Saturday, August 1, 2015

The S Word, a Memoir by Paolina Milana

I received a complimentary book to help me write an honest review. I am participating in this  BookSparks' TRUTH OR DARE Blog Tour, reviews contain my own affiliate links for the books being read and discussed. #BookSparks

Continuing on this month I have another memoir to share from the BookSparks Truth and Dare Tour. This book has been described as a "gut punch" and begs for you to contemplate the meaning behind the word "S". The cover forshadows many different ideas within the book, but for me it came down to two little "s" words, Secrets and Survival.

The S Word, a Memoir by Paolina Milana

Some secrets are too big to keep.

As a young girl, Paolina does her best to keep the secrets she holds: secrets about her Mamma's schizophrenia, secrets about her sexual awakening, secrets about her seduction-turned-rape; secrets about having to play the role of the good Sicilian Catholic girl. But the longers she keeps her secrets, the heavier their weight becomes, suffocating her - until, finally, she finds the strength to save herself.

My Review

I have to admit this was a heavy read for me. I think all families have secrets, but this girl had to endure the burden of more than her share. My heart broke for her and the compassion and help that was missing from her life.

I kept reading till the end because I wanted Paolina to be saved or to break free of her bad situations. I did not want her to end up like the characters around her, all of them seemed just a little twisted and empty. The highlight were the memories and moments with her Papa, but even he was not able to change things for her. The author was so honest with her recollections of her Mamma and the challenges the family faced. But, I could still tell that Paolina loved her family deeply and the sense of loyalty and unconditional love lead her to keep her secrets and protect those around her.

Though I don't want to spoil the journey that Paolina Milana takes her readers on, I have to say that in the end the word that comes to mind is, Survivor. This is not a book I will easily forget, but an emotional journey with real grit and brutal honesty.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

You're Invited! Come Share a Book and a Slice of Pie #thebookclubcookbookCC

I was provided with a copy of The Book Club Cook Book to use for this year-long endeavor of reading and food fun. All opinions and experiences and individual book purchases are my own.

Welcome to the second month of #TheBookClubCookBookCC fun. I am excited to be your host for August and I hope we will all have a lot of fun with this recipe and book choice.

I married an outdoorsman/farmer and currently live in rural Oregon. I have done a fair bit of camping and "roughing it", so I was immediately drawn to Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. Okay, it was actually the recipe selection in The Book Club Cook Book that first caught my eye... Lemon Meringue Pie.

You see, I have a great love of lemons...

So this was an obvious choice for my August selection from  The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp.

If lemons don't get you excited, there are two other things to note..

August 15th is National Lemon Meringue Pie Day! And the book, the recipe complements, A Walk in the Woods, is coming to theaters September 2nd starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

Okay, are you excited now? ...and to think I just picked it because, well... lemons!

Of course, both pie and good books are best shared, so I want to invite you to bake along & read along if you wish. You can do either, join in the fun and then come back at the end of the month when I will post the round-up of all the amazing recipes and thoughts here on Adventures in All Things Food. I am not alone though, there are 11 amazing bloggers joining in on the fun with me:

A Day in the Life on the Farm      
Adventures in All Things Food    
Cheese Curd In Paradise               
Culinary Adventures with Camilla             
Life on Food       
Mostly Food and Crafts 
The Pajama Chef              
The Spiffy Cookie             
Things I Make (for Dinner)           
Tortillas and Honey         

You can follow along with the hashtag #thebookclubcookbookCC on social media or check out the group Pinterest boad. Find out how you can join along with us below.

How to Participate

1. Draw inspiration from the chosen recipe(s).
2. Blog about it! It doesn't have to be a lengthy post. Just share your dish.
3. Include a link back to the hosting blog (that's me!) - Adventures in All Things Food - somewhere in your post. 
4. Include a link back to this invitation.
5. Your post must be current (during August 2015). And, of course,we don't mind if your post is linked to other events. The more, the merrier.
6. Email your entries to me at: andrea.kruse[at]gmail[dot]com and include: 
  • Your name
  • Your blog's name and URL
  • The name of your dish and the permalink to the specific post you're submitting
  • Attach a photo of any size (or just give me permission to"pull" one from your post)
  • Indicate #thebookclubcookbookCC in the subject line

Deadline for submission is: Friday, August 28th. Watch for the roundup to be posted shortly after this deadline...along with the winner of the cookbook.

