Best Butter Cake

This Best-Ever Butter Cake is so supremely moist, easy to make, and tastes so buttery and delicious! I know it’s since passed, but I hate the Fourth of July.

Like, majorly hate it.

I hate it because Mannie is so scared of the fireworks. He paces the house, he cowers in the corner, and he barks incessantly. If you’re new here, Mannie is my three-legged dog who lost his leg to a gunshot, so it’s no surprise that he hates the fireworks.

We’ve given him sedatives in the past but man, it really only tempers his behavior slightly – nothing major or too significant. And we’re always home with him, so we can assuage the confusion and fright right outta him. But damn, he just really hates it.

And I realized last night as I had the police station on speed dial, that I am a total Fourth of July Grinch.

I hate the holiday. I hate the people who like the holiday. I hate the fireworks stands – when I see them, I audibly groan and my body breaks out in angry hives. I hate the little kids who start fireworks early, and I hate the people who wait until it’s super late and I’m tired from binge-watching Orange is the New Black and I like, needsleepnow.

I’m such a Grinch that I actually did call the cops because I swore our neighborhood had a noise ordinance set and it totally doesn’t (but totally should) and honestly because I was sick of hearing Mannie bark in the corner. Sue me.

So yeah, take that Fourth of July. I really stuck it to the man.

But whatever. Let’s talk about this cake – it’s more important anyway.

This Best-Ever Butter Cake is so supremely moist, easy to make, and tastes so buttery and delicious! This Butter Cake truly is the best. My family and I could not stop eating it. We were seriously shoveling in forkfuls of the stuff when I deemed it up for grabs. And photographing it, I couldn’t wait to dig in for the end shot. Holy mother. It was rough, but someone had to eat it.

I had this cake bookmarked from All Recipes for awhile now and I’m so glad I finally got around to making it. And I hope YOU get around to making it soon, too!

This Best-Ever Butter Cake is so supremely moist, easy to make, and tastes so buttery and delicious!

Best Butter Cake
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This Butter Cake truly is the BEST ever! It's so moist, delicious, and ultra buttery.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • BUTTER SAUCE:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Liberally grease and flour a large bundt pan and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until blended. Add in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Add in the salt, baking powder, and baking soda, then add the flour and buttermilk, alternating after each addition until a thick batter has formed.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for approx. 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for about 15 minutes.
  4. While cake partially cools, make the butter sauce. In a small saucepan, combine all the butter sauce ingredients. Heat until bubbles just begin to show up around the edges of the pan. Remove from heat. Poke holes all over the surface of the cake and down into the cake, careful not to puncture all the way through. Pour the butter sauce evenly over the top of the cake and allow the cake to cool completely in the pan, allowing the butter sauce to set.
  5. Once cake has completely cooled, invert onto a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar.

This Best-Ever Butter Cake is so supremely moist, easy to make, and tastes so buttery and delicious! This is so sweet, buttery, moist, and utterly delicious. Try not to faint when you take a bite!

This Best-Ever Butter Cake is so supremely moist, easy to make, and tastes so buttery and delicious!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

This creamy, dreamy No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is divine! It comes together in minutes, is easy to prepare and tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup! I’m just gonna get straight to the point.

I hate the gym.

I hate cardio, I hate aerobics, I hate that I’m the only one in Zumba that looks like I’m having a grand mal seizure. I hate having to shower immediately after in fear of catching leprosy or something funky.

So yeah. I recently started up with the gym again and I’m having a helluva time. I know I need to be there so I put in the time, but damn. I’d much rather be shoveling this cheesecake in my face while binge-watching Orange in my pajamas.

…not that I do that or anything. Dontjudgeme.

But I’ll get straight to the point on this cheesecake: it’s the bomb. There’s a couple of qualifiers for you to check off in order to like this cheesecake.

1) You’re human
2) You like dessert
3) You like peanut butter cups in and around your mouth
4) You’re all of the above

This was originally going to be a Nutella cheesecake, but I spotted a jar of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread in the back of my pantry and knew I had to use that instead. It’s like Nutella but with a peanut buttery twist. And it’s oh so delicious in this cheesecake!

