Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

Bring back memories of childhood with an easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe. This classic homemade pineapple upside down cake recipe is combined with vanilla ice cream for the perfect summer ice box cake.

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

This easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake is the perfect summer treat! We all know that pineapple upside down cake is amazing when served with vanilla ice cream. So why not combine the two for an even more fabulous cake? Enjoy this delicious and easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe with a twist. Thanks to Divian for contributing this delicious classic summer dessert!

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake.

Just Like Mom’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake

When I was growing up, every week my mother would make some kind of amazing cake.  We would come home from school, my dad from work and we would have dinner and dessert as a family. I remember it all so clear and each time I do, I smile.

While mom made a host of different cakes, one of our favorite cake recipes that she made definitely stands out to me the most… her pineapple upside down cake! I can still see Mom pulling out her huge rectangular baking pan, covering a piece of cardboard in aluminum foil and turning that cake upside down. It was amazing.

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

How to make a classic Pineapple cake From Scratch

I had not eaten a pineapple cake in years, but when I made this fun version of mom’s recipe with ice cream for summer, it brought back so many wonderful memories.

As you can see, I added vanilla ice cream, which is a simple twist to create a Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake! I’m a firm believer that nothing makes cake better than a nice scoop of ice cream! Something about the butteriness of the cake, paired with ice cream makes it so much more delicious.

 

With this recipe, we combine ice cream as a layer with the cake. What better way to enjoy a childhood memory!

Originally Published on September 2, 2014

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Ingredients

First of all, you’ll need two 9″ spring form cake pans to make this cake.

Springform Cake Pan

Pineapple Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup of Pineapple Juice
  • 1/8 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 stick of butter (softened)

For Topping:

  • 1 Stick of butter melted
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • Pineapple slices or crushed pineapple
  • Maraschino Cherries

Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe

For the pineapple cake, mix all dry ingredients and then add in your wet ingredients. Mix well.

In one 9 inch pan spring form pan, spread brown sugar evenly to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour your melted butter over it.

 

Top with pineapple slices and then the cherries.

Pour the cake cake batter over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until top springs back at the touch. You can also stick in a toothpick to check if it is ready. If it comes out clean, it is done!

 

Allow the cake to cool inside the spring form pan and spray another cake pan with nonstick spray. Pour in your remaining batter and bake until done. Allow both layers to cool completely.

With a cup full of warm water, place your spatula in the warm water. Let your ice cream sit until it is slightly softened. Begin spreading ice cream on your pineapple/cherry layer of cake while in the spring form pan. The spring form pan will help the ice cream stay in place.

How long should I freeze this cake?

Freeze until the ice cream is firm about 15-30 minutes per layer.

Start with the first layer, then remove from freezer and top with the second layer of cake and freeze until ready to serve. After placing all the layers, allow Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake to completely freeze before slicing and serving.

How to Get Pineapple Upside Down Cake Out of the Pan

Place your cake stand upside down on top of your spring form pan, flip it over, remove the spring form and voila! Since this cake is frozen, dip a knife in warm water to make slicing easier.

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Pineapple Upside Down Ice Cream Cake

An easy homemade Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe turned into an ice cream cake. This classic cake combined with vanilla ice cream makes the perfect summer ice box cake.

Pineapple Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened ((one stick))

Cake Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted ((one stick))
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pineapple slices or crushed pineapple
  • 2 tbsp Maraschino cherries

Ice Cream

  • 2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. For the cake, mix all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl, then add in your wet ingredients. Mix well.
  3. You will need two 9″ springform pans.
  4. In the first pan, spread brown sugar evenly to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour your melted butter over it. Top with pineapple and cherries.
  5. Pour in half of the cake batter.
  6. Spray another cake pan with nonstick spray. Pour in your remaining batter and bake until done.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until top of cake springs back at the touch.
  8. Allow the cake to cool inside the spring form pans completely before adding layer of ice cream.
  9. Let your ice cream sit until it is slightly softened.
  10. Place a spatula in a cup full of warm water.
  11. While the cake is still in the pan, spread ice cream onto the pineapple/cherry layer of cake using the spatula, dipping continuously to help smooth out the ice cream. The spring form pan will help the ice cream stay in place.
  12. Freeze this cake layer until ice cream is firm. About 15-30 minutes.
  13. Remove from freezer and top with the second layer of cake.
  14. Place your cake stand upside down on top of your spring form pan, flip it over, remove spring form and you’re done!
  15. After placing all the layers, allow cake to completely freeze before slicing and serving.

