Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cereal Treat

I make these on Halloween and my kids love them. Like they need more sugar on the most sugary day of the year! I can't for the life of me remember which magazine that I found this recipe in.  I copied this down from a magazine in the orthodontist's office about five years ago, so I am sure many of you have seen a variation of this before, it's basically a spin off of rice crispy treats. I hope you enjoy!


5 cups of Peanut Butter Captain Crunch
1 bag of marshmallows
1-12.6 oz bag of M&M's
3 Tbsp of butter
1 Tbsp of peanut butter (I have made this minus the peanut butter & it was still great!)


I both line my pan with wax paper and spray the paper with cooking spray.

Melt the butter, marshmallows  and peanut butter over medium heat until completely blended. Keep stirring the entire time or it can burn.

Add in the cereal and then the candy and start stirring and mix as quickly as possible. It's amazing how fast this will start setting up. Before I add the cereal and candy I spray the spatula with cooking spray. It will help keep things mixing together without sticking too badly to the spatula.

When things are nicely mixed quickly move to your pan and spread it out evenly.

Voila! Easy peasy! 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Pioneer Woman Cooks

I love Ree ya'll! She seems so sweet and genuine and comes across as someone you would love to have as a friend. I have both of her previous cookbooks and love them. Everything that I have made from them have come out great, even if my results weren't as pretty as her great photographs. I love the way that she has photos of each step throughout the recipe not just the finished product. I pre-ordered my copy and it should be here today, I will be peeking through the curtains all morning looking for the UPS man carrying my little brown box with the smiley face on it. After I have the chance to drool over the recipes and pictures I will report back and will start cooking from it soon. I bought the hard copy, but the eBook comes with demonstration videos and music, so it was a difficult decision. The eBook is not scheduled to be released until November 12th. so I had to go for the physical book but I may have to be indulgent and get both. I hope that you enjoy the little video clip. 


Book Description for eBook edition:

This enhanced edition includes videos of Ree demonstrating recipes in her kitchen, as well as playlists of music to cook to!

Ree Drummond—accidental country girl, award-winning blogger, Food Network personality, and #1 New York Times bestselling author—presents The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays, a fantastic collection of recipes, photos, and homespun humor to help you celebrate all through the year.

Ree shows you how to ring in your favorite holidays with inspired menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, deliveries, and feasts, accompanied by fun instructions and hundreds of her signature step-by-step photos. Filled with creative and flavorful ideas for intimate dinners, group gatherings, and family meals, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays includes dozens of mouthwatering dishes (with nineteen recipes for Thanksgiving alone!), helping home cooks create a variety of delights.

Whip up a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day; Whiskey BBQ Sliders and Dr Pepper Cupcakes for The Big Game; Glazed Ham for Easter; Watermelon Sangria for a sizzling Fourth of July cookout; and perfect Popcorn Balls on Halloween. For Christmas, Ree includes special homemade treats, including Caramel Apple Rolls, Christmas Rum Cake, and a selection of smile-inducing cookies, perfect for Christmas deliveries to family and friends.

From the Back Cover:

There's nothing more delicious than a holiday.

Oh, is it ever true. Whether it's the anticipation of Christmastime or the ghoulish glee of Halloween, if I see a holiday on the horizon, I simply can't contain my excitement. There's just something about the traditions, the family togetherness, the resurfacing of childhood memories . . . the making of new ones. Holidays are wonderful, special, and fun . . . and they always make me happy.

And one more thing: They make me want to cook!

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays is an all-out celebration of the scrumptious, mouthwatering recipes that define our favorite occasions throughout the year. From luck-inducing Hoppin' John on New Year's Day, to a perfectly savory/sweet Glazed Easter Ham, to luscious Caramel Apples on Halloween, to a crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving feast with all the fixins, these pages are positively brimming with recipes guaranteed to make your holidays deliciously memorable . . . and memorably delicious!

