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I made The Pioneer Woman’s Pig Cake


I wish I had a better picture for y’all but this is all I have.  I took it to send to my sister in a text, showing her that I did INDEED make the The Pioneer Woman’s Pig Cake 

 Oh my goodness, y’all!  This is the cake of all cakes!  It’s the QUEEN of Cakeland!  It is so delicious it defies description!  It’s PERFECT for Spring/Summer time!  Heck, it’s perfect for ANY time!! 

For my birthday my sister Kari made me a PW Pig Cake.  So sweet right?  She actually used sugar free pudding, mandarin oranges and pineapples in light syrup and it was JUST AS DELICIOUS!!! 

Yep, I’m 38!! But it’s OK, I still act like I’m 22!!

 See, I told y’all this cake is so amazing that it is still amazing even low-cal!!! 

This is the recipe from The Pioneer Woman’s website.  Along with the direct link underneath.


1 box (18.25 Oz. Box) Yellow Cake Mix

1 stick Margarine (softened)

1 can (14 Oz. Can) Mandarin Oranges, Drained, 1/2 Cup Juice Reserved

4 whole Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


1 package (4 Oz. Box) Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix

1 can (20 Oz. Can) Crushed Pineapple, Juice Reserved

½ cups Powdered Sugar

4 ounces, fluid Frozen Whipped Topping (such As Cool Whip)

Extra Mandarin Orange Slices, For Garnish


    Preparation Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the cake, combine cake mix, margarine, 1/2 cup juice from the mandarin oranges, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for four minutes on medium-high. Add drained oranges and beat again until pieces are broken up and small. Pour batter into greased and floured 9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven and cool completely. If desired, turn out cake onto a large platter.
    Once cake is cool, blend juice from drained pineapples with the vanilla pudding mix. Add powdered sugar and mix, then mix in whipped topping. Stir in drained pineapple. Spread on cooled cake and refrigerate several hours.
    To serve, cut cake into squares and top each square with a mandarin orange slice.
    I am linking this deliciousness up to the Home May’d Recipe Party with Rhoda of Southern Hospitality.  Get your recipes ready.  I hope to see you there! 
    Now, I mentioned that my sister made me the PW Pig Cake for my birthday.  I thought I would share a few pictures of my birthday.

    I still feel new to AZ and after living all my life in TX, I’m still not over how amazing mountains really are.  I love them.  Out here some are just beautifully colored rock, some are covered in cacti and some are covered with all kinds of interesting desert plants.  We love to go hiking.  We love it so much, Alie asks to go hiking nearly everyday.  

    For my birthday my family planned a little picnic at North Mountain. This is where we picnicked.
     My hubby, my Alie, my sister Kari and her bf Charlie, my brother Jaddy, his wife Julie and their son Jayden all planned this for me! Hubby made the MOST DELICIOUS turkey burgers.  Everyone brought all kinds of yummy stuff to munch on. And Kari made the DELICIOUS cake! 

    Alie and Jayden had so much fun just playing in the sand.
    Check out Alie’s hiking boots!! Aren’t they the coolest!?!

     After we ate we all went on a nice hike.  The weather was PERFECT!!  We took the easy trail for the kiddos.  I have to tell y’all, Alie can handle those moderate trails pretty well in her super cool green hiking boots! 

    I HAD to share this one with y’all.  That is my brother!! HA!!
     It was such a great day!!  My sis sent me home with the rest of the cake.  She even packed up some extra mandarin orange pieces for me!!  This was my piece for my late night b-day treat!!
    I really hope you’ll try this recipe!! It’s WONDERFUL!!!! 
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!  

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    Top 10 of 2010

    WOW!!!  What a year.  I started this blog on January 6 this year.  I had NO IDEA what I was doing.  With that and a computer that died on us I really didn’t get things going until June.  So even though my anniversary is coming up it really does not feel like one.  To me it really feels like this all began in June.  So with that I have complied a list of the best of AliLilly 2010!!!  So exciting!!  I have a best of list!!  WEEE! *big happy smile*  I based this list off of comments and features.

    My Christmas Decorating with Tissue Paper post.
    Is My Daughter is a Princess post.  I made her this costume!!  It was my first! 🙂

    My Bananas and Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe.

    A quick story about Falling IN LOVE with Blogging!

    My first homemade Gift Box Bows.

    My FIRST Tissue Paper Christmas Trees and new Christmas Mantel.

    A DIY Photo Box Tutorial.
    Go from this
    To this!

    My Rocky Road Cupcake Recipe.

    My Baby Blanket Art!

    And the NUMBER 1 POST OF 2010 
    Is the story called Sending Birthday Wishes To Heaven.  It is about my BELOVED Nephew Khaleeq who went to Heaven last year.  He is loved and missed and is OUR Angel watching over us from Heaven.

    There were so many heartfelt and wonderful comments left on this post. 

    Thanks y’all for such a great year.  I have met and made so many new wonderful friends.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2011!  Thanks for all your support and AMAZING inspiration.  This blog and my craftiness would be NOTHING with out YOU!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and have a HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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    SO YUMMY Pumpkin Bars

    This is going to be the EASIEST Terrifically Tasteful Thursday recipe post ever!! Which means if y’all follow this, it will be SUPER easy for y’all too! 

    Next time you’re at the grocery store, if you see this
    BUY IT!!!!!
    The bars were DELICIOUS!!! There is a recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake on the box as well. Now, I have my very own Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe that is a FAMILY FAVORITE. BUT, I am DEFINITELY trying this one out too!

    SO YUMMY! The crust is gingerbread cookies!!
    I could have added some whip cream and sprinkled some nutmeg to make it pretty. I didn’t intend on this being a recipe post. BUT after the first bite I decided I HAD to share this one!! If you try it I would love to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

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    Fantastically Delicious Turkey Burgers

    I made these burgers for my family a few weeks ago.  David told me they were “fantastic” and then proceeded to ask me where his second burger was!  They really were DELICIOUS!  So I made them again and decided I just HAD to share them with y’all.  I bought this seasoning from Big Lots.

    If you can find it, BUY IT!!!!  It’s AWESOME!!  I think it’s the little kick that takes these burgers up to the FANTASTIC level.  If you can’t find it use your favorite BBQ seasoning.

    You will need
    • 1 pound of ground turkey
    • hamburger buns
    • sliced sandwich cheese
    • lite mayo
    • salt
    • pepper
    • BBQ seasoning
    This makes about 4 medium sized (aka NOT Red Robbin sized) burgers.  Season your ground turkey with BBQ seasoning. I used about 2 tbsp.  Then I formed my meat into patties slightly larger than the buns.  This way as they shrink from cooking you don’t end up with a lil silver dollar sized patty inside your buns!  Cook them in a skillet over med-high heat for about 5 minutes per side.  Add a few sprinkles of salt and pepper to each side of the burgers as they cook.  After they are cooked place cheese slices over the patties cover your skillet and remove from heat.  While your cheese is turning into oooey goooey goodness, toast and lightly butter the buns.  I also spread some lite mayo on mine.  Place your cheesy covered turkey patty into the buns and serve!  I served mine with a salad.  I’m a bit proud of myself for doing that…..I wanted to fry up some salty hot fries SO BAD! Enjoy!!! I have posted to pictures of our San Diego trip for y’all! You can see them HERE!!!

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