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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?

 

 


Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Make holiday entertaining a breeze with these ridiculously easy box mix Peppermint Cupcakes!

 

 

Candy canes and peppermint are a staple of the holiday season. I am personally a big peppermint fan. I find the flavor comforting and peppermint is traditionally used to help with an upset stomach. So adding peppermint to a holiday dessert might just make for the perfect holiday treat. These ridiculously easy box mix peppermint cupcakes are sure to be a hit at your holiday gatherings. 

 

Make holiday entertaining a breeze with these ridiculously easy box mix Peppermint Cupcakes!

The thing when working with any mint flavors is to be careful not to make the mint flavor to far. It can easily go from tasty and decadent to overpowering and to much. This recipe for peppermint cupcakes is a perfect balance of peppermint flavor in both the cake and the frosting. I used Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips for my peppermint flavor. The Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips really adds the right amount of peppermint flavor. The cupcakes are tasty and flavorful without the peppermint being over powerful.

Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

Starting a recipe with a batter prepared from a white box cake mix takes a lot of the work out of these cupcakes. Pouring in Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips. 

Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

The Candy gives the cupcakes perfectly festive dots of red color throughout the cupcake. 

Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

Whipping up a batch of peppermint buttercream frosting is a breeze. Take a basic vanilla buttercream and add in the Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips. 

 Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes
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6129 calories
941 g
550 g
262 g
28 g
138 g
1340 g
3549 g
796 g
7 g
106 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1340g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6129
Calories from Fat 2308
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 262g
404%
Saturated Fat 138g
691%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 29g
Monounsaturated Fat 77g
Cholesterol 550mg
183%
Sodium 3549mg
148%
Total Carbohydrates 941g
314%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 796g
Protein 28g
Vitamin A
127%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
110%
Iron
46%
* 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, mixed per package instructions
  2. 1 c. Andes Candies Peppermint Baking Chips
For the frosting
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 4 c. confectioner's sugar
  3. 1/2 c. Andes Candies Peppermint Baking Chips
  4. 2-4 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake/muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In the bowl with the mixed white cake mix stir in one cup of peppermint baking chips. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 19-23 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter. Stir in the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time. Stir in 1/2 cup o peppermint baking chips.Pour in two tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. If the frosting is still to thick add in more cream. Beat the frosting on high for 5-10 minutes until light and fluffy in texture.Use to frost cupcakes.
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Peanut Butter M&M Blondies

by Jennifer Wieland
Peanut Butter M&M Blondies

 

 

I love baking! It is a form of relaxation and enjoyment for me. Even with that though sometimes I just want baking to be done fast. I don’t want to wait for pan after pan of cookies or bake, cool and frost a cake or cupcakes. No, sometimes what you really need is a dessert that you whip up the dough for fast and toss it all in a pan and bake in a relatively short time. Something that you don’t even need to wait for it to completely cool but can enjoy your first heavenly bite while it’s still warm. This was what happened to me the other day. I had the urge to bake but since I have been dieting I didn’t want to be overly tempted and opted to make Peanut Butter M&M Blondies. 

Peanut Butter M&M Blondies

I love baking with peanut butter. It always adds such great flavor and being a house full of peanut butter lovers means whatever I make with it is guaranteed to be a hit. I decided to make them seasonally appropriate by using the Valentine’s Day Peanut Butter M&Ms that come in red, pink and white. I also chose the Peanut Butter M&Ms over Reese’s Pieces because they have chocolate and peanut butter inside of them. This gives a nice subtle hint of chocolate when eating the blondies. I also used a smaller amount of peanut butter to give a lighter peanut butter flavor than you get in some peanut butter cookies. These Peanut Butter M&M Blondies have a great peanut butter flavor and are a great dessert to serve to a crowd.

Peanut Butter M&M Blondies

Peanut Butter M&M Blondies
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6073 calories
687 g
616 g
325 g
152 g
95 g
1337 g
3550 g
386 g
4 g
198 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1337g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6073
Calories from Fat 2764
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 325g
500%
Saturated Fat 95g
477%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 68g
Monounsaturated Fat 130g
Cholesterol 616mg
205%
Sodium 3550mg
148%
Total Carbohydrates 687g
229%
Dietary Fiber 44g
175%
Sugars 386g
Protein 152g
Vitamin A
68%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
73%
Iron
88%
* 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. 1/2 c. butter, very soft
  2. 1/2 c. natural peanut butter
  3. 1 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
  4. 2/3 c. sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 tsp. vanilla
  7. 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  8. 1/2 tsp. salt
  9. 1 tsp. baking powder
  10. 11 oz. pkg. Peanut Butter M&Ms, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9"x13" pan with baking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, peanut butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla on medium-high until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the flour, salt and baking powder just until combined. Lastly, stir in the 1/2 of the Peanut Butter M&Ms.
  3. Press the dough into the prepared pan and press the remaining Peanut Butter M&Ms into the top of the dough. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove form the oven and let them cool. Cut into 2"-3" squares and serve.
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Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

by Jennifer Wieland
Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

Last week we were on vacation in Orlando and so I missed being able to post a lot of great crafts and recipes I had worked on or wanted to get done. Now I’m back home and the kids are off of school and I need to work. Luckily though I can combine my work with activities for the kids. That’s what we did today and we made some Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones. I’m sure all of you have had a cupcake cone before in a cake cone. I’m also sure you’ve seen people or have yourself used a sugar cone and frosted it as a tree. I decided to combine the two and now we have Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones in the house!