Slo let's make a pie! The description in the book is for a very yellow, "canary-yellow", wedge of pie.

Very Yellow Lemon Meringue Pie
(from The Book Club Cook Book pg. 451)

  • 1/2 recipe pie crust (one crust)
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 Tbsp. grated lemon peel
  • 5 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar, divided
  • 1/4 c. + 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 c. cold water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prick the crust with a fork and blind bake it for 8 - 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees.

For the filling, beat the egg yolks to combine and set aside.

Combine the lemon peel and juice in a bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan, combine the 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1/3 cup water. Bring up to a simmer, whisking constantly till it thickens. Set aside to cool.

Combine 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, salt and 1 1/2 c. cold water in a saucepan. Bring up to a simmer, whisking frequently. The mixture will become clear, then start slowly adding the egg yolks and whisking vigorously to prevent curdling. Once all the yolks are added, add the butter and lemon mixture. Keep whisking for another minute, then remove from the heat and cover to prevent a skin from forming.

Make the meringue by combining the last 1/2 cup sugar and cream of tartar in a bowl. Beat the egg whites and vanilla until they foam. Then add the sugar mixture, one spoonful at a time till soft peaks form. Then add the cooled cornstarch mixture  to the egg whites a spoonful at a time. Beat until you have stiff peaks.

Gently heat the filling and por into the pre-baked pie shell. Top with spoonfuls of the meringue mixture. Bake until the meringue is evenly browned, about 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature and enjoy!

Now, you can join me in making this Very Yellow Lemon Meringue Pie... or perhaps the book gives you other inspiration. I would love to see it.


This month Andrea at Adventures in all Things Food, this month's host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us for future months, if you wish!

One of our lucky readers - US and Canada only! - can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin. Giveaway runs from August 1st till August 31st at 6 o'clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

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*Disclosure: Andrea received a complimentary copy of The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp to use in this year-long project plus the opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.

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How Would You Build America's Better Sandwich + 2nd Annual Oroweat Contest

The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Oroweat® Bread so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Oroweat®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Oroweat® Bread.

How would you build your perfect sandwich creation?

Mine would be piled high with smoked turkey, colby jack slices, juicy fresh tomatoes and creamy slices of ripe avocado for some healthy fats and oils. It would all be served up on slices of Oroweat® Original Oatnut, one of my all-time favorites!

I don't think sandwiches ever have to be boring, you just need to find a good bread that you love and ingredients to keep you fueled for the day.

You will always find a nut or multi-grain option of bread in our home. My husband is a huge fan of the Oroweat® Country Potato Bread - It is perfect for a good old fashioned Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.

As a child I liked to see just how much I could stuff between two slices of bread... sometimes My Mom must have suspected I was part snake, with my desire to unhinge my jaw for a serious sandwich creation!

Oroweat® Whole Grain Sliced Breads are my favorites, but I also like to switch things up with the Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls. I like the flavors available and the soft texture of their bread products. They are the perfect complement to my favorite fillings whether they are meats, cheeses, veggies or crisp bread and butter pickles! 

All of Oroweat® Whole Grain Sliced Breads and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls contain:
o   3 to 4 grams of fiber per slice or thin
o   Zero grams of Trans Fat
o   No High Fructose Corn Syrup
o   Cholesterol free

Look for the Whole Grain Stamp found on all of Oroweat® Whole Grain Sliced Breads and Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls to see how this fits into the daily recommended 25-38 grams of fiber[1] and 48 grams of whole grains per day[2]

So all you have to add is the good stuff to make your sandwich your own.

My sandwhich is piled high with mayo, lettuce, tomato, colby jack cheese, smoked turkey, avocado slices and a thin smear of honey mustard. What do you think? I think my creation would fit in nicely with the "Fueling Good" category in America's Better Sandwich contest. If you haven't heard about the contest, see below for how to enter, what you can win and how with your entry Oroweat® will donate to Feeding America.

