Today I’m making this Easy Strawberry Poke Cake. Not only is this cake super easy to make, it’s delicious and very appropriate for Valentine’s Day!
The idea behind the poke cakes is that after the cake comes out of the oven and is cooled, you pour a liquid over top – most of the time Jello! To make this cake I’m sticking true to form and using strawberry jello! I’m using a box cake mix. Could you make the cake from scratch? Sure. Do you need to? Absolutely not. This is going to taste homemade and it’s going to cut the time in half.
I’m also decorating the cake with strawberries and raspberries to keep with the flavors and red theme of Valentine’s Day!
Easy Strawberry Poke Cake
Start off by following the directions on your cake box. Mix the egg whites, vegetable oil, and cake mix in a large bowl.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees . Spray your cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and pat with a little flour . Pour your batter into the pans. Place the pans in the oven to bake . They should take about 24 minutes to bake. You can test them with a toothpick , stick it in the middle and if it comes out clean it’s ready!
After removing your cakes from the oven let them cool in the pan on a rack for about 15 minutes. Next transfer them to a plate to cool for and additional 15 minutes. After they are completely cool you’re going to replace them in the pan so that you can pour the jello over top.
Take a fork and poke wholes all around the cake. Boil 1 cup of water on the stove top and then add the jello packet to the water stirring. Pour the jello mix over top of the cake slowly and evenly!
Place the cakes in the fridge for at least 3 hours. After they’ve chilled for long enough, remove them from the cake pans and get ready to frost them!
Mix 3/4 of a tub of cool whip with one can of frosting. Separate the frosting in to two bowls and place a little red food coloring in to one bowl. After mixing it frost the top of the bottom cake with it.
Next, place the other cake on top.
Begin frosting the edges of the cake. The easiest way is to sort of spin the cake slowly as you apply the frosting with a spatula. Finally, apply frosting on top evenly.
Once your done frosting it sprinkle some white crystal sprinkles all over the middle and place strawberries around it in two separate layers of a circle. Lastly, place the raspberries right in the middle on top of the crystal sprinkles!
Let cakes cool for 15 minutes. Remove from pans and cool for an additional 15 minutes.
Place them back in the pan so that you can pour the jello over the top.
Take a fork and poke wholes all around the cake.
Boil 1 cup of water on the stove top and then add the jello packet to the water stirring.
Pour the jello mix over top of the cake slowly and evenly!
Place the cakes in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
After they've chilled for long enough, remove them from the cake pans.
Mix 3/4 of a tub of cool whip with one can of frosting.
Separate the frosting in to two bowls and place a little red food coloring in to one bowl.
After mixing it frost the top of the bottom cake with it.
Place the other cake on top and begin frosting the sides.
Sprinkle some white crystal sprinkles all over the middle and place strawberries around it in two separate layers of a circle. Lastly, place the raspberries right in the middle on top of the crystal sprinkles.
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Making homemade pizzas is one of our favorite, fun things to do as a family! With Friday night upon us we’ve got movies, pizza, and milkshakes lined up. All from the comfort of our own couch! We’re making a cuban inspired pizza called The Cubano Pizza with Homemade Pizza Crust.
This cuban inspired pizza combines swiss cheese, mozzarella, pulled pork, diced ham, and pickles. It’s topped with a garlic dijon aioli and all housed on a delicious homemade pizza crust.
It’s so easy to make pizza from scratch when you use Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast . As a family we’ve been using Fleischmann’s® Yeast for generations.
Making homemade pizza dough is also really fun! Mixing, measuring, pouring, and kneading. My son loves helping out! Of course his favorite part of family pizza night is the “decorating” part!
Not only is it fun, It just tastes sooo much better when you make it from scratch.
The Cubano Pizza with Homemade Pizza Crust
Making the crust is easy! Simply follow the directions on the package.
The dough has a rise time of only ten minutes! And even if you’ve never done this before its very easy to make!
Start by pre heating the oven to 425°F.
Combine 1 cup of flour, the undissolved yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
Add luke warm water and corn oil. Mix until it is well blended, for about 1 minute.
Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and be slightly sticky. Knead on a floured surface. Add additional flour if necessary, until smooth and elastic, this will take about 4 minutes.
