Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Does Chocolate Zucchini Cake count as a vegetable or dessert? Perhaps if you eat it with your meal; it’s a vegetable, but if you eat it later; it’s a dessert! Either way, this recipe is one to use again and again. It is moist, delicious, and doesn’t need frosting! 
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If you have a garden and plant zucchini, you know you’re going to need lots of zucchini recipe ideas for using all that a plant produces. This is one recipe idea that can be made over and over again. It is so good! I grate the zucchini and freeze in 2 cup portions so I have it ready to use for baking another cake when needed. A friend gave me this recipe. She found it in an old church cookbook.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12-15 pieces
 
Rich chocolate cake made with grated Zucchini
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup sour milk
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa pwd.
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2½ cups flour
  • Chopped walnuts
  • ½ c. cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream together oil, butter, eggs, and sugar.
  2. Add the milk and vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients and zucchini.
  4. Pour into greased 9x13 cake pan.
  5. Sprinkle chips and nuts (optional) on top.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 min.

The batter will look like this….

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It looks light, but don’t worry, it bakes darker.

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This cake is so moist, rich, and delicious! It’s hard to resist especially if you’re a chocolate lover. 

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If by chance you have leftovers, it freezes well! 

Now, do you consider this a vegetable or dessert? Hmmm….I wonder….

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Amazing Sunsets

Amazing Sunsets

We are fortunate to live on a small lake facing west. During the summer, we see some Amazing Sunsets! Each one is completely different. Even though it is take from our same yard, the colors, clouds, and water change to paint a different picture every time. (By the way, these are not color enhanced!)

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 Some pictures are from my deck and some are from the beach area. I just love to see a beautiful sunset! Only God, our Creator,  can paint a picture so different and beautiful every time! On the picture above, the tall, stately, White Pines silhouette this amazing sunset! This was so short-lived.  Five minutes later, it was gone.

 

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For the one above, I zoomed and focused across the lake. Those storm clouds turned into objects of beauty with the sun’s power.

 

Here’s another of pinks and blues….

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Quite different with grays and orange!

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The next one shows clouds that seem laced in pink!

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We’re not the only place that enjoys beautiful sunsets. I took this picture during our visit to the Puget Sound in Washington. There’s a sliver of the moon showing across the water.

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Back at home again…..

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The sunset this night didn’t start too spectacular, but…….

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the clouds moved and displayed the sun’s rays!

 

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These next 3 shots I sent to a local news station and they made the news that night.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen the sun’s rays like they were this night. The clouds suddenly had a silver lining!

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And finally fading away…..

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The next two pictures were taken about 10 minutes apart.  At first, it looked like this…..

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Later it changed to look like this…..

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Another evening, it looked like this….

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It seems that when there are  clouds in the sky at sunset, the sun does magic with them! Sort of like our lives…sometimes there are “grey clouds”, but God can do “magic” at making our lives beautiful again through Jesus Christ, our Lord! It reminds me of the song, “Something Beautiful”.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIfdDLXuuUg

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I was just finishing this post and looked out the window at this Amazing Sunset! I had to include it!

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Hope you enjoyed a look at some of the Amazing Sunsets of God’s world viewed from where we live. 

Phyllis 

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Upcycled Can to Vase!

Upcycled Can to Vase!

The definition of an “upcycle” is  to “reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original”. This Upcycled Can to Vase certainly fits that description. Not only are you reusing the can, but, also, reusing a corrugated cardboard box! It make a perfect textured vase for a flower arrangement.

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Here are the materials I used, but you can change the color, ribbon, and flowers to suit your need.

I used a 15 oz can, ribbon, sunflowers, and a piece of corrugated cardboard.  Not pictured is spray paint.

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Take a piece of corrugated cardboard and cut just a bit larger than the can in height and long enough to go around the can. Tear off the top piece of paper to show the corrugated texture. Some of the paper will stick so use a damp cloth and rub down the ribs to loosen the paper and then use tweezers to get the extra paper off. Let the cardboard dry. Once dry, spray paint.

