Saturday, December 11, 2010

Yummy Salsa

** We buy the Diced tomatoes that already have the lime juice 
and cilantro in it...good time saver.  We  use one of those and one regular can of diced tomatoes, so we don't add extra lime juice or cilantro.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

1 can corn, drained

1 can black beans, drained

1 green pepper, chopped

1 red onion, chopped (or yellow onion)

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

2 can Diced tomatoes

2 tsp.  lime juice

1-2 avocados, chopped

1/2 bottle Italian dressing (add more if you want)

1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Pumpkin Crisp

MMMMmmmm.....This is my kind of 'pumpkin pie"....I like it 10 times better!  

Pumpkin Crisp

29 oz. pumpkin
1 c. sugar
1 can evaporated milk
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt
4 eggs

mix and pour into pan. crumble one yellow cake mix and 1 cube of butter chopped over mixture.
Bake @350 for 50-60 min. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This recipe is seriously SO EASY!  And yummy!  I added some diced ham....and it was DELICIOUS!

{Recipe from} The Mother Huddle

Broccoli Soup 

1 1/2 – 2 lbs broccoli, Fresh or frozen, chopped finely
1 small to medium onion, finely diced
3 regular size carrots, extra finely diced
6-8 cups water
4-6 tsp or chicken bullion
1/4 tsp pepper
dash of salt
1 cup cream or evaporated milk
1-1 1/2 cups instant potatoes
1-2 cups shredded cheese
Put chopped, onion, carrot and broccoli in a large pot. Add water until water is about 1/2 inch above veggies. Add about 1/2 tsp bullion per cup of water you used to cover the veggies. Add dash of regular salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper. Boil until veggies are tender. Once veggies are tender add cream or evaporated milk, and instant potatoes. Stir until flakes are all dissolved. Add more potatoes until soup is desired thickness. Remove from heat and add cheese. When the cheese is melted  soup is ready to serve. So easy.

Oreo Cookie Dessert

1 pkg. Oreo cookies
1 (16 oz.) bowl Cool Whip
1 c. powdered sugar
1 lg. pkg. chocolate pudding
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter
In serving dish crumble Oreo cookies to completely cover the bottom. Melt butter and pour over the cookies.In a separate bowl mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1/2 of Cool Whip. Spread over cookie mixture. In another bowl mix chocolate pudding as directed on box and let set. When ready spread on top of cream cheese. Cover the pudding with rest of Cool Whip and crumble Oreo cookies to decorate.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Shortbread Candy Corn Kissed Brownies

Yumm...These look so yummy!  I can't wait to try these TO-DAY!
{recipe& pic} from Picky Palate

1 family size brownie mix (9×13 inch size)
2 sticks softened butter
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 3/4 Cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag Candy Corn Kisses, or any flavor you like, unwrapped
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare brownie mix according to package directions, set batter aside.  In a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars until creamy and light.  Slowly add flour and salt until combined.  Press shortbread dough into a 11×7 inch baking dish lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray.  Top shortbread dough with 50 kisses then pour brownie batter evenly over top of kisses.  Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from center.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
2.  Place remaining kisses in double broiler to melt.  Spread melted chocolate over brownies, sprinkle if desired and serve.
12 brownies

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pumpkin Cookies w/ Maple Frosting

{recipe & pic from} Narrating Life
Connie's Pumpkin Cookies
(makes: gobs and gobs. aka: 3 dozen small cookies)
1 C. Butter (room temp)
1 C. Sugar
1 C. Pumpkin
1 t. Vanilla
1 Egg
2 C. Flour
1 t. Baking Soda
1 t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. Salt

Beat butter and sugar together until well combined. Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and mix well. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and add to liquid ingredients.
Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes.

1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/4 C. Milk
2 T. Butter
Combine in small saucepan and boil for two minutes.

Remove from heat and add 3/4 tsp. vanilla and 1 C. Powdered sugar. Add water or milk to make less thick and powdered sugar to thicken.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cinnamon Roll Cake

{recipe & pic from} The Girl Who Ate Everything

Cinnamon Roll Cake

3 cups flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups milk
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup (1 stick) real butter, melted

1 cup (2 sticks) real butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3/4 cup chopped pecans, (optional) (always measure the nuts first then chop them)

2 cups powdered sugar
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In an electric or stand mixer mix the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs and vanilla. Once combined well, slowly stir in the 1/2 cup melted butter. Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix the 2 sticks of softened butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and pecans until well combined. Drop evenly over cake batter by the tablespoonfuls and use a knife to marble/swirl through the cake.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out nearly clean from center. You want to make sure it's done. I like most things underdone but cake is not one of them.
4. Place powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

