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Puppy Chow Recipe

Chex Mix Puppy Chow Recipe

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Homemade Puppy Chow Recipe

Puppy chow is a snack that is made with Crispix cereal, powdered sugar, peanut butter and chocolate. Puppy chow is a simple snack to make and is perfect for any get together or tailgating party. It will be enjoyed by every member of the family... I promise.

I make this puppy chow mix recipe all the time and it always get devoured within a day. But I can't complain, I confess I have had my hand in the bowl a few times...

Puppy Chow Recipe

Puppy Chow Recipe

How To Make Puppy Chow


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 9 cups Crispix cereal (any flavor)
  • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Picture courtesy of Chapendra on Creative Commons.


1. Combine peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl.

2. Microwave for one minute then stir to blend all ingredients thoroughly. Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Stir well.

3. Place the 9 cups of Crispix cereal in a very large bowl.

4. Pour the peanut butter-chocolate mixture over the cereal and toss evenly, making sure all the cereal gets a good covering.

5. Coat with powdered sugar, sprinkling evenly over the cereal and tossing as you sprinkle to cover each piece well.

Note: I know there are a ton of peanut allergies out there. Feel free to leave out the peanut butter if you like. It will be just as delicious without it.


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Fourth Of July Dessert Recipes

Fourth Of July Dessert Recipes

Red, White, And Blue Desserts For The 4th Of July

Summer is coming and that means Fourth of July parties will be hopping. There are so many options for Fourth of July desserts. You can have patriotic cupcakes or a red, white, and blue trifle. You can even stick to the traditional flag cake.

Whatever your taste is, I have it in this post. Feel free to browse through and find the perfect 4th Of July dessert.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe

How to make a 4th of July trifle


  • 2 packages (16 ounces) low fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup low fat sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 12 oz. container low fat frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 angel food cake, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 quarts fresh blueberries
  • 3 tbsp. granulated sugar


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese and powdered sugar; add sour cream, vanilla, and almond extract. Fold whipped topping into cream cheese mixture.
  2. In separate mixing bowls, combine the strawberries and blueberries and the granulated sugar.
  3. In large glass bowl, (such as a trifle bowl), layer trifle starting with torn angel food cake pieces, then the strawberries, then the blueberries, and then the cream cheese mixture. Continue layering until finished, 3 or 4 layers is good (depends on size of your bowl). Finish layering trifle with berries on top and garnish with additional whipped topping if desired. Cover and chill well. Garnish with strawberries and blueberries.

Makes approximately 12-18 servings.

This recipe can be made for individuals as well. Simply layer the ingredients the same way in fluted glasses and pass out amongst guests.

4th of July Flag Cake

Fourth Of July Flag Cake Recipe

How to make a flag cake


  • 2 pints of strawberries
  • 1 recipe of your favorite white or yellow cake (mix or from scratch, your choice)
  • 1 1/3 cup of blueberries
  • 1 tub of whipped topping


  1. Mix up and bake your favorite cake mix or recipe. Let cool.
  2. Slice 1 cup of strawberries, set aside. Halve remaining strawberries, set aside.
  3. Top cake (in pan) with 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 cup blueberries and all of the whipped topping. Arrange remaining strawberry halves and blueberries on whipped topping to create a flag design. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

4th of July cookie bouquet pail

No Time To Bake?

Buy A Patriotic Cookie Bouquet

If you are having a big party to celebrate the 4th of July, consider making or buying a couple patriotic cookie bouquets. This American Flag Cookie Pail is filled with twelve fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies that are wrapped in blue and red cellophane for a festive look.

A small American flag and white bow complete the package. It would make a great centerpiece too, can't you just picture it? It's so patriotic but tasty at the same time!

This particular bouquet is $42 and is available with sugar free cookies as well.


Red, White, Blue Fruit Pizza

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

Easy Peach Cobbler

Homemade Peach Cobbler Recipe

Cobbler is a pie like dessert that has no bottom pastry. A peach cobbler is a southern recipe that is very easy to make and always a hit a cookouts. Cobblers are great because they can be made in a large baking dish for transport or in individual ramekins for the family.

This peach cobbler recipe is delicious by itself but is tasty with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top. It can also be dressed up by adding a cup of fresh fruit like blueberries to it for more flavor and beautiful colors. Perhaps you've gotten a fruit basket that you don't picture yourself finishing; then try this recipe and share! Surprise your family with this delicious peach cobbler recipe for dessert tonight.

How To Make Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler Recipe


  • 4 cups peeled, sliced fresh yellow or white peaches
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • Ground cinnamon, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine the summer peaches, 1 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.
  4. Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. To serve, scoop your dessert onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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How To Make Peach Cobbler

Sports Cupcake Ideas

Sports Cupcake IdeasPhoto Credit: Score Big Cupcakes

Score Big with Sports Themed Cupcakes!

