The Most Amazing Cookies

My son made chocolate chip cookies at school last week and they used instant vanilla pudding in the batter. I didn’t even know that was a thing! He wanted to make a similar cookie with butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips. So here is our creation. FYI, they are amazing and very sweet. The pudding…

Strawberry Cupcakes

For his birthday, my son asked for cupcakes with strawberry filling and strawberry frosting. So here’s what I came up with. FYI they’re delicious! Ingredients 1 box butter yellow cake mix and whatever ingredients the mix needs and cupcake liners (you can make the cupcakes from scratch if you want but I find with kids it’s…

Thanksgiving Casserole

I love Thanksgiving! The mouthwatering smell of roasted turkey and stuffing and the sweet smell of cranberry sauce…yum. It seems crazy to me that we only savor this once a year. Think of this recipe like Thanksgiving in a casserole dish, without all the fuss…or the relatives. 😉 If you really wanted to go all out…

Mexican Lasagna

This can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the beef and using veggie crumbles. In this case I would cook the onion in some oil and then stir in crumbles and cook until heated through and then continue with the recipe. Or you could simply add in another can of beans. Ingredients 1 pound ground…

Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

These came about because I was tired of making banana bread, had three over ripe bananas, and we were out of cookies to pack for school lunches. These delicious bars solved all three problems! In the photo, you can see that I initially made them and sprinkled the nuts and chips on top. The result…

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

It has been a cold and rainy week here in NH and I thought we could all use some delicious warm chicken soup for dinner. You can use skinless/boneless chicken if you are in a hurry, but the bone-in chicken will make a more flavorful soup and I couldn’t find chicken thighs bone-in without skin….

Sunday Morning Waffles

Ingredients: 4 Tbsp (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbsp sugar 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 eggs, separated 3/4 cup sour cream (low-fat is fine) 1 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla extract Directions: Melt butter in the microwave or on the stove. Let cool. (I melted it…

Pumpkin Caramel 12 Minute Cake

Did you know you can microwave your Pampered Chef stoneware? This cake is delicious and the best part is that it is ready in about 12 minutes! You will need a Pampered Chef stoneware fluted bundt pan for this recipe. Ingredients: 1 box yellow cake mix 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground…

NYC Black & White Cookies

It’s black, it’s white, it’s the best cookie ever! I have tried many recipes that claim to be the “perfect” recipe for NYC’s famous Black & White Cookie. They have all been very disappointing. So taking batter into my own hands, I have come up with what I believe to be the perfect recipe. So…

Pasta with Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach in a Tomato Cream Sauce

Take your taste buds on a trip to Italy without leaving your house! Ingredients 8 strips of bacon 3 Tbsp Olive oil, divided 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1/2 tsp salt 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts 5 cloves garlic, chopped 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 2 cans diced fire roasted tomatoes, drained…

Chocolate Cookies with a Kiss

I found some cupcake flavored Kisses on sale after Valentine’s Day and decided they would be perfect on top of a soft chocolate cookie. They taste like frosting!     Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp vanilla extract…

Best Buttercream Frosting Ever

This makes about 4 cups of the very best sweet and fluffy frosting. Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening 1/4 tsp salt 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 3-4 Tbsp milk Directions: In the bowl of a mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and salt. Add the sugar…