{recipe & pic from} The Girl Who Ate Everything 

Peanut Butter Sheet Cake
recipe by Nina Jones

Mix in pan and bring to a boil:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter

Sift the following and add to the above mixture:
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda

Mix and add to the above mixture:
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

Stir well and pour into greased or parchment lined cookie sheet pan (jellyroll pan). Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

Mix in pan and bring to a boil:
3/4 cup butter
6 Tbsp buttermilk
1/2 cup peanut butter
Take off stove and add:
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp vanilla. Pour over warm cake.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Southwest Chicken Lettuce Wraps

{recipe& pic from} the mother huddle

Southwest Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps With an Avocado Lime Dressing

head of iceberg lettuce, with the full leafs pulled off, or tortillas
meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, or four chicken breasts, cubed and chilled
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
a bunch of cilantro, chopped
6 green onions, or 1 white onion, finely chopped
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 teaspoon of cumin
salt and pepper
optional: 1-3 jalapenos finally chopped (if you like heat)
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, except for the lettuce.
1 cup green chili sauce (I used canned)
2 avocados
4 ounces of fresh lime juice, or the juice of 4 limes
1/2 cup of sour cream
Blend in a blender until smooth.
Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture, you may not need the whole amount, just add until it is the consistency you like.
Then scoop up into a lettuce cup and enjoy!  I think this would also be so good with some of that green Tabasco sauce, I just haven’t tried it yet.
Let me know if you make them and what you would do different!

Giant Eclair Dessert

{recipe & pic from} the mother huddle

1 cup flour (don’t try and use wheat here)
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup water
6 eggs
Preheat oven to 400°.  Bring water and butter to a boil, remove from heat and whisk in flour. Transfer to a plastic or glass bowl and using a hand mixer or a very strong arm, mix in eggs one at a time. Batter will be very glossy by the sixth egg. Spread evenly on a large greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes until light golden brown. Let cool completely before topping.


1 large box instant vanilla pudding mix
1 8 oz cream cheese
3 cups milk
1 8 oz cool whip—or 12 oz if you want a thicker layer and an easier time
spreading it:)
Chocolate Syrup
Soften cream cheese by leaving it out at room temperature for a few hours or microwave it for 30-45 seconds. Add the milk to the pudding mix and mix thoroughly. Let stand a few minutes until it thickens and then beat in the cream cheese. It is really hard to get the cream cheese all the way blended into the pudding. Don’t worry if there are tiny little dots of the cream cheese that have not been blended. If they are small you won’t notice them when you are eating the dessert. Spread pudding mixture on the completely cooled crust and then immediately top with cool whip. Using the chocolate syrup bottle, drizzle syrup over cool whip in a back and forth pattern from one end to the other. Take a Knife and drag it one direction and then the other every two inches until you have completed a nice zebra looking pattern on the entire eclair. Keep refrigerated.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Double Chocolate Cookie Dough Cupcakes

{recipe& pic from}

~Adapted from the Chocolate Chip Cookie dough Cupcakes from
I may just have to try both versions! YUMM!
1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix (I use Duncan Hines)
1/3 cup water
1 1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Pour into cupcake liners, about 2/3 full. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely.
4 Tbsp salted butter, at room
6 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup + 2 Tbsp flour
7 oz (1/2 can) sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cream together butter and sugar for approximately 2 minutes. Add in vanilla, then flour, and lastly sweetened condensed milk. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about an hour to let the filling firm.
3 sticks salted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp milk
2 1/2 tsp vanilla
Cream together butter and brown sugar. Add powdered sugar in increments until smooth. Add in the flour and salt. Then add the remaining liquid ingredients.
Once cupcakes have cooled cut a cone shaped portion out of the center of each using a small paring knife. Discard these sections. Roll a small amount of the filling mixture into balls and place inside each cupcake. Frost cupcakes and garnish with mini chocolate chips if desired.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

