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Pig Lickin Cake and Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

“Pig Lickin” Cake


Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms.


Cooking with the Grandchildren!

Last weekend, I kept my two young grandchildren so that my son could move into his new house. We played, cleaned, rode three wheelers, watched moves, and cooked. We cooked homemade soup, cornbread, blueberry pancakes, cookies and cakes. They were a great help and I loved every minute of their visit.

Two of the sweet items we made were a cake and cookies.

The 5-year-old boy and the 2- and- half year old little girl did a great job!

The first dessert we made was a special cake called a “Pig Lickin” Cake! My Mother in Law had the recipe and her cousin (a preacher’s wife) had given her the recipe. I am sure that this cake was the proud contribution to many of the church socials of both my Mother in Law and her cousin over the years!

Here is that special recipe!

Pig Lickin Cake

1 Package Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix

1- 11 oz. Can Mandarin Oranges

4 eggs

3/4 cup of Oil

Makes 3 layers. Cook at 350 approximately 15 minutes.


1 Large Can of Crushed Pineapple (slightly drained)

1 Box of Dream Whip (both envelopes)

1 Package of Vanilla Jello Pie Filling

Mix together and put between layers.

It was good!

The next recipe we made was the Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms!

Here is the sweet little girl “stirring” again. She is quite good at it! I let her do it on the door of the dishwasher so that I would have easy cleanup in case of spills.

The recipe for this wonderful cookie is below.

Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

40 Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates

.5 C of shortening

3/4 Cup of creamy Peanut Butter

1/4 Cup of granulated Sugar

1/3 Cup of Packed Brown Sugar

1 Egg

2 Tablespoons Milk

1 Teaspoon of  Vanilla Extract

1.5 Cups of  All Purpose Flour

1 Teaspoon of  Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon of  Salt

Granulated Sugar

Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.  Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.4 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

Nutritional Information per serving (1 cookie):
Calories: 90, Total Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 75mg,
Total Carbohydrate: 10g, Dietary Fiber: less than 1g, Sugars: 6g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 0%DV*,
Vitamin C: 0%DV*, Calcium: 0%DV*, Iron: 2%DV*
*%DV= %Daily Values are calculated based on a 2000 calorie diet




Beautiful Garden by a Master Gardener

Beautiful Garden by a Master Gardener

As a REALTOR in the North Atlanta and North Georgia areas, I have decided to post some of the beauty I see in people’s homes and yards. I do ask permission and I don’t post their names or addresses.

 All the time I hear “I wish I had your job because you see so many beautiful homes!” That is my life so I will share what I see with you.

In this picture, this homeowner told me that she was a master gardener. Every since she retired she had been taking classes at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

We walked out into the backyard of this home which is located in a normal neighborhood. Through the kitchen door we noticed that there were blooms everywhere beginning to peek out beyond their green leaves. The deck was painted to look as if it was made of redwood. Overhead was an trellis also painted red. We were surrounded by potted plants of every sort and every inch of the yard was designed with paths, fountains, ponds, waterfalls, birdhouses and beehives. Hummingbirds were flying around our heads. The yard was fenced in and had decorative gates. Yellow, blue, orange flowers were bursting open, almost singing. Standing in this garden, I almost felt that I had my feet in two seasons. I was standing in the the last days of summer yet seeing the beginning of Autumn.

Teresa Johnson

Soup Potluck Weekend Party!

Fall is in the Air!

Wouldn’t it be Fun to Have a Soup Potluck Weekend Party with a Few of Your Favorite Friends!?!

Here are a few recipes from Betty Crocker website. If I was having a party and could pick what I thought would be good, I would pick the following 4 Soups. I think these would “warm” up a cold night!  Teresa Johnson

Potato-Clam Chowder

4 cups hot water
 1box (4.7 oz) Betty Crocker® au gratin potatoes
1/2teaspoon salt, if desired
 1cup Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers™ Niblets® frozen corn
 1cup Green Giant® SELECT® frozen broccoli florets
 3cups milk
 1small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
 2cans (6 1/2 ounces each) minced clams, undrained
 Heat water, Potatoes and salt to boiling in 3-quart saucepan. Boil 20 minutes; drain. Stir in Sauce Mix and remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender. Makes 4 servings

Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup

2lb fresh tomatoes (about 4 to 5 medium)
1tablespoon olive oil
1large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1can (6 oz) tomato paste
1teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
 1/2cup whipping cream
1/4cup chopped fresh basil
In large saucepan, heat 3 quarts water to boiling. With sharp knife, cut shallow X in bottom of each tomato. Add to boiling water, 2 or 3 at a time, for 10 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove tomatoes from boiling water; immediately plunge into ice water until cold. Drain. Peel and chop tomatoes. In heavy 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion in oil 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender. Stir in chopped tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, salt, nutmeg and red pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes or until tomatoes are soft. Stir in whipping cream. In blender or food processor, place 2 1/2 cups tomato mixture. Cover; blend on medium speed 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour mixture into large bowl. Repeat with remaining tomato mixture. Return pureed mixture to saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot. Top each serving with basil.
Makes 4 servings (1 1/4 cups each)

Golden Onion Soup

Parmesan Croutons

1/4cup butter or margarine 
3slices bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
 1/4cup grated Parmesan cheese 


1/4cup butter or margarine
 1tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/2teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2large onions, cut into fourths and sliced (1 1/2 lb)
 2cans (10 1/2 oz each) condensed beef broth
2soup cans water
 Heat oven to 400°F. In 13×9-inch pan, melt 1/4 cup butter in oven. Toss bread cubes in butter until evenly coated. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake uncovered 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and crisp. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F. In 4-quart ovenproof Dutch oven, melt 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Toss onions in butter mixture. Bake uncovered about 2 hours 30 minutes, stirring every hour, until onions are deep golden brown. Remove from oven; stir in broth and water. Heat to boiling on top of stove. Serve with croutons. Makes 6 servings

Chicken Soup and Easy Dumplings

3cans (19 oz each) Progresso® Traditional chicken noodle soup 
1 3/4cups Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-oz carton) 
1can (16.3 ounces) Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated buttermilk biscuits 
Chopped fresh parsley, if desired Heat soup and broth to boiling in 4-quart Dutch oven. Meanwhile, separate dough into 8 biscuits; cut each into fourths. Drop biscuit pieces into boiling soup. Cook uncovered 10 minutes. (Soup must be at a medium boil.) Cover and cook 10 minutes longer or until dumplings are light and fluffy. To serve, carefully remove dumplings from soup. Ladle soup into individual bowls. Top each with dumplings. Sprinkle with parsley.
Makes 8 servings

Vintage Ford Fordor

Vintage Ford Fordor – Vintage Ford Fordor – Skyliner Ad – 1954


Do you remember this car? I would love to hear about memories of your family car in the 50’s. Please share.

Teresa Johnson

Made from 100% Silk Store Shirt-Ruche Inspired Under the Sea Necklace

Made from 100% silk – Made from 100% silk thrift store shirt

Ruche Inspired Under the Sea Necklace

This is so cute and so easy to make using recycled clothing! Would love any other ideas to create using recycled clothing!


Teresa Johnson


Halloween Dip – Halloween Dip

Halloween Dip – Halloween Dip

Decorating Tips for Halloween food!


Teresa Johnson

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake!!!!

 Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake


Fall is coming! Get ready with this Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake!!!!

If you try this recipe….. PLEASE…. let me know if you liked it! This would be great for a church social or a Fall Party!!!!

Teresa Johnson


Lemon Cake-Pie…

Lemon Cake-Pie…MUST…MAKE…THIS…

I have company coming! I must try this!!! Let me know what you think!!!

Teresa Johnson

Doris Day. A favorite Star!

I always loved all the Doris Day Movies as I was growing up. Her sunny smile, her down to earth personality and of course, her glamour! I always thought my mother looked a lot like her. My mother’s name is Doris also. It is a shame that some people should ever age a day…. If time could stand still it would be nice to let Doris Day be the one who would always be in the movies and always as young as ever. I remember her singing “que surah surah”  which means “what will be, will be”. That is a good song for life! ( I noticed that there are several spellings of que surah surah……… not sure which ones are correct)

Click Here to hear Doris Day Singing Que Sera Sera

If you love Doris Day too. Feel free to comment below.

Teresa Johnson





Cheesy Potatoes from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Cheesy Potatoes –



Check out this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

If you try this let me know how it turns out!

Teresa Johnson


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