Patti, Zach, Molly and Maggie's mom
Warning: This recipe can be hazardous to your hips!! LOL!! This dip is so good you might want to double this recipe like I do when I make it.

Peanut Butter Apple Dip

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
apples, sliced into wedges

In mixing bowl, combine first 4 ingredients with a hand mixer. Mix well. Store in refrigerator. Makes 2 2/3 cup.


Patti, Zach, Molly and Maggie's mom

These pinwheels make an excellent appetizer to take to a potluck or gathering (or you can eat these as a wrap for lunch if you leave them whole). They are always a hit so you might want to double the recipe!

Taco Pinwheels

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup Seasoned Taco Meat (browned ground beef with taco seasoning pkg)

1/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 cup salsa

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

2 tablespoons chopped ripe black olives

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

5 flour tortillas (8 inches)

1/2 cup shredded lettuce

Additional salsa

In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese. Stir in the taco meat, cheese, salsa, mayonnaise, olives and onion. Spread overtortillas. Sprinkle with lettuce; roll up tightly. Wrap in plasticwrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Unwrap and cut into 1-in. pieces. Serve with additional salsa.

Yield: about 3 dozen appetizers.

God Bless,

Patti, Zach, Molly and Maggie's mom
This is one of Zach's favorite dishes! When you try this alfredo recipe, you won't want to eat the stuff in a jar!

Shrimp and Broccoli Alfredo

1 package (16 ounces) fettuccine
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 bag of frozen broccoli (about 4 cups)
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper

Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute shrimp and garlic in butter until shrimp turn pink. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, combine the cream cheese, milk and Parmesan cheese; cook and stir until cheeses are melted and mixture is smooth. Place a little bit of water in a microwaveable bowl and add broccoli. Microwave for about 4-5 minutes until broccoli is cooked. Drain. Stir the broccoli, shrimp, salt and pepper into cheese sauce; cook until heated through. Drain fettuccine; top with shrimp mixture.

Yield: 4 servings

God Bless,

Patti, Zach, Molly and Maggie's mom

Probably not the healthiest breakfast, but these sure are good!!

French Toast Sandwiches

1/4 cup peanut butter

4 slices whole wheat bread

1 small firm banana sliced

2 eggs

1/3 cup milk

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon butter

Honey, optional

Spread peanut butter on two slices of bread. Top with banana slices and remaining bread. In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Dip both sides of sandwich into egg mixture. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat; grill sandwiches on both sides until golden brown. Serve w/honey if desired.

Yield: 2 servings

God Bless,

Patti, Zach, Molly and Maggie's mom

No one will ever know that you started these delicious dinner rolls in the bread machine (unless of course you let the secret out!)

Herbed Dinner Rolls

1 cup water (70° - 80°)
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, oregano, thyme and rosemary, crushed
3-1/4 cups bread flour
2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
Additional butter, melted
Coarse salt, optional

In a bread machine pan, place the water, butter, egg, sugar, salt, seasonings, flour and yeast in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting(check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).

When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough into 16 portions; shape each into a ball. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, at least 30 minutes.

Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. If desired, brush with butter and sprinkle with coarse salt. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 16 rolls.

For plain dinner rolls omit the dried basil, oregano, thyme and rosemary.

God Bless,
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