Another Beautiful Summer Day!

Hello, Everyone!

Today is another gorgeous Summer day – right now it’s 76 degrees F. (perfect temperature!), sunny with a slight breeze – makes you just want to go out and DO something! (I’ve just returned from grocery shopping – not a glorious thing to do, but it got me out of the house and was needed). Grocery shopping also inspired tonight’s dinner: BLT’s! Just discovered a GREAT bacon: Hormel’s Maple bacon – great smells when cooking and good flavor when eating; I highly recommend it! I also have another batch of great-sounding recipes to share with you so here they are!


Brownie S’mores

9 whole cinnamon graham crackers, halved crosswise
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut up
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups semisweet or milk chocolate chips
35 regular-sized marshmallows

Heat oven to 350°F.
Spray bottom of 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Arrange graham crackers over bottom of pan, overlapping
slightly or breaking to fit, if necessary.Melt butter and
unsweetened chocolate in medium saucepan over low heat,
stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in sugar, brown
sugar and vanilla until blended. Stir in eggs until blended and
smooth; stir in flour. (Batter will be smooth, thick and shiny.)
Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon and gently spread over graham
crackers. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until top is just set and
toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs
Heat broiler. Place marshmallows on their sides evenly over
top of brownies. Broil 30 seconds to 2 minutes or until
marshmallows are puffed and tops are golden brown. Serve
slightly warm or at room temperature.

TIP Depending on the shape of your pan, you may have part
of a graham cracker left over.  Makes 35 bars
(recipe: Tamara – 1_Comfort_Foods, yahoo groups)

Sandra’s Strawberry Delight

(overnight recipe)
1 loaf angel food cake, torn apart into pieces
1 (9 oz) carton Cool Whip, thawed
1 pkg strawberry Jell-O (dry), 3 oz size
1 quart strawberries, fresh or frozen
   (can sweeten fresh berries),sliced

Use a 9 by 13-inch dish.  Mix Cool Whip and
dry Jello together, then stir in strawberries.
Layer  shredded cake, then strawberry mixture;
repeat until all are used up. Top with Cool Whip.
Refrigerated overnight before serving.
(recipe: Carolyn - DDJ)

Twice-Baked Ranch Potatoes

4 large baking potatoes
1 (3 oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 T.milk
1 (1 oz) pkg. ranch salad dressing mix
1 1/2 C. mashed potatoes
1/4 C.shredded Cheddar cheese
Scrub and pierce potatoes; place on a microwave-
safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for18-20
minutes or until tender, turning several times. Let
stand for 10 minutes.Meanwhile, in small mixing
bowl, combine cream cheese and milk; beat in salad
dressing mix. Add mashed potatoes; mix well. Cut a
thin slice from the top of each potato; scoop out pulp,
leaving a thin shell. Add pulp to the cream cheese
mixture and mash. Spoon into potato shells. Top with
cheese. Place two potatoes on a microwave-safe plate.
Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2
minutes or until heated through. Place remaining
potatoes on a baking sheet. Freeze overnight or until
thoroughly frozen; transfer to a freezer bag. May be
frozen for up to 3 months. To use frozen potatoes:
Place potatoes on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave,
uncovered, at 50% powder for 8-9 minutes or
until heated through.

Taco Chicken Stuffed Tomatoes

2 cans chicken chunks
2 C. cabbage, shredded
1/4 C. sour cream
1/4 C. mayonnaise
2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. onions (dehydrated flakes)
4 medium tomatoes
6 leaves lettuce

Drain chicken. In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, cabbage,
sour cream, mayo, chili powder, and onion. Toss lightly till
well mixed. For tomato cups, cut out 1/2 in of the core from
each tomato. Invert tomatoes. For each, cut from top to,
but not quite through, stem end, making six wedges. For
salads, line plates with lettuce or cabbage. Place tomatoes
on plates. Spread wedges slightly apart; fill
with chicken mixture. Top with cheese. Serve.
(recipe: Sandy-Mary’s Recipe Exchange)