Stick a toothpick into the baked cake to check if it is ready. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done!

Dip a knife in warm water to easily slice the frozen cake.

Recipe contributed by Divian Conner.

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Hawaiian Sliders Recipe

Easy Hawaiian sliders recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce. Delicious juicy bite sized burgers for a crowd.

Easy Hawaiian sliders recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce. Delicious juicy bite sized burgers!

Easy Hawaiian Sliders Recipe

Hawaiian sliders are savory and sweet bite-sized burgers perfect for a quick dinner, game day or party. After visiting Hawaii for a few weeks, I’m obsessed with anything pineapple. We visited the Dole Pineapple Plantation and I can still smell the sweet scent of fresh pineapples in the air!  If you love tropical drinks and dishes, then you’ll enjoy this simple recipe.

I’m excited to have updated this simple slider recipe that has been on the blog for a while now. I can’t wait to make these burgers again. Bite-sized recipes are always fun. I think you’ll enjoy these tasty burgers!

Hawaiian sliders recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce.

 

My Favorite Pineapple Recipes

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How to Make Easy Sliders for a Crowd

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Mouthwatering Sliders Recipe with Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

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What You’ll Need for Hawaiian Sliders

It’s super easy to make these delicious mini burgers. All you need is ground beef, Worcestershire sauce pineapple slices, lettuce and sweet Hawaiian rolls. Such a fun dish for a party.

Easy Hawaiian Sauce For Burgers

The sauce is what makes sliders extra juicy with a hint of sweet pineapples. All you have to do is mix barbecue sauce, pineapple preserves and brown sugar together for a tasty sauce!

Originally published on October 10, 2010

Hawaiian Sliders Recipe

Easy slider recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce. Delicious juicy bite sized burgers!

Burgers

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 pineapple slices, canned
  • 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • lettuce

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  1. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef and Worcestershire sauce. Shape into twelve half inch thick patties. Set aside.

  2. Combine sauce ingredients in small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

  3. Place pineapple slices on rack in broiler and brush with sauce. Put pan in oven so the pineapples are 3 to 4 inches from the heat. Broil 4 minutes, turning once and brushing with more sauce. Remove pineapple and keep warm.

  4. Place burgers on a rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 3-4 inches from the heat. Broil 7 to 8 minutes to medium (160°F) well, until beef is not pink in center and juices show no pink color. Turn once and brush burgers with remaining sauce after turning.

  5. Cut each pineapple slice into thirds. Line bottom of each Hawaiian sweet roll with lettuce, top with a burger, then with a pineapple piece.

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15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipes

Best summer cookie recipe ideas! Cute desserts to keep cool at a picnic, bbq, beach or pool party. Fun food for summer parties.

Best Summer Cookie Recipes

Best summer cookie recipes

These adorable summer cookie recipes are sure to impress guests of all ages! Summer is quickly approaching and that means planning outdoor parties. I love making all kinds of cookies and since festive treats are a must for a summer party, we’ve rounded up our favorite fun and unique summer cookie recipes.

I love these easy cookie recipe ideas! We’ve found the cutest desserts to keep cool at a picnic, bbq, beach or pool party. Such fun food for any summer party.

15 Easy Summer Cookie Recipe Ideas. Cute dessert food to keep cool at a picnic, bbq, beach or pool party. Fun food for summer parties.

Originally published on May 27, 2014 

 

Enjoy these amazing summer cookie recipes

From lemon and strawberry cookies to pool and beach themed cookies, these fun ideas are so cute and delicious. It will be hard to choose which cookies to make this summer.

