Homemade Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 16, 2013

My mom makes the best ice cream. Vanilla is usually the all-around favorite, but any time she adds fruit, cookies, or candy, it’s quite a delicious treat. Well, today my kiddos had the privilege of making Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream with Mimi. She agreed to share her recipe, which is super sweet!

(scoop of ice cream)

We got almost everything we needed for the ice cream at Walmart, our one-stop shop this holiday season, including the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker. (Mimi already had the Vanilla extract in her pantry.) We used all natural and organic ingredients, so it’s extra tasty.

You can make the vanilla ice cream base and add whatever your little heart desires. Try fresh strawberries after you try the Oreos. You can thank me later!

Here’s what you need:
2 organic eggs
1 cup sugar
2 3/4 cup half-and-half
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
Optional: 1-2 cups candy, fruit, or cookies

Here’s how you do it:
In a large bowl, beat eggs until thick. Beat in sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Stir in half-and-half, whipping cream, and vanilla. Pour into ice cream canister and mix according to machine’s directions. Add optional ingredients about 5 minutes before ending the churning. Freeze ice cream overnight.

How to make Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

We placed the container of ice cream in the freezer overnight, and devoured it all the next day. YUM!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Easy Brie & Fig Appetizer

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 6, 2013

Entertaining and the Holiday’s just seem to go hand in hand, don’t they? Nothing quite gets me into the spirit like filling my home with good friends and family, and great food! Whether you are hosting an elegant Christmas party, or you are just looking for a delicious and easy appetizer to wow the neighbors down the street, a Baked Brie and Fig in Phyllo Dough is sure to please!

Easy Brie & Fig App

Three simple steps are all that’s needed to make this elegant appetizer. Easy AND impressive?! Now that’s my idea of Holiday Baking! I bought all items needed from my local Walmart Super center which surprised even me. I had no idea that Walmart carries a wide variety of specialty cheeses, but they do, and boy was I glad to not make an extra stop!

For this recipe you will need:

  • one Brie cheese round
  • fig jam or preserves
  • 3-4 Phyllo Dough sheets, thawed but not warm
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • sliced  baguette or crackers of your choice

This truly is as easy as one, two, three!

Spread your fig preserves liberally to the top of the Brie round.

Easy Brie & Fig App step 1

 

Easy Brie & Fig App step 2

Place the Brie with preserves in the middle of the phyllo dough and wrap the dough up around the cheese, allowing it come together at the top. Don’t worry if your creation looks less than elegant at this point, it really does end up pretty, I promise! Next, mix your beaten egg and water and brush the sides and top of the phyllo dough with your egg mixture. This your opportunity to “glue” any difficult or flakey pieces into place.

Easy Brie & Fig App step 3

Now pop that baby in an oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes and…voila! Golden puff pastry, baked to perfection and oozing with cheese and sweet fig. Can’t you almost taste it?  If you weren’t hungry before, I bet you are now…you’re welcome.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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{Better Than Your Grandma’s} Stuffing Recipe

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 20, 2013

Whether it comes from a box or it’s Grandma’s special recipe, the stuffing is an essential part of every Thanksgiving feast.

Stuffing recipe

I must admit, I often default to (and really like) the stuffing that comes from a box. I always thought homemade stuffing seemed like quite the chore to prepare, but I was determined to find a delicious stuffing that didn’t require too many ingredients OR too much time in the kitchen.

Well, find it I did, and boy is it good!! I had most of the ingredients already in my pantry so, after a quick trip to the Walmart bakery for the freshest bread in town, I was ready to give this recipe a go!

apple sage and sausage stuffing recipe

Apple, Sausage, and Sage Stuffing

  • 1 loaf Italian bread cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 6 oz mild Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion (I cheated and bought pre-cut)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (pre-cut again!)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbs fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 apple cider
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Pinch of each salt, pepper, and parsley

1) Place bread cubes in an even layer on a baking sheet and bake 30 minutes or until bread is toasted/crispy. Place cooled bread cubes in a large bowl.

2)Brown sausage in pan then add to cooled bread, reserving sausage grease. Reheat pan and add chopped onions and celery, cooking until tender. Stir in apples and garlic, cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add salt, pepper and parsley. Stir.

3) Add vegetable mixture to bread and sausage. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, apple cider, and chicken stock. Carefully stir liquids into bread, sausage and vegetable mixture.

4) Coat a 9×13 pan with nonstick spray and add mixture to pan. Bake at 350 for 30-40 min or until liquid is absorbed and top is golden brown.

This easy and delicious stuffing truly gives the boxed stuffing and (gasp) even Grandma’s secret recipe a run for it’s money! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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My Favorite Fall Treat – Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on October 21, 2013

Most of my friends know me as having a major sweet-tooth. This reputation does not come from my love of cakes, cookies, or sweet breads, but more from my love of candy! Sure, I love a good cake, but definitely have my favorites. Carrot Cake and Pumpkin Cake are two for which I would turn down even my most favored candy! Maybe it’s the cream cheese frosting…

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My Grandmother, Mom, aunts, and sister, all make a killer carrot cake, but I first tasted Pumpkin Cake at a pumpkin farm in California many years ago, and instantly fell in love.

My sister and I found a recipe online a few years ago and modified it slightly to fit our tastes. The following is the recipe we now use, every Autumn, to create some of the BEST cake around! I’m sure there is a pumpkin farm around here, but getting fresh pumpkins at Walmart is just as good. You can even use a can of Libby’s Pumpkin Puree.

pumpkin cake recipe

PUMPKIN CAKE

2 cups fresh pumpkin puree (or 1-16 oz can of Libby’s Pumpkin Puree)
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 beaten eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat pumpkin, sugar, oil and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add eggs and mix well.
  • Combine dry ingredients, except nuts (if using) and gradually add to pumpkin mixture, beating until well blended.
  • Fold in nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan/dish.
  • Bake for 35- 40 minutes or until center tests done.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1-8oz package cream cheese
6 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4-2 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 teaspoons milk
chopped walnuts (optional)

  • Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth.
  • Gradually add sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
  • Add milk and beat until frosting is the spreading consistency you desire.
  • Frost cake and sprinkle with chopped nuts if you like.

Do you have a sweet tooth? What’s your favorite cake?
Let me know if you try my recipe for Punkin’ Cake and how you like it!
As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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