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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Easter Dinner

Here are some of our family favorites for Easter. This year I will also be making Ricotta Pie & Easter Egg Wreath Bread. I'll let you know how they turn out! May you have a blessed time with family and friends as we celebrate the Resurrection.
Blessings, Jennifer aka Gigi

Easter Dinner


Pepperoni Bread

Pineapple Stuffing

Rigatoni mac & cheese

Cole Slaw Green Beans

Corn Pudding

Candied Yams

Peach Cobbler

Pepperoni Bread

Let frozen dough thaw and rise (or use homemade recipe)

Knead and roll thin with dusted flour.

Melt 4 T. butter. Spread on top of bread.

Layer sliced pepperoni and Am cheese on top.

Roll like jelly roll.

Brush mixture on top- 1 egg, 2 t. parsley, water, pepper and parmesan cheese.

Place on greased cookie sheet.

Bake 350 degrees for 30 – 40 min.

Pineapple Stuffing

Cream 1 c. sugar and ½ c. butter

Add 3 eggs.

In a separate bowl 4 c. bread cubes and pour ½ c. milk & toss.

Combine the bread mixture in the butter mixture.

Mix all together then pineapple last.

1-20 oz. can crushed pineapple and juice.

Pour in 13 x 9 pan.

Bake 350 1 hour

Rigatoni Macaroni and Cheese

1 box Rigatoni-cooked

8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 pt. sour cream

1 pt. mayonnaise

Mix all together then add 1 Quart of Milk.

Pour into 13 x 9 pan.

Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.

Bake uncovered 350 45 min – 1 hour

Mrs. Wilke’s Corn Pudding

1 lb. can creamed corn 1 T. sugar 1 t. salt

2 T. flour 3 eggs, well beaten

2 T. melted butter 1c.milk

Mix in order given. Pour into greased casserole. Bake 350 degrees 1 hour

Candied Yams

Melt 3 T. butter

Add ½ c. brown sugar

3 T. milk

Heat, stirring constantly.

Add drained 40 oz. can Sweet Potatoes until warm.

Peach Cobbler

Mix 2/3 c. sugar 1 T. cornstarch in sauce pan.

Add 1 c. boiling water. Boil 1 min.

Add 3 c. sliced peaches or (39 oz. canned peaches)

Pour into 13 x 9 pan. Dot w butter and cinnamon.

In separate bowl make Bisquick shortcake recipe.

Drop by spoonfuls on peaches.

Bake 375 degrees 30 min.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring things...

Cherry Blossoms in DC

Hope you enjoy Spring Things...I am so glad it is warming up. It is supposed to be warm on Easter Day! Great for an egg hunt & maybe a stroll on the boardwalk in your Easter Bonnet?
Check out the pic of me when I was young at the bottom when I was about 5 at Easter!

Easter Blessings, Jennifer aka Gigi

Flowers in a set of drawers

Beautiful basket!

Lily of the Valley

Chocolate bunnies

Palm Sunday

Bunnies & Eggs

Easter Eggs

Coconut Cake on my Grandmother's 22 carat gold plate & server

Tea anyone?

Jelly Belly Factory Tour Kenosha, Wisconsin

Jelly Belly Mosaics

Burford, UK - The Cotswolds

Candy window in Burford

Bunny window in Burford

Flowers in London!

Jennifer with Chief Halftown on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ on Easter about 1960.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Set Your Heart Free!

Set Your Heart Free!

We received a Devotional Book from our daughter for Lent this year and have been reading it together every morning and ending the day with a prayer. Here are some of the highlights that you may want to meditate on. Happy Passover! Happy Easter! Jennifer aka Gigi

Set Your Heart Free – Devotions by Francis de Sales

Thought for the Day

Be not troubled about many things.

Let God do his part.

Don’t Worry. Do your best. It is enough.

God loves you just the way you are.

Trust God and rest secure.

Be who you are. Accept who you are.

Set my heart free.

What really matters?

Learn from me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your soul.

Do what you can. God will do the rest.

