Simple Golden Barrel Smoked Ham Dinner



If you want a super easy dinner that takes less than 25 minutes to put on the table? Read on!

Using Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses as the main ingredient since, I still have a box full of products to create recipes!


Golden Smoked Barrel Ham

Take a nice Smoked Bone In Ham Slice at the market.

1 serving spoon size of Blackstrap Molasses

3-4 big squeezes of honey

Mix together in a small bowl.

On a baking sheet spray a little cooking spray.

Spread over with the spoon on both sides of the ham steak.

Sprinkle a little salt on both sides.

Turn on the broiler setting on your oven using the LOW setting.

Broil about 25 minutes flipping the ham in the middle of this time length.

Keep at eye on it while it gets a nice golden brown and flavor!



I am not a big fan of sweet ham. So, this was perfect for me and my family!

My husband was about to freak out when he saw me mixing molasses and honey together. Remember, he was born without a sweet tooth!  Looked like he was about to football tackle me in a second!!!! I told him to trust me and try the glaze! He was shocked and loved the flavor. It wasn’t anything like he thought! He gave me the signal to continue the play in the “ham” game!

The Blackstrap Molasses bought out the slight hint of smokiness of the southern styled home dinner. A perfect combo with ham. It has a slight sweet and savor flavor for this molasses. It made me love ham. Wildflower and my husband loved it too!

You could serve it with a healthy green salad, side of sweet potatoes and green beans. Enjoy!


Log on to and click on molasses on the menu to order!


Thanks for reading and making a quick dinner,

Wildflower Mom


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Let’s Open A Box Cake For A Golden Barrel, Make, Bake and Review!

CIMG6056I for one do not buy box cake mixes since, I personal feel baking from scratch is so much better in the end!

But! I let this slide for once and for a little kitchen adventure!

I live in Southern New Jersey and I can say I have never eaten Shoofly Pie. So, I would give a pretty good review!

Golden Barrel asked and  offered this chance and I took it! I been wondering for a few decades what it tasted like…..

Here we go!



It was the most easiest box cake I every tried! Boom two products in the box, mix and syrup!

Dump the mix in a bowl and pop in a 1 cup of  softened room temperature butter.

Use a fork or better yet your best kitchen tool, hands to work the butter and mix into crumbs.

When done mixing you will feel like you are playing in fresh sandbox sand. Pretty and fluffy mix. 🙂

Measure out 1 1/2 cups of mix and put it to the side for the end.

Pour in the jar of syrup and 2 cups of boiling water. Using a hand mixer is best and finish off with a spatula to get all the ingredients from the bottom and sides of the bowl blended. One final mix with hand mixer.

Batter will be very thin.

Pour the batter into a greased and floured pan.

Sprinkle the reserved crumb mix on the top!

Bake in a 350 F oven for 45 minutes. Check when done with a toothpick and go around the edges with a butter knife. Let it rest to cool.




This cake is perfect if you are allergic to eggs or nuts.

Took less than five to ten minutes to make and pop in the oven. Pretty easy for anyone who is new or not  great at baking, yet!

The kitchen had a dainty sweet barley sugary scent and I couldn’t wait to try it! I took a piece early while it was still hot and toasty. It had a nice sugary crumb topping, warm, soft buttery cake, gooey, chewy, and just the right touch of sweet. But, not too much.

Even my husband who was born without a sweet tooth gave it a try! Now, he is a person who gags and gets sick at anything with sugar. Even the smell will do him in! So, I asked him to give me his take on this for the review!

Fingers crossed!

He said it really wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be and surprised he could actually eat several bites. He would be able to sit and enjoy dessert time at a family dinner or holiday for once! He suggested serving it with heavy creamy peach ice cream on top. I though heavy crème on top would be lovely but by its self it’s wonderful too!

Now, my review for a box cake mix, I would have been asking the host to give me their recipe for this cake! I would have never known! Truly and honestly!

My Wildflower’s review was very easy and I gave her a bite. I was hoping she would like it. She was so happy and smiled while she slides my plate over closer to herself and stole my cake! Hmmmm….I love cake! I want more! She got so excited after dinner every night jumping up and down asking for more cake! She was pretty sad on the cake’s last day.

I felt a time warp back to my grandmother’s or mother’s kitchen, with me in pigtails with my love one putting down a talk glass of creamy milk and giving me a piece of warm cake from the oven. Sweet memories from a box cake. Enjoy and be happy with cake.

