Friday, June 30, 2006

3 for 1 Foodie Friday!

I was rummaging through my collection of recipes and found 3 I wanted to share. I was having trouble deciding which one to post today so I figured I'd share all of them...lucky you! Besides, I will be gone for the next few weeks to North Dakota so why not give you more bang for the buck. Here ya go, enjoy!

Summertime Pizza

2 pkgs crescent rolls
2 8oz pkgs cream cheese
1/2 cup mayo
1 pkg Ranch salad dressing mix
3 to 4 cups thinly sliced fresh veggies (whatever floats your boat)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unroll crescent rolls, spread out on 10"x15" cookie sheer and press down over whole sheet to make a solid crust. Bake 10-15 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool. Meanwhile soften cream cheese and mix with mayo and salad dressing mix. Spread over cooled crust. Spread thinly sliced veggies over cream cheese layer. Top with cheese. Refrigerate. Try carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, green peppers, radishes, green onions, black can't go wrong!

Copper Coins

2 lbs carrots, sliced
1 green pepper
1 medium onion
1 can tomato soup
1/2 cup salad oil
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Cook carrots in salt and water until tender. When cooled, drain. Alternate layers of carrots, pepper rings, and onion rings. Make marinade of remaining ingredients. Blend well. Pour over carrots and refrigerate over night.

Fruit Pizza

2 cups Bisquick
1/3 cup margerine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix ingredients together and place in pizza pan. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool.

1 pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Beat together and add 3/4 cup whipped cream. Spread over cooled crust. Top with favorite fruits and refrigerate for 2 hours.

bananas, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, etc.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Yesterday I was chatting with my neighbor and she said she had made some freezer jam the day before. I thought I knew about canning, but I had never heard of freezer jam and I told her so. She went to her house and brought back a jar and said just try it. It was still frozen so I let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Not 10 minutes ago I finished my second helping of the stuff on toast.....YUM!!! I did a search online for more recipes and found several that I think I'll try asap including the one I'm sharing for today's installation of Foodie Friday. Here is the recipe I'm guessing my neighbor used. This was some of the best homemade jam I've had in a loooooooooong time! ENJOY!!

Strawberry Freezer Jam

2 c. crushed strawberries
4 c. sugar
3/4 c. water
1 box Sure Jell fruit pectin

Thoroughly mix fruit and sugar in large bowl, let stand 10 minutes. Mix water and fruit pectin in small saucepan, boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in fruit, continue stirring 3 minutes. Ladle quickly into 6 1 cup containers, cover at once with tight lids. Let stand overnight then store in freezer.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dear Creativity...

...I miss you. I miss having something to blog about here. I miss the creative juices flowing...even the reserves are all dried up. I picked up a hook last night and tried to put it to yarn thinking I might conjure you up, but alas, you stood me up...again. You wouldn't even help me this weekend while I planted flowers. I wanted to come up with something amazing, awe-inspiring, but no, all I got was symmetry. Don't fret, things still look nice, I was just looking for spectacular. Don't even get me started with your absence in the kitchen. I think Geof is growing tired of baloney sandwiches. Frankly, I am too. Please come back...soon. We all miss you, but mostly me.

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