Mocha Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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This Mocha Brownie Ice Cream Cake is delicious! It has beautiful layers of coffee ice cream, chocolate brownies, Oreo crumbles, hot fudge sauce and a coffee whipped cream icing. Together it’s a wonderful combination that you won’t be able to stop eating. I love ice cream cakes. I really don’t discrimination against any kind of cake, but ice cream cakes have been my go-to for my birthdays for quite a few years now. My birthday is Christmas Day, so while it always seems tempting to make my own cake, when the time comes I’m usually so worn out from everything leading up to Christmas, that I have no interest in making my cake. Last year we tried to switch it up and I got cupcakes from a cupcakery near my parent’s house. They weren’t bad, but I wasn’t super impressed. However, there are a number … [Read more...]

2014 Iowa CornQuest Recap!

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So you may have read in my posts last week that I got to travel to Des Moines, Iowa. I was one of 10 bloggers who got the chance to travel for the Iowa CornQuest this year, hosted by the Iowa Corn Growers Association. It was a wonderful trip! Over a couple of days, we talked to farmers who grow corn, people from Iowa Pork and Iowa Beef, as well as some from Common Ground. It was probably the most educational trip I’ve ever been on. Did you know that 90-95% of farms are family owned and run? That's a big number! The farmers we met are some seriously passionate people who love what they do and are tasked with helping to feed the world. They believe in what they do and work hard to provide the best crops they can for their families and people around the world. One of the farms we visited has been in … [Read more...]

Giant Cinnamon Roll Cookie Cake

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This Giant Cinnamon Roll Cookie Cake has all the cinnamon deliciousness of a cinnamon roll in cookie form, covered in a sweet vanilla glaze! And since cinnamon rolls are breakfast food, this cookie totally passes for breakfast too. ;) So we all have our things that we are a bit anal about, right? I think I have a few. But the one that the hubs makes fun of pretty much every night is my obsession with our sheets and covers on our bed. For some reason, our fitted sheet won't really ever stay in place. We've even tried different sheets and it's always the same. Every morning, it's moved around and wrinkly underneath me. So before we go to bed, I always fix it. Always. I've even made the hubs get out of bed after he's laid down so that I can fix it. After 5 years, he seems to finally be over being … [Read more...]

Tiramisu Poke Cake

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This Tiramisu Poke Cake is easily one of my new favorites. There are so many things to love. It’s very similar to tiramisu, but easier to make. It is incredibly moist. And it tastes amazing. I could eat the whole cake in one sitting. SO good. So we had quite a nice weekend. We spent a little time out on the lake before it gets too cold. It was tad chilly when the boat got and the sun was behind the clouds, but other than that it was quite nice. Since it was a little cooler, Jessie loved it. She spent most of the afternoon up on the front of the boat enjoying the breeze. She’s probably the only lab that doesn’t like water though, so there was no swimming. And yesterday we watched the Carolina Panthers. I usually spend so much time baking, that when it comes to making stuff to each while … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake is perfect for fall and the holidays. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been kind of obsessed with the pumpkin and chocolate combination. It’s just so good! This time I’ve got a delicious, moist brownie on the bottom and a no bake pumpkin cheesecake on top. It’s smooth, creamy, chewy and irresistible! So sometimes you have those moments where you are reminded to appreciate the little things. I had a cute little moment like that yesterday while flying home from Iowa. The guy next to me on my first leg of the flight sat down and told me it was his first time flying. He was about my age and so sweet. He seemed pretty excited to what it was like, commenting about everything. Once the flight took off, he said it was the coolest thing he’s ever experienced. He … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Sugar Almond Cupcakes

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Who doesn’t love Cinnamon Sugar Almonds? The smell of them literally calls to me and draws me in. It’s intoxicating. So I figured why not take those flavors that I love and make something fun with them - like a cupcake?! And these Cinnamon Sugar Almond Cupcakes were born! They have all the flavor of a wonderful sugary sweet cinnamon almond, without the crunchy, nutty texture of a nut going on. You get the cinnamon almond flavor with a soft, moist and fluffy cupcake. Both the cupcake and the icing have almond and cinnamon, which makes a heavenly experience. I stored them in favorite cupcake/cake carrier and every time I took the top off, I’d get that same delicious cinnamon sugar almond smell hitting me right in the face. Mission accomplished. :) So let’s talk about flying for a second. Like on an … [Read more...]

Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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This Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is perfect for a Halloween party or for baking with your kids. It's easy to make, festive and who doesn't like a giant chocolate cookie? If it was ok to hand out homemade things to trick or treaters, I might even hand out slices of this cookie cake. I personally think it'd be much more fun than a 10th little bag of skittles. But alas, homemade things probably would be regarded quite skeptically and not eaten, unless it was a neighbor that knew me. And I get it - if I had kids and some lady was giving out something and I didn't know what was in it, I probably wouldn't want them to eat it either. The fact is, there are some weird people out there who do not so nice things. Unfortunate, but true. Fortunately, I can share this recipe with you and you can make … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

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Remember when I made this cake last week and said I needed to find another use for the pumpkin icing because it was so darn good? Well, I decided what to do. Sandwich it between two chocolate pudding cookies filled with chocolate chips. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches are where it's at. Asheville, NC is also where it's at. Or at least, it's where I'm at until later today. We've been on a work retreat since Tuesday - working, exploring, having a few laughs and eating entirely more than necessary. With the exception of a few hours of work each day, we've been spending a lot of time on activities. Bike tours, touring the Biltmore, wearing super cool muppet shirts. We've had some fun. I've been to Asheville before, but not the downtown area. We stayed in a place right downtown so that we … [Read more...]

Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake

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This Death by Chocolate Icebox Cake was a huge hit! With layers of chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse and chocolate graham crackers all topped with chocolate sauce, you will be in a chocolate coma after eating it. :) So you know what I don’t love? Jeans shopping. If I want to feel not so hot about myself, jeans shopping will surely do it. That must be why I usually wear my jeans until they start to have holes in them before I’m willing to go shopping for them again. I did a little jeans shopping on Sunday and Monday and the experience was as expected. I tried on mountains of jeans and barely found some that actually fit. Seriously, why is it that every. single. pair. fits differently. I could try on the same size of jeans but because they're different styles they’d all fit differently. Some big, … [Read more...]

Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake

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This Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake is a tasty combination of chocolate cake and strawberry and vanilla ice cream. It's reminiscent of the neapolitan ice cream sandwiches I ate as a kid and I didn't want to stop eating it. It's been a while since I've posted an ice cream cake. I figured it was time to fix that. After making my Neapolitan Millionaire Cake and being reminded of how tasty the flavor combination is, it seemed like the perfect new version to make. So on Friday night, a totally awful thing happened. My phone died. I dropped it and it cracked and it wouldn't turn on again. It was lost forever and along with all my info and ability to connect with the world. Ok, so that might be extreme, but I felt naked and disconnected. I'm so used to having everything right at my fingertips, it … [Read more...]

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