Saturday, December 17, 2011

Princess Castle Birthday Cake

I enjoyed making this princess cake for Olivia's 2nd birthday. This cake didn't turn out looking perfect, but I knew my little princess enjoyed it!:) She wore her Cinderella dress for the occasion and looked beautiful in it!

Since I knew the decorating would take a lot of time, I just stuck with the box cake mix and icing.

Princess Castle Birthday Cake
idea from


You'll need 2 rectangle cake pans, 2 round cake pans, and a cupcake pan.
4 boxes of Pillsbury Moist Supreme Funfetti Cake Mix
3 containers of Pillsbury Funfetti Frosting
desired candy decorations: candy corn, Hershey's chocolate bar, gum drops
small plastic Disney princess figurine (I found mine at Dollar General)
5 pointed ice cream cones
foil cupcake holders
icing decorating bags and tips
food coloring to color icing to desired colors


1. Follow the directions on the Pillsbury Moist Supreme Funfetti Cake Mix. Divide the batter accordingly:
one box- one rectangle cake pan
one box- one rectangle cake pan
1/2 box- one round cake pan
1/2 box- one round cake pan
one box- cupcakes
*Use five cupcakes on the cake and reserve the rest for a "cupcake making station" at the birthday party. You can save any leftover icing and candy bits to let the children decorate their cupcakes with.

2. Allow the cakes and cupcakes to cool completely.

3. Add icing and decorate as you desire.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cranberry Salad


This dish can be served mixed up in a serving bowl, as seen above, or in it's original shape (picture below).

I was extremely pleased with how this salad turned out for our Thanksgiving feast at work. I'm posting the recipe right away because several friends at work have requested the recipe.

Cranberry Salad

2 (3 oz.) boxes raspberry Jell-O
2 (16 oz.) cans whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
2 (16 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 & 1/2 c. pecans
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
dash ground cloves

1. Prepare gelatin according to package directions in a baking dish.

2. Stir cranberries, apples, oranges, pecans, cinnamon, and cloves into the gelatin mixture.

3. Refrigerate overnight or until firm.

*I adapted this recipe from one similar in Family Circle magazine March 2009.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole

This turned out great! I can't wait to make it again!


* 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained
* 1 cup grated sharp cheddar
* 2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans condensed cream of mushroom soup
* 2 eggs, lightly beaten
* 2 cups crushed crackers
* 2 tablespoons butter, melted


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with vegetable oil cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, combine broccoli, cheese, soup and eggs. Mix well with a metal spoon. Place the mixture in the prepared baking dish. Top with the crushed crackers and pour the melted butter evenly over the crackers. Bake for 35 minutes or until set and browned.

I adapted this recipe from Paula Deen's. To view the original recipe, go to:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Brownies (with Carrot & Spinach)

Brownies (with Carrot & Spinach) shhhh!!!

by: Jessica Seinfeld
Yes this is Jerry Seinfeld's wife!!:)

"These brownies fool everyone! You won't believe how scrumptious they are (or how good they are for you) until you make them yourself. Just don't serve them warm -- it's not until they're completely cool that the spinach flavor totally disappears."


Nonstick cooking spray
3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1/2 cup carrot puree (After peeling and trimming the ends, steam for 10-12 minutes and then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
1/2 cup spinach puree (Steam for 30 to seconds, then puree in a food processor for 2 minutes)
1/2 cup firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup oat flour, or all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or over a very low flame.
3. In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Whisk in egg whites. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 bars.

These brownies are low in calories (only 133 per brownie) and saturated fat. They're also packed with 3 grams of fiber (which is just crazy for a brownie!), while spinach and carrots provide two powerful antioxidants that help your kids' eyes stay healthy.

To find more ways to make everyday recipes more healthful, pick up a copy of Jessica Seinfeld's book Deceptively Delicious. Or if you don't want to buy it, just check it out at your local library like I did:) Enjoy!!!~Jill

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thai-Style Peanut Sauce with Honey

Thai-Style Peanut Sauce with Honey
by: Jeramyn Feucht

I made this recently for our Global Outreach conference at church. We pray for missionaries in Thailand and this is one of the many foods that were on the Thailand table. I've also made it recently at home for us to enjoy, as requested by my husband:) It's great on chicken, rice, and vegetables.


