Holiday Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Photo

The recipe was a hit and the most requested recipe after my party. No, it wasn’t the appetizers or desserts, it was a salad. What a surprise!

My daughter enjoyed this Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad at a work gathering and shared the recipe with me. Sure enough, all who tasted it wanted the recipe. I am not sure who to credit for the original recipe, but I am sure happy it came my way and glad to share it with you. [Keep reading...]

Cranberry Chocolate Christmas Cake

Cranberry Chocolate Cake
Holiday traditions run strong in our family. We have the favorites that we cling to each year and we always enjoy adding new traditions to our list. One dessert that surfaces each holiday is Cranberry Chocolate Cake. Now don’t panic when you see the picture. There is no additional fruit inside the moist, luscious cake. The cranberries on top are glazed and glistening with sugar, so no worries, if you prefer no fruit with your chocolate they can easily be “gifted” to someone else at the table.

This cake says Christmas in so many ways. It makes a wonderful gift to neighbors and friends and while it might look complicated, it is really very easy to assemble for your holiday gatherings. [Keep reading...]

Southwest Appetizer Cheesecake Recipe

sw appetizer cheesecake photo

‘Tis the season! I love everything the holidays has to offer—the sights, sounds, smells, and food combine with the joy, hope and love and make the season magical. But, let’s be real. All that joy creates a crazy, busy schedule. Yet no one wants to miss a holiday party or chance to catch up with old friends for the lack of an easy to prepare, fantastic appetizer.

This is one of my family’s favorite appetizers. This Southwest Appetizer Cheesecake is so easy, for you bake it in the slow cooker. (The moist even heat is ideal for a cheesecake.) The 7-inch size makes it just right for any party or gift. The creamy goodness and hint of jalapeno complements any menu yet hints at Mexican without overpowering. Accompany it with tortilla chips and set out a small spreader and let the feast begin. [Keep reading...]

Order Cake Mixes Online

Carrot Cake witih Slice

Vanilla Cheesecake with slice

We are up and running and ready for your orders! We have had great success at our retail venues and the holiday shows proved to be exciting for all. Lots of folks found the answer for that hard to buy for friend and relative this Christmas.

We couldn’t be happier and are thrilled to announce that you can now order online. Just click here.


But wait–did you see those photos? We want to take a moment and give credit where credit is due. We want to thank Kristen Doyle for her photography. Do you know Kristen at Dine and Dish? If not, you need to read her blog right now. You will learn very soon what an amazing woman Kristen is. She wrote the handbook on how to mentor and is truly one of the nicest, most supportive person you could ever meet. Thank you Kristen for taking beautiful photos for us!

We want to let you know again the best tips for success: [Keep reading...]

Slow Cooker Cake Mixes


It is here!  We have a BIG announcement to make today and I must admit I am shaking in my boots.  If you have read our blog for any time at all, you know that we met in the test kitchens at Rival®, the folks who introduced the CrockPot® slow … [Keep reading...]

Make once, eat twice Chicken Pot Pie recipe

Chicken pot pie photo

My daughters will tell you I am not wired to sit on the couch and watch TV. One show, maybe, but after that, no. I laugh when people comment that my empty nest might be calm and that now I have free time. Not so much. I am busy. Constantly busy and … [Keep reading...]

Crescent pastry

Coffee Cake

It happens! Some days I cave and go straight to the easy way out. No, I am not always proud but hey, I am human. Yes, I went to pastry school and yes, I travelled to Paris with Julia Child and have attended more pastry school presentations than I can … [Keep reading...]

Bacon Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Bacon Rach Chicken Sandwich Photo

Tailgating. Eating outside before the game on a picturesque fall day is packed with fun. The air snaps with a cool breeze, but laughter and cheers chase the chill away. Grills fire up and smoke encircles everyone, friends and fans of the opposing … [Keep reading...]

Microwave Caramel Corn

Microwave Caramel Corn

What a magnificent fall season we are enjoying in the Midwest. It seems necessary to pinch myself over and over again to ensure that I am not living in San Diego. Beautiful orange infused sunrises combined with pink and purple sunsets, cool mornings, … [Keep reading...]