Devil’s Food Cake

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Kelly Bagnasco

Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake
You are going to get lots of requests from family and friends to make this one at family get-together’s… trust me!

INGREDIENTS

1 pkg. (2-layer size) devil’s food cake mix
1 pkg. (4 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/4 cup butter
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1/2cup sugar
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
12 OREO Cookies, coarsely crushed

DIRECTIONS

HEAT oven to 350潞F.

PREPARE cake batter and bake in 2 (9-inch) round pans as directed on package. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Invert onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.

MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool 5 min. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP and crushed cookies.

PLACE 1 cake layer on plate, spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread top with chocolate glaze; let stand 10 min. or until firm. Keep refrigerated.

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One Bowl Apple Cake

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Kelly Bagnasco

One Bowl Apple Cake
This cake is so moist and rich and just perfect for this time of year. (and easy to make!)

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Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar (adjust sugar to your liking)
2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon (adjust to your liking)
1/2 cup oil
6 medium Gala or Fuji or Honeycrisp apples
2 cups plain flour
2 teaspoons baking soda (Use sodium bicarbonate,not baking powder)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350掳. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil. Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.) Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl. Mix well (best with a fork) until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients. Pour mixture into a greased one 9×13 or two 9鈥 round pans. I used a 10 inch spring form cake pan Bake for approximately 55 minutes.

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This sure does look good.

 

APPLE CINNAMON WATER

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APPLE CINNAMON WATER

Apple-Cinnamon-Water

Boost your metabolism naturally with this ZERO CALORIE Detox Drink. Put down the diet sodas and crystal light and try this out for a week. You will drop weight and have TONS ON ENERGY! Sounds yummy!

Makes one big pitcher, re-fill water 3-4 times before replacing apples and cinnamon.

1 Apple thinly sliced (whatever your favorite is)
2 Cinnamon Sticks

Drop apple slices in the bottom of the pitcher and then the cinnamon sticks, cover with ice about 1/2 way up then add water.

 

RAW HONEY & CINNAMON

Kelly Bagnasco is a great resource for many things; these include great recipes, handy DIY projects, and life hacks that tell about numerous聽uses for many things. She has given me permission to use any of her posts that I think would be useful for my readers. She has been a blogger that I have聽followed for years. I even have made a website just for many of her great tips and聽information about the various uses for things from foods to everyday items that most people have around the house. You will see many of her posts on this website. She is so concise that there is not much else I could say to enhance any of her posts.

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Honey and Cinnamon

RAW HONEY & CINNAMON
Great information!! Cinnamon and Honey! Drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Note- honey pictured isn’t raw honey!

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

It is found that a mix of raw honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Raw honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. (Boil 1 cup water. Place 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder in a cup and add the water. Steep for 30 minutes (covered is best). When the tea has cooled, stir in 1 tsp. organic, raw, unprocessed honey.)

CANCER: Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

Natural Miracle Medicines And Treatments

There are many natural ingredients that are being re-discovered in this day and time. These are remedies that have been around for many many years. Our grandparents and their grandparents before them used these to treat all ails that befell their families.

With the coming of the internet and numerous medical websites as well as individual nature enthusiasts, many of these “miracle cures” are resurfacing now. Not a week goes by that different people are not sharing posts on Facebook about these “old miracle cures”. I will list some of the different miracle ingredients or items, whichever you want to call them, that have been posted lately. In the next few days to couple of weeks I will try to find the original posts on as many of these items as I can and聽copy them for you to be able to read about them the same as I did. Like I know that the coconut oil has numerous things that it can be used for, and some of them are medical, while some of them are not medical but just everyday life hacks and cooking secrets. I will try to find that one next. I have already copied聽one about Hydrogen Peroxide that you can read.

The list is extensive. Here goes what of it that I can remember, but it is nowhere near the list that I have read. Needless to say, being a senior citizen, my memory isn’t what it used to be. As you get older, the memory seems to be the first thing that you lose.

hydrogen peroxide

honey and lemon – are the two ingredients that are mentioned, but I add a cough drop to mine when I am fixing hot tea for a sore throat. It actually soothes really well.

vinegar

coconut oil

olive oil – one strange life hack that I remember is being able to use olive oil on sticky glue residue from labels to clean it off of the surface it is on. For example, the plastic containers that are reusable for left overs, but you want to remove the stickers from the containers. Once the stickers are removed, they leave a sticky residue on them. All you have to do is put a small amount of olive oil on the residue (just enough to cover the sticky area) and leave it for a few hours. Oil won’t dry out, so it keeps on saturating the residue and making it easy to rub off with an old rag. Then all you have to do is wash it is warm soapy dish water and you have another storage container.

baking soda

baking powder

ginseng

Vicks Vaporub – I read that if you put it on your toenails when you have some type of fungus infection, then after doing this for two weeks, the fungus is supposed to clear up.

apple cinnamon water

As I was looking through my copied posts to find the ones about the聽natural ingredients that are being re-discovered in this day and time, I came across another one on Hydrogen Peroxide. Strangely enough, these two articles have different things mentioned in them. Some of them may be the same, but the one titled “Hydrogen Peroxide Magic” has many more uses mentioned in it than the “Hydrogen Peroxide – Medical Miracle” article does.

