Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Butterfinger chocolate poke cake

A new poke cake that tastes like chocolate cake/cheesecake/butterfingers!

1 chocolate cake mix (anything it needs to make the cake)
14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
8 oz. jar of caramel syrup 
5 butterfinger bars (the original size)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1. Make chocolate cake as told on the box.
2. Blend caramel and sweetened condensed milk.
3. Take cooked cake and poke holes with the bottom of wooden spoon 1 inch from each other.
4. Pour caramel mixture over cake to sink in holes.
5. Crush half of the butterfingers and sprinkle over the cake.
6. Place cake in fridge to chill. 
7. Blend cream cheese and cool whip until there are no lumps.
8. Spread over the chilled cake.
9. Crush the rest of the butterfingers and sprinkle over the cake.
10. Place back in the fridge until ready to serve.

Ashley P.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Pride and Prejudice By: Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a really good story about falling in love.


Elizabeth Bennett immediately dislikes a man named Mr.Darcy. Neither one of them had much in common and slipped it in to each of their uneasy conversations.
Lizzy is the second oldest sister in her family of seven (including her parents). Her older sister falls in love with Mr. Darcy's friend, Mr. Bingley. She has a hard time showing it though and so Mr. Darcy takes action. He sends Mr. Bingley away, giving Lizzy another reason to dislike him.

Will Mr. Darcy ever make things better? Will Lizzy let him? Read Pride and Prejudice to find out.

Read Forever,
Ashley P.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Peanut Butter Banana Heath Crunch Muffins

I have been going through this muffin baking faze where I want to cook them all the time. It takes real restraint to not bake. Not today though, no today I couldn't help it. As we are coming to the end of school, I wanted to bake something special and when I saw these crunch muffins I leapt for joy, theoretically...

Well anyways, these muffins are growers too like my last recipe. The muffin top that you see in stores looks just like these!

Peanut Butter Banan Heath Crunch Muffins (Makes 12 muffins)


1/2 unsalted butter
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup
1 cup mashed banana
2 tespoon vanilla
1/3 cup crushed heath bars


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray muffin tins with butter spray.
2. Melt butter and mix peanut butter and butter in large bowl, set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
4. Stir sugar into peanut butter mixture. Add eggs and blend.
5. Add mashed banana and vanilla. Stir in flour until just combined.
6. Pour into tins, filling between half way and 3/4 of the way up. You want the muffin top.
7. Put in oven and bake 20 minutes. Place a toothpick in and make sure it comes out clean. Let sit for a few minutes then remove and put on a wire cooling rack.

The top makes the whole kitchen smell like a candy shop.

Bon apetite,
Ashley P.

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies!

These cookies were amazing! I first cooked them for a Mother's Day treat, thinking they would be a one time thing, but no! They were to good and even though they are truly meant for fall I will make them anytime.

These babies have such a nice little surprise in the center that it is really hard not to grab two. They also save well so if you want them to go for a little while, just put them in any container.

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies


1 cup of slightly melted unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (7.4 oz.) box of Alpine Spiced Apple Cider: Instant Original Drink Mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 (14 oz.) bag Kraft Caramels


1. Pregeat your oven to 350 degrees farenheight, prepare cookie sheets (I used non-stick pans for less work).

2. Cream together your butter, sugar, salt, and the entire box of apple cider until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

3. Add the baking soda and baking powder and mix in. Add the flour and stir until just combined.

4. Grab a small chunk of cookie dough and flatten it to put the caramel in. Roll the dough into a ball around the caramel until it is hidden.

5. Put the cookies on a cookie sheet, evenly spaced. You want them to be far enough apart that they don't touch because they GROW. Place them in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes. (I put them in for twenty because they were so big!) Cook until golden brown and let sit for another 5 minutes on the cookie sheet. Take them off the sheet and sit on a wire wrack to cool. Be careful the carmel may stick a little and you don't want to break your cookies.

6. While on the wire rack you might want to lift them every once in a while as the caramel may try to seep through the holes.

These cookies make your house smell delicious and are a great dessert.

Ashley P.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hello, I'm Ashley P.

    So I am officially starting my very own blog! I probably never would've without a woman called Joyful Mamma. Her page is @ http;// inspired me with all of her posts. I really hope that all of you will like mine.

Things I Will Blog About:
1. Anything I find can be fun to cook. Especially ones that I love.
2. I LOVE to read so I will recommend many different types of books.

About Me:
1. I have recently become a lover of cooking. Any chance I get I will cook something from books or Pinterest (I am an extreme pinner!)
2. I am a firm believer in Christ. I know that I would never be here and could not do anything without him.
3. Books are my escape from reality. I often am reading something.
4. I love to create things. Art makes me happy and I make many drawings. I sometimes do a spiral looking bracelet (the ones that look like DNA strands with shells).
5. I am a huge family person. I love my family!
6. Animals are great! Our family has one parakeet, two dogs, a hamster, seven ducks, and a lot of fish.
7. My favorite colors are blue, camo, and plaid. Yes, camo and plaid are colors, or at least to me they are.
8. Seeing as I like camo, you can probably tell that I like hunting. 
9. I like many old fashioned, antique things.
10. Movies, movies, movies! I love movies, they are so awesome. Disney movies, especially the old original ones, are some of the best.

Now to my food and book life,
hope you like my blog...