Cherry Jello Salad

This Cherry Jello Salad is a sweet side dish to add to your dinner menu.  It can put together quickly in the morning and then is ready for dinner later.

Cherry Jello Salad - this easy and light Jello salad tastes delicious and is the perfect shade of pink

 Why is it that the kids are extra loud and sing songy on the morning after you stay up really late the night before?

I have been trying to be better about getting to bed earlier.  I am quite the night owl and would much rather stay up late at night working on projects.  Getting up early is for the birds in my opinion.

Of course the other night, I stayed up way too late doing who knows what.  The next day the kids were louder than normal and were singing about everything under the sun.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am thankful they were happy and cheerful…but my head and ears just want quietness until I fully wake up.  Thank goodness there was no snow delay that morning ;-)    [Read more...]

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Marshmallows and hot chocolate are a fun addition to popcorn balls.  These Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls are easy to put together and would be perfect for any Valentine’s party this week.

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls - a fun and delicious way to enjoy chocolate covered popcorn

 We like to make fun treats from time to time around here.  Not that you are surprised by that fact at all because most of the fun treats get shared with you too.  But sometimes those fun treats get made and and eaten before they ever make it here.

These popcorn balls were a treat I made for my kids last year.  I have been wanting to make them again, so I could share them, but before I knew it a whole year had passed.   [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...]

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...]

Strawberry 3 Musketeers Fudge

This easy 2 ingredient fudge gets a fun twist from the Strawberry 3 Musketeers candy bars on top.  Who can resist a fun pink fudge that tastes amazing too?  It is the perfect treat to celebrate Valentine’s Day with…or just a random Wednesday, if that’s how you feel.

Strawberry 3 Musketeers Fudge - 3 Musketeers candy bars add a fun twist to this easy strawberry fudge

 Why is it that the entire world seems to slow down when you are falling through the air?  And let’s clarify that I don’t mean the love kind of falling…

I only wonder that because yesterday was that day for me.   Let’s just say that pink converse shoes with no tread are not a good idea on ice and snow, no matter how cute you think you look in them.   Just words of wisdom from my bruised self to you.  Take it or leave it, but seriously don’t wear them.     Thank goodness for yummy strawberry fudge waiting at home for me to soothe my bruised body and ego with. [Read more...]

Red Velvet Oreo Fudge Bars

Cookies and chocolate chips add an intense chocolate taste to these Red Velvet Oreo Fudge Bars.  They are the perfect treat for snacking on this Valentine’s Day.

Red Velvet Oreo Fudge Bars - red velvet cake bars get a fun chocolate twist from Oreos, fudge, and chocolate chips

 There are some food trends that I just never get on board with very often.  How do you feel about red velvet?  I have been seeing different red velvet  treats popping up all over the place, so I decided to jump on board for a short while.

Recently I asked my Facebook fans if anyone loved or hated red velvet…it was pretty evenly split on the responses.  So, I decided that the red velvet cake mix on my counter was getting used.  I had picked it up on a whim one night, then I had started to question my choice of cake flavor.    Red Velvet here we come! [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn is a snack that is perfect for munching on any time.  It is great for movie nights, game days, or just because you are craving candy and popcorn after a major cleaning session!

White Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Popcorn - the combo of chocolate covered popcorn and candy will have you devouring the whole bowl

 This past few weeks we have been cleaning out our closets and rooms one by one.  It is amazing the amount of junk we have accumulated in just a few short years.  I thought we had gotten rid of so much when we moved here 4 years ago.

4 years later and the junk is back.   Obviously getting rid of clothes is a big one.  People grow and styles change…or maybe it’s just my style that changes.  Good think I like to shop at Goodwill because it seems like every 6 months or so I look at things I bought and wonder what the heck I was thinking!   3 big bags and a tote later, and I still think there is plenty more that we could get rid of.   [Read more...]

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Cookies

Chocolate chunks and cherries make these easy chocolate cookies so rich and decadent.  It is hard to only eat just one.

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 So my sister says I have a problem.  A big baking problem.

You don’t believe her, do you?  I mean just because I bake 4-5 times a week and share those crazy recipes here.  I don’t see the problem at all :-)   [Read more...]

Strawberry Fudge Poke Cake

It is so easy to make a box cake mix taste like a decadent dessert.  This Strawberry Fudge Poke Cake is so delicious…you won’t want to stop after one piece.

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Last year I made this Chocolate Coconut Cake.  It was my first poke cake using sweetened condensed milk.  The only poke cakes I had ever made before were with a pudding or jello mix.  The sweetened condensed milk over the cake was absolutely delicious.  Something about a cold gooey cake topped with Cool Whip just satisfies every dessert craving in me.  Then I waited an entire year to make another one.  What was I thinking?

