Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cake Mix (Rolo) Brownies {New Recipe}

I have been missing my time with you all.

Life keeps me busy going in other directions.  My hubby's dialysis...3 times a going fairly well.

He's had a problem stopping bleeding...they have cut back on his coumadin, so hopefully things will be smoother in the days ahead.  He's having surgery this Friday to raise the fistula vein in his bicep so it can be accessed.  Sure appreciate your prayers! I spend a lot more time with him, and he has a lot of dr. appts. so I am still on the go go go a lot. 

I also have my farmer's market baked goods stand every other week during the summer and I really enjoy that.  I'm so blessed with faithful customers and usually sell out.  That's always awesome!  They really do brighten up my life. 

I made this yummy dessert for a Baker siblings gathering a while back and just recently saw my photo of it, so wanted to share. 

I love using a cake mix for ease and am always happy when I can find a 
simple, and winning!, recipe to use.  It's so nice not having to measure the
flour, sugar, baking powder, etc. separately, isn't it??? 

This tasty recipe is in my new cookbook too...FORK FAVORITES
Another 200 simple family-friendly recipes. I have 6 book signings lined up 
over the next several weeks, so that's a fun part.  I always love visiting
with the people! 

If you're interested in checking out more details about my book,
click here which will take you to the "Cookbooks" tab under my blog header.
You can order through Paypal or mail a check to me.  

Anyway, this recipe is great, especially when you need something last minute.
You can dress it up by adding candy to the middle, or drizzling caramel over the top,  pre-baking, topping off with toffee bits.  Add coffee extract to the batter...let your creative mind go wild. 

I just got a bottle of raspberry extract from Watkins...that will be going in the next time I make these. 



1 box (18 ozs.) chocolate cake mix 
(strawberry or lemon are great too) 
1 egg
1/4 c. oil
1/3  . milk
1 c. chocolate, white or peanut butter chips, optional 

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8" x 8" baking dish; set aside.  In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix, egg, oil and milk, stirring until smooth. (I mix by hand - batter is thick). Stir in chocolate chips (save a few to sprinkle over the top). Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.  Bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Yield: 9 - 12 servings 

(Or don't add chocolate chips, pour half the batter into prepared a candy layer, then add remaining batter and bake). 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Flashback Friday - Delish Desserts made with Instant Pudding

Hope you enjoy these simple dishes great for summertime....

One of the most popular posts on my blog - 
Only 4 simple ingredients too...and you're ready to Par-tay! 

Dreamsicle Salad (Sugar free Option)

AAAHHH - the perfect 'marriage'  - PB and Chocolate!
Crunchy crust....cream cheese/peanut butter layer....chocolate pudding...whipped topping.

Peanut Butter Delight

Only 3 simple ingredients...ready in minutes. 
Gone quickly too - so so good! 

Add pudding mix to a cake mix...topped with a fluffy cream cheese topping. 
Doncha just love dreamsicles???

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Leader Enterprise - August 2, 2017 - Summertime Fun for Kids

Summer is nearly half over for school kids.  Have you already heard "I'm bored" more times than you care to count? Here's a list of some simple, fun activities to help woo them away from their electronics and enjoy the season. Encourage them to see how many things they can check off this list before school starts. 

-have a picnic
-watch a sunset 
-play tag with friends
-stargaze: see if you can find the Big and Little Dippers 
-run through the sprinklers 
-make popsicles 
-have a lemonade stand
-go for a bike ride
-visit the library
-bake something yummy
-fly a kite
-camp in the back yard 
-play in the rain
-catch fireflies
-do cartwheels
-blow bubbles
-draw a picture 
-bake cookies for a neighbor
-learn to juggle
-make a fruit smoothie
-play a game
-read a book 
-make shadow puppets with your hands
-send a letter in the mail to a friend (bet they'll be surprised!)
-do a random act of kindness
-visit relatives
-offer to help a neighbor with a chore
-call your grandparents to ask how they're doing
-have a water balloon fight
-write a story
-have a family game night
-learn a magic trick 
-write a thank you note to someone in your family 
-play at the park 
-lay in the grass and find shapes in the clouds 

Here are some simple ideas for kids to have fun in the kitchen and maybe even help cool them down. 


1 - 20 ozs. bag of frozen mixed fruit (peaches, mango, pineapple, strawberries, or your favorite mix)
2 - 3 cups 100% juice fruit punch 

Place frozen fruit in blender.  Pour 2 c. fruit punch over fruit and begin to blend. Add up to another cup of juice to get the texture you want. Blend until no large pieces remain. Serve and sip!  Yield: about 4 servings 
Fill each glass about 2/3 full of bright blue drink for water in each float. (Blue Hawaiian punch or blue sports drink). Add some lemon-lime soda, but save room for some ice cream. Add 2 scoops vanilla ice cream to each glass and let it begin to melt. Add 2 gummy fish or sharks to float in the top - add a straw and enjoy. 
You could try orange soda instead of root beer for a creamsicle blast!
Root Beer
Vanilla ice cream
Popsicle Mold or disposable paper cups
Popsicle sticks (if not included with mold) 
Make sure root beer is cold. You're going to alternate layers of ice cream and root beer in the mold, allowing the foam to die back before pouring more to fill molds to the top. Be careful because it will foam up, so pour slowly. (Be sure to clean up the overflow). Insert sticks and freeze overnight. (If using cups, cover with foil, then poke stick into popsicle to hold them still. Run hot water over mold quickly to release popsicles.  Enjoy! 
I look forward to seeing you at Bean Days.  Please stop by the Leader office for a taste of my beans

"I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanky.”― Kellie Elmore

Friday, August 4, 2017

Flashback Friday - Ice Cream Desserts to help you stay cool

Hope these easy desserts help keep you cool...

I've been making this dessert for kids still request it. 
Cake mix base mixed with canned frosting...simple and
simply delicious! 

Vanilla ice cream, crunchy peanut butter crust with hot fudge swirled through...MMMM! 

This is teamwork fun for kids and adults alike.
A few simple ingredients in a ziploc bag - toss it back and forth until 
ice cream freezes.  It's great cooling fun! 

Tasty make-ahead dessert with crunchy brown sugar cereal...
Try it, you're sure to love it!