4 Reasons You Should Buy Your Meat In Bulk & Save It With The Food Saver System!

4 Reasons You Should Buy Your Meat In Bulk & Save It With The Food Saver System!

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From So-So Gift To Awesome Discovery

(By Melissa)

Before my Father passed away, he bought a Food Saver System for us. I didn’t understand why and really thought it was a waste of money so didn’t use it for a while. I just kept using the freezer bags and then throwing away food when it got freezer burn. How smart is that?

I’ve finally come to my senses after a shopping spree at Sams Club. I bought all kinds of meat in bulk and separated it and put it away so I would have whatever I wanted when I needed it. I’d always wanted to do this, and knew it was a great idea, but actually doing it never happened. The trick I finally discovered accidentally was to have a plan and a system. Lucky for me, my Father, had the system all covered. I learned quickly that this little kitchen appliance was a gem and that I should’ve been using it all along!

It’s not the same as saving food in regular freezer bags. The frozen food saved this way stays fresher much longer and doesn’t get all freezer burned and shriveled up like it does in other types of containers or plastic bags. Using the Food Saver reduces waste and saves money. It’s as simple as that. That’s a big reason to use this system.

When using this system, I always know what meat and vegetables I have frozen so that when I start meal planning or grocery shopping, I’m ready to make my menu and won’t buy extras I don’t need. There are just so many reasons why this system is a great way to spend your hard earned $. Let me show you a few more.

Save $ on your grocery budget buying meat and vegetables in bulk and freezing them using the Food Saver System!

#1 Save $$$$!!!!

  • You won’t be going to the grocery store every time you need to cook a meal. You know when you’re trying to figure out what to cook for dinner and you decide, but then don’t have what you need to do it? You’ll go to the grocery store and spend $60-$100 when all you need is ground beef. This method eliminates the need to do that!
  • Buying anything in bulk is usually the most economical way to go.
  • Do you hate always running out of freezer bags? You won’t have to buy boxes of overly priced storage bags and then throw away your frozen food when it becomes freezer burned and tasteless.
  • Buy your bags pre-sized and sealed at one end or in rolls. I love the rolls because they can be cut the perfect size for your portions. You just have to seal two ends instead of one! You purchase them in bulk boxes with different size rolls, which saves you more money!

Save $ on your grocery budget buying meat and vegetables in bulk and freezing them using the Food Saver System!

# 2 Serve Your Family Healthy Meals Everyday

  • Since the prices are lower when buying large quantities, you can splurge on higher quality beef, chicken and pork, knowing you are serving your family quality meals.
  • You can also buy your vegetables in bulk and freeze them in properly proportioned sizes. Take them out as you need them to go with your perfect meals or use just the vegetables for Meatless Monday!
  • Even better, freeze the meat and vegetables together in one bag with the seasonings so you can throw it all in the Slow Cooker at one time and use only one bag!

Save $ on your grocery budget buying meat and vegetables in bulk and freezing them using the Food Saver System!

#3 Meal Planning Stress Is Reduced

  • You’ll always have some perfectly proportioned protein in the freezer to cook a meal with just the right amount of leftovers for lunch the next day. This is important if your family is not good about eating leftovers. But you always have the option of freezing any leftovers with the same system! Make double what you need and freeze the rest for a meal on another busy day!
  • There are more choices and you’ll not be limited to just one type of protein for your meals.
  • You will know that you are preparing quality and delicious meals for your family and that will make you very happy which relieves your stress.
  • If you are keeping your pantry stocked and storing properly prepared portions of meat in your freezer you won’t have to go to the store on your way home from work or soccer practice when you’re already in a hurry and have a million other things you need to do.

#4 It’s Going To Make You Look So Smart!

  • Having a delicious, nutritious and budget friendly meal ready everyday at Dinnertime is going to prove you are a the Domestic Diva you always knew you were!
  • Everyone will wonder how you do it!
  • Your family will forever know and refer to you as the “Best Cook”!
  • You will have the most organized freezer.

