Golden Birthday Sweets

We have yet another family celebration this weekend. An eight year old birthday party. And this year isn’t just any old birthday–it’s a golden birthday.!!! Tina’s son will eight on the eighth and that’s cause for an extra special celebration. Of course, there will be birthday cake, but we thought it would be fun to gather a bunch of “golden” treats to create a Golden Birthday Snack Mix. Some might even use these as ice cream toppings. Rolos, vanilla cupcake Goldfish, Golden Graham’s, and mini Golden Oreos. Golden yumminess! Perfect for any old day but especially for a golden 8th birthday. 

Field Of Sweets

It had to be! It’s becoming our thing! Ever since we visited Gierenger’s Orchard last Mother’s Day we’ve been dying to go back. They seriously have the reddest, juiciest, sweetest strawberries we’ve ever tasted. And this is exactly what we need to make our mama-worthy Strawberry Cobbler. A special treat for a very special day! Happy Mother’s Day! 


Strawberry Cobbler

6 cups of freshly picked strawberries, capped and sliced

1 pkg. yellow cake mix

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup rolled oats 

1 cup butter, melted (2 sticks)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Lay the sliced strawberries in a 9 x 13 dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.  

In a bowl, mix the cake mix, oats, and sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the strawberries. Pour the melted butter evenly over the dry mixture. 

Place in the oven and bake for 50 min. The top should be browned.

Serve with ice cream and whipped cream. Make sure mom gets her’s first!

A Sweet Change For Breakfast

One word: WAFFLES. Two words: CAKE MIX. The best word ever: CHOCOLATE! Yep, we’re giving our ordinary toaster oven waffles this Saturday off and dusting off the waffle maker to make Chocolate Cake Mix Waffles with homemade butter cream frosting. They’re yummy enough to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

Chocolate Cake Mix Waffles

Ingredients

1 box of Devil’s Food cake mix, plus ingredients on the back of the box

Directions

1 Heat waffle maker. Spray with non-stick spray. 

2 Make cake batter as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs.

3 For each waffle, pour batter onto center of the hot waffle maker. Close lid of waffle maker. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffle.

4 Serve waffles warm with buttercream frosting and your choice of toppings. 

Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons almond milk 

Directions

1 In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the almond milk.
2 Gradually beat in just enough remaining almond milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar. 

So Long Sweet Summer

Even though our kiddos started school this week, it is only August and we are trying to hold onto any last bits of summer. Nothin says summer like ice cream sundaes. Around here we like to make things extra cutesy so we grabbed a few jars, some yummy toppings, a few flavors of ice cream and created our own ice cream sundae bar. From there we layered up the most deliciousy,
adorable ice cream sundaes in town. Summer never tasted so sweet!

Sweets Make The Party

It’s Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means- Party Time! Cue the music, grab the bathing suits, and don’t forget the picnic basket. If your cookout looks like ours’ it’s quite treat heavy! Who needs burgers, potato salad, and chips? Not us! Ain’t nobody got time for that! Bring on the desserts! We’ll be filling our plates with lots of goodies like Supreme Cookie Butter Cookies, Salty and Sweet Butterscotch Blondies, and Twix Brownies. What’s on your holiday menu this year?

Supreme Cookie Butter Cookies Recipe


Salty and Sweet Butterscotch Blondies Recipe

Twix Brownies

Sweet Saturday

Hello friend, aka Saturday! We’ve waited for your arrival all week. Now that you’re here lets get busy creating and baking a delicious treat. This week is a mash-up of two of our favorite flavor combinations: salty and sweet. Why not join us in welcoming Saturday with Salty Sweet Butterscotch Blondies and indulge Saturday while “she’s” here!

Salty and Sweet Butterscotch Blondies


INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 cups packed dark brown sugar

1 + 1/2 sticks Butter-Flavored Crisco

2 egg whites

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup pecans

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

Grinder sea salt for dusting

Directions 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 cups packed dark brown sugar

12 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted (1 + 1/2 sticks)

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup pecans

1 cup premium chocolate chips

Grinder sea salt (for light dusting at the end)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325. Spray a 9×13 pan. Set aside.
Combine the flour, 1 tsp. salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add in the brown sugar. Mix with whisk attachment.

Add in the Crisco, egg whites and vanilla extract.

Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. Dust with grinder sea salt.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the edges begin to brown (the edges will puff up)–the batter will be gooey (the best part!)

Let the blondies cool for 1 hour. Top with whipped cream and ice cream.

*recipe inspired by Reluctant Entertainer

Saturday Treats Are “Cherry” Sweet!

We’re not sure if it’s the heart healthy ingredients in cherries, the color red for February, or that our bodies knew that today is National Cherry Pie, but something sparked a craving! And there’s only one thing to do when it’s Saturday! We’re cheatin and treatin with Cherry Pie Cobbler Bars. Grab your oven mit and join in the celebration!

  Cherry Pie Cobbler Bars

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened

1 3/4 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

ICING:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon almond milk

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, beat well. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into creamed mixture.

Spread 3 cups batter into an ungreased  baking pan. Spread pie filling over batter. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over top.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Drizzle over bars. Top with whipped cream and ice cream if desired. 

*recipe inspired by Taste of Home