Thursday, December 1, 2011

Recipe: Candy Crunch

Candy Crunch

  • Yield: About 1 3/4 pounds
  • Nutrition: See Below
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes

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  • 4 cups (half of 15 oz. bag) pretzel sticks or pretzel twists
  • 4 cups (24 oz.) white chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup dried fruit (dried cranberries, raisins or mixed dried fruit bits)


  • LINE a 15 x 10-inch jellyroll pan with foil. Place pretzels in large bowl.
  • MELT chips with sweetened condensed milk in large saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir constantly until smooth. Pour over pretzels, stirring to coat.
  • SPREAD mixture immediately into prepared pan. Sprinkle with dried fruit; press down lightly with back of spoon. Chill 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into chunks.

Lena Austin

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Holiday Recipe: Impossible Hot Toddy Pie

Who can resist a Hot Toddy on a cold night? Not me!

Impossible Hot Toddy Pie
1 1/2 c. canned eggnog
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. Bisquick
4 eggs
2 T rum OR 1 tsp rum flavoring
ground nutmeg
Spiced Whipped Cream (optional)
Heat oven to 350F. Spray a pie plate with non-stick cooking spray, butter flavored is best. Place all ingredients except nutmeg in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on high 15 seconds. Pour into prepared pie plate. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool at least 5 minutes. Serve with Spiced Whipped Cream if desired.
Spiced Whipped Cream: Beat 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream in a chilled bowl, adding 1 T. sugar and 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg until stiff peaks form. Do not over beat.
Note from Lena: I'm not kidding on the chilled bowl for the whipped cream. Place your mixer bowl in the refrigerator before you even make the pie. The colder your bowl is, the easier the whipping of the cream becomes and you're less likely to have it "break" if you're unfamiliar with beating whipped cream to stiff peaks.  
As an alternate, please feel free to use Cool Whip Free or other product of a similar nature.  

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Lena Austin
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Recipe: Tres Leches Cake

Tres Leches Cake
Makes 12 to 15 servings
One package (about 18 oz.) white cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare mix
one can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
one cup milk
one cup (1/2 pint) whipping cream
one container (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
fresh fruit
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 13 by 9 by 2 inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2.  Prepare cake mix according to package directions.  Bake about 35 to 40 minutes or until cake is firm to the touch.  Remove cake from oven; cool five minutes.
3.  Meanwhile, combine sweetened condensed milk, milk and whipping cream in a four cup measure.  Poke holes all around the warm cake, using a wooden skewer or toothpick.  Slowly pour milk mixture evenly over top of holes on cake.  Let cake cool 10 to 15 minutes more to absorb all liquid.  Cover and refrigerate cake in pan at least one hour.
4.  When cake is completely cool, spread whipped topping evenly on top.  Cut into pieces and serve with fresh fruit.  Keep cake covered and refrigerated.
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Lena Austin

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Soup made easy

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Drink Recipe: Fuzzy Ghoul

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Recipe: Creepy Crispy Rice Treets
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Lena Austin

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Drink Recipe: Candy Corn Cocktail

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Creamy Candy Corn Puddings

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Recipe: Jack-o-Lantern Gelatin Salad

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Hot Spiced Cider

Hot Spiced Cider

8 cups apple cider or apple juice
1/4-1/2 cup brown sugar
6 inches stick cinnamon
1 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp whole cloves
8 thin orange wedges or slices (optional)
8 whole cloves (optional)

In a large saucepan combine apple cider and brown sugar. For a spice bag, place
cinnamon, allspice, and 1 tsp whole cloves in a double thickness of cheesecloth.
Bring up corners of cheesecloth and tie with string. add spice bag to cider

Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile,
stud orange wedges with whole cloves. Remove and discard the spice bag. Serve
the cider in mugs with a studded orange wedge in each. Makes 8 (1 cup) servings.

Note from Lena-- Use the crock pot and don't bother with the boiling. Set it all
up and let it simmer on Low at least 4 hours. No peeking! Serve it up with the
orange wedges.

