Peppermint Brownies

My kids love special treats when they get home from school. I have been trying to get in the habit of having a special sweet treat for them about once a week for their after school snack. Their excitement when they hit the front door and smell something baking is so much fun.

Matthew LOVES brownies. They don’t have to special brownies, he loves brownies from a brownie mix. The girls will enjoy them but they aren’t their favorite treat. I recently heard about making peppermint brownies with Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil. The kids weren’t sure about it but now any time they see brownies they quickly ask “Are they peppermint brownies?” because they ALL love peppermint brownies!

A recipe can’t be simpler than the one for peppermint brownies either.

Peppermint Brownies

1. Get your favorite brownie mix (or if you are all June Clever and make them from scratch, go for it!) and mix it up according to the directions.

2. Add 1-2 drops of Young Living Peppermint Oil*.

3. Bake as directed and enjoy!

* Only Young Living essential oils are safe for internal consumption.

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Beachy Vacation Pudding with International Delight

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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It’s vacation season! Did you know that almost half of American vacation-goers plan trips to the beach during the summer? This makes the beach, by far, the most popular summer vacation destination.

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When we go to the beach, we are fortunate enough to be able to stay at the vacation home of some friends of ours. Even with the savings on our lodging, we have to keep an eye on our budget. With gas to drive, paying for activities and dinners out, and shopping for groceries.

Still, it’s nice to treat the kids to a little something special while off on summer vacation. I don’t, however, want to buy a whole bunch of ingredients that I’ll just have to take back home with me. Using International Delight non-dairy creamers allow me to make a pudding in a range of flavors. I’m buying the creamer for my coffee anyhow, I’m getting eggs for breakfasts. If all I have to buy extra is a small box of corn starch for less than $1, I’m feeling pretty good about it. My extras include graham crackers and gummy candies in the shapes of shark and fish. The kids will gladly help me finish those off.

The hardest part of the whole process is waiting the four hours for it to set. It’s worth it, though, for the incredible smiles in the kids’ faces as they enjoy their afternoon treat at the beach. I think we’ll be making it at home, too, just as a reminder of our fun vacation.

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Beachy Vacation Pudding

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2 cups International Delight Sweet Cream flavored non-dairy creamer, divided
3 egg yolks
4 tsp corn starch
3 graham crackers, crushed
gummy candies


  • Bring 1 1/2 cups creamer to a simmer in a medium pot.
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining 1/2 cup creamer, egg yolks, and cornstarch in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add hot creamer to egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Pour mixture back into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes or until pudding thickens.
  • Quickly pour pudding into serving containers. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent film from forming and place into the refrigerator for 4 hours.
  • To serve, top with crushed graham crackers and gummy fish or other beach candies.

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What is your special treat when you go on vacation? How do you multi-purpose ingredients to save a few bucks? Leave us a comment and share your story.

Slowing Down the Pace with Klondike Kandy Bars

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I am not usually the most relaxed person.  I like to keep busy, I like to keep moving, and it can be pretty hard to keep up.  It’s an issue of perpetual motion.  Once I get rolling, stopping gets tough.  That’s why I’m happy for the small pauses in my life and for the chance to share special treats like Klondike Kandy Bars with my kids.

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One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that, sometimes, you have to make yourself stop.  You can’t simply find the time.  You have to take the time away from something else.  Some guys like to host big backyard cookouts and invite over the entire neighborhood.  Some like to go out drinking with their buddies.  Others like to take off on adventures or getaways alone, with their significant other, or with “the guys”.

Personally, when I take time to relax, the first thing that I think to do is to reconnect with those I leave behind once I get rolling.  At this point, my kids get the brunt of it.  If I’m not leaving them in my dust, I’m pushing their little legs to exhaustion.

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I know that this time is precious for them and for me.  Taking some time out a couple of times a week to just sit on the porch and share some ice cream is a simple way to slow things down for them, engage in conversation, and remember just what it is that makes them tick.

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The Klondike Kandy Bars are kind of nice.  They come in a 4-pack, which is perfect for me to share with my three little ones.  They loved the Cookies & Cream flavor and I can’t wait to try out the other two flavors as well (check out Klondike on Vine and YouTube for more info).  I think we spent about 30 minutes on the porch on a hot afternoon just eating, talking, and laughing about the ice cream running down their faces, hands, and arms.

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For 30 minutes of conversation with your kids, what would you give up?  A TV show?  A newspaper article?  How about a company happy hour?

Taking those few minutes to stop and focus on those things that are most important to me helps me to keep a little balance in my life.

How do you keep balance?  What is most important in your life?

Dessert Fun with Individual TWIX Bites Trifles

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I have a serious love for trifles. Maybe you have caught a few of them I have shared here. I also have a Pinterest problem and have been drawn to the individual serving sizes of desserts I keep pinning. So I decided to try my hand and individual trifles and am now fully in love.

We were excited to find TWIX Bites at our local Walmart. I love that the TWIX Bites are smaller and I don’t have to unwrap them for  my trifle … mini trifles.Twix Bites at Walmart

While I love plain whipped topping for my trifles, Brian thought we should amp the whipped topping up. We folded caramel into whipped topping to give the whipped topping and added level of flavor.

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I decided to use a brownie base for this trifle. For this part, you just need to buy a brownie mix and follow the directions or make them homemade from your favorite recipe. I totally cheat and use a brownie mix. I used a circle cookie cutter smaller than the top of the glasses to cut circle brownies. You can cut your brownies in bite sized squares if you want and just add a layer where I say to put the brownie circle.

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Individual TWIX Bites Trifles

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Caramel Sauce
Whipped Topping
TWIX Bites
Brownies (cut into circles or bite size squares)


For the trifle you will want to layer the ingredients: Brownie, caramel whipped topping, chopped TWIX Bites, caramel sauce.
Repeat the layering.
Top with a little more caramel whipped topping, caramel and shaved TWIX Bites.

Tip: To keep the side of the glasses clean, use a long handled spoon. I used tea spoons, used to stir sugar into your iced tea!

All that being said, is it good? Well the kids were clamoring to give the dessert a try. Sophie was first up. She was pretty happy with her dessert and didn’t give up the glass until she was done.

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Grace told me “the best part was thinking to put the TWIX in there”. It is great when your kiddo thinks you are a genius! Ready to go buy TWIX Bites?  Receive $1.00 off when you buy two 2.83 oz. or larger bags OR $3.00 off when you buy two 6 oz. or larger bags when you use this coupon!

Have you tried making individual or mini desserts? What do you think of the Mini TWIX Trifles? Leave me a comment and let me know!


3 Musketeers Pie

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In the South, we love our pies!  One of the most iconic pies of the American South is the peanut butter pie.  Much to my surprise, Beth has never even heard of the treat.  I guess it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise.  She grew up in the northern part of the South to Yankee parents, but I figured that, at some point, she would have at least heard of this yummy dessert!

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After my trip to Birmingham in January, I promised her that I would make her one and truly introduce her to this Southern delicacy.  February was a rough month for us and, before I got the chance to make her a peanut butter pie, we got an opportunity to create a dessert using a brand new product by MARS, 3 Musketeers Unwrapped Bites.  3 Musketeers are creamy nougat covered in rich milk chocolate.  Since nougat is basically sugar and nuts, I thought this would make a perfect substitute for peanut butter when making a creamy pie.

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So I headed out to Walmart and picked up two bags of 3 Musketeers Unwrapped Bites (way easier than unwrapping individual bars), an 8 oz. package of cream cheese, some powdered sugar, an 8 oz. tub of whipped cream, and a pie shell made from chocolate sandwich cookies.

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I emptied both bags of Bites into the food processor (I pulled two or three out for a garnish) and just let it go for a little bit.  Once you get past the point of crumbling chocolate candy, you’ll see it all start to come together into a smooth ball.  This is when these candies really start to mimic the texture of peanut butter.  You should get about 1 cup of 3 Musketeers Bites.

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Mix it with softened cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, and the thawed tub of whipped cream until smooth.  Pour it into the pie shell and refrigerate for an hour or two (trust me, this is the hardest part).

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Pull it out of the fridge, grate the extra candies over the pie, and devour!!

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I know you are grabbing your keys right now to head out and pick up the ingredients to make your own.  Why don’t you take a second and grab a 3 Musketeers coupon to save some money while you’re out?

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Are you ready to try a 3 Musketeers Pie? Leave us a comment and let us know!


