This week’s column is dedicated to all the mothers near and far, old and young, who work so lovingly and diligently to make our lives go smoothly.

Low Fat Wild Blueberry Mandarin Orange Muffins

3 cups orange segments halved

1 tablespoon orange vanilla extract

4 1/2 cups cake flour

2 1/3 tablespoons baking powder

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

3 cups plain yogurt

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup egg substitute

1/2 cup canola oil

1 cup chopped pecans

4 cups blueberries

1/4 teaspoon salt

In a bowl combine segments and extract; reserve. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; In another bowl combine sugar, egg substitute, yogurt and oil. Stir into dry mixture and mix just to combine. Fold in orange mixture and pecans, if desired and wild blueberries. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into each greased muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees or until firm to touch. Makes 36 muffins.

Baked Lamb Chops

6 large potatoes

1 small onion

salt and pepper

cold water

6 lamb chops

Slice potatoes and lay in a flat, open baking dish. Put the onion, salt and pepper on top. Cover with cold water, and put lamb chops on top of that, with a little more salt. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 1/4 hours.

Crunchy Swiss and Ham Appetizers

2 cups very stiff mashed potatoes

2 cups cooked ham, finely chopped

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1/3 cup mayo

1/4 cup minced onion

1 egg, well beaten

1 teaspoon prepared mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

3 1/2 cups crushed cornflakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except cornflakes; chill. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in cornflakes. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve hot. Makes about 8 dozen.

Funny Cake Pie

Cake batter:

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup shortening

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake batter ingredients and set aside.

Base:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

3/4 cup hot water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell

Combine sugar, cocoa, water and vanilla and pour into unbaked pie shell. Carefully pour cake batter on top. Bake for 45 minutes.

Our thought for the week: ” A gracious word may smooth the way; a joyous word will light the day; a peaceful word will lesson stress; a loving word will heal and bless.”