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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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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S’mores Bars Recipe

Smores Bars Recipe

S’mores are one of those things that just scream summer! You know that they can be eaten any time of the year, but who makes s’mores in the middle of February, right? I guess if we weren’t buried in several feet of snow and could build a bonfire, maybe we would have s’mores in the winter. Actually, I do remember toasting marshmallows over a gas store, with my grandma in her apartment, so you really don’t need a bonfire at all. And you don’t need a bonfire to make these S’mores Bars that I am sharing with you today! They have a graham cracker cookie bar crust with chocolate and toasted marshmallows on top… and they can definitely be made year round!

I am super excited to be joining some of blogging friends for S’mores Week! We will all be sharing mouth watering s’mores desserts this week. There are links to the other recipes at the end of my post so be sure to check them out!

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The Best Ham And Cheese Croissants

Ham and Cheese Croissant

Today I wanted to share the best ham and cheese croissants! I’ve been eating these my whole life. It stared at my grandpa and grandma’s house. This was one of my grandma’s favorite things to make us and we loved it. Once time she spent hours making homemade chicken noodle soup and we wouldn’t eat it. When I say homemade, I mean that she even made the noodles. Now, as an adult, I would love it if someone made it for me, but as a kidno wayI wanted my chicken noodle soup from the classic red can. Anyway, the ham and cheese croissants were a much better option for us kids. They were flaky, warm and covered with melted cheese.

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Blueberry Melon Protein Smoothie Recipe

A blueberry melon protein smoothie is an easy breakfast recipe that is perfect for back to school. It also works as an after school snack or a quick, on-the-go meal.

Blueberry Melon Protein Smoothie

When I was a fourteen, I made my first airplane trip, without my parents to visit our relatives in Washington state. Two of my cousins from Minnesota flew with me on the “red-eye” flight. We were so nervous and excited. When we landed at the airport in Portland, Oregon, we got off of the planeand no one was there to pick us up. (This was back before 9/11 when anyone could go to the gate to wait for people or to see them off.) We didn’t know what to do. This was before cell phones and I’m not even sure we had any of my aunt’s phone numbers with us. So, we decided to just start walking away from the gate and before long we saw our aunts coming toward us. We found out that the airline had changed our gate at the last minute to the opposite side of the airport so it took them a while to walk to the new gate to pick us up.

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Mason Jar Crafts: Picnic In A Jar

A Picnic In A Jar is one of the mason jar crafts that’s perfect for parties. Customize the food in a jar, colors and the washi tape for the party or shower!

Picnic In A Jar Tutorial

Eating outside in the summer is so much fun (as long as the bugs leave you alone). Every morning, I grab a cup of coffee and drink it while sitting on my Adirondack chair on my front porch. It doesn’t matter if it is hot and humid or cold and rainy. Once winter comes, I am really going to miss it. Last week, I made a fun picnic in a jar that is basically like a mason jar lunchbox. I put my whole meal in one mason jar. It is easy to transport and fun to eat.

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Key Lime Cheesecake Milkshake

A key lime cheesecake milkshake is a delicious summer dessert! It’s like a key lime pie, cheesecake and ice cream all in one beverage!

Key Lime Cheesecake Milkshake

My husband is a huge key lime fan and I don’t think I had ever even tried it until he came along. When we go out to eat, he will often choose key lime dessert. I am much more likely to choose chocolate, but I always have to try a bite or two of his dessert and I’ve got to admit that key lime is delicious. With the hot, humid weather we’ve been having, everyone is craving ice cream. So, over the weekend, I made Key Lime Cheesecake Milkshakes for my family. I didn’t tell them what the milkshakes had in them and asked them to guess. They could taste the lime right away, but couldn’t immediately identify the cheesecake flavor. They loved the milkshakes and Zack asked me to make them again for his friends the next day.

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Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken is a Crock Pot recipe that’s easy to make, cheaper than takeout and tastes better too! It’s a family friendly recipe that will become a favorite.

