Block Party: Sweet Treats the Kids Will Love

Sweet treats for kids. Fun dessert recipes

Polly, here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  There were so many fun kids treats…you know the kind with lots of sprinkles, food coloring, and candies to make them so fun, I knew we needed a sweet treats round-up.
The last couple weeks, I’ve been celebrating Happy Harry Potter with Marissa and have been super busy with some new Harry Potter themed projects and several guest posts.

Harry Potter Always and Doe Patronus Pillow | Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Pillow | Harry Potter Wand Skirt | Christmas-in-July Tie Tutorial |

And I’m also in the middle of hosting a Harry Potter Quilt Along to celebrate the release of my Harry Potter Single Hogwarts House Quilt and Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Quilt patterns.  It’s not too late to join!


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Dumbledore’s Pensieve Recipe

This is so awesome a yummy recipe for Dumbledore's Pensieve. Great for Harry Potter partiesWhether you’re throwing a Harry Potter party or just feel like something delicious and secretly geeky my Dumbledore’s Pensieve recipe will be a hit. I dreamed it up 5 years ago before one of our Harry Potter themed parties and forced my sister to help me bring it to life. I absolutely adore how it turned out and have made it a few times since.

I’ve made it two different ways. The original way (the swirl) requires two people. Don’t mind my misspelled food label, sheesh armatures! And the new way has a slightly different look but can be accomplished without a sous chef ;)

awesome swirl dumbledore pensieve recipe from harry potter great party idea

Dumbledore’s Pensive Recipe Swirl Method


  • 1 pack blue jello divided (we used an 8 serving size pack)
  • whipped topping like cool whip
  1. Make up 2/3 of the pack of jello according to the directions (of course use only 2/3 of the water ) and let that set.
  2.  Mix the remaining 1/3 pack jello mix with hot water add some ice cubes and cool whip. Put into a pastry bag with a tip. (we used the 8 serving pack so 1/3 of that with 1/3 C hot water a few ice cubes and 1 C cool whip)
  3. You’ll need two people for this step. Cut a swirl into the jello have one person  open the cut with two spoons and have the other person pipe the creamy mixture into the set jello. And then chill

quick cheater version of dumbledore's pensieve from Harry potter. easy recipe

Dumbledore’s Pensive Recipe Lazy Girl Method

  • Blue Jello (for a party I usually use 2 large packs but you can use as much or as little as you want)
  • Canned Cream like Ready Whip
  1. Prepare the jello according to the directions on the box.
  2. Allow to chill fully.
  3. Cut a swirl into the top of your jello.
  4. Use the canned cream and make a swirl on top of your cut. Note: you wont be able to fill your cut unless you have a helper but that won’t work any ways since the cream will melt some and won’t hold it’s shape once on the serving table so if you want the swirl you’ll have to use the instructions above.
  5. The cream will melt down some and get swirly and awesome in a different way. You can help it along or chunk up the swirls some by pushing it around with a spoon.

great Harry potter party food ideas including dumbledore's pensieveWhichever method you decide to go with, both are delicious and both will get your Harry Potter heart a fluttering and impress your Harry Potter loving friends!

A whole series full of Harry Potter themed recipes, diys crafts

Have you checked out the amazing giveaway and all the other great projects that have been shared as a part of the Happy Harry Potter series? There are TONS of amazing DIY, delicious, and bookish Potter posts here.

Dumbledore's Pensieve what a fun idea and this recipe is so easy and yummy. We've made it a few times. Harry Potter lovers unite.

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Strawberry Mango Sorbet Recipe

Delicious refreshing Strawberry Mango Sorbet perfect for Summer.

One of my favorite things about Summer are all the delicious fresh fruits that abound. Plus with the heat you’re totally justified in indulging in all kinds of delicious frozen treats like Popsicle and ice cream. We’re ice cream mongers in our house especially after I got the ice cream attachment for my kitchen aid. Seriously the thing is gold. Magical gold I tell you. It makes creating ice creams or sorbets like today’s yummy strawberry mango sorbet recipe super super easy.

Easy Mango Strawberry Sorbet


  • 2-3 Mangoes
  • 1 lbs Strawberries
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 3/4 C water
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Yummy strawberry mango sorbet


  1. Make a simple syrup by boiling the sugar in the water until dissolved. Allow to cool.
  2. Clean, trim/peel, and chop the the fruit.
  3. Add the juice of one lemon and pulse it so it’s fully incorporated.
  4. Blend fruit then add simple syrup. And blend until smooth. (I just used my awesome ninja blender)
  5. Process in an Ice Cream maker. I love my kitchen aid attachment.
  6. Scoop into a freezer safe container and freeze at least 4 hours before serving.

