Chocolate Mound Cake

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My husband’s favorite dessert is anything chocolate. Although we are committed to a healthy eating lifestyle, we do splurge on holidays. This year for Father’s Day I made my husband a Chocolate Mound Cake, and he said it was the best cake I’ve ever made. I usually like to prepare our food from scratch, but I took the easy way out and used a cake mix. Even though my morning sickness is getting better, it still hits every day, so this momma needed an easy solution. This Chocolate Mound Cake got such rave reviews from my husband and kids I thought I’d share with you. [Read more...]

CopyCat Chick Fil A Frosted Lemonade

 

My friend, Cortney, has been telling me all about Chick-Fil-A’s new Frosted Lemonade. Although, I’m trying to stay away from sweets, I think this will be a fun summertime treat for my kiddos. You can buy pre-made lemonade at the grocery store, or opt for a lower sugar version with lemonade flavored Crystal Light. This recipe is so easy your kids may be able to jump right in and help. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Lemonade (you could also use Lemonade Crystal Light for a lower sugar version)
  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Lemons for garnish (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend lemonade and ice cream together.
  2. Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with lemon slices.

**Make sure to use a good quality Ice Cream otherwise it can get foamy when blended.

 

You might also want to try these other Summer Dessert Recipes!

Ground Mustard & Parmesan Pork Chops One Pan Meal

Ground Mustard Parmesan Pork Chops

One pan healthy meals are my favorite. Not only are they a snap to clean up, but preparation time is minimal as well. This particular recipe is my family’s favorite one pan meal, Ground Mustard & Parmesan Pork Chops. I found a very similar recipe online, but made modifications to better suit my family. I usually get everything ready in the afternoon, and place the baking pan in the fridge until my husband calls to tell me he is on his way home. Then I pop it in the oven, and make a fresh garden salad to go with it. When my hubby walks in the door dinner is ready and my house smells amazing.  [Read more...]

Best Father’s Day Dessert Ideas

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Best Father’s Day Dessert Ideas

When I was combing through our dessert archives choosing our 10 best Father’s Day dessert ideas – I started wondering… what exactly makes a dessert good for Father’s Day?

Three things seem to fit the criteria best:

a) Anything with chocolate or peanut butter in abundance (preferably both!)

b) Anything nostalgic – if it’s like mom or grandma used to make, it’s probably going to tug on his heart strings

c) Anything that’s crazy-fattening

Even if dad isn’t a big dessert guy, Father’s Day is really just a perfect excuse to make a dessert you want to eat and then ask him how he likes his gift as you help yourself to seconds ;)
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Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

These Peanut Butter No-Bake cookies are one of our top-pinned recipes – and just perfect for the peanut butter lovin’ dad.  You won’t even have to heat up the kitchen to make these!

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Best Ever Mississippi Mud Pie Recipe

If dad has a sweet tooth, this will definitely not disappoint!  The combination of chocolate, nuts, marshmallows and butter equal heaven on a plate :)

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Double Chocolate Cake Recipe

Speaking of chocolate…. this double chocolate cake will NOT disappoint in the chocolate department!  Kasey made this cake for me before and oh-my-lanta was it awesome!

 

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Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Some dads just are not fans of chocolate.  I know – total crazy talk – but it’s true.  Satisfy a sweet tooth that leans toward something more refreshing and creamy with this Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!  The kids can help line up the little white chocolate chips around the edges or sprinkle with lemon zest instead.

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Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

You don’t have to be from Kentucky to appreciate a pecan pie that invited chocolate chips to the party.  SO GOOD – but so EASY.

