Biscoff No Bake Cookies

3 Oct

Biscoff No Bake Cookies

These Biscoff No Bake Cookies are kid-friendly and adult friendly, kinda like miniature golf. (Story to come—I’ll bring it all full circle.)

Biscoff No Bake Cookies

The best part of these is the…drumroll please…Biscoff cookie spread! Have you ever had Biscoff cookies? They’re TO DIE FOR. Biscoff cookies are given out on some airlines, and they’re crunchy, brown sugary, and a little cinnamony.

Biscoff No Bake Cookies

Next order of business: Biscoff makes cookie spread! Genius. What is cookie spread, you ask? It’s a spread that’s the consistency of peanut butter but made out of cookies. Definitely a win-win, here. If you haven’t had Biscoff cookie spread, please, please, pleeeeease remedy this.

Biscoff No Bake Cookies

Second best part of these cookies is that they’re no bake. Read: You can whip these babies up ASAP.

So why is miniature golf kid friendly and adult friendly, you ask? Well, have you gone miniature golfing lately?

I’ve been a few times, but mostly when I was younger. Ryan and I have never gone just the two of us since we’ve been married. I guess it seems a little embarrassing to me, since it’s maybe more of a family activity or little kid thing?

Well, there’s a golf place nearby, and Ryan convinced me to go last night for a random, fun Wednesday night outing. I’ll admit that I was still embarrassed having to walk past lots of actual, non-miniature golfers taking real swings and using real golf thingies (I’m very up to date on golf lingo, I know). Aside from the initial embarrassment, it was fun.

After we finished our 18-hole round, we realized there was a second course. We felt a little cheated because we were not told of this second course option. So we decided to just head on over and go through that course, as well. At this point, no one was on the course with us, so we had the whole place to ourselves. We soon discovered that the second round of miniature golf is nowhere near as competitive/exciting/fun as the first round. To spice things up, I suggested we play what I will call “speed golf.” The rules of speed golf are as follows: Get your golf ball in the hole first. And yes, feel free to hit your opponent’s ball out of the way to make it harder for them. We regressed quite a few years on that golf course. By the end, I was just tossing my ball down the green like a bowling ball and kicking Ryan’s ball out of the way. We think we’re pretty funny and cool. I was also semi-nervously waiting to see if we would get kicked out, but we were left to our own devices.

Sometimes it’s fun to regress and be a kid again.

Biscoff No Bake Cookies

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Homemade Granola

22 Sep

Homemade Granola

Hey y’all! So, it’s been a while since my last post. A loooooong while. Let’s not dwell on that, though.

Homemade Granola

How has everyone been? I’m sure you’ve still been cooking/baking/eating without my posts, but maybe it’s been a leetle bit harder without ideas from me.

Homemade Granola

Here’s a recipe for homemade granola that I’ve made countless times in the past few months. It’s easy, fast, and healthy. Plus, it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying granola, so it’s budget-friendly, too. You can swap out the nuts for whatever you have on hand or add dried fruit or change up the spices. I’ve tweaked this recipe based on my taste preferences and what I normally have on hand.

Homemade Granola

I love to eat this with vanilla Greek yogurt and sliced, fresh strawberries or even just with milk, and it satisfies my cereal cravings.

Homemade Granola

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Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

18 Jul

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Are you a TV or a movie person? And what does that say about who you really are? (I’m getting deep today, folks.)

I, myself, am a TV person. Ask any of my friends or family, and they’ll tell you this immediately. It’s not that I don’t like movies, but they just end so fast. Yeah, yeah, there’s the whole story arc and it all ties up neatly, but I want MORE, and that’s where TV really pulls through. Episode after episode keeps me quite content.

I have a wide range of TV tastes, too. I don’t limit myself to one genre. I like award-winning, thought-provoking series as much as the next critic, but I also love me some trashy reality TV (not too terribly trashy, mind you).

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

When someone asks me what TV shows I watch, I clam up. This seemingly harmless question actually feels quite revealing. What will they think of me now that they know? Will they like me more or dismiss me altogether? Hence, the clamming.

Anyone else find themselves in this predicament?

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Now, what does this Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars recipe say about me? It says, I like peanut butter. I like cheesecake. I like cookies. I like over-the-top combinations. I’m OK with this recipe saying all that. More than OK, actually. They’re legit, over-the-top cookie bars. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Stir together cookie dough.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Press half of the cookie dough into the pan, and cover with cheesecake layer.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Press small pieces of remaining cookie dough lightly onto cheesecake layer.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

Keep pressing cookie dough on until cheesecake layer is completely covered.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Cookie Bars

The final product!

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Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie

24 Jun

Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie

In case you’re wondering, I moved a few weeks ago, hence the lag in new posts.

