Apple Salad ~ Waldorf salad with raisins and pecans

Apple salad is one of my favorites.  I don’t eat nearly enough fruits so it is a good way to sneak in an extra bit of apple from time to time.  I enjoy mine with pecans and raisins; but sometimes I use walnuts or grapes instead.  The mayonnaise and marshmallows marry perfectly to make a deliciously creamy dressing.

Apple Salad

  • 2 Apples ~ I used Gala; just pick your favorite apple to eat
  •  1/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon

Begin by pouring about a quart of water into a large bowl and adding the juice of 1 lemon.  Chop celery, raisins and pecans and add to bowl of lemon water.  Cut apples into quarters and remove core; dice apple into bite size pieces and add to bowl as well (the lemon juice will help keep the apples from darkening).  Allow to soak for a few minutes.  Drain well and add marshmallows and mayo.  Mix well; refrigerate for at least and hour before serving.  Makes about 5 cups.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Oatmeal Cookies ~ chewy and moist ~ delicious

Charles’ favorite cookies are oatmeal; with or without raisins, it matters not just so long as they are oatmeal.  We usually keep the cookie baking to a minimum and wait for my sister Chris to bring the cookies over but I guess the “cookie fairy” has been busy lately or forgotten us! Anyway, I now have a new recipe for her to try.  I flipped through a few cookbooks yesterday and came up with my own combination using what I had on hand.  These were chewy and moist and perfectly balanced.  I have to say the molasses were the perfect addition, just a hint of flavor to bring out the best in these cookies.

Oatmeal cookies

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Cream together shortening and sugar, add egg beating well.  Mix in molasses and vanilla.  In separate bowl mix together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Gradually add to creamed mixture.  Stir in raisins and drop by the spoonful onto baking sheets.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Broccoli Salad ~ broccoli, raisins, bacon and cheese!

This broccoli salad is one of my favorite salads.  I vary the dressing depending on my mood but it always has mayo, vinegar, and sugar to start.  This trio is perfect for salads, dressings, and dips ~ in fact it is the key to our slaw dressing.

Broccoli Salad

  • 8 o.z. broccoli florets
  • 1 o.z. shredded cheddar
  • 1/8 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/8 sugar
  • 2 strips bacon ~ cooked and cut into thin strips or crumbled

In small bowl combine mayo, vinegar, and sugar ~ you can vary the vinegar to your taste; rice wine is very mild (keep in mind a red or dark vinegar will discolor your salad ~ cider vinegar is a nice choice too).  Trim broccoli to bite size pieces add cheddar and raisins.  Pour dressings over top and stir in bacon; refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly