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Recipe for a Happy New Year!

Recipe for a Happy New Year! Anonymous



Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. 
Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time. 
Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, prayer, meditation, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing—don't do it), and one well-selected resolution.
Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprin…

Bubba’s Winning Homemade Summer Sausage

You’re probably asking why would anyone bother to make their own summer sausage.  The reason is, because it is so very delicious!

The flavor of Bubba's home made sausage is much better than the store bought version, cheaper also and you know exactly what it consists of.  You control the ingredients ~ no added chemicals~ and flavor it as you like.  It reminds me of growing up on the farm with Dad making our own pork sausage, not similar to supermarket sausage at all.
Our older son, known as Bubba here on my blog, has been refining his summer sausage recipe and has hit on the exact proportions for it.   It's easy to pull together, it just takes time; requiring 5 days to cure.  

There is no casing involved.  Do not use a grade of ground beef with very low fat content as the result will be dry and crumbly.  Do not substitute any other salt for the Morton Tender Quick Cure ~ it is not the same thing!
It’s a great summer sausage that you just slice and serve with cheese and crackers or …

The CSN Winner Is….

Thanks to all of you who entered the great CSN Giveaway for a $35 gift certificate!
I used Random.org and the winner is…
Debbi
@Debbi Does Dinner… Healthy & Low Calorie

Debbi definitely knows how to cook the low calorie way and has 3 kids to help her with it!  Check out her great blog!


Congratulations, Debbi!  Please contact me at mzpst@att.net for your CSN gift certificate.




Turducken for our Christmas Dinner

For real?I always thought turducken was a gimmick!  You know, if you watch football as much as we do, you’ve seen John Madden and his gang slobbering over the turducken before them at the football stadium on Thanksgiving Day in years past.
It is turkey duck chicken — three birds and no bones with the exception of 2 turkey wings and 2 duck legs.  Turducken is a boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck into a deboned turkey ~ separated by a savory dressing ~ then sewed all together into one mighty package of meat and dressing. 
I was amazed to see an article about it in the December issue of Southern Living magazine.  We enjoy our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and it is almost always prime rib, my favorite.  But, after reading about turducken in the magazine, Bill and I discussed it and decided to buy the turducken from Cajun Ed at Hebert’s Specialty Meats (pronounced A Bears) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It didn’t take long to win Bill over as he, along with Bubba and Matt, are huge fa…

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

Here’s wishing you all and your loved ones all the wonder and magic of Christmas. 
May each and every one of you friends have a safe, blessed, joyful Merry Christmas!

Love to you all, Pam

Chex Mix, My Way

Chex Mix ruled back in the late 1950’s and 60’s and it was all home made then.  There were no bags of it in the market in those days!


I start with the original Chex Mix recipe and crank it up a few notches with minced garlic, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce and a few dashes of hot sauce.  Then pour it over a mix of cereal, snack crackers and nuts.  It’s garlicky and spicy and you will not be buying this version in the grocery store!
I make a large batch of it and give it to family, friends and neighbors at Christmas time.  If you’ve never made Chex mix, you’ve got to give it a try!  It’s pure crunchy yum!

Chex Mix, My Way
Ingredients:
3 cups Corn Chex 3 cups Wheat Chex 3 cups Rice Chex 2 cups Goldfish Xtra Cheddar 3 cups Ritz Bits – Cheese 2 cups Planters Salt & Pepper Nut Mix 1 cup whole cashews 2 cups Gardetto’s Roasted Garlic Rye Chips 2 cups Bagel Chips 2 cups Bugels 2 to 2½ sticks butter 6 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon …

Saltine Toffee Crunch

This is one crazy delicious toffee delight and soooo easy to make! I'm so glad I came upon this recipe in our local newspaper, The Northwest Herald!
A saltine cracker has always been one of life’s little pleasures for me whether spread with peanut butter, topped with a cheese slice or along with a bowl of soup but, I never would have imagined the lowly saltine cracker being exalted to a great party confection!
The combination of the salty cracker with the butter and brown sugar that turns into toffee and then topped with semi-sweet chocolate and toasted pecans is addictive for sure.  The saltine renders an irresistible salt crunch to play off the buttery sweet toffee.  What great cracker candy!

Saltine Toffee Crunch
Ingredients:
1 cup butter 35 saltine crackers 1 cup packed dark brown sugar 1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips, I used Ghirardelli’s 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
Method:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 10” x 15” rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, allowing…

Blackberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies

Of all the Christmas cookies I’ve baked in the last week, this is the one that got Bill’s attention.  I have baked them every year since his mother introduced me to them many years ago.  He adores them and so do I! 
Thumbprint cookies are an old standard that are filled with great ingredients that people like.  Make them with your favorite jam or jelly, with just frosting and no jam, with nuts or without, or drizzled with chocolate! However you like them!  They’re all great! 
I added a little blackberry brandy to the blackberry jam and lemon zest to the dough for extra flavoring.  It’s a great mix of flavors that turns out a delicious cookie with the well being filled with jam and frosting.   Blackberry thumbprint cookies are really a huge hit in our house and love at first bite!

