Peppermint Brownies

Mix well:
1 C. melted butter 
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted  
2 cups sugar 
4 eggs
Add and mix well:  
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
3/4 cups nuts (walnuts, pecans)
Bake :
in a greased 9x13 pan at 350° for 30 minutes.  Cool thoroughly before frosting.

Cream together:  
6 tablespoons soft butter
2 cups powdered sugar       
Add and mix well:  
4 tablespoons whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
green or pink food color if desired
Spread over cooled brownies.  Set in refrigerator or other cool place.

Melt together: 
 2-3 tablespoons butter
6-oz package chocolate chips (or 1 cup)
Drizzle or spread over brownies.
via: Patricia Rowley who says, "In the late 1960s or maybe 1970 I acquired this recipe from someone in the East Millcreek Sixth Ward (Salt Lake City) where we lived for about 6 1/2 years.  There was much panic in my house (and in Kenneth's) in December 2012 when for a while, I couldn't find the recipe. Had it not been found, it would have been a tragedy of a magnitude heretofore unknown to mankind."


Best LDS Garment Whitener

48oz powder Cascade
3lb box of Oxi Clean White Revive
Persil Pro-White Technology Power Pearls
White vinegar

*Combine 48 oz. Cascade with Oxi Clean White Revive. Mix together and store in a container.

Fill a kitchen sink or plastic storage container with hot, hot ,hot water and add 1 cup of Cascade/Oxi mix and 1 capful of the Persil Pro-White Technology Power Pearls and 1 cup of white vinegar. Let garments or any white items soak over night or several hours. (I like to give them a few stirs).
Then drain and finish them with a rinse cycle in your washer and dry. Seriously makes them whiter than anything I've tried!

(As of now, Walmart is the only place I know of that carries Persil.)


Cream Scones

2 cups flour
1/3 to 1/2 cups sugar
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. grated orange zest
1 1/4 cups heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425°F. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and zest in a large bowl. Whisk together. Add cream and mix. Gather together and knead a few times on floured board. Shape into a disk about 3/4 inch thick. Paint top of disk with milk or cream, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Cut disk into 12 wedges and place on large, un-greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes (check at 12) until tops are browned. Cool on rack.

You can modify the recipe pretty easily, e.g. by adding 1/2 cup currants, chopped nuts, or mini chocolate chips to dry ingredients, replacing orange zest with lemon zest, etc.


Fruit Dips

A tub of strawberry cream cheese mixed with a jar of marshmallow cream (the ice cream topping).

Whip cream, 1tsp cinnamon, 1/4 c. Dulce de leche. Mix and serve.  

1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 brick of cream cheese, 1 tub of cool whip, mix well.

Heavy whipping cream, instant cheesecake pudding, and half a raspberry jello packet. 
Use same directions with milk for the whipping cream.

1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese 
1 (15oz) can cream of coconut (Not coconut milk or coconut cream!)  
1 (8oz) tub whipped topping (Cool Whip)
In a large bowl with an electric hand mixer, beat the cream cheese with the cream of coconut until all lumps are gone. Add the whipped topping and mix again.


Little Smokie - Many Ways

1-3 pounds cocktail sausages

I cup grape jelly and 12  oz. jar chili sauce
1 cup grape jelly and 1 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup jellied cranberry sauce and 12 jar chili sauce
1 cup jellied cranberry sauce and 1 cup barbecue sauce
2 cups barbecue sauce

Mix all the ingredients (just 2 or 3) cover and cook...

on the stove top for 30 minutes
in a slow cooker, on high,  for 1-2 hours.

It's easy to cut the recipe in half or to double or triple it!


Little Smokies - Another Way

Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

1 (14 oz) package cocktail sausages (about 40)
1 pound bacon; each strip cup into thirds
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup


• Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9x13" cooking dish with nonstick spray, or use a silicon sheet.

• One smokie at a time, wrap it with one piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick and place it on the cooking dish.

• Bake for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the ketchup and brown sugar in a bowl.

• Remove sausages from the oven, and transfer them to a plate using tongs. Drain the bacon grease from the baking dish.

• Replace the sausages on the baking dish and brush or pour the sauce onto each sausage. Return to the oven bake until they are hot (about 15 minutes). Serve


Grandma Kemp's Artichoke Chili Dip

1 - 14 oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1- 4 oz. can green chili peppers, chopped
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayonnaise

Combine the chopped artichoke hearts, chopped chili peppers, cheese, and mayonnaise. Turn mixture into and 8-inch round baking dish. Bake at 350° about 20-25 minutes, or until heated through. Serve war with tortilla chips and/or bread sticks.

