Friday, December 16, 2011

Coconut Pie and Good Freinds

I love coconut cream pie and my friends and I went out last night and had some tea and pie...yum yum....first we drove around and looked at some Christmas lights and then went for our pie. 


Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Milk and a dash of sugar help capture the complex nature of this tea, but it is also perfectly acceptable to consume this tea ‘straight-up’.
Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]. Please note that this tea may tend to go cloudy or ‘milky’ when poured over ice; a perfectly normal characteristic of some high quality black teas and nothing to worry about!


Make an Old Fashion Coconut Cream Pie


  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
  • 1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine half-and-half, eggs, sugar, flour and salt. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in 3/4 cup of the coconut and the vanilla extract. Pour into pie shell and chill 2 to 4 hours, or until firm.
  2. Top with whipped topping, and with remaining 1/4 cup of coconut.
  3. Note: To toast coconut, spread it in an ungreased pan and bake in a 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for 5 to 7 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Recipes

Christmas is almost here and there are so many delicious recipes floating of my old time favorites is to make my family "Magic Cookie Wonder Bars" that was my mom's traditional recipe....I love them but can only eat a few as they are so rich...there are many versions of these wonderful bars this is the one I use...
Magic Cookie Wonder Bars

  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1/2 bag coconut
  • 1/2 bag chopped walnuts
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  1. melt margarine in the bottom of a 9" x 9" glass baking dish in microwave [or melt margarine and pour in a metal 9" x 9" baking pan 
  2. spread graham cracker crumbs and use a fork to dampen all the crumbs spreading them a little up the sides
  3. pour the sweetened condensed milk over the crumb crust
  4. sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate pieces over the milk
  5. sprinkle the coconut over the chocolate pieces
  6. top with the nuts
  7. bake @ 350' till the top is browned a little and the sides bubbling about 20 minutes
  8. let cool on a rack 
  9. refrigerate about an hour
  10. cut into squares and serve
  11. About 12-15 servings depending on how large a piece you want [my hubby eats 3 at a time, lol]

I love these for lunch, they are easy and taste great, they remind me of the little pizza bits I used to make when I was younger, I would make them on a 1/2 a bagel with tomato sauce and a little shredded cheese with a bit of pepperoni, only now my tummy cannot handle the pepperoni so I eat it plain.. but just as good!!! If you haven't tried these you should if you're a pizza lover as I am!

One of the gals in my Red Hat  group Social Butterflies  brought this cake to our Christmas party. It was fantastic, so I am sharing it here as it is easy and everyone loves it.                                  

3 eggs                                           ¼  t. salt
2 C sugar                                      1  C oil
2 C flour                                       ½ C  walnuts ( I slightly toast)
2 t. cinnamon                                3-4 apples diced ( green, medium
1 t. baking soda                                                           sized)

Mix all ingredients together, add 3-4 apples.  Batter will be thick.

Bake 350 degree for 45 minutes in lightly greased  9 x 13 pan … while cooling and after DO NOT COVER SEALED – or be sure air can flow around it otherwise it gets damp !!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Red Wine and Its Positive Benefits on Your Brain and Body

I read today about Red Wine and how if you start drinking 8oz or less a day by the end of the week you will gain more energy and feel better and have better thinking than you did before..hmmm now I am not fond of Red Wine but I am going to test this out and will report back on my findings....
Wine as Rx illustration.Most of the pathogens that threaten humans are inhibited or killed off by the acids and alcohols in wine. Because of this, wine was considered to be a safer drink than much of the available water up until the 18th century.
Wine is a mild natural tranquilizer, serving to reduce anxiety and tension. As part of a normal diet, wine provides the body with energy, with substances that aid digestion, and with small amounts of minerals and vitamins. It can also stimulate the appetite. In addition, wine serves to restore nutritional balance, relieve tension, sedate and act as a mild euphoric agent to the convalescent and especially the aged.

Moderate consumption of red wine on a regular basis may be a preventative against coronary disease and some forms of cancer. The chemical components thought to be responsible are catechins, also known as flavonoids and related to tannins . Catechins are believed to function as anti-oxidants, preventing molecules known as "free-radicals" from doing cellular damage. One particular form of flavonoid, called oligomeric procyanidin, recently proved to prevent hardening of the arteries.

There are also compounds in grapes and wine (especially red wine, grape juice, dark beers and tea, but absent in white wine, light beers and spirits) called resveratrol and quercetin. Clinical and statistical evidence and laboratory studies have shown these may boost the immune system, block cancer formation, and possibly protect against heart disease and even prolong life.  Red Wine is cn be considered a "youth" drink and a great food for the brain!!

There's 125 calories in one 6 oz glass of red drink up!!! IT's good for you. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

Let's Make a Halloween Drink

Wouldn't you love to serve a "Spooky Drink" to everyone? There are a ton of Spooky recipes like "Spider Web Brownies" and "Vampire Blood Smoothies" in a fantastic book by Linda Sadler’s "101 Spooktacular Halloween Party Ideas.

Try this easy "Black Magic Punch" recipe that will cool down all your guests at your unforgettable Halloween party.

Black Magic Punch

  • 1 liter bottle Ginger Ale (refrigerated in advance)
  • 1 small envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
  •  1 small envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 quarts cold water
1. In a large punch bowl, mix together orange and grape mixes, sugar and water—stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
2. Add the ginger ale.
3. Serve and enjoy. Makes 20-1/2 cups of punch.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

An Easy Way To Shuck Corn

This is so simple and so clean I had to post this since I had posted the easy way to cook them in your cooler

Friday, October 14, 2011

What is Cooler Corn?

