Cranberry Martini

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Cranberry Martini

Cranberry Martini

Add an elegant touch to New Year’s Eve celebrations by whipping up a colorful cocktail that will toast the evening in style.

By combining a few ingredients, a refreshing drink can be ready to serve in no time. You also can add a dash of vermouth, if desired. And it’s just as easy to double or triple the recipe. Make it even more festive by adding a skewer of fresh cranberries to the drink.

Sophisticated, romantic, and always in good taste, a martini is a delightful choice when it comes to ringing in the New Year. Here’s wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. Cheers!


Crushed ice
5 tablespoons cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
3 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
Fill a martini shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add cranberry juice cocktail, vodka, and orange juice. Cover and shake. Strain into a martini glass. Makes 1 serving.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pudding

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Butterscotch Pumpkin Pudding

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pudding

When it comes to ending the grand Thanksgiving feast, there’s nothing more pleasing than pumpkin. While traditional pumpkin pie is always welcome, there still is room for another sweet treat made with the tasty combination of pumpkin and butterscotch.

Just right for hectic households, this recipe makes good use of packaged butterscotch pudding mix. By simply embellishing the mix with pumpkin and a few pantry staples, a pleasing dessert can be ready to serve in no time. And it can be prepared up to one day in advance and stored, covered, in the fridge. Store larger portions in bigger custard cups like these Anchor Hocking Oval Custard Cups or store smaller portions in these Custard Cups.

Whether you make one or a few batches, this comforting pudding will be a delightful addition to your cornucopia of treasured family recipes. From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.


1 (4-serving size) package butterscotch cook-and-serve pudding and pie filling mix
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling (optional)
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup 100 percent pure pumpkin
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Whipped cream (optional)
In a medium saucepan, combine pudding mix, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, 4 to 6 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat. Add butter, pumpkin, and vanilla; whisk until smooth. Divide among 4 custard cups. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing serveware

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Butterscotch Crispy Treats

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Butterscotch Crispy Treats

Butterscotch Crispy Treats

Embellish the time-honored recipe for marshmallow treats with the yummy flavor of butterscotch for quick to prepare snacks that are perfect for a crowd.

Ideal for children of all ages, this recipe can be made at the last minute and is an excellent choice when it comes to easy back-to-school snacks.

With full schedules for both parents and children, this crowd-pleasing recipe is a timely treat.


6 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
3 tablespoons instant butterscotch pudding and pie filling mix (from a 4-serving size package)
1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
Butter a 9×13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine cereal and butterscotch chips. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; stir in marshmallows. Cook until melted and smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in pudding mix. Pour over cereal mixture. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into prepared pan. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Makes 24 squares.

Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad

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Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad

Creamy Dilled Cucumber Salad

Recipes made with garden-fresh cucumbers are a refreshing addition to the summer menu. Whether it’s to perk up your picnic, accompany your entrée, or share at an outdoor gathering, this old-fashioned salad makes good use of some of the flavors of the season.

A terrific timesaver, it can be prepared up to four hours in advance. Just cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve. It can also be easily doubled or tripled for a crowd.

Whatever the occasion, this quick and easy recipe is a delightful addition to any warm weather meal.


2 medium cucumbers, peeled
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup regular or light sour cream
Cut cucumbers in half lengthwise; use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds. Thinly slice cucumbers; place in a colander that’s set over a bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Let stand 20 minutes; rinse and pat dry. In a medium bowl, combine cucumbers, onion, dill, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, and pepper; stir in sour cream. Cover, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Stir well before serving. Makes 4 servings.

Blueberry Muffins

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Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Make the most of blueberry season by baking a batch of old-fashioned muffins. Bursting with flavor, the combination of crushed and whole blueberries make these muffins extra tasty.

Serving a multitude of purposes, these time-honored treats are a delightful addition to breakfast, a tasty seasonal afternoon snack, and an excellent choice when it comes to rounding out the brunch menu.

And they couldn’t be easier to make. So when the occasion calls for a tried-and-true homemade treat, pop a batch of blueberry muffins into the oven. You’ll be glad you did.


