Sunday, November 6, 2011

All American Apple Pie

It's fall and that's a perfect time for apple pie! Click here for this easy recipe!

Notes: This was easy to make and very tasty!  I used Empire apples because I had a bunch on hand. This is a great recipe to use because the crust is simple.  You can always substitute the refrigerated ones if you have those on hand as well.  It freezes well too if you can't eat it all. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mummy Cupcakes

Check out these mummy cupcakes for Halloween! I didn't follow a recipe for this, I just googled Halloween recipes and found a ton of cute mummy ones. I baked chocolate cupcakes and iced them with buttercream icing. I piped the icing on with at tip #104 and added some M&M's for the eyes. Try it out..what fun!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Brain Cupcakes

What says Happy Halloween better than brain cupcakes?! These are great! Click here to enjoy this fun recipe!

Notes: What fun! They look just like brains! I baked a batch of chocolate cupcakes in Halloween liners.  I added copper (light skin tone) icing color to white buttercream icing.  I piped the icing with the #10 tip. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Campfire S'mores Cupcakes

There are so many fun ways to make s'mores cupcakes! Click here to enjoy this one!
Notes: I made this for a friend at school who's daughter was having a birthday. What fun! I substituted red fruit roll ups for the baked candies (the flames). You can also use a box cake mix if you were short on time. I also used my own buttercream icing recipe rather than the marshmallow creme. The fun of these recipes is mixing ingredients up and using what you like and what you have on hand.  I dipped the end of the toothpick into black buttercream icing. These would be fun to make for summertime! Enjoy!

Cincinnati Chili

This is perfect to make on the weekends now that the weather is getting a little cooler. Click here to check out this delicious chili recipe! 
Notes: This is easily our favorite chili dish! It works well with both hamburger or turkey, whatever is your preference.  I am allergic to beans, so I omitted it from the recipe but my husband added it as a topping to his.  Both regular or wheat spaghetti work well for this.  I added shredded cheese and sour cream to the top of mine. My husband prefers 5 way chili and added cheese, raw onions and beans to his. We cooked ours in the crockpot on low for 4 hours.  This also freezes well if you have a lot leftover. Enjoy!

Orange Candy Corn Bars

If you love candy corn like I do, this is a great Halloween dessert! Click here for the recipe!
Notes: This was a lot of work but well worth it. It was very sweet so I cut it into smaller bars.  The paste colors are definitely brighter than the liquid colors so I would recommend using those in this recipe.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Here's a fun jack-o-lantern cake for Halloween. Flip an ice cream cone upside down and stick it in the top and add some candy corn for teeth. Click here for this great recipe!
Notes: This isn't exactly the recipe I used here but it is very similar.  I outlined the eyes and mouth with black icing and used candy corn for the mouth rather than the fruit roll ups.  Either would work or any other candies you have on hand. I used 2 bundt cakes to make this as well.  It was a lot of fun. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Boo the Ghost Cake

Here's a fun cake the kids can help with. This ghost cake is perfect for Halloween.  Click here for this fun recipe.  

Notes: What fun! I made a ghost pattern and put it on cardboard, then set the cardboard on top of the cake and carefully cut out the ghost shape. (You can keep the ghost pattern to be used again for other cakes.) I recommend buttercream icing to the canned icing.  I covered a cake board with orange tissue paper for a festive, Halloween look. Enjoy!

Dirt and Worms Cupcakes

How about some dirt and worms cupcakes for Halloween? These are simply chocolate cupcakes, baked and cooled then iced with orange icing.  I got a package of dirt crumbs and a package of gummy worms from the craft store (AC Moore) then just sprinkled them on for some Halloween fun. Enjoy!

Spider Web Cupcakes

Here are some fun spider web cupcakes for Halloween! Bake and cool 24 chocolate cupcakes and ice with white icing. Cut licorice strips into pieces to look like spider webs. You can use an orange m&m or a skittle for the middle of the spider, then pipe orange legs on the spider. These are a lot of fun to make. Enjoy!

Webster's Web

Here's a fun spider web cake for Halloween. Click here for this easy to make cake. 
Notes: This is not the exact recipe that I followed for this cake but it is similar. I used my own recipe for buttercream icing, rather than the one in the book. You can use whatever you prefer. I used a tip #2 for the spider web circles. You can use whatever candies you have on hand to make the spider. Enjoy!

