Sunday, September 19, 2010




1 box chocolate fudge cake (and the ingredients to make it )
1 container cream cheese
1/2 cup of raspberries
3/4 cup powder sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice fresh squeezed NOT store bought  
1 container of whipped chocolate icing


Follow the directions on the box but before you put the cake in the oven set it aside and make the filling , in a lg bowl put the softened cream cheese ,raspberries , powdered sugar , and lemon juice mix well with a blender and then spoon straight lines on top of your cake batter and use a butter knife to swirl it . Bake according to the box directions and top with your favorite icing <3 enjoy


                                   SEAFOOD STUFFED CHICKEN OR MUSHROOMS


1 (8 ounce) package softened cream cheese
1 egg yolk
1 stick of butter
1 tablespoon Italian bread crumbs
1 green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
 garlic powder , parsley , greek seasoning to taste (for topping the chicken breast while cooking)
 salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 (6 ounce) can snow crab, drained
2 (4 ounce) can small shrimp, drained
 1 package sliced provolone cheese
12 large white mushrooms, stems removed or 1 bag of boneless skinless chicken breast thawed
1 cup Italian bread crumbs

DIRECTIONS : for mushrooms

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Place cream cheese, egg yolk, 1 tablespoon bread crumbs, green onion, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in the bowl of a mixer. Mix until smooth and evenly blended. Fold in the snow crab and shrimp. Stuff the mushrooms with this mixture, and press into the remaining bread crumbs to coat. Place onto baking sheet stuffing-side-up once coated.
Bake in preheated oven until the mushrooms have softened slightly, 12 to 14 minutes. Set oven to Broil,move the mushrooms to a small pie pan melt half your stick of butter pour it on the bottom and place the other half in slices around the caps, place the provolone slices over the top of the caps sprinkle with provolone n parsley and broil mushrooms for a few minutes until the tops are golden and bubbly .

for chicken

The stuffing is the same , filet the chicken breasts fill with stuffing push a tooth pick through season with chicken topper seasonings listed above and bake 35 mins to 45 mins depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts , when they are fully cooked place the provoone over top sprinkle with parmesan cheese and parsley and broil !!!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010



This is my own recipe I hope its something you will enjoy as much as I have <3


1 shot jack daniels 
1 shot mandarin vodka 
1 shot patron
splash of orange juice
splash of sprite 
splash of cola
a few drops of grenadine 


Shake all the ingredients in a seprate tumbler , serve over ice in a hurricane glass with a lemon wedge . 



This jerky is AAAAAAAAAmazing . Lets do a little math if you buy a bag of jerky your gonna pay roughly $32 a lb which is way your paying $6 bucks a bag for what 4 or 5 ozs ... my husband and sons love jerky but at the rate they eat it I would need stock in the company to buy as muchas we make . Our local grocer offers buy one get one sales usually on sundays so I buy 2lbs of roast beef usually for $9 to $10 and get the 2nd 2lbs free so its 4lbs of meat london broil for pretty cheap !!!! If u have deer in your freezer the recipe is the same and the meats freeeeeeeeeee  !!!!  Intially the process is time consuming but you get the hang of it .


1 cup of soy sauce  
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
4 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring
4 1/2 tablespoons steak seasoning rub
4lbs London broil roast, thinly sliced along the grain
tabasco sauce (to taste.. more for spicy less for just a little kick)
1 package kaboob sticks


In a lg bowl combine all of your liquid ingredients , then the steak rub, tabasco , and finally add the meat . Stir really well and refridgerate 2 to 3 days stirring atleast once a day . On the day you decide to cook your jerky move one oven rack to the lowest bar ... and remove the top rack so it doesnt get warm . Preheat the oven to 180 degrees . Get out your largest cookie sheet and cover it with foil , then place the removed rack on top of the cookie sheet , all you need to do is place the thin slices of meet on the kaboobs sticks til the stick is full and then place it long ways on the rack . When your rack is full of kaboob sticks , place it in the oven for about 4 1/2 hrs you'll now its done when you pull on the meat n theres no give . Really this is easy and well worth the time !