I hope that you will find these copied articles as helpful as I have. Please leave 聽comments if聽you may wish to do so.

 

 

 

 

POTATO PUFFS

Kelly Bagnasco

POTATO PUFFS
Those are soooooo good!!

Ingredients:
3 cups of mashed potatoes
2 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream (optional extra for serving)
1 heaping cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped chives or parsley
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease with butter 8 – 9 of the wells of a nonstick muffin pan. In a medium mixing bowl whisk the eggs then mix in the sour cream. Stir in both cheeses and the chives. Add potatoes and mix well. Spoon them into the pan filling the cups to slightly below the top. Bake 25- 35 minutes until they pull away from the sides of the cup and are golden brown. Remove from oven and let them cool 5 minutes in pan. Serve with sour cream if desired.

Banana Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cupcakes w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Banana, ripe
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Butter
1 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/4 cup Sour cream ( I used Greek Yogurt)
1/2 tsp Nutmeg, ground
1/4 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
3 tbsp Walnuts (optional)
Frosting
4 oz Cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups Confectioners’ sugar

Directions:
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Beat in banana and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, mixing well after each addition.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 350掳 for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with walnuts. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 1 dozen.

Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kelly Bagnasco
Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Treat & Easy to Make

Ingredients:
4 ripe bananas
2 cups 100% whole grain old fashioned oats
3/4 – 1 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Mix the bananas & the oats together until all the oats of moistened, stir in the dark chocolate chips. Spoon out spoonfuls and roll into a ball. Bake on 350 F for 18 – 20 minutes.

Enjoy!!!

SOFT SUGAR COOKIES

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SOFT SUGAR COOKIES 
Oh how I love a good cookie! Don't these look "melt in your mouth" delicious?!! 
You can decorate them however you like! 

Ingredients:
COOKIES
3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, slightly softened to room temperature
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (makes the flavor outstanding)
2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:
In a large bowl using a mixer, beat the butter until creamed and smooth - about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on high until fully combine, about 2 minutes. Blend well.

Whisk the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Turn the mixer down to low and add about half of the flour mixture, beating until just barely combined. Add the rest of the flour and continue mixing until just combined. If the dough still seems too soft, you can add 1 Tablespoon more flour until it is a better consistency for rolling.

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment to about 1/4鈥 thickness. Stack the pieces (with paper) onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Chilling is mandatory.

Once chilled, preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. The amount of batches will depend on how large/small you cut your cookies. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut in shapes. Transfer the cut cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used.

Bake for 8-11 minutes, until very lightly colored on top and around the edges. Make sure you rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. My cookies took 9 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing. I always let mine cool overnight, just to be sure.

Make the icing and decorate the cooled cookies however you'd like. Once the icing has set, these cookies are great for gifts, sending, or munching on right away. I find they stay soft for about 5 days at room temperature.

Icing for DECORATING
Ingredients 
Original recipe makes 1 dozen cookies' worth
1 cup confectioners' sugar 
2 teaspoons milk 
2 teaspoons light corn syrup 
1/4 teaspoon almond extract 
assorted food coloring

Directions
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
Divide into separate bowls, and add food coloring to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.

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SOFT SUGAR COOKIES
Oh how I love a good cookie! Don’t these look “melt in your mouth” delicious?!!
You can decorate them however you like!

Ingredients:
COOKIES
3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, slightly softened to room temperature
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract (makes the flavor outstanding)
2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions:
In a large bowl using a mixer, beat the butter until creamed and smooth – about 1 minute. Add the sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on high until fully combine, about 2 minutes. Blend well.

Whisk the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl. Turn the mixer down to low and add about half of the flour mixture, beating until just barely combined. Add the rest of the flour and continue mixing until just combined. If the dough still seems too soft, you can add 1 Tablespoon more flour until it is a better consistency for rolling.

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment to about 1/4鈥 thickness. Stack the pieces (with paper) onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day. Chilling is mandatory.

Once chilled, preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. The amount of batches will depend on how large/small you cut your cookies. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut in shapes. Transfer the cut cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used.

Bake for 8-11 minutes, until very lightly colored on top and around the edges. Make sure you rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. My cookies took 9 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing. I always let mine cool overnight, just to be sure.

Make the icing and decorate the cooled cookies however you’d like. Once the icing has set, these cookies are great for gifts, sending, or munching on right away. I find they stay soft for about 5 days at room temperature.

Icing for DECORATING
Ingredients
Original recipe makes 1 dozen cookies’ worth
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
assorted food coloring

Directions
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
Divide into separate bowls, and add food coloring to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.