Appetizers and Dips · Healthy and Delicious · Side Dishes & Salads

Arugula Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

THIS SALAD IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER EATEN. It will have you going full on Bridesmaids. It was SO easy to make.  I love the tiny bit of bite you get from fresh arugula.  Add some petite red tomatoes, red onion, parmesan cheese, and the best homemade salad dressing you’ve ever had, and BOOM.… Continue reading Arugula Salad with Creamy Garlic Vinaigrette

bars · Desserts

Snickerdoodle Blondies

You know that scene in Sex and the City where Miranda has to dump dish soap all over the chocolate cake so she won’t eat it?  I made the mistake of not sending these to work with my husband and I actually had to DO this with these snickerdoodle blondies.  They were THAT good. I’d… Continue reading Snickerdoodle Blondies

Biscuits / Muffins / Scones · Breakfast

Honey Butter Bran Muffins

These muffins are my favorite thing.  Waaaay back in the day, I used to be a travel agent, and I worked in close proximity to a little bakery called The Pastry Cafe.   They had the most amazing bran muffins in the entire world.  They were so soft and moist and delicious and they were drenched… Continue reading Honey Butter Bran Muffins

cookies · Desserts

S’mores Cookies

I love Memorial Day weekend camping.  Every year, we go with family and some of our best friends to a different campground, where we enjoy three days of sunshine, (God willing) tent sleeping, dirty feet, campfires, hot chocolate, and delicious food. I’ve been wanting to develop a s’mores type cookie for quite some time, and… Continue reading S’mores Cookies

Cakes and Cupcakes · Desserts

Fresh Strawberry Cake {No cake mix or Jell-o}

This beautiful, pink cake is made 100% from scratch without any cake mixes or strawberry Jell-o, but still arrives at an intense strawberry flavor.  It uses quite a bit of fresh strawberry puree, a touch of strawberry extract, and comes out absolutely amazing. It has the dense, buttery quality of a scratch, homemade cake, with… Continue reading Fresh Strawberry Cake {No cake mix or Jell-o}

christmas · Desserts · Fall (Halloween & Thanksgiving)

Cranberry Christmas Cake

It feels weird posting a cake with a Christmasy title in May, but here we are.  Many people think of cranberries as a seasonal, holiday time ingredient, but I refuse to accept that.  As the season for fresh cranberries ends, you will find me in the grocery store, taking full advantage of the sale prices… Continue reading Cranberry Christmas Cake

bars · cookies · Desserts

Easter Candy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars

I looooove Easter.  I relish being the Easter Bunny, and I have so much fun each year putting together my kids’ baskets and leaving powder bunny footprints through the living room.  I love the egg hunts and the egg dyeing and the brunch, and, the candy. Easter is officially about a month away and the… Continue reading Easter Candy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars