I know I mentioned before how I want to try and shorten my blog posts...well being at school is definitely going to help me do that! I've barely got time to think about anything else with all my school work, but I really want to keep this blog up and running. I really wanted to share with you all the goodies and food I made for our Labor Day picnic on Monday.

First I'll start with the Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Salad. The recipe was very basic. I was making it for about 15 people so I just eyeballed most of the ingredients.
1 box of Smart Taste Penne Pasta
12-14 oz of halved Cherry tomatoes
8 oz of mini mozzarella balls
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup basil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Let the wet ingredients marinate for 15 or so minutes then add the pasta and refrigerated until ready to serve!

The desserts had me working all day but they were totally worth it!

Let's start with the Peanut Butter Brownies With Chocolate Covered Pretzels!
I am just going to link you to Sally's Baking Addiction because I followed her recipe for it to the T and everything turned out wonderfully. Here is the direct website link. I even made the brownies from scratch! That was a first, but totally worth it.
The finished product! I mean come on! How could you go wrong?!
Side view! Look at all the peanut butter...my favorite!

Finally I made an ice cream cake that was a big hit! It had the essence of a DQ cake and was very simple to make.
Bottom layer:
2 sleeves of crushed Oreos
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
Mix together, flatten in pan and freeze for 15 minutes
Next two layers:
Vanilla Ice cream softened
Chocolate Ice cream softened
Lay on layer down, let freeze for 30 minutes or so, then add next layer and let freeze again.
Fudge layer:
2 cups of powdered sugar
12 oz evaporated milk
2/3 cups Ghiradelli semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick of butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups rice krispies
Melt together top 4 ingredients then let boil for 8 minutes.  Add vanilla to cooled mixture along with rice krispies or add them on top of sauce after you pour it into the pan. Then freeze for at least another hour, but longer if you have time and top with cool whip!
My family had gotten to it before I had time to snap more pictures! It was a little more soft than I wanted it to be, but it did the job quite nicely! Now I am sitting here in my dorm room craving some of this treats! Good thing I didn't bring any back!

I am off to do some more work.  If anyone tries these recipes out let me know how they go!

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