Champagne Salad Frozen Dessert

This recipe was one of my great grandma’s specialties. Champagne Salad was one of the desserts that Granny always made for holidays, it was my favorite! Last Christmas I made these Tea Towels using Granny’s handwritten recipe card for this dessert. After featuring the DIY on the blog, several people asked me about the recipe and I knew that it was one that I wanted to make and share here. This frozen dessert is creamy and full of fruit, it’s perfect for summer (especially if you don’t have an ice cream maker). Make a batch of this dessert, slice it up, then … Continue reading Champagne Salad Frozen Dessert

No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

I’ve had my eye on these mini graham cracker crusts for a while now, waiting for the perfect occasion to use them! I finally bought them to use for these mini desserts for Mother’s Day. This Banana Split Dessert recipe has been a favorite in my family for a while now. It’s a rich and refreshing dessert that has a creamy cheesecake layer topped with fresh fruit. And this is a quick recipe, no baking required. Perfect for Summer! My one complaint about these mini crusts is their package count. They come in counts of 6 and I found that … Continue reading No-Bake Banana Split Dessert

Fruity Pebbles Marshmallow Treats

It’s been a busy week around here. We’ve been packing, painting and patching nail holes as we’re preparing to move in a few weeks. It’s a sad thing to paint our bold accent walls back to beige. I decided that taking a break to make these colorful treats might make me feel a little bit better! This is the quick, classic rice krispie treat recipe with a fun cereal swap! I added a little Easter twist by shaping some of the treats into an egg shape. Kind of festive! Fruity Pebbles Marshmallow Treats               … Continue reading Fruity Pebbles Marshmallow Treats

Speculoos Cookie Butter Smoothie Recipe

My husband and I finally made our first trip to a Trader Joe’s several weeks ago. Trader Joe’s grocery stores have found their way into North Texas, but the closest one is still 45 minutes from where we live. I was most excited to check out their snack selection (it’s obviously not very practical to go that far to buy refrigerated and frozen groceries). I picked up a handful of items to try out, including Roasted Coconut Chips (large pieces of roasted coconut, flavored lightly with sugar and salt – YUM!) and their famous Cookie Butter. Trader Joe’s cookie butter … Continue reading Speculoos Cookie Butter Smoothie Recipe

Blueberry Banana Oat Smoothie

With the new year, I’ve decided to try to eat breakfast more often and also eat more fresh fruit. Why not do both at the same time? Smoothies are a great way to do just that! I’ve been noticing the trend of adding oats to smoothies, I was intrigued and had to give it a try. I really liked the addition! It gives smoothies sort of a doughy taste, in a really good way. If you know me well at all, you know that I really dislike bananas, but they give a great texture to smoothies and, when blended with … Continue reading Blueberry Banana Oat Smoothie

Cranberry Bliss Bars

It’s that time of the year again, time for baking and taking all kinds of sweets to Christmas gatherings! If you’re still searching for a holiday dessert recipe, try these Cranberry Bliss Bars: blondies with the addition of white chocolate chips and tart dried cranberries, iced with cream cheese frosting. I love how festive the colors in this dessert are, it’s perfect for sharing! If you hadn’t already guessed, this is a copycat recipe for Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars. Recipe was slightly altered from here. Cranberry Bliss Bars 1/2 cup butter  1 large egg 1 cup light brown sugar (packed) … Continue reading Cranberry Bliss Bars

Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Peppermint candies are so festive and classic, no matter what time of the year it is, the sight and smell of peppermints always reminds me of the holidays. Peppermint Candy Ornaments are thrifty and quick to make, they’re a handmade project that is perfect for this time of the year, when we’re all running a little lower on money and time! You could make a dozen of these edible ornaments at just a dollar per bag of peppermints! These melted candies aren’t just for the tree either! Use this method to create cute little edible toppers for cupcakes or brownies … Continue reading Peppermint Candy Christmas Ornaments

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies : Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

I’m so excited to be sharing my favorite sugar cookie recipe with you today, on the second day of Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies, an online cookie swap hosted by Dominique of Gusto and Grace! Go check out her Salted Chocolate Pretzel Bark from yesterday, and follow along with us as we share Twelve Days of Cookies! 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Schedule:  December 10- Gusto and Grace December 11- Hello Homebody December 12- Healthy Isn’t Hard December 13- Unconventional Adventures December 16- Blaine Arin December 17- The Well Styled Child December 18- Debbie Allen December 19- Thirty One Ministries Blog December 20- Enjoying the Journey December 23- Simple Pleasures December 24- Styled By … Continue reading Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies : Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

