Category Archives: Dessert

Firecracker Smores (Summer dessert recipe)

I’m so excited to be participating in the 100 blogger round up Ultimate Red White and Blue celebration again this year! It is a great way to celebrate all the colors of summertime. A ton of craft, recipes, projects all sorts of fun things that have to do with summer. It is your one stop shop for any summer party that you’re having. I wanted to share a really easy dessert that you could whip up for your summer picnic. It is a red white and blue version of the fireside classic dessert the Smore. Instead of regular milk chocolate I used white chocolate along with some fresh blueberries and raspberries. What’s great about this dessert is you can bake up quite a few at one time and serve them altogether. Of course if you wanted to do it over a campfire you could do that as well. They look so pretty on a plate! It just screams summer time!

Red White and Blue Food Decor and Craft Ideas

 

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Firecracker Smores (Summer dessert recipe)
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 sleeve graham crackers
  • 1 bar white chocolate
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425
  2. Foil line a cookie sheet, place rack on top.
  3. Place squares of graham cracker, place white chocolate square on top, cut raspberries, cut blueberries and marshmallows.
  4. Bake for 2-3 minutes
  5. Top with other graham cracker

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Serve it up! Happy summer friends!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Strawberry Lemonade Pie Cups

Hey yall! We made it to Friday….although I haven’t showered the better part of the week and my diet has consisted of muffins, coffee and vodka….all is good:) My kiddos went back to school today…three cheers for routine being restored! The charity playhouse is almost ready for it’s finishing touches…and I am so excited to share with you some of the special features. Next Wednesday and Thursday is go time…and I will be at the fairgrounds setting up for the big reveal. I cannot wait for these kiddos to see their playhouse. Sneak peeks over on instagram:) Go see! Have a great weekend…in the meantime…this dessert will have you dreaming of spring…..:)

I am very excited to be a member of the 2015 Cool Food Panel on behalf of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) and Easy Home Meals. It is comprised of 6 bloggers that all blog about food and develop delicious recipes. The main objective is to share fun recipes that think a little bit outside the box when using time saving & healthy products from the frozen food and dairy aisles in your local grocery store. We are always looking for easier ways to get dinner on the table quicker and the items found in the freezer section can help you find your love for cooking again! My partnership with NFRA goes right along with the mission of my blog which is to inspire you to think “cleverly.” All year-long, I will be sharing clever uses of everyday frozen /refrigerated products. I would also encourage you to follow along on Pinterest where all my Cool Food Panel comrades will be pinning and creating yumminess right along with me!

This month, I am sharing a really easy dessert that would be so cute to serve at a bridal or baby shower or any springtime party. There are minimal ingredients and it can be made a few hours ahead of time. It is sure to be impressive on any plate at any of your upcoming parties. strawberry lemonade pie cups @cleverlyinspired (5)

 

 

For this recipe you will just need a few items:

Strawberry Lemonade Pie Cups
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 frozen Luigi’s Strawberry Italian Ice Cups, thawed in microwave for 30 seconds
  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 oz. frozen Cool Whip
  • 5 lemons
  • Strawberries for garnish
  • These sweet, strawberry lemonade cups look so cute inside of a hollowed out lemon.
Instructions
  1. Steps:
  2. Cut lemons in half and cut small “tail” off bottom so the lemon will sit on a plate.
  3. Use a paring knife and carefully cut around and scoop out pulp.
  4. Place in freezer until ready to fill.
  5. In a bowl, combine Luigi’s Italian Ice and whisk with condensed milk.
  6. Fold in Cool Whip.
  7. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve (or one hour prior)
  8. Fill lemon cups with filling and garnish with berries.

 

 

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If you’re pressed for time, you could always use small dessert cups and top them with some fresh berries…it’ll be just as pretty. J I thought to be a little more impressive, I would scoop out some lemons and serve it up in an adorable lemon cup. You could scoop out your lemons and place them in the freezer overnight and then just fill them with the filling before you serve.

