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Desserts - Recipes

Vanilla Bean Blondie Milkshake

May 2, 2017

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Vanilla Bean Blondie Milkshake recipe

Sometimes I make things that are super tasty. This vanilla bean ice cream and blondie milkshake is one of those things. I used the new Blue Bunny® Ice Cream Cakes available at Walmart and added some more blondies and caramel to the mix.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)For more than 80 years, Blue Bunny® has been bringing delicious ice cream made with fun, fresh ingredients to families—adding a little playfulness to any occasion and perfect for bringing the whole family together. This is exactly why I knew I wanted to create this delicious recipe using their ice cream.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-4We will first begin with preparing your milkshake! Take the Blue Bunny® Vanilla Bean Blondie cake and allow it to soften just a bit. Place that in your blender along with some milk and toffee bits.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-2Next after we’ve buzzed up our milkshakes, we’ll prepare our cups. Grab some cookie butter and spread it on the rim of your cup. I placed the sprinkles on a paper plate to make the rolling easier.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-3Now drizzle your caramel syrup inside the rim and allow it to drip down the glass.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-11Pour your delicious Blue Bunny® Vanilla Bean Blondie Milkshake into your glass and top with whipped cream, more sprinkles and some extra blondies if you’ve got them.Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-10The new Blue Bunny® treats give classic flavors a fun, unique twist and are perfect treats for the entire family! Be sure to try some of their newest releases of flavors, like Toffee Brownie Twist™ and Monster Cookie Mash available at Walmart nationwide. For more great recipes, be sure to head on over to Blue Bunny®.

Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-7

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Blondie Milkshake

Create a delicious ice cream shake using Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cakes (1 of 1)-11

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 20m
  • Yield: 3 Shakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cake in Vanilla Bean Blondie
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Toffee Bits
  • 2 tablespoons Cookie Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Sprinkles of your choice
  • 1 can, whipped cream
  • caramel syrup

Instructions

  1. Place your softened Blue Bunny Ice Cream Cake into the blender with your milk and toffee bits. Blend until mixed well.
  2. Spread some cookie butter on the rim of your glasses with a knfe and then dip into the sprinkles. Run the caramel syrup around the inside of your cup and allow it to drip down.
  3. Pour your milkshake into the prepared glass and top with whipping cream and enjoy!

Main Courses - Recipes

Instant Pot Sunday Roast Dinner

April 14, 2017

Instant Pot Roast Beef Dinner RecipeRoast on a Sunday is pretty much a staple in this house. I’ll buy it while it’s on sale and then, if I remember, throw it in the Crock Pot in the morning before we head off to church. Who am I kidding anymore? I’m not that organized so the Instant Pot was the best thing I ever bought. I’m going to show you how I make my Instant Pot Sunday roast dinner.
Instant Pot sunday roast beef dinnerbest cut of beef for sunday roast dinnerIf your meat is frozen, just throw it in but if it’s thawed be sure to saute it so you can seal in the juices. I have the 7-in-1 6qt Instant Pot and I also have the 6-in-1. They’re both similar by the size and ease of use but I’d recommend the 7-in-1 even if you don’t think you’ll ever make yogurt. It’s just a more user-friendly machine. The best pot roast dinner recipeI place the heat on high and sauté for about 5 min each side after I’ve salt and peppered it up. You can put a little oil in the pan but I don’t have an issue with a little sticking to the bottom while I sauté.

Next you’ll change the setting to manual and high pressure. You can’t just switch from one button to the other on the Instant Pot, you have to cancel the last function and then press the one you want. That’s probably my biggest issue with the Instant Pot. Easy instant pot recipesgood roast beef recipesI like to add a Lipton Onion Soup packet and about 2 cups of beef broth. If you like your carrots a little mushy, this is the time to put them in as well. My baby likes mushy carrots. roast beef dinner recipeCheck the lid and be sure that the sealing ring is not lifted anywhere and place that on your Instant Pot. Be sure the valve is set so it’ll close and wait for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. It take a while for that to happen, maybe 10 min, but I usually like to help speed that along and add hot liquid and have my pan inside warmed up. how to seal the instant potAfter 35-40 min. you can either do a quick release or natural release. The QR is just going to give you a quicker satisfaction. Instant pot roast beefI remove the carrots and pot roast out of the Instant Pot and set it aside. Next, put your Instant Pot back on sauté. Once it’s boiling, add your gravy mix. I like to use the McCormick brown gravy mix and just dump it as I go, no measuring. Whisk vigorously to remove all the lumps.  You’ll have a yummy brown gravy that’s complete with all the bits from the pot roast and maybe have a few carrots mixed in there. That’s my favorite kind of gravy. the best brown gravy mixinstant pot roast beef recipePour the gravy over your delicious, quick cooking, pot roast and serve with a side of yummy bread and the best ever mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

