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Desserts - Recipes

Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

November 13, 2016

This post is brought to you by CherryMan.

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. For the holidays I like to have fun and festive flavors. Cherries are always big in the fall and winter months so I decided to make a Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake and complement it with some Cherry Cream Cheese frosting. The cake is our of this world moist and this recipe will absolutely be made for future family gatherings.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 50m
  • Total Time: 1h

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 package 12 oz. Cherry Man maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*. Mix the cake mix, water, softened butter and chocolate pudding mix together on low for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and mix for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, add chopped cherries and flour and stir to coat the cherries. Fold those in gently to your cake batter. Add the batter to a greased bundt pan and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  3. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn it onto a cooling rack.

Maraschino Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • juice from maraschino cherry jar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • chopped maraschino cherries, if desired

Instructions

  1. Mix butter and cream cheese in bowl until combined. Slowly add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Add in the juice from the cherries and add the rest of the powdered sugar and salt. Mix until it is combined and fluffy.

Just dump all the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl except the cherries and flour. Mix it on low for 30 seconds and then crank it up to medium for two minutes until everything is combined. Chop up those Cherry Man cherries and add them into a separate bowl with the tablespoon of flour. Coating the cherries in the flour will ensure that none of your cherries are at the top of your bundt cake. This method will give you a good variation of where your cherries will end up. Once your cake is mixed, fold in the cherries with a rubber spatula.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. Preheat your oven to 350° F and grease your bundt cake pan well. Pour the mixture and smooth the top so that you have an even rise. Bake for 50-60 min. until your cake bounces back to the touch or you can use the non-fail toothpick method. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then turn it onto a cooling rack and cool for at least an hour.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. While the cake is cooling, you can make your Cherry Cream Cheese frosting. In the pictures you’ll notice there is a lot of frosting. I doubled this recipe and it was WAY too much so just stick to these measurements and you won’t have too much frosting.

Put the cold cream cheese, salt and the slightly softened butter into your mixer with the whisk attachment. Cream it together for about 2 min on medium speed. Add in one cup of sugar at a time until it’s mostly incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and mix for a good 3-5 minutes until everything is fluffy. Fold in the chopped cherries if you’d like those too.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. I used a ziplock bag and cut the tip off to do some piping, it’s a mess, LOL – but it gets the job done and it actually tastes fabulous.

For more delicious recipes using CherryMan cherries, check them out here. XX

Recipes - Side Dishes

Broccoli Slaw Salad Recipe

November 10, 2016

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.This is one of my most favorite recipes of all time. The broccoli slaw salad is sweet, tangy, crunchy and earthy all in one. It’s just a dump and go salad recipe and it’s so easy. It’s the perfect crowd-pleaser and you can make it any size you need.Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.

Broccoli Slaw Salad

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.

Ingredients

Broccoli Slaw Salad

  • 1/2 cup craisins, if desired
  • 1 package Ramen Noodles
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 package broccoli slaw

Salad Dressing

  • 1 package chicken flavoring from Ramen Noodles
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

Salad

  1. Remove the noodles from the package and break apart. Add broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds, green onions and noodles to a large bowl and mix.

Dressing

  1. Mix all your dressing ingredients together and pour over your salad when you're ready to serve.

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.Mix all the vinaigrette ingredients and place it in the fridge to get chilly. In a large bowl, mix all your salad ingredients. I like craisins in my salad but I don’t always add them, it’s just a taste preference. I like to chop my green onions fairly small and I usually only use the greens.Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.When its time to serve, toss with your salad dressing so that it doesn’t get soggy too soon. Serve with your favorite grilled chicken or it’s delicious with deli sandwiches. Enjoy!

Halloween - Main Courses

Halloween Pumpkin Spice French Toast

September 5, 2016

I’m helping over at See Vanessa Craft for her 30 Days of Halloween with this delicious Halloween shaped pumpkin spice french toast recipe. Check it out here.Make this perfect breakfast of Pumpkin Spice French Toast. The kids will love the fun Halloween shapes they're cut in to.

Main Courses - Recipes

Ad: Chicken, Cashew and Grape Pasta Salad Recipe

August 15, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBiasMake this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta salad

Life is getting more chaotic by the minute. I’m glad I can rely on food that is pre-cooked or prepared in some way to make life a little easier. For this Chicken, Cashew and Grape pasta salad recipe I’m going to be using Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips at Walmart and get to work. This salad is so easy for weeknight meals and it’s one of my favorite pasta salads for dinner or a group get-together.
d3ae49cb-0383-4449-a3f4-0c375858b29fFirst things first, get those Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips heating in a 400°F oven. I let mine heat for 20 minutes to ensure they got extra crispy. Also get those noodles boiling while you’re at it. You’ll next want to mix the mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing together and whisk it well. You want to use 1 cup of each and get all those lumps out. Keep that in the fridge while you’re putting the rest of the salad together.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladNext, cut the grapes in half and open your can of pineapple – chop the celery now if you’ve decided to use it. I like a lot of fruit but it is all a taste thing with this salad. Go ahead and add those to your bowl along with the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and mix those ingredients all together.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladDrain the pasta once it’s cooked to al dente and let it cool. It doesn’t need to be extremely cold but room temperature or colder is always ideal when using a mayonnaise based sauce. Add your dressing over the pasta and fruit mixture and stir together until all the dressing has coated everything evenly.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladYou’ll add the cashews and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips at the end to keep the crunch. If you’re going to be able to eat this in one day, go ahead and add however much you’d like. If this will last you a few days, just add the cashews and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips as you go so it won’t get soggy on you.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladWe love this pasta salad in our house for many reasons and the main one is that it’s a convenient meal to satisfy all our tastes and I feel I get all the food groups in one sitting ;) It’s a good quality meal with little fuss.

