No Bake Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake

Fresh, tangy cheesecake topped with strawberries- no need to turn on the oven for this summer treat!
We made it out to a local U-pick farm just in time for strawberry season! It doesn’t last long around here, so I was super excited to get a few pounds of fresh berries. I asked Michael what I should make with our haul, and he said something with lemon sounded good. I had already planned on making these, so adding lemon was no problem!

Picking berries!

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Coconut Butter Granola

Coconut Butter Granola- the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert! Healthy and very simple to make!

I made seven different kinds of treats today and yesterday, but I had to share this one first. It’s my family’s favorite granola! The coconut butter gives it an amazing flavor, plus it stays together in big chunks until you want it broken down. That’s some good granola.

Coconut Butter Granola- the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert! Healthy and very simple to make!

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Lemon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

Lemon Cake with Vanilla Bean Filling! Layers of tender cake, filled with vanilla buttercream, frosted with lemon curd cream and topped with candied lemon slices- wow!

My mother-in-law, Lori, is super sweet and thoughtful. She adores her kids and considers their spouses to be her children, too. When I asked her what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she requested “something lemon”. I knew just what I wanted to make for her.

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Angel Food Cupcakes

Angel Food Cupcakes with a fresh whipped cream frosting!

My mom is awesome. I remember once, when I was pretty young, it was warm and rainy out one day. She told me and Amy to take off our socks and shoes and go outside to splash in puddles in the driveway. We happily obliged! She’d always let me lick the beaters when she was baking chocolate chip cookies, let me play with her jar of buttons while she sewed, made us play dough from scratch, let us make a huge mess of it on the kitchen table, and always had hot cocoa waiting for us when we came inside from sledding. So, yeah. Awesome. Basically the kind of mother I’d want to be, if I wanted kids that is.

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S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes- graham cracker cupcake, marshmallow filling, and dark chocolate ganache! YUM!

When I was growing up, my favorite thing to do in the summertime was¬†invite a few friends to my house and put up a tent to go ‘camping’ in the backyard. I even learned how to put up our huge 3-room tent by myself at the tender age of 13! My best friend, Ariel, came to every little party I had. We lived a few miles from each other, which was awesome!

S'mores Cupcakes

There are so many funny memories from the times that we went camping, ranging from shaving cream fights and water balloon wars, to re-counting nightmares about giant pudding cup men and telling scary stories. Plus, we could be as loud as we wanted, eat tons of snacks, giggle uncontrollably, and my parents enjoyed peace and quiet inside the house! Except for the time it rained and the tent leaked so we had to go inside at 4 am.

Oh, and we always had to have a cookout just to have some s’mores!

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