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    As the dog days of summer approach, it's hard to justify heating up the house by turning on the oven to prepare a delicious dessert

    Still, there's no reason to skip the sweets -- especially when outrageously good no-bake options abound. 

    The following are five cool and tasty treats perfect for summertime ... no baking required! Enjoy!

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    Lately I've got ice cream on my mind. Not just ice cream, but ice cream concoctions -- sundaes, sandwiches, you name it. I've been craving decadent ice cream desserts like crazy lately. So I've been looking around the web for sundae inspiration. AND! I just tapped Jeni Britton Bauer, founder and chef of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, for her sundae-building tips. Bauer is also the author of the insanely yummy cookbook Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts. And all I can say is: We are about to change our ice cream sundae game in a major way.

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    Whether you're celebrating a birthday or simply looking for a show-stopping summertime dessert, ice cream cake is always a crowd-pleaser.

    Not only is this cool and creamy homemade confection a hit with all ages, it costs approximately a third of what a store-bought cake will set you back, and it can be prepared in 10 minutes or less.  

    Another bonus: Since you're the chef, feel free to mix and match your favorite flavors and toppings. Then sit back and enjoy the rave reviews!

    Note: The most challenging thing about this recipe is not going back for seconds (or thirds!).

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    If you're an ice cream fanatic, then you're totally going to flip over two new flavors Ben & Jerry's introduced, which are both inspired from popular sketches on Saturday Night Live.

    I know ... when I first heard that, I was all, "Huh?!?" too. But it makes perfect sense. I promise.

    The first new flavor is called "Lazy Sunday," and it's based on the sketch by the same name featuring Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell. And duh, since "Lazy Sunday" centers around a love for cupcakes, I'm sure you can only imagine how to die for this particular flavor sounds.

    Seriously. I'd happily gain a few pounds for a tub of this stuff.

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    In my family, the summer months are all about birthdays. Me, my sister, one of my brothers, and my dad -- we are all June and July babies. While it's a great time of year to celebrate, it can also be also be tough on the people putting together those celebrations. That's because birthdays mean one thing (in addition to saying hooray to passage of time) -- baking a cake. And nothing is quite so brutal as standing in front of a oven on a hot, hot day. 

    That's where this killer 4 ingredient no-bake cake comes into play! Save yourself a trip to the grocery store, time in the kitchen, AND from having to turn that evil oven on! This cake is so good, and so easy, you might wish you had more summertime birthday friends. Even better, you might just start inventing reasons to eat cake everyday. Everyday = cake day. 

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    It isn't officially summer until your kids are covered head to toe in melted popsicles. Who cares about the mess? That's what sprinklers and dogs who love to lick were made for, right? Exactly. Still, keeping the house fully stocked with the icy treats can be a hassle, and you don't want kids totally wired on sugar day in and day as they run in tiny little circles banging their heads on the wall, do you? 

    I've got a solution to the sugar madness, the no-school boredom, AND the popsicle problem! Boom! I'm a problem-solving machine! Get the kiddos on board and make your own red, white, and blue rocket popsicles! Of course you can update this recipe to make any ol' type of popsicle you desire, but something about the red, white, and blue popsicles always makes me giddy with thoughts of summer. This recipe does mean investing in popsicle molds, but trust me -- they are cheap and basically pay for themselves. 

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    Key Lime pie is one of my favorite desserts. The only problem with it for me is that I usually want it in the dead of summer, when the last thing I actually want to be doing is spending hours in the kitchen and then even more hours waiting to eat a pie. By the time my ambitious key lime pie recipe is down I've usually already eaten my weight in Popsicles. Yes, even the orange ones.

    That's where key lime ice cream pie comes in! This icy, scrumptious take on the old favorite is the real deal. That's right -- Popsicle meets ice cream meets key lime pie with this favorite! You can whip it up in under five minutes without breaking a sweat. Well, without continuing to sweat like a beast anyway. Once bite, and you'll be chilly, lime-tasting heaven!

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    One of my favorite wedding traditions is saving a piece of the wedding cake to eat on your first anniversary. Usually it's the very top tier, which just happens to be the perfect size for a couple to share. What a sweet way to celebrate a year of marriage -- and to remember the happy occasion you shared together!

    Even though in this case the sentiment means more than the actual taste, you still want to preserve as much of the flavor and the decoration as possible. Freezer burn is not delicious. So here's the best way to freeze that top tier of your wedding cake.

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    Everyone is buzzing about mint juleps, the cocktail made (usually) with bourbon, simple syrup, a sprig of mint, and loads of ice -- in an elegant silver tumbler, of course. But why drink a mint julep when you could eat one? The cocktail has inspired dozens of tasty dessert treats. You don't actually have to watch the Kentucky Derby or wear a big hat to join in the fun this weekend -- try one of these mint julep desserts instead.

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    Graduation season is right around the corner. As the high school and college seniors are wrapping up their studies and getting ready for their next adventures, parents are gearing up for one night: the graduation party.

    Sending out the invites, checking the guest list, and ordering food, music, and entertainment are all top of mind. But the centerpiece of the party, aside from the actual grad, of course, is the cake. It's a way to perfectly symbolize the past few years of school and shows the grad just how proud everyone is.

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