Orange Cookies

This year it feels as though spring is teasing us. One week we will have 50-60 degree weather and then the next we might have a snowstorm with 20-30 degree temps. Or perhaps the issue is that I'm just impatient for warmer weather. I can't recall craving higher temperatures quite like I do this year. In an attempt to add a little sunshine to my dreary and dull spring I took to embracing oranges. The vibrant burst of color this fruit exhibits is a great way to refresh the eyes and the tastebuds.  I found this recipe in an old church cookbook. Other than the ingredient for "sweet … [Read more...]

Easy Flatbread Taco Pizza

You can only eat tacos so many times before it's time to change things up a bit. While I'm sure my middle son would eat tacos almost every night, that doesn't mean he should. I decided to change things up a bit on my little taco fan by making this Flatbread Taco Pizza. Not surprisingly he was smitten. Now if only I could get my oldest son to like taco seasoning I'd truly be all set.  This recipe can easily be tweaked according to particular preferences. I despise dollops of sour cream on anything, though that could be a likely addition for some. For my particular version,I used … [Read more...]

Easter Puppy Chow with Robin Eggs

If you are looking for a quick way to add a little seasonal holiday fun to a sweet treat then this recipe might be a good fit. I used the traditional Chex recipe for Puppy Chow, but made a slight variation in order to add a little Easter-inspired goodness. Technically this recipe is called Muddy Buddies according to the recipe, but I've always called it Puppy Chow.  I added a few {1/4 cup} of Cadbury Mini Eggs to the chocolate chip mixture. It takes a bit longer to melt these eggs, but stirring about every 30 seconds helps. And then of course additional Cadbury Mini Eggs to the … [Read more...]

Easy Chocolate Almond Bars

These bars are deliciously sweet and a great accompaniment to a strong black cup of coffee. Or if your taste-tester is freckle-faced and still in elementary school, like mine, a glass of milk would do. Consider this a warning, these bars have equal parts flour to sugar. Enjoy!  … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Pecan Baguette Bites Recipe & a Giveaway

This post was created in collaboration with Disney-Hyperion in support of Nanette’s Baguette. All opinions are my own. Nanette is very excited to eat her first baguette. But when she eats it.....uff da. Too much bread! This quirky book could be written with my youngest son in mind. In anticipation of a delightful treat he is giddy, excited and over-the-top thrilled. However, once he has devoured most of it, his glee has turned to gloom. Perhaps it's not just a mistake made my the young? I know I have had the same experience as well..... Full disclosure this book is a tongue twister … [Read more...]

Strawberry Chocolate Hazelnut Mini Toasts

The following post may contain affiliate links. Sometimes desserts don't have to be heavy and in large proportions. These appetizer-sized treats make for a quick and delicious dessert option. It really doesn't get any easier than this.  Three ingredients- fresh strawberries, mini toasts {I used a French brand-Esprit De Liberte} and a chocolate hazelnut spread. I purchased this Justin's spread to give it a try. It's definitely not my favorite variety from the brand. I think I might be addicted to their Maple Almond Butter . It is literally one of the best things ever. But I … [Read more...]

Candy Corn Thanksgiving Turkey Lollipops

I have the solution for candy corn overload this coming holiday. Take those Halloween treats and turn them into Thanksgiving turkeys! Through a little bit of trial and error I was able to perfect this recipe to turn candy corn into Thanksgiving turkey chewy lollipops.  I'm not normally cutsie creative, I don't know what came over me. But my littlest son was delighted by these colorful turkeys. Of course, he was more excited about the prospect of a sugared treat. This guy is all about dessert, all the time.  I did a little experimenting with the baking the candy corn to … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies & a Giveaway

This post was created in collaboration with Disney-Hyperion in support of the new series Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! All opinions are my own.  This year is such an important school year for my youngest son. Both of my older boys became what I call "super readers" after completing the first grade. I'm hopeful the same will happen this year for my six-year-old fella. At this point he can read, but it's rough. The best solution to shape an awkward reader into a super reader is practice. Or at least that's been my experience.  While parents need to take the time to … [Read more...]

