Sunday, July 17, 2016

Root Beer Float Pie

This is a cool and refreshing pie to serve at your summer barbecue. Although I make this pie for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I found this recipe on and I have made a few adjustments to the recipe - starting with the graham cracker crust.

It is so simple to make!



1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

7 tablespoons of melted butter


3/4 cup root beer

1/2 cup milk

1 small box of  instant vanilla pudding

1 teaspoon root beer extract

1 container (8 ounce) Cool Whip, room temperature


First the crust must be made.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the crust ingredients and press them firmly into a pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. If you have the time the homemade graham cracker crust really makes the pie awesome!

Tip: I make a ton of graham cracker crumbs in my food processor all at once and keep the extra graham cracker crumbs in a large jar so that I always have graham cracker crumbs in my pantry.

Let the pie crust cool completely. If you want to skip this step you can buy a graham cracker crust at the grocery store. No judgement here!

In a large bowl combine the root beer, milk, pudding and root beer extract. Whisk until everything is thick and combined. 

Tip: I found the root beer extract at both Michael's and Hobby Lobby in the cake/candy making aisle.

Once the mixture is thick and combined add the room temperature Cool Whip and stir until everything is combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and put into the freezer for at least 8 hours or overnight.

After at least 8 hours in the freezer take the pie out and decorate with whipped cream and cherries.

I like to use the maraschino cherries with the stems.

The leftovers can be stored in the freezer! Let me know if you make this recipe! I make it all the time  because it is one of my family's favorite desserts!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Pineapple Cookies

I made these Pineapple cookies over a 2 day period. I made the sugar cookies on Saturday night.

I used the Williams Sonoma sugar cookie recipe.  But Todd wants me to change the recipe and use pineapple extract instead of vanilla. So I am going to try that next time I make these cookies and post my revised recipe.

On Sunday morning before we went Jet Skiing - I frosted the cookies with the green stems and pineapple in a golden icing.

When we got home I melted some chocolate and put it into a zipper top bag. I twisted the chocolate onto one corner and sniped off a teeny tiny hole. I made diagonal lines in both directions and added the little dot into the tiny squares. 

When we came home from 5 o'clock mass the cookies were set and I was able to stack them! 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Red, White and Blue Fruit Tart



3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup butter, room temperature


8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla





Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the crust ingredients until it starts make a dough. Press the dough into a tart pan and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 12 minutes.

Once the tart shell comes out of the oven let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Then combine the filling ingredients with a hand mixer or immersion blender. Once the filling is smooth spread it over the the cooled crust.

Starting with the outside start the fruit design. 

Store the fruit tart in the refrigerator. Take the tart out 15 or 20 minutes before serving. 

To serve cut into pizza slice wedges. The fruit tart will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Happy 4th of July! And God bless America!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Red, White and Beautiful m&m Flowers

These little flowers are so cute on top of a cupcake or ice cream and they are also sweet little party favors when packagedphane bag.

Supply List:

Red, white and blue m&m's (purchased at Target)

Square shaped pretzels (purchased at Ralph's)

White choclate tabs (purchased at Micheal's)

Paper plates


Set 5 or 6 prezels on a paper plate. Ser a white chocolate tab on top of each pretzel.

Microwave for 30 seconds. Then start making the m&m's into a flower design. Try to place all the m's face down.

These m&m's can be made in all different colors! They are so fun and easy to make.

Happy 4th of July! And God Bless America!

Felt Bumble Bees for Meals on Wheels

Supply List:

Yellow felt

White felt

Black felt

Egg or oval  shaped cookie cutter

Black Marker

Small black seed beads

Black embroidery thread

Yellow embroidery thread




Trace the egg/oval cookie cutter onto the yellow felt and curt out two ovals for each bee.

Then on the front oval use black embroidery thread to sew on two  beads for eyes then sew a smile and two lines.

Make a template for the wings and cut out one set of white felt wings for each bumble bee.

Cut super thin black felt strips.  Cut 1-inch pieces of the black felt strips. Each bumble bee will need two 1-inch pieces.

Set the wings between the two felt ovals and add the two pieces of thin black felt.

Thread the needle with yellow embroidery and using a running stitch start sewing around the yellow felt ovals making sure to adhere the black atenae. 

Once all the pieces have been cut it is super easy to sew everything togather. 

Bee Happy! Bee fun! Bee helpful!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Peach Caprese Salad

This Peach Caprese Salad is super refreshing and the perfect appetizer to serve at your next barbecue.

Simply layer peach slices, mozzarella cheese slices and basil leaves.

To make the glaze simple heat up some balsamic vinegar about 1/2 cup in a small sauce pan with a few tablespoons of honey for about 10 minutes until the mixture thickens. Then simply drizzle it over the peaches.

I love the smell fresh peaches.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

S'more Tart

We love s'mores! However, we are experiencing a thick marine layer, early morning drizzle and June gloom. So instead of making s'mores in the backyard fire pit I made an indoor s'more treat.

This tart is messy and gooy just like a fire pit s'more!



3/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

5 regular sized Hershey bars

4 cups mini marshmallows


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the crust ingredients in a medium bowl. Just mix with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to come together. Then press the dough into a tart pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

When the tart shell comes out of the oven - evenly sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs over the crust.

Start breaking the Hershey bars into little bars and start setting them on top of the graham cracker crumbs.

And finally add the mini marshmallows over the Hershey bars.

Put the tart back into the 350 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes until the marshmallows are lightly browned.

Let cool to room temperature before slicing. This would be awesome drizzled with some melted chocolate or carmel sauce.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Red, White and Wow

This is my dining room table decorated for Memeorial Day.

Red, white and blue Kit Kat bars in the candy bowl.

Tin cans decorated in red, white and blue scrapbook paper, decorated with ribbon and rhinestones.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Madeleine Cookies

I have been watching the French Open although my two favorite players are not playing this year (Roger and Maria). However, in honor of the French Open I made some Madeleine cookies. I used Martha Stewarts recipe and they were surprisingly easy to make and I had all of the recipe items in my pantry and fridge.


4 eggs

1/4 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

14 cup butter, melted and cooled

confectioner's sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray the pans with a baking spray.

Beat the eggs, salt and sugar in your stand mixer on low for approximately 8 minutes. Add the vanilla. Stir in the flour and lastly add the cooled butter.

Fill each cavity with the batter and bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Pop the Madelines out of the molds.

Sift some confectioners sugar over the Madeleines. The perfect snack to eat while watching the French Open! Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pipe Cleaner Teddy Bears for Meals on Wheels

I have been fascinated by all the things you can make with pipe cleaners ever since I made Kate's engagement ring out of a blue and silver pipe cleaners. I love these teddy bears - they are so very simple to make.They would look cute made into pins or magnets. They would also look adorable glued onto a headband or barrette. And of course an awesome Christmas ornament.

Each teddy bear requires two pipe cleaners and three small black beads.

Cut the first pipe cleaner into three pieces - 2-inches, 3 1/2 inches and 4 1/2 inches.

Fold ears, arms and legs into the center.

Take the 2nd pipe cleaner and wind it around the ears four times. This creates the head.

Place the arms under the chin and the legs under the arms.

Wrap the long pipe cleaner from each shoulder though the legs on each side. Contine wrapping and tuck the final piece into the body area.

Place a toothpick into some Tacky glue and place the glue onto the eye and nose area. Add the small black beads onto the glue spots and let dry.

The black seed beads come in these little tubes.

Since I am making these for Meals and Wheels I must make 50! I made almost 30 in the blink of an eye!

Each Teddy Bear has a slightly different shape and personality.