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May 28

Mango Julius

A Mango Julius: the perfect marriage of a mango smoothie and a mango milkshake. It’s not quite one or the other; it’s the perfect combination of both!

Mango Julius - a mango smoothie and a mango milkshake all in one. The perfect easy drink recipe for summer!

Last summer my family and I went to Palm Springs for vacation. While we were there we stayed one night at a Marriott Vacation Club so we could experience a mini “resort” vacation, complete with repetitive use of the water slide, poolside lounging, and fruity cocktails. It was on that trip I was introduced to a Mango Smoothie.

Jordan, who was jealous of my “adult” lemonade that came with an umbrella, wanted to order a poolside drink too, so we got her a mango smoothie. What was delivered to our lounge chairs was not what I deem a smoothie (it was more like dessert for 4)…but it was so delicious.

Can you believe that, before that day, I’d never had mango anything? (Of course you believe it, this is me we’re talking about.)

I think they called it a smoothie because it wasn’t quite a milkshake, but that’s what it tasted like. It was sweet and rich and I probably drank way more of it than Jordan did. She liked the idea of lounging with mom poolside drinking a cocktail but soon the lure of the water slide pulled her away. Unattended, the mango smoothie looked so forlorn and melty that I couldn’t help but finish it.

{At least that’s the excuse I used when she came back and shrieked, “WHERE’S MY SMOOTHIE??”}

I’ve been thinking of that smoothie for almost an entire year now. In fact, we are staying at another Marriott Vacation Club next month when we go to Hawaii and I’m sort of hoping they have the same menu. Fortunately for me, even if they don’t, I can make it at home because I’ve recreated that amazingness for all of you!

May 26

Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Pie

Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Pie (3 of 10)

Have you ever eaten a dessert and had it change your life? This dessert did that for me. Okay, so maybe “changing my life” is a little bit of a stretch. What I should have said is “made me fat” because that’s how it changed my life. You guys, I ate way too much...

May 24

Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars

Peanut Butter Gooey Bars (4 of 9)

I know, you’re probably tired of gooey bars at this point, but you must make room for one more recipe. These Peanut Butter Cookie Gooey Bars combine my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe and gooey chocolate for the most decadent gooey bar EVER! For the longest time I have wondered why people tell me...

May 21

Red Velvet Fruit Pizza

Red Velvet Fruit Pizza (2 of 7)

I think red, white, and blue is my favorite color combination. Especially when it comes to food! Last week Jordan had to square dance with a BOY at her school’s open house night. It was a huge deal, and I mean, it should be. Boys are totally gross! (According to her, anyway.) It’s a 4th...

May 19

Blackberry Key Lime Tarts

Blackberry Key Lime Tarts (6 of 8)

Blackberry + Key Lime is a wonderful combination. I vote we make it the next big thing. Move over lemon raspberry, blackberry key lime is coming to town. Last week, thanks to Pepperidge Farm, I was introduced to these delightful puff pastry cups. Aren’t they cute? More on those in a minute. First I...

May 17

Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars

Chocolate Toffee Almond Shortbread Bars (5 of 8)w

That name is a mouthful, isn’t it? So are these shortbread bars: they’re gooey, rich, and full of chocolate, toffee, and almonds! How much screen time do you allow your kids? I’m asking for a friend. (Kidding, I’m asking for me, because my babysitter is a Chromebook.) Personally I don’t think it matters how...

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Dip (2 of 5)w

Hey, the original recipe actually calls itself a salad, so I’m just going with the flow. I turned Strawberry Pretzel Salad into an easy, fast, and delicious DIP recipe! Somehow we entered a time warp back in January and when we stepped out it was mid-May. I’m not quite sure how that happened but...