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jen’s favorite dessert {Ice Cream Pudding Dessert}

This delicious Ice Cream Pudding Dessert has been my sisters favorite for years! The directions are simple and the taste is scrumptious! It takes a few steps and requires some layers (like building a dessert lasagne) and you are all set! This is not a very detailed recipe so check out the pictures of each step to get a better idea! Enjoy!
(This post was originally posted on June 26th, 2012 and has been updated/edited for clarity).

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the BEST flank steak marinade in the world!

 
This posted on 3/7/2013 and has been updated for clarity!
 
 
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::Flank Steak Marinade::
 
Ingredients:
 
Flank steak (typically about ½ lb. per person) + Marinade*
 
 
*Make one batch of this marinade per steak:
 
¾ cup oil
½ cup soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari sauce works great also)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 ½ tsp. ground ginger
1 tablespoons garlic powder
2 green onions (sliced)Directions:
 
Score flank with a knife in a diamond pattern on both sides of each steak (you can skip this step if you are short on time).  Mix marinade ingredients in a zip lock bag and add flank steak (one recipe of marinade per steak).*** Massage mixture into the steak & marinade for at least 48 hours (the longer the better). Grill it on a BBQ at medium temperature. Grill on one side for 7 minutes. Flip and leave for 5 minutes (adding more time if you like it well done). Remove from grill. Let rest for about 5 minutes or so {under tented foil} before slicing at an angle. {If you do not have a BBQ I’m sure this can be done on a grill pan over your burner. It may not get the same results but I’m sure it will be close.}

 

***This is my mom Marilyn’s family recipe and she makes it this way, but I believe that the rest of her family does it a little bit different! They blend the marinade in a blender before adding it to the flank and reserve part of the un-used marinade to put on the steak afterwards. This was one of those stories where my mom read the recipe wrong and for years she made it her way. When we all discovered that her sisters made it the other way we were not as happy with the results! Gotta love family recipes! Both versions really do taste great and I think they have all had a good laugh about it from time to time.
 
Either way I hope this becomes one of your family’s favorite recipes too…ENJOY!
 

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random THANKGIVING stuff

It’s Thanksgiving week! Yay! Here are a few last-minute tips for the coming week:

Check out my Travel Tips HERE & being road trip ready HERE.

Enjoy and Happy Travels!
And of course there is even more to check out on my Pinterest board: travelBUG

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THESE cookies. Divine!

Great hostess gift or take-a-longs for that crazy Black Friday shopping!

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They are delicious & so pretty!

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Check out my Thanksgiving kids table decor & crafts from last year HERE!

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PIE love

pie love

My husband loves pie. As I have mentioned…I don’t bake. So this can be a little tricky.

However, the approaching holiday season has me in the mood for pie so I may attempt to make one or two this year.

THIS pie crust looks great {although I will probably buy mine pre-made}.

THIS Pumpkin Pie looks amazing!

Pumpkin is always a favorite with us but I love Pecan Pie too.

And THIS pie sounds fun too.

Who doesn’t love a little jelly tart pie like THESE on a cold/rainy day?

THIS “pie” from The Pioneer Woman is one of the only pies I have ever made & it’s divine!

And for more inspiration Friday is Pie Day over HERE. Yum!

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{i cannot bake}

99e4d60f95b951aefaf4f999bf1b2dbd This graphic is so funny to me because I don’t bake.

I have a confession that many of you have already heard from me. I cannot bake. I mean I can bake {sort of} but I don’t like to. I’m terrible at it. I burn things or mess them up.

Baking requires measuring and precision with ingredients and perfect timing {I don’t posses such skills}. It just doesn’t work for me. I’m the type to buy store-bought, write a check or choose a really easy dessert when it comes to bringing something for the bake sale or a party.

It’s funny that as a mommy I feel completely obligated to teach my children to bake. My Grandma Lil baked anything and everything. My mom, sister, in-laws {and even my husband} are all good at baking. Shouldn’t I be passing on this skill? Isn’t that what stay-at-home mom’s do?

I do try to get the kids in the kitchen to bake from time to time but honestly I don’t enjoy it. I want to know what is wrong with me???? ahh hahh hah! I could cry.

Okay. Not really.

But seriously. Let’s hope that someday I can find the strength to use my brain in such a way. In the meantime…

Here are a few of my favorite no-bake desserts:

THESE coffee & ice cream floats are great…so is the FALL ice cream dessert

Pretzel Bites

Squirrel Mix {aka: Muddy Buddies}

And because you don’t have to measure perfectly I also love THESE anytime goodies!

Finally, notice that THESE tips for baking with kids mention to just have Daddy do it! That works for us!

What kind of recipes do you enjoy that don’t need baking skills?

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