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Molten Lava Cakes

These indulgent little desserts are cakey on the outside with a center of warm chocolate oozing through the middle. Top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream to really take these Molten Lava Cakes to the next level!
Molten Lava Cakes | The Chef Next Door
Hello, friends! How was your Christmas? I know this holiday looked a bit different for many of us this year, but I hope you had a wonderful day no matter what you did or who you spent it with. Our celebration was small and intimate; just me, my parents and my youngest son. This was the first Christmas day that I didn’t get to be with my oldest son which, I'll be honest, felt really weird. I knew this day would come eventually, I mean that’s what happens when your children grow up. Thank goodness for modern technology and FaceTime!


Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Tart

You only need four ingredients to make this insanely delicious ice cream tart! With a mint chocolate cookie base, a thick layer of mint chocolate chip ice cream, and chopped mint chocolate candies, this is one holiday dessert you don't want to miss!
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Tart
Happy Holidays, friends! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving, despite the crazy circumstances we are in right now. In some ways this year has flown by, and on the flip side, in the midst of this pandemic, it seems like it's been the longest year ever. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some normalcy in my life! I decorated for Christmas early this year - like really early - but it was good for both my mind and soul. Twinkling lights, Christmas music and everything warm and cozy lifts my spirit and brings me joy, and that's all that really matters, right?

Frozen Toasted Coconut Brownies

These Frozen Toasted Coconut Brownies are easy to make, yet so delicious! Homemade brownies are topped with a thick layer of Toasted Coconut ice cream and a decadent, simple chocolate ganache. Sprinkle with some toasted coconut flakes and you've got one crowd-pleasing dessert!Frozen Toasted Coconut Brownies | The Chef Next Door

I love making simple desserts, especially those that involve ice cream! No matter the season or time of year, I always have ice cream in my freezer. If you're anything like me you probably love a classic brownie too, and I've put them together to make one scrumptious dessert!


No Bake Blueberry Cobbler Ice Cream Bars

These light and delicious ice cream bars are simple to make and are the perfect summer treat! Featuring Hudsonville's Limited Edition Blueberry Cobbler ice cream, they will be the hit of your next BBQ or family gathering!
No Bake Blueberry Cobbler Ice Cream Bars | The Chef Next Door
Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? I don't need an excuse to eat blueberries - they are one of my favorite fruits! Not only are they sweet and scrumptious, they have many health benefits too. Blueberries are not only low in calories but high in vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber. They also are high in antioxidants which can reduce DNA damage, a leading driver of aging and cancer. Blueberries are also good for your heart and can help lower your cholesterol! So there is my PSA for the day haha. To celebrate these little gems, I'm sharing one of my new favorite dessert recipes with you - No Bake Blueberry Cobbler Ice Cream Bars, featuring Hudsonville's Limited Edition Blueberry Cobbler ice cream!

Patriotic Ice Cream Parfaits

These Patriotic Ice Cream Parfaits are loaded with layers of pound cake, Hudsonville’s American Fireworks ice cream, and lots of colorful fresh fruit! It’s the perfect patriotic summer dessert!

Patriotic Ice Cream Parfaits

Hey friends, summer is finally here! Although it's not "official" until this weekend, we've been having summer weather here in Michigan for a few weeks now. Lots of sunny, hot and humid days, followed by somewhat cooler nights. I am absolutely loving the weather and have been enjoying my evenings and weekends sitting on my little patio and soaking in the sun and the nature around me. I've also been changing things up in the kitchen to make more meals on the grill and have cold and refreshing desserts. These cute little Patriotic Ice Cream Parfaits just happen to be one of our family's new favorites!


Ice Cream Breakfast Parfaits

Treat yourself to ice cream for breakfast with these simple yet indulgent Ice Cream Breakfast Parfaits!
Treat yourself to ice cream for breakfast with these simple yet indulgent Ice Cream Breakfast Parfaits!
I know what you're thinking, ice cream for breakfast? YES! Yes my friends, we are treating ourselves to ice cream for breakfast. And not just plain ole' ice cream, we are making decadent ice cream breakfast parfaits! With layers of overnight oats, ice cream and fruit, these parfaits will definitely jump start your day in the best way.

30 Minute Skillet Pizza Pasta

This pizza pasta is made with six ingredients in one skillet and it's ready in less than 30 minutes! 
It's a perfect meal for any night of the week and one that the whole family will love!
This pizza pasta is made with six ingredients in one skillet and it's ready in less than 30 minutes! It's a perfect meal for any night of the week and one that the whole family will love!
Happy New Year! I know I'm a few days late, but better late than never right? I'm excited to share a new recipe with you today but really I am just thrilled to be back blogging again. As I'm sure you've noticed, I haven't been around much the last year or so. I had a lot going on with my job and my family and I felt it was best to take a break for a bit. I've missed being here so much, it feels amazing to be back!