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1 head lettuce 1 sweet onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
8 slices bacon, crisped, broken up
4 hard boiled eggs, sliced ...and drained
1 10 oz., pkg. frozen green peas...uncooked
2 cups Mayo (not Miracle Whip)
2 Tbls., sugar
1/2Cup green pepper, diced fine
1 sweet onion, chopped
 4-6 ozs., grated cheddar cheese
Tear lettuce into bite size pieces. Place in a 9x13", lightly
greased with Mayo, glass dish.
Layer rest of ingredients in order given.
Add sugar to mayo, and spread over top like frosting.
Top with finely grated cheddar cheese.
Cover with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate overnight.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes submitted by Tracy
!/2 cup Miracle whip
2 tblsp flour
1 cup milk
4 cups sliced potatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
In a pot, mix Miracle whip and flour, stir in milk and cook,
stirring constantly until mix thickens and comes to a boil.
Add cheese and stir until melted. Place potatoes in baking dish
and cover wirh sauce, cover dish with lid or tin foil and bake at
350 for 45 min.I slice and parboil my potatos the night before
to cut down on the cooking time. Sometimes I add mushrooms
and onions to the mixture, and sometimes I use the mexican
style shredded cheese that comes in a package, just for a
change in flavor.

Ortega Chicken Fajitas (serving 4)  submitted by Susan

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves,
 cut into thin strips
1 cup quartered, sliced onion
1 cup red and green bell pepper strips
1 (1.25-oz.) package ORTEGA Fajita Seasoning Mix
1/3 cup water
8 (6-in.) fajita-size flour tortillas, warmed
Additional ingredient suggestions: chopped tomatoes,
sliced avocado, shredded cheese, ORTEGA Thick & Chunky
Salsa and chopped fresh cilantro
HEAT vegetable oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add chicken; cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally,
for 1 to 2 minutes.
STIR in seasoning mix and water. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for
2 to 3 minutes or until mixture thickens.
SPOON chicken mixture evenly over tortillas;
fold in half. Serve with additional ingredient suggestions.

Chicken Soup with Potato Dumplings submitted by Susan

1/4 c  Onion; chopped
1 ea Garlic; crushed clove
1 TBLSPN Vegetable oil
6 c  Chicken broth
2 c  Chicken; cut up, cooked
1 c  Celery; sliced
1 c  Carrots; sliced
1/4 t Sage; dried, crushed leaves
Bisquick Potato Dumplings:
1 1/2 c  Bisquick
1 c  Mashed potatoes; cold
1TBLSPN Green onion; chopped w/ top
1/8 ts Pepper
1/4 c  Milk
Cook onion and garlic in oil in 4 qt. Dutch oven,
stirring frequently, until golden brown. Add broth,
chicken, celery, carrots, and sage.
Heat to boiling.
Potato Dumplings:
Mix the Bisquick, mashed potatoes, green onion, pepper,
and milk until a soft dough forms.
Beat vigorously 30 seconds. Knead about 2 minutes or until
smooth, adding more baking mix if necessary.
Roll dough into 18 balls, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Drop the dumplings into the boiling soup.
Cook uncovered over low heat 10 minutes.
Cover and cook 10 minutes longer

Banana-Coconut Crunch Cake

1  Banana cake mix
1 small box Banana instant pudding mix
16 oz Fruit cocktail; undrained
4  Eggs
1/4 c  Oil
1 c  Coconut
1/2 c  Pecans; chopped
1/2 c  Brown sugar

3/4 c  Sugar
1/2 c  Butter
1/2 c  Evaporated milk
1 1/3 c  Coconut
Preheat oven to 350~F.
Grease and flour oblong pan.
For cake, combine cake mix, pudding mix, fruit cocktail with
juice, eggs and oil in large bowl. Beat for 4 minutes. Stir in
1 cup coconut. Pour into pan.
Combine pecans and brown sugar in small bowl. Stir until well
blended. Sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 350~F for 45-50 minutes.
Combine sugar, butter and evaporated milk in medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil, cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, stir in 1 1/3 c. coconut, pour over warm cake.
Serve warm or at room temp.
Serves 12-16

Today's thought is: 020318
It's easier to speak of love, than to practice it.

Do we help our neighbor who is in need? We must help when we
see the need, not just when it fits our schedule. In the program, this
becomes our goal. We work at helping out. For example, when
someone is needed to run the meeting, we offer. We see that the
needs of the group are also our needs. We are the group.

Over time, the idea of service spreads to the rest of our lives.
Maybe we help a family down the street. We start to see that we
have something to offer the world: ourselves. We start to see that
the needs of the world are also our needs. We are an important part
of the world.

Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, make me quick to act when I see a need. Please
don't let my fear stop me.

Action for the Day
Today, I'll list what I have to offer the world. I will think of two
ways I can use these gifts my Higher Power has given me.

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Today's meditation comes from the book
Keep It Simple by Anonymous copyright 1989
available through our online bookstore at:

[||||]     S .    S .    C H O P S T I C K      [||||]   

A British historian claims to have irrefutable evidence that Chinese
explorer Zheng He beat Columbus to Plymouth Rock by 72 years.    (NY

Carbon dated relics found there indicate that the first Thanksgiving
dinner featured Shrimp Fried Rice, Won Ton Soup, Dim Sum, a choice of Mu
Shu Pork or Moo Goo Gai Pan, fortune cookies and green tea.

[||||]     P R A I S E    A L L A H     [||||]     

Blocking efforts of firefighters to affect a rescue, religious police in
Mecca allowed 14 school girls to perish in a boarding school fire
because they weren't wearing the berkas required of women for street
wear.     (AP)

Chalk up another victory for the camel poop for brains religious

Did Ya' Know: 020319
Although playing cards were invented in China centuries ago, in
their present form they only go back to 14th century France.  It
has been speculated the four standard suits represent the four
major classes of 14th century Frencn society.
Hearts, shaped like a shield, represented the nobility and the
church.  Spades, shaped like a spear tip, represented the
military.  Clubs, shaped like a clover, represented the rural
peasant.  Diamonds, shaped like the tiles associated with
merchants' shope, represented the middle class.

What's the difference between England, Great Britain, and the
United Kingdom?
Great Britain is the island encompassing the political
entities of England, Scotland and Wales. The United Kingdom
consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The official name
of the United Kingdom is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland.

Why do camels have humps?
Well, it's not to store water.  The humps are there to store
fat.  Similar to how most animals store fat around their bellies
(and Gagler has a lot of it, let me tell ya), camels store it in
their one or two humps on their backs.  When camels can not get
to food they live off of the stored fat in their humps.  As this
fat is consumed by the camel's body, the hump shrinks, and in the
case of a two-humped Bactrian camel the tops of the humps flop
over to one side.  THe humps will resume their full shape once a
camel eats again.

*grin* It makes people wonder!

Cajun Chowder

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Spanish onion, chopped (medium dice)
2 carrots, diced
2 ribs celery, diced
1 red bell pepper, cored and finely diced
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and finely diced
1 green bell pepper, cored and finely diced
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 cup cream sherry
2 cups chopped clams, fresh or canned (reserve juice from clams if using
3 cups clam juice (use all bottled clam juice or clam juice drained from
canned clams plus bottled juice)
3 cups chicken stock or broth
2 tablespoons clam paste (or use clam base or a fish bouillon cube)
2 tablespoons chicken base
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup fresh chopped chives
4 ounces bacon, finely diced, cooked until brown, drained lightly
11/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (Paul Prudhomme brand or other blend)
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon freshly chopped basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups diced canned tomatoes (undrained)
11/4 cups tomato puree or 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 quart water
1 quart whipping cream
1 quart milk
2 cooked baked potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup water until smooth

Heat olive oil in large saute pan. Add onion, carrots, celery,
bell peppers and garlic; saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add sherry and cook over medium heat until liquid is reduced
by two-thirds. Add clams, clam juice, stock, clam paste
and chicken base, bacon, seasonings, tomatoes, puree
and water.
Bring to low boil and cook, uncovered, for 1 hour. While stirring,
add cream, milk and potatoes. Reduce to simmer. Gradually
thicken with cornstarch and water mixture. Consistency
should be thick enough to coat back of spoon. Cook until
heated through. Taste and adjust spices if needed.
Makes about 2 gallons

Hey James, Ya might like this one !

