Archive | March 2013

Strawberry Mousse Cake

Celebrating Easter has always been a huge deal in our family.  When I was a little girl, my mother would let me pick out a special Easter dress (usually frilly and pink) along with a special pair of pretty white shoes.  To top it all off – had a matching hat and white gloves.  We went to Easter mass on Sunday and afterwards was the big, huge family meal. Growing up in a large Italian family, my grandmother would host the dinner for all of the family and there was always a delicious baked ham (and homemade ravioli to make sure dinner was “Italian-ized”) of course, my grandmother made her homemade Almond Biscotti and Poppyseed Rolls for dessert.

The desserts are almost the best part of the meal and being that I am ME (and I am always the host these years) – I always focus more on what I will be making for the desserts rather than focusing on the meal itself.  Sure, I can make a really awesome macaroni and cheese (my oldest son called me the other day for the recipe! Score!) and mashed potatoes that would make you wanna come back to my house for every year afterwards (maybe that’s why I am the chosen host haha) but the desserts are just ultra special. Every year I am trying to find some inspiration on how to make something “new” for my special Easter dessert and this year I have chosen this awesome dessert from Southern Living. Its called Strawberry Mousse Cake and if you have been following me for a while, you know my son Charlie is a strawberry maniac (birthdays are always a strawberry overload with strawberry cakes topped with strawberry icing + strawberry ice cream) so I am going to try to score some major Mom points this year 🙂

For other Easter dessert recipe and party planning ideas (and these can also be used for a Spring brunch/tea party, Wedding and Baby Shower, Mothers Day get-together) you can check out here for other ideas as well.

I hope you have a wonderful time with family and friends – however you celebrate!



Strawberry Mousse Cake (Southern Living)

Strawberry Mousse Cake (Southern Living)


Friday’s Dessert w/ Alcohol: Caramel Appletini Cupcakes

Happy weekend y’all! How about some Apple Vodka infused into your cake ingredients! After researching many places and coming across many “alcohol in dessert recipes” I believe this is probably the one that I have really been excited about. Oh, anything with Bailey’s in it too.  You can find the recipe right here from the fantastic recipe site at Just A Pinch.

Cheers to a fabulous weekend!

Caramel Appletini Cupcakes (Photo from Just a Pinch)

Caramel Appletini Cupcakes (Photo from Just a Pinch)



Creamsickle Cake

I remember eating creamsickles, fudgesickles…any thing with “sickles” on the end of the word as a kid.  The sweet memories of hearing the music from the ice cream man’s truck and whatever us kids were doing? We were totally done and dropped it when the ice cream truck rolled around.  As a matter of fact, one of the neighborhood kids took it so seriously, she jumped out from her bath and ran down the street naked to stand in line to get her ice cream.  She was only five years old and didnt get the concept that she was streaking…she only knew that when the ice cream man’s music was blaring? You ran outside and stood in line patiently with the other neighborhood kids.  Clothed or not haha!  Didn’t you hate it when there was a mean ice cream man and he would actually keep driving and make you run after his truck? Oh the meanies!

This also brings to mind Eddie Murphy’s stand up routine from long ago when he talks about his childhood and the ice cream man rolling up the street and the kids running and chasing the ice cream man and the kids screaming “ice cream…ice cream!”

Creamsickles just bring me back to the days of innocence and youth.  Days of the ice cream man and playing in sprinklers in the yard on hot summer days and thinking that those days would never end.

Here is a recipe for your own creamsickle concoction – in a cake! – courtesy of Save A Lot.  When using these ingredients, keep in mind that you can also vary the product brand and use whatever brands you prefer or that you have on hand – even though Save A Lot’s are quite yummy too (for other Save A Lot recipes click here).  Enjoy the cake and I hope when you bite into it that it makes you feel like a kid again and brings you back to the days of standing in line for and chasing the ice cream man too! 🙂

    Creamsickle Cake (Save A Lot)

Let’s Celebrate Chocolate Caramel Day!

March 19th is National Chocolate Caramel Day and how will you partake? How about this delicious recipe for Double Chocolate Brownies With Caramel Frosting courtesy of Southern Living? This is so rich and tasty, full of chocolate, caramel and marshmallows.  It’s so decadent and sweet – almost sinful! You can find the recipe right here

Double Chocolate Brownies With Caramel Frosting (Southern Living)

Double Chocolate Brownies With Caramel Frosting (Southern Living)


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip

When I came across this recipe for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip it made me stop what I was doing immediately.  I have such a sweet tooth and love, love, love peanut butter and cookie dough. Never had them together though and this recipe is at the top of my list to make! The combination of chocolate chips, peanut butter and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is almost heavenly.  You can eat it by itself with a spoon (my mother would totally do this!) or enjoy with pretzels, animal cracker and graham sticks too.  Thank you, Shugary Sweets, for a delicious recipe! Make sure to check out their site for more yummy ideas too.

(Photo from Shugary Sweets)

(Photo from Shugary Sweets)



Friday’s Dessert w/ Alcohol: Whiskey Cake in the Jar-O

What a great way to bring in the weekend and especially a St Patrick’s Day weekend! This is a fantastic dessert brought to you courtesy of Sprinkle Bakes and you can find the recipe right here.  According to the recipe, you can make it in 10 – 8 oz. or 12 oz. glass canning jars or a 10″ bundt pan, greased and lightly floured and after its out of the oven you can top it off with butter whiskey sauce.  Yummy!!!

Sprinkle Bakes Whiskey Cakes (Photo Courtesy of Sprinkle Bakes)

Sprinkle Bakes Whiskey Cakes (Photo Courtesy of Sprinkle Bakes)



Easter Nest Cookies

These cookies are so easy to make, require only a few ingredients and are a great activity to do with the kiddies! All you basically need is Pillsbury Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough, Coconut, Jellybeans, Fluffy White Frosting and Food Coloring – how easy is that? You can find this fantastic recipe from Pillsbury right here.  Enjoy!

Easter Nest Cookies (photo courtesy of Pillsbury)

Easter Nest Cookies (Photo Courtesy of Pillsbury)