Friday, September 11, 2015


This summer the handbell choir at Platte Woods United Methodist Church said farewell to our director Sara and her daughter Shelley who was also a member of the choir with a pool party and potluck. While they are moving on to different chapters in their lives, we know that they will find their way back to Kansas City and the choir when those chapters are over. When that happens, we will be welcoming them with open arms.

Friend Judy had us all over to her house to enjoy her pool and grilled burgers. Everyone else bought a delicious dish to go with the burgers. I shared my Amish Home Baked Beans earlier this summer but was waiting for the others to send me their recipes. Two did and I am finally getting around to sharing them with you. (Sorry Jean and Krystle that it took me so long.)


1       lb. spaghetti  - cooked and rinsed in cold water
1       green pepper chopped (red or yellow also, add color)
1       bunch green onions chopped
2      medium tomatoes chopped
1       small can chopped mushrooms (Jean omitted)
1       small can chopped black olives
1       jar McCormick's Salad Supreme seasoning
1       large bottle Wishbone Robust Italian Salad dressing (Jean said she doesn't always find the Robust so she uses a spicy or bold flavor one)

Mix all together and chill 8 hours, if possible.

Jean says the vegetables can be added or omitted according to your taste but that the colors make a pretty salad.

Krystle made this really delicious potato salad that she said was a Croatian dish. She adds everything to taste (when I asked for amounts). She makes it often and has developed her taste buds for it perfectly. You can experiment with the ingredients and come up with a side dish you and your family will enjoy.


potatoes (any variety, but Krystle prefers red potatoes)
oil (olive oil or any kind of vegetable oil
vinegar (white, cider, balsamic, rice, etc) 
onions/onion powder

Here are some more pictures from our party.

These were my baked beans,

Everyone in the handbell choir wished them the best and promised to stay in touch, at least through Facebook.

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