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Christmas Morning Recipes ~ from my kitchen to yours

~ Giving You More Resources Just Like in My Book ~ Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

It’s just about a week before Christmas. So I thought mothers and newly weds and all sorts of other folks might be needing some ideas of what to fix for Christmas morning. There are some great recipes below especially if you are feeding guests at your table this Christmas. I’ve included recipes for French Toast Bake, Egg Casserole, and Strawberry Blintz Crepes! Yum!

Next week be sure and come by for some Christmas joy. Until then, I wish you a warm and cozy week ~ and I hope you find joy in each and every thing you do!

God Bless You!


French Toast Bake — Easy and OH SO incredible on a cold Winter’s morning!!
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick) 1 cup brown sugar 1 loaf of thickly sliced… bread 4 eggs 1 1/2 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Powdered sugar for sprinkling Cinnamon for sprinkling
1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar….stir till mixed. 2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan….spread around. 3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla 4. Lay single slices of bread in pan 5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer 6. Sprinkle some cinnamon over bread/eggs 7. Add 2nd layer of sliced bread 8. Spoon on remaining egg mixture 9. Cover & chill in fridge overnight 10. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes) 11. Sprinkle with powdered sugar & cinnamon 12. Serve with warm maple syrup
Egg Casserole with Salsa
Bake at 350 for 30 – 40 minutes
6 eggs mixed with 1 cup of light sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese
Cooked ham or bacon if you wish (I usually don’t)
1/3 cup green onions chopped
1/3 cup green pepper or broccoli  (optional)
Spray lass pie pan with Pam or similar — layer ingredients starting with eggs. Serve with 1/2 cup salsa
Strawberry Blintz Crepe Pancakes
(These are my favorite!)
1 cup sifted flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt ———– sift these 3 ingredients together
Frozen or fresh strawberries
Whipped Cream
Add Next:
1 cup light sour cream, 1 cup small curd cottage cheese, 4 beaten eggs. Stir all ingredients until combined.
Bake on a hot greased griddle ~ makes 24 crepes.
Top with sliced strawberries  — fresh (mashed to make a little juice) or frozen (thawed) and whipped cream.

December 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Christmas Recipes ~ from my kitchen to yours

~ More great resources to help you save money and enjoy more of your life ~ all in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.


Today, you’ll find some favorite recipes along with a post for the series Love Is More Than a Feeling. Also check November 27 and November 30 of 2012 for more great recipes.

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Make it a great evening!

God Bless You!



▪ Christmas Recipes ▪  from my kitchen to yours ▪  Christmas Recipes ▪

Lemon Bars Deluxe (thanks to Janet, a childhood and high school friend)
2 cups sifted flour ▪ ½ cup sifted powdered sugar ▪ 1 cup butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix and press into 9×13 baking pan.  Bake 20 …minutes. Remove from oven.
4 slightly beaten eggs ▪ 2 cups sugar ▪ 1/3 cup lemon juice ▪ ¼ cup flour ▪ ½ tsp baking powder.  Stir together and pour over baked crust. Bake 25 minutes.   Remove from oven; sprinkle with additional powdered sugar.

THE “Original” Almond Roca

1 t. & 1 c. butter, divided ▪ 1 -1/2 c. sugar  ▪ 1 T. light corn syrup    ▪ 3 T. water ▪ 1 c. almonds, coarsely chopped 1 T. almonds, finely chopped 3/4 c. chocolate chips

  1. With 1 teaspoon of butter, coat a cookie sheet and spread out the 1 c. of coarsely chopped almonds (you won’t need to go to the edges). Set aside.
  2. Melt 1 cup of butter in a medium pot. Add the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches 290 degrees (just before hard crack stage) on a candy thermometer.
  3. Working quickly and carefully, pour the hot mixture over the almonds on the cookie sheet. It’s ok if you don’t cover all of them.
  4. While still hot, sprinkle the top of the candy with chocolate chips. Using  a flat spatula, lightly spread the chocolate over the candy as they melt. Sprinkle the finely chopped almonds over the top.
  5. Let the chocolate cool before breaking the candy into 1-2″ pieces. Arrange in a bag, tin, or on a plate.

Coconut Macaroons

Whisk 2/3 c. granulated sugar ▪ 2 beaten egg whites  ▪ 2 t. vanilla, ½ t. salt.

Stir in 2-2/3 c. UNSWEETENED shredded coconut

Drop by tablespoonfuls and then form into pyramids with your fingers and bake at 350 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes.






December 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ 4th of July Summer Salad

~ More good ideas just like in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.



There’s nothing better for you than salad greens and vegetables. Here’s a great recipe you can make for the 4th of July holiday. It’s colorful and filled with lots of photonutrients and protein too! Photonutrients mean there are chemicals within the food and they fight disease and illness. They help your immune system stay strong.

