The Adult Fruit Roll-Up

Facebook is great for advertising delicious looking sweets, that make you uncontent with life, until you go to Walmart and spend 20 plus dollars buying the ingredients and an hour preparing them, just to see if the taste is as good as the picture. 

Well Facebook has nailed me with this the last two weeks. First it was the Banana Bread Bottomed Cheesecake, and this week was an Angel Food, fruit and cream cheese roll up. Both were amazing, but I would have to say the Angel Food dessert stole the show. 

I decided it was appropriate to try for the Memorial Day holiday, only partially because of the patriotic color combination made with the blueberry and strawberry topping. I mostly decided to give it a go, because I know my dad is obsessed with blueberries and the rest of the family, well, we just like anything sweet. 

It was a true success! Well the taste of it anyway. The look, not-so-much. As you can see with the below expectation vs. reality picture I posted on Snapchat. 


Yea, it didn’t look as pretty as the Facebook picture, but I also don’t claim to be Betty Crocker. However, I knew it was a true success, when there was not even a crumb left in the pan, and Brandi kept sneaking bites from the rest of us. 

Anyway, I am here to share how to make this delicious dessert with all of you, since the Fourth of July is right around the corner. But honestly, don’t wait that long to try it out. Give it a trial run first, simply for your pleasure. 

The Adult Fruit Roll-Up 

Ingredients | •Box of Angel Food Cake Mix •8 oz cream cheese • 1.5 cups of heavy cream •1 teaspoon of vanilla extract •1.5 cups of strawberries •1.5 cups of blueberries •powdered sugar 

Preparation | •Prepare the Angel Food Cake Mix, following the directions on the box •Pour onto backing sheet on top of parchment/wax paper •Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes • Lay a clean dish towel flat on the counter and sprinkle powdered sugar on the towel, before placing the cake on top of the towel, and removing the wax paper from underneath •Roll the cake, along with the towel, up •Let cool at room temperature for two hours, or if you are too eager, place in freezer for a few minutes until the cake cools down •While that is cooling, prepare the cream cheese mix, by combining softened cream cheese, heavy cream, vanilla, and 3/4 cups of powdered sugar together until smooth •Remove cake from freezer and spread half of the cream cheese mixture on top of it. Also add strawberries and blueberries as well •Roll the cake back up, this time without the towel • After it is rolled up, spread the rest of the cream cheese on top and the remainder of the fruit as well •Finally, eat up, and try to share! 

Trust me, this will not disappoint. It is amazing! Just might not look as pretty as anticipated. But it doesn’t need to look pretty to get in your belly. As you can see, I didn’t have any issue downing the first piece even before taking it to the picnic. 

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I Like it, I Love it, I Want Some More of it

Here we are – back at it again. More of our links, likes, and loves of the week. 

Of course there has to be another one dealing with The Bachelorette. Looks like JoJo isn’t the only one on a journey to find love. This Jimmy Kimmel skit shows one adorable little girl trying to find love with a few eligible toddlers. They kiss, they flirt, they drool, they run to their dads. Sounds a lot like JoJo’s season so far. 

And while we are talking about complete strangers meeting for the first time in hopes of finding a connection, let’s check out this link. Isn’t it truly amazing. A photographer putting together two complete strangers in hopes of getting a picture that shows affection, love, friendship, and a strong bond. Just shows that two strangers can connect and appreciate each other, no matter how different they are. 

So now we get to the best and cutest portion of our links, likes, loves – babies and puppies. 

Check out these adorable pit bull puppies learning to swim for the first time. If you don’t smile from the inside out while watching this, then you must be a robot. 

And the pit bull puppies aren’t the only small creatures trying something new. Watch this baby in the first stages of crawling. With the help of a canine friend, anything is possible.

And while those puppies and baby were just adorable and sweet to watch, how about we talk about something that is sweet to eat. Like these doughnuts and milkshakes from this new local attraction called Sweet Pies. I’ve gained five pounds just by looking at the pictures, but I can’t wait to actually try some of these tasty and sinful treats. 

And I know after eating one of those doughnuts or drinking one of those milkshakes, you don’t feel like putting on a swim suit. But just in case you’re getting ready to take a dip anyway, look at this cute and colorful swimsuit combo I found at Walmart : this top, these bottoms, and these cute and cool crochet cover-up shorts. Yea, I said Walmart people. And for only 25 dollars for everything! 

So now we’ve filled your mind with cuteness, deliciousness, and a little humor. Hopefully that holds you over for another week. If it doesn’t, you know what to do. Just comment below for more likes, links, and loves. 

Taste the Rainbow 

I’ve had food on the brain – no, not just food – unhealthy, calorie filled, and colorful desserts on the brain. I mostly blame Facebook for the constant advertising of these sinful desserts, but I guess I should also blame my sweet tooth and my never ending desire to fill my stomach with something tasty.

