Friday, August 24, 2012

Wacky Cake

Wacky's really good.  I brought it to the "healthy eating" potluck thing at my church tonight, as it's a vegan cake.  Pretty much everything was vegan.

Sorry I didn't take pictures of the cake as I made it this morning just before work.  My 4 year old daughter woke up just before the timer beeped.  She got excited when she heard the beep..."What are we eating for breakfast?"

"Sorry we're not gonna eat here for breakfast, you're going to eat at school...we're leaving as soon as you get your clothes changed."

Then when we left the house, she goes, "I want to take my birthday cake with me to school!"

"Sorry it's not a birthday's for church tonight."

She had a sad face the whole drive to school.  She got over it.  But at least she got to eat a slice at dinner!  The cake was a hit!

I googled and found this recipe: Wacky Cake (Vegan).  Most recipes use 8x8 pan...but this one is 9x13...perfect for a crowd!

Wacky Cake

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 2 cups cold water

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and set aside. Sift all dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Make three wells and put the oil in one, the vanilla in another and the vinegar in the last. Pour water over it all and mix until well blended. Pour into prepared pan and bake 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.  Is great served warm or cold and may be frosted or served with a dusting of powdered sugar.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Upside Down Pizza

My husband requested this recipe, as he hasn't eaten this in such a long time.    His grandma Wanda made this and he always loved it whenever she made it.  She passed away shortly after we got engaged.  I found the recipe in our church cookbook, and of course his grandma submitted this recipe to that cookbook. :)    It's a quick and easy crowd-pleaser recipe.
First brown the ground beef with the onions, and while that is cooking, mix up the batter.

Drain the grease and add pizza sauce and garlic salt

Spread on bottom of greased 9x13 pan

Top with mozzarella cheese

Then pour the batter on top of the mozzarella  (don't worry if it seems thin)

My little Junebug helping shake the parmesan cheese on top

Fresh out of the oven.  Smelled yummy!

Time to eat!!!

Upside Down Pizza

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef 
  • 1 med onion, chopped 
  • 1 15.5 oz jar pizza sauce 
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt 
  • 8 oz Mozzarella, grated 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 c. milk 
  • 1 tbsp oil 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1 c flour 
  • 1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese 

Preheat oven to 350. Brown ground beef and onion; pour off fat. Blend in pizza sauce and garlic salt. Put mixture in greased 9x13 inch pan and sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. In small bowl, mix eggs, milk, oil, salt, and flour. pour over meat mixture and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake 30 minutes. Makes 12 servings.

Optional: You can add other pizza toppings to the meat mixture (green peppers, mushrooms, olives, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, Italian sausage, etc.).

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Amaretto Brownies

I was wanting to make some brownies for the family picnic I looked through my cookbooks.  I saw a recipe but I wanted to give it a little something extra.  I love amaretto...

Pic taken with my phone...not bad!

Amaretto Brownies

2 sticks butter, melted
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract (I think it needed a little more)
4 eggs
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
optional: sliced almonds for topping

Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly grease a 13x9 inch baking pan.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add cocoa.  Mix until well blended.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt, beating well.  Pour into greased baking pan.  (OPTIONAL: sprinkle sliced almonds on top)  Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Cool and cut into bars.

Friday, July 08, 2011



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Sunday, December 12, 2010



Yummy lookin', huh? :-D

I don't know where I came across this recipe, but I was fortunate to have this recipe on hand!  It's my absolute favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe.  It's crispy and chewy at the same time. :-D 

This makes about 7 dozen cookies!  Plenty to go around!

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup butter 
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  1 (12 ounce) package chocolate chips


  • Cream shortening, butter, and sugars in large mixing bowl; blend in eggs and vanilla.
  • Combine dry ingredients and add to butter mixture.
  • Mix until well blended.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets. (SEE NOTE BELOW)
  • Bake at 375° for 7-10 minutes until golden brown.

NOTE: I don't bake my cookies without parchment paper.  I never get good results if I don't use parchment paper.  It helps prevent burnt bottoms.  My cookies always turn out perfectly this way. :)  It's definitely a good investment!  *hint hint* I'd love a silpat for Christmas!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ulu Knife

The Ulu knife one of my favorite kitchen essentials I use quite often.  It works much better than a rolling pizza cutter!  It is much easier than using a regular knife when chopping.

I would suggest y'all check into getting an Ulu knife to try out! :)
I obtained mine from my in-laws when they went on a cruise to Alaska and they got me an Alaskan Ulu knife set. :)  I've been using it ever since.  Even more when my pizza cutters broke, and I realized the Ulu knife did a better job!
The one I have is very similar to this one on the left <---

Thursday, February 25, 2010

QUICK & EASY Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

I just threw it all together as I went along.  I knew I wanted to bake a pasta casserole of some kind.  I noticed I had shell pasta & mozzarella cheese on well as spaghetti sauce and pepperoni.  So this recipe was just born tonight!  I'm sure other people have come up with recipes very similar to this but this is so easy and few ingredients!

Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

2-3 cups dry shell pasta (or any pasta)
1/2 can (large can like Hunt's) spaghetti sauce, any flavor  (you could add more sauce if you want)
1 cup mozzarella cheese (or more cheese if you want)
1/2 block of cream cheese, softened (from an 8oz block, so that'd make it 4 oz cheese)
1/2 cup to 1 cup chopped pepperoni  (or you could substitute cooked italian sausage or whatever you like)

Boil pasta until al dente.  While the pasta is boiling, mix the other three ingredients in a 2 quart casserole dish, and preheat oven to 350F.  Drain pasta and mix with the other ingredients in the casserole dish.  Bake for about 30 minutes.

That's it!  So easy and so yummy.  Serve with a nice salad and garlic bread.  :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Healthy" Banana Brownies

I had a bunch of bananas that were getting really ripe.  My daughter kept wanting apples instead of bananas, so the apples got used up before the bananas.  I wasn't in the mood for ANOTHER banana bread.  I googled for recipes and this one looked good to me.  

It is good for a "healthy" dessert.  Well, to me, it is.  It's lowfat and has fiber in it, and low calorie.  I had everything on hand for it, as well.  The original recipe asked for 1 cup of flour, which made the batter really watery, so I added another 1/2 cup and it turned out ok.  

If you're looking for a brownie that's not too sweet and not too rich,  moist, springy, and cakey brownie...then this is the recipe for ya!

Banana Brownies

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 egg whites
  • 3 medium mashed bananas
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. in a bowl combine oats & water, let stand 5 minutes.
  2. beat egg whites, bananas, sugar, oil & vanilla until blended, then add the moistened oats.
  3. combine dry ingredients, slowly add to wet mixture.
  4. spread into 13x9 inch pan (sprayed with cooking spray).
  5. bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  6. cool, cut into bars.

My 21 month old daughter LOVES 'em!  She had one little piece and kept wanting more and more. :)  Much better than giving her Oreos and other junk food! :)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Amazingly LAZY Cinnamon Rolls

Amazingly LAZY Cinnamon Rolls

Sorry, I didn't snap a picture before it was all eaten up. :-p  It was that GOOD!  And soooo easy to make!

Yesterday afternoon, I put a few frozen rolls to rise in a round cake pan, expecting to use 'em for dinner.  We ended up having chicken tacos for dinner, so I put 'em in the fridge to finish rising overnight.  This morning, I dressed 'em up with melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon and simply baked 'em.  Made a little glaze with the leftover melted butter, powdered sugar, and cinnamon.

This is pretty much a "non-recipe" where I didn't really measure anything.

I used:

6 frozen rolls (I used Rhodes brand but I'm sure any brand will be fine)
1/2 stick butter, melted
powdered sugar (about 1/3 cup)

Let the frozen rolls rise according to directions on the bag.  

When ready to bake, preheat oven according to the directions (I preheated mine to 350F).  While oven is preheating, melt the butter.  Brush butter liberally over the rolls.  Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the rolls to taste.  I sprinkled a lot of sugar and cinnamon and it turned out so yummy.  Bake according to directions (I baked mine for 20 minutes).

While the rolls are baking, mix powdered sugar with a few teaspoons of the leftover melted butter (keep adding a teaspoon until you get the desired consistency).  Add cinnamon (about a teaspoon or so) to the powdered sugar mixture.  Spread on hot rolls when they come out of the oven.


I'm sure you could feed a crowd if you used a 9x13 pan and several rolls to fit in that pan.  Less work too!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

There was a deaf camp here in town, and to get a free dinner (rather than pay $6 each for me and my husband), we had to bring a dish each. I had a few very ripe bananas that I needed to use up, so I googled recipes for a banana cake recipe. I found this recipe at and decided to try it out. I used my own frosting recipe instead of the one with the cake recipe, because the original recipe called for too much powdered sugar, which I find too sweet.

It was so easy compared with the other recipes I've tried, even though it took a little longer. It turned out really good. A few people actually asked who made the cake, so it was THAT good.

If you don't want to click on the link above, here's the original recipe below. I've also added my own recipe for my cream cheese frosting, because the original frosting recipe is too sweet for my tastes.

NOTE: The reviews and the author's comment on the recipe stated that for some people, it took an hour 10 min to an hour 30 minutes to bake this cake. For my oven, it took me one hour and 30 minutes for the cake to reach doneness. And the freezer trick does seem to make it really moist. Another thing to mention, I had no lemon juice on hand, so I used 2 tbsp orange juice to go with the mashed bananas, and 1 tbsp vinegar to mix with regular milk to subsitute for buttermilk. It worked out good for me.




  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 275°.
  2. 2
    Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. 3
    In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
  4. 4
    In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  5. 5
    In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. 6
    Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
  7. 7
    Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  8. 8
    Stir in banana mixture.
  9. 9
    Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. 10
    Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
  11. 11
    For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  12. 12
    Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  13. 13
    Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
  14. 14
    Spread on cooled cake.
  15. 15
    Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

My cream cheese frosting recipe:

1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened, not melted
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), softened, not melted
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Whip butter and cream cheese together (I used my Kitchenaid...I love it so much!) until fluffy. Add vanilla, and then slowly add powdered sugar (you don't want white powder all over the place, right?), and whip until fluffy. I usually leave my Kitchenaid going for about 10 minutes almost full speed, using the whisk beater...makes for a very fluffy and smooth cream cheese frosting.