Monday, May 14, 2018

Caramel Chai Ice Cream

Last summer I was obsessed with popsicles. (You may have noticed. Hee, hee.) The summer before that I was all about homemade ice cream. I thought I'd share some of our family's favorite creations with y'all since summertime is just around the corner. First on the docket is this fabulous Caramel Chai Ice Cream.

A container of Caramel Chai Ice Cream with a yellow ice cream scoop next to a stack of waffle cone bowls with a waffle cone bowl full of two scoops of the ice cream next to a teal colored ice cream spoon and a colorful floral napkin on a butcher block cutting board

a close up of a waffle cone bowl filled with two scoops of the Caramel Chai Ice Cream and a teal colored ice cream spoon next to a colorful napkin on a butcher block cutting board

Ribbons of caramel get swirled into this perfectly chai spiced easy ice cream. You're gonna love it! If you have yet to purchase an ice cream maker, I highly recommend it. Making homemade ice cream is so fun and so yummy. I have a simple inexpensive machine. See my Amazon picks below to see the one I own. It does a bang up job!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Rice Cakes 6 Ways

I know what you're thinking. Rice cakes? Really? Isn't that like soooooooooo 1980's? This blast from the past has come to be one of our favorite family snacking options. As I've been exploring the world of gluten free snacking for me and the fam, we've tried a variety of spreads and toppings to turn these gloriously blank canvases into primo snacks.

6 rice cakes on a marble slab, fruit pizza, chocolate peanut butter, turkey and cheese, pizza face, hummus and feta, cookie butter and sprinkles
Expand your snacking horizons with our favorite rice cake spreads and toppings.

Here are a few of our favorite rice cake snacking options:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Victoria Sandwich Whoopie Pies

Anyone else addicted to all things The Great British Baking ShowI've been dying to make Mary Berry's Victoria sandwich cake and decided to turn it into a whoopie pie, 'cause, well, you know how I am. 😉

stacks of Victoria Sandwich Whoopie Pies sitting on a light green cake plate
Fancy something fancy? Try these gorgeous Victoria Sandwich Whoopie Pies.

I used a cake mix to bake up the cakes. I also subbed in my favorite vanilla frosting for the usual buttercream or whipped cream.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cake and ice cream. What's a birthday without cake and ice cream, right? Okay, okay. Some of us could totally do without the ice cream. Others of us could replace the whole shebang with a big ol' fat pie. But I digress.

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches sitting on a cake plate next to two spoons
Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches take cake and ice cream to a whole new level!

These Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches are the whole package. The flavor of vanilla cake speckled with sprinkles, beautifully swirly ice cream sandwiched in the middle, and no utensils or plates required. They're also wonderfully fun and spectacularly celebratory. Oh, and they're super easy to make. That's a win, win, and triple win in my book!

Monday, April 16, 2018

M & M Granola Bars

My 6 year old is a little mister picky pants (don't tell him I said that). I completely understand where he's coming from though, because I was the same way when I was little. I confess that I indulge his pickiness a little - okay, maybe a lot. But I get it. I used to gag on foods I totally love now. So there must be hope for him too.

m & m granola bars cut into squares
These M & M Granola Bars hit just the right note with my picky eater.

As I'm trying to keep things more natural around these here parts I've been experimenting with homemade granola bars. Finding one that Ezra will accept is the challenging part. I often make a peanut butter version that he will only sometimes eat claiming he only likes peanut butter in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (sigh).

Monday, April 9, 2018

Homemade Chocolate Fondant

I just happen to be one of those people that likes fondant. I know not everybody is with me on that one, but this Homemade Chocolate Fondant is particularly yummy. It's also fairly easy to make and so fun to use. I whipped up a batch to make dinosaur footprints to decorate goodies for my 6 year old dinosaur lover.

Homemade Chocolate Fondant dinosaur footprint decorations sitting on a work surface
Dinosaur footprint decorations made out of Homemade Chocolate Fondant

Aren't they just adorable?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Blackberry Granola Mini Breakfast Pies

These Blackberry Granola Mini Breakfast Pies are simply adorable. I made them for Nora's second birthday and she absolutely loves them. They're semi-healthy and perfect for any special breakfast or brunch.

a close up of a Blackberry Granola Mini Breakfast Pie sitting in a muffin tin

baked Blackberry Granola Mini Breakfast Pies sitting in a muffin tin next to a floral cloth

So, like I said, these puppies are semi-healthy. Since I was making them for my baby girl I used pure maple syrup in the blackberry filling and in the granola topping to keep things natural and lower in sugar. Feel free to add more sweetener to the filling. Just mix and taste adding in more maple syrup until it's as sweet as you like.