Chocolate Silk Pie Recipe

We recently celebrated my husband’s birthday.  He requested his mom’s Chocolate Silk Pie.  I was happy to oblige!  Who doesn’t want a slice of Chocolate Silk Pie?


This is a pretty simple recipe to make.  I use a store bought Oreo Crust to make it even easier (gasp!).  You can also make this using a regular pie crust.  If you need a good pie crust recipe, you can use my Grandma’s recipe which is my absolute favorite Pie Crust Recipe, which I shared here:

Pie Crust Recipe


If you go with an Oreo Crust recipe you will just need to make the pie filling.  If you make a regular Pie Crust, roll out the dough and place it in a pie dish.  Trim the excess and then flute the edges of the pie crust.  Chill for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator to allow the dough to relax (this will help prevent the crust from shrinking as you bake it).

Once the dough has rested, use a fork to lightly prick the bottom of the pastry. Take a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper and press it into the pie plate, gently pushing it right up against the pastry. Fill the sheet of foil or parchment paper with pie weights, dried beans or even uncooked rice to hold it in place. This weight helps the pie dough hold its shape.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bake the crust for 20 minutes, then remove it from the oven and take out the pie weights and the aluminum foil liner.  Set it aside to cool.

Chocolate Silk Pie Recipe

1/2 cup butter (softened, room temperature)

2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled

1/2 cup white sugar total (divided into TWO 1/4 cups and used at different times)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 prepared 8 inch Oreo Crust or Pastry Crust


  1. Cream butter in a mixing bowl. Gradually beat in 1/4 of a cup of the sugar with an electric mixer until light colored and well blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat your eggs into stiff peaks to help form stiff peaks.  Gradually adding the other 1/4 cup of sugar.
  3. Fold gently in the thoroughly cooled chocolate, and vanilla extract. And the butter mix.
  4. Spoon the chocolate filling into a cooled, baked pie shell.
  5. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.


Serve with lots of ice cold milk!  You will LOVE it!

For your birthday do your prefer cake or pie?

Brownie Mint Cookie Recipe

Earlier I shared with you some simple printable Cookie Bags that make a great gift for your favorite Dads, Grandpas, and the father figures in your life.  The cookie bags can also be used as a Thank You or small gift for a lot of other people…just print out the blank one.  In the earlier post I shared some pictures with some amazingly delicious Brownie Mint Cookies.  Several of you emailed me and left comments about sharing the recipe.


Today I am going to share the recipe with you so that you can make your own Brownie Mint Cookies.  You guys are going to LOVE these!  This recipe is from a local Cookie and Sandwich Shop and they are one of my family’s favorites.  They are sure to be a hit at the family BBQ this summer!


If you like chocolate brownies and mint…you will not be disappointed.  Just be sure to have plenty of ice cold milk on hand because you are going to need it!

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Brownie Mint Cookie Recipe from Cutler’s Cookies

Brownie Mint Cookie Recipe

Brownie Mint Cookie Recipe


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/3 cups cake flour (or all purpose)
  • Mint Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • green food coloring
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well blended.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix.
  4. Cookies can be rolled out and cut out with circle cookie cutter or dropped and placed onto a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Cookies are done when the top is slightly cracked and no longer looks wet.
  7. For Brownies double the recipe and then spread into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-24 minutes.
  9. For Mint Frosting mix the butter and powdered sugar. Add only enough milk to make a smooth consistency, Start with 1 Tablespoon and add till good texture. Add mint extract and enough food coloring for a light green color. The frosting should be thick, not runny.
  10. Beat softened butter, cocoa, and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add the vanilla and a splash of milk (just enough to make a good spreading consistency) and blend well.
  11. Assembly: Spread the cooled cookies with about 1 tablespoon of the mint frosting. Allow to set up for 10 -20 minutes to make spreading chocolate frosting easier. Top the mint frosting with the chocolate frosting.


If you want the Brownie Mint Cookies to be round like the ones pictured you can roll out the cookie dough and cut out cookies in a circle shape with a circle cookie cutter.  Or…you can make them into traditional Brownies by doubling the recipe and then spreading the dough into a greased 9×13 pan.  You will just need to increase the baking time to 22-24 minutes.  You can also just drop the cookie dough into round balls on the cookie sheet if you are pressed for time.

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No matter what way you make them…you are sure to enjoy them!  Are you a fan of mint and chocolate?

Pasta Salad Recipe

The BBQ season is here!  And that means warm summer nights and picnics with delicious food.  One of our favorite BBQ dishes is this Pasta Salad.  This is one of our favorite Pasta Salad Recipes, and is always a hit.  I thought I would take it up a notch and serve the Pasta Salad up in some small mason jars.


I love that you can package this Pasta Salad up in these fun mason jars so that your company and guests can grab individual servings sized Pasta Salad in a Jar!  Might as well put this in a jar too right?


