Add the cold butter, and combine with a pastry blender* until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Press the mixture into the bottom and about 3/4-inch up sides of prepared pan.**

Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over crust. Allow to cool on a wire rack at least 30 minutes.
Place the eggs in a large mixing bowl, and beat lightly. Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and melted butter. Whisk together until smooth. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Pour evenly over the partially baked crust.
Bake 28-34 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the filling has set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Then, refrigerate for an hour.
Using foil overhang, lift the bars from the pan and place on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

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Pizza Pasta Salad

PIZZA PASTA SALAD



16 oz. rotini pasta
1 cup pepperoni, diced or 5 oz bag of the mini pepperonis
1 can olives, sliced
1 cup mozzarella, cut into small pieces ( 6 string cheeses-  will work so great for this!)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 bottle of  Italian dressing

Cook pasta according to package directions.
While the pasta is boiling, you can get everything else ready to assemble.  Cut up the cheese, olives and pepperoni if needed.
When pasta is cooked, drain and rinse with cold water.
Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.  You can serve it immediately if necessary, but is ideal to let it chill for at least a few hours before serving. I like to prepare this the night before so everything has a bit of a chance to marinate.  Just make sure to re-stir everything up again right before serving to make sure the dressing is well mixed!
Enjoy!

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Healthy Sesame Chicken




½ cups Honey
5 Tablespoons Tamari
½ teaspoons To 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil
2 cloves Garlic, Pressed Through A Garlic Press
4 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
3 whole Medium Size Chicken Breasts, Cubed Into 1 Inch Pieces
2 pinches Kosher Salt
2 pinches Black Pepper
2 whole Egg Whites, Lightly Beaten
4 Tablespoons Cornstarch
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, Divided
½ whole Red Bell Pepper, Diced
½ whole Green Bell Pepper, Diced
1 whole Medium Yellow Onion, Diced
4 whole Green Onions, Sliced
Prepared White Or Brown Rice, To Serve

In a medium bowl, combine honey, tamari, sesame oil, garlic and sesame seeds. Whisk until combined and set aside.
Season cubed chicken with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl whisk together the egg whites and cornstarch. Add in the seasoned chicken and toss.
In a large 10- to 12 inch nonstick skillet, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and heat over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in the diced peppers and sliced onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until slightly softened. Remove to a plate.
In the same skillet, heat up the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add in the chicken and cook for 5-8 minutes until golden and fully cooked. Add the peppers and onions back in along with the sliced green onions and the sesame sauce.
Stir and serve over prepared white or brown rice.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Taxes are Due

The deadline approaches, just a few hours a way, are you ready?? The deadline I speak of is deadline to file your taxes. It occurs each year on April 15th unless the day falls on a weekend or holiday. However, the 15th of April has not always been known as tax day.



The 16th amendment created income tax day February 3, 1913. The tax deadline that year would be March 1, 1913 and only taxed incomes above 4,000. Before income tax the federal government would raise money on tariffs on imports and exports as well as taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Previously there was a national income tax in 1894 that taxed on states population.

The tax according to where you lived was deemed unconstitutional and had to be amended. The 16th amendment allowed everyone time to file but very few did. The Revenue Act of 1918 moved the deadline to file to March 15 and imposed a 77% tax on the highest income. During World War I this tax worked out well. However, the Depression lowered incomes and led to individuals not paying taxes.

By World War II paying taxes had become a patriotic duty to pay taxes. Irving Berlin wrote songs and  the IRS created posters that reminded people to pay. During this time the Treasury Department also began withholding taxes from worker's paychecks and the W-2 was created. It seemed the world of taxes was changed. However, there were more changes to come.



In 1954 the deadline for taxes was moved to April 15th.


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Spider Control

They are ookey and spooky and a bit eery as well. Spiders are one of the most feared of all pests in the home that people want to exterminate. There is reasoning behind the fear of spiders as getting bit by the wrong one could land you in the hospital. However, there have been only 6 reported deaths due to spider bites.