A few weeks ago I made this Coconut Fudge Poke Cake, and I remembered why I loved this cake so much.  It got me thinking of what other combos I could do with this cake.  And really, the ideas are still coming.  But this one stuck out in my mind and I had to go buy all the ingredients right away.  
Strawberry Fudge Poke Cake

One thing that I love about this cake is how easy it is to make.  Only 5 ingredients/packages!!!  Ok, a few more because you also need eggs and oil to make the cake.  Really all you need is a cake mix, sweetened condensed milk, a can of frosting, a can of pie filling, and Cool Whip.  That’s it!   What’s really great about this is that Duncan Hines has 3 of those covered for you.  I used a Duncan Hines cake mix, frosting and pie filling.  I just love easy peasy desserts.

Hurry!  Run to the nearest grocery store and buy these 5 items, so you can have Strawberry Fudge Poke Cake in your refrigerator too.  I promise you are going to love it!!!

Strawberry Fudge Poke Cake - chocolate cake with fudge and strawberry topping

 

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Strawberry Fudge Poke Cake

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 squares

Strawberry Fudge Poke Cake

Chocolate Fudge cake topped with canned frosting and a pie filling Cool Whip.

Ingredients

1 dark Chocolate Fudge cake mix (Duncan Hines 16.5 oz.) + ingredients on back of box
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1 container Classic Chocolate Frosting (Duncan Hines)
1 can Strawberry Pie Filling (Duncan Hines)
1 container Cool Whip (8 oz.)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cake according to the box directions. Bake at 350* for 25-27 minutes. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, poke the cake with a fork all over. Make sure you cover the cake with holes. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk slowly over the top of the hot cake. Make sure to fill all the holes. Let set until cool.
  2. Remove the foil top of frosting. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and spoon over cooled cake. Spread over the entire top. Refrigerate.
  3. Open the can of pie filling. Use a fork to break apart the strawberry chunks. Fold into the Cool Whip. Spread the strawberry Cool Whip over the top of the cake. Keep refrigerated. Makes 24 squares.
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 Here a few more ways we like to enjoy Strawberries.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake 1

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Banana Split Brownie Pie 3

Banana Split Brownie Pie

Banana Cheesecake

Banana Split Cheesecake

Strawberry Coconut Cheesecake Brownies 5

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

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Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

30 Valentine’s Day Treats

 Do you have any special Valentine’s Day treats you will be  making your loved ones?

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If you are still looking for something fun and delicious, I have put together 30 of my favorite recipes that I have made over the past few years.
I hope you find one that you would love to make.

Caramel Mud Pie Cups

 NO BAKE CARAMEL MUD PIE CUPS

Tiramisu Brownies
TIRAMISU BROWNIES

PB Brownie Batter Ice Cream

PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE BATTER ICE CREAM

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Cups
NO BAKE STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE CUPS

M and M Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

 M&M PEANUT BUTTER PUDDING COOKIES

White Chocolate Reese's Krispie Hearts

REESE’S RICE KRISPIE HEARTS

Chocolate chip cookies with mocha filling

WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHACCINO CHIPPERS

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE FUDGE 

apple cider whoopie pies

APPLE CIDER WHOOPIE PIES WITH RED HOT FROSTING

Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

 HOT CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKES

Nutella Marshmallow Bars

NUTELLA MARSHMALLOW BARS

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

 RASPBERRY HOT CHOCOLATE BARS

Red Hot Oreo Fudge

RED HOT OREO FUDGE

Chocolate Cherry Muffin Tops

 CHOCOLATE CHERRY MUFFIN TOPS

Reeses Popcorn Munch - chocolate covered popcorn made with 3 kinds of Reeses  #reeses #popcorn http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

REESE’S POPCORN MUNCH

Banana Split Cheesecake

 BANANA SPLIT CHEESECAKE

cherry marshmallow krispie treats
CHERRY MARSHMALLOW KRISPIE TREATS

Coconut Nutella Cookies
COCONUT NUTELLA COOKIES

Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Cups

SALTED CARAMEL BROWNIE CUPS

Banana Split Brownie Pie

BANANA SPLIT BROWNIE PIE

Chocolate Mocha Muffins

CHOCOLATE MOCHA MUFFINS

Cinnabon Sugar Cookies

CINNABON SUGAR COOKIES

Cheesecake Nutella Twists

 CHEESECAKE NUTELLA TWISTS

Mocha Cappuccino Puppy Chow
MOCHA CAPPUCCINO PUPPY CHOW

Chocolate Cherry French Toast Bake
CHOCOLATE CHERRY FRENCH TOAST BAKE

Triple Chip Red Velvet Cookies

TRIPLE CHIP RED VELVET COOKIES

Chocolate Coconut Cake
CHOCOLATE COCONUT CAKE

White Chocolate Oreo Brownie Parfaits

WHITE CHOCOLATE OREO BROWNIE PARFAITS

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

STRAWBERRY FUDGE MAGIC BARS

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

MOCHA COOKIE CRUMBLE CUPCAKES

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!

 

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

Chocolate covered strawberries are the top thing for Valentine’s Day treats….these Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars are much easier than dipping strawberries though.