From my house to your house … Happy 4th of July!

God Bless America ~ and You too!



…with great pride the Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce series presents …

Mango & Mixed Greens Salad

Mangos, Mango ~ Do the Tango! Most of the mangos sold in the United States are imported from Mexico, Haiti, the Caribbean and South America. Mangos are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of potassium and contain beta carotene. Mangos are high in fiber, but low in calories (approx. 110 per average sized mango), fat (only 1 gram) and sodium.

The best way to ripen a mango is at room temperature, on the kitchen counter and
if you wish to speed up the process place in a paper bag overnight (some place an apple with the mango in the bag to create more natural ethylene gas and
further decrease the ripening time). Once ripened the mango can be refrigerated
for a few days, but should be used shortly thereafter.


1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 T. raspberry vinegar

1 T. honey


1 T. Land O Lakes honey butter (omit if you don’t toast the nuts)

1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans (can be toasted)

6 cups fancy mixed salad greens

1 large mango, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch chunks

1 small red pepper, cut into 1/8-inch strips

1 stalk (3/4 cup) celery, sliced 1/4-inch (if you don’t have, no big deal)


1. In 1-cup glass measure and combine all dressing ingredients; mix well. Set aside.

2. In small skillet melt honey butter until sizzling; add pecans. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until nuts are golden brown (3 – 4 minutes).

3. Wash your salad greens; remove excess water. In large bowl toss together all remaining salad ingredients. Add dressing; toss to coat well. To serve, divide salad mixture evenly on 6 plates — or leave in your nice glass bowl; sprinkle with pecans.


July 2, 2013 at 8:36 am Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce ~ Summer “GRILLED” Recipe

~ Look for lots of HELP and HOPE in my unique book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Oh, by the way, you can “Like” us on Facebook at Fresh Hope Cleveland!

Today in keeping my series Brown Rice +Veggies with Ginger Sauce, here’s a great recipe. It’s good for your your health and appetite. Thanks to Sonia, my friend on Facebook.

1 pint grape tomatoes
1 ripe avocado
2 ears of fresh sweet corn
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp honey
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
Dash of cayenne pepper


Remove husks from corn and grill over medium heat for 10 minutes. The corn should have some brown spots and be tender and not mushy. Cut the corn off the cob then scrape the cob with the back of your knife to get the juices. Set aside and let cool. Slice the tomatoes in half. Dice the avocado and chop the cilantro.

1. Add all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
2. Combine the sliced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro and grilled corn and honey lime dressing and mix gently so everything is evenly coated. Be careful not to mash the avocados. ~ Let the salad sit for 10-15 minutes to let flavors mingle.



God Bless You!


June 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm Leave a comment

Brown Rice + Veggies with Ginger Sauce

~More resources to help you in keeping with my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Welcome to this new series ~ all about your health! Here’s the recipe for a wonderful fruit smoothie you can make at home. This is the smoothie I referred to in my post last Friday. It’s great all year-round and especially in the summer. It’s also filled with plenty of fiber and antioxidants to heal your body. Enjoy!

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



Fruit Smoothie


1 fresh orange ~ peeled

1 banana (if you like) ~ cut in slices

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/8 – 1/4 milk (organic low-fat or fat-free is best) ~ or more if you like a thinner drink

2 – 3 t. organic sugar

1-1/2 T wheat germ

2 ice cubes

3/4 cup Low-fat or Fat-free vanilla or plain YOGURT ~you may like Greek Yogurt


Mix everything in a blender and serve in one tall glass or in two shorter ones! Cheers ~ to your health!

Enjoy your healthy drink and make it a great day!

God Bless You!


April 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

Gifts You Can ~ Bake This Christmas

~ More great resources to help you save money and enjoy more of your life ~ all in keeping with my new book Fresh HopeCleveland.

I’m continuing the theme of “gifts you can make for Christmas.” Why? Because so many people overspend on gifts for one reason or another. Whatever the reason, don’t — I repeat, don’t get yourself in debt this Christmas. Save that for another year — just kidding! Staying out of debit means you can sleep at night, you’ll have greater peace of mind, improves your credit rating, and helps with your debit ratio so you can get that house you’ve been saving and praying for. Being debit free also gives you choices which in turn brings you power and options for your life.

Tips for Baked Goods Presentation

 I visited a Joann Fabric store yesterday and saw something wonderful that would be perfect for your  home baked gifts. I noticed they had decorative paper baking pans for all your holiday goodies. This way your home baked goods will look fabulous! Give it a try!

Gifts to Bake This Christmas

Snowflake Cookies

~ makes 5 dozen cookies using your cookie press. Decorate using all sorts of colored sugar. Bake 350 degrees for 10- 12 minutes. Enjoy!

