Red Velvet Cake Balls

I was so impressed the first time that I tasted a red velvet cake ball.

The red velvet cake ball just seemed like it was hard to mike since it tastes so good.

These Are Really Good Red Velvet Cake Balls

red velvet cake balls

Red Velvet Cake Balls, and really most other cake balls, are not that hard to make.

The truth is that these Red Velvet Cake Balls are really easy to make. They are also tasty and impressive treats.

It really is all about the cheat.
And by cheat, I mean, there really is not a whole lot that you need to do to make this.

Cake balls really are just bite sized pieces of cake that are dipped some kind of frosting or chocolate .
Sometimes, cake balls are are also decorated with sprinkles, nuts, or even melted chocolate. Can you say yum???

Those cake pops that we love are really just cake balls.
Cake balls that someone has stuck a stick into and then dipped into chocolate. We love cake balls on a stick because they are so easy to eat. Plus, these tiny bites of cake kinds of limit just how much cake we are going to consume in that one sitting...if you know what I mean.

What I like about cake balls, on a stick or otherwise, is that they make such a cool presentation.
Put some cake pops into a pot or stick into some foam (or both together) and you have a cute gift for someone. Tie a bow around a stick and give cake pops out at a party or wedding.

Or simply place your cake balls onto a plate or dish and look at them for thirty seconds while you contemplate which one you will bite into. #guilty.

These Are Really Good Red Velvet Cake Balls

Here is how to make Red Velvet Cake Balls

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Here is what you will need to make Red Velvet Cake Balls
Red Velvet Cake Balls are so easy to make and so good to eat!
  • 1 Box- Red Velvet Cake Mix- prepared as directed on box
  • 1 16 ounce container or equivelent homemade- Cake Frosting- flavor of choice
  • About 2 pounds Chocolate bark or candy coating of choice-
  • As Needed- Optional sprinkles etc
  • Optional Candy such as chocolate kisses to put into the center of the ball...yum..
  • Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box. Allow to cool entirely
  • When cake has cooled, divide the cake in quarters to make it easy to work with. Place each quarter into a large bowl or work with one bowl, using one quarter of cake at a time.
  • Crumble up the cake by hand in the bowl. Yes, crumble it up...
  • You will only need about 3/4 of the container of frosting to make this. Remove 1/4th of the container and set aside.
  • Now add equal amounts of frosting to each bowl. You will most likely need to get your hands dirty with the mix (oh no!-right?). When your mixture is ready to roll into balls, you can roll balls to about 1 to 1 1/2 balls. Set each ball on wax paper that is on a baking pan (use a couple of waxed paper covered pans for ease) after you have rolled them out and as you continue working.
  • Freeze your formed balls for at least an hour.
  • When you are ready to finish your balls, remove the first tray of them from the freezer.
  • Have the chocolate or whatever kind of topping you have chosen melted as per directions on the bag. I usually use the microwave method as it is easy to make and easy to clean up
  • Using two forks, roll each fork around in the melted chocolate until covered and then place the ball back on the waxed paper tray.
  • Before the chocolate fully hardens, add any sprinkles or toppings
  • When your first tray is completed, place it into the refrigerator and then repeat with the second tray.


Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: About 50 cake balls

These Are Really Good Red Velvet Cake Balls

Wanting to make cake pops out of these?
Use cake pop sticks instead of the forks to coat these.

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Super Easy Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

If you were to ask a half dozen people what is in Minestrone Soup, you will probably get at least a dozen different answers.
Minestrone soup is that Italian mainstay soup that has become a mainstay soup in kitchens beyond the Italian kitchens.

Super Easy Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

Super Easy Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

When I think of Minestrone soup, I think of a hearty tomato-based soup that also has some veggies and some pasta.

Beyond that, the specifics of which veggies and pastas, is purely left to what I have on hand in my kitchen and what I may be craving at the moment.

Minestrone soups at the moment are featuring beans it would seem.
Legumes in general seem to be rather popular and popular not just with the folks avoiding meat- vegetarians and vegans especially. Legumes are said to be pretty healthy for us too.

The Mayo Clinic says that legumes, for the most part, are low in fat and contain no cholesterol. Legumes are also high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. Not only that, the Mayo Clinic says that legumes contain beneficial fats and soluble and insoluble fiber.

It is easy to see why people are leaning towards eating more legumes from what the experts are telling us.
Adding legumes to our food is one easy way to eat more of them. Minestrone Soup is one easy way to get more legumes into our diets.

I am making my Super Easy Minestrone Soup in a slow cooker.

Obviously, if you can make it in a slow cooker, you can most likely make it on the stove or elsewhere.
I just love the ease of putting ingredients into my slow cooker, going to yoga class, and then coming home to something wonderful to fill my tummy.

Super Easy Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

It's winter around here and I can't think of any better way to enjoy it than with a bowl of filling soup. Minestrone Soup is one of my favorite winter soups to enjoy.

