Caramel Glazed Pumpkin Pie Cake

Caramel Glazed Pumpkin Pie Sheetcake

  • Servings: 8+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Kp Clark


  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 15oz Can Pumpkin
  • 1 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Caramel Glaze

  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Half and Half (or milk)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Pecans(optional)


  1. Preheat Oven to 350°
  2. Grease and Flour a 9 x 13 cake pan.
  3. Prepare Caramel Glaze in a Saucepan. Melt butter and add rest of ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  4. Let the Caramel boil for 3 minutes and then remove from heat. If adding pecans do so now.
  5. In a large bowl or mixer prepare cake mix according to box instructions using milk instead of water.
  6. Add the can of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice(may substitute 3/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg); mix until combined.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until cake rises and feels firm. (Do not over cook!)
  8. Pour the Caramel glaze over the warm sheet cake, spread and let cool.
  9. Serve warm or cold topped with whipped cream. Enjoy!

This is a very moist cake and I usually keep it in the refrigerator. My kids love this topped with whipped cream.

Crispy Onion and Swiss Half Sliders

I came upon this concoction purely by accident. They are quite delicious and there are so many variations that you could do depending on your own likes (Add ham or bacon bits—delicious!!). And no they are not  healthy but everything in moderation—right? You could use light mayo if you can tolerate it—more power to ya! The beauty of these gems are in the sweet slider buns. By all means you could do the larger version if you so choose. I prefer things in bite size fashion.


Crispy Onion and Swiss Half Sliders

12 ct  Sweet and Soft Slider Buns

1 Pkg  Swiss Cheese Slices

1Pkg  Crispy Onions

1c. Mayonnaise

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 c. Sliced Green Onions

Honey Mustard (optional)

On a large cookie sheet lay slider buns split open.  In a small bowl mix 1c. Mayo, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 c. Green onions.  Spread Mayo mixture on to all the buns. Top each with crispy onions and then the swiss cheese slices. Place under broiler  for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.   I like to drizzle a little honey mustard on top. Voila! Easy appetizer for a crowd.

Apple Graham Bette

Apple Graham Bette

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A traditional apple dessert with a graham twist, named after my grandmother

Credit: Kp Clark


  • 5 Cups Sliced Apples ( I like Granny Smith)
  • 1/4 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Stick of Butter cut in to squares.


  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Vanilla Ice Cream


  1. Preheat Oven to 350°
  2. Peel and slice 4 cups of apples and mound in a deep dish pie plate.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of orange juice over the apples.
  4. In a stand mixer add the flour, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and butter(add pecans if using), mix till it becomes crumbly.
  5. Pour crumble mixture over the top of apples. Spread out evenly. Place pie plate on cookie sheet.
  6. 6. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes depending on oven(less for convection). Bette should be done when the topping is brown and the apples are bubbling.

Serve warm with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a scoop of ice Cream.

Jack’s Hot Corn Dip

Jack's Hot Corn Dip

  • Servings: 8+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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You can't stop at one bite!

Credit: Kp Clark


  • 3 15 oz. Cans Corn drained
  • 1 4 oz. Can Diced Green Chiles
  • 2 Whole Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce diced
  • 2 Tbsp. Adobo Sauce(add more if you like it spicy!)
  • 1 Tsp. Taco Seasoning or Cumin
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Cups Cheddar Cheese grated(reserving 1/2 cup)
  • 1 Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese grated


  • 1/2c. Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4c. Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/2c. Sliced Green Onions
  • Tortilla Chips


  1. Preheat Oven to 350°
  2. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together except for 1/2 cup of the grated Cheddar.
  3. Spread into a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle on the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes with convection or 30 minutes regular bake; the edges will be brown and bubbly.
  5. Let Cool slightly and then top with Tomatoes, Cilantro,and Green Onions.
  6. Serve Immediately with Tortilla Chips.

If you are traveling with this dish do not put the garnish on before. Put them in Ziploc baggies and add to dish before you serve it. I learned the hard way that the cilantro will wilt and it does not look as pretty! I also freeze the Chipotle peppers I don’t use for later. Enjoy!

Chipotle Baked Bean Chili

Chipotle Baked Bean Chili

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Sweet and Smoky Twist on Traditional Chili.

Credit: Kp Clark


  • 2 lbs. Ground Beef drained
  • 1 Med. Onion diced
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce diced
  • 2 Tbs. Adobo Sauce
  • 1 Pkg. Chili Seasoning
  • 1/2 Pkg. AuJus Seasoning
  • 1 Lg. Can Baked Beans
  • 1 Lg 28oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Can of Water (I use the tomato can)

Optional Toppings

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced Green Onions
  • Corn Chips


  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef with diced onions and drain.
  2. Add the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and seasonings.
  3. Stir until combined.
  4. Add baked beans, crushed tomatoes and can of water.
  5. Let the chili simmer on the stove for 30 minutes on med-low heat.
  6. Serve the chili with the optional toppings.

I usually end up adding more water as the chili simmers and cooks down on the stove.
I like my chili a little on the thinner side. Enjoy!