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I would just caution if you’re going to make this ahead of time to make your filling and put it in the refrigerator and wait to fill up the lemon cups maybe an hour before you serve. You don’t want the filling sitting in the lemon cups for too long because it gets a little bit less attractive.

 

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Don’t they look like a little bit of spring:)

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Think warm thoughts friends…and keep warm:)

xo

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Peanut butter Cup Cookie Recipe

I have 400 blog post started….but none of them ready to finish and post yet. I am working a mile a minute to gather all the touches for the charity home playhouses. We are about 2 weeks away from moving the playhouse from where it is being built to the fairgrounds where the Home Builders Show will be held. Plus I have 2 clients right now who are both needing some help with their kitchens. All good stuff….but very busy! So for today…I shall share a cookie…because who doesn’t love a good peanutbutter cookie on a gloomy Monday? I like this recipe because you get a little chocolate with every bite of peanutbutter goodness…it’s the little things…am I right?!?!

Have a great Monday friends!!

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I needed to show you my oven….cause it’s clean and all. Need to clean yours? Check this out….

 

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Peanut butter Cup Cookie Recipe
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4c all-purpose flour
  • ¾t baking soda
  • ½t baking powder
  • ¼t salt
  • ½c butter, softened
  • 1c peanut butter (creamy or crunchy, your preference)
  • ¾c sugar + more for rolling cookies
  • ½c firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1T milk
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1.5 C milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. On wax paper combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand-mixer beat the butter and peanut butter together until smooth and fluffy. Add the sugars until combined, then incorporate the egg, followed by the milk and vanilla. Gradually add in the flour mixture and beat until thoroughly combined.
  4. In a small bowl, put a few tablespoons of sugar for rolling your cookies. Using a medium cookie scoop, portion out your dough and roll each ball into the sugar until coated on all sides. Place on baking sheet, allowing room for the cookies to spread out while baking.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Careful not to overbake.
  6. When they come out of oven drop a few chocolate chips on top. The cookies will look slightly underdone in the center, but they are not. They will set up as they cool.

Also, I have GoFundMe page…if you are so inclined to helping me furnish the playhouse. I appreciate all the help!!!

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Low Calorie Brownie Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of AllWhites Egg Whites for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hey yall! Have a good weekend? Darn those Packers…am I right?!?! We were soooooooo rooting for them to go to another Super Bowl. The end of that game was complete craziness! We are enjoying one more day off although my day started off with a bang today and I feel like I have been going a mile a minute. If you are searching for something to soothe your sweet tooth….but you don’t want to kill your diet…these low calorie brownies are just the ticket. Make some this week and see for yourself….

Did you know that your typical 2-inch square brownie will cost you about 250 calories? If I told you you could have the same size square brownie and save a hundred calories and not compromise any taste would you try it? Usually something like that would be too good to be true…but seriously these brownies are just a decadent as any other brownie you’ve ever eaten. That’s called winning my friends.

low calorie brownie recipe @cleverlyinspired (7) My friends at all white egg whites invited me to try a recipe for brownies telling me they are at least half the calories of a regular bakery brownie. (and bonus..they gave me a coupon to pass along..$0.50 Off AllWhites Egg Whites) . I really didn’t believe them.  I would try it and it would taste like a healthy brownie…which are usually not worth eating.  You will never miss what is missing in this dessert. And I will show you an easy way to make your brownie into a heart….perfect to make for your sweethearts on Valentines Day. The brownie comes together really easy mixing the dry ingredients and adding in wet….no brainer.

low calorie brownie recipe @cleverlyinspired (5)    Simple ingredients always produce the best outcome…and this recipe is no different. Here is what you will need to make this heart shaped brownie for the loves in your life:)

 

Low Calorie Brownie Recipe
 
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Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp.salt
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ⅓ cupAll Whites
  • 2 Tbsp.canola oil
  • 2 squares (1 oz. each)
  • semi sweet baking chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 8-inch circle baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. I always use parchment liner too which will make it easy to take out of the pan.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until well mixed. Stir in applesauce, Better'n Eggs, canola oil, melted baking chocolate and vanilla just until well mixed; careful not to over stir. Place foil on one edge and spread  brownie mixture into prepared pan around the foil creating a "heart" shape. Sprinkle with miniature chocolate chips.
  3. Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Do not over bake.

