May 21

Baked Potato Soup

OK, one of my favorite tools ever is the crockpot. While I enjoy spending the extra time and care required to make a big fancy meal or dessert, I also really appreciate having the cockpot on busy days. I love loading it up in the morning and coming home from work to find the house smells delicious and my dinner is ready to go.

One of my top go to soups is the baked potato soup. I made this yesterday while I was working from home. I started it early, like 6am and let it go all morning and by lunch time, it was ready for me.

I fill the crockpot with whole potatoes, red-skins or yellow, not idaho potatoes. Yukon Gold are my favorite potatoes for anything because they yield such a nice creamy texture. Yesterday, I had red-skins, so that’s what I use. I wash them and throw them in the crock pot, with the skins! Then I add water and chicken base, salt and pepper and let it go. Depending on how much time you have, you might want to consider starting it at high heat and reducing it later on. This is how I worked it yesterday. high heat for 4 hours, then at 10am turned it down to low.

About a half an hour before you are ready to eat, pour in a little milk or cream. This makes it more of a chowder, and then mash up the potatoes with the masher, but you could use a pastry blender if you don’t have a masher. I would buy a masher thought – how can you make mashed potatoes without it? I also add some bacon crumbles after it is mashed up.

Then I let it sit for another half an hour and voila!! Baked potato soup. I ladle it into my bowl, add some fresh cut green onions and cheddar cheese on top for garnish, and devour. I have to admit, I also put some Frank’s red hot on it….I put that XXit on everything! lol. Yum!

May 19

Bananas Foster Bread

I found this recipe on Pinterest yesterday, while looking for a new way to use my bananas. They were getting to that perfect for baking, but too soft for eating stage. Not a single soul will eat the bananas in my house once they have their leopard spots. Well I take that back, the dog will eat anything he can reach on the counter, which is why I have to keep bread in the microwave! Go figure.

So anyway, I found this Bananas Foster Bread recipe on Pinterest and it looked pretty delicous. I liked the idea of the different flavor, and we love Bananas Foster, so why not?

There were a few extra steps like sauteeing the bananas first, and letting them cool back down and the house smelled wonderfully of bananas foster. I love that sugary sweet smell of the bananas, butter and brown sugar. Add the rum, and its just heavenly. However, once baked and eaten, it was just plain old banana bread. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, very moist and super soft, but….it wasn’t bananas foster. I even made an icing to drizzle over the top with Captain Morgan’s in it, but it either wasn’t strong enough or the bananas over-powered the flavor.

I was a little disappointed even though it was delicious. Great idea, just kinda fell short of my expectations. I’m thinking I might try this again, but maybe I need to reduce the captain morgan’s down to more of a syrup before adding it. Maybe then the flavor will be stronger. I thought using rum extract would work, but I like the flavor of Captain Morgan’s. I’ll totally try this again…..

After thinking on this recipe for a few days, I wonder…..if I make them as muffins and make a caramel/Captain Morgan’s sauce and serve them cut open with ice cream. Yeah, I think that’s a total winner. What do you think? Do you ever alter recipes to make them your own? I’m thinking that I do this so often, but I never write down the recipes. Maybe that’s what I need to do. Write them all down and share them with you. Maybe a cookbook some day? lol Dare to Dream.

May 16

I made this Carrot Cake Cheesecake.


I found the recipe on Pinterest.
I was delicious….no amazing….no out of this world!!

It was a multi-step process and a little labor intensive, but totally worth it. I prepared this for Easter this year.

I started by baking the carrot cakes the night before. This recipe calls for pineapple as well as carrots, and that really added to the moisture and flavor. Then Easter morning, I got up early and baked the cheesecake. I was up until almost the last minute putting it all together and frosting it, but boy was it yummy. I should have made the cheesecake layer the night before as well. I would recommend that to anyone else attempting it.

Nov 26


Cash is possibly the sweetest doggie ever.  German Short-Haired Pointer.  Best Breed.


Sep 14

New Hosting

Well, the web design thing hasn’t ever really gone far for me.  And….I have only 2 customers left.  So I can’t really afford my server anymore.  Testing options here.

Mar 16

St Patrick’s Day Green Trifle

I love trying out new desserts.  We had a potuck at work for St. Patrick’s day, and I needed a green dessert.  Well I remembered a fun dessert that a lady I used to work with used to make, but couldn’t quite remember the recipe, so I’ve re-created it.

