No Bake Blueberry Layer Cake

Delicious Blueberry and cream cheese filling, layers of pound cake, and a cool and creamy light whip topping makes this the perfect summer recipe.

No Bake Blueberry Layer Cake

Anything Blueberry and I am a fan!  Oh and the whip cream …what dessert doesn’t need a little whip cream!  This quick and easy, no bake dessert is the perfect choice when you don’t want to bake in a hot kitchen, in the middle of July!  This recipe does not disappoint.  I love that it is easy to make and yummy to eat.  What more can I say?!  I hope you enjoy!

Until next time …

Happy No Baking! 😉

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No Bake Blueberry Layer Cake

By: arlsworld.net

No Bake Blueberry Layer Cake

Ingredients:

1 frozen Sara Lee Pound Cake or any store bought pound cake of your choosing.

Blueberry Filling:

1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp cornstarch

1/3 cup water

2 cups fresh blueberries

Cream Cheese Filling:

1 (16 ounce) package confectioners’ sugar

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  1. Combine white sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; gradually stir in 1/3 cup water. Add blueberries and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 1 minute. Allow blueberry mixture to cool.
  2. Beat confectioners’ sugar and cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in vanilla extract and fold in whipped topping.
  3. Let pound cake thaw at room temperature.  Slice pound cake.  Place one layer of pound cake slices in a square glass dish; spread cream cheese mixture over cake, then blueberry mixture.  Repeat.  Top with whipped cream and a few fresh blueberries.  Enjoy!

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Turkey Burgers w/Sweet Potato Fries

Healthy, easy and so, so good!  A great option for family and friends who no longer eat red meat.  Delicious and full of flavor, a big hit at any outdoor cookout and perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday.

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Summer time, summer time, sweet, sweet summertime.  Hello all!  I am in a particularly good mood, not that today is anything special …no, it’s just Summertime!  Summertime is my favorite season, sure it is a little warm …but for me Summer means relax!  Summer is the time of year when the kiddos are out of school.  Summer means you can sleep later, dress lighter, not shave your legs as much, go on vacation and well, you get the idea.

Summer is also the time when people are more social, why with all the holidays: Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day.   The weather is warmer, people get together more often, enjoy time with friends and family and the great outdoors. One of our favorite things to do on summer holidays, or just a lazy Sunday afternoon, is to grill up some delicious Turkey burgers.

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Turkey Burgers can be done on the grill or in the skillet.  Cook them up and watch them disappear!  Add some healthy, spicy, Sweet Potato Fries and you have a great meal for your next summer gathering.

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This recipe was adapted from a combination of two recipes on-line, Bobby Flay and Paula Dean.  I changed a few things and added some of my own special ingredients to fit our families preferences.   The result is one juicy, flavorful burger and some spicy-sweet fries!  Enjoy!

Until next time …

Happy Cooking!

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Turkey Burgers w/Sweet Potato Fries

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By: arlsworld.net

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Ingredients

Lemon-Honey Mustard:

  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon clover honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Burgers:

  • 1 1/2 pounds 85 % lean, ground turkey (not all white meat), chilled
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Tony Chacheres Creole Seasoning
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns, lightly grilled
  • all your hamburger fixings for serving (avocados, tomatoes, lettuce etc)

Directions

Lemon-Honey Mustard:  Place together in a small bowl the mustard, honey, orange juice, lemon juice and season with salt and ground pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

For the burgers:   Preheat the grill to high. Form the meat into four 6-ounce burgers. If you are not going to cook right away, keep the burgers cold in the refrigerator. Sprinkle the burgers on both sides with Tony Chacheres Creole Seasoning to taste. Grill until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes on each side.  During the last minutes of cooking, add cheese to each burger, cover the grill and let the cheese soften slightly, about 1 minute. Put the burgers on the buns, drizzle with some of the lemon-honey mustard and top with all your favorite fixings. Serve with Spicy Sweet Potato Fries.

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil, for tossing
  • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch long slices, then 1/4-wide inch strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • house seasoning mix (below)

House Seasoning:

  •  1 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix ingredients together and you can store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Directions:  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Line a sheet tray with parchment paper. In a large bowl toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat. Sprinkle with House Seasoning and paprika. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, not to overcrowd. Bake about 15-20 minutes – until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally.  Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

 

Caveman Coffee

 

Father’s Day is not far away, it will be here before we know it, on Sunday, June 18.  Some of you are probably wondering what to get Dad, I know Dad can be hard to buy for.  But this year, you will have the perfect gift!  Caveman Coffee Company, makers of specialty coffee, has a pleasing variety of coffee and coffee accessories to choose from to make Dad’s big day stand out.

