Caramel Overload Cheesecake Bars

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Hello National Cheesecake Day – so good to see you!

We’re celebrating with decadent Caramel Overload Cheesecake Bars!

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I love coffee (straight up black, please!) alongside a sweet dessert, like cheesecake.  There is no better way to end a meal than with a steamy cup of joe and a creamy dessert.  Don’t miss the ginormous list of cheesecake recipes at the end of this post – there is seriously something for everyone!… 

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Favorite Brownies From Scratch

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My Favorite Brownies from Scratch – the batter is ready in the time it takes to preheat the oven!

One evening, my husband was searching through the pantry.  He doesn’t cook so it was weird.

Me: What are you looking for?

Him: A box of brownie mix or something.

Me: Seriously?!  It’s like you don’t even know me!!

It’s not that I have anything against boxed brownie mix, I usually don’t buy it because I prefer this recipe.  I mean what’s better than a warm, fudgy brownie?

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Milky Way Ice Cream

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Creamy and oh so delicious – Milky Way Ice Cream is sure to become a family favorite!

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With summer in full swing, I’m sure you’re ready for a cool treat.  It’s been a stunningly gorgeous holiday weekend.  Ice cream is absolutely the best right way to start off the week after a holiday…especially this ice cream.  Milky Way, yep the candy bar (!), is melted down then combined with the other ingredients and chilled before churning.  There are no words for this spectacular combination…. 

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Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

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This recipe for Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches is brought to you by International Delight.

Lately I honestly find myself wanting to be far, far away from the kitchen.  I guess it’s just the summer itch to be outside soaking up the sun and making memories with my kids.  But summer also brings the desire for all things cold and frozen.  So this is my solution to heading out of the kitchen, but still having a cool treat ready to enjoy at any time.  Feel free to personalize them by using your favorite store bought cookies.

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Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet

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Tart and tangy, Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet is cool, creamy and refreshing.  If you love lemons, this simple 4 ingredient dessert is for you!

I want to know how many of you can’t pass a thrift store without taking a peek inside?  We have that problem {we = me + my husband}.  Seriously, we can’t help it.  Awhile back a Goodwill Boutique opened up near us, it’s a smaller version of a Goodwill store with a slightly different variety of goods.  On our first trip there we spied this adorable vintage table…price tag $99.  We didn’t really need it, so I talked him out of it :)  Fast forward two weeks later, my sister and I stop by while she’s in town.  Sitting right inside the back door, the very same table we needed marked down to $20.  Sold!  I called my husband at work and we loaded it up on his lunch break.  Right now it’s in our garage, so I used it for taking the pictures of this creamy Lemon Sherbet.  I’m super in love with the black and white star burst design on the table top – it’s so vintage!!

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On a hot day, you’ll be hoping you have some of this sherbet hanging out in your freezer.  It’s both tart from the lemons and tangy from the buttermilk and makes a super backdrop for fresh sweet berries.  It’s really a cinch to make, although you need some time to chill the lemon syrup and then, of course, actually freeze it.  But it won’t be long before you’re in a lemon lover’s heaven ;)

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Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup WATER
  • ⅔ cup SUGAR
  • 2 LEMONS
  • 2 cups BUTTERMILK
Instructions
  1. Stir together water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Use a microplane zester to grate the zest of one lemon into the saucepan. Heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring often. Pour into a small jar, allow to cool and refrigerate until cold.
  2. Juice the zested lemon and the other lemon and measure out ¼ cup of lemon juice. Whisk together chilled lemon syrup, buttermilk and lemon juice. Pour into ice cream maker and process as directed.

 Recipe Source: The Perfect Scoop


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 More cool treats to love…

Key Lime Pie Milkshakes

Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream

Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Birthday Cake Oreo Ice Cream

Peppermint Pattie Cookies

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Minty and refreshing…Peppermint Pattie Cookies will satisfy any chocolate craving.

So…how was your weekend?  We have family in town and we’ve just been hanging out enjoying the lovely weather.  You know how it is before you have house guests…the big scramble to clean every crevice that has been over looked in the last few months, making sure there’s clean sheets so everyone will be comfy and getting a menu together so nobody gets hangry.  That leaves little time for baking up a welcoming treat…unless you whip these babies up.  They’ll be ready in no time, so you’ll have a few extra minutes to finish up the guest bedroom.

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Cake mix cookies are becoming my go-to, quick sometimes lazy gal’s version of cookies.  You really can’t beat 3 or 4 ingredients mixed together and into the oven they go.  I mean, it’s summer – quick and easy is the name of the game.  I also love cake mix cookies because you can make them anywhere you are and you don’t have to worry about your MIL’s baking soda being past the expiration date.

Peppermint patties and minty chocolate cookies are made for each other no matter what time of year it is.  In fact, they’re especially refreshing in the summer heat ;)

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Peppermint Pattie Cookies
 
Minty, refreshing and super easy - Peppermint Pattie Cookies will make anyone's day!
Ingredients
  • 1 box DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE MIX
  • 1 EGG
  • ½ cup BUTTER, room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon PURE PEPPERMINT EXTRACT
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. YORK PEPPERMINT PATTIE MINIS
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a mixer, thoroughly combine cake mix, butter, egg and extract.
  3. Scoop dough into 1 Tablespoon sized balls, roll until smooth and place on baking sheet. Press down slightly with your hand.
  4. Bake for 8-9 minutes until slightly puffed and the edges start to crack.
  5. Press two peppermint pattie minis* into the middle of each cookie immediately after removing from the oven.
  6. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
There wasn't quite enough peppermint patties to do two on each cookie. So on the last few there was only one.

