70 Second Cake

Using this cute pumpkin dish I  purchased from the Pampered Chef, I make a 70 Second Cake in the microwave. Delicious and with the basic batter mixed and ready, it’s perfect for the kids treats after school or a teen-age late night “movie” treat. Children can have fun decorating the pumpkin, too, once cooled.

The Simple Additions Pumpkin Dish by The Pampered Chef

The Simple Additions Pumpkin Dish by The Pampered Chef

This is also a cute dish for your bread and butter, appetizers, or desserts in October and November. I enjoy being able to spruce-up my FALL tables for my family and friends.

Basic Cup Cake Mix:

1 BOX Cake Mix (your choice of flavor)

1 small box of INSTANT JELLO PUDDING (your choice of flavor)

Ingredients to make the cake

1/2 cup of Basic Mix

1 egg

1 Tablespoon Oil

1 Tablespoon Water

To make the cakes follow the directions below:

Mix all the ingredients together.

I spray the pumpkin dish with Baker’s Joy.  Put the mixture in the SIMPLE ADDITIONS Pumpkin Dish.

Place in the microwave and cook 1 minute 10 seconds—no more, no less. Invert on plate and you have a delicious CAKE—YUM!!!

Decorate with icing of choice after it cools!

Children can add sprinkles, too!

It’s not only easy to make but so easy to clean up because the dish is dishwasher safe, too!

Variation Cake Ideas:

Spice cake mix, cheesecake pudding, and cream cheese frosting

Strawberry cake mix, cheesecake pudding, and cream cheese frosting

Banana cake mix, vanilla pudding (or banana), cream cheese frosting

Chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding, chocolate frosting

German chocolate cake mix, coconut pudding, coconut pecan frosting

Lemon cake mix, vanilla pudding, cream cheese frosting.

Creole Shrimp & Potato Chowder

Creole Shrimp & Potato Chowder
Browning shrimp shells and then simmering them in broth delivers great seafood flavor.
1 lb (450 g) large uncooked, shell-on shrimp (21-25 per lb)
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
2 bottles (8 oz/250 mL each) clam juice
2 cups (500 mL) chicken stock
1 medium onion
2 stalks celery
1 large russet potato, unpeeled
4 slices uncooked bacon
1/4 cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
3 garlic cloves, pressed
2 tbsp (30 mL) Creole Rub
1 cup (250 mL) dry white wine such as Chardonnay
1/2 cup (125 mL) half and half
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme leaves (optional)


  1. Peel, devein shrimp and remove tails; do not discard shells or tails. Cut shrimp into small pieces; set aside. Heat oil in (4-qt./3.8-L) Casserole over medium-high heat 1-3 minutes or until shimmering. Add shells and tails; cook 3-4 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Place shells, tails, clam juice and stock into Large Micro-Cooker®;. Microwave, covered, on HIGH 8-9 minutes or until hot. Keep covered with lid and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, on clean cutting board, finely chop onion and celery using Food Chopper. Dice potato and slice bacon crosswise into 1/4-in. (6-mm) strips using Santoku Knife. Set potato aside. Add bacon to Casserole and cook over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until crisp. Remove bacon from Casserole using Small Slotted Spoon (do not drain drippings). Set bacon aside.
  3. Add onion and celery to Casserole; cook 3-4 minutes or until tender. Add flour, pressed garlic and rub. Cook and stir 30 seconds or until combined. Add wine and simmer 3-4 minutes or until wine is reduced by half. Strain broth mixture through Micro-Cooker® lid into Casserole. Add potatoes and half and half. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to medium-low and cook 12-14 minutes or until chowder is thickened and potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in shrimp, salt and thyme, if desired. Cook 3-4 minutes or until shrimp are pink and opaque. Serve with bacon.

Yield: 6 servings (8 cups/2 L)

Nutrients per serving: (1 1/3 cups/325 mL): Calories 300, Total Fat 12 g, Saturated Fat 4 g, Cholesterol 65 mg, Carbohydrate 23 g, Protein 19 g, Sodium 1140 mg, Fiber 2 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving: 1 1/2 starch, 2 low-fat meat, 1 fat (1 1/2 carb)

Cook’s Tips: To substitute Creole Rub, omit salt and increase flour to 1/3 cup (75 mL). Add 1 tbsp (15 mL) Creole seasoning and 2 tbsp (30 mL) tomato paste to onion and celery in Step 3.

© 2010 The Pampered Chef used under license.

