Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake

Who would have thought that these five ingredients could make heaven on a plate? Make a Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake and you’ll see what I mean.

Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake - Who would have thought that these five ingredients could make heaven on a plate? Make a Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake and you'll see what I mean.

I first heard about an Icebox Cake from my husband’s mother. Ruthie had told me years ago about a concoction made with applesauce, graham crackers, and whipped topping. It sounded weird, she said, but it was good. She never made it for me, but I read about Icebox Cakes on the Kitchn and that reminded me of my mother-in-law’s suggestion. It was time to try it.

We’ve had this concoction of an icebox cake many times this summer; my family keeps asking for more. I’ve tweaked it until we got it just the way we want it. Each time has started out with Butter Waffles Cookies from Trader Joe’s. You can use whatever cookie you like, really. I like these since they are super crisp and not too sweet.

The first time I made it I used whipping cream, honey, and lemon zest. We had it for FishBoy12′s birthday in June. It was very good, light, not overly sweet. However when I added blueberries and lemon curd, I knew we’d arrived. [Continue reading...]

A Meal Plan for the Week

Having a meal plan that doesn’t require that I be the one to cook it is the best kind of plan.

A Meal Plan for the Week: Having a meal plan that doesn't require that I be the one to cook it is the best kind of plan.

Friday night I saw not one, but three meal plans fail. I had intended to make a lovely French dinner for my family for French Friday. But, after shopping with four kids all morning, I just didn’t have the energy. I figured we’d have pizza, so I asked one of the bigger boys to make the dough.

A couple hours later I saw that he had forgotten to do it, and it was too late to do it myself. I shrugged it off, knowing we had thick, flour tortillas in the fridge. We’d just make pizza with those. When I went to do so, I saw that they were past their date and had started to mold. This is the second time this has happened with Trader Joe’s tortillas.

Note to self: store Trader Joe’s tortillas in the freezer. Also, give husband extra kudos for grabbing Costco pizza — and groceries! — on a Friday night.

Oy! This week is a week of many, many deadlines for me. So, I can’t have failed meal plans all over the place. In fact, I’m making a meal plan that my people can prepare without me. Yes, ma’am.

A Meal Plan for the Week: Having a meal plan that doesn't require that I be the one to cook it is the best kind of plan.

Breakfasts

As you know, I’ve got a regular rotation for breakfasts all planned out. All breakfasts will be served with fresh juice or fresh fruit.

  • Breakfast Bar - I know there are several loaves of Bulk Zucchini Bread in the freezer as well as some bagels. We’ll have granola and instant oatmeal packets as well.
  • Pancakes - My kids can make this on their own.
  • Eggs - Ditto with the child chefs.
  • Muffins - I’ve got several mixes in the cupboard.
  • Oatmeal Bar - We’ve got some seeds and raisins to top our oatmeal with this week.

A Meal Plan for the Week: Having a meal plan that doesn't require that I be the one to cook it is the best kind of plan.

Lunches

I declare it simple snack and sandwich week. FishPapa loaded up on fixings at Costco, so we’re good.

A Meal Plan for the Week: Having a meal plan that doesn't require that I be the one to cook it is the best kind of plan.

Dinners

I’ve chosen more family favorites so that everyone is happy, including the folks I enlist to cook it.

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Baby Cakes

Baby Cakes Cookie Recipe - Add all kinds of variety to your baking with this versatile cookie recipes. Add whatever chopped candies you have on hand to make Baby Cakes a sweet treat at your house.

Add all kinds of variety to your baking with this versatile cookie recipes. Add whatever chopped candies you have on hand to make Baby Cakes a sweet treat at your house. Disclosure: This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of […]

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White Bean Salad

White Bean Salad - Enjoy this filling, yet easy and refreshing bean salad this summer.

Enjoy this filling, yet easy and refreshing bean salad this summer. Bean salads are a perfect addition to summer suppers. Not only are they typically served chilled or at room temperature helping you avoid a hot kitchen, but they are super filling so that you know folks won’t be hungry ten minutes after supper’s concluded. […]

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Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake

Oaty Maple Breakfast Cake - Bake up some maple-oat deliciousness in this easy to prep breakfast cake.

Bake up some maple-oat deliciousness in this easy to prep breakfast cake. After living our entire lives in southern California, my husband and I had the crazy idea to uproot our family and relocate to the Midwest. We lived there for five years. There were lots of good things that came from that experience, as […]

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Pantry Challenge Recap

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Did you participate in our Pantry Challenge? How did it go? Were you pleased with the results? I’m thrilled to say that we spent $143 for the two weeks, down from a typical $400 for that same time frame. I think this is the first Pantry Challenge that I didn’t reach my goal of emptying […]

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Pantry Challenge: Day 14

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This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. For two weeks, I’m focusing on using up what we have to save money and time and to reduce waste. Today concludes our two week Pantry Challenge. I really wish I could keep on going. I have some recipe development projects, however, that I have to work on. I […]

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Pantry Challenge: Day 13

Zucchini Fritters for Dipping

This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. For two weeks, I’m focusing on using up what we have to save money and time and to reduce waste. My pictures from today are pretty sad, so I’m going to post a pretty picture of something that we ate: Zucchini Fritters. These are so easy to make and […]

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Pantry Challenge: Day 12

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This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. For two weeks, I’m focusing on using up what we have to save money and time and to reduce waste. Sorry for the late update. I played the Ladybug Game last night instead of posting our update for the day. Let’s see if I can remember what happened. Oh […]

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Pantry Challenge: Day 11

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This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. For two weeks, I’m focusing on using up what we have to save money and time and to reduce waste. More iPhone pictures. Sorry about that. I need to get a different lens for my DSLR so that I can get more in the frame without taking it from […]

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