Place the ball of dough in a large bowl. Now, cover the bowl of dough with saran wrap or a clean dish towel. Set aside and allow to rest for ten minutes.
By this time the dough should have increased in size and be ready to use!
Pat the dough with floured hands rolling and stretching dough on a floured surface to about a 12-inch circle. Place the dough on a greased pizza pan. Form a rim about an inch thick for the crust, by pinching the edge of the dough.
Topping The Cubano
Place mozzarella cheese all over , add swiss cheese dispersing evenly. Next, add your ham cubes & pulled pork. Now is also the time to place your red cherry peppers on top!
Bake your pizza on the lowest rack for about 12-15 minutes or until your crust is a golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling!
While it cooks make your Garlic Dijon Ailoi. Combine a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp of Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp crushed garlic, 1 tsp of honey, and 1 tsp of pickle juice in a bowl, mixing well. Set aside.
As soon as the pizza is done baking, remove it from the heat and let it cool for five minutes. Add your pickle slices all over the pizza. Finally, drizzle the pizza with the Garlic Dijon Aioli.
I love all of the appetizer boards that have been floating aorund lately, from classic charcuterie, to dessert boards. I see one everytime I turn my head. And rightfully so, they offer a little bit of everything for everyone. Today I’m making a French Fry Board perfect for game day (and really every day because I mean french fries are involved!)
French Fry Board
When making a French Fry Board one must consider how many different fries it will feature. For me this came down to the size of the board. I did not have a board big enough (shameful, I know) so, I opted for a sheet pan covered in kraft paper. I figured I would be able to fit about 5 different kinds of fries comfortably. Next, I decide on fries with varying size, texture, and taste.
I selected Curly Fries, Crinkle Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Steak Fries, and Dipping wedges. Fortunately for me 3 out of 5 of them had cooking times and temperatures that matched so, I threw thos ein the oven. Simultaneously, I threw the other 2 in the air fryer. Cook the fries according to the directions on their packages.
Meanwhile get your board (or tray) set up. To do this I placed a sheet of kraft paper over my sheet pan. Then I started filling up my dips and placing them in the center of the tray. I went with : sour cream and onion dip, nacho cheese, ketchup, honey mustard, orange sauce, mandarin terriyaki, and buffalo sauce.
As soon as the fries came out I added them to the tray, keeping them each in their own sections!
Finally, garnish. Once you have all of your fries and all of your dips on the tray it’s time to garnish. I added some rosemary and parsley to the fries. As well as sesame seeds to the terriyaki dip, minced garlic to the orange sauce, and a little chives to the sour cream and onion dip!
Now it’s ready to enjoy. The variety in this board is what makes it so appealing..and well fries..
This French Fry Board is perfect for your next get together! I will definitely be serving it on game day along with this Chili Cheese Dog Dip!
Game Day is approaching and you’re going to need snacks! This Chili Cheese Dog Dip is the ultimate football snack. It combines two delicious appetizers “Pigs in a Blanket” and “Chili Cheese Dip” to provide classic Chili Cheese Dog Flavors all on one plate!
A crowd pleasing snack that’s easy to make!
Chili Cheese Dog Dip
Get all of your ingredients out! You’ll need shredded cheese, mini hot dogs, crescent dough, chili, green onions, minced onions, jalapenos, and neufchatel cheese.
Neufchatel Cheese tastes just like cream cheese and the texture is the same , but it’s fat free! While this isn’t necessarily a healthy snack I always feel like you should save you’re calories where you can and I actually prefer the Neufchatel because it’s a little creamier. You can by all means use regular cream cheese if you can’t find it.
Feel free to omit the jalapenos and green onions if you’re not a fan or have allergies, they are more so to add a little color and a little extra flavor but, the dip is still delicious with or without them. Another fabulous topping would be diced red onions!
Assembling the Dip
Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Start by wrapping your mini hot dogs with the crescent dough. Place them on a cast iron skillet, arranging them in a ring.
Once you have a full ring, start on a second ring in the center. Leaving room for the dip. After you’ve added all of your dogs start on your dip!
Place the neufchatel cheese in a circle in the center. Next, add the chili on top. Finally, add the shredded cheese.
