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Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Cool Treat this Summer – Halo-halo

Summer is already here and you know what that means – tan, beach, and no classes (fortunately for kids). But there is still an important thing about summer why we really long for it, and that’s summer desserts. And of course, what’s on top of our list? That’s none other than our favorite Philippine food – Halo-halo.
Ever since I was a kid, Halo-halo has already been my favorite summer treat (actually not just summer, almost the whole year!). The sweet taste of its ingredients topped with creamy, ice cream or leche flan just makes everyone seeing it crave for it. So, what’s with this halo-halo that makes us Filipinos love it? Let’s start from the top – Ice cream. We all know that ice cream alone is already a wonderful treat during summer, and combining it with many other sweet ingredients and (of course) a lot of ice, who would not love it right? The next cool thing about halo-halo is the combination of many wonderful fruits and other ingredients inside. There’s red beans, garbanzos, kaong, macapuno, langka, gulaman, sago, nata de coco, sweet potato, plantain caramelized in sugar, pinipig, and leche flan. Well, all of these ingredients in just one clear glass, who would say no to this? And one good thing about halo-halo is that there is no limit on what you want to add, as long as you think that it tastes good, go, add it! Another great thing about halo-halo is the ice. Halo-halo is known for having many shaved ice that adds to the excitement of eating it. Ice cream, many delicious ingredient, all covered with ice, who could say no to this cool summer treat? So, now that we know what makes halo-halo a Filipino favorite, why don’t we try to do one? The good thing about this is that you don’t have to exert much just for you to experience the fun of eating halo-halo. So, how do we prepare our favorite halo-halo?
Halo-halo, as what its name mean is all about mixing different ingredients that all-in-all makes a good tasting dessert. So, basically, these are your ingredients 1 ripe large banana, 2 ripe mangoes or 1 cup canned ripe mango, 1 cup firm gelatin set into gel and cut into 1/2-inch cubes, 1 cup canned ripe jackfruit, 1/2 cup sweet corn or chick peas (garbanzos), 1 cup young shredded coconut, fresh or canned, 1 cup cooked sweet yams or (ube halaya) glutinous purple yam,  cut into 1-inch cubes, 2 cup shaved ice, 2 cup milk, 4 scoops of favorite ice cream, 1/2 cup chopped peanuts or rice crispies, and if available leche flan. So, here’s how it’s done, first, peel the mangoes and slice its meat in ½ inch cubes, discard the seed. Now, prepare tall glasses from where your halo-halo will be put, and divide the ingredients into equal parts, depending on how many tall glasses you’ve prepared. In each glass, place ¼ of each ingredient. Add the ingredients layer by layer. You can now top this with ½ cup of shaved ice. Pour milk of ¼ cup on top of the shaved ice. Then put Ice cream on top and leche flan or ube. And that’s how you do your very own halo-halo.
This halo-halo is truly one of our original Filipino recipes that  all of us love. So, why not try to prepare some for your family this summer! Enjoy eating!

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Washington DC New Years Eve Sweet Treats

This article will give you ideas for sweet treats and confections to make for your Washington DC New Years Eve party. Cakes, cupcakes, and cookies are fool-proof snacks that will win your guests over. You can even let them create their own special cookies.

If you know anyone looking for things to do in Washington dc on new years eve, tell them to come to your house and bake with you. Start by making some cakes. If you do not think you can hand carve a cake into the shape you want, buy a shaped cake pan. You can make a 2012 shaped cake and decorate it with multi-colored confetti sprinkles, or you can make a big ball shaped cake (round on top) and decorate it to look like the ball in Times Square.

Use the leftover cake batter to make cupcakes. You can do huge cupcakes, regular size cupcakes, or even miniature cupcakes. You can lay the cupcakes out in the shape of the numbers 2012, and frost the cupcakes in each number with different colored icing (I.e.- blue 2, green 0, yellow 1, red 2). You can also use a fine point decorating tool to write out Happy Washington DC New Years Eve, putting one letter on each cupcake. Then, lay the cupcakes out on a platter so that people can read the words. Another idea for cupcakes is to decorate them like miniature ball drop balls.

A fun hands-on project for your new years eve in Washington dc party guests is cookie decorating. This is especially popular with the younger crowd. You can bake the cookies beforehand or at the party. Sugar cookies work best for this type of project. You can either provide your guests with store bought cake icing, or you can give them plain white icing and food coloring so they can create their own colors.

