Summer in Review

Pink Lemonade Cookies

Summer’s over. I’ve finally accepted it. But I’m not quite ready to let go.

You see, summer comes with wonderful desserts. And ice cream. Have I mentioned ice cream?

This past week, I made a fantastic poke cake. It was so delicious. And the photos were a complete #epicfail. So instead of hanging my head in shame, I’m going to share my favorites with you from this past summer!

Okay, at the top of my list is this salted peanut butter caramel ganache pie. I swear, the angels sang when I took a bite, and I think they’re still humming slightly out there. If you make one pie in the next few weeks, make it this one.

Salted PB Caramel Ganache Pie

And since you know I can resist nothing peanut, these Baby Ruth brookies were a total triumph, and a long time coming. After years of aching to bake with Baby Ruth and not getting it done, these were well worth the wait.

Baby Ruth Brookies

Snowballs are my favorite cookie, and this pink lemonade version screamed summer. I had to bake another batch just last week because I was in denial. But fear not: the snowball transitions perfectly to winter (duh), so you’ll be seeing more of those right here soon!

Pink Lemonade Cookies

I made a lot of ice cream this summer, but this cheesecake brownie chunk was by far the winner. I could not stop eating it until it was all gone. I didn’t even try to give it away. And since it’s no-churn, it’s a snap to make!

Cheesecake Brownie Chunk Ice Cream

Finally, I paid tribute to the best summer fruit ever, the white nectarine, in this upside-down cake. No reason pineapple has to have all the love! White nectarines are one of the best parts of summer, and they deserve to be made into dessert.

White Nectarine Upside-Down Cake

I’ll see you next week with fantastic recipes and (I’m hoping) pictures that don’t make me cringe. Now I’m off to eat a non-photogenic poke cake straight outta the pan. Wish me luck, friends!


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Gayle@Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’m sad that summer is over too, but I am happy that fall is officially here! It’s kind of bittersweet. I’m glad you shared your summer creations, Mir! Can’t wait to see what you have to share next week!
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    1. Mir

      It’s sad, for sure. I’m still wondering where all my free time went…and the sun.

  2. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Wowza! That’s a delicious round-up of summer favorites! How’d I miss that cheesecake brownie chunk ice cream? At first I was mad, then I remembered I can make it now! haha! Thanks for sharing, friend!
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    1. Mir

      Ha! You’re so cute, Annie. Of course you can! I loooved that ice cream. I wanted to marry it.

  3. Danielle

    It’s breakfast time and I’m craving each and everyone one of these, Mir! That salted peanut butter caramel pie is calling my name. Can’t wait to see your recipe for your poke cake! Have a great weekend, friend.
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    1. Mir

      That pie was so nice, and I miss it. The poke cake is a real bummer, because it tasted so good but didn’t photograph well at all.

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I loved those pink lemonade snowballs and everything else you made this summer!!! can’t wait to see the poke cake!!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Alice! It was a good summer. I’m having a hard time letting go now that I have absolutely no free time. It’s kind of a bummer!

  5. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    Yes, I have also admitted that summer is over now! This is such a beautiful roundup of summer beauties. Thanks for this awesome share! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      I’m glad you are coming to terms too, Anu. Not easy!

  6. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    I hate it when I make something that’s great but my pictures aren’t! I’m with you. This round-up is great though! That cheesecake brownie crunch ice cream is calling my name! 😮 That is my kind of ice cream!
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    1. Mir

      It’s very frustrating. Photography is not my bag, so that’s the hardest part about blogging for me. Thanks, Michele!

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