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No Bake Cookies III

Reviewed: Jan. 24, 2015
I know these are very highly rated and I think the concept is good, but they were way too sweet (and for my family, that's a pretty strong statement). I don't think I will make them again, although I do wonder if the recipe could be tweaked to have more peanut butter and less sugar. One helpful tip... I put my oats in the food processor and gave it a few pulses, them added the peanut butter, vanilla, and chocolate mix. Then, another few pulses and it was ready for the cookie scoop. Made it much less messy.
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German Apple Cake I

Reviewed: Jan. 2, 2015
Family loved this cake. Based on other reviews, I did tweak it a bit by using 3/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup applesauce. Also, 2/3 cup brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar. This cut down the fat and sugar content a little, but maintained the intended flavor and texture. Served with salty caramel ice cream and no frosting/topping was needed. Yum!
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Milly's Oatmeal Brownies

Reviewed: Sep. 14, 2014
Oh, my...these are good! I added mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries (for a bit of tart), and chopped pecans. What a great flavor combo. Next time, I think I may try chopped Rolo candies with chocolate chips.
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Spaghetti with Easy Bolognese Sauce

Reviewed: Aug. 8, 2014
This was pretty easy and came together fairly quick. I used shredded carrots and just chopped them a little more. The flavor was decent. I do wish that I could have tasted the leftovers on day 2 because this kind of sauce always seems to be better after it has set for a day or two. However, hubby and the kids beat me to it.
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Austrian Chocolate Balls

Reviewed: Nov. 11, 2012
These are good. I took the advice of previous reviewers and used the mini chocolate chips, but I'm sure they would be just a good with the pecans. Otherwise, made exactly as written. These were easy and I am looking forward to adding them to my annual Christmas Cookie bake. Thinking about a white frosting instead with red/green sprinkles.
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Baby Carrot Bars

Reviewed: Feb. 21, 2012
These are awesome!! So easy. I boil my raisins first so they are juicier. My hubby and kids loved them!
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Heavenly Potatoes and Ham

Reviewed: Jan. 27, 2012
Oh my goodness, this was amazing!! My daughter and I were still sneaking bites as we cleared the table. I used about 3 pounds of potatoes, cutting them into large bites before boiling. I used sour cream with chives and left out the green onion. Instead of the bread crumbs, I crumbled butter crackers (Club) over the top and sprinkled with a little Parmesan. This was so easy and will be a new family favorite!!
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Zucchini Cobbler

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2011
This just out of the oven and I was so curious to try it based on such variable reviews. It is really good!! I used large zucchini, peeling them and cutting out the seeds and spongy center part. My food processor did a great job slicing the zucchini nice and thin. It also worked well in preparing the topping/crust. I took the advice of a previous reviewer and baked the bottom crust for about 15 minutes before adding the filling. The only thing I didn't do was sprinkle with the additional cinnamon at the end. While I agree that the taste is not quite what you would expect with apples (unless you used very bland ones) and the texture is a little bit different, it still has an excellent flavor. I will make this again!!
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Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

Reviewed: Aug. 29, 2010
I was looking for an alternative to the creamy cucumber salad that would withstand the heat. I omitted the onion (personal preference), used 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup splenda, and 1/4 sugar. These were really good and so easy.
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Zucchini Pizza Bake

Reviewed: Jul. 21, 2010
This was a great recipe! I made a couple of adjustments based on what I had in the house. Used 3 eggs (needed to use them up). Instead of grated Parmesan, I used the large "flakes/chunks" which added some nice pockets of Parmesan flavor. Colby Jack instead of Monterey Jack. A jar of Ragu pizza sauce. Left off the peppers, mushrooms, olives. It was good the first night, leftovers were even better the next day!
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Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2009
I uused the thin mint chips and mixed them in with the dough. This was a lot easier and I'd seen previous reviews recommending this. I thought this was just an ok cookie, the mint flavor was a little too strong for me and the cookies were crispier than I prefer.
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Marshmallow Brownies

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2009
These are a sugar coma waiting to happen, but sure are yummy! Not a brownie at all so don't expect that texture. More gooey than that. I took them to work and had many people ask for the recipe.
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Slow Cooker Enchiladas

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2009
Took this recipe for a work potluck. It got rave reviews - good warmed up, too.
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Sour Cream Mushroom Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 26, 2009
Very good - similar to a recipe I love from my grandma's old Betty Crocker cookbook.
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Pear Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Dec. 22, 2008
This is very good! I had over ripe pears to use up and chopped them into small pieces. Used 1 1/4 cups oil, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup Splenda. Skipped the dates (don't like them). I baked in 4 small loaf pans and 2 jumbo muffins. Makes a very moist dense "bread" - yummy! Will try again with applesauce in place of some of the oil and whole wheat flour.
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Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2008
I was not too impressed with this soup. Based on other reviews, I used beef broth instead of chicken. Hunts tomato sauce with basil, garlic, oregano. Sauteed 1 tsp minced garlic with the ground beef. Simmered the soup with the beef for 45 minutes before adding the macaroni and 1 can of kidney beans. The soup was very salty (didn't add any additional salt) and flavor was just ok. I much prefer the Hamburger Soup I from this site - I'll stick with that.
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches

Reviewed: Jun. 23, 2008
This is great! I agree with the reviewers who suggest beef broth instead of water. If you're watching your sodium intake or don't like things as salty, I wouldn't recommend adding the extra Italian dressing. It's wonderful the way it is.
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Rhubarb Dream Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2008
These were excellent! I used 1 1/3 cups sugar, 1 cup Splenda, 1 1/2 cups white flour, and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour. I also used 5 cups rhubarb. Baked crust for 14 minutes and bars for 40 minutes. They set beautifully. I did cut around the edge of the pan immediately upon removing from the oven. Made clean-up and bar removal from the pan much easier. I took these to work and my co-workers raved! They were gone within a very short time. Thanks for a great recipe!
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