Halloween Skeleton Brownies

Here's a fun twist to brownies. Just bake your favorite brownie mix then add these fun skeleton candies. Just stick them in the brownies and make them look like they're trying to get out! The skeleton candies came in a mix from the craft store but this would work well with any Halloween candy mold candies. Have fun!

Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes

Just to add a new twist on chocolate Halloween cupcakes...bake 24 chocolate cupcakes and ice with chocolate buttercream icing. (I do not recommend the canned frosting-just doesn't work or taste as good) then add Halloween sprinkles. I got the cupcake liners and skeleton sticks at AC Moore/Michael's. They have great holiday baking stuff! Enjoy! 

Halloween Cupcakes

Looking for some easy Halloween cupcakes? These are simple. Just bake 24 chocolate cupcakes, ice with orange icing, then decorate with whatever Halloween sprinkles you have on hand. Enjoy!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Candied Orange Chocolate Cake

Here's a jazzed up bundt cake. If you like chocolate, nuts and orange, this is for you.  Click here to enjoy. 

Notes: This was an extremely tasty and moist cake.  The recipe calls for devil's food cake but I used a marble cake and that worked as well.  The chopped up orange, candy slices were a great add! I made it for fun to take to school and our custodian liked it so much he requested one for his birthday. This will work for any occasion! Enjoy!

Trick-or-Treat Cake

It's October and that means Halloween and lots of yummy Halloween recipes! This "bag of candy" is a lot of fun to make. Click here for this fun recipe!

Notes: Fun and yummy! I suggest buttercream icing as opposed to the canned frosting, it just tastes much better! The decorating gels run too much for me so again I'd suggest thinning out the buttercream icing and using a writing tip for the pumpkin vines.  I also suggest crumb coating the cake-makes it so much easier to ice, then freeze for 30-45 min. I cut the zigzag shape once it was crumb coated.  I used a bunch of different candies for the top. Enjoy!

Stuffed Peppers

We have been trying to eat healthier these days so we decided to try these stuffed peppers with ground turkey rather than ground beef.  Turns out, they were very tasty! Click here to try it for yourself!

Notes: Yum! These work just as well with green bell peppers.  I didn't follow the recipe exactly but used a lot of the ingredients.  I just threw together a pound of ground turkey, onions, garlic, salsa and sour cream and some seasonings and sauteed those in pan. The sour cream gives it a very good flavor.  I didn't use the house seasoning recipe, I just used whatever was on hand.  I also omitted the rice. Prepared the rest of the it the same and cooked for 35 minutes. Enjoy!

Graham-Crusted Tilapia

Tired of the same old fish? Click here for a great new way to fix tilapia!

Notes: This is delicious!! I made half of the recipe because I only had 2 small tilapia.  I also used the box of cracker crumbs rather than the squares.  I didn't toast the pecans either.  I put the dry ingredients in one pie plate and the liquid ingredients in another pie plate. That gives you enough room to coat the fish.  

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Back to School Pencil Cookies

What says welcome back to school better than these cute pencil cookies!! Click here for this fun recipe!

Notes: What fun! These are co cute and very tasty too! I'll admit-they are very time consuming. I made mine on a Sunday when I had plenty of time. I had some leftover yellow buttercream icing so I used that rather than the royal icing.  I didn't follow the exact order on the recipe but it still came out fine. It might be fun to try and find something to make the tin foil end out of that is edible.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Apple Bread

It's fall and that means time for some yummy apple recipes. What goes better with apples, then nuts and chocolate! Click here for this delicious recipe. 

Notes: This is super easy. I actually used an apple that one of my kids brought me at school for this recipe!! I baked it for 55 min. (I always bake for the lowest time and then add more if necessary). It has a good mix of apple, chocolate chips and walnuts. Enjoy!

Chocolate Creme Cake

Looking for a delicious, chocolate cake recipe for someone's birthday? Try this unique cake with creme in the middle. Click here for the recipe. 

Notes: This was very tasty and had a great chocolate flavor! It is time consuming but well worth it. I made this for one of my teammates at school and it was a big hit.  The above recipe isn't exactly the one I had but very similar. I recommend a cake leveler to level it even and I cut mine on a cake board as well.  Try this for your next birthday-you'll love it!

