Funfetti Birthday Cake M&M Cookies

These Funfetti Birthday Cake M&M Cookies start with a cake mix.  By adding a few ingredients, you can have a delicious and soft cookie that everyone will love.

Funfetti Birthday Cake M&M Cookies - sprinkles and M&M's turn these cookies into a fun birthday treat

 This week I celebrated my birthday away from home.  My kids couldn’t believe that I would want to “work” instead of getting cake and presents.  And by work, I mean go on a blogging trip with all expenses paid and good food in front of you at every meal.  I’d say it was actually a pretty nice birthday treat.  The only down side was not having my hubby and kids there on my birthday.

Although it was so fun to come home and have all three kids present me with handmade cards and presents.  It feels good to be missed.  They are so excited to take me out to dinner this weekend too.  Now I just need to figure out what cake I want to bake for my late birthday celebration.  The baker in me loves making my own cake every year :-) [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...]

M&M Blonde Brownies

These soft, chewy M&M Blonde Brownies are a fun snack any time of day.  Try packing them into your kid’s  lunch boxes or snacking on them after school with a glass of milk.

M&M Blonde Brownies from - easy and delicious blonde brownies filled with lots of M&M candies

 Today I am slightly dragging a little.  I have discovered that boys are much louder than girls.  And by boys, I really mean grown men.   Last night my hubby had game night at our house.  Seriously I think 5 grown men huddled around a board game are much louder than any group of women for sure.  Loud voices and laughing do not make going to sleep very easy.

Usually they set up the game in the basement, but last night it was upstairs in the dining room.  Of course it was the room without carpet, so it just echoed through out the entire house.  I did stay up for a bit doing some computer work in the office.  All I heard was laughing and talking about which army was going to destroy the rest.   I finally waved the white flag and went to bed even though they were still going strong on their game at midnight.  Thank goodness the closed door blocked some of the sound. [Read more...]

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies

Rich, chocolate cookies with a fun candy crunch is the perfect way to enjoy the weekend.  These Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies will satisfy all those chocolate longings in a hurry.

Chocolate Crunch Pudding Cookies - these rich chocolate cookies have plenty of crunch from the candy mixed in

 It has been a while since I have made pudding cookies.

Last summer and the year before that I couldn’t make enough different flavors, and then I just stopped.  I’m not sure why,  but boy am I glad I found my way back to them.  They are so soft and delicious!  Really you can use any flavor of pudding, but this past weekend I was in a chocolate kind of a mood.  I was remembering these Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies, and decided to create another flavor based on those.   [Read more...]

Snowman Candy Jar

Need a quick and easy gift to share with your friends or family?  This Snowman Candy Jar is a cute way to share all that holiday candy that you bought too much of with others.

Snowman Candy Jar | Inside BruCrew Life

Can I just tell you how much I love snowmen?  Oh, not the cold wet ones that are outside.  I like the fluffy pretty ones that are all over my house at this time of year.  I do like the outside snowmen too…as long as I am looking at them from inside my window.

A few weeks ago I was at Hobby Lobby buying…well, to be honest I don’t remember what I was buying.  Anyway, I wandered down the ornament aisle and found this cute snowman head ornament.  He had to come home with me right away.   [Read more...]

White Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake

This White Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake is a great way to end the meal.  Chocolate, caramel, and white chocolate…it’s the perfect trio of flavors.

White Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake - chocolate, caramel, and candy bars make this cake so delicious

 When our kids have tests, we have them study, and then we will quiz them to see how much they really studied.  Nothing like a good study session to make you realize how much school stuff you have forgotten and how dumb you have become.  That was me the other night.  My son had a biology test that he wanted me to quiz him for.  Biology is one of those classes I learned at the time, and then promptly forgot as soon as school was over.

Yikes!  It has been way too many years since being in school.  My brain does not remember things like ATP energy, autotrophs, chloroplasts, adenosine, thylakoids.  Shoot!  I can’t even remember how to pronounce some of those.  My son had a good laugh at me as I was asking him some of the things on his papers.  The sad thing is that I just went over all those things with him the other day, and I couldn’t tell you what any of those are now.  Well, maybe chloroplasts…I think those are some sort of plant cell where the color is stored…or something like that.  The other ones I have no clue.  Obviously I forgot again! [Read more...]

Caramel Marshmallow M&M Brownies

Brownies topped with three layers of goodness.  These Caramel Marshmallow M&M Brownies will definitely satisfy every sugar craving you have.  They are a great way to use up some of that Halloween candy too!

Caramel Marshmallow M and M Brownies - three layers of goodness on top of a fudge brownie.  These are crazy good!
Yesterday my daughter and I made a trip to Walmart to pick up some more…wait for it…baking supplies!  I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you at all since you know me and my crazy baking habits.

We stopped at Goodwill first and wandered there for about 30 minutes.  It was one of those stops where not much jumped out at us to buy.  We did find a really nice winter coat for her that looks absolutely brand new.  Can’t beat $4!!!  And I did find a couple white bowls and a nice mini cutting board.  You can never have too many mini cutting boards as a food photographer.   [Read more...]

Monster Mix Popcorn Munch

One of my favorite things to make is chocolate covered popcorn.
It is such a blank canvas for so many different variations!

Every fall I buy the three seasonal cereals Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Franken Berry.
And every fall they sit there, because for some reason ours kids will only eat one bowl.
It’s marshmallow cereal…why don’t they eat more of it?
I remember as a kid eating this cereal and loving it.

