Top Posts of 2016

I can’t believe another year is drawing to a close.

It is true what they say: As you get older, the years seem to go faster.

Feels like I just blinked and we are ready to ring in the New Year.

Before 2017 is fully upon us, here is a look back at the 10 most popular Summertime Melissa posts of the past year.

Enjoy!

10. Gluten Free Multi Grain Bread

Thank you Bulk Barn for your simple bread mix that makes a relatively good loaf (if not small and compact) of (gluten-free) bread.

Gluten Free Multi-Grain Bread

9. Moorea

This was quite possibly the most incredible place I have ever been. I look forward to a day when I can return and maybe never come back…

Moorea

8. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Who doesn’t love a great, easy pumpkin recipe?

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

7. Heavenly Salmon Salad

This is quite possibly one of my favorite recipes of the year! So delicious, very healthy and so easy to make.

Heavenly Salmon Salad

6. Kauai

This was the start of our big 3 week holiday and not like many other places we had been. Kauai is laid back and lush…a great combination.

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5. Klosse

Childhood nostalgia (and a mild heart attack) on a plate!

Klosse

4. How To Successfully Shop at Goodwill

This post evolved over a long period of time. We were first going to do a video post, but we filmed it and were instantly embarrassed…so luckily my dear husband is a whiz with computers and made us all the cool gifs to create a great post. Thanks Viv for the fun…not only on that particular shopping trip, but just generally in life.

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3. Chicken, Brie and Fig Jam Sandwiches

This is a post from back in 2014, but it is one of the most read pages on my blog. I forgot how good these sandwiches are…maybe we will be having some next week…

Chicken, Brie and Fig Jam Sandwich

2. Noorish

I had so much fun with my friend Sarah at this restaurant. She has introduced me to the world of all-things-vegan. And though I won’t be giving up meat any time soon, I do love a good vegetarian recipe from one of the Oh She Glows cookbooks she has gifted me. I’m not sure that Andrew is as happy…but he will get used to it.

Bodhi Burger

1. Braided Nutella Bread

This was the most popular page on my blog over the last year…and when I looked at the site, the pictures didn’t even work! This was a delicious little treat. Good thing it is rather time consuming, or I might attempt this more often.

Braided Nutella Bread

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dump Cake

My mother in law is an incredible cook. She treats us to delectable meals often and Thanksgiving is no exception.

I figured, this year, I would help her out and bring dessert so she had one less thing to worry about for our meal. Plus I had been looking on Pinterest at all the delicious pumpkin desserts that everyone was posting. What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin something?

I decided on pumpkin cream cheese dump cake because it seemed like a delicious and easy dessert. I was right on both accounts.

Pumpkin Dump Cake

I started by mixing up the bottom pumpkin layer:

  • 29 oz of pumpkin puree
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups of white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice

I poured it into the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

Next I mixed up the cream cheese layer by mixing 8 ounces cream cheese, 3/4 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk in my stand mixer until it is creamy and smooth.

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

I scooped all that cream cheesy deliciousness into a ziploc bag and cut the edge of it for a make-shift piping bag. I piped the cream cheese mixture over top of the pumpkin mixture.

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

Then I dumped a box of dry white cake mix over the top of that. I used a chopstick and poked holes through the cake to the pumpkin layer. (But not right down to the bottom of the pan)

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

I poured 1/2 cup of melted margarine over the entire cake.

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

Lastly I mixed up 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and sprinkled it over the cake.

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

The original recipe said to bake the cake for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees or until a knife inserted into the middle came out clean. For me, and my oven, that was more like 70-80 minutes.

Pumpkin cream cheese dump cake

The verdict- This was a delicious, dense, rich cake. There was easily enough for the 8 of us and we still had a 1/3 of the cake left. This would be great for a potluck or dinner for a crowd. Other than the baking time, this cake mixes up quickly and is very simple to put together.