The Best Frozen Hot Chocolate

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!The temperature is so hot in California right now, that my new idea of a good time is curling up in my shortest shorts under the nearest AC vent while reading a magazine.

Doesn’t that just sound divine?

Forget poolside. Poolside still means you’re outside, of which I want absolutely nothing to do with. It’s over one-hundred degrees out there – staring at a glistening pool is not my idea of a good time. And frankly, neither does swimming (hello, bikini – no thanks) but that’s a different story.

Not to mention, we don’t have a pool or know anyone with a pool besides my grandma, who lives about 15 minutes away. We could go over there to swim, but that requires bearing the heat and travel time which doesn’t bode well when the temperature gauge is over a hundred.

So basically, if you need anything done from me at any given time during June-September, it’s a requirement that it’s done in the house, that the AC is blasting, and that I’ve had adequate time to bring my body to temperature. It’s the worst when I come home from my 8am walk with Mannie, enter the home dripping with sweat, and am asked to do something. Leave me alone and let me stop cooking.

Anywho. Despite burning up 24/7, I’m still getting the urge to bake which I’m trying to curb with plenty of no-bake treats. One of the things we crave in the summertime is ice cream and tons of it, but I get kinda tired of it every night all the time between sundaes and milkshakes. So I set out to create a summertime treat that was kinda like ice cream, kinda not, but 100% delicious. And it serves as inspiration for my favorite wintertime drink… *drumroll please*… Frozen Hot Chocolate! 

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!If you’ve never had Frozen Hot Chocolate, you’re missing out. This frosty, freezy-cool drink is icy and utterly delicious, creamy and chocolaty, and tastes just like rich milk chocolate cocoa but frozen. It’s so scrumptious! And topped with whipped cream and a generous drizzle of glossy chocolate syrup, it’s our new favorite way to cool down and beat the heat.

For this Best-Ever Frozen Hot Chocolate, I’m using Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract. This stuff is seriously divine and really elevates the rich, warm chocolate flavor in these drinks. I love using Nielsen-Massey extracts in my baking because it’s a family-owned company that really cares about the quality of its products. Their vanilla bean paste continues to be a favorite of mine, and I cannot function without their Madagascar Vanilla Extract. It’s so velvety and delicious. If you haven’t already, you should check them out!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!And whatever you do, you oughta make one of these drinks for yourself! They’re worth it!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!

5.0 from 1 reviews
The Best Frozen Hot Chocolate
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Serves: 2-4
 
These freezy-cool, ultra chocolaty Frozen Hot Chocolates are to-die for! Rich and creamy, you'll love the cocoa flavor and frosty texture.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 3 cups ice
  • 3 (.75-1 oz) pkgs hot cocoa packets (depending on the brand, they vary in ounces. Look for this range, which is typical for powdered hot cocoa packets)
  • 2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
  • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract or Tahitian Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup
Instructions
  1. In a large blender, blend together the milk, ice, hot cocoa packets, chocolate and vanilla extracts on high speed until blended and smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour into two tall Mason jars or glasses and garnish with fresh whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Likewise, you can also drizzle your glasses with chocolate syrup before pouring the hot chocolate into the glass for extra pizzazz and flavor.
  3. Drink up!

These Frozen Hot Chocolates are the BEST ever! Frosty-cold, super chocolaty and taste just like cocoa! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe!I mean… talk about heaven in a glass! I love the icy texture of this sweet cocoa drink. The hot chocolate flavor really comes through as it’s enhanced by the Chocolate Extract and rounded out with the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, both of which add tremendous richness and flavor. These hot chocolates totally taste like the ones at the famed Serendipity in New York City and Miami!

Be sure to connect with Nielsen-Massey on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for more inspiration and recipes!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, Nielsen-Massey has compensated me for this recipe. However, all opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

Pina Colada Bellinis

These Pina Colada Bellinis are the perfect summertime drink! Frothy, frosty and icy cold, they're bursting with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut flavors.
You guys!

I’m finally expanding my blog to include some drinky dranks. I figured that my blog was severely lacking in the sweet beverage department and I needed to remedy that STAT. Sometimes, a perfectly chilled, bold fruity beverage is the exact thing you need to curb a craving or to top one off :) Today I’m super excited to announce I’ve teamed up with Sparkling ICE for this post, featuring their naturally flavored sparkling waters.

