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Easter Dinner

For Easter dinner we are going to mom’s house.

I have been trying to decide what I should take.

I am going to make a cornbread salad.

Here is the recipe I am going to try.

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Servings: 6 servings Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 30 min Difficulty: Easy


1 batch cornbread, cut into 1-inch cubes, recipe follows

1 (14.5-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15-ounce) can niblet corn, drained

1 medium Vidalia onion, finely chopped

1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped

3 large tomatoes, chopped

2 cups grated sharp Cheddar

1 (8-ounce) bottle ranch dressing

Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for garnish

Cornbread: 1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus 1/4 cup for greasing pan 1 cup self-rising cornmeal 3/4 cup self-rising flour 1 cup cream-style corn 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream 1 cup grated sharp Cheddar, optional 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional


In the bottom of a large glass bowl, place cornbread cubes. Layer beans, corn, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, and cheese on top of cornbread. Spread ranch dressing evenly over cheese. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

Cornbread: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Generously season a cast iron skillet with up to 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Preheat the pan either in the oven or on the stove over medium-high heat.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until combined. Pour batter into the preheated cast iron skillet. Place skillet in the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. If making individual size cornbreads in smaller pans, they will require a shorter cooking time.

Yield: 8 servings

And previous years I have made this bunny cake for Easter.

This year I plan on making this.

                Bunny Butt Cake

Bunny Butt Cake

                            Hop to it and make this sweet and silly bunny butt cake for your spring party.Learn to make this recipe with our how-to.

  1  box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow or white cake mix                                            
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box                                     Tray or cardboard covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil   
   1    container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting                                            
Red food color                                           
1   large marshmallow, cut in half                                           
3  cups shredded coconut                                           
Green food color                                           
2  strawberry or cherry  stretchy and tangy taffy candies (from 6-oz bag)                                           
 1   roll Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® punch berry chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box)                                           
 3   green-colored sour candies, separated into strips                                           
Construction paper                                           

1.  Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 1 1/2-quart ovenproof bowl (8 inches across top) with shortening; coat with flour (do not use cooking spray). Lightly grease 3 muffin cups in regular-size muffin pan.

2.  Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour cake batter in 3 muffin cups, filling two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into 1 1/2-quart bowl.

3.  Bake cupcakes 17 to 21 minutes, bowl 47 to 53 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cakes from muffin cups and bowl; place rounded sides up on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. If necessary, cut off rounded tops of cakes.

4.  Spoon frosting into large bowl. Add red food color to make desired pink color. Place bowl cake on tray cut side down; spread 1/3 cup frosting over cake. Use frosting to adhere cupcakes to bowl cake for feet and bunny tail. Use toothpicks if necessary. Place marshmallow halves, cut sides down, on tops of 2 cupcakes to make heels of feet. Spread thin layer of frosting over side and top of cake to seal in crumbs. Freeze cake 30 to 45 minutes to set frosting.

5.  Spread remaining frosting over cake. Sprinkle with 2 cups of the coconut; press gently to adhere. Shake 1 cup coconut and 3 drops green food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Use rolling pin to press strawberry candies into 2 large rectangles. Cut 2 large ovals and 6 small circles out of candy. Press onto bottoms of bunny feet, using frosting if needed.

6.  Roll up fruit snack to make carrot shapes. Cut green sour candies in half crosswise; press into large end of each carrot to make greens on carrot. Cut ears from construction paper; wrap ends that will be inserted into cake with plastic food wrap. Insert into cake. Remove ears, plastic wrap and toothpicks before serving. Store loosely covered.

Wish me good luck!!!!

I will share some pictures tomorrow, hopefully.

More later…………………………….Sally

Tribute to Uncle Larry – Family Reunion

Every year in September my family has a family reunion at the country club.

It works out great for everyone.  There is swimming, golfing, sitting around visiting, eating, and an auction.

Uncle Larry is the one in the middle with the red shirt on.  He loved to play cards!

Here are a bunch of pictures of some of the family, food, and fun times.

We will all miss you, Uncle Larry!!

I am sure Dad was there to welcome you home.

See you again one day!!

More later………………………..Sally

Easter Tradition


For the past 4 or 5 years I have been making this “Easter Bunny Cake”.

It is never perfect.

It is always different.

But, it is a tradition!!

It is very easy to make.

You can use any cake mix you want.

Or, of course, you can make your favorite from scratch cake.

The ingredients are:

1 pkg cake mix

1 16oz container white frosting

1 8 oz can crushed pineapple (drained)

1 tsp grated lemon zest

1 14oz pkg coconut

For the eyes: brown M&Ms or Hershey’s Kisses

Nose and Teeth: what ever you can come up with.

Make your cake mix according to package directions.  


Pour into 2 8″ round cake pans.

Bake according to package directions.

Let cakes cool.

While they are cooling, make you frosting. 

Put frosting in a bowl, fold in lemon zest and pineapple.

When cakes are cool.  

Cut one of the cakes to look like a basketball.  

The put it together to look like a bunny face with a bow tie.


Then frost……..

You can decorate this bunny any way you want.

Have fun!!

Kennedy, my 3-year-old granddaughter, is going to LOVE this guy!!

Happy Easter!!!! 

Remember the Reason for the Season!!



More later………………Sally


Coloring Easter Eggs

We are all excited about our annual egg dyeing day.

Can you tell??

This is Kennedy.

Baby Michael is pretty excited, too!

This year we are doing the neon colors. 

I thought I would try the gel food coloring.

Kennedy is making a beautiful design  on this egg!

The neon colors don’t take very long and they are very vibrant.

I love the purple ones!

We colored three dozen, we usually do five dozen or more.

We are big egg hunters around here. 

I am pretty sure that we have an egg with everyone’s name on it.

Now back in the fridge until the hunt.


More later………………….Sally

New Years Traditions

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Years Traditions

I hope everyone had a fabulous time ringing in the new year. 
We (Big Ran and I) went to a friends house and had a great time with some great friends.
Thanks Doug and Traci and Connie and Mark.
By the way how do you say or write your friends or relatives names.
  Do you go man first then the woman. 
 Or the woman then the man.
  I do it by who I know better.
  Is there some proper way of doing it?
 I would love to hear from you.
  Straighten me out here.
On New Years Day we (Big Ran, Kayli and her family, Nic, Madison, Uncle Vic, my brother Bill, Grandma, and I all went to Moms for dinner.
It was all really good.
I will have to get her recipe for her baked pork loin and share it with you sometime. 
It is so tender.
We also have a tradition of having black eyed peas and cabbage on New Years Day every year.
The black eyed peas are for  health.
The cabbage is for wealth.
I had extra helpings of both (couldn’t hurt).

Let me know how you celebrated…..
Have a great year. 

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