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What I’m Making: Chickpea “Chicken” Salad

I’m back on a kick to clean out some of the “odd” things in my pantry again. This time, I was looking for a way to use an unsuspecting can of garbanzo beans (Chickpeas). One of my adult kids was on a kick about roasting chickpeas so I bought some but didn’t end up licking them the best so when I saw that Iowa Girl Eats, had a recipe for Chickpea “Chicken” Salad, I thought why not give it a try…then I can use the can up.

You can find her recipe HERE. I’m warning you a bit though…it’s not an exact recipe. That didn’t bother me, but it might bother some of you.

I started out by…

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What I’m Making: Chocolate Whoopi Pies

I’ve mentioned before that my family likes Whoopi Pies. Kalissa and I frequently drive to the Amish community south of our house and hit up the bakery to get some. For those of you who haven’t heard of Whoopi Pies, they are a cake-like dessert that is two cake-like cookies with a filling in between them. I have made Banana Whoopi Pies (recipe HERE) and Pumpkin Whoopi Pies (recipe HERE).

I’ve tried chocolate whoopi pies but they didn’t taste like the ones we get from the Amish. The cake-like cookies have always been too dry. I’ve been on the hunt for the illusive recipe like the ones we get from Amish country.

Now a little side note:
A couple of weeks ago my daughter Kalissa was taking her son Gannon to an appointment in Iowa City. He has ongoing medical issues and makes regular trips. They drive near Amish country when they travel to the doctor.

Gannon asked Kalissa if they could stop and get a “brown-white-brown”. Kalissa had no idea what Gannon was talking about. What is a “brown-white-brown”? She couldn’t figure out what he was talking about.

After some questioning, she figured out that he meant a chocolate whoopi pie. HA!!

Back to the recipe…Some time ago I blog reader from the Amish area south of me sent me a newspaper clipping of a recipe for chocolate whoopi pies. The recipe has been here and I had every intention of trying them but always have been sidetracked by something else.

The other day Gannon was at my house. He had thrown up and couldn’t go to school. The morning had waned away he seemed totally fine. He wasn’t sick and was acting like his normal self. I decided that we should try that whoopi pie recipe.

I decided to half the recipe. Looking at the ingredients, any recipe with five cups of flour makes a big batch.

Gannon and I…

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What I’m Making: Homemade Vanilla Pudding

When my husband was living a big favorite around here for him was my homemade vanilla pudding. He liked chocolate too but I think vanilla was his real favorite. I made it often when the expiration date on milk was coming close. It’s a great way to use up a lot of milk quickly.

The other night I had family here for “big family supper”. That typically consists of my daughter Kalissa’s family, my son Karl and my daughter Kelli with her kids. I was trying to think of something “kid friendly” to make. It was then I remembered that I had milk that needed to be used. So I decided to make some Homemade Vanilla Pudding.

Here’s my recipe…

Clear as mud right?? It’s just a note…

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