SUMMER PINEAPPLE CAKE

If you are looking for a super moist
and refreshing summer desert, look no further.
This simplistic little recipe
takes almost zero effort and may turn out
to be one of your family’s favorites.
In fact, you may already have this recipe;
I hear it’s been around a long time.
Not sure why I was left in the dark all these years,
but now that I finally found it
I am sharing it with you.
Gosh, it is so good!!!
The ingredients are sitting on my counter for round two.
Yum!
Here’s how I made it:

CAKE
1 White of Yellow Cake Mix
4 Large Eggs
½ C oil
1 can crushed pineapple with juice (8 ounce)

ICING
1-8 ounce cool whip, thawed
1 can crushed pineapple with juice (8 ounce)
1 small instant vanilla pudding

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray or
grease and dust with flour.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil,
and 1 can of crushed pineapple with the juice.
Mix well but do not over beat.
Pour into prepared baking pan
and bake for 25-35 minutes,
or until toothpick inserted in center of cake
comes out mostly clean.
Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

ICING
In a medium sized bowl, fold together
whipped topping, box of vanilla pudding,
and 1 can crushed pineapple with the juice.
Spread over the top of cooled cake.
*THAT’S IT!!
**May sprinkle with toasted coconut.

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ROASTED VEGETABLES

WHAT’S FOR DINNER TONIGHT?

I absolutely love brussel sprouts
and I found them in the produce department today.
They may be my favorite vegetable to roast
and since I already had my sockeye salmon
defrosting in my fridge, planning my meal
for this evening was easy.
I threw a little rice in a pot and wa-la!
I had dinner ready in less than 45 minutes
and it was scrumptious!

When you don’t have much time,
roasting your vegetables along side any type of meat
(cooked in a grill pan) is a no fail way
of enjoying a delicious meal.
Taking a few easy steps can turn any vegetable
into a rich and tasty side to any main course.
When I’m expecting company,
I’ll usually roast several vegetables
on two large sheet pans.
They are always a hit and they go with everything.
Here’s I how do it.

ROASTED VEGETABLES

1 – 2 lbs. of your favorite vegetable
2-3 Tbls. Olive or canola oil
salt/pepper
sprinkle of hot pepper flakes (optional)
2 Tbls. graded parmesan
fresh chopped parsley
cooking spray

Pre-heat oven to 375.
Spray a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Thoroughly clean the vegetables either
with a brush under cold water,
or peeling and removing rough stems and tough skins.
Dry thoroughly between two paper towels to remove
all the water.
Cut into uniform sizes making sure
all the pieces on the cookie sheet cook evenly.
Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper,
cheese, and pepper flakes.
Toss together with your hands until all the
vegetable are coated with the oil and seasonings
then distribute evenly over the pan.

Roast in hot oven for approximately 20-25 minutes
turning vegetables half way through cooking time
to brown evenly. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
Enjoy!!

Some variations:
~ Toss with cooked bacon chopped into tiny bites
half way through roasting for a salty twist.
(This is so good!)
this gives the vegetables a little crunchy coating and more body.
~ Drizzle with a tiny bit of balsamic glaze half way
through cooking time for a richer flavor.
~ Squeeze half a lemon over vegetables when you
take them out of the oven for a fresh finish.
Pairs well with fish and chicken.
~ Mix several different types when cooking for a crowd
and serve them on a platter with some fresh bread.
Examples: red, green, and yellow peppers, eggplant,
asparagus, sweet onion, green beans, and mushrooms. YUM!!

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RICE KRISPIES ICE CREAM TREATS ❀

My mother, Arlene, has been making these sweet treats
since I was a little girl
and I’ve made them every summer (many times)
ever since I ventured out on my own.
Be prepared to share this recipe
with everyone who tastes them.
They are scrumpdileeishous!

RICE KRISPIES ICE CREAM SQUARES

1 Cup Peanut Butter (Creamy or Crunchy)
1 Cup Light Karo Syrup
6 Cups Rice Krispies
1/2 Gallon Neapolitan Ice Cream – softened

Combine peanut butter and Karo syrup in a microwave proof bowl.

Microwave on high for 15 seconds then stir.
Repeat 2 more times.
This will make the peanut butter smoother
and easier to combine with the cereal.
Stir in the Rice Krispies just until it is evenly mixed.

Divide mixture in half.

Line a 10” X 15” pan with parchment paper
and coat with butter or cooking spray.
Pat ½ of the cereal mixture into pan.
Carefully spread the entire container of ice cream
over the cereal.
Freeze for about an hour then spread the remaining cereal
over the top of the ice cream, pressing down gently,
watching that the entire surface is covered evenly.

