What you see in the image: Dog Patch Classic Cheesecake with gluten-free graham cracker crust, strawberry sauce, and garnished with blackberries.
First and foremost, because we had a person in our household who is a Celiac and therefore gluten-free, I make most of our stuff this way now. I’m here to tell you, you will not know the difference. Steve couldn’t even tell, and he can sniff out "healthy" foods a mile away. That being said, if you don’t want to do the gluten-free stuff don’t, just use regular ingredients, this whole recipe is totally swappable!
Note two: You should make this bad boy if you want to impress the socks off you MIL, a Boyfriend, Husband, Girlfriend, BFF’s birthday, or you just need a great suck up gift. This will do it. This is also good for the pity party we all need when our day goes sideways and we are upset, this nummy will make it all better.
Note three: Make this a day before you need it. It really does need 24-hours to meld the flavors, although it’s perfectly acceptable if you make it and serve it the same day, it’s twice as good the next day, say for breakfast?
Me: Oh my God, this is the best casserole I’ve ever had.
Grandma Margaret: It was always your dad’ s favorite. You know what the secret ingredient is?
Grandma Margaret: Cream of mushroom soup.
This recipe was introduced to me many years ago by my Grandma Margaret. When my father broke his neck in an accident and the family came down to help us resettle, she introduced me to this pan of deliciousness and it lasted for all of one day. This has become my go-to casserole recipe for bringing to new moms, people who are ill or coming home from the hospital, and a few funerals. You can not go wrong with this. Change out the veggies, or add turkey; just have fun with it.
Thank you Pinterest! Yet again I've managed to find a recipe that is uber simple and uber fast. 2 ingredients! That's it! It's now become one of our Saturday Morning breakfast staples, and it's ten times cheaper than going out and picking them up from a bakery (not that that isn't a treat, but when budgets and time collide...). These make up fast, they smell divine, and if you ever have guests over, you will rule the morning with these bad boys and a good cup of coffee.
Yup, found a variation of this on Pinterest, and I adapted it to fit our needs. It's another one of those amazing cakes that should be part of your recipe box. You can make this as sugary or non-sugary as you want to, it totally works! This fruity Jell-O lemon cake has turned into our family's Midsummer Cake and is perfect for Summer Time because it's kept refrigerated and is always cold. The cake itself is lemony and very moist plus you add the lemon frosting gives it just that zip of yum! There are tons of variations on this recipe that you can try. Personally, I think that's what makes this such a great recipe. We are a hard core strawberry and lemon together people, especially when fresh strawberry's are in season, but I have also made this with lime gelatin and lemon cake for a lemon-lime taste, as well as with strawberry and raspberry gelatin. Garnish with your favorite fruits to make it extra special! In this photo I used the Tropical Fruit Jell-O and thus far has been a huge hit.
This recipe is one we use nightly for our Crew as a cue to rest, wind down, and "you've done uber good today." However, despite the fact that I meant it for dogs, we humans could eat it too. In fact, you could eat it alongside your dog. Not that I've tried it yet, doesn't mean you can't, and therefore I feel a whole lot better in giving it to them. A plus to all of this: Schnoodles can have a temperamental tummy, and the hit of yogurt has made a huge difference in Charlie's digestion. :-) I decided to make these treats because I wanted something that worked as a night time-stuff it in the WestPaw (what you are seeing above is the WestPaw "Tux" or Kong and just let them have at it that wasn't so high in sugar and other "not appropriate for night" things. Plus, during the summer these make wonderful afternoon/it's too darn hot treats to cool off with. We were buying those frozen doggy ice cream treats, but with a small budget and reeling at the cost of 4 cups, I decided I could totally create a tasty and healthy dog treat with their all-time favorite ingredient: Peanut butter.
The Chef & The taste tester
Keri is the chef, although on a rare occasion Steve makes a great sous chef. We both love amazing fresh foods, and are learning more and more healthy alternatives. We believe in seasonal eating, butter, and meat.