Healthy Snacks – Apple Sandwiches

Healthy Snacks are important for kids and grown ups alike.  These Apple Sandwiches are a great summertime snack as well as perfect healthy snacks for after school and as hard as it is to believe, back to school is just around the corner!  They are easy to make, refreshing, and filling in addition to being a healthy choice.

healthy snacks - apple sandwiches

Apple Sandwiches


  • 2 Apples
  • 2-3 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 3 tbsp Granola
  • handful Raisins

Apple Sandwiches

Remove cores from apples and cut into 1/4-1/2″ thick slices

apple sandwiches

Spread apple slice with peanut butter.

Top with granola and raisins.  You could add other dried fruits or nuts if you wanted to create a variety.  

apples sandwiches

Place another apple slice on top and gently press together.

Repeat with remaining apple slices.

Healthy Snacks - Apple Sandwiches
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
Apples slices topped with peanut butter, granola, and raisins make a delicious and healthy snack.
  • 2 Apples
  • 2-3 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 3 tbsp Granola
  • handful Raisins
  • Apple Sandwiches
  2. Remove cores from apples and cut into ¼-1/2" thick slices
  3. Spread apple slice with peanut butter.
  4. Top with granola and raisins.
  5. Place another apple slice on top and gently press together.
  6. Repeat with remaining apple slices.

The Cuisipro Apple Corer Makes the job of coring apples so easy!  You’re able to remove the entire core neatly and without damaging the rest of the apple.  You can get one by clicking here.

Do you have easy healthy snacks that are summertime favorites?  What about for back to school?  Remember that healthy snacks will keep you energized and going during those busy and sometimes long days!

While these look like an ideal snack for kids, they ate so good that mom and dad will love them too.  Being energized all day is just as important for patents as it is for kids!

Homemade Orange Creamsicle Recipe

A Creamsicle is a favorite frozen summer treats.  Knowing what is in the the treats I eat and give my family is really important and the recipe for these Homemade Orange Creamsicles is easy and includes just a few simple ingredients.  You could easily substitute other juices to make many flavors of creamsicles for variety.

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Homemade Orange Creamsicle


  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Yields about 3 pops

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicle- My Litter

If you are using a Zoku Quick Pop Maker:

Mix together cream, sugar and vanilla.

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicle- My Litter

Pour Orange juice in maker up to fill line.

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicle- My Litter

Place stick in position.

Wait 3 1/2 minutes.

Use suction tool to remove unfrozen juice from center of maker or carefully pour off unfrozen juice.

Fill this now empty space with cream mixture.

Wait 5 minutes or until cream in set (frozen).

Use tool to remove pop and place in freezer.

If you are not using a Zoku:

  • Mix together cream, sugar, vanilla and orange juice.
  • Pour mixture in popsicle molds or small paper cups.
  • Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until mixture begins to firm.
  • Insert sticks and return to freezer for several hours.
  • Use hot water to release from molds.

Creamsicle ~ Homemade Orange Creamsicles
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3
Homemade Orange Creamsicle is easy to make with ingredients you feel good about giving your family.
  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. If you are using a Zoku Quick Pop Maker:
  2. Mix together cream, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Pour Orange juice in maker up to fill line.
  4. Place stick in position.
  5. Wait 3½ minutes.
  6. Use suction tool to remove unfrozen juice from center of maker or carefully pour off unfrozen juice.
  7. Fill this now empty space with cream mixture.
  8. Wait 5 minutes or until cream in set (frozen).
  9. Use tool to remove pop and place in freezer.
  10. If you are not using a Zoku:
  11. Mix together cream, sugar, vanilla and orange juice.
  12. Pour mixture in popsicle molds or small paper cups.
  13. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until mixture begins to firm.
  14. Insert sticks and return to freezer for several hours.
  15. Use hot water to release from molds.

Do you have the Zoku Quick Pop Makers?  If not, they are truly an amazing kitchen gadget!  You can get them here.


