The following recipes are our family favorites when the weather becomes cold.
The dry mixes can be used as gifts, given in a canning jar with decorative lid or
a coffee cup filled with the mix.



Cranberry Tea
I use this for winter crowds,
like our annual cookie exchange
10 c tea (make 1 teabag = 2 c)
8 c cranberry juice (or cran-raspberry juice)
1- 1 ½ c sugar
3 sticks cinnamon
20 cloves
Heat 15 minutes
Cover. Let set overnight.
Remove teabags (so won’t be bitter)

Hot Apple Cider
Great for cold, winter days.
I keep it on the stove during the day,
Refrigerating at night.
64 oz Apple Cider
1 c lemon juice
1 c sugar
64 oz water
(Cloves/cinnamon sticks)
Heat to almost boiling.

Spiced Cranberry Cider
1-gallon apple cider or apple juice
3 qts cranberry juice
1 c lemon juice
3 cinnamon sticks
1 T ground ginger
1 T all spice
½ c brown sugar (optional)

Heat to boiling, reduce heat.
Simmer, uncovered 5 minutes.
Garnish with lime slices if desired.

Cucumber Limeade Punch
1 cucumber, sliced
1 frozen limeade concentrate (do not dilute)
1 2-liter clear soda pop (lemon-lime, sprite, 7-up, gingerale)

Add limeade concentrate and cucumber first then clear soda pop and ice.
Ice will dilute.


Hot Chocolate Mix
Nice to have during winter months.
Boys help themselves for their morning drink
6 oz Coffee Mate Creamer (dry)
1 lb 9 oz Powdered Milk
1 lb powdered sugar
2 lb Nestles Quick Chocolate
1 dash Cinnamon
Use 3 T heaping/cup of hot water.

Chai Tea Mix
I’ve compared pre-made mixes with this recipe,
Profit margin isn’t great.
Boys use it in the morning while they check animals.
Because of caffeine, I limit it to just older boys after 3 PM
3 ½ c nonfat dry milk powder
2 c sugar
2 c unsweetened instant tea
1 ½ c French vanilla nondairy creamer, powdered
1 ½ c nondairy creamer, powdered
1 ¼ c brown sugar, packed
2 ½ t cinnamon, ground
1 ½ t nutmeg, ground
1 ¼ t cloves, ground
1 t allspice, ground
1/4/ t white pepper
Blend in blender until powdery.
Store in airtight container, in cool dry place.
Use 3 T/cup of hot water. Add dash of milk.




Calico Beans
Green Bean Salad
Cranberry Tea
Hot Apple Cider
Hot Chocolate Mix
Chai Tea Mix
Spiced Cranberry Cider
Cucumber Limeade Punch
Zucchini Recipes
Zucchini Pie
Mexican Squash
Cheesy Squash
Stir Fry Zucchini
Zucchini Bread
Squash Boats
BBQ Squash
Squash Pickles
Thanksgiving Recipes
Turkey, falls off bone, juicy
Butterhorn Rolls
Frozen Cranberry Salad
Sweet Potato Crunch
Christmas Breads
Banana Bread
Cranberry Nut Bread
Glazed Lemon Bread
Pistachio Bread
Poppy Seed Bread
Zucchini Bread
Dill Pickle Soup
Potato and Hamburger Soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chicken Soup
Ham and Hash Brown Casserole
Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole
Main Meals
Mexican Spaghetti
Party Time
Dan’s Grilled Chicken
BBQ Meat Balls
Cowboy Caviar
Camping Tin Foil Recipes
Ham and Pineapple Sandwiches
Philly Beef and Cheese Sandwich Loaf
Chicken Mexican Style
Pizza Burritos
Omelets in a Bag
Campfire Cones
Bananas in a Boat
Campfire Popcorn
Ice Cream in a Bag
Snacks and Appetizers
Rosemary Nuts
Sugar Cookies
Poppy Seed Nut Slices
French Butter Wafers
Benne Cakes
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Dumpy Cake
Pineapple Cake
Making Mustards
Dijon-style Mustard
Spiced German Mustard
Need Soap
Gifts to Make
Bubble Bath
Body Wash
Shower Gel
Facial Scrubs
   Rosemary Mint Sugar and Salt
   Warm Vanilla
   Pepper and Mint
   Sugar and Olive Oil
   Brown Sugar

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