Gumdrop Cake

Gumdrop Cake

Gumdrop Cake is usually a Christmas tradition in certain cultures, so why am I making one in February?   Don’t you know that today is National Gumdrop Day?    I already had some gumdrops, and having been inspired by this post for a Christmas Gumdrop Bundt Cake, I decided that I would celebrate today by making a Gumdrop cake.  I, however, lacked the ambition to create a cake from scratch, so I used a cake mix.  (Gasp!)   

5 favorite candy recipes--These are simple to prepare and make great gifts.

Five Favorite Homemade Candies

Why am I publishing a list of five favorite homemade candies?  Primarily, I’m publishing this list because all of these recipes contain chocolate, and I love chocolate, but each of these recipes also makes a great gift.

Cake Mix Cookies allow you to make more cookies in less time

The Best Cookie Hack–15 Dozen Cookies in 2 Hours

Fifteen dozen cookies in two hours is not an idle promise.  This is the best cookie hack.  Bus Boy and I really did this.  If you don’t have a helper, don’t worry.  Bus boy didn’t really do much more than stand around in the kitchen and supervise the baking.  Oh, I almost forgot that he taste tested some of the cookies, too. 

Red Velvet Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

Red Velvet Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies

I may be overdoing things with these crinkle cookies, but with upcoming holidays, I just realized that what we need in our lives is Red Velvet Cake Mix Crinkle Cookies.  Think about it.  Red is a great color for Christmas, but it’s a great color for Valentine’s day, too.  That means that there are at least two occasions where red velvet crinkle cookies can make an appearance in your house.  There are other times, too. 

Pumpkin Cake Roll

Pumpkin Cake Roll

This recipe for Pumpkin Cake Roll may be coming a little late to the annual pumpkin recipe party, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with all of my readers.  It’s just too good to wait until next fall.   This tantalizing dessert of pumpkin cake wrapped around a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting is addictive.  Besides, this Pumpkin Cake Roll freezes well, so if you’ve picked up any pumpkin that’s on sale, you can make several and store them in the freezer until you’re ready to entertain. 

Jack-o-lantern Brownie

The first time I made this was when I was in college.  It was first year that baker’s man and I were together.  I wanted to impress him with my domestic skills, but I wasn’t really good at cake decorating.  Instead of the usual way to decorate, I used a bag of m&m’s and some jelly candies that we had on hand to decorate a pan of brownies.    It was a tradition early in our marriage, but after we had kids, we eventually switched to making mud for Halloween dessert. 

Chocolate Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies are a fun and simple sweet treat to make for the ones you love.  These cookies have only four ingredients, so they’re easy to prepare, but they taste as if you worked hard to create them. 

Lemon Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies

Lemon Crinkle Cake Mix Cookies

I love lemon desserts–lemon pie, lemon cake, lemon curd tarts, lemon bars, and lemon crinkle cookies.  I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few, but I’ve remembered the purpose for today’s post.  Lemon crinkle cake mix cookies are very simple to make and are sure to become a favorite in your house like they are in mine. 

Sweet Dessert Style Salads

Sweet Dessert Style Salads

When it’s too hot outside to turn on the oven, simple dishes that don’t require any cooking are the perfect side dish for any barbecue.  These salads are also perfect when your oven and stove are too crowded to allow you to make that one extra side dish.  Here’s our list of simple sweet, dessert style, salads that require little or no cooking. 

No Bake Desserts

No Bake Desserts

Whether it’s a hot Summer day or a holiday when your oven is overloaded with other dishes, these simple and delicious no bake desserts are the answer to the question, “What’s for dessert?”  Give one, or all, of them a try and you’ll be glad you did.  These are all definite crowd pleasers.