Blog Posts by ShiningLight

  • User post: Pistachio Bundt Cake

    This cake is really good.

    This a light, delicious cake perfect for fall, or when you just want a bit of sweetness after dinner.

    Pistachio Bundt Cake

    1 package yellow cake mix

    3 packages, 3.4 oz. instant pistachio pudding mix

    1 cup of water

    1 cup of vegetable oil

    4 eggs


    1 cup of powdered sugar

    1 tablespoon soft butter or margarine

    2-3 tablespoons milk

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    In a bowl, combine dry cake mix and pudding mix. Add rest of ingredients and with a mixer beat on low for 1 minute. Pour into a greased bundt cake pan. Bake 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing. Cool.

    Combine glaze ingredients and drizzle over cake. Enjoy.

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  • User post: Really Easy Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

    This is a really easy bread pudding recipe. 3 ingredients. No fussy instructions. Just delicious.

    Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding

    1 loaf - 16 oz. of cinnamon raisin bread, cut into 1 inch cubes

    6 cups milk

    2 boxes - 3 oz. packages of cook and serve vanilla pudding

    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Put cubed bread into a 13 x 9 pan. Toss with 2 cups of milk. Let stand 10 minutes.
    3. In a large bowl, mix 4 cups of milk with pudding.
    4. Pour over bread.
    5. Bake 1 hour, middle will not be totally set, this is okay. It will continue to cook as it cools.
    6. Cool 15 minutes.



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  • Kettle Corn

    Nothing tastes better than kettle corn on a fall evening. Just a few ingredients, a few minutes, and you are ready to watch that movie and enjoy old fashioned sweet and salty kettle corn goodness.

    Kettle Corn

    1/3 cup vegetable oil

    1/2 cup sugar

    1/2 cup popcorn kernels

    salt to taste

    Heat the oil on medium-high heat, in a 3 quart, large saucepan. Toss in 2-3 kernels. When these pop, add the sugar, then the rest of the popcorn. Cover with a lid. Hold lid and pan and shake the pan over the heat until all popping stops. Pour the hot popcorn into a bowl. Sprinkle with salt.
    This is really hot so wait a few minutes to eat.

    The popcorn should have a nice caramel color. Add nuts if you want. Add food coloring with the kernels and see what happens. Put in fancy bags and give as gifts.

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  • BBQ Meat Muffins

    This is a fun recipe that is great for parties. Make them ahead of time and reheat in the oven just before your guests arrive. They always disappear. My husband calls it a meal in one.

    BBQ Meat Muffins

    2 tube packages buttermilk refrigerated biscuits

    1 lbs. ground beef or turkey

    1/2 cup ketchup

    3 tablespoons brown sugar

    1 tablespoon cider vinegar

    1/2 teaspoon chili powder

    1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Grease or spray a muffin tin.
    3. Separate biscuit dough and press into and up the sides of the muffin tin, to form a cup.
    4. Brown ground beef. Drain.
    5. In a small bowl, mix rest of ingredients, except cheese.
    6. Mix ingredients into ground beef.
    7. Fill muffin cups with meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
    8. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately.

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  • Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

    This is a fun way to dress up, Halloween style, a favorite snack. One bowl and one pan and your done. It's also a sneaky way of adding fruit to your family's diet.

    Halloween Rice Krispie Treats

    6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

    1/2 cup raisins

    1/2 cup dried apricots, cut into small pieces

    2 Tablespoons margarine

    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1 - 10 oz. package of marshmallows

    food coloring

    1. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with Pam.
    2. In a large bowl, microwave margarine until melted.
    3. Add vanilla and marshmallows and microwave 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, until melted.
    4. Add food coloring to the marshmallow mixture. Use the package directions for orange. If using the classic drops, add 3 drops of yellow and then 1 drop of red. Stir. If you want it brighter, add 1 more drop of red coloring. Too orangy, add more yellow.
    5. Add cereal and dried fruit.
    6. Press into pan using a spatula that has been sprayed with Pam, or you can smear margarine on the spatula.
    7. Refrigerate.

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  • Halloween Apple Chips

    This is an easy recipe that is healthy too. Have your kids dip the apples in the sugar cinnamon mixture. Enjoy this anytime of year.

    Halloween Apple Chips

    2 large or 3 small apples

    1/2 cup powdered sugar

    1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. Thinly slice apples. Throw away seeds.
    4. Mix powdered sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
    5. Dip apple slices in sugar cinnamon mixture.
    6. Lay on top of parchment paper. Make only 1 layer of apple slices.
    7. Bake for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until dry. Make sure to turn apple slices over using tongs, every 45 minutes.
    8. Cool on a rack and store in ziploc bags.

    Note: Your house will smell wonderful while this is baking. This makes a great treat for your child's lunch box.

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  • Free Dunkin Donuts coffee sample

    Dunkin Donuts is giving away a free sample of their original blend coffee. Click here to enjoy their great coffee sent to your own home.

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  • Rosemary and Thyme the ultimate in mysteries

    Did you like Anne of Green Gables, Miss Marple, or Cagney & Lacey? This tv series is sure to please any gardener and mystery lover. Put your name on the reserve list at your local library for this fun DVD now. You might have to wait awhile.

    The British tv show is about 2 gardeners who end up solving mysteries. If you don't like mysteries, watch it for the stunning gardens that the British do best. The visual effects remind me of Anne of Green Gables. The mysteries are cleverly woven like Agatha Christies' Miss Marple. The we can-solve it spirit reminds me of Cagney and Lacey.

    Felicity Kendal stars as Rosemary Boxer, who loses her job as a university horticulturist. She finds her own work for private gardens and stumbles upon a murder or two.

    Pam Ferris, who starred in Harry Potter and Matilda , stars as Laura Thyme, a former police officer, who is dumped by her husband and must create a new life for herself. She meets Rosemary and the mysteries begin.

    Sadly, Rosemary and

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  • Make your own Trick-or-Treat bag

    Instead of using a grocery store bag, or a fancy store bought bag, have your child make their own. This is a wonderful craft idea for all ages. Your child will grow attached to it and will use it for years to come. They can even use to transport their Halloween costume to school.

    Supplies needed:

    Plain canvas tote bag from Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics . Or you can use an old white pillowcase.

    Tack glue or hot glue gun

    Halloween themed items such as foamies, orange buttons, colored gems, glitter, plastic leaves, light balsa wood characters, or use paint or stamps. Make it a family tradition and have your child add something new to the bag every year.


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