Healthy Dijon Vinaigrette

This healthy Dijon Vinaigrette recipe is tangy, flavorful and has no added sugar. 

Healthy Dijon Vinaigrette recipe. A healthy salad dressing with no sugar added.

I hope you all had a great weekend! Tyler and I had the chance to get away for a bit last weekend.  It was good to escape the snowy weather and remember that spring will be here soon. (Who expects five inches of snow the first day of spring?!?!?) After work on Friday, we road tripped through Delaware, Maryland and across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The bridge is about 24 miles worth of tunnels and bridge and makes for a fun drive.

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Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars

Buttery shortbread spread with smooth caramel and chocolate. They’re similar to a homemade Twix bar. 

These Chocolate Caramel Shortbread bars start with buttery shortbread spread with smooth caramel and chocolate. Similar to a homemade Twix bar.

Yesterday I got my wisdom teeth out, and while it hasn’t been bad at all, I am missing eating real solid food like meat and chewy chocolate caramel shortbread bars. So while I sip my smoothies and soup, I’m staring longingly at these bars and planning some future goodies to make. Getting your wisdom teeth out is actually a great excuse to stay in bed for as long as you want and only do what you feel like. I’m enjoying a lazy day.  [Read more…]

Mini Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas

Mini Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas start with a soft sugar cookie topped with a cheesecake layer and are finished with some fresh fruit.

Mini Sugar Cookie Fruit Pizzas start with a soft sugar cookie topped with a cheesecake layer and are finished with some fresh fruit.

It’s March I’m ready for springtime fruit desserts. Plus on a cold, snowy day, it’s so much fun to stay inside and take pictures of brightly colored fruit desserts. Although to be fair, I am really enjoying the last ten inches of snow we got. I know, I’m weird, but this winter I felt like we were severely cheated on the snow front. All that came with bitter cold and freezing rain. [Read more…]

Mint Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

A fudgy mint brownie spread with a fluffy, mint buttercream and a rich, smooth chocolate ganache.

A fudgy mint brownie spread with a fluffy, mint buttercream and a rich, smooth chocolate ganache.

Tonight I made my first green smoothie. I tossed in a few handfuls of spinach, some orange slices and a bit of frozen pineapple in the blender. The result wasn’t too bad and something I could probably drink on a regular basis. No bitter spinach taste came through, but it definitely wasn’t as sweet as my normal fruit smoothies. I’m trying to convince myself that all the nutrients are worth it, but my idea of something green and delicious is these Mint Brownies with Chocolate Ganache. [Read more…]

Beef Barley Soup

A simple but hearty supper, perfect for cold nights, this beef barley soup is a family favorite.

Beef Barley Soup A simple but hearty supper, perfect for cold nights, this beef barley soup is a family favorite.

The last few days have been some of the coldest of winter so far (our first negative temps of the season). No matter how warm we heat our house, we can’t get warm, because the cold is seeping in through every little crack. My family came to visit me this past weekend though and we had a blast staying inside, playing games and eating good food. This Beef Barley Soup is an easy favorite and is perfect for those extra cold nights.

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Apple Dumpling Bake

A simpler version of apple dumplings, this Apple Dumpling Bake is made in a casserole dish with soft, cinnamon apples sandwiched between layers of tender crust.

Apple Dumpling Bake Casserole (3)

I know in February you’re supposed to make all sorts of chocolate desserts with pink and red accents. But I’m sharing a family favorite recipe. My family generally loves any dessert with apples. Dad’s all-time favorite dessert was apple pie, but we also love apple dumplings, apple bars, and most recently, apple pizza. This Apple Dumpling Bake is way easier than traditional apple dumplings with all the delicious flavor. (Please note the cute little hearts cut in the top crust.)

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Lemon Berry Muffins

Bright Lemon Berry Muffins are a perfect for cheering up a cold January Day.

Lemon Berry Muffins (3)

I’ve totally lost all confidence in the weather men ’round these parts. Sometimes they way over-predict the snow. Like last week when they called for 8 inches and we ended up with less than a centimeter. And then on the other side of it they totally have missed two storms. Last night I was driving home from work in blowing snow and watching the car in front of me slide all over the road. The longer I followed him, the more I realized that he was doing it on purpose.

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Andes Mint Cookies

Andes Mint Cookies are a soft-baked chocolate cookie loaded with Andes Mint pieces and spread with an extra layer of mint goodness. They’re amazing straight from the oven.

Andes Mint Cookies. Soft baked and spread with mints. They're amazing straight from the oven.

 

So I meant to post these recipes before Christmas, but I decided time with my family and friends was more important than writing about cookies, so I’m sharing these treats with you now. And the timing may be perfect, because while treats abound in December, who doesn’t need some baking inspiration in January , especially soft chocolately, minty, warm-from-the-oven inspiration.

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No Churn Peppermint Ice Cream

Enjoy Peppermint Ice Cream all year round with this easy, no-churn recipe. 

Enjoy Peppermint Ice Cream all year round with this easy, no-churn recipe.

So I know it’s freezing cold outside and snowing! And actually I’m excited about it. It’s Saturday and I don’t have to drive anywhere so I’m quite content to be stuck at home while everything brown is covered with a white blanket. Plus eat some ice cream. I believe that ice cream is essential for any time of the year, not just summer. I like to curl up with a blanket, a book and a bowl of ice cream. Forget the coffee. [Read more…]

Pomegranate Cupcakes – White Cake with Pomegranate Buttercream

The best white cupcake with tangy, creamy pomegranate buttercream makes these pomegranate cupcakes perfect for a special occasion.
The best white cupcake with tangy, creamy pomegranate buttercream makes these cupcakes perfect for a special occasion.
 

I’m going through one of my fruit obsessions right now. I’m all about the pomegranates. I’ve been enjoying them plain, in smoothies, and, of course, I had to make a dessert of out them. The little red jewels add so much color this time of year when everything is drab and brown (Although we finally did get some snow to brighten things up). [Read more…]