Random Recipe Ideas & a Winner!

We have winners!  Thank you all so much for visiting, commenting, and supporting my new venture, Society6!

As much as I love cooking and creating in the kitchen, my true passion is art

Lately I have been taking shortcuts, still making tempting dishes, but leaving  more time and energy for painting and crafting…

February is truly a short month and I have run out of days to post some of the great recipes from the February Bucket List

Here are a few random recipe ideas:

A recipe for carbonara with cauliflower caught my eye this month, but in an effort to lighten things up, I just roasted cauliflower with some broccoli for color, and finished it up with a drizzle of Beer Cheese Sauce


Not exactly diet food, but with the cheesy sauce you will never miss the pasta

This dish was a simple combo of the techniques and recipes on the 2 links below

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Beer Cheese Sauce

Broccoli Candy

And then there’s this cheesecake with a crust made from cake mix!


I went the Red Velvet route for Valentine’s Day, but again, endless possibilities!


I wish you could have smelled this baking, it was enticing…

How about a luscious lemon cheesecake with a lemon cake mix crust

or a mint chocolate cheesecake with a devils food cake mix crust-


Swirl in food coloring, melted chocolate, caramel or anything you can think of, for a lovely marbled effect

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12



  • 1 box Red Velvet cake mix like Duncan Hines Super Moist
  • 1/2 cup butter softened

Cheesecake filling

  • 1/4 cup reserved cake mix
  • 3, 8 oz. packages cream cheese softened
  • 6 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-2 T red gel food color optional
  • optional garnishes:


  • whipped cream
  • chocolate chips
  • chocolate truffles chopped
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees


  • Reserve 1/4 of cake mix for filling
  • Wrap the outside and bottom of 10 inch springform pan.  Spray the inside with cooking spray or baking spray.  Mix dry cake mix with soft butter with an electric mixer on low speed.  Press into the bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of pan.
  • In a large bowl beat reserved cake mix with cream cheese, chocolate, sour cream, and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time until just blended.  Pour into crust.  Drop food coloring into the center of filling and swirl 2-3 times with the tip of a sharp knife.   Bake cheesecake for 65-75 minutes, until cake is set at least 2 inches from edges, but still a little jiggly in the center.  Turn oven off.  Leave oven door open 4 inches.  Leave cheesecake in oven for 30 minutes.  Remove and place on cooling rack for 30 minutes.  Chill cheesecake for at least 6 hours or overnight before garnishing and serving.
  • To serve, run a small metal spatula around the outside of cake and then release from pan.  Garnish with chocolate chips, whipped cream or chopped chocolate truffles.  Cut into small slices to serve as it’s very rich.  Serves 12-14.  Store covered in refrigerator or freeze.
Keyword Cake mix crust, cheesecake,, red velvet cheesecake, Valentine’s Day

Create a masterpiece in your kitchen!

Now for the winners!  {determined by a random number generator}

2 sets{5} assorted stationary cards

Pattie T, and Deb!

floral bouquet

Apple Tote Bag



Congrats, Pattie, Deb and Emily, I will email you to get your shipping info!

Guess what, there’s another giveaway, sponsored by the Traveling Tote gals,  coming up March 1st!

A MacKenzie-Childs Green Flower Market vase!


Be sure to stop back by to see how to enter…

Have a great week everyone!

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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Celebrate and Decorate,  Rustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the PorchCoastal CharmCooking and Crafting with J&J,  The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Tickle My Tastebuds,  The Blended Blog   Full Plate Thursday   Share it One More Time

15 Responses to “Random Recipe Ideas & a Winner!”
  1. Congrats to your lucky winners, Jenna. We have three more days to complete Whole 30, but your food and recipes are so tempting. Wishing you a wonderful Sunday!

  2. Oh my goodness! I hope I’m the Emily, along with Patti and Deb in the winners category. I really do have to make cauliflower and beer cheese sauce. One of our favorite veggies. The adorable heart crackers were so sweet for birthday boy, I bet everyone was scooping up the delicious brie! Great recipes Jenna………Enjoy your Sunday.

  3. Such yummy recipes, and lovely art cards and tote! Congratulations to the winners.

  4. So yummy! And three cheers for Emily!

  5. Jodi says:

    Yummy stuff and congrats to the lucky winners??

  6. Jodi says:

    Meant to put !! Lol

  7. debra cantales says:

    I am delighted to be a winner! Congrats to Emily and Patti too! The cauliflower and beer cheese sauce sounds wonderful. I’ve been making cauliflower fried rice two nights a week because it is so yummy (and low cal) but I need to try your recipe soon since we love cauliflower. The heart crackers and brie were perfect for your celebrations. Looking forward to your MacKenzie-Childs post 🙂

  8. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    After my recent trip, I’m a carbonara-holic! Not sure about the cauliflower, but I may just have to give it a try because you never know!

  9. Mary says:

    Congrats to your winners Jenna! I know they’ll enjoy your original artwork on their goodies 🙂

  10. Kim says:

    I love brie with preserves, nuts, or anything, but rarely think to make it. Thanks for jogging my memory to do this again. Love the cracker idea. Hearts are always in season. 🙂 Congrats to the winners!

  11. Sandra Garth says:

    Congrats to the winners! The brie,bacon and jam appetizer is calling my name loud and clear and I look forward to trying it. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

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