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Good luck butta-what

It’s that time again … time for yet another tried-and-true recipe from the Emjayandthem vault.

One so simple, so good, so to-heck-with-New-Years-resolutions-where’s-the-chocolate kinda good.

It’s my Butterfinger Cake.

You read that right:  Butterfinger.  Cake.

Mmmm hmm.

Have Mercy!

Have Mercy!

So here’s the thing. I’m not a chocolate girl. I’m a potato-chip-and-dip kinda girl.   But, lots of my friends and family are admitted chocolate fiends and since I like to mess around in my Kitchen and get ‘er done, here’s what came of it.

Yep, goofing off in the kitchen and making up something fun brings out the kid in me.

Back to the cake, Jake.

So, a few years ago I came up with this lil beauty.  At the time, youngest boy had a severe hankering for Butterfingers.  And he had a birthday coming up.  Easy, peasy, pudding and pie, this Mom’s gonna bake that boy a cake that’ll make his toes curl.

And it did.

And it wouldn’t be very nice of me to keep it all to myself, now would it?

Here’s what you need to make your very own Butterfinger cake:

You thought this was going to be complicated? Naw ..

You thought this was going to be complicated? Naw ..

  • 1 box of Yellow Cake Mix, any Brand.
  • 1 box of Butterscotch Instant Jell-O Pudding
  • 3 Butterfinger candy bars
  • 1 jar of Chocolate frosting

Ready?

Grandma Pearl gave me that mixer in 1981

Grandma Pearl gave me that mixer in 1981

Prepare the cake as directed but also add the Butterscotch pudding mix. Mix all ingredients.

Pour one half of the mixture into a well greased Bundt pan (you could also use a 9 x13 pan) then top with 2 crumbled Butterfinger bars.

Oh yeah

Oh yeah

Pour the rest of the batter on top, be sure to cover the Butterfinger bits.

Cover it up as best as you can

Cover it up as best as you can

Bake according to the directions on the cake mix box .. roughly 26-28 min.

Remove from oven and let sit in the pan for about 4 minutes (this is important, if you don’t let it sit it will fall apart when you try to remove it from the pan.)

C'mere sweetness

C’mere sweetness

Take a butter knife and loosen all around the Bundt pan (don’t forget the center).  Place a baking rack on top and flip the whole thing over; gently shake the pan and watch the cake slide out.

Hello? Is it me you're looking for?

Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?

Let the cake cool on the baking rack — about 45 min or until your kid or spouse walks by and asks if they can eat it yet.

Nuke (microwave) a can of pre-made frosting (be sure to remove the lid and the foil liner) for 30 – 40 seconds, just enough to warm it and make it pour-able.

Pour it all over that beautiful cake; get jiggy with it.

Boom-chicka-mow-mow!

Boom-chicka-mow-mow!

Ready?  Crumble the last Butterfinger. Eat whatever falls off.

Load up the top of that cake with more crumbled Butterfinger pieces

Load up the top of the cake with more crumbled goodness

Last step.

Good luck.

What?

Yep, good luck getting this cake out of the house.  Your church group, office mates and Super Bowl watchers are gonna have to settle for something else.

You're weclome.

Good Luck Butta What.  You’re welcome.

Have any fun, easy recipes to share?

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Categories: Faith, Family, Food, Fun, Home, Men, Mom, Personal, Recipes, Thoughts, Uncategorized, Women | Tags: , , , , , , | 26 Comments

“Look No Further” Cheese Ball

..a cute lil' cheeseball .. all dressed up for the Holiday!

Look at that cute lil’ cheeseball .. all dressed up for the Holiday!

Your search is over.

I know what you’re after, yes I do.  You’re looking for that one recipe this Holiday Season that’ll knock their socks off.  The one … singular sensation … the one that brings them out of the woodwork to get the last scrapings off the plate, the one people will ask you about one year later.

Look no further, it’s here for you right here, right now.

Why is it so good, you ask?

I don’t know (curry) but I do know this: every single time I’ve taken it anywhere I have been asked to hand over the recipe. Every. Single. Time.

Oh, there was a time I didn’t give it up. Oh no.  I held my trade secrets close to my heart like the treasures they are …. and, truth be told, I still do that if the person clamoring is someone I’m not sure of.  You know the ones, they take your recipes and claim ’em as their own.  But .. I’m past that now.

That’s right, I’m opening the vault to you, my delicious readership, you.