Best Ever Cheesecake

This cheesecake is perfectly rich and creamy, with a smooth and sweet sour cream topping. This is the cheesecake recipe that my mom has always made, it really is the best! I made this cheesecake in jars for my wedding and they were a great hit. We popped the leftover cheesecakes-in-a-jar straight into the freezer and they still tasted delicious. This year I made these mini cheesecakes for two Thanksgiving celebrations. Single serving cheesecakes are perfect for holiday dinners. I’ve included both mini and regular cheesecake baking instructions below. Look at that delicious layer of sour cream topping on top … Continue reading Best Ever Cheesecake

Malted Hot Chocolate Mix

Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks in the wintertime! It’s so easy to make a batch of homemade hot chocolate mix. Just add this mix to hot water, milk, or coffee! You can easily turn your homemade mix into a pretty party favor or stocking stuffer… This mix goes perfectly with the Hot Chocolate Spoons that were on the blog a few days ago! Malted milk powder can be a little tricky to find, this recipe is good with or without! Malted Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe 3 cups powdered sugar 2 1/2 cups powdered milk 1/2 cup malted … Continue reading Malted Hot Chocolate Mix

Gorilla Bread

Gorilla Bread is pretty similar to monkey bread, but each pull-apart piece is filled with a special ingredient… cream cheese! This delicious pastry has a caramelized cinnamon/sugar outside with a soft cream cheese center. It’s a simple recipe that takes only about 10 minutes to put together, making it a great Christmas morning breakfast (or after-dinner treat)! Note: I made half of this recipe and placed it into a large loaf pan. Use two loaf pans or a bundt pan if making the whole recipe. This is an adaption of Paula Deen’s recipe. Gorilla Bread             … Continue reading Gorilla Bread

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Hot Chocolate Spoons are perfect for stirring up a mug of hot chocolate or coffee! Try making them with any variety of chocolate and candy. My favorite is definitely the salted caramel! Create these spoons for a hot chocolate bar, give them as favors at your next Christmas party, use them as stocking stuffers, or enjoy them yourself! Try serving them with my homemade Malted Hot Chocolate Mix! I used these wooden spoons for this DIY, and created these flavor combinations: Salted Caramel // melted caramel squares topped with coarse sea salt Dark Chocolate Toffee // melted semi-sweet chocolate chips topped with toffee bits … Continue reading Hot Chocolate Spoons

Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels

I love peppermint everything at this time of the year! My husband and I had a Chick-fil-a date on Monday to celebrate the return of their Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake… Starbucks’ Peppermint White Chocolate Mochas are the best… and these Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels are one of my favorite holiday treats! I love their simple salty-sweetness, with a hint of mint. They’re also the simplest Christmas treat to make. Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels pretzels white chocolate chips peppermints Unwrap peppermint candies and place them into a ziplock bag. Use a rolling pin or the flat side of a meat tenderizer to crush … Continue reading Peppermint White Chocolate Pretzels

Cherry Turnover Pastries

These Cherry Turnovers have a flaky pastry outside with a warm cherry pie filling (and a sweet glaze!). They are a festive treat for the holidays… these turnovers are just as quick as opening a tube of cinnamon rolls, making them perfect for breakfast or dessert! This is one of those recipes that is so simple that you almost don’t need a recipe. I got my inspiration for these from the Pillsbury’s cherry turnover kits that I loved when I was growing up. I haven’t been able to find them anymore so I decided to make my own simple version. Try … Continue reading Cherry Turnover Pastries

Cranberry Toffee Muffins with Crumble Topping

Baking is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. I love the delicious scents that fill the house and the warmth of the oven on cold days. This muffin recipe is perfect for the holidays, with the flavor of tart cranberries and salty sweet toffee! You could also make these Cranberry Toffee Muffins in the form of a sweet bread. I actually used this recipe to make one dozen muffins and one mini loaf! Cranberry Toffee Muffins                                      18 … Continue reading Cranberry Toffee Muffins with Crumble Topping

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Gourmet caramel apples are one of my favorite holiday treats. Just the fact that there’s a piece of fruit inside makes me feel okay about eating layers and layers of candy! I chose three different apples for this recipe and went with three different flavor combinations on top of the caramel: mini dark chocolate chips, drizzled dark chocolate and white chocolate, and (my favorite) melted dark chocolate dipped in toffee bits… I loved the sweetness of the caramel and chocolate, mixed with the saltiness of the toffee and the tartness of the green apple! It’s so easy to make fancy … Continue reading Gourmet Caramel Apples

