Easy Mango Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

This mango pineapple cake recipe is so easy to make. Truth is even anyone with no baking skills at all can do it and will be asked to make this recipe time and time again. You can thank me later after you try this awesome delicious dump cake. Thanks for visiting today! Claudia



When it comes to a tropical flavor this is shouts it out all over it! Mango Pineapple Coconut Dump Cake has all the flavors of a tropical paradise. One of my all time favorites! If you need instructions on how to cut up mango see the link at the end of this post to help you out.








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Easy Mango Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

2 cups fresh crushed pineapple (or use 1- 28 ounce can with juice)
1 mango diced
1 white cake mix
1 stick butter
1 cup flaked coconut

I lightly spray with cooking oil a 13 x 9 sheet pan.
First add the pineapple with juice then top with diced mango.

Sprinkle the cake mix over the top, spreading it out evenly with a fork or your hand. Dot with pieces of cut up butter. Add the coconut over the top evenly.

Bake at 350 for exactly 35 minutes.
You can serve this as is as a bonus try it topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Check out this instructional link on mango below:

Freeze and Cut Up your Mango for later Click here

Other Suggestion Combinations:

Try using any pie filling with cake mixes:

butter pecan cake mix with  canned pie filling peaches 
yellow cake mix with crushed pineapple, coconut
chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling
pineapple cake mix, crushed pineapple
 maraschino cherries, coconut and walnuts
lemon cake mix, mandarin oranges or blueberry pie filling
spice cake, canned apple pie filling


Easy Baked Boneless Pork Chop Recipe

These are an easy baked boneless pork chop. If you love pork you will love these they are juicy and full of flavor. Thanks for stopping by, Claudia


When I am in a hurry this is my go to recipe. I just love this easy baked pork chop recipe. Plus there isn't a mess to clean. Using throw away oven bags make clean up a breeze. It makes the meat come out so tender. This is a great recipe using pork, chicken or beef. Very versatile, so don't hesitate to make your favorite meat using easy bake boneless meat recipes.


Easy Baked Boneless Pork Chop Recipe

2 butterfly cut boneless thick pork chops
1 can beef mushroom gravy
1 12 ounce can mushrooms sliced drained
1/4 cup white wine
1 large oven cooking bag
flour
1 tablespoon butter
granulated garlic
salt, pepper to taste

Optional: Wild Rice cooked to package instructions

Place 2 tablespoons flour into a oven cooking bag and shake. Add the pork, butter, gravy, mushrooms and wine. Sprinkle evening over the pork some granulated garlic around 1/2 teaspoon. Salt, pepper to taste.

Poke 6 holes in the bag towards the top all around evenly. 
Bake for 1 hour or until pork is tender.
Serve on a bed of rice (optional)


Freeze Your Mango For Later Video

Now you can have mango all year long, take a look at my tips for keeping this fresh and at your fingertips in the winter! Thanks for stopping by, Claudia



I love the taste of mango just the way it is. If you live in the South you will see if everywhere, on roadside, in many backyards and an abundance at farmers markets. I usually have so much mango during the summer I had to figure out how to preserve it all year long and viola it freezes perfectly! There are so many uses for mango so don't miss a chance to try it if you have never eaten it. Also another tip: mango is the sweetest when it's a little soft to the touch. 



            
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Freeze Your Mango For Later Video

1. I cut the skin off first. Cut up the mango by  slicing from the top down side ways not hitting the pit 
2. Then cut into cubes
3. Lay it on a parchment lined cookie sheet
4. Freeze the cubes for around 12 hours. Add to freezer bags and label Mango on the bags.

Your mango now can be use later in cakes, pies, salsa, muffins, smoothies all winter long right from the freezer in whatever you like!

Easy Peeled Plum Tomato Instructional Video

Do you love tomatoes, make fresh sauce from them or just want to can them? Stop and check out my easy instructions on how to take the skins off your plum tomatoes. Here are some tips and a quick video. Thanks for stopping by, Claudia


This is the easiest way to peel fresh plum tomatoes or any kind of tomatoes for that matter. I love them in stews, sauces, pizza's and so many recipes. When they are on sale I buy bushels. The skins are usually something I like to avoid in my sauces although you can keep them on and puree skins and all. I prefer to remove the skins and it's so easy, they slip right off as you can see in my short video clip. Peeled tomatoes can be frozen whole, pureed of course canned.  My dad always did this every year to marinara sauce with them. I will always remember his technique it was so easy to peel tomatoes using this method.




