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December 26, 2016  | Everyday Recipes
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Everyday Recipes from Our Recipe Family.

Today's Recipes -  Nacho Pie Recipe | Melt In Your Mouth Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies Recipe | Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe | Marshmallow Log Recipe | Red Velvet Cookies Recipe | Christmas Banana Pudding Recipe | Christmas Angel Food Cake with Cherry Filling | Crockpot Baked Beans Recipe | Peanut Butter Bread Recipe | Pinto Bean Fudge Candy Recipe | Crockpot Frito Pie Recipe | Crockpot Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy Recipe | Trouble Shooting Cookie Problems

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Nacho Pie Recipe

1 lb ground beef or sausage
1/2 c fine chopped onion
8 oz tomato sauce
2 T taco seasoning
1 can crescent rolls
1-1/2 c Doritos-crushed
8 oz sour cream
1 c Fiesta blend cheese

Brown beef or sausage and onion-drain it. Add tomato sauce and taco seasoning-bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 min. Meanwhile, seperate rolls into 8 triangles. Put in sprayed 9" pie plate pressing to seal. Sprinkle 1 c chips on crust. Top with meat, spread on sour cream. Top with cheese and remaining chips. Bake 350* for 20-25 min. Let stand 5 min before serving.
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Melt In Your Mouth Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies Recipe

1 cup butter (No substitutes)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup (6 oz.) miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Melt butter in a microwave oven or double boiler; stir in vanilla. Cool completely. In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar; stir in butter mixture and chocolate chips (mixture will be crumbly). Shape into 1" inch balls. Place 2" inches apart on ungreased baking sheets; flatten slightly. Bake at 375° degrees for 12 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire racks. Yield about 4 dozen cookies.
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This is a great quick and delicious sweet treat to make for the holidays, and is sure to bring compliments. Warning! these are addictive!

Cinnamon Walnuts Recipe

2-1/2 cups walnut halves
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla

Place walnut halves in a shallow pan. Heat at 375º for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Take walnuts out of the oven. Cook sugar, water, cinnamon and salt to a soft ball stage (236º°) without stirring. remove from heat and add vanilla, and toasted walnut halves. Stir gently until the nuts are well coated and mixture becomes creamy. Turn out on greased platter. Separate the walnut halves as they cool. Store in airtight container. These are excellent to send through the mail, and are good keepers, but once a person starts eating them, I dare them to stop! Can put in small pretty containers, and give out during the holidays.
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Marshmallow Log Recipe

1-lg bag big marshmallows
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 stick butter
1 box graham crackers

Crush crackers. Take 2 pieces of wax paper 2' long - sprinkle a little of crackers on wax paper. Melt marshmallows and butter in micowave and add pecans. Mix well with remaining crackers and work well. Then divide into 2 parts. Put on wax paper and roll into logs. Roll up in wax paper and chill. Slice and enjoy!
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Today, I went to the kitty beds to take pictures of them in their beds. Both cats had changed beds. Ditto was in Little One's bed and Little One was in Ditto's bed. They are now sleeping in their beds at night instead of sleeping on my bed. I am getting more rest without them in my bed. When Ditto jumps on my bed he is so light that I don't know it. Any time Little One jumps on my bed it wakes me up because it feels like a 300 pound critter jumping on the bed. Little One has a big problem jumping because of all his injuries when he got outside a few months ago.

I did not have time to upload the pictures to the computer yet but will try and do it tomorrow or the next day.

I did not go anywhere for Christmas. I spent the day with the kitties. They had a lot of gifts to unwrap and play with this year. It took them all afternoon to unwrap their presents. Any card that had Ditto's name was placed on the floor where he could steal it and put it in his bed under the pillow. He also likes pencils, pens and any stylus for my tablet. Often Ditto doesn't even wait until I put down the pencil, pen or stylus to steal it. He takes it while I am writing with it.

We all had a nice quiet Christmas. After church, I went out to eat and brought back a little ham for the cats.

Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

1 Box Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil

Mix all ingredients together. This will make a cookie dough. Roll into balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten down slightly (depending on the thickness you desire). Bake at 375 degrees until the tops crackle (about 8-10 minutes) or until desired doneness. Cool and then ice with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies or Christmas sprinkles.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup stick margarine or butter, softened
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, margarine, milk and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed, 1 cup at a time, until smooth and spreadable. Frosts at least 3 dozen cookies. Refrigerate any remaining frosting.
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Just wanted to say thank you for such a great website. Love your recipes and save most of them.

My great-grandmother was at our house for Christmas. She was telling us about the old days. I really liked her story about oleo. I never knew anything but margarine and butter. Can others tell me some of their old time stories. They fascinate me. I want to know more about oreo too.
Andrea, Age 14

I got several recipes from my cousin this year at our Christmas meal.. It is a little late for Christmas this year but will be great for next Christmas (or any day.)
Mary J.

