Homemade King Cake Easy Recipe with Crescent Rolls-MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!!!

King Cake King Cake Homemade for Mardi Gras

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Who said you can’t have king cake any time of year! Just change your food coloring for whatever holiday you want to celebrate as there’s not a better or more popular recipe than my  very favorite addiction, EASY KING CAKE.

King Cake just one of the easy, Louisiana recipes found in my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook-all healthier! and get the book 25% off  on my website with promo code LA25

I turn to my book with Louisiana and southern recipes, Gulf Coast Favorites for my most requested recipe, my king cake made with crescent rolls!!!  People all over say they prefer this easy and fun-to-make king cake more than the bought ones!!!!!   I am so excited to have created a super simple king cake recipe from my trim&TERRIFIC GULF COAST FAVORITES cookbook  for you to make wherever you live.  This pantry-friendly recipe is made  within minutes.  Made with crescent rolls and food coloring for the icing-you can even let the kids make this one for you.  Fun and fantastic, for adults and kids, this is a recipe you will make over and over.  My website has tons more healthy, easy recipes for everyday cooking!

King Cake with Cream Cheese Cinnamon Filling from trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites (all your Louisiana favorites-healthier) Check out the YouTube video to watch me making this delicious treat!

Halloween use orange & black, Thanksgiving use autumn colors, Christmas use holiday colors, Valentine’s Day go pink and Easter’s pastel colors for your icing instead of Mardi Gras colors.

Makes 16 servings

2 (8-ounce) cans reduced-fat crescent rolls
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 10-inch round pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Separate crescent rolls at perforations, into 16 slices. Place slices around prepared pan with points in center. About halfway down from points, press seams together.
3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Spread on dough in center where seams have been pressed together.
4. In another small bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over cream cheese. Fold dough points over filling, then fold bottom of triangle over points forming a circular roll like a king cake.
5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, drizzle with colored Mardi Gras Icing.

Mardi Gras Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Yellow, green, red, and blue food coloring

1. In small bowl, combine all ingredients, except food color. Divide mixture into three bowls.
2. In first bowl, add a few drops of yellow food coloring. In second bowl, add a few drops of green food coloring. In third bowl, add equal amounts of drops of red and blue food coloring (to create purple).
3. Drizzle over baked cake.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 184 Calories from fat 36% Fat 7 g Saturated Fat 3 g Cholesterol 9 mg Sodium 275 mg Carbohydrate 26 g Dietary Fiber 0 g Sugars 16 g Protein 3 g Diabetic Exchanges 11/2 carbohydrate 11/2 fat

Now, you can watch me make the King Cake!!!

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Easy Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Red Velvet cake or trifleRed Velvet CakeRed Velvet Cake  favorite dessert any time of the year!

Whether for the holidays, Valentine’s Day or any time of year, Red Velvet Cake is one of my very favorite desserts and you must try turning into this simple, indulgent trifle for a crowd pleasing recipe.  I love the fact this delicious trifle is make-ahead, serves a crowd and gives you the “wow” effect when serving.  This Easy Red Velvet Cake plus other southern sweet tooth favorites are from my Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook (yes, there is a story about this recipe).

Story behind the Red Velvet Cake or Trifle?

This dessert also holds one of my favorite “make-it-work” stories. When my Mother was making this cake for a family gathering, the layers fell apart. My motto is ‘if a chocolate soufflé falls, serve it as a chocolate pudding…never start over!’ She was upset, but I told her just to grab a trifle bowl, and the outcome was the most popular dessert of the night, Red Velvet Trifle. Add fresh fruit, such as red strawberries for a stunning presentation everyone will love. I can never decide which way to make it so the choice is yours!

Easy Red Velvet Cake from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or any special occasion, this southern classic never goes out of style. Take a short cut by using cake mix to effortlessly prepare a beautiful and deliciously rich luscious cake. And layer with berries, icing and whipped topping for the trifle version.

Makes 16–20 servings

1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix

2 tablespoons cocoa

1/4 cup canola oil

1 egg

3 egg whites

1 (1-ounce) bottle red food coloring

1 cup skim milk

1 tablespoon vinegar

Cream Cheese Icing (recipe below)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat three 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, cocoa, oil, egg, egg whites, and food coloring. In a small bowl, combine milk and vinegar, and add to mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 15–20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool layers on a rack and ice with Cream Cheese Icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons butter

1 (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat until light. Add vanilla. 