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Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup


A delicious and hearty winter favorite


- 3 cups- Soup Broth- can use chicken or beef or both (can even use bullion cubes+water)

- 1 28 ounce can-Diced Tomatoes (without draining the Juice)

- 15-16 ounces-Beans, your choice;kidney or white

- 1 Diced-Onion

- 2 Diced-Celery

- 1 Cup-Pasta- your choice ( it will cook in soup)

- 1 14 ounce can-Crushed Tomatoes

- To Taste-Seasonings, such as pepper, basil,oregano etc

- Optional- diced-other veggies such as potatoes, green beans, zucchini, or carrots


- Simply place all ingredients into your slow cooker.

- Set the cooker on low. Cook for 4-6 hours covered.
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Yield: 6-8 servings

Serve your soup with a sprinkle of cheese on top or with a side of bread if you like.

Super Easy Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

Blueberry Mug Cakes for 2

Valentines Day 'season', yes season, always reminds me of what folks can do as a couple.
Instead of enjoying something for just myself, I am reminded, thanks to the 'holiday of romance', that two can be more fun than one.

How to Enjoy Blueberry Mug Cakes for 2

How to Enjoy Blueberry Mug Cakes for 2

Mug cakes are in a way, genius.

Mug cakes are so easy to make because there is so much less work to do to enjoy them.
Making a mug cake in the microwave saves all of that time that I would normally waste in prepping pans and cleaning pans, let alone waiting the 30 minutes for something to bake.

Don't get me wrong.
I do love cake. I love cake especially when the cake is fresh and I enjoy that first piece.
After that first piece of cake I start to feel guilty about all of those calories that I consumed. Then I look over to the remains of the cake and all the time that I am thinking about how good that cake looks and tastes, I am the last person who really needs those calories.

Mug cakes are so easy to make and so easy to limit my indulgences.

Normally, we would make most anything baked with blueberries into a muffin.
Blueberry muffins are a favorite around here. We take a morning blueberry muffin breakfast very seriously. Only fresh blueberries will do for us.

We all may be asking, what is the difference between a blueberry cake and a blueberry muffin.
They really are close to being the same thing. A blueberry cake will probably have a bit more sugar in it. A blueberry cake is a cake. Cakes are meant to be eaten as a dessert which many folks equate as being sweet.

A muffin is not widely considered to be something sweet.
As a muffin, we expect to eat it with breakfast or with tea as a snack. We don't normally think of muffins as something that we enjoy as dessert.

This is a recipe for blueberry cakes for two.
Two, as in Valentines Day, couples, or two servings. If you are wanting to make this for one, simply cut the recipe in half or find yourself a large mug to make it in.

While on the subject of mugs, you will need to use mug to make this blueberry mug cake in. That mug should be microwave safe. That mug may also get hot so, be prepared to take precautions.

How to make Blueberry Mug Cakes for 2

How to Enjoy Blueberry Mug Cakes for 2

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How to Enjoy Blueberry Mug Cakes for 2

How to Enjoy Blueberry Mug Cakes for 2


A blueberry cake made in a mug. This recipe is for two cakes or one large cake depending on the size of the mug.


- Butter- 4 tablespoons

- AP Flour- 1/2 cup

- Brown sugar or coconut palm sugar- 5 tablespoons

- Baking powder- 1/2 teaspoon

- Cinnamon- 1/2 teaspoon

- Eggs- 2

- Milk- 2 tablespoons

- Vanilla Extract- 2 teaspoons

- Blueberries- 2 tablespoons

- Optional- sugar for dusting

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- Instructions:

- This works best if made one at a time. Simply split the ingredients in half if using two mugs and alternate cooking in the microwave between the two mugs. 10-12 ounce microwave-safe mugs are recommended.


- Melt the butter in each mug, separately as mentioned. It should take about 30 seconds.

- Add the wet (eggs, mile, vanilla) ingredients to the mug and beat together.


- Then add the dry ingredients (everything remaining except for the blueberries) to the mug and mix.

- Carefully, as to not over-mix, fold in your blueberries.

- Microwave for a minute, each mug alone. If cake seems dry and able to pull away from the mug, it should be finished. If it is not finished, microwave for another 30 seconds, repeating until done. Depending on the wattage of your microwave, it should not take more than two minutes per mug to finish.

- Sprinkle a bit of sugar or alternative on top if desired.
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Yield: 2 servings

How to Enjoy Blueberry Mug Cakes

Here is How to Enjoy Blueberry Mug Cakes for 2

As mentioned, since this is a recipe for two, enjoy your mug cakes as a couple with some coffee or beverage of your choice :)

14 of the Best Uses for PARCHMENT PAPER

Are you using parchment paper in the kitchen?
Parchment paper has quickly become one of my go-to must-haves.

14 of the Best Uses for PARCHMENT PAPER

14 of the Best Uses for PARCHMENT PAPER

I remember once when I had just purchased new baking sheets and was baking a popular pan cookie dessert. I pre-treated the pan, just as many of us do, with baking spray. What I was left with after baking my delicious dessert was a stained pan with stuck-on food.

Then I discovered parchment paper.

