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German Potato Salad Recipe

A little switch for me with German Potato Salad! 
One of my favorite side dishes!

This has been my go to recipe since I was 11 years old and learned how to cook. I found it in a newspaper clipping back
1968. I can't believe how many years have gone by and this recipe never fails me. The perfect compliment of flavors with any meal.

German Potato Salad Recipe

1 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
6 strips crispy bacon crumbled reserve the grease
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dill
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
6 cups sliced potatoes cooked in salt water and drained set aside
2 hard boiled eggs chopped
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons freshly chopped Italian parsley

Optional: 2 tablespoon finely minced onion or chive mix that in the egg step)

Cook the bacon until crispy (reserving the grease in the pan) set aside the bacon in dish crumbled.
Boil eggs, peel, chop them set aside. Boil sliced potatoes drain and set aside.

In the reserved pan with bacon grease. Add the butter. Stir in the flour, sugar, pepper, salt, dill, celery seed, garlic, vinegar stirring till blended together, pour in the water. Cook and stir until it thickens. Around 1 minute. Add the chopped eggs, parsley and stir. Pour over the sliced cooked potatoes, top with crumbled bacon. Serve hot. 

Best Clay Dough Ornament Recipe

This is the best clay dough to make ornament and shapes I ever made. Nothing like the salt dough this looks so much better! Hardens perfectly.

I can't begin to tell you the ease of this recipe and the fun memories we made together. This clay dough is the best to work with for any projects with the kids.

When I was a little girl we made salt dough. I promise you this is better than that. This is the best clay dough I ever made to make ornaments. The  clay dough bakes smoother and perfect for molding and using a craved rolling pin or cookie cutters! Fast, easy fun project for the kids. 

Our grandson Antonio had such a good time making all kinds of animal shapes, pumpkins, trees, the list goes on and on. It kept him busy for hours and he really got quite creative.
This was my first project with him,
he is 3 years old. 

 If it'starts to get a little dry just add a few drops of water and it's all soft and perfect to play with again! If it sticky use more corn starch.

Great job Antonio! Grandma loves you!

Best Clay Dough Ornament Recipe EVER

3/4 cup water
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda

You will also need:

Food coloring
paring knife
cookie cutters any shapes for animals, holiday etc.
parchment paper
baking sheet
small round straws

Optional:  fancy ribbon to match the theme for hanging, paints and paint brushes, glitter glue, buttons, hot glue gun. (Found at craft stores)

Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

Place water, cornstarch and baking soda in a small saucepan.  Boil until dough forms it gets thick fast! About 1 minute stirring until it holds together.

Remove from heat place on a kneading board, cool a few minutes until easy for you to handle. 

Keep it covered with a wet towel. If too sticky add more cornstarch starts to dry out add water to your hands.

Separate into two balls while still warm, if using  colored dough. You can leave this white and paint them later.  Add food coloring of choice and knead into each ball. 

We made some for pumpkins with red and yellow food coloring added to the dough, then the other ball is green for Christmas trees.

Roll out dough, cut into shapes, score with lines with a paring knife on the pumpkin. Make a hole with a straw for hanging the ornaments later.

Bake at at 175 degree oven for around an hour or until all the wet spots on the piece you bake is gone. Cool completely then place pretty ribbon in the hole for hanging. Have fun, get creative. Paint them after they are cooled. Use your imagination.  Make memories that last a life time! Enjoy!!

Italian Beef and Bean Soup Recipe

Italian beef and bean soup really hits the spot on a chilly day!

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Try some warm apple cider for a warm up
with this delicious soup!
 Don't forget to add long shredded Romano cheese to sprinkle on top!
 Italian Beef and Bean Soup Recipe

1 pound of cubed beef ( I use sirloin, stew meat, chuck or other steak meat cut into cubes)
28 ounce can of petite tomatoes or 6 plum tomatoes chopped fine
1 cup green beans
3 cups navy beans
4 cloves minced garlic
olive oil
8 cups of water
1 teaspoon each oregano, basil, granulated garlic,
1 cup sliced carrots
1 stalk finely diced celery
Optional: red pepper flakes
1 cup cooked macaroni / pastine of choice to package instructions ( I used Orzo)

In a large soup pot, saute 3 tablespoons olive oil with minced garlic, add the meat. Keep stirring until all the pink is gone. Add the tomatoes, beans, vegetables and any other ingredients you like. Stir in the water and seasonings. Simmer around an hour or until the soup is around 2 inches lower from the top.
Cook macaroni of choice, add to the soup. Serve with shredded Romano cheese and red pepper if using.