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Chocolate Peppermint Slice ‘n Bake Shortbread Cookies

These holiday cookies not only taste delicious, they’re also a snap to make! The dough keeps in the freezer. Just slice and bake as needed.

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!  No, it’s not the tree – it’s been fake for a while now.  It’s not from the roaring  fire – it’s gas, and it’s not from the hot chocolate – I’m just a coffee drinker.  It’s the from Christmas cookies, people!!  Now that I’m an empty nester, I really don’t have much reason to bake anymore. So it’s kind of nice to have the oven going, and the mixer mixing, and flour all over the place, and all of those fruity, pepperminty, Christmassy smells in the house. Continue Reading..

I’m Dreaming of… Clever Christmas Recipes

The entire family will love these cute and clever Christmas recipes that are actually a lot easier to make than they look! 

Happy Holidays friends, and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’re stockpiling the Paxil, or finding some way to manage your holiday stress, crossing gifts off your to-buy list, and planning for some relaxing time with loved ones in the coming weeks.  Also hoping Santa doesn’t leave you with too many credit card bills to pay off all spring, because nothing sucks more than that…

My favorite thing about the holidays (besides getting to see my kids for a whole week, of course), is planning what I’m gonna make – the cookies, the candy, the peppermint martinis, the appetizers, and of course, the meals.  I get totally, crazy excited with all of the planning.  My Holiday Pinterest boards are burning up with too many cute and clever Christmas recipe ideas, so I’ve got to share! Continue Reading..


Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu

This Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu is ridiculously fast and easy to prepare, and its full of yummy, spicy  holiday flavors.

Oh my goodness – I’ve been so busy getting back into my new kitchen and keeping up with some pretty intense work deadlines, that I kind, sorta misplaced a week somewhere.  I truly thought that Thanksgiving was next week, not in 3 days.  Yikes.  Luckily, my parents are hosting, so I’m helping, but not really responsible for cooking.

It is time to think about holiday parties though, and I do have several coming up in the next few weeks. It’s always good to plan your menu ahead, and give any new recipes a test-run so there are no goof ups in front of guests, so I’m testing a new one out on all of you today.  This month the Recipe Redux challenged members to share a healthy dessert for the holidays.  Well …  How about two out of three?  This is definitely a dessert.  And I think it’s perfect for the holidays.  But I’m not claiming that it’s healthy! Continue Reading..


Pina Colada Ice Cream with Salted Macadamias {Recipe ReDux}

Super-simple pineapple coconut ice cream that transports you to an island vacation.  You’ll never guess it’s vegan!

Hello from Hawaii!  How perfect did this work out?  Today is a Recipe ReDux post day.  The theme is to share a favorite vacation memory food.  I’m in Kauai right now.  Guess what’s for dinner?  Yep.  Pina Coladas.  Or in this case, pina colada ice cream with salted macadamias.  You’re welcome. Continue Reading..

Desserts with (Health) Benefits

Yes!  There really is such a thing as a healthy dessert – here’s proof!

It kinda makes me sad when people say “I was bad – I ate dessert”.  Dessert is GOOD.  Very good.  It makes your taste buds happy and it completes a meal.  I’m not saying you have to have it every meal, or every day, but if you can’t have some dessert every once in a while, well, that’s just wrong.

Here’s my take on dessert.  It’s just like everything you eat.  Make sure it’s balanced, and contains a few ingredients with health benefits – like fresh fruit, especially berries, or real dark chocolate, to get your antioxidants, or Greek yogurt, or a wholesome dairy ingredient to get some protein and calcium.  If the ingredients in your dessert are healthy enough to eat on their own and make you feel good, then they’re A-OK to get combined in some creative way and turned into a dessert. Right?  It’s what I call Desserts with Benefits, AKA, a Healthy Dessert, and these are some of my favorites for summer.


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Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Sherbet

Strawberry sherbet turns into a healthy, probiotic-rich snack when it’s made with labneh, also known as Greek yogurt cheese.

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Real California Milk products and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I have a crazy new addiction.  It’s labneh – also spelled labna and known as kefir cheese, or Greek yogurt cheese. It’s part of my Greek yogurt and probiotic obsession.  I add a bit of honey and vanilla to it, and no lie.  It tastes just like cream cheese icing.  I dip fruit into it.  I scoop it into my overnight oats.  Sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful.  Please – there are way worse addictions. Continue Reading..


Ho Ho Holiday Foods

Craving some clever, festive and fun holiday foods for your Christmas table this year? Look no further!

Well, hello sugar plum fairies and twinkly lights.  It’s so nice to see you again!  With the exception of crowded mall parking lots and brainstorming for gifts for those people who have everything, I really do love this time of the year.  Of course, for me, it’s all about the food. I get a little bit obsessed with the pinning, planning, shopping, and baking, which means that by the day after Christmas, I’m usually feeling like I need a very long vacation from my kitchen. Continue Reading..

Sweet Potato-Palooza

Sweet potatoes aren’t just a side dish for the holidays!  Check out the many healthy ways to enjoy them all day long.

Remember when you only ate sweet potatoes for the holidays, and they were more than likely covered with mini marshmallows?  WHAT were we thinking?  So many people have a negative opinion about sweet potatoes because of that recipe.  Way too sweet.  Is it a vegetable or dessert?  Surely sweet potatoes can’t be good for you.  Well, the mighty sweet potato has come a very long way since that casserole recipe.  They’re pretty much a staple in my house, not only because they taste good, but they’re also so ridiculously versatile. Oh, and they’re also incredibly good for you – full of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and low glycemic index complex carbs.  Continue Reading..

Dark Chocolate Toffee S’mores Bark and some Blog Brûlée

My attendance at the Blog Brûlée is partially funded by Sponsors of the Blog Brûlée, and I received a discounted registration to the event in exchange for writing this post. Opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated for my time.

I am totally, completely, beyond excited about a little trip that’s coming up for me in less than 2 weeks. I’m also scared to death, but I’m putting on my big girl pants and I’m not even going to think about how shy and awkward and terrified I’m going to be to spend an entire weekend with some of my blogging-photography-recipe developing-marketing and writing IDOLS. ‘Cause I’m going to Blog Brûlée 2015!! Continue Reading..

Summer Fruit Crumble

OMG.  I am SO very sorry for all of the dessert recipes lately.  Said NO ONE ever!  Who doesn’t love a fresh, fruity dessert on a hot, summer night?  Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a crumble that’s heaped full of the gorgeous array of fruit that’s so ridiculously cheap right now. They’re really like the queen of all quick and easy summer desserts.

I kind of over did it on nectarines the other day – I think they were about $0.79 a pound.  Can you blame me?  So of course, they were the star of the show.  And because variety is the spice of life, I tossed in some blackberries.  And if that wasn’t enough, I somehow won a lovely package of gold kiwifruit from the wonderful folks at Zespri – so naturally they had to be invited to the crumble party too. Continue Reading..

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