Creamy, rich, peanut buttery, thick and delicious, you’ll go nuts for this cheesecake. But you *may* want to make a date with the gym afterwards.

This creamy, dreamy No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is divine! It comes together in minutes, is easy to prepare and tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup!

*adapted from the Sinful Sweets cookbook

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No Bake Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake
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This cheesecake is totally decadent! Bursting with rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter flavors, it tastes like a giant, indulgent peanut butter cup!
Ingredients
  • 1 jar Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread
  • 2 (8 oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 prepared Oreo chocolate cookie crust
  • 1 bag Reese's Peanut Butter Minis, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add in the Reese's spread and blend until smooth. Blend in the heavy cream and beat until it has a mousse-like texture.
  2. Spread the mixture carefully into the prepared cookie crust. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Before serving, garnish the pie with the chopped Reese's cups. Cut into slices and serve!

This creamy, dreamy No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake is divine! It comes together in minutes, is easy to prepare and tastes like the inside of a peanut butter cup! I promise, the 8 hr. chill time is worth the wait! This dreamy pie tastes just like the inside of a peanut butter cup: smooth, creamy, thick and totally, utterly scrumptious. You’ll love it!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! I’ve been binge-watching Orange is the New Black for the last week. And frankly, I cannot get enough.

You know how the world kinda sorta stops when you binge-watch something? You throw any and all spare time out the window in lieu of staring at a television screen for hours upon hours a day? You neglect basic chores around the house because you can’t.tear.away. Hell, you even stay up hours later than you normally would and wake even earlier than usual just so you can watch onemoreepisode. Yeah, that’s been my life (or lack thereof) for the past couple days.

Granted, I’ve somehow managed to get some work done in between episodes, but for the most part, any and all free time has been dedicated in front of the TV, eyeballs glued to these inmates. I feel like a prisoner, but not really. You know what I mean?

And besides my siblings, who are bursting at the seams trying not to spoil the next episode for me and are waiting antsy for me to finish up this season, I don’t have anyone to talk to about it. I’m dying to discuss who I hate, who I like, who I’m suspicious of, and gossip like the woman I am. Whyyyyy do I not have friends? (Probably because in my spare time I’m binge-watching TV, but it could be worse).

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! But like I said, I’m still semi-productive. I mean, I made this Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu didn’t I?

And you guys – this tiramisu is ridic. I mean, superfantastically ridic. The idea came to me when I was perusing snack options at the store for a later TV sesh. I spotted the oatmeal creme pies, thought briefly of tiramisu, and voila. The rest is delicious history.

And much like my show, I just can’t get enough.

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy!

Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu
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This tiramisu has a unique ingredient: Oatmeal Creme Pies! It's delicious, chewy, and totally fabulous.
Ingredients
  • 20 Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies
  • 1 (8 oz) tub whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Line an 8 or 9-inch square baking dish with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla with a handheld mixer on medium speed, until combined. Fold in the Cool Whip and set mixture aside.
  3. Lay 8 Oatmeal Creme Pies into the bottom of the dish. Cut the remaining two to fit until there's one solid layer of pies. Drizzle HALF each the chocolate syrup and coffee on top of the layer. Spread HALF of the cream cheese mixture on top. Top with remaining Oatmeal Creme Pies, cutting to fit if necessary. Drizzle with remaining coffee and chocolate syrup, then top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Dust top with cocoa.
  4. Allow the tiramisu to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight. Flavors develop better overnight. Cut into squares and serve!

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! This no-bake dessert is one for the books! Chewy, sweet, cinnamon-spiced and absolutely perfect. You’ll love this unique Oatmeal Creme Pie twist!

This Oatmeal Creme Pie Tiramisu is super delicious and unique! Made with chewy oatmeal creme pies, it's sweet, cinnamon-y and totally easy! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

The Best (And Easiest) Tres Leches Cake

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!I’m so excited about this cake – it truly is the easiest cake to make (and the best).

And it comes at such a perfect time – June is National Dairy Month, and as an ambassador for the California Milk Advisory Board, I’m here to help celebrate this fabulous occasion!

