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Pinterest Recipe: Pass or Fail??

All of us have seen these amazing recipes, DIY and craft projects on Pinterest and have either been very intimidated by them or made them only to fail miserably. Often with the recipes mostly, I think it is errors on the posters part that causes these recipe epic fails. Ingredients are either left out or the wrong amounts listed, directions are unclear etc. I have even came across pins from very reputable blogs that I believe have intentionally sabotaged recipes etc so that they look superior. These bloggers are well-known for their recipes and crafts so to have as many “mistakes” in ingredients or directions as I have found does not lead one to believe they are accidents.

I have decided to put some of these recipes and DIY projects to the test over the coming months just to see how easy or difficult they are or if they are even attemptable by the instructions given. I am someone who loves to cook and knows my way around a kitchen and a recipe and even create my own recipes as well as upcycling furniture and decor pieces and I would never mislead someone on how to do a project or a recipe so I will give you my honest attempts and opinions on them.

Recently I came across this recipe for Ham and Swiss slider sandwiches that was popping up time and time again. I cannot even count how many times its been repinned or even various people putting their new spins on it. I decided to pick one of the recipes and try it myself. I will post the original recipe that I chose and my updated version of the recipe. I didn’t have the dried mustard on hand so I used yellow mustard and just adjusted the amount. I used polish ham instead of the ham suggested.I also did not use the poppy seeds. If you have to do any kind of drug testing for a new employment, a current job or anything else, stay away from the poppy seeds as they have been known to show up as opiates.  I have to say I don’t know about the original pinned recipe but  it is DELISH and was a huge hit in this house. It is a very easy recipe to make, one pan and a bowl is all you need and very simple ingredients so it’s perfect for hectic days where you just don’t feel like cooking a huge meal. The original recipe called for these sliders to marinate overnight in the fridge, I let mine marinate for just 2 hours in the fridge and they were perfect. The sweetness of the Hawaiian bread and the brown sugar in the marinade is awesome sauce!!! If you don’t like sweet then this recipe is probably not for you. It reminds me of a honey glazed ham taste and that’s huge in our house and I even make my own glaze recipe for that too.

Here is the original recipe I found on Pinterest:

Lucy’s Ham Sandwiches


1 stick butter

1 tbs dry mustard

1 tbs Worcestershire

2 tbs brown sugar

1 tbs poppy seeds ( optional)

small Hawaiian buns

deli ham

swiss cheese slices

Bring butter, mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar and poppy seeds to a boil in a sauce pan whisk well and set aside.

Cut buns in half and layer the bottoms of the buns across a glass 9×13 pan touching each other. place on the ham and swiss and put tops of rolls on. Pour the sauce evenly over the sandwiches and place in the fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 325 bake for 10 in covered and 10 uncovered.


Now here is my version of the recipe!!


Ham and swiss Hawaiian sliders



1 stick butter

1 tbs yellow mustard

1 tbs Worcestershire

1 tbs and 1 tsp brown sugar ( i used splenda)

small Hawaiian rolls

polish deli ham’

40 calorie slice sargento swiss cheese


In a sauce pan heat butter, worcestershire, brown sugar in a med sauce pan over med heat. whisk so it does not burn. bring to a boil and set aside.

slice rolls in half and line a 9×13 glass baking dish with the bottoms. add the ham and swiss and the tops of the rolls. pour the mixture evenly over the top and place in fridge for 2 hours to marinate. place the dish on the counter to let warm back up to room temp before placing in oven as glass can break at extreme temp changes. bake at 325 for 15 minutes uncovered. serve hot.   Next I will try some variations on this recipe liking adding fresh, grated ginger, maybe some pineapple juice and garlic powder too!! Who knows I may even grill up a pineapple ring and add it to the sandwich 🙂

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Whether you make the original recipe or my version or both, come back and leave us a comment telling us what you thought and how they turned out!!


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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in cooking, family, food, Recipes


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9 One Bite Appetizers


I love to have people over and having enough appetizers that everyone will like is sometimes a very hard thing to do. You know you need variety but you don’t want something that takes as long to cook as the entrée or something you need to be a chef to prepare. Variety is the spice of life after all and the one bite recipes are perfect for any get together. You are sure to please all of your guests, even that one friend that is critical of everything and says she likes nothing you have prepared. Now you have an arsenal at your disposal to blow her away.

These recipes come from and their Good Stuff blog. It is a great place for recipes and cooking tips and so much more.


