Friday, February 23, 2018

Flashback Friday - Jazzed up Pretzel Recipes - SO good!

Always so happy you stopped by....

Do hope you'll be tempted to try these easy pretzel treats...MMM! 

Pour butter flavored oil over pretzels; sprinkle with dry ranch dressing, mix and let stand until oil is absorbed. No baking involved...can you say ADDICTING??? 

Snappy Ranch Pretzels

Mix 3 simple ingredients - pour over pretzels, mix and bake.
Folks are always commenting they can't believe how easy this recipe is. 
And tasty too!!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

This is similar to the saltine cracker candy that is popular.  
A wonderful sweet & salty treat! 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Leader Enterprise - Feb 7, 2018 - Chocolate = Love

Here's a sweet notion: Eat a little chocolate each day and you could be doing your heart a favor. Chocolate really can be part of a healthy diet! A study published in the journal Heart found that habitual chocolate eaters had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and strokes compared to people who didn't eat chocolate.

I found these thoughts at m/ - "Studies also show that  people who eat dark chocolate 5 or more times per week are less than half as likely to die from heart disease, compared to people who don't eat dark chocolate. There are also some studies showing that dark chocolate can improve brain function, and protect your skin from damage when exposed to the sun".

So enjoy some guilt-free dark chocolate to help you celebrate this special holiday. (Sounds like a great plan to me!) 

Hope you get a kick out of these quotes about chocolate. Enjoy a wonderful Valentine's Day. Take time to let a friend or family member you care about them...and share some chocolate.  

Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces.~JUDITH VIORST, Love & Guilt & The Meaning

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.~DAVE BARRY, attributed, Chicken Soup for the Chocolate Lover's Soul

Flowers wilt, jewelry tarnishes, and candles burn out ... but chocolate doesn't hang around long enough to get old.~ANONYMOUS, Heavenly Humor for the Chocolate Lover's Soul

There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.~ANONYMOUS

These single-serving sized scrumptious bites are the bomb! 


brownie mix for 9x13 inch pan 
ingredients to make brownies (water, oil and eggs)
1 tub (16 ozs.) coconut-pecan frosting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix brownie batter according to package directions.
Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Spoon small amount of brownie batter into muffin pan, enough to fill 1/3 to 1/2 full. Spoon about a teaspoon of frosting onto each cup of brownie batter.
Top with more brownie batter, filling a little more than 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes. Yield: about 36 brownie bites.

Here's a special treat for two. You might have to make 2 batches. 


1/3 c. granulated sugar 
2 tsp. baking cocoa
2 Tb. milk
2 Tb. peanut butter, crunchy or creamy
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. quick cooking oatmeal 

In medium microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar (or xylitol for sugar free), baking cocoa and milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute 15 seconds, or until it boils, stirring once.   (If using xylitol, cook for 1 minute 30 seconds). 

Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. (I used a whisk). Add oats and stir until blended. Drop by spoonsful onto wax paper lined plate, to make 6 cookies. Chill in refrigerator for about 10 minutes before enjoying.  

I've gotten lots of raves about this special cookie. And requests for the recipe too. 

2/3 c. shortening 
2/3 c. oleo, softened 
1 c. white sugar
(I use 3/4 c.) 
1 c. brown sugar (packed)
(I use 3/4 c.) 
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
3 c. all purpose flour 
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 c. chopped nuts, optional
1 (12 ozs) bag chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 375. In large bowl, mix shortening and oleo with sugars, eggs and vanilla; combining until well blended. Stir in remaining ingredients. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonsful 2" apart onto an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 8 - 9 minutes or until golden brown, and not quite 'set'. 
Remove from oven and let stand to finish 'baking' for 2 minutes before removing to cooling rack. 
Yield: about 5 dozen 

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.~Charlies Schulz, attributed, The Red Hat Society Cookbook

Friday, February 9, 2018

Flashback Friday - Perfect Peanut Butter & Chocolate Treats for Valentine's Day (Including a Naturally Sweetened Treat)


I've got some 'Sweets for the Sweet' for this special Valentine's Day ahead...

Oh so'll need to share so you don't devour them all yourself! 
Quick to make...and only 5 ingredients!! Run to the kitchen now! 

Everyone will go wild over this simple 'gooey' cake - what a FABULOUS way to say...I LOVE YOU! 

These yummy treats are NATURALLY SWEETENED...
No Sugar Added!  SO good! 

Everyone will go wild when you make this fabulous cookies! 
They have pudding in the mix...reese's pb chips and candies too! 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Easy Pickled Cukes {New Recipe}

These pickles are the bomb!

I am not even a cucumber lover...haven't been for years, but there are a few things made with cukes that I easily get addicted to.... Cucumber Spread...easy and it lasts a while in the fridge...

And Kansas Cucumber Salad...MMMMM! 

This is another one of them. 

So easy it goes together in minutes - and can be made sugar free.  

Cukes are usually inexpensive all year long...(I paid 62 cents each for these) 

My sis-in-love makes these.....I wasn't even going to try them because I just don't care for pickles, but I tried one..and another...and another...
and now I am making them and keeping the 'juice' restocked when we run out of the pickles. 

Do hope you'll try them soon. They take little effort..and oh so delish!

This recipe is in my latest cookbook - Fork Favorites  There are 200 easy family-friendly recipes and the cost is only $15 (+ OH state tax) and Shipping & Handling (if applicable). Click here for ordering info. I'd love to sign one for you! 

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1 c. white vinegar
1 c. water
1/2 tsp. salt (or less)
3/4 c. white sugar, or more to taste
(I like xylitol or Swerve)
3 lg. cukes, peeled and sliced
sliced onion, to taste

In large bowl, add vinegar, water, salt and sugar; stir until dissolved. Add cuke slices and onions.  Eat right away or refrigerate.  These keep up to 2 weeks in the fridge (can reuse the brine a second time).  
Yield 4 - 5 servings (or maybe 2 or 3...depending on who's eating them!) 

Linked to Weekend Potluck

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Flashback Friday - Scrumptious Quick Breads

So happy to have you here...

When it gets cold outside, I am driven to bake...hope you'll enjoy these
tasty breads that warm you inside and out.  Great for a snack or to serve
unexpected company.  Perfect with coffee or tea. 

A moist and flavorful bread that freezes great!  Keep some on hand for drop in company....

Zippy Zucchini Pineapple Bread

In my kitchen....The BEST OF THE BEST of all Quick Breads - family favorite all year around! The orange juice glaze adds such flavor and moisture. 

Perfect Poppyseed Bread

This is such a WINNER of a recipe.  Once folks taste this moist and flavorful treat, they always want the recipe.  It freezes wonderfully too - a great seller at my summertime Farmer's Market! 

Sour Cream Banana Bread

This tasty bread is a 'healthier' choice...with a secret ingredient.  So so good! 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread