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Spring is here!! (Finally!)

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                   Hello fellow foodies! HAPPY SPRING and HAPPY EASTER to you all! I'm so glad you're here! This site is all about casual, easy, affordable recipes that are family friendly and very good. 
 
Enjoy! And please come back often! I update and change things all the time; nothing around here gets stale! (ha! no pun...)                                                              - Patti
                             
                                               
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Loaded with new recipes and ideas. Everybody loves it! When you do - you get my eBook for FREE "Six Sisters Favorite Recipes" Wrote it myself! :>

                                                               
          
       
      

         
        GREAT SPRING RECIPES. . .  
                     (click on links for full info)  


                    TACO STUFFED JUMBO SHELLS
        So good! Bet ya can't make 'em just once :>

INGREDIENTS. . .
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1/2 - 1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage
           (reg flavor)
1/4 cup taco seasoning
4 oz reduced-fat cream 
   cheese
12 Jumbo Pasta shells
1 cup salsa
1 cup taco sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Jack cheese

Optional Toppings:
1 1/2 C crushed tortilla chips
1 C sour cream
                                                        3 green onions, chopped
                                                        A few sliced black olives
                                                        Guacamole
                                                        Sliced avocados
                                                        Tomatoes

DIRECTIONS. . .  
1. In a skillet, brown meat over medium heat. Add taco seasoning and mix to combine. Add cubed cream cheese. Cover and simmer so that  cream cheese can melt. Remove from heat and cool.

2. Fill cooked shells with about 1-2 T. of meat mixture. In a 9×13 glass baking dish pour salsa to coat the bottom of dish. Place filled taco shells on top then add taco sauce. Cover and bake @ 350 for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover, and sprinkle cheese on top, return to oven for another 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with sour cream, and toppings of your choice.

3. Enjoy!   

NOTE ONE. . .  You may want to double because as long as you’re going to the effort of stuffing the shells you might as well double it and freeze half.  Besides, you will realize how amazingly delicious it is and you’ll regret not doubling it…

Note two (from Patti). . . I got this yummy recipe and the picture from one of my favorite sources for super delicious recipes. Check 'em out!  saorganics.com

                                    
                                
         MELT-IN-YOUR-MOUTH SUPER-MOIST LEMON BUNDT CAKE
       (Starts with a mix! YESSS!)


FOR THE CAKE. . .
1 Lemon cake mix
4 eggs
4 oz. vanilla yogurt
1/2 (3.4 oz) pack of instant Lemon Pudding
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
4 tbsp. lemon juice




FOR THE ICING. . .

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
Water, as needed to thin the icing (should be a pourable consistency, but not too thin!)

DIRECTIONS. . .
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together all of the ingredients in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until batter is thick and fluffy.
Pour into Bundt pan (this also works great as a loaf cake or muffins!) and bake as directed on cake mix box.

Allow to cool for 30 minutes before drizzling with lemon icing.



                                                


  One of my yummiest Spring recipes is Asparagus & Crab Casserole and it is OUT OF THIS WORLD! 

                    Asparagus & Crab Casserole
                                  (Click)
   
                                
Have you ever served chowder or thick soup in an edible bread bowl? They're easy to make and it makes a soup meal extra special.
          Click here
 



Now... check out my cheddar cheese and beer soup. What a great soup for these still-chilly days and this recipe gets RAVES! In fact there's even a video showing how to make it. Very cool! Check it out. . . 
                        Beer-Cheese Soup Recipe & Video

Other ideas for yummy Spring eats . . .  have you tried my 5-STAR Crab Bisque? Every time I make it I get asked for the recipe. How about hearty Chicken Schnitzel with ArtichokesSausage-Squash Bake; out-of-this-world Spinach Salad w/ Apples & Brie(you can't believe how good). Or try Italian Brandy Cherries, (a fab-o treat when guests pop over).

                                     

GREAT TIP! WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS...
Put aluminum foil in a bowl, pour the grease in. When it hardens, roll up the foil and throw it out! YESSSS! 


HERE'S ANOTHER  NEATO TIP THAT REALLY WORKS ...
Keep brownies,cakes,cookies,etc. soft by placing a piece of fresh soft bread in with the baked item and then covering with plastic wrap.  Baked items absorb moisture from the bread and they don't dry out.Works like a charm! If the bread gets hard before you've eaten all the goodies, toss it out and put in a fresh piece.    

DON'T FORGET to check out the Easter Ideas page. LOTS of new ideas for fun and memories!!  CLICK HERE

                         
                                                     
 



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