Jac o' lyn Murphy

Saturday, August 19, 2017

It's Bittersweet... a California Candy Send Off

The day has come.
It is my daughter's last night in California before she heads off to college.
In an effort to keep things positive and hold back the tears, 
I took a cue from my favorite college band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, 
"It's bittersweet, more sweet than bitter..."
So we are celebrating with an all California candy extravaganza! 

She's always been a sucker for See's...

Gung Ho for Ghiradelli...

Rah Rah for Red Vines...

and jubilant for Jelly Bellies...

all made in the Golden State she's leaving behind!
Sweet Dreams, there are Boulder things ahead...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Peggy's Cucumber Salad


Growing up my mom always had a cold cucumber and onion salad in our refrigerator. 
She was a working mom and became the queen of quick, simple, go-to dishes.
Looking back I realized, that it's the perfect simple, healthy snack 
or a dinner side dish that compliments almost any cuisine.
Imagine my surprise when I saw Peggy's famous salad on Sweet Paul's website!

I hadn't had the salad in a million years and it is just as good as I remember...

The cucumbers are cool and crisp, the red onion flavor mellows as it soaks in the dressing 
and the fresh dill keeps it bright and fresh...

Guess what is always sitting in our frig now??

Peggy's Cucumber Salad
1 large English Cucumber or 6 small Perisan Cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 
1/2 cup white wine or rice vinegar
1 Tablespoon Sugar
3 Tablespoons fresh dill

Place cucumber and onion in bowl.  In smaller bowl, stir together vinegar and sugar until sugar is dissolved, then add dill.  Dress vegetables with vinegar mixture and chill in refrigerator at least an hour prior to serving.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Off to College Crackers - 3 totally addictive snacks


My daughter's friend had one last request of me
before she heads off to Wisconsin for college...
I couldn't stop there, I added 2 more variations to really "crack 'er up".




They all have the same premise, 
oyster crackers that are coated and seasoned, then slowly baked to perfection.
Aunt Nita's Dilly Crackers are a classic, with ranch dressing, garlic salt and dill weed...

Everything Bagel Crackers combines poppy and sesame seeds, 
onion, garlic and salt all into a crisp totally addictive snack...

and all the flavors of Onion Soup in one crunchy bite, 
it is a taste sensation like no other!

Are you ready to get crack-in?



Everything Bagel Crackers
2-9  ounce packages oyster crackers
l cup vegetable oil
3 Tablespoons Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel seasoning

Pour oil and seasoning over crackers and coat well.  
Put into medium roaster pan and bake at 200 degrees for l hour.  (stir after  1/2 hr.)
Remove from oven and cool on paper towels.  
Store in an air tight container until ready to serve.

Onion Soup Crackers
2-9  ounce packages oyster crackers
l cup vegetable oil
1 packet of Lipton's Onion Soup Mix (dry)

Pour oil and soup mix over crackers and coat well.  
Put into medium roaster pan and bake at 200 degrees for l hour.  (stir after  1/2 hr.)
Remove from oven and cool on paper towels.  
Store in an air tight container until ready to serve.


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