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Luscious Slush Punch

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2007
I honestly didn't have high expectations when I decided to try this recipe. Afterall, it's just a punch, right? I was thinking what's all the hoopla and five stars rating for something as simple as a punch... Well, I was wrong. This punch is fabulous. I'd give it ten stars if I could. It was the hit of the party for both kids and adults. EVERY PERSON who tried this punch said it was awesome. There were no negative or even mediocre comments. We whizzed through a full batch in a couple of hours and everyone was asking for more. For the next party I'll double the recipe. Per the suggestion of other reviewers I decreased the sugar to 1.5 cups and it was just right. I also used sugar-free jello and diet Sprite. The results were fantastic. I also followed the advice of others and froze the mixture in two one gallon ziploc bags. I think I'll make another batch soon and freeze it in quart size bags so the kids can enjoy an occasional treat. With a recipe this good, it's a shame to save it for special occasions only. Give this recipe a try; you won't be disappointed!
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Super Swiss Steak

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2006
Cloves? Seemed odd and I wish I had listened to my initial instinct. This ingredient does not belong in this dish. It gave the dish an odd taste and smell that was overpowering. I just couldn't get past it. I started putting the steak on plates and decided I couldn't serve it to the family if I couldn't eat it myself! Sorry!
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Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins

Reviewed: Nov. 3, 2006
For whatever reason, these muffins had a strange smell and taste after they were baked. I couldn't detect it in the batter; it seemed to develop during the baking process. The texture was also weird. I was very careful not to overbake, but they still turned out hard and firm. I've made lots of muffins (both homemade and packaged), but I won't be making these again. I'll keep looking for a better recipe. Until I find the perfect recipe, I'll stick with the cheap packet mixes you buy in the grocery store -- they're even better than these. Sorry!
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Chicken Noodle Soup

Reviewed: Sep. 28, 2006
THE VERY BEST!!!! I've made this several times and it is always delicious. I made it last night for my parents and they couldn't stop raving. My mom is an awesome cook -- most everything is made from scratch -- and both my mom and dad said this was the BEST SOUP they've EVER had (they are in the 60s-70s). I think my dad ate four huge bowls and he asked for some to take home!!!! That is the highest compliment!! I make a few minor revisions -- I double the onion, butter, carrots, black pepper and bay leaf and add minced garlic. I also make the Boiled Chicken recipe from this site (using 4 lb. raw chicken) and use all of that chicken PLUS part of that broth instead of all water (probably 2-3 cups of the broth and 9-10 cups water). I also cook it alot longer -- a couple of hours -- before adding the noodles. I also use frozen noodles (Reames brand). These noodles are thick and hearty and really make for a delicious, homemade taste and presentation. Thanks Sherry for an awesome recipe!!! Now, I'm off to have a bowl for lunch. I'm glad I didn't give all of the leftovers to my dad to take home!!! ha ha
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Candy-Coated Milk Chocolate Pieces Cookies I

Reviewed: Jun. 12, 2006
I'll admit I was a little leary of using all shortening and I almost substituted butter,but I'm SO glad I DIDN'T! I followed the recipe exactly (well, I probably baked them a little less than what the recipe calls for) and these cookies were incredible!!!!They were slightly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside -- yummy!!!! They were picture-perfect -- flattened out slightly but not too much -- just right! Plus, they were so simple and quick to make with ingredients I always have on hand. Hubby and children said they were the best cookies they've ever had -- and that's a real compliment. Everyone in my family bakes alot -- most everything from scratch. This will definitely be a recipe I make time and time again. Thanks for sharing!!!!
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Grandma Johnson's Scones

Reviewed: Dec. 30, 2005
These are delicious!!!! Very quick and easy to make with ingredients you have on hand. I split the dough in half. Made half with semi-sweet chocolate chips. I mixed plain cinnamon in the other half of the dough and then sprinkled the tops with cinnamon/sugar before baking. My kids loved them! They are already talking about which flavors they want to make next time. Personally, I'm anxious to try lemon and blueberry! I must admit they were a bit sweeter than what I was expecting, but I'm not complaining!!! I will probably take the advice of other reviewers and make them a little smaller next time. A bit of advice from me -- don't waste your time trying to roll them out. It's much easier and faster to just pat the dough out. Now back to the kitchen -- for another...
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Blueberry Buckle

Reviewed: Oct. 7, 2005
Very disappointed. Not sure why this gets such positive ratings. My husband and children all said not to bother making this one again. I agree! Very blah. I did substitute margarine for the shortening in the cake (the only difference between this recipe and the one on the Land O Lakes margarine box), so maybe that made some difference. I doubt it. Regardless, I won't waste my time trying it again with shortening. Sorry!
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Mall Pretzels

Reviewed: Aug. 13, 2005
Yummy, but I wouldn't say these taste like the ones you get at Auntie Anne's. The ones at Auntie Anne's are much, much sweeter. Regardless, these pretzels tasted great, were soft and chewy and were a lot of fun (and easy) to make for my 7 and 5 year old kids. Even the 18 mo. old "helped" roll out the dough! The kids polished off half the batch as soon as they came out of the oven and are already asking when we can make them again. Making pretzels definitely held their attention longer than baking cookies! I give this recipe 4 stars only because I don't think they taste like Auntie Anne's, but my kids would definitely give them 5 stars or more. They liked them even better than Auntie Anne's.
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