Christmas Banana Pudding Recipe

1 (5-5/8 oz.) pkg. vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filling
3 c. cold milk
1 c. whipping or heavy cream, whipped
50 Nilla wafers
4 large bananas

Prepare pudding according to package directions using 3 cups milk; fold in half of whipped cream. Reserve 6 Nilla wafers and 1 banana; slice remaining bananas. Arrange a layer of wafers on bottom of a 2 quart round baking dish or bowl. Spread one quarter pudding over wafers; top with banana slices. Place wafers around sides of dish; continue layering wafers, pudding and bananas, ending with pudding. Cover and chill 3
hours or until serving time. Slice remaining banana. Garnish with banana slices, remaining 6 wafers and whipped cream.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Mary J.
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Christmas Angel Food Cake with Cherry Filling

1 prepared angel food cake
1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
1 (3 3/4 oz.) box vanilla
instant pudding
1/2 c. milk
1 c. dairy sour cream

Place 4 cups 1/2-inch cubes of angel food cake in 9 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Spoon cherry pie filling over cake. Top with 4 cups more of 1/2-inch cubes of angel food cake. Combine
instant vanilla pudding, milk and sour cream and beat until smooth. Spoon over cake. Chill for 5 hours.
Serves 8.
Mary J
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Crockpot Baked Beans Recipe

2 pounds dried small white navy beans
12 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup molasses
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup onions, chopped
1/4 cup salt pork, chopped into small pieces
olive oil

Soak beans in water in uncovered overnight (or for a minimum of 8 hours). After soaking, place in crockpot and cook on low for 3 hours.Drain liquid reserving 1 cup and set aside. Remove beans and set aside Coat bottom of a skillet with olive oil and add salt pork or bacon; sauté on stovetop set to medium heat for 5-10 minutes to render fat.

Add 1 cup liquid from beans (saved from soaking) and remaining ingredients including reserved beans and bacon into the stoneware. Mix together thoroughly.
Mary J
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Peanut Butter Bread Recipe

2 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder

1/4 cup butter, soft
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter (I like chunky)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk

Stir in flour mix just to incorporate. Spray loaf pan. Bake 350 oven 50 minutes.
Mary J
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Apricot Almond Bark Candy Recipe

1 lb White chocolate
2 tb Solid vegetable shortening
1/2 c Whole toasted almonds
1 c Apricot Jelly Belly beans

Line a 10x15-inch jelly roll pan with waxed paper. Melt chocolate and shortening in the top part of a double boiler. Stir in almonds and jelly beans. Spread into prepared pans. Chill 10 minutes. Score into 2x3-inch bars with knife. When firm, cut bars apart.
Mary J
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Pinto Bean Fudge Candy Recipe

2/3 Cup Canned milk (or light cream)
1-1/2 Cups Mini marshmallows
1-1/2 Cups Strained pinto beans
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1-2/3 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Nuts
1-1/2 Cups Chocolate chips

Combine sugar and milk in kettle. Boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add remaining ingredients and stir until marshmallows melt. Pour into buttered pan; cool and cut into squares.
Mary J.
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Thanks to all Nancylanders for all the great recipes. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Mary Ann

Crockpot Frito Pie Recipe

1 large onion, chopped
3 pounds lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic
3/4 cup dry beans (or 15 ounce can pinto beans)
4 cups water (reduce to 1 1/2 to 2 cups if using canned beans)
1 teaspoon salt
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 (15 ounce) package corn chips
3 cups shredded Monterey jack and Cheddar cheese
2 tomatoes, diced
16 ounces salsa
16 ounces sour cream
Sliced olives

Combine chopped onion, beef, garlic, beans, water, salt and taco seasoning in crockpot. Stir well. Cover and cook on for 7-8 hours.

Serve on a bed of chips. Top with chopped tomatoes, shredded cheese, salsa, a dollop of sour cream and sliced olives.
Makes 6 servings
Mary Ann
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Crockpot Meatballs with Mushroom Gravy Recipe

1 large bag frozen meatballs
1 regular can golden mushroom soup
1 regular can cream of mushroom soup
1 jar brown gravy

Place frozen meatballs in crockpot. Mix the soups and gravy and pour over meatballs.
Cover and cook on low for about 6-8 hours. Serve with rice or potatoes.
Lisa TX
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Crock Pot Eggbeaters Bread Pudding Recipe

6 cups cinnamon-raisin bread cubes (12 to 14 slices bread)
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup Eggbeaters
3/4 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

Spray inside of 3 1/2 to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together and pour into crock pot. Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours.
Makes 4 Servings
Lisa TX
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Trouble Shooting Cookie Problems

If your cookies are too tough . . .
You may have used too much flour or a flour with too high of a protein content. Unless you want a chewy cookie, do not use bread flour. Check your measurements--the cookies may not have enough fat or the amount of sugar may be wrong.

If your cookies are too crumbly . . .
They may have too much sugar, shortening, or leavening or may not be thoroughly mixed. Try adding more eggs.

If your cookies are too hard . . .
They may have been baked too long or at a temperature that was too low. Too much flour or not enough shortening or liquid will make them hard also.

If your cookies are too dry . . .
The same elements that make cookies too hard, may make them too dry. Try baking them at a higher temperature for a shorter period. Substitute brown sugar (with its higher moisture content) for part of the granulated sugar.
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How to Troubleshoot Cookies
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