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Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

So I guess I’m a little late when it comes to posting this but I’ve been debating whether or not I wanted to put it up. Well, I decided despite the lack luster pictures that I have, the ice cream cake was just too good to not post.

Fourth of July Ice Cream Cake

 

Ingredients

3 Pints Raspberry Sorbet 1 Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
1 White Cake Mix Ingredients to Mix Cake
Blue Food Coloring Cool Whip

Directions

1. Mix the white cake mix and add the blue food coloring until the desired color is reached. I used the Cake Boss White Cake Mix and used about 15 drops of blue coloring. Bake the cake in a spring form pan and let it cool. Once cooled, remove the cake from the spring form pan and set aside.

2. Soften the raspberry sorbet a little and spread a layer on the bottom of the spring form. Make sure it is an even layer or else you will get a waving flag like the slice above. Cover it with plastic wrap, placing it directly on the sorbet. Freeze it for 30 minutes.

3. Soften the ice cream and add another layer on top of the sorbet. Cover it again with plastic wrap and freeze it for another 30 minutes. Repeat alternating ice cream and sorbet for 4 layers.

4. Cut out a circle in the center of the white cake and place the outer ring on top of the first 4 layers of ice cream. Continue alternating layer of ice cream and sorbet on the inside of the ring.

5. Once the top layer is complete. Remove the sides of the spring form pan and frost the cake using Cool Whip. You can either serve it right away or put it back into the freezer until you are ready.

 

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The combination of the sweet ice cream and the tart raspberry sorbet really made the cake. It was delicious and will definitely be making an appearance at another Fourth of July. Other than taking a little bit of time to put together because of all the freezing steps, it was relatively simple to make.

 

What are some festive Fourth of July treats that will make it back next year for you?

Puppy Peanut Butter Birthday Cake!

I’m not above spoiling my dogs, and Brent would even argue that I spoil them too much. But, I’ve been wanting to make something for Oreo’s birthday for, well, the past 2 months because he birthday is just before Christmas.

With everything that has been going on, I haven’t had time to make something for the two of them. After deciding that paleo was going to be the plan for the next month, it became a great time to use up some flour.

Puppy Birthday Cake

Ingredients:

1 Eggg 1/3 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Peanut Butter 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Canola Oil 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the egg, peanut butter, oil, honey and vanilla. Then mix the flour and baking soda together. Add it to the wet mixture.

2. Split the batter in half and pour it into 2 ramekins. Bake for 20 minutes.

2. Once cooled, top with peanut butter.

Dog Cupcake Collage

Even though Oreo looks completely unexcited to eat her cupcake, she was actually working on her cute face so I would give into her and let her eat it.

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Look at those tortured little eyes. When she finally got a taste, she wasn’t really sure how to eat it and just licked the peanut butter off the top until I broke it into pieces for her.

Bacon on the other hand, knew exactly what to do.

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What doggie is going to argue with a yummy peanut butter treat??

For other dog treats, check out:

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Blueberry Chocolate Cake with Blueberry Buttercream Frosting

Sunday night was also my Dad’s birthday and birthdays are kind of a big deal in our family. There are a few unique things that I think make a birthday in this house a bit different than what you might see elsewhere.

  • There are usually 7 of us, and now with Brent there are 8. So, it’s loud. Picture the stereotypical Italian family getting together and multiply that by 6 girls. Seriously loud.
  • Dinner is all out. The birthday person gets to pick what they what for dinner and that is what is whipped up. This time was a seafood pasta.
  • When singing Happy Birthday, sing as loud and as out of key as possible. Ear splitting high notes, piercing notes and anything else you can make your voice do. This is usually when the dogs run away in terror. If we have company, they think it’s weird at first then they join in with something we’ve never heard before. We all think it’s hilarious.
  • When picking out a card, it NEEDS to pop up. If it doesn’t pop up, put it down and find another. If you can find one that sings AND pops up, you probably have a winner. There is a competition for the best card and strangely enough, we have never shown up with the same card. Only every once in a while from year to year. Those immediately lose. Sorry.
  • Have fun. Obviously.

