Thursday, November 29, 2012


Hey Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I just wanted to let you all know that I won't be posting any new recipes until after Christmas. We are in the process of moving and things are crazy!

Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snakmaster Pizzas

For this next recipe I go back to my childhood, it isn't really a recipe but more of an idea that my Mom did for us as kids. 

Snakmaster Pizzas

For those of you who have never heard of a snakmaster or used one you are missing out! This is one of the greatest kitchen appliances ever invented. The one I have was my Mom's that she purchased back in the late 70's. Here is what you will need:

Bread (any kind)
Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
and any other ingredients of your choice

The first step is to butter all 4 pieces of bread.

Lay two slice of bread down onto the snakmaster

Build your pizzas the way you want them.

Place the remaining two slices of bread on the top with the butter side out.

Close the snakmaster and wait. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to cook. You will get a nice crisp on the outside of the bread.

Here is the finished result! Yum!!!

Yummy and gooey on the inside. 

The great thing about the snakmaster is that you can really make any kind of sandwich, I also make apple turnovers (with a little cinnamon-sugar on the outside). They are delicious!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Patty Melts

My mom used to make these for us all the time when we were growing up. It is still one of my favorite sandwiches. 

2 slices of bread (I had 4 because I was making 2 sandwiches)
1lb ground beef
cheese (I used american and cheddar)

Form the ground beef into 2 patties, season with salt and pepper on both sides

 In a skillet cook the patties until they are done all the way through

spread butter on the bread

place the buttered side down on another skillet (like you are making a grilled cheese) and add the cheese

add the hamburger patty

 place the other slice of bread on top

cooked until bread it nice and crispy


Monday, November 19, 2012


I LOVE waffles! On occasion I will make my own batter but the majority of the time I will just use bisquick. Here is the bisquick recipe but with a little twist of my own that bring so much flavor to the waffles.

2 cups bisquick
1 1/3 cups milk
2 tablespoons oil
1 egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla

 Mix together the regular ingredients

 Add the vanilla

Add the sugar. Mix together and pour into your waffle maker


Friday, November 16, 2012

Homemade Calzones

I have heard about making your own calzones from several different people and I finally decided to try it. 

1 package pillsbury pizza crust (next time I will make my own crust)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese
black olives
olive oil
parmesan cheese
(any other ingredients you would like to add)

Grease a cookie sheet; roll out the dough

fill with all your ingredients except the olive oil and parmesan cheese

place on the cookie sheet and crimp the edges together with a fork. Cut two slits in the top for steam to escape

brush with olive oil

sprinkle parmesan cheese on top

bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Caramel Buttercream

I had never made this type of buttercream before. It is not as stiff as other buttercreams but it is amazing.

4 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla 
2/3 cup caramel topping
1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup margarine

cream together the margarine and shortening

add the vanilla

next add the caramel topping

add the confectioners sugar; 1 cup at a time. If the frosting seems too dry add a little milk (to store the frosting, place a damp cloth over top and refrigerate)

Using a piping bag pipe the frosting onto the cupcake (I used the spice cupcakes)

I then use a ziploc bag (when a corner snipped off) and drizzle some more caramel topping


Monday, November 12, 2012

Spice Cupcakes

I have always been a fan of spice cake. I want to make my own instead of out of a box and this recipe is amazing!!! I adjusted the recipe I found and it was perfect.

1 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour milk (if you don't have sour milk add 1 tbs vinegar and 1 tbs lemon juice to the milk and let sit for 5 minutes)

add the sugar to a mixing bowl

add brown sugar

then shortening

mix together until combined

add both eggs and beat until creamy

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda

add the dry mixture

lastly add the milk

in your cupcake pan fill each about 1/2 full. bake for roughly 15-16 minutes at 400 degrees. Use your favorite frosting to frost cupcakes. I used a caramel buttercream (will post the recipe next).

Friday, November 9, 2012

Crock Pot Chili

Now that we were getting into the colder season I love making lots of soups and stews. This is a yummy chili recipe for the crock pot.

1 packet chili seasoning
crush red pepper seasoning
2 cans pinto beans
2 cans chili beans
1 medium onion; chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1lb ground beef
1 can tomato sauce

saute the onions until tender

add the ground beef and cook until done

put into the crockpot

add chili beans

pinto beans

diced tomatoes (my sister gave me the idea to add the tomatoes) and 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper seasoning

add chili packet

add tomato sauce. Let cook on high for 5-6 hours.

Serve with cheese, sour cream or whatever you want. :)