Three Ingredient Peppermint Oreo Fudge

Three ingredient Peppermint Oreo Fudge has white chocolate chips, peppermint frosting and peppermint Oreos. This Christmas dessert recipe is easy to make.

Three ingredient peppermint Oreo fudge

We lost our son in downtown Minneapolis this past weekend! It was a first for us and I sincerely hope it is our last. We took the light rail downtown with a large group of friends and we all went into Macy’s to visit the 8th floor auditorium Christmas display. It was busy, but not insanely crowded like it would’ve been later in the day. The little kids thought everything was super neat.

We stopped in the gift shop and then split up to head back down to the main floor. Some of the group went on the elevator with a baby stroller and some of the group went down the escalator. We made sure we knew where all of the little kids were but I didn’t even think about keeping track of the middle school and high school kids.

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Five Weeknight Meal Ideas

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alexia Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

Who else has a hard time getting dinner on the table on weekdays? I would love to hear what your biggest issues are. One of my issues is that I don’t prepare ahead of time. My kids come home from school, we get busy and suddenly it is 5:30 and I have no idea what to make for dinner. So, today I am sharing five easy weeknight meal ideas that you can make in 30 minutes or less! Each one of these meals features a protein, a vegetable and an Alexia Foods product. The steak dinner was the favorite of the females in my family and Zack’s favorite meal was the Italian Sloppy Joes.

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding

Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding Recipe

You know how most kids spend their candy money on gum and candy bars? When I was a kid, I spent my candy money on those things as well, but unlike other kids, I also bought pink wintergreen lozenges, Sen-Sen black licorice mints, sponge candy and chocolate turtles. I would buy the boxes of chocolate turtles when they would go on sale during the holiday season. They are still one of my favorites and sometimes I buy them from chocolate shops. So with that in mind, I decided to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Turtle Bread Pudding. It is a warm, comforting dessert with chocolate, caramel and pecans. Of course, it tastes even better when topped with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream!

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Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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

Easy Banana Bread

I’ve got a secret to share with youI don’t eat bananas! I love banana bread, banana nut scones, banana bars, and I put bananas in my smoothies, but I have no memory of ever eating a plain banana. My family loves bananas though, so when I buy them, I always buy extra so that I can use them in my smoothies and my baked treats. Today I am sharing an Easy Banana Bread recipe with a secret ingredient: MIRACLE WHIP!

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Glazed Holiday Ham Recipe and Farberware Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a Farberware Cookware set to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Glazed Holiday Ham Recipe

My family’s favorite main dish for the holidays is ham. Last year, I shared a recipe for making ham in a slow cooker. That is still a great way to make ham, but this year I wanted to share a faster way to make a ham. This Glazed Holiday Ham is heated in a Dutch oven for about one hour. The recipe is adapted from a fantastic recipe that my sister-in-law uses to make glazed deli ham for sandwiches.

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Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies

These Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies were made with a free sample of Jif Whips from Smuckers.

Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies

I love getting deliveries and fun things in the mail. With the holidays right around the corner, I’ve been getting packages like crazy and one of the boxes had a ton of bubble wrap in it. My brother-in-law in his kids came over to our house and I told the kids that they could have the bubble wrap to pop. Of course, they were delighteduntil they tried actually popping itand couldn’t. It was a some new kind of bubble wrap that doesn’t pop. Each of the bubbles is connected to the bubble next to it with a small space. So when you try to pop a bubble, the air is simply squished into the bubbles next to it. They worked at if for a while and eventually were able to get one bubble to pop! Even though the bubble wrap was a bust, I was able to make these easy, three ingredient pumpkin spice pudding cookies using the peanut butter from one of my deliveries. And they were a hit!

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Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

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

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 Labor Day marks the end of summer and the start of the school year here in Minnesota. With Labor Day falling on the first day of September, it feels like summer has been cut a little short! My kids have their schedules and the back-to-school shopping is done. Now, we can relax and enjoy one, last weekend. There is a weekend long event at our church, so we will be spending a lot of our time there. In between our time at church, we will be with family and friends and whenever that happens, delicious food is involved! I recently tried a new recipe for MIRACLE WHIP Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip that I wanted to share with you because it is perfect for bringing to parties and family gatherings!

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

I am excited to report that it finally cooled off for a couple of days! Yesterday I had to grab a sweatshirt when I went to sit on the front porch to drink my morning coffee. It’s the perfect weather for baking. So, I put some bars in the oven and put a dessert in one Crock Pot and ribs in another Crock Pot! Vanessa had friends at our house and I overheard one of them exclaiming how good it smelled every time they walked into the house from outside. First, I’m going to share the pumpkin dessert recipe for slow cooker pumpkin pecan bread pudding that is perfect for fall.

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Peanut Butter Pie Recipe with Nestle Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

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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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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Raspberry Swirled Peach Ice Cream Recipe

Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by Cans Get You Cooking. All opinions are 100% mine#cansgetyoucooking

Raspberry Swirled Peach Ice Cream

I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! We actually had to turn our air conditioner on because it was hot and humid this weekend. We spent most of Saturday outside at my sister-in-law’s wedding and only after the sunburn appeared did we realize that we forgot to apply sunscreen! The hot weather has everyone craving cool treats, so I made some homemade Raspberry Swirled Peach Ice Cream without an ice cream maker. It was so easy to make an only took 5 ingredients.

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Kale & Apple Potato Salad

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

Kale Apple Potato Salad

Can you believe that Memorial Day is right around the corner? With the cool spring that we’ve had here in Minnesota, it doesn’t seem possible, although I’ve heard that in other parts of the country, you are already using your air conditioners. Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those who died in service to their country. It has also turned into the kickoff for summer. We usually get together with friends and family at a park or someone’s house and we eat great food. This year, forget the standard, old-fashioned recipe – make a bold (flavor) statement with this MIRACLE WHIP Kale & Apple Potato Salad.

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