Garlic (Pesto) Shrimp Linguine

Looking for a new recipe for shrimp? How about some pasta, a lot of seasonings and some pesto? Click here to try this delicious dish! 

Notes: This was very tasty! The shrimp was well seasoned.  I used water in place of the white wine, and dried parsley in place of the fresh and it was still wonderful! There wasn't enough juice for me, so I mixed in a package of pesto and that gave it even more flavor.  I highly recommend this dish, especially if you're looking for a quick, healthy meal! Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken

This is a 2 pan meal! Who doesn't love that on a busy night?! Grab some chicken thighs and a few spices and you are good to go! Click here for this quick and easy recipe. 

Notes: I used a broiling pan-one with a rack where the meat doesn't touch the bottom and get lost in its own juices, and I used a good amount of cooking spray so the skin didn't stick to the pan. Unfortunately the chicken wasn't quite done in the allotted 20 min. I started broiling on high, then turned it down to low because the garlic was starting to burn. I ended up throwing it in the oven on 350 for another 10 minutes, so if a recipe doesn't quite work out for you the first time, adjust adjust adjust! Enjoy!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Back to School Cake

It's back to school time again! What better way than to start with a school bus cake! Of course, I personalized it with the name of my school on it and you can do the same. Click here for this fun recipe!
Notes: This was super fun to make! I definitely recommend leveling the cake before you ice it. I also highly recommend crumb coating it before putting on the final layer of icing. Just put some icing on it, it's ok, it doesn't have to be neat-then throw it in the freezer for about 30 min. This makes it SO much easier to ice the cake! I also used my own buttercream icing recipe so feel free to use your favorite as well.  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Broccoli Chicken Roll

I found yet another creative way to use crescent rolls! If you have some leftover chicken and broccoli this is the perfect dinner.  Click here for this tasty recipe. 

Thoughts: This was very tasty! A great way to eat broccoli, even if you're not a huge fan.  I might even use a bit more mayo and mustard next time to make it even creamier.  I added some butter once it was cooked because I just have a hard time eating a crescent roll without butter! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Looking for some comfort food? Why not try chicken pot pie? Click here for this quick and easy recipe. 

Thoughts: This is delicious! I highly recommend using the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts as opposed to a generic pie crust. It was incredibly light and flaky.  I took the pie crusts out of the freezer the night before and put them in the refrigerator so they only had to thaw about 15-20 min on the counter before baking.  I'm not the best "fluter" when it comes to pie crust edges so I just used a fork after I trimmed the edges a bit.  I also didn't have any frozen vegetables on hand so I cut up half an onion and a green bell pepper and added that at the end. You could also add some potatoes to this if you like. Use any other seasonings you like in addition to the salt and pepper. I didn't end up covering the crusts with tin foil at the end of baking. The edges were nice and brown and crispy. Enjoy!

Pastel Four-Layer Cake

I decided to make this torte and take it to school in the spring because of the colorful icing. I am a huge fan of the torte, because it is simple and easy. Click here to find out how to make this yummy goodness!
Thoughts: This was very good. The colorful flavors were a good mix.  I don't ever flour my cake pans, just grease them real good.  Again, I would recommend the cake cutter to cut the cake into even pieces.  Grab a tall glass of milk and enjoy!

Pumpkin Torte

I found another pumpkin favorite! I love the look of a torte! Click here to enjoy this delicious recipe!

Thoughts: This is delicious! It is perfect for fall and Thanksgiving.  I would recommend a cake cutter from the craft store to help cut cakes evenly.  A bread knife works well too.  Feel free to use the nuts of your choice to top off the cake. Enjoy!

Boston Creme Pie

Looking for a sweet mix of vanilla and chocolate? Try this Boston Creme Pie. Click here for this delicious recipe!

Thoughts: This was very tasty! When using the cake mix as the recipe calls for, be sure and use the required eggs, water and oil.  My glaze was a bit thick so I "iced" it more than let the glaze drip.  Enjoy!

Fudgy Raspberry Torte

Tired of the traditional cake? Try this super easy torte! Click here for this delicious recipe.  

Thoughts: This was so tasty! I made it for Thanksgiving at work.  Be sure the pudding is soft set or it will run down the sides of the cake. Make sure the jam is cool before adding to the top of each cake. Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake

Once fall hits, I seem to be on a pumpkin kick! So I found another pumpkin bundt cake recipe. Click here to check it out!
Thoughts: This was another yummy, tasty bundt cake! It was moist and easy to make and perfect for fall. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

If it's holiday time and you have leftover canned pumpkin, here's the perfect recipe for you. This is a nice, light pumpkin bundt cake. Click here for this delicious recipe!

