Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

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One of my son’s loves pretty much everything that is chocolate. Unfortunately for him, the rest of the family aren’t big fans except in the forms of brownies and chocolate chip cookies. One night last week I decided it was going to be Noah night with his favorites. We had baked ziti for dinner (coming soon) and Oreo Pudding Poke Cake for dessert. Little did I know that we would ALL become huge fans of this oreo cake.  It was delicious.  I think in the end my husband ate the most and he isn’t a fan of chocolate or cake.  Go figure.  Seriously, you need to make this.  It is super easy and so good.

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If you aren’t a fan of using boxed cake mixes, please follow the directions on The Country Cook blog.  She makes her cake from scratch.  I am sure it is delicious too! Sometimes, you just need a quick and easy family dessert so a cake mix version fits the bill!  Either way you can’t go wrong!

Easy Oreo Pudding Poke Cake
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • FOR THE CAKE:
  • Devils Food Box Cake
  • Ingredients needed to make cake according to box
  • FOR THE JELLO FILLING:
  • 1 4.2 oz. box of Oreo Jell-O Pudding
  • 2 cups of cold milk
  • FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 4 Tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 2o crushed Oreos for topping
Instructions
  1. Bake cake in 9x13 pan according to boxed cake instructions.
  2. After cake is done, let it cool for 10 minute. You want it warm, but not hot.
  3. While the cake is warm, use the rounded end of a wooden or plastic spoon to poke holes all over.
  4. Mix Oreo pudding and two cups of milk quickly. Do not let the pudding set up. Pour pudding over cake and into holes.
  5. Cover and put in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  6. After cake has chilled, make whipped cream with an electric mixer with whisk attachment.
  7. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the cake. Then sprinkle the crushed Oreos on top.
  8. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Country Cook

I know you are going to love this.  Be sure to come back and leave me a comment with how it was! :-)

Mini Mocha Cheesecakes

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You can probably tell that we like cheesecake around here.  Especially these little mini ones.  They are just the perfect size.  My middle son LOVES chocolate.  Anything chocolate.  I decided I would make these mini mocha cheesecakes for him.  He was in heaven!!  Give them a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

Mini Mocha Cheesecakes
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
FOR THE CHEESECAKE:
  • 10 Oreo cookies, finely crushed
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 pkg. Philadeplphia Cream Cheese (8 oz. each), softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. Espresso Powder
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1 pkg. (4 oz) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted, cooled
  • **Bring all ingredients to room temperature before beginning.**
Instructions
FOR THE CHEESECAKE:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together cookies crumbs and butter. Press a spoonful into the bottom of your paper lined muffin tray.
  3. Bake for 8 minutes.
  4. Using your mixer with large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together until just blended.
  5. Add eggs in one at a time. Beat until just blended.
  6. Dissolve the espresso powder in water. Add that to batter with the melted chocolate.
  7. Beat until blended.
  8. Spoon batter into each cup (about ¼ cup). The cups will be full.
  9. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes. Make sure that the centers are set. Remove from oven and place tray on wire rack to cool.
  10. Enjoy!

**Adapted from Kraft Foods.

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Review

I was very excited when I was asked to try out the new Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen line.  It comes in two versions:  Sunny Days with spf 30 for everyday and Beach and Pool in spf 50 for extra protection.  We are a pretty pale family so we definitely tend to burn when we spend much time out in the sun.  In the summer, we spend a lot of time in the pool.

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Coppertone Clearly Sheer “For Sunny Days” Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF30…

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Review

The claims it makes on the bottle and/or web site are:

  • Lightweight formulas feel clean and light, leaving barely a trace on skin
  • Won’t clog pores or cause breakouts (clinically tested on acne-prone skin)
  • Lotions appropriate for sensitive skin
  • Moisturizing formulas help leave skin smooth and soft
  • Fresh light citrus fragrance with soft floral base notes.
  • Water resistant (80 minutes)
  • Broad spectrum protection; helps decrease the risk of early skin aging caused by the sun*

When my box arrived, we were packing up for a week long vacation at the beach.  What better time to fully evaluate this sunscreen.  A couple of my kids have a long history of getting some nasty sunburns while at the beach.  This time we were determined that wasn’t going to happen.

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We armed ourselves withe the products that Coppertone sent us and headed to the beach…

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My thoughts on this product:

  • Very lightweight. Not heavy or too thick to absorb well into our skin. It literally felt like we didn’t have anything on at all.
  • Matte like finish.  LOVE not having that typical greasy sunscreen feel.
  • Lovely light citrus smell. However, it is very faint so you could easily mask it with your favorite perfume or body spray.  Love that!
  • We used the SPF 30 and it worked perfectly.  We came in from the sun without any signs of a sunburn.
  • Excellent for wearing under make-up.

If you are planning to try this yourself, you can find a coupon here.

They also sent us the Coppertone Travel Size Continous Spray in SPF 50.

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Review

This SPF 50 was perfect for my oldest son because he has super sensitive skin thanks for a medication that he took when he was younger.

 My son’s thoughts on this were:

  • Easy to apply but just spraying all over.
  • Smell was slightly stronger than the Clearly Sheer line, but not bad at all.
  • Worked very well at keeping him from getting sunburned.

Then we had picked up this Coppertone Sport Stick ourselves to try out on my oldest son’s face.  

sport-55-stick

His thoughts were:

  • Super easy to apply anywhere that you want.
  • Is a much thicker sunscreen.  Does make your face feel like your skin doesn’t breathe well.  Might not be good for super sensitive, acne prone skin.
  • Have to rub in well in areas that you might be sweating or it will leave a white residue.
  • Stays on better and longer than most other sunscreens when spending a lot of time in the water.
  • Kept him from getting a sunburn on his face.

He says he will definitely continue using this Coppertone Sport Stick in the future.  We also used it to cover one area of his arm that got sunburned, because we missed applying sunscreen.  It worked perfectly to keep him from getting any more sun in that area.

Disclosure: I was given this product from BzzAgent and Coppertone to try out.  All opinions expressed here are my own.