Super Easy Weekend Dessert

Super Easy Weekend Dessert- ~~Earthquake Cake II~~
Ingredients: weekendDessert
  • 1 Cup Flaked Coconut …
  • 1 Cup chopped Pecans
  • 1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1pkj chocolate chips


        1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease the bottom and sides of one 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
        2. Layer coconut and pecans in the bottom of pan.
        3. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions and pour over pecans and coconut.
        4. Combine cream cheese, butter or margarine, vanilla and confectioner’s sugar and beat until smooth. Pour over cake mix.
        5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Toothpick will not come out clean. [From Karen’s Kreative Cooking]


Sausage, Egg & Biscuit Casserole

Sausage, egg and biscuits casserole
  • 1 can buttermilk biscuits any brand sausage-egg-biscuit-casserole
  • 1 lb Jimmy Dean sausage (or any brand of pork sausage)
  • 1 c shredded mozzarella
  • 1 c shredded cheddar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Cut biscuits into six to eight pieces place in a greased 8×8 pan,
  2. brown sausage on the stove top and drain
  3. spread over the cut up biscuits,
  4. beat eggs and add milk and salt and pepper to them
  5. pour over sausage and biscuits,
  6. sprinkle both shredded cheeses over the top.
  7. Bake in 8×8 pan at 425 for 30-35 min.
  8. Let sit 5 min.
[from BakeByKim]


7 Tips for participating in on-line writing groups

Some thoughts about good manners, common sense, and courtesy to practice and/or cultivate when participating in on-line writing groups. The internet may seem impersonal – but slights, insults, and thoughtless behavior are still noted by those you interact with–and people have long memories.

  1. Say “thank you” to anyone who spends their time energy and effort writing a critique of your writing.
  2. Return critiques – If someone spends their energy and time offering their best effort to (in their opinion) help improve your work, respond in like manner. Critique theirs with your best effort. ‘Tis how each of us learns and helps another. Not returning critiques can be interpreted as rude and selfish. Not a genre you generally read – critique anyway. You don’t like their novel – critique anyway. You might possibly be surprised to discover that they didn’t like your novel either – but they tried to help you anyway.
  3. Keep your promises – If you’ve specifically requested a person to critique your work/post and promised or implied that you would return the favor/critique – keep that promise. See the intro comment above. Paybacks can come in strange and unexpected ways.
  4. Remember those who helped you. – Did someone critique your entire work (novel etc)? Then return the help they gave you. Don’t move on to your next phase (i.e. become inactive in the group or whatever) and forget the help you received.
  5. Participate in the social aspects of your on-line writing group. If a forum thread/discussion catches your interest. Post your thoughts – but consider NOT responding to each successive post which presents an opinion different from yours, especially don’t respond insultingly or negatively. Don’t try to brow-beat others into agreeing with you.
  6. Practice common sense if you use the social media (specifically twitter). Don’t use it to spam tweets about you or your friend’s books, blogs, promotions every two seconds. Overall, that practice turns more buyers away from the things more than it attracts them.
  7. Keep a lists (if you need to) so that you don’t forget who you owe a critique, who helped you when asked etc. A list or lists will facilitate the tips above.

Do you or don’t you Trifle?

Strawberry Angel Food TrifleChocolateStrawberryTrifle
  • 1 angel food cake
  • 1 24 oz. container frozen strawberries, sliced with sugar added, thawed
  • 3 cups sugar free vanilla pudding
  • 16 oz. container of whipped cream, slightly less than the whole container
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish
Tear angel food cake into medium pieces. Begin layering cake, strawberries, pudding and whip cream in a large clear glass bowl.Continue irregular layers, filling the bowl. Top entire dessert with a solid layer of whip cream. Slice a few fresh strawberries for garnish. Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours before serving. To me it tastes like all the flavors of strawberry shortcake in one big yummy bite! [I’ll have to try this with blueberries/black berries which are my family’s favorite berries.] [From:]


Halloween Treats….

