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July 31, 2014

Homemade Cannoli Filling

My first job was a waitress at an Italian restaurant where I was introduced to desserts such as Tiramisu and the Cannoli. I can’t leave an Italian restaurant these days without ordering one or the other. A few months ago a new pizza and wings place opened up down the road from our house and we found ourselves eating there once a week during my pregnancy. Each visit would end with me ordering a cannoli to go. Their cannolis are so amazing.

Fast forward to today and I am not making very many trips out because I haven’t quite figured out how to balance all four kids at a restaurant yet. There are too many kids saying ‘mommy’ or crying and I get overwhelmed. I had not forgotten about all those cannolis though – and I had been craving them like crazy! I figured there had to be a cheaper and easier way to get my cannoli fix so I decided to test out my own idea for a cannoli filling using Coffee Mate French Vanilla creamer and it turned out so yummy.

Homemade Cannoli Filling

I took a poll on the Poofy Cheeks facebook page to see which recipe I should share (tiramisu or cannoli) and cannoli won! I used Coffee Mate French Vanilla creamer which kept the recipe down to four ingredients and added the perfect amount of classic vanilla flavor.

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

Homemade Cannoli Filling:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 cup Coffee Mate French Vanilla creamer
  • 1/2 cup Nestle mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl add ricotta cheese and whip with a spatula until it is smooth and creamy.
  • Stir in powdered sugar and Coffee Mate French Vanilla until well blended.
  • Add chocolate chips and stir.

***I then put the filling into a pastry bag and snipped the end to easily fill the cannoli shells. I bought the cannoli shells at my local Publix bakery for $.60 each.

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

With only four ingredients you can’t go wrong with this recipe – plus it saves so much money over buying them at a restaurant!

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

Homemade Cannoli Filling - only four ingredients

You know you want one!! #TakeBackVanilla and find other delicious recipes by visiting Coffee Mate!

Enjoy,

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July 29, 2014

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug

I’m a cupcake girl – I could eat cupcakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I would pass up a chocolate bar or slice of cheesecake for a cupcake any day! Sometimes I open my pantry just hoping the cupcake fairy has left me a batch of cupcakes but no such luck. There are days when all I want is a cupcake but I just don’t have the time or energy to make a whole batch. On top of that – sometimes I want to sneak off to my bedroom and enjoy a cupcake all by myself without having to feed them to my kids and pick up their mess!

A few weeks ago I kept going to the pantry – opening it like there was going to be something different than the time before. By the third time I was determined to come up with something. There she was – a box cake mix starring at me. I knew if I made a whole batch I would have to pull out the mixer, the cupcake pan and cupcake liners. The kids would drag the dining table chairs over and want to help then when they were finished the kids would want to eat them and the crumbs would fall onto my just-mopped floors. It was then that I came up with the Cupcake in a Mug and because every now and then we all deserve a little confetti I added sprinkles!

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug - Dessert in a Mug

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cake mix (from a box)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons Jimmy Sprinkles

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients in an oven safe mug and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. (Baking time may vary depending on your mug and oven – it is finished when you insert a toothpick in the middle and remove it without any batter on it.)

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug - Dessert in a Mug

Confetti Cupcake in a Mug - Dessert in a Mug

These are just a reminder that everyday should be a celebration! Lately I have had a case of the baby blues so just celebrating the fact that I can make it from one day to the next is reason enough!
 
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July 28, 2014

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch

I was on a popsicle making kick at the beginning of summer before our little guy arrived. Since then I have only been making or cooking what I absolutely have to! There haven’t been many more homemade frozen treats but because it is still crazy hot I have continued to stock the freezer with frozen treats. One new frozen treat we tried were the STARBURST™ Strawberry Sorbet bars. They are dreamy, creamy and a summer version of one of my favorite candies with only 70 delicious calories!

The sorbet bars are the perfect treat on a hot day but I took things one step further and made a STARBURST™ Strawberry Sorbet Punch. The punch can be made as a big batch for a party or single serve for when you’re feeling fancy. Since I have been wearing my pajamas well past noon these days and found myself showered, dressed and feeling fancy by 10am last Friday it called for punch!

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch Recipe:

Directions:

  • In a large pitcher or punch bowl mix together the pink lemonade concentrate and water.
  • Immediately before serving add 24 ounces (or around 1/3 of a 2-liter) of Ginger Ale to the pink lemonade.
  • Remove sorbet from sticks and add to the top of the punch.