Twelve different holidays are covered in delectable detail: From New Year's Day to New Year's Eve . . . and all my favorites in between. Host a party for the Big Game for your football-loving friends, make Mom a lovely Mother's Day breakfast-in-bed, invite your sweetie to a Valentine's Day romantic dinner for two . . . or ring in the New Year with a fabulous cocktail party. There's food, glorious food in this cookbook, and you won't run out of yummy things to make.

I hope you enjoy and devour every page!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes

I will be featuring pumpkin recipes up until Thanksgiving in celebration of this time of year where most of us cook with pumpkin. I originally found this recipe at AllRecipes but I have tweaked it a bit. However, I have to give you a warning. If you taste the batter you may have a hard time just taking a small taste, it is that good if I do say so myself! The addition of the cinnamon and vanilla does something to the chocolate and pumpkin that turns up the flavor to a wonderful level. These are so simple to make you may find yourself making them throughout the holiday season.  This is supposed to make 24 cupcakes, but I have never been able to make a box mix make 24, I always get 23 and that by scarping the bowl dry. I guess that I use the wrong size scoop, but I like a decent size cupcake! These cupcakes come out so moist that they all but slide out of the cupcake liners. They are truly yummy and pair with coffee or tea like a dream. I never frost these, they are too good all by themselves!



1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
 2 eggs
 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 c mayo
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350*

Mix together all of the ingredients until the batter is smooth, about 3-4 minutes.

Divide batter into lined cupcake pans.

 Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pico De Gallo

I learned to make this a while back and it is so good that you will want to drink the juice that forms in the bottom with a straw. Yeah, it's that good! Make this a few hours ahead to let the flavors meld.


1 bundle of fresh cilantro
1/2 of a red onion
2 tomatoes
Juice of 1/2 of a lime
1/2 jalapeno
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/4 tsp salt


I chop the jalapeno as small as I can without making mush. I don't like biting into bit chunks of jalapeno.

I chop the onion quite a bit bigger.

I very roughly chop the entire bundle of cilantro. I LOVE the flavor. If it's too much for you start with half and go from there. This is more like a cilantro salad since I love it so much. Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together thoroughly. I have eaten this right away, but if you let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour or two it will be even better.

Happy Eating!

Pulled Pork Tacos

This is a super easy and very flavorful version of pulled pork that I make regularly. There's almost nothing to it, it goes in the slow cooker, tastes great, and there's always left overs which are even better! You can use this pork for nachos and in meat buns as well. I'll do these versions soon.


4-5 lb pork butt
Chicken Fajita Seasoning
3 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 jalapeno with cut 3 slits into it
3 Tsp chicken granules (You can use 2 bouillon cubes as well)
1/4 c water

If you can't find this brand of fajita seasoning you can also use Goya, the flavor is different, but it is still yummy.


Generously sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of the pork butt then message the garlic on both sides.

Add 1/4 cup water, jalapeno, and chicken granules to the bottom of cooker. Then place the pork butt in the slow cooker fatty side up.

Cook on high for 3 hours then turn down to low for another 3 hours. If you want to let it go all day just put it on low and cook for 8 hours. When done you should be able to easily scrape the fatty layer off.

Remove the meat from the slow cook and pull apart with 2 forks. At this point it should be so tender that you can barely scoop it out of the pot without it falling apart!

I use my handy dandy electric griddle to warm the tortillas.

I always make home made pico de gallo when I make this and we like to add sour cream as well. That's just how we roll in this house!

Happy eating!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Christmas Freebie

It's Friday and as promised I have done a Nook freebie every day this week and I hope that you all have taken advantage of the freebies and will enjoy them. I promise to continue to incorporate Nook freebies in with the Kindle freebies from now on-pinkie swear! This last freebie doesn't have photos but the recipes look good and best of all simple and none look as if they would take a long time to recreate. 


Book Description:

Do you love yummy, decadent desserts? So do the authors at Victory Tales Press. The recipes included were offered at a blog party during Christmas and were too good not to share. We hope you enjoy these 23 recipes and will accept them in appreciation for your continued support and patronage.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Duck Commander Matriarch Miss Kay has a cookbook!