To order log on to and click on Mixes for Golden Barrel Pennsylvania Dutch Old Fashioned Shoofly Cake Mix! You will love it!


Thanks for reading and trying something new,

Wildflower Mom


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The Training Toothpaste Toddler Tips From A Dental Assistant



Here’s my prequel from my last blog How To Win The Battle Of Brushing Your Child’s Teeth From A Dental Assistant. This is geared more for children that just broke fresh new teeth and beyond!

Since I had a few mommy friends ask here is the blog for you all. Hope this helps!

Exciting times!


Parents thinking what do I do now!

Here’s your next pathway for great oral care of your little ones. I will guide you and you can even hold my hand.

Baby Steps

First and foremost you need to keep these first teeth clean. You can still use the warm clean washcloth to clean tongue and gums.

But, I will repeat this one important tip! Water down that sippy cup juice immediately! Fill it with clean healthy water and a dash of natural juice for favor. This is every single time. Have your child fall in love with water. I have seen to many children with decay just by looking at them play, at the playground or parent’s sharing beloved pictures with me. I can’t help it, my eyes are stuck in this mood.  It’s my dental assistant nature. They are grateful for my advice. Since, so many parents don’t know what to do.


The best product I loved was AquaFresh Training Toothpaste it comes with the perfect sized toothbrush too. It’s clear with no sugar, no dyes, or chemical anything! I even tested it on myself to know what the product was like for my child. It was pretty good and my teeth and breath were fruity fresh! Not bad at all! My stomach didn’t bother me from swallowing the training toothpaste either. That’s what it’s designed for!

Now, your thinking I will just put a small tiny pea size on the brush and wet it under the faucet. Then, just have my child open and I can brush away!



Your child is so used to you spoon-feeding them, they will close their little mouth down and slurp the toothpaste and are waiting for more!

Yummy, toothpaste.

More, please!

Also, being a dental assistant I am use to going in a patient’s mouth and gently prying the mouth and lips back, with my fingers.

Try showing your child how to open and stay open so you can see all their pretty teeth! Be careful, since there is a danger zone in the little chompers coming down of your fingers! Careful placement just inside the cheek area. Put your fingers in a peace sign to pry open and hold. Brush in the opposite hand, common sense.

Explain what toothpaste is! We don’t eat it. It’s like soap for your teeth and we do not eat it. It will make your tummy hurt! So, open super-duper big like a lion or dinosaur, to show me all those teeth! You do it too, parent! Make it fun and add sound effects!


Now, have the teeth ready and tell your child this is going to scrub all the dirty food, juice, and sugar bugs away!

Wait! Sugar Bugs!?!?!?

Yes, we can’t see them but they love to eat the left over sweets, snacks and yummy food stuck on and in-between your little teeth. If you don’t let me clean them away, they will start to eat slowly away at your little teeth! It’s like a party in your mouth for the “Sugar Bugs”!

“We brush, brush and brush to clean, them, Sugar Bugs away! Rinse my mouth with water and down the drain they go away. No, more Sugar Bugs in my mouth today!” Repeat and repeat.

Wildflower loves that the germs go down the drain into their dirty home. The dirty germy yucky family is together down the drain. Clean my teeth and tongue of all the sugar bugs! I tell her the Sugar Bugs are having a yucky party on her tongue and needs to go away! Clean shining teeth and pink tongue! Yay! No, more Sugar Bugs today or tonight!

At times even now at four years old, I need to remind her of all this, once in a while! At times she cries no toothpaste, I don’t like toothpaste. But, remember toothpaste is what cleans the germs and Sugar Bugs away! Then, no problems and I can brush Wildflower’s teeth.

Win, win for this mommy!

Show your child you cleaning your teeth. Play show and tell with your toothbrush and toothpaste.

Wildflower loves to watch me or her daddy brush our teeth.

So, monkey see, monkey do.

Now, another very important thing we must stop that I forgot!

The toothbrush is not a teething ring, or we do not brush by biting it, little trainer!

Yes, your child will clamp down and go to town ruining the bristles. We, must stop this strange habit. Yes, it feels great on the young gums and teeth for them. But, we must remember to remind them it will hurt their fresh brand new toothbrush! We do not ever bite or we have to throw it away. Not, good or fun, right. That’s why we open wide like a dinosaur and let mommy brush the teeth right. This is a break in period of learning for the little trainer. Repeat and repeat!


Educational Supplies and Tools

Show them YouTube videos of educational children’s dental health and children brushing their teeth with a grown up. This can also be your timer for brushing teeth! At this point, Wildflower can go without watching a tablet video and just have me brush her teeth. This is called graduation day, when that happened! Yah!

