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Use a Potato Peeler for Shaved Butter {Dump Cake Recipe}

When we make Dump Cake, the entire top of the cake needs to be covered with one stick of butter.

I used to spend a fair amount of time meticulously cutting thin slices of butter to place on top.

shaved butter

And then I had the brainstorm to use a potato peeler for shaved butter.

use potato peeler for shaved butter

Using a potato peeler to shave the butter makes it quick and easy to cover the entire top with butter!

Here’s our dump cake recipe

  • 1 can pineapple crushed pineapple (16 oz)
  • 1 can cherry pie filling (20 oz)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter

1. Dump pineapple in 9×13 casserole dish. Spread over bottom.

2. Dump in cherry pie filling. Spread.

3. Dump cake mix. Spread over top of fruit.

4. Top with shaved butter.

5. Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour.

6. ENJOY!

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Salads in a Jar

Salad in a Jar

I love these simple salads in a jar!

(This is a guest post by my college daughter.)

As a busy college student, I often find that I don’t have as much control over my meals as I would like.  Cafeteria food gets really old really fast, but most days I simply don’t have the time to prepare a meal myself, and going downstairs to use the dorm’s communal kitchen is a real pain.  Another option is fast food, but it gets pricey quickly – and even though fries every day seems like an awesome idea at the time, the freshman 15 would say otherwise.  So, what’s a girl to do?

Enter mason jar salads.

I’ve been trying to shift my diet towards healthier options recently, so although I’ve heard of this idea before, I really jumped on it this time it came around.  The idea is super simple: you just layer your salad in a jar and viola!  Ready-made salad for you to grab any time.  You can spend 30 minutes whenever you have free time and make your lunches for the entire week, and you don’t even need a kitchen!  I did everything in my dorm room. Then, when your busy schedule ramps up, you’ll just grab and go!  Here’s what you’ll need to do to get started.

Use quart sized wide-mouth mason jars, which will keep your salads fresh in your fridge.  I bought weirdly shaped short squatty ones because I thought they would fit in my mini-fridge better, but regular ones will work just as well. You’ll also want your preferred greens and an assortment of your favorite salad ad-ins and dressings.

Suggestions for salads in a Jar:

-feta cheese
-nuts
-bacon bits
-diced cooked chicken breast (I found a handy bag of pre-grilled & diced frozen Tyson chicken breasts, which is perfect!)
-tomatoes
-red onion
-strawberries, apples, and grapes
-black beans
-avocados

The possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to explore!  The best part about this is that you are in complete control of your salads.  Don’t like tomatoes?  Don’t add any!

When it comes time to layer your salads, you will want to add the toppings first, with the wettest ingredients at the bottom.  Make sure to squirt lemon juice on diced apples or avocados to keep them from turning brown.

After you have added all of your toppings, with the driest on top (such as nuts or cheese), fill the rest of the jar with your greens.  Keep an eye on how much space you’re leaving when you’re adding your toppings so that you have plenty of room.  Lastly, you can either add dressing now, or wait until you are ready to eat your salad.  I haven’t experimented with this yet, but I feel that saving the dressing until I’m ready to eat will probably help to keep the salad fresher, so that’s what I opt for.

And that’s it!  There are SO many different ways to change this up.  Here’s one I’ve tried so far:

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad in a Jar

1 avocado, diced
6-8 fresh strawberries, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
2 tablespoons pecans
1/2 cup cooked, diced chicken breast
Lemon juice
Fresh spinach
Poppyseed dressing

Add the diced avocado to your jar first and squirt a little lemon juice on top to keep it fresh.  Next, add strawberries, then onions, pecans, and finally the chicken.  Stuff the rest of the jar with spinach, screw the lid on tightly, and you’re good to go!  I had this one with poppyseed dressing and it was awesome.  I feel like a raspberry vinaigrette would also have been good.

See?  Super easy!  And if you want even more salad ideas, check out the post that inspired me!

I’m excited to be able to have healthy, easy lunches right at my fingertips this week.  How about you?  Will you try it, or have you already?  If you have a favorite salad-in-a-jar recipe, be sure to leave it in the comments!

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Country Fried Okra Recipe

Country Fried Okra Recipe

We recently were gifted 2 large gallon size freezer bags full of fresh from the garden okra! So, of course, I took it straight home and we had our favorite dinner!

fried okra

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with country gravy, fried okra, and black-eyed peas!

Here’s how we make our country fried okra.

Country Fried Okra Recipe

1. Combine corn meal, flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

2. Chop the okra into thin slices.

3. Toss the chopped okra in the corn meal and flour mixture.

4. Heat the bacon grease or oil to medium high in your grandma’s iron skillet.

5. Sift the okra out of the corn meal mixture that remains in the bottom of the bowl.

6. Fry okra in batches until golden brown.

7. Place on paper towels when taken out of the grease.

8. Salt to taste.

9. Serve with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Black-eyed peas optional.

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International Delight Iced Coffee

One good thing about the hot summers in Texas is that having to be outdoors is a great excuse to have a nice, refreshing iced coffee.

Here’s how you can make your very own frozen, frothy iced coffee at home.

International Delight Iced Coffee

1. Start by filling some ice cube trays with International Delight Iced Coffee. I chose Caramel Macchiato. Mmmmmm…

International Delight ice cubes

2. After checking the freezer 14 times, you’ll see that the cubes are finally frozen enough to put in a blender.

International Delight ice cream

3. Throw in a couple scoops of ice cream. What?! I like my coffee creamy, okay???

International Delight iced coffee

4. You’ll need to add some liquid or the blender will get very angry and start smelling like smoke. You won’t want that to happen, mostly because it will attract the kids, who will want to know what you are making and can they have some. No one needs that.

5. Whirrrrrrrrr.

International Delight iced coffee

6. Pour.

International Delight enjoying

7. Enjoy on the front porch swing!

International Delight tumbler

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Flavored Popcorn

 

My kids absolutely love it when I make this homemade caramel corn, and it has become a requested snack at youth group events, too.

Whenever we have movie night, or I have to take a snack to an event, this is my old standby. Everyone in our family loves popcorn!

And really, when it comes down to it, popcorn is one of the cheapest nutritious snacks money can buy, especially if you don’t use the pre-bagged microwave popcorn, but instead pop your own.

We use one of these Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Poppers. The kids love to take turns helping to crank it.

That’s why, when I was poking around on the P&Geveryday site, and noticed the 10 flavored popcorn recipes,

Flavored Popcorn

I was all over it! Hello? Chili Lime Popcorn? Yes, please!

And then I saw this:

Homemade Popcorn Balls

Who doesn’t like homemade popcorn balls???

I think these would be perfect for a 4th of July picnic, and I love the clever way they are served in cupcake liners! (Speaking of 4th of July celebrations, have you seen this Firecracker Popcorn, using Pop Rocks? How clever is that?)

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  • Delicious recipes, beauty trends, and smart tips
  • New products to try out for yourself, family and home
  • Product ratings and reviews
  • Fresh ideas and inspiration
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  • And much more!

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

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Simple Pudding Snack

*Thank you to Kozy Shack for sponsoring today’s post. My love for their delicious pudding is all my own!

Simple Pudding Snack

Is there anything that says summer more than popsicles? It’s a great way to beat the summer heat.

And do you know what is better than popsicles? How about CHOCOLATE PUDDING POPS!

I used Kozy Shack Chocolate pudding, made with real cocoa, real milk, no artificial preservatives, and it’s gluten free.

Easy pudding snack2

I simply spooned the pudding into these popsicle molds.

Kozy Shack pudding snack

Then, I covered them with plastic wrap (so the sticks would stay upright) and inserted craft sticks.

Kozy Shack Pudding Pops

These were a big hit at our house! Cool and creamy chocolate. The perfect summer time treat!

Free Kozy Shack

And now I would like to let one of you try Kozy Shack pudding FOR FREE, along with 2 ceramic mugs and spoons so you can share with a friend.

To enter to win:

  • visit the Kozy Shack page.
  • Click “where to buy” at the top right (in blue).
  • Enter your zip code to see if Kozy Shack pudding is available in your area.
  • Post the following on one of your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+) “Simple pudding is simply the best. Check out this post about simple pudding snacks with @KozyShack. http://wp.me/pMqqr-2tC #puddinglove
  • Come back here and leave a link to your post in the comments.
  • DONE!

On or before June 18, I will randomly select a winner to receive the 2 ceramic mugs and the free package of any Kozy Shack product, up to a $4.99 value.

Kozy Shack pudding

Be sure to “like” Kozy Shack on Facebook and Twitter to see how others enjoy their pudding.

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