Christmas Cakes: Cranberry Crumble Cake

Here is the third Christmas cake made by my daughter Nicole. Enjoy! And have a Merry Christmas CRANBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE: For a three layered 8" cake you will need 2 boxes of vanilla (french vanilla is fine) cake mix. You will have leftover batter- I suggest cupcakes :) Follow the instructions for the cake mix on the back with the following adjustments: 1- Use milk instead of water 2- use melted...
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Christmas Cakes: Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Frosting

Here is the second Christmas cake recipe from my daughter that you can make for your next Christmas party. It is delicious! GINGERBREAD CAKE WITH EGGNOG CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: Walmart currently has a Betty Crocker gingerbread cake and cookie mix. You will need 2 boxes of it for a three layered 8" round cake. Use both mixes together, and add 2 cups milk, 1/2 cup melted butter, and 4 eggs....
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Christmas Cakes: Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cake

Christmas is the perfect time to spend in the kitchen creating baking traditions with your family. And Christmas is the perfect time for cake! My daughter Nicole is an excellent cake baker, and she loves making Christmas cakes. Here is her recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Stick Cake. Next week I'll feature her recipe for Gingerbread Cake with Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting, and the week after that,...
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Thanksgiving Is a Time for Pie!

Pie is actually my favorite dessert, but I rarely make pie because it takes a bit of time. Thanksgiving is pie making time for me. Last year, I made three different kinds of pie for Thanksgiving and a friend made another. The recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie is here, and the recipe for my favorite apple pie is here. I have always used the pumpkin pie recipe on the Libby's Canned Pumpkin...
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German Chocolate Cake

This cake is the go-to cake in our family for birthdays. The coconut-pecan frosting is amazing, but the cake itself is really moist and delicious. Sometimes I spread chocolate frosting up the sides, but I usually serve this cake naked—without frosting. I think you can taste the cake and the coconut-pecan frosting better without chocolate frosting. But most of my family like it better with...
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Delicious Pina Colada Cake

This is one of my absolute favorite cakes! It takes a little work but isn't hard. The cake is so moist, and if you like pineapple and coconut, you are going to adore this cake! The original recipe is a Utah State Fair winner, and you can find the original recipe here. I use my trusty Kitchenaid for a lot of the mixing that is involved in this cake. Make sure the butter is nice and soft. I got...
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Anna Helmuth’s Best Household Tips

A message from Anna Helmuth, Amish fraa, mater, and mammi and irrepressible matchmaker in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill books. Vie gehts, everybody? As a mater of 13 children, I’ve learned a lot about cooking and cleaning over the years. Here are some tips I’ve picked up. To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. Not that I’ve ever seen a...
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Au Gratin Potatoes: Delicious, Easy, and Fattening!

One of my mom's best side dishes is her au gratin potatoes. Some people call them funeral potatoes because they are a good dish to serve at a funeral. In Home on Huckleberry Hill, I had these potatoes on the menu when Mary Anne makes Jethro a special anniversary dinner. After Jethro goes fishing instead of staying home to celebrate their anniversary, Mary Anne decides that funeral potatoes were a...
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