St. Patrick's Day Trifle

St. Patrick’s Day Trifle Recipe

3 pckg Pistachio Pudding Mix
5 C. Milk
1.5 pckg Oreos plus a few for garnishing
2 8 oz. pckg Cream Cheese
12 oz. container Cool Whip
1 C. Powdered Sugar

1. Let cream cheese warm up to room temperature.

2. Mix pudding mix with the milk and set aside.

3. Crush all Oreos in a bowl.  They don’t need to be finely crushed, you want chunks.  I did them by hand.

4. Mix Cream cheese and powered sugar with a hand mixer until smooth.  Add half the cool whip and whip.

5. Put the trifle layers together.  Half the oreos in the bottom.  Then half the cream cheese mixture.  Then half the pudding.  Repeat the layers.  Top with the rest of the cool whip and garnish with leftover oreos.




Apr 10

Best Cookies Ever!!

My family loves these cookies.  They are a wonderful combination of an oatmeal cookie and marshmallow frosting to die for.  They are a little too sweet for my husband’s taste, but I could and have been known to over-eat them a bit, lol.  These Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies were published in Taste of Home magazine in the February/March 2001 edition.  I have reprinted the recipe below for convenience.



Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies


  • 1-1/2 cups shortening
  • 2-2/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in oats.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For filling, in a small bowl, cream the shortening, sugar and marshmallow creme. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread filling on the bottom of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts1 serving (1 each) equals 200 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Apr 04

Banana Cake

 Its been sooooo very long since I’ve posted anything on my blog here.  I often think of things, and the get carried away with life, busy and just forget about it.  Well, not this time.  A few weeks ago I made a cake for my Dad’s birthday.  He loves banana cake, but I like to try new recipes often.  I went searching for a new banana cake recipe and found a great one.  One of my Dad’s favorites to eat is also caramel.  This recipe encompasses both!!  What a delight.

Here is the Banana Nut Cake with Caramel Frosting Recipe on its original page where I found it from  I am also re-posting the recipe for your convenience and adding a few tips from my experience making it.

Quick Tip:  When making this frosting, it firms very quickly when cooling.  Work fast and know that you will probably not be able to spread it with a spatula, but may need to use your hands.  It sets up quickly, more like a fudge.  Oh it is so delicious though!

banana cake

This is a banana cake recipe and caramel frosting, with buttermilk or sour milk, chopped walnuts, and mashed bananas.
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 small to medium bananas)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup soured milk or buttermilk

In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add mashed bananas; beat well with electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flavorings and chopped walnuts or pecans.
Sift together the sifted cake flour, baking powder, soda and salt; beat into creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed of electric mixer. Pour batter into 2 buttered and floured (or butter and line bottom with waxed paper) 8-inch square cake pans. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from pans and cool thoroughly on racks.

Caramel Frosting

2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
6 tablespoons butter
dash salt
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, salt, and milk; bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; let stand 8 to 10 minutes. Gradually beat in powdered sugar with electric mixer. Continue beating until spreading consistency; add vanilla and blend well. Frost cake and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts or pecans.

Mar 30

The Zamzuu Opportunity

 I am so excited with my company.  Zamzuu just keeps getting better and better.   Not only do they provide the most amazing tools for us travel agents, they really do help people.  The idea is to help you save money on shopping that you already do.  Who wouldn’t want that?  

Zamzuu – the Future of Shopping

Mar 01


 My company now has a new product called KidZafe.  This is brilliant!  Basically it is meant to help protect your children while they are on the internet or their cell phone.

Here’s the information:

Smart tools to protect the irreplaceable.

KidZafe by Zamzuu helps you protect your kids from predators, bullies and sexting and helps you protect their privacy and reputation on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and on select mobile phones.

Did you know?

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69% of teens admit to regularly talking to strangers online
20% of teens admit to sending or posting inappropriate photos
KidZafe is an online service that makes it easier for you to connect to your child’s digital world. You’ll know who their online friends are. You will know what your kids are posting online and what is being posted about your child. You will have a clearer understanding of how and when your child uses technology. And with a downloadable mobile application, you can have greater visibility into how your child is using their Google Android or Blackberry mobile phone.

Most importantly, KidZafe’s advance parental intelligence system will notify you if inappropriate, dangerous or suspicious behaviors or people are identified in your child’s digital world.

Sign up now and tell us which social networking websites your child is using and/or install a mobile application on your child’s Google Android or Blackberry mobile phone. Your child, their online privacy and their reputation will be protected in less than 10 minutes!

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You can learn more by clicking the link for services and then KidZafe on my website

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