Holiday Dessert-to-Go – Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

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Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

The holidays are upon us and that means, family, food and more food! I’m always up for dessert, but sometimes after a big meal, my guests aren’t always ready to indulge. But that doesn’t mean they want to miss out completely! Thanks to Rubbermaid TakeAlongs, guests can box up dessert to go so they can have a treat for later.

Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

I baked a pan of Apple Oatmeal Cake especially for my guests to take home with them. I love this Apple Oatmeal Cake recipe because it’s just as delicious for dessert as it is for breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea. So if your guests just can’t find any room after their big holiday meal, they can save their cake to eat in the morning. It’s fantastic when warmed slightly and served with a dollop of whipped cream, mmmm!

Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

After letting the cake cool, I cut it into pieces and boxed the slices up into the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. Having my family around me during the holidays is a gift and I want to thank them for joining us. Sharing a meal together and giving a special treat to take home with them truly highlights what the season is all about.

Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

Since I know you’re busy, I created this Thank You Printable for you to use on your Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. Simply print and cut out. I delegated this task to my kids, who used simple craft sticky dots to secure the thank you cards to the top of the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs before we boxed up the treats.

Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

We already have quite a collection of Rubbermaid containers for everyday use, but I don’t necessarily want to send these home with my guests (because I’ll never get them back!) Rubbermaid TakeAlongs products are available at Walmart at a reasonable price so you can pack up leftovers for your guests and send them home with them. On our stop at Walmart, we chose Rubbermade TakeAlongs in Deep Square and Rectangle but there are also TakeAlongs Serving Bowl, TakeAlongs Serving Rectangle, and the TakeAlongs Deviled Egg Tray.

Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

Find Rubbermaid TakeAlongs for the holidays at Walmart

The holiday Rubbermaid TakeAlongs come in a variety of holiday colors and prints. We brought home festive red and green. I bought a few extra in case anyone wants leftover turkey or stuffing (as if they wouldn’t!) Rubbermaid TakeAlongs feature Quik Clik Seal™ technology which helps prevent spills in the car on the way home. They are also microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, so you can pop your Apple Oatmeal Cake into the microwave to warm it up before swooping the top with whipped cream.

Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

This recipe goes together quickly and the addition of applesauce, coconut oil, ground flax seed and oatmeal make this a healthier dessert option. And as I said, fantastic for breakfast (in fact, that’s what we had for breakfast today!)

Healthier Apple Oatmeal Cake

Healthier Apple Oatmeal Cake


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or use sugar substitute)
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed (optional)
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used 1/4 cup melted coconut oil and 1/4 cup vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2/3 cup walnuts, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in bowl.
  3. Add liquid ingredients and mix just until moistened.
  4. Stir in apples and walnuts. Mixture will be quite thick.
  5. Pour into a greased 9 x 13" pan.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes.
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Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

Make sure to stock up on Rubbermaid TakeAlongs from Walmart so you’re prepared to pack up leftovers and share them with your guests! Click through to find out how you can get $1 Off Of Any 2 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Products in this rebate offer, exclusive to Walmart shoppers (starts Nov 25th). It’s an excellent way to Share the Holiday.

Holiday Dessert-to-Go - Apple Oatmeal Cake Recipe and FREE Printable #ShareTheHoliday

How will you #ShareTheHoliday with your family this year?



Chocolate Crazy Cake – A Classic Dessert Recipe

Chocolate Crazy Cake - A Classic Dessert Recipe

Chocolate Crazy Cake is a simple and easy dessert recipe that satisfies the chocolate craving, doesn’t have a million ingredients and will handily please a crowd. Is it called “crazy” because of the amazing chocolate taste? Is it “crazy” because that’s the reaction you get from your family when you serve it? Or is it “crazy” because the recipe has some unique ingredients (no eggs!)?

Chocolate Crazy Cake - A Classic Dessert Recipe

“You’ve been holding out on us”, we told our office mate Tina when she brought this cake to work last week. All these years and she’s never brought this cake into the office before! How could we have known her for so long and she’s not once shared this amazing cake?! (Can you tell I’m giving Tina a hard time?)

She brought us all a copy of the recipe and said it was given to her by her mother when she was first married. Tina was kind enough to pass it along to me and allow me to share it with my readers. I went home and made it for my family to rave reviews. In fact, I’d planned on taking a photo of my kids eating their cake, but they were licking their plates by the time I fetched the camera!