Chicken, Cashew and Grape Pasta Salad

Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta salad

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 1 package Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips, cooked
  • 1 package Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup red grapes, sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1 package bow tie pasta, cooked and drained

Dressing

  • 1 cup coleslaw dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400* F and cook your Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  3. Mix together mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing and place in the fridge until you're ready to combine with the other ingredients.
  4. Mix cooled pasta, red grapes, cashews, grilled chicken and pineapple together and add in the dressing, coating your salad.
  5. Serve in a dinner bowl with the cut crispy chicken strips on top. Add more cashews for crunch and looks.

Kids - Main Courses

Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Snacks

May 4, 2016

Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat right

I have had a really hard time making the most balanced choices since delivering my baby in September. I have gained more weight afterwards than I ever did during the pregnancy. I am in need of getting back ontrack.

Before I got pregnant, I had signed up to do a half marathon and began training for that. With my Fibromyalgia, it made it hard but doable. Now that I have the baby in tow, things have begun to get harder to accomplish and so I need easy but I also need to set a good example to my other kids. I came up with this “snack hack” knowing that I’d eat it and my kids would as well. I didn’t want it to feel like the prepackaged meals that are so popular, I wanted them to know that it came from home and the wholesome areas of the store.Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat rightWhen they’re eating these snacks, it’s almost a full meal to them depending on how much they decide to eat but it’s fulfilling to them and most of all, they love to pair it with their Capri Sun Organic. They are so simple to put together. Just take a slice of turkey, a half slice of cheddar cheese and 2-3 wedges of Granny Smith apples. Just wrap it around itself and serve.
Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat rightThe great thing about these snacks is that they can be taken on the go along with their favorite drink and my most favorite part of the Capri Sun Organic is just that, they are certified USDA Organic and made with 66% fruit juice.

When I’m looking for choices to feed my children along with myself, I look for something that is better-for-you in the long run. I look forward now to eating snacks like this because of the simplicity and ease it is for me and my new busy life. I have long doubted myself why I don’t just get up and move/exercise,making better choices has effected my mood and made me motivated to start moving again. You can do it too!Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat right

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Desserts

Easy Key Lime, Banana and Coconut Mini Pies Recipe

May 2, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EffortlessPies #CollectiveBiasAn easy key lime pie recipe #effortlesspies #adSo Key Lime Pie is my absolute favorite pie of all time. The tartness with the creaminess of the whipping cream leaves me satisfied. I also have a problem, I tend to want to eat it all. I’ve learned the hard way that portion control is where I need my head to be at to get my weight down. I decided that an easy Key Lime, Banana and Cococut mini pies sounded right up my alley.An easy key lime pie recipe #effortlesspies #adI ran to Walmart and grabbed the Dannon® Oikos® Key Lime Greek Yogurt, some Reddi-wip® and some Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust. I love easy and the new baby isn’t making my life any easier so I have to buy convenient ingredients. 

 Ingredients

  • Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust
  • Oikos® Key Lime Greek Yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Toasted Coconut (if desired)
  • Reddi-wip®

Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe An easy key lime pie recipe #effortlesspies #adThis was so easy to assemble. Just slice some bananas and add them to them to the Keebler® Ready Crust® Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust, then layer on your Oikos® Key Lime Greek Yogurt and top with the Reddi-wip®. I toasted my coconut in the oven at 375• for 8 minutes to get the perfect crispness to them. Go ahead and garnish your mini pies with lime zest and toasted coconut. An easy key lime pie recipe #effortlesspies #adThese are so easy and delicious and the best part is that this recipe is so interchangeable and can be made with any mix of ingredients. To check out more ideas, head here and while you’re add it, sign up for Ibotta so that you can get a great rebate with all your groceries. An easy key lime pie recipe #effortlesspies #ad An easy key lime pie recipe #effortlesspies #ad

Appetizers - Recipes

A Crispy,Cheesy Bread Bake Recipe

February 11, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MangiaTonight #CollectiveBias