ITS A TEA PARTY ... handmade invitations

                                                     HANDMADE INVITATIONS

I think invitations are important because , you get to make them with your little party host . Personally we love handmade invitations and I found this invitation(pictured above) and its what we are choosing to use , with a few exceptions ... Ours will say~jaylynn thinks your a princess too , she would love to share some tea with you , so come to her castle in your princess best and enjoy a day of magic with all the rest ♥  

use what you have at home first , then raid your local craft stores clearance section and your local dollar store !!!

colorful paper
a photo of your party girl
some fuzzy material
hotglue and glue gun
a sticker seal
address labels if you have them

ITS A TEA PARTY ... begining with brain storming

For my daughters tea party we've decided to do stations , Ive selected 3 stations . The first station will be princess glitter face paint , the second station will be decorating foam photo frames with foam letters and decals and the third will be bead braclet making . I choose these activities because they are inexpensive and are specific to little girls in the age group we will be inviting .Im going to try and keep a running total so you can see exactly what this party will cost .


I googled cheap princess face paint and found some on ebay , the entire kit is $10 plus $ 3 to ship
I'll use 3 seperate card tables we already have to set up my stations and I'll buy 3 $1 table covers from deals to cover them in different colors to go with our theme .


For these I purchased foam photo frames in an 8 pack ( I bought 2 packs) costing $1 a piece again at deals .
I bought a bucket of princess foam decals from patcatans for $ 7.99
We will be sending everyone a picture of themselves included in their thank you cards to be put in their frame to remember this special day .


I already had a braclet kit for girls laying around in our craft supplies but originally I paid $ 4.99 for it from ollys. I'm pretty sure I will be able to get the string at patcatans though at this point I cant tell you the price .

These stations will provide fun filled MEMORABLE activities for the girls , and 2 out of 3 of the stations can be completed by the kids on their own giving them a sense of independance . I'll be enlisting the help of a few of my craftiest friends for the face painting table =)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


                                                    DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ORGASM


1/2 oz Skyy WHIPPED vodka
1/2 oz Hershey's caramel syrup
1/2 oz Hershey's chocolate syrup
1/4 oz whipped cream xtra creamy
1 pinch chocolate shavings





Freezer cooking is a must have in houses with lg families and busy schedules , its so much healthier and generally very cost effective . When you begin freezer cooking it is going to take some time and you are going to spend a little more at the front end but a healthy home and a healthy family is what life really is about ... plus once you have it homemade canned just isnt the same !

                                       GARDEN FRESH PASTA SAUCE


3 lg jars of tomato sauce
2 lg jars of tomato paste
1 lg jar of tomato puree
2 cans crushed tomatos
1 package fresh sliced mushrooms
1 bunch green onions (diced)
1 container lipton tomato herb soup (ready to serve)
garlic powder
sweet basil
italian seasoning


Get your lg stock pot out if your gonna pay attention or do this in your slow cooker ,if you burn it you'll know it ! Place all your liquid and fresh vegetables in the pan (yep its that simple) now my family is heavy with the seasonings but you know what your family likes so you decide on the seasonings yourself ! If you choose to use a crock pot then set it on the lowest setting and if you use a stick pot low low low heat n stir cook it all day atleast 6hrs . When your finished jar the sauce and freeze it !

                                      ORCHARD FRESH APPLESAUCE


6 pounds apples - peeled, cored and chopped
6cups water
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
cinnamon to taste


In your crock pot place all your ingredients and turn on the high (usually 4 hr setting) if there is any water remaining drain it (this depends on your apple choice usually ) the sugar and cinnamon has already cooked into the fruit so dont worry . Hand mash to the texture your family enjoys ! Refridgerate what applesauce you will use immediately and ziploc freeze the rest , your holiday guest will thank you ! (fyi my children looooove this)

                                           DEEP FRIED 3 CHEESE TORTELLINI


1 package fresh from your deli 3 cheese stuffed tortellini
1 container italian bread crumbs
1 container parmesan cheese
2 eggs


Boil the tortellini according to the package directions , drain and cool . Drop the tortellini into the egg and then into the breading mixture , fully coat ! Deep fry at 350 for about 1 min til the breading is golden brown . Serve with your favorite dipping sauce .