These sparkling waters have tons of flavor, are just fizzy enough, and taste great! They’re made from natural spring water so they taste fresh, and they come in 17 real fruit flavor combinations like Coconut Pineapple, Strawberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Orange Mango, Kiwi Strawberry, and more! You’ll love them if you haven’t tried them already! They’re the perfect base for these Pina Colada Bellinis, which by the way, aren’t really bellinis but are kind of like them, so there! But they remind me of the virgin strawberry daiquiris and pina coladas I used to order all the time at restaurants.

As a child I’d order up a virgin pina colada because I loved the taste and how frosty it was. These remind me of an adult version of that and are every bit as good but just lighter in calories and more natural than the mix most restaurants use. And if you feel so inclined to make these non-alcoholic beverages for yourself, feel free! There’s plenty of fizz from the Sparkling ICE and tons of flavor otherwise. You won’t even know the champagne is missing!

I totally see you guys drinking these next to a pool, beach, or the sprinklers, on a day where the temps are a little higher than normal. Wide brimmed hats are optional, but recommended. It’s the perfect ice-cold beverage to enjoy in the sun. Or to enjoy wherever you please, because they are a must.

These Pina Colada Bellinis are the perfect summertime drink! Frothy, frosty and icy cold, they're bursting with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut flavors.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pina Colada Bellinis
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2-4
 
This freezy-cool Pina Colada Bellini is flavorful, sweet and juicy! Feel free to leave out the alcohol completely if you'd like to make it kid-friendly, or sub in another alcohol (like rum or vodka) if you're feeling frisky.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • ¾ cup simple syrup
  • 3 oz sugar-free coconut syrup (like by Torani)
  • 2 bottles (34 oz total) Sparkling ICE Coconut Pineapple Water
  • ¾ cup champagne (or more or less to suit your taste)
  • Pineapple wedges, for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree the frozen pineapple, simple syrup and coconut syrup together until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the Sparkling ICE waters and champagne; gently stir to combine.
  3. Pour the pineapple slush mixture among four glasses evenly; top with the champagne mixture. Serve with a pineapple wedge on the glass.

These Pina Colada Bellinis are the perfect summertime drink! Frothy, frosty and icy cold, they're bursting with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut flavors.

These bellinis are so flavorful, juicy and bursting with fresh pineapple flavor and sweet, nutty coconut. If you like pina coladas, you’ll love this icy, frosty-cool beverage!

These Pina Colada Bellinis are the perfect summertime drink! Frothy, frosty and icy cold, they're bursting with juicy pineapple and sweet coconut flavors.

Want some Sparkling ICE?  Well, my friends at Sparkling ICE are actually giving their fans a chance to win a year’s supply by competing against each other in the Flavor Face Off fan contest (No Purchase Necessary).  In addition, you could get your face on a bottle, along with daily and weekly prizes.  To register or to find Sparkling ICE near you visit sparklingice.com.

I hope you have a super sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

No Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes

These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes are ultra amazing! Luscious, fluffy marshmallow cheesecake and fresh berries combine to create these easy patriotic desserts.This time of year is kind of hard for a food blogger.

Why? Because it’s hot outside, and inevitably, the hotter the day is, the more I want to turn on my oven and bake something. I always seem to get those strong hankerings to bake whenever it’s the warmest day. I can’t explain why, but it’s always a tug-of-war in my head to decide whether or not turning on the oven is worth it.

And depending on the recipe, I usually do and just bear through the heat. My family, however, is not too keen on this process. But hey, baking is my job and I gotta do what I gotta do, right? Someone’s got to make the dough, and I don’t mean the cookie dough.

However, one of the job descriptions of being a food blogger is the ability to challenge myself to make new and inventive things depending on the seasons, the ingredients, or the holidays. And in my desperate limbo of “to bake or not to bake”, I happened to come up with this idea for a no-bake cheesecake.

And I have to say, it’s pretty brilliant.

I wanted something refreshing that would totally cool you off without being heavy and of course, without heating up the kitchen. Plus, with Fourth of July coming up, I also challenged myself to make this dessert patriotic for the upcoming holiday. And with the season, I wanted to utilize fresh berries since they’re perfect this time of year and relatively inexpensive at the farmers market. Oh, and then there’s the fact that I absolutely had to use JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Crème in it because duh.

