Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake… this simple and sweet cake is quick and easy to make, and the perfect way to enjoy those fresh summer berries!

I have to confess, I am totally a dessert girl. I love to end the day with a little something sweet!

During the summer months, I love to stock up on all the fresh berries, and use them for making delicious treats. This blueberry buttermilk cake is a favorite around here. It’s simple to make, I nearly always have the ingredients on hand, and it tastes fantastic!

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake... easy to make and delicious!

It really doesn’t get better than this – buttery, tender cake topped with lightly sweetened berries and baked to perfection! I like to bake mine in a pie plate, but you could also use a springform pan or a cake pan.

If you don’t like blueberries, or don’t have any on hand, you could substitute pretty much any fresh berries. I also like this cake with fresh peaches or pears on top. You really can’t go wrong!

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake.. adding the berries

The fresh blueberries add such great flavor to the cake! It’s almost like a giant blueberry muffin, but for dessert. The cake is perfect as is, but for an extra treat, you can serve it with freshly whipped cream or even vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake... ready for the oven

This cake is perfect for bringing along to a summer potluck or picnic. It’s so delicious and easy that you’ll be making it all summer long!

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake... fresh out of the oven

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50-60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, separated
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla, and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until combined.
Spread the batter in a butter 9 or 10 inch pie dish. Spread the blueberries over the top. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
Bake 50-60 minutes, or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake... so easy, and so very delicious!

Thanks, Alicia!

Blueberry Buttermilk Cake... this simple and sweet cake is quick and easy to make, and the perfect way to enjoy those fresh summer berries!

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No Churn Ice Cream with Berries

This No Churn Ice Cream recipe makes the creamiest ice cream and is made with only 3 ingredients! You will not believe how easy this mixed berry ice cream is to make.

One of my favorite things about summer is homemade ice cream. Ice cream has to be my all time favorite dessert and it’s always a toss up whether I’m going to go fruity or chocolate.

Today, I decided to go fruity and mix up a berry no-churn ice cream for you. This recipe is perfect when you need a sweet treat and don’t want to pull out the ice cream maker and then run to the store for salt and ice. There’s no special equipment needed and you can make it right in your own freezer with just a hand mixer. It’s just as smooth and creamy as homemade ice cream too!

This No Churn Ice Cream recipe makes the creamiest ice cream and is made with only 3 ingredients AND no ice cream maker! You will not believe how easy mixed berry ice cream is to make.

This no churn ice cream could be made with any of your favorite toppings. Just mix 1 cup of your toppings right in the batter. I’m thinking for my next batch I’m going to go with a chocolate flavor and mix in some Oreo’s or Reese’s peanut butter cups. So many possibilities!

Easy No Churn Ice Cream

To get started all you need to do is beat the heavy cream for 5 minutes, or until a nice peak has formed. Then stir in the sweetened condensed milk.

No Churn Ice Cream made with whipped cream

Place the berries in a zip top bag (or pulse in a blender) and smash them with a rolling pin.

No Churn Ice Cream with berries - getting the berries ready to add to the base

Then stir in the mixed berries and stir until combined. Seriously… look at all that berry goodness. I could just dive right in with a spoon and stop here.

No Churn Ice Cream with mixed in berries -YUM!

Pour mixture into a 9×5 loaf pan or 9×9 pan. Place in the freezer for 4 to 5 hours, or until firm. Try to resist eating right away! ;)

This no churn ice cream recipe makes the creamiest ice cream and is made with only 3 ingredients AND no ice cream maker!

No Churn Ice Cream with Berries

This no churn ice cream recipe makes the creamiest ice cream and is made with only 3 ingredients AND no ice cream maker! You will not believe how easy mixed berry ice cream is to make.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup mixed berries (or your favorite kind)

Directions:

In a large bowl beat the heavy cream for 5 minutes, or until a nice peak has formed. Then stir in the sweetened condensed milk. Place the berries in a zip top bag (or pulse in a blender) and smash them with a rolling pin. Then stir in the mixed berries and stir until combined.

Pour mixture into a 9x5 loaf pan or 9x9 pan. Place in the freezer for 4 to 5 hours, or until firm.

Allow to soften slightly on the counter, scoop and serve!

You can substitute the berries for your favorite topping if you'd like :)

This no churn ice cream recipe makes the creamiest ice cream and is made with only 3 ingredients!

Allow to soften slightly on the counter, scoop and serve! Mmm….

The easiest ice cream you will EVER make!

My kids could not wait to dive right in… they were so excited and licked their spoon clean! We all loved it!

3 ingredient No-Churn berry ice cream...so creamy and delicious! The perfect summer treat!