Makes 2½ dozen cookies


 More cookies to love…

Cowboy Cookies

Triple Chocolate Espresso Sandwich Cookies

Orange Oatmeal Cookies

German Chocolate Chip Cookies

Key Lime Berry Cheesecake

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This fruit topped, no bake Key Lime Berry Cheesecake is brought to you using Walmart Produce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars.

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I’m so glad the official start of summer is right around the corner.  Some days I hear the song ‘In Summer’ from Frozen playing in my head and I think of all the fun stuff summer brings.  Long, glorious sunny days, sidewalk chalk and bike rides, picnics and cookouts.  A lot of my favorite fruits and veggies are starting the show up in all of their fresh, in-season beauty.  I’m so ready to make things like cupcakes, muffins, french toast and maybe a little salad :)… 

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Berries and Cream Trifles


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This easy dessert recipe for Berries and Cream Trifles is brought to you by International Delight.

In a recent dessert discussion with family and friends, someone brought up angel food cake. And everyone else was in agreement – it is the quintessential spring/summer dessert. You can top it with any fresh fruit, a little whipped cream and automatic happiness abounds. As the dessert maker around here, I’m thrilled by anything that is made ahead of time and served in individual portions – no bake is a definite bonus.

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The cream part of this recipe makes enough for 6 (8 or 9 oz.) trifles, feel free to multiply as needed.  You want to make sure to beat the cream cheese until it’s very smooth and then after adding the creamer keep on beating until it’s smooth again.  I didn’t give a specific amount for the angel food cake or berries because how much you want to layer in is up to you.  Using 9 oz. clear plastic cups makes clean up a cinch – who wants to do dishes when you have company?!

InDelight Product

Next time you’re shopping in the dairy section you may notice International Delight Creamers have a new look. Rest assured, the taste of your favorite creamer hasn’t changed, they’ve just updated their logo.  ID Creamers are ready for more than just coffee, using flavored creamer adds a little something more to your favorite dessert recipes - Pecan Cheesecake Rolls, Toffee Bread Pudding, Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake anyone?

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Berries and Cream Trifles
 
An easy, no bake dessert that's perfect for summer!
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 8 oz. CREAM CHEESE
  • ½ cup INTERNATIONAL DELIGHT CREAMER - FRENCH VANILLA or SWEET CREAM FLAVOR
  • ANGEL FOOD CAKE, cubed
  • ASSORTED FRESH BERRIES, diced strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
  • WHIPPED TOPPING or WHIPPED CREAM
Instructions
  1. Use a mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Add creamer and beat on medium high until super smooth.
  2. Use disposable 9 oz. cups or 8 oz. jars. Layer cake cubes, a few berries and 2 Tablespoons of cream mixture. Repeat once. Layer one more layer of cake and berries, finish with a dollop of whipped cream and a few berries for garnish.
  3. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until serving.


 

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

Lemon Coconut Fluff

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A more tropical version of a potluck favorite – Lemon Coconut Fluff makes a delicious side dish or dessert!

Trying to get back to the daily grind after a 4 day weekend is anything but easy.  We enjoyed a glorious weekend of beautiful sunny days and several late nights.  The last week or two of lovely weather has pushed bedtime for the kids a little later, which means less time in the evening for me to work on the blog or catch up on my TV watching (you know, the important things in life ;) ).  I’m personally looking forward to an early bedtime for them tonight, so I can watch 24 and Masterchef (yay!!).

One thing that is a relief lately is simple summer time recipes.  This one I found in a church cookbook, fluff salads are notorious for showing up at occasions like church potlucks and picnics.  I love the lemony, coconutty goodness of this one. 5 ingredients and your side dish is done, you don’t even have to drain the pineapple.  Easy does it!

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Lemon Coconut Fluff
 
Ingredients
  • 3 oz. pkg. INSTANT LEMON PUDDING
  • 16 oz. CRUSHED PINEAPPLE, undrained
  • 2 cups SOUR CREAM
  • 2 cups MINIATURE MARSHMALLOWS
  • 1½ cups SHREDDED COCONUT
Instructions
  1. Stir together dry pudding mix and pineapple. Mix in sour cream.
  2. Fold in marshmallows and coconut. Chill until serving.


 More potluck favorites…

 Candy Bar & Grape Salad

Cilantro Ranch Pasta Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Hot Fudge Malt Dip

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Sweet and creamy, Hot Fudge Malt Dip is just what your weekend BBQ needs!  It pairs perfectly with your favorite fruits, vanilla wafers or pretzels!

In high school, one of my really good friends worked at DQ.  Whenever I would go into visit her, she would make me the best hot fudge blizzard (I’m sure it also included some kind of candy bar, but I can’t remember what).  To this day my preferred ice cream topping is hot fudge, chocolate syrup just doesn’t hold a candle to it’s rich, thick, fudge-y goodness.  Hot fudge, malt powder and chopped malted milk balls are a divine combo…. 

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