Margaret Ann’s Country Cobbler

My sweet friend Margaret Ann was gracious enough to visit us again last Friday, and made the absolutely yummiest homemade Country Cobbler to share. 


 If you missed the video you can watch on Facebook here.
 

As I shared earlier, we met at Bible Study this year, and the minute I heard her sweet Southern accent I felt all-of-a-sudden-at-ease in a group of women who were completely new to me.

 

Isn’t it funny how a kind voice can do that?

 

Once we got to talking, I realized she cared about so many things that I just loved too.

 

Margaret Ann’s been a wife, mom, teacher, realtor, culinary school professor, chef . . . and she’s even owned two restaurants in Rome, Georgia.

 

In fact, one of the scenes from the movie Sweet Home Alabama was filmed in her restaurant Magretta Hall. 😉

I knew you would love Margaret Ann too, so I was thrilled when she offered to do a few “cooking classes” with us here on PPP. 

 

She taught us in the Dinner’s Done Facebook group she taught us how to make omelets (I learned so much from her!), and the recipe she shared this week for cobbler is out of this world.

 

Like really ~ WOW ~ I wasn’t even positive I liked peach cobbler when she mentioned sharing this recipe with us, but now that I’ve had it I’m hooked! 

 

 

 

(Note: I DEFINITELY recommen watching the video to see all of her tips – she had so many tricks that I’ve never read in a cookbook. Thank you Margaret Ann!)

Margaret Ann’s Country Cobbler Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of fruit (peaches, strawberries, blueberries, etc…) (and some of the juice)
  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk

Directions:

  1.  Pour the melted butter into a 7×9 dish.  Add the dry ingredients (right into the dish) into the melted butter and mix up a bit.
  2. Next pour one cup of milk on top of the ingredients and mix that in just a little bit.
  3. Add strawberries on top of the mixture with a little bit of the juice (don’t mix it!)
  4. Pop in a 350 degree oven for 25 – 30 mins.

 

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Easter Bunny Kit-Kat Cake (SO Fun for Kids!)

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Easter Bunny Kit-Kat Cake

This is the easiest cake, and we had such fun making it this weekend!

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This kid-friendly Easy Easter Kit-Kat Cake takes hardly any skills – all you do is bake a round layer cake from a mix and frost it.

Next stick Kit-Kats to the side and tie a pretty ribbon around them to keep everything in place.   Finally, pour Cadbury Mini Eggs (or M&Ms) on top, nestle a chocolate Easter Bunny in the middle and you’re ready to serve!  If you’re bringing this to an event, it would travel well in a Cake caddy like this one – but you’ll just want to save the Bunny for last.

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Easy Easter Bunny Kit-Kat Cake

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:
  • 1 Box Chocolate cake mix
  • 2 Cans of Chocolate Frosting
  • LOTS of Kit Kat Bars (10-12)
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs or Easter M&M’s (Large Bag)
  • Hollow Chocolate Bunny for the Centerpiece (Hollow bunnies will stand up better)

Here’s What to Do:

  1. Make a chocolate cake using two round pans, according to box directions.
  2. Once cool, frost the top of one cake and place the second cake on top of it.  Now cover both the top and sides of the layer cake with frosting (be REALLY generous so all the candy will stick well!)
  3. Break the Kit Kats into individual sticks and completely cover the sides of the cake.
  4. Wrap a pretty ribbon around the cake and tie gently to help hold all the Kit Kats in place.
  5. Place the chocolate bunny on the center of the cake top and surround with Cadbury Mini Eggs.
  6. Enjoy!

Here’s a peek at my daughter Caroline and me making it to get ready for our family this weekend. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Easter, and spend it with a few folks you love!

 

My prayer for you this Easter is that you might know salvation from the One who values you so greatly that He willingly gave His life for you. It truly is the greatest gift we’ll each receive, and allows us freedom and peace. As my son reminds me each Easter morning, “Christ is risen!” He is risen indeed.

 

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake

 

I found this recipe over here.

 

If you have a peanut butter lover at home . . .

 

Roll up your sleeves and get to work. 🙂 

My sweet Caroline found this recipe over on Pinterest and was convinced it was just for her,

and since she doesn’t ask that often for much, I happily obliged.

I’d made this one for her last year (clearly one of my favorites . . . )

But this one (quite literally) takes the cake.

Perfection.

Head on over HERE for directions, and let me know what you think!

 

(Note: the only thing I changed was making this a regular 2 layer cake instead of 4 layers as she suggests in the recipe. Honestly? Four layers would have been considered plain old ridiculous grace at our house, but two layers were a wee bit of heaven!) 🙂 

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls

 

This weekend we finished up our 12 Days of Christmas Baking series making Peanut Butter Buckeye Balls, and oh my goodness, they are soooooo good! 

