Summer ala Mode ☀️

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Summer just wouldn’t be summer without ice cream. Which puts this frozen treat in popular demand.

So then, should you go out for ice cream? 

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Before you do, you should know the risks.

Risks?

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Uh, yeah.

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Racing the neighborhood kids to the ice cream truck? Not a good idea. Those kids are hungry. Aggressive. And probably faster than you.

 

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A walk in the park? Not so much. Combine heat and gravity and you have a tragic cone decapitation on your hands. Er, on the ground.

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Ye old ice cream parlor. Surely, that’s safe? Until your cone self combusts.

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Well then, how about a treat right outside the comfort of your own home? 

Weather forecast, cloudy with a chance of soccer balls.

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And don’t forget about all of the ice cream predators lurking out there. 

Man’s best friend? Not when ice cream is involved.

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Gentle giants, not when their tongue is bigger than your head.

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Let’s face it, ice cream can drive even the most motherly of creatures to a life of crime.

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So, does going out for ice cream still seem like a good idea?

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My recommendation, stay safe, and try one of these delightful ice cream creations in the safety of your own kitchen.

 

13 Ice Cream Creations to Cool Off Your Summer…safely

Toasted Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Cake

Recipe here by Life, Love and Sugar

Ice Cream Nachos

Recipe here by Moms and Munchkins 


Salted Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream Brownie Cake

Recipe here by Coley Cooks

Giant Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Recipe here by Taste of Home

Easy Fried Ice Cream

Recipe here by Divas Can Cook

Mint Chocolate Chip Oreo Ice Cream Tart

Recipe here by Home Made Interest

Ice Cream Tacos

Recipe here by I Love Cooking

Swiss Roll Ice Cream Dome Cake

Recipe here by Wild Yeast

 Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Cupcakes

Recipe here by Growing up Gabel

 Ice Cream Pizza

Recipe here by The Recipe Rebel

 Ice Cream Churro Bowls

Recipe here by Buzzfeed

Mocha Mud Pie

Recipe here by Shiny Life Blog

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Oreo Baked Alaska

Recipe here by Baking a Moment

 

In conclusion, eat responsibly this summer. Close your windows, lock your doors,

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and above all, enjoy your ice cream. You deserve it.

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13 Ice Cream Sandwiches with a Twist 🍦

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Nothing perks up a blistering hot day like a cold, creamy helping of your favorite ice cream.

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Add a couple of cookies and some sprinkles, and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer treat. 

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But what happens if you’re fresh out of cookies?

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No problem. Check out these alternative ingredients, creating some unique takes on the classic ice cream sandwich.

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13 Ice Cream Sandwiches with a New Twist

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Let me know in the comment section which ones are your favorites!

 

Chocolate Profiteroles

Recipe here by Cooking NYTimes

Chocolate Dipped Doughnut Sandwiches

Recipe here Taste Spotting

Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipe here by Sugar Hero

Chocolate Dipped Graham Cracker Ice Cream S’mores

Recipe here by Love and Olive Oil

Chocolate Dipped ‘Churros’

Recipe here by Hola Jalepeno

Ice Cream Whoopie Pies

Recipe here by Good Food Stories

Chocolate Strawberry Ice Cream Macarons

Recipe here by Barbara Bakes

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Sandwiches

Recipe here by Country Cleaver

Rice Crispy Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipe here by The Gunny Sack

Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge Pretzel Sandwiches

Recipe here by Half Baked Harvest

Nutella Pizzelle Sandwiches

Recipe here by My Boys and Their Toys


 

Heath Bar Blondies

Recipe here by Real Simple

Chocolate Waffle Raspberry Sandwiches

Recipe here by Dessert for Two

13 Chocolate Mocha Recipes

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Some things are just better with coffee…

Mornings,

Doughnuts,

Research papers,

and, ah yes, chocolate.

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13 Chocolate Mocha Recipes…that happen to go great with a cup of coffee.