Chocolate Crazy Cake - A Classic Dessert Recipe

You will love that the recipe calls for simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Noticeably absent are eggs, which is great since eggs are quite expensive. This cake and the delicious frosting recipe go together quickly. The cake is incredibly moist and the frosting, which is made with semi-sweet chocolate chips, is not overly sweet. Pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some sliced strawberries and it’s heaven on a plate…crazy!

Chocolate Crazy Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Chocolate Crazy Cake with Chocolate Frosting


  • 3 cups flour (I used whole wheat flour with great results)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp powdered baking cocoa
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla, divided (one tsp for cake, one tsp for frosting)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar


  1. Combine first five ingredients (dry ingredients) into a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Make three holes in the dry mixture and pour in the three combined wet ingredients, oil, vinegar and 1 tsp vanilla.
  3. Over the top of all, pour 2 cups of cold water. Stir with a spoon thoroughly to combine ingredients until just mixed but do not beat.
  4. Pour into greased and floured 13" x 9" pan or two 9" pans
  5. Bake 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until done.
  6. FOR FROSTING - Combine milk and margarine in a pan over medium heat and bring almost to a boil.
  7. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and vanilla, stirring until melted.
  8. Add powdered sugar and stir until smooth and spreadable.
  9. Frost cooled cake.


Recipe from Tina Elliott

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Eat at Home and Save – Christmas Cranberry Cake

Christmas Cranberry Cake

A friend of mine recently made this cake and was kind enough to share. When she told me it only has six ingredients, I was intrigued. 5 of the 6 I already had in my supply and only the fresh cranberries would need to be purchased. Imagine my delight when I found a bag of whole cranberries at Costco for the low, low price of $1.99! And get this, that one bag is enough to make four batches of this heavenly cake! I made one cake (9×13″) and froze the rest of the cranberries to use when I make the cake again (and I will be making this cake again!)

Cranberry Christmas cake

The recipe goes together in a jiffy. I absolutely recommend using real butter (I don’t think it will come out the same if you substitute). Make sure it’s whipped long enough as this is what will make the cake moist and fluffy. The slightly sweet cake offsets the tangy taste of the cranberries in this festive and delicous cake that is perfect for holiday parties!

Cranberry Christmas cake

This is a fantastic cake that is easy on the budget and great for sharing. The pieces can be cut small and hold their shape nicely. You really don’t even need a fork, just pick up the slice like a brownie. Recipe found on Barefeet in the Kitchen, Cranberry Christmas Cake. Better print out a few copies and take them with you because your friends will definitely ask for the recipe!

Cranberry Christmas cake


13 Disney-inspired Christmas Delights and Desserts You Can Make at Home

I love holiday baking and a Disney-themed recipe is the icing on the cake! These ideas and recipes are perfect for adding a little Disney magic to your festivities. I’ve included edible decor, cookies & cakes, gift giving treats as well as special recipes to serve on Christmas morning.


These Frozen trees make great decorations or cake toppers (and are made simply with a frosted sugar ice cream cone, flaked coconut and a spice drop).

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Warm up with a cup of what is called the World’s Best Hot Chocolate, served at Napa Rose at the Disneyland Resort. Recipe to make it yourself, from The Disney Diner.

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If you can’t make an enormous gingerbread house like they do at Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa, you could still make a mini version at home! I love this gingerbread recipe from Sweet Sugar Belle.

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Using Sweet Sugar Belle’s gingerbread recipe & paired with her royal icing recipe, this is a sweet treat that is sure to delight! You can even cut your gingerbread boys & girls into Mouseketeer versions like they do at Disneyland.

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Sweet Sugar Belle’s sugar cookie recipe is also my favorite. Paired with the royal icing recipe and some candies, it’s a treat to make these adorable Mickey snowmen.

These pretty green holly leaf cookies have a Hidden Mickey surprise! Fan them out on a platter to create a delicious wreath.

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Bakerella has the original cake pop recipe (she invented them). These silhouette Mickey cake pops are precious!

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A treat bag filled with Cinnamon Glazed Almonds would be a delight. These are sold throughout Walt Disney World.

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I love seeing these holiday themed caramel apples throughout the Disney Parks. Oh My Disney! has the instructions on how you can make a Disney-style caramel apple at home!

Disney Holiday Desserts & Delights!

Wrap up a Frozen-inspired popcorn ball studded with candy & snowflakes for a sweet treat to give to friends.

