Key Lime Cake with Cheese Cake Pudding in a Jar Gift!

Key Lime cheese cake in a jar gift

Here is a very simple and easy Key Lime Cake recipe, that you can turn into a Key Lime Cheese Cake truffle in a jar very easily. If you are not a fan of the lime flavor, remember that you can use ANY jello flavor that you want! You can also adapt this for dietary needs like Sugar Free etc

You will need:

  • Mason Jars
  • 1 Box Jello
  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • 1 Box Pudding Mix
  • Key Limes
  • Cool Whip (optional)
  • Graham Crackers (optional)


My daughter held up a bag of Key Limes the other day and was making fun of the “baby” limes. After explaining that I had NO idea what a key lime actually was, other than a small lime and promising to Google it when I got home I bought a bag for $1 and took it home!

grating key lime

Key lime pie is one of my most favorite desserts out there! But I have made that a few too many times this year and so I thought I had better try something different…

My sister had just eaten in a cute cafe where they made easy jello cake, and layered it into little mason jars with pudding and cool whip. PERFECT for teacher’s gifts this week!

First thing to do: Make a white cake, just follow the directions on the box. Add 3 T key lime juice and 2 T of the peel grated.

making jello cake lime

While the cake is in the oven, boil 1 1/2 cup water. Add 1 box of your favorite flavor jello. Usually we use strawberry but this time I am using Lime. Stir it up until it is dissolved. When the cake is done baking, pull it out and poke holes all over the top of the cake. Now just pour the liquid over the hot cake, and put it in the fridge to cool down.

* When making a jello cake, all you do at this point is add cool whip to the top and you have an awesome dessert.

assembling cake jars

While the cake is cooling, take your favorite pudding mix and make a bowl. We used cheesecake flavored (my favorite) but you can use any flavor as long as it compliments your cake flavor. Also, have a carton of cool whip handy and some crushed graham crackers.

layers cake in a jar

When your cake is cool, and the pudding is set up, grab some of the smaller 2 cup mason jars. You can find these at Walmart, grocery stores, and even Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Cut chunks of cake and add them to the bottom of the jar. Next add a few spoon full’s of pudding and sprinkle graham crackers on the layers.

cake in a jar layers

To me the graham flavor is a must with key lime, they just have to go together. I suppose you could also add some coconut in as well. Repeat layers until you have reached the top and end with some cool whip.

filled cake in a jar

If I didn’t have to transport these or send them to school with kids :) I would serve them just like this with a little graham cracker sprinkled on top and maybe some toasted coconut. But since they have to make their way to school, I needed a lid!

The girls and I tied matching ribbon around the jars to make them pretty, and added a matching spoon so their teacher’s wouldn’t have to find one! They put them in a white lunch bag and were headed to school this morning!

It would not have mattered what was in the bag, just giving their teacher’s something is what they wanted to do!

key lime Cheesecake in a jar

Remember that you can make these with any flavor and any color. Even a blue raspberry would be cook for a baby shower. They sky is the limit!

Smoothie Recipes – Berry Nutella Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes are great for breakfast, dessert, or even to replace a meal.  Berry Nutella Smoothies are so delicious!  While Nutella isn’t necessarily a health food, the berries and bananas are really good for you so you won’t feel guilty about enjoying this yummy beverage!  You could substitute peanut butter or any other nut butter if you’d like.

Berry Nutella Smoothie


  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (we like rice milk)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • additional Nutella for topping
  • Mason Jars or other Cups for serving


Place frozen berries, frozen bananas, milk, and 1 cup of Nutella into your blender.

Blend on medium/high until mixture becomes smooth.

Divide smoothie mixture into mason jars.

Top smoothies with a small amount of Nutella.  I used a piping bag with an extra large star tip to make it pretty.


Smoothie Recipes - Berry Nutella Smoothies
Recipe type: Breakfast
Berry Nutella Smoothies are great for breakfast or dessert
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (we like rice milk)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • additional Nutella for topping
  1. Place frozen berries, frozen bananas, milk, and 1 cup of Nutella into your blender.
  2. Blend on medium/high until mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Divide smoothie mixture into mason jars.
  4. Top smoothies with a small amount of Nutella. I used a piping bag with an extra large star tip to make it pretty.
  5. Serve!

This smoothie is sweet and filling.  It would even be a great after school snack, especially on some of these Indian Summer afternoons we’re having.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe that uses Nutella or a nut butter?


Red, White & Blue Rice Krispies Treats!