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken Recipe

For some reason, when I think about using my Crock Pot, I think about it in the cold months filled with soups, stews and pot roast. But I’ve come to realize that using a slow cooker in the summer makes a lot of sense! First of all, I don’t have to turn my oven on and heat up the house. On a day like today, when the high was 90 degrees and the humidity was 75, the air conditioner is working hard enough. I could always go fire up the grill, but I really am enjoying the cool air inside the house. Another great reason is that summer is such a busy time. I spend my days running errands, bringing my kids here and there, meeting friends at the park and trying to prepare blog posts in between. So, I love it when I remember to put dinner in the Crock Pot and voilait is ready when we want to eat! Last week, I made honey sesame chicken in my slow cooker and loved it.

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Grilled Slaw Burger Recipe

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this sponsored post by MIRACLE WHIP, as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

Grilled Slaw Burger Recipe

What is your favorite hamburger topping? My problem is that I have so many different toppings that I love like cheese, bacon, pineapple, barbecue sauce, fried onionsand on and on. Last week, we tried a new hamburger topping: sweet and spicy coleslaw. The Grilled Slaw Burger kicked up our standard barbecue a notch with MIRACLE WHIP, and its unique, one-of-a-kind creamy blend of sweet and tangy that can’t go unnoticed. Now, I have another favorite burger topping to add to the list! The coleslaw is a delicious combination of sweet and spicy. The crushed pineapple provides the sweetness, the MIRACLE WHIP Dressing gives it a a bold, tangy flavor and the Sriracha sauce provides some heat.

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Grilled Margherita Sandwich

This camping recipe for Grilled Margherita Sandwiches was made as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce


When we went camping recently, I didn’t know what to bring to eat. We had what they call “rustic” campsites without electricity. Since we are casual campers, going once every couple of years, our camping equipment is scarce. We had a tent for shelter and a campfire for cooking. I decided to buy a cast iron skillet so that we would have more options for cooking over the fire. And I bought the ingredients to make grilled margherita sandwiches, which ended up being a fantastic idea. They are like a margherita pizza in sandwich form and they were so delicious that I had to make them again to share with you.

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Snow Cone Truffles

Snow Cone Truffles are an awesome summer party idea. These bite sized snow cones are fun to make and fun to eat!

Snow Cone Truffles

I’ve got snow cones on the mindit must be the hot, humid weather! Last week I shared snow cone sugar scrub and now I’ve Snow Cone Truffles to share with you. Snow Cone Truffles are by melted together frosting and white chocolate chips The truffle mixture is piped into mini snow cones and sprinkles make the tops shimmer like shaved ice.

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Bacon Cheddar Pizza Chicken Sandwich Recipe & Gold’n Plump Giveaway

This Bacon Cheddar Pizza Chicken Sandwich grilling recipe is easy to make and so delicious! Your family will love these pizza burgers.

Bacon Cheddar Chicken Pizza Sandwich
We just got back from a family road trip! We went to Spearfish, SD and Sheridan, WY. Between visits with family and friends, we went to Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower and the Bighorn National Forest. We had such a wonderful time and now that we are back, I am excited to share a new recipe with you. Before we left, I made Bacon Cheddar Pizza Chicken Sandwiches. The sandwich is a combination of two of my favorite things: pizza and chicken. Then throw some bacon and cheese into the mix and the sandwich becomes outstanding!

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Peanut Butter Pie Recipe with Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars

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This Peanut Butter Pie recipe uses Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars for the crust. The candy bars are like peanut butter Tagalong Girl Scout Cookies.

Peanut Butter Silk Pie RecipeIt’s no secret that I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I’ve posted several desserts that use peanut butter and chocolate.  My favorite Girl Scout Cookies are the Tagalongs which are, of course, peanut butter and chocolate. So, I was excited to learn that Nestle Crunch has special Girl Scout candy bars available for a limited time and one of the flavors is peanut butter creme!

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Fireworks Cupcakes 4th of July Recipe

Fireworks Cupcakes Recipe

Fireworks Cupcakes are so much fun for the 4th of July. This easy cupcake recipe only calls for two ingredients: a cake mix and a can of strawberry soda pop! After frosting the cupcakes with red, white and blue buttercream frosting, add a fireworks cupcake topper. These patriotic cupcake toppers are straws filled with sprinkles and Pop Rocks to make these cupcakes sound like fireworks in your mouth. Kids love being able to “decorate” their own cupcake with sprinkles and the love the popping sounds the Pop Rocks make while eating the cupcakes.


