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Makes Me Merry Monday #4

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Whew!  Is it still Monday?  Am I too late?  😉

Dump Cake Deliciousness

I would like to blame my love of quick-cooking on my third trimester of pregnancy.  However, I think my desire to have meals on the table in as little time as possible is just characteristic of the past few years of my life!   With four (soon to be five) kiddos under ten, I’m a busy lady.   I want my family to enjoy meals, I just don’t want to spend hours cooking them!   One day, when I feel less “spread thin”, I’ll take the time to “create” in the kitchen.  It’s just not a priority for our family right now.  A wise friend told me that when you are spending time on anything, you are “stealing it” from something else.  Some things are worth stealing time for; some things aren’t.

Any cookbook with quick, fast, mix, or easy in the title catches my eye!

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For a while, I loved cake mix cookies… easy with endless combinations.  All I needed was a box of cake mix, 2 eggs, and 1/3 cup of oil.  I could use chocolate cake mix with peanut butter chips, strawberry cake mix with white chocolate chips, yellow cake mix with M&M’s

Lately, we’ve been having fun with dump cakes at my house!  Are you already a dump cake lover?  There are tons of possibilities, and DUMP CAKES ARE SO EASY and delicious!

All you need for a dump cake is a pie filling or fruit, a box of cake mix, and a stick of butter.

1.  Dump 2 cans of fruit pie filling (or fruit in syrup) in a 9 X 13 ” dish.

2.  Sprinkle a box of cake mix over the fruit.

3.  Pour a stick (and a half… 😉 ) of melted butter over the top.

(or you can slice the butter thin and place it over the top)

Don’t stir.  Bake on 350 for about 45 minutes.

Easy yumminess.  Even on a weeknight.  😉

You have a cobbler-like buttery crust with fruity goodness underneath.


Ummm…. I’m no food photographer!

These are the combos we’ve tried…

  • cherry pie filling with butter cake mix
  • apple pie filling with spice cake mix
  • blueberry pie filling with lemon cake mix
  • cherry pie filling, crushed pineapples, and Funfetti cake mix

Mmmm… wouldn’t bananas with caramel and banana cake mix be good?  Or cherries with chocolate cake mix?  Or peaches with strawberry cake mix?

We’ve tried a pumpkin pie dump cake sprinkled with pecans.  We’ve tried our usual dump cakes sprinkled with chocolate chips.  The possibilities are endless…. and easy!

If you haven’t tried dump cakes yet, you should!  I bet you have everything you need right in the pantry!

Easy desserts make me merry!

Happy Dumping!

For 2 of my favorite quick dinner options, check out….

Pepperoni Cheese Ravioli

Chicken Parmesan Pizza


Pumpkin Pie Play-Dough Recipe

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Pumpkin Pie Play-Dough

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • food coloring (6 drops of red & 15 drops of yellow)

Combine the dry ingredients in a non-stick saucepan.   Add the oil, water, and food coloring.  Wisk until smooth.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula until mixture forms a ball, a couple of minutes.  Turn the dough onto the counter to cool slightly and knead a few times until smooth.  (It smells so yummy– but don’t eat it!)  😉

Have fun!  ~  Happy Fall!

Of course, you don’t have to make pumpkins…


Recipe from

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Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

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Oh, ya’ll!  Have you noticed the yummy, pumpkin-y, fall deliciousness at the store lately???

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And Krispy Kreme…


One of my favorite fall snacks is candy corn with peanuts!  YU-UM!  Salty and sweet… it’s like a candy corn flavored Payday bar!  This snack mix has the great salty-sweet flavors of candy corn and peanuts– spiced up a bit with white chocolate, raisins, peanut buttery goodness– AND pumpkin spice marshmallows!   Yes, I know it’s not very good for you!  😉  It is a treat!  It’s such a fun kid snack… but I like it, too!

pumpkin spice ingred

We got a big bowl and dumped in ingredients to our liking.  We used:

  • dry roasted peanuts
  • candy corn
  • golden raisins
  • white chocolate chips
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy Corn M&M’s
  • Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows  (You’ll want to get an extra bag of these… I like to nibble on a few with my coffee in the mornings!)

It makes a ton, so plan to share!  🙂

We’ve been making this snack mix every fall for a few years now.  When we did our Pumpkin Party unit our first year of home schooling, we found this recipe.  It inspired us to make our own version!

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Blessing Mix treat bags… each part of the snack has a meaning and tells about Thanksgiving!  Fun!

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!  {ALMOST}




Blessing Mix {printable}

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One of our favorite fall and Thanksgiving treats is Blessing Mix!

Mix it up and pass along some love to someone this fall!

blessing mix ingred

If you’d like to print snack mix labels, you can use Avery 8164 shipping labels or just use card stock and cut the tags apart.  There is a small space at the bottom if you’d like to add your name! 🙂


Click the image below to download or print:

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Click here to download snack mix labels!

happy fall yall

Forgot to Thaw {Fix It Fast Friday}

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A freezer full of meals and meat is wonderful… until you forget to thaw!  This is a kid-friendly, last-minute meal with no thawing required.  It uses pepperonis instead of beef or sausage in a sauce for cheese ravioli.  You could keep the ingredients on hand just in case…

I changed the original recipe slightly to make more sauce and speed up the prep.

 {You can read and print the original recipe at Taste of Home.}

pepp rav directions

Time Savers:


Use pepperoni minis and skip the chopping!

You can save even more time by leaving out the onion and butter.  Just throw the minis in a pan, add remaining ingredients, and heat.

We know what ravioli looks like, but since most blog recipes include a picture, here it is: 🙂


I don’t know that recipes have much to do with my children walking in the Truth, but I do have to feed those little ones.  🙂

Happy Fast Fixing!