Love Strawberry Cake! May 8, 2014

My Favorite Strawberry Cake

As I think about the flavors I like - it's seasonal - fall/winter - it's pumpkin and spice!  But spring and summer make me want everything strawberry or citrus.  In the past I've posted Strawberry Pie and the easy 3, 2, 1 Cake made with a strawberry cake mix. (See my recipes) This week I want to share a super good and refreshing, refrigerator, poke cake.  This cake came directly from the Duncan Hines Strawberry Cake box : ) The recipe makes a 13x9 cake and it's all my husband and I can do to keep from eating it in one sitting!!!

Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

1 package Duncan Hines Strawberry Cake Mix with other ingredients as indicated on package.
2 - 10 ounce packages Sweetened frozen sliced strawberries, thawed. (Sometimes I use 1-16 oz package or 1-24 oz package, whatever I can find, and it works just fine.)
1 package (4oz) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
1 cup milk
2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
fresh strawberries (optional for garnish)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease and flour 13x9inch pan. (I only spray with Pam - no flour)

Prepare cake according to package directions and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes.  Test for doneness.  Cool.

Poke holes in cake with handle of wooden spoon about 1/2 to 1 inch apart.  Puree thawed strawberries with juice in blender. Spoon evenly over top of cake allowing mixture to soak into holes. (This takes a little time - trying to get mixture into holes!) 

For topping, prepare pudding mix using 1 cup of milk.  Fold whipped topping into pudding mixture.  Spread over cake. Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. 

Hope you enjoy.  

A recent project has been steps outside my French Doors. My husband and I did them ourselves.  It was hard but we were able to do it in a weekend! That's phase 2 in getting my kitchen remodeled.  Now we can brick up the old door and add a pantry.  Taking baby steps but at least we're moving along. Yes!

Finally our most recent dance pictures.  This girl just grows more beautiful and graceful with every passing day!

with love, I'm Carole!

April 23, 2014 - Spring in Texas

After a long, crazy winter - Spring seems to be here in all it's glory! Our winter was a typical Texas winter with lots of highs and lows - however for some reason I think I've experienced SAD - seasonal affective disorder - all I wanted to do was eat, sleep, read - could not get motivated to do anything else.  About the only thing I've done is cheer on my beautiful granddaughter as she danced with her competition team.

The view from my living room window makes me happy.

With Spring, I'm glad to say I have renewed energy and motivation...and I need both because my house and my diet have suffered from my condition! :(   I've been searching Pinterest and other sites looking for new ideas for exercise, healthy eating, organizing and cleaning, and of course for ideas for my yard.  Hopefully I will find lots of good ideas that solve my problems and that I can share.

Two things I've already accomplished - cleaned out my closet and my clothes cupboard.  I can actually find what I'm looking for.  I am trying color coding...curious to see how long it stays this way!

Also started working in my yard. Took advantage of one of our local high schools' plant sales.    Great plants at great prices.  
Some of my new plants

Also getting mulch this week from the high school.  The Athletic Booster club will buy equipment for athletic programs with the proceeds.  Thanks to Jemasco Inc. of Paris, Texas for giving back to our schools through this sales program.

with love, I'm Carole

HAPPY NEW YEAR - January 12, 2014

I keep looking at my Christmas Eve picture and realize that I should post something new!

2014 started out with good friends and lots of good snacks.  I haven't gotten any recipes yet but I'll share what I took. . .Something so easy, I should be ashamed of myself.

Cream Cheese Logs

3 - 8 oz packages Cream Cheese, softened
2 - packages Ranch Dressing & Dip mix

Blend cream cheese and ranch mix together  and then chill for about an hour.  Roll into logs - then roll logs in Lawry's Garlic Pepper.

Wrap in saran and chill.  Serve with Wheat Thins or your favorite crackers.

My diet never got anywhere in 2013, so I'm working toward losing weight in 2014.  Rejoined Weight Watchers online. Last time, I was able to lose 10 pounds.  It seems that I need to be accountable to someone!  And I MUST EXERCISE.  Anyone have any good motivation tips?

I just read the following warning listed here and wondered if this is what kept me from losing weight! Read all the way and find a new weight loss plan as well.  I'll let you know if it works. LOL


with love, I'm Carole