Coconut Cream Poke Cake Recipe

Moist and delicious Coconut Cream Poke Cake filled with coconut cream pudding and topped with a creamy whipped topping.

Servings 12


1 box white cake mix
Water vegetable oil and eggs per package instructions
3 teaspoons coconut extract
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes

2 3.4 ounce boxes instant coconut cream pudding
3 cups milk

2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup sweetened coconut flakes


Prepare Cake

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix cake mix, water, vegetable oil,eggs and coconut extract until combined.
  4. Gently stir in coconut flakes.
  5. Visit Coconut Cream Poke Cake @ for full instructions.

Red Velvet Cookies Recipe

I�m so excited to share with you another family favorite cookie! This Red Velvet Cookies recipe is wonderful because we cheat and use a red velvet cake mix to achieve a moist and delicious cookie. They are perfect to serve around the holidays, but really�. any time of the year our family loves them.

Serves: 24 - 36


1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix cookies
2 eggs
? cup of vegetable oil
Powdered sugar for the topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Visit Red Velvet Cookies @ for full instructions.

Corporate efforts to innovate health care will be of interest to many

The announcement by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase to form a company to contain health care costs for their employees has generated considerable attention � and for good reason.

The leaders of these companies are renowned for their ability to innovate. We certainly agree with them that health care costs are unsustainable and need to be lower. We�ve been saying that for years. How they plan to accomplish such a monumental task remains to be seen. Warren Buffett, the chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, said the companies don�t �come to this problem with answers. But we also do not accept it as inevitable.�

It�s an admirable goal and one that comes with a lot of work ahead. Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon, acknowledges the truth by saying �the health care system is complex.�

How the companies go about cutting costs and improving results is something that many will watch. Companies like Amazon self-insure for their employees� health care and are not subject to regulation by this office.

The companies have yet to provide details on what they are considering. But we think it�s safe to assume they may have a focus on the direct purchase of health care � contracting directly with medical providers, including hospitals, and finding an imaginative way around the gnawing issue of soaring costs for prescription drugs. We will pay attention to their efforts to see what effect it has on the health care landscape and the companies we do regulate.

We hope they will build on some the key successes of the Affordable Care Act to date � greater coverage, more focus on costs and results that benefit patients. Regulators stand ready to offer the benefit of their experience in this effort.

My Favorite Blueberry Scones Recipe

Tons of juicy blueberries put these homemade scones over the top! They're super moist and tender in every bite. Better than a bakery, trust me.

yield: 8 SCONES


2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (careful not to overmeasure)
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 heaping cup (190g) blueberries (fresh or frozen, do not thaw)*
coarse sugar for sprinkling on top before baking

1 cup (120g) confectioners' sugar
3 Tablespoons (45ml) heavy cream (or half-and-half or milk)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe Notes:
*I usually add closer to 1 and 1/4 cups blueberries. You can't go wrong with a little extra!


  1. Preheat oven to 400�F (204�C). Adjust baking rack to the middle-low position. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Visit My Favorite Blueberry Scones @ for full directions.

Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Layers of red velvet cake and an easy no-churn cheesecake ice cream are layered in this impressive ice cream cake recipe.

Serves: 12-16 servings


Cheesecake Ice Cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream

2� cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
� cup butter, at room temperature
1� cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups heavy whipping cream
� cup powdered sugar


Make the ice cream

  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and the sweetened condensed milk. In a separate bowl, beat the cream until it has stiff peaks. Gently fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  2. Line 2 9-inch baking pans with plastic wrap. Divide the ice cream mixture evenly between the two pans, smoothing out the tops. Cover the tops with plastic wrap and freeze until solid, at least 6 hours.

Make the cake layers

  1. Visit Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake @ for full instructions.

Family Favorite White Chicken Chili Recipe

This white chicken chili recipe is thick, creamy and full of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors.  It�s absolutely delicious and I dare you to eat just one bowl!


1 Tbs oil
1 medium onion
1 1/2 Tsp. garlic powder
1.5 Tsp cumin
1 Tsp oregano
1/4 Tsp cayenne or crushed pepper (optional for extra spice)
2 chicken breasts cut into cubes (use rotisserie if desired, but you will still want to saute the chicken a bit with the spices
1 14 0z can chicken broth (or 1 3/4 cup)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup water (or more if needed)
1 7 oz can diced green chilies
1 can mexi-corn (regular corn is fine)
3 cans great northern beans; drained and rinsed
1 12 oz can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups sour cream


  1. Heat oil in a large soup pot.  Saute onions and spices for 3 to 4 minutes over med high heat.
  2. Add chicken and continue sauteing until chicken is cooked, another 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Visit Family Favorite White Chicken Chili @ for full instructions.