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When the paint has dried, hot glue the corrugated piece around the can. No need to remove the label as it won’t show.

Next, add a textured piece of ribbon or burlap and hot glue in place. ( a bow is optional). 

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Now, arrange the flowers in the “upcycled can to a vase”. Use floral foam, if desired, to hold the flowers.

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For other seasons, paint the corrugated cardboard a different color. Then, and add ribbon and flowers to coordinate with your color scheme.

If using for an outside event, fill the bottom of the can with rocks to add weight so it doesn’t blow over. Now, wasn’t that easy and inexpensive? 

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The sunflowers are from the Dollar Tree so it really is an inexpensive floral arrangement! 

So, don’t throw those cans or boxes away! Now, you know how to upcycle them! 

Have fun!

Phyllis

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Fall Tablesetting

Fall Tablesetting

The calendar and the weather all say that fall is here. Using the colors of burgundy, gold, and green together certainly look like fall, too! Combining these colors in the centerpiece, placemats, dishes, goblets, and napkins, it all comes together to make a fall tablesetting.

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Setting a lovely table is what I enjoy most about entertaining. (Oh, I like the guests, too!) This Fall Tablesetting is a mix of various dishes and styles put together. I like that everything doesn’t need to match.

I started with the centerpiece. It is in an antique flour sifter that I found in Europe many years ago. I love the patina of the old wood and it works perfectly for a fall centerpiece. The three gorgeous burgundy sunflowers with fall berries were found this year at Hobby Lobby. The extra fill of burgundy berries and green foliage is from the Dollar Tree. They came as many stems on a bush. I bought them last year and knew that I’d make use of them somehow. ($2.00) Not bad! All in all, it’s a pretty inexpensive centerpiece.

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I bought the green leaf plates at Walmart two years ago. Wish they had them again as I could use more! All I have seen lately is plastic and that won’t do for me. I don’t remember what I paid, but they were inexpensive.

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The two sets of glasses are old (antique?). I like to use them for fall.

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Now, I need to invite some friends for dinner. The table is ready!

Hope this gave you some inspiration for your fall tablesetting.

Thanks for stopping by,

Phyllis

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Spaghetti Salad

Spaghetti Salad

This Spaghetti Salad recipe makes a huge amount. So, if you’re making it just for your family, you may want to cut the recipe in half. It is a hearty salad and one which you can add just about anything to it. I’ll give lots of optional additions, but you can pick and choose the ones your family will like.

You do need to plan ahead and make this the day before. It needs to be in the refrigerator overnight to soak up all the flavors!

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Spaghetti Salad
Recipe type: Salad
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This Spaghetti Salad is hearty and delicious. Lots of ingredients with a zest of Salad Supreme spice.
Ingredients
  • 1 -1 lb. box Spaghetti (regular or whole wheat)
  • 1 16 oz. bottle of Italian Dressing
  • Red onion chopped fine
  • 2-3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • McCormick's Salad Supreme seasoning
  • Cheese (Colby or Cheddar)
  • pepperoni or salami, cut into small pieces
  • Celery - diced
  • Optional items:
  • Cucumber, seeded and diced
  • Sliced black olives
  • green pepper, diced
  • marinated artichoke hearts
Instructions
  1. Prepare Spaghetti according to package directions
  2. Drain and run under cold water.
  3. Place spaghetti in a large bowl.
  4. Pour Italian Dressing over the spaghetti
  5. Add ½ jar of McCormick's Salad Seasoning ( I add just a little more)
  6. Mix with spaghetti
  7. Add onion, celery, pepperoni or salami, and tomatoes
  8. Add optional ingredients of choice
  9. Combine all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

This recipe never had amounts of each ingredient so I just add according to what I like. Toss well before serving to get all the goodies from the bottom of the bowl. This salad keeps well for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Salsa Goddess Dressing Recipe

Salsa Goddess Dressing Recipe

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Here’s a recipe for a great taco dressing that I call Salsa Goddess Dressing! It is easily mixed together from four ingredients. Three of the ingredients are easily found. One is my secret ingredient I use for my Guacamole. It  adds wonderful flavor to this Salsa-Goddess dressing. Check out the Best Guacamole Recipe, too!

