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  • Thirteen Days of Halloween Countdown

    Thirteen Days of Halloween Countdown

    When kids are away at college or on a mission, you can let them know you're thinking about them with a special Halloween care package!

  • Butterscotch Sauce

    Aug 11, 13 • Helen • Desserts, Featured, Presentation, Sweet Treats2 CommentsRead More »
    Butterscotch Sauce

    This delicious butterscotch sauce, best when served warm, is quick and easy to make!

  • Lemon Jell-O Gem Cookies

    Mar 1, 13 • Helen • Cookies, Featured, Sweet TreatsNo CommentsRead More »
    Lemon Jell-O Gem Cookies

    Colored sugar crystals will make your Jell-O cookies a bit of not-so-hidden treasure!

  • Coloring Chunky White Sugar and Candy Sprinkles

    Feb 26, 13 • Helen • Featured, Sweet Treats8 CommentsRead More »
    Coloring Chunky White Sugar and Candy Sprinkles

    I think I have died and gone to sprinkle and sugar heaven!  Do you ever have moments when you want smack yourself in the head and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  That’s me, right now!  I have found the source, I have seen the light and I am forever changed! I have bought the basics and opened up a whole new world of possibility!  I have learned how to color plain, large crystal and sanding white sugar…and sprinkles!    A few months ago I had a reader ask me if I colored my own sugar for my Jell-O cookies…my answer was “no”.  If only that had sparked a deeper fire for investigating the process, I could have saved myself a small fortune!  I don’t know why I didn’t pursue this sooner. Maybe it was because I didn’t know what to look for or the right questions to ask.  At one point, I found a bakery supply warehouse where I could buy sprinkles of all colors in bulk.  When I went there, and it was quite a drive, I found out that all the items I wanted had to be ordered in advance…nothing was in stock.  Discouraged, I put that the whole idea on the back shelf. Then I found myself needing specific colors of sprinkles again and I remembered seeing something on Pinterest (love my boards!) about coloring sprinkles and

  • Funeral Potatoes A.K.A. Hashbrown Casserole

    Feb 16, 13 • Helen • Featured, Recipes, Side Dishes8 CommentsRead More »
    Funeral Potatoes A.K.A. Hashbrown Casserole

    Funeral Potatoes A.K.A. Hashbrown Casserole is the perfect side-dish for any occasion!

  • Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Oct 13, 12 • Helen • Cupcakes, Desserts, Featured, Recipes, Sweet Treats1 CommentRead More »
    Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    I love to bake, but I am basically a lazy baker.  It has been a really long time since I baked a cake from scratch.  I am not a very discriminating cake-eater.  I was thrilled when I discovered that adding melted butter instead of oil to a cake mix seriously changes the texture and taste of the finished product.  I can, however, recognize when I’ve eaten something good.  This is a really good recipe! Thanks Amy and Pam for letting me share! Banana Cake Cake 1 1/2 cups ripe banana, mashed (about 4 – 6 medium-large) 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter, room temperature 2 1/8 cups white sugar 3 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups buttermilk Cream Cheese Frosting 3/4 cup  butter, softened 12 oz. cream cheese, softened 6 to 7 cups powdered sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1. Pre-heat oven to 275°…yes, it is 275° – this is not a typo!  Grease or spray  2 – 8″ round cake pans with baking spray and set aside; for cupcakes, put paper liners in a cupcake pan and set aside. 2. In a small bowl, mix mashed bananas and lemon juice; set aside.  In a medium size bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. 3. In a large bowl (or mixer bowl),

  • Front Porch Pumpkins

    Oct 9, 12 • Helen • Featured, Halloween2 CommentsRead More »
    Front Porch Pumpkins