In conclusion, there are several creative ways to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for Washington DC New Years Eve. Unique colorfully decorated sweets are enjoyed by everyone, and your guests will appreciate the personal creative touch that you took time to put into the treats.

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How to Make Brownies From the Midwest – Cousin's Old Fashion and Chocolate Syrup Brownie Recipes

Whether you are looking for a treat for the family, taking dessert on a picnic or to a church function, or just about anything else, brownies are a versatile treat that almost everyone loves. This article has a variety of recipes to please everyone. From my late cousin Judy’s Favorite Brownies to a delicious Brown Sugar Brownie, these recipes are sure to please.  My cousin Judy died several years ago after battling breast cancer for years.  This was one of her favorite treats and I enjoy them very much.  Not only are they tasty, they remind me of her.  The Chocolate Syrup Brownies are also an old recipe from the midwest.

This was my late cousin, Judy’s, recipe for brownies. They are very good.

3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup oil*, divided
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
chopped nuts**, optional

Stir cocoa and baking soda together in a mixing bowl. Blend in 1/3 cup of the oil. Add the boiling water and stir until thickened. Stir in sugar, eggs, and the remaining third cup of oil. Stir until smooth. Add the flour, vanilla and salt. Pour into a lightly greased 13 x 9 x2-inch baking pan or 2 8-inch square pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes for oblong pan or 30-32 minutes for square pans. Cool. Frost with your favorite chocolate frosting, if desired.

*To update this recipe, use canola oil for its’ health benefits.
**In Southern Indiana we often used hickory nuts. Pecans are a good substitution. Or use your favorite nuts.


1/2 cup oleo
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup + 1 tbsp flour
1 can chocolate syrup
1/2 cup chopped nuts, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream oleo and sugar together well. Add eggs and stir. Add vanilla. Stir in flour and add chocolate syrup and mix well. Add nuts if desired. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees in a greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 3/4-inch pan. Serves approximately 28.

6 tbsp oleo
6 tbsp milk
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Melt oleo in a 1-quart saucepan, add milk and sugar. Stir well and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until melted.

Note: Oleo is margarine.  I prefer using butter as it is my belief that our bodies are better suited to natural foods rather than man-made.  The option is yours.


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Born and raised in Southern Indiana and a vintage recipe collector, Linda enjoys sharing her collection of old fashion recipes on her blog at http://grandmasvintagerecipes.blogspot.com  She shares diabetic information and recipes at http://diabeticenjoyingfood.blogspot.com


How to Make Delicious Cakes From a Mix – Easy Fruit Cocktail Confetti, Chocolate Chip and Tasty Coffee

Homemade cakes are always special and a great way to show family and friends how much you care.  Here are some “different” recipes to help you make some very special cakes that will be different.  Choices are an Easy Fruit Cocktail Confetti Cake that starts with a boxed lemon cake mix, the Chocolate Chip Cake also uses a boxed mix, this time the mix is Devil’s Food. 

1 box lemon cake mix
3 eggs
1 can (17-oz) fruit cocktail

Preheat 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a 10-inch tube pan; set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, combine cake mix, undrained fruit cocktail, and the eggs; beat as the cake mix package directs. Turn the batter into the prepared tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until cake is done. Cool for 20 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan to the wire rack and completely cool. Frost with your favorite frosting.

1 reg size pkg Devil’s Food cake mix
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups water
1 pkg (4-serving size) instant chocolate pudding
1 pkg (6-oz) chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the canola oil into a 13 X 9-inch pan. Tilt pan until the bottom is covered with the oil. Put the rest of the ingredients into the pan and stir with a fork until blended, about two minutes. Scrape sides and spread the batter evenly in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Sprinkle the cooled cake with powdered sugar. Run a knife around the edges of the pan to loosen cake and serve directly from the pan.

1 box yellow cake mix
1/4 cup brewed coffee
1 tsp vanilla

Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions, using coffee as a replacement for part of the liquid. Add the vanilla. Bake cake according to the package directions. Cool completely and ice with the following icing.


3 tbsp butter
1 square (1-oz) unsweetened baking chocolate
1/2 lb powdered sugar
brewed coffee
1 tsp vanilla

Brown the butter in a saucepan; add the chocolate and stir until completely melted. Pour chocolate mixture over the powdered sugar and mix, adding enough brewed coffee until of spreading consistency. Stir in the vanilla.  Use to ice the above cake.


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You will find a large selection of “sweet” recipes on my blog at http://ladybugssweettreats.blogspot.com  or find my diabeticrecipes at http://diabeticenjoyingfood.blogspot.com

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