Monthly Archives: November 2016

Cookie Exchange

Many people are starting to plan Christmas parties and cookie exchanges!  If you need a new recipe idea, here is a great one from the Pioneer Woman!  Lacey says it is heaven on a pan! 😊


Quick side dish

This is a super quick and yummy side dish that my family loves!  Only a few ingredients and about 25 minutes are needed for this recipe.  


Jumbo Caramel Banana Muffins

This TOH recipe is awesome!!  The muffins taste like banana bread, is super moist and topped with a sweet caramel icing!  They are quick to mix up and a great grab and go breakfast with fruit.

I worked the polls on Election Day last week and I knew it would be a very long and interesting day.  When I got home that night, after working over 15 hours, I enjoyed one of these muffins.  I think I will probably remember the 2016 election (the good, the bad and the ugly) every time I make this recipe in the future 😊

Breakfast Casserole

I tried this breakfast casserole recipe this week and was disappointed.  It has way too much spinach, it just over powers the eggs, hash browns and peppers.

The picture above is before baking.  I reduced the amount of spinach, added an extra egg, and added green and yellow peppers.  

Neither of us liked this recipe.  But I think it would be great with more eggs and no spinach.  We’ll save the extra veggies for dinner 😊

Homemade BBQ sauce 

This is the absolute BEST BBQ sauce recipe!  I have tried it once before and 2 times recently.  It goes great with boneless pork ribs and boneless skinless chicken breasts.  I’m sure it would work well with beef too…maybe hamburgers with coleslaw.

I ran out of molasses so I substituted pure maple syrup.  Also, the recipe calls for 4 T minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce which is ALOT of heat!  I usually read the reviews when trying new recipes and I’m so glad that I did with this one.  1-2 T is good enough, lots of flavor and a little heat.

Homemade Vinaigrette 

We have a favorite homemade ranch dressing, that I previously shared on my blog, and it doesn’t even compare to store bought dressing!  This week I made a salad with dinner and decided to make a vinaigrette, something lighter than the ranch.  We were at a friend’s house for dinner one day and she made this simple but delicious salad dressing.  Later, she gave me a little card with the handwritten recipe on it and we still use it all the time!

1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 cup oil (we use canola)

2 tsp garlic salt (to taste)

Mix and shake.

That’s it!  So easy and delicious!

The good and the bad

I bought this magazine back in August to take camping with me while at the county fair for a week.    It was a fun but full week and the magazine just laid on the camper table until I packed to come back home. While camping; Adam was recovering from surgery, I was nursing my sick little dog, 4H parade, fair activities and events, friends and family stopping by, Adam’s birthday, 2 doctor appointments and helping Lacey take care of her horse…no time to sit and read magazines.   But lately I have tried 2 recipes so far in this book.  I’m a big fan of Taste of Home and that’s sorta why I was so disappointed with the sweet bread.  I can usually count on their recipes being accurate and delicious!

Wasted ingredients and wasted time on this one….
I planned to have it for breakfast for a couple days with some fruit and freeze the second loaf for later.  It was so dry and had a very strange flavor.  And, I’m still not sure why it would have 8 oz cheddar cheese in it.  Both loaves went in the trash, so disappointing!

On to the good news….I finally made a great pumpkin roll using the recipe in this book!  There are so many recipes for this dessert but this one works, is super yummy and it’s a keeper!  I had one little pie pumpkin left and decided to make this dessert.

I only remember trying to make this recipe one other time years ago and it turned out bad.  I couldn’t get it rolled up and it was just a big mess.  It wasn’t fun and I never tried again, until now!  Plan ahead, it takes awhile to make and it still isn’t that fun in my opinion but it is delicious!   I love to bake but for some reason this recipe isn’t enjoyable….but the results are worth it!