Category Archives: Copycat Recipes

Honey Lemon Lime Raspberry Yogurt Pops

How is that title for a delicious mouthful?  I couldn’t shorten it because all of the flavors of honey and lemon and lime, plus the big bites of raspberry swimming in Greek yogurt all needed mentioning.  These are some great snacks: healthy, full of protein and real fruit.  I even got my harshest critic, The Thinker to enjoy them!Honey Lemon Lime Yogurt Pops with Raspberries: a cool and healthy treat Continue reading

Brie en Croute

Gluten Free Brie en CrouteWelcome to Day #2 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25

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Candy Cane Ice Cream Sauce

Candy Cane Ice Cream Sauce
Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

I have had this recipe written in my recipe journal since the early 1990s, waiting to be made.  I am shocked that I waited so long to make it because this stuff is seriously amazing.  I have been doling it out to my friends by the spoonful.  It’s been like, “Oh, you have come by to visit me?  Open your mouth, taste this.”  No one has been disappointed. Continue reading

Peanut Brittle

Homemade Peanut Brittle Candy
Welcome to Day #3 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

I am back with more candy, because December seems to require it.  Although this stuff is as wonderful as it gets, no one seems to make homemade candy any other time of year.    If grocery stores put sugar, extracts and other baking supplies on sale in June, maybe the story would be different, but our waistlines can heave a sigh of relief.  December is the only homemade sweet month. ..for now.  Continue reading

My Mother-In-Law’s Fudge

My mother-in-law's fudge recipe
Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th. Continue reading

English Toffee and Holiday Favorite Ingredients from Dollar General

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Every year I make up treats for neighbors and friends.  What I make changes a little every year, but the fun is in the planning and delivery of the plates.  My kids get involved, arguing over who gets to take which plate to which family.   We take an evening early in the month of December and instead of sitting in front of the television, we give.  It may be wishful thinking on my part, but  I like to think that that evening of sharing sweets with friends sets the tone for the month.

This year, I did my ingredient shopping at Dollar General, which has lower prices than most of my local stores.  They have a full line up of ingredients for all of my holiday baking needs. I find that their Clover Valley brand is just as good as most name brands.  They had a great big section all set up specifially for making treats.

I was able to get plates, candies, sugars, chocolate chips, nuts, crackers, and many other ingredients for less than $25.  I came home and fired up my stove and microwave.  I made homemade caramels, peanut brittle, fudge, chocolate covered Ritz sandwiches and English toffee and then filled 16 plates.

English Toffee has been a family favorite since I was a little girl when my mom started making it.  It is really simple to make.  I am not very good at making dipped candies, but because this recipe is broken into randomly sized pieces on purpose, there isn’t a lot of stress over whether it looks right or not.

English Toffee and Holiday Favorite Ingredients from Dollar General
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 12 oz chocolate chips
  1. Melt butter in a medium sized saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, water and corn syrup to the pan.
  3. Cook over low heat to 290 degrees F, about 20 minutes.
  4. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil.
  5. Pour hot mixture over foil.
  6. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  7. Wait a few minutes and then spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee.
  8. When cool, break into bite sized pieces.


The Dollar General Holiday holiday section can serve all of your needs.  Not only are there foods and supplies for favorite holiday recipes, but there are decorations, lights, present wrapping supplies, stocking stuffers, and great ideas for presents from toys to electronics.


#Cookbook Review: Kids Cooking Made Easy

I got my first cookbook for Christmas the year I turned eight years old.  It was a book made just for children learning to cook and made every dish look like fun.  I am sure my grandmother, who gave me the book, had no idea the adventures that would come to my life because of that gift.  Today’s review is for a new cookbook for children: Kids Cooking Made Easy: Favorite Triple-Tested Recipes
by Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek, authors of the “made easy” series of cookbooks. Continue reading

White Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cream Candies

White Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Cream CandyI have always wanted to learn to dip chocolates and make homemade candies.  When we lived in the Seattle area, I had a friend who had mastered the art as a home cook.  I looked forward each year to receiving a holiday plate filled with her creations.  It takes skill and lots of patience to make candy and I am sadly, pitifully lacking in the patience department.  Lucky for me, there are things like jars of marshmallow cream, peanut butter and quality dipping wafers like those from Ghirardelli. Continue reading

IHOP Copycat Pancakes

IHOP copycat pancakesWith all of the pancake recipes I have on this blog, I was shocked to find out that I didn’t have this, my basic recipe, on here somewhere.  In fact, I think I remember posting it when I started in 2008, but for some reason, it is gone.  Perhaps the photos were terrible (which most pre-2011 are).  However, this is a recipe that you must have.  I have never met a breakfast eater that didn’t love them. Continue reading

