5 Soup Recipes to Welcome Fall

beer-and-cheddar-soupThe weather is quickly turning and soon it’s going to be a bit chilly to enjoy another salad — but that’s OK, there are plenty of warm meals we’re looking forward to making as the temperatures drop. At The Lakeside Collection, one of the things we can’t wait to make is soup! We scoured the Internet for the most delicious ideas to stir in our pots and we think you’ll like them, too. Here are 5 soup recipes to welcome fall.

Beer: It’s What’s for Dinner Beer and cheddar aren’t two things you’d expect to see on a blog called Diethood — but to be clear, “diet” doesn’t mean cutting out fat and carbs, it’s just all the food we eat and enjoy. And there’s a lot to enjoy with this beer and cheddar soup! In addition to cheddar and beer, this one requires carrots, onions, garlic — and because this is made with vegetable stock, it’s a green light for vegetarians to put it on their menu.

cauliflower-soupRed Pepper & Cauliflower Power Here’s something you might not find in your canned soup aisle: roasted red pepper and cauliflower soup. It’s a pretty straightforward recipe from Gal on a Mission — roast your cauliflower and peppers while you dice your onions and mince your garlic, simmer it all together until the flavors have bloomed and steeped. Then, put it all in a blender to make it smooth. It’s perfect with a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly fall afternoon.tuscan-bean-soup

Under the Tuscan Sun You don’t have to be in Florence or Pisa to enjoy the culinary delights of Tuscany — all you need are a few beans, spices and vegetables to get the flavor of the culture thanks to The Wanderlust Kitchen. This one is a very hardy soup — it could actually be served by itself as a meal. It’s a pretty impressive amalgam of vegetables; most of your daily vegetable requirements can be met with just one bowl! Lucky for you, this makes many bowls so your veggies can be taken care of for the whole week.

tortilla-soupLow-Maintenance Mexican For those who don’t have the time to do a lot of prep work but want the benefits of a delicious homemade soup, I have a Future and a Hope has the solution: Five Ingredient Chicken Tortilla Soup. It’s so easy, it doesn’t feel like cooking! Basically, you dump all five ingredients in a slow cooker and let it go for a few hours. Start this in the morning and by the time you get home from work, you have a steaming bowl of spicy soup to warm up your fall evening!

potato-soupPotato Passion You can’t put together a list of soups without including one for potato soup. This one comes from Happiness is Homemade. It’s a slow cooker recipe, but it’s not quite as easy as the tortilla soup — you do have to do a little bit of sauteing, but letting it go in the slow cooker is what makes it magical. Creamy or chunky, it’s a delicious way to add a little warmth to your autumn.

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DIY Ideas to Make Your House Smell Like Fall

fall-leavesFall is an all-sensory season! From the colors of the leaves as they fall to the chill in the air as we approach winter, the season gets to us from all angles. Fall fragrances also permeate each day — scents we want to bring in our homes. It’s easy enough to create a warm, cinnamony scent by baking an apple pie or pumpkin muffins, but, realistically speaking, you can’t do that every day. But there are other ways you can bring the fragrances of fall inside to help you get the most out of the season. Here are 4 DIY ideas to make your home smell like fall.

pomanderPomander Pomanders are easy to make at home and don’t require a lot of materials. All you need are whole cloves and an orange. Use the cloves to puncture the skin of the orange and leave it in there like a pushpin. Cover the orange with cloves — you can create little designs if you’re crafty! The pomander’s aesthetic may not suit your style, so you may want to tuck it out of sight while it creates fall scents for weeks.

Stove-Top Potpourri Stove-top potpourri is probably the easiest way to get the fall fragrance moving in your house. All you do is toss your ingredients in a sauce pan, cover it with water and let it simmer on low. You can let it go all day if you’re able to keep an eye on it and add water as it’s needed so it doesn’t burn.

