Seven-Up Red Satin Punch

Vintage punch recipe

  • 2 pints cranberry juice
  • 1 quart apple juice
  • 10- 7-ounce bottles 7-Up
  • 2 trays of 7-Up “ice” cubes 
Chill fruit juices and 7-Up. Prepare 7-Up “ice” cubes by pouring additional 7-Up into 2 ice cube trays. Freeze. At serving time, combine cranberry juice and apple juice in a punch bowl. Slowly pour in 7-Up. Add “ice” cubes.  Makes about 35 punch cup servings.

Angelica’s Mac and Cheese




“True love is a reflection of the Savior’s love. In December of each year we call it the Christmas spirit. You can hear it. You can see it. You can feel it.” –President Thomas S. Monson

This delicious recipe is from my friend Angelica.  She brought it to a Christmas party and we all loved it.  Bonus: It’s easy to make.


  • 4 cups elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups frozen shrimp
  • 2 cups real mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese

Boil the macaroni, strain and let it cool completely.  Defrost shrimp over medium heat for about 10 minutes and let shrimp cool completely.  Combine all ingredients.  Add salt to taste.  Dish should be served cold or at room temperature.

Southern Tradition Black-Eyed Peas

Recipe/photo credit: Paula Deen

Recipe/photo credit: Paula Deen

“Set aside those things that don’t really matter and do something with eternal consequences.” ― Richard G. Scott

I remember when we moved to Texas my friend Kim gave us some black-eyed peas for New Year’s day.  Apparently it is a southern tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for luck and prosperity throughout the coming new year.  Apparently this tradition dates back to the Civil War era.


4 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (16-ounce) package dried black-eyed peas, washed
1 (12-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups water

In a large saucepan, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon, crumble, and set aside to use as a topping for the peas. Saute the onion in the bacon drippings until tender. Add the peas, diced tomatoes and green chiles, salt, chili powder, pepper and water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the peas are tender. Add additional water, if necessary. Serve garnished with crumbled bacon.