Cake Batter Lush Dessert

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!So I need new pants.

I came to this conclusion when I realized after working out that my pants were see-through.

Underwear. Underwear everywhere. All up in everyone’s sweaty gym faces. *groans*

In my defense, it wasn’t like I was wearing mesh shorts to the gym. They’re basic black bike shorts… ones I thought under the incorrect notion that they were opaque. I wasn’t dressed like I was going to the club. In fact, I kind of looked like a bum in bike shorts. What a sight to behold indeed.

And to think I was down on my hands and knees doing fire hydrants and mountain climbers with see-through shorts. I’ll bet that was a sight to behold.

What I want to know is, why didn’t anyone say anything to me? Not that I expect people to, but if I saw someone begrudgingly doing squats and realized her shorts were sheer I’d probably be pointing it out to her.

Maybe people were intimidated by my form? KIDDING. I have no form. And I’m hardly intimidating.

Anywho. After realizing this I immediately rushed home and insisted on stuffing my face with this Cake Batter Lush. If you don’t know, ‘lush’ is basically a pudding dessert and it’s absolutely heavenly. This one is flavored with the sweet taste of cake batter, and it’s positively perfect for any sprinkle-lover.

It’s made with French vanilla pudding and Birthday Cake Golden Oreos, which add to that cake battery goodness. You layer the lush with an Oreo crust, then top it with the pudding mixture and the Cool Whip. Lastly, I top it with more chopped Oreos and sprinkles for a festive touch and added crunch.

You guys are gonna love it!!

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!*adapted from my S’mores Lush recipe

Cake Batter Lush Dessert
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This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush is absolutely heavenly! It tastes exactly like cake batter!
Ingredients
  • 36 Birthday Cake Golden Oreos
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) French Vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup dry Funfetti cake mix (just the dry powder)
  • 4 cups Cool Whip (about 2 8-oz pkgs), divided
  • About ½ cup sprinkles
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, dry Funfetti mix and milk, whisking until combined and letting sit for 2 minutes. Add in one package (2 cups) of the Cool Whip and ¼ cup sprinkles, folding it in until combined. Carefully spread this mixture over the cookies in the pan.
  3. Spread the remaining Cool Whip over the top of the cake batter pudding layer.
  4. Crush the remaining cookies in another plastic bag until coarse crumbs as formed. Sprinkle the cookies over the top with the sprinkles. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours before cutting into slices to serve.

This No-Bake Cake Batter Lush Dessert is SO easy to whip up! It's sweet, fluffy, light and absolutely delicious and tastes exactly like cake batter!Sweet, fluffy, airy and light, you’ll love this cake battery delight! My family went nuts over this lush!

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters

These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are delicious, fruity, no-bake cookies that are so easy to whip up! Back in January, I made these Avalanche Cookie Clusters. And they rocked my face off.

And since then, I’ve been brainstorming other ideas of cookie clusters… mainly because I wanted an excuse to get my hands dirty and eat some glorified marshmallows.

And folks – these Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are it.

They came to me when I was mindlessly snacking on a bag of fruity marshmallows, as I usually do. Marshmallows are pretty much my favorite snack around these parts.

And I thought that these marshmallows plus Fruity Pebbles would be the ULTIMATE treat. I mean, is there anything better on god’s green earth? (I think not).

Just add white chocolate and pie crust (!!!) and you’ve got one of these clusters.

The secret ingredient for these clusters is the pie crust. It adds a nice, crisp texture to these “cookies.” The marshmallows add plushness and chewiness, and the Fruity Pebbles add crispiness. Then there’s the white chocolate, which kind of encapsulates everything in this sweet, melty goo. (FYI: sweet melty goo is good).

These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are delicious, fruity, no-bake cookies that are so easy to whip up! So yeah. If I haven’t sold them already, you should totally make these.

Totally.

These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are delicious, fruity, no-bake cookies that are so easy to whip up!