Source: 1989 BHG cookbook
Lena Austin

Thursday, October 20, 2011

S'mores Apples
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Submitted By: Staff
Photo By: Allrecipes
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 6
"Caramel apples are studded with graham crackers and marshmallows and drizzled with chocolate for a treat you can't get enough of."
6 Granny Smith apples
6 wooden sticks
1 (14 ounce) package individually
wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Insert wooden sticks 3/4 of the way into the stem end of each apple. Place apples on a cookie sheet covered with lightly greased aluminum foil.
2. Combine caramels and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring often, until caramel melts and is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Dip each apple into the caramel and gently run apples around insides of saucepan to scrape off some of the caramel. Scrape excess caramel from the apple bottoms using the side of the saucepan.
3. Combine the miniature marshmallows and graham crackers on a dinner plate. Roll the apples in the mixture to coat. Place on the aluminum foil and chill.
4. Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Drizzle over the apples and return them to the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Recipe: Snowballs

I first made this recipe when I was a mere seventeen years old. A neighbor got a cookie tin full as a gift, took them home, and made himself sick on them.
If you do store them in a tin, pack them in more powdered sugar. The sugar will cushion these little gems.
For the past thirty-two years, these cookies have been a tradition in our home. That is, when I could find the recipe. (Yes, I once was that disorganized.) I do recommend that all mothers and grandmothers make use of the small hands they have available to form the little cookie balls correctly. Adults have a tendency to make the balls too big. At least, that's what I told my children and now my grandchildren. (grin)
I'm sharing my most famous and beloved recipe with the world, so it will never be lost again.
Lift a glass of eggnog and wipe the powdered sugar from your lips long enough to salute. Let the holidays begin! See you after Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

White as a Ghost Pops

White-as-a-Ghost Pops

Makes: 16 servings
Prep: 50 minutes Stand: 2 hours

White-as-a-Ghost Pops


  • 6  tablespoons  butter
  • 2  10-ounce packages  marshmallows or 4 cups tiny marshmallows
  • 12  cups  crisp rice cereal
  • 24  ounces  vanilla-flavored candy coating
  • 8    lollipop sticks
  •     Small black candies
  • 1  16-ounce can  vanilla frosting
  •     Green food coloring
  • 2  cups  shredded coconut


1. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan and an 8- to 9-inch diameter mixing bowl with foil, extending foil over edges of pan and bowl. Butter foil; set pan and bowl aside. Melt butter in a 6-quart Dutch oven over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal; stir until well-coated. Divide mixture between prepared baking pan and mixing bowl and press evenly and firmly into pan and bowl.
2. Set cereal mixture aside to cool completely, about 1 hour. Lift cereal mixture from baking pan with edges of foil. Use a 3- to 4-inch ghost-shaped cookie cutter to cut out ghost shapes. Insert lollipop sticks into ghost shapes through the bottom of cutouts.
3. In a medium saucepan melt candy coating over low heat. Place ghosts on a slotted spatula and spoon candy coating over ghost shapes, turning carefully using sticks to coat both sides and letting excess candy coating drip back into the pan. Carefully place ghosts on a sheet of waxed paper. Decorate face with candies before coating sets up. Let stand until coating is completely set, about 1 hour.
4. Stir together frosting and a few drops green food coloring; set aside. Place coconut in a resealable plastic bag. Add a few drops of green food coloring; seal bag. Shake and knead bag lightly to tint coconut.
5. Lift cereal mixture from mixing bowl with edges of foil and invert onto a serving platter; remove foil. Frost with the green frosting. Sprinkle with coconut. Insert lollipop sticks with ghost shapes into frosted cereal mixture.
6. Note: After cutting ghost shapes out of the cereal mixture, reserve your scraps for more fun shapes. Try rolling some scraps into balls and dip balls into melted vanilla- or chocolate-flavored candy coating. Sprinkle with desired candy decorations and let set on waxed paper.

Halloween Recipe: Bloody-Rimmed Martinis

Bloody-Rimmed Martinis

Start to Finish: 10 minutes

Bloody-Rimmed Martinis


  •     Red decorating icing writing gel
  • 3/4  cup  half-and-half or light cream
  • 1/2  cup  coconut-flavored rum
  • 1/4  cup  vanilla vodka or vodka
  • 1/4  cup  cream of coconut
  •     Ice cubes


1. Carefully pipe red gel around the rim of 4 to 6 martini glasses, letting it drip down the sides. Set aside.
2. In a pitcher stir together the half-and-half, coconut rum, vanilla vodka, and cream of coconut. Place ice cubes in a martini shaker. Add coconut mixture. Cover and shake. Divide mixture among prepared martini glasses. Makes: 4 to 6 drinks

