Homemade Oreo Cookies


Yesterday, while we were waiting at the Doctors office  for a Lilly’s follow up appointment I was scrolling through instagram and stumbled upon a picture of these cookies!  I saw these cookies posted on 733 blogs instagram feed and Lilly was big eye’s “Oh I want those , can we make them”  – Her first question was are the soft cookies – yes, they are soft!  She was pretty excited so we stop at the grocery store for a few items.  She is still on  soft diet as she recovers from having her tonsils out last week.   

We are finding it challenging this week for finding “soft foods” that she’s interested in eating!  At this point she’s lost close to 8 lbs and my daughter didn’t have 5 lbs to lose!  So any calories that we can get into her – I’m willing to do whatever!  So if its cookies – it will be cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

So last night, I whipped up some homemade Oreo cookies!   You can find the recipe over at Chef In Training – right here

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Back to Blogging

I don’t know about you but I am so ready to get back on a schedule!  I’m counting down the days to Lilly going back to school and my husband going back on a normal shift.  I love summer and I’m sad it’s coming to an end but there something to be said about being on a schedule.  I feel like the past few weeks that I’ve been slacking here on my blog but on the same end I’ve been so crazy busy working on some new projects and having family visit that days just fly right by me!  I guess that is what summer is for but honestly, I’m ready for fall and getting back on a schedule.  

A few things that we’ve been up to this week .. 

Last night, we had Mexican Flat Bread Pizza by the Pioneer women. If you haven’t  checked out her blog it’s a must!  Her recipes are fabulous!  

Tonight we made homemade pizza and we tried Alison’s pizza crust from Oopsey Daisy~ So yummy!  

Tomorrow, we are taking off to Columbus for a few days to visit with my other sister.  Hopefully, the weather holds out and we can make  quick trip to the zoo and water park!  If not there will be plenty of shopping going on!  Okay, there might be some of that any way! 😉  

Jello Popsicles

What screams summer is here for you?  

A few things that top my list are fair cut French fries, chocolate peanut butter ice cream, towels hanging outside to dry, the smell of suntan oil and Popsicles.   One thing, that brings back summer memories for me are Jello Popsicles.   My Mom used to make up batches daily to keep up with the demand of my sister and I!  Oh, and all the  neighborhood kids!  Yesterday, I gave it a shot and made my 1st batch of Jello Popsicles.  I tried to find the Popsicle molds yesterday but every store I tried was all out!  I think I’m a little late in the season for buying Popsicle molds. Oh well, I opted for the dixie cup method.  I only filled my cups up 1/2 way so it would be less work for a 4 year old to keep up with.  If you use the dixie cup method you will need to start to freeze the Jello before you put the sticks in the mold.  Once it starts to freeze go back and stick your sticks in the middle and then continue freezing.  To remove the cups all you have to do is tear the cup off!  

Jello Popsicles 

3 oz. box of Jello 
1 cup boiling water 
1 cup cold water 
1 T. sugar

bring 1 cup boiling water to boil
add, in the box of Jello and stir until all sugar is dissolved
stir in 1 cup of cold water 
pour the finished mixture into Popsicle molds or paper cups

makes about 4-6 Popsicle depending on size 

optional you can add chopped up bits of fruit    

towels drying on the fence … signs of a good summer day at the pool!  

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July weekend!!  

Wednesday Fun

Today, we went to the pool for a few hours and Lilly had a blast!  She ran into a little girl from preschool and they had so much fun in the pool together.  It really is amazing as a parent to sit back and watch your child make there own friends!  We got home and Lilly took “rest time”  AKA – Nap Time.  I’m not  allowed to call it a Nap because I guess in the 4 year old world Nap time just isn’t cool.   In the Mommy world it is very Cool!!  

Now, we are under a severe Thunderstorm warning and we had an earthquake today!! How crazy is that an earthquake in Northeast Ohio!  I didn’t feel it because we were driving home from the pool.    I hope the storm passes so she can have swim lessons but for now all we can do is wait.  