Here are a few ideas for a few autumn blends:

Orange Appeal

  • 1 orange peel
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 2 TB whole cloves
  • 1 TB nutmeg

Spiced Lemon

  • 1 lemon peel
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 1 TB nutmeg
  • 1 TB allspice

Apple Aura

  • 3 Cinnamon sticks (break to release the scent)
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 TB whole cloves
  • 1 TB nutmeg
  • 1 TB allspice

DIY-CandleDIY Candles and Tarts DIY scented candles and tarts for tart warmers are surprisingly easy to make. Basically, you get paraffin wax and wicks from a craft store and jars or old glasses of your choosing (thrift stores are good for this). Heat the wax in a double boiler, while the wax is melting, secure the wick in your jar and keep it straight by tying it to a popsicle stick or chopstick to suspend it over the jar (to keep it in place while the wax cools and hardens). When you add your scents, you’ll want to put them in by layers — put a little bit of your scented material in and then pour in a little bit of wax and repeat this until your jar is as full as you want it.

Ideas for autumn blends:

Vanilla Latte

  • Whole Coffee Beans
  • Chopped Vanilla Beans

Vanilla Spice

  • Chopped Vanilla Beans
  • Gnd Cinnamon
  • Gnd Cloves

Autumn Spice

  • Gnd Ginger
  • Gnd Cinnamon
  • Gnd Cloves

Pumpkin Spice

  • Gnd cinnamon
  • Gnd ginger
  • Gnd nutmeg
  • Gnd cloves
  • Gnd allspice

DIY Dried Potpourri DIY dried potpourri is pretty easy to put together. Take all the items that make fall smell so good, and toss them together to leave in little bowls throughout your house to keep it smelling delightful throughout the holidays. You can mix and match a few dried elements and add a few drops of essential oils like cedarwood and pine to  give it a long-lasting fall fragrance:Pot-pourri

  • Dried Orange slices
  • Dried Apple slices
  • Pine cones
  • Dried Juniper berries
  • Whole cloves
  • Dried Rose hips
  • Dried Rosemary
  • Cinnamon sticks

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5 Easy Recipes for Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

lak-pizzaThe kids are back at school and we now return to our regular schedules — that means meal planning — breakfast, lunch and dinner — for the whole family rather than letting the kids eat at their leisure with their relaxed summer hours. But this week you don’t have to do all of the work! September 13 is Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day. It’s a day to let your kids get in some culinary practice and give you a break from cooking. In honor of the day, we selected a few recipes easy enough for the kids to make and delicious enough for everyone to eat. Here are 5 easy recipes for Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day.

Piece of Pizzazz Just about every kid loves pizza, but with all of the yeast-rising and dough-tossing it’s not the easiest thing to make.  Crafty Morning  has a solution — Texas Toast Pizza! Basically, you bake the toast just a little bit, slather it with pizza sauce and top it with shredded mozzarella and pepperoni before baking it a little bit more until it’s all melty. It’s so easy, your kids just might want to make dinner every night!lak-potato-soup

Soup’s On! Now that it’s chilly out, you might be leaning toward making soup to warm you up. But rather than opening a can of split pea soup, recruit the kids to whip up something in the slow-cooker. Recipes That Crock has a perfect recipe for potato soup. It has a lot of ingredients to keep the kids busy all afternoon chopping and dicing, but the cooking part is pretty simple: lightly brown the onion and garlic with flour, then throw all of the rest of the ingredients in the slow-cooker and let it go for four hours or so. It’s not quite that simple, but pretty close and you’ll be pleased with the results.lak-enchilada

Cinchiladas To add a little spice to your options, we wanted to include enchiladas that are a cinch to prepare. This recipe might be best for older kids, but it’s still pretty easy if you use Gimme Some Oven’s pre-cooked chicken option. There’s a little bit of chopping and sauteing, but most of your kids’ energy is spent assembling the enchiladas, baking them, serving them, and cleaning up!spinach

