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December 15, 2017  | Everyday Recipes
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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family. Everyday recipes made from ingredients found in most pantries.

On Dec. 14th Jackie requested recipes for dump cakes. I have recently been using Mr. Foods Autumn Pumpkin dump cake and have been very pleased. He also has several others that
Sound good and all are quick and easy to prepare, just go to Mr. Food.com and select from there...
Aileen in Wichita, Ks

In the 12/14/17 newsletter Laurie wanted to know how to fix white sauce. It was one of the first things I learned many years ago in Home Ec and I use the recipe as a base still today.

White Sauce Recipe - Med. thick

4 tbl. butter
4 tbl. flour
salt to taste
1 3/4 to 2 c. milk

Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and salt and blend till smooth. Add milk slowly, stirring rapidly to prevent lumping. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. I use a wisk to keep lumps from forming. This is the base for my Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast. Chris in NM

Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast

1 – 1 ˝ c. med. white sauce
˝ pkg. dried chipped beef, chopped into small pieces


4 tbl. butter
4 tbl. flour
salt to taste
1 ˝ c. to 2 C milk

Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and salt and blend till smooth. Add milk slowly, stirring rapidly to prevent lumping. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add chopped beef and stir. Cook 1 minute more. Then serve on toast. Chris in NM


Pumpkin Pecan Pie Squares Recipe

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned or instant oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
2 large eggs
2 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
Whipped cream
PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

COMBINE flour, oats, brown sugar and butter in small mixer bowl. Beat at low speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until crumbly. Press on bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

BAKE for 15 minutes.

COMBINE granulated sugar, pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs and pumpkin pie spice in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes; pour over crust.

BAKE for 20 minutes. Combine pecans and brown sugar in small bowl. Sprinkle pecan topping over filling. Continue baking for 15 to 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Top with whipped cream.
Chris in NM
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I used to make the following for my kids for special occasions and we all loved it!

Almond Puff Recipe
T & T

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup water
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs
Confectioners' Sugar Glaze
Slivered almonds

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut 1/2 cup butter into 1 cup flour. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons water over mixture; mix with fork. Round into ball; divide in half. On ungreased baking sheet, pat each half into a strip, 12 x 3 inches. Strips should be about 3 inches apart.

In medium saucepan, heat 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup water to rolling boil. Remove from heat and quickly stir in almond extract and 1 cup flour; Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Beat in eggs, all at one time, until smooth. Divide in half; spread each half evenly over strips, covering completely.

Bake about 60 minutes or until topping is crisp and brown. Cool. Frost with confectioners' Sugar Glaze and sprinkle generously with nuts. 10 to 12 servings.

Confectioners' Sugar Glaze:
Mix 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened, 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract and 1 to 2 tablespoons warm water until smooth.
Chris in NM
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Sharon was looking for egg drop soup and I don't think this is what she is looking for, but these days I'm for quick, easy and healthy and maybe somebody would be interested in the recipe I use:

Quick and Easy Egg Drop Soup Recipe

1 pkg. dry Lipton Noodle Soup or Double Noodle Soup mix.
1-2 eggs

Prepare soup according to directions. When boiling, drop in 1 or 2 eggs and stir around
with a fork. Voila! Egg Drop Soup
Athena in DE
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Layered Xmas Salad Recipe

Reminds me of jello salads in the 40's and 50's

1 3 ounces lime gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1/3 c unsweetened pineapple juice
1 c crushed pineapple, drained

Cream Cheese Layer
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
2 Tbsp cold water
1 -8 ounces cream cheese, soft
1/3 c milk

Berry Layer
2 -3 ounces strawberry gelatin
2 c boiling water
1 can whole-berry cranberry sauce
Whipped topping, optional

Dissolve lime gelatin in boiling water; stir in pineapple juice. Stir in pineapple. Pour into an 11x7-in. dish; refrigerate until set.
In pan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 min. Heat over low heat, stir til gelatin is completely dissolved. Transfer to bowl. Beat in cream cheese and milk til smooth. Spread over lime layer; refrigerate til set.
Dissolve strawberry gelatin in boiling water; stir in cranberry sauce. Cool for 10 min. Carefully spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.
Cut into squares. Garnish with whipped cream ENJOY !!!
Source Taste of Home
Judy in Montana
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Apricot Cranberry Bread Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup fresh or frozen halved cranberries
1/4 cup apricot preserves