Chinese Egg Cake Recipe

Old style Chinese egg cake calls everybody�s childhood memory. This is also referred as mini Chinese sponge cake.

Serves: Making 12 mini egg cakes


2 middle size eggs (room temperature eggs)
60g cake flour (1/2 US cup)
40g castor sugar (around 3 tablespoons+1 teaspoon)
5g oil (olive oil or other vegetable oil around � teaspoon)
warm water (for speeding up the whipping process, not required in summer days.)

The muffin tin I am using is around 50*15mm for each cupcake.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C around 350F.
  2. Prepare a larger container and add half full warm water, then place your mixing bowl on the warm water. Add eggs and castor sugar. Whip at medium speed until light and fluffy. And then use low speed to remove some large bubbles. This step is the key of success and may take 12- 15 minutes until the mixture reach the ribbon stage.
  3. Visit Chinese Egg Cake @ for full instructions.


Taste the rainbow and diabetes bitchswitch, flipped.
don�t know why some people are obsessed with carrots and diabetes - but get a fucking clue, learn the facts about diabetes, and leave carrots alone - and leave me alone when I eat or buy them - because I LOVE CARROTS. 
This happened right before Christmas.
I stood there in the veggie aisle, enthralled by the display of 2 lb bags of large and organic rainbow carrots - guys, they were seriously gorgeous, dare I say stunning?  
A literal rainbow of colors - purple, orange, beige - and I couldn�t wait to embrace the rainbow of carrots, chop them up and get them in my belly!
Bonus, they were only 50 cents more than the freakish large and weirdly uniform looking Frankenstein carrots  - and I knew they were tastier, because no chemicals. 

I�d planned on making an amazing carrot ginger soup I�d recently perfected when I got home, these carrots would be perfect. I grabbed two, 2 lb bags and walked towards the produce scale a few feet away. 
 Side bar: Bagged produce doesn�t always weigh the same, so take a beat and weigh them. 
In this case, one bag weighed a 1/2 a pound more than the other - and that would be the one I placed in my cart with the other ingredients. 
As I turned to put the other bag of carrots back, I heard someone say, �You�ll get diabetes if you eat all those carrots.� 
I looked over towards the apple bins and saw a woman standing in that aisle and with what seemed to be an inordinate amount of kale in her basket, but that's besides the point. 
She stood catty-corner to the isle, looking at me and shaking her head. 
I silently uttered �fuck,� looked at her and said, �I don�t know anyone who eats two pounds of carrots at once and that�s not how diabetes works." 
Then I did my best to extricate myself from the lecture I knew was headed my way.
It was like the baby carrot bbq incident of 2011 all over again - but different. 

Nine times out of ten, I try and educate about diabetes every chance I get - that's what most of us do. But not this time.

This time - on a rainy and damn near freezing night, all I wanted to do was get home, put on my PJs and create the fabulous carrot ginger soup I�d been craving and which ironically, always seemed to be followed by post meal unicorn blood sugars, every time I made it. 
Which when you think about it makes perfect sense because It�s all veggies - it�s like drinking a liquid warm salad, except that sounds gross and this soup is anything but!

I started wheeling my cart back towards the carrot wall, but Apple Annie followed my over. 

Apple Annie: Carrots are loaded with sugar - they're like donuts. 
Me: Ginger Donut soup doesn�t sound like it would be appetizing. 
Apple Annie: Carrots are loaded with sugar - they do more harm than good and mess with your insulin levels. 

And in my head, I panned left to the imaginary camera and said: HOLD MY CARROTS.

In real time and standing in front of the rainbow of veggies, I stepped on my diabetes soapbox and stated: I already have diabetes - I�ve had diabetes since I was a little girl - and not because my mom fed me carrots... or donuts... or donuts laced with carrots
I have diabetes because my pancreas crapped out and destroyed the part of my pancreas that makes insulin - STOP BLAMING PEOPLE WITH DIABETES AND STOP BLAMING CARROTS.

