Gooey Bars-Squares Recipe

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  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • 1 egg

Mix well and pat into a well-greased 9×13 pan.

Topping

  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. vanilla

Mix well and pour over cake mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

 

How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather

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I have seen a lot a talk and reviews about How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather and I knew that I had to read this book. Adriana Mather is a twelfth generation of Mathers in America going all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials and the first Thanksgiving.  This adds a lot to the content of this book letting you feel like you have a true insist to Salem and the Salem Witch Trials. How To Hang A Witch is a real page turner that once you start reading you will not put this book down until you finish. The story is full of twists and turns with an unexpected ending. This book is a must read for anyone who loves to snuggle up in bed on a cold night and enjoy a great adventurous story. How To Hang A Witch is a great mystery and romance novel.

(From the inside book cover) Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were? If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real live (well technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

 

Zucchini Cakes

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  • 3 cups coarsely grated zucchini
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil (coconut oil) for frying
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Place zucchini in a colander, sprinkle light with salt and let stand for 30 minutes. Press with paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible. Zucchini should be fairly dry and you should have about 2 cups. Place zucchini and remaining ingredients (except oil and butter) in a bowl. Mix well. Form into 8 patties the size of crab cakes. Chill. Heat oil and butter in a skillet. Add patties to skillet and cook on both sides until browned. Drain on paper towels. Serves 4.

Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups finely chopped nuts

Cream the butter, sugar and eggs. Sift the salt, baking soda and flour. Then in a separate bowl mash the bananas. Add the bananas to the creamed mixture and stir thoroughly. Mix in the flour and the finely chopped nuts. Pour the mixture into 4 well-greased bread pans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

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I just received the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White . I was so excited to see what all this Amazon Echo Dot would do. Let me tell you I am so impressed by this. I can ask Alexa to play music, give weather update, turn lights on/off, dim lights, wake me at 6am and play Jeopardy’s six question.  All I had to do was download the app and conect to wifi . The Echo Dot is a great addition to any home and with it being hands free it really comes in useful. I like the easy of use and far-field voice control. This would make a great present or stocking stuffer.

Copper Health Copper Knee Sleeve

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I have stuck to my fitness routine for almost two months now. I even have commit to at least five days a week to the treadmill and yoga. All of this does make my knees a little sore. I  have read a lot about copper compression sleeves and thought that I should give them a try.  I found Copper Health copper knee sleeve  for a great price and decided to add this to my treadmill routine. After only one use I could tell a huge difference and will use this brace every time I run. I could tell a huge difference in not only the swelling that I usually have is gone but the pain is gone also. If you are looking for a copper sleeve that will help with pain and swelling than you should give Copper Health copper knee sleeve a try.

Baked Potato Soup

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  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 pounds baking potatoes
  • ½ pound yellow onions
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 baked potato
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces cheddar, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons scallions, for garnish
  • 1 sprig dill, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a heavy 1 ½ gallon crock pot, heat chicken stock. Add thyme, salt and pepper. In a food processor, puree raw potatoes and onions. Add to stock. Simmer slowly for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Add whipping cream and diced baked potato. (If soup becomes too thick, then with water). Sale and pepper to taste.

Optional: Ladle hot soup into an oven proof serving bowl. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and onions. Place under the broiler until cheese is melted.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

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  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 8oz raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor

 

  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • Butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 cups cinnamon sugar

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Bake sweet potatoes on a 400 degree F oven until they can be pierced with a fork. Coo, peel and cut into 1 inch pieces. Place cooked potatoes in a 2 quart covered baking dish. Combine orange juice, butter, brown sugar and spices in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar and butter are melted: pour over potatoes. Bake covered at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Bloomin’ Lasagna

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  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups leaf spinach lightly packed
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup ranch dressing, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) pasta sauce, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and cool. Mix spinach, cheeses, ¼ cup ranch dressing and seasonings in a large bowl. Set ½ cup of pasta sauce aside. Pour remaining sauce into greased shallow casserole dish at least 10 inches in diameter. To assemble flowers, spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of cheese mixture on each noodle and roll up. Place flowers, curly side up, in casserole dish. Mix remaining ranch with pasta sauce, drizzle over each flower. Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.