Chemicals or pesticides are not very effective against spiders. Simply spraying for spiders will not do a real good job. Spiders have long leg and poor circulatory systems that decrease the chance of spray on the surface ever reaching them. Perhaps the old way of killing insects using a newspaper, shoe or whatever you choose to use as a weapon would improve your chances over the sprays.

If you do choose to use sprays select a high area of traffic for the spider. Spray along the cracks in baseboards, along edges of carpet or wood trim around a window. Keeping their food source of other insects helps to reduce the spiders as well. Sticky traps or glue traps also capture spiders. Place them in dark quiet areas where spiders often travel.



Tips to Ridding The House of Spiders

  • Stack firewood away from the house, clean up leaves and other yard debris, and trim back any trees and shrubs that contact the home
  • Caulk seal cracks and gas in the homes foundation, windows and doors
  • reduce insects 
  • reduce or eliminate piles of papers, boxes, bags and other clutter 
Remember that the old shoe is a better killer than many of those chemicals

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Innocent Murmurs

Heart murmurs are They are made by blood circulating through the heart's chambers and valves, or through blood vessels near the heart. Many children will have what is known as an innocent heart murmur sometime during their childhood. They often disappear and may reappear again. While innocent and most likely no cause of concern doctors may order testing to confirm the murmur is innocent.



Testing has the ability to prove or disprove that the murmur is innocent. Children with innocent murmurs require no medication and does not have a heart issue. They can live as normal like other children. In addition most children with innocent murmurs disappear as a child reaches adulthood but some adults still have them.

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Pecan Pie Muffins


Name the only nut tree native to North America. ... You guessed it........ Pecan trees



1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
½ cups All-purpose Flour
1 cup Chopped Pecans
⅔ cups Softened Butter
2 whole Eggs, Beaten
Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven 350 F.

Grease your muffin pan (whatever size) or use the silicone cups. I grease my silicone muffin cups with Crisco or lard.
In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour and pecans. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and eggs together until smooth. Stir into the dry ingredients just until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Cups should be about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on wire racks when done.

Option: when you take them out of the oven, place a slice of butter on top and eat warm. You may also use walnuts instead of pecans.

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The Date of Leonardo Da Vinci Birth

Today, April 15th is the date that Leonardo Da Vinci celebrated his birthday. Leonardo was an artist, humanist, scientist, philosopher, inventor and naturalist. Born in 1452 Da Vinci would go down in history among the great players that were part of the Italian Renaissance. However, with so much known about Leonardo da Vinci what do you personally know??



Did you know:

  • Leonardo attended "abacus school" and trained in commercial math. Other than that formal education he was a self taught individual
  • Da Vinci never was married or had any children
  • He was born in the village of Vinci in Tuscany Italy to parents that were unmarried. His mother was a peasant girl 
  • his last name was given based on place of residence
  • was not required to go to school because he was illegitimate. Spent his days experimenting and exploring and keeping notes of what he learned. 

Pepperoni Pizza Chili



2 pounds ground beef
 1 pound sausage
 1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni, halved
 1 large onion , chopped
 1 large green pepper , seeded and chopped
 4 garlic cloves , minced
 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
 1 can (16 ounces) hot chili beans, undrained
 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
 1 can (12 ounces) pizza sauce
 1 cup water
 2 teaspoons chili powder
 1 teaspoon dried oregano
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

In a large Dutch oven, cook the beef, sausage, pepperoni, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Stir in the salsa, beans, pizza sauce, water, chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle servings with cheese.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday

Are you aware that Palm Sunday was celebrated today?? It is a date that may change every year but it always occurs the Sunday before Easter. Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week that leads up to Easter. Easter is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It was the Sunday prior to this event Jesus triumphantly had entered Jerusalem where he had been greeted with crowds of people throwing down palms as he passed.