Homemade mango strawberry ice cream recipe

Super easy and yummy right. This recipe is very adaptable too. If you have any fruit that you need to use up you can easy swap out the mangoes or strawberries for a totally new flavor.

super good and easy mango strawberry ice cream recipe

And just in case you want some other great Summer ideas here are some of my favorites.

Love this recipe for fast and easy Summer Rolls. Great spin on the healthy Vietnamese meal.

Quick and easy Vietnamese Summer roll recipe. These are the perfect meal, full of veggies and won’t heat up your kitchen!

awesome diy pool tote. huge space removable wet bag and strap loops for hanging towels. full tutorial and free sewing pattern.

The Ultimate Pool Bag tutorial. This is the best bag ever. It has a detachable wet bag and loops to hang towels from. I love it so much and it’s actually a pretty easy sew.

Great list of books to take to the pool Perfect for Summer reading.

Nothing beats reading a great book by the pool and one of my favorite things ever is sharing book recommendations.

I shared this recipe over at Yellow Bliss Road earlier this Summer.


Fish Packets with Warm Apricot Date Salad Recipe and Sunbasket Review + Giveaway

all in one fish packets super healthy easy light dinner recipe

This is my favorite thing I ate last week. No seriously I can’t stop thinking about this super yummy and easy Sole Topped with Apricots and Dates. This recipe was so easy and fast to throw together and since it cooks in parchment paper there is hardly any clean up.

Sole baked in parchment with spinach topped with warm apricot and date salad recipe. Delicious and healthy dinner with little clean up.

For a while now I’ve been curious about these different companies that mail you a box full of food and you cook it up. When I was given the opportunity to try Sunbasket out I couldn’t turn it down. Now in all honesty I’d thought that it just couldn’t be worth it. And I’m seriously having major second guesses. Because not only was the food SUPER yummy and convenient I think it was kind of worth it.

Sunbasket food delivery review and healthy recipe

Yes I was given this box of food for free but really this is 100% my honest opinion. You can ask my sister, I’ve been raving about the meals we had. It’s a little pricey if you’re the type of family that goes grocery shopping and cooks all your meals BUT if you’re like us and get busy or overwhelmed and tend to eat out a lot this can actually be a money saver. I’m serious I really loved my Sunbasket and I’m totally planning on buying them every once in a while and asking for them when things get crazy (like during my Halloween rush) and people ask if there’s anything they can do!  More about my basket thoughts below, a chance to win a free try yourself, and a huge discount link too. But first let me give you this yummy recipe (with Sunbasket’s permission of course).

Sole in parchment with warm date and apricot salad

Sole fish packets with spinach and warm apricot and date salad recipe


  • 2 sole fillets (any type of white fish would be delicious)
  • 2 shallots
  • 6 ounces spinach
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 sheets parchment paper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 apricots
  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 1.5 ounces toasted almonds
  • Small bunch parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sumac

love this recipe. super healthy easy fish dinner recipe with easy clean up


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F. Peel and slice the shallots. Cut 4 thin slices from the lemon. Zest and juice the remaining lemon and reserve.
  2. Lay the two sheets of parchment paper side by side. Pile half the spinach in the center of each sheet, add the shallots and season with salt.
  3. Lay the fish piece on top of the shallots and sprinkle with more salt and top with the lemon slices and butter.
  4. Bring opposites side of paper together and fold. Roll the ends into the center to make a tightly sealed packet. Place the packets on a baking sheet and  and bake until the fish is opaque and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  5. While the fish is cooking make the salad. Start by cutting each apricot into eight wedges. Slice the dates, discard the pits. Coarsely chop the almonds. Rinse, dry and chop the parsley.
  6. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat and add the apricots, almonds, and dates, season lightly with salt, and cook just until warm, about 3 minutes. Add the parsley, sumac, lemon juice and zest and toss to combine.
  7. When the fish is done open up the packets and divide the salad between the two packs and serve.

Love this fish baked in parchment with spinach topped with warm apricot and date salad recipe. Delicious and healthy dinner with little clean up.

Oh man it’s so good. I need to go buy the ingredients and make it again. Slurp. It was so nice to have them delivered to me in the Sunbasket last week. Ha. I think I might be a little spoiled. If you want to try the Sunbasket for half the price (only 5$ each meal)  click here. I honestly think you have nothing to lose at that price and if you’re like us you’ll really enjoy it! And since I’m sure some of you have questions about how the whole basket thing works I’ll give you some of my thoughts. But don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.

