April 5, 2014

Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Bundt Cake
From Grandma's Desserts

1 box of white cake mix
1 package of lemon pudding
3 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup Sprite
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Combine first 5 ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Allow cake to cool for a little while and then turn out onto a plate. Mix the sugar, milk and lemon juice to prepare the glaze. Adjust ingredients as necessary to reach the right consistency. Drizzle over cake.

April 1, 2014

Energy Bites

Energy Bites

1 cup oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup ground flax
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup raisins

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll into balls and store in refrigerator.

March 31, 2014

Fiesta Ranch Dip

Fiesta Ranch Dip
From Sweet Little Bluebird

1 packet Ranch dressing mix
16 oz. sour cream
1 can Rotel tomatoes, drained
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

March 30, 2014

No Bake Biscoff Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

No Bake Biscoff Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
From Picky Palate

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar (next time I make these I may use less; these would be even better if they were a little less sweet)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (I use milk)
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff spread or peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows (or marshmallow bits, if you can find them)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks

  • Place butter, sugar and cream into a large saucepan over medium heat and stir. Let mixture come to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes while stirring, and then remove from heat. Stir in Biscoff spread until smooth. Add oats and stir. Add chocolate chips and marshmallows and only stir 2 or three times. The more you stir the more the chocolate and marshmallows melt. I like the chunks to be visible. With a medium cookie scoop, scoop mixture onto parchment paper and let set up for about 30 minutes. 

March 22, 2014

Hedgehog Meatballs

I pinned this recipe on Pinterest a few weeks ago and was really looking forward to making it. These meatballs did not disappoint! They were very flavorful. The original recipe is called Porcupine Meatballs, but I thought they looked more like hedgehogs. This recipe's a keeper and I think it will be a good one to take to a family who needs a meal.

Hedgehog Meatballs
From Free Time Frolics

1 pound ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 cup chopped onion, or a good sprinkle of dried onion
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
1 cup white rice
1 egg
3 tablespoons water
2 cans tomato soup
1 cup water
Worcestershire sauce
1 beef bouillon cube

Combine beef, chili powder, onion, salt, pepper, rice, egg, 3 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons soup in a bowl. Add some Worcestershire sauce if you like. Thoroughly mix with hands. Form meat mixture into meatballs and place in a 9x13" baking dish. In another bowl combine the remaining soup, 1 cup water, some more Worcestershire sauce and beef bouillon cube. Microwave until bouillon cube melts. Stir sauce together. Pour the sauce over the meatballs. Cover the pan with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

March 17, 2014

Soft M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies
From Averie Cooks

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix (not sugar-free and not 'cook & serve'), OR use 2 teaspoons cornstarch in place of pudding mix (that's what I did)
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup milk chocolate M&M's mixed into the dough + about 1/2 cup for placing on top of dough mounds (optional)

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the flour, pudding mix (or cornstarch), baking soda, and optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl again, and add the chocolate chips and 3/4 cup M&Ms, and stir by hand until combined. Roll dough into balls and flatten slightly. If desired, press a few M&Ms into the top of each ball. Place balls on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Place cookies on a greased or lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 11 minutes.

March 16, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins

2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening or butter
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
4 large bananas
4 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Cream together the sugar and shortening/butter. Add the eggs, water and vanilla; mix again. Add the baking soda, salt and flour; mix again. Mash bananas or puree in food processor. Add to mixture and combine. Stir in the chocolate chips. Fill lined muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until done.

1. You can substitute chopped pecans or other nuts for chocolate chips, or use a combination of both.
2. Baking time above is for mini-muffins. You can also make standard muffins or loaves; adjust baking time as necessary.