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Category Archives: Desserts
In case you’re in need of a dessert to take to a gathering today, let me share with you the Fruity Pebbles Bundt Cake I put together this weekend. If you’ve got ‘lil ones in your house, you most likely have everything you need to make it, too! If not, it’s a chance to remember your childhood with a crunchy yet crumbly sweet treat. ++ This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are 100% our own.
Disclosure: I was invited to an event at See’s Candies new location at the Ross Park Mall. All opinions are 100% my own.
Oh, chocolate lovers. Be prepared to drool.
Pittsburgh chocolate lovers, the good news? You, too, can indulge in some See’s Candies any time you’d like – their newest location at Ross Park Mall (across from the food court) had their Grand Opening on Friday morning.
Not located in Pittsburgh? No fear. See’s Candies is new to us in the store format – we’ve had mall kiosks, but this is the first store to open. Around the holidays, you might be able to find a kiosk in your mall or airport, but odds are there’s a See’s near you (check out their finder to be sure).
And better yet? If you have a store near you, and want to sample, all you have to do is ask. See’s Candies gladly gives out samples to anyone who walks into their store. See something you’d like to try before you buy? Just ask.
To be honest, I can’t even tell you what all I tasted when I was in the store. For sure, I tried the Milk Bordeaux (a best seller), Key Lime, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, and Raspberry Creme truffles. Don’t even think about the calories, I tried not to. But the chocolate was honestly so fresh and amazing, I really don’t know if I’ll ever be able to eat any other chocolate without comparing it to this heavenly deliciousness. I can’t be blamed.
Not a huge chocolate fan? No worries. They have peanut brittle (Greg’s favorite, I think), nuts, lollipops (which last a really long time), sours, and other treats. So much to chose from! (And of course, gift cards should you need to, you know get a great blogger friend a gift.)
Right now, the store is set for Halloween, I am definitely going back to check out the Christmas prep!
All boxes are hand packed, just like the “I Love Lucy” episode (which was actually filmed at the See’s plant!). Automation just doesn’t look as good. They hand dip the bon bons, too. We all got a chance to try our hand at boxing chocolates like Lucy. Greg and I were NOT great at this activity, coming in dead last. (Maybe if I wasn’t taking photos?)
Hungry? Get yourself to See’s Candies and ask for a sample. Then take home a box. You can buy one piece, three, pieces, or 10 pounds (or any combination you’d like of any flavor they have in the store). Not picky? Grab a pre-made box that is just as fresh. You won’t be sorry…just take a few extra laps around the mall to balance it out (that’s what I did). 🙂
What I am about to share with you is a cute idea for any summer party. Two of my wonderfully creative co-workers get all the credit for this one as they made this for Jess’ birthday on Friday. This cheesecake bucket was a hit!
Put a small layer of the cheesecake in all of the cups. Sprinkle a layer of the crushed graham crackers. Layer cheesecake then berries then more cheesecake. Top with another layer of graham crackers. Pop in fridge. Enjoy.
The recipe was based on this one, but they decided not to freeze it and to use all fat-free, sugar-free, low calorie options. The best part of this, I believe, was the shovel spoons and the way they created the bucket (simple–punch holes in dixie cup then thread a pipe cleaner through). How adorable!!!
Cheesecake Bucket (adapted):
- 8) 5-ounce Dixie Cups
- 8 sheets graham crackers, crushed
- 2 (small) packages cheesecake instant pudding mix, prepared (fat free if desired!)
- sliced strawberries and blueberries
- Goldfish vanilla crackers, to top
The other evening, I had a Mama Moment. The kids were in bed, the computer wasn’t on my lap, and the husband was watching baseball or some silly movie. I don’t know. All I know is I found my new treat, Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt.
As you know, I’ve been trying to watch what I eat and have been working on a running program. Healthy living has actually been fun for me (most of the time), but how could it not be when you have treats like yummy frozen Greek yogurt?!? Healthy Choice has something amazing here with a creamy blend of Greek yogurt and only 100 calories.
To me, the vanilla bean was 100 times better than any vanilla ice cream I’ve splurged on this past year. The blueberry was pretty heavenly, too. I’d gladly trade any ol’ ice cream for a sweet serving of Healthy Choice Greek Frozen Yogurt any day. It outweighs ice cream 3 to 1, and trust me, I’ve loved me some ice cream in my day.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to enjoy another cup thank you very much! You can get your own in your grocer’s freezer. Don’t like Vanilla Bean or Blueberry? No problem. Try out strawberry or raspberry. You’ll be back for more–don’t let those 3-packs fool ‘ya.
Disclaimer: I was sent a sample of this product because I am on the First Look, First Taste panel at The Dish. Sure, they sent me a freebie, but I didn’t have to like it…however, they’ve got me hooked and these opinions are 100% my own.