I received this recipe for cooking corn on the cob from my daughter and I have to say as life long camper I have never heard of this way of cooking corn? But WOW what a revelation, and not only for camping either. I mean what about large family gatherings or parties? No more struggling to fit the corn into a pot or finding a pot big enough to even accommodate all the corn. Now its easy and I don't have to cut the cobs in half anymore either. I am truly a "Happy Camper" as the saying goes!!!! 

The Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob 

"It's Cooler Corn"
All you need is 
1 large cooler
  1. clean it out
  2. fill with the corn [shucked of course]
  3. add 2 pots of boiling water
  4. close cooler 
  5. let it sit for 30 minutes
  6. then eat
Voila!!! That's it....and it will last perfectly cooked for about 2 hours. 

Has anyone else heard of "cooler corn"?

A real 
genius method for cooking loads of corn on the cob perfectly every time. And there's no fuss or dirty pots

This is so easy to do. Opps I guess there is a pot because you have to have boiling water...but at least its easy to clean.

Turns out, Cooler Corn is pretty well known among the outdoorsy set (I found a handful of mentions on various camping websites). But for those of us who avoid tents as much as possible, it's perfect for large barbecues and way less of mess than grilling. In fact, I may even buy another cooler just so I'm ready for the next corn fest!!!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fun and Pumpkin Pie Easy to Make!!

Ok I have not been posting lately, my life seems to have been put in a whirlwind and seems like I just cannot get caught up. :( So before I post a Halloween Recipe lets have some fun thanks to Chatty Crone.

Moo Shoe Pork

Answer Below

Thank you Chatty Crone

An Easy Pumpkin Pie:

3/4cup sugar1 1/2teaspoons pumpkin pie spice1/2teaspoon salt1can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)1 1/4cups evaporated milk or half and half2eggs, beaten1Pillsbury® Pet-Ritz® frozen deep-dish pie crustDIRECTIONS

1 Heat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, mix filling ingredients. Pour into pie crust. 2 Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes longer or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 2 hours. Serve or refrigerate until serving time. Store in refrigerator.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

French Toast

I love French Toast...and this recipe for Cream sounds GREAT!!!  (from All Recipes)

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
6 slices French Bread
5 eggs
1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon brandy-based orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)
14 teaspoon salt
(note--I think a pinch of cinnamon would be good)
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Mix in brown sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

Remove crusts from bread (note--I thought this step was silly, so I skipped it).
Arrange bread in the baking dish in a single layer.

In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla, orange brandy, and salt.
Pour over bread.
Cover and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove dish from refrigerator and bring to room temperature.
Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes, or until puffed and lightly browned.

Here's a slightly different version by Smitten Kitchen, using brioche. Yum!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cool Snacks


Here are 10 great snacks to keep you cool................

  1. Try some cooled hard boiled eggs with a little sea salt
  2. a Smoothie is great it will fill you up and give you energy along with a quick cool down
  3. Frozen Grapes are great they give you a cool mouth and also are sweet without any milky base
  4. Cold Noodle dishes are delicious and have terrific filling attributes
  5. Of Course Ice Cream is a favorite, any flavor does the trick
  6. Ice cold Water is the best for filling you up so you don't eat too heavy and also to cool your insides, plus add a lemon or orange slice for a little flavor
  7. Spicy foods are another way to go, they make you sweat and then cause a cooling feeling with the outside winds or a fanning
  8. Jerky, homemade is the best, it is a good one for substance and fills you up
  9. Watermellon is terrific it not only cools you up but you can eat a ton and not gain a lot since it is mostly made up of water. :)
  10. Spring Rolls are great just roll them up and fill your tummys!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Enjoying Sweets Without The guilt!!!


                        Over at "Sweet Tea makes Three" she has the recipe for this wonderful no bake Banna Cake....

Ok here is a favorite of mine: 
                                     Oreo Pudding Dessert

This one without the vanilla pudding

  • crumbled Oreos [light]
  • 1 whole Oreo
  • light chocolate [dark fudge] instant pudding
  • light vanilla instant pudding
  • semi sweet chocolate chips
  • light whipped cream
Make small dessert cups, pour 3 of Oreos in bottom of cup, layer with semi sweet chips, chocolate pudding, whip cream, vanilla pudding, and top with whipped cream and sprinkle a little Oreos over top! Yummy...ok maybe not real "light" but sure is good!!!  :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Is Summer Here??? A Fresh Salad

Its suppose to be summer today....hmmmmm but in summer a wonderful crisp and refreshing salad is a great thing to have...when I was younger my mom always had Gargonzo Beans around but she called them "Chi Chi Beans" I always popped them into my mouth as a is a salad to treat yourself too...


1 can (8 – 10oz) "chi-chi" beans[garbonzo]
1 cup bean Sprouts

1 small onion diced

1 small tomato diced

1/2 tbsp lime or lemon juice

A few sprigs of fresh cilantro chopped
Salt as per taste


Mix all the ingredients together except cilantro and cover it with a plastic wrap and refrigerate it in the morning if you would like to eat it in the evening. The lime juice tends to tenderize the sprout and makes it a little soft and blend more well into the salad. Serve chilled by garnishing with cilantro. You will be so glad you tried this recipe which is as simple as this yet so fulfilling and delicious.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Smores Slumber Party

Smores are a favorite of mine...So last Saturday when the gals and I got together for a stitchin Slumber Party I made some for us to munch on while we enjoyed watching "Welcome to Mooseport" with Ray Ramone and "Housesitter" with Steve Allen and Goldie Hawn...yummy...

This is the easy way...

You'll need:
  • a jar of Marshmellow cream
  • some graham crackers
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate pieces
  • break the graham crackers in half
  • spread some marshmellow cream on one half
  • sprinkle with chocolate pieces
  • top with 2nd half
  • microwave for 33 seconds [depending on your microwave]
Enjoy and watch out they are addictive!!!