Even though June is coming to a close, Dairy Month is every month in my house. We regularly go through butter, heavy cream, milk, half-and-half and ice cream like nobody’s business. And of course, since we’re from California, all of the dairy we purchase has the Real California Milk seal on it. Since California produces a significant portion of the nation’s dairy, it’s important we support the farmers who make California dairy products possible.

 

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DSC_0299AThis cake is packed with California dairy! Tres leches quite literally translates to “three milks” which, as you can deduce, means this cake is packed with three types of milk, imparting tremendous flavor and creaminess. The milks are sweetened condensed milk, evaporated or whole milk, and heavy cream. I used heavy cream proudly featuring the Real California Milk seal :)

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!Plus, it’s topped with a fluffy vanilla-scented whipped cream frosting which takes this cake over-the-top. It’s moist, fluffy, super flavorful and creamy, and it’s a must-make in my book. It didn’t last one afternoon in my house, and I guarantee it’ll go just as quick from your fridge!

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!

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The Best (And Easiest) Tres Leches Cake
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This Tres Leches Cake is truly the best and easiest you'll have!
Ingredients
  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 1 & ¼ cups water
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 & ¾ cups heavy whipping cream, divided (look for the seal!)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cherries, optional, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil and water with a handheld electric mixer on low speed. Beat for 2 minutes or until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for approx. 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs.
  3. Let cake stand for five minutes before poking holes all over the top with a kebab skewer or fork. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and ¾th cup heavy whipping cream until combined. Pour the mixture evenly over the top of the cake, trying to fill the holes as much as possible. The milk mixture will pool around the edges of the cake; this is okay. Immediately place the cake in the fridge to set, at least 6 hours or preferably overnight.
  4. Once cake has set, make your frosting: in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the remaining 1 cup of heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp sugar and teaspoon of vanilla on HIGH speed until stiff peaks form. Frost the top of the cake, then cut into squares. Garnish with cherries if desired.

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!You guys – this cake is fabulous! You’ll love how creamy and milky it is – it has so much flavor and such wonderful texture. I love it!

The California Milk Advisory Board has two cookbooks out that they’d love to share with you! Their first, a PDF, can be downloaded HERE. The second, The Dairy Good Cookbook, is now available on Amazon. Both of which are rich with amazing recipes featuring dairy!

This Tres Leches Cake is truly the BEST and EASIEST cake you'll make! Creamy, fluffy, moist and delicious, this flavorful cake will soon be a new favorite!I hope you have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was asked to create a recipe for the CMAB for National Dairy Month. All opinions expressed are my own, as always.

 

Peach Snack Cake

This Peach Snack Cake is incredible! Fast, easy, foolproof and totally delicious, it's bursting with peaches and summer fun.Do you have a movie that you watch no matter how often or when it’s on?

For us, that movie is Mrs. Doubtfire. You’d think we’d never seen it before because we watch it constantly. Whenever it’s on TV, it’s on our TV. Whenever it’s coming up next, we always eagerly anticipate it beginning.

We are Mrs. Doubtfire freaks.

I mean, there are worse movies *cough*minions*cough* but Mrs. Doubtfire is an odd choice, too. I mean for one, it’s an old movie that I guarantee the generation of today hasn’t seen. And it’s one of Robin Williams’ best films, methinks. I actually think we watch it so we can see the run by fruiting and count how many times Sally Field makes that face. You know, that face. (Spoiler: she makes it the entire episode).

And frankly, it’s a nice change of pace since I’ve been watching back-to-back episodes of Orange is the New Black. It’s my new fave show, and I’m watching Netflix like it’s going outta style. Needless to say, not a lot of work has been happening. TV has a way of sucking my soul out in a way I love.

But I have done enough baking, and I baked something different for a change: this Peach Snack Cake is a hugely different thing for me to bake since I’m not a fan of peaches at all. But I know you guys are, and I do things for you, ya know. I put my peach-hatin’ aside and baked you this cake and I think – no, I know – you’ll love it.

Bursting with peaches and that sweet peach flavor, it’s the perfect summertime cake for any festivity!

This Peach Snack Cake is incredible! Fast, easy, foolproof and totally delicious, it's bursting with peaches and summer fun.

