Category Archives: Cooking and Tips

Homemade Hershey’s Syrup


Baby Savers website shares a recipe for making a homemade Hershey’s chocolate syrup that will last for several weeks in a mason jar in your refrigerator.

This is another recipe to add to ” making from scratch section of your cookbook.

Click here to read the recipe:


Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole- Slow cooker/Crock pot

Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole (with graphics,


Nothing better than a meal that cooks itself! For the recipe follow this link:


Pepperoni and Mozzarella Pull Apart Bread



1/3 cup favorite flavored dipping oil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 (16 ounce) pkgs pre-made pizza dough or homemade pizza dough
1 (7 oz) pkg sliced pepperoni
1 (8 oz) pkg shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Separate pizza dough into small bite sized pieces.
3. In a bowl add your favorite flavored dipping oil. Toss dough pieces in dipping oil to lightly coat.
4. Layer dough pieces in bottom of bundt or fluted tube pan, next layer sliced pepperoni, shredded cheese and sprinkle with garlic powder. Repeat layers again, and end with final layer of dough pieces.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until the bread is browned and cooked through in the center, 30-40 min
6. Remove from oven, and invert the pan on a cutting board; the bread will fall out of the pan in one piece.
7. Serve by pulling the bread apart into individual servings with optional marinara dipping sauce on the side.

I usually layer until about 2/3 of the pan is full. Definitely plan for it to feed a hungry crowd. You can scale down the ingredients if you choose to feed a smaller crowd. You can serve it hot or room temperature.

(as seen on Facebook)

Roasting a Turkey: A refresher


Easy Yule Fudge Recipe ~ Tried and True!



Easy Yule Fudge Recipe ~ Tried and True!

Original recipe makes 8 x8-inch pan

3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter or margarine in large microwaveable bowl. Zap in microwave on medium until chips are melted, about 3-5 minute, stirring once or twice during cooking. Stir in nuts, if desired.
Pour into well-greased 8×8-inch glass baking dish. Refrigerate until set.

Better Gnomes and Gardens

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

I wasnt a big fan of bread pudding until Mike started eating it in the hospital. There is a lot to be said about hospital food but believe it or not, one of them made the best bread pudding one I have ever tasted. I came across this one on Facebook by “The Most Wonderful time of the Year” and had to share.

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Pudding Ingredients:
• 4 cups (8 slices) cubed white bread
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 2 cups milk
• 1/4 cup butter

• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2 eggs, slightly beaten
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Sauce Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1 tablespoon vanilla
Directions for Pudding:
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine bread and raisins in large bowl. Combine milk and 1/4 cup butter in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until butter is melted (4 to 7 minutes). Pour milk mixture over bread; let stand 10 minutes.
Stir in all remaining pudding ingredients. Pour into greased 1 1/2-quart casserole. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until set in center.
Directions for Sauce:
Combine all sauce ingredients except vanilla in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil (5 to 8 minutes). Stir in vanilla.
To serve, spoon warm pudding into individual dessert dishes; serve with sauce. Store refrigerated.

Creamy Crockpot Hot Cocoa {Best Ever!}

I am starting off the Holiday goody season with my recipe for Hot Cocoa in the Crockpot.  This isn’t Swiss Miss, folks.  This is the real deal!  On a chilly day, it warms you from the inside out.  Serve it to a child, & you will see their face light up like a Christmas tree.  Proof in point – here is my daughter, Madison after just drinking a swallow.

Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe this.  I’m serious – this is the BEST hot cocoa.  Ever.



Stir the cream, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, milk, & vanilla together in your crockpot.



Cover, & cook on low for 2 hours – coming back to whisk it every so often.



How easy is that?!? Now, just ladle the hot cocoa into mugs….

Garnish with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.  I personally love marshmallows with mine.

Sit, relax, & drink this down!  Or, if you are like my oldest daughter Destiny – guzzle it down in the kitchen & grab another mug before Daddy gets home & drinks the pot full :)




  • 1.5 cups whipping cream
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups of milk chocolate chips



Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and chocolate chips in a crockpot.

Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish as desired.