Chocolate Cupcakes

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1/2 cups egetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla


Apricot Walnut Squares

This is one of the best desserts I’ve ever made.  It is so good–but you can be the judge of that by making a batch.  As you can see from the picture of the ingredients in the slide show, you don’t need much.  You could also make this recipe using other kinds of pie filling:  strawberry, cherry, blueberry, whatever. 

1 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups apricot pie filling
(you can also use any pie filling from a 20 oz. can)

Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare baking dish by greasing it with either margarine or Pam.

Put flour and sugar into a bowl.  Add the butter (make sure it is softened)and mix with a fork until crumbly.  Add the chopped walnuts and mix.  The mixture will still be very crumbly.

Place 3/4 of the mixture into the baking dish.  Using the bottom of a glass, press the mixture down firmly into the baking dish.

Pour the apricot pie filling over the flour mixture and spread out to the edges of the pan.

Using the remainder of the flour mixture, sprinkle it over the apricots, allowing it to remain crumbly.

Bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes.  Make sure the middle of the apricots is bubbling before removing from oven. 

Let cool and cut into squares.


Chocolate Oat Squares

1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups oatmeal
1-1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups butter melted

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease 9 x 13 baking pan.
Mix flour, oats, brown sugar, soda and salt.
Pour melted butter over flour  mixture.
Spread mixture in bottom of pan and pat evenly.

Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

Frost with this chocolate ganache:

9 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons heavy cream

In top of double boiler set over simmering (not boiling water) melt chocolate.  Stir in heavy cream. Spread frosting over cooled oat mixture.

Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.


Apricot Bars

I just love apricots, but they are best in some kind of dessert.
Besides, I feel justified in eating them because they are loaded with Vitamin A.

1/2 cups butter
1 cup flour
1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Mix and place in a buttered 8×8 pan.
Bake at 350 until lightly browned.

Prepare the apricots by boiling  for 15 minutes, then draining and chopping.

2/3 cups dried apricots
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine these ingredients and place over the baked crust.
Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350.
Cut into squares when cool.

Potato Salad

This is really great potato salad. Plain, but it has all the right ingredients to make it delicious.

3 pounds red potatoes
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup green peppers
1 cup red peppers
1 bunch green onions
3 hard boiled eggs
1 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon mustard
Salt, Pepper and Paprika

Boil potatoes in a large pan. Make sure they are completely covered in water. They will need 45 minutes to 1 hour to become fully cooked.
While the potatoes are cooking, make the hard-boiled eggs so they are ready when you assemble the salad.
Chop the celery, peppers and onions.
When potatoes are fully cooked, drain and allow to cool, then peel. If you are using red potatoes, you can leave some of the skin on. It is decorative and edible.
Chop into small pieces and place in large bowl.
Add chopped celery, peppers, and onions.

Mix the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, and mustard.
Pour over the salad. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
Slice the eggs into very nice slices and place neatly on top of salad.
Sprinkle paprika to make a very pretty presentation.


Magic Meatballs

Okay, why are these magic? Because you use two crazy ingredients and then stand back and be amazed at how good they are. This is the easiest, by far, of any hors d’ouevres you could make for a party. So give them a try.

30 premade, precooked meatballs
1 bottle cocktail sauce
1 cup grape jelly
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Place the meatballs in a crockpot or large frying pan. If you use a frying pan, place a little oil in the bottom of the pan so the meatballs won’t stick.
Heat the meatballs through thoroughly by keeping the heat on medium. Stir occasionally so they don’t burn.
In a separate bowl, combine entire bottle of cocktail sauce and the 1 cup of grape jelly. Add the lemon juice and stir until well mixed.
Pour the cocktail sauce mixture over the meatballs. Turn the flame down to medium low and let simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally and make sure that all the meatballs are covered with the sauce.
Serve with toothpicks so people can eat them as an hors d’ouevres.