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Can I get that Coconut Rum Cake recipe?

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I LOVE this cake and you will, too!  This is a recipe that I got from my friend, Kelsey, a few years ago.  I just made it last night for a BBQ with friends.  The cake is so moist and delicious and a big hit at any party.  Try it!

Coconut Rum Cake

1 box yellow cake mix (Kelsey recommends Duncan Hines Butter Golden)

1 small pkg. cook and serve vanilla pudding

4 eggs

1/2 Cup water

1/2 Cup oil

1/2 Cup Coconut Rum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients and mix for 4 minutes (EXACTLY 4 minutes!).  Grease a bundt pan and pour in batter.  Bake for 30 minutes or until set.

While cake is baking, make the Glaze.  In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 Cup Coconut Rum, 1 Cup sugar, and 1 stick butter.  Cook over Medium heat and stir constantly.  Allow the glaze to foam up well and immediately pour in the sides of the cake.

Allow the cake to cool completely, then invert onto a plate and serve.


Awesome Pasta Sauce!

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

This is another recipe I shared with Laurie since this sauce freezes well.  I use it when I make lasagna, mixing it with jarred spaghetti sauce to thin it out a little (I like Hunt’s Garlic and Herb).  I usually make 1 lasagna recipe in 2 8×8 foil pans, baking one that day and freezing the other.

Here’s where to find the recipe:

I use a mixture of extra lean ground beef and ground turkey for the meat called for in the recipe.  I freeze in small containers to have on hand for spaghetti night.

Easy Morning Glory Muffins

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I shared this recipe with my friend, Laurie in St. Louis, this weekend.  She was looking for recipes you can make in advance and that freeze well.  These muffins are so delicious and perfect for breakfast when you are short on time- just take 1 or 2 out of the freezer and heat 30 seconds in the microwave.

This is where to find the recipe:

I like to make mine with whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, unsweetened applesauce for the vegetable oil, Eggbeaters for the eggs, and I like to add about a 1/4 cup of dried cranberries.  Now you have a healthy breakfast treat!

Easy Granola Bars

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I LOVE this recipe!  It is super easy to make and the bars are delicious!  I especially like knowing exactly what ingredients went into the bar vs. those bought at the store.  I make mine with coconut, dried apricots, cranberries, raisins and pecans.  I omit the butter and use a can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk.  I press mine into my smallest jelly roll pan and use a pizza cutter to cut them into bars.  I store in individual snack-size baggies to have handy for a snack.

Here’s where I found the recipe:

I think the next time I make them, I might try chopped up pretzels and mini chocolate chips.  Yum!

Can I get that Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe?

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

This is Bob’s all-time favorite soup.  I like this recipe because it doesn’t use Velveeta.  I’ve made this twice in 2 weeks.  I always make it thinking I will freeze some for a quick dinner later on, but we end up eating it all!

Here’s where to find the recipe:

The changes I make: I use 2 packages frozen, chopped broccoli for the broccoli called for and omit the bouillon and water and use 1 box of low sodium chicken broth.  I shred the carrots with a box grater.  Be sure to use sharp or extra-sharp cheddar.  When the soup is finished, I use my hand blender to chop it up a little- so that it is smooth with a few chunks of broccoli.

Pineapple-Champagne Punch!

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I was looking for a champagne punch recipe to make for my New Year’s Eve party.  I found several that looked decent, but decided to go with this one.  I am glad I did!  (I think my party guests were too!)

Pineapple-Champagne Punch

1 large can Pineapple Juice

1 20 oz. can Pineapple

1 fifth vodka

1 1/2 Cups sugar

1 2-liter of 7-Up

2 chilled bottles of Champagne

Combine all in a punch bowl, adding the champagne last.  I would recommend that you have all of your ingredients in the refrigerator and combine right before your guests arrive.