Nana’s Berry Easy Cake Mix Cobbler Plus 10 No Bake Recipes

Summer berries

Beautiful berries. Celebrate summer and enjoy a special occasion cobbler. Especially easy with a store-bought cake mix. This recipe works for any berries you come across. Those growing in your garden or those you find at the farmer’s market or the produce section of your favorite grocery store. Nana’s recipe for Berry Easy Cake Mix […]

S’moreos and S’more Really Great Cookie Recipes

Smoreos best friends

S’mores are summer. Summer is s’mores. Add in Oreos and it’s even more. Even more of a special treat. And you can treat even more. Translation: S’moreos last longer than traditional s’mores in our larger family. Don’t miss the delicious fun at $5 Dinners. Click over to S’moreos. In celebration of cookies, here are a […]

Southern Living’s Strawberry Pretzel Ice Box Pie

Strawberry Pretzel Ice Box Pie

Now I must start by saying that this is much more time than I usually spend on making any sort of meal or treat. However, as the recipe says, this is worthy of a special occasion. And oh sweetie pie! Indeed it is. Take a gander at the photos and I’m sure you will agree. […]

12 Easy Summer Recipes

edible sand

Edible Sand via Household Ways Yoo Hoo Ice Cream by Southern Plate Shrimp Salad Easy Cucumber Salad Cucumber and Vinegar Salad Veggie Plate Avocado Egg Salad Guacamole Hummus Spinach & Fruit Salad Cookies & Cream Meal Plan: Just a Sandwich (whole lot of recipes!) My Egg-Free Tuna Salad (not made with mayo!) recipe at Food […]

5 Chocolate Recipes

5 Chocolate Recipes at Hodgepodge

Time for some chocolate love! 1. Chocolate Chip Cake – our favorite, throw-it-all-in-the-Bundt-pan, all-occasion cake. 2. Oreo Truffles – three ingredients and allergy-friendly for our crew. 3. Fudge Pie (you can even create a slice with pastels – includes a chalk art tutorial!) 4. Microwave Fudge – another three-ingredient, simple favorite. 5. Nana’s Famous Chocolate […]

10 Easter and Spring Desserts


Sharing my top ten favorites for this time of year. For Easter, a bridal luncheon or baby shower, Mother’s Day. There’s so much to celebrate… Aunt Kathy’s Lime Cake – for every spring celebration! Grandma’s Glazed Strawberries and Bananas – so easy! Nana’s Coconut Cake – an Easter tradition. Sunflower Peeps Cake – fun for […]

Reindeer Mix a.k.a. White Christmas Snack

White Christmas Snack Recipe at Hodgepodge

Always a holiday favorite is Reindeer Mix, a.k.a. White Christmas Snack. It’s an easy solution for parties, teacher or neighbor gifts or a nice little something to tuck in the mailbox for your mail carrier. It’s very simple. You might even have the ingredients on hand. Just melt the white chocolate bark and pour it […]

Sweet Potato Pie by Nana


For Thanksgiving. For any time of year! : Nana’s Sweet Potato Pie Sweet potatoes (either 5 or 6 medium baked sweet potatoes or a medium-sized can (about 16 to 20 oz.) 1 can sweetened condensed milk Pumpkin pie spices (go heavy on the cinnamon) to taste 3 T. melted butter 2 eggs, beaten Mash up […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Nana’s Famous Chocolate Pound Cake


Growing up, this cake was the one at family gatherings. Doesn’t that speak the loudest about a dessert? It’s a pound cake. A chocolate pound cake. The icing makes it a showcase (and it’s what us children wanted to sneak a bite of as we ran by –  because it tastes just like fudge!) : […]

Chocolate SunButter Rice Krispy Treats


A while back, there was a little bakery that sold peanut butter Rice Krispy treats. Now just that is a treat itself. Even at $1 a piece. The topper was – those krispy treats were topped with chocolate! So, the children and I set out to recreate this specialty with our favorite SunButter. We simply […]

SunButter No Bake Cookie Bites


Another peanut butter recipe from Southern Plate turned SunButter recipe for Hodgepodge! No bake with yummy ingredients. And yet another afternoon of cooking fun. Mixing and stirring! A great way to get oatmeal in these children. Anything with SunButter! Click over to Southern Plate for the recipe: Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Bites and just […]

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler: Fast Food (Dessert) for Slow Sundays


This cobbler is presented at the request of many following its debut at two of my cousins’ engagement parties. My mother (Nana) also makes this for dessert for family birthday lunches. And we just enjoyed it following last Sunday’s lunch. It’s very simple to make and uses a boxed cake mix! The way to enjoy […]