Mom’s Dump Cake

Dump Cakes have been around since 1980. This is an easy vintage recipe. A blast from my past. I really think I had this before 1980 but I won’t argue with Google. The recipe first appeared on a brochure from Betty Crocker. The name suits the recipe, just dump in the 5 ingredients and bake. No mixing required. Many of you grew up eating this yummy recipe for dessert. You youngsters that have never had this, you have an easy delicious treat in store for you. This literally take a few minutes to assemble and the outcome is so tasty. Your house will smell amazing. It’s called a cake but it’s kind of like an easy cobbler. There are many versions of dump cakes, this was the original. Sometimes retro/vintage recipes are the best to take you back in time enjoying sweet times with your family and loved ones.

Ingredients:

1 can of cherry pie filling, I used the kind that has more fruit

1 can of crushed pineapple in juice

1 box of yellow cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)

1 cup of pecans, chopped

1 cup of coconut, optional*

1 stick of butter, melted

Vanilla ice cream, never an option for me. A must have!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

Spread can of cherry pie filling on the bottom of the casserole dish.

Pour crushed pineapple on top of pie filling and spread to cover the cherries.

Sprinkle the cake mix on top of the pineapple.

Sprinkle chopped pecans on top of cake mix.

Pour melted butter over the nuts.

Bake for one hour. Serve immediately and top with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

*My Mom would add coconut to her recipe but my Dad isn’t fond of coconut so I did not add it to this.

Copycat Chic Fil A Frosted Coffee

Last fall, I fell in love with Chic Fil A’s Frosted Caramel Coffee. That beverage disappeared off of their menu and was replaced with their Frosted Coffee. Yay! Don’t worry, I will tell you how to make both.

Ingredients:

Vanilla Ice Cream (preferred but frozen yogurt could be used) You will want a 3 to 1 ice cream ratio over your cold brew coffee

3/4 cup Cold Brew Coffee, unsweet

Blend to incorporate in your blender. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Add a pump or two of caramel coffee syrup to the ice cream, cold brew in the blender to make Frosted Caramel Coffee.

To make Caramel Coffee Frosted, add a pump or two of caramel coffee syrup. I love both flavors.

Sausage and Pepper Baked Ziti

My family loves baked ziti and I was craving comfort casserole. This recipe feeds many so cut in half or make 2 portions and freeze one. Make it meatless and leave the sausage out.

Ingredients:

2 pounds of ground italian sausage, I used sweet

1 package of chopped peppers, I purchased these in the produce department

1 cup onion, chopped

1 16 ounce box of ziti

2 jars of your favorite marinara (spaghetti) sauce, use what you need. I had about a half a jar leftover

1 32 ounce container of ricotta cheese

3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (the dry kind that you shake out)

3 Tablespoons chopped parsley

3 eggs

1 package/container Parmesan shreds (grated)

2 pounds grated mozzarella cheese

In a skillet, brown sausage with peppers and onions. While your sausage is cooking, you can boil the ziti noodles. Cook according to package directions. Drain grease from sausage and drain pasta. Put pasta in a bowl and toss with a small amount of marinara sauce. Set both aside.

In a medium size bowl, add ricotta, eggs, dry Parmesan and parsley and mix thoroughly.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

I used a large 9 x 15 casserole dish, prepare with nonstick cooking spray. Spread some marinara sauce on the bottom of casserole dish.

Layer half of your ziti in the bottom of your pan. Add a layer of the ricotta mixture and top ricotta with the sausage and peppers.

Top sausage and peppers with marinara sauce and grated Parmesan.

Add half of your mozzarella cheese on top of the Parmesan cheese.

Repeat layers. Bake 30-40 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Serve with a salad, garlic bread and glass of vino. Manga! Enjoy!

Bacon, Brussels And Balsamic

I recently had this at a restaurant in Lutz, Florida. It was served as an appetizer but this could easily be served as a side dish. This recipe can easily be doubled and should be if you serve it as a side dish. What’s not to love? Bacon, Brussel Sprouts, Balsamic glaze and chopped peanuts for crunch.

Ingredients:

6 slices of bacon

3 Tablespoons butter

1 pound bag of Brussel Sprouts, I bought a bag of raw, ready to steam, I did NOT steam them, cut them in half

1/2 cup onion, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste (I used sea salt)

1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, rough chopped

*Balsamic (Vinegar) Glaze, enough to drizzle

Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels, save bacon grease. Melt butter in bacon grease. Add Brussel Sprouts and onion. Cook till tender about 8-10 minutes. I like mine caramelized so I cooked my Brussels on a higher heat. Once cooked, add bacon and crumble it. Drizzle balsamic glaze and place chopped peanuts on top. Enjoy!

