Helpful tips and recipes for the multi tasking mom

A little piece of sunshine March 31, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 9:00 am

Pineapple upside down cake is one of my hubby’s favorite deserts.  And lately the pineapple in the stores has been really good…so I thought I would share a great way to enjoy something .  And its a little sign that warm weather is not far off….. Hope you enjoy!!!!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

cup butter or margarine
cup packed brown sugar
slices pineapple in juice (from 14-oz can), drained( or fresh pineapple sliced)
maraschino cherries without stems, if desired
1 1/3
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
cup granulated sugar
cup shortening
1 1/2
teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon salt
cup milk
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In 9-inch square pan, melt butter in oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Arrange pineapple slices over brown sugar. Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice.
  2. In medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over pineapple and cherries.
  3. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over cake a few minutes so brown sugar mixture can drizzle over cake; remove pan. Serve warm. Store cake loosely covered.
Makes 9 servings

The perfect waffle topping…. March 27, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 8:13 pm

In this house breakfast for dinner is a common thing….We rarely get to have breakfast in the morning together – so we make up for it …..And I love fruit topped waffles….my husband will not eat a canned filling on a waffle though – he finds it just wrong….So this is one of the exceptions… and it is so good!!!!!!! P.s. they are on homemade waffles – I cannot stand a frozen waffle and a waffle to me is not a waffle unless it is round and Belgian!!!!


Strawberry-Topped Waffles

This warm and fruity sauce takes only minutes to make. It’s a nice way to present waffles or even pancakes and French toast.


  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened whole strawberries
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice, divided ****   I use apple and it works just fine!!!
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


    • In a large saucepan, combine the strawberries, 1/4 cup
    • juice and honey. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring
    • occasionally.
    • In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and remaining  juice
    • until smooth; stir into strawberry mixture. Bring to a boil; cook
    • and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.



A hearty Stew to warm you March 26, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 4:27 pm

Stews are something that is just comfort – and when its cold and blustery and that is pretty fitting today – it just seemed like a great day to post a stew….this one gets rave reviews…Hope you all enjoy and stay warm!!!

Irish Beef Stew


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (NOT extra-lean)
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
  • 1 cup of Guinness beer
  • 1 cup of fine red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1 Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Lightly salt the beef pieces. Working in batches if necessary, add the beef (do not crowd the pan, or the meat will steam and not brown) and cook, without stirring, until nicely browned on one side, then use tongs to turn the pieces over. Continue to cook in this manner until all sides are browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2 While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step one has simmered for one hour.

3 Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. Transfer stew to serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.)

Yield: Serves 4 to 6.


choc chip candy bar muffins…. March 24, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 6:49 am

I saw this and had to share it – I never thought about trying this but – why not!!!   We all have our favorite choc chip cookies and our favorite candy bars so why not combine the 2 into well a muffin pan!!!!


And all you do is make a batch of your favorite choc chip dough  – place a small amount in a sprayed muffin tin – add mini bars – a variety or whatever you choose – cover with another small scoop of dough and bake as you would your cookies – they may take a little longer depending on how much dough is added!!!!  Hope you enjoy!!!!


A grilled Veggie Packet ….that pairs well with anything March 22, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 6:54 am

As I have mentioned before I love anything that goes on the grill in the summer….and this is one of my favorites to throw on with anything – chicken,pork, London broil, steaks…. The pairing is endless…and if you make small packets they can be single serve….

Veggie Foil Packets for the Grill 

  1. aluminum foil – the thicker the better 
  2. potatoes ( any washed w skins on)
  3. carrots ( baby) 
  4. onions
  5. butter
  6. cooking spray
  7. seasonings – ex. garlic herb by Mrs. Dash ( salt free) or Roasted Garlic & Herb by McCormick s

First put out a good-sized piece of foil. Spray it to avoid veggies sticking.  Add sliced onions and thin sliced potatoes – and baby carrots seem to work best for this.  Add you favorite seasonings….and a few tablespoons butter….Next you want to seal the foil – aka make a packet out of it….this is the important step and if you have a gap then add another layer of foil…the importance of making sure it is sealed well cannot be expressed enough!!!!   Then toss on the grill and let cook for about a half hour to 45 need to flip the packet around a few times….and then you have a great side to go with your dinner!!!


Spring Rice Krispies fun for the kiddos March 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 6:58 am

If your kids are like mine then they love any recipe that involves getting their hands into it…..and this is one that is perfect for the little ones to dig into and get creative!!!!  


Everyday Recipes – Flower-shaped snacks for springtime


  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • – OR –
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • Canned frosting
  • Assorted candies

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool slightly. Using cookie cutters coated with cooking spray cut into flower shapes. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. Best if served the same day.

In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.


A cheesy garlic pull apart heaven…. March 20, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bakingmommyof3 @ 6:54 am

So in yesterday’s post I mentioned a pull apart bread….so that set me out on a mission to find an easy yet tasty pull apart bread….and this is what I found….a quick cheesy garlic heaven……


Serves 4


  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice refrigerated biscuits into quarters. Roll each piece into a ball and place into a medium bowl.
  3. Pour melted butter over the dough. Mix in Italian seasoning, garlic powder and cheese.
  4. Place dough in a single layer in the bottom of a glass pie dish.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

This looks so good…..and I cant wait to try it out!!!!  Although for this house I am thinking a double batch would be better!!!


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