Oroweat® Bread is excited to launch the second annual America’s Better Sandwich” Contest! The sandwich architect whose filling matches the goodness of Oroweat® Bread will win a grand prize of $25,000. You can choose to use any of the Oroweat® Whole Grain Sliced Breads, including the new Healthfull® bread varieties, or any of the Oroweat® Sandwich Thins® Rolls varieties for your entry.

There are 5 great categories to create for, and there will be one ($5,000 category prize) winner selected for each:

    • “Creative Classics” (nutritious spins on sandwich creations that have stood the test of time, such as grandma’s club sandwich, BLT or other old-time favorites)
    • “Fueling Good” (these sandwiches should incorporate ingredients that help boost your energy such as healthful fats, protein, fiber and iron)
    • “Open-Face Artistry” (sandwiches are works of art for the world to see, and these snacks and meals announce their ingredients—like sharp cheddar or tasty tuna— sans second slice, highlighting bold colors and textures)
    • “Breakfast in Bread” (these sandwiches, featuring nutritious breakfast favorites like eggs and yogurt, invoke images of cozy mornings in bed or boisterous brunches with friends)
    • “Love, Healthfully” (celebrate our new Healthfull® Breads with innovative recipes that play off nuanced, foodie-approved ingredients like honey, flax and sunflower seeds)

Entries will be accepted June 15th - August 23rd, online consumer voting will take place September 21st - October 18th, and the winners will be announced on National Sandwich Day- November 3rd.

Oroweat®  bread will donate one loaf of bread (up to 100,000 loaves) to Feeding America for each valid entry submission during the entry period and vote received during the online voting phase of the 2015 “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest

So, what would be on your better sandwich creation?

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bonding With My Youngest And the Importance of Premium Care Diapers

This post is sponsored SheSpeaks/Pampers Premium, but all opinions and experiences are my own. #MothersPromise

Elliott is my little bud.

Since it is summer there has been a whole lot of activity (chaos!) around the house with the older siblings home during the day. Usually, it is just Elliott and me.

I gotta say, I may be biased, but my youngest child is a hoot! He is funny, caring, creative and clever. He can turn anything into a toy and never runs out of things to do during the day. Of course, he loves when Mommy can sit down to play with him.

Now that Elliott is a toddler his favorite word is, "No!". When we ask if he needs his pants changed, he yells, "No!" and races off down the hall. It has become one of his favorite games to avoid diaper changes.

My youngest has very sensitive skin and easily breaks out into a rash or chafes if things rub in the wrong places. So I can understand why sometimes he decides to run. But, Walmart has a new option from Pampers that is even more gentle on his skin and makes getting a clean diaper much more pleasant.

Did you notice the Pampers Premium Care Diapers  debut on Walmart shelves this past week?

Diapers are definitely not created equal and these new diapers have:
  • Absorb Away Liners: To pull wetness and mess away from baby’s skin
  • Breathable Materials: To keep air circulating around baby’s skin
  • Extra Absorb Channels: Help to distribute wetness evenly for up to 12 hours of protection - Hypoallergenic - Wetness Indicator: Lets you know when your baby might need a change

Elliott and I put the size 4 Pampers Premium Care Diapers to the test and we both loved how soft they are!

Easy to use, to secure and for him to wear, they did a great job of keeping him dry throughout the day and night. And with the same wetness indicator found on the front (the yellow line will turn blue as it absorbs wetness) I love with Pampers, it is easy to know when my evasive toddler is ready for a new diaper.

It is always easier to bond over Play-Doh or construction trucks when my son is dry and happy.

Whether worn on their own, or under his clothes, these diapers gave him the freedom to run, climb, crawl and play. I love the leg gussets on Pampers diapers. They give me piece of mind throughout the day that we will be accident-free.

I was also sent a fun #MothersPromise kit with a diaper clutch, memory book, promise card and a sturdy box for special keepsakes. I had so many hopes and dreams for each of my children while I carried them to term, and then as they started to grow and develop into individuals. This kit is a great way to keep track of all those hopes, dreams and promises I have for my baby.

I made the promise to each of my children on those late nights nursing that I would support them to be whomever they wanted to be in life. I still stand behind that promise to love them unconditionally.

