Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Orange Creamsicle Pie

Yes, I'm still alive! I know it's been three weeks since I've posted anything, but as usual, it's been busy around here. The kids may be out of school for summer vacation, but it sure hasn't slowed down much. We've still been going strong with sports...the long days of summer when we complained of how bored we were have disappeared for today's youth it seems. At least for mine!
However, in the midst of practices, tournaments, and camps we have still found time to enjoy some fabulous desserts. I will always have time for dessert. This Orange Creamsicle Pie is perfect to have during this hot summer weather. It's cool, light, and refreshing with it's creamy orange flavor that will take you back to hot summer days eating frozen orange pops with the white ice cream center. With this pie however, you don't have to worry about it melting down your hand, leaving it sticky, and no wooden sticks to contend with! (Is it just me, or does anyone else hate the flavor you get next to the wooden stick on a popsicle? It always grosses me out.)
We loved the orange, but you could make other variations by changing out the jello flavor and fruit I'm sure. Also, I made my whipped cream (it's so easy!) but you could use Cool Whip if desired. I went with a store bought graham cracker crust, but you could easily make your own there too.

Orange Creamsicle Pie

1 box orange flavor Jello
1/4 cup boiling water
2 containers of orange yogurt (I used Yoplait Light Orange Creme - it's the only one I could find at the time but have since seen other brands)
3 cups homemade whipped cream or 1 (8 ounce) tub of Cool Whip
1 cup mandarin oranges (drained)
Graham Cracker Pie Crust - storebought or homemade

In a large bowl, mix jello packet with boiling water. Stir to dissolve.
Whisk yogurt and whipped cream into jello.
Chop mandarin oranges into halves or thirds, reserving a few for top of pie if desired.
Add oranges to pie mixture. Pour into prepared crust.
Allow pie to set in refrigerator. (I made mine the night before serving)
Top with remaining mandarin oranges and additional whipped cream if desired, before serving.

Recipe Source: Real Housemoms

Other "no bake" pies you might enjoy:


 2- Ingredient Lemon Pie


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Italian Sausage Sub Casserole

It's pretty well established over here that I love a casserole. This has been one of my faves as of late, since I love Italian sausage.
Ok, so it's not super pretty, but it's tasty and pretty quick to throw together. I've shared the recipe over at Eat at Home today, where I am a contributing writer. Please head over and check it out!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Coffee Ice Cream and Happy 4th!

If you saw my Facebook post yesterday, you know that I am now the proud owner of a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. It's a countertop model that is electric, requires no salt or ice, and makes ice cream scary fast. Like homemade ice cream in 20 minutes fast. It's awesome.
I *needed* some ice cream to go with these red velvet brownies my daughter made (from a box) and coffee ice cream was calling my name. I whipped up this recipe using sweetened condensed milk (because I love that stuff), let the mix chill for a couple of hours, and then made ice cream for before dinner. 
And I just happened to have red, white, and blue MandM's on hand. #candyhoarder

 Coffee Ice Cream

1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together all of the ingredients and chill for 1-2 hours (or overnight). Place mixture in ice cream maker and run per manufacture's instructions. Mine produced a firm soft serve texture initially, and then I placed it in the freezer over night. The result was firm, "scoopable" yet creamy ice cream. 


Happy 4th of July! God Bless the USA!


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Desserts - 4 ingredients or less!

Y'all have probably figured out by now that I love easy recipes. If it has just a few ingredients, especially if it's a dessert...I'm going to give it a try.
I'm always amazed how something so simple can turn out so well! I shared these a while back over at Eat at Home, where I am a part-time contributing writer, and forgot to post here to let you all know. I'd love for you to head over at check them out! 2-Ingredient Cupcakes

If you are also a fan of the quick and easy, here are some other recipes that are low maintenance, yet tasty. Keeping a few items on hand will always allow you to whip something up at a moment's notice. Your friends will think you are a master in the kitchen, but you will know you are the master of the shortcut!


Cake Mix Cookie Bars {4 ingredients}


Shortcut Lemon Brownies {3-ingredients}


3-Ingredient Cookies (no cake mix)


Chocolate Pudding Cake {4-ingredients}


Dump Cake {3-ingredients}


Skinny Apple Angel Food Cake {2-ingredients}


Bubble Up Apple Pie {4 ingredients}

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