Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Lemon Drizzle Cake

This is my Aunt Suzie's Lemon Drizzle Cake Recipe, I just added the "frosting!" It's one of our WHOLE family's most favorite lemon cake recipes EVER! 
Personally, I love just about anything with lemon, it's always so fresh and wonderful. To me, lemon is the flavor of summer. Drinking lemonade and watching the kids play in the sprinklers is a tiny piece of heaven. I can't wait to make this again and again for parties or just for us! 
Try it, you will NOT be disappointed that you did!

Lemon Drizzle Cake

1 Lemon Cake Mix
1 small Pkg. Lemon Jello
3/4 c. Olive Oil
1 1/2 c. Water
4 Eggs

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. (Batter will be runny)

Pour in a greased 9x13 pan. 

Bake at 375' for 30-35 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool.

Poke holes with A FORK! NOT THE DOWEL END OF A WOODEN SPOON! I tried, and the cake is SOOO moist and perfect that the cake comes off on the handle and leaves HUGE holes! 

1/3 c. Lemon Juice
2 c. Powdered Sugar

Mix until smooth then pour over the poked cake.

Frost with Extra Creamy Cool Whip. 


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Broccoli Cauli Salad

This is a spin on my classic Broccoli Bacon Salad. This one is just as DELICIOUS!
I had a Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recently at a wedding I attended and LOVED IT! I had never thought about putting cauliflower in it, along with almonds and cranberries. What an AMAZING blend of flavors. So, after day dreaming about this salad for a few days, I came up with my own recipe. I can't wait to make this again and again for back yard parties and barbecues! 
Try it out! You won't be disappointed.

Broccoli Cauli Salad

In a large bowl add:
4 large crowns of Broccoli (chopped small)
1 small head of Cauliflower (chopped small)
(or 12 c. of Broccoli and Cauliflower pieces)

1 c. Celery (finely chopped)
2 c. Crasins
1 (5 oz) bag of Sliced Almonds
1 c. Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese

* Optional 1 c. Red Onion (finely chopped)

2 c. Mayo
1/3 c. Vinegar
1/2 c. Sugar

Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then pour over the salad. Toss salad to coat with the dressing. Chill for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Camper Color - Just Add Pillows!

We recently purchased a camper and I am STOKED! AHHH! 
I grew up camping my whole life and I can't wait to spend family time in the mountains, and raise my kids around nature. 

The camper/trailer we purchased is VERY nice. I was expecting a fixer upper and was shocked when we ended up buying this one. I am BEYOND excited for the camper and can't wait for us to play games, roast smore's, and play in the stream. 
But before we take off to the mountain this summer, I wanted to make a few MINOR colorful decor items to make this already lovely camper even more fun and bright! 

I am CRAZY about cabins and trailers with PLAID! I LLOOOVVEEE PLAID!!!! I had left over plaid fabric from a table runner and pillow I had made this last year for Christmas. So I went digging, and grabbed the plaid from my fabric collection. I was able to make 3 pillows from that! SCORE! But they were all the same pattern. Sigh... I wanted MORE PLAID! Well, I knew who to call.... My MOM! She is the queen of fabric. I asked her if I could check out her plaid stash to see if I could use any. WOOWWWEEE! She hooked me up, BIG TIME! My mom had a TON of red and black plaid fabric that she had bought in the 80's! And guess what?! IT'S STILL IN FASHION! Because red and black plaid NEVER go out of style; it's always classy! She has GREAT taste! My dear, angel mother, let me use most of her fabric to make pillows to spruce up my camper. She was just as excited as I was to use up her collection! (THANKS for the fabric MOM!) So here it is. The reveal of what it looked like before, and what it looks like now, just by adding pillows! 

Here resides a very HAPPY CAMPER!

In case you missed my INGENIOUS invention from last year, here it is! 
Nutella Smore's! Use Nutella instead of hard chocolate! It's already gooey and melted! SERIOUSLY AMAZING, you will never go back.


Fishing with my dad then, and fishing with my dad last year! Love you dad!

I'm so excited we can continue to go camping as a family and surround ourselves with the beauty that God has created for us!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Make your own Fruit Pizza!

I have wanted to post my Fruit Pizza for a while now, but it always seems to be gone before I get a picture of it. Hmmm.... I wonder how that happens?!

Well, this last "movie night" I was determined to take a picture before we even took a bite! 
I always make a treat for movie night, it makes the evening fun and different. This "Make Your Own" version of Fruit Pizza made our night together even better! The kids could choose what they wanted or didn't want on their "cookie" pizza. That way, I didn't have to worry about fruit going to waste with picky little fingers! 
It was AWESOME and fun; A BIG hit at our house!

(My little boy doesn't like to mix things, so having fruit on the side was a big bonus for him. He could not get over putting fruit on a cookie! It just didn't compute with him. Ha ha)

Make this fun dessert, by having a build your own version, or cover the "pizza" with fruit perfectly laid out for a shower, brunch or party! Both ways ROCK!

