Cranberry Shortbread Cookie Recipe with Orange Zest

Looking for easy cranberry recipes this month?  This mouthwatering homemade shortbread takes only minutes to assemble and has a rich but simple flavor.  Since I stock up on cranberries every fall, I am always looking for new ways to use them.  I mean, cranberry sauce is delicious but I don't want to eat it every day!  However, I would happily gorge myself on shortbread cookies all year round!  I added fresh orange zest to this cranberry shortbread cookie recipe and I think the two flavors blend beautifully … [Read more...]

Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe with Basil and Honey

This Fresh Blueberry Tart Recipe was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are my own. If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I have a serious sweet tooth. I love homemade desserts and this fresh blueberry tart recipe with Florida blueberries was absolutely delicious. It was also incredibly easy to make, which I love! I made this blueberry tart with puff pastry, which took a lot of the work out of it for me. You can make homemade … [Read more...]

Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce and Variations for Serving

I have been a huge fan of Mexican food ever since I spent several years living down in Houston. Whether it is classic Tex-Mex like fajitas or something a bit more unique like this Mexican chocolate dipping sauce, I have come to appreciate the bold flavors of Mexican food. With Cinco de Mayo coming up soon, I decided to try making a homemade Mexican chocolate dipping sauce to pair with some fresh strawberries that are in season this month from Florida. If you are not familiar with Mexican chocolate, the flavor is truly unique and there are … [Read more...]

Maple Walnut Truffles Homemade Candy Recipe

I have been making homemade candy at Christmas for the last 20 years but these maple walnut truffles are by far one of my favorites. I grew up in New England where maple reigns supreme. When I moved down south, I tried to bring my love of maple syrup to southern cooking and made a maple pecan pie. My southern friends were horrified that I had ruined a perfectly good pecan pie with MAPLE, of all things. Clearly, they have no taste! I have found, over the years, that maple syrup goes on many things besides pancakes, even if the Georgia natives … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites with Organic Freeze Dried Fruit

This cinnamon apple energy bites recipe with organic freeze dried fruit has been sponsored by Homegrown Organic Farms. All opinions are my own. I have lived in the south for about 20 years but still consider myself a New Englander at heart. I choose walnuts over pecans and apples over peaches every time I can. This time of year, apples are in season and I find myself eating them daily. However, once we get into winter and spring, apples may be in the grocery store but they don't taste all that great anymore. I'd rather eat NO apple than eat … [Read more...]

Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

I am a morning person but by 3 PM in the afternoon, I am craving a nap. These peanut butter oatmeal energy biteswere my attempt at powering through my week without resorting to pots full of coffee. Since my pumpkin energy bites were so delicious, I decided that this easy no-bake treat would be a healthy and delicious way to satisfy my sweet tooth without the guilt! Snacking on cookies is delicious but not the healthiest choice on a daily basis, right? If you are looking for more high protein nut recipes, try my chocolate almond butter smoothie … [Read more...]

Lavender Shortbread Cookie Recipe

I love the weekends. Especially weekends where neither kid has a million activities to participate in! I decided to do a bit of baking and made this simple yet elegant lavender shortbread cookie recipe. These cookies are buttery and flaky with a light hint of lemon and lavender. The perfect treat when you want something slightly sweet instead of gooey and decadent. This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.   Now, if you are … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Popsicle Recipe

I am a huge clearance shopper and a few weeks I scored a great deal. I found all natural mint chocolate chip yogurt popsicles on clearance for 75% off. YAY! I bought 6 boxes of them and we ate them every night. (Yes, I really do love my sweets!) Well, now they are gone and I am trying to find a Greek yogurt popsicle recipe that is similar to what we have come to love. Because when they are NOT on clearance, those things are ridiculously expensive! I put together a batch this week and thought I would share the recipe with you. Homemade popsicles … [Read more...]

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 make and … [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 childhood. … [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 to … [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! For these delicious pumpkin treats, 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! After … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I decided to make this healthy 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. This week,  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 … [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! Dip … [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! The … [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 a … [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 come … [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 start … [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 dessert … [Read more...]