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Chocolate Orange Hand Scrub Recipe

Chocolate Orange Hand Scrub Recipe

We had a pamper yourself day at MOPS last week. There were stations set up around the room with massage chairs and nail polish and assorted paraphernalia. One of the areas was a craft station where we made hand scrubs. I’m not a hand scrub kind of person. I think I still have two salt scrubs that I bought for myself in my teen years. Or maybe I purged them in the last great bathroom decluttering. Probably the latter. At any rate, I was pretty excited to make a scrub and give it to my mother, whose skin has been … Read more

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake #IDBaking

peppermint cheesecake

Last year, I created {cough, cough} a peppermint hot chocolate recipe using Peppermint Mocha creamer from International Delight. Grace and I have been looking forward to this year’s Peppermint Mocha season with glee. A few weeks ago, I realized that creamer can be used in place of cream in recipes. This was a revelation of epic proportions. The girls and I immediately drove to our local Walmart and purchased two large bottles of creamer, in York Peppermint Patty and Peppermint Mocha flavors. (I wanted to try Pumpkin Spice but I let Grace overrule me. She doesn’t like anything pumpkin this … Read more

Pumpkin Flan

Pumpkin Flan

I like flan a lot. A lot lot. I know I have many favorite desserts, but flan really is one of my favorites. I love the creamy sweet custard and the slightly bitter sugary syrup and the dark brown top. Flan is just amazing, way better than cake or pie. I have cut and roasted two of the twelve large pumpkins we bought a couple of weeks ago. We’ve had roasted pumpkin seeds (twice), pumpkin pie pancakes, a disappointing pumpkin custard, and now an amazing pumpkin flan. As impressive as flan is, you might think it’s hard to make. It … Read more

Apple Ring Pancakes


Breakfast for dinner is comfort food, don’t you think? I do. This particular recipe includes fruit, making it a wee bit healthier than plain old pancakes. That might be wishful thinking. I like to serve these pancakes with an omelet or sausage patties and a dish of fried apples. They are delicious, and pairing them with protein and cooked apples makes a perfect dinner. This recipe is very easy to make gluten-free by substituting Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix for the regular pancake mix. We love Pamela’s and have used it for years!   Print Recipe Apple Ring Pancakes … Read more

Triple Chocolate Cake with Homemade Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

triple chocolate cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting

Is your mouth watering? It should be. I turned a plain old cake mix and a few humble add-ins into a moist and decadent chocolate masterpiece for my dad’s birthday. I felt like Jesus, feeding the masses with a couple of loaves. Well, except that this cake didn’t feed the masses. It was so good that everyone wanted a second slice, and every crumb was gone before the sun set on my dad’s birthday. So I guess it wasn’t much like Jesus after all. You’ll love it anyway. This is the right amount of frosting for a bundt cake. If you decide … Read more

Bananas Foster Pancakes

bananas foster

As I mentioned two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr, host of Big Daddy’s House on The Food Network, cook in person at Blogalicious. It was really fun. One of the recipes he prepared follows, Bananas Foster Pancakes. I adore bananas foster. I don’t care if it’s plain bananas foster over ice cream or if it’s bananas foster donuts or bananas foster cheesecake or cookies or candy. Slightly cooked bananas served hot in a sticky sweet, rum-flavored syrup can don any dessert in my book. Remember from my last recipe post, sun-dried tomato, basil, … Read more