Jesus had rode into the town on a donkey. Jesus was given the royal treatment as large crowd had gathered him laying their cloaks and palms as he passed. There were shouts of "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" It seemed that Jesus had a celebrity like following of those who had heard of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Perhaps, the crowd wanted Jesus to be the king but he had no desire to be the king here on the earth for the plan had all ready been created and now Jesus was to fulfill the promise. .

Today, we celebrated Palm Sunday by going to church and enjoying an Easter cantata tonight. What a beautiful time to celebrate our Jesus and what he did for us.

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Hot Cross Buns



1/4 cup apple juice or rum
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit
1/2 cup raisins or dried currants
1 1/4 cups milk, room temperature
2 large eggs, plus 1 egg yolk (save the white for the topping)
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
TOPPING
1 large egg white, reserved from above
1 tablespoon milk
ICING
1 cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4 teaspoons milk, or enough to make a thick, pipeable icing

Lightly grease a 10" square pan or 9" x 13" pan.
Mix the rum or apple juice with the dried fruit and raisins, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave briefly, just till the fruit and liquid are very warm, and the plastic starts to "shrink wrap" itself over the top of the bowl. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Note: If you worry about using plastic wrap in your microwave, simply cover the bowl with a glass lid.
When the fruit is cool, mix together all of the dough ingredients (including the eggs and the egg yolk from the separated egg); hold out the fruit for the time being. Knead the mixture, using an electric mixer or bread machine, until the dough is soft and elastic. It'll be very slack, sticking to the bottom of the bowl and your hands as you work with it (greasing your hands helps). Mix in the fruit and any liquid not absorbed.
Let the dough rise for 1 hour, covered. It should become puffy, though may not double in bulk.
Divide the dough into billiard ball-sized pieces, about 3 3/4 ounces each. A heaped muffin scoop (about 1/3 cup) makes about the right portion. You'll make 12 to 14 buns. Use your greased hands to round them into balls. Arrange them in the prepared pan.
Cover the pan, and let the buns rise for 1 hour, or until they've puffed up and are touching one another. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.
Whisk together the reserved egg white and milk, and brush it over the buns.
Bake the buns for 20 minutes, until they're golden brown. Remove from the oven, carefully turn the buns out of the pan (they should come out in one large piece), and transfer them to a rack to cool.
Mix together the icing ingredients, and when the buns are completely cool, pipe it in a cross shape atop each bun.

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Zucchini Pizza Boats



6 small zucchini (2 1/2 lbs)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic , finely minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup marinara sauce (I used Classico Four Cheese)
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese (1.4 oz)
1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices
2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner, set aside.
Cut each zucchini into halves through the length (if they don't lie flat trim a thin portion from bottoms so that they will lie mostly flat. I only had to do this with one of them). Pat insides dry with paper towels (cut portion). Align on prepared baking sheet.
In a bowl, stir together olive oil and garlic then brush lightly over tops of zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste then brush a slightly heaping 1 Tbsp marinara sauce over each zucchini, leaving a small rim near edges uncoated.
Sprinkle tops evenly with mozzarella cheese then with parmesan cheese. Top with pepperoni slices (placing them more near centers as the cheese will melt and spread). Bake in preheated oven 12 - 18 minutes (bake time will vary depending on how thick your zucchini are and how crisp/tender you want them).
Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh oregano. Serve warm.
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Introducing Cockscomb Flowers

Going by the name of woolflowers, cockscomb flower and "Flaming Feather" the Celosia plant is an annual flower that can bloom for up to ten weeks. This unusual looking flower comes in colors of red, purple and pink. The word 'Celosia' means 'burning' in Greek and was most likely offered to this plant due to their appearance when a large number of these plants are together.




