Monthly Archives: January 2018

Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Chocolate Applesauce Cake

Who doesn’t love homemade from scratch cake.  The flavor can’t be beat, so moist and yummy.  You won’t need any fancy ingredients to make this cake.  Just pull what you need from the pantry shelves and throw this cake together.

Will make two round cakes or use a 9 x 13 pan.  Frosting is not needed it is that good.

Chocolate Applesauce Cake

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups applesauce
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease your baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips.

Stir well and pour into prepared baking pans.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and return to oven to melt slightly.

This cake freezes well.  So make one to eat immediately and save one for later.

Told you it was a breeze to make.

ENJOY!Chocolate Applesauce Cake

BlueBerry Poke Cake

First Aid Essentials Kit

First Aid Essentials Kit

How many of you have a First Aid Kit in your personal car or home?  If you don’t please think about adding one immediately both at home and in your car or cars.

I started out purchasing this one shown in the photo from a local store.  Saw it was on sale and thought this was something we should have in the car just in case.  After having to use the kit a few times I found out there were several items that were missing we could have used.

Here is a list of basic items we keep in our first aids kits both in our home and in our cars.  Everything is in one container so it is very  easy to find and use at anytime.

Remember to fill your first aid kit to meet your families needs.

2 and 3 inch Elastic Bandages
Tongue Depressors
2 x 4 Adhesive Bandages
Triangular Bandage
Steri Strips ( wound closures)
Knuckles bandages
Band Aids assorted sizes
Non-Adherent Gauze Pads
1 Roll Conforming Gauze
2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 Gauze Pads
1 Inch Adhesive Tape
1 Inch Elastic Tape
Dental Floss
Wet Wipes
Baking Soda for stings
Lip Balm
Syrup of Ipecac
Cough Medicine and Cough Drops
Dramamine for motion sickness
Assorted Safety Pins
Cotton Swabs and Cotton Balls
Digital Thermometer
Assorted needles
Heavy Thread
Razor Blades
Medicine Dropper
Antibiotic Ointment
2 Burn Free Gel Packs
Aloe Vera Burn Aid
Calamine Lotion
Diarrhea Remedy
Non-Aspirin Pain Reliever
Children’s Pain Reliever/fever Reducer
10 Latex Gloves
Utility Knife
Waterless Hand Sanitizer
Rubbing Alcohol
Hydrogen Peroxide
Paper Bags
Sanitary Napkins
Disposable Instant Hot Pack
Disposable Instant Cold Pack

Hope this list helps get you started on your journey to making your own First Aid Kit for your family.  ENJOY!



Hot Chocolate Master Mix

Hot Chocolate Master Mix

Why purchase those expensive chocolate mixes when you can make this in five minutes or less.  Simple ingredients with no added preservatives.   One more thing not to put into your  shopping cart.


3 1/2 Cups sugar
2 1/4 cups cocoa  ( I use Dutch chocolate)
1 Tablespoon Salt

Hot Chocolate Master Mix

In a bowl add sugar, cocoa and salt.  Mix well to combine.

To use:  Add milk to your mug.  Warm in the microwave.  Add Tablespoon or more to your mug and stir.

If you want to make a bunch of hot chocolate.  Heat several cups of milk on the stove.  Add chocolate mix and stir well.

Add your marshmallows or whip cream on top if you want.  ENJOY!

Hot Chocolate Master Mix



Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

As a little girl my mother use to make this for a treat on Sunday evening.  The appeal of coffee cake is the contrast between the moist cake and the streusel topping.  I have added pecans to give an extra crunch and different taste to the coffee cake I make for my family.

From what I can gather this is called coffee cake because so many adults ate a piece while drinking a cup of coffee.  My preference is a tall glass of cold milk with my piece of pecan cinnamon streusel coffee cake.

Enjoy this old family favorite.  From my home to yours.

Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

I made this recipe in my food Processor.  Only one thing to wash and clean up.  Simple and easy.

Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Topping

1 cup pecans
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
1 teaspoon of water

Place pecans and sugar in food processor.  Pulse for 6 pulses until finely ground.

Add flour, cinnamon, salt and pulse until combined.  About 6 pulses.

Add butter and water and pulse until butter is fully incorporated and mixture begins to clump.  About 10 pulses.

Set aside.

Coffee Cake

1 2/3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
7 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup milk
1 large plus 1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease and flour a 9 inch baking dish or spring form pan.

In food processor place flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Pulse  5 times.

Add butter and pulse until small pieces of butter remain.  About 21 pulses.

Add milk, egg and yolk, and vanilla.  Pulse until all ingredients are moist and combined.  About 5 pulses.

Pour into prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle streusel topping on top.

Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.  Let cool and ENJOY!

Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
Pecan Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake




Cookie Truffles

Desiring something different to make for the holiday?  These Cookie Truffles only look hard to make which makes them perfect for any occasion.  Be sure to make a double batch.  One to take to the office, school or to the neighbors.  A batch for you to keep and enjoy at home.

Ingredients needed:

1 – 12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1 – 8 ounce package softened cream cheese cut into cubes.
20 chocolate sandwich cookies chopped ( I used Oreos)
2 1/4 cups milk chocolate pieces
2 Tablespoons shortening

Line a large tray with wax paper.
In a heavy saucepan over low heat add 12 ounce package of semi sweet chocolate pieces.  Stir until melted.
Remove from heat and immediately add cream cheese.  Stir to combine.  The mixture will start to thicken.
Stir in chopped cookies.
Using a small cookie scoop.  Scoop and roll into a ball.  Place on wax paper.
Freeze for 15 minutes.

Dipping Chocolate

In a small heavy saucepan combine the 2 1/4 cups chocolate pieces and shortening.
Stir until melted.
Remove from heat.
Dip balls into melted chocolate.  Place on wax paper.
Place in refrigerator to firm up.

Add different colored sprinkles if you like.

Store in refrigerator for up to one week or in the freezer up to one month.

Cookie Truffles being made.
Cookie Truffles


Saturday Prep Day

Saturday Prep Day

We are in the middle of a winter cold front.  Freezing temperatures are keeping us indoors.

On this Saturday morning I spent the time prepping food for several different meals.  Cooking once and eating several times is always my way of cooking.

So what are some of the meals I have ready to go so far for the coming week?

Veggie Stir Fry
Beef Stir
BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Ham and Beans
Mac and Cheese with Ham
Shredded Beef for Tacos
Broccoli and Ham
Broccoli Soup
Vegetables all cut and ready to be eaten.

So what will you be eating this coming week?

Double Pork Sliders

Double Pork Sliders

My intentions were to put these on a nice pretty plate to show you how good they are.  My family had other intentions.  Instead you get to see my scratched up pan along with some delicious and easy to put together Double Pork Sliders.

Why are they called Double Pork Sliders?  There is not only boneless pork chops in the sliders but bacon as well.  It was a match made in heaven.  Come along and make these quick, delicious sliders.

Double Pork Sliders

12 thin cut boneless pork chops
1 package of bacon fried
12 small buns
2 Tablespoon butter softened
Black pepper
BBQ Sauce

Slice buns in half and butter each side of the bun.
In a large skillet cook bacon until crisp, drain on paper towels.
In a large skillet cook pork chops on each side for around 4 to 5 minutes or until done completely through.
While cooking sprinkle pork chops with black pepper.
Cup pork chop in half if to big.
Place one piece of pork chop on bun.
Tear one piece of bacon into two pieces and place one piece on top of pork chop.
Repeat with second piece of pork chop and second piece of bacon.
Place one teaspoon of BBQ sauce on top of bacon.
Fill all the rolls and place in a 13 x 9 baking pan.
Using a brush and melted butter brush the tops of the buns.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 10 minutes

Option:  Add a slice of provolone cheese.

Serve with extra BBQ Sauce and ENJOY!

Double Pork Sliders  13×9 Sandwich Melts