Nutritional information per serving

Calories 272, Calories from fat 29%, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 246mg, Carbohydrate 45g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 35g, Protein 3g, Diabetic Exchanges: 3 carbohydrate, 2 fat

Terrific Tidbit: For another fantastic dessert option, turn this cake into a trifle by layering cake, cream cheese icing, and nonfat whipped topping in a trifle or glass bowl.

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Homemade Christmas Gift Breads for Teachers & Friends: Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Affordable and Best Homemade Christmas Gift Breads

Chocolate Zucchini Bread  from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites  Want the perfect teacher’s gift while also saving a little money? Homemade gifts are just the ticket for your children’s teachers this time of year. Give the gift that keeps on giving, without blowing your budget – delicious treats with a trim and terrific twist!

Homemade Christmas Gift Breads are make-ahead gifts!

Homemade goodies reserve a special place amongst the array of store bought gifts. One of my favorite gifts to give are quick breads. With so much going on this time of year, everyone is busy but no problem – quick breads are  easy to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen.  A great idea is to make different sizes, wrap with plastic wrap and tie together for gifts.  One recipe = 4 small loaf pans.

Another  Homemade Christmas Gift bread

that’s so popular is my Quick Lemon Blueberry Bread made with Bisquick and cream cheese-.

I promise, Chocolate Zucchini Bread, is one of my absolute favorite nutritious-and-delicious quick breads–even this ingredient combination.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites cookbook

Just wrap the individual loaves in plastic wrap and store in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer until needed. Instead of one large loaf, I like to prepare the breads in different size loaf pans and give a combination of different loaves. Give one, two, or several types of bread, depending on how well you like the person.

Makes 16 slices

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat a 9 × 5 × 3-inch nonstick loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Set aside.
3. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, and oil. Stir in applesauce and vanilla. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened. Stir in zucchini, chocolate chips, and walnuts.
4. Transfer batter into prepared pan. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Don’t overcook. Cool in pan.

Nutritional information per serving: Calories 187, Calories from fat 34%, Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 26 mg, Sodium 96 mg, Carbohydrate 28 g, Fiber 2 g, Sugars 14 g, Protein 4 g, Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat

Terrific Tidbit: Zucchini is grated by using a grater or the shredding blade on a food processor.

Quick Tip

Mini loaves of quick bread make wonderful homemade gifts. Make ahead, wrap in plastic wrap, place in zipper-lock bags, and freeze until ready to give.

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My Easy Christmas Decorations & Recipes for my Christmas Party at my Home

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Easy Christmas decorationsEasy Christmas Decorations that are easy to do!

Christmas can be overwhelming with gift giving, putting up your tree and then what about having company over.  I have a few easy Christmas decorations that can jazz up your party, home or just make your house holiday friendly. One of my favorites is to take advantage of seasonal cranberries and fill a vase with cranberries and water.  I like to use white roses as they are a nice contrast.


Have you ever thought about using your holiday wreath somewhere else besides on the door.  Just use as a charger or serving piece and put a cake, dip or whatever in the middle for a simple festive touch.

My Easy Christmas decorations for serving food:Easy Christmas Decorations

I have a party at my house on Thursday nigh and most of the recipes are from KITCHEN 101, my easiest cookbook!  I plan on implementing all these easy Christmas decorations.   I use the holiday wreath for a serving charger and check out my hollowed out bread to serve my incredible Crabmeat Brie Dip that melts in your mouth-clean up simple!

Check out my video below for my own holiday party and my party pics  so you see how simple and easy  my Christmas decorations can be plus affordable and festive .

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Some other easy Christmas decorations and recipes from KITCHEN 101, the easiest cookbook:

  • Create a lovely, easy centerpiece by filling a glass bowl with pomegranates or ornaments.
  • For extra-quick clean up, purchase holiday -themed paper goods to use.
  • Use red and green vegetables instead of chips–red and green bell peppers, cucumbers
  • Different sized candles can add visual interest to your holiday setting.
  • Garnish with strawberries, raspberries and red and green grapes as food can add a decorative touch.
Easy Christmas decorations

Party Table

My Christmas Party Menu Recipes

When it comes time for a menu, I turn to my cookbooks as I can create an elegant and delicious assortment of food that’s easy-to prepare and trim&TERRIFIC!  Here’s a few recipes I made and they’re in KITCHEN 101 so  you know how simple they are!