Celosia are unique because they are made up of a number of tiny flowers. The flowers each will produce small seeds. The celosia flowers are lovely when dried

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Do You Play Scrabble

Are you an individual with lots of knowledge of trivia and spelling?? Then the game of Scrabble may be for you. Created by Alfred Mosher Butts in 1938 the game of scrabble is a word game that uses letter tiles to create words in an attempt to reach the highest score. However, the original name of this game was Criss-Crosswords and was renamed by James Brunot who purchased the rights to manufacture the game of scrabble.



To keep up with the times the rules of Scrabble have been changed in 1953, 1976, 1989 and 1999. The game also has been produced using braille so even those with little or no sight could play. Around the world Scrabble can be found in 31 different languages. Perhaps, the game of Scrabble keeps the entire world thinking, spelling and playing



It has been estimated that every hour in a day is the start of an average of 30,000 games of Scrabble. The lineup of tiles that have been created since the beginning of the game lined up in a row would reach over 50,000 miles. Among all the Scrabble players around the world there are celebrities that love the game. These celebrities include Keanu Reeves, Madonna and Sharon Stone. How about you. do you play scrabble??

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was born this day 176 years ago. A native son of Virginia who played an important role in the country's quest for independence Thomas Jefferson played many roles including the Minister to France, Secretary of State and also the third President of the United States. In addition, Jefferson was a great writer and a leader in writing, economics, religion, philosophy, horticulture and mathematics.


One of the best things about Jefferson is that he could communicate with many. He spoke English, French, Greek, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Thomas Jefferson also enjoyed reading and writing. He has been noted of writing 19,000 letters in his life. Jefferson graduated from the University of William and Mary at the age of 18 and used his education to become an inventor, lawyer and educator. Perhaps you all ready knew about Jefferson education but was you aware that he also was a man of God??

In protest of the British closing the Boston Harbor Jefferson called for a day of prayer and fasting. The result of his stand resulted in members of the community coming together to provide opposition against the Intolerable Acts Another remarkable act Thomas Jefferson completed was to pen the Declaration of Independence.



Thomas Jefferson served as a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. There he met such characters as John Adams. Through his many relations with other strong characters he found himself part of the committee that would draft the Declaration of Independence. Many say that he was more than just a member of the committee but that he was the author. While his public life was very outstanding he also had a home life where he could retreat to

Thomas Jefferson had a wife named Martha and six children. Only 2 children, daughters would live to see adulthood. Grandchildren were plentiful numbering 12 some of which lived with him at his home of Monticello. However, home life also had a secret side.



Thomas Jefferson is said to have a relationship with Sally Hemings. As slave that belonged to Jefferson is believed to have filled the space of his past wife. Sally Hemings would be allowed to have freedom after the death of her master. Later DNA test would prove that there were genes in common between the children and grandchildren of both Hemings and Jeffersons.



Jefferson is forever, memorialized in the $2 bill, the nickel and on the Mount Rushmore.

Peach Cobbler #Recipe



5 peaches , peeled, cored and sliced (about 4 cups)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the batter:
6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
ground cinnamon

If you are using fresh peaches
Add the sliced peaches, sugar and salt to a saucepan and stir to combine. 

Cook on medium heat for just a few minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and helps to bring out juices from the peaches. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice butter into pieces and add to a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place the pan in the oven while it preheats, to allow the butter to melt. Once melted, remove the pan from the oven.

In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, just until combined. Pour the mixture into the pan, over the melted butter and smooth it into an even layer.
Spoon the peaches and juice (or canned peaches, if using) over the batter. Sprinkle cinnamon generously over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 38-40 minutes. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

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Strawberry Fruit Rollups



4 cups strawberries, hulled and halved (or any other fruit)
2 tablespoons honey (optional)

Preheat oven to 150 – 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Pour berries and honey into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
Pour berry mixture onto parchment lined 9×13-inch pan(21cm x 31cm). If you wish to remove the berry seeds, pour it through a sieve or ring it through a cloth (much faster).
Spread the berry mixture with a spatula to a thin even layer.
Bake for 6 hours, until leather peels away easily from the parchment. Set on the counter to fully cool down for 4 hours or overnight.
Using scissors cut the parchment paper from the edges and then into strips. Roll them up, parchment and all.