The Ultimate Sugar Cookie Recipe!

:: TODAY is National Sugar Cookie day! ::

I have a HUGE announcement to make…

I think I have finally found the Ultimate Sugar Cookie Recipe! I have been trying different ones and tweaking them a bit to try and come up with a recipe the same as the Lofthouse cookies in the grocery store. You know the ones I am taking about… the soft as a pillow, pilled high with frosting ones!

My sister gave me a recipe that I made a few batches from this weekend, I had a sneaky feeling the key ingredient was left out, and as soon as I added it in, they were PERFECT!

When I rolled these out, I used powered sugar and not flour. I also greased the pan. Roll out 1/2 thick, and use something round to cut them. I had a biscuit cutter that was the perfect size.

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Fifteen Red, White & Blue Summer Treats

It’s almost the 4th of July, so gather up your Red, White & Blue and whip up something sweet with these Summer Treats. 4th of July Candy Kabobs

Berry Cheesecake Trifle Berry American Flag

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Fruit Crumb Bars - Use Strawberries AND Blueberries 2 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 cups flour 1 cup cold butter 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon salt Zest and juice of one lemon 4 cups fresh fruit ( I used strawberries) 4 teaspoons cornstarch.

Red Velvet Cake Bites - add a little blue dye to the frosting!

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Cherry Chocolate Fudge


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (10 to 12 ounces) cherry chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

Very Berry Breakfast Smoothie

Berry Slab Pie

Cherry Pie Filling Fruit Salad

Hershey’s Fruit Pizza

Strawberry Dream Cake – dye the frosting blue!

Sparkler Cupcakes

Red, White & Blue Poke Cake

Easy 4th of July Treats for Kids

simple july 4th drinks

I have found with kids and adults alike that sometimes presentation is all that matters.

Last year I was playing around with some ideas of things I can do for the 4th of July fun we have every year. I made a few fancy punches and drinks to serve, and some nice brownies with 5 different steps. I had some mason jars sitting on my shelf and the kids were coming in from gymnastics, so I grabbed the Kool Aid from the fridge and served them a drink in a jar with some fruit.


4th july drinks

In my head I was thinking, ” it is Kool Aid guys, I just bought it from Kroger for $.79 a container…” it is the extra little touches they don’t normally see from home that made it sooooo special to them.

The little paper straws came from Amazon, and I had them left over from a birthday party. I had the jars, and the fruit.

The kids felt like a million bucks sitting on the porch drinking their Kool Aid.

easy 4th july treats

You have seen my posts on popcorn treats many times.

Bunny Bait 

Lucky Charms Munch 

Valentines Crunch 

White Chocolate Popcorn ( my favorite )

It is super simple to make and you can add any candy, nuts, pretzels etc. that you might have around. There is no baking involved and both kids and adults love it.

Last year I made some white chocolate popcorn with M&M’s and added the 4th of July Twizzlers. I put it in the leftover lunch bags from the school year and again the kids thought they were rock stars.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun and look good. It also doesn’t have to take you all day to make something really fancy for people to think you spent a lot of time. Keep it simple!

Caribbean Pork Shoulder Roast Recipe

caribbean pork shoulder roast

I was a rock star the other night when I made this Caribbean Pork Should Roast for the family. Do NOT let a multi-step recipe scare you! This will also take about 6 hours in the oven. Don’t let that scare you either. You only need to be around for the first 3.

I would always run from recipes that were more then a few ingredients and 1 dish. THIS IS WORTH IT!

I found this recipe and changed it just a little bit from Huppiemama.

juicing oranges

Preheat oven to 350° and set a rack in a roasting pan.

Juice your lemon and oranges. In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the onion cooking over moderate heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the lemon and orange juices and simmer for 2 minutes. Add the vinegar. Put half of the liquid into a blender and refrigerate the remaining liquid.