God is never the source of our anxiety.

Cast your cares upon him, for he cares for you.

Come unto me.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Fling Party @ This Blessed Nest

Welcome to our Spring Fling Party!

Here's the link to the party

Here's what I'll be bringing! Sweets!

Here' what I'll be wearing....

I thought you would like to meet Gracie too.

and Amy....

and Adley and Amanda

We'll have tea time too! So pleased to meet you!

Jennifer aka Gigi
Thanks for coming!

Cheers to Spring!

Cheers to Spring! It is lovely in the North East! Sunny & warm! Hope you are having a lovely weekend! Thanks God! Jennifer

Daffodils are in bloom

The first sign of crocuses

So pretty!

My daughter's Square foot garden

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Delicious Meatless Soups for Lent

Delicious Meatless Soups for Lent

Some people abstain from meat during Lent or skip meat on Fridays, although some eat seafood. (I am not legalistic about chicken broth) Here are some delicious soups to enjoy!
Recipes follow-

Manhattan Clam Chowder

Creamy Crab Soup

Tomato Bisque

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Manhattan Clam Chowder

Diced onion, celery, carrots,

16 oz tomatoes

8 oz. tomato puree

¼ tsp. thyme

½ tsp. pepper

¼ tsp. minced garlic

8 oz. potatoes

1 Qt. water

1 Qt. chopped clams

Opt. cooked Bacon.

Place water and vegetables in pot. Simmer 20 min.

Add bacon, tomatoes and spices.

Simmer 45 min. Add clams simmer 15 min more.

Creamy Crab Soup

5oz. flour

5 oz. butter

8 c. milk

½ tsp. paprika

¾ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

2 T. sherry optional

¼ tsp. old Bay Spice

1 lb. crab meat

Melt butter, add flour. Make roux, Cook 3 min, Add Milk, cook 10 min, Add spices and crab. Heat slowly.

Tomato Bisque

1 T. olive oil 1/2 shredded onion

8 lg tomatoes, peeled and seeded or 32 oz. Puree or Crushed Tomatoes

2 c. chicken stock

1 tsp. sugar

1 c. heavy cream s & p

Cook onions in olive oil. Add tomatoes, stock, sugar. Boil, simmer 20 min.

Cool. Puree the soup.

Strain. Add heavy cream, s & p to taste.

Sweet and Sour Cabbage(This is great for a diet)

3 T. olive oil

1 Lg onion chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

¼ c. balsamic vinegar

2 T. brown sugar

6 c. finely chopped red cabbage (not green)

6 c. chicken stock

Sautee onion in olive oil. Add garlic & red pepper flakes.

Stir in vinegar and brown sugar. Simmer.

Add cabbage, tomatoes & stock.

Simmer 30 min. Add more balsamic & brown sugar as needed.

Creamy Potato Soup

2 lb. potato, peeled and diced

1 small diced onion 8 oz chopped celery

3 Qt. Water- 2 chicken bouillon cubes s & p

Combine and simmer 20 min.

Add 1 ½ Qt. Milk

In a separate bowl combine 4 oz. melted butter & 1 c. flour. Add some of the soup broth.

Slowly add back to pot. Simmer 20 min.

Cream of Asparagus Soup

1 lb. Asparagus

3 ½ c. chicken broth

¼ c. butter ¼ c. flour

½ c. light cream

½ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper

Cut asparagus into 1 inch pieces. Combine w 1 c. broth. Simmer 15 min.

Remove 1 c. asparagus for later.

Puree remaining asparagus & broth in blender.

Melt butter in pan. Add flour. Add remaining 2 ½ c. broth . Cook.

Stir in cream, s, p, pureed asparagus. Add remaining asparagus & heat.Save a few stalks for garnish.

Cream of Broccoli Cheese Soup

½ c. butter

½ c. flour

2 c. chicken stock

2 c. milk

¼ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. pepper

2 – 24 oz. Frozen Broccoli Florets or fresh

3 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Melt butter. Add Flour. Cook 2 min. on medium heat.