Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Chocolate Depression Cake with Chocolate Frosting

 I saw this recipe on Facebook.  We enjoyed the cake, it makes a small 8X8". The link to the recipe:

The only this I would change in this recipe, I will add espresso powder, about 1/2 to 1 tsp.

Chocolate Depression Cake with Chocolate Frosting


Chocolate Cake

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 to 1 tsp. espresso powder, my addition 

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. white vinegar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water


3 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. espresso powder

1 tbsp. honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup icing sugar

3 tbsp. milk or cream

Round sprinkles on top


Preheat oven 350F

Chocolate Cake

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, salt, and baking soda. Whisk to combine.

Add vanilla, vinegar, oil and water to dry ingredients and stir with whisk until ingredients are fully combined.

Pour into prepared (greased or parchment lined) 8 X 8" pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. When a toothpick inserted comes out with a few crumbs. Let cool while you make frosting.


With mixer combine butter, cocoa, espresso powder, honey, vanilla, and icing sugar.

Turn mixer on low and combine for about 30 seconds.

Slowly add milk 1 tbsp at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. 

Spread over cooled cake.

I added round sprinkles on top.

Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Drumsticks

 I found this recipe on Facebook.   Here is the link to the recipe:  It was a great recipe I will make it again.

Honey Mustard Baked Chicken Drumsticks


12 chicken drumsticks

1/3 cup raw honey

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

2 tbsp. whole grain Dijon mustard

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. smoked paprika

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Fresh parsley leaves, chopped as garnish


Preheat oven to 375F.  Lightly grease or spray baking dish with oil.

Pat chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels.

Place chicken drums into prepared pan and season with salt and pepper. 

In small bowl, whisk mustards, honey, paprika and garlic and onion powder until smooth.

Pour this sauce evenly over chicken and toss gently to coat well.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cooked through (internal temp should read 165F).

Turn on broiler and broil chicken for additional 2 to 3 minutes until they crisp up and get a glazed top.

Remove from oven serve with parsley garnish.

Chocolate Chip Muffins

 This recipe came from  cookbook: Muffin Mania.  I have used this cookbook for many years.  It is held together with twist ties now.

Chocolate Chip Muffins


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup milk

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 egg

1 cup chocolate chips, of your choice, I used milk chocolate


Mix dry ingredients and add chocolate chips.

Combine egg, milk and butter and stir into flour mixture. 

Do Not Beat. Just stir until all flour is mixed in.

Using ice cream scoop, place batter in a 12 cup muffin tin.

Bake 375F for 20 minutes

Nuts and Bolts

 I think this recipe came from my step mother.  We all really like it.

Nuts and Bolts


1 box of rice chex

1 box crisp X

1 box cherrios

1 box sheddies

1 bag bugels

1/2 bag pretzels

2 cans cashews, use any nut you wish to use

1 1/2 cups butter, melted

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 tbsp. salt

2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce


I put all the cereals in a canning pot to mix them.

Melt butter, add all seasonings.

Pour this over cereal mixture.

Mix well.

Place this mixture in a large roasting pan bake in oven at 200F for 2 hours stirring every 20 minutes.

Store in large jars or in large zip lock bags.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

New school outfit and 18" doll outfit to match

 I recently made an outfit for my granddaughter for school.  When I finished it decided to make a matching one for her 18" doll.

This is Granddaughter's outfit.



This is 18" doll outfit

Friday, June 26, 2020

Cream Sausage Mushroom Rigatoni

Dan found this recipe to use the rest of the sausage we had.  It was very good.  Would make it again for sure.  The recipe came from Taste of Home.


1 16 oz. package of rigatoni

1 lb. of italian sausage, cut into 1/4 inch pieces.

2 tsp. butter

1 lb. mushrooms, sliced

2 cloves, minced garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 cups heavy whipping cream

minced parsley, optional


 Cook rigatoni according to package directions.

In a large skillet cook sausage over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes or until no longer pink.  Remove sausage from pan.

In the same skillet heat butter over medium heat.  Add mushrooms, garlic, salt and pepper;  cook, covered about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Uncover; and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid has evaporated.

Stir in cream; bring to boil.  Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 8 to 10 minutes or until cream has thickened.   

Return sausage to skillet; heat through.  

Add drained pasta; combine and add parsley.


Cocoa Puffs Krispies

I have seen this recipe a few times on line and as we do not have Cocoa Pebbles in Canada, I decided to use Cocoa Puffs Cereal instead.  They were good.  My granddaughter liked them. The recipe I used is on Cravings of a Lunatic.

I did not ice the Krispies, only used sprinkles on top.


For the Krispies part:

4 tbsp. butter

14 oz. marshmallows

11 oz. Cocoa Puffs Cereal, I small box

For the topping part:

1 cup nutella

1 cup milk chocolate, chopped up

2 tbsp. butter


For the Krispies part:

In a large microwaveable bowl, combine  butter and marshmallows and cook for about 3 minutes.  Check it every 60 seconds as every microwave is different.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until smooth.

Pour in cereal into this large bowl.

Stir until well combined.

Pour into a greased  9 X 13" pan.   If you wish thicker Krispies use a smaller pan 9X9" or 8X8' pan.

Smooth out with an offset spatula.  If you spray the spatula or spoon whatever you are using to smooth out the Krispies with spray oil (Pam) it will stop it from sticking.

Set aside to cool.

For the topping part:

Combine all ingredients in a glass microwavable bowl.

Pop into microwave and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, Checking very 15 to 30 seconds.

Stir until smooth.

Pour over the top of Krispies.

Let cool a bit.

Then sprinkle with colorful sprinkles on the top.

Cut into desired size square and serve.


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