Tips and Tricks

  • Read and follow the Manufacturers Instructions to get the most out of your Food Saver.
  • Learn how and when to clean the pieces and parts so that the Food Saver will work correctly.
  • Read the Instructions! It’s worth saying again.
  • Buy your storage bags in the rolls in large quantities. It will save you lots of money in the long run.
  • Try to plan your meals ahead of time, before you go to the Grocery or Warehouse club. That way you will have an idea of what type of meats and vegetables you will need to purchase.

So, now that I’ve shared all of this with you, what’s stopping you from getting one? Still have questions, leave a comment!

Thanks for stopping by,

Melissa

Do you want some really great Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Recipes? You might like these.

Slow cooked Instant Pot Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Crockpot Boston Butt Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroom and Onion Gravy
Instant Pot French Onion Rump Roast
Crockpot Potato Leek Soup

Save $ on your grocery budget buying meat and vegetables in bulk and freezing them using the Food Saver System!

 

Family Joy Blog Link Party #56

Family Joy Blog Link Party #56

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It’s time for Family Joy Blog Link Party #56!

As usual I’m so glad the weekend is here. This has been a really long week for me and I’m so glad to have some time to sit around and blog, do some cooking and photography and whatever else I want to do.

What have you been doing this week? Are you working on getting things ready for the Spring season or is Winter still bearing down on you? Whatever the weather is doing around you, one thing is for sure, every Sunday at 9am CST, the Family Joy Blog Link Party will go live so you can add your posts and show us what you’ve been working on!

The reason we do this party every week is so that all of us bloggers have the opportunity to meet and greet each other, share our blogging experiences and get to know each other better. We do that by visiting each others sites, commenting on and sharing posts on social media. In other words, we help each other out. That’s why this community is such a wonderful one to be a part of!

When you visit, we ask you to please don’t just drop your link and run. We are all so busy, but please, please take the time to look around at all the other amazing posts and support your fellow bloggers! We are all in this together and we must remember that there is room for everyone here and we have to support one another.

Thanks so much for stopping by and linking with us today. I cannot wait to see your posts! Oh and I forgot to tell you we have a new Instant Pot Link Party that we will be doing every two weeks from Wed-Sun. It’s for everything Instant Pot. You know, that magical, wonderful kitchen appliance everyone is talking about.? Just sign up below for our email reminders so you won’t ever forget to link up at a party!

See you soon,

Melissa

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
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Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

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Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroon and Onion Gravy

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroon and Onion Gravy

This Is The Best Meatloaf!

Y’all I’m having so much fun with the new Instant Pot I got for Christmas.  This mystical, magical kitchen appliance has me thinking up all kinds of new recipes and I can’t wait to try them out. So far, Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroom and Onion Gravy is my favorite! It’s full of so much mouthwatering flavor that you will be happy to eat it again for lunch the next day!

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroom and Onion Gravy is the best meatloaf I've made. Don't have an Instant Pot? Oven instructions included!

 

For the meatloaf, you will add the eggs, bread crumbs and seasonings and mix it up really well. Then drain a can of stewed tomatoes and add them to the meat. Using your hands crush the tomatoes into the meat until they are well incorporated. You can still see some of the tomatoes in the meatloaf and that’s fine. Set it aside and turn the Instant Pot on Sauté.

Next sauté the heck out of some onions and mushrooms getting them all nice and brown, then add a can of beef consommé. That’s the gravy, simple and delicious. And all cooked in one pot! WooHoo! I’m so amazed at this Instant Pot. Can you tell?

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroom and Onion Gravy is the best meatloaf I've made. Don't have an Instant Pot? Oven instructions included!

Next put the Meatloaf into the pot of gravy and set it at High Pressure, normal for 30 minutes. Cover it and let the Amazing Instant Pot do it’s thing!

 

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroom and Onion Gravy is the best meatloaf I've made. Don't have an Instant Pot? Oven instructions included!

Once it’s done, remove the meatloaf from the Instant Pot, and whisk 1 tbsp. flour into the gravy, stirring well until all the lumps are gone. The gravy is perfect over some creamy mashed potatoes!

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroom and Onion Gravy is the best meatloaf I've made. Don't have an Instant Pot? Oven instructions included!

This was by far the best meatloaf I’ve ever made and in fact the best one I’ve ever had period. My family agreed. It was wonderful the next day for leftovers. What’s better than a cold meatloaf sandwich?

