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Updated on March 6, 2018
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I love cooking & creating my own food masterpieces. I also enjoy sharing my own recipes including my decorative cake & cupcake tutorials.


Recipe for Making Memories in the Kitchen

I enjoy cooking for my family. I prefer recipes that are fast and easy. Fortunately, I am surrounded by people who appreciate my effort, my recipes and seem to sincerely like the meals placed before them.

I readily admit that I play in the kitchen. I play with recipes by changing the ingredients to suit my families tastes. I play with cupcakes, cookies, desserts, etc, because I enjoy decorating the food. I mess around with it until I get the desired effect.

I also enjoy the company of other family members in the kitchen. So much so, that I consider us playing in the kitchen.

Since I began writing articles on Squidoo, I have been periodically sharing some of our kitchen adventures so you and your family can also learn to play in the kitchen. In this article, I will provide all of the links to the different kitchen fun articles I have published. So, without further ado, let the games begin!


My Own Personal Roast Recipe

This recipe is the result of trial and error. I just kept playing with different ideas until I found a tasty, tender way to cook a roast in the oven.

It has become a family favorite and I have allowed it to be published in several charity cookbooks over the last 30 years, but it is still my own original recipe.

Although I was very young when I developed this recipe, I still cook my roast the same way today.

See My Roast Recipe

How to Make a Remarkable Roast


Having Fun in the Kitchen

I started cooking when I was a child and still living at home with my parents. My sister and I both helped in the kitchen and it was not unusual for us to have real, honest to goodness food fights with the leftovers. We frequently made mashed potato balls and hurled them through the air at each other or any unsuspecting individual who entered the kitchen. We flung spaghetti noodles against the wall and said we were testing it to see if it was done. By dinnertime, there would be 10 or 12 noodles hanging from the wall on spaghetti night.

While I still enjoy throwing pasta noodles against the wall, I have found that test does not work with pasta shells. No matter how many pasta shells I have thrown against the wall, none have ever stuck. Perhaps someday one will stick. I'll just have to keep testing them :)

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Playing with Ingredients

Working in the kitchen with my sister was fun. We occasionally experimented with the food. Sometimes we would put a little extra pepper in one of our brothers' bowls of stew or add a little something extra to spice up their lives and the dinner table. Oddly enough, the boys consumed whatever we fed them and much to our distress, rarely noticed a difference. I only remember one brother gagging on hot barbecue sauce and believe it or not, we were not responsible.

These are the recipes I have never played with, never changed and never shared except here. My motto for this group of recipes is "you can't improve on perfection, so why try!"

Directions for making the pizza pictured on right, can be found at Halloween Haven


Playing with Your Food Recipes

These are some of my favorite recipes. They are really step by step instructions on decorating, so I call it playing with my food. Sometimes making these special treats can be messy, but they are always fun as you create your own original work of food art.

Don't just make these treats for your family. Grab your child, your husband, your sister or even your mother and make these treats with your family!

To see some of my favorite fun food articles, simply click the source link below each photo. That will take you directly to the recipe and tutorials for creating your own fun food.

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Teaching an Old Dog, New Tricks

I am happy to say that I married a man who enjoys messing around in the kitchen too!

The Breakfast Buddy featured below is his delicious creation and when I wanted to learn how to grill, I asked him to teach me. He has always made the most incredible steaks! In the article below, I share his secrets as I take you step by step through my own "grilling" education.

Check out the Grilling Steaks for the Novice Article


Special Treat and Finger Food Recipes

My family loves fruit and chocolate so it only seems natural for me to dip fruit in chocolate. Once I started dipping fruit, it was impossible to stop! I think I dipped every type of fruit we had in the house, then ran to the grocery store for more. Of course, then I wrote an article about each one :)

Here is my collection of dipped fruit recipes. Be very careful though. Chocolate dipped fruit can be very addictive!


Chocolate Covered Fruit

Taking Care of the Cook

Over the years, I have learned many things about cooking, about family and about fun. The most important thing I have learned, is that the three things go together. Have fun cooking with your family.

I watched my grandmother and my mother work in the kitchen during every holiday for decades. Too often, they missed out on the fun simply because the party was happening in another room.

I believe in bringing the party to the kitchen, enlisting help and taking care of the cook. Perhaps, I see it more clearly because now I am the cook, but I love to share ideas with others about how to have more fun with your family, instead of working alone in the kitchen. Believe me, you can create your own load of memories in the kitchen by simply letting others help in the kitchen.


A Lot of Good Food and A Load of Memories

I think it is because of my experiences and our experiments in the kitchen when I was a child, that I approach the kitchen with humor now. I still cook the old standards passed down from my great grandmother, grandmother and mother, but I enjoy creating new treats for my family too and it is even better when I get "help."

Over the years, a lot of good food and a load of memories have been made in our kitchen!

Easy Dessert Recipes

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Candy Recipe

I am not going to tell you this recipe is extremely easy. It seems easy to me because I have been making it for 30+ years, but making candy takes a bit of practice to perfect.

While I tried to walk viewers through the process with photos, I know this is something that is simply learned by trial and error because the outcome when making candy depends so much on the climate of the day, as well as the altitude of a region.

Here is my Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe. It really is delicious!