                                     
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Any kind of tomatoes ( I had 7 pounds of plum tomatoes)
5 to 8 quart sauce pot
Water
Salt just a pinch

Place the tomatoes in sauce pot cover with water. Boil between 5 and 8 minutes. 
Immediately place them in cold ice water.

The skins will loosen and become easy to peel. 

When they become cool enough to handle peel the skins off.

I made sauce with mine here is the link for my Sunday Sauce. 

They are now ready to use or freeze and even can if you like. Don't forget to watch the Youtube video and sign up for my channel Thanks!


Chocolate Cookies and Cream Icebox Cake Recipe

Who had graham crackers pudding icebox cake and loved it as a child? Well even as an adult it's hard to pass up. Take a look at the next generation of icebox cake. Thanks for stopping by Claudia

This is really the easiest dessert in the whole world. Cookies and cream icebox cake such a change to the classic graham cracker and pudding icebox cake. What can bring  someones heart  back to their childhood more than cookies and cream with chocolate pudding? When I was growing up the best dessert I looked forward to mom's dessert that was chocolate pudding layered with graham crackers and topped with a dollop of real whipped cream. This one really brings that classic to the next level for sure . To the next generation that will call it cookies and cream icebox cake.

Chocolate Cookies and Cream Icebox Cake Recipe

1 -12 ounce package Chocolate sandwich filled cookies crushed in food processor
1/2 stick melted butter
2 cups chocolate pudding
2 cups whipped cream or whipped topping

In a bowl add the cookies and butter together.
Press in a lined pretty glass bowl with cookies. 
Layer with pudding then cookies. Top with whipped cream. Chill around two hours. Decorate with crushed candy bars or more crumbs if you have any.

Roasted Potato Vegetable Medley Recipe


If you love vegetables as much as I do you are going to love these! I can eat these at any meal and they go great with anything! Thanks for stopping by, Claudia

A great side dish for any meal accompaniment, I especially like this with grilled fish or chicken. Roasted potatoes are awesome my yourself but this Roasted potato medley is over the top delicious with any meal.
The Italian bread crumbs enhance the flavors of these vegetables, of course you can use any kind you like fresh.



 Roasted Potato Vegetable Medley Recipe

2 potatoes sliced in thick round
2 tomatoes sliced thick
2 bell pepper sliced in half cleaned
1 head of broccoli florets cut up and cleaned
extra virgin olive oil
grating cheese
1 teaspoon oregano and parsley fresh or dried
3 cloves minced garlic
Italian flavored bread crumbs
salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
Add the sliced vegetables in a large bowl. Drizzle olive oil around 1/4 cup, add the garlic. Mix together then add the herbs toss together.

Spread onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle generously with grating cheese on top of each vegetable. Last sprinkle with the bread crumbs and drizzle any oil left in the bowl, just a few more tablespoons then the salt, pepper to taste.

Bake in a hot oven around 400 degrees until potatoes are crisp and browned. Serve hot and garnish with fresh basil if you have it.

Optional suggestions: eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, string beans, onions, cauliflower, raw spinach leaves, sweet potatoes.


Best Bing Cherry Muffin Recipe

My favorite part of summers fruits are bing cherries. I can eat them everyday while in season. This year I happened to get a not so sweet batch and viola these muffins were born! The best part is they are sweet as summer fruits should be. Hope you like them too! Thanks for stopping by, Claudia

I don't know about you but muffins are one of my favorite comfort foods and bing cherries are my favorite fruit, so that's where Bing Cherry Muffins came to mind. This is perfect for summer cherry season. They're a must make every year! I love cherries but sometimes you get a bitter batch and they aren't great for eating, has that ever happened to you ?  Well this is the solution. Make these muffins with them and you will buy them ever year wanting to make a batch I promise you no matter how the crop of them turned out. They are over the top delicious, great while still warm with a little butter. 

 Over the top awesome!


