No Churn Rainbow Chip Ice Cream

Summertime and ice cream go together like…. Summertime and ice cream!! Ha!

Homemade ice cream
I’ve always wanted to make my own ice cream, but with no ice cream maker. I doubted the finished product would turn out with that rich creamy texture we all know and love!

Also, all the recipes I found required so many steps…. We all know I’m not about that life!

The easier the better.

So after an evening of experimenting, I came up with this super simple recipe that did not disappoint!

Homemade ice cream

I added Candy coated chocolate chips, but using this base you can add whatever special treat you want!

Try:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Oreos
  • Chocolate chip cookie pieces
  • Pieces of your favorite chocolate bar
  • Sprinkles

The possibilities are endless!

  • 2 Cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Cup treat of your choice
  1. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer. Whip cream for about 10 minutes, until stiff peaks form.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix your condensed milk and selected “add in”.
  3. Fold in your whipped cream to your condensed milk.
  4. Pour mixture into a loaf pan, cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight (minimum 6 hours)

Perfectly creamy and delicious ice cream, with barely any work!

That’s a summer time win in my books! Giving you less time in the kitchen and more time by the pool!

Enjoy!

Fran

 

Frozen Hot Chocolate with Caotina

(This post was sponsored and I was provided product for the purpose of review. As always my opinions are my own and true!)

Summer Time and hot chocolate don’t usually go hand in hand. I’m a sucker for anything chocolate! So when Caotina sent me a sample of their chocolate drink mix to try out, I decided to put a cool twist on the classic hot chocolate!

As soon as you open the container of chocolate drink mix, you can smell how chocolatey it is!

Caotina’s rich flavor gives these pops a delicious chocolate taste. They’re creamy and refreshing. Perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day! So simple to make, they’re now always stocked in the freezer at the request of my husband!
Caotina frozen hot chocolate
Give them a try!

I promise you’ll love them!

  • 1 3/4 Cups whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp Caotina Chocolate drink mix
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag mini chocolate chips (optional for topping)
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (optional for topping)
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, drink mix, sugar, and salt. Whisk well on medium heat. Remove once mixture becomes smooth.
  2. Stir in Vanilla and cool to room temp.
  3. Pour into Popsicle mold of your choice and freeze for 4 hours.
  4. Before serving melt your chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl, and dip each pop into the chocolate. Top each Popsicle with some mini marshmallows. Place pops on on parchment or wax paper and allow to set in freezer for 5 mins.

I think the added chocolate and marshmallows give it even more of a hot chocolate feel! You can’t have hot chocolate without marshmallows… Even if it is frozen!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

 

Peach Crumb Cake

If you’ve been following along with me, for a while. Or have done any of my recipes, you know for me it’s always quick and easy!

Peach crumb cake
With two little ones who are always on the go, plus summer vacation just around the corner. I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. On the weekends I like to make a little something special for Sunday dinner dessert. So, things I can throw together quickly are definitely the ones that stay on recipe rotation around here!

Summer time means fresh fruit and a family favorite around here are peaches! I’ve been working on this recipe for a while, and I’ve finally got it exactly how I wanted it. Dare I say even better than I imagined?

Give it a try and let me know if you love this super simple summertime recipe as much as we did! Don’t forget to add a scoop or two of ice cream!

Peach crumb cake
Peach Crumb Cake

Peach Center 

  • 2 1/2 Cups peeled and sliced peaches (canned that are rinsed and drained are ok )
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar

Crumb Base

  • 2 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 Cup + 1 Tbsp cold butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp + 1/8 tsp all spice (divided)

Preheat oven to 350

  1. Grease an 8” cake pan or spring form pan.
  2. Mix together your peaches and sugar in a medium bowl, set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix together your flour, sugar, baking powder, 1/8 of all spice and salt.
  4. Add your butter using a pastry blender, fork or electric mixer. To form a crumbly mixture.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time. Your mixture will still be extremely crumbly but don’t worry.
  6. Add about 2/3 of your crumb mixture to your prepped pan. press into pan gently.
  7. Top with your peaches
  8. Add the remaining all spice to your remaining crumb mixture and mix well. sprinkle on top of your peaches.
  9. Bake for about 40 mins. Until the top is golden brown.
  10. Let cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

Overnight Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Overnight cinnamon roll casserole

If you’ve been following along with me for a while, then you know cooking breakfasts is not my thing.

For many reasons…. Mainly because I move at a snails pace in the morning. Which means zero energy for big elaborate meals first thing in the morning. That’s why overnight breakfast are right up my ally! Prep the night before, pop it in the oven when you wake up and BOOM!! You’re the best breakfast maker ever!

Overnight cinnamon roll casserole
This recipe uses store bought cinnamon roll dough (I used pillsbury, but you can use the brand of your choice. You can also top your casserole with berries ,chocolate chips, sliced almonds or walnuts right before you pop it in the oven for a little something extra.