I love and hate moving to a new place. I love it because everything feels new and fresh and exciting. I hate it because it’s scary and hard and after you move into your new place, you look at all your old stuff and feel the same. But, I love it more than I hate it, so we’re good.

I’ve been cooking and baking a ton since moving, but I have yet to figure out the best place to take pictures of my food because of my new kitchen layout. My new kitchen is great because it has a gas stove, granite countertops, and last but not least, a skylight. Yes, you heard that right. A SKYLIGHT. My kitchen has an incredible amount of natural light, which I’m loving, but I was so used to my old kitchen setup, that I’ve been dragging my feet on finding the perfect position to take my blog pictures. (This is also to say, cut me some slack on my pictures for a while.)

Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie

Here’s a smoothie recipe to give you a quick boost.

Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie

Combine all ingredients in the blender.

Pineapple Orange Banana Smoothie

Process until smooth, and slurp with a straw (required). Continue reading 

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Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

21 May

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

What’s that one sentimental thing that you can’t bear to part with? I have this American Girl doll from when I was a kid. For those of you in-the-know, I have Kirsten, the pioneer girl from the 1850s. I wanted Kirsten for years and years and years. I read all the books from every American Girl’s series and poured over the magazines each month. I asked for Kirsten every birthday and Christmas for years. My dear mother rationally explained that these dolls cost a lot of money, and if I wanted her, I wouldn’t be able to get any other presents that year. I always readily responded, I didn’t care about other presents, I just wanted her, but my mom knew better. She knew I’d be crushed Christmas morning if I only  had one present under the tree when my greedy siblings had seven or eight apiece.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

But one year, one unsuspecting year, after years of wanting/begging for Kirsten, I got her. She was the last present I opened, and I was shocked. We have my reaction on video, and it’s great because I actually start crying and clutching her to my chest. So much anticipation and love for that doll. I can never part with her.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

These sugar cookies will remind you of the ones in the grocery store that have that bright frosting and sprinkles. You know they’re extremely bad for you, but you just can’t seem to say “no” when they’re in front of you.

Soft Sugar Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

I plan to save this sugar cookie recipe for future use. It’s the best one I’ve made so far, with the right amount of tenderness. It’s not sickeningly sweet, either. The frosting is out of this world and incredibly addictive. I may or may not have eaten a few spoonfuls and danced around the room like a monkey during my sugar high. Continue reading 

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Mother’s Day Spinach Soup and Homemade Croutons

11 May

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

Mother’s Day is tomorrow. And you know what Mother’s Day always brings? Greeting cards.

Some people could care less about greeting cards (cough, cough, my husband). But others, like me, can’t get enough of them. I think it’s a genetic sentiment that was passed down from my grandma, to my mom, and then to me.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

My grandma is a rock star when it comes to greeting cards. A very strict rock star. She doesn’t miss a thing. You have a birthday? You get a card. You have an anniversary? You get a card? They make a new holiday? You get a card.

The cards my grandma sends aren’t just any old cards, either. Her trademark is underlining sweet snippets and highlighting the tear-jerker phrases. Because of all the time she invested in this throughout my life, I can’t’ help but carry this on to some degree in my adult life. Every time I am in the greeting card section, you’re sure to find me with tear-filled eyes and an occasional stained cheek. I am extremely sentimental when it comes to cards. Thanks, Grandma and Mom for teaching me the beauty and power of a greeting card.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

I also have to thank my mom and grandma for teaching me the comfort of soup. Soup is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. I could probably eat soup every day of the week and not get tired of it.

Mother's Day Spinach Soup and Croutons

When I first saw this recipe for Spinach Soup, I’ll admit I was a little skeptical. Spinach? in a soup? in a smooth soup? Yes to all three, and I’m glad I tried this. The soup is creamy and smooth, has a fairly mild spinach flavor, and has incredible, garlicky, homemade croutons. (The croutons may or may not be the best part!) If you don’t want a spicy soup, no worries, just leave out the red pepper flakes.

Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons

Hope you enjoy and that this new soup brings you some comfort. Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Soup

And don’t forget about last year’s Mother’s Day Cinnamon Rolls…always a solid breakfast choice.

Mother's Day Cinnamon Rolls

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Jalapeño, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

30 Apr

Jalapeño, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Apparently April is National Grilled Cheese Month! I have never heard of this before, but who am I to complain? I love me a grilled cheese sandwich, so I thought I better squeeze this Jalapeño, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe in before the month officially comes to a close.

Jalapeño, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

There’s something extremely comforting about eating grilled cheese. My grandma used to make grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for us every Sunday after we got home from church. I would always be absolutely staaarving (as children usually think they are) and subsequently thought that a can of Campbell’s soup and a regular grilled cheese sandwich never tasted better.