Corn Fritters

2 large eggs
2 T. all-purpose flour
1 T. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 C. whole kernel corn
1-2 T. oil
1 tsp. margarine

Preheat nonstick skillet medium high
with 1-2 T. of oil, depending upon 
size of skillet.Separate eggs, putting 
whites into small bowl and yolks into 
large bowl.In large bowl, whisk together 
egg yolks,lightly beaten with wire whisk.
Whisk in corn. Beat egg whites in small 
bowl until peaks are stiff but not dry. 
Fold egg whites into the corn mixture 
with wire whisk.Add 1 tsp. margarine to 
skillet over oil for flavor. Drop batter 
by heaping tablespoon one at a time. Reduce
heat to medium and cook until browned on 
bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn once (do not 
pat fritters down) and cook the second 
side until browned (1 to 2 minutes).
Do not overcook.Serve immediately. 
Top with warm maple syrup, 
orange marmalade.

(recipe: Joan - 1_Comfort_Foods yahoogroups)

Peaches 'n Cream Cups

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
4 large, fresh peaches, halved & pitted

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in
large bowl with mixer until well
blended; gently stir in Cool Whip.
Scoop out peach pulp from skins, leaving
1/8 inch thick ‘shells’. Chop pulp, add
to cream cheese mixture; mix well. Spoon
into peach ‘shells’ and serve. Makes
8 servings.

Crunchy Corn Chip Chicken

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
10-3/4 oz. can cream of chicken soup
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1-1/4 oz. pkg. taco seasoning mix
2 c. barbecue corn chips, crushed

Preheat oven 450 degrees F.
Arrange chicken in an ungreased 13″x9″ baking
pan; set aside. Combine soup, one cup cheese
and taco seasoning together; spread over chicken.
Bake 45 minutes; sprinkle with corn chips and
remaining cheese. Return to oven; bake until
cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Makes 6 servings.
(recipe: Sandy-Marys Recipe Exchange)

Mexicana Chopped Salad

1/3 cup zesty Italian Dressing

1/2 tsp.  ground cumin
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
2   avocados, chopped
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1   yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onions
1/2 cup Mexican style finely shredded Four Cheese

Mix dressing & cumin; combine remaining
ingredients in large bowl. Add dressing
mixture; mix lightly. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 (1 C.) servings.
(recipe: Kraft Foods)

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
 1/2 tsp. garlic-pepper blend
1 pkg. pasteurized process cheese spread, (8 oz.) diced
2 Tbsp. milk
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 sandwich buns

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and
garlic-pepper blend until thoroughly cooked.
Drain.  In a 3 1/2 to 4 quart crock pot, combine
cooked ground beef and all remaining ingredients
except buns; mix well. Cover; cook on low setting
for 6 to 7 hours. To serve: spoon mixture onto
sandwich buns
(recipe: KS tabby-1_Comfort-Foods)

I’m still working on the afghans – ONE more to go until I reach 300, then I’m planning on taking a break. Am also working on knitting the scarf for my friend for Christmas; one more skein of yarn to go on that (in other words: I’m half done!). Am also still researching knit chemo caps; I had started one but then read that ‘seams’ are painful to the scalp if you’ve undergone chemo therapy, so I’m starting over with that idea. Found a couple of really good patterns and want to get started; only problem? Now I’ll be knitting with circular needles and double points (2 things I really don’t like doing) BUT if it’s for my friend, it’s worth it!

For those of you who like to knit and or/crochet, found a very interesting site with lots of free patterns for all sorts of things (even FELTING!): hats, baby, large lady patterns (and NO, I didn’t mean you can get a pattern to knit a large lady! hehehe); they even have a section called “Lots and Lots of Scarves!” Check it out!

Enjoy your day!



“It’s all gonna work out fine” (my new saying!)


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  1. Darn I was so hoping to knit a larger lady than me so I wouldn’t feel so darn big all the time! By the way (BTW is that right?) You are to be commended on completing 300 afghans! It is a tribute to your commitment and stamina. Another words GOOD JOB friend of mine!!!!

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