Mostly Homemade Mom

Bacon Ranch Cornbread Salad

July 18, 2017
This Bacon Ranch Cornbread Salad is absolutely delicious! Fresh crumbled cornbread, veggies, and cheese tossed in a sour cream ranch dressing and topped with bacon!

cornbread salad

What is it about rainy summer days that just make you want to do absolutely nothing? We've had a few days in a row here in Pennsylvania that start out sunny and warm, but quickly turn to clouds in the afternoon with showers or thunderstorms. My afternoons are my time to get work done while Reuben is napping, but this weather is killing my productivity!

I'm not even going to get into the state of my house right now. Ok, well maybe I will. Reuben's new thing is finding tissues or paper towels and picking little pieces off of them, throwing the little pieces all over the floor. Honestly, the pieces just stay there until I can't take it anymore and get the vacuum out. And then he inevitably finds another tissue or paper towel to tear apart. Weird kid.

The big boys go to summer camp next week and I'm absolutely looking forward to it! Of course, they're looking forward to it, too. It's a day camp with a "wet and wacky" theme - lots of water games and activities. Plus, they take them boating, fishing, hiking, etc. I used to LOVE summer camp when I went in middle school, plus we've been getting on each other's nerves so I think a break during the day will be good for ALL of us. ;)

Bacon Ranch Cornbread Salad

Galaxy Cupcakes

July 14, 2017

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These Galaxy Cupcakes are perfect for a space themed party! Cupcakes are decorated with frosting, sprinkles, lollipops, and ring-shaped gummy candy - so adorable!

Galaxy Cupcakes

We recently bought new bookshelves for the bedroom that our older two boys share, and last week began the big children's book purge. I seem to have a problem buying children's books because I honestly don't remember how we collected so many! I think it's because I just can't help myself when I see a book they may potentially really enjoy. Anyway, while going through all of their books I made a startling discovery...

These boys LOVE outer space!

galaxy planet cupcakes recipe

Banana Split Trifle

July 12, 2017
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This Banana Split Trifle is a perfect nobake dessert! Layered vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and of course sliced banana!

banana split trifle

We've entered the toddler zone. Please send help. And chocolate. And coffee.

Reuben turns two years old in October, but for us, the terrible two's have started a little early. In the morning when he wakes up, he MUST have his juice or milk cup ready and waiting for him or he has a melt down. During the day, he MUST watch his daily episode of Puppy Dog Pals and Sesame Street or he has a melt down. Don't try feeding him anything on a spoon, he MUST do it himself in his high chair making an absolute mess. And then, even if you manage to do all of those things attempting to make him happy during the day, when 5pm rolls around, he follows me throughout the house crying for no apparent reason. 

This child needs to start talking with real words!

Reuben is, of course, a brat because he doesn't act this way for anyone else. Only for the lucky four of us that live with him. Gahhh!!

banana split trifle recipe

Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

July 5, 2017
This recipe for Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce will be the hit at your next cookout! Perfectly grilled chicken and a tangy white bbq sauce for dipping, yum!!

Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

I have to say, we are absolutely having a blast this summer in the Mostly Homemade Mom house! Since we had our big vacation in May, we're pretty much staying put these summer months - but that doesn't mean we're not planning on fun, that's for sure. 

My boys are obsessed with science and I LOVE it. They had seen a few science experiment videos on Facebook as they look over at my phone while I'm scrolling through and that gave me a good idea. The week before school let out, I went over to Pinterest and pinned all sorts of fun and easy backyard science activities, and then bought all the supplies at the dollar store. Our summer activity supplies are stored in a box on our kitchen counter. Every week day, in order for us to do a fun science activity after dinner, the boys have to complete two review worksheets and read for at least 15 minutes. I have to say, this plan has worked like a charm! Plus, you can't beat more learning activity as an incentive for even more reading and learning!

Having all the supplies already bought and ready to go has been a huge timesaver as well - plus it serves as a visual incentive for them to get the work done they need to do in order to have some fun time later in the day. Win-win!

white bbq sauce recipe

Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe

June 27, 2017

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This delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day! Coffee, ice, chocolate creamer, chocolate chips, and whipped cream on top - yum!!

When I think of summers when I was a kid, I think HEAT. We lived in Philadelphia and it was always quite a few degrees hotter there than elsewhere in the state. My mom always said it was because all the buildings so close together kept the heat in. I don't know if that really was the reason, but we were not one of the lucky few families I knew of that had central air conditioning. We had this HUGE clonking air conditioner in the wall of our dining room and, running that thing, cost my parents a small fortune. Needless to say, most summers we just dealt with the heat!

With my own kids now, I look at them and I think, "They don't know how good they have it!" Wesley (6) would seriously spend all day long outside, despite the heat. Silas (8) complains the entire time. That one takes after me, unfortunately! Either way, most days are spent outside with them while they ride their bikes, play with sidewalk chalk, or just run around. On days where it's too hot to even think, I make up a delicious frappe to drink and cool down while spending time outside with the boys.

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe is so easy to throw into a blender, pour into a glass, and you're off! There's absolutely no need to get in the car and drive to your favorite coffee shop when you can keep the ingredients on hand at home and make these up for yourself whenever the mood - or the heat - strikes you!

Yield: 2 drinks

Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe

This delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Frappe is the perfect way to cool down on a hot day! Coffee, ice, chocolate creamer, chocolate chips, and whipped cream on top - yum!!
prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins



  1. Place all ingredients, besides Reddi-wip®, into a blender. Blend until smooth and adjust sweetness according to your own taste.
  2. Divide between two glasses. Top with Reddi-wip® and serve immediately.
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The amount of the ingredients that I listed above are really a guideline, feel free to adjust according to your own taste as well. I just really love being able to create some of my favorite coffeehouse flavors at home with just a few ingredients and at a fraction of the cost, too!

I was able to pick up my favorite International Delight® Cold Stone Creamery™ Sweet Cream, International Delight® Hershey’s® Chocolate Caramel, and Reddi-wip® during my last grocery shopping trip through Walmart. Those creamers are my go-to for my daily morning/afternoon coffee breaks as well as in this fabulous frappe recipe. Both International Delight creamers and Reddi-wip are absolutely perfect for your daily coffee, which is why I always like to have them on hand.

Whether you are planning a huge get-together with friends, or you're just chillin' like me in the sweltering backyard with your kiddos, "We like how you party!" Perfect for lovers of the sweet and creamy, which is totally me! I love topping my frappe with Reddi-wip because there are no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and it's made from cows not treated with artificial growth hormone. If you're looking for more incredible frappe recipes, be sure to visit the social hub here - I can hardly wait to try these!