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.

From: http://www.favfamilyrecipes.com/2010/09/our-version-of-white-castle-sliders.html



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!

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.

From: http://goo.gl/FsV61

Bread Recipe


  • 1 can of refrigerated Grands biscuits
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning (can be omitted)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Throw the cold 1/2 stick of butter in a bundt pan and let it melt in the preheating oven.

While the butter melts, cut the Grands biscuits into quarters. In a bowl, toss the biscuit pieces, garlic, Italian Seasoning, and Parmesan cheese together.

Once the butter is melted, add the biscuit mixture, sprinkling with any cheese and garlic that gets left behind in the bowl.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20- 22 minutes until golden brown. Turn out on a dish and enjoy!

[from: www.amandathevirtuouswife.com] -picture is linked to the detailed directions


Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Since I’m always looking for quick, easy, and tasty dishes to prepare for the family (tasty means a happy family while quick/easy = more time for me to write and read.) Festive Friday = Sharing recipes I’ve found.
Twice Baked Potato Casserole
  • 5 lb bag of potatoes peeled. Twice-baked-potatoe-Casserole
  • 1 box cream cheese softened
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 ½ cups of cheddar cheese (You can use your favorite kind of cheese)
  • ½ – 1 cup of sour cream
  • Bacon cooked and crumbled (1/2 package)
  • Green Onion diced (Optional, and I used 6)
  • Milk as needed for mashing consistency.

Peel and boil potatoes for faster cooking or you can also bake them and scoop out the insides, however you prefer. Drain potatoes when ready to mash and add the cream cheese, butter, shredded cheese, sour cream, and milk (as needed). When you get your right consistency, add ¾ of the bacon and ¾ of the green onion. Place in a greased casserole and garnish with the remaing bacon and onion. You can also add more shredded cheese to the top for garnish. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Then ENJOY!!!! [From Glenda Myracle]

[Note: son & husband are bacon fans – so I added more bacon to the mix – it was a great hit – and tasted great warmed over the next day.]


Trifling Calories? I think not.

Chocolate Strawberry Trifle

Ingredients ChocolateStrawberryTrifle

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 quart fresh whole strawberries
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) strawberry glaze
  • 2 cartons (12 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting
  • Shaved chocolate


  1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  2. Set aside five strawberries for garnish. Slice remaining strawberries.
  3. Cut cake into 1-in. cubes.
  4. Place half of the cubes in a 6-qt. glass punch bowl.
  5. Top with half of the sliced strawberries; drizzle with half of the strawberry glaze.
  6. Spread with 3-1/2 cups whipped topping.
  7. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat frosting on high for 20-30 seconds or until pourable, stirring often; cool slightly. Drizzle half over the whipped topping.
  8. Repeat layers of cake, berries, glaze, whipped topping and frosting. Top with remaining whipped topping.
  9. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Garnish with shaved chocolate and reserved strawberries. Yield: 24-28 servings

From: Attitudes In the Kitchen [photo from google]


Caramel Apples

caramel_appleDo you love caramel apples but hate trying to eat them? Try it this way!
Hollow out your… apples, (you can balance the halves in a muffin pan) fill with melted caramel, let the caramel harden and cut into slices! [From Incredible Recipes]



Brownies & Chocolate Chip Cookies Together?

1 scoop of brownie batter + 1 scoop of cookie dough in a muffin pan = Brookies!brookies

the idea (and photo) came from Williams-Sonoma

  1. Make brownie and cookie mixes according to box directions, put brownie mix in each well of your pan then drop cookie dough on top.
  2. Bake as directed on box BUT start checking about half way through the directed time so your brownies stay moist (remember they are a smaller cook area when made as a muffin size and it will vary a little for each oven)

[from: https://www.facebook.com/BakeBroilBBQ?ref=stream]



Easy Cheese Danish


  • 2 cans ready to use refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • Glaze: 1/2 cup powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 350* degrees and grease a 13X9-inch baking pan. Lay a pack of crescent rolls in the pan and pinch the openings together. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg together until smooth. Spread the mixture over the crescent rolls evenly and then lay the second pack of crescent rolls on top of the cheese mixture and brush with egg white. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the top is golden brown. Top with glaze after cooling for 20 minutes.

[Note: the amount of filling in the original recipe makes a heavily filled danish. It also works to use half the filling: 1 package of cream cheese, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 whole egg, and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and it was still very good. If you use the half filling method, bake for closer to 30-35 minutes.]