Caramel Apple Easy Cake

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This Caramel Apple Easy Cake is such a fun dessert to serve to your family and friends…don’t forget the ice cream with just a drizzle of caramel sauce! 2015-09-08-7112 This Caramel Apple Easy Cake is a cross between a few of my favorite flavors and a dump cake. Good apples and a few added touches are what really make this cake!

Forget about dump cakes being boring or ho-hum, this cake is REALLY good and by good I mean FANTASTC! This cake is warm apples, caramel, chocolate and yummy cinnamon cake all in one…lots of wonderful fall flavors happening here. :)

There’s just something about a warm caramel apple dessert with ice cream melting on top that is VERY hard to resist, and don’t forget the caramel drizzle! Just a little bit of caramel drizzle makes this dessert wonderful!

This dessert is perfect as the apples start to ripen and those wonderful fall flavors are everywhere! But really this would be a good dessert any time of year.

Today I share with you my Caramel Apple Easy Cake…enjoy my friends!

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Smiley Surprise Cupcakes

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My Smiley Surprise Cakes are a snap to bake – and even more fun to decorate! These cupcakes also travel well so you can bring them anywhere!

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Today’s post for Smiley Surprise Cupcakes is all about simplicity and great flavor! Not only are these cupcakes a great cupcake you can truly  make any day of the week, and they’re pretty darn tasty too!

I really believe sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of the simple things you CAN do! :)

Anyhoo, I call these cupcakes my Smiley Surprise Cupcakes for a few reasons. Let’ me explain…with these cupcakes the frosting is in the middle, I have doctored up a cake mix to include a few more ingredients that not only add calcium and protein, but also add GREAT flavor, and then of course there’s the bright smiley face added to the top. So you see, I just had to go with Smiley Surprise Cupcakes!

Some people like to make all their cakes/cupcakes and that’s fine. To each their own. I say so what if you start with a mix? You’re still taking the time to make a wonderful treat for your family, friends or co-workers! Just so you know, people of all ages enjoy these delicious cupcakes. Yes adults love them too!

Give these a try sometime soon!

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What makes these cupcakes so special is…the way you can put a whole new spin on fun by adding a simple smiley face to the top of the cake! While inside the cake you have a wonderful frosting center waiting for you. :)

Make sure you top off the cake with a smiley face AFTER you have filled it with whatever frosting you’re using in the middle!!

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Easy Chocolate Fudge with Candy Bar Pieces

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Simple and yummy chocolate fudge with plenty of Snickers and Zero Bar bits. Easy to prepare and fun to serve any night of the week!

Easy Chocolate Fudge with Candy Bar Pieces

So…today we’re talking fudge.

I have never really been a huge fan of fudge, neither is my husband. Until recently, I thought no one here really cared one way or another about fudge.

But, very recently when I was at the mall, the boys were with me of course, and we had a very interesting conversation as we walked through a store known for their fudge.

the boys: can we please try the fudge? (this store will give you a free sample IF you ask)

me: the fudge, why?

the boys: we love fudge!

me: what? since when??

the boys: we love fudge!

me: WHAT? you guys have asked for fudge, oh NEVER, you have never said you liked fudge, and have never even talk about fudge. you like fudge?

the boys: doesn’t everyone like fudge?…we love fudge!

Right then and there I knew I had to start experimenting with fudge. :)
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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Cookie Cups

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Okay, I think by now everyone in the baking-world has made Peanut Butter Cookie Cups, Blossoms, (or whatever you call them in your neck of the woods), many times. They are after all a very good, go-to cookie!

I’m not claiming to have come up with the original recipe, not at all! Today’s post is about how great this recipe is for a middle of the week go-to recipe. We all have busy days, and busy weeks. That’s just how life seems to be these days. When it’s the middle of the week, the last thing a lot of people have time for is baking.

These little treats are quick and easy, and people always seem to enjoy them so!

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Here at the house of Megamommy we make these kind of often as a mid-week treat. These are especially great with a quick & easy meal like soup & salad, or sandwiches and fruit. Then at the end of the meal you can enjoy two or three, or maybe even more. :)

They are so easy, so simple and so good! The best part is anyone can bring them in a lunch to school, to work, or just about anywhere, without needing anything special to eat them.

Play around with these and see what flavors your family likes!