I have been taunted by desserts on Facebook. Every time I scroll down on the newsfeed, there is something else exciting my taste buds. I can’t escape it. I have also noticed a trend of the sweet treats I share on my page: They are all rainbow colored, pretty to look at, and I am sure delicious to eat. In fact, my mouth salivates just by looking at the pictures. However, I have not had the time to create or actually try any of these recipes. So I figured I would pass the links along to all of  you faithful readers, so you can all melt into a sweet puddle of happiness. And please, share with me which ones are the best. I am sure they are all equally amazing.

Ice Cream Bread – I know what you’re all saying: ice cream in the oven and then turned into a loaf? That sounds strange. Of course it sounds strange, but I am sure it tastes amazing! It’s a loaf of pure deliciousness. Maybe even put two pieces together with extra ice cream or even vanilla frosting in the center, and make an ice cream bread sandwich. Madness, I know. 

 

Rainbow Bagels – This tasty and pretty treat is sold at The Bagel Store in Brooklyn. Kind of makes you want to take a trip to New York just to sink your teeth into one of these. Not only is it a rainbow bagel, but they use confetti cream cheese in the middle. It’s almost too pretty to eat – ha, who am I kidding – I would inhale ten of those suckers with no trouble.

  
 Fruity Peppble Cheesecake – This puts together two of my favorite things : cheesecake and fruity pebbles. It’s five o’clock and you just ate dinner before realizing you skipped breakfast – no problem – make some Fruity Pebble Cheesecake, and you’re covered. Well maybe you shouldn’t make that a habit.   

And then we end with Birthday Cake Fudge. This can’t be a real thing – it sounds way too amazing. Well it most definitely is a real thing and you can make it yourself before sinking your fangs into it. With this fudge, it can be your birthday everyday of the week.

 
Now I know your chops are watering. No need to thank me. Well actually, you can ship me some of these delicious desserts when you make them for yourself. Come on – don’t be a hog – I did share the recipes with you, after all. 

Apple Pie on Pi Day

While most of you are using this day to celebrate mathematics and the infamous 3.14 number – yawn – Marlee and I are using this day to celebrate the best kind of PI(E) out there – the sweet, sugary, and homemade kind. 

Marlee has never been one to bake pies, but she has always been one to stuff her face with them. She goes on and on about how her grandma and mom make the best pies around. Apple pie, blueberry pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, and peanut butter pie have all topped her list of the tastiest pies at one point or another. They are sweet, homemade and of course baked with lots of sugar and love. 

But there is one pie that tops them all, and that is the traditional and delicious Apple Pie, that Marlee has grown up loving. Both her grandma and mom make a killer Apple Pie that will make your mouth water and keep you coming back for more. 

So on this Pi(E) day, I will pass a little tradition on to you all with the infamous recipe. 

First off, you have to start off with a good base. The crust is key. If you’re like Marlee’s grandma, you are a stickler for a homemade pie crust. 

 

Trust me, there is nothing quite like it. But if you’re like Marlee or her mom, you’ll just save some time and aggravation and go for a store bought crust. Not as good, but it will do the trick.

And then finally comes the filling. The concoction of apple and cinnamon deliciousness. Here it is: 

 
After it’s done baking, it’s time for the best part – eating it. Marlee prefers her Apple Pie drowned in a bowl of milk or topped with some vanilla ice cream. Either way, it’s a tasty treat and way better then mathematics. 

Tail Wags on Valentine’s Day

Let’s not be selfish now. I wrote my last two blog posts on what to get your significant others for Valentine’s Day (check them out). But what about us dogs?! We deserve some love, and by love, I mean treats, toys, and gifts on this day as well.

Don’t worry though. I knew you would all need some ideas from the smartest dog in the world on what to buy that special dog in your life. So me and Martha Stewart are here to help. Yes – she is good at more than insider trading of stocks and breaking the law. She actually came up with a cute dog collection carried at PetSmart while she was in the big house. And I’m pretty sure everything she sells is legal. So no worries.

Anyway, below are the tail wagging gifts at furtastic prices. All of which can be found at PetSmart.
      
       
These adorable Valentine’s Day chew toys can be purchased for only $2.99. Wow, that’s a steal! After buying us one of these, we will be taking the message seriously. Instead of digging up the backyard, we will dig you and instead of going nuts trying to bite the mailman, we will be going nuts loving up on you. At least for this one day. 

      
     
We like to get a little stylish every now and then – You know show off for the ladies and what not on our nights out. What better way to do that, then by wearing these cute/sexy bow ties around our necks. These can be purchased for only $10.99. Such a low price for such high fashion. 

      
      
To look good for the big day, we need our beauty sleep. You know how we love to snooze with our legs spread, while kicking furiously in the air. Well no need to worry about getting kicked in the face or losing your space. You can solve that problem by getting us one of these comfortable beds for Valentine’s Day. They are only $7.47 right now at PetSmart!

      
      
On Valentine’s Day, we would like you to fill our hearts with love, but also fill our bowls with water and kibble. Don’t be stingy – Fill them to the top. We can eat and drink in style from these trendy bowls shown above. Purchase them for $6.74 a piece. 

