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Feb 29

February 29, 2016

Sweet Dreams Bakery

When I was a teenager I took a cake decorating class with my sisters.  It must have appealed to me the more than it did them, because after that, for several years, I became the official family birthday cake maker.  I think maybe my inspiration to decorate cakes probably came from a cake my sisters made me for one of my birthdays.  From about the time I was 11 or 12 years old until I was in my early 20’s…

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Jan 25

January 25, 2016

Super Easy Seasoned Red Potatoes

These seasoned potatoes are the perfect side dish for almost any meal! Here’s What You Need: 3 lbs of Red Potatoes 2 tbsp Olive Oil 1 tbsp Seasoning Salt 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Pepper Gallon Size Zip Lock Bag Aluminum Foil Here’s What to Do: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash potatoes well. Using a paring knife cut the potatoes into quarters. Pour 2 tbsp of olive oil into the zip lock bag. Put potatoes…

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Jan 14

January 14, 2016

10 Healthy Snack Ideas

10 Healthy Snack Ideas 1.  Apple Slices with 1 Tbsp Peanut butter.  3 Weight Watcher’s Points . 2.  Almonds, 21 pieces.  3 Weight Watcher’s Points. 3.  Popcorn (100 calorie size bag) with flavor sprinkles.  3 Weight Watcher’s Points. 4.  1/2 Cup of Cottage Cheese with pineapple. 2 Weight Watcher’s Points. 5.  Applesauce with a Sprinkle of Cinnamon and 1 Graham Cracker. 2 Weight Watcher’s Points. 6.  Baby Carrots and Broccoli with 2 Tbsp of Lite Ranch. 2 Weight Watcher’s Points….

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Dec 10

December 10, 2015

Mama’s Cream Cheese Fudge – No Cooking Required!

SSSSHHHHH!!!  I’d NEVER admit it – but, I’ve been known to mix up this fudge and eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon.  That’s just how ridiculously yummy it is! The great thing is, there is absolutely no cooking required to make this delicious fudge.  You can just mix it up and it’s ready to eat.  My dear sweet mama used to make it for us.  We made two versions, one with nuts for daddy and one without for…

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Nov 17

November 17, 2015

Mama’s Cranberry Apple Salad

My Mama used to make an especially yummy Apple Cranberry Salad every year for Thanksgiving.  I’ve never seen or tasted anything else like it.  It goes wonderfully with turkey or on a turkey sandwich. If you’re making a small batch it is fairly simple to make.  If you tripple, quadruple or sixtuple – I don’t thing that’s a real word ;0) – it like we do, it can be a bit time consuming to cut and peel the apples and…

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Nov 16

November 16, 2015

Mama’s Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

My Mama’s Sweet Potatoes have always been a favorite at our house for Thanksgiving.  My Mama was a very good cook and the family would always gather together for wonderful Sunday dinners at Mom & Dad’s place.  Thanksgiving dinner was no exception and it was always beyond delicious! It just isn’t Thanksgiving without Mom’s Sweet Potatoes.  They are are loaded with sugar and butter so we only have them on Thanksgiving and maybe once or twice a year other than…

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Nov 5

November 5, 2015

Roasting Sunflower Seeds

This year G2 and I grew a giant sunflower.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had to convince him that it was okay for boys to grow flowers; the giant part helped!  I also told him that his great grandpa was a gardener and grew all kinds of flowers!  So grow one we did and it was a success.  We only grew one and we started it in a little pot in the house in the early Spring.  It got…

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Oct 19

October 19, 2015

A Perfect Fall Dinner

Beanless Chili with Corn Chips, Fresh Veggies, and Cheesecake Baked Apples!  Yummy!! Beanless Chili Here’s What You Need: 3 lbs of Beef Stew Meat 2 – 24 oz Cans of Diced Tomatoes 1 – 6 oz Can of Tomato Paste 1 Cup of Diced Green Peppers 1/2 Cup of Diced Onion 4 Beef Bullion Cubes 2 Tbsp Chili Powder 1 Tbsp of Oregano 1 Tsp Cumin 1 Tsp Sugar       Directions:  Mix all ingredients together in the crock pot….