And instead of putting the second bag of rainbow carrots back, I tossed them in my cart in defiance and walked past her.
And Apple Annie just stared at me like I had three-heads, all of which were happily munching away on rainbow carrots. 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake Recipe

yield: SERVES 10


2 and 3/4 cups (345g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)*
1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar (I prefer dark here)
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 cup (240ml) vegetable or canola oil
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Filling
12 ounces (336g) full-fat block cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 large egg
1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Recipe Notes:
*You'll need a tad less than 2 cups of pumpkin puree, which is a standard 15 ounce can. I prefer canned pumpkin in this bundt cake as opposed to fresh puree.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350�F (177�C) and grease a 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice together in a large bowl. Set aside. Whisk the pumpkin, brown sugar, granulated sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk until completely combined. Batter will be thick.
  3. Make the cream cheese filling: Visit Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake @ for full directions.

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-Free)

Since the weather turned chilly, this crockpot chicken enchilada soup is one that we've had on repeat! It's so tasty and warming.

Servings: 6


1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 can fire roasted crushed tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups bone broth
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper

For garnish:
1 avocado
fresh cilantro


Visit >> Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-Free) @

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

Ultra soft, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake from scratch! The BEST recipe. Slice it up for an easy, delicious dessert or decorate for a special birthday.

YIELD: 1 (9-inch) cake


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
1 tablespoon whole milk*
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 tablespoons whole milk*
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional�it will intensify the chocolate flavor without making the frosting taste like coffee)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch kosher salt, to taste

*You can use any milk for the frosting and cookie you like. I prefer something with some fat in it (such as whole milk, cream, or half and half) because it�s a small amount and results in a richer, creamier frosting.


For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and nutmeg.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and the salt on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the whole egg, beating for 1 minute and stopping to scrape down the bowl before adding the egg yolk. Beat for another minute and scrape down the bowl again. Beat in the milk and vanilla.
  3. Visit Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake @ for full directions.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

These Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are insanely good! Like you cut off a slice and then suddenly the whole pan is gone good!

Servings 24 bars


1/2 cup butter
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsps vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat in a skillet melt the butter, stirring consistently. The butter will begin to foam and deepen in color and smell nutty. When small brown bits begin to show up at the bottom, remove it from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together.
  4. Visit Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars @ for full instructions.

Perfect Chocolate Cookies Recipe

I�m pleased to introduce you to your new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe!  These chocolate chip cookies have been carefully crafted to be perfectly soft, perfectly chewy, and just all around perfectly delectable.  You�ll never need another cookie recipe again!



1 cup unsalted butter , melted and cooled at least 10 minutes (226g)
1 � cup brown sugar tightly packed (250g)
1/2 cup sugar (100g)
1 large egg + 1 yolks (room temperature preferred)*
1 � teaspoon vanilla extract
2 � cups all-purpose flour (350g)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips (plus additional for tops, optional) (300g + additional)


*You can quickly bring eggs to room temperature by placing them in a bowl of warm water for 10-15 minutes.


  1. Combine melted butter and sugars in a large bowl. Stir very well.
  2. Add egg and egg yolk, stir well.
  3. Stir in vanilla extract. Set aside.
  4. Visit Perfect Chocolate Cookies @ for full directions.

Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

A baked mac and cheese recipe that is rich and creamy, but can be made ahead of time and thrown in the oven when guests arrive.

Serves: 8 servings


16 ounces macaroni
? cup butter
? cup flour
� tsp white pepper
� tsp salt
? tsp cayenne pepper
3� cups 2% milk
8 ounces medium cheddar cheese, shredded
8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, cook for 8 - 9 minutes. Strain and set aside.
  3. In a heavy-bottomed large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.
  4. Visit Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese @ for full directions.

The Best Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

The ultimate best ever chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate-cookie base, smooth milk chocolate interior, an easy chocolate ganache, and the best chocolate garnish!

Servings: 1 9-inch springform pan (12-16 slices)


20 chocolate sandwich cookies (You'll need 1 cup cookie crumbs)
2 tablespoons white sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

4 packages (8 ounces EACH) full fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
1 package (10 ounces) milk, semi-sweet, or dark chocolate chips
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

GODIVA Masterpieces
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Wrap a well-greased 9-inch springform pan in two layers of heavy duty foil. Secure around the pan.
  2. Visit The Best Chocolate Cheesecake @ for full instructions.

Crockpot Beef Stew Recipe

A hearty and savory slow cooker beef stew, perfect for those cold winter nights. This stew is loaded with beef, potatoes, carrots and green beans.

