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 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

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!

Twizzlers

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

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Bacon Pralines
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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!

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

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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Serves: 8
 
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

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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Recipe type: No-Bake Desserts
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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

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