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Most amazing Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Yummy bundt cake time!

 I have not felt motivated lately. Writing has just seemed hard and life seems a bit off. But at the last minute I decided I needed to do our Sunday sweets after a post on TikTok inspired me. The Sunday sweet for this weekend is a Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake. Apparently people are trying to recreate the bundt cakes made at Nothing Bundt Cakes. I love their bundt cakes, so making this was an easy choice.

 First off what do you need to make these:

  1. Super Moist Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  2. 4 eggs
  3. 3 ounces of chocolate Jell-O pudding
  4. 3 quarters cup water
  5. 1 quarter cup vegetable oil
  6. 1 cup of sour cream
  7. Optional add 1 cup of chocolate chips
  8. Bundt cake pan
chalk board with purple writing saying chocolate bundt cake with oil, sour cream, pam spray, cake mix, four white eggs, and chocolate chips in a yellow bag.

 First off do not follow the directions on the back of the box just use the ingredients listed above. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl except the chocolate chips. After all ingredients are in the bowl or in my case after all my kids added them to bowl blend them together. In the TikTok video she had a hand blender, but we just used a whisk which worked well. After it is all completely mixed add the chocolate chips and mix those all in. We ended up using the mini chocolate chips which were fine but next time I would use the regular size ones. Just a preference but not needed.

After all items were mixed well together we poured it into a bundt pan that we sprayed with Pam. Then popped it into the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. In the video they said 45 minutes, but our oven tends to cook a bit quicker, so we did 35 minutes and it was good to go. I have never made a bundt cake before so if you are new to this when you flip it over and tap it out do it carefully. Some of my cake stuck but it still looked great!

Sunday sweets was a success!

While my Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake was in the oven I realized I put the wrong amount of water in. But it was still moist and very yummy. Next time we are also going to add some ice cream with it afterwards. But it was really good. The Nothing Bundt Cakes are denser, and I am not sure I would compare the two, but I would definitely make this again. The whole family said it was good and half is already gone so I deem this Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake a success. Hope everyone has a great week!

brown bundt cake on a green plate

One more thing! If you do not know what Nothing Bundt Cakes is click the button below to check them out or find a store near you. They are so yummy!

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Dollar Brownies

Sunday Sweets made EASY.

What a week it has been. I do not know why 2020 has been so rough but I am ready for a better year. I will explain more later but my week added up to me picking an extremely easy dessert. Nothing creative was made. I ended up heading to the boxed brownies. I love this kind. They only cost a dollar and are by Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate. So, I am calling them Dollar Brownie’s.

What you need for Dollar Brownies.

1.) Duncan Hines brownie mix

2.) vegetable oil

3.) water

4.) three eggs

* Add something fun to your dollar brownies: chocolate chips, sprinkles, whip cream, marshmallows, frosting or nuts.

Pretty simple to make.

So, like always anyone who can helps in the house. My hubby preheated the oven to 350. My kids and my son’s girlfriend Kiera all cracked one egg into the bowl. Letting a four and six-year-old crack an egg was an experience but there are no eggshells in them, so we are good. Add oil and water and whisk all together. Then you are done. Pour in the pan and into the oven for 35 minutes. Now you have yummy dollar brownies. This is all I could make with the week my family has had.

 Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. In the last week or so we were thrown some stuff that was tough. I could not focus my energy on some things in life due to me needed to take care of things that have come up. But I just could not let my kids down and not make something this week. It makes us all smile. I learned that they do not care what we make we just have to make something and that is what it is all about. So the dollar brownies are a hit!

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Oreo Dirt Cup’s

Fun dessert in August.

 Welcoming August with open arms. My son’s birthday is in a week and I am super excited. But today is the first Sunday of the month and our Sunday sweets family dessert day. Today I did not have time to make a new dessert. We have some personal stuff going on, so I reverted back to a fun easy childhood dessert. We are making Oreo Dirt Cup’s! The kids may like this one the best.

What you need.

 So first off as always what do you need to make Oreo dirt Cup’s:

  1. Oreos
  2. Milk
  3. Instant Jell-O Chocolate Pudding
  4. Gummy Worms
  5. Clear plastic cups
black chalk board with blue writing stating Oreo Dirt Cup's. With ingredients oreos, bag of gummy worms, boxes of chocolate jello and a vase with red roses and yellow sunflowers.

