At-Home Pizookie Party

In San Diego, there’s a great restaurant where “the kids” go to have what they affectionately term, “Pizookie Parties”. The kids are some of the students from the high school where I was formerly employed, and the “restaurant” is actually a brewery, so I’m hopeful that they’re really having parties filled with Pizookies and not something else. You are, aren’t you, boys? “What’s a Pizookie?” you ask.  So glad you want to know. A Pizookie is a cross between a […]

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The Best Basic, Yellow Cake You’ll Ever Eat

I’ve been cooking again.  I take it in spells, really. After a long bout of traveling hither and yon, my little family is all back together again in one place: the boonies.  Big Daddy had been traveling a bit, too, and is now back at work with people whom I’ve affectionately named, “The Boys.” The Boys are the men with whom Big Daddy works.  They seem to like my cooking. Alot. Nearly the moment Big Daddy reentered their presence, their […]

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Easy-Peasy Whipped Icing

As promised, I’m posting the icing recipe I used when I sent The Boys some cupcakes awhile back. Here’s what you need to whip it up: Some shortening, some powdered sugar, almond extract, water, and, the kicker, non-dairy coffee creamer.  I used food coloring, too, but you can just roll with the white if that’s what you’re feeling. With the mixer, beat the shortening, creamer, and extract. Gradually beat in the sugar. I don’t have enough patience for ‘gradually,’ which […]

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Vanishing Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Bars

I found the recipe for these little beauties in one of the greatest places to find good food. Besides church cookbooks, one of the best places to find new recipes is on the back of cake mix boxes and, as it turns out, inside the Quaker oat box.  I did doctor it up a bit (of course), though. My uni-dimpled, in-house food critic says these are the best thing I’ve ever made. He says that a lot; however, his rapid […]

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

My Mammaw has been making this cake as long as I can remember. Usually, she buys a tub of frozen strawberries in syrup and a container of Cool Whip and lets them sit out on the counter until they are thawed. Then, she makes the cake and serves it with a generous helping of strawberries and juice and a big, ole dollop of Cool Whip plopped right on the top. She’s been doing this so long that she now has […]

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Peanut Butter Cake. Nuff Said.

Yes, I recognize that the posting of this recipe less than 24 hours behind my Ripped in 30 update is nonsensical. The fact that I am posting something nonsensical is not news to you, so lower your eyebrows and do NOT judge me. No, I didn’t eat a bite of this cake. Didn’t even lick the icing spoon or anything. So, there. Defensive, much? Yes, I’m sending it to The Boys so it will be out of my house. No, […]

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The Diva Cooks: Sausage Quee-chee

In our transition from busy, city life to laid-back, country life, I’m not the only one who’s been traumatized.  Being a Diva, naturally, requires a certain amount of city access, which we have not. She’s a wreck. Between moving to the country and spending her day, every day, all day with, well, me…all I can say is God Bless the Diva. To occupy herself, she’s taken up a few, new pasttimes. First, she’s decided to try photography. At the homeschool […]

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Sausage Squares

The Boys like meat. At least that’s been my experience. Therefore, I knew that some Gigi-esque cupcakes were going to go over, but not as much as something containing pork.  For this reason, I included these delectable Sausage Squares (recipe courtesy of the Mad Knitter, aka my mother) in the care package I sent to them last week. Sausage and bread and cream cheese: what’s not to love? Like most of my recipes, this one has only a few ingredients, […]

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Need Nachos?

Sometimes you just do, right? Well, at least I do. Here’s a recipe for the perfect nacho. My fam LOVES these. None of those only-the-chips-on-top-have-stuff-on-them nachos, either. Nope. Each chip has the same amount of goodies on it. And, in case you’re not a nacho person, here’s a book I found while touring Rock City last week. It’s helping me transition back into Southern culture after my 4-year stint in California. Be sure to read the fine print subtitle across […]

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Pot Roast Redux: Kicked Up Another Notch

At our house, we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pot roast! And when I say “we”, I mean Big Daddy and the Diva. I am not a pot roast person, but I eat it when I make it because we eat “what’s put on the table” (it’s a rule), and I make it because they like it. However, we were eating at McAlister’s, which “they” also love (I’m seeing a trend here…), and I noticed they had a Pot Roast Baked […]

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