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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
If I had to choose which dessert I like making most I would have to say cookies. I love how easy cookies are to make, and appreciate that there is always a new type of cookie to try. My second favorite dessert to make? I think you probably guessed it- it's pie. I really love to make pies, and actually find it to be very relaxing. Cutting butter into pie dough, rolling the dough out, and in the case of apple pie, peeling the apples, are all tasks that I can put my hands to work on while my mind wanders and reflects on life.
This particular apple pie is my favorite for a couple of reasons. The crust is perfectly flaky and buttery, and aren't those heart cutouts just adorable? You can use ... [Continue Reading]
Is there an unofficial end date to when we are allowed to cook and bake with pumpkin? Well, even if there is, I plan to ignore such a date and bake with pumpkin until I am tired of it! This year I am really loving the pumpkin: pumpkin granola, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin doughnuts, pumpkin soup, and now these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.
Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are popping up on blogs all over right now, and I needed to try them out for myself. These really are a combination of two greats: spiced pumpkin and the chocolate chip cookie.
The pumpkin helps to keep the cookies soft, and pumpkin pie spice helps to really bring out the pumpkin flavor. Chocolate chips ... [Continue Reading]
I haven't had many excuses.. I mean opportunities to make cupcakes lately. Baking a batch of cupcakes just for my family isn't a good idea, because we definitely don't need to eat a dozen cupcakes. We had my parents and brother over for dinner this past weekend so I had a reason to make dessert, and I decided that an afternoon spent baking in the kitchen sounded both relaxing and fun. I pretended I didn't have housecleaning to do, laundry to fold, or papers to grade, and just enjoyed myself.
These cupcakes have three components- a spiced apple cake, cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Have you ever noticed how kids eat cupcakes? They lick off all of the ... [Continue Reading]
We had our first rainy day of the season on Saturday, and it made me realize maybe I am ready for a change in the weather. Julia was supposed to have soccer practice, but it was canceled at the last minute due to the entire field being taken over by a track and field meet. It was a good thing, though, as the sky opened up and it was pouring five minutes into the scheduled soccer time. We would have been running off of that soccer field! We had both kids in the car, diaper bag packed, and it was Saturday morning, so instead of soccer we headed out to lunch at Panera. We sat inside by the window and had lunch while watching the rain pour down outside. William thought it was great fun to get ... [Continue Reading]
I learned to love baking early on. I started with box-mix brownies and of course, cookies. Chocolate chip, gingersnaps, and Snickerdoodles were a few of my early favorites. I fondly remember being about 12 years old and making a batch of Snickerdoodles, and then happily bringing a warm napkin-wrapped cookie out to my dad who was working in the front yard. Today, I'm lucky enough to still live just minutes away from my parents, making it easy to share my baking efforts with them. It goes the other way, too- the other day, I stopped by to pick something up at my parents' house and my mom sent me home with a few warm buttermilk pancakes, fresh off the griddle, wrapped in a paper towel.
These ... [Continue Reading]
A real s'more, made with a warm, gooey marshmallow that has just been toasted over a crackling fire, is a real treat. It's not surprising that s'more-inspired treats have been popping up on blogs in all corners of the internet this summer. There is just something special about s'mores, and I can't help but pin so many of these treats. The only s'more dessert that I've actually made this summer, though, are these cookies (plus a few microwave s'mores, which can't compare to the real thing).
I actually made two batches of these cookies in a row, one week and then the next, because I liked them so much. Which surprised me because I was not sure how much I liked these when I first tasted ... [Continue Reading]
It had been a while since I made chocolate ice cream, so I decided to go all out and make this Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with Brownie Bites. Oh my is this ice cream good. The milk chocolate ice cream is incredibly rich and creamy, and the brownie bites are rich, fudgy little wonders that add a whole other dimension of chocolate flavor to the ice cream. The brownies are amazing on their own, and since you only need half of the pan for the ice cream, you have plenty to enjoy or share. Or, you can do what I did and freeze the other half to mix into another batch of ice cream later on. (Just be sure to chop them into bite-size pieces before freezing. Directions on how to freeze are included in ... [Continue Reading]
We're right in the middle of summer, and I want to savor every minute of it! Besides all of the fun activities and outdoors time, one of the best parts of summer is the food. I thought it would be fun to look through my recipes and choose the few that I consider can't miss recipes for summer. So here they are, our favorite summer-time meals! (Plus a few desserts that are best enjoyed outside on a warm summer evening. :) ) I hope your summer is being filled with fun times, good food, family and friends. Enjoy!
Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad with Black Bean Salsa
Grilled Chicken Fajitas
Mediterranean Chicken in Pitas
Fish Tacos with Pineapple-Peach ... [Continue Reading]
I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July yesterday! We stayed home in the morning (playing, making smoothies, playing some more, baking cookies...), and then headed over to the grandparents' house where the kids played and cooled off in the kiddie pool. Fun with family is always the best way to celebrate. :)
If it's as hot where you live as it has been here, why not cool off with a bowl of creamy peach ice cream? Tempting, isn't it? Made with fresh peaches, this ice cream tastes like summer. Creamy, fresh, and sweet, it's pretty much irresistible. Be sure to try some soft-serve style straight from the ice cream maker. You might have trouble stopping at just one or two ... [Continue Reading]