Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

These Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes are a refreshing cupcake to celebrate the Fourth of July with.  
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes  - lemon cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with blueberry butter cream

I had so much fun creating these Cherry Lime Cupcakes for the last fun blog hop, that I was all in when I was contacted to join in another fun cupcake hop with a giveaway.  Make sure you scroll down and check out all of the fabulous bloggers in this Sprinkles will Fly, a Patriotic cupcake event…I know you will be just as impressed as I am at all their cupcakes.

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Lemon Mousse Fruit Parfaits

I want to thank Lucky Leaf for sponsoring this post, and for helping me to share a delicious no bake Lemon Mousse Fruit Parfaits for your summer enjoyment.

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Summer officially started this weekend.  We are in full swing with high temperatures, thunderstorms, and lots of humidity.  Those are three good reasons why I do not want to start my oven right now.  I do love coming up with easy no bake desserts for these hot summer days though.

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Chocolate Zucchini Donuts

So many random thoughts going through my head today…

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*Why do I stay up so late every night and then think I will get up “early” the next day?
I have such a bad habit of “burning the midnight oil”…oh, it’s way past midnight
before I shut it all down and head to bed…every single night.
No wonder my body doesn’t function properly!

Firecracker Cupcakes

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Do you need a super easy and fun dessert
for the Fourth of July???
My daughter and I had so much fun
making these Firecracker Cupcakes together.
They are the perfect easy cupcake to do with your kids.
We loved seeing how different each cupcake
baked up depending on what color you
started with.
I think it is kind of like a patriotic camo:-)

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Take these to any and all picnics you are invited too,
but BEWARE…
once people know you can make such cute stuff,
it will be expected for every picnic you attend.

And that isn’t a bad thing:-)
I mean baking such cute stuff
is super cool, right?

 

 

Firecracker Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Firecracker Cupcakes

Red, white, and blue colored cupcakes topped with a fun licorice top.

Ingredients

1 vanilla cake mix (and ingredients from back of box)
blue and red food coloring ( I used Wilton gel colors)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar
1 package pull and peel licorice
holiday sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Mix up your cake mix as directed on the back of the box. Divide the batter into 3 bowls. Add a little red and blue food coloring to two of the bowls. Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full by alternating colors 1 Tablespoon at a time. Change it up by starting with a different color each time. Bake 20-22 minutes. Cool.
  2. Beat butter and shortening until creamy. Add the salt, water, and vanilla and cream again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Add another tablespoon of water if you feel it is still too thick. Beat until creamy. Frost cupcakes and top with a short piece of pull and peel licorice and sprinkles. Makes 24 cupcakes.
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Vanilla Fudge Whoopies

Looking for an easy cookie?  These Vanilla Fudge Whoopies start from a cake mix and are filled with canned frosting.  You can’t get much easier than that.
Vanilla Fudge Whoopies - easy cake mix cookies filled with fudge frosting

So every summer we ask the kids
what they want to do over summer break.
Can you believe that this year
all they said was swim, swim, swim???

So I took the liberty of creating a summer 2011 bucket list:
(mmmwwwhhhaaaa!!!! they will do all and take pictures for their crazy mama!!!)

*pool (check)
*amusement park (check)
*cruising in the Saab (check)
*baseball game
*camping
*camp fires
*smores
*catch lightening bugs
*sprinkler
*boating/tubing/wakeboard
*vbs (check)
*library
*geocaching
*dunes
*slushies (check)
*water balloon fight
*bike rides
*berry picking
*state fair
*zoo
*bake whoopie pies

Do you have a summer fun list for your family?
I am just curious what are some of your top things to do?
Yes, it’s possible I want to add to my list:-)

I was trying to get 26 summer things…
one for each letter of the alphabet!
It’s a random project in my head,
that probably will stay there for a year or two;-)

Is it just me?
Or are whoopie pies one of the funnest (yes it’s a word) summer treats?
I mean you get two cookies plus filling…
what’s not to love:-)

And because Fourth of July is coming up so fast
I decided to add some red and blue fudge filled cups…
ya know for some fun patriotic color and all!

Vanilla Fudge Whoopies - easy cake mix cookies filled with fudge frosting

 

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Vanilla Fudge Whoopies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies/18 whoopie pies

Vanilla Fudge Whoopies

Easy cake mix cookies made with colored fudge stars or M&M's and filled with fudge frosting.