If you have not already done so. Go, buy a step stool together and have them pick their favorite color for reaching the sink, to wash hands, faces and brush their teeth! What a big kid you are becoming!

But, if your little trainer is still too short and tiny to reach the sink, even to try the art of spitting or brushing. Get a nice large cup of water from the sink and put it in the tub. The tub will be your training “sink” since your trainer is little. Perfect size until their tall enough and tell them this. You even brush your teeth at the tub to help them, see it’s OK.

Show them books of learning to brush your teeth. Read them together before brushing! Repeat and repeat.

Only you the grown up should brush their teeth and until they are able to brush excellent by themselves! Too many parents just give in and hand this important responsibility over to a young child. You are asking for nothing but tons of cavities and dental work! Why have them be afraid so soon of the dentist. Have your child know you are the one to brush their teeth and that’s it!

Continue to work each day at basic teaching why, opening wide and brushing. It’s not easy but be consistent with your child and yourself.

Deep breath and I know it’s not easy. But, remember your parent went through the same thing trying to teach you this basic habit.

Spitting is an art form in its self.

It is not easy or anything!

Over time of practicing, showing and repeating. Your little trainer will get it!

So, this one is the toughie of the dental habits. But, practice and have fun teaching this swooshing and spitting art form.

Your trainer will get it over  time and soon this all, will be a thing of the pass. So, enjoy this crazy bathroom adventure together.


If you have any questions or problems with teaching your child, please ask questions. Comment or email your questions to me.


Thanks for reading and starting healthy dental habits,

Wildflower Mom


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Dreaming In Color

If you noticed there’s a ton of snow outside today in my town! So, I know my Wildflower and your children want to play all day in the snow!

So, if you are working on dinner or a project of adult importance, give your child a fun-keep-them-busy-project!

Grab your big cooking stock pot and a cooking spoon.

Go outside real quick and load the pot up with fresh snow, your nosy neighbor will be entertained too!

Put the pot in your kitchen sink and slide a chair up for your child to stand on.

Give them, plastic measuring cups, spoons, a small bowl, beach toys or any interesting!

After a while your child will be quiet……

Work on that important adult project in the kitchen while your child has fun work!

After you are done, let’s step your child’s project up a notch!

Ask your child what color would they wish snow was!


Add a few drops of food coloring on the snow and have them mix with a big plastic spoon.

My problem in the end was Wildflower kept wanting to turn the water on and ended up making blue snow soup.

Please do not worry about staining or anything. If you read the box directions it wipes up immediately and just wash hands.

Please don’t let staining of your little one’s hands stop you from letting them have fun!

Be open-minded and remember yourself as a kid wanting fun!


Wildflower really wanted purple but my red didn’t have another drop to add. 😦

But, she was still happy in the end.

But, I made sure to buy a new box when I went food shopping.


Thanks for reading and making color wishes come true,

Wildflower Mom


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Toasted Arrows & Wings Open Faced Sandwich

Here’s a little snack or lunch idea for your little Valentine!

One slice of toasted bread.

I couldn’t find my cookies cutters so I free-handed it with a butter knife and ended up making wings!

Picked a pretty jam for the heart and peanut butter for the wings.

I cut one strawberry in half and a cheese stick in half. Laid down mini baby carrots for the feathers on the arrows.

Had not idea where I was going from the beginning but I just went with it!


Surprise your little Valentine today with something special you made!

Yummy and healthy!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Thanks for reading and being creative with toast,

Wildflower Mom


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Antique Papers, Cards & Someone’s Else’s Memories

My mother showed me these beautiful Valentines on one of my visits. A collection of cards her father saved from his childhood and beyond.

I immediately had to grab my camera, my parent’s home is full of interesting treasures and finds.

So, I make sure I travel with my camera where ever I go.

It was thrilling to read the pen or pencil handwriting of Aunts or Uncles dating back to 1800’s , 1900’s, 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s!

I love holding history or personal history in my hands.

Special moments that my grandfather saved away in the box.

Here are the photos I took that day, makes me wish cards still had this must craft put into them now days.

But, they would be expensive now!

Click on each photo to see the true detailing.

Hope you enjoyed  all the detailing as much as I do. My grandfather passed this love and passion of history down to me.

I always have my nose stuck only in historical subjects and he was honored that I loved it too!


Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Heart’s Day to you all!


Thanks for reading and enjoying a piece of my family’s history,

Wildflower Mom


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Miss or Mr. Happy Heart!

