Baked or Fried wonton appetizers filled with California Raisins, goat cheese and walnuts @createdbydiane
homemade eggnog recipe @createdbydiane
Eggnog Bread Pudding @createdbydiane
how to make hummus @createdbydiane
Gingerbread Bread Sticks with Gingerbread Icing @createdbydiane

Roasted Holiday Potatoes

Roasted Holiday Potatoes from @createdbydiane

One Potato, Two Potato, Sweet Potato, MORE...   Holidays mean delicious meals and wonderful side dishes. What ever your main dish, Turkey, Ham or a Roast, this delicious and easy potato dish, will sure be a crowd pleaser. … [Continue reading]


Pumpkin Pie Spice

make your own pumpkin pie spice @createdbydiane

No kitchen should be without pumpkin pie spice, in my opinion of course. I use it for WAY more than just pumpkin pie. I used to buy it in the spice aisle, but when I would run out. I would just whip up a  batch myself and I ended up liking the combination I made. I use pumpkin pie spice all year long. I love it in syrup on pancakes, I love it in pancake batter and well let me see..... Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes, Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies, Chocolate Pumpkin Spice … [Continue reading]

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How to make ketchup

How to make Ketchup @createdbydiane

Homemade ketchup is a need to know, you don't want to be caught with a great burger or fries and not have some delicious ketchup to go with them. This post will show you how easy it is to make ketchup.   Yesterday I shared how to make Crispy French Fries, and I just knew I had to share my recipe for homemade ketchup! It's so worth making, especially if you have some delicious crispy fries or  a burger to put the ketchup on. Have you ever run out of ketchup? I have, and now … [Continue reading]


How to Bake Crispy French Fries

How to bake crispy French Fries @createdbydiane

If you have a weakness for French Fries like I do, then you will want to see how easy it is to bake up a crispy batch to enjoy them anytime!   I LOVE French Fries, and eat them every chance I get. Really, it's almost funny how much I love them. I can't remember a time I didn't LOVE them. When I was little I remember getting a big tub of French Fries while walking along with boardwalk. My mom would Fry up batches of French Fries every so often, it was always such a treat. … [Continue reading]


Maple Pancakes

Delicious Maple Pancakes with Coffee Syrup @createdbydiane.jpg

If you think breakfast should start off delicious every day. Whip up a batch of these Maple Pancakes and it will become a reality! Serving up a stack of hot Maple Pancakes with some warm this Coffee Syrup, is  a sure fire way to see lots of smiles at the breakfast table! I just love how comforting pancake are, and the aroma of these maple pancakes with brown sugar, oh my.... that is just pure coziness coming off the griddle! If you are a true maple lover like … [Continue reading]


Chocolate Football Player Cookies

Chocolate Covered Football Player Cookies @createdbydiane

Double chocolaty delicious football player cookies that are NECESSARY to cheer on your favorite team! Do you sit in front of the TV and watch the by play until the whistle is blown? or you are just listening to the big game in the background? I'll give you one guess what I'm doing when the game is on... and if you guessed baking and eating cookies, you guessed correctly! Game days NEEDS cookies! Taste testing goes without question. These adorable football … [Continue reading]


How to Roast Nuts

How to roast nuts

This is one posts that if you like nuts, you'll want to check out my tips on How to Roast Nuts. In this post you will not only learn how to roast nuts, but why Why would you want to roast nuts? The answer is simple, they taste SO delicious. Really freshly roasted nuts brings out their flavor, which is great when you are snacking on nuts, baking with them serving them with vegetables. You name it nuts are just better roasted! … [Continue reading]


Avocado Mexican Wedding Cookies

Avocado Mexican Wedding Cookies @createdbydiane

Avocados are creamy and delicious and they make these Mexican Wedding Cookies extra delicious! Cookies rolled in powdered sugar, is there anything better? The only thing better about these cookies that these cookies are healthier than your ordinary recipe, I swapped out some of the butter, for avocado... the result....YUMMY! … [Continue reading]

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How to make Chocolate Mousse

How to make chocolate mousse from @createdbydiane

Chocolate has a way of making everything better ..... Chocolate Mousse to the rescue. We all have days we need a little rescuing, don't we? It could be a major catastrophe or just the little every day annoyances, chocolate mousse is the ANSWER! Ok, maybe just for me it is. If that is the case, then I won't have to share and enjoy all the chocolate mouse myself. Somehow I doubt that will be the case in my house. The minute they see chocolate mousse, well... you … [Continue reading]

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Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies @createdbydiane

The combination of chocolate and pumpkin spice is irresistible in these adorable and easy cut out cookies. Fall is upon us and the leaves are changing colors, combining pumpkin spice orange and chocolate together in these cookies seems pretty NATURAL.... well not like leaves in all their prettiness this time of year, but these flavors are so great together...kind of natural. They are really delicious...icing is optional! That means you can bake them up quick and share them … [Continue reading]

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Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes

Chocolate Wine Cupcakes @createdbydiane

Get ready to enjoy red wine in a whole new way. These Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes are filled with a Wine Cream Filling and topped with Cream Cheese Frosting.   Just think..... you can enjoy red wine any time of day you'd like with these beauties! The chocolate and wine combination in these cupcakes make them over the top delicious, even the non wine drinkers LOVE them. Cupcakes remain one of my favorite treats to make, and just wait until you see what inspired these cupcakes. … [Continue reading]


Turkey Meatball and Mashed Potato Sandwich

Turkey Meatball and Mashed Potato Sandwich @createdbydiane

Turkey Meatball and Mashed Potato Sandwich, comfort food at it's BEST. Who doesn't need a little comfort now and then? On stressful days comfort food is KING around here. With two teenagers, some days can get pretty stressful! I am often rushing around, running the kids from here and there, ....looking like a chicken with it's head cut off. Not it's not a pretty site. I long for the slow and relaxing days. Sadly those seem to be long gone. Comfort food may just be the … [Continue reading]


Deviled Egg Dip

deviled egg dip from @createdbydiane #appetizer

I just LOVE how versatile eggs are, they go from breakfast to snacks to just about everything in between. I use LOTS and LOTS of eggs each week. In cooking and baking and my family loves hard boiled eggs. I also have one who is a deviled egg fanatic...really he will eat then as soon as they are put on a plate. I think he tries to beat his record of eating the most deviled eggs each time they are made, and we aren't talking 6 deviled eggs, he eats way more than that. Needless to … [Continue reading]


Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dip

Buttermilk Ranch Dip from @createdbydiane

If you like ranch flavor, just wait until you give this recipe a try. It may just know your socks off. October is here and Halloween is out and about in all the stores, there will be parties and get togethers left and right. This is one fun and delicious dip, that will be great with veggies and chips. All the great taste of a classic buttermilk ranch, with the creamy deliciousness of avocado. The gorgeous green avocado makes for the perfect backdrop to create this fun … [Continue reading]


Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Popcorn Cake

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Popcorn Cake #howto @createdbydiane

I'm partnering with JOLLY TIME Pop Corn to help them celebrate their 100th Birthday in October... Typically cake is in order for any least it is when my family is involved in the celebrations. Today is no different. It does deserve an Extra Special Cake... 100 years.... Well, that is cause for a POPCORN Cake in my book. Popcorn cakes are easy to make, and this has the delicious combo of chocolate and peanut butter together. It's crispy, buttery, salty … [Continue reading]