Sunday, December 28, 2014

HV Oyster Crackers

These crackers are awesome - quick and easy!

  • 1 1-oz. packet Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2½ tablespoons freshly chopped dill (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 16-oz. box oyster crackers

Preheat the oven to 250°F. In a small bowl, 
add the oil, Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Salad 
Dressing & Seasoning Mix, and dill. Stir until mixed 
through. In a 1-gallon-size Glad® Zipper Bag, add 
the crackers and oil mixture. Seal the bag and toss until
 well-coated.Arrange the crackers on an ungreased 
half-sheet pan in a single layer. Bake the crackers
 for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Peppermint Oreo Balls

Got the recipe from here

36 OREO peppermint Cookies finely crushed
1 pkg almond bark
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. 

Dip balls in melted almond bark chocolate; 
place on parchment paper-covered rimmed
 baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved candy.

 REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole 

1 1/2 lb. sweet potatoes'                               1/2c granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk                                                    1 beaten egg
3 Tbsp. butter, cubed                                      1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup packed brown sugar                         2/3 cup all-purpose flour
orange rind                                                 ¾ C blended oj
2 Tbsp. butter It,                                         1 cup pecan pieces
Pecan halves                                                  cinnamon
Nutmeg                                                            ginger

.Scrub and peel sweet -potatoes. 
Cut off and discard woody portions and ends.
 Cut potatoes into cubes. Cook, covered, in a small amount 
of boiling water for 25 to 30 minutes 
or till tender. Drain.

Combine hot sweet potatoes, 
granulated sugar, milk, egg, 
the 3 tablespoons butter,oj and vanilla. 
I usually temper the hot sweet potatoes
 into the egg mixture so the eggs don't cook.

 With a wooden spoon, stir to break up potatoes 
but not completely mash them. 
Put mixture into a greased 2- quart 
square baking dish. 

Combine brown sugar and flour; 
cut in the 2 tablespoons butter till mixture. 
resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecan pieces

and sprinkle crumb mixture on top of potatoes.

 Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven about 
25 minutes, or till set. Garnish with 
pecan halves, if desired.

 Makes 8 side-dish servings. ,

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Many years ago I got this recipe
 from a Greek Festival in AZ

1 1/2 lb melted Butter

1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 C Sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
2 Lbs Walnuts - chopped

2 lbs Filo dough *
while making this, make sure you cover the
dough as the sheets dry out quickly
I use a wet towel

 and will stick together an will be impossible to separate

Combine walnuts, spices and sugar in a mixing bowl

Brush the bottom of a 14x20 in pan with melted butter
an place one piece of filo on top of the butter layer

brush w melted butter, repeating this process
for a total of 8 layers.

Brush the 8th layer with melted butter,
sprinkle with nut mixture,
repeating the process until all
of the nut mixture is used. 

Then repeat 8 layers of buttered filo layers

 Cut into diamond shape:
Cut in rows

 then cut diagonally

Bake 15-20 min until lightly
gold at 350 degrees
reduce to 250 degrees for 1.5 hrs

4 C Sugar
2 C water
1/2 C honey
1/2 lemon slice

Boil water and sugar
with a slice of lemon
 until it is dissolved and form as a syrup
Stir in honey and cool.
Spoon cooled syrup over the hot pastry 


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Name Tile Ornaments

Tile Ornaments

This is a very easy project
You will need
drill (I use a dremel)
craft sticks
scrable tiles
glue (I use Aleenes Tacky glue)
5/8 in long eye screws
Once you get all the letters together
I put the top tile in a vise and drill a hole

Screw in the eye hook

 then glue the tiles
 on the craft stick

The back side

 On the ones that the tiles
don't come to the end
I sanded the stick flush

They proably take more
time to dry than they do 
to make

I used ribbon to make the hangers
and put bows
 on the female names

I had to get creative 
with the babies
because I didn't have any y's


Friday, December 5, 2014

Cheesy Potatoes

This can be made up ahead of time. 
I waited until I out it in the oven to top w chips. 
I also added 1 can green chilies, black olives 
and cooked crumbled sausage

 The basic recipe

 2 lbs frozen hash browns
1/2 C Diced onions
1 can cheddar cheese soup or any cream of soup like chicken
1 lg container sour cream
1 C shredded cheese
1 stick of margarine or butter

Mix all ingredients in a lg bowl

 and turn into a 9x13 in pan

Top with 1 C crushed potato chips
 Bake at 375 for 1 hr

Friday, August 8, 2014

French Lick Resort and Town

Th town seems to be
going through a transition

many of the buildings are in the process 
of being renovated 
View looking towards downtown


Design in a door way downtown
French Lick


The Phone Company:

Painting on a building
that appeared to be in 
the process of being rehabbed

Around the corner

An Apt building

The square

Outside of the VFW

A new building downtown

Dancing Waters Fountain

 Probably the classiest Denny's

This church is in West Baden
it was built in 1909

French Lick Resort

Jazz playing on the veranda

Carriage Rides

The lobby
yes that is all gold leaf

The lobby ceiling

  To the pool - in the summer they open the walls

 The rooms hallway

The Casino
is in the French Lick 
no photography is allowed

You can rent these family bikes