Candy Making Spree

So, I’m on this candy making spree.  I think I have over 25 kinds I want to make. 

My goal is to hopefully sell it for the holidays. 

AND, it keeps me busy…which is exactly what I need to do…stay busy! 

Anyway, I’ve opened up an Etsy store.  Here’s the link if anyone’s interested.

I’ll be adding to it as I make more candy and other things for the holidays!

I hope you’ll check it out!

I just listed this….Mint Chocolate Bark!  Delicious!  (Those are Andes Mints sprinkled on top…YUM)


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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in Uncategorized


Best Spaghetti Ever!

Gosh, has it been 5 months since I last posted a recipe?  I have no idea where the time has gone BUT, I’ve still been cooking because we still have to eat.

I’ve been getting a lot of recipes off of Pinterest and several Food Blogs that I follow.  I hate making the same thing week after week so I’m always trying something new and Al always tells me whether it’s a do-over or not.  This is a definite do-over.

I found this recipe for Spaghetti the other day.  The fact that it has 8 oz. of Cream Cheese in it was enough reason to try it. 

I have to say, it is DELICIOUS!  I’ve made spaghetti several different ways but this one is by far my favorite.  I served it with Breadsticks. 

Since it’s just me and Al here, we were able to eat on it 2 nights in a row and I have just enough for lunch tomorrow for myself.


Best Spaghetti Ever

  • 8 oz. uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1 large can spaghetti sauce (24 oz.)
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions
  • (Because I don’t like the crunch of peppers and onions but I do love the flavor, I put them in my little food chopper and pretty much pureed them)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs. milk
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • French Fried Onions (small can)
  1. Cook spaghetti according to directions on the package.  Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.
  2. Brown ground chuck.  Drain excess grease.  Add spaghetti sauce to skillet and heat.
  3. Combine onions, peppers and butter in a small glass bowl.  Cover and microwave for 4 minutes on HIGH until soft.
  4. Add cream cheese and milk to onions and pepper mixture and stir well.  (If cream cheese is not soft, nuke it for 30 seconds to make it easy to spread)
  5. Using a 12×8 inch baking dish, assemble in the following order:  thin layer of spaghetti sauce, all the cooked spaghetti, all the cream cheese/vegetable mixture, remaining spaghetti sauce, parmesan cheese (to suit your own taste)
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Top with French Fried Onions and bake an additional 5 minutes.  (This is the secret ingredient–don’t let them burn)



Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Easy Coconut Cream Pie (DELICIOUS)

I haven’t posted a dessert in awhile so I thought I’d share this one with you guys.

Actually, a Facebook friend of mine brought it to my attention.  It looked super easy, only 5 ingredients AND it happens to be my husband’s favorite pie, I thought I’d give it a try.  It’s from the Kraft Foods website.  I could have eaten a whole pie all by myself and coconut cream is NOT my favorite but this pie is that good!

If I were you, I’d make 2





Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

  • 2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 2 cups thawed Cool Whip, divided
  • 1 cup flake coconut, divided
  • 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust (16 oz.)

Beat pudding mixes and milk in large bowl for 2 minutes.  Stir in 1 cup of the Cool Whip and 3/4 cup of the coconut.  Pour into crust.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until set.  Meanwhile, toast remaining coconut.  I put my oven on 350 and in 5 minutes it was toasted.

Top pie with remaining Cool Whip and Coconut.


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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


Meatball Casserole

First of all…I’m not a huge meatball fan.  I don’t know if it’s the texture of them or the fact that I’m not crazy about sausage but, it’s not something I fix a lot of.  BUT, my husband likes them and I’m always looking for new things to fix. 

Believe me, if it’s not good, he has no problem telling me so.  If he really likes it, he’ll say “This is a do over”

That’s exactly what he said last night after eating this Meatball Casserole  “This is a do over”

Maybe I’ll fix me something different on the night I fix this again…

Anyway, it’s pretty simple and quick and makes a lot.

Meatball Casserole Recipe

  • 1 Loaf of French Bread
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 pkg. Frozen Meatballs (Fully cooked)
  • 1 1/2 cups Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Meanwhile, slice your bread.  Brush each slice with olive oil on one side.  Use a deep casserole dish.  Line the bottom and sides with the bread slices, oil side up.

Bake bread for about 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.  In a separate bowl, mix spaghetti sauce and meatballs to coat.  Remove the bread from the oven and spoon meatball mixture into the dish on top of the bread.

Return to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly heated through in the center.  Take out of the oven after about 25 minutes and cover with the mozzarella cheese and bake it for another 5 minutes.


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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

If you love “Buffalo Chicken Dip” you’ll love these sandwiches!

This recipe makes a lot!  Perfect for parties, game day, or dinner.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

  • 4-6 Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1 (17.5 oz.) bottle of Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 1/2 pkg. of Dry Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 6 Hoagie Rolls, split lengthwise
  • Swiss Cheese Slices
  1. Place the chicken breasts in the crock pot (I put frozen chicken in there) and pour in the Buffalo Wing Sauce and the Ranch Dressing Mix.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Once the chicken has cooked, add the butter and shred the chicken finely with two forks.  Pile the chicken onto the hoagie rolls, lay slices of Swiss Cheese on top, broil for a few minutes and serve!

As you can see in the picture, I added Vadalia Onions to my husband’s sandwiches.  (Under the cheese)

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


Stinky Pickled Eggs

I only make these ONE time a year and there’s a reason that I only make them ONCE a year. 

It stinks up my house and it stinks up Al.  BUT, he loves them soooooooo, every year around Easter, I make them.

They take my breathe away.  STINKY! 


Pickled Eggs

  • You’ll need a big glass jar
  • Vinegar
  • Boiled and peeled eggs
  • 3 Tbs. sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Boil eggs and peel them.
  2. Put the eggs in the jar
  3. Add enough vinegar to cover them
  4. Add the sugar, salt and pepper
  5. Put the lid on it!

Al says they’re better after they sit for a few days.

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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


4 Ingredients Super Yummy Kielbasa with Chili Sauce

I think I could seriously eat this entire skillet in one sitting.  The combination of the 4 ingredients is delicious!  BUT, I’ll hold myself back and save some for Al.  Actually, I’m going to be serving it over white rice.

Kielbasa with Chili Sauce Recipe

  • 3 lbs. Kielbasa (cut into slices)
  • 1 can crushed Pineapple (drained)
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 12 oz. Chili Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together.  Cover and heat on low until heated through.
  2. Serve over white rice.

Note:  You can also put all the ingredients in the crock pot on low in the morning before leaving for work and it’s ready when you get home.

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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

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