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, orange peel, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, beat egg, water and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the cranberries. Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Cut apricots in the preserves into small pieces; spoon preserves over batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf
Source Taste of Home
Judy in Montana
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Fruit Dressing Recipe

16 oz. sour cream
16 oz. mayo

3/4 cup sugar
juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp marachino cherry juice

Put all into a bowl and mix well. It goes onto jello or any kind of fruit. This recipe is at least 65 years old and it is great ! ENJOY !!
Judy in Montana
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Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup coconut, vegetable or canola oil
1 cup peanut butter

Put all ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Drop dough by spoon, ice cream scoop or ? onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350* for 10-12 minutes. ENJOY !!
I press down on top of dough with a fork to flatten them a little(help cook more even) plus a little pattern on top of cookie
Judy in Montana
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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter

Put sugar and milk into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil exactly 2 1/2 minutes.
Take off heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla, mix well. pour into a wax paper or parchment paper lined container and cool completely. Cut into squares. ENJOY !!!
Judy in Montana
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AS requested in the newsletter
French Vanilla Creamer Recipes

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (15 oz.) can evaporated milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place all three ingredients into a blender, and blend for about 30 seconds. The mixer will be uniform. Store creamer in an air-tight container. Pour into coffee as desired.
Makes 10 Servings
Abby in Atlanta


This is for Lisa who wanted French vanilla creamer recipes in the 12/14 newsletter.
Robbie IN

French Vanilla Creamer Recipe

1 can (14oz) Fat Free sweetened condensed milk or use regular sweetened condensed milk
1-1/2 cup fat free milk (skim) - can use 1%, 2% or whole milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all three ingredients in a large mason jar (quart size). Add lid and stir or shake vigorously. Use within one week. Stir well before each use. Store in refrigerator.
Robbie In

This is not an exact but similar recipe for French Vanilla Coffee Creamer
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Sharon wanted recipes for egg drop soup. This appeared in a 1/16 newsletter and was shared by Karen L.
Robbie IN

Egg Drop Soup Recipe

3 cups chicken stock
2 eggs, beaten well
salt and white pepper to taste

Put chicken stock in a saucepan. Cook over medium high heat until it boils. Dribble egg slowly into boiling stock while stirring constantly with a spoon. Heat thoroughly. Serve hot. Season with salt and white pepper.
Karen L
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Robbie's Cherry Dessert Recipes for Ida

These recipes are for Ida, who is looking for a recipe she lost. I do not know if any of these will be close to what you use to make. You can use any cookie in place of the Oreos, such as sugar cookies or chocolate cookies. I have never tried using crumbled cookies in place of the crackers in the second recipe. These are always eaten quickly and many have asked for the recipes. They are also nice as they can be made ahead.
Robbie IN

Oreo Cherry Dessert Recipe

2 c. marshmallows
1/4 c. milk

Melt in double boiler. Add 1 can cherry pie filling to above.

30 crushed Oreo cookies - reserve 1/3 cup
1 sm. container Cool Whip

Pat the crushed cookies in a 9 x 9 inch square pan. Pour the marshmallows/pie filling mixture on top of cookies.
Spread with Cool Whip. Garnish with the reserved cookie crumbs. Refrigerate.
Robbie IN


Luscious Cherry Dessert Recipe

2 c. HI-HO or Ritz cracker crumbs
1 stick butter, melted
4 egg whites
1 c. sugar
1 can Wilderness cherry pie filling
1 lg. Cool Whip
Chopped pecans or sliced almonds

Mix together cracker crumbs and melted butter. Pat in bottom of greased 9 x 13-inch dish. Next beat 4 egg whites stiff add 1 cup sugar, beat until dissolved. Spread over crumbs and bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool well, overnight. Spread the cherry pie filling on top of meringue. Then spread Cool Whip on top of cherry pie filling. Sprinkle nuts or almonds on top. Refrigerate overnight. Very tasty!
Robbie IN


Chocolate Cherry Ribbon Dessert Recipe


30 crushed Oreo cookies- Can reserve 1/3 cup or more for top, if desired
1/2 c. butter, melted
Crush cookies in food processor, or with rolling pin. Combine with melted butter. Press into 9x13-inch pan. Refrigerate until hard for easier handling.

