Friday, December 2, 2016

How can you ever go wrong with these ingredients??
2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
4 cups (roughly ½-inch pieces), broken small pretzel twists, divided
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
Use the Flexipat or a Silpat for this. If you do not have one, then 
LINE 13 x 9-inch baking pan, or jelly roll pan, with foil leaving an overhang on two sides. Lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
BEAT 1 1/4 cups peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Stir in 3 cups pretzel pieces and 1/2 cup morsels. Press evenly into prepared baking pan. Smooth top with spatula.
MICROWAVE remaining 1 1/2 cups morsels and 3/4 cup peanut butter in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 45 seconds; STIR. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Spread chocolate layer evenly over powdered sugar mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining pretzel pieces, pressing down lightly. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; peel off foil. Cut into 60 pieces. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Orange Tea Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
2-1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons grated orange peel
3 tablespoons sugar
1⁄2 cup shortening
2⁄3 cup milk
1. Place all ingredients except milk in bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater. Turn to Stir Speed and cut shortening in, about 1
minute. Stop and scrape bowl.
2. Add milk and mix on Stir Speed until dough starts to cling to beater. Avoid overbeating. Turn dough onto lightly
floured board and knead until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pat or roll to 1⁄2-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2-inch
biscuit cutter.
3. Place biscuits 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 425°F for 12 to 15 minutes. Brush with Orange Glaze
while hot.
4. Serve immediately.
Makes 12 biscuitsely.
From the KitchenAid Culinary Council

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hashbrown & Bacon Crustless Quiche

1 package (26 ounce) frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed
1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste 
8 eggs
2 cups milk
In the stainless mixing bowl, combine the hash browns, bacon, 1 and 1/2 cups of cheese, salt, and pepper. Spoon into Large Round Mold. In the same mixing bowl, whisk eggs and milk until smooth; pour over hash brown mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese and cook for 5 more minutes, or until cheese has melted. Serve hot, right from the Mold.
For a quick meal on the go, you can make this recipe using the Round Tray, freeze each individual portion, and warm up in the morning for a quick and delicious breakfast! You can also add your favorite veggies for some added nutrition!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mom's cinnamon coffee cake...

This is the coffee cake I remember my mom making, and I think her mom made it too.'s a family recipe, and super delicious!! Why is it called coffee cake?? Who's an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, which I'm ALL about! ;) And, sure, go ahead and have a cup of coffee to go with.

1. Cream together:
1 1/2 sticks margarine (I used salted butter, but the original called for the bad stuff)
1 1/2 cups sugar

2. Add:
3 eggs and beat well

3. Next add:
3 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
(sift together, but I never do!) and add to the mixture, about a cup at a time till all combined.

4. Mix together (not sure if this step of mixing first is essential, but it's pretty cool to watch if nothing else):
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups sour cream
THEN, Fold into cake batter

5. Add:
1 1/2 T (YES, TABLEspoons) of vanilla and mix well (I go back to the mixer for this one, on very low speed until well combined).
*See photo of batter

6. In separate bowl, combine the filling:
3 T butter or margarine, softened to almost melted
3 T cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
*See finished filling photo

7. Alternate Batter and cinnamon mixture in bunt pan.  It works best if you do batter, cinnamon, batter, cinnamon, batter.

Bake 50 minutes – 1 hour at 350º. I took the daisy mold out after 35 minutes, and let the bundt finish cooking the full 50 minutes. For 1 large bundt cake (12 cups probably), I'd let it cook the full hour.

This recipe made my bundt mold AND the daisy mold. So you could cut the recipe, but why not just make an extra small one for a friend?! :)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cucumber Tips & Tricks

I wanted to have this pinned and saved, so I'm putting it here...


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2.For a pick me up in the afternoon... Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours. Slice some and put in your water bottle.

3. If you rub a cucumber slice along your bathroom mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Place a few slices of cucumber in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free.
Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cake

I just saw this recipe on a Demarle email but couldn't find a clickable link everyone could see, so I thought I'd just put it in my blog. I know many who will love this idea!!

(Thank you to Stacie Foisy for submitting this delicious recipe for GF Pumpkin Cake!)

You can find Stacie's original post on Facebook by clicking here!

  • 1 Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix 
  • 1 15oz Can of Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 C Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, softened
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 C Full Fat Coconut Milk (canned)
  • 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • Powdered Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place Sunflower Mold on Perforated Baking Sheet.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar to coconut milk and let stand for 6-7 minutes. This is mimicking buttermilk.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream coconut oil and add cake mix, blending completely. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut milk mixture, and vanilla. Beat until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is incorporated with DAH's Heat Resistant Spatula. (Our magnetic measuring cups and spoons, make every baking task so easy!)
  4. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves and beat one more time. Pour the batter into the sunflower mold and smooth it out to make an even layer. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Let cool before unmolding. Then using DAH's Sift N' Go, sprinkle some Powdered Sugar over the top to give an extra special look. 

Apple Cranberry Sauce with Blood Orange Oil

3 C Fresh Cranberries 

1 Apple, Cut Up 
1 C Sugar/Coconut Sugar/Turbinado Sugar
1/2 C Water
1/4 C Blood Orange Oil
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Cloves

Place all ingredients in A Fleximold, I used the Flower Mold. Stir. Place Octagonal Silpat on top and cook in microwave on high for 5 minutes. Carefully take Silpat off and place mold on counter. Using a Potato Masher, mash all ingredients together. Sauce gels slightly as it cools. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Caprese Grilled Cheese

I'm sure someone has thought of this before, but I came up with it a while back when I wanted grilled cheese and had the stuff for a Caprese salad (mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and balsamic). So, why not??!! What came was a yummy, delicious sandwich!!!

You make it just like plain old grilled cheese. I suggest using Sourdough bread, butter it, then layer thin slices of mozzarella, bold flavored tomatoes (like from the vine), basil (I use freeze dried), a little salt & pepper, balsamic glaze (I used a thicker balsamic vinegar so it doesn't spread all over your pan...which it sizzles a lot when it hits that hot pan), then put one more layer of thin slices of mozzarella, and grill to perfection!

This would probably be good with some grilled chicken as well. There's not a whole lot of substance in this sandwich; it doesn't fill me up, but it is just oh so good! Would be great as an appetizer for a dinner party or finger food dish.
So yummy; enjoy :)