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Nutella Filled Cupcakes

I know what you’re thinking.

Is there a Nutella 12 step program for poor Mindy?  Check me into the Betty Crocker clinic.  Now.

I was going to bake biscotti for my nephew’s football tailgate party on Sunday (the theme was Italian).  Well, I took Mr. FSL out on the town for a surprise b-day soiree the night before.  Prior to our eventful evening, we had a couple of people over and thoroughly enjoyed a zillion few pumpkin spice pudding shots.

You can see where this is going.

The biscotti never happened.  Nope.  I am a flake.  Instead, I panicked, scoured our pantry, thought about running to the Italian bakery was resourceful.  I had a box of yellow cake mix… and Nutella.

If you have a sweet recipe for yellow cake, by all means, go for it!  If you are lazy like me, head to the box.

Add a little less water than the box (or recipe) calls for.  It will come out better if the mix is a bit stiff.  Of course, I forgot this step.    Mix it up!

Fill up your baking cups with your cake batter.

Plop in a spoonful of Nutella in the center of each cup.

Using a knife, a toothpick, or something pointy, swirl it a little bit.

Bake according to box (or recipe).

I probably could have dusted them with powdered sugar or frosted them with Nutella.  Hmmm… maybe next time.

This is a little embarrassing because there is no insanely delicious looking, ooey, gooey Nutella photo here where there should be.  Um, they were completely gone by the time I remembered.  Just try these, you’ll understand 😉

The outcome isn’t the prettiest cupcake I’ve ever seen, but if it tastes that good,I don’t care if it looks like Rocco’s food

Overwhelmed With Recipes!

I am on a Pinterest bender.  I’m actually addicted.  Not joking.  It’s a weird reflex to obsessively go on and pin until my fingers can’t click anymore.  How embarrassing. 

Lately, I’ve been seeing a crazy amount of seasonally delicious-looking dessert recipes.  Not really surprising since it’s autumn. It is the kick-off to baking season!  However, it’s practically a reflex to pin them when I see them…um, can you say food porn? Here are my top 5 (out of 5 zillion…so far) fall dessert recipes. I will be trying at least 3 of these out in the very near future by the way. 

Click the image to link to the recipe page. 

Be prepared to drool.




 Don’t say I didn’t warn ya…



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Honeyed Pears In Puffed Pastry

S’Mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie

5 Ingredient NO-BAKE Bailey’s Cheesecake!


Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

Cheesecake Stuffed Cinnamon Bread

Have any favorite Pinterest dessert recipes that you’ve been wanting to try out?  Post the link in your comment!!  Want to see more drool-worthy recipes?  Follow me on Pinterest by clicking here.

Icebox Cake Trifle

There are lots of different versions of icebox cake.  Where I’m from, there is only one kind 😉  It is usually served in a 9×13 glass dish, and it is definitely one of my family’s comfort foods. I put a little bit of a spin on the presentation, but I kept the recipe (for the most part) traditional. 

This recipe is easy to prepare and could easily be tweaked to be a low-sugar, low-fat or fat-free recipe.

You’ll need:

1 box of instant chocolate pudding mix

1 box of instant vanilla pudding mix

2 ripe bananas

about 1/3 of a box of graham crackers



First, line the bottom of the trifle dish with graham crackers.

Then prepare both pudding mixes (in separate bowls).

Slice up the banana and place the slices on the graham crackers.

Add in your first layer of pudding (it doesn’t matter which flavor you start with).  Trifles are great because they look beautiful.  If you plop the pudding in and it smears all over the sides of the dish, it won’t be so pretty.  It will look like you carelessly dumped a bunch of things into a bowl and called it dessert.  (This recipe is actually that easy, but if it’s not presentable, everyone else will know that too 😉  ).  Put the pudding in the center of the dish and spread to the sides.  If you do end up getting it on the sides, just wipe it off with a paper towel.


Now you alternate layering graham cracker, banana, chocolate pudding, graham cracker, banana, vanilla pudding. 


Easy peasy.   Traditionally, you sprinkle crushed graham cracker crumbs on top as a garnish.  This is great if you are going to serve it immediately.  I made mine the day before I was going to serve it, and graham crackers can get soggy…ew.  I could have just garnished it right before our guests arrived, but I wanted this thing D-O-N-E.  So I just used what I had lying around.

This was actually really nice.  It tasted like a very crunchy graham cracker and never got soggy. 

What is your family’s comfort food dessert?

Pudding Shots!

 I’ve been wanting to do this post for months and thought I lost the photos I took during the last computer melt down.  (Happy to report our computer is up and running!!) Well, it turned out that I have them stored on my memory card!  YAY!

Without further delay, I give you the best party recipe known to man…

Hello class,  today we will be learning how to make pudding shots.

Start by gathering your ingredients.  This recipe will make about 30 shots.  You will need :

1 1/2 cups of whipped cream vodka

1/2 cup milk

1 packet of pudding mix

1 tub of cool whip

canned whipped cream for garnish

any other garnishes you might want

SQUEEZABLE paper shot cups

***If you are making pistachio, only use 1 1/4 cup vodka and add 1/4 cup of Amaretto  (garnish with whipped cream & crushed pistachio nuts) **


Make room in your fridge for the tray. Set up the cups on a baking sheet or tray.  Be sure to do this first or the pudding will set up in the big bowl and you’ll make a huge mess.  Trust me, I’ve done that.

Mix the milk, pudding packet, and vodka together in a bowl. Make sure it’s nice and smooth.Then, add in the cool whip.  Stir until blended well.

Pour into cups using a tablespoon, or if you’re me, a wonton spoon.  This part can get kind of messy.

 Fill each cup almost to the top.

Lick the bowl and spoon thoroughly.  This step is very important 😉 .  Up until this point I was only making pistachio pudding shots (they were the only flavor pudding shot that I ever tried).  After I lapped up every drop from the bowl, I found myself in the supermarket buying more cool whip to make more.  I had a genius moment of tipsiness and reached for the oreo and coconut pudding mixes.   Variety is the spice of life! 

Pop into the fridge.  They should be ready fairly quickly (like 25 minutes or so) but you can keep them in the fridge for a day if you need to.

Right before serving, top each cup with a squirt of whipped cream and your garnish of choice.

I used  Oreo pudding and garnished them with crushed oreos. This was the first flavor to get gobbled up.  They were amazing.

And I made the pistachio which I forgot to photograph (bad blogger!).

I also made coconut cream topped with toasted coconut,  which were my favorite.