I’m drooling over all of these cookie photos and can’t wait to try some of these fabulous summer cookie recipes! Actually there are more than 15 cookie ideas here, I just keep adding as I make and find more. You will surely find a few recipes below that you can’t wait to make. Enjoy!

 

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Teddy Bear Pool Float Cookies

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Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies

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Disney Cookies

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Strawberry Lemonade Cookies

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Orange Creamsicle Cookies

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Barbecue Sugar Cookies

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S’Mores Cookies

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Picnic Cookie Bars

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Camping Cookies

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Fish Bowl Cookies

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Popsicle Cookies

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Ice Cream Cookies

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Watermelon Cookies

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Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies. Perfect for a summer Descendants party!

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

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Under the Sea Donut Kabobs and Milk

The fourth book in the #1 New York Times best-selling Descendants series, Escape from the Isle of the Lost, is IN STORES NOW!. Prepare for an explosive underwater battle between Mal and Uma with these Under the Sea Donut Kabobs! I remember how excited my kids were when the first two Descendants Disney Channel movies came out! This book will be a great summer read!

These magical no-bake treats made with blue and purple frosted cake donuts, gummy candies and fancy sprinkles were inspired by the new book.

Placing under the sea donut kabobs inside of glass jars filled with ocean blue milk makes for a cute summer Disney Descendants party idea!

When is Descendants 3 Coming Out?

Ahead of the third Disney Channel Original Movie, premiering August 2, 2019, Escape from the Isle of the Lost, continues the adventures of everyone’s favorite villain kids, Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos.

This book will provide a much anticipated backstory to the new storyline, as well as picking up where the Descendants 2 movie leaves off. It’s written by Melissa de la Cruz, the best-selling author of many novels, including the Blue Bloods series and the Witches of East End.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies.

 

What is the order of the Descendants books?

Didn’t know the movies were created from books? Start reading from the beginning to get caught up before the new movie comes out! All three novels in the Descendants series have become instant New York Times best sellers, with Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost hitting the number one spot.

Here are the four Descendants books in order:

  1. The Isle of the Lost
  2. Return to the Isle of the Lost
  3. Rise of the Isle of the Lost
  4. Escape from the Isle of the Lost

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Escape from the Isle of the Lost Summary

Mal, Evie, Jay, and Carlos may have once been the baddest of the bad, but their wicked ways are (mostly) behind them—and now graduation is almost here! But before the seniors can don their custom-designed caps and gowns, courtesy of Evie, they’ve got an epic plan to put into action.

There are tons of villain kids on the Isle of the Lost who are eager for their chance to come to Auradon Prep—even Celia, Dr. Facilier’s trickster daughter, wants in on the deal!—and Mal’s crew is using their upcoming visit to the Isle to help make it happen. But Auradon’s biggest threat is still at large… Trapped on the other side of the barrier, Uma is more desperate than ever to get her long-awaited revenge against Mal. When she discovers an underground lair belonging to Hades, god of the underworld, Uma realizes she’s found the perfect partner in crime. Together, they can defeat Mal, bring down the barrier, and escape the Isle for good. Mal and Uma have a score to settle, and they’ll come face to face in an explosive underwater battle that could determine the fates of Auradon and the Isle of the Lost once and for all.

How to Make Under the Sea Donut Kabobs and Milk for a Descendants Party

Grab a few supplies and let your kids have fun making these easy treats!

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What you’ll need: 

  • Mini powdered sugar donuts
  • Donut holes
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Neon blue, pink and yellow food coloring
  • Gummy candy (I used gummy bears and gummy octopus candy)
  • Blue or purple candy sprinkles
  • Skewers
  • Milk

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Descendants Party Ideas and Book Series

Spoon several tablespoons of vanilla frosting into different small microwave safe bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl to get your desired sea blue colors. I used several drops of blue with one drop of yellow for a pretty turquoise ocean blue. Mix blue and pink (or red) food coloring to make purple.

Microwave each bowl for about 30 seconds to heat the frosting for donut dipping.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs - Descendants Party Ideas and Book Series

Decorate Your Donuts

Spread out a sheet of wax paper or foil and dip a donut into the frosting. Cover with sprinkles and let dry.

