NOV
19
2014

Chocolate Caramel Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since it’s so simple.   Ingredients: 1 chocolate cake mix 1 jar of Carmel ice cream topping 1 can Sweet & Condensed Milk 1 container of cool whip 3 Heath bars (Break into small pieces using a food processor or with end of a rolling pin.) Directions: Bake cake according to directions. When done, remove from oven and immediately poke holes in cake with round handle of a wooden spoon. Pour on Carmel topping and sweet and condensed milk. Let cake cool completely. Break up Heath bars into small pieces using a food processor or wooden rolling pin. Ice cake with cool whip. Sprinkle Heath bar bits on top and serve. Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2014

Nutella Brownie Recipe

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  You will need: 1/2  c. sugar 1/3 c butter 1 tsp. vanilla 2 eggs 1 c. Nutella 3/4 c. flour 8x8 baking dish     STEP 1: Start off by creaming the butter and sugar together in a mixer.   STEP 2: Add your eggs and mix well.   STEP 3: Next add in your vanilla.   STEP 4: And of course don’t forget to add in the Nutella!   STEP 5: Finally mix your flour in slowly. STEP 6: Place your brownie mix into a greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean!   Yummy goodness is on the way people! STEP 7: Time to decorate! We used some fun little candy toppings, and cupcake icing with fun tips that make it really easy to decorate your brownies!   Now you can give these out to your friends as gifts or  serve them at a Valentine’s Day party. Or you could … [Read more...]

FEB
05
2014

Red Velvet Milk Shakes!

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Oh Nelly do I have an awesome recipe for you today. I love red velvet cake. And I love shakes. Add them together and you get a red velvet shake! I just have one word for you. Y.U.M. These are so easy and they only take about 3 seconds to prepare. They’re most definitely the perfect Valentine’s Day party recipe around! Well, except for the Neutella brownies I have coming up for you next week. Those are really good too. But I digress… Let’s get started shall we!   On to the ingredients, you will need: 1 cup vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup milk 3 tsp. red velvet cake mix (dry) 1 tsp vanilla extract Optional: Whipped cream & sprinkles!   (Just pretend there is milk and vanilla in this photo. Oops!)   STEP 1: Get out your blender and have a willing participant scoop in some ice cream…   STEP 2: Once your first assistant gets bored, call in his big sister and have her add in 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 … [Read more...]

JAN
10
2013

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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Okay, so this isn’t like a homemade shortcake recipe. But it IS a super fast, easy, and relatively low fat dessert that everyone in our family loves. So I’m gonna share it. Ready? Ingredients: Sliced Strawberries Cool Whip (lowfat) Sponge Cake or Pound Cake (Sliced)   Directions: Place one slice of pound cake on a plate and top with a dollop of whip cream and a few strawberries. You could stop right there, but why? We like to go for one more slice of cake, another dollop of whip cream, and a few more strawberries. And that’s it! Seriously easy, light, and supper yummy! Alternate idea: Add a teaspoon of sugar to your sliced strawberries and allow the to set for a few minutes to create a more juicy strawberry topping. I hope you enjoy our simple family dessert. Have a recipe to share? If you have any quick dessert ideas, leave a comment below! … [Read more...]

JAN
03
2013

Orange Smoothie Recipe

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Okay, actually it’s called an “Orange Fizzy”, but it’s basically an orange smoothie. And boy, oh boy is it yummy! Strawberry Shortcake made this recipe from her Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cool Kids’ Cooking book. BTW, it is a great cookbook for kids, there are tons of yummy, but easy recipes to make! It’s a great gift idea too! Ingredients: 2 cups orange juice  (We like Sunny D, I know it’s not real orange juice, but it’s good!) 1/2 cup milk 8 Ice cubes 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! Serve with your favorite breakfast, or have as a mid-day snack! … [Read more...]

NOV
22
2012

Italian Pizzelle Cookies

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Pizzelle cookies originated in Italy, and since my family is Italian…well we eat these all the time! Most often my mom makes them at Christmas time, so whenever I see one, I get excited! Even if it’s in July…it’s like Christmas in July! It’s a family tradition to make them, and when time allows we do it together with my kiddos and mom now to carry on the tradition to future generations! Now that I’m thinking about it, we even left these little wafers out for Santa Claus when we were little too! I suspect my dad ate them, leaving a few crumbs behind for effect and all. My kids love them, my husband loves them, everyone loves them! I haven’t met a non-Pizzelle lover yet come to think of it…hmm… Anyway, this is a secret family recipe from my authentic Italian mama. I’ve kept this recipe secret forever now, so please don’t share it with anyone! It’s just a special treat for you! ;o)   Ingredients/Supplies: 6 eggs, beaten 1 1/2 C sugar 2 t vanillla 2 … [Read more...]

