No bake peanut butter Snickers cheesecake is just WHUT. Just look at it. You’re gonna love it.

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We’ve just wrapped up Spring Break around here, or as I call it, our yearly “Summer Vacation Panic Appetizer.”

I love my children desperately and fully. I’d take a bullet for them. I’ve carefully scraped the mustard and onion off of burgers with the precision of a brain surgeon.

I’ve rushed to catch vomit with my BARE HANDS. I even gave up a fully functional bladder — just so they could exist on this earth. These things I have done willingly, if not joyfully (minus the vomit thing because WHO EVEN).

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It is at this point every year that I begin to wonder how I will survive the summer. I begin to contemplate the idea of jacking them up on Pixy Sticks and Mountain Dew and then letting them loose on a trampoline all afternoon until they crash and collapse in an exhausted heap.

I’ve seen the Pixy Sticks/Mountain Dew combo on Toddlers and Tiaras, so surely it is a safe and proven method.

I daydream about giving them the run of the house, quietly slipping off to Starbucks to sit amongst hipsters tapping away on their laptops, breathing in the coffee-scented silence.

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Except the part where my phone would ring eleventy times because of course they’d know I was gone because for the love, they even follow me to the bathroom.

So, here’s the plan. Make desserts. Hide desserts. Wait until the end of a long summer day with bored kiddos. Put said kiddos to bed. Eat all the desserts alone.

Starting with this Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake.

This No Bake Peanut Butter Snickers Cheesecake Recipe can also be found on Food Fanatic, where I am a regular contributor of all things sweet. Enjoy and have a great day!

My weekly meal plan is full of family friendly dinners that are perfect for busy weeknights!

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Hey, friends! Hey!

I apologize for the tardy meal plan — I’ve been so behind lately. Do you ever have one of those weeks where you don’t see any way that you’ll ever get caught up with anything?

That’s me. Now. If only there were five more hours in a day.

Here’s what looks good for dinner this week. Don’t forget to print out a grocery list. Everything you need from the store is already filled out for you!

If any of the meals on this week’s plan don’t sound good to you, be sure to check out previous week’s meal plans. Lots of yummy and simple ideas to choose from!

 

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Monday: Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowl

I love taco salad and these bowls make it so much more fun for the kids!

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Tuesday: Bowtie Chicken Alfredo

Hands down my favorite alfredo recipe — I usually add a bit of crumbled bacon, too. This is so much easier than it looks and we all love it!!

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Wednesday: The Best Tuna Fish Salad Sandwich

Sometimes it’s just nice to have sandwiches for dinner. Lucy has gymnastics on Wednesdays, so we get home for dinner a little later than usual.

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Thursday: Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker

This is a favorite of ours. It’s easy and I love that I can keep the oven off!

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Friday: Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Tacos are always a winner around here!!

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That’s it for this week!

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Limoncello pound cake is dense, moist, and flavored with the bright, sunny flavor of Limoncello!

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Oh, you guys. Pound cake isn’t very sexy, is it?

I can actually relate to pound cake quite a bit. Sturdy, reliable, comforting…if you run into pound cake at the grocery store, you’re likely to ask her to reach you a can of green peas if you’re in one of those motorized scooters.

Every now and then, I made an attempt at sexiness. But then I snort when I laugh or I accidentally poke myself in the eye or I quote Napoleon Dynamite.

And then I remember that I’m not a sexy souffle. I am a pound cake. The end.

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Can’t we just make sexy be against the law? Who needs great legs when you can laugh like a hyena, make amazing guac, and balance a spoon on your nose? Aren’t those the important things in life?

I can recite the entire movie “The Sandlot” from beginning to end. WHO NEEDS SEXY, NOT ME OBVIOUSLY.

But just in case you need convincing that “cozy” and “sturdy” is REALLY where it’s at…

I sexed up this pound cake with a bit of Limoncello.

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Also, that sounded weird. I’m sorry.

(As an aside — am I the only person who thinks of Danny DeVito and George Clooney every time I see Limoncello?)

So here we are. You me, and a dense, buttery, tender little cake flavored with lemon zest and Limoncello. Everyone knows that fancy people drink Limoncello. Isn’t this romantic?

This cozy cake is flavored with Limoncello and lemon zest both in the batter and in the glaze. The alcohol cooks out in both the cake and the syrup that the cake is soaked in, but if you want to serve this to kiddos, use lemon juice instead of Limoncello in the glaze that goes on top.

This is a perfect cake for welcoming Spring. Enjoy!

Limoncello Pound Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 stick salted butter, slightly softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of two medium lemons
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Limoncello
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Syrup:
  • 1/4 cup Limoncello
  • 2 TBS granulated sugar
  • Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup Limoncello
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Zest of one medium lemon

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350. Butter and flour one 8.5 x 4.5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Cream butter, granulated sugar, and lemon zest in the bowl of your mixer on medium speed for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then mix in the Limoncello.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. With the mixer on medium, add half of the flour, mixing until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the buttermilk, mixing until combined. Repeat with remaining flour mixture. Pour into the loaf pan, smooth, and bake for about 45 minutes or until browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with moist crumbs but no batter.
  4. While the cake bakes, cook the remaining 1/4 cup Limoncello and 2 TBS sugar in small saucepan over high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for two minutes, until the mixture thickens. When the cake is done, poke holes all over the surface with a fork. Pour syrup over the cake and let soak for about 20 minutes. Using a butter knife, loosen the cake from the edges of the pan. Turn cake out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together Limoncello powdered sugar until smooth. Stir in lemon zest. Spread over the top of cake.

Thanks for reading! Have a very happy day!