Category: home_recipes

Fabulously Simple Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

Ice Cream Sandwich CakeIf you need an easy dessert for any sort of gathering this summer, look no further than this simple, extremely tasty ice cream sandwich cake. A mountainous slab of ice cream sandwiches covered in soft, snowy white caps of whipped cream. Henceforth known to my family as The Matterhorn Cake. It’s not vegan or paleo or clean or in any way healthy, and requires zero baking, and can be made a day or two in advance. Yes to all of those things, thank you very much.

My husband is a Cache Valley, UT native and a Fat Boy Ice Cream sandwich, made in his hometown, is a beloved treat. It’s the only ice cream sandwich worth eating, he maintains. Thus, the foundation for this dessert, a mountain of totally worth-it calories. Awesome, just like the real Matterhorn in Switzerland. Or the one at Disneyland. Whichever. But you can truly use any kind of ice cream sandwich you prefer.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

You will need:

12 Fat Boy Ice Cream sandwiches (or your favorite)

1/2 jar of your favorite caramel sauce (or about 2/3 cup homemade)

1/2 jar of your favorite hot fudge sauce (or about 2/3 cup homemade)

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Fruit Slush Made with Melon and Berries

summer melon berry slush

There’s nothing I love more than sipping an icy drink on a hot summer day. A fresh fruit slush is a perfect poolside drink (or while you’re hiding from the kids and binge watching Grey’s Anatomy). Just a few simple ingredients (really!) make for a yummy, refreshing beverage that you’ll be wanting to sip all summer long. Also great: this fruit slush made with melons and berries is pretty good for you!

melon berry slush recipe

This fruit slush calls for watermelon and berries which are fantastic together, and both are plentiful during the summer months. You can mix it up and use any variety of melon and berry you prefer. Maybe honeydew and blackberry or cantaloupe and blueberry, or any combo really. Hopefully the fruit is ripe and sweet on its own, but if not, you can add a little sugar or honey to sweeten it up.

For an extra refreshing drink, we like to fill our glasses with 3/4  fruit slush and 1/4 sparkling water. It’s a little bit like homemade soda, only totally fresh and healthy. Win win.

These melon berry slushes are also great for a crowd, say a BBQ or even a baby shower. Make up several batches and … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna To Impress Everyone

mushroom skillet lasagna

A skillet lasagna, made with mushrooms and spinach? Yes please.  It’s a dreamy vegetarian dish made in (nearly) one pot, which means less dishes and easier clean-up. The truth? You need two for this recipe, so it’s almost a one-pot dinner. But you’ll forgive the extra pan when you taste this! It comes together very quickly and makes for an incredible dinner. Skillet lasagna is all the rage. I actually did not know this. But it makes tons of sense, right? It’s lasagna that cooks on the stove top in lieu of all the steps and  layering everything into a pan and waiting for it to bake.

mushroom spinach skillet lasagna

Think of this version as a cross between stroganoff and lasagna. It has a whopping 20 ounces of cremini mushrooms that give it HUGE mushroom flavor. If you like mushrooms, I guarantee you’ll love this. My family went crazy for it. A word of caution – there’s nothing skinny about this. And you can feel good about that now that Science says a little fat is okay, right? (I think I heard that on NPR.)

Hey, I’m also looking out for you. If you want this to truly be a one-pot skillet lasagna, … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

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Asparagus Bacon Frittata for Easter Brunch

asparagus frittata with baconEaster Brunch is one of my family’s favorite meals to share together. We’re big on breakfast foods at our house and especially when it comes to egg dishes like omelets and frittatas. And especially when it comes to a good asparagus recipe. Asparagus goes very well with eggs and bacon. This is one of those brunch recipes that is also delicious for lunch or dinner. This asparagus bacon frittata is very savory and satisfying. I served it up with a side of home fries browned up in a little bit of the bacon drippings.

brunch asparagus frittata with bacon

I don’t buy bacon very often, so when I do, there are often cheers heard ’round the house – “bac-on! bac-on! bac-on!” And then the sneaking starts. One piece here. A nibble there. I can’t blame the poor kids. Bacon is mighty tasty. And this woudn’t be an asparagus bacon frittata without it.

When it comes to cheese, you want to use a stronger one that holds up to the flavor of the bacon and meshes well with the asparagus. I used an four cheese Italian blend this time. Usually I go with gruyere which is one of the greatest cheeses EVER. Mozzarella is nice and … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Lunchtime Layered Taco Salad Jar

easy layered quinoa taco salad jar

When I worked outside of the home I enjoyed packing a lunch everyday for myself. I don’t function well unless I’ve had something healthy to feed my brain. I’m sure you’ve all seen salad jars, but have you actually ever made one? I wish I had known about them when I was packing my lunches all those years! I hadn’t seen this brilliant idea until last year. I work from home now, but I still love them. They are easy to put together. Depending on what you layer in the jar, you can even make them once a week for the whole week. For this one, I’m using my very favorite quinoa taco salad recipe – minus the taco.