#Cookbook Review: Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook

With the holidays literally just around the corner, I hope you are getting lots of gift ideas from the cookbook reviews I have been doing.  Or maybe you are making a list for what you want to add to your own cookbook library.  Either way, here is another book that you may want to put on that list.  The author, Jessica Fisher, is a fellow blogger and frugal mama whose busy life has led her to budgeting her time and utilizing her freezer.  In fact, I used to link up to her “ultimate recipe swap” year ago at Life As Mom. Continue reading

Lemon Ice Cream

Lemon Ice CreamEvery year, my husband’s mother’s side of the family has a huge reunion.  Over 100 people attend from all over the western United States.  They usually gather in Idaho at a favorite campground near a beautiful lake.  Once in a while, the family chooses another place, like Oregon or California.  One thing that never changes, however, is the potluck dinner with homemade ice cream for dessert.  At least three families will opt to make Great Grandma’s recipe for vanilla ice cream with a hint of lemon.  lemon ice creamI have altered the recipe to suit Florida.  It would be considered blasphemy if I actually called this “her” recipe, but I am not in Idaho and I am not at the reunion.  Heck!  I am only an in-law anyway!  So this is Lemon Ice Cream based on an old family recipe.  That sounds good, right?!

Lemon Ice Cream
  • 1 quart 2% milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (Meyer lemon, preferably)
  1. Whisk together all of the ingredients until sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour into an ice cream maker.
  3. Process according to manufacturer's instructions.
  4. Freeze.


If you’d like to check out today’s #IceCreamWeek recipes, drool over the blogs below:

“Cake and Ice Cream” Ice Cream

ChocolateCake IceCreamThe Improv Challenge happened to fall in the midst of Ice Cream Week.  Because the theme ingredients for the month are Vanilla and Chocolate, I figured I could carry on and create an ice cream that incorporated both.   So many people like a little ice cream next to their cake, so I decided to put a little cake inside this ice cream.  This post isn’t part of the big #IceCreamWeek, but don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a Cuisenart Ice Cream Maker and 2 ice cream cookbooks HERE. Continue reading

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun! Continue reading

S’mores Poptarts

S'mores PoptartsI recently joined a Facebook group dedicated to recipe round-ups.  It’s a place to ask for and give recipe links for specific foods, like peaches or oatmeal.  Recently a couple have gone through for S’mores.  There are more s’mores recipe variations out there than you might think: cheesecake, donuts, tarts, cookies, ice cream, popcorn.  The list goes on and on.  My imagination was inspired, so there will be a few s’mores variations showing up here, starting with these poptarts. Continue reading

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup gluten free soy sauce (you can use regular if you aren't concerned about gluten)
  • juice of 3 regular sized limes + juice of ½ grapefruit
  • 2 Tbsp mustard seeds
  • 3 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • 5 cardamom pods, smashed
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 anchovies, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 slices dried ginger
  • ½ cup agave nectar
  1. Combine all ingredients except the sweetener in a 2 quart saucepan; boil.
  2. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add agave to vinegar mixture and whisk to combine.
  4. Cook sauce for 5 minutes, then transfer to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
  5. Refrigerate, covered for 3 weeks.
  6. Do not use yet!!
  7. Strain to remove solids and return to jar.
  8. Refrigerate for up to 8 months.

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce


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Homemade Onion Soup Mix

You cannot easily buy gluten-free dried onion soup mix….so of course, I made my own!!  You must make sure that your bouillon powder is gluten free. Herb Ox is one such brand.

Homemade gluten-free onion soup mix

Homemade Onion Soup Mix
  • ¾ cup dried chopped onions
  • ¼ cup beef bouillon powder (Herb Ox brand)
  • 4 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp crushed celery seed
  • ½ tsp coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Store in an air tight container.


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Gluten Free Eggs and Bacon Hot Pockets

Gluten Free Bacon and Egg Hot Pockets

Sometimes being gluten-free means giving up fun foods.  Other times, it means adjusting; substituting one thing for another.  This time, with this recipe, you don’t have to give up anything!  These gluten-free hot pockets are wonderful.

Gluten Free Bacon and Egg Hot Pockets

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Gluten Free Eggs and Bacon Hot Pockets
  • for the pastry:
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • ¾ cup millet flour
  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • 1 Tbsp xanthan gum
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup cold water
  • for the filling (per every 2 hot pockets)
  • 1 scrambled egg (cooked)
  • 2 slices cheese
  • 1 Tbsp crumbled, cooked bacon
  1. In a food processor, combine all the pastry ingredients except the water.
  2. When the mixture is crumbly, slowly add the water and pulse until a dough forms.
  3. Roll out the dough and cut into 6-8 inch squares,
  4. Place half the filling on one square and fold under and pinch the ends of the dough.
  5. Place the other half of the filling on another square.
  6. Make enough filling for the amount of hot pockets you want.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until browned and puffy.
  8. Do not overbake.


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