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Recipe of the Month: Neapolitan Dirt

Oops, we just realized that it is July 12 and we haven’t published our recipe of the month!

Sorry folks, but it has been a very busy July thus far!

Anyway, with all the heat we have had we thought something cool and creamy would be ideal for this month’s recipe.  Sooooooo, we selected Neapolitan Dirt!

This refreshing dessert is sure to be a crowd pleaser;  and hear it is!  Enjoy!

 

Neapolitan Dirt

Oh. My. Gosh! Recently I was making Dirt and opened my cabinet to get the normal vanilla pudding it’s made with BUT a box of this new strawberry cream pudding that I ran across at Wal-Mart fell out.  I thought I would try the strawberry instead of the vanilla and it TURNED OUT AWESOME!  You have got to try this!

Ingredients

1 package Oreos

1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) butter, melted

1 – 12 ounce French Vanilla cool whip

1 – 8 ounce cream cheese, softened

1/2 to 3/4 cup confectioner sugar

1 3.5 ounce box Strawberry Cream instant pudding

1 cup milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

Melt butter in a 9x7x2.5 inch dish.  Place 1/2 package of the Oreos in a food processor.  Process until Oreos are crumbs.  Pour Oreos in with the butter and stir until moistened.  Make a crust with the Oreos.  In a large mixing bowl add cool whip, cream cheese and sugar.  Mix in high-speed until mixture fluffy and free of lumps.  Pour over Oreos and smooth out.  In the same mixing bowl, add pudding, milk and whipping cream and mix on high-speed until pudding is thickened.  Pour over cream cheese mixture and spread it out.  Crush up remaining Oreos and sprinkle over top of pudding.  Chill for about 15 minutes or until ready to serve.

YUM, YUM!  If you haven’t tried this yet you are missing out!

Family, Friends, Corn

Posted by Dana

The past weekends events got me to thinking about family, friends and corn.  So, in light of that I will share with you a few stories about these three subjects.

My oldest son and some of his friends were cooking supper at another friends house the other night and I overheard them discussing the menu.  One friend was asked to stop at the store and pick up some corn, green beans and rolls.  I shuddered at the thought of those kids eating corn and green beans out of a can.  After all, don’t they deserve the finer things in life.  So, I offered up fresh corn from my freezer and fresh green beans from my pantry that I had canned.  My son’s girlfriend looked at me and said, “I don’t know how to fix those.”  I gave her the directions on preparing the corn and green beans and told her if she had any problems not to worry because my oldest could take over he knows how to cook them.  I think every thing turned out fine.

Abbott (right) and Costello, 1942

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Incredible corn [type and taste].  This is the type of corn my parents grow, as does my Aunt Peggy and Uncle Ronald.  Hubby and I do not grow our own corn due to the fact that we are honored to receive all we want and need either from my parents or Aunt Peggy and Uncle Ronald.  Aunt Peggy says you could do a “Who’s On First” skit with incredible corn.  Now for those of you that are too young to remember the “Who’s On First” it was a skit done by the comedy act Abbott and Costello [look them up].  Anyway, when asked what kind of corn you have, your reply would be incredible.  They reply, yes I know it’s incredible, but what kind is it!  Incredible. Yes, but what kind. Incredible. Well, you get the picture.  Not only is the corn incredible, it is also incredible because it is soooooo good!

This story is kinda funny, but also kinda sad, you will see why as you read.  A dear friend married when she was in her early 20’s, but she never mastered the art of cooking or baking.  She and her new husband ate a lot of frozen pizza and take out, or ate at her parents or his parents.  On one particular occasion, with a little encouragement from me, I managed to talk her into trying her hand at freezing corn. She thought that might be a skill to learn as it would benefit her in her new married life.  So, we cut, cooked, bagged and placed in her freezer about 20+ bags of corn.  Now mind you, this should have been more than enough corn for two people and should have lasted them until the next corn season [the operative word here is SHOULD]!  My friend was so excited at her new found skill that her poor husband ate corn almost every night until all the corn was gone.  She did add a few more “frozen” items to her menu to go along with the corn, but I don’t think her [ex]husband really cares for corn to this day.

I hope you have enjoyed these stories I know I enjoyed writing them. They brought back so many memories, old and new.

What does Winter mean to you?

Posted by Dana

Gosh, I’m not sure I am ready for cold weather.  But it’s coming and that means it’s time to drag out those stockpots and cook up a big pot of soup!  Check out our recipe box for some of your favorites.

This is probably my most favorite time of year.  I like to watch the trees as they change into their vibrant colors of fall.  I love to build a little fire in our fire pit over at our farm and roast hotdogs and marshmallows with family and friends.  Seems like things start slowing down a bit this time of year, which I like, because it means more quality family time.  It means more cuddling up beside the fireplace with a warm cup of cocoa and a good movie.  It also means Thanksgiving and Christmas is peeking around the corner begging for our attention.  Ah, the wonders of each season.  God is truly amazing!

What does winter mean to you?  Please tell us in the comments section!

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