Jalapeño, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It’s pretty hard to mess up grilled cheese. Melty cheese + bread = a solid win. However, I distinctly remember the grilled cheese served in my school’s cafeteria lunches. They called it “toasted cheese,” which is a bit of a red flag. Why not just call it grilled cheese? What have you done to destroy this holy classic sandwich? Looking back, I think the problem was that it had too much cheese. Which may sound strange. But really, with cafeteria lunches, anything is possible. However, let’s turn away from the mistake grilled cheeses and turn to the right one.

Jalapeno, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

A few weeks ago, I ventured to a quaint restaurant, Pop’s, which exclusively sells grilled cheese and homemade ice cream. The idea is pretty great. I tried a grilled cheese with jalapeños and cream cheese. It was good and I loved the idea, so of course I wanted to re-create it myself. I use fresh jalapeños, cream cheese, freshly grated cheddar cheese, and a pinch of chili powder, which really takes this up a notch. Continue reading 

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Take 5 Cookies

18 Apr

Take 5 Cookies

When I told my mom I was making these cookies, she most likely felt a twinge of jealous-happiness. Happy that I was making these but jealous that should could not gobble them up with me.

Take 5 Cookies

If you’ve ever had a Take 5 candy bar before, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. The candy bar itself has a combination of peanuts, caramel, pretzels, peanut butter, and milk chocolate. The sweet and salty combination is to die for. I have a hard time controlling myself when it comes to this candy bar, so I limit that impulse by not buying the candy at all.

Take 5 Cookies

All that limiting impulse stuff goes out the window when your grandma sends you a big bag of Take 5 candy after visiting Hershey’s Chocolate World. Can you be tortured by your favorite candy? I’d say so.

So the battle began. At first, I just let the bright red bag of candy sit on my counter unopened. Then I decided to snip off a corner and just eat one a few. After a few days of this cycle, I knew I’d have to be more productive about this.

So what should I do with all that peanut buttery, pretzely, chocolately goodness? Make cookies out of it, of course!

Take 5 Cookies

Turns out, candy in cookies is all the rage these days. I started with a simple, chocolate chip cookie base, to which I added a few dollops of peanut butter for good measure.

Then, of course, I chopped up the Take 5 candy bars and added that deliciousness in.

Take 5 Cookies

Hope you enjoy this creation as much as I did!

Take 5 Cookies

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

11 Apr

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

You know what I love about spring? Yard sales.

Now you may be thinking this is completely old-ladyish of me. And that may be true. But it may also just be really smart/cool of me, too.

I remember going to yard sales with my grandma when I was a kid. I loved it. I would scour the tables full of musty clothes, one by one, until I found the perfect treasure. I still remember my first purchase from when I was five or six years old. It was a jean mini skirt that I got for fifty cents. That’s right, just two quarters, people.

I’ve always loved good deals.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Want a good snack deal? How about baked sweet potato fries?

All of these fries came from one big sweet potato. Yum.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

This recipe comes from Joy the Baker, who I pretty much trust with my food life. As soon as I saw these, I knew I had to make them.

This was the first time I made any type of fries, and they turned out great. Tasted delicious. Easy prep work. Win win.

The hardest part is thinly slicing the sweet potatoes, which are awfully difficult to slice. I recommend an extremely thick knife and a strong arm. Be careful!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Slice lengthwise in 1/3-inch thick slices.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Cut slices vertically to make…you guessed it…fries!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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One-Year Blogiversary and Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

3 Apr

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Today is the one-year anniversary of my blog (a.k.a. my blogiversary)! Truthfully, I never really anticipated this day because it was hard to picture myself keeping up with it for a whole year, but I have, and I feel pretty good about it. And then in another way, it feels easier than I thought it would be. I saw this inspirational quote the other day, and I couldn’t agree more as it relates to me.

One-Year Blog Anniversary

I can be pretty hard on myself. Sometimes I’m afraid to even start something because I don’t know how it will turn out. Will I fail? Will I waste my time? Will I embarrass myself?

Truth is, time will pass anyway, so just get over your fears and go for it! No matter what it is.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Speaking of time passing, this recipe was passed to me from my grandma and originated from my great grandma. This cake, along with Sam’s Chocolate Cake, always accompanied birthday dinners and family parties. This recipe is a comfort food, no doubt, and I wanted to share something extra special  on my first blogiversary.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

The cake has an extremely moist crumb without being dense (thank you, molasses and applesauce). The spice combination of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg will make your house smell mouth-wateringly fragrant while the cupcakes are baking. In my opinion, no one spice overshadows any of the others; combined, they create a spice party in your mouth that will almost remind you of my your very favorite Pumpkin Muffins.

I use my ultra-light whipped frosting to top these cupcakes. The frosting is light, airy, and buttery, and I prefer less to more.

Applesauce Spice Cupcakes

Hope you enjoy this recipe. Thank you for your support during my first year of blogging. I love reading your comments and getting your feedback! Keep ‘em coming! Continue reading 

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