I hope you enjoy my new recipe “Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroom and Onion Gravy!”

Melissa

 

Instant Pot Pressure Cooked Meatloaf with Mushroon and Onion Gravy

Instructions for cooking if you don't have an Instant Pot yet. Prepare the meatloaf per instructions and place it into a baking pan. In a skillet on the stove top, saute the onions and mushrooms and then stir in the beef Consomme. Pour the gravy over the meatloaf, cover with foil and bake at 350-375 for 45 minutes to an hour or until cooked thoroughly. Cooking time will vary depending on your oven so check at 30 minutes and then 15 minute increments to see if it has cooked all the way through.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp each: salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried onion
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 14 oz can stewed tomatoes drained
  • 1 cup of fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 can Campbell's Beef Consommé
  • 1 tbsp. flour to thicken gravy after the meatloaf is done

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add the beaten eggs, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried onion and parsley and mix well.
  2. Add the ground meat to this mixture, mixing until well incorporated
  3. Pour the drained tomatoes to the meat mixture and using your hands, mix well crushing the tomatoes into the meat mixture.
  4. Set meatloaf aside.
  5. Turn the Instant Pot on sauté.
  6. Add 2 tbsp. vegetable oil to the pot and let it heat.
  7. Next add the onions and mushrooms and cook them until they are golden brown.
  8. Turn the Instant Pot off and stir in the Beef Consomme to the onions and garlic
  9. Next, put the meatloaf in the Instant Pot in the mushroom/onion gravy.
  10. Cover the Instant Pot, turning the valve to the Pressure Cook setting.
  11. Set the Pressure Cooker on "high pressure-normal" for 30 minutes.
  12. After cooking and the pressure has released, remove the meatloaf from the pot and set aside.
  13. Add 1 tbsp. of flour to the gravy in the pot, mixing well and quickly with a whisk until all the lumps are gone.
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Instant Pot Link Party #1

Instant Pot Link Party #1

Instant Pot Link Up Party

Welcome to the Premier Of Our First Ever Instant Pot Link Party!

2/22/17 by Melissa

The Instant Pot has quickly taken the place of my Slow Cooker. This little gem does it all and to think I never even knew they existed until 2 months ago is just unthinkable. I mean, I am all over Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter. I  never saw anything about an Instant Pot! How is that possible?

Well, not any more. I’m all about this little kitchen appliance now. I use it almost daily and am having so much fun coming up with new recipes to cook in it. Today I’m testing out a chicken and vegetable soup. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! If it’s good, you’ll see it here shortly. If not, well, I’ll try again later!

Now it’s time for you to show us what you’ve got. How do you use your Instant Pot? What are your favorite features and recipes? Got any tips and tricks you’ve discovered and blogged about?

This is where you can show off all that Instant Pot fabulousness you’ve got going on! Every party we will feature at least 3 of the posts that are submitted and you your links may be added to our Pinterest board and shared across Social Media!

The Instant Pot is the Star of the Show for this party, so save any of your other posts for the Family Joy Blog Link Party that goes live every Sunday at 10am MST.

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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Family Joy Blog Link Party #55

Family Joy Blog Link Party #55

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Welcome to Family Joy Blog Link Party #55!

I have a great feeling that this week will be our best week ever for the Family Joy Blog Link Party #55!

Are you ready to show us what great things you’ve been up to this week? I cannot wait to see all the new posts and get some ideas for some crafts, projects and new recipes for the week. It’s always so much fun to see everything.

If you are new here, this is the place where you can share all your Family Friendly posts including Recipes, Homeschooling, DIY projects, Crafts, Sewing, and more! If you’re not a blogger, this is a great place to find new blogs to follow. You’ll find there’s something for everyone!

When you share your link, take a look at the rules and please be sweet and follow all your hosts on social media. Then take a little time to go through the other links to support your fellow bloggers and comment, share, tweet and pin to your hearts content.

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Mark your calendars for this coming Wednesday, February 22, 2017 for something special! A few of us ladies will be doing a very special Instant Pot Link Up Party!! We are really excited and hope you will join us to share all your Instant Pot reviews, tips and recipes. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, check it out anyway. You might just be convinced that you need one of these new gadgets for your kitchen!