What promises did you make to your baby?

Pampers #MothersPromise Instagram Giveaway!

Because we all make promises when we bring home our tiny, fragile baby from the hospital, now you can share those promises for a chance to win! There are great prizes like Walmart gift cards and Pampers Premium Care Diapers to be won.

Just head over to SheSpeaks  to enter and information on what you could win by tagging #MothersPromise on an Instagram photo of your baby!  

So, what promises did you make to your baby?
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tiramisu Cheesecake - #CheesecakeHOP

Do you like cheesecake?

Well, with National Cheesecake day today, it is a great reason to grab a slice of your favorite, creamy,  rich cheesecake. My husband is a traditionalist and is happy with plain cheesecake. Really, it is all he ever orders if we decide to splurge on dessert. I am, on the other hand, someone who likes variety.

Growing up, cheesecake was for special occasions only. I don't think my Mom ever made one for us at home. Instead we would select our favorite varieties out of the Fred Meyer deli section. They were all wrapped as individual slices and we could each pick out our own. I didn't like to choose the same one twice. But, I did always love swirls of flavors and colors.

I have always loved the flavor of coffee, so choosing a favorite flavor to create for National Cheesecake day had to be both swirled and touched with the flavor of coffee. So, why not Tiramisu?

Besides the coffee, I am also smitten with the crust of this cheesecake. For this recipe I used Biscoff cookies. Sometimes used in place of peanut butter, Biscoff spread actually tastes buttery with a hint of caramel. You can also pick up hints of cinnamon and graham. The spread is made of Biscoff cookies, so using it for the crust gives the same lovely texture of graham crackers with a whole new depth of flavor.

Creating this crust took almost an entire package of cookies. There were just enough left over to share with the kids while the crust was baking in the oven.

I chose to make my cheesecake in a water bath. I like this method because there is plenty of moisture in the oven and the top doesn't dry out.  It is so worth the extra time needed to bake!

Just wrap foil around the bottom of the springform pan to keep out any moisture. Pour the cheesecake onto the pre-baked cookie crust then carefully pour boiling water into the roasting pan around it.

Ready to bake your Tiramisu Cheesecake?

Tiramasu Cheesecake

You Will Need:

  • 22 Biscoff cookies, pulsed into crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 tsp. espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. rum flavoring*
  • 1 tsp. coffee flavoring*
  • 1 tsp. Irish cream flavoring*
  • 3- 8oz. blocks of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 c. + 4 tsp. heavy cream

*Instead of flavorings you can also use 2 1/2 Tbsp. Kahlua and 3/4 Tbsp. Baileys*

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of a springform pan with a cake parchment. Set aside.

Mix the cookie crumbs with melted butter. Press evenly into the bottom of the springform pan. Bake for about 8 minutes until the crust is golden and starts to smell like fresh baked cookies. Remove from the oven to cool.

In a small saucepan combine the espresso powder and flavorings. Warm slowly to completely dissolve the coffee, but do not let it boil. Set aside to cool. Bring a kettle of water to boil on the stove while you prepare the rest of the cake.

Once the pan is cool enough to touch, wrap the bottom in aluminum foil and set in the bottom of a large roasting pan. The pan should fit easily inside.

Then start beating the room temperature cream cheese in a stand mixer on medium-high speed. Add the sugar and beat thoroughly for 3 minutes, scraping down the sides several times. Then add the eggs, one at a time, to the mixer followed by the heavy cream. Once the batter is smooth, pour in a little of the cooled coffee mixture and flip the switch on and off quickly. You don't want it to be fully incorporated. Fold in the remaining coffee mixture leaving large ribbons of coffee visible. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

Place the roasting pan with cheesecake inside the oven. Then immediately pour boiling water from the kettle into the roasting pan. Take care not to splash the cake. Close the oven door and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Then turn off the oven and let the cheesecake cool inside the oven for another hour. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight before serving.


National Cheesecake Day is July 30th and to celebrate I've gotten together with a few other bloggers to share our favorite cheesecake recipes:

And more cheesecake fun...

