Snickerdoodle Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Icing

To make a snickerdoodle cake add 2 tsp ground cinnamon to a plain white cake mix. Prepare as package directs. (Hey, couldn’t be any easier than that!)

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

1 c. butter, room temperature
3 3/4 c. confectioners’ sugar (powdered sugar), sifted
3 to 4 TBSP milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon

– Blend butter in a large bowl, on low speed until fluffy, approx 30 seconds.
– Add sugar, 3 TBSP milk, and vanilla.
– Blend lightly.
– Add cinnamon.
– Continue mixing until sugar is well incorporated. Increase speed and beat until fluffy.
If the frosting is stiff, add the remaining 1 TBSP of milk.

Or get even easier and add 1tsp to a can of buttercream frosting from the store. πŸ™‚

Frost cake when cool. Enjoy!

Chocolate No-bake Cookie Recipe

A family favorite. These cookies are easy to make and go quick!

2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
1 stick butter
4 TBSP cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
3 c. oats (we use quick oats)
1/2 c. peanut butter

– Combine sugar, milk, butter, cocoa, and vanilla in a pot.
– Melt and bring to boil.
– Add peanut butter and oats, mixing well.
– Drop on wax paper and let cool.

Hot Fudge Sauce

A local restaurant serves a very tasty chocolate cake in small Bundt pans… drizzled heavily with rich, thick hot chocolate sauce and served with a scoop of yummy HÀagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream.

I’ve wanted to recreate, as best I could, the same very best chocolate cake. When I came across this recipe for Hot Fudge Sauce, I thought I’d better save it, try it, share it (or in some sort of order like that).

1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. light corn syrup
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

– In a saucepan, combine 1 cup heavy cream and 1/2 cup light corn syrup and bring to a boil over medium heat.
– Stir until liquified, approx 2 minutes.
– Remove from heat and whisk in 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
– Serve hot…..

…. or drizzle over your fresh-from-the-oven-chocolate-cake, add a scoop of rich vanilla bean ice cream, :::sprinkle a touch of cocoa powder::: and serve with 2 spoons… doesn’t it sound romantic, on top of being an utterly dreamy delight for the taste buds?

Breakfast Pizza

This has become our traditional Christmas Breakfast.

1 lb sausage
1 pkg crescent rolls (8 count, refrigerated)
1 1/2 c. package hash brown potatoes (make sure thawed)
1 1/4 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
5 eggs
1/4 c. milk
3/4 tsp salt
3 TBSP grated, Parmesan cheese

– Brown and drain sausage.
– Place separated crescent rolls into a greased, deep pizza dish.
– Press to form a “crust”, sealing perforations.
– Spread sausage over crust.
– Sprinkle hash browns and cheese.
– Beat eggs, salt, and milk, then pour carefully over crust.
– Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.

Slice and serve.

Easy Cheesy Quiche

This easy Cheesy Quiche is tasty as well as ingredient-flexible.

1/4 c. onion, chopped and sauteed
1 1/4 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 – 4 oz can green chilies
2 c. milk
7 eggs, beaten
1 c. Bisquick
1/4 tsp. salt

– Layer chilies, sauteed onion and cheese in greased 11×7 pan.
– Combine eggs, milk, Bisquick and salt.
– Mix with electric mixer on high speed for 1 minute.
– Carefully pour over chilies, onion and cheese in pan.
– Bake at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until golden until nicely brown (test with toothpick).
– Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Other additions:
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked crisp, drained and crumbled
Diced ham
Swiss, Monterey Jack Cheeses
Spice it up with some jalepeno peppers
Chopped green pepper
Garden veggies – yum!

Praying Mantis on a Hummingbird Feeder

Originally uploaded by madaise.

I was washing dishes and saw this little praying mantis on one of the hummingbird feeders. Try as I might, I could not get a good clear image of the mantid.

At one point, Cas thought he was sleeping – but I told her I thought it was watching us… just about then, it turned it’s head from facing one of us, to the other. As if he was listening to us talk.

I didn’t think much of it visiting the hummingbird feeder, other than it may help keep the little buggies and bees from getting into the nectar. Then I happened across this post about a mantis making a meal out of a hummingbird – ouch! I think this one is too small, at roughly 2.5-3″ long… so I hope I don’t witness any hummingbird murders.

We can’t really figure how he got to the feeder – it would be a stretch, I’m sure he could make… And I figure it probably “fluttered” there, but just to be helpful, I hung a plant nearby in hopes it would find shelter there. I do have another mantid (brown in color) homing in a spider plant.. I’ve watched it grow from about an inch, to now close to 2 inches or slightly more.

Then, a visit to a friends blog and I see this great photo of a walking stick. The last time I saw a walking stick I think I was about 16… it’s been ages! πŸ˜‰ Take a visit to The Impaitient Gardener to see the walking stick… but don’t leave too quickly.. there are plenty of beautiful pictures to see… take a walk through her garden. πŸ™‚

Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough

A fun edible playdough. Contains peanuts.

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup powdered milk

– Mix all together.

Other variations of peanut butter playdough:

1 c. honey
2 c. powdered milk
2 c. peanut butter

1 c. peanut butter
1 c. honey
1 c. powdered milk
1 c. oatmeal

Add cocoa for flavor.

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white corn syrup (or honey)
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups powdered milk

Roll, eat, make balls, eat, cut shapes with cookie cutters, eat….. πŸ™‚

Kool-Aid Playdough

We seem to go through playdough like crazy around here. Decided to try making our own. This is one of the several recipes we’ve found for koolaid playdough.

2 1/2 c Flour
1/2 c Salt
2 pk Unsweetened Kool-aid
2 c Boiling water
3 tb Vegetable oil

– Mix dry ingredients.
– Add water and oil, stir.
– Mix or knead with hands when cool.
– Store in baggie or container with lid.
– Lasts for several months.
– A little oil will help soften playdough that’s a tad dried from sitting out.

Koolaid adds color and gives a great scent. Have read that Lemon-Lime koolaid doesn’t work, but lime jell-o does.

Puppy Chow Recipe


This one isn’t for the dogs.. People get to have their own puppy chow treat.
This is a fun snack favorite and easy to make too.

Puppy Chow

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup chocolate chips
8 cups Crispix cereal (or Chex)
2 cups powdered sugar

– Mix peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter in a pan and melt.
– In a large bowl, pour melted mixture over crispix cereal, mixing well.
– Put powdered sugar in a large paper sack and add cereal mixture.
– Fold top of paper sack and shake to coat evenly.

Recipe Variations:
9 cup Chex (or Crispix)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

For fun, serve in small dog dishes. πŸ™‚
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