In traditional cupcake cones you use cake cones and set the cones into a cupcake pan, fill with cake batter and then bake. When you frost them they look like ice cream cones. I’ve loved these since I was a kid but decided to change it up some by using sugar cones instead so I could get the Christmas tree feel. How do you get these to stand up in the cupcake pan though? That’s easy, you fill the cone about 2/3 of the way and then carefully place the open end down in the cupcake pan.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

These are filled with the cake batter and ready to go into the oven!

These cooked up quick and then I let them cool. Once they were cooled I melted some chocolate and covered about 1/3 of a popsicle stick with the melted chocolate and then inserted about half of the stick into the center of the cake. You need to use popsicle sticks instead of cake pop sticks because these are larger and heavier. Let the chocolate set in the refrigerator before decorating.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

This part is similar to making cake pops.

These were a lot of fun to make and you can get creative with your decorations. We just used things I already had on hand here. My daughter was a green frosting covered mess when we finished but it was fun and festive!

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones
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3355 calories
442 g
7 g
40 g
23 g
10 g
951 g
1966 g
160 g
0 g
27 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
951g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3355
Calories from Fat 349
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
61%
Saturated Fat 10g
50%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 7mg
2%
Sodium 1966mg
82%
Total Carbohydrates 442g
147%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 160g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
40%
Calcium
46%
Iron
48%
* 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 8.25 oz. Funfetti Vibrant Green Cake Mix (batter prepared as instructed)
  2. 1-2 15.6 oz. can Funfetti Vibrant Green Vanilla Flavored Frosting
  3. 12-18 sugar cones (depending on size)
  4. chocolate
  5. Popsicle sticks
  6. 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  7. Candy, sprinkles, jimmies, etc. for decorating
  8. Foam blocks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a cupcake pan with baking spray.
  2. You should already have the cake batter prepared per package instructions. Fill the sugar cones about 2/3 of the way full. The batter will be thick so you can turn the cone over and place it open end down into the cupcake pan. My cones took 12 minutes to cook for a toothpick to come out clean. Larger cones may take a an extra minute or two. Let the cones cool in the pan for five minutes and then finish cooling on a wire rack.
  3. Once the cones are almost done cooling melt some chocolate. ( I used white chocolate ships because that's what I had on hand. You could use candy melts or a candy bar too.) Dip 1/3 of a popsicle stick into the melted chocolate and then inserted the chocolate covered end into the cake so that about 1/2 the stick is inside the cake cone. Place the cones on their sides on a backing sheet and place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to firm up.
  4. While the chocolate is setting empty one of the cans of frosting into a bowl. Add the powdered sugar and stir until combined completely. This helps make the frosting stiffer.
  5. To decorate the Christmas trees either pipe the frosting on (not to thick) or spread the frosting on with an offset spatula. Decorate with candy, sprinkles, jimmies, etc. and if you want to give it a little dusting of snow place a very small amount of powdered sugar into a sifter and shake over the trees. Place the decorated trees into foam blocks to hold them. I covered mine with powdered sugar to make it look like snow and placed some "gifts" under my trees.
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Hallmark Northpole Toys – Add New Holiday Traditions

by Jennifer Wieland
Hallmark Northpole - Once Upon a Christmas book & Follow Me, Santa Snowflake #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias
This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I think most people would agree that Christmas time is a magical time of joy, happiness and family traditions. Ask any family that celebrates Christmas and they can all tell you at least one tradition that their family follows every single year to make their holiday season that much more special. Some people have very specific ways they decorate their trees, others love to sing carols, some write letters to Santa or watch a favorite movie and the list goes on and on from there. This year Hallmark is trying to help you add to your traditions with some fun toys based off of the new movie they have coming out called Northpole. On November 1st Walmart will be carrying an exclusive line of  toys from Northpole brought to you by Hallmark so you can add some new traditions this year.

 It may be the end of October but like many other children Christmas is already on my kids’ minds. So when I received some the Once Upon a Northpole Christmas book, the Find Me, Santa Snowflake and the Northpole Communicator my group was excited. These will definitely fit nicely into our Christmas traditions and add a new one too.

Hallmark Northpole - Once Upon a Christmas book & Follow Me, Santa Snowflake #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

Every year we spend an evening decorating the tree, waiting to turn the lights on until everything has been placed. We love adding new ornaments to our tree each year and the Find Me, Santa Snowflake is going to be a perfect addition this year. With a press of a button it lights up changing colors to let Santa know where you are. There is even a spot to write your name(s) on it so Santa knows just who he looking for.

Hallmark Northpole - Once Upon a Christmas book #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

We follow-up our tree decorating with some Christmas stories and carols to really get everyone into the Christmas spirit. This year we will be adding the Once Upon a Northpole Christmas to the mix. My seven-year old has already been practicing reading it so he can do a good job when we decorate the tree.

Hallmark Northpole - Northpole Communicator #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

This year we get to add an exciting new tradition that I have to tell you my kids are ridiculously excited about! We have a Northpole Communicator and starting December 1st we will get to talk to the Northpole. They can reach us and we can reach them as well. Each day leading up to Christmas this will happen and my daughter keeps checking in with the Northpole to see if it’s time. This one is going to be loads of fun for us and I just love anything that makes the kids giddy at Christmas!

Hallmark Northpole - Northpole Communicator #NorthPoleFun #CollectiveBias

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My Top Five Holiday Card Picks From Minted

by Jennifer Wieland
My Top 5 Holiday Card Picks From Minted
Thanks to Minted for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I love finding the perfect holiday card every year. I order them early and make the kids take the perfect picture (or at least one where everyone is smiling) and then I hunt down the perfect card for that picture that fits my family for that year. Minted is always a perfect place to go to find beautiful cards and they have holiday cards that are perfect for everyone. One of the great things about Minted is that they offer unique Indie designs and free recipient address printing.

My Top 5 Holiday Card Picks From Minted

Here we go, my top five holiday card picks from Minted:

Holiday Ornament Cards

These beautiful cards are not your old-fashioned, traditional holiday cards. These are beautiful cards in fun shapes that are ornaments. Each one comes with a luxe linen ribbon so that they can be hung from the Christmas tree. It takes something that usually doesn’t last beyond the current holiday and makes it a keepsake to use year after year. My favorite one of these this year is the Sparkling Be Merry by Jill Means in teal. It comes in three different shapes and colors. I personally like the snowflake shape in teal. It makes me think of the movie Frozen which is a favorite with my daughter and me.

Minted.com Holiday Ornament Cards

Photo Credit: Minted.com and designer Jill Means

 

Holiday Minibook Cards

These fun and funky cards take your holiday photo cards to the next level by turning them into a small photo book. Each one has 7 pages of customizable text and photos and the books are hand-grommeted and measure 5″x7″ making them a lovely keepsake.The other thing that is great with these is that you get to add some details about your year and what each picture represents. This is perfect for those that like to send out a yearly update letter with photos in a more refined way. My personal favorite holiday minibook card is the Winter Foliage Cheer Holiday Minibook™ Cards by Karidy Walker.

Minted.com Holiday Minibook Cards

Photo Credit: Minted.com and designer Karidy Walker

 

Holiday Map Cards

The Holiday Map Cards by Jill Means I really like because they are so very different form your run of the mill holiday cards. Each one displays a map of the contiguous United States and you mark your city with a star. This idea is very popular in the craft, jewelry and home decor worlds right now. For these cards you can choose to do them with or without pictures which makes them a great option not only for families but businesses as well.

Minted.com Holiday Map Card

Photo Credit: Minted.com and designer Jill Means

 

Amazing Comic Book Holiday Photo Cards

The Amazing Comic Book Holiday Photo Cards by Gakemi Art+Design are comic book geeks perfect idea of a family holiday card. Being able to customize your holiday card into what looks like a comic book will bring out the happy in any self-proclaimed geeky nerd. You don’t have to stop with the front of the card though. You can add a custom backer or additional page inserts for more photos and text.

Minted.com Amazing Comic Book Holiday Photo Cards

Photo Credit: Minted.com and designer Gakemi Art + Design

 

Wreck the Halls Holiday Photo Cards

I birthed five boys before getting a daughter and since she follows her brothers she tends to be rather rough and tumble too. As a result anyone who enters my home would know that a card named Wreck the Halls by Sara Hicks Malone would be beyond appropriate for my group. There’s just something fun about being unapologetic for your kids being kids at the holidays. Once again you can add a custom backer or interior for more photos and texts.

Minted.com Wreck the Halls Holiday Photo Card

Photo Credit: Minted.com and designer Sara Hicks Malone

 

Now, to settle on a design for my family Christmas card and get them ordered. Which one will it be? I’ll let you know and share the final product with you all but in the meantime be sure to take a look at all of the holiday cards that Minted offers. They definitely have a design for every family.

 

 


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