Lets talk scones =) ok so we loved the scones , but if your expecting your average run of the mill scone these are not it ! First and foremost normally scones are harder than these were (yes i followed the recipe) secondly these are very moist so they dont flake , that didnt bother us we loved them . These make for an amazing breakfast dish served along side some fresh fruit and yogurt .

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream

  • 3/4 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 3/4 cup fresh huckleberries

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

  •                                                              DIRECTIONS :
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.
    2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and lemon juice until evenly mixed and slightly crumbly. Whisk together the eggs and half-and-half in a small bowl; add 3/4 teaspoons lemon zest with the egg mixture to flour mixture, and mix gently just until well blended and forming a dough. Fold in the huckleberries.
    3. Divide dough in half, and on a floured surface, shape each half into a ball, then flatten slightly. Cut each round into six wedges; place on prepared baking sheet.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven until tops are golden brown, about 12 minutes. Whisk together powdered sugar and lemon juice to make a glaze. Drizzle glaze on cooled scones. Sprinkle with remaining lemon zest for garnish.

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    BEARS @ the BEACH

    Bears @ the Beach

    These were a cute idea my sister found and they arent as hard as they seem .We made theses cupcakes for my daughters 6th birthday and they were a huge hit .  If anyone is interested in the recipe feel free to ask , I'll gladly post it .


    cotton candy martini

    Though personally this drink is a bit to sweet for me , I have become increasingly aware of how popular it is , so I decided to share the recipe .

    2 oz Malibu® coconut rum

                                                                 1 oz peach schnapps
                                                                 2 oz pink lemonade
                                                                 lemon drop sugar in HOT PINK <3
                                                                 cotton candy
                                                                 sliced lemon

    In a frozen martini glass take a slice of lemon and trace it along the rim , roll the glass rim in your hot pink sugar and set aside . In a shaker mix your liquid ingredients over ice and shake . place a handfull of cotton candy in your glass , and strain the shaker around the candy . SERVE

    crock pot seafood fondue ...

                                                                  SEAFOOD FONDUE 

    Ok so first of im choosing to post this recipe in hopes of some suggestions ... though the fondue was good it was not great . It liked spice really but I cant put my finger on just what it needs , the ingredients mix together amazingly well so i think with just the right pinch of this n a little of that this would be a real crowd pleaser !

    *** fondue*** is meant to be served and warmed in a fondue pot , I choose to prepare mine in a crockpot because that made it so much quicker . I would transfer the cheese to the fondue pot when its finished for displays sake !

    1 package processed cheese food (velvetta )
    1container jarlsberg cheese

    garlic powder to taste
    1 tomato diced
    2 cans mushrooms
    1 1/2 cups sour cream
    1/2 cup cooked small shrimp
    1/2 cup cooked crabmeat, flaked
    1/2 cup cooked lobster, flaked
    2 teaspoons seafood seasoning (such as Old Bay®)
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

    This is one of those basic recipes ... put it in the crockpot give it a good stir and go . Set it at a low setting !

    MEXICAN PIZZA ... ready set table in 15 mins

                                                                   MEXICAN PIZZA

    All I can say is what a neat way to bring the whole family together , and literally enjoy a homemade meal in less than 15 minutes !!!! This recipe is very basic and I tweeked it to fit what my family enjoys and it would be easy enough for you to do the same !

                                                              WHAT YOU WILL NEED
    2 boxes of flat round corn shells
    1 can sliced black olives
    1 can refried beans
    1 cup chopped green onion
    1 package shredded sharp cheddar
    1 package shredded mozzarella
    1 tomato diced
    2 cans chicken breast
    1 jar spicy cheese
    1 8oz container of sourcream

    (for the mexican pizza sauce)
    1 small jar tomato paste
    1 cup of ketchup
    1 package of mexican seasonings
    1/2 cup of salsa

    For this recipe your gonna need to heat up your broiler , I turn mine to high .Before you begin mix your sauce ingredients together in a seperate bowl and set aside . Then mix your canned chicken and about half the jar of spicy cheese together in a bowl and try to press out some of the larger chunks , sprinkle with paprika . Open your box of flat shells and spread half the shells on the cookie sheet ... its time to start building your pizza . Spread a spoonful of refried beans on the bottom of each shell , then about an icecream scoop size amount of the chicken and cheese mix on top of the beans . Place a second shell on top of the pizza and spread a spoonful of your pizza sauce on top . Cover the top with a mixture of both cheeses . Broil til the cheese is brown .  Let cool a few minutes and then top with sourcream , green onion , olives, and tomato . Serve with the remaining spicy cheese for dipping sauce . ENJOY