Steel-cut Oats with Fresh Peaches & Brown Sugar

In addition to avocados and pickled jalapeños, I have an equally strong obsession with steel-cut oats. I don't know what's come over me. But avocados, steel-cut oats, pickled jalapeños and craft beer are my thing. They say your tastebuds change as you get older and that must certainly be true, because as I closely approach the fourth decade of my life these items are my favorites.  The fresh peaches that are available this time of year are so decadent. I couldn't resist adding some to my recent bowl of cooked oats. My youngest son and I greatly enjoyed this filling breakfast. … [Read more...]

Candy Coated Peanut Butter Fudge

I'm not necessarily a big fan of fudge. The except to that thought is this peanut butter fudge. It's rich, decadent, delicious and like any fudge best indulged in small doses. The surprising ingredient in this recipe is marshmallow creme. It does add a bit of lightness, at least in density. Though it's quite obvious that with with the marshmallow addition this recipe is sugar overdose. Be prepared for an official state of sugar coma.  Technically there is no need for the candy covering on this fudge. It's perfectly yummy without any type of topping. But in order to add a little … [Read more...]

Easy & Healthy Avocado Toast

In my continuing obsession with all things avocado I thought I'd share my favorite avocado toast recipe. Yes, it's really more of a guacamole toast recipe. I just prefer my avocado with a few ingredients that make it more guacamole-like. That being said, one can not eat chips all the time and that's how I switched this into avocado toast. I imagine at some point I might tire of this recipe and start pairing the my avocado with something else. Stay tuned:)  … [Read more...]

Watermelon Dessert Pizza

I don't know where this recipe has been hiding from me for all these years. Recently as I was flipping through a copy of a grocery store recipe/coupon book I discovered this creation. A quick Google search and I encountered countless similar recipes on the interweb. That being said, I took my own stab at originality with this recipe by adding a tablespoon of lemon curd to the mixture. Delish!  You'll notice below the recipe uses Cool Whip. If you are really focused on keeping all natural ingredients this product could easily be substituted with homemade whipping cream. As you can … [Read more...]

Chocolate Malt-O-Meal Muffins with Chia Seeds

This recipe stemmed from leftovers. Malt-O-Meal leftovers to be exact. I have fond memories of eating warm chocolate Mal-O-Meal on cold North Dakota winter mornings. I purchased a box of this classic cereal for my three little guys to try. I envisioned them reliving part of my comforting childhood tradition. Of course, they didn't like it. And while I enjoyed a warming bowl of Malt-O-Meal as a kid, I can't say I like it the same way now, so ultimately I had an almost full box of cereal. And from that almost full box this recipe was born.  A quick search delivered the brand recipe … [Read more...]

Jalapeño & Avocado Deviled Eggs

In my youth I never would have touched a jalapeno or an avocado. Jalapeno's were just too spicy. And avocados just seemed to mushy. At some point in my mid-30's it seems like I woke up one morning with a burning desire for both. How in the heck does this happen? Tell me I'm not the only one that likes a certain food {now that they are older} that they previously detested?  Whatever the explanation I have a fever for jalapenos and avocados. I fairly consistently eat one avocado a day and throw jalapenos into a meal at least once a week.  It is from this passion that I created … [Read more...]

Elephant & Piggie Banana Cupcakes & a ThankoRama Giveaway!

This post is in collaboration with Disney-Hyperion in support of Mo Willems new book, ThankoRama.  I remember when I read my first Mo Willems book to my boys, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. My little guys kept bursting into giggles and I was equally as entertained. Mo Willems makes animal characters come alive with a simple, witty dialogue that breaks down the third wall of traditional children's books. It's just hard not to laugh when you read his books.  The newest addition in the Elephant & Piggie series has Piggie attempting to thank everyone he … [Read more...]