Dump Cake

Summer always makes me think of pie. Two of my favorites are, Sweet Cherry Pie and Strawberry Apple Pie. I was looking for inspiration on Pinterest one day and came across Dump Cakes. Don’t let the name discourage you from making this. Knowing that I can dump ingredients in a bowl, bake it and serve a delicious, sweet dessert makes me love it even more. I will be experimenting and trying every dump cake combo I can. Right now these are my two favorites that are perfect to bring to a friend’s house for a BBQ. 

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You can serve either of these with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for some extra goodness… 

Dump Cake

Strawberry Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 2 cans(21 oz. each) of strawberry pie filling. I used Duncan Hines Comstock Simply Strawberry Pie Filling.
  • ½ cup of melted butter(1 stick)

OR

Apple Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 2 cans(21 oz. each) of apple pie filling. 
  • ½ cup of melted butter(1 stick)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 X 13 glass pan.
  3. Empty both cans of pie filling into the pan and spread evenly.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the cake mix and butter. 
  5. Stir and break up any chunks with a wooden spoon or fork.
  6. Pour the cake mix over the pie filling and spread out evenly.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the pie filling is bubbly and the top is golden brown. 
  8. You can serve it warm or cold. I made it the day before, let it cool, and covered it in the fridge. I topped each piece with a scoop of whipped cream and vanilla ice cream!

If you like this recipe you will also enjoy:

Annie’s Crumb Cake

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Soda 🥤

Apple Cake🍎

 

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Stuffed Pepper Stir Fry

I love stuffed peppers, but it is a big job. I usually like to roast the peppers a little before I even stuff them so they are soft, otherwise my family only eats what’s in the pepper. So, all that work for them to pick around the actual pepper. Hence, the Stuffed Pepper Stir Fry! It is much easier than the traditional stuffed peppers. It is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

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Stuffed Pepper Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 pounds of ground Italian sausage
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 cups of chopped peppers (sweet bell peppers, sweet long peppers, cubanelle, etc…)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cups of instant white rice
  • 3 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Italian Parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a deep saute pan.
  2. Add the sausage and brown. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain the sausage and set it aside.
  4. Add the peppers and onions to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender.
  5. Add garlic and cook for one more minute.
  6. Remove from the heat and set aside until needed.
  7. Cook your instant rice per directions on the box (use chicken broth instead of water)
  8. Combine the veggies and the sausage. Stir and reheat.
  9. Add sauce. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  10. Add parsley and remove from the heat.
  11. I like to serve it with the rice in the bottom of the bowl and top it with the Stuffed Pepper Stir Fry.

Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this recipe you will also like…

Stuffed Peppers

Shrimp with Red Beans and Rice 🍤

Sausage and Peppers

Ruggable

This is a true story…

I had been looking for rugs for my home for several years. I am a bit of a neat freak, so when we had two dogs I could never keep the rugs clean. I would buy them and they usually can only be spot cleaned. So, after a couple of months I threw them out. Unfortunately, both of our pups passed away. And my search for rugs continued.

I finally gave in and bought this rug for my kitchen…download

BTW, that’s a meatball!

The next day my sister and my nephew Joseph came to visit from New York. He took off his diaper and peed right on my new rug! We realized we couldn’t put it in the wash, so we scrubbed it as good as we could. And the story repeats itself over and over. Meatballs, sauce, wine, and the list goes on.

No matter how hard I try not to spill things, it happens. Once a week I would shake it out and hang it outside. When my husband came home from work I would have him hose it down with dish soap. Needless to say, it takes 3 days to dry and doesn’t look very presentable anymore as you can see in the pic above. What a waste of money.

I found a solution and have to share it with you…

Ruggable

If you have pets, this is the rug for you.

If you have kids, this is the rug for you.

If you live in your kitchen like me, this is the rug for you.

There are several sizes, colors and patterns to choose from. I chose the runner(2.5′ X 7′) for my kitchen and it fits perfectly. I was so excited to choose a bold pattern for once. I love the colors.

