Category: Holidays



Tips, tools, and recipes to make wonderful smoothies. Smoothies are often made with ice cubes and frozen juice. We prefer frozen yogurt or a scoop of ice cream. Adding ice […]

How to Make Smoothies and Shakes



Use fondant to make beautiful cupcakes in a hurry.  There is no frosting.  Just roll out the fondant, cut the fondant into shapes, and lay the fondant on the cupcakes. […]

Make Beautiful Cupcakes with Fondant


By Casey Archibald and Dennis Weaver These are adorable cupcakes but the spun sugar nests are tricky.  The rest of the cupcakes are straightforward.  Be sure and look at the […]

Birds Nest Easter Egg Cupcakes



Valentine’s Day is just days away. Are you ready to wow your sweetheart? We have dinner in restaurants often. That’s nice, but we do it often enough that it doesn’t […]

A Guy’s Blueprint for Valentine’s Day


…Better Than A Bag When I was still in school, I worked in a potato chip factory. I quickly learned that chips off the line were much better than those from a […]

How to Make Potato Chips






We were making blondies, batch after batch, testing mixes and making blondies faster than customers in the store could eat them.  These were fancy blondies: Peanut Butter Cup, Raspberry Sour […]

Very Simple, Very Good Brownie Pops


This is the recipe that Merri Ann used for Easter dinner mashed potatoes.  It’s a combination of several recipes that she found on line with her own simple seasoning.  Good […]

Merri Ann’s Crock Pot Potatoes



“It seems like everyone has ten pounds of trouble in a five pound bucket,” someone once observed. Some days, it may seem like that.  It’s really not so. I think […]

What Thanksgiving is Really About


The Fun Way to Decorate Cookies for the Holidays When I was a child, my mother made sugar cookies for the holidays. We frosted them and sprinkled them with decorations […]

How to Paint Cookies with Food Colors



By Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidentally shot […]

Firecracker Pretzel Sticks


By Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidentally shot […]

Surprise Cupcakes – Patriotic



By Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidently shot […]

Fireworks Patriotic Beverage


Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidentally shot a […]

Patriotic Trifle



Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidentally shot a […]

American Flag Cake




By Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidentally shot […]

Patriotic Popcorn


When the warm summer nights turn crisp and clear, I find myself in an apple pie mood. And it can’t be just any apple pie; it has to be my […]

My Favorite Apple Pie