Category Archives: Recipes

Peanut Butter Cookies

I haven’t made peanut butter cookies from scratch since I was a kid. Meaning, it was clearly time to give it a go all by my adult self.

Very easy recipe to use. If you’re just getting into baking, this would be a good one to start with.

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Recipe here.

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C&M Party Foods 2018

I survived! Despite being sick, we were able to rock the party until 2:30 am. (My boss and his girlfriend are party monsters and close out every one of our parties.) Hosting a party is a lot of work and can get expensive quick, but it’s almost always worth the hassle. It was a great party, lots of fun was had and new friends were made. Special thanks to Ignited Moth for riding in on her white horse to help save the day! (Meaning she helped me whip together the food before people started to arrive.)

The dessert: Lemon Cupcakes

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Recipe Here. (Now obviously, I did not do the raspberry frosting. Instead, we went with a mousse that Ignited Moth taught me to make years ago. Of which, she whipped up personally for me. I think I’ve posted it before but I’ll post it again.)

Lemon Mousse: 1 package lemon instant pudding, 1 tub cool whip and milk. Add just enough milk to pudding mix to make a cake batter like consistency, then fold in cool whip. Fold until blended. Do not over blend.)

The rest of the things I made I did not get pictures of but I’m going to post links to some of the recipes as they turned out really well. Besides these few things, I threw together chicken salad and egg salad croissant sandwiches, pin wheel ham & cheese sandwiches, fruit bowl and spinach artichoke dip with crackers and bread. (All of which were store bought besides the egg salad.)

Other recipes:

Sweet ‘N Tangy Balls

Creamy Jello Fruit Dip

Remember folks, it’s important to feed people when you have them over drinking. It’s so easy to get trashed on an empty stomach. If you want them to be able to drive home sober, feed and water them. Also, be willing to take their keys and have them stay the night. Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

 

 

No Bake Cheesecake

Last week was another coworker birthday and for the first time ever, I made no bake cheesecake. Fairly easy although I recommend an electric hand mixer. See I didn’t want the effort of pulling up my kitchen stand mixer so I muscled this bad boy. My muscles were tired. I need to work out more but that’s not the point.

Tasted great, although no bake cheesecake will never be as good as regular cheesecake. I didn’t make the pie crust myself, no time for that. The cherry topping was simply canned cherry pie filling. Everyone enjoyed it and wonderful birthday fun was had.

The next birthdays are myself and a coworker who was born 1 year and 4 days after me. We do a joint celebration because it’s easier on everyone. I don’t have to make any food for it though and that’s a birthday present by itself.

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Recipe here.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Freakin’ Awesome Frosting

Birthday season at work is upon us and that means I’m forced back into baking. To be honest, I didn’t realize how much I had missed it. The husband surely missed it as he complained that I never make anything for him anymore. I might squeeze something in this weekend despite working, but we’ll see what the future holds.

When I asked my boss what he wanted for his birthday treat, with no hesitation he said, “Carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting.” I think he knew I’d be asking soon and had that answer locked and loaded.

I used one recipe for the cake and a different recipe for the frosting, not the one listed with the cake recipe.

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Carrot cake recipe here.

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Maple cream cheese frosting recipe.

(That whoopie pie recipe looks awesome but I skipped all that and just used the frosting recipe.)

Funfetti Cheesecake Dip

Aaaaaaaaand, the first recipe of 2018 finally happened. When Ignited Moth came to visit this past weekend, we celebrated both Christmas and her birthday since it had been that long since we’d seen each other. She has a weakness for birthday cake flavored things, and I wasn’t quite feeling like going balls-to-the-wall baking things so cheesecake dip usually does the trick. We both agreed to leave the sprinkles off and the result was pretty great.

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Recipe here.

Top 5 Recipes of 2017

I slowed down on baking in 2017 because of a hectic year of buying a house, and moving but there were still some great recipes along the way.

  1. Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip
  2. Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
  3. Banana Oat Muffins
  4. Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
  5. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

 

I’ve learned some sweet new baking tips in the last year and hopefully will implement them plenty in the new year to come. Remember kids, food is love!

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Festive Recipes

Well it’s the day after Christmas so a tad late for festive recipes but let’s be honest here, if it tastes good, you’ll eat it year round. This is a two-in-one recipe post because I’ve got a few other posts I would like to get to before the end of the year.

The first recipe was an awesome peppermint cheesecake dip. Again, instead of crushed peppermint candies I used crushed peppermint bark. Served with chocolate graham crackers (though I will complain that the crackers kept breaking into odd shaped pieces instead of their perforated lines) made it a great snack before dinner. (Thought; Teddy Grahams may be better for dipping.)

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Recipe Here.

 

What a better way to start Christmas morning than with gingerbread pancakes? Very thick, very filling, very tasty.

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Recipe Here.

Cookie Day 2017

Last Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of joining my uncle’s holiday baking group. Every year around the holidays they get together and bake a mass amount of cookies. I was fully initiated with my own cookie recipe book that everyone in the group owns and a apron made just for me. (Grinch on one side, zombies on the other.) It was a fantastic time and I learned so many tips when it comes to baking, it was amazing.

The way it works is each person brings two from-scratch cookie dough batches and then we bake and decorate them all day. At the end of the day, we each come home with a large variety of cookies. (My husband sampled one of each flavor within 5 minutes. He had been waiting weeks for this to happen. He’s already looking forward to Cookie Day 2018.)

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Living room full of cookies.

I went the safe route for my first year and picked two fairly easy recipes. One was your classic gingerbread man. I had never made them, let alone decorated them before. Because I am me, there were a LOT of inappropriate ones.

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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Here

I love mint. So my second batch choice was a peppermint sugar cookie with peppermint buttercream frost and crushed peppermint bark on top.

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Peppermint Cookie Recipe Here

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! For the first time in a couple of years, we went to someone else’s house and didn’t have to do the cooking. Being a good guest though, I baked some mighty tasty bread to bring along. This recipe has been hanging out on my Pinterest board for a couple of years now and it was time to give it a whirl. The result? Awesome. Sweet and tart.

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Recipe Here