Easy Three Ingredient Dump Cake

I feel rushed most days and do not bake as much as I would like. That is why most of my recipes take very little time to prepare, like this one. We actually did this as a homeschool activity today, and this is something you can do in about an hour…from start to finish!



1 Stick of Melted Butter (1/2 cup)

1 Yellow or White Cake Mix

1 can (15-20 oz) Fruit with Juice (we chose crushed Pineapple)


First, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Then take a 9×13 cake pan and grease the bottom of the pan. Next, take your can of fruit with juice and spread it along the pan. If you use peaches or some other fruits, you may need to dice the pieces. After you spread the fruit, spread the dry cake mix evenly over the fruit and juice. Finally, melt your butter and pour it over the top as evenly as you can. We used salted butter because that was what I had on hand. However, you may want unsalted, depending on your tastes.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. Serve warm, preferably with ice cream!


crumbly and delicious!

This should serve 8. If your family is like mine, there will be no leftovers so grab your piece while you can! I hope you enjoy this recipe, and as always, feedback is encouraged!




Oatmeal Poppers

This is yummy and easy to make, as is all my recipes. They are great to make when you have some over-ripe bananas to use. Enjoy and please let me know what you think!



2 1/2 C Oats

2 Bananas, the riper the better

1/2 C Chocolate chips, dried cranberries, or nuts


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. You want to start with your bananas in one bowl. Mash them up with a fork. In another bowl, combine your bananas and oats. You might need to use your hands to make sure the oats are sticking to the bananas. After that, add you chocolate chips, cranberries, or nuts (or any combination of the three).

Grease your tray and drop your poppers onto the tray by the spoonful, using your hands to make sure they stay in little balls. Bake for about 10 minutes.


Crankles approved!

They make a great snack. We use them for breakfast. The kids say they taste a bit like banana bread!


Maple Pumpkin Ice Cream

I admit that I am not the biggest fan of pumpkin spice everything, but I do love pumpkin ice cream. However, dairy does not always settle well with my son, so I thought I would try to come up with something dairy-free.


After a bit of experimenting, I came up with this. It is actually not that expensive either, considering I get my maple syrup at Aldi! I hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know what you think!



4 under ripe bananas, chopped and frozen

1 15 oz can pumpkin

1 TBSP Pumpkin Spice

3/4 Cup Maple Syrup

The easiest way to do this is to freeze your bananas the night before you want to make it. You will want bananas with some green to their peel as they will not be as sweet. Sweeter bananas WILL overpower the pumpkin, so choose wisely.


Next you are going to want to blend the pumpkin and bananas using the method of your choice. I am still having problems finding certain equipment in my kitchen post-move, so I chose my blender. I did one banana at a time with a bit of pumpkin on liquify. Once the bananas and pumpkin are blended together, add the maple syrup and pumpkin spice. Blend for 30 seconds. Then pour into a freezer safe container.

We added walnuts to ours, but it is a personal preference. Freeze for at least an hour and serve. Serves 8.



Almond Coconut Bark


If you love chocolate AND coconut, you seriously need to try this ridiculously easy recipe for candy bark. All you need is three ingredients and a double boiler.


2 bags of milk chocolate chips

1 cup of almond slices

1 to 1  1/2 cups coconut



Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. Pour chocolate onto the wax paper. Sprinkle almonds over the chocolate. Cover chocolate and almonds with coconut. Freeze for two hours. Break into pieces and keep refrigerated.

That’s all it takes. Enjoy!



Easy Tex-Mex Goulash

With having all the kids’ activities in full swing, I am always on the lookout for quick and easy dishes to make for the whole family. Recently, I got inspired to make this tasty dish and thought I would share it with you!

Easy to make Tex-Mex Goulash

Easy to make Tex-Mex Goulash


(serves 6)

1 28 oz can of Diced Tomatoes, juice and all. (I used Redpack because I love how fresh their tomatoes taste)

1 15 oz can of reduced sodium black beans, drained

1 15 oz can of chili beans, half drained

1 T of Dry Salsa mix. (If you want to make your own, there is a tasty recipe found on The Sustainable Couple)

3 C of Elbow Macaroni


In a pot, heat water to boil macaroni. In a large skillet, heat 2 T of oil and add drained black beans, half-drained chili beans, and diced tomatoes and juice at medium heat. Stir in dry salsa mix and let simmer. Once macaroni is cooked, drain and add to the tomato and bean mixture. Simmer for ten minutes and serve warm.

For extra flavor, add sour cream or cheddar cheese to taste.

So good that you won't have leftovers!

So good that you won’t have leftovers!


Toss in the Flavor with a Sassy Chicken Salad

May is National Salad Month, and the kids and I are celebrating by making some tasty salads using Redpack tomatoes! We will be sharing some great tomato recipes with you throughout the month. Be sure to also check out the Redpack Tomato Facebook page for a chance to win a Grand Prize Picnic basket that includes everything you need to toss a terrific salad!

Sassy Chicken Salad with RedPack Tomatoes

Sassy Chicken Salad with RedPack Tomatoes




1          (10 ounce) can RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES & GREEN CHILIES, drained

½         cup light mayonnaise

1          tablespoon honey

2          cups chunked cooked chicken breast

1          cup thinly sliced celery

1          cup grapes, halved

⅓         cup chopped toasted pecans

  • In a medium bowl, combine RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES & GREEN CHILIES, mayonnaise and honey.  Stir in chicken, celery, grapes and pecans.
  • Cover and chill.  Maybe served in hollowed out melons, avocados or papayas. Also makes a great sandwich when served on a Croissant.

*I received a gift pack of Redpack tomatoes for this promotion. All opinions are my own.


Princess Leia Waffles

Today is May the 4th, Star Wars Day! To celebrate, I made the kids a breakfast fit for a rebel! This year’s theme: Princess Leia Waffles!

Princess Leia Waffles for Star Wars Breakfast

Princess Leia Waffles for Star Wars Breakfast

These are easy to make and fun to eat! All you need is:


Jif Hazelnut Spread or Nutella

Samoas or you could substitute with Fudge Rounds, Thin Mints, or Oreos

Candy pieces

samoasYou start by applying a thin layer of Hazelnut spread for the hair and attach the cookies. Use the candy pieces to create facial features, and voila! You have a Princess Leia Waffle!


Princess Leia Waffles from Bear Haven Mama

Do you celebrate Star Wars Day? If so, what kinds of foods do you make?