Sunday, August 5, 2012

Dr Pepper Cake, YUM!!

We hung out during a rainstorm at a friend's boat house!
Both of my son's birthday is this month. My oldest will be 9 on the 8th and my youngest will be 5 on the 17th! Because they are super spoiled, and I wouldn't have it any other way, it seems like we have a month long celebration!! Yesterday was out was the Boat Outing which was a total blast,  and today I am making a test run on their homemade birthday cake that they are so excited about!


I made this recipe for an 8-in round cake!

Ingredients for batter:
3/4 cup of Dr. Pepper
1/4 canola oil
1/2 stick of salted butter
4 tablespoons of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa powder) ~ we LOVE chocolate!!
1 c sugar
1 c flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/4 c buttermilk
Remember this is my trial run cake!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (I have a convection toaster oven, so I used it)
2. Spray pan with cooking spray
3. Combine Dr. Pepper, canola oil, butter, cocoa powder, sugar, egg in a saucepan and cook on low to
       medium heat until it starts to simmer. (stir to mix, but not too much)
4. When it begins to simmer, turn off stove and add the flour, baking soda and mix (but not too much)
5. Stir in  the buttermilk
6. Pour in pan and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean.

While the cake is cooling, you can make the Frosting!!

Ingredients for Frosting:
1/2 stick of salted butter
2 tablespoons of Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder
4 tablespoons of milk
2 cups of Confectioners Sugar (I call it powdered sugar)

1. In a saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, and milk. Stir over medium heat until it is melted and
2. Add the powdered sugar (a little at a time), stirring until smooth.
3. Pour over the cake.
I added some walnuts, before I baked! YUMMY

 This has GOT to be the easiest cake to make, and I am not a baker by any means!!!  I couldn't believe the simplicity of it. I

 have made the trial version, and I will add the frosting when we get ready to eat it tonight with dinner. I will also add a scoop of ice cream just to top it off! I will post the after pictures later tonight! Pin It Pin It

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rainy Days!

We have went from having highs over 110 degress and a drought to highs barely reaching 80 and rain, rain, rain! This is how we do summer rainy days at our house! What are Rainy Days like at your house??

Photo: And they want MORE Imaginext for their birthday!
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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Earn Cash Back on your On-Line Purchases!

Are you a frequent on-line shopper?

If you answered YES!! (like me), then learning about EBATES is a must!

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The site is organized very nicely and it is super user friendly! You just click on your store and the link and BAM! you are shopping away and earning your cash rebate, plus saving money with the coupon!  The best part about this site is that it is FREE! So, what are you losing by checking it out? I can't think of one little thing!!! I have been using the company for over 2 years and in the beginning they would send me a BIG FAT CHECK and I would take it to the bank. But now, they offer direct deposit in your PayPal account, so I am doing that now. It is awesome to log in to PayPal and see money there!!

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Pinterest Idea: Double Decker Serving Tray

After a Trip to Hobby Lobby today, a Pinterest Idea sparked an interest!  I was able to purchase 2 spring time plates and a plain glass candle holder for a grand total of $3.49 (plus some Tacky glue, but I didnt put that in the cost because I will be using that for something else)!!

Everything was on sale total= $3.49!

Carefully, while arguing with my son over some Coco Puffs, I used some hair spray and an old tooth brush to get all of the price tags and stickers off of everything. I don't know what I was thinking because I had apparently bought the most stickered up ones that had!

 I then placed the candle stick holder in the center of what I determined to be the bottom tray (plate).

Take your Tacky Glue and put glue around the top of the candle stick holder and place the top tray (plate) ontop. I then created a weight from a cup of water to sit ontop until it dried.

Yep you guessed it, being the crafty person that I am! I forgot to glue the bottom tray (plate) to the candlestick holder first! SO, after I removed the hand-made weight, I put some Tacky Glue on the bottom, centered it, and then placed the weight back ontop of the top tray!
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No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake Giveaway!!

It's Summer Time and what tastes better than  Fresh and Yummy Key Lime???

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Product Description
This is an amazing no-bake cheesecake mix that only requires 3 ingredients (water, butter, cream cheese) to make, It has a chocolate cookie crust and perfectly tart cheesecake filling. It sets up in an hour or so depending on how cold your fridge is. Moms love it because it is a product that you can make with their kids.
A little cream cheese, butter and water can turn any meal into an amazing meal with this "no-bake" Key Lime Cheesecake Bar. Easy to make and has a light tart filling on a chocolate cookie crust that taste like you spent all day.

You will need:
1 cup hot water
2 - 8 ounce packs of cream cheese, softened
5 Tbs butter, melted

Line an 8x8x2 inch pan with plastic wrap. Add melted butter to cookie crust mix and blend well. Press evenly and firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Place cream cheese, water and cheesecake mix into a medium bowl and blend for 1 minute. Increase speed and blend on high for 3 more minutes. Pour into crust and chill for 1to 2 hours. Grasp edges of plastic wrap and lift cheesecake out of pan. cut into 16 bars.

Nutrition Facts:
Serv. Size 24g
Servings per Container about 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100 Calories for Fat 20
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.5g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Now I know the box says bars but my mom made a pie with it. She said it was very easy to do and the instructions were easy to follow. This did set up in an hour. We tried little pieces and it tastes so lite and fluffy. I like fluffy and not thick cheese cakes anyways. The crust was to die for. I give this 2 thumbs up. The No-Bake Key Lime cheesecake bars are a quick and very easy dessert to make.
 I even took a pic of the piece I was eating and you can see my cat in the right corner waiting for a bite lol

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Friday, July 6, 2012

I am looking for Bloggers to help promote a Thirty-One Giveaway!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July~

I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday! Spend it with your loved ones!!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Dunkin Donut giveaway!

Share your summer escapades, and enter for a chance to win!

Summer Adventure and Sweeps!!!!

Dunkin Donuts has teamed up with Oreo and is offering a great giveaway on their facebook page!

Try their new OREO® Coolatta® beverage or OREO® Donut.
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Make your Own Greeting Card Giveaway!!!

Do you spend forever in the store trying to pick out just the right card for that special person? How would you like to Make Your Own Special Greeting Card?
With iGreetingCard you can!!

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Suitable for probably any occasion, greeting cards are amazing because they can go from expressing very personal feelings to quite formal messages, relieving you from unwanted social duties.
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iGreetingCard is professionally designed to help make greeting card in an easy and quick way. There are a wide range of holidays and events based templates, from Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Mother’s Day, New Year to Birthday, Graduation, Children, Wedding, etc. Users can free to take advantage of their creativity to make unique and personalized greeting card.

Key features of iGreetingCard
- 70+ unique templates designed to make wonderful greeting cards: Christmas, New Year,  Birthday, etc.
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Make a greeting card for friends or family on holidays or their special occasions! It is a great way to tell them how you feel and how important they mean to you. Capture the wonderful moments and make the unique ecard to send best wish. Is there any other way better than this to convey your sincere blessing?
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