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Cheesy Chicken pasta Casserole submitted by Susan Servings- 4
ounces noodles 1/4 cup margarine 3 tablespoons flour 1 1/2 teaspoons
salt 3 cups skim milk 3 cups cheddar cheese, lowfat -- shredded 2 cups
cooked chicken -- diced 1/4 cup cornflake crumbs Preheat oven to 350
degrees. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large
saucepan melt the margarine. Stir in the flour and salt. Blend in the milk.
Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Add the cheese; stir
until melted. Combine the noodles, cheese sauce and chicken. Mix well.
Pour into a 3 quart casserole dish. Top with cornflake crumbs. Bake for 30
Light Pesto Mushroom Pizza (serving 4)
1 12-inch pre-made pizza crust
1/2 cup BUITONI refrigerated Family Size Pesto Sauce 1/2 pound white
mushrooms, trimmed and sliced thin 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
*************************************************************** Heat oven
to 350°F. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet; spread with pesto, top
with mushrooms and cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, around 15
minutes. Serve hot.
Sugar-Free Chocolate Pineapple Delight
cookie crust ingredients:
cups biscuit mix 1/4 cup pecan pieces 2/3 cup pitted dates 2 egg
whites 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 Tablespoons warm water 6 Tablespoons
butter ******************************************************* filling
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple in its own juice 1/4 cup
pineapple juice concentrate 1 1/4 cup 1% milk 6-serving package
non-instant sugar-free chocolate pudding 2 Tablespoons pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Use a blender or food
processor to chop pecan pieces until finely ground. Sift biscuit mix, and
stir in 1/4 cup pecans. Set aside. Use a food processor or blender to
purée dates, gradually adding egg whites and warm water. Beat several
minutes until creamy. Melt butter, and then stir in date cream and
vanilla. Fold liquid ingredients into biscuit mix. Stir only until
blended. Press the moist dough to the edges of a 9" x 11" pan or into two
9" pie pans. The crust will be about 1/4 inch thick. Bake 7-10 minutes at 350
degrees until light brown on top edges. Set aside.
oven at 350 degrees. Drain 3/4 cup juice from pineapple into a pan to be used
later. Finish draining crushed pineapple, and distribute pineapple bits
evenly on the baked cookie crust. Set aside. Returning to the pan of
pineapple juice, add pineapple juice concentrate, and whisk milk into juices
until blended. Add chocolate pudding powder. Heat on medium,
stirring constantly, until at a full boil. Pour hot pudding mix evenly
over pineapple, just covering the edges of the crust. Bake at 350 degrees
7-10 minutes; then sprinkle on top 2 Tablespoons finely chopped pecans, and
bake for an additional 3 minutes.
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Spielberg originally approached Roman Polanski about directing "Schindler's
List," but Polanski said he found the material too personal and
*grin* It makes people wonder! ~AIKEN~
on this next one I sure hope this ain't true !, David 1
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Judith Levine's new tome
"Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex" with a
forward by Dr. Joslyn Elders from Minnesota Press suggests that the harm
from some child/adult sexual contacts may be exaggerated. (AP)
Vatican spokesman denied reports that the book will soon replace the
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Mexico will become the first state to include Indian Law in its annual bar
exam required of fledgling shysters. (USA Today)
White Man Speak With
Forked Tongue 1-A?
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Rider" series will soon be turned into a feature film. (Entertainment
Producers are now in negotiations for the talking car with
Hollywood's Mr. Ed Talent Agency.
We all know what it's like
to get that phone call in the middle of the night. This night's call was no
different. Jerking up to the ringing summons, I focused on the red,
illuminated numbers of my clock. Midnight! Panicky thoughts filled my sleep
dazed mind as I grabbed the receiver.
pounded, I gripped the phone tighter and eyed my husband, who was now
turning to face my side of the bed.
"Mama?" The voice answered. I could
hardly hear the whisper over the static. But my thoughts immediately went to
"Mama, I know it's late but, don't. . . . don't say
anything until I finish and before you ask, yes, I have been drinking. I
nearly ran off the road a few miles back and . . . and I got so
scared. All I could think about was how it would hurt you if a policeman
came to your door and said I'd been killed.