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made with frosted mini cake donuts.

Get Creative with Donut Kabobs

After you have frosted your donuts and they are completely dry, begin adding candy and your donuts to skewers.

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Fill a pitcher with milk and add a few blue food coloring drops and stir. Pour the ocean blue milk into jars and garnish with a straw and your cute Under the Sea Donut Kabobs!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs Recipe - Descendants Party Ideas and new book

These are such adorable and easy under the sea themed party ideas!

Under the Sea Donut Kabobs Recipe - Descendants Party Ideas

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Under the Sea Donut Kabobs

Easy no-bake Under the Sea Donut Kabobs made frosted mini cake donuts and gummy candies. Perfect for a Descendants summer party!

  • 1 bag mini powdered sugar donuts
  • 8 donut holes
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • Neon blue pink and yellow food coloring
  • 1/2 cup Gummy candy such as gummy bears and worms
  • 1 cup blue or purple candy sprinkles
  • 8 cups milk
  1. Spoon several tablespoons of vanilla frosting into 2-3 different small microwave safe bowls.

  2. Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl to get your desired sea blue colors. I used several drops of blue with one drop of yellow for a pretty turquoise blue. Mix blue and pink (or refor purple.
  3. Microwave each bowl for about 30 seconds to heat the frosting.
  4. Spread out a sheet of wax paper or foil and dip a donut into the frosting.
  5. Cover with sprinkles and let dry.
  6. After you have frosted your donuts, begin adding candy and donuts to the skewers.
  7. Set aside until ready to serve.
  8. Fill a pitcher with milk and add a few blue food coloring drops and stir. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  9. Pour milk into jars and garnish with a straw and Under the Sea Donut Kabobs!

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Strawberry Iced Tea

Strawberry Iced Tea made by the pitcher with fresh strawberries, mint, lemons and Milo’s Famous Iced Tea is the perfect summer drink recipe!

A Strawberry Iced Tea recipe made by the pitcher with fresh strawberries, mint, lemons and is the perfect summer party drink! Easy spiked tea cocktail.

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Strawberry Iced Tea Recipe

With summer near, this Strawberry Iced Tea recipe made with juicy strawberries, fresh mint, lemons and Milo’s Famous Unsweet Tea is the perfect quick drink to enjoy with friends and family! I’m happy to be partnering again with Milo’s Tea to bring you another fabulous party drink recipe. If you missed my Autumn Spice Punch recipe from the fall, click here to find it.

Strawberry Iced Tea recipe. Made by the pitcher with fresh strawberries, mint, lemons and is the perfect summer party cocktail.

Low Calorie Drink

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I made this delicious Strawberry Iced Tea with Milo’s Unsweet Tea, fresh strawberries, mint and Meyer lemons. It literally takes minutes to make and will look amazing on your summer holiday party table! Spike it up with vodka for a refreshing cocktail.

A Strawberry Iced Tea recipe made by the pitcher with fresh strawberries, mint, lemons and is the perfect summer party drink! Easy spiked tea cocktail.

 

All Natural Award Winning Iced Tea

Milo’s iced tea is so good! It’s an all natural award winning tea fresh brewed from real tea leaves. My kids are starting to ask for sweet tea, so I love the fact that Milo’s tea is sweetened with a clean ingredient list of pure cane sugar and no preservatives or added acids. It’s an ideal drink for the summer holidays!

A Strawberry Tea recipe made with Milos Famous Tea.

Milo’s famous sweet tea recipe is the same recipe that was brewed by Milo back in 1946! Being able to buy the gallon jugs makes this Strawberry Iced Tea recipe so easy to make. Using it saves you time not having to brew your own tea.

Strawberry Iced Tea made by the pitcher with fresh strawberries, mint, lemons and Milo’s Famous Iced Tea.

I really like buying this tea because, not only do they use all-natural ingredients, but Milo’s Tea Company is a family, women-owned business. Founded by Milo Carlton in 1946 as a restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama, his tea recipe became so popular that buy 1989 the family started selling it by the gallon. The company is now run by Milo Carlton’s granddaughter.

