The Incredibly Easy Brownie Ice Cream Cake {Guest Post by Tanya at My Fruitful Home}

Once again it’s time for something sweet!  Today we have a yummy guest post from Tanya at My Fruitful Home, and she’s got a combination of two of my favorite things: brownies and ice cream.  Yay!
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Hello,  My name is Tanya and I’m from the blog My Fruitful Home. I love blogging about simple crafts, recipes, and managing a home, I also blog about my daily struggles and joys living with a chronic illness. I love inspiring people!

Who doesn’t love brownies and vanilla ice cream? What’s even better? The two mixed together! My sister and I were visiting my grandparents’ home when we were children. One evening my grandmother decided to bake some brownies. When they cooled they began to crack severely. As she tried to cut them they continued to crumble. She had the brilliant idea of mixing the brownie crumbs with vanilla ice cream! I thought she was genius! That was one of my favorite memories of spending time in the summer with her. She had just created brownie ice cream cake!

I hadn’t had this brownie Ice cream cake since I was a teenager. Now that my kids are teenagers I wanted to make one for them. It’s quite simple and I am all about simple. When my kids tasted it they couldn’t wait to find out what I had put in it. Were they surprised when they found out that there were only two ingredients! So here we go! Are you ready for simple?

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Brownie Ice Cream Cake
Ingredients:
1 box brownie mix (any brand)
1 half gallon container of vanilla ice cream

Directions:
Make the brownies as directed on the box. I used a 9 X 13 pan.
Let brownies cool in pan.
Take a fork and turn it upside down, scraping the brownies until they start turning into crumbs.

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Continue until all the brownies are small crumbs, but not too fine.
Set the container of ice cream out for about 15 – 20 minutes. It should be a little soupy on top. If it’s still too frozen put it in the microwave on defrost for about 3 minutes.

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When it’s the right consistency scoop up heaps of ice cream and put it in the pan with the brownie crumbs.
Take a large spoon and start mixing until the two are mixed well. Take the back of the spoon and smooth out the mixture.
Cover with aluminum foil and stick in freezer for at least two hours.

Cut into slices and enjoy!

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5 Most Common Mistakes Associated with Bad Coffee

For a lot of people, drinking a cup of coffee is an essential start to the day, but how often have you been disappointed by your first cup of the morning? If your coffee is too bitter, or too weak, then the whole experience can be ruined.

There are several mistakes people often make when making a cup of coffee, we’re going to take a look at five of them so you can avoid these pitfalls in future.

1. Using old coffee beans

You should always use coffee beans within one to two weeks of purchasing them, so make sure you only buy as much as you’re going to use in this timeframe. Using older beans can leave your coffee with a horrible bitter taste. If you can’t remember how old your coffee is, you may want to start labelling the container or dropping a piece of cardboard inside with the date of purchase.

2. Using the wrong grind for your coffee machine

It may be tempting to grind your coffee beans into a fine dust, so that you get the most value from your purchase, but making your beans last longer does not necessarily represent good value. Different coffee machines, such as the Oracle, require different grinds depending on the brewing method used.

If you have a grind that’s too fine for the brewing method you’re using, then your cup of coffee may again taste very bitter. Conversely, if the grind is too coarse then the coffee may be too weak.

3. Making mistakes with the water

A cup of coffee is made from 98% water, so if the water isn’t right then your coffee doesn’t stand a chance. Tap water is a major culprit in poor tasting coffee, and you’ll need to judge this for yourself; if your tap water is too metallic, this flavour will most likely transfer to your coffee.

Pay attention to the temperature of your water. You should never make coffee with boiling water as you can scald the beans, the ideal temperature for your water is around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Using the wrong amount of coffee

If you’re trying to make your coffee beans last longer then you could be tempted to use fewer beans; this isn’t a good idea. The optimum amount of coffee to use is 2 tablespoons per 6 ounces of water. If you don’t use enough coffee then your drink can taste bitter and watery. If you want a cup of coffee that’s on the weak side, it’s better to add water to your cup than to increase the ratio of water to beans during the brewing process.

