Copycat Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake

Thought for the day…very little is needed to make life happy:)

Starbucks Lemon Loaf 5

1 box yellow cake mix
3.4 ounce instant or cook and serve Lemon pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces sour cream
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Icing
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray 2 loaf pans generously with cooking spray. Place all cake ingredients in no particular order into stand or electric mixer, beating until well combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. Divide cake batter between two prepared loaf pans spreading evenly. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through
Remove and let cool for 15 minutes before removing loaves from pans.

To prepare icing, place powdered sugar into a large bowl. Drizzle in lemon juice stirring until smooth and thick. Should be a good drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over cakes and let set for 20 minutes for a firm icing. Otherwise slice while still wet if desired. Makes about 24 slices
Note: You can make this same recipe into cupcakes, small loaves and even a layered cake. Adjust baking time accordingly. removing loaves from pans and Enjoy!

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Frugal DIY Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Next week is Teacher appreciation week at the kiddos schools and we wanted to post a few of our favorites from the past years we’ve done.  It’s always exciting to find cute frugal gift ideas for the those special teachers who shape the minds of our children.  There really are no words to express gratitude for all they do.  So don’t forget to send a note or gift of appreciation to the teachers in your life.

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Magnet Board 3

Homemade Magnet Fabric Bulletin Board

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Color My World Thank You Gift

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M&M Teacher Appreciation gift

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Do you have any you want to share? We would love to hear about them!

Strawberry and Cream Poke Cake

Step aside strawberry short cake, there’s a new recipe I found that is absolutely awesome!  I made this for a dinner party on valentines, it looked beautiful and it was super easy to serve.  I didn’t know this… but apparently there are so many various versions and flavors of poke cakes out there.   You can practically make your favorite dessert recipes this way!  Check out this blog I found with more than 30 Poke Cake Recipes! Who knew?!?

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Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake Ingredients:
Cake:
1 (15.25 oz) boxed white cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 (3 oz) box strawberry flavored Jell-o
1/2 cup cold water

Frosting:
1 (8 oz) tub Cool-Whip non-dairy whipped topping
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping:
1 pound strawberries, diced

Directions:
Make cake as directed on the back of the box for a 9×13″ pan.   Let the cake cool for 20 minutes and “poke” the cake with a large fork (I space my pokes about 1/2″ apart and do it until the entire surface of the cake is covered).   Mix together the boiling water and Jell-o until the Jell-o is completely dissolved. Pour in the cold water and mix well then pour over the cake.  Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.   Combine the Cool-Whip, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Spread on top of cake.   Top with strawberries and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Here are more of our most popular strawberry recipes:
Fresh Strawberry Cake
Bite Size Strawberry Shortcakes
Strawberry Muffins
Strawberry Bread
Strawberry Preserves

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers

We always have a box of graham crackers in our house and tend to go through them super quick (Mainly because they become the base for so many quick snacks). Our favorite way to eat them is slathered in nutella  (Shocking, I know:).

Here is a tried and true recipe I  love making for my kiddos.  The great thing about this recipe is it’s really easy to follow, with just a few simple ingredients.

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What you need:
1-1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dutch cocoa
1-1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons milk

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Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
1.  Combine the flour, salt, cocoa, powdered sugar, and baking powder in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Give it a slow mix
2.  Add the butter and stir until pea sized clumps are formed in the dry ingredients
3.  In a separate bowl mix the honey and milk until the honey dissolves. Stir into your dry ingredients until a dough forms. Split dough into two
4.  On parchment cut to the size of a cookie sheet (or a silicone mat) roll the dough into a large rectangle. Prick with a fork to prevent bubbling. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until you start to smell chocolate
5.  Immediately cut into squares or desired shape. Make sure you do this while they are warm as they will crisp up fairly quickly as they cool.  These crackers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.  Enjoy!

Valentine Bath Bombs

Tell your Valentine how much you love them with these Valentine Bath Bombs.  They make the perfect frugal, DIY gift for friends, family, and even your kids teachers.  I made these bath bombs a while back for my girls and they LOVED them!  Just follow the simple steps below to create your own Heart Bath Bombs and attach a cute note that says your the bomb.  20140203-141958.jpg

Here’s what you need!
makes 4 small bath bombs
2 TBS Baking Soda
1 TBS Cream of Tartar
Food Color or liquid Dye (you can find at any craft store) ½ teaspoon Essential Oil (lavender)
Spray Bottle of Water
Soap Mold or Ice Cube Tray

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Add 2 TBS Baking Soda to bowl. Then add 1 TBS Cream of Tartar and ½ teaspoon lavender or Essential Oil. Next, add your food color. (I would suggest that if using food coloring to color these, make sure you use non-toxic vegetable based color.  Safer for everyone, especially for children).  Stir it up and add a couple of sprays of water and keep stirring. You want to get it where it is just sticking together without adding too much water. NOTE: Only add a couple of sprays of water at a time or your bombs will lose their fizz. Put your bath bombs in a soap mold or ice tray, and leave over night to dry out. NOTE: The amount this recipe makes all depends on how big your molds are.  You can really make them as large or as small as you would like.  You can make them the size of a baseball or the size of your thumbnail.  you can double the recipe and make more than four at a time.  I decided to make one batch at a time and change the colors during each of the batches.

When ready just drop your bomb in the bath you can watch it fizz as it releases its sent and colors your water! These bath bombs can stay good up to 1 year as long as they are stored in a dry, cool place that is out of the sun.  ENJOY!!

Super Bowl Recipes

This Sunday is Super Bowl.  I don’t know who’s going to win because I don’ really care about either team… What I do know is that I’m going to eat my body weight in all these yummy recipes!  And hey, I do also appreciate the Super Bowl for uniting all Americans in our inability to read Roman numerals:)

To get you ready for the big game, Two Frugal Gals put together a list of what we think are the best game day menu items here on our blog.  There are dips, appetizers, crock pot desserts, some main dishes and sides. We hope you enjoy!

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Dips
Seven Layer dip
Black bean salad

Finger Foods, Snacks & Appetizers
Jalapeno poppers
Copy Cat Auntie’s pretzels Dogs
Football pizza pockets
Copy cat sonic pretzel dogs
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Spiced Nuts in the Microwave
Giant Soft Pretzels
Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken
Homemade pretzel bites
Pigs in a Blanket

Main Dishes
Smoking Mac and Cheese
Texas pile on
Tator Tot Casserole
Pretzel Bun Sandwich
Chili dog casserole
Pizza Pasta Casserole

Sweets
copy-cat Chick-Fil-A Cookies
S’mores in the oven
Chocolate Pretzel Bites
Dessert in Crockpot
Chocolate Covered Snacks
Chocolate Spice Cake
Mini M&M Cookies
Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies
New York Cheesecake
Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake
Peanut Butter Striped Delight
Salted Carmel Brownies
Cookiewiches

What’s your favorite thing to serve for the Super Bowl?

DIY Bisquick Pancake Mix

I used to buy Bisquick all the time so I could make a quick batch of pancakes for breakfast.  I was almost out one morning, and instead of buying another box I decided to make my own (with the help of Google).  I make up this mix and keep it in an airtight container.  Remember not to over mix the batter, if there are a few lumps, and there will be, don’t try to work them out. Over mixing will make your pancakes tough, not tender.  You want tender pancakes right?  I promise, you’ll be glad you did, maynard:) Enjoy!

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Ingredients
4 C All Purpose Flour
3 T Baking Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 T Sugar

When you’re ready to use it, just beat up one egg in bowl…add one cup of the dry mixture and one cup milk.  You can also add 1 Tablespoon of melted butter or oil.

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