As a marshmallow lover and JET-PUFFED’s brand ambassador this year, I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate marshmallows or marshmallow crème into my recipes for that sweet flavor and gooey texture. Incorporating marshmallow crème into these no-bake cheesecakes gives it a fluffy, whipped texture that’s absolutely amazing and pairs beautifully with the fresh blueberries and strawberries. Garnish it with a little handful of JET-PUFFED’s Star Mallows on top and you’ve got an easy, impressive patriotic treat to serve up to your family or backyard BBQ guests.

The best part? Your oven stays off the whole time. Hallelujah!

These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes are ultra amazing! Luscious, fluffy marshmallow cheesecake and fresh berries combine to create these easy patriotic desserts.

No Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes
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These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes couldn't be simpler to whip up! Fluffy and airy, they're the perfect treat for hot summer days.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkgs (8 oz) PHILADELPHIA Light Cream Cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ (7 oz) jar JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Crème
  • ½ (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • ⅔ cup fresh blueberries
  • ⅔ cup fresh strawberries, diced
  • JET-PUFFED Star Mallows, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until creamy and fluffy. Beat in the marshmallow crème until combined. Lastly, fold in the Cool Whip until incorporated and mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. Place the mixture into a piping bag or a large resealable plastic bag and snip off a corner of the bag. Fill the bottoms of miniature 4 oz jars with about a Tablespoon each of the blueberries and strawberries. Pipe the cheesecake on top, filling to the brim of the jar.
  3. Top the cheesecakes with an arrangement of JET-PUFFED Star Mallows for a patriotic touch. Tie wooden spoons to the front of each jar for an easy, portable dessert. Store cheesecakes in the fridge until ready to serve.

These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes are ultra amazing! Luscious, fluffy marshmallow cheesecake and fresh berries combine to create these easy patriotic desserts.These No-Bake Patriotic Marshmallow Cheesecakes are so dreamy! Fluffy whipped cheesecake flavored like sweet, gooey marshmallows and paired with fresh, juicy berries in adorable, portable mason jars for easy cleanup and fast service. What’s not to love?

Be sure to connect with JET-PUFFED on their social media accounts for more sweet recipes, tips & tricks, and information about marshmallows! You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest!

Hope you have a sweet day!

Xo, Hayley

Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Cupcakes you don’t have to bake!? Say whaaaaaat!?

You read that right.

For this post, I teamed up with Hostess to bring you these Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes. They’re super simple to whip together, don’t require an oven, and are the perfect union between sweet and salty. Plus, they’re crowned with a huge mountain of freshly whipped chocolate buttercream and garnished with a caramel candy. What’s not to love?!

They start with the base: Hostess’ new Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes, which is a limited edition flavor that I know you’ll adore. It starts with a golden vanilla cupcake filled with a caramel creme and topped with velvety caramel icing and a signature squiggle everyone knows and loves. Hostess also unveiled Sea Salt Caramel Zingers, too: sponge cake with their signature creme filling, topped with a ribbon of caramel and covered in smooth milk chocolate. Both are garnished with fresh sea salt too, creating that perfect symphony of sweet and salty flavors.

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Riiiiight?! They are so good, you guys.

And then I went the extra mile and topped these cupcakes with buttercream. I know, I know – but it had to be done. Chocolate and salted caramel just go hand-in-hand. This buttercream is light, fluffy and ultra luscious – you’ll love it, especially paired on top of these moist and soft cupcakes.

Both the Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes and Zingers are only available through 7/31, so be sure to make up for lost time and make these cupcakes ASAP!

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Quicky & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes
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Serves: 12
 
These Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes are topped with an ultra rich and incredibly delicious chocolate buttercream everyone will love!
Ingredients
  • About 12 Hostess Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes, unwrapped (or any flavor cupcake)
  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • About 5 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk, if needed
  • Chocolate-caramel candies, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, vanilla and cocoa powder with the paddle attachment until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the powdered sugar, about a cup at a time, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add in the milk only if the frosting is too thick and pasty.
  2. Pipe the frosting high onto the Hostess Cupcakes. Garnish with a chocolate-caramel candy. Serve immediately.

These Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Use store bought caramel cupcakes for the ultimate treat! Piled high with luscious chocolate buttercream, these Sea Salt Caramel Cupcakes are to-die for! Be sure to look for them in your grocery store before July 31 :)

To connect with Hostess for more product information and recipes, be sure to visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where they regularly share fun recipes, tips and tricks and sweet news!