Best Bing Cherry Muffin Recipe

1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cups chopped bing cherries pitted
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups flour
pinch of salt
2 eggs

In large mixing bowl, applesauce oil, eggs,cinnamon, baking soda, sugar and salt mixing together.
Add the flour and stir till blended. Fold in fruit.
Pour into greased muffin pan and bake on 350 degrees until the middles are set around 35 to 40 minutes.

Drying Herbs Tips and Instructions

Oh how I love fresh herbs, how about you? Well this year I was able to get a great crop on many. I have a short clip below to show you my herb garden. Hope you get to have some fresh herbs growing in your kitchens or garden this year they make the best in flavors in all your soups and stews!
Thanks for stopping by, Claudia

Drying your own herbs is much more economical then purchasing them in the store, plus you don't know how long they been sitting there.  If you are lucky to grow your own herb garden all year long outside like we do in Florida,  then here are some tips here for you! If I lived in the Northern States, I would have pots in the window sills growing them, nothing like fresh herbs in your meals!

Of course you can freeze the leaves also for a fresher taste. I love using the dried herbs for sprinkling on pizza's and breads. There are many garnishes to use it on as well. Here is the way I make the most of my crops every year. This year I have grown parsley, basil, rosemary, mint and some oregano.




Try to pick the parsley as early in the morning as you can after the dew has evaporated.

Cut the stems off and reserve the leaves on parsley, oregano, sage, thyme, basil, mint or any other leafy herb. (I usually freeze my rosemary sprigs.)

Wash them very good and make sure you salvage just the healthy leaves



I use a salad spinner to dry off the wet herbs using.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees although not necessary I do this to make it warm in the oven. Then turn it down to 250 degrees. Takes anywhere between 2 to 4 hours to dry. I keep stirring it around too and checking it making sure it doesn't singe.

Note:  remember you can air dry it but it takes a lot longer! I then line a cookie sheet with a single layer of leaves and place on the top rack of the oven to dry overnight until it's dried and crumbly. 

If there is a thickness of leaves then I set it on the lowest oven setting and dry to speed it up for around 4 hours since I have a lot even if I am trying to air dry.

When it crumbles easily, place all the dried herbs in a mason jar. I do a medley of all kinds of herbs in one jar for stew and toppings.

Microwaved Version: you can also do a microwaved method this will require you checking the herbs every 20 seconds to see if they are crumbly and dried and watch it carefully it doesn't burn. You will need to use a microwave approved plate lined a paper towel, herbs and top with another paper towels.

Raspberry Oatmeal Bar Recipe

This is one of those easy peasy recipes that's perfect when unexpected guests come for coffee. You can't go wrong with raspberry oatmeal bars. Come take a look I promise you will love these!
Thanks for stopping by, Claudia 


One the easiest dessert bars you can bake. These are so delicious and the kids love them psst so do the adults.  I love how simple these are and quick to make and for the most part they are great when traveling and impress your company. Everyone loves them and you will too!













Raspberry Oatmeal Bar Recipe

1- 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 cup wheat, oatmeal or almond flour
1 stick butter or margarine softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 brown sugar
1 cup seedless red raspberry jam sugar free or natural flavored

Place the butter in a bowl with the oatmeal, flour, sugar, oil, cinnamon baking soda and salt. 
In a 9 x 9 (lined with parchment paper) baking dish, press half the mixture into the pan. Spoon the jam on the crust. Top with remaining crumb mixture and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350 preheated oven. Cool cut into squares.

Best Zucchini Fritter Recipe

Oh the zucchini is plentiful this year, what or what do you do with it all you ask? I am here to tell you these were a huge hit here and for all the zucchini I have fried in our kitchen these are by far the best zucchini fritters ever! Thanks for stopping by, Claudia



When I said best ever I can tell you I am hooked on these fritters. They are delicious plain or dipped in tomato sauce as a bonus appetizer! You can eat these as a snack or side dish. Either way you just found a keeper. I love these with a little chopped bell pepper in them but you can leave it out if you want.  Easy recipe you can whip up in no time. Get out and buy some zucchini and try this recipe you won't be sorry I promise!








