Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

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I can’t believe it is finally summer! I live in one of the snowiest cities in the United States because of the lake effect from Lake Superior so a bit of time where it is warm enough out to be outside is a really nice reprieve! We always try to celebrate summer with big gatherings with all of our closest friends and family coming over with their favorite dishes to share and it’s always a great time! For this years first gathering, I decided to make a good, old-fashioned peanut butter pie.  Peanut butter is one of my absolute favorite foods and I just love cooking with it.  Peanut butter pies have been made for so long in our family, I remember even my grandma whipping them up when I was little.  It’s the perfect dessert to have after a big meal of cook-out foods like burgers, hot dogs, and baked beans.  I think it’s my favorite classic American dessert!


Now this pie is only made with 5 ingredients.  Crazy, right?! It’s just about the easiest dessert to make ever so you can just whip it up in the morning before any guests get there, set it in the fridge to keep cool, and then you just cut and serve! That’s it! By having such an easy dessert made, you can focus on spending more time with your friends and family instead of spending all day in the kitchen making food!

Before I made the pie, I popped over to my local Walmart to grab the ingredients.  I knew I was going to use Peter Pan® Peanut Butter, it is my favorite peanut butter and I love that it is made with wholesome ingredients and jam-packed with lots of protein.  OF course I want to pick ingredients that I can feel great about using (plus, I just really like the flavor too!).  It was located in the same aisle as the other peanut butters, jams, and coffees.  Very easy to find and there is a variety of variations from natural (which is my favorite) to crunchy!

Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

  • 9-inch graham cracker crust (pre-made)
  • 1 cup Peter Pan® Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package Cream Cheese (8oz)
  • 1 container whipped topping (8oz and thawed)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and peanut butter.  Using a hand-mixer, whip until well combined.
  2. Slowly add in powdered sugar.  Continue to whip using hand-mixer.
  3. Once those ingredients are well-combined, add in half the whipped topping container.  Use a spatula to gently fold in.
  4. Pour peanut butter filling into pie crust.  Top with remaining whipped topping.
  5. For garnish, either chop up peanuts or mix 2 tbsp powered sugar with 1 tbsp peanut butter together using a fork and then sprinkle on top.  This is optional, but delicious!

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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade – A tasty frozen drink made with lemon juice, vanilla ice cream, sugar, and ice! A simple Chick-Fil-A copycat recipe!

 I am all in on making fun, frozen drinks right now! After the last two posts I did being a Piña Colada Lime Coolers and a Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee, I think I am a bit hooked! This week has been quite hectic, I am currently on vacation up north working on two exciting posts for next week in addition to this one between getting ready to go to Macy’s Culinary Council and another trip up north next weekend.  It’s an exciting week, but busy!


Now to be completely honest, I have never been to a Chick-Fil-A.  I know, shocking.  When I am down south, I always try to go to Sonic and Bojangles and I just have not made it over to Chick-Fil-A.  This same recipe kept popping up online as a tried a true version of the recipe so I trust it and either way, it is delicious!

This kind of reminded me of those frozen lemonades I would always get at amusement parks when I was little, only WAY better! Those were always my favorite snack to pick up at Cedar Point and King’s Island in-between going on rides! The addition of ice cream really takes this to a whole new level!

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Combine lemon juice and sugar in a pitcher.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add in water and chill for one hour.  This is to keep the ice cream from immediatly melting in the blender.
  3. Add lemon mixture and ice cream into a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon.

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Macy’s Culinary Council with Chef Tim Hollingsworth

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So I have some really exciting plans for this coming Saturday! I will be attending a Macy’s Culinary Council Cooking Demonstration with Chef Tim Hollingsworth! It’s at Macy’s Somerset over in Troy, MI at 2 PM and it is completely free to attend so come on over and check it out! Chef Tim Hollingsworth will be sharing his best tips and tricks on how to create and prepare his award-winning dishes (which all look incredible!).  There will be great food and drinks there too to enjoy.


I am super excited to go and be apart of this event as I am a huge fan of Top Chef which he had appeared on! It’s definitely one of my favorite shows.  Learning fun ideas to help improve my skills in the kitchen from a real professional chef should also be super helpful! As an amateur in the kitchen, I need all of the tips from successful chefs that I can get to take my dishes to the next level.  I will be doing live coverage of everything at the event on Twitter and Instagram too so make sure to follow along with the hashtag #culinarycouncil or on my accounts! You even receive a special gift and the chance to get a photograph with Chef Tim Hollingsworth with a purchase of $35 or more in the home department which I know for sure I will be doing! Who wouldn’t want to get a photo with a famous chef?!

