Peanut Butter Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats, with Golden Grahams, Butterscotch, and Reese’s Pieces

Kickin’ the original Rice Krispie Treats up a couple notches by adding in some peanut butter, then topping them with some Golden Grahams Cereal, some melted Butterscotch Chips, and some mini Reese’s Pieces candies. Ummmm, can you say YUM?!!!


  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used Jif)
  • 1 bag of mini Marshmallows
  • 5 1/2 cups Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Golden Grahams Cereal (about a cup)
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Reese’s Pieces Baking Candy Pieces

Prepare an 8×8 brownie pan by lining it with parchment paper. (Or generously spray with Pam Spray.) Melt the butter in a large pot on medium low heat. Add in the mini marshmallows and stir until almost melted. Add in 1/2 cup of peanut butter, reserving the other half. Add in 5 1/2 cups of Rice Krispies cereal, stir to combine. Then swirl in the remaining 1/2 cup of peanut butter.

Pour into the parchment lined pan. Use the back of a large spoon to firmly press the mixture into the pan. Top with Golden Grahams Cereal. Push cereal into top of bars. Next, add Butterscotch Chips and place in a low 200 degree oven until Butterscotch Chips are melted and spreadable. Spread the Butterscotch Chips over the Golden Grahams Cereal. Next, add the mini Reese’s Pieces candies and press them into the Melted Butterscotch Chips.

Let the bars cool, pull them out by the parchment paper, remove the parchment paper, and slice them into squares. Stack them neatly on a platter of your choice and they are ready for serving! Any leftovers, keep them in a sealed container to retain their freshness. Enjoy!

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See you next time! Carla XOXO

Yummy, Refreshing Tzaziki Dip

Use up your fresh garden cucumbers to make this quick and easy Tzaziki cucumber dip! Great paired with pitas, veggies, seafood, and meat, this dip is super versatile and delicious!

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Carla XOXO

Easy, Crispy, Seasoned Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

No need to heat up your kitchen for an hour to bake up crispy skinned, seasoned, baked potatoes! Use your air fryer to get the same results for half the time. No microwaved baked potato can compare to baked, crispy skinned potatoes.

Easy, crispy, seasoned air fryer baked potatoes… Yum!

You need:

  • Scrubbed clean russet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Parsley flakes
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Black pepper, if desired


Preheat your air fryer while you prep your potatoes. Wash and scrub potatoes clean with a vegetable brush. Dry potatoes and pierce with a sharp knife or fork.

In a bowl, toss potatoes in olive oil, garlic powder, coarse sea salt, and parsley flakes (and black pepper, if desired). Make sure your potatoes are coated well with the olive oil and spices and add them to your preheated air fryer. Bake the potatoes at 400 degrees for 30 minutes (mine were done at 32 minutes), or until fork tender. Larger potatoes may need more time.

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Carla XOXO

The BEST Homemade Pizza EVER!

My method to baking pizza always delivers a crispy crust and yummy flavorful cheese. Get ready for Flavor-town and say goodbye to soggy pizza crust forever!

Yummy pizza!

Yummy Pizza Ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough (I used Beer Pizza Crust from Giant)
  • Olive oil
  • Mozzarella Cheese (I used deli sliced thin Boar’s Head Mozzarella)
  • Pizza Sauce (I like Don Peppino’s brand sauce)
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Sea Salt Grinder
  • Sesame Seeds

Preheat oven and non stick cast iron pan to 425 degrees. Pull out pan and use a silicone pastry brush to apply olive oil to coat the pan. Stretch the pizza dough to fit the shape of the pan with your clean hands. Carefully place the stretched dough into the HOT cast iron pan. I keep a pot holder or oven mitt on the handle of the pan to remind me that it is HOT!

Use the silicone brush to coat the top of the pizza with olive oil. Next, add sliced mozzarella cheese to the top of the pizza dough, crust to crust. Then, add dollops of pizza sauce around the pizza, and sprinkle on Italian Seasoning. Finally, add some garlic powder to the edge of the pizza, also add a small amount of sea salt, then add sesame seeds around the crust as well.

Bake at 425 degrees until golden brown. I generally set my timer for 6 to 7 minutes, then start to watch the pizza closely until it is the color desired. It can bake anywhere from 11 to 15 minutes. Pull the pizza out when brown and let it cool and then ENJOY!! It’s yummy with a side salad. Ice cream for dessert. YUM!

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Carla XOXO

Homemade Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream

This homemade vanilla soft serve ice cream could not be easier to make and hits the spot during the hot summer months.

