{Sweet Potato Surprise}

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 6 C. cooked sweet potatoes mashed (approximately 4 large sweet potatoes)
 1/4 C. sugar
 1 C. brown sugar
 1/2 tsp. salt
 2 eggs beaten
 1 C. butter melted
 1/2 C. milk
 1/2 tsp. vanilla
 1 C. chopped walnuts
 1/3 C. flour

Combine potatoes, sugar, 1/4 C. of the brown sugar, salt, eggs, 1/2 C. of the butter, milk and vanilla.  Place in buttered 2 quart casserole dish.  Combine remaining butter, brown sugar, walnuts and flour. Spoon over potatoes.  Bake covered in a 9 x 13 pan at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (P.S. – My husband usually HATES sweet potatoes and he even had seconds!)

Recipe by: Heather D. White

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{German Pancakes}

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 6 eggs
 1 c. milk (very warm)
 1 c. flour
 1/2 tsp. salt
 5 Tbsp. butter, melted
 
Beat eggs until they are thick and lemon colored; blend in melted butter, milk and flour.  Bake in well-greased 9 x 13 pan at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes.   Top with jam, syrup or better yet, Buttermilk Syrup!  This is definitely a family favorite!

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{Peppermint Whip Cream Magic}

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I LOVE peppermint.  No two ways about it.  So when I came across this idea, I asked Marie if I could share with all of you.  Thanks Marie!!!!  Here is a link to her blog.  

This stuff is really magic. Mostly because it is gone is seconds as your guests will pile huge dollips into their hot cocoa. My sweet sister-in-law, Jeanne, first introduced this to me years ago and I have been making it for parties ever since. 
Buy peppermint candy canes or even just peppermint round candies. Then using a blender, crush them to powder. It gets loud, so plug your ears.

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Then get your whipped cream out. It can be Cool Whip or whipping cream that you whip yourself. For 16 oz. of whipping cream, I poured 1/2 cup of powdered peppermint candy. Stir it in. It makes a fun pink cream and there are even some tiny chunks that are yummy too.

I like to make a large pot of hot cocoa on the stove and then have my bowl of peppermint whipping cream on the side with a large spoon for scooping. Or you can make one mug of hot chocolate and stir in a spoonful or two of the cream. Either way is delicious. To store left over cream, put it into a freezing container and freeze until your next cup of hot cocoa is ready, simply thaw in the fridge. To store leftover peppermint powder, pour into a plastic bag or container and place in the cupboard.

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{Chex Muddy Buddies}

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 9 cups Chex cereal (any kind)
 ¼ cup butter or margarine
 1 pkg. (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
 1 tsp. vanilla
 ½ cup peanut butter                                    
 1 ½ cups powdered sugar

Measure cereal into large bowl; set aside.  Microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter in 1 quart microwavable bowl uncovered on High 1 minutes; stir.  Microwave 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour chocolate mixture over cereal in bowl, stirring until evenly coated.  Pour into 2 gallon plastic food storage bag; add powdered sugar.  Seal bag; shake until well coated.  Spread on waxed paper to cool.  Store in airtight container in refrigerator (delicious chilled!)

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{Spaghetti Sandwich}

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We had these for lunch today and my kids LOVED them.  I had some left over spaghetti in the fridge from dinner last night.  So I put some spaghetti on some bread and they gobbled them up!  Quick and easy.

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{Sunshine Salad}

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 1 large pkg. lemon cook and serve pudding
 1 large pkg. orange Jell-O
 Cool Whip

Prepare lemon pudding as directed. Prepare orange Jell-o as directed except omit 1/4 C. water. Add orange Jell-o to lemon pudding and mix well. Allow to cool and set. Serve with cool whip.  This is my new favorite!!  Sooooo yummy. (I added a small can of mandarin oranges, drained, before placing in fridge to cool.)

Recipe by: Heather D. White

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{Green Chili Cheese Won Ton Cups}

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 24 Wonton Wrappers
 Refrigerated Butter Spray
 1 cup Cheddar Cheese shredded
 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
 1 can (4 oz) Green Chilies diced
 1 tablespoon Chives minced
 1/4 teaspoon Salt – have this
 1/4 teaspoon Ground cumin
 1 can (12 oz) Black olives

Using greased miniature muffin cups, press wonton wrappers in so that they make a cup. Spritz with butter spray. Bake at 350° for 8-9 minutes or until the edges are browned.

In a bowl, combine the cheeses, chilies, chives, salt and cumin. Spoon into cups. Top with olives. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm.

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