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Finale – Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s Extended Edition – Favorite Recipes

(Author’s Note: If you got here from the link at CBCMagazine.com,

Welcome! 

You have landed in my special summer series “Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s.”  A series of recipes and survival tips designed to get you through the hot summer.  This weekend the series is running from Friday – Monday and I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes that have appeared on this blog.

Hopefully you will find a recipe or two this weekend.  If not, check out the “Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s category for more wonderful recipes.

Thanks for clicking over from CBC Magazine.  On Tuesday I will get back to the business of grief, extended unemployment and current adventures in my life.

Have a fun and safe weekend!)

This series might be over but summer is not.  There is still about 3 weeks left, so enjoy the last of your summer with this easy recipe from my friend AnnMarie.

Easy Heath Bar Cookies

Easy Heath Bar Cookies – BEFORE I Took A Bite!

Easy Heath Bar Cookies

(Thanks for long-time friend and former co-worker AnnMarie Kocias)

Ingredients

Saltine crackers                            12 oz. Semi-sweet or milk chocolate morsels

1 cup Butter                                    1 cup Chopped walnuts

1 cup Brown Sugar

¼ teaspoon Baking Soda

Directions

Line a rimmed cookie sheet (what my Grammy used to call a jelly roll pan) with foil and cover with cooking spray.

Lay out crackers on foil, sides touching.

Melt butter in saucepan, and then add brown sugar.

Let boil for 1 minute, stirring gently to mix.

Remove from heat.

Stir in baking soda and spread mixture with spatula over crackers.

Place in oven for 10 minutes at 375*.

Remove from oven, sprinkle with morsels, and spread melting chocolate across top of mixture.

Cover with chopped nuts making sure they are pressed into chocolate.

Place in refrigerator overnight or until cooled before cutting.

Makes 1 HUGE serving, or if you are a straight cutter, as many crackers that you can fit on sheet.

Enjoy!

Michele’s Notes:

YUM! RICH!   Very gooey if you eat it warm.  Perfect snack for nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Make sure you feed them this justbefore they go home.  You would not want them too sugared up while at your house ;)

It was extremely easy to make. The walnuts I broke apart by hand since the walnuts I bought were not chopped.

(Coming tomorrow: A post for all the new visitors)

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Favorite Recipes Part 3

Author’s Note: If you got here from the link at CBCMagazine.com,

Welcome! 

You have landed in my special summer series “Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s.”  A series of recipes and survival tips designed to get you through the hot summer.  This weekend the series is running from Friday – Monday and I’ve decided to share some of my favorite recipes that have appeared on this blog.

Hopefully you will find a recipe or two this weekend.  If not, check out the “Swingin’ Summer Saturday’s and Sunday’s category for more wonderful recipes.

Thanks for clicking over from CBC Magazine.  On Tuesday I will get back to the business of grief, extended unemployment and current adventures in my life.

Have a fun and safe weekend and see you on Tuesday.

This recipe was also originally published last December during the “40 Days of Joy” series

Friendship Quiche

Yes, this recipe is more work than what I originally intended when deciding to do recipes but my readers are my friends.

So from one friend to another…

Friendship Quiche

Lori Comer,  NC

 This is a wonderful recipe given to me by a friend. The French fried onions really give it a fabulous flavor. I bake this quiche every Christmas and take it to our office…our maintenance man always seems to come by at just the right time for the last slice!

Ingredients

1 refrigerated pie crust

1-1/3 c. French fried onions, divided

1-1/2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

6 eggs, beaten

1 c. half-and-half or milk

1/2 c. bacon bits

Optional: 1/2 green pepper, finely chopped

Directions

Unfold pie crust and place in a 9″ pie plate. Sprinkle 3/4 cup onions evenly over bottom of crust; sprinkle with cheese. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half or milk, bacon bits and green pepper, if using. Pour mixture over cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until center tests done. Sprinkle remaining onions on top. Bake an additional 5 minutes, or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Makes 8 servings.

Patch, Gooseberry (2009-07-01). Christmas with Family & Friends Cookbook: Favorite recipes, homemade memories and little touches that make the holidays warm & cozy. (p. 22). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Michele’s Notes

Several months ago, I downloaded Kindle for PC.  In researching recipe’s for today’s post, this  cookbook was listed as “Cookbook of the Week” on Gooseberry Patch.com.  Also, it could be downloaded for free (on Friday 12/16/11).  Hey, I’m unemployed!  I’ll take free anyday.  Check out the site, not sure if you can still download it.

This is very flavorful and delicious.  I love the addition of French-fried onions rings.    I see this as something different to take to someone who is having a tough holiday season besides the traditional Lasagna.

Friendship Quiche

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Look Out Northeast Ohio – JoyReturns Is About To Spread

Good Monday Morning,

Hopefully everyone had a wonderful weekend.

I have some news to share.

I have an appointment this afternoon ( 3 p.m. Eastern).  This is not a job interview.  It is an interview for Cleveland Business Connections Magazine (cbcmagazine.com).

The writer Pamela Willits is doing this article from a wellness perspective.  The article will focus on how and why I started JoyReturns, what I have gained from blogging, has it helped people and if so how. She also wants to know about the awards I have received.  Additionally she wants to know about my involvement with Social Media Examiner’s “Blogging Fundamentals for Business” course I and if blogging has lead to any business opportunities.

Last Wednesday Night

This all started happening last Wednesday night after getting back from the regional prayer team meeting.  I decided to clear out my mailbox and there was an email from Pamela with a request for an interview.  My friend Jeff Nischwitz forwarded my blog and background to the editor, who assigned the story to Pamela.  The story will appear in their next issue magazine and when it does, I will provide a link to it.  I do not think those of you in the Ukraine, Malaysia, Argentina and the Philippines have a need for a subscription nor can run out to your local newsstand and buy a copy.

Photo Shoot

Sometime this week, I will be doing a short photo shoot with one of their photographers.  So move over Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen – as Michele Kearns has arrived.                   😉

Now I just have to figure out something to wear that is joyful.

Hair Stylist

I just remembered something my hair stylist Ronald would tell me over and over when I was in high school –

“You are a superstar!”  

Thanks for the words of encouragement Ronald.

Thank you Jeff for believing in me and that the story of JoyReturns needs told.