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Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Do you have any special plans for Memorial Day weekend? I always look forward to my family’s Memorial Day cookout. RABOM has a few crafts that can get you ready for the holiday weekend:

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Patriotic Windsock

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Picnic Party Series

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Patriotic Wreath by It’s A Muegge Life

I will leave you with a recipe for a Patriotic Refrigerator Cake. This would be a great dessert to take to a Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day get together. You can definitely change up the flavors and make this cake for any occasion. I was inspired by the Strawberry Refrigerator Cake found on Crystal & Co.. I changed up a few things to make it fit the patriotic theme, and it tastes delicious. I always love a really easy recipe that you can adapt to your needs.

Ingredients:

  • Box of White Cake mix(plus add-ins listed on the back of the box)
  • 1 tsp almond extract(optional)
  • 1 tub(15 oz) of strawberries in syrup
  • 1 small box of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • Blueberries

1. Bake the white cake according to the directions on the box. I added 1 tsp of almond extract to the batter because I LOVE almond cakes, but you may leave out the extract. You could also amp up the flavor by adding citrus juice and zest(a lemon and strawberry cake would be amazing :) ).

2. Let the cake completely cool before you move on the the next step.

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3. Poke holes in the cooled cake with the end of a wooden spatula or spoon.

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4. Puree the strawberries and syrup in a food processor or blender.

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Tip: Make sure your strawberries have COMPLETELY thawed before blending them. Mine were still a little frozen and I ended up with a smoothie consistency instead of strawberry chunks in a syrup. The cake was still delicious, but the consistency of the “puree” made it not absorb as well resulting in the Cool Whip layer not spreading over the strawberry soaked cake like it should. That’s what I get for being impatient. You live, you learn.

5. Spread the strawberry puree over the cake and allow time for it to soak into the cake. As you can see, the strawberry mixture didn’t soak in quite as well as it should since it was still a little frozen. Your cake will do much better than mine and won’t have as much puree sitting on top of the cake.

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6. Whisk 1 cup of cold milk with the vanilla pudding mix. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined. Spread the Cool Whip mixture over the cake. You may definitely omit the pudding and just use Cool Whip if you would like(I love all of the options you have in this recipe!).

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7. Since this is a patriotic cake, I put blueberries on top of the cake to add the “blue” element. Not a fan of blueberries? You could definitely use blue sprinkles.

I hope you enjoy making this cake for your next cookout! Have fun experimenting with different flavors to substitute in this recipe. I think I want to try lemon and blueberry next time:)

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family!

Elizabeth

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s Valentine’s Day! I have a couple quick and easy sweet treats that you can whip up for a yummy dessert for all of your sweeties on this special day. I love both of these recipes because they use store bought cake mixes. Cake mixes make it so easy to bake up a yummy dessert without having to spend hours in the kitchen. I hope you enjoy these Valentine themed cookies!

Raspberry Almond Cookies

1 box of white cake mix

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of almond extract

1 tub of vanilla frosting

Raspberry jam

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the cake mix, eggs, almond extract, and vegetable oil in a bowl until combined.

3. Place small balls of dough(about 1″) on a cookie sheet.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes. You don’t want the cookies to brown.

5. Mix raspberry jam into the icing until you reach your desired color and flavor.

6. Ice the cookies once they have cooled.

Enjoy!

Strawberry Cookies

1 box of strawberry cake mix

2 eggs

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

cream cheese icing

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix cake mix, eggs, and vegetable oil until combined.

3. Here’s where you have an option. You may immediately scoop the dough into balls and bake…OR you can chill the dough for about 30 minutes and then cut into hearts.

4. Bake for about 10 minutes.

5. Let the cookies cool and then frost with cream cheese icing(or whatever flavor is your favorite).

The possibilities are endless when it comes to cake mix cookies. I love experimenting with different extracts and mix-ins when I make these cookies. You can also make these cookies with one box of cake mix, and 8oz tub of Cool Whip, and 1 egg. The Cool Whip adds a nice fluffiness to the cookies. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!