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Sherbet Punch

Sherbet Punch- The perfect addition to your next party! This refreshing punch only needs two ingredients and is totally kid friendly. 

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Sherbet Punch- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

My mom made this at nearly every party during my childhood.  I, in turn, have done the same.  It only needs two ingredients and is kid-friendly.  However, you can make your own adult version, if you wish.

Two Ingredients

  • Lemon lime soda
  • Sherbet ice cream

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Lemon Lime Soda

Go with your favorite brand.  I have used 7-Up, Sierra Mist, Starry, Sprite and the generic/store brand varieties.  They all work.


Again, go with your preferred flavor and brand.  You will need a pint.

Adult Up Your Punch

If desired, you can add a bit of vodka to this punch and make it for your adult guests.

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Chicken Pillows

Chicken Pillows- Seasoned, creamy chicken tucked into a buttery crescent and breaded with crunchy breadcrumbs..  Finish it off with your favorite chicken gravy or alfredo sauce and make it your new favorite family dinner. 

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Chicken Pillows- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

These lovelies have been in my index for about 10 years.  My family seriously adores them. Serve them with a side of mashed potatoes, rice or just a side salad. Whichever you chose, they will become a family favorite in no time at all .

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken (cooked)
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Dried spices: salt, pepper, onion, garlic, parsley (or chives)
  • Crescent roll dough
  • Bread crumbs

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How to Make Your Chicken Pillows

  • detailed instructions in recipe card
  • Prepare chicken filling. Be sure your butter and cream cheese are softened, plus, your chicken must be cooked. 
  • Create 4 rectangles with your crescent roll dough.  Crescent roll dough. 
  • Divide the filling evenly into the rectangles and fold in the corners. Then, press it all together to cover the filling.  Roll it into a ball.
  • Dip them into the melted butter, then, bread crumbs.  
  • Bake!

What About Sauce on Top?

These are great with chicken gravy ( store bought or homemade),  Alfredo sauce or simply plain. Your choice! They are delicious just about any way you serve them. 

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Three Ingredient Soda Cake

 Three Ingredient Soda Cake- The simplest and most versatile cake you will ever make. 

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Three Ingredient Soda Cake- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

This cake not only tastes delicious, it's versatile.  Really ,incredibly, versatile. I came across the recipe about a million years ago and still make it on a regular basis. 

Just Three Ingredients

  • Cake mix
  • Soda
  • Eggs

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Will This Work With Any Flavor Cake Mix?

Yes. I've made chocolate, yellow, white, strawberry and more.  They all work.  Just be sure you use a standard size box of cake mix ( 15-18 oz) for this to work.

What About Soda?

Again, any carbonated beverage will work.   I have used cola, root beer and lemon lime.  Again, they all worked,  I have even used diet soda


Want to cut back a bit?  Use 4 egg whites instead of 4 whole eggs.  Yes, that will work too.

Cake Variety Ideas

  • Yellow cake with lemon lime soda (baked in a 9 x 13 baking pan-pictured)
  • Chocolate cake with cola
  • Chocolate cake with root beer
  • White cake with diet soda
Need frosting ideas? Browse a few here. 

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Cake Mix Brownies

 Cakes Mix Brownies- -Got a cake mix sitting in your kitchen? Make brownies with it! This easy recipe will satisfy your brownie craving in a snap.

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Cakes Mix Brownies- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

Add to to the list "Where The Heck Did This Recipe Come From?!".  This delight has been in my recipe archives for tooo looonng.  

They are really delicious and a snap to make.

Ingredients Needed

  • Dry cake mix
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips

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Can I Use Any Brand of Cake Mix?

Yes. Use any brand and chocolate variety you wish.  Stick with a standard size box (15-18 oz) for the recipe to work correctly.

Can I Use a Different Size Pan?

Yes.  If desired, you can bake these in an 8 x 8 baking pan.  Use the same ingredients/measurements and increase your baking time just a few minutes.

A Note About These Brownies

Just a heads up! These brownies are definitely more on the cakey side, than, fudgy. 👍

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Jell-O Cookies

Jell-O Cookies- Colorful sugar cookies that are made with the classic Jell-O (gelatin) powder. Choose your own flavor or color for a fun and festive treat! 

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Jell-O Coookies- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

These cookies take a few steps, but, they are fun and quite delicious.

Ingredients Needed

  • Flour + Salt + Baking soda + Baking powder
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Jell-O ( flavored gelatin powder)

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How to Make (full instructions in recipe card)

  • First,  decide how many different colors/flavors of cookies you want to make. Then, take the gelatin powder of those colors and place the powder in individual bowls, separating by color.
  • Next, make your dough.
  • Once your dough is made, seperate the dough into sections. The amount of sections will depend on how many colors you are making.
  • Take each section and add about a tablespoon (or two) into the dough.  Work the dough gently until the powder is fully mixed in.  
  • Once the dough is dyed, pinch off a piece of dough and roll it into a ball.  Roll that ball into the matching gelatin powder, to coat.
  • Next, place the ball of dough onto the prepared baking sheet.  Gently, flatten the ball of dough.
  • Continue with remaining dough, then, bake.

Do I Have to Use "Jell-O" gelatin?

No, this will work with any brand or flavor.  You will need about 16 tablespoons of the powder for the entire batch of cookies.  How much of each flavor, will depend on you.


Keep any leftover cookies in a sealed container. No need to refrigerate. They are best eaten within a week. 

Mini Meatloaves

Mini Meatloaves- The classic comfort food made in a mini version. They come together quickly and making them smaller cuts your cooking time in half. Serve them a side of your favorite creamy mashed potatoes to finish off your dinner.

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Mini Meatloaves- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

My mom made meatloaf all the time when I was growing up. I am assuming this is because ground meat wasn't very expensive, she could feed a bunch of people (there was seven of us) and it was quick to toss together.

Now, I found out just a few years before my mom died, that she actually hated meatloaf! She made it frequently, because of the above reasons, plus, my dad liked it.  He was the head of the household and that, my friends, is how she cooked.  🤷

My husband loves meatloaf and I make it for that reason, but, plus, me and the kids really like it too. The only difference is that mine are usually in these mini versions.

Cuts back on cooking time and honestly, they are fun. 

Ingredients Needed

  • Ground beef
  • Bread crumbs
  • Egg
  • Minced onion
  • Ketchup

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Recipe Notes:

  • Do not over-mix your meat mixture. Simply mix until everything until it is combined well. Over mixing can give you a tough meatloaf.
  • Not a fan of ketchup? It can be replaced with your favorite BBQ sauce.
  • The internal temperature of your meat should be at least 160 degrees when done.
  • The mini meatloaves pictured are topped with mashed potatoes. Nothing fancy about them ( they are actually made from potato flakes!). I piped them with a 1M piping tip.
  • This recipe should make you anywhere from 10-12 mini meatloaves, depending on the size. 

Can I Bake This in A Loaf Pan Instead?

Of course!  In a 9-10 inch loaf pan, bake it for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Can I Use Ground Turkey Instead?

Yes! Ground beef and ground turkey will both work fine for these. However, ground turkey has less fat content than ground beef. So, cut your cooking time back just a few minutes. This will help the meatloaves stay moist and not dry out.