Make the Oreo Dirt Cup.

  This recipe is so easy, and the kids loved it. First follow the instructions on the Jell-O box. For me it said use three cups of cold milk. We mixed the milk with the bag of chocolate powder. The kids whisk it and then Daddy finished to make sure it was fully mixed. We then set it aside to thicken.

 Next I gave each kid three Oreo’s is in a Ziplock bag and let them smash it with a meat tenderizer. It does the job and each kid is able to make their own “dirt” for their cup. After this is done, the pudding should be ready just check it and make sure it is thick. We served up equal amounts into four cups. Next our kids poured the crushed Oreo’s on top of the pudding.

 Then we add the worms. Now you can put them in the pudding before you add the dirt, but we add them after. We push the ends in, so they look like they are crawling out. That is it. Now enjoy. These are super easy, cheap, creative, and quickly made. Ideal for kids of all ages. You can get more creative by adding other things to it if you want. Even better you cook nothing. It is hot in San Diego today. Our house is to warm for the oven to be used.

 Looking forward to making some new fun desserts this month. We will be making a birthday cake for my oldest and maybe trying a new cake recipe. The kids will love making him his cake. If you are looking for something to do that brings the whole family together try cooking or baking. This truly has been a lot of fun. I would love to hear about some of your family traditions new and old if you would love to share. Oh and if your looking for a different take on the classic dirt cup click the button below for a Peanut Butter Dirt Cup.

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No Bake Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

 We are back again with our Sunday sweets. Today I made something that did not need to be cooked. Our home is small, so we had already been using the oven for a Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole and the house was a bit too warm. For that reason, we made Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies and let just say they are delicious.

The ingredients needed.

 As always I tell you what ingredients are needed first:

  1. One stick of butter
  2. Sugar (2 cups)
  3. Quick Oats (3 cups)
  4. Peanut butter (1 cup)
  5. Cocoa (1/4 cup)
  6. Milk (1/2 cup)
  7. Vanilla extract (2 tsp)
a black chalk board with blue writing showing all ingredient needed for a sunday sweets recipe with quick oats cocoa powder butter vanilla peanut butter and sugar all on a grey counter top.

 You will also need a saucepan, a large mixing bowl, spoon, measuring cups/spoons, cookie sheet, whisk, and some wax paper. If you have all of this then you are ready to go.

How to make them.

 We always have our kids help they are 4 years old and up except with the stove part unless it is our teenager. So first off they pour the oats into the large mixing bowl. Then in the sauce pan we put in the butter and melt it. After we melted those we added the sugar, milk, and cocoa all on medium heat. This is then all to be whisked together and brought to a boil for one minute. My husband did the part above and I helped the kids get the peanut butter and vanilla extract measured out. As soon as the minute is up in the sauce pan these ingredients need to be added and everything needs to be mixed together in the saucepan.

 Next we poured the saucepan mixture into the bowl of oats. My kids each took turns mixing that together till everything was fully mixed. Then the kids used a tablespoon to scoop the mixture out in separated spots onto the wax paper which covers the cookie sheet. When this was all done the worst part was waiting for them to cool. The whole house smelled like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So, we ate our Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole while we waited. If you click the button below it will link you to the Casserole recipe which was amazing. Try adding Chorizo instead of sausage for a little kick.

 Everyone finished their food and the cookies were ready. They did not disappoint at all. This Sunday sweets recipe was a success. They were not too sweet which I worried a bit about. But I love oatmeal cookies so the oats in them reminded me of that. The peanut butter made them perfect. These were super easy to make and cooled really fast. Make sure you let them fully cool. If they do not fully cool when you store them in the fridge they get really gooey. Make sure to store them in the fridge for the best result if they are not all eaten in the same day. These are great for throwing in the diaper bag for a treat.

light brown mixed with off white colored cookies on white was paper to make sunday sweets which is a chocolate peanut butter no cook cookie

 I always love making Sunday sweets that I had as a kid. It is so much fun sharing things with your kids that you enjoyed growing up. Even more they loved helping. Every Sunday the excitement and involvement in cooking is so much fun to see. Well, I hope everyone had a great weekend and that the up coming week goes great!