Have a fantastical day!!

xo, Hayley

Hostess sponsored this blog post. The opinions and text are all mine.

No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! I’m in a pickle.

You see, I have these friends on Instagram. We went to school together and they’re really nice. Some of them had a baby awhile ago, and trust me, I know they had a baby because that is ALL THEY POST.

Like, all the time.

I’m not even joking you. Constant bombardment of baby pictures daily, hourly, minutely. I wish I were kidding.

Pictures of her baby breathing. Pictures of her baby sleeping. Pictures of her baby rolling, kicking, crying, blinking, mid-blinking, mid-breathing, giggling, eating, drinking, staring, being a baby, pictures of everything related to the baby. Pictures of the baby’s clothes. Of its toys. Of its room. Of it and everything the baby has touched. Constant influx of pictures, pictures, and more freakin’ pictures.

It’s to the point where, no matter what time of day I scroll through IG, I see at least 10 posts from her and her baby. More pictures of the same damn baby.

I get it. You cheated death by birthing a human from your body. I’m sure it was glorious and angels sang in the midst of your sweating and pushing. Congrats. And I’m sure that you’re proud of this entity that you’ve created and want to shout from the rooftops that you love your child. But honestly? Not everyone wants to see incessant photos of your baby mid-blink with the caption “Blinking! <3″

I know what a baby looks like when it blinks. Is it the cutest thing in the world? No. Do my ovaries explode when I see no less than 5,457,358 baby pictures on Instagram? Certainly not. In fact, it’s more like birth control, because if I ever end up as a mom like that, I want someone to dropkick my eyeballs with stilettos.

And I’m in this pickle because I like these people enough but dammit, those baby pictures are clogging my feed and honestly making me snappy. I shouldn’t want to call Instagram and have them ban this woman’s account. I shouldn’t want to scroll extra fast past this baby’s poor face. I shouldn’t want to have to unfollow my friends but damn, they sure make it hard.

So there’s my pickle. And in pickles, I tend to conquer my fears by eating them. Tomato, tomahto.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! The idea for these No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites came to me when I was craving sheetcake frosting but didn’t want to turn the oven on since it’s been 100 degrees here lately. I was trying to think of a vessel I could slather that heavenly, sugary frosting on besides a spoon, and brownie bites came to mind – you know, the ones from the store bakery? Those are the perfect, poppable vessel for holding this substantial, chocolaty frosting.

And don’t worry. I’ll only Instagram this once.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing!

5.0 from 3 reviews
No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites
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Serves: 30
 
These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are little, poppable pieces of heaven! They're so easy, and conveniently no-bake for days when turning on the oven isn't an option.
Ingredients
  • About 30 pre-made, packaged brownie bites (find these in your local grocery store's bakery)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp milk or heavy cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 1 cup chopped pecan pieces
Instructions
  1. Line up the brownie bites onto a large rimmed sheet pan in an even layer. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt together the butter, cocoa powder, and milk over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla until a glossy, thick frosting is achieved. Stir in the pecans quickly.
  3. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of frosting on top of each brownie bite. It's okay if the frosting falls down the sides of the brownie bite; these are not pretty desserts but they are tasty! Allow the frosting to harden and set for about 20-30 minutes before serving. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! I mean, are these heavenly or are they heavenly? Simply amazing! I love the classic sheetcake frosting: it’s ultra rich, super chocolaty and buttery soft. Plus, the salty crunch of the pecans is just perfect against these tiny, fudgy brownie bites. The perfect bite for days when turning on the oven isn’t an option!

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! Hope you have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

Carmel, CA Blogger Refresh Recap!

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Carmel, California with a couple of my close bloggy buddies. It was such a relaxing couple of days and I’m so glad I could make it! I mean, who would pass up the opportunity to spend three days in the relaxing hills of Carmel Valley by the Sea?

Not I.

We stayed at the gorgeous Holman Ranch which is a huge, sprawling property in the Carmel valley. Seated within the green hills of California, you could see for miles into the mountain ranges and through the mass amounts of vines growing grapes for tasty California wine. The property boasted tons of plants and flowers everywhere you turned, offering a secluded haven in the middle of the gorgeous Bay Area.

The ranch had cabin-style rooms which had a comfy bed and a private bathroom in each, plus a communal kitchen and living room where we spent most of our time. On property, they also had a commercial kitchen, a large game room, a chapel, two formal dining rooms, and a gym with pool. (FYI, no food bloggers were married during our stay).

