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Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Dana's Strawberry Dessert

About 10 years ago I had major surgery. Since I was to be out of commission for several weeks, our friends were nice enough to bring us food. I was glad, too since IT Guy and the kitchen are not BFF's. We had such good meals. I remember lots of them. But one thing I remember most was this dessert. Dana brought it in a 9x13 pan and I think at the time there were only 3 of us living at home so it was a LOT. But..wow..did we enjoy this. I guess you could say it's a sly way to make strawberry shortcake. Now to be honest, I never asked Dana how to make this...but I'm thinking this is pretty close. It's pretty yummy, too!

Dana’s Strawberry Dessert (That She Brought Me When I Was Sick)



1 boxed yellow cake mix – baked according to directions
1 large vanilla instant pudding – made with two cups of milk
1 8-ounce Cool Whip
1 16-ounce container frozen, sweetened strawberries - thawed

Bake cake in a 9x13 inch pan. Allow to cool.

Make pudding and spread over cooled cake.

Spread thawed strawberries over pudding.

Spread with Cool Whip and allow to chill.


Okee doke....so this is what you'll need. And the stuff to make the cake and pudding, of course.
Okee doke....so this is what you'll need. 
And the stuff to make the cake and pudding, of course.

After you've baked the cake and allowed it to cool, spread the pudding over the cake. Then add the strawberries. I didn't use ALL of the juice in the container...but almost.
After you've baked the cake and allowed 
it to cool, spread the pudding over the cake. 
Then add the strawberries. I didn't use ALL of 
the juice in the container...but almost.

On top of the berries, add the Cool Whip. Or if you're a purist, REAL whipped cream.
On top of the berries, add the Cool Whip. 
Or if you're a purist, REAL whipped cream.

Allow it to sit in the fridge for a few hours to soak up some of the juice.
Allow it to sit in the fridge for a few 
hours to soak up some of the juice.

Yeast Rolls in Muffin Cups

Back when I was a new bride...I knew nothing about cooking. But I knew IT Guy liked to eat so that meant I had to learn. One thing he loved...and still loves today, is a nice pot roast dinner. And what pot roast dinner is complete without some yummy bread? I had a friend back then....and still have her today (Hi Crys!!) that gave me an easy recipe for yeast rolls. There's some rising time involved but no rolling out or forming the dough. Mix, scoop and bake. They're that easy and even more delicious!



Yeast Rolls in Muffin Cups

1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
1 package yeast
1 egg
2 teaspoons sugar
2 ¼ cups flour
2 tablespoons shortening

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in sugar, salt and half of flour. Beat until smooth then add the egg and shortening. Beat in rest of flour. Scrape sides of bowl and cover. Let rise 30 minutes. Grease 12 muffin cups. Stir down dough and fill muffin cups half full. Let rise 20 – 30 minutes. Bake 20 minutes at 400 degrees until golden brown.

Makes 12 rolls


Let's get started on these babies! (Whoa...that's a LOT of measuring cups in that picture!!)
Let's get started on these babies! 
(Whoa...that's a LOT of measuring cups in that picture!!)
 
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
 
Then add the sugar and salt.
Then add the sugar and salt.
 
And half the flour.
And half the flour.
 
Whirl that around then add the egg and shortening.
Whirl that around then add the
 egg and shortening.
 
Dump in the rest of the flour.
Dump in the rest of the flour.
 
Give that a stir then scrape down the bowl.
Give that a stir then scrape down the bowl.
 
Cover and let rise.
Cover and let rise.
 
Scoop into your muffin tin and let them rise again.
Scoop into your muffin tin and 
let them rise again.
 
Then bake it up! See? Wasn't that easy?
Then bake it up! See? Wasn't that easy?