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Kool-Aid Pie

I’ve been on a Kool-Aid Pie kick lately.

And why not?!  They’re so easy!

I know they’ve been around for a while but it’s a new attempt at an easy and delicious pie.

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I’ve had several elderly friends to pass away lately and I was looking for something quick and easy to take to the dinner for the family.    It’s kinda hard to make a complicated recipe when you work full time.  This recipe is exactly that…easy, that is, and delicious, too! You can change the flavor depending on what kind of Kool-Aid you use.

I’ve made three flavors…Strawberry, Lemon-Lime, and Orange.

Delicious…very easy…and perfect for Spring!

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KOOL-AID PIE

1 graham cracker pie crust
1 pkg unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix
1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
In a medium bowl, mix condensed milk and Kool-aid until well combined.  Fold in Cool Whip and spoon pie mixture into the graham cracker crust. Garnish according to flavor.  Chill for 2 hours and serve.

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And for my low carb readers…
3-INGREDIENT LOW-CARB LEMON ICEBOX PIE

from Jimmy Moore’s site.  Sounds yummy!

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Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza is one of my favorite desserts!

It’s a wonderful dessert during springtime or any other special time of year, say like the upcoming holidays!  🙂

On this particular Fruit Pizza I used fresh strawberries, bananas, and kiwi but you can use your favorite fruits.

 

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FRUIT PIZZA

1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) refrigerated sliceable sugar cookies, sliced
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
4 cups assorted cut-up fruit (kiwi, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, drained canned mandarin oranges)
1/2 cup apricot preserves*
1Tbsp. water

HEAT oven to 375°F.

LINE 12-inch pizza pan with foil; spray with cooking spray. Arrange cookie dough slices in single layer in prepared pan; press together to form crust. Bake 14 min.; cool completely.  (I used my Pampered Chef baking stone for bars and my cookie crust got a little crisp. If you don’t have a stone you can use any 9×13 baking pan similar to this.)

Using a handmixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until well blended.  Spread over crust.

TOP with the fresh sliced fruit.  Mix preserves and water; brush or spoon over fruit.  Cover and refrigerate  overnight.  (*I usually use Smucker’s Sugar Free Apricot Preserves.)

TIP-How to quickly soften cream cheese:  Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese on microwaveable plate.   Microwave on HIGH for 10 to 15 sec. or until slightly softened.

 

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Strawberry Smoothie

This past summer I got on a smoothie-making kick!

This is just one of the delicious, satisfying smoothies I made for breakfast.

Strawberry Smoothie

6-8 medium size frozen strawberries, partially thawed
1/3 cup small curd cottage cheese
1 tablespoon heavy cream (or 1/4 cup almond milk)
4 -6 ice cubes
2 packets of Stevia or your sweetener of choice

Put all of the ingredients into a blender.  (I have a personal blender like this so I can just blend and go. )  Place the lid on the blender and blend for 45 to 60 seconds, or until smooth.  Pour your smoothie into a glass if not using your personal blender and enjoy.

(Can add extra water while blending if necessary.)

Also, for added nutrition, I sometimes add fresh baby spinach.  It doesn’t affect the flavor, but bumps up the nutrition.

Summer 2010

I just thought I’d share some pictures of my summer.  Most of these were taken with my cell phone camera, so please forgive the quality.

Hope you’ve had a great summer!

My daughter is all excited about Fall, so we’ll probably be sharing some photos of an Autumn project she has in mind.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge.)

My hubby went fishing this morning.

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

My great-nephew enjoys the pool.

Homemade Pizza on a Low Carb Tortilla

The Pool on a beautiful day!

Purple Hull Peas from my garden

Purple Hull peas on my plate.

This was one of my mom’s favorite summer suppers…purple hull peas, fried summer squash, ripe tomatoes & cornbread.

My daughter’s cat, Angel, goes to the garden with me every day.

Pretty pepper plant.

Fresh green beans.

Fresh tomato on toasted sour dough bread sammie.

A wedding cake by my friend’s daughter…she is self-taught and a mom of 2 young children who bakes out of her home.  I don’t know how she does it!

Another cake by Jada.

(Hopefully someday to be called The Cakery Boutique.)

Chicken Club Ring

Ribs…

Our family made a trip to Lambert’s in Sikeston, Mo.  They are famously called “The Home of the Throwed Rolls”.  When you raise your hand, they’ll throw you a hot yeast roll.  The food is wonderful!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse of my summer.

I hope to be back soon with some great low carb recipes and stories that warm the heart.  Come back soon!

Strawberry Jam Bars

 One of my favorite recipes of all time!

