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]
If you're like me, you are likely in full holiday mode right now, tackling one to do list item after another. The Christmas cards are in the mail, the gift shopping is almost done, and I've got my wrapping paper and ribbons out and ready to go. What more is there to do? Lots of baking, of course!
This weekend, my mom, sisters, and I will have our annual cookie baking day. Each year it gets more and more fun as the kids are able to participate. Julia is an old pro in the cookie baking department, but we are looking forward to two more little helpers this year, as my two-year-old twin nieces are now just old enough to join in. Which leads me to the next item on my to-do list... deciding ... [Continue Reading]
Last weekend I did my first baking with fresh cranberries of the season and made these cranberry swirl cheesecake cupcakes. These cheesecakes would be a perfect addition to the dessert table at your holiday party. The bright red cranberry swirl makes them so pretty and festive. The cheesecake cupcakes are individually portioned, so your guests can grab one and continue mingling. Although you will probably find that it is hard to stop at just one!
I love the combination of sweet-tart cranberry and creamy cheesecake, atop a lightly spiced graham cracker crust. While these are adorable in cupcake form, they would also taste delicious as bars if you are in a hurry. To make cranberry swirl ... [Continue Reading]
When Brad and I took our Anniversary trip to Seattle, the first day there we had the most amazing cinnamon gelato at Bottega Italiana. Right away I knew that I needed to make something similar at home. Gelato is churned much more slowly than ice cream, so that the finished product has a lot less air whipped into it. I don't have the equipment needed to make real gelato, but cinnamon ice cream was totally in my capabilities.
I first turned to my most trusted ice cream recipe book, The Perfect Scoop. I tried the cinnamon ice cream recipe in the book, but it's custard-based and was too rich for my tastes. The second time around, I used the same method for infusing the ice cream with cinnamon ... [Continue Reading]