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{real parties} Aa retirement made in michigan: the recipes

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Today is our final installment of…

{The Recipes}
We wanted to share two of the recipes we used for “Aa Retirement Made in Michigan.” For all of the details, click here to see the first installment, The Invitation, and here for the second installment, The Party.
The first recipe is one I created especially for this event…
{Traverse City Cherry Pie}
Traverse City, Michigan is known for producing cherries and celebrates everything cherry at an annual festival each year. I wanted to have a bite-sized cherry pie that wouldn’t be messy.
Inspiration: Hostess® Cherry Pies. The kind that would pop up in school lunch boxes when I was a kid.
 The Recipe:
{1} Soften the pie crust per the package directions.
{2} Cut 3-inch circles from refrigerated pie crust dough.
{3} Open a can of cherry pie filling. {Or whatever flavor you prefer!}
{4} Spoon 1 cherry and a tiny bit of the filling. {Not too much or it will ooze!}
{5} Fold over the dough to create a semi-circle.
{6} Dip a fork in a little flour and press the edges.
{7} Place on a cookie sheet.
{8} Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. {Ovens will vary.}
{9} Ta-Da! Don’t they look delicious?

The cherry pies were a huge hit. I even saw a few guests pile them on a napkin as they were leaving the party!

The second recipe includes directions directly from a box of Jiffy® All Purpose Baking Mix…
{Michigan Strawberry Shortcake}

I love that most of the strawberries we buy in Illinois come from my home state of Michigan. Seeing the “Made in Michigan” phrase on the package always brings a smile to my face!

Inspiration: My husband J’s favorite way to eat strawberries is homemade strawberry shortcake made with sweet Jiffy® biscuits.

The Recipe:

{1} Wash, trim and cut fresh strawberries into bite-sized servings.
{2} Place strawberries into a bowl and cover with a generous amount of sugar. Stir.
{3} Place the bowl of strawberries in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Stir occasionally. {If you forget to stir, no worries! The sugar does most of the work for you.}
{4} When the sugar and strawberries have made a lovely simple syrup, follow the recipe on the back of the Jiffy® Box for “Shortcakes.” Ingredients include Jiffy Mix, milk, sugar and shortening. {I substitute butter for the shortening.}
{5} Instead of creating large shortcakes, I put a small teaspoon-sized amount on the cookie sheet. {Our shortcakes were being placed in a plastic cup for serving so I wanted the shortcakes a particular size.}
{6} Bake at 450 degree for 8-10 minutes until they are slightly browned on the edges. {Ovens will vary so watch the first batch.}
{7} Cut the shortcakes in half and place the bottom half in a serving dish. {If the shortcakes crumble a bit–it’s okay. Just place the crumbs in the dish to soak up the syrup!}
{8} Top with strawberries and place the other half of the shortcake on top. Pour a bit of syrup over the top.
{9} Ta-Da! Don’t they look yummy? {Add a dollop of whipped cream for fun!}
We placed our little plastic cup in a large cupcake wrapper and added a taster spoon. They were lovely!
The shortcake is basically a sweet biscuit. The little bit of sugar you add to the mix gives them just the right flavor. {Hmmm…I have strawberries in the fridge…{wink!}}
Interested in more of the recipes? Leave us a comment with the one you’d like to have most. We will share the most requested recipe in a future post! Your choices are…
Michigan Apple Cobbler
Peninsula Cookies
Retirement Cupcakes
Mackinac Island Fudge
Battle Creek Rice Krispies Treats
Michigan Blueberry Lemonade
Great Lakes Water {wink!}
Stay tuned to Oink! for more inspiration…

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  1. Yum! Those little cherry pies look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipes and ideas!

  2. Mmmmm, I love apples! I vote for the Apple Cobbler!

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