NOV
01
2012

Fall Baked Apple Recipe

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With fall in full swing, I just couldn’t pass up this totally awesome recipe. Actually a friend made them for me one night, and my husband and family insisted on more! Oh yeah baby, these apples are packed full of yummy chewy goodness! Just be ready to give your taste buds a delicious fall treat my friends. ‘nuff said.   Ingredients: 6 Macintosh apples (One per person. I actually used honey crisp and they withered a bit, but still worked fine) 1/2 lemon juiced, or 1 T. lemon juice 4 T butter, softened 3/4 cup Quaker Oats (oatmeal) 2 T. brown sugar 1/4 c. walnuts (I used pecans, still delicious!) 1/4 c. golden raisins 1 pint vanilla ice cream (I used Caramel Vanilla Swirl…because that’s what we had. And it’s good.) Directions: Step 1: Trim the tops off of the apples, and scoop out the insides, leaving enough around the edges so the apples stand up well. Rub the edges of each apple with lemon to keep from browning. (I actually forgot this step, … [Read more...]

SEP
20
2012

Dirt Cake Recipe

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  Okay, I realize this isn’t anything new, but I just wanted to post the recipe for Dirt Cake anyway! It’s so easy and fun, and the kiddos love it! Best of all it only takes about 10 minutes to whip together, great for a last minute dessert! Ingredients: 1 small pkg vanilla pudding 1/4 c. softened butter 1 – 8 oz. package cream cheese 1 c. confectioners sugar 3 1/2 c. milk 1 – 12 oz. container frozen whipped topping thawed 32 oz. chocolate sandwich cookies with crème filling (Oreos) Optional: Gummy worms! Directions: Finely chop cookies in food processor, or put in Ziploc bag and bang around with a rolling pin until well crumbled! Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in bowl and set aside. In large bowl mix milk, pudding, and whipped topping together. Add cream cheese mixture to pudding mixture, combine well. Layer ingredients in flower pot or large bowl starting with cookies, then cream mixture. Repeat layers ending with cookie mixture so cake looks like … [Read more...]

JUL
05
2012

Healthy Smoothie Popsicle Recipe

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Welcome to my Summer Boredom Busters activities for kids! For July I thought it would be fun to post some ideas to keep your kiddos happy and whining to a minimum! Today, I have a fun variation to our daily smoothie recipes…freeze them! That’s right, I just made our regular smoothie recipe and added a little extra orange juice to them to make them into yummy and healthy summer popsicles!  The above Popsicle were done in a Popsicle mold I found in the $1 section at Target. Ingredients: 1 banana (frozen is better, but I will work at room temp.) 2 cups frozen strawberries (Again, room temp is okay) 1 cup orange juice (Add more as needed until mixture is liquid enough to pour into molds) 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (We prefer frozen yogurt) 1/2 cup orange juice Optional: 2-3 teaspoons honey to taste (The plain fruit can be a bit sour, but the orange juice helps with this, so try it before adding honey) These popsicles were made in a cake-pop silicone mold … [Read more...]

APR
12
2012

Banana Boat Recipe

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Hi everyone! I’m sure this is nothing new, but it is for us, and I just had to share! This week we made banana boats for the kiddos. No, we weren’t camping or anything like that, just looking for a little fun on a plain ole’ weekday!   The good news is that these tasty treats are so easy to make, your kiddos can do the honors! Ingredients: 1 banana/person 1 bag chocolate chips 1 bag caramel chips, or peanut butter chips 1 bag mini-marshmallows Aluminum Foil Directions: Slice open banana along one side, but not all the way to the ends. Stuff chocolate chips, caramels, and marshmallows all over inside the peel. The more the better! Wrap each stuffed banana in aluminum foil and grill for about 5-10 minutes or until bananas are nice and squishy. Alternate method: Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until bananas are soft and ingredients are melted. Serve immediately and enjoy! Hope you enjoy this simple and tasty dessert, … [Read more...]