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE if you didn’t get the chance already ~ I’ve so enjoyed making everything this week (and hope you’ve made a few too!) I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Happy Birthday Jesus Cake

Of all the recipes included in the 12 Days of Christmas Baking Cookbook, I think this is my favorite! It’s so super simple to make, and we love the tradition of baking a Happy Birthday Jesus cake on Christmas morning in our home.
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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Easiest Fudge Ever

 

Today we’re making the easiest fudge ever over on PPP ~ if you’ve been looking for a no fail recipe, this one’s for you!

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Make it in under 5 minutes flat, and pack it up so you’re ready to go.

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!
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12 Days Christmas Baking: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER

Today we’re making the best chocolate chip cookies EVER ~ I promise if you make one recipe from PPP this Christmas this is the one to make!

 

As you can tell in the video that we shared last night over on Facebook, Reagan clearly bakes with me a wee bit too often (and it was definitely her bed time), but we had fun making them together either way. 😉

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year!
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12 Days Christmas Baking: Peppermint Fudge

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Today’s 12 days of Christmas baking recipe is Peppermint Chocolate Fudge, and oh my goodness, this one is so simple and just delicious!

 

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(Download the recipe over HERE.)

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After making up a batch I set up this homemade hot chocolate bar (completely inspired by my friend Julie at Less Than perfect Life of Bliss ~ check out hers over HERE), which was perfect since we’re getting our first bit of snow here at our house today.

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I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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12 Days Christmas Baking: No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

Here’s a peek at today’s Christmas Baking Recipe ~ yum! And, if you missed us making Christmas Crack yesterday (it was a wee bit of a disaster . . . ) you can check it out over HERE.


I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month, I’d s0 love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Homemade Cinnabons

Today we’re making Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls ~ yummmm!

 

If you love Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls you have got to try these – they cost about $1 for a dozen cinnamon rolls, and your kids will think you’re a rockstar when you’re done.

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And, as I mentioned in the video, Flirty Aprons is offering a big discount right now when you use the code SHOPNOW at checkout! You’ll get an extra 60% off site-wide, plus free shipping. That is a fantastic deal. Valid through 12/11!
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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year ~ hope it makes Christmas go more smoothly in your home too!

 

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Perfect Peanut Butter Fudge

Today we’re making homemade peanut butter fudge, and oh my stars . . . you don’t want to miss this one! 

 

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The ingredients are pretty simple ~ and it takes less than 30 minutes to make ~ but this is quite possibly my favorite recipe I’ve shared so far.

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Download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.

 

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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month, I’d s0 love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

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12 Days Christmas Baking: Slow Cooker Christmas Candy

 

I’m so excited about today’s yummy Christmas recipe, but even a wee bit more excited about all the fun packaging supplies I scored yesterday at Hobby Lobby! 

While I’ve found quite a few cute tins, bags, and wraps at Michael’s and the Dollar Tree for Christmas baking, the fun ways to gift at Hobby Lobby just made me so happy. (As you can see in the video ~ they just made my day!)

I’d love for you to download your free 12 Days of Christmas Baking Grocery List and Cookbook over HERE. I’m amazed at how much easier it is to get ready for Christmas with a plan in place, and having this list has just made Christmas easier at our house this year.
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I’d love for you to join me, and can’t wait to spend this month taking care of our families and friends while we prepare for Christmas! If you’re making any yummy recipes this month, I’d s0 love for you to leave a comment and share what you’re making.

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12 Days of Christmas Baking Day 2: Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

 

Today we’re making Muddy Buddy Chex Mix ~ sooooo good! 
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You can download your grocery list and cookbook HERE ~ definitely one of our favorites, and I’d love to hear what your family makes each Christmas too.
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12 Days of Christmas Baking Day 1: Hello Dolly Bars

 
I’m so excited to finally get back to cooking (and baking!) this week! 

 

We’re starting a new 12 Days of Christmas Baking series (you can download your grocery list and cookbook HERE), where I’ll be making a yummy Christmas treat 6 days a week over on Facebook Live, then sharing it here.
 

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Because my poor family was pitiful in November since I pretty much banned cooking after Crocktober (eek!), I decided to try to go ahead and get dinner done too this morning. Here’s what I made today:

 

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Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake

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I’ve posted this recipe each fall since I first started blogging, and it’s one of those recipes that no one should miss (so I feel it’s my duty to re-share!)  If you haven’t tried it yet, add the ingredients to your grocery list this week, and enjoy. 🙂 

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This is by far my favorite fall treat, and when my daughter and I made it last week she even made a cute little video to show the process. I could make this cake all year long and never grow tired of it, but it just sounds so good in the fall and makes our home smell delicious!

Note – I’m not sure why on earth the video has those few extra spots for “titles” in it – they didn’t show up when we were uploading it but apparently are in there somewhere – we’re learning! 🙂 
When I first found the recipe nine years ago I was teaching preschool “cooking and science” and my preschool classes made the cake – our entire church smelled heavenly! So, grab your apron and a few apples (you might love this apple peeler/corer too), and get baking.