Yam Biscuits

1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup mashed yam
1/3 cup canola oil
Water or rice milk if needed
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon  salt
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Prepare non-stick cookie sheet or use
non-stick spray.  In a large bowl, combine flours,
baking powder and salt. 3. In another bowl, blend mashed yam,
oil and maple syrup. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir
until about 3/4 of the flour is absorbed.
Transfer mixture to floured board and knead to create
a soft dough (about 3 minutes). Add additional liquid or
flour according to the consistency of your dough.
You may roll out the dough on a floured surface and use
cookie cutters to cut out various shapes, re-roll
and cut, etc. - or - you can shape dough into square
or rectangle and cut into squares with a serrated knife.
Often, I will just roll the dough in my hands and press it down
into a circle between my palms and put it right on the cookie sheet.
Either way works.
Place biscuits on cookie sheet and bake in preheated 425
degree oven, about 12 minutes.

Chocolate Cheese Cake submitted by GrannyB -----CRUST----- 8 1/2 ounces Chocolate wafers 1/3 cup Butter -- melted 2 tablespoons Sugar 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg -----FILLING----- 3 Eggs 1 cup Sugar 24 ounces Cream cheese -- softened 12 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate pieces* 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon Salt 1 cup Sour cream Whipped cream -- opt. *************************************************** CRUST - Crush chocolate wafers into fine crumbs. Combine with butter, sugar and nutmeg. Press evenly over bottom and sides, to 1/2 inch from the top of a 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate. FILLING - Beat eggs and sugar until light. Add softened cream cheese and beat until smooth. Blend in melted chocolate, vanilla, salt and sour cream thoroughly. Pour batter into crumb crust. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, until cheesecake is just firm when pan is jiggled slightly. Cool in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. If desired, top with whipped cream when served.

Bridge for sale, cheap

New York City's new mayor announced recently he wants to sell the historic Brooklyn Bridge. The sale would be used to raise cash in a city reeling from the economic effects of September 11 coupled with the first recession in a decade. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took office at midnight on New Year's Eve, said he also wants to sell three other bridges in the city. Bloomberg inherited a nearly $5 billion gap in his $40 billion spending plan, which administration officials say could be partly filled through the sale of the bridges. For sale signs on the Brooklyn, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro bridges are likely to generate opposition from elected officials in Brooklyn and Queens as is Bloomberg's budget proposal to charge tolls on the bridges, which are currently free. The bridges all span the East River, connecting Brooklyn and Queens to Manhattan.

The likely buyer is reported to be the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Bridge and Tunnels division, which already operates all other interborough toll crossings.

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Inspection Site Planned For Pasadena, Texas
The city of Pasadena, Texas, plans to build a truck inspection station near the interchange of Texas 225 and Beltway 8.

      The Houston Chronicle reports tat the city's police department has been enforcing truck safety rules since the state passed legislation in the 1990s allowing cities of more than 100,000 to do so.

      In 2001, Pasadeno officers inspected more than 1,500 trucks and put 963 of them out of service. About five officers work on commercial vehicle inspections.

      The city's last attempt to build a truck inspection facility fizzled four years ago after strong opposition from trucking advocates and two state legislators concerned about traffic problems.

      The city also is discussing restricting trucks to certain lanes on Texas 225.


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Today's thought is:
In many respects, the fellowship of the program is like a
reasonably happy cruise ship or, in time of trouble, like a convoy.
But in the long run, each of us must chart his or her own course
through life. When the seas are smooth, we may become careless.
By neglecting Step Ten, we may get out of the habit of checking
our position. If we're mindful of Step Ten, however, then we rarely
go so far wrong that we can't make a few corrections and get back
on course again.

Do I realize that regular practice of Step Ten can help to bring me
into serenity and a happier frame of mind?

Today I Pray
May Step Ten be the sextant by which I read my whereabouts at
sea, so that I can correct my course, re-chart it as I am heading for
shallow places. May I keep in mind that, if it weren't for an all-
knowing Captain and the vigilance of my fellow crew members,
this ship could be adrift and I could easily panic.

Today I Will Remember
To steer by a steady star.

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Today's meditation comes from the book
A Day at a Time by Anonymous copyright 1989
available through our online bookstore at:

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