{recipe & pic from} Picky
Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup sour cream
6 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons softened butter, (slice 2 Tablespoons 6 times totaling 12 tablespoons)
1 1/2 Cups packed light brown sugar, divided into 1/4 Cups
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
2-4 Tablespoons milk, to thin icing
1. In an electric or stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream until well combined. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.
2. In 2 batches, place in plastic wrap in a disc shape and chill for at least 2 hours for best results.
3. Once chilled, cut each disc into thirds and roll into a 1/8 inch thick oval, about 12 inches X 5 inches.  Spread each rolled pieces of dough with 2 Tablespoons softened butter, 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  Start rolling from the long end closest to you, rolling into a log shape.  Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch pieces of dough then placing onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet.
4.  To prepare frosting, beat the cream cheese until softened and smooth, slowly add powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency.  Frost cookies then place in refrigerator until ready to serve.  These are 100 times better chilled, trust me!!
Makes at least 6 dozen

The Mother Load Layered Cookies

The Mother Load Layered Cookie Bars
{recipe & pic from} Picky
Layer 1: Sugar Cookie
1 Roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Press sugar cookie dough into bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish that’s been lined foil and sprayed with cooking spray.
Layer 2Double Chocolate Chip Cookie
(the recipe below makes double what you’ll need for the bars, use extra for cookies)
1 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder)
2 tsps. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until well combined.
2. In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to wet ingredients then stir in chips. Layer 1/2 the recipe over sugar cookie layer, pressing gently.
Layer 3: Peanut Butter Cookie
1 Cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1.  Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined.  Press over chocolate cookie dough.
Layer 4:  Chocolate Chip Cookie
(the recipe below makes double what you’ll need for the bars, use extra for cookies)
2 sticks softened butter
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
3/4 Cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 bag chocolate chips
1.  Make sure oven is preheated to 350 degrees F.  In a stand or electric mixer cream the butter and sugars until well combined.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.  Place flour, baking soda and salt into a large bolw; mix to combine.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips.  Spoon 1/2 of the dough evenly over peanut butter cookie dough but don’t press, just leave uneven.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until center of dough is cooked mostly through.  Edges will be brown.  I covered pan with foil during the last 15 minutes of baking.
2.  Let cookies cool completely.  Lift out of pan with edges of foil.  I cut off 1/2 inch edges and just used softer centers, but do as you wish.  Edges are crispier.  Drizzle top with 1/2 Cup melted chocolate chips if desired.
*Note:  You can layer dough and refrigerate until ready to bake.  This is what I did and it worked very nicely.
8 large bars (if you cut off edges), 12 bars (if you keep edges)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pancake Mix Cookies

{recipe & pic from} Line Upon Line
Pancake mix Cookies
 {a.k.a Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies}

2 cup krusteaz pancake mix (she used pioneer brand Bisquick- we don't have that here)
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg semi sweet chocolate chip, Plus a extra 1 cup 
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoon butter, melted 

1. Melt the 1 pkg. of chocolate chips (about 1 minute 30 seconds – after the first 1 minute only do 30 seconds so you don’t burn the chocolate and make sure your bowl has no water in it – chocolate don’t like water when melting) 
2. In a mixing bowl add all the other ingredients except for the 1 cup chips. Mix well until smooth and blended. Add the 1 cup chips and mix in again.
3. Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 8 minutes.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

ALMOST Too Much Chocolate Cake

Oh Snap! Thank goodness my birthday is the next one coming up! 
(HINT...HINT....SARA...wouldn't it be good with oreos in the filling too!!!!;)
{recipe & pic from} Make it and Love it

Almost Too Much Chocolate Cake

First, bake the cake

Cake Recipe
1      (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
2      1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
3      1 cup sour cream
4      1 cup vegetable oil
5      4 eggs
6      1/2 cup water
7      1.5 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into 2 well greased 8 inch pans
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. 
Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least half an hour before putting on a cooling rack.  

Second, make the Chocolate buttercream  
1 cup vegetable shortening
3-4 Tlb milk
½ cup unsweetened coco powder
½ tsp clear vanilla extract (buy it by the cake decorating supplies, wilton makes it)
1 lb powder sugar
Mix all ingredients with mixer until smooth.

Third, add buttercream between the 2 cake layers-

Fourth, make ganache
2 tablespoons corn syrup
6 ounces heavy cream
2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small bowl on top of a double boiler, combine the corn syrup, chocolate and heavy cream. Let melt and combine while whisking often. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Let the ganache cool for a few minutes.

Fifth, pour the ganache over the top of the cake letting it drip down the sides. Take a spatula and spread the ganache over the parts not covered.

Pipe buttercream stars on the rim of the top.

Add Almonds. Take raw sliced almonds and place them over medium heat in a sautee pan. Keep them moving by wiggling the pan until they get lightly golden. Remove from heat and alow to cool. Sprinkle them on top of your cake.