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Southern Living re-printed this recipe in their October 2010 issue (along with a few variations), but I’m sticking with the original. 🙂
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Southern Living Chunky Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs Publix 18 ct. on sale $2
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and sliced I think any tart apple will do – we used a bag of apples on sale at Publix in last week’s sale.  (To see detailed apple information, check out this site!)  If you have an apple peeler & slicer it makes this so easy, and my kids love watching it work!  If not you may have a little more prep time on your hands.
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional, but we’ve never used them)

Directions

  1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in large bowl until blended.
  2. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; add to butter mixture, stirring until blended.
  3. Stir in apple slices and 1 cup walnuts.   (Batter will be very thick, almost like cookie dough.)
  4. Spread into a well-greased 13- x 9-inch pan. (It’s pretty sticky, so make sure to grease your pan well!)
  5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting; sprinkle with walnuts, if desired.

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Cream Cheese Frosting

note – you may want to double frosting – we always like extra!

Ingredients

  1. 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  2. 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  3. 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/8 tsp. salt

To make the Cream Cheese Frosting . . .

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.

 

 

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream

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Note from Laurie: My friend Cheryl made this homemade peach ice cream, and it looks divine (and good for you too ~ yum!)

Hand picked peaches in the south (or anywhere) are soooooo good!  There is an orchard close to our home so we decided to go and pick some peaches for the first time ever.

 

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I was searching for a healthier recipe for peaches when this one for Peach Ice Cream popped up and I knew we had to try it.

 

I’m SO … so … so glad we did!

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Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

 

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Gather up your ingredients and peel and slice your peaches.  The riper the peaches, the easier they are to peel.

 

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Once you have your peaches peeled and sliced, pop them into a food processor or blender until they are finely chopped.  My little one loves peaches almost as much as cupcakes and couldn’t wait to help.

 

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Mix the remaining ingredients into a large bowl.

 

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Pour all that into your ice cream maker (this was a splurge Christmas present from last year and we have really enjoyed using it!)

 

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Once it’s done you can eat it right out of the ice cream maker and store any remaining in the freezer for up to two weeks.  Enjoy!!
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Homemade Peach Ice Cream

Ingredients

3 cups ripe peaches, sliced and peeled

1 cup fat free half and half

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Blend the peaches in a food processor or blender until finely chopped. Put the peaches, half and half, sugar, milk and vanilla in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. Put the entire mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Freeze any leftovers and enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from Emily Bites.

 

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Brownies

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If you’re looking for a super flexible recipe to use up whatever’s in your pantry, this is for you.

 

I add butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips into mine, but you can take away any of the baking chips and it still turns out amazing!

 

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It’s my nine-year old daughters top five favorite desserts 🙂 and we sometimes add ice cream to it but it’s really perfect all on its own. Yum!

 

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Brownies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 cups of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of salt

2 cups of butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips (you can decide how much of them to equal 2 cups)

1/4 teaspoon of shortening (use shortening do not substitute this one)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 15-1/2×10-1/2×1 in jelly roll pan (I had no idea what this was but head over HERE for an idea)

2.  Stir together brown sugar, butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl; beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and salt just until blended. (try not to over mix). Set aside 2 tablespoons of each of the baking chips of your choice. Stir in the remaining chips in the batter.

3. Spread the batter in the pan

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely.

5. Place remaining  2 tablespoons of each of the baking chips and shortening in a small microwave bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir until smooth. Drizzle over bars.

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Recipe adapted from Hershey’s Kitchen.

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Oreo Stripe Delight

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Note from Laurie: Shannon made this recipe to share this week, and oh my stars it looks just amazing! If you need a chocolate fix this summer, this one’s for you. 🙂 

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This recipe is SUPER easy and tastes just amazing! It’s perfect to take to a potluck or any family function. We made this the other night with company and they asked to take some home . . .  it’s that good. 🙂

 

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I love all the layers and this dessert really comes together so easily, your kids will want to help out with this one.

 

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Oreo Stripe Delight

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Ingredients

  • 35 Oreo Cookies
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 package cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • 2 packages Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 3 1/4 cup of cold milk

 

Directions

  1. Place Oreo Cookies in a food processor blend until finely crushed. Transfer to medium bowl and mix in with the butter.  Press into bottom of 13 x 9 inch dish.  Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk cream cheese, sugar and 2 tablespoons of milk in medium bowl until blended.  Stir in 1 1/4 cups of the Cool Whip and spread onto the crust.
  3. Beat pudding mixes and 3 1/4 cups milk with whisk for 2 minutes and let stand 5 minutes until thickened.  Pour the pudding mixture over the cream cheese layer and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  4. Right before serving, cover with the remaining cool whip and enjoy!

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Golden Oreo Strawberry & Cream Icebox Cake

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Golden Oreo Strawberry & Cream Icebox Cake

Looking for a yummy 4th of July treat? We made tried out this recipe from Life, Love and Sugar, and goodness gracious, it was fantastic. This Red Velvet Ice Cream looks amazing too ~ so many great recipes for the 4th!

