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9 Delicious No-Bake Summer Desserts

Lez be honest…summer is the worst sometimes.  Here in Chicago, we’ve been pushing temperatures north of 90 degrees F even AFTER THE FREAKING SUN GOES DOWN.  Sure, with an amazing air conditioning system, summer can be a breeze for us Midwesterners…but for those of us getting by on one tiny air conditioner that doesn’t cool any room in the house except the room it’s in, well, summer sucks.

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Because my kitchen is in the back of my apartment, it hardly ever gets cool air from the air conditioner, so cooking in the summer is usually a ton of salads and dinners spent in air conditioned restaurants…and when it comes to dessert, the oven RARELY goes on in the summer.

Thankfully, there are a ton of delicious no-bake summer desserts that can quench your sweet-tooth without heating up your kitchen.  Cool, refreshing, and often infused with alcohol and fruit, these no-bake summer desserts are a great way to cool off without heating up your house.

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9 Delicious No-Bake Summer Desserts

No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes
lovefromtheoven.com

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No-Bake Pistachio Coconut Pie
togetherasfamily.com

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No-Bake Strawberry Jell-O Lasagna
omgchocolatedesserts.com

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No-Bake Lemon Blueberry Parfaits
bakingamoment.com

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No-Bake Cookie Dough Dip
homemadehooplah.com

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No-Bake Pineapple Dream Dessert
meatloafandmelodrama.com

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No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert
cakescottage.com

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No-Bake Rum Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
thebewitchinkitchen.com

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No-Bake Strawberry Daiquiri Cheesecake
insidebrucrewlife.com

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Princess Buttercup Cupcakes with “Anybody want a Peanut?” Butter Filling

I know I’ve said it before, but The Princess Bride is easily one of my all-time favorite movies.  It’s my go-to when I’m sick…but I’d really watch it anytime, anywhere.  Wanna come over for a movie night?  Chances are that’ll be my suggestion…and don’t worry, I won’t quote the movie to you, I promise!

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OK, I might quote a few things…

The Princess Bride is celebrating its 30th anniversary this September and, to celebrate, I thought we’d have some fun this week and honor The Princess Bride with all kinds of fun recipes, crafts, and activities!

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NO!!  IT’S FOR REAL!!

To get started, I wanted to make a treat that played to the romance and the whimsy of The Princess Bride, while still following the theme because, you know, I’m all about themes…so for today, I have a Princess Buttercup Cupcake with “Anybody want a Peanut?” Butter Filling!

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And if you get all the references, well,

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Topped with a royal icing buttercup flower and filled with tasty peanut butter frosting, these chocolate cupcakes are a dream come true…even dreamer than Westley’s eyes or Inigo Montoya’s sexy AF sword-fighting skills.

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A great way to kick off a Princess Bride viewing party, these tasty cupcakes are INCONCEIVABLE-ly good!

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Princess Buttercup Cupcakes with “Anybody want a Peanut?” Butter Filling

Ingredients:

  • Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • Color Right Performance Color System, or Yellow Food Coloring
  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • Peanut Butter Frosting
  • Whipped White Vanilla Frosting

Tools:

  • Disposable Decorating Bag
  • Petal Decorating Tip 104
  • Coupler (optional)
  • No. 7 Flower Nail
  • Wax Paper Squares
  • Cake Board or Cookie Sheet
  • Muffin Pan
  • Standard Baking Cups
  • Star Decorating Tip 1M

Instructions:

Since your buttercup flowers will have to set up in the freezer, make these one day in advance.  Using the meringue powder, make royal icing.  I followed the instructions on wilton.com for Royal Icing, combining 3 tablespoons meringue powder, confectioners’ sugar, and 4 tablespoons warm water.  Mix for at least 7 to 10 minutes, until your icing is thick and white, like this:

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To color my icing, I used the Color Right Performance Color System, combining 10 drops YELLOW and 2 drops ORANGE.  You can also create your own yellow icing using food coloring or whatever you have available.

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Remember that royal icing also dries quickly, so keep your bowl of icing covered with a wet paper towel when not using.

Prepare decorating bag with coupler and tip 104.  Technically, a coupler is not NEEDED for this, but I like using one, as it offers more support for my tip.  Using the flower nail and the wax paper squares, begin piping flowers.  I just made 6 to 7 petals of varying sizes.  Transfer flowers on wax paper to cake board or cookie sheet.  Don’t forget to make extras in case any flowers break!  Freeze flowers for at least 8 to 10 hours.

Bake your cupcakes following the package instructions.  To give your cakes a bakery taste, you can add a little teaspoon of GOOD vanilla extract to the batter, but it’s not essential.  Bake your cupcakes in cupcake liners.

