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Turtle Pumpkin Pie

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in No Geek Zone

1/4 cup  plus 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping, divided
HONEY MAID Graham Pie Crust (6 oz.)
1/2 cup  plus 2 Tbsp. chopped PLANTERS Pecans, divided
pkg.  (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
cup  cold milk
cup  canned pumpkin
tsp.  ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp.  ground nutmeg
tub   (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided

make it

POUR 1/4 cup caramel topping onto bottom of pie crust; sprinkle with 1/2 cup nuts.

BEAT next 5 ingredients in large bowl with whisk until blended. Stir in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP; spoon into crust.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour. Top with remaining COOL WHIP, caramel topping and nuts just before serving.

Hash Brown Casserole II

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in No Geek Zone


1 (2 pound) package frozen hash brown

potatoes, thawed

1/2 cup melted butter

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream

of chicken soup

1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cups crushed cornflakes cereal

1/4 cup melted butter



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).


In a large bowl, combine hash browns, 1/2 cup melted butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, chopped onion, Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. Place mixture in a 3 quart casserole dish.


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, saute cornflakes in 1/4 cup melted butter, and sprinkle the mixture over the top of the casserole.


Bake covered in preheated oven for 40 minutes.


Grilled Turkey

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in No Geek Zone

1 large onion, diced
1 (750 milliliter) bottle red wine
salt and pepper to taste
12 pounds whole turkey
1. In a pot style grill, fill the bottom with a 5 pound bag of charcoals. Light the charcoal, and when ready, spread to cover the bottom of grill.
2. Wash the turkey down and stuff with onion. Rub the exterior down with salt and pepper.
3. Place the turkey in a deep aluminum roasting pan. Place the pan on the grill's grate. Pour wine over the turkey. Cover the top of the turkey with foil.
4. Cover the grill with the lid and open the vents. Grill the turkey for 60 to 90 minutes, or until meat is to your liking. Baste frequently. You might need to add water to the pan if the wine evaporates.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup S'mores

Written by Misty Lane. Posted in No Geek Zone

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg     
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 17 regular size peanut butter cups     
  • 1 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 8x8 pan with parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray.  

2.  In a large bowl, or mixer, beat butter, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy.  Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.  

3.  With the mixer on low, stir in the flour, baking powder, salt and graham cracker crumbs until combined.

4.  Spread 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared baking pan.  Press the peanut butter cups gently into the dough.  Spread the marshmallow fluff on top.

5.  Press the remaining dough onto a non stick surface into an 8x8 square.  Lay it on top of the marshmallow fluff and press lightly.

6.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges brown.  Allow them to cool for at least 2 hours to set.  Remove from pan and cut into squares.