Monday, October 10, 2011

Recipe: Ham Breakfast Braid

Ham Breakfast Braid
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Submitted By: MHFAB1
Photo By: Kelly Krocker
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour
Servings: 6
"Crescent roll dough is covered with ham, eggs and cheese and then the ends are brought together to form a braid shape."
1/2 cup milk
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
8 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated
crescent roll dough
4 ounces cooked ham, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2. Beat milk and cream cheese together until smooth. Mix in eggs, and season with salt and pepper. Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium high heat and cook egg mixture until eggs are almost set.
3. Arrange the crescent rolls from one package into a rectangle shape on top of a lightly greased cookie sheet. Place rolls from remaining package along the edges of the two long sides of the rectangle, with the broad half of the rolls on top of the first layer of rolls, and the pointed ends extending over the sides of the pan.
4. Arrange the ham in a layer down the center of the dough. Spoon the cooked egg mixture on top of the ham and then sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top of the eggs. Bring the corners of the rolls together over the cheese to form a 'braid' shape.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and rolls are golden brown.
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 Note from Lena: There's a new crescent "roll" dough available that is one sheet. You could put the filling on the sheet, roll it up and flip so the seam is on the bottom, then slit the visible dough with a sharp knife. This might be easier than creating the braid effect.
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Lena Austin

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Crockpot Sausage n Grits Meatloaf

Slow Cooker Sausage 'n' Grits Meatloaf
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Submitted By: Jane Ruby
Photo By: mis7up
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Hours
Ready In: 5 Hours 10 Minutes
Servings: 6
"This meatloaf has the southern taste of grits and sausage, and is made in a slow cooker. There are no bread crumbs; egg whites and grits have the holding power."
2 16-inch square sheets of heavy duty
aluminum foil
1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
1/3 cup liquid egg whites
1/3 cup dry grits
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 cup ketchup
2 dashes liquid smoke flavoring, or to
taste (optional)
1. Fold each sheet of aluminum foil in half lengthwise, then fold in half lengthwise again, to make 2 strips of foil 4 inches wide by 16 inches long. Place the strips into the bottom of a slow cooker in a cross, so that the long ends of the strips come partway up the inside of the cooker (to make lifting handles). Spray the inside of the slow cooker and the foil strips with cooking spray.
2. Mix together the ground beef, pork sausage, egg whites, grits, onion powder, garlic powder, ketchup, and liquid smoke flavoring until thoroughly combined, and form into a rounded loaf. Gently place the loaf into the slow cooker on top of the crossed foil strips.
3. Cover the cooker, set on Low, and cook for 5 to 6 hours. To serve, carefully hold the ends of the foil strips, and gently lift the meat loaf from the cooker by the foil handles to place on a serving platter for slicing.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Re: Painting the Flag- a must see

More than awesome.

'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and 
moral courage of free men and women.'
- Ronald Reagan 
An interesting presentation . . . thoughtfully prepared
I guarantee you will watch  
spell-bound until the last    
drop of paint is put in place. 
Make sure your sound is turned up      

Monday, September 19, 2011

Adult Excerpt: Sex World-- Bodyguard by Lena Austin


Sex World: Bodyguard

by Lena Austin
Cover art: Bryan Keller
ISBN: 978-1-60521-679-9
Genre(s): Sci-Fi
Theme(s): Men and Women in Uniform
Series: Sex World
Length: Novella
Page Count: 111

Former intelligence officer Chance is insulted at the idea of having a tagalong sex engineer "bodyguard" until they get lost in the Hive, a world of insect-humans.
Ex-ranger Dawn, Chance's bodyguard, only looks like a cute, curly-haired blonde. On her world, she's survived monsters. This time, the monsters have human faces.
They'll discover a mystery and an awful truth -- there are things worse than dying.
Sex World: Bodyguard
Lena Austin
All rights reserved.
Copyright ©2011 Lena Austin

