Category Archives: Recipes

Easy Pumpkin Brownies

Ain’t no shame in my super-easy-when-you-got-no-time-to-bake-properly game!

Except, I’m first to admit, they’re never as good as anything I make from scratch.

This one is good for a quick chocolate fix with a hint of pumpkin undertones. But, it’s not something I would ever take to a party as a treat.

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix one box Duncan Hines Chewy Brownie mix and 1 can pumpkin puree.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

That’s it.

That’s all it takes folks.

The results are a VERY fudge like brownie. A different brownie mix might work better if you don’t want super fudge brownies.

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

The whole bunch of bananas went bad this time. Mr. C&M just triumphantly points to them and says, “Guess you have to make banana something now!”

He’s a pest really.

So off to the store I went to buy a can of pumpkin puree. I had all the other ingredients on hand. The dogs love it when there is unused pumpkin at the end of a baking endeavor. It means there will be some pumpkin goodness in their breakfast or dinner. (100% pumpkin puree only for dogs. Not the pumpkin pie in a can. Works great on upset dog bellies too.)

They’ve been great for breakfast the past week.

Recipe here.

5 Minute Pumpkin Cheesecake

If you’ve been following this blog for a length of time, then you’ll know that I do not like attending a party empty handed. Even if I don’t have the time to make something, I’ll buy something from the store. However, over the last couple of years, it’s almost become expected from the people that know me, that I bake something.

In this recipe’s case, I had a small 2 hour window to make something happen. So you can say I was a wee bit excited to be able to get anything done in that time.

This is a tasty little snack, although my husband repeatedly told me, “You’re better than this.” LMAO. Whatever, we do what we can with the time that we have!

So if you’re in a time-bind, you only need one hour for this little baby to chill.

Recipe here.

Summer Berry Cheesecake Salad

Me: “How does a berry cheesecake salad sound for the party?”

Boss: “Uh, I don’t want my vegetables in cheesecake.”

Me:”…………”

Boss stares.

Me: “Oh, it’s a dessert salad. There are no vegetables or salad in it.”

Boss: “Oh ok. Sounds good then.”

Every time we’re invited to a party, I try something new as a side to pass. I really liked this one. While it was fairly easy to make, if you follow the instructions exactly, it was a nice mix of sweet and tarte.

Recipe here.

Blueberry Banana Bread

I have baked so many breads that it’s finally getting to the point where I’m not 100% positive that I have not done this recipe before. I don’t THINK I have.

Either way, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to re-post good recipes.

The grocery stores have been loaded with blueberries and it’s hard to resist buying them every single time I go shopping. Obviously, at least once, I did not resist.

This is an easy recipe with your classic banana bread taste, peppered with pops of delicious tartness. Great for summer picnics.

Recipe here.

Fruity Pebbles Muffins

America, fuck yeah! We had a relatively quite day on the fourth. We stayed home, had a friend over, grilled some food and binge watched Stranger Things season 3. (Not finished yet.) It also gave me time to do a little baking. I agreed to make something for another fourth of July party but the boys wanted something to snack on in the mean time.

The nice thing once you get into baking is you usually have so many supplies left over from previous recipes. I only had to purchase Fruity Pebbles and a small container of greek yogurt for this one.

This recipe actually sounds better than it is. The cake itself is very dense, with light flavoring. If I were to rate it overall, it would be 3 out of 5 stars.

Easy enough to make though and it will impress your stoner friends.

Recipe here.

Cake Mix Cookie Bars

To some people the idea of baking is intimidating, thus they avoid it. They dream of the ability but they don’t take that leap. My advice, as only a decent baker definitely not a pro, is to start easy and build your confidence from there. That’s what I did. It all started with an easy quick bread recipe and every once in awhile I push myself out of my comfort zone to learn something new. (Not the case with this recipe, I wanted easy.)

This recipe is a great place to start for the beginning baker. It was a hit at the work potluck and it’s so easy. I’m going to make a second batch for home since I have enough left over ingredients besides one.

I should have gotten a picture of them all sectioned up. But, I didn’t so this is what you get.

Recipe here.

Peanut Butter Fudge Cheesecake Parfaits

Don’t you wish you were one of my coworkers? If you didn’t before, you might now.

These tasty lil’ bitches were not hard to make except for ONE thing: homemade whipped cream. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, don’t be like me and make sure you read the recipe all the way through. If you’re like me, still haven’t unpacked your stand mixer and don’t own a hand mixer, prepare to work your muscles. It takes a LONG time before whipped cream takes form with regular man power. After 15 minutes, I was forced to ask my husband for help. We’ve learned now that he’s a human power mixer. It still took another 15 minutes before it was the correct consistency.

Despite that, these were awesome. Pretty rich though so most people could only eat a half at a time.

Recipe here.

Lemon Cupcakes w/Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

My first niece turned 1 on Pie Day. So of course Aunt CUPCAKES & Machetes is going to make her cupcakes! (She did not yet receive a machete.) Now she didn’t actually get to eat the cupcakes as she’s still learning solid foods but it doesn’t matter. I’ll bake her cupcakes every freaking year. She also had the BEST reaction when opening a book, which was screaming at the top of her lungs. I really wish I had gotten that on video.

I LOVE the cake in this recipe. I personally thought the icing was a little too sweet but everyone else assured me that I was the only one thinking such thoughts.

They’ll never win a beauty contest.

Recipe here.