Orange Creamsicle Pie

Yes, I’m still alive! I know it’s been three weeks since I’ve posted anything, but as usual, it’s been busy around here. The kids may be out of school for summer vacation, but it sure hasn’t slowed down much. We’ve still been going strong with sports…the long days of summer when we complained of how bored we were have disappeared for today’s youth it seems. At least for mine!

Creamsicle Pie

However, in the midst of practices, tournaments, and camps we have still found time to enjoy some fabulous desserts. I will always have time for dessert. This Orange Creamsicle Pie is perfect to have during this hot summer weather. It’s cool, light, and refreshing with it’s creamy orange flavor that will take you back to hot summer days eating frozen orange pops with the white ice cream center. With this pie however, you don’t have to worry about it melting down your hand, leaving it sticky, and no wooden sticks to contend with! (Is it just me, or does anyone else hate the flavor you get next to the wooden stick on a popsicle? It always grosses me out.)

Orange Creamsicle Pie

We loved the orange, but you could make other variations by changing out the jello flavor and fruit I’m sure. Also, I made my whipped cream (it’s so easy!) but you could use Cool Whip if desired. I went with a store bought graham cracker crust, but you could easily make your own there too.

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Recipe Source: Real Housemoms
Other “no bake” pies you might enjoy:
 2- Ingredient Lemon Pie

Fun Graduation Treats

Whether you are celebrating high school, college, or Kindergarten graduations soon, these fun graduation treats will make any age graduate feel extra special. We will be celebrating 1st, 6th and 8th grade graduations so I will have an excuse to make them as well! (As an added bonus, they are no-bake treats!)

No-Bake Chocolate Pie

So…it’s the later part of January. How are those resolutions going? I know most of us are trying to get our healthy on, but it doesn’t stop our brain from telling us to EAT CHOCOLATE does it? I crave chocolate on a pretty regular basis, and have been pretty creative in coming up with ways to satisfy those cravings without using a days allowance of points. (Weight Watcher talk) This Chocolate Pie is a delicious way to satisfy cravings, without totally breaking the calorie bank.

This recipe came from Mr. Brown. Alton Brown that is. It was pretty awesome. You would never know the main ingredient was tofu. I was calling this ‘Special Ingredient Chocolate Pie‘…but then I saw the movie ‘The Help’ based on a comment a reader made. So, I decided a new name was in order!

No-Bake Chocolate Pie

1 bag (13 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup coffee liqueur (store bought or make your own)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound silken tofu, drained
1 tablespoon honey
1 (9-inch) prepared chocolate wafer crust (I used chocolate graham cracker but Oreo would have been better!)

  • Place about an inch of water in the bottom of a 4-quart saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Melt the chocolate chips, coffee liqueur and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over the simmering water, stirring frequently with a rubber or silicone spatula. 
  • Blend the tofu, melted chocolate and honey in a blender or food processor until smooth (about a minute)
  • Pour the filling into prepared pie crust and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until set. 

Source: Alton Brown’s Moo-less Chocolate Pie

 

You will be amazed at how unhealthy this chocolate pie tastes. And I’m pretty sure no one will be able to guess the special ingredient!

If interested in other special ingredient desserts, you might want to check out my Biscoff Cookie Dough Dip, Deep Dish Cookie Pie, or Double Dark Chocolate Cookie Balls!

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Happy Thanksgiving & Acorn Cookies

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving has had a wonderful day full of food and family. I enjoyed both! It probably wasn’t necessary to try all the desserts, but I felt it was my duty as a food blogger 😉

You may have seen these Acorn Cookies on Facebook or Instagram….