Mocha Chocolate Raspberry Swiss Cake Roll  

Recipe here by Cake Whiz

Frozen Mocha Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache 

Recipe here by Bon Appetit 

 

Chocolate Espresso Cookies 

Recipe here by Partial Ingredients

 

Mocha Toffee Chocolate Cupcakes 

Recipe here by Inside Bru Crew Life

 

Bailey’s Chocolate Espresso Whoopie Pies 

Recipe here by If You a Give a Blonde a Kitchen

 

Triple Chocolate Mocha Brownies 

Recipe here by Wonky Wonderful 

 

Caffe Mocha Creme Brulee Chocolate 

Recipe here by Diethood 

Mocha Chip Chocolate Biscotti 

Recipe here by All Day I Dream About Food

Mocha Profiteroles with Espresso Ice Cream & Caramelized Cocoa Nibs

Recipe here by the Brick Kitchen

Espresso Macarons with Salted Dark Chocolate Buttercream

Recipe here by Kitchenhooradventures 

 

Mocha Coffee Cake 

Recipe here by My Baking Addiction 

Chocolate Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream 

Recipe here by First Year Blog

White Chocolate Mocha Peppermint Cookies 

Recipe here by Top with Cinnamon

 

13 Chocolate Coconut Recipes Inspired by the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie

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Every year the package arrives. Those famous Girl Scout cookies.

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While I’m no snob to the wondrous Thin Mint, sometimes (meaning often), I crave that chocolate caramel toasted coconut goodness that’s wrapped up perfectly in the Samoa cookie.

 

Once in the house, that’s all I can think about. (Yes, I’m ill that way.)

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Five minutes later…no more cookies. ☹️

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What’s a gal to do? 

Find more ways to recreate those flavors!

13 Ways to Get Your Samoa-fix All Year Long


Giant Samoa Cookie

Video recipe here by Tastemade

Samoa Rice Krispy Treats

Recipe here by Jenny Evolution 

Samoa Doughnuts

Recipe here by PaleoOMG

Samoa Pretzels

Recipe here by Twigg Studios

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Samoa Bundt Chocolate Cake 

Recipe here by Betsy Life

Samoa Milkshake

Recipe here by House of Yumm

Samoa Brownies

Recipe here by Deliciously Yum

Samoa Ice Cream Cake

Recipe here by Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Samoa Pull-Apart Bread

Recipe here by I Wash You Dry

 

Samoa Cookie Pie

Recipe here by Averie Cooks

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate 

Recipe here by How Sweet It Is

Chocolate Coconut Caramal Upside Down Cake 

Recipe here by Mind Over Batter

Samoa Apple Bites

Recipe here by Spoon University

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie flavor?

13 Easter Desserts to Make with Mini Chocolate Eggs

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How do you like your eggs?

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Chocolate!

 

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13 Recipes to Make with Chocolate Mini Eggs


Chocolate Cake with Malt Frosting  

Recipe here by Glorious Treats

Malted Milk Chocolate Brownies

Recipe here by Sugar Hero

Easter Brownies

Recipe here by Heather Christo

Chewy Robin Egg White Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Recipe here by The Crepes of Wrath

Easter Thumbprint Cookies

Recipe here by A Bowl of Mush

Reese White Chocolate Robin Egg Popcorn

Recipe here by 100 Directions

 

Cadbury Chocolate Egg Cheesecake Dip

Recipe here by A Pumpkin and a Princess

3-ingredient Mini Egg Fudge

Recipe here by Lord Byron’s Kitchen

Robin Egg Chocolate Easter Doughnuts 

Recipe here by The Recipe Rebel

Bird’s Nest Chocolate Cupcakes  

Recipe here by Cooking Classy

Robin’s Egg No Churn Ice Cream

Recipe here by Delish

 

Easter Ombré Pinata Cake 

Recipe here by Taming Twins

Boston Cream Chocolate Easter Cupcakes 

Recipe here by Cup of Sugar Pinch of Salt

 

 

 

13 Chocolate Desserts Created for the Ultimate Oreo Fans

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When it’s National Oreo Day and you don’t have any cookies…

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And you can’t stop thinking about them.

