Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peppermint Crunch

This candy is one of our favorites and it's the easiest Christmas candy you will ever make!  


You'll need:  a box of crisp rice cereal, white chocolate candy melts or vanilla almond bark, and some peppermint candy canes that have been coarsely crushed.


Melt the chocolate in a microwaveable bowl until smooth.  Stir in cups of cereal until coated with the chocolate (you add enough cereal to have it all coated, but not too soaked in chocolate-like Rice Krispie  Treats consistency). Finally, stir in the crushed peppermint.  Spread out on a long piece of waxed paper.  When it sets up, break into pieces.  Store in tins.


Makes great holiday hostess gifts!  Enjoy!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Easy Cajun Coconut Pecan Cake

Today, I'm posting a previously- written entry because a reader has requested an easy coconut cake recipe...also...I forgot to publish this entry back when I wrote it, it's a great cake recipe...and, well,  I've had an unusually busy week!  There!  Full disclosure!  Hope you enjoy this rich, easy cake.  (I didn't include a picture of the cake, but a picture of my middle son, instead!  I'm a typical mom!). This post was written in November of 2012, so I'm talking about Thanksgiving desserts, but this cake would be beautiful on your sideboard for Christmas, as well.


I've had a great week!  Our middle son, Blake, has been here for a visit!  He's getting ready to move states-away to a new job. Kudos to Blake for accomplishing a couple of his major life-goals, lately.   At the beginning of fall,  he was awarded his Masters degree in Industrial Psychology and will soon begin his  new job (it involves analyzing statistics, which he enjoys).  I'm so proud of his hard work and determination;  There... all done with the Mom-bragging!

IEven with a visitor in town, I had time to look through recipes, and if coconut is one of your favorite dessert ingredients, you're in luck this week!   I dug through some of my old community cookbooks this week and found a very promising recipe for a unique cake.  The little ragged book was a group effort by the Whistling Pines Garden Club of Cypress, Texas in 1977.  This cake sounds moist and delicious.  Both the cake and icing recipes have few ingredients...I love that!  This might be a great cake to set alongside the pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving.  I know it's hard to believe, but some folks would rather have cake than pie!  My husband's in that cake-eating group, bless his heart (More pecan and pumpkin pie for me!)

Cajun Cake and Easy Coconut- Pecan 
(Gaynelle Pucek)
2 C flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 lb. can crushed pineapple
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs

Mix at medium speed until combined.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Makes a 13x9 inch cake.

Easy Coconut Pecan Icing

1/2 C sugar
1 stick margarine
1/2 C chopped pecans
1/2 C evaporated milk
1 C coconut

Bring sugar, milk and margarine to a boil.  Add coconut and pecans.  Pour over warm Cajun Cake.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cranberry Dream


A friend asked for this recipe, and I'm happy to share it with all of my cooking friends.  Happy Thanksgiving, especially you, Kathryn :)Cranberry Dream
1 12 Oz. Fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
1 C sugar
1 8 Oz. Crushed pineapple and juice
1/2 C chopped walnuts
1 C mini marshmallows
1 8 Oz. Extra Creamy Cool Whip
Toss ingredients together and chill!