No-Churn Chocolate Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

No-Churn Chocolate Cookies and Cream Ice Cream scooped in a bowl

It’s been getting pretty hot in the OC and my girls have been asking me to make some ice cream. Since I’m lazy and don’t feel like digging out my ice cream maker, I pretty much only make no-churn ice cream. They only require a base of two very simple ingredients – sweetened condensed milk and heavy whipping cream. The possibilities from there are truly endless!

Some of our favorites have been No-Churn Strawberry Ice Cream, No-Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream (my personal fave!), and my No-Churn Blackberry Ice Cream. Maddie has recently discovered her love for all things cookies and cream so I decided that would be our newest creation!

No-Churn Chocolate Cookies and Cream Ice Cream scooped in a container

I cannot even tell you how decadent this ice cream is! The cocoa powder and cookie chunks just take it over the top and it is pure heaven! It’s pretty rich, which is a good thing because just a cup serving is more than enough!

To start, you will need about 25 chocolate sandwich cookies. You can add more or less, but 25 will give you plenty of cookie pieces to bite into. I like to add the cookies to a freezer bag and then use my rolling pin to sort of crumble and crush them up. You don’t want the mixture to be all crumbs, you will want to leave some chunkier pieces intact. If you want mostly larger chunks, then skip the freezer bag and just roughly chop them up on a cutting board.

No-Churn Chocolate Cookies and Cream Ice Cream scooped in a bowl

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Creamy Tuscan Chicken on a blue plate\

Winner winner, chicken dinner! That’s the best way to describe this Creamy Tuscan Chicken! I threw this dinner together a few weeks ago and it was definitely love at first bite!

What’s not to love about tender chicken breast sautéed in a skillet and then tossed in a super simple and creamy sauce. To make this easy recipe, you will start out by sautéing some thinly sliced chicken breasts in a skillet. After about 15 minutes, you’ll remove the chicken breasts, but leave all of those pan drippings alone because they will add flavor to the sauce! Add in some heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, fresh spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes and dinner will be ready in about 25 minutes!

Creamy Tuscan Chicken in a skillet covered in creamy sauce, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes

Coconut Coolers

Coconut Coolers served in short glasses with sliced strawberries

Summer makes me crave allll of the coconut recipes. coconut lime sugar cookies, coconut pie oats, creamy coconut zoodles, etc. Gimme all of them! One of my favorite cocktails are my Coconut Margaritas. I wanted to make a new coconut drink that was a little lighter and could be made without alcohol for the kids. These Coconut Coolers were exactly what I wanted! And even better? You don’t have to drag out the blender to mix these up!

Coconut Coolers served in short glasses with sliced strawberries

These coolers couldn’t be easier to make and only require a few simple ingredients! All you need is a can of coconut milk, some cream of coconut, lime juice, and club soda! Because cream of coconut has added sugar, I did not add additional sweetener, however, if you are serving these to kids or if you prefer more sweetness, you can stir in some sugar or even honey or agave.

On their own, these are perfect for summer sipping and will satisfy your pina colada cravings without all the added calories and sugar. If you want to add booze, add a couple of splashes of rum or vanilla vodka!

Homemade English Muffins

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Homemade English muffins with butter

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One of my most favorite breakfast indulgences of all time is a toasted English muffin with a generous smear of butter and some scrambled eggs. This is truly my perfect breakfast!

Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread slice

Making banana bread has become a part of my weekly food prep routine. The girls love to snack on it during the day and I also love to grab an occasional slice when I have a sweet tooth.

I decided to mix up a slightly more decadent version of my usual banana bread base recipe by adding chocolate! Cocoa powder in the batter and chocolate chips make this banana bread feel extra special. My girls were so excited when I gave them a slice because they thought it was chocolate cake!

Chocolate Banana Bread slices

I know people hate this word, but this chocolate banana bread is so moist! This is thanks to an extra egg, but also sour cream! Sour cream is glorious in cakes and breads and if you haven’t tried adding it, it’s a must! If you don’t have sour cream, you can also use milk (any milk will do). I also prefer to use brown sugar over white sugar in my banana breads. The molasses also adds moisture.

This recipe takes under 10 minutes to mix up and smells glorious while baking. Enjoy it for breakfast or as a sweet treat with some tea or coffee. I always like to freeze some of my banana bread too so it stays fresher longer! You can also bake this recipe into muffins if you would prefer.

Chocolate Banana Bread slices

The Best Broccoli Salad

The Best Broccoli Salad

It’s the unofficial start to summer and while I’m not quite sure what this summer will be like this year, I know that I still plan to make all of my favorite summer dishes either way! This Broccoli Salad has been a summer fave of mine for a long time and I can’t believe I haven’t shared it yet!

Overhead shot of bowl of broccoli salad with onion, bacon, peas, and cheese

My version is based off the more classic version of this salad, but I like to add a little sour cream instead of just mayonnaise in my dressing. If you want to make this salad lighter, use Greek yogurt in place of the mayo or sour cream. I also prefer not to add dried cranberries or other dried fruits. I prefer my salads to not be sweet. Of course, if you want to add them, go ahead!

I also like to add green peas to mine as an extra dose of veggies. My version also includes diced red onion, diced colby jack cheese, and BACON! The bacon is a must for me! I love the added crunch and plus, it’s bacon! Lots of other versions also include chopped nuts or sunflower seeds. I didn’t have any on hand, but if you want to add some chopped cashews, pecans, or almonds, they are also great in this recipe!