Chia Pudding with Chocolate and Banana

Chia pudding with banana and chocolate
This may come as a shock to most of you, but I'm kind of a minimalist in the kitchen. I prefer not to keep a ton of complicated ingredients around, sticking instead to some versatile basics that lend well to a plethora of different recipes. That's why chia seeds have become a fast favorite around here. They store for months without any fuss, and they work as easily into a chia pudding as they do a salad dressing, pancakes, protein bars, jam or muffins.

Emoji Desserts and Pumpkin Mousse Cups

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I haven't been able to work with my hands enough lately. I love getting in the kitchen, digging into a craft or a tutorial and creating something. So I set aside a day to get back to that, and this was the result. Emoji desserts and pumpkin mousse cups!

Graham Cracker and Strawberry Parfaits

Graham Cracker Strawberry Parfaits
Nate says it's too early to be doing valentine stuff and I'm over here with my strawberry parfaits like...if this is wrong, I don't wanna be right.The boys always get a little bummed after the holiday season ends, and this year is no different. I try to tell them they should be so excited that January is my birthday...

Hot Buttered Rum Sundae

Our favorite old-fashioned ice cream buttered rum!
Christmas is over and the egg nog's gone, but you still have a bunch of relatives around to entertain until New Year's. Don't worry, we've got the perfect recipe for the season. Hot buttered rum sundaes!This is actually one of my favorite times of the year: the lull between the holidays. Scoop up a big bowl of this tastiness, gather...

2% Milk Fudge that’s Easy as Pie

2% milk fudge that's easy as pie (it sets up right EVERY TIME and uses just five ingredients you already have at home)
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is fudge. We make pumpkin fudge, chocolate fudge, caramel fudge, sea salt fudge. SO MUCH FUDGE. I have a couple gripes with fudge, though. First, it usually requires sweetened condensed milk, which isn't something I keep on-hand. Adjusting recipes to replace that and produce 2% milk fudge can prove challenging,...

Caramel Delight Ice Cream Waffle Sandwiches

Ice cream waffle sandwiches could be breakfast OR dessert, but we're not going to argue semantics..
Did someone say "ice cream waffle sandwiches"?Sweet breakfast confections featuring ice cream have been all the rage lately, from ice cream croissants to delectable donut holes and melty muffin bites. Here's how our family puts a new twist on another breakfast classic with ice cream waffle sandwiches.These could easily be breakfast OR dessert, but let's not argue semantics!We're partnering with Dreyer's for a series...

How to Make a California-style Neapolitan Milkshake

The infamous neapolitan milkshake from diners is easy to make at home. It will totally impress your kids!
There's a certain all-American burger chain founded here in SoCal that quickly became renowned for their "secret menu." One of the best things on it? The Neapolitan milkshake, whispered about all over the wild west! It's a must-try hit with all of our friends from out-of-town, with many repeat visitors demanding we make a stop to pick one up as soon as...

Top 7 Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Toppings

Mint chocolate and fudge old-fashioned ice cream topping.
Want to rock your next neighborhood gathering? Throw a shindig with an old-fashioned ice cream theme and watch everyone from toddlers to 90-year-old grannies bust out grins from ear-to-ear.Malted milk balls, blueberry sauce, gelatin cubes and more. Tonight, we're gonna have an ice cream party like it's 1959!We're partnering with Dreyer's for a series of posts (they're also known as Edy's...

These Raspberry Dessert Cakes are Scrumptiously Adorable

Make a chocolate cake mix super-fancy with a couple easy additions for these scrumptious raspberry dessert cakes.
Raspberries have burst into season, making their juicy debut from mid-summer through fall. If you're looking for a way to use up a freshly-picked barrel of these bad boys, this raspberry dessert recipe will hit the spot. All it requires is a box of any chocolate cake mix, some cream cheese, raspberries and a couple other baking essentials. ...

Milk and Cookies for One (for Everyone!)

Milk and cookies for one (for EVERYone!)
I've been craving milk and cookies like crazy this pregnancy.Nothing quite compares to the creamy mouthfeel of a big cup of milk and a freshly-baked cookie to go with it!I haven't done the milk and cookies combo for at least a couple years, since we discovered that gluten and lactose are a little problematic for me. It hasn't been a huge deal...