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February 19, 2014

Lots to do, weather permitting, as we enjoy the rest of winter

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Place pie filling in greased slow cooker. Combine dry cake mix and butter. Mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle over filling. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover and cook on low four hours or on high for two hours. Allow to cool, then serve in bowls with ice cream. Note: For a less rich, less sweet dessert, use on half the cake mix and only 1/4 c. melted butter.

Cherry Pecan Bars

2 c. flour

1//2 c. sugar

3/4 c. butter, cut in pieces

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 c. chopped pecans

1 10 oz. jar cherry preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, butter, salt and vanilla. Beat at low speed for one to two minutes; mixture will resemble small peas.

Combine nuts with 3/4 c. of mixture and set aside. Press remaining crumb mixture in a 9-inch square baking pan. Spread preserves over crumb mixture; sprinkle with nut mixture. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until mixture is browned and preserves are bubbly. Cool and cut into 36 squares.

Cherry Rhubarb Jam

4 c. fresh or frozen rhubarb

1 1/2 c. sugar

1 pkg. cherry gelatin

1 can cherry pie filling

1/8 tsp. almond extract

In a saucepan, combine the rhubarb and sugar; let stand for 1 1/2 hrs., stirring occasionally.

Bring to a boil; cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in pie filling and extract. Transfer to jars; cool, cover and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Makes five cups.

Have a nice week and enjoy George Washington’s birthday.

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