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2-5x7

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It comes with a non-slip rug pad. The rug cover clings to the rug pad and stays perfectly in place! The Ruggable cover is 100% waterproof, stain resistant and machine washable! I have not had to wash mine yet, but am weirdly looking forward to it! I did easily vacuum it. I will update the post once I have washed and dried as directed.

I would never feel bad about spending my money on a Ruggable rug due to the fact that it will not get ruined. And if I feel like I want to change the pattern or color, I can just purchase a new cover. I’m hooked.

Click here, and use code FEEDINGTHEFAM for 15% off your purchase!

 

 

“Alexa, add eggs to my list.”

I am not technology advanced, that’s for sure. But I do love technology that helps me stay organized and has an important use. This past Christmas I splurged and purchased the Amazon Alexa Show for my kitchen and two Alexa Dots for my kids rooms. My main purpose was to have speakers throughout the house when I want to play music. Our cheap speaker that we had broke, so I wanted an upgrade. I play music all the time on the Alexa Show. I can play the same station on all 3 speakers or we can all play our own music of choice. I love it. It sounds great and can play right from my amazon prime account. If you don’t have an Amazon Prime account, it’s awesome. That’s a whole other blog…

Let’s face it, you can usually find me in the kitchen. I am always cooking and my hands are either filled with food or are wet! One thing I love is that the Alexa Show is basically hands free. I can easily state, “Alexa, play cooking with country”, and my music is streaming. It’s great!

But the real reason I am writing this blog is because of my shopping lists! I love being organized. I have always been a pen and paper kind of girl when it comes to my lists. I have a million lists including: Target, Publix, To-Do’s, Blog, etc… And I almost always forget to bring an important list that I need with me when I really need it. So Listen to this. I can be cooking and realize I need eggs. So I say, “Alexa, add eggs to my Publix list.” She adds it to my list and that the list is always under the Alexa app on my phone. Of course I bring my phone everywhere, therefore I always have my list. I am not sure if your family also tells you while you are doing a million things to not forget to get their chia seeds, underwear, shaving cream, folder, pencils, etc… like my family does, but most of the time I am not near my lists and it slips my mind. Now my family can add their items to the list when they realize they need it. All they have to say is, “Alexa, add shaving cream to my Target list.” And when I’m shopping I will see the items they needed as well! I am not gonna lie, with two boys in the house I do see poop added several times on my list! But seriously this has really helped me stay organized. As I purchase the items on my list or tackle something on my to-do list I can check it off. I can also edit my list in the app.

 

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Other amazing features:

  • I can watch videos, movies and TV shows.
  • Make video calls to anyone with Skype, the Alexa app, an Echo Spot, or Echo Show. I see when my sister Jen is home, and we can video chat while we are both prepping dinner! And don’t have to hold a phone while chatting!
  • I can watch recipe videos, cook along to step-by-step recipes and set timers.
  • I also splurged on the Ring Doorbell and LOVE it! I can see and talk to the front door through my Alexa Show.
  • I can also watch the news, see weather forecasts, calendars, and my favorite photos. 

I also purchased the adjustable stand that is perfect. It is a quality stand that I feel you definitely need if you purchase the Alexa Show.

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Rainy Day Activities

By Dominick McGarry

 

I always read my mom’s blog and decided I wanted to write one for her. It’s been raining for weeks so I figured rainy day activities would be a good one.  This is what I recommend…

 

  1. Jenga: It is a fun game and you can play it by yourself if no one else is around.
  2. Legos: This is my mom’s first choice. She always tells us to play legos. I like legos because it is challenging.
  3. Nerf: Nerf is good because it can keep you active indoors. If I’m by myself I could line up targets and shoot.
  4. Arts and Crafts: Arts and crafts are good because you can be creative.
  5. Read: Some of my favorite books are…

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Ouidad

Ouidad New Product Review

Sponsored by Ouidad

I’ve written before about the challenges of growing up with curly hair.  It took me years to find products that worked for my hair type.  All curly hair is different and not all products work for my hair type.  The one product I can not live without is Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel.  I have been using it for over 18 years.  I’ve tried hundreds of products in between and nothing else works for me.  The only way I can wear my hair down is if I style with Climate Control’s Gel.  Ouidad was nice enough to let me try two of their new products before they even hit the shelves!  This is really exciting to me especially since I am such a fan of Ouidad’s products.  They sent me  Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat Humidity Gel Stronger Hold and Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Restore + Revive Bi-Phase.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I love the results!!!