I think this would make a great addition to any picnic or BBQ and ups the cuteness factor of your table setting too!  Another bonus is that you can make them before hand and store them in the fridge until you are ready to serve them so that they are nice and chilled when its time to eat.


Here is the recipe…

Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad Recipe


  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta or bow tie pasta
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pound salami, cubed
  • 1/4 pound sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 (10 ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian salad dressing


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Drain, and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomatoes, cheese, salami, pepperoni, green pepper, & olives. Pour in salad dressing, and toss to coat.

I thought these would also be fun for your Fourth of July BBQ too.  So I was sure to make the labels so that they could fit into your Fourth of July decor with the colors I chose.  Simply print out the free printables I am sharing today on regular white paper or cardstock and then trace the mason jar lid and cut out the labels so that they fit your jars perfectly.  Then just place the label on top of the lid and then screw the mason jar ring on.


If you are looking to up the cuteness factor even more, attach a wooden or plastic fork to the jar so that the recipient can eat it straight from the jar.


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What are some of your favorite BBQ foods?


Campfire ‘Smores Cookies–Eat Drink Eat

Hi “Idea Roomers”! I’m so excited to be posting over here after meeting Amy (and being ‘secret sisters’) at the SNAP conference in Salt Lake City. She gave me the most fun gifts throughout the trip – my favorite being the colorful paper baking containers, kind of like these.

I’m Kelley and I write a food (slash drink, slash party, slash travel, slash…whatever I feel like at the moment) blog called Eat Drink Eat.


Last weekend we had a family BBQ up at the “ranch” as we like to call it. My cousins camped out in their tents over the weekend so I thought I’d make festive ‘Campfire Smores Cookies’. Perfect for Summertime.

It’s a take on my cake cookies but with a smores twist!



  • 1-8oz. package of cool whip (found in the freezer section)
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Marshmallow Filling:

  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 7 oz. marshmallow cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 box (8 oz.) powdered sugar
  • 2 TBS milk


  1. Start your cookies first by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the cool whip, cake mix and egg together.
  3. Place your powdered sugar into a bowl and cover your fingers with some to keep it from getting too sticky.
  4. Drop balls of dough (a little smaller than golf balls) into the powdered sugar to coat and place them on a cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes – make sure to keep them super chewy.
  6. While they cook (and cool) make your marshmallow frosting.
  7. In a mixer, add softened butter, marshmallow cream and vanilla and turn on medium until completely combined.
  8. With the mixer on, slowly add the powdered sugar followed by the milk.
  9. Keep it on the thick side so it won’t ooze out of the cookies.
  10. When the cookies are completely cooled, add a large spoonful of the filling to one of the cookies and make it a sandwich with another cookie.
  11. If you are feeling crazy, you can use a kitchen torch on just the filling to add that campfire feel.

Smores cookies recipe from EatDrinkEat

The Best Campfire Smores Cookies by EatDrinkEat

And with a little torching action (they do get a little melty when you do this):

the best smores cookies from

Kid tested (my almost 3-year old):

Smores Cookies from EatDrinkEat

Thanks again, Amy!

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Kelley from Eat Drink Eat blog

Thanks so much for sharing these yummy cookies with us Kelley! It was so fun to have you! Be sure to head on over to Kelley’s site for more inspiration and yummy eats like the following:

Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

brussel sprout recipe

Lemony Cake Birthday Bars



Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

On Sundays, my daughter usually likes to make something in the kitchen. So of course I am all for that. She has become quite the little baker. A couple of weeks ago she decided to make some Chocolate Chip Muffins from scratch. They turned out pretty tasty if I do say so myself.


These Chocolate Chip Muffins have a great texture and consistency and are nice and moist but a little crispy on the edges, which in my opinion is a pretty good combination. Throw in some nuts or craisins in addition to the Chocolate Chips and you can kick them up another level.


Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips (depending on your chocolate needs)
  • nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease twelve muffin cups.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In another bowl, stir together milk, eggs, butter, and vanilla until blended.
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  6. Add milk mixture and stir just to combine.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips.
  8. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  9. Now bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of one muffin comes out clean.
  10. Cool for 5 minutes.
  11. Remove from tins to finish cooling.

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These were a hit and if you double the recipe, you can freeze them and save them for later. We did just that and the kids were able to save some and throw them into their school lunches or grab as a quick and easy after school snack or a quick snack on their way to ballet or lacrosse practice.


These Chocolate Chip Muffins would also make a great addition to a shower or dinner party! But be sure to grab one while you can because these will not last long!

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Cheesecake is one of my husband very favorite desserts.  He has been super busy lately and has been busy working hard for our family.  So we wanted to make him something to let him know how much he means to us.


My oldest daughter is enjoying baking and working in the kitchen so she set out to make her Dad these delicious…like super delicious, Raspberry Cheesecake Bars.  If you are not a fan of Raspberries (who doesn’t love Raspberries?), simply substitute the Raspberries for Blueberries, Blackberries, Strawberries, or Boysenberries.


Raspberry Cheesecake Bars


  • Crust:
  • 10 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • Cheesecake Filling:
  • Two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsps. grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter


  1. Line an 8 x 8 pan with tinfoil and then spray with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare the Cheesecake crust. Crush the graham crackers the old fashioned way or run them in your food processor blender and then put into a medium bowl.
  3. Melt your butter and pour into your crushed graham crackers and add your sugar.
  4. Mix the crumbs together and then press firmly into the bottom of the tinfoil lined pan making sure the crumbs cover the entire bottom.
  5. Bake the crust in a 325 degree oven for 11 minutes until firm and a little golden. Set aside and let the crust cool for 15 minutes.
  6. While the crust is baking make your cheesecake filling.
  7. Beat your cream cheese till smooth. Add 2 eggs and beat well after each egg. Beat in the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice until fully incorporated.
  8. Pour the cheesecake filling on top of the cooled crust and then drop the raspberries on the top of the cheesecake.
  9. Make the streusel topping in a separate bowl by cutting the butter with the flour and brown sugar. The mixture should be lumpy with small clumps of butter left.
  10. Sprinkle over the top of the cheesecake.
  11. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Topping should be browned and the center slightly jiggle-y when finished. Chill in the refrigerator (or freezer) for at least an hour before serving.


*Please excuse the bad cell phone pictures.  These were taken when I didn’t have my new camera to replace my broken camera.  I have a few more projects still in the line-up that I need to post before posting my projects taken with my new camera!

These are really some of the best cheesecake bars I have ever tasted.  My husband LOVED them.  He added these to the top of his favorite dessert list, so that means something.  If you love cheesecake, you need to give these a try.


They would be perfect for a shower or party luncheon when you need to bring a great dessert.  Be sure to chill and pull out right before serving so that the cheesecake stays firm and perfect!

DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe

I am really excited about today’s post! Still working with bad cell phone pictures…bear with me. My camera finally arrived and I am excited to start learning it. The bad pictures are killing me! First world problems. Anyways…winters are really dry here and I am loving this amazing Whipped Body Butter recipe I have been playing around with.


I finally got the right combination to make this smooth and creamy body butter. It was a lot of fun experimenting and was definitely out of my comfort zone. I did a bit of research first and found a lot of the same basic recipes but wanted to incorporate coconut oil. Coconut oil is such a great oil for your skin and is the main oil I have to use due to my food allergies.

whipped-body-butter-recipe Ingredients:

1 cup Cocoa Butter , grated

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

1/4 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 Cup Almond Oil



1.  Melt the cocoa butter and coconut oil in a double boiler or in bowl placed in a saucepan of boiling water.

2. When melted completely, add almond oil and vanilla.

3.  Chill in the refrigerator or freezer until slightly hardened (about 20-30 minutes)

4.  Whip with your hand mixer until smooth and creamy

5.  Place into a container.

6.  Makes about 1 cup

7.  It will harden a bit more due to the coconut oil.  Simply scoop some out and it will melt in your hand so that you can rub it into your skin.

It makes your skin feel so smooth and soft and it smells so yummy!  My husband who usually has nothing to do with my sugar scrubs uses this now on his hands at night!  But let’s just keep that between us…mmmkay?!


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Other Idea Room Sugar Scrubs/Bath Salts you might be interested in checking out:

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Lavender Sugar Scrub

Frankincense Sugar Scrub

Myrrh Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Scrub

Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub

Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

Lemon Sugar Scrub

Brown Sugar Scrub

Citrus Bliss Sugar Scrub Cubes

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies…for reals

So…you can tell what kind of a week I have been having by the posts I share.  This week has been a tough one for a few different reasons.  Like I mentioned before, I fell off the food allergy wagon…but I picked myself up off the ground, dusted myself off, and am working on climbing back on.   I was also sick yesterday, which is why there was no post.  I spent my working time in bed asleep!


In my self pity I decided to try a recipe I had been given from my friend Stacy who swears that these are THE. BEST. CHOCOLATE. CHIP. COOKIES. EVER!  Since I was already off the bandwagon, I thought…why not take the challenge and see if these cookies really are the best chocolate chip cookies.


And since my daughter has been wanting to bake goodies for my blog, it was the perfect recipe for her to bake up.  You guys…these are good and dare I say it…one of the best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes I have tried.  I think they are my new favorite…now I just need one of you smarties out there to turn this recipe into a gluten free version since I am getting back on the allergy bandwagon.