 

Salsa-Goddess Dressing for Taco Salad
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Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 2½ cups approx.
 
A wonderful dressing for your Taco Salads.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayo
  • ⅔ cup Green Goddess Salad Dressing
  • ½ - ¾ cup Salsa (your choice of mild, medium, or hot)
  • Tajin
Instructions
  1. Thin mayo with milk or cream
  2. Add Green Goddess Salad Dressing
  3. Add Salsa
  4. Mix together
  5. Season to taste with Tajin -add shakes of Tajin until you reach desired spice flavor
  6. (Tajin, pronounced "Ta-Heen" is found in the Hispanic aisle of your grocery store or in a Hispanic grocery store.

 

 

 

Tajin looks like this…..Salsa Goddess Dressing

 

Put dressing in  bowl or pitcher and let each person add the dressing on their Taco Salad.

Sprinkle chips on top. (optional)

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Enjoy! 

Phyllis ihyllis

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Miniature Gnome Garden

Miniature Gnome Garden

I have done a couple posts on miniature gardens lately and that started me on creating this Miniature Gnome Garden. At first, I thought this idea was way too much work, but when I got into it, I saw lots of possibilities. It became fun, too. Living near a wooded area, gave me ample supplies to make this. Besides items from nature, I used a plastic whipped topping container for the main base so it’s a bit of a reuse and recycle project, too. A post from Sharon Ojala. was my inspiration.

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Materials I used…

Whipped topping plastic container or any other container….  Pringles can, styrofoam take-home containers, boxes, etc.

Tin Foil

Wide Masking Tape

Paper Towel

Tacky Glue

Glue Gun

Sticks, Pine Cones or other materials for a roof

Sheet Moss

12 inch Styrofoam Base

2 shades of Brown Acrylic Paint (or add black to one shade)

Paint Brush

Tag Board or Paper Plate

Scrap Burlap

Directions:

1. Decide on a container to use. Cut a door opening and windows, if desired.

2. Cover container with crumpled or straight tin foil so that it has texture. This step doesn’t have to be perfect. Use strips of tin foil and keep adding.Hot glue in place. With the foil, you are able to crumple it up so it looks like a tree or any type of texture you like.

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3. Cover tin foil with wide masking tape. You need this step as the paper towel doesn’t stick to the foil.

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4. Make a mixture of tacky glue and water. Dip paper towel strips into glue mixture and place over masking tape.

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This shows the three steps of tin foil, tape (blue), and paper towel. I used blue for this sample so you could see it better. You really can’t go wrong as it will all be painted anyway.

5. When dry, paint. Use two tones of brown to give some shading to the Gnome home.

There are so many possibilities of items to reuse….   Make a castle by using a detergent cap and cone top.

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Back to the Miniature Gnome Garden…..

6. Roof:

Cut a circle (don’t worry about size and you can cut it down to fit). Now, cut out 1/4 of the circle and bend around to form a cone and staple it together. Now, fit it to your project and cut it down to size. For this circle, I used a paper salad plate. Tag board works as well, too! If you want a window, cut it out with an exacto knife before putting the roof material on.

 

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If you are going to use pine cones or sticks for the roof, then cover it with brown burlap. This way, the white tag-board won’t show. When you cover it with burlap, don’t worry about how it looks. Just use scraps and hot glue anywhere in place on the tag-board. Cut off excess along the bottom. Other possibilities are using moss, birch bark, or simply painting the roof. Do not glue the roof to your project, yet!

On my roof, I used pine cones and cut the scales off with a scissor. The pinecone scales were open. I didn’t need to dry them in the oven to get them to open. My pinecones had sap on the ends so after cutting the scales, I used hand sanitizer to remove the sap from my hands.  I highly recommend doing this stage outside. The scales sometimes go flying and with the sap, you don’t want this in your home.