Note: Kevin Kemp is the one who gave Grandma Great (Barbara Kemp) this recipe.

via Elaine Kemp


7-Can Soup

1 can meat-only chili 
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans 
1 can (15 oz) pinto beans 
1 can (15 oz) black beans 
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes 
1 can (15 oz) corn (fiesta variety is good) 
1 can (10 oz) rotel 
salt And pepper, to taste 
8 oz, by weight, Velveeta cheese, cubed (or not)
Without draining the cans, empty the corn, chili, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, tomatoes and tomatoes with green chilies into a large pot over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes to bring all the flavors together. Add salt and pepper as needed.

Dice the cheese and stir it into the soup until melted. Serve immediately.  


Blender Tomato Soup

1 can crushed organic tomatoes
¼ cup raw cashews
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
Kosher salt and pepper

Toss the tomatoes, cashews, dried herbs, salt, and pepper into your blender. Puree until smooth and creamy. Taste for seasoning and heat in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute or until hot.


Spaghetti Sauce

1 lb. hamburger, browned
1 small  onion
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 small  can tomato paste
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce  
1 cup ketchup 
1 can mushrooms
1 tsp. oregano
chili pepper  


Crockpot Sweet Potato Lentils

3 large sweet potatoes, diced (about 6 cups)
3 cups vegetable broth
1 onion, minced
4  cloves garlic, minced
1-2 tsp. coriander
1-2 tsp. garam masala
1-2 tsp. chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups uncooked red lentils (masoor dal)
1 can coconut milk
1 cup water

• Place the sweet potatoes, vegetable broth, onion, garlic, and spices in a Crockpot. Cook on high for 3 hours, until vegetables are soft.
• Add the lentils and stir once. Replace the lid and cook on high for an additional 1½ hours.
• Stir in the coconut milk and as much water as needed to get the right consistency. 

Serve with Naan.

Via pinch of yum


1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
¼ cup white sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. salt
cups bread flour 
2 tsp. minced garlic (optional) 
¼ cup  butter, melted

• In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand about 10 minutes, until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt, and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead for 6 to 8 minutes on a lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside to rise. Let it rise 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in volume.
• Punch down dough, and knead in garlic. Pinch off small handfuls of dough about the size of a golf ball. Roll into balls, and place on a tray. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
• During the second rising, preheat grill to high heat.
• At grill side, roll one ball of dough out into a thin circle. Lightly oil grill. Place dough on grill, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until puffy and lightly browned. Brush uncooked side with butter, and turn over. Brush cooked side with butter, and cook until browned, another 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from grill, and continue the process until all the naan has been prepared.

via allrecipes


Lemon Brownies

Ingredients for the Brownies
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
zest of ½ lemon
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
¾ cup flour
¼ tsp. salt

Ingredients for the Glaze

½ cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
zest of ½ lemon

• Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8 x 8 pan by spraying with cooking spray or lining with foil, and set aside.
In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, and lemon zest until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then add the lemon juice. Add the flour and salt, and mix until just combined. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
• Bake 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out clean. Let cool 10-15 minutes.
• To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest, then pour over the brownies, spreading evenly to coat. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

via iheartnaptime


Chinese Pancakes

1½  cups flour
2 eggs
¼ onion
¾ cup water

½ tsp. salt


Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

 1 (15.25-oz.) pkg. devil’s food cake mix
1 cup plain yogurt
4 large eggs
1 (3.4-oz.) pkg. vanilla instant pudding mix
½ cup plus 1 tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 cup powdered sugar, plus more for serving
Fresh strawberries

 Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cake mix, yogurt, eggs, ½ cup warm water, pudding mix and ½ cup oil in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium, and beat until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Pour mixture into a lightly greased and floured Bundt cake pan. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

Remove cake from oven, and cool in pan 10 minutes. Transfer cake from pan to wire rack; cool completely, about 1 hour.

Combine cocoa, 2 tablespoons water, corn syrup and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium saucepan. Cook over low, stirring constantly, until blended, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar, whisking constantly, until smooth.

Drizzle glaze over cake. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar. Serve with strawberries and vanilla ice cream, if desired.

via Peoplefood


Swedish Brownies

1 cup sugar
½ cup shortening, melted
2 eggs, well beaten
¼ tsp. baking powder
1 cup flour
1 tsp. almond extract
slivered almonds

Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs, flour, baking powder and mix well. Add Extract. Pour into 8x8 greased pan. Sprinkle with almonds and sugar and press lightly into batter. Bake 25 minutes at 350°F. 


Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

3 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
1 pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. melted butter
¼ Tbsp. vanilla
1 egg yolk
Nonstick cooking spray

 • Spray the inside of a microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray.
• Pour flour, sugars, chips, and salt into the mug and mix.
• Mix egg yolk, vanilla, and butter in a small bowl.
• Gently mix wet ingredients into mug with dry mixture until a dough is formed.
• Let cool and enjoy!