Why?

Because you deserve it.  You deserve the slice of hap-hap-happiness this cheese ball recipe will add to your Holiday gatherings!

2 Words of advice? Stretchy pants.  You’re welcome. 🙂

**MJ’s Look-No-Further Cheese Ball**   (makes 3)

  • 2 blocks of cream cheese
  • 2 packets of Carl Buddig Smoked Ham, chopped (sold in the deli meats section)
  • 1 envelope of dry ranch dressing seasoning
  • 3 green onions, chopped with some green, too
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of curry (I don’t measure,  just give it a shake)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of Mrs. Dash regular or onion (I don’t measure,  just give it a shake)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • If you want to “fancy  it up” you can roll the cheese ball in chopped pecans or walnuts before wrapping. My personal pack of Wolverines could care less but some peeps like it like that.
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Directions:

Bring cream cheese to room temperature OR microwave on low heat ’til soft. Stir in seasonings: ranch dressing, curry, and Mrs. Dash. You can add a pinch of garlic powder if you’re so inclined.

Next blend in the chopped onion & ham. Lastly, add the shredded cheddar.

Divide into 3 cheese balls about the size of your palm and roll in chopped nuts if you’re getting jiggy with it.  If not, skip the nuts and wrap each cheese ball in plastic wrap. Think you’re done? Not so fast … wrap again and refrigerate immediately.  Bing, bang, boom – done!

These are best if made at least a day ahead (the ultimate party food!) but can be made up in less time than it takes you to shower and slip on your Holiday sweater!   They can also be frozen although the texture will shift from creamy to crumbly .. but still plate-scrapingly good.

15-20 minutes before serving, take cheese ball out of the fridge so it has time to soften.  Serve with your favorite crackers (we like Triscuit Rosemary & Herb … mmm), stand back  and prepare for the accolades sure to come your way.

Me? I like to set it out, step away quietly and watch the frenzy from a safe distance!

Happy Noshing 🙂

How about you? Got a “go-to” Holiday recipe to share with me?

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Don’t be scared, make my Skyline Chili Dip instead

I know the drill. You’ve got an office potluck for “All Hallow’s Eve” tomorrow and you’ve got nothing exciting to bring. Nothing that makes you feel all Snazzaroonsky inside! Don’t you worry, Auntie MJ is here to save the day.

All you have to do is make up some of my Skyline Chili Dip and you, too, can be the company hero, who needs “Captain America” or “Superman!”

You can make this in layers and cook it in the oven for a weekend get-together OR dump it all into a crock pot and let ‘er rip for the office-mates.

It’s cheesy, it’s yummy, and it’s naughty – it’s everything an office potluck commands! And it beats anything Chain-Smoker-Carl’s bringing!

Ready?  Here’s what you need:

  • 2 blocks of cream cheese
  • Chopped green onion & peppers, however much you want
  • A can of Skyline Chili (or whatever kind you like)
  • Shredded cheese, about 1 1/2 cups

That’s it.

Here’s what you do:  layer the cream cheese, then the veggies, top with the chili and then the cheese – bake at 325 for 35 min —OR —  mix all together in a crock pot, take it to your office, plug it in under your desk, push away the inquiring souls who will want to know what that DARN fine smell is coming from your office and serve it with great flourish.  And tortilla chips.

That’s it. You’re welcome.

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And, when all the ghosts and goblins are long gone and leftover candies are tempting your waistline and thwarting your fitness goals, did you know there’s an organization that’s HAPPY to get your leftover (wrapped) candy?  And that any candy you donate is shipped to our wonderful military members all over the world? Yes there is.  Click here for more info!

Happy Halloween!  

Don’t be a Ghoul, consider supporting the American Red Cross and those affected by Hurricane Sandy.  For more info on how you can help, click here

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Alfredo & more

So there’s this salad I make that’s so yummy, so good, you really won’t believe it.   You surely won’t believe what’s in it!

It shouldn’t be called salad though…. it’s salad’s naughty cousin … the pasta salad.

Rich and decadent, creamy and delicious, it’s my Alfredo Salad.

My cousin just asked for the recipe and I shared it.  Afterwards, it occurred to me to share it here with you fine folks as well.

If you follow my directions, I promise it will turn out just fine.

Enjoy!

