Monday, October 26, 2009

Swamp Juice

Filled with gummy creatures and fish eggs made from tapioca pearls, this sweet, bubbly drink looks like something scooped up from a deep, dark bog. Try making a batch for a Halloween gathering or as a spooky after-dinner treat.

(I got this off of the Disney Family Fun Site!)


1/2 cup small tapioca pearls (found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)
Food coloring
4 tablespoons sugar
8 gummy fish
Seltzer water
8 gummy worms
MAKE THE EGGS: Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add the tapioca pearls. Reduce the heat slightly and boil the pearls, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes.

COLOR THE EGGS: Divide the pearls, with the remaining water, between two bowls. Add 4 drops of food coloring (we used 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of green in one bowl, and 4 drops of blue in the other) and 2 tablespoons of sugar to each bowl. Stir the mixtures, then allow them to sit uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Drain and rinse the pearls with cold water.

ASSEMBLE THE DRINK: Spoon 2 tablespoons of pearls into each glass and drop in a gummy fish. Fill the glasses with seltzer water, then add a splash of lemonade. Place a gummy worm around a spoon as shown.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hearty Lasagne / Lasagna !

This is the recipe my mom used my whole life! For me its the BEST I've tried! and...its very easy.

2 lbs Lean Hamburger or turkey burger
1 Onion chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic chopped
Brown together in a skillet. Drain off excess fat and add:

2 Large cans of Stewed Tomatos
1 Small can of Tomato Paste
2 tsp. Salt
2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp pepper

Simmer for 2 Hours

Shred 3 Cups of Cheddar Cheese
Wash off the cream of 1 tub of Cottage Cheese by putting into a strainer under running water.
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Cook One 16 oz package of Lasagna Noodles until tender.

Put a little sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish - layer of noodles, then meat sauce, cottage cheese, shredded cheese, parm cheese. Repeat and then top with Cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until bubbly. (I place casserole pan on a cookie sheet inside the oven in case the lasagna bubbles over.)

This is the time of year when Lasagna tastes sooooo good! HAPPY FALL!

Monday, October 12, 2009


I made these last week and they were a hit with every person who ate them! Brandon even took some to work and they were gone in a second!

4 eggs
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup oil
2 cups pumpkin (16 oz can of pumpkin)
Beat together 4-5 minutes

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda

In mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add all at once the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and soda. Mix thouroughly. Spread batter into a pan 15 x 10 sprayed with pam.

Bake at 350" for 25-30 minutes. Cool and Frost.

3 oz. package of Cream Cheese - softened
1/2 cup butter - softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Cream together cheese and butter, stir in vanilla and beat together until smooth.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

3 cups white sugar
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 9x5 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, oil, water, and eggs. Beat until smooth. Blend in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Fill cans 1/2 to 3/4 full.
Bake for 1 hour, or until an inserted knife comes out clean. Cool on wire racks before removing from cans or pans.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

1 Can Black Beans drained
3 tbsp Olive oil
4 tbsp Lime Juice Fresh
1 Can Corn
1 Tomato chopped
2 Avacadoes chopped
1/2 purple onion finely diced
1/2 green pepper diced
1 tsp cumin
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Mix together and serve with chips or it tastes really great on fish!
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