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No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Happy First Day of Summer!!! What better way to celebrate than with a fun new recipe? No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. This recipe is amazing for so many reasons. It starts off […]

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches

Gimme a “B”…..Gimme an “L”…..Gimme a “T”. What’s that spell??? Well, the BEST sandwich of summer of course!!! I’ve gotta admit that Cornbread Waffle BLT Sandwiches took me by surprise. Waffles and BLT’s might not seem like the obvious pair, but oh my goodness they […]

S’mores Bars

S’mores Bars

I’m pretty sure S’mores are the official dessert of Summer. Well if you like S’mores then you’re gonna flip out over S’mores bars!! These deliciously decadent bars taste just like S’mores but without all the mess. Heck, you can even skip the bon fire which means you can make them all year round. No excuses! We start with a layer of graham cracker goodness, followed by loads of chocolatey chunks, topped with ooey, gooey marshmallow creme and more graham cracker crumbles. If you’re a sucker for sweets then you ought to know this dessert is seriously addictive!!! No, for real. S’mores Bars will leave you drooling and craving more. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Here’s all you’ll need: butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract, flour, graham crackers, baking powder, salt, milk chocolate candy bars, and marshmallow fluff.

S’mores Bars ingredients list

S’mores Bars were an instant hit in my house, so let’s get started on this ASAP so you can enjoy them too! Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream with a mixer until light and fluffy. You’ll want the butter to be a little bit soft so it’s easier to mix. You can leave it on the counter for a bit to soften, or if you’re like me you can “cheat” and nuke it in the microwave for about 15 seconds. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

Butter and sugar creamed together with a hand mixer in a large glass bowl.

Next beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Just a teaspoon will do ya! Blend on a low speed until the egg is fully incorporated.

Egg and vanilla are added to the mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. You can use a food processor to make the graham cracker crumbs or if you’re in a pinch, put them in a ziplock bag and crush away by hand. About 6 full size graham crackers should get you right around 3/4 cup of graham cracker crumbs.

Flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt mixed together in a large bowl.

Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Mix well. This delicious batter will serve as both graham cracker layers. So be sure to set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture (for our top layer).

Graham cracker batter in a large mixing bowl.

Press the remaining graham cracker mixture into the bottom of a 9X9″ baking pan. You can grease with cooking spray, but I find that lining with parchment paper helps these sticky bars to pull right out of the pan. Press the chocolate bars into the crust, then spread the marshmallow creme over top. If you find that marshmallow creme is too sticky to work with, you can nuke it in the microwave to make it easier to spread.

Graham cracker mixture pressed into a 9X9" baking pan, topped with chocolate bars and marshmallow creme.

And lastly, grab that reserved graham cracker mixture from earlier and crumble it over the top. Go ahead. Just sprinkle it right on there. You really can’t mess this part up! Bake in a 350 degree, preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the graham cracker topping is golden brown. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack then cut into bars.

Graham cracker crumbles are sprinkled on top of the marshmallow layer.

Gimme gimme S’more! Gimme S’more, gimme gimme S’more! What’s your favorite part of S’mores, the graham crackers, the chocolate, the marshmallows, or all three? If you love S’mores Bars then you better put our Cookie and Cream Rice Krispies Treats on your to do list!

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S'mores Bars

July 16, 2019
: 1 dozen
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 6 full-size crackers)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each / regular sized candy bars)
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme (Fluff)
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the softened butter and sugar to a large bowl and cream with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Step 2 In a separate bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Mix well. **Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture (for our top layer).**
  • Step 3 Line a 9X9″ baking dish with parchment paper. Press the remaining graham cracker mixture into the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Step 4 Press the chocolate bars into the crust, then spread the marshmallow creme over top. Crumble the reserved graham cracker mixture over top.
  • Step 5 Bake in a 350 degree, preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the graham cracker topping is golden brown. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack then cut into bars. Enjoy!