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S’mores Bites

 Happy Sunday! As always every Sunday we post a blog about our family tradition, Sunday Sweet’s. Today’s choice was inspired by my son’s girlfriend. We chose to make S’mores Bites. Smore’s are so much fun to make but we live in an apartment now so the traditional ones cannot be made there. But with some creativity you can make them, just a different way.

Chalk board with white writing S'more Bites. White poowdered sugar bag, white marshmallow bag, brown and silver chocolate container and blue and yello graham cracker container.

 As always I start here with the ingredients needed:

  • Graham crackers (9)
  • 6 tablespoons of butter
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • Hershey bars (2)
  • Big marshmallows (12)
  • Muffin tin pan

 If you are new to the page our kids all help in making our Sunday sweets except the baby. She is just there for support.

 These are pretty simple to make. First always start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating we let the kid’s smash the graham cracker’s in three separate Ziplock bags. Due to the kids being busy crushing graham crackers my oldest son and I broke the chocolate into the individual squares during this time. But you really just need one bigger Ziplock bag to crush the graham crackers in, but we just have multiple helpers. After they are all fully crushed you need to mix them with the butter and powdered sugar in a small bowl.

 Now you have the base ready. Next, get your muffin tin and put one teaspoon of the mixture into in each muffin part, pressing it down. It actually turned out to be a little more over a teaspoon for us because we wanted more crust. The kids get to help with all of this. It was great because they could all participate. We sometimes have issues with taking turns but not today.  Next, Dad puts the tin in the oven until all the edges are golden. For our oven it took around 10 minutes.

Next we placed a piece of chocolate or two in each section. After that we added a whole large marshmallow to each section before putting it back into the oven.When the marshmallows were lightly brown on top they are ready.

 Let cool for a minute and they are ready to eat. I honestly have more fun making normal smores, but we have to make things work. These S’mores Bites are perfect. If you are apartment living these are for you. They are really yummy, and I would make them again. You can also play around with the type of chocolate you use to make them your own. Have fun trying these out!

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Fruity Pebble’s rice krispy treat’s

 This week’s Sunday Sweet’s recipe is Fruity Pebble’s rice krispy treat’s. My son Matthew got to pick this week. Although he did not want to help make it which is fine. Not only do they look fun, but they are super yummy. Regular rice Krispy treats are so good but Fruity Pebble’s cereal is my son’s favorite making this a perfect treat to make.

 Now like every week we let the kids help. This is the first dessert we have made that the kids could not safely help with everything but that is ok. There were plenty of things for them to do. Mom and Dad did the stove top stuff. Rice Krispy treats were always my favorite, but I am super excited for these Fruity Pebble’s rice krispy treat’s.

 So, the first thing is what do you need:

  • 6 cups of Fruity Pebble’s
  • 10 ounces of marshmallow’s
  • 1 ¼ cups of butter (salted)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A mixing bowl
  • A sauce pans
  • Spoon
  • 9×13 pan

 Now we started out letting the kids butter our glass pan. They did great. Later though my husband and I realized the pan we gave them was the wrong size! With 3 kids under 6 details can get mixed up sometimes. This mix up was discovered at the very end. We ended up spraying Pam on the right size pan and it still worked great. So, if you want to use Pam to make the pan non sticky verse butter that is fine. We did it.

pouring fruity pebbles cereal from mixing cup into glass bowl

Next my husband and I melted the butter on medium heat. Followed by adding the marshmallows into the butter. After all the marshmallows were melted we took it off the stove and added the vanilla extract. Now I have never added vanilla extract to rice Krispy treats before, but my friend says it makes these better, so we did it. It is up to you to add it or not. Afterwards we poured it into the bowl with the 6 cups of cereal.

two kids mixing rice krispy treat mix with spoon in glass bowl

 The great part is this did not take that long and the kids were patiently waiting. That never happens but this Mama will take it as a win. So, the two kids took turns mixing the melted marshmallow mixture into the cereal. Daddy poured it in first, so no one touched anything hot. After this is when we saw the buttered pan was the wrong size and quickly replaced it. Now that everything is almost done all we had left to do is put it into the pan and flatten it.

spreading rice kripsy mixture into glass pan with spatula

 Now my secret which probably is not a true secret is instead of letting it sit to cool on the shelf or in the fridge I put it into the freezer. Not for long and not when it is super-hot. But it has always worked and cools quickly. I typically use a metal pan when doing this but I did glass so I could see the colors better.

multi colored fruity pebble rice krispy treat on a blue plastic plate

 These treats turned out amazing! They took us all of 10 minutes to make. Furthermore, the kids got to help. Now we all get to enjoy a twist to our favorite childhood treat. Please try them out you will not be disappointed. During these times were there is not a lot of places to go or things to do creating new traditions together are even more fun then they use to be.

