No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Peanut butter is a pretty big deal in my house. My toddler wants all things peanut butter and she wants them all day long. She often says to us, “Peanut butter on a spoon, please!” and just eats a scoop right out of the jar or she will lick it off her toast. She’s also majorly obsessed with peanut butter and jelly jars from Trader Joe’s. She’s a peanut butter fiend. I can’t say I blame her though! And what makes peanut butter even more dreamy? Combining it with chocolate…and cheesecake…

These No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars are so rich and decadent, I can barely handle it! And when you don’t have to turn on your oven to make them? Even better!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

I used Oreo crumbs for my crust, but graham cracker crumbs would also work just fine if you prefer that. When planning for this recipe, note that I recommend making these the day before you want to serve them. I find chilling them overnight is best for all of my no-bake cheesecake recipes, but if you can’t swing that, I do recommend at least 4 hours so plan accordingly!

Like all of my no-bake cheesecakes, the base starts with cream cheese and whipped topping. If you are against the whipped topping, you can always use homemade whipped cream, just know that your cheesecakes may not be quite as thick or stable after chilling. If you are serving the cheesecake in individual bowls like pictured, this won’t be such a big deal since you don’t have to worry about cutting and serving the perfect piece!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Panzanella

Panzanella

Panzanella. This might be my new most favorite salad ever. Panzanella is a Tuscan-style salad made with BREAD and tomatoes. You guys, a salad made with bread. I mean, whoever created this glorious salad is one of the most brilliant ideas in the history of all ideas. If you like salad, bruschetta, and caprese, this is totally the salad for you!

I mean, I guess you can say eating a bunch of bread kind of defeats the purpose of a nice and light summer salad, but whatever, sometimes you just have to carb it up! While I’ve seen many different versions of Panzanella around the interwebs, I think this version is a more classic Panzanella.

Panzanella

A Panzanella salad is the perfect way to use up day-old bread. Any baguette or sourdough bread works well for this recipe! After toasting the bread, you will mix in the gorgeous tomatoes and of course, the adorable little mozzarella balls. The vinaigrette for this recipe pairs perfectly with the salad and by toasting the bread first, it helps prevent the bread from getting soggy. Serve this with a nice crisp glass of white wine and enjoy it pool-side or outdoors for the best summer meal!

Panzanella. Always and forever!

Panzanella

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos (or Instant Pot)

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Tacos, tacos, tacos! Tell me one person who doesn’t like tacos. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love a good taco? I know of nobody who dislikes tacos! Typically for me, I go for just chicken or fish tacos, but sometimes you gotta give the beef a chance!

Traditional barbacoa is made with a cow’s head I believe. Eeeeeek. No cow’s heads were injured in the making of these tacos. So, obviously I guess you can say these aren’t authentic, but this beef barbacoa is darn delicious so I say it doesn’t matter!

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

I start off with browning the beef because it will give it more flavor. The sauce is just a mixture of broth, chipotle peppers in adobo, and some spices. The chipotle peppers do add a bit of heat to the meat, but after cooking for so many hours, I wouldn’t say these are really spicy at all. You can feel free to adjust the amount of peppers used though if you want more or less heat.

Now, please note that you can also make this recipe in the Instant Pot if you have joined the pressure cooking fan club! I’ve provided directions for both the slower cooker and Instant Pot. Either way, the meat comes out so nice and tender!

While I made this recipe for tacos, it would also work perfectly for really any Mexican dish from burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, nachos, you name it!

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Strawberries and Cream Pie

Strawberries and Cream Pie

While summer technically doesn’t end for a while longer, I think a lot of people consider August the last month of summer and so it’s time to squeeze in as many last summery recipes as possible! I’ve been making this Strawberries and Cream Pie for many years now. It’s really simple to make and is a great way to use up any left over strawberries you may have in your fridge!

Strawberries and Cream Pie

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Hi All. I’m sorry I didn’t get a new post up last week. Sadly, we had a death in the family as we lost my uncle. I was obviously a bit distracted, but am trying to get back to work.

I can’t believe it’s already August! And now that August has arrived, it’s already time for the kiddos to start heading back to school over the next few weeks. Craziness! Weekday mornings can be a bit chaotic with trying to get everyone up, dressed, and out the door. Even for me with a baby and toddler, my husband and I need quick breakfast ideas and these freezer breakfast sandwiches are totally the answer! All you have to do is heat them up in the microwave and in a couple of minutes, you are on your way!

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

I’ve been making batches of these sandwiches for the last few months and my husband just adores them. I’ve tried them with sausage patties (the version I’m posting today), bacon, or veggies, and they are all delish! My husband loves the sausage version so we will stick with that one today! For this recipe, I use ground Italian sausage (or pork sausage). For the eggs, I bake them in a whoopie pie pan or a muffin tin and they are the perfect size and shape for stuffing inside an english muffin.

If sausage isn’t your thing, you can use bacon or your favorite veggies. You can also do a little bit of both to keep things more interesting throughout the week!

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

Natalie: Three Months

Natalie Three Months

Three Months! This little love of ours is getting chunkier and more delicious by the day! At three months with Madeline, I felt like things finally started to click. I had a lot of people tell me the same that three months is when things start to fall into place. Now with Natalie being three months, things are certainly starting to feel more normal, but at the same time, every day just seems so crazy trying to balance two little ones. Madeline is definitely in her Terrible Twos and has been so whiny, tired, and so dramatic!

Natalie still sleeps pretty well at night. We’ve got a decent routine at night where after we give Maddie her bath, I sit on our bed and feed Natalie her bottle while her big sister watches Peppa. Usually by the time the show is over, Natalie is also out for the night so I can then tuck Maddie in right after. She’s usually asleep by 8:30 and wakes around 6-6:30, though she has woken up as early as 4am a couple of nights this past week. I’ll take it though! Naps are getting a bit trickier though as unlike the newborn phase, she can’t sleep through everything so we’ve been putting her upstairs away from everyone. In the mornings, she typically takes a short nap and then a long afternoon nap from about 1-5. The afternoon naps works pretty well with Maddie’s nap too because Maddie naps from 2-4 so its nice to have some quiet time in the afternoons where both girls are asleep!

The only challenge is I often feel like she needs a quick third nap to hold her over until bedtime, but because that time comes around 6pm, she doesn’t really get one because I am just getting home from work and making dinner. This often means that by 7:30, she starts getting pretty mad. I roll her into the bathroom when giving Maddie her bath and she will chill with us for a few minutes before losing it until I can finally get her ready for bed.

Natalie Three Months

Madeline is still Natalie’s favorite person (and um, this picture above just kills me of these two sweeties!). When she is awake, she has zero desire to lay down on me anymore or even face in our direction. In fact, when we try to face her towards us, she often gets mad! She just wants us to sit her up and face her outwards so she can look around at everything going around her. This is especially true at the park or pool. She just loves sitting up and looking around.

Natalie has also discovered her hands and chews on her fingers constantly. This also means she has become a serious drool factory and goes through 3 bibs a day! We are now working on getting her to roll over. She’s gone from her tummy to back a couple of times, but we need to work with her more. She’s also been trying really hard to pick up her head and sit up when I lay her back. Again, she just wants to sit up and look around!