Chocolate Ecstasy Cake

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Chocolate Ecstasy Cake

Chocolate Ecstasy Cake – Turn a boxed cake mix into a fabulous dessert! If you are looking for a make ahead dessert that keeps well in the refrigerator, you’ll definitely want to give this very easy and delicious Chocolate Ecstasy Cake a whirl! With just a few staple items from your pantry and freezer, a jar of ice cream sauce and some candy bars, you won’t believe how something so simple can be so wonderful!! Take a look…

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Salmon Salad Recipe!

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Salmon Salad Recipe Salmon Salad Recipe – fabulously light and tasty salad!! A fresh spin on seafood!!  If you are a fan of tuna salad,or egg salad, then you will certainly want to try this super simple and delicious salmon salad!  It tastes great on a bead of lettuce, and pairs equally well with a hearty sandwich bread too!! Best of all, you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry.

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

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Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes – recipe with cream cheese glaze , a swirl of cinnamon syrup and toasted pecans!! A fresh spin on a family favorite!! What’s not to LOVE?!? Yes, you DID read that correctly…Cinnamon Roll Pancakes! Your family will definitely enjoy this decadent breakfast confection. It’s like eating dessert for breakfast!!!  This is so good, that the first time I served these pancakes up to my brood, they thought I had purchased the pancakes! They were surprised that I actually MADE them in our kitchen, which irked me…I mean, have they forgotten my father is a fabulous chef and I have picked up a few things along the way?!?! DUH?!?!? This pancake recipe has a HUGE “WOW” FACTOR!!  they ARE very rich, so have a glass of milk ready!! You’ll want to make these delicious pancakes a couple times each month for your family.

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Chocolate French Silk Pie

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Chocolate French Silk Pie

Chocolate French Silk Pie! Need I say more????  However, it is truly one of those decadent desserts that tastes divine, but requires little work–my kind of dessert!!! It simply melts in your mouth and satisfy’s any chocolate craving at the same time!!  No matter what the occasion, there is no way you could go wrong serving this luscious pie that can be made A DAY or TWO AHEAD of serving it!

With Valentine’s Day a few days away,  you will definitely want to make this for your loved one, as well as, your entire family! Hey, no need to be stingy!! Give everyone you love a slice of this heavenly pie!!

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Chocolate Syrup Recipe – Better than Hersheys

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Chocolate Syrup Recipe - Better than Hersheys!Chocolate Syrup Recipe – Better than Hersheys! Delicious & Easy with REAL ingredients—nothing artificial!! If you are tired of paying $3 or more for a bottle of chocolate syrup to make chocolate milk or drizzle over ice cream, then you MUST try this rich and flavorful recipe.

My boys love to drink chocolate milk and can go through a bottle of Hershey’s within  a matter of hours. Therefore, I’ve been trying to come up with a recipe they won’t turn up their snobby little chocoholic noses to, and also won’t cost me an arm & a leg to produce! I was actually hoping to figure out something that tasted similar to Hershey’s, but my version, in fact, TASTES BETTER THAN HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE SYRUP!! Just ask my boys!!!

Even better, I probably have no more than 75¢ worth of ingredients in my 10 ounce container of chocolate syrup. Compare my 7.5¢ per ounce REAL product to the lowest price per ounce you can buy on the FLAVORED product, which would be 9.5¢ per ounce at Walmart, and I STILL come out cheaper by 66%!!!   See how you can quickly make this wonderful treat with ingredients you probably already have on hand…

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Apple Dumplings made with 7-Up!

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Apple Dumplings made with 7-UP
Apple Dumplings made with 7-Up Soft Drink – Delicious, Easy & Great Comfort Food!
 
If you are looking for a dessert that embodies what home should smell and taste like, then try this flavorful recipe. Like most recipes I share with you, it is “forgiving”, meaning you can somewhat improvise on the ingredients and it will STILL turn out great! I usually use orange juice in this recipe, however, I did not have any orange juice on hand, but I DID have some citrus flavored 7-Up soft drink that I got for FREE and a couple of tangerines! Since I REALLY wanted apple dumplings, I made them work in place of the OJ and it turned out excellent!!  See how you can easily make this wonderful treat with ingredients you have on hand…

Apple Dumplings

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Caramel Flan – Restaurant Quality Recipe

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Flan - Restaurant Quality Recipe
Caramel Flan – Restaurant Quality Recipe – Delicious, Easy & Impressive Dessert!
 
If you are looking for a dessert that will have tongues wagging and mouth’s watering, then try this creamy and delicious caramel flan recipe. It’s as good, if not better, than any flan you will pay $6.00  – $8.00 per slice for in a restaurant! It really DOES taste like it came from an upscale restaurant.

