Recipes For My Boys: December 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

Confetti Stuffed Cookies

Aren't these just the most amazing cookies to celebrate with?  They would be perfect for New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day (little hearts), St. Patty's Day (green clovers), Halloween (with little spider sprinkles), Christmas (trees and holly) and even a baby shower reveal with colored gems!  So many possibilities!

#celebration #holidaybaking #confetti #cookies

Monday, December 23, 2013

Cinnamon Ornaments

My boys and I love to make these Cinnamon Ornaments each year.  Hanging from the Christmas Tree or attached to homemade gifts, they will be treasured by all who receive.


  Please do not eat the decorations.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Peppermint Chocolate Graham Bark

Looking for an easy gift to make and take for the holidays?  Try these Peppermint Chocolate Grahams..they are the best!  A lite bark that is bursting with flavor! Each little bite is like eating a thin chocolate mint cookie!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Nine Of My Favorite Cakes and Homemade Cake Release

I've put together 9 of my favorite cakes along with Homemade Cake Release!  A variety of cakes some made from scratch and others with a mix as the base.  If you like the convenience of this post, please let me know and I'll have more round up posts.  I'd love to know what cake you want to make also.  Enjoy! 

Left going clockwise:  Carrot Cake, Dark Chocolate Cake, Sour Cream Pound Cake, Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake, Homemade Cake Release, Cranberry Coconut Cream Poke Cake, Chocolate Ricotta Cake, Mayonnaise Cake, Pumpkin Spice Carrot Cake and center .. Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Carrot Cake

Hubby bought me a food processor a few weeks ago and I am just now getting around to figuring out how it operates.  At first, it was very frustrating not having it seal correctly.  Now, it is a breeze to use, I don't know what I did different other than read the directions ~wink~ and love using it!  Yesterday, I decided to make a Pumpkin Spice Carrot Cake....using the food processor.  I wasn't happy with the outcome in the beginning since I ended up with a very wet egg and sugar mixture.  It was not at all what I envisioned, however, I decided to go forward with it anyway.  I'm so glad I did!  Though, I didn't know where I was going with it...pie or cake.  It turned out to be a little of both.  I have also made this cake using my stand mixer and it was tall, moist and wonderful.  My boys ate it all without icing!  Either way, you will love this!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

BBQ Sauerkraut and Italian Sausage Bake

I have to admit, I am not a fan of sauerkraut.  Never have been and would shun the mere thought or mention of it.  I’ve changed my mind about it now..as long as it is Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauerkraut, I’m on it!  I added Kyvan’s Sweet BBQ Sauce to make this fantastic kraut dish.  A link for Kyvan Giveaway is below. 



Friday, December 6, 2013

Cranberry Coconut Cream Poke Cake

Holidays; music, laughter, togetherness and food!  That is what winter holidays bring to mind.  No matter the occasion, it is celebrated with food while people gather..laughter overheard while music fitting the day, plays softly in the background.  With our family, each person brings something. Grandma and her Chicken and Dumplings.  My other Grandma always made a Sour Cream Pound Cake. Mama and her Blueberry Cake.  Daddy always roasted the turkey.  Papa always manned the grill.  This Cranberry Coconut Cream Cake, if I had thought about it before, it would be my go to cake.  So easy..as most of my recipes are, and bursting with delightful flavors!  I know this would have been a favorite of my Daddy’s seeing how his favorite cake to eat was coconut.  Make this refrigerator cake to take with you on your holidays visits and be prepared to be asked to make it again and again.  Make this a day ahead as it gets better the longer the flavors have time to mingle.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread

Winter holidays would not be the same without cranberries, oranges and pecans!  For many years growing up, we would go to "the farm" (my precious Daddy's parents farm, where he born) and pick up pecans that had fallen to the ground.  Hours were spent bending over or you may get lucky and find a gold mine, so to speak, and could sit while picking them up, checking them and dropping them in your bucket or sack.  Cranberries came from the farmers market and oranges usually came from a family member's trees or a trip to Florida. This Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread is all about spreading Holiday Cheer!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

BBQ Bacon Dip and Kyvan Amazing #Giveaway

Kyvan products are made with soul and amazing ingredients that are from the heart.  Being a Southern girl, born and raised, I can relate to the love being poured into each bottle of Kyvan's products.  Into each recipe made and shared with family and friends, their is a comfort that says home. Kyvan is owned by Pro NFL player Reggie Kelly.  You can find out about Reggie, Kyan's products and how it all fits with faith, family, love of comforting food and community.  I tried Kyvan's wonderful Sweet BBQ Sauce and was truly delighted!  It is great on everything from classic BBQ Chicken and Pulled Pork to Sheila's BBQ Crock Pot Spaghetti and all the dips and sides you can think of, in-between!  I decided to try it on bacon, among so many other recipes.  My oldest ate it by the handful, used it to top pizza, while I added it to bacon ranch potato salad and BBQ Bacon Ranch Dip. Anyway you use Kyvan's products, you will definitely #appreciatethegoodness!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Bark and $600 Holiday Cheer Visa Giftcard #Giveaway

The holidays are upon us and baking, making goodies and shopping has begun!  I've teamed up with some of my favorite foodie friends to give you multiple chances to win $600.00 in our Holiday Cheer Giveaway! How is that for Holiday Cheer?!  I could certainly do a lot of baking, making and buying with this fantastic #giveaway!  My lovely friends are listed below.  Please stop by and say "hello" as you follow them.  Don't forget to make the Christmas Bark while you dream a little dream of winning! 
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