Saturday, July 25, 2015

Crunchy grape pecan salad..pinned it and tried it

This is just sinful.

But it's SO good!

Pinned it, tried it, and LOVED it!

Crunchy Grape Pecan Salad

2 c. green grapes
2 c. red grapes
1 c. sour cream
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar ( I used 1/4 c.)
2 tsp. vanilla

1 c. brown sugar ( I used 1/4- 1/2 c. c.)
1 c. chopped pecans ( I used 1/2 c.)
1 c. chopped walnuts( I used 1/2 c.)

Mix the cream cheese, sour cream and vanilla together. Stir in the grapes. Refrigerate 2 hours. Combine the brown sugar and nuts, sprinkle on top before serving.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake...Mondays with Mom

Strawberries remind me of summertime...and my mom. 

I think one of her favorite desserts to make was strawberry shortcake, as she often served it when we had guests. Sometimes she made it for my nieces birthday,too. When my brother and family would come to visit in the summer, it was usually strawberry picking time right around her birthday. There is nothing better then fresh picked berries!

Many times Mom used an angel food cake, or even the sweet Bisquick recipe right from the box. But I liked it best with this simple cake. 

The crumb is so sweet and moist, and I love the edges!

Mom often used real cream especially for company, and whipped it up right before cutting the cake. If she was in a hurry she used Dream Whip or Cool Whip. But I liked it best when she made real whipped cream, and let me lick the spoon!

Strawberry Shortcake

1 c. flour
1/2 to 3/4 c. sugar ( depends on how sweet you like it)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together. Add the butter,egg and vanilla until just mixed. Line a pie plate with parchment paper, spray with butter spray, spoon mixture inside. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. Cool and remove from the pan. Take off the parchment paper and cut the cake in half. Place the bottom on a plate and cover with whipped cream. Top with sliced strawberries. Place the other half of cake on top. Cut  and serve with more whipped cream and strawberries.

Whipped Cream

1 1/2 c. heavy cream
4 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat at medium speed until frothy,(2 to 3 minutes) increase speed and beat until billowy and cream stays on the mixer. ( 30 seconds to 1 minute)

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Potato Sausage Red Pepper Foil packets

This is a fun, quick meal for at the lake...and NO dishes! 

Plus.... it tastes great!

Potato, Sausage, Red Pepper Foil Packets On the Grill

Polish sausage link (14 oz.) cut in slices
4  red potaotes, cut in wedges
1 red pepper, cut in 1" pieces
1/2 onion, cut in chunks
4 tsp. lemon juice
4 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. garlic powder ( or any seasoning you like)
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

Spray a 4 large sheets of double thick heavy duty foil, top with sausage, potatoes, red peppers, and onions. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Sprinkle with seasonings. Wrap up firmly and grill about 5 to 10 minutes on one side, flip and grill for another 5 to 10 minutes until potatoes are tender and browned. Watch carefully so the bottom doesn't burn!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ham Salad..pinned it and tried it

Pinned it, tried it and LOVED it!

This recipe had only a few ingredients, and all ones I had on hand. I decided to make it to take to the lake, and we thought it was delicious!

It was fun to have on hand and just be able to grab out of the frig and make a quick meal of sandwiches. 

Perfect for a hot day!

Ham Salad

2 c. ham, diced
1/2 c. Miracle Whip
1/4 c. mayo
2 tsp. dried onion flakes
1 tsp. stone ground mustard
1 Tsp. sweet pickle relish ( I used a bit more)

Combine all and chill. ( I used a food processor.)

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Dill Roast Beef Sandwich

I get tired of sandwiches for lunch, but lets face it, they are so quick and easy to make, especially in this hot weather. I found this recipe that really has lots of flavor and perks up an ordinary sandwich. I love the flavored cream cheese spread, and with garden fresh tomatoes, it can't be beat!

Dill and roast Beef Sandwich

3 Tbsp. cream cheese, softened
pinch of dill weed and garlic powder
2 slices of bakery caraway bread
3 slices of deli roast beef
4 tomato slices
2 large lettuce leaves

Mix the cream cheese, dill weed and garlic powder. Spread on  1 piece of the bread. Top with roast beef, tomato and lettuce. Top with slice of bread, cut and serve!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Minnesota Blueberry Upside Down Cake

I LOVE blueberries and am always looking for recipes I can use them in. I found this one in another OLD church cookbook....they are the BEST source for great recipes.

This is one of those recipes that you can add as much or as little sugar depending on how sweet you want your cake to be. I think the blueberries are usually sweet enough, so I added 3/4 cup of brown sugar to the topping, and 3/4 c. sugar to the cake itself. I may even try less next time I make it.

Every bite is bursting with blueberries in a delicious caramelized's out standing. It was awesome still warm with some cream on top!

Mn. Blueberry Upside Down Cake

1/4 c. butter
1/2 to 1 c. brown sugar( I used 3/4 c.)
1 to 2 c. fresh blueberries ( I used 2 c.)
3 eggs
1/2 to 1 c. sugar ( I used 3/4 c.)
1/4 c. milk
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

1.Melt the butter in a 9 " glass pan.
2.Sprinkle with brown sugar.
3. Pour the blueberries on top.
4. Mix eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
5.Stir in the milk.
6. In another bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
7.Add to the wet mixture to the dry and stir until mixed.
8. Pour on top of blueberries and bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.
9.Loosen cake from sides of the pan with a knife and invert on a plate while warm.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

White Chocolate Butter Spindles

Dipped pretzels.....I sure have made them tons of times....

.....but this one tastes a bit different.

It tastes AWESOME! Who knew two ingredients could taste so good together?

One of my friends makes these, and after I tasted one, I couldn't stop! Neither could Brent, who asked me to make them sometime. So I did. Every time we walk by the bowl....we grab a couple....

It's definitely the butter flavored pretzels that add to the delicious combo....try can't stop at just one!

White Chocolate Butter Spindles

Butter flavored pretzel spindles
Ghirardelli white melting wafers
sprinkles, if desired

Melt according to directions on bag, dip spindles and place on foil lined cookie sheets. Shake on sprinkles and let harden.

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