Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Easy Cheese Ball

 Happy ALMOST Christmas friends!  Can you believe it has snuck up on us already?  I am so ready.  Ready to celebrate the birth of my Lord and Savior, ready for family, ready to enjoy simple things and great food.

Speaking off......

Last weekend we had Christmas at my dad's house.  One of my sisters brought these cheeseballs from a little grocery store in Tilden, NE.  WOOHOOO for Tilden!  I was tempted to call them, give them my best sappy story to get the recipe, but that is no fun.  I wanted to try and recreate it myself!

Here is what I came up with!

1, 8oz block of cream cheese

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, DIVIDED

1/2-1 tsp all purpose seasoning (I used adobe)

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, add in all ingredients (only 1 cup of the cheese for this part).  Start with 1/2 tsp of seasoning, you can always add more.  Use a hand mixer as it allows you to break down the shredded cheddar into smaller bits, making a more cohesive mixture.  Use remaining 1 cup of shredded cheddar, and sprinkle on a sheet of plastic wrap.  Add your dip mixture to the top, wrap it around, twist the ends and refrigerate for 1 hour at least.  This can be done the day before easily!  Take out of the fridge 15 minutes before serving!

Serve with club crackers, or any cracker.  Maybe even some crostini!


Monday, December 20, 2021

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

 (Adapted from 12 Tomatoes)

Here we go with these delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Bars!

2 sticks, (1 cup) melted butter

2 eggs

2 TBSP vanilla extract

2/3 cup peanut butter (heaping)

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup peanut butter chips (keep a few out to sprinkle on top)

3 cups brown sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix melted butter, eggs, vanilla and peanut butter together.  Add in brown sugar, flour and chips.  Place into a parchment lined or non stick sprayed 9x13 and back for 35-45 minutes.  Let cook in the pan for 15 minutes and lift out and cut!



Tuesday, December 14, 2021

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Fudge

"Oh Fudddgggeeee"

Yep, I said it.  Youi know it is our famiies favorite holiday movie and my husbands dog is named after Ralph.  Yes it is true, his best little buddy is named Ralph (Ralphy)!

Can I tell you this recipe was a happy accident?  I was look at a recipe by 12 Tomatoes.  I didn't screenshot the ingredients and had closed the tab, so I took a guess at how much I needed of what.  WRONG.  I came up 2 bags of something short, one of this short, and blah blah blah.  So, I used what I had at home, and got this amazing fudge recipe.  I mean it is AHMAZING.  If you love cream cheese and/or white chocolate this one's for you!

You Will Need:

2- 14oz bags of white chocolate chips

1- 8oz brick of cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup powdered/confectioners/icing sugar

1 TBSP half and half or heavy cream

Semi-sweet chocolate OPTIONAL

Beat cream cheese for 3 minutes until light and fluffy.  Melt white chocolate in 30 second increments in your microwave until all melted.   Add to your cream cheese mixture.  Mix to combine with your hand mixer. Add in vanilla, and powdered sugar.  Again, combine ingredients.  Add in half and half and mix until completely combined.

In a parchment paper lined 8x8 inch pan, pour the mixture.  It is a different texture and needs spread out.  You can wet the utensil you are using or use another piece of parchment on top and use your hands to smooth.  Let sit for at least 4 hours, overnight is best.

OPTIONAL.....Melt 1/3d cup of semi-sweet chocolate and drizzle on tiop.  Use 1 cup and spread a layer of chocolate on top.

Friday, December 10, 2021


 Here is a DELICIOUS treat/cookie/goodie, called Goofballs!  I got this one from my sister Patty.  Completely perfect for her, she IS a goofball!  ENJOY!

1 box Rice Krispies

1-2 bags of LARGE marshmallows

14 oz caramels (Kraft)tf 

1 cup butter

1 can sweetened condensed milk

In a medium pot place caramels, sweetened condensed milk and butter.  Stir until melted, it might take a bit.  I used a skewer but you can use a fork as well.  Whatever works.  Dip the marshmallow in the caramel, and let the excess drip off.  Then, drop into the cereal.  Coat completely and place on a cookie sheet.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat!  These freeze great and are DELICIOUS frozen!


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Coconut Clouds

 I hope you enjoy this recipe 


1/4 cup of butter, softened

1 cup shortening

1 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut extract

1 cup sour cream

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt (I used 1/2 tsp)

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup flaked coconut


1/3 cup butter, cubed

3 cups confectioner's sugar

3 TBSP evaporated milk (I used 5)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp coconut extract

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.  Use parchment paper, please, for the love of Christmas use parchment paper!

