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Peppermint Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 10, 2007
I used this recipe to make Peppermint Blossoms with the new Candy Cane Kisses. REVISION: Now that I've made these a couple times and know the drill, I recommend that you unwrap and freeze the Candy Cane Kisses before you stick them on the cookies. This will make it harder for them to pool when you place them on top of the cookies. Turned out wonderful. I would make this again, and recommend to all my friends.
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Fudge Sundae Sauce

Reviewed: Jul. 17, 2011
Killer sauce. I followed the recipe exact, making no changes or substitutions. This was very easy--it was done in a matter of minutes. I couldn't wait to try it, digging into it after it cooled a bit. YUM. This is going to be awesome for our Sundae Sunday.
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My Great Grandmother's Banana Bread

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2011
I made two minor changes: I cut the sugar back by half and I used pecans instead of walnuts, only because we don't like walnuts. I was able to get 12 muffins out of this recipe that were a little on the big side. 350 for just about 22 minutes and they were perfect. Simple banana bread--sometimes you don't have to gussy your banana bread up. Grandma just always knew what tasted best! Out of one recipe, three muffins remain.
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Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2011
I made this recipe exact, making no substitutions or changes BUT I did use a homemade graham cracker crust only because a) I don't have time to make a pastry crust or b) I forgot to purchase a pre-made pastry crust when I was at the grocery store. I have to say this is one of the best lemon pies I've ever had. Or one of the best PIES I've ever had, forgetting the lemon part. It's just lovely. My husband, who does not like lemon pies, thought this was just wonderful. I made this yesterday and came home to half of the pie gone and the kids and I had only one small piece each. I loved the custardy filling in this pie. This recipe is a winner. When I've got more time, I'll make sure to try this with a pastry crust so I can see which I like best and then update my review.
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Fruit Salad with Vanilla Yogurt

Reviewed: Jul. 29, 2011
I cut this recipe in half. I didn't have any pineapple so I omitted it. I also used halved green grapes. We loved this salad. Very simple and refreshing on such a hot day. It was SO wonderful--I think fresh fruit and vanilla yogurt has to be one of the best food combinations ever thought up. NO leftovers.
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Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2011
I made one change and that was using lemon-lime soda instead of water. I made no other changes. I used dixie cups to make ice pops instead of popsicle molds. I just set the cups on a flat baking sheet, poured the ice pop liquid into the dixie cups 3/4's of the way up and let them firm up in the freezer before inserting the popsicle sticks. The kids and I love these. Super simple and really cheap to make.
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Banana Cream Supreme

Reviewed: Aug. 4, 2011
I used light whipped topping, sugar free CHEESECAKE pudding mix and reduced fat sour cream. This turned out so good! So simple and just really good. We loved it.
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Very Easy Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2011
To say my family loved this would be an understatement. I doubled all the fruit but kept the amount of pie filling the same. NO leftovers.
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Toll House Crumbcake II

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
I made three small changes: I used half brown/half white sugars in the actual cake recipe, I used a bag of Hershey's chocolate/peanut butter chips and a half bag of Hershey's semi sweet chunks and I used pecans instead of walnuts. I made no other changes or substitutions. This was very easy to assemble, the directions absolutely outlined the steps clearly which was great because I made this dessert with my two boys. Just over 45 minutes was just right for me. It's cooling now but I'll update my review once my family as a chance to taste-test it. As it sits, it is a very pretty dessert. It looks like a chocolate chip cookie in cake form! NOTE: 45 minutes was WAY too long! DO NOT overbake, it becomes dry as heck. Because of my mistake, this turned out less than great. We ended up cutting away the edges and eating the middle, which was pretty freaking tasty. I was more upset that half of this got tossed as I hate waste. I'll make this again because it's really freaking good but I'll cut back on the baking time.
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Summer Tomato Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
I added a mix of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic to this salad. Really good. I think the olive oil and balsamic really made this extra tasty. Quick and easy--no leftovers.
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Chocolate Snowball Treats

