Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling

A few minutes of chopping and cooking on the stove and you can enjoy a fresh, homemade Strawberry Pie filling.  It is perfect for breakfast cakes, danishes, or spreading on toast.

Homemade Strawberry Pie Filling - this delicious pie filling is very easy to make.  Perfect for cakes or danishes.

 With spring finally getting here, I am looking forward to lots of fruit.  One thing I always love to do with our kids is to go strawberry picking.

There is nothing like a fresh strawberry on a warm day!  Sadly the kids don’t share my enthusiasm for going anymore, but that doesn’t stop me from making them go with us.  It’s about family time and those photo opportunities.   But until the strawberries are ready on the farms, we will enjoy a box of berries from the store.   [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...]

Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake

This easy Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake topped with fresh strawberries and blueberries will make you the star of the picnic when you show up carrying it.

Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake | Inside BruCrew Life - strawberry cake with a strawberry milk mixture soaked in and topped with a cheesecake Cool Whip frosting #pokecake #strawberry

Ok, so a dessert topped with strawberries and blueberries this week is totally not original.  This week as I was surfing Pinterest or Facebook, I saw so many delicious fruit topped recipes.  Today I am jumping on that bandwagon with a cake topped with none other then strawberries and blueberries.    [Read more...]

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.

Strawberry Fudge Magic Bars from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - strawberry, fudge, and Oreos in one amazing magic bar

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.


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


  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.


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


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

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Today is a very special day.
Yes, you get to stare and drool at at this yummy Strawberry Shortcake Fudge and wonder why I am so mean every day to torture you with delicious food.

But that isn’t what makes today special.  Today we are surprising one of our best blogging friend with a virtual baby shower.

Surprise MANDY!!!

We love you, and we are so excited to help you welcome your sweet bundle of joy into the world.  I wish we could all be there in person to give you hugs and yummy treats!

Mandy Baby Shower

I “met” Mandy about two years ago when I decided to start posting just recipes here on this blog.  I think I found her yummy food blog through a link party. She was always so sweet with her comments and made me want to keep coming back to her blog.  She also hosts a fun Tuesday link party where you can share your food posts.  Make sure you stop in and say hi to her and let her know I sent you.

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

I had so many ideas on what I should make for the shower today, but I finally decided on some fudge.  Because everyone loves a good fudge recipe…and because I bought most of the stuff a while ago.  Have you tried the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations yet?  They are perfect for mixing into melted chocolate and creating fun new flavors.  So far I have made this Mocha Mallow fudge with it and this Caramel Hot Chocolate fudge with it.

Today though, I wanted a fun girly treat.  This Strawberry Shortcake fudge turned out so pretty and pink.  The perfect treat to share at an all girls get together or an all girls virtual baby shower :-)

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

I love how easy this fudge is.  You start by melting down the chocolate chips with the butter and milk.  Then stir in your flavor and marshmallow cream.  That’s it!  Of course since it is Strawberry Shortcake Fudge, I had to include a shortbread crust…otherwise it is just plain strawberry fudge.  There is nothing wrong with that, but I wanted it to be a little bit fancier to share at the shower.  Give it a fun white chocolate drizzle and some pretty white sprinkles for an even fancier presentation.

Word of warning: Don’t let your plate of delicious pretty fudge sit on the counter if you have a dog that likes to steal food.  We came home Saturday night and found the empty plate on the floor.

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

 Congratulations Mandy!  I can’t wait to see pictures of your new boy or girl.
P.S.  If it’s a boy, don’t tell him I made him pink fudge :-)


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Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 42 squares

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Easy strawberry fudge with a shortbread crust and a white chocolate topping.


2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs
5 Tablespoons butter, melted
3 1/4 cups white chocolate chips, divided
2 Tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.)
1 jar marshmallow cream (7 oz.)
2 packets Duncan Hines Strawberry Shortcake Frosting Creations (.10 oz each)
1/2 teaspoon shortening


  1. Combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Stir until well mixed. Press firmly into the bottom of an 8x8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a large sauce combine 3 cups white chocolate chips, butter, salt, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir until melted and smooth. Add the marshmallow cream and frosting creations packets. Stir until melted and smooth again.
  3. Pour the hot fudge on top of the crust. Let set completely in the refrigerator for a few hours. Bring to room temperature before cutting. Cut into 49 squares.
  4. Place 1/4 cup white chocolate chips and shortening in microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted and smooth. Place in plastic bag and cut off one tip. Drizzle over fudge squares. Top with sprinkles if desired. Store on the counter in a sealed container for up to 5 days.


Head on over to each of these blogs and see what they made up to share at Mandy’s shower.  
I hope you have had breakfast, because I know each of these ladies brought their best yummiest treats for the shower today.

