Delicious Pumpkin Loaf

This recipe has become a tradition around my house, my grandmother has made it for years and this is the first time I decided to brave and make it myself. ITS FABULOUS. Don't be nervous, its not as hard as it sounds!

What you need:

-Large dish towel, clean and dry
- 15x10 jelly roll pan (your typical cookie sheet with the 1" edge)


- 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground clove
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup 100% pure pumpkin
- 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1-8 oz. package cream cheese, room temp.
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 6 tbs. softened butter or margarine
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- extra powdered sugar for decoration


For Cake:
~ Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease pan; line with wax or parchment paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle towel with powdered sugar.
~ Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into pan. Sprinkle nuts if desired.
~ Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediatly loosen and turn onto towel. Carefully peel off paper. Cut off crusty edges. Roll up cake and twoel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

For Filling:
~ Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla in small mixer bowl until smooth. (Best if using stand mixer). Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with sugar before serving if desired.



Home made applesauce!

This is a great, healthy recipe that kiddos love! Even the ones that aren't a fan of applesauce that comes in the lunch-box style containers!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes


  • 4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.


Easy No Bake Cookies!

These are great, and always go fast! Kids can help with ingredients, but gets VERY hot and sticky on stove top!

What you need:

~ Cookie sheet with wax paper on top.


~ 2 cups white sugar
~ 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
~ 1/2 cup milk
~ 1/2 cup butter
~ 1 tsp. vanilla extract
~ 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (smooth works too!)
~ 3 cups original oatmeal


~ In a saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

~ Boil for 1 minute, lower heat and add vanilla, salt, peanut butter, mix until peanut butter melted.

~ Remove from heat and add oatmeal, mix well until all oatmeal is evenly coated.

~ Drop onto wax paper one tablespoon at a time, allow to cool (you can also place cookie sheet in the fridge to cool faster!)


Frog Eye'd Salad- great for summer bbq's

This is an old family favorite, my grandmother used to make it EVERY 4th of July and it was gone in an instant.

What you need:

~ Large bowl to serve it in, large saucepan, large pot for boiling pasta.


~ 1 cup white sugar
~ 3 eggs yolks
~ 2 Tbs. all purpose flour
~2 cups pineapple juice
~ 1 Tbs. lemon juice
~ 1 (16 oz.) package acini di pepe pasta
~ 2 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple
~ 2 (11 oz.) cans mandarin oranges, drained
~ 3/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
~1 (16 oz.) package mini marshmallows
~ 1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


~ in a large saucepan over low heat combine sugar, eggs yolks, flour, pineapple juice and lemon juice. Stir and cook until thickened, remove from heat.

~ While sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water.

~ In a large bowl, combine cooked mixture with pasta and toss to coat thoroughly. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

~ Toss pasta with pineapple, oranges, maraschino cherries, marshmallows and whipped topping. Refrigerate until serving.

It definitely has an interesting texture, but its very good. I would compare it to a type of jello salad... with a little more density!



Captain Chuck's Fudge

My father-in-law is a great cook and always treats our tummies well when we visit. Something we have all come to love is his delicious fudge, which is easy to make and great to share! (The secret is in the sugar!)

What you need:

~ small aluminum baking pan that's disposable, about 8" works well. Also, a candy thermometer.


~ 1 1/2 cubes butter
~ 3 cups C&H sugar (or Domino sugar) other sugars are too grainy!
~ 6 oz. evaporated milk
~ 1 Tsp. vanilla
~ 1 tsp. milk (if fudge seems too dry)
~ 2 HEAPING cups chocolate chips
~ 4 HEAPING cups mini marshmallows

~2-3 cups marshmallows
~ 2-3 cups nuts
~1-2 cups Toffee chunks


~ Add all required ingredients and bring to 225 to 235 degrees.
~ Add chocolate chips and marshmallows.
~Stir like crazy!
~ Add optional ingredients if desired, pour into pan and let cool.

He's a genius in the kitchen, so his few SPECIFIC tidbits do make all the difference!


Cherry gelatin mold

My friends children have lots of allergy issues, we always try to find delicious and creative ways to make sweets for them too. Here's a good one for kids allergic to dairy, its bright and colorful and tastes great!

What you need:

~ Gelatin mold, or a bundt pan (that's what I used!), spray with non-stick cooking spray first.


~ 1 (12 oz.) can Coke
~ 1 (16.5 oz.) can pitted Bing cherries
~ 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple with juice
~ 1 (6 oz.) package black cherry gelatin
~ 1 cup chopped pecans


~ Drain pineapple. Drain the cherries and save their juice.

~ In a saucepan, combine the reserved cherry juice with the coke. Heat until boiling then stir in gelatin. Mix until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the drained pineapple, drained cherries, and chopped pecans. Pour mixture into a mold and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.


Dirt... need I say more!

Alright, remember how yummy dirt used to be when you were 2? NOPE, nobody else does either! However, this is a vast improvement over the original "dirt" we all made pies out of! This is another good one for the kids to help out with!