Check out one of my favorite selections below:

White Gold – Blend of Single Origin, Arabica Beans

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Great as your first morning cup, or with a nice big slice of cake for that afternoon pick me up!  This is an excellent choice for Dad, and anyone who appreciates a good cup of coffee.  Slightly roasted for a light, nutty and earthly flavor.  A very smooth and creamy tasting blend makes it perfect to pair with some of Dad’s favorite fats (butter/coconut cream/ MCT).

Please do go to their website Caveman Coffee Company for White Gold, and all the rest of their delicious coffees and coffee products.  They also have tea, for the tea lover in the family.  Make Dad’s day shine, and maybe find something for you too!

See below for my favorite coffee recipe.

Until next time …

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your coffee!

 

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My Morning Cup using White Gold - Caveman Coffee

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By:  Arl’s World

For Your Brew:

Caveman Coffee – White Gold

1/4 teaspoon of MCT coconut oil

1 tsp honey

A big dash of cinnamon

3 tablespoons of almond milk or you can use a tablespoon of coffee creamer

Optional for the Mocha lover:  Add 1 little square of chocolate from a candy bar or  a tablespoon of Nestle Nesquick Liquid Chocolate Syrup. (only brand I have found with no Fructose Corn Syrup)

Stir and enjoy!

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Painting With Wine

Hello everyone!  Happy Friday!  Glad to be back amongst the WordPress family and Fiesta Friday!  So where have I been and what have I been up to you ask?  Or maybe you haven’t asked, maybe you haven’t noticed I’ve been MIA.  That’s okay, but I am going to tell you anyway …

Firstly, the good news.  I am discovering my new-found love for painting.  Painting and drinking wine, haha, the combination is most therapeutic.   Some very nice evenings are spent painting and drinking a glass …or two!  😉

Here are two of my most recent paintings.  What do you think?  How am I doing for a beginner?  Which is your favorite?

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“Winter Moon”

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“Whimsical Owl”

So much is going on in my life right now, unfortunately my blog has suffered greatly.  My traffic is down and this is one of the first posts I’ve done in a little over a month.  But now I am back, and hopefully to stay.

I lost my job of over 5 years in February.  I have so much on my mind and on my plate.  Looking for jobs, job interviews, training, assessments and tests …the list goes on.  I forgot how stressful it is to lose your job and be back out there in the job line. Ugh!  But hey, I am not done!  I dusted myself off after the fall, and I am determined that this rough patch is not going to defeat me.  I am strong, and with faith and hope, I will make it through.  In the meantime I have a little help from my friends and family, painting and wine!

Well looks like it is time to see what is going on with the ladies at Fiesta Friday, still my favorite link-up party.  Woo-hoo, let the festivities begin!

Until next time …

Thanks for reading!

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Daily Goodie Box – Review

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How It Works:

Become A Member –  It is quick and easy to join.  All you do is go here: Daily Goodie Box and sign up!

Get A Goodie Box – After you sign up you will receive your Goodie Box, this is subject to availability; I received mine in a timely manner.

Give Your Thoughts –  Your Goodie Box comes loaded with all sorts of products for you to use and review.  Each one you receive has new and cool products for you and your family to try out.

Here is what is in the box!

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You get a mix of products as you can see.

Some of my favorites:

Älsa

Great tasting healthy energy drinks.

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Wild Cocotropic

Great addition to coffee, for the coffee drinker in the family.

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Yerba Mate’ Chai Artisan Tea 

Ahh …always good on those cold winter mornings.

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And last but not least …

Confetti Pop Cookie Mix

These cookies were easy to make and delicious!  If you haven’t had Miss Jones products you have to try them!  You can find them in your local grocery store or go to:  Miss Jones Baking Co.

This is by far one of the best products to review.  The box comes with a variety of items and some are even full size, as you can see by the pictures.  Some other personal favorites are the Lip Gloss and mini Organic Lemongrass Coconut Oil.  My family and I enjoyed trying out the different products and sharing them with family and friends.  Most of these I would definitely purchase at the grocery store or on-line.  I can’t wait to see what the next one brings!   What a cool idea!  Thank you Goodie Box for giving me the opportunity to review this product.

Until next time ….

Thanks for visiting!

