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    Make Tea or Garnish Salads with Bee Balm Leaves and Flowers

    Make tea or garnish and enhance the flavor of fruit salads with bee balm leaves and flowers. For tea: Place a tablespoon of fresh or one teaspoon of dried bee balm leaves and/or flowers in a tea strainer and pour one cup of boiling water over it. Allow it to steep for ten minutes. Remove tea strainer. Sweeten as you like. For salads: Chop the leaves and flowers finely and add to fruit salads for extra flavor. I found bee balm (also known as bergamot) in a garden nursery in a section of plants labeled “adored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.” I liked the color, and bees and butterflies are…

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    Frosted Almond Twists with Refrigerated Crescent Rolls

    Are you looking for a nibble to serve for tea or for a continental style breakfast? If so, you can’t go wrong with this no-fuss recipe for frosted almond twists. The recipe is from the 1973 Good Housekeeping Cookbook. My absolute favorite cookbook which I picked up at a used bookstore years ago. Recipe for Frosted Almond Twists (1) 8 oz. package refrigerated crescent rolls 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon sugar Icing 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons milk 2 teaspoons softened butter 1/8 teaspoon almond extract Preheat the oven to 375⁰ F. Grease a cookie sheet. Unroll the package of crescent rolls. Maintain the dough in a rectangle…

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    Easy to Make Chocolate Peanut Clusters

    It’s not too late to make an edible gift to distribute at the office or give away to friends and family. This recipe for chocolate peanut clusters is very simple. It takes 5 minutes to prepare because you dump every ingredient into a crockpot. Three hours later, you’ll spend about 30 minutes spooning the chocolate peanut clusters into individual paper candy cups. You’ll have more than enough treats to share with everyone on your list. Recipe for Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters A Trisha Yearwood Recipe 2 pounds salted dry-roasted peanuts 4 ounces German’s sweet chocolate (about 4 squares) One 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups) 2 1/2 pounds…