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If your family loves Chick-fil-A…watch this video

This video is soooo funny.  My sister told me about Tim Hawkins who is a Christian comedian. Check out his video about Chick-fil-A which is hilarious.  You can see lots of other videos on his Web site which is

Cucumber Pasta Salad ~ My favorite summer recipe

For Memorial Day weekend I made my favorite summer recipe.  It is fabulous and has three foods I love ~ cucumbers, onions, and pasta! I made some to take to the Lake this weekend & it was all gone the same day! Check out this picture I took of it – YUMMY.  Every time I make it I get asked for the recipe so I thought I would share:

Ingredients:

16 ounces uncooked rotini or penne pasta

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 medium cucumbers, thinly sliced

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1-1/2 cups sugar (I use less than the recipe calls – 1 cup)

1 cup water

3/4 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place pasta in a large bowl; stir in the oil, cucumbers, and onion.

Combine the remaining ingredients and pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours (I chill mine overnight). Stir before serving. Serve with a slotted spoon. Yield: 8-10 servings.

Enjoy!

Tired of regular tacos? Try this recipe!

The Little Write Gal loves tacos but sometimes I get tired of them.  Tonight instead of traditional tacos for dinner, I made this taco casserole. As a rule she doesn’t like casseroles but she really loved this one!  I thought I would share the recipe because if you are like me you are always looking for new things to cook for dinner.

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

1 pkg. taco seasoning

1 jar salsa

1 can refried beans

2 c. Mexican shredded cheese (I actually used only about 1 c.)

Tortilla chips

Directions

Brown ground beef.  Add taco seasoning and fix per package directions. Mix jar of salsa in with beef then set aside.  Spray casserole dish with Pam. Crumble tortilla chips in bottom of casserole dish.  Spread refried beans on top of chips. Spread beef mixture on top of beans. Top with shredded cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes until cheese has melted and entire dish is hot. Serve immediately.

Enjoy!

Try making these cookies with your “Little Gobblers”

If you have kids in the house this Thanksgiving, try making these cute turkey cookies which are made with Rice Krispies cereal.  The Little Write Gal and I enjoyed making them.  We thought we would share the recipe with you.  I took the picture with our camera and it turned out so good I think it needs to be in a cookbook.  🙂 Enjoy!

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, melted

4 cups miniature marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

28 chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies (I used Oreos)

1-1/2 cups chocolate frosting

1 package (12-1/2 ounces) candy corn

Directions

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add marshmallows and stir over low heat until melted. Stir in cereal. Cool for 10 minutes. With buttered hands, form cereal mixture into 1-1/2-in. balls. Twist apart sandwich cookies and spread frosting on the inside of the cookies.

Place 28 cookie halves under cereal balls to form the base for each turkey. Place three pieces of candy corn on remaining cookie halves in the shape of a fan; press each half onto a cereal ball to form the turkey’s tail. Attach the remaining candy corn with frosting to form the turkey’s head. Makes approximately 28 servings.

Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers

greatvalueIf you shop at Wal-Mart you should consider joining The Great Value Roundtable, an online community of dedicated Wal-Mart shoppers. You get to participate in online surveys and provide your input about the Great Value brand.  For every survey completed, you get a chance to win a $500 Wal-Mart Gift Card. Drawings are held each month for 10 gift cards. 

greatvalue1Recently I had a chance to try some new Great Value products including the Pecan Shortbread Cookies and Twist N Shout sandwich cookies.  Cookies do not last long in my house.  🙂  The Pecan Shortbread cookies are excellent and taste just like Pecan Sandies. My family enjoyed the products but we did not really care for the new Great Value white packaging design.  While I think it is an improvement over the original Great Value packaging, the white is way too generic.  Also when you are shopping in Wal-Mart the white packages tend to get lost on the shelves.  If Wal-Mart wants this to appeal to its customers I think they should revisit the design.

If you are a regular Wal-Mart shopper, don’t forget to register for the Great Value Roundtable.

My Recipe is Famous

My friend Kim from What’s That Smell? wrote a blog post today about my Slow Cooker Lasagna Recipe.  So now I am famous – LOL!  You should definitely read Kim’s article which is hilarious.  She likes to prepare packaged meals in the “magic cooking box” aka The Microwave and does not profess to be a cook.  Like I told Kim it is all about having the right recipe.  I don’t profess to be a great cook (I taught myself), but usually just like my Grandmother did I can tell by a recipe if something will be a hit. My family definitely likes this dish.  Check out the recipe on Kim’s blog and hopefully your family will like it too!

I may have to blog about another favorite recipe of mine soon so I can help Kim out with another great dish she can feed her family.  Thanks for posting about mine Kim!

My Favorite Holiday Recipe

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Welcome to Day #4 of MomDot’s Blog Party! Today’s question is sponsored by Bottlewise and Glow Mama.

What is your favorite holiday recipe? Describe your holiday table and your biggest holiday cooking disaster.

My favorite holiday recipe has to be my Cranberry Gelatin Salad.  You know it’s good when you get invited to parties and the host requests you bring this dish.  My family insists on it at our holiday gatherings.  It is kid-friendly too because even though it has cranberries in it, The Little Write Gal loves it because it has Jello!  You should try it for your next Christmas party.  It looks gorgeous if you serve it in a glass bowl.

Cranberry Gelatin Salad

Ingredients:
1 package (6 ounces) cherry gelatin
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 can (16 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1-1/2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:
In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in water. Stir in pineapple and cranberry sauce. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Stir in grapes and pecans. Pour into a 2-qt. serving bowl. Refrigerate until firm. Yield: 8-10 servings.

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My holiday table usually just has our china on it for parties because there is normally so much food at my house it is sitting everywhere on the kitchen countertops, even on the stove.  I have never really had any holiday cooking disasters — at least not yet.  I hope I don’t have one this year since I just typed this.

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