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Strawberry Ice Box Cake

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Strawberry Ice Box Cake - no bake cake that is perfect for summer. Layers of fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and graham crackers. It will disappear quickly!

Strawberry Ice Box Cake – no bake cake that is perfect for summer.  Layers of fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and graham crackers.  It will disappear quickly!

Strawberry Ice Box Cake - no bake cake that is perfect for summer.  Layers of fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and graham crackers.  It will disappear quickly!

Memorial Day weekend is here.  I really thought we had another week, but nope, it is this weekend.  Do you have plans? I hope the weather can warm up and dry up, so that we might actually get to get outside and enjoy it.  My son is obsessed with fishing lately, so I am sure that will be one of his requests.  His other?  Tennis.  He used some of his money to buy a tennis racket, and wants to play all of the time!  My plans will likely including breaking out the grill and if I am lucky doing some baking.

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Iced Almond-Lemon Loaf Cake

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Iced Almond Lemon Loaf Cake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Iced Almond-Lemon Loaf Cake – super moist and tender loaf cake with lots of lemon flavor.  Topped with a tangy lemon glaze.  

  Iced Almond-Lemon Loaf Cake - super moist and tender loaf cake with lots of lemon flavor.  Topped with a tangy lemon glaze.

Happy Friday!  So happy the weekend is finally here, and the weather is looking good!  Last weekend it was cold, rainy, and we even got snow.  This weekend it is supposed to be sunny and warm. We are having a garage sale on Saturday, so hopefully the weather means lots of people will be out…and buying.  I have so much stuff that needs to go!  It is not coming back into my house.  I have been collecting stuff in a closet for years, and it is leaving our house for good this weekend!

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Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)

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Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free) - Super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies that almost taste like you are eating a brownie. And they just happen to be gluten free (you would never know)!

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free) – Super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies that almost taste like you are eating a brownie.  And they just happen to be gluten free (you would never know)!

Soft and Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free) - Super rich and fudgy chocolate cookies that almost taste like you are eating a brownie.  And they just happen to be gluten free (you would never know)!

I can not believe that we only have a few weeks until summer break is here.  It is a busy couple of weeks as well.  My 10 year old starts baseball this week, so our weeknights just got busier.  This weekend I am also going to attempt to have a garage sale.  I have not had a garage sale in years, and can’t remember ever having one by myself.  I have a pile in the basement of stuff that needs to go, but aside from that I haven’t really started getting ready for the sale yet.  Could be interesting.  I debated about also having food or drinks to sell (last time we made cookies and the kids had such a good time selling them), but not sure how that will work out.  If I do, I think it will have to be these Double Chocolate Cookies, because who could say no to them?

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Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies - what could be better than a soft and chewy cookie with an gooey caramel candy inside!

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies – Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies that have a chocolate and caramel candy stuffed inside.  Ooey, gooey, and delicious!

Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies - Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies that have a chocolate and caramel candy stuffed inside.  Ooey, gooey, and delicious!

The absolute hardest part about being away from home for 6 weeks on vacation is being back home.  Seriously, getting back into work, cooking, cleaning, and being responsible again is hard work.  Not to mention the crazy 18 hour time zone change.  That has finally worked itself out, but not without some difficulties.  My 10 year old had a hard time adjusting, partly because he was also super excited to get back to school, but that in turn meant that he was keeping me up.  Running on 4 hours sleep doesn’t really do much for motivation either, so it has been a rough transition! But I did actually bake this week and made some amazing cookies!

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Sugar Cookie Fudge

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Sugar Cookie Fudge

 Sugar Cookie Fudge – all the flavor of sugar cookies in a quick and easy fudge.

Sugar Cookie Fudge

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and enjoyed a nice long weekend.  We traveled to Wisconsin to spend the holiday with our family.  It was nice to take a week off, enjoy time with family, and just relax.  While we were there we took our 9 year old to see his first Wisconsin Badger game.  They were playing for the Big Ten Western Division Title against Minnesota.  It was a close game, but we ended up winning.  The weather was as good as you could hope for during the end of November, so it was the perfect day.  Now our 9 year old is set on going to school in Madison, so he can go to all of their games.

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No Bake Oreo Cream Squares

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No Bake Oreo Cream Squares - layers of cookies, pudding, cream cheese, and whipped cream!

No Bake Oreo Cream Squares - quick and easy no bake dessert!