What you need:

~ Very large bowl or plastic "terra cotta" looking flower pot! Fake flowers or gummy worms are a nice touch as well.


~ 1/2 cup butter, softened
~ 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese
~ 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
~ 2 (3.5 oz.) packages instant french vanilla pudding mix
~ 3 1/2 cups milk
~ 1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped cream, thawed
~ 32 oz. Oreo's


~ Smash cookies in large ziploc bag with a rolling pin, or put in food processor until fine.
~ Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a bowl.
~ In a large bowl mix milk, pudding and whipped cream together.
~ Combine pudding mixture and cream mixture together.
~ Layer in bowl or flower pot, starting with cookies, then cream. Repeat until last layer on top is cookies only.
~ Chill until ready to serve.
~ Add flowers or worms right before serving!


Easy Apple Pie... that's SOOO good!

My husband isn't a fan of many desserts unless its absolutely the darkest chocolate ever! He's also not a fan of fruit (sounds to healthy!); HOWEVER, he eats this like nobodies business!

Easy Apple Pie

What you need:

~ 9 inch pie crust


~ 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie (think Pillsbury ready made pie crusts)
~ 1/2 cup unsalted butter
~ 3 Tbs. all purpose flour
~ 1/4 cup of water
~ 1/2 cup white sugar
~ 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
~ 8 granny smith apples; peeled, cored, and sliced


~ Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a past. Add water, white sugar, and brown sugar, and bring to boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

~ Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter mixture over the crust (try to get as much crust as possible). Pour slowly so it does not run off.

~ Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce temperature to 350 degree and continue to bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Crust should be shiny where the drizzle touched as you poured! Served great warm with a scoop of French Vanilla on top!



Cheese cake that can be sugar free AND delicious!

My best friend shared this wonderful cheesecake recipe with me. You can use Splenda instead of sugar to have a sugar free cheesecake! Its still DELICIOUS and you can't tell the difference! I also won 3rd place in a cake-off with this sugar free recipe!!!


What you need:
- 10 inch spring form pan

For crust:
~ 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
~ 3 Tbs. melted butter

~ 3 packages Philadelphia cream cheese
~ 1 cup white sugar (or Splenda if you are doing sugar free!)
~ 2 Tbs. flour
~ 3 eggs
~ 2 tsp. vanilla extract
~ 1/4 cup milk

What to do:

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

~Mix crust ingredients together and press into spring form pan. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.

~ Reset oven to 325 degrees.

~ Beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar (or Splenda), and flour until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, then vanilla. Add milk and mix well until blended smooth.

~ Pour filling over crust and bake 50 minutes or until slightly firm to the touch. Let cool 20 minutes, then cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours before serving.

Can be served plain, with pie filling over the top, or walnuts, chocolate chips, caramel and fudge sauce for turtle cheesecake!


Monkey Bread--- from Boot's

I have a daughter who loves to help in the kitchen. NickJr.com has some great recipes that the kids can help with that also taste great. This is one of our favorites... my husband and daughter make it for me every Mother's day!

You'll Need:

12-inch bundt pan
4 tubes of refrigerated biscuit dough
1 1/3 cups white sugar
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 stick margarine
1 tsp. vanilla

Next you will:
~Preheat oven to 350
~Have kids help you cut each biscuit into 3 pieces
~have kids mix 2/3 cup of sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon in large bowl and have kids dip each piece of bread dough into the mixture.
~show kids how to grease the pan with the margarine and drop in pieces of dough
~in small pan mix together remaining ingredients, margarine, cinnamon, and vanilla. Heat on stove until it reaches a boil. Pour over the biscuit pieces and bake for 40 minutes. When done turn bread over onto a plate and serve.

Serves: 16, or one hungry mama during the entire day, and kiddo and daddy for breakfast! (It heats up great!)



S'mores Brownies the kiddies will LOVE!!!

As a Girl Scout Troop leader I have had to come up with some pretty creative ways to help celebrate being girl scouts and incorporating traditions with being in a library with no kitchen, or stove (or campfire) and s'mores are the "official" snack of the scouts. So... what's a girl to do?!?!
I made these brownies which were a HUGE hit with the kids, and their parents, and was VERY easy.
I bought the Truffle Brownie Mix from Trader Joes; this is literally the BEST brownie mix EVER! Made the brownies according to directions, -5 minutes to keep the "fudgy". Then pulled them out to cool.
Once cooled I added "Fluff" to the top, if you don't have fluff in your area you can try any marshmallow cream. Fluff is its own special entity however, so it might be a little different, its not quite as sweet as most other marshmallow creams.
Then, I added crushed graham crackers to the top of the fluff and had to press it in to keep it from falling and making a huge mess.
TA-DA! S'mores in a pan! They were great, were gone in a few minutes, and the girls requested I make them for every badge ceremony! DELISH!!!