Monday, December 16, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats : Easy Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

   Anything red velvet is my favorite . Ice cream , cake , cupcake..anything! Big sister and I made the same cookies last year for Santa. This is very easy to whip up since it uses a box of red velvet cake mix.


1 Red Velvet Cake mix
1 Tbsp water
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 12 oz White Chocolate Chips


Preheat  oven to 350 degrees

Mix all the ingredients except for the white chocolate chips.
Once mixed , Fold in white chocolate chips.

Place 1 tbsp scoop onto a lined cookie sheet

Bake for 10-12 minutes

Isn't that just pretty and yummy!

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Friday, December 13, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats : Melt in your Mouth Corn Bread

You know what the Mandeville's also loves about Christmas aside from the sweet desserts and Christmas Eve dinner ? We also get excited about the left over ham. We make the ham and bean soup on Christmas Day. And IT IS REALLY GOOD. I got the recipe for ham and bean soup from my husband. He told me that the soup reminds him of his childhood with his Grandma Lucille. So to keep the tradition and to make new memories, I always make the soup on Christmas Day. Well, also on Easter.

You know what's good with the ham and bean soup? This Corn Bread. Melt in your mouth corn bread. What's a better way of ruining a good soup other than serving a dry corn bread..right? I don't like a crumbly and dry corn bread that will surely make you choke. This recipe is the opposite of that! Moist , delicious and melt in your mouth! 


1 16 oz can of cream style corn
1 16 oz can of whole kernel corn , drained
 1/2 cup  to 1 cup of milk
2 boxes of Jiffy corn bread mix
3/4 cup melted butter


Preheat oven 350 deg.

Combine all the ingredients. Don't over mix, just enough that ingredients are well incorporated.

Pour batter onto a greased pie plate or a 9x13 baking dish.

I always use a pie plate. But you can use any glass baking dish .

Bake for about 30-35 minutes.

now that is yummy!

Pineapple Ham Skewers

Thursday, December 12, 2013

12 Days of yummies and treats : Cake Mix Cookies

Day 6 of our Christmas yummies and treats ! I love stocking up our pantry during the holidays , all the baking goodies goes on sale. Cake mixes would sell for about .75 cents to .99 cents. That's a good deal and it is always nice to have the mixes when you just don't feel like baking from scratch. There are a lot of cake mix recipes you can find online..Betty Crocker's website for instance. You can just never go wrong using a box of cake mix.


1 box of yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter , melted
1 egg
1 cup of m&ms


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat cake mix , butter and egg together.

Dough will be very creamy.

Fold in M&M candies.

Using a scooper or just a spoon, scoop about 1 inch ball into a prepared lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let it cool.

Isn't that easy and delicious? They are very soft and chewy! 

For variations : You can use heath bar , snickers or Reese's miniature candies.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats : Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Squares

This by far is the easiest treat you can make.You can use pretzel sticks or the regular shape pretzels. This is also one of the easiest yummy gifts in a jar you can give away for Christmas.


1 bag of pretzels
2/3 cups oil
1/2 sugar
2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 300 deg

Pour pretzels in a cookie sheet.

In a bowl , mix your oil , cinnamon and sugar.

Pour it over your pretzels.

Stir to coat.

Bake it for 20 minutes. Check halfway and stir.

Let it cool.

and that's it. how easy this can be?

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Monday, December 9, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats : Donut Muffins

This muffin is one of those recipes that is not only good during the Christmas Season. In fact , I make them all the time. When we are craving for donuts or when I know that we will have a busy week ahead. I make them in batches as well and store it for future consumption. These are awesome with coffee or tea!

The French Puffs are also similar to these yummy babies, but they are both delicious. See here for the recipe : FRENCH BREAKFAST PUFFS.  What about you what is your breakfast guilty pleasures? My husband loves a good french toast with bacon and egg. Our girls pretty much loves bacon too and all kinds of muffins. This may not be friendly to your hips but I must warn you they are really insanely good!


1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
3/4 cups milk

1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tbsp Cinnamon

Premade mix I prepared days before. Saves me time!