Cream sugars and butter together.  Add eggs and beat until well combined.  Add in extracts and sour cream.  In a separate bowl combine, flour, baking soda, and coconut.  Add into your wet mixture and mix until combined. 

Using a teaspoon or cookie scoop, please cookies approx 2 inches apart.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Let sit on cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to cooling rack.  

When all cookies are baked, in a heavy saucepan, melt b. utter, let it cook until it is a dark amber color.  It will be browned but not burned Remove from heat and add in extracts, milk and powdered sugar.  Mix to combine.  Frost each cookie on top and dip the frosting into your coconut.  Place back on cooling rack to set. 

This recipe is supposed to make 5 1/2 dozen cookies but I got 3 dozen!

Adapted from Taste Of Home (Donna Scofield)

Monday, November 22, 2021

The BEST Pumpkin Pie

 Good morning, evening, afternoon, whenever you are reading this!  I am typing it in the morning! 

We had our family Thanksgiving last Saturday night.  What great food, great company and a hefty helping of laughter to go with it.  However, after all of that, there was PIE.  Oh, was there PIE!  

So I have a couple, or 4 maybe 6 sisters who can bake their hineys off!  I mean seriously, straight from a bakery tasting baked goods.  My sister Peg was in charge of the pies, and her pumpkin pie was amazing enough that with ALL the pumpkin pie recipes out there, I still wanted to share it.  Not sure if it is just a recipe she got somewhere.

I am going to stop talking and get to sharing, there aren't many days before Thanksgiving and I want  you to have a chance to make this one!  I used fresh, homemade pumpkin puree.  Please, feel free to use pumpkin PUREE from the store, if you choose!

You will need one pie crust if you are using a deep dish pie plate.  If you have a regular one, like I do, these will make 2 pies.  Blind bake your pie crust at 425 degrees for approx. 15-20 minutes. Remove and cool!

SET OVEN TEMP TO 375 degrees F, this is the temp you will need to bake the pie at.

You will need:

2 cups pumpkin puree

3 eggs

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup milk




1 1/2 cups brown sugar

1 T  cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 T pumpkin pie spice

Now combine the wet ingredients into the dry and whisk until completely combined.  You can also use your hand mixer or stand mixer. When completely combined, place into pie shell.  I suggest you put the pie crust on a cookie sheet to catch any drips.  Bake for 50 minutes, and start checking.  Using a butter knife, check the pie for doneness.  If it comes out fairly clean but the pie is a WEE BIT jiggly like Santa's belly, take it out, it will carry over cook and set as it cools!

Don't forget the fresh whipped cream!

ENJOY and HAPPY THANKSGIVING from our house to yours!

Monday, November 15, 2021

Simple Apple Crostata

 Good Evening!  I hope you are all well, healthy, happy and all the good things!  The holiday season is in full  force around here.  Blogging and YouTube are like retail you have to be 2 seasons ahead of the game!

December will bring you TONS of cookie and crafting videos!  Don't miss it, make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube Channel HERE!

I wanted to give you a little somethin' somethin' new for Thanksgiving.  It is super easy kind of "apple pie-ish" dessert.  Make it ahead, use homemade pie crust or don't, but this is so easy, it takes the same amount of time to whip out 2 as it does one!  If you don't need 2, freeze one for a quick dessert when you need one.  We all need dessert, let's just be honest about that!

Now a crostata is basically an open faced pie.  It usually has a lattice top, but who has time for all that, unless you want to?  If I wanted to do all the fancy stuff I would just stick with the pie version.  I mean you do you, but, I, did me this way!

Let's get to it.  Life is busy and to much chatter just keeps you on my website, looking at all of my recipes, oh wait....

For the crust you can buy store bought, or here is my EASY EASY, you can't fail pie crust recipe and it is SO good! PIE CRUST RECIPE

Here is what you need:

4 cups of peeled, and sliced apples.  I used MacIntosh

1/4 cup brown sugar *if you add more, nobody will know*

1 tsp cinnamon

1 TBSP cornstarch

1 egg, whisked

granulated sugar to sprinkle on the crust

Mix this all together in a bowl, making sure everything is coated well.  If you made a homemade crust, it will make 2 crusts.  Either half the recipe or keep that one in the freezer for later use.  Roll it out evenly.  Place your apple mixture in the middle leaving about a 2 inch border.  Now, fold the sides up over the apples.  So how easy?  Beat an egg and brush the curst and sprinkle some sugar on it.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 30-45 minutes.  When you crust is done, the crostata is done.  Depends on the thickness of your crust and so....just start checking when you can smell it!

Don't forget the ice cream scoop on top!  Maybe even a drizzle of caramel!  Lord give me strength!