But I mean, can you even deal with these views? They were spectacular!

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brefresh2During our stay, we all got together to brainstorm future post ideas, share tips and tricks, and network. Dorothy taught us a class on Light Room, a photo editing program; Amy taught us a class about using artificial light; and Trish taught us a class on making our own backdrops by painting and staining them. We also discussed cookbooks, social media strategies, working with brands, and more. It was so informative and enriching! I left feeling inspired to work harder at my blog and impart some of the practices I learned over those couple of days.

For dinner on the first night, we dined at Wills Fargo Restaurant. I had the Carbonara, and it was phenom.

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And for dessert, I had the strawberry cheesecake made with chevre. To-diiiiiiie, people.

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The best part I learned from this trip? That my food blog friends are real friends. We laughed, we cried, we continue to “grow up” together in this business of self-employment and baking cupcakes for the internet. We support each other, we stand by each other, we lift each other up and inspire one another when we’re down. We’re real, and we’re really friends. That’s an awesome thing.

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From top left: Very Culinary, Crazy for Crust, Glorious Treats, yours truly, Heather’s French Press, Lemon Tree Dwelling, Mom on Timeout, Wine and Glue

I’d like to take this time to thank our sponsors tremendously for making this retreat possible! Holman Ranch, Will’s Fargo Restaurant, Jennie-O Turkey, Tillamook, Kraft Jet-Puffed, Hamilton Beach, Diamond Nuts, Crystal Faye, The Tomcat Studio, OXO, B. Toffee, Red Star Yeast, STAR Fine Foods, Planet Rice, and Truvia.

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And a huge, heartfelt thank you to all the bloggers who made this trip special. Thank you!

Have a phenomenal weekend!

xo, Hayley

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!Now this is the ultimate Friday treat.

I’m alllll about finding ways to indulge. This is probably the number one reason why none of my diets work.

I find reasons to indulge for everything. It’s Monday, let me eat the fries. I surpassed X amount of page views, so I’ll have an ice cream sundae. I survived today; bring on the chips.

This is also probably the number one reason why I’ve gained weight… but I digress. We need not talk about weight in the summertime. It’s sacrilegious, like wearing double denim or dressing up dogs in tutus.

But sometimes, it’s just SO DAMN HOT outside and the only thing you can do is cry and hope your tears offer some kind of chill to your burning-up face… like how it’s been here in Sacramento the past few days. A couple days ago, it was 100 degrees. ONE FREAKIN’ HUNDRED. Not cool, Mother Nature. You’re kind of a B.

And I think my family and I were so heat-confused that we didn’t turn on our AC for awhile because of it. We were so unbearably hot and sweaty, but we couldn’t turn on the AC because that’d be admitting defeat that summer is officially here in Northern California. *cries* But eventually, we caved and turned it on because you can only threaten wearing only a bikini for so long, and no one – I mean nobody – wants to see that.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!But there’s something good about summertime, and that’s frosty treats. My family and I stock-pile the freezer with popsicles, ice cream bars, lots of ice and frozen fruit and fruit juices to make slushies and smoothies on a whim. That’s precisely how I came up with these Copycat Frozen Lemonades after trying it at Chick-Fil-A. They’re creamy, dreamy, sweet, tart and totally refreshing.

Admit it. You totally want one.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!*adapted from my Orange Julius recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade
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Just like from the fast food chain, this Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonade is to-die for! Refreshing, freezy-cool and creamy, it's the perfect summertime drink.
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups lemonade, homemade or prepared
  • 1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate, slightly thawed
  • 1 (16 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, frozen
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large blender.
  2. Blend on HIGH for about 1 minute, stopping to stir the Cool Whip around if needed. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a glass and serve! Garnish with a lemon wedge, if desired.

These Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frozen Lemonades are to-die for! Creamy, dreamy, sweet and tart, they're the perfect refreshing summertime drink!Can you hear the angels singing? This recipe is totally the bees knees! I love how creamy it is and the tartness from the lemonade concentrate gives it a frosty-vibe. It’s amazing!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!My neighbors are seriously annoying.

I like them enough, but they have one fatal flaw: honking at me while I’m walking the dog.

There I’ll be, minding my own freakin’ business as I walk along our tree-lined street when some asshat drives slowly behind me and honks their horn at me as they drive by, waving maniacally in a clearly desperate act for friendly attention.