The last step is to brush your dough with egg. Crack an egg in a bowl. Use a pastry brush, (if you don’t have one you can use a spoon – just be careful not to get too much egg on it.) paint the tops of the dough on each of the dogs. Now, sprinkle a little minced onion on each.
Place the cast iron skillet in to the oven. Set your timer for about 15 minutes. Be sure to rotate the skillet halfway through.
As soon as the dough is golden brown and the cheese on your dip is bubbly and melted it should be done cooking. You can also test the dough to see if it’s done in the middle with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean – it’s ready!
Remember the skillet is going to be ridiculously hot for a bit, so be sure to place it on a heat resistant surface and feel free to wrap an oven mit or heat absorbing towel around the handle so it’s easy to transport.
I also like to serve mine with corn chips or tortilla chips as well! Eat your dog, eat your dip, eat your dog in your dip…it’s two appetizers in one – the perfect game day snack!
I finally purchased an Air Fryer before Christmas. I’ve been so so excited to start cooking with it! Plus, I found these Hatfield Frenched Bone In Pork Chops on sale at my local Acme so, I really felt inspired to make these Air Fryer Herb Crusted Pork Chops.
And I’m so glad I was because these were the most tender pork chops ever, with a crunchy delicious crust at that! This pork is coated with a crunchy herb crust and cooked to perfection in the air fryer!
I started eating Hatfield a few years ago after working on a project with them and ever since they’ve been my go to when buying pork products! Everything I purchase from them ALWAYS turns out so juicy and tender!
I’ve been Air Fryer converted and I’m not going back! I can’t wait for you to try these Air Fryer Herb Crusted Pork Chops for yourself!
Air Fryer Herb Crusted Pork Chops
First, turn on the Air Fryer, I’m using the Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer so be sure to adjust times or temps to your specific brand of air fryer if need be!
You want it to pre heat to 380 degrees on air fry.
Next, In a large bowl mix the eggs, milk, and mayonaise together. Set aside.
In a separate bowl mix your dry ingredients and herbs (panko, rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder). Set aside.
First, dredge your Pork Chops in the egg mixture, next dip them in the panko herb mixture.
Set each pork chop on your air fryer pan. You can either do all 4 at once by using two pans (you may have to up the cooking time a little) or you can do two pork chops at a time, which is what I did.
Once your Air Fryer is pre heated place your pork chops inside. Set the timer for 28 minutes. Be sure to turn the Pork Chops half way through the timer (flip them and turn pan).
Pork should be cooked to at least 145 degrees, personally I like mine at 160 degrees. You can use a thermometer to see what temperature yours has reached. Once they are golden brown and cooked thoroughly, they are ready to serve! This time I served these with some easy fries, and zucchini coins but these would also be really fantastic with my Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes & Lemon Garlic Asparagus Spears !
This Avocado Chocolate Mousse is decadent, rich, and sweet but you don’t have to feel guilty because it’s made with 4 simple ingredients! Avocados, sugar, almond milk, and cocoa powder.
I’ve been wanting to try this for sometime now and I’m so glad I did. Because, this came out really well. One thing I want to note is that you can fully customize this recipe. You can use any kind of milk and any kind of sweetener. It will not effect your texture since the avocados are what make this so perfectly creamy!
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Start by cutting the avocados in half (vertically). Using a spoon remove the avocado from the skin. Add it to your blender or food processor. Next, add your cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
Finally, add in the sugar and almond milk. Place lid on securely and blend.
Blend until its fully mixed and there are no clumps or avocado chunks. Divide into saucers or bowls and eat right then or feel free to refrigerate for up to 48 hours.
I also had some mint in my garden and decided to use that as garnish, adding a little sprig to each.
Using a spoon remove the avocado from the skin. Add avocado to blender.
Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Finally, add in the sugar and almond milk.
Blend well. Divide into serving dishes and enjoy!
Satisfy that chocolate craving while giving your body the nutrients it needs! Did you know avocados are super high in rich antioxidants and there’s a million reasons to eat more of them every day! Check out my article ‘7 reasons you should eat an avocado a day’ to read more about it!
