Reindeer and Snowmen (well, cupcake versions, anyway.)

reindeer cupcakes from Aldi

Sometimes the best-laid plans get derailed.  And boy, a lot of things have gotten derailed this last week at my house! Here was the plan: Aldi had a holiday blogger program this month that didn’t work out for me for a number of reasons, so as an alternative, I suggested that I use the gift […]

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

food processor ice cream

Back in our teen years, my sister and I used to freezer bananas and blend them up with milk to make a faux ice cream-ish sort of dessert.  It’s surprisingly delicious for something that’s just fruit and dairy. For some reason, I’ve been on a long hiatus from banana ice cream making, and lately, I’ve […]

Rolled Cut-Out Christmas Sugar Cookies


The other day, a friend asked me what sugar cookie recipe we use for frosted Christmas cookies, and I realized I haven’t shared that on my blog. So, I’m here to fix that today. Making Christmas cut-out cookies was one of my very favorite things to do when I was a kid, and so from […]

Dirt Cake (er, pudding)


I’ve seen these here and there over the years, in magazines, on blogs, and in cookbooks, but I’ve never actually made one until now. I’m a little bemused by the fact that people always call this a cake because it’s not a cake. It’s really pudding/mousse with cookie crumbs on the top and bottom. Regardless […]

How to Make 7-Layer Jello

seven layer jello

This is neither a frugal recipe nor a healthy one. BUT, when I posted a picture of this jello (which Lisey requested for her birthday meal this year) a number of you were really intrigued and asked for the recipe. And since I aim to please, I’m sharing the recipe today. I’m not sure where […]

How to make homemade marshmallows


When I got the DIY cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen and saw this marshmallow recipe, I knew I wanted to give it a try. I’d made marshmallows once, but that was long ago when I was a teenager. It’s not really possible to make cylindrical marshmallows at home, so these don’t look exactly like commercial […]