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Buffalo Bleu Cheese Alfredo


    This is a meal I had at a local restaurant and decided to come up with my own recipe , shockingly this is a very simple very quick meal ! It is not exactly light in calories though so if you are watching what you eat may I suggest skipping lunch to save yourself a few extra points . As you can see i served my alfredo along side a seafood stuffed clam shell and texas toast , the restaurant served this dish with different sides this isnt the kind of pasta you want to get cold so I would avoid sides like salad or anything you eat first letting the dish sit and cool . Even though it seems like a very adult dish my children really enjoyed it , this is the kind of thing I would reccomend for those nights when your just sick of the usual .

    1 package of pasta (fettucini or angel hair)
    2 cups of half n half cream
    1 cup of regular 2% milk
    1/3 cup of flour
    1/3 cup of grated parmesan
    1 stick of real butter
    1 bottle creamy bleu cheese dressing
    1 bottle redhots buffalo wing sauce
    12 fried chicken strips (I made my own but you can also use store bought)
    1 diced tomato
    and parmesan cheese and or parsley  to taste (for topping your pasta)

    Boil your pasta , and set aside . In a large sauce pan add in all of your liquid ingredients(except your hot sauce) and stir over medium heat , add in your stick of butter add allow time for it to melt , add in your flour and parmesan cheese and stir briskly so that you dont get any clumps . Continue to cook over medium heat for an additional five minutes sauce will thicken upon standing . While thats cooking take your chicken strips and dip them into your hotsauce draining the excess . Now plate your pasta pour your freshly made bleu cheese alfredo over the pasta , place several chicken strips on top , follow with a few pieces of the diced tomato , and sprinkle with the parmesan and or parsley to taste . Quick simple and amazingly delicious !!!!

    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    mommy made memories: ALWAYS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY


    This was a huge success at my daughters 6th birthday , and since everyone has asked me about it , I decided it would be our first PARTY post ! I am a big birthday party person ... my husband and I have 3 little kids at home so I think allowing them to have special days planned specific to them is an oppurtunity to make memories that last a lifetime . Jaylynns favorite things are marshmallows , chocolate , and cupcakes so thats what i used as a basis for setting up my menu . Use a theme it helps you to not over spend and to stay on point . This buffet was made up of chocolate dipped strawberrys , chocolate dipped marshmallows using pretzel sticks instead of toothpicks , a "chex mix" made up of her favorite things , random color themed candies and bear at the beach cupcakes (whos recipe you can find on our blog) ... I decorated the table with decorations i had picked up at our local dollar store , including the cupcake tower !!!! I made a few signs to add a personal touch to the buffet and set out heart covered ziploc bags so the kids could take some home (parents too) it was easy set up , easy serve , and easy clean up and that in my book is what makes a birthday party great !!!!!

    Friday, September 3, 2010

    An ocean vacation with Redbull

    I have a friend whos nick name is redbull and yesterday was her birthday , so a group of some of my favorite ladies and i headed out for mid afternoon cocktails . Now Im a sucker for anything fruity or flashy , and yesterday i hit the jackpot ... I had an OCEAN HYPNOTIQ MARTINI w/ a mini glow stick ! These martinis were absolutely amazing but just reading about them wouldnt be much fun . So as my first official GIRLS NITE OUT cocktail recipe , I really hope you and your girlfriends have as much fun with these as we did !!! Bottoms up ladies !

