Lemon Lush Cake

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With Easter and spring coming, this is the perfect dessert!

This is light and delicious!  The buttery crust compliments the rich cream cheese and light lemon pudding perfectly!

CRUST- 2 cups flour/1 cup butter softened

Blend with pastry cutter, press into a cake pan (13×9) that is lightly greased with the butter left on the wrapper. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for approximately 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool completely

CREAM CHEESE LAYER –

2 8oz cream cheese bricks softened

1 cup sugar

Using a paddle, blend the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth and spreadable.

Spread over the cooled crust

PUDDING LAYER:

2- 3.4 oz boxes instant lemon pudding mix

3 1/2 cups milk

2 TBSP Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed is best or you can use store bought)

Using a mixer or whisk for 4 minutes

Spread over cream cheese layer

 

Chill the entire cake for 2-3 hours

Spread on whipped cream (or coolwhip)

Keep leftovers refrigerated with plastic wrap to keep it fresh (if it lasts long enough)!!

 

Lemon Lime Soda Pound Cake

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It doesn’t get much easier than this!  This is the perfect Pound Cake, full of butter flavor, lemon flavor and moist!
These make great gifts, dessert for a party, treat for tea time, brunch, or anytime really.
The Teen Queen decided to make a batch tonight.  No one in the house complained that’s for sure 🙂
Super Easy to make:
 
1 1/2 cups butter
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
2 TBSP lemon extract
1/3 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup of lemon lime soda
3 cups of flour
 
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs mixing after each one. Mix in the extract, juice and soda. Add the flour a cup at a time and mix until incorporated.
 
Spoon into very well greased and floured loaf pans (2 regular or 4 mini).
 
Bake at 325 for approximately 45 minutes (obviously shorter for the mini loaves). A toothpick should come out clean when finished

Cake Balls

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These are a fun dessert to take to a party or make and have at home for school lunch desserts, after dinner desserts or small treat!

While these are all over Pinterest now, years ago my aunt made these after she baked a cake to long.  She actually made them with the frosting mixed into the cake mix and then warmed the rest of the frosting in a pot and rolled them in it.   Needless to say, they didn’t hold up well so she tried some with making her own melting chocolate.  Boy I wish she had patented the idea 🙂

You can see how we make them on my Facebook page here:  Cake Balls

 

 

Homemade Bread

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The boy and his classmates were asked to provide a loaf of bread to our local Golden Age Center (seniors center).  The school provided all of the ingredients and instructions which was enough for 2 loaves (one to donate and one for our family).  I let the kids make it together.

It was a simple recipe, a bit different from our regular recipe, but it was very good.  You can see how we made the bread on my facebook page here:  Homemade Bread

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ok….it was 4 ingredients for half the batch as I added chocolate chips to some.

1 cup of peanut butter

1 cup of sugar

1 egg

mix all until smooth, add chocolate or butterscotch chips if desired, form teaspoon size balls and press with a fork.  Bake at 350 for exactly 12 minutes and you have a delicious cookie.  These are also gluten free!

This recipe is shared from Barefeet in the Kitchen and you can find the recipe on my post here:  Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

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Grandma’s Applecrisp

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This is such a delicious comfort food/dessert.  It makes your house smell wonderful while it bakes and it’s such a sweet, buttery and moist dessert your family will love it!

I know I say it often but this is truly very easy!

Prepare your apples

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Add some brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and melted butter and stir it around

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Set it aside and make your buttery mouthwatering crumbly topping

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Once it’s incorporated and crumbly, pour the apple mixture into a lightly greased cake pan and cover evenly with the crumbles

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Bake at 375 for approximately 32 – 35 minutes or until it’s golden brown in color

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Grab some vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or eat it plain while it’s still warm!!  YUM

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And then hide it where you can’t see it and slice a little piece every hour on the hour so you can enjoy it for more than 3 hours 🙂

Recipe

6 large apples peeled, cored and sliced

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp white sugar

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

4 Tbsp melted butter

Combine all in a bowl and set aside to marinate together

Make the sweet buttery topping

½ cup quick cook oats

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

¾ cups heaping all purpose flour

1 ½ sticks of room temperature butter

Combine oats, sugars, and flour and mix until well incorporated. Add in the room temperature butter and use a fork or a pastry cutter to form crumbles

Place the apple mixture in a lightly greased 13×9 cake pan. Sprinkle the crumble top evenly over the whole top.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 32 – 35 minutes (or until evenly browned)