Maple Bacon Rice Krispies Treats - the classic Rice Krispies Treats with a sweet and salty twist! These are so yummy!

Heeeeey guys! I can’t believe it’s Monday again. Why does this keep happening?!

Let’s go back to Friday, mmkay?

So how was the weekend?

I did that thing where I swore I was going to stay home all weekend and clean my house and then ended up doing the exact opposite.

The monthly food truck festival over in Temple snuck up on me this month and you know I can’t miss that! So the kids and I headed over there Saturday. My favorite truck wasn’t there this month but I did have a delicious plate of Hawaiian Pulled Pork Fries and something called a Redneck Taco.

The redneck taco? Honestly, I ordered it just for the name and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

It was cornbread with rice, brisket, sausage, beans, and nacho cheese on top.

It was ridiculous and amazing and I’ll be looking for that truck next month.

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Lemon Meringue Pie Bars - buttery shortbread crust with tart lemon filling, topped with fluffy meringue!
Happy Monday!

I hope your weekend was fabulous. I spent mine recovering from our roadtrip.

You guys, we drove through Houston when it was still raining. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. And OF COURSE I’d planned to stop at a doughnut place and was dumb enough to get off the interstate because it didn’t click in my pea-sized brain that Houston was flooded.

Survived that, got back on the interstate, and the freakin’ interstate was flooded.

I spent a solid 2 hours in Houston trying to figure out how I was going to save all 3 kids and the dog if the Jeep got swept away.

No, I don’t overreact. Why do you ask?

I don’t recommend coming to Texas until it’s done raining. Just stay away. Not a good situation.
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Candy Bar Brownies - turn ordinary boxed brownies into something spectacular! Full of candy bars and M&Ms!

Let’s talk brownies.

I’m obsessed with brownies.

I could eat brownies for every meal and not get tired of them.

I don’t. (Usually.) But I could.

Brownies are my go-to for gatherings. They’re easier to transport than cupcakes, they’re always popular, and there are so many ways to jazz up a regular brownie.

Like these Candy Bar Brownies that I made the other day!

Candy Bar Brownies - turn ordinary boxed brownies into something spectacular! Full of candy bars and M&Ms!

I stocked up on my favorite Pillsbury brownie mixes at Walmart recently. You guys, if you haven’t taken advantage of the $.75 off 3 Pillsbury products in the Ibotta app, you are crazy. It’s the perfect opportunity to fill your pantry with brownie mixes or cake mixes or frostings! That way you’re never more than a few minutes away from a sweet treat.

Thanks to the Pillsbury brownie mix, these brownies came together in no time and taste like you spent way more time on them than you really did. You just follow the box instructions and then stir in chopped candy bars and candy coated chocolates.

I used 3 different candy bars – the cookie based one added a bit of crunch, the caramel one melted and created delicious pockets of caramel, and the peanut butter cups were just simply amazing in the brownies. Plus, the crunchy candy coated chocolates? Perfection. Each bite is like a totally different brownie.

I took these over to my neighbors and they loved them! And they couldn’t believe how easy they were to make!

Find more ways to #MixUpAMoment over on the Pillsbury Pinterest page!

Candy Bar Brownies - turn ordinary boxed brownies into something spectacular! Full of candy bars and M&Ms!

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This post sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies - easy brownies topped with raspberry swirled cheesecake!
Okay, we’re only days away from Valentine’s Day.

I’ve bought myself more stuffed animals holding hearts than I’d like to admit.

I’ve forced my kids to sit down and scribble their name on 20 cartoon-themed cards.

I’ve made my Valentine’s Day date with some takeout sushi and my DVR.

I am ready.

I even made brownies. Topped with cheesecake because cheesecake is perfect for a romantic dinner for two or if you’re all alone.

I mean, cheesecake solves every problem. Right?

But then I swirled some raspberry jam into the cheesecake to make it extra festive.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies - easy brownies topped with raspberry swirled cheesecake!
I used my fave Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownies so it came together really quick and easily. I stocked up on the Pillsbury brownie mixes at Walmart last week when I did those cute football brownies and they’ve come in really handy. Sometimes you just need fast brownies! Or fast brownies with cheesecake on top!

Once these brownies are baked, you just top them with a quick cheesecake mixture and swirl some raspberry jam into the cheesecake.

They turned out so delicious and how pretty would they be for Valentine’s Day?

If you plan on stocking up on Pillsbury items, download the Ibotta app to save $.75 on your purchase! And for more ideas on how to #MixUpAMoment, check out the Pinterest board!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies - easy brownies topped with raspberry swirled cheesecake!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies - easy brownies topped with raspberry swirled cheesecake!

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Samoa Bars recipe - just like your favorite Girl Scouts cookies! And so easy!

Originally published on February 19, 2011. 

It’s that time of year. You know what time I’m talking about.

Girl Scouts have positioned themselves outside every grocery store, drug store, ballpark, everywhere you could possibly need to go. I try, I really do – I try to walk past them without making eye contact. It never works. This year was no different. I ended up with a box of Samoas (what’s the new name? Caramel something-or-another?) that my children demolished within seconds.

These bars, which are meant to be like my beloved Samoas, have been on my must make list for years now and I am so sad that I’ve waited this long to make them! They are so easy, so quick, and taste exactly like the Samoas. Please don’t be scared of the 3 steps. I’m telling you, there’s nothing difficult about this recipe.

If you wanted to take these one step further, you could dip the bottoms of the bars in melted chocolate. I’m not a chocolate fan so I skipped that part but if you wanted to, just melt a bag of chocolate chips instead of the 1/2 cup that this recipe calls for. Once it’s melted, dip the bars one at a time and then place on parchment (or wax paper) to harden.

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