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...]

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 no … [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 I … [Read more...]

Cranberry Bliss Bar Is a Delicious And Easy Bar Cookie Recipe!

Love a good bar cookie recipe?  This cranberry bliss bar will be a huge hit! 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. Or rolling out dough for homemade gingerbread men.  Making the dough batter is the quick and easy part. The rolling, cutting, dropping, dipping and baking that take the most time.Pressed for time this holiday season but still want to provide sweets for your family … [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 strangle … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Dipped Chewy Molasses Cookies

When I was growing up in New England, my mom used to make homemade baked beans from scratch several times a year. For those of you who have never had real New England baked beans, you start with a bag of dried beans, salt pork, brown sugar and lots of molasses. Every time my mom got out the jar of molasses, I was right there at her elbow with my spoon ready to grab a huge dollop for my mouth! Molasses reminds me of home...it reminds me of my grandparent's house with their cookie jar full of molasses cookies and it reminds me of the holidays in … [Read more...]

Homemade Pretzels with Beer Cheese is a Delicious Oktoberfest Recipe!

My husband and I love traveling, although we don't get to go as often as we should. One place we have been to quite a few times is Cincinnati, OH because we have family there. With a strong German heritage on my husband's side, we were immediately drawn to a restaurant nearby called Haufbrau House. Every time we go, we make sure to get their homemade pretzels with beer cheese which are honestly to die for. They serve them with a delicious beer cheese and the whole experience is just magical.I decided to try making homemade pretzels myself … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

Fall is finally here and with it comes a plethora of pumpkin recipes! YAY! I love pumpkin...we put it in pancakes, soup, pie and even homemade pudding! Yes, you can make a homemade pudding  recipe that tastes exactly like the inside of the pumpkin pie!If you have never made your own pudding from scratch, let me assure you that it is NOT difficult! You do not need to rely on that little box from the grocery store filled with artificial colors and flavors. This pumpkin pie homemade pudding recipe takes less than minutes to make and is filled … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

This homemade pound cake recipe has been sponsored by Wholesome Sweeteners but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I think back on my childhood, one of my favorite 'classic' summer desserts was fresh fruit served over pound cake and topped with whipped cream. Of course, my mom bought a pound cake from the store and our whipped cream came in a tub but it was still pretty darned tasty. With my quest to make things a bit more naturally than mom did,  I decided to try making a homemade pound cake, which I have never actually attempted … [Read more...]

Tiramisu Dip Recipe Makes a Simple Summer Dessert

As a Hamilton Beach Ambassador I was provided with the mixer I used to create this recipe but all opinions expressed are my own.Have you ever found a recipe online and said "YES! I want to make that!" and then realized that...well, you either don't have or can't find several of the ingredients in the darn thing? That is where a little bit of creativity comes in! I saw a delicious Tiramisu recipe on Food.com. I thought it would make a great summer dessert for backyard barbecues or just feeding hungry children over summer vacation. However, … [Read more...]

Gingersnap Energy Bar Recipe to Fuel Your Workout

This no bake energy bar recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield Organic yogurt. As a Stonyfield ambassador I receive product coupons to facilitate my recipes. All opinions expressed here are my own.Several years ago, my husband took up running. Since then, I cannot even tell you how many miles he has run...around a track, through the neighborhood, over park trails, and through Disney during one of many marathons. As any avid runner can tell you, when you are training it is incredibly important to make sure you keep your body well fed. My … [Read more...]

Lime Cheesecake Recipe with Homemade Lime Whipped Cream

When my husband was a kid, his mother used to make tiny little cherry cheesecakes for the kids all the time. She used vanilla wafers for a crust, made a simple cheesecake filling, and when it was finished baking she would top them with cherry pie filling. When we got married he told me it was his all time favorite dessert recipe and I made sure I got the directions from his mom! When our Foodbloggers Challenge group decided that this week's secret ingredient should be limes, I decided to see what I could do to create a simple lime cheesecake … [Read more...]