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berry poke cake plated

If you’re looking for an easy, yummy, pretty dessert, this poke cake will do quite nicely.

You can make it with whatever flavor pudding you want!

Ingredients

Ingredients

 

Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke your cake full of holes (about an inch or so apart).

Bake cake according to package directions. Let cool completely. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke your cake full of holes (about an inch or so apart).

Mix up pudding. I added a little food color to make it pink.

Mix up pudding. I added a little food color to make it pink.

 

Pour pudding over the top before it has a chance to start setting up.

Pour pudding over the top before it has a chance to start setting up.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour (and you can let it go overnight). If you don't want the pudding to stick to the plastic wrap (like yours truly) give the plastic wrap a shot of non-stick cooking spray.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour (and you can let it go overnight). If you don’t want the pudding to stick to the plastic wrap (like yours truly) give the plastic wrap a shot of non-stick cooking spray.

 

Top with a dollop of whipped cream and serve with berries!

Top with a dollop of whipped cream and serve with berries!

 

Raspberry Poke Cake

1 white or vanilla cake (prepared)

1 small box of cheesecake pudding

1 3/4 cups milk

1 cup whipping cream (whipped)

1 cup raspberries

red food coloring (if desired)

Bake cake according to package directions and cool completely.

Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes in the cake about an inch apart.

Mix pudding with milk and food coloring, if desired.

Pour over cake before it begins to set up. Cover cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour or overnight. When ready to serve, cut into squares and place a dollop of whipped cream on top, along with berries.

Yum!

You can use any cake and pudding combo you like and add different colors of food coloring for varied effect.

She Who Likes Poke Cakes

 

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tulips

(The Flower Path -Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2009 photo by Bryan Swan on Flicker)

I needed a little gorgeous tulip photo inspiration this morning – hope you enjoy it, too!

Can you just picture yourself tip-toeing along this path?

She Who Can’t Wait for the Tulips to Bloom

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chicken one dish plated

If you ever have those days when you just want to throw everything in one pan and end up with a delicious, filling meal, this is a good recipe to go to!

Ingredients

Ingredients

 

If you don't have left-over rice (and white or brown would work fine) go ahead and get your wild rice cooking, following the package directions. Mine said to cook for 45 minutes.

If you don’t have left-over rice (and white or brown would work fine) go ahead and get your wild rice cooking, following the package directions. Mine said to cook for 45 minutes.

While the rice is doing its thing, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, trimming off any fat.

While the rice is doing its thing, cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces, trimming off any fat.

 

Add a little oil to the bottom of a large skillet and let it heat, then add chicken.

Add a little oil to the bottom of a large skillet and let it heat, then add chicken.

 

Cook chicken until the outside is no longer pink. Add in chicken broth and let simmer on medium heat  for about twelve minutes.

Cook chicken until the outside is no longer pink. Add in chicken broth. Cover and let simmer on medium heat for about twelve minutes.

 

Once rice is cooked, drain then add to chicken.

Once rice is cooked, drain then add to chicken.

 

Add broccoli and let it simmer until your preferred doneness (about five minutes is how we like it).

Add broccoli and let it simmer until your preferred doneness (about five minutes is how we like it).

 

Stir in the can of cream of mushroom soup. Turn off heat, cover and let soup blend in for just a minute or two.

Stir in the can of cream of mushroom soup. Turn off heat, cover and let soup blend in for just a minute or two.

Serve - and you can top it with a little shredded cheese, if you like

Serve – and you can top it with a little shredded cheese, if you like.

 

Chicken – Wild Rice – Broccoli One-Dish Meal

1 1/2 pounds chicken pieces (boneless and skinless)

2 cups cooked rice

2 cups broccoli

1 can chicken broth

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1/2 cup shredded cheese (optional)

If you don’t have leftover rice, cook it according to package directions. While it is cooking, cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, trimming off any fat.

Heat about a tablespoon of oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until it is no longer pink. Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth, cover and let simmer for about 12 minutes.

By now, your rice should be done. Drain and add to the chicken, along with the broccoli. Mix with the chicken, cover and let simmer about five minutes.

Turn off heat then spoon in cream of mushroom soup, blending well. Cover and let sit just a minute to make sure soup is heated throughout then serve. We like to sprinkle a little cheese (cheddar or colby-jack) on top of ours.

The best part about this is that clean-up is a snap.

Serves 6-8 (depending how starving they are!)

She Who Needs to Make this Again

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today is the International Day of Happiness!

(and you think I just make this stuff up randomly)

idoh_happify_finalHappify shared a fun graphic about how music can enhance your happiness. I think someone I know may have written about this very subject recently.

Click on the graphic to get all the details.

And have a fantabulously happy International Day of Happiness!

She Who is Ridiculously Happy Today

 

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pantone

Pantone selects a color of the year. The 2014 selection is Radiant Orchid. I think this color just screams “Springtime!”

According to their website, “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

Fashion
The rosy undertones of Radiant Orchid reflect on the skin with a healthy glow. It was wildly popular in Spring 2014 fashion shows.

Beauty

Blending cool and warm undertones, this particular hue is flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. Complimentary shades include lavender, purple and pink while red provides a strong contrast.

Interiors

Radiant Orchid is a wonderful choice to go with neutrals, especially shades of gray and tan. You can create a trendy feel to your home decor by adding accents in this unique hue through pillows, a floral arrangement, throws, or a piece of art.

About the PANTONE Color of the Year
“The color of the year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.”

What do you think of the color? Will you incorporate it into your home or wardrobe this year?

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irish blessingWishing all the best to each of you!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

May your Irish eyes smile brightly today!

She Who is a Wee Bit Irish

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st. pat's rice krispie

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought I’d share some links to a few fun recipes today. The one above is from classyclutter.net  Who can’t picture the Leprechaun singing “Frosted Lucky Charms, They’re Magically Delicious!”

st. pat pancakes

st pat quiche

 

st pat preztel

st. pat popcorn

st pat brownie

Yum!

She Who Is Craving Mint… and Chocolate

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