And in those moments, rather than smile and wave, I honestly would like to throw a large icy soda at their car and flip them the bird. Because who the eff honks at someone?

Honking is rude, no matter how you slice and dice it. I honk when I’m impatient at people in their cars. I honk when the person in front of me is too busy texting and isn’t going on the green. I honk at people driving 25 under the speed limit. I honk if someone cuts me off. But I don’t drive up behind an innocent human being minding their own damn business and blare my horn for everyone in hell to hear, especially the person who has now jumped ten feet in the air from being startled.

Some would argue my neighbors are being ‘friendly’, but I’d argue they’re being jerkfaces. Tomato, tomahto.

Personally, when I’m walking my dogs I’d like to not feel terrified when someone creeps up behind me blasting their horn from here to Timbuktu. Call me high-maintenance if you must, but dang, a simple wave will suffice. No need to be popping arms out of sockets from the intense waving and horn blaring, desperate for attention.

Anywho. After being frightened on my walks, I like to come home and indulge a little. After all, I did survive a drive-by.

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars were the first thing I grabbed after being honked at a couple days ago. They’re super peanut buttery, sticky, chewy and ultra gooey, and they taste like a gigantic fluffernutter sandwich. What is not to love about these?!

I think they’re desperate for your attention, am I right?

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!*adapted from Averie Cooks’ recipe

5.0 from 1 reviews
White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars
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Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 15-18
 
White chocolate, creamy peanut butter and fluffy marshmallow creme combine to create these ultra gooey, fabulously chewy bars!
Ingredients
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 jar (7 oz) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg. white chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar for dusting, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13x9" pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, egg and oil with a spoon until a soft dough comes together. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the marshmallow creme, peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk until combined. Mixture will be thick! Pour evenly over the top of the bar layer. Sprinkle the top evenly with the white chocolate chips.
  4. Bake for approx. 23-25 minutes or until the edges are set and the top is a very light golden brown. Center may still be slightly jiggly, but do NOT over cook. You want the bars to be gooey and they'll continue to cook up as they cool. Allow the bars to cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar, if desired, and cutting into squares. Serve.

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!These are so fudgy, super sticky and gooey, and absolutely, positively heavenly. I love the white chocolate chip top with its nice crunch, and the gooey fluffernutter filling packed with creamy peanut butter and sweet and fluffy marshmallow creme. These bars are to-die for!

These White Chocolate Fluffernutter Bars will squash your sweet and salty cravings! Creamy peanut butter, sweet marshmallow creme and white chocolate combine to make these ultra gooey, super chewy, impossibly EASY bars!Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Rebel Favorites: Styling Crocs!

DSC_0435AHello my fashionable friends!
I figured I was long overdue for a fashion post and wanted to share some fun news with you! I’ve recently partnered with Crocs for this post to help style these comfortable shoes and think beyond the clog. If you only thought Crocs were clogs, think again, because Crocs has a whole lineup of adorable, stylish shoes, from flats and sandals to wedges.
Want to know something random about me? I wear shoes in my house. It doesn’t matter if I’ve not gone anywhere that day, I’ll have shoes on most of the time. And when I’m baking in the kitchen? I’m wearing shoes. It’s so strange, I know, and I could never live in one of those houses with white carpet and the shoe caddy at the front door. BUT, for what it’s worth, I wear shoes and you bet I want them to be comfortable!
And lemme tell you – for wedged heels, these sandals are SO COMFORTABLE. I baked in them for five hours straight one day without so much of a sore heel or sprained ankle. The cushioned sole conforms to your body, offering support and comfort for extended periods of time. Plus, they’re super freakin’ cute, right? Love the rainbow chevron stripe which is perfect for summer. It’s so fun, and Crocs is all about finding your fun. They even have a #FindYourFun hashtag that I’ve started following along for more styling inspiration.
Anywho, I figured I’d style my new Crocs wedges with three different outfits to give you an idea of how I styled these fabulous sandals. It truly shows off their versatility! DSC_0416AThe first look pairs the Leigh Graphic Wedge with a floral maxi dress, a denim vest, and a chunky necklace. The dress is white but offers big pops of pink flowers which work with the rainbow chevron stripes and poppy pink soles of the wedges. This look is flirty, feminine and easy – the denim vest keeps things casual, but you could omit it for a cardigan or looser blazer for something more girlie. DSC_0427AThe second look is a very casual look of shorts and a loose, flowy top. The wedges work with this outfit because of their versatility; you can simply dress them up or down depending on what look you’re trying to achieve. And may I say, the shoes pair very nicely with my tattoos :) DSC_0431AThe last outfit is feminine and casual – skinny jeans with a pretty floral top. This would be great to wear to the office on Casual Fridays, or out shopping or to brunch on the weekends. It’s relaxed but still has panache from the sweet top and heeled sandals. The jeans just help temper the sweetness a little. DSC_0428AYep, I’d say the Crocs stylists designed these shoes with my tattoos in mind, wouldn’t you? 😉 How would you wear YOUR Crocs? Would you buy this Leigh Graphic Wedge, or would you style up a pair of flats? How about their adorable huarache sandals? There are so many options! DSC_0434AFor more info, be sure to visit Crocs on their WEBSITE. You can also check out the Leigh Graphic Wedge HERE. You can also follow the #FindYourFun hashtag for more styling inspiration.
Have a super fashionable day, and thanks for tuning in!!
xo, Hayley

