Homemade Valentine Gifts From The Kitchen~

Did you know that if add a dollop of mayonnaise and use milk instead of water when making a cake mix~your cake will taste homemade?

I wrapped my mini loaves and large muffins in coffee filters and tied them with a bow.

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. milk
1 c. butter softened
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel
1 1/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
2 tbsp. poppy seed

(1 tsp. salt, optional)


1/3 c. sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
 Grease bottom only of 4 (5 3/4 x 3 x 2 1/8 inch) loaf pans. In large mixer bowl combine all bread ingredients. 

Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Pour into prepared pans. 

Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

In a small bowl stir together glaze ingredients. Pour over warm bread. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen edge with a knife; remove from pan.

Yields 4 mini loaves, which are great for gift giving. Freezes well.

Snow Ball Cookies~

    • 1/2 cup light olive oil
    • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
    • 1 (18 1/4 ounce) packages white cake mix, Pillsbury brand recommended
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla, the recipe calls for the clear kind
    • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
    • powdered sugar
  1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. COMBINE olive oil and oats. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in cake mix, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Fold in nuts. Form into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. BAKE 8 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheet 1 minute. Remove cookies to a cooling rack. Roll in powdered sugar while still slightly warm.


  1. Oh my!!! Everything looks sooo scrumptious!!! I LOOOVVVEEE your wrapped up mini loaves. SUPER CUTE!!!

  2. I didn't know that about adding mayo to a cake mix. I have a note from somewhere, to add a Tab. of cake flour, 1 Tab. of powered sugar, an extra egg and milk. I will try this one!


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