Buttery shortbread cookies are dipped in dark chocolate and then sprinkled with sea salt. These Salted Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies are mostly sweet with just a touch of sea salt.
It's the weekend!!! I think that calls for a cookie. A buttery shortbread cookie dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, to be exact. Yep, these cookies are pretty amazing.
This was a long week for me. Julia had her first week of Kindergarten, and I started a new school year with a new group of third graders. Plus I had back to school night this week, which meant a 15 hour work day (including commute time) and 48 hours without seeing William, except for giving him a kiss after he was ... [Continue Reading]
Cookies for breakfast? Yes! You will love these healthy breakfast cookies, full of oats, flaxseed, maple syrup, and dried cherries!
How can it be that my Julia starts Kindergarten in less than two weeks? Time is going way too fast, and it seems to be speeding up rather than slowing down. I've been trying to ignore it for as long as possible, but back-to-school time is almost here and it's time to start getting ready.
Our morning routine is going to need a makeover, and soon! We've fully enjoyed relaxed summer nights and mornings, but need to get back to a regular bedtime and morning routine. My plan is to ease us into it the week before, helping Julia practice what she'll need ... [Continue Reading]
A buttery, flaky crust and juicy, sweet peaches will make this Peach Galette your go-to easy summer dessert!
Most Saturday mornings Julia and I like to head to the farmer's market to get some fresh fruits and vegetables for the week. Lately we've been buying zucchini and yellow squash, strawberries, plums, and lots of peaches and nectarines. Most of the time it's an easy job for us to eat all of the fresh fruit in a matter of days. Most of it is eaten plain as a snack or side at lunch and breakfast. Sometimes we use strawberries and peaches as a topping for granola or oatmeal.
This weekend, I kept walking by the bowl of fresh peaches on our counter and suddenly I just had to ... [Continue Reading]
This Cherry Crisp Ice Cream is my new summer favorite. Roasted cherries and a sweet, crumbly crisp streusel are mixed into a creamy vanilla ice cream base. It's SO good!
Homemade ice cream is such a treat, especially in the summertime. This summer, being home with my two kids, I haven't had a whole lot of time to make ice cream. Instead, I've been running to swimming lessons, playing at the park, and visiting the library for story time, magic shows, and sing-alongs. Not a bad way to pass the days at all. :)
When I realized that it was almost July and I hadn't used my ice cream maker in months, I decided I needed to make some time for ice cream-making. I spent a Saturday morning ... [Continue Reading]
Lightly sweetened, tender shortcakes are piled high with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. These berry shortcakes are a fun patriotic twist on the usual strawberry shortcake!
If you're ever lacking for a simply delicious dessert idea, and fresh berries are in season, then berry shortcakes are your answer. A light and tender shortcake biscuit topped with heaps of fresh berries and cream just cannot be beat at this time of year. Not too heavy, but definitely sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, these berry shortcakes are sure to become a favorite of yours.
I've been making this recipe for years, and after trying many different shortcake recipes this is the ... [Continue Reading]
These Pineapple-Peach Yogurt Popsicles are made with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt. Cool, creamy, and refreshing, you will love these popsicles!
Happy Friday! I'm SO excited to be guest posting for Kelly over at The Pretty Bee today! Kelly's blog is one of my absolute favorites. She shares healthy and delicious recipes, many of which are allergy-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan. I am always learning new kitchen tricks from her!
These healthy pineapple-peach yogurt popsicles are made with just 4 ingredients. Easy to make, and fun to eat, you will love these popsicles! Head on over to The Pretty Bee for the recipe! ... [Continue Reading]
Made with delicious, subtly sweet apricots, this Fresh Apricot Crisp is a real treat. It's sweet-tart and juicy, with a hint of cinnamon and ginger.
My parents have an apricot tree in their backyard, so every year for a week or two in the summer, we have an abundance of apricots to enjoy. Usually they ripen around the 4th of July, but this year many of them were ready early. The squirrels and birds were beginning to enjoy a few too many of them, so we picked most of the crop last weekend, even some that weren't totally ripe yet. Laid out on a baking sheet, even those that were slightly green ripened at room temperature.
Apricots are a treat eaten plain, and William has ... [Continue Reading]
No-Bake Energy Bites are one of my very favorite things. These bites have oats, coconut, nut butter, flaxseed, and mini chocolate chips, all rolled into easy to grab little bites. They are a perfect snack for kids and adults alike!
Let's talk about these No-Bake Energy Bites. They are just about the best snack ever. They're easy to make (hello no-bake!), fun to eat, and so delicious. Plus, other than the sugar from the honey and chocolate chips, they are made with all healthy ingredients. You could leave out the chocolate chips or replace them with some dried fruit, but they are pretty tasty as is.
I make a batch of these energy bites just about every week, because they are so ... [Continue Reading]
A fresh strawberry filling and buttery oat crust will keep you coming back for "just one more" taste of these Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars!
I cannot wait for summer. I'm looking forward to long, relaxed days with no strict schedule to follow. During the school year, I only teach three days a week, but it is enough to keep me busy and always struggling to balance work, family, house, and me-time. The other four days of the week I get to stay home with my two kids- not exactly relaxation time, but I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with them. When I do have time for myself, I most often spend it in the kitchen, on my computer blogging, or outdoors walking and running.