 Delicious and easy sole cooked in parchment paper recipe

My personal opinion is that this would be really great for a single person or couple that works a lot or for a family that finds themselves eating out a lot or also if you want to give a really good gift to food appreciating busy people. I would love to receive a week as a gift hint hint. I’m sure it would be great for other people too and really if you’re curious at all you should just give it a try! They gave me a special link that if you click through you can get 30$ off your first basket which is half off. That ends up being only 5$ a meal. So quite a bit cheaper than fast food for really yummy foodie level tasting, organic, very healthy food.

Spicy chorizo chili

(spicy chorizo chili one of the best chili dishess I’ve had and I’m SUPER critical about chili)

If you follow my Instagram you know we like good food and we eat out a lot. This food was yummy. We absolutely adored 2 of the meals. And the other one we liked but it didn’t blow us away like the other two did. When I first learned about this concept I though meh I don’t want to cook my own food if I’m going to pay. But I have to eat my words because I actually liked that part a lot.

What comes in a Sunbasket and review

The box and recipes and pre-portioned everything you need to make the meal (we only used salt and oil from our pantry for all three meals we received). This made cooking really fun and easy. And it felt like I learned something new with each recipe. I don’t know it might just be the nerd in me but I really liked that. And when I thought about it the time it took was much less than if we had gotten in the car and driven somewhere to eat and for taking their regular price it was way cheaper too than the restaurant route. That and the fact that since I had this food in the fridge I was less tempted to pile everyone in the car so we ate more healthfully and we saved money.

Honest Sunbaskt food delivery review

I know this is a long post but really I’m super excited about this company and product. Okay here are a few last random thoughts if you have any questions let me know in the comments since I’m sure I’m missing something. All the packaging can be recycled. They send the box with tons of ice packs layered so it can be out for 8 hours. There is also a return shipping label so you can send it all back so there is very little trash ( I loved this about it). The recipes are all take about 30 minutes to prepare and are 500-800 calories each. They are relatively new so right now they only deliver to CA, OR, WA, NV, CO, ID, AZ and UT. There’s way more info on there website (just scroll to the bottom and click learn more). The portions are pretty generous. Daniel and I are BIG eaters and we were very satisfied after all the meals. And we shared with piggy Teddy who eats more than his elementary aged cousins. #sunbasket #giveaway

Enter to win your own box in the widget below! And for more information to see their meal options for next week and more click here.

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Vietnamese Summer Rolls Recipe

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Love this recipe for fast and easy Summer Rolls. Great spin on the healthy Vietnamese meal.

Oh man it’s been so hot lately. And when it’s this hot I just don’t feel like heating up the kitchen any more to get food on the table. That’s why I love this Vietnamese Summer Roll recipe.

Great healthy fresh spring rolls recipe. Perfect for Summer eating. No heat required.

Now let’s be clear I have no idea if this is authentic or not, I’m going to guess not. But it sure is good and it was definitely inspired by the fresh spring rolls that I get from the small Vietnamese grocer down the street from me.

What ingredients you need to make Vietnamese Summer Rolls (spring rolls) and peanut butter sauce.


  • 1 Chicken Breast (I use Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken Breast Fillets which makes it SO easy)
  • 1/3 Rice Noodles package
  • 24 Cooked Shrimp, halved
  • 1-2 Carrots, shredded
  • 1 C Shredded
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • 8 Summer roll wrappers
  • Peanut butter dipping sauce

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it’s easy to make 1 or many. It’s just a matter of the ingredients. I like to prep all the ingredients (hydrate noodles and chop/slice the rest) at the beginning of the week and then use them for light healthy lunches. All I have to do is soak the wrappers pile the fillings in and roll. It’s so fast. So the amount of ingredients depends on how many rolls you are making. This is written to make 8 Summer rolls but you can EASILY just make 1. I eat 2-3 at a time and I’m a pretty big eater.

How to make fresh Vietnamese Summer Rolls. Great recipes and healthy meal idea.

What to do

  1. Hydrate the noodles by soaking them in hot water until they are nice and pliable.
  2. Spread out your wrapper.
  3. Down the center leaving about 3 inches at both ends lay down the shrimp.
  4. Then the chicken.
  5. Then the carrots.
  6. Then the lettuce.
  7. Then the noodles.
  8. And if you’re using them the cilantro.
  9. Fold the ends that are perpendicular to your line of filling in.
  10. Then fold one edge over as tight as you can and roll to enclose all the filling.

