Cornbread Salad

Like cornbread? Here’s a another way to enjoy it.

1 c sugar
1½ c milk
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
½ c butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 c yellow cornmeal
1½ c flour

1 c Miracle Whip
2 c sour cream
1 pkg Ranch dressing mix

Salad Topping:
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
3 med tomatoes, chopped
1 c chopped onions
2 c shredded Cheddar cheese
1 c chopped green peppers

Cornbread: Mix all ingredients together and put in a greased 9×13-inch pan. Bake at 375º F for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool and cut into small cubes.
Dressing: Mix all ingredients together.
Directions: Using a large salad bowl, layer with some cornbread, dressing and salad toppings; repeat layers. Dish will be full. Cover and refrigerate. Good for 2 to 3 days.

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Your Body’s Use of Energy

I could have entitled this post as ‘Your Body’s Use of Calories’, as calories  are the energy that is burned in physical activity (calories out) or the energy consumed from from foods and beverages (calories in). Not everyone’s body uses the same amount of energy (calories) to do the same amount of work as metabolic rates vary between individuals.

Our need for energy never ceases. We may not be doing any work, but our body needs a constant supply of energy just to stay alive and function. How does our body use energy?

  • 60% is used for basal metabolism (our involuntary processes).
  • 30% is used for physical activity (our movements).
  • 10% is used for digestion of foods/beverages and the absorption of nutrients from those two sources of calories.

To maintain your weight, calories in must equal calories out.
For weight loss, calories in must be less than calories out. Cut back on calorie input and move more.
For weight gain, take in more calories than calories used but keep moving.

The above simple information may be to late for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas and New Years, it’s not!

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The Flustered Ventriloquist

A ventriloquist was hired to entertain at a nightclub and he began with a series of Trump jokes. After the third Trump joke, a man wearing a LOPA cap stood up and said, I’ve heard just about enough of your stupid Trump jokes. My Dad is the President and I’m not going to sit here and let you insult him.”

The flustered ventriloquist began to apologize, but the man with the cap yelled at him, “You stay out of this, mister. I’m talking to that little bastard on your knee!”

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Twice Baked Potato with Bacon Casserole

Here is a recipe for a baked potato casserole with bacon that will want to add to your recipe collection.

2 large baking potatoes
½ lb lean bacon
¾ c shredded mild Cheddar cheese
½ c sour cream
¼ c milk
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp dried chives
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
¾ c shredded mild Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400º F. Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish. Poke a few holes into each potato using a round toothpick. Bake potatoes in the preheated oven until fully cooked, about 1 hour. Cool for about 15 minutes. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon strips on paper toweling and crumble. Cut a thin slice from one side of each potato; carefully scoop out the flesh and transfer to a bowl. Discard skins. Mix 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese, sour cream, milk, butter, chives, salt, black pepper and garlic powder with the potatoes. Spread potato mixture into the prepared casserole dish; top with ¾ cup Cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. Bake in preheated oven until just bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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Close Call

A cattle buyer was scheduled to be out of town for several days but the deal fell through. That night, he and his wife went to to bed about 10:30 and the phone rang at midnight.

The cattle buyer rolled over and answered, “Hello?”  “What?” “How the hell should I know. I live in Omaha.”

He hung up and told his wife, who was doing her best not to appear nervous, “What an idiot. Damned fool wanted to know if the coast was clear!”

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How Many Books of the Bible Can You Find?

In the standard Protestant Bible there are 66 books, while the Roman Catholic Bible has 73 and the Eastern Orthodox Bible has 78.

There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving the puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are real easy to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight”. Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, the punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you complete really well against those who claim to know the answers. remember, there is no need for a mad exodus; there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found. God Bless.

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