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 3.4 oz packages cheesecake flavored pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups (1080 ml) milk, divided
  • 2 – 15.25 oz boxes golden Oreos
  • 1 lb package strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

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Make the cheesecake flavored puddings according to package directions (use 4 cups of the milk).

Put remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a small bowl – dip Oreos in milk quickly and place into the bottom of a 9×13 pan in a single layer.

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Spread half of the cheesecake pudding on top of the Oreos.

Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the pudding.

 

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Spread half of the Cool Whip on top of the strawberries.

Dip the Oreos in milk quickly and place on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.

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Top Oreos with the rest of the cheesecake pudding.

Add a layer of blueberries, save about 1/3 cup for the topping.

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Top with Cool Whip.

Decorate the top of the cake with the strawberry slices and blueberries.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 3.4 oz packages cheesecake flavored pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups (1080 ml) milk, divided
  • 2 – 15.25 oz boxes golden Oreos
  • 1 lb package strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

 

Directions

  1. Mix cheesecake puddings according to package directions (use 4 cups of the milk).
  2. Place remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a small bowl. Quickly dip Oreos in milk and layer in bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  3. Spread half of the cheesecake pudding over Oreos.
  4. Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the pudding.
  5. Layer half of the Cool Whip on top of the strawberries.
  6. Dip Oreos in milk quickly and place on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.
  7. Top Oreos with remaining cheesecake pudding.
  8. Add a layer of blueberries, saving 1/3 cup for the topping.
  9. Top with Cool Whip.
  10. Layer the top of the cake with the strawberry slices and blueberries.
  11. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

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We also made these super cute fruit kabobs to go along with dessert ~  the kids loved helping me make these and devoured each and every one of them. 🙂

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S’more Cones

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I’ve seen this idea for S’more cones all over the internet this summer, so finally we had to try them out! 

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Since Kroger’s Mega sale included a few deals on candy this week, we stocked up and then got our supplies together.

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All you need is foil,

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cones,

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toppings (we used Rolo and Reese’s bites),

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 and marshmallows.

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Fill them up . . . 

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and bake in oven at 350 for 5-7 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Marshmallows
  • Toppings: we used chocolate chips, Rolo bites, and Reese’s bites

 

Directions

  1. Fill cone with a mixture of half marshmallows and half toppings
  2. Wrap cones tightly with foil
  3. Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes (can also grill for 5-10 minutes on grill)
  4. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Salsa

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A friend of mine mentioned this recipe for strawberry salsa, and I’m so glad she did! Since strawberries are in season here and have been priced so well, I loved trying out a new way to use them.

 

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My favorite strawberry recipe is still this strawberry pie, but this is a fun twist to serve at a get together. And, since fruit is so inexpensive while it’s in season, it’s a great way to take advantage of some great sales out there! Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too.

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I love all the fresh ingredients and it just looks SO pretty!

 

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STRAWBERRY SALSA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries diced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry fruit preserves
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar

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DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Coat one side of flour tortillas with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut tortillas into wedges and place on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
  4. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes and allow to cool. Serve with the salsa and enjoy!

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Free Printable Recipe Cards

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Free Printable Recipe Cards

 

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I’m so excited about this! My friend Cheryl put together these completely free recipe cards of our family’s absolute favorite treat recipes for you to enjoy.

 

These are the recipes that I get asked for every time we host a get together, and I promise you’ll love them. They really are the best chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cake you will EVER make, and now you can have them on a cute printed card for the next time you need a treat!

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Make these chocolate chip cookies . . .

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and this chocolate chocolate cake.

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Head on over and download your free printable recipe cards today. Yum!

 

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Star Patriotic Pops

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Here’s such a fun patriotic treat to enjoy this summer! Super simple, and your kids will love helping you make these.

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Makes 4- prep- 5 minutes total time 4 hours 5 min

 

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INGREDIENTS / MATERIALS:

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Wash and slice your pears into thin pieces.
  2. Use your star cookie cutter to cut out star shaped pears.
  3. Thaw your ice pops and fill 1/4 way full with the red ice pop, add in a few stars, place a lollipop stick in the center, and freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Now fill another 1/4 with the blue ice pop, add in a few more stars (you might need to center your lollipop stick at this point), and freeze for another hours.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 until full and frozen.
  6. Place the plastic part of your mold under running hot water for 10-15 seconds, wiggle on your stick, and they will slide right out.

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*(apples can be used in place of pears as can a red and blue sports drink for juice)

 

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Nutter Butter Balls

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My sweet niece Sarah visited over Easter and made these super yummy Nutter Butter Balls, and I’ve been waiting to share them with you! They were so good, so simple, and a huge hit at our house.

 

So, if you’re looking for a new twist on regular Oreo balls, I promise you’ll love these. Here’s what you’ll need  . . .

 

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Nutter Butter Balls

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
  • 24 Nutter Butter cookies, crushed (about 3 cups)
  • white melting chocolate
  • dark melting chocolate

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Directions:

  1. Mix cream cheese and nutter butter crumbs until combined.
  2. Shape into 48 1-inch balls – place in a shallow pan and freeze for 10 mins.
  3. Dip frozen balls into the melted chocolate and place on a pan lined with wax paper.
  4. Drizzle white and dark chocolate over the dipped balls for decoration.
  5. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.  Keep refrigerated and enjoy!