NOTES
Don’t pour too thin of a layer or you’ll have fruit crisps instead of fruit leather-pour it too thick and it will take longer to leather.
Oven temperatures will vary. Start checking it after 3.5-4 hours. If you leave it in too long again…fruit crisps.

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Cheesy Bacon Potato Rounds

Cheesy Bacon Potato Rounds


4+ potatoes (depending upon size of pan)
4-6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Wash and slice potatoes evenly, into about 1/3 inch slices (or as thick as 1/2 inch).  Brush the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish or cookie sheet with butter.  Place sliced potatoes in pan in a single layer.  Brush each potato with butter.  Flip each potato, so the buttered side is down.
Add salt and garlic powder to the remainder of the melted butter.  Stir, and then brush the top of the sliced potatoes.
Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.  Turn potato rounds over, and try to place them close together.  (Butter again before flipping if desired.)  Bake an additional 10-20 minutes, until the potato rounds are browning.  Top with bacon and cheese and continue baking for a few minutes. 

Margherita Pizza Popcorn

Margherita Pizza Popcorn



MAKES 8 CUPS
For Popcorn
6 tablespoons organic yellow popcorn
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (milled finely, if possible)
1 tablespoons + 1 1/2 tsp organic sunflower oil (preferably labeled “high oleic”)
For Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of dried red pepper flakes (optional)
1/2 teaspoon of kosher sea salt (milled finely, if possible)
1 1/2 tablespoons of drained & finely chopped oil-packed sundried tomatoes
⅛ cup  (2 tbsp) butter, melted
2 tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil

Make the popcorn: Pour the oil into a deep heavy pot or hand-cranked popcorn maker. Add salt. Place over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. The ideal popping temperature is 479°F. When the oil starts to sizzle, drop 2 to 3 kernels into the pot – if they pop right away, add the remaining kernels. Cover, shake, and agitate the pot constantly. Continue cooking until the popping slows to about 3 to 4 seconds between pops. Pour popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.
Preheat oven to 300F. Line baking sheet with foil and set aside.
In a bowl, combine the dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and sundried tomatoes.  Mix well with a spoon.  Then, whisk melted butter into the bowl.  Slowly and evenly drizzle the butter mixture onto the prepared popcorn.  Close the top of the bowl with aluminum foil and shake and toss the closed bowl to coat the popcorn evenly.
Spread the coated popcorn evenly over the prepared baking sheet.  Bake until popcorn is dry (about 10 mins).  Transfer popcorn to a large serving bowl.  Sprinkle evenly with grated Parmesan and fresh basil.  Seal with aluminum foil again and toss to coat popcorn evenly.   Voila…a pizza party!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Banana Pop Treat for our Four Legged Friend



1 cup plain yogurt
1 banana (chopped into pieces)
1 tablespoon peanut butter

Put all ingredients into food processor or blender and mix until well-combined and smooth.
Divide the mixture into four paper cups.
Position a rawhide stick into the middle of the cup.
Place the cups in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Peel the paper cup away from the pop and let your pup enjoy!

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Quick Meal ::: Ravioli Casserole



1 package frozen ravioli (cheese or meat)
1 jar (or equivalent) 25 ounces spaghetti sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese

Prepare 9x13 pan with cooking spray or oil.
Place just enough sauce in the bottom of the pan to lightly cover it, about 1/2-3/4 cup. Spread frozen ravioli in pan. Cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese upon serving.

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Pepperoni Pizza Dip



12 ounces light cream cheese (about 1½ boxes)
¾ tsp. dried oregano
¾ tsp. dried parsley
¼ tsp. dried basil
2 (8-oz) cans tomato sauce
1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
2 tsp. dried oregano
2 tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. sugar
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
½ cup powdered parmesan cheese
¼ cup pepperoni
any other toppings you like!
Ritz crackers (bread slices work great, too!)


Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. Spray the bottom of a 1½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.
Mix together cream cheese, oregano, parsley and basil in a small bowl. Spread herbed cream cheese on the bottom of prepared dish. Layer with ½ cup mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese.
In another medium sized bowl, mix together tomato sauce, tomato paste, oregano, basil, sugar and garlic powder. Pour over cheese layer in dish. Cover with the remaining cheeses. Top with pepperoni and any other toppings desired.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Bake Up Some Biscuits

Biscuits



2 1/4+ cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup butter, chilled and cubed
1 cup milk
1-2 tablespoons butter, melted optional

Preheat oven to 425°.  Stir or sift together dry ingredients.  Using a pastry blender or fork, mix in butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.  Slowly add milk.  Dough should be a bit sticky, but able to be handled.  Add another tablespoon or two of flour if too sticky, maybe even more.   Knead dough a handful of times on a very floured surface.  Pat or roll dough to a one inch thickness.  Cut with a floured cutter or drinking glass.

Place on a cookie sheet, ideally lined with parchment paper, about one inch apart.  Bake for 13-15 minutes.  Brush with melted butter, if desired.

~ If you use soft butter, the dough will be very gooey and need more flour.
~ The original recipe calls for Crisco.  We really like the additional flavor with the butter though we have tried it with Crisco.

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Pepperoni Pizza Monkey Bread #Recipe

  •  

  • 1 
    pound
     
    pizza dough
     
    (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  •  ¼ 
    cup
     
    olive oil
  •  8 
    ounces
     
    pepperoni slices
     
    (quartered)
  •  4 
    ounces
     
    mozzarella cheese
     
    (shredded (about 1 cup))
  •  4 
    ounces
     
    provolone cheese
     
    (shredded (about 1 cup))
  •  ¾ 
    cup
     
    grated Parmesan cheese
  •  ½ 
    teaspoon
     
    dried oregano

FOR THE SAUCE:

  •  2 
    tablespoons
     
    unsalted butter
  •  ¼ 
    cup
     
    grated onion
  •  ¼ 
    teaspoon
     
    dried oregano
  •  ½ 
    teaspoon
     
    salt
  •  2 
    garlic cloves
     
    (minced)
  •  28 
    ounce
     
    can crushed tomatoes
  •  ¼ 
    teaspoon
     
    sugar
  •  2 
    tablespoons
     
    coarsely chopped fresh basil
  •  1 
    tablespoon
     
    olive oil
  •  
    Freshly ground black pepper


Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, toss together the pepperoni, cheeses and oregano. Place the olive oil in a small bowl.

Take the prepared (or thawed) pizza dough and pat into an 8-inch square. Cut into 64 one-inch pieces and roll each into a ball.
Briefly dip each ball of dough into the olive oil and add to the bowl with the cheeses and pepperoni. Once all of the dough balls have been added, toss well to combine. Transfer the mixture to the prepared Bundt pan in an even layer. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft-free place until nearly doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position. Once the dough has risen, place the pan in the oven and bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
Make the Sauce: While the bread bakes, heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat until melted. Add onion, oregano, and salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and sugar, increase heat to high, and bring to a simmer. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer until reduced to about 2½ cups, 25 to 30 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the basil and olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.
Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then, turn the bread out onto a plate and serve warm or at room temperature with dipping sauce.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Pizza Fries

Want to put a fun spin on Pizza?? Then try these pizza fries 



For the most part ingredients in the pizza you will put in these fries


1 container of Pillsbury Pie Crusts (2 per box)
1/2 cup of Marinara for the filling…and some reserved for dipping
1/2 cup Shredded Mozzarella
Pepperoni slices, enough to cover the crust..and/or any other Pizza fillings you’d like
Grated Parmesan for dusting the top
1 tsp. Olive Oil
Oregano and/or any other spices you’d like

Roll out the Pie Crusts. Spread the bottom crust with the Marinara… Add the Pepperoni, and/or fillings of your choice…

Top pepperonis with cheese and then top crust. Brush oil on top crust along with parmesan cheese and choice of spice.  Then cut into strips

Serve with marinara and Enjoy
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Old MacDonald Had A Farm


Even the youngest among us most likely knows the tune "Old MacDonald Farm" Do you recall the animals that live on that farm??