I changed the recipe a bit here and omitted the pepper and added smoked paprika. Combine the garlic and onion powders, ground pepper and cumin. Add 2 tablespoons of the dry rub to the liquid in the blender. Add the Worcestershire and 1 tablespoon of salt and puree the marinade.

spices for roast

Above are the spices before mixing.

Now you will want to take the remainder of the rub and… RUB it all over the roast. I should back up and say I did 2 because there are a lot of us and I wanted leftovers for the next night (which we had pork tacos). I also could not find my roasting pan and so I had to use my lasagna pan. Oh well.

Then you will take the liquid from the blender and pour it over the roast, not all of it, but about 1/3.

I did not cover mine, and put it in the oven. Now you are going to go do something else for a while. Every hour pour a little more liquid over the roast.

After 3 hours take the roast out and stick a thermometer into the thickest part of the meat and you want it to register 150°.

When the roast gets to 150, reduce the oven temperature to 275° and roast the meat for about 3 MORE hours, until very tender and an instant-read thermometer registers 180°. Take the roast out of the oven and cover right away with foil. Let the meat rest for 30 minutes covered.

roast resting

You always want to let the meat rest. We do this with everything we pull out of the oven or from the grill, it always tastes so much better.

Now, as you can see in the picture either slice or shred the meat. I sliced it the first night and poured the sauce over it from HERE. The next night I shredded it and we had it on tacos.

Let me tell you that we really love our BBQ here. My husband was SHOCKED I made this! Not that he doesn’t think I can cook, but it had such good flavor!

caribbean pork shoulder roast 2

Simple Berry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe {No Cook Summer FAVORITE!}

trifle ingredients

Last year the girls and I made a Berry Cheesecake Trifle, spur of the moment because we had some angle food cake and we knew it wasn’t going to go very far with all of us!

We were going to try and stretch it, to feed everyone!

It was too hot to turn the oven on, we had berries and some pudding so we whipped this yummy dessert up.

sliced strawberries

I had my oldest wash, hull and slice the strawberries.

The little ones tore up the angel food cake into bite size pieces and my middle daughter made 2 packages of cheesecake pudding.

We started with the angel food cake covering the bottom of a glass dish. Then we layered strawberries and blueberries to cover. Next was a layer of pudding and on top of that a layer of cool whip.

berry cheesecake Trifle

We kept layering until we were out of space!

To fill up a glass bowl like this one (Walmart for $8.99) we used 2 packages of strawberries, 2 boxes blueberries, 2 pkg. pudding, 1 carton cool whip 8oz. and 1 angel food cake.

Such a great dish to bring to a bbq or for the 4th of July!

35 Fourth of July Recipes

35 Easy Fourth of July Recipes

The 4th of July has to be one of my favorite Holiday’s pretty much tied with Christmas. I get to spend the day with my family, celebrate my amazing country and EAT some really, really, good food!

  1. Taco Salad in a Bag :: My Litter
  2. Berry Cheesecake Trifle :: My Litter
  3. Fourth of July Punch :: My Litter
  4. Chocolate Lasagna :: My Litter
  5. Strawberry Dream Cake :: My Litter
  6. Cherry Pie Filling Fruit Salad :: My Litter
  7. Fourth of July Candy Kabobs :: My Litter
  8. Strawberry Crumb Bars :: My Litter
  9. Red Velvet Cake Bites :: My Litter
  10. Cherry Fudge :: My Litter
  1. Stars and Stripes Oreo Bark :: Pink Cake Plate
  2. Very Berry Moscato :: the Grant life
  3. Red, White and Blue Blondies :: Your Homebased Mom
  4. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats :: Lil Luna
  5. Star Spangled Sugar Cookies :: the Nerd’s Wife
  6. Red, White and Blue Popcorn Jars :: Whipperberry
  7. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels :: Cupcakes and Cashmere
  8. Fourth of July Snack Mix :: Glorious Treats
  9. Red, White and Blue Candy Apples :: Tidy Mom
  10. Flag Waffles :: The Kitchn
  11. Fourth of July Cupcakes in a Jar :: TomKat Studio
  12. Red, White and Blue Ice Box Cookies :: Shugary Sweets
  13. Patriotic Jello Dessert :: Marty’s Musings
  14. Fourth of July Pancakes :: the Grant life
  15. Brownie and Fruit Kabobs :: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
  16. Fourth of July Surprise Cake :: I am Baker
  17. Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles :: The Nourishista
  18. Fourth of July Oreo Pops :: Makoodle
  19. Patriotic Mini Cheesecake :: Kleinworth and Co
  20. Steak Sandwich Stackers :: Lady Behind the Curtain
  21. Red, White and Blue Layered Shortcakes :: Yummy Healthy Easy
  22. Homemade Candy Corn :: Taste and Tell Blog
  23. Fourth of July Cake Pops :: Pint Sized Baker
  24. Red, White and Blue Salad :: Julie’s Eats and Treats
  25. Layered Fourth of July Drinks :: In Katrina’s Kitchen

