Banana Pudding Poke Cake

This is a simple dessert to make, but it comes out yummy!


1 box yellow cake mix

2 boxes of instant banana pudding 5.9 oz

Vanilla Wafers

1 8 oz tub of whipped cream


Prepare cake mix as directed on box. Pour into a 9×13 pan and bake. When done, cool completely.

After cake has cooled, take a round wooden spoon handle (or something similar) and poke holes in the cake. Make sure you go all the way to the bottom.

Prepare pudding as directed. While the pudding is thickening but still pour-able, pour it on top of the cake making sure to get it into the holes.

Spread whipped topping over jello.

Immediately crumble vanilla wafers on top and gently push into pudding with back of spoon. Leave some of the cookies a bit chunky.

Put in refrigerator to finish setting . Cut and serve. You may garnish with sliced bananas if you like.

*Keep refrigerated


Cinnamon Rolls

There’s nothing like smelling cinnamon rolls baking and then enjoying them with a hot cup of coffee and your favorite creamer. They look hard to make but they’re not. Don’t let ’em scare ya!

This is my favorite cinnamon roll recipe. This one I didn’t create, but why mess with a good thing?


1 quart whole milk
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 packages active dry yeast, 0.25 ounce packets
8 cups all-purpose flour + 1 cup
1 teaspoon (heaping) baking powder
1 teaspoon (scant) baking soda
1 tablespoon (heaping) salt
melted butter
2 cups brown Sugar

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Buttermilk biscuits like mom used to make

Biscuits can go with just about anything, especially sausage gravy. You can also add different things to them to go with any meal.


2 cups self-rising flour ( if you don’t have this flour, use all-purpose flour but add , 2 teaspoons baking powder, and a dash of salt)

1/4 cup shortening (yes, I said shortening)

1 cup buttermilk

melted butter

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Banana Nut Muffins

These are great with your coffee in the morning. I love to smell them baking. I use pecans, but you can use walnuts if you like. I had to figure out actual measurements on this because I didn’t know to explain “eyeballing” amounts. LOL


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar (I use only organic cane sugar. It gives a slightly different flavor than white sugar.)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (toasted are best) or substitute walnuts

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Never trust a dog to watch your food (and other stories)

Episode 1. When we lived in Big Bear Lake, we had a dog that was a Lab/Australian Shepherd mix named Ruffy. One day we had grilled steaks for dinner and were getting ready to eat. The dog was laying down nicely across the room, sleeping. (So we thought.) My husband backed his chair up and bent down to pick up his napkin. To this day, we don’t know how Ruffy managed to cross the distance to my husband’s plate, grab the steak, and be out the back door before my husband even sat back up.

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Pizza Bites (but not hard)

These are really simple to make and are a crowd pleaser. You can make a bunch to watch your favorite game on TV, or satisfy a group of kids.


1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

1 pkg pepperoni

1 pkg string cheese

Pizza sauce for dipping

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I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian

I know there’s a huge movement on to get people to stop eating meat. While fruits and vegetables are healthy, they will never be the only thing I eat. You will see them in my recipes as side dishes, in desserts, and salads. I love meat, all kinds of meat, and don’t get me started on bacon! I believe in balance, and by that, I mean a little bit of everything. So please feel free to adjust any recipe to accommodate a special diet.

Like I always say, “You’re going to die with something, go happy!”


Chocolate chip cookie brownies

Watch out for these. Two of your favorite things — together!


1 box of plain brownie mix

1 large roll of Pillsbury (or other brand) chocolate chip cookie dough (or you can make your own)

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Chicken Noodle Soup

This soup comes out so delicious. It may not actually cure anything, but it makes my tummy feel great!


1 rotisserie chicken from store deli

1/2 bag of wide egg noodles

3-4 stalks of celery sliced

pkg of carrots cut in chunks (or you can slice)

1 pkg green bean (fresh or frozen — canned if you must)

Corn (frozen, fresh — again, canned (whole kernel) if you must)

1 large yellow onion cut in small chunks

2-3 boxes of chicken broth (use whatever brand, regular or low sodium, organic. etc.)

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