Ingredients

1 vanilla cake mix
1 cup rice krispie cereal
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pkg. red and blue fudge filled stars (from the Dollar Tree)
(you could also use 1 cup red and blue M&M’s if you can't find the fudge stars)
1 can fudge frosting

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all the first 5 ingredients until mixed in. The dough will be slightly crumbly. Carefully stir in the fudge cups (or M&M’s).
  2. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on an un-greased cookie sheet. Make sure they are at least 2 inches apart to allow some spreading while baking. Bake at 350* for 8-9 minutes or until set. Cool for 1-2 minutes on the pan, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  3. After the cookies have cooled completely, place frosting on half the cookies and top with the other half. Makes 36 cookies or 18 whoopie pies.

Notes

If you can't find the fudge stars, use red and blue M&M's instead.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Donuts make Mondays more Doable!

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I don’t know about you…
but Monday is my least favorite day of the week.
Probably because I have to get back into a weekday routine…
I am a sleeper inner so I struggle with
the whole getting up early in the morning thing;-)
but not this Monday:-)It’s a Holiday Monday!!!
All about the sleeping in,
the cookouts,
the food,
the campfires,
did I mention sleeping in?
(yes, I know I am pathetic;-)

I hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day!
It is a great time to remember
what our service men have done for us!
We are so thankful for each and every
person that has spent time to give
u
s our freedom!!!

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What else can make Monday better?
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Donuts
and lots of sprinkles!
You have to have sprinkles…
it just makes it all seems better!!!!

And putting them on a stick
just ups the cute factor
because we all know food on sticks=
way fun!!!!

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Donuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Donuts

Strawberry donuts made from a cake mix and dipped in chocolate frosting

Ingredients

1 strawberry cake mix
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
3 eggs
1/2 cup strawberries
1 container canned chocolate frosting
sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Use fresh or frozen strawberries and smash into puree. If you are using frozen strawberries, thaw for a minute or 2 in the microwave. Drain the liquid and smash with a fork.
  2. Melt the ice cream in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Combine the oil, eggs, ice cream and strawberries in mixing bowl, add cake mix and beat for 1 minute on low and 2 minutes on medium. Spoon in about 1 teaspoon batter into a mini donut pan. (I found it worked better to fill a frosting bag and use a large frosting tip to pipe the batter in) Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool in pan about 4 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
  3. Remove the lid and foil from frosting. Heat in microwave for 1 minute…stirring every 30 seconds. Pour into a bowl and dip the tops of your donuts. Place on a wax paper lined tray and sprinkle with your favorite color sprinkle of the day.

Notes

After your frosting has set, you can slide a lollipop stick through the center and tie on a bow.

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Strawberrylicious Chocolate Cheesecake

Do you remember this delicious looking Strawberrylicious Chocolate Cheesecake
that I shared from Mother’s Day?
Honest, I didn’t mean to hold out on you for the recipe…
well, maybe I did:-)
But I had a really good reason…
Strawberrylicious Chocolate Cheesecake
anyone else see the colors in my yummy looking picture???Yup, you got it.
Red, white, and blue + chocolate!!!
I just HAD to wait to share this recipe for this week
you know being close to July 4th and all.
Believe me, this was the best cheesecake
my hubby and I have created.
This one combined:
my love for a chocolate cheesecake,
hubby’s love for strawberry pie,
and both our loves for cheesecake!
Now quit licking your computer screen
and let’s get baking!
*disclaimer*
I cannot be held responsible for any clothing items that don’t fit properly
after you can’t stop eating this highly delicious cheesecake.
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Strawberrylicious Chocolate Cheesecake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12-14 slices

Strawberrylicious Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate and vanilla cheesecake topped with a strawberry pie filling.

Ingredients

For the Crust
2 cups crushed chocolate cookies(with filling) (I used Oreos)
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
For the Chocolate Layer
1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
For the Vanilla Layer
2 packages cream cheese, softened (8 oz. each)
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
For the Strawberry Layer
4 cups sliced strawberries
1 1/4 cups water
3/4 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 (3 oz.) box Strawberry Jell-o

Instructions

  1. Mix the crust ingredients together and press into 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan stir chocolate chips over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cube cream cheese and add to chocolate. Stir until melted and creamy. Stir in milk and vanilla until smooth. Add 2 lightly beaten eggs and stir. Spread over prepared crust. Set aside.
  3. Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Blend in sugar and sour cream. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. Very carefully spoon over chocolate layer and smooth the top with a spatula.
  4. Bake at 350* for 40 minutes or until top is set when slightly shaken. Cool completely on rack. Do not run a knife around the edge of the pan. Cover. Chill at least 4 hours.
  5. Mix water, sugar, and cornstarch in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Boil 2 minutes. Lower heat and add jello. Stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool. Place strawberries on top of cheesecake. Pour cooled jello over strawberries. Refrigerate until set. Cut into slices.
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