HOT CHICKEN SALAD

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3 cups cooked and diced chicken breasts

2 cups chopped celery

2 – 14.5-ounce cans cream of chicken soup

1 cup mayonnaise

1 small chopped onion

1- 8 ounce can sliced water chestnuts

1- large can olives drained and sliced

2 cups plain potato chips crumbled

Mix all the above ingredients except the chips in a large bowl. Layer on the bottom of an 9 x 13-inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray 1 cup of the potato chips, next spread the chicken mixture from your bowl and last the other half of the potato chips on top of the chicken mixture.

Bake at 350 45 minutes or until light brown on top.

You can serve this as an appetizer with crackers and a baguette or on croissants as a sandwich.

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STUFFED VEGGIES

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1-pound ground beef

1 large onion chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped or pressed

1 10-ounce bag spinach

1 package 8-ounce cream cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Mozzarella cheese or any variety you like

In a large pan brown the ground beef, add onions, garlic and salt and pepper. When onions are tender add the spinach and continue cooking over medium heat until the spinach is wilted. Add the cream cheese and stir it in as it melts. Remove from heat stuff your favorite veggies, I used peppers, zucchini and summer squash.

Place in a baking dish with about a ½ inch of water in the bottom to keep it moist. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees until your veggies are tender, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Your favorite cheese and return to the oven long enough to melt the cheese, about 5 minutes. Serve 

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PARMESAN ZUCCHINI STRIPS

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2/3 cups seasoned bread crumbs

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

4 small zucchinis quartered lengthwise

2 eggs beaten

In a bowl, combine the bread crumbs and cheese. In a separate bowl beat the two eggs and dip one of the zucchini pieces in the egg mixture and then into the bread crumbs, coating each piece evenly. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 450 for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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PEANUT BUTTER BARS

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Cream Together

2 cups peanut butter

1 ½ cups Sugar

1 ½ cups brown sugar

4 eggs

2 ½ cups butter

 

Combine

3 cups flour

¾ teaspoon soda

¾ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 cups rolled oats

Mix all above ingredients together and spread on the bottom of pans. This recipe makes one 12 x 17- inch jellyroll pan and one 9 x 13-inch baking pan. You can cut it in half for smaller gatherings. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes for large pan and 15 minutes for small pan. Let cool.

Peanut butter layer

Beat 2 cups peanut butter and ¼ cup butter together and spread on top of baked cookie part.

COOKED FUDGE FROSTING

1 ½ cups milk

¾ cup butter

¾ cup cocoa

1 ½ cups sugar

Bring to a boil stirring constantly and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add 8 ½ cups powdered sugar, and 3 teaspoons vanilla. Beat until set and then spread on top.

 

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Fresh Spinach Salad

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Dressing

1 ½ tablespoons poppy seed

1 ½ cup oil

1 ½ tablespoon grated onion

¾ teaspoon dry mustard

¾ cup white vinegar

¾ cup sugar

1 ½ teaspoon salt

1 purple onion, sliced in rings

¾ pound fresh mushrooms sliced

 

Greens

2 packages fresh spinach leaves

¾ pound swiss cheese, grated

1-pound bacon cooked crisp and crumbled

1 small head lettuce

1 cup cottage cheese

Mix top 7 ingredients for the dressing. Then place the mushrooms and onions in in the dressing mix and marinate for about 2 hours. When you are ready to serve mix all the ingredients listed under greens in a large bowl and pour the dressing with the mushrooms and onions in it over the greens. Toss and serve.

This makes enough for a large gathering. If you are making this recipe for your family, you will probably want to cut the recipe in half.

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Motherly Love

I loved this story I saw this week. It truly shows the love our mothers have!

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Abandoned piglet is lost and hound: Giant farm dog saves baby pig’s bacon by adopting it as one of its own

A giant farm dog and a tiny piglet cuddle up as if they were family after the baby runt was dismissed by its own mother.

Surrogate mum Katjinga, an eight-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, took on motherly duties for grunter Paulinchen – a tiny pot-bellied pig – and seems to be taking the adoption in her stride.

Lonely Paulinchen was luckily discovered moments from death and placed in the care of the dog who gladly accepted it as one of her own. Thankfully for the two-week old mini porker, Katjinga fell in love with her at first sight and saved her bacon.

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Motherly love: Baby piglet feeds on its new surrogate mum

And the unlikely relationship has made the wrinkly piggy a genuine sausage dog. In these adorable images Paulinchen can even be seen trying to suckle from her gigantic new mum.

The two animals live together on a huge 20-acre farm in Hoerstel, Germany, where Katjinga’s owners Roland Adam, 54, and his wife Edit, 44, a bank worker, keep a pair of breeding Vietnamese pigs.

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Nose place like home: The baby piglet nuzzles up to its new mum

Property developer Roland found the weak and struggling piglet after she was abandoned by the rest of her family one evening after she was born.

He said: “The pigs run wild on our land and the sow had given birth to a litter of five in our forest.
“I found Paulinchen all alone and when I lifted her up she was really cold.

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Feeding time: Piglet’s new canine mother has no problem providing milk for the youngster

“I felt sure some local foxes would have taken the little pig that very night so I took it into my house and gave her to Katjinga.

“She had just finished with a litter of her own, who are now 10 months, so I thought there was a chance she might take on the duties of looking after her.

“Katjinga is the best mother you can imagine. She immediately fell in love with the piggy. Straight away she started to clean it like it was one of her own puppies.

“Days later she started lactating again and giving milk for the piggy. She obviously regards it now as her own baby.”

Mum of the year? Quite possibly.

Doting: Caring pooch checks up on her new addition