This cool and refreshing Frozen Cherry Limeade Pie is the perfect dessert for saying goodbye to Summer!

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So, I know we’ve pretty much given Summer a premature farewell, but I couldn’t truly say goodbye without a proper send off.  This Frozen Cherry Limeade Pie is actually an update of an old recipe, but with a few tweaks.

Cherry Limeade is one of my favorite drinks from Sonic. I’ve heard that there are places that don’t have Sonic, but I refuse to believe that this is a possibility.

It just seems like if that were really so, there would be picketing and Facebook pages dedicated to the cause. Because hello, Cherry Limeades and Cheese Tots and Peanut Butter Fudge Milkshakes and Chili Cheese Coneys. Everyone deserves those things in their lives, it’s just a basic human right.

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As much as I love the Peanut Butter Fudge Milkshake, I most often order Cherry Limeades because milkshakes have like a billion calories. It’s a true fact. There’s like a whole gallon of ice cream in every shake, it’s so deceiving, like dark magic or something.

My son orders milkshakes all the time though because he’s 9 and calories fall right out of his butt. It’s so ridiculous, the way he drinks shakes and literally just stays the same size.

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If you ask me, it’s kind of smug. But kids are just kind of smug in general. It’s their thing, I guess. Being all energetic and bendy and drinking all the calories like it’s a normal way of life.

Whatever kids. Whatever.

This pie is such a great recipe to have in your repertoire — it’s creamy, tart, super simple to throw together, and a crowd pleaser. This is one of those desserts I throw together when I’m short on time. It’s so easy to double, too!

Frozen Cherry Limeade Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 graham cracker pie crust (I used store bought, but I've been known to make my own from time to time...whatever floats your boat)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz container frozen whipped topping
  • 6 oz frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained, rinsed, and sliced into halves
  • Additional whipped topping to top pie, if desired

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, fold together the whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk. Fold in the limeade concentrate (I add a couple drops of green food coloring if I'm feeling festive). Fold in the chopped cherries until mixture is smooth and combined. Pour into pie crust and freeze for several hours, until firm.

Enjoy, friends! Have a great day!

Hey guys! I’m so excited to finally start meal planning with you. It’s about time we take this crucial step in our relationship, don’t you think?

I have been meal planning for years. When I first married my husband, we lived out in the middle of nowhere and it was almost an hour drive to the nearest Supercenter, so meal planning was really a necessity. We did have a small grocery store in town, but choices were limited and prices were high, so I wanted to avoid that if at all possible.

Well as it turns out, you can’t stock up on a week or two worth of groceries unless you have your meals planned out! There was no pizza delivery where we lived and only a couple of fast food options about 15 minutes from the house, so cooking dinner was a necessity.

Now we do live in a much larger city with plenty of stores close by, but I’ll never give up my meal planning. Not only does it help streamline my days, it also saves us money. I have found that when you wait until the last minute to plan dinner, then have to run to the store to get stuff (who wants to run to the store at 5 pm with a toddler? Not me), you are more likely to just order in or go out, which adds up, cost wise.

I am pretty vocal about the importance of meal planning and shopping WITH A LIST, and I have had SO many requests to share Meal Plans, so here it is! I’ll be sharing one every Saturday afternoon, so you have the weekend to plan and shop! My sincere hope is that I can help some of you who are stumped for new meal ideas, and help inspire some of you who struggle with getting dinner on the table every night.

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A few things:

My husband and son are EXTREMELY picky. We eat simple, classic meals. Honestly, I should have been born in the 70′s with all the condensed soup and Shake and Bake that goes on around here. As much as I love some of the adventurous recipes that float around Pinterest, if I served Kale or Quinoa at dinner, it would not be eaten. So if you’re looking for exciting new flavors, what I choose to make for dinner might not be for you.

I do NOT believe in forcing my kids to eat foods they hate. I do ask that they try a couple bites, but if they don’t like it, we move on. I want my kids to be excited about food, and making them eat things that make them feel sick does not accomplish that. Honestly, I do not have the mental strength to deal with dinner time power struggles, either. I want dinner time to be about catching up and enjoying each other, not fighting over food. I understand that many of you feel differently and I respect that completely. But know that my meals are planned with my family and their preferences in mind.