* 1/4 cup honey
* 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
* 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter (optional)
* 3 tablespoons soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 tablespoon sesame oil
* 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
* 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
* 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


1. Stir together the honey, peanut butters, soy sauce, rice vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


shredded cheese, spinach, tomatoes

Nutella!!:) one of my favorites!

bananas and honey (This is one way they fix crepes, or "Palacinkes", in Macedonia.)

shredded cheese, cilantro, tomatoes

Olivia eats hers plain.

Sawyer likes his with just cheese, almost like a grill cheese sandwich but much better.

Crepes, for When You're Feeling Lazy

And here's another great one from The Part-Time Vegan: 201 Yummy Recipes that Put the Fun in Flexitarian!

This is something that my WHOLE family likes--all 4 of us, which is very unusual!! We're thinking of starting this as a traditional Sunday night meal because it's so easy and everyone enjoys them. PLUS this recipe gives Eric and I sweet memories of Europe, especially those cute street vendors that sell fresh crepes...ahhh.


1 c. whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
3/4 c. almond milk
1/2 c. water
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. vegan margarine, melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
plus whatever fillings your heart desires:)


1. Whisk all ingredients except fillings together and refrigerate for about an hour. Remove and mix again.

2. Allow skillet to heat on medium for approximately one minute before starting to cook. Lightly grease skillet with vegan margarine. Swirl approximately 1/4 c. of batter into the pan so that all edges are covered. Cook on medium-high heat for a minute. Use a spatula to flip. Cook the other side. Crepes will be finished when very lightly browned. Repeat with remaining batter.

3. Fill 'em up and fold 'em! Use your creative genius. Serve immediately.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Peach-Thyme Muffins

Peach-Thyme Muffins

Anyone else lovin' these summer peaches??!! I'm blessed to live in Georgia where the peaches are extra sweet and this peach-thyme combo is awesome! I found this recipe in a cookbook: The Part-Time Vegan - 201 Yummy Recipes That Put the Fun in Flexitarian by: Cherise Grifoni. I'm trying out several recipes from this cookbook in order to review it for BookSneeze. This recipe is a for-sure keeper!

2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. white whole wheat flour
3/4 to 1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. baking soda
1/2 c. peach jam
1 1/2 c. almond milk
1 tsp. lemon extract
1/4 c. fresh thyme
1 c. peaches, diced
honey for drizzling

1. Preheat oven to 400F.
2. Combine both flours, sugar, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside.
3. In a different bowl, whisk together the jam, almond milk, and lemon extract. Make sure to mix well!
4. Slowly add the wet mix to the dry mix. Stir as you go.
5. Fold thyme into mixture.
6. Fold peaches in gently.
7. Grease muffin tins with vegan margarine and add batter so each cup is about two-thirds full.
8. Bake for 25 minutes and then cool. Very gently remove from tin and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bacon Wrapped Crackers

Here's a super easy appetizer recipe that all are sure to enjoy!!

Bacon Wrapped Crackers
By: Belinda Stradley

Eric and I tried these for the first time at a church function and we were immediately hooked! The combination is very unexpectantly delicious!! And so, so easy to make:)

club crackers
1 pack of regular bacon
brown sugar (light or dark is fine)

Preheat the oven to 275. Take your pack of bacon and cut it in half. Take a club cracker and wrap one piece around the cracker, completely covering the cracker. Add the brown sugar on top. Repeat this until you run out of bacon. Cook in the oven on 275 for 45 minutes.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pineapple Casserole

quick and easy to mix up!

can be served as a dessert with ice cream on top!

Pineapple Casserole
My MaMa Thomason use to make this.

This is one of my favorites! The pineapple and cheese combination tastes terrific!

* 1 cup sugar
* 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 cups grated sharp cheddar
* 2 (20-ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained, and 6 tablespoons pineapple juice reserved
* 1 cup cracker crumbs (recommended: Ritz)
* 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted, plus extra for greasing pan


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a medium-size casserole dish with butter.

In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour. Gradually stir in the cheese. Add the drained pineapple chunks, and stir until ingredients are well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

In another medium bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, melted butter, and reserved pineapple juice, stirring with a rubber spatula until evenly blended. Spread crumb mixture on top of pineapple mixture. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake

Here's an incredibly easy microwave cake recipe that you'll love!

Sawyer wanted M&M's and an Oreo cookie on top of his :)

Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake
Emily Coker Wedgewood shared this recipe with me.

Here's a good recipe to have on hand if you're having a chocolate attack!