Easy Strawberry Iced Tea Summer Party Drink

Look at how gorgeous this Strawberry Tea looks served in a clear glass pitcher! I whipped up this summer party tray in minutes and you can too!

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Best of all, this drink is made by the pitcher which means no mixing individual drinks and more time for you to enjoy a Milo’s moment with friends and family.

Strawberry cocktail by the pitcher with strawberries, mint, lemons and tea.

 

Where to Find Milo’s Famous Tea

I get Milo’s tea at Walmart or Market Street in the refrigerated juice section. It’s also available in sweet or no calorie sweetened with sucralose. Click Here to find a store with Milo’s near you.

Strawberry Iced Tea recipe is an easy cocktail with Milos Unsweet Tea.

I hope you enjoy this easy drink recipe and have many Milo’s moments with family and friends this summer!

Strawberry Iced Tea

Strawberry Iced Tea made by the pitcher with fresh strawberries, mint, lemons and Milo’s Famous Iced Tea is the perfect summer drink recipe! Spike it with vodka for a refreshing cocktail.

  • 4 cups Milo’s Unsweet Iced Tea
  • 1 cup strawberries (pureed)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup vodka (Optional)
  • Ice
  1. Cut off strawberry stems and puree in a blender or food processor. You should get 1 cup of pureed strawberries from about 2 handfuls of large fresh strawberries.
  2. In a pitcher, add 3-5 fresh mint leaves and muddle them with a spoon.
  3. Pour tea, sugar, strawberry puree and the juice of one lemon into the pitcher.
  4. Add vodka if you want a spiked Strawberry tea. If not, fill the rest of the pitcher with tea.
  5. Stir well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. Serve by muddling mint in a glass. Fill glass with ice and pour the tea. Garnish with a strawberry and mint leaf.

If you like your iced tea sweet, add more sugar or omit the sugar and use Milo’s Sweet Tea instead.

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Mermaid Rum Punch

Cool off with a frozen Mermaid Rum Punch. An ocean blue tropical drink recipe with lemonade, coconut, white rum, banana that’s absolute magic!

Mermaid Rum Punch - an ocean blue tropical drink recipe with lemonade, coconut, white rum, banana that’s absolute magic!

Mermaid Rum Punch Recipe

When you’re wishing you could feel the ocean’s breeze on a hot summer day, this Mermaid Rum Punch is just what you’ll want to make! Whether you are lounging by the pool or headed to the beach, sipping on a cool frozen drink is perfect in summer. I’m excited that Natalie made such a fun cocktail for us today!

We’ve made a lot of rum drinks for you in the past, but this fun ocean blue rum punch might be one of the prettiest for sure! It’s not often that you can say you’re drinking mermaid punch right? This makes me wish I was back in beautiful Turks & Caicos for sure!

I would love to make a few pitchers of these mermaid drinks for a party or girl’s day out. If you like piña coladas, then you’ll love this new frozen drink. I have a few friends with summer birthdays and will definitely be making them!

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Easy Ocean Blue Drink

To go along with it’s name, we definitely wanted this mermaid drink to look like a blue tropical ocean. Since this is mostly made of frozen lemonade, the blue look comes by adding Blue Curacao liqueur. Blue Curacao is made of citrus which gives it more of an orange lemon flavor. If you prefer your drink to taste more like a traditional piña colada, omit the Blue Curacao. You could also add a tablespoon of blueberry puree on the top for a similar blue ocean effect.

Mermaid Rum Punch Recipe - An ocean blue tropical frozen drink. Easy cocktail.

Mermaid Rum Punch Party Tips:

  • To add more flavor with less ice, which can water down the drink, freeze the banana and pineapple juice ahead of time.
  • Want the blue effect, but don’t have Blue Curacao? You can aways add blueberry puree. Or mix a few drops of blue food coloring into your blender when mixing.
  • Serve with blue drinking straws and and nautical shell cocktail napkins.
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Mermaid Rum Punch Recipe - An ocean blue tropical frozen drink.

Enjoy this amazing Mermaid Rum Punch!

