The weekend before Thanksgiving

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The last day of school was Friday and now the kids have a week long break. This makes them happy and also brings me great joy as well. A menu has been posted, clean up jobs listed and the traditional family photo is scheduled.

Everyone will trickle into town over the next few days and guests will be divided between the newlyweds home and my house.

A competition over who has the best white elephant gift will inevitably continue from last year and a trophy that was fashioned for only one winner will be held in the highest regard! Meanwhile I will fawn over grandbabies, take the family picture and try to keep things on track in a loose but firm fashion. In other words, I am ready!

This weekend I made chocolate zucchini bread/cake and it was delicious! Moist, rich and decadent are the words I would use to best describe this cake. I am thinking of ways to change it so it is healthier and when I do, you will be the first to know!

Fattima and Ben popped over to share our special  Cougar gold cheese from Ferdinands on the W.S.U. campus. She made cheesies and I made chicken strips. https://lynzrealcooking.com/recipes-2/appetizers/cheesies/

After getting a few groceries I had the pleasure of being waited on by my gorgeous daughter. What could be better? She also made peppermint bark which turned out well.

More decorations were placed around the house and finally I just threw up my hands and announced that is was time for Christmas!img_0998-1

 

Cheesies

This wonderful pastry filled with cheese has been a favorite in our family for as long as I can remember. A family friend, Bev who is also an innovative and fantastic home cook, passed on this recipe for Cheesies. These pastries are simple but amazingly delicious!

Ingredients for pastry

2 1/2 level cups flour

1 cup butter softened but not melted

1– 8 ounce package cream cheese

Filling

2 cups grated cheddar cheese-this is approximate and depends on how cheesy you want them.

2 cups feta cheese

Directions

Mix cream cheese and butter very well, add flour and continue to mix. Dough should be a smooth ball at this point. Place in plastic bag and refrigerate for an hour.

Take dough out of refrigerator and divide into four equal balls.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Roll each ball one at a time. Sprinkle with cheddar or feta cheese.

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Roll up and push ends in to seal.

With a knife make small marks in dough where it will be cut.

Place on a baking sheet.

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Bake for 30 minutes or until brown on the top and bottom. Slice and serve.

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