A little early but save the recipe now so you can make them for Halloween! So easy to make.
  • 32 Hershey’s® Kisses® brand milk chocolates, unwrapped
  • 1 package (11 1/2 ounces) fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32)
  • 1 tube (4.25 ounces) orange or red decorating icing
  1. Attach 1 chocolate candy to chocolate bottom of each cookie, using decorating icing.
  2. Pipe decorating icing around base of milk chocolate candy.


WhiteCastleHamburgersI haven’t made this recipe yet, but had to share – especially if they are ANYTHING like the real White Castle burgers. For those of you who have never had a White Castle – they are amazing (we call them belly-bombers). This recipe isn’t necessarily quick and easy but White Castle Hamburgers (Sliders) are oh so good!


  • 1 1/2 pounds hamburger
  • 1 package Lipton onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (yes, peanut butter.. trust me)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • Sara Lee Classic Dinner Rolls (or the really soft small-sized dinner rolls from the bakery), sliced in half
  • Cheese slices(you can use Kraft Singles or sliced Velveeta cheese.. we used Velveeta)


  1. In a large bowl mix the hamburger, Lipton onion soup mix, peanut butter, and milk. Spread the meat mixture on a cookie sheet. Use a rolling pin to roll over the meat to smooth it out.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. The meat will shrink. Take it out of the oven and put the diced onions all around the edges, this will give the meat a great flavor.
  3. Bake for 15 more minutes, remove from oven, then spoon the onions from the edges all over the top of the meat and layer with cheese slices.
  4. Bake another 7-10 minutes (until cheese is melted). Then add the tops of your rolls (the bottom part of the rolls will just sit on the counter) and place back in the oven for about 5 more minutes.
  5. Take it out of the oven. Slice the meat with a pizza cutter and pick up the slider/top bun with a spatula and set it on the bottom bun.




Preheat oven to 350; smoosh refrigerated cookie dough into the bottom of each well. Place Reese cup upside down on top of cookie dough (or an Oreo!). Top with prepared box brownie mix, filling 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes! HEAVEN! A must SHARE!


you know how dangerous it is when I start thinking.  My spouse normally ducks scroll_quillpenand runs for cover if I respond to: “Whatcha doin?” by saying: “Thinking”.

I don’t normally read YA however I have recently (during the past year) had the opportunity to sample portions of multiple YA novels in process. I became fascinated with a trend that seemed to appear in many of the works. In all but a few the parents were portrayed as one of the following: ignorant, incompetent, inept, child-beating, or totally absent. The young person is portrayed as smarter than the adults and views his/her parents with disdain, disgust, or dislike. If they relate to or trust an adult at all, it is usually an outcast, homeless etc.

I have no idea (1) if this is truly a trend, or (2) if it is a trend whether it is also currently prevalent in published YA books. In addition, my sampling was probably not large enough to claim accuracy, but the overall preponderance of this theme bothered me.

Since these stories/novels are aimed at a group who are at an impressional stage in their development, my undergraduate studies in both history and sociology surfaced. I wondered what impact such writing (if it is as predominant in published works as it was in the novels-in-process that I sampled) has had, is having or will have on family structure and our society overall.

If the novels/stories that a group reads impacts them, are these stories encouraging the development of a generation who is encouraged to dismiss parents/authority as irrevalent in their lives. Do they grow up to become those types of parents? Or do they grow up to strive to NOT be parents like those portrayed in the novels/stories?

Zip Lock Omelet???

I have not tried this yet but sounds interesting. This is supposed to work great when you have a group of people together. No one has to wait for their omelet, everyone gets involved in the process and it’s a great conversation piece.

  • Have guests write their name on a quart-size Ziploc freezer bag with permanent marker.
  • Crack no more than two eggs (large or x-large) into each bag and shake to combine.
  • Put out a variety of ingredients such as cheeses, ham, onion, green pepper, tomato, hash browns, salsa, etc as selection.
  • Each guest adds prepared ingredients of their choice to their bag. Shake, carefully press air out of bag and zip it up.
  • Place the bags into rolling, boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. (We suspect that if you only make fewer at a time you might not need to cook them for that long.
  • Open the bags and the omelet will roll out easily. Be prepared for everyone to be amazed.

You can cook 6-8 omelets (bags) in a large pot. For more bags, make another pot of boiling water or cook in shifts.