4th july rice krispie treats

My family is addicted to Rice Krispie treats. For the 4th of July I think it darling to add a few M&M’s and a little white chocolate to make them more patriotic!

You will need:

You are going to make just a regular pan of treats, just follow the directions on the box. Once they are set up, just cut them into rectangular sections. Cut them into sections about 2″x 4″

Melt some almond bark (I get mine at Walmart for $3.88) in a narrow cup or bowl. Take a sucker stick, from the craft section at Walmart or Hobby Lobby, and stick it in the middle of the treat. Then dip the top of the treat into the chocolate and decorate with red, white and blue M&M’s.

My little one volunteered to try them out a little early for us! :)

She never turned down a chance to be the first one to try something sweet!

It passed! She loved them! Now, if she can just keep the puppy away, she likes them also…

Oh Man!! Looks like the puppy might have stolen an M&M!

* These are great to make ahead of time and keep wrapped up for a few days. They keep really well!.

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Fifteen Red, White & Blue Summer Treats

It’s almost the 4th of July, so gather up your Red, White & Blue and whip up something sweet with these Summer Treats. 4th of July Candy Kabobs

Berry Cheesecake Trifle Berry American Flag

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Fruit Crumb Bars – Use Strawberries AND Blueberries 2 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups flour 1 cup cold butter 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon salt Zest and juice of one lemon 4 cups fresh fruit ( I used strawberries) 4 teaspoons cornstarch.

Red Velvet Cake Bites – add a little blue dye to the frosting!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Cherry Chocolate Fudge


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) cherry chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Berry Slab Pie

Cherry Pie Filling Fruit Salad

Hershey’s Fruit Pizza

Strawberry Dream Cake – dye the frosting blue!

Sparkler Cupcakes

Red, White & Blue Poke Cake

Fiesta Chicken Crockpot Recipe

fiesta chicken

You might have seen this recipe around the internet this past week… my Fiesta Chicken crockpot recipe. Those of you who have been reading my site for a while might have recognized my kitchen anyway…

I make this for dinner often. It is a simple, easy and DELICIOUS chicken crock pot recipe that my kids love. I love as well for that matter…

Anyway, I was in a hurry and made it for dinner last week and was out of a few ingredients and made some substitutions. It looked really pretty when I had it all together and so I snapped a picture and figured I would let you guys know what I was having for dinner.

Well, 26 MILLION people saw my picture last week with over 550,000 shares of my picture & recipe!! Then of course you have countless people who stole my picture and reposted exactly my word for word comments and directions as their own, and those were shared a crazy number of times… But in the end, it is a DANG good chicken recipe!

fiesta ranch dipI was out of the standard Ranch packet you are supposed to dump on the top, but I had this packet of Fiesta Ranch and so I used that… OMGosh! It made it soooooo good!!

This recipe is sooooo easy you can use raw frozen or unfrozen chicken. You dump it all in the crockpot, sprinkle the dip packet over it all, and then cook it on high for 4 hours or 6 on low. Then shred the chicken with forks and mix it all up. It looks a little sketchy at this point, but don’t worry. Then we make rice, and serve this over the rice using tortillas to scoop it up OR you can just make chicken tacos. So many choices!

Chicken Fiesta Crockpot

If it is a little soupy that is ok. Leave the lid off for a little bit and the liquid will disappear. I think it is good with a little sauce though personally.

Instead of the usual Rotel I used petite diced tomatoes drained, as my little kids don’t like the spice from Rotel.

Spinach Salad with Oranges and Homemade Dressing

Spinach Salad

This is quick and easy to whip up for dinner inside and even better when paired with any number of grilled meals for the summer. Refreshing and easy to toss together, even with the homemade dressing!

Spinach Salad 1

Spinach Salad 2

Crock Pot Ribs Coca-Cola Style

Crock Pot Ribs

This is one of those great recipes that you can start in the morning and let it sit all day, then come home in the evening and put the finishing touches on a meal that looks like you slaved over it. Be sure to check out my Coca-Cola Ham recipe too

Crock Pot Ribs 1

Crock Pot Ribs 2

Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipe – Clone of a Cinnabon!

homemade cinnamon roll recipe

Last night I got the urge to make homemade cinnamon rolls because it was so rainy and ugly out, it seemed like the right thing to do! Plus, we had company coming in and I thought it would be a nice welcome from a long drive.

O.K. who am I lying to? I just wanted to eat some!

cinnamon roll recipeCinnamon Rolls are so easy to make, they just take a few steps, so give it a shot and don’t let them scare you!

