Easy Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Cake

I am a huge fan of anything peanut butter and jelly.

And I’m an even bigger fan of anything involving ice cream.

So this dessert was right up my alley.  I guess that explains why I thought it up.

It’s really easy to make too.  You start with a package of ice cream sandwiches.  These get layered with peanut butter and raspberry jam.  Then frost the whole thing in Cool Whip.  I love a recipe that’s assembly-only.

If you need to make a dessert ahead of time, this one is perfect.  It gets stored in the freezer and tastes even better after a few days frozen.

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

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These quick bars combine my favorite flavors in one dessert.  Pour yourself a big glass of milk (or if you’re naughty, like me make it chocolate milk).  If you like peanut butter and jelly, then you are going to love these.

I used strawberry jam to make mine.  I think they’d be awesome with grape or blackberry too.  Or cherry or…really any kind of jam would be great in these bars.

I adapted the recipe for Cherry Oat Bars.  I thought I’d be able to decrease the butter, since I was adding in peanut butter, but that didn’t work out.  The photo of the ingredients only shows part of the butter you’ll need.  I love recipes like this one that use common pantry ingredients.  If you’ve got a nearly full jar of jam to spare, then you’ve probably got everything you’ll need to make these.   [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight:Jams & Jellies

I don’t often make my own jams and jellies, but I do like to use them in recipes.  They’re a quick and easy way to bring fruit flavor to baked goods.

I like to use them in salad dressings too.  My favorite packed lunch is salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing made with strawberry or raspberry jam.

Here are a few of my recipes using jam and jelly:  [Read more…]

Crepes with Nutella and Strawberry Filling

crepes done

When my sister and I were teens, we used to make these crepes together.  I’m not sure where we found the recipe.  It could be that we brought it home from French class.  If so, that’s about the only thing I brought home from French class.  The language lessons didn’t stick nearly as well as the memory of these crepes!

I hadn’t made them in years, partly due to the fact that I didn’t own a non-stick skillet.  I finally broke down and bought one last week.  It’s just a basic 10.5” WearEver brand.  The next day I picked up a copy of Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child from the library.  The book is excellent and it really made me happy to see her recommend a basic non-stick skillet from WearEver, “available in any hardware store” as she put it.

[Read more…]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins


Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Go out to your kitchen and grab a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jam, then make these muffins.  Wait.  Read this post and then go make the muffins.

It’s no secret that I love peanut butter.  These muffins have a deep peanut butter flavor, like peanut butter cookies.  The fruity jam in the center compliments perfectly.  No wonder PB&J is a classic combo.

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

Peanut Butter Sandwich on Depression Era Bread and a Peek at Next Week


I felt like a kid again when I had this for lunch the other day.  Something about the homemade white bread, the big glass of chocolate milk and the individual cup of applesauce.  It made me remember carrying my Holly Hobby lunch box to school.  The same lunch box I hit Denny Rice with.  Denny was a trouble maker.  He knocked the head off my snowman.  Our second grade teacher, Mrs. Shaum actually washed his mouth out with soap one day.  Can teachers still do that?

[Read more…]

Jam Pie Squares


Sunday nights at our house never involve me actually cooking dinner.  My rule is “If you can find it, you can eat it”.  We do help the younger ones get their dinner – I’m not cruel!  Last Sunday night we were making French Toast and I remembered the pie crusts I had bought to try Homemade Pop Tarts.  I decided to put the Pop Tarts on hold and try frying little jam squares on the griddle.  The result was delish!

[Read more…]