Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Thanksgiving Recipe Collection


From turkey to pie, sides dishes and punches, my Thanksgiving Collection has every recipe you need to create the perfect menu plan. Follow this link to view the recipes.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Frankenstein Fingers


For our latest Halloween get together I made these Frankenstein Fingers, which are chocolate cookies that are baked, topped with a candy corn "nail," then drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze to emphasize the wrinkles on the fingers.


Chocolate and spooky! Enjoy!


Green Halloween Punch


This beautiful Green Halloween Punch is a vibrant and sweet concoction that both kiddos and adults will enjoy. I made this recipe for one large pitchers worth, but have included directions below for making this recipe for a large punch bowl as well.


I loved the color of this. Perfect and it lends itself well to be named something sinister like "Slime Punch" or "Ectoplasm Punch." Fun stuff. Enjoy!


Jack-o'-lantern Cheeseburger Pie


Though it may look a little garish, this Jack-o'-lantern Cheeseburger Pie is a delicious, kid friendly food and perfect for a spooky Halloween party.


Slice it up with a pizza cutter and serve. The crust held up better than I expected, but that might vary depending on what brand you use. I use Pillsbury premade refrigerated pie crusts that you unroll on the counter.


It does look a bit spooky, but trust me, it tastes great. Everyone at our party loved this. Enjoy!

Hot Dog Spiders


A simple and kid friendly appetizer for Halloween are these adorable Hot Dog Spiders. They take only 3 ingredients but they still taste great.


The recipe calls for black sesame seeds for the eyes, but unfortunately I had none so I used poppy seeds instead. Still cute, just a little less noticeable. Placing the eyes is a great project for little ones that want to help in the kitchen.


Super quick and super cute for a Halloween party. Enjoy!


Halloween 2017 + Great Last Minute Halloween Party Foods


Happy Halloween! I'll be posting the recipes through out the day today as I am able to, so check back if you are in need of last minute Halloween party recipes. Everything can be made the day of and it comes together very quickly. This was for our Halloween party for my children and their cousins.


Green Halloween Punch and Spider Hot Dogs.


We froze candy eyeballs into ice cubes but unfortunately those sank to the bottom of the pitcher. You can make out a few lurking at the bottom of the pitcher if you look closely.


Jack-o'-lantern Cheeseburger Pie. You can slice this pie up just like a pizza and it held together very well. Premade pie crust makes this a very fast recipe that tastes great. Everybody loved it and said how tasty it was.



Close up of the cute Spider Hot Dogs. Black Sesame Seeds work a bit better for the eyes but we were out so poppy seeds had to make due. Still cute!



Chocolate Witches Fingers


Recipes coming later today. Have a great Halloween!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Classic Southern Orange Slice Cake


I'd never heard of the southern classic Orange Slice Cake until recently, but I knew once I saw it that I had to make it. I would describe this delicious cake as about 3/4 delicious bundt cake and 1/4 fruitcake. Though the fruit in this case is actually orange candy. It is incredibly rich, so be sure to cut your servings very thin.


It is perfect as is, but as you can see in the first picture, you can add a bit of freshly whipped cream on top if you like, but try not to make the cream too sweet. There is plenty of sweetness in the cake itself already.


This was a huge hit at our house. It is worth the time and effort. If you love orange slice candies and you love a good bundt cake with a cup of coffee, this might be just the right dessert for you.


Be sure to check my notes if you plan on making this. I've included tips to help this cake turn out great. Enjoy!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Christmas Sausage Souffle

Christmas Sausage Souffle

I am a firm believer in two things when it comes to the holidays. First, that it is never too early to start planning for Christmas. Second, it is never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. It has started to snow overnight here in Montana and that is all the prompting I need to start listening to Christmas music and dreaming of what to create in the kitchen.

The great thing about being an adult is you can be just about as quirky as you want when it comes to holiday planning. Do you want to put your Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving? By all means, go for it. Nothing is holding you back, except perhaps confused family members.

One tradition that I have been enjoying is preparing a rich, comforting casserole before bed, with the help of my kiddos, then baking it up the next morning. It is a tradition that is special to me because I know it is fleeting - my kids wont always be this little, they wont always want to help mom in the kitchen. My eight year old son especially loves to help me in the kitchen. I just don't want them to keep growing up, but alas. Even when they are older and prefer to let me make it on my own, I want to carry on this tradition and hope that they remember it far down the line.

This is truly the heart of why I love the Christmas season so much, it really brings out the appreciation of family and the special traditions that just make you feel warm inside. For our family, we enjoy a nice breakfast casserole, a few pans of orange cinnamon rolls, orange juice and coffee. The casserole can bake while the family opens up stockings and presents, giving you a nice break to just enjoy the chaos that is Christmas morning. Enjoy!

Christmas Sausage Souffle


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pumpkin Roll - Recipe Flashback


One of my favorite fall deserts is this delicious Pumpkin Roll. Soft pumpkin cake is rolled up with a delicious cream cheese based filling and chilled until ready to cut into slices. If you have to have at least one pumpkin dessert during your holiday parties, let it be this. It is fantastic.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sweet Sausage and Nut Crescents - Recipe Flashback


Sweet Sausage and Nut Crescents feature Little Smokies wrapped in crescent rolls and baked over a sweet mixture of brown sugar and nuts. Perfect for breakfast on a chilly, Fall morning.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Pumpkin Butter Layered Dip - Recipe Flashback


A perfect fall appetizer, this Pumpkin Butter Layered Dip is a delicious combination of flavors. Cream cheese, pumpkin butter, bacon and lightly sweetened pecans make up this dish, which is paired well with your favorite crackers.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cheesy Bacon Corn Casserole - Recipe Flashback


This comforting Cheesy Bacon Corn Casserole is a great side dish for this fall season. Served warm, it has a touch of cayenne pepper to heat things up just a bit.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cranberry Orange Bread - Recipe Flashback


This moist Cranberry Orange Bread is best made the day before, if you can stop yourself from eating it that is. It is great with or without nuts, whichever you prefer. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Berry Cheesecake Cookies (From a Muffin Mix)


Incredibly tender Triple Berry Cheesecake Cookies hit the spot when you want that tang of cheesecake and berries with a lot less fuss. These delicious cookies utilize two pouches of muffin mix with a few extra ingredients like cream cheese to boost the flavor. The blueberries, blackberries and raspberries pair wonderfully with the cream cheese.


The end result is a soft and tender cookie with a great cheesecake and berry flavor.


Enjoy!


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