Instant Pot Roast Beef Dinner

Instant pot roast beef

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 35m
  • Total Time: 45m

Ingredients

  • 1 beef chuck roast
  • 1 package Lipton onion soup
  • 2 cups carrots, sliced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • McCormick brown gravy mix

Instructions

  1. Brown the chuck roast on both sides on the saute high setting.
  2. Pour in Lipton onion soup, beef broth and add your carrots.
  3. Set the Instant Pot on manual high and seal the Instant Pot. Set it for 35 minutes.
  4. Quick release the valve and remove the carrots and roast, set aside. Set the Instant Pot on saute high and pour in the McCormick brown gravy mix and whisk vigorously to break down the clumps. Keep and eye on it. If the gravy is too thick, add water and vise versa. Just add to your desired gravy consistency. Enjoy!

Desserts - Recipes

Make your very own Creamsicles!

April 3, 2017

This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!My very favorite popsicle growing up was a creamsicle. With the tart orange flavor paired with the smooth vanilla custard, it was heaven for me while I sat on my porch in Beaverton, Oregon. But now I can make my very own creamsicles at home. It was so easy and they’re delicious.Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!You’ll need:

  • half & half
  • heavy cream
  • tangerine juice (I bought mine at Trader Joe’s but you can use Natalies) *they make TJ’s juice, fyi)
  • popsicle mold

Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!

Homemade Creamsicles

Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 4h
  • Total Time: 4h 5m
  • Yield: 6 creamsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup tangerine juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a spouted bowl and pour into your popsicle molds.
  2. Freeze for at least 4 hours. Run under warm water to release the pop from the mold and enjoy.
Make your very own homemade creamsicles. So delicious and only 4 ingredients!Enjoy!!Make your very own creamsicles with this easy recipe

Desserts - Easter

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

March 13, 2017

Peeps rice krispie treats recipeOh my gosh! These are so good and not too overly sweet. Our kids love these as a fun Easter snack. I’m going to show you how to create your own Peeps Rice Krispie Treats for Easter.
Easter kids dessert recipeSupplies – 

Easter Rice Krispies with PeepsBegin by melting one package of Peeps, 1/4 cup of butter and 2 cups of marshmallows. I used the microwave to melt the ingredients together and once it came out, I gave it a good stir. Make rice krispies with peepsNext, add 2 cups of Rice Krispie cereal and mix it well. You’ll then pour it onto a 1/4 sheet pan. To press down the treats easily, wet your hands a little. It’ll make the mixture not as hot to the touch and you’ll have no marshmallows stuck to your hands afterwards. peeps recipesAllow the mixture to cool and cut out as many bunnies as you can. I got 8 out of each 1/4 sheet pan. Now take your black writing gel and place three dots to represent the eyes and the nose of the bunnies. Now they look just like giant peeps and taste delicious.fun kids easter treatsSometimes I find Peeps overly sweet because of the sugar coating so I’ve found that mixing them with more regular marshmallows makes them more tolerable to eat a larger amount. 😂

Peeps Rice Krispie Treats

Easter Rice Krispies with Peeps

  • Prep Time: 5m

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • 1 package Peeps (any color)
  • 1/4 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Melt the marshmallows, peeps and butter in the microwave in a large bowl. Melt for 1 minute then remove and stir to combine. Add in your 2 cups Rice Krispie cereal and stir.
  2. Add into a greased 1/4 sheet pan and wet your hands to press down.
  3. Cut into desired shape and add a face using the black writing gel.

