Posted by: Rachel | August 31, 2011

Cinnamon Role Pancakes

A few weeks ago, my brother-in-law, Ian, sent me an email with a link to Recipegirl’s cinnamon roll pancakes.

Oh, sinful heavens of goodness! (Quite the oxymoron, but I think you know what I’m talking about.)

bottom of a cooked pancake

Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

My sister and Ian came over the morning before I left for school and joined forces with my youngest brother and me to make this delicious “twist on a good thing.”

Instead of regular milk (as suggested by Recipegirl), we used buttermilk, which added a bit of extra tang to the batter and the finished product.

swirled pancakes on the griddle

Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

These pancakes also were a bit more cakey and fluffy than my mom’s usual buttermilk type because of the use of two eggs instead of one.

Because we didn’t change the recipe and tried to adhere to the original, I’d like to send you to her page for all the devilish tastiness and some great pictures.

pancake with glaze

Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

Oh, and you might be tempted to skip the cream cheese glaze, seen above.

Don’t.  You wouldn’t skip the frosting on a cinnamon roll, would you?!

The caramelized brown sugar hardened and the pancake bottoms got a little bit sticky and the cream cheese glaze softened the tops just enough to make the crunch gentle on my tongue.

Sheer bliss.


Posted by: Rachel | August 21, 2011

Dirt Cake

What is the attraction of dirt cake?  There’s something so primal in my adoration of crushed cookies and goopy pudding filling.

pudding part

Pudding filling. Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

The vanilla pudding gives the white part of the mix the sweet taste, the cream cheese brings the extra thickness of tongue-pleasing texture and the cool whip lightens the feeling just enough to keep the mixture from being overpowering.

The cookies are their own kick; they seal the deal.

You can even add gummy worms and put this in a flower pot to make the playground confetti idea look more authentic.

I like to put it in a glass bowl sans gummy worms and call it a masterpiece.


Photo by the Homemade Chocolatier

Options: mix the crunch of the cookies with the smooth wetness of the pudding- OR -keep the layers separate and the cookie crumbles a little more dry.

Your dirt, your way.

Dirt Cake

(recipe from family friend, Miss Kerrie)


1 large bag oreos

1/2 stick butter

8 oz. cream cheese

1/4 cup powdered sugar

2 1/2 cups milk

2 small boxes instant french vanilla pudding

1 large tub cool whip


Blend cookies in food processor until crumbly.  If you’re not privy to a food processor, a rolling pin+plastic bag+a bit of aggression will work just fine.  Transfer to a bowl and crush large pieces.  Set aside.

Cream butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl.  Fold in cool whip.

Mix milk and pudding together.  Set aside until thickened then fold into cream cheese/cool whip mixture.

If you’re feeling really creative*, you can follow the directions below.  If not, and you’re just ready to eat the frickin’ stuff, layer it in a bowl (as I did, photo above) and gobble it up daintily serve yourself and others a plateful.

*Put top of cool whip cover into the bottom of an 8″ flower pot.  Layer each, beginning with the crumbs:

Layer of crumbs

Layer of cream cheese/cool whip mixture


Top with layer of crumbs and refrigerate for several hours.

Posted by: Rachel | August 18, 2011

Why taking your time is important

(Ahem.  Climbing on top of soap box and clearing throat, glancing around the cyber sphere to make sure everyone is attentive.)

You should take your time.  Enjoy the little things in life.  Appreciate the moments you have to yourself in the kitchen.  Use scissors to open the bag of brownie mix instead of trying to brute force it open.  Don’t rush these precious minutes with your baking or you could spend many more cleaning the mess you made by not being careful.

Thank you.

(Quick bow, climbing down from soap box to the whispered wonderings of a bewildered crowd).

when the bag has had enough

Brownie Explosion. Photo by a very rushed Homemade Chocolatier


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