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I didn’t worry about how straight the ends were as only the tips show on the roof. For my roof, I used about 6-7 pinecones.

7. Next step is to edge the window, if you have one. I used thin sticks to make the edges finished before I added the scales for the roof. I , also, glued burlap inside to look like curtains.

8. Now you are ready to add the scales. With a glue gun, place a line of glue starting at the bottom of the roof and going about 5 scales wide. Place the scales so they overlap the roof just a little. Add more glue and keep going around. One the second round, start by placing the scales in-between the ones on the first row. This won’t come out exactly even as you can see on my roof, but it looks fine anyway.

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9. When you’re completely done, hot-glue the roof onto the painted base. Add some moss or lichens here and there, if desired.

10. For the base, I used a 12″ round styrofoam piece. Do not use hot-glue on the styrofoam! I used a piece of sheet moss on the base and glued it with tacky glue. Then, I attached the house with hot-glue and  used some pins in places that wouldn’t be noticed after adding artificial succulents. You can use any type base for this project.

11. Add pieces of your choice to this Miniature Gnome Garden. I bought two items and then made some pieces by hand. Go to elowezil and see some unique items you can make for your garden.

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I made a little fire pit with sticks and added a piece of red tissue paper for a flame.

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This is a great project to involve your elementary age child. Let them help and think of things to add to your Miniature Gnome Garden. Remember, this is  a garden to display inside; not outside.

Don’t like gnomes? Change it to a fairy garden! Have fun and use your imagination!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Pickled Beets (no canning)

Pickled Beets (no canning)

Are you a fan of pickled beets? I really enjoy them on a tossed salad or used as a side dish for dinner. Since I don’t grow beets and I’m not a person that does canning, I rely on donations of pickled beets from friends. UNTIL NOW! 

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A friend of mine gave me this old family recipe for Pickled Beets where you use canned beets from the grocery store, make them into pickled beets and store them in the refrigerator! The recipe makes quite a bit and since I’m the only one in my immediate family that likes them, I make 1/3 of the recipe at a time! It takes only 10 minutes and they’re done! I used shoestring beets, but you can used whole or sliced, too. 

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Pickled Beets (no canning)
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Recipe type: Pickles - side dish
Prep time: 
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Total time: 
Serves: 6 jars
 
Wonderful Pickled Beets in 10 minutes with no canning necessary!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1½ tsp. whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1½ cups beet juice (drain from can)
  • 6 cans beets (whole, sliced or shoestring)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except for beets.
  2. Bring to boil and boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves.
  4. Add drained beets.
  5. Pour into jars or a glass container and cover
  6. Keeps in refrigerator for a long time!
  7. If you use fresh beets - peel and cook until tender.
  8. Use beet juice in above recipe.
  9. Follow remainder of recipe.
  10. If canning, wash and scald jars and lids. Place beets in hot jars and cover with liquid. Process.

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These are delicious and now I can have them anytime!

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Now, isn’t that the easiest recipe for Pickled Beets? It’s the best! I’m so thankful to my friend, Sherrill, for sharing this delicious recipe. By the way, the beets are ready to serve when cooled. No waiting, either! 

Enjoy! 

Phyllis

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20 Crumb Crusts

20 Crumb Crusts

When you want a different twist on a dessert, try some of these tasty crumb crusts. Some of these I’m sure you’ve  heard of before, but many are very different. Pair these crusts with a complimentary flavor of ice cream, pudding, or pie mixture for a unique switch on your favorite recipe. It’s handy to have these all in one place so it’s easy to find when needed. Most are crumb crusts with some baked and some chilled. Two are roll-out crusts.  The crusts work well in either a pie pan, 8 x 8 pan, or spring-form pan.

Graham Cracker:

1  1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, 3 T. sugar, and 1/3 to 1/2 c. melted butter. Press into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Try cinnamon or chocolate graham crackers, too.