5. Keeping coffee beans in the freezer You should always try and keep your coffee beans somewhere away from the light, heat and moisture. If you store your beans in the freezer, moisture will condense on them when they are removed from storage – this will make your beans taste awful.

Avoid these simple mistakes and you will be well on the way to making the great tasting cup of coffee you crave in the mornings. Don’t forget to experiment with these variables as taste is unique to each individual.

Guest Post: White Hot Chocolate Cookies by Kathleen at Yummy Crumble

Today I’m excited to welcome Kathleen from  Yummy Crumble.  She is one of several bloggers who will be guest posting here for the holiday season.  And I was instantly in love when I saw what yummy creation she had to share with us: White Hot Chocolate Cookies!  Take a look!

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As the weather cools down and I start to see Christmas decorations I also begin to crave those special holiday drinks. Especially hot chocolate. Oh, my beloved hot chocolate. But…Since I live in Florida where the low in December is 75 degrees, I rarely get to sip on my favorite hot drink. So in order to have my hot chocolate everyday, I put them in cookie form! I’ve been seeing a lot of Hot Chocolate Cookies made with dark chocolate and of course gooey marshmallow, but I haven’t seen many White Hot Chocolate Cookies. [Read more…]

Frozen Raspberry Pie

Today we have our final guest post of the summer series!  Today’s comes from Amy at Joyful Daisy and she is sharing a delicious looking Frozen Raspberry Pie.  I don’t know about you, but I love pie any time of year, and this recipe certainly sounds like a dessert for all seasons!

Frozen Raspberry Pie

This delicious Frozen Raspberry Pie is a delightful mix of flavors and textures. The raspberries combined with lemon juice are so fresh, the whipped egg whites and whipped cream are so light and fluffy, and the toasted almonds in the crust adds the perfect amount of crunchiness. The other thing I love about this pie is that it can be made ahead of time. [Read more…]

Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake

Even though we’re winding down the summer and doing the back to school thing over here, I still have a few summer guest posts to go this month!  Today I’m excited to have Karen from From the Garden Table.  Karen has prepared a delicious looking treat, which I personally think would be perfect for fall or the upcoming fall season. Check it out her Blueberry Buckle Coffee Cake! [Read more…]

Upscale Magic Bars

Today we have a guest recipe from our friend Carrie of A Mother’s Shadow.  Today Carrie is sharing her Upscale Magic Bars with us. I can tell just by looking at them that they are very sweet and right up my alley! And hey, anything with the word magic in the name is bound to be delicious!  Please go over and check out all the great recipes on Carrie’s blog!

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My Grandma Shirley gave me a recipe years ago for “Hello Dolly” cookie bars.

I decided to tweak it and make it a bit upscale for a delightful treat.

Toasting the nuts and the coconut brings out a wonderful flavor that changes these bars from good to fabulous!

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Key Lime Pie on a Stick

What could be better than a slice of Key Lime Pie in the summer?  How about Key Lime Pie on stick?  Today our friends at 2CookinMamas.com are showing us how to make this yummy creation.  Hope you enjoy!

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2CookinMamas photo Hi!  I’m Linda and I blog with my daughter Christina on 2CookinMamas.com.  We love to cook, eat and repeat and often do so with a mama’s cocktail in hand!  But…we lead a double life, in the kitchen that is.  I enjoy making yummy desserts and gourmet meals while Christina enjoys gluten-free cooking.  We both work outside the kitchen too so all our dishes are created to be quick and easy for Moms-on-the-go.  Christina is a certified nutritionist & DDP Yoga instructor and I’m a VP of Marketing & Sales.  We recently published our very first cookbook for the expecting Mom: The Pregnancy Cookbook, which has over 60 delicious, healthy, quick & easy recipes as well as nutrition tips for Mom and baby.  We’d love for you to stop on by and grab a recipe or just say hi!  And if you try one of our recipes please let us know by leaving a comment and sharing the love!

