Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bacon pancakes

I love these pancakes! These are my GO TO pancakes when I want my boys friends to think I am cool.  Does it work, probably not but I have to try. 

Make your favorite pancake recipe.  Pour a long skinny amount of pancake batter on the griddle.  Picture above.
Put a piece of bacon on the mixture and pour a little pancake  mixture on top of the bacon. 
I didn't do that and I wish I would have.  Next time...I will.

Coconut Pecan Frosting

Recipe from
1 Cup evaporated milk
1 Cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2 Cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 Cup coconut
1 Cup chopped pecans


Combine milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla in saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.  Add coconut and pecans.  Beat until cool and spread on top layers of German Chocolate Cake.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pumpkin Muffins

Preheat oven 350
bake 15 to 20 minutes

2 Eggs
1 C margarine (soften)
2 cups Libby's pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk      
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tb cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground clove
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

 Beat eggs, margarine, pumpkin puree, sugars and evaporated milk together. Add baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, vanilla and flour, beat for another 1 minute.
Optional-shredded coconut, dried cranberries & chopped walnuts.

For the cream cheese "batter"

  • 4 oz of cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1/2  cup sugar
  • Fill each muffin cup in your pan about 2/3 of the way full with your muffin batter.    Put one tablespoon of the cream cheese batter on top of each muffin, press the batter into and swirl it around the top of each muffin.


Cookie Exchanges

 2015 Invitation
2014 Invitation


 I made the peanut butter filled ritz crackers dipped in
chocolate 2014

 Ione's cute gingerbread cookies from 2015 
These cookies were thin and I thought they would be too hard.  But they weren't.  They had a snap and still a little chewy.  So this cookie would please both gingerbread cookie lovers... the people that like them with a snap and the people that like them chewy.

 Mamma Mia~  This toffee is the BEST!  Such an easy recipe.  Teresa makes it great every time.  I...on the other hand mess up more than get it right.  I don't understand what I am doing wrong.  Teresa and I are following the same recipe but we get two different results.
 This is Teresa 2014, we were are Walmart. She is wearing a Christmas headband but in the picture it looks like it is bigger than it really is.  Most of the stuff hanging by her head is Walmart's ceiling decorations.  She just happens to be standing in the right spot on accident.  I laughed so hard when I saw this picture.
These are too cute...I think Natalie or Leslie made these reindeer.

Karries Amazing Cookies 2013

Blank Cards

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Rhonda's Ramblings

This is just my account of the whole Cheesecake Battle.  First of all, let my clarify that
I am not sure if Paula knows it was a Cheesecake Battle.  All I do know is that
Holiday Season my mom kept bragging about her friend George's BLUE RIBBON cheesecake. 
She loved it so much she asked him to bring it for Christmas.... I knew I wasn't going to bring a cheesecake that holiday.  My family was going to automatically compare and if George's cheesecake was half as good as my mom said it would be ~ IT was going be GREAT!   Paula was new to the family, not sure she knew we were crazy. We don't let things go~ and we laugh at every one's expense.  Not sure you should do that when someone is new the to family.  I have been the BUTT of so many Gartner's jokes.  I don't mind myself I like a good laugh.  Not sure you should welcome a new family member that way.  I hope after getting to know us she understands how much we loved her cheesecake...we just like a good laugh better.
In my mind I remember like this~
George casually walks in with his cheesecake.  I am pretty sure he didn't know it was
about to get REAL.  Paula proudly walks in with her cheesecake and two AMAZING sauces!!!!!  Being new to the family she was excited to let us try her cheesecake and sauces.  
I don't think she knew George had brought a cheesecake.  Remember, this is just my
recollection.  Everyone has their own version.  Well if you look at the picture you can tell Paula's cheesecake was getting ridiculed by my brother John.  What you don't see is we were all in on it, except my mom.  John and Bob (Paula's Husband) are so funny.  You can't help but
laugh when they are making fun of someone.  I don't know who was worse John or Bob.
  Bob said it looks like she made her cheesecake in a Easy Bake oven. 
That just fueled John even more.   If you can tell by the look on John's face he had about
10 minutes of material about the cheesecake. 
 I shouldn't love this picture...but I do.  It reminds me of my family. 
note*** Paula's cheesecake and sauces are amazing.  She is still part of our family  and it had been at least 12 years.  We just have to grow on you.

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Red Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada Sauce Recipe

I am so glad I found this recipe on

3 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1⁄2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon oregano
3 cups water
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1.Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. 2.Stir constantly, slowly add enough of the water to make a thin paste. 3.Pour into pan and add rest of water. 4.Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. 5.Stir in tomato sauce.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


I put money and anything that will fit .

2016 Trevor's 15th birthday
I really dropped the ball or balloon this year.  I prepped all the balloons and realized around 5pm on Trevor's birthday that I forgot to give him his balloons.  They are suppose to be one of the first things you see in the morning.  Oh well, just made another fun balloon memory. His friend helped him blow up his balloons.  Next year I will make up for it and do something clever~ go out with a bang.  I stop doing the balloons after your 16th birthday, so only 1 year left.


Conversion Table

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