Easy Beverage Recipes

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~ Sylvestermouse ~

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    • BarbRad profile image

      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You are so creative, Mouse. My mom used to be that way, but I just never got into food artistry unless I was baking bread teddy bears with my kids or Christmas cookies. Some of these pictures look too lovely to actually eat. I'd like to try your roast recipe. I'm not good with roasts.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      Wow, you have a lot of recipes here. I'm bookmarking and adding this to pinterest so I'll be able to refer back to them. I'm always looking for new and easy ways to prepare food. :)

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      Dawn Romine 

      8 years ago from Nebraska

      Can't wait to read all your recipes, ok, most of them. I think my daughter is going to have a chocolate fountain for her graduation party, and I never thought of dipping all those fruits.

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      8 years ago

      You make it look so simple. Great lens.

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      8 years ago

      Looks tasty! Thanks for sharing!

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      Gregory Moore 

      8 years ago from Louisville, KY

      These look like very tasty and decorative recipes. I'm getting hungry now!

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      8 years ago

      chocolate covered fruit tastes delightful :) Angel Blessings! xxo

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      8 years ago

      I love your recipes. I enjoyed reading each of your lens.

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      laporter79 lm 

      9 years ago

      Food is so wonderful to share with your family....I love sitting around a table full of my creations with good friends who are enjoying the goods...No better feeling in the world !

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      9 years ago

      Ohhh my goodness.. I LUV this so much. First off the CHOCOLATE.. and then the EASY. Phew.. I get worn out with trying to find quick stuff with my work and art so this is sooo GREAT! Whooot whooot!! And Angel blessed!

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      9 years ago

      easier they are, better for me :) delicious lens

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      9 years ago

      your recipes are awesome ")

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      9 years ago

      Yummy, yummy, yummy for the tummy. I like easy recipes, because I live alone, and cooking for one is easy. lol I do like to put on the dog when I have guests though. I kind of miss making all those meals for the family when they were still at home. Got another grandchild on the way!

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      GypsyLyric LM 

      9 years ago

      I love this lens. And, I have to admit that one of my favorite parts is the picture of the pizza with the spider on it. :)

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      lasertek lm 

      10 years ago

      My kids will surely enjoy decorating the food. Nice lens!

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on being featured by the SquidTeam's Best of Standout RocketMoms

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on being featured by the SquidTeam's Best of Standout RocketMoms

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      LissaKlar LM 

      10 years ago

      I love this lens. Great list of recipes.

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      10 years ago

      Everything looks so good! Beautifully presented and oh-so-useful. Angel Blessings to you!

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      10 years ago from New Market

      Mmm.. looks delicious! I really want o some of those chocolate covered fruits. Blessed by a squid Angel :)

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      10 years ago

      What a delightful story. Now that you have made me hungry. I will have to rework my grocery list for this week so I can try out some of your dishes.

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      Vikk Simmons 

      10 years ago from Houston

      Naturally I zoomed in on the photo of the dog. :) Love your recipes.

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      10 years ago from USA

      Great inspiration to get cooking...thanks!

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      Julianne Gentile 

      10 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      I love cooking, too! I try to make the kitchen fun and inviting for my children. Now that they are older, they are both very interested in cooking with me, and on their own, too. I'm sure I'll enjoy exploring your many cooking lenses.

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      10 years ago

      Great recipes, thank you.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice foodography. I will have to visit some of these that I haven't. Now I am hungry!

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      10 years ago

      This has definitely made me hungry!

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      10 years ago

      I really enjoyed this! I, too, love to cook. It is a great hobby, since we all have to eat!

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      10 years ago

      What a wonderful lens, and collection of lenses. The easier the better as long as it looks good and tastes even better. ~ I love to play with food! Lensrolling and going to feature in Veggie and Fruit Art, cause this is great Sylvester!!! x

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      Ann Hinds 

      10 years ago from So Cal

      A whole new list of food to try. Can't wait to get started. Thanks!

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      sukkran trichy 

      10 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for the new recipes. well presented lens

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      10 years ago

      A few new ones, well new for me anyway, that I haven't seen. So I'll end up starving, as always with your food lenses! Better get my breakfast first, or who knows what I'll end up hungry for! Actually, I do know - whatever of your lenses I hit first!

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      Carol Fisher 

      10 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      What a great collection of recipes - I'd love to come to dinner at your house.

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      kidsandbibs lm 

      10 years ago

      great collection and good ideas worth trying. I enjoyed your lens!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      10 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Lots of good ideas here. Blessed.

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      10 years ago from Australia

      I'd love to have fun in your kitchen with you and I bet I could get those pasta shells to stick......actually I might just practice with my dd!

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      10 years ago

      Gosh! What a huge collection of recipe pages! Ok, now, I'm hungry!

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      10 years ago

      Now I am hungry, not only that, you have made Playing with Food Fun and worth trying some of these recipes!!

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      hayleylou lm 

      10 years ago

      I love cooking, some great ideas here, thanks

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      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      Great way to share about yourself - food says so much!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      10 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      So many fun recipes - and I'm sure they not only look good they taste good too. Keep having fun in your kitchen!

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      10 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      You have a fantastic collection of recipes and have created a nice lensography of them here

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      Indigo Janson 

      10 years ago from UK

      You certainly have a knack for making food fun! Still can't get over how cute those horse cupcakes are... :)

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      10 years ago

      Your table setting is beautiful! I knew we would get along! LOL thanks for sharing your easy recipes. I'm hungry now...

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      10 years ago

      That's a whole lotta cooking love and fun on this lens. It's nice to have fun in the kitchen. Now I can have a link to all your recipes in one place. :)

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      10 years ago from Iowa

      What fun and so many clever ideas. I love the spider pizza. Very clever and would be great for kids parties or Halloween.


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