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Phyllis' Fixin's

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Correction for the tomato juice recipe from last week--Should be 1/4 tsp. paprika instead of 14 tsp.

Where has our summer gone? County fairs are over, Threshing Bee is over, and all of a sudden it's Labor Day and school starting. I thought today I'd pass along some after school snacks (or anytime snacks.)

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Apple Toast

1 T. butter

4 slices white or whole wheat bread

1 T. cinnamon

1 large apple, cored and thinly sliced

Set oven to Broil. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Place apple slices on buttered side of bread. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Place bread on a baking sheet. Place in the preheated oven until toasted, about 2 minutes.

Fruit Dip

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/2 C. sour cream

1 C. whipped topping

1/4 C. brown sugar

1/4 C. white sugar

1 T. maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, whipped topping, brown sugar, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Serve immediately or chill for later.

Tortilla Rollups

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

1 C. sour cream

1 pkg. dry fiesta-style ranch dressing mix

1 C. chunky salsa

1 1/2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese

10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, fiesta-style ranch dressing mix, salsa, and Cheddar cheese. Spread even amounts of the mixture onto the tortillas. Roll tortillas and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. To serve, slice the chilled, rolled tortillas into 3/4 inch slices and arrange on a large serving platter. Fun to make and eat.

Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Ice Pops

2 C. fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and sliced bananas, mixed

2 C. plain or vanilla yogurt

1/4 C. white sugar

8 small paper cups

8 popsicle sticks

Place the fruit, yogurt, and sugar into a blender. Cover, and blend until fruit is chunky or smooth, as desired. Fill paper cups 3/4 full with the mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil on each cup. Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.

A small boy was looking at the red ripe tomatoes growing in the farmer's garden. "I'll give you my two pennies for that tomato," said the boy, pointing to a beautiful large, ripe tomato hanging on the vine.

"No," said the farmer, "I get a dime for a tomato like that one." The small boy pointed to a smaller green one, "Will you take two pennies for that one?"

"Yes," replied the farmer, "I'll give you that one for two cents."

"OK," said the boy, sealing the deal by putting the coins in the farmer's hand. "I'll pick it up in about a week."

Have a good week, and cheer on our Vikings and Twins!

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