Fall Favorites

Do you know those times when you just wanna be with your mom? I do. And I got the best Halloween present ever this year. MY MOM! I picked her up at the airport late last night just so we could spend our favorite holiday wearing cat ears and eating ... Read More →

Double Chocolate Oatmeal

I've always been a dessert fan. Lover. Adorer. Obsesser. And by the way, spell check wants me to write that as Observer. Not a chance, spell check. Not.a.chance. It is a really bad and really good day when I wake up and see those chocolate cookies that I ... Read More →

Double Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Hey you! I made you something. How do you like my rickety old baking pan? My warped, blackened, scratched, baking pan that has been beaten to shreds by that mean ol’ Filipino oven? You guys. I generally treat my kitchen gear with care. But one round ... Read More →

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars

First of all, hi. Second of all, help. Thirdly, put one of these in your mouth asap. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars. -→ I know it. The name is way too long. But I can't think straight or see straight or do anything normal ... Read More →

Salted Maple Pecan Pie Bars

This is one of those times where I'm going to write about something that I've been eating all day. Or, um, all week. Two weeks? No matter. I've loved every sticky second. Cause THESE ARE GOOD. ... Read More →

Bread Pudding with Hot Butter Rum Sauce

Ohhh-kay. This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes, ever ever ever. One quick question: is this breakfast? Forget that. In my house, today, it was breakfast. ... Read More →

{No Bake} Dark Chocolate Snickers Cookies

Me, six girls, and a bucket full of chocolate. This was my math lesson today. Actually, if I would have remembered the Fraction Pancakes fiasco, I would have skipped the lesson altogether and saved these chocolate bites of heaven for my personal kitchen ... Read More →

Champorado {Chocolate Coconut Sticky Rice}

Today I was noticing something. Our fruit bowl is full, and guess what it's full of? Not mangoes, because I married a mango beast who finds a way to eat 3782 mangoes every day. It's full of apples and oranges. WHAT?! Who am I right now? I am living in a ... Read More →

Chocolate & Sweet Cream Marble Loaf

Remember when I used to work out? Gosh golly. In our first few weeks here in the Philippines, I worked out every morning. And by worked out, I mean I ran for five seconds. It wasn't much, but it gave me license for an extra cookie. Now I don't work out ... Read More →

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the tough times when you want to come back to the states, remember back to January, February, March, all those months where God was pressing in your heart to do something radical for Him. My friends really speak truth. Reality check: I have been a bit ... Read More →

Peach Pie with Heath Bar Crumb Topping

Confession: I don't make pies. But Ken does. I'm jumping with joy to have Ken Haedrich, one of America's most well-respected pie experts, sharing a pie recipe, on this very day, on this very blog. <---- SERIOUS. Ken Haedrich is the author of Pie, ... Read More →

Mango Snack Cake

I.AM.IN.LOVE. With a mango snack cake and its crunchy, sugary, brulee-like topping and its melted butter on top. And then suddenly 18 pieces were gone. I'd just like to say I'm sorry for posting multiple mango recipes in a row and I promise I won't ... Read More →

Fresh Mango Lassi

I'm hunnnngry. All.the.time. I thought I was hungry in Minnesota, but dang. This new life in the Philippines has me eating at least 18 times a day. I'm blaming it on the sweltering heat and humidity along with a laundry list of other things, such as my ... Read More →

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Bars

BRING>IT>ON. This week's stress relief of choice comes to you in the form of melty, messy chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches.  Oh, sweet glory. These pups are everything I love about summer/life in general, smooshed up into one compact ... Read More →

Fruit Pizza

Meet Kristin. She's my little sister.  She's a nurse, a runner, a kind and gentle soul, a former beanie baby collector, and the object of my envy when it comes to decorating baked goods. Guess who made this beautiful, meticulous fruit pizza?  It wasn't ... Read More →

Berry Green Smoothie

Truth: I drink green smoothies. Truth: Bjork gets bugged out by green smoothies.  I pretend that he's immature and usually give a mini-lecture about the health benefits of green smoothies, which usually ends with him eating a whole box of Marshmallow Mateys ... Read More →

Chocolate Glazed Baked Mini Donuts

Just, just, just... Breathe.  And eat a mini donut. Breathe mini donuts? Yes. That's what the voice inside my head is saying these days.  That was when there were still mini donuts left.  That was like a year ago.  It was fun while it lasted. ... Read More →

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars

I have a farmer friend. His name is Tyler. Our visit to his farm revealed a few things: Farms are pretty. Don't wear sandals on the farm. Fainting goats are so weird but hilariously cute. I will have a piglet for a pet someday. Tyler cooks. ... Read More →

Healthy Double Chocolate Malt

I hope our new apartment comes with a blender because I plan to make these ultra thick and creamy healthy double chocolate malts every morning in the Philippines. Chocolate for breakfast yo. I've gotta be honest with you guys. Searching for a home ... Read More →

Chocolate PB Banana Upside Down Cake

This morning I melted butter, vanilla, and brown sugar into a sauce and pretended like it didn't have full control of my life. But it was a lost cause and I hereby surrender myself to the butter, vanilla, and brown sugar sauce. And as I'm typing this I'm ... Read More →

Peanut Butter Pie Shooters

I'm melting. My heart and soul are melting down the pa g e . See how I did that? That was me melting into an ocean of peanut butter pie filling. ... Read More →

Salted Double Chocolate Muffins

Sometimes I get to the end of the day and realize that I didn't eat ANY vegetables all day.  Like, zero.  Usually it's a Monday and it's the day after Easter. Wait, are there vegetables in teriyaki buffalo chicken wings? No?  No. ... Read More →