Pumpkin Spice French Toast

It’s that time of the year, pumpkin spice everywhere! I love french toast and I really wanted to try a pumpkin version for Fall. This was my first attempt and I love how it turned out. So simple and perfect for cool mornings! This french toast is a perfect way to get your pumpkin spice fix without baking all afternoon or making a trip to Starbucks. If you’re a fan of french toast (and all things pumpkin) then this is the recipe for you! Pumpkin Spice French Toast 4 slices of bread 1 egg 1/8 cup milk 1/8 cup canned pumpkin … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice French Toast

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread

Fall is coming! I am absolutely in love with this season! I’ve already been overwhelming my husband with Autumn candle scents, and talk of pumpkins and Fall decor. I can hardly wait for cooler and cozy weather after the nearly unbearable Texas summer heat. In fact, the first couple of days of September were some of our hottest yet this year. In spite of the 105º+ temperatures, I turned on the oven and heated up the house in order to make this Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread. It was a sacrifice I was willing to make. Enjoy this quick sweet bread … Continue reading Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

Do you ever have a craving for something sweet but you just don’t have the time or the energy to bake a dessert? This simple and sweet treat is perfect for moments like that. These cinnamon sugar chips puff up slightly, leaving a a soft and warm side and a crisp, caramelized sugar side! They taste similar to churros, one of my favorites! If you’re like me you probably have all of the ingredients for this sweet snack in your kitchen right now. What are you waiting for? Go try this recipe! Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips flour tortillas butter brown … Continue reading Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips

Peanut Butter Bars (Reese’s copycat)

That’s right, today’s recipe is all about making homemade candy bars! Looking for a quick no-bake dessert? Look no further, these peanut butter bars are just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth! I made these PB bars with my husband in mind… but I have to be honest, I’ve definitely eaten my fair share! Drew did love these. After his first taste, he even told me that “these are the single best thing you’ve ever made in your entire life”. If you love Reese’s, you should try these addicting bars for yourself! My recipe was slightly altered from here. Peanut … Continue reading Peanut Butter Bars (Reese’s copycat)

Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

This summer I’ve been trying to lighten up on the ice cream and milkshakes while still finding frozen and sweet treats to enjoy. This smoothie is just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth! It’s completely dairy-free and sweetened with natural ingredients! Leave out the coconut (if you’re not a fan) for a simple and delicious pineapple shake! Pineapple Coconut Smoothie 1  1/2 cups pineapple 1/4 cup shredded coconut  1/2 cup almond milk (or half-and-half) 1-2 tsp honey (optional) Cut pineapple into chunks and then pop them in the freezer overnight. When you’re ready to make your smoothie, pull pineapple … Continue reading Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

One of my all-time favorite desserts to order at restaurants is the skillet cookie :: a warm and gooey, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream and hot fudge, brought to your table in a cast iron skillet, straight from the oven. Love! There’s just something about the cookie baking in that cast iron skillet, it’s so, so good! You can get that same treat at home, all you need is a small cast iron skillet like this. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie makes 3-4 skillet cookies (2 servings each) 1 1/8 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Vanilla Bean Scones

This scone recipe is one that I love to fall back on when I’m craving something sweet at night! I’ve made these vanilla bean scones so many times, it’s quick and simple (as far as baking goes)! I wrote down the recipe years ago when I was looking for a copycat recipe for Starbucks’ mini vanilla scones… these scones don’t exactly look like Starbucks’ but they do have a similar taste, and they’re much fresher! Vanilla Bean Scones                     2 dozen mini scones Needed: 2 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp baking … Continue reading Vanilla Bean Scones

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I’ve made quite a few iced caramel macchiatos with the caramel that I made earlier this week. So good! But I did reserve some of the caramel for these sandwich cookies. These salted caramel shortbread cookies are a new creation that I’d never tried before, I love the way they turned out! The caramel in these cookies gives the crispy shortbread a delicious flaky texture. You can find my easy homemade caramel recipe here. Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies Needed:                                   makes 16-20 sandwich cookies 2 … Continue reading Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I’ve made quite a few iced caramel macchiatos with the caramel that I made earlier this week. So good! But I did reserve some of the caramel for these sandwich cookies. These salted caramel shortbread cookies are a new creation that I’d never tried before, I love the way they turned out! The caramel in these cookies gives the crispy shortbread a delicious flaky texture. You can find my easy homemade caramel recipe here. Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies Needed:                                   makes 16-20 sandwich cookies 2 … Continue reading Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