Today is our last day in Wisconsin.  Our flight leaves tomorrow at 5:45 am.  It is going to be an early morning, and a very long day!  We have had a great week here though.  Spending time with family, seeing friends from when we lived in Iowa, and getting to meet a few ladies from a fitness group I have been a part of for over a year.  I am ready to get back home, sleep in my bed, and see my husband though!  Ten more days, and school starts in Colorado too.  Man, did summer just fly by!

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Angel Crisp Cookies

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Angel Crisp Cookies - Cookies Grandma used to make!

Angel Crisp Cookies - Cookies Grandma used to make!

I have to say, I am really enjoying our first week with no camps or anything going on. It is nice to spend time with my son, and relax a little. Get a little work done, for both of us, in the morning and then hit the pool or something else fun in the afternoon.  He had a great time at his camps, and he said he wished they could go on longer, but I really think he likes these kind of summer days as well.  It is a shame we couldn’t have spaced out his camps some, but such is life.

Angel Crisp Cookies - a favorite from Grandma!

Do you have those recipes that have been passed down from your grandma, and that you remember your mom making as a kid?  These angel crisp cookies are one of those in my family.  I never realized what the name of them was, so when my mom was talking about them recently I was very confused.  So she sent me the recipe, and I made them.  As soon as they came out of the oven, based on the shape alone I remember these cookies.  They did not happen often as a kid, because my dad pretty much only liked chocolate desserts.  But I do remember angel crisps were even served the day of my wedding for lunch with my bridesmaids.

Angel Crisp Cookies - A classic cookie that is straight from my Grandma

The original recipe, and the way I wrote it below calls for shortening instead of butter.  That is what my grandma used all of the time, so that is how I make these cookies.  BUT, I know there are people who are against shortening for whatever reason.  You can use butter in its place, they will just taste a little different.  They will still be soft, tender, and delicious, so no worries there.  A few times my mom even frosted these cookies, or just drizzled with a little glaze.  I might have spread Nutella on a couple of mine :)

Angel Crisp Cookies
 
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A classic sugar cookie that Grandma used to make
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Additional sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer bowl combine sugar, brown sugar, and shortening. Mix until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and mix. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tarter until well combined.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls, and roll in granulated sugar. Place on a baking sheet. Using your thumb, gently press into the center of each ball.
  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes until just starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store in an air tight container
Notes
You can use butter for the shortening if desired

 

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

I am taking a break from Christmas Week today to be part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is my first year participating, but the 3rd year it has been around. The organizers Lindsay and Julie out did themselves this year. Each participant paid $4 to be a part of the swap. We then sent out 1 dozen cookies to 3 different people. So you then receivee 1 dozen cookies from 3 different people. This year the corporate sponsors were OXO, Dixie Sugar Crystals, Grandma’s Molasses, and Gold Medal Flour. Each company matched our donations, so we raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer.

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Apple Blondies w/ Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

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Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple Blondies with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

Apple season is upon us.  I love apples, and I love baking with apples.  Unfortunately my family has something wrong with them, and they don’t like apple desserts.  My son loves apples dipped in peanut butter, but that is where it ends.  Seriously, the kid won’t even eat applesauce.  I know. I screwed up some how.  My husband, he doesn’t like the skin of the apple.  Or so he claims.  Because I offer to peel them, and he still won’t eat them.  So whatever, more for me!

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Nutella Magic Bars

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Nutella Magic Bars

Today we are leaving for Japan!  I can’t wait to share pictures and tell you about the trip.  In my absence, I have some wonderful friends who are going to take over for me.  The first guest post is Roxana from Roxana’s Home Baking.  Roxana does amazing things with desserts and breads, I am always in awe of her talent.  Just look at these Homemade Rolo Bars, Steakhouse Bread, and Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Nutella Magic Bars

Hello Dinners, Dishes and Desserts readers. I’m Roxana, the wanna be baker and photographer behind Roxana’s Home Baking. My blog is focus on baking everything from scratch. I’m a self-taught baker, learning more with every cup of flour I use. Most of the recipes found on my blog rely on simple techniques everyone can master with a little bit of patience. I also have a big sweet tooth, easily noticeable through the hundreds on desserts recipes I’ve shared. I have a slight addiction to chocolate; I could put some in soup if it’s up to me.
Homemade chocolate goodies is the best medicine.

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