Category Archives: Dessert

Chocolate Banana Snack Cake

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Some News…

I let the cat out of the bag a few weeks ago on Instagram… We’re expecting! For those of you wondering, it’s a baby. Though, I’m pretty sure the kiddo thinks she’s getting a puppy. She might be a bit disappointed in July.

We’re excited. We are. But, I’ll be honest with you… I’ve spent the better part of the past 3 months on the couch under a blanket.

I was sick the first time around… For most of the first half of my pregnancy. But, this time around has felt different. Sure, I’ve had the constant nausea and I’ve been exhausted. That’s to be expected, I think. Perhaps it’s the fact that I chase a toddler around all day long, but this time it’s hit me much harder than I remember from before. Continue Reading

How to Make Tea Bag Cookie Favors

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Today I thought I’d share a quick cookie tutorial with you… Sound like fun? I thought so!

I am all about tea these days. Sure, I still drink the occasional cup of coffee (or, in my case, it’s more often a latte), but I’m obsessed with tea. My current favorite is a coconut chai tea with just a bit of honey and a splash of milk (when I feel like indulging).

Now I want a cup of tea… Back to the cookies.

I was thrilled to be a part of a tea party bridal shower for one of my best friends who is getting married this fall.  Naturally, I offered to bring cookies to the shower.  I did some tea cup and tea pot cookies (of course… I’ll show some of those another day), but my favorites were these little tea bag cookies that we used as favors. We put one cookie in the tea cup at each place setting at the shower. How fun is that?

They’re super easy to make, too… Here’s what I did! Continue Reading

Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans

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There is an ongoing debate in my house regarding chocolate chip cookies. I suppose there are much worse things that we could fight over… But, this chocolate chip cookie battle has been going on for years, and there is no end in sight.

You see, my husband and I have different definitions of what constitutes a chocolate chip cookie. I believe that the chocolate chip cookie is a blank canvas just waiting for inspiration to strike… Why not add oats? Or mix it up with some whole wheat flour? Perhaps we could add nuts? Or cocoa powder? Or peanut butter? My mind is just spinning with ideas.

My husband just wants a plain chocolate chip cookie. Give him the recipe on the back of the bag of chips. Every. Single. Time. Perhaps you can see where this is going…

I often bake cookies as a treat to go with our weekly pizza night on Fridays… And, it never fails that when I ask him what kind of cookies he would like, he will tell me that he wants chocolate chip cookies. Not those “fake” chocolate chip cookies that I make, mind you… He wants the “real” ones, which he claims I never make. (I do… More often than I’d like.)

So, a few weeks ago, when I came up with these chewy oatmeal cookies studded with chocolate chips and pecans and jazzed up with just a bit of cinnamon, he wasn’t impressed. We had friends over for dinner that night, and everyone ate the cookies happily (including my hubby, though he did protest the “fake” cookies). Of course, now I owe him a batch of “real” chocolate chip cookies.

If you’re like me, I think you’ll love these cookies… They are perfect for late summer/early fall when the sun sets a bit earlier, and the weather is just starting to turn, but you aren’t quite ready to dive in with a pumpkin pie yet. There’s just enough cinnamon to be noticeable, but not so much that it overpowers the chocolate chips. The oats and pecans make the cookies just a bit heartier than a typical chocolate chip cookie.

Of course, if you’re like my husband, you can just skip over this recipe and make my “real” chocolate chip cookies. I won’t judge… At least, not too much.

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans
Makes 26-28 cookies

This recipe makes nice big chewy oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and pecans. They are great for snacking or dunking. They’ll keep for up to a week in an airtight container, but I doubt that they will last that long.

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until the mixture is light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and beat again for about 30 seconds.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, beating on the lowest setting until they are just incorporated.  Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, and pecans.

Cover the batter and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight).

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. Line your baking sheets with parchment or a silicone mat.

Scoop out ¼ cup of dough for each cookie (I have a ¼ cup ice cream scoop that makes this job simple!).  Press the cookies to flatten them just a bit on the pan before baking.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the cookies are golden but still soft. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Blueberry Lemon Buttermilk Sherbet

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This morning we had popcorn for breakfast. I am still in my pajamas. As I write this, the kiddo is sitting under my desk shredding pieces of paper that I hope and pray aren’t actually important.

I’m not sharing that because I’m particularly proud. I’m sharing because I’ve always said that this site was an honest glimpse into my life, particularly into my kitchen. And, I intend to keep it that way.

It’s blogger conference season, and I’ve been watching from afar this year… At least, I’ve been watching from afar when I actually find a few minutes to scroll through my Twitter feed or look at Instagram photos. It doesn’t happen as often as it used to.

Watching conferences and blogger events happen in my absence brings up a variety of feelings, though perhaps not the ones you would expect. Surprisingly, I’m not all that envious or jealous of those in attendance. Rather, I find myself feeling both motivated, overwhelmed, and guilty all at the same time. Continue Reading

Banana Nut Snack Cake (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)

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I really enjoy each of the seasons as it comes. I’m always ready for the brisk air and cool nights in the fall. I get excited about the first snowflakes every winter. And, when spring finally rolls around, I embrace it.

I love cleaning out the flower beds and planning the garden for the coming summer. I enjoy getting out for some fresh air, going for a run, or chasing the kiddo around on the playground. And, when we have rainy, dreary days, I enjoy those, too.

Monday was a particularly dreary day, and I decided to embrace it. It was a bit on the chilly side, so we stayed in. I read the same book about Clifford’s First Christmas over and over again (yes, we are currently reading Christmas books… don’t ask), stopping to point out puppy Clifford on every page. We colored, and we watched it rain out the windows.

Then, in the afternoon, I took full advantage of nap time and decided to do some baking. Dreary days just call for baking, don’t they? The pile of overly ripe bananas sitting on my counter was calling my name, so I set out to bake a banana nut cake. Continue Reading