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¬†Cherry ūüćí fluff and my happy place¬†

Ok so my mother in law, Deb, is a native of DeWitt, Arkansas. I am pretty sure before Big Daddy and I started dating, I’d never been to Arkansas, much less DeWitt. So it’s pretty funny for me to say the words “Dewitt is my favorite place on Earth.” Well, it likely rivals Perdido Key, Florida as my favorite place, but it is right up there at the top of my list. She and my father in law, Scott, run a hunting lodge, Bayou LaGrue. I’ve likely told y’all this before, but maybe you missed that so I’m saying it again. So technically Bayou LaGrue is one of my 2 favorite places on Earth. We love coming here. Last night when we arrived, Deb aka Granny had prepared a ham, fried potatoes, corn and peas with some rolls. My kids oohed and Aahed like they had not eaten in years. I could not blame them…everything tastes better at the camp! We all agreed on this. Forget Disney, for Cajun mama and family, Bayou LaGrue is the happiest place on Earth! 

Pappy’s favorite thing to do is catch fish in the pond

Now that I’ve been around for over two decades, Deb aka Granny sometimes gives me carte blanche in the lodge kitchen. Only sometimes though. Cajun Mama or not, that’s her lodge kitchen and she is the queen of it. I’ve been wanting to make Mr. Scott some of my mom’s dirty rice, so before coming up I grabbed the stuff I knew they would not carry in the Piggly or Kroger in DeWitt (it’s pretty small) and then I saw this recipe on Facebook and decided to make this “cherry fluff” while I was at it, here is original recipe link. Mr. Scott LOVES ambrosia and this dessert seemed like a pretty good fit. And I told Deb I would be commandeering the kitchen. She allowed it. This time.  Haha! 
Anyhow, I made up batch of this cherry fluff aka unicorn fluff and I cannot wait to get his take on it. My Madame toot (10 year old girly girl with a love of all things unicorn) said given its pink color, it’s fluffy texture, and that it has marshmallows in it, should be dubbed “Unicorn Fluff” so unicorn fluff it is!! This recipe is super simple to throw together and it is different than your regular cakes or pies, so it’s a fun, unexpected treat. Also, given that it is 9000 degrees outside anywhere in the South, this dessert is NO BAKE, possibly making it the perfect summer dessert! Can I get a whoop whoop?!! 

La ingredients


Unicorn Fluff ūü¶Ą/Cherry Fluff ūüćí 

Stuff you need~

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 

1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip

1 (20 ounce) can of crushed pineapple, very well drained  

1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling 

2 cups mini marshmallows 

1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened works)

1/2 cup chopped pecans 

What to do with the stuff~

Combine the Cool Whip, cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple in a large mixing bowl.


 Stir in marshmallows, pecans, and shredded coconut.


  Now, cover and pop in fridge. Let chill until ready to enjoy! It will thicken up as it chills. Be sure to take in the lovely pink hue of this sweet concoction sure to add a bright dose of color to your next meal!! Madame Toot would insist on this! 


I hope you enjoy this luscious pink dessert in your happy place! 

This is a luscious dessert!
Papa and Madame Toot at BLL

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Easy strawberry shortcake trifle and keeping it simple

Ok so the other day Big Daddy goes to see one of his customers and he had some strawberries. Correction a bunch of berries. Beautiful, ripe, red Louisiana berries. The kind that represent exactly what a strawberry should be. And make you feel a little sad for those poser berries (that I buy because my kids love strawberries in their lunch boxes) that are in the stores when berries are out of season. And BD being the sweetie that he is, brought home a flat of those babies to me.

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See what I mean? Just so beautiful and juicy and perfect. Yum. So my dilemma was…what do I do with these berries? I mean, sure we could just nibble on them but that’s a bunch of berries. Now, as I have said before, I get some notions sometimes to go above and beyond and pull out all the stops when I am cooking. And in life in general. But when I do, I tend to set myself up for disappointment because I pour my heart and soul into something and the effort does not equal the reward. Know what I mean? There are things in life that are worth the hard work. Growing my babies and giving birth, raising them right, my marriage, my relationship with God. But really, day to day, I do not have the where with all to put forth 100% effort into any meal I make. Come on, I am too practical for that. So I think of recipes along those lines most of the time. What is the fastest, easiest route to use up these berries in a delicious and quick to put together dessert. Then the kiddos and BD decide they want to take the boat out. Yeah, that lit a fire under me to get the berries put away. Mama needs some time on the water, cruising along the Red River. So I made the executive decision to remove the hulls and slice the berries up. Poured some sugar all over those babies (cue the Def Leppard–my band du jour) and a little Grand Marnier that I had on hand. I would cover them and let them sit in the fridge during our boat outing. Tomorrow I would turn those sugar drenched, liquored up berries into a strawberry shortcake. I had some Sara Lee pound cake and some cool whip…yes that would all work just fine. Sure I could have put forth that extra effort and made a homemade poundcake like the one I posted a recipe for a while back…the link is here
Southern Living Pound cake and the perfectionist super woman who lives in my head | cajunmamacookin’s Blog
https://cajunmamacookinblog.com/2014/04/17/southern-living-pound-cake-and-the-perfectionist-wonder-woman-who-lives-in-my-head/. Yes that would certainly have been noble of me. Definitely industrious. Dignified even. Luckily, I don’t aspire to be those things. I am just me. And just so Martha Stewart. All due respect to Martha, but I don’t have any assistants to help me and I wanted to get my butt on that boat. So store bought pound cake it is. I could have made my own whipped cream. I mean, I know how. But would the extra effort made that big a difference? I had a boss (who is still a friend…hey Terry!) whose mantra was KISS…keep it simple silly. At that time I was not married yet and had no kids…I could not imagine why simple was so necessary. Oh but I see it all so clearly now. So, I did. I am sure I am not impressing y’all with my supreme practicality, but if you are a busy mom or busy grandma or busy in general individual with so many other things to do but you still want something tasty for dessert…maybe you appreciate this just a little!! So for you I have this super simple, stupid easy strawberry shortcake trifle. I hope you pull it together and get out there and live your life. Life waits for no one and no berry! Oh and sidenote…or maybe most importantly of all…this was awesome dessert and it was hard to believe it was such a cinch to pull together!!~AMB

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Get those berries soaking in that sugar mama and let’s get on the boat!! Fun is waiting!!

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totally worth keeping it simple.

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posing on the sandbar…cutie

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seriously who cares about showboating in the kitchen? We are making memories mama!

Super easy strawberry shortcake trifle
serves 10-12

Stuff you need~

6 cups (or more) of ripe luscious strawberries, hulls removed and then sliced up
2 cups of sugar
3 teaspoons of Grand Marnier (optional)
2 small Sara Lee pound cakes (freezer section of the grocery store), cut into slices and then cubes
2 -8 ounce containers of Cool Whip

What to do with the stuff~

Remove the hulls from the berries. Slice up the berries and add them to a nice size bowl. Stir in the sugar and give it a good toss. Resist the urge to eat the berries. They are scrumptious. Drizzle in that Grand Marnier now if you are using it. Stir the berries gently.

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just like that. So good. Mama likey

Now slice your poundcake and then cut into chunks.

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In a trifle bowl or a punch bowl (or really y’all any bowl that you have that is big and not super wide but pretty deep) , make a layer of one pound cake chunked up.

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just like that. Yep.

Now, layer half of those insanely delicious berries over the layer of pound cake chunks.

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yessss

Now smooth one of the containers of Cool Whip over the berries.

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resist the impulse to eat it now. It’s not ready

Now repeat the whole process one more time. Pound cake layer, berry layer, Cool Whip layer. Oh yes. It’s good.

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oh sweet layers of perfection

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totally worth some shortcuts in the kitchen

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what a view for a Friday night

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shortcut perfection

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love this one

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sunset on the Red River. Perfect.

