Monday, October 13, 2014

Winter Fruit Salad

Creamy berry salad




I call this my winter fruit salad because it is made from ingredients you can buy year round.  Because of the miracle of interstate shipping and trading we can get frozen berries and fruit year round.  This is a simple and fast recipe you can mix up in a few minutes and maybe bring a little of that summer feeling into your winter days!  Thanks to my daughter in law Brittany who gave me this recipe.

Winter Fruit Salad

2 boxes of Instant cheesecake (or 1 cheesecake and 1 white chocolate) Pudding Mix
1 - 8 oz. thawed whipped topping
1 quart (32 oz) Vanilla Yogurt
2 lbs frozen berry mix (I used Walmart's Triple Berry Mix and added frozen
blackberries too)

In a large bowl combine the whipped topping, vanilla yogurt, and powdered pudding with a whisk.

Keep stirring, (whisking is that a word?)  until the pudding is dissolved and smooth. 
I usually take my frozen berries and thaw them about 1/2 way in the microwave, stirring them carefully through the process so they are uniformly thawed.  I stop when they are still a little frozen so they don't turn to mush when they are stirred into the salad.  Gently fold the berries in to the cream mixture until they are evenly spread out.
  You can eat it immediately but I like to put it in the fridge for at least a few minutes to set up.  This is sooo creamy and good!
whipped cream salad
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Easy Peasy Butterfinger Bars--Quick and Easy!


homemade copy cat Butterfinger bars
Are you looking for a Halloween Treat that is fast AND easy?  Just keep reading and check out this recipe.  This recipe is from Six Sisters Stuff. This is about the easiest recipe you will ever make.  Just look at this:

3 Ingredients:

16 oz. candy corn
16 oz. creamy peanut butter
16 oz. chocolate candy coating or chocolate chips

Melt the candy corn in a microwave safe dish first.  Place it in bowl and heat on high for 1 minute.  Stir it.  If it is not smooth continue heating for 15 second intervals until all lumps are gone.  Stir in the peanut butter.  This may look strange and bumpy but keep stirring until all the candy corn is dispersed throughout the peanut butter. Now spread this into a 9 x 9 pan that has been lined with parchment paper.  Leave the extra paper hanging out over the edge while it cools.  You can leave it on the counter to cool or place in the fridge.  I left mine on the counter because it was still soft enough to cut when it was cool.  

Take this out of the pan by lifting the corners of the parchment when cool and cut with a pizza cutter into the size bars you want.  

Melt the chocolate following the package directions in a small bowl or cup just large enough to dip your pieces in.  I use a fork to lower them down into the chocolate and then tap this on the side of the bowl as I take them out to remove excess chocolate. 

 Now place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and let them set up.  I found that they are really good this way but when I put them in the fridge to get cold they were crunchier and over the top delicious!   Enjoy!! 

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Apple Fritter Cake

Apple Fritter Cake

Fresh Apple Cake

This apple fritter cake is so melt in your mouth delicious!  I wanted to restart my posts, (it has been a few months since I last posted...i.e. house remodel etc.) with a super wonderful treat.  This has it all!  If you ever crave an apple fritter but don't have time to take a whole day to make them, try this cake!  It is much easier and has the same cinnamony (I know, I know that isn't a word!), chunks of apples goodness you get in a fritter. 

This recipe seems to have a long list of ingredients but it really does work up pretty fast.  If you have a hand chopper like this one here , it really makes it easier to get your apple pieces small without a lot of work. 

I found this recipe on Cookies and Cups and loved it!  I only made a few changes to fit my style of cooking and taste so here it is!

First you start by making the filling.  Get out a medium size sauce pan and put in: 
  • 2 cups chopped Apples, (Granny Smith have a stronger flavor that works well in this)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
 Heat this on medium until the apples soften.  The other ingredients will "melt" into a liquid and bubble.  I had to add as much as 2 Tablespoons more water to keep the liquid from getting too thick before my apples softened.  It should just look thickened  but not gummy.  This takes 3 or 4 minutes.  Stir constantly.  Set this aside to cool.

Now make your cake:

Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare your 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.
Add this in your mixer:
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened but not melted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
Beat until fluffy.  Then mix in:
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs            
 Now in another bowl mix your dry ingredients,
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
and measure out 
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt (I used Sour Cream)
 Now starting with the dry ingredients, alternate mixing the dry and wet into the bowl until it is just combined.

Spread 1/2 of this batter in the bottom of your pan. 
apple cake
Now evenly drop teaspoons of your apple mixture over the top of the batter.

Mix together:
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon 
and sprinkle 2/3 of this over the top of the apple mixture.


Drop the remaining batter over the top of the pan in tablespoonfuls. 

Now it will be easy to spread it together to cover the top of the cake.  Sprinkle this batter with the remaining brown sugar mixture.


If you are using a glass pan as I did you will want to bake this at 325 degrees for 25 minutes and then check the center with a toothpick that comes out mostly clean.  Add more time if needed.  When it is done, remove from oven and poke with a butter knife every couple of inches to allow glaze into the cake.

While cake is baking mix glaze in a small bowl:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
 Wisk together until smooth and pour over hot cake.



Let cake cool about 20 minutes.  
Now cut a piece of amazing apple heaven! 
If you love this like I do, please comment and let me know! 
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

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This week we are featuring a blogger who has a wonderful philosophy and it is always demonstrated in her posts! Please stop by and check out her blog and say hi while you're there.  Meet Carrie Groneman whose life philosophy is "To me, prac­ti­cal life skills, being self-reliant and serv­ing oth­ers are vital com­po­nents for a peace-filled and joy­ful life. I know that every lit­tle bit of good put into action adds up to a full glass.  All our efforts to be a pos­i­tive influ­ence will pay off . . . I sin­cerely believe that as we learn proper prin­ci­ples and prac­tice moral val­ues, we will become the per­son who can have the most valu­able influ­ence on our fam­ily and all those we encounter."

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