 

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No Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

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Don’t you just love when penny pinching makes you a wee bit resourceful, and the results turn out fantastic?

 

(Me too.)

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Last week my sweet boy turned sixteen.

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Sixteen.

 

 

However, over the weekend we’d purchased a new car (finally retiring my 10-year-old-190,000-mile-mini-van ~ eek!), and I’ve been determined to really be wise with our finances. (We were able to purchase our new-to-us-car using cash which is the coolest feeling ever. But, shelling out that much cash that’s been saved hurts just a bit!)

 

So, I decided I was absolutely not going to buy anything we didn’t need for at least a few weeks.

 

And then I remembered that I needed a cake for my cute kid’s birthday.

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I went through my pantry, fridge and freezer to try to come up some genius plan, and remembered this E’clair cake a friend of mine made for us years ago.

 

It usually calls for cool whip, but I only had Kroger Reddi Whip in the fridge, so decided to make that work.

Goodness, that boy of mine was in heaven.

 

In fact, he asked this weekend if I could make him some e’clair cake again.

 

The moral of the story?

 

Get a little creative with what you already have before spending more moo-lah ($40 for a cookie cake? No thanks!) and your family might just enjoy that little penny-pinched-splurge too.

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Directions

Mix together cool whip or reddi whip, pudding and milk. Layer graham crackers on bottom of 9×13 baking dish.

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Next, spread half pudding mixture over graham crackers, then cover with another layer of graham crackers.

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Spread remaining pudding mixture over graham crackers, then top with another layer of graham crackers.

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Pop frosting in microwave and heat for about 30 seconds. Then spread carefully over graham cracker layer.

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Refrigerate for 4-6 hours, then serve.

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No Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

Ingredients:

2 packages instant vanilla pudding
2 cans of dairy whipped topping (or one tub of non-dairy whipped topping)
3 cups milk
1 package graham crackers
1 container chocolate frosting

Directions:

  1. In a bowl mix together the pudding mix, whipped topping, and milk until completely combined.
  2. Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13″ dish. Spread half the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Top the pudding layer with another layer of graham crackers.  Add the other half of the pudding mixture and top that with a final layer of graham crackers.
  3. Spread frosting over the graham cracker layer all the way up to the edges of the pan. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

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Small Batch Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Bars

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Need a quick treat for just a few? I love this recipe for a small batch of peanut butter rice crispy bars ~ perfect when you just want a quick treat in a small batch!

 

 

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Ingredients:

1 cup crispy rice cereal
1/4 cup corn syrup or honey
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/8 cup sugar
2-3 tbs of chocolate chips

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Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir the ingredients and microwave another 20-30 seconds.
  2. Remove the mixture from the microwave, stir again and then add in the 1 cup of crispy rice cereal. Stir to combine the ingredients and coat the cereal.
  3. Drop by round spoonful onto wax paper or evenly spread in a small baking dish like this one. Let set and then cut into bars.
  4. Serves 1-2.

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3 Ingredient Easter Nests

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You guys …  are you looking for something quick and easy to add to your Easter menu?  These cute nests took just ten minutes to make!!

 

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Here’s what you’ll need . . .

 

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Melt candy coating in the microwave and dump in the chow mein noodles …

 

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Drop by tablespoons onto parchment paper, add Cadbury mini eggs (I love those!)

 

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And use them to decorate your table.

 

You’re welcome. 🙂 

 

Hope your family is enjoying a wonderful Easter weekend!

 

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Easter Nests

  • 1 lb of candy coating (vanilla or chocolate)
  • 1 bag of Chow Mein Noodles
  • Cadbury Mini Eggs

Directions:

  1. Microwave the candy melt for 1 minuet.  Stir and melt again in 15 second intervals until completely melted.
  2. Dump the chow mein noodles into the melted chocolate and mix until they are all evenly coated.
  3. Drop the “nests” onto parchment paper using a spoon.
  4. Place two Cadbury mini eggs on top and you are done!

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Whoopie Pie Cake

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Oh my word.

 

You have got to make this cake.

 

It’s got everything you need rolled right up in one perfect cake, and your family will rave about your baking skills. 🙂 

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Start off with a chocolate cake mix (substituting the oil for unsweetened applesauce, and adding an extra egg – I forgot to include a picture of the applesauce in the picture!)

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Now, beat up the whoopie pie filling.  Mix in butter and marshmallow cream until it’s nice and fluffy . . .  then add in the powdered sugar until combined.

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Dump all that whoopie pie filling on the first layer of your cake and spread around evenly.

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Top with your second layer and get ready to make the ganache.

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Ganache is so easy to make ~ don’t let the name fool you (just two ingredients!)  Heat up your half and half on the stove and just before it starts to boil, remove it from the heat.