Cran-Raspberry Fizz

Cran-Raspberry Fizz

Cran-Raspberry Fizz
This simple beverage takes just minutes to make. Let the sorbet stand at room temperature as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
4 limes, divided
1 can (12 ounces) frozen cranberry juice concentrate
3 cups cold water
1 pint raspberry sorbet, softened
2 liters (8 cups) chilled ginger ale
  1. Slice two of the limes using Ultimate Mandoline fitted with v-shaped blade; set aside. Pour cranberry juice concentrate and water into Family-Size Quick-Stir® Pitcher.
  2. Juice remaining limes into pitcher using Citrus Press. Scoop sorbet into pitcher using Ice Cream Dipper; plunge to combine. Add ginger ale and lime slices. Plunge gently until well mixed. Serve over ice.

Yield: 16 servings

Nutrients per serving: Light: Calories 130, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 34 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 15 mg, Fiber 1 g

Cook’s Tips: If desired, 2 cups flavored vodka such as raspberry, cranberry, currant, citrus or lime can be added to this recipe.

To garnish rims of glasses, zest one lime using Microplane® Adjustable Grater. Combine lime zest and 1/2 cup sugar in Prep Bowl. Place a small amount of sugar mixture onto Simple Additions® Appetizer Plate. Rub rim of glass with lime wedge to moisten. Dip rim of glass into sugar mixture.

For a simple garnish, using Zester/Scorer, score a lemon and zest a lime; thinly slice using Ultimate Mandoline. Make a cut to the center of each lemon and lime slice using Petite Paring Knife. Garnish each glass with one lemon slice and one lime slice.

Shared by a Pampered Chef  Consultant—thank you!

Have You Forgotten?

As you are or have celebrated this “Labor Day” weekend, have you forgotten why you have the freedom to do so and why others, didn’t have the chance to be with family and friends? September 11, 2001, will never be forgotten for most people, but as time goes by, some of the horrible memories may have faded.

Did you know that everything in America today, is the result of sacrifices by someone else?  Beginning with our founding forefathers,the Civil Wars, the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts, Desert Storm, and the wars fought today all around the world including Iraq and Afghanistan, there have been men and women who have “given ALL” for our freedom. Our freedoms are constantly threatened and truly are worth fighting for, still today.

Living in the United States of America has definitely had its issues in the past, and yes, NOW!

How can we go on much longer as we have recently?

With all it’s difficulties, it’s still the BEST place to live. If not, why would so many have immigrated here? If not, why do people still come? If not, why do so many want to destroy the USA? Even to the point of becoming citizens to destroy the USA, from within?

It is time to see a visual again of all the lives loss on Sept. 11, 2001 on American soil to believe America is worth fighting for–here and abroad–where ever the battlefield may be, so we don’t lose the freedoms we have.

If you are not willing to do everything in your power to defend this Great Nation, even taking up arms if it is necessary, then who will? If you will not defend America, that is your choice – but sit in silence and do not criticize those brave and valiant individuals who have the sense of duty, the measure of courage and the determination of heart to protect America”.-copied.

I will never ever forget where I was and what I was doing the morning the towers fell and the morning innocent people went to work or took a trip by plane to die at the hands of terrorists. For days after that tragedy, you couldn’t even find an America flag to purchase–do you have one up today? If you don’t, please get one, put it up, and fly proudly, the flag of the United States of America.

People were wearing red, white and blue or the flag lapel pin for days, weeks, and months after the terrorist attack. Churches for once, were full.People were publicly praying not just privately in their homes and churches. The past few months, the churches I have been to were as vacant as I have ever seen in my lifetime. Where are the people? Are they somewhere on their knees (while on a three month vacation) praying for this country that is so desperate in need of a revival and an awakening? I sure hope so.

Two things did come from the tragedy of September 11, 2001. People unified around the world, in America, and in our communities crying out to God. Isn’t it time we do the same NOW?

We can’t continue down the same path as we have traveled for the past two years. We NEED a change. Let it be heard in November when you go to vote.  BUT Don’t wait til November, Let God hear your cry for a change NOW!!

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

People often turn to a song to help them express how they feel. “Have you forgotten?” Watching the video, makes it clear, we can’t FORGET and we must FIGHT for OUR COUNTRY!!

Praying for families, our children, out seniors, our government, and our land!


Relaxation often comes with just needing to get away from one’s normal surroundings. Without realizing it, unconsciously, your mind is thinking not only what you need to be doing next but what you are not doing as you are trying to relax.

There are two places I can go to just forget the world as we know it. The beach is a place where I feel totally “free”. I hear the surf, smell the ocean air, see the birds flying, and watch the waves come in and go out effortlessly it seems. The cares of the day and yesterday and thoughts of responsibility just vanish.

Another place I feel that is on the golf course. The score isn’t important to me.  It’s being among nature, where it’s quiet and peaceful! The green grass, the animals you can see scurrying around, the tranquility, and the beautiful sky are nice.

These places help me find the relaxation/stress-free mode my mind and body needs.

Couple the surroundings with a lifetime friend(s) and it’s priceless!

Take a few minutes to enjoy the surf, today! Your mind and body will be glad you did!