Recipe For A Simple Life

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Turkey Sugar Cookies

These were really easy and fun to make with the family!

I bought Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough from the store and prepared it per the instructions.  I also cheated and used store bought frosting.  I Kept a bit of the white frosting, just enough to do little dots for the eyes on the cookies.  The rest I added orange food coloring to it.

I used the orange frosting to make the beaks and feet.  Then I put a line of orange frosting across the top where the “feathers” go – candy corn.

My kids thought it was fun to create their own “Turkeys”…

And Hubby had to make one of his own…

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3-2-1 Cake

A customer of mine gave me this recipe a few weeks ago.  We tried this – It’s really easy!  It tastes a lot like angel food cake, which I’m not a fan of, but I think my kids are going to love it!  I tried it myself, and will allow the babysitter to make this with my kiddos this weekend.  Best part is, it’s shelf stable.  So once you mix it up, just put it in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag and put back in the cupboard.

You’ll need…

1 box of Angel Food cake mix

1 box of any other flavor of regular cake mix, I chose the confetti kind because my kids like it 🙂


coffee mug

Mix the two cake mixes together.  Put 3 tablespoons of the mix into a microwave safe coffee mug, add 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 1 minute.  That’s it!

Do you get the name now?  3-2-1 Cake…3 Tbls cake mix, 2 Tbls water, 1 min in the microwave!


Breakfast Bars

The following recipe comes from my friend, Emily.  I love that you can customize it to your tastes.  I don’t care for fruit, but I’ll add lots of nuts, and maybe some chocolate lol  Emily is a mom to two little girls and loves to bake.  I know I’ll have more of her recipes in the future 😀 

I always wanted a GOOD but healthy breakfast bar, so I developed my own recipe. This recipe is very easy to customize and change for everyone’s/anyone’s preferences. It looks difficult because there are so many ingredients, but that’s why they are packed with so much goodness. They taste good enough to be cookies, but at least you are getting some healthy stuff with it. I keep them around for cookie cravings.


1st Mix the following:

1c. Crisco/Margarine/Butter (Whichever you want, I soften the butter)

1c. Splenda/Sugar (You could probably use less)

2Tbs. Honey

2nd Mix the following in a seperate bowl- THEN add to the first bowl:

1c. Applesauce

1tsp Vanilla

1 Egg

2 Egg Whites

3rd Mix the following in a seperate bowl- THEN add to the above mixture:

2c. Flour

2tsp Baking Soda

2tsp Cinnamon

1tsp Salt

1 1/2 c. Instant Oats

1 Box Granola Cereal (I usually buy Cascadian Farm: Fruit and Nut Granola 13.5 oz)

–If you want to add fiber powder: I use benefiber and add about 1/2c.

–If you want added potassium, there is a salt substitute called “Nu Salt” that is potassium cholride. I add 1Tbs.

–You can also add ground flax for more fiber and omegas. I add about 2/3c.

The Extras- Add any/all of the following to your taste (Possibilites are endless):

1c. Dried Apples (or chopped fresh apples)

1c. Craisins/ Raisins/ Cranberries

1 Banana (pre-mash it)


Blueberries/Strawberries/Rhubarb (If using frozen fruit, wash it in warm water and drain well before adding)

Pour (or plop!) it onto a sprayed cookie sheet, and spread to cover. This recipe will cover 2 sheets 13×9. I put wax paper over it and press it to spread it.

Bake at 375* for 15min.

Use a pizza cutter to cut once cooled, and store in airtight container. I plastic wrap mine individually and freeze some.


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Cupcake Cones

I love making cupcakes, I’m not so much into decorating cakes.  So for Eve’s birthday a few weeks ago, I decided to make her Cupcake Cones and they were super easy.

Take any boxed cake mix and prepare as the box suggests.  Pour the batter into each cone and fill it 2/3 of the way full.  I just placed, as you can see, each cone in the middle of a muffin pan.  I did not buy a specific pan to bake these in.

I baked them for approximate 20 minutes.  I checked them a few times after 15 minutes and 18 minutes.  I suggest you do the same since each stove is different 😀

Then, just frost them with your favorite frosting recipe and top with fun sprinkles!  I frosted them with my mother-in-law’s pudding frosting recipe.  Stay tuned for that 😀

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