I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy. That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference. Fun? Check. Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies? Check. Read more...(849 words, 10 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
That’s all is takes to make this incredibly fun, crispy, crunchy, chocolatey, cool dessert. This ice cream cake is so easy to put together, and it knocked the socks off of my family at a cookout over the weekend. My husband even mentioned after dessert that he’d like me to make this cake for his birthday…which isn’t until next April. Read more...(1060 words, 12 images, estimated 4:14 mins reading time)
It was a couple of hours before the kids came home from school. I was cleaning up the kitchen, and noticed that the bananas hanging on my banana hook had seen better days. You know the type, the brown, spotty, “Oops, we didn’t eat these quickly enough” bananas? What do you do when life hands you brown bananas? You bake banana bread!
I’d seen this recipe a while ago, and wanted to give it a try. I love peanut butter and banana together, and I loved that this recipe (which I adapted from one I’d found in Cooking Light) had some healthier twists than the usual quick bread. Read more...(972 words, 9 images, estimated 3:53 mins reading time)
Looking for a special treat to share with your little bunnies this weekend? These may just be the perfect thing, and the little bunnies can even help make them, which makes them even better.
These little eggs kind of remind me of a Watchamacallit bar. Remember those? They were one of my favorite candy bars as a kid, so it may be why I was drawn to these guys in the first place. They have this crispy, crunchy, chewy, peanut-buttery center drenched in just the right amount of chocolate. Read more...(852 words, 9 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Get ready, folks. I went to Costco yesterday and was forced (you know how they are…) to purchase a six-pack of canned pumpkin. I have pumpkin coming out of my ears now, but I’m banking on you guys really enjoying fall flavors. I have a love affair with pumpkin every fall, so why shouldn’t you?
This soup alone is a good reason to keep some canned pumpkin on hand. My entire family loved this twist on traditional, creamy, pumpkin/squash soup. It was so easy to throw together, and was packed with so much flavor, that it may turn into my go-to soup once the weather turns chilly. Plus, with just a little bit of spice, and a decent vitamin kick from some citrus and mango, it would work wonders on a nasty cold. Read more...(626 words, 8 images, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)
Some things, you never outgrow. There’s just something about peanut butter and jelly that comforts, and takes me back to simpler times. It’s not often that I grab a PB&J for lunch now that I’m all grown up. It usually only happens when it’s “that time again” to run to the grocery store because we’re out of everything else. But, when I do have one, it’s always comforting. Read more...(675 words, 8 images, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)
Every once in a while, a day comes along where it just won’t feel complete unless I have a little bit of chocolate. Yesterday was one of those days. I had a busy day, was running all over the place, but the voice in my head (There’s just one, and it’s my voice, just in case you’re a little nervous.) kept leading me to the kitchen. I wanted to bake something up, but didn’t have the time to fuss with long baking times and lots of kitchen mess. Read more...(606 words, 9 images, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)
Something came over me this year. It took me 30+ years, but I’ve finally discovered how truly amazing a chocolate and peanut butter dessert can be. I’ve always enjoyed the combination, but something happened this year and took my enjoyment and made it an obsession. I can’t get enough! A few months ago, I came upon a wonderful chocolate cupcake and peanut butter frosting recipe in Ina Garten’s cookbook, Barefoot Contessa at Home. The cupcakes were fantastic, but the frosting was TO DIE FOR. It’s a delicious recipe and so simple that I’m shocked cupcake bakeries around the world haven’t jumped on it yet. It is truly the smoothest, creamiest, peanut butteriest frosting I’ve ever had. So, I got to thinking and thought that if this amazing frosting was great on a cupcake, it might be even better on a brownie. Read more...(526 words, 7 images, estimated 2:06 mins reading time)