Best Zucchini Fritter Recipe

2 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
Optional: 1/2 cup bell pepper chopped 
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon each granulated garlic, dried oregano, pinch of basil
1 few pieces of rosemary chopped 1/4 teaspoon
pinch of cayenne pepper
salt, pepper to taste

Grate the zucchini and chop the peppers if using. In a bowl beat the egg. Stir in the flour, baking powder, oil,  Parmesan cheese and seasonings.

Heat oil in a pan and fry until golden on one side then flip. Drain on paper towels. Great dipped in tomato sauce or just plain.
Note: I had a reader suggest if you have zucchini that is very wet and full of water to blot it dry with a paper towel first!

Thank you to Parade for showcasing my recipe!

Mandarin Orange Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe

I was never a big fan of coleslaw until I had it with mandarin oranges and pineapple. What a difference and it compliments fish so well! Hope you give it a try too. Thanks for stopping by, Claudia

I love the creaminess of this slaw. It's great with a baked fish or any seafood dish. The sweetness is the perfect addition with these fruits that makes this super delicious and a special treat! Every time we have a party to go to this is the best take along side dish so if you planning a barbecue give this one a try if you love coleslaw!



Mandarin Orange Pineapple Coleslaw Recipe

5 cups shredded cabbage

Dressing:
1/2 cup half and half cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons white vinegar
salt pepper to taste

Fruits:
1 cup crushed pineapple I used fresh if you use canned drain well
1 cup mandarin oranges well drained


Make the dressing using all ingredients except for pineapple, cabbage and oranges.
Place the cabbage in a large bowl toss with the dressing. Fold fruit in last. Refrigerate at least two hours before serving.

Meringue Cups Recipe Video

I just love an elegant wow factor dessert to make, this is my go to when I want to impress people at a social gathering. Guess what? These meringue cups are so quick and easy you won't believe it. Everyone raved about them and there's a quick video to view too. Check it out! Thanks for stopping by. Claudia

These meringue cups are elegant and so versatile. You can fill them with your hearts desire. I love the lemon filling and fruits. You can fill them with chocolate pudding, Nutella or any kind of fresh fruits. This is the best make ahead dessert that you can showcase for all your guests and make two days ahead. Easy and impressive.








Elegant and easy shells you can fill with anything you like from chocolate covered strawberries to Nutella and whipped cream the imagination is all your's!





Meringue Cups Recipe
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar

Beat the whites in a heavy duty electric mixer until soft peaks form with salt, vanilla and cream of tarter.
Once the peaks are formed start adding the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time.
The meringue is ready when the whites do not slide when tilting the bowl.
Using an ice cream round scoop, drop 6 meringues on the a silpat mat or parchment paper.
With the back of a spoon, make an indent in the center and keep the formation round.
Bake at 250 degree preheated oven for 35 minutes.
Shut the oven off and leave the meringues in for another hour before removing from the oven.
These will last 2 days in air tight container.

Filling suggestions: any flavor pudding, your choice of fresh fruits with whipped cream, Nutella with chopped hazelnuts and whipped cream, lemon curd with fresh raspberry, blueberry as shown.
This recipe is featured on Parade Magazine check it out here CLICK HERE

Jello Popsicle Recipe Video

I think there is a child in all of us? Well these brought me back to my childhood days when mom would make these amazing jello pops. They were inexpensive and we made them together all summer long. Oh the great memories. Always think of her and the great times in the kitchen through cooking.  Thanks for stopping by, Claudia


When I was growing up we made these often. A childhood frozen treat. Jello was the main ingredient and always a fun easy project for kids. Now having grandchildren they certainly shake the child in me to make sure I make those lasting memories that will etch in their brain as they grow old, a fun and delicious treat that makes everyone smile.






Jello Popsicle Recipe

1- 3 ounce package any flavor jello
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water

Boil the water add the sugar and jello mix, stir to dissolve. Pour into Popsicle molds or ( use dixie cups, however set your timer for 2 hours, freeze in the cups then add sticks to the partially frozen pops so they will stand up) proceed with adding the Popsicle sticks to your molds and freeze until solid.

Adult version: you can substitute 1 cup of red or white wine with any flavor jello in this recipe omitting 1 cup of the water. 

Note: you  can also make layered colored pops (bomb pops) layering the colors and freezing them every two hours with each color in between.

