Molasses Cookies


Molasses Cookies

Whenever we want a super snack, I bake up a batch of these yummy molasses cookies.  They have a pretty crackled tops and soft centers.  They remind me of my mom working in the kitchen and letting me help roll the balls of cookie dough in the sugar.

Make up a batch of these cookies and let the kids or grandkids roll the dough balls in the sugar.  Making some memories they will always remember.


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup sugar, plus 4 tablespoons sugar to roll the balls of dough in.
1 egg

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, beat oil, molasses, 1/4 cup sugar and egg.  Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  Add to molasses mixture and mix well.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.  Shape into 1 inch balls.

Roll in sugar.  Place on engrossed baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.


Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

Believe it or not these chew, brownie like cookies are gluten-free.  Only problem is trying not to eat just one.  Full of chocolate bites and chopped pecans.  Only thing needed is a glass of milk.

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies

3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large egg whites at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (4 ounce) semisweet chocolate bar, chopped
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together powdered sugar, cocoa and salt in a large bowl.

Add egg whites, and vanilla into powdered sugar mixture.  The batter will be thick.

Stir in chopped pecans and chopped chocolate.

Mix until combined.  Drop 3 inches apart on sprayed cookie sheet by the tablespoon.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until top of the cookies are shiny and cracked.

Cool and ENJOY!  Garbanzo Apple Cake gluten Free  Gluten Free Baking Mix

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cookies

DIY Christmas Blocks

DIY Christmas Blocks

We love-making homemade Christmas decorations in our family.  These blocks are so simple and easy to put together.  You can make them any size or colors to go with your Christmas decor.  Don’t forget these make some of these blocks for gifts to give to your friends and family.

I used 2×4 blocks cut into different sizes.  You can make your blocks any size you want.
Paint color of your choice
Ribbon cut to go around the blocks.
Scrapbook paper cut to fit front of the block.
Letters cut out to put on the front of the blocks.

I cut and sanded the blocks before painting.  Paint and let dry completely.  Glue on the scrapbook paper and letters.  Embellish with ribbon.

See how simple and easy these blocks are to make.  There are so many different ways and saying to make out of these blocks.  Have fun and enjoy!

DIY Christmas Blocks
DIY Christmas Blocks

If you want to make it even easier and something the kids can do.  Purchase some 3D Christmas stickers.  Have the kids paint their wooden block and have them apply the stickers on the block.  They will have so much fun.  Christmas Gift Jar  Let It Snow Wallhanging

Brownie Snowmen

Brownie Snowmen

While visiting my grandchildren in Fairbanks, Alaska they were bored and wanted to make a treat one afternoon.  Their mom didn’t have a reindeer cookie cutter (we will have to get her one) so we improvised and made snowmen instead.

The kids had a great time and the treat was delicious.

Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with foil and spray with cooking spray so it will lift out easily.
Bake brownies from a box or use your favorite homemade brownie. Brownie Master Mix
Let cool and remove from pan.
Take a cookie cutter (we used snowman) and cut out the brownie shapes.
We decorated with eyes and red hots and piped on a frosting mouth.

Making Brownie Snowmen
Cutting out Brownie Snowmen

The grandkids had a blast and of course later we had to eat some of the snowmen.  This is how we like to spend our time together.  Family is everything.



DIY Candles

DIY Candles

Early I posted about rendering beef tallow.  The link is at the bottom of the page.  Instead of using this batch of tallow to use for cooking and frying, I decided to make the tallow into candles.

First NO the candles will not SMELL like beef tallow.  You could add some essential oils to your tallow before making your candles but I choose not to do this.

These candles are very easy to make and use.  We keep them hand in case of emergency.  Plus add up the savings of not having to purchase expensive candles.  For us this is a winner!

How to make your candles.

I used old glass jars ( recycling is good remember)
candle wick
Beef tallow melted

Beef Tallow harden up.
Strained Tallow ready to sit and harden up.

Cut your candle wicks and inch longer than the jar you are using.
I attached the wick to the bottom of the jar by putting a drop of hot glue to bottom of the jar and attaching the wick.
Attach the wicks to all your jars.

Melt your beef tallow until it is all liquid.
Take a small measuring cup and scoop up some of the liquid tallow.
Pour slowly into your jar.
Fill the jar just below the rim of the jar.
Let sit up until it hardens.
Store in a cool dry place.

Enjoy using your DIY candles

DIY Candles  How to Render Beef Tallow





Bean Guide

Guide to Beans

Dried beans or otherwise known as legumes are easy on the wallet and available all year-long.  Extremely easy to store (think long-term storage).  Beans are low in fat, gluten-free and full of nutrition.  Beans are easy on the food bill.  So what’s not to love about beans.

Beans can be used in dips, soups, stews, salads, casseroles and used in making some treats.

Here are some do’s and don’t for beans.

  •  Do keep the water at a gentle simmer when cooking beans to help prevent the skins from splitting.
  • Do add cold water to beans periodically during cooking to ensure they’re covered at all times.
  • Don’t add baking soda to beans.  It destroys the B vitamin thiamine and could negatively affect the flavor.
  • Don’t add tomatoes or tomato products to the pot until the beans are tender.  They slow down cooking time

Black Bean:  Small and black widely available and a staple in Latin American dishes.

Pinto Beans:  Medium size mottled pinkish tan, kidney-shaped.  Used in Latin American cooking.

Navy Bean:  Small white rounded bean.  Mild in flavor used in baked beans and a substitute for other white beans.

Cannellini Beans:  Large white Italian kidney bean, most often used in salads and soups.

Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans:  Medium size, tan and acorn shaped.  Used in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes.

Fava Beans or Broad Beans:  Large, green when fresh and brown when dried.  Used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes.

Kidney Beans:  Large, light or dark pink or red.  Used most often with rice and chili, stew and soups.

Lima Beans:  Small and large varieties in green, white or beige. Used in side dishes, casseroles and soups.

Great Northern Beans:  Large Kidney shaped and mild flavor.  Used in stews and with dips.

STORE BEANS:  Store in a dry and tightly closed container in a cool dark place.

SOAK BEANS:  Rinse and discard bad beans.  Place beans in a bowl cover with cold water.  Oak a room temperature for at least 8 hours.  Drain and rinse beans.

COOK BEANS;  Place soaked beans in a pan and add water to cover by 2 inches.  Boil uncovered, over medium heat for 1 hour or until tender.

Now go make some beans.  ENJOY!  Brownie Black Beans  Garbanzo Apple Cake gluten-free

Honey Mustard Pretzel Snacks

Honey Mustard Pretzel Snacks

Don’t purchase a bag of those pretzel snacks when you can easily make your own.  I just happen to make my own pretzel bites  which you can find here with this link if you want to make your own.

Otherwise just purchase a bag of soft pretzels and you will be all set.  Plus you probably already have everything in your pantry ready to throw this snack together.  Word of warning the first batch will be gone in no time.  Make a double batch, you won’t regret that decision.

Honey Mustard Pretzel Snacks make a great food gift.  Make these for sports games, appetizer table and just for snacking in front of the tv.

Honey Mustard Pretzel Snacks

12 cups soft pretzels torn apart
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
2 Tablespoon yellow mustard
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 cup onion powder

Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.

Spray a large roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Place torn pretzels inside.

In a sauce pan combine margarine, mustard, honey, garlic salt and onion powder.  Melt margarine and stir everything together.

Pour over pretzels and stir to mix and cover well.

Bake 1 hour.  Stirring every 15 minutes.

Cool and store in an airtight container.


Vinegar Chocolate Cake

Vinegar Chocolate Cake

Honestly the old recipes are sometimes the very best.  This cake doesn’t take any fancy ingredients, everything is sitting in your pantry already.  Takes less than 10 minutes to stir together and 25 minutes to bake.

Makes a 8×8 cake and it is so moist that no frosting is needed.  Just dust the top with powdered sugar and call it finished.

Don’t let the title scare you off.  Can’t taste the vinegar at all.  So what does the vinegar do? Vinegar reacts with the baking soda to create a moist and tender crumb.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons cocoa
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 cup warm water
6 Tablespoon oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cocoa in a medium bowl.

Add vinegar, vanilla, water and oil to the dry mix.  Stir everything together.  The batter will be runny.

Spray an 8×8 baking dish and pour batter in baking dish.

Bake for 25 minutes.

Let cool and dust with powdered sugar.


Vinegar Chocolate Cake

Maple Granola

Maple Granola

This flavored packed maple granola delivers on taste and helps to keep your body healthy. With all these healthy ingredients you body can help fight off the winter yuck.

Pure maple syrup is manganese rich for jump starting your immune system.  Oats are full of beta-glucan to speed up your body’s protective white blood cell count.  Coconut is packed full of auric acid, which is a natural antiviral.

Done in 30 minutes, nothing should be stopping you from throwing together this quick and easy granola.


2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup pecans
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup pur maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the oats, coconut and pecans together.  Add the olive oil and maple syrup.  Mix together.

Spread on a cook sheet and bake for 25 minutes.  Stir often.

Cool and store in an airtight container up to one week.

Double the batch easily.  Be sure to make extra to start giving as gifts to those special friends and family member.


Maple Granola