Holly – Life as a LofthouseRed Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Aimee – Shugary SweetsMint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Ashton – Something SwankyHomemade Pancake Mix
Dorothy – Crazy for CrustPeanut Butter Cookie Cheesecake Bars
Stephanie – Macaroni and Cheesecake - Slush Punch
Nikki – Chef in TrainingChocolate Covered Strawberry Muddy Buddies
Hayley – The Domestic RebelCake Batter Oreo Stuffed Funfetti Cookies
Stephanie – Back for SecondsFrosted Cakey Sugar Cookies
Brandi – The Country CookLemon Pudding Cake
Becca – Crumbs and ChaosLemon Pudding


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Banana Split Cheesecake

Today marks a huge life change for the BruCrew family.

This post really has nothing to do with this cheesecake that is staring you in the face.  Other than it is to celebrate this big life change we just made.
Stick with me through this post…I promise you the recipe will be worth the read ;-)

Banana Split Cheesecake - banana cheesecake swirled with strawberry pie filling

 My husband started his new full time job today as an assistant pastor at our church.    Over the past year, we have been making changes in our family to get ready to follow this dream and conviction.  I know that God will provide all our needs, and we will be fine because we are following God’s will for our lives.
It is going to be an adjustment to living with less.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

These Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies are one of my favorites brownies to bring to a party.

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - brownies topped with a strawberry swirl cheesecake
Do you have a go to dessert?
You know the one that you make when time is short.
The one you make when you are craving something sweet.
Or the one you make when life is rough.
The one that you think of first.
The dessert that makes you the happiest.

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake – SRC

This recipe for No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake is a keeper for all those hot summer days.
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Can it really be the end of March already???
This month is flying by.
And it is time for another SRC.
The blog I was assigned this month for the Secret Recipe Club
I had so much fun going through her blog.
She had so many awesome adventures and pictures to enjoy.
I was in awe of the gorgeous scenery and flowers in her pictures!!!
AND she is amazing in the kitchen too!!!
Check out how delicious THIS and THIS looks.
One day I will make “real” food…
but it is the desserts that speak the most to me!!!
The Peach Cobbler looked so yummy!
But then so did the Bread Batter Chocolate Pudding.
How do I narrow down the choices?
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
My kitchen is torn apart,
so that had some say in what recipe I could make this time.
(mainly because I waited until the last weekend to finish this…procrastinate much?)
I decided on the No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
mainly because I love strawberry, because I love cheesecake,
and mostly because I love that
this recipe only uses a blender :-)
Who needs an oven anyway
when you can make fun layered jello desserts in cute jars!!!
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
I followed the recipe as much as I could,
but there were a few things I didn’t have.
So I substituted with what I could find packed in my boxes.
This will teach me to procrastinate:-)
Strawberry salad with a pretzel crust is one of our fav summer desserts,
so it just seemed right to have a pretzel crust.
No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
I also modified the ingredient amounts a little bit too,
and added some vanilla.
The end result:
A delicious light dessert in a fun little jar!
It got two thumbs up from all the kids!!!
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No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 10 small jars (4 oz.)

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No bake strawberry cheesecakes made with only a blender. Perfect for those hot summer days.


For the Crust
1 c. pretzels, crushed
6 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sugar
For the Cheesecake
1 Tbsp. plain gelatin (1 pkt. Knox)
1/4 c. warm water
1 1/4 c. fresh strawberries, sliced
1 1/4 c. cottage cheese
1/4 c. vanilla yogurt
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Combine crushed pretzels, melted butter, and sugar in a bowl. Spoon into 10 small glass jars (4 oz. Mason jelly jars) and press into the bottom. Set aside.
  2. Combine the gelatin and warm water in a small bowl. Stir until dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Place the strawberries in a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add the sugar, yogurt, vanilla and cottage cheese and blend until creamy. Add the gelatin water and blend again. Pour into prepared jars. Refrigerate overnight. It will be a soft set cheesecake. You could also freeze for a thicker consistency. Serve with Cool Whip and strawberry slices, if desired.

Banana Split Brownie Pie

Banana Split Brownie Pie for when you need an extreme chocolate dessert.Banana Split Brownie Pie from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - brownie pie topped with banana cheesecake and strawberries

You know the saying it’s as easy as pie?
That’s not always the case…keep reading to see why:-)
Today is March 14…as in 3.14…
the mathematical numbers for PI.
(it’s ok…I didn’t remember that either)
I can honestly say that math was not my strongest subject…
something about all those numbers makes my head spin.
But I do like PIE,
you know the kind with the E on the end.
So when Dorothy (who loves Math and is wearing a PI shirt today)
asked me to participate in a fun pie hop for PI day…
my answer was clearly a yes.
I started flipping through some old cookbooks,
because I don’t make pie very often.
This one was one that I have been wanting to make for a while.
Want to know a secret about my Pie?
Apparently I assume a lot when I am baking.
I saw brownies in the recipe and just went ahead
and made the full batch without reading further.
I finished up the rest of the recipe with a few modifications:-)
All seemed to be going well, until the next day when I cut a piece.
The center was very gooey and fudgey.
Now how did that happen when the Banana Split Brownie Pie was in the oven for 50 minutes???
I was bummed until I ate a piece…turns out my mistake tasted pretty good.
So I reread the directions and found out
that you only use part of the oil and water for the brownies.
I just figured it was the normal amount so I didn’t finish reading.
Yup, it was a User Error! I get a big fat FAIL!!!
Don’t worry I made sure to put the RIGHT ingredients in the recipe.
Yours will turn out better than mine, I’m sure.
Just make sure you READ all the directions thoroughly!!!
But we do like undercooked brownie recipes around here,
so there was no problem devouring this yummy pie.
Maybe I should take this holiday to brush up on my math and reading skills??
Banana Split Brownie Pie from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - brownie pie topped with banana cheesecake and strawberries
Now for the best part of this post…
You get to hop around and have even more PIE!!!
Make sure you stop at each one and leave them some “sweet” comments:-)
5. Ellen & Jacqueline (Bake it with Booze) – Brandied Apple Pie
Banana Split Brownie Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10 slices

