Football Waffle Bowls (#GameTimeGoodies with Nestle)

January 27, 2014 in frozen goodies, spon

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If you are on the hunt for super cute football party ideas, I have the perfect thing for you! I also have a few more quick, easy, hands-off ideas from Nestle to make your party delicious and keep you out of the kitchen!

The first is Stouffers Party Lasagna with Meat Sauce. This is my go-to meal for days when I need pasta but don’t feel like doing something as time-consuming as homemade lasagna. And it’s perfect for a football party because who doesn’t love meaty cheesy pasta?

Hot Pockets! When was the last time you had a Hot Pocket? I don’t think I’ve had one in at least 15 years but picked some up since they are cooked in the microwave and they have so many varieties. I liked the Ham & Cheese with Croissant Crust and my kids loved the Pepperoni Pizza with Garlic Buttery Seasoned Crust.

Both of those options require absolutely no prep work from you. No veggie chopping, no kneading dough, and no assembling lasagna layers! Just pop in the oven or microwave and go back to cheering on your favorite team!

And DiGiorno pizza, of course! Remember, they’re still on Rollback for $4.50 at Walmart!

No football party is complete without some sweets, right? And what’s better than ice cream? The Nestle Crunch Drumstick Cones are so delicious and the pack of 8 I got at Walmart came with vanilla, vanilla caramel, and vanilla fudge cones so there’s something for everyone!

The Dreyer’s (or Edy’s if you’re out east) Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae is so stinkin’ adorable! It has little caramel-filled chocolate footballs that made me squeal when I saw them!

I made Football Waffle Bowls to serve the ice cream in and they were such a hit! And so simple! They can be made the morning of the game and they’ll be ready to go by the time the game is on and everyone’s ready for snacks.

Football Waffle Bowls


10 waffle bowls
1 pound chocolate almond bark
4 ounces white almond bark


  1. Melt chocolate almond bark over low heat in a heavy saucepan, stirring until completely smooth. Remove from heat. Dip bottoms of waffle bowls, one at a time, in the almond bark and flip upside down onto wax paper. Allow to dry completely before moving on.
  2. Melt white almond bark over low heat in a heavy saucepan, stirring until completely smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool for just a minute or 2. Transfer almond bark to a zip top bag and snip off one of the corners. Draw lines on the waffle bowls to resemble footballs. Allow to dry completely before serving.
  3. Serve with ice cream and any toppings you like.

Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt & Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

December 2, 2013 in drink, frozen goodies, spon

How was your holiday? Did you do any Black Friday shopping? I, unfortunately, did not. I actually really love Black Friday shopping but I’m really bad at it because I just like to wander around stores and then go to a bagel shop for breakfast. But I love waking up ridiculously early and driving around in the dark and all the crowds. Just me?

But I stayed home and ordered a dog bed for 50% off. It was pretty exciting.

Today I bring you a couple recipes featuring some Bolthouse Farms drinks. They have 3 new ones for the holidays: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and Holiday Nog.

These are limited time only so you better get them before they’re gone!

The first recipe I’m sharing is a Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte!

You guys know I was stalking my favorite coffee shop for a week before they finally gave in and gave it to me so I was pretty excited to make this.

The Bolthouse Farms drink is a latte already so it’s perfectly delicious over ice in place of your regular morning cup of joe. And it tastes so decadent but it’s pretty low-cal for a latte! I wanted to kick things up for this post so I added a bit of Irish Cream as well as some extra coffee. Topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon. It’s delicious and every bit as good as the $5 latte from my coffee place.

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte


1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup Bolthouse Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte, warmed
1/4 cup Irish Cream
whipped cream and cinnamon, for serving


  1. Pour coffee, Bolthouse Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte, and Irish Cream into a mug. Stir gently to combine.
  2. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve hot!

The next recipe is Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt!

This is another drink that already has coffee in it so it’s great as your morning coffee but it’s also really fun to experiment with.

Y’all know I’m a froyo addict but I hate going out to get it when it’s cold and snowy so making it at home in the comfort of my heater is perfect. I’d never made frozen yogurt before but it’s really simple and using the Peppermint Mocha drink really cuts down on the amount of ingredients you use and the prep time. I did sweeten it with some sugar but you used an already sweetened vanilla Greek yogurt, you could totally cut out the sugar.

It turned out so creamy and delicious. And bonus points because Peppermint Mocha always puts me in a festive mood!

Bolthouse Farms has a $1 off coupon that you can use on these drinks so be sure to print that off before you head to the store. And let me know which one you’re going for: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Peppermint Mocha, or Holiday Nog?

Peppermint Mocha Frozen Yogurt


2 cups Bolthouse Farms Peppermint Mocha
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
crushed candy canes, for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan, heat the Bolthouse Farms Peppermint Mocha until it begins to bubble around the edges - do not let it boil.
  2. While that is heating, whisk together the sugar and the eggs in a mixing bowl. Once the Peppermint Mocha starts to bubble, slowly stream 1/2 cup into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. When that is thoroughly combined, pour the mixture into the saucepan with the rest of the Peppermint Mocha. Stir the mixture constantly until it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Strain the mixture into a large mixing bowl and stir in the Greek yogurt. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. The next day, freeze the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.
  5. Garnish with crushed candy canes.



