Baked Rigatoni

Everyone usually has a favorite dish they love to prepare for company, pot luck or family gatherings, this is mine. BAKED RIGATONI SAUCE: 1 pound ground sweet or mild italian sausage browned & drained. 2 – 24 oz jars of spaghetti sauce (your favorite). 1 – 15 ounce can diced tomatoes. 1 small green pepper…

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls

I cut this recipe in half and I also added raisins.  I soak the raisins in warm water first to make them softer and plumper.   I used about a half cup of soaked raisins, drain before sprinkling over prepared rolled dough. DOUGH 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) 2 eggs, room…

Strawberry Rhubarb Danish

Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Danish, my first attempt at making from scratch, with a little help from my bread machine.  Who knew it could be so easy!  The machine does all the kneading and rising of the dough for you. I added butter, cream cheese, egg, and a little extra sugar to the basic bread recipe….

Broccoli Salad

A simple salad, easy to make and quick.  Unlike potato salad or macaroni salad where there is cooking involved. I am sure that there are many different variations of making broccoli salad, the ingredients I use (most of the time): fresh broccoli cut in bite size pieces, real bacon bits, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, a…

Pumpkin Spice Cake

If you like pumpkin, you will love this cake, it is moist and delicious.  And it looks pretty on your Thanksgiving holiday goody table, with your pies, brownies, and cheesecake etc… 😉  The pumpkin on top of the cake, I used to decorate, is actually a frosted cookie.   Pumpkin Spice Cake = Easy semi-homemade cake!…

Hamburger Rolls

Homemade hamburger rolls, my first attempt at making from scratch, with a little help from my bread machine.  Who knew it could be so easy! The machine does all the kneading and rising of the dough for you.  All you have to do is take the dough out  of the bread machine, cut to the…

Blueberry Banana Crumb Cake Loaf

Good stuff… My concoction I made today, Blueberry Banana Crumb Cake loaf.  It turned out really good.  I hate throwing away really ripe bananas and fresh fruit that I don’t eat fast enough, (when they get a little wilted). Sometimes I throw fruits like strawberries and blueberries in the freezer to use at a later…

Bread Machine – Whole Wheat Bread

Baking home made bread with a bread machine.  This is my first whole white wheat loaf.  It actually tasted as good as it looked!  I cannot lie they all don’t look as pretty as this one, some look flat on top and some don’t rise as much as they should.  I can blame some of…

Yes We Have Some Bananas

Two of my banana trees produced fruit. They are said to produce fruit if the trees are at least eighteen months old. Every spring we cut down most of the trees, we keep about seven of the older trees, to see if they will produce fruit. Banana trees grow like weeds. We kept seven trees…

Chocolate Eclair Cake

One of my summertime favorite NO-BAKE desserts.  In the past, when the kids were young, I made this dessert all the time.  But, back then everything was chocolate, (made with chocolate pudding) it was a big hit at picnics and get togethers.  Now, my taste buds have changed, I like it made with vanilla pudding….

Gluten-Free Cookie Mix

Good Stuff… These are really yum… Just follow the directions… I used unsalted butter… I was really surprised at how good this box mix is… And if you like a lot of chocolate chips in your cookies, you will be happy to know this mix has plenty… While these were baking, the smell gave me…