Mix 1 quart Whole Milk, 1 cup butter, and 1 cup Sugar in a pan. Bring almost to a boil, just “scald” the milk. If you boil you went too far, it will curdle the milk.

Remove from the heat and let it cool until warm. Add 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets and mix in.

making cinnamon rolls

Now transfer to a bowl all the liquid, then add 8 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda, and 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt.

Cover with a tea towel and let rise for about an hour. After it has risen, turn out to a floured surface ( like above) and add about 1 more cup flour while kneading it all in.

Now comes the fun:

assembling cinnamon rollsTake about 1/2 of the dough and roll it out into a rectangle. I would say 18 inches by about 9 inches or so. Cover with a thin layer of melted butter, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and then sprinkle with brown sugar.

Starting with the long side away from you, roll the dough up towards you. Fold the dough up and close the roll by pinching it together.

Now take the sharpest knife you have and cut the roll into 2 to 2 1/2 inch sections. Now place them in a greased pan almost touching each other. Let these rise about 20 minutes and put them into the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes.

cinnamon rolls from ovenPull them out when they start to get golden brown, let them cool for just a few minutes, and pour frosting over the cinnamon rolls!

For the frosting, you might have to add more milk or even more powdered sugar to get the right consistency. You want it thick but pourable!

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Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

cheesy tater tot casserole

Tater Tot Casserole is not a meal that I plan on having. It is a meal that we have because I have everything on hand and didn’t plan anything for dinner!

However, Tater Tot Casserole is a family favorite, thanks to this quote:

Randy: Napoleon, give me some of your tots.
Napoleon: No, go find your own.
Randy: Come on. Give me some of your tots.
Napoleon: No. I’m freakin’ starved. I didn’t get to eat anything today.
[Randy kicks Napoleon’s pants pocket, ruining the tater tots]
Napoleon: Ugh.. gross. Freakin’ idiot!

Name that movie….

tater tot casserole 2

It also affords me the ability to clean out the fridge a little… I have added pepperoni, all different kinds of cheese and even sliced up hot dogs once (don’t tell anyone!)

Many times tater tot casseroles call for cream of mushroom. I refuse to use cream of mushroom and so I use 2 cans of cream of chicken.

tater tot mix

I also saute my onions with the hamburger and add smoked papkria. Try it sometime you will be surprised, in a good way!

Tater tot mix 9x13

Grab some kids to help, mix it all up. Pour into a 9×13 and top with Tater Tots! Easy Peasy!

tater tot casserole

Serve with some fruit and a side salad and you have dinner!

Crab Salad Roll Recipe

Crab Roll Slider


This is basically a Crab Salad that you are going to put on a roll. Call it a crab roll, crab slider, call it whatever you want, but make sure that you make some!! Don’t be scared either, this is super easy and they are so amazing!

I got my crab legs by accident at Kroger in the clearance section. They had some crab legs marked down, my husband loves crab so I picked them up really cheap. When I got home I searched for some recipes and decided on crab salad, which then ended up between 2 pieces of bread! Now, I look every time I am in the store for crab marked down!

Crab Rolls & Sliders Ingredients


The ingredients are very basic and most likely you will have everything on hand.

Fill a large pan with 1 to 2 inches of water. Bring to boil. Add crab legs. Boil for approximately 5 minutes. Remove crab legs from water. Set aside and let cool.

Use hands to break lobster apart at joints. If you can pull crabmeat from shell without breaking further, go ahead. Otherwise, take knife and make one continuous cut down each shell. Pry shell open with fingers and remove crabmeat.

Shredded Crab Meat

Cut crabmeat into various sizes. Place crabmeat in medium mixing bowl. Drizzle 1 tbsp. melted butter over crabmeat. Stir. Add diced green onion, diced tomatoes, mayonnaise, freshly squeezed lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir. Place in refrigerator.

Dice green onion and tomato into small pieces. Slice lemon in half. Set aside.

crab roll process

Lay 8 slices multi-grain bread on aluminum foil sheet. Take a round drinking glass and press down over each slice. This will create slider size top and bottom buns. Drizzle 1 tbsp. melted butter on top of slices. Place in oven for 3 to 4 minutes or until just crispy (rotating sides halfway through). Remove bread from oven.

Scoop crabmeat mixture onto bottom slices of bread. Add top buns. Plate your crab sliders onto serving dishes and enjoy this seaside staple!

Crab Rolls & Sliders In-Process #10