Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cake Balls

My Aunt Cindy (Marine Mom) made these cake balls at her Church Fall Festival and everyone loved them. People were making their dessert plates before they roasted their hot dogs so they could get some cake balls. They were the talk of the cookout!

Thanks for the recipe, Cindy Lou!!

Happy Cooking...thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pumpkin Cobbler

You must try this recipe! I found it on a blog and tried it last night for company! It was so easy and so good. The non-pumpkin lovers loved it! Derek said it would be so good with ice cream! We ate half of the cobbler when my Mom realized I did not take a picture, so we fixed it up a bit with her brownies so you could not see the empty half!! It was that good. Click to enlarge all pics if I loaded them right!
TIP: If you like pecans, DO NOT skip putting them on top! They get toasted while the cobbler is cooking and really compliment the dish!

Here is the blog link to the recipe. If you make it, or intend to make it, come back and tell me!

Happy Cooking! Thanks for Looking!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Let's Have a Tea Party

Grandmother Dorothy's Russian Tea
My Husband's Grandmother always had this tea on her stove when we visited for Christmas. We loved it and I always looked forward to not only the yummy tea, but also the smell of it throughout the house.
  • 1/2 Gallon Sweet Tea
  • 46 oz Apple Juice
  • 46 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Powdered Cinnamon
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Sweetened to taste

Mix all ingredients together and bring to a boil. Simmer

My Princesses love Tea Parties!

Happy Cooking.... Thanks for Looking!!
Share some of your favorites! Click on the blog links to the right for other great recipes.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My First Recipe Swap...Let's Eat!

Well, I have a blog about my weekly life as a Mom of Four Sweeties, but I also LOVE to cook! I love to eat healthy, though, so it is a constant struggle with me to find new recipes that are healthy without being boring! I will post some of the healthier recipes I find, but will also be posting "Cheat Night" items I fall in love with because we have "Cheat Nights" (sometimes too often)! I hope you will post your favorites as you find them, or post your "already tested" recipes. My family loves to try new things. They are never bored with my cooking. I do, however, have tough skin when it comes to cooking. I WANT them to be completely honest with me. When the meal is over, I ALWAYS ask "How was it?". I always then follow the first question with the very important and necessary "Would you eat it again?". They know this is the time to be honest. If you do not LOVE it and you do not tell me, you WILL see that same meal again! :)

Moving on to the recipes:

I made some pumpkin cookies last week that are to DIE FOR! I love all things pumpkin!

These cookies are cake-like and so good with the frosting.

Prep time: 10 Minutes

Cooking time: 18 Minutes

Yields: 36 Cookies

  • 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened

  • 1 cup 100% pure canned pumpkin

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Glaze (recipe follows)

  • Optional: 1/2 cup chocolate chips or nuts (I used chopped pecans)

Cookie Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets.

  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in larger mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drip by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.

  3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle glaze over cookies.

Glaze Directions:

  • Combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bown until smooth.

Blogger Directions:

  1. Make the cookies.
  2. Feed them to your family and/or friends.
  3. Come back and tell me what you thought about the cookies.
  4. Leave me a comment with a link to your great recipes or put it in comments and I will paste it into my next post and link to your blog!

Happy Cooking! Thanks for Looking!

..............until the next great recipe gets a thumbs up from my table approval committee! :)

Two Members of the Committee. They are also the Bowl Lickers! Two very important jobs!