I hope to see some of you there, it is going to be a lot of fun!

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Piña Colada Lime Cooler

Piña Colada Lime Cooler – A delicious and refreshing summer drink filled with fresh pineapple, lime juice, coconut, and ice!

I can’t believe it is already summer! It’s supposed to be 90 down here this week which is kinda a bit too hot for me so I decided it was about time to start whipping up some other frozen and iced drinks as a fun way to cool off! Last week I made a Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee which has been SO popular and it tasted fantastic! This week, I wanted to go for a more fruity drink and I had leftover pineapple from making Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Salsa which worked out so well! This is such a refreshing drink that just screams summer! I think the addition of lime to a piña colada added a great new flavor! I was amazed that my incredibly fussy little sister even thoroughly enjoyed it, that is the true mark of approval! If you want to make it boozy, add in a bit of rum!


I ended up making this right after going camping in Indiana, which ended up a really nice trip! We all hopped in the RV and just relaxed down there for a few days.  It was only about 4 hours away and about 3 miles over the border into Indiana! It felt kinda weird not to have to make anything new for the site at all for a few days and to basically be completely off the internet because it was so spotty!

 

Piña Colada Lime Cooler

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 rum (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in a glass and garnish with lime slices and pineapple chunks.  Enjoy!

 

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Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee

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Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee – Iced coffee with all of your favorite snickerdoodle flavors! Perfect for a hot summer day and it is so easy to make! It is The Best Part of Wakin’ Up™ in the morning!


I LOVE coffee! I drink at least 3 cups a day and it is a necessary part of my daily routine.  I am always trying to find new ways to jazz up my coffee whether it be making iced coffee, lattes, or adding delicious flavors in such as caramel or vanilla.  I decided that today I was going to create a simple Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee, incorporating in the flavors of my all-time favorite cookies into my coffee!

I ran out to my local Kroger and picked up Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend 25.4oz Ground Coffee.  It was right in the coffee aisle by all of the other Folgers products.  It was super easy to find!

As they say, “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up™ is Folgers in your cup” which is very true for me.  I do love waking up to a good cup of Folgers coffee! I feel like as soon as anyone at my house starts brewing a pot, I can immediately smell the aroma wafting down the hall.  It’s definitely my cue to get up and the start the day (after having a great cup of coffee, of course).  Folgers Coffeehouse Blend has such a smooth, yet bold flavor that I adore! It is a medium-dark blend and even through I added milk, cinnamon, and sugar to it, you could still taste it’s beautiful Folgers flavors! I love feeling free to add anything to my coffee and not having to worry about it loosing the coffee flavor that I know and love!

Folgers Coffeehouse Blend is crafted to work well with any brewing method you choose whether it be cold brew, french press, etc but I just went with the classic method of using my normal coffee machine and letting it cool before pouring it over ice! Feel free to experiment with those other methods in this recipes, I’m sure they would work great too!

I think that this Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee is going to be a new Saturday morning tradition at my house!

Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee

Ingredients

Coffee

Toppings (optional)

  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon sugar

Directions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Stir until well combined.
  2. In two large cups, divide the ice, coffee, and milk mixture.
  3. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar.  Enjoy!

Tips

  • Make some extra coffee and use it to make ice cubes to avoid it getting watered down!

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Patriotic Mug Cake

Patriotic Mug Cake – A simple vanilla mug cake jam-packed with red, white, and blue sprinkles! Takes just a few minutes to whip up and is perfect for Fourth of July or Memorial Day!

I’m back with yet another mug cake! The other day, I was hanging out with my friends and we were going to make a vanilla cake but then decided that was too much effort and it would end up taking too long since it was already getting late.  Since I seem to have a thing for making mug cakes, I suggested that instead and went ahead to make 5 funfetti mug cakes.  Honestly, it ended up just as much work to make as a normal cake because of how many I was making (and I had to do a painful amount of multiplication to make sure I had the correct amounts of ingredients) but it was worth the work! They were so good! The next day I thought of the brilliant idea to make it a patriotic mug cake with red, white, and blue sprinkles instead of rainbow sprinkles inside, topped with homemade whipped cream and even more sprinkles! It is perfect for any patriotic holiday from 4th of July to Memorial Day!