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And suddenly, everything around you reminds you of the glorious cookie.

There’s no denying it, you’ve got to have them.

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You make a desperate trip to the store.

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And finally, find happiness.

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Slam. Dunk!

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(You did remember to buy an extra bag or two for baking, right?)

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13 Oreo Cookie Recipes

Homemade Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches

Recipe here by Bite Me More

Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookie Cake

Recipe here by Delish

 

Oreo Cannoli 

Recipe here by Foodiggity 

 

Oreo Doughnut 

Recipe here by Baker by Nature

 

Oreo Cookies n Cream Swiss Roll

Recipe here by Crazy for Crust

Deep Fried Cookie Dough Oreo

Recipe here by Doughmesstic 

Cookies n Cream Oreo Ice Cream Cake

Recipe here by Life Made Sweeter

Oreo Rice Krispies

Recipe here by Shari Blogs 

 

Oreo Cookie Cobbler

Recipe here by Call Me PMC

 

Oreo Brownie Trifle

Recipe here by Baker Homemaker

Chocolate Chess Oreo Pie

Recipe here by Something Swanky

 

Oreo Popcorn

Recipe here by Pop Sugar 

 

Death by Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes  

Recipe here by Instructibles 

Week #3: Kitchen Gadgets & Gifts for the Foodie

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For me, the hardest part of holiday shopping is figuring out what to buy.  You know, finding that special something that your gift recipient will actually want.

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We’re starting early this year; compiling gift ideas for everyone on your list: The book lover, chocoholic, baker, mystery enthusiast, writer, and more. This week’s theme is Kitchen Gadgets for the ultimate foodie.

You can find more Gift Idea Lists here.

Week #3: Kitchen Gadgets for the Foodie on your list

Betty Crocker Personal Pizza Maker

Makes 12″ Pizzas, Flatbreads, Quesadillas, Nachos, Mini Frittatas, Quiche, Croissants, Giant Cookies, Hors D’oeuvres & More (This gizmo won me at ‘Giant Cookie’.)


Pizzelle Press

If you’ve never had a Pizzelle cookie, this holiday season is the time to try a batch. Chocolate, lemon, anise, vanilla, almond, orange,….they’re all good!

You can buy it here.


Hibachi Grilling Stone for Tabletop 

Entertaining AND Delicious! 

You can buy it here.



Parlor Ice Cream Mixing /Serving Set

Because it’s fun…do you need another reason?

You can buy it here.


Hostess Twinkie Maker

Do I need this? No. Do I want this? Heck yeah.

You can buy it here.


Electric Corkscrew Wine Bottle Opener Foil Cutter

Am I the only one that takes 10 minutes to open a bottle of wine?

You can buy it here.


Mini Whipped Cream Dispenser

Simply add heavy cream, sweeteners, flavorings. This is a great gift idea for those who use alternative sweeteners. Plus, it’s super fun!

You can buy it here.


Hot Dog Roller and Bun Warmer

Because who doesn’t want toasty buns?

You can buy it here.


Air Fryer

There’s a bit of a debate whether this gizmo is air frying or baking quickly. Either way, a great alternative to turning on the whole oven.

You can buy it here.


Chemist Cocktail Kit

For the one that drinks periodically.😂LoL

You can buy it here.


Kettle Corn Maker

Kettle Corn at home? Yes, please!

You can buy it here.


Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine

Name one person that wouldn’t want this beauty.

You can buy it here.


Waffle Cone Express

This is my number one pick. Imagine a fresh, warm waffle cone stuffed with your favorite ice cream. Heaven, folks. 

You can buy it here.

A note about the suggested items: 

The lists have been created based on my opinion. (Basically, all these items would be on my Wish List).  *Please note, I’m not affiliated with any of these companies or products. Ive included a link for purchase with each item for your convenience only. If interested in the product, I suggest researching the product for more details and price comparison.

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Please share! Would you add any of these gadgets to your holiday list?