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crescent rollsHave you discovered Pepperidge Farm Flaky Crsecent Rolls yet?

If not, run to the grocery store and get yourself a tube of pastry wonder.

I’ve long been a fan of refrigerated crescent rolls for whipping up quick recipes. I’ve used them as crust for every kind of filling you can think of from breakfast casseroles to meat pockets to danishes.

These rolls, in my humble opinion, far surpass the others for flavor and texture.

I used them recently to make a quiche by just pressing the triangles together in the bottom of this fancy little pan.

norita's pan

I poured in the filling, baked, then turned it upside down on a serving platter.

It looked like this:

norita's pan quiche

How cool is that?

The chicken pot pie I made with this crust as unbelievably good.

The texture, flakiness and flavor is really different from what you expect – and so good.

If you’re looking for something to take a meal from ho-hum to yum, these crescent rolls could be a good option for you. Try them and see what you think.

(Note – Pepperidge Farm doesn’t know me from anyone, I just really like this product.)

She Who Needs To Bake Something

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Large male turkey in nature

Going with the theory of “better safe than sorry,” here is a list of hotlines and websites for any disasters that may strike Thanksgiving Day!

BUTTERBALL

Online Help

1-800-BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372)

REYNOLDS

Online Help

1-800-433-2244

FLEISCHMANN’S YEAST

Online Help

1-800-777-4959

LIBBY’S CANNED PUMPKIN

Online Help

1-800-854-0374

OCEAN SPRAY

Online Help

1-800-662-3263

PILLSBURY

Online Help

1-800-775-4777

BETTY CROCKER

Online Help

1-800-446-1898

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Nine Things

If you’ve been on Facebook recently, you’ve probably seen (or participated) in the game of being asked to list a certain number of unknown things about yourself.

I’ve been tagged and tasked with writing nine things.

So I thought I’d share them here, too.

In no particular order, here are nine things most people don’t know about me:

1. I was born one week before my mom’s 39th birthday.

2. I wanted to be a race car driver when I grew up. Captain Cavedweller is convinced I’m still practicing, should the opportunity ever arise.

3. I wanted to have six kids when I grew up and the oldest boy was going to be named Garth Andrew.

4. I hate snakes. My policy is kill first and ask questions later. Weaponry used over the years has included shovels, an axe, rocks, a brick, and a ball peen hammer.

5. My mom decided I was allergic to chocolate so I wasn’t allowed to eat any from the time I was 11 until I met Captain Cavedweller. He decided to see if I really was allergic and bought me a candy bar. I didn’t die – or even break out in hives –  and have spent the last twenty years making up for lost chocolate eating time.

6. The summer before I started eighth grade, I saw a Victorian table lamp I desperately wanted in the Sears catalog. I saved every penny I earned from trapping gophers and bought the lamp.  I still have it and use it every day. It reminds me that if you really want something, you just have to work hard to get it.

7. Captain Cavedweller and I met on  a blind date the day after Christmas.

8. I’ve been in a buffalo stampede and lived to tell the tale.

9. Three of my favorite fragrances in the world are: • Roses  • Homemade bread baking in the oven • The sweet, powdery scent of a baby’s head

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Popcorn cake plated

One of our favorite autumn treats is popcorn cake. My first experience with the sweet, sticky confection was when I was in college. Mom mailed one for my birthday and I thought it was delicious. (Of course anything not dorm food was delicious, back then.)

It’s easy to make, is best prepared with a little help, and meant to be sticky and messy and utterly wonderful.

popcorn cake angel food cake pan

Start by greasing an angel food cake pan. Make sure you have every surface of it greased.

While you are popping the popcorn, melt marshmallows, butter and oil in the microwave. I nuke mine about 30 seconds, stir, nuke again.

While you are popping the popcorn, melt marshmallows, butter and oil in the microwave. I nuke mine about 30 seconds, stir, nuke again.

When it is melted, it will look like this.

When it is melted, it will look like this.

Due to the stickiness of the situation, I missed taking a few photos here,  but basically in a huge bowl, mix the popcorn, nuts and spice drops together then pour the melted marshmallow over the top. Grease your hands with butter and mix well because you won't get far if you try to stir it with a spoon.

Due to the stickiness of the situation, I missed taking a few photos here, but basically in a huge bowl, mix the popcorn, nuts and spice drops together then pour the melted marshmallow over the top. Grease your hands with butter and mix well because you won’t get far if you try to stir it with a spoon. And make sure you get plenty of butter on your hands or you’ll look like this.

Press down into the angel food cake pan and let sit about thirty minutes or so before turning out on a serving platter.

Press down into the angel food cake pan and let sit about thirty minutes or so before turning out on a serving platter.

Popcorn Cake

24 cups of popped popcorn*

1 cup of spiced gum drops

1 1/2 cups of peanuts

1 large bag of mini marshmallows

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup butter

Mix oil, butter and marshmallows in a large bowl. Microwave at 20-30 second increments, stirring between each set until marshmallows and melted and oil and butter are mixed in nicely. (It will still look a little oily). Mix in popped popcorn, peanuts and gum drops. Press into greased bundt or angel food cake pan. Leave standing at room temperature for an hour or so until cake is set then slice and serve. You could also press into balls and wrap individually.

* For a fun variation, use colored popcorn kernels.

She Who Likes Easy Treats, Even If They Are Messy

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