Italian-American Of course we had to include our recipe for Cheesy Spinach Roll-ups. It’s an American twist on the Italian favorite, lasagna, only there’s no tomato sauce and instead of meat, we threw in some spinach. What makes this easier than lasagna is you don’t have to layer and layer your ingredients before you bake them — all you have to do is cook your lasagna noodles and spread your cheese and spinach mixture on each noodle, roll it up, top it with sauce and cheese and bake! It’s a one-dish-wonder your kids will want to make again and again.lak-chocolate-ice-cream

Last But Not Least… Since summer isn’t quite over yet and we have to include a dessert, we chose chocolate ice cream to end your meal on a sweet note. But don’t worry — this recipe from Best Recipe Box is neither difficult nor messy! And the best part is that it has only three ingredients! Basically, you have to make a slightly thicker version of whipped cream and freeze it. The kids won’t be able to make enough of it before it gets cold, but by the summer rolls back around, they’ll have an idea for a summer sweet treat to keep them cool when they’re on break.

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Last Week of Summer: Movies for Backyard Movie Night

We’re approaching the unofficial last weekend of summer — which means it’s our last chance to have outdoor fun with the kids. If you’re not planning a weekend getaway, add a layer of fun to your staycation with a backyard movie night for a summer sign-off. Here are a few ideas for family-friendly movies for backyard movie night.

Toy Story Toy Story is the story you imagine when you’re a kid – toys come to life when you’re not in the room. In this story, Woody is by far Andy’s favorite toy, but when Andy gets a new action figure, Buzz Lightyear, jealousy and resentment sends both Woody and Buzz out the window and into the real world. Buzz and Woody, fighting the dangers of the outside, struggle to get along as they try to get back to the safety of Andy’s home.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Sardines are the only source of food for the town of Swallow Falls when it falls victim to an economic crisis. A failed inventor, Flint Lockwood, is determined to turn the town around by building a machine that changes water into food. When the machine malfunctions and sends it into the atmosphere, it causes cloudbursts of culinary delights, saving the town from a lifetime of sardines. But the town’s leaders go from grateful to greedy, causing a food super-storm that, without Flint’s intervention, would destroy the world. With cheeseburgers falling from the sky, Flint’s mission is to disable his greatest invention and save the planet.

The Sandlot The new kid in town, Scotty Smalls, makes friends and learns how to play baseball with the kids from the Sandlot. But when they play with the wrong ball – a ball signed by baseball legend Babe Ruth – they knock it out of the sandlot and into the yard of a vicious dog known as The Beast. Facing his fears, Scotty is determined to get the ball back.

The Wiz Young Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow and a girlish Diana Ross as Dorothy ease on down the yellow brick road in this 1970s classic take on the Wizard of Oz. Lost in the Land of Oz, Dorothy goes on a mission to find the Wiz who, she is told, has the power to send her back to Harlem. Through a fanciful trip to the Emerald City, Dorothy learns to be grateful with the help of the characters she meets on her way.

Back to the Future Marty McFly, is sent back to the 1950s in a time machine his friend (and crazy scientist), Doc, builds. Arriving in the same place he left, but in a different decade, Marty gets mixed up in his teenage parents’ lives and accidentally throws history — as he knows it – off course. Marty must go back to the future, but not without fixing the past and getting his parents together.

E.T. E.T. is the heartwarming story of a friendship between a boy and an alien accidentally left on earth by his family. The boy, Elliott, takes in the alien, E.T., while they secretly try to figure out how to get E.T. back to his home planet. But their mission is derailed when government agents discover E.T. and take him in for testing. The real adventure begins when they try to escape the grips of the government to get E.T. home before the agents figure out they’re gone. E.T. promises to bring tears to your eyes and vows to turn on your heartlight.