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This Peach Snack Cake is perfect for summer! Bursting with peaches and sweet peach flavor, it's a new family favorite!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling
  • 3 eggs
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh peach slices, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, peach pie filling and eggs with a handheld electric mixer for about 2 minutes or until blended. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer.
  3. Bake for approx. 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs. Cool the cake completely before cutting into slices and serving with whipped cream and fresh peach slices.

This Peach Snack Cake is incredible! Fast, easy, foolproof and totally delicious, it's bursting with peaches and summer fun.Easy, fast and delicious – you can’t ask for a better cake! Even my peach-hatin’ family was eating this up. It’s our favorite with freshly whipped cream on top!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

The Best Banana Pudding

This Banana Pudding truly is the BEST! Such an easy recipe that yields a creamy, fluffy, out-of-this-world banana pudding you won't want to miss!I cannot even emphasize how good this banana pudding is.

For real. It’s amazing.

It comes from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook where, if you’ve been to NYC, Magnolia Bakery lives… and where I will be eating nightly when I move to NYC.

I don’t have much to say about this pudding because it’s that incredible. It speaks for itself. It stands up for what’s right in the world. It’s a crusader against bad banana pudding by shining its true colors. It’s.. freaking amazing.

It’s very rare I’m left speechless, but after trying this pudding I was too busy having my mind blown to say anything. I know you probably think I’m being facetious but I promise, this stuff is legit.

So let’s get to the pudding part, shall we?

It has your standard cast of characters: pudding, Nilla Wafers, and bananas. Easy enough right? The secret, however, is in the pudding’s preparation. Sweetened condensed milk is added, lending a wonderful creaminess to the pudding’s end result. Also, freshly whipped cream is used to give the pudding the lightest, airiest texture imaginable. This pudding is ultra-creamy, super fluffy, and packed with banana flavor. And it starts with a box of pudding mix. Who knew?

So if you’ve abandoned the rest and are ready to try the best, here you go! Enjoy!

This Banana Pudding truly is the BEST! Such an easy recipe that yields a creamy, fluffy, out-of-this-world banana pudding you won't want to miss!*from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

The Best Banana Pudding
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This Best-Ever Banana Pudding truly is the greatest! Fluffy, airy, sweet and creamy, it's the perfect no-bake treat for hot summer days... or anytime, really!
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 & ½ cups water
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box Instant Banana Pudding Mix
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • ½ box Nilla Wafers
  • About 4 medium bananas, sliced
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the condensed milk and water until combined. Sprinkle in the instant banana pudding mix and whisk until blended. Refrigerate this mixture for at LEAST four (4) hours.
  2. Once mixture has thickened and chilled, prepare your whipped cream. Whip the heavy cream with the whisk attachment in your stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in one third of the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until combined. Then, fold in the rest of the whipped cream, careful not to deflate the airiness of the whipped cream. Gentle folds is the secret.
  3. In Mason Jars, or in a large trifle, put in a handful of Nilla Wafers; top with sliced bananas. Pipe or spoon the banana pudding into the jars about halfway. Repeat layers of Nilla Wafers and bananas, then add more pudding on top. Repeat with remaining jars or finish up the trifle. Store leftovers in the fridge, covered, up to 2 days.

This Banana Pudding truly is the BEST! Such an easy recipe that yields a creamy, fluffy, out-of-this-world banana pudding you won't want to miss!The best thing about this banana pudding is that it can be served to feed a crowd! Use smaller Mason Jars to fill for more people, or assemble in a large trifle dish. I went with the standard-size Mason Jars for this recipe and got about 4 large servings. Just be mindful that this needs ample time to chill and set, so be prepared for that time frame.

This Banana Pudding truly is the BEST! Such an easy recipe that yields a creamy, fluffy, out-of-this-world banana pudding you won't want to miss!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Blue Raspberry Slushies and A Patriotic Party with Twizzlers!

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Normally, Fourth of July isn’t my favorite holiday. We have dogs that dislike fireworks, so it’s always a big production trying to calm them down.

But, I am a fan of throwing parties for any and all holidays, so this party was an exception to my normal rule. Plus, who doesn’t love a little red, white and blue?

