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Strawberry Pudding Cake – OMG!

5 May Strawberry Pudding Cake -

Strawberry cake, strawberry cake, strawberry cake! I used to be a simple yellow cake with chocolate icing kind of girl, but not anymore. Now that I have had this ‘Strawberry Pudding Cake’, I am in love!!!

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Strawberry Pudding Cake (adapted from the recipe on the box)

1 box Duncan Hines Strawberry Supreme Cake Mix

1 (3.4 oz) pkg Jell-o Strawberry Crème instant pudding and pie filling

4 large eggs

1 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp flour

1 can strawberry frosting

Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease and flour 10-inch Bundt pan. Combine all of the ingredients, except icing, and bake according to package directions. Once cake is baked, and cooled, heat frosting in microwave-safe bowl for 10 to 15 seconds. Stir and drizzle over cake.

The Verdict

There is a reason that I do not make cake often, I will eat it! Luckily, this cake was a hit with the entire family so the calorie load was equally shared.


Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

27 Oct Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins -

I do not like pumpkin! There, I said it. The only problem is that, prior to two weeks ago, I had never actually tried “pumpkin” anything. While at a women’s retreat a couple of weeks ago someone brought “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins”, and while the muffins looked good, as soon as I heard the word pumpkin I was like, “No thank you!”  I had instinctively turned up my nose and mumbled something about how I do not like pumpkin (very reminiscent of something my kids would do). A friend insisted that I try them, and not wanting to appear rude (or difficult), I obliged. Wow, was I surprised! The mini muffins were moist, delicious, and most importantly, full of chocolate! After my third muffin, I was hooked and was asking, no begging, for the recipe. The next day, the recipe appeared in my Facebook inbox and I could not wait to make these with my kids!

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. ground pumpkin (canned)
1/2 c. cooking oil
1/2 c. chocolate chips

Mix together. For mini muffins, just spray the muffin pan, fill about half-way, and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes. Make about 40 mini muffins. For full size muffins, fill muffin cups and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

The Verdict

Really, do we need a verdict? What more can I say? Oh, that my kids LOVED them! Yes, my son was a little grossed out at the muffin mixture (looks a little like baby food), but thankfully the final product looks nothing like the mixture. The muffins were incredible and you will kick yourself if you do not try them.

Ice Cream Wars: Old School vs. New School

18 Jun

So, my 10-year-old and I were in Wal-Mart the other day, on the ice cream aisle, and we got into somewhat of a heated argument. Which is better, the classic vanilla ice cream coated with a chocolate shell, or the new ice cream with so many flavor combinations, that they cannot possibly taste good?  What it boiled down to, was which is better: Old School or New School?

Ice Cream Wars: Old School vs. New School

I asked my son, why, why would he prefer Very Berry or Cotton Candy over the creamy goodness of vanilla and chocolate. His response was that the flavors are fun and that there were so many choices. So many choices? Too many choices if you ask me. Six flavors of ice cream, including the coveted “mystery flavor”, over 200 channels on TV, numerous game systems, kids have too many choices today.  Take me back to a simpler time, when there were only a few channels on TV, there was one video game system, and when my ice cream choices were vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry.

Real Italian Gelato…yum

27 Mar

During a recent trip to Italy, I fell in love, not with a person, but with Gelato! If you have never had gelato, you must try it. It is a creamy, yet icy, yet fruity dessert that is to die for. My favorite, by far, is limone (lemon), followed by fragola (strawberry). By the end of my trip, I had mastered one phrase perfectly, “Due palline di limone, per favore!”, translated to, “Two scoops of lemon please!

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Strawberry and Lemon Gelato. Photo taken in Vicenzia, Italy.

I have not found authentic Italian gelato here in North Carolina, so I think it is time that I try to make some. I have found a couple of recipes that I want to try, so I’ll let you know how the gelato turns out.

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