Reese’s Pieces Milkshake

June 13, 2013 in frozen goodies

It’s been quiet around here this week, huh? Normally I prep all my weekly posts on the weekend so that all I have to do is go in the night before it posts and write a bunch of nonsense about my dogs, kids, nails, whatever. But since my husband was gone last weekend, I spent my time watching that Game of Thrones episode (you know the one) 5 times and trying on every piece of clothing in my closet. It’s what I do when I’m alone. Along with sleeping on the couch, working out twice a day, and sitting on the back porch talking to the neighbor’s dogs at all hours of the night.

Thankfully I have this Thursday series going with Nicole so I had to stop being lazy at least once.

We’re still doing our milkshake thing and this week we decided to do candy shakes! Because the only way to improve on a milkshake is to add candy! I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do until I was standing in the candy aisle, spotted some Reese’s Pieces, and said “PEANUT BUTTER MILKSHAKES!” a little too loudly.

I went with vanilla ice cream since I was really into the peanut butter idea but you could definitely use chocolate to make it a little more Reese’s like. They’re really yummy, especially with the little pieces of candy mixed in. I always forget how good Reese’s Pieces are until I randomly pick up a bag. Yum!

Nicole and I were on the same page this week with the peanut butter but she added some caramel to hers to make Snickers Milkshakes!

One year ago: Sausage, Tomato, and Arugula Pasta
Two years ago: Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Three years ago: Tempura Fried Asparagus

Reese’s Pieces Milkshake


1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 - 3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 small bag Reese's Pieces, divided
whipped cream
chocolate syrup


  1. Blend together ice cream, milk, and peanut butter until the desired consistency is reached. Add in about 1/4 cup of Reese's Pieces and pulse the blender a few times, just until the candy is slightly chopped up. Serve immediately with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and more Reese's Pieces on top.

Chocolate Malted Milkshake

June 6, 2013 in frozen goodies

Growing up, my mom always made yogurt and fruit smoothies and called them milkshakes. I swear I didn’t know the difference until I was much older.

Well as I was making these super rich and delicious chocolate malted milkshakes, I heard my oldest kid telling his brother that he’s had milkshakes before at my mom’s house and I knew that she’d tricked him too.

Weirdly enough, I’d choose a smoothie over a milkshake most days. Hopefully my mom’s tricky ways will also help the kid make the healthier choice every once in a while.

And yeah, I’m totally talking about making healthy choices right before I tell you all about this milkshake.

Nicole and I decided to make June Milkshake Month since the only thing better than an icy cocktail in summer is a delicious frozen treat. I was actually inspired by Tracey because she’s been all about the malted milk powder in the past few weeks and since tomorrow is National Chocolate Ice Cream day, I decided a chocolate malted shake sounded perfect.

I really, really, really love anything with malted milk powder (which, by the way, you should be able to find at any grocery store with the powdered chocolate milk) and this was no exception. Every sip is like a frozen Whopper.

Nicole made a S’Mores Milkshake which I will be making very soon because y’all know I get a little obsessed with s’mores this time of year.

Three years ago: Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
Five years ago: Classic Banana Bundt Cake

Chocolate Malted Milkshake


2 1/2 cups chocolate ice cream
1/2 cup malted milk powder
1/2 to 1 cup milk
whipped cream, for garnish
malted milk balls, for garnish


  1. Add chocolate ice cream and malted milk powder to a blender. Add milk a quarter cup at a time, blending between each addition, until the desired consistency is reached. Top with whipped cream and malted milk balls.

Banana Split Ice Cream

May 28, 2013 in frozen goodies

Every year around this time, my blog becomes less about sweets and more about savory – dinners, salads, things like that. I think the weather is to blame. The warmer weather means that I no longer crave cupcakes and cookies and other comforting goodies. Every once in awhile, I do try to make something special for the kids (really, the husband) so they don’t revolt.

I asked my husband what kind of ice cream he’d like me to make and he, of course, wanted strawberry even though we already have strawberry ice cream in the freezer! Men. He finally decided on banana split and I have always loved Blue Bell’s version so I was pretty excited.

The beginning of this recipe is a little weird  - it starts with water – but it really turned out well. The base has marshmallows melted into it which I don’t think is traditional in a banana split but hey, who am I to say no to marshmallow ice cream? It also has crushed pineapple, banana, and maraschino cherries. And you top it all off with chocolate syrup and sprinkles.

This recipe does make a ton and I ended up having to freeze it in 2 batches but no one complained about the large amount of ice cream when it was done. You can always cut the recipe in half if you want. But why would you?!

Banana Split Ice Cream


3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
1 cup milk
2 cups miniature marshmallows
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
2 medium ripe bananas, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained and patted dry
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
Chocolate syrup and sprinkles, for serving


  1. Bring the sugar, water, and milk to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Reduce heat; cook until sugar is dissolved. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from the heat; cool for 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Stir in the pineapple, bananas and cherries. Fold in whipped cream. Fill bowl of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Allow firm up in the freezer for 2-4 hours before serving. Serve with chocolate syrup and sprinkles, if desired.


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