Monthly Archives: April 2020

Mexican Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon Frosting

I have a great recipe for Cinco De Mayo.  Mexican Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon Frosting.  This is a nice moist chocolate cake and the hint of spice is perfect.  The frosting is delicious too, I suggest that you try it on other cakes as a regular butter cream frosting by omitting the cinnamon in the frosting.  Happy Early Cinco De Mayo!!
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Mexican Vanilla extract, regular is fine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup milk plus 1/2 tablespoon vinegar, mix milk and vinegar set aside 10 minutes
1 cup water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup baking cocoa
2 cups all purpose flour

Cinnamon Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick)  butter, softened

1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract, regular I’d fine if you don’t have Mexican

3 cups powdered sugar

2 or more  Tablespoons milk (see note below)

1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven 350 degrees

Make sour milk by adding the vinegar to milk set aside 10 minutes before you start preparing cake

Make sure butter is softened, in a large bowl cream the butter and sugar.

Add eggs, mix to combine

Add remaining ingredients except flour and whisk by hand to combine, add flour and whisk until smooth.

Pour batter into a 9×13 greased cake pan, bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

While the cake is baking, add softened butter, must be softened or it wont work, to a large bowl or kitchen aid mixer. Whip the butter about 30 seconds, add remaining ingredients for frosting, whip about 4 minutes.  If its too stiff add more milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time until you get the right consistency to frost cake.

NOTE: the frosting may need more than 2 tablespoons milk, depends on weather, or how packed the sugar was.  I always start with 2 and add 1/2 tablespoon  more at a time until I get the right consistency, I one time needed up to 5 tablespoons.

Once cake is fully cooled spread frosting on top.




Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla


Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas are a favorite snack from my childhood.  This is quick and easy and good when you get a craving for something sweet.  I make these for friends and they were surprised at how good they tasted.  I was shocked they never had them before.  That’s why I decided to share this recipe.  Enjoy

Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas



1 teaspoon granulated sugar



On stove top turn burner to high, using tongs, place tortilla on open flame flipping every few seconds to brown tortilla but not burn it.  When the tortilla is warmed through remove from heat.  This is very fast don’t leave the tortilla or it will burn.  Place tortilla on a plate.  Take a stick of butter and rub it on tortilla to coat entire tortilla.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar.  Roll up and enjoy!!

Cabbage and Polish Sausage


I love polish sausage and cabbage.  This recipe is so simple but delicious.  I feel like I could eat the whole pan its that tasty.  This is a great Entrée or a hearty side dish.  Enjoy!!


Cabbage and Sauerkraut

1 head cabbage

1 package turkey polish sausage, I use the Hillshire farms brand

1 large onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, diced

salt and pepper

3 tablespoons salt


In a large pan melt butter, when melted add onion and garlic, cook until onion is translucent.

While that is cooking slice up your cabbage in small strips. Cut polish sausage in about 1/2 inch slices

once onion is cooked add cabbage, sauerkraut, a few dashes of salt and pepper.

cook on low until cabbage cooks down in size wilts and turns a nice bright green and liquid dissolves.  Takes anywhere from 15-25 minutes.



Sheltering in place with no cable


I hope everyone is staying happy and healthy during this trying time.  I like most people have been staying in with family to keep healthy.  If your a regular at the blog you may know I cancelled cable 10 months ago.  I wanted to let you know how that is going especially now.
I have added a year subscription of Netflix and Disney+ to my television and have found that more than enough to keep me entertained.  I have watched The Office and Tiger King along with Nailed It and that has made me laugh.  I do have DVD box sets of Psych and I am having a fun time with family binge watching the amazing Shawn Spencer and Burton Guster.  I have found a lot of joy watching the Disney+ movies. If you are without cable there are many television alternatives.
Again, I hope everyone is staying home safe. Please browse the site to get some fun recipes to try.
Enjoy the day!


Baked Turkey Empanadas


If you are tired of the same old dinner, give these Baked Turkey Empanadas a try.  Ground Turkey needs a lot of spice to taste really good and these spices taste great together.  Enjoy!!!

Baked Turkey Empanadas

You will need:

1 pound ground turkey, browned and drained of fat

1 small onion

1 small can tomato sauce

½ teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon cumin, found in seasoning isle or Hispanic isle of your grocery store

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

OPTIONAL, 10 green olives

1 package discos or empanada shells, shown HERE  you need to defrost these in fridge the night before & I often need to finish letting them defrost on my counter for a bit before I can use them.


Pre-heat oven 350 degrees

In a fry pan, fry up the turkey until browned, when done, drain extra fat and put back on stove low/med.

Add diced onion to the pan, cook until translucent, about 2-3 minutes.

Add can of tomato sauce, and spices. Mix to combine.

Taste the mix, add spices if needed to your taste.

Now if you like add 10 olives, mix in.

Remove from heat and get ready to assemble.

Take the defrosted discos and place on a plate, add about 1 heaping tablespoon of mix to the center of discos making sure to add 1 green olive if you choose.

Fold the disco over onto itself and then seal with fork marks around the entire disco to make sure mix cant fall out Repeat until all 10 are filled

place on a greased cookie sheet

Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes