Caramel Sauce

December 6
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Caramel Sauce
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Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Caramel Sauce
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Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 1 cup
Instructions
  1. In a heavy pan add the water. Pour the sugar evenly over the top and place pan over medium heat swirling gently by the handle until the sugar dissolves and syrup is clear. Avoid letting the syrup boil until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. When sugar is dissolved, increase the heat, cover tightly and boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Uncover and continue to boil until it begins to darken around the edges. Gently swirl until the syrup turns deep amber.
  4. Remove from heat and add the butter. Gently beat with a whisk until butter is incorporated.
  5. Stir in heavy cream. If caramel sauce becomes lumpy set pan over low heat and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and pinch of salt.
  6. Cover and refrigerate up to one month. (When re-heating you can add some water if it is too thick.)

Hoot Owl Cookies

October 2
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hoot owl cookies
Hoot Owl Cookies
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Servings Prep Time
24-28 cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
24-28 cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 2 hours
hoot owl cookies
Hoot Owl Cookies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
24-28 cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
24-28 cookies 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
8-12 minutes 2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cookies
Instructions
  1. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt the chocolate and let cool slightly. Mix in the baking soda.
  3. Remove 2/3 of the cookie dough to a floured surface. Blend the chocolate and soda mixture into the remaining 1/3 of the dough.
  4. Roll out 1/2 of the light dough into a 16" x 4" strip. Shape 1/2 of the chocolate dough into a 16" long snake and place in the center of the light dough. Mold the light dough around the chocolate and wrap in foil. Repeat with the remaining dough and chill for 2 hours or up to 5 days.
  5. Cut the dough into slices approximately 1/4" thick. Put two slices together (dampen the touching edges). Pinch the corners to create "ears". Place two chocolate chips in the center of the dark dough to create eyes and a whole cashew in the center for the beak.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until edges are very slightly browned. Check often. Cool completely and store in airtight container.

Fancy Egg Scramble

May 7
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brunch casserole
Fancy Egg Scramble
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Servings Prep Time
9 x 13 casserole 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 x 13 casserole 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
brunch casserole
Fancy Egg Scramble
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Servings Prep Time
9 x 13 casserole 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 x 13 casserole 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: casserole
Instructions
  1. Melt the first 3 Tablespoons butter in large skillet. Add the meat or mushrooms (or combination) and brown, adding the green onions at the end.
  2. Add the 12 beaten eggs to the meat mixture and scramble. Set aside. (mixture will appear moderately moist)
  3. Make the sauce by melting the 2 Tablespoons butter and whisk in the 2 Tablespoons of flour and pepper.
  4. Add 2 Cups milk and whisk over med/low heat until slightly thickened. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
  5. Pour sauce over the scrambled egg mixture and gently fold together. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  6. Melt the remaining 4 Tablespoons butter in a large pan and toss in the bread cubes and paprika. Stir until bread is coated with the butter and then top the casserole with the croutons.
  7. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  8. Let casserole come to room temperature and then bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 30 minutes.

Chocolate Cherry Cake

February 6
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Chocolate Cherry Cake
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Servings Prep Time
1 layer cake 30 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 layer cake 30 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Chocolate Cherry Cake
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Servings Prep Time
1 layer cake 30 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 layer cake 30 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: layer cake
Instructions
  1. For the Cake: Drain and rinse the cherry pie filling. Press the cherries between several layers of paper towels until very dry. Chop the cherries fine and measure out 1/2 cup. (can discard remaining pie filling cherries)
  2. Gently fold the 1/2 cup chopped cherries and 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips into your prepared white cake batter.
  3. Grease and flour 2-3 8 inch cake pans depending on how many layers you like. Divide batter among the pans. Bake on the middle rack of a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until a pick comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool completely.
  4. For the Cherries: Melt remaining 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips and butter in a bowl. Holding the stems of the maraschino cherries, partially dip them into the chocolate and place them on parchment lined plate. Refrigerate until hardened, at least 10 minutes.
  5. For the Frosting: Beat 5 drops (or more) red food coloring into your prepared frosting and blend until you have the desired color. Adding color can be optional.
  6. To assemble: Spread 3/4 cup icing on bottom layer. Repeat with the second layer. Top with final cake layer and frost top and sides with remaining buttercream. Decorate the top with the whipped cream and chocolate dipped cherries.

Lavender Pound Cake

February 6
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Lavender Pound Cake
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Servings Prep Time
2 small cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 small cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Lavender Pound Cake
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Servings Prep Time
2 small cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 small cakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: small cakes
Instructions
  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add the sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl add the flour and salt and set aside
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, alternating with the flour/salt mixture. mix well with each addition ending with flour. Then add the lemon, vanilla, almond extracts and the apricot nectar-mixing until blended. Fold in the lavender flowers by hand.
  4. Pour batter into two well greased, small pudding molds (similar to a small bundt or angel food pan) or you can use an alternate container such as a ovenproof bowl or clean, new, flour pot. you may need to adjust the bake time if using a container without a hollow center like the molds)
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven set at 315 degrees for 1 hour and 20-30 minutes or until pick comes out clean.
  6. Cool 15-20 minutes. Loosen edges of pan with a knife and turn out from pan and cool completely. This cake freezes wonderfully. You can ice it and serve immediately or wrap well and freeze for up to 6 months.

Chocolate Revel Bars

June 2
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Chocolate Revel Bars
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Servings
1 9 x 13 pan
Servings
1 9 x 13 pan
Chocolate Revel Bars
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Servings
1 9 x 13 pan
Servings
1 9 x 13 pan
Ingredients
Servings: 9 x 13 pan
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the flour, eggs, vanilla, soda, quick oats and mix until blended. Spread 2/3 of mixture in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Set aside. In a double boiler melt the chocolate chips, condensed milk, 2T. butter and 2 t. vanilla until smooth. Pour chocolate mix over the base layer in the pan. Dot the top with the remaining 1/3 of the oatmeal mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden.

easy almond-vanilla icing

April 2
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easy almond-vanilla icing
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Servings
1 cake
Servings
1 cake
easy almond-vanilla icing
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Servings
1 cake
Servings
1 cake
Ingredients
Servings: cake
Instructions
  1. cream together the cream cheese & butter, add in the liquid flavors.
  2. begin adding powdered sugar a cup at a time and milk if needed until you reach your desired thickness.
Recipe Notes

if you’re not piping cupcakes the icing may not need to be as thick.  i actually used about 3-4 cups for this cake so i could make a thinner coating (and it is easier to spread on a full cake if it’s not too thick!)