Banana Pudding Puppy Chow

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This Banana Pudding Puppy Chow is absolutely delicious and unmistakably banana pudding flavored. It gets it's banana flavor from dry banana pudding mix! This puppy chow has been on my list of things to try for forever! I've had the banana pudding mix sitting in the pantry since some time last year. I'm not really sure why it's taken me so long. Maybe it's that my list of things I want to make is too long. :) But finally a couple weeks ago, the hubs said that it'd been a while since I'd made puppy chow and he was requesting one. It's just such a great snack and the hubs doesn't make requests often, so of course I obliged! And because we are both such banana lovers, I knew it was time to make the banana version. I wasn't entirely sure if it'd even work well with the banana pudding mix. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pizza

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pizza - pie crust, oreo crumbs, chocolate ganache and eggless cookie dough!

Welcome to Cookie Dough Week! Are you as pumped as I am?! We've got 15 amazing bloggers, bringing you some delicious recipes this week (all the links are further down in this post)! My first recipe is this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pizza. It is so delicious and easy to make, I couldn't wait to share it will you! It's a Pillsbury pie crust, crusted with Oreo crumbs, topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate chip cookie dough. I finished it off with some chocolate sauce and additional chocolate chips. Simply amazing. I had this idea for a while before I knew exactly how I'd execute it. I absolutely loved the idea. There's been a lot of super fun cookie pizzas swirling around as of late and I've been wanting to make my own. However, with it being cookie dough week, I wanted to stay true to the … [Read more...]

Samoa Pretzel Sticks

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These Samoa Pretzel Sticks are inspired by one of my favorite girl scout cookies! I absolutely love the caramel, chocolate and coconut in those delicious Samoa cookies. And all those flavors come together perfectly in these pretzel sticks. With the addition of the pretzel, you get a little salty with the sweet, which is delish! I also love these because they are so easy to make. You could totally make them with kiddos - just maybe don't let them melt the caramel - that gets hot! They are such a great way to enjoy the flavors of Samoas all year long and without having to spend $4 a box. The recipe makes quite a few - basically a whole bag of pretzel sticks. So we had quite a few of them to share. Our neighbors loved them, the hubs loved them and my co-worker and his fam loved them. I even … [Read more...]

Baileys Chocolate Whipped Cream

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This Baileys Chocolate Whipped Cream is light and delicious! Perfect for topping your favorite dessert! So you see, I've always been a big fan of Cool Whip. Love the stuff. Will eat it straight out of the carton. But recently, I've been playing around a little more with making my own whipped cream. And not just as a replacement for Cool Whip in recipes, but flavoring it and really making it tasty! And you guys. Flavored and fun whipped creams are no joke. So tasty. So easy. And so fun to eat. I mean, forget about putting it on something. Just use your finger or a spoon. I think half of my whipped cream gets eaten that way. Cool Whip definitely has it's place in my heart still, but it's now a shared space. I've been inspired by friend Julianne from Beyond Frosting in this whipped cream adventure of mine. … [Read more...]

Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

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These Crispy Peanut Butter Balls are a new favorite of mine! They are so simple and easy to make, but something about the rice krispies in them makes them super fun to eat! I just love the texture. If you knew my long-term relationship with peanut butter, you'd know just how big of a deal it is for me to say that balls filled with peanut butter were eaten by me - let alone have become a new favorite! I had a back and forth relationship with peanut butter growing up. I remember at some point really liking celery and peanut butter together. Why? How? I have no clue. It sounds gross to me now. But I have a vivid memory of liking it. Most of my memories though are of not wanting anything to do with anything with peanut butter in it. I know. Crazy, right? When other kids had peanut butter and … [Read more...]

Reeses Marshmallow Ritz Cracker Sandwiches

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These Reeses Marshmallow Ritz Cracker Sandwiches are a delicious mix of sweet and salty. Do not be fooled by their simple nature, they pack a lot of flavor into each bite! Plus, they are easy to make and who doesn’t love Reeses? What exactly goes into these little bites of heaven, you ask. 1. Ritz crackers on the outside 2. Miniature Reeses 3. Marshmallow 4. Covered in chocolate Holy yum! Peanut butter, marshmallow, chocolate and crispy, salty crackers - perfect snack! I love the crunch of the crackers. They are perfect for football watching this weekend or during the Super Bowl! I topped them off two different ways, which you can see in the pictures. Some have a peanut butter chip drizzle and some have sprinkles. I love both, but I definitely have a thing for the sprinkles. They make … [Read more...]

How To Make An All Fruit Party Cake

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This all fruit watermelon cake is so easy to make! And with only fruit used to make it, does it get any healthier? I don’t think healthy’s ever looked this good! ;) And for those trying to lose or watch their weight for a New Year’s Resolution, this cake is the perfect way to celebrate an occasion and not break the calorie bank. Gotta love that! Personally I’m not really into resolutions. Calling it a New Year’s Resolution makes it no more likely that I’ll stick to it. I figure if I really want to make a change, I’ll just do it - no matter what time of year. And I'm pretty much always trying to eat better and workout regularly - a blog full of tasty treats kind of makes that necessary. And lately I have not been terribly motivated. Between all the traveling for the holidays and having back issues … [Read more...]

Peppermint Pretzel Crunch

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This Peppermint Pretzel Crunch is covered in semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate and Andes Peppermint Crunch Pieces! It's a wonderful combo of sweet and salty and is a great snack mix for the holidays. It's also quick and easy to make - even better! Things have been pretty busy for us around here trying to get ready for the holidays. Trying to get the house decorated, all the shopping. There's never enough time! We finally got the Christmas tree decorated over the weekend when there was a break in all the rain we've been having. After getting it decorated - which is a very long process for me since I analyze the placement of every ornament like a crazy person - our tree literally fell over Monday night. Craziness! We were about to go to bed and I was getting all my stuff together to take … [Read more...]

Caramel Rolo Rice Krispie Treats

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These rice krispie treats aren't just any rice krispie treats. No, these treats don't even use marshmallows. Instead the sugary gods of sweetness hold these babies together with an entire bag of caramels. And the caramel train doesn't stop there. They're also filled with an entire bag of Rolos. Caramel + Rolos + rice krispies = crunchy caramel heaven. Can you tell I'm good at math? ;) Well growing up, I actually was pretty decent at math. At least until I hit Calculus. Then I got lost. I no longer do math. The other thing I got good at as a kid was hiding things. My favorite things. Dessert things. My younger brother and I would always hide our favorite foods from the other when we didn't want the other to be able to eat them all. Usually it was frozen treats of some sort and we'd have to find … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Pie in a Jar and a Giveaway!

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I’m honored to have been selected by Darden Restaurants to create a recipe inspired by the seasonal desserts at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse. You guys! I am SO excited to share my first giveaway on the blog with you today! When I was asked to try the seasonal pumpkin desserts at Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse, I couldn't wait! I absolutely LOVE trying desserts and comparing them. And getting to create a recipe inspired by one of the desserts is totally up my alley! Plus, I get to give one of my awesome readers (maybe you!) a gift card too! Does it get any better? Though I'm sure you can guess from the pictures and title of the post which dessert I chose to recreate, let's start by taking a look at the line up of desserts, shall we? The hubs went with me … [Read more...]