Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake

This gorgeous Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake was made for the awesome Cake Boss Baking Site.  You definitely need to check it out.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

The middle of summer just screams ice cream.  We have gone through quite a few homemade versions and store bought cartons.   The ice cream monsters in our house stage mini revolts when there is no available ice cream to cool off with, or if there is ice cream in the freezer that is off limits.

Ok, so revolt might be a strong word.   They do give me “the look” though when I say the ice cream has other plans.  Yes, now ice cream has been added to the list of “must not eat unless mom gives the ok”.   They had to know that one was coming.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

A few weeks ago I was approached by a rep from the Cake Boss Baking Site  about creating a fun ice cream dessert using one of their baking pans to celebrate a #SummerSundae .

Ice Cream, dessert, and Cake Boss?  That was kind of a no brainer for me.  I couldn’t wait to get in the kitchen to create something fun to share over there.

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

Since we like to make cheesecake a lot around here, I chose the 9 inch springform pan.  But instead of cheesecake, I used my homemade brownie recipe in the pan.

Topping it with 2 ice cream flavors, Cool Whip, and fun sprinkles turned it from an easy brownie into an awesome summer dessert.  It didn’t last long around here once the kids knew it was fair game.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I saw a few slices being eating for breakfast.

It’s summer…there are no rules in our house about what you can and can’t eat for breakfast.  I bet you wish you lived in our house :-)

Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake - homemade brownies with strawberry and vanilla ice cream for a fun neapolitan dessert #summersundae #ad @cakebossbaking

Make sure you stop by the Cake Boss Baking Site to get the recipe for this delicious Neapolitan Brownie Ice Cream Cake.   You are going to love eating a slice of this on a hot summer day!

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*Inside BruCrew Life was sent product to review and was compensated to create a recipe for the Cake Boss Baking Site.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

*I have been selected by Kraft Foods to be a spokesperson for VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets.  While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.

Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet - chicken, beans, and corn added to @EatLiquidGold Velveeta Cheesy Skillets for a delicious nacho dinner win  #ad #whatmyskilletisfor

Some of the things I like to look for when shopping in different kitchen stores are fun baking pans.  I have started to accumulate quite a collection of different types of pans.  There are pans for making donuts, whoopie pies, and cheesecake stored in totes in our basement.  Those pans come out every so often when I have a fun baking idea.

On the shelves in my basement are also a few different sizes of skillets.  I tend to forget those pans are down there when I make dinner.

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Recently VELVEETA contacted me about trying their new Cheesy Skillet dinners for my family.  These are a delicious and easy way to put those unused pans back into play.

Apparently there are quite a few other people out there that have forgotten about their skillets too.  VELVEETA noticed that there are thousands of skillets listed for sale on online auction sites.   All of their owners have forgotten how to use these skillets for dinner.  VELVEETA purchased more than 1,000 skillets and returned them to their owners with a box of VELVEETA Cheesy Skillet.  #whatmyskilletisfor

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I was very excited to watch for my new skillet and boxes of Cheesy Skillets to arrive.  That box was opened immediately, and the first one I noticed was the Nacho Supreme Skillet Dinner staring back at me.  I have a slight weakness for any and all things nacho related.  A plate of nachos can not be anywhere near me, or I will devour it all.

Seeing that dinner on top was a sign to me that I needed to make this one first for our family.

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The only thing you need to add to these boxed dinners is the meat.  Now the Nacho Supreme does call for ground beef, but chicken nachos happen to be my favorite.  So I substituted a pound of chicken for the beef.    I love that these dinners are easy to make, and that you can change up the ingredients based on what you like or have on hand.

I cooked the chicken in my skillet and then added the water, noodles, and seasoning and waited for it to come to a boil.  After the noodles finished cooking, I also added one can of drained corn and one can of rinsed black beans.

Now it is time to add that Liquid Gold!

Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet - this VELVEETA Nacho Skillet has chicken, corn, and beans for the ultimate nacho pasta dinner @liquidgold #ad #whatmyskilletisfor

I think stirring in the packet of cheesy goodness was my favorite thing.  I mean look at the Liquid Gold covering all the noodles and meat.  This is definitely what those unused pans in my basement need.

Now to set the table and add one more nacho inspired topping.  I had bowls of chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, and diced avocados ready for anyone who wanted to take their dinner to another level.  This Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet got thumbs up from everyone around the table.   Our skillet will definitely be used again for more meals.

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Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 5 - 1 cup servings

Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

Chicken, beans, corn, and nacho toppings turn this VELVEETA Cheesy Skillet into a delicious nacho experience.

Ingredients

1 pound chicken, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 box VELVEETA Nacho Supreme Cheesy Skillet
2 cups water
1 can corn, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
lettuce, diced tomatoes, and diced avocados for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until completely cooked through.
  2. Add the water and the bag of noodles and seasoning to the cooked meat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until most of the water is gone, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in the can of beans and corn. Open the cheese packet and stir into the pasta. Drizzle the top of the skillet dinner with the salsa packet.
  4. Serve with lettuce, tomato, and avocado if desired. Makes 5 - 1 cup servings.
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*I was sent a new skillet and boxes of VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets to review.  I also was compensated to create a recipe and blog post.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Creamy cinnamon cheesecake gets a fun twist when layered with an apple cookie.  These Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars are a delicious treat for the hot summer months.

**This post is sponsored by Crunch Pak apples.  I am a brand ambassador creating fun and delicious recipes for compensation.  All opinions are 100% my own.**

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

I am so excited to be sharing another delicious apple recipe for Crunch Pak apples with you!

Hot summer days remind me how much I love cheesecake.  The cool creamy texture right out of the refrigerator is awesome after a hot steamy day in the sun.

One of my favorite things to do with cheesecake is to make easy to eat bars.  For this dessert, I sandwiched the cinnamon cheesecake in between layers of cookie dough.  But not just any cookie dough!  This cookie dough has chunks of apples and butterscotch chips.   Butterscotch always gets looked over in my cupboard, even though I love those chips.  The butterscotch and cinnamon was just the right flavor to pair with the apples.

I love having Crunch Pak apples in my refrigerator all the time.  They are the perfect on the go snack for my kids when we get busy.  And I love how easy they are to chop up and throw into my recipes.

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

The only thing that I do not like about cheesecake is that it does take a bit of patience before you can dig into these delicious cheesecake bars.

I get so excited when I pull these treats from the oven only to remember that they need some chill time.  Use that time to catch up on your favorite show, read a book, clean the bathrooms (ok, maybe not that one), or go for a run.  Anything to distract yourself from those amazing bars in the kitchen.

Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars - layers of creamy cheesecake in between a butterscotch and apple cookie

But after one bite into these chewy and creamy cookie bars, you will be so glad you had the patience to wait.   Check out the recipe for these Butterscotch Apple Cheesecake Cookie Bars over on the Crunch Pak blog.


 *This post has been sponsored by Crunch Pak apples.  I was compensated to create this recipe for their website.  All opinions are my own.

 

Cheesy Beef Panini

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

We have added a new member to our family.

Now before you start thinking we have a new baby or puppy, let me set you straight. We bought a panini press. And it has been love at first use. Honestly, I think someone has made a sandwich on it every day for the past week. My oldest even told me he was kidnapping the machine when the time comes for him to move out.  I think it is safe to say this new purchase is going to get lots of use in the next few years.

Another thing I’m thinking is thank goodness for a machine that is so easy to use that our kids can make their own lunches this summer.

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

And hooray for easy to use products from Mezzetta to jazz up those summer sandwiches. They were wonderful enough to send me some jars of product to get our sandwich making started. These products are also available in the condiments aisle of your local grocery store.

I decided to start with some roast beef and add some peppers and onions. As I looked at the jars on my counter, I stopped on the Savory Garlic. This spread is a blend of olive oil, parmesan cheese, and garlic. It was the perfect thing to spread on the outside of my bread before putting the sandwich in the panini press. If you do not have a panini press available, you can use a griddle or a pan on the stove to grill it to perfection.

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

Look at all that goodness inside the sandwich. Who can turn down a sandwich loaded with meat, melty cheese, peppers, and garlic?

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

I think it’s time to get my sandwich love on again for lunch and dinner today. My family shouldn’t have a problem with that…I hope. At least it’s better than cold cereal for dinner.

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Now for some fun in the kitchen. Mezzetta is hosting a “Make That Sandwich” contest. Do you have a sandwich idea that could win? The grand prize winner will come home with $25,000 and two runners up will receive $1,000. You need to include at least two Mezzetta products in your original creation. Contest details are available here. Now get in the kitchen and start creating sandwich fun. I would love to say one of my readers won this contest.