Chocolate Pie and layers of goodness

Today I am writing about chocolate pie. ¬†But ya’ll know me…I cannot leave it at that. ¬†There is more to say. ¬†So I must say it. ¬†I have so many thoughts rattling/whirling around in my head all the time and some times I manage to corral them into some sort of cohesive statement. ¬†Or I give it my best shot anyway. ¬†Lately, I have become very conscious of the pressure on our social media networks to ¬†be the best parent ever in the whole world. ¬†The parent who does enough, but not too much. ¬†The parent who knows the right thing to say, always. ¬†The parent who is calm, rational, soft spoken yet firm, attentive always…you know what I mean…titles that get posted to our news feed like..”Awesome…you just broke your child” or “hands free mama…how to be one?” ¬†or “enjoying the moments because you are lucky dammit to have these kids”. ¬†Now, I am not saying that this is unnecessary, but I am saying I feel it is a bit too much. ¬†It is getting nauseating. ¬†I find myself reluctant to click and read the post because since I am not the perfect parent, I might see proof of this in what must be the Bible of parenting. ¬†Now, I believe in good doses of self awareness from time to time. ¬†There is always room to step up our game. ¬†As parents, teachers, office administrators, doctors, grocery store clerks…whatever your vocation, nothing wrong with doing your best. ¬†These little blurbs that bombard my news feed are about doing the impossible. ¬†Being the perfect parent. ¬†Sure, there is room for us to put the iphone down and be in the moment more. ¬†There is room for us to yell less and use our calm voices more. ¬†But as a mom of 4 kids, some days that is more feasible than others. ¬†Most of these theories only work if you parent in a bubble. ¬†And your child is perfect. ¬†And you are starring in a sitcom where conversations are scripted. ¬†And it will all work out nicely in 30 minutes. ¬†That, my friends, is not life. ¬†That is a television show. ¬†Parenting in real life is like a comedy mixed with a horror movie with just a little fantasy thrown in. ¬†Parenting has many faces. ¬†Childhood has many faces. ¬†Some of them are picture perfect and others are hide that picture ugly. ¬†Some moments, days, nights, weeks are easier than others. ¬† ¬†It is not all homogeneous, it has layers. ¬†Kind of like this pie. ¬†To dissect this chocolate pie and look at it layer by layer, would be unfair. ¬†Because it takes all the layers to make this luscious chocolate pie the delicious delight (say that 3 times fast!!!) that it is. ¬†Same thing with being a parent or child. ¬†No parent is all good or all bad. ¬†No child is either. ¬†And sometimes the good parent and good child come together to make a lovely parenting moment. ¬†I love those. ¬†But on the flip side, sometimes, more than any of us care to admit, the less than good parent and less than good child come together to make one hot mess. ¬†Or one rough morning. ¬†Or evening. ¬†I do not love those. ¬†You cannot look at those moments as making up the whole of the parent or child. ¬†You have to look at the entire pie. ¬†ALLLLL the layers, ya’ll. ¬†That is where the goodness is. ¬†That is where it all comes together. ¬†Lately, my youngest has been giving me fits. ¬†I will admit it. ¬†He is 5 and his own person. ¬†I am working on adjusting my parenting style to suit who he is as a person. ¬†But heaven help me, I am having to pray my way through it. ¬†We have had some less than stellar moments lately. ¬†Some of which I am not proud of. ¬†But I know that this is not all there is to it. ¬†He is a wonderful, scrumptious, precious little boy. ¬†With one heck of a wild streak. ¬†And I am a loving, devoted, involved mommy…who is just feeling a little overwhelmed lately. ¬†That does not make me good or bad. ¬†That does not make him good or bad. ¬†We are probably somewhere in between. ¬†But the love is there. ¬†Not every moment can be whipped cream on top perfect. ¬†And that, sweet friends, is just the way it is. ¬†This does not make the pie any less sweet or delicious. ¬†Thanks for hearing me out. ¬†I really want to share the pie recipe with you, but I also wanted to say let’s be real. ¬†Stop expecting so much of ourselves as parents. ¬†Stop reading those things that dissect our parenting and pick it apart…that is only a little bitty small part…not the whole pie. ¬†I, for one, am working on accepting the layers of my baby boy. ¬†His sweet tender soft side, his fierce proud side, his wild side and so on. ¬†They all make up who my precious boy is. ¬†And I love that. ~AMB

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His determined, stubborn side

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His wild silly side

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His sweet delicious side…

Chocolate Pie (from the kitchen of my friend Betsy)

Stuff You Need~

1 graham cracker pie crust or Oreo cookie pie crust (the ready made kind)

1-8 ounce tub of Cool-Whip

2 (3 ounce) boxes of  INSTANT chocolate pudding

3 ounces of semi-sweetened bakers chocolate

1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

2 cups cold milk

What to do with the Stuff~

Melt the 3 oz. of chocolate in the microwave (in a microwave safe bowl).  When it is melted, stir in the 1/4 cup condensed milk.  Pour this into the bottom of the pie crust.

Now, in a medium size bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and the milk. ¬†Spoon 1 1/2 cups of this mixture into the pie crust. ¬†Now, mix 1/2 ¬†of the tub of Cool Whip with the rest of the pudding mixture. ¬†Stir to combine. ¬†Smooth this on top of the other layer. ¬†Top the pie with the remainder of the Cool Whip. ¬†Let this cool in the fridge for several hours or overnight. ¬†Enjoy the layers of lusciousness, my friends. ¬†And a shout to my good friend Betsy B. for this wonderful recipe she got from her cousin’s wife, Mandy!! Gotta love how good recipes get around!!

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Layer number one..

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Layer number 2…we are getting there…gotta love some ¬†layers…

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It all comes together nicely doesn’t it? ¬†YUMMMMM

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Only 1 layer would be so boring!!!  

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Me and my sweet, rough, wild, loving little boy…this sums it up. ¬†lol!