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Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in All, Desserts | 9 comments

This Tres Leches Cake balances the warm flavors of cinnamon and cloves with fresh strawberries and just a dollop of sweetened whipped cream. 

Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries

My daughter is a Cinco de Mayo baby. At 11, she’s grown past the themed party phases of her early years (so long Disney princesses and Fancy Nancy) and moved into more “sophisticated” party ideas (which is code for whatever it takes to get her a cell phone). Oddly, we’ve never done a Cinco de Mayo themed event for her. That might need to change after trying this Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries. 

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 25 comments

Chewy chocolate brownies layered with peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough and frosted with a chocolate peanut butter ganache. Triple chocolate delight!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

I have a new dessert today to share with you today. It’s so good that you may race to the store just so you can make these for the kids today. (Or yourself. Go ahead, I won’t judge. Promise.)  And frankly, I’m not quite sure why it has taken me so long to put this combination together. It’s no secret that I love have an obsession for chocolate and peanut butter. Really it’s a combination that you can’t go wrong with. Ever. Let me introduce you to my new best friend: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies. You are going to love her. I mean, how can you not?

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Lemon Cream with Gingersnaps

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in All, Desserts | 4 comments

This Lemon Cream with Gingersnaps is a simple, refreshing way to welcome spring.

Lemon Cream with Gingersnaps

I love spring. I think it’s my favorite season. There’s nothing better than opening your windows for the first time after a loooooooooong winter and having crisp spring breezes chase away the staleness in the house. I don’t do a ton of specific spring cleaning (probably should change that), but I have been on a major decluttering kick lately. Craigslist is my new best friend. If it’s not nailed down, it’s for sale. Well, not exactly, but pretty close. Out with the old and in with the new. It’s my way of rejuvenating our space for the new season.

My motto of simplifying and refreshing extends to the kitchen, too. Remember that Homemade Lemon Curd we shared yesterday? I hope it is chilling in your fridge right now because you’ll need it to make this Lemon Cream with Gingersnaps, an uber simple, perfectly springy dessert.

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Homemade Kettle Corn

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in All, Desserts | 24 comments

Looking for an awesome after school snack for the kids? Try making Homemade Kettle Corn. It’s inexpensive, a total crowd-pleaser and couldn’t be simpler to make. 

Homemade Kettle Corn
Sweet and salty Kettle Corn is synonymous with farmers markets, fairs and festivals. My kids beg for it whenever they catch a whiff of its intoxicating aroma, and I’m hard pressed to refuse them. But it’s also a snap to make at home and easily lends itself to nearly any occasion. 

A big bowl of Homemade Kettle Corn is always welcome, whether you are settling in to watch the latest movie in your Netflix queue, hosting an impromptu happy hour with friends or feeding an army of hungry kids after school.

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Tropical Fruit Pizza with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in All, Desserts | 8 comments

Get your own slice of island life with this Tropical Fruit Pizza with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting!

Tropical Fruit Pizza with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

My grocery store had a major sale on tropical fruit a few weeks ago. I shook my head in disbelief at the artfully arranged display of warm-weather pineapples, mangos and papayas as snowflakes fell right outside the grocery store doors. Seemed a bit out of place to me. But as I shopped, my mind kept wandering back to our Hawaiian vacation the year before, and all the gorgeous fruit we enjoyed during our time there. Needless to say, I made a beeline right back to the produce section and filled my cart. (If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right??) We enjoyed reliving our vacation all week long with tropical fruits at nearly every meal and culminated our Hawaiian “staycation” with this Tropical Fruit Pizza with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting. 

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Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 7 comments

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

It seems like all across the United States winter has been unusually tough on us. But good things are happening this weekend. It’s going to be 40 tomorrow, and we spring ahead! (Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead an hour before bed tonight.) So to celebrate the idea of spring making an appearance, I made you some Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars. Because nothing says spring to me quite like the flavor of a lemon dessert. Plus, if we eat like spring is coming, the snow will melt, right?

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