Jul 292014

We have been seriously enjoying the beautiful summer weather over the last few weeks.  Pool time, playing in the backyard, trips to the park and zoo.  We even managed to sneak in a couple of cookouts at my inlaws’ house.  And of course a little vacation fun, with a couple of day trips and weekend overnights!

Enjoying the Summer Weather! #IDelight

In between all of our events, we’ve made time for some tasty summer treats, too.  Anything cool and refreshing has topped our list – from fresh fruit to popsicles to ice cream and everything in between.  One recipe that seems to have pleased everyone especially are the Almond Joy Pudding Parfaits I’ve been making. Continue reading »

Jun 112014

Growing up in Maine, we learned to thoroughly enjoy the warm summer weather when it presented itself.  The summers could get hot, but it didn’t happen frequently.  When they did, though, we made sure cool off with lots of frozen treats.

Enjoying Vanilla Banana Popsicles on a hot day. This easy popsicle recipe is the perfect way to cool off when the temperatures rise

There was always lots of ice cream, much of it homemade.  And plenty of milkshakes and slushy lemonade, too.  What was really popular with the younger kids, though, were popsicles. Continue reading »

Aug 082013

This is a sponsored conversation about cream filled cupcakes is written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

One of summer’s greatest pleasures is ice cream.  It’s cool, creamy, refreshing, and – most importantly – delicious.  And now International Delight is helping you take your love for ice cream someplace unexpected – your coffee cup.

The International Delight Cold Stone Creamery line of coffee creamers is now available in three new flavors: Hot for Cookie, Founder’s Favorite, and Churro Caramel.  When I saw them at the store I had a hard time deciding which one to try first, but the swirl of whipped cream topping those cookies looked so good that I had Hot for Cookie had to be my first selection.

After getting it home and trying it in my morning coffee (delish!) I started to think about other ways to enjoy that yummy, melty ice cream flavor..  And then I thought – what goes better with ice cream than just about anything else?  Cake, of course.  And the whipped cream from the bottle gave me an idea.  I love to make cupcakes with a little surprise in the middle, and wouldn’t the surprise of an ice cream cookie sundae when you took a bite be a great one?

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cookie Cream Filling Made with ID Cold Stone Creamery "Hot for Cookie" Creamer #IScream4ID

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Jul 112013

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

I’ve always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen.  There used to be a TV show that was called something like “Just Like Mom” where kids would “cook” by making up recipes the way they thought they should be.  It was a funny show – ketchup was used in cookies more often than you would think.

In middle school I started experimenting with both different flavor profiles as well as ingredient substitution.  One of my first attempts at creating something different was with fruit muffins.  I tried different juices in place of the other liquids in muffin mixes to see if I could amp up the flavor.  For example, cranberry and blueberry muffins had cranberry juice mixed in.  From there I learned that flavored liquids could really change the overall taste of whatever I was making.

Chocolate-Toffee Fudge Recipe with International Delight Heath Creamer #whatsyourid Continue reading »

Feb 282013

Iced Coffee Recipe: Mocha Parfait Shots

Iced Coffee Recipe: Mocha Parfait Shots

Last year I fell in love with the new International Delight Mocha Iced Coffee and shared with you a couple of coffeehouse recipes that you could make at home.  Almost nine months later and I’m still drinking my DIY iced coffees at home.  Not only does it help me save a few dollars but it’s much more convenient.  Instead of driving to a coffee shop every time I get the hankering for a cold coffee beverage I just have to reach into the fridge.

As much as I have been enjoying my ID Mocha Iced Coffee I had decided that I needed to cut back just a bit.  Summer is just around the corner and that means tank tops and swimsuits so a girl needs to watch her waistline just a bit.  I was exceedingly happy, then, when on a recent trip to the store I found that International Delight had read my mind.  There, on the shelf, was a Light version of my favorite Mocha Iced Coffee!

Iced Coffee Recipe: Mocha Parfait Shots

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