Pair this cheese bread for any delicious Italian or American meal. It's a cheesy onion bread with tons of butter, what can go wrong?So imagine that you have a newborn at the house and three other kids to feed. You can’t take that newborn to the store or really anywhere else because he’s at high risk to get sick. So you’re basically stuck at home until the hubs gets there. You need to make something for dinner that is quick and easy because that dang baby is hooked up to an oxygen converter that is too heavy to lug around. Guys, this is my life aka not a fun life. I need convenience more than ever lately because I need to monitor a baby, help three kids stay on track and not go crazy in the process. I admit, I’ve already had a few break downs but so far I’ve handled it pretty well. Pair this cheese bread for any delicious Italian or American meal. It's a cheesy onion bread with tons of butter, what can go wrong?My kids are eaters and we’re always looking for new things to feed the family so when I came across this similar recipe, I wanted to change it up to be more of our family’s style. I wanted to pair it with something yummy and hearty as well so I grabbed this Bertolli freezer meal from my local Kroger banner store. If I can feed this family for less than $10 a meal, I’ve accomplished something pretty amazing. I’ve been striving lately to make sure that we eat at home and together each night. It’s so important to me that the bond is there and that we can come together through meals. That is how our family #MangiaTonight.Pair this cheese bread for any delicious Italian or American meal. It's a cheesy onion bread with tons of butter, what can go wrong?Start by cutting your bread into 1″ chunks and melt one cube of butter. Line your baking pan with some extra foil so that you can fold it up over the sides of the bread. Pour the butter over the top of the bread and place into a 350* oven for 10-15 min.Pair this cheese bread for any delicious Italian or American meal. It's a cheesy onion bread with tons of butter, what can go wrong?Next, take your cheeses and mix them in with 2 green onions and mix until it is a paste like texture. You’ll then remove your bread from the oven and add the mixture into the crevices of the bread, be sure not to miss a spot.Pair this cheese bread for any delicious Italian or American meal. It's a cheesy onion bread with tons of butter, what can go wrong?Cover with foil and place back into the oven for another 15-20 min. Serve along side your favorite meal. I love the Bertolli meals because, like I said, I need convenience more than ever. My kids like the taste and all around its a win win.Pair this cheese bread for any delicious Italian or American meal. It's a cheesy onion bread with tons of butter, what can go wrong?Find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you: http://cbi.as/22ephPair this cheese bread for any delicious Italian or American meal. It's a cheesy onion bread with tons of butter, what can go wrong?

A Crispy,Cheesy Bread Bake Recipe
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
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Serves: 6
A Crispy,Cheesy Bread Bake Recipe Recipe Type : side dish Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of crusty bread
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz monterrey jack cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 stalks green onion, chopped
Instructions
  1. Cover your sheet pan with 2 layers of foil, overlapping each other and preheat your oven to 350*
  2. Cut your bread into 1″ sections and not all the way through
  3. Wrap up the base of your bread in the foil and pour the melted butter into all the grooves
  4. Bake uncovered for 10-15 min, until crispy
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together all of your cheeses and onion
  6. Remove the bread from the oven a put the mixture into the crevices of the bread. Be sure to get in each one and cover with foil
  7. Bake for an additional 15-20 min until melted and gooey

 

Main Courses - Recipes

Wassail Inspired Oatmeal Recipe

January 12, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringYourBestBowl #Target #CollectiveBiasOatmeal with Cranberries, Walnuts and ApplesWhen the server on your blog has been down for 30+ hours, you need to be creative besides watching Netflix. Quaker® Instant Oats have been one of  my go to snacks considering that it’s hearty and I feel better making this choice over chips. When we were in Tonga a few years ago, I had to go to the hospital. In the morning they fed me some oatmeal and it was the best thing I had eaten in three weeks. It was mainly cause I had starved myself and that it was something that finally tasted satisfying.
Brown Sugar Oatmeal RecipeI decided to make a few tweaks to the recipe so that it would have a more seasonal taste. I used the Maple & Brown Sugar flavor of the Quaker® Instant Oats and instead of water or milk, I used apple juice. What a difference that tiny thing can make. They now have an indicator to fill up the liquid in the packet so you’re not wasting dishes.Oatmeal and Apple RecipeI used 2/3 cup for each packet and used a total of two to fill me up. Add some dried cranberries and microwave on high for about 1.5 minutes, then stir.cranberry oatmeal recipeOnce you’ve removed it from the microwave, add in your walnuts, dash of cinnamon and about 1/8 tsp. of fresh orange zest. Easy peasy.

Wassail Inspired Oatmeal Recipe
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
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Make this delish Wassail Inspired Oatmeal using cranberries, cinnamon, orange zest and walnuts.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkt Quaker® Instant Oats in Maple & Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 c. Apple Juice
  • 1/8 c. Dried Cranberries
  • 1/8 c. chopped Walnuts
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 4 scrapes of Orange Zest from the Microplane
Instructions
  1. Empty your packet of Quaker® Instant Oats and add the apple juice and dried cranberries.
  2. Microwave for 1.5 min. and stir
  3. Add the walnuts, cinnamon and orange zest

Target Oatmeal EndcapOne of the main reasons I was so excited to be able to do this shop was the Bring Your Best Bowl contest that you can win up to $250,000. You can head over to Target to get all your ingredients. It’s super convenient because they have these end caps so you can grab all that you need to make some other yummy varieties. To see all the rules, click here. You can enter your recipe online like me and the winner will have their recipe sold this coming fall for a limited time.

So tell me, what is your favorite oatmeal additions?