Delicious and healthy Vietnamese Summer Rolls recipe. Great way to get veggies and easy meal idea.

I sometimes make my own peanut butter sauce but while I was picking up the rest of the ingredients for the meal at Walmart I found this jar stuff and it totally does the trick and one less thing for me to make. Serve the Summer rolls with easy microwavable Birds Eye Steamfresh® Protein Blends. This is the California blend pictured here but there are a bunch of options which are so convenient to have on hand and zap up to go along side just about anything so you always get enough protein. I love how they are making so many healthy options really easy and accessible. The 100% all natural white meat Tyson Chicken breasts are so easy to grab from the freezer and just throw in the microwave. Since they are fully cooked and so yummy they are great for adding to so many recipes.

This Summer Roll recipe is so good. Super fast healthy meal idea full of veggies.

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Birds Eye®, and Tyson® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FastFreshFilling

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Chocolate Cookie Butter Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

disclosure massage envyI will never make rice krispie treats any other way. This cookie butter treats recipe is SO good

Are you familiar with Cookie Butter? It’s so so good. I mean so good. But know what’s even better? Cookie Butter in Rice Krispie Treats. Yup brilliant right?

super yummy cookie butter rice krispies treats recipe

I did it on a whim one day and really we can’t go back. It gives the classic dessert just a little something extra special. You should try it. But you should invite people over first or else you might end up eating them all on your own.

Great last minute gift idea massage gift card plus yummy cookie butter treats

My husband really loves them. And all my husband really wants for Father’s day is sleep. I can’t blame him. That’s all I really want these days. Well that and maybe a shower that includes washing my hair. But unless Teddy decides to cooperate I don’t know if sleep is a gift I can give. But I figure a nice relaxing massage might be the next best thing. So I’m thinking delicious cookie butter goodness with a fabulous massage.

Super fast dessert idea. Cookie Butter treats recipe. We love this and make it all the time.

Chocolate Cookie Butter Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

  • 3 TBS Butter
  • 10 oz Marshmallows
  • 1-2 heaping TBS Cookie Butter
  • 1/4 C Chocolate Chips
  • 5 1/2 C Rice Krispies

Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the marshmallows and melt when almost fully melted add the cookie butter and chocolate. Stir until fully combined and melted. Remove from heat and stir in rice krispies.  Turn out onto a piece of wax paper.

Hands down the BEST way to make rice krispie treats. We won't use any other recipe from now on.

We like to swarm the warm lob of rice krispies but you can cut them into pieces and serve them like civilized people if you want ;)

best gift for when you don't know what to give a massage and tasty treat

If you have a dad that could use some relaxation this Father’s Day I highly recommend a batch of these yummy treats along with a Massage Envy gift card or better yet a membership. I just finished up my second massage with them and I am seriously never going back to life without regular massages. There’s so many things I love, the little break for me time, the literal working out of stress, and with the membership I kind of love that I “have to” go regularly. I mean I could postpone it but have it all there keeps me going and I NEED to go. I think so many of the dad’s out there could really love the gift of massage. Plus it’s such an easy gift :) And the rice krispies are seriously so easy too. I’m telling you it’s a winning combo. #MEUtah #ReliefStartsRightHere #MassageEnvyUtah

our new favorite way to make rice krispie treats. SO good love this recipe

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Oven Fried Chicken Recipe

Hands down the best oven fried chicken recipe. I make this for family dinner all the time and it turns out great.

I love fried food but I don’t love the mess of deep frying or to be honest all of the oil that can go into my food. That’s why my Oven Fried Chicken Recipe that I’m sharing today is one of my favorites.

This oven fried chicken recipe is super good. Turns out great all the time. Perfect for dinner.

It is so good and actually tastes like fried chicken but without all of the annoying things of traditional frying.

My go to weeknight dinner chicken recipe. This oven fried chicken turns out great every time

You can use any proportion of chicken to coating. The recipe is super forgiving. Really as long as you have enough to cover your chicken you’re good to go. For ease though I’m writing the recipe for 6 pieces but really you can add and divide if needed throw in extra as you go etc. The only thing to keep in mind is do NOT increase the about of butter you use. 1 TBS per dish is plenty even if you’re using a whole cut up chicken I’ve used as little as 1 tsp before and it turned out great but when I’ve done more than 1 TBS the chicken just doesn’t crisp up properly.

