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20 Beauty and the Beast Makes & Bakes

by Jennifer Wieland
20 Beauty and the Beast makes & bakes perfect to get you in the mood for he new movie! #Disney #BeautyandtheBeast #recipes #crafts

Tell me I’m not alone. Tell me I’m not the only one thinking I can belt out a perfect rendition of Be Our Guest in my excitement to see the all new Disney Beauty and the Beast coming out later this month? With all of the excitement I wanted to take a moment here to share with you 20 Beauty and the Beast makes & bakes that will have you totally in the spirit of the new film!

20 Beauty and the Beast makes & bakes perfect to get you in the mood for he new movie! #Disney #BeautyandtheBeast #recipes #crafts
 
1. Tale As Old As Time Journal Craft Beauty & The Beast
2. Disney Crafts For Kids Beauty & The Beast
3. Beauty And The Beast Ornament
4. Disney Princess Quiet Book
5. Beauty & The Beast Lego Build
6. Princess Belle Dress Up Costume
7. Beauty & The Beast Hama Bead Craft
8. Princess Belle Cake
9. Chip K Cup Craft
10. Lefou’s Brew Recipe
11. French Apple Tart Inspired By Beauty & The Beast
12. DIY Beast Costume
13. Cogsworth Christmas ornament
14. Beauty & The Beast Chip Rice Krispie Treats
15. DIY Princess Belle Pinata
16. Beauty & The Beast Donuts
17.Chip K Cup Craft
18. Beauty & The Beast Emoji Cookies
19. Belles Crown
20. Beauty and the beast Chip Teacup
 

Now, if those weren’t enough, check out this awesome video by TaleCookies on making some yummy and beautiful looking Mrs. Potts and Chip cookies!

 

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Ginger Bark a Deliciously Addictive Holiday Treat

by Jennifer Wieland
Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

While baking for my family Christmas party this the other day I decided to make something new. Everyone knows all about Peppermint Bark. Chocolate and crushed up candy canes combined to make a cool, creamy holiday treat. The problem I have with that though is that it’s been done to death and you don’t want to show up somewhere that already has 5 variations of the stuff. so if you’re over peppermint or it isn’t your holiday flavor of choice and if you’re the one always eating the gingerbread cookies at holiday parties then I have got the perfect holiday treat to make for you! This treat is going to have you standing out in the edible, homemade gift giving department this year! Ginger Bark is going to become one of your favorite go-to holiday treats to make!

I know exactly what you’re thinking, Ginger Bark, what on Earth us that? Ginger Bark is something that is going to put you on the holiday party map and leave the boring old Peppermint Bark in the dust! In Ginger Bark I have taken white chocolate and kicked the peppermint to the curb and replaced it with crushed up gingersnaps. I have to tell you that the pairing is freaking phenomenal! When I made it my daughter and I kept munching on it and when I brought it to my family Christmas party it received rave reviews from everyone. The white chocolate and the crispy ginger cookies are such a perfect pairing.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

It doesn’t get much easier than a recipe with only two ingredients!

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Simply melt the chocolate in the microwave according to package instructions and crush the gingersnaps in a baggie or food processor.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Pour the crushed gingersnaps into the melted chocolate and stir together then spread the mixture into a prepared pan and let cool in the pan.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Once cool, break or cut up the Ginger Bark, eat and enjoy!

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

If you are a fan of homemade gifts or if you are in need of a last-minute holiday or hostess gift make a batch of this super easy Ginger Bark candy. It’s sure to be a be a holiday hit!