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Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad

Pizza Pasta Salad is the summer side dish your whole family will agree on! Loaded up with all of your favorite pizza toppings, this hearty salad tastes just like your favorite pizza. We’re always in need of new summer side dishes that pair well with […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I’ve never met a cookie that I didn’t like and these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are no different. I’ve gotta warn you though…they pack a wallop of flavor and are highly addictive. Just like the ones Grandma used to make, this delicious cookie is crispy on […]

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip

If Spinach Artichoke Dip is involved then you can count me in people! It’s pretty much one of my main weaknesses. I just can’t say no to this luscious, creamy, absolutely delicious dip. I’ve tried all the recipes, the restaurant knock offs, the crockpot versions, you name it. But this one, my friends, is by far my favorite! One taste and you’ll be hooked too. There’s no mayo involved so it tastes much lighter than most variations, which to me, really sets it apart from the rest. Loaded up with spinach, artichokes, and of course, LOTS of cheese, you won’t believe how quickly this dip becomes your new obsession. You might as well just go ahead and throw away all those other recipes right now. This is seriously THE BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip EVER!!!

Here’s all you’ll need: artichoke hearts, fresh spinach, garlic, onion, sour cream, cream cheese, milk, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper.

Spinach Artichoke Dip ingredients list.

So not only does Spinach Artichoke Dip taste amazing but it’s also super duper easy to prepare. Chop the onions, spinach and artichokes. A lot of recipes that I’ve tried in the past use frozen spinach. Well after this one, I’m a firm believer that fresh is best! It gives this dish such a nice texture. For the artichokes however, I always opt for the canned version. This time saver is just invaluable to me considering all those minutes I’ll inevitably spend googling how to cut fresh artichokes and watching you tube videos. Combine the onions, garlic, spinach, and artichokes in a medium sized bowl.

Chopped onions on a cutting board next to chopped spinach and artichokes in a bowl.

Oh yeah, did I mention that chopping the vegetables is the hardest part of this recipe? I can feel that sigh of relief. The heavy lifting’s over! Stir in the sour cream and softened cream cheese. You can lighten this recipe up even more by selecting fat free or low fat versions. But in my mind that just gives me permission to pile on that cheesy topping at the end of this recipe! So your call. Choose your battles wisely.

Onions, garlic, spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, and sour cream mixed together in a medium sized bowl.

A few more quick additions and we’re ready for the oven! Mix in the milk, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Again with the milk, skim, 2%, whole, I’ll leave that up to you and your waistline. But you really can’t make a bad decision here but for the love of God save the Almond and Coconut milk for another time! Mix up all the ingredients until the Spinach Artichoke Dip is nice and creamy. Mmmm….do you see that?!? Chunks of yumminess in every.single.bite!

Milk, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, garlic salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning are stirred into the dip.

And now for my favorite part…SAY CHEESE!!!! The cheesy topping on this dip is a total game changer! I don’t know why it never occurred to me to do this myself but it’s literally life changing. You’ll never go back to the plain old naked version again. Place the Spinach Artichoke Dip in a pie plate or shallow baking dish. Then sprinkle that remaining cup of mozzarella over the top. I mean cause who wants to put a measly 1 cup of mozzarella back in the fridge anyways?!? That’s just sad. And now we’re ready for the oven! Bake uncovered, in a 400 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese completely melted.

Spinach Artichoke Dip in a pie pan, topped with mozzarella cheese and ready for the oven.

Serve warm with your favorite dippers. We love tortilla chips, pita triangles, or even toasted baguette! That melty cheese with those crispy golden edges got me drooling a little. Spinach Artichoke Dip is great for sharing….otherwise you’ll be eating the whole pan yourself!!! Which isn’t a bad thing either! And don’t forget to try our Cheesy Pizza Dip too!!

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

February 1, 2019
: 12
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped Artichoke Hearts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Directions
  • Step 1 Chop the onions, spinach and artichokes. Combine the onions, garlic, spinach, and artichokes in a medium sized bowl.
  • Step 2 Stir in the sour cream and softened cream cheese. Mix in the milk, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, grated Parmesan, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper.
  • Step 3 Place the Spinach Artichoke Dip in a pie plate or shallow baking dish. Then sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella over the top.
  • Step 4 Bake uncovered, in a 400 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the cheese completely melted. Serve with tortilla chips, pita triangles, or toasted baguette. Enjoy!

