Picnics, Recipes

Retro Recipe: Dream Whip Pie

I may have mentioned before how I’m not really good in the kitchen.  I really try and I always have wonderful intentions of making something perfect and yummy and something that looks like Julia Child made it.  The vision I have in my head is this:

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Unfortunately more often than not this is the reality:

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However, my 14 year old daughter has recently started showing an interest in cooking and baking and has even started watching the Food Network like crazy! Since I am her mom I figure the responsibility of teaching her how to cook falls to me.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE spending time with her and making memories.  It’s just difficult when I am trying to teach myself at the same time I am teaching her.

We recently stumbled upon my husband’s grandmother’s cookbook.  I absolutely adore it and love paging through and looking at all the recipes, poems, information, quotes, and more that she has written in there!

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So my daughter and I set out to pick one recipe and make it today.  We decided upon Dream Whip Pie.  The Ingredients are as follows:

  • 2 envelopes Dream Whip
  • 2 3/4 cups cold milk, divided (1 cup with dream whip, 1 3/4 cup when adding Danish Junket Dessert)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 package Danish Junket Raspberry Flavor
  • 20 graham crackers crushed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Fresh Raspberries

After reading the ingredients I figured it was sort of like a modern day Cool Whip Pie! Super easy to start out with. 🙂

Helping me with this baking journey is my lovely daughter, Linnea. Oh! And that’s our dog Spot.  He’s 16 years old and still kickin’!  He doesn’t help much with the cooking but he sure does like to catch anything the drops on the floor!

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First, we had to see if stores even still sold Junket Danish Dessert or Dream Whip for that matter.  To my dismay the local Woodman’s grocery store had both of them. Being a modern type mom I decided to buy the already crushed graham crackers rather than crush them all myself.  I mean seriously, I don’t want to work myself too hard!

Next I went to the next page of the recipe book and to my disbelief there were no directions!  Ok, we can do this…I think.

First we put the 2 packages of dream whip in the mixer with the milk. And I made my first mistake!  I put all 2 3/4 cups milk in with the dream whip – you are only supposed to put 1 cup.  Sigh.

Good thing I know myself and know I am bound to make a mistake of some kind…so I bought Cool Whip while we were shopping…you know…just in case!

So, I dump out the ruined mixture, put in the cool whip, add some vanilla, add the Junket Danish Dessert Mix (which is just a powdered jello like substance), and the correct amount of milk.  Mixed it all up on high for 2 minutes and stuck in the fridge to chill for 1 hour.

Next we made our graham cracker crust. Crushed graham crackers, 1/3 cup butter, melted and 3 Tbsp of sugar.  Mix that all up and put it into a pie plate.  Set that in the fridge to chill.

So far so good!  The finished product turned out Ok.  We topped it with fresh raspberries!

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While I wouldn’t necessarily call this an overwhelming success cooking wise, my daughter and I had fun and laughed and made some wonderful memories!  Thanks to my husband’s grandmother! 🙂

Until Next Time,

Kathie

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Barbecues, Entertaining, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Picnics

10 Must See Outdoor Dining Tips

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10 Outdoor Dining Tips You Must Know About

Dining outdoors is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather in the summer months and lends itself to entertaining at home in a very casual and relaxed way.

Having said that, some planning is needed to provide your guests with a comfortable dining experience.

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1.  Comfortable Seating

I have to confess – I really hate going somewhere and not having a comfortable place to sit. If I’m not comfortable, I can’t relax, and if I can’t relax I won’t be having a good time.  Gosh that sounds grumpy doesn’t it?  Must be my age!

Having nice thick cushions on your patio furniture can make for a warm and inviting and comfortable space for your guests. And you can change up your look on the patio by using different cushions for different occasions.

I love these Pillow Perfect Outdoor Cushions on Amazon.  The colors are cool and pretty and remind me of the beach (which by the way I don’t get to visit often enough).

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2. Placement of the Grill

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You need to place the grill close enough to the dining area so you grill master is away from the festivities but not too close so your guests aren’t bothered by the smoke.  Always place your grill upwind from where you guests will be gathering.

3.  Skip the Tablecloth

If the day is breezy (which we all love the breeze when it hot out) it can cause havoc on your table settings and tablecloths.  Keep things casual and skip the table coverings.  Or if you like having something on your table to pretty things up a bit us a table runner and place your center pieces on top.  This beachy stripe outdoor table runner from Design Imports is pretty and will brighten up any patio table.  It’s machine washable too!

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4. Stock a Bar Cart with All Your Drink Essentials

Having enough beverages is important to keep your guests happy and tipsy! Wait, I meant to say hydrated…yes, that’s it…hydrated.

Anyway, you want to make it easy for your guests to grab drinks or play bar tender if they like.  You can read my post about the 7 must haves for your bar cart to get an idea of what to include.

Using a bar cart makes it easy to roll it back to the house for restocking too.  Something similar to the Bennet Outdoor Wicker Bar Cart is elegant and casual at the same time.