Miss Kay's book is due to be released on November 5th just in time for the holidays! I do love the Duck Commander show and I am sure this cookbook will be full of good recipes that are really bad for you, but everything in moderation so I will probably be getting a copy myself!

Book Description:
Writing a cookbook for people who love good food has been a lifelong dream for me—and I’m so happy to be sharing some of our family’s favorite recipes with you! In this book you’ll find everything from Jase’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie to Phil’s own special recipes, like his scrumptious Crawfish Fettuccine. There’s “girly” food for a gathering of your best girlfriends, like Aunt Judy’s Cranberry Salad, as well as dishes straight from the hunt like Boiled Squirrel and Dumplings. 

In addition to more than one hundred specially chosen recipes, I’ve included old family snapshots of the days before the Duck Dynasty® series on A&E® and stories of our family and how we live. The dinner table has long been one of our favorite places for telling stories, and there’s always competition to see who can dish out the wildest story. We believe that food and cooking bring people together—it’s brought our family together for generations, and it can do the same for yours. Gather your family around the table and serve up delicious home-cooked meals with recipes like . . . 

• Willie’s Famous Chicken Strips 
• Melt-in-Your-Mouth Biscuits 
• Cheesy Corn Casserole 
• Fresh Strawberry Pie 
• Best Brisket Ever 
• Crawfish Balls 
• Creamy Green Grape Salad 
• Papaw Phil’s Homemade Ice Cream 

Join with our family as we create lasting family traditions that will warm the hearts and bellies of those you love. Let’s do it together.

Healthy Freebie

Lots of information and recipes in this freebie but no photos of the recipes. It's nicely organized and all of the links seem to work so that makes for easy navigating through the eBook. 


Book Description:

Let a professional cook, caterer, and food writer reveal her secret tips and techniques to transforming artery-clogging, belly-fattening, disease-promoting food into healthful delicious and easy recipes. She has been doing it for decades for publications such as Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Men’s Fitness and in her acclaimed cookbooks. Now let her do it for you. 

Do you know how to cut down fat calories when you are sautéing onions and garlic? 

Do you know how to keep rich cheeses and mouth-watering cuts of meat in a healthy diet?

Do you know how to serve your family rich desserts and still have them on a healthy diet track? 

Do you know how to have a delicious meal on the table in under 30 minutes with no fuss that you and your loved ones will say YES to?

You will after your read How To Cook Healthy In A Hurry.

Easier Than Pie Freebie

Easier than Pie

This little Nook freebie was full of surprises. There are recipes for just about every category, there are recipes for smoothies, desserts, pastas, and even a few seafood recipes. There's a photo for each recipe and each recipe looked easy to make.

Book Description:

Of all the things I could have done as the culmination of my degree in graphic design, I chose to create a cookbook. I felt that the process of developing a cookbook best expressed the three major skills I have honed as an artist throughout my college career: photography, ceramics and design. These are also three disciplines which I hope to pursue after I complete my undergraduate education. But cooking always seems to relate back to some fond memories of togetherness. My mother used to help me bake cakes for the county fair, while my father and I continue to bond over the latest cooking shows. In college, I have found many good times have been shared over food, homemade or not, in dorm rooms, at parties, and in study sessions. I share these recipes with the hope that you too can enjoy friends, family and of course, food.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Homemade Bread Cookbook Freebie

This is a nice freebie, each recipe has a nice picture along with it. The recipes look great like the one for cinnamon raisin bagels, chocolate chip bagels, and berry scones. There are also some unique recipes in it like one for Coconut Lime Loaf which I had never seen before so I will definitely be giving that one a try!


Book Description:

Why should you make your own bread? Simply put: it’s easier, healthier, and cheaper than what you can grab on the shelves of your grocery store. It contains no unnecessary ingredients or preservatives, and you have complete control over the final product. 

Once you get into the hang of it, making bread at home is easy. It will quickly become part of your routine, and you won’t miss store bought bread at all! 

This book contains tips and tricks for making the best bread possible, and many mouth-watering recipes to get started. Many of the recipes can be altered and tweaked to your preferences, with spices and additions added easily. 

