Spicy Pretzels

I can’t believe we are already a week into December. Christmas will be here and gone in no time! That makes me realize I need to be getting all my gifts ready for friends and neighbors. These Spicy Pretzels would be the perfect thing to give! They are a little spicy, but not too much heat.

If you are looking for an easy snack to set out during the holidays, these pretzels are perfect and only take a few ingredients!  My son’s friend always brought these to their holiday party and they were always gone in no time!

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Toffee Apple Dip

Happy Fall, y’all!  We are definitely having a beautiful Fall here in Southern Illinois this year.  The colors are amazing and fortunately they are hanging around!  There is something about Fall that inspires us to cook and gather with friends and family.  I think the changing of the seasons always feels that way but Fall seems like the best time to do this.  This Toffee Apple Dip is great for those fall gatherings!

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Chili Cornbread Salad

Happy Back to School to everyone!  With school starting earlier these days, I find myself in an odd spot when it first begins.  It’s like it’s fall, but yet it’s summer too!  One of my favorite things about this part of summer is the bounty from the garden and farmer’s market.  This Chili Cornbread Salad is one of my favorite ways to use some of that goodness this time of year!

I know Chili Cornbread Salad seems like an odd combination but rest assured, it is delicious!  All of the ingredients work well together and make the best dish.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

The heat has been no joke this Summer!  I feel like the intense heat started super early and is still going strong!  Now, I love Summer but the heat this year has been like none other.  When I’m hot, my favorite way to cool off is with ice cream!  Who doesn’t love ice cream?  Sometimes you need something besides a basic scoop and this Ice Cream Sandwich Cake will fit the bill!  The fact that it is a no-bake dessert is a bonus!

What Do I need to make this Ice Cream Sandwich Cake?

You are only going to need a handful of ingredients to put this no-bake dessert together.  You are going to start out with a box of ice cream sandwiches, Cool Whip, hot fudge and caramel sauce and some nuts.  That is it!

Is this dessert hard to make?

No!  Absolutely not!  As a matter of fact, a young child could put it together.  All you do is unwrap all of the ice cream sandwiches, lay them in the bottom of a pan, top with Cool Whip, drizzle toppings and repeat!  This is a great dessert to make when you are short on time.  It can literally be done from start to finish in 10 minutes.  The most time consuming part is unwrapping the ice cream sandwiches!  One thing I have found to make spreading the fudge and caramel sauce easier is to place each jar in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds.  It loosens it up enough to drizzle easier but it doesn’t completely melt it.

What if I don’t like nuts?

You could easily leave the nuts off of this, although I love them.  In addition, you could switch up the kind of nuts you use.  I have used Spanish peanuts before and it reminds you of a Peanut Buster Parfait from DQ.  Walnuts would work well too.  Use whatever kind of nuts you like.

I’ve been making this Ice Cream Sandwich Cake for years and it is always a hit.  It’s perfect to take to parties because it serves a lot of people.  You most likely won’t have any leftovers to take home.  Give this dessert a try this weekend!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ice cream sandwiches make this a cool and easy go-to Summer dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 12


  • 24 ice cream sandwiches
  • 2 8 oz containers of Cool Whip
  • 10 oz Hot Fudge Ice Cream topping
  • 10 oz Carmel Ice Cream topping
  • ½-1 c chopped pecans or nut of your choice


  1. Unwrap ice cream sandwiches and place half of them in the bottom of a 9x13 dish or rectangle cake pan.

  2. Spread half of the Cool Whip over ice cream sandwiches. Top with half of the hot fudge and caramel topping. Sprinkle half of the nuts.

  3. Repeat layers and freeze for 2 hours before serving.

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Copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

Cinco de Mayo is coming this Thursday and I cannot wait!  I love to eat Mexican food and drink Margaritas, so a holiday dedicated to that is my idea of a great day!  Today I’m bringing you a recipe that is perfect for your celebration!  It’s a copycat version of Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip.  If you’ve ever eaten at a Chuy’s, you know exactly what I’m talking about!  This dip has the perfect amount of creaminess, spiciness and zip! 

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Funfetti Dip

If you are looking for a little something sweet and fun to add to your Easter spread, then this is the recipe for you!  Everyone loves cake batter and everyone loves dip, so this one is a win-win!

This Funfetti Dip is great to set out if you’re having a party or if you need something to hold people over until you serve dinner.  But be careful, it is addicting!!!

You can throw this fun snack together in no time at all.  You simply combine the cake mix, yogurt and cool whip and let it sit in the refrigerator to chill!  Pull is out and add some fun sprinkles before you serve it!  It is that easy!

