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Friday, August 22, 2014

Over the Top Brownies

Ghirardelli chocolate, marshmallow creme, 
and Reese's Pieces Minis...
Yes, please and thank you! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Homemade Marinara & Cheesy Garlic Bread

Christopher and Amy took us to a great little pizza place 
in Navarre a few weeks ago and
 their marinara sauce was absolutely amazing!
 I wanted to try and duplicate it so I found a great 
New York recipe and I think I came pretty close!  
This is what we had for dinner last night, 
but it would be a wonderful little appetizer too! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fresh Strawberry Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Icing

Fresh Strawberry Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese Icing

 1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar 
4 eggs 

1 pkg white cake mix

1 small package strawberry jello

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

1/3 cup cake flour

Whip butter until light and fluffy about 3 minutes.  
Slowly add the sugar beating well.  
Add the eggs one at a time.  
Add the cake mix, jello and milk.  Mix until combined.
Toss the strawberries with the cake flour 
and gently stir to the cake mixture.  
Fill 2--9 inch cake pans with the batter.  
Bake 325 degrees for about 30 minutes 
or until a toothpick tests clean.  
Cool completely on wire rack before frosting.  

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting 

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature

  1 cup sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

In a small bowl beat whipping cream 
until stiff peaks form; set aside.

In a large bowl combine cream cheese, 
sugar, salt and vanilla. 
Beat until smooth.

Gently fold the cream cheese mixture 
and whipped cream together.

Strawberry Glaze

1 cup sugar
3 TBSP cornstarch
3/4 cup water

In saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. 
Cook 3 minutes until thick.
Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl; cool 10-15 minutes. 
Slice Strawberries and place them on top of the cake 
and generously brush with cooled glaze.  


The awesome ingredients...

After whipping the butter and adding the sugar...
add the eggs next...
then mix in the cake mix, sugar, milk, eggs, jello...

Mix your chopped up strawberries with the cake flour...

Toss them into the batter and mix them up like this!

Pour the batter into your floured and greased pans...

Bake on 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick test clean...

Let cool completely...

Make your frosting...

Whip the cream and set aside...

Next beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt...

Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese frosting...

Frost those layers...



Slice the remaining strawberries...

Place on top of the cake...

Brush with the cooled glaze...


Monday, August 18, 2014

Ramen Noodle and Asian Grilled Chicken Salad

I know this recipe has been around for a while 
but I tried it for the first time lately...Delish!!!
I put my own twist by adding sunflower seeds and grilled chicken...
This salad makes a hearty meal!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Southern Buttermilk Pie

This is one of my very favorite recipes!!
Easy, sweet, warm, custard goodness...
I think it's going to be your new favorite too!  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Joyce's Homemade Sauerkraut

My friend Joyce  said, "Do you like Sauerkraut?"

"Absolutely not!", I replied....

She smiled....  

She grilled some hot dogs...
brought in this amazing homemade sauerkraut...
and I was a changed woman!!  

Absolutely delicious!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lisa's Easy Mexican Layered Dip

Sometimes you just have to throw something together in a pinch!
I usually have all the ingredients on hand in the fridge 
to make this most wonderful impromptu party dip!