Sunday, November 27

Cinnamon Pumpkin Trifle

Trifles are really easy to make

This twist on the traditional pumpkin pie is perfect for the holidays...

Cinnamon Pumpkin Trifle

Pumpkin Cake!
  1. Mix 1 box yellow cake mix to directions, but substitute pumpkin puree for the oil. (Delicious and low fat!)
  2. Divide mixture evenly between 3 round cake pans.
  3. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes.
Pumpkin Flavored Jello Pudding (mix with extra half cup milk, it makes it easier to spread)

Cheesecake Cool Whip

 Mix 8oz. Cool Whip with 
  • 1 block softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon baking chips (I like Hershey's)


Step 1. Layer prepared ingredients in given order, using 1/3 of pudding and cool whip for each layer, and go easy on the cinnamon chips (no more than 1/3 cup per layer!).

Step 2.  Get praised from people who don't know how easy this is to make!

What to Do With the Leftovers

I started making this recipe a few years ago, because I cannot help myself but throw random stuff into pizza dough, I have in this, however, found a rare gem:

The Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza!
With the addition of  sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and caramelized onions, this pizza is a little sweeter than most, so don't expect any problems getting to kids to eat it.

  • 1 Cup Cooked Sweet Potatoes (sweet potato casserole works great)
  • 2 Packets Dry Yeast 
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 2 1/2 + Cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt

  1. Add yeast to water in electric mixer bowl, and let stand until yeast foams.
  2. Add remaining ingredients together into yeast mixture.
  3. Mix on low setting, 
  4. Add as much additional flour as necessary (amounts can vary greatly as some sweet potato casseroles are quite moist)
  5. Let stand for 15 minutes before rolling out onto pan
  • 1-2 Cups Turkey (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 Cup Pre-made spaghetti sauce (we prefer Prego)
  • 1/2 Cup Cranberry Sauce (jellied or whole berry)
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped and caramelized (sauteed in butter until tender and mixed with 1 big Tbsp brown sugar)
  • 12oz. Shredded Mozzarella
  • Anything else you would like
  1.  Mix Spaghetti sauce with cranberry sauce and spread evenly on top of  rolled out dough. 
  2. Sprinkle Turkey and Caramelized Onions on sauce evenly
  3. Sprinkle Cheese and any other toppings.

Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Tuesday, November 22

Shredded Sweet Potato Casserole

I've gotten at least 3 requests for this recipe this week, so Aunt Paula, for you I will post it to the world, (but all secret-like on this blog that nobody looks at)

Shredded Sweet Potato Casserole

3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
1/2 c. pecans, chopped
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 stick butter (I leave this out, you really don't miss it)
3/4 c. buttermilk (I usually use a little more milk, if I leave out the butter)
1/8 tsp. baking soda
3 c. grated raw sweet potatoes (but if you grate too much, throw it in, I've never added too much)

Mix sugar and milk in large bowl; add potatoes. Beat eggs separately and add butter(if you absolutely have to use it). Combine 2 mixtures. Add other ingredients and mix. Pour into 2-quart casserole and bake for 1 hour at 450 degrees.

Monday, November 21

Words to live by

Just some thoughts I put down today

Monday, November 14

Perfect Cranberry Punch

Well, you know what they say, you cant have just one... here's another recipe I came up with for the holidays

Simply melt a can of cranberry sauce (but not in the can) and mix with a prepared can of limeade and a bottle of 7up.
Simple and delicious!

Saturday, November 12

Make My Recipies!

So, I never post anything anymore, but I had a recipe that is too good not to share on pinterset, here it is

Adapted English Toad-in-the-Hole Recipe

    Prep time: 35 minutes
    Cook time: 30 minutes


    1 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
    1 tsp. salt
    1 tbsp. cinnamon
    Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
    3 eggs, beaten
1  cup milk
    ½ cup maple syrup
    2 granny smith apples peeled and chopped to ½ inch pieces
    1 lb. of breakfast sausage links


1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour with the salt, cinnamon and pinch of pepper. Make a well in the center of the flour. Pour in the eggs, milk, and syrup into the well and whisk into the flour until smooth. Cover and let stand 30 minutes.

2. Coat the bottom and sides of an 8x12 or 9x9 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray (floured is best). Place a rack in the bottom third of the oven. Put the empty dish on the rack. Preheat the oven with the dish in it to 425°F.

3 While the oven is coming to temperature, brown sausages in a skillet on medium high. Add apples and cook until tender.
4 When the apples are tender and the dish in the oven hot, pull the oven rack out a bit, put the sausages and apples in the casserole dish, and pour the batter over them.
5 Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the batter is risen and golden.

Serve with additional syrup.

Yield: Serves 4-6.
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