Posts Tagged With: dessert

Easter blessings.

Yeah, I know Easter was a week ago. So sue me.

easter blessings


bird's nest treats

My little baker.

bird's nest treats

Bird’s Nest Treats place setting (made with Cheerios).

portrait photography

Easter portrait in the backyard.

She wants to be called Alexandra instead of Alex now. But I am old and I forget.

portrait photography

Easter portrait.

She had an Easter picnic with her stuffed animals in the backyard. She served chocolate covered Peeps, Nerds, and bubble gum. Um, sounds delish!

ice skates

Goodbye to ice skating.

I listed Alex’s Alexandra’s very expensive competitive ice skates with the special blades for sale on Craigslist. I didn’t even get a bite. I took the skates to Play it Again Sports. They offered me $35. I think I feel sick…

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Attention Pumpkin Pie Haters: Try This Pie

I am one of those Pumpkin Pie Haters. Give me any other pie, except Pumpkin, and I’ll eat the whole thing. I made this recipe years ago and I have to tell you, it changed my mind about pumpkin pie. Of course, it’s not really a traditional pumpkin pie…it’s a creamy pumpkin pie.

Recipe from Keebler Ready Crust

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 package (6-serving size) vanilla flavor instant pudding & pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
  • Keebler® Ready Crust® Graham Pie Crust


  • In large bowl beat milk, pudding mix and spice with wire whisk for 1 minute. (Mixture will be very thick.) Whisk in pumpkin. Stir in whipped topping. Spread in crust. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until set.
  • Garnish with a dollop of whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon before serving.**
  • Store in refrigerator.
  • *NOTE: May substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves in place of pumpkin pie spice.

**I plan to sprinkle some chopped Texas pecans atop a dollop of whipped topping before serving…yummy!

This is one of the 2 dishes we plan to make from “scratch” this year. The rest of the Thanksgiving meal is from a local grocery store. It’s completely cooked; all we have to do is heat it up. Let’s face it, easier is better on Thanksgiving day. I hope it’s not a disaster.

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St. Patrick’s Day inspired McFlurry at home

My girls love the McFlurry from McDonald’s. And who doesn’t like ice cream and Oreo cookies? That is what I would like to know! I made this St. Patrick’s Day inspired version at home.

shamrock mcflurry treat

It’s pretty simple…you don’t even need to right it down. Take some frozen vanilla yogurt (or you could use ice cream), blend in a blender with a few drops of green food coloring. Put a few Oreo cookies in a Ziploc bag and break up with a rubber mallet. (What, doesn’t everyone have a mallet in their kitchen?) I found it was easier to hand-mix the green ice cream and the cookies together in a bowl rather than use the blender. Transfer to a pretty dish…’cause everything taste better in a pretty dish, silly. Add a sugar shamrock and enjoy!

my taste-tester gave it 2 thumbs up!

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two things

I originally had posted a rant about school fundraisers late last night, but this morning I decided that it was just too negative to keep posted. So, instead, here are two good things today:

super easy semi-homemade chocolate cake

This cake is from Grandma Mary’s recipe files. She takes 1 box of chocolate cake mix, 2 eggs and 1 can of cherry pie filling. I hand mixed the cake so the cherries remained intact. Mary uses a hand mixer and the cherries get broken up. Either way this cake is sooooo good! Bake per cake mix directions in a 9×12 pan, let cool, then top with your favorite chocolate icing (homemade or store-bought). Mary brought this cake to a family dinner and fouled everyone into thinking it made from scratch.

tiny dancer

Parker has started ballet class. Hard to believe she will be 4 years old in just 2 weeks. We are taking the kids to the circus for her birthday. Shhh, it’s a surprise. That place will surely bring back memories. Four years ago I was timing my contractions at the circus! We had spent the night before at the hospital hoping to give birth but they sent me home after I stalled at 3 centimeters. It would be four more long days before she was ready to join us. As far as the party goes, there won’t be one. We are having a low-key family only party (and the circus). That includes Grandma Mary and our friends, who are like family. She still can’t decide between Scooby Doo, princess or anything else that catches her eye for her cake. I have tried to talk her into a circus theme with no luck. I have a lot of creative ideas for that but, she is a toddler and she can change her mind if she wants too.

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