desserts

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 [...]

Salted Caramel Pretzel Crust Brownies

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It's pretty hard to improve on brownies from a box.  I have tried making them from scratch more than once but quite frankly, for all that effort, they just don't taste any better.  And let's face it.  Brownies are goooood. But do you know what can take brownies in a box from really yummy to [...]

White Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

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Want to know how to make delicious rice crispy treats even better?  The answer is pretty simple.  Are you ready for it? Add white chocolate. Oh. My. Heaven on a plate, they are.  I dare you to stop at just one.  Or five. And the best part?  Only four ingredients and 15 minutes to make. [...]

Dairy-Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut {Recipe}

Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut. YUM! This amazing homemade ice cream uses Silk almond milk, coconut milk, & coconut oil to create the creamiest non-dairy ice cream you will ever try! You won’t believe it’s dairy free!

There are many, many reasons I love my stand mixer, but when husband surprised me a few years ago with an ice cream maker attachment, it brought that love to a whole new level.  Homemade ice-cream?  I could eat it all day long!  Mmmmmm....ice cream....so good..... When it comes to flavor, we are a family [...]

Easy Homemade Blueberry Pie

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Nothing says summer quite like fresh blueberry pie--especially one made from blueberries you've picked yourself!  Sadly for those of us down here in sunny Florida, blueberry season is already over, but we are happily still enjoying the lingering fruits of our labor. Mmmmmm....blueberries.... The great thing about homemade pie--especially when you "cheat" and use ready-made [...]

Goldfish Marshmallow Pops {Tutorial}

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I knew when I spotted this picture on Pinterest (from Vanessa of SeeVanessaCraft.com's absolutely adorable goldfish-themed birthday party--seriously, check it out!  I die.) that I would somehow have to include Goldfish Marshmallow Pops on our mermaid party menu.  Goldfish....mermaids....things that swim....it fits, right? As luck would have it, I already had everything I needed on hand, [...]