Banana Split Brownie Pie

Brownie pie topped with banana cheesecake and strawberries


For the Crust
2 cups waffle cones, crushed
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
For the Pie
1 brownie mix (9x13 size)
1/4 cup oil
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoons instant coffee granules
1 egg
For the Cheesecake
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 banana, smashed
2 Tablespoons flour
For the Topping
I container strawberries, halved
1/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping


  1. Crush the waffle cones and combine with the melted butter. Press into a 9 inch pie pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the brownie ingredients and stir until mixed. Spoon into the crust carefully. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes.
  3. While the brownie is baking, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, flour, and egg until creamy. Stir in the banana. Spread on top of the baked brownie very carefully. Bake another 20 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate until serving time.
  4. Before serving, place halved strawberries on top of the pie. Heat the hot fudge for 30 seconds and drizzle over strawberries. Refrigerate leftovers.
  5. Recipe adapted from Pillsbury

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Donuts make Mondays more Doable!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Donuts | Inside BruCrew Life
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
s our freedom!!!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Donuts | Inside BruCrew Life

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


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


  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.


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



Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

These Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes are a decadent treat for any party that you may be going to this summer.  The hidden cheesecake filling is always a fun surprise.
Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

{1} We had a great Easter weekend celebrating our Saviour! Loved spending the day with our church family first and then getting to see cousins and family for the rest of the day. And you would be so proud of me. I took lots of pictures…of people not food:-)

{2} My hubby and I have started watching Lost on Netflix…unfortunately for me, I know the ending because it was all over Facebook at the time. Still, it is easy to get hooked and want to keep watching more episodes into the wee hours of the night.

{3} Our crazy dog decided to help herself to over a pound of chocolate from the kids Easter basket’s. Did I tell them to keep it up on a counter or cupboard? Of course, I know what a thief the beast is:-) She was acting a little hyper and crazy last night, so we googled and called a 24 hr. vet line to see if there was anything we could do. We finally decided that for her weight, she would have had to eat a lot more chocolate bunnies to be really sick. So since we saved lots of money, I’m thinking shopping trip right? She is totally fine this morning.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes
{4} I am giving up sugar for a week or two. This is very hard for my sweet tooth to handle. So far so good, but it has only been one day. LOL! I want to see if it makes a difference in my weight. Sadly that means I can’t bake for that time either because I always find myself taste testing when I am baking. (That kinda breaks the no sugar rule.) Now I know some of you are cheering because you think that means no pics to tempt you and make you drool. Well, that’s just not true because I have plenty of ones that I haven’t even shared yet:-) So, even though I might not be eating these this week, I am still going to share with you. How ’bout we start with a semi healthy one. It has strawberries in it…that makes it healthy right? Just close your eyes when we get to the butter and cream cheese :-)

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Easy strawberry cupcakes filled with a creamy no bake cheesecake filling and topped with a strawberry butter cream.


For the Cupcakes
1 strawberry cake mix
1/3 c. oil
3 eggs
1 1/4 c. water
1/4 c. sour cream
For the Cheesecake Filling
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. milk
1/2 pkg. (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 c. frozen whipped topping, thawed
For the Strawberry Butter Cream
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. strawberry preserves, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. strawberry extract
1/2 c. finely chopped strawberries
4 1/2 c. powdered sugar


  1. Beat the cake mix, oil, water, sour cream and eggs for 2 minutes. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake at 350* for 20 – 22 minutes, or until the tops spring back. Cool on a wire rack. Use a melon scooper and scoop out a small hole for the cheesecake filling.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.Add the sour cream and mix well. In a small bowl, beat the milk and pudding mix on low for 2 minutes. Stir it into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in the whipped topping. Fill the hole in the cupcakes with the filling. Refrigerate while you make the frosting.
  3. Beat shortening and butter until creamy. Add the salt, water, vanilla & strawberry extract, and chopped strawberries and cream again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Put the strawberry preserves in a microwave bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and add to the frosting. Beat the frosting for a minute. If the frosting is too thick, you can add another 1-2 tbsp. water, beating after each one. Frost the cupcakes. Keep refrigerated. Makes 24 cupcakes.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes