We are officially 5 days into Spring! Has the weather gotten the memo where you live? We've had many beautiful days here recently, and by the end of this week temperatures are supposed to reach 85 degrees! I can hardly believe it. While California weather is awesome, it's not typically this warm for so many days in March. I'm definitely not complaining one bit!
If it's snowing or freezing cold where you live, please don't hate me. I'm sending you some sunshine in the form of these 28 bright citrus recipes!
Spring makes me think of sunshine, short sleeves, morning walks, and afternoons at the park. And lemons! It doesn't feel like Spring to me until I've done some baking with ... [Continue Reading]
This Rich and Fudgy Chocolate Cake with Mint Buttercream is a perfect celebration cake. Whether it's for a birthday, St. Patrick's Day, or just because, this fudgy cake is fun and festive!
This past weekend we celebrated Julia's 6th birthday. Last year, we threw her a colorful art party and invited her friends from school. This year we went the simple route and kept the party to just family. Julia had lots of fun playing with her cousins and so long as there was cake she was a happy girl!
As soon as the kids are old enough to have an opinion on what kind of birthday cake they want, I let them decide. When I asked Julia what kind of cake she wanted for her 6th birthday, she said ... [Continue Reading]
Chocolate raspberry cake donuts with a sweet raspberry glaze. These donuts are baked and perfect for Valentine's Day or any day!
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? It's not a holiday that I make a big deal about, but Brad and I will usually cook dinner together for the just two of us, after the kids are in bed. We are homebodies and prefer to relax at home rather than go out and compete with the crowds. It's enough of a celebration to eat a peaceful dinner without getting up time and again for more milk, more applesauce... although this year we will have a newborn so we will see how the quiet dinner at home works out for us. :)
This year, Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday so there will ... [Continue Reading]
These Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies are filled with whole grains and flaxseed, and naturally sweetened with honey. They keep well in the freezer, for an easy grab and go breakfast or snack.
As I type this, I am 38 weeks, two days pregnant and waiting for my baby girl to arrive. It could be any day now, or she could take her sweet time. Either way, I'm praying for a healthy little girl who I just know will complete our family perfectly.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying these last few days of pregnancy. (I'm one of those who actually enjoys being pregnant, even despite the normal aches and pains, at least once the first trimester icky feelings go away.) I'm enjoying spending time ... [Continue Reading]
Soft, chewy cookies loaded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Brown butter in the cookie dough takes these White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter to a whole new level.
I love all sorts of cookies, but a good white chocolate cranberry cookie is right up near the top of my list of favorites. Add brown butter to that cookie, and, well, a good thing just got a whole lot better.
These White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies with Brown Butter are soft, chewy, and loaded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. They're perfect for holiday baking, or really any time of year. Let's not limit our cookie enjoyment to just a month out of the year, ... [Continue Reading]
So easy Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, made completely in the microwave in just minutes. A perfect combination of coffee-chocolate fudge and caramel fudge, sprinkled with sea salt.
It's the season of giving, and homemade gifts from your kitchen are some of the most fun to give and to receive. Today I'm sharing the recipe for this amazing Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge, which is just perfect for gifting to neighbors, friends, teachers... pretty much anyone on your holiday list!
But that's not all! Today I've also teamed up with some of my blogging friends to offer you an amazing giveaway! How handy would a $300 Amazon gift card come in for your last-minute holiday shopping? Or maybe you ... [Continue Reading]
Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, these Gingerdoodle Cookies have chewy soft centers and barely crisp edges. They're the best of two favorites, the Snickerdoodle and the Gingersnap, all rolled into one cinnamon-sugar coated cookie!
My mind is swirling with all things Christmas! For those of you who celebrate Christmas, have you gotten your decorations out yet? This weekend we put out all of our Christmas decorations and Julia helped Brad hang the lights up on our house. I love this time of year and all of the beautiful lights and decorations that are out when I walk or drive through my neighborhood.
We're waiting until this coming weekend to get our tree, because ... [Continue Reading]
The flavors of chocolate, coffee, and peppermint shine in these Peppermint Mocha Donuts. These baked donuts are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Peppermint Mocha Donuts would be a festive addition to any holiday brunch or dessert buffet!
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Caramel apples atop a layer of Greek yogurt cheesecake, with loads of brown sugar crumble topping and a caramelized oat crust. These gluten-free Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake Bars are the perfect treat to bring to your next holiday gathering.
These bars. Oh my. Where do I even start?
How about with the cheesecake (my personal favorite part). The cheesecake is a half cream cheese-half Greek yogurt cheesecake. Have you tried Greek yogurt cheesecake yet? If not, then you must. It's lighter than traditional cheesecake, and so creamy.
I went with a 1:1 ratio of yogurt to cream cheese here to make sure the cheesecake could stand up to all of that crumble topping. I love 100% Greek ... [Continue Reading]
These Homemade Graham Crackers are full of whole grains and the warm, spicy flavors of cinnamon and cloves. Once you take your first bite (and see how easy they are to make), you'll be hooked on these Homemade Whole Grain Graham Crackers!
It's been a while since my last post. All of a sudden work got super crazy, and I've been spending most evenings grading papers and doing other school work. Add in a weekend camping trip, a broken washing machine (now replaced), and all of the other day-to-day stuff that's involved in caring for two kids, and blogging time has been hard to find.
I was determined not to let another week pass without sharing a recipe with you, though, so here ... [Continue Reading]
Filled with pumpkin, spices, dried cranberries, and walnuts, these Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies are a great way to welcome fall. They're gluten-free and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack!
My new love... breakfast cookies. How can it be that a cookie made with such healthy ingredients still tastes so irresistible? Seriously, I cannot stop at just one of these. I forced myself to stop at two, but it was reeeaally hard (and I've got pretty good self-control when it comes to not overdoing it on the sweets). Julia helped herself to two and then asked for a third. This was after she told me she didn't want pumpkin in her breakfast cookies and wasn't going to have any. I said you can ... [Continue Reading]
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]