In case you have forgotten the words they are:

“Old MacDonald had a farm.
E-I-E-I-O
And on that farm he had a ______.
E-I-E-I-O
With a ___ ___ here,
And a ___ ___ there,
Here a ___, there a ___, everywhere a ___ ___.
Old MacDonald had a farm,
E-I-E-I-O.”

Have fun as you play a game of Old McDonald with the youngster in your life 

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April is Stress Awareness Month

 Professionals in the health care field will come together in the month of April to help bring awareness to a topic that affects all of us, stress. is the result of interactions between environmental factors and life events plus the mental, emotional, and physical burden that they put upon an individual.

Stress awareness and what causes it as well as what help to resolve it are all grand topics. Stress can be brought on by work, family, anxiety, finances or any other matter that may occur in life. However, no matter the stresser that may occur knowing how to deal with it is the tip of the day

Stress affects everyone but also effects everyone differently. Stress can not only affect the mind but an individuals overall health. Chronic stress may lead to heart disease or stroke. For the sake of one's health it makes it worthy to know what triggers our stress and how to take note of it. Many when under stress will notice an increased heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels.

Other areas that stress affects are:
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (IBS, diarrhea, constipation, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
  • Respiratory disorders (Asthma, have fever or pollen allergies, etc.) 
  • Skin disorders (Eczema, urticaria/hives, psoriasis, etc.) 
  • Mental Health disorders (Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, etc.) 
  • Autoimmune disorders (Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Raynaud’s, etc.) 
  • Migraines, headaches
  • Metabolic disorders (Hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, diabetes, obesity, etc.)
  • Cardiovascular disease (Hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, etc.)
  • Menstrual irregularities, early puberty 
  • Cancer 
  • Clumsiness and tendency for accidents


 Here are some tips when you are facing stressful time that has no real way out

  • Recognizing when you no longer have control of the situation and ask for help
  • know that when situation can not be changed that there is no need to stress over it
  • When stressed try to refocus on something that makes you feel calm and in control 
  • healthy living and wellness can help when you come against stressful situations

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Encourage Young Writers

Every afternoon when my grand-children arrive home from school one of the first things we do is to take out important papers. One of the important papers the other day was a "young author" paper. In the "young author" the kids use their own talents to write books. Adults are not to offer help with planning or writing as it is a time for the kids to shine. Perhaps one of them will grow up to be a great writer.



April 10th is a date that is set aside to Encourage Young Writers. Do you have a young person in your own life that enjoys telling stories, reads a lot of books or has a big imagination. These are all signs of greatness when it comes to writing. Perhaps you should take this opportunity to talk to them about their dreams and aspirations.



Support your young writer by:

  • giving them a journal where they can practice their daily writing. This is a place where they can write what they want to 
  • offer them daily writing prompts
  • encourage young minds to read, the more they read the better they will be able to write
Encouraging the young minds of our children is to me what parenting is all about

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Happy Siblings Day --- Time to Cherish our Siblings

Do you have brothers and sisters?? I was blessed to be born the second child with 2 brothers and sister to come along through out the years of my childhood. Yes, my mama had 5 children. No, really she did but she had a few that did not make it into this beautiful world they passed while my mother was still protecting them inside of her belly or shortly after. Perhaps you have brothers and sisters or perhaps you were like me and a few siblings that you would have had you never met.



I am not sure where this post has went as I was writing about the opportunity we have as brothers and sisters to cherish our siblings. We were offered special blessings when we were given brothers and sisters. I know this blessing is one that we all too often take for granted. While I was blessed with five siblings I have a few special ones that we do lots with and a few others that we talk when we see each other but our lives have driven us a bit away from each other. However, not everyone was blessed with siblings and we truly should cherish them



Our brothers and sisters were our first friends. I had an older sister that would not spend a lot of time with me as she was always with her friends it seemed. But there were those times that we would be together doing things like going to grandmas or going to camp together. Memories like those are ones that I will always love forever. I was closer to the younger kids acting as their big sister I protected them and took on a role that was different than the one my older sister played with me. Thus creating memories that will last a life time

National Sibling Day is a day to share and talk about these memories. If it's been a while since you saw your siblings pick up the phone and give them a call or go out to lunch together. Perhaps you would even like to send them a card , letter or gift 

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Almost Reeses Peanut Butter Cup PIe

Almost Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie
adapted from Fine Cooking



For the filling:
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 tsp table salt
3 large egg yolks
1/3 cup very firmly packed light brown sugar
4 heaped tsp all-purpose flour
4-1/2 oz (1/2 cup) creamy peanut butter (preferably natural, made with only peanuts and salt)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the Oreo Cookie Crust:
137 g Chocolate-filled Oreo Cookies (about 12 cookies), finely crushed
1 oz butter, melted

For the glaze: 
3 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 oz butter, slightly melted

In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and salt to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat.
In a mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, brown sugar, and flour and whisk till well blended.
To the egg yolk mixture, slowly spoon in about half the hot milk, whisking constantly to ensure that the mixture doesn’t curdle. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan with the other half of the milk. Continue to whisk until the egg yolk mixture is well incorporated into the milk.
Turn the heat back on and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it thickens and comes to a full boil, about 3 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and continue to whisk for another minute.
Remove the pan from heat and add the peanut butter and vanilla. Whisk until well blended.
The next day, make your crust by mixing the blended Oreo cookies with the butter and pressing it into two small rounded dishes.
Prepare the glaze by melting the chocolate in the microwave. Put the chocolate pieces into a microwave-safe bowl and heat up in 30 second intervals. Stir with a spoon to get a nice smooth chocolate paste (my chocolate was nicely melted after about 1 minute 30 seconds). Add the melted butter to the chocolate and stir until a smooth glaze is formed.
Unmould the filling on top of the Oreo crust, and then drizzle (or if you’re like me, pour generously) the chocolate glaze over the filling. You may end up with a little bit more chocolate glaze (perfect for dipping some fruit or cookie in).
Set the chocolate-glazed peanut butter pie back in the fridge to harden the chocolate just a little (if it gets too hard, you may have to wait for it to soften a little before digging in so that the peanut butter doesn’t squish out).

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Chocolate Fudge Cookie Bars #Recipe

Fudge Cookie Bars



Cookie Dough
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick oats

Chocolate Fudge Layer
1 cup sweetened condensed milk (14 oz can)
12 ounces chocolate chips (one bag)
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts-optional

~ Beat together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Then add flour, soda, and salt. Next mix in the oats. Set the cookie dough aside.
~ Over low heat in a medium saucepan, melt together sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter, vanilla, and salt. Stir until smooth. Then stir in the chopped nuts if you really want to.
~  Spread 2/3 of dough in 11x16 pan using your hands to press and spread the dough to the sides. Spread chocolate mixture on top. Crumble remaining dough on top. Or take a handful and flatten it and then place on the chocolate topping.
~ Bake 22-27 minutes at 350° until edges are just browned. If using a nonstick pan, be sure to bake at 325° instead!
~ Cool and cut into bars. (You can make your cookies 1.5x3 or 2x2 or whatever size you like.)
~ These make a large batch. They freeze beautifully after they are cut.

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