Main Courses - Recipes

Instant Pot Spaghetti  Recipe

February 23, 2017

*This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your support.easy instant pot recipeThe Instant Pot is so incredible. The most important thing to remember is that once you close the lid, it’s not going to immediately take 4-10 minutes depending on what you’re cooking. You need to allow your Instant Pot to come to temperature and then add the cooking time. It usually takes about 10 additional minutes to have it come to temperature. I try to add warm water and have my ingredients the warmest they can be to cut down on that. For this Instant Pot Spaghetti, I kept the sauté function on to warm my pre-cooked beef and kept it on as I placed the other ingredients in and placed the lid on top. This just helped things warm a little faster. Instant Pot BologneseInstant Pot Spaghetti recipeIf you want to brown the ground beef in the pot beforehand, turn the sauté function on and place it on high. Mine was pre-cooked so I just allowed it to warm on the high temperature and then I added the dry pasta. I broke the Spaghetti in thirds so it’d fit easier in the pan and allow me to stir it before I placed the lid on. Next add your sauce and one cup of hot water. Stir it to ensure everything is coated and the noodles are separated. If you don’t coat everything, the noodles will stick and you’ll have uncooked pasta. Now place the lid on and lock. Instant pot spaghettiI set my Instant Pot to manual pressure and high heat. The cooking time I chose was 5 minutes. If the pasta is a thicker noodle, add a minute or two. Be sure that your pressure gauge is set to closed and wait for the Instant Pot Spaghetti to come to pressure. It’ll hiss and steam for a minute or two while it’s gaining pressure but if you have a bit of steam coming from the side of your lid, the sealing ring is not put on properly and your dish will not cook. The silver pressure gauge will come to the top when the Instant Pot has come to pressure.easy instant pot spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti

easy instant pot recipe

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 4m
  • Total Time: 14m

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups favorite jarred spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced

Instructions

  1. Start your Instant Pot on saute with the high setting and begin sweating your onions, add ground beef and cook completely.
  2. Add your water and favorite spaghetti sauce to the Instant Pot
  3. Break your spaghetti in thirds and add them to your Instant Pot
  4. Stir to ensure all the noodles are covered and separated
  5. Place your Instant Pot lid on and close the valve. Set your Instant Pot on manual with high pressure and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  6. Quick release your valve and enjoy! I love serving this with some delicious garlic bread.

Christmas - Desserts

Making Rice Krispies Treats for the Holidays

November 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TidingsAndTreats #CollectiveBiashow-to-makeFor us, making holiday Rice Krispies treats has now become a tradition. We usually do the traditional shapes of the gingerbread man and the pine tree, but we decided to add-on Emoji’s this year and Leila could not have been more excited. I have a certain recipe ratio that I follow that makes it super easy for me to remember and I don’t need to measure a thing.

Ingredients

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or
  • Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • stick of butter
  • food coloring (if desired)
  • cookie cutters
  • decorating items

how-to-make-rice-krispie-treatsI begin by melting the entire bag of marshmallows with the stick of butter. I like the have them melt at the same speed so I add the together at the same time. I stir occasionally until the marshmallow starts to liquefy and then I stir it constantly. Now is when you’ll want to add your food coloring.emoji-foodIn a separate bowl, add your box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or your Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal. Pour the marshmallow mixture over and mix well. I like to grease my bowl and grease my rubber spatula so I can get all the goodness.
emoji-party-foodchristmas-rice-krispies chocolate-rice-krispiesNext, spread your mixtures into greased jelly roll pans and allow it to cool and solidify. This process took me about 10 minutes from the time I poured to the time we cut. In the Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal, I added brown food coloring and they seemed to be a lot more buttery in texture and flavor. This kind is my new favorite.emoji-party-ideasWe then cut out circles, trees and gingerbread men out of our Rice Krispies mix and began to decorate. I used some colored sprinkles for the lights on the pine trees, I used red and black gel for the Emoji and gingerbread men ones. I found all the ingredients I needed for decorating in the bakery aisle at Target.emoji-party-food-ideasWe just copied the Emoji faces from off my phone and it was as easy as drawing. It’s very foolproof and the kids will enjoy a trendy element to your Holiday Rice Krispies Treats.holiday-rice-krispie-treatsRight now Target has an offer that for every two boxes of Rice Krispies you buy, you get a FREE 10 oz. bag of Jet Puffed marshmallows. It’s perfect for this recipe! christmas-rice-krispie-treatsI want to see your creations! We have loved having this as a holiday tradition and I’d love to see you start this one. Share it with me on social media and use the hashtag #Treats4Toys. If you do that then for every picture shown with that hashtag, Rice Krispies will donate a toy to a child in need. That’s a win-win for everyone! For more holiday inspiration, visit here.

