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Best Snack EVER: Frosting & Graham Crackers

This post comes courtesy of Miss Gabi and Mr. Lah’s Speech Class.  Her assignment was to do a demonstration speech and she chose ‘How to Frost a Cupcake’.  Can I just say YUM?

I had to write a note to her teacher so that he knew she made them without any help.  Of course, I couldn’t just leave it at ‘Yes, she did it all herself’.  Me?  No.  I also added ‘Feel free to give her another food assignment’!

The inventor of this Best Snack EVER is my sister Carol.  She is a woman of many talents; cake decorator, painter of pictures, stained glass art creator, house and yard decorator, baker of amazing cookies, caregiver, great Mom, and yes, everyone loves her.  I hate her.  Just kidding.  I admire her – always have and always will!

It was in her cake decorating that she came up with the idea of using the extra frosting by putting some between graham crackers.  Her sons and I thoroughly enjoyed her extra frosting creations.  And now you can too!

For the frosting for Gabi’s cupcakes, she used a fantastic recipe courtesy of the Food Network’s website and creator Gale Gand.  I hope you like it as much as we did:


Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


3 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup butter

 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream


In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter.

Mix on low-speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

Now for the tough part…to frost a cake or a use it all as snacks.  Hmmm…

I vote for the snacks.

Set up your station with your bowl of frosting and your pack of graham crackers, now grab your graham crackers, break them in half and slather (technical term) some frosting on half.  Use the other half to top off your creation.

We’ve discovered that the best beverage selections to complement your creation are either a glass of milk (our choice of beverage when her sons and I were younger), or a glass of wine (for us now in the ‘over 21’ category).

Ready, set, EAT!  Yummmmmmmy!

I hope you enjoy your treats as much as we did!

Patty O

ps…As you can see Miss Gabi added food coloring and made rainbow frosting.  I wish I’d taken a picture of her cupcakes, they were beautiful!



The Great Peep Connection


They spoke to me.

Yesterday, when I stopped at the gas station to pick up a few things, I saw them.

Staring at me from atop the counter.

Begging me to take them home.

Pleading with me really.

‘Please take us home…rescue us from this gas station.’

I swear they really said that.

So, of course, you know me…I have to help everyone and everything.

And so, they came home with me.

And this morning, there were only 4 left.

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Patty O

White Chicken Chili for Those C-C-Cold Winter Days

I don’t know about you, but we LOVE soups, stews, and chili on these cold winter days. And I mean C-C-Cold – our town was the coldest town in the US yesterday with a wind chill at -50.

We pulled out one of our favorite cold weather recipes on Sunday and while I was taking all the Christmas décor down, my husband made the chili (again, God I love that man!). I was given this recipe from a customer as her contribution to a project I was working on. Read more

Comfort Food…Sweet Sauerkraut and Pork Ribs

With the onset of Fall here in Northern Minnesota, I decided to share one of my family’s favorite recipes.  It’s perfect for these cool days!

You can certainly replace the pork ribs with pork chops, but I won’t substitute The Zup’s Food Market sauerkraut with any other!

This serves approx. 8-10 people.  This is a large recipe which you can cut in half…however, you’ll love the leftovers too!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sweet Sauerkraut and Pork Ribs


3# of Pork Ribs               1 Qt of Zup’s Homemade Sauerkraut

1/2 to 3/4 bag of Brown Sugar                Caraway Seeds


Brown the pork ribs in your fry pan with a splash of olive oil.

Layer them in your baking pan (I use a 12×15 pan).

Sweet sauerkraut ribs 2

Cover with strained sauerkraut.

Cover sauerkraut with brown sugar (yes, a lot!)

sweet sauerkraut ribs 3

Sprinkle Caraway Seeds over.  I put them on fairly thick.

Cover and bake in 350 degree oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hr.

Sweet sauerkraut ribs

Serve with homemade mashed potatoes and enjoy!

Patty O

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