Sweet

Peanut Butter Cups

Pile of Peanut Butter Cups

I have the hardest time deciding what the best chocolate flavor pairing is! I love coconut and chocolate, and I love fruit and chocolate, and I love caramel and chocolate, but the peanut butter and chocolate combo is a classic. There was that 80s Reese’s commercial where the guy was walking down the street eating chocolate and the girl was walking down the street eating peanut butter and they bump into each other, and boom! Chocolate peanut butter deliciousness! Such a perfect combination. There are so many awesome ways to combine these flavors, but you can’t go wrong with classic chocolate peanut butter cups.

Pile of Peanut Butter Cups in gold paper wrappers
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Pies

Hot Cocoa Pie

hot cocoa pie topped with golden brown toasted marshmallows

My parents got me a Tasty calendar for Hanukkah which includes not only the usual holidays, but it also tells me about all those fun food holidays we see on social media! I’ve been using these holidays as inspiration for my 2020 recipe planning, so you’ll see a lot of my recipes this year inspired by these food holidays. As it turns out, January 23 is National Pie Day (not to be confused with Pi day in March). So what better pie to have for a cold, snowy, probably dreary January day than Hot Cocoa pie?!

Hot cocoa pie crust
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Sweet

Cold Brew Creme Brulee

Spoon about to crack the torched sugar topping of a cold brew creme brulee

Happy 2020! I’m so glad to be back! 2019 took a lot out of me. I think last I was here, I was about to run the Boston Marathon. I can’t believe I haven’t given you a recipe since St. Patrick’s Day! I spent 2019 really focused on running, which meant posting took a back seat.

I still was baking and creating recipes, but the blog writing and photographing are so time-consuming and I just wasn’t able to keep up. But that means I have a lot of recipes queued up ready to share with you!

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Bars

St. Patrick’s Day Treats

A bar made out of lucky charms and bailey's marshmallows on a round white plate

When I lived in Louisville, the St. Patrick’s Day parade was one of my favorite days of the year.  Since moving to Boston, though, I have avoided the parade.  I hear it gets a bit rowdy in Southie! But the chaos of the celebrations doesn’t keep me from making a delicious themed dessert every year! And you know I love a good theme!  Two years ago I made this to-die-for Irish Coffee Cake with Irish whiskey, and last year I made these super fun Pots O’ Gold with Guinness.  I decided to change it up again this year to make these insanely easy St. Patrick’s Day treats! They’re like a Rice Krispie treat, but instead of Rice Krispies, they use Lucky Charms, and instead of marshmallows, you make a homemade Bailey’s fluff! Continue Reading

Breads

Cafe au Lait Bread Pudding

Cafe au Lait Bread Pudding in a white bowl with an orange rim next to a small white bowl of cafe au lait sauce, all surrounded by mardi gras beads, with a Cafe du Monde coffee can in the background

Fat Tuesday is this week and I’ve never been to Mardis Gras, but I absolutely love New Orleans.  The city is so fun and so beautiful and the food is unreal. Of course, my initial thought for a Mardis Gras recipe was a King cake, but I wanted to give it my own little twist. I also considered a beignet because it’s basically my favorite food in New Orleans. But I also want to keep my recipes as easy as possible.  When I look at a recipe, even though I love baking, if it looks difficult or time-consuming I procrastinate on making it and then end up buying a box at the last minute.  Some of it is probably that I love sweets way too much and just want the final product to be ready! But a lot of it is because I live in a tiny apartment with a teeny tiny kitchen and a complicated recipe is stressful.  Especially when I know I can make something just as good with a lot less stress! Continue Reading