Thoughts: This is one yummy, tasty bundt cake! It is extremely moist and perfect for the fall.  Enjoy!

Neapolitan Cake

Here's a new twist on a bundt cake. Not only does it taste good but it looks amazing. Click here for this delicious recipe. 

Thoughts: Very tasty and easy to make! I substituted the yellow cake mix with a white mix, as well as vegetable oil for canola oil.  When dividing the batter into thirds, I used cereal bowls all the same size to make it as equal as possible.  The "optional" confectioner's sugar is a must once the cake is done. Enjoy!

Sausage Crescents

Found another yummy recipe for crescent rolls! There is no official recipe for this. I just cooked some Maple Flavor Brown n Serve sausage links. Then I used 2 cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls and unrolled them on a cookie sheet. I put one sausage link per crescent roll, rolled it up and baked it for 10-13 min. Then I cut them in half, put out some syrup and they're good to go!

Thoughts: I made these for Christmas morning one year and I've been making them ever since. They are super easy and so tasty.  Another big hit at our staff breakfast at school. Enjoy!

Crustless Bacon Quiche

There is nothing like a good quiche first thing in the morning. This has your bacon and eggs all in one. Just throw it in the oven and you're good to go. Click here for this delicious recipe!

Thoughts: Very tasty! You can half this recipe but still use the 9 inch pie plate.  I used a wire whisk rather than a blender. This was another hit at a staff breakfast at school.  Again, I like to serve salsa on the side. Enjoy!

Brunch Sausage Casserole

Got company coming for breakfast? Why not serve up a delicious casserole? Click here for this tasty recipe!
Thoughts: This is excellent! You can make half the recipe and use only 4 pieces of bread.  This freezes very well. I like to serve it with some salsa on the side. Enjoy!

Mini Frittatas

Looking for something small, light and tasty for breakfast? Check out these mini frittatas. They are quick and easy and just what you're looking for!

Thoughts: Very tasty and easy to make! If doing half the recipe, use the 24 cup mini muffin tin once and 1/4 cup diced ham.  The 4 ounces of diced ham the recipe calls for is about 1/2 cup.  Be sure and spray the muffin tins really good. The rubber spatula is the best way to remove them from the tin.  This recipe is also good with diced turkey.  They were a big hit at our school staff breakfast. Enjoy! 

Granola Sweet Rolls on a Stick

Here's another new twist on cinnamon rolls! Why not add some banana, put them on a stick and bake them! Click here for this delicious recipe. 

Thoughts: These are very tasty! I used the can of 8 cinnamon rolls rather than 5. I ended up using 2 cookie sheets because I had 8 rolls.  I also used pie plates for the yogurt and the granola. I find the shallow dishes easy to dip food in.  You can either serve the yogurt sauce as a dip, or drizzle it on as I did.  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mini Cinnamon Crescents

I am a huge crescent roll fan and am always on the lookout for a new recipe. I also like things "mini" to make me feel like I'm eating less! Click here to enjoy this chocolaty, cinnamon goodness!

Thoughts: Love these!! They are quick and easy-2 of my favorite things in the kitchen! This recipe is a bit time consuming but well worth it in the end. I substituted mini chocolate chips for the raisins because I do not like raisins. If you like them both, then feel free to add them both.  It's hard to wait that 5 minutes to cool, so I just throw on some butter and eat them warm! Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Bites

Here's a fun, new twist on cinnamon rolls. If you're looking for a little bite, click here for this yummy recipe!
Thoughts: Very quick and easy and so tasty! This was another hit at our staff breakfast at school.  Double the recipe for even more sweetness. Enjoy!

Bacon Quiche Biscuit Cups

This is perfect for breakfast! It's got your bread, bacon and eggs all in one! Click here for this delicious recipe!

Thoughts: These were a huge hit at school for one of our staff breakfasts. They are so easy to make too.   Be sure and firmly press the dough into the muffin tins all the way up the sides.  You can also use more bacon, but not too much because mixed with the cheese can get very salty. I also used cheddar cheese instead of swiss. Use whatever your favorite cheese is. Remove from the pan using a rubber spatula-they will slide out much easier. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ranch Chicken

Looking for an easy chicken recipe? Try this delicious, deep fried ranch chicken. It may not be the healthiest, but it sure is tasty! 