Servings: 8


1 tbsp olive oil
3 lb beef fat trimmed and cut into 1 inch cubes, I used sirloin tip roast
4 cups beef broth or chicken broth
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp dried oregano
1/4 cup all-purpose flour, use a bit more if needed
1 onion chopped
5 cloves garlic minced
6 medium potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
2 medium carrots peeled and cut into slices
1 cup green beans frozen or fresh, ends trimmed and cut in half
1/4 cup all-purpose flour optional


  1. Place the beef in a ziploc bag and add the flour over the beef. Close the ziploc bag and shake until each piece of beef is fully covered in flour. Add more flour if needed.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef to the skillet and brown on all sides. You will have to do this in a couple batches since you don't want to crowd the meat.
  3. Visit Crockpot Beef Stew @ for full instructions.

Cookie Monster Cheesecake Recipe

A gorgeous and whimsical blue cheesecake! Chocolate chip cookie crust, a blue cookies and cream cheesecake filling, topped with a creamy chocolate ganache and crushed chocolate chip cookies!

Servings 8


Chocolate Chip Cookie Blondie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake
16 oz cream cheese
2 tsp cornstarch
1/3 cup granulated sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup whipping cream
blue gel food coloring
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
15 regular Oreo cookies, crushed into small pieces

Chocolate Ganache
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
pinch of salt

To Decorate
chocolate chip cookies broken into pieces


Chocolate Chip Cookie Blondie

  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees.  Butter and dust a 8" springform pan with flour.
  2. In a microwave safe mixing bowl, combine butter, salt, and brown sugar.  Heat in 30-second intervals until butter is melted, stirring each time.  Set aside to let cool slightly.
  3. Visit Cookie Monster Cheesecake @ for full instructions.

Reese�s Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars Recipe

Reese's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars are perfect for the peanut butter lover in your life! These easy oatmeal cookie bars are loaded with peanut butter and Reese's candy for the ultimate treat. This delicious recipe is perfect for an after school snack and makes enough for a party too. I wouldn't dream of serving them without ice cold milk - it's a must!

Serves: 32 pieces


1� sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar
� cup creamy peanut butter
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
2� tsp baking powder
� tsp salt
1 cup Reese's peanut butter baking chips
2 cups Reese's minatures, chopped or Reese's minis


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add peanut butter and continue mixing.
  4. Visit Reese�s Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars @ for full instructions.

Double Chocolate Ganache and Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

Amazing, soft and smooth cheesecake made with fresh raspberries on the bottom and on top and coated with two types of chocolate ganache, white and milk chocolate. White chocolate, milk chocolate and raspberry cheesecake is pure heaven.

Servings: 9-inch cheesecake


1 � cups graham cracker crumbs
� cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
6 oz fresh raspberries

3 8 oz packs of cream cheese softened
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
3 Tbsp sour cream
1 egg
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp corn starch

4 oz baking milk chocolate
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
4 oz baking white chocolate
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
6 oz fresh raspberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 and grease a 9 inch spring form. You will need a large roasting pan (one that�s bigger and longer than the spring form. I use the aluminum foil disposable ones.)
  2. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, vanilla extract and brown sugar. Mix very well.
  3. Spread crumb mixture in the bottom on the spring form, evenly, pressing it over the bottom and half way up the sides.
  4. Visit Double Chocolate Ganache and Raspberry Cheesecake @ for full instructions.

5 Minute Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe

The best Instant Pot chili mac recipe. My kids love this comfort food that cooks quickly in this pressure cooker and is pretty healthy too.

Servings: 6


1/2 onion diced
1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 can diced tomatoes 15 oz
1 can tomato sauce 8 oz.
1 can red beans 15 oz
1 c elbow macaroni uncooked
1 c water
2 tbsp olive oil
1 pkg. chili seasoning packet or 1 tbsp seasoning salt, or 1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 tsp chili powder optional - more or less depending on spice level desired


  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute and add olive oil, onions, and ground beef. 
  2. Brown meat until cooked. Turn off IP.
  3. Visit Instant Pot Chili Mac Recipe @ for full instructions.

White Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe

This is a cake of your dreams! If you dream of coconut and white chocolate, of course. Soft, moist layered coconut cake made with coconut milk and coconut flakes. It�s filled with fluffy white chocolate frosting and topped with white chocolate ganache and more coconut flakes.

