Lemonade cupcakes #SummerDesertWeek

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! Happy Friday! Today, I have a special treat for you… lemonade cupcakes! And, there’s a few time saving secrets I’m going to share as well: baking cupcakes doesn’t have to be an all day process- I used to be very “anti-boxed cake mix” but: in a pinch , I have been known to use some of the cleaner ones- (without anything artificial ) you can doctor them up very easily to give him a homemade taste by replacing oil with melted butter […]

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Key Lime Thumbprint cookies #summerdessertweek

Disclaimer: I was sent product for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however the recipes and opinions are my own. Welcome to day three of #summerdessertweek. I don’t know about y’all but for me, Key Lime Pie is that quintessential summer dessert. It’s tart and cool, and reminds me of holidays spent fishing in the ocean all day and cooling off in the pool in the afternoon. But: Summertime also means picnics … and, let’s face it: Pies are not for picnics. But: what happens when a key lime pie and a shortbread cookie meet, fall in love, get married […]

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rock candy #summerdessertweek

Today…. Is day two of #summerdessertweek!And, today I have one of the prettiest candies out there. They are like the gemstone of sweets: shimmery, shiny crystals of pure sugar. And, when you’re a homeschool mom like myself- they are the perfect way to incorporate some science into life. (shhhh…. it’s undercover school in summer)The best part about these candies is that they also serve an adult purpose: sweetening your drinks. And, if you’re clever- you’ll add flavoring to compliment your drink… mint sweet tea, anyone? These are sooooo easy to make. And, chances are you have everything you need. I […]

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mermaid splash cookies #summerdessertweek

Disclaimer: I was sent samples for compensation for my participation in Summer Dessert Week, however, the opinions expresses as well as the recipes are my own.  Hey Y’all! Guess whaaaaaaat?! It’s SUMMER DESSERT WEEK!!! You know what that means? Giveaways. (Awesome prizes) Recipes. (Lots of keepers!) And… updates and new recipes every day this week from yours truly. In my participation for this event, I received a wonderful box of goodies from Wilton. In it, there was a “DIY-licous” kit for mermaid cupcakes. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE how mermaids and unicorns have made a “comeback”. As a […]

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cherry vanilla ice pops #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” Here you have it folks, quite possibly the easiest recipe on this blog. I think y’all will be seeing a lot more simple, easy recipes here. Because life is hard at times, and there are days you just need easy recipes and paper plates. Yes, I know paper plates are not the most environmentally friendly item, but at least I’m not promoting plastic straws. Plastic straws are like the cigarettes of the utensil world. Just […]

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s’mores cookie bars #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” Ahhh, summertime and s’mores. Goes together like Fall and pumpkin spice, winter and peppermint, Springtime and… asparagus? Peeps? Jelly Beans? Jury is out on that one.

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Key Lime Fudge #summerdessertweek

“This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.” Whenever myself or my family takes on a commitment, something happens. Usually we have a weekend getaway planned, and bam- there is a new child entering our care. This time, I had Summer Dessert Week* planned, and Bam! A newborn lands in my lap. Well, almost. When you’re a foster parent the “stork” comes often. Thankfully, I made sweet tings happen at nap time, like this: sweet, creamy and tart lime fudge on top of […]

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almond butter eggs #eastersweetsweek

  When I was a kid, Easter was one of my favorite holidays. As an adult, it still is, but for different reason. As a child, I loved the candy associated with only Easter. In those days Peeps were only around once a year and Cadbury Eggs only came in one variety, Nowadays, there is a Peep for every holiday, and I lost count of all the Creme egg varieties there are. I remember , my mom would dress my sister and I up in coordinating dresses, white tights, white patent leather shoes (that I was admonished not to scuff) […]

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chocolate crunch bunnies #eastersweetsweek

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #EasterSweetsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes. It’s bunny season! Chocolate bunnies, that is. Chocolate crunch bunnies, to be exact. Because chocolate with a crunch is just plain fun. Don’t you think? Originally this post was supposed to be homemade cream eggs, you know- the ones with […]

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peanut butter pinwheels #eastersweetsweek

Hi there! Here we are in day three of Easter Sweets Week, and today I have an easy, no bake candy for you. This is so easy even a caveman could do it. (Remember those commercials?) Anyway, these are really easy and melt in your mouth good. But first: the usual disclaimer the FCC requires:   Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our […]

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Swedish apple cake with vanilla sauce #eastersweetsweek

    Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #EasterSweetsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes. The house next door to us is an AirBnB, which to be honest : I loathe. I have three young kids, and I don’t like strangers showing up in such close proximity to home. Sometimes, my “mama bear” […]

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lemon truffles #eastersweetsweek

    Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #EasterSweetsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Rainier Fruit, Anolon and Microplane! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #EasterSweetsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.   I have a confession… for over a year now, everyone has told me that I have to watch “This Is Us”.  It happens every time I tell someone that we are foster parents, and (now) adoptive parents. […]

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instant pot cheesecake

Last year, my husband got me an Instant Pot for Mother’s Day. I had been using an electric pressure cooker for years; but only for homemade Cuban style black beans. I never really used it much for anything else. When I saw the instant pot craze going on I honestly chuckled to myself :”everyone is discovering a pressure cooker”, something that has been around for many many years. So what if this one a few extra built-in buttons and functions? It was nothing different to me. It wasn’t until my beloved electric pressure cooker broke and my husband replaced it […]

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#summerdessertweek frozen fruit cupcakes

Let’s face it: I am crazy. Not instututionalize crazy; but… pretty crazy to take on #summerdessertweek and add another child to our family days before. And, as much as I would love to be one of those bloggers that write out content weeks before, I am more one of those who’s lucky to be a day or two ahead. Truth be told. So, most of y’all know about us enarging our tent, but if you don’t .. I will help you out: I’m a foster mommy. There are times when I have anywhere from 1-3 kids in tow  24/7 for […]

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