Check out more of my easy holiday recipes (healthier too).

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Cookie Swap: Cranberries and White Chocolate Treats

Holiday Bars2766Cranberries!  Invited to an office party, cookie swap or need a gift for the holidays.  I love using cranberries during the holiday season, and these festive Cranberry and White Chocolate Treats from my fun EASY cookbook with trendy, simple, everyday recipes.  Tart cranberries, sweet white chocolate, the spice of ginger and nuts pack this delicious dessert with wholesome vitamins and minerals – perfect to indulge in while staying fit this holiday season.   I turn to this favorite bar cookie to make for friends and family this time of year. For a quick and delicious gift, just cut the cookies into squares, wrap with plastic wrap and tie with a holiday ribbon. From teachers to coaches, neighbors to doctors, give the delicious gift of nutrition this holiday season! Visit my website for more easy healthy, holiday recipes!

Holiday Bars-Cranberry and White Chocolate Treats from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age

Holiday ingredients create an easy festive bar cookie.

48 servings

1 1/2 cups gingersnap crumbs
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup of (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk

1. Preheat oven 350° F. Coat 13x9x2-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In prepared pan, mix gingersnaps, butter, and vanilla; press into pan.
3. Sprinkle cranberries, white chocolate chips, and pecans evenly over gingersnap crust. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk over top. Bake 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and light brown.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 57 Calories from fat 42% Fat 3g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 4mg Sodium 34mg Carbohydrate 8g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 6g Protein 1g Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat


Spiced Walnuts & Omega 3’s Love Your Heart

Spiced Walnuts or Pecans

Spiced Walnuts or Pecans

Did you know walnuts are great source of Omega 3 fatty acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for the body to work properly and we must get them through our diet since they are not made in the body. From reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and lowering cholesterol, to reducing joint pain from inflammation; research supports a long list of health benefits from eating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids.  That’s why I devoted a chapter  to Omega-3 rich foods in my new arthritis cookbook!

Walnuts Offer more than just a great tasting nut

We understand we need to include more omega 3 fatty acids in our diet; however, sometimes it can be overwhelming figuring out what to eat.  You might not realize how simply you can get this power packed nutrient into your everyday life.  You have been hearing for years that nuts make a great snack, and one reason is because walnuts are a rich source of omega-3’s.  Put together a nut medley snack, toss walnuts in salads for a nice crunch, or layer with yogurt.  I like to toast walnuts to enhance that wonderful nutty flavor or make your own Spiced Walnuts. They also make delicious gifts,Especially during the holidays – just put some in a glass jar or a festive canister for an easy, enjoyed-by-all gift!

SPICED WALNUTS (OR PECANS) from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook

Wonderful walnuts with a touch of spice, heat and sweet—toss in salads, serve on cheese trays or as a snack.

Makes 8 (1/4 cup) servings

2 cups walnut halves or pecan halves
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon canola oil

  1. Preheat oven 375°F.
  2. Spread walnuts on baking sheet and bake about 5-7 minutes or until golden.
  3. In small bowl, combine sugar, salt, garlic powder, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne.
  4. In nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add nuts and stir to coat with oil. Add seasoning mix, stirring until nuts coated. Remove to paper towel to cool.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 187 kcal, Calories from Fat 82%, Fat 18 g, Saturated Fat 2 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 74 mg, Carbohydrates 5 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Total Sugars 2 g, Protein 4 g, Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 lean meat, 3 fat

Check out more of Holly’s omega-3 rich recipes and healthy nut recipes


Perfect Pampering Homemade Teacher Gift Ideas- Margarita Salt Body Buffer

Homemade teacher gift ideasGo Diva with your homemade teacher gift ideas this year

Looking for  quick , easy and creative homemade teacher gift ideas that you make at home? Then, all you have to do is go to my chapter, DIVA DERMATOLOGY, in Too Hot in the Kitchen for my homemade skin treatments.   I love to make and give these inexpensive yet fun and luxurious facial scrubs to my friends and family.  Anyone who loves to be pampered will enjoy the festive Margarita Salt Body Buffer – detoxifying the skin and making it feel so soft! From hands to feet the Brown Sugar Scrub is the perfect treat to get smooth skin. With just two ingredients anyone can make it, and the olive oil contains Vitamin E and antioxidants which are so good for nails. To make these delicious scrubs for a gift, simply mix in a glass container with a lid and tie with a bow.  Or course, Too Hot in the Kitchen is a fun gift tool!

