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Tequila Sunrise Cocktail

This vibrant and refreshing Tequila Sunrise Cocktail is perfect for any time you are craving a gorgeous sunrise!

This post was sponsored by Lobos 1707 Tequila & Mezcal. All opinions, as always, are my own.
Tequila Sunrise Cocktail | The Chef Next Door
Happy New Year, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with family, friends, and plenty of delicious food. Our Christmas was fantastic. I was overjoyed that my oldest son and his girlfriend came home for the holiday. This mama was so happy to be with both of her boys! We had a very busy few days but it was totally worth it.

Our NYE was very chill, which is just how I like it. I cooked dinner (tested out my new air fryer!), we watched football, and I whipped up some cocktails for the family. I'm a big fan of mixed drinks and recently picked up a bottle of Lobos 1700 Tequila at my local Meijer for the holidays. I knew I wanted to make something that gave me "sitting on the beach on a warm sunny day" vibes, so I made us Tequila Sunrise cocktails! They are equally as beautiful as they are delicious.

Malted Milk Ball Brownie Sundaes

These Malted Milk Ball Brownie Sundaes are the perfect treat to satisfy any sweet tooth! Homemade brownie pieces are topped with scoops of rich and creamy Malted Milk Ball ice cream then drizzled with warm hot fudge. Sprinkle chopped malted milk balls on top for the finishing touch!

Malted Milk Ball Brownie Sundaes | The Chef Next Door
I love chocolate. I love ice cream. And I really love quick and easy desserts! If you've been around here a while then this isn't news to you. I've got a crazy sweet tooth! My boys inherited that sweet tooth from me as well and they both love dessert, especially anything homemade. I've been in the mood for an ice cream sundae lately so I decided to whip up a pan of brownies to create what I like to call "the ultimate sundae."

Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast just got more exciting with these Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Tacos! Pizzelle cookies are turned into taco shells, then filled with scoops of ice cream and topped with fresh berries. It's a treat the whole family will love!

Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Tacos | The Chef Next Door

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, am I right? Although my breakfast is pretty boring during the week (think cereal, bagels, etc.), I love to get creative on the weekends for my family. Everything from homemade waffles to French toast to cinnamon rolls (and don't forget the bacon!), we always eat good. To get us through our winter slump I created the most fun and delicious breakfast treat - Cinnamon French Toast Breakfast Tacos! I think no time is too early for a sweet treat, so why not have ice cream for breakfast? Eating ice cream for breakfast is sure to turn your morning around and keep the kiddos happy!

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!