Quick and Easy Nutter Butter Ghosts


If you’re looking for an easy last minute cute Halloween treat check out these easy Nutter Butter Ghosts.  I’ve been making these since Amanda was in kindergarten, and although she is now 24 and Alli is 20 they still insist I make these every Halloween.

All you need is:

1 pack of Nutter Butter Cookies
1 tub of ready to spread frosting
Mini M&Ms, chocolate chips, Sixlets or anything similar that can be used for eyes.

First, frost the cookies with icing. Then, add the eyes and you’re done  ~  I told you it was quick and easy!!



copycat peanut butter tastycakes

Back in the 80’s I worked at a law firm in Atlantic City.

We had the cutest, funnest, middle-aged receptionist named Pat, and we used to LOVE IT when she made these for us.

Unfortunately Pat passed away unexpectedly over 20 years ago.

I miss her dearly, but  I will never forget her or her Tastycakes!!

The cake is very moist and spongy, and compliments the peanut butter and chocolate flavors perfectly.

Give it a try – you will be so glad you did!!

Peanut Butter Tastycakes
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  1. 2 c. sugar
  2. 2 c. flour
  3. 2 tsp. baking powder
  4. dash of salt
  5. 2 tsp. butter
  6. 1 c. milk
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla
  9. 12 oz peanut butter
  10. 12 oz chocolate chips
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Scald the milk and butter. Put in a mixing bowl. Add the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs and vanilla.
  3. 3. Bake at 350 degrees for approx 30 minutes.
  4. 4. Remove from oven and while cake is hot, "icing" the cake with the peanut butter. Place in freezer. Once peanut butter has hardened melt the chocolate chips and spread on top of the peanut butter. Place it back in the freezer to harden the chocolate.
  5. 5. Enjoy.
  1. *Note, before serving allow cake to warm to room temperature or the chocolate will crack into pieces instead of cutting nicely into pieces.
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peanut butter cup sprinkled brownies


Peanut Butter Cup Sprinkled Brownies
Yields 24
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar, divided
  3. 2/3 cup Hershey's Cocoa
  4. 4 eggs, well beaten
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1-1/3 cups Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups, divided
  10. 1/2 cup Reese's Peanut Butter, creamy
  1. 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
  2. 2 Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add 2 cups of the sugar and the cocoa. Stir together to blend. Remove from heat. Stir in the eggs and the vanilla. Stir together the flour, salt and baking soda and stir it into the chocolate mixture. Stir in 2/3 cup mini peanut butter cups.
  3. 3. Spread mixture in prepared pan.
  4. 4. Then, combine the peanut butter and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Drop by tablespoons on top of the chocolate batter. Swirl with a metal spatula or knife for a marbled effect.
  5. 5. Bake 25 - 30 minutes or until the brownies start to pull away from the edges of the pan. Cool for 45 minutes then sprinkle the remaining 2/3 cup of peanut butter cups over the surface while pressing in on them lightly. Cool completely in pan or on a wire rack. Cut into squares or triangles.
Adapted from Hershey's
Adapted from Hershey's
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This recipe is compliments of my niece Katie ~  It’s almost as awesome as she is (but not quite)!!

The flavors compliment each other nicely, and it’s a great way to sneak some spinach in to everyone’s diet! [Read more…]



One of my favorite things at Starbuck’s, is also one of their most popular menu items ~ their Lemon Loaf.  The only thing I don’t like about it is the price!!  Tim loves quick bread in the morning, and I tried a few different recipes then I stumbled upon this recipe by letthebakingbeginblog.  It is PERFECT!!  Needless to say, I won’t be searching for copycat Lemon Loaf recipes anymore!!

The loaf is super moist and delicious, and both the aroma and taste of the bread is light and refreshing.  It has more than a hint of lemon, but it’s not overpowering or bitter.  It’s easy to make ~  it took me less than 10 minutes to whip it up.  Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!!


Copycat Starbuck's Lemon Loaf
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
  2. 5.1 ounce instant or cook and serve Lemon pudding mix (or vanilla pudding + 2 tsp lemon emulsion)
  3. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 8 oz. sour cream
  7. 5 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
Lemon Topping
  1. 1/2 stick butter, room temperature
  2. 2 cups powdered sugar
  3. 4 tsp. lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp. lemon extract or lemon emulsion
Make Lemon Loaf
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two loaf pans with foil and spray with non stick spray, or butter & flour the pans.
  2. 2. Combine all of the WET ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  3. 3. Place all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add approximately 1 cup of the wet ingredients and beat with a mixer on low speed for about 15 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat on low speed for another 15-20 seconds. DO NOT OVER BEAT OR YOUR CAKE WILL DEFLATE.
  4. 4. Divide batter evenly between two loaf pans.
  5. 5. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown in color or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  6. 6. Remove from oven and let rest in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
  1. 1. Beat butter, powdered sugar, lemon juice and lemon extract/emulsion until smooth and supple.
  2. 2. Spread evenly on top of both cakes.
  3. 3. Allow the glaze to harden before slicing.
  1. It's even better the day AFTER you make it!!
Adapted from letthebakingbeginblog
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Tim eats quick bread every single morning before he leaves for work at 5:30, and I’m trying to expand my horizons a bit so he doesn’t end up eating the same thing every single day.  He absolutely loves my Cinnamon Sugar Bubble Bread and doesn’t seem to mind eating it every day, but after 27 years of marriage I try to spice things up every now and then!!