Delicious Vanilla Soft Serve! 🍨

Delicious Vanilla Ice Cream:

  • 2 ounces pasteurized eggs (such as egg beaters)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla (I used extra)
  • 1/2 cup of half and half
  • 1 cup of heavy cream (whipping cream)

I used my liquid measuring cup to quickly whisk the ingredients together. It has a pour spout so it makes it easy to pour the mixture into the ice cream barrel. My ice cream maker makes about a pint of ice cream, it’s one of those thermo-electric ones where you don’t need to put the barrel in the freezer ahead of time, nor do you need to use the rock salt. It takes 45 minutes for soft serve ice cream, and about an hour and a half for scoopable ice cream.

This ice cream turned out rich, decadent, and delicious! The best part? You know what ingredients are in it, because you made it yourself. My kids loved the ice cream and immediately asked me to make another batch. I loved it too! Next, I will have to try different flavors. I think strawberry would be so yummy! And of course chocolate!

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Carla XOXO

The Best Banana Bread Ever!

Look no further for a banana bread recipe, this banana bread is flavorful, moist, and delicious! Perfect for breakfast or a snack with a cup of coffee, tea, or milk. Yum!

The Best Banana Bread Ever! Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup Honey Vanilla Greek Yogurt (Or Vanilla Yogurt, or buttermilk)
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (I used 2 large ripe bananas, they must be ripe!)
  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray loaf pan with Olive oil spray and line with parchment paper for easy slicing.

In a bowl mix together eggs, yogurt, oil, smashed bananas, vanilla extract, and white and brown sugars until combined.

In a separate bowl, measure flour, baking soda, and salt.

Incorporate dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, be sure not to over mix.

Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool for 15 minutes and remove from loaf pan. Enjoy!

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Carla XOXO

Easy, Cheesy Baked Ziti

This hearty baked ziti is one of the best comfort foods and comes together quickly for a delicious and satisfying pasta dish!

Easy, Cheesy Baked Ziti Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Ziti Pasta, cooked until al dente
  • Pasta Sauce of your choice (I like Don Pepino)
  • 1 small container of Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic
  • Block of Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese
  • Locatelli Cheese (Pecorino Romano)
  • Olive Oil
  • Parsley (Fresh or Dried Parsley Flakes)
  • Italian Seasoning
  • 1 small container of Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion, diced
  • Salt and Pepper


Sauté mushrooms in olive oil without salt until they are caramelized. Then add diced onions to the pan and sauté until soft. Add salt and pepper to taste, and add garlic last so it does not burn.

Cook ziti according to package directions, make sure to cook until al dente. Toss the ziti with your choice of pasta sauce.

In a bowl, add the container of whole milk ricotta cheese, two cloves of crushed garlic, a couple of teaspoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and parsley flakes to your liking.

You are ready to assemble your baked ziti.

Add sauce to the bottom of your casserole dish. Next, add a layer of the sauced pasta.

Then add some of the mushrooms and onions.

Then, add some of the ricotta mixture.

Next, some Locatelli cheese and mozzarella cheese.

Then add some sauce.

Then start the layering process again until you are out of ingredients, or at the top of your casserole dish, LOL!

Top final layer with mozzarella and Locatelli cheese, and sprinkle with Parsley flakes and Italian Seasoning.

Bake covered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until hot and bubbly. Enjoy!

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Carla XOXO

Delicious, Chocolatey, Gluten-Free Oat Bran Muffins

Whip up these tasty gluten-free muffins in no time for a nutritious breakfast or snack!

Delicious, Chocolatey, Gluten-Free Oat Bran Muffins Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Quaker Oat Bran Hot Cereal
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 cup of Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • Splash of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup of Mini M & M’s Baking Bits
  • Cupcake Liners


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

In a bowl, mix together oat bran and brown sugar. Add in baking powder and salt and mix.

Next, add in wet ingredients, the milk, oil, vanilla, and eggs. Mix to combine.

Add in chocolate chips. Lastly, add in the M & M’s right before you are about to scoop into the cupcake liners.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in one of the muffins. Enjoy!

Carla XOXO

The best peanut butter bars!

These moist and delicious peanut butter bars are rich in peanut butter taste and are so satisfying!

Peanut Butter Bars


  • 1/3 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and add parchment to an 8 x 8 pan. Mix together softened butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs, until lighter in color and well blended.

Add in dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, and salt. Do not over mix.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center of the bars comes out clean.


Carla XOXO