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Last week I asked everyone on Facebook what was the first thing you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day desserts.  Almost everyone said chocolate covered strawberries!

I was planning on making some cute cupcakes with those flavors, but then I ran out of time for that.  Lucky for all of you chocolate and strawberry lovers, I already had made this pan of Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars.   I know it isn’t quite the same or as fancy, but the taste is out of this world.

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

I love how you can throw a bunch of ingredients into a pan and cover it with the sweetened condensed milk, and when it comes out of the oven something magical has happened to it.  Think unicorns and fairies…yup, just as magical as those.

The milk seeps into all the parts of the bars, and it becomes this delicious gooey bar that you just can’t resist.  I say can’t resist because…well, I kept sneaking little bites of these until I finally sent a box over to the church and threw the last couple bites into the garbage.

Anyone else do that at times too?  Not send the goodies away, but throw away the rest and then cover it with coffee grounds or dust or something like that?

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars - chocolate and strawberry in a delicious magic bar

 Let’s talk Valentine’s Day for a minute?  Do you have big plans?

We usually don’t do anything big or special for the day.  I think it is more important to show love and affection throughout the entire year instead of focusing on one day.  But this year, we are actually going out on a hot date.

There is a mall about an hour away from us that is called the “fashion mall”.  We went there once and walked around.  Let’s just say they call it the fashion mall because it is every high end store you can think of…we felt a little out of place walking around in our jeans.  The few people we did see were dressed up in business suits and heels.  It’s safe to say we stood out!  A lot!!

So, we are going to get all dressed up and walk around the mall, act all snooty, and talk with British accents.    It’s going to be a blast!  Then we are headed to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner and of course cheesecake.

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars - chocolate, strawberry, and Oreos in one delicious easy bar

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Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 24 bars

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars

Chocolate covered strawberry cake bars...the best Valentine's magic bars.

Ingredients

1 Strawberry cake mix (18 oz.)
1 stick of butter, softened
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup strawberry ice cream topping
1/2 cup hot fudge topping
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 cup miniature marshmallows
2 cups Berry Oreo cookie chunks
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1/4 cup snowcap candies

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix and butter until crumbly. Add the egg and vanilla and mix completely. The dough will be very thick. Press into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.
  2. Spread the fudge topping over the cake mix dough. Sprinkle with the marshmallows, chocolate chips, and cookie chunks. Drizzle the strawberry topping over the top. Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk over everything. Sprinkle with the snowcap candies. Bake for 35 minutes at 350* This needs to cool completely before cutting into it. Cut into 24 bars.

Notes

*If you can't find the Berry Oreos, feel free to use regular Oreos.

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Here are a few more Valentine’s Day desserts that we love:

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes 2

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Nutella Marshmallow bars1-1

Nutella Marshmallow Bars

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake 2

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake

Triple Chip Red Velvet Cookies

These Red Velvet Cookies with three kinds of chocolate chips will be a favorite Valentine’s Day treat this year.

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A couple months ago I made these Chocolate Mint Cookies.   I had to give them away, or I would have eaten the entire batch of cookies before the day was over.  They were that good!

Have you tried the cake mix cookies yet?  They are one of my favorite go-to cookies at the moment.

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 I love quick and easy they are to mix up and bake.  You could bake them right away, but I like to let the dough chill in my refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  It helps the dough from spreading out too thin.  And DO NOT bake them more than 9 minutes.  They will look very undone, but they will set up quickly.

My favorite way to eat them is fresh out of the oven.  The center is still so gooey and soft and just perfect.  Plus the chocolate is so melty and delicious.

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I wanted to make some of these Red Velvet Cookies with a Valentine’s flair for this month.  When I was shopping at Walmart I found the Nestle Valentine’s mix of chocolate chips.  Every bite of these cookies has a good amount of chocolate in it.

The best thing about these cookies is that they stay soft for about 5 days.  I’m sure they would stay soft longer, but cookies just don’t last long enough in our house for me to test that theory.

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I hope you like red and pink Valentine’s Day treats because I kind of went overboard this year and baked quite a few.  So get prepared for a new one every day and maybe even one after the heart day is over.

 

Here are a couple more Cookie recipes for Valentine’s Day treats that you might like:

Cherry Cordial Cookies

Coconut Nutella Cookies

Cinnabon Sugar Cookies

 

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Red Velvet Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet cake mix cookies with three kinds of chocolate chips

Ingredients

1 red velvet cake mix (18 oz.)
1 stick butter, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup Nestle's Valentine chocolate chip mix (dk. choc and red chips)

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix and butter, Add the egg, vanilla, and cream cheese and beat until mixed thoroughly. Stir in the chips by hand. Chill the dough at least 30 minutes.
  2. Roll the dough into 1 -1 1/2 inch balls. Bake on a nonstick surface at 350* for 9 minutes. Let rest on pan for 2 minutes before removing to parchment lined counters. Cool completely before storing in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Makes 36 cookies.
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