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Double Apple Bran Muffins

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Breakfast | 20 comments

Apple season means apple everything, including these Double Apple Bran Muffins.

Double Apple Bran Muffins

I wasn’t exaggerating when I said we had some tasty apple treats coming your way this fall. These Double Apple Bran Muffins are the next item on your must-make-right-now list.

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Apple Hand Pies

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 18 comments

Individual Apple Hand Pies are a tasty way to make sure everyone gets some appley goodness!

Apple Hand Pies

Apple season is right around the corner, and let me tell you, this makes my husband a happy man. Kevin could eat all the apple things, all the time. So naturally I’m always looking for new ways for him to get his apple fix. And that means I’ve got a few tasty treats coming your way. Without further ado, I’m officially kicking off apple season with these warm-from-the-oven Apple Hand Pies.

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Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Breakfast | 8 comments

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins are a tasty treat to make with the August bumper crop of zucchini.

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

August = zucchini season.

At the beginning of zucchini season, I’m all over this simple but tasty Grilled Zucchini. We then move on to more using zucchini in more inventive ways, like in these Zucchini Feta Fritters. I almost always make a couple loaves of Zucchini Bread with Craisins at one time to throw in the freezer for the middle of winter. But then the family gets zucchinied (is that a word?) out, and I need to get creative with our zucchini intake.

I’ve never been a big fan of hiding vegetables in my kids’ food. I always want them to know what they are eating because it’s important they learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle. But sometimes a girl has to do what a girl has to do. And that is where the Chocolate Zucchini Muffins come into play.

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Gooey Baked S’mores Bars

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 4 comments

Enjoying s’mores year-round just got a little bit easier with these Gooey Baked S’mores Bars

Gooey Baked S'mores Bars

Anyone else enjoying a wet and cool summer? 

Actually “enjoying” is not the right word. Enduring, perhaps? 

I would have thought that after our *freakishly* cold winter, we would have earned a reprieve from crazy, unseasonal weather. 

Guess not. 

There is widespread flooding throughout Minnesota, which puts a major damper on some of our favorite summer activities: 

Boating and tubing?  Off limits on many lakes because of no-wake zones. 
Hitting the greens? Stretches of local golf courses have been underwater since June. 
Dropping a line in the water? Our nearby fishing dock is closed because the path that leads to it is flooded. Grrrr. 

But the closure that has had the most impact on our lives is a little closer to home: our fire pit. It’s pretty tough to roast s’mores when your fire pit is filled with standing water. So I did what any self-respecting s’mores lover does when faced with such dire circumstances; I baked them. Grab your napkins as these Gooey Baked S’mores Bars are totally worth the stick factor. 

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Peach Berry Crumble

Posted by on Jun 7, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 7 comments

 Let the fresh fruits of summer make your desserts shine with this easy Peach Berry Crumble.

Peach Berry Crumble

Summer has officially arrived! The kids just finished school and summer vacation begins today. I adore having Greta and Charlie home and purposefully have not scheduled much for the kids this summer. But let’s be realistic; it is always an adjustment for everyone. Gone is the structure of the day and enter the laziness of summer, which is good and bad all wrapped up into one. And that’s where simple desserts like this Peach Berry Crumble make my life a whole lot easier.

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Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 16 comments

Salted caramel fans, these Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars are for you!

Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars

This was a recipe that almost didn’t happen. I had a heck of a time trying to translate these traditional cookies into bar form. My first go completely stuck to the pan. (I’m talking super-glued to the pan.) I lined the pan on my second attempt and swapped coconut oil in place of the butter to keep them from sticking. Simply put, that was a greasy disaster. Fortunately, the third time was the charm. The name might be a mouthful – Salty Caramel Pecan Oatmeal Cookie Bars – but there is no mistaking the goodness here.

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