Earlier we posted our Lemonade Stand for Charity — well here is another idea you can have fun with this summer with your kids. Host a bake sale for a local charity in your community. Currently at my job we are hosting a food drive for Second Harvest. Second Harvest Feeding America, has food banks throughout the whole country, and are always excited to hear how you want to help out. With our drive I called my local Second Harvest and asked about the different programs they have and if we can pick one of their programs that we would like our money and food going to, they were more than helpful and even offered to pick up everything after our Food Drive. Some people feel uneasy donating to big charitable organizations so I always use the resources the charity organization provide on their website and check where all their money is going and about their organization. So when people ask something – you can tell them information on the organization.
You can host a bake sale to help raise money for your food drive. I have my children involved and we baked tons of cookies to take to work and for our family and friends this weekend to sale. You can dress up your Bake Goods with these fun Free Bake Sale Printables brought to you by The TomKat Studio.
Now for the Yummy stuff! Tonight I made for the first time Lazy Cake Cookies that I found on I’m A Lazy Mom Website. They came out so good and unbelievably easy, you must try! Let me remind you I had my kids help, so pouring the cake mix and few ingredients they handled very well with little mess! I suggest putting your batter on a greased cookie sheet. I found it easier to cut into the Cake to make cookie bars that I could individually wrap up.
Lazy Chocolate Chip Cake Cookie Bars:
1 box yellow or white cake mix
2 eggs beaten
5 Tbs. melted butter
2 Cups chocolate chips
Mix together, spread on a greased cookie sheet pan and bake at 350 for 20 min! The recipe made about 30 bars. Have fun!
Moving to the south I have discovered many new things that that I love! I Probably don’t need them in my life as much as I like but on occasion we like to splurge! That being said, Yes Banana Pudding…. Amazing is all I can say! Why I never had this before until I moved here I don’t know but I must share this yummy easy recipe with everyone! Oh and by the way Sweet tea in the south is Heaven!
If your throwing a party this is something light and sweet you can make. Preparation is easy and fast. If you have kids you can have your kids help lay the cookies down in the layering process. Usually I have seen banana pudding served in a bowl or platter but you can have fun with this! I layered mine in wine glasses and topped with whip cream and placed a cookie and some cookie crumbs to dress it up. You can make them in mason jars if you have the little mason jars that would also be cute!
If you decide to pour yours in glasses I just used a ladle to pour the pudding mixture in. Don’t worry if you get some on the sides you can clean it off and your going to top with whip cream anyway! ( Note I wait until I am ready to take out dessert because the whip cream will soften up)
There are many different types of banana pudding recipes out there, I have tried a few but this is my favorite!
Banana Pudding Recipe
1 large pkg Instant vanilla pudding,
2 1/2 cups cold milk
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
1 container whipped topping, (16 ounces)
sliced bananas ( about 5-6 Bananas)
vanilla wafer cookies
Mix pudding and milk; add condensed milk. Blend it up add whipped topping blend until your filling has no lumps
Now you just layer your cookies down top with bananas pour pudding on top and repeat layers. For the top I Lay my cookies down and crush a few all over. If you want to dress up your pudding You can put them in glasses or mason jars for a cute look! Just do the same layering method. for my wine glass I added whip cream to the top and dressed it up with a cookie and some crumbs!
Set in your refrigerator you can eat this a few hours after being in the refrigerator but its best made the night before!
Mix Both cake mixes in separate bowls. I add an extra egg to what the box says and substitute ¾ cup of water for milk, and substitute ¼ cup of oil to butter. (some boxes call for different measurements whatever your box says just substitute for milk, butter, and add an extra egg.) This turns your box cake into homemade taste!
Line your cupcake pan with liners. (You can do without but to be safe I lined mine anyways.) I did 12 chocolate cupcakes and 12 strawberry cupcakes. Once they were done and completely cooled down I peeled the liners off and cut the cupcakes into two.
Frosting – I used this cream cheese frosting recipe I found on Pinterest:
Strawberry/ Brownie Cupcakes
Rice Krispy Treats
Take your Rice Krispy over your wax paper and spread out to about an inch thick. Use your heart cutter and cut out as many as you want. I had a small heart cutter so all the scraps I had I made little ones. Now melt your chocolate (I melted mine in the microwave) take your spoon and drizzle all over your hearts. you can add sprinkles or candies over as well
Wafers Dipped in Chocolate
Dip your wafers in your chocolate, lay on the foil
Sprinkle your toppings right away before the chocolate hardens so your topping will stick well
Take a spoon and dip in your chocolate and drizzle over wafers for a finishing touch
Let the chocolate set and enjoy!