Saturday, May 23, 2015

God Bless America

Freedom comes at a high price that is for sure.  Those who gave their lives for their country are heroes and we should remember them every day just not Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.

Great men and women who sacrificed their lives so we can be free of dictators and evil.

Our opinions may change on administration and who is leading our country but there is no doubt that precious lives and limbs have been lost and families who will never be the same because of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so please take a moment out of your busy day and stop and think "we are a free country" because of these dedicated, caring individuals.


Friday, May 22, 2015

No fuss Chocolate Cream Pie

No Fuss or Muss no Bother Chocolate Cream Pie

Simple to make and it's really delicious without spending hours in your kitchen this chocolate cream pie has simple ingredients and short cuts to help make a dessert to serve in several hours.

You can use chocolate instant pudding but I chose to use Cook and Serve pudding which I easily made in the microwave.

This is real whipped cream but if it is more convenient use thawed Cool Whip.  Dust with a little baking cocoa optional.
I covered the pie with clear wrap and will add whipped cream tomorrow just before serving. I allowed the wrap to touch the pudding so it will stay soft until I am ready to top it with cream.

All that is involved is 

3 cups milk (I used regular whole milk)
1 large chocolate cook and serve pudding made according to directions in your microwave for a pie.

1 pre made graham cracker crust or you can use a refrigerated pie crust such as Pillsbury's which you should bake ahead of time and cool.

Today I used a pre made graham cracker crust and placed it in my own pie dish.  It broke of course but was easily pushed together. (not perfect but it worked)

This is a graham cracker crust I opted to take out of aluminum pie shell and piece in my glass pie pan. Tossing over and piecing it was so easy and I am sure it will be fine.  I like presentation in my pan much better than aluminum.  Just me you decide what is best for you.

**1 pint heavy whipping cream or Cool Whip to top pie

Fiesta Ranch Dip

 If you are looking for an appetizer for a party or social this might be one that you might like to try. 

I am thinking of making the below recipe for our grandson's graduation party but wanted to get it out to you so you would have another appetizer suggestion.


Fiesta Ranch Potatoes With Creamy Chile Dip
1 package hidden valley ranch fiesta ranch party dip mix
5 medium baking potatoes, cut
1 lengthwise into eights*
2 tbsp vegetable oil

 Shake mix and potatoes together in plastic bag. When potatoes are coated, add oil, shake/rub to coat. Bake at 425*. in a single layer on greased baking pan 40 minutes - until browned. Serve with Chile Dip.
Makes 8 servings (40 pieces) 

* - Or use 32 ounces frozen tater tots or potato wedges (with skin) tossed with mix. Omit oil and bake according to package directions.

CHILE DIP Ingredients
1 pt sour cream
1 can diced green chilies (4 oz)
1 package hidden valley ranch party dip mix (, 1.1 oz)

CHILE DIP: Combine sour cream, diced green chilies and Hidden Valley Ranch Party Dip Mix. Stir to blend. Chill for at least 1 hour.
Makes 2 1/3 cups