2-1/4 c. flour

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. cinnamon

1 c. butter (softened)

3 oz. cream cheese

1 c. sugar

1 large egg yolk

1 t. vanilla

Combine flour, salt, + cinnamon in bowl. Beat butter and cream cheese in mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vnilla with mixwer on low. Gradually add flour mixture just until blended.

Instert snowflake or desired disk into cookie press (using 1/3 of dough). Pipe the dough 1-1/2″  apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Decorage; bake; cool on wire racks.

Cranberry Date Bars

These have always been a big hit at the holiday. They’re topped with an orange glaze and have 2 grams of protein in each bar! The recipe makes 32 or so bars. I put mine into holiday liners and pack them into gift boxes.

1-12 oz. package of fresh cranberries

1 8-oz. package chopped pitted dates

1 t. vanilla

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2 c. flour

2 c. rolled oats

1-1/2 c packed brown sugar

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 c. margarine or butter, melted

1 recipe Orange Glaze

Filling: in medum saucepan comtine cranberries and dates. Cook, covered, over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes or till cranberries pop, stirring frequently. Stir in vanilla. Set aside.

In large mixing bowl stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Stir in melted butter till well blended. Pat half of the oat mixture on the bottom of a 13x9x2 baking pan. Bake 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Carefully spread filling over baked oat mixture. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture atop. Pat gently. Bake for 20 – 22 minutes more or until golden. Cool on a wire rack. Drizzle with Orange Glaze. Cut into bars.

Orange Glaze: In medium mixing bowl stir together 2 c. sifted powdered sugar, 1/2 t. vanilla, and enough orange juice (2 to 3 T.) to make of drizzling consistency. Makes 3/4  cup.

Have fun making these goodies ~ your children might like to help you especially with the Snowflakes Cookies!

God Bless You!


November 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm 1 comment

Xmas Gifts You Can Make

~ More great resources to help you save money and enjoy more of your life ~ all in keeping with my new book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Greetings! Now since the Christmas season is offically in swing, I want to share with you some great gifts you can make this holiday. If cash is tight, you and your family will enjoy making some of these things. And if cash is plentiful, you’ll still enjoy these projects. These ideas make great inexpensive gifts that you can have fun making with family or friends. This year whatever you do, don’t get yourself in debit for Christmas!

From the text of my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland on page 16 – item #2 in the Services in the Community section under At Home lists the following idea.

Make Cards and Gift Tags

Make your holiday and birthday cards. Also make your holiday gift tags (I’ve added this text). Card stock can be brought very inexpensively. This could be a great family project. Purchase card stock and art supplies here in the Cleveland are at Hollos Papercraft at 1878 Pearl Road in Brunswick. (Look for other art supplies in your area.) Low prices and a large selection of art supplies will make the drive well worth your time and gas!

Gifts to Whip Up in the Kitchen

Besides making cards and gift tags, you can make some of these yummy treats — dipped apricots, apple butter, or Kahula Hot Fudge Sauce. The recipes are below. Give them in artfully decorated boxes and jars and you’ll receive many hugs of thanks this year.


Dipped Apricots

This is a simple recipe. After the chocolate has dried, pack into tissue paper and foil-lined boxes.

Dip dried apricots in melted dark or semi-sweet bits.  Dip in chopped pichachos.

Apple Butter

You’ll need sterile jars with lids and a foley food mill for this recipe. The process takes about 3 – 4 hours altogether.

12 – 14 cooking apples (16 c. chopped)

2 c. cider

2 c. sugar

1 t. cinnamon

1/4 t. cloves

Dash nutmeg ~ add all spices to taste ~ add the nutmeg and cloves carefully in small amounts into the apples.

Cook apples on top of stove until they are done; make into sauce with foley food mill (will be thick). Put the sauce back into the pan and cook — and cook – and cook until is very tick and rich in color. Put in sterile canning jars.

Kahula Hot Fudge Sauce

Everyone I’ve ever made this for loves it — loves it! This flavorful sauce is wonderful over ice cream. I also make a killer chocolate cake and I don’t ice the cake. Instead I serve the cake with vanilla ice cream and this Hot Fudge Sauce!

3/4 c. butter

12- oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips

1-1/3 c. evaporated milk

2 c. sifted powdered sugar

1/2 c. Kahlua

1 t. vanilla

Melt butter in medium saucepan. Add chocolate chips; when melted add evaporated milk. Add powdered sugar slowly (make sure it’s sifted or it will be lumpy.) BEAT with electric mixer for 1 -1 2 minutes or until smooth. Heat to medium heat- not boiling. Then add Kahlua and vanilla stirring constantly over heat. While hot, pour into hot sterile jars.


God Bless You!


November 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment


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