Thoughts: I used 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them in half.  I also used Three Cheese Ranch dressing rather than just the regular Ranch.  I put the dressing in one pie plate and the bread crumbs in another pie plate. (I find it easiest to dip them in glass pie plates rather than a paper plate or a plastic bag).  Rather than using a skillet, I used my deep fryer and fried the chicken for about 12 min total.  I only put in 2 pieces of chicken at a time as not to crowd the chicken too much.  The coating was nice and crisp. I may try baking it next time, just to be a bit healthier!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Oven Baked Zucchini Sticks

Looking for another great recipe for zucchini? Click here to try these oven baked zucchini sticks!

Thoughts: Thanks to my sister-in-law for this awesome recipe! Be sure you cut the zucchini thick enough or they will burn.  The coating is very tasty! When I made these the first time, I only had 1 zucchini rather than the 3 the recipe called for, so then I just "eye-balled" the dry ingredients. You can always use whatever seasonings you like or have on hand too.  For the sauce (since I am not a horseradish fan) so if you aren't either I would suggest 1/2 cup mayo, 3 Tbsp. honey dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel and 1 clove garlic, minced. Combine all sauce ingredients and chill for an hour. Southwest Chipotle Dressing makes a wonderful dip as well! 

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pirate Cake

Want a fun cake to make with kids? Try this pirate cake! I made this with my niece and nephew last summer and we had a blast! Click here for this fun recipe! 

Thoughts: What fun! This is perfect for a kid's birthday or to have kids help you make.  Feel free to change any of the candies to your liking. It's a good idea to have scissors for cutting licorice and roll ups that are different from your regular kitchen shears. 

Hash Brown Meatloaf

Here's a creative way to make meatloaf. Throw some hash browns inside of it and save yourself having to find a side dish! Click here to enjoy! 

Thoughts: This is very good and so easy to make! I used frozen hash brown chunks and just thawed some in the microwave. I baked it for 70 min and did let it rest for a a few minutes before serving. 

Chocolate Berry Shortcake

Here's another twist on strawberry shortcake. Try making it with cocoa to give it a nice chocolaty, flavor! Click here  for this recipe! 

Thoughts: This was rather bland. It needs more flavoring. I would add some more nutmeg to it and maybe a little bit of cinnamon. I used Bisquick as the baking mix as well as a regular vanilla yogurt rather than low fat.  

Friday, July 22, 2011

Rum Cake

This rum cake has been a huge hit with my husband at his work place. He doesn't work at a school so he can have something like this with alcohol in it! I have made this numerous times and it's always popular. Click here to enjoy!

Thoughts: I am not a rum fan but my husband and his co-workers sure love this! I omitted the nuts because my husband doesn't like them. The glaze makes a lot as you can see from the picture. 

Amaretto Bundt Cake

I've been trying my hand at rum cakes and rum balls so I thought I'd try something with my favorite alcohol-amaretto! This bundt cake is delish! Click here to enjoy!

Thoughts: Most delicious! You can make it with or without the nuts-depending on your preference. I did this one without the almonds.  If you want some more amaretto flavor, mix 1/2 cup amaretto with 2 cups of powdered sugar and drizzle on the cooled cake. ( You might not want to make this for your teacher friends at school!!) 

Strawberry Lime Stuffed Cupcakes

Yet, another delicious strawberry recipe for the summer! Now you can make a cupcake with a giant strawberry in the middle! Click here for this delicious recipe! Enjoy!

Thoughts: These were very good! I substituted iodized salt for the fine salt.  You just have to crush it a little to make it a bit finer is all. You can find sanding sugar at the local craft stores. Be careful when you are assembling it. It can be tricky to ice the cupcake with the strawberry in it. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Crescent Caramel Swirl

I am a HUGE fan of crescent rolls and am always on the lookout for new recipes! This one is super easy to make and it's sweet and crunchy. Click here to enjoy!

Thoughts: Yum! This can be made with 1 or 2 cans of crescent rolls. It tastes much better with the 2 but if you only have 1 on hand, that will work as well. You'll still bake it for the same amount of time.  Any kind of nuts will work for this recipe. Use your favorite!