Strawberry Champaign Cake

I have the perfect dessert for you to ring in the new year with.  Best of all, it includes a decent amount of booze! Cue cheers from the rooftops!

Pink Strawberry Champagne Cake

I made this decadent dessert a couple weeks ago when we had friends over to celebrate our new home.  This cake is perfect for celebrating, especially a brand new year ahead.

Strawberry Champagne Cake

Cheers to you this New Years! Have fun ringing in 2014!

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Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread

It’s officially the Holidays! Christmas music – check.  Fall sweaters – check. Pumpkin bread – check and check.  If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area, you’ve got to try their fall Pumpkin Bread.  mmm mmm good!

TJ Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite fall sweets!

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread

It’s so easy – just add water, eggs and oil (+ chocolate chips).  Oh, and did I mention the mix is only $2.99 in stores? Buy your own mix here.

Pumpkin Bread Mix

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Raspberries & Dark Chocolate

Raspberries and chocolate

{Your Welcome}

Ice Cream Sundae’s

Sometimes Often Every day I just want a big bowl of ice cream…

I would say there are moments in each day where I think, “I just want a little scoop. One tiny, itsy-bitsy scoop of ice cream.”  What’s the harm? I usually have to talk myself out of said ice cream, but sometime’s it’s important to let yourself splurge.

Ice Cream

We had friends over the other week and we had Ice Cream Sundae’s for dessert.  I thought this was a great dessert for a big group of people because it’s fun, easy, everyone get’s to create their own and did I say it was easy?


I offered a couple different options:

  • ice cream (my favorite is homestyle vanilla)
  • sprinkles (for the hubby)
  • caramel
  • chocolate sauce
  • M&M’s
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Strawberry Shortcake

Ready for a yummy summer treat?

Strawberry Shortcake


I made this strawberry shortcake a couple of weeks back for a family dinner and it was a great ending to a delicious meal.

Strawberry Shortcake

Perfect for the summer.  The yellow fluffy cake goes together nicely with fresh strawberries and cool whip.  I mean, fruit in a cake makes it “healthy” right?

Strawberry Shortcake

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A Chocolate Cake.

Because it’s Tuesday and because I ate really healthy today… I wanted to share this delicious chocolate cake recipe with you.


This recipe caught my eye from Martha Stewart because it was titled, “One Bowl Chocolate Cake” – which is my favorite – one bowl, little clean-up.

Sorry, I’m not sorry.

Chocolate Cake

Oh Oh It’s magic – you knowwwww.

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Trader Joe’s Chocolate Truffle Brownies

So, I feel like I’ve been a little obsessed with brownies lately.  Maybe it’s all the running I’ve been doing – making me crave chocolate.  I found the most amazing “cheat” brownies from Trader Joe’s.  I’m sorry if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you – I hate it when recipes use “special” ingredients that you can’t get at the regular grocery store, but these are just too so special, I couldn’t help but share.


So these brownies.   My best pal Mal told me about them and told me I HAD to try them.  So I picked up a box and got around to finally trying them this past weekend.  The cough box is called, “Brownie Truffle Baking Mix: Made with Dutch Cocoa and Chocolate Chips“.  I should have known that these would be a hit because when I checked out at TJ’s, the cashier was telling me about how they had sold out in states like California because people were using his mix for their “special” brownies.  I’m talking about Pot brownies.

TJ Chocolate Truffle Brownies

These brownies are so easy to make and take little to no ingredients.  Just a stick of butter, two eggs and the cough box mix.  They are little pieces of fudgy, chocolaty goodness.

I’m pretty sure I will forever carry a box of these in my pantry for “in case of emergency” situations.  So the good news?  You can buy this mix online at Amazon for as little as $3.75 a box.  Get to baking!

TJ Chocolate Truffle Brownies

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There’s Nothing Healthy About These Brownies

… except for the love they were made with…

I’m here to talk to you about brownies, but first off – how did everyone survive their hump day?  Anyone else barely struggling to keep afloat?  I left 50 unread e-mails in my inbox as I left work tonight – how does that happen?  Here is my motto for the next two weeks…

Now, back to these fantastic brownies.  I made them for my girlfriends birthday party this past weekend.  You should know in advance that there is no nutritional value in these – just delicious chocolate times 100.

Classic Birthday Brownies

This recipe was inspired off the blog, Buns In My Oven.  I love their ooey and gooeyness.   The best dessert for a chocolate lover.

Chocolatey Brownies

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National Chocolate Cake Day

So I guess today was National Chocolate Cake Day and I never got the memo.

I don’t know about you, but this is a holiday I could really get into… so, how about we keep celebrating, even if it’s a day too late?  You with me?  Ok, good.  Because I have a delicious Chocolate Cake recipe to share with you.

Chocolate Pudding Layers Birthday Cake

I made this cake to celebrate Tim’s birthday a couple of weeks ago.  I regret to tell you that we ate the whole thing over the course of a week… (oops!)

Birthday Cake

It’s my go to, slightly modified from my other favorite cake recipe.

Birthday Cake

Happy National Chocolate Cake Day! Until next year :)

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Happy Happy New Year!


2013 New Years

Cheers to a great year ahead!!

I had such a wonderful Christmas break and I’m sad that it’s back to reality tomorrow.  In order to get excited for 2013, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my favorite recipes and moments from this past year.

I hope you had happy holidays and are pumped for the year ahead!

1. My Go-To Bruschetta Recipe.  This is one of my favorite appetizers to serve – delicious with flavor and colorful on a plate – great for entertaining.


2. Brisket Tacos with Mango Barbecue Sauce.  This is the   Seriously – make this immediately!

Brisket Tacos with Mango Barbecue Sauce

3. Two trips to California! We love our trips out west to visit Tim’s parents and we were blessed to get there twice this year.  We always find new things to explore, including a trip to beautiful Catalina.


(February 2012 Trip to California)


(November 2012 – Catalina Trip)

4. Sweet Desserts. I had a lot of fun baking this year.  Here are a couple of my favorites!  

Chunky Biscoff White Chocolate Chip Cookies.   [Read more...]


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