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Greet the family on Christmas morning with these adorably delicious Mickey shaped cinnamon rolls!

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I have a penchant for banana bread and this one doesn’t disappoint; it’s also the same recipe they serve in the Disney Parks!

I just bought my first doughnut pan and think I’ll have to try this one out…isn’t it cute!! These are Mickey’s Apple Cider doughnuts with a chocolate glaze.

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I have pinned more ideas on my Very Merry Christmas Pinterest board.

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Eat at Home and Save – Disney Resort Banana Bread

Disney Banana Bread Recipe - this is absolute heaven!

Banana bread is simply magic: Take overripe and mushy brown bananas that nobody wants and voila, you have an amazing treat! Banana bread is a very price-savvy recipe and makes use out of produce that would otherwise go to waste.

I have been making banana bread since I was a kid and this is my new favorite recipe! There is so much yummy flavor here; it’s not overly sweet, not too oily and the bread is moist and delicious. You’ll get two loaves from this recipe so you can freeze one and save it for later.

Or do like we did and gobble up both loaves within three days! Look at that beautiful browned top…now I wished we’d frozen one loaf so I could be eating a slice of this right now!

Disney Banana Bread Recipe - this is absolute heaven!

This banana bread was lovely as a treat after dinner and I also served it alongside sausage, eggs and fruit for the kids at breakfast. The recipe is the one used at the Disney Resorts. Recreate the magic at home with this delicious and easy recipe (my favorite kind!)

I tweaked my recipe a bit to include ground flax seed. You can also substitute up to half of the butter with equal parts applesauce to cut the fat.

Disney Banana Bread Recipe - this is absolute heaven!

Disney Banana Bread

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups banana, mashed (about 3 medium-large bananas)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix melted butter and sugar in large bowl until very well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each, then add bananas and vanilla.  Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda and fold into the banana mixture, making sure all flour is moistened but the mixture is not over-mixed (to prevent air bubbles).  Fold in walnuts, if you like.  The batter will be very thick.
Grease and flour two bread pans and divide batter equally between them.  Bake for 1 hour or until center of loaf is firm with a somewhat crunchy top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in pans for 1 minute before removing the bread from a pan and transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Serve warm or cold, it’s heavenly both ways!
Makes 2 loaves.
Disney Banana Bread Recipe - this is absolute heaven!

Favorite Food Friday – Disneyland Chocolate Covered Banana

Nothing quite hits the spot for me on a warm day than a chocolate covered banana at Disneyland! A large banana, dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts and then frozen solid, you might be tempted to take a bite right out of the freezer (but it usually takes a few minutes to soften before you can start nibbling!).

Chocolate covered bananas {Saving up for Disney}

As you can see, it’s my son’s favorite treat as well (I must have half a dozen photos of him eating a chocolate covered banana at Disneyland!). We like to find a spot in the shade to rest and snack on our treat.

Sure, you can probably get a chocolate covered banana any place, but to be honest the only place I ever get one is at Disneyland! What is your favorite snack at Disneyland?

Disneyland Chocolate Covered Banana {Saving up for Disney}

Click the photo to link up with your favorite food on Disney Day by Day!


DIY Recipe – Make your own Yummy Ice Pops for Cheap

There are hundreds of really fun and delicious looking ice pop recipes on Pinterest. I’ve pinned dozens. How many have I actually tried? Zero!

Watermelon Lime Popsicles

Even though I haven’t attempted to make the fancy gourmet pops we actually do still make ice pops at home. In fact my husband makes a batch every summer evening. We have a Zoku Quick Pop Maker but you can get less pricey ice pop mold sets at local stores. We like the Zoku because it takes less than 15 minutes to freeze six pops rather than overnight.

Cherry Limeade Pops

We use simple ingredients like 100% fruit juice from the store (sometimes we combine two flavors for variety) or freshly squeezed orange juice. Just pour it into the mold, freeze and done. Sometimes we drop in fresh fruit like strawberry slices or whole blueberries. Our kids love ice pops and we like that these are quick and cheap and we know exactly what ingredients we are putting in them.

Cranberry Lemonade Pops...yum!

Why spend $3.00 or more on a box of 8 ice pops from the store when you can buy a jug of juice and make 30 of them at home for the same price? I’m inspired by these yummy summery flavors here, I might have to try something more “gourmet” next time! Come over to my Pinterest page, where I have a pinboard dedicated to fun and easy money savers.