In my spare time today , we whipped up a batch of my grandma’s raisin oatmeal cookies!  These are Daddy’s favorite and he feels a little neglected with working afternoons.  So he will have a Surprise tonight when he gets home.  

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

1 cup shortening                         1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup brown sugar                      1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup sugar                                 1/2 tsp. salt 
2 eggs                                         2 cups Quick Rolled Oats
2 cups flour                                 1 cup raisins

cream together shortening and sugars until Fluffy.  Add eggs and beat well.  Sift together flour, soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add creamed mixture and stir well.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Drop by teaspoon on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees and bake for 12-15 min.  Makes about 5 1/2 dozen.  


Garden Club

Last night, I had my neighboorhood garden club meeting and I was a co-host for this months meeting.  Which meant as a co-host I had to bring the food!  So, I thought I would share with you what I took along with my recipes.  I was so nervous about taking the food only because I had to rush and make everything by 6:15 and I started at 4:00!  But luckily, I made it and everyone loved the food!  I realized after the fact that I never took any picures!!   I was so mad when I realized this but I was down to the final second and it was pouring out when I went to take my food over to my neighbor’s house!  Thank god it was just next store this month but still it was raining so hard when I went to leave – go figure!  I hope you enjoy these simple recipes!!  


Click on Recipe name for the Recipe 😉  

Savannah Cheesecake Cookies (A Paula Deen Recipe)

This are so easy to make!!  See picture above 

Restaurant Style Salsa 

I made The Pioneer Woman’s salsa- this is so easy and YUMMY!!!  If you haven’t checked out her site yet go visit The Pioneer Woman! 

Spinach Brownies
This is one of my Mom’s recipes and again very easy to make!  

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 stick melted margarine
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup minced onion
10-oz. shredded cheddar
10-oz. cooked and squeezed chopped spinach

Mix all ingredients.
Place in a greased 9-inch square pan.
Bake in 350º oven for 30 minutes.
May be baked the day before and reheated.

Serves 8

Hummus ~ Recipe of the Day~

Today, I made hummus – Yummy! In my new found free time I’ve decided to try making new things that I normally would run out and by! I must say my 1st attempt at making hummus turned out awesome! I’m sure over time I will perfect my recipe!


Prep Time: 10 min.


(1) 16oz can chickpeas or garbanzo beans
2 T olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 juice from chickpeas
3-5 T of lemon juice ( to taste)
1 1/2 T Tahini Paste
1/2 tsp salt

Prep Time: 10 minutes



Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.

Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.

Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).

Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate

Candy Corn Cupcakes

I know Halloween has passed but I wanted to share our candy corn cupcakes we made for our kids party!

So easy – Take 1 box of white cake mix and make according to box. Then I divided cake mix in 1/2 and colored one 1/2 orange and the other 1/2 yellow. Line the bottom cupcake liner with orange and top with yellow. Then I made white frosting to top the cupcake off! So easy and the kids just loved them!

Oh well an idea to save for next year! 😉

Sunday Dinner!

{sorry for the bad photo of the recipe!}

Yesterday, after a day of cleaning up leaves at our house and then the afternoon working on Nana’s yard we were ready for a good dinner! This recipe is so easy and is the lazy way of making stuffed cabbage!

Total grocery bill was 8.20 – and I still have some tomato juice left so it was cheaper than that to make!

Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

1 Medium Head cabbage
1 1/2 lb. lean ground chuck
2/3 cup rice (uncooked)
garlic salt and salt to taste
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 egg
1/2 cup tomato juice

Precook cabbage in water until wilted. Mix together meat, rice, egg, garlic salt/salt, and chopped onion, and tomato juice. Take 1/2 cabbage and line the bottom of a 13×9 casserole dish with cabbage. Then top cabbage with the meat mixture. Then top meat mixture with rest of cabbage.

Sauce for top
1 can tomato soup
1 1/2 cup tomato juice
1/2 cup water

Pour sauce over top and cover with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. Take foil off to brown if desired.