Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins!

These muffins are delicious and are really easy to make. They are great for breakfast or a snack!

Here is what you will need:

Eggs, vegetable oil, lemon cake mix, Sprite, lemon juice, poppy seeds, sour cream and lemon pudding.


4 eggs beaten
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup Sprite
lemon cake mix
1 box instant lemon pudding mix
2 tsp. poppy seeds
1 cup sour cream

Beat eggs with whisk.  Mix in all of the other ingredients just until well blended with whisk.  Do not over mix and don't use an electric mixer or they will be dry.  Place cupcake papers in muffin tins.  This will make 12 regular muffins or 24 mini muffins.  Place in preheated 375 degree oven for 12 minutes for the mini muffins and 25 minutes for the regular muffins.

You can serve these plain without a glaze or drizzle them with this glaze and it just takes them to the next level.  These are so yummy!!!

For the glaze, mix together and drizzle over the muffins before serving:

Lemon Glaze:
2 cups confectioner's sugar
3 Tbs. lemon juice (juice of 1/2 of a lemon)

Mississippi Sin Dip!!!

If you need something wonderful for game day, card night, movie night or whatever the occasion, this "Mississippi Sin Dip" is a must try!!!   This stuff is delicious!!!  

I am not sure where the name came from, but I am pretty sure it's because it's sinfully yummy!!! 

This is great for parties, because you can prep it beforehand and then bake it right before your guests arrive!!!  

Here is what you will need:

1 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1  1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbs. Frank's or Texas Pete wing sauce
2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup diced deli ham
1 round bread loaf
3-4 green onions, sliced, including the green tops
assorted crackers, tortilla chips, or Frito scoops for dipping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until it's smooth and fluffy.  Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and mix well.  Stir in the cheddar cheese and ham.

With a serrated knife hollow out the bread, creating a bowl to hold the dip.  Don't make the shell too thin so it's substantial enough.   I like to use King's Hawaiin Bread, but you could use any thick, round or oval shaped bread you like.  French bread works well also.  Save the chunks of bread you cut out to use dipping!  

Place the bread bowl on a baking sheet.  Fill the bread bowl with the dip mixture!  Wrap it in aluminum foil and place in the oven for 40 minutes.  Remove the foil and place back in the oven for about 5 - 10 minutes!!  Be careful to not let the bread get too dark. 

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the top with the green onions!!! Place the bread chunks around the dip bowl to use for dipping along with crackers and chips!!!  This always disappears fast!  Enjoy! 

Extra Creamy Hot Chocolate!

When the weather turns cold, I really enjoy a nice cup of cream hot chocolate!  I like my hot chocolate rich and decadent and even though I can drink the stuff you make from an envelope or a pod, I really like to make it homemade.   Homemade, meaning on the stove top with real cocoa and real milk!  

 My mother always made her hot chocolate from scratch, on the stove with cocoa, sugar and milk and it was always so good.  This recipe takes that concept and kicks it up to a whole new decadent level.  If you are thinking, this much be a lot of trouble, it's really not.

Here is what you will need::

1  (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
pinch of salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
4 cups milk  (you can use whole milk or 2%

mini marshmallows
whipped cream

Place a large sauce pan on the stove top over medium heat.   Add the sweetened condensed milk which is like Eagle Brand, not evaporated milk,  and the 1/3 cup cocoa powder.    Add 1 tsp. vanilla and a pinch of salt and whisk until it's well blended and any little clumps are gone.

Add the 1 cup white chocolate chips and the 4 cups of milk.   Stirring continuously starting bringing it up to a boil.  You start to see small bubbles forming on the top.  As it begins to roll to a full boil, turn the heat to low or off.   BE CAREFUL, because if your pan is not large enough this can boil over.  

After you bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down and let it simmer a few minutes, it will start to thicken up a little, but not too much!!!   Now it's ready to pour!

I like to top it with mini chocolate chips and whipped cream!   This makes about 4 nice size cups of hot chocolate!!!  If you don't use it all, you can pour it in a jar and reheat it the next day for another treat!!!   

 This is decadent and delicious!!!  Enjoy!!!