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Mini Carrot Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Icing

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 11, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
mini carrot cake recipe with cream cheese icing

Carrot cake is one of my favorite kind of cakes. Usually, carrot cake tastes more like a spice cake, you don’t taste carrots. Carrot cake is perfect for the holiday, too. You can sweeten carrot cake with apples, raisins, or like I’ve done in this recipe with pineapples. I really love making desserts in single […]

Cake Mix Muffins – Cherry Almond Chocolate Muffins

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 3, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
cake mix muffins

Cake mix muffins are one of my favorite ways to make muffins. Since I usually have cake mix in my pantry, it’s just more convenient. Cakes are higher in sugar and liquids and lower in fat so cake mix muffins will have a much lighter, fluffier texture than the traditional muffin batter. Muffins are more […]

How to Make Monkey Bread with Snickers Bars

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: December 1, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
monkey bread

Snickers Monkey Bread is an easy dessert that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. It’s full of ooey gooey goodness. As much as I love the Snickers Monkey Bread and think you will, as well, you have to try my Maple Bacon Monkey Bread, too. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Did you know […]

Elf Hats Holiday Treats Recipe for Christmas

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 24, 2018 | Categories: Holidays and Observances, Recipes
elf hats

Looking for easy holiday treats to make this Christmas season? Elf hats are a fun and easy holiday treat and perfect for kids to make or help mom or dad make. They are a tasty treat and so cute, too. These elf hats only require four ingredients that are easy to find. They don’t take […]

Keto Steak Recipe: Seared Ribeye with Red Wine Pan Gravy

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 22, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
keto steak

We love steak, especially ribeye steaks. Which is a good thing when I’m doing a Keto diet or low-carb, high-protein diet and looking for Keto steak recipes to try. Since my son is a growing teenager who works out, a high protein diet is good for him, as well. So, I do cook a lot […]

Thai Chicken Recipe in a Cast Iron Skillet

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 18, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
thai chicken

I love cooking in my cast iron skillet, and I tend to make a lot of chicken recipes in it. One of our favorites is a Thai Chicken recipe. There is something about a cast iron skillet that just makes food taste better. And I love one pot, or in this case, skillet, meals. I […]

Air Fryer Recipes Roundup for Healthier Cooking

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 17, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
air fryer recipes

One of my new favorite kitchen appliances is the air fryer! I love that I can cook lighter, healthier food. We’ve made a lot of air fryer recipes, but one of our favorite is this Crab Rangoon. A healthier crab rangoon appetizer choice or anytime snack. For a long time we made very basic foods […]

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe with Community Coffee

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 16, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
pumpkin spice lattee

I received compensation for this delicious pumpkin spice latte recipe post, but all opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences (and love of coffee), are worthy of endorsement. If you know me, you know my great […]

Sausage Potato Hash Recipe in a Cast Iron Skillet

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 8, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
sausage potato hash

I’m back with another cast iron skillet recipe. It really is one of my favorite ways to cook. Another favorite of mine is meals that are good for breakfast or dinner, like this Sausage Potato Hash recipe. If you make it for dinner and have any leftovers, you can have the leftovers for breakfast the […]

Roasted Leeks Recipe a Flavorful Side Dish

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 2, 2018 | Categories: Recipes
baked leeks

I can usually come up with entree ideas, but I seem to be in a rut when it comes to side dishes. I tend to end up making some kind of potato dish, corn, green beans, salads, or macaroni and cheese. Roasted leeks weren’t even on my radar. I don’t even buy leeks that often, […]