Tim loves spice cake and orange cake, so when I found a recipe for Allspice Orange Nut Bread on food.com, I had to try it!! [Read more…]



Tim loves quick bread in the morning.  He leaves for work at 5:15 AM, so it’s a fast and easy way to get something in his stomach first thing in the morning.  I used to spend $3-$4 a box on quick bread mix, and then I remembered my mom used to make one from scratch that my dad pretty much ate every morning for 35 or so years.  Fast forward to this century, and now MY HUSBAND is the one eating it every morning!!


Cinnamon Sugar Bubble Bread
A fast, easy and delicious homemade quick bread recipe
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
  1. 1/2 c butter, softened
  2. 1 c sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 c sour milk (1 c milk with 1 T vinegar added to it)
  5. 2 c flour
  6. 1 tsp baking soda
Mix together for filling and topping
  1. 1/3 c. sugar
  2. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg. Add mil, flour and baking soda. Pour 1/2 of batter into greased loaf pan. Sprinkle top with 1/2 of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Pour remaining batter on top. Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture. Use a butter knife, and "cut" the top layer of cinnamon/sugar mixture into the batter so it's all mixed together on the top. It should look "lumpy". If you don't do this, you will have a hard crust of the mixture on top of your bread so it's important that you use a butter knife to "swirl" and cut the mixture into the batter. Bake at 450 for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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EASY TO MAKE SHISH KABOBS + Cave Tool’s Barbeque Skewer Shish Kabob set Review!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a free product to facilitate this review, although all opinions expressed are my own.

Shish Kabobs are a quick, easy and healthy dinner option.  We enjoy them immensely, and I honestly don’t think anyone here would complain if I made them every night.  You can add your favorite seasonal vegetables or whatever you have on hand.  Assembling them is fun and easy, and I can usually get someone to pitch in and help!!

My favorite Shish Kabobs are very simple and so easy to make!!

1 bottle Lawry’s Marinade (we prefer Lawry’s Teriyaki)
1 lb beef cubes cut into bite sized pieces
3 carrots, cut and parcooked
2 potatoes, cubed and parcooked
2 large onions cubed
1 medium red pepper
1 medium green pepper

I like to cut my beef cubes super small and marinate them overnight.  Assemble with desired ingredients.  You can substitute chicken for the beef cubes, use bacon, add zucchini, pineapple or whatever else you desire.


Cave Tool’s Barbeque Skewer Shish Kabob set is absolutely PERFECT for assembling the shish kabobs.   We used to use wooden skewers, and they would splinter and burn.  I never felt like they were safe so I invested in metal skewers, but the food stuck to the grill and it was hard to cook them evenly.  

Cave Tool’s Barbeque Skewer Shish Kabob set comes with a frame and five skewers.  The skewers themselves are flat, with flat handles, making them easy to turn.

shish3  They rotate a full 360º, ensuring your food cooks evenly.  They can be positioned on the frame eight different ways , and because of the elevated frame your food doesn’t touch the grill, or stick to it, and you don’t lose pieces of your kabobs.  

My shish kabobs have never tasted as delicious as they do when I grill them using  Cave Tool’s Barbeque Skewer Shish Kabob set.  Every morsel is cooked to absolute perfection, all of my food slid off of the skewers so easily, and I didn’t have to worry about wood splintering. The little round disc at the end of the skewer makes it super easy to push the food up and off.  I just love this set!! shish2

The stainless steel design of the rack and skewers are dishwasher safe making it easy to clean!!  You can order this set directly from Cave Tools website HERE, and it is also available on Amazon HERE  ~  Save 15% with code:  LHWJZQMZ




Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta with Chicken Recipe


Shore Savings with Patti was founded on January 27, 2011.

I have written a lot of blog posts since that time, but this Creamy Tomato and Spinach Pasta with Chicken Recipe is my most popular post EVER!

It’s been viewed tens of thousands of times, and pinned and repinned thousands of times.

It’s quick, easy and delicious!

Your family will LOVE it, and your kids won’t even realize there’s spinach in it.

CLICK HERE for the recipe and give it a try.


German Chocolate Brownies

My sister has been making German chocolate cake since we were children.  I was very excited when about 25 years ago I found a German Chocolate brownie recipe. I’m not sure where it originally came from, but we have been enjoying them for decades! [Read more…]