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S’mores Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

This S’mores homemade ice cream recipe is easy to make without an ice cream machine. It includes all of the important things: Hershey’s bars, graham crackers and marshmallows.

Homemade Ice Cream Smores

It isn’t summer, if there aren’t s’mores! We’ve already had s’mores a couple of times this year. We have a small outdoor fire pit that is perfect for having bonfires. My kids enjoy sitting out by the fire with their friends, just hanging out, visiting and eating s’mores. But for the times that it isn’t convenient to have  a bonfire, there is s’mores ice cream! This is a no churn, no ice cream machine recipe. You mix up the ingredients, pop it into the freezer overnight and your homemade ice cream is ready.

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Orange Creamsicle Doughnuts Recipe

Orange Creamsicle Doughnuts are an easy to make, baked donut with a classic summer flavor. They are topped with a scoop of orange creamsicle buttercream and a paper straw.

Orange Creamsicle Donuts Recipe

Today is National Doughnut Day, so of course we had to eat doughnuts! We met some friends a park and I bought doughnuts to share. I wanted to make a doughnut with a summer flavor and decided on Orange Creamsicle Doughnuts. My original plan was to fry refrigerated biscuit dough to make the doughnuts. But the package of dough rolled out of the grocery bag, out of the back of my SUV and the aluminum edge of the tube dropped onto the top of my sandal clad foot where it left a bruise before bouncing off only to hit the pavement and explode.

Baked Vanilla Doughtnuts Recipe

So, rather than going back to buy more dough, I changed my game plan and made baked mini doughnuts instead. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in melted butter, buttermilk, egg and vanilla until just combined. Do not overmix. Put batter into greased mini doughnut pan. I piped it into the pan using a pastry bag. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Do not overbake the doughnuts or they will be too dry!

Homemade Mini Doughnuts

Move them to a cooling rack. Then, continue filling the pan and baking doughnuts until the batter is gone.

Glazed Doughnuts Recipe

Top the doughnuts with a glaze. Mix together powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of half-n-half and vanilla. Add additional half-n-half, if needed. If you want a stronger orange flavor, add some orange extract to the glaze, as well.

Orange Creamsicle DoughnutsFinally, make the buttercream. Beat butter, shortening, vanilla and orange extract until creamy. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating at low speed until well blended. Add half-n-half and marshmallow cream, beat until light and fluffy. Mix in orange food coloring.

Put a scoop of orange creamsicle buttercream on each doughnut. I used a small cookie dough scoop to make it look more like ice cream. Finally, I inserted a small segment of a colorful paper straw to each scoop of frosting.

Orange Creamsicle Doughnuts Recipe

Yield: about 35 mini doughnuts

Orange Creamsicle Doughnuts Recipe


    Vanilla Doughnuts:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Doughnut Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons half-n-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Orange Creamsicle Buttercream:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half-n-half
  • 1/4 cup marshmallow cream
  • Orange food coloring


    Vanilla Doughnuts:
  1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Mix in butter, buttermilk, egg and vanilla until just combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Put batter into greased mini doughnut pan. I piped it into the pan using a pastry bag.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Do not overbake.
  5. Doughnut Glaze:
  6. Mix together powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of half-n-half and vanilla. Add additional half-n-half, if needed.
  7. Orange Creamsicle Buttercream:
  8. Beat butter, shortening, vanilla and orange extract until creamy.
  9. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating at low speed until well blended.
  10. Add half-n-half and marshmallow cream, beat until light and fluffy.
  11. Mix in orange food coloring.

More doughnut recipes:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Doughnuts

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Doughnuts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Donuts

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Donuts

Double Berry Torte Recipe

I made this red, white and blue, Double Berry Torte as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars, using strawberries and blueberries from the Walmart Produce department.

Double Berry Torte Recipe #WalmartProduce

Summer is the season of fresh fruit and it is something we wait for all year. Of course, you can buy fruit all year long, but once summer comes and the fruits are in season, the flavors are outstanding! This Double Berry Torte is three white cakes layered with strawberries and blueberries in a light, creamy filling. It is perfect for summer celebrations, and since it is red, white and blue, it would be fun to serve on the 4th of July!
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