Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

Quick-and-Easy-Chocolate-Cake_2522_Crop_webDry Ingredients

2 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

 

Wet Ingredients

2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 cup boiling water

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Grease and flour cake pan. I used a 13x9x2. If you’d like a two layer round cake, use 2 9-inch round pans instead.

Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

To the same bowl, add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer.

Add the boiling water and mix well. The batter will not be as firm as your typical cake batter. It will be rather runny.

Pour evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until the cake tests done with a toothpick and the edges are pulling away from the pan.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and place onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Frost with your favorite frosting.

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Book Review: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Recipes for Long-Term Healing by Madeline Given NC

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Recipes for Long-Term Healing by Madeline Given NC

We looked over The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Recipes for Long-Term Healing by Madeline Given NC and found it to be easy to follow and well-written.

The beginning of the book explains a lot about anti-inflammatory eating and what should make up a good part of our diet.

We live in a fast-paced world where everyone eats fast on-the-go.  The book will help with that. Instead of grabbing a quick burger from the local fast food drive thru, we can have a hot, delicious, healthy meal.

Prep time is kept to a minimum and most of the cooking takes place slowly while we are doing other things. If you don’t have enough time to fix the recipes in this book, you don’t have enough time to go tell a clown head what you want to eat, either.

We think you will really like The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook.  It will make a great present for any would be cook on your list.

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Book Review: 30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss by Taylor Ellingson

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30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss by Taylor Ellingson

Suzanne and I remember the days when we were newlywed.  She could cook up anything she wanted to without having to worry about picky eaters.  We passed those years a long time ago and are now back to being almost empty-nesters.

That is where cookbooks like 30-Minute Cooking for Two: Healthy Dishes Without All the Fuss by Taylor Ellingson will now come in handy.  Suzanne can whip up small batches of food quickly and easily with no fuss or muss.

The recipes in this book are quick and easy to prepare.  Most of the recipes use only eight ingredients or less. There are easy to find ingredients that should be available in your local store.

Whether you are a newlywed couple, or empty-nesters, you will find 30-Minute Cooking for Two to be loaded with lots of great ideas.  This will make a great gift for the cooks on your list.

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Book Review: Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity by Karrie Truman

Seriously Good Freezer Meals: 150 Easy Recipes to Save Your Time, Money and Sanity by Karrie Truman

We at McClendon Villa constantly looking for ways to save time and money in the kitchen. We think Seriously Good Freezer Meals is a great way to do both.

In this book, you will find a lot of helpful information. The author gives readers a how-to-do-it guide in the front of the book and then 150 recipes with instructions for how to multiply each recipe. That way, if you only want to make one meal, you can.

We are provided with step-by-step instructions on preparing, cooking, freezing, and heating to serve each recipe.

Readers are also given instructions of what to do if they want to make the meal to serve now as opposed to freezing it for later.

We give Seriously Good Freezer Meals all five stars. The pictures alone are worth all five stars. This should be a part of your How to Manage Your Monkey budget meal planning.

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Sugar Cookie Frosting

Sugar Cookie Frosting

Halloween-Sugar-Cookies_8506_webIngredients

3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3-4 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Gel food coloring

 

Optional: Sprinkles and other candies for decorating
Additional: Piping bags or Ziploc bags, piping tips

 

To a medium-sized bowl, add sugar, 2 Tablespoons milk, corn syrup, and vanilla extract and mix until thoroughly blended.

If the frosting is too thick, add more of the milk. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.  Do this until it is the consistency that you want it to be.

Divide the frosting into separate bowls and mix with the food coloring of your choice, if you plan to color it.

Add frosting to the piping bags or Ziploc bags (cut off a small piece of a corner).  Using your desired tip size, pipe frosting onto the cookies. Add other decorations as desired.

Let the frosting harden before you eat the cookies. (Good luck with that!)  It may take awhile.

Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container.

Click here to see Sugar Cookie recipe.

 


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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Halloween-Sugar-Cookies_8506_webIngredients

1 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt

Additional: Plastic wrap and parchment paper
Note: This recipe can be successfully doubled.

In a large bowl, add the butter and sugar.  Mix together until thoroughly blended. It should be fluffy, but the butter should not be separating.  You can use either an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer.

Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until completely incorporated into the butter-sugar mixture.

In a medium-sized bowl, add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix well.  Add the flour mixture gradually to the butter mixture.

Once the mixture is completely blended, divide the dough in half. Place half of the dough on a large piece of plastic wrap.  Cover and shape into a ball. Repeat with other half of dough. Chill in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Remove dough from refrigerator.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

On a clean, floured surface, place one ball of the chilled cookie dough. Lightly flour the cookie dough.  If you want thin, crisp cookies, roll it out to a thickness of approximately ⅛”. If you want thick, soft cookies, roll it out to about ¼” thickness.  Add flour as needed to the dough and the rolling pin (and your hands!) so that the dough doesn’t stick.

Use your favorite cookie cutter shapes to cut out the cookies. To prevent the shapes from going all wonky, use a spatula to move the cut cookies to the cookie sheet.

Bake at 350°F for 9-10 minutes, or until edges start to lightly brown.

Cool completely before moving or frosting.

Click here to see Sugar Cookie Frosting recipe.

 


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Book Review: Souping Is The New Juicing: The Juice Lady’s Healthy Alternative by Cherie Calbom MSN CN

Souping Is The New Juicing: The Juice Lady’s Healthy Alternative by Cherie Calbom MSN CN

Very rarely does one see a nutrition book with a powerful message like Souping Is The New Juicing: The Juice Lady’s Healthy Alternative by Cherie Calbom MSN CN.

This book starts out with a very engrossing story and then moves on to tell us more and more about soup.  It isn’t just chock full of recipes; it also has a great deal of information about nutrition, food safety, and more.

We give Souping Is The New Juicing all five stars.  We think it is an important book and a very easy to read book.  There are stories about soup as a comfort food as well as instructions for making soup.  It also has many recipes for easy to make soups. What are you waiting for? Order your copy today.

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Gremlin Guts

 

Gremlin Guts

Gremlin-Guts_8426_5001 tub of pineapple sherbet
1 can pineapple chunks
1 can frozen concentrated pineapple juice
1 bottle/can pineapple juice
2 liter ginger ale

Scoop sherbet into bottom of punch bowl.

Add in the pineapple chunks.

Stir in frozen pineapple juice.

Pour in pineapple juice and 2 liters ginger ale.

Note: This video shows me using half of the sherbet, pineapple juice and ginger ale. There are only 4 of us here (some of us with pineapple allergies), so we don’t need the full recipe.

Book Review: Mediterranean Cookbook for Healthy Lifestyle: 70 Easy Recipes for Eating and Feeling Well Every Day, 7-Day Meal Plan by Jennifer Tate

Mediterranean Cookbook for Healthy Lifestyle: 70 Easy Recipes for Eating and Feeling Well Every Day, 7-Day Meal Plan by Jennifer Tate

All of the books on brain health we have reviewed recently recommend the Mediterranean Diet.  This book, Mediterranean Cookbook for Healthy Lifestyle: 70 Easy Recipes for Eating and Feeling Well Every Day, 7-Day Meal Plan by Jennifer Tate, explains it in a nutshell.

The recipes are easy to follow and even tell how long it takes to prepare the dish and how long to cook it.  The steps are well thought out and the recipes appear to be tasty.
We give Mediterranean Cookbook for Healthy Lifestyle all five stars.  We think you will like it.

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Ghosts in the Graveyard

Ghosts in the Graveyard

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2 packages Jello Instant Pudding
6 cups milk
10 Oreos, crushed
Milano cookies
Reddi Wip, Cool Whip, or Meringue

 

 

 

 

Prepare pudding according to package directions and let set.

After the pudding has set, spoon it into a serving dish, either a large one or individual dessert cups.

Sprinkle the crushed Oreos over the pudding to be the dirt.

Arrange the Milano cookies around the “graveyard” as tombstones.

For the ghosts, you can use Reddi Wip, Cool Whip, or meringue and make as many as you want.

Add Halloween-themed candy around the graveyard for decoration however you’d like.

Some suggestions:

Halloween Peeps

Candy Corn

Butterfinger Skulls

Reese’s Pumpkins