Ginger Bark
Serves 20
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
123 calories
14 g
5 g
7 g
1 g
4 g
23 g
21 g
13 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
23g
Servings
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123
Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 4g
22%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 21mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. white chocolate melting discs
  2. 1/2 c. crushed gingersnaps
Instructions
  1. Melt the white chocolate discs according to package instructions in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the crushed up gingersnaps.
  3. Pour into a 9"x13" pan lined with wax paper and spread evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Break or cut into pieces.
Notes
  1. If you don't have white chocolate melting discs on hand you can use white chocolate chips.
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Wayfair Battle of the Pies – No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

by Jennifer Wieland
Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

 

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

I love the smells and tastes of fall and nothing brings those flavors and smells together like Thanksgiving. With all of the prep and cooking that goes into the perfect Thanksgiving meal it’s nice to have some things that don’t need to take up valuable oven space. It’s also nice when you can get all hands on deck and have the kids help with making some of the food. That’s what makes my entry into the second annual Wayfair Battle of the Pies entry perfect! My No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies are an easy dessert that can be made ahead of time and simple enough for the kids to make with supervision.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

These No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies are fun, tasty and so much lighter than some more traditional Thanksgiving pies. After such a large meal it’s nice to have a lighter dessert choice.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

This recipe is easy to put together especially if you get store-bought mini graham cracker pie crusts in tins. If you wanted to make your own graham cracker crusts you could and just use these Mini Pie Dishes that you can find on the Wayfair.com website.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

Since my  two youngest kids are all about helping me bake and cook in the kitchen I like coming up with recipes that they can do the bulk or all of the work. They love being able to tell people they made something! They really like recipes where they get to whisk. I guess there’s just something fun and exciting about going as fast as you can with a mixing bowl, some ingredients and a tool that looks like a balloon. I’ve found over the years that getting my kids mini or kid sized tools makes it easier for little hands to help.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

To take my No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies to a whole other level of fun and to give the kids yet another fun project to work on, I purchased some disposable appetizer forks. I then picked up some Washi Tape in a fall color. We then wrapped the handles of the forks in the Washi Tape and then put the forks into the center of the No Bake Caramel Apple Pies so that they look like sticks. This really plays up the whole caramel apple take on these mini pies.

Wayfair Battle of the Pies - No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies

No Bake Caramel Apple Mini Pies
Serves 6
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1111 calories
144 g
17 g
54 g
14 g
13 g
294 g
810 g
55 g
0 g
38 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
294g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1111
Calories from Fat 482
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 54g
83%
Saturated Fat 13g
63%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 34g
Cholesterol 17mg
6%
Sodium 810mg
34%
Total Carbohydrates 144g
48%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 55g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
16%
Iron
28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 3.9 oz. package of instant vanilla pudding
  2. 1 1/2 c. cold milk
  3. 1 .74 oz. packet of spiced apple cider
  4. 1 c. whipped topping
  5. 6 mini graham cracker pie crusts
  6. 1/2 c. caramel ice cream topping
  7. 1/4 c. chopped peanuts (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together the pudding mix and the milk for two minutes.
  2. Pour the packet of spiced apple cider into the pudding and fold in.
  3. Spoon half of the pudding mixture into the mini graham cracker pie crusts.
  4. Fold the whipped topping into the remaining pudding.
  5. Spoon the pudding and whipped topping mixture into the mini graham cracker pie crusts.
  6. Refrigerate for three hours.
  7. Just before serving slightly warm the caramel ice cream topping so that you can work with it. You do NOT want it at all hot.
  8. Using a spoon or small offset spatula spread the caramel onto the tops of the pies. Do NOT spread the caramel to the edge as it will spread on it's own.
  9. Sprinkle the pies with chopped peanuts if desired.
Notes
  1. To truly make your pies look like caramel apples insert disposable appetizer forks into the center of each pie. To make the forks festive wrap the handles in Washi tape.
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Hamilton Beach Rice Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe Plus a Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe
Thank you to Hamilton Beach for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

Just a handful of weeks ago I couldn’t wait for the kids to be back in school! I had been counting down the days until I had some peace and quiet around the house to get work done and to just have some quiet me time. Now though activities are kicking in as well as homework for the kids and the tons of travel I have done in the last five weeks with the family (Hello, three out of five weeks of living in close quarters.) and I just have been struggling to get back into the school year routine. That means I have been on the hunt to find things to make dinner time easier on me because scrambling for a good breakfast, ordering in or picking up carry out is just cutting way to into the budget and causing too much stress. As a Hamilton Beach ambassador I was so happy to receive the Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in stainless steel. It’s been a lifesaver for breakfast and dinner! One of the favorite things I’ve been making is my Rice Cooker Mexican Rice recipe.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel

Prior to this I have never owned a rice cooker but I had been looking to buy one. I had no idea what I had been missing out on!  The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker is so unbelievably versatile a good rice cooker could be. The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker allows me to have hot cereals ready for breakfast when the family gets up. I’m also able to make a variety of rice, pasta and grains. What truly sets this rice cooker apart though is that it comes with a steamer basket. So while your cooking your rice, pasta or grains you can also steam vegetables, seafood and chicken. To take this rice and hot cereal cooker to the next level Hamilton Beach made sure to include both a delay start and warmer feature.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel

The Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker frees up time for you. The rice cooker does all of the work for you to make meals a hit all while freeing you up to be able to pack lunches in the morning, help with homework after school or run kids around to activities and sports.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

My family loves Mexican food! We have it 1-2 times a week usually and one of my favorite sides to go with it is Mexican rice.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

It’s flavorful and packed with colorful veggies that add some extra nutrition for the family. It also makes a phenomenal base for rice bowls.

Hamilton Beach Rice & Hot Cereal Cooker in Stainless Steel - Slow Cooker Mexican Rice Recipe

Slow Cooker Mexican Rice
Serves 6
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414 calories
85 g
4 g
2 g
11 g
1 g
304 g
614 g
5 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
304g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 414
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 614mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 85g
28%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 5g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
45%
Vitamin C
68%
Calcium
5%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 c. of long grain white rice
  2. 3 - 4 c. chicken stock or broth
  3. 1/2 tsp. pepper
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 1 tbsp. garlic paste
  6. 3/4 c. red bell pepper. diced
  7. 3/4 c. green bell pepper, diced
  8. 1/2 c. celery, diced
  9. 1/2 c. carrot, diced
  10. 1/2 c. Spanish onion, diced
  11. 1 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Rinse and drain your measured rice in the rice strainer/steamer basket.
  2. Pour rice into the pot of the rice cooker.
  3. Pour in enough chicken broth/stock to reach the mark for 3 cups of liquid.
  4. Stir in the pepper, salt and garlic paste.
  5. In the steamer basket of your rice cooker place all of the veggies and place over the rice pot.
  6. Close the lid of the rice cooker and turn the rice cooker on and press the white rice button.
  7. Allow the rice to cook through the white rice cycle.
  8. Once done pour the veggies from the steam basket into the rice pot and stir together.
  9. transfer the Mexican rice to a serving bowl and sprinkle the cilantro on top and serve.
Notes
  1. If you can't find a Spanish onion use a yellow onion instead.
  2. If you do not have garlic paste on hand use minced or pressed garlic.
  3. If you would like to substitute brown rice you can. Just use the brown rice settings and adjust liquid if needed according to your manual.
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Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

by Jennifer Wieland
Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

I always have these ambitious ideas for the weekends. I’ll wake up early, clean house before everyone wakes up, make a grand breakfast and follow all of that up with some fun family time. The reality is though I wake up thanks to my internal alarm clock and I may or may not clean house a bit. Breakfast falls short and is usually just a quick trip to the donut shop for some sugar laden treats and usually after that I decide after spending all week with the kids that I need at least one afternoon for a break and stretch out errands to an ungodly amount of time. Don’t judge me! You know you have roamed the grocery or discount store for hours just to enjoy the alone time. This past Sunday though I did wake up early, clean some house, make a yummy breakfast and spend the afternoon with the family. My yummy breakfast ended up being much easier than I thought with this super simple apple cinnamon roll cake.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

While I do love elaborate baking I’m just like anyone else and I sometimes like to take shortcuts to create recipes. This Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake was so easy to make! All I needed was one tube of cinnamon rolls with icing and a can of apple pie filling.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

This is one of those awesome things to make that tastes great and is ready to pop in the oven in just minutes.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

Once it’s out of the oven and cools for a minute or two you can ice it and enjoy it warm. I bet this would even make a great dessert if you topped it with some ice cream.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

This is the perfect breakfast for someone with a sweet tooth! It’s like cinnamon rolls meets apple pie meets a cake. Just what you need for those times you want something sweet but can’t decide between a few different things.