I only plan FIVE meals a week. One day a week I will order pizza or pick up something, and another day is leftover day. I am flexible on my days — for instance, I may do leftovers on Wednesday if we have a ton of leftovers from the previous two meals. In that case, I will push Wednesday’s meal to Saturday. If I order pizza on Friday, Friday’s meal moves to Sunday.

I have a printable meal plan/grocery list for you! It’s a huge help and helps keep you accountable if you tape the meal plan to your fridge or pin it somewhere that the family can see.  Print as many as you need!

Okay, so…here’s what looks good for dinner this week! Click through each link for the recipe.

Skillet Shepard's Pie Recipe

Monday:  Skillet Shepard’s Pie (Taste of Home)

I have made this in the past and it’s so good and easy! It also makes excellent leftovers.

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Chicken Taco Salad

Tuesday:  Chicken Taco Salad (Pioneer Woman)

My son isn’t a huge fan of salad, but he LOVES this one. It’s another recipe that is incredibly easy — the only thing you cook is the chicken!

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Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

Wednesday:  Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches (Our Best Bites)

I always try to include at least one crockpot meal every week, and this is a favorite. The best French Dips ever!

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Salsa Verde Beef Tacos

Thursday: 5 Ingredient Salsa Verde Beef Tacos (Picky Palate)

Once I started making this, my boys never wanted their taco meat any other way! You can prep it ahead (like during toddler naps or on your lunch break) and throw it in the crockpot for later. So good!

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Chicken Parmesan

Friday: Skillet Chicken Parmesan (Mother Thyme)

Chicken Parmesan is my husband’s favorite, and I put off making it for a long time because I always assumed it would be difficult. It’s actually one of the easiest and quickest meals in my repertoire! I use store bought spaghetti sauce, so all I need to do is fry up the chicken, which takes about 15 minutes, and cook the noodles. Easy peasy.

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What are your favorite easy, kid friendly meals? I’m always looking for new ideas!

Have a great week!

 

August Favorites - Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Oh my gosh, will I ever be glad to say goodbye to August.

August and January are honestly my least favorites months of the year! August is just so stinking hot. All the grass here in Arkansas starts dying, it’s incredibly hot outside, and I really start looking forward to Fall. And January…meh. It is my birthday month, but I hate saying goodbye to the holidays. I love Christmas SO much and am always sad to see it go.

So, hello September! Pumpkin Spice Lattes for life!

Since the month is wrapped up, I’m sharing my favorites. You can see favorites from previous months HERE.

1.  Noosa Yoghurt

I noticed this at Target and remembered Jessica mentioning it on her blog, so I picked it up. O.M.GGGGGG. Best yogurt (yoghurt??) ever! It’s an Australian recipe with milk from Colorado farm cows. Obviously this stuff has magic in it, because I have never had yogurt this amazing. It’s a bit pricey, but you have to try it at least once. So far I’ve tried the Tart Cherry, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Coconut.  All fabulous, but I think I like Cherry the best!

2.  Too Faced Borderline Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil

I love this lip liner because it’s clear — it goes with any lipstick! It helps keep your lips defined and prevents your lipstick from feathering. I use this every time I wear lipstick.

3. Starburst Minis Unwrapped

The only way Starbursts could get better was to eliminate the wrapper. And now that they have, I’m totally addicted! I have a bag of these in the house at all times, and they are my favorite guilty pleasure TV watching snack.

4.  Bachelor in Paradise

Holy hot mess television. This show is just mad drama all around. This past week was a 3 hour episode on Monday and a 2 hour episode on Tuesday — and I loved every second! I wish I didn’t enjoy this show, but I SO do. I think I like it even better than The Bachelor. Also, I can feel your judgement from over here. We all have our crosses to bear, okay??

5. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

I use this pressed powder as a highlighter and I am completely in love with how great it makes my skin look! It’s pricey, but it’s also super pigmented and will last FOREVER. I’ve had mine for about 6 weeks and have barely put a dent in it.

6.  Asics GEL-Noosa Tri 9 in Flash Yellow/Turqoise/Berry

I got these shoes a few weeks ago and I get compliments on them every time I wear them! I am not big on sneakers, but these are so comfortable!