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The oatmeal mixture pressed in the bottom of an 8 x 8 glass dish lined with aluminum foil.  After baking, I lift the whole thing out for easier cutting.

The strawberry jam and oatmeal crumble on top of the bottom layer.

Still warm from the oven…wonderful yumminess!

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Handyman’s Jambalaya

My hubby has these boring hunting videos…

well, boring to me anyway.  That’s where he got the inspiration and recipe for this Jambalaya.  (Actually it’s the Duck Commander who taught my hubby how to make this wonderful dish!)

That hubby is holding a spoon in his hand and putting this dish together all by himself is totally amazing!

When it comes to grilling, he’s a pro…but to actually cook something in a pot that has lots of ingredients?!  I’m impressed.  🙂

Love you, baby!  Keep up the good work.

What’s that famous saying...”Make Jambalaya.  They will come.”  Just kidding.  I made that up.

Nevertheless, it’s true!  This is some good stuff.

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Sausage and chicken thighs simmering in the dutch oven.

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Here he’s added the peppers, onions, and spices.

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Right after adding the chicken broth, tomato paste, and rice.

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….and the finished dish…

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Handyman’s Jambalaya

(Sorry, he doesn’t do a lot of measuring, but these are the basic steps he follows.)

6 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless
1 lb polish or cajun spiced smoked sausage
1 large bell pepper, chopped
1 large onion, diced
2 tablespoons tomato paste

oil for cooking meat, maybe 1 tablespoon

spices, 1-2 dashes of each:
salt, pepper, oregano, garlic, cajun spice, chili powder,

3 cups chicken stock or boullion
3 cups instant rice (long grain will work, adjust the liquid)

In a large dutch oven add the oil and over med- high heat, cook the chicken and sausage until done.  You might need to check the chicken to be sure after about 20 minutes.

Add the chopped pepper, onion, and spices.  Continue cooking until the veggies appear to be tender, maybe another 10-15 minutes, watch carefully and stir often to avoid sticking.

Pour in the chicken broth and add the rice.  Cook until the rice is tender.  Let set for about 10 minutes before serving.

COOK’S NOTE:  If you’re watching your carb intake, you may substitute “riced” cauliflower for the white rice.  It’s just as yummy!

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Stay tuned for a wonderful Smoked Turkey Salad that is perfect for Spring and a super easy, delicious Jam Bar recipe that makes a wonderful treat for any time of the day!

 

Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey Vanilla Yogurt Dressing

A few nights ago, my girls wanted to to make an easy treat for our dessert.  

We were out of a few ingredients, but managed to put together this tasty fruit salad bowl.   This fruit salad is a great choice for dessert or even breakfast. (oops, pic is before the dressing)

 

By Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.

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Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey Vanilla Yogurt Dressing

2 cups plain yogurt

2 tablespoons good honey

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla bean, optional

1/2 orange, juiced

1 banana, sliced

1/2 pint fresh blueberries

1/2 pint fresh raspberries

1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half

1 bunch seedless green grapes, halved

Combine the yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean seeds in a bowl and set aside. Combine the orange juice and banana slices in a separate bowl. Add the berries and grapes and gently mix the fruit mixture together. Spoon the fruit into serving bowls and top with the yogurt.

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Aunt Mary’s Special Cake with Strawberries

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Several years ago I had a chance

to go through Aunt Mary’s little recipe box.  I copied down the recipes that I thought I might like to make and read through those that I remembered her making.  There was Date Nut Cake, Chess Pie, Pecan Crisp Cookies and even a recipe on stationery sent from a friend along with a greeting and personal  note.  One that stood out to me was hid near the back of the box, with no name other than Cake.  Not wanting it to get lost in my files I renamed it “Special Cake”.

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Over the years, I’ve made Special Cake several times, usually during the summer to go with strawberries and fresh whipped cream.  My oldest daughter happens to love Strawberry Shortcake.

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I made it again this weekend and decided to use my new bundt pan (can you call it a pan if it’s ceramic?) from Williams-Sonoma that was a gift from my dear youngest brother.  Here’s a similar cake pan if you’re looking for something a little different.  This glass bundt cake pan is very unusual and surprisingly afforable!

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My cake wanted to stick a little and didn’t brown as well as the one on the cake pan lable, even after baking for 45 minutes.  I took a slice of it and cubed it up for Strawberry Shortcake Trifle.  Check out these cute individual trifle dishes!

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Don’t you just love spring?  Spring brings us those delicious little red bits of delectable fruit we call strawberries.  Aunt Mary brought me a Special Cake recipe to use with that delicious fruit,  along with many wonderful memories.

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Happy Spring and happy Strawberry Shortcake Season!

Read more about Aunt Mary’s life and recipes

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