Monday, June 27, 2016

Cookies and Cream Cake

Jack started off his summer at camp with our parish youth group. This was his first time on an airplane without one of us and the longest I'd ever gone without seeing him. Jack was more than ready to was his mother who'd been dragging her feet about letting him fly off to this camp for years now.
Jack's mother needs help.

cookies and cream cake
*This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar.

Guess what? He had a FANTASTIC time. And I'm pretty sure he wasn't counting down the days until his return like someone else I know.

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Mr. E and I managed to survive! Empty nesters...for a week. Good practice for next year when Jack will be heading off to college.
*Let's not talk about that right now. Please pass the tissues.*

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I wanted to welcome Jack home with something a little special. A cake! There's really nothing more special than a layer cake, right?

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This one is a cookies and cream layer cake with Oreos in both the cake...

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...and the frosting.

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(Even pressed into the sides of the frosting.)

It's a beauty. The cake is light and moist with a fine crumb. The frosting is creamy and luscious. *sigh*

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Cookies and Cream Layer Cake. You're going to love it.

Don't wait until your kids comes back from camp to make it. Maybe make it while they're at camp and eat it all yourself. ;) Hey...why didn't I think of that?

I'm sharing my recipe over at Imperial Sugar
Go grab the recipe!

cookies and cream cake with Oreos in the cake and frosting!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday : Mango Coconut Caramel Corn

There was no choice other than to review another one of Trader Joe's mango offerings this week. If you haven't been to Trader Joe's lately, the store is in all-mango-all-the-time-mode. Mango is EVERYWHERE.

trader joe's mango coconut caramel corn review : part of a weekly #traderjoes review series
When we bought the Mango Joe Joe's to review, the cashier told us that the popcorn was his favorite mango offering. Yesterday when I bought a bag of popcorn, a (different) cashier's eyes lit up when she saw the bag, "this is back in stock??!?!?" I have a feeling she bought a few bags on her lunch break. She also encouraged me to break open the bag for the ride home. I like enablers.

A 9.5 ounce bag of Trader Joe's Mango Coconut Caramel Corn costs $2.99.

trader joe's mango coconut caramel corn review : part of a weekly #traderjoes review series
A mom's (my) take: I'll be frank. I'm not a fan of caramel corn. Cracker Jacks are one treat that I will pass up every time. This caramel corn, though, this is awesome. It all starts with big, fluffy's so fluffy!!! The caramel coating provides a crisp, crackly crunch. Lightly sweetened, the caramel has subtle mango and coconut flavors. With coconut flakes listed as an ingredient, I thought these might be a mess...they're not. The flakes are incorporated into the caramel coating. It is COMPLETELY addicting. I think these would be a perfect bar snack at a tropical resort. Or, just in my backyard with one of these.
Overall rating: 5 of 5 stars

A teenager's (Jack's) take: I never would have expected mango and popcorn to be associated... well, Trader Joe's has done it again! I love this stuff - the mango leads off during the first few seconds of biting into a piece, followed by a fairly strong coconut flavor which goes nicely with the caramel corn base itself. My only wish is that the mango would be more evident and last a bit longer--but other than that, it's great!
Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars

trader joe's mango coconut caramel corn review
Trader Joe's Mango Coconut Caramel Corn: grab a bag while you can! 

[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]

Read all of our Trader Joe's sweet treats and dessert reviews

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Latest Pioneer Woman Food & Friends Post : Stone Fruit 101

The best part of summer? Clearly, it's the plethora of gorgeous stone fruits available. OK...maybe it's air conditioning, waking up later, THEN stone fruits.

stone fruit 101 from for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends
My latest post over at The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends is all about them + lots of great stone fruit recipes. 

Come on over and tell me your favorite! During summer are you #TeamStoneFruit or #TeamWatermelon?

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