It does take a little patience.
Cover and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Pull entire ice cream cake out of pan
and place on a cutting surface.

With a very strong and sharp knife, cut into squares.


Place on serving platter and keep frozen
until you are ready to serve them,
or you can place them in an air tight container
for up to a couple weeks. Enjoy!

Mangia

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NO-KNEAD BREAD ♨

I LOVE BREAD!
Growing up Italian certainly had its perks.
My favorite, of course, was the wonderful
aroma of fresh baked bread filling our home.
I was never able to wait until the loaf cooled
before cutting into it.
Delizioso!
I try to carry on my family’s traditions
and make bread on occasion but when I tasted
this particular bread at my friend’s home,
all those childhood memories came flooding back to me.
It tastes so much like my grandmother’s and
wait until you see how EASY it is to make.
I’ve made six loaves already.
You actually never have to touch the dough.
It is ridiculously simple.
Now, go get some yeast, flour and water.
That’s all you need. ☺

NO KNEAD BREAD

3 C flour, bread flour, or whole-wheat flour
½ tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
~Blend together

1 ½ C hot water

~Stir into flour mixture. I use a spatula.
Dough gets very sticky. Do not over mix.

~Transfer to a lightly greased bowl;
cover with plastic wrap then wrap in a towel
and let sit on counter for 4 to 12 hours.
It really doesn’t matter.

Dough will get bubbly but remains sticky.
Dump onto a floured surface and
using a wide spatula or scraper,
fold dough over several times.
Transfer to a bowl lined with parchment paper.
Cover with a towel and set aside.

~Preheat over to 450˚.
Place a cast iron pot with lid or a Dutch oven
into oven for approx.. 15-20 minutes.
(Large or small, the size of the pot doesn’t really matter.
But it must be a very heavy pot.)
Carefully remove from over and
place dough with parchment paper into pot.
Cover and bake for 35 minutes.

Carefully remove from oven; remove parchment paper,
then return bread to oven without the lid
for approximately 15 more minutes.

Carefully remove bread from pot
and set on wire rack to cool.

ENJOY! It is FABULOUS!

•Does not stay fresh for more than 2 days.
But don’t worry; it will be gone before then. ☺
~Thank you Pam Demezza ♡

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TIP OF THE DAY- THE LAUNDRY SHAKE DOWN❀

Most of us don’t think much about our laundry.
We separate the whites from the darks
and then throw the clothes into the dryer.
That’s about the extent of it. Right?
Not for me it isn’t. In fact,
I didn’t realize how much detail I gave to my laundry
until my son asked how to wash a quilt.
That one question opened up a litany of laundry tips
from yours truly. The conversation also made me aware
of the detail in which I was tossing
items into my washer.
Which brings me to this post.
What exactly do I mean by ‘shaking up my laundry’?
Let me share. ☺

Quite simply; I literally ‘shake out’ my clothes.
Each piece gets a once over;
looking for stains, tears, loose buttons, and empty pockets.
I also turn every piece inside out,
zip up all zippers and unbutton all buttons.
(Open zippers cause snags and tears
and closed buttons unnecessarily pull at the item
and loosens the buttons.)
I spray every neckline (and stain) with Shout
and rub thoroughly with an old toothbrush.
I have a top loader, so I carefully place all the pieces
in an even circle leaving the center open.

The second shakedown comes
after I hear the loud end-cycle buzz.
Before placing the items into the dryer,
I pull each one of them out of the washer
and give them a quick shake.
This opens up the fabric plus separates any
other items that may be stuck together.
(Have you ever pulled out a t-shirt or towel
that is twisted and damp?)
Most importantly, shaking out my clothes
gives them a chance to dry evenly and tumble freely
throughout the drying cycle.
(Please don’t throw your clothes into the dryer
in a big wet lump. It will make them sad.)
Also, I throw two tennis balls into the dryer
to break up sheet sets and smaller loads.

Don’t forget to pull out any shirts, leggings,
sweaters, and delegates after about 5 minutes
to air dry. The heat from the dryer
will destroy these particular fabrics.

For most of you, reading this post seems elementary.
But if for some reason, you walk towards your
washing machine with trepidation; I hope this helped.
I ask you, if following a few simple steps
can dramatically extend the life of your favorite pieces;
why wouldn’t you do them?