For my Dad’s birthday, I decided that I would make the cake and his favorite thing in the world is blueberry. So I decided to make a blueberry cake. Originally it was going to be a Blueberry Lemon Cake, but he didn’t really like that idea. He wanted chocolate. Chocolate it is.

Chocolate Blueberry Cake

 

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Flour 1 Cup Sugar
6 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Water 1/2 Cup Blueberries, melted
1 Egg

 

Frosting Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Butter, softened 4 1/2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla 3 Tablepsoon Milk
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries, thawed and drained

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, stir the dry ingredients. Then, with a blender, blend the blueberries, egg and water.

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2. Whisk the wet ingredients in with the dry. Be careful not to over mix the batter.

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3. Bake in a greased round 8 inch pan at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I made two of them in order to stack them for the cake.

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For the Frosting:

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until it is light and fluffy. Then gradually add in the confectioner’s sugar. Lastly, mix in the blueberries, and milk. Use the milk to get the consistency that you would like.

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Easy! When the cake is completely cooled, COMPLETELY cooled. You can start frosting it. Just know that it needs to be stored in a chilled area because the frosting is made of butter.

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I was struggling a little bit with the icing of it. But that’s a skill that I will pick up eventually 🙂

We all sat down for dinner and Maggie gave us a mini wine lesson on the two that she had picked out for dinner.

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We sat down and had some seafood pasta with a delicious red sauce.

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As we were sitting down, I grabbed one of the naked rigatoni still sitting in the strainer just to munch on. I was talking at the same time, and decided to goof around a little bit, so I blew through the rigatoni…IT WHISTLED! I felt like a five year old that just discovered the best thing ever! Why I never realized this when I was younger, I have no idea. I know I would have driven my mom nuts if I did figure it out earlier.

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So fun! You just have to pinch the sides of it a little bit to restrict the air flow and it will make this loud, high pitched whistling noise. 🙂

 

After dinner, the cake came out and I was honestly a bit nervous about how it was going to go over. I have never made one of a birthday cakes and this one was a bit different in itself. I don’t know if you noticed…it has NO OIL. There is no butter, no canola oil, no nothing. The icing obviously has butter but the cake itself. Nada. It’s a healthy chocolate cake. YUP.

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But it was delicious! The cake itself was really rich. The chocolate flavor really came through in it. The blueberries were also really apparent in the frosting. Big hit!

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It was even better the second day. The blueberry flavor came out a lot more the second day.

When cake was finished and we were starting to clean up, my dad brought over the wish bone that I had been waiting to dry out for a few days. Brent and I broke it and I guesssssss my wish won’t come true. MER.

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Happy Birthday!!

Do you have any weird traditions in your family??

 

3 Ingredient Peach Cake Smoothie

Do you ever have those days where you just can’t seem to focus?? I got up this morning with the intention of going out on a quick run to start off the day. But, the chill in the air made me lay in bed for a while looking at pinterest. Pinterest is my favorite way to wind down the day and to start my  day. It allows me to just chill and scroll through things mindlessly, while feeling like I’m actually doing something…even though I’m most definitely not. 🙂

After a bit of scrolling, I jumped in the shower, made some coffee and watched a bit of Burn Notice. They had a great little marathon going this morning. When the coffee started to kick in, everything on my TO-DO list for the day started running through my head and that finally got me up and running. I answered some emails, finished getting ready and ran out the door like a mad woman, smoothie in hand. It’s amazing how coffee can get you from being lazy to running frantically so quickly. The smoothie ended up being amazing even though it was thrown together quickly and only has 3 ingredients! The best kind of breakfast!

Ingredients:

1 Cup Frozen Peaches 1 Scoop Cake Batter Protein Powder
1 Cup Almond Milk

Put it all in a blender and call it breakfast! If I were thinking correctly I would have connected Cold Weather + Cold Smoothie = NO FUN. But! Problem solved  when you crank the heat in your car. Just don’t mention the fact that it was only 62 degrees and I’m complaining about it being cold…my father would disown me.

Now at work, with loads to do, and little focus. I’m trying to find a way to get back on the right track. Normally, coffee is the answer. Done that already today…now I’m up for Plan B.

Any suggestions?!