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  • Dixie Ryan: It's chilly and I need food for warmth

  • One day I am so happy and the next I am down in the dumps. It is the silly weather that swings my moods. One day last week I donned a T-shirt  and cotton slacks. Grabbed my purse and went out into 73 degree weather and had a great day.

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  • One day I am so happy and the next I am down in the dumps. It is the silly weather that swings my moods. One day last week I donned a T-shirt  and cotton slacks. Grabbed my purse and went out into 73 degree weather and had a great day. I got home about 6, turned on the TV to have them tell me that it was going to be 34 the next day. How can you keep a normal disposition with weather like that.
     
    The temps have gone up and down for a week, and this morning it is spitting snow. Guess I will just turn on the stove and oven and start cooking.
     
    I think it is time for all the cold weather to end, warmer weather to be a daily event and I can turn on the grill and cook some hamburgers without freezing to death. My mind is getting so bad that when my oldest son called to ask me the date of one of my younger sons’ birth I could not remember it. Of course I was asleep when he called so I will use that for an excuse.
     
    Peach Cobbler
    1 stick margarine
    1 cup sugar
    1 egg
    1 cup self rising flour
    1/2 cup water
    1 large can peaches
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract
     
    Melt margarine in 9-by-13-inch pan. Drizzle almond extract on top. Combine remaining ingredients, except peaches, in separate bowl. Pour evenly over melted butter. Drain peaches and retain 1 cup juice. Place peaches evenly in dish. Bake at 375 degrees until golden brown 30-45 minutes. Pour juice over warm cobbler.
     
    Snow Ice Cream
     
    ( I have used this recipe a lot this year)
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    4 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon vanilla
    Whip cream, fold in sugar and vanilla. Fill a large bowl with about 1 quart very clean snow. (Make sure it is not yellow!) Fold cream mixture into snow. Cover tightly and pack into a snow bank or freezer until hardened. It is great drizzled with chocolate syrup.
     
    Apple Butter Pie
    1 pint apple butter
    4 pints milk
    4 heaping tablespoons flour
    2 cups sugar
    4 eggs
    cinnamon to taste
    Combine ingredients. Pour into unbaked pie shells. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce to 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done. Makes 4 pies so can recipe can be reduced according to needs.
     
    Please remember that sugar can be replaced with Splenda if desired for all of the above recipes.
     
    Onion Roasted Potatoes
    1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
    Page 2 of 2 - 2 pounds potatoes cut into large cubes (skin on)
    1/3 cup olive oil
    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place potatoes, soup mix and oil into large zip bag, Shake until evenly coated. Empty into shallow baking dish. Bake about 35-40 minutes stirring occasionally until tender and brown.
     
    So let us all pray for warm weather. God is a good listener and He knows how tired we are of being cold.
    See  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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