Rainbow Vanilla Cheesecake Bars

Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a swirl of rainbow colors is a perfect dessert to serve for any party or event.  It is easy to customize it to any theme.

Rainbow Vanilla Cheesecake Bars - vanilla cheesecake with a fun rainbow swirl.  Fun, festive, and perfectly delicious!

 This past weekend we did some spring cleaning around the house and in the backyard.  My husband and the kids worked outside cleaning up sticks, leaves, and junk.  My job was the inside of the house.  I just had to do a regular cleaning to get ready for our life group.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get distracted when you are supposed to be cleaning?   [Read more...]

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie

Three times the peanut butter makes this Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie one dessert you don’t want to miss.  Make sure you have a glass of milk or cup of coffee ready to wash down this rich, decadent, and truly amazing pie.

Triple Peanut Butter Cookie Pie - three times the peanut butter makes this cookie pie taste amazing

 I puffy heart love peanut butter.  It is one thing that I could use in baking every single time because I love it that much.

My husband on the other hand must be an alien because he doesn’t like peanut butter as much as me.  He makes faces whenever I say I’m making more peanut butter desserts.  I think it’s that alien side of him trying to get out.

Oh, he eats peanut butter with his apple slices almost every day.  That man has the self control like no one I have ever seen.  He prefers apples to dessert.  What the what?   That’s totally crazy talk!  Now don’t get me wrong here.  I do love apples too…just not for my dessert.  Bring on the pie, candy, and Cool Whip because that’s how I like it!   [Read more...]

Strawberry Cheesecake Lemon Bars

These Lemon Bars have a strawberry swirl cheesecake in the center that adds a sweet and creamy texture to these bars.

Strawberry Cheesecake Lemon Bars - a delicious and fun lemon bar to celebrate the beginning of warmer weather

 Spring is here!  Can I get a woot woot from the crowd?

Time to open the windows, air out the house, clean those corners, and wipe down the fridge.  There is something so exciting and fun about spring and the newness it brings.  The other day the birds were chirping like crazy outside my window.  It put a smile on my face to hear how happy they sounded.  I am now waiting excitedly for tree buds, green grass, and flowers to start popping up.    Although with the winter we have had, I am sure more snow will head our way before long. [Read more...]

Andes Mint Cheesecake Brownie Pie

It’s that time of year when mint desserts start showing up every where.  This brownie pie has an easy no bake cheesecake on top that will help you give into those mint cravings.

Andes Mint Cheesecake Brownie Pie - brownie pie topped with an amazing no bake mint cheesecake

 Ok, guys, I tried to hold out as long as I could.  But then everyone starting posting mint desserts all over the place.  I gave into peer pressure and made a few fun minty treats too.

I don’t know if it will become a mintapalooza here on the blog or not…depends on how crazy I let myself get.  Right now I have 3 mint goodies that I can’t wait to share with you.  Are you as excited as I am? [Read more...]

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Can’t decide if you want cheesecake or brownies for dessert?   These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are two desserts in one.  Two are better than one for sure.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies - a delicious and pretty cheesecake brownie that is perfect for celebrating with your loved ones

 You knew one more crazy dessert had to be coming before Valentine’s Day right?

And what is crazier than cheesecake brownies?  Not too much!  In the spirit of love week, I added some red velvet cake mix to the cheesecake.  So if you think about it, this is really three desserts all rolled into one amazing treat!  Brownies, cheesecake, AND cake batter?  Hold me back!!!   [Read more...]

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Brownie Pie

A brownie pie topped with white chocolate cheesecake and peppermint bark is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Brownie Pie from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - brownie pie topped with a fun peppermint bark cheesecake

Right now we are living in a winter wonderland.  The last few days it has snowed quite a bit.  The ground is covered in fluffy white, and the trees are glistening with the snow.  It looks beautiful…but can I be honest with you?  I am a snow hater.  (Ducks as invisible snowballs are hurled)

Oh, I kind of like it at this time of year.  Who doesn’t want to wake up on Christmas morning to a white winter wonderland.  But then it can melt ;-)  But alas, I am in for a long few months of cold and ice and cold and snowy days…and did I mention cold?