So, while most of you are saying to yourself;
“this woman is a wacko”
I’ll be heading to my laundry room
to shake down a few pair of jeans.
Maybe, I’ll find some forgotten change. ♡

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TIP OF THE DAY – UNSUBSCRIBE ❀

~UNSUBSCRIBE

Waking up this morning to find 6,205 e-mails
stacked inside my computer caused a loud
WHAT?” to shriek from my mouth.
Honestly, all you crazy companies out there
-stop it!!!!
I don’t need to receive 245 e-mails
from Victoria Secret to know you are having a sale-
or William Sonoma, or J. Crew, or Macy’s,
or Mountain Man, or Viagra, or Pottery Barn,
or Match.com, or Barnes and Noble, or Redbox,
or ways to earn millions simply by sitting at home.
It is ridiculous!!!

So today; in between all my other chores,
I will be UNSUBSCRIBING.
One by one, I will open a message;
scroll to the bottom; click on the UNSUBSCRIBE icon;
type in my e-mail address; and hit – UNSUBSCRIBE.
If it doesn’t work by next week,
I will repeat this process until most of them are history.

If all goes as planned, I will no longer miss
the most important messages that are usually lost
in the overwhelming barrage of e-mails
and my never ending delete – delete – delete – workout
will come to a blissful end.

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TIP OF THE DAY ~PLATE PROTECTORS ❀

PLATE PROTECTORS

Do you ever receive something in the mail
that is protected with either bubble wrap
or this foam sheeting?

Well, don’t throw it away.
It makes the perfect protective layer
between your china and bowls.
Just cut it into the sizes you need
and layer between your bowls, plates, and platters.

This product works fabulously
for your holiday dishware,
special occasion platters,
and those tiny plates and candy dishes
that you only use once in a while.

Now you won’t have to hold your breath
hoping you won’t chip your treasures
as you pull them from the cupboard.
Oh, I LOVE when everything is neat and tidy!

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Tip Of The Day-Credit Card Scam❀

YOUR ZERO BALANCE CREDIT CARDS
Do you have any credit cards stashed away?
You know the ones – “out of sight out of mind;
they have a ‘0’ balance and I don’t use them,
so what’s the big deal? “

Well, it really is a big deal.
Today I found out that,
although I hadn’t used this particular card in a while,
someone in Texas got her grimy hands on it
and went on a shopping spree.
What???? I live in Pennsylvania!

Here’s the interesting part.
Although I still have that old card in my possession,
Ms. Texas somehow convinced the credit card company
that she was me and had them issue her a new card at a new address.
Fortunately, the credit card company saw some odd activity
and called me.

You know, I almost disconnected the phone call.
The representative said she was calling from a
credit card company that did not sound familiar to me
and wanted to know if I spent money at a spa in Texas yesterday.
After my ‘no’ reply, she went through a list
of other purchases in this same Texas town.
Ballsy girl; wasn’t she?

So my Tip for you is to go through all your old cards,
call the ‘800’ number on the back and cancel them.
If you haven’t used them in a few months
you don’t need them and the more cards you have
the more likely you will be targeted.
I plan on beginning my fall clean up in my wallet;
cancelling everything I don’t really need.
Now where did I put those scissors?

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TIP OF THE DAY ❀

JUST HAVE TO SHARE!!

YUM!!
Every so often I find something new and delicious
and yesterday, I found this William Sonoma Salted Carmel Sauce.
Honestly, heaven in a spoon, or on ice cream,
or a warm brownie, or drizzled over popcorn.
To be honest, my most favorite flavor is salt/sweet
so I was excited before I even opened the jar.
In fact, when I found this little jar of sunshine
on the shelf in the store, I gasped. Yes, out loud.
The sales lady heard me and chuckled.
“We get that reaction quite often.”
Never mind that they have a Chocolate Sauce too. Oh my!
Get a jar (or two) if you can.
Just make sure to have someone with you when you open it.
You’ll need them to pull you away when you’ve had too much
and your eyes begin to cross.
Enjoy!

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TIP OF THE DAY ❀

SURGE PROTECTORS

There are some things in life that seem
oh so humdrum and definitely not worth
spending money on . . . UNTIL you need them.
After last night’s violent storms,
one of those boring purchases
saved me thousands of dollars.
SURGE PROTECTORS
I have all my major appliances, televisions,
copier, and computers plugged into them
and they all blew! Just the protectors!!
PHEW!!!
How grateful was I this morning? Very!
So today; first thing on my to-do list
is to replace all those
SURGE PROTECTORS
Do yourself a huge financial favor and get PLUGGED IN.
You’re welcome!

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