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The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri #SRC2015

I received a complimentary book to help me write an honest review. I am participating in this year's BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge for the fun of it, reviews contain my own affiliate links for the books being read and discussed. #SRC2015

This week we are getting jazzy in New Orleans!

Another week, another great destination for our #SRC2015 reading journey. Remember, you can follow along and join in on the fun on BookSparks Facebook page or follow along with their FB Event Page.

True magic is born from sorrow...

Situated deep in the Louisiana bayou is the formerly opulent Sorrow Estate. Once home to a magical family - the Sorrows - it now sits in ruins, ever since a series of murders in 1902 shocked the entire community. Now the ghosts of girls in white dresses shift in and out of view, stuck in time as they live out the past on repeat. 

When Frances Green Sorrow is born carrying the "signs" of the so-called chosen one, it is believed she will bring her family back from the brink of obscurity, finally resurrecting the glory of what it once was and setting the Sorrows ghosts free. 

But Frances is no savior. 

Fleeing from heartbreak, she seeks solace in the seductive chaos of New Orleans, only to end up married too young in an attempt to live an ordinary life. When her marriage falls apart shortly after having a son, she returns home again - alone - just out of reach from the prying eyes of her family. But when her son disappears, she is forced to rejoin the world she left behind, exposing her darkest secret in order to find him and discovering the truth of what really happened that fateful year in the process. 

Set amidst the colorful charm of The French Quarter and remote bayous of Tivoli Parish, Louisiana, Suzanne Palmieri's The Witch of Bourbon Street is a story of family, redemption, and forgiveness. Because sometimes, the most important person you have to yourself.

My Review

Last year I had the pleasure of being introduced to author Suzanne Palmieri through the #SRC2014 selection, The Witch of Belladonna Bay. It was a lovely and haunting story. Really the sort of read I love to sink my teeth into over the summer. So, I was thrilled that another of Palmieri's "Witch" novels was on this year's BookSparks' line-up.

Palmieri's writing is in the same hauntingly beautiful and tragic style. She is a master with imagery and beautiful scene setting. Great characters, real and flawed, perfect for exploring the ideas of redemption and family. We all have flawed families, but family just the same.

I really love the characters that this author creates. They have "shine", but that isn't always helpful. They struggle to navigate fate, love, family and life like everyone else. They just feel more deeply and we are invited along to see their emotional scars and their personal journey through pain and awakening.

The Witch of Bourbon Street is a book that will transport you to both the French Quarter and the bayous of Louisiana, uncovering all the secrets of the Sorrow family, while appreciating all you have in your own life. This book won't let you go until that last page...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Grab Your FREE "Fire Up the Grill" Cookbook from Kraft

Sponsored post by Lunchbox. All opinions and experience are my own. 

Our summer is starting to wind down, but I have big plans to enjoy this last month, before school starts, to get out and grill more! There is nothing like sitting outside and enjoying great food with my family. For an added bonus, grilling means our kitchen doesn't heat up the house.

For more meal inspiration, you can download the FREE Kraft, "Fire Up the Grill" Cookbook. Filled with lots of family-friendly ideas, this cookbook is filled with grilling greats as well as other treats to serve up alongside.

One of my favorite recipes is the Sopapilla Cheesecake recipe found in the "Fire Up the Grill" Cookbook.

What do you think? These bars were a huge hit with my family. You will be surprised just how fast they will disappear.

Don't miss out. Download your FREE "Fire Up the Grill" Cookbook from Kraft, today!

I would love to hear how you plan to spend the rest of your summer!

Do you have any grilling time in store? Any last-mnute backyard gatherings or family celebrations planned?

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Mango Lassi - July's Selection from The Book Club Cook Book ‪#‎thebookclubcookbookCC‬

I received a copy of The Book Club Cook Book to help with a year-long exploration of the books and recipes it highlights. All opinions and experiences are my own. 

There is something very delicious and refreshing about a good Mango Lassi. Though I have never been able to travel to India, I had the opportunity to enjoy some pretty impressive Mango Lassis while living and working in Japan.