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Dump in your chocolate chips and stir gently …

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… until they’re all completely melted.

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Spread that perfect ganache all over the cake, and let your friends share what an amazing cook you are.

 

You’re welcome. 🙂 

 

Yummmmmm!

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Whoopie Pie Cake

CAKE
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix (prepared per package directions – subbing unsweetened applesauce for the oil and adding one extra egg)
WHOOPIE PIE FILLING
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups marshmallow fluff
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
GANACHE
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray or Grease 2 9×13 pans.
  3. Prepare cake according to package directions, subbing unsweetened applesauce for the oil and adding one extra egg.
  4. Split the batter between the 2 pans and bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let the cakes cool completely.

Whoopie Pie Filling

  1. Mix the butter and marshmallow fluff together until smooth.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Spread the whoopie pie filling on top of one of the cakes. Top this with the other cake.

Whoopie Pie Ganache

  1. In small saucepan bring the half and half to an almost boil.
  2. Quickly remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until smooth.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and spread evenly over the cake.

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Scandalous Grace Cake

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Years ago, I heard Julie Ann Barnhill speak about her book Scandalous Grace at a MOPS conference.

 

She made the analogy that scandalous grace was like her grandmother’s beloved cake recipe. Lavished with mounds of Philly cream cheese frosting, grace was simply abundant.

 

Since then, every single time I think of grace, a picture of a big ole’ slice of chocolate cake comes to mind. 

 

So Saturday afternoon, as I baked my daughter’s 13th birthday cake, of course I thought of grace.

 

{Am I the only girl who thinks about grace when she bakes a cake? Hmph.}

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I was in a hurry for that cake to bake up, and pulled the most luscious, perfect chocolate cake out of the oven just a wee bit too early.

 

After a few moments I looked over to see those perfectly plump cake rounds fall just a bit in the center.

 

Then a little bit more.

 

And within just a few minutes, they were thoroughly depressed.

 

The perfect cake that I’d spent over an hour preparing wasn’t quite perfect any more.

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Out poured the grace.

 

I whipped up the frosting.

 

Not just a smidgen, but gobs of perfect chocolate buttercream and a little Oreo-filled-frosting too. 

 

Once the first layer plopped out on its plate I doled out the frosting.

 

A little cavern where it fell a pinch further?

 

Heap on a little more grace. 

 

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{Topped with a few semi-sweet-morsels to hide extra flaws too.}

 

Adding on the second layer, I knew I’d find a few more holes to fill in. 

 

A dollop here, a smattering there, this cake’s grace was abundant.

 

Scandalous, really. 

 

In fact, all those extra imperfections simply made way for a heaving pile of amazing grace.

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You’ve never tasted a cake so perfectly delightful.

 

And just like that cake . . .

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Our imperfections.

 

Our mess.

 

Our holes.

 

Our weakness.

 

His grace fills them all in.

 

It fills in the empty spots where I’ll never be good enough.

 

it inflates the sullen areas too worn down to keep going.

 

It smooths over each hollow and blemish completely.

 

It plumps everything right up perfectly ~

 

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~ and turns this mess of a momma into His masterpiece.

 

Thank.

 

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And it makes us want to do better.

 

To be fuller.

 

To live richer.

 

To lavish abundant grace on everyone around us, because we’ve so generously experienced it ourselves.

 

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So go ahead.

 

Layer on the grace.

 

Whip it up fully and plop it down on everyone you meet. 

 

And share grace completely, because He first showered it on you.

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‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9 

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Scandalous Grace Cake, adapted from Taste’s Better from Scratch Chocolate Cake with Oreo Frosting

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Ingredients:

CAKE

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup boiling water

OREO FILLING

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (to sprinkle in the middle)
  • 6-8 Oreo cookies, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips (to sprinkle on the top)

CHOCOLATE FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk, or regular milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray two 9-inch round cake pans well with non-stick cooking spray .
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugars, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add oil, eggs, vanilla, milk and sour cream and mix until well combined. Reduce speed and carefully pour in the boiling water. Beat on high speed for 1 minute until batter is nice and fluffy.
  3. Pour the batter evenly between the cake pans and bake for 28-33 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove the cakes from oven and allow them to cool completely.
  5. To make the Oreo filling, beat butter with electric mixer about 3 minutes.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and mix well.  Fold in crumbled Oreo cookie pieces.
  6. Spread Oreo filling over the top of one of the cake rounds and sprinkle with half of the mini chocolate chips then top with the second cake round.
  7. To make the chocolate frosting, add cocoa powder to a bowl with the melted butter and mix well to combine. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating until you reach your desired spreading consistency.  Stir in vanilla.
  8. Cover the cakes with chocolate frosting and decorate with whole Oreos and mini chocolate chips.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites

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My husband’s office is nuts and each person brings in a homemade batch of cookies to share each week before Christmas, and his co-worker Jordan was sweet enough to share the recipe with me!

