Football Whoopie Pies

August 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I loved this easy, cake mix recipe for whoopie pies, so I brought it back in honor of this year’s football season!  Just substitute a devil’s food cake mix for the red velvet cake mix.

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I used the same size scoop for the batter (about 2 tablespoons), I used a toothpick to drag each end of the circle of batter into the rough shape of a football.

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They baked up fairly football-like, even if the batter looked fairly imperfect, so don’t worry about it too much.

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Fill with the amazing marshmallow buttercream filling from the original post and decorate as you like!!

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Best Ribs Ever – made easy in the crockpot!

May 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Sorry for the food blogging absence… I was caught up in wedding planning!  Now I’m back to the kitchen!

Back in 2011, I posted my recipe for the “best ribs ever.”  I’m not changing my stance on that.  They really are the best ribs ever.

However, they are a little time intensive (just the part where they’re in the oven), and I personally am not comfortable leaving the oven running when I’m  not home,  so we would only have those ribs on the weekend.  Or worse, I’d put them in the oven at bedtime and then get up in the middle of the night to take them out.  I love my sleep – so that proves the deliciousness of these ribs!  But it wasn’t that convenient… until now.

I discovered these ribs were just as delicious when cooked in the crockpot and finished in the oven under the broiler.

Pour a bottle of Liquid Smoke into your crockpot with one cup of water.  Crumple up some aluminum foil to make a “rack” in the bottom of the crockpot so that your ribs aren’t sitting in the liquid.

Prepare the ribs as directed in my original post (score the backs of the ribs and coat them in rub seasoning of your choice), although cut them to fit your crockpot.  You can stack them pretty haphazardly.

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Cook them covered in the crockpot on low for 8 hours, give or take.

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Once you’re almost ready to serve, preheat your oven broiler to about 450 – you want it really hot to caramelize the sauce you’re about to add.  The ribs are going to be extremely tender and delicate, so using tongs, pick them up from the crockpot and put them on a cookie sheet.  Spread your favorite bbq sauce on them liberally.  Put them in the oven, on a top rack, until the sauce starts to blacken and caramelize – about 10 minutes.

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Now you’re ready to serve!  These ribs just fall off the bone.  Don’t be surprised when this is what is left on your plate:

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So there you have it – the simplified version of the best ribs ever!!

Chocolate Letter Writing

January 10, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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This is a great little trick for making tidy lettering for your next “special occasion” dessert!

First, melt some semisweet chocolate by whatever method you prefer – I like the microwave.  Pour the chocolate into a ziploc bag.

Second, print out your desired words in a font of your choice and cover the paper with wax paper, secured with tape.


Cut off a tiny corner from the bag, and begin piping the chocolate onto the wax paper, following the letters on the paper as a guide.  You can practice away from your guide letters first (note: extra exclamation points anyone?)


Allow your chocolate to cool completely, and peel your chocolate letters away from the wax paper, quickly placing them on top of your cake/cupcakes/creation.  (quickly because your hands will warm the chocolate.)


You’ve done it!  Beautiful, easy, delicious chocolate letters!


Slutty Brownies

December 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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These are ridiculous.  Cookie bars topped with Oreos topped with brownies.  Perfect for those times when you can’t choose just one indulgence.  These are more of a novelty than a delicious revelation.  Yes, they’re good, but they’re also a little confusing when you taste them.  But they’d be a fun treat for a party or girls’ night.  Enjoy!

You need:

  • one family size roll of cookie dough
  • 35 Oreos (should be just one package – I suggest Double Stuffed Oreos, although I used regular.)
  • one package of brownie mix, prepared as directed

Preheat the oven to 350 and spread out the cookie dough in a greased 9×13 pan.


Top with Oreos.


Top with brownie batter.


Bake until the brownies have set.


Enjoy the ridiculousness.

Christmas Truffles

December 18, 2012 at 9:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Christmas truffles are back this year!!

Christmas truffles

All the recipes can be found on the original Christmas Truffles post.

Pizza Braid

November 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I can’t remember where I got this idea, but Matt is so glad I found it.  He LOVES pizza braid, and I do too – it’s so easy to make and very customizable for a couple or for a family.  With its Pizza Hut style breadstick topping, it is sure to be a hit in your house too!!

You’ll need:

  • refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
  • pizza sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • pizza toppings of your choice
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2-3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

This is only going to take a few minutes to make, so go ahead and preheat your oven to 425.

Spread out the pizza crust on a cookie sheet.  Spread sauce, cheese, and topping as desired on the center third, longwise, of the crust.  See below how you can add different toppings to sections of the braid according to individual preference.


Using kitchen scissors, cut an equal number of strips into each side of the dough.

Start at one end and criss cross the dough strips.

Combine the melted butter, Parmesan, and Italian seasoning and spread over the top of the dough.

Bake for 15 minutes, then cut into strips to serve!

Bachelorette “Tush” Cookies

October 16, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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I had so much fun putting together these butt/tush cookies for my friend’s “last hoo-rah” before her fabulous wedding.

Although I have mentioned the basic recipes for great sugar cookies before in the “Crab Feast” cookies and the “Wedding Cake” cookies, I strongly recommended using the re-cutting method after the cookies come out of the oven – this is the best tip!

For these, I used a heart cookie cutter, and I cut and re-cut the flat portion of the cookie with a sharp knife.

Here are the decoration steps I used.

Outline the panties with thick royal icing, as seen in the pink cookies at the bottom.  Flood with thinned royal icing after the outlines have dried, as on the white cookies.

After all the cookies are flooded and the icing has dried to the touch, decorate as you like.

Decorations up close:

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies

October 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A friend shared this blog post with me awhile back and I gave these little beauties a try.  They are easy and oh-so-good!  Highly recommend you make them.  Today.

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and well-combined.

3. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix until the ingredients are well-combined. Add the flour and mix on low until the flour is incorporated. Stir in the mini chocolate chips with a rubber spatula.

4. Place the Oreo cookie crumbs in a small bowl. Scoop the cookies into about 1½ to 2″ balls and then roll in the cookie crumbs. Place the cookie balls on the baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the tops are slightly puffed.

5. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

October 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

These taste like pumpkin pie in bar form (if that wasn’t obvious from the title), except they are even better.  Boring pie crust is replaced with a buttery dense cake.  Although I didn’t have any, a dollop of cool whip would make these just unbeatable.

You need


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted

Pumpkin pie topping:

  • 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 16-ounce package powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make the crust, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.  Pat the mixture into a lightly greased 13×9-inch baking pan.

Prepare filling:
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth.  Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter and beat together.  Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well.

Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.  Don’t over bake – the center should still jiggle a little.


Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

September 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

These little rainbow fruit kabobs don’t really require a recipe or ingredients, but they really are very pretty and make a gorgeous display for a party.

You need:

  • Raspberries or strawberries
  • Cantaloupe cubes
  • Pineapple chunks
  • kiwi cubes
  • blueberries
  • red grapes or blackberries

Cut up your fruit and assemble on a skewer – arrange on a platter – and you’re done!

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