*adapted from my Avalanche Cookie Clusters recipe

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These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are irresistible! Fruity, sweet, and positively amazing!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Fruity Pebbles cereal
  • 1 & ½ cups mini fruit-flavored marshmallows
  • 1 pkg vanilla CandiQuik
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
Instructions
  1. First, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or with parchment paper. Mist parchment (if using) with cooking spray. Place the pie crust on the baking sheet and, using a sharp knife or a pizza wheel, cut the pie crust into thin strips, then cut crosswise to make small, bite-sized squares. Separate the squares so that they don't touch as much, and bake for approx. 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely.
  2. In a large bowl, melt the CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth. Working quickly, add in the cereal, marshmallows and pie crust pieces and toss gently to coat completely.
  3. Working fast, drop heaping ¼ cup-sized clusters of the mixture onto foil-or silicone-lined baking sheets. Because of the CandiQuik, the mixture could harden so it's key to work as fast as possible! Allow the clusters to set before serving. Store leftovers airtight, at room temperature, for up to a week.

These Tutti-Frutti Cookie Clusters are delicious, fruity, no-bake cookies that are so easy to whip up! Fruity, sweet, crunchy, creamy and oh so delicious – these are awesome!

Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

Root Beer Float Pie

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!I am someone who has to have dessert after dinner every night.

I don’t know how it started, but it’s impossible to stop. Plus, it’s a little scoop of ice cream or a couple of cookies. It’s not like I’m clearing out the dessert section at Home Town Buffet.

…though don’t put it past me.

But trying to eat dessert when I’m trying to eat healthier is hard. Berries aren’t dessert for me. Fruit just is so not dessert. It’s fruit, it’s sweet, but dessert it is not. And drinking hot cocoa to “fix my chocolate cravings” doesn’t do it. Plus, hot cocoa in this heat? I’d sooner wear a bikini to the mall… and trust me, no one wants that. NO ONE.

But then I remember things like root beer floats and I’m like, I can get down on this. Root beer plus ice cream equals deliciousness; it’s simple math. And then I saw that I could make this into pie and I thought it was just genius.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!This pie tastes exactly like a root beer float. Like, to the T. And you can make it lower-cal, which rocks my dessert-loving socks, so it’s perfect. Creamy, sasparilla-y, ultra deliciousness.

Take that, dessert.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!*adapted from Taste of Home

Root Beer Float Pie
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This Root Beer Float Pie is creamy, dreamy, and ultra delicious! You'll be shocked at how close to a root beer float it tastes!
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup good quality root beer
  • ½ cup milk (I used 1%, but skim may be used)
  • 1 (4-serving size) box instant vanilla pudding mix (sugar free may be used)
  • 2 Tbsp root beer concentrate
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 1 prepared graham cracker crust
  • Cherries and whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the root beer, milk, root beer concentrate and pudding mix for 2 minutes or until mixture thickens. Fold in the Cool Whip until mixture is uniform and combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared graham cracker crust and freeze for approx. 8 hours or overnight. Once frozen, cut into slices and garnish with whipped cream and cherries, if desired. Store pie in freezer.

This Root Beer Float Pie is perfect! Creamy, dreamy, icy and sweet, it's packed with that nostalgic, old-fashioned root beer flavor!This pie tastes phenomenal straight from the freezer: it’s creamy, dreamy, icy and just totally fab. The root beer flavor is so strong in this pie which makes me nostalgic for my childhood days in the summertime sippin’ on some A&W. If you prefer a more subtle flavor of root beer, omit the concentrate – it’s what gives this pie that true, old-fashioned root beer flavor we all know and love!

I hope you enjoy!

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!

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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 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

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

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No-Bake S'mores Lush Dessert
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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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Total time: 
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! 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits & My Trip To T&Y Strawberry Patch

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the local town of Davis, CA on behalf of Best Food Facts. I’m their newest blogger for their Taste Program, where they educate about the benefits of fresh food and answer nutritional questions by a panel of experts. It’s a wonderful organization to work with and an excellent tool for those of you who may have questions about certain foods, benefits of eating certain foods, or nutritional questions.

