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Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 14 of Our 65 Day Journey

 Happy Veterans' Day!

 The words "thank you" are in no way enough, still ~ thank you and may you be blessed!
I've sat here for at least 2 hours, trying to figure out what to blog about!  I still have nothing.  I am rarely at a total loss for words.  This is so not me (the talker)!

Day #14 

 of Our 65 Day Journey!

~ I promised some recipes ~

Two years ago, I taught a cooking class at our local university.  We had such fun!!!

One of the recipes I shared with the class, was also one of the first recipes I taught the boys to make.  It is a family tradition, first made by my aunt (Aunt Billie) probably 50 years ago!  We've made it every Thanksgiving and Christmas since  (and several other times during the year).  So if you have kids or grandkids just itching to help.....they can do this!

Holiday Cheese Ball

2 cups of mild cheddar cheese grated
1 8oz. pkg. of cream cheese, room temperature
chili powder
garlic powder
2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (optional)

Mix all ingredients except for the chili powder.  If the kids are doing it, make them wash their hands and then turn them loose!!!  If you are doing it, you may use the food processor.

Once everything is well blended, roll into desired shape.  I like to make two cheese logs, so when it is served, you can slice it and it just fits on Town House Crackers.  My daughters like to make one large cheese ball....whatever.  Once you have it shaped, liberally sprinkle chili powder onto a large plate or freezer paper and roll your cheese logs/ball in the chili powder.  Coat well.
Wrap and chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (to let the flavors blend) (that usually does not happen here).   

Simple Fruit Salad
This is an easy (and lite) fruit  salad and everyone loves it.....even the picky people.

3 oranges, peeled, sections pulled apart and cut into need to try and remove that thin membrane (?) that covers the orange sections (as much as possible)

3 bananas sliced
1 large can of Pineapple chunks 
or tidbits
1/2 cup sugar

a few maraschino cherries cut in half for garnish (if you want)
Drain the pineapple (save juice!), place in bowl.  Slice the bananas into the pineapple juice (it will keep them from turning brown).  Add oranges, sugar and cherries if you want!  This is so good and refreshing....not heavy like some fruit salads. 

(Looks yummy!)

I also have a new recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Latte....actually I have two.  One came from our local rural electric company and the other was  sent to me by Taste of Home magazine.  I haven't tried either, but I'm planning to!  After I taste taste the two, I'll post my favorite!

Don't be surprised if my favorite is plain old pumpkin pie with a good cup of coffee!  Just sayin'!

Thursday - thankful for our country.  With all its faults, it is still the best in so many ways.

Friday - thankful for our Veterans!
Praying for each of you today!  



  1. Love the recipes. Wish my grandchildren lived closer than I could make the cheese ball swith them.

  2. Oh nummy!!!!! I have to try the Pumpkin Pie Latte! Hope you have a wonderful Saturday.......I am up early and having a little fun this morning. I will be canning some more chicken today. It will be nice to have it up on the shelf. Hugs sweet friend, you are loved, buy ME!!!!


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