4th of July Cake

It didn’t seem right to post this on the other two posts about being sick…doesn’t seem to go together very well!

Anyhoo, this is the cake that I made for our 4th of July BBQ that we went to at a friend’s house:

cake

For the cake part, I bought a lemon flavored cake mix at Meijer and made the cake according the package directions using a 13 x 9 pan. Be sure to really grease the pan well. I like to use Wilton Cake Release.

Frosting

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 stick butter
2/3 cup milk
3 TBS flour

1. Beat the granulated sugar, shortening and butter together until creamy (takes a LONG time).
2. Warm the milk in the microwave to just more than room temperature. The warmer, the better…but not hot.
3. Add a little bit of flour to the mixture and beat. Then add some milk and beat. Alternate until the sugar is dissolved.

**I used a dairy free butter (not margarine) and vanilla flavored soy milk.

I made the cake the day before and frosted it the day of the party. One thing I would have done differently is to cut the strawberry halves in half again. They were too large and I was unable to make the cake an authentic flag with the appropriate amount of stripes.

Enjoy!

Oatmeal Cookies to Die For!

I found this recipe when my daughter first started having issues with dairy. I never imagined that it would be such a hit! And talk about a nice ego boost when you are specifically asked to bring this item to EVERY get together and they are the first thing to go!

1 cup margarine or butter, softened**
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats, uncooked

1. Preheat oven 350.
2. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy
3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well
4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt; mix well
5. Stir in oats. Drop onto ungreased baking sheet
6. Bake 8-10 mins (I do 9 mins)

**I use crisco instead of butter or margarine.

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Chex Mix

This is a HUGE hit with both kids and adults. When I was in college and some Professors had potlucks on the last day of class, I would bring a HUGE bowl of this and it was always gone right away. I usually left out the peanuts because I don’t like them (haha) and one of my classes we had a peanut allergy.

You could make this holiday specific too. Red and green M&M’s at Christmas, pastel M&M’s at Easter, etc.

White Chocolate Chex Mix

3 cups Rice Chex
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Cheerios
3 cups Pretzels
2 cups Mixed nuts
12 oz M&M’s
1lb White Chocolate

Melt the chocolate. Mix with the rice Chex, corn Chex, Cheerios, pretzels, and mixed nuts. Continue to break up and mix until the white chocolate is completely dry. Add M&M’s. Store in an air tight container.

Must have breakfast recipe

I am not much of a breakfast food person. Unfortunately (or fortunately) everyone in my house LOVES breakfast foods. I stumbled across this recipe either in a Weight Watchers magazine or got it from someone at my wedding shower and it is the best bread EVER!

Try this bread out. Your family will love you even more for it!

White Chocolate Blueberry Bread

1 box white cake mix
3/4 c flour
1 tsp orange peel
1 c frozen blueberries
1 lg egg
2 egg whites
3/4 c water
1/2 c orange juice
2 TBS apple sauce
1 c white chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare two loaf pans with cooking spray.
2. Mix cake, flour and orange peel. Add egg, egg whites, water, orange juice and applesauce.
3. Fold in white chocolate chips and blueberries.
4. Spread evenly between two pans.
5. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick comes out clean in the middle.

Let me know if you try it and how you liked it!

Salsa Pork Recipe

This is a family favorite. I make it at least 2 times in a month and serve it over rice. All you need is:

-A crock pot.
-Boneless pork chops
-Large jar of salsa (or 2 smaller jars…1 medium and 1 mild)

Plop everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hrs if frozen or 6 hours if thawed. Time also depends on how thick the pork chops are.

You can also make this recipe with chicken, however I think the pork tastes much better. I also like it best when I put the pork in frozen.