 
Finally, if you need something to fill our dinner bowl with, here is an idea for you. All it takes is a little baking skills, which is something you can get from Martha Stewart as well. I told you, she learned a lot in prison. Anyway, click on this link to learn how to create these simple and delicious treats. We will be licking our chops, instead of our behinds, which we know will make you happy. 

Go ahead. You are now ready to go splurge on us dogs for Valentine’s Day. We will love you forever.

Don’t be a Chicken, Climb the Apple Tree

Two days in a row – Marlee is on a roll. She created another masterpiece last night for dinner that was unique, healthy, and delicious. So yummy, that she had two happy boys in the house (Zach and I) with satisfied chops and stomachs. 

She bought all the ingredients at the local Giant Eagle for around $30. That’s a steal for how amazing the dinner turned out. It was an experiment, so she didn’t know what the outcome would be – We were all pleasantly surprised. 

Marlee likes to call the meal: “Don’t be a chicken; climb the apple tree.” Unique name for a unique dish.

Luckily for you, she wants to share the creative masterpiece with all her readers. To find out how to make this healthy and delicious meal, continue reading below. 

{The Tasty Ingredients}

A pack of thin sliced Perdue Chicken Breasts, a Granny Smith Apple and a Red Apple, a bag of Mini Sweet Peppers, a bag of dried cranberries, a bottle of Apple Cider Vinigerette, and some spinach lettuce. 

{Now be like Johnny Appleseed, and create it} 

Thaw out the chicken breasts, either by leaving them in the fridge over night or defrosting them in the microwave. After they are thawed, marinate them in a plastic zip-lock bag filled with Apple Cider Vinigerette Dressing. Marlee let them soak in the dressing for about three hours, but you can do it for longer, to get more of the flavor soaked up in the chicken. While they are still soaking, take your Granny Smith Apple, Red Apple, and Mini Sweet Peppers and cut them up into chunks. Have them ready to go before you start cooking the chicken. 

Now it’s time to cook it. Take a skillet and place it on a burner. Marlee turned the knob up to medium. Place the marinated chicken breasts and start cooking them on the skillet. After both sides of the chicken are semi browned, add in the chopped apples and peppers. Also drizzle a little more dressing overtop everything in the skillet. Mix it around every now and then, and keep a lid on top the rest of the time. You want to cook everything together for about 12-15 minutes.

While the apples, peppers, and chicken are cooking, prepare your plate. Put some spinach lettuce as a base on the plate. Spread it around to cover the entire plate. Then sprinkle some dried cranberries on top of the spinach lettuce. It not only looks pretty, but it tastes delicious. After you finish with the presentation, everything else should be done cooking. Take a spoon and scoop chicken, apples, and peppers on top of the lettuce and cranberries. BAM, you are ready to serve the scrumptious dish. 

Marlee is no five star chef, but I gave her a four in presentation and a five in taste. She is a rockstar in my eyes. 

Now it’s time for you to all rock the kitchen. Don’t be a chicken, climb the apple tree. 

Go a Little Bananas and Nutty

Marlee and me are off on this beautiful Monday morning, so what do we do? We decide to go completely bananas and somewhat nutty (literally) and create a tasty concoction for all of you to enjoy. It is what we like to call the Nutty, Banana Smoothie Surprise (And yes, I can only spell bananas while singing the Gwen Stefani song).

This treat is easy, healthy, and delicious. So yummy in fact, that Marlee and me struggled to write this blog post because we couldn’t keep our paws and snouts away from the tall glass of deliciousness.

We decided that if we love this smoothie so much, that all of you out there might appreciate a little taste as well. It includes the ingredients that everyone can’t resist: peanut butter, bananas, and chocolate. I mean come on, how does that not have you drooling and wagging your tails in excitement.

So if you would like to indulge on this Monday morning, follow our easy instructions below:

{What you’ll need}

Two bananas, a jar of peanut butter, some all natural chocolate almond milk, some ice, and of course a blender and measuring cup. 

 
{How to mix it up}

First, if you don’t already have a blender, you can find cheap and efficient ones at WalMart, Target, or even Ollie’s. Marlee bought hers from Ollies for $19. After assembling the blender, you want to begin by putting two bananas in first – cut them up into chunks and place them on the bottom. Then you want to measure out two cups of the chocolate almond milk and pour that on top of the bananas. By the way, the chocolate almond milk is the surprise in the smoothie name, because not everyone will use this. Most people will stick to regular white milk – so boring, I know. Next, you want to scoop out a half cup of peanut butter and put it in with the rest of the yummyness (we are making up words now because this smoothie is so darn good). Marlee and me are obsessed with peanut butter, so we put in a little extra. It all depends on preference. Finally, you measure out two cups of ice and pour that right on top, put the lid on the blender, and blend all the ingredients together until it is a smooth consistency. 

 
Now you are ready to enjoy the best smoothie ever created. It will have you singing “this S*** is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S” better than Gwen Stafani ever could.  

Please indulge in this sweet and delicious treat on this Monday morning. Heck, indulge everyday of the week. Share it with your friends and family. It’s about time we all go a little bananas and nutty.