Because of Love

A brother and sister had made their usual hurried, obligatory pre-Christmas visit to the little farm where dwelt their elderly parents with their small herd of horses. The farm was where they had grown up and it had been named Lone Pine Farm because of the huge pine, which topped the hill behind the farmhouse. Through the years the tree had become a talisman to the old man and his wife, and a landmark in the countryside. The young siblings had fond memories of their childhood here, but the city hustle and bustle added more excitement to their lives, and called them away to a different life.

The old folks no longer showed the horses, for the years had taken their toll, and getting out to the barn on those frosty mornings was getting harder, but it gave them a reason to get up in the mornings and a reason to live. They sold a few foals each year, and the horses were their reason for joy in the morning and contentment at day's end.

Angry, as they prepared to leave, the young couple confronted the old folks "Why do you not at least dispose of The Old One." She is no longer of use to you. It's been years since you've had foals from her. You should cut corners and save so you can have more for yourselves. How can this old worn out horse bring you anything but expense and work? Why do you keep her anyway?"

The old man looked down at his worn boots, holes in the toes, scuffed at the barn floor and replied, " Yes, I could use a pair of new boots."

His arm slid defensively about the Old One's neck as he drew her near. With gentle caressing he rubbed her softly behind her ears. He replied quietly, "We keep her because of love. Nothing else, just love."

Baffled and impatient, the young folks wished the old man and his wife a Merry Christmas and headed back toward the city as darkness stole through the valley.

The old couple shook their heads in sorrow that it had not been a happy visit. A tear fell upon their cheeks. How is it that these young folks do not understand the peace of the love that filled their hearts?

So it was, that because of the unhappy leave-taking, no one noticed the smell of the insulation smoldering on the frayed wires in the old barn. None saw the first spark fall. None but the "Old One".

In a matter of minutes, the whole barn was ablaze and the hungry flames were licking at the loft full of hay. With a cry of horror and despair, the old man shouted to his wife to call for help as he raced to the barn to save their beloved horses. But the flames were roaring now, and the blazing heat drove him back. He sank sobbing to the ground, helpless before the fire's fury. His wife back from calling for help cradled him in her arms, clinging to each other, they wept at their loss.

By the time the fire department arrived, only smoking, glowing ruins were left, and the old man and his wife, exhausted from their grief, huddled together in front of the barn. They were speechless and stunned as they rose from the cold snow covered ground. They nodded thanks to the firemen as there was nothing anyone could do now. The old man turned to his wife, resting her white head upon his shoulder as his shaking old hands clumsily dried her tears with a frayed red bandanna. Brokenly he whispered, "We have lost much, but God has spared our home on this eve of Christmas. Let us gather strength and climb the hill to the old pine where we have sought comfort in times of despair. We will look down upon our home and give thanks to God that it has been spared and pray for our beloved most precious gifts that have been taken from us.

And so, he took her by the hand and slowly helped her up the snowy hill as he brushed aside his own tears with the back of his old, withered hand.

The journey up the hill was hard for their old bodies in the steep snow. As they stepped over the little knoll at the crest of the hill, they paused to rest, looking up to the top of the hill, the old couple gasped and fell to their knees in amazement at the incredible beauty before them.

Seemingly, every glorious, brilliant star in the heavens was caught up in the glittering, snow-frosted branches of their beloved pine, and it was aglow with heavenly candles. And poised on its top- most bough, a crystal crescent moon glistened like spun glass Never had a mere mortal created a Christmas tree such as this. They were breathless as the old man held his wife tighter in his arms.

Suddenly, the old man gave a cry of wonder and incredible joy. Amazed and mystified, he took his wife by the hand and pulled her forward. There, beneath the tree, in resplendent glory, a mist hovering over and glowing in the darkness was their Christmas gift. Shadows glistening in the night light.

Bedded down around the "Old One" close to the trunk of the tree, was the entire herd, safe.
At the first hint of smoke, she had pushed the door ajar with her muzzle and had led the horses through it. Slowly and with great dignity, never looking back, she had led them up the hill, stepping cautiously through the snow. The foals were frightened and dashed about. The skittish yearlings looked back at the crackling, hungry flames, and tucked their tails under them as they licked their lips and hopped like rabbits. The mares that were in foal with a new years crop of babies, pressed uneasily against the "Old One" as she moved calmly up the hill to safety beneath the pine. And now she lay among them and gazed at the faces of the old man and his wife.

Those she loved she had not disappointed. Her body was brittle with years, tired from the climb, but the golden eyes were filled with devotion as she offered her gift ---LOVE. Because of love. Only Because of love.

Tears flowed as the old couple shouted their praise and joy... And again the peace of love filled their hearts.
This is a true story...

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