Reviewed: Aug. 20, 2011
This is one of my favorite Christmas treats to make for cookie trays or parties. I got the recipe for this years ago from a friend of a friend and have been making it ever since. This can be varied so many different way using whichever grahams are your favorite and rolling it in other toppings (chopped nuts, sprinkles, chopped candy canes) and it's always the first to get eaten. I like it best with chocolate or cinnamon grahams.
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Chocolate Pretzels

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2011
My kids and I made this together. We made two different kinds--one with little Reese's and peanut butter M&M's and one with Rolo candies and milk chocolate M&M's. These were inexpensive to make and huge fun for the kids and I, nevermind really freaking tasty. We just had a blast making these. I can already see this making an appearance on our cookie trays this Christmas season.
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Basil Tomato Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 27, 2011
Quick and very simple. I did not use the full amount of cream asked for, just enough to make it creamy.....maybe a quarter cup or so? Great with a toasted sandwich when you're feeling a little down on a Saturday afternoon. The kids had seconds they liked it so much.
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Mojito Fruit Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 30, 2011
Stunning salad. I knew my family loved it when we were fighting over the leftovers. Absolutely wonderful. Simple and just luscious. I wouldn't change a thing.
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Butter Cream Frosting II

Reviewed: Sep. 3, 2011
I used butter instead of margerine. This turned out a fabulous buttercream that spread beautifully on my 9x13 yellow cake. No complaints here!
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Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

Reviewed: Sep. 7, 2011
Here's the thing--I made this recipe with my youngest boy and we lost a little flour in the process of measuring it and getting it to the mixer bowl, we lost a little egg during the egg-cracking process, and I'm not really sure if my son snuck in more sugar while I was getting my camera. With this said, even though I was sketchy about how this recipe might turn out with the little mistakes that were made, this recipe turned out a very nice cookie. Soft and fluffy and very nicely chocolate-y. (The raw batter was in-sane......but don't tell my kids that. Ha.) The best part is they did NOT stick to the pan AND I didn't need to chill the dough, which for me were excellent parts of this recipe. Next time, I'd like to try this with half of the butter replaced with peanut butter. I bet that would be really good. GREAT rainy day recipe to make with my son and bond. We had a BLAST and he was so proud of himself. NOTE: 350 for just about ten minutes was just right for us.
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Strawberry Cheesecake Dream

Reviewed: Sep. 29, 2011
I like to make this with one of those containers of sweetened strawberries instead of crushed pineapple and I also add in one of those small packages of mini-marshmallows. I just thaw it before I fold it into the other ingredients. Hugely addictive. There's noone I've met that dosen't at least go back for seconds.
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Raspberry Cream Gelatin

Reviewed: Oct. 2, 2011
Absolutely wonderful. I made one substitution and that was using sugar free raspberry gelatin. It tasted like.......raspberry mousse? I don't know if that's the right description. It was delicious. The kids and I loved it. This recipe's a keeper. NOTE: I've made this twice now and we just absolutely love it. I'm going to try this with frozen strawberries and sugar free strawberry jello next time.
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Easy Sausage, Peppers and Onions with Elbows

Reviewed: Oct. 9, 2011
This is a favorite in our house because not only does it double well (so you can freeze half for another meal or feed a large group) but it's quick to assemble before a busy day. I like to use Uncle Charley's sausages (which is a really good Pennsylvania sausage company), organic pasta sauce and sometimes, I'll throw in a couple drained cans of fire roasted tomatoes. You might want to taste your sauce before you serve it just in case it needs seasonings. Usually, the sausage (and the sauce--so use a good one!) gives the sauce all the flavor it needs. Great goulash. This also is a good sauce for lasagna.
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Lemon-Garlic Green Beans

Reviewed: Oct. 17, 2011
We absolutely loved these. I used butter instead of olive oil but that was the only change I made. The kids especially loved these--they cleaned their plates of all green beans!
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