Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Trifles with Madhava Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Trifles

With the doors and windows wide open, the cooler temperatures wrap themselves around me as I bake in my kitchen. There is no doubt that Autumn is nipping at my heels and I am so ready. I love baking this time of year, and add in the delicious spices and pumpkin recipes and I’m in pure bliss. These little Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Trifles are absolutely perfect to put in you in the mood for Autumn.

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Retro Cold Pasta Salad with Ranch, Bacon and More!

Copycat Suddenly Salad

It’s time once again for Secret Recipe Club and I cannot believe a whole month has already flown by. How in the world did we get to August already? I feel like the summer has simply flown by.

Secret Recipe Club

This year we are homeschooling, so the “back to school” date doesn’t affect us, but I was surprised to learn our district goes back WEDNESDAY. Yes, August 6. I mean what? Geez. They just got out.

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5 Summer Ice Cream Recipes to Beat the Heat!

5 Summer Ice Cream Recipes

I don’t know where you are, but where I am (St. Louis) we’ve had some weird weather the past month. One week it’s so hot and humid you can barely breathe and the next week you start wondering if Fall is around the corner.  It’s definitely been a strange summer, but I am not complaining because I enjoy the fact that we haven’t hit temps like we did last year. But even with the “cooler than usual” temps, it’s still hot and we are still finding ways to beat the heat.

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#ad Spatchcocking Chicken for the Grill with a Garlic Soy Sauce Marinade #grill4flavor

#ad Spatchcocking Chicken for the Grill with a Garlic Soy Sauce Marinade #grill4flavor #shop

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It’s grilling season and I’m ready. At our house, we grill year round, but the majority is done Spring, Summer and Winter. From chicken to seafood, steaks to fish, anything goes when we are deciding what to grill.

When we were looking for something fun and different to make recently, we came across Cornish Hens, found at Walmart in the freezer bunkers. They come in a two pack and were inexpensive. My daughter and I were excited to get them home and get to work.

#ad Spatchcocking Chicken for the Grill with a Garlic Soy Sauce Marinade #grill4flavor #shop

We fired up the grill as soon as we got home. We were ready!

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Watermelon Kool-Aid Fruit Drinks Malted Milkshakes #KoolOff #CollectiveBias #shop

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 Watermelon Kool-Aid Fruit Drinks Malted Milkshakes

Nothing screams summer like Watermelon. Or Malted Milk Shakes. Yes? Yes! Kool-Aid’s new ready-to-serve, 96 ounce fruit drinks bottles made it easy for me to incorporate our favorite flavor in one of our favorite summertime treats. Watermelon Kool-Aid Fruit Drinks Malted Milkshakes! With the new bottles, this malted milkshake is ready in under 5 minutes from start to finish. With a house full of hot teenagers this summer, I’m positive that we will be making this recipe time and time again, to keep them cooled off!

My daughter is currently learning to drive, so after some practice in our already hot weather, we were ready for a break and we knew just the treat we wanted. We stopped by Walmart to pick up the ingredients needed to make this easy perfect-for-summer beverage. It took us no time at all to find the large display of Kool-Aid juice drinks. They were right there in the middle of a huge aisle!  We made sure to pick up a few other Kool-Aid items because we have some more fun Kool-Aid recipes coming your way!

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KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Grilled Shrimp Kabobs #KCMasterpiece

KC Masterpiece Barbecue Grilled Shrimp

It’s hard to believe that summer is already around the corner, but I am so ready. Summer means trips to the pool, working in my garden, frozen treats and most importantly grilling weather. We’ve already broken out the grill a couple of times, and one of those times we made these delicious KC Masterpiece® Barbecue Grilled Shrimp Kabobs.

I was able to incorporate all of my favorite things into this recipe. Shrimp is a must on the BBQ grill, but then add some delicious Garden fresh Bell Peppers, brush with some KC Masterpiece® Kansas City Classic barbecue sauce, sprinkle with some seasonings and grill until perfect. We served ours over a delicious bed of garlic and herb rice pilaf.

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Pineapple Ice – Two Ingredients

Pineapple Ice

In the spirit of my A to Z Blogging Challenge, here is a wonderful TWO ingredient recipe for Pineapple Ice. I definitely bombed the A to Z Challenge this month but I have all the recipes complete so over the next couple of weeks I will put up the remaining recipes. While I have tried to stick to two and three ingredients for the most part, the main theme of this challenge for me this month was easy and simple recipes that anyone can make. I’m sure there will be a few that have more than three, but no matter what, they will be very easy.

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Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Quinoa, Asparagus & Red Peppers | Farberware #NewTraditions #giveaway

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Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Quinoa, Asparagus & Red Peppers

Our family has a few favorite recipes that we tend to turn to again and again. Who doesn’t love a classic pork chop, paired with some veggies, or a salad. With Spring having arrived here in St. Louis, my asparagus and herbs are already growing like crazy in my garden and I already see signs of baby peppers. I wanted to update our normal pork chop recipe with a fun twist for Spring. Enter in these delicious, Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Quinoa, Asparagus & Red Peppers. It’s an entire meal in itself and is a quick and easy recipe to boot. Can’t beat that, since easy and quick are the name of the game in this house.

As usual, the real test is, can I get five hungry teenagers and a picky toddler to eat it? Success! They devoured them and several wanted more. The light lemon and thyme flavor was just what the pork chops needed. Serving them over a bed of quinoa tossed with fresh asparagus and red peppers was the perfect addition to fill everyone up.

I got a chance to use my  new Farberware New Traditions Cookware in Aqua to make this meal, and I just loved how great it was. You can find out more about that below AND you can enter to win your own Farberware New Traditions Cookware set.
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Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor #shop

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavorBlueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

When my children were very little, I used to create fun, fast desserts that only took a few minutes to make. Why? Because their patience levels were almost non-existent. Well that, and they went to bed a lot earlier back then so they didn’t have time to wait for some long dessert to finish cooking. That’s why we make these little Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits. They are absolutely easy enough to throw together in just a few minutes. Each bite is like a flavor explosion on your tongue and Philadelphia Cream Cheese has now made it even easier for me to make them with their new flavored cream cheese spreads.

With the new flavored cream cheese spreads, it makes throwing together a meal or a dessert, faster than ever. We love to use the savory flavors to make Creamy Chicken or sauces. Spreading it on crackers, toast, even vegetables. Absolutely outstanding. Then there’s the sweet flavors, and they go well with nearly any dessert or as a dip for fruit or cookies.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits

But let’s get back to these little Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits. It’s been a long time since I made them. My daughter and I went to Walmart to get the ingredients to make them again, and we stumbled on the area with all the new Flavored Philadelphia Cream Cheese speads.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

We have 5 Walmarts within a few mile radius all around us, and this one is one of my favorites. I love it because it’s big and open and you can find things easily, not to mention they always get the new stuff first. The cream cheese area actually sits smack dab in the center of the store in a chill case. No aisle, just the ease of walking by or walking up to it and grabbing one, which is exactly what my daughter did.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

When she spotted the Flavored Philadelphia Cream Cheese in Blueberry, she got pretty excited. Brie is a food blogger as well, and she knew that having the mixture already made for us, would make life much simpler (did I mention it already has REAL blueberries in it?). Brie knew that this product would increase the likelihood that we would make these parfaits more often! Suddenly our shopping list shrunk in half and we picked up a few tubs of the different flavors instead.

Once we got home, our parfaits came together in only minutes. They devoured them, and all agreed that using the flavored spread was much better than using the regular and mixing the mixture up ourselves. The fact that we were able to eat them immediately, rather than letting the flavors meld together, is only one of the many reasons I love these new flavored spreads!

If you haven’t made these before, the recipe is simple, has limited ingredients and is so full of blueberry flavor.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

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These Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits come together super fast with the help of flavored Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 Graham Crackers, crushed (4 squares or 2 rectangles)
  • 1 8oz. tub of Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread
  • ¼ c. of fresh blueberries (plus more to top with if you'd like)
  • ½ c. of Blueberry Pie Filling or Blueberry Compote
  • Homemade Whipped Cream (you can use store bought if you'd prefer)
Instructions
  1. In a blender, puree the blueberries for about 30 seconds. Add the cream cheese and blend well.
  2. You will need 4 mini shot glasses or something similar to serve them in.
  3. Layer the graham crackers in first in the bottom of the glasses, distribute them evenly between the four glasses.
  4. Top that with 2-3 Tablespoons of the Blueberry Cream Cheese mixture in each glass.
  5. Add 2 Tablespoons of the blueberry pie filling or compote as the next layer.
  6. Again, top that with 2-3 Tablespoons of the Blueberry Cream Cheese Mixture.
  7. Top the whole thing off with whipped cream, more crushed graham crackers or fresh blueberries.
  8. Serve. These can also be refrigerated for an hour before eating if you'd like.

Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

 Blueberry Philadelphia Cream Cheese Parfaits #SpreadTheFlavor

 Are you ready to #SpreadTheFlavor with #CollectiveBias? There are lots of great recipes floating through the blogosphere today using these wonderful spreads. You have got to try these delicious Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spreads for yourself. They are available in: Blueberry, Chive Onion, Garden Vegetable, Jalapeno, or Strawberry all with more fruit and vegetables. They compliment any recipe calling for cream cheese so beautifully. Making the flavor so much more intense, which of course translates to a perfect full flavor recipe!