James said they were delicious (high praise from him – he’s usually pretty picky), and I can’t wait to try them out. However, they may have to wait until next Christmas – I’m just about ready for some new year’s dieting to start but this is the last dessert I’ll share for at least a week or two. 🙂 


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Bites (Adapted from Taste of Home)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 oz each)
  • Optional – colored sprinkles

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1.  In small bowl, combine 1/2 cup peanut butter, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and salt until smooth. Set aside.

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2.  Melt the chocolate chips, candy bars and remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter. Stir until smooth.

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3.  Set up paper-lined miniature muffin cups to prepare treats in, either in a muffin tin or on a plate.

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4.  Drop enough chocolate mixture into each muffin cup to cover the bottom (1/4 full).

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5.  Roll peanut butter interior picture into small balls (1/4 – 1/2”) and add 1 ball to the chocolate layer of each treat.

6.  Fill the remaining muffin cup with chocolate mixture and decorate with sprinkles if desired.

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Store in refrigerator until ready to eat! Makes roughly 30 treats.



 

 

 

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12 Christmas Treats You Need to Make This Year

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You all know I love (looooove) me some Christmas baking, so I pulled together a roundup of our family’s favorite Christmas treats! While we love just about everything Christmas around here, baking is probably the thing I most enjoy during the Christmas season.

 

(In fact, I snagged a ba-jillion bags of Nestle last week at Kroger. ‘Nuf said.) 

 

I’d love to hear what your family makes this time of year too ~ leave a comment to share! Here’s a peek at our favorites . . .

 

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1. Christmas Crack

This has been the number ONE recipe on PPP for several weeks now.  It’s so worth your time (and so simple) and EVERYONE you share this with will thank you (and hound you for the recipe)!

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2. Slow Cooker Christmas Candy

Such an easy way to make delicious treats for teachers, mail carriers, neighbors, and just about anyone on your list.

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3. Christmas Treat:  Buckeye Balls

We love these and just made a double batch this week to share. So good!

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4. Honey Bun Cake {aka Happy Birthday Jesus Cake}

This is by far our family’s favorite Christmas tradition. I only make it once a year, but it’s just perfect.

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5. Peppermint Glaze Chocolate Cake

This one is so simple but looks just perfect. Use a box mix to save time this year!

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6. Perfect Peanut Butter Fudge

The. best. peanut. butter. fudge. ever. I promise.

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7.  Easy Marshmallow Fudge

This one has just three ingredients, and if you have older kids at home they can make it without any help. Love that!

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8.  Almost Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

We usually make these during Christmas week as a special treat. My kids love my almost-homemade-cinnamon rolls anytime of year, but after seeing my friend Jen make hers in the shape of a Christmas tree, I had to tweak our recipe too for the Christmas season!

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9.  Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

All you need is a jar of peanut butter, some chocolate chips, a box of Chex mix and a bunch of powdered sugar. Honestly this is one of my kids favorites and they devoured ours when we made it over the weekend.

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10.  White Chocolate Gingerbread Bars

This is a Martha Stewart recipe, but they’ve got so much real butter in them that you’d swear they were Paula Deen’s. Super easy to make and I love that you can cook them in one big batch.

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11. Best Chocolate Chip Cookies {EVER}

I’m not kidding, these are the best chocolate chip cookies you will ever eat. For real. It’s the only recipe I have down by memory, and I’ve even tripled the batch before in my Kitchenaid. By far the best cookie recipe around!

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12.  {Simple} Pumpkin Quick Bread

This one’s perfect to put in the mailbox for our mail carrier, drop in the front office of our local school or just enjoy ourselves. It’s so easy and makes several loaves, so you’ll have plenty to keep and share. (Or, just keep.) 🙂

 

What recipe is the one your family just has to have at Christmas? I’d love to hear ~ always looking for a few more to add to our baking list each year!

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5 Ingredient Buckeyes

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If you haven’t made peanut butter buckeyes before, you have got to add them to your list this year! They’re a little time consuming, but soooooo worth the effort. Even before moving to Ohio we loved them, but now that we really are in Buckeye country we’ve decided they’re one of those things we’ve just got to make. 🙂

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Here’s my favorite recipe for these . . .

4 Ingredient Buckeyes

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
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Directions
  1. Cream together peanut butter and butter in mixer.
  2. Add 2 cups powdered sugar, and mix until blended.  Then add additional powdered sugar as needed to make the peanut butter mixture stiff enough to mold into peanut butter balls and stay on a toothpick when dipped into chocolate.
  3. Roll into balls and refrigerate until firm (about 15 minutes.)buckeye2
  4. Meanwhile, using double boiler (or makeshift double boiler like mine shown above), heat water to simmering. Then melt chocolate chips and shortening in bowl sitting on top of the simmering water. Stir frequently until smooth   buckeye3
  5. Using toothpick, dip peanut butter balls into chocolate leaving some peanut butter showing at the top to resemble buckeyes, then set on wax paper.
  6. Shake off excess chocolate.

buckeye47. To hide your toothpick mark, smooth over holes before refrigerating,  then refrigerate until hardened.  Yummmm!

