• Dixie Ryan: Getting the outside in shape

  • Well, readers, I am happy, happy, happy. The snow is gone..the rains have decreased, the cold air seems to be gone and things are looking better.

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  • Well, readers, I am happy, happy, happy. The snow is gone..the rains have decreased, the cold air seems to be gone and things are looking better.
    My friend Sharon’s husband, Wesley has been helping me get the outside of my house back in order. They are a nice couple and he is able to fix anything. My house has been power washed, trees have been cut down and my basement is getting cleaned out so PRAISE the LORD. Wesley even sprayed twice for my giant sized bee hive. There are thousands of bees and they don’t make honey but don’t ask me what kind of bee they are. Thanks Wesley.
    My cooking this past week has mostly come from Price Chopper. I went to the Blue Springs South store and bought a half pound of several of their salads, pastas etc. Now it is time to get back to the stove and start cooking again.
    I found an old recipe I had for Dixie Pie. Must be good with that name.
    Dixie Pie
    2 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup melted butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 cup cornstarch
    1 cup pecans
    1 cup chocolate chips
    Beat eggs. Add sugar and butter and vanilla. Blend in cornstarch. Slowly add nuts and chocolate chips. Pour into 9 inch pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Serve with whipped topping on top or ice cream.
    Strawberry Crush
    1 cup pecans, chopped
    2 cups flour
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1 cup margarine
    Melt margarine, mix with other ingredients. Place in 9 x 13 by 2 inch pan. Bake 20 minutes in 350 degree oven, stirring often (about every 5 minutes). Remove from oven and cool completely. Reserve 1/3 cup crumbs.
    2 (10-ounce) boxes frozen strawberries, thawed.
    4 egg whites
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 3/4 cartons whipped topping
    Beat egg whites and sugar until soft peak forms. Fold in strawberries and topping. Spread mixture over crumbs in pan. Sprinkle remaining crumbs on top. Place in freezer. Allow to soften just a little before serving. Garnish with fresh strawberries, if desired.
    Pecan Pie Squares
    1 package yellow cake mix
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    1 cup dark corn syrup
    1/4 cup butter
    2 cups chopped pecans
    5 large eggs
    1 cup sugar
    Grease 9-by-14-inch pan. Mix cake mix, 1 egg and 1/3 cup vegetable oil until crumbly. Press into bottom of pan. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees. In large bowl, beat remaining eggs with corn syrup, sugar and butter until blended. Stir in pecans; pour on top of mixture in pan. Bake 45 minutes or until filling has set. Cook completely and cut into 2 inch squares.
    Page 2 of 2 - The hot weather makes me cook less but each of the desserts above are quick and very tasty.
    My next project is going to be remodeling my kitchen. New floor, counter tops, appliances, etc. Then I will be very happy and Grouchy Bear will be looking down and moaning at the trees that have been cut down and the money that will be spent on the kitchen. The trees that were putting roots in the septic tank and one tree that was wrapped around the propane tank had to go.
    Sorry dear. See the rest of you next week.
    Dixie Ryan lives in Odessa and has enjoyed sharing her cooking talents and secrets with readers for many years.

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