2 cups flour
3/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 15 muffin cups with paper liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, mash 1/2 cup blueberries with a potato masher. In a separate, medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla. Stir in mashed blueberries. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Makes 15 muffins.

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Satisfy the craving for chocolate and peanut butter by baking a batch of these flavorful cookies. Just in time for July Fourth celebrations, these no-fuss treats are an excellent choice for summertime get-togethers.

Whether it’s a picnic in the park, a hike through the woods, or a day at the beach, these little goodies are terrific for toting anywhere. Enjoy!

Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar, plus more for finishing
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, combine butter, shortening and peanut butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until combined. Add egg and vanilla; beat until combined. Gradually beat in as much flour mixture as possible; stir in the rest. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll in additional sugar, place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press cookies with the bottom of a flat-bottomed glass to slightly flatten. Bake until centers are set and edges are crackled, 7 to 9 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Food Lion Launches Fresh Website – New Design Makes it Easy to Shop, Save, and Plan for Recipes like Lemony Orzo and Chicken Salad

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Lemony Orzo and Chicken Salad

Food Lion has debuted a new website that makes shopping, saving, and planning for mealtimes the ultimate in ease. Included in the many enhancements is Food Lion’s New Recipe Portal which has this recipe for Lemony Orzo and Chicken Salad and forthcoming Harried Housewife Recipes.

Another exciting feature of this new website is a personalized dashboard that makes it easy for you to access your information in a snap.

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All you have to do is sign up for an MVP card. It’s easy to do, then just log in and you’ll see all of your personalized information such as your saved favorite recipes, digitally uploaded coupons, shopping lists, savings for the year, etc. You can customize your dashboard as you go!

This personalized feature is not only fun and easy, but it also saves time and is helpful to those watching their budgets. The new Food Lion website, based on customer feedback, is designed to provide time-crunched folks with digital enhancements to ensure easy mealtime preparation.

Whether it’s the Recipe Portal,

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Coupon Hub,

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Shopping List,

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Savings Tracker,

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or any other feature, Food Lion’s freshly designed website makes it easy to save money and simplify your grocery shopping experience.


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 Thanks to Food Lion for sponsoring this post.

Spring Greens and Strawberry Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

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Spring Greens and Strawberry Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Spring Greens and Strawberry Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts

Celebrate National Salad Month, and the warmer weather, with a lighter dish filled with color and texture. A refreshing mix of seasonal salad greens along with strawberries, blue cheese, and toasted walnuts drizzled with tangy balsamic poppy seed vinaigrette is both tasty and nutritious.

And you can always add cooked chicken breasts or your choice of lean protein, if desired. Whichever way you prefer, this refreshing recipe is an appetizing start to National Salad Month.


2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
12 cups spring salad greens
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
For vinaigrette, in small bowl, combine vinegar, olive oil, honey, poppy seeds, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well blended. In a large bowl, combine mixed greens and strawberries. Whisk vinaigrette and drizzle desired amount over mixed greens and strawberries; toss to combine. Arrange on a large platter or 6 plates; sprinkle with blue cheese and walnuts. Makes 6 servings.

Apricot Glazed Carrots

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Apricot Glazed Carrots

Apricot Glazed Carrots

Add a gourmet touch to carrots by coating them in a tangy glaze made with simple ingredients. The combination of apricot preserves, butter, and brown sugar along with a hint of cinnamon, salt, and pepper makes jazzing up plain carrots a snap.

A terrific complement to most any entrée, this elegant recipe is ideal for Easter Sunday dinner. Double the recipe for a crowd, and savor a sophisticated side dish starring one of the season’s most appealing ingredients.

From my family to yours, Happy Easter.

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1 pound slender carrots
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt to taste
Coarsely ground black pepper to taste
Lightly peel carrots. Trim tops leaving about 1 1/2-inches of green intact; trim bottoms. Cut them in half lengthwise. Add about 1-inch water to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; add carrots. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain. Return to saucepan; add apricot preserves, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cook over low heat until heated through and butter melts, about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 6 servings.