Homemade Caramel Sauce

This caramel would make a great dip for apples, topping for ice cream, or stir a little of this caramel into your coffee (caramel macchiato anyone?)! My mom used to make caramel this way for homemade turtles at Christmastime. Yum! The only ingredient you need to make this caramel is one can of sweetened condensed milk. It couldn’t be simpler! Place an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk into a large pot filled with water (can could explode if not completely submerged). Leave to simmer for 2 and 1/2 hours (or longer if you want a thicker caramel). Make sure to keep … Continue reading Homemade Caramel Sauce

Fancy Grilled Cheese // Blueberry Cream Cheese

I love savory grilled cheese sandwiches, but I decided to try to come up with a sweet variety this time! I figured that cream cheese was a perfect option, what isn’t cream cheese good with?!? I used blueberries that I already had on hand, but you can be creative with the fruit that you use (strawberries would be great with the cream cheese filling!). Serve up this sweet grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast or as a snack! Needed: bread (sliced) blueberries 2 oz cream cheese 1/8 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla butter Pop the cream cheese into the microwave … Continue reading Fancy Grilled Cheese // Blueberry Cream Cheese

Fresh Lime Sorbet // no ice cream maker

This refreshing sorbet is perfect for serving on a hot afternoon or after a dinner party! I’ve had my eye on the ice cream attachment for my kitchenaid mixer for quite some time, but haven’t actually made the purchase yet (partially due to the fact that we keep trying to cut down on our ice cream intake). So, this sorbet was made without an ice cream maker! It has a great zesty flavor with a perfectly smooth texture! Do plan ahead though, make this sorbet at least 12 hours before serving. Lime Sorbet                 … Continue reading Fresh Lime Sorbet // no ice cream maker

Mocha Frappuccino

I love coffee year round, but I especially enjoy lattes in the first cool days of Fall and icy coffee when Summery weather arrives. It’s already heating up here in Texas, bring on the frappuccinos! I’ve blended together different combinations of sweetened coffee with cream and ice before, but I’m always disappointed by the flavor… until now! The homemade mocha syrup in this recipe gives this frappuccino such a rich, creamy, chocolate-y taste. Plus, it’s frugal knock-off that you don’t even have to leave the house to enjoy! Mocha Frappuccino                     … Continue reading Mocha Frappuccino

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

Chocolate chip muffins totally justify having ooey gooey chocolate for breakfast! These moist muffins are a perfect treat, whether you decide to have them for breakfast or dessert. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins                          1 dozen Needed: 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup oats 3/4 cup applesauce 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350F. Cream softened butter and brown sugar. Mix in egg. Combine flour, baking powder, baking … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins

Pink Lemonade Cake // Mini Bundts

I love making this pink lemonade cake when the weather gets warmer. It’s great for spring and summer, the perfect combination of tart and sweet. Pink Lemonade Mini Bundt Cakes Needed: 1 cup flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda pinch of salt 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 egg whites 1/3 cup thawed frozen pink lemonade concentrate 1/4 cup buttermilk Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour mini bundt pan. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, egg whites, and lemonade concentrate. … Continue reading Pink Lemonade Cake // Mini Bundts

Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

This is an adaption of Alton Brown’s marshmallow recipe. I first made these for the s’mores station at our wedding! Don’t let the use of a candy thermometer intimidate you. This recipe is really very simple! One way that I switched it up was with the use of vanilla beans. You could stick to 1 teaspoon of vanilla instead, or any flavoring extract (I really want to try peppermint sometime!). Needed: 3 packages unflavored gelatin 1 cup cold water, divided 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 vanilla bean pod 1/2 cup confectioners’ … Continue reading Homemade Vanilla Bean Marshmallows

Homemade Glazed Doughnuts

This is such an easy recipe (maybe too easy!). I only make these once in a while, but they turn out perfectly every time! Technically they aren’t 100% homemade, with the use of canned biscuits and all, but they’re so good and don’t at all resemble biscuits when you’re done. If you don’t want to take the time to make a glaze, try tossing the warm donuts in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar! Doughnuts Canola Oil Canned Biscuits (any kind except flaky layers which will absorb too much oil) Use a small round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut … Continue reading Homemade Glazed Doughnuts