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So hard to believe that it has been so long since I have last posted something.  It of course has everything to do with that thing we call life getting in the way.

So I thought I would take a few minutes and let you know that over the course of the next couple weeks I hope to get back up and running. So come back and check out all the wonderful things I have to tell you.

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Mothman Fact or Fiction

So now we arrive at the point of the trip that begins to hold my interest the most. This is the first of two locations that I believe are perfect for the upcoming Halloween season.

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

20160902_210103With a population of around 4400 this is a small but very quaint little town that is primarily know for the Mothman legend.

 For those who may not be aware of the legend here is a quick synopsis.  In Clendenin, West Virginia on November 12, 1966 this large white flying man like creature with  a ten foot wing span and glowing red eyes was first spotted by five men digging a grave in a local cemetery . Then seen by two young couples in the “TNT ” area of Point Pleasant on November 15, 1966.

Over the course of the next few days there were numerous reports from other people with  similar sightings.

Then tragedy struck the town of Point Pleasant on December 15, 1967 when the Silver Bridge collapsed killing 46 people. It is this one incident that has given creation to the legend as some have speculated that the Mothman himself was a prophetic creature coming to foretell of the tragedy that had yet to unfold. Yet there are others that say it was nothing more than a Sandhill Crane, which is a large bird with red coloring around the eyes.

I personally am extremely skeptical whether the creature exists or doesn’t in large part because it has never been sighted again. I have wondered since hearing the original story if maybe this was something created by a town to make it’s very own spot on the map. But whether it is real or it isn’t Point Pleasant takes it very serious and has even erected a statue that stands in the middle of town, which of course is why we arrived in the first place.

Tater Tot Cassarole

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This is a really quick and easy recipe. I tried it for the first time myself the other night and have to say it was fantastic.

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen tater tots

1 lg can cream of mushroom soup

1 lb. ground beef

1 bag frozen peas

Directions:

Brown ground beef. Add soup and peas. Place in a baking dish and then line the top with the tater tots. Bake until tater tots are done.

Banana Quesadillas

Just a little something to share today!

Ingredients:
4 bananas
4 oz.  of chocolate chips
2 tbsps of butter
3 tbsps  and 2 tsps of cinnamon
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6 ( 8″) tortilla shells
2 tbsps of brown sugar

Slice bananas and place in a bowl.  Add 2 tbsps of brown sugar and 2 tsps of cinnamon. Mix, cover, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Mix 3 tbsps of cinnamon and 1/4c. sugar together in a small bowl. Melt 2 tbsps of butter and brush on the top of tortilla shells, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Place your tortilla shell with cinnamon side down. Add your bananas in the center, sprinkle a handful of chocolate chips over your bananas and then place another tortilla shell on top. Cook until chocolate is melted.

I used my Quesadilla maker, but a frying pan can be used. And in one of my quesadillas I added peanut butter on it, because I love peanut butter and bananas together.

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

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Each Thanksgiving we set out on a mission to have each family bring at least one new dish. This was a recipe that my mother in  law posted to my daughters Facebook and she thought it was a must try. I will admit that in the video they made their very own brownies, but we decided we would cheat a little to save on time.

Ingredients:

1 box of brownie mix of your choice

1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1 c.  creamy peanut butter

1 1/4 c. powdered sugar

1 (8 oz.) tub of whipped topping

3 Reese Cups

1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make brownie mix according to package. Pour into a 9″ pie pan and bake until done. Let cool completely.

In mixer, blend cream cheese and powdered sugar. Add peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon on top of cooled brownie.

In a food processor or blender chop up Reese cups. Take Reese cup bits and chocolate chips and add to the top.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

This turned out to be a great recipe and was the hit at the dessert table.

 

Unbelievably Awesome Peanut butter cake

This is without a doubt a fantastic slice of peanut butter heaven and my peanut butter loving son simply stated that this cake was unbelievably awesome. With all of the holiday gatherings coming up this would be a great addition to the dessert table.

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2 C of flour
2 C of sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda
1 C of butter
1 C of water
1/4 C of peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 C of milk
Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl and set aside. In a saucepan combine butter, water, and peanut butter and bring to a boil. Add this to the flour mixture and mix, then add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix well, pour into a large cake pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes or until golden brown and springy to the touch.

Now for the icing, Combine 1/2 C of butter, 1/4 C of peanut butter, 1/3 C of milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil, Remove from heat and add 4 C of powdered sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla, mix well and pour icing over a warm cake. It will be ooyee gooyee deliciousness.