Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Christmas Punch

This is really delicious! My brother gave me this recipe ( he's a recipe addict also!)..I've tried many punches and I can honestly say that this is the best Christmas punch I have ever tasted. My brother told me he borrowed this recipe from a "Southern Living" cookbook he got for a gift years ago ...If you take the time out to make this punch you will not be disappointed! :)

Christmas Punch

What you'll need :

Large Punch Bowl
Large Plastic Bowl (same size as the punch bowl)

2 cups sugar
6 cups water ( taste better with bottle water)
2 1/2 cups of orange juice
1/2 cups of pineapple juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 (10 oz) packages of frozen strawberries (thawed)

(sometimes you may only find 16 oz of strawberries, i've used two 16 0z packages before & it works out fine , just make sure you use at least 20 oz of frozen strawberries)

2 liter bottle of chilled 7-up or sprite ( it also taste great with Sierra Mist)

In the large pot ( the type of pot you might use for stew or soup) heat up 6 cups of water with sugar to a boil, make sure the sugar is dissolved,add strawberries,turn off heat (remember, your not cooking with the heat, just dissoving the sugar) add orange juice,pineapple juice & lemon juice & stir just to mix it up. When it's cooled down a bit pour into a large plastic bowl. Place in your freezer & let it freeze overnight. Remove from freezer 30 minutes before you serve it then grab an ice pick or a dull knife & knock big fist size chunks off & place the frozen chunks in the punch bowl. Then pour a two liter bottle of 7-up ( or sprite or sierra mist) over the punch ice chunks in the punch bowl ( you should be able to empty the whole bottle of soda into the punch bowl without over flowing it) Stir the punch up gently just to make it a bit slushy then serve.

Sunday, December 03, 2006
Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
This is a recipe I make every year for Christmas dinner.. My stepmom has made this every year for Christmas for ages and I loved it soooo much that I asked her for the recipe years ago..But since then I've changed the "sour cream" to "cream cheese" because it makes this dish extra creamy and taste a bit better .. I usually serve this with smoked Christmas ham . If you make it and have a lot of guest over for dinner make sure you double this recipe because it goes fast ! This is a delicious casserole :)

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

20 oz. package frozen hashbrowns (shredded or cubed)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
8 oz. cream cheese - softened
1/4 c. milk
chopped onion to taste (if desired)
2 c. corn flake crumbs (optional )

Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Mix soup, cheddar cheese, cream cheese and milk (onion if desired) in bowl until creamy.
You can add more milk if it seems thick.
Fold potatoes into cheese mixture.
Pour potato mixture into a greased baking dish.

(optional )Sprinkle corn flake crumbs over top.
Bake 45-50 minutes.