desserts

Easy 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

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Am I the only one already drooling thinking about Thanksgiving dinner?  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I am SUPER excited that this year my big brother Paul and his family will be joining us all the way from Washington State.  It has been years since we've hosted a big family [...]

Best-Ever Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal butterscotch cookies have been my husband's favorite for as long as we've been together, so over the years I've tweaked and refined this recipe until he finally declared this particular version the very best ever.  I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to share this recipe until now, but here you go!  Trust me, [...]

Easy Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

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Growing up, I used to always look at my friends' lunches with envy over their freshly baked treats.  The brownies, the cookies, the homemade bars.....My own mom was never much of a cook, which meant that my own lunches were usually just a random assortment of pre-packaged convenience foods.  And I swore to myself that [...]

Five Minute Ice Cream Cake

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Everybody needs a go-to dessert and I'm pretty sure I just found mine!  This oh-so-easy ice cream cake comes together so fast it can hardly even be called a recipe, and yet the pretty stripes make it an impressive showstopper.  Because the only thing better than a delicious dessert that only takes minutes to throw [...]

Ten Minute Blueberry Crisp

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While it is a little early for those of you up north, here in Florida May means it's blueberry picking time!  This is one of our favorite family activities and we seriously look forward to it all year--even my four-year-old enjoys it!  If you haven't tried this before, definitely check to see if there are [...]

One Bowl Brownies

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Everyone needs a go-to chocolate brownie recipe that whips up super fast using ingredients you probably already have on hand.  And if it only messes up one bowl in the process?  Well, that's even better!  Of course when my friend Natalie shared this recipe with me a few weeks ago, insisting that these were the [...]

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings

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When my friend Jenny--who you may remember from this amazing fish recipe--first shared this funny little recipe with me a few years ago, I literally laughed out loud.  It just sounded so crazy!  I mean, seriously…..Mountain Dew?  In a baked dish?  I thought she was joking. Until, of course, I tasted it. That's when I [...]

Hummingbird Cake

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I have a confession.  I'm not really a cake person, at least not usually.  I much prefer brownies.  Or fresh blueberry pie.  Mmmmmmm…..pie…. The problem I have with most cakes is that they are either too dry or the frosting is too sweet, or both. That was, of course, until I discovered this particular cake, which [...]

Fresh Lemon Bars

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There's nothing quite as welcome in the dreary winter months as a sweet & tart lemon dessert!  One of my family's very favorite things about January here in Florida is picking the fresh lemons off our little lemon tree. We usually are able to squeeze and freeze enough juice to keep our family drinking homemade [...]

Poppyseed Cake with Crunchy Glaze

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Those of you with December birthdays already know this truth I am about to share: December birthdays are the pits!  My poor husband has dealt with this his whole life.  In fact, when we had kids he was bound and determined to make sure their birthdays did not fall anywhere close to Christmas. And quite [...]

White Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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In our family, Christmas movies and hot chocolate go hand in hand, and we are incapable of having one without the other.  Every year we look forward to getting in our PJs and watching all our favorites--The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown [...]

Copycat Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars

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I love me some Starbucks anytime and anywhere, but during the holidays that pretty green & white logo is even more tempting.  Not because of the Peppermint Mochas or Gingerbread Lattes, (though they are delicious), but because of the yummiest treat on the planet.....Cranberry Bliss Bars. Mmmmmmmmm...... For those of you who haven't been lucky [...]

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

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I'll be honest, I'm not normally a big fan of marshmallows.  My girls, on the other hand, can't get enough of them, and when I saw they were charging $16.95 at Williams Sonoma for a box of 15 hand crafted peppermint marshmallows, I knew I had to figure out how to make these lil' puppies. [...]

Oh-So-Easy Caramel Apple Pie

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My husband really, really loves apple pie.  It is the only dessert he ever asks for.  But being the devoted wife that I am, I would only ever make it for Thanksgiving.  Because let's face it:  Apple pie is a lot of work.  Between the homemade crust and all those apples that need to be [...]

Skinny Pumpkin Bread

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There is just something about fall. Come September I am ready for boots and sweaters and a whole lot of coziness.  I crave maple syrup and hot apple cider and soup of all kinds. And pumpkin.  Oh, how I crave pumpkin! This year, since I am still *trying* to be good, I thought I would [...]

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