Margarita Salt Body Buffer from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age

Lime and tequila are natural antiseptics so help detoxify skin and improve tone and texture. Good for hands — felt so soft afterwards.

Makes 1 1/2 cups (1/4 cup per body)

1 cup fine sea salt
Juice of one lime
2 ounces olive oil
3/4 ounces white tequila

1. In bowl, mix together sea salt, olive oil, lime, and white tequila. In the shower, rub mixture onto damp skin in gentle circular motion. If salt feels too gritty, add more olive oil.

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Black-Eyed Pea Dip Recipe-Amazing & Easy Dip for New Year’s Day

Black-Eyed Pea Dip RecipeBlack-Eyed Pea Dip Recipe for Tradition

Everyone has heard of the superstition that you must eat cabbage and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day. I do not necessarily believe in superstitions but I do believe in tradition – and every year I love to cook this hearty delicious Black-Eyed Pea Dip recipe, from my cookbook, Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age.

Black-Eyed Pea Dip Recipe-Can you open cans?

Meaty and easy to whip up, you simply brown ground sirloin, as remember sirloin is your leanest cut of meat, saute onion, open and dump cans, stir in cheese, and you have the most fabulous Black-Eyed Pea Dip recipe you whipped up in minutes. You do not get much simpler than that! Remember to drain your black-eyed peas to decrease your sodium. I love to use pita chips to dip. Enjoy and have a Happy New Year’s!

Black-Eyed Pea Dip recipe from Too Hot in the Kitchen

Open cans for a simple short-cut to this meaty black bean dip; hearty, healthy, and delicious. Ideal for New Year’s Day but enjoyable year round.

Makes 24 (1/4-cup) servings

1/2 pound ground sirloin

1 onion, chopped

1 green or red bell pepper, cored, chopped

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon chopped jarred jalapenos

2 (15-ounce) cans black- eyed peas, rinsed and drained

1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes and green chilies

1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese

1. In nonstick pot coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook meat, onion, and bell pepper, until meat is done.

2. Stir in flour, and add remaining ingredients, stirring until cheese is melted and dip heated thoroughly. Serve hot.

Nutritional information per serving:

Calories 66 Calories from fat 26% Fat 2g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 10mg Sodium 222mg Carbohydrate 7g Dietary Fiber 1g Sugars 1g Protein 5g Dietary Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 lean meat

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Eggnog Cake, Spinach Dip & Party Pick-Ups for Easy Entertaining

Eggnog BUndt Cake-AWO 12-19Today at WAFB I cooked three trim&TERRIFIC fantastic and simple holiday hits. All three of these tasty recipes have only six ingredients but pack some major flavor and they are from Too Hot in the Kitchen.  Holiday entertaining should be a joyful time with friends and family so don’t let the cooking stress you. Everyone has a Spinach and Artichoke dip but have you used Brie in yours and is it trim&TERRIFIC? The Olive Cheese Cocktail Bread is great because guests don’t need any utensils for enjoying and for the hostess because you can make ahead of time and pull out when you’re ready to serve. Lastly, Eggnog Spice Bundt Cake around the holidays? Say no more! Also you can now buy lowfat eggnog, which makes it that much more trim&TERRIFIC. All of these recipes are from trim & terrific and have the stamp of approval from the great people at WAFB, just check out the video!

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Eggnog Spice Bundt Cake from Too Hot in the Kitchen

This marvelous moist cake melts in your mouth. Spice and everything nice makes this a holiday hit.

Makes 16-20 servings

1 (18.25-ounce) box spice cake mix
1 (4-serving) box instant cheesecake pudding and pie filling mix
1 cup vanilla or eggnog nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup light eggnog
1 egg
3 egg whites
1 cup butterscotch chips
2/3 cup chopped pecans

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat nonstick Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, yogurt, oil, eggnog, egg, and egg
whites, mixing until creamy.
3. Stir in butterscotch chips and pecans. Pour in prepared pan and bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 256, Calories from fat 39%, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 16mg, Sodium 268mg,Carbohydrate 36g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 25g, Protein 4g, Dietary Exchanges: 2 1/2 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

More  easy and delicious holiday recipe  and simple cakes.