Panettone Bread Pudding

Panettone is kind of a new thing in our house.  I’ve been curious about it for years, but decided that this was the year to try it.  In a lot of ways, it’s like a fruitcake made with a light yeast bread, as opposed to the dense quick bread that we typically associate with fruitcake.  Rather than all of the heavy candied fruits, the panettone that we had simply contained raisins and candied orange peels.  It was quite yummy.  That having been said, I’m not typically a fruity bread guy.  I never really went after raisin bread or even banana bread that much.  After the panettone sat there for a few days, I decided that it was time to do something else with it.  I got to thinking that it would make a really yummy panettone bread pudding.

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Think about it!  It’s a nice yeasty bread that would happily soak up some custard.  It already has the raisins that would go into so many bread puddings.  And that perfumey orange zest would add such a neat note to a rich dessert.  Since it’s between Christmas and New Year’s here, I definitely have some egg nog hanging around, so I figured I would use that in place of the milk.  It added a silkiness that was very welcome.  It felt like such a guilty indulgence even though I just used some stuff leftover from Christmas.  Pretty easy concept, right?  It turned out to be even easier.

The kids cut up the bread with the plastic knives that they got for Christmas, we mixed up the custard, folded it all together, and scooped it into jumbo muffin cups.  When I say that it’s so easy a child can do it, we aren’t far off here!

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You can use pretty much any vessel you want to cook this in.  Souffle dishes, mini ramekins, or even regular muffin tins would work just as well.  Just make sure to adjust the cooking time and check regularly.


4 eggs
1 1/2 C white sugar
2 C egg nog
1/2 C plus 2 Tbsp milk, divided
5 cups panettone, chopped
1 cup powdered sugar


Set oven to 350.  Prepare jumbo muffin tins or casserole dish with softened butter or spray oil.

Mix eggs, sugar, egg nog, and 1/2 C milk in a large mixing  bowl until well combined.  Add bread and fold together.  Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes so that the bread can soak up the egg mixture.

Spoon into prepared jumbo muffin tins or casserole dish.  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until the custard is set.

To prepare the glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining milk.

To serve, place on a plate and drizzle with glaze or serve with vanilla ice cream.  Enjoy!

What are your guilty indulgences during the holidays?  How do you use up your leftovers?  Leave us a note and let us know how we can help!

It’s Snowing OREO Cookie Balls

We are excited to with OREO on a sponsored campaign to feature their OREO Cookie Ball Recipe!

Are you getting ready for the holiday season? With Thanksgiving being later this year it feels like we need to get started on holiday planning a little earlier. The fall air here in Virginia has us longing for nights besides the fire place knowing it snowing outside.  Brian and I both love snow. Even if I don’t love the drama and process the kids create when they want to go play in the snow, I love the snow. Since we live further out now, I have learned to love the sound of snow. You can step out on the porch and hear it piling up … that is one of my favorite sounds for sure.

To share our love of snow, we decided to put a twist on the OREO Cookie Balls recipe to make Snowy OREO Cookie Balls!

Snowy OREO Cookie Balls Recipe

Snowy OREO Cookie Balls


    • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
    • 36  OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
    • 24  oz. (2 packages) semi-sweet white baking chocolate discs, melted
    • 1 bag of Sweetened Shredded Coconut


MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 minutes (minimum … I found that freezer for longer was helpful!)
SPREAD shredded coconut on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
DIP balls in melted chocolate.
SPRINKLE the OREO Cookie Balls with the shredded coconut.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

We love how simple this recipe is. You can get the kids to help to break up the OREO cookies or you can take your holiday stress out on them! These are perfect for a party or to drop off to a friend as a great Christmas gift.

You can find more OREO Cookie Ball recipes online.

What would do you make the OREO Cookie Ball recipe yours? Leave us a comment and let us know!

A #SpookyCelebration with Halloween Recipes #shop

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We were a bit late getting up Halloween decorations this year. I half think about skipping them but the kids love Halloween decorations so we kept it simple as I dug through the Halloween box. After we decorated we made a fun little treat to celebrate Halloween time.

I picked up Mars Candy Variety Packs, 7UP, and Hawaiian Punch during a recent shopping trip to Walmart in hopes of success with my planned Halloween recipes.

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I decided that we would make a Halloween colored trifle. I love trifles if you haven’t figured that out yet. This trifle is perfect for after Halloween too! You can use up some of the Mars Candies that your kids collect while Trick or Treating because they don’t really need it all, right?! After Halloween, I would make a chocolate cake and orange whipped topping to make it more fall-ish!

