Monday, March 26, 2012

Lemon Dream Cake


1 package lemon cake mix (pudding in the mix is richer)

2 (8-ounce) containers lemon yogurt (blended type if possible)

1 (8-ounce) container of Cool Whip (thawed)


Bake cake in any form you wish (I make 2 9" layers).

Let cake cool completely on wire rack. Fold yogurt into thawed Cool Whip.

Frost generously and use tines of fork to form wavy lines. Refrigerate if not serving right away.

Friday, March 23, 2012

No Bake Chocolate Icebox Pie

Chilling Time: 2 hr


2 1/2 cups milk, divided

1 1/3 cups sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon butter or margarine

7 tablespoons cornstarch

6 tablespoons water

3 extra-large egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 baked 9-inch pie shell

1 can or small tub of sweetened whipped cream

Chocolate curls or shavings


Combine 2 cups milk, sugar, cocoa and butter in a medium-size saucepan.

Bring just to a boil over medium heat. In a medium-size bowl, completely dissolve cornstarch in water.

Stir in remaining 1/2 cup milk. Whisk in egg yolks and vanilla until well-blended.

Gradually add egg yolk mixture to mixture in saucepan, stirring constantly with wire whisk.

Cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes, or until mixture is thickened and smooth.

Add marshmallows and stir until they melt and mixture is smooth. Pour into pie shell. Press plastic wrap directly on filling. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Remove plastic wrap. Top with whipped cream and garnish with chocolate curls.


Pressing plastic wrap directly onto hot pie filling prevents a tough, dry "skin" from forming as pie cools.

Use a potato peeler to make decorative chocolate curls or shavings from a chocolate candy bar.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Classic 7 Layered Casserole


3 pounds potato

1 1/2 tablespoons salt

6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced

1/4 pound butter

1 cup sour cream

6 ounces ham, sliced

6 ounces sausage (of choice), sliced

1 tablespoon paprika


Drop potatoes in their skins in water and cover with 1 tablespoon of salt. Cook until fork tender; let cool and then slice.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a deep casserole, and arrange a layer of potatoes on the bottom. Season with some of the remaining salt.

Melt butter and sprinkle a little on top of the potatoes. Cover with ham strips, repeat the potatoes, salt, and butter.

Arrange egg slices, then sausage slices on top, finishing with a potato layer. Pour the remaining butter over and spread the sour cream on top.

Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Lengthen cooking time to one hour if the casserole has been refrigerated before cooking.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dear Readers

As some of you may know, I used to have an Etsy and Artfire shops, due to medical issues I can't do as much crocheting as I used to, so I closed those shops. I still love my crafts and I would like to continue to feature fellow crafters. If you would like me to feature you, please contact me. I'll also continue to share recipes, great product finds and share the books that I'm reading. I hope you enjoy!

Mini Cupcakes - Perfect for Spring

You gotta just love mini cupcakes, they are the perfect size to ease that sweet craving and you don't feel guilty when you eat two! So let's dress them up with icing in spring colors and lots of sprinkles and have some fun! For me, spring is about being on the go, running kids here, there, everywhere! Cupcakes - well, they are so portable! So get out there, enjoy the warm weather and pack some cupcakes (why not?!).

Crescent Crust Chicken Pot Pie

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 large potato, diced
3 mushrooms, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 can mixed vegetables, drained
1 can chicken gravy
1 can refrigerator crescent rolls
Old Bay Seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
4 tablespoons olive oil

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Saute chicken in 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with seasonings. When chicken is cooked, remove from heat.

Saute potatoes, onions, and mushrooms in 2 tablespoons oil until potatoes are almost cooked through.

Combine chicken, potato mixture, more seasoning, gravy, and veggies, mixing well. Pour into a rectangular glass casserole dish and cover the top with crescent rolls. Bake for 35 minutes or until rolls are brown.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I Love My Kindle

If you can't decide if you should get a Kindle or not - let me tell you I just love my Kindle Fire! It is truly one of the best gifts I have ever received!