Super Simple Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake

This was a big hit in my house!

Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
40 min
99 calories
26 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
99 g
47 g
14 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
99g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 47mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
0%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 12.4 oz. tube of cinnamon rolls with icing
  2. 1 21 oz. can of apple pie filling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9" X 9" pan with baking spray.
  2. Open the tube of cinnamon roll dough. Set the icing aside. Cut the cinnamon rolls into quarters and place in a mixing bowl. Open the apple pie filling and pour into the mixing bowl. Stir together and then spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool for a minute or two.
  4. While the cake is cooling pour the icing into a plastic baggie and seal it. Cut a small piece off of one of the bottom corners. Squeeze the icing bag to drizzle the icing over the still warm cake.
  5. Cut, serve and enjoy!
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10 Spectacular 4th of July Sweet Treats

by Jennifer Wieland
10 spectacular 4th of July sweet treats

 

The 4th of July is one week away and I know that this upcoming weekend will be filled to the brim with cookouts, parties, festivals and just a whole lot of fun and merriment! Whether you are heading out to someplace else or having friends and family over to celebrate this great nation you’ll want to serve up some delicious sweet treats. Today, I am sharing with you what I think are 10 spectacular 4th of July sweet treats from the blog!

10 spectacular 4th of July sweet treats

Strawberry Cupcakes

These cupcakes are delicious and packed with all the summer flavor that fresh, organic strawberries can pack! The frosting is unbelievably light and creamy!

Strawberry Cupcakes a perfect farewell to summer treat.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

This cake is packed with fresh summer flavor and the addition of the ricotta cheese makes for a unique and very moist cake.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

Firecracker Funfettii Cupcakes with Flour Frosting

These cupcakes will bring out the kid in anyone! The bright sprinkles make the cake colorful and look like a colorful explosion. The flour frosting is different and perfect for people who aren’t fans of regular buttercream but don’t want to worry about a whipped cream frosting in the summer heat. The secret ingredient filling in the cupcakes really makes them POP!

Firecracker Funfetti Cupcakes with Flour Frosting & Pop Rocks Centers #YoungAndHungry

Celebration Oreo Bars

Think Rice Krispie Treats made out of Oreos instead of cereal and you have these delicious bars! They are so simple to make and can be jazzed up with red, white and blue candies and sprinkles for the perfect Americana vibe!

Celebration Oreo Bars

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Since the 4th of July is a way to celebrate America’s birthday these Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect treat to help honor America and keep cool in the hot sun!

Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches made with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla #NMVIceCream

Quick Fruit Cobbler

This is perfect for a last-minute, throw together dessert. You can make it with cherry, blueberry, strawberry or the always American classic apple pie filling. It comes together in minutes and paired with cool creamy ice cream it’s a delicious, classic dessert.

Quick and Easy Fruit Cobbler

S’mores Truffle Bars

S’mores are a summer, campfire, cookout staple during the summer. These S’mores Truffle Bars are a grownup take on the classic kid’s treat.

Decadent S'mores Truffle Bars

Four Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

If you grew up in the Chicago area in mid to late 1900’s then you know and love these simple butter cookies. With only four ingredients these cookies come together in a snap and are delicious!

4 Ingredient CPS Lunchroom Butter Cookies

Strawberry Crème Pie

This no bake pie is packed with delicious strawberry flavor and since it’s a crème pie it is much lighter in taste than a traditional fruit pie. Added bonus, this can easily be made ahead so dessert is one less thing you have to worry about on the day of your cookout or party.

