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No Bake Kool-Aid Pie

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Mixed Berry Kool-Aid Pie {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

No Bake Kool-Aid Pie – Creamy, cool, and delicious with only 3 ingredients!  You can not get easier for a no bake pie this summer!

  No Bake Kool-Aid Pie - Creamy, cool, and delicious with only 3 ingredients!  You can not get easier for a no bake pie this summer!

I can not believe how fast this summer is going.  I swear school just got out, but we are already past the 4th of July!  Did you have a good long weekend for the 4th?  We were in Wisconsin with family, so it was nice to relax and spend time with everyone.  We flew back on Monday and are still getting adjusted.  Getting home at midnight really messes with my 10 year old!  But I think we are caught up and good now.  I even went grocery shopping, created a meal plan, and have this week under control.  Which after almost 2 weeks away, is kind of huge for me.  Hopefully I can just keep it up :)

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Peanut Butter Magic Shell

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Peanut Butter Magic Shell {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Peanut Butter Magic Shell – Ditch the store bought magic shell for your ice cream, and make your own peanut butter magic shell at home.  Just 2 ingredients, and a couple minutes!

Peanut Butter Magic Shell - Ditch the store bought magic shell for your ice cream, and make your own peanut butter magic shell at home.  Just 2 ingredients, and a couple minutes!

My son and I have been in Wisconsin for a week now, and he has not had a moment of not having fun.  Between both grandparents, visiting friends in Iowa, and me being away he is in heaven.  Tomorrow my husband arrives to spend the weekend here, before we all head back home.  It will be nice to have him her for a couple days, this summer has been so busy it doesn’t seem like we have spent that much time together recently.  The 4th of July is this weekend, do you have any plans?

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Dr. Pepper Vanilla Ice Cream Floats

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Dr Pepper Vanilla Floats {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Dr. Pepper Vanilla Ice Cream Floats – an all time favorite summer treats gets a little makeover with Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float.

Dr. Pepper Vanilla Ice Cream Floats - an all time favorite summer treats gets a little makeover with Dr. Pepper Vanilla Float.

Summer is here.  Time for family vacations, barbecues with friends, and lots of time out doors.  As an adult, it seems that the summer is busier than ever.  I am not sure when this started happening, but I swear the school year seems like a more relaxing time of year. As a kid I remember long summer days spent at the pool, or playing outside for hours on end with the neighborhood kids.  Sometimes I just want to go back, and have the slow, relaxing, and lazy days of summer!

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Chocolate Cream Cake

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Chocolate Cream Cake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Chocolate Cream Cake – Moist chocolate cake topped with a light and fluffy almond flavored whipped cream “frosting”.  

Chocolate Cream Cake - Moist chocolate cake topped with a light and fluffy almond flavored whipped cream "frosting".

Today my son starts STEM camp.  He went last year and loved it, so is going again this year.  It is a day camp that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math.  It is perfect for him, and he gets a lot out of it.  I just wish they offered it for more than one week at this age.  STEM is a national wide thing, so look for it in your area if that sounds like your child. Unfortunately, this year they had to change the school it is held at because of construction.  Last year it was so convenient, less than a mile from our house (and at the middle school he will be attending).  This year it is across town, so a little more of a hastle.  But he has a couple friends who are going as well, so I am sure it will be worth it!

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars – chocolate chip cookie bars with a layer of cheesecake in the center. So yummy!

Photos are updated as of 6/5/15.
The other night we went to a birthday party for a 3 year old.  I was asked to bring my guacamole to the party, and was more than happy to help.  I obviously love cooking, so I asked if I could bring anything else.  She thought she had it covered, but then she heard that I was thinking of making chocolate chip cheesecake bars.  She immediately took me up on my offer!  And boy am I glad I did.  These chocolate chip cookie bars were a HUGE hit!  Everyone raved about them, and wanted the recipe!  The birthday boy loves baseball, and had a wonderful cake that looked just like a giant baseball, but these cheesecake bars were a great treat as well.
I don’t usually like Cheesecake, never really have.  But recently I am turning a corner, and have tasted a couple I like.  One was a layered cheesecake, with a chocolate cookie crust and then 3 layers (chocolate, almond, brown sugar) of cheesecake.  That was good!  I have been seeing a few different ideas on this cheesecake bar floating around.  Some have a graham cracker crust, some don’t.  So I wanted to make my own version.  And boy these chocolate chip cookie bars were good, I will happily make them again!   I guess this might prove that if you put enough sugar in cream cheese, I will eat it!
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Bars
 
Serves: 20 bars
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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars - chocolate chip cookie bars with a layer of cheesecake in the center. So yummy!
Ingredients
Cookie Layer:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 (12 oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Cheesecake Layer:
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil or parchment paper (or spray with non-stick spray). Set aside.
  2. In a mixer combine butter, shortening and sugar together. Beat until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until combined. Slowly add flour, salt and baking soda, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Press ½ half of the dough into the prepared pan. Set the remaining ½ aside.
  4. In a mixer beat cream cheese and sugar together until fully blended. Add sugar egg and vanilla, and beat for 1 minute until smooth and creamy.
  5. Pour cream cheese mixture over the dough in the pan.
  6. Take small balls (about 1 tsp) of the remaining dough and scatter them over the top of cream cheese mixture. You will have holes, and that is perfectly fine.
  7. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool completely before serving.
  9. Store leftovers in the fridge.
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Swiss Roll Ice Cream Cake Recipe

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Swiss Cake Roll Ice Cream Cake {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Swiss Roll Ice Cream Cake Recipe – take ice cream cake to a whole new level using Swiss Cake Rolls.  No bake, super easy, and sure to amaze!

Swiss Roll Ice Cream Cake Recipe - take ice cream cake to a whole new level using Swiss Cake Rolls.  No bake, super easy, and sure to amaze!  MUST PIN!!!

Today is the last day of the school year for my 10 year old!  I can not believe that I am going to have a 5th grader.  I know everyone says this, but seriously, where did the time go?  We are going to be entering our last year of elementary school.  I swear my little guy should still be in pre-school! To celebrate we are meeting a ton of kids from school at the park for a picnic lunch, and cake. Then they can run and go crazy.  Now let’s just hope the rain stays away.

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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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