Single Serve Version – In a pitcher mix pink lemonade concentrate with water. Fill glass halfway with pink lemonade and then add ginger ale to fill the cup 3/4 of the way. Top with a STARBURST™ Strawberry Sorbet Bar!

Strawberry Starburst Sorbet Punch

So whether you're enjoying a weekend at the beach or just need a little time to yourself to recharge, Starburst Sorbet Bars provide you with a cool, refreshing and enjoyable treat. Multi-packs of the STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars are available in the refrigerated ice cream case at Wal-Mart and select grocery stores nationwide. STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bar Singles are available in many convenience stores nationwide.

GIVEAWAY: I have three full value coupons for the new STARBURST™ Brand Sorbet Bars to give to one lucky winner! All you have to do is comment below with your favorite STARBURST™ fruit chew flavor!

Enjoy,

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July 25, 2014

S’more Milkshake Recipe

There is nothing quite like the combination of marshmallows, chocolate and graham cracker! After Fourth of July weekend we were left with leftover s’more ingredients and I just couldn’t let them go to waste sitting on the pantry shelf. Since it has been SUPER hot around here and the last thing anyone wants to do is have a campfire I decided to do the next best thing – make a s’more milkshake! My oldest son Wyatt gave me a look of disgust when I told him what I was making but with just one taste I won him over. He was lapping it up with a spoon faster than any of us!

S'More Milkshake - Perfect sweet summer treat!

S'More Milkshake - Perfect sweet summer treat!

Look at this thing though – wouldn’t you lap it up too? It was totally out of this world amazeballs good!

S'More Milkshake - Perfect sweet summer treat!

S’More Milkshake Recipe::

Ingredients:

  • Hot Fudge (optional)
  • Vanilla Ice-Cream (about 2 coups)
  • 1/4 cup of milk (plus more if needed)
  • 1 Graham Cracker – crushed
  • 1/4 of a Milk Chocolate Bar – chopped
  • 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows (or larger marshmallows torn into pieces)

Directions:

  • Start out by drizziling hot fudge around the inside of your glass. (This is optional but makes it even better than it already is!)
  • In a blender blend ice-cream and milk until it is a milkshake consistency. Stir in graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallows. Pour the milkshake into your glass and enjoy with a spoon!

S'More Milkshake - Perfect sweet summer treat!

It couldn’t be much simpler than that!

Enjoy,

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July 22, 2014

Thin Mint Popcorn

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret but all opinions and ideas are my own.

My husband is a movie guy. His idea of a perfect family night is when all of us are snuggled on the couch watching a movie with a big ole’ bag of Pop Secret. Personally popcorn brings back lots of memories of time I spent with my grandpa. When I was a little girl my grandparents would occasionally watch me overnight and my grandpa would always pop a bag of popcorn and melt extra butter to pour over top while they watched Law and Order or 60 Minutes. We never seemed to finish the whole bowl and the next morning we would sit at their table and eat the old popcorn before breakfast. I will always remember the opaque green Tupperware bowl they used and the taste of slightly stale popcorn that left a film in your mouth.

Thin Mint Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack

Now popcorn is a staple in our house and we always have it in the pantry. If we run out the kids are sure to let me know. For them it is a treat to pair a movie with popcorn or just to munch on as an after school snack. My husband and I like to mix things up every now and then though. My husband makes his famous savory popcorn with a mix of seasonings and parmesan (recipe coming soon!) and I like to make sweet and salty snacks using candies or sweet toppings.

Our family favorite sweet and salty popcorn is Thin Mint Popcorn. We always pop two bags because it is gone almost instantaneously.

Thin Mint Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack

Thin Mint Popcorn Recipe::

Pour popcorn onto wax paper and remove any unpopped kernels. In a small bowl melt mint chips by microwaving for 30 second intervals and stirring in between until the chips are melted and smooth. Use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn and allow to harden (about 5-7 minutes). Place popcorn in a large bowl and enjoy!

Thin Mint Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack

Of course the worst thing that can happen to a bag of popcorn is for it to burn! The whole bag is ruined and your house smells for hours. To make sure you pop your bag of popcorn to perfection Pop Secret has a new app called Pop Secret Perfect Pop to help! (There is an app for everything these days!) Thanks to the app you can say goodbye to burnt popcorn for good. All you have to do is download the free app, put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave for the suggested time on the package. Turn the volume on your iPhone up and place it within 3 feet of your microwave and start the app at the same time you start the microwave. The app will listen to the popping and alert you when to stop the microwave.

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Thin Mint Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack

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