Cheesy Beef Panini

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Cheesy Beef Panini

A delicious blend of roast beef, cheese, peppers, onion, and garlic in a toasted sandwich.

Ingredients

4 slices thick oat bread
6 slices deli roast beef
4 slices smoked Gouda cheese
2 teaspoons Mezzetta Savory Garlic Spread
1/4 cup Mezzetta Roasted Bell Pepper Strips & Caramelized Onions

Instructions

  1. Spread the outside of the bread slices with the Savory Garlic spread. Place a slice of bread spread side down. Top it with 3 slices roast beef, 2 slices cheese, and 1/2 the peppers and onions. Place another piece of bread on top, spread side up. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  2. Place sandwiches on a panini press or griddle that has been preheated to medium high heat. Cook for a few minutes or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Cut in half or quarters and serve. Makes 2 sandwiches.
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Java Chip Milkshake

June is National Dairy Month, and I am dairy excited to be partnering with the American Dairy Association this year to bring you delicious treats to help you get your recommended servings.

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink to enjoy on a hot summer day

All things summer are happening around our house.  That is just udder-ly ridiculous that it is already June.  Wasn’t it just snowing the other day?   We even did our big family vacation last week after the last day of school was over.  Our summer calendar was already full, so that week was the only one that worked well for us to get away.

Now we are home and adjusting to our summer schedule.   Those are two dreaded words that all school kids do not like to hear during the summer.  My husband and I want to be dairy sure that our kids are not spending all their time watching TV, and that they are eating healthy while they are home this summer.   There will be plenty of fun things that they can do for the next 2 1/2 months that do not involve screens.  Today they are already pulling out the sprinkler for some extra ordin-dairy fun on the trampoline.

My job this summer is to make sure that they are making good choices when it comes to eating.  I want to make sure they are grazing on fruits, veggies, yogurt, and milk this summer instead of the cookies and cake that is always in our kitchen thanks to the crazy baking I like to do all the time.  Did you know that most people do not eat the recommended servings of dairy each day?  Dietary experts recommend 3 servings of low fat or fat free dairy each day.  Most people need to add another serving of dairy per day to reach that quota.

Cud you believe that?

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink

Milkshakes are one of our favorite summertime treats to make.  They are so easy to customize and change up each and every time.  Our kids are always in the moo-d for a cold treat on a hot day.  Scratch that…they like these on any day of the year.  It keeps me moo-tivated to make these icy treats a little bit healthier for them.

I used frozen yogurt mixed with coffee and chocolate milk to create a fun version of our favorite coffee house frappe.  That’s a double whammy of protein and dairy in each serving.  My kids had no idea they were drinking a healthy shake.  This is one healthy treat that I will definitely be milking for all it’s worth.

Ok, ok, I am dairy sorry for all the milk puns you endured in this post.  I’m sure you have herd all those before.  Seriously, I’m moo-ving on :-)

Java Chip Milkshake - frozen yogurt, coffee, and chocolate chips makes an amazing frozen drink

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Java Chip Milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Java Chip Milkshake

Frozen yogurt and chocolate milk mixed with coffee and chocolate chips makes this milkshake the perfect way to get another serving of dairy in your diet.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1/4 cup chocolate milk
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
Cool Whip
chocolate syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine the frozen yogurt, cooled coffee, chocolate milk, and mini chocolate chips in a blender. Pulse until combined and the chips have been completely incorporated.
  2. Pour into 2 glasses. Top with Cool Whip and chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.
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Apple Butterfinger Bars

Apples and Butterfinger candy bars are a delicious way to jazz up a plain blonde brownie.

**This post is sponsored by Crunch Pak Apples.  I  am excited to partner with them this year as a brand ambassador bringing you delicious recipes.**

Apple Butterfinger Bars - apple blonde brownies topped with chocolate and Butterfinger candy bars

We go through quite a few apples in our house.  Lunches, after school snacks, and baking are a few ways we get that apple a day.

Our kids have never gone through that really picky stage where they wouldn’t eat fruits and vegetables.   There are a few things that they don’t like, but they know that they will still have to eat some.  Apples are one thing they have liked from the beginning, so we always keep them in our refrigerator.

