Katie says

A classic!  What more is there to say?


  • 4 parts Vodka
  • 2 parts Cranberry juice
  • 2 parts Triple sec
  • 1 part lime juice  (we use Rose’s sweetened lime; some people use real lime juice)


  1. Pour each ingredient over ice in a shaker
  2. Strain into a martini glass
  3. Enjoy!
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Pasta, Pesto and Feta Toss

Katie Says

This is good warm or cold!  I wasn’t always a pesto fan, but this is delicious

Makes 6-8 good-size servings.  This is delicious as both a hot meal and a cold salad. It makes a lot.


  • 1 (16 ounces) package farfalle pasta (bow tie pasta)
  • 1 (8 ounces) package feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 (7 ounces) package basil pesto   
  • 1 (7 ounces) jar roasted red peppers, drained, finely chopped


  1. Cook pasta as directed and drain
  2. Toss remaining ingredients with hot pasta
  3. Serve hot or cover and refrigerate to serve cold
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Pasta, Bean and Pepper Salad Balsamico


Great when freshly made, but is delicious chilled.  It keeps well too!


  • 12 oz. Medium pasta (bow ties, penne, etc.)
  • 2 cans 15 oz beans (Navy or Great Northern or other)
  • 1 green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Optional
    • 1 small cucumber, diced
    • 1 tomato, diced


  1. Cook pasta as directed on box
  2. Drain and rinse beans
  3. When pasta is finished, drain and rinse with cool water.  Drain well
  4. Toss pasta with beans, peppers and onion (and cucumber)
  5. In a small bowl, mix dressing, vinegar and oregano
  6. Pour over pasta mixture and toss to mix.
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Easy Baked Beans


Everybody loves these, and they are so easy!)

Serves 6-8


  • Bacon, cut in 1-inch pieces  6 slices
  • Reserved bacon drippings   2 tablespoons
  • Chopped onion    ½ cup
  • Baked beans in brown-sugar sauce  2 (16-18 oz.) cans/jars
  • Packed brown sugar   ¼ cup
  • Barbecue sauce    ¼ cup
  • Worcestershire sauce   2 tablespoons
  • Prepared mustard    1 teaspoon


  1. Do not preheat oven. 
  2. In a skillet, cook bacon over Medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes or until crisp, stirring often. 
  3. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. 
  4. Reserve the 2 tablespoons of drippings in skillet. 
  5. Add onion; cook over Medium-high heat for 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. 
  6. In a 2-quart casserole dish, combine bacon, onion, beans, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce and mustard; mix well. 
  7. Bake, uncovered in a a 350F oven for time in cahr5 above or until heated through.
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Peach Margarita


  • 1 ¼ oz Tequila
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 ½ oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz. Simple syrup* or sweet and sour mix
  • 1 peeled, pitted and sliced fresh peach or ¾ cup partially frozen peach slices
  • 2 cups cracked ice


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth.

*To make simple syrup: Heat equal parts sugar and water to the boilinINg point. When the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and let cool. Keep in a capped bottle, refrigerated.

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Grandma’s Banana Nut Squares

Katie Says:

This is my grandmother’s recipe for this family treat she would always make when she visited us.  Even today, when I am making it or smell it baking, I think of gramma!


  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ (up to 1 full) cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (approx. 3)
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk or Rum
  • 1 teaspoon Almond or Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts or Pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease, then flour a 13” x  9” pan, set aside
  3. Cream butter and sugar together
  4. Add eggs and sour cream
  5. Sift dry ingredients together
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture
  7. lend in the mashed bananas, milk and extract
  8. Stir in nuts
  9. Pour into prepared pan
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes
  11. When cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar
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Enjoy the western mac recipe…it is a family favorite!!

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Western Mac


  • 1 box of macaroni and cheese
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 medium or large onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of corn, drained


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare macaroni & cheese per the directions on the box.
  3. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef with the onion, and bell pepper if used, in a large skillet.
  4. When the meat is almost cooked, stir in the garlic.  Continue to stir.
  5. When the meat is cooked, you can drain the oil from the skillet if desired.
  6. Add the tomato paste and approximately ½ to ¾ cup of water.  Stir until well mixed.  It should be thick when stirred and heated through.
  7. Add the prepared macaroni & cheese, stir gently.
  8. Pour all into a 2.5 -qt casserole dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbly and heated through. 


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