Ghostbusters When New York City seems to be taken over by spirits of the dead, a group of outcast scientists take it upon themselves to capture and cage these spirits as Ghostbusters. With doubt cast over the Ghostbusters, city officials unlock the ghost holding cell and unleash a firestorm of otherworldly chaos. To get the ghosts back under control, they must face an ancient evil god and, as this evil god would have it, their own demons.

Fall Football: 5 Dips to Get Your Football Party Started

football-traditionsFall means many things, but to sports fans, it means football! Football season is here and we’re all busy putting together tailgate and game viewing parties. Saturdays and Sundays from now until January we have an excuse to overindulge in some of the richest foods out there. To help you plan your football party menu, we put together a few of our favorite snacks. Here are 5 dips to get your football party started.

corn-jalapeno-dipSomething Spicy If your guests like a little bit of spice, try jalapeño corn dip. This one comes from Holly’s Cheat Day and it’s packed with all sorts of cheesy goodness broken up by bits of spicy jalapeño and kernels of sweet corn. It’s the perfect antidote for a chilly fall day out in a stadium parking lot.warm-bacon-dip

Bacon Bites Who can turn down warm bacon dip? Wait, let’s rephrase that: who can turn down gooey, cheesy, warm bacon dip? Not many and that’s why we had to include Kitchen Meets Girl’s formula for yummy. There are only five ingredients and the directions are as simple as mixing them all together and throwing it all in the oven. It doesn’t get more delicious and easy than that!beer-cheese-dip

Beer is More Than a Beverage Beer is a must-have for any football party, but after you try this hot beer cheese dip from Cook the Story it will become standard at your tailgate party as well. It’s a little more complicated than the other dips, but it pays for your efforts in smiles and yummy noises.green-chili-dip

Taste of Tacos If you want all the flavor of tacos without having to put in the effort of making them, make them in the form of dip! That’s what Memories by the Mile did. Basically, the only things you have to do are buy the ingredients, brown some meat and throw everything in the slow cooker and let it go!  It gives you a chance to enjoy the game while your guests enjoy your food.red-pepper-dip

Refined Red Pepper If you have guests with a more refined palate, here’s a recipe that’s a little more sophisticated but easy to make. Host the Toast whipped this one up with feta, a little cream cheese to cut the salt, and added roasted red pepper for sweetness, with chipotle for a bit of a kick. Serve it with anything from vegetables to pita chips — it’s a versatile dip that just about everyone loves.

Every day is a good day for a get together at The Lakeside Collection. Whether you’re having ladies over for your book club or you’re planning a holiday cocktail party, Lakeside has ideas and products to make your party dazzle.

Tricks & Tips to Make Your Picnic Perfect

PicnicSummer is not quite over until we’ve had a proper picnic. We all know that we need to pack food, drinks and a blanket to make a picnic work, but there are a few things you can do to make it headache-free. Here are a few tricks & tips to make your picnic perfect.

Bugs Be Gone While the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “picnic” is food on a blanket, the last thing you think about is bugs. They love food as much as you do. Before you leave the house to go on your picnic, spray the underside of your picnic blanket with insect repellent so bugs don’t sneak up on you while you’re enjoying your meal al fresco. When you get to your destination, use bug repellent wipes on your skin rather than spray so it doesn’t get into your food.

Embrace Your Individuality Pack individual meals rather than bringing one big dish of everything. It’s more convenient to have everything already served for many reasons — fewer utensils, fewer dishes, less mess at your destination. This doesn’t mean you have to pack your sandwich and sides into one container; sides can go in smaller containers for individuals. If they’re stackable and sealable, cleanup is a snap.picnic-basket

Keep It Safe Food and travel don’t mix very well, so you have to make sure to make food that doesn’t spoil easily. Steer clear of items made with eggs and dairy — without proper refrigeration, they spoil quickly. That means if you’re going to make salad or pasta salad, make sure the dressing is vinegar-based. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo all cheese — hard cheeses can be left at room temperature for extended periods. If you are set on bringing a summer staple like deviled eggs, make sure you have insulated totes to keep them cold. For extra protection, freeze a few water bottles for the bottom of your basket or tote. They’ll keep things cool without making a wet mess and you’ll have a few extra cold beverages.

