If You’re Gonna Make a Mess…

… make it a big one! Big and productive, that is.  This is what my kitchen looked like off and on all day.  I’ve found that if I’ve got the oven on anyway and I have a few things to cook and/or bake in the next couple of days, it works for me to use my time and my kitchen efficiently and get as much done together as possible.


This morning’s baking marathon began at about 6:15 with a pan of Amish Baked Oatmeal that I had assembled the night before.  I added chopped cranberries for extra flavor.  This oatmeal is super hearty, not mushy like the instant stuff, and it’s so nice to prepare ahead of time and simply pop it in the oven in the morning.



Next up was my favorite Chocolate Sheet Cake with melt-in-your-mouth homemade icing.  Unfortunately, I have nothing to show for it now because it was needed at the basketball concession stand tonight.  I’m sure someone appreciated it, though, at about $1.50 per slice!


With cake on the brain, I decided to get a head start on tomorrow’s supper. We’re hosting Lance’s basketball team for a Mexican Fiesta.  This Skor Cake (yes, those are candy bars embedded in the icing) is a huge hit everywhere I take it, and is probably one of my most requested desserts.  Recipe coming soon…


Somewhere in between setting the oven timer and chopping candy bars, I realized I hadn’t started on tonight’s supper.  Lucky for me, this was Cheesy Potato Soup night.  I threw it together to simmer in the crock pot.


With the rest of my cranberries, I created a double batch of these yummy White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins.  Not too sweet, not too tart, they were the perfect soup accompaniment tonight and will be tasty with fried eggs in the morning.  A big thank you to Jennifer for the idea!  Aren’t they pretty?

White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • 1 cup cranberries, chopped
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips, chopped

Stir together the dry ingredients in a small bowl.  In a large bowl mix the oil, egg, and orange juice.  Combine dry and wet ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in cranberries and white chocolate chips.  Scoop into greased muffin tins.  Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes.  Makes about 15 muffins.


As I was rolling along, I thought I should probably assemble my Chicken Tortilla Bake for tomorrow night, but decided against it after doing dishes for the third time.  I think I’ll give my kitchen a rest (my feet, too!) before tackling tomorrow’s supper.


Making a big mess works for me, as long as it’s a productive one! Check out more WFMW, and see who’s been baking up a storm here.

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  1. Those muffins look yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Wow – I am way impressed with the amount you accomplished. I need to try a marathon cooking session like that. The Skor cake looks yummy!

  3. I agree with you. It is fun to be on a roll and just get a good start on the week.

  4. Whew, you did make a lot! Yum! Send some my way! LOL!

  5. Thanks for the mention! I have a half bag of cranberries left in my freezer and seeing those muffins is making me want to go bake some up right now. Yum is right.

  6. I do that every so often and then I tuck about half of it into the freezer. You got a lot accomplished – can’t wait to see the skor recipe!

    Have a Great Day!
    Kristin (The Goat)

  7. I often make more than one thing as well. It feels so great to get something in the freezer or ready for the next day, and then clean up one BIG mess instead of lots of little ones!

  8. That all looks so yummy…gosh I read your blog and feel so inspired. Unfortunately, I am usually reading it at work…I need to check back when I get home so I can get thee to the kitchen! The oatmeal looks so satisfying and wholesome…the cakes look divine, and cheesy potato soup…yum…if there’s bacon in it you are speaking my love language.

    BTW…your kitchen is super cute! I have apple stuff in mine too, but your red walls make it much nicer.

  9. I am so incredibly hungry now that the rest of my reading is going to have to wait till after lunch. It all looks wonderful!

  10. Those muffins look delicious! And your red kitchen still makes me smile. 🙂

  11. LOL! Your “messy” kitchen is cleaner than my “Clean” kitchen. I wish I could keep up to hubby and four boys that like clutter! 🙂 Looks yummy, though! Can’t wait for the skor cake recipe, either…I want to see if it’s similar to the one that I make. We just love that one!

  12. This recipes look delish! Especially the oatmeal and muffins. I’m going to have to try these out – and soon! Thanks for sharing. =0)

  13. Ok, thank you for passing on the recipes. I cannot believe how many goodies you made. Now, how am I going to satisfy my sweet craving???

    My WFMW post: Meal Planning

  14. Wow! I’m impressed by all that you accomplished. One of these days I may have to try a “marathon” cooking day, thanks for the recipes. I’ll be checking back for that yummy looking cake!

  15. I made the white choc cranberry muffins today. They were great. I will make them again. I thought 1c was too much of the chips, but it wasnt. Also, I only got 12 small size muffins out of this recipe. Not sure how you got 22?
    Thank you for the great recipe, its a keeper!

  16. Mmmm…everything looks so good! I love baked oatmeal, it’s one of our family’s favorites.

  17. Everything looks great!!

  18. What an awesome post. Thanks for all the recipes!

    Andrea in NC

  19. I made (and blogged about) your White Chocolate Cranberry muffins today. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!!

  20. White chocolate and cranberry are the perfect combination! These sound so good 🙂


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