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Rhubarb Dump Cake

Rhubarb Dump Cake- An easy cake that will take you just 10 minutes of prep time.  Simply "dump" all your ingredients into your pan and bake! Filled with tart rhubarb with sweet strawberry sauce, this one will be a favorite of yours in no time.

Rhubarb Dump Cake- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

Dump Cakes - - not a great name for a cake.  However, they are easy, quick to make and are really quite delicious. 

What is a "Dump Cake"?

You literally Dump your ingredients into your prepared pan and bake.  Yes, it's that easy. The most important thing to remember when making a dump cake , do not mix your ingredients once they are in the pan.  Layer  your ingredients in the pan and bake.

Ingredients You Need

  • Dry cake mix
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberry gelatin powder ( AKA " Jell-O")
  • Butter

Rhubarb Dump Cake- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

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Recipe Notes

Can I Use Fresh Rhubarb?

  • Yes. I opted for the canned ( see recipe card for product) version, but, fresh is definitely possible.  If you are going to fresh rhubarb, you will need additional sugar and have just one extra step.
  • Use Fresh:  You will need approx 4 cups of chopped rhubarb and 1 cup of sugar. Toss the chopped rhubarb with the cup of sugar and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. 
  • Proceed with recipe as noted.

Storage

Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator.  It is best to eat within 2-4 days.

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Easy Cake Mix Bars

Easy Cake Mix Bars- -Soft, chocolaty bars that need just 4 ingredients! They are delicious, fun and are great for a weeknight dessert or your next get together.  


Easy Cake Mix Bars-Recipes My Mom Gave Me

I'm not sure who loves these bars more...me or my family. They are really easy to make (totally kid friendly baking project!) and are perfect for when you are craving baked goods or need something easy to bring to a party.

Ingredients Needed

  • Cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips

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Easy Cake Mix Bars-Recipes My Mom Gave Me

Recipe Notes

  • This will work with any brand ( or flavor) or cake mix.  For the recipe to work, use a standard size box.  Approx 15-18 oz in size.
  • Your batter is going to be thick.  To make the spreading of the batter easier...spray a silicone spatula or an onset spatula with non stick cooking spray and then, spread the batter. 


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Strawberry Freezer Jam

Strawberry Freezer Jam- Homemade strawberry jam that requires zero canning experience and tastes a million times better than anything you buy at the store. 

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Strawberry Freezer Jam- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

Way back in the day, when I received this recipe, it wasn't called "freezer jam".  It was just homemade jam.   I loved it because it didn't involve the whole "canning" protocol.  

I made it, put it in mason jars and put it in the fridge.  No boiling, sealing and worrying about air getting into the jars.  One jar was in the fridge, the rest were stored in the freezer.  So easy.

Ingredients Needed

  • Strawberries
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • Cornstarch

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Should I Use Fresh Strawberries or Frozen?

Use whatever you have in your kitchen. They will both work.  The only difference is that your frozen berries will take a little longer to break down.  Be sure if you are using fresh, that your berries are clean, sliced and have the stems removed.

What does the Cornstarch Do?

I don't use pectin.  You can, if you wish.  However, I always have cornstarch in my pantry, so, it's just easier.  The cornstarch (and pectin) act as a thickening agent.

Storage

Keep any leftovers jam in a tightly sealed jar or container.  If you are storing in the refrigerator, it is best to eat the jam within a week.  If you are freezing your jam, store it in tightly sealed, freezer safe jars.  They will stay good in your freezer for up to a year. 

Slow Cooker?

I have made this jam in my slow cooker and it comes out ah-mazing! See the recipe card for slow cooker instructions. 

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Cupcake Cones

Cupcake Cones- Fun cupcakes baked in a flat bottom ice cream cone! They are great for your next party and are totally versatile.

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Cupcakes Cones- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

My Mom made these fun cupcakes quite often during my childhood and my adulthood.  They are delicious topped with your favorite frosting or simply plain.

Ingredients Needed

  • Cake mix + ingredients called for on box
  • Flat bottom Ice cream cones 
  • Frosting

Cupcakes Cones- Recipes My Mom Gave Me



Cupcakes Cones- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

Recipes Notes

Can I Use Any Flavor Cake Mix?

Yes! These work with any flavor cake mix.  Just be sure to stick with a standard size (15-18 oz) box.  Make the batter according to your box instructions.

Ice Cream Cones

Use flat bottom cones. See the recipe card for purchase/example.

Frosting

Frost these lovelies with anything you want!  Need a few ideas? 

🞹 Important Note 

Don't over fill your cones! It may not look like much batter, but, remember, it will rise as it bakes. Use about 3 tablespoons of batter for each cone. 

Storage

Keep any leftovers in the refrigerator. They are best eaten within 2-3 days.  Want to freeze them? After baking, let them cool completely.  Then, freeze your unfrosted cupcake cones in a freezer safe/covered storage bag or container. When you are ready, let them thaw to room temperature, then, frost or serve plain.

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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.

Sherbet

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 choose, 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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Chicken Pillows- Recipes My Mom Gave Me

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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