Easy Dessert Recipe – Chocolate Lasagna Recipe!

Chocolate Lasagna Dessert recipe

This is a super easy dessert recipe called Chocolate Lasagna! It was sent to me by a reader of Paul’s, Brenda, and we tried it last night.

It is VERY similar to a recipe my Grandma has made for a long time, she called it 5 Layer Dessert and really the only difference was the crust. My Grandma’s recipe had almost a short bread cookie crust and it took a little longer to make. This one was super easy and ( don’t tell my Grandma) tasted better!

Chocolate lasagna recipe

Grab a kid and have them put 1 bag of Oreos in a bag or food processor. Then let them crush up the oreos. They might stick to the bag but that is ok, because then they can just lick it out when you are done :)

* The middle picture is what happens when a bigger sister gets to crush the Oreos with the rolling pin and you don’t.

chocolate lasagna recipe 2

Now add the melted butter to the Oreos and press into a 9×13 pan. Make the first layer, the one with cream cheese and spread over the Oreos.

chocolate lasagna recipe 3

Make the chocolate pudding, and cover the cream cheese layer. Add the cool whip and mini chips and put in the fridge!

This is a super easy and no bake dessert recipe that will make you a STAR! Give it a try!

chocolate lasagna 2

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Better Than Megan Fox Cake?

This is what Paul requested for Father’s Day tomorrow, his favorite cake. This is a repost from YEARS ago! :)

This cake is my husbands favorite, he asks for it on his Birthday and Father’s day every year. I make it for him unasked if I am starting a new home remodeling project and have gotten in wayyy over my head…
I have heard it called all kinds of things, Better than Sex cake is the most common. Although, when I was younger I heard it called Better than Robert Redford cake a lot. Times have changed.

In front of the kids my husband refers to it as Better than Procreation Cake, this year he called it Better than Megan Fox Cake, I guess she is the new hottie. Whatever. I’d like to see what she looks likes after having 6 kids…

Anyway, on to the best cake EVER!

This is all you need:

Bake a chocolate cake according to directions, I like German chocolate. When it is hot and out of the oven, take a fork and poke holes all over it. Thousands of them! Don’t be shy let the cake have it, pretend it is Megan fox…

Next pour an entire 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk over the top of the hot cake.

It will look like this… as it starts soaking in.

Next, and I am not joking, pour an entire jar of caramel syrup over the top. I like Mrs.Renfro’s, but had this on hand.

Now, amazingly, it will all soak in. Put it in the fridge to cool down. It is better if it sits a long time, like overnight before eating.

When cool, frost with cool whip and (if you are not lazy) chop up Heath or Skor bars to put on top. If you don’t have time dump a bag of Heath toffee bits on.

I can’ t even describe how good this cake is. Have you seen the Diner scene in When Harry Met Sally? That about says it all!

Have you had this cake before? What do you call it?