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Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

The perfect Easter sweet!

Easter Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Easter is right around the corner and I am getting excited! Things I love most about this holiday are the spring colors, candy, cute animals, and secret gifts. This year, in addition to leaving behind the traditional dyed eggs, our Easter Bunny is planning to leave individually packaged carrot cupcakes for my family and neighbors! Carrot cake is a flavor I often overlook, but love. This was my first time baking carrot cake from scratch and I chose this recipe from Averie Cooks as my … [Read more...]

Sesame Seed Candies

A delicious homemade dessert recipe.

Sesame Seed Candy

In celebration of the freshness of spring, I’ve been on the lookout for a new kind of sweet treat recipe to share with everyone. The recipe I found on RadMegan.com provides the tools to make the sesame seed candies that you see everywhere in stores. This recipe is not only great for sesame seeds, but you can add all kinds of nuts and dried berries as well. A truly fresh breakaway from my (tried and true) base cookie recipe; this recipe is so easy, you can start 15 minutes before a dinner … [Read more...]

Lemon Pudding Cakes in a Jar

The perfect dessert for your next spring party!

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I made these lemon pudding cakes a few months ago and was surprised at how utterly scrumptious they were. These lemony delights are similar to a molten lava cake, but they're made with lemon instead of chocolate. It's such a perfect combination of creamy pudding mixed with cake and a crunchy sugar topping. The only challenge now was how to bring this hot dish to a dinner party without needing to bake it there. I swapped out ramekins for wide-mouth canning jars and the solution was simple! … [Read more...]

Lucky Charm Treat Bags with a Shamrock Bow

The perfect gift idea for St. Patrick's Day!

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As a kid I used to have Froot Loops, Frosted Flakes, and Lucky Charms cereal for Saturday morning breakfast. I would wake up early in the morning, pad down to the kitchen in my footed pajamas, and grab the bowl full of kiddie catnip that was set in the fridge beside the milk. I was then all set to watch weekend morning cartoons while my parents had a well-deserved sleep in. Things have changed a little. I no longer have time to watch cartoons and I certainly don't want to get up early. … [Read more...]

Guinness Beer Floats

Indulge in this delicious treat for St. Patrick's Day!

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St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, so to celebrate the day properly, my husband and I will be hosting a dinner party at our house with all the traditional St. Patrick's Day foods we can muster: corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, and, of course, a simple St. Patrick's day-themed dessert: Guinness Beer Floats. The combination of beer and ice cream may seem strange at first, but I assure you it's delicious enough that even your non-beer-loving friends may find … [Read more...]

Cardamom & Pistachio Biscotti

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When moving to Florida in the Fall of 2009, I donated all of my coats, and cast away nearly all of my long-sleeved cozies. I never imagined I would experience a chill again. For the first time, Winter of 2014 (because as it happens, Winter doesn’t truly occur until after the first of the year), I’ve pined for my years of wonderfully warm layers— I’ve acclimated, as they say. I’ve been playing with different steamy drinks and baked morsels to liven each cup! I wanted to share a favorite … [Read more...]

3-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Sauce

A Valentine's Day Recipe

3-Ingredient Chocolate Sauce for Valentine's Day #recipe #healthy #chocolate #gift #labels

For a healthy and delicious Valentine’s Day treat, whip up a batch of this chocolate fudge sauce made with just three ingredients: dates, almond milk, and chocolate. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, and can be served over ice cream, oatmeal, or as a dipping sauce for chopped fruit. It can also be stored in jars and gifted to friends and family for, and because it’s dairy and sugar-free, it makes the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for folks who are on special … [Read more...]

Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Date Nut Bars

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After last year’s holiday sugar craze, I’m trying to limit my intake of sweets this year so it won’t be so hard to get back on track once the holiday season is over. Thankfully, I’ve come across a recipe that will allow me to indulge my craving for chocolate without making me feel terrible afterwards. Inspired by Lara Bars, these Chocolate Nut Date Bars offer the richness of dessert without the sugar crash. And because I know my family is trying to eat healthier this year, I thought it … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe: Snowmen Cookies

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I had so much fun playing with and creating the cute little faces on each snowman cookie! My mother and I made these for the annual cookie trade at the local Baptist church. Snowmen Cookies Shortbread Cookie Ingredients: Adapted from Betty Crocker • 1 cup butter, at room temperature • 3/4 cup sugar • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • ½ teaspoon almond extract • ½ teaspoon salt • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour Preheat oven to 350° Mix the wet ingredients in a … [Read more...]

Holiday Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes

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With as many cute and creative ideas out there, a cupcake is always a fantastic choice for any gathering or celebration! These little fall pumpkin cupcakes are a wonderful treat to celebrate my sister Natalie and her husband Chris’s wedding anniversary. Pumpkin Cupcakes Makes 18-22 Cupcakes What You Need: • Hand mixer • Two large mixing bowls • Parchment paper • ¼ measuring cup • Cupcake baking tin • Cupcake papers • 1 quart-sized ziplock bag • Toothpicks … [Read more...]