Great Grapes
Great snack for summertime. Easy. Keep available for snacking.
Nice contrast of sweet and sour.
Wash grapes.
While wet, roll in dry jello*.

*Sour Apple, Watermelon and Lemon Jello are our family’s favorites.


Fruit Slush
1 qt peaches (drained, save juice)
6 bananas sliced
1 can (16 oz) crushed pineapple, drained
2 c sugar
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
3 c (or cans from frozen oj concentrate) water, (or use drained peach/pineapple juice)
Mix. Freeze. Thaw to slush before serving.

Ice Cream Sandwiches
(The boys have asked for this every year for their birthdays since
I started making them in 2008. They choose the ice cream flavor.)
1 package chocolate cake mix
¼ c shortening
¼ c butter softened
1-2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract

½ gallon ice cream, any flavor

Combine all ingredients except ice cream.
Divide into four equal parts.
On floured surface, roll 1/2” thick.
Use cookie cutters or cut in rectangle-sized pieces.
Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Poke each ‘cookie’ with fork.
Bake at 350’ for 8-10 minutes until puffed.

Repeat for remaining dough.
When cool, open ice cream box, cut into slabs.
Place between two chocolate cookies.
Wrap individually in aluminum foil.
Freeze overnight.
Tip: Purchasing ice cream in boxes makes cutting easier.

Dumpy Cake
My Grandma's recipe (Aren't Grandma's recipes the best?)
Quick, easy, one pan mess.
1 can (16 oz) pineapple, drained and crushed
1 can (16 oz) cherry pie filling
1 box white or yellow cake mix
1/2 c butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 c graham crackers, crushed
1/2 c walnuts, cut fine
sprinkle of cinnamon

In large cake pan, put pineapple, then cherry pie filling.
Sprinkle over fruit, 1 box white or yellow cake mix dry
Place butter pieces over dry cake mix.
Sprinkle over butter, ¾ c graham crackers, crushed, and 
½ c walnuts, cut fine
Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
Bake 350 1 hour

I recently made this recipe with these exceptions:
I didn’t have cherry pie filling, so I used peach pie filling.
I didn’t think pineapple would taste too great with the peach, so I omitted it.
I didn’t have graham crackers.
I did put probably another 3 T butter because I noticed the dry cake mix didn’t get absorbed into the peaches.
After baking, I added a bit more butter and put a lid on it to allow it to melt under its own heat.
Some (unbiased people) thought it was the best thing they'd ever had. Grandma's recipes are good, aren't they!

Delicious Pineapple Cake
My Grandma's recipe
Bake white or yellow cake according to box.
When removed from oven, prick well with knife or fork.
Pour over the hot cake, the following that has boiled 5 min and is hot:
1 can (#2, 16 oz) pineapple, crushed and drained
2 c brown sugar
2 T butter
Cook 5 min
Serve plain or with whipped cream.


Creamy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken
Panfried Fish (Keto)
Philly Cheesesteaks
Poorman's version of 
Philly Cheesesteaks
Calico Beans
Green Bean Salad
Cranberry Tea
Hot Apple Cider
Hot Chocolate Mix
Chai Tea Mix
Spiced Cranberry Cider
Cucumber Limeade Punch
Gammy's Shrimp Salad
Pound Cakes
   7 UP Pound Cake
   Lemon and Blueberry
Zucchini Recipes
Zucchini Pie
Mexican Squash
Cheesy Squash
Stir Fry Zucchini
Zucchini Bread
Squash Boats
BBQ Squash
Squash Pickles
Thanksgiving Recipes
Turkey, falls off bone, juicy
Butterhorn Rolls
Frozen Cranberry Salad
Sweet Potato Crunch
Christmas Breads
Lemon Bread
Pumpkin Bread
Banana Bread
Cranberry Nut Bread
Glazed Lemon Bread
Pistachio Bread
Poppy Seed Bread
Zucchini Bread
Dill Pickle Soup
Potato and Hamburger Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Soup
Ham and Hash Brown Casserole
Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole
Egg Bite Mold
   Egg Bites
   Pancake Bites
   Pineapple Upside Down Bites
   Cheesecake Bites
   Brownie Bites
   Keto French Toast
Main Meals
Mexican Spaghetti
Party Time
   BBQ Beef and Cheese
   Sloppy Joey
Dan’s Grilled Chicken
BBQ Meat Balls
Cowboy Caviar
Camping Tin Foil Recipes
Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches
Philly Beef and Cheese Sandwich Loaf
Chicken Mexican Style
Pizza Burritos
Omelets in a Bag
Campfire Cones
Bananas in a Boat
Campfire Popcorn
Ice Cream in a Bag
Snacks and Appetizers
Rosemary Nuts
Bacon Wrapped Kielbasa
   Soft Carmel
   Peanut Butter
   Sour Cream and Onion
   Nach Cheese "Dorritors"
Sugar Cookies
Poppy Seed Nut Slices
French Butter Wafers
Benne Cakes
Need Cookies Fast?
Lemon Cookies
Butter Cookies
Chocolate Crinkle Cake Box Cookies
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Dumpy Cake
Pineapple Cake
Making Mustards
Dijon-style Mustard
Spiced German Mustard
Need Soap
Gifts to Make
Bubble Bath
Body Wash
Shower Gel
Facial Scrubs
   Rosemary Mint Sugar and Salt
   Warm Vanilla
   Pepper and Mint
   Sugar and Olive Oil
   Brown Sugar

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