lunchtime quinoa taco salad in a jar

The idea with these taco salad jars is to layer the vinaigrette at the bottom and work your way up to the leafy greens. That way the greens stay fresh because they haven’t been sitting in the dressing. When it’s time to eat, you just turn the jar over. The dressing coats everything and it’s ready to eat!

lunch salad in a jar ingredients

I chose my favorite ingredients, but these are just a suggestion. You could certainly add in shredded chicken or meat, cheese, sour cream, or … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Vanilla Bean Crepes Recipe with Strawberry Cream Filling

vanilla bean strawberry crepes_

For me, I get just as excited as Valentine’s Day breakfast as I do the dessert and dinner recipes. I mean, really, how fun is a special breakfast? The kids love it. My husband loves it. I love it. Crepes seem like they are too fancy for a weekday breakfast, but it’s completely not true! With this crepes recipe, you can make the batter the night before, and all you need after that is a really great nonstick skillet and loads of butter. You could even make them in advance, layer them between sheets of waxed paper, and reheat in the morning.

vanilla bean crepes with strawberry cream strawberry cream crepe filling

Plain crepes are great, but adding vanilla bean takes them up a notch and adds a little special V-Day flair. These are filled with a lightly strawberry cream which is nothing more than your favorite strawberry jam mixed with low-fat cream cheese. Simple and easy. That’s how we like it.

vanilla bean crepes with strawberries vanilla bean crepes

 

Vanilla Bean Crepes Recipe with Strawberry Cream Filling

adapted from The Joy of Cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean,
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Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Fresh Vegetable Juice Recipe

garden fresh vegetable juice

Have you jumped on the juicing wagon yet? I was immediately hooked when I bought my first juicer two years ago. I never cared much for the bottled stuff you find on store shelves. I was amazed at how much better fresh juice was – better than anything I’d ever tasted! Yes, I even did one of those crazy juice cleanses. Making vegetable juice at home is so much better and healthier than buying it in a can or bottle. It’s made fresh, full of vitamins and nutrients. The canned and bottles juices are often nothing more than overly cooked vegetable concentrates.

ingredients for fresh vegetable juice

We have found a blend we really like made from tomatoes, beets, fennel, celery, carrots, cucumber, kale (or spinach), red pepper, a little onion, and a good dose of fresh lemon juice and coarsely ground black pepper. It would be a great base for a bloody mary, and is a fantastic afternoon pick-me-up. Of course, you can switch out different veggies for the ones you like best. Sometimes I want more tomato juice, so I’ll use two. Other times I like more cucumber. It just kind of depends. It’s seriously like summer in a glass. You’re going to love … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

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Tasty Homemade Wassail Recipe For The Holidays

cranberry wassail

 

My wassail recipe is one of my favorite holiday beverages. Not only does it taste great, it makes your house smell fabulous as it’s simmering away on the stove. My recipe for cranberry wassail is one that everyone in my family really loves and differs a bit from other wassail recipes. I like to mix a few different kinds of fruit juice – cranberry, apple, orange, lemon and grape. This version is non-alcoholic, but you could certainly add some liqueur or wine for a warm, boozy adult beverage. The other great thing? It’s also really good chilled. I’ve served this recipe with our Christmas morning brunch for years and it’s always a hit.

cranberry wassail-2

 

ingredients for wassail

Here’s what you need for this recipe: orange juice, cranberry-apple juice, one orange, fresh lemon juice, a spice packet (see below), fresh sliced ginger (not pictured) and white grape juice (below), and cane sugar (optional, not pictured.)

white grape juice for wassail

The spice packet is the most important part of the wassail recipe. I place whole spices into a few layers of cheesecloth and tie it with twine.  You don’t have to do this, but it makes it easier to remove the spices when it’s time to serve the … >> find out more...

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.

Tasty Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

delicious peanut butter chocolate pie peanut butter chocolate pie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie: are there 4 more beautiful words in the English language?  I think not.

I’d just be happy with a chocolate pie normally, but when you add peanut butter my brain explodes.  In a happy way.  In the best way possible.  So imagine then, if you will, what happens to my brain when you take chocolate, peanut butter, and add some cream cheese to the mix.

WHAT. IS. HAPPENING?

My-body-is-no-longer-a-wonderland, is what is happening.

baking

A few years ago (probably more like 13 or 14) my husband’s best friend was in college in a town next door to the one my husband and I were living in as somewhat-newlyweds with our brand new baby girl.  The friend, we’ll call him Elko, used to come over to borrow kitchen supplies for random things, and pretty soon he borrowed a rolling pin, for an extended period of time.  What does a young twenty-something college guy need with a rolling pin?  Well, it turns out he was having weekly pie nights with roommates, friends, and family.  Everyone gathered together once a week at Elko’s apartment with ingredients, pie tins, and utensils for their own pies; they all hung out, made … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!