In Addition, You Will Discover: 

- How to make conventional and non-conventional bread from scratch, 
- Tons of delicious bread recipes, with high definition photos to help you bring your recipes to life.

How to Bake Freebie

This little freebie is great, there's a lot of information packed into a short book. The links in the book connect you to The Prepared Pantry website where you can buy products or get more information on the linked subject. This is a great tool both for the reader and undoubtedly for the owners of the website. This is not one big advertisement though, the links are there but unobtrusive and you are not prompted to use them at all. They do not detract from the recipes in the least. This is a great Nook freebie.


Book Description:

Hi, I’m Dennis Weaver and I would like to share my baking book with you, How to Bake. It’s free. It’s illustrated. It’s the most comprehensive downloadable home baking guide you'll ever see.If you study the material in this book, you won’t just be a better baker; you’ll be an expert baker. Save it, print it, add it to your kitchen library.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Love Food Classics Freebie

This Nook freebie is a good one! The pictures are wonderful and there are many recipes that I have already bookmarked to try. The only glitch that I could find is that I can't view this title on my Nook app for Kindle, when I went to find it I got an error message saying that this title could not be viewed on this device. Boooo and hiss! But it views just fine on my PC with no trouble and it is lovely so I suppose that I will stop complaining about something that I got for free!


Book Description:

With over one million copies sold, Parragon's Love Food imprint has become a staple in cookbook collections across the world. Explore some of the best-loved recipes from this cookbook series in this sampler, covering small bites, hearty main dishes, delicious desserts, and more! Love Food has something for everyone.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Nook Freebies

Over the weekend I received a message from a reader gently reminding me that not everyone has a Kindle and that some people actually like the Nook better and that when I post the freebies she has to go to B & N to see if the same thing is available through them and that it would be nice if I could post some Nook freebies as well. Guilty! I am sorry that I have not featured freebies for the Nook and I promise to stop being a Kindle snob! The oversight was not done maliciously and I receive no compensation for recommending free books, I simply didn't think about the fact that I may be leaving some people out of the freebie goodness. I have added the Nook app to my Kindle so that I can also partake of the freebies from B & N and take a look through the freebies before I post them. I do love my Kindle- it's my precious, my binkie, my lovie, my security blanket that guarantees that I am never alone or bored during those moments like waiting for my daughter to FINALLY come out of school or riding in a car for more than 5 minutes. So if I feel this way about my precious Kindle, I know that there are those of you out there that love their Nooks equally as much. Therefore, I will add at least 1 free Nook cookbook every day this week and will continue to post Nook freebies when I post ones from Amazon to hopefully make amends to all of you Nookies out there. Umm, maybe I should call you Nook lovers instead, Nookies sounds a little triple X doesn't it? So without further ado, here's freebie number one available for the Nook. It is not available from Amazon so if you have a Kindle you'll need to download the Nook app and then you can enjoy this one as well. 

This cookbook also has video links that you can click on for some of the recipes and it will link you to the corresponding video on YouTube, so that's pretty cool. It doesn't advertise that fact in the book description which is crazy because it's always nice to see a demo.

Book Description:

This is a collection of recipes that spans three generations of the Stilwell Family. The earliest dishes are from the 1800's. In it you'll learn some family trivia, tying some famous figures and world events to meals served in an average American home.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Just Desserts Holiday Freebie

Book Description:

44 recipes for festive desserts and drinks for the holiday season, all contributed by the wonderful authors and staff at Tirgearr Publishing.

This book is a celebration of our publishing year and instead of the traditional Christmas card, we thought we would put together a book of our favorite festive recipes.

All the authors and staff have given their recipes and time to make this book without remuneration.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Halloween Freebie!

Book Description:

Trick out the treats for your next gathering of ghouls with these 20 Halloween food projects.

These desserts, snacks, and drinks will appeal to people who want something cute and seasonal. And it will also appeal to the folks who respect the culinary adventurousness of Hannibal Lecter and the Donner party, but aren’t willing to fully commit to the requisite lifestyle change to jump in whole hog (or long pig in this case.)