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Peanut Butter Kit Kat Ice Cream Sandwiches

I was cleaning up some photo folders on our computer and,
I realized that I have so many recipes from this summer that I still haven’t shared.

I’m sure that means I bake way too much and should probably slow down…
yeah, like that’s going to happen:-)
And I have the stretchy pants to prove it!!!

Yesterday our weather turned cooler…very fall like and wonderful.
Gotta love bringing out the jeans and hoodies.
I am so excited for my favorite season to be here non stop!!!
In the evening my husband got out our fire pit and we enjoyed a blazing fire.

The irony in this…we were huddled around the fire to keep warm…
while eating ice cream!!!

I came to the realization that just because summer is gone (I hope),
doesn’t mean we stop eating ice cream here.
And I’m betting that most of you keep eating ice cream too.
So, I think I am safe to share the couple ice cream goodies from this summer.

A chewy oatmeal peanut butter cookie…
studded with white chocolate Kit Kat bars.
What could be better?
Oh yeah, TWO of these cookies and vanilla ice cream in the middle.

Sandwich cookies are the best because you get 2 cookies + filling every time you have just one.
I definitely need to make more filled cookies just for that reason alone:-)
And you wonder why I wear stretchy pants…

Peanut Butter Kit Kat Ice Cream Sandwiches

by Inside BruCrew Life
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1 c. butter
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 c. quick oats
  • 3 c. chopped white chocolate Kit Kat bars
Cream together the peanut butter, butter, honey, and brown sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again. Sift together the salt, baking soda, flour, and oats in another bowl, then slowly add them to the creamed mixture. Do not over beat. Stir in the candy bars by hand. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet with 2 inches around each one. Bake at 350* for 11 minutes. Let cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Place a scoop of ice cream on a cookie and top with another one. Makes 24 sandwiches.
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Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies

I recently learned something new about my desserts…

Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies - brownies with fudge and Reese's is the way to go when a chocolate craving hits
They can be used just like money in certain situations.
My oldest son has been using desserts in trades to get more/better lunches at school.
At lunch time, he gives anyone who wants a “taste” of the sweets…
then whoever will trade him the best lunch item, gets the goodies.
fluffernutter fudge brownies, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Reese's Pieces, fudge brownies
So far he has gotten pizza, garlic bread, and a plate of french fries.
I haven’t decided whether to be upset that he is trading away his lunch that I lovingly made,
or happy because so many of his friends are wanting my sweets…
For now I am going with happy because everyone likes good reviews of the things they make.
It is just like getting comments on this blog from someone who made your recipe and loved it.
Which by the way, I LOVE to hear from you guys when that happens.
Totally makes my day…just sayin:-)
Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies - brownies with fudge and Reese's is the way to go when a chocolate craving hits
If you are looking for a fast and easy brownie to take to any picnics or family gatherings,
these Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies have your name written all over them.
Chocolate brownies made from a box…or get jiggy and make one from scratch if you like….whatev.
I’m kind of a box mix girl for now.  But only because of convenience.
Then whip up an easy fudge from chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk
and fill it with whatever candy floats your boat.
My boat is always floating with marshmallows and Reese’s candies.
Something about that peanut butter and marshmallow stuff that just gets me every single time.
Last week I made a pan of these for our church picnic…
and the only thing that came home from the picnic was a plate of crumbs.
Love it when that happens.
Of course my son wasn’t too happy because then he didn’t have anything to barter with on Monday.
He actually had to eat his own lunch that day.
I guess he forgot about the cookies in the freezer.  Ooops!
Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies - brownies with fudge and Reese's is the way to go when a chocolate craving hits
Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 24 brownies

Fluffernutter Fudge Brownies

Chocolate brownies topped with a marshmallow, peanut butter cup fudge...grab a cup of milk because you are going to need it.


1 box brownie mix (13×9 pan size)
1 cup snack sized Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, chopped (about 12)
1 cup miniature Reese's Pieces
2 cups marshmallows
2 cups chocolate chips
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Prepare brownies according to the 2 egg directions on the back of the box. Bake about 25 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. In a saucepan combine the chocolate chips and milk. Heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool 2 minutes. Stir the marshmallows, peanut butter cups, and pieces in by hand gently. Spoon on top of the brownies and spread out. Work quickly with the fudge because it will set up very quickly. Let cool until set. Cut into 24 squares. Store in a tightly sealed container.
Any of these Reese’s treats would make good picnic food too:

Reeses Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies

In a yummy cookie mood today???
Today I am sharing one of my absolute favorite cookies with you.
These cookies are full of peanut butter cups, Reeses pieces, and marshmallows.
Want the recipe?

Then head over to Southern Lovely today, where I am guest posting 
and sharing the recipe for these absolutely delicious cookies!!!

I can’t wait to see you there:-)


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Monster Cookie Dough Popcorn

This Monster Cookie Dough Popcorn has all the traditional flavors of a monster cookie.  The popcorn is coated in a chocolate and Biscoff coating and tossed with lots of extra goodness.
Monster Cookie Dough Popcorn - all the flavors of a monster cookie in a chocolate covered popcorn
I have the funniest…ok, maybe the dorkiest habit…you are going to laugh at me…

but that’s ok because my family cracks up all the time.
Want to know what it is???

I talk to myself.  Like all the time. And not a silent whisper either.
Oh, it’s a whisper…just kind of out loud :-)

My husband and my kids always like to let me know when it happens.
They think it is super hilarious to stand behind me
and listen to me go on and on.
Ok, fine it probably is.

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