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I KNOW, I KNOW!  I am the worst ever — it has been one month since i’ve posted anything.

I’m blaming it on the fact that I have been camera-less the last few months.

That being said, I am BACK!
I have just gotten to Florida to begin rehearsals for the next cruise ship — while here I intend on cooking as much as possible, to keep from gorging on fast food every night!

This little treat is perfect for any kind of summer get together – it is easy, light and delicious!



1 can grands biscuits
sugar for sprinkling
1 tablespoon of water
1 egg white
a package of skewers
1 tub cool whip – defrosted
about 20 large Strawberries sliced into 2 slices each. (you will probably have leftovers, yum!)


preheat the oven to 350

On a lightly floured surface roll each biscuit out one by one.
Using a cookie cutter cut as many circles as you can from each biscuit.

Honestly, I used a long plastic cup as a rolling pin, and the edge of a small wine glass as a cookie cutter since I did not have either of these things around – gotta use what you got!

Place each circle on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray

Whisk together egg white and water and brush on to the top of each circle and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown.


While the biscuits are baking you can slice up your strawberries.  I cut off the top and bottom of each strawberry and then cut into 2 slices and kept each stack together so they would match when putting the skewers together.


Now that you’ve done both of those things you are ready to put your skewers together!
Simply layer them with 3 biscuits on each skewer, it doesn’t matter which order as long as there is a strawberry and cool whip in each layer!

You are ready to impress all your friends with this easy treat!



This is a recipe I originally heard of a few years ago, and fell in love with it from the name alone!  On Pinterest however, they just call it Raspberry Beer Lemonade.

I actually tried it for the first time a few months ago when I had a few friends over on a Friday night before we went out.

It was delicious – and potent, but I could not tell until much later.  I lost my camera that night, so beware!



2 cans of frozen pink lemonade
a 6 pack of Corona or Corona Light
1 bottle of vodka


Let the Pink Lemonade defrost enough and then pour everything into a large pitcher and mix it up!
My pitcher was not big enough to fit everything at once, so as we drank it, I added the rest of the vodka and beer

Throw in some raspberries of sliced strawberries for a yummy treat!

I woke up the other morning craving some kind of peanut buttery desert.  I made this and ended up bringing them along as a treat at the movies *nerd alert!*

Everyone seemed to love them, AND the movie – Moonrise Kingdom – both were so good!


1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup butter – softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350.  Seriously, do that – I didn’t preheat the oven enough and it took my brownies forever to cook!

Cream together the peanut butter and butter. Add the sugars and vanilla and beat until creamy. Beat in the egg until light and fluffy.  My arm got tired after this step, so I made my roommate help me

Add the flour, baking powder and salt stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into a 9×9 greased pan and bake for 35 minutes.  As I said, mine ended up taking much longer – but you know it is one with you insert a toothpick and then middle and it only comes out with moist crumbs – no dough!


I got so caught up in putting these in baggies for all my friends and rushing off to the movie, that I forgot to take a picture of the finished product!

But, It looks pretty delicious just like that – don’t ya think??

This easy little treat I took to a gathering with friends and it disappeared.  Everyone there called it Crack Popcorn.  Even my health and fitness freak friend indulged in a few bites.


1 bag low fat microwave popcorn
1/2 cup peanut buter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Combine sugar and honey in a saucepan, bring to a rolling boil.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.  Add vanilla.

In a large bowl, pour the mix over the popcorn and stir together until mixed completely.

Spread onto a cookie sheet to cool.


I knew I had to post some kind of sweet treat on my blog, since I have yet to tackle the desert area.  I am not much of a baker, but I went searching for a recipe that sounded good and when I found this one – I knew it was the perfect first desert recipe.

It is so easy, and so delicious.  What I love about this recipe is it is very light.  Not nearly as rich as it looks.


This recipe made 12 of the pastries, but I doubled it. SO I recommend making them for when you have friends to share with.  I did not think about this, so I ended up taking them in to work to share.  Everyone seemed to be crazy about them.  Someone even commented that I had to bring in a weekly treat from now on – so I think that is a pretty good stamp of approval!

1 package frozen puff pastry
1 cup cool whip
1 cup milk
1 cup vanilla instant pudding
1 teaspoon almond extract
sliced strawberries
sliced almonds
powdered sugar – just for garnish


The pastry is so delicious and it comes from a box!
Start by heating the oven to 400 degrees and defrosting the pastries for 20 minutes.


This recipe is as if you only use one of the sheets, but since I didn’t know what I would use the other one I made them all, and doubled the recipe for the cream filling — you can do whichever you like, but remember the recipe is only for half the pastry package.

Open the sheets and cut along the folds, then cut each section in half.  Space onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until they are lightly browned on the top.  They puff up all on their own, I thought it was so cool!Image

In the meantime, you can prepare your fillings.

for the cream filling – combine the package of pudding mix, one cup of milk, and your almond extract.  Whisk together for two minutes, then stir in your cup of cool whip.  Then put in the fridge until you are ready for it.

Really the reason I doubled the recipe for the cream was because I spilled too much extract so I had to even it all out.  Careful!

Slice your strawberries. and set aside.

I just bought sliced almonds, don’t think i was about to try to chop those things!


Now you are ready to fill your pastries!  Simply cut each square in the middle, cover bottom half with almonds, followed by the pudding mix, top with a layer of strawberries and put the top of the pastry back on!

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!  I could hardly finish putting on the powdered sugar before I had to stuff the first one in my mouth!