Fourth of July parties just scream for something easy and that everyone will love: backyard BBQ, pool party, easy, no-bake snacks.. you know the drill. Which is why I am throwing a fun patriotic-themed bash with Twizzlers!

You may not know this about me, but red licorice is my favorite candy and I adore Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Cherry Twists. They’re my favorite! Anytime I’m seeing a movie, I must have licorice on me at all times. It’s a requirement and a law in the State of Hayley.

(Also a law? Not driving below the speed limit, but that’s another law for another post).

Twizzlers are the inspiration for this red, white & blue-themed party and I couldn’t think of a better ingredient to use. Everyone loves them, they’re chewy, sweet and fun to eat, and they make for great, no-bake party food as I’ll show you.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!

 

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!First up: these cookies. Aren’t they adorable? Simply purchase or bake sugar cookies, frost them with a little icing, and decorate with Twizzlers Pull N Peel Cherry Twists and star-shaped sprinkles. I made a great stars and stripes theme here, but there’s no rhyme or reason to the decorating. This is such a fun task to do with kids, too, so get the little ones engaged in decorating cookies! It isn’t just for Christmas anymore.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Next up, these Dipped Twists. I used regular Strawberry Twizzlers Twists, dipped them in melted, smooth white chocolate bark, and topped with sprinkles. SO SIMPLE. These really could not be any easier, and they look like you spent all day sprinkling and dipping. Plus, who doesn’t love strawberry and white chocolate? I don’t know of a soul.

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Aren’t they pretty?

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Last up, these Blue Raspberry Slushies with a Twizzlers straw. Twizzlers straws are the way of the future! Simply snip off both ends of a Twizzler Twist and stick it in any beverage for a candy straw! So fun, and so easy. This one tastes especially delicious with these Blue Raspberry Slushies, which are a cinch to make and are a great chilly treat for hot summer days. Everyone will love these – they remind me of slurpees!

Icy, sweet, tart, and totally amazing. My family was obsessed with these slushies!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!*adapted from Cincy Shopper’s recipe

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Blue Raspberry Slushies and A Patriotic Party with Twizzlers!
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These slushies couldn't be easier to whip up! I love the blue raspberry flavor and so will everyone else!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cold club soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 pkt. blue raspberry drink mix
  • 2-3 cups ice
  • 2-3 drops blue food coloring
  • 4 Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, ends cut off
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, blend together the club soda, sugar, drink mix, ice and blue food coloring on HIGH speed for about 30 seconds or until blended. Pop the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes, then pour among four glasses.
  2. Garnish with a Twizzlers straw, for decoration and sipping. Serve immediately.

I found all my Twizzlers products at Walmart, where they had this convenient display in the middle of the store. So perfect, right?

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!And let’s talk about the tablescape. The theme here is super patriotic – red, white and blue all around, and perfect for Fourth of July! I decorated the table with miniature American flags and patriotic tinsel which I also found at Walmart in the party supply section. In keeping with the red, white and blue theme, I selected red napkins and white party cups, and displayed the dipped twists in little navy blue pails. So cute! Two stacked cake stands adds needed height and interest to this sparkly, Americana tablescape.

And of course – more Twizzlers! Twizzlers Bites to be precise. Of course we have to have a bowl of them :) Perfect for snacking!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a fun Twizzlers party! Featuring Blue Raspberry Slushies with Twizzlers straws, Dipped Twists and Stars & Stripes Cookies!Well, that’s my party! I hope you enjoyed all the recipes and table ideas! Be sure to follow Twizzler’s hashtag #TwizzlersSummer for more party and recipe ideas featuring Twizzlers!

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Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Exciting News: Joining the Krusteaz Bakers Dozen Team!

Krusteaz Badge 111I have some really exciting news, you guys!

It’s my great pleasure to announce that I’m the newest member of the Krusteaz Bakers Dozen! Woohoo! This is an elite group of food bloggers who love Krusteaz brand mixes and I was selected as one of the bloggers-in-question. How cool is that?!

