Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffle Recipe

The last few weeks have been crazy with all the baking, shopping, wrapping and decorating.  It's easy sometimes to choose the fastest possible gifts and decor solutions when you are pressed for time.  Keep in mind, however, that making homemade gifts gives a personal touch to your holiday gift giving.  I have been making homemade candy for my family, friends and neighbors for years and this year I added a new one.  This chocolate chip cookie dough truffle recipe is incredibly easy to make.  Your gift recipient will love the personal touch you … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Brownie Recipe

This Christmas Tree Brownie Recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. #TheDessertDebateOne of the things I love most about the holidays is baking.  Of course, I'm swamped with a ton of other things, too, but whenever I get an invite to a Christmas party I always want to bring something sweet.  I would much rather make something at home and give it a personal touch than just pick up a package of premade cupcakes at the grocery store.  When I came across … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter and Banana Healthy Parfait Recipe

This Peanut Butter and Banana Healthy Parfait Recipe has been sponsored by Mondelez.  All opinions expressed here are my own.School will be starting back for my children in exactly 4 weeks.  While I have enjoyed our summer vacation so far, I am ready for the teens to get back into their school day routine. Of course, back to school means back to school shopping.  Backpacks, sneakers, new lunch boxes and a whole bunch of healthy snacks are on my back to school shopping list.  I pack several lunches every single day, not to mention quick and … [Read more...]

Lemon Zucchini Cake Recipe

A few days ago, I was out in the garden and discovered a huge zucchini.  It was the first of the season and had tried to hide from me under the leaves.  My children were less than thrilled when I brought my giant zucchini into the house.  It is not their favorite vegetable!  I decided to check out Pinterest to see if there were any unique zucchini recipes that my children would enjoy.  I stumbled upon a ton of zucchini recipes that I want to try but the one I chose for this weekend was a lemon zucchini cake recipe with a lemon glaze on … [Read more...]

Bourbon Blueberry Sauce for a Simply Decadent Gelato Topping

This bourbon blueberry sauce recipe is part of a #TurkeyHillGelato sponsored post written by me on behalf of Turkey Hill Dairy. All opinions are my own.I am a firm believer in the idea that simple is better.  Simple, uncluttered living is the key to a low stress life.  Simple gifts are often the most meaningful.  And a simple ingredient list usually means a higher quality food product.  I am all about simple ingredients when it comes to our food.  I don't want complicated chemical names or a bunch of numbers and symbols.  Simple ingredients … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Clementines Recipe

I have a horrible sweet tooth and most days I find myself hunting in my pantry for something sweet to eat.  I am currently being tempted by the 8 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought from my Girl Scout daughter.  Not exactly the healthiest choice, right? I have been scouring the interwebs looking for healthy snack recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth.  If I don't find a healthy snack recipe, my family may just come home to find me in a Girl Scout cookie sugar coma! I stumbled across these chocolate dipped clementines and decided that they … [Read more...]

Give Thanks with Kenwood Vineyards and Homemade Pinot Noir Truffles #ShareYourTable

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Kenwood Vineyards. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participationIt seems like every time I sit down to watch TV or read something online this week I am inundated with ads for Black Friday shopping.  Or, even worse in my mind...Black THURSDAY!  The retail world is taking a day that is supposed to be made for being thankful and turning it into a day to earn money off things we probably don't really need anyhow.  I want to … [Read more...]

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Glaze

One of the things I love most about fall is the reappearance of cranberries in the grocery store.  When I find those precious bags of fresh cranberries I buy them every week and throw them in the freezer for year round cooking.  Of course, I usually run out of them by spring and have to wait impatiently for them to show back up again!  If you are a cranberry fan yourself, I highly recommend you start stocking up!  Just throw a spare bag or two in the freezer for delicious quick breads and baked goods even in the middle of summer!I … [Read more...]

Healthy Halloween Dessert: Candy Corn Fruit Parfait

Can I just let you all in on a little secret?  I actually LIKE candy corn.  I know...it is gross and artificially flavored and colored and leaves that weird taste in your mouth but for some reason I actually like the stuff.  Now, don't get me wrong....I don't want to sit down and eat a bowl of it or anything.  But a few pieces here or there right around Halloween is a huge treat.  I decided to combine my love of candy corn with my need to eat healthier and this candy corn fruit parfait is the result!  A healthy Halloween dessert that makes me … [Read more...]

Molasses Pumpkin Bread with Candied Ginger

Fall is my all time favorite season for baking.  I love the foods and aromas that come with the cooler weather.  One of my all time favorite flavors of fall is molasses.  I grew up in New England and my mom made homemade baked beans with real molasses in them several times a year.  I was always allowed to lick the spoon afterwards and even as an adult I cannot open that container of molasses without eating a spoon full straight out of the jar.  Paired with the wonderful flavors of pumpkin and candied ginger, this pumpkin bread is an absolutely … [Read more...]