Whether you are hosting a sports baby shower theme for an All Star Baby or even just a baseball themed birthday party for your own Little Slugger, these cupcake ideas are sure to score big with your guests. Plus, score you points for being super creative and clever!

In this post, we've covered some major team sports like football, baseball, basketball, and soccer as well as some of the individual sports like golf, tennis, and bowling. But the creativity doesn't need to stop there, have fun decorating cupcakes for any sports, it just takes a little time and thought.

Sports Cupcake Instructions from Wilton

Follow these instructions to create soccer, basketball, and baseball themed cupcakes.

Baking a Football Cup-Cake

Score a touchdown with your guests by constructing a football shaped cake from 24 different cupcakes (the extras sit to the side) that you arrange on a platter and then frost the cupcakes with a pastry bag.

The video below gives great step-by-step instructions. If you don't have time to bake a cake, opt for a football shaped cookie basket instead. They're still fun and festive.

Football Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Football Cupcake Idea

Football Cupcake Idea

These adorable Gridiron Hero Cupcakes from are easy to decorate. Simply visit their site and follow the step by step instructions to obtain the design shown to the right.

The great thing is that you can bake up a batch of your favorite cupcake flavor, ice them with flesh colored icing, and then spruce them up through simple piping with a star shaped tip for the helmet and then a pipe tip for the eyes, mouth and nose.

Aren't they just adorable!?


Baseball Cupcakes

These fun Winning Every Inning Cupcakes from consist of regular sized cupcakes to create the baseball caps along with mini cupcakes that are perfectly sized for creating baseballs.

Again visit Wilton's site to get the step-by-step instructions. You simply bake up a batch of your favorite standard and mini sized cupcakes from a boxed mix. Then frost the mini cupcakes with white icing and pipe on the red baseball stitching! You can even incorporate your town or school colors to make these even more personalized for your guest of honor.

For the caps, you create the red brim from colored fondant and then ice and pipe the top of the cupcakes with blue to create the rest of the hat. Perfect for a Little Slugger party!


Sports Cupcake Inspiration!

Image from Dessert Lover 2010 at Flickr

Soccer Cupcake Idea

With the World Cup Tournament being popular each summer, the soccer themed party has been very popular during these times. If you're looking for some great ideas for desserts, look no further than these soccer themed cupcakes.

These Soccer Team Cupcake Treats from are a breeze to make. Just bake and cool your favorite cupcake flavor utilizing the standard Wilton soccer themed baking cups.

Then use green icing to create a grass playing field on top the cupcake. Sprinkle on some colorful nonpareils and place a sugar-shaped soccer ball in the grass.


Basketball Cupcake Idea

Score a slam dunk with these adorable Basketball Cupcakes from

To create these delicious treats, you must bake your cupcakes in a king sized muffin tin without cupcake liners. The basketballs are actually iced gourmet cookies on lollipop sticks (like a cookie bouquet) so you can either buy them at a local grocer or online OR make them yourself following the instructions at Wilton.

The cupcakes are decorated to look like basketball hoops and then the lollipop stemmed cookie is stuck into the center of the cupcake for a fun presentation.


Sports Party Supplies

If you are looking for a centerpiece idea, check out Birthday Cookie Bouquets which features cut-out cookies shaped like basketballs, tennis balls, baseballs, footballs and more. They can do double duty as dessert for your event too! Any of these will be great gifts for sports lovers.  Check out all these fun birthday bouquets we offer.....

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Sports Themed Cupcake Video

Betty Crocker Kitchens shows viewers how to make tennis, soccer, basketball, and baseball cupcakes to display either in a cupcake tree or on a "turf" created from green colored coconut. You just bake your favorite flavor of cupcakes and make colored icing to make each particular ball. They show you how to make pastry cones out of cellophane for the stitching and ball lines if you don't have a pastry bag.

Eggless Milkless Butterless Cake

Eggless Milkless Butterless Cake

Get your war cake!

Depression cake, also known as war cake, came about during the Great Depression. At that time, things like milk, butter, and eggs were expensive or hard to come by. They were also being conserved for use by the soldiers.

People came up with this spice flavored cake as an alternative to traditional cakes. It is a dense, but very moist, cake. with lots of flavor. I like to top mine off with a little powdered sugar. It is great for people with dairy allergies and is sure to please the pickiest of children.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 8 or 9 inch square cake pan.

2. In a saucepan over medium high heat combine; the sugar, shortening, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, salt, raisins, and water bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda together. Add the flour mixture to the cooled raisin mixture. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

This recipe yields 12 servings.

Each serving has 197 calories and 2.4 grams of fat.

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