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Pumpkin Pie

                          Pumpkin Pie                  

Crust: (no shortening)

  • 1/3 c. whole wheat or unbleached flour
  • 1 c. unbleached flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 3 T. milk

Mix flours and salt together.  Mix the milk and oil in a separate bowl with a fork until the milk is suspended in the oil.  Add oil mixture to flour mixture and mix with a fork only until mixed.  Roll out between wax paper.  Roll the dough out within 15 minutes.


  • The less the dough is mixed the better.
  • Don’t make more than a triple batch at one time.
  • The better quality the oil the better it tastes.  Try Expeller Pressed.

Pie Filling

Put ingredients in a blender in the order listed.

  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 1 c. pumpkin (fresh cooked or frozen pumpkin tastes better)
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1 ½ c. evaporated milk
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ t. ginger
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1 T. oil

Blend then pour gently into an unbaked pie shell.

Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes.

Whipped Cream

Whip 1 c. of whipping cream until it starts to be whipped.

  • Add 1 T. instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 T. powdered sugar or to taste.
  • ½ t. vanilla

Whip to mix.

This is a stable whipped cream that can be used as a frosting or topping and won’t separate.


Microwave Caramel Popcorn

POPCORNThis is a fun easy recipe to do with children.  This can be used when teaching:

  • the sounds — OR, AR, Short O, or P.
  • the word family -op.
  • farms, seeds, plants, or heat.  

Caramel Popcorn

1.  Melt in the microwave in a large glass bowl on high for 2 minutes:

  • 1 cube butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ½ tsp. salt

2.  Stir then microwave for 2 or 3 more minutes.

3.  Stir in ½ tsp. baking soda.

4.  Pour over 4-5 quarts of popped popcorn.

5.  Stir to mix then pour in a large brown paper grocery bag.

6.  Fold down the top then cook in the microwave for 2 minutes.

7.  Take out the bag then shake it and cook again for 1 ½ minutes.

8.   Pour out on a cookie sheet to cool.

9.  When cool break apart.


Ranch Dressing- Simple and Tasty

Ranch Dressing

  •  1 tsp. dry parsley
  •  ½  tsp. garlic powder
  •  1 tsp. salt
  • 1 ½  tsp. instant minced onion
  •  1 tsp. pepper
  • pinch of oregano

Mix spices with 2 cups of buttermilk.  Then add 1½ – 2 cups of mayonnaise. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 min. (Will keep refrigerated for several weeks.)

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Soft Boiled Eggs

Put eggs in pan of hot water.  Bring water to a boil.  Turn to low and cook for 3 minute at sea level.  (Add 1 minute for every 2000 feet you are above sea level.)

Toast 1 piece of bread for each egg while the eggs are cooking.  Butter the bread and tear apart the bread into individual bowls.

When the eggs are cooked, cool for 1 minute in cold water.  Break open over the broken up bread.  Scoop out the eggs.  Mix the eggs into the bread.  Salt and Pepper to taste.

Serve with Bacon and sliced oranges for a yummy simple meal.

This is one of my husband’s and grandchildren’s favorite meal.

Discipline Tip- What about Bored?

Bored       shy girl

Children use the word, “BORED” to manipulate and get attention from the adults around them.  Teachers, parents, and other caregivers are easily pulled into trying to entertain them when this term is used.  Here are a few tips to help reduce the use of “BORED”.

  1. Don’t allow the word to be used.  It goes right along with potty words.  Warn them matter-of-fact that the word is no longer allowed.  Maybe have extra jobs associated with its use.
  2. Make sure you are not rewarding the use of the word “BORED” with attention.
  3. Eliminate it from your own vocabulary.
  4. Be proactive to create some positive, quality time with children.   Never have positive time be a reaction to negative actions or the word, “BORED”.

Enjoy those children in your care!   Love them!  Good luck on your journey to eliminate the use of the word, “BORED”.


Wow Fowl! or Parmesan Chicken

Put 2 cups of corn flakes in a gallon zip bag.  Crumb the corn flakes with a rolling pin.  Season with about 2 T. shredded parmesan, 1t. basil, 1t. salt, and some fresh ground pepper.

Cut 4 boneless chicken breasts into 4 or 5 pieces.

Dip chicken in beaten egg.

Put chicken in the bag of corn flake crumbs.  Shake and place on a greased baking  dish.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

Good served with barbeque sauce.

Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad 

 Mix together:

  • 1 (10 oz.) package spinach,
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes,
  • 1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms,
  • 1 can drained olives,
  • 3 strips of bacon (cooked and crumbled),
  • chopped almonds,
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Dressing:   (This is what makes the salad.)

  • 3 T.  Ketchup
  •  2 T. cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 t. dry chopped onions
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • pepper to taste

Mix dressing together then mix with salad.

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