Strawberry Creme Pie

Cherry Pie Bars

This delicious dessert is a cross between a slab pie and almond brownies. The pairing of cherries and almond flavor make for a delicious dessert that’s more than able to feed a crowd!

Awe-Inspiring Cherry Pie Bars to celebrate National Cherry Month with Wayfair.com

What sweet treats are you cooking up for the 4th of July?

 

 


Deliciously Whimsical Root Beer Float Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

There is nothing like going to an ice cream shop and getting a float. There are tons of different kinds but the most common is of course the root beer float. If you are at a really good place they make their own root beer and ice cream in-house and you get that lovely foam on top when the two are combined. Mmmmm… now that is some heavenly stuff right there. So what could make the almighty root beer float even better? How about turning it into a root beer float cupcake?

Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

I first made these cupcakes and posted about them a few years ago for my dad’s birthday. He is a huge root beer float fan and I figured he would really get a kick out of these cupcakes. These Root Beer Float Cupcakes are some surprisingly, simple yet delicious treats. Every single time I make these they end up gobbled up by kids and adults alike. They are absolutely a perfect treat for a summer, backyard barbecue or to serve at any of the summer holidays. 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

I know the idea of a filled cupcake may seem daunting but they really are much easier than you’d think. Plus, I know my kids are always happy to come grab the bits of cored out cupcake to munch on as a snack. 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

You and your guests will be amazed how much these cupcakes taste just like the classic root beer float! The root beer flavoring is just right. It’s not overpowering at all and the cool ice cream makes for the perfect surprise when you bite into the cupcake. The whipped topping provides the taste of the creamy foam you get when you pour root beer over ice cream. 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

These root beer float cupcakes will definitely take the idea of cake and ice cream to a whole new level of delicious! 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Serves 24
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210 calories
23 g
45 g
12 g
3 g
6 g
74 g
163 g
17 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
74g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
18%
Saturated Fat 6g
31%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 45mg
15%
Sodium 163mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
8%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cupcakes
  1. 1 box of White Cake Mix
  2. 1/2 c. butter, melted
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/4 c. root beer
For the filling
  1. 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened slightly.
For the frosting
  1. 1 16 oz. container of whipped topping
  2. 1 tsp. root beer extract
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix with a hand mixer for 30 seconds on low-speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and continue to mix for 2 more minutes.
  3. Fill liners 2/3 of the way full and bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes and then remove to a wire rack and continue to cool there.
  4. Core the center of the cupcake out. Do not go all the way through the bottom. You can use a cupcake corer, paring knife or the large end of a pastry tip.
  5. Place softened ice cream in the cored cupcake.
For the frosting
  1. Mix the whipped topping and root beer flavor and stir until combined well.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a tip and pipe the frosting on.
  2. Place the cupcakes in the freezer until ready to serve them.
Notes
  1. If you don't have or can't find root beer extract don't worry. Simply take 1/4 c. of root beer and place it in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until reduced to a teaspoon or two. Let it cool and then add to the whipped topping.
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NESCAFE Clasico Affogato – the Perfect Summer Pick Me Up

by Jennifer Wieland
NESCAFE Clasico Affogato


 

Summer is here! School is out and I am already wondering how much longer until school is back in session. I love my babies, don’t get me wrong but trying to work from home while entertaining the troops can try even the most patient of souls. That’s why getting together at night or on the weekends with friends for a mommy break is so important. I’m going to share with you my five favorite mommy break activities and how to make NESCAFE Clasico Affogato, the perfect summer pick me up.

Stepping away from work, family, home and everyday stresses is important for moms. You need that balance so that you feel more than just a wife, mom, employee, volunteer, housekeeper or whatever else takes up your days.

Top 5 Mommy Break Activities

Spa Time

You take care of everyone all week-long. Taking time to pamper yourself with your girlfriends is a great way to indulge while unwinding with your besties. Whether it’s a full on spa day or a simple mani/pedi it will go a long way to restoring you.