Creamy Middle
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1c. sour cream
1 c. whipped cream or substitute container Cool Whip
1 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp. almond extract
6 oz. chocolate chips, ground fine- can melt in microwave if you prefer

Beat all ingredients together in electric mixer until smooth. Spread on crust.

Cherry Layer
1 can cherry pie filling
Carefully spread cherry pie filling over creamy middle.

Whipped Cream (Last Layer) (Optional)
1 pt. (2 c.) fresh whipping cream, whipped stiff (unsweetened)- Can substitute Cool Whip

Carefully spread whipped cream over cherry pie filling. Or, can dollop whipped cream on each piece separately.
Refrigerate until ready to serve and refrigerate any leftovers.
Robbie IN
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Ana's White Cream Gravy Recipe

6 T. oil
5 T. self- rising flour
2-1/2 c. mixture of equal parts cream and water
salt and pepper

Heat oil in large skillet. Add flour and stir continuously until flour mixture starts to brown. Gradually add milk to mixture, stirring constantly. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until gravy reaches desired consistency. You may use more or less milk, depending on your preference.
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Ana's Hot Chocolate Eggnog Recipe

1 Egg
3/4 c Milk
1/2 c Water
3 tb Unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 ts Ground nutmeg;

In container of electric blender of food processor, combine egg, milk, water, cocoa and nutmeg, blend until well mixed. Transfer mixture to top of a double boiler. Hear stirring occasionally, until mixture is steaming. Do not boil.
Serve immediately.
Makes 1 Serving (1.5 cups)
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Christmas Ice Cubes

Freeze green limeade in ice trays with a red maraschino cherry in each well. When the ice melts in a glass of punch, a cherry is left behind as an added treat.
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Ana's Salt Dough Ornaments Recipe

2 c Flour
1 c Salt
1 c Water

Mix salt and flour. Slowly add water, mixing as you add it. Towards the end you will have to put dough on a work counter or on a lightly oiled surface and knead well until dough is smooth. This dough can be used to make long lasting ornaments and decorations. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 1 1/2 hours until dry. After they have completely cooled, you can paint them with acrylic paints and tie ribbons around them. If you want to hang them up make sure that you make holes to hang them before baking.

For a smooth, white porcelain like dough, mix 1 cup cornstarch and 2 cups baking soda in a saucepan. Add 1 1/3 cups of cold water and stir until smooth. Heat slowly stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Turn mixture out on a plate, cover and let cool. knead until smooth. Dust bread board with cornstarch and roll out dough.Add more cornstarch to prevent sticking. Cut out ornaments(remember to make holes for hanging!) and place on wire racks to air dry for a few days. After drying you can paint the ornaments and hang on your tree or use as package tie ons.
You can use cookie cutters for making the decorations. Use the bigger cutters that don't have small areas for the dough to stick in and can't get it out.
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Aunt Peggy's Deviled Eggs Recipe

6 hard-cooked eggs
3 tb honey Dijon salad dressing
2 tb Minced green onions, chopped fine
1/8 ts Pepper, if desired

Remove shells from eggs; halve lengthwise or crosswise. Carefully remove yolks and place in small bowl. Mash yolks with fork. Add salad dressing and green onions; mix well. Lightly spoon or pipe mixture back into egg white halves. Sprinkle with pepper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Makes 12 egg halves
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Cereal Christmas Trees Recipe

3 tb Margarine
40 lg Marshmallows
1/2 ts Vanilla
4 c Cheerios

Heat margarine and marshmallows over low heat stirring constantly until melted. Remove from heat - add vanilla and colouring - fold in cereal until coated. On buttered wax paper divide mixture into 5 piles with buttered hands shape into trees. Decorate with sliced jellies (I use sugared gum drops - sliced). I then make a star for the top with the childs name on it. Glue the star onto a toothpick and stick through the top of the tree.

Notes: 40 large marshmallows = 3 cups minatures Tint marshmallow mixture with green food colour
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Chocolate Covered Peanuts Recipe

6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 c Light Karo Corn Syrup
1 tb water
2 c salted peanuts

Combine the chocolate pieces, corn syrup, and water in a double boiler top. Place over hot water and stir until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the peanuts stirring until well coated. Drop the mixture by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper lined baking sheets. Cover with aluminum foil and chill in the refrigerator until firm.
Makes about 36 pieces.
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