After bringing them home I searched the web for a recipe using items that I had on hand. I found a million recipes calling for stuff I didn't have like graham cracker crusts or powdered sugar.
Since I'm a frugalnista I wasn't having any of that. No sir. I was determined to use what I had in my pantry.
Finally, I found this Simple Pound Cake recipe that begins with a yellow cake mix. Eureka! Strawberry shortcake it was...
Normally there are only three parts to a shortcake - the cake, the fruit and whipped cream - but my beloved doesn't like whipped cream.* So I threw together a sweetened cream cheese mixture so that he would have a little something to go with his strawberries.
I whipped up a package of cream cheese, a little sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla and a splash of milk.** It was downright heavenly. There was plenty of sweetness from the cake and whipped cream and just a little hint of tartness from the cream cheese layer.
A delicious ending. Otherwise known as dessert. Enjoy!
*Yes, I think it's shameful too. But it leaves more for me.
**The cream cheese mixture would be perfect just for dipping. Or if you like things a little sweeter, like I do, then mix equal parts cream cheese & marshmallow cream. It's the best tasting fruit dip I've ever made in less than a minute.