Read on to find the perfect treat for your Halloween gathering.

Instructables is the most popular project-sharing community on the Internet. Since August 2005, Instructables has provided easy publishing tools to enable passionate, creative people to share their most innovative projects, recipes, skills, and ideas. Instructables has over 40,000 projects covering all subjects, including crafts, art, electronics, kids, home improvement, pets, outdoors, reuse, bikes, cars, robotics, food, decorating, woodworking, costuming, games, and life in general.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cupcake Freebie

Book Description:

Cakes, pies and cookies are delicious, but cupcakes are top on the list of party treats. This delightfully and versatile dessert can be served at all kinds of occasions from picnics to weddings and birthday parties. With an endless variety of flavor, taste and toppings, there's a cupcake recipe (or more) bound to satisfy every taste bud. The "35 Delicious Cupcake Recipes" are not just your everyday cupcake recipes. They are a collection of easy-to-make cupcake recipes that have actually WON AWARDS in church, club and community competitions from all over. 

They comprise of a variety of flavors and separate unique toppings that will appeal to even the sourest taste buds. This recipe book is dedicated to yummy sweet treats. You don't have to be a professional baker to make delightful cupcakes. If you love to bake, start today to make these scrumptious cupcake recipes right in your own home and try out these new flavor combinations that will surely tempt your family and guests. We have also included valuable cupcake making tips that will ensure that your cupcakes turn out perfect all the time.

Free Stevia Cookbook

I am a fan of Stevia. It is the only alternative to sugar that my tummy seems to tolerate so I am thrilled to find this and its a freebie too? Come on, that fabulous!

Book Description:

Sugar Free and Zero Calorie Recipes for all Occasions!

From appetizers to Desserts!

Recipes for main dishes and beverages!

In a world where obesity and diabetes are on the rise, people are turning to a healthier lifestyle. Stevia is a natural, plant based sweetener that does not cause your insulin to spike. It is friendly to diabetics and tastes great. 


This cookbook provides 55 recipes ranging from yeast free breads to deserts that uses stevia instead of sugar. Easy recipe is easy to make and is perfect for the beginner cook in the kitchen as well as the expert. 


So go ahead and enjoy those muffins, cakes, ice cream, and hot cocoa.

Gluton Free Freebie

Book Description:


With the ever-increasing popularity and availability of almond flour and coconut flour, the sky is truly the limit for those who practice gluten-free diets. You just need some direction! 

***Both almond and coconut flours, due to their high fiber content, absorb liquids much quicker and in greater quantity than regular wheat flour. To maximize deliciousness, we add a base gluten free flour blend to the recipes to counteract this effect WITHOUT ruining the integrity of the coconut/almond flour flavors. The coconut and almond flours are still very much pronounced and you will find them MUCH easier and more fun to bake with!*** 

The delicious recipes in this book are arranged by Breakfasts, Muffins and Breads, Entrees, Appetizers/snacks, and lastly Desserts. 

Free Potluck Cookbook

With the holidays coming up more potluck ideas will come in handy!

Book Description:

From the Introduction by Eve Walter:

We're a diverse group of friends and coworkers with a mission: a Holiday Potluck to celebrate the season and share in some friendly competition. With a small budget, a few hours of preparation, and some late-night cooking, we put together a down-sized Top Chef potluck competition — save for the fame, sweating and nervous breakdowns.

As potlucks were created in the nature of giving, it seems only right to want to share our recipes — and some tips on setting up the event — with fellow food lovers.

Free Creative Pasta

Book Description:

Good Eating’s Creative Pasta is a collection of delicious pasta recipes from the Chicago Tribune’s Good Eating section that will provide any home cook with a wide range of recipes for all occasions. Tested and proven dishes for entrees, side salads, and appetizers make up a terrific variety of pastas, from a quick and classic “Late Night Spaghetti” to a more innovative “Free-Form Lasagna with Zucchini Lemon-Thyme Cream.”