Brisk Beverages While eating room temperature food on a hot summer day is expected, room temperature drinks is not. Unlike water, you can’t freeze soda, beer or wine, but you can use your frozen water bottles to keep your other beverages cold. Make sure to bring along double-wall tumblers — they come with lids and straws to protect your drink from bugs and the double walls protect your drink from the heat of your hand!tumbler

Don’t Forget Your Cutting Board Even if you don’t have anything to cut on your picnic, bring a cutting board. Big or small, there will be a point when you need a hard, even surface and a blanket on the grass won’t cut it. It gives you a spot to put your drink or even a plate of food without worrying about everything ending up on the ground or on your blanket. It also takes a lot of the awkward out of eating without a table and chairs.

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National Blueberry Month: Blueberry Recipes

BlueberriesJuly is National Blueberry Month — though you can buy blueberries at supermarkets year-round, they’re plentiful and taste best during summer months. These little fruits are tasty in just about any form — even if they’ve been frozen. But we want to eat them fresh while we can, so we’ve selected some of the most interesting blueberry recipes we’ve come across. Here are 5 recipes to celebrate National Blueberry Month.

 blueberry-cheesecake-ice-creamBlueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Not only is July National Blueberry Month, but it’s also National Ice Cream Month, so we thought it fitting to include a recipe that combines the two: Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream! La Famille Noire made this for a family gathering and, as ice cream lovers, they know a little bit about making a frozen treat that wins! If you wait to make this until July 30 you can have a trifecta treat as that is National Cheesecake Day!

blueberry-lemon-soft-fudgeBlueberry Lemon Soft Fudge Here’s something special out of Trinity’s Kitchen — it’s Blueberry Lemon Soft Fudge. It’s such a wild idea, we had to include it for those bakers and cooks who want to try something unusual that’s also simple. It only has four ingredients and it’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan so most people with dietary restrictions can indulge in a sweet treat!

blueberry-fruit-rollupsBlueberry Fruit Rollups It’s almost back to school time, so with that in mind we had to include this recipe for Blueberry Fruit Rollups from Sugar Free Mom. This recipe only requires three ingredients! It takes a bit of time to bake it, but it’s a naturally tasty fruit snack you can make ahead for school lunches. These snacks are only 32 calories each and contain no fat, so mom can sneak a few guilt-free bites while she’s packing the lunch totes.

blueberry-velvet-cakeBlueberry Velvet Cake For experienced bakers who want to try something out of the ordinary, The Cooking Bug has a recipe for you! We’ve all been spoiled by the richness of a red velvet cake, but this one is even more decadent — Blueberry Velvet Cake. What makes this recipe better than your run-of-the-mill red velvet cake is that red velvet gets all of its coloring from food coloring, and the color for the Blueberry Velvet cake comes from blueberry juice and cocoa powder.

blueberry-gallettesMini Blueberry Galettes Of course, we couldn’t leave out a recipe for blueberry pie! But this recipe is unique in that, not only is it for galettes, but they’re mini-galettes! In case you don’t know what a galette is, it’s a free-form pie. Free-form pies are fantastic because you don’t have to worry about a pie plate and making perfect crimps — you basically place your dough on a cookie sheet, spread out the filling on top of the dough and sort of fold in the edges. But this recipe is for single-serving-sized pies — perfect for dinner parties or small barbecues. Check out how Completely Delicious puts it all together

The Lakeside Collection is celebrating all things summer! From products to put together an unforgettable backyard party to blueberry recipes for National Blueberry Month, look to Lakeside to make your summer more fun.

