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  • Dixie Ryan: Hope and prayers for a good new year

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  • Happy New Year! It doesn’t take much to entertain me but I would bet I put a smile on your face. Time passes so fast... one day you have a new baby and suddenly they graduate from college. So far none of my grandchildren have any babies but their life flies by them anyway. I pray daily that they use good judgement, trust in GOD and always remember the most important things. Well, 2014 is here and we have another year to get it all right! Pray that we can do that and pray for our world. It sure needs prayers and it seems just when you cannot believe it would get any worse the evening news shocks us again. I have been doing a lot more cooking and I feel a peace in my heart so I think I am healing. GOD is good and I praise HIM always. My friend Eddie Rice, came out for a couple of hours and brought his 3-year-old granddaughter, Kierra. She is a doll and we had a great time with her. She loved her Christmas gift I bought her and played with it the entire time she was here. I cooked breakfast for some of my kids on Christmas morning and it came out great. First real meal I have cooked in more than a year. A recipe entitled Baked Potato Buffalo Casserole was in the school paper this past week. It is included in the local paper Odessan and sounds delicious.
    Baked Potato Buffalo Casserole
    8 potatoes cubed 2 pounds chicken cubed 1/3 cup olive oil 1 ½ teaspoons salt 1 Tablespoon pepper 2 Tablespoons garlic powder 6 Tablespoons hot sauce Crushed red pepper to taste 2 cups Mexican cheese mix 1 cup bacon bits 1 cup diced green onions Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mix olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and hot sauce. Add cubed potatoes and stir to coat. Scoop potatoes into a 9 x 13 baking dish, coated with cooking spray, leaving behind as much olive oil and hot sauce as possible, bake for 45-50 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes. Cook until crispy brown on outside,while potatoes are cooking, add cubed chicken to the bowl with left over olive oil/hot sauce mixture and stir to coat. Once potatoes are fully cooked, remove from oven and bring down oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Top potatoes with raw marinated chicken. Mix together cheese, bacon bits and green onion. Put mixture on top of the raw chicken and place in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Serve with extra hot sauce and ranch dressing.
    For those of you who are superstitious don’t forget to serve black eyes peas for New Year's Day dinner. Have fun cooking and I will see you next week.

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