The Best Monkey Bread Recipe (IMHO)

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If you’ve never had Monkey Bread you are in for a treat.  It is ooey-gooey and oh-so-delicious.  And ridiculously easy.  The ONLY problem with this recipe from the Pioneer Woman is that it is so darn hard to stop eating it!

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Pioneer Woman.  For her wonderful photos and step-by-step instructions – click here.

Easy Snickerdoodles (as well as a Traditional Recipe)

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In my quest for the best Snickerdoodle cookie it was the recipe from the Milk & Cookies Cookbook by Tina Casaceli that was the clear winner! Great taste and great texture. (Everything in this bakery owner’s cookbook has been stellar!).

The third time I made them I was in a hurry and decided to forgo the roll of the cookie balls in the cinnamon sugar mixture and instead included the mixture in the recipe instead; eliminating that last step. Well, I also streamlined a lot of the recipe.  I’ll be darned if it wasn’t still a GREAT cookie!

So below I give you two choices: the traditional Snickerdoodle recipe and my easy Snickerdoodles!

Okay – now for my EASY version!

Easy Peanut Butter Cheesecake with Reeses

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Once again a big “Thank You” to my friend Danielle over at Hugs&CookiesXOXO Blog for this totally decadent Reese Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe.  What makes it extra yummy is the peanut butter cookie crust!

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Mississippi Mud Cake

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I am a huge fan of Mississippi Mud Cakes, Brownies, Bars and Pies.  I love anything that has marshmallow cream in it and topped with the decadent Mississippi Mud icing!  When I came across this picture at Taste of Home I just had to make it the same day!  All I can say is “YUM!”

Recipe and Photo courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine.

Easy Lemon Meringue Pie

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When I read the rave reviews of this easy lemon meringue pie recipe by Trish Yearwood in my Food Network magazine, I knew I had to give it a try. And it did not disappoint!  Next time I might double the filling recipe – it was that good!

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Food Network Magazine.com

 

 

 

“Planes” Party Theme

With the new Disney movie, Planes, out in theaters now, I am predicting a huge increase in Planes themed birthday parties!  With that in mind, I have a few fun posts for you to check out!

From Create, Craft, Love… a quick and easy airplane craft tutorial using clothes pins!  These would make perfect party favors!

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From Max and Me, a super cute 2nd birthday party.  Love the plane-shaped sandwiches!!

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From Spaceships and Laserbeams, a post featuring some fun planes party accessories!

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My children LOVE Push-pops, but I would have never thought to use them this way.  From Armelle blog, a how-to on making airplane party favors for kids, using push-pops, gum, and life savers!  SOOOoooo cute!

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And last, but not least… FREE activity sheets from Disney on the Planes website:

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Lemon Mousse – Refreshing and Light Tasting!

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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.

Homemade Pretty Cakes!

It’s time for another edition of DIY Pretty Cakes!  There are such fabulous tutorials out there, and I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve found today!

From Polka Dot Bride, a DIY Rustic Ombre cake!  These are REALLY popular right now, and there’s an entire post telling you how to make a pretty cake!

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From I am Baker, a post chock-full of help – video tutorials, images, and links to MORE tutorials!  Check out this AMAZING Neapolitan Rose Cake!!

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From the Hungry Housewife, how to make an ombre cake… LOVE the look of this one!  Video and step-by-step can be found on her site!  This is way easier than you would think!

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And these are cupcakes, but they are so pretty, I had to share!  From Life Is Sweets, a tutorial for making Flower Bouquet Cupcakes:

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Sugar Cookie DIY

Did you know today is National Sugar Cookie Day?  I know sugar cookies seem more appropriate for fall and winter holidays, BUT..honestly.. isn’t any time a good time for sugar cookies?? I have some great recipes and ideas for using sugar cookies in your next summer party!

Martha Stewart has a simple yummy sugar cookie recipe HERE:

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My favorite sugar cookie designer and DIY’er is Sweet Sugar Belle.  Check out one of her recent posts on decorating sugar cookies.  You’ll want to check out her site – great cookies and tutorials!

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From Kawaii Sweet World, a fun DIY youtube tutorial on making Watermelon Sugar cookies:

 

And from Intimate Weddings, a great post on making sugar cookies as wedding favors!

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Blueberry Hand Pies

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This fabulous blueberry hand pie recipe is courtesy of Toronto’s Food & Drink Magazine, a beautiful free magazine handed out at their wine stores.  I’m *so* fortunate to have a dear friend that always picks one of for me – the recipes are divine!

A single serving easy blueberry pie, this hand pie is easy to make using frozen puff pastry.