  • 1 or 2 packages of refrigerated cinnamon roll dough (12 in total) cut  into quarters
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Prep a medium casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place your cut cinnamon rolls into your dish, spreading them out evenly.
  3.  In a medium bowl, mix together your milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Pour over your cinnamon roll pieces.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night. (at least 7 hours)
  5. Preheat your oven the 375.
  6. Remove plastic wrap and cook for 35 minutes. Or until the cinnamon rolls are golden brown.
  7. Drizzle with cream cheese icing that comes with the rolls! Serve warm.

A breakfast favorite, turned into a super easy, super delicious casserole!

It’s quickly turned into a favorite around here, and a breakfast that I actually don’t mind making!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

Berry Torte

Berry Torte
This beautiful weather has me dreaming of summer.

Dinners outside and fresh fruit, are a must in our family once the warm weather hits!

After dinner, of course there’s dessert!!

This super simple torte combines all of the flavors of summer. With Easter and Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it would be the perfect addition to a dessert table!

You can substitute the berries for whichever ones you prefer. In our house Strawberries and blueberries are the favorites!

Berry Torte

  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 pound berries of your choice. sliced
  • powdered sugar for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 475 and grease a 9 inch round cake pan or spring form pan.
  2. Using a mixer, beat your eggs, sugar and vanilla on medium for approx 3 mins.
  3. Sift your flour into the egg mixture and gently mix until the batter is combined.
  4. Fold in your berries until combined, try not to over mix. Pour into your prepared pan.
  5. Bake your cake for 5 minutes at 400, then lower the oven temp to 350 and continue to bake for an additional 30 mins. (or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean)
  6. Allow cake to cool before removing it from the pan.
  7. Sift on your icing sugar before serving.

This cake is delicious alone, but even better with some whipped cream. Hey how about a scoop of ice cream??  Why not treat yourself!

Enjoy,

Fran

 

Avocado “Mayo” Spread

I’m finally back to blogging after house hunting and FINALLY finding a new house that we’ll be moving into this summer!

Today I’m sharing another super easy family favourite!

This recipe came about on a day when we were out of mayo, mustard and any other condiment that you’d put on your sandwich.

This “mayo” is dairy free and definitely a healthier and in my opinion a tastier addition to any lunch.

We use it on sandwiches, wraps,burritos and burgers!

It’s honestly good on anything. It’s so easy to make we usually always have a jar in the fridge and if not we whip some up right away!

  • 2 Medium avocados peeled
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • a dash of cayenne pepper (adjust to your taste)
  • 1/4 Cup olive oil

Add all ingredients to your blender or food processor and puree until smooth and creamy! Store any left overs in an air tight container or mason jar.

That’s it!

I’m avocado obsessed and this is just another one of the ways our family enjoys them!

Enjoy,

Fran

Nutella Swirl Muffins 

Nutella swirl muffinsSo I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed out I bake! (And bake and bake and bake…)

Some people smoke, some have a drink, and some clean. In my case I head right to the kitchen.

If you’ve been following along with me on  Instagram You’ll know it’s been crazy around here. We are house hunting and getting our house ready to sell. It’s exciting, but also scary and VERY stressful.

So out of that stress came this sweet treat! I love Nutella and I really wanted muffins! (They would definitely help ease my stress! Ha!)

So these beauties came to be!

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup Nutella
  1. Preheat oven to 350F grease and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl combine egg yolk and vanilla and stir until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, combine vegetable oil, sugar, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract, stirring until well combined.
  5. Add flour mixture to vegetable oil mixture and stir until just combined
  6. Fill muffin cups 1/2-way full with muffin batter. Top with 1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp of Nutella and then top with another spoonful of muffin batter so that muffin cups are about 3/4 full.
  7. Use a toothpick to swirl the Nutella with the spoonful of muffin batter added to the top.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean)

Nutella Swirl Muffins

There you go! These muffins are guaranteed to relieve your stress! (Until they’re all gone at least!)

Enjoy,

Fran

Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

creamy avocado pasta

My name is Francesca and I’m addicted to avocados….

Anything I can add them to, I definitely do! 

Seriously, I love them so much!

In this I recipe paired them with just a few fresh ingredients and had a delicious pasta sauce the whole family loved!
This recipe came out of one of those days when you are in desperate need to go grocery shopping and need to make a quick dinner. Honestly,I think some of the best meals come out of those days!

It doesn’t take a bunch of fancy ingredients to make something delicious, and this sauce is proof of that.

This sauce was served with 2 Cups of cooked pasta (whichever you choose)

  • 2 Ripe avocados pitted and peeled
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • 3 Large leaves of basil
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. While your pasta is cooking, combine all ingredients in a food processor .
  2. Mix until you reach your desired consistency, I prefer it creamier but a chunkier sauce would be good too!
  3. Adjust taste with more salt and pepper if you prefer.
  4. Toss your pasta and sauce together right after draining your pasta. While pasta is still hot.