  • 6 Pieces Chicken Cut Up (I like thighs but you can use any cut you like)
  • 1/2 C Bisquick
  • 1/2 C Flour
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp Salt for coating
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 TBS Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Once to temperature place an oven proof dish large enough for all the chicken to lay down in one layer with 1 TBS of butter.
  2. In a large bag combine Bisquick, flour, salt, onion powder, and Italian Seasoning. Shake to mix and set aside.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt and pepper to taste on both sides.
  4. Toss chicken in flour mixture to coat fully.
  5. Swirl the melted butter in the dish to evenly distribute and then place coated chicken skin side down in hot dish.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 15 minutes. Flip over so skin is up and then cook until finished about 10 more minutes.

Chicken and waffles with super easy oven fried chicken recipe. SO so good.

We love eating this with mashed potatoes and wilted spinach or even with my easy buttermilk waffles recipe for a super easy chicken and waffles meal.

This is a keeper. Super good oven fried chicken recipe. Great for dinner.

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Block Party: Recipes for Eating Outside in the Heat

 Recipes for Eating Outside
Hi everyone!  It’s Kaysi from Keeping it Simple again today.  I’m excited to be here today hosting this awesome link party!
With the warm summer nights coming up, I thought that these recipes would be perfect to make, so you don’t have to be cooking in front of a hot oven! We have already hit 100 degrees, so I know that I am going to be definitely trying out some of these recipes!
Now it’s time to party! 
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Welcome to the block party!

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Coconut Magic Cookie Pies Recipe

15 minute coconut magic cookie pies recipe. Great dessert to make with kids
Have you ever had coconut magic bars? They are so rich and delicious I thought it would be fun to make mini personal sized ones.
super rich chocolate dessert recipe done in 15 minutes
When you use pre-made mini pie crusts the dessert is so quick and easy it is a fun one to do with the kids.
easiest tasty coconut magic pies recipe.
  • 1 Pack (6) Mini Graham Cracker mini pie crusts
  • 6 TBS Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 C Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 C Peanut Butter Chips
  • 1 C Sweetened Condensed Milk

Add 1 TBS coconut to each pie crust. Top with chocolate and peanut butter chips evenly divided. Cover with sweetened condensed milk. Bake at 350 until bubbly and hot about 15 Minutes. Serve warm.

Super fast and easy chocolate peanut butter coconut pies recipe. Done in 15 minutes.
These are SO good especially with a scoop of ice cream on top when it’s warm. The Vanilla was a good contrast for the super sweetness of the pie.
fast and easy chocolate coconut mini pies recipe.
But I have to warn you these suckers are so sweet that even with the small size you might want to split, unless you are a sugar monger ;)
I’m sharing this as a part of the Peanut Butter Bash. See what everyone else shared this month below. And learn more about the group here (for bloggers) and here (for everyone).

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Spinach and Mushroom Bruschetta Recipe

Spinach Mushroom Toast-003s

Spinach and mushroom bruschetta anyone? I love this recipe because it’s something that you can throw together as an appetizer on small pieces of bread or do on a full sized loaf for a lighter meal all on it’s own. Plus it’s a great and yummy way to get a ton of veggies in.

Spinach Mushroom Toast-007s

This dish is not just speedy to assemble but it’s absolutely delicious. With it’s simplicity it’s easy to make it vegan, vegetarian, or if you want to add some meat even more hearty. I’ve been known to make this for myself for a quick lunch.

Spinach and Mushroom Bruschetta Recipe

Spinach Mushroom Toast-001s

  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms sliced
  • Butter or butter alternative
  • Garlic Salt
  • French Bread
  • Goat Cheese (optional)

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  1. Start by making some wilted spinach. Heat butter, butter alternative, or olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add spinach and garlic salt to taste to the pan and move with a spatula until wilted. This will only take a few minutes. You only need a small amount of butter/oil. I’ve even used just spray oil. Set aside.
  2. Saute the mushrooms in butter (or alternative) with garlic salt. Set aside
  3. Next make garlic bread. I know other people take time using fresh garlic or rubbing garlic on the bread but my favorite garlic bread that is always a hit with my guest is just buttered bread sprinkled with garlic salt and cooked under the broiler.
  4. Top the garlic bread with a generous layer of spinach and then with mushrooms.
  5. Add a sprinkling of crumbled goat cheese if desired and enjoy!

Spinach Mushroom Toast-009s

Super easy right? These would be great for a party or like I’m having them an easy lunch. Want more? Here are some other fun projects to check out.

This recipe was originally shared over at Domestic Superhero on 8/25/2014.

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