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Butterfly In The Sky

BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY

1 Celery stalk
1/4 cup Cheese spread or peanut butter
4 Large pretzel knots
4 Chowmein noodles

Cut celery stalk in half.  Fill each stalk with cheese or peanut butter.

Press 2 pretzel knots into each stalk for the butterfly wings and 2 chow mein noodles into the front for the antennae.

Yield: 2 butterflies

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Tomato Ripening

Do not try to ripen tomatoes on your window cell and do not refrigerate unripened tomatoes.  If you put them on your window sill, (as our grandmothers did) it will be too warm for the tomato and will promote spoilage instead of ripening.  The sun's heat can be intensified by the glass and it can burn the tomato.  Instead put it in a paper bag and add an apple to the bag.  The apple gives off a gas that promotes the ripening of the tomato and the reduced light will prevent it from burning. 

If you put the tomatoes in the refrigerator or a temperature below 40 degrees, it will stop the ripening process and it will no longer ripen further no matter what method you try.

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7-Minute Fudge-Orange Mousse

7-MINUTE FUDGE-ORANGE MOUSSE

1 8-ounce container Frozen whipped topping, thawed (like Cool Whip)
1/3 cup Fudge ice-cream topping
1 Tbl. Orange juice concentrate
Optional:
1 can Mandarin orange sections

At the beginning of the meal preparation, place frozen topping at room temperature to thaw. 

Stir in fudge topping.  Stir 1 tablespoon frozen orange juice concentrate into fudge topping.  Fold in whipped topping.  Spoon into dishes. 

If desired, garnish with canned, drained mandarin orange sections.

Yield:  6 servings

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Flour tortillas used 3 ways

1.  Spoon cherry pie filling down the center.  Roll up and microwave until filling bubblies top with vanilla ice cream for a wonderful and quick dessert.
2.  Coat with nonstick spray; sprinkle with sugar adn cinnamon.  Bake at 375 degrees unti crisp.
3.  Cut into strips.  Drop into chicken soup; simmer 5 minutes for almost-homemade “noodles”.

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Nutty Turtles

NUTTY TURTLES

2 oz. (1 small pkg.) Cream cheese
12 (about 1/2 cup) Walnut halves, unbroken
12 Pitted prunes

Butter knife
Plate

Cut cream cheese into 3 equal pieces.  Then cut each piece in half and half again.  You should have 12 pieces of cream cheese.

Take a piece of cream cheese and press it against 1 walnut half.  Shape the cream cheese into a flat circle or oval.  Set it down on a plate with the walnut half on the bottom.

Take a pitted prune and press it over the top of the cheese.  It should really look like a cream cheese sandwich with a walnut half on one side and a prune on the other.

Now you need 5 small pieces of walnut.  Each piece should be about the size of a kernel of corn.  Take them from the 1/2 cup of walnut pieces.  Break the large pieces if you don't have any small ones.

Pretend the prune is the turtle shell.  The walnut is the underside of the turtle.  Now you want to give the turtle a head.  Stick 1 of the small pieces of walnut into the layer of cream cheese at one end of the turtle.

Now stick 4 more pieces of walnut into the cream cheese layer around the turtle.  Put 2 near the head and 2 at the back.  These will be the turtle's feet.  Set the finished turtle down on a plate.  Repeat until you have 11 more turtles.

Serve to your friends or put them in a covered container and store in the refrigerator until snack time.

Yield: 12 turtles

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See Creamy Pumpkin Pie in "General Recipes" – simple for little children to make

Creamy Pumpkin Pie in the “General Recipes” does not need any appliances or heat to prepare.  An adult recipe that any age child can make if they are big enough to shake a bowl for 1 minute and the adult can measure the ingredients if the child is not able to read.
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Waffle Sundaes

Prepare your favorite waffles or use frozen waffles that have been toasted in the toaster.

Top with your favorite ice cream and fruit/fruit topping.

Serve immediately.

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Personalized Bird/Gourd House

While a birdhouse gourd is still growing, scratch in a name with a ball point pen. As the gourd grows, the name does too.  When completely cured, cut a hole for a personalized birdhouse.

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Apricot Balls

APRICOT BALLS

3/4 cup Grapenuts cereal
3/4 cup Graham crackers, finely crushed
3/4 cup Dried apricots, finely chopped
1/2 cup Pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup Powdered sugar, sifted
1/3 cup Light corn syrup
1 Tbl. Orange juice
1/4 cup Powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl, stir together Grapenuts cereal, graham crackers, dried apricots, pecans and 1/2 cup powdered sugar.  Stir in corn syrup and orange juice.

Coat hands with margarine; shape into 3/4 inch balls.  Roll balls in 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

Store in covered container.

Yield: 36 balls

Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories: 110
Cholesterol: 0
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 75mg

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Tasty and healthy dip for veggies

For after school snacks, combine peanut butter, honey and orange juice for a tasty and healthy snack dip to serve with carrot, celery and apple sticks or slices.

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