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Little Boy Blue
The little toy dog is covered with dust,
"Now, don't you go till I come," he said,
Aye, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
Cella Wishes You Some Good News Today
Don't you love good news? I do. Sometimes at work I'll say, "I wish something good would happen today." The strange thing about good news is that what I would consider good news might not be good news for you. So, before I tell you my "good news," I hope that you will be having some "good news" soon. On April 13, 2010, my son Cary and his wife Kerri Beth had a little girl, Jessica Regina, weighing in at 7 pounds 3-oz. That's good news for me, seeing that I have four grandsons. Now Jessica's brothers Jacob and Joshua were hoping for a little brother. Joshua didn't want to have Barbie dolls around and thought perhaps his parents could drop his sister off on the side of the road on the way home from the hospital. Jessica is home now and the boys are doing some bonding, finding reasons to touch Jessica and even offering to help calm her down because Joshua said, "I think boys are good at helping calm down babies."
In March my office had a "green food party." Only green food was allowed. The Leprechaun salad and the Hot Spinach Dip are two recipes that were well received. The Black Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Pizza is excellent, you've got to try it. Linda Gerwitz-Lund made some of the pralines and brought into work. They were gone in no time.
Black Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Pizza
1 pizza crust, prebaked 15 minutes
Prebake pizza crust 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Place sauce ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Place on top of pizza crust. Place toppings on pizza. Bake in oven 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
few drops green food dye
1 cup fresh chopped parsley
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoon wine vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
6-oz. can sliced black olives
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup cooked ham, cubed
2 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Cook pound box of bowtie macaroni according to package directions, including a few drops of green food dye to color pasta. Drain, rinse in cold water, place in a large serving bowl, and cool. Put the following ingredients in a blender and mix: parsley, garlic, lemon juice, wine vinegar, and olive oil. Mix dressing into salad along with the black olives, celery, ham, and onions. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold.
Hot Spinach Dip
1 can Rotel® tomatoes with green chilies, drained
Combine all ingredients and microwave 1/2 power for 5 minutes; stir, and then continue microwaving and stirring every 10 seconds until hot as desired. Serve with your favorite chips.
Louisiana Crème Pralines
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon butter
2 cups whole pecans
Mix the first five ingredients together in a medium size pot. Cook and stir over low heat to dissolve the sugar. Add the pecans and cook over medium heat to a soft ball stage, stirring constantly. Use a candy thermometer to determine soft ball stage. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Stir until thick and immediately pour onto buttered platter or cookie sheet. Spread out with spatula to form a bark. Cool in refrigerator or on the counter. Break bark into desired pieces. No need to refrigerate. Enjoy the best pralines you've ever had!!!
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