Friday, July 31, 2015


I heard on the radio this week that this Monday is National Watermelon Day.  I mean...there is just no other fruit more synonymous with summer than watermelon, right?  In honor of Monday's Watermelon Day, I thought we could all use a watermelon treat this weekend...

I'm re-posting my Watermelon Cupcakes for your delicious day.  Make it a watermelon weekend friends!  Happy Friday!

This recipe makes 2 dozen cupcakes.

Shopping List
1 box of white cake mix
1 1/4 cups pureed watermelon, divided
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 egg whites
a few drops of pink food coloring, optional
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups of powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line 2 (12-count) muffin tins with paper liners.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat white cake mix, 1 cup pureed watermelon, vegetable oil and egg whites with an electric mixer.  Beat in a drop or two of pink food coloring.

Pour batter into prepared muffin tins and bake 19 to 21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Allow cupcakes to cool in tin about 10 minutes before removing them to wire racks to finish cooling.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, beat butter, remaining 1/4 cup pureed watermelon and powdered sugar until blended.  Add more watermelon if the frosting is too thick or more sugar if it's too thin.  Beat in a drop or two of pink food coloring.

Frost cooled cupcakes with Watermelon Frosting.

Store in the refrigerator when not enjoying.

And pssssst: I added a little bit of pink food coloring to both the cupcake batter and the frosting.  You can omit that if you like and then your cupcakes will just be more peach than pink.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Banana Cream Pie

We're banana pudding obsessed and pie I combined the two and made a Banana Cream Pie...with a Nilla Wafer crust (don't worry, it's super easy!).  This pie will rock your world.  Rock. Your. World.

This recipe makes one pie.

Shopping List
about 1 1/2 cups of crushed Nilla Wafers (about 20 or so)
6 tablespoons of melted butter
1 (3 oz) box of instant vanilla pudding 
1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk 
1 cup of milk
1 cup whipped topping (I used Cool Whip), plus more for garnish
2 bananas, sliced

To make the crust:
Crumble your Nilla Wafers directly over your food processor.  Pulse the crumbled cookies until they are fine.  Add in your melted butter and pulse until it's all combined.  Remove the mixture and pat it inside the pie plate.  Make sure you pat it up the sides as well as across the bottom.  Freeze about one hour before filling.

To make the filling:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk your dry vanilla pudding mix, condensed milk and milk about two minutes.  Whisk in your Cool Whip until just combined.  

Remove your crust from the freezer and lay sliced bananas across the bottom.  Next, pour the vanilla pudding mixture down over the top.

Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours up to 2 days.

Remove from fridge and garnish with a little more whipped topping and serve.

This is a killer banana cream pie...and simple enough that even your kiddos can make it!


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cozy Summer Supper

Sometimes, even in summer, I need a cozy supper.

Instead of staying out late by the pool, we'll take our showers and put our pajamas on early.  Then we'll eat dinner and watch a movie as a family.  Cozy and relaxing...such a nice way to spend an (summer) evening.

I know that I've said this a million times before...but I love a salad that doesn't have lettuce.  That's why my Broccoli and Cranberry Salad is one of my favorites.  Lots of salad, no lettuce.

Well nothing says cozy more than a big bowl of pasta.  Since we are mad for mushrooms over here, my Portobello Pasta is a sure fire way to get everyone excited about dinnertime!

And then for dessert...

...Lemon Berry Cobbler.  It's a cozy cobbler with summer flavors...the best of both worlds.

As much as I love spending time outdoors and grilling during the summer, sometimes, you just need a cozy night in.



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