Sign up for our email list below and you will be reminded of the party each week and also notified when we do any special link ups like the Instant Pot Link Up next week.

 

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

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Instant Pot French Onion Rump Roast

Instant Pot French Onion Rump Roast

 

One Instant Pot French Onion Rump Roast = 2 Days of Meals for 3 People

I normally cook my Rump Roast in the oven and while that’s still my favorite, but this Instant Pot French Onion Rump Roast is now a close second.  (You can see The Rump Roast recipe here.)

You can use any size Roast for this recipe, just adjust your ingredients based on the size. I used a 3-4 pound roast which is what I usually use for our family of 3. This roast was enough for two full meals for all of us with leftovers for my husbands lunch.

Day 1

The first thing that needs to be done is to caramelize the onions and brown the roast. Look at that beautiful browned roast! Can your regular crockpot do that? I don’t think so. This Instant Pot does it all! My favorite part of the Instant Pot is that you can Saute in the same pot you slow cook your meal.  And browning the meat to a nice golden brown, seals in the flavors for a better tasting finished product!

Bonus: You only have to wash one pot. WooHoo!!!!!

It's so easy to make a delicious Roast and Gravy in the #InstantPot, #Slowcooked to perfectionClick To Tweet

Next you will add the wine to the pan and scape up the bits from the bottom. Next add the dry onion soup mix and water and turn on the slowcooker!

If you want to thicken your gravy a little bit, you can add 1 tablespoon of flour to the pan after the roast is done and whisk it really well until the lumps are gone. Whisk it good and fast or you will have lumps. You don’t want lumps do you? That’s probably the hardest part of the whole recipe.

The first day we had Instant Pot French Onion Rump Roast with mashed potatoes smothered in delicious onion gravy and green beans to balance out the meal.

Day 2

The next day we ate the leftover roast and gravy on Sourdough Po-Boy Rolls. They were great! I heated them in the oven with sliced swiss cheese with gravy on the side for dipping.

My new Instant Pot has changed the way I cook and has really been a game changer for me as far as meal prep. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I highly recommend you invest in one as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed.

This pot does it all.


 

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If you’d like to read a little more about the features of the Instant Pot, head on over to my friend Char’s blog, Pursue Your Project. She has a great post with a lot of information about the Instant Pot and all the features it includes. You can link to her post here.

Instant Pot French Onion Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pound Roast. (I use Rump or Bottom Round)
  • 1 chopped or sliced onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup red or white wine
  • 1 package of Beefy Onion dry soup mix
  • 1- 1.5 cups water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon flour to whisk into gravy if you want it thickened
  • DAY 2:
  • Po-Boy or Hoagie Rolls for sandwiches (3-4)
  • Sliced Swiss Cheese
  • Leftover roast and gravy

Instructions

  1. Season the roast lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Press the Saute button on your Instant Pot and heat 1-2 tablespoons of oil.
  3. Add the onions and stir for about 3-5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.
  4. Add the garlic to the onions and saute for about 1 more minute.
  5. Push the onions/garlic over to the side and add the roast to the pot, browning well on all sides.
  6. Once the roast is browned, add the wine to the pot and stir up all the browned bits at the bottom of the pan.
  7. Turn the saute function off and start the slowcooker by pushing the appropriate button on your pot.
  8. If you don't have an Instant Pot yet, you can brown the onions, garlic and roast on the stove top and then transfer it to your slow cooker.
  9. Sprinkle the dry onion soup mix over the roast, add the water and cover.
  10. Let it cook for 6-8 hours in the normal slow cooker mode.
  11. Note: You will want to cook this for 6-8 hours, but keep in mind the longer it cooks the more tender it will become. If you like it really tender, cook it for at least 8 hours. Also the timing will depend on the size of your roast.
  12. If you want to thicken your gravy, remove the roast from the pan and add 1 tablespoon of flour to the gravy and whisk it quickly until all the lumps are gone.
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Family Joy Blog Link Party #54

Family Joy Blog Link Party #54

family joy blog linky partiesWelcome to Family Joy Blog Link Party #54!

Yay!!! It’s the weekend again and with the weekend comes the start of the Family Joy Blog Link Party. Are you ready to party? I know I am, so let’s get this party started!

If you’re new here, this is the place where you can share all your Family Friendly posts including Recipes, Homeschooling, DIY projects, Crafts, Sewing, and more! If you’re not a blogger, this is a great place to find new blogs to follow.  There’s something for everyone!

When you share your link, take a look at the rules and please follow all your hosts on social media. Then take a little time to go through the other links to support your fellow bloggers and comment, share, tweet and pin to your hearts content. You’re sure to find something great!

Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter so you’ll get a weekly reminder every Sunday morning, that way you won’t ever miss a party!

I can’t wait to see all the new posts that are added this week!!!

See you soon! Melissa

 

 

 

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Charlene @ Thinking Outside The Pot: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Samantha @ Sammy Approves: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Cristina @ Ava’s Alphabet: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog
Charlotte @ Pursue Your Project: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, Blog

Shamira @ Smiling Notes : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Melissa @ Mel Claire : Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog

Crystal @ Love Inspired Details : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

Christene @ Keys To Inspiration : Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Blog

 

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Mardi Gras King Cake With Cream Cheese Filling

Mardi Gras King Cake With Cream Cheese Filling

Cream Cheese Filled King Cake

The King Cake is a time honored Mardi Gras tradition. Did you know that people from all over the world order King Cakes each year online? Those that live in the south, can’t wait for the stores and bakeries to put them out on the shelves shortly after Christmas. What if I told you can make a Mardi Gras King Cake With Cream Cheese Filling right in your own kitchen? Yes my friend, you certainly can!!!

 

Celebrate the season with this delicious and festive Mardi Gras King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling!

These delectable cakes start with delicious bread dough and come with all kinds of unique fillings from sweet to savory, so feel free to experiment with your own favorite flavors. Maybe you’d like to add some cherries to the cream cheese, or maybe just cherries and no cream cheese? Strawberries, chocolate chips, nuts, caramel, the sky’s the limit. If you want some advice on altering the fillings, please leave your questions in the comments and I will be glad to help!

OK now, let’s get started making your very own Mardi Gras King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling! This recipe starts with my grandmother’s yeast roll dough. Plan to prepare the dough first and refrigerate it overnight, or for a minimum of four to six hours. You can find that recipe here.
 Celebrate the season with this delicious and festive Mardi Gras King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling!

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I sometimes use a store bought frosting, just to save a little time. You can check with the bakery at your favorite grocery store to see if they will sell you a little or you could always make your own, just to keep the recipe “from scratch”. It doesn’t have to be cream cheese frosting any type will do!
This recipe will make a very large king cake. I recommend dividing the dough in half to make two smaller king cakes or halving the recipe to make one. If you do make the larger cake, you will need to bake it for longer to ensure it is cooked through.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Remember, if you have any questions you have concerning this or any of my other recipes, please let me know!

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Mardi Gras Cream Cheese Filled King Cake

Ingredients

    This recipe will make two rainbow cakes
    For the Dough: 1 batch of Yeast Roll Dough
    For the Filling:
  • 2 8-oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • For the Topping:
  • 12-16 oz. cream cheese frosting (you can make your own or buy it premade)
  • Sugar sprinkles- Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Purple, Pink-whatever your favorite colors of the rainbow are!

Instructions

  1. Make a batch of Mimi's Yeast Roll Dough -Recipe here and refrigerate as directed. After the dough has been refrigerated for at least 4 hours you can begin to make your St. Patrick's Day Cake.
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix softened cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. If making two rainbow cakes, divide the dough in two.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a rectangle to ¼ inch thickness.
  5. Spread the filling mixture over the entire dough rectangle. If you are making two cakes, spread half of the mixture over each dough rectangle.
  6. Roll into a jelly roll, then form a half circle or rainbow shape.
  7. Place the cake on parchment paper lined pan. Cover with a cloth, and place in a warm area to rise for two hours.
  8. Bake cake(s) at 375-400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Spread cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake(s), then sprinkle with sugar crystals in your favorite rainbow colors.
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Celebrate the season with this delicious and festive Mardi Gras King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling!

 

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