Sunday, July 5, 2015

What I Did To Celebrate Our Nation!

by Leann


The first thing I did to celebrate the 4th is watch an episode of  The Daily Show because, for my money, Jon Stewart tells the truth and never fails to make me laugh.

But then I got busy in the kitchen. I have had a hard time with the stamina it takes to cook maybe more than one thing in a day. But now that I have a few issues under control thanks to the neurologist, I managed to get VERY busy. First thing was a three bean pasta salad. I have been making  the same pasta salad for years and wanted a change. This recipe sounded healthy and I am pleased to say it tasted wonderful.
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Then I threw the ingredients in the bread machine, which takes all of 7 minutes. Forgot to take a
picture of the bread.
Fun times next. Dessert. Mix together 3packages of low fat cream cheese, 1.5 cups of sugar and 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla. Beat together well with electric mixer. Set aside. I beat a pint of heavy cream with a little bit of sugar but you cold substitute a large container of Cool Whip (Or chemicals as I call it). Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture  and spread over a graham cracker crust.
Top with you favorite pie filling and chill for at least 2 hours. YUM!!! No bake cheesecake!
Steak off the grill, homemade bread, pasta salad and a decadent dessert. Celebration!
What about you? How did you celebrate?
 

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could we have the recipe for the salad, please? Looks like it takes string beans which should be available at the farmers' market soon. And could you use Reddi-Whip which isn't made from chemicals? Did you find a safe place for Lynley to ride out the fireworks? Cordella

Lorraine Bartlett said...

To celebrate the 4th, we went out to lunch. I had a fried fish sandwich that came with in-house made potato chips. A bazillion calories, and worth every one of them. Going back to (Blah) green juice for breakfast this morning then the exercise DVD to work off yesterday's lunch. I have to try that dessert you made. It sounds great.

mary kennedy said...

Fabulous recipes, Leann, can't wait to try them! Nothing special here, I'm afraid. No fireworks in the neighborhood, so the kitties weren't freaking out.

Margie said...

Cannot wait to try your pie recipe!

Leann Sweeney said...

Hi Codella. Reddi-Whip (from a can?) probably would not hold together with the cream cheese mixture because it's so light. For the pasta salad I used a cup of uncooked macaroni and about 2 minutes before it's done, I added the green beans. I mixed this with a can of garbanzo bean and a can of kidney beans but I think you could use any kind. Snap peas would also be good instead of green beans. The dressing to mix with all that is 1/2 mayo (I am allergic to eggs so I used Vegenaise) and 1/4 cup of robust type Italian or vinaigrette dressing and 2 Tablespoons of fresh chopped dill. It is SO GOOD!

Leann Sweeney said...

Oops. Forget the other veggies--chopped bell pepper (I used red and yellow, but any would be fine) and about a 1/2 cup of sweet chopped onion. I think celery would be a good addition too.

Leann Sweeney said...

We went out to dinner on Friday night and had our bazillion calories! It's good to do that every once in awhile!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary! Lynley DID NOT LIKE the fireworks and he stayed very close.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Margie!

Lynn Delage said...

I had bbc pork for lunch with baked potato and minds beans. I had bbc chicken for supper with baked potato and baked beans. Made a cake for dessert. There were very few fireworks in the neighborhood so my dog want upset.

Leann Sweeney said...

Yum! You CANNOT go wrong with BBQ! We grilled a steak and it was so good.

servedogmom said...

Thanks for sharing the salad recipe. I was going to ask! We spent time entertaining our 5 year old granddaughter which is always delightful and the afternoon and evening trying to keep our dogs calm. They hate the heavy artillery that has been blown off close to us for days. Have you heard of the Spoon Theory? As an individual affected by SLE and a neurological disease, remembering the Spoon Theory is helpful. Joanne K

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the increased stamina, Leann! Your food celebration sounds yummy!