Strawberry Milkshake Pie

Strawberry Milkshake Pie – turn a classic strawberry milkshake into a creamy and delicious frozen pie!  Complete with a waffle cone crust!

Strawberry Milkshake Pie - turn a classic strawberry milkshake into a creamy and delicious frozen pie! Complete with a waffle cone crust!

It is warming up around here, and it really is spring.  Flowers are blooming, the grass is getting green, and you don’t have to wear a jacket every time you go out.  I love this season.  It isn’t crazy hot, so you can actually enjoy being outside.  This last weekend we broke out our smoker and smoked our first brisket.  The smell of the coals and the wood burning make me want to break out the marshmallows and make s’mores!  Instead we waited 12 hours and had an amazing beef brisket!  I can’t wait for more spring and summer!

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Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake

Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake – all the flavors of the infamous Boston Cream Pie in a quick and easy ice box cake.  Great for those hot days when you don’t want to turn on the oven, or when you just don’t want to do all the work!

Boston Cream Pie Ice Box Cake - all the flavors of the infamous Boston Cream Pie in a quick and easy ice box cake. Great for those hot days when you don't want to turn on the oven, or when you just don't want to do all the work!

My blog turned 5 years old yesterday!!  I had no idea!  I knew it was coming up, but couldn’t remember what day I actually started.  Thanks to Facebook memories for pulling that up for me!  Do you ever look at your Facebook Memories?  I hardly ever do.  Every once in awhile a friend will share one of theirs, and I will click to see what my memories are.  Which is actually what happened yesterday. Usually when I check it is a picture I shared of my son when he was little, and it reminds me how old he is now. Actually kind of a fun way to look back and remember things. So let’s celebrate 5 years with cake!

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies – rich, fudge brownies that are stuffed with peanut butter cups, topped with melted chocolate and more peanut butter cups!

Peanut Butter Stuffed Brownies - rich, fudge brownies that are stuffed with peanut butter cups, topped with melted chocolate and more peanut butter cups!

We made it to Friday!!  Yay!  And I made brownies to celebrate.  My son doesn’t have school today, so we get to hang out and spend time together.  He wants to go to the driving range, so we are headed there and then to lunch together. The weather should be gorgeous, so I am all about any time outside! Tomorrow we are headed to the district science fair, so we will see how that goes.  He gets to present his project to the judges and compete against all the other elementary schools in our district – that is a lot of schools!  A lot of pressure for a 10 year old, but I am sure he will have fun!

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Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee – classic rich and creamy vanilla bean custard topped with caramelized sugar. Easier than you think, and will definitely impress!

Creme Brulee - classic rich and creamy vanilla bean custard topped with caramelized sugar. Easier than you think, and will definitely impress!

What is your favorite dessert?  Are you a vanilla person?  Chocolate person?  Don’t like sweets at all?  Now that I just will never understand.  I could eat sweets all day, everyday.  I am a chocolate person to the core though.  My husband on the other hand will not let chocolate enter his mouth.  So coming up with a dessert that the whole family will like is hard! I try to eat relatively healthy, so when I do have dessert, I want to love it!  Good thing we finally found something we can all agree on…..Creme Brulee

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Caramelitas

Caramelitas – An easy bar cookie with a buttery oatmeal cookie base and filled with chocolate and gooey caramel.

Caramelitas - An easy bar cookie with a buttery oatmeal cookie base and filled with chocolate and gooey caramel.

Have you made all of your cookies and treats for Christmas?  We always make fudge on Christmas Eve, so I still have that, and I have been holding off on making our Frosted Sugar Cookies as well.  But I am pretty sure without either of those, we have more than we need for the holidays.  Today I am meeting with a large group of people from our neighborhood, and we are all taking treats to the fire stations around our town to say thank you.  When I shared my White Chocolate Fudge recipe there is a video about how to Bake It Forward and help to end childhood hunger this holiday season.  Well our neighborhood was so inspired, we are delivering all over town today!

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Reese’s Fudge

Reese’s Fudge – a layer of creamy peanut butter fudge topped with melted chocolate and peanut butter.  And easy no bake recipe that is down right addicting!

Reese's Fudge - a layer of creamy peanut butter fudge topped with melted chocolate and peanut butter. And easy no bake recipe that is down right addicting!

One of my dear friends has a cookie exchange every year.  She has a house full of people that all bring 3 dozen cookies, packaged in groups of 6, and place them around her large dining room table.  We visit, sip champagne and snack on delicious appetizers.  Then to end the night we all get in a long line and take turns walking around the table.  Each time around the table, you get to take 1 package of cookies, until there are none left.  So you go home with 6 packages of cookies that you picked out, all baked by different people.  It is a super fun night, and I always come away with yummy treats.  At this cookie exchange my friend always serves her Reese’s fudge, which is one of my favorite things ever.

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Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake

Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe – a thick and creamy chocolate cheesecake with chocolate ganache and pieces of peppermint candy

Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe - a thick and creamy chocolate cheesecake with chocolate ganache and pieces of peppermint candy

What do you serve for dessert on Christmas?  My husband’s family has Grasshopper Pie.  I look forward to it every year. When I was growing up my family would have pumpkin pie, because our Christmas dinner was pretty much a Thanksgiving repeat.  But since high school Christmas dinner has changed, and we don’t seem to have a go to dessert anymore.  Sometimes it is just Christmas cookies, sometimes it is pumpkin pie, sometimes it is something completely different.  This year I think I need to start the tradition of this peppermint chocolate cheesecake!

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Easy No Bake Avalanche Cookies

Easy No Bake Avalanche Cookies – just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this cookie version of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s Avalanche Bark!

Easy No Bake Avalanche Cookies - just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this cookie version of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's Avalanche Bark!

Exactly 2 weeks until Christmas.  Are you ready?  I am not even close!  Still have gifts to buy, haven’t wrapped a thing, and have a few more things that I want to bake.  My in-laws arrive next weekend, so I need to get my butt in gear!  We did figure out what we are going to make for Christmas dinner though.  So one thing has been decided and is actually ordered.  If you are in the same boat, these no bake avalanche cookies are right up your alley.  They only take 5 minutes!!  Check out the video at the bottom for a quick how-to!

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Cookie Dough Fudge & Favorite Things Giveaway

Cookie Dough Fudge – Rich chocolate fudge filled with chucks of cookie dough.  It is the perfect chocolate lover’s treat.

Cookie Dough Fudge - Rich chocolate fudge filled with chucks of cookie dough. It is the perfect chocolate lover's treat.

Thanksgiving is over, and the holiday season is officially here!  Today I have an awesome giveaway for you.  I have teamed up with 9 of my blogging friends to offer 10 different giveaways, with prizes valued at well over $3000.  You can enter 1 or you can enter all 10, that is up to you.  Each blogger is giving away some of their favorite things!  Also follow along on Instagram for even more prizes!

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Candy Bar Cookie Pizza

Candy Bar Cookie Pizza – a chocolate chip cookie pizza topped with melted chocolate and lots of your favorite candy!

Candy Bar Cookie Pizza - a chocolate chip cookie pizza topped with melted chocolate and lots of your favorite candy!

Halloween is over!  Did you have a good time? My son of course got way more candy than he needs.  Before we went out trick or treating, I had to dump out the candy from last year that didn’t get eaten.  So it is safe to say that we have too much candy again this year.  We hung out with friends, carved pumpkins, and had a great time.  The weather even cooperated and wasn’t too cold.  Always a good thing!  So now what to do with all of that candy….

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