With all the sweets and treats that come out of our kitchen, we make sure our kids know that fruits and veggies are an acceptable snack any time.   [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer and Power of Family Meals: Disconnect to Reconnect

I am partnering with the J.M. Smucker Company to bring you this recipe for Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer.  Homemade coffee creamer is easy to make and and easy to customize.

Salted Caramel Mocha Creamer - homemade creamer with a salted caramel and chocolate flavor

Like it or not, technology has become a way of life.  Unfortunately it is easy to become too attached to your phone or screen device.

As a full time mom and blogger, I am guilty of spending plenty of time with my face buried in my phone checking emails or social media during the day.  Some days I am just mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or Pinterest.  My husband likes to flip the phone out of my hands whenever he catches me zoning out.  It is so easy to become disconnected from the ones around you when you have a digital device easily accessible.

Everyone in our house has a phone or digital device.  If we aren’t careful, those devices come on way too many times throughout the day.  Limiting screen time has become necessary and needed so we can catch up with each other. [Read more...]

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles

Thank you to Chocoley for providing me the opportunity to create a fun chocolate treat.  These Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles are a delicious, but dangerous treat to have around.  They taste amazing.  Good luck only eating one at a time!

Amaretto Pecan Cookie Dough Truffles - no egg pecan cookie dough truffles that taste amazing when dipped in amaretto dark chocolate

 My in laws live near an outlet candy store, so any time they come visit us or we visit them, they have bags and bags of candy and nuts.  One of my absolute favorites that they buy are some dark chocolate amaretto pecans.  I seriously could eat an entire bag of them and not feel guilty at all.  So delicious!

It’s true your tastes change as you get older.  Growing up I did not like to eat nuts of any kind.  My way of eating nuts was a peanut butter and fluff sandwich.  Slowly as I got older, I started to like peanuts with M&M’s.  Gradually I started to branch out and try new nuts.  Now I actually eat a few kinds of nuts all by themselves.

Of course, I still prefer the nuts with lots of chocolate.   [Read more...]

Crock Pot Cuisine Meals Review

Having dinner on the table in less time can be even easier when you take advantage of Crock Pot Cuisine slow cooker meals.   These already prepared and frozen dinners are shipped right to your door.  Choose the dinner option that works best for you.

Creole Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken - easy to prepare creole style sausage and chicken crock pot meal #ad #crockpotcuisine

Dinner is the one meal that I have to think long and hard about preparing.  I would much rather be in the kitchen baking brownies or cookies.  My family keeps reminding me that those do not make good dinner choices. So, I am always looking for easy and delicious ways to help me out in the kitchen.   [Read more...]

Sesame Ginger Chicken

Thank you Crock Pot for sharing how Crock Pot Cuisine meals are great for weeknights when life gets busy.

Sesame Ginger Chicken - easy chicken meal from Crock Pot Cuisine #crockpotcuisine #ad
We just finished up signing our youngest up for soccer and baseball, and our daughter is looking at running track and also has a volleyball camp in a few weeks.  That means meal time is about to become interesting in our house.

Track practice is right after school until dinner time.  Soccer and baseball usually starts right after dinner.  That means dinner needs to be fast and easy, so that everyone can enjoy a hot meal before heading to the next activity.    With Spring quickly coming and practices going on the calendar, I am on the look out for new and easy dinner ideas for our family.  [Read more...]

Glazed Triple Berry Rolls

These Glazed Triple Berry Rolls and Valentine’s party ideas were inspired and sponsored by Pillsbury.

Glazed Triple Berry Rolls - berry preserves turns these crescent rolls into a fancy breakfast treat

 Something that I have been wanting to do again with my kids is a tea party.  But since they really don’t like tea, we have to call it a hot chocolate party.

With all the snow that we have been having lately, hot chocolate is a staple around here.  The kids go out in the snow and play…I stay inside and make sure the mugs and marshmallows are ready for when they need to get warmed up.   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Popcorn

 Peanut Butter Candy Bar Popcorn from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - white chocolate, peanut butter, and candy bars make this a snack you can't stop munching on

This time of year starts to get a little busy.  With shopping, decorating the house, making and sending cards, going to programs, and spending time with family, I am not sure how I will get all my baking and treats finished.  And this girl, needs her sugar treats.  Well, I guess I don’t need them, but I sure am much happier when I have them.

And when I am running around like a crazy woman trying to finish all my holiday projects, at least I can be full of sugar and happy.   [Read more...]