Friday, April 24, 2015

Strawberry Muffin Cheesecake Trifles

These easy Strawberry Cheese Cake Trifles start with a strawberry muffin mix, that are layered with a cheesecake whipped cream filling, and topped with macerated strawberries.  

Today I have an easy last minute dessert to share with y'all. Last weekend was gorgeous outside, so we grilled out like we always do when the weather's nice. I have to soak in all the nice weather while I can, because it won't be long and the heat of summer will be here, and it will be too hot to enjoy sitting outside.

In usual fashion when dinner's over my family asks the same question........... what's for dessert? I always make a dessert on the weekends, but this particular day I really didn't have anything in mind. I thought we could just whip up some simple strawberry shortcakes, but we just had those the week before.

So keeping with the strawberry theme I poked around in my pantry decided to change things up a bit and make these Strawberry Muffin Cheesecake Trifles. I had a variety of pudding mixes and fresh cream on hand, so all I needed was the cake base.

I didn't have any pound cake, so I quickly baked up two strawberry cheesecake muffin mixes and just like that I had everything I needed to pull this dessert together in no time. 
I have to admit this recipe was super simple to make and the perfect sweet ending to our meal.

Everyone loved having their very own individual desserts. 
If strawberries aren't your thing, you can substitute a blueberry muffin mix and fresh blueberries for blueberry trifles, or use a Wild Berry muffin mix and use a variety of fresh berries for wild berry trifles. I don't think you can go wrong either way. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Praline French Toast Casserole {Overnight Recipe}

Deliciously baked french toast casserole with a ooey gooey praline bottom. This casserole is easily prepared the night before and baked in the morning. 
Today I have a tasty breakfast dish to share with y'all! Last weekend I made a new Overnight French Toast Casserole recipe that everyone loved! In the past, I've made my regular standby recipe with good results, but for some reason I liked this version so much better.  

Anytime I have leftover french bread from dinner, I always save the leftovers in a large Ziploc bag and tuck it away in the freezer. Once I get enough bread together this french toast casserole is usually the first recipe that comes to mind.  My favorite breakfast dishes are no fuss overnight recipes and they're great during the holiday season. 

This french toast casserole held up extremely well, especially since it's an overnight recipe. Some people still might have a problem with the middle being a little soft, but it's not mushy or soggy in any way. This recipe starts with an ooey gooey praline sauce that's out of this world good!  The middle is soft and moist and the topping is crispy. 

The original recipe called for Texas toast, but I think that particular bread doesn't hold up very well in these types of casseroles. I recommend using day old french bread or french bread baguettes. Do you like overnight breakfast casseroles? Let's get started on this delicious recipe. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Adding Color to a Patio with Container Gardening

Sprucing up your backyard on a budget with "Walmart's Where America's List Gets Done".

Well, spring has finally sprung here in North Texas! When the weather starts to warm up, it's time to head outdoors and get our hands dirty. I have a love-hate relationship with springtime in Texas. As the weather transitions from cold to warm mother nature can be a bit of a beast. Spring in North Texas is well known for its unpredictable climate changes. The threat of thunderstorms, hail, and tornado warnings are extremely high in spring, so that's the hate part. What I love about spring is getting outside and cleaning up after old man winter and what he left behind. Working on the landscaping, planting flowers, getting the lawn back in order, and preparing our vegetable garden for the growing season. Spring is usually short lived and doesn't stick around long, so getting outside and starting on outdoor projects early is a must. Before we know it the heat of summer rolls in and then it's definitely too hot to work outside.    

Recently we built a deck in our backyard, but it's not completely finished quite yet. We still have a few things here and there before we can officially say it's done. At this point I keep telling my husband that it looks like a fishing pier, because we still have to add the bottom side boards. Just because it isn't completely finished doesn't mean I can't spruce it up just a bit. 

First off it's huge! We went from a 10 x 10 foot square concrete slab to a 16 x 12 foot wooden deck and I love it!!! After adding all of the outdoor furniture back onto the deck all it needed was a little color in a few places. This is where Walmart comes into play. Walmart has a new section on their website called Where America's List Gets Done, that features tips and tricks on how to tackle those much needed DIY projects with ease, while still keeping your budget in check.