 

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Muddy Buddy Chex Mix

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We love traditional Chex Mix at our house, but it’s always fun to also make these Chex Mix Mudy Buddies!  I mixed up a batch over the weekend, and my little family was oh-so-happy.

Literally within less than 12 hours the batch was devoured (everyone ate a handful while I made it, again for dessert, and had a wee bit more for breakfast.) If you’ve got company coming go ahead and make a double batch, and enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination) we used Rice Chex
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

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Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter & butter on high for one minute, stir.
  2. Microwave another 30 seconds (or more) until mixture is smooth when stirred.
  3. Add vanilla.
  4. Place cereal in large bowl.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until well coated (but be careful not to crush the cereal!)
  6. Add cereal & chocolate mixture to large plastic bag (2 gallon or larger is best)
  7. Then add powdered sugar and shake until cereal is completely covered.
  8. Enjoy!

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M&M Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

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Looking for a new treat to try this Christmas? This one is so good, and a great way to make an easy bar recipe instead of cookies in a hurry!


 
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Here’s how to get started . . . 

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M&M Oatmeal Chocolate Bars

Ingredients

 

  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups gold medal flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (almost melted)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cup M&Ms

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Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix together first four ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Remove 1 cup of the flour mixture and set aside.
  4. Grease 9×13 pan and press onto bottom of pan.
  5. On stovetop, mix sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and two more tablespoons butter.
  6. Stir until chips have melted and mixture is smooth.
  7. Pour chocolate mixture over oat mixture, then sprinkle leftover cup of oat meal on top of chocolate.
  8. Top with M&Ms and bake 20-25 minutes.
  9. Let cool, slice and serve!

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Okay, let me just preface this post by saying that’s the most horrible name for a recipe, but it’s the only way to describe just how good and addictive this stuff is. . . I promise, you will LOVE every bite!

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Good gracious guys, folks have seriously loved this Christmas Crack recipeI decided it was time to update it (after making it twice yesterday to verify the exact cooking directions), and re-share it again.

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Be sure to read through the comments on the original post HERE for even more ideas ~ your cooking will vary a bit by the temperature of your stove and oven, but if you make sure to cook the brown sugar right it should work perfectly. We love this one at our house, and hope you do too!

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Ingredients

  •  1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I go ahead and add a few more because we love chocolate around here. . .)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers
  • aluminimum foil
  • cooking spray

Recipe

  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Line 12x17 cookie sheet with foil and spray well with cooking spray.
  3. Layer the saltine crackers on top of the foil.
  4. Heat butter and sugar on stovetop and heat until gently boiling, stirring constantly.
    Reduce heat to low boiling and cook, uncovered, between 3 and 5 minutes, until the mixture is thickened and sugar is dissolved. (Be careful to avoid burning the butter and sugar- that will ruin the recipe, but do make sure the sugar is dissolved and mixture is thickening. This is by far the trickiest part of the recipe ~ just make sure it thickens and dissolves but does not burn.)
  5. Pour butter and sugar mixture over crackers and spread evenly.
  6. Bake 5-6 minutes in oven.
  7. Remove pan from oven and let cool 3 minutes, then sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over brown sugar mixture.
  8. As chocolate chips melt, carefully spread into an even layer over the toffee layer using a knife. (Note - I pop the pan back in the oven for about 20 seconds after sprinkling on chocolate chips so that they melt faster.)
  9. Refrigerate for one hour.
  10. Break into bite-sized pieces and serve. . . yum, store covered in refrigerator.

Note: Be sure to put a larger pan underneath your pan in case any of the butter/margarine mixture seeps over - you'll want to watch it closely while in the oven so that it doesn't melt over the edges of your pan.

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Do you have a favorite Christmas treat that you love to make? Leave a comment sharing the recipe, and feel free to link to it on your blog or another page and we might sample it here!

Looking for more Christmas treats? Here are a few of our favorites:

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Buckeye Brownies

Looking for more penny pinched recipes? Here you go!

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Looking for a simple dessert to treat your family with this Thanksgiving (or anytime during the Holidays season?)

 

These Buckeye Brownies are oh-so-simple to make, and any peanut butter fan will love them. Since moving to the Buckeye state we’ve noticed that peanut butter chocolate recipes seem to be just about everywhere ~ kind of a dangerous thing for this peanut-butter-chocolate-loving-girl!

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Here’s how to get started . . . 

Buckeye Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2 brownie cake mixes (I like the Ghirardelli box mixes best)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk (additional milk if necessary)
  • 2 1/4 cup powdered sugar

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Directions

  1. Bake brownie mixes in 9×13 pan (will need to bake a little longer according to package directions since you’ll be baking two mixes in one pan)
  2. Once brownies have cooled, mix together peanut butter and butter with electric mixer in large bowl.
  3. Slowly add in powdered sugar.
  4. Once mixture gets thick, add in one tablespoon milk at a time until frosting is the desired consistency.
  5. Beat for 3 minutes until light and fluffy, enjoy!

 

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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