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Oct 8

October 8, 2015

Creepy Finger Cookies!

These creepy finger sugar cookies make a great Halloween threat that will have your family and friends oohing, awing and squealing! Cookies – What You Need: 3 Cups of Flour 1 Cup of Sugar 1 tsp Baking Powder 1 Cup of Butter (I use salted) 1 Large Egg tsp Vanilla Extract Slivered Almonds Directions: Mix together flour and baking powder. Using your mixer combine the sugar, butter (softened), egg and vanilla extract.  Mix well. Gradually add flour and baking soda…

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Oct 1

October 1, 2015

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

I have several peanut butter cup lovers in my family so I came up with this special cupcake variety just for them. Here’s What You’ll Need: 2 dozen chocolate cupcakes  (I used a boxed mix to save time, but if you’d prefer you can use your favorite from scratch recipe) 2 dozen full size peanut butter cups 2 dozen mini peanut butter cups Small package of Reese’s Pieces For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting: 1/2 cup butter, softened (I use salted)…

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Sep 22

September 22, 2015

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m not kidding you, these cookies are absolutely delicious!!!  And their name is kinda fun too!  They make a great fall treat and your family will love them!! Here’s What You Need: 1/2 Cup Butter (I use salted) 1/2 Cup Shortening 1 (3 oz.) pkg. Cream Cheese 1 1/2 Cups of Sugar 1 Egg 1/2 tsp. Vanilla 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/4 Cup Cocoa 2 1/4 Cup Flour 2 Tbsp. Milk 1 pkg of White Chocolate Chips Directions: Mix…

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Sep 17

September 17, 2015

Cupcake in a Jar

Cupcake in a Jar

These Cupcakes in a Jar make a perfect gift or a delicious Autumn treat! Here’s What You Need: Cupcakes Buttercream Frosting Small Mason Jars Colorful Spoons Pretty Ribbon Directions: Bake your cupcakes. Whip up a batch of buttercream frosting. Slice the cupcakes in two horizontally. Place half of the cupcake into the bottom of the jar and top it with approximately two tablespoons of buttercream frosting.  Continue to layer the jar with cupcake halves and frosting until it is almost…

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Sep 15

September 15, 2015

Autumn Leaf Sugar Cookies

Autumn Leaf Sugar Cookies

These delicious sugar cookies are easy to decorate for any holiday or season! Cookies – What You Need: 3 Cups of Flour 1 Cup of Sugar 1 tsp Baking Powder 1 Cup of Butter (I use salted) 1 Large Egg tsp Vanilla Extract Directions: Mix together flour and baking powder. Using your mixer combine the sugar, butter (softened), egg and vanilla extract.  Mix well. Gradually add flour and baking soda mixture and mix until dough can be formed into a…

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Sep 8

September 8, 2015

Caramel Apple Dip - A Perfect Fall Gift!

Caramel Apple Dip – A Charming Gift!

This Caramel Apple Dip makes a charming fall gift for any occasion.  Give it as a thank you gift for someone who’s done something nice for you, as a birthday treat for the next birthday girl or birthday boy who comes along, or to your favorite teacher or public servant to show your appreciation for all they do! Here’s What You’ll Need: 6 Granny Smith Apples 6 Red Delicious Apples 1 Bag of Individually Wrapped Caramels 1 Can of Sweetened…

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Aug 31

August 31, 2015

Mexican Pizza

This is one of my husband’s all time favorite meals, a hand-me-down recipe from his mom. Ingredients: 2 lb. ground beef, browned and drained 1 Pkg Mild Taco Seasoning Mix 1 Can (10 oz) Enchilada Sauce 2 Cans (6 oz. ech.) of Black Olives, chopped 1 Jar (10 oz) of Green Olives, chopped 1 1/2 lbs Colby Jack Cheese, grated 1 Bag (11 oz.) of Tortilla Chips   Directions: Mix taco seasoning and enchilada sauce with browned ground beef. Spread…

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