Sugar Free Flag Cheese Pie Recipe

Oh how I love to decorate the holiday themes, This sugar free flag cheese pie was so delicious you would never know it's sugar free. Now that my youngest son has diabetes, we are making more and more desserts that are healthier. Who knew healthy could taste this good? Thanks for stopping by, Claudia


Every year I try and make the holiday table as festive as possible. This year I decided it had to be sugar free since my youngest son developed diabetes. I can't wait to see his face light up with his favorite sugar free cheese pie. You could even do this crust less. I prefer to make a thin wheat crust ( recipe at the bottom). The filling is easy to whip up and fast to put together. Either way it's the perfect sugar free center piece to
celebrate the day. 



Sugar Free Flag Cheese Pie  Recipe

8 ounces cream cheese softened
1 cup heavy cream whipped
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest or orange peel
any sweetener you like stevia or splenda  if you prefer sweeten to taste

Topping:
Heavy cream whipped around 1 cup (sweetened if you like with 1/4 teaspoon stevia)

Strawberries sliced 
Blueberries 

Beat the cream cheese, sweetener, zest from the lemon and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream. Pour over the cooled crust.

In a separate bowl beat the heavy cream still soft peak, adding the sweetener if you like. Pour on top of cheese filling. 



Place the blueberries in the corner in a straight line. Sliced strawberries all over the top of the rest and add the stripes and stars pie crust baked.

Note for the stars and stripes:
I used strips of pie dough made with wheat flour and used a cookie cutter star for the stripes and stars on top, cooked separately.  I will post the wheat flour crust below or you can use store bought pie crust for the decorations.



Wheat Crust:
1 1/4 cup wheat flour
1 tablespoon non fat dry milk
1 tablespoon stevia
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons
2 to 3 tablespoons ice water

Mix all together and refrigerate 30 minutes. Roll out to fit a small rectangular pan for a bottom crust and bake until browned at 350 degrees. On another sheet pan lined with parchment, roll out the dough cut strips with a fluted edge pastry cutter and also cut out stars with small cookie cutter. Bake on parchment until browned at 350 degrees hot oven. Cool. Place fruit as shown in photo, then add the cooled stars and stripes.

Grandma's Vanilla Strawberry Cream Cupcake Recipe

Although grandma wasn't as fancy in her presentation it never mattered, these vanilla strawberry cream cupcakes would be gobbled up so fast I almost didn't get one! I even tried to hide one! Now I make a double batch and get mine first hee hee... Thanks for stopping by, Claudia

You can frost, fill and create whatever you want with Grandma's vanilla scratch cupcakes. They are delicious without anything else on top but you decide. I have filled them with chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding or even nutella and these are always a hit not matter what you decide you like. You can even fill these with jelly and frost with peanut butter oh so good!




Grandma's Vanilla Strawberry Cream Cupcake Recipe

3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
1 stick unsalted butter softened (8 tablespoons)
4 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
Topping:
whipped cream
Strawberries

Optional toppings: raspberries and cream, fill with your favorite pudding ( lemon, chocolate or vanilla then top with whipped cream) frost with any kind of frosting favorite flavors, fill with nutella, frost with marshmallow cream and sprinkle with your favorite candy bars crushed.

With an electric mixer in a medium size bowl beat the sugar and butter together until light around 4 minutes. Add the vanilla, eggs, milk to blend then add the, baking powder, salt then the flour a little at a time. 

Proceed with above instructions for cupcakes. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until centers come out clean with a toothpick. Cool completely and pick the topping of choice from the options.

Get Grilling Recipes

Here is a roundup of recipes we make all year long. We are lucky to live in Florida, so we grill often. It's a great way not to mess up the house or let the heat in to stay nice and cool! I love to make grilled vegetables, fish in foil and if you click on the highlighted links there is something for everyone at the bottom of the post. Now get that grill started and enjoy the nice weather while it lasts no matter where you live.  Thanks for stopping by, Claudia

Ribeyes in Guinness

24 kinds of wings



Best Olive Oil Rub Chicken

Sausage and Peppers

Fresh Grilled Pizza








Grilled Glazed Sweet Potatoes



More Grilled Recipes To Try: