Cupcakes & Frosting

Apr 6, 2015

I have to share with you an amazing frosting that is so simple and so good. I’m all about simple when it comes to the kitchen. I love to cook and bake as long as a recipe does not involve ingredients that are hard to find or is one that keeps me in the kitchen forever. If this is the case well, count me out on cooking that recipe. Ingredients Needed: Lemon Cake Mix or mix of your choice plus eggs, Water & Oil, Lemon Curd, Wilton White Sparkling Sugar, Cupcake Liners, So here is a fabulous cupcake recipe that is simple and does not take long at all. First mix a lemon cake mix as instructed on the box. Fill a muffin pan with cupcake liners, place lemon cake mix inside each liner  then...

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 17, 2015

Nothing like a french bread clover covered in cinnamon sugar to start your St. Patrick’s Day morning. This is really easy to make and pretty darn yummy too. All you need to make french bread clovers is a tube of Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf, melted butter, ground cinnamon and sugar. Instead of greasing my cookie sheet I placed mine on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Preheat the oven per instructions on the tube. Cut 5 long strips of the Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf. Leave about 2 inches at one end for the clover stem, then loop the strip as shown in the upper left photo. Create the second loop as shown in the upper right photo. Create the third loop as shown in the lower left photo, tuck the end of the strip...

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Weekend of Family Fun

Dec 23, 2014

This past weekend, my sister and her family came up for the weekend. Her Christmas gift to Brittain was a ticket to see the Cowboys play the Colts, Sunday. It wasn’t the game Brittain was hoping for but it was a fun time spent with his mom. Since he isn’t able to go to Beaumont for Christmas I decided to have a family Christmas party for him at our house. Saturday morning, Madelyn and Bellie made snowmen out of donuts for breakfast. These were a big hit with the girls. All you need are powdered donuts, orange jelly beans for the nose and mini chocolate morsels for the mouth and eyes. A cup of hot chocolate is a great drink to go with the snowman donuts too. Saturday evening, we had our family party....

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Dec 16, 2014

A few days ago, my sister found this Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe and shared it on my Facebook page asking me to make them when she comes to visit this weekend. I’m not sure who originally created this recipe but my goodness am I ever so happy they did. These cookies are amazing and have been given two thumbs up from everyone that tries one. I highly recommend you make these this holiday season, your friends and family will love them and you! Ingredients: 1 Box Lemon Cake Mix 1 Egg 2 Cups Cool Whip, thawed ½ to 1 Cup Powdered Sugar Directions: In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and Cool Whip. The batter will be sticky! Form dough into tablespoonfuls and roll in powdered sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in hot 350 oven...

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25 Days Left To Bake Countdown Tray

Dec 1, 2014

I wasn’t kidding when I said I love countdown calendars as much as any kid… here is a countdown calendar for all you bakers. It’s perfect to place on your counter next to your cookbooks or placed on your kitchen island.  And this year, I’m all about using what I have so the holiday pick is from years past. Hobby Lobby has one with faux peppermints that is calling my name but nope I’m not gonna do it… I’m sticking with the, use what I have method this year. Products Used: Tray, Distress Paint Linen, Americana Chalkboard Paint, Holiday Pick, Vintage Wooden Sporks, My Mind’s Eye ~ Joyous Decorative Tag & Alpha Sticker Sheet, Coffee Archival Ink Tools Needed: Paintbrush, Craft Mat, Blending Tool & Foam, Hot Glue Gun, Hot Glue Sticks This tray is really simple to...

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Awesome Cookie Recipes

Dec 24, 2013

With just the switch of two ingredients you too can bake these two amazing cookies. I love any baked item that contains lemon and these Lemon cookies are AMAZING!!! You have been warned. You will NOT be able to eat JUST ONE!!! Lord help my hips and thighs. Now if you substitute the Lemon Cake Mix and White Chocolate Morsels for a Devils Food Cake Mix and a regular sized bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels you get these AMAZING chocolate cookies. My daughter Ansley and her friends LOVE these and can devour a single batch in no time flat! Happy Baking! I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as me and my...

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Christmas Cookies

Dec 17, 2012

Over the weekend I baked several of our favorite Christmas cookies. I doubled up on each cookie as one batch was for us and our local friends then made another batch for family in Beaumont. Needless to say our house smelled great all weekend. In case you want to try some or all of our favorite holiday cookies I thought I’d share the recipes. This is a new cookie I created this year. Alan and I love them but Ansley not so much. They are a spice cake type cookie with white chocolate morsels mixed inside and are kinda more like a brownie textured cookie. I love spice cake as it brings back wonderful memories of my grandmother, so I thought I would try to honor her at Christmas with a spice cookie. Grammy...

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Rose Shaped Crayons

Jun 27, 2012

Madelyn had such a fun time creating these rose shaped crayons. All you need is crayons and gosh do I ever have a stash of crayons (I always saved those left over from Terri and Ansley’s school days) and a silicone rose muffin pan. I found mine at Hobby Lobby in the cake section. I have seen silicone ice cube trays in the $1 section at Target in different themes so look there too. I saw hearts, stars and luau themes, just yesterday. All you need to do is take the paper off of each crayon, break each crayon into 4 pieces, place into molds until the crayons fill each mold, place into preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 13 min., remove from oven and let cool completely. Once the...

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Christmas Baking

Dec 6, 2011

One of the things Ansley always looks forward to every holiday season is baking Christmas cookies… wait, let me rephrase this… me baking Christmas cookies. Each year, it is not Christmas to her unless I bake her all her favorites… Chocolate Chewies, Lemon Cookies, Pecan Sandies and Red Velvet cookies with a Hershey Kiss in the middle. The girl keeps me busy during the holidays for sure. But I love it and it makes me happy that she loves them so much. So Ansley and her cookies were the inspiration behind this card. I thought the Maya Road Heart Tart Tin Bottlecap was perfect to start with, then using Jet Black Archival Ink, I stamped the Antiquated Collection Misses’ Aprons onto grungepaper three times so I could cut out the apron from one and...

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Some Holiday Bling

Dec 23, 2010

This is a bracelet I created using some big pearl cabochons I’ve  had for a while and some vintage rhinestone buttons I’ve been hoarding. It’s super simple to make and one I will be wearing a lot as I love anything that sparkles. This idea came about while I was in Hobby Lobby, yesterday looking at all the holiday clearance items. While walking around I ended up in the jewelry aisle. I saw their bracelet with bezel items and BAM I had an idea. Well I could not get home fast enough to see if it would work and as you can see it did. I wish the sun was out today so you could see the sparkle but looks like a cloudy day for us. I plan on going back to Hobby Lobby...

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Lots of Baking today…

Dec 23, 2006

butter 4 tbls powdered sugar 2 tsp vanilla 1 tbls cold water 2 c flour 1 c finely chopped pecans Brach’s Chocolate Stars Red and Green Sugar Cream butter and sugar.

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Company French Toast

Dec 22, 2006

Lots going on here which means not much time for creating so I thought I would share this great recipe with you. beat 5 eggs well and add 1 1/2 cups of whole milk and beat again. Bake next morning covered at 350 degrees for 45 min.

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Cookie Recipes

Nov 14, 2006

butter 4 tbls powdered sugar 2 tsp vanilla 1 tbls cold water 2 c flour 1 c finely chopped pecans Cream butter and sugar. brown sugar 1 tsp cinnamon White bread 5 eggs 1 1/2 cups whole milk Powdered Sugar Melt one stick of butter in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.

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