Sweet & Spiked Peachy Lemonade

Happy Hump Day! I hope everyone has had a great week thus far. Either way, there’s no better way to get over that mid-week slump than to enjoy a refreshing cocktail. Am I right, or am I right? And what better way than to use up the last peaches before they go out of season! Lord knows I already have plenty of apples taking over my kitchen.

Dinosaur “Fossil” Cookies

Happy Thursday, ya’ll! I got quite a few requests for this recipe from the birthday party post I made a few weeks back, so I thought I’d make a little blog post on it today. Whether you have a little boy that would love these or you just like cinnamon and sugar, sugar cookies, this recipe is so easy and SO good. It’s actually a recipe I use quite often during Christmas time, so you may see them again in the near future. Just skip the dino footprints for Santa 😉

Easter Dessert Board

Happy Easter Eve, Friends! I have a very short and sweet post today, so I’ll get straight to the point. I was at Target today thinking about how Easter just wasn’t on my radar this year, and I didn’t make or prepare anything for it (yikes). I’ve been so busy with other things that, it completely slipped my mind. So, while roaming around I came up with the idea of a dessert board, but with “already made” treats. A dessert board sure to impress, even at the last minute.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Whipped Cream

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! What did you guys have on your menu today? This year our Thanksgiving gathering was fairly small so we eliminated a few dishes off of our typical holiday menu (mostly casseroles and pies), and although that was a little bittersweet, I added a new item today. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Whipped Cream. Typically my grandma makes a pumpkin pie every year, but with the number so low and her health declining, I decided to take over and make something a little bit different. Since I have been making this pumpkin cheesecake for a few years now, and it has always been a friend favorite, it seemed like the obvious choice. This pumpkin cheesecake is basically a cross between a pumpkin pie and a New York style cheesecake, and what’s not to love about that? It’s the best of both worlds. And honestly, it’s better than pumpkin pie in my opinion. (No on tell my grandma I said that 🙈 ) The crust is buttery yet crisp with graham crackers, while the inside is creamy and perfectly flavored with real pumpkin and fall spices. It’s beyond delicious.

7-Layer Bars

Happy Monday ya’ll. It’s been quite the dreary overcast day here so I’ve taken full advantage of it and spent my entire day inside baking. There is also a winter storm on the way so what better way to snuggle up with some hot cocoa and eat some sweets, am I right? If we’re being honest, I really don’t like winter, Like at all, but I’ll definitely partake in the fuzzy socks, hot cocoa, and movie nights on the couch during a snowfall. There’s just something so comforting about it. Especially with freshly baked 7-layer bars just waiting for me to dig in. Yes please. Usually at this time of year I’ve already made 7-layer bars more times than I can count. However, due to the pandemic, I can’t say I’ve made them once this year. This recipe makes 24 large bars or 48 small bars so it’s a hefty recipe for just one person to indulge in. So, with Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought why not make them today and be ahead of the game for Thursday. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. I get my sugar fix and my family gets theirs for Thanksgiving. Win Win.

Rainbow Fries

Happy Friday night ya’ll. We’ve made it through the work week! Seeing as my week seemed to be long and stressful, I thought I would bring something different to the blog tonight and make something fun. Now if you know me, you know I’m a HUGE snacker, especially if any sort of TV series is on. That’s how these tri-colored french fries, or “rainbow fries” as I like to call them, came about. I wanted an easy, yet still delicious snack to munch on while starting season 4 of the show ‘New Girl’. Yes, I know, I know, I’m super behind on this show. However, don’t you worry because I am most definitely binge watching it 😆 . Never the less, I wanted something I wasn’t going to feel super bad about eating, and could reheat for Oliver to snack on the next day. Enter in these Rainbow Fries. These fries are not are not only SO easy to make, but they are gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan. They would make a great snack, side dish to any meal, and are an awesome way to get kids to eat their vegetables without using a deep fryer. You could also substitute carrots for extra sneaky veggie consumption.

Sweet & Spicy Snack Mix

Today is a good day. One, because I don’t work today, and two, because I’m watching Monday Night Football and eating this snack mix. I don’t wanna say anything to jinx it, buuuut the Chicago Bears are really doing well this year. I mean most of the games are a complete eyesore to watch, but somehow we just keep managing to pull a win from it. It’s honestly incredible. Even if we do lose tonight, I will be able to rest easier knowing I won’t starve to death in my sleep. I’m on my second bowl already and the game literally just started. No shame over here though.

Scotcheroos

Can we just take a minute on this dreary Sunday evening to appreciate the simplicity but deliciousness of scotcharoos? Like, seriously, everybody loves them. At first thought you kind of think of them as a “kids” treat, but every time someone brings them to an event, the adults go wild too. It’s unreal. It’s like a bunch of caged animals were set free. That’s exactly why I rarely make these in my house, not because I don’t like them, but because I will find myself in the kitchen at 2:00am eating them when I in fact got up for a glass of water. I’m that caged animal. It’s me. I’m completely uncontrollable and I’m not even afraid to say it.

Coconut, Butterscotch and Dark Chocolate Blondies

We’ve made it over half way through the week ya’ll. And it’s officially fall! That makes me so stoked to say. This crisp weather is giving me LIFE. Anyone else? It’s just the change I needed to kind of “reset my mind”. My days have all been blending together and with the pandemic still happening and in full force, not much change has happened in my day to day schedule. I did however dive into all things fall this past weekend and visited an apple orchard to stock up on some much needed fall essentials. Basically, what that means is apple cider donuts. Yes, I did in fact go for donuts. I mean, of course I got some apples to balance it out, but real talk, I went for donuts. However, with the apples I did purchase, I have been baking up a storm and have SO many good apple recipes coming up that you guys are going to love. That being said, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite transitional, summer to fall, desserts before I turn into an apple maniac. Butterscotch, Coconut and Dark Chocolate Blondies. This is another tried and true recipe.

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Good Morning and Happy Monday ya’ll! I can’t believe the weekend is already over. I spent most of my weekend inside due to the copious amounts of rain Wisconsin decided to dump on us, but none the less got caught up on some much needed work, content planning, and recipe testing. This post is actually coming about from a MAJOR fail I had yesterday in the kitchen. I feel like anytime I try something new, it doesn’t work. I sit there and question it, then tell myself to just follow the recipe, and then it turns out like garbage. I should know to trust my gut but yet here I am a day later with pancake cookies and a crushed soul. Aye yai yai. In the mist of this fail, I thought to myself, “I’m just going to make my cookies instead. They always work. I’ll just make a big batch, eat about 10 of them, enter a food coma, and forget about the flying saucers I just made.” Okay, maybe not 10 of them, and maybe I’m being dramatic, but, I hate when recipes don’t work. Therefore, I made my own. Honestly, these cookies have a pretty fool proof recipe. I’ve taught many people how to make these, and even the worst of the worst have succeeded. So, without further ado, I give you my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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