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Chocolate lava cake

Sunday sweets week two!! Having 4 kids makes things difficult at times. But I am sticking to Sunday sweets, and as our new tradition we will do it. But at times with kids being kids some weeks the desserts will be simple. Also other times complex if the kids are more focused but we will all take part. Either way we will do it together. This week I got to pick. I was really excited. What did I choose? Chocolate lava cake made in a crock pot. I love making things in a crock pot. So chocolate lava cake in a crock pot was perfect. It is so easy. This is the first dessert I have every made in one. I was really hoping it would turn out good. (It did.)

 We also had a special guest to our Sunday sweets chocolate lave cake making event. My son’s girlfriend, Kiera. She will most likely join us in other dessert making adventures in the future. Furthermore, it is always a joy having her join our family. She also joins in and has a good time too. That means we had all seven of us joining in. Except the baby. If she tried to help it would have been a disaster. Maybe next time will let her help us out.

 This recipe does not require a lot of ingredients. It is easy to make and inexpensive. The ingredients needed are as follows:

Chocolate cake mix (any kind)



Vegetable oil

Chocolate pudding (the instant one, we used the whole box)

Chocolate chips

Pan spray

Optional: vanilla ice cream

 You need a crock pot to cook it in. I know this is pretty obvious but just saying it in case. It is pretty simple from this point. Just follow the instructions below and you will be good. I love simple. With a family of six simple is key to getting things done. To begin the kids mix the cake mix following the box directions. I sprayed the inside of the crock pot with pam spray. Next we poured the mix into the crock pot. The kids mixed the Jell-O in a separate bowl and poured it on top of the cake mix. After this, we all sprinkled chocolate chips on top. Set the crock pot on high for 2 hour or a bit more.

 Now we started a little late. So, it was not done until almost eight at night. But this Mama picked a good dessert to try. It was so good, and I would make it again. One thing was making sure you wait till the edges are spongy looking. We served it in bowls with vanilla bean ice cream. Everyone loved. The baby got to try some too. I mark this one a success.

 Also know if a dessert we choose does not work out we will let you know. We choose new desserts every week. Even though some may not turn out to our liking we will be honest. What is important is we are making memories. It is so important to create fun traditions for your family too. The kids will remember this and that makes me incredibly happy.

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Oreo brownies with chocolate chips

 The Shivicks are starting a new tradition. Every Sunday is now Sunday sweets day in our home. One kid will pick a dessert recipe we have not had yet, and we will make it. We are all excited about this. So, to start our tradition Gavin picked the first dessert. The dessert we will be making is Oreo Brownies with chocolate chips.

These Oreo brownies with chocolate chips are pretty simple to make. The kids got to help. We really did not need much to make them. Just a box of brownies. A bag of small morsels (chocolate chips). Then we of course need a small container of Oreo’s. You will also need the ingredients listed on your brownie box.

Everyone in the family helped except the baby. She tried but it would have been everywhere. The kids cracked the eggs. Then poured the water and oil. Then the two younger ones mixed it all with help of dad. I got to put chocolate chips in. I may have eaten some too.

After this my husband poured half the mix into and 8×8 pan. My teenager then came in to place the first few Oreo’s in before everyone else helped finish lining them up in the pan. To finish it off my husband then poured the remaining batter over all the cookies and put it into the oven for the amount specified on the brownie box.

Then our home filled with a smell of warming chocolate. About 20-30 min later depending on the directions and your oven you get this pretty picture. It looks good and smells amazing. It also did not last long enough for me to get a picture of it cut on a plate.

The entire family decided we can never eat regular brownies again after this. I hope you try them out. They are amazing!