A Fail and a Triumph

I love to bake and I am pretty good at it but I must admit that sometimes I fail!!!! Its hard to admit but it does happen occasionally and today was one of those days. I had found a recipe a few weeks ago that I thought my husband would love. So I bought all the ingredients, had everything I needed and decided since today was Valentine’s day I would make them special for him today. I mixed all the ingredients together, rolled them in nice balls so they would all be uniform shape and put them in the heated oven and left them to bake for the alotted time. On my way back to the kitchen I was hit by the smell of something burning, I turned off the oven and opened the door and this is what I found…………..

What had I done wrong???? So I called my mom, told her the story and asked her advice. My mistake, I had used maragarine when the recipe called for butter! My mom’s advice was to clean up the mess, add more flour to my mixture and try again. I followed her wise advice and this is what I got on the second try……..

So what I learned today was….sometimes you are going to fail, sometimes its best to follow the directions and not try to do it your own way and sometimes you need your mom’s help!!! Thanks mom for saving my cookies!

The end result was great and Carl loved the White Chocolate Coconut Toffee Cookies!

So here is the recipe:

1 cup BUTTER

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cup flour

1tsp baking soda

1 cup toffee bits

1 pkg white chocolate chips

3/4 cup shredded coconut


Preheat oven to 350. Cream butter and sugars together till smooth. Add vanilla and egg. Mix in flour and soda till combined. Stir in toffee buts, chocolate chips and coconut. Drop by the spoonful onto cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, let cool on sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

So today was both a fail and a triumph.

I would love for you to share your fails with us, we can all learn something that will make us into better cooks and bakers!


Superbowl Party Recipes-Day 5 Drinks!

Well we have made it through the week…its time to settle in, watch the big game, and relax with a good drink! Here are a couple recipes that are sure to please your football lovin’ crowd. Two of them are alcohol based and the other is a non alcoholic punch for those underage or kids at your party.



Ingredients Needed:

6 12 ounce bottles  light-flavored beer, such as Corona
1 12 ounce can  frozen limeade concentrate
Half a lime

Here are the mixing directions:

In a large pitcher, combine the frozen limeade concentrate and beer. Allow the foam to settle, then squeeze the lime half into the pitcher and stir. Pour into chilled glasses.


SUPERBOWL PUNCH(alcoholic version)


Here is what you mix together:

3 Liters Sprite

15oz Tequila

10 oz Hpnotiq Liqueur

3 oz Lemon Juice

2 cups frozen, sliced Strawberries

4 cups pineapple chunks

2 Liters Hawaiian Punch

10 oz Smirnoff Vodka

10 oz Melon Liqueur

5 oz Pineapple Juice

3 cups red grapes (seedless)

Place in Punch Bowl…Have Fun!





What you need:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
Extra sugar for sugaring the rim of your glass


Here’s how to mix it:

Bring the cup of water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir constantly for one minute until sugar is thoroughly dissolved; remove from heat and add to a blender with raspberries. Puree until smooth. Add puree to 2-quart container with lemon juice and enough water to make 2 quarts. Chill before serving. Serve over ice in sugared glasses.

To sugar your glass, run one of your lemon rinds around the edge of the glass to moisten. Dip rim into dry sugar until coated to your liking.


Well there you have it……Superbowl week is over, I hope you found at least one recipe you can use at your Superbowl Party. Now its time to sit back and enjoy the game with your friends and family. Hope your favorite teams wins!!!

Superbowl Party Recipes Continued -Game Day Desserts!

So today we are going to tackle 3 game day ready desserts. Its fun to make the dessert part of the game….everyone loves dessert! Here are 3 easy fun recipes that everyone will enjoy!

Football Cookies

For this recipe you will need:

1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
1 container (1 lb) chocolate creamy ready-to-spread frosting
White decorating gel
Heat oven to 350°F. Freeze dough 30 minutes. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices. With floured fingers, shape each dough slice to form football. On ungreased cookie sheets, place slices 2 inches apart. Bake 7 to 11 minutes or until set and golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes. Spread frosting over cookies. With white decorating gel, draw laces on each football.
Fruity Brownie Pizza
For this recipes you will need:
1 package fudge brownie mix (8-inch square pan size)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup pineapple tidbits with juice

1 small firm banana, sliced

1 medium kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 ounce semisweet chocolate
1 tablespoon butter
Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Spread onto a greased 12-in. pizza pan. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, cool completely. In a large bowl  beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth, spread over brownie crust. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Toss banana slices with juice; drain well. Arrange the banana, kiwi, strawberries and pineapple over cream cheese layer; sprinkle with pecans.In a small microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Drizzle over fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Easy Football Whoopie Pies
Here is what you need:
chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vegtable oil
Butter-cream filling
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 TB milk
Here are the Directions:
Preheat oven to 400.In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, water and oil.Mix together for 2-3 minutes. On a parchment lined baking sheet, spoon batter in rounded mounds.  Use the back of the spoon to round out the batter into football shaped ovals. Bake for 8 minutes.  Cool completely.

For the Butter-cream:  Mix powdered sugar and butter in mixing bowl  Stir in vanilla and milk.  Beat until smooth and spreadable.Scoop into a pastry or ziploc bag with the end cut with a 1/2 inch opening.