Emoji Rice Krispie Treats

how to make the perfect holiday rice krispies treats

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1 package 10 oz. Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • yellow food coloring
  • candy eyes
  • red writing gel
  • black writing gel

Instructions

  1. Melt the entire bag of marshmallows with your stick of butter. You can do it in the microwave or the stove-top.
  2. Add your food coloring and stir.
  3. Remove from heat and add 8 cups of Rice Krispies and stir.
  4. Place your mixture into a 1/2 sheet pan, greased and press down with wet hands to pack in the goodness.
  5. Allow to harden and cut into your circle shapes.
  6. Decorate as desired.

 

Desserts - Recipes

Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

November 13, 2016

This post is brought to you by CherryMan.

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. For the holidays I like to have fun and festive flavors. Cherries are always big in the fall and winter months so I decided to make a Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake and complement it with some Cherry Cream Cheese frosting. The cake is our of this world moist and this recipe will absolutely be made for future family gatherings.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 50m
  • Total Time: 1h

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 package 12 oz. Cherry Man maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*. Mix the cake mix, water, softened butter and chocolate pudding mix together on low for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and mix for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, add chopped cherries and flour and stir to coat the cherries. Fold those in gently to your cake batter. Add the batter to a greased bundt pan and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  3. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn it onto a cooling rack.

Maraschino Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • juice from maraschino cherry jar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • chopped maraschino cherries, if desired

Instructions

  1. Mix butter and cream cheese in bowl until combined. Slowly add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Add in the juice from the cherries and add the rest of the powdered sugar and salt. Mix until it is combined and fluffy.

Just dump all the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl except the cherries and flour. Mix it on low for 30 seconds and then crank it up to medium for two minutes until everything is combined. Chop up those Cherry Man cherries and add them into a separate bowl with the tablespoon of flour. Coating the cherries in the flour will ensure that none of your cherries are at the top of your bundt cake. This method will give you a good variation of where your cherries will end up. Once your cake is mixed, fold in the cherries with a rubber spatula.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. Preheat your oven to 350° F and grease your bundt cake pan well. Pour the mixture and smooth the top so that you have an even rise. Bake for 50-60 min. until your cake bounces back to the touch or you can use the non-fail toothpick method. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then turn it onto a cooling rack and cool for at least an hour.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. While the cake is cooling, you can make your Cherry Cream Cheese frosting. In the pictures you’ll notice there is a lot of frosting. I doubled this recipe and it was WAY too much so just stick to these measurements and you won’t have too much frosting.

Put the cold cream cheese, salt and the slightly softened butter into your mixer with the whisk attachment. Cream it together for about 2 min on medium speed. Add in one cup of sugar at a time until it’s mostly incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and mix for a good 3-5 minutes until everything is fluffy. Fold in the chopped cherries if you’d like those too.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. I used a ziplock bag and cut the tip off to do some piping, it’s a mess, LOL – but it gets the job done and it actually tastes fabulous.

For more delicious recipes using CherryMan cherries, check them out here. XX

Recipes - Side Dishes

Broccoli Slaw Salad Recipe

November 10, 2016

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.This is one of my most favorite recipes of all time. The broccoli slaw salad is sweet, tangy, crunchy and earthy all in one. It’s just a dump and go salad recipe and it’s so easy. It’s the perfect crowd-pleaser and you can make it any size you need.Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.

Broccoli Slaw Salad

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.

Ingredients

Broccoli Slaw Salad

  • 1/2 cup craisins, if desired
  • 1 package Ramen Noodles
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 package broccoli slaw

Salad Dressing

  • 1 package chicken flavoring from Ramen Noodles
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

Salad

  1. Remove the noodles from the package and break apart. Add broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds, green onions and noodles to a large bowl and mix.

Dressing

  1. Mix all your dressing ingredients together and pour over your salad when you're ready to serve.

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.Mix all the vinaigrette ingredients and place it in the fridge to get chilly. In a large bowl, mix all your salad ingredients. I like craisins in my salad but I don’t always add them, it’s just a taste preference. I like to chop my green onions fairly small and I usually only use the greens.Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.When its time to serve, toss with your salad dressing so that it doesn’t get soggy too soon. Serve with your favorite grilled chicken or it’s delicious with deli sandwiches. Enjoy!