Pizza Dough

1 tube of packaged sugar cookie dough

Grease a large pizza pan or a cookie sheet with cooking spray

Use your fingers and press the dough to evenly to cover the pan. Remember to leave an inch or 2 on the sides of your pan, because yes, it's a giant cookie, and cookie dough GROWS! 

Bake your "Cookie Pizza Dough" at 375' for 12-13 minutes

Let your pizza cool while you make the frosting!


1 pkg. Cream Cheese - softened
1 c. Powdered Sugar

Mix together both ingredients with a hand blender or kitchen aid until smooth.

Frost your "cookie pizza."


Wash and cut up any fruit you want on your pizza! 

Keep the fruit on the side for a "Make your own" version, or arrange the fruit to your hearts desire on the frosted pizza!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

These Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits are a family secret! 
(Sorry Dad, not so much now, I had to share the secret with all my friends!)

My dad has been making these biscuits for over 40 years! 
(Some perfect recipes just stand the test of time) 
They were a family breakfast staple at our house, and I've kept up the tradition in my home.

They taste SO MUCH BETTER than premade biscuits in a tube, and SO EASY! 
I started making these a few years ago and quickly realized why my dad made them so often. 
THEY ARE SOOOO EASY and take next to no time to bake! 

Biscuits and Gravy
Biscuits with Honey
Biscuits with Jam
Biscuits with Soup
The list goes on and on.........

Wow your family with these PERFECT Buttermilk Biscuits for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner!

(But don't tell them how easy they are. Make them think you slaved for an hour or two.)

Aren't they GORGEOUS!?!

Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits

Preheat your oven to 450'

In a bowl place:
2 c. Flour
4 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar (Makes them SOOO SOFT!)
2 tsp. Sugar
1/2 c. Soft Butter

Cut ingredients until nice and crumbly.

2/3 c. Buttermilk (I always make my own with milk and a little bit of vinegar. If using "real" buttermilk you may need to use 1/2 c.)
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

Mix to make your dough.

Place your dough on a floured surface. Knead a couple times, then flatten the dough with your hands or with a rolling pin.

Make your dough about 1-1 1/2 inches thick. 

Use a cup/glass you drink from or a 1/2 c. measuring cup to cut your biscuits out! 
This recipe always makes 8 perfect biscuits!

Our family always fights over the "scrap biscuit" (the last biscuit made with just the left over dough pieces) for some reason it always tastes the best! 

Place your biscuits on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 450' for 10-12 minutes.

Serve warm! Mmmmm..........


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Simple Framed Wreath

I've been wanting to make a "Framed Wreath" for a LONG time, I just never had the supplies to make it. I finally got what I needed and made it happen;
and I LOVE IT! It seriously only took me 15 minutes to make 2 framed wreaths.

This is a beautiful way to add a little depth and color to a wall, fireplace, or any space you have in mind! Take a look and make it happen!

1. Supplies:
(I got my frames from a second hand store!)

-Burlap Ribbon

-Long Greenery Garland
(I bought mine at Oriental Trading HERE)

2. Use wire cutters to cut the garland to desired length.
Fasten the ends together with a piece of wire.

3. Measure and cut ribbon to desired length.

4. Loop the ribbon through the wreath and frame.

5. Hot glue the ribbon the the frame.

A gorgeous "Framed Wreath" to hang ANYWHERE!

This is my dining room! 
I AM SO EXCITED about my "Framed Wreaths!" 
They turned out EXACTLY like I wanted them to!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Quinoa Salsa

We've been eating this Quinoa Salsa for the past few years, but I just now have measured out the recipe. I got the original recipe from one of my Aunt's, she is definitely an incredible cook, so I begged for this healthy, DELICIOUS recipe shortly after we first tried it. It's very much a "throw in to your liking" recipe, which makes it fun and different for every family. 
This is a GREAT summer salsa/salad you eat with chips! But, our family puts it on EVERYTHING! My husband likes it on his eggs. We also like it on our tacos, nachos, burgers, grilled chicken etc. It's AWESOME! Put this on your 
"Make ASAP List." 

Quinoa Salsa

1 1/2 c. Quinoa (Rinsed with a strainer under warm water then transferred to a medium pot.)
3 c. Water/ Chicken Broth

Bring quinoa and water/chicken broth to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 17-20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Let cool to room temperature, or put in the fridge to cool.

Place cooled quinoa in a medium/large bowl.

6-7 diced fresh Tomatoes (We love Roma Tomatoes - they have a little bit more "meat")
1/3 bunch of Cilantro - finely chopped (We use the "top half" of the cilantro (leaves and small stems))
1-2 Limes - squeezed (fresh limes are the BEST! We've tried bottled lime juice and it's just not the same)
1/4 c. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Salt  (salt to taste)

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

To give the salsa a little more "tang/zip" add 1-2 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
You can also add 1/2 chopped onion

Very simple and VERY FRESH!

Eat with your favorite Tortilla Chips, Pita Chips or over Grilled Chicken, options are almost endless!