White Chocolate Chip Lemom Cake Mix Cookies

It’s 42 days until our cruise.

I’m super amped about it. SUPER AMPED!!!!

This will be our first vacation as a family of 4, so I am really excited about that.

We are leaving out of Tampa and are going to Key West and Cozumel. While we have been to both places previously, yet I am still really looking forward to the cruise. We are just going to visit these places with a different focus now, especially having kids now.

Like, we are want to see how Key West is doing post Hurricane Irma – hopefully well! Also, the last time we were in Key West was for our Babymoon with Autumn. So fun, but I need a drink in hand this time, especially from The Rum Bar.

We have had a Royal Caribbean Credit Card for awhile and I just recently noticed that we had some points expire. Unacceptable! So I started to look into cruise that we could take and how I could redeem the points that we have before they died off. I was looking for a really affordable cruise and ending up stumbling across one that had a BOGO 1/2 OFF deal with a Kids Sail Free deal. That means the 4 of us are taking a cruise for the cost of 1 1/2 fares. WIN! And I redeemed a ton of points to cut that price in half. I nearly had a Brandi Chastain moment when I got off the phone after I booked the cruise. AHHHHHHHH!!!!! GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!

Anyway, leading up to the cruise, I should stop eating all the stuff that is brought into my office from vendors (I can resist some chocolate, but toffee from Tampa based Toffee To Go… I WILL NEVER RESIST THAT FOOD FROM THE GODS!!!!!!) and these cookies.

I’m warning you, these are super quick and easy to make, and I swear will disappear just as quickly. Cake Mix cookies for the win!!!!!

White Chocolate Chip Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

Makes 22-24 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 15.25 ounce package of lemon cake mix
  • 2 Cups white chocolate chips

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place a non-stick silicone baking mat on a large cookie sheet.
  2. Whisk together the oil and the eggs. Mix in the cake mix.
  3. Once the cake mix is completely moist and lump free, mix in the white chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop 8-12 heaping Tablespoon sized dough balls on to the baking sheet (depending on size of baking sheet)
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just set. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes to allow of them to firm up in the center. Remove to continue to cool on a cooling rack.
  6. Repeat for the rest of the cookies.
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S’mores Cake Mix Cookies

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There was a photoshoot in our house yesterday!

S'mores Cake Mix Cookies

I previously wrote about how we organized our kitchen with some awesome stuff from Rev-A-Shelf, so they came out and photographed

They were here for the whole day doing set up and getting overall kitchen pictures and pictures of the products in use. It was such a cool experience.

I can’t wait to check out the photos once they are done being edited.

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Anyway, have you made cake mix cookies before?

I am so addicted to them and how easy they are to whip up. They are my new go to sweet treat activity with Autumn. I now stock up on cake mix when they are on sale. If the timing is right I can get them 10 for $10. Just a few affordable ingredients that just need mixing that a 3 year old can easily go.

Obviously, making cake mix cookies is fun but the best part with these S’mores Cake Mix Cookies is the fun goodies you add ino the mix and on the top. How can you resist a chocolate cookie with chocolate chips, pieces of graham cracker, and itty bitty marshmallow bits??! You just can’t!

S'mores Cake Mix Cookies

The cookie base has a nice fudgy texture and the added s’mores fix-in’s are the best finishing touch to bring that camp fire experience indoors. Be sure to grab a glass of milk and enjoy a cookie or two.

S'mores Cake Mix Cookies

S’mores Cake Mix Cookies

Makes 22-24 Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 15.25 ounce package of chocolate cake mix
  • 2 graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 Cup chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 Cup Mini Marshmallow Bits

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Place a non-stick silicone baking mat on a large cookie sheet.
  2. Whisk together the oil and the eggs until combined. Mix in the cake mix.
  3. Once the cake mix is completely moist and lump free, mix in the graham crackers, chocolate chips, and marshmallow bits.
  4. Scoop heaping tablespoon sized dough balls on to the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes to allow of them to set up. Remove to continue to cool on a cooling rack.

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Check out Amanda’s awesome Peanut Butter Bacon S’mores Crispy Treats.

They are the perfect mix of sweet and salty! A yummy mix of crispy rice cereal and golden grahams are coated in peanut butter and melted marshmallows and then tossed with crispy bacon and chocolate chunks.

 

 

 

 

Lazy Apple Pie Cake

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Hives! Hives! Hives! Stupid Stupid Hives!

One of our dogs spent yesterday at the vet since he was having an allergic reaction to something. Poor pup.

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It all started on Tuesday night when my husband noticed Kemper’s face was extremely puffy. Instead of looking like a chiseled Boston Terrier, he looked like a Shar Pei. He would let you touch his face and body but something clearly happened. We think it was an allergic reaction to a bug bite, or he ingested a bug. Good times.

Of course, he had just been cuddling with Autumn in her bed and another in the room next to her’s before this so we carefully searched her bed (while she still slept in it!) and the other. No luck at finding any bugs.

We gave him Benadryl and had him sleep with us to monitor him, especially his breathing. Of course he threw up IN bed at 4am, and then 2 more times before 4.45am. I brought him to drop off at the vet’s office at 7am, but they couldn’t take him until 9 because they can’t take brachycephalic dogs with facial swelling without a vet in yet, in case something happened. So we headed to my office so I could grab my laptop, so I could work from home while I figure this all out. Once 9am rolled around he was dropped off for some shots. Then at 11.30 they said I could pick him up around 3. awesome! Then at 2.20 they said the swelling and hives were back and they needed to for more shots and wanted to do a medicated bath. And then at 3.45 they said the swelling was down and could be picked up at 6.30 since they think they were finally getting a head of it and he didn’t need to spend the night

He was very excited to see Price at pick up, but then promptly crashed from the crazy day and all those meds. After his 8pm dose of benedryl he could barely keep his head up. ha! Price have him a half dose at 2.30am and another at 7 this morning and it seems like we are in the clear.

So that is my story about my dog with some unknown (probably bug bite) allergic reaction.

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In other news, cake!

And better yet, it is just like a pie. I’d say it most closely resembles a crumble.

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Pieces are crumbly when served since the cake topping gets nice and crisp. Like I said, it’s similar to a crumble. Anyway, I think it’s great to serve in a bowl with some ice cream or the glaze I made with the cake.

The glaze is a combination of cream cheese, powered sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. So healthy… but it’s so good for a treat from time to time.

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Enjoy some cake today! I think we all could use a slice.

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Lazy Apple Pie Cake

Makes 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2- 21 ounce cans of apple pie filling
  • 15.25 ounce box of spice cake mix
  • 3/4 Cup butter, melted

For the glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 Cup powder sugar
  • 1/4 Cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

Process

  1. Preheat 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan.
  3. Dump the apple pie mixture in the bottom of the pan. DO NOT DRAIN. Cut the apples to make small pieces.
  4. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the apple pie filling.
  5. Pour the melted better evenly over the cake mix to moisten all of it.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the cake is golden brown.
  7. While the cake is baking, make the glaze. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixer and beat until a smooth glaze is achieved.
  8. Serve pieces with glaze. (warming the glaze slightly doesn’t hurt 🙂 )