The older I get the less I can handle being cold.  Although at least being cold, you can put layers and layers of clothes on and sit in front of a space heater.  I’ve got one blasting at my feet right now.  When you are hot, there is only so much you can take off.  So, I guess that is one bright spot to being cold.  Bring on the layers.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Hello friends.  Do I have a delicious holiday recipe for you today?!?!  Chocolate and pumpkin join forces in mini cheesecakes.  Try these Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes this year for a change of pace at your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - two layers of cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust

 As we head into one of the busiest seasons of the year, I wanted to just remind us to stop and be thankful for all the things that God has allowed in our lives.  Sometimes it is easy to focus on all the negative and bad that we see happening and not to see all the good that we actually have.

I want to remember to be content with the things that are in my life.  I want to be thankful for the good and the bad.  Does that mean I am joyful and a delight to be around all the time?  No way.  I have my bad moments/days/weeks too.  I have to make it a point daily to be happy in the things God has placed me through.   [Read more...]

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts

Try these Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts for an easy dessert during the upcoming holiday season. This recipe was made possible by Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry.

Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Tarts from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - puff pastry sheets filled with a maple cheesecake and a caramel pecan topping

I don’t know about you, but I feel like the holidays are creeping up on us at an alarming rate.  Our calendar is already filling up with parties, school and church plays, and holiday activities.   [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes

These White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes have been brought to you by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes - 3 layers of cheesecake for your holiday enjoyment  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I realized that the holidays are still a little ways off, but I have been busy thinking of new holiday treats to try out for this year.

With my entire being completely enamored with peppermint right now, I have been including it into everything I bake.  Cookies, truffles, and now cheesecake.  Nothing is safe in my kitchen from this peppermint craze.  I sure hope you are all stocked up on peppermint chips and baking ingredients.  My list might end up being pretty long.  Maybe I should just get those fat pants out now… [Read more...]

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Looking for a decadent and delicious dessert to serve at any meal?  These Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars have chocolate goodness in every single bite.

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Bars - triple chocolate in these cheesecake bars makes them a decadent treat after any meal www.insidebrucrewlife.com
I have come to the realization that I am not as smart as I once thought I was.  Helping kids with homework is definitely helping me to see that light now.   My kids know that if they have math homework that they need to wait for daddy to get home because mommy will probably get them the wrong answer.

You would think that using measurements and fractions in baking would keep my mind sharp in math, but alas I have lost all the math information that was once there.
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Salted Caramel Brownie Cheesecake Pie

All thing salted caramel seems to be the rage right now.  Enjoy a slice of this Salted Caramel Brownie Cheesecake Pie with a hot cup of coffee after dinner this week.  You will be hooked too!

Salted Caramel Brownie Cheesecake Pie - three layers of salted caramel goodness in one brownie pie www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I’m sure you are questioning my sanity right now.  I mean another salted caramel dessert?

Let me tell you that when I get hooked on something, I go all in until the next thing catches my attention.   A few years ago (like 14 really) I started scrapbooking.  I now own a small scrapbook supply store in my office.  Hey, some of those papers work great for back drops.   A few years after that I got into rubber stamping.  We won’t talk about how many stamps I currently own :-)

My latest hobby/job is food photography, and the need to buy cute inexpensive props comes with that.  This is another subject I would like to move from quickly.    Let’s just say I have enough plates, napkins, and straws to last a life time.  My kids get excited when they see me using the straws because they know this is the only time I let someone use them.  What?!?   They would use them for every single drink, and then when I need a particular color, it would be gone.  Yes…I have hoarding problems.    [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

Chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate ganache and Oreo crust should be one of the things you add to your must bake list.  This Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is amazing and will disappear right before your very eyes.

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake - chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate ganache and Oreo cookie crust  http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 Have you ever had one of “those” days?  You know the one I’m talking about, right?  The one that makes you wonder if the full moon is out.

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake - chocolate and peanut butter cheesecake layers with a chocolate ganache and Oreo cookie crust  http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Today was that day for me.  And the day isn’t even over, so I’m kind of scared to see what happens next.   It all started the minute the alarm started going off.  Yup, that’s it.  Hahahaha!  Just kidding.  There’s more.

My hubby and I had a small (and I do mean small for real) discussion on staying at school in the afternoon instead of coming home and going right back half an hour later for a soccer game.

It was early, I didn’t have my coffee yet, and it just irritated me.  I think it irritated me more that he was right.  Yes, I did concede a few minutes (ok, 30 minutes) later that he was right.  The cost of gas has gone up again, and it makes more sense to just stay put.  [Read more...]