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This Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee is the perfect way to warm up on Christmas morning! It’s also perfect if you’re going to be up all night wrapping Christmas gifts like me! In fact, I’m thinking about convincing my little man that we should definitely be leaving Cookies & Coffee for Santa instead of Cookies & Milk.
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The scoop has the number of cups you want vs how many scoops you’ll need of ground coffee printed right on the handle! Those numbers are color coded and they match the same numbers on the side of the pot. That way you can easily decide how many cups of coffee you want to make and how many scoops of ground coffee you’ll need to place in the filter to accomplish this! It’s so easy!
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Brew Now, Brew Later
If you’re like us and you’re a “..But, first coffee!” family, then getting a fresh pot of coffee going Christmas morning will definitely be a top priority! This also has a handy brew now or brew later button so that you can set it up ahead of time. To set it simply add your ground coffee to the reusable filter. Next, make sure your brewing carafe is correctly under the brew spot. Touch the brew later button, then set your designated brew time! I love using this feature so that the coffee is already ready when I wake up and head down to the kitchen in the morning!
It even feautures an automatic 4-hour shut off, that way you don’t have to wonder if you cut it off or not!
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Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee
Today I’m sharing this recipe for Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee. It’s an easy way to add lots of winter vibes when making coffee this season! Plus, it will easily impress your guests.
Ground Coffee (any flavor you’d like)
Eggnog (any variety – you can go traditional here, or flavored..but even an almond based eggnog works just fine!)
Cinnamon & Nutmeg
Whipped cream (again regular or almond based is perfect depending on your specific needs!).
Start by brewing your coffee. For this recipe brew one cup per each serving. For example, I’m brewing at the 10 cup mark , there are five of us and I want to have extra. This should give us about 2 cups each!
According to the color coded system, I’ll be adding 2 1/2 scoops of ground coffee to my filter. I will then add 10 cups of water to the reserve and hit brew now!
Once your coffee is brewed, fill each coffee mug or glass a 1/3 of the way full. You’ll want about two inches or so of room left in the cup!
Then, add the eggnog and a splash of vanilla extract. Next, top the drink with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Finally, sprinkle on the cinnamon/nutmeg and garnish with a cinnamon stick! Now you’re ready to sit back and enjoy, gather up the fam, and celebrate the Holidays!
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Ham and eggs are perfect together right? Today I’m doing something a little different with them and throwing it back to my son’s Korean heritage! These Bibimbap Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls are tasty and filling. The best part is they start with Hatfield® Ham. If you’re like me and you cook a whole Hatfield® Classic Boneless Ham or even a HatfieldOriginal Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak for your holiday dinner – you now have the perfect dish to use your leftovers in the next day!
I love Hatfield because they are a family owned company, and everything is ethically raised.
I also love that it’s all so versatile. The Ham is fully cooked and it’s perfect for entertaining. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just snack time they have the perfect variety just for you!
I easily found the HatfieldOriginal Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak in the Ham section of my local Acme!
Bibimbap are bowls traditionally made with rice, a protein, and vegetables. Then they’re topped with an egg – over easy (of course, so that gorgeous yolk can run all over!), sesame seeds, & just a hint of gochujang!
By making these with your leftover Hatfield Dinner Ham the end result is a delicious, filling, and convenient dish!
Start by making your rice. The secret to perfect sticky rice is always to wash the rice (before cooking) until the water runs clear. This is usually 4-5 times. Next, boil and steam the rice according to the directions on the package. Set aside.
Take your leftover ham and chop it into cubes. Place it in a skillet to heat it up a little.
Make sure the carrots and zucchini are jullienned. Heat them with the snap peas in a skillet.
Assembling the Bowls
Place a couple of large scoops of cooked rice in the bowl. Next, add your cooked carrots, zucchini, snap peas, and ham.
Get ready to cook your eggs. We save this for the last minute because they do not take long to and you want them to stay warm!
In a medium skillet spray non-stick cooking spray. Turn to medium heat. add your egg to the pan. Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes. It’s ready when the white part of the egg is solid. Place it on top of your bowl.
Finally, add toasted sesame seeds & chopped green onions.
Serve with a side Gochujang sauce and chopsticks to tie it all together!