Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday's with Mom...Fruit Cocktail Cake

I haven't posted a Monday's with Mom for a long time!

Today I'm sharing a cake mom made often for clubs and organizations that she belonged too. In those days, they ALWAYS served a dessert at every meeting. 

She always kept boxed cake mixes, cans of pie filling, and cans of fruit on hand for quick and easy recipes like this one.

One of her favorite pastimes was to sit at the kitchen table and read the paper or magazines....clipping out interesting recipes to try. Now I find myself doing the same thing, and have passed that tradition on to my daughter. My mom would get such a kick out of knowing her granddaughter does the same thing she loved to do too!

I remember eating this cake many times. It's SO moist and scrumptious...a perfect quick dessert for coffee or actually any occasion.

The brown sugar topping is delish!

Fruit Cocktail Cake

3/4 c. sugar
1 c. flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
14 oz. can fruit cocktail with juice
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix well and pour into a greased 8"pan.

Mix and top with:

1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4. tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Throw back Thursday...Beautiful Burger Buns

It's Throwback Thursday....time to re-post some of my favorite recipes and posts, hope you enjoy this one!


I am SO glad I made this recipe! The buns were awesome!

 The recipe for the Beautiful Burger Buns is on the King Arthur website. The name really applies...they are a beautiful golden yellow.

I've made alot of bread ,and this is one of the best recipes I've ever tried.  I don't think I'll ever buy burger buns again. They were easy to make and taste soft and slightly sweet....just perfect for a burger or sandwich.

I made a few larger size for burgers and some smaller for sliders, thinking I would freeze a few, too. That never happened. We ate a few just slathered with butter for an afternoon snack. Luckily we had enough for supper and a few for the next day!

I plan to make them again SOON!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Greek Yogurt and Cake Mix

I've been meaning to try this low fat cake recipe for a long time, so I decided TODAY was the day!

I grabbed a cake mix and 2 individual containers of vanilla Greek yogurt (80 cal) at the store, hurried home and mixed it up! The only other ingredient was a cup of water. 

Well....I did sprinkle on a few chocolate chips here and there, as I was not planning on icing it. 

Pinned it, tried it, and LOVED it!

I think this is much better than the can of pumpkin and cake mix recipe.....much lighter.... and the chocolate taste comes through much better.

It was delicious! I plan on trying a lemon cake mix next.

Low fat Cake with Greek Yogurt

1 cup Greek yogurt (I used 2 individual 5.3 oz.) 
1 cake mix
1 c. water
Mix and bake in a 9 x 13 for about 20 to 30 minutes.( I found this baked much quicker than the directions on the box)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring M&M Flower Bites

Pinned it, tried it, and loved it!

I tried another fun spring Pinterest idea, this time some cute flowers made with M&M's, pretzels and white candy melts. Couldn't be any easier, and really look adorable for Easter or any spring and summer occasion.

They are really so cute, I don't even want to eat them!

Spring Flower Pretzel Bites

Square pretzels
white round candy melts
pastel M&M's

Place pretzels on parchment lined cookie sheet, top with one white melt. Place in 225 oven until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Place a yellow M&M in the center of the melt, and arrange other M&M's around to form the petals. Cool and store in air tight container.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pretzel Fluffnutters from Pinterest

What a tasty snack! A bit messy, but fun to make and eat.

The peanut butter oozes out the bottom just a bit, and they are best eaten warm... while the marshmallows are still soft and gooey.

I ate them with some M&M's...loved the addition of chocolate, so next time I will add a few chocolate chips on top of the peanut butter before I top with the marshmallows.

Pinned it, tried it, and loved it!!

Pretzel Fluffernutters

20 square pretzels
1/4 c.peanut butter
20 mini marshmallows

Spread a bit of peanut butter on 10 pretzels. Top each with 2 mini marshmallows and broil until golden. Top with remaining pretzels.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, I did try ANOTHER chocolate chip cookie recipe!

I can't even count how many of them I tried. 

This one is a bit different with the melted butter and mostly brown sugar. They ended up very chewy and rich....and didn't last long! I have never met a chocolate chip cookie recipe I didn't like...especially when they are warm right out of the oven!

 Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 c. butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 Tbs. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour
2 c. chocolate chips

Mix the melted butter and sugars. Stir in egg, yolk, and vanilla. Stir in flour, salt, and baking soda. Add chocolate chips, stirring well. Drop onto parchment lined baking sheets and bake at 325 for 15 to 17 minutes, until edges are browned. Cool on baking sheets a bit before removing to racks to cool.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ranch Baked Cheddar Chicken

This is so delicious!

I love ranch dressing, and mixed with cheese and mayo...yum! The panko adds a nice crunch too... a quick and easy meal.

Ranch Baked Cheddar Chicken

3 chicken breasts
1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 c. mayo
1/2 of a package of dry ranch dressing mix ( 1 oz. size package)
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 c. panko crumbs ( I used seasoned)

Line a baking dish with foil. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper,and place in the baking dish. Combine the cheddar cheese, mayo, and ranch seasoning. Spread on top of chicken and sprinkle with panko. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes or until juices run clear.