Preheat  oven to 350 degrees

Mix the dry ingredients ( flour, baking soda, salt , nutmeg and cinnamon).

 Combine oil , sugar , egg and milk in a separate bowl.

 Add the dry ingredients to wet and do not over mix .

 Just stir until it is incorporated. 

Pour over greased muffin tins or lined tins.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.

While waiting, melt the butter in a bowl. In another bowl make your sugar cinnamon mixture.

When muffins are done , let it cool slightly ( warm to touch).

Here's the messy part, dip the muffins in the butter .

Now dip the muffin into the sugar-cinnamon mixture. 

Transfer into a cooling rack and let it cool completely. That is if you can resist having one. I am known to fail this part. How can I resist a warm muffin!

You can store it in your fridge ( Ziploc bag) , and warm it up when u want to indulge .
so good , I think I'll be having one here soon.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats : Oatmeal Cookies with White Chocolate & Butterscotch Chips

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Day 3 my 3 of Christmas yummies and treats. This recipe originally calls for the use of 1 cup of butter , instead I used coconut oil. I have used coconut oil as a substitute in baking before and I must say does not compromise the quality of your recipe. These delicious oatmeal cookies , also calls for 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of firmly packed brown sugar.  I decreased the sugars into 1 cup ( 1/2 cup of white and 1/2 cup of brown) . The butterscotch and white chocolate chips adds extra sweetness already.


1 cup Coconut oil ( or butter )
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups old fashioned style oatmeal ( uncooked)


Preheat oven to 375

I have prepared the dry ingredients ( flour , cinnamon, baking soda and salt) few days ago.

Combine the flour , baking soda , cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside

Cream coconut oil and sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

I don't know what was I thinking. I was using a small bowl, so i had to do a switcheroo into a bigger mixing bowl.

Beat the flour mixture thoroughly into the creamed mixture.
Scoop or drop rounded teaspoonful of the dough onto a lined baking sheet.
bake 10-12 minutes.

Easy right?

Happy Baking! 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

12 Days of Christmas yummies & treats : Peanut Butter Bundt Cake

     It's  DAY 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas yummies and treats and who doesn't like peanut butter. Hubby likes anything peanut butter. The first time I made this , I used creamy peanut butter. This time I tried the crunchy kind. Both are good, the crunchy kind gave the cake extra nuttiness and a little texture.

     I do get a lot of questions on how am I able to cook from scratch and bake often. As for any moms, it takes preparation. A day of prepping , like how I do my batch cooking with pantry staples ( Homemade Pantry Staples , I do a batch prepping of baking mixes. It would usually takes me less than an hour BUT it saves you time in the long run.

   I put the mixes in a Ziploc bag , write down the additional ingredients needed on my baking day and usually the instructions ( brain farts happen you know..) I store the bags in the fridge. Not only that it saves you time , it saves you money as well.


1 cup butter
2 cups sugar ( I reduced mine to 1 cup) , can use splenda
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter , creamy or crunchy
5 eggs (room temperature)
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup low fat milk


Preheat oven to 325

Grease and sprinkle flour ( lightly) into a large bundt pan . I used Crisco shortening to grease my pan. Grease all the creases.

In a large bowl , mix all all of these ingredients -- flour, baking powder and soda , salt. Set aside.

 In a separate bowl , cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and peanut butter ( continue mixing at a medium speed) . Add the eggs , one at a time until one egg is incorporated with the mixture. Add vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients ( flour mixture) and the milk to the cream mixture ( butter , peanut butter, sugar and egg mixture). ADD THE dry ingredients alternately with milk -- starting and ending with the dry ingredients.

Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for about 1 hr. ( 1 hr and 10 minutes at the most) .

Check if it's done using the toothpick trick. If it comes out clean , it is done.

Remove from the oven and let it cool. remove from the pan and frost or dust with powdered sugar if desired.

For chocolate frosting:

Melt about 1 cup  of chocolate chips , 30 seconds interval.  At a medium speed , cream 1/2 cup pf butter ( i only used 1/4) , 1 cup of powdered sugar and milk -- just enough mil to reach your desired consistency. You can also add a cup of butter id you like. Just pour over the top of the cake.

Happy baking!