Monday, April 29, 2013

Breakfast Is Served

Crispy Potatoes With Fried Eggs

I LOVE breakfast and have been craving fried eggs with home fries! Here is a great recipe for home fries. Click here for Home Fries Potato Recipe. The potatoes come out nice and crispy. NOT soggy. I used red bliss potatoes but, I'm sure the russet potatoes the recipe calls for will be just as delicious! Top your potatoes with fried eggs, sunny side up eggs, scrambled eggs...whatever you are feeling up too! Also, feel free to top with cheese and Tabasco.


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Grandma Sponaugle's Poppy Seed Bread

SUPER Moist Poppy Seed Bread With Orange Glaze

When I told my husband I was making poppy seed bread, he was not thrilled. He said "I do not like poppy seed bread". But, as our house quickly filled with the aroma of a delicious baked good he HAD to try it! His reaction was "Wow, this is delicious! It's like cake! I always thought poppy seed bread was gross until this!" Haha. He can be a little dramatic. :) If you have a poppy seed bread recipe I ask you to please try this one! I guarantee you will love it!

The Original Recipe


3 Cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/8 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 Cup sugar
1 1/2 Cup milk
1 1/2 Tbs. poppy seed
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp. butter flavoring

Cream together sugar and vegetable oil. Add eggs one at a time beating well after addition. In separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, sugar and poppy seeds. Gradually add dry ingredients to sugar mixture alternating with milk and finishing with the dry ingredients. Once combined add almond, and vanilla extract. I did not use the butter flavoring. But, if you have it...go for it!

Pour batter into 2 greased bread pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. 

When bread is done cool on racks for 5 minutes. 
Frost in pan with Orange Glaze

Orange Glaze

1/4 Cup Orange Juice
3/4 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. butter flavoring
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients well and pour over warm loaves. My grandma's notes say "Very good, Freezes well." 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Lalaloopsy Cupcake Toppers

How To Make Lalaloopsy Cupcake Toppers

For our daughters 4th birthday I wanted to make some sort of "character" that she liked for a birthday cake/birthday cupcake. It seemed like all of the character's she enjoyed were hard to make into a cupcake/cake. I needed something quick and easy! She likes the Ninja Turtles...Octonauts....Barbie...and those all seemed somewhat complicated to make into a cake/cupcake. So, in my pondering I looked down on the ground...and there it was! I saw our Lalaloopsy blanket and thought "AHA!" Perfect! Naturally the first thing I did was head to pinterest and look for a how to make Lalaloopsy cupcakes. And to my disappointment, everything was made out of fondant...or looked WAY too complicated to make. I needed something fast and easy! So, here are the Lalaloopsy cupcake toppers I came up with!

What You Need

You will need some sort of flat wafer cookie to decorate. In perusing the cookie/cracker aisle at Publix I found these "Maria Cookies" According to the package they are Spain's #1 cookie. They're a great cookie to decorate because they are sturdy and not too sweet. The butter-cream icing you will be decorating with adds a touch of sweetness to the cookie making it taste a little better. :)


2 pkgs of Maria cookies
1 recipe of buttercream icing
4 drops of hot pink food coloring (I used McCormick's)
9 drops of black food coloring
Piping Bag
Cake decorating tip 10
cake decorating tip 4

Separate buttercream icing into two bowls. Add black food coloring drops to one bowl and pink food coloring drops to other bowl. Stir until you have a smooth consistency and no white icing is showing.

Once colors are to your liking, fill piping bag with hot pink icing equipped with a number 10 tip. Make 3 lines in varying lengths on each side of the cookie to look like hair. Once this is done add bangs to connect the hair.

With a piping bag fitted with a number 4 tip, make the bow and think "2 triangles" All a bow is, is 2 triangles when you are cake decorating. Make black triangles with your cake decorating tip 4 and make sure they are connected to look like a bow. :) Next make 3 small lines in the form of a smile on the cookie. Change back to tip 10 and make Lalaloopsy eyes. Place on top of your favorite cupcakes! These are quick and easy!



Sunday, April 14, 2013

Add Cheese To Your Sloppy Joe? Yes Please!

The Pioneer Woman's Sloppy Joe's + Cheese and Chips

This is a delicious sloppy Joe Recipe by The Pioneer Woman! Forget the manwich! There are NO chunky tomatoes in this recipe. You end up with a very smooth textured sloppy Joe. The recipe has brown sugar, ketchup and is full of dried spices for a "WOW" flavor in your mouth. You'll love 'em!

Here is the link to the recipe and Add a slice of American cheese! You won't regret it!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cinnamon In Every Bite Coffee Cake

  Buttermilk Coffee Cake

 Talk about a delicious not too sweet coffee cake! This cake is full of cinnamon with a wonderful crumb topping. It's a nice moist cake with cinnamon flavor in every bite. 

The Recipe

2 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp. of salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup of vegtable oil
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix flour, salt and both sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add vegtable oil and mix until ingredients crumble together. Set aside 1 cup of mixture.

In a small bowl add baking soda, beaten egg, baking powder and cinnamon to the buttermilk. Slowly pour milk mixture into flour mixture mixing until just combined. Batter will be runnie. Pour batter into a 9x13 cake pan lined with wax paper. Top cake batter with reserved crumble topping. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Mmm...Hot Milk Cake, Similar to Angel Food Cake!

Hot Milk Cake


This is a delicious spongy cake! VERY similar to an angel food cake. It's so nice and fluffy you can almost feel it jumping in your mouth!  It's a great cake that's not too rich. The brown sugar frosting compliments the cake perfectly.

The Recipe


2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup hot milk
2 tsp. baking powder
1 scant tsp. cream of tarter
5 egg whites
pinch of salt

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, sugar and baking powder several times. Once combined pour 1 cup of warm milk over mixture and mix well. Set aside. Beat 5 egg whites, when egg whites are half beaten add cream of tarter and pinch of salt. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into cake batter. Spread into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.