Poofy Cheeks

September 30, 2016

Dr Pepper® Cake Recipe

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Saturday afternoon our TV was tuned into College Football for most of the day and the kitchen was up and running at full speed. We invited a bunch of our friends over for game day festivities and I made my dad's Dr Pepper® cake which was the star of the show. We had a cute little table set up and then everyone brought a dish to add to the spread. Weekend gatherings at our house have become an almost weekly occurrence these days and I can only assume it will continue throughout the football season.

Dr Pepper Bundt Cake makes the perfect dessert for any occasion.

When my husband got a new job a few years ago and we had to move to his hometown I was nervous since I didn't know very many people. It has turned out to be an amazing thing because I have made so many friends through him and his friends. We have almost weekly gatherings at our house where we joke, laugh and always have tons of fun. I honestly love our group of friends and being the host puts me in my natural element.

Dr Pepper Bundt Cake makes the perfect dessert for any occasion.

Dr Pepper Bundt Cake makes the perfect dessert for any occasion.


Since our place is the hang out spot we decided on a last minute College Football gathering. When I got home from work Friday we made a grocery list and drove a few blocks down to Publix for all the necessary items. My husband and his best friend have a favorite team who happened to play Saturday so that was the only reason we needed to get everyone together.

 Dr Pepper Bundt Cake makes the perfect dessert for any occasion.


Since we had asked everyone to bring some sort of appetizer I did chips and dip, tiny ham and cheese HOT POCKETS® brand sandwich bites and a delicious Dr Pepper® cake. We grabbed the Dr Pepper® at Publix because after all nothing goes with good friends and college football like ice cold Dr Pepper®. I got the cake recipe from my dad. It is one of his favorite desserts to make and since our family is a big fan I figured everyone else would be too. The cake was a hit and as always it was moist and delicious with the unique flavor of Dr Pepper®.

Dr Pepper Bundt Cake makes the perfect dessert for any occasion.


If you want to try a new recipe for your next gathering I am sharing my dad's Dr Pepper® recipe and you won't be disappointed. (I hope this wasn't one of his secret recipes because I am about to spill the beans!)

Glazed Dr Pepper® Cake Recipe


Ingredients-
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • (1) 12oz can of Dr Pepper®
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • small amount of Dr Pepper® for glaze
Directions-

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a bundt pan.
  • Mix cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, vegetable oil, 1 can of Dr Pepper®,  and walnuts together well and pour into greased bundt pan.
  • Bake for one hour.
  • Remove cake from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and a small amount of Dr Pepper®,  together to make a glaze.
  • Turn cake out of bundt pan and then spoon the glaze over top.
Dr Pepper Bundt Cake makes the perfect dessert for any occasion.


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September 29, 2016

Recipe: Homemade Fresh Guacamole

On Sunday the football crew gathered at our house for the games and to eat. The main dish was chicken tacos and everyone was asked to bring a fiesta themed side. There were lots of chips and dips. I made my homemade fresh guacamole and it turned out perfect. Guacamole is so easy to make but my friends act like it takes mad cooking skills. It really doesn't I promise! If you can slice and dice you can make it. Prep time is under 10 minutes.

We love this guacamole! It is so easy and we can't do taco night without it!



We love this guacamole! It is easy and we can't do taco night without it!

Once again I was able to pull out my Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender with the chopper attachment to help me quickly cut the onion and jalapeno. The wand plugs into the top of the chopper bowl attachment and it quickly chops everything. My friend was in awe as she watched me use it. Want to see it in action? Press play below!



We love this guacamole! It is easy and we can't do taco night without it!

Homemade Fresh Guacamole Recipe

Ingredients-
  • 2-3 ripe avocadoes
  • 1 jalapeno** (cut and seeds discarded)
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • juice from 1/2 a lime
  • 1-2 teaspoons of salt
Directions-

  • Finely dice the onion, cilantro and jalapeno with the Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender and the chop attachment.
  • In another bowl mash the avocados with a fork, stir in the onion and jalapeno, fresh squeezed juice from half a lime and salt.
  • Taste and adjust as needed. Sometimes I add a bit more salt or lime juice. If you have time allow it to refrigerate for 30 minutes or so to let the flavors meld.
**You can adjust the amount of jalapeno you use depending on how spicy you like things. My husband doesn't like spicy foods so I use half a jalapeno and you can barely tell it is there.

We love this guacamole! It is easy and we can't do taco night without it!

Once the guac is ready pull out the tortilla chips or the plantain chips (I love plantain chips and guacamole when I am in the middle of Whole30) and you won't be able to stop.

We love this guacamole! It is easy and we can't do taco night without it!

Do you make homemade guacamole? Do you use any different ingredients? My parents use a seasoning packet, sour cream and tomatoes in theirs but I try to keep mine more authentic.


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September 22, 2016

Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

When we lived in Illinois we used to visit Edward's Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove every year. They had the best apple cider donuts and I haven't found an apple cider I can drink because I was spoiled on how delicious theirs was. It was a family tradition to go there every fall and now that I live in Florida it is probably one of the things I miss the most. We don't even have apple orchards here and not getting to share that experience with my own kids weighs on me every fall.


With hints of fall and apples around every corner at the grocery store I couldn't help but bring a whole bag of apples home the other day in hopes I would have a free few minutes to make homemade apple sauce. The perfect applesauce eats well by itself but also plays well as an ingredient in other recipes throughout fall.


HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE RECIPE-

Ingredients-

  • 3 lbs of apples
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup packwd brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 cup of apple juice
Directions-

  1. Peel, core the cut the apples into large chunks. Place apples in a pot with all remaining ingredients.
  2. Cook ingredients on medium for 25-30 minutes stirring occassionaly.
  3. After apples are soft and mushy use a handheld blender (I use my Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender with the puree attachment) to puree the apples into a sauce of desired consistency. We prefer ours a bit thicker than the storebought stuff.




The Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender is made my newest kitchen gadget and it has me excited to make lots of new things. I have wanted to try each of the five attachments even if that means trying recipes or cutting herbs for no purpose but to use the gadget. It came with attachments to blend, puree, chop and more!


Store the applesauce in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or can and it so you can always curb your cravings for fall.


Now doesn't this applesauce look yummy? I can't wait to add it into other recipes or feed the preservative free applesauce to my youngens.

 
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September 19, 2016

Simple Fall Tablescape with Fragrances of Fall

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Hey friends! Over the weekend I finished the Fall decorating and completed my Fall tablescape complete with Fall fragrances. I have converted the inside of our house into a Fall oasis since the Florida temperatures outside are still screaming Summer. I worked a little outside building a headboard this weekend and was sweating within minutes so escaping back indoors was refreshing. As long as I stay indoors where the A/C is kicking I have myself convinced it may be Fall with all of the sights and aromas of fall American Home™ by Yankee Candles® fragrances.

A Simple Fall Tablescape complete with Fall Fragrances
I started my tablescape by gathering a few craft supplies, a pallet board runner, a Bountiful Harvest and Homemade Pumpkin Pie American Home™ by Yankee Candle® fragrances from Walmart and some other decorative items I have gathered through the years. I put everything together to create a cozy, simple feel in our dining and kitchen area. When you go from an empty boring table to a finished tablescape it changes the whole feel of the room.

To add a little extra Fall flare to the candles I created cute little leaf hang tags.