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Cleaning with Kids – DIY Recipes  with Essential Oils

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Essential oils are known with their exceptional aromas and endless uses. Experts advice us to put a drop of lavender oil on our pillow if we have sleeping troubles at night. The application of essential oils, however, is much wider. You can easily include some of them in your home cleaning. Those liquids can do more than spreading a nice smell around the house. You can also include your children by letting them help you, because the following recipes for cleaning, that include a number of essential oils, are completely safe for them, unlike those bought from the store that are full of chemicals.

Of course, some of the oils are more effective than others and they are used for different things. But one thing should be clear, they are all safer and antibacterial. They will help you fight against mold, germs and annoying spots on various surfaces. Let’s have a look at the following ideas.

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Lemon is very good at cleaning stains of all kinds – even professionals like Deptford Happy Clean Services use it. If your child has some felt-tipped marks on his or her clothes, apply a few lemon essential oil drops and salt over them and give them a good rub, then wash them as you normally do. It also helps with blood stains, dirt and rust. If you want to clean your kitchen counters, dip half a lemon in baking soda and use it as a sponge over them. Your child will enjoy doing this! Then use a wet towel to remove the unpleasant sticky feeling and dry them.

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If you want a spotless floor and a pleasant smell everywhere around you, try mixing vinegar and hot water (in a proportion of one to one) and add 15 drops of each of the following essential oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lemon. It will make the white kitchen or bathroom tiles look whiter that in the day you bought them! Avoid using it on wooden floors!

Mold is a very stubborn and unpleasant problem that many people are facing. The detergents one can find in stores always have a bad smell and are quite toxic. In order to remove it easily, without spending money on the above mentioned detergents, mix a tea spoon of clove oil with a cup of vinegar and a tablespoon of Glycerin. Spray the mold and leave it like that for 15 minutes. Then use a wet towel to clean the spot.

If you want to have the cleanest windows in the neighborhood, do the following: Mix hot water and vinegar (in a proportion of one to one) and add Lavender oil and Lemon grass oil, 10 drops each, spray it on the windows and sue an old newspaper to remove the drops and make them shine. You can also use it on mirrors of all kinds.

To clean your toilet with the help of essential oils, you need two cups of water, ¼ cup of Castile soap, 1 table spoon of Tea tree essential oil and 10 drops of Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils. Spread the mixture over the inside of the toilet and leave it like that for 20 minutes before flushing. You will be dazzled by the cleanness afterwards!

And just like that your entire house will shine. The usage of essential oils is highly preferable because it is all natural, antibacterial, and antiseptic. What more does one need when it comes to a clean house and a safe home for all your family members. Enjoy a current of fresh aromas in every inch of the place!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

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Orange Cake with Blueberries

What do you do when you have lots of oranges?  You make Orange cake!  A very rich and moist cake, full of blueberries and made using fresh squeezed orange juice to give it a wonderful orange flavor.

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This recipe is one of my oldest son’s favorites, it is very easy to make with the addition of a little magic to a regular cake mix.

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I absolutely love bundt cakes.  Bundt cakes are a dream for people like me, who either don’t have the time or are just not that great at fancy cake decorating.  Plus, you can’t go wrong in a bundt pan; no lopsided, uneven layer cakes  …nope, looks beautiful every time!  Well, except for that one time when I forgot to spray the bundt pan with cooking spray …oops!

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This recipe is wonderful with or without the blueberries, I make it both ways.  If you are adding blueberries, be sure and toss a little dry cake mix with the frozen blueberries so that  they are easier to bake with, preventing them from all sinking to the bottom.

I think I will take this cake over to Fiesta Friday Link-up party, come on along and join the fun!  🙂

Until next time …

Happy Baking!

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Orange Cake with Blueberries

Ingredients:

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of remaining fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, more or less for thickness of glaze (to your liking)
  • 1/4 cup butter

Directions:

  1. Grease a 10 inch Bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cake mix (except for 2 tablespoons) and pudding mix. Make a well in the center and pour in 3/4 cup orange juice, oil, eggs and lemon extract. Beat on low speed until blended. Scrape bowl, and beat 4 minutes on medium speed.  Toss rinsed, slightly frozen blueberries in the remaining (2 tablespoons) cake better (to prevent blueberries from going to bottom during baking) add blueberries to cake better and pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat 1/3 – 1/4 cup orange juice, sugar and butter for two minutes. Drizzle over cake.
  5. Top with chopped almonds and enjoy 🙂