In the ... [Continue Reading]
These Snickerdoodle Cupcakes are for the true cinnamon-sugar lover. They are topped with swirls of unbelievably light and fluffy buttercream frosting and a dusting of cinnamon-sugar!
I love a good Snickerdoodle cookie. I think it's the cinnamon-sugar coating that gets me. You too? Then you will love these Snickerdoodle cupcakes. First we have a cinnamon-flavored cupcake, then the lightest, fluffiest frosting ever, and finally a dusting of cinnamon-sugar. Sounds pretty good, right?
The secret to amazingly light and fluffy frosting? Whip it for a long time. Like 15 minutes total. By the time your mixer's done (I always use my stand mixer with the paddle attachment), the frosting will be ... [Continue Reading]
A sweet, buttery tart shell with a creamy lemon custard filling and a caramelized sugar topping.
Are you looking for an elegant dessert to serve on Mother's Day? I've been making this Lemon Crème Brûlée Tart for years and it is always a hit. It starts with a buttery homemade tart shell, made with whipping cream for extra richness. Then there is a creamy lemon custard filling, which has a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Finishing it all off is a crisp topping of caramelized sugar.
All of that may sound intimidating, but trust me this is one of the easiest tarts you can make. Once you get the crust made, the hardest part is done. If you've never made a homemade pie or tart shell crust ... [Continue Reading]
I'm totally addicted to this lemon ricotta cake with almond glaze. It is so moist and bursting with bright lemon flavor!
I just can't stop with this lemon ricotta cake. I've made it three times in a week. Well, partially that was because I was testing the recipe to make sure it was just right before sharing it with you. But really, I think I just wanted to keep eating it!
I have been on a huge lemon kick recently. Luckily my parents have a lemon tree and are always willing to share, because I've been going through lemons like crazy. I wanted this lemon cake to be bursting with bright lemon flavor, and I think I've succeeded. I added plenty of lemon juice and zest to both the cake ... [Continue Reading]
Moist red velvet cupcakes with a hint of cocoa, plus swirls of sweet, tangy cream cheese frosting.
What's your favorite cupcake? I know, such a hard question, right? I'm not sure I could choose just one favorite... if I had to choose I'd say a good vanilla bean cupcake can't be beat, but sometimes I'm in the mood for chocolate, sometimes something fruity... I do enjoy a good red velvet cupcake, although it wouldn't make my list of favorites. I know for many of you it's a favorite, though, so these cupcakes are for you. :)
I made these cupcakes for a surprise baby shower at Brad's office. While I couldn't ask the mom-to-be what kind of cupcakes she wanted, her friends at the office ... [Continue Reading]
You won't be able to resist these bite-sized treats! Homemade Vanilla Wafers in chocolate and vanilla. Why choose... try them both!
I can remember eating Nilla wafers from the yellow box since I was a kid. I don't know what it is about them, but they are addicting! When I was pregnant with both Julia and William I would often snack on a few Nilla wafers, with a spread of peanut butter on each one. (If you've never tried that, you must. Sooo good.) Since Julia saw me eating Nilla wafers while pregnant with William, she of course tried them and they quickly became a favorite of hers too.
I haven't bought Nilla wafers from the store for a while, since they have some ingredients that ... [Continue Reading]
The best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. This is the recipe I turn to whenever I want to bake classic chocolate chip cookies.
I'm often asked which of the chocolate chip cookie recipes on my site is my favorite. Well, these are it. I posted these a while ago and today I'm updating the recipe and photos because these cookies are my go-to recipe whenever I need to make a quick batch of cookies. Most often, those times are when a sudden craving for a chocolate chip cookie hits and I just can't resist! I've made these cookies dozens of times and they always turn out perfectly.
These chocolate chip cookies have a secret ingredient that gives them their soft, chewy texture. ... [Continue Reading]
Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face.
You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing.
These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]
Soft, melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookies dressed up for Valentine's Day. These sugar cookies with cream cheese frosting are easily customizable to any holiday.
This weekend Julia and I did some Valentine's Day baking! We stayed in our pj's, listened to the rain falling outside, and laughed together in the kitchen. My little baker was a great help in cutting out these heart-shaped cookies, frosting them, and sprinkling them with cute and colorful heart sprinkles. Me? I soaked up every minute of our kitchen time together.
I gave Julia her own sheet of cookies to frost and sprinkle, and I especially loved how she divvied up the rest of the cookies between the two of us: “Next I'll do ... [Continue Reading]
Have you started your holiday baking? Are you finished already? I am somewhere in between. I have baked a few treats to give away, including these cranberry almond biscotti and these white chocolate cranberry macadamia nut cookies that I posted the other day. I will be doing most of my baking tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to a relaxing and busy day in the kitchen. I cannot wait to take a bite of each of our family's traditional favorite Christmas cookies!
These candy cane cookies are a family favorite. Rolling and twisting the candy canes is a fun project for the kids, and the finished cookies are so pretty with their sprinkling of peppermint-sugar. I prefer to make my candy cane ... [Continue Reading]