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12 graham crackers approx. 2 1/3 packs, roughly broken up
2/3 bag mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.
Fill an 8″ cast iron skillet* with layers of graham crackers, chocolate chips, and marshmallows.
Bake for 10-15mins or until marshmallows are golden (broil if desired).
Place pan over a campfire using a grate, or directly on a grill heated to high heat.

Cook for about 10 minutes until marshmallows are golden brown and begin to melt
Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

1 lb Frozen Blueberries
1lb Frozen Whole Strawberries
1 lb Frozen Cherries
1 bag Snickerdoodle cookie mix
1 can Sprite

In a sprayed 9×13, layer frozen berries. Sprinkle with cookie mix and top with
Bake at 350* until top is golden brown.
Serve warm, with or without ice cream or whipped cream.

1 cup sliced red onion, cut lengthwise
3 tablespoons lime juice
15 cups cubed watermelon
3 cups cubed English cucumber
1 (8 ounce) package feta cheese, crumbled
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
cracked black pepper, to taste
sea salt, to taste

Place red onion slices in a small bowl; pour over lime juice. Allow onions to marinate while
assembling the salad.
Gently combine watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese, and cilantro in a large bowl; season with
black pepper.
Toss watermelon salad with marinated onions and season with sea salt just before serving

1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
4 anchovy filets, rinsed and finely chopped (optional)
2 tbsp. capers, drained and chopped
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to cook the pasta
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more to serve
1 1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
1/4 c. whole milk
16 oz. uncooked medium shell pasta
3 c. diced, cooked chicken
3 c. sliced romaine lettuce (about 1 heart)
2 c. store-bought or homemade croutons
1 c. shaved parmesan, plus more to serve

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, anchovy filets (if using), capers, lemon juice,
mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper until well combined and smooth. Whisk in the
mayonnaise until well combined. Whisk in the grated parmesan and whole milk.
Cook the pasta for one minute longer than the package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water,
and let cool.
Place the cooled pasta in the large bowl with the dressing. Add the chicken, lettuce, croutons,
and shaved parmesan; folding to combine. Serve immediately with extra black pepper and shaved

1 cup couscous
Salt-about ½ tsp. for boiling water
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
8 asparagus spears cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup packed fresh spinach
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/3 cup feta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium sauce pan, bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add the salt. Stir in couscous. Cook until
tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, saute garlic in olive oil. Add in asparagus pieces. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
Stir in spinach. Cook until asparagus is tender and the spinach shrinks down.
Put the couscous in a medium bowl and add in the vegetables. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over
the orzo and vegetables. Stir. Season with salt and pepper. Taste-add more lemon juice if you
wish. The lemon I used was huge, so I only needed to use one lemon. If you need more juice, go
Sprinkle feta cheese over the top of the salad. Serve warm. (I also liked the salad cold.)

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
18 to 20 strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced crosswise
¼ cup crushed pistachios

Preheat oven to 400˚F.
Place cream cheese and honey into a mixing bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, about 1
Place puff pastry sheet onto a parchment lined baking sheet and spread honey whipped cream
cheese onto the surface, in an even layer.
Spread strawberries over the cream cheese, leaving a ½ inch border, in a single, even layer,
before stacking the remaining strawberries.
Fold in the ½ inch puff pastry border and place tart into the oven.
Bake tart for 18 to 22 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the strawberries have
Remove tart from oven and drizzle honey over the top. Sprinkle pistachios over the top.
Allow tart to cool, about 15 minutes before slicing and serving

1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved (or quartered depending on their size)
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup grated parmesan
1 Tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
7 large basil leaves, sliced thin
Balsamic reduction (store bought or homemade)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Then toss your tomatoes, minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of olive oil together in bowl. Season it
with salt and pepper to taste, then set it aside.
Next snap the ends off your asparagus and add them to a large bowl. Toss them with ¼ teaspoon
salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper and 1 tablespoon of olive oil and arrange them in a horizontal line
on your prepared baking sheet.
Sprinkle your parmesan cheese evenly over the asparagus and spoon your tomato mixture over
the top.
Place the pan in the oven and roast for 12-15 minutes (or until the asparagus and tomatoes are
Once done, sprinkle your sliced basil over the tomatoes and drizzle with your balsamic
reduction. (Alternatively, you can drizzle each individual serving with balsamic and not the
entire tray.) Serve immediately.

Ground Beef Mixture
1 1/2 pounds ground beef , (85/15)
1/2 yellow onion , finely chopped
1/4 cup hamburger pickles , chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Secret Sauce Recipe:
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
¼ c sweet relish
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1-2 tsp paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
To Assemble:
12 slider buns (not Hawaiian) Can use dinner rolls
2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded thin
12 dill hamburger pickle chips
1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
Additional sauce, optional

Brown your ground beef halfway, about 3-4 minutes, in your large skillet then add in the
chopped onions, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
Cook the beef until fully browned, about 3-4 minutes, then add in the chopped pickles and stir.
Mix the secret sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well.
Add 1 cup of the secret sauce to the pan, reserve the rest for your buns.
Cook 1 additional minute then serve on the slider bun (stacking order in notes below).
Stacking order from the bottom up:
Bun bottom
Secret Sauce
Bun Top

8 oz container Cool Whip thawed
½ cup sour cream
10 oz can mandarin oranges drained
15 oz can pineapple tidbits drained
16 oz jar maraschino cherries drained, patted dry, and cut in half
1 cup mini marshmallows multi-colored or regular
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

In a large bowl, fold together the Cool Whip and sour cream.
Fold in oranges, pineapple, cherries, marshmallows, and coconut.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.
Garnish the ambrosia salad with mini marshmallow, shredded coconut, and maraschino cherries
before serving (all optional, but they sure make the salad pretty!).
Serve and enjoy.

1 box fudge brownie mix
ingredients needed to bake brownies
1/2 cup chopped Andes mints
Cream Cheese Layer
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups Cool Whip
green food coloring, optional
1 1/2 cups chopped Andes mints
Pudding Layer
2 (3.9-ounce) boxes instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
3 cups cold milk

Make brownie batter according to directions on box. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped Andes mints.
Transfer batter to a greased 9×13-inch pan. Bake according to directions on box. Let cool.

In a large bowl, use a hand-held mixer to beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and peppermint
extract until smooth and creamy.
Stir in Cool Whip and a few drops of green food coloring.
Stir in chopped Andes mints. Spread mixture on top of brownie layer.
In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk until it is smooth and starting to thicken.
Pour over cream cheese layer. Cover and refrigerate until pudding is fully set.
Spread Cool Whip on top and sprinkle with chopped Andes mints just before serving.
(The mints will bleed into the Cool Whip and discolor it if you add them too far in advance.)