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Pizza Pinwheels

Pizza Pinwheels

If you’ve never made Pizza Pinwheels then you’re truly missing out! This bitesize, crowd pleasing appetizer is totally irresistible, super easy to make and tastes just like pizza. Loads of pepperoni and mozzarella are wrapped up inside a tender, flaky crescent dough crust. These mini […]

One Pan Skillet Lasagna

One Pan Skillet Lasagna

Summer’s heating up this week in Buffalo but our One Pan Skillet Lasagna is here to save the day! No need to crank up the oven for this one pan wonder. It’s made completely on the stovetop to help you beat the heat. This quick […]

Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles 

Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles 

Have you ever gone to the grocery store and just couldn’t avoid buying something that wasn’t on your list??? Raise your hand! We’ve all been there! That’s what happened with these strawberries. I just couldn’t pass them up! So then I started to brainstorm what to make with them….stuffed strawberries, strawberry muffins, strawberry shortcake…..and then it came to me……Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles!!! Ding, ding, ding!! We have a winner!! Any excuse to use my waffle maker is a good one in my book. And paired with some blueberries they made quite the festive Memorial Day breakfast for me and my hubby.

Absolutely could not pass up these fresh berries!

Plus waffles remind me of one of my favorite vacations that we took back in 2015 to Big Sur, CA. We stayed at Treebones Resort in the Human Nest. IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE TO DO THIS, YOU MUST!!! The Human Nest is exactly what you are picturing right now….a giant nest for humans to sleep in. Such an amazing experience, breathtaking views, and an unforgettable breakfast. That’s right…you guessed it! Waffles!!! Except these waffles came with the most stunning view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. AND did I mention they were complimentary?!? Even better right!!

Treebones Resort Big Sur, CA
Treebones Resort Big Sur, CA

Look at that view!! I find myself constantly wishing I was there! But my view isn’t so bad here either….Look at those sweet faces!!! And they love strawberries too!

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Here’s all that you’ll need: Strawberries, blueberries, flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla.

Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles ingredients list

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder.


In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder.

Separate eggs. Place the egg yolks in a bowl. Save the egg whites! We’ll be using those as well!
Separate eggs. Place the egg yolks in a bowl.

Lightly beat the egg yolks with a whisk.
Lightly beat the egg yolks with a whisk.

Add the milk, butter, and vanilla to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix well with whisk.

Add the milk, butter, and vanilla to the bowl with the egg yolks and mix well with whisk.

Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Don’t worry if it still looks a little lumpy. Totally fine!

Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.

Here’s where we’ll use those egg whites from earlier. Place the egg whites in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. I started on a medium speed. Continue to increase the speed every 10-15 seconds until you’re all the way up to the max! At about 2 minutes my stiff white peaks began to form.

Place the egg whites in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

See! Look how foamy! This is where the waffles get that extra fluffiness from!

Light and fluffy stiff peaks!

Using a spoon or a spatula, gently fold the egg whites into your batter.

Gently fold the egg whites into your batter.

Keep folding until they’re all mixed in! I like to make sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl and really get them mixed in there good.

Plug in your waffle iron. I love this one Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker, Stainless Steel. Spray lightly with cooking spray before it starts to heat up. You’ll only have to do this step one time. Once the iron is hot you will not have to continue to spray between waffles.

Spray waffle iron with cooking spray. Turn it on and begin to heat.

Let’s get those toppings ready! Now is a good time to slice up some of those strawberries while the waffle iron is heating up! Don’t they look delicious! I could eat them without the waffles.

Get your toppings ready! Slice up the strawberries.

When your waffle iron is ready, scoop in a small amount of batter. This part will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out just exactly how much batter is needed. My waffle iron is by Cuisinart and takes about half a cup of batter per waffle. Quickly spread the batter with a spatula. Don’t worry about getting every crevice! The batter will naturally spread out on its own as well.

Scoop in the waffle batter and spread evenly. Don't worry about filling every crevice.

Close it up and wait for the beep, or the buzzer, or the light to go on! OMG! Golden delicious goodness!!!

Close the waffle iron and wait for the timer to go off.

Gently lift the waffle out of the iron and onto your plate……and into your mouth!!

Gently lift the waffle out of the iron and onto your plate.

Add the sliced strawberries and blueberries (and maybe a little butter or syrup or whipped cream!!) and Voila! You’re done! If you need me, I’ll be right here daydreaming about Big Sur while stuffing my face with Belgian waffles! Nom nom nom!!

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Berry Delicious Belgian Waffles

May 31, 2017
: 6 large round waffles (or about 10 smaller rectangle ones)
: Medium

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sliced fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • syrup (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  • Step 2 Separate eggs. Place the egg yolks in a bowl and lightly beat with a whisk.
  • Step 3 Add the milk, butter, and vanilla to the egg yolks and mix well with whisk.
  • Step 4 Stir in the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Step 5 Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.
  • Step 6 Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.
  • Step 7 Serve with fresh berries and syrup if desired

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