Friday, May 30, 2014

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Yellow cake mix--Bake according to directions on package in a 13 X 9 baking dish.

2-3 pints of fresh strawberries sliced
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. Evaporated milk
4 T. butter
1 t. Vanilla

While your cake is baking in the oven, cut & slice your strawberries & set aside.  When your cake is almost done baking combine your sugar, evaporated milk & butter in a sauce pan and heat to a boil.  Stirring & mixing together continually, add your vanilla right when the sauce start to come to a boil.  Allow your mixture to boil for 3 minutes.   Once your cake is out of the oven for about 5 minutes, place your sliced strawberries on top of the hot cake.  Then allow your heated sauce to cool slightly, about 5-7 minutes & pour your very warm/hot topping mixture over the strawberries that are on top of the cake.
(Basically everything happens quickly once you get your cake out of the oven.  You want a very warm sauce mixture on top of a very warm cake to allow the heat to soak in all that sauce goodness along with the juice of the strawberries.)
Cover & place in the refrigerator to cool overnight or you can serve if the cake has been in the fridge for several hours.  Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle


  • 1 fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  •  1 package (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  •  2 packages (13 ounces each) miniature peanut butter cups
  •  4 cups cold 2% milk
  •  2 packages (5.1 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  •  4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  •  3 cartons (8 ounces each) frozen whipped topping, thawed


    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions; stir in peanut butter chips. Bake in a greased 13 x 9-in. baking pan 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs (do not over bake). Cool on a wire rack; cut into 3/4-in. pieces.
    2. Cut peanut butter cups in half; set aside 1/3 cup for garnish. In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes (mixture will be thick). Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Fold in 1-1/2 cartons whipped topping.
    3. Place a third of the brownies in a 5-qt. glass bowl; top with a third of the remaining peanut butter cups. Spoon a third of the pudding mixture over the top. Repeat layers twice. Cover with remaining whipped topping; garnish with reserved peanut butter cups. Refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 20 servings (1 cup each).

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kale Citrus Salad


  • 1 bunch Kale, Leaves Torn Off The Stalks
  • 1 whole Jalapeno, Seeded And Sliced Very Thin
  • 3 whole Tangerines Or Clementines (or 1 Orange), Peeled And Cut Into Chunks
  • 4 ounces Goat Cheese/chevre
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, Pressed Or Grated
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  •  Salt To Taste
  •  Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Sour Cream Or Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Shrimp (optional)

Preparation Instructions

Grab bunches of the kale leaves and use a sharp knife to thinly slice them. Keep going until you have a big pile of finely shredded kale.
To make the dressing, combine the orange juice, olive oil, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper in a small mason jar. Shake vigorously until all combined, then add the sour cream or yogurt and shake again until it's nice and creamy.
Toss the kale in half the dressing for a minute or so, then add the jalapeno slices and citrus pieces. Toss again until combined. Add a little more dressing if it needs it (extra dressing can be stored in the fridge and used for any salad.)
At the last minute, break the goat cheese into chunks with a fork and toss it into the salad. Serve!
(Note: because they kale holds up well, the salad can be tossed 15 minutes before serving.)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

7 Layer Salad


  •  SALAD:
  • 2 heads Iceberg Lettuce, Chopped (or salad greens of your choice)
  • 8 ounces, Baby Spinach, Washed And Dried
  •  Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 8 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
  • 16 ounces, Bacon, Cooked And Chopped
  • 4 whole Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1 bunch Green Onions, Thinly Sliced
  • 8 ounces, Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 bag (10 Ounce) Frozen Peas, Partially Thawed
  • 1/2 cup (Real) Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar (more To Taste)
  •  Fresh Dill, Chopped

Preparation Instructions

In a clear glass bowl, layer salad ingredients in the order they appear above, concentrating ingredients around the perimeter of the bowl and filling in the center with lettuce, if needed. End with the layer of peas.
Combine dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and mix well. Pour over the top of the peas and spread to cover, bringing dressing all the way out to the edges of the bowl. Sprinkle with fresh dill.
Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Toss just before serving.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Chocolate-Covered Oreo Cookie Cake


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (4 ounces)  Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups  Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 12 OREO® Cookies, coarsely crushed


  1. HEAT oven to 350°F.
  2. PREPARE cake batter and bake in 2 (9-inch) round pans as directed on package. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Invert onto wire racks; gently remove pans. Cool cakes completely.
  3. MICROWAVE chocolate and butter in small microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool 5 min. Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP and crushed cookies.
  4. PLACE 1 cake layer on plate, spread with cream cheese mixture. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread top with chocolate glaze; let stand 10 min. or until firm. Keep refrigerated. Yield: 16 servings