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Jul. 2, 2009 8:57 pm 
Updated: Jul. 5, 2009 9:09 am
Okay, so I would really like to post my recipes daily, but I am teaching this pesky summer school class and between teaching it and planning for it, and taking my requisite daily nap in the summer, I don't seem to have as much time as I would like. 

On Sunday, I made sloppy joes from the church cookbook, onions straws from Pioneer Woman's website and a Creamy Mojito Pie from the Bake-off Cookbook. 

Sloppy Joes
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemond juice
1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon vinegar

Cook and drain ground beef.  Combine ketchup, water, lemon juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar.  Stir until all ingredients are combined.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir in meat.

Here is the link to the onion straws recipe on Pioneer Woman's website...<

The pie LOOKED and SMELLED delicious.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to try any.  I made it for Brad because he has recently become obsessed with the Mojito.  He never ate any of it though, and so it sat, unloved, in my fridge for two days.  I decided to give it a better life than I could provide and pawned it off on one of my friends.  She said it has so far been a big hit among her family.

Creamy Mojito Pie
1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup whole or 2% milk
1 (4 serving size) box vanilla instant pudding mix
1/2 cup frozen (thawed) limeade concentrate
1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon mint extract

Heat oven to 450F.  Make pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell using a 9-inch glass pie plate.  Bake 10 - 12 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool completely on a cooling rack, about 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on low speed until creamy.  Add remaining filling ingredients; beat on low speed about 30 seconds or until blended.  Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally, until thickened and creamy.  Spoon filling evenly into pie crust; refrigerate while making topping.

In same bowl, beat topping ingredients on medium speed until stiff peaks form.  Spread topping evenly over filling.  Refrigerate 1 hour or until set. 
Jul. 2, 2009 9:28 pm
Wow! The pie sounds terrific. Think I just found my dessert for the potluck on Saturday! Thanks Belle. :D Tell Brad shame on him for not partaking. btw, I've been looking for a good sloppy joe recipe. Were you happy with the results?
Jul. 2, 2009 9:56 pm
I can't beleive you didn't even eat the pie Adrienne! Go take a nap silly girl!
Jul. 4, 2009 10:40 am
The Sloppy Joes were good. The original recipe had salt in it, which I added but did not put in the recipe here, because I thought they were WAY too salty. Leaving it out, though, I think makes a really good Sloppy Joe.
Jul. 4, 2009 9:32 pm
Belated Happy Birthday! Hope you had a great day! Sorry I missed ya! Hugs from Kentucky!
Jul. 4, 2009 10:44 pm
Thanks Belle! good thing I left this window open, when AR crashed I had the Mojito Pie recipe! :D ok, so when was your bd? Happy Happy! ~decaf
Jul. 5, 2009 9:09 am
My birthday was on June 22. I turned 30. Blech.
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Growing up, my nanny used to make her own pasta sauce using fresh tomatoes in season, but canned tomatoes in the winter. I watched her do it all of the time, and she used the pasta sauce in all of the same dishes that we always used the jar variety. One day, when I was in middle school, I decided I was going to make lasagna. I had watched my mom make lasagna a myriad of times, so I was confident I could do it too. However, I didn't realize until half-way into the process that I didn't have any spaghetti sauce. I figured I would just "make" some, like my nanny always did. I guess I forgot that she let the sauce simmer for hours, because I just threw all of the ingredients together and the used it as my sauce. The noodles didn't bake. It was soggy and crunchy at the same time. It was a disaster. My dad ate it to be polite, but my brother took one look at it and asked if we had any peanutbutter. Even after numerous successful lasagnas and close to 15 years later, my brother sti
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