Mermaid Rum Punch

Cool off with a frozen Mermaid Rum Punch. An ocean blue tropical drink recipe with lemonade, coconut, white rum, banana and Blue Curacao that’s absolute magic!

  • 12 oz can frozen lemonade
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 5 oz white rum
  • 4 oz coconut cream
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 4 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
  • Garnish with kiwi and pineapple slices
  1. In a blender, add the frozen lemonade, pineapple juice, rum, coconut cream, banana and ice. Blend well.
  2. Pour the frozen cocktail into glasses.
  3. Add a splash of Blue Curacao over the top of each drink.
  4. Gently swirl a bit of the liqueur into the drink while adding the straw. Do not blend completely.
  5. Garnish with kiwi and pineapple slices.

Add more crushed ice to the glass if needed.

To make this mermaid rum punch frozen without adding ice, freeze the banana and pineapple juice ahead of time.


 

Photos & Styling by Natalie Mayhew

Natalie is a wife, mom, designer, editorial stylist and content creator with a background in finance and a passion for world travel. She is founder of Fern & Maple, which reflects her unique style, and showcases her events, DIYs, vintage finds and party inspiration.

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Sex on the Beach Party Punch

A Sex on the Beach Drink Recipe is an easy tropical punch cocktail for a large crowd. Fun summer party recipe with free printable tags.

Sex on the Beach Drink Recipe. Easy tropical punch cocktail for a large party crowd.

 

Sex On The Beach Drink Recipe

I made this amazing Sex on the Beach Party Punch for a 4th of July Party last year and it was a hit! You can also call it A Day on the Beach Punch around the kids, but the usual name for this cocktail is the sexy one! This popular Sex on the Beach Drink Recipe is always a hit at any party.

A pretty bright red tropical punch filled with cranberry and pineapple juices along with cream of coconut, vodka and peach schnapps. I am the one who always brings big pitchers of punch to the party. Anytime I can come up with something new, I make sure to post it here on the blog. One of my post popular drinks is Tropical Rum Punch! I also love this Passion Fruit Rum punch.

This easy drink by the pitcher is another great tropical punch to serve at a party for a large crowd. My recipe should be enough to serve around 20-25 people.

Sex on the Beach Drink Recipe is an easy tropical punch cocktail for a large crowd.

 

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Free Printable Party Punch Sign

To make this Sex on the Beach Drink known to kids that it’s off limits, I designed a printable party sign. This is fun printable decor for a summer party, especially the 4th of July!

Sex on the Beach Drink Recipe free printable tags.

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Sex on the Beach Tropical Punch Drink Recipe

I hope you enjoy this Sex on the Beach Tropical Punch! It’s one of my favorites and so easy to whip up quickly for any summer party. Serve chilled in a large pitcher with slices of oranges, pineapples and strawberries for garnish. Enjoy!

Sex on the Beach Drink Recipe is an easy tropical punch cocktail for a large crowd. Fun summer party recipe with free printable tags.

Sex on the Beach Drink | Punch Recipe

This Sex on the Beach drink recipe is an easy tropical punch cocktail to serve to a large crowd at a party!

  • 64 fl oz Cranberry Juice
  • 36 fl oz Pineapple Juice
  • 3 cups Vodka
  • 2 cups Peach Schnapps
  • 1/2 cup cream of coconut
  • Slices of oranges, pineapples and strawberries
  1. Mix all ingredients together into a large pitcher and serve on ice for your Sex on the Beach Drink or Day on the Beach Punch.

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Red, White and Blue Funfetti Cupcakes recipe for a 4th of July party. Display in plastic wine glasses filled with patriotic candy for a fun wow factor!

 

Better Than Sex Cake

Better Than Sex Cake Recipe is a dessert you can't resist! Easy Chocolate Bundt cake filled with caramel and toffee.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken is a delicious family dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread make a flavorful combination!

Slow Cooker Chicken dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious family dinner, this Slow Cooker Chicken recipe is definitely worth trying! I love easy chicken recipes and this Crockpot Barbecue Chicken is certainly one of our family’s favorite dishes.

