A Little “Doodle” Cake

I went into my kitchen and stared at Edna, my beloved oven, willing her to inspire me to bake Sir Streusel a ‘sweet’.  For whatever reason, I have had Snickerdoodle cookies on my brain.  I guess because Christmas is starting to appear in the stores and Snickerdoodles are a staple in our home during the holidays.  So I starting pulling together ingredients to make a small sheet pan cake with a frosting similar to the Snickerdoodle. This was the day the “Doodle” cake was born!  Not quite Snickerdoodle but 100% Doodle!  


Let’s just stop right here and absorb the fact that this little cake is DELICIOUS!

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Chicken Corn Chowder

I believe I have been cooking this chowder since I was a new bride.  I have worked and tweaked it through the years and it has become a hands down Sheaffer family favorite.  I can remember dropping my little punks off at school and telling them I would have Chicken Corn Chowder ready for them when they returned home.  I would get the sweetest smiles returned to me with a big, “Thanks Mommy”!  Oh be still my heart, I miss those little punks.  I may go a couple of years without making this chowder, but when I do, we remember just how much we love it.


I made this for Sir Streusel and me this past weekend and I got a sweet smile from him as well.  That smile makes my heart skip a beat!

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Pumpkin Blondies

You have heard me talk about The FOLD, our Sunday School class, many times.  I love each and every one of them.  But the real reason I love my class is this…..

Sir Streusel always brings a lesson that has something each and everyone of us can take something away from and apply it to our lives.  He just makes getting up at 5:30am on Sunday morning a little easier for me.

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Game Day Chicken Sliders

Fall means pumpkin spice and football!  Football means food, game day food, finger food and sandwiches.  I got you covered on your next game day menu.

Barbecue Chicken Sliders…….


Barbecue shredded chicken, jalapenos, Monterrey Jack cheese, pineapple, butter and Worcestershire sauce are the perfect game day Slider Sammies.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

What a glorious weekend we had in the panhandle.  It was picture perfect.  The girls, Stella and Paloma, were begging for a puppachinno.  My order was: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Vanilla Bean Frappachinno and two Pumpkin Spice Puppachinnos.  Yes, our girls are coffee snobs.  They know what they want, they know how they want it, and they know exactly how to attack their puppachinno.  Observe…….

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Pecan Pumpkin Cake

It’s pumpkin season.  More importantly, it’s Pumpkin Spice season!  I am that gal that is lined up waiting for the day Pumpkin Spice Latte makes it’s official seasonal debut.

Yep, this is me……

At my coffee shop, the baristas know my name, seriously, they do.  On the weekends when Sir Streusel and I go get my Pumpkin Spice BFF Latte, I walk in and the baristas say, “Hey Jody, I have your latte going right now.”  Sir Streusel looks at me and says, “Really?”  I try to avoid eye contact with him at all costs.

Today I am sharing my love of pumpkin spice with my love for cake.  


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Cheesy Chicken Pasta

My Ballerina came home this past weekend.  It was for just a little more than 24 hours but I had her home.  We packed in some serious shopping during those few hours, I mean, we did some damage!


I will take whatever time I can get with this little beauty.  If truth be told, she should still be four years old with her beloved baby doll, “Baby Sarah”, and her trusted blankie.  

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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons are always one of the favorite desserts on the tea party menu whenever I serve them.  Some of the ladies asked for the recipe so I thought I would share it with you as well.  We all win!!


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Annual Ladies of the FOLD Tea Party

It comes every year.  It’s over too soon.  I want the day to continue forever.  Any day that I can spend with my Ladies of the FOLD is a great day. The FOLD is the name of my Sunday School Class, Following Our Lord Daily.  We celebrated our eighth annual tea party this past Saturday.  I have been working on it for months.  The past three weeks have involved setting the menu, tablescapes, grocery shopping, tea selecting, and all the extras that are involved.  It is worth every minute of planning and baking.  My home is full of tea, food, teacups, laughing, and wonderful friends.  How blessed am ?!


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Ladies of the FOLD Tea Parties through the Years

I starting hosting tea parties when my ballerina baby, who is now 24 years old, was five years old.  I would host a Mother/Daughter tea and it was so much fun to see the little girls in their best dresses and party hats come and eat tea food and sip tea.  Well, ballerina baby is grown and gone, insert me crying, but my love for hosting tea parties still burns strong.  Tea parties are just a wonderful opportunity for ladies to sit around the table eating delicious food, sipping great tea and to just enjoy the friendship that is among the group.


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