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Sharon's Sour Cream Cauliflower Casserole Recipe | Lisa's Belgian Waffles Recipe | Karen's Fruit Salad Recipe | Oma's Cornbread And Bean Salad Recipe | Oma's Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad Recipe | Mary J's Baked Lima Beans Recipe | Sue's Chicken and Apple Salad Recipe | Mable's Celery Seed Salad Dressing Recipe | Christmas Ornaments Using Peppermint Candy  | Russian Tea Cakes Recipe | Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole Recipe | Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole Recipe|
Judy's Diet Christmas Raspberry Jell-O Salad Recipe | Judy's Diet Apple Cream Cheese Cake Recipe
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Sharon's Sour Cream Cauliflower Casserole Recipe

1 large head cauliflower
3 oz. pkg. bacon bits
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. sour cream
2 c. shredded cheese
8 oz. can mushrooms, sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the cauliflower into bite size pieces and put in a large pot of water. Boil for 8-10 minutes, drain and let cool. In a large bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 1/2 of pkg. of bacon bits, 1 c. of cheese mushrooms and cauliflower and mix well. Place in a baking dish and cover with remaining 1 c. of cheese and bacon bits. Bake for 15-20 min. until cheese is melted.
Makes 4 to 6 Servings
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Lisa's Belgian Waffles Recipe

4 eggs, separated
1 c. milk
2 c. flour
1/4 c. butter, melted
2 tsp. baking powder
1 T. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter and set aside. Beat egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until light. Add cooled melted butter, milk and vanilla extract. Add flour, baking powder and beat well. Beat egg whites until stiff and gently fold into batter. Bake in a deep pocketed preheated waffle iron until cover opens easily. Serve immediately on warm plates.
Lisa TX
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Karen's Fruit Salad Recipe

2 c. strawberry halves
1 c. grapes
1 banana, cut into chunks
1/4 c. slivered almonds, toasted
3 c. whipped topping (thawed)
1/2 c. sour cream
1 cantaloupe, cut into sixths

Combine strawberries, grapes, bananas and almonds. Combine 2 c. whipped topping and sour cream; fold into fruit mixture. Spoon fruit mixture over cantaloupe; top with remaining whipped topping.
Makes 6 servings.
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Oma's Cornbread And Bean Salad Recipe

1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
1 can pinto beans (do not drain)
1 green pepper, chopped
1/2 c. Miracle Whip
1/4 c. sweet pickle juice
1 to 2 tomatoes, diced
1 small jar bacon bits

Make corn bread according to package directions. Let cool and crumble in bottom of baking pan or dish. Add beans with juice. Chop peppers on top of beans. Mix 1/2 cup Miracle Whip with sweet pickle juice; pour over top. Do not mix. Chop 1 to 2 tomatoes on top of dressing and add 1 jar of bacon bits on top of this. Do not bake. Your salad is ready to eat.
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Oma's Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad Recipe

1 (16-oz.) pkg. macaroni
1-1/2 c. mayonnaise
4 med. tomatoes, chopped
2 c. cucumbers, chopped
2 c. celery, chopped
1/2 c. bell pepper, chopped
1/4 c. onion, chopped
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. basil

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and cool. Chop vegetables and mix together with seasonings. Combine vegetable mixture with macaroni. Chill.
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Mary J's Baked Lima Beans Recipe

2 c. dried Lima beans
4 slices bacon
1 medium onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 can of whole tomatoes
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. mustard
2 T. brown sugar (or more, depending on taste)

Soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain and add beans to 2 quarts of fresh water. Boil until tender. Drain and pour beans into a buttered casserole dish. Add onion, pepper, tomatoes, salt and mustard. Stir lightly. Crumble brown sugar over the top. Place strips of bacon on top and cover the dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 1-1/2 hour. Remove cover and continue baking for 1/2 hour more.
Mary J
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Sue's Chicken and Apple Salad Recipe

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
4 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 ounces roasted chicken, chopped
1 cup celery
2/3 cup halved red seedless grapes
2/3 cup chopped Red Delicious apple
1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, dill vinegar, and salt in a bowl; stir well. Add chicken, celery, grapes, apple, raisins, and walnuts. Toss gently to coat.
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Mable's Celery Seed Salad Dressing Recipe

1/3 c. vinegar
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. celery seeds
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 c. cooking oil

Mix vinegar, sugar, celery seeds, dry mustard, salt, onion powder, and oil in a jar. Shake well. Serve over salad or fruits.
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This recipe has been around for many, many years. My sister teaches first grade and her children are making and giving these as presents to their parents/caregivers. She does the baking, making the hole and they select the ornament and put the candies in and insert the ribbon, then they make a card to go with their present. She these are great little gifts and also make great ways to decorate wrapped packages. I have read that you can use other hard candy, but have never tried it.
Robbie IN

Christmas Ornaments Using Peppermint Candy

On a baking sheet preferably lined with a silicone sheet or parchment paper, place 5 peppermint candies - the kind that are round edged but flat like you get at a restaurant hostess table - in the shape of a wreath. Each candy in the circle needs to be spaced about 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart (the closer, the thicker/stronger "wreath" you'll get) with a center about the size of a silver dollar. Space each "wreath" so there are no more than six wreaths on the pan and away from the sides.

Bake the sheet at 250 F for approx. 5 to 7 mins. until the peppermint candy starts to melt. Each wreath will begin to take shape and each candy touches the next one in the circle. (If you let them melt too much, they will fill in all the spaces and get too thin and will crack.) Remove the sheet from the oven and lift the silicone sheet off the hot surface onto a cooling rack or granite countertop. Before the candy starts to harden, use a skewer or toothpick to poke a hole in the top of one of the scallops of the wreath.

Cut a piece of thin ribbon and string it through the hole in the wreath for a really pretty Christmas ornament. You can also use metal cookie cutters and drop the peppermints in (i.e., the bell shape cutter holds 4 candies) and follow the same instructions for melting.

Before you try to remove the "bell" from the cutter, you need to make the ribbon hole. The cookie cutter ornaments are really pretty as well, sort of porcelain like with "hand-painted" designs. Trust me, the cookie cutter ornaments will release the ornament easily once the candy has completely cooled in a minute.
Robbie IN
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For the woman, who wanted ideas on how to help her grandchildren understand the true meaning of Christmas, assuming they live close and their parents approve, you could take them to a midnight service, live nativity setting, or similar event. You could also involve them in setting up a nativity set at your house, read the description of the birth of Jesus from the Bible as a part of your celebration, buy them a book of Bible stories as a Christmas gift, or as another reader suggested bake a birthday cake for Jesus. An advent calendar is another option. Having your favorite Christmas carols playing, explaining why you like them and even sharing the history of them is also an idea. Talking about God and Jesus all year long just in normal conversation would also make it feel less like a sermon and more like God is a part of every day. This can be a tricky issue, if the parents do not share the same religious beliefs as you do. You might want to share your thoughts and ideas with them ahead of time, so the is no conflict or argument the day of your Christmas celebration.
Robbie IN

Nancy, in the Dec. 8 N/L Sue requested recipes for
cookie recipes to bake ahead and freeze before Christmas.
I have a good recipe for you, Sue. I have been making these cookies for years. You can make these cookies ahead of time and they freeze very well. And, guess what, they are delicious!
This recipe also goes by the name of Mexican Wedding Cookies.
Enjoy. Barb in OKC

Russian Tea Cakes Recipe

Tea cookies seem to have origins from many different countries, but we're going with the recipe that dates back to 18th century Russia. No matter where they originated, we know no one can resist the buttery, nutty recipe we're calling Russian Tea Cakes! Makes: 3 dozen

2 sticks butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 325F. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and water; beat well. With a spoon, stir in flour and pecans. Shape into 1" balls and place about 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until bottoms of cookies are light golden. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Place confectioners' sugar in a resealable plastic storage bag; add a few cookies at a time and shake until completely coated. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

My note to Sue: If you are going to freeze these cookies, make sure they are completely cool and coated with the confectioners sugar and place them in an airtight container and place them in the freezer. Be sure to let them thaw before serving them.
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For Sue- I used to make 13 different kinds of cookies and made 4 times the recipe amounts. Until I got my second freezer, I would use my husband's aunt's freezer to find room for all of them. I, too, gave cookies as gifts to friends and family on Christmas Eve Day. It helped the time go faster for my two children, as they eagerly waited for Christmas Eve. I started baking right after Thanksgiving. I cooled the cookies well and then put 4 dozen in a gallon freezer Ziploc bag. I double bagged them with another Ziploc freezer bag. I always had plenty of cookies for entertaining after the gifts were delivered. They say you should only keep baked goods frozen for 4 months, but I have had them longer and they still tasted great. Everyone waited for us to arrive with the cookies. I always felt that giving of yourself, did more for me than it did for those receiving. It was a good opportunity to teach my kids that Christmas time was a time to count our blessings and to share with those who didn't have homemade bake goods. We gave to grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and good friends. I don't do all that baking now, because as life goes, I am now the oldest aunt. I still like the feeling of giving, though, so search out a giving tree or toy drive. I love the feeling I have at this time of the year. Here is my chance to wish you all the happiest of holiday seasons!
Sandy in Iowa

For Grandma T. You probably have a Nativity set, if not, they are easy to come by. Set it up at eye level in a prominent spot & make it very special with cedar boughs & suchlike around it. If the kids are small see if you can find an indestructible one too, like made from wood, that they can handle & move around. With these around, no need to talk a lot ....just field the questions. Best wishes, hope it makes for a blessed holiday.
Marilyn in FL

Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole Recipe

1 loaf French bread (approximately 1 lb)
6 large eggs
1 cup Gingerbread Latte Creamer
1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 Tbspn Vanilla extract

Prepare 9"x13" baking dish by buttering the entire dish. Set aside. Slice bread approximately 1-inch thick. Arrange slices in your prepared baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. Set aside.

Whisk eggs, vanilla and creamer until blended.
Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure they are covered evenly with the liquid. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices if necessary. I like to make sure all my slices are good and coated. Even dipping them in the mixture as you go.

Cover and refrigerate over night. In the morning preheat oven to 350F. Cover with foil.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix with a fork until mixture is thoroughly combined. Sprinkle streusel topping onto French toast making an even coating over the top.

Bake 40 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve with warm caramel sauce, or syrup.
Adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian
Serves 12
Anna in Sweden
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Judy's Diet Christmas Raspberry Jell-O Salad Recipe

1 c. sugar free applesauce
1 sm. pkg. sugar free raspberry Jell-O
1 (10 oz.) pkg. of frozen raspberries in juice

Bring applesauce to a boil. Stir in Jell-O until dissolved. Stir in raspberries. Pour into mold and refrigerate until set. You may substitute other Jell-O flavors and other fruits. To be exact in amount of applesauce , double these amounts.
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Judy's Diet Apple Cream Cheese Cake Recipe

1 (10-oz) can Sugar free apple pie filling
1 9" Sugar free graham cracker pie crust
1 10 oz pkg. Light cream cheese
4T Light sour cream
4 pkg. Sugar free instant spiced cider beverage mix
2 cups container sugar free whipped topping (thawed)

Spread apple pie filling on bottom of prepared pie crust. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream and spiced cider mix until fluffy. Beat in thawed whipped topping. Pour over apple pie filling and refrigerate. Crush granola bar and sprinkle on top just before serving.
Serves 6-8
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