They are triathlon shoes (ha!), so they are breathable and meant to be worn without socks, which I really like because I hate wearing socks with my shoes. That’s probably super weird, but whatever. These shoes are more than I’d normally spend, but the store I bought them at was having a buy one get one free sale, so my husband got a pair of shoes that were about the same price for half off AND it was tax free weekend, so it was a great deal.

7.  Bumble and Bumble Sumotech

This is a lightweight cream/wax that is great for texturizing! I usually rub a small amount through my fingers and then tousle my hair just to give it some volume and texture. I also use it to fix Jon David’s hair every morning — he has a cowlick right in the front of his hair, so we always fix his hair kind of spiked in front to cover it up. The good thing about this stuff is that unlike a gel, it doesn’t make your hair look wet or feel crunchy. I’ve had this for a few months and I’ve used MAYBE 1/4 of the jar and I use it on both of us almost every day!

Favorite Toddler Things - Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

I found some cute things for Lucy and thought I’d share those this month, too!

1. Doc McStuffins Lambie Bubblegum Necklace

Lucy loves jewelry and is always stealing my necklaces, so I bought her some of her own. There are so many adorable toddler necklaces on Etsy, but I found a shop called Bubblegum Glam that has all of her favorite characters! Lucy loves Doc McStuffins and has a Lambie doll she is always kissing and loving on, so this necklace is perfect.

*photo via Bubblegum Glam

2.  Minnie Mouse Inspired Dress

How adorable is this dress? Lucy LOVES Minnie Mouse and as soon as I saw this dress, I knew she had to have it. I can layer black leggings and a longsleeved white shirt under it in the Winter. I am hoping that it will even work as a cute top as she gets taller.

*photo via Jan’s Little Hearts

 

Those are my favorites for the month, I’d love to hear yours!

Has the heat got you down? I’m sharing over 20 of my favorite ice cream treat recipes to cool you down!

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Oh you guys…not even playing, it has been miserable here in Arkansas.

After a relatively mild Summer, we are staring 100 degree + temps right in the face.  Have I ever mentioned that I don’t do well in heat?  I wilt, quite literally.

Well, actually…my make up melts, my hair falls flat, and I complain a lot, which is pretty much the same thing as wilting.  Regardless, it is miserable and it makes for stir crazy kids who can’t play outside because it feels like an oven.

Enter — ice cream.  Ice cream just kind of saves my life when it’s super hot outside.  It’s yummy, it’s cold, it makes the kiddos happy…all wins.

Here are some of my favorite ice cream recipes to beat the heat.  These would be perfect for Labor Day weekend, don’t you think?

 

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1. Pudding Pop Milkshake (tastes just like drinking a Pudding Pop!)

2. Pineapple Jello Salad (love this cool and creamy dessert)

3. Banana Pudding Milkshake (a copycat of my Chick-fil-a fave!)

4. Strawberry Malt Pie (so pretty and pink)

5. Peppermint Patty Bombs  (incredibly easy and so cute!)

6. Cupcake Milkshake (kiddos love this cupcake flavored shake)

 

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1. Mini Rolo Flurries (a copycat of my favorite McDonald’s treat)

2. Thin Mint Ice Cream Cups (perfect for parties)

3. Chunky Double Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches (so much better than store bought ice cream sandwiches!)

4. Frozen Margarita Pie Bars (tart and creamy)

5. Frozen Peanut Butter Butterfinger Pie (one of my all time favorites!)

6. Ice Cream Cake (the perfect party cake — my kiddos love it!)

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1. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod

2. Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake from Life, Love & Sugar

3. Roasted Strawberry Malted Milkshakes from Kailley’s Kitchen

4. Ice Cream Bon Bons from The View From Great Island

5. No Bake Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches from In Katrina’s Kitchen

6. Frozen 7 Layer Banana Split Pie from The Kitchen is My Playground

 

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1. Chocolate Candy Bar Ice Cream Pie from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

2. Java Chip Milkshake from Inside BruCrew Life

3. Fried Ice Cream from Overtime Cook

4. Homemade Vanilla Cola Ice Cream Sandwiches from Cupcake Project

5. Ice Cream Sundae Milk from Homemaking Hacks

6. Frozen Peanut Butter Mocha from Back for Seconds

 

We are HUGE ice cream fans around here…I need all of these treats!!  Enjoy and have a great day!