White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

I don't mean to brag, but I just ate an extra marshmallowy bowl of Marshmallow Mateys for dinner. And by a bowl, I mean a box. And by Marshmallow Matey's, I do not mean Lucky Charms.  Seriously?  I'm not even going to defend that. ... Read More →

Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

Sometimes I just can't stop thinking about dessert. Sometimes, as in 365 days a year. I don't stand a chance focusing on an-ee-thing for one second when I have images of buttery graham cracker cookie dough layered with chocolate, peanut butter, and ... Read More →

French Silk Brownie Pie

We need to talk. I've just eaten my third half of a French Silk Brownie Pie and my happies are running on overdrive.  What are those called again?  Endorphins? Melatonin? Melanoma? Just know this: PURE CHOCOLATE is running through my veins and it's the ... Read More →

Best Ever Brownies

If you're new to my blog, hidey-ho and welcome! I'd like to take this moment to let you know that I'm not a ten year old. I do know how to bake brownies from scratch, I swear. ... Read More →

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Healthy Cookie Dough

Today I found out that Johnnie from AT&T is my iPhone guardian angel. The discovery all started with my annual swimsuit purchase from Marshall's. I don't know what that says about me, because: Marshall's swimsuits have the potential to fit ... Read More →

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Balls

Alright everyone, gather 'round. In honor of March arriving so suddenly and catching everyone by surprise (truth be told, I thought leap day was yesterday) (I mean leap year) (whatever), all that to say - I'd like you to meet someone. This is the Donut ... Read More →

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

There used to be a pan of this Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake in my kitchen yesterday. That was yesterday. ... Read More →

{Lazy} Chocolate Cherry Fudge Cake

A chocolate cherry fudge cake bombed my house today. That's why I'm covered in the world's most luscious chocolate frosting. I swear it's not because I stuck my whole body in the pan. I swear. ... Read More →

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I am dying over here. First of all, these extremely moist, sweet, and perfectly dense cupcakes are killing me softly with each bite and it hurts so good. This recipe comes from a neighbor in my hometown {hi, Pam!} and it is seriously the BEST carrot cake ... Read More →

Milk Chocolate Dulce de Leche Bars

Awwhhh snap. These are gooooood. Like, chocolate-on-caramel, ate-5-before-dinner, don't-need-no-Valentine sort of good. Not like I'm thinking about Valentine's Day or anything. My mind is continuously replaying what it was like to slurp up the ... Read More →

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Hailo. I have a few exciting things to share with you today, because it's Friday and things should be exciting on Friday. ... Read More →

Malted Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, you know, I'm working on this little book. And I need things to photograph. So I stuffed a vanilla malt into a chocolate chip cookie and poured myself a glass of milk. Suddenly I found myself elbow deep in this buttery, crumbly, malt-y, weird ... Read More →

Triple Chocolate Party Balls

Once upon a time, I ate a million Triple Chocolate Party Balls. And Bjork got me an iPhone for Christmas. I downloaded my first app: Instagram. And then I fell in love with Instagram. I played for way too long with Instagram. Everything I saw suddenly ... Read More →

Fluffy Sugar Cookies & Vanilla Frosting

Dear Santa, I've been very good this year. ... Read More →

Holiday Pretzel Bites

I love dessert.  And there's only one thing that could make me not like dessert. It's spending 3 hours in the kitchen melting, freezing, breaking knives, getting blisters, thawing, spilling, and refreezing the most high maintenance holiday toffee recipe in ... Read More →

Brown Sugar Cookies

I just applied for my Masters program. Then I ate five cookies to dull the pain. But the pain is still there.   Ouchie. No matter how I feel about becoming a better reading teacher for K-12 (which happens to be awesome), I do not feel awesome about ... Read More →

Hot Fudge Cake with Peanut Butter Sauce

Hot fudge sauce on my couch, my sweatpants, and my camera. And Bjork just informed me that I have a little leftover on my face.  #worthit This, well, there are no words for this.  This is chocolate peanut butter perfection.  I thought I had already found ... Read More →

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies

Friday.  Chocolate.  Choc.o.late. With sweet ribbons of peanut buttery cheesecake. Baked to ooey gooey perfection and eaten by the row. ... Read More →

Easy Homemade Blueberry Sauce

Top Ten Friends for Easy Homemade Blueberry Sauce: Swedish pancakes. Greek yogurt. Crackers. Ice cream. Toast. Pie crust. Oats. Bananas. Cottage cheese. Muffins. ... Read More →

Pumpkin Bars with Old-Fashioned Caramel Frosting

Once upon a time, I made a caramel frosting using a recipe from 1980. This is a true story, by the way. I only tell true stories. After I poured the frosting all over my face freshly baked pumpkin bars, I went in for the first taste test. That's not ... Read More →

Pumpkin Dip for Gingersnaps

This post is the crossroads of my teacher self and my blogger self. You have some homework. You need to make this glorious trio of pumpkin, cream cheese, and heavy whipping cream and bring it to a party.  For me, a party is usually me and Bjork hanging ... Read More →

Classic Homemade Applesauce

It's really hard to forget about this kind of stuff. It's also hard to forget about these, even though that has nothing to do with apples or Fridays. And as long as we're going down this road, I'm having a very very hard time not thinking about this show ... Read More →

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

Sometimes, I get distracted while I'm taking pictures.  Like when I take pictures of Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Glaze. When there's cinnamon glaze all over your fingers and pumpkin cake crumbs at the corners of your mouth and your mind is in food ... Read More →