“Acorn” Cookies

  • Mini Nilla Wafer Cookies
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • chocolate wafers, melted
Melt chocolate wafers, use the melted chocolate to “glue” the Hershey Kiss to the bottom of a mini wafer. Then use a small amount of melted chocolate to adhere the mini chocolate chip on top of the mini wafer. End result – cute little acorn cookies!
We used Caramel Hershey Kisses and they were tasty little treats. We also made Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats and added them with the acorn cookies to treat bags for the kids’ teachers. The treat bag tags were found at She Wears Many Hats (free printable!). I have also discovered that you can cut the butter in the cereal treats back to 3 T., but it’s best not to cut it back to 2 unless you want really crispy Krispie Treats! Just a little FYI. Sorry teachers!
This recipe is linked up with The Gooseberry Patch Blog

Pumpkin Spice Eclair Cake

Eclair cake is one of my favorite desserts, but have you seen this?! Pumpkin Spice pudding!

It will turn your favorite classic no-bake Eclair Cake into a seasonal treat! Think creamy, cinnamon-y (yes, that’s a word!), with a hint of pumpkin…all topped with a homemade chocolate glaze (or you can go canned, no judgement here.)
Pumpkin Eclair Cake Collage
It’s delish. And EASY! I’ve posted this recipe over at Eat at Home today, head over and check it out! And I wouldn’t mind it if you left me a little comment love. Here or there. Just sayin’. And I would love for you to give it a pin, or share somewhere. You know, if ya wanted to and all 🙂
I’ve also got a low sugar, low carb version of the traditional Eclair Cake if interested. And did you see the Chinet Bakeware giveaway going on right now?

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

If chocolate and peanut butter fudge were to have a threesome with a sexy, chewy granola bar, these would be their offspring.
 Might as well start July off with a little menage a trois – foodie style.  {I’ll be doing some serious spam control after this post I’m sure!} But seriously, this is a delicious, chocolate-y no bake bar, made with whole oats, honey, coconut oil, and coconut.  They were addictive. And easy…my 12 year old made them!

 Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

1 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup unrefined organic coconut oil
2 cups old-fashioned oats (not quick)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup chocolate chips (we used a combo of semi-sweet and dark)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Melt the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Once melted, remove from heat and add oats, shredded coconut, chocolate chips and vanilla. Stir until chocolate is melted and ingredients are combined. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan (or use foil for easier removal) and cool in the fridge to set. Once set, cut into bars. (Bars need to be stored in the fridge due to the coconut oil. It has a low melting point.)

I may be linking up at any of the following – (Monday) The Tumbleweed ContessaHolly’s Stamping AddictionThe Dedicated HouseHomemaker on a DimeSkip to my LouMaking the World CuterI Should Be Mopping the FloorThis Gal CooksWatch Out, Martha!Huckleberry LoveThe Newlyweds Pilgrimage, Sowdering About in Seattle (Tuesday) Naptime CreationsMandy’s Recipe BoxLove in the Kitchen, Memories By the Mile,Inside BruCrew LifeSarah Lynn’s SweetsBeBetsy and VMG206The Real Thing with The Coake Family, Twinkling Trees (Wednesday) Fluster BusterMostly Homemade MomAdorned from AboveLady Behind the CurtainGinger Snap CraftsHungry Little GirlNaptime is My Time, The Wilderness Wife  (Thursday) Project Inspire ,Joyful HomemakingDesigned DecorMiz Helen’s Country CottageThe Mandatory Mooch,  The Busy Bee’s, Lamberts Lately (Friday) Not Your Ordinary Recipes,  Simple Living and EatingJust Us FourBacon Time with the Hungry Hungry HypoDiana RamblesThe Better Baker,CraftionaryOne Artsy MamaThe Best Blog RecipesOne Creative Mommy, Michelle’s Tasty CreationsClose to Home30 Handmade DaysA Peek Into My Paradise,The Jenny Evolution Walking on Sunshine(Saturday) Lemons for Lulu,  Or So She Says…Six Sisters’ Stuff (Sunday) Mommy’s Sweet Confessions 

Yay! This recipe was featured at – Moonlight and Mason Jars Party

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