It’s fresh taste is amazing and my kid’s loved the green colour of the sauce! Frankie said it looked like ninja turtle ooze (I promise it doesn’t!!!) 

Whatever makes them eat dinner right..?

(kid’s are weird lol!)

Enjoy,

Fran

Chocolate Pound Cake + Fudge Glaze

I think it’s pretty much a given that chocolate and Valentines Day go hand in hand!

I can tell you from experience that if you give me chocolate I’ll definitely be your friend! If that chocolate comes in the form of cake….. Well then you just guaranteed yourself a new bff!

This classic chocolate pound cake is perfect for any time of year. The glaze gives it an extra fudgey, rich finishing touch that is absolutely amazing! Top with your favorite berries to add a festive feel and dig in to this dessert with your Valentine!

chocolate pound cake

  • 1 1/4 Cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 4 Large eggs,beaten

Glaze

  • 1/2 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp corn syrup

Pre heat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda mix until well combined. Set aside
  2. In a small bowl mix together sour cream, vanilla and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add your eggs one at a time.
  4. Then add half of your flour mixture, combine well. Add your sour cream mixture, mix well. Then add remaining flour mixture. Mix until well combined.
  5. Pour into your prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Let cake cool about 20 minutes before removing from pan, then allow to finish cooling on a wire rack

Chocolate glaze

  1. Combine your glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan. Cook on low heat, constantly stirring until smooth. Pour over your cake evenly allowing the glaze to drip down the sides.
  2. Top with berries or sprinkles of your choice!

Seriously, every chocolate lovers dream!

I would definitely be someone’s valentine if they made me this cake!

Enjoy,

Fran

Love Your Charcuterie With San Daniele and Riserva Salami + Giveaway 

Charcuterie board mastro

 

Growing up in my Italian family, charcuterie boards weren’t some huge trend. To be honest I had never even heard the term charcuterie before !

What did we call it?

That’s easy, Sunday lunch at Nonna’s house!

They are the perfect spread for family gatherings, game nights or just a casual Sunday at home. While they can look complicated and overwhelming to assemble, they’re really not! The more simple the better, Follow my easy steps and you’ll have a delicious selection that you wont be able to stop snacking on!

  • The center piece of this whole ensemble is of course THE MEAT !! With Mastro you’re never short on selection. The variety is amazing, spicy, mild, or even infused with so many new and delicious flavors there’s something for everyone. Ideally you’ll want to have two or three different kinds of cured meats.

Mastro Charcuterie

I included:

  •  San Daniele prosciutto
  • Mastro Genoa Salami
  • Riserva smoked paprika salami
  • Riserva chianti wine and fennel salami

These new Riserva Salami varieties are so amazing! There is also roasted garlic one that is definitely next on my list to try!

charcuterie

  • Next you’ll add some bread, bread sticks, crackers or flat breads.

It’s nice to have something to add a little crunch. I used a baguette, some black olive bread sticks and some sun dried tomato croistini. People also can use the bread to make sandwiches. Bread is definitely a charcuterie must!

  • Say Cheese!!!

Who doesn’t love cheese?

Cheese is the perfect compliment to these cured meats! A variety small variety will give your guests the option of trying different parings to see which ones they like best! You don’t have to go overboard with fancy cheeses, pick whatever you like !

charcuterie

 

I added:

  • Cocktail bocconcini
  • Marbled cheddar cheese (my kids favorite)
  • A cream cheese ring covered in sweet and spicy peppers

charcuterie

  • Garnishes! More is more!

Just like when you make a pizza, the toppings are the finishing touch to your masterpiece! Again, you don’t have to get too fancy! Often just taking a walk through the condiment section or olive bar will give you so much inspiration! These are all family favorite snacks and were no brainers to include in our house!

  • Pimento olives
  • Cream cheese stuffed jalapenos
  • Sweet gherkins
  • Pickled peppers
  • Marinated artichokes
  • Sun dried tomatoes

 

  • Fruit for thought

The addition of fruit balances out the saltiness of the meat and garnishes. Figs and apricots are great go to additions. Again, don’t get too fancy. If you like it use it!Charcuterie

These steps will insure a delicious and gorgeous charcuterie spread that everyone will love!

If you want to give it a go and put together your own charcuterie, Mastro and I have teamed up to get you started!

You can’t have a delicious spread without including San Daniele proscuitto Canada’s #1 Brand! Don’t forget to try out the new Riserva Salami in Roasted Garlic, Chianti Wine and Fennel and Smoked Paprika flavors!

I’m giving one lucky follower their own genuine maple wood charcuterie board, two packs of Mastro sliced meats and Two coupons for a pack of sliced meat!

Head over to my  Instagram page to enter to win!

xo,

Fran

 This is a sponsored post, as always the opinions expressed are true and my own.