Muffin Mix Blueberry Streusel Cookies

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!The weekends are kind of dicey in my house.

You see, Mannie, my Border Collie, loves to bark. Barking is his favorite activity, his favorite pasttime, his favorite now-time, and everything in between. Barking is liiiiiiife to him.

One bark, though, and my family jumps into a tizzy. They get mad that he’s barking and all hell breaks loose and there’s this huge issue between the Non-Carers and the Barking Barkers. The Non-Carers (my mom, myself, and sometimes my brother) are very whatever about this subject. Dogs bark, and we get Mannie to stop when it’s out of control. But the Barking Barkers (my sister, my dad) are the ones who bark back at Mannie when he’s barking by yelling at him.

I want so badly to tell them that yelling at the dog only makes the dog want to bark more, but logic need not apply here.

Most days, this is fine. I’m the only one home and I don’t mind the barking when it happens. But on the weekends, my anxiety goes through the roof and into outer space because Mannie and Winston, our family dog, want to do allllll the barking on weekend mornings when everyone’s sleeping.

And if you’ve never seen someone stumble out of bed having been awoken by a barking dog, it isn’t a pretty sight.

So most weekend mornings I spend corralling ornery dogs and trying to shush them with a louder-volume TV show or random distractions. At times, I’ve even dive-bombed Mannie to try to keep him quiet and still, since he loves moving while he barks. There I’ll be, splayed out on the floor lying gently on top of my beast of a dog on a Saturday morning. It’s a pretty sight I’m sure.

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!One of these days, Mannie will stop barking – I hope. In the meantime, I make my family ample treats since they put up with his incessant talking. One of the recent treats I made were these Blueberry Streusel Cookies. They’re jam-packed with flavor and taste just like blueberry muffins because, well, it’s made with blueberry muffin mix. I knooooow – muffin mix in cookies? But it totally works.

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!This recipe comes before you as an archived recipe I desperately needed to reshoot. I’m so glad I did because damn. These cookies are worth dive-bombing.

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!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Muffin Mix Blueberry Streusel Cookies
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Serves: 16-18
 
These hearty, soft and pillowy Blueberry Streusel Cookies taste just like blueberry muffin tops and couldn't be simpler to make!
Ingredients
  • 1 box blueberry muffin mix (I used Krusteaz)
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned oats (not instant)
  • ⅓ cup + 2 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • FOR LEMON BUTTER GLAZE:
  • 1 &1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • ½ tsp lemon peel
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the muffin mix - just the dry mix, oats, oil, brown sugar, egg and milk and stir together until a soft dough just barely comes together. Drain and rinse the canned blueberries; gently fold into the dough to combine.
  3. Portion rounded, heaping Tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time to ensure even cooking. Cool on the sheets completely.
  4. Meanwhile, make your glaze. Combine all the glaze ingredients except for the milk together in a bowl, only using milk if needed, until smooth and pourable. Glaze the tops of the cookies and let set, about 10 minutes. Then serve!

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!Hearty, soft, fruity and delicious, you’ll love these pillowy cookies! I love that they taste just like a really wholesome blueberry muffin but with that delectable streusel-y crumble throughout, thanks to the oats and brown sugar. It really sweetens these cookies and adds great texture and flavor.

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!I hope you enjoyed!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

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