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Mini Cookie Cups (Peanut Butter or any flavor)

INGREDIENTS

1 package (17 1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix, or any flavor you prefer

24-36 miniature peanut butter cups (regular or white chocolate), unwrapped

(FYI – You can get 36 out of the recipe if you try hard – I seem to only get 24, but that’s fine with me.)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease one miniature muffin pan (24-count)

2. Prepare cookie mix according to instructions. Roll the dough into 1-in. balls, or scoop into balls with a small scoop. Place in greased miniature muffin cups. Press dough evenly onto bottom and up sides of each cup.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until set. Immediately place a peanut butter cup in each cup; press down gently. Cool for at least 15 minutes; carefully remove from pans.

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MM TIP: We frequently make different versions of these.Peanut Butter is always good, but so is Chocolate Chip, or any other flavor your family likes. Chocolate Cookie Cups with a Cookies & Cream center is also a big hit with kids!

 

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Beefy (Ramen) Noodles

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Ingredients for Beefy Ramen Noodles

Have I mentioned that on Friday we often do Kids Night at our house? Well we do. Although we give the kids their own night once a week it doesn’t have to mean chicken nuggets and “white processed” food. This is a very simple dish that kids usually seem to like.

For the vegetables I really like the Green Giant boxed vegetables. The flavor is always very, very good. Pick whatever flavor your kids will eat! I realize these aren’t exactly 2 cups of of vegetables, but they’re in that general ballpark.

But of course, use whatever vegetable blend your family likes and your kids will eat. Tonight I used the Green Bean Steamers, they were also very good.

Pagoda Mini Chicken Egg Rolls are great with this meal!

If you can get your kids to eat an eggroll with this, even better. My kids love egg rolls! I throw a pack of eggrolls in the oven while I’m making this and the two usually seem to be done about the same time.

Most kids love this Mini Egg Roll size. Give them a try when they go on sale. Plus you’re getting a little more veggie in your kids with the eggrolls.

As a mom I strongly urge you to always buy reduced-sodium soy sauce, and always make sure the soy sauce has a top controlled top for the amount that comes out! A little soy sauce goes a long way.

Let’s just say “just a little soy sauce” seems to be a mystery concept to kids so help them out, make it easy for them. :)

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Beefy (Ramen) Noodles  

Ingredients

8 ounces lean ground beef, turkey, or chicken

1 onion, chopped

garlic powder and black or white pepper, to taste

3 – 3 ounce packages of Beef Ramen Noodles (if you go wtih ground chicken or ground turkey you may want to use Chicken Ramen Noodles

2 cups thawed frozen vegetables – any variety you like

 

Instructions

1. Brown 8 ounces ground beef and 1 chopped onion together in a large skillet. If you like garlic you can grate a garlic clove or two in there also, or simply use garlic powder to your liking, not garlic salt.

2. While the meat and onion are browning crumble the noodles from three 3-ounce packages beef-flavor ramen noodles. I usually break each pack of noodles into fours, it doesn’t have to be perfect, the idea is just to break up the noodles a little bit.

3. In same skillet, add 3-3/4 cups water; bring to a boil. Add seasoning packets and 2 cups thawed frozen vegetables. Rarely do I use the seasoning packets that come with Ramen noodles, but it works for this dish.

4. Once the vegetables are added, simmer the entire mixture for about 3 minutes; uncover and simmer for another 3 minutes or until the liquid mostly evaporates and noodles are tender. Remember you just want to simmer (don’t boil) the mixture, making sure the noodles are the right consistency, and the vegetables are heated through.

 

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Quick & Easy Corn Bread

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Quick and Easy Cornbread…so yummy. :)

This is probably the easiest corn bread recipe you will ever find! This cornbread has a nice sweet flavor and great texture.

Of course like any other recipe you can jazz it up by ending a little shredded Cheddar, Chipotle Cheddar, jalapenos, or anything else you would like to.

The thing I like best about this recipe is that both of the main ingredients are fairly inexpensive and can easily be worked into a food budget.

Quick & Easy Corn Bread fresh out of the oven!

Quick and Easy Corn Bread

8-1/2 ounce package corn bread/muffin mix

8-1/2 package yellow cake mix

2 eggs, beaten

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all ingredients; mix well. Pour batter into a greased 9 X 13 -inch pan.

Bake approximately 15-20 minutes, or until done.  Cut into squares and serve warm.

Source: Adapted from 101 Things To Do With a Cake Mix by Stephanie Ashcraft

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