Pipe butter-cream onto the bottom cookie wrong side up), then top with another cookie (right side up). Pipe football markings on the top ofthe whoopie pie.


Wow now I am hungry and cant wait till Sunday’s game but we have one important part of the meal to go……drinks!!! See you tomorrow for the final day of our Superbowl Party series!

Superbowl Party Main Dish Recipes

The big game is getting closer…..so far we have covered dips and appetizers, now its time to move on to the main dishes. I have 3 easy fun dishes that will definitely please your football loving fans!

Enchilada Lasagna



For this dish you will need:

2 lb hamburger

1 medium green pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

garlic salt

1 16-oz can chili beans

1 15 oz cans tomato sauce

1 small jar picante sauce

1 tsp ground cumin

2-3 cups shredded Mexican flavored cheese

8-10 10-inch tortillas


sour cream


Preheat oven to 350. Brown hamburg, green pepper, onion, garlic salt, salt. Drain grease. Add chili beans, tomato sauce and ground cumin. Simmer 15 minutes. Stir in half of the jar of picante sauce. Layer as follows in a 9×13 pan: Small amount of mixture on bottom of pan4-5 tortillas (loosely folded/rolled next to each other)1/2 hamburg mixture1 – 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese. Repeat layers Cover with foil. Bake 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 5 more minutes. Let set 5 minutes then serve with sour cream, lettuce and remaining picante sauce.


Homemade Crockpot  Chili

For this chili you will need:

1 lb lean ground beef

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 cup chopped medium yellow onion

1/2 chopped green bell pepper

2 cans kidney beans – rinsed

can tomato sauce

cans tomatoes – undrained (depending on how think you like it)

2 packages chili seasoning ( hot or mild depending on your preference)

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 Tbsp olive oil

shredded cheese (optional)

sour cream (optional)


Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet.Cook garlic, bell pepper and onions in oil until tender.Add ground beef and ground turkey.While meat is browning, open cans of beans., rinse well and dump into crockpot add tomatoes and tomato sauce, add chili seasonings, cumin, brown sugar and chili powder, stir well to combine.When meat is completely cooked, drain fat and add to beans. Stir till well combined,  let it cook in high for 4 hours in the crockpot. When done, add cheese and sour cream to garnish as desired.


Pizza Casserole

Ingredients needed for this recipe are:

1 bag egg noodles

1 large bottle tomato sauce

3 cups mozzarella cheese

1 1/2 lbs hamburger

1 pkg. pepperoni


Heat oven to 350. In skillet brown hamburger and then drain. Boil noodles till soft, drain. In 9×13 baking dish spread athin layer of sauce, top with about 1.2 of the noodles, half of the hamburger, then top with more sauce. Layer with noodles, cheese, then the rest of the hamburger. Top with more sauce, the remaining cheese and then in a single layer top with pepperoni. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes, remove foil and bake another 15 minutes until bubbly and brown. Let it sit about 10 minutes to cool and set before serving.

Hope you enjoy these, all 3 are really great recipes that will please a crown of hungry football fans. Tomorrow I will share 3 fun dessert recipes for gameday!

Super Bowl Party Appetizers

So yesterday I shared 3 dip recipes for your Superbowl party. Today I am sharing with you 3 of my favorite appetizer recipes. These ones are sure to please the football loving guys at your party!

Bacon Wrapped Hotdogs

1 package hotdogs, cut into 3 pieces each

uncooked bacon slices

brown sugar

Wrap each piece if hotdog in bacon secure with toothpick and place in bottom of your slow cooker. Drizzle brown sugar on top and cover. Turn slow cooker on low and cook them for 5-6 hours or until bacon is cooked


Marinated Nacho Chicken Wing

3 lbs chicken wings

2/3 cup buttermilk

1 egg

2 tsp hot sauce

bag plain tortilla chips

1 1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

Mix together buttermilk, egg, and hot sauce in large bowl, add wings and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1-24 hours. Crush tortilla chips finely to make about 2 cups, add oregano, chili powder and cumin. Remove wings from buttermilk mixture and press into crumb mixture to coat all over. Roast on a baking sheet with foil in 400 oven, turning once until crisp, about 45 minutes.


Potato Skins

6 medium baking potatoes

olive oil

6 slices bacon

grated cheddar cheese

sour cream

chopped green onions

Washed and pricked potatoes, bake in the oven for 1 hour at 350. While the potatoes are baking, cook the bacon, let cool, then crumble. Once the potatoes are cooked remove from oven and let cool until they are easy to handle, cut in half lengthwise.  Use a spoon to carefully scoop out the insides, reserving the scooped potatoes for another use, leaving about 1/4 of an inch of potato on the skin. Increase the heat of the oven to 450°F. Brush or rub oil all over the potato skins, outside and in. Sprinkle with salt. Place on a baking rack in a roasting pan (don’t use a cookie sheet, it will warp, use a roasting pan or broiler pan that can take the heat). Cook for 10 minutes on one side, then flip the skins over and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool enough to handle. Arrange the potato skins skin-side down on the roasting pan or rack. Sprinkle the insides with  cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon. Return to the oven. Broil for an additional 2 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven. Use tongs to place skins on a serving plate.  Sprinkle with green onions and serve with sour cream.

Come back tomorrow when I will have 3 recipes for your Superbowl party main course!