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5. Let Guests Know the Grilling Preference of The Entree

Let me just say here and now that I am a well done steak girl.  Any pink and I run for the hills.  So knowing which items are medium rare or well done is a big thing with me.  Meat grilling temperature markers take the guess work out of choosing which burger will suit your guests tastes.  These cute little markers will get the job done and will stop guests like me from running and screaming if they happen to choose the medium rare steak.

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6. Lighting

Make sure you have enough lighting if your picnic lasts until dark.  Citronella candles help with the lighting and also keep the mosquitoes away.

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7. Yard Games

It’s important to have yard games ready to go if you are going to have kids in attendance. Oh hell, let’s be honest.  At all the picnics I attend the adults are the ones out there playing the lawn darts and other games.  All the while the kids are begging for their turn. Having plenty of games should keep the kids (and adults) entertained.

8. Caddy Sets are a life saver!

Having plenty of condiments available to your guests will allow everyone to pile their burgers with all their favorite toppings.  DEI has the cutest Picnic Table Shaped Condiement Set I’ve ever seen.  It’s super cute and affordable enough to pick up more than one so you can scatter them around the patio.

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Don’t forget about the silverware.  Having the silverware in an easy to reach spot is necessary or you will spend your day running back and forth from the kitchen to fetch more for those guests who are a bit more clumsy.  Plastic cups can be used to hold your forks, spoons, and knives.  Or you can get a bit more decorative and use this Galvanized Metal Bucket Tray Set for your flatware.

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9. Keep Your Centerpieces simple

Pretty wildflowers in clear vases will add a touch of soft fragrance and casual elegance to your table.

10.  Have Fun!

Now that all the planning is done, sit back and relax.  Enjoy yourself.  Enjoy your guests. Sip your favorite cocktail and make some memories and laugh…always laugh.  It’s the key to being happy!

What are your favorite outdoor party planning tips?  Let me know in the comments!

Until Next Time,

Kathie

 

 

 

 

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10 Unique and Tasty Side Dishes That Will Wow Everyone this Memorial Day

10 Side Dishes That Will Wow Everyone this Memorial Day

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It’s that time of year again.  School is ending for summer break, the weather is getting warmer, and Memorial Day is right around the corner.  All of this means picnics, barbecues, and bonfires are on everyone’s schedules.  Let the fun times begin!

Then the next question is what should I bring to Aunt Sue’s annual Memorial Day picnic?

Don’t worry!  We have you covered.  We’ve looked high and low and found some fabulous and tasty and unique side dish recipes that will have everyone raving about your culinary genius!

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1.  Broccoli Salad – by The Girl Who Ate Everything

I recently made this for a church dinner and it was gone within minutes!  I used sunflower seeds for the almonds and added in some cheddar cheese.  The dressing is delicious and easy to make too.

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Broccoli Salad – by The Girl Who Ate Everything Blog

2.  Deli Pasta Salad – by Kraft

This recipe is so easy to make and is always a big hit at picnics.  It’s been my go to recipe for years.

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Deli Pasta Salad – by Kraft

3. Fresh Fruit Salad – by Tastes Better From Scratch

Fruit salad is a perfect dish to take to your next picnic or barbecue.  It’s sweet, delicious and offers something a little healthier for those guests who are watching their calories!

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Fresh Fruit Salad – by Tastes Better From Scratch

 

4. Caramel Apple Salad – by SkinnyPoints

The caramel apple salad has been a favorite of mine forever!  It’s super easy to make, healthy and it tastes yummy.  What more could you ask for?

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Caramel Apple Salad – by SkinnyPoints

5. Cowboy Cornbread Trifle – by 52 Way to Cook

I had the fortune of eating this recently at a fundraising dinner I attended.  It was so good! And you can make it the day ahead so you aren’t rushing around on the day of your event.  As a matter of fact it tastes better after all the flavors have a chance to sit and marinate together.

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Cowboy Cornbread Trifle – by 52 Ways to Cook

 

6.  Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad – by The Creative Bite

This is definitely going on my list of dishes to make.  It looks delicious and is super quick and easy to make.

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Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad – by The Creative Bite

 

7.  Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad – by Cakes Cottage

Oh my!  This looks absolutely delightful.  What a perfect dish to serve on a hot summer day.  So fresh and cool it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad – by Cakes Cottage

 

8. BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad – from Spicy Southern Kitchen

This unique pasta salad will feed the whole neighborhood and won’t take you hours to prepare.  It’s on my must try list!

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BBQ Ranch Pasta Salad – from Spicy Southern Kitchen

 

9. Old Fashioned Potato Salad – by Love Bakes Good Cakes

Oh potato salad how I love thee!  This recipe is just like the one my mom makes.  I always ask her to make it when I am home visiting.  Maybe it’s the love she puts in it when she is making it, but this simple, easy to make recipe is my favorite!

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Old Fashioned Potato Salad – by Love Bakes Good Cakes

 

10.  Tequila Lime Coleslaw with Cilantro – by The Chunky Chef

Nothing is better than the cold, crisp crunch of coleslaw!  This recipe sounds delicious and is one I will be making very soon.

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Tequila Lime Coleslaw with Cilantro – by The Chunky Chef

 

Let me know which one of these recipes you love the most or which one you just can’t wait to try.

Until Next Time,

Kathie