My husband has 3 favorite desserts — Pumpkin Pie, German Chocolate Cake and Caramel Flan.  So, when he decided that our company’s Christmas party would be a sit down dinner party for 36 IN OUR HOME–meaning “I” was going to have to make all of the food and I did not have a lot of time to do that AND clean my house, AND put up lots more decorations beyond the one piddly Christmas tree we haphazardly threw up; I decided to make this creamy caramel flan. Oh, did I mention that I only had FOUR DAYS in which to pull off this dinner party???  I could have BEATEN HIM ABOUT THE HEAD AND SHOULDERS for giving me such short notice!!! Spousal abuse was looking pretty attractive at that moment!!! With so much to do, I needed a dessert that Karl liked (yes, this party WAS all about him), was impressive, fast & easy to make, and would feed several people.  This caramel flan recipe couldn’t have filled the bill better. I made 3, and each of them turned out perfectly wonderful. No glitches at all! See how you can easily make this Flan…

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Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe – Delicious, Easy & Great Comfort Food! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I  thought I would take one of my favorite breakfast foods – oatmeal – and make it into a great Fall comfort dish!!  Oatmeal and pie—how could I go wrong?  The results were so good that our middle son, Erik, said it was the BEST baked oatmeal I’d ever made and our oldest son, Trey, well, he ate HALF of a 9″ x 13″ pan by himself…in ONE sitting!!!! Oh to be a teenager with a super fast metabolism!

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe – So Yummy!

With just a few staple baking items, a can of pumpkin and a canister of oatmeal, you can whip up a batch of this delicious Fall-inspired baked oatmeal in a matter minutes!!!! Oh and did I mention that your house will smell divine?? Man will it ever!!! See my recipe below…

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Crock Pot Shrimp & Grits Recipe

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 Crock Pot Shrimp & Grits Recipe - Low Country Style

Crock Pot Shrimp & Grits Recipe – Delicious AND Easy! Anytime you are longing for a taste of Low Country cooking, pull out this wonderfully easy and satisfying recipe! This delicious recipe makes for easy clean up and will definitely please your family and friends!!

Crock Pot Shrimp & Grits Recipe – Low Country Style!!

With just a few staple baking items,a couple of candy bars and some crackers you can whip up a batch of this delicious Toffee Butter Cracker candy in about 20 minutes!!!! See my recipe below…

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How to make Brown Sugar!

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How to make Brown Sugar

Fluffy Brown Sugar made with just 2 ingredients!

How to make brown sugar. We have all been there–a recipe calls for brown sugar, so you go into your pantry to grab a box of what you think is a half full box of brown sugar, only to discover that you have about 4 tablespoons of “hard as a brick” brown sugar-like substance inside! Sure, you can heat it up in the microwave to loosen it up, but you still don’t have enough for your recipe.  Ultimately, you wind up running to the store to buy a new box, wasting your time and spending a good bit of money on gas in the process.

A better solution is to just MAKE YOUR OWN BROWN SUGAR! It’s fast, easy, cheaper than store bought, and it tastes wonderful!!! Believe me, once you have made your own, you will never waste your money and time on the over-priced prepackaged stuff! Best of all, you only need 2 ingredients! Here is how to make brown sugar…

How to make Brown Sugar…

How to make Brown sugar

What you need:
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 -2 Tbsp Molasses OR Cane Syrup

How to make Brown Sugar

Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 Tbsp* of Molasses or Cane Syrup.
*Use 1 Tbsp of syrup for light brown sugar, or 2 Tbsp of syrup for dark brown sugar!

How to make Brown Sugar Using a fork, combine the sugar and syrup. This is the most effective way to combine the 2 ingredients. I use a “mashing” motion with the fork to make sure that there are no lumps of syrup…only smooth, soft and oh so fluffy brown sugar!
How to make Brown Sugar

It will take about 5 minutes to combine the two ingredients. While you are “mashing”, you will notice that the sugar will expand in size. Therefore, make sure to pour the contents of the measuring cup into a medium sized bowl. This will keep the sugar from spilling out.

How to make Brown Sugar

Once combined, store your brown sugar in an air tight container. I like to put my sugar in a zippered bag and shape it into a roll (very similar to that of cookie dough), then roll the air our of the bag before I seal it. Your sugar will keep for 9 – 12 months.

FYI…you can use your homemade brown sugar in this Toffee Butter Cracker Candy recipe!! However, I’ll warn you now, it’s pretty addictive! Also…use your brown sugar in this family favorite Caramel Apple Baked French Toast recipe! Your loved ones will thank you for making either or BOTH of these dishes!!!



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