scavenger hunt clues

The Valentine Treasure Hunt

I love to make special treats for my family, and Valentine’s day is no exception.  Our tradition for many  years has been a Valentine`s day treasure hunt.  I know that this might sound like a strange idea to some, but I wanted my kids to know that they were loved and Valentine’s day is a celebration of love and affection.  The treasure hunt tradition grew out of that desire.  Besides, who says Valentine’s Day can’t celebrate non-romantic love, too. The hunt begins when each person receives a valentine.  We always color or character code people’s valentine clues.  If you receive […]

Bloggin g is better than Vlogging

Why is Blogging Better than Vlogging?

As you know, February first marked the beginning of a competition between Patty Cake’s Pantry and the YouTube Channel Random Life of A.   To spur the friendly competition along, I decided to share my list of 10 reasons why blogging is better than vlogging.  I don’t have to be camera ready to blog.  In fact, I can show up to my computer and blog in my pajamas and with my hair uncombed.  No one will see me.  A blog is easier to set up than a vlog.  Access to a computer and the internet is all you really need to […]

tuna stuffed jalapenos

Tuna Stuffed Jalapenos

The idea for this recipe came from the produce guy who sells fresh fruits and vegetables out of the back of his truck.  As I was buying jalapenos for my husband, he inquired what I planned to do with them.  I told him that I planned to fill them with cream cheese and bacon then bake them.  He told me that my recipe sounded delicious, but asked if I had ever filled jalapenos with tuna.  I told him no, and he urged me to try it.  This recipe is the result of his suggestion, and it came out very well […]

Dr Pepper Ribs in the pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Ribs

These ribs are a variation of my Dr. Pepper Ribs that I have been meaning to publish for some time.  Sue Chef loves ribs.  She particularly enjoyed the Dr. Pepper ribs that she had at a local restaurant.  We don’t eat out often, but she really wanted to have those ribs again.  I found a recipe for Dr. Pepper ribs over at Men’s Health back during the spring, but the link is broken.  When I search their recipe archive, I can’t find it any longer, but that recipe was my inspiration for this one. The original recipe required brining the […]

tortilla crumb topped stuffed jalapenos with cream cheese and bacon filling

Stuffed Jalapenos

This recipe is my way of simplifying a baked stuffed jalapeno recipe. The original recipe was  given to me by a co-worker.  She instructed me to cut the peppers in half lengthwise, clean out the seeds and veins, and then fill them with cream cheese.  These filled pepper halves were then wrapped with one-third to one-half of a slice of bacon.  Then they are baked until the bacon is crispy and crumbly, and the cheese is warm and gooey.   They are delicious, too.  Unfortunately, they take a while to wrap with bacon.  The bacon has to be secured with […]

PattyCakesPantry.com vs RandomLifeofA YouTube Channel

Vlog vs Blog–A New Year’s Competition

It all started with a friendly conversation at Starbucks.   A very special person, Aaron, who can be found at the YouTube Channel RandomLifeOfA, and I were discussing our goals for our respective online projects.   He started a YouTube Channel last year while I started my blog two years ago.  Both of us need to do better at consistently publishing on a schedule and working to promote our posts and videos.   We decided that perhaps a contest might encourage us to push ourselves to work toward our goals. While the title of today’s post might imply that a cut throat […]

hot wings in an electric pressure cooker

Hot Wings from the Pressure Cooker

As I previously mentioned, I am having a love affair with my electric pressure cooker.  I’m using it at least twice a week to make something for dinner.  It makes getting a meal onto the table simple and easy.  Today’s recipe is for hot wings.  I forgot to take my wings out of the freezer to thaw, so I made these from frozen.  They were still ready in under 30 minutes. All I did was melt some butter in the bottom of the pressure cooker, add the wings and the barbecue sauce and mix it all up so that the […]

stuffed mushrooms are a deliciuos man pleasing treat.

Make Ahead Recipes for the Big Game

Everyone wants to be able to serve delicious food for their friends during the big game, but no one wants to be tied to the stove.  I can’t speak for anyone else, but I also don’t want to spend over $100 buying food for the gang, either.  I’ve gathered a few of my favorite recipes for game day.  None of these require intensive preparation.  Two can be made ahead and cooked or reheated on the day of the big game.  One can be made in the slow cooker with very little hands on time.  Best of all, they are inexpensive […]

mleted cheese on top of pressure cooker mac and cheese

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

I received an electric pressure cooker as a gift for Christmas.  I didn’t have a pressure cooker on my wish list, but Bus Boy decided that I needed one.  I was very surprised, but didn’t know what I would use it for.  I have a stove top pressure cooker that’s an older model, and it works fine.  I didn’t see a reason for a new and electric model.  Now, after two weeks of ownership, I am wondering how I ever survived without one.  It was midway through Christmas day when I finally opened the box and pulled out the pressure […]

sloppy joes made from scratch

Sloppy Joe’s

This recipe was born out of desperation one evening.  I had planned and promised Sloppy Joe’s for dinner, but when I reached into the cabinet to pull out a can of that sauce that rhymes with sandwich, I realized that I didn’t have one.  That was a problem. This group can be tough to cook for, so I knew that I had to produce an entrée that would meet with their approval.  Not wanting to deal with a dinner time mutiny, I began searching the recesses of my mind for the ingredients in a can of “sandwich sauce.”   I […]