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Thank You Friend
I never came to you, my friend,
And went away without
Some new enrichment of the heart:
More faith and less of doubt,
More courage for the days ahead;
And often in great need
Coming to you, I went away
How can I find the shining word,
The glowing phrase that tells
All that your love has meant to me,
All that your friendship spells?
There is no word, no phrase for you
On whom I so depend -
All I can say to you is this:
God bless you, precious friend.
(Grace Noll Crowell)
Back to School Recipes To Share With Family and Friends
Hopefully you and your children have gotten used to the school routine. I was always sad to see my children go back to school. Remember your children are growing older and you won't always have them around. Enjoy them, despite their hectic schedules and the many lunches you must pack. I know from experience that if you pack your child a great lunch, some other child will also be glad and perhaps end up with it. I ate a lot of peanut butter sandwiches when I went to school. The wealthier kids had peanut butter and Fluff® sandwiches. Now my daughter on Long Island says that their school is peanut-butter excluded because of children being allergic to peanuts. However, my grandson in Illinois can and does take peanut butter sandwiches for his lunch. If you need sandwich ideas, visit www.sandwichproject.co.uk. I recently read that Swiss chard is a super food and I was pleased when Lillian Enders provided us with her garden soup recipe which included this green. It is a great recipe for diabetics, as well as the Cheese Sausage Sauce that can be served on spaghetti squash in place of rice or pasta. Whenever you get the chance, make your own chicken or beef broth, with the bones for more nutritional value. Visit www.westonaprice.org/foodfeatures/broth.html to learn more about the history of making bone broth and a couple of recipes. Sally Fallon says, "Science validates what our grandmothers knew. Rich homemade chicken broths help cure colds. Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily - not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons - stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain."
8-oz. sour cream
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
2 1/2-oz. jar dried beef, chopped
1/4 cup fresh chives, diced
dash of black pepper
In a medium-size bowl, cream together the cream cheese, sour cream, and milk. Stir in pecan pieces, dried beef, chives, and black pepper. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight. Serve on crackers.
Hemstrought Bakery Half-Moon Cookies
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
3 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cookies: Sift together flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside. Cream sugar, butter, cocoa, and salt in medium-size bowl until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla , then half the milk and half the flour, beating until smooth; mix in rest of flour and milk. Bake test one cookie on a greased cookie sheet, adding additional flour to dough if needed to produce a firm cookie. Use a large serving spoon of heaping dough for each cookie (6 on a greased cookie sheet, 2-inches apart. Bake in 350 degree oven 12 minutes or until set. Place on wire rack to cool. When cool, frost top of each cookie with 1/2 fudge and 1/2 buttercream icing. Makes about 30. Fudge Icing: Melt chocolates and butter in top of a double boiler over simmering water. Add confectioners sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, salt, and 3 tablespoons boiling water, mix until smooth. Thin icing with up to 4 tablespoons boiling water, if needed. Keep icing warm in double boiler. Buttercream Icing: Place sugar, butter, shortening, milk, vanilla, and salt in mixing bowl. Cream until light and fluffy. Frost cookies first with fudge icing, then buttercream.
Cheese Sausage Sauce and Spaghetti Squash (Colorful recipe - great for diabetics)
2 tablespoons butter
Place butter, sausage, bell peppers, and onion in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp tender. Add undiluted soup and cream. Heat until hot. Serve over spaghetti squash. To prepare spaghetti sauce: pierce the spaghetti squash in a few places with a sharp knife, place on pie plate or cookie sheet (no need to add water) and bake in 350 degree oven for an hour, or pierce it, and cook it in a large pot of boiling water until tender. When tender, cut squash in half, scoop out seeds, and remove outside skin. Use a fork to shred squash like spaghetti.
Tart Chicken Salad and Sour Cream Dressing
4 cups cooked diced chicken
Swiss Chard Soup
2 tablespoons butter
Creamy Sweet Onions
5 large baseball size onions, thinly sliced
Place onions in a large bowl. In a saucepan, combine sugar, vinegar, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, pour over onions. Cover and refrigerate overnight. (If necessary, use a saucer to weigh down the onions so they are under the brine.) Drain onions, discarding liquid. In a bowl, combine sour cream, Miracle Whip®, celery seed, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Add onions, tossing to coat. Serve cold. Great to take to a large gathering.
12-oz. package mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 to 10 dabs peanut butter
6 fun-size 3 Musketeers® candy bars
4 regular size Reese's® peanut butter cups
1 cup M&Ms®
Either make or buy chocolate chip cookie dough. Working from the middle, place on greased pizza pan and press to within an inch of outside edge. Bake in 350 degree oven until middle is cooked, about 20 minutes. Immediately spread mini chocolate chips on top of cookie. If the chips don't melt readily, place cookie in oven for 30 seconds. Place dabs of peanut butter evenly spaced on cookie, swirl with chocolate. Cut candy bars in small pieces and place on top of chocolate. Sprinkle with colorful M&Ms®. Do not place in refrigerate. Chocolate will set up slowly. Before serving, cut cookie in half and then in thin wedges. Watch it disappear.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
1/2 cup butter, softened
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Mix in baking soda, salt, and flour. Stir in chocolate morsels. If you can pick up dough and form it into a ball, you know you have enough flour in dough. If it is a bit sticky, add a small amount of flour. Bake in 350 degree oven on a greased cookie sheet; regular-size cookies 8 to 10 minutes, pizza size, about 20 minutes or until middle is set.
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