Category Archives: Recipes

Hostess Gifts

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Cookie CanWhat’s inside these upcycled scrapbook paper/washi tape/twine wrapped potato chip cans? Cookies! We received some lovely invitations for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, so I made treats for hostess gifts. Here is a recipe my sons LOVED when they were little that’s no-fail and easy to transport. Enjoy, and I wish you a happy time of remembrance with your family and friends. ♥

RANGER CRISPIES

1/2 cup + 1/3 cup butter

1 cup each sugar and brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon each baking powder, soda, salt, and vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

3 cups crisp rice cereal

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs. Add dry ingredients and stir until well blended. Stir in cereal. Drop by rounded teaspoon onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 8-12 minutes. Let stand one minute before removing from pan. Makes five dozen.

Pretty Cornbread Salad

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Cornbread Salad

CORNBREAD SALAD

  • 1 package cornbread mix prepared, cooled, and crumbled
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 15 strips cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 packet ranch dip mix

DIRECTIONS: Layer all but the last three ingredients in a clear glass bowl. Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, and ranch dip together and spread over the top. Garnish with green onions, bacon bits, or cheese. Chill and serve. ♥

Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

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I made these for our houseguests the day after Thanksgiving for a little change from turkey, and they were a hit! I was lucky to have my sister Susan’s yummy homemade crescent rolls to use, but my friend Janet uses Sister Schubert’s frozen rolls, and my daughter-in-law Tiffany uses sweet Hawaiian rolls, so you definitely have choices. Here’s the recipe for one dozen sandwiches:

  1. Slice each roll in half horizontally. On the bottom half, layer deli-sliced ham and swiss cheese. Replace top half. Arrange sandwiches in a baking dish.
  2. Melt 1 stick of butter, then stir in 3/4 tablespoon poppy seeds, 3/4 tablespoon mustard, 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, and 1 teaspoon onion flakes.
  3. Pour sauce over rolls, and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy! ♥

Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Danger! Danger! Bite-sized cinnamon rolls!

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Yes, these are dangerous—very, very dangerous. But if you’re brave enough to always be only 15 minutes away from tiny, warm cinnamon rolls, keep reading! The moment I saw Kim’s recipe on Curtain Queen Creates, I knew I’d be making them someday . . . and today was the day! So easy, and so delicious! And while you’re visiting Kim’s blog, be sure to check out some of her other posts, like these recipes, home decor ideas, outdoor decor ideas, and beautiful tablescapes. Thank you, Kim! ♥

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Dessert Triple Play

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Some family members are starting a therapeutic riding business and recently had an open house/barbeque at their stable and arena. I offered to make the desserts, and I had a fun baking day! Here are three for which I managed to snap photos. The first one is a family recipe from my mom-in-law. The other two were first-time tries clipped from magazines and tweaked a bit. (Do you do that, too???) But they were all yummy! Oh, and the GORGEOUS doily was a gift from my sweet friend Tamara of Crochet with Tamara. Thank you again, Tamara! ♥  P.S. You can click on each dessert name for a printable recipe!

Vida’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

Chocolate Cake

Lemonade Cake

Lemonade Cake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

PBJ Bars

Dirt Cake

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I made this for a church dinner (SO easy!) and didn’t have a single SPECK of it left to bring home! ♥

Dirt Cake

  • 1 large package of Oreos
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 small packages instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 12 oz. whipped topping

Crush Oreos. Spread half of the crumbs in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Cream the other ingredients and pour into pan. Top with the rest of the Oreo bits. Refrigerate.

Oreo Yummy

Seven-Layer Cookie Bars

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Cookie Bar

Believe it or not, I’d baked so many goodies before our family reunion weekend that one treat remained in the freezer after everyone was gone! So, I decided to take them to a baseball game tailgate party we attended Saturday afternoon with a bunch of our fun friends. To make them more finger-food friendly, I cut and rewrapped the bars individually in pinked parchment, tied them with baker’s twine, put them in a bowl, and returned them to the freezer until time to leave (since Kansas is HOT this time of year!). Then I added a little sign . . . and it worked! ♥

Seven-Layer Cookie Bars

Melt 1 stick of butter in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Then add the following layers:

  • 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 small package of sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 small package of chocolate chips
  • 1 small package of butterscotch chips
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of chopped nuts

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.

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