And a close cousin to Derby Pie recipe is Kasey’s mom’s German Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe!  It includes coconut, which is not my favorite but some dads love :)

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Best Buttermilk Pie Recipe

Speaking of pies – this Buttermilk Pie recipe is going to knock dad’s socks off.   It’s straight out of Kasey’s mom’s recipe book and bound to satisfy a southern sweet tooth ;)

 

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Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Speaking of nostalgic recipes, this cake is full of nuts and memories – this one is the MOST requested recipe at Southern Living for a reason.  We all want to travel back in time and taste those desserts our grandparents made again :)

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Giant Ice Cream Sandwich Cookie Cake

This one is  so simple and so yummy.  So yummy that everyone had half-finished theirs before I could whip my camera out for a pretty picture.  You’ll have to use your imagination on this one.  If you can stuff store-bought cookie dough into a cake pan and spread soft ice cream on it – you can do this!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

We used heart-shaped pb cups for these Valentine’s Day desserts but you can just sub out normal peanut butter cups for Father’s Day

 

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Fish Cake

If dad is more of a cake guy – a theme cake is always fun for Father’s Day.  This fish cake would be cute for the angler dad!  For that matter, the Nascar dad might like a Racecar Cake – although it’s more fun for the kids to make probably ;)

Homemade Peach Cobbler {with fresh peaches}

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Every summer I start stalking our local peach orchard anxiously anticipating when their peaches will be ripe. Peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits. There is nothing like biting into a juicy ripe peach on a hot summer day. I also really love peach cobbler. I try not to make it very often, as I am careful to limit how much sugar we eat on a weekly basis. However, I think it’s essential to make peach cobbler at least once a summer. In my case, I made it twice because I didn’t love the first recipe, and wanted it to be perfect before I posted it for you. So, I went back to the drawing board and made some modifications. The second recipe turned out perfectly! It not only was much easier to make but so tasty! [Read more...]

Oodles of Zoodles Pasta Salad

oodles of zoodles pasta salad

I’ve been brainstorming trying to think up new zoodle recipes that my kid would eat. If you aren’t familiar with zoodles, they are “noodles” made out of squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and various other veggies. Typically, you would use a spiralizer to do so. My kids don’t love squash and zucchini, but they will eat it in pasta salad, so I thought I’d make Oodles of Zoodles Pasta Salad. The recipe I used is very similar to my ‘Mostly Vegetable’ Pasta Salad.  It’s so easy to make and chock full of fresh veggies. I think it’s the perfect summertime side dish.

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If you don’t have a spiralizer, here is the number one best selling one on Amazon. There are tons of different options available. However, I wanted a spiralizer that didn’t take up a lot of room in my kitchen, and wasn’t cumbersome to put together or clean. This is almost the exact spiralizer that I have, and it meets my needs for as often as I use it.

Oodles of Zoodles Pasta Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 4 squash, spiralized
  • 4 zucchini, spiralized
  • 2 cucumbers, diced
  • 1 bunch of fresh broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 packet of ranch salad dressing mix
  • low fat Italian salad dressing
Instructions
  1. Wash veggies thoroughly.
  2. Spiralize zucchini and squash then chop, dice, or slice other veggies.
  3. In a large bowl combine vegetables, and packet of ranch salad dressing mix.
  4. Pour Italian salad dressing over vegetables until generously covered.
  5. Stir thoroughly so that all ingredients are covered in salad dressing, then place in fridge to chill.
  6. Best if chilled overnight before serving. May need to add a tad more salad dressing before serving.

 

Yummy Fruit & Yogurt Cups

Fruit & Yogurt Cups

I made this super easy and healthy recipe for my kids a couple of weeks ago and within minutes they had eaten the entire small batch that I had made and asked for more. This time I thought I’d make it in mini muffin cups and it turned out perfectly. You can whip up a batch in just a few minutes, throw it in the freezer, and have a healthy summertime snack ready in no time. Since I don’t particularly love yogurt, I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but I loved it! You could add many different kinds of fruit to customize to suite your tastes. Today, I added unsweetened coconut and really liked the added flavor. If my daughter didn’t have tree nut allergies I would have added pecans or almonds as well for a nice added crunch.

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Pool Party Fish Cake Recipe (Great for Father’s Day too!)

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UPDATE: This would be such a fun Father’s Day cake as well, for the fishing dad!

To celebrate summer break – the kids and I made this fun Pool Party Fish Cake and invited the neighborhood kids over for cake and water games!  Check out our post on 15 water games HERE!

It turned out super cute – and would be appropriate for any pool party, summertime soiree or even Father’s Day for the fishing dad.  Here’s how to make your own Pool Party Fish Cake.

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