Cackling Veggie Cornbread ~ Pet Recipe

Pets are people too! Ok, that’s not exactly true, but I’ve always said that animals have personality and people who don’t agree just have not paid attention to the animals around them. We have several pets in our house. Actually, we have a lot. My husband calls them the “Dirty Dozen”. We’ve been calling them “the minions” since before that was cool – simply because they would follow him around like minions would follow a king. Since our pets are a huge part of our life, we like to make treats for them, almost as much as we like making treats for ourselves. (More so, some days because no matter what the treat looks like, they love it!) Cackling Veggie Cornbread is a pet recipe for birds. We have two parrots who just love this treat. The process is simple enough and ingredients are such that you can find at any store that sells grocery staples. In fact, this bread is something you could eat, if you didn’t mind crushed egg shells in your bread!   The end results looked like something I wanted to serve the family. Instead, I marked the packages as “Bird Treats” and served pieces to … Continue reading →

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Valentine Brownies

Valentine’s Day and chocolate go hand in hand. I’m not sure whoever came up with the idea that love is expressed with chocolate, but I’m not arguing with that tradition! This is a nice treat to make for the school Valentine’s party or to just share with your family. Of course, if you’re taking these tothe school party, you’ll probably want to double the recipe. I’ve never met any group who can eat like elementary school students! (aren’t you just ready to reach into that picture and grab a brownie?!) If you really want to impress your Valentine, cut the brownies with a heart cookie cutter before icing. Then serve the brownie on top of their favorite ice cream! Valentine Brownies Recipe Ingredients: 1 15 oz Brownie Mix 2 Eggs 3 TB Water ¼ c Oil 2 TB Butter ¼ c Milk 1 c Powdered Sugar Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the brownie mix with the eggs, water and oil or as described on the package. Place a layer of wax paper in the bottom of 9×13 baking dish. Spread brownie mix over waxed paper and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Allow brownies to cool … Continue reading →

Fruit Cocktail Cake

As a child, I remember thinking that my grandma’s favorite fruit was Fruit Cocktail. She used it in so many ways! I also remember fighting over the bright red cherries in the mixture. Everybody wanted to have a cherry and there were never enough to go around. Suggestion to the Fruit Cocktail makers of the world…create a new product that is just a big old can of fruit cocktail cherries without the cocktail! Recently I was going through grandma’s recipe box, looking for a new idea to make for dessert. I found grandma’s recipe for Fruit Cocktail Cake and thought it sounded good. It sure was simple! Fruit Cocktail Cake Recipe Ingredients: 2 Eggs 1 3/4 c. Sugar 2 1/4 c. Flour 1/2 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1 can (15 oz.) Fruit Cocktail 1 c. Nuts (optional) Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the sugar and mix together well. Add flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and juice from the fruit cocktail. Beat until smooth. Fold in the fruit and nuts (if using). Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 … Continue reading →