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Black Bottom Dulce de Leche Pie

No Bake Dulce de Leche Pie (13 of 13)

Are you ready for this? Take a seat people, this pie is gonna wow you. Graham cracker crust, ganache, dulce de leche, no-bake, cream cheese...there ain't one thing in that sentence I don't LOVE. Let's take a ride on the pie train, shall we? Two weeks ago I showed you the anatomy of the perfect graham cracker crust. I made two crusts for that photo shoot and then had to make two pies. We don't waste crust at my house, no sir. I made a s'mores ganache pie with one of them. Then, last week, I showed you how easy it is to make homemade dulce de leche in your crockpot. You can buy it at the store, but (1) it's expensive and (2) you can't find it everywhere. Making it at home is so easy - especially when using your slow cooker. … {continue reading}

Instagram Giveaway

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Are you on Instagram?  It's my absolute favorite social media, probably because it's photo driven. I always have my phone in my hand, and it's become my default camera. I take pictures of everything and I love sharing them on Instagram. It's fun to see all the fun moments in everyone's lives. If you're not on Instagram, you totally need to get on there, STAT. You can follow me and then you can see my latest posts, get behind-the-scenes looks at what I'm baking, my messy house, and watch my daughter act like a little drama queen. You KNOW you want a piece of that, am I right? Plus, joining Instagram is FREE, FUN, and if you have an account you can ENTER this giveaway! There are 3 fantastic prizes up for grabs: (1) $500 CASH … {continue reading}

Lemon Drop Fizz

Lemon Drop Fizz (5 of 6)

Are you thirsty? Good. It's 5:00 somewhere, so let's have a drink. A few months ago I hosted a mom's night out at my house. Mel had taken Jordan to visit his family in San Diego and well, while the kid is away, the mom's will play, right? (Well, until we turn into pumpkins at 9pm.) So anyway, I made a lemon drop martini for that party and it was so good, that I wanted to share it. But, true to form, I pulled a Dug the Dog and got sidetracked by sparkling water. I wanted a lemon drop, but I wanted a fizzy drink. Then I realized I could be my own bartender, so I made my own drink. I made a Lemon Drop Fizz: the best of a lemon drop with a little sparkling action. Perfect for a Saturday night, or a random Tuesday … {continue reading}

Caramel Corn Ice Cream

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It's summer. It's hot. You want ice cream. If you're like me you always want caramel corn. So let's combine the two and make caramel corn ice cream - without an ice cream machine! I have a caramel corn addiction. It's a serious problem - I can't even buy it at the store or it will all get eaten. When I visited Harry & David in April I brought back eleventy-thousand bags of Moose Munch with all sorts of grandiose ideas of what to make with it. I made Caramel Corn Peanut Butter Cookies and then... Then I ate almost all the bags of Moose Munch I bought. #wishiwaskidding It's just so freaking easy to eat caramel corn. You never just grab one kernel and it's so easy to just mindless eat a whole bag or 5 of it. Finally I … {continue reading}

Homemade Dulce de Leche {slow cooker}

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Made in a slow cooker, this DIY Dulce de Leche is better (and cheaper) than store bought. It's some of the best milky smooth caramel you'll ever eat. Get your spoon ready - you'll want to eat this straight from the jar! I have been really irritated lately. You see, I've made this DIY Dulce de Leche and I've made a few recipes with it (coming soon!), which means I've typed Dulce de Leche about 5,000,000 times. Here's the issue: I have a keyboard shortcut on my Mac. Whenever I type "de" it auto-fills with my personal email address. I set it up on my phone so forms would be easier and since both my phone and MacBook are smarter than me, they talk to each other and plot my demise. Do you see where I'm going with this? EVERY time … {continue reading}

Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild Smoothie Copycat

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Want a Jamba Juice Smoothie RIGHT NOW but you don't want to get in your car and drive to a store? No problem, because I'm bringing you a copycat! This strawberry smoothie tastes just like a Jamba Juice Strawberries Wild! Jamba Juice became super popular when I was in college. Every weekend I'd head to the closest store and get a huge  smoothie and then go next door and get a bagel and cream cheese. Back then, I didn't worry about calories. It was fruit + bagel and that was breakfast (or sometimes lunch). My favorite go-to #1 order at Jamba Juice was always the Strawberries Wild. To be perfectly honest, it was one of the only ones that appealed to me (besides the Peanut Butter Moo'd) because I'm really picky about fruit and I don't … {continue reading}

Butterfinger Apple Salad

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I KNOW, RIGHT??? A Butterfinger Apple Salad. It's a salad that uses butterfingers. All is right with the world, my friends. See, I knew I liked salad! A few years ago on the 4th of July we went to a block party. A neighbor brought Strawberry Pretzel Salad. My first thought was YUCK. Strawberries and pretzels? WITH LETTUCE? No thank you. Then I looked at it. It was a pretzel crust, with a cool whip cream cheese filling, topped with strawberries. And she called it a salad. And I wondered when Ashton Kutcher was going to jump out and tell me I was being Punk'd. Because no way was that a salad. A salad was green. With dressing. And it was most definitely not dessert. But then I changed my tune. Sure, let's call it a … {continue reading}

Over 80 Road Trip Snacks!

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Summer is upon us and that means...road trips! We always go on lots of trips each summer, and 99% of the time we drive. This year we're driving all the way to Palm Springs (it's about 8 hours; that's long when you have a 9 year old). Add in all the trips to Grandma and Papa's and we'll be spending lots of hours in the car. Since we can't go for more than an hour drive without needing a snack, I always pack tons of them. Usually I fill bags and coolers with grocery store snacks, but this year I want to save a little money and make my own. Granola bars, protein bites, muffins, breakfasts, snack mixes, cookies...this list of Road Trip Snacks has it all. If you're going on a road trip, you need these recipes! Find some that you love and … {continue reading}

Chocolate Ganache S’mores Pie

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Summer = S'mores. And since I don't camp, I eat s'mores in non-traditional ways. Like Pie. This S'mores Pie is filled with chocolate ganache and topped with toasted marshmallows. There is nothing better than this pie! So yesterday I showed you the perfect graham cracker pie crust. I promised you a pie to use it with and I don't like to break promises. Enter: this pie. We've talked about this at length before, but for you newbies: I don't camp. I don't sleep outdoors, I don't like bonfires, and I really don't like bugs. I tell my husband I am perfectly happy going to Yosemite or the Grand Canyon or any campground...as long as I have a cabin, a bed, indoor plumbing, and wifi. I spent my childhood summers in an RV. Two weeks … {continue reading}

Perfect Graham Cracker Crust {bake and no-bake}

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We could also title this post The Anatomy of a Graham Cracker Crust. In other words, we're making our own graham cracker crust from scratch today and it'll be the best one you've ever had! You can use it for no-bake pies or you can bake it first. That's a summer #win if you ask me! Graham cracker crust is one of my favorite pie crusts. I don't think I can choose an absolute favorite, because I love all of them too much. But a good graham cracker crust is a must have in your baking arsenal. So many pies can be made to pair with the graham cracker flavor because it's so versatile. Now, I know you can buy ready-made graham cracker crusts at the grocery store. They're found in the baking aisle and all you have to do is pop off the … {continue reading}

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