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{Date Balls}

If you like dates, nuts, and coconut, this recipe is yummy-licious!!


  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 c. dates
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. Rice Krispies
  • 1 c. pecans
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 bag coconut

In a large pan heat butter, sugar, & dates.  Once mixture begins to bubble allow to cook for a few minutes.  Mixture will be a caramelized color.  Remove from heat.  In a small bowl whisk eggs.  Temper eggs  by adding 1 cup of hot mixture 1 tbsp at a time.  Add egg mixture to the butter, sugar, & date mixture.  Stir.  Add vanilla, Rice Krispies & nuts.  Stir.

Place coconut in a small bowl.  Drop 1 heaping tbsp of mixture into coconut.  Mixture will be gooey.  Roll into ball.  Place on cookie sheet.  Cool in the freezer or refrigerate.

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Valentine’s Day Tradition–German Chocolate Cake w/ Homemade Frosting

The one thing I associate with VaLenTine’s DAy is German Chocolate Cake with a homemade frosting.  For as long as I can remember, my Mom made my Dad this double layered heart shaped cake for Valentine’s Day.  It is his favorite cake and we only had it once a year!  What fond memories I have of my Mom smiling as she put the last bit of frosting on the cake.  We were always so excited for Dad to walk in the door, as if every year it was an unexpected surprise to him :)

Oddly enough, when I met Doug I found out that his FAVORITE cake is German Chocolate Cake!  So the tradition continues within my own family.  Outside of the fact that this cake is made with LOVE, it is also extra special because the frosting is one that never disappoints!  Check out my recipe below.  It isn’t too late to whip one up for tonight and surprise your loved one with this cake too!!  Enjoy!!

Valentine German Chocolate Cake w/ Homemade Frosting

1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix

Follow the directions like normal.  I just pour the batter into 2-heart shaped pans and bake for the same time as 2-9” round pans. Don’t overcook!

Allow the cake to cool before removing from the pans.  You may need to cut off the top of each cake so they are flat all the way across.  If you don’t, after you apply the frosting your cake may become a broken heart :(

Homemade Frosting

3 Egg Yolks—beaten

1 C. Evaporated Milk

½ C. butter—melted

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 C. Sugar

1 ½ C. Coconut

1 C. Chopped Pecans

Beat together your 3 egg yolks, evaporated milk, melted butter and vanilla in a saucepan.  Add sugar.  Once all is combined, then heat on stove for 12 minutes until it becomes thicker.  Cook on medium to high heat, allowing it to boil.  Stir often.

 Make sure you beat the egg mixture BEFORE you begin heating or the eggs will separate. After 12 minutes, remove from heat and add the coconut and pecans.   Add to your cake!

* I suggest making 1 ½ batches of the above frosting so you have plenty to work with.  If you don’t, you will barely have enough to cover the entire cake and the extra allows your kiddos to sample as you frost the cake :)  Enjoy!!



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Easter Nests – Feature Guest: Tonya

This is my new, favorite EaSteR tReAt compliments of my friend Tonya who just shared this recipe with me.   I had to pass it along to you because I think it is so fun and yummy!!!  I photographed these pictures in her kitchen and it literally took her 10 to 15 minutes (max) to prepare.  (Not counting the hour necessary in the freezer.)   It is sooooo EaSY!! 

The ingredients for the EasTer NeStS:  1/4 cup of butter (1/2 stick), 2 cups of marshmallows, and 4 cups of Chow Mein Noodles.  Ingredients to fill the nests:  coconut & green gel food coloring for the grass, and Easter candy such as jelly beans, M&M’s, malted eggs, chocolate eggs, etc.

Measure 4 cups of ChOw MeIn NoOdLes.

MeLt 1/4 cup of butter.

Measure 2 cups of MaRsHmaLLoWs.

Add marshmallows to melted BuTtEr.

Stir marshmallows and butter until marshmallows are completely MeLtEd.

Add Chow Mein Noodles to melted marshmallow and butter MiXtUrE.


Butter a MuFfiN pan.

Butter your FiNgErS.

Use your fingers to FoRm nests.

Place in the freezer for 1 HoUr.

Remove nests with a KniFe.

Combine cOcOnUt and a few drops of GrEeN gel food coloring to make grass.

The best green grass you’ll ever EaT!

Time to fill the nests with GoOdiEs.

Place CoCoNuT gRaSs in nests.

Fill the nests with your favorite CaNdy.

Time to EnJoY!!


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