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Fourth of July Peeps S’mores Pops

We are getting geared up for Fourth of July Celebrations here at the Moscato household. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and potato salad will be in abundance as well as desserts like my Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes. The one thing we will not have though is a bonfire for roasting marshmallows for S’mores. Since we will have little ones in attendance and an all too nosey dog, we opted to just forego the bonfire. However… I gotta have S’mores!!  What’s a Fourth of July Party without the ooey gooey goodness of marshmallows and chocolate between honey graham crackers?! Thankfully I discovered the new Patriotic Peeps at the grocery store – and an idea was born.

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Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes #DuncanHines Summer Velvets

A few months ago I shared with you the new Duncan Hines Spring Velvets Collection making a beautiful layered cake that made me appear to be a much better baker than I actually am. Not only was the cake beautiful – but it was also delicious. So when I saw the new Duncan Hines Summer Velvet Collection at my local Winn Dixie, I had to get it and see what I could create. Inspired by my friend Trisha’s “A Little Love Inside” Cake I decided to make some Fourth of July Surprise Cupcakes with my Summer Velvets kit. They turned out amazing!

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Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Milkshake – With Peeps Minis!

Every Easter Mike and the girls stock up on what they think will be a years worth of Peeps… only to run out a few weeks later and pout until Easter rolled around again. Until now Easter was really the only time you could find these delicious little goodies which are gluten free and fat free. So I was super excited when I got to tell them that their favorite little Easter snack is now available year round! New Peeps Minis are hitting store shelves everywhere and come in three delicious flavors – strawberry creme, sour watermelon, and chocolate creme! Each Peeps Minis Chick is only 14 calories – so even I have been indulging since they arrived. We’ve even started concocting new recipes with them like our new favorite – Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Milkshakes.

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Miniature Monkey Bread Recipe

I am not a huge fan of sweets. In fact weeks will go by and I realize the only “sweet” thing I have had is key lime Greek yogurt. But every once in a while I need something sweet and delicious and simple to make. Enter my current favorite – miniature monkey bread. This unbelievably simple recipe takes only 4 ingredients and 20 minutes to make. That is hard to beat.

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Celebrate Spring with #DuncanHines Spring Velvets

Finally… finally Spring is here. After what feels like the longest Winter in history, we are finally getting a chance to get outside to do some gardening, spend days at the beach, and my favorite – enjoy our meals outside on the patio. This week I had the chance to test out Duncan Hines new Spring Velvets box cake mix and I thought what better way to kick off Springtime then to enjoy it on the patio with the whole family.

Since the 1940′s the Duncan Hines brand has been bringing delicious cakes, cookies, brownies, and more to households around the country. They now have over 80 varieties of cakes, brownies, muffins, and cookies, as well as frostings and ready to bake brownies. Their newest collection – The Velvets – are available nationwide. The Velvets Collection includes their signature pink and blue velvets – perfect for birthday parties or Gender Reveal Parties – Spring Velvets and Summer velvets. The girls and I enjoyed mixing up the new Spring Velvets for our outside dinner party and not only was it delicious but it was so simple it looked like I actually knew what I was doing ;)

duncan hines spring velvets

The Duncan Hines Spring Velvets comes with both pink and yellow velvet cake mix. In just a few minutes we whipped up each bath and put them in round bakers in the oven. After baking we set aside and let cool completely, and then sliced off the top and layered with Duncan Hines Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting.

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