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Great recipe to bring to a party!

Taco Mound    

Layer on a serving platter or quiche dish, in this order:

Mix together and spread on top:

  • 1 16-oz. container sour cream
  • 1 1-oz. package taco seasoning

Add fresh pico de gallo salsa made with:

  • 3 chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 sweet or Vidalia onion
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, pressed
  • juice of 1/2 lemon or lime (taste it and perhaps you’ll use both halves)
  • fresh cilantro, chopped (a handful)
  • olive oil (splash)
  • salt & pepper
  • Tabasco pepper sauce (a few shakes) or part of a fresh jalapeño pepper, minced

Top with:

  • 1 bag shredded sharp cheddar cheese or Mexican Style Finely Shredded Cheese (a blend of Cheddar, Monterey Jack & other cheeses)

Serve with tortilla corn chips. (We like TOSTITOS®  Scoops or Hint of Lime.)

This is so delicious and people always ask for the recipe!

 Thanks Sarah!


One of the food crafts I attempted in 2010 was Cake Pops.  I had been admiring Bakerella‘s website for a couple of years, and had her book on my wishlist, but didn’t try making them until I had a reason to make them for our son’s birthday

By Christmastime I had gotten better and decided to make Cake Balls  to use for Christmas cookie exchanges and gift-giving.  I served several hundred at a special holiday community dinner, and most of the guests were retirees.  In order to sound fancier than “cake balls” for the senior crowd, I called them “holiday truffles”.                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             I made several varieties such as:

 Holiday Birthday Cake (basic cake pop recipe – yellow cake, mixed with storebought red frosting in a 16 oz can [for certain holidays you can find Baker’s Corner frosting in colors such as red/green/blue at Aldi], dipped in white chocolate, topped with Christmas tree sprinkles) This is what the kids like the best! Delish! 

Coconut Chocolate Cake (chocolate cake, mixed with chocolate frosting in a can, dipped in milk chocolate, rolled in coconut)

Peanut Butter White Chocolate Cake (chocolate cake, mixed with peanut butter instead of frosting, dipped in white chocolate, rolled in crushed salted peanuts) This ended up being a little dry so the next time I experimented with a mixture of icing and p.b. which turned out better.

Cream Cheese Toffee Cake (yellow cake, mixed with a tub of whipped cream cheese instead of frosting, dipped in milk chocolate, rolled in HEATH Milk Chocolate English Toffee Bits) This one was a good combo!








Hazelnut Chocolate Cake (yellow cake, mixed with Nutella hazelnut spread instead of frosting, dipped in milk chocolate, topped with Betty Crocker Cupcake Gems Gold Sugar) Very subtle Nutella flav – yum!

Orange Chocolate Craisin Cake (yellow cake, white frosting from a can, dipped in milk chocolate which has a little pure orange extract mixed in, topped with a Craisin dried cranberry)

Basic Cake Balls (basic cake pop recipe – yellow cake, white frosting from a can, dipped in milk chocolate, topped with colored sugar) The toothpick holes usually got covered up by the sprinkles but by the end of these batches we got a little lazy! LOL!

Aren’t they fancy? 

This is my grandmother’s antique settee.