Posts Tagged With: baking

June 23 – National Pecan Sandy Day

Celebrate this food holiday by baking Pecan Sandy’s with family or friends. The recipe below is one of the simplest. Baking Pecan Sandy’s rather than buying them prepared is well worth the effort.

Recipes for Pecan Sandy’s are known to be one of the simplest and easiest baking recipes and they are very suitable for baking with children.

You may be surprised by the nutritional features of the pecan nut when used in a balanced way in a healthy diet. Some of the reported nutritional benefits of pecans include their antioxidant content, and potential for lowering “bad” cholesterol.
Classic Pecan Sandy Cookies

2 c of sifted flour
1/2 c sugar
1 c softened butter
2 tsp real vanilla extract
2 tsp water
1 c roughly chopped pecans

Cream butter and sugar together and add the water and vanilla. When thoroughly combined, add the flour and pecans and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Chill thoroughly, at least four hours.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. With your hands, roll the dough into golf ball sized balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for approximately twenty minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and enjoy.

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Get Your Cleaning On

*****I posted this during the holidays and was asked to re-post to share the earth friendly cleaning supplies recipes below. We all should be conscience of what we are doing to the earth*****
I really didn’t want to write this because I hate cleaning, I know it has to be done, and I do it, but I hate it.

I thought my cleaning recipes might help everyone get their house ready for their Holiday guests.

Recently I have started to use homemade products to clean. It’s much cheaper than store-bought and they do just as good of a job and sometime even a better job.

Some of these recipes may not smell nice all the time but will dissipate when they dry. I’m writing this in hopes that you all will feel better knowing you did something good for the environment.

The environment is really the reason I started making my own cleaning products. I hear all the talk on the news and talk radio about how we need to take care of our environment. All that made me think about what my niece and nephew and their kids and so on, will have to look forward to in later years. Will they be able to pack a lunch of tuna sandwich’s and grape soda, like my mom and dad did for my family and go to the lake for the day and spend quality time together? Will there be water in the lake for them to even enjoy? Will gas be $8.00 a gallon?

It all starts with us and trickles down to the generations. If our kids see us trying to be green and recycle they will too and so on.

These are my favor recipes.  I use them weekly, if not daily.

All-Purpose cleaner – dissolve ½ cup washing soda in a bucket of warm water.
USE: Kitchen/Bathroom – wash surface, then rinse. Not recommended for aluminum surfaces or no-wax floors. Cleans walls, counter tops, refrigerators, appliances, tiles, sinks, tub/shower, and toilet bowls.

Baby clothes – Add 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle.
USE: Baby clothes – Helps break down uric acid and soapy residue, leaving baby clothes soft and fresh.

Bathroom mold cleaner – Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) and 2 parts water.
USE: Spray on areas with mold; wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.
Warning: Be careful with hydrogen peroxide; it can take the color out of fabrics

Dishwasher Detergent – mix 1 cup baking soda with 1 cup borax (use sparingly). You can use 2 packs of sugar-free lemonade, if desired, for scent.
USE: 2 – 4 Tbsp per load, dependent on how big the load.

Floor Cleaner – Add ½ cup vinegar to ½ gallon warm water & mop. No need to rinse!
USE:To clean no-wax floors.

Multi-Purpose “Greener” Cleaner – Add the following ingredients to a 16-oz spray bottle, shake well: soap (flakes, powder, or liquid), 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar, 16 ounces (2 cups) water.
USE: Multi-Purpose


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National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

Happy National Cream Cheese Brownie Day!!

Could anything be any better than a Cream Cheese Brownie?   I think NOT!

Although there are many different variations of brownies, cream cheese is one of my very favorites.

The swirl of the cream cheese gives the brownie just the right taste of tart and sweet, YUM.

Here is one of my favorite recipes  Raspberry-Cream Cheese Brownies

I love the recipe website.  Make sure you put your zip code in the field provided  (to the right of the word INGREDIENTS).   If there is a $ sign next to an item in the recipe, click on the item and it will tell you which store in your area has the item on sale.   For extra savings make sure to match those items up with any available coupons.   Cha Ching!!   Love it.

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National Corn Chip Day

I just love these off the wall holidays.
I absolutely love corn chips, a snack food of cornmeal either fried or baked. I love the aroma and flavor of roasted corn. Typically they are seasoned with salt. Be very careful of the salt though.
C.E. Doolin entered a cafe in San Antonio, TX in 1932 and purchased a bag of corn chips. Later he discovered the manufacturer of the chips wanted to sell his business.
Mr. Doolin purchased the recipe for $100 and began to sell Fritos Corn Chips from his Model T Ford. The rest is history!
To celebrate this holiday enjoy some corn chips with:
Easy Guacamole
Taco Salad
Frito Pie

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National Blueberry Pancake Day

How in the world can you improve on pancakes?  Just throw a few blueberries into the batter and you’ve added color and antioxidants.

Not to mention how great they’ll taste.

By adding blueberries to your pancakes you get more than the extra sweetness in each bite.  You’ll be getting antioxidants, vitamin C and you’ll be helping your digestion out.

Pancakes are usually topped with a slice of butter and drizzled with syrup before biting into them.  OMGosh!!! I can’t wait. YUMMY!!

Whether you have blueberry pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I hope you have a great National Blueberry Pancake Day!

Enjoy this pancake recipe from


For those of you watching your carbs, did you know that 50 blueberries (2 oz) have only 10 carbs? It’s true.

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Order Your Valentines Cookies Early

This is a day of love to tell the special people around us how much we love them.

We show them by sending cards, candy, flowers and gifts. We can celebrate by taking a loved one to dinner.

Valentines cookies should also be a part of the celebration. Valentines cookies are the perfect sweet to send to someone special.

This is a perfect idea for the hard to buy for. Cookies are always a way to put a smile on someone’s face.

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Chocolate Cake Day is today.

Chocolate lovers UNITE!!!

Prepare to indulge yourself.

Today gives you the OK to treat yourself to your favorite chocolate cake.

This, unfortunately, has not been declared a national holiday by Congress but, it is a day that chocolate lovers will gladly celebrate.

The 3 objectives of today are to bake a chocolate cake, decorate it and then eat it.  Of course if you’re to busy then eating some cake will do.  Yummy!!!

I was unable to find any information as to who created this day or even the origin.  This leads me to believe it was created by a bakery or a card company.

Oh well, however it came about whose gonna argue with chocolate. 🙂


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Have some German Chocolate Cake on Michigan’s 175th Birthday



Here’s a new event I found on


Cake Yummy!!!


Thanks Jereme. Enjoy the Birthday!!


Have some German Chocolate Cake on Michigan’s 175th Birthday.


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Happy Christmas Eve

Just had to say “Happy Christmas Eve” to everyone before I really sign off for a few days.

I hope everyone has a very Happy Holiday.

Also, I need to thank everyone for supporting me and visiting my blog.  These first few months have been a learning experience.

Happy Holidays to everyone and please be safe.


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2 Days and Counting

Happy Holidays everyone.

There’s only 2 days left until Christmas.  Your only luck to get gifts by Dec. 25th is to shop locally.

I want to wish each and everyone of you a very Happy Holiday Season.

I will be off for the next few days.  I will be back to posting about all Holidays on Dec. 27th.

The next Holiday is New Years.  Amazon has an amazing amount of New Year’s decorations.

Follow the link below to the Amazon homepage of savings and value.

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