Gingersnap:

1 cup finely chopped pecans, 1/2 c. crushed gingersnaps, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/4 c. soft butter. Bake at 450 degrees for 5-7 min.

Oreo:

Combine 18 crushed chocolate Oreos with 1/3 c. melted butter. Press into pan and chill. Try other Oreo flavors, too.

Chocolate Wafer:  (these are found in the baking section; not in the cookie aisle)

Combine 18 crushed chocolate wafers with 1/2 C melted butter. Chill.

Almond-Graham:

Combine 2/3 c. finely ground almonds and 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs. Slowly add 2 T. oil or melted butter. Press firmly into spring-form or pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Try it in this recipe…. Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert

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Kahlua:

Combine 16 crushed graham cracker squares (approx. 1  1/2. cup) or 20 crushed chocolate wafers with 1/4 c. melted butter and 2 T. Kahlua. Press into pan and chill.

Add ice cream and you’ll have a delicious dessert pie!

Vanilla Wafers:

Combine 1  1/2 c.  crushed vanilla wafers with 1/4 c. melted butter. Chill or bake a few minutes.

Try using this in Best Banana Cream Pie

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Pretzel Crumb:

Combine 1 c. pretzel crumbs with 1/3 c. melted butter and 2 T. sugar. Chill.

Zwieback:

Mix 1 c. zwieback crumbs, 1/4 c. powdered sugar, and 2 T. melted butter. Press into pan. Chill.

Corn Flake:

Combine 1 c. crushed corn flakes, 1/4 c. sugar and 1/3 c. melted butter. Press into pan and chill.

Peanut Butter:

Make graham cracker crust, except, in place of butter, use 1/4 c. butter and 1/4 c. creamy-style peanut butter. melt together and add to crumb mixture.

Rice Krispy:

Combine 1 c. rice krispies, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/3 c.  melted butter. Press into pan and chill.

Butter Crunch:

Combine 1/4 c. brown sugar, 1 c. flour, and 1/2 c. butter. Add 1/2 c. chopped pecans or coconut. Mix with hands. Spread in 9 x 13 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Take from oven and stir with spoon. Save 3/4 c. for topping and immediately press rest of mixture into 9 inch pie pan. Chill.

Try this one with your favorite Coconut Cream Pie recipe!

Chocolate Krispy:

Melt 1/3 c butter with 1 (6 0z.) pkg. chocolate chips. Add 2  1/2 c. crushed Rice Krispies. Press into pie plate and chill.

Vary this recipe….  Buster Bar Dessert

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Sour-Cream pastry: (Roll-out)

Cute 2/3 c. butter into 2 c. flour, until coarse and crumbly. Beat 1 egg with 1/3 c. sour cream and stir into flour mixture. Shape into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30-40 minutes. Roll out and bake in a 9 inch pie pan.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Try this with  Lemon Blueberry Pie

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Cocoa Pie Crust:

Combine 1/4 c. cocoa, 1 c. Bisquick and 2T. sugar. Cut in 1/4 c. butter and add 3 T. boiling water. Mix until dough forms a ball and sides of bowl are clean. Pat into 9 in. pie pan. Bake 8-10 minutes.

Chip and Chex Pie Crust:

Combine 1/3 C. chocolate chips, 1 1/4 crushed Rice Chex cereal, 1/4 c. brown sugar, and 1/3 c. melted butter. Press evenly onto bottom and sides of buttered 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Add: Your favorite ice cream! (mint chocolate chip, chocolate chip, or any flavor with a bit of chocolate in it!)

Chocolate-Coconut Crust:

Melt 4 oz. chocolate chips and 2 T butter over low heat. Stir in 2 c. flaked coconut. Mix well and press on bottom and sides of a 9 in. pie plate. Freeze.

Toasted Coconut Pie Crust:

Combine 7 oz.  pkg coconut which has been toasted in the oven, with 3 T. butter and 1 T. cinnamon. Press into 9 in. pie pan. Freeze 15 minutes.