Shopping

This one is tricky. As a mom it’s so hard to shop for just you. To walk into a mall and say, ‘This is just me today and not the house, the kids or the hubby.” Take the time to focus on you and enjoy shopping with your girls who will be honest about how you look in the clothing you try on. Plus, get yourself a cute outfit, some sexy new shoes or some lingerie and your spouse will definitely be willing to let you to slip out with treats like that to show off.

Lunch or Dinner

I know this one seems a little odd. I mean you can just go out to eat with your family any old day of the week. What makes it different with your buddies is that they are in the same boat as you most likely. They want a break, the kids are driving them nuts, they want to rant about whatever annoying thing their husband is doing… You get the idea. You get to be you and just you, not mommy or wifey all while enjoying some good food. Added bonus, you get to head to that fancy little bistro or dessert bar that your hubby has no interest in going to dine at.

Movies

Sometimes you don’t need to talk to have a good time with your friends or to unwind. Sometimes you just want to sit in the dark, eat junk food, and watch a sappy. chick flick with someone who will totally appreciate it as much as you do. 

Hit the Gym

The gym? Say what? I know that’s what you were thinking. The gym is a great way to unwind. Working up a sweat while exercising is not only great for your body but also your mental well-being. Add in talking to your bestie (a.k.a. your personal psychiatrist) and you will definitely be felling like yourself again when it’s over.

The important thing in all of this is finding what works for you and your friends to help restore a bit of the sanity that the summer, schools out insanity creates. 

NESCAFE Clasico Affogato

If you don’t have time for a full outing invite your friends over to hangout and enjoy a cold, caffeine pick me up. NESCAFE Clasico Affogato is the perfect mommy treat!

NESCAFE Clasico Affogato

It’s a great combination of rich, cold, delicious vanilla ice cream and the mommy drink of survival, coffee.

NESCAFE Clasico Affogato

NESCAFE Clasico Affogato
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
273 calories
31 g
58 g
15 g
5 g
9 g
302 g
112 g
28 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
302g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 273
Calories from Fat 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
22%
Saturated Fat 9g
45%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 58mg
19%
Sodium 112mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 31g
10%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 28g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
17%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp. NESCAFE Clasico
  2. 6 oz. hot water
  3. 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. In a mug combine the NESCAFE Clasico and water. Stir together. In a glass scoop two scoops of vanilla ice cream. Pour the prepared NESCAFE Clasico coffee over the ice cream.
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Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Topped Lemon Ricotta Cake

by Jennifer Wieland
Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

There’s a reason the line “Let them eat cake” is so famous! It’s because cake is something that people around the world can agree is a delicious treat that comes in an enormous variety of flavor combinations! Wayfair asked some us Wayfair Homemakers to take on cake in the first ever #WayfairCakeOff and the only requirement for us was that we had to use fruit in it. With all of the warm weather fruit selections are at their peak right now in the grocery stores so this was definitely a fun and easy recipe to work on. For my cake I decided to create a Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting topped Lemon Ricotta Cake . 

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

I love to pair citrus and berries. They always compliment each other beautifully and always make me think of warm, sunny days.

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

If you have never had a ricotta cake you are missing out! The sweetened ricotta sinks to almost the bottom of the cake and creates a pretty white stripe throughout the bottom. It also makes the cake unbelievably moist and delicious! 

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

With the flavors of this cake making me think of sunshine, summer days and picnics in Tuscan countryside, I decided to keep the decorating to a sweet and simple for a more rustic look and only frosted the tops of each layer. 

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting #WayfairCakeOff

Even though the cake may have been decorated simply there was definitely nothing simple about how delicious this cake is! This Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting Topped Lemon Ricotta Cake will wow whoever you serve it this summer with its summer fruit flavors. While the stripe of sweetened ricotta cheese will leave the cake moist and with a uniquely, delicious flavor!  

Lemon Ricotta Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Serves 8
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1038 calories
140 g
195 g
49 g
13 g
27 g
329 g
525 g
94 g
1 g
18 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
329g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1038
Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g
76%
Saturated Fat 27g
134%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 195mg
65%
Sodium 525mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates 140g
47%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 94g
Protein 13g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
18%
Calcium
24%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cake
  1. 1 15.25 oz. box yellow cake mix
  2. 1/2 c. butter, very soft
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 c. water
  5. 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  6. zest of one lemon
  7. 1 15 oz. container of ricotta cheese
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  9. 3/4 c. sugar
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  3. 5 c. confectioner's sugar
  4. 3/4 c. finely diced strawberries
  5. 1-3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray two 9" round cake pans with baking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl mix the cake mix, butter, eggs, water, lemon juice and lemon zest on low speed until combined. Increase speed and blend on medium for 2 minutes.
  3. Divide the cake batter evenly between the two cake pans. Making sure to make the batter as level as possible.
  4. In another mixing bowl combine the ricotta cheese, vanilla and sugar and mix on low until well combined.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of the ricotta mixture on the cake batter in both pans. Then spread the ricotta mixture over the top in a circle leaving about 1/2" of space all the way around.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until done.
  7. Cool completely and the frost and serve.
For the frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together the butter and cream cheese on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  2. In four batches add some of the confectioner's sugar and strawberries each time. Mixing each time on low until all of the sugar has been combined.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. of the cream and mix on high for 3-5 minutes. Add more cream if it is to think. Once the desired consistency has been reached use it to frost the cakes.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.
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If your ready to get your baking then be sure to check out Wayfair for their great selection of cake stands and cake pans!

 

 


Meyer Lemon Cupcakes a Perfect Spring Treat

by Jennifer Wieland
Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

Chicago springs can go from frigid temps and snow to sunny and summery with in a day or two. It’s something you never really get used to no matter how long you live here. That’s what makes these Meyer Lemon Cupcakes such a perfect spring treat! If it’s a nice sunny and warm or hot day you want a treat that reminds you of why the hot approaching months are so great! If it’s cold and snowy you want a treat that is bright and refreshing in flavor to make you realize the grey and cold will soon be a thing of the past. 

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

This past weekend we went to my parent’s house to celebrate my dad’s 64th birthday. It just so happened to be one of the bright, warm and sunny spring days that make spring awesome. I decided that I wanted to do a citrus cupcake for him. I had both lemons and Meyer lemons on hand. I opted for the Meyer lemons though because I love the unique flavor they have. 

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

If you’ve never had a Meyer lemon then you should try to find some. They are shaped like a lemon but the peel can be yellow or orange. Meyer lemons you see are unique combination of lemon and orange. It helps cut the sourness of a regular lemon down and adds a bit of sweetness. 

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes
Serves 24
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287 calories
37 g
56 g
15 g
2 g
8 g
75 g
156 g
31 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
75g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287
Calories from Fat 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 8g
41%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 56mg
19%
Sodium 156mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 31g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
5%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cake
  1. 1 18.25 oz. box white cake mix
  2. 1/2 c. butter, very soft
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 3/4 c. water
  5. 1/4 c. Meyer lemon juice
  6. 1 Meyer lemon, zested
For the frosting
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 1 Meyer lemon, zested
  3. 4 c. confectioner's sugar
  4. 2 tbsp. Meyer lemon juice
  5. 2-3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients for the cake. Mix on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and continue to mix for two minutes.
  3. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake liners.
  4. Bake for 18-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in one comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan for five minutes and then remove the cupcakes from the pan and let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
For the frosting
  1. In the bowl a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and Meyer lemon zest together.
  2. In small batches stir in the confectioner's sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl between each addition.
  3. Add the Meyer lemon juice and stir to combine.
  4. Add 2 tbsp. of heavy whipping cream and beat on low to combine. Once combined increase the speed to high and beat for five minutes. If the frosting is to thick add another tbsp. heavy whipping cream. Beat on high for another five minutes or until light and fluffy.
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