1 egg
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1-2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (depending on how chocolatey you want your cake)
1 standard-sized mug

In mug, crack egg, add powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk together with a small whisk until well mixed. Microwave for 50-60 seconds, until the cake is cooked through (but not overcooked!) Top immediately with a handful of milk chocolate chips, hot fudge, whipped cream, or ice cream. Divine!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cheeseburger Crescent Bake

Cheeseburger Crescent Bake

I first tasted this at my sister-in-law's home. Thanks Lori for the great recipe! My son and daughter both like this meal, which is very unusual, so I know I will keep making this!

1 lb. ground beef, cooked, drained
1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. dill pickle relish
1 1/2 c. shredded American cheese (6 oz)
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls


1. In 10-inch skillet, mix beef and ketchup. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; stir in relish and 1 cup of the cheese. Spoon into ungreased 9- or 10-inch glass pie plate.
2. Separate dough into 8 triangles; roll up 1 inch on shortest side of dough. Place dough on top of meat mixture in spoke pattern with points towards center. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
3. Bake at 375°F 15 to 20 minutes.

Cinnamon Muffins

Cinnamon Muffins
My friend Jamie Palmer Wise found this great recipe in Under the Magnolias: A Tasteful Tour of Athens. Thanks Jamie, once again, for sharing a delicious recipe that you found!

* 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
* 1 1/2 c. sugar
* 3 eggs
* 2 1/4 c. self-rising flour
* 1 tbsp. cinnamon
* 3/4 c. milk
* 3/4 c. pecans (or raisins)

* Preheat oven to 350
* Cream butter & sugar (until there are no lumps). Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add flour & cinnamon alternately with milk, mixing well after each addition. Stir in pecans (or raisins). Spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Yields 20 muffins.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala over rice, served with naan bread

Chicken Tikka Masala

The new McCormick Recipe Inspirations are amazing!! When I saw the one for Chicken Tikka Masala I knew I had to get it for my hubby and brother-in-law! My brother-in-law asked me where I found all the spices to make Chicken Tikka Masala (traditional Indian dish) and he was shocked when I replied "Walmart"! I'm wanting to try more of the McCormick Recipe Inspirations. There are twelve total to choose from, some Italian, Mexican, Indian, Asian, Carribean, and typical American. Basically it's a card that includes the recipe and all the spices needed so you don't have to make sure you have every spice at home. And the recipe card/spices are really well priced and can be found at almost every grocery store now!

McCormick Spices:
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)

Other Ingredients:
2 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/3 c. heavy cream
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt

1. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken, onion and lemon juice; cook and stir 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Add all of the spices except the red pepper (save for later if desired); cook and stir 1 minute.
2. Stir in tomatoes until well mixed. Stir cream into cornstarch and salt until smooth. Gradually stir into skillet. Stir in red pepper to taste, if desired. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; stirring frequently, simmer 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
3. Serve with cooked rice and/or naan bread, if desired.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Watergate Salad


I grew up eating this at church and family pot-luck dinners. It's one of my favorites and it has a lot of sweet memories to go along with it!

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1 sm. box instant pistachio pudding mix
1 (12 oz.) Cool Whip
1 sm. can crushed pineapple
1 heaping c. miniature marshmallows
3/4 c. chopped nuts (I prefer pecans)

Combine pudding mix and Cool Whip. Pour pineapple and pineapple juice over mixture. Combine. Add other ingredients and mix together. Cover. Refrigerate until serving.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shamrock Stained Glass Cookies

Put the crushed candy pieces in the middle.

picture of the back

Here's a picture of my first attempt. I wanted one shamrock inside another one. It was much harder than the circles because the length from the inside out was shorter and they easily fell apart. The one small Shamrock inside a circle worked much better!

Shamrock Stained Glass Cookies

Ingredients & Supplies Needed:

6 c. flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
1 tube of Betty Crocker Decorating Gel Green Icing
1 small jar Cake Mate green Decorating Decors sugars
30 Brach's Star Brites Spearmint candies
mini Shamrock cookie cutter


1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs and vanilla.
3. Mix dry ingredients and add to butter mixture.
4. Mix well.
5. Chill for 1 to 2 hours.
6. Roll to desired thickness. Form a ball and then flatten. Use mini Shamrock cookie cutter in the middle. Take out center piece. Add crushed spearmint candy pieces in the middle of the cookie.
7. Bake on a greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges and candy completely melted in center.
8. Once cooled, add icing and decorating sugar.