This Chocolate Dipped Apricots Recipe is a Deliciously Healthy Dessert!

I have always had a horrible sweet tooth and honestly, I see nothing wrong with indulging in desserts regularly.  I choose to make desserts from scratch most of the time and use real butter, heavy cream and plenty of organic sugar.  Of course, this comes with a fairly high calorie count so I try to balance my love of sweets with healthy dessert options when I can.  This chocolate dipped apricots recipe is the perfect balance between deliciously sweet and slightly healthy.  All the flavor and less of the guilt!  It is also incredibly easy to … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Crinkles Christmas Cookie Recipe

My favorite part of the holidays is the baking!  These easy chocolate crinkles remind me of my childhood and are a delicious treat every Christmas. When I graduated from college I went back home to Connecticut for one week to gather my things and move down to Texas.  I packed all the stuff I thought was important like my clothes and my books.  Everything was shipped down to Houston and  I was excited to be starting a new life.  When the holidays rolled around I quickly realized that I did not have a single Christmas cookie recipe from my … [Read more...]

Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe with Yogurt and Cranberries

This easy vanilla cake recipe has been sponsored, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.I absolutely adore cranberries so once Thanksgiving is here, I stock up.  The are delicious in homemade cranberry sauce, baked into breads and cakes and make your holiday cocktail look all that much more festive.  When Cabot Creamery sent me some delicious yogurt to try out, I decided to pair the tangy flavors of cranberry and yogurt with the sweet flavor of an easy vanilla cake recipe.  The results were both delicious and pretty! If you want … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

Yesterday I whipped up a batch of these no bake pumpkin balls and I have been eating them morning, noon and night ever since.  Yes, even for breakfast.  You know why?  Because if you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, look no further than these bite sized morsels!  And you know what's even better?  They are incredibly easy to make.  Just mix a few ingredients, roll into balls, cover with cinnamon and sugar and you are done!  Easy and delicious with absolutely zero guilt when I inhale a few at 6 AM! Keep reading to learn how easy they are … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I decided to make this homemade peanut butter fudge recipe because I have about 8 jars of peanut butter in my pantry.  Why? Because I am the type of person who stocks up on healthy food when I find a good deal.  I found a buy one get one free sale recently on natural peanut butter and I could probably make a years worth of PB&J sandwiches with it and never run out.  I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at nut butter recipes for inspiration.  I found a paleo fudge recipe online that looked easy enough and decided to swap out the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Watermelon Recipe to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Summer is almost here in Georgia, even though we are technically only a couple of weeks into May.  With temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, this chocolate dipped watermelon recipe is my own personal introduction to summer snacking.  I love hitting the farmer's markets on the weekends and once they start up the first week of June, I will be hunting down as many watermelon recipes as I can find.  South Georgia offers an abundance of fresh watermelon throughout the entire summer and my kids will eat their weight in that succulent summer fruit! … [Read more...]

Easy Pecan Pie Cookie Recipe

This pecan pie cookie recipe has been sponsored by Eggland's Best Eggs but all opinions expressed here are my own.When I was growing up in New England, I' pretty sure I never tasted a single pecan.  We were a walnut family, as were most of the people in my state.  You always put walnuts in cookies, quick breads and trail mix.  I'm sure the grocery store probably carried pecans but they never once entered my mother's kitchen.  After college, I moved to Texas.  Let me tell you something about Texans....they take their pecan's VERY seriously! … [Read more...]

Quinoa and Lavender Healthy Chocolate Bark Recipe

This healthy chocolate bark recipe is loaded with quinoa and sprinkled with just a touch of dried lavender which satisfies your sweet tooth without making you feel guilty!  Since I have a horrible sweet tooth, especially at bedtime, I am always looking for healthy treats to nibble on while I wind down at night.  I have been stocking up lately on an assortment of nuts and seeds in an effort to eat healthier.  Nuts and seeds are delicious in oatmeal, baked into muffins or even mixed into this healthy chocolate bark recipe.  Did you know quinoa is … [Read more...]

How to Make Natural Green Food Coloring

Saint Patrick's Day is coming up quickly and making natural green food coloring will let you skip the artificial colors in some of your festive desserts.  While I could care less about the color of my cookie frosting, it seems somehow wrong of me to deny my children green frosted cupcakes and cookies during our celebrations of all things Irish.  I decided to try playing around with ways to make natural green food coloring so my kids can enjoy their green desserts.  Of course, the first thing I do is head to the internet to do some research.  I … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Nutella in Two Easy Steps!

Tis the season of all things ooey, gooey and decadent and I embrace this concept whole heartedly!  Oh, SURE...I throw a few extra stalks of organic broccoli on my plate at dinner but when it comes to desserts, I am not known for my restraint during the holidays.  One of my son's favorite foods of all time is Nutella.  Who wouldn't love that creamy blend of chocolate and hazelnuts, right?  It's delicious as a fruit dip, spooned into a mug of hot cocoa or spread onto a croissant like I did yesterday for breakfast.  Talk about a wonderful way to … [Read more...]

Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce with Fresh Strawberries

This Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce has been sponsored by Earth Fare but all opinions are my own.A few days ago, I wrote about my shopping experience at Earth Fare grocery store.  I made Vegetarian Burrito Bowls for dinner that night and they were a delicious and filling meatless Monday recipe.  It was a very inexpensive meal to make so I had plenty of grocery money left over to treat myself to something decadent.  My go to dessert will almost always include chocolate and the selection at Earth Fare was amazing.  I loved that you can find … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Cheesecake Parfait Recipe with Blueberry Topping

Last week, my inlaws came for a visit and since my mother in law has Celiac Disease, I have been experimenting with some new gluten free recipes.  Specifically I have been playing around with gluten free DESSERT recipes because the doctor says she needs to put on a few pounds.  Since I love making dessert and she seems to love eating them, I figured I would make as many as possible while they are visiting.  I found  a no bake cheesecake parfait recipe on Pinterest and it was incredibly easy to change a few ingredients to make a gluten free … [Read more...]

Healthier No Bake Cookie Recipe: Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

If you are looking for an easy cookie recipe to make, I recommend you choose a no bake cookie recipe.  Quick, easy, and no oven required which is really nice once the weather starts to warm up.  I have a serious weakness for Rice Krispie Treats...they are one of those classics from my childhood that just pull me in whenever I see them.  However, I am not a huge fan of using marshmallows since they aren't exactly healthy.  I searched around online and found several recipes for healthy no bake cookies just like Rice Krispie Treats that required … [Read more...]

Sugar Cookie Bars with Blackberry Frosting

I love sugar cookies but I absolutely detest any cookie recipe that requires a rolling pin.  I don't know why I have this utter hatred of such a simple kitchen tool but any sugar cookie recipe I have found up until now has required rolling it out and using cookie cutters.  But, one day I was scrolling through the almighty Pinterest and I came across an amazing thing.  A sugar cookie recipe that is cooked as a bar cookie and requires no rolling out whatsoever.  Amazing!  How did I not know that such a thing existed?  So, I started Googling sugar … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Yogurt Parfait Recipe and #YogurtPerfection with Liberte!

We go through a ridiculous amount of  yogurt in my house every week.  Seriously...I could have a half empty grocery cart by the time I got to the yogurt isle and it would be full when I went to check out.  Yogurt is great for breakfast, a snack, making smoothies or even for dessert.  It is also a great substitute for higher fat items like sour cream or mayonnaise.  I must admit, though, I am a bit of a yogurt snob.  I don't want just any old yogurt and my family discovered Liberte yogurt YEARS ago and we were hooked! Caramel Apple Yogurt … [Read more...]

Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe and a Chocolate Dessert Roundup

I have a horrible sweet tooth and the hardest part about the whole 'healthy eating' thing for me is giving up dessert.  Most days when dinner is done, I just push away from the table and skip the after dinner sweets.  But, Valentine's Day is coming up and don't we all deserve a little something sweet on this delicious holiday?  And when I decide that I am going to splurge on dessert, it isn't going to be some boring, store bought cookie.  Oh, no!  I am going to go all out and enjoy something a little bit decadent like the molten chocolate cake … [Read more...]

Cranberry Bliss Bar and Bar Cookie Recipe Roundup

I absolutely love baking but I tend to be rather busy, especially during the holidays.  I don't always have time to sit around baking 4 different batches of cookies, one cookie sheet at a time.  Making the dough batter is the quick and easy part...usually it is the rolling, cutting, dropping, dipping and baking that take the most time.  If you are pressed for time this holiday season but still want to provide sweets for your family and friends, I highly recommend you look into finding a bar cookie recipe to make your life easier.  Bar cookies … [Read more...]

Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Recipe

I am a firm believer in the idea that life is short and you should eat dessert first. Of course, you should totally eat a big pile of organic broccoli and some sustainably caught seafood right afterwards but dessert is a vital part of my diet! I have a serious sweet tooth and one thing I absolutely love is chocolate.  This brownie recipe uses three different chocolates for an amazingly rich dessert recipe your family will love.  I chose to use a combination of milk chocolate for the brownie itself, a white chocolate ganache filling and then a … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Pie and Washi Tape Note Card Make a Nice Teacher Gift

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.Ever since my children were in Kindergarten, I have volunteered in their classroom.  I was the mom cooking with them on Friday mornings, reading to them on Earth Day, chaperoning the field trip, and organizing holiday parties.  I loved every moment I spent with them and I learned something very important about myself.  I discovered that I do NOT have the patience to be a teacher!  Seriously, after an hour of volunteering I was about ready to … [Read more...]