I want to come home. I
know running away was wrong. I know you've been worried sick and I should
have called you days ago, but I was afraid."
I paused and tried to
think what to say. Before I could speak, she continued.
pregnant, Mama and I know I shouldn't be drinking now-- especially
now-----but I'm scared, Mama. So scared!" The voice broke again and I bit
into my lip, feeling my own eyes fill with moisture. I looked at my husband,
who sat silently mouthing, "Who is it?"
I clutched the phone and
stared at my husband, seeking guidance.
"I'm here. I wouldn't hang up,"
I said into the phone.
"I should have told you, Mama. I know I should
have told you but when we talk, you just keep telling me what I should do.
You read all those pamphlets on how to talk about sex and all, but all you
do is talk. You don't listen to me, you never let me tell you how I
feel. It is as if my feelings aren't important. Because you're my mother, you
think you have all the answers but sometimes I don't need answers. I just
want someone to listen."
"I'm listening," I whispered.
back there on the road, after I got the car under control, I started
thinking about the baby and taking care of it. Then I saw this phone booth
and it was as if I could hear you preaching about how people shouldn't drink
and drive. So, I called a taxi. I want to come home."
honey." I said, relief filling my chest. My husband came closer, sat down
beside me and laced his fingers through mine. I knew from his touch that he
thought I was doing and saying the right thing.
"But, you know, I
think I can drive now."
"I know, but do this for your mama, wait for the
taxi please." I listened to the silence, fearing. When I didn't hear her
answer, I bit into my lip and closed my eyes. Somehow I had to stop
her from driving.
"There's the taxi now."
There was a click
and then the phone went silent. Moving from the bed, tears forming in my
eyes, I walked out into the hall and went to stand in my 16 year old
daughter's room. The dark silence hung thick. My husband came from behind,
wrapped his arms around me and rested his chin on the top of my head. I
wiped the tears from my cheeks.
"We have to learn to listen," I said
to him. He pulled me around to face him. "We'll learn. You'll see."
Then he took me in his arms and I buried my head in his shoulder. I
let him hold me for several moments, then I pulled back and stared at the
He studied me for a second and then asked, "Do you think she'll
ever know she dialed the wrong number?" I looked at our sleeping
daughter and then back at him. "Maybe it wasn't such a wrong number."
"Mom, Dad, what are you doing?" The muffled young voice came
from under the covers. I walked over to my daughter, who now sat up
staring into the darkness.
"We're practicing," I answered.
"Practicing what?" she mumbled and laid back on the mattress, her
eyes already closed in slumber.
"Listening," I whispered and brushed
a hand over her cheek.
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"Where there is great love, there are always miracles."
~Willa Cather (1873)
"A cat is there when you call her - if she doesn't have something better to
do." ~~Bill Adler~~
My aunt's neighbor in New York had a beautiful black cat, Felix, who spent
his days outside and came indoors at night. One cool October evening, he
disappeared. The neighbor searched for him in vain for several days. The
following spring, however, Feliz reappeared, looking healthy and clean. She
figured he's been out sowing his wild oats. Everything was back to
normal until that autumn, when Felix disappeared again.
The next spring,
he returned. Perplexed, my aunt's friend began asking neighbors for clues.
Finally, she rang the bell of an older couple who lived down the
"A black cat?" the woman said. "Oh, yes! My husband and I hated
to see him out in the cold, so we bought a cat carrier. We take him to
Florida with us every winter." ~~~~~~~ Mrs. Biddle was walking down the
street one day carrying a small box with holes punched in the
top. "What's in that box?" Mrs. Riddle asked. "A cat," Mrs. Biddle
answered. "What for?" "I've been dreaming about mice at night, and I'm
scared of mice. The cat is to catch them." "But the mice you dream about
are imaginary," said Mrs. Riddle. Mrs. Biddle turned to her friend and
whispered, "So is the cat."