It’s getting so close to Valentine’s Day and here is a cute little kiddie craft for your child to make.

Just tailor it for your girl or boy!

You will need:

Construction papers

craft glue


crayons or markers

crazy craft eyes or make paper ones

foam glitter stickers

pipe cleaners

paper towel

packing material peanuts



anything else you can think of!?!?!!?



Have your child cut out two larger paper hearts and have them unfold the paper. Perfect if they need to practice at home with safety scissor with you!

Draw a face, add crazy eyes, nose and draw a smile!

Wildflower wanted ears so she has two heart ears too! Why, not!

Color, draw and have fun!

Add and tape two pipe cleaners on the back, one for legs and arms.

Pop packing peanuts on the ends and fold pipe cleaner over.

Staple both hearts just on the bottom together.

Rip the paper towel up and stuff your heart.

Add a little heart with a special secret message and stuff inside.

Staple the heart closed.

Add a hat, design and decorate. Glue on the hat.

Now, design a two heart dress, bow tie, tie or keep it plain!

Let it dry and give Mr. or Miss Happy Heart to your Big Valentine!

Simple and easy for any age to enjoy!


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Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Heart’s Day!

Wildflower wanted a dress but I thought it looked great without it. But, she’s the artist!


Thanks for reading and stuff your heart full of love,

Wildflower Mom


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Plate Full of Love & Hearts!


This was a special way of giving Wildflower a Happy Valentine’s Breakfast last year.

I just used my heart cookie cutters and spread her some yummy butter and jam.

I cut the strawberries with a knife to make two cute hearts!

Happy Valentine’s Day with a breakfast smile and kiss on the nose.

Wildflower loved it! At first she didn’t want to eat the pretty hearts but she got over that quick!

What special thing can you do for your little Valentine?


Thanks for reading and eat your heart out,

Wildflower Mom


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Single on Valentine’s Day? What I would do if I were still single!

Yes, I am happily married and a mother. But, even when you are married, my husband and I view it the same way as you!

Oh…Valentine’s Day is coming.

Don’t worry about it, we don’t have to do anything. A nice homemade steak dinner and plenty of I love you.

Yes, we both will end up at lest buying a card or write out a handwritten note to store away for years later.

But, we don’t go over board since it’s hard to be all lovey dovey with our lovely Wildflower.

We just make do and are happy like any other day of the week.

So, what would I do if I was single or was a single mother for a few of my friends out there.

Embrace this day!

Watch my favorite chick flicks.

Watch my favorite action movies!


Do my own manicure at home with my daughter.

Treat myself to a nail salon and try a bold color!

Wear red lipstick.

Home facial mask with my daughter.

Spa facial……

Spa massage and facial…..

Rub your daughter’s feet and she rubs yours!

Make a box mix of brownies and dump your favorite candies on top of the batter!


Buy heart-shaped conversation hearts, makes me feel like I’m in grade school again.

Order your favorite cheesy large pizza!

Make your own pizza in the kitchen with your child!

Movie and pizza night!

Buy a huge giant box of heart chocolate candy and dive in!

Make hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream on top!

Chocolate over kill day!

Why, not!

Call your mom, dad, grandparents, aunt, uncle, cousin or friends.

Reconnect on the telephone.

Not social media.

Or visit them!

Make a handmade Valentine for your child. They will treasure it years later.

Make paper hearts together at the kitchen table.

Movie night with your single friends at your place!

Make cupcakes topped with sweet pink frosting and conversation hearts.


Wear red!

Be happy you can do whatever you like on this crazy day.

Read a novel and listen to soft background music.

Treat yourself guys, to a shave and cut at the barber shop.

Treat yourself to a long relaxing bubble or salt bath.

Rock out to playing your drums or guitar with your musician friends.

Call some friends over to watch.

Alien movie night!

Sign up for a painting class or have a canvas painting party at your house.

Think outside the heart-shaped box day!

Embrace on what you have in your life and be happy with each thing.

Live your life out loud!

Sing it loud!

The Lord has really changed my whole look on my Christian Life and Living.

Embrace God the true love of your life and heart.

Pray with Him and read His words to fill your heart with love every morning.

Go with God.

So, be ready this Valentine’s Day and the ones to follow each year. You can say now, VALENTINE’S DAY IS COMING!

Have a ball and so will my family and I!

So, read this list and plan ahead since it’s just Monday.


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Thanks for reading and Happy Heart’s Day too you all!

Wildflower Mom