Hello readers! I owe you an apology for missing the last stwo article. I was very sick and that is my only excuse. Today (Saturday) was the first day I have been up and about for a week.

It was very fine to have so many phone calls inquiring where I had gone. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

So I will try hard to do a great article to make up for my absence. Two weeks ago we went on an Elderberries trip and half the bus got sick. We had a great trip, however, and I came home sick.

Pudding biscuits

3/4 cup Bisquick

1 package instant pudding

1/4 cup Wesson oil

1 egg

Mix all together. Make into balls. Flatten on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until edges begin to brown, To make a variation try using different flavor of instant pudding for the changes.

English toffee

1 pound of butter (not margarine)

2 cups sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

8 Hershey bars

Combine butter, sugar and pecans to saucepan over mediume to medium-high heat. Stir constantly. Cook and stir until candy reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. (This takes about 15 minutes). Also called “hard crack” stage. Pour into a greased 14-by-11 inch pan, spreading rapidly before it sets. Lay Hershey bars over the hot candy and when melted, spread with a knife to cover candy. Let set overnight and break into bite sized pieces. This is similar to Heath Candy.

Nieman Marcus bars

1 yellow cake mix

1/2 cup melted oleo

1 egg beaten

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

2 eggs

1 pound powdered sugar

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Bottom layer: mix cake mix,, melted oleo and 1 beaten egg. Mix well and pat into 9-by-13 inch pan. Mix cream cheese and 2 eggs, beat well. Add one pound powdered sugar; mix well and add coconut and nuts. Spread over bottom layer. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool and cut into bars. Serves 16.

Fruit salad

1 large can sliced peaches

3 bananas

3 apples

Any other fruit

1 box instant pudding (vanilla, coconut cream are good) Drain juice off peaches. Reserve 1/2 cup juice. Cut peaches in chunks; slice banana and apples. Sprinkle instant pudding over fruit. Pour juice over fruit and mix. You may add more juice, if too dry.

So I have given you several sweet but yummy recipes to try. I am about worn out so am going to tell you a quick joke and sign off for now.

A young boy, about 12 years of age, was getting into trouble every place he went. His grades were falling and he just always found himself in trouble. It was suggest to his parents that he go to a Catholic school and see if that would help. He began the school and to the amazement of his parents he became so dedicated and he worked hours on his homework. His first report card came out and his parents were shocked to see straight A’s. So they asked him what made him change and he said, “When I looked up above the door and saw the nail driven into the plus sign I knew this was serious.

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