So I’m curious… what’s your favorite ice cream topping?

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos, a recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. The best part? It only takes 5 minutes to prep!

Last month I visited Nashville with the Old El Paso freshest bloggers and went on a walking food tour through the city. We ate at 4 different taco shops in 4 hours. I ate some of the best tacos of my life that day. Holy cow. I needed to be rolled out of there by the time it was over. ;) I think everyone needs to put a walking food tour on their bucket list. I’m thinking Chicago and NYC would be fun cities to do next! So much fun.

I had the most delicious chicken tinga tacos on this tour and knew I had to try and recreate the recipe at home to share with you. At another restaurant I tried the most amazing feta crema sauce on a taco as well, so I thought I would take the two and make one amazing taco. These tacos did not disappoint. They taste like they came straight from a Mexican restaurant and take no time at all to make.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos, a recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. The best part? It only takes 5 minutes to prep!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos are so easy to prep!

All you need is 5 minutes and 5 ingredients to make the sauce. You’ll place the tomatoes, peppers, garlic, onion and seasonings in a blender and pulse 5 times. The peppers and Old El Paso taco seasoning adds just the right amount of heat.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos... sauce ingredients

Then you’ll pour the sauce of the chicken in the slow cooker and cook for about 4 hours. Once the chicken simmers in the sauce it will have a nice smoky chipotle flavor. Such a simple dish packed with so much flavor.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos in the slow cooker... this recipe is so easy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos

Yield: 6 ot 8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 to 6 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers in adobe (more if you like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Old El Paso taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste

Feta crema:

  • 4-ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons feta cheese
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Whole milk, if needed

For serving:

  • Tortillas
  • Diced onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Crumbled feta or cotija cheese
  • Lime slice

Directions:

Place the chicken breast in the slow cooker.

Add the tomatoes, onion, peppers, garlic, taco seasoning and salt to a blender. Pulse 3 to 5 times. Then pour over the chicken. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until you are able to shred the chicken. Shred and then cook an additional 15 to 30 minutes. Place on warm until ready to serve.

For the feta crema, stir the cream cheese, feta and lemon juice until smooth. Add milk in needed to thin it out.

Serve the chicken tinga inside of tortillas. Add your favorite toppings such as, onion, cilantro and feta cheese.

The feta crema sauce seriously takes the chicken tinga from ordinary to extraordinary. It’s worth trying, and only takes a couple extra minutes to make. Promise!

Feta Crema Sauce - only 3 ingredients to make and tastes amazing on my Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos.

I placed crema in a zip top bag and then cut off the top to drizzle over the chicken tacos. It’s a little thick, so you could also just add a big dollop to the center of the taco. :)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos, a recipe that tastes like it came straight from a Mexican restaurant. AMAZING!

ENJOY!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga Tacos with Feta Crema Sauce - an incredibly easy dinner that takes just a few minutes, and tastes like it came from the most fantastic Mexican restaurant!

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Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July

Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July …the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family.

This is a sponsored post by brought to you by Hebrew National, all opinions are my own :) 

We had some of our friends from my husbands residency program over this past weekend and had such a great time. Being away from all of our family has been really hard the past 4 years, but our ortho friends have become like family and made residency so much easier. I don’t know what I would do without them. All of our kids gets along great, too, which always makes for a great time.

I love hosting BBQ’s and for this one I knew I wanted to do a hot dog toppings bar so everyone could customize their own hot dogs. I thought I would make some fun 4th of July printables too since the holiday is coming up so soon! I’ve also got them available for you to download for free below. Yay!

Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July - ready for a fun BBQ!

I’m always looking for unique baskets and thought this ‘Build your own hot dog’ sign would look cute hanging inside. All I did was print it out and hang it up with a white clothespin. Super easy and affordable decor.

Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July - easy printable for your hot dog bar!

Then for the toppings, I placed them inside of glass jars and attached the label to the front. I also added wooden spoons for serving.

Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July - setting up for guests

For the condiments I placed them in 16-ounce bottles and attached the label to the back with tape.

Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July - easy to print labels to spruce up your BBQ!

We used our favorite Hebrew National hot dogs for our backyard BBQ and they were definitely a hit. You just can’t beat the flavor of 100% Kosher beef. They are our go-to hot dog!

Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July - we love hot dogs year 'round!

Here are some ideas for a hot dog toppings bar below.

Hot Dog Toppings:

Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July (free printables available) ...the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family.

My personal favorite is pineapple salsa, guacamole and BBQ sauce. You can’t beat the sweet and savory combo.Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July - my favorite is pineapple salsa, guacamole and BBQ sauce

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So I’m curious, what are your favorite hot dog toppings? Did I miss any?

 

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