This poor, sad, ugly little cake. This is not the cake you will make if you are trying to impress guests who are superficial and in to outward appearances. This is the cake you make for your friends where you want to give them a mouth hug.
When you have kids there are so many things you can’t wait to share with them. For me, it’s the stuff that makes me super happy. Things like a beloved family vacation spot, music, TV and movies from my youth and delicious goodies my mom used to make for me and my sister. I was flipping through my “family cookbook,” which is a binder of recipes my mom put together for me when I moved out of her house. I came across this crazy delicious Pina Colada Slush recipe and knew I had to make it for my kids (and you guys!). I remember my mom making this for us in summer. It’s sweet, frosty, and a total vacation in a glass. It’s easy to make and is the perfect summer recipe. I knew my kids would love it the way I did when I was little. And I have no idea why I haven’t made this for them before!
This post is created in partnership with Netflix. I’m a #StreamTeam member and each month I get to create a post based on a theme. This month is all about sharing things from our youth with our own kids. Thanks for supporting the brands that let me share these memories with you! The ingredients are basically what you would find in an adult version of a pina colada. Only this one is non-alcoholic and fizzy. It’s SO refreshing! This won’t be the last time I make it this summer. That’s for sure. It does take some planning ahead, however, so plan accordingly. First you blend the canned pineapple and the cream of coconut (found in the liquor area of the grocery store) together in a blender so it’s pretty smooth. I totally pulled a Sharon and got pineapple tidbits even though my list said to get crushed…I don’t think it really matters, although there might be a little more liquid in the tidbits. Long story short, I didn’t ruin it. It still turned out delicious. Once that is blended up really well, you add the pineapple juice and give it a stir. Place the punch in a storage bag. I doubled the bag to make it a little stronger. It was REALLY full so I didn’t feel good about laying it flat in the freezer. Although I could have laid it on a cookie sheet, I guess…I just had visions of it leaking ALL over everywhere…and I’m totally mess averse.I froze it in the bag set in a tall bowl. It’s supposed to freeze for 24 hours. Mine was not frozen all the way through, probably because of the thickness. It was the consistency of a sorbet that was slightly softened, so it was actually perfect. Per my mother’s instructions, you should let the frozen part sit out for about an hour before adding the club soda. But I waited about 5 minutes. If yours is frozen all the way, you may have to leave it out longer. As this is called a slush, I wanted to make sure it remained slushy and it was a pretty hot day. In any event, you want to add the club soda just before serving. For this part, I transferred the concoction to a large pitcher to make it more manageable. And then I let my son pour in the club soda. The kids could hardly wait to try it. He gave it a little stir and then I checked the consistency. While there is a lot of liquid, there are also several pockets of extra slushy deliciousness. You guys! This pina colada slush recipe is so good! I could barely get the photos taken before the boys stole their cups from me.
It makes a ton! I almost walked around my neighborhood so I could share it with everyone…but I’m lazy and I didn’t. And because I knew we would want more. It’s the perfect summer beverage. And of course you can add rum if you want to…It’s like stepping back in to my childhood when I drink it. I remember eating this in the backyard with our feet in the pool on warm summer evenings. I think I’ll put these ingredients on my next grocery list so I can have them on hand…YUM!
- 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple
- 2 (15 oz.) cans of cream of coconut (I think it only comes in plastic squeeze bottles now and can be found in the liquor area of your grocery store)
- 1 (46 oz.) can pineapple juice
- 1 (32 oz.) bottle of club soda
- Combine crushed pineapple and cream of coconut in a blender jar.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add pineapple juice and give it a quick stir.
- Pour in to a gallon freezer bag and place in freezer, at least overnight but up to 24 hours.
- Depending on how frozen your drink mixture is, you may need to let it stand for 5 minutes up to an hour.
- Add club soda just before serving.
- Give it a little stir then pour in to serving cups.
This month, Netflix asked us what shows have we shared with our kids that we grew up with. They have just released a new original version of Inspector Gadget that introduces a show we all loved to a new generation. My kids and I watched a few episodes and they were in to it. My youngest thought Inspector Gadget was magical with all his contraptions. I know your kids will love it to.
Here is what else I’ve shared with the boys:
Jem and the Holograms: This was my JAM when I was little. At first my 9-year-old said, this is a girly show. But very quickly his mind was changed. There is intrigue, deception, super cool talking holograms and rad 80’s music. Both boys were way more in to it than I expected them to be. It was so fun to experience with them!
And I heard my youngest ask “What’s Dumbo?” the other day so that is on our list for summer.
And here are some that I can’t wait to share with them (when they get a bit older):
And I freaking can’t wait for Fuller House since Full House was my favorite Friday night activity growing up!
This post is created in conjunction with Kings Hawaiian and their delicious, sweet, wonderful breads. All opinions are my own!
We are fully in to the holiday crazy around here. I am almost done Christmas shopping, we took our family photo for our christmas cards, and I’ve got my list of all the holiday treats I need to make for pretty much everyone we know. For years I let the holiday stress make me crazy and suck the joy right out of this most wonderful time of the year. But I’ve realized that in this insane post-Thanksgiving weeks, is OK and very important to take some time for yourself. As most therapists would tell you, you should always eat your feelings (no, wait! – but it works for me) so I decided to make a super comforting dessert. For just me. Because this post is all about me. And this Microwave Bread Pudding in a Mug is delicious. And it’s not really in a mug but who cares. This dish works way better. And you probably get a little bit more…
Super simple ingredients. This small pack of King’s Hawaiian Rolls would actually make two servings. And all of these ingredients can be found at Target which is awesome because when you are done with your gift and toilet paper buying, you can grab these things to make yourself a wonderful treat. And I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it, during December, but you are allowed to sit down on the couch for a minute and turn on the TV. Any time of the day. Because you deserve it.
Then pour it over buttered, cubed bread. Yes, other bread would work, but these sweet rolls were perfection. I used about 1 and 1/2 rolls. I wanted to make sure that there was enough of the custardy part so I left out the other half of the last roll. I think I could have included it and it still would have been a great consistency.
The reason you want to use a lower, wider vessel, in place of the mug in this case is because you want the bread to be able to be covered in the egg mixture and stay really moist. That really doesn’t explain why, but hey, I’m not a baker. Or scientist. I just like to eat. It goes in the microwave for 1 minute and then you check it to see if there is still liquid. I microwaved it for another 30 seconds, checked it again and then did one more burst of 15. Do not over cook it.
I thought I may want to have a little extra chocolate sauce to make this thing even more decadent but it wasn’t really needed! But depending how stressed out you are, you may want it. Extra chocolate is always a good idea.
So pour yourself a cup of coffee, and then go to town on this super yummy dessert. It was delicious. Before this, I would have told you I wasn’t a fan of bread puddings. But this one, with all that chocolatey goodness is perfection. I was stunned out how tasty it was coming out of the microwave.
It’s like they say on the plane, but the oxygen mask on yourself first before you help your child. If you ain’t breathing, no one else is. Take care of yourself. There is some great TV on right now too. Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce is super edgy and kind of hard to watch but still really good and the Hallmark Channel has been killing it in the holiday movie department. I’ve watched SO MANY! I’d say it is a mild obsession. I used to just watch them while I wrapped Christmas presents but now…well let’s just say it makes you feel good to watch love blossom and Christmas be saved, time after time.
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- 1½-2 King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
- approx. 1 TBSP butter, to spread on bread
- 2 TBSP chocolate (I used semi-sweet, but this is your flavor preference)
- 1 egg
- 2 TBSP sugar
- ⅓ cup milk
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- Sprinkle of nutmeg or mace
- Cut King's Hawaiian sweet rolls in half, making a top and bottom.
- Spread each section with a little butter
- Cut buttered bread in to cubes, each half would make about 4 cubes.
- Add bread to your ramekin.
- In a bowl, whisk together egg, sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
- Pour over the bread cubes and give a gentle stir.
- Add in your chocolate pieces or chips and give a gentle stir to combine.
- Put in microwave, uncovered and cook for 1 minute.
- Check to see if there is any liquid left, if yes, cook another 30 seconds.
- Check again, and if needed, cook another 15-30 seconds.
- You want to make sure the custard is set.
- Top with whipped cream, chocolate sauce or whatever you feel is right.
- Then eat!
It’s that time of year. There are about to be tons of holiday parties and get togethers over the course of the next 9 weekends, beginning with Halloween and going strong all the way through New Years. Many of these gatherings will be cocktail parties, where you make contact with a bunch of people but never really get to spend any quality time with any one person. Especially if you are hosting. So I really wanted to think of a way to connect with my guests should I choose to host something this year. And instead of serving a cocktail, which I know most of my regular readers are like, “Dude! That’s like your thing!” I’ve opted for a totally different beverage. Almond Milk.
Especially during the holidays, I crave time with my girlfriends. So I think a sit down dinner, for my closest pals, would be perfection. I’m not going to pretend that I would make all the food. No way, Jose. There are plenty of restaurants that put together a nice little spread that is super tasty. But my focus would really be on the dessert course. I’ve been wanting to host a really interactive dinner party for a while. You know, to get people off their phones and actually talking and working together? So I think an interactive chocolate tasting dessert course would be a wonderful idea. I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate? And while there may be (there WOULD be) wine before and during dinner, dessert is going a different direction.
To demonstrate how this chocolate tasting would work I picked up four different flavors of chocolate from Whole Foods (Hey chocolate lovers – Whole Foods has a ridiculous selection of chocolates. Just maybe refinance your house before you go…). Instead of making sure each person gets a piece of each flavor, each guest would have only one flavor of chocolate at their place setting. Then the guests would have to ask each other for their chocolate in order to taste them all. And only the host would know the flavors so the guests will have to talk to figure out what flavors are present. You guys, they make the weirdest flavors of chocolate bars now a days. This isn’t ground breaking, I realize, but sometimes we just need to be reminded to interact with people. Consider making a no-phones-at-the-table policy. And just think of how funny this could get. I mean, who would even guess that there were Pop Rocks in your chocolate bar?!
