• Christmas Cookies Galore: Ginger Snaps, Sugar Cookies, & Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Merry Christmas! We have been baking all morning for Santa, friends, family, and neighbors! We choose ginger snaps, sugar cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. This is my favorite book to refer to when I want to make cookies. You can check it out here. There are so many different types of cookies, bars, squares, and biscotti whether [...]

  • Season’s Eatings: Layered Ginger Mint Joy Bars

    Happy holidays everyone! Let's talk cookie bars. These sweet squares have all of my favorites wrapped into a decadence that you don't have to feel too guilty about. Chocolate, pecans, coconut, marshmallows...yum. They can be made gluten free, dairy free, and can adapt to any number or types of toppings. Totally a special winter break breakfast, snack, [...]

  • Healthy Holiday {Cranberry Nut} Zucchini Bread

    I whipped up 2 loaves of this easy sweet bread today: One is for a gift and the other for my humble abode. Using whole wheat pastry flour, less oil, coconut sugar, apple sauce, banana, and zucchini, this dairy free bread is healthier without compromising taste and texture. It's comparable to a light cake.   I [...]

  • Holiday Edition: Five Spice Pumpkin Orange Bundt Cake + Orange Anise Icing

    The holidays beckon for sweets and although I love pies, I like how bundt cakes are traditional and make a regular dessert more special. The decorative look reminds me of wreaths and rings and all things festive. This recipe is very versatile and a good guide for whatever flavors you want to impart. It is [...]

  • Thanksgiving Edition: Peanut Butter Coconut Cream Pumpkin Pie

    Did you know something magically decadent happens when pumpkin mingles with peanut butter and coconut cream? I found out when my father-in-law devoured the 3/4 of this pie! In all honesty, he chose this to be his birthday cake so he was completely entitled :) .  The filling is creamy, generously spiced, not too sweet, [...]

  • Fluffy Banana Cupcakes Topped With Chocolate Ganache And Caramelized Bananas

    I heard about Chiquita hosting a recipe contest which ends tonight at midnight!  The winner will receive $2000. I would even be happy with a runner up mention. The requirements are to include bananas, cream cheese, and chocolate chips. I'll be honest: Other than my oatmeal cranberry cookies, I am not a regular at making up baked [...]

  • Pecan Pumpkin Honey Oat Squares

    Happy Halloween since it's technically after midnight! I hope everyone has fun plans lined up today and if you don't celebrate, may you have a wonderful Saturday. I was recipe testing earlier tonight and wanted to have the kids wake up to a healthy but still a treat on Halloween morning. See this post for [...]

  • How Do You Like Them Apples?

    Oh so simple. Oh so good. I wanted a rich dessert but a week of rainy, gray days + sugar just make me feel sticky and lethargic. But I want it all: my temptation satisfied without feeling like a big ball of goo afterwards. This quick and easy recipe hit my sweet, tangy, juicy, crunchy cravings [...]

  • Pumpkin Spiced Cupcakes With Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

    If you've been to Trader Joe's lately, you have seen that they are all about everything pumpkin under the sun! Incorporating the above 3 ingredients, I made the most amazing pumpkinlicious treat. Modifying a recipe I found, I created these moist, fluffy, decadent, but healthier homemade cupcakes. I omitted the chocolate chips, cut the sugar in [...]

  • Low Labor Healthy Chocolate Cake For Every Occasion

    Happy Labor Day! No matter your role, profession, daily tasks, or accomplishments, today is a day that your diligence deserves reward! I have used this chocolate cake recipe many times but I really fell in love with it the last time. I had a couple of cousins in town unexpectedly one night after dinner and nothing [...]

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