I use parchment paper for just about anything that goes into my oven it seems these days.
Parchment paper has not only become my best friend when it comes to baking cookies and other desserts. Parchment paper is my friend when I make homemade pizzas.

I make homemade pizza just about every week. I use to treat the pizza pans with every kind of 'professionally suggested' idea- from corn meal to olive oil. I still had a stuck on nightmare. Then I tried making my pizzas on parchment paper.

The beauty of using parchment paper under my pizzas is that I can roll out my dough on the parchment paper and easily transport the crust on it's paper to the pan for topping and baking.

Using parchment paper for pizza baking was pretty much a "DUH" moment for me.
Not only was I preparing my pizza dough and easily transporting it to the pant with the paper, I was having close to zero cleanup on the pan. A total "duh" moment for me.

14 of the Best Uses for PARCHMENT PAPER

Not sure what you can use parchment paper for? Try these ideas.

  1. Make a really cool looking snack cone out of a piece of parchment paper by rolling it up like an ice cream cone. Kids will especially enjoy eating a snack on the go out of a parchment paper cone.
  2. Homemade muffin tin or ramekin liners are a cinch when you cut out a square of parchment paper and use a cup or mug to help you fit it into what you are lining.
  3. Store sliced cheeses with a bit of parchment paper between the slices to prevent the slices from sticking together.
  4. Line a drawer with parchment paper. White parchment paper will make it easier to see what is inside of the drawer and will help catch dirt and stains. Parchment paper will help make for an easy drawer cleanup- simply lift the paper out of the drawer catching other items with it!
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  6. Wrap baked goods using parchment paper as your wrapping paper for a nice and functional look.
  7. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper the next time you bake cookies. The cookies will not only lift off easily, they probably won't burn.
  8. Freeze items, such as pre-made cookies or patties, with parchment paper between each item to keep them from sticking.
  9. I use parchment paper in baking pans when I am making something such as cereal bars or oatmeal and peanut butter bars. When the bars set, all you need to do is lift them out of the pan using the parchment paper and cut them into pieces.
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  11. Quick and easy place mats, especially for kids or when serving a messy meal, can be made out of parchment paper that has been cut to size.
  12. Parchment paper can sometimes be reused especially when you are baking multiple batches of goodies such as cookies.
  13. Line just about anything that will be baking with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Parchment is good alternative until about 415-420 degrees.
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  15. Line a box or other container with parchment paper if you are giving some tasty homemade gifts to someone for a more professional look.
  16. Parchment paper is an easy cleaning method when you are dealing with dry ingredients such as with measuring. Place a piece of the parchment paper under your work area and when the dry ingredient misses it's target (bowl, jar...) it will fall onto the paper. Then you can use the paper to easily pour the dry ingredient back.

7 Ingredient Vegetarian Stew

This is the time of the year that we like to eat stew.
We also like to eat stew that is made from vegetables.

7 Ingredient Vegetarian Stew

7 Ingredient Vegetarian Stew

Stew is one of the most popular winter foods around.
I think that it may have something to do with the heartiness of it.

I like that stew is an easy way to get vegetables into what could be a warm winter meal in a bowl.

It seems pretty easy to find a recipe for a basic beef stew.
I think that may be because beef stew has been around forever. Stew has always been an easy way to use what you may have sitting around the kitchen- such as vegetables and left over meat- in a meal that everyone seems to like.

In more recent years, folks seem to have been drawn to a meatless stew.
Using chicken or turkey may be one way to get around using that beef, that makes stew become a meal,while maintaining some hardiness.

Maintaining that stew hardiness can be a challenge when you want to keep any kind of meat, poultry, etc out of it. Without the ingredients such as these,that lend to the hardiness of the stew, the stew can pretty much resemble a soup. One way to get around this is to use eggplant.

I am calling this stew "7 ingredient".
That is because I am trying to promote the simpleness of actually making a stew without meat in it, In reality, many of use enjoy added flavors in our stew. For that reason, I have included the option of additional seasonings. Your optional seasonings can include, salt, pepper, and parsley, for example.

7 Ingredient Vegetarian Stew

7 Ingredient Vegetarian Stew

7 Ingredient Vegetarian Stew


An easy way to make a hardy meatless stew.


- Extra Virgin Olive Oil- 1/4 Cup

- Garlic- 2 cloves chopped, 2 cloves peeled

- Onion- 1 large sliced

- Potatoes- 2 large chopped

- Eggplant- 1 chopped (can sub in butternutsquash)

- Can Diced Tomatoes- 1 28 ounce can

- Vegetable Broth- 1 cup

- Optional- seasonings as desired

Optional- sliced peppers and/or carrots



-Use a large pot such as a Dutch Oven.

-On medium heat, start by cooking your onions and garlic for about a minute- for them to get warm.

-Add your chopped potatoes and eggplant, stirring them in the oil to get them covered with the oil.

-Cover and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant and potatoes become soft.

-Remove the cover and add your remaining ingredients.

- Reduce the heat to a low medium setting and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for another 15 minutes.
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Yield: 4-6 servings


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