Homemade Ice Cream Cake with Jam (new technique)

I have made ice cream cakes and cupcakes before, but I needed to share this on here to show what I just learned. Even though it’s past summer and you might not care about ice cream anymore. Even if you never considered making ice cream cakes before. I am here to tell you that they are fairly easy, and definitely easier than making a layer cake. Both the decorating and the making parts.

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Easiest Fudge Popsicles

Seriously, this is one of the easiest recipes I have found for eating chocolate in a frozen stick form. And, it was actually full of chocolate flavor. Probably because it is mostly melted chocolate.

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Ramen Salad

Oh my goodness. I did it. I just posted with complaints of not finding a good party salad, and then bam, I made this one and loved it. I have even been enjoying the leftovers! Not only is it super easy to make (one of the easiest side dishes ever), but it was a hit with my friends, too. I can’t say it is toddler-friendly, but I wasn’t intending for that when I picked it. A friend where I used to teach would make a ramen salad that she would share with us and it was so good! I didn’t think to compare until just now, but when I looked, hers is almost identical to the ingredients except no slaw, it used edamame and sunflower seeds, and you could add the seasoning packets, but she never did.

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Throw-together Grilled BBQ Chicken

Now that we have a grill, I have been using it multiple times a week each week. It’s less about not heating up the house and more about just enjoying the way the food tastes. Most weeks I grill chicken thighs with some seasoning and either yogurt/sour cream/mayo/olive oil rubbed on top. The second part helps keep the chicken moist as it grills. K really likes the outside of the chicken to get a little dry and this technique has allowed me to do that, making almost a bit of a crust, while allowing the inside to be moist and tender.

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My Best Biscuits Yet

I always struggle so much with bread recipes, so anytime I find a recipe that works, I get so excited! I made this one twice within a week, and the second time was the night before we left for our Maryland trip. I figured they would be good the next day for breakfast, too. I have tried so many biscuit recipes with fancy steps and not had them work. I’ve also had luck with this recipe, but actually, today’s recipe might trump that one. That one is still good for the cheddar flavor. These technically have cheese in them, but it isn’t super noticeable. These biscuits are so fluffy inside while getting super tall and browning more evenly. They also don’t have a strong baking powder flavor like many recipes I’ve tried.

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Curry in a Hurry

What do you consider “a hurry”? I made the spice mixture for this ahead of time, and just left it in my mini food processor in case it needed to be re-processed. It meant that dinner came together in less than the time it took to cook the rice. I added spinach because I like what curry does for spinach, and I like having everything all together. Everyone ate this, and I cut out the serrano peppers to appease our sensitive tongues. You can certainly add them back in and up the spice. You could leave out the spinach, but you can also add more or less. It’s not a picky recipe, which also helps with a time crunch. For a large portion, you are just stirring occasionally while discussing cars with your toddler. Or whatever you do in your spare cooking time.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Stock

I’ve made recipes in the slow cooker before that yield broth, like this one. But, I had not seen one where you could take already cooked chicken and turn it into an easy broth. For awhile, I was buying rotisserie chickens from the store and eating them throughout the week for lunch. It was easy and cheap. Well, now I was able to take those carcasses I saved (just in case) and use them for a stock. The original recipe says you need 3-4 chicken carcasses, but I found 2 was plenty. Maybe my chickens run large? Basically, once I filled one of my gallon-sized freezer bags with the bones, I was ready to go.

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