Chocolate Glazed Peanut Butter Brownies DIVINE

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These chocolate glazed, peanut butter cream topped brownies truly are *divine*.  Sinful?  Maybe.  Worth it?  Definitely.

I found this recipe on the Womans Day (magazine) website and have modified it slightly.  Although there are 3 steps to it, they are all quite easy and take only minutes.

Important Note: Depending on what kind of peanut butter you use (I always use all- natural) and how thick the peanut butter is – the “creaminess” of the peanut butter layer could vary.  If it is too stiff (mine was), add 1 Tbsp. of heavy cream (or milk) at a time until it achieves your desired creaminess.  It should be rich, thick and smooth.

Lemon Mousse – Refreshing and Light Tasting!

lemon desserts recipe

We are lovers of lemons in our family!  I cook and bake with them constantly..

Lately I’ve been on the lookout for great lemon dessert recipes and I came across this one from Ina Garten.  Just like the reviews stated – it was fab! Light, bright and refreshing.  Ina puts it all in a big bowl to serve but I chose to serve it in individual glasses.

Oh – and if you want to see Ina make it – here’s her short (3 minutes) video demonstrating it.

4th of July Cupcakes

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These super fun 4th of July Cupcakes come from Jennifer at NotYourMommasCookie blog.  These aren’t hard – just a bit time consuming.  Her are some tips that will help with this recipe:

  1. Note that this recipe makes 10-12 cupcakes.   If you want to make more just use 2 packages of cake mix.
  2. When filling the cupcake pans, it helps to have someone ‘hold’ the star while you gently add the rest of the batter to the liner.
  3. If you don’t have a pastry tip – no worries! Just cut end off the pastry bag and start frosting!

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Memorial Day DIY

Memorial Day is next weekend, and we are planning a simple backyard BBQ with family… but for those of you who have grander plans, I’ve got some fun Red, White, and Blue DIY ideas AND recipes for you!

From BHG, a very simple idea for turning a red, white and blue crepe paper streamer into a table trim.  Love it!

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From Better Recipes, a yummy Red, White and Blue Dessert Pizza. (Yes, this is definitely on our family BBQ menu now!)

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From the Hostess blog, check out the amazing Americana 4th of July Block party post – lots of great ideas for red, white and blue that will work just as easily for Memorial Day!

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From Capital B, a ruffly patriotic wreath tutorial – perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July!

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What will you be doing for Memorial Day?  We’d love to hear about it!

White Chocolate Frosted Red Velvet Brownies!

White Chocolate Frosting For Brownies

Today I’m sharing another fab recipe from my friend Liz at That Skinny Chick Can Bake Blog.  It’s delicious!!  I love that there are so many different forms of red velvet desserts.

Liz shares this advice for cutting the brownies:  To cut clean slices, chill your brownies, then use a hot knife to cut. I dip my knife into a glass of extremely hot water, dry it off, then cut. Bring back to room temperature to serve.

LAST minute 4th of July decorations and ideas

For all you LAST MINUTE Divas out there, this post is for you… a few last minute deco and dessert ideas for the 4th of July…

Easy-peasy 4th of July paper pinwheels, from Good Housekeeping:

 

Also from Good Housekeeping, simply decorate vases with patriotic ribbons, and fill with white hydrangeas – classic, lovely look!

 

Got kids running around for the 4th?  How about whipping up a batch of Rice Crispy treats, and letting them decorate them Americana style?  Check out the quick and easy tutorial from No Time For Flash Cards:

For those of you who live in no-fireworks areas, or want to stay away from the LOUD booms and ashes, here is a great idea for celebrating safely.. confetti balloons, from lil Sugar:

And one last quick and easy idea… (so quick and easy that I will be pulling it together this afternoon)… 4th of July Dessert kabobs in the shape of our flag!  Strawberries, marshmallows, blueberries and sticks… and you are in business!

Happy 4th of July!!

Summer Cake and Summer Dessert Recipes & Ideas

I am SO excited about today’s post.  I had a LOT of fun (and a few helpers) when I went looking for summertime desserts and summertime cake ideas.  My kids all voted for the following links and tutorials as their favorites!

First, from Make and Takes, a delish Watermelon “Pie” recipe.  Simple to make but oh-so-much fun!:

And sticking with a watermelon theme for just a minute, check out these adorable (and yummy looking) watermelon cupcakes, from Bakingdom: She used black sugar pearls as the seeds but they aren’t readily available so I would use mini chocolate chips!

From Family Fun, you HAVE to see this Towering Sandcastle Cake recipe!  I think this one was voted TOP recipe by all THREE of my kids. (Probably because we live in the desert, and playing with sand is something they just imagine and dream about).  And yes – you can make it!  Read through the instructions and you’ll see how EASY it is to make!

For you fondant lovers, I have a sweet, sweet cake recipe from Sweetapolita.  Click to read all about the Rainbow Doodle Birthday cake!  She takes you through step-by-step instructions on how to make a rainbow cake but I’m sharing these tips to make it *way* easier if you aren’t a master baker (the cake is easy – the buttercream is delicious but a bit of work!). 1) If you don’t want to make a fancy buttercream frosting than use any frosting you are comfortable making or purchase canned frosting; I won’t tell if you won’t. (but…if you’ve never made a real buttercream you may want to try her recipe.  It’s fabulous!) 2) You can purchase fondant at most craft stores as well as many bakeres (including supermarket bakeries) are happy to sell you some.  Just ask! 3). Edible ink pens are available in the baking section of craft stores.

And finally, from The Two Savvy Sisters, an adorable recipe for a Caterpillar Cupcake… cake.  Very simple to put together… but would have a HUGE wow factor with kiddos at a party!


What are YOUR ideas for summertime party desserts and cakes?

 

4th of July Dessert Recipes

I realized yesterday that June is basically HALF over already.  (Wait, what??)  And that means I better get a move on with my 4th of July party plans.   SO, I went in search of ways to celebrate and EAT well for 4th of July.   (And I was specifically looking for EASY ideas, because… well, it’s summer, and I don’t want complicated!) Found these terrific 4th of July dessert recipes that I had to share!

From Bakers Royale, check out these adorable EASY Fruit Pops.  I love, love, love the star shapes!


If you are looking for a super cute, super EASY 4th of July patriotic dessert, check out the Red, White and Blue cookie from Get Off Your Tush and Cook:

So, I’m not a fan of the beet and blue potato chips idea in this next tutorial from Martha Stewart, BUT I love the free printable paper cones.  I’m thinking popcorn would be cute in the cones, and maybe even colored popcorn!?

I’ve seen a lot of variations for EASY 4th of July Fruit Kabobs, but my daughter is voting for this recipe from The Frugal Girls.  Why?  Because it has MARSHMALLOWS!  (Bananas would work too, but we love marshmallows around here).

And finally, because I couldn’t help myself, I have one more EASY Fruit and Brownie Kabobs recipe for you.  And this recipe from Simple Organized Living?  Has brownies!  AND Marshmallows. Oh yea, baby!

Is it July yet??