Posted on 05-09-2013
Filed Under (Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

When we need a quick comfort meal, we sometimes have Buitoni Pasta.  It’s in the refrigerated section at Walmart and other stores, and it’s yummy with extra virgin olive oil!  Add a salad and we have a fast and easy meal that’s delicious!
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Posted on 04-26-2013
Filed Under (Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

This is a recipe that a friend of mine, Grace, posted on Facebook recently.  It was her mom’s recipe and sounds so good!

Mix in large bowl:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 6 tablesoons cocoa
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine in saucepan:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter

Bring to a hard-rolling boil. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and pour hot mixture over dry ingredients. Mix well, drop by teaspoons on wax paper & let cool.


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Posted on 04-21-2013
Filed Under (Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

Here’s a very healthy sounding recipe for cookies!


  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 3/4 cup natural sweetener
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  combine first 5 ingredients, stir, add chocolate.  Drop by rounded tablespoons onto parchment paper on cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  Let cool.


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Posted on 04-13-2013
Filed Under (Health & Nutrition, Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

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Here’s a super-fast and easy dessert that is so delicious and packed with nutrients!  It’s even healthier without the preserves, so you could add Stevia to sweeten the berries and cut down on the sugar content.

  • Fresh blackberries, well rinsed
  • Blackberry preserves
  • Whipped cream

Mix 1 tablespoon preserves for every 1/2 cup blackberries.  Stir gently.  Top with whipped cream.


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Posted on 03-22-2013
Filed Under (Recipes &Cooking) by Charla

My college roommate (I won’t tell you how many years ago) emailed me a recipe that she got from her cousin.  This recipe sounds so good & easy to make and would be good for a special holiday or to put in a pretty container and give as a gift:


  • 24 Ritz crackers
  • ¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks)
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray.  Arrange crackers in a layer in pan.  In a saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Pour mixture over crackers.  Bake 5 minutes; turn off oven.  Sprinkle crackers with chocolate chips and let stand in oven 3 minutes, or until chocolate is melted.  Spread chocolate evenly over crackers.  Sprinkle pecans over chocolate. Let cool, then break into pieces.  Store in airtight container in the fridge.
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Strawberries Romanoff from La Madeleine’s is one of my favorites!  It’s awesome!!  I’ve seen a couple of different recipes for their sauce, so I thought I’d share them with you:

INGREDIENTS for Sauce #1:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


INGREDIENTS for Sauce #2:

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

If you make either of these, let me know how you like them.



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