Summer Cucumber Salad Recipe

Tales from the Scales has the shout out for low-fat summer snacking. This is one of my favorite salads…I found the recipe online so long ago I have no idea who to give the credit to!

Thai Cucumber Salad

2 medium cucumbers, peeled and seeded
1 small red onion, minced
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
1 small Thai red chile (or serrano), seeded and minced (optional)
salt, to taste

Chop the cucumbers into aproximately 1/2-inch pieces. Combine with the remaining ingredients in a bowl and salt to taste. Let marinate in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.

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Calling All Desserts – it’s Round-Up Time!

I have had such a hectic week that tonight as I was getting ready for bed, I realized what day it is – and you probably thought I forgot! But no…because today is the day for our Dessert Round up hosted by yours truly. Do you have a dessert recipe that you’d like to share? Or do you know of a website where you have seen someone else’s recipes you’d like to point us to? Feel free to do so – we aren’t that picky here. Just leave your name and a direct link to your blog entry on the Mr. Linky below. Be sure to leave a comment in the comments section below! And, if you don’t have a blog, but would still like to share a recipe, I’ll be happy to post it for you – just send me an email you will find on my profile page.
Here’s one of my favorite desserts that is a great treat for summer – light and fruity:
Note: this is a two day process – so be sure to start the day before you want to serve it!

Acine de Pepe Salad

1-3/8 c pineapple juice
2 T flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 t salt
1 c sugar
1 cup raw acine de pepe noodles
1 large tub cool whip
2 c miniature marshmallows
16 oz mandarin orange slices, drained
20 oz crushed pineapple, drained
20 oz pineapple tidbits, drained

DAY ONE:~Cook first five ingredients in double broiler until set.~Boil acine de pepe noodles as directed on package and mix with pineapple mixture above. Refrigerate OVERNIGHT.

DAY TWO:~Mix drained fruit with cool whip and marshmallows, add acine/pineapple mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.

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Circle Your Wagons and Save the Date…

The June Desserts Recipe Round Up is right around the corner!

The date is June 14th.

Just post your recipe on Mr. Linky on the day of the roundup. If you want to ensure your recipe gets included in the first draft but are concerned you will “forget”, you may add it in the comments here or email it to me at tallgirltexas at gmail dot com and I will do my best to get it on Mr. Linky. You may submit recipes that have already been posted, as long as they fit the category.

Feel free to send links to recipes you have seen on someone else’s blog as well – we are all about getting the goods back out to you, the people. Oh, and for those of us watching our weight – dessert doesn’t have to cause us unneccessary grief — feel free to submit your weight watchers and low-calorie/low-fat recipes too!

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Recipe Round Up!

Kim at Hiraeth is hosting this month’s Recipe Round Up and the call is out for all your yummy “Appetizers”.

Here is one of my most requested appetizer recipes. It originally came from “Taste of Home” magazine, but I have tweaked it a little over the years.

Sesame Chicken Bites

1/2 c dry bread crumbs
1/4 c sesame seeds
2 t minced fresh parsley
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 t onion powder
1 t ground mustard
1/4-1/2 t pepper
1 lb boneless skinless chicked breasts, cut into 1-in. cubes
vegetable oil

-In a large ziploc bag, combine first 3 ingredients and set aside.
-In a small bowl, combine mayo, onion powder, mustard, and pepper.
-Coat chicken in mayo mixture, then add to crumb mixture a few pieces at a time and shake to coat.
-In a large skillet, saute chicken in oil in batches until juices run clear (med/hi heat) Add oil as needed.

*Serve with honey-mustard sauce:
3/4 c mayo
1 1/2 t dijon mustard
4 1/2 t honey


I will be hosting June’s Recipe Round Up so I need all of you to get your favorite desserts ready! Stay tuned…more info coming on this soon!

UPDATED TO ADD: Contact me if you need the code for the button!

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How NOT to get invited to the next potluck…

Kitty Litter Cake

My kids loved this cake – quite tasty if you can get over the looks of it!


1 box spice or German chocolate cake mix

1 box of white cake mix

1 package white sandwich cookies

1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix

A few drops green food coloring

12 small Tootsie Rolls or equivalent


1 NEW cat-litter box

1 NEW cat-litter box liner

1 NEW pooper scooper

1) Prepare and bake cake mixes, according to directions, in any size pan. Prepare pudding and chill. Crumble cookies in small batches in blender or food processor. Add a few drops of green food coloring to 1 cup of cookie crumbs. Mix with a fork or shake in a jar. Set aside.

2) When cakes are at room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with half of the remaining cookie crumbs and enough pudding to make the mixture moist but not soggy. Place liner in litter box and pour in mixture.

3) Unwrap 3 Tootsie Rolls and heat in a microwave until soft and pliable. Shape The blunt ends into slightly curved points. Repeat with three more rolls. Bury the rolls decoratively in the cake mixture. Sprinkle remaining white cookie crumbs over the mixture, then scatter green crumbs lightly over top.

4) Heat 5 more Tootsie Rolls until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with crumbs from the “litter box”. Heat the remaining Tootsie Roll until pliable and hang it over the edge of the box. Place box on a sheet of newspaper and serve with scooper.


Homeschooling With Dad…

Conversation I overheard between my nine year old daughter and her dad this evening as he was helping her understand some mathematical principles:

Dad: “You’ve got 1 Freaky = 2 Deaky’s; and 1 Deaky = 3/4 Artsy’s; and 1 Artsy = 5 Fartsy’s. Convert 23 Freaky’s to ____ Fartsy’s”

Daughter: “Um…mom doesn’t do it that way…I don’t get it.”

Dad repeats earlier sentence.

Daughter: “So you want me to tell you how many Fartsy’s there are?”

Dad: “Yes. Figure out how many Fartsy’s you get when you convert 23 Freaky’s using the mathematical equation I have given you.”

Daughter: “Um…Okay…well…I guess there are going to be 46 Freaky’s, which would mean I have to multiply .75 Artsy’s…no…wait, I have to reduce here…okay, so I reduce down and then multiply by 5 Fartsy’s…would it be….let’s see (furiously scratching on paper with pencil)….12 Fartsy’s?”

I guess he speaks her language.

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