As a busy mom, I enjoy using my free weekly meal plans for quick dinner ideas. I’m definitely loving the slow cooker recipes on the list. This simple chicken recipe is adapted from week 7 in the meal plans. I’m always looking for a new idea for my Crockpot and this chicken hits the spot!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken dinner - Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe

 

CrockPot Barbecue Chicken is a simple weeknight meal!

I’m not a big barbecue chicken fan, but this blend of vegetables and chicken with the cornbread is rather addicting. Because it’s such an easy recipe, that makes me like it even more!

Serve this simple Crockpot barbecue chicken and cornbread with a salad for a fast and easy comforting meal. The chicken turns out very moist and it’s hard to stop eating. Even my kids like it! That’s kind of a miracle these days. ha!

Delicious Sweet Potatoes

I’m always looking for ways to hide healthy sweet potatoes into my meals for the kids. They are full of vitamins, but if I told my kids I was cooking them, there is no way they would eat them. Well, this recipe certainly does the trick if you mash the potatoes. Your kids will never know!

Slow Cooker Chicken dinner. Easy Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe from Living Locurto

 

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Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken

Get out your slow cooker and enjoy making this easy Crockpot barbecue chicken recipe!

Originally published January 23, 2014

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken is a delicious family dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread make a flavorful combination!

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 small red onion (diced)
  • 1 small sweet potato (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and place in the slow cooker.

  2. Top with the corn, diced onion, sweet potato and barbecue sauce. Toss together until chicken is coated.
  3. Add the water, a dash of salt and pepper then stir.
  4. Prepare Jiffy cornbread mix as directed on box and spread over the top of the chicken mixture.
  5. Cook for 6 hours on low.
  6. When cooked, remove the cornbread in sections and serve on top of the chicken mixture. Sprinkle with parsley.

You can also use 1 box of cornbread if you like less bread.

Recipe adapted from $5 Dinners.

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Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

Incredibly easy, low-carb Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower that turns out perfectly crispy in an air fryer or oven. Served hot or cold, this healthy version of fried cauliflower is full of flavor and one recipe you’ll be making over and over again!

Low-carb Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower air fryer or oven recipe

Delicious Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

I’ve jumped on the cauliflower band wagon and now can’t get enough of this amazing Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower recipe! If you have never liked cauliflower before, then this is the first recipe you should try. With only 50 calories per serving, it’s worth every spicy bite!

In our home, we love all things spicy, especially Buffalo sauce. I think my son goes through a bottle a week! This healthy version of fried cauliflower is up there with my favorite Buffalo chicken dip. As I’m trying to get my family to eat more vegetables, this Roasted Cauliflower has definitely been a hit.

For example, right after taking photos of this recipe, I handed a cup full to my husband. He said “Is this cauliflower? No thanks!” I convinced him to try it and he ate the whole cup! Believe me… it’s good!

Easy low-carb Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower that turns out perfectly crispy in an air fryer or oven.

Why is Cauliflower so Popular?

Cauliflower is the hot new vegetable. I’m seeing it everywhere recently bought some tasty cauliflower sandwich thins to replace bread. Seeing it everywhere got me wondering why is it so popular? Basically, it comes down to the fact that cauliflower has a similar texture to potatoes, but without all the carbs. With so many people on specific diets such as Keto and limiting carbs, cauliflower become the new potato!

It also has almost as much vitamin C as oranges, plus high in fiber and water, which are important for preventing constipation, maintaining a healthy digestive tract, and lowering the risk of colon cancer.

Crispy Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Air Fried Cauliflower

With all of the great health benefits of cauliflower, I had to come up with a recipe for my air fryer. You don’t need an air fryer for this recipe as I have both the oven and air fryer recipe for you. But it’s so much quicker in the air fryer, that it might make you want to run out and buy one! We use our air fryer so much that I need a second one and I’m dying to get this 8 qt extra large air fryer soon.

Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower Recipe

 

How to Choose the Best Fresh Cauliflower

When choosing fresh cauliflower, know that it should have a firm head with no dark spots and bright green leaves attached to the stem. You can store it in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to 5 days.