Give this a try this weekend.  It would be great to serve if you are hosting an egg hunt!  The perfect snack!

Happy Easter!

Funfetti Dip

This cake batter dip is a crowd pleaser. Make it even more festive by adding seasonal sprinkles!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 12


  • 1 15.25 oz box of Funfetti Cake mix
  • 8 oz tub of cool whip
  • 2 5.3 oz containers of vanilla greek yogurt
  • Seasonal Sprinkles


  1. Mix dry cake mix, cool whip and yogurt together until completely combined. Let chill about 2 hours in the refrigerator.

  2. Add sprinkles to the bowl of dip and serve with animal crackers, graham crackers or vanilla wafers.

Recipe inspiration from Living with Landyn


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Three Day Coconut Cake

Can you believe that tomorrow is April 1?  I think I’m having a hard time believing it because the weather certainly doesn’t feel like Spring right now.  Well, I am determined to will Spring to happen by making a very Easter-y dessert!  This Three Day Coconut Cake just begs to be put on an Easter menu!

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Chocolate Pie

Since the internet has been around I feel like we are always looking for new and different recipes to make.  I am guilty of that myself, but sometimes you just can’t beat a classic recipe.  This chocolate pie is one of those!  It doesn’t get more classic than this!

The recipe for this chocolate pie is so straightforward.  You bake up a pie crust, make a homemade pudding, pour it in the crust, let it cool and then top it! 

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Are you ready for Super Bowl Sunday?  I kind of have mixed feelings about it this year.  I hate that football will be over until September.  But it also feels like it should already be over since they pushed the season a week later.  My internal clock feels off!  I’m not used to the Super Bowl and Valentines day being celebrated at the same time!  Today’s recipe will definitely put you in the football mood!  Is there anything that screams football more than Buffalo Chicken Dip?

As I’ve told you in the past, there are only a few recipes that everyone in my house will eat but this is on that short list.  When polling my family about what they want to eat for the Super Bowl, this Buffalo Chicken Dip is on the list every year!  Two other favorites are what we refer as the “Big Sandwich” and Pepperoni Pizza Dip.

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Cherry Berries on a Cloud

Today I am kicking off the month of love with a very festive dessert!  Cherry Berries on a Cloud is the ultimate dessert for Valentine’s Day!  I love a good theme and the red and white color scheme fit perfectly with Valentine’s Day.

I believe I originally got this recipe from Taste of Home.   It’s been a staple at our house for year.  You have to plan ahead a little but it is definitely worth it!

What is Cherry Berries on a Cloud

Cherry Berries on a cloud is a meringue based desert that has a creamy sweet layer with a fruit topping of cherries and strawberries.

How do I make a meringue

A meringue is made when you beat egg whites with an electric mixer for several minutes until stiff peaks form.  You will know you have reached the proper consistency when you raise your beater and the egg whites are past being just foamy but have a point that you could almost bend and they are a bright, shiny white color.  Making a meringue does take a little patience, but it is really easy to do with an electric mixer.

After you have the meringue beaten to the proper consistency, you spread it into a prepared 9 x 13 baking dish and bake it at 250 degrees for one hour.  After it’s done baking, turn the oven off and then leave it in there for 12 hours.  I always do this at night and it just stays in the oven overnight.

How do I serve Cherry Berries on a Cloud

The middle filling of this dessert is made of whipped cream, cream cheese, sugar, mini marshmallows and vanilla. Once the meringue has set in the oven for 12 hours, put the cream filling on top and chill for 4 hours.

While you’re letting it chill, mix together a can of cherry pie filling, sliced strawberries and lemon juice to make the topping.

If you are going to be serving this for an event, you can spoon the topping over the meringue and filling.  It is so pretty.

If you think you want to keep it separate, just slice a piece and top each piece individually with the cherry/berry mixture.

This is such a pretty and delicious dessert.  It definitely makes an impression when you see it and it tastes equally good!  Give it a try for your Valentine this year!

Cherry Berries on a Cloud

This meringue dessert is filled with a delicious creamy and slightly sweet mixture and topped with cherries and strawberries.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12


  • 6 large egg whites
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ¾ c sugar


  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 c miniature marshmallows


  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 2 c fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add the cream of tartar and salt; beat until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high until stiff peak form (do not under beat). Spread evenly in a greased 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 275° for 1 hour;turn off oven (do not open door). Let cool in oven overnight or at least 12 hours.

  2. In another large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth; gently fold in whipped cream and marshmallows. Spread over meringue. Chill for 4 hours.

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