Pretzel Bark

This recipe comes from and was super simple and quick to put together.  It’s pictured here in one of those little take out containers that I got at Target.  Yummy little neighbor gift! 1 cup chopped pretzels 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans, peanuts or walnuts 1 1/2 packages (8 squares each) semisweet chocolate, melted  … Continue reading

Rigatoni in Creamy Tomato Sauce

This recipe comes from the September 23, 2011 (my son Zach’s birthday!) issue of “All You” magazine.  Quick, easy and tasty – what more could you ask for? 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 oz pepperoni, finely chopped (didn’t have any so left it out) 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or … Continue reading

Santa Hat Brownies

We had our annual Christmas potluck at Book Group tonight and I was trying to figure out what to bring and my neighbor Karin asked if I was going to make these and at first I said no but then I thought why not? so this is what I took.  I found this idea on … Continue reading

Reeses Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

Target had Betty Crocker cookie mixes on sale for $1.55 this last week and I had a bunch of .40 cents off coupons so they ended up being only $1.15 a pouch so I bought about 6 pouches in various flavors (chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar cookie) and then decided to experiment so this … Continue reading

Snowmen Cupcakes

Here are the other cupcakes I made today – snowmen!  This idea comes from Karen Tack and Alan Richardson’s other cookbook called “Hello, Cupcake!” which I also love.  The cupcakes are vanilla using their “Perfect Cake Mix Cupcakes” recipe from the same cookbook; I used a white cake mix and added 1 tablespoon of vanilla … Continue reading

Reindeer Cupcakes

Today was Christmas cupcake day and a good day it was too!  These cute little guys come from Karen Tack and Alan Richardson’s “What’s New, Cupcake?” cookbook which is awesome!  I highly recommend it!  Mine are a little different than theirs as I used pretzels for antlers in order to make it a little easier.  … Continue reading

Fudge Torte with White Chocolate Mousse

I signed up to bring a dessert to our Christmas Bunco tonight and this is what I brought.  It is from the Pampered Chef cookbook called “Chocolate” which is awesome!  And this torte was awesome too! mousse: 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream 8 oz white chocolate, finely chopped (I used my Dove Chocolate Discoveries white … Continue reading