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Easy Quesadillas

This recipe is so easy and economical to make.

You can either bake them or fry them.
You can change the meat filling, the kind of cheese you use, and whether or not to use peppers. Delicious anyway.

Take a soft tortilla ( I like to use 8")
If you are frying, spray one side with cooking spray.
Place in a medium hot pan, add a layer of shredded cheese, ( I use colby and monterrey jack), on top of this layer add thinly sliced ham, ( I use Virginia baked, deli sliced; you could also use steak, chicken, ground chuck, etc.)
On top of this add sliced ,medium hot, pepper rings or slices(optional, but adds a lot of zing, use sparingly)
Add another layer of cheese.
Add another tortilla. Spray the top with cooking spray.
Fry until lightly browned and contents are heated and cheese melted, turning over once. Use a wide spatula.
Carefully remove from pan and place on a sheet of wax paper. Use a pizza cutter to slice into 8 pie slices. Arrange on a plate and serve with sour cream and salsa. Serve while warm. Delicious!                                                                                                     

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White Chocolate Pop-Corn

1 bag micro-wave pop-corn (popped) 

                          1 and 1/2 squares of white candy bark (melted)

After popping the pop-corn, cull it to get out all the un-popped kernels. Melt candy bark in the microwave, ( about 1 minuet ), or however long it takes to melt. Don't overheat! You can also use a double boiler to melt the candy bark.

Drizzle candy bark over the pop-corn and stir gently to coat. Allow the coating to set up, otherwise it will be sticky. The coolest room in the house works great for this step, or over night works too. You can easily double or triple this recipe. So good, easy, and cheap to make. Enjoy!

A Dad's Special Recipe

Yuck Brownies

A father listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular PG-13 movie.

It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG-13 because of the suggestion of sex. They never really showed it. The language was pretty good. They only used the Lord's name in vain three times in the whole movie. The video effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed. Yes, there was the scene where a building and a bunch of people got blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn't very bad.

Even with all these explanations for the rating, the father wouldn't give in. He didn't even give them a satisfying explanation for saying, "No." He just said, "No."

It was a little bit later that evening, that this same father asked his teens if they would like some brownies he had prepared. He explained that he had taken the families favorite recipe and added something new. They asked what it was. He calmly replied that he had added a special ingredient - "dog poop".

He stated that it was only a little bit. All the ingredients were gourmet quality. He had taken great care to bake it at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be superb. Even with all the explanations of the perfect attributes of the brownies, the teens would not take one.

The father acted surprised. There was only one little element that would have caused them to act so stubbornly. He assured them that they would hardly notice it, if at all. They all held firm and would not try the brownies.

He then explained that the movie they wanted to see was just like the brownies. Sin enters our minds and our homes by deceiving us into believing that just a little bit of evil won't matter. With the brownies, "just a little bit" makes all the difference between a great brownie and a totally unacceptable product. He explained that even though the movie people would have us believe many of the movies which are coming out are acceptable for adults and teens to see, they are not.

Now when this father's teens want to do something or see something they should not, the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special brownies and they never ask about that activity again.

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