Blackberry Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Ingredients:
½ cup blackberry jam 1 tablespoon Blackberry Brandy 2¼ cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 2 sticks butter, at room temperature 2/3 cups sugar 2 eggs, se…

Russian Teacakes

Whether you call them Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Teacakes, they’re all the same delicate nut-based cookie!
I love the delicate buttery flavor of these cookies.  I don’t recall Mom ever making them but, my mother-in-law baked them every Christmas without fail and so do I.  I’ve made them with walnuts in place of pecans for a little different flavor.
This recipe comes from my well-used 1979 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook.  I have made so many notes in this poor cookbook over the years that it is a little pathetic looking now.  I have a huge cookbook collection and when Bill asked what I would like for Christmas, naturally I said, “A cookbook!”  He just shakes his head and doesn’t get it!  I might add that not a one of my other cookbooks is in the horrible condition that this cookbook is in, thank goodness!




Do you make notes in your cookbooks or are they nice and neat?
Russian Tea Cakes:
Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups f…

Another CSN Giveaway and Jam Kolaczki!

Winter is just beginning here in the Midwest with our share of snow, ice and very cold weather with horrific wind chill readings. 
So many people around here love snowmobiling, skiing and even ice fishing.  I remember when I met Bill and he told me about his father going ice fishing.  I thought he was pulling my leg and I was waiting for the punch line.  In fact, his father ice fished quite often.  He had a home-made sled in which he placed a sterno heater to sit on to keep warm; along with an auger, an ice pick plus the usual fishing equipment.  That was paradise to my father-in-law!


Paradise to me is sunning on a beach and swimming in the warm ocean water at the Riviera Maya or in a nearby pool.  If I can’t be there, then second best is parked in my recliner at home, eating these Christmas cookies and watching TV.


Speaking of TV, if you will be purchasing a new flat screen TV or should be lucky enough to receive one as a Christmas gift, you will be in need of a new TV standand CSN sto…

Mom’s Pecan Dreams/My Favorite Christmas Cookie!!!

 I love this time of year as it gives me an excuse to bake a lot of cookies for family and friends.  What would Christmas be without cookies? 
These Pecan Dreams were my favorite Christmas cookie when I was growing up and to this day ~ they are still my favorite!   I could hardly wait for Mom to bake them when I was a kid and I could probably say the same for my brother Jim.   I always knew that Christmas was getting really close when Mom would pull out the bag of coconut and the package of pecans.  The wafting aroma in the air as they are baking is indescribable!  I love coconut and this cookie reeks of coconut!
Mom’s Pecan Dreams has two layers.  The light bottom layer made with butter, confectioner’s sugar and flour has an almost cake-like delicious texture.  The top layer is a combination of brown sugar, pecans and coconut; common ingredients, but just the perfect combination for a melt in your mouth cookie.  They are lip smacking good!!!

Mom’s Pecan Dreams
Crust ingredients:
½ cup bu…

And the Tate’s Bake Shop Winner is…

There were 66 eligible entries and the random number generator selected Patticake.  She is a North Carolina lady with a wonderful blog:  Southern Home Style Living.  Just wish I lived in the South now to escape all this cold weather and snow!
Thanks so very much to all of you who entered the great Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway!  I loved reading all your comments about your favorite Christmas treat and every one of them sounded fantastic to me!!!
Patticake, please email me at mzpst@att.net with your mailing address.  




Chocolate Malt Crinkles

Do you love chocolate malted milk balls?  Do you love Ovaltine?  If so, you will love these cookies.  I’ve never had Ovaltine but, Bill says he loved it when he was a kid and I’m a believer!  The fusion of melted chocolate and malt powder gives these cookies the incredible flavor of chocolate malted milk balls. 
I got this recipe from our local newspaper, The Northwest Herald and posted it over a year ago before I had followers and know it is a fantastic chocolate charmer worthy of a repost!  They are soooo yummy!  Chocolate Malt Crinkles are loaded with chopped semisweet chocolate and malted milk powder.  And let me tell you what they taste like:  a very rich dark lush sinful rich brownie morsel.  You won’t believe it!  And then just imagine what it is like to eat one still warm from the oven.  Wow!
If I were you, I would not hesitate to bake these cookies.  They would be great for a cookie swap, a snack or dessert, you name it.  And they are so easy to make; mix the ingredients toget…









Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape…

~ Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird






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