Well, I am getting ready to take my Elderberries on a trip. We will leave Monday and return on Wednesday night and we promise to have a ball.

It is a mystery trip which mean they give me the money and don’t know what I do with it but my trips are cheap and you are so well fed that you have to contact Slim For Life or Weight Watchers when you return.

The nice part is that none of us have to cook or do dishes for three days but I realize you still have to cook (sorry about that) so I will share a few recipes to keep you going while I am gone.

Pizza meat loaf

1 can tomato soup

1/4 cup water

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 egg

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1 cup bread crumbs

2 tablespoons parsley

1 teaspoon salt

2 pounds ground beef

Blend soup, water, oregano and garlic in bowl. Mix bread, onion, parsley, egg, salt and pepper. Mix. Add 1/4 cup of soup mixture. Mix well. Put in loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Drain off fat. Pour rest of soup mix over top with Mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese melts.

Mexican chicken

4 chicken breasts

Salt and pepper

1 bay leaf

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes

1 small chopped onion

3 cups sharp cheese, grated

Doritos chips

Cook chicken breasts, bay leaf and salt and pepper until tender; break into bite size pieces. Remove bay leaf. Mix together the two soups and tomatoes. Layer chicken, onion, soup and cheese. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve on Dorito chips.

Lazy day apple pie

8 slices sandwich bread

16 strips Cheddar cheese, 3/4 inch wide

1 can apple pie filling



Mix cinnamon with apple pie filling to taste. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Buttered side down, brown. Repeat with other four slices. Place a strip of cheese around each edge of four slices of bread. Fill center with apple pie filling. Top with remaining slices of bread toasted side down. Butter top of bread and brown in skillet. Butter other side and brown. Cut each sandwich in four triangles. Dust with powdered sugar. Great after school snack.

Easy cobbler


1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon shortening

1 teaspoon baking powder

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup milk


2 1/2 cups fruit

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoon butter

For batter, mix dry ingredients together and cut in shortening. Add milk and mix. Pour into deep greased pan. For filling, mix fruit and sugar and dot with butter. Pour filling over the batter and bake in a slow oven 325 or less for one hour or more. The batter will rise to the top and brown.

Now, you should stay full for our time of absence. If I could I would bring you a sample but after three days I am afraid it would not be too tasty.

See you next week.

Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.