A Brief History of Our Favorite 4th of July Food

hamburgerFood is a big part of any celebration. When we think of food for the 4th of July, hamburgers, hot dogs and fried chicken come to mind, but they weren’t part of the original 4th of July festivities. Our Founding Fathers couldn’t declare our independence on an empty stomach, but what we think of as a 4th of July menu didn’t become standard until much, much later than 1776. Here’s a brief history of our favorite 4th of July food.

Hamburgers Our Founding Fathers didn’t have our most cherished fare for 4th of July at their Independence Day celebration. The hamburger didn’t become part of popular culture until the late 1800s, but where, exactly, it was first cooked up is debatable. Residents of Hamburg, NY claim the hamburger was named for the town at the county fair when sausage vendors ran out of sausage and put ground beef on a bun. But Wisconsinites say it was teenager selling meatballs at the county fair who should get credit. He put the meat on bread to make it easy to walk and eat. Local historians say he named the sandwich “hamburger” after Hamburg steak. Either way, summer was the season in which the hamburger was born.

Hot dogHot Dogs It is possible there were hot dogs at the first Independence Day party. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, the frankfurter — a smaller version of common European sausage — was created in Europe (possibly Germany or Austria) in the 1600s. As European immigrants made their way to the United States, so did the frankfurter. Frankfurters gained popularity for the convenience in the late 1800s with the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago. 1893 was also the year hot dogs became a standard at ballparks. Like hamburgers, it’s easy to see why it’s outdoor party food.

Potato Salad According to foodtimeline.org, potato salad was created as early as 1597 but it wasn’t until the late 1800s (much like hamburgers and hot dogs) that it was popularized (likely by German immigrants) in the United States. But German potato salad is made up of bacon, onion and vinegar — no mayonnaise was in the original recipe. Who came up with putting mayo in the potato salad we love to bring to 4th of July barbecues is a mystery, but its first mention in a cookbook was in the 1946 edition of The Joy of Cooking.

cherry-piePie Pie was likely served at the first Independence Day feast — both sweet and savory. Putting fruit or meat inside of pastry and baked can be traced as far back as 160 B.C. It was a way to preserve food to make it last for long journeys as well as portable. It’s no surprise that tradition dictates cherry or blueberry pie for our Independence Day parties — berries are in season on the 4th of July and they’re perfectly portable for a party.

We love all of our 4th of July traditions no matter where or when they started. And while like to keep tradition alive, there’s no reason we can’t start new traditions! Whether it’s a new side dish or an unconventional pie, you have the freedom to make up your own 4th of July recipes. It’s what our Founding Fathers wanted.

3 Ideas for Patriotic Punch

mason-jar-giftsSunshine, fireworks and cookouts — the 4th of July is coming up and we’re planning fantastic backyard parties! We have the games and food all planned out, the only thing missing are the cool, refreshing drinks. And since it’s the 4th of July, a we think a good sparkling cocktail is in order. Here are 3 ideas for patriotic punch to serve at your 4th of July barbecue.

Red, White and Blue Brew For a simple punch with patriotic flare, vodka is a good base for the alcohol — you just have to give it color, garnish it well and make it sparkle.

  • 1-750 ml bottle vodka
  • 1/2-750 ml bottle sparkling wine
  • 1/2-750 ml bottle sweet white wine (Riesling or ice wine)
  • 1-750 ml bottle cranberry juice
  • 1/2-liter bottle 7up
  • Garnish: blueberries, strawberries or raspberries

In a punch bowl mix together the vodka, sweet white wine and cranberry juice. When your guests arrive, gently stir in the 7up and sparkling wine. Pour over a glass of ice to serve and add berries as garnish.


Sparkling Watermelon Punch Nothing says summer like watermelon, but you don’t have to eat it to enjoy it! A watermelon can do double-duty as punch and punch bowl — which is convenient when you’re serving a crowd that you’ll later clean up after.

