Labor Day Weekend Recipes!

OH NO! I've been so busy working overtime at my job the last few weeks that I've completely and utterly FORGOTTEN it's a holiday weekend! I actually worked yesterday as well (Saturday) so my weekend is completely 'off' and I keep thinking today is Saturday when in fact it's already Sunday.

Confused yet?

So in honor of the American holiday and all the backyard bbq's and camping trips going on... recipes with Labor Day in mind!

Let's start with dessert first! Any canned fruit filling will work; peach, apple, blueberry, etc. I love CHERRY best of all for this recipe.

Easy Fruit Cobbler Dessert

2 cans of fruit pie filling
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted

Spread pie filling in the bottom of a baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of the fruit filling. Drizzle butter over all. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden. Serve warm or cold - it's amazing warm with vanilla ice cream!

Another 'dessert' of sorts - and it's an old Granny recipe! Remember that fruit salad Grandma served with macaroni in it? It's baaaaack!

Fruit Salad Dessert with Pasta

1 pound of macaroni, cooked and cooled (tiny sized or pasta shape)
1 can (15 oz.) fruit cocktail
11 oz. can mandarin oranges
1/2 bag of miniature marshmallows
20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
1 jar maraschino cherries
16 oz. tub of whipped topping such as cool whip

Drain fruit and save all juices. Place drained fruit in a large mixing bowl. In a large saucepan, combine the fruit juices and 1 cup of sugar, 2 beaten eggs, 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, and 3 tsp. vinegar. Cook until thick over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cool in refrigerator. In the large bowl, mix fruit juice mixture, the cooked pasta, and the whipped topping. Chill.

For a REAL macaroni salad for a 'side dish' choice;

Mom's Macaroni Salad

1 cup dry macaroni, cooked according to directions to make about 2 cups
1/4 c rice vinegar
1/2 small red onion, diced fine
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 c mayonnaise
2 celery stalks, diced fine
2 hard cooked eggs, diced
pickles or green olives (whichever your family prefers - mine like both but only dill pickles. Some like sweet) 2 tablespoons or so
Cheddar cheese or Velveeta cheese diced in small cubes - about 1/2 cup

Rinse pasta in cold water to cool. Combine all ingredients. Let stand at least 30 minutes if you can for the tastes to combine.

More 'main dish' recipes coming in the next post!Print Friendly and PDF