Cookie Obsession

I have become absolutely smitten with cake mix cookies! They are simple, delicious, and RV friendly. So far, I’ve enjoyed the likes of Red Velvet, Butter Pecan, Lemon, Chocolate Chip and today’s baked goodness, Strawberry Coconut.

To make cake cookies, you simply need one box of cake mix, two eggs and a 1/2 cup of oil. You can add any “extras” that you choose.

For my strawberry cookies, I used Pillsbury Strawberry Cake Mix, 1 cup of flaked coconut, and a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix your ingredients. Place mixture on a cookie sheet by the spoonful (I like to roll mine into balls,) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to seven days. Yields approximately two dozen cookies.

Other examples of add-ins: 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, M&M candies, or Reese’s Pieces to yellow cake mix; 1/2 cup of Andes Mint chips or crushed peppermint to chocolate cake mix; or 1 cup of coconut to lemon cake mix — yummy!

For variation, you can use frosting if serving immediately. Hint: cream cheese frosting is always wonderful on carrot or red velvet cookies!

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RV Kitchen Progress

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Those that have followed my journey to RV life know that before I purchased my first motorhome, I really wanted a convection oven. When I decided on the Rialta, I compromised by purchasing the Omnia stovetop oven. When I bought my latest Gypsy Rider, I was ecstatic because it has the convection oven that I wanted so badly. Well, when it came to using it, I was just as afraid to light the pilot as I was when I needed to light it on the Rialta stove! Today, I made progress. 🙂

I will admit, it wasn’t because I became so brave that I used the oven today. Admittedly, it was because my desire for chocolate cake outweighed my trepidation. Chocolate will always win in my world, regardless of the obstacle attempting to block our undying love for one another!

And so it goes, I lit the pilot, baked the cake, and I now sit in a state of complete contentment. I’m enjoying a hot cup of cinnamon tea and a huge hunk of warm cake, and I’m looking at the lovely trees outside my window. Ahhh, how I love the simple life!

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Stovetop Baking

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When I decided to purchase the Rialta, I was sold on every aspect except for the fact that I would have no oven (well, there’s a microwave, but that doesn’t count…) The idea that I would be unable to bake did not settle well by any means. Well, lo and behold, I found a solution. After much suspicion, I purchased an Omnia Oven.  I couldn’t believe that what appeared to be a typical bundt pan would allow me to bake without a convection oven.  I ordered it anyway, and although I was still suspect when I felt how light the box was when it arrived, I immediately made a blueberry quick bread.  Well, my doubt has waned and my skeptical tongue has been silenced!  In a matter of 40 minutes, I was feasting on warm blueberry bread with cinnamon honey butter that I whipped up while my Omnia was working it’s magic.  Granted, it doesn’t produce a well browned top as it would in an oven, but that’s a very small concession when I can still bake cookies and rolls and quiches… oh my!  So, I’ve got buttermilk biscuits on right now, and plan on being in brownie heaven tonight.  This life just keeps getting better and better!

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