Cream Cheese pastry:  (Roll-out)

Beat together 8 oz cream cheese, softened, with 8 oz. softened butter. Then beat in 1/2 c. heavy cream. Add a pinch of salt to 2  1/2 c. flour and add slowly to cheese mixture, forming dough. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour before rolling out. Bake crust, according to specific recipe used.

Enough pie crusts for you? Now, try using them on some of the recipes you have and combine them with a new crust to give your dessert  or pie a different flavor!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Buster Bar Dessert (copycat)

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Need a cool treat on a hot summer day? Then, this easy Buster Bar Dessert is just the ticket for you!

I love going to the Dairy Queen and getting a Buster Bar. They are so delicious! Want the same taste, but don’t have a Dairy Queen around? Make this dessert as it really mimics the Buster Bar tasty treat. You’ll love the sweet salty combination of fudge, caramel and peanuts, along with the crunch of the cookie crust, and the cool, creaminess of the ice cream. YUM! It’s a combination that’s hard to beat!
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Buster Bar Dessert (copycat)

Crust:

16 oz.  large pkg. Hydrox or Oreo cookies, crushed

1/4 c. butter

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

1  1/2 c.  Spanish peanuts

Fudge Sauce:

1 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup evaporated milk

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Want a quick fudge sauce? Use a jar of Mrs. Richardson’s Hot Fudge Sauce

Caramel Sauce-  I use Smucker’s Caramel. I don’t use the whole jar;  just drizzle some over the fudge.

Frozen whipped topping

Directions:

Mix  crushed cookies together with the butter and pat into a 9 x 13 pan. (save a handful for the top of the dessert)

Freeze until firm.

Spoon slightly softened ice cream over the cookie crumb base. Pack well and place in freezer. This is much easier when you open the carton all the way and slice off sections of ice cream to put over the crust.

Fudge Sauce:

Combine powdered sugar, milk, chips, butter, and boil for 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from head, add vanilla and cool.

Sprinkle peanuts over ice cream and pour cooled fudge sauce over all. ( or jar of Hot Fudge sauce) Drizzle with the caramel sauce, too. Return to the freezer.

Spread whipped topping over the top and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Cover with aluminum foil and freeze.

 

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Yes, just like a Dairy Queen Buster Bar!

This dessert is hard to resist!

Serves 12-15

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Enjoy!  (I know you will)

Phyllis

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My blog is from my experience as an elementary teacher, children’s pastor, mother of 3 , and grandmother (Oma) of 7! The ideas that I share have three requirements: inexpensive, fun to do and look good! All parents, grandparents. teachers or anyone that works with kids needs lots of ideas for crafts, games, and kid-friendly recipes. I hope the ideas I post are helpful and fun!

Along with having great times with grandkids, I like to decorate, cook and entertain. You will see posts that are along this line as well. Sorry, I just can’t stick to one subject. When I find something interesting, I enjoy sharing it. I like variety, don’t you?

How I got started doing this blog:

Each summer, my husband and I have held an” Oma and Opa” Camp for the grandchildren (age 4 and up). The purpose is to have a special time with them where we just have lots of fun activities, laughs and enjoy being together. It is also an opportunity to bond and form friendships with their cousins. We find that having them with just ourselves is quite different from when their parents are around. It is fun to see them become independent, responsible and helpful with what they have learned from home. At the beginning of the 4 day camp, we talk about expectations ( the teacher in me) and what they will be doing. They are so excited and look forward to coming each year. Last year, Kyle, age 4, told his mom that he had waited for Oma and Opa Camp all year!

I  build around a theme and plan activities, crafts, food, games, and Bible stories that relate to it in some way. During camp, I take lots of pictures and after camp is over, I create a photo memory book of all the memories from Oma and Opa Camp. They love these books and look at them over and over.

Many people encouraged me to share these ideas online and so I started to do just that.

I hope you’ll find some interesting things to cook, plan, create or just have a little fun with your family!

Phyllis (Oma)

(By the way, “Oma and Opa” is Dutch for Grandma and Grandpa)

 

 

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