Each recipe offers a series of helpful tips, suggestions, and comments on dish adaptations, and the entries are grouped into six categories: All About the Sauce, Meatballs & Other Accessories, Hand Made Pasta, Keep It Simple, Classic Comforts, and With a Twist. Aside from pasta, recipes for sauces and meatballs are also featured, including “Homemade Ricotta,” “Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce,” and “Uncooked Tomato Sauce.”

Originating as one of the gems of Italian cuisine, pasta has become a staple in American cooking. This book is the ultimate mix of hearty and healthy, creative and quick, as well as light and filling. Combining flavorful classics and nutritious new recipes, Good Eating’s Creative Pasta will extend any home cook’s noodle repertoire by providing tasty dishes that will surely be savored.

Freebie Brownie Cookbook

Book Description:

With over a hundred different recipes, this cookbook is designed for everyone to use regardless if you’re new or have been cruising the kitchen while using a step-stool to help a parent or guardian. Even without gourmet chocolate, these recipes will make everyone believe your creations are of the finest confections.

Free Yummy Pops

Book Description:

This Yummy Pops: Quick, Unique and Surprising Pops Recipes e-book is a treasure trove of helpful tips when it comes to creating great cake pops. We have meticulously explained the details of creating cake pops and added helpful tips to help you create the perfect cake pops without the need for trial and error! What’s more, this e-book recipe has a multitude of base cake recipes for pops that you can mix and match with frostings for a delightful and surprising treat! 

Do you have an unannounced gathering tomorrow? What to serve, what to prepare? This cake pop e-book recipe is also filled with a step by step cake pop designs that are suitable for all occasions, too! Creating yummy pastries is now a breeze with this helpful e-book recipe.

Free Gooseberry Patch!

If you aren't familiar with these little books you should definitely snag this freebie. This series of books are popular and I have made many recipes from them and they are easy and yummy!

Book Description:

reat your family & friends to a helping of fresh-baked goodness. This collection features 25 down-home desserts like Apple Blush Pie, Cherry Brownie Cobbler and Pumpkin Custard Crunch...all guaranteed to be scrumptious and easy as pie to make!

Eat, Read, Love-Cookbook Freebie

 Book Description:

They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. If so, then you'll need a copy of EAT, READ, LOVE! Because there's no place like the kitchen!

"A mouth-watering book of recipes and excerpts from their books. A great appetizer for readers on multiple levels: You get casseroles, brownies and turtle soup as well as a taste of what several of romance's best and brightest serve up in their books." - Romantic Times Book Reviews

This unique COOKBOOK pairs recipes with EXCERPTS from the romance novels that inspired them. From YA to suspense to historical to contemporary... Join the members of the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood for some "romancing the stove," and delight in romance and recipes from some of today's hottest rising stars, such as Darynda Jones, Jeannie Lin, Hope Ramsay, Laurie Kellogg, Kim Law, Amanda Brice, Liz Talley, and more!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Southern Cornbread

This cornbread recipe is a staple in my house.It's a basic recipe that has been tweaked a little to fit our taste. I hope you like it!


1 1/4 c all purpose flour
3/4 c. yellow corn meal
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c milk
1/2 c  vegetable oil  (1/4 for mix & 1/4 c for skillet)
1 egg

This is the brand that I always use.


Pre-heat the oven to 400*
Pour 1/4 c vegetable oil into cast iron skillet, coat entire inside of skillet and place in the oven for 10 minutes or until the oil is rippling and extremely hot. While the skillet is heating thoroughly mix all of the ingredients.

Pour batter into skillet, it should be screaming hot. If the batter does not instantly puff up and start bubbling and cooking around the edges, your skillet was not hot enough. It should look like this:

Cook until golden brown and knife comes out clean, about 20 minutes. When it is done I melt a half stick of butter, pour it over the top and brush it all over the top.

Let it sit for a minute or so and it will all soak into the cracks and crevices.

 We eat this with all kinds of meals. Chili, fried chicken, beans, and soups. 

Happy Eating!