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July 18th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe


One of our go-to desserts for celebrating special occasions is my Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. This is a great dessert that you can decorate or leave undecorated. I personally like to use store-bought frosting to decorate it. I typically use one can of white frosting and one of chocolate frosting. Use your imagination to bring this cookie to life!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Shortening or baking spray
  • Frosting


Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 14-inch round deep dish pizza pan with shortening or baking spray.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy in a large bowl. Add eggs, one at a time. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda and beat until well blended. Then add chocolate chips.

Put batter in greased pan and bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack. Decorate with frosting.

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June 27th, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Easy Ice Cream Desserts

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You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream!! When it is summer time, my kids LOVE anything made of ice cream. My youngest insisted the other day that ice cream sandwiches could be eaten for lunch because they are sandwiches. He tried his hardest…..

So I am constantly trying to find out ways to incorporate different ways that we can have ice cream!

Copycat Choco Tacos

Banana Split Ice Cream Pie

Mexican Fried Ice Cream Dessert

Drumstick Brownie Ice Cream Dessert

Oreo Ice Cream Dessert

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Crunchy Ice Cream Dessert

Banana Split Mini Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Bar Dessert

Ice Cream Cake

Do you have any favorite ice cream desserts that you love to make?

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June 26th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

4th of July Desserts


Fourth of July fun is only a week away and chances are you’re thinking about what goodies to make for the occasion. Keep a BBQ simple with the standard staples like burgers, hot dogs and side salads, but make sure you WOW with the desserts! Red, white and blue, stars, sprinkles and more, there are tons of festive dessert recipes that are as lovely to look at as they are to eat. Check out these great 4th of July desserts…which one will you make this year?

Sparkler Cupcakes 


American Flag Strawberry Shortcake


Jell-O Firecrackers


Spangled Ice Cream Sandwich Pops


Stars and Fruit Bowl


Inside American Flag Cake


4th of July Trifle


Strawberry Firecracker Cake Balls 


Star Spangled Ice Cream Pie


Red, White and Blue Tie Dye Cake


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April 3rd, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Easter Treats



Easter is only a few weeks away and it’s never too early to plan your holiday meals. Instead of saving the best for last, we like to start with it…DESSERT! Cakes, candy, cookies, and more, there are so many choices! You can go traditional or get creative. Do you have a special family recipe for an Easter dessert? Share your delicious creations on our Facebook page!


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February 27th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Cake Pops!




Cake pops have exploded onto the foodie scene as the dessert du jour. They’re delicious, bite-sized portions that are easy to eat. Because of this, they make great gifts or party favors for any occasion. For us, the fact that kids can eat them with minimal mess and not go into sugar overload means they’ve risen to the #1 dessert spot! There are so many recipes on the Internet, ranging from “simple for beginners” to “holy cow, that’s a delectible work of art!” You can match them to holidays, party themes, or favorite characters. Take a look at these awesome cake pop recipes.


Red Velvet Cake Pops

Funfetti Cake Pops

Lego Cake Pops

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

Mickey/Minnie Mouse Cake Pops

Sports Cake Pops

Princess Cake Pops

Monster Cake Pops

Sesame Street Cake Pops

Flower Cake Pops

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September 12th, 2013 at 9:00 am

It’s National Chocolate Milkshake Day!


Happy National Chocolate Milkshake Day! I know, it sounds ridiculous, but who doesn’t like milkshakes? In honor of this special day, here are some delicious milkshake recipes for you to enjoy!

What’s your favorite?

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July 4th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Cool off your 4th of July with a yummy dessert!

Okay, so I know I promised you a look at my take on a household book that hangs on my wall. But, I forgot that it was going to be the 4th of July today!

I wanted to share this great dessert recipe that not only will help cool you off in the summer heat, but comes with a great 4th of July story!

About 8 years ago I made this delicious frozen dessert for my family’s 4th of July picnic. We go to a small town picnic and sit in the sun and heat for several hours in the early afternoon. As we sat and watched the parade my husband thought about this great dessert waiting for him back at my parents’.

After we finished our lunch I grabbed this out of the freezer and sliced up a serving for everyone. As my husband was eating and remarking as to what a delicious dessert this was, he bit into something. Out of his mouth came a band-aid – YUCK! (I thought to myself ~ there is that band-aid that I lost yesterday – OOPS)

I proceeded to take everyone’s plates back and threw the entire dessert away. We then went to the local fireworks. As we arrived back a couple hours later for some fireworks at my parents’ my husband was looking all over for the rest of the dessert. When I told him I threw it away he was bummed; I guess he had been craving another piece throughout the fireworks.

So I proudly share with you Pink Ice Palace (or as we lovingly call it ~ Band-aid Dessert)


Pink Ice Palace

Serves~ 16


  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 10 oz frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 8 oz crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped (Cool Whip does not substitute well)


Combine cream cheese and honey in a bowl and blend well. Mix fruit in lightly. Fold in whipping cream (which should be already whipped). Pour into a Jello mold or any plastic dish. Freeze! Serve frozen. I like to flip it out of the container.

This  makes a great dessert or can be used instead of a Jello.

I hope your Independence Day is filled with lots of fireworks, family and friends, fun and of course GREAT food!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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