*Balsamic Glaze can be purchased at the grocery store where vinegar is sold.

Monica’s Crockpot BBQ Chicken

I recently had the best BBQ Chicken Sliders at my son and Daughter in love’s home. I knew I had to make it and share it in the blog. This makes a perfect dinner, appetizer, tailgate meal, party meal, it’s just perfect and so tasty.

Ingredients:

4 – 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, not frozen*

1 18 ounce bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 Tablespoons vinegar (white)

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes**

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Hawaiian Rolls for sliders or your favorite bun for a sandwich

Spray slow cooker with non stick cooking spray. Place chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. In a separate bowl, combine BBQ sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, pepper flakes and garlic powder. Pour over chicken and cook 4-6 hours. Remove chicken and shred with forks. Place shredded chicken back in the slow cooker and keep warm until ready to serve.

Toppings:

Shredded cheese

Raw or sautéed onions

Pickles (I prefer Wickles)

Fried Jalapeños

Really whatever you like is just perfect.

Pile on the chicken and your favorite toppings and enjoy! This is a perfect crowd meal and everyone can serve themselves and individualize their sandwiches and sliders.

*I used 6 big chicken breasts because I wanted leftovers to share with my family. Granddaughter Willow loved this chicken and my Dad enjoyed it too. If you make 6 chicken breasts, make more BBQ sauce. Increase sauce ingredients by one half or doubling it.

**Red pepper flakes! They do not add heat, just flavor. No one knew I added them. I would never feed baby Willow something spicy. Trust me, add them to the recipe. Now if you want heat, add more!

Danielle’s Almond Funfetti Cake

My daughter in love Danielle loves Almond Cakes snd she also loves Funfetti cakes (cakes baked with sprinkles). For her birthday I decided to combine her two favorites into one cake. This cake was so moist and delicious. I might add it was very colorful too with the sprinkles. I have never made a semi-homemade cake before. This recipe adds flour, sugar and pudding to a white cake mix. It was fabulous. The cake has a light subtle almond flavor that was delicious. She chose vanilla buttercream for the frosting and it was delicious. I think the next time I make this cake, we will try almond flavored buttercream.

Cake Ingredients:

1 box white cake mix (strongly suggest Duncan Hines)

1 cup all purpose flour

1 box vanilla instant pudding

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cup water

1 cup sour cream

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

4 egg whites (room temperature)

10 heaping Tablespoons of sprinkles

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray two 9″ cake pans, three 8″ cakes or an 11 x 13″ rectangular pan with nonstick cooking spray that contains flour such as Baker’s Joy.

Whisk cake mix, flour, pudding, sugar and salt in your mixing bowl. I use my whisk attachment on my stand mixer. Add in water, sour cream, oil, almond and vanilla extracts and egg whites. Beat on low speed for 4 minutes. Pour in the sprinkles and mix to combine.

Pour cake batter into your desired size cake pan(s). Bake for 25-35 minutes. Check with cake tester and bake until it comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients*:

1 1/4 cups Crisco

3 sticks butter, room temperature

2 teaspoons salt

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

8 -10 cups of powdered sugar

3-4 Tablespoons of milk (more if needed)

Cream Crisco and butter together. Add vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time on low speed. Add milk and blend well.

*I decorated this cake with a Wilton 1M decorating tip. Making the roses takes a lot of frosting so if you are making the round cakes and the rectangular cake without roses, you can probably cut this frosting recipe in half.

Recipe adapted from Cupycakesmurf

Everything But The Bagel Deviled Eggs

It’s a new year, new decade and I always try to start low carb or low calorie. I happen to love devil eggs and love to eat them whenever I can, eating healthy or not. I used Trader Joe’s seasoning but my local Publix sells it, Amazon sells it and Sam’s Club does too. You can easily make your own Everything But The Bagel seasoning too. I will give you the instructions below my recipe.

Ingredients:

8 hard boiled eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

3 Tablespoons Mustard (your choice of Dijon, yellow, grainy, your favorite)

Everything But The Bagel Seasoning (recipe below for homemade)

Slice eggs in half and scoop out yolk and place yolk in a separate bowl. Mash eggs with a fork or potato masher. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in mayonnaise and mustard, blending well. Spoon back in the egg whites and sprinkle with Everything But The Bagel Seasoning.

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon sesame seeds

1 Tablespoon poppy seeds

1 Tablespoon dried onion flakes

1 Tablespoon dried garlic flakes

1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt

Combine above ingredients and store in an airtight container until ready to use. There are a lot of recipes for this seasoning and I have always heard Sunny Anderson say equal parts of said ingredients. That’s what I go by if I am making it myself. I typically buy it because it’s cheaper to purchase than buying all of the ingredients.