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Dawn breathed a sigh of relief when she entered the committee chamber and found she was the first one there. Her role as casual guardian of the members of the committee would soon be over, as the regular guardian had recovered from her wounds after the last assassination attempt.
She ran her hands over the sleek secretarial electronics station in a farewell caress. "I'm going to miss you," she muttered. Strange how she'd grown to like the machine and the work.
Stranger still that a barbarian colonist from a primeval world like hers would find herself here on the UCP planetoid, seeing to the comfort and safety of the elite. Even if she did have to wear the strangest clothes to be in fashion.
Dawn checked her skirt and body paint, afraid she might have smudged the artistry. Who'd have thought she could look like a mermaid? Well, that was the talent of the body-paint artists of the wealthy. The combs in her blonde curls were made with real pearls and worth a year's income even without the special modifications that made them weapons.
Well, that was the point. She looked like some oligarch's fluff-and-feathers secretary, and that was why she ran the station here. Her baby face and outfit made many think she didn't have the brains necessary to find her ass with both hands, despite the intense training necessary to run any secretarial electronics.
Dawn smiled wickedly and checked the rest of the weapons hidden on her person or in the desk's panels. Several assassins had found out the hard way not to ignore her. She was sure all would recover eventually, enough to stand trial.
The doors to the chamber snapped open, and Dawn's jaw almost fell open. She moved to sit on the booth chair and pretended to be busy running a service check while she studied the newcomer.
A male wearing a Spartan military service singlesuit, with dark, shoulder-length hair and blue eyes that matched the pale blue of his uniform perfectly, strode in. In fact, everything about him was perfect, down to the creases in his uniform.
But that was what Spartans were known for -- near perfection. Cool, unemotional intellect that made every female human long to shred the facade and get to the barbaric male beneath.
Dawn kept her grin purely internal. She'd had a few Spartan clients and knew from personal experience there was indeed a primal male beneath the icy Spartan exterior. Their convention that it was improper to show emotions in public meant they were lovely beasts in private.
The man under her scrutiny marched three steps full of feline grace and chose one of the chairs around the massive round table. He pulled a pencil file from his breast pocket and inserted it into the table for the usual security check before display. Then he sat back and stared off into the cosmos.
While her secretarial system warmed up and opened the necessary files for this session, Dawn continued to keep an eye on the Spartan. The security recognitions at the door had passed him, and her query as to his identity returned with a Need to Know flag. Probably Intelligence Corps. Well, there was hope for Ice Man yet if he was I-Corps. Maybe he'd be willing to indulge...
"You're staring."
The low, masculine comment caused Dawn to jump like she'd taken a maser shot. Her cheeks flooded with embarrassment. "Forgive me, Citizen. I cannot find identification authorizing you to attend this meeting. Will you state your ID and business for the record?" She toggled the record button and waited.
His pale blue gaze bore into her. "Voiceprint identification, please. Name given is Chance Hesperus. Stated purpose is to report on missing persons on Elysium."
The secretarial board lit with a green Confirmed. Dawn nodded her satisfaction and turned off the recording. "Thank you, Citizen."
The security committee members shuffled in from either of the two entrances as they chose, greeting Chance like an old friend.
Dawn stifled her wish to invite Chance to a rousing game on the holodeck after the meeting. If he was I-Corps, her best bet was to make her invitation through the UCP computer system anyway, to preserve the identity he was using this mission. With a purely internal sigh, she toggled the recording back on as soon as the members were seated and prepared for a long session guaranteed to cure insomnia.
She was dead wrong. Chance's recording of the killing of his tech assistant at the hands of unknown assailants on Elysium, coupled with the overwhelming documentation, proved at least one thousand hapless tourists had gone missing and the evidence they'd ever been on Elysium had been erased with maximum efficiency.
Chance presented a good case. Something would have to be done, but when he requested authorization to return to the planet alone for further investigation, the committee chairman held up a hand.
The old man shook his head regretfully. "I know what you're going to ask for, Chance. You're going to want a license to kill. You can have that under the usual limited circumstances, but you can't go in alone." His watery gaze slid around until it fell on Dawn. He cleared his throat. "You're too valuable for that. I insist on a guardian."
The war of emotions on Chance's face was subtle, but easy to read for a sex engineer of Dawn's training. Ice Man he wasn't, after all. "My last partner died."
His reminder to the committee ground out between clenched teeth, but didn't faze the chairman. He waved his hand dismissively. "Yes, you made that abundantly clear. You also made it clear that the majority of the missing persons were females of any age from birth to their fifth decade. Males who turned up missing were always in the company of at least one female in that age bracket." He steepled his hands and thought for a moment. "I'm going to hazard a guess and say if you want to find out anything, you're going to need a female guardian to act as bait."
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Lena Austin

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