Orange-Berry Smoothie

What better way to start your day than with a fresh fruit smoothie? Try this recipe to jump start your day!

Orange-Berry Smoothie

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Ingredients
  • 2 navel oranges, peel and pith removed, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

 

Roasted Vegetables

This is a healthy side dish to any main meal such as hamburgers or sandwiches!

Roasted Vegetables

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Ingredients
  • 6 large Zucchinis
  • 6 large Carrots
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Any other seasonings you prefer-paprika, red pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, rosemary, sage
  • Olive oil

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220 C
  2. Cut zucchini and carrots into 3 inch sticks
  3. Spread small amount of olive oil on bottom of baking pan
  4. Place vegetables in a mixing bowl
  5. Cover with salt & pepper and your choice of other seasonings
  6. Toss vegetables with seasonings and ½ tsp of olive oil
  7. Spread onto pan and place in oven until golden brown

 

No Bake Cookies

No Bake cookies have been a family favorite for years! This was a tradition every year for myself, my mom and sisters. We loved to help her prepare these cookies as well as the eat the yummy left over chocolate and peanut butter! Perfect holiday cookie!

No Bake Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper

Instructions
  1. In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

 

 

Party Cheese Ball

Be careful – you could eat this entire cheeseball in one sitting. It’s a great holiday party appetizer and very quick to make. The biggest challenge is waiting for all the cheese to get to room temperature – be sure to plan for that. Add your favorite cracker – and enjoy.

Party Cheese Ball

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Ingredients
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese
  • 1 (4 oz) pkg blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1 (4 oz) pkg sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
  1. Let cheeses stand at room temperature until softened.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, blue cheese, and cheddar cheese.
  3. Add onion and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Blend on low speed until mixed then medium speed until fluffy scraping side and bottom of bowl.
  5. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.
  6. Can be rolled into one large ball or small balls.

 

Christmas Sugar Cookies

A must have recipe for your holiday cookie baking! My mother and grandparents get together every year to make upwards of 300 cookies. They divide everything up in tins, put ‘em in the freezer, and remove as necessary for all the holiday parties. These cookies are the best because they are delicious frozen or warm!

Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Colored sugar for decorating (or frosting)

Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl combine the flour and salt with a wire wisk
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well mixed.
  4. Scrape down sides of bowl then add the flour mixture.
  5. Blend on low speed until combined. Do not overmix.
  6. Gather dough into a ball. Flatten the ball into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate one hour.
  7. Roll dough out to ¼” thickness on floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters.
  8. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  9. Bake 13-15 minutes – be careful not to brown.
  10. Cool on flat surface – then decorate!

 

Sassy Sangria

Consider this the perfect appetizer to any summer meal! The sangria is like a fruit cocktail in a glass with a slash (or wave) of alcohol. It’s just sweet enough – and a staple at all our summer family events.

Sassy Sangria

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Ingredients
  • 3 cups chianti
  • 1 cup brandy
  • ¼ cup orange flavored liqueur
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 8 fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled

Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients except club soda.
  2. Cover tightly and refrigerate three hour to let flavors meld
  3. Pour ¾ cup sangria mixture into each of 8 wine glasses, dividing fruit equally.
  4. Top each glass with ¼ cup club soda
  5. Serve immediately.

 

Butter Cookies

I love making cookies using the cookie press. If you don’t have a Cookie Press – buy one for the holiday season! There are so many fun shapes you can use to switch up the style of cookie. This is a simple, super easy recipe that we always use for holiday cookie baking.

Butter Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour

Instructions
  1. Cream together margarine and sugar
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  3. Stir in flour
  4. Put dough through cookie press
  5. Bake cookies at 350 for 10 minutes

 

 

Crispy Potato Wedges

Add these as a side dish or an appetizer for any meal. My mom always made these to go alongside a burger – and in college, I simply made these as a meal. These are delicious!

Crispy Potato Wedges

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Ingredients
  • 4 Medium Russet Potatoes (cut into large wedges)
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder

Instructions
  1. Cover potatoes with cold water for 15 minutes
  2. Preheat oven to 425 and grease large baking sheet
  3. Drain potatoes spread onto paper towels, pat dry.
  4. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and sprinkle with oil, pepper, salt. Toss to combine.
  5. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake 20 minutes, using a spatula turn potatoes and sprinkle with garlic.
  7. Bake until golden brown – about twenty minutes and turning after 10 minutes.

 

Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake

I initially found this Chocolate Chip Brownie Cake when blankly browsing around on Pintrest.com.  As soon as I saw the picture, I KNEW I had to make this.  I have to imagine this is one of the best things in the world…

Chocolate Chip-Brownie Cake

Serves: 6

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Ingredients
  • 1 box Betty Crocker® fudge brownie mix
  • ½ Cup butter, melted
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 pouch Betty Crocker® chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Vanilla ice cream, as desired

Instructions
  1. Spray 4½-quart slow cooker with baking spray with flour.
  2. In large bowl, mix brownie mix with ¼ cup of the melted butter and 2 of the eggs.
  3. In another large bowl, mix chocolate chip cookie mix, remaining ¼ cup melted butter and remaining 2 eggs.
  4. Drop alternate spoonfuls of the brownie and chocolate chip cookie batters into slow cooker.
  5. Cover; cook on High heat setting 2 to 3 hours or until cake is set in center. To serve, spoon cake from slow cooker, and top with scoops of ice cream.

*Recipe found here

Sugar Cookies

Now, everyone needs a basic sugar cookie recipe.  Pick your favorite cookie cutters and decorate any way you want, and your little ones will be delighted!!  Just the smell from the oven will have little noses whiffing and flocking in no time!!
Thank you  Lydia
Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. Cream butter. Add sugar gradually until fluffy.
  2. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together.
  4. Blend slowly into creamed mixture.
  5. Mix well until dough sticks together.
  6. Chill if needed.
  7. Roll out into ¼ inch thick. Use cookie cutters.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-7 minutes. Chill and decorate.