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I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking, baking and cleaning. Most the time I feel like I am reenacting an episode of "I Love Lucy." So, I decided to start blogging about all my mishaps and share some good recipes along the way.

08 December 2014

Chocolate covered Ritz crackers dipped in peanut butter

I filled a piping bag with 1 cup creamy peanut butter.
I piped it on one ritz cracker and them put another ritz cracker on top.  Making a ritz cracker sandwich.  Meanwhile I melted chocolate chips in my mini crock pot.  When all the chocolate was melted I dipped as much of the ritz sandwich as possible.  Then I topped with a (crushed ritz cracker). There is usually a small corner where my finger was that doesn't have chocolate, I use a knife and just spread the chocolate on the missed spots. 

K Train's Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

I don't know K-Train but I do like her cookies,
 my husband thinks they are the best. 
Linda brought them to, "The 3rd Annual Cookie Exchange," and was nice enough to share this recipe.  I hear the Snicker Doodles are amazing so hopefully you will get that recipe next year from the 4th Annual cookie exchange.  
 I will definitely make these cookies the next time I need a chocolate chip cookie fix. 


02 December 2014

Bacon Pancakes

Opps~ Pedro did it again.  I love this section of my blog!  Pedro went and sent me an email with 10 amazing idea's, and this was one of them. My family loves these pancakes.   My husband thinks the size is perfect, he said they weren't all doughy like most pancakes.   The bacon just made the pancakes so delicious!  I will make these again, especially if I want to impress someone.
This is a self explanatory recipe.  Just make your favorite pancake recipe and pour it over the cooked
bacon.  In the recipe Pedro sent me they put the pancake mix on the griddle first and then put the bacon on top.  Then they added a little extra pancake mix on top of the bacon to cover it.  They were longer and skinnier and better looking but I am sure they taste the same and this is easier.

24 November 2014

Pumpkin Dump Cake

1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 egg       
1/2 cup butter, melted

1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 eggs                                                    
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 ground clove                                                   
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon                                                    
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar     
2/3 cup evaporated milk                                                 

1 cup cake mix
1/2 (1 stick) softened butter
1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch pan Change Servings
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Set aside 1 cup cake mix for the topping. Combine remaining cake mix,  egg, and melted butter or margarine. Pat into a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin,  eggs, spices, sugars, and milk. Pour pumpkin mixture over the cake mix crust.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup cake mix, 1/2 cup softened butter and nuts cut until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle mixture on top of pumpkin mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 55 minutes.

19 November 2014

Ants on a Log

  Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins or chocolate  chips on top. The snack name was first used in the 1950s.     
  • Ants on vacation: Without "ants", or no raisins
  • Ants on a Slip 'n Slide: Add honey on top of the peanut butter before adding raisins

11 November 2014

Opps, Pedro did it again

My friend Pedro decided to venture out into the baking world and it didn't go so well.  He was making flan when he messed up the caramel sauce. He used brown sugar instead of sugar and it was a disaster.  The caramel was stiff and there was no saving it.  He texted me right again with threats of throwing all of it in the garbage.  I texted him off the BAKING CLIFF, with an easy solution.  I told him to turn his flan into Cream Brulee.  If that makes any sense?  So instead of baking the flan with the caramel sauce his just baked the custard.  After letting it sit for maybe a half hour, (we should have waited longer but we didn't have all night). He sprinkled maybe 2 tablespoons of WHITE sugar evenly on top of the custard.  He put it back in the oven and broiled the sugar, it maybe took 2 to 3 minutes.  You can't take your eyes off it because it can burn.  You will have to turn it a couple time to get all the sugar to melt.
He brought some to my house to share and it was DELICIOUS!  My whole family loved it.
 I have never liked flan but I will use this recipe, skip the caramel sauce & do the burnt sugar on top.
Recipe courtesy of   
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a bowl, beat together the evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla extract, egg whites, and whole eggs. Set aside. In a medium saute pan on medium heat, heat the sugar until syrup-like and brown in color, about 8 to 10 minutes. Keep stirring the sugar as it can burn easily. Pour the melted sugar caramel into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish, coating around the bottom and sides. Pour in the milk mixture. Place the entire baking dish in a larger dish filled halfway up the smaller baking dish with water, but be sure not to let any water spill into the flan mixture. Cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the custard is set. Cook's Note: Insert a knife into the center, and if it comes out clean, it is fully cooked.
Let the custard cool 2 hours before serving.

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