How Should You Serve Roasted Cauliflower?

This Buffalo roasted cauliflower is delicious both cold or hot. Serve it as an appetizer with blue cheese dipping sauce, a side dish with your dinner, loaded in a sandwich or make as a snack when you are craving something savory.

Easy Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Recipe for the Air Fryer or Oven

I hope you enjoy this tasty recipe as much as I do!

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower | Air Fryer and Oven Recipe

Easy low-carb Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower that turns out perfectly crispy in an air fryer or oven. This healthy version of fried cauliflower is full of flavor and a recipe you’ll love to make over and over again!

  • 5 cups cauliflower, chopped ((1 medium head))
  • 1/4 cup Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt ((add more to taste))
  • 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon Buffalo wing sauce (for serving)
  1. In a large bowl, add the cauliflower, sauce, olive oil, garlic powder
  2. salt and flour. Toss until sauce coats all of the cauliflower.

Air Fryer Directions

  1. Spray the air fryer grill with cooking spray and add cauliflower.
  2. Set air fryer to 400 degrees and cook for 15 minutes. At 7 minutes toss cauliflower.
  3. Cook a few minutes longer if you prefer charred and crispy bites.
  4. After removing from air fryer, toss with a tablespoon of warmed sauce and serve.

Oven Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Coat a baking pan with olive oil or cooking spray and spread cauliflower on pan evenly.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Tossing at the 15 minute mark so each side gets crispy.
  4. After removing from oven, toss with a tablespoon of warmed sauce and serve.

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One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese

This One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

Simple One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese Recipe

This One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is an easy recipe to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes! Dinnertime at my house can be quite hectic. I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are easy to prepare and will win rave reviews from my harshest critics-my family. This one pot enchilada mac and cheese recipes is definitely one of my favorite fast and easy week night meals

Slow cooker meals are great if you’re gone all day and have little time to cook. But if I have a little time at the end of the day, I love to prepare something fresh for my kids and husband. On those days, I turn to my one pot meal recipes.

This One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

 

I created this one pot recipe when I had some leftover ground beef and a can of enchilada sauce. I threw it together with some pasta and shredded cheese and “Enchilada Mac and Cheese” was born! This is my family’s favorite one pot meal. I’m asked to make this at least once a week and I don’t mind, because it’s easy and delicious and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

 This One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe!

Best Pots for One Pan Meals

A one pot meal is an entire meal in one pan, which means minimal cleanup and less time in the kitchen. Along with my cast iron skillet (perfect for oven and stove top use), I also have a 6 quart sauté pan that I absolutely love!

With one pot meals, size is important because you need to accommodate for your cooking liquid and other ingredients. My favorite pan has a glass lid, which makes it perfect for keeping a close eye on the food while it’s cooking.

I also recommend using silicone spatulas because they are heat resistant and will allow you to rest your utensil in the pan while you are preparing the meal, leaving less mess on the countertops.

How to Make One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese

Simple One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese Recipe. Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) beef broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ lb elbow pasta
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 stalks green onions, chopped

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Sauté the onion in a large (5.5 qt) sauté pan with lid until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add ground beef and brown, breaking it up with the silicone spatula.
  3. Once browned, stir in black beans and taco seasoning.
  4. Add the beef broth, the enchilada sauce, and the diced tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Stir in the dried pasta and return to boiling.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. When liquid is gone, uncover and stir in the cheddar cheese until melted.
  7. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve immediately.

One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese

This one pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

  • 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 15 oz can black beans (drained)
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 14.5 oz cans beef broth
  • 1 15 oz can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • ½ lb elbow pasta
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onion (chopped)
  1. Saute the onion in a large sauté pan with lid until translucent and fragrant.

  2. Add ground beef and brown, breaking it up with the silicone spatula.
  3. Once browned, stir in black beans and taco seasoning.
  4. Add the beef broth, the enchilada sauce, and the diced tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Stir in the dried pasta and return to boiling.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. When liquid is gone, uncover and stir in the cheddar cheese until melted.
  7. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve immediately.

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