The perfect drink to serve with the chocolates is Silk Almond Milk. I went with the Unsweetened version but Vanilla would also work well. In fact, I know some people prefer the Vanilla over the Unsweetened because it adds a touch of sweetness to it. Since I don’t like sweet beverages (which us supes weird because I have the biggest sweet tooth ever, I prefer the Unsweetened. Over the summer I did this “cleanse” diet before my trip to Mexico. It wasn’t a typical cleanse, more of a really paired down diet of mostly roughage to clean out your system. And it allowed for some snacks and treats, totally my kind of cleanse. One of the treats was a glass of Almond Milk and some dark chocolate squares. YOU GUYS! It was so good and satisfying! I first tasted Almond Milk a long time ago and I was not a fan. But I’ve realized, over the years, each brand tastes a certain way and, by far, Silk is my favorite. Have you ever tried Almond Milk? You totally should. And if you have and you didn’t like it, try it again!
The Silk Almond Milk acts sort of as a palette cleanser between chocolate flavors. And the unsweetened version is perfect for cutting the sweetness of the chocolate. Some of your guests might be expecting something a little more, fun, shall we say. And you can easily jazz their glass up with a splash of Kahlua or Bailey’s. I view this chocolate tasting as the gateway to being an Almond Milk convert. After trying it with the chocolate, I knew I could easily replace regular milk with Almond milk in just about every capacity. Except for my coffee. Give me the cream and nobody gets hurt.
The underlying point of this tasting is to try to remind our friends how much fun we could be having with each other, in real life. Not online and not on our phones. And there is lots to talk about with the chocolate. I mean, one of the chocolate flavors had cinnamon and bacon. That’s going to elicit some conversation for sure. And then the one filled with banana caramel and topped with pecans and pink salt? Yeah, there’s going to be some tasting notes about that one. And it’s always fun to surprise your guests with a little spicy chocolate which is my fave.
I put out a centerpiece with pretty macaroons and macarons (because I think it’s funny to have both) along with a carafe of Silk Almond Milk for refills. Some people might not be as fond of chocolate as I am (but they are crazy and should probably not ever be invited again…) so it’s nice, as the hostess, to put out another option. And the colorful cookies add to the table decor. This might just be the easiest dessert course for a dinner party ever. But I love that the focus is on being with your friends and working together in the name of chocolate.
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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
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Ah summer. That time of year when eating ice cream every day seems not so gluttonous. I LOVE ice cream but thanks to bikinis, I try not to eat it very often. Compiling this list of delicious dessert ideas with ice cream gave me a total sugar rush. Not only do these dessert ideas look gorgeous, they sound amazing too! It is these kinds of amazing treats that I would totally consume my daily total allowance of calories for. Are you adventurous with your ice cream flavors? I am dying to try out some of these unique flavor combos this summer. How great does the Plum and Earl Grey Ice Cream sound?! And how fun are these Mini Ice Cream Pops?! These are perfect for entertaining with kids! It would also be a great way to put a limit on how much ice cream I’m ingesting as my fave way to eat ice cream is by the container…Holy calories! I’m desperate for someone to make this Sweet Corn Ice Cream dessert for me as it appears to require too many steps for me to tackle. Same with this Ice Cream Cake. I mean it looks awesome but I may only try to make this myself if I am trying to impress someone we are having over for dinner. But since I am trying to keep my muffin top at bay, I’ll probably start off with this Clean Eating Coconut Banana Ice Cream. Hmmmm, maybe I should come up with a breakfast ice cream…then I’d have all day to work it off. Are you an ice cream person? What is your go-to dessert with ice cream?
*This post is sponsored by Rich’s Products as part of the Bakery Because “Give the gift of deliciousness” campaign.
If you know me well, you know that I over think everything. Often, I get an idea and it spirals out of control until it is so big, and such a production that I don’t have the energy to do it anymore. But if I can get out of my own head, I can simplify things and not lose the intention behind it. Take for instance, sweet treats. I love sugar. And most other people do too. But I don’t need to spend days baking special treats to show someone my appreciation or love. Store bought treats are there for me, ready to use. While they might be a little plain for my liking, all it takes is a moment to jazz them up and put a little “me” in it.
Your local grocery store’s bakery section is an untapped resource. For real. Mine has a crazy amount of baked goods, decorated cakes, cookies, and even accessories (the coolest candles and sprinkles!) So why not embrace it and take some of the stress off of yourself. And guess what else? These things taste amazing!
I decided to pick up some goodies and give them a little repacking makeover. All I needed was some cardstock and Duck tape to get me started. Super easy.
I used plain cookies and then picked up other supplies at the store to create individual cookie decorating gifts. For no other reason than to make someone’s day. But of course these would work as Valentine’s too. But guess what? The store also has frosted cookies! Instead of these kits, you could just pop the pre-decorated cookies in clear cello bags – letting their cuteness show through. Even easier.