      It has been a busy October and we still haven’t gotten up into the attic to get down Halloween decorations.  The only decorating that has been done is with those few items that got missed when we put away Halloween LAST year!  But because we are feeling the need to have a splash of those fall colors, we decided that we could “make the pathway bright” and fill our doorway with pumpkin cheer! You all know that I love my Everything99cents store – yet another reason!  Last Saturday they had pumpkins out front!  That’s right, a big box of pumpkins for just a dollar!  We got the tiny pumpkins from the grocery store and they were less than a dollar, but the bigger ones?  Yep…a dollar!  When you can get them that inexpensive, I don’t mind sacrificing one.  Measure the approximate height of the pot that will go inside – figure that the wall of the pumpkin will be at least 1″ to 1 1/2″ thick, so choose your pumpkin carefully –  then chop off the top and remove the seeds.  Your pumpkin pot is now ready to put a pot of posies (also just a dollar) right inside.  Easy peasy and cheap! Mixing it up a bit, the little white pumpkin had the perfect stem to attach a sparkly bow on top! It’s a process…but such a fun one.  Now I don’t

  • Heath Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip

    Oct 8, 12 • Helen • Desserts, Featured, Sweet Treats5 CommentsRead More »
    Heath Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip

    This dip is out-of-this world delicious!  Enough said…or is it?  I could go on and on…everyone that tries it does!  One of the main reason behind serving this with apples is because it eliminates the need for utensils.  Using a slice of an apple helps you get some of your daily servings of fruit in.  You will learn early on that you should get a good scoop of it on each slice, since double-dipping is socially unacceptable…and yes, you will have to keep an eye on the dip – the dip-partakers might just forget their manners!  You could always encourage your guests to use plates, but you might want to double this recipe or there won’t be enough to go around.  If there does happen to be any left, lock the frig or it will mysteriously disappear overnight.  Yep…this Heath Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip is THAT good! Heath Toffee Cream Cheese Apple Dip 2 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup white granulated sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar, well packed 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 a 8 oz. package Heath Toffee Candy Bits Let the cream sit out until it softens.  Add the two sugars and the vanilla. Whip together until smooth and creamy.  Add about 1/2 the package of the Heath Toffee bits and whip it up a little more.  Chill for a few hours or overnight.  This will

  • Halloween Cards for National Card Making Day

    Oct 7, 12 • Helen • Cards, Featured, Graphic 45, HalloweenNo CommentsRead More »
    Halloween Cards for National Card Making Day

    I’ve been so busy baking that I almost let today get away from me without making any cards…ridiculous!  Can’t let that happen!  So why not stop, take a few minutes and start getting ready for Halloween greeting cards?  I couldn’t think of any good reason either.  I had a couple of sheets of Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Collection and I love the nostalgic, whimsical look of the artwork, so for today it was the perfect choice for my cards! I had a cute little moon button that I tied up with some linen thread at the top! Don’t you just love the scaredy cat?  Use pinking shears along the edge of a 2′ length of crepe paper; gather, put redline tape on the back and apply as a ruffle, tying up with some orange Hug Snug seam binding. It’s kind of hard to see, but I added some Star Dust Stickles to the face on the pumpkin for just a little fun sparkle! This card uses ribbon on the side and three buttons to dress it up. A little black tulle, a brown paper bag flower and some fancy pins give a nice touch! And here’s more of the little quilt in the background! If you haven’t made cards yet today, it isn’t too late!  Happy Card Making! Share on: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share via MySpace share via Reddit Share with

  • Chopped Pizza – Rhodes Guest Blog Post!

    Oct 3, 12 • Helen • Appetizers, Baking, Featured, Recipes, RhodesNo CommentsRead More »
    Chopped Pizza – Rhodes Guest Blog Post!

    Along with the changing color of autumn leaves comes the anticipation of cooler weather…and my favorite seasons for baking!  Those days haven’t quite arrived here in San Diego, but I anxiously await a good excuse to heat up the house.  For those of you blessed with something other than our “horrid” San Diego climate, the time is now and this is a great recipe to add to your “fresh-out-of-the-oven” arsenal! Time again for a guest post over at the Rhodes Bake-N-Serv Blog with this fun recipe for Chopped Pizza.  No red sauce, which is great for some kids, but what I really liked about it was that it makes a no-mess pizza bread that is delicious served fresh, easy to re-warm and yummy served cold!  Go check out the step-by-steps and make some tonight for dinner…and extra for lunch tomorrow! Share on: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share via MySpace share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend Pin It

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