Valentine’s Treat

So, I decided to do the mom thing and make a yummy treat for a class full of three and four year old cutie pies.

What is it about Valentine’s Day?  Every year it attempts to turn me into Susie mom-of-the-year wannabe.

I love to bake.  I love when November arrives so I can start getting ready for Christmas.  It is definitely my favorite time of the year.

Then, Christmas is over and it’s tough to get back in the groove of life.   I seem to go through this period of laziness after the hubbub of the holidays.  Then, by the time Valentine’s Day is here I’m in a funk and ready to start baking again.

So here we go.  I pulled out a few things that I had in my baking cabinet and decided to make cupcakes in ice cream cones.  A little less messy and easier to eat with tiny toddler hands!


I’ll spare you the play by play details on how to make a cake since there are directions on the box. 

I will give you a hint on how to keep this process from getting crazy.  Wrapping some foil around the base of the cone helps them fit snugly in a regular cupcake pan.


Fill the cones half full with batter.  I actually fill mine a little more than half which makes them fluff up a tiny bit above the rim of the cone. 

The photo below is why I put a little more than half inside.  Otherwise, it looks like this and comes out a little too flat.


Then, of course, decorate!! 


I made 24 cupcake cones but still had some cake mix left over.   I had enough to make 8 cupcakes as well. 

I’d prefer to make my own batter and icing but since it’s been crazy around here there just wasn’t time.   So, thanks to Keebler, Duncan Hines, and Pillsbury this time around! 


Cauliflower My Husband Will Eat!

This is no joke.   The man I married hates cauliflower.  And when I say hate, I mean he loathes it entirely (100 points if you can name that movie)! 

We’ve been on a buffalo chicken dip kick for a few months.  It’s so yummy and easy to make. 

I stumbled upon a recipe over at  

I printed it, saved it, and then finally bought some cauliflower and went to it.   I didn’t tell N that I was going to make it. 

He walked in the door and asked what smelled so fabulous.  Then I told him.  He immediately scrunched his nose at the dreaded word ‘cauliflower’ but decided to try them anyway. 


He loved them! 

Just in case your hubby (or kids) also have a strong dislike for cauliflower the recipe is below! 


Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. 

 Start with 22oz of cauliflower florets.  Now, I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t measure this out. I bought two of them and that is what I used. 


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 

You’ll need:

22oz. of cauliflower florets

1 cup of water

1 cup of flour

2 tsp. of garlic powder

3/4 cups of Franks Red Hot Sauce

1 tbs. of melted unsalted butter


Combine the water, flower, and garlic in a bowl. 

Once mixed, coat the florets with the flour mixture. 

Bake for 20 minutes.


Mix the Red Hot sauce and butter together. 

Once the cauliflower has baked for 20 minutes, pull it out. 

Cover with the Frank’s and butter mixture and bake for another 5 minutes. 


Allow to cool a little and serve with blue cheese dressing (celery, ranch dressing, extra hot sauce or whatever you may like)!


I am not lying when I say that he absolutely loved, loved, loved these.  He wants them made on a pretty regular basis and he even ate the leftovers the next day!!  

Give it a shot.  So yummy.  Sorry for the photos…I made these in a hurry and took them with my smaller, less fancy camera.  Not too bad though. 

Is there a veggie or fruit your family won’t eat?  Please tell me I’m not alone!!! 

12 Days of Christmas {Day 2 : Christmas Cookie}

If you are just joining us, we are on day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza.  You can find out the topics here, in case you’d like to link up.  Otherwise you can read on and find out what my favorite Christmas Cookie is!

day 2

Well, these are my new favorites.  About a month ago, a girl brought some chocolate covered peanut butter to a meeting I attended.  As I was thinking about what to make these came to mind, with a few tweaks I threw in. 
We attend a mommy and me class each week. It was our turn to bring snack and the theme happened to be reindeer.  So, around 2am I remembered those chocolate covered peanut butter balls and decided to try something new. 
I don’t have an exact recipe but here’s a brief synopsis of how I created these Exceptional Reindeer Cookies.  How do you like the name?  Maybe Sarah at The Fontenot Four and I should sell our creations online (you’ll understand that when you read her post). 
Here’s what I started with. 
First, I spread peanut butter on the crackers. 
Next, I placed some small pretzel sticks in the peanut butter and
covered with a second peanut butter cracker. 
Then I coated a piece of wax paper with melted chocolate chips
and placed the crackers right on top. 
I coated them in chocolate (top and sides), then added colored
chocolate chips to create eyes and a nose.  They don’t look so

Here’s what they look like after they are removed from the wax paper.


I must say they are absolutely delicious.  A  sweet and salty perfection.  Can you hear that?!?  That’s me tooting my own horn.  I made these the night before our class around 10pm.  They were a huge hit.  These pictures are the second batch in less than 3 days.  I think I’ll make more for Christmas too!

12 Days of Christmas 2012

5 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

I was cleaning out my cabinets the other day and found a can of pumpkin. It still had a year until it expired and I decided I was in the mood to bake!

I found this on and it is truly amazing. We made 24 muffins and yep, they were gone in two days.

Here’s what you need: 1 box yellow cake mix, 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg and 1/4 tsp ground cloves.  Mix together!! 

The boys licked the beaters and loved the mix just as much as the muffins!  We did not have the ground cloves and they were still delicious so technically I guess these were 4 ingredient pumpkin muffins!

Spoon into cupcake liners. Confession time: we also didn’t have yellow cake mix but we did have funfetti cake mix, hence the colored specks you see.  Still yummy!!

Batter makes about 24 muffins (depending on how much you fill).  Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Finished product!  I will fill them up a little more next time.  I was unsure how fluffy they might get. 

Easy, peasy potato skins

It’s about that time.  Football season is about to begin.  Sundays filled with cheering, yelling, and eating!!

Anyone love potato skins? I’m not a huge fan but the hubs definitely is.  I saw this recipe on Pinterest (which I pinned, then searched for to give proper credit…it’s no where to be found.  I’ll keep looking!!)

I tweaked this a little because I wanted to change a few things. 

Start with 6 potatoes (scrubbed & halved) like so…..

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Melt 1/4 a cup of butter and spread around the bottom of a large pan (9×13 is what was suggested).  Grate parmesan cheese onto the melted butter like so….

Sprinkle other seasonings you’d like.  We used garlic salt, parsley and a few other misc. spices we had.  Place the potato halves face down in the butter mixture.   Bake for 40-45 minutes. 

The kitchen smelled SO good.  In fact I could even smell these way upstairs.  So yummy!!! 

Ours did stick to our pan a little so next time I might use some cooking spray to prevent that but the mixture looked really delicious.  I didn’t try them because I’m watching my calories plus they aren’t really my favorite.  Hubs said they were so good. He can’t wait to make them again.  I think we’ll add bacon to them next time. 

What’s your favorite fall/football season munchie?

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