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DRIPPING BLOOD PUNCH

DRIPPING BLOOD PUNCH

2 cups Pineapple juice
1/2 cup Orange juice
4 Thick slices cucumber
1 cups Ginger ale
As needed Ice
4 Tablespoons Grenadine syrup

Combine pineapple juice and orange juice in large pitcher. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cut cucumber slices into shape of vampire fangs (cut wedges out of half of the slice, leaving the remainder of the slice round).

Stir ginger ale into chilled juice mixture.

Fill glasses generously with ice.

Pour punch over ice.

Slowly drizzle 1 tablespoon grenadine over top of each serving.

Garnish each serving with cucumber vampire fangs.

Yield: 4 servings

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Crispy Kale Chips

Crispy Kale Chips

Oil spray (recommended: canola or olive oil)
1 large bunch kale
Kosher salt
Optional: Garlic or onion powder
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat two large baking sheets with oil spray. (The chips will be crispiest if baked directly on the baking sheet, without aluminum foil.)

Trim the ends off the kale and cut the leaves into 2-inch pieces. Divide the kale pieces between the two baking sheets and spread them into a single, even layer. Liberally mist the kale with oil spray and lightly sprinkle with salt (and garlic or onion powder if desired). Bake for 10 minutes, or until the kale is crispy to the touch and the edges are beginning to brown.

Serving Size
Serves 2 to 4

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Sweet Potato Fries

Cut a medium-size sweet potato into 1/4-inch thick strips. Saute the strips in a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium high heat until lightly browned about 5 minutes. Then sprinkle them with cinnamon or salt to taste.

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Velvety Vanilla Fruit Dip

1 8-oz. carton Dairy sour cream
1 cup Half-and-half or light cream
1 6-oz. can Frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 4-oz. serving size pkg. Instant vanilla pudding mix
Fresh stawberries, melon balls, orange slices, peach slices, apple chunks or banana chunks.

In a bowl, combine sour cream, light cream, orange juice concentrate and pudding mix. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours. (If mixture is too thick after chilling, stir in 1 or 2 tablespoons additional cream to thin the mixture.)
Serve as a dip for fruit such as strawberries, melon balls, orange or peach slices, or apple or banana chunks (brush apple and banana chunks with a mixture of lemon juice and water to prevent browning). Or spoon over balls of fresh fruit.

Makes 3 cups

Nutrition Note: Trim some fat by using light or non-fat dairy sour cream.
Nutrition facts per 2-tablespoon serving with fruit: 76 cal, 3gm fat, 8mg chol, 69 mg. sodium
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Bugs – Dried beans

To keep pantry bugs out of your dried beans, stick a couple of dried chilies into all your jars or bags of beans. They'll keep the bugs away.

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Pretzel Yums

PRETZEL YUMS

1pkg. Round or small knotted pretzels
1 pkg. Hershey's hugs
1 pkg. M&M's
Wax paper
Place wax paper on a cookie sheet. Put the pretzels on top of the wax paper. Put hugs inside pretzels. Bake 2 minutes at 200°F until hug is soft. Put M&M's on each hug. Put in freezer until hard, peel off of wax paper and enjoy.

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MOM'S FAVORITE SWEET POTATOES

MOM'S FAVORITE SWEET POTATOES

3 to 4 servings 6 to 8 servings
2 cups 4 cups Cooked, mashed sweet potatoes (3 medium-large potatoes)
1 1/2 Tbls. 3 Tbls. Brown sugar
1 Tbl. 2 Tbls. Honey
1/2 small can 1 small can Crushed pineapple, drained
2 1/2 Tbls. 5 Tbls. Sweet cream* (whipping cream)*
2 Tbls. 1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup 1/2 cup Chopped pecans
As desired As desired Marshmallows for topping

Topping per below
1 Tbl. 2 Tbl. Butter
1 Tbl. 2 Tbl. Brown sugar
1/4 cup 1/2 cup Crushed Rice Chex
1 1/2 Tbls. 3 Tbl. Finely chopped nuts

*Tip: Evaporated Milk can be used instead of the sweet cream or whipping cream

Combine mashed sweet potatoes with remaining ingredients, except marshmallows, and put into a buttered 2-quart (for 3 to 4 servings: 1 quart) casserole dish. Top with marshmallows and bake in 350 degree (F.) Bake in oven until marshmallows are lightly browned.

Variation: (for 3 to 4 servings: make 1/2 of this topping)
In place of marshmallows, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet, add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 cup crushed Rice Chex and 3 Tablespoons finely chopped nuts. Blend well and sprinkle over top before baking.

Yield: Yield: 3 to 4 servings or 6 to 8 Servings

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Easy Pumpkin Peeling

To easily remove pumpkin peels, cut a hole on top and remove the seeds and pulp. Then set the pumpkin in a pan of water and bake at 300 degrees for about an hour. The rind will peel right off and without wasting any meat.

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No Stick Cutting

Spray your knife or scissors with spray oil (nonstick cooking spray) to prevent sticking when cutting dried fruits like raisins, etc.

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Chili Corn in Husks

Trim ends off of eight large ears of unhusked corn. Remove about half of the husks. Push the remaining husks aside and remove corn silk. Replace husks and tie into place. Put ears on a rack in a large covered kettle. Add 2 cups water, cover and steam for 20 minutes or until corn is tender. Remove husks. Heat 1/2 cup butter and 2-3 teaspoons of chili powder; brush on corn just before serving.

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