Once your cupcakes have cooled completely, use the large side of tip 1M to remove the center from each cupcake:

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Consume the centers as you finish!  😉  This is a very important step, you guys…you must test your baking…for science.

Prepare decorating bag with peanut butter frosting, trying not to eat it right out of the container as you go.  I didn’t use a tip for this, just cut a small hole in the tip of the bag, but you can easily use a round tip of any size if you want.  Fill in the centers with the peanut butter frosting:

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To pipe the frosting on top, I just used the tip 1M since I had it out, but you could use whatever large tip you’d like.  Pipe a swirl on each cupcake, then top with a flower.

And there you have it!  Princess Buttercup Cupcakes with (Anybody want a Peanut?)Butter Filling!

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10 Cake Pops You’ll Actually WANT to Make

Let’s be honest, no one really LIKES cake pops, right?  I mean, sure…if they’re there, you’ll eat them…but does anyone really CRAVE a cake pop?

Yeah…I didn’t think so.  But that’s all about to change!

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From cake pops with bacon to cake pops made out of those tasty Little Debbie cream pies, these 10 cake pop recipes are treats you’ll actually WANT to make!

Pinterest Top 10:
10 Cake Pops You’ll Actually WANT to Make

Salted Caramel Cake Pops
salted caramel

Maple Bacon Cake Pops
maple bacon

Geode Cake Pops
geode

Lemon Raspberry Cake Pops
lemon raspberry

Toasted S’more Truffle Pops
smore truffle

Oatmeal Crème Pie Cake Pops
oatmeal pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Pops
chocolate peanut butter

Easy Cinnamon Roll Cake Pops
cinnamon roll

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
cookie bites

Sweet Chocolate Cherry Bombs
cherry bombs

Want more cute cake pop ideas?  Check out my Pinterest board, Cute Cake Pop Ideas!

 

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6 Recipes Inspired by FRIENDS

Any fan will tell you…some of the best moments on FRIENDS center around food.  Ross’s famed turkey sandwich, Rachel and Chandler’s stolen cheesecakes, basically any and every Thanksgiving episode, ALL THE PIZZA…

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I have never craved pizza as much as I do watching this show.

On May 6, 2004, the last episode of FRIENDS aired on NBC.  For many fans, it was the end of an era.  More than 52 million people tuned in to watch “The Last One”, making it the sixth most watched television series finale in US history.  To celebrate the anniversary of the show that forever changed the TV sitcom, we will be celebrating FRIENDS all week this week!

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And, really, what better way to celebrate than with food?  I mean, I know Joey would agree…

 friends joey joey tribbiani matt leblanc friends tv GIFPS – Joey is, and forever will remain, my favorite FRIEND.  Am I the only one in the universe who was KIIIIINDA pushing for him and Rachel to work out?  Probably…I’m also probably the only one who hated Ross.  HATED HIM.  HATE HIM. 

ANYWAY – back to food!

Here are six amazing recipes inspired by great moments on FRIENDS.  From Ross’s turkey sandwich to Phoebe’s “secret” cookie recipe, here are six great recipes to make for your next binge watch!  Not feeling creative?  You could always put an order in for the “Joey Special”!

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6 Recipes Inspired by FRIENDS

Chandler and Rachel’s Creamy New York Cheesecake
artandthekitchen.com
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When Rachel and Chandler receive a cheesecake that was supposed to go to someone else in their building, they decide to eat it rather than return it.  In a battle of honesty and control, they both power through not one, but two fluffy creamy cheesecakes…which, ironically, were made in Chicago!

Ross’s Turkey Sandwich – “The Moist Maker”
dinnerthendessert.com
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Ross looks forward to his leftover Thanksgiving sandwich every year…but when someone at his office eats his “Moist Maker” on accident, there begins a wrath that rattles all the bones in the museum!

Phoebe’s Grandma’s Cookies
verybestbaking.com
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After Phoebe’s grandma dies, she realizes that she never got her grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Her and Monica embark on a quest to re-create the recipe by eating her grandma’s last batch of cookies, only to discover the recipe is printed right on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag.

Joey’s Meatball Sub
belleofthekitchen.com
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During a police ride-along with Phoebe’s boyfriend, Chandler and Joey get into some trouble.  Joey dives to save his meatball sub, much to Chandler’s dismay.  

Monica’s Homemade Christmas Candy
cakewiz.com
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In an effort to get to know her neighbors, Monica puts out some homemade candy during the Christmas holiday.  However, her plan backfires and the neighbors become hostile when the candy starts to run out.