Below are pics of my hair throughout the day…(I am obviously not an experienced selfie taker.  Some are selfies and some are taken by my 10 year old!)

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In the morning

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Late afternoon and still good!

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Clipped on the side and lovin it!

If you check out the video below it will explain a little about the technique you should be using when styling with either of the Climate Control gels.  Believe it or not that is what I do every time I style my hair.  It gets easier especially since I’ve been doing it for 20 years!  I’m a pro now.

My hair is very thick so it soaks up every product I use.  I have to use a lot in order for my hair to not get frizzy.  Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat Humidity Gel Stronger Hold was kind of amazing.  It seemed a little thicker to me but still a clear gel.  I didn’t have to use as much when I styled my hair.  It really coated every strand.  As much as I love the regular Heat Humidity Gel, I have to use a lot of it.  And when I style my hair it looks good, but half way into the day I always tie it back because it gets unruly or frizzy.  Keep in mind I live in Florida where it is hot and humid most of the year…  I am not lying when I say I was able to wear my hair down all day and it did not get frizzy.  It was 85 degrees and we had rain showers!  Ouidad also sent me the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Restore + Revive Bi-Phase.  It is strong-hold hair mist that controls curls.  Because of my curly hair I wash my hair every other day.  This product was great to refresh curls  late in the day or the next day.  You spray it on the curls and scrunch them to nourish and hydrate the curls.  It’s perfect for the curls that tend to get frizzy.  On me, that is the underneath layer.  I really love this product as well. You do not have to use a lot.  Just for a touch up here and there.

Click HERE for the V.I.P. PRE-SALE: 20% OFF the new Stronger Hold Heat & Humidity Gel and Restore + Revive Bi-Phase Promo code: PRESALE20

Here are a few other items and products that will help when styling your curly hair:

Shampoo⇒ Curl Quencher® Moisturizing Shampoo

Conditioner⇒ Curl Quencher® Moisturizing Conditioner

Love it also.  I use it as a detangler when I get out of the shower.  ⇒ Botanical Boost® Curl Energizing & Refreshing Spray

Hair Spray⇒ Finishing Mist Setting & Holding Spray

Wide-Tooth Comb– I have one in the shower to comb my hair while the conditioner is in it and one when I get out of the shower to comb the detangler through.

Curl Clips-I use them to clip my hair in sections when I am styling it and to keep the roots raised when I am air drying it.

Diffuser-Wouldn’t attempt to dry my hair without it!

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Ali’s Favorite’s

Ali's Favorite's

by Alexandra Salvatore

There are a couple of things I love right now!

 

  1.  My favorite face wash is Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.  It is fragrance free and soap free, but does lather!  It is good to remove makeup and gives a clean but moisturized feeling after.  It is good for all skin types.  I have it in a pump in my shower at all times!
  2. The MAC highlighter in Doublegleam is a new step in my makeup regimen and this shade is perfect!  I dampen my highlighter brush lightly and tap into pot.  I just highlight the area under and next to my eye – on cheekbone.
  3. I have been using this hairdryer for more than 15 years and it is amazing.  It is the strongest and hottest hairdryer, yet NOT one of the lightest.
  4. The Saphira Mud Mask is amazing to use as a treatment for your hair or every time you wash.  It smells amazing and is the best mask I’ve used in a long time.
  5. I used this 3D toothpaste once and had white teeth!  Sometimes they even get too white, if I use it daily.  It’s great to have in the house.  Makes me feel good!

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