Krusteaz is one of my favorite brands of prepared mixes to use. I use their Belgian Waffle Mix religiously (thanks to my new waffle maker!) and I live for their simple-yet-classic Lemon Bars. And my family loves their Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix… and hey, so do I! Check out the awesome cookies I made with Krusteaz Blueberry Muffin Mix!

As a Bakers Dozen member, I’ll be responsible for providing you guys with the seriously delicious creations created with Krusteaz brand products, like their premium cookie mixes, muffin and bread mixes, and pancake mixes. These recipes will be just like the ones you see regularly here on The Domestic Rebel – the same everyday ingredients, but with extraordinarily awesome results… think gooey cookie bars, dessert pancakes and waffles and unique muffin mix recipes (more cookies perhaps?). My same aesthetic but using this quality product I know and love (and know you’ll love too!)

I’ll also have the privilege of attending the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle this coming September. I’m so excited to go back to Seattle, I can hardly wait! At this conference, I’ll get the opportunity to tour the Krusteaz kitchen in Washington, get inspired to create amazing new recipes for you guys, and have the chance to better myself as a food blogger, which will better my blog for all you amazing readers whom I love dearly. A better me = a better blog = a happier you, right? Right. :)

So in the meantime, check out these recipes I’ve made with Krusteaz mixes in the past and get ready for more coming your way! Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make The Domestic Rebel possible. I appreciate it and I appreciate YOU! Yes, you sitting right there, reading this very sentence. Thank you.

These Blueberry Streusel Cookies are so good, you won't know they came from boxed muffin mix! Hearty, soft pillows of juicy blueberry goodness, they're simple to make and are great for breakfast too!Muffin Mix Blueberry Streusel Cookies

WaffledippersCinnamon Vanilla Waffle Dippers

See you tomorrow!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, as the newest member of Krusteaz’s Bakers Dozen team I will be compensated for my time and posts. However, all opinions expressed are, as always, 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Domestic Rebel possible. 

No-Bake S’mores Lush Dessert

This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!My name’s Hayley, and I’m addicted to subscription services.

First it started with magazines. I’d ask (and still ask) for subscriptions for Christmas and my birthday. Magazines are one thing I couldn’t live without – I love getting them in the mail, eagerly anticipating reading every article and checking out every advertisement. I even save some of my magazines – my beloved Cosmos and Real Simples. Those are the creme de la creme in my magazine-obsessed eyes.

Then there’s the makeup subscription services: Birchbox and Ipsy. I’m OBSESSED. Every month I basically hound my postman for my Ipsy and Birchbox packages, anxiously awaiting my beauty products. He probably thinks I’m an escaped mental patient, desperate for makeup.

And then there’s Stitch Fix. I adore it so. Each month (or however you set it to come) I get a package of five hand-picked items just for me. I’m always so excited to see what’s in the box that I stalk the package with their USPS tracking info. Again, my postman must think I’m some special brand of psychotic, always peeking out my windows in hopes of seeing his truck pull up in front of my house. One of these days, he won’t come and instead some kind of mental institution van will show up instead, I just know it.

And honestly? As long as they bring my fix and let me try everything on first, I’ll be okay with going wherever they need me to.

This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!So yeah – fixes, glam bags, boxes, magazines… color me obsessed, but each month is like Christmas throughout the month. And fake Christmas month reminds me of winter, which is desperately needed in the midst of all this wretched heat we’re getting. Seriously, we’re turning on the AC at like 8 in the morning, it’s been so bad. So I’m on a desperate hunt to eat things that are chilled, and this No Bake S’mores Lush Dessert is the perfect solution to life’s problems.

…including waiting for my next mail surprise.

This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!*adapted from Crazy for Crust’s recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert
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Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 9
 
