Pumpkin Coffee Cake Donuts

Pumpkin Coffee Cake Donuts

Pumpkin Cake Donuts make the perfect fall breakfast treat! Need an excuse to do some fall baking? These Pumpkin Cake Donuts are the perfect recipe to indulge your pumpkin spice cravings. Baked, not fried, these donuts are topped with a cinnamon streusel and lightly glazed to perfection! There is something about the weekend that makes me want to get up, and bake something scrumptious for breakfast.  Maybe its because we're not rushed to get out the door in record time.  Or maybe its the fact that I try to start my day with a healthy, light breakfast most mornings during the week.  However the desire came about, I must share with you the latest creation of my weekend baking craving.  These pumpkin cake donuts will make you want to fire up the oven ASAP!  They are AMAZING!! How I Continue Reading...

Smokey Apple & Bacon Quesadillas

Smokey Apple & Bacon Quesadillas

Sweet and savory.  For me, this is one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations.  I'm always trying to come up with new, easy and flavorful things to make for lunch or snacks, and my son is a big fan of quesadillas.  So I decided to mix it up a bit, and come up with a sweet, crunchy, savory quesadilla that would work as a snack, lunch or even breakfast.  This Smokey Apple & Bacon Quesadilla is perfect!! The smokey aspect of this quesadilla comes from the creamy, delicious smoked Gouda.  I absolutely love this cheese!  It adds such a great smokey, savory flavor to just about anything you're cooking.  (PS - It's my favorite cheese to top a burger!)  Paired with the crisp, slightly tart Granny Smith apple, and thick-cut crisply cooked bacon, this quesadilla can't be Continue Reading...

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

The perfect Breakfast Bar Recipe! Loaded with juicy blueberries and topped with a brown sugar-oatmeal crumble, these Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are a delicious breakfast bar recipe.  Great to enjoy fresh out of the pan, or wrap up and freezer, these blueberry oatmeal bars are fantastic. One of our very favorite back to school treats are these blueberry oatmeal breakfast bars. This breakfast bar recipe is great for rushed school mornings. We will often make a batch, enjoy a few fresh out of the oven and then wrap and freeze the rest. Blueberry oatmeal bars also make a great after-school snack with a glass of milk! In the very near future, we will be back in the swing of things with the start of a new school year.  My son will be starting the first grade, and I'm really Continue Reading...

Iced Mocha Creames

Iced Mocha Creames

If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm a sucker for a good cup of coffee.  It's pretty much how I start every day.  If it didn't keep me awake at night, I could easily drink it all day long.  I normally take my coffee with a bit of sweetener and a splash of cream - just enough to give it a nice, creamy texture.  I liken a good cup of coffee to warm, comforting hug in a cup.  ;) There's just one small problem...when it gets hot, like it is now in Northern Virginia, a hot cup of coffee when the heat and humidity is at 80+ first thing in the morning...yeah, that hot cup of coffee isn't so desirable.  Solution: The oh so delicious Iced Mocha Cream! This is easily one of my favorite things to whip up in the blender.  Its really easy, takes just a minute or two, and just as Continue Reading...

Triple Chocolate Muffins

Triple Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate for breakfast is always a good idea! A batch of these delicious Triple Chocolate Muffins includes both white and semi-sweet chocolate chips nestled in a moist, delicious cake-like batter!  It's the perfect way to enjoy some chocolaty deliciousness first thing in the morning! Triple Chocolate Muffins The past several days have been pretty rainy and dreary here.  Anytime its cool outside, there is nothing I love more than a great cup of coffee, and a fantastic muffin to go with it!  Muffins don't get any better than these Triple Chocolate Muffins! In my opinion, in order for a muffin to be especially great, it needs to have two things. First, a super-moist, cake-like batter. Life is not worth living if a muffin is dry and falls apart in the first bite. Second, it must have Continue Reading...

Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding

Blueberry Almond Chia Pudding

The very best and EASIEST chia pudding recipe! Need a quick, healthy breakfast loaded with protein to fuel your day?  Look no further than this Blueberry Almond Milk Chia Pudding recipe!  This simple, overnight recipe for how to make chia pudding very easy, as it takes just 5 minutes!  Have I mentioned before that I'm a creature of habit.  I often tend to get in a rut where I make the same four breakfasts for myself.  Often, I do the same exact thing at the gym, for the same amount of time, every time I go.  I've wondered why I do these things - likely because I find comfort in the known.  On the down side - its VERY boring!!   Predictably, after doing the same things over and over, I get sick of the same workout and the same thing for Continue Reading...

Purple Ribbon Banana Bread

Purple Ribbon Banana Bread

My famous, award winning Banana Bread recipe! The best (and only!) recipe for banana bread you'll ever need. This Purple Ribbon Banana Bread recipe is moist, flavorful and super delicious! Purple Ribbon Banana Bread - my Award Winning Banana Bread Recipe! If you need a seriously good recipe for banana bread, look no further than my Purple Ribbon Banana Bread. Made with super simple ingredients, and a delicious streusel topping, this award winning banana bread recipe is the only recipe my family makes! If you knew me when I was a kid back in rural  South Dakota, you knew that I was heavily involved in 4-H.  I was in 4-H from the ages of 8 to around 16 or 17.  I can't even begin to tell you how much 4-H taught me - everything from the basics of cooking and baking, to Continue Reading...