Chandler’s Favorite Mac n’ Cheese
marlameridith.com
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When Monica forgets her anniversary gift for Chandler, she recreates all of Chandler’s favorite meals, including mac n’ cheese with cut up hotdogs.

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Rice Crispy Treat Easter Pops

Last week I did a post on Easter Candy You Can Make Yourself, but if you’re still looking for a little something sweet to liven up your Easter baskets this year, try these super cute Rice Crispy Easter pops!

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This recipe is super simple and you can even let the kids help out with making these tasty pops!  I decided to leave mine un-decorated, but you can easily add sprinkles, icing, or melted chocolate to these pops for some added flavor and texture.

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This is a very easy and quick recipe, and these little pops would look super cute in an Easter basket or centerpiece arrangement.

Rice Crispy Treat Easter Pops

Ingredients:

  • Rice Crispy cereal (6 cups needed)
  • Mini marshmallows (10 oz. bag)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon good vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, melt butter over low to medium heat.  Add marshmallows.  Continue mixing until marshmallows have completely melted, about 3 minutes.  At this point, you can add the vanilla if you’d like.  It’s totally optional, but if you use a good quality vanilla, it adds a great “bakery taste” to your treats.
  2. Once your marshmallows have melted, take the mixture off the heat.  Add the cereal and stir until completely combined.
  3. Dump onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Spread out evenly as best you can.  If the mixture starts to set and stick, take another piece of parchment paper, spray it with non-stick spray, and press the paper, sprayed side down, onto the treats to even and spread them out.
  4. Let set completely, about 1 to 2 hours.
  5. Remove the treats from the pan.  Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut out your Rice Crispy shapes.  Transfer to plate or another sheet of parchment paper.  If you want to decorate your treats, go for it!  Otherwise you can insert a cake pop stick into the bottom of the treat or use melted chocolate to attach a stick to the back of the treat.  Wrap them in little treat bags and you’re good to go!
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7 Popular Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself

I think we can all agree that Easter candy FAR surpasses Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Halloween candy…ami right??  The colors are prettier, the flavors are better (coconut EVERYTHING for the win!!), and Peeps…just Peeps.

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Yes, I’m probably one of a handful of people that actually loves Peeps, but I also love anything chocolate and coconut, anything peanut butter and chocolate, and those ooey gooey Cadbury Crème Eggs…STAAAHP.

Needless to say, I’m a sucker for Easter candy…and thanks to the creative minds on the Internet, it’s now easier than ever to create your own Easter candy any time of year!  From delicious handmade Reese’s Eggs to yes, even handmade Peeps and jelly beans, these 7 Easter Candies You Can Make Yourself are sure to add a sweet touch to anyone’s Easter basket!

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Homemade Marshmallow Eggs
melskitchencafe.com
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Homemade Cadbury Eggs
cincyshopper.com
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Homemade Candy Dots
mommymusings.com
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Pastel Mint Patties
momontimeout.com
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Homemade Peeps
keystoinspiration.com
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Homemade Jelly Beans
charlenechronicles.com
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Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
realhousemoms.com
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11 Magical Unicorn Treats

A few years ago I took a very reliable, 100% true-to-fact quiz online to find out the identity of my spirit animal.  As I entered the magical forest, I waited for my spirit animal to approach…I was hoping for something awesome like a wolf or a bear…but when I clicked, I was so amazed to discover that my spirit animal was none other than the unicorn!

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Yup, the wonderful, magical, colorful, amazing unicorn.  It’s actually kind of perfect considering my love of creativity and imagination…and the fact that my dad would sing “The Last Unicorn” to me before bed every night may have cemented my spirit animal into my subconscious.  Needless to say, my inner unicorn has absolutely loved this recent craze of unicorn-themed crafts and foods….and I just had to gather up a few of my favorite unicorn-themed treats!

Cakes, cookies, candies and more all get the unicorn treatment with this collection of 11 Magical Unicorn Treats!  Great for birthdays or just any occasion where you want to feel extra magical, these unicorn treats will literally help you taste the rainbow!

11 Magical Unicorn Treats

Unicorn Bark
thespruce.com
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Unicorn Blondies
bakeat350.blogspot.com
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Unicorn Cake
100layercakelet.com
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Unicorn Cheesecake
cakestyle.com
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Unicorn Poop Cookies
rosannapansino.com
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Unicorn Doughnuts
eatmecakes_bycathy
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Unicorn Fudge
tastemade.com
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Unicorn Hot Chocolate
dixiecrystals.com
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Unicorn Macarons
kawaiisweetworld.com
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Unicorn Popcorn
kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com
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Unicorn Pop Tarts
awwsam.com
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