Here’s a sample:

Buffalo chicken cheese balls



Ingredients Serves 15

1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
14 cup hot sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 34 cup sharp cheddar cheese
14 cup scallion, freshly sliced
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 egg, lightly beaten
2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 vegetable oil, for frying
1 12 cup mayonnaise
12 cup packed blue cheese, broken up
12 tsp hot sauce
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
12 lemon, juiced
1 tsp garlic, chopped


  • Prep 20 min
  • Cook 10 min
  • Ready 30 min
  1. Heat oil to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Pick meat from the chicken and discard the skin. Place the chicken in a large bowl and add 1/4 cup hot sauce, pepper, cheese, and scallions and toss to combine. Roll the chicken into 2 ounce balls, about the size of a golf ball.
  3. Place flour, eggs, and bread crumbs in 3 separate bowls. Roll each ball in the flour, then the egg, and then the bread crumbs. Set aside.
  4. When the oil is hot, fry the chicken balls in batches. Cook for about 2 minutes per batch. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.
  5. To make blue cheese dip: combine mayonnaise, blue cheese, 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, lemon juice, and garlic in a large bowl. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve with chicken.
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in cooking, food, Recipes


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9 Healthy Crock pot Dinners


I love my crock pot! Seriously it is a deep and lasting relationship that makes my life easier and tastier. I love puting all the ingredients in and locking that lid and going about my day. I will occasionally stroll into the kitchen just to tell my crock pot how grateful I am for him and what a good job he is doing. He likes the praise!!  I am always looking for new crock pot recipes to add to my ever-growing collection.

I found 9 great and healthy recipes for the crock pot lovers out there. These recipes are from The Good Stuff and all of them look mouth-watering!


How does crock pot chicken tacos sound? Or Weight Watcher approved hamburger soup? YUMMMMMMMMM


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Ghirardelli Chocolate 20% off all online orders

Just saying the name Ghirardelli Chocolate makes my mouth water. It is one of my very favorite chocolates, especially the caramel filled ones. yummmmmm… Where was I again, oh yes. they are offering 20% off all online orders now through 5/25/15. Use code TAKE20 at checkout.  The only things excluded are gift cards and sale items. Stop and browse through a few recipes while you are there, I promise you won’t be disappointed, addicted, but not disappointed.  You also get a free hot cocoa packet with every order.



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Mason Jar Salads: How to

Have you ever seen a mason jar salad? They look so awesome. But did you know there is a right way to make one? It is kind of like a science so that you make sure you get the nutrients you need! The layers are designed to get you the most nutrition. I think if I had tried to make one before seeing this article, it probably would have just been thrown together and sure would not have looked as pretty as these.

This tips are from My Fitness Pal, which is one of my favorite fitness apps. You can log your food, water and exercise intake as well as look at your nutrition for the day and log your weight loss progress. I started using it 6 weeks after my bariatric surgery last year and it has helped with every one of the 106 pounds I have lost. It is amazing how much it helps you stay on track to journal your intakes.

You can head over to the Mason Jar Salads How to post on My Fitness Pal and learn how to make your own nutrient packed salad. You can also get recipes to make your own healthier salad dressings.




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Easy Grill Potatoes

Easy Grill Potatoes

Warm weather has finally arrived!! I don’t know about you but we love to grill and it is finally time to roll out the trusty grill and clean off the Winter grime and get to grilling! When we grill I like to cook the whole meal at one time. The meat, the potatoes and a side, all go on the grill. Why heat up the kitchen if you don’t have to? There are so many recipes for the grill that you never have to fire up the stove all Summer long.

One of my favorite dishes to cook on the grill is potatoes. I like to call this recipe campfire potatoes because the first time I saw them made was on a fire pit with metal grate over the top while we were at  a friend’s cabin for the weekend. They are so easy and so delicious. What I love about these potatoes is that you can add just about anything you want to them and they will still come out amazing!

