Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Recipe #IceCreamWeek

Pumpkin pie ice cream recipe

Yesterday I went to two parks with my kids, their friends and a friend of mine with her daughter. The kids had fun, but it is hard to realize that this might be our last summer bringing our kids to the park. All of the kids will be in middle school this year and they spent most of their time at the park strolling around or visiting on park benches. Part of that is because of their age and part of that is due to the high heat and humidity! Although it hasn’t cooled off yet, I am starting to look forward to the cooler temps of fall and recipes including pumpkin and apples. So, for the second day of ice cream week, I am sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Pie Crust Bowls!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #74

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Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

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Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream Cake + a HUGE #IceCreamWeek Giveaway

Peanut butter crunch ice cream cake recipe

We are a family of peanut butter lovers! We go though more peanut butter in a week than most families use in a month. We have peanut butter in on sandwiches, in desserts, on pancakes and yes, it even gets eaten right by the spoonful at times. The ice cream shop in our town recently did a renovation and we found out that they took Zack’s favorite ice cream sundae with peanut butter topping off the menu! So, I decided to make a peanut butter ice cream. This week I am joining a group of lovely bloggers to celebrate Ice Cream Week! We are all sharing ice cream recipes and there is a HUGE giveaway at the bottom of the post that you don’t want to miss. I will be sharing three ice cream recipes with week, starting with this Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream Cake!

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Bathroom Storage Cabinet Makeover

This post brought to you by Listerine. All opinions are 100% mine.

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We are fortunate to have multiple bathrooms in our house. This is really important on those mornings when everyone is trying to get ready at the same time. One of our bathrooms is tucked behind our garage on the other side of the laundry room. I've wanted to update the bathroom ever since we moved into this house, but it was always on the back burner. Earlier this summer we had an open house for Christine and it was the perfect motivator. I painted the vanity and the walls. The vanity is a dark blue-gray color and the walls are a light gray color. There is white tile on the bottom half of the walls, so that is why you can't see the gray paint in the photo above. Anyway, there is a large space next to the vanity and it really needed a storage cabinet. When got a bottle of the new chevron-patterned Listerine, I used it as my jumping off point for decorating!

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Before I could decorate, I need the storage cabinet. So, I started with a for cube organizer that I painted a light gray color.

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The first thing I added was my bottle of Listerine UltraClean with the chevron print. Did you know that Listerine is the #1 dentist recommended brand and it gives you a cleaner, healthier mouth? Plus, the fun, colorful design of these bottles helps adds personality and fun into your everyday routine.

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My bottle has gray and aqua chevron but there are also orange, green and purple chevron-patterned bottles available for a limited time, exclusively at Target, so make sure you pick up yours soon! Save Now with Target Cartwheel

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I put two 12 inch storage boxes in the bottom two cubes. They can hold bathroom supplies, extra towels, wash cloths and paper goods.

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Next came some new towels. Who doesn't love new towels? I found these gray, white and aqua towels to match our Listerine bottle.

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The Listerine looked a little lonely all by itself in a cube, so I added some supplies in mason jars. A jar for spare toothbrushes, one for flossers, another for cotton swabs and one for cotton balls.

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I decorated the top of the storage cabinet with an aqua candle in a large candle holder. I put some small lotions and lip balms in the glass containers in a small wire basket, so they are easy to access.

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I love how it turned out and how the colors all match with the Listerine bottle! Now, I just have to see how long I can keep the storage cabinet looking orderly with kids around.

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College Survival Kit

College-Survival-Kit

It’s hard to believe that we need to start thinking about going back to school! Here in Minnesota, grade school doesn’t start until the day after Labor Day for many of the kids. College, on the other hand, starts some time in August. We’ve noticed that school supplies are already on sale in the Sunday circulars. I showed my niece, who will be starting first grade and her reaction was very positive compared to my middle schooler’s reaction! But a child starting college, is a whole new ball game and it requires different kinds of shopping and supplies.

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Orange Chicken 30 Minute Skillet Recipe

Orange chicken over rice

My girls two favorite Chinese take-out dishes are orange chicken and sesame chicken. I recently made Honey Sesame Chicken and since it was such a huge success, I decided to try making Orange Chicken. My plan was to make the orange chicken in the Crockpot like I did the sesame chicken, but I made a 30 minute skillet recipe instead.

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #73

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Peach Napoleon with Maple Whipped Cream

I made these Peach Napoleons as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Peach Napoleon Recipe #WalmartProduct

I am excited that peaches are in season! All sorts of peach recipes have been running through my mind from peach pies to peach ice cream and peach cobbler. I finally decided that I wanted to keep the fresh peach flavor and texture in my dessert, instead of making something baked or frozen. I settled on a peaches and cream dessert called Peach Napoleon. It is super easy to make using frozen puff pastry, homemade maple whipped cream and fresh peaches! Not only do the salted caramel drizzle and candied pecans on top make the Peach Napoleons look fabulous, they also add to the delicious flavor of the dessert!

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Cinnamon Halfway Bars

Cinnamon Halfway Bars

Like most food bloggers, I love cookbooks. But my love of cookbooks started long before I started blogging. I used to check out cookbooks from the library and read them like other people read magazines. Even though I rarely made recipes from the cookbooks, reading them was relaxing to me. I like different cookbooks for different reasons. Some of them are all about the photos for me. Others have the best cooking tips. My favorite cookbooks to get recipes from aren’t the gourmet, technical ones, but rather the ones filled with tried and true recipes.

As I was looking through one such cookbook recently, I saw a recipe for halfway bars that intrigued me. I had never heard of halfway bars, but I loved the idea of  bars with a meringue top layer. So, I decided to give them a try.

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DIY Iced Coffee Carafes

A couple of weeks ago, one of my best friends and her kids came to Minnesota for a visit. She usually tries to make it here at least once each summer and we do all kinds of fun things. As her kids get older, one of the things they look forward to the most is going to the Mall of America. We also went to a man-made swimming beach and to a park with a splash pad. Everyone came to our house one evening after the day’s activities and we decorated iced coffee carafes!

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Strawberry Spinach Poppy Seed Bites

I’m not sure who introduced me to strawberry spinach poppy seed salad, but it has been one of my favorites for years. I typically enjoy it at summer barbecues and celebrations, but forget to make it for myself at home. I love having fruit with greens and the combination of sweet and tangy. The addition of candied pecans just brings the flavor over the top. I’ve also had the salad with the addition of Mandarin oranges. When I joined the Tricuit Summer Snackoff challenge, I found out that my recipe had to include Triscuit crackers and summer greens. I decided to use strawberry spinach poppy seed salad as my inspiration with baby spinach for my summer greens.

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Root Beer Float Lollipops

Root Beer Float Lollipops

Tomorrow is National Root Beer Float Day! I wanted to make something to celebrate the day besides root beer float which don’t require a recipe. Vanessa made Jolly Rancher lollipops this summer and that gave me the great idea of making root beer float lollipops! Except it wasn’t so great after all. I did my first test run and they looked like blobs. So, I made another batch and this time I tried making a handle. Then, I sent a picture of the lollipop to a couple of my friends. The first one said she really had no idea what it was. The second friend said “Santa?” Ahhhback to the drawing board.

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #72

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Four Ingredient Nutella Pudding Cookies

Nutella Pudding Cookies

My two youngest kids have gotten into baking and cooking this summer. I have taught them how to make a few meals. They love to play what they call “The Food Game” with friends where they take turns whipping up concoctions in the kitchen and feeding them to their friends who have their eyes closed. To make it more enjoyable, they try to make the most delicious things. One of their favorite ingredients is Nutella. Although the game can make a rather big mess in my kitchen, it keeps them entertained and they are actually learning by experimenting!

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S’mores Cheesecake Recipe

No Bake Smores Cheesecake

Today is National Cheesecake Day and all of your favorite food bloggers are sharing cheesecake recipes today! When I was trying to decide what kind of cheesecake to make I decided to do a no bake cheesecake. And I had so much fun with s’mores week that I continued the fun by making a No Bake S’mores Cheesecake. This cheesecake has so many things I love. First of all, even though there is a lot of steps it is a recipe anyone can make. Then, there’s all of the chocolate. It’s creamy with a delicious graham cracker crust and the toasted marshmallows really top it all off!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #71

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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S’mores Pancakes by The Recipe Critic

S’mores Bars by The Gunny Sack

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Oatmeal Bars by Inside BruCrew Life

Apple Pie Bars by Love Grows Wild

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Bacon Stuffed Cinnamon Waffle Sticks

Bacon Stuffed Cinnamon Waffle Sticks are an easy to make breakfast or brunch recipe that kids will love! They can be eaten plain or dipped in Nutella, maple syrup or even peanut butter.

Bacon Stuffed Cinnamon Waffle Sticks

One of my earliest memories of getting hurt was when I touched a hot waffle iron. My mom was making waffles and I climbed up on my baby sister’s high chair to watch. I think I was about 5 years old. The waffle iron was stainless steel and had a red light on the top. While my mom was mixing up the batter and the waffle iron was heating up, I was wondering what the red light meant. I wasn’t sure if it meant that the waffle iron was still heating or if it meant that it was hot. So, I decided to touch it to find outit was hot! And it hurt my finger. Luckily it was a minor injury, but I learned an important lesson that day about not touching things to see if they are hot!

We have a waffle iron, but I always forget we have it. When my kids want waffles we usually make the frozen, toaster waffles. My kids really like the Cinnamon Waffle Pops that I made so I decided to make some cinnamon waffle sticks. But then, I came across some delicious looking Pancake Dippers by Sheryl from The Lady Behind The Curtain. I got to meet Sheryl and her husband (whom they jokingly refer to as The Guy Behind The Curtain) at the Pillsbury Test Kitchens last winter. They were both super friendly and we had fun chatting about blogging, Minnesota weather and kids! Anyway, I had to try stuffing my cinnamon waffle sticks with bacon and we love how they turned out.

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S’mores Rice Krispies Recipe

Smores Rice Krispies

As s’mores week comes to an end, I wanted to share a Rice Krispie Treats recipe. Isn’t it crazy how many different kinds of Rice Krispie bars you can make? Before you even add extra ingredients, you can make the bars more hard and crunchy or soft and gooey. Then, you can pretty much add and of your favorites ingredients or flavors. I wanted to get the flavor of campfire s’mores, so I used toasted marshmallows instead of plain ones. Rather than use graham crackers, which would probably get soggy, I used mini Tedd Grahams. And of course, a s’more isn’t complete without Hershey’s bars!

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S’mores Milkshake Recipe

Smores Milkshake Recipe

While most of you have been sweltering this summer, we’ve actually had some cooler days here in Minnesota and I am loving it! I love being able to have my windows open and to be able to exercise outside. When it gets too hot, my kids don’t even want to go play outside, unless they are swimming. And Monday was a hot one with excessive heat warnings. It was the perfect weather for ice cream. I didn’t feel like cooking, baking or even grilling so we went out to eat for dinner. Where did we end upSnuffy’s Malt Shop for cheeseburgers and malts! I noticed that they have a S’mores Malt available for a limited time. Today, as S’mores Week continues, I am sharing my own version of a S’mores Milkshake which is like a s’more in liquid form!

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