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Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Spaghetti


Upon arriving home from a lengthy vacation this summer this casserole and fresh homemade bread awaited us! Our friends John and Maribeth came to the airport to collect my sous chef dish-washing mother, my Chief Traveling Buddy and I. That in itself was a lovely gesture on their part because we live about 1 1/2 hours from the airport!  Oh, but what a surprise when we arrived home and Maribeth had our first meal already prepared and waiting for us.

Maribeth is a very good cook and I often ask her for recipes after eating in their home.  This was no exception.  I’ve never made this type of casserole and to say we flipped over it would be a bit of an understatement.

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Sweet and Salty Corn Salad

chili cheesre corn salad bowl

When my Nebrasaka-friend Cheryl said, “do you have a good corn salad recipe?” I answered her with a questions, “do you?”  She said “I sure do!”

Cheryl and I share a love for cooking and a love for experimenting with new recipes.  When we get together we always talk recipes.  In Nebraska things are done pretty simply and efficient without a lot of fuss and muss.  The name for the corn salad Cheryl sent me is Corn Salad. Enough said … well, not quite.
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Aunt Jamie’s Cookies from the Home of P. Allen Smith

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Recently my friend Charlene was traveling through Arkansas with girlfriends. I didn’t realize this, but the home of P. Allen Smith is located just 30 minutes outside of Little Rock.  The Garden Home at Moss Mountain Farm sits on top of a ridge overlooking the Arkansas River AllenSummer2015_YoutubeValley.    Paul Allen Smith is a television host, designer, gardening and lifestyle expert. He is the host of two public television programs. Charlene and friends visited the home to have lunch in the tea room and tour the house.  While they were there P. Allen Smith came into the tea room spending time talking with guests!  It must have been a thrill for my friend Charlene because she is an avid gardener and accomplished cook!

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Fantastic Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Spread

sliced upclose pumpkin breadMy good friend Sue recently moved from Nebraska to Washington State.  I was wondering how her move was going when I got this email and picture:

“You’ve got to make this pumpkin bread.  I always use Libbey’s pumpkin. You gunna love it cuz it tastes great and makes such nice gifts too.”

Sue's pumpkin bread3
She had me at “You gotta make this.”  Okay, Sue is in her new kitchen, she is sending me recipes, all is well again. 🙂

I did exactly what any good friend would do — went to the store, bought some pumpkin (and sugar – I was completely out) and I made pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin batter
Oh my gosh this stuff is good.

sliced pumpkin bread cr cheese
I added the Brown Sugar Cream Cheese just for fun!

pumpkin bread sliced
You outta make this — it is crazy good!

Pumpkin cr cheese upclose
Happy Baking,

John 15:12-15 This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Fantastic Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar Cream Chees
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Oh my word this is crazy good with the brown sugar cream cheese spread!
  • 5 cups sifted flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 29 oz. canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 cups finely chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Spread
  • 2 - 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in mixer bowl. Add pumpkin, melted butter, and chopped nuts. On medium speed mix thoroughly.
  2. Scoop batter into two pans that have been oiled and floured.*
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F. about one hour until bread is done in the middle.
  4. Cool for 5 minutes and then remove from pan onto wire rack to finish cooling.
In mixing bowl on low speed, mix cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator for 30 minutes before using.
* Two 10" x 5" loaf pans or 4 smaller pans. Also works well in mini muffin tins.