The Yummy Side of Life…

Memory from the teenage years…
July 23, 2007, 12:52 am
Filed under: Dessert

When I was a teenager, my mom and I baked something almost every weekend. I guess it was about the time when I was in high school that we found a recipe for cake mix cookies. They are SO simple and yummy (or as Rachael Ray would say… YUM-O!) Anyway, here’s the recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies

1 box (18.5 oz) cake mix (any flavor)
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients until batter is the consistency of a normal cookie batter. Mold spoonfuls of batter into balls and drop onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes.
Cookies should be slightly crispy around the edge and gooey in the center when pulled from the oven. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to wax paper.

You can also add candies to your cookies. 2 cups of baking chips (chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter) or 3/4 cups of mini M&Ms will do!!!

Have fun with this easy recipe and enjoy!


Poppin’ Fresh Barbecups
July 15, 2007, 1:58 am
Filed under: Beef, Dinner

Poppin Fresh Barbecups

Poppin' Fresh Barbecups

1/2 lb. ground beef (browned and drained)
1/3 c. barbeque sauce
1 tbsp. instant minced onions
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 can Pillsbury Grands Flaky Biscuits
8 oz. package shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, mix browned beef, bbq sauce, onions, and brown sugar. Separate biscuit dough into 8 biscuits. Place one biscuit each into ungreased muffin tin cups, pressing dough up sides to edge of cup. Fill dough cups with meat mixture; sprinkle each with cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.


Mmmm…. I love my family’s recipes. I’m not sure who made this one up, but it was most likely my grandmother. And it sure is delicioso 🙂

Tomato-Mozzarella Salad
July 9, 2007, 9:18 pm
Filed under: Sides, Vegetables | Tags: , ,

Tomato-Mozzarella Salad

2 plum tomatoes
4 oz. part skim mozzarella, cubed
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. dried basil, crushed
black pepper and salt to taste

1. Halve the tomatoes down the length of the the fruits. Mix together with mozzarella in medium-sized bowl.
2. Drizzle EVOO on mixture.
3. Sprinkle basil, pepper, and salt on top.
4. Toss with hands until mixture is well coated with oil and spices.

Serves 2.

I found the original recipe for this on However, I REALLY like basil, and it called for 3 leaves, not crushed (per serving). Eh… not enough for my taste. 1 tsp. per serving of salad really added the extra oomph that the salad needed for me (not to mention a tad of salt, which the original recipe didn’t have.