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  • Dixie Ryan: A trip to balmy Arkansas and back to the cold

  • This past week I took a trip with the senior group, Elderberries, and truly felt that I had been to Hawaii without the problems of a long plane ride. We traveled by bus with 46 people to Fort Smith, Little Rock and Bentonville, Ark. The temperatures for our entire visit were 80-90 degrees and it was incredible.

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  • This past week I took a trip with the senior group, Elderberries, and truly felt that I had been to Hawaii without the problems of a long plane ride. We traveled by bus with 46 people to Fort Smith, Little Rock and Bentonville, Ark. The temperatures for our entire visit were 80-90 degrees and it was incredible.
    We visited an 1890 bordello in Fort Smith called Miss Laura’s, ate lots of good food and also visited the old jail where Judge Parker ruled. One thing that was very funny at Miss Laura’s was visiting the rooms where the “girls” worked. Each room had a glass transom above the door and the names of the girls were engraved. One of the rooms had Dixie above the door and I sure got teased a lot about that.
    Then we went to Camp Chaffee and saw the chair and photos where Elvis Presley got his first Army haircut. Then on to Little Rock and a visit to Bill Clinton's Presidential Library and Museum. I searched the place and never saw a mention of Monica Lewinsky. After a wonderful luncheon at Whitney Mountain Lodge, Garfield, Ark., we visited the Crystal Bridges Museum built by one of the Walton’s women.
    Then on Wednesday evening we headed home. In checking the temps every 10 minutes or so we went for 85 to 51 degrees and departed our bus in a monsoon rain coming down in very cold temps.
    I believe enough is enough and I think the cold temps should stop.
    So, back to the recipe books so I will have something to do to avoid going out in the freezing temperatures.
    Garlic Snack Crackers
    1 16-ounce package oyster crackers
    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
    1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
    1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
    Heat oil to lukewarm (30 seconds in microwave) and pour over crackers. Mix well. Sprinkle Hidden Valley Ranch Mix and onion and garlic powder over oiled crackers (you can use more garlic powder if a stronger garlic flavor is desired). Mix well and let stand several hours before enjoying.
    White Chocolate Party Mix
    5 cup Cheerios
    5 cup Corn Chex
    10 ounces mini pretzels
    2 cup salted peanuts
    1 pound M & M’s
    2 packages white chocolate chips
    2 tablespoons oil
    Melt chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons oil. Mix rest of ingredients and pour chocolate over to coat.
    Cheesy Bacon Bites
    1 3-ounce package cream cheese
    1/4 cup real bacon bits
    2 Tablespoons chopped onion
    1/8 teaspoon black pepper
    1 8-ounce crescent roll dough
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine softened cream cheese, bacon, onion and pepper in bowl. Separate crescent rolls into 2 rectangles. Pinch seams together. Spread cream cheese mixture on each rectangle. Roll up, starting at longest side and seal. Cut each roll into 16 slices. Place slices cut side down, on flat baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or golden brown. Serve warm.
    Page 2 of 2 - Hope you enjoy the snack and I will see you next week.
     
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