Best Chocolate Chip Cookies…for reals


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • one (3.4 oz.) package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (according to your chocolate needs)


  1. Cream together butter and sugars till smooth.
  2. Add in egg and beat well.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients one by one and mix well.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop into balls on a greased cookie sheet. I like to use a medium ice cream scoop so the cookies come out the same size.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.


I would love for you to try these out and add your own vote as to whether they are your new favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies!!  Better stock up on some ice cold milk!!

Do you prefer a little Peanut Butter with your cookie?  Maybe our favorite Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie is more your style.  Heavens…there is enough love to go around…how about both?


Chocolate Donuts

Chocolate Doughnuts…or if you prefer…Chocolate Donuts…are one of my all time favorites.

Like if I could have only one dessert ever for the rest of my life…I would choose devil’s food chocolate cake donuts.  The richer and denser, the better.  You know, like those chocolate donuts behind the glass case in the gas station?  Yeah…those.  My all time favorite Chocolate Donuts are from Dunford Bakery.


I can’t eat junk food like I used to…so I have to be really careful about what I eat and how often.  I try to limit my bad food choices to special occasions and then eat something that is totally going to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings.


Remember when I shared with you my food intolerances?  Yeah that…well, I haven’t shared a lot more about that here with you because there hasn’t been a lot of great progress in that area of my life.  Apparently I am not very good about eliminating 7 MAJOR foods from my diet permanently.  I did super fantastically for eight months and then had a little bit of a break down.

Can I just tell you how exhausting it can be?…thinking, analyzing and planning EVERY. SINGLE. THING you can or can’t eat.  I was going through some personal family struggles and I just didn’t feel like I could continue the rigid diet I was on.  I had a teensy little “tantrum” and pity party for myself and gave myself a little “break”.


I was fine for a while and was hoping that I would suddenly be cured and be able to eat some of my favorite things again.  But slowly and surely, I began to feel some of my old symptoms coming back.  Sigh.

So, I am working my way to getting back on track and allowing myself to accept the failures along with the victories.  I have hope that we will get my food issues sorted out.


And, well, at this point you are probably wondering why I am rattling on about my food allergies in a post dedicated to chocolate donuts.  I am not really sure…other than I like them and can no longer eat them, and when the kids wanted a little snack, we thought it would be fun to make our own donuts…so we did.

And if you like chocolate donuts, you might want to make some too…just make sure you eat one for me.  I understand these are pretty good.  Not as good as my Dunford Bakery donuts…but good enough that you just might whip them up next time you get a hankering for a chocolate donut.

Devil’s Food Cake {Chocolate Cake} Recipe

1/2 cup butter

3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate

2 cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup water

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar


Glaze Frosting:

1 cup of powdered sugar

2 – 4 Tbsp. of milk



  1. In a small pan melt the butter or margarine with the unsweetened chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Cream together the sugar and the eggs until light in color. Add the chocolate mixture to the eggs and beat well so the eggs do not cook.  Add 1 cup boiled water (still warm) and blend well. Mixture will be very liquid.
  3. Mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this mixture to the chocolate mixture and blend well.
  4. Mix together the vinegar and the milk and stir into the chocolate batter.
  5. Heat donut maker that has been greased and then bake donuts according to the pans directions OR bake in a donut pan for the suggested time and degrees according to the size of your pan.
  6. Let donuts cool on a wire rack until warm and then dip into the frosting glaze mixture.




If you could have only ONE dessert ever again…what would it be?

Shrimp Scampi Recipe

Dinner time is a pretty busy time at our house with a couple of teenagers and their schedules.  As a family though, we always try to eat dinner together, even though it can be difficult some nights.  So I have been forced to come up with some dinner options that are quick and easy.


Shrimp Scampi has been a dinner that ALL of the kids have enjoyed, which is not always an easy with 7 different palates.  So when a meal is enjoyed by ALL, it gets thrown into our recipe rotation, like this Shrimp Scampi recipe.


Shrimp Scampi Recipe


  • 2 lbs raw shrimp (peeled and deveined) or pre-cooked shrimp
  • 1 lb angel hair pasta
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup white cooking wine
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pepper to taste


  1. Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add shallots and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes stirring constantly so they don't burn.
  4. Add shrimp to skillet and cook for 5 minutes or until they are pink in color.
  5. Add wine, lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper.
  6. Cook for another two minutes.
  7. Drain pasta and rinse with hot water.
  8. Pour shrimp mixture over the pasta and toss together.
  9. Serve immediately.


This is a very quick and easy recipe that you can whip up on a very busy night.  It takes me about 20 minutes from start to finish to prepare this meal…and it saves us from getting a “quick” meal from a fast food place that may not be as healthy of a choice.

What are some of your favorite FAST meals for those crazy weekday nights?


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