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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Ice-Cream

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in For Dessert, Preparing for the Holidays, Recipes | Comments Off on Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Ice-Cream

A couple months ago my husband surprised me with an ice-cream maker. Ever since, we make ice-cream on a weekly basis around here. It’s becoming our new family Friday night tradition: homemade pizza followed by homemade ice-cream. Since my hubby is a HUGE fan of cheesecake, I’ve made a cheesecake ice-cream almost every week and change the flavor weekly depending on what we have on hand.

I’ve made blueberry cheesecake, pumpkin cheesecake, apple caramel cheesecake and our newest favorite is peppermint bark cheesecake ice-cream. And after asking a few of you over on Facebook I thought you would all love an ice-cream recipe!

It’s so fun to make this recipe with kids too. My little guy loved dropping the chocolate into the ice-cream maker. Oh, and he had to taste test it half way through, just to make sure it had enough peppermint and chocolate. 😉

If you are looking for a fun holiday dessert, I think you’d like this one.

Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Ice-cream
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4-8
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature cut into 1-inches pieces
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ¼ cup sour cream or plain whole milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons (divided) of crushed peppermint candy canes
  1. Using a food processor mix: cream cheese, sugar, salt, cream, milk peppermint extract and sour cream, pulsate until mixture resembles cottage cheese in appearance.*
  2. Place into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.*
  3. Once mixture is cold, turn on ice-cream maker and pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl.
  4. Minutes before the ice-cream is done, pour in chocolate and 2 tablespoons of peppermint candy.
  5. The ice-cream will have a thickened creamy texture when it is done (roughly 15 to 20 minutes.)
  6. Serve immediately or place in a freezer container and store in the freezer until ready to serve.
  7. This recipe makes 8 half cup servings. Sprinkle each serving with 1 to 2 teaspoons of crushed peppermint candy.
Cooks Note: * Use a stand or hand mixer in place of food processor. *If you would like your ice-cream sooner, place bowl in freezer (instead of refrigerator) for 30 minutes and then make ice-cream. *For this recipe, avoid substituting cream, whole milk or whole milk yogurt. The result will be a liquid ice-cream. friends, what's your favorite ice-cream flavor? 

What is your favorite ice-cream flavor? 

If you do not already have an ice-cream maker we have and love this one, click here.

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Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies ~ Great Grandma’s Recipe

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Family Time, For Dessert, Preparing for the Holidays, Recipes | 2 comments

Baking is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Over the summer my grandma came to visit us for 2 months.  When she arrived she showered me with a little gift. This gift could not be bought in a store or purchased at any price. This gift was a family cookbook.  In this beautiful weathered gem are recipes my great-grandmother created herself, recipes she learned from cooking classes she attended and cut out recipes from magazines. The earliest recipe noted in this book is from 1921.

I never had the opportunity to meet my great-grandmother but this little gift she left behind is one way I  get to know her. She has some yummy dishes throughout her personal cookbook but what is most pronounced was her love for sweet treats. So, that’s where I my love for baking from! 😉

To enjoy a little piece of heritage yesterday, while my sweet little guy took a nap, I whipped up a cookie recipe from 1921. While the cookies were still warm, I enjoyed an afternoon cup of coffee served on china from my grandmothers wedding. It truly was a great way to spend an hour.

If you are looking for a cookie recipe for this holiday season, I hope you try this one!

Oatmeal Coconut Raisin Cookies ~ Great Grandma's Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup raisins
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, oats, coconut, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and set to the side.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream together shorting and sugar, once well incorporated add milk and eggs.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients, once cookie dough is mixed well, fold in raisins.
  5. On a lined cookie sheet, using a spoon, drop cookies on sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Substitutions: Shortening - ¾ cup butter or ¾ cup of Palm shortening or ¾ cup coconut oil Granulated Sugar - 1 cup raw sugar

Do you have a family recipe you want to try? During this holiday season, if I can encourage you, try one recipe that is a family recipe. Take a picture of it and savor the memory of making that family dish. 

Have a great day friends!

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Christmas Symbols

Posted by on Dec 4, 2012 in Our Life, Preparing for the Holidays, Quotes | Comments Off on Christmas Symbols

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Our Menu for December 3, 2012

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Our Menu, Preparing for the Holidays | 4 comments

Hey friends! It’s another beautiful Monday and its once again time for menu plan Monday!

Whether or not your a huge fan of menu planning, I can’t recommend it enough during this time of year. I believe taking 20 minutes to plan your breakfasts, lunches and dinners really will make your Christmas season a little easier. Today, I want to share three ways to keep menu planning simple during the holidays.

#1. Stick to  your favorites.

This is not the time to do an elaborate dinner each night. Keep it simple by making your family favorites. If you want to make one new recipe, use one that has a short ingredient list or pick the day of the week that you do not have a lot of activities, that way you can enjoy making the new recipe.

#2. Ask your family what they would like. 

I do this every week with my husband. Mainly because I don’t want to have to think of all the meal idea’s by myself. Plus, he knows he’ll be getting his favorites during the week. Which I think he enjoys! 😉

#3. Have a theme menu. 

I mentioned back in October that theming my weekly meals helped me plan my monthly menu. Heres our current menu themes:

  • Sunday – Pasta
  • Monday – American
  • Tuesday – Mexican
  • Wednesday – Crockpot
  • Thursday – Something new
  • Friday – Pizza
  • Saturday – Something easy

Ok, there it is, three ways to keep it simple during the holidays: stick to your favorites, ask your family and have a daily theme! Have a great week friends!

Here is our menu.



  • Oatmeal casserole
  • Breakfast casserole
  • Pumpkin Pancakes and scrambled eggs
  • Cereal x 2
  • Yogurt and granola x 2


  • Left overs
  • Tuna Melts and steamed veggies
  • Veggie quesadilla
  • Smoothies and  PB&J


What quick and easy meals are you cooking this week? 

Sharing today at Menu Plan Monday. 

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Great Joy

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in Preparing for the Holidays, Series | Comments Off on Great Joy

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Christmas Series ~ Gift Wrapped Cookbook

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Preparing for the Holidays, Projects, Series | 6 comments

Hi friends! How are you all doing today? I’m very excited to share with you all today a gift idea for the holidays. I came up with this gift idea for my sister-in-law back in October for her wedding but it can easily be transformed into a Christmas present. Let me show you!

As I mentioned I got this little gift for my sister-in-law because she enjoys cooking and she loves everything about horses. So when I set out to find the perfect little gift for her, I instantly thought of Ree Drummond’s cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl.

This cookbook not only has fabulous down home comfy cozy recipes, it also has beautiful pictures of ranch life, Ree’s beautiful family and of course the yummy food she cooks for her sweet family! What also amazes me about Ree is that she took all the pictures for her cookbook too! I think that is impressive. Her labor of love is shown on each page of this great cookbook! I think it’s a fabulous Christmas gift too, if I say so myself! (I’d really like to add this to my collection! Hint, hint to my hubby! Who will more then likely be reading this post.) :)

Anyways, I didn’t mean to get off topic, but I love this little cookbook. Now back to the featured program. :) Do you want to learn how to gift wrap a cookbook with soft tea towels. Great! Let me show you!

Here’s what you need:

  • A cookbook (Here’s some of my favorites!)
  • At least one tea towel (I used three to give it a layered look, but you can easily do it with one.)
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Small kitchen item (A set of measuring spoons or a small spatula are a couple of examples.)

Now that you’ve got all your supplies, lets get started.

First, take one towel and lay it on the table. Place cookbook in the center and then wrap the towel around the cookbook. Secure with scotch tape.

Next, take the second towel and fold it in thirds vertically. Wrap the towel around the the cookbook and secure with tape. You should be able to see the first towel on the side.

Take the third towel, fold it in half and then in half once more. Wrap it around the book horizontally and secure with tape. You should now see all three towels.

Lastly, tie coordinating ribbon around the cookbook and add the finishing touches with a small kitchen item.

Thats it, super easy right?!

Okay, so it’s the Christmas season, we are all on a budget, so lets talk money, here’s the breakdown:

  • The Cookbook I purchased on Amazon for $16
  • Towels (and ribbon) on Cleareance at Target for $4.99. The towels were wrapped with the ribbon. Score!
  • Measuring spoons from World Market for 2.99

Total gift: 23.98 +tax

Another way to decrease the cost is to buy used cookbooks instead of brand new or find small kitchen items and kitchen towels at a dollar store. I find some great items, even brand name items there sometimes! The added benefit to wrapping gifts in towels is it makes them a very useful item. I don’t remember the last time I used wrapping paper for cleaning up spilt milk. :) If you are looking for a gift idea that is affordable, creative and fun, I encourage you to try this out this year!

What are some ways you’ve used tea towels to wrap gifts? I’d love for you to share.

If you are looking for more gift wrap idea’s click on over to my gift wrap pin board on Pinterest.

Sharing today at The Frugal Girls and Today’s Creative Blog.

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