Taking A Winter Break

Taking A Winter Break

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It doesn’t get much better than this.  A week with two of the greatest friends and scenery to die for.  Sunsets that glow, snorkeling with yellow, turquoise, neon blue, and red fish.  Beaches that go on forever.  And the best part was, it was during the winter in Boise. Great escape.

Here’s to Good Friends!

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Ice Sculptures

Ice Sculptures

McCall Idaho, just north of Boise, is located on  Payette Lake.  It is surrounded by mountains, rivers, lakes, and trees.  In the summer time, it is rich in lush trees, beautiful flowers, mushrooms and plenty of out door activities.  But in Winter, it comes alive with beautiful white snow.  It boast 3 ski resorts, ice fishing, tubing, snowmobiling, and snow shoeing.  But it is most known for its Winter Carnival and Ice Festival.  Visitors come from all over to view the spectacular ice sculptures and carnival activities over a 2 week period.  There is something for everyone, from the old to the young.  Next year, bundle up, bring the family, and enjoy all McCall has to offer.  Check out the chamber for details and pictures.



German Pancakes

German Pancakes


  • ½ cup of flour
  • ½ cup of milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • Dash of fresh nutmeg, grated
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Powdered sugar, sprinkled on, to taste
  • Fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • Fresh raspberries



1.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2.  In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, milk, beaten eggs, and grated nutmeg. Beat lightly, making sure to leave the batter a little bit lumpy. Melt the butter in an OVEN PROOF skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, pour the batter into the skillet and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the pancake is golden brown.
3.  Sprinkle the top with powered sugar and raspberries. Top with fresh lemon juice, to taste, or maple syrup if you prefer. Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy.


NOTE :  This is really easy ,and can be made without the lemon or with different fruits and sauces.
Savory Parmesan Bites

Savory Parmesan Bites


  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 2 cans (8 oz. each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley




HEAT oven to 350°F. BEAT cream cheese and 3/4 cup Parmesan with mixer until well blended. SEPARATE dough into 8 rectangles; seal seams. Spread with cream cheese mixture; top with peppers and parsley. Fold each rectangle lengthwise into thirds to enclose filling; cut into 4 squares. Place, seam-sides down, on baking sheet; top with remaining Parmesan. BAKE 13 to 15 min. or until golden brown.



Substitute 1 jar (12 oz.) roasted red peppers, drained and chopped, for the red peppers.
Substitute 1 jar (13-1/4 oz.) sliced mushrooms or 1 pkg. (3 oz.) pepperoni slices for the red peppers and parsley.


Kraft Foods
How to Craft Plastic Bags

How to Craft Plastic Bags

One of my grandson Landry is learning how to crochet. I try to use recyclable bags when I go to the grocery store.  But you can’t avoid an accumulation of plastic bags at the house.  So I found this YouTube video showing how to use the bags to make projects.  Great way to get rid of them, by making can koozies.  So Landry, here is a project you can do.  Love you Buddy.

Smoked Gouda and Spinach Rice Casserole

Smoked Gouda and Spinach Rice Casserole

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