Orange Shortcake Parfait

Do you have kids who always seem to be hungry for an after school snack?  Or do YOU always find yourself rummaging through the kitchen for something to snack on?  If you’ve answered, “Yes!” to either of these questions, then today’s post is for you!  When it comes to afternoon snacking, you don’t have to settle for the same boring and bland foods.  You’ll actually find it’s amazing what you can do with just a few simple ingredients on hand.  You just have to get a little creative!  Today I’m sharing a recipe for a quick Orange Shortcake Parfait.  You can make these for your hungry little ones in about 5 minutes, or make an entire round of parfaits for your next party!

The other day, I made a couple of pound cakes!  I LOVE pound cakes!  They are so simple, yet so good!  And while I love the plain pound cake, it’s also a versatile dessert that you can change up with a little frosting, glaze, or fruit.  If you’ve got leftover pound cake on the counter and a little fruit on hand, you can easily make a shortcake parfait in a about five minutes.  In our post today, I’ve used a simple fruit cup of mandarin oranges and a little whipped topping to make an Orange Shortcake Parfait.


Of course, you could very easy substitute in another fruit cup like pineapple, or use fresh fruit like strawberries or bananas to make any kind of shortcake you like.  No whipped topping on hand?  No worries!  Just substitute in another ingredient, such as vanilla pudding.  And if you don’t have happen to have any cake on hand, look for other items in your kitchen that could be the base of your buffet:  crumbled up cookies, snack cakes (ie – Twinkies), other leftover cakes and breads, cinnamon rolls, and even leftover biscuits.

Not Just a Snack

And if you’d like to go beyond a quick 5 minute snack for you or your kids,  consider using a whole pound cake to make parfaits for an entire room full of people!  Party guests will love this dessert, and you’ll love how quick and easy it is to make.  Not to mention, it is a very cost effective dessert that looks great on your party buffet!

Orange Shortcake Parfait

Orange Shortcake Parfait


1 slice of pound cake

4 ounces mandarin oranges, drained

a few dollops of whipped topping


Cut a pound cake slice in to one inch pieces. Drain the juice off of a 4 ounce mandarin orange cup.

In a small place or jar, layer the mandarin orange pieces, pound cake pieces, and dollops of whipped topping till you make a complete parfait.

*Use a whole pound cake, a tub of whipped topping, and canned mandarin oranges to make several parfaits for a party.

Do you ever use leftovers or odds & ends to make the perfect snack or dessert?  I’d love for you to share your ideas with me!  You can share your ideas in the comments, link up your recipe at our Friday Favorites party, or tag Simply Sweet Home in your social media post!


13 Favorite Recipes of 2016

Favorite Recipes 2016

I can’t believe it is February already! Having said that, I must admit that I’ve been a little distracted lately and have fallen behind in the blogging world.  Each year in January, I like to look back at the previous year’s posts and pick out some of my favorite recipes to highlight.  Since it IS February, I’m obviously a little late with this, but I figure it’s never too late to share a good food post. Right?  So today I’m sharing 13 favorite recipe of 2016.  We have a sandwich, salad, Mexican food, soup, and some awesome desserts!

If you see anything you like, just click the link below the picture to print out the recipe!  And as always, I invite you to comment and let me know which food looks appealing to you! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 318 – With Fruit Recipes

Hello all. Welcome to this week’s Friday Favorites party. This week I’m having another round of delicious breakfast-y foods…although I’d eat these any time of day! And they all include some of my favorite fruit flavors: banana, apple, and strawberry! Yum!  Hope these give you some baking inspiration for the weekend!

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Apple Custard Pastry

Apple Custard Pastry from Baking for Blessings

Banana Bread

Banana Bread from Gluesticks

Double Strawberry Breakfast Parfait

Double Strawberry Breakfast Parfait from Team Never Going Back

Thanks for partying with us this week! Please link up your posts below!


Friday Favorites – Week 255 – With Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Hi everyone! Happy early Valentine’s Day! To celebrate the holiday, I’ve got a few last minute Valentine’s Day features!  Hope you enjoy them!

Also, if you applied to be a guest contributor or linky party co-host, thank you!  I’ve just out emails to the linky party co-host applicants, so if you’ve applied please check your inbox for my email. As for those who’ve expressed interest in guest posting, I’ll be planning a guest posting event shortly and will contact you with details as soon as I have them.

Now take a look at these fun Valentine’s ideas!

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Friday Favorites – Week 223 – With 4th of July Treats

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Hello. Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. We’re gearing up for 4th of July this week with a few treats that would be perfect for your backyard barbecue. Hope you enjoy!
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Friday Favorites – Week 162

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Hey guys! Welcome to another fun edition of Friday Favorites!  Before we get to this week’s party, I have a couple of announcements that I want to make.  First off, I am planning to schedule some guest posts for the summer time.  Last summer I had a few of you on here to share your summer recipes with us, and I found it really enjoyable.  I will be contacting some of you via email shortly to see if you’d like to be a guest.  (Just as soon as I get a free minute. haha!)  But I would love…love…love…LOVE some volunteers!  So if you’d like to be a guest on my blog this summer, please just send me an email and I will be in contact with you shortly! 🙂

And then also this Friday, in addition to hosting this party, I am going to be sharing a review for Olay Fresh Effects, and in the review I will be including my very first….wait for it, wait for it…..Youtube video!  And I have to tell you, I am like the shyest person that ever lived!  So I swore up and down that I would never post a Youtube video, but I’ve been encouraged to make a one a few different times now, and I finally decided that I would break down and just try it out!  And who knows…maybe if I get some pretty good feedback, I may try to do more of those in the future.  So, as I said, the post will go up some time on Friday, and I would love to get your comments on the video.  (I only ask that you try to  ignore my constant hand movements and childlike voice! haha!)

Now let’s take a look at this week’s features!

Starbucks Mocha Cupcakes from Spend with Pennies

Carseat Cover
Baby Carseat Cover Tutorial from I Dig Pinterest and I Did it Too
Cake Batter No-Bake Cheesecake

 Cake Batter No Bake Cheesecake Filling from Close to Home

I can’t wait to see your post! Link up below!


Friday Favorites – Week 145

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Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites!  After linking up today, please check my sidebar for some great giveaways.  One of them even includes a Williams-Sonoma gift card! Please check them out and support our sponsors!  Thanks!

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