                                                              MYXR 'S MIXOLOGY
                                                                4oz hypnotiq liquer
                                                                2oz malibu rum
                                                                1oz sky vodka
                                                                2oz pineapple juice
                                                                shake in a seperate tumbler with ice ... strain
                                                                garnish with a blue glow stick

    Baby Pizza Rolls ... Quick , Easy, and oh soooo GOOD


    I just wanted to share my own kiddo pleasing Baby Pizza Rolls recipe with all of you , this recipe idea came out of sheer need ... i didnt have the the things i needed for regular pizza rolls nor did i have the time to make homemade dough . So in sheer desperation I invented my own bisquit based pizza rolls , and to my suprise these 20min to table rolls were an instant family favorite over the original recipe which used to take me about 90mins!!!! (on a side note I think these would also make great finger food at your next party)

    What You Will Need :
    2 cans of cheap bisquit dough (10percan)
    1 package of pepperoni
    1 package of deli sliced provolone
    (to punch it up for adults also try sliced colby-jack)
    garlic powder
    sweet basil
    italian seasoning
    butter spray

    Directions :
    Pre heat your oven according to the bisquit dough directions. Spray your lg cookie sheet with butter spray . Open the bisquits and place them evenly on a cookie sheet as if you were just going to make them as you always would .Take a slice of your cheese fold it into fourths and place one fourth of each slice on each bisquit . Now on half of your bisquits place 5 slices of pepperoni on top of the cheese . Take the remaining bisquits without pepperoni and place them on top of the bisquits with pepperoni (do not press them together yet) Sprinkle a little of all 3 seasonings on top of your bisquits , be slightly generous with the garlic powder . Finally pressing firmly down with 3 fingers press the rolls together but do not seal them . Bake them at the regualr bisquit time . We serve ours with tiny caraffes of garden pasta sauce and ranch dressing . 

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    WILD FIRE sauce (not my recipe) this is a huge favorite ... all our guests leave wanting the recipe !

    1 cup Kraft bottled original BBQ Sauce

    1 cup granulated sugar

    1 tablespoon dry minced onion

    1 tablespoon bottled Hormel Real Bacon Pieces

    2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke

    2 tablespoons bottled Red Hot Sauce (not Tabasco)

    1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

    1/2 cup Classic Coca-Cola

    Put all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat just until the sugar is dissolved. Do not let it boil. Remove from heat and put into a blender. Blend just until the mixture is smooth. Keep refrigerated tightly capped to use within a few months.

    Makes 2 cups.     (Isave the empty bbq sauce bottles to store most of the sauce , and the remaining sauce I freeze )

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    dont judge a sandwich by its cover

    knife and fork sandwich

    This is a recipe for a SPICY SOURCREAM & ONION CHICKEN open faced sandwich . Not all recipes are Rachel Ray pretty but i can tell you this sandwich is a huge hit at my house and for something that takes me less than 20mins to prepare and serve , it will remain in my mommy made recipe log pretty or not  =) ! So if this is a recipe you choose to try like all recipes we post on this site i hope you will leave your familys feed back be it good or bad we would all love to know !                                                                                                                                                                                              

    1 bag boneless skinless chicken breast (though in a pinch ive used canned)
    2 med onions(chopped)
    2 or 3 cans of mushrooms (depending on your family)
    1 16oz sourcream (lite if you want)
    1/2 stick of margarine
    1 cup ranch dressing
    1 packet ranch powder
    parsley & paprika (to taste)
    1 cup of your favorite hot sauce (we use tiger sauce)
    1 loaf of bread (2 slices per person ) (texas toast when available)
    instant mashed potaotos (prepare according to box directions)
    serves about 8 guests

    1. Cook the chicken breast and chopped onion  in a small amount of water in your favorite skillet , once the chicken is fully cooked you can add in your mushrooms . Turn the heat to low for a few minutes and in a seperate sauce pan mix in your remaining ingredients (with the exception of the bread and mashed potatos ) heat slowly on no more than a medium heat stirring regularly , once the butter has completely melted u can drain off the remianing water from your chicken skillet and mix the two pans together into the sauce pan . Continue to keep heating while you toast your bread , toast two slices per person . While your toasting your bread , start making your instant mashed potatos (just follow the directions on the box make as many servings as you will be feeding ) then its time to build your sandwich . Start with a slice of toast , then spread a small to medium amount of potatos on that slice (dont over do it ) top with the second piece of bread , then use a slotted spoon to top the meat sauce on to the sandwich , we just add the liquid sauce as desired ! I hope your family enjoys this hearty homemade meal and it can become a family favorite at your house as well !!!! Heres to our first MOMMY MADE MEMORY ...