Archive for May, 2014

#20 Caramel Apple Core




2 TBS milk




Cut apples in half and hollow out insides


small sauce pan put caramels and milk. Stirring constantly allow to melt completely.



Spoon caramel inside the apple and refrigerate 10-15 minutes


Disappointed again by a caramel apple recipe. This one worked better than the last but it still wasn’t great. The problem was trying to eat them. When caramel cools it becomes one solid piece again. I’d bit into an apple and the entire chunk of caramel would come with it. Which was not only messy but left the rest of the apple without any caramel.




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#19 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Wreath

1 can of Pillsbury Crescent dough 8 count
5 large eggs scrambled
2 cup of shredded Colby and Monterrey jack cheese
8 slices of fully cooked bacon (I buy the bacon that is fully cooked from the store)



Lay out crescent dough.



Place pieces of bacon.

DSCF01221 cup cheese


Scrambled eggs


3/4 cup cheese

DSCF0127pull ends of dough to the center of the ring


cover with remaining cheese


Bake 375 degrees for about 15-18 minutes until golden brown


The whole time we were putting this together Dan and I were doubting how easily we’d be able to actually dish it out but it turned out to be incredibly easy. The cheese melted and held it all together. It was really good. We were both surprised and impressed. Next time, Dan wants to make half for himself with sausage and ham.

The original recipe can be found here.

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#18 Starbucks’ Iced Lemon Pound Cake



box yellow cake mix
4.3 ounce instant or cook and serve Lemon pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces sour cream
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


Place all cake ingredients in no particular order into stand or electric mixer, beating until well combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. Divide cake batter between two prepared loaf pans spreading evenly.


Bake  350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through.


Remove and let cool for 15 minutes before removing loaves from pans.


2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 cup milk


 To prepare icing, place powdered sugar into a large bowl. Drizzle in lemon juice and milk stirring until smooth and thick. The original recipe didn’t include the milk but the lemon juice alone wasn’t nearly enough to be able to drizzle and too much more of it would make the iced way too tart. The milk worked perfectly.  Should be a good drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over cakes and let set for 20 minutes for a firm icing.


OMG BECKY! This was amazing. Looking at the recipe I thought it was a little bizarre with the pudding mix and sour cream and 6 TABLESPOONS of lemon juice but it worked beautifully. I really made this expecting to be let down and announcing that there isn’t anything like the real thing but I was wrong. I’m thrilled! Oh, the money I’ll save.

The original recipe can be found here.


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#17 Baked Ravioli


  • Bag of frozen ravioli
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese

DSCF0093Spread 3/4 cup of the pasta sauce in baking dish.

DSCF0094Arrange half of the frozen ravioli in single layer over sauce


top with half of the remaining pasta sauce


1 cup of the mozzarella cheese


Repeat layers once, starting with ravioli.



Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese


  1. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot in center. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Easy and incredibly tasty. I know it probably seems like this isn’t something I should have needed a recipe for but I’ve never made it before. We both loved it.

The original recipe can be found here.



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#16 Garlic Cheese Pull-Apart Bread


  • 16 frozen white dinner rolls (Rhodes brand)
  • 1/2 C butter, melted
  • 1 C grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp dry parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder


Remove frozen rolls from freezer and loosely wrap them in plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 45 minutes.
DSCF0087Cut rolls in half with a clean pair of scissors.
DSCF0088Combine melted butter and seasonings together.


Pour over dough and gently mix. Add 1/2 C of grated cheese and combine. You want each piece of dough to be coated.

DSCF0091Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with the piece of dough and then top with remaining grated cheese.


Allow to rise. The original recipe said it would take 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours. I waited that long and nothing. So, I turned on my oven to it’s lowest temperature (170) and put it in while it was warming up. When it beeped the dough had rised! Neat trick.

DSCF0101Cover bottom of pan with foil to prevent butter from leaking out. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until center is completely done. This took longer than the original recipe said. I also had trouble getting the center done without it getting to dark.



Remove from spring form pan to a plate- good luck to you. It was a nightmare!


From the time I put it out to thaw until it was time to get was over 4 hours. It tasted okay but not nearly as good as either of us expected. We were both disappointed. Personally, I don’t think it was worth it.

The original recipe can be found here.






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#15 Twice Baked Potato Casserole


4 Medium Size Potatoes – Quartered
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup sour cream
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of paprika

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder


Cook potatoes in boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain. Add milk and mash potatoes.


Add 1/2 Cup of cheese, seasoning,sour cream, and egg. Mix well.


Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top


Bake 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes uncovered ( top should be lightly golden brown)


Neither one of us could believe how good these were considering how easy they were to make.

The original recipe can be found here.


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#14 Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken


 boneless skinless chicken breasts

3 garlic cloves, minced

tablespoons brown sugar

3 teaspoons olive oil



In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar.


Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
Bake 350 degrees uncovered for 30 minutes. 



Dan and I both agreed that these were delicious and a nice new take on what can become boring chicken breast.


The original recipe can be found here.



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