There was a little restaurant called Spice Kingdom in Takamatsu, Japan that I would often stop by for lunch or dinner. Amazing Indian food made by a family of expats bringing the flavors of their home country to a little city in southern Japan. Spice Kingdom was actually a favorite of many assistant language teachers and the restaurant was not far from our central office. After workshops or training we would head over as a group to Spice Kingdom.

Now, rural Oregon can't boast many Indian restaurants, In fact our first one opened just a few years ago, so my first experiences with good curries and fresh baked naan came from Japan. I know, Japan of all places!

Since returning to the US, I have attempted making naan, curry and even an occaisional Lassi, but this recipe is the best ever for the iconic thick and sweet drink.

This recipe comes from The Book Club Cook Book and was chosen as our first selection for Camilla's Book Club Cook Book Cooking Crew. Camilla, of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, brought together 11 food loving bloggers to take turns choosing books, recipes and sharing the fun. You can check out all the talented bloggers' sites below:

This recipe called for two ingredients I hadn't worked with before. It requires Mango Pulp (I have always just used canned or fresh mango pureed up in the blender) and rosewater. I left out the rosewater for this drink, but I did special order the mango pulp from Amazon. If you live in a larger area you might even have an Indian food section at your favorite grocer.

Mango Lassi is an easy recipe with few ingredients. The results though is perfection! (Okay, minus the rosewater...)

You only need 5 ingredients and 2 others are optional. You can find the recipe on pg. 200.

This month's recipe selection was inspired by Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. I didn't have a chance to read this month's book, but the reason is because I am preparing (and furiously reading) my selection for next month when I will be the hostess. 

Be sure to check back here on the 1st for my recipe announcement and open invitation to come read and cook with us for August. I promise it will be sweet and enjoyable. Everyone is welcome to play along.

Check out these other recipes:

Saag with Tofu

Mango Lassi Frozen Treats

And to kick-off the event, Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla, this month's host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!

One of our lucky readers - US and Canada only! - can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authorsby Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin.Giveaway runs from July 1st till July 31st at 6 o'clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.

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*Disclosure: Camilla received a complimentary copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club's Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp to use in this year-long project plus the opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

A Rainbow of Summer Fun - Skittles® Push Pops

 This fun, summer-inspired, recipe shop with Skittles® has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareFunshine #CollectiveBias

Skittles® Push Pops take just a few minutes to assemble and combine pre-made pound cake, frozen whipped topping, fruit and colorful Skittles®! Just top with sprinkles and a cherry and you have a quick and fun backyard treat.

Summer always inspires me to to make fun treats to share with friends and family. Of course, even treats should be fast and easy. The colorful rainbow of Skittles® inspired me to create this simple and light treat. Because we work and play hard all summer long, I like to serve up something fun at the end of the day.

Aren't they cute?

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I picked up a whole bunch of great Funshine products at Walmart. I stocked up on Dr Pepper® Vanilla Float, M&M's® Plain, Pedigree Dentastix® Beef Flavor, Starburst®, Life Savers® Hard Candy and, of course, Skittles®Be sure to Download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your packages and receive exclusive content.

Okay, back to those Push Pops!

Grab all your ingredients and start assembling. I like to use one of my extra push-pop containers to cut my pound cake.

Then the fun begins. I started my push pops with a layer of pound cake, whipped topping and then candy. The whipped topping helps to hold the candy in place.

Isn't that pretty?

To finish my push-pops I layered on another slice of pound cake, then whipped topping and assorted frozen berries.

To decorate I added just a little more whipped topping, multi-colored sprinkles and a cherry with a stem. The best part is, these will not melt in the heat. They will go a little soft, but are perfect for a backyard party or a treat to pack along to the park.

Skittles® Push Pops

You Will Need:

  • Skittles®
  • pre-made pound cake, sliced thin
  • frozen whipped topping, at room temperature
  • fresh or frozen fruit
  • multi-colored sprinkles
  • maraschino cherries
Start with a layer of cake, then add whipped topping and then candy. Repeat with a layer of fruit then top with more whipped topping, sprinkles and a cherry.

Tips: Cut the pound cake with an extra push pop mold for a perfect fit. Pipe the whipped topping into the molds with a zip top baggie. Just snip a small corner of the bag to pipe with. 


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