  • 1 large seedless watermelon
  • 1 750-ml bottle of vodka
  • 1/2 liter club soda
  • ½ sour Mix
  • Garnish: lime slices

Slice off the top of the watermelon — choose the side that makes the most sense as the top of a punch bowl. Scoop out the entire contents of the watermelon. In a blender, puree the watermelon until it’s smooth. Pour the puree through a fine sieve (strainer) to separate the juice from the pulp of the melon. Pour the juice back into the watermelon rind. Stir in the vodka and sour mix. When the guests arrive, stir in the club soda. Serve over a glass of ice and garnish with a slice of lime.


Summer Rum Punch Of course, since it’s summer, we have to include a rum punch — there’s just something about the flavor and fragrance of rum that goes so well with sunshine and a backyard party. This one is simple and delicious.

  • 1-750ml bottle oz Dark Rum (Myers or similar)
  • 2 cups Lemon Juice
  • 2 ½  cups Orange Juice
  • 2 ½ cups  Pineapple Juice
  • ¾ cup Grenadine
  • ¾ cup Simple Syrup
  • ½ 750ml bottle club soda
  • Garnish: pineapple slices

In a punch bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the club soda and mix well. When guests arrive, stir in the club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with a pineapple slice.

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Rocky Road Day: Rocky Road Recipes You Didn’t Know About

There aren’t many holidays in the month of June (who needs holidays when you have this much sunshine to celebrate?!), but we’re celebrating a special day on June 2: Rocky Road Day! Rocky road is that favorite summer treat: chocolate chips, almonds and marshmallows swathed in chocolate ice cream. It was created during the Great Depression to give people something to smile about — and close to a century later, it’s still making people smile. But rocky road has been re-invented many times — here are 5 ways to enjoy rocky road that you didn’t know about.rocky-road-parfait

Nutella Greek Yogurt Rocky Road Parfait This one is an easy one! Baker By Nature put together this Nutella Greek Yogurt Rocky Road Parfait with just five ingredients, so if you’re in the mood for something sweet and don’t have a lot of provisions stocked in your cupboard, you may be able to whip this one up. In addition to only five ingredients, this recipe only takes five minutes to complete, so if you’re short on time and long on kids to treat, put this on your weekly summer dessert menu. Basically, you mix the yogurt and Nutella together and start layering it with the marshmallows, peanuts and chocolate.rocky-road-clusters

Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters Here’s another easy rocky road recipe — it only takes about 15 minutes to construct Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters. Farm Flavor  put together simple step-by-step instructions for this no-bake sweet treat. Packaged nicely, these make a great potluck treat or snack to bring to events.

rocky-road-saladRocky Road Fluff Salad Though “salad” is in the title of this recipe, it has absolutely nothing to do with lettuce, tomatoes and vinaigrette! But Inside Bru Crew Life adjusted the definition of salad to include chocolate pudding, dessert whipped topping and marshmallows. It only takes about ten minutes to stir together all the different versions of sugar and another hour in the refrigerator for it to reach its flavor peak, but when this dessert is ready, the only reason you’ll be thinking about salads is to figure how to make up for the bowl of sin you’re eating.

rocky-road-milkshakeRocky Road Smoothie This list wouldn’t be complete without a milkshake recipe. A Cozy Kitchen broke it down into 4 ingredients that take approximately three pulses on the blender to turn it into the perfect frozen treat. As a bonus, she threw in a recipe for rocky road cookies — in case you want to bake your rocky road and take it on a picnic.

rocky-road-bundt-cakeElvis on a Rocky Road Bundt Cake This is probably the most decadent and labor-intensive rocky road recipe out there — It’s Yummi somehow blended Elvis Presley’s love for peanut butter and bananas and wove it together with marshmallows and chocolate to come up with the richest bundt cake ever made! This cake isn’t for beginner bakers — it takes some practice in the kitchen to work your way up to this recipe. But it’s fun to look at and something to aspire to make.
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