A KITCHEN TIP OR TWO.....
To core a head of lettuce, hold it so that
bottom, or core end, faces a flat surface, bring the lettuce down hard
against the surface to loosen core. Pull out core and discard. (The
lettuce will keep longer if the core is out. I, personally, NEVER put the
lettuce in a container after cleaning it. I drop it into a corner of the
vegetable bin and leave it there till I need it next time. If lettuce touches
anything, like a bowl or plastic wrap, it will wilt faster and get "gooey"
around the edges that touched anything...try it!!)
If your oranges
are hard to peel, pour boiling water over them and let stand for 5 minutes.
The peel will come of very easily, as will the pith underneath.
can reheat rice without overcooking it by heating it in a colander over a
pan of boiling water, making sure the rice does not touch the water.
To ensure whipped cream stays whipped and fluffy longer, dissolve 1
teaspoon of unflavored gelatin in 1/4 cup hot milk and beat it into a cup of
already whipped cream.
A TODDLER'S MIRACLE DIET.......
Ever wonder why most 2 year old kids are
so trim? Here is a sample diet that most must surely follow.....
ONE---- Breakfast: One scrambled egg, one piece of toast with grape
jelly. Eat 2 bites of egg, using your fingers; dump the rest on the floor.
Take 1 bite of toast, then smear the jelly over your face and
clothes. Lunch: Four crayons (any color), a handful of potato chips, and a
glass of milk (3 sips only, then spill the rest) Dinner: A dry stick,
two pennies and a nickel, 4 sips of flat Pepsi.. Bedtime snack: Throw
a piece of toast on the kitchen floor...........
Breakfast: Pick up stale toast from kitchen floor and eat it. Drink
half bottle of vanilla extract or one vial of vegetable dye. Lunch: Half a
tube of "Pulsating Pink" lipstick and a handful of Purina Dog Chow (any
flavor). One ice cube, if desired. Afternoon Snack: Lick an all-day sucker
until sticky, take outside, drop in dirt. Retrieve and continue slurping
until it is clean again. Then bring inside and drop on the rug. Dinner: A
rock or an uncooked bean, which should be thrust up your left nostril. Pour
grape Kool-Aid over mashed potatoes; eat with a spoon.
Breakfast: Two pancakes with plenty of syrup, eat one with
fingers, rub in hair. Glass of milk; drink half, stuff other pancake in
glass. After breakfast, pick up yesterdays sucker from rug, lick off fuzz,
put it on the cushion of your best chair. Lunch: Three matches, peanut
butter and jelly sandwich. Spit several bites onto the floor. Pour glass of
milk on table and slurp up. Dinner: Dish of ice cream, handful of potato
chips, some red punch. Try to laugh some punch through your nose, if
Breakfast: A quarter tube of toothpaste
(any flavor), bit of soap, an olive. Pour a glass of milk over bowl of
cornflakes, add half a cup of sugar.. Once cereal is soggy, drink milk and
feed cereal to dog. Lunch: Eat bread crumbs off kitchen floor and dining room
carpet. Find that sucker and finish eating it. Dinner: A glass of
spaghetti and chocolate milk. Leave meatball on plate. Stick of mascara
GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME...
You know you live in a small town
The "road hog" in front of you on Main Street is a farmer's
The local phone book has only one yellow page.
your jacket in the cafe and it is still there the next day...in the same
place you left it.
No social events can be scheduled when the school gym
floor is being varnished.
You call the wrong number and they supply
you with the correct one.
Everyone knows all the news before it is
published but they read the hometown newspaper to see whether the publisher
got it right.
You don't signal turns when driving because everyone knows
where you're going anyway.
A thick, sweet liquid made by bees from flower nectar. A honey's
color and flavor does not derive from the bee, but from the nectar's
source. In general, the darker the color the stronger the flavor. The
flowers that produce some of America's most popular honeys are clover,
orange blossom and sage. When using honey in cooking, it's important to know
its source because some types are harsher than others. Store tightly sealed
liquid honey in a cool, dry place for up to a year; store comb and chunk
honey for 6 months. When refrigerated, honey crystallizes, forming a gooey,
grainy mass. It can easily be reliquefied by placing the opened jar either
in a microwave oven at 100 percent power for about 30 seconds (depending
on the amount), or in a pan of hot water over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.