My favorite part of our trip to Davis was visiting the T&Y Strawberry Patch in Woodland, CA. T&Y is a family-owned strawberry patch that’s been in business for years in the Woodland area. They have a huge property that boasts tons of, you guessed it, strawberries! The berries are divided by their type, Chandler, which are grown earlier in the year, and Albion, a newer strain of strawberry, grown right now. The Albion were what we had the chance to pick on the farm.

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is!

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! The most interesting thing I learned from T&Y’s resident tour-guide and strawberry aficionado was that their strawberry farm is prepared for the California drought we’re in. The strawberries are resistant to the heat, especially the Albion strain, and resistant to the drought. T&Y operates on a minimal water drip system which adequately nourishes the strawberry plants without flooding them or wasting precious water resources. Since California’s drought is a serious one (and believe me, we’re suffering) it was interesting to know that T&Y was operating as they normally would, thanks to their drought-efficient watering system.

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! I was also pleased to know that California produces 80% of the nation’s strawberries. That means the berries you have right now are probably grown here in California. And I totally didn’t know this, but the brighter the color of the strawberry flesh, the sweeter the berry will be. That’s why Albion berries are a huge hit right now; they’re a deep red color that yields a seriously juicy and sweet flavor profile.

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! And if you’ve ever wondered if there’s a difference between organic or conventional strawberries when it comes to scary things like pesticides, have no fear. The USDA and Best Food Facts say that a man could eat 2,640 strawberries a day without any adverse side effects from pesticide residue. But I also don’t recommend eating 2,640 strawberries a day either, as tempting as it may be :)

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is!

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! And strawberries, but of course, were the inspiration for these simple and scrumptious Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits. Have you ever had strawberry pretzel salad? It’s traditionally served like an ambrosia or in bar-form with a pretzel crust, so I took that inspiration to make a layered dessert that’s oh-so delicious. Sweet, salty, juicy and tart, it’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures. You’ll love it!

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits & My Trip To T&Y Strawberry Patch
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Recipe type: No Bake Desserts
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Serves: 2-4
 
These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are irresistible! Sweet, salty, tart and juicy, they're the ultimate no-bake treat!
Ingredients
  • 2 bricks (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup white sugar, plus 2 Tbsp, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 & ½ cups pretzels
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. First, make your crust. Pulse the pretzels in a large food processor until they're coarse crumbs. Pulse in the melted butter and 2 Tbsp white sugar until moistened. Portion evenly among four pint-sized mason jars or parfait glasses and use a smaller glass to compact into a loose-ish crust.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheeses, remaining sugar, and vanilla extract with a handheld electric mixer on medium speed, about 2 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip until completely combined and fluffy. Spoon the cheesecake mixture into a large resealable plastic bag, seal out the air, and snip off a tip of the bag.
  3. Pipe the cheesecake about halfway full into the jars; sprinkle with about 2-3 Tbsp chopped strawberries. Continue piping the mixture until it reaches the brim of the jar and top with another 2-3 Tbsp of chopped strawberries. Repeat with remaining jars.
  4. Serve immediately, or store leftovers in the fridge for 1 day.

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! I love how easy these are to whip up and how amazing they taste! The crunchy, salty pretzel crust pairs beautifully with the juicy, sweet strawberries and the fluffy, creamy cheesecake. These parfaits have so much flavor and awesome texture happening all at once!

I hope you enjoyed my recap and my recipe! Stay tuned for more awesome info with Best Food Facts, and be sure to connect with them on Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter!

These Strawberry Pretzel Salad Parfaits are the perfect harmony of sweet, salty, creamy and crunchy. You'll love how easy this no-bake dessert recipe is! Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Full disclosure: I was generously invited onto a trip to Davis, CA on behalf of Best Food Facts, who graciously sponsored this event. All opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who help make The Domestic Rebel possible! 

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