Homemade Streusel Topped Coffee Cake Recipe

Easy homemade coffee cake recipes

Can you say comfort food?  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the smell of anything cinnamon baking in the oven.  It’s such a warm, homey smell.  Your home will be filled with that very aroma with today’s recipe.  This is a traditional coffee cake recipe that Mom always made when I was growing up.  I just made some over the weekend and thought I would share.  It is all made from scratch, but it is quick and very simple to make!       ***Tip #1:  I used all organic ingredients, and because shortening is a trans fat that is bad for you, I personally used a different kind of shortening called “Spectrum Organic All Vegetable Shortening”.  It doesn’t affect the taste of the cake.   Homemade Streusel … Continue Reading

Cooking with Cast Iron-How to Make the Perfect French Toast!

The Best French Toast

Since my cast iron cooking tips were so popular in the past, I am back with more today! (In case you missed the others click HERE for the perfect Grilled Cheese, and HERE to learn how to clean and season your cast iron skillets.)  Cooking with cast iron is especially good for breakfast foods and breads.  In fact, cast iron skillets make the best French Toast ever!  No joke  So today I am going to share my personal recipe for the best french toast ever (not just in my opinion, but according to the rave reviews from the fiance Matt and all of my family that has tried it as well) and all of the little tips I have picked up along the way.   2 reasons why I love making french … Continue Reading

Tip of the Week- Re-purposing/ Recycling Christmas Cards

Recycled Christmas Card 2

For this week’s tip, I thought I would talk about what on earth to do with all of those Christmas cards you received over the holidays.  Don’t throw them out!  You can recycle & re-purpose them like I do and save some money in the process.  In an earlier post I talked about how framing beautiful ( I like to use vintage looking ones personally) cards makes an inexpensive and nice gift.  If you haven’t seen that post and want to know how I do that on a budget, you can click HERE.  So that is one thing you could do with any particular cards you received that are especially pretty.  Either frame them for some inexpensive holiday decor for yourself next year, or frame several of them for gifts … Continue Reading

Antique Framed Vintage Christmas Cards-Inexpensive Christmas Gift Idea & Holiday Home Decor

Vintage Christmas Cards Framed

  I love Vintage things and Shabby Chic or Cottage Decor, so I decided to “Make” a few Vintage looking Christmas gifts this year for some of the people on my list.  It was so simple and so inexpensive to do, yet makes an impressive gift that looks like you spent much more.  There are only 2 things you need to do:   Hunt for 5×7 Antique picture frames Hunt for Vintage Christmas Cards   In my case, I didn’t have to do much hunting, because the things I found are not real antiques, just brand new vintage looking items.  It literally took me all of about 5 minutes to find and put together my gifts.  However, if you are a person who enjoys garage sale hunting, or antique mall … Continue Reading

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Inspired Sandwiches!

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer…Had a very shiny nose!   And if you ever saw it…  Are you singing along with me yet?  :)   Today’s inspiration is a fun little “recipe” if you will, on how to make Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Sandwiches.  This is a Fun (and yummy) project that would be great to make with kids or grand kids.  I suggest playing Rudolph music or watching the classic Christmas movie about Rudolph while making (or eating) these.  I think the kids will get a kick out of that!  By the way..if you don’t have children, no worries.  I have included an adult variation of this project as well.   To see step by step photos on how to make these, and get the scoop on adult … Continue Reading

Autumn Appetizers-Bacon Cheddar Ham Cups!

Fresh out of the oven

Get ready for an easy YUMMY Fall recipe that makes the perfect party food or dinner complement!  While most of the things I make in the kitchen are from scratch and made with organic ingredients, once in awhile I just want something quick and easy to prepare that is a crowd pleaser.  When it comes to cookin’ (not baking), I quite often don’t have a set recipe-I just throw stuff together (but with a plan in mind of course).  I will do my best to tell you the quantities I used for this recipe , and if you like you can adjust things to your taste.  It’s a pretty flexible recipe!   Here is what you will need: Muffin pans (this recipe makes about 20 muffins) 1 container of refrigerated … Continue Reading

(Cooking) Tip of the Week- Handy Silicone Trivets!

retro-baking-vintage

  One of the most handy kitchen tools I use is a silicone trivet.  I actually got mine from Avon a long time ago when I used to sell it, but you can get them online and probably at various stores as well.  They are very inexpensive.  This is what mine looks like:     There are lots of uses for these things!  It’s one of those “I don’t know how I lived without it before”, items for me.  There are some obvious uses for a silicone trivet, such as : a trivet (well duh!) haha.  Great for keeping near the stove or on the table to set hot dishes and pots on A hot pad- you can use these in lieu of an oven mitt to grip the handles … Continue Reading

Autumn Recipe-Potato Ham Soup

Voila!  The finished product.  A bowl of hot, yummy good-ness!

Autumn is quickly approaching and with Fall in the air, I have been starting to crave a hot bowl of soup.  I don’t have a lot of from scratch soup recipes, so I decided this year I am inspired to try some out to add to my recipe book!  What I like about soup is that it’s usually fun and easy to prepare, you can put it in a crock pot to have later.  Plus- usually soup is a healthy,balanced meal complete with veggies and protein. The first new soup recipe I made to (prematurely) kick off Fall (Hey it did drop down to the 50′s tonight!) is for a hearty- Potato Ham Soup!  Ingredients: 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled & cut into small cubes 2 cups water 1 small … Continue Reading

Make Your Own Perseverance Poncho! -Vintage Knitting Pattern

Now that's better (no more invisible arms)!  This chenille poncho is a reminder to me of what can happen when you don't give up too soon.

I want to introduce a new category I will be posting stuff under occasionally.   Since creating is my passion, I have a category tab on my home page called “Let’s Create!”  There will be various different sub categories under this tab in the future, but for now you will find “Let’s Get Cookin’ “ (which already has some content) and now my newest sub category “Knit Together.”  My goal is to make this section of my blog a fun area of participation where you can create along with me. In the future I will probably do some YouTube video tutorials on how to knit different things.  I also will try to share a variety so that people at all different creative levels of experience can join in.  It’s more fun … Continue Reading

How to Clean/Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware

  In a previous post, I discussed what’s cool (and healthy) about cooking with Cast Iron.  If you want to catch up and check that article out just click on this title: “Tip of the Week-Cooking with Cast Iron & Creative Grilled Cheese Ideas”. This week’s tip is a follow up on how to take care of your cast iron.  Let’s talk first about Cleaning.     Washing Your Cookware: Some people will tell you to never use soap to clean your cast iron.  It depends on what I am cooking as to if I use soap or not.  If I am making something like grilled cheese for example, I don’t use soap.  With grilled cheese you can actually just wipe out the pan with a napkin when done (if … Continue Reading

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