Peanut Butter and Banana Roll-Ups
4 large flour tortillas 1/2 cup
chunky peanut butter 4 bananas, lightly mashed 1/4 cup honey 1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon 2 tsp unsalted butter
Spread peanut butter and
mashed bananas over the center third of each tortilla. Drizzle with honey
and sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll up tortillas, folding ends under to seal.
Melt butter in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sauté filled
tortillas 2-3 minutes per side or until golden. Serves 2-4. (Unless you are
feeding MY husband....then double the recipe!!!)
She smiled at a sorrowful stranger. The smile seemed to make him
feel better. He remembered past kindnesses of a friend And wrote him a
thank you letter.
The friend was so pleased with the thank you That he
left a large tip after lunch. The waitress, surprised by the size of the
tip, Bet the whole thing on a hunch.
The next day she picked up her
winnings, And gave part to a man on the street. The man on the street was
grateful; For two days he'd had nothing to eat.
After he finished his
dinner, He left for his small dingy room. He didn't know at that moment
that he might be facing his doom.
On the way he picked up a shivering
puppy And took him home to get warm. The puppy was very grateful To be
in out of the storm.
That night the house caught on fire. The puppy
barked the alarm. He barked till he woke the whole household And saved
everybody from harm.
One of the boys that he rescued Grew up to be a
fine President. All this because of a simple smile That hadn't cost a
Combine well the
turkey, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, ginger, nutmeg, Calvados, and orange zest
in a bowl.
Spray a non- stick skillet with cooking spray and sauté a
small bit of sausage mixture to test for seasoning. Correct if
necessary. Form the remainder into 6 patties, about 1/2 inch thick, and
sauté until browned on both sides and cooked through. Serve hot from the
pan. Makes 6 servings.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 114;
23 g protein; 1 g carbohydrate; 64 mg cholesterol; 362 mg
sodium Exchanges: 3 very lean protein
OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES.....
A five-year-old lad was watching his
mother change the baby. When she overlooked sprinkling the tot's backside
with talcum powder and hurried him into his diaper, the five-year-old
chimed in, "Hey, Mom, you forgot to salt him!" ~~~~~~ A grandfather was
going by his granddaughter's room one night when he saw her kneeling beside
her bed, with head bowed and hands folded, repeating the alphabet. "What
are you doing?" he asked her. She explained, "I'm saying my prayers, but I
couldn't think of just what I wanted to say. So I'm just saying the letters
of the alphabet, and God can put them together however He thinks
best. ~~~~~~ Justin, 7, had been ill, requiring several doctors' visits
and tests before a specialist came up with the final diagnosis and treatment.
Afterwards, his mother asked him if he understood what the doctor had
explained to him. "No," replied Justin, "not really." "Okay," his mother
replied, "The doctor said you started with a virus..." At which Justin
interrupted to ask, "Does that mean I need a new
motherboard?" ~~~~~~~ A 7-year old child was drawing a picture of the
Nativity. The picture was very good, including Mary, Joseph and, of course,
baby Jesus. However, there was a fat man standing in the corner of the
stable, that just did not seem to fit in. When the child was asked about it,
she replied, "Oh, That's Round John Virgin."
SHOO FLY PIE
1/2 cup baking molasses (do NOT use corn syrup) 1/2 tsp
baking soda 3/4 cup flour 2 tbsp butter 1/8 tsp ground ginger 1/2
tsp cinnamon 1 pastry for 9 inch pie 1 egg yolk 3/4 cup boiling
water 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp ground cloves 1/4
tsp salt Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and add to egg and
molasses. Set aside.
Stir dry ingredients together, mixing well. Cut
in shortening until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Pour molasses into
pie shell. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over top. Do not stir. Bake at 450
degrees for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 20 minutes
longer. Cool and serve.
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