Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake

Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake

 

You are going to want to make this cake!  It’s amazingly moist and full of flavor.

And the best part is that it’s really easy.

Even the decorating part is easy.  Trust me.  I’m the queen of ugly cakes.  If I can do this, anyone can.  Putting the nuts all around the sides is a quick way to make a beautiful cake.  And it covers up any crumbs in the frosting too.  Bonus!

The cake itself starts with a cake mix.  I doctored up a box of carrot cake mix with two skinny carrots that I rescued from the bottom of the fridge.  I also added some crushed pineapple.

Here’s what you’ll need for the cake:   [Read more…]

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BBQ Beef and Bean Pot Pie and Double Chocolate Pretzel Brownies – Dinner + Dessert Idea

Bisquick collage

 

Today I’ve got two recipes for you – BBQ Beef and Bean Pot Pie and Double Chocolate Pretzel Brownies.

Dinner + Dessert!

The best family times and conversations happen around the table, so why not keep everyone there longer by adding dessert too.  I guarantee they’ll hang out in the kitchen when they smell these brownies baking.

These recipes couldn’t be easier.  They use common pantry ingredients and Betty Crocker and Bisquick mixes.  I love dinners that come together quick, but give us a chance to connect as a family.

One of our favorite things to do is play games after dinner.  Brownies and games makes a plain weeknight a whole lot better.

Let’s get dinner on the table, starting with the BBQ Beef and Bean Pot Pie.  Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy meal:   [Read more…]

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Dessert Recipes to Freeze

Desserts may not be the first thing you think of stocking your freezer with, but there are a lot of great reasons to do just that.

Having something sweet stashed away can help you avoid running to the grocery at night to grab a snack (or are we the only people who do that?).  Kids and teens especially like having cookies in the freezer to grab.

And prepping a dessert for company before the occasion arrives is a great time saver.

No matter what your reason, here are some dessert recipes to consider making and freezing.

peanut butter fluff pie done

Peanut Butter Fluff Pie

cappuccino pie

No Bake Cappuccino Pie

Frozen Fruit Cups

Frozen Mocha Marble Loaf

Candy Cane Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Candy Cane Fudge Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Amish Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Banana Pudding Pops

Black Forest Cherry Ice Cream Dessert

Black Forest Cherry Ice Cream Dessert

coffee toffee ice cream pie done

Coffee Toffee Ice Cream Pie with a Ribbon of Fudge

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Cake

Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Cake

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Jello Popsicles 

buster bar inside

Buster Bars

Pumpkin Chip Cookies

10 homemade ice creams

Ice Cream of all Kinds!

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Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter Sauce Sundaes aka Mini No Way Jose Sundaes from Disney’s Beaches and Cream

No Way Jose Sundaes

 

I have wanted to make these sundaes forever.  Ever since I first saw a photo of a No Way Jose Sundae from Disney’s Beaches and Cream.

Have you seen what those look like?

I’ve never had one.  I’ve never even been to Beaches and Cream restaurant.  But the sundaes!  Oh my!  They are huge and running over with hot fudge and peanut butter sauce.

There’s no way I could eat an entire No Way Jose.

So I decided to make a mini version.  I left off the whipped cream and the other extras.  Believe me – it was rich enough without those!

This is more method than recipe, but I did make the peanut butter sauce.  I guess you can call it “from scratch”.  Two ingredients and you stir and warm.  Pretty easy!

I used store-bought vanilla ice cream and store-bought hot fudge.  The peanut butter topping is a little like peanut butter magic shell.  It hardens a bit when it hits the cold ice cream.  It reminded us a little of the texture of peanut butter in our favorite Homemade Brand Peanut Butter and Chip ice cream.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Topping
Ingredients
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup Karo syrup or honey
Instructions
  1. Stir together.
  2. Warm in microwave.
  3. Serve over ice cream.
Notes
You don't have to measure this. Dip out a large spoonful of peanut butter. Add a big squirt of Karo or honey. Close enough!

 

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Easy Coconut Fudge

Easy Coconut Fudge

 

If you like chocolate and coconut, you will love this fudge!  It’s creamy and smooth and deeply chocolate.  And it’s got the flavor of coconut mingled though every bite.

Everyone in my family likes coconut, but we don’t always like a lot of the coconut texture.  So I kept the amount of coconut that’s stirred into the fudge at a minimum.  I used coconut extract to bump up the flavor though.

The result is perfect!   I had a lot of trouble staying out of this.  It’s so tempting to have just one more piece.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more…]

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Easy Salted Caramel Fudge

 

Easy Salted Caramel Fudge

Deep chocolate fudge topped with salted caramel – it doesn’t get much better than this!

And it only takes a few ingredients, along with a simple melting process to make this fudge.

I’ve made quite a few different kinds of fudge this week.  We’ve been debating over which is the favorite.  This one is a definite winner for some of us.  Others voted for the Coconut Fudge recipe that I’ll share tomorrow.

Mostly, we’ve had a tough time deciding because they’ve all been so good!

Here’s what you’ll need for the Salted Caramel Fudge:   [Read more…]

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Candy Cane Fudge (and how we tied this into Advent)

Candy Cane Fudge recipe

 

Last week I was asked if I could do a cooking demonstration during our church’s Advent dinner.  They wanted me to do something that would involve the kids.

At first, I had no ideas at all.  But the next morning, as I was thinking I was going to have to call back and decline, I had an idea.  This Candy Cane Fudge recipe is so easy and perfect to make with kids.

