Monday, July 27, 2009

Quick Cookies

The only cake mix cookies I've ever made before this one are the Rolo Cookies. There are so many possibilities! I bet this recipe would be good with a chocolate cake mix too.

In A Hurry Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 cup peanut butter
1 (18.25 oz) pkg. yellow cake mix
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream together the eggs, water, butter and peanut butter. Add the cake mix and blend well. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
*I added some chopped pecans to the last pan to go in the oven which made them even better.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Garbage To Gorgeous!

Okay, I just finished the headboard/footboard project - the one I got out of the garbage on the side of the road.

Here is the before, fresh from the trash.

And here is the after.

Yummy, huh? I really LOVE the black. I've made several of these and have never painted one black before. I'm very happy with the result. I may just have to find a place in my house instead of giving this one away.

Here are a few more.

Monday, July 20, 2009

As If They're Not Fattening Enough

Saw these in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine.

Deep-Fried Snickers On A Stick

4 large Snickers bars (we used the fun-size bars)
2 cups pancake mix, plus ingredients to make them
oil for frying

Unwrap and push each candy bar onto a skewer or popsicle stick. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight (we froze our fun-size ones for about an hour). Make the pancake batter while you heat the oil to 330°. Dip the Snickers into the batter, turning it with the skewer to coat. Carefully place the Snickers into the hot oil and fry, turning as needed, until crisp, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove with tongs and drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

We also made these:

Chocolate-Strawberry Waffle Ball On A Stick

12 large strawberries, hulled
6 oz semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
oil for frying
2 cups pancake/waffle mix, plus ingredients to make them
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Thread each strawberry onto a skewer. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Dip the strawberries into the chocolate, turning to coat well. Freeze for another 15 minutes. Make the batter while you heat the oil. Dip the strawberries into the batter, turning to coat well. Fry in the hot oil 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Let drain on a paper towel for 5 to 10 minutes to let the chocolate re-harden. Dust with sugar.

Monday, July 13, 2009

How to get your children to eat WHOLE WHEAT

This is a "TRIED AND TRUE" easy whole wheat pancake recipe that my kids love. I recently made it for 3 of my nieces and they all loved it. Two of them kept on saying how much they LOVED them and the other one loved the pancakes until I told her they were whole wheat. She then turned to me and said...."Um, I didn't like them." That was after she ate them! Ha,Ha,Ha! So I guess the trick is don't tell them they are whole wheat. Some of you might be saying, "How is this a chocolate recipe?" Well the secret ingredient is Hershey's dark chocolate chips. :)
My husband asked for his to be served up this way!
SO here is the need a box of Hodgson Mills Insta Bake (You can find it in the health food isle at PUBLIX) and then follow the pancake recipe on the back of the box.
These are the ingredients you will need....make sure you set your skillet between 250 and 300.....then pour the measured amounts all into the bowl.....mix together.......then add your desired amount of chocolate chips. (if you don't care for chocolate chips in your pancakes my children like it the same without chocolate chips.)
Then cook them!
Usually at this point I butter them up and then remove them from the skillet.

This is how I usually enjoy mine, but you can have some fun and present them..........
...........this way!

Monday, July 6, 2009


That's all I really need to say. Just trust me.

White Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp orange zest
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and orange zest. Stir the flour, baking soda and salt together and mix into the creamed mixture. Stir in the white chocolate chips and pecans. Drop by tablespoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 2 minutes on pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 3 dozen.