Servings: 1 3 layer, 8-inch cake


� cup unsalted butter room temperature
1 cup white granulated sugar
3 eggs room temperature
2� cups all purpose flour
2� tsp baking powder
� tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 cup coconut milk can
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter room temperature
8 oz cream cheese room temperature
7 oz jar marshmallow fluff
1 cup powdered sugar
4 oz baking white chocolate bar

White Chocolate Ganache:
4 oz baking white chocolate bar
� cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes for topping



  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and lightly flour 3, 8-inch round baking pans. (To flour the pans: grease with cooking spray then add some flour. Pat baking pan so that it's lightly covered in flour all over the inside, then turn the pan upside down and lightly pat to discard loose flour. **I do recommend using 3 of the same cake pans at a time because it will be much easier to divide all the batter equally among the pans.)
  2. Have all your ingredients ready.
  3. Visit White Chocolate Coconut Cake @ for full instructions.

Pressure Cooker Lasagna Soup Recipe

Pressure Cooker Lasagna Soup is a tasty meal that�s done in the fraction of the time as the traditional dish. Same great tastes, a family favorite!

Yield: 6-8 servings


1 lb ground pork sausage
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth
1 bay leaf
3 T garlic, minced
2 t oregano
1 t thyme
1/2 t salt
1/2 t ground pepper
8 oz (1/2 box) Radiatore pasta
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup parmesan
1 cup mozzarella, shredded


  1. Turn Power Pressure Cooker on, spray with non-stick cooking spray. Press "BROWN" button (or saute if you have that button). Cook crumbled sausage thoroughly, drain fat. Add in: onion, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper & pasta.
  2. Visit Pressure Cooker Lasagna Soup @ for full instructions.

Copycat Chili's Molten Lava Cakes Recipe

Copycat chili�s molten lava cakes recipe is way easier to make than you probably think and that hot fudge oozing out is such a crowd pleaser!



1 Duncan Hines Fudge Cake Mix
3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Oil
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping
Caramel Sauce

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-oz.) bag semi sweet chocolate chips
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pinch salt

2 Cups Chocolate Chips (we do half milk half semi sweet or all semi sweet)
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the dry cake mix, eggs, sour cream, milk and oil.
  2. Spray a large Cupcake pan with nonstick spray and evenly destribute batter 3/4 way full. Bake according to package directions.
  3. Visit Copycat Chili's Molten Lava Cakes @ for full directions.

The Best Health Insurance For California Millennials

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The Best Health Insurance for California Millennials

California millennials are entering their prime earning and acquisition years.  Many millennials are choosing to explore business startups and self employment, as well as testing the job market.

In some cases millennials may not have access to health insurance coverage through an employer or their parents.  This leaves the options of purchasing private health insurance, setting up a small employer benefit plan for your startup/business, or choosing to go without health insurance.  Statistically about 25% of California's uninsured population is made up of millennials between 26-34.  

When I look at health insurance for millennials, I look at three things: Quality, Affordability and Technology.  New players are entering the market with health insurance products designed for the Millennial Generation.

For millennials choosing to purchase private health insurance either through Covered CA Marketplace or in the private market, I rank the top five below.  The first four represent the best affordability and technology in order.   

Oscar Health (EPO)
Kaiser Permanente (HMO)
Anthem Blue Cross (EPO)
Molina Health (HMO)
Blue Shield California (PPO)*

*Blue Shield (#5) is ranked because Blue Shield is the only insurance company offering state-wide PPO coverage with the national BlueCard (R) PPO network. While pricing on the high side and not particularly technology-driven, millennials with significant health conditions or who travel out of state frequently can benefit from their large open network.  Also, there are more than a few counties in California where Blue Shield is the only available health plan.

For Millennials who have startup or ongoing businesses, so long as your company has at least 1 employee paid on W-2, small group employer plans are an opion.  While these can be a bit pricey, tax deductibility for the employer and pre-tax premium for the employee can drastically reduce the true premium cost.  For small employer groups I rank...

Kaiser Permanente
Anthem Blue Cross
Health Net California (for groups with cross-border employees)

For millennials looking for lowest cost options non-ObamaCare...

Petersen International Short Term Major Medical
Petersen International Accident Only Major Medical


Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake Recipe

Turning a favorite pizza into a pasta bake is easy to do in minutes. Chicken, cheese, and pizza toppings is a favorite meal in our house. It's sure to become a favorite in yours.

Yield: 8 servings


16 ounces pasta, cooked al dente
2 cups grilled chicken, cubed
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup diced mushrooms
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 - 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
salt and pepper


  1. Place the onion, green pepper, mushrooms, garlic and butter in a skillet and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the chicken broth. Stir until the broth thickens slightly.
  2. Visit Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake @ for full instructions.

New Medicare cards are coming starting in April

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will start mailing redesigned Medicare cards to beneficiaries in Washington state aft...