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Halloween Candy Trifle


  • 1 cake made from cake mix – prepared as on the box (add food coloring to a yellow cake to make it orange as pictured)
  • 1 large (or 2 small) tubs of Whipped Topping
  • A variety of chocolate Mars Candies
  • Food coloring – yellow, red


  1. Cut the cake into approximated 1-1/2″ to 1″ cubes.
  2. Chop the candies into pieces (bite size candies were cut into quarters). I had lots of help with this step …

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  1. Color half the whipped topping yellow.
  2. Layer the cake, yellow whipped topping, white topping, and chopped chocolate candy. Repeat twice.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining the chopped chocolate candy and any crumbs over the top as decoration.


To go with a dessert you need a scary drink, right? Since we made a monster in our front window as we decorated, we made a Monster Fruit Punch. My kids are very experimentive in drinks so I kept it simple.

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Monster Teeth Fruit Punch


  • Hawaiian Punch 1 Gallon Fruit Juicy Red
  • 7UP 2 Liter
  • Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks


For a small batch, mix half of the Hawaiian Punch 1 Gallon Fruit Juicy Red and half of the 7UP 2 Liter. Put 3-5 marshmallows on a tooth pick to look like Monster teeth. Add your row of teeth to the Monster Fruit Punch and they will float!

Check out the Mars Halloween Recipes! Check out other ideas on Pinterest too …


How do you make Halloween decorating fun at your house? After the success of the end of decorating party this year, I think this is an event that will become a little tradition for Halloween. Maybe I will try out new Halloween recipes or keep with these.

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What are your favorite Halloween recipes? Leave me a comment and let me know!




International Delight’s Pin 2 Win Sweeps

Beth has long said that I think a little off-kilter.  My brain just operates in a way that is foreign to most people.  The is particularly true when it comes to food.  When most people look at coffee creamer, they see a coffee flavoring.  I see ice cream floats and pepper steak.

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When we got a recent challenge to create a recipe using International Delight Cold Stone Creamery flavored creamers, I just knew that I was not going to just make a coffee drink.  As it turns out, one of the Cold Stone Creamery flavors featured by International Delight is Founder’s Favorite, a brownie sundae with chocolate and caramel sauces.  YUM!!  Since the creamer is basically a substitute for milk mixed with a flavoring agent, why not use it to make a flavored buttercream frosting.

Your typical buttercream frosting uses a cup of butter, 3 cups of powdered sugar, and 1 or 2 tablespoons of whipping cream plus  a teaspoon of vanilla for flavoring.  My thought?  If I use the creamer instead of the whipping cream and flavoring, I can get a brownie sundae flavored frosting to top my brownie.  Instead of crumbling my brownie into some ice cream, I’ll be topping my brownie all of the flavors of ice cream and keep it all in a tiny package.  If I make mini brownies, I can have more than one and maybe even share if they last that long!

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International Delight Creamer Brownie Sundae Frosting


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups powdered or confectioner’s sugar
2-4 tablespoons International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Founder’s Favorite flavored creamer


  1. In a stand mixer or using a beater, whip the butter until it starts to turn a light yellow.
  2. Slowly add the sugar until fully incorporated.
  3. Add flavoring one tablespoon at a time until it reaches desired consistency and flavoring level.

This frosting could go great on just about anything.  How about a cake?  Maybe you could thin it down with a little extra creamer and use it as a glaze for a chocolate bread or muffin.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Triple Fruit Foster Sundae

We are excited to work with Tropical Traditions on a sponsored review of their Coconut Oil!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

Details …

This Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a truly unrefined coconut oil. This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw and surrounding areas from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24-48 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Our Thoughts …

Brian has been cooking with coconut oil a few months now. He hasn’t fully switched to just using coconut oil but he does use it often. We have learned that not all coconut oil is the same though … just as that statement is true with all oils. When Brian heated up this oil, I was amazed it was completely clear. We have had some that are still a bit foggy when heated up. Brian added brown sugar to make a caramel sauce. He dipped pineapple and bananas in the caramel sauce. The caramel dipped pineapple and banana were added to a bowl of ice cream and topped with a freshly made strawberry sauce. The dessert was so simple but the flavors were amazing and way better than caramel from a jar or a bottle.

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Have you tried cooking with coconut oil? What are your favorite recipes to use coconut oil?

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