Hi, I'm Macy Fisher the Mifflin County Dairy Princess.
This week has flown by. We had a short week at school; which seemed to fly by. We only have today and half a day tomorrow left this week and then we are done for the week. Today we are having a couple of "social gatherings," aka parties. We are just bringing in a little snack to share with everyone. We are going to have one in gym and also in math. Tomorrow we are having another one in biology. Then after we are dismissed, the FFA chapter is going to have their annual Christmas party. We always play a game called Big Red. This is a really fun game! Everyone brings a gag gift except for one person who brings Big Red, which is the best gift of them all. Usually it is also wrapped in red paper and seems to be the biggest. Then everyone takes a turn rolling a set of dice. If you roll doubles, then you get to pick a gag gift from the pile. Whoever rolls double sixes gets Big Red. This goes on until all the gifts in the pile are gone. Every time sixes are rolled, that person is then in control of Big Red.
Once all the gifts are gone, then it is time for the speed round which is where you get to steal other people's gifts. When the game is over, whoever has Big Red, wins it. Then next year that person is in charge of bringing Big Red. A few years ago I won Big Red. It was a Mount Union Trojans blanket. It was a really good gift.
Then the following year I brought a box full of soda, candy bars, chips and really cool cups with tractors and FFA on them. Mrs. Forgy is in charge of Big Red this year and she says that it is going to be really good.
The rest of my week will be spent making cookies and doing some last minute things before Christmas. I do know that after the holiday is over I am going on a major diet. Not that I think I need to for fitness reasons, but just because I think I need to eat healthier. Of course I eat three servings of dairy and I get all my fruits and vegetables, but I also really like chips!
This week's recipes should just be the thing to help me with that. After eating so much good food for days, I always feel stuffed. This week the recipes are light and fit. They still have all of the dairy goodness in them but aren't heavy. I know that a lot of people probably have a new year's resolution similar to mine so I'm sure that someone will like these recipes. These dishes are sure to fill you up, but won't fill you out and will still provide you will the nine essential nutrients that you need. I hope that everyone has a happy holiday!
Linguine with Silky
1/2 pound linguine, uncooked
1 package ( 1/2 pound) sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup chive and onion light cream cheese
2 cups baby spinach leaves
Cook pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, heat skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium high heat. Add mushrooms, cook and stir 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Add broth and cream cheese; mix well. Add spinach; cook just until wilted. Drain pasta; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with black pepper.
1 ready to use refrigerated pie crust
1 package (6 squares) Baker's White chocolate, divided
2 tablespoons milk
4 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups thawed whipped topping
2 cups either fresh/frozen/jelly raspberries
Prepare and bake crust in 9-inch pie plate as directed on package for 1 crust baked shell. Cool. Microwave 5 chocolate squares and milk in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH for 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring after 1 minute. Stir until completely melted. Cool to room temperature. Beat cream cheese, sugar and zest with mixer until well blended. Add to chocolate mixture; beat with whisk until well blended. Stir in whipped topping; spoon into crust. Top with berries. Melt remaining Chocolate Square as directed on package; drizzle over berries. Refrigerate 1 hour. You can also use strawberries.