 When the brownie is done baking….let it cool a bit. Take out the foil piece and shape up your heart with a paring knife. Powdered sugar and berries will cover up any mishaps:)

low calorie brownie recipe @cleverlyinspired (12) You can find lots of other low cal recipe ideas on the AllWhites Egg Whites on Pinterest. And AllWhites Egg Whites Favorites. A great way to start your 2015… getting healthy!!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Choco-Caramel M&M Crisp Cookie (Easy Christmas Cookie REcipe)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

For the past 4 years I have shared with you a few cookies that I love to bake this time of year. My friends and I gather every year to exchange cookies. My kids loved it because we all get to taste our favorite cookies and I don’t have to bake them all! It is really the best of both worlds. And it wouldn’t be the holidays without a new cookie to share.

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The reason I love this cookie is its very quick and if you’re limited to baking time this cookie crisp pulls together really quickly. It kind of reminds me of a Samoa without so much chocolate. I found these M&M baking chips that are available at Target right next to the fabulous packaging by Glad which makes it really easy to package these cookies up for your favorite neighbor and friends.

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Tie on a bow with Christmas ornament and your gift giving is complete. I’d like to include a little printable that has the recipe on it in case the recipient would like to recreate this cookie. You can print this one out below and you’ll be all set . Basic RGB

Target has a great display of glad products along with the M&M’s to make your shopping easy. The display looks so festive I couldn’t pass it up! Raise your hands if you ever have gotten out of target for under $50? If so you are my hero!

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Choco-Caramel Crisp (Tracie Stoll)

12 graham cracker rectangles

2 cups tiny marshmallows

3/4 cup butter, cut up

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ C mini M&M baking chips

1/3 C chopped peanuts

1 cup flaked coconut

Directions

Line a 15x10x1-inch pan with parchment paper or foil. Grease foil, if using. Arrange graham crackers in a single layer in the pan. Sprinkle with marshmallows.

In a medium saucepan combine butter and brown sugar; cook over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Spoon over the graham crackers, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with nuts, chips and coconut..

Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Use foil or parchment to lift uncut bars from pan. Cut into 3-inch squares; cut each square in half diagonally.

Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week. Makes 30 cookies.

If you are looking for more inspiration to use up those last few m&m’ baking pieces…here is another fabulous recipe for your family holiday movie night….

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Uber easy recipe…and makes a nice gift topper too in these Glad holiday containers:)

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What you will need for the Santa’s Snack Mix:

  • 8-10 cups popped popcorn
  • 2-3 cups Holiday shaped pretzels
  • 1 cup red and green Holiday sprinkles
  • 1 package DOVE® Chocolate Candies
  • 2 cups peanuts
  • 3/4 cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 package M&M’s® Holiday Baking Minis and/or M&M’s® Holiday Mint Candies

Preheat the oven to 325. Add the peanuts, popcorn, and pretzels in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt butter, vanilla, sugar, and corn syrup over low heat until melted and smooth, stirring constantly.

Pour over the ingredients in the bowl. Toss until all covered.

Spread the popcorn mix on a baking tray or cake pan (may want to use two pans). Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with 1/2 cup Holiday sprinkles, stir. Sprinkle with M&M’S ® candies, stir again.

Place DOVE® chocolates in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds and stir.

Repeat until melted and smooth. Drizzle over the popcorn. Sprinkle with remaining sprinkles. Let cool approximately 10-20 minutes (may put in refrigerator so chocolate hardens more quickly. Once cool, break into chunks.

Store or give as a gift in your favorite Holiday Glad packaging!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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