MJ’s Alfredo Salad:

  • 1 jar of mayo ( you won’t use the whole jar )
  • 1 pkg fettuccine noodles cooked and cooled
  • 1 large can of Parmesan
  • 1/2 pkg frozen kernel corn
  • garlic seasoning

Boil noodles & let cool. Coat cooled noodles with enough mayo to coat but not drown the noodles.  Toss liberally with Parmesan cheese, sprinkle in garlic seasoning to taste and add the corn last.

That’s it.

P.S. Unless I’m baking, I don’t measure, I cook by “feel.”  You will not use all of the mayo but you will use most of the parm.

P.P. S.S. Great if made a day ahead but best if made and served the same day.

scrump-dilly-icious!

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Red, white & blue: you can, too!

It’s potluck day at the office again!  Oh do we love our potlucks.

Our theme today is Red, White & Blue in honor of our upcoming Independence Day Holiday :).  Many of you know that I grew up in Canada and we wore our red & white proudly.  When I became a U.S. Citizen, I happily added blue to my repertoire. I’m proud to be a citizen here and a “dual” there … and I’m always happy to contribute something fun to a party.

I saw this idea in a magazine; reading it over I thought, “I can do that” and guess what? So can you.

Have fun with it .. and to my Canadian family & friends … follow the steps below and just skip the blue:  have fun creating your very own True North Strong & Free delights, too!

* * * *

* Patriotic Strawberries ~~ What you need *

  • Strawberries, rinsed & dried (keep stems)  (I used 4 lbs)
  • CandiQuick or Dolci white melting chocolate (I used 2 packets of Dolci)
  • Sugar ( I used about 1/4 cup)
  • Blue food coloring ( A couple of squirts)
  • Waxed paper (enough to line your platter)
  • Paper towel (to put clean berries on & to dry with)

Instructions:

Rinse strawberries and place on paper towel.  Pat dry (be sure they’re dry or candy coating won’t stick.)

Add food coloring to sugar (use a bowl, you want a little depth here).  Try to ignore Tigers’ headlines.

Blend in sugar by mashing with a fork. At first the food coloring will want to stick together but you’ll soon convince it otherwise.

See?

Next, follow microwaving instructions on package to melt the coating (I melted and dipped one packet at a time and used 2 total).

Next, dip strawberries (one at a time) about 2/3 in the candy coating and immediately roll the bottom in the blue sugar.  Place on platter.

Resist the urge to be generous with the coating or you’ll get a gloppy mess like the one in the left:

Finished product below!

Smile, taste & celebrate!

Happy Canada Day (July 1st)!  *  Happy Independence Day (July 4th!)

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Sugar & spice and everything nice

In addition to the Easter candies around this weekend, I decided to bake something special for our guests.  Grandpa and the wee ones really enjoyed a dessert I deemed the “perfect marriage.”  What is it?

Simple – just bake up my two-ingredient Magic Pumpkin Spice Cake and top it with my Opally Delicious Carmel Icing and what do you get?  A perfect marriage of spicy and sweet.  A rich and fiber-filled cake that’s yummy with brunch, over coffee, or tucked in with their leftover care packages.

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I’m traveling for work and, after today, won’t be blogging ’till the weekend; I wish you all a happy, good week :).  -MJ

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“Magic” Pumpkin Spice Cake

Where’s the magic you ask?  2 – count ’em – 2 ingredients!

image courtesy of McCormick.com

Ready?  Here we go …

  • 1 – Spice Cake Mix*
  • 1 – 14oz can of pumpkin (not pie filling, just pumpkin)

Mix ingredients together using an electric mixer; the dough will be thick – do not add anything!  (Nope, no eggs, oil or water – nada).

Pour into a well greased 9 x 13 pan and bake for 29-32 minutes at 350.  ( It may be hard to spread out .. that’s OK, do the best you can .. it levels out at is bakes.) Since I used a glass pan, I turned the heat down to 325 and baked for ~31 minutes.  Test cake for done-ness with toothpick at 28 minutes, since ovens vary.

Let cool, frost as desired. Top with vanilla, cream cheese, caramel or German Chocolate icing- or powdered sugar – your call.   You can also add chopped walnuts to the icing if you like.

These make fabulous muffins, too!! (This makes about 14 large muffins).

*You can substitute chocolate cake mix for the spice cake mix.  You will have a moist & decadent chocolate cake and no one will taste the pumpkin – I swear!

I used Duncan Hines but store brand works, too

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