And it ties in well to Advent too.  Advent is about preparing (our hearts for Jesus), waiting, hoping and anticipating.

During the program at the church Advent dinner, I asked two girls to help me make the fudge.  I used a small, single burner on a table so we could melt the ingredients.  I showed them how to prepare the pan with foil and which ingredients to use (preparation).  The girls helped assemble everything.  Then they took turns stirring the fudge as it melted (waiting).

We stood to the side, working on the fudge while the rest of the program was going on.  At the end, we took the mic back and explained that we would pour the melted fudge into the prepared pan.  Then the girls sprinkled crushed candy canes over the top.

I explained that while we were stirring, we’d gotten a little sticky.  Things can get sticky in a situation when we have to wait.  Thankfully, God always has it under control, even when things look like a real mess to us!

I told the girls (and the rest of the people there) that we had more waiting and anticipating to do before we could eat that batch of fudge.  It would still need to chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

But I had a plate already done and cut for everyone to taste.  Another girl passed the plate around to all the people there.

Candy Cane Fudge ingredients

 

This is a variation on my favorite fudge recipe.  I’ve made Mocha Fudge and Chocolate Pretzel Fudge.  I’ve also got recipes coming next week for Coconut Fudge and Salted Caramel Fudge.

Candy Cane Fudge (and how we tied this into Advent)
Ingredients
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbs. milk
  • 3-4 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with foil.
  2. In a 3 quart saucepan, melt all the ingredients, except the candy canes, together over low heat. Stir constantly. This will take about 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the melted fudge into the foil lined pan.
  4. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  5. Refrigerate 3-4 hours or overnight.
  6. Remove from pan and foil. Cut into squares.
  7. Store in the refrigerator.

Candy Cane Fudge

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No Bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Dessert

No Bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Dessert

A few years ago, I learned that pumpkin cheesecake is a very common dessert to serve for Thanksgiving.  Cheesecake isn’t hard to make, but this no-bake version is even easier.

You can even make it a day or two ahead of time, which is perfect if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner!

This Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake Dessert is lighter tasting than a regular baked cheesecake.  The filling is fluffy and creamy, swirled with caramel sauce.  I used McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice to give it a great flavor.

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You’ll want to have your cream cheese at room temperature before starting this recipe.  It only takes a few minutes to stir the crust together and press it into the dish.  And the filling whips together quickly too.

I’ve been loving McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice.  I’ve added it to Homemade Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream and other recipes.

But I’ve also used it sprinkled on bananas with a little honey and pecans for a morning snack.

I’ve made Pumpkin Pie Spice and Sugar Toast, by using it in place of cinnamon.  That really pumps up the flavor of plain old cinnamon sugar toast.

I’ve added it to oatmeal in place of cinnamon.  Pumpkin Pie Spice is versatile stuff!

Check out McCormick FlavorPrint for more ideas on combining and using spices and discover your own FlavorPrint Profile.

No Bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1½ tsp. McCormick Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 12 oz frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • ½ cup caramel sauce
Instructions
  1. Stir the sugar and graham cracker crumbs together.
  2. Add the butter and mix well. Reserve ½ cup for the topping.
  3. Press the rest into a 9×13 pan.
  4. Combine the cream cheese, sugar in a mixer bowl. Beat until well combined.
  5. Add pumpkin and Pumpkin Pie Spice to the mixer bowl and beat until combined.
  6. Fold in whipped topping.
  7. Spread pumpkin mixture onto graham cracker crust.
  8. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top of the pumpkin.
  9. Use a knife to swirl caramel into pumpkin fluff.
  10. Sprinkle remaining crumbs over top of dessert.
  11. Refrigerate 4 hours or over night.

No Bake Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Dessert

For more Thanksgiving recipe ideas, see American Homemade.  There are lots of ideas here to put a flavorful spin on traditional dishes.

Disclosure: I have partnered with McCormick and have been compensated for my time.  However, all opinions are my own.

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Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with a Ribbon of Salted Caramel and Gingersnap Crust

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with a ribbon of salted caramel and gingersnap crust

 

Pumpkin and vanilla ice cream come together in this easy dessert!

It’s no secret that I love ice cream.  So when I saw this recipe for Pumpkin Gingersnap Ice Cream Cake from Shutterbean, I wanted it.  She used pumpkin and vanilla ice creams to make a loaf shaped cake with gingersnap crumbs in between the layers. (I love the buttery way she treated the cookie crumbs!)  She also used pumpkin butter to up the flavor of the ice cream.

My first plan was to go with the Shutterbean recipe.  But I decided to go with a pie shape instead.  And I added salted caramel sauce  too.

This would make a great dessert for Thanksgiving.  Cold desserts don’t seem as heavy as other types of desserts for some reason.  Even when they are decadently sweet and rich, like this one.

The other beauty of this pie is that it can be made ahead of time.  That’s important, especially if you’re juggling a lot of other dishes for a big Thanksgiving dinner.  It also means that leftovers don’t need to go to waste, because it will last a long time in the freezer.

Here’s what you’ll need:    [Read more…]

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Easy Apple Crumb Pie

Easy Apple Crumb Pie

 

Sliced apples, sugar, spices and an easy crumb topping come together for an amazing fall dessert!

Oh my!  This pie tastes so, so much better than it looks.  I didn’t take the time to really style the photo, because it smelled so amazing.

I pulled it out of the oven at the same time the rest of our dinner was ready.  We ended up eating it as a side dish, because we couldn’t wait for dessert :)

I’ve got another pie crust in the freezer and I can’t wait to make this pie again.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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