Remember how The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project was collecting supplies for Women’s History Month and I posted a challenge to gather some supplies? Well, I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed that Mr. Burgher was the only one to pull in supplies in my effort to fill up the car, but I was super excited that he gathered up 250 supplies (filling 5 tote bags) for us to take to the end of the month celebration at our favorite restaurant, Las Velas.
But, those totes added to others who took on the challenge, and celebrate we did! There were cookies, totes, authentic Mexican dishes, raffles, and of course, Sister Supplies! The kids were a fun time, ‘lil Man dancing from the moment we stepped in the door (and only stopping when he was eating some chips and salsa) and A drawing the raffle tickets. Both highly enjoyed Burgh Baby’s (not) Eat n’ Park Cookies, each eating at least 3, then screaming in laughter all the way home.
All in all, it was a successful evening for The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and On the Spot, as well as a fun time for our family. It’s one of the ways we “minister” to our community, our “Unless”.
One of the hardest parts of trying to eat healthy are the temptations of the “old life”, but I am learning to manage them fairly well. My mantra has been, if I don’t allow myself a taste, I am just going to go absolutely crazy on some treats when I do let myself go. I’m talking mostly about sweets, my lifeblood while I was pregnant with ‘lil Miss A (so someone tell me how I lost weight eating sweets while pregnant with her, but now gain 10 pounds when I sniff sugar in the air, now). Sweets like yummy ice cream, brownies, and cookies. Yum.
The tough part is that is is almost my birthday (the one most people consider their “last”), and that means I am going to want a treat. Will it be a cookie from the local bakery? A cupcake from another local baker with a famous baker? Some red velvet cake? Or some home-delivered cheesecake from Cheesecake.com (who also is baking up an idea for (shut the front door) Cheesecake of the Month!)? I think I am going to have to put my finger on one good treat and enjoy the who knows what out of it, then not beat myself up for it.
What do you do to curb temptations? Is there a must have treat, or do you find substitutes through yogurts and popsicles (which 98% of the time works for me)? The problem is, there isn’t a cheesecake popsicle (and even worse, I just remembered how much I love Turtle Cheesecake while writing this post). Ok, time to stop thinking about yummy cheesecake and to start drinking some water, right? 😉
This post was brought to you by your friends at Cheesecake.com–an Epic Cheesecake Experience. I was not provided any cheesecake for this post (but oh, wouldn’t that be great?), and the thoughts are 100% my own.
The other day, I celebrated turning in A’s preschool application with a nice, helpful serving of Oakmont Bakery. This cake pop was incredible. You’ll just have to trust me.
As Easter rolled around, all that Little Miss A asked for was cake. She REALLY wanted her some cake. Uncontrollably.
Since I love to bake and try new things, I decided I was going to make cake balls (inspired by Bakerella’s Cake Pops) and dip them in icing that she could eat. (In case you didn’t know, A is pretty severely Lactose Intolerant, but she can do eggs.) So, I pulled together her cake mix, some icing ingredients, and my recipes. It was time to give something a ‘lil different a shot for my girl.
First, I baked a simple yellow cake. Her only issues with watching me in this step is that I had to crack the eggs–she swore I was hurting baby birds.
While it baked, it was time to make her icing–which she preferred to call “green, pink, and yellow”.
She even got to lick the spoon.
I think she liked it.
After the cake had cooled, it was time to crumble it, add icing (I added 2 cups, but I think it probably would be better to add 1 cup and then add as you need), and roll into balls. This 9×13 pan made about 60 cake balls which I then put in the freezer to “harden” before we dipped them in the icing and sprinkles.
After they hardened, it was time to bring out the icing and sprinkles (I made a double batch so I had enough for the balls and the “toppings”). Somebody couldn’t be patient, she really wanted some green.
We iced them, but it was tougher than I expected–maybe they weren’t hard enough or it was too humid?
Then I remembered another inspiration for this recipe, How Sweet It Is’ Cupcake Fondue. Even though A couldn’t have it, I thought I’d salvage some of the cake balls and dip them in white chocolate. But again, a fail! My chocolate wouldn’t melt right, so I ended up drizzling the cake balls with some of the chocolate and then made some white chocolate bark, also ala How Sweet It Is. This time, unlike at Christmas, it worked.
Not saying that this dessert went over too well at Easter dinner, but Miss A did enjoy them, as did I! So much for “healthy eating”, huh?
1 package Cake Mix of your choice
1-2 cups icing of your choice (canned, make your own, or make Ari’s custom icing)
Bake the cake as directed and allow it to cool–you may want to stick it in the fridge.
Crumble the cake and add in the icing as needed for the balls to hold together. Put them in the fridge or freezer before topping.
Ice or dip in melted chocolate.
Put back in the fridge or freezer to harden once more.