Patriotic Mug Cake

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp salted butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp red, white, and blue sprinkles

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients except for the sprinkles.  Stir until well combined.
  2. Add in sprinkles and and lightly stir.  Do not over stir or the sprinkles color will bleed.
  3. Microwave for 1-1.5 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Serve with whipped cream and extra sprinkles on top!

If you love this mug cake, make sure you check out my Snickerdoodle, Carrot Cake, and Peanut Butter mug cakes too!

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Patriotic Cake Batter Dip

Patriotic Cake Batter Dip – A super simple dip perfect for patriotic holidays! Great for a party and it tastes fantastic!

I can’t believe it’s already almost summertime! It’s about time to get a few patriotic recipes out! Between 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, there are so many holidays here that need red, white, and blue snackeroos.  I had been tossing around the idea of making this dip for a few months actually but I was really struggling to think of a creative way to make a dip red, white, and blue and not purple or a brown.  I looked around at different colorful dessert dips and finally had a lightbulb go off when I saw a unicorn dip that had a variety of colors nicely swirled together!


I also ended up struggling with finding festive sprinkles, I think I must have just been about a week too early and went to a few stores before finding an over-priced variety at Micheal’s…

I was so happy with how this ended up! I thought it tasted amazing and overall, it was so easy to make! I would definitely make it again in a heartbeat!

Patriotic Cake Batter Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white cake mix
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • Red food coloring*
  • Blue food coloring*
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  1. In a chilled mixing bowl, combine heavy whipping cream and confectioners sugar.  Using a hand mixer to whip until light and fluffy.
  2. In a different mixing bowl, combine cake mix and cream cheese.  Use a hand mixer to mix and then pour in the whipped cream.  Combine to mix until well combined.
  3. Split into 3 separate bowls.  Set one bowl aside, that will be the white.  In one bowl, add in red food coloring.  Stir until well combined.  In the last bowl, add in blue food coloring.  Stir.
  4. Use a spoon to scoop dip into a bowl.  Put all of the red on one side of the bowl with the blue across, filling in the space in between with white dip.  This helps prevent dip from turning purple when swirled.
  5. Use a toothpick to swirl the dip a bit. Top with sprink
  6. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Sometimes, it’s important to just take a minute and acknowledge the important people in life and how they have impacted you.  With National Chardonnay Day around the corner on May 26th, I decided to grab a glass of Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay and raise a glass to someone special in my life, my mom.


She was the one who introduced me to cooking, baking, and everything in between.  She has helped teach me the basics of cooking and helped me experiment with crazy new recipes.  She introduced me to the whole world of blogging through her site which I would always help out with, thinking of creative ideas for fun recipes.  She has always tried to hard to support every decision I have made.

One of my favorite things we do together is make Christmas cookies every year! It’s a time where my mom, my sisters, and I all get together and make delicious sugar cookies! My favorite part is still decorating them! We use the same recipe year after year that has a nice almond flavor in both the cookie dough and the frosting and they taste so good! I end up the person who deals with dying the frosting which usually ends up really strange pastel colors which are really pretty, but not Christmas-y at all! It’s just such a fun way to have some bonding time with my family every year and we always make wonderful memories!

To go with our Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay, we decided to make Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta together! It sounded like a fun project and we thought it would pair perfectly with the wine! It was also a great way for us to spend some time together, reminiscing over good times over a great glass of wine.

We loved that Wente Vineyards is a multi-generational vineyard with so many deep family ties which we really connected with! We also tried out their Nth Degree and Riva Ranch Chardonnay which were both phenomenal!

I am very grateful to have the fantastic mom I have and that she is always there for the journey with me!

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp balsamic glaze (not dressing, it will be too runny)
  • Mascarpone cheese (softened to spread)
  • French baguette (sliced)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine diced strawberries, lemon juice, honey, and basil.  Stir to combine.
  2. Spread mascarpone cheese on each baguette slice before topping with strawberry mixture.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  3. Grab a glass of Wente Vineyards wine and enjoy with someone who is apart of your journey!

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Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls

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I was so excited to find out about International Delight® One Touch Latte™ this week! I absolutely adore lattes but I don’t love is the price tag, I don’t want to pay $5 for one tiny drink! It’s a simple new way to make a latte at home! You can get 7 uses out of each can (which is a great deal!) and it is SO easy to make! It is the first ever frothing coffee creamer so it tastes like it came straight from a coffeehouse!


I popped over to my local Walmart to pick up a One Touch Latte™. They had all three of the flavors (vanilla, caramel, and mocha) right in the refrigerated section by the creamers. Very easy to find. I ended up grabbing the vanilla and caramel, both of which sounded right up my alley!

For Mother’s Day this year, we decided to do a big spread with my contribution being Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls and some homemade lattes (using One Touch Latte™, of course) for everyone! They are quick and easy to make so you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen making brunch, instead, you can spend more time with your mom! Can I just say how delicious the frosting on the cinnamon rolls was? I used the Vanilla One Touch Latte™ in the frosting and wow! It added the perfect amount of flavor! They ended up the star of the show and disappeared within minutes! My mom absolutely loved them!

My mom ended up falling in love with the caramel but my favorite was the vanilla! I tried using it a cup of Traverse City cherry coffee and it was wonderful! All I had to do was shake, point, and press! No stirring, just an instant, frothy latte! This has been taking my coffee to a whole new level and makes me feel like a barista!

Vanilla Latte Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 can of pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8 inch round pie dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Spread out pizza dough on to a large cutting board or lightly floured surface.  Spread butter on pizza dough evenly and the sprinkle brown sugar mixture on the buttered pizza dough.
  4. Starting on one of the shorter ends of the pizza dough and roll.
  5. Cut into 6 pieces and place in pie dish.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and confectioners’ sugar.  Whip using a hand mixer and add in International Delight® Vanilla One Touch Latte™.  Continue mixing until well combined.
  7. Once the cinnamon rolls are baked, top with frosting.  Enjoy!

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Wine Soaked Raspberry Baked Brie

I am very French.  My name is very French.  I’ve been to France.  I absolutely loved French wines, breads, cheese, and such since I went to France many years ago.  Everything tasted so incredible and was always made with such high quality products.  I was so excited to get to try these five wonderful wines today and I made a recipe that is perfect to pair with them! The Wine Soaked Raspberry Baked Brie is made by soaking fresh raspberries in Trimbach’s Riesling and topping a gorgeous wedge of Le Châtelain brie with them! It is phenomenal on a slice of warm baguette!


I had never tried any of these products specifically so this was a whole new experience for me! The Château D’Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé 2016 was from the Côrtes de Provence region in southeast France.  It was fruity and dry wine with such a lovely color!

Next up was the Trimbach Riesling 2014 from Alsace in northeast France.  It left pleasant undertones on my palate and was a dry white wine.

I also had another wine by Trimbach from Alsace, the Pinot Gris 2014.  It was also dry but very full-bodied and quite delicious!

The Mas de Daumas Gassac Sparkling Rose 2016 was from the south in Languedoc.  This was my favorite, I loved that it was sparking and I thought the color was gorgeous!

Lastly, Mas de Daumas Gassac Red 2015 was also from Languedoc.  It was an exceptional robust red wine!

I thought each and everyone of these wines was incredible and would definitely get them again! They were all authentic and so high quality, just as you imagine a French wine to be! I shared them with friends and they all were huge fans of them too!

But you can’t just have a glass of wine, you have to pair it with delicious food too!

Le Châtelain 8oz Brie Wedge is from Meuse in the northeast.  Brie is my absolutely favorite cheese, the flavor goes so well with a variety of wines and toppings!

Président 7oz Butter Bar (unsalted) is the best butter I have ever had.  It is from Normandie! I spread it on a fresh baguette and had it for lunch with a class of the Pinot Gris and it was divine!

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Wine Soaked Raspberry Baked Brie

Ingredients

  • 6oz fresh raspberries
  • 1/3 cup Trimbach Riesling wine
  • Brie*
  • Sliced baguette
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine wine and sugar.  Stir to combine.
  3. Add in raspberries and stir.  Let sit for 30 minutes to allow raspberries to soak in the wine.
  4. Cut the top rind off the brie.  Place on sheet pan and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Once the brie is done baking, top with raspberries and sliced almonds.  Serve on top of baguette!

*I used an 8oz wedge of Le Châtelain brie but a wheel would work too

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