Wednesday, March 14, 2012

White Chocolate Cranberry Bars

This is a recipe I found online but it's SOOO amazing! It's from the Betty Crocker website so I do NOT take photo or recipe credits for this one. Other than the fact I found it online and tried it ;)

White Chocolate Cranberry Bars


1 Box Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
1/3 c. melted butter
2 TBSP water
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. dried cranberries
1 c. white vanilla baking chips


Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray the bottom only of a 9X13 pan with Pam spray with flour.

Mix the cake mix, bbutter, water, and eggs until a thick dough forms. Add in the cranberries and chips.

Bake for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

6 Week Bran Muffins

This is my husband's FAVORITE recipe! I got it from my sister in law who got it from their mom. He had these all the time growing up and was excited for me to get this one! This batter can be kept in the refridgerator for up to 6 weeks. It's makes approx 4 dozen muffins for a regular sized batch, so it can easily be halved.

6 Week Bran Muffins

2 c boiling water
4 c. Kellogs All Bran cereal

Pour boiling water over All Bran and let sit while you mix the other ingredients together.

1 C PLUS 2 TBSP shortning
4 eggs
3 c. sugar
1 qt buttermilk
5 c flour
5 tsp soda
1 tsp salt

Mix above ingredients and add the bran. Store batter in the fridge up to 6 weeks. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

Uff da! I need to catch up!!

I have had MANY recipe requests lately so will try start getting them up here! Expect quite a few recipes to come!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

We interrupt this regular scheduled post

to let you know that today I WON A COACH PURSE ON THE RADIO!!!!!!

I LOVE my new purse. It even comes with it's own sleeping bag. And a TON of other stuff! Some bath products from Bella Boutique, a coffee mug and re0usable shopping bag form Lite Rock 104.3 (the station I won this all from), a $29 gift card to Jake's Restaurant, 1 month tanning from I-Beach tan, $20 to LArie Boutique, $20 to the Sioux Gift Shop, $100 from the Lighting Gallery, a 7 1/2 inch sterling silver heart bracelet from Riddles Jewelers, and $200 towards Designer Sunglasses from Lifetime Vision Center.

I can not even put into words how excited I was for this! :)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

If I haven't said it before, I am a blog stalker. This recipe comes from another favorite blog called Annie Eats. Her site just makes me drool!! I made these over the weekend for my "neice's" graduation and they were a huge hit!


For the cake:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. lemon zest
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped

For the lemonade syrup:
1 cup lemonade concentrate, thawed
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

For the frosting:
1 cup fresh strawberries, roughly chopped
12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
18 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For garnish:
Fresh strawberries
Lemon slices

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Stir together with a fork and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until it is light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until well combined. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add half of the flour mixture to the bowl and beat on low speed until just incorporated. Add in the milk and mix until smooth. Add in the remaining flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended. Fold in the fresh strawberries with a spatula.

Divide the batter evenly between the paper liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake about 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, whisk together the lemonade concentrate and confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl to make the lemonade syrup. Poke several holes in the top of each cupcake with a skewer and pour the syrup over the cupcakes, allowing it to soak in. (Place wax paper underneath your cooling rack so you don’t make a mess!)

To make the frosting, puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender. Strain the puree through a mesh sieve to remove the seeds, and set aside. Beat the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and very fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. Mix in strawberry puree, a tablespoon at a time, until you achieve your desired texture and flavor of frosting (I added about 7 tablespoons of puree). Frost cupcakes as desired and garnish with fresh strawberries and lemon slices.

To me, this frosting wasn't nearly thick enough. For this light cupcake, I wanted a light and fluffy frosting, but this one was too light. I like my frosting to hold their form just a bit. Anyway, for this recipe, I did add about 1 1/2 cup of extra powdered sugar to the frosting and it was perfect!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


So, there is apparently a glitch in Google where I can't edit my posts. I do like to give credit where it's due and I realized on 2 posts, I forgot to do this! So we will do it this way instead!

On the Chocolate PB Cupcakes. I found the recipe in a blog called The Nerd's Wife. She has some AMAZING recipes that I can't wait to try!!

And the Chocolate Caramel Pudding Pops came from She is another blogger who I can NOT wait to try more of her treats!!

And by the way, if you would like photo credits for anything, please let me know. The mentioned websites are for photo credits also. But for the rest, they are either mine or I googled them and picked the one that looks the closest to how my recipe turns out.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Turkey Chili

I will say, in my quest for better health, I decided to try a good turkey chili. But I wasn't convinced to try a white chili. I found this recipe on and it was the best damn chili I think I have ever had in my life!! It has a TON of ingredients, but the flavor is out of this world!!

Turkey Chili

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 small green bell peppers, seeded and chopped
1 habanero pepper, seeded and chopped
2 pounds lean ground turkey
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (1 ounce) envelope instant hot chocolate mix
2 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, drained
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
1/2 cup cheap beer
1/2 cup canned whole kernel corn
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce

1.Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, green peppers and habanero pepper; cook and stir until the onion is transparent. Push these to one side of the pot, and crumble in the ground turkey. Cover, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the meat is no longer pink. Stir everything together so the garlic doesn't burn.

2.Season with chili powder, red pepper flakes, paprika, cumin, oregano, pepper, hot cocoa mix and seasoned salt. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, diced tomatoes with green chilies, tomato sauce and kidney beans. Crack open a beer, and pour in about 1/3. Drink or discard the rest. Partially cover the pan, and simmer over medium heat for about 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3.Mix in the corn and hot pepper sauce, and simmer for about 10 more minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

*Don't forget to crack open that second beer!! One for you, one for the chili!
* Depending on how spicky you like things, you can play with the hot pepper sauce. Little more or none at all!