Updated: Jan 6

Post Covid Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Coming home from the hospital, after having so many meds and treatments, I really felt like my poor insides needed to be “de-chemicalized.” (That’s a word- trust me.) One of my anti-inflammatory go to is this smoothie. My son Michael, his wife Shell and their two children-having just gotten over Covid came out to help take care of me so Rich could go back to work. Every morning without fail- he follows my recipe down to the count of the fruit and makes this for me. An act of love like that makes it taste even taste better!

post covid smoothie
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Therese's Sugar Cookie Recipe

Therese was a good friend of mine when I lived in Ohio. Of all the things I gained from that friendship, one of them is her sugar cookie recipe. I think of her every time I make them, and to this day is still my favorite recipe.

It is a really soft cookie, and it spreads a bit in the oven, so probably not the best recipe for detailed cut-outs. My 3-year-old granddaughter Wesley baked up a batch with her mom and I think they look great! Along with the sugar cookie recipe, I have included a frosting recipe, but store bought frosting also works just fine.

Sugar Cookies and Frosting
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Award Winning Chili

"I won an award!" That's right. Well, I didn't win it. My friend was in a panic because she had entered the chili cooking contest at church and she did not have a recipe for chili. She also did not have much time to make it. "I have the best recipe" I said. "It's quick and easy and tastes really good!" I gave her the instructions over the phone and-wait for it-She won the Chili cook-off! What's my secret you may ask? It is Spicy V-8 juice!! Read below for the recipe and enjoy!! And, let me know if it wins any more awards!!

Award Winning Chili
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Pumpkin Fudge

Pumpkin Season is here! I don't know why Pumpkins only taste good in the months of October and November. Pumpkins don't carry the same excitement in May or June. I went looking for and found some fun and unusual pumpkin recipes; I found this one and others on a web-site called-funny enough-Unusual Pumpkin Recipes! Who doesn't like fudge? Try it out, make it with your kids, and then have fun finding pumpkiny things to make from the website.

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Pumpkin Fudge
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More Unusual Pumpkin Recipes

One of the best things about marrying Rich was that I had an instant brother and three older sisters! One of my visits to his sister Carol's led to copying down a lot of her great recipes. One that is really fun is her "Popcorn Cracker Jack Recipe." I have seven children, so the 20 cups of popcorn sounded about right. However, if do not have 7 plus people at your house for movie night- you can cut this in half or more. Click on the download below for a pdf version of this recipe.

Aunt Carol's Cracker Jacks
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My grandson Finn likes to cook. I was thinking about what I could send him and the thought came to me that he might like a recipe box with some of my favorite recipes.

One of the first cookbooks I pulled out was the cookbook I got as a present the Christmas I was nine. As I looked at the pages covered with the stains of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour that had spilled onto the worn-out pages I smiled at the memories of my book and baking blissfully in my kitchen as a child. Each recipe brought about a new memory. Including the time I mistook the measurement for sugar as salt!

My first "Throwback Recipe" I want to share, is called "Fruit Basket Upset". It is a real 70's staple!! It is an easy quick recipe you can make yourself, with your children or grandkids. I love the serving suggestion to have it with cinnamon toast!

Fruit Basket Upset
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Celebrate National Veggie Burger Day!

Veggie Burgers
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