Jerri was nice enough to extend an invitation to us to be guest bloggers on her “Summer Themed” recipe series. We are thrilled and we can’t think of a better blog to be associated with. Thanks Jerri and now on to the recipe.

Summer always brings to mind the Florida Keys. Living in South Florida, we are only about 2 hours away from the northernmost key, Key Largo, and about 4 hours from Key West, so it is only a hop, skip and a jump to get away for the weekend. And the Keys are so laid back, I mean really laid back, so much so that you feel like you are a world away from the mainland.

One of our favorite desserts that seems to only be offered in the Keys is Key Lime Pie on a Stick. What is that you say? Well, it is a cold and refreshing piece of tart key lime pie, graham cracker crust and all, coated in sweet chocolate, and stuck on a stick for easy eating. Our version is smaller and rectangular instead of pie shape but just as mouth wateringly delicious as the original. Great for kids and adults alike on these hot summer days. Hope you enjoy! [Read more…]

Spiced White Hot Chocolate on a Stick from Maysem at Ode to Inspiration

Today I am happy to present a guest post from Maysem at Ode to Inspiration.  If you like hot chocolate, I’m sure you love her recipe!
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With the cold season already here, we need to keep warm! What sweet way to keep warm than with a nice cup of hot chocolate! Today I’m sharing one of my favorite hot chocolate recipes… Spiced White Hot Chocolate on a stick!

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Ingredients:

24 oz White Chocolate (best-quality chocolate is recommended)

1 can (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

2 teaspoons Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

Cooking Spray

Popsicle Sticks

Steps:

1. Line an 8 x 8 dish with aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray. Set aside.

2. Place the chocolate in a large bowl. Set aside.

3. In a small sauce pan, combine the condensed milk and heavy cream. Over medium-low heat bring the mixture to a simmer stirring frequently.

4. Pour the mixture over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Then stir the chocolate until it’s melted and smooth.

5. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the chocolate, and stir until well combined.

6. Pour the chocolate in the prepared 8 x 8 dish. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

7. Once set, slice 25 pieces and insert popsicle sticks in each piece. Feel free to sprinkle each piece with some cinnamon.

Tip: I find it easier to cut the chocolate when it’s removed from the dish. To remove, just lift the chocolate with the foil. For smooth cuts, heat a knife in a hot cup of water, wipe dry, and then cut. Wipe knife after each cut and reheat knife if necessary.

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When ready to serve, stir in a cup (8 oz) of hot milk. Garnish it with some marshmallows and cinnamon. Keep warm and enjoy!

These can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly covered container for up to 2 weeks. They can also be stored in the refrigerator in individual plastic treat bags.

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To have more fun with this recipe, use small cookie cutters or molds to create cute shapes. For cookie cutters, use a 9 x 13 baking dish instead. Lightly spray the cookie cutter before cutting. For molds, lightly spray each cavity. The little ones will love the fun shapes… us big ones too!

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe. I’d love to have you stop by Ode to Inspiration for more fun ideas. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Hope to see you around!

 

Thanks so much to Maysem for being here today! Be sure to follow her over at Ode Inspiration!

Guest Post: Christmas Rum Cake from Sharon & Denise at BeBetsy

Today we continue our journey through Christmas Treat Land with our friends Sharon & Denise of BeBetsy.  And they have a very special treat for us, a Christmas Rum Cake! Yum! [Read more…]

Guest Post – Holiday Pretzel Treats from Bonnie at The Pin Junkie

Today we continue our Christmas Treats series with a fun little snack from Bonnie at The Pin Junkie.  This one is a mix of salty and sweet and if you’ve never tried it, you really should!

Hi! I’m Bonnie, The Pin Junkie and I write about the recipes, crafts, and home improvement projects I do that are inspired by Pinterest. [Read more…]