No Bake Watermelon Cake

Mmmm, doesn’t this look like the perfect dessert for summer time?  My friend Holly (I’ve told you about her before), she loves trying out new recipes.  I asked her if she’d share her special creations with us every now and then, and this is what she came up with!  Isn’t it so cute?!  It looks scrumptious, too!

 

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1.  Take a watermelon and chop off the bottom and the top to make it flat on both ends.

No Bake Watermelon Cake

2.  Cut the rinds off like this:

A No Bake Watermelon Cake

 

3.  Pat it “dry” with a paper towel.

No Bake Watermelon Cake

 

4.  Chop up Strawberries and Kiwi for the top.  Set aside the blueberries, no need to chop them!  :)

No Bake Watermelon Cake

 

5.  Begin frosting it with cool whip.

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6.  Stick sliced almonds to the sides of the cake.

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9.  Put the almonds all the around the cake and then begin topping it with the blueberries and chopped fruit.

 

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10.  Try not to drool while taking a big juicy bite of this!

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No Bake Watermelon Cake

Thank you Holly for sharing this with us!


Dr. Pepper Chicken – a Crockpot Freezer Meal

You all may (or may not) know how much I love Dr. Pepper.  It’s true.  It is my coffee, but I always wait until lunch time to drink it, unless I’m driving somewhere.  I was looking for new recipes to try and ran across this one here.  Mine is a variation of this, and it turned out really good!  The taste of the chicken is just perfect.  I always have Dr. Pepper on hand, why not try it on my chicken?  It’s one of those meals that is so quick and easy to throw together, yet offers a different taste!

Dr Pepper Chicken

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Ingredients:

Boneless skinless chicken breasts, enough for your family (I used 7)
1 12 oz can Dr. Pepper
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 onion soup mix packet

Instructions:

Mix the Dr. Pepper, brown sugar and onion soup mix together in a bowl.  Place chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker.  Pour mixture over the top.  Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4.

 

Dr Pepper Chicken

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a gallon size freezer safe bag.

Label & Lay flat to freeze


Camping Meal: Santa Fe Chicken Packets + Baked Potatoes

This is another camping meal that I managed to throw together at the last minute.  It was originally one of those camping packet meals that you place in the fire while you’re camping, but since I try to minimize any work I do while camping, I prepared 8 individual packets for my family before we left and we cooked it in the slow cooker!  It turned out great.  A tasty meal that we didn’t really have to work for.

Santa Fe Chicken Camping Packets

 

I know I keep telling you how much I love my tool, the slow cooker, but when it makes life so much easier for me, what’s not to love?  I can even take it camping?!  Yep!  That’s because we get an electric site, but it’s ooooh so worth it!  We feel like we eat better when we have a slow cooker along with us!

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15oz) can of chili beans (some like black beans instead)
  • 1 (10oz) can of diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • Cooking Spray
  • Aluminum Foil

Directions:

  1. Mix together chili beans, diced tomatoes & green chilies, corn, cumin, onion chili powder, paprika and salt in a bowl.  Santa Fe Chicken Foil Dinner
  2. Lay out a piece of foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Place chicken in the middle of the foil.
  4. Spoon bean/tomato mixture on top of the piece of chicken.  Santa Fe Chicken Tin Foil Packet Meal in the Slow Cooker
  5. Wrap the foil around it.  Tin Foil Packet:  Chicken Santa Fe
  6. Place it in the slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.  Santa Fe Chicken Packet for Camping - Cook it in the Slow Cooker!

 

With the meal, we served baked potatoes!  That was super easy.  All I had to do was individually foil wrap each potato.

Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

 

Place these in the slow cooker on high for all day.  You may want to rotate around though, as these do not cook evenly in the slow cooker.  The bottom ones will be more done and the upper ones won’t.

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One mistake I made was I poked all of the potatoes befor I put them in the foil, just because I have a habit of doing that.  If you plan on not cooking yours right away (like me), you won’t want to poke them, otherwise you’ll have brown spots on the inside and you may think it’s looking rotten.  Once I realized my mistake, I was able to eat them!  :)

 

There you have it, one very easy meal to make in your slow cooker while you’re out camping OR you can just amke it while you’re home.  It’s super easy!

 

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