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!

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...]

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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Mother’s Day Dessert Ideas

mother's day dessert ideas Over the years we’ve posted some of our favorite dessert recipes. While my family generally eats healthy, Mother’s Day is a cheat day ALL DAY LONG! I wanted to make my very favorite dessert, but am having a hard time deciding which one to make. In case you were looking for some Mother’s Day dessert inspiration, I thought I’d share these recipes with you. [Read more...]

Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

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Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

Jamie here! Might I suggest this delicious pie for your Easter table??

Kentucky Derby Pie is a beautiful beast of a pie.  Simply put, it’s pecan pie with chocolate chips. But that is not what your mouth will tell you. Your mouth will tell you “OHMYGAH- thank you for this chocolatey, nutty, gooey, flaky, beast!”  It’s just so darn good your mouth will probably need another piece or two to do it justice.  You’d best bake a double batch…. (I do!)

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How to Make S’mores (A Girl Scout’s Guide)

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How to Make S’Mores

S’mores are part of summer in my mind – starry nights, campfire light, marshmallow-ey bites….  They just go together!

If you’ve never made S’mores, it’s a fun way to pass the time around the campfire with your kid – but there’s also an art to it, in my opinion.  As a long time Girl Scout and former camp counselor – I would like to offer my S’mores expertise for any newbies out there looking to go create some memories this summer!

What you need:

  • Graham crackers
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Hershey’s chocolate *I’ve tried cheaper, generic chocolate and it’s NOT the same….  Stick with the Hershey’s- trust me on this one.

How to Make S’Mores:

  1. Toast a marshmallow over the fire until golden brown – although if you burn it that’s just fine too.  The main thing you want it to be is HOT – so it can melt chocolate!
  2. With the marshmallow still on the roasting stick, break a graham cracker in half.    Hold one cracker on either side of the marshmallow and use them to slide the mallow off the roasting stick.  That way you don’t get sticky OR burn yourself.  You’re welcome!
  3. Lift up the top cracker and add chocolate
  4. Squeeze your grahams gently together to melt your chocolate against the hot marshmallow.  Hold for about 15 seconds. (The more – the meltier!)  Bite.  Bite.  Bite.  Bite.  You just made a memory.
  5. Repeat steps 1, 2, 3, 4.  :)

The BEST chocolate ratio for a S’More is:  2 Graham Cracker Halves + 1 Hot Marshmallow + 3  Hershey’s Chocolate Rectangles

*If you’re short on chocolate – 2 Rectangles is acceptable.  There are 12 per Hershey Bar.

If you don’t have a roasting stick on hand -you can make a S’more roaster.

Nature’s Roaster: Use a pocket-knife to scrape the bark off the end of a long stick and point the tip a little (You’ll want to clean about a 5″ length).  Some people put the mallow right on the stick – but that means you’ll be eating bits of bark, moss, or poison ivy residue – no thnaks! As good as S’mores are – they’re not good enough to risk whatever you didn’t see on your stick in the dark entering your mouth.  (Ewwww!)

Closet Roaster: Your other option is a coat hanger.  Bend it straight, then hold it over the fire to burn all the varnish off the end.  That stuff is probably poisonous or something.   Best to take no chances.

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Of course, if you’re short on campfire opportunities - you can make Skillet Smores with delicious results.  Or whip up this yummy S’Mores Party Mix for a sleepover or party!