What’s Cookin’ at the Holiday Boutique?

key Lime, whole with package, photo

Holiday Boutique

Booth #104

Overland Park Convention Center

Do you want to add some fun to your holiday season? How about perfect gift suggestions and really easy, but delicious desserts?

The answer is at the Holiday Boutique and we invite you to come talk to us this weekend! Come join the fun! Shopping for the perfect gift will be easy. Stop by our booth, learn about slow cooker baking, and enjoy a bite of great tasting slow cooker cakes.

Carrot Cake witih Slice

Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce


This is a great time to find out how to bake in your slow cooker. We would love to show you our new book, Slow Cooker Desserts, Oh So Easy, Oh So Delicious! (Would an autographed book be the perfect gift, or what!!!)




We will be selling our Slow Cooker Cake Mixes. All five flavors—Ultimate Carrot Cake, Classic Vanilla Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache, Key Lime Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake and Banoffee (Banana flavored with chocolate and toffee.) We will be serving tastes –and believe us, tasting is believing.

five cake mixes

Gift Set

What about gifts? We got that covered. We all know we have received too many candles or ornaments at the office or Bunko gift exchange or struggled to find the perfect hostess gift. Be the hit of the party and give a Slow Cooker Cake Mix. Everyone owns a Crock-Pot, but baking in that slow cooker is new and intriguing. What a fun gift a slow cooker cake mix would be.

Cakes baked in a slow cooker are moist. They are perfect to bake now—and freeze for easy serving on busy days ahead. Many of our friends and neighbors have received a slow cooker cake—and tied in a basket, box or cellophane wrap– they loved it and it makes a scrumptious, beautiful, perfectly-sized treat.

We love to serve them at all of our holiday meals, the office lunch, the holiday party or any gathering that might end with a sweet treat. Easy, yummy, make-ahead convenience.  What else could you ask for?

cake on ringDo you know how to bake in a slow cooker? It is easy —just make the batter and put it in a 7-inch springform pan or 8½ x 4½ – inch loaf pan. Put the filled pan on a ring of aluminum foil in your slow cooker. Cover and bake—and in 2 or 3 hours you will have a rich, tasty, cake.

war eagle booth


We are busy setting up the booth—and will be ready and would love to meet you when the show opens Thursday morning. This is a picture of the booth we had at War Eagle and the booth at the Holiday Boutique will be similar. Come see us—booth #104 at the Overland Park Convention Center. November 19-22, 2015.  (They left us out of the listing that was in the paper–and in the exhibitor listing at the show–but have no fear!  We are there, in Booth #104, and are eager to see you!)

We hope to see you there. If you can’t come, don’t despair. Here are some links that you can use:

Want to learn more about our mixes, how to bake in a slow cooker and want some baking tips? Click Here!

If you cannot attend the show, but would like to order the mixes or pans, we sell them on line, here.

Our book, Slow Cooker Desserts, Oh So Easy, Oh So Delicious is out at local book stores. We have links to on-line stores here.

One last hint—for those attending the Holiday Boutique—get ready for more fun. Check the listing here for the schedule—including special Girls Night Out events. Shop for all of your holiday needs—and take a respite to walk the Festival of Trees. See you there!

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mashed potatoe casserole
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Sour Beer Brased Brisket

sliced brisket

What a great time to be from Kansas City. After clinching the World Series, the entire city is united in fun. It took thirty years for our local team to win the World Series, so the excitement is Over The Moon! The entire city is painted blue!

Add to this, it is unseasonable warm. The fall landscape is painted in bright sunshine and BLUE skies. It is a happy time here, for sure.

Fall, no matter where you live, means it is time to tailgate, to host casual dinners, and to enjoy all things fall!

Every fall, my cousins gather for a fun weekend. Two years ago, at that annual  family reunion, I toured New Belgian Brewery in Ft Collins, Colorado. That was my first taste of a sour beer. The taste was straight from the tanks and it shocked my taste buds.

For those of you who know me, wine is my beverage of choice. It is a very rare day that I drink a beer. While I couldn’t imagine drinking that sour ale, I could not shake the taste. I was intrigued and I had to cook with it—and instantly knew I wanted to braise a brisket in that tart brew.

At first, sour beer was only on tap, so bringing home a bottle for cooking seemed out of the question. Finally, individual bottles of sour beer are readily available so it was time to cook! And my wait paid off, big time.

It is easy and it tastes fantastic. I love sauerbraten and German foods, so maybe that it why I loved this brisket so much. Yet, the “sour” is so very subtle; no one will guess what the secret ingredient is.

In full disclosure, I have not tested all of the sour beers available in this recipe, so now I charge you to try it with your favorite and let me know the results. Deal? If you haven’t tried any of the sour beers, ask the liquor shop for some suggestions. Here are a few suggestions from Serious Eats to get your creative juices flowing.

The brisket was awesome, hot out of the oven, sliced with a little au jus on it. Then, I made a mustard sauce and serve it on crusty rolls as sandwiches. The choice is yours.  I will be making this brisket often, and bet you will, too.


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slow cooker candy
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key Lime, whole with package, photo

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