Here is how we do it:

Easy Grill Potatoes


6-8 potatoes peeled and cut into chunk pieces

2 sticks unsalted butter

1/2 to 1 whole medium green pepper diced

1 medium onion ( I used sweet onion but you can use any)

salt/pepper to taste

2 long strips ( about 12 inches) of heavy-duty foil


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Place one strip of foil across a baking sheet vertically not horizontally ( length of the pan)

place the other sheet of foil on top of the other one but horizontally ( the length of the pan)

fold all four sides of the foil up a bit ( so potatoes do not fall off)

spray the foil with cooking spray

place the chunked pieces of potatoes inside the foil

cover the potatoes with the diced green pepper and the chopped onion

cut the 2 sticks of butter into pats and place them on top of the potatoes making sure you cover them in every spot you can.

salt and pepper to taste

fold the sides of the foil up and over the potatoes, covering them completely

fold the bottom piece of foil the same way

the second piece of foil is to make the bundle easier to hold without the potatoes falling out

I keep the “package” of potatoes on the pan until I place the foil onto the grill. Cook on low to medium heat for about 15-20 minutes. Checking at about 15 minutes so they don’t get crispy. Every grill cooks differently.


I usually add cooked bacon to these but we were out, darn it! It really makes them even more delish! You can add different types of peppers, green onion, cheese, tomatoes, and so much more. I have even added fresh green beans and oh is it good!! We were cooking chicken breasts with these potatoes so we put the potatoes on first then added the chicken about 8-10 minutes in and they were done just about the same time.


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Almost Sugar-Free Caramel Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

Almost Sugar-Free Caramel Apple Crumble Cake Recipe


Yesterday I was spending some time with my mom for Mother’s Day and my dad got to talking about Father’s Day and of course, how he did not want any gifts, not even a card, because it’s a waste of money and he doesn’t need anything. The same conversation we have every year 🙂  But he did happen to mention I could make him one of my sugar-free treats instead of a gift. I told him that’s a long ways off daddy are you sure you want to wait and with a smile he tells me he will take sweets any time!  My whole life my dad was a huge sweet eater but now being very close to diabetic he has had to change things quite a bit.

So tonight my hubby was at work and the house was quiet and I decided to play around in the kitchen yet again!( I swear the song , Here we go again by White Snake was playing in my head) This is what I came up with. This one takes a little more work but let me assure you it is so very worth it. This one has been claimed my best so far by very knowledgeable and experienced judges, my mommy and daddy. I hope you enjoy as much as we have!  This recipe replaces the oil in the cake with applesauce. This not only lowers the fat content significantly, it also makes the cake amazingly moist. The moistness of the cake and the crunch of the crumble is one amazing combination!








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Caramel Apple Crumble Cake


1 box Pillsbury sugar-free yellow cake mix

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

about 1 tbs + 1 tsp cinnamon

1 can Comstock no sugar added apple pie filling

1 jar Smuckers sugar-free caramel sundae topping

1 cup Splenda brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup( 4 tbs) unsalted butter cut into cubes softened




1 box Pillsbury sugar-free yellow cake mix made as directed on the box except instead of the 1/3 cup oil use 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce. If you get the individual cups, one of them is 1/3 cup and pour into 9×13 glass or ceramic baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Then sprinkle a light amount of cinnamon on top of the cake batter before placing it in the pre-heated oven to 325 degrees.

TIP: with using applesauce instead of oil the batter cooks faster so keep an eye on it. Bake about 17-20 minutes remembering that all ovens are different. When the cake is about 3 or 4 minutes from being done remove from oven.

Next make the caramel apple filling. This can be done while the cake is baking. In a large bowl  mix the apple pie filling, cinnamon and caramel sauce, mix well until all is blended.  Set aside until cake is almost done. When cake removed from oven spread the caramel apple topping all over the cake like frosting.

In a large bowl place the 1 cup Splenda brown sugar and 1 cup all-purpose flour and blend well with a hand mixer. Slowly add in the softened cubes of butter and mix on high. As you add in the butter make sure it is getting folded into the mix well. The mix will look all crumbly, that’s what you want. If having a hard time with the butter use your fingers to mix it in. When it is fully incorporated, sprinkle all over the apple mixture, coating it well and getting it into the corners. Place it back into the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 10-12 minutes. It will be hard to tell if it is browned , After 10 minutes carefully feel the crumble with your finger, lightly, if it feels hard, it’s done. Remove from oven and let cool or eat warm, which is what we did.

It is perfect the way it is but you can serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  You can even shave some dark chocolate over it for an even more amazing flavor. Want to go gourmet? Top it with coffee flavored ice cream.  You can add slivers of almonds on top.

You can also top with whipped cream then add as a garnish:

  • cranberries
  • currants
  • banana slices
  • fresh grated ginger
  • drizzled honey
  • plum slices
  • cherries
  • peach slices

and whatever you desire.


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