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A happily married twenty-something wife blogging about life in New Jersey, marriage, personal finance, cooking, home decor, and more!

Baked Cod with Ritz Coating

Finally! Michael and I purchased frozen cod weeks ago and are just now getting to make this dish. Although it would have been fun to make a beer batter and deep fry our cod, we opted for a dredged baked version coated in cornstarch, egg, and ritz cracker crumbs.

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Gratitude and Grace

Hi friends!  I have renewed HappyWifey.net for the next year… I know I don’t post ALL the time, but I am anxious to make some new recipes and share them with you sometime in the future.

I recently started a hand-written gratitude journal… which just details my happy gratitude thoughts every few days.  Just like this blog, I will not task myself with writing in it every day.  I think it is the best practice to continue to be grateful for all that we have.  This weekend, I am especially grateful for great neighbors, wonderful family times, and the ability to provide and share good food and experiences with the people that I love.

I will continue to give myself grace in life and on this blog.  I WANT to post every week, but realize that I can still keep the things I love, even when I fall short.

I have been having a wonderful time working my Thirty-One business… I will be attending our conference this month!  I can’t believe the folks I have met and connected with because of 31.  I feel incredibly fortunate <3

Thanks for stoppin’ by!

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Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves

You know me – I always love a made from scratch recipe.  BUT – there is a time and place for everything… and there is even a time and a place for shortcuts!  This is one of my favorite shortcuts.  All you need is 2 boxes of jiffy corn muffin mix, milk, sour cream (light will do), and two eggs!

HappyWifey.net - Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves

Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves

Makes 8 mini loaves


  • Jiffy corn muffin mix (the blue box), 2 boxes
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (I used light)
  • 2 eggs
  • shortening

Happywifey.net - Speedy Mini Cornbread Loaves


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a mini loaf pan with shortening.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine mix, milk, sour cream, and eggs.  The batter will be slightly lumpy.
  • Fill each little pan up about 2/3 of the way.  Sometimes I have too much batter and make a few little muffins with my silicone cups.
  • Bake for 18 minutes!  If your loaves don’t look golden enough, rotate the pan and cook 2-4 more minutes.
  • Let them sit in the pan for just a few minutes, and then turn them out!  You can use a knife around the side of each well to help coax them out if they get stuck.

I served these for two dinners already!  I love whipping them up for BBQ season.. the boxes of mix are under 50 cents at ALDI and these are really a treat.  The addition of the sour cream helps make them more light and airy.

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The Best Cake I Make: Double Chocolate Layer Cake

I would like to share with you the best cake that I make… The recipe was shared with me by my lovely friend Joanna (visit her here) and is by Ina Garten.  You can find the recipe here.

Double Chocolate Layer Cake @ HappyWifey.netThere are a LOT of things I like about this cake:

  1. I have made this cake at LEAST four times, and it has been good every time.
  2. The buttermilk in the cake makes the actual cake AWESOME and it is the only from-scratch cake I have excelled at yet.  Who needs Pillsbury?
  3. The coffee that is in the icing and in the cake really gives it a deep mocha flavor!
  4. The icing is really easy to work with and I am getting better at icing it each time.
  5. EVERYONE loves this cake!

Double Chocolate Layer Cake @ HappyWifey.netLook at ALL of the chocolate!!!!!  Here she is all done:

Double Chocolate Layer Cake @ HappyWifey.netThis lovely cake was made for my Dad’s 64th birthday earlier this month.  He loved it!  Sometimes it is so so lovely to make someone you love a from-scratch cake.

Check out my icing writing on the top!  I wish I could show you my last cake’s attempts… it is safe to say that I am getting better!  You’ll just have to take my word for it.

Double Chocolate Layer Cake @ HappyWifey.net


This cake makes me smile!




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French Toast Sticks

So… obviously my skillet skills need some work, but here is my first try at french toast sticks!  I had a good chunk of this Sweet Hawaiian bread left and thought it would come out best as sticks!  It did not disappoint.

French Toast Sticks @ Happy Wifey.netFrench Toast Sticks


  • Bread, cut into sticks [I used this bread, and it was a few days old]
  • 2 or 3 eggs, depending on how many you’re making
  • Splash of milk or cream
  • Vanilla, cinnamon, and/or nutmeg to taste
  • Butter, for your skillet


  • Cut your bread to desired strip size.
  • Whisk eggs with a splash or two of milk or cream in a bowl.
  • Add in vanilla, nutmeg, and/or cinnamon.
  • Soak the bread strips in the mixture, turning to coat.
  • Add at least 1 tbsp of butter to a skillet (I used a cast iron pan).
  • When hot and butter begins to melt, add battered sticks to pan.
  • Let each stick cook on all four sides until they turn a desired color and texture.  I don’t like soggy french toast, which is why mine turned out a little “well done”.

I have no doubt that french toast turning will improve with practice!  Enjoy :)  You can also add a little bit of orange juice to the batter to give your french toast sticks a little more flavor.  I love mine dipped in pancake syrup!


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Bang Bang Shrimp!

Bang Bang Shrimp @ HappyWifey.netI’d been waiting to make this recipe for a LONG time!  Finally – I had all the ingredients and it was meant to be!  I made this recipe exactly AS IS in the recipe so please click here to check it out.

This is SPOT ON to Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp.  You could also make a similar appetizer if you use chicken instead of shrimp.  I think that the spicy mayo sauce is amazing.  I got my Thai Chili Sauce at Trader Joe’s but I have since seen it at ALDI and Wegman’s.

Caution: If your husband is not a sauce lover (mine isn’t…) you could fry up your chicken or shrimp and serve the sauce on the side!

There are also many lower calorie versions of this which bake the chicken/shrimp because the sauce is bad enough for you as it is!  I am sure they might be good.. but this is so so good!  Enjoy!


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