Mom’s Favorites – Baked Beans

This is another easy and delicious recipe from my Mom.  Not sure where she got it, but we use it all the time for picnics!

2 large cans of Great Northern beans (do not drain)
1 large onion (chopped)
1 tsp. mustard
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
Chopped red and green peppers (optional)
Cooked bacon or ham

My mom’s recipe doesn’t call for the green peppers, but I like to sauté them with the onions just until soft.  Mix all ingredients together and bake in a roasting pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Pickled Eggs

This is a family favorite and great for picnics!  Mom always stored the pickled eggs/beets in a very large glass jar.  It was always fun to ‘fish’ out the eggs and beets from the jar 🙂

1 can red beets
Drain juice into small pan
Add:  1 cup sugar, 1 cup cider vinegar
Stir and heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, pour over beets.
Add hard boiled eggs (as many as you like, we always made 1 dozen).
Place in a large container and put in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight, so that the juice can flavor the eggs and beets.  May have to stir them occasionally, so they can absorb the flavor and color.

Mom had the following note on the recipe:  “This is a very good recipe – it is popular at my church, and everyone who eats the eggs and beets, always wants to copy the recipe. I have used this recipe for over 50 years, it came from a schoolmate, from high school.  I graduated from high school in 1949.”

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Mom’s Favorites – Lemon Sponge Pie

This pie was certainly one of Mom’s specialties.  Everyone loved it and asked for it.  Recipe makes 2 medium pies.

2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
4 egg yolks (save egg whites)
juice of 2 lemons (6 Tbsp. lemon juice)
4 Tbsp. flour

Beat together ingredients real well then add 2 Cups milk. In another bowl (with mixer) beat 4 egg whites till stiff, then add the egg whites to the lemon mixture. Pour into 2 unbaked pie crusts. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes, then 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Mom had this note on the recipe:  “This was a recipe given to me by a dear neighbor (Renna) who became very close to our family, while the kids were young. She was a very good cook. When I make this pie for the church, it is a big hit!”

Fluffernutter Crisp Rice Treats

I saw this recipe in the Susquehanna Style June magazine and decided to try it.  Oh my goodness, it turned out wonderful and was delicious!  Just had to share this, as it’s easy to make and very impressive looking!  Here is the recipe or you can go to Susquehanna Style website.

10 oz. bag regular size marshmallows
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
5 cups crisp rice cereal
1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows
1 10 oz. bag peanut butter morsels, melted
2 bags (8 oz. each) miniature peanut butter cups (I bought the family size bag, which had 14 oz. and was a little less expensive than buying 2 bags)

1. Butter an 8 inch baking dish and then place foil in the dish and butter the foil.
2. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat, add regular size marshmallows and turn heat to low. Stir until smooth.  Remove from heat and quickly stir in peanut butter. Add cereal.
3. Fold in the mini marshmallows. Pour/scoop mixture into prepared baking dish. Very gently smooth the top of the mixture, do not press tightly. Spread melted peanut butter morsels on the top.  Top the melted morsels with the miniature peanut butter cups, pressing them in.  Allow to sit 1 hour and then pull foil out of pan and place on a plate to cut into squares, delicious!

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Glass Mushrooms for the Garden

I saw this idea on Pinterest (of course) and loved it, so decided to try and make my own.  I went to the local Salvation Army and found the flower vases (they always have tons of them) and then searched for a bowl that would work with the shape of the vase.  If you have a small vase, then have to get a smaller bowl, large vase, larger bowl, etc.  Most of the glass items were $1 or $2, so ended up very inexpensive.  I bought the E6000 glue at AC Moore and just followed the directions.  I let them dry overnight and put them outside and they look wonderful!  A friend suggested to put solar powered lights inside before gluing them, that way they will light up after dark.  I will have to try that next time.

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Baby Shower Gift

I had recently attended a baby shower and wanted to add a little something extra to the packaging and saw this idea on Pinterest.  I bought the wash cloths at Dollar Tree and proceeded to roll them like a lollipop (after rolling the center, you will tape the next washcloth to the end and keep going, using four washcloths) and attached them to the baby spoons with tape, so easy and adorable!  I finished it off by placing the ‘lollipop’ in a small candy bag and tied with ribbon, very cute and very inexpensive!  I then taped three of them to the gift.

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Duct Tape Wallet Purse

A friend asked me to make this for her granddaughter.  It’s made entirely of duct tape. She found it on a website, www.sophie-world.com.  There is also a YouTube video which shows step by step how to make it.  I thought it turned out very nice.  The granddaughter chose the duct tape patterns and colors, which are adorable!  I am excited for her to see it.  I added the duct tape flower on the front.  The wallet purse is about 4.5 x 4.5 inches when closed.

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