This easy, no-bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so dang delicious! You'll love how simple it is to prepare and how fabulous it tastes!
Ingredients
  • 36 S'mores Oreos (or Golden Oreos with Chocolate), divided
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ pkg JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • 4 cups Cool Whip (about 2 8-oz pkgs), divided
  • About ½ cup JET-PUFFED Mallow Bits
Instructions
  1. Place 20 cookies in a gallon size resealable bag and begin crushing the cookies with a rolling pin or meat mallet until the cookies become coarse crumbs. Pour the cookie crumbs into a large bowl with the melted butter and toss to combine. Press into a greased 8 or 9-inch square baking dish, compacting them loosely in there. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out the bowl and add in the pudding mix and milk, whisking until combined and letting sit for 2 minutes. Add in one package (2 cups) of the Cool Whip, folding it in until combined. Carefully spread this mixture over the cookies in the pan.
  3. Meanwhile, fold together the remaining Cool Whip and marshmallow creme until combined. Spread over the chocolate pudding mixture in the pan. Set aside.
  4. Crush the remaining cookies in another plastic bag until coarse crumbs as formed. Sprinkle the cookies over the top with the marshmallow bits. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours before cutting into slices to serve.

This No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert is so EASY, foolproof and totally delicious! Creamy, dreamy, crunchy and fabulous, it's such a fun twist on s'mores for summertime!Creamy, dreamy, crunchy, and s’moresy. What’s not to love?!

Have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

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Bacon Pralines

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! So Father’s Day is coming up.

It’s Sunday the 21st, if you didn’t already know.

And my dad is pretty low-key thankfully. The man likes ribs, BBQing without actually manning the grill (that’d be my job), and pool parties, which he will not get the latter. We don’t have a pool and thus will not be partying.

Though there will be liquor. There’s always liquor.

Now my dad is a pretty cutting edge guy. He likes to play dress up in his bright colored shorts and Hawaiian shirts, color coordinate his outfits and shop for socks. He’s also a total dude: he watches nearly every sport except golf and soccer (thank god), drinks beer without being snobbish, and likes bacon.

Wait. Minus the sports, that sounds like me. Am I a dude after all? This answers a lot of questions actually.

So I wanted something “cutting edge” with bacon, because bacon makes 95% of whatever-it-is better. You know I’m right.

I realize pralines aren’t cutting edge, innovative, or different. They’re a Southern staple that’s been made famous for their melt-in-your-mouth quality and slightly crunchy texture. Pralines, like my dad, are truly one-of-a-kind. So to make my pralines extra fabulous, I made them with bacon from Bacon Freak. Have you heard of this website? It’s a website all about BACON. They have a HUGE variety of bacon and bacon-related products, including fun flavors like Cajun and Apple Cinnamon, which is what I happened to have for my pralines. It added a nice sweetness and smokiness to the already sweet, tender pralines.

And let’s just go ahead and assume your dad would probably love some bacon from Bacon Freak for Father’s Day. A natural, correct assumption, am I right?

So to all the dads in the world, you rock. But mine rocks better.

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! *adapted from this recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
Bacon Pralines
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Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 24
 
These Bacon Pralines are absolutely irresistible! Tender, melt-in-your-mouth candies studded with crunchy pecans and sweet-and-smoky bacon. The best!
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cups chopped pecan pieces
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked until chewy and slightly crisp, then cut into pieces
Instructions
  1. Line a clean, flat work surface with parchment or wax paper. Set out two spoons.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring the white and brown sugars, milk, butter, vanilla, pecan pieces and bacon pieces to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring the entire time and scraping the edges and bottom of the saucepan.
  3. Once three minutes is up, immediately remove from the heat and continue to stir, stir, stir. Stir until the mixture is slightly cloudy, has thickened, and appears almost creamy.
  4. Using your spoons, spoon little mounds of pralines onto the prepared flat work surface, working quickly as pralines set quite fast. Allow the pralines to set completely, about 30 minutes, before peeling off the paper gently and serving. Pralines are delicate, so be careful with them. Serve immediately, or within 1 day.

These Bacon Pralines are sweet, salty, and totally scrumptious homemade candies that everyone will LOVE! Surprisingly easy, no-bake, and totally irresistible! This recipe doesn’t use a candy thermometer (which is typical for praline-making) lending to a more tender praline. I didn’t use one because frankly, they give me the heebie-jeebies. But boiling and stirring the mixture for three minutes gives the sugar plenty of time to caramelize and melt, giving proper structure to your pralines. And of course, there’s the fact that there’s crisp, chewy, smoky BACON in there. A total game-changer!

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with bacon from Bacon Freak to develop this recipe. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Domestic Rebel possible! 

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