Rolo Blondies

Rolo Blondies

This past week has been my son's spring/Easter break.  Its been a good week, although not very productive for me.  Understandable, right?  It seems like every time we have a holiday, I need to clean out our candy shelf...yes, I have a candy shelf.  This week when I went through our "shelf", which includes multiple jars, containers and bags of various kinds of candy, I made a sweet discovery - Rolos! I knew they were in the candy shelf, but I guess I had forgotten how many were there.  I'm pretty sure they're from Valentine's day, but there's a good chance they're also from Christmas.  Eeek!  Either way, I needed to do something with these.  In my opinion, Rolo's are too delicious to throw away, and definitely still good, so I decided to make Rolo Blondies! The basic recipe I Continue Reading...

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting

How many of you grew up where the potluck dinner was standard and commonplace for community, school or church gatherings?  The potluck dinner was definitely a part of my community back in South Dakota.  It seems like there was one all the time.  It was a chance for the people of your community come together and enjoy a really fantastic meal made by everyone.  The dishes brought to a potluck (at least where I grew up) were something that you and your family REALLY loved, and would be something that you would serve your most honored guest.  This Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting is something you would find on any potluck table back in South Dakota. For anyone that's been to a good church or community potluck, you know that the measure of any good potluck dish is Continue Reading...

Spring Krispie Cake with M&M’s and Candy Drizzle

Spring Krispie Cake with M&M’s and Candy Drizzle

Cereal treats brought to a whole new, fun, colorful level!  Made in a bundt pan, and loaded with colorful spring M&M's candies, and drizzled with pretty pastel candy melts, this cake is perfect for Easter, or any Spring celebration!  A fun, easy project to do with your kids, and grand kids, too! I don't know about you, but as a kid, I ate what seems to be thousands of rice krispie treats.  Because they are so easy to make, we learned to make them by ourselves pretty early on.  Between my brother and I, we could easily go through a batch in one afternoon!  We eventually discovered the art of putting M&M's in with the cereal - oh, my!  They went from good, to AMAZING!  Have I ever mentioned that M&M's are my favorite candy?   Now that I'm the mommy, I'm Continue Reading...

Very Cherry Cupcakes

Very Cherry Cupcakes

Every year at this time, our area begins to see many tourists.  We live in the Washington DC area, and spring is the time everyone wants to see the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom in our nations Capital.  It really is a site to behold!  The trees are gorgeous, and it turns the tidal basin of the Potomac and everywhere around it a glorious shade of pink. We've had a pretty brutal winter here in the Mid-Atlantic.  (We are literally waiting for yet ANOTHER snow storm to roll through tomorrow morning.)  Regardless of our never-ending winter, the cherry blossoms are set to arrive soon.  As far as I'm concerned, they can't come soon enough!  I'm SOOOOO ready for spring!  With that being said, I needed to whip up a batch of these amazing Very Cherry Cupcakes to cheer on the upcoming arrival Continue Reading...

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

The most amazing coffee cake! Loaded with lemon flavor, and packed with blueberries, its the perfect breakfast or brunch treat! As a little girl my very first introduction to coffee cake was something very unorthodox.  My mom would take a couple leftover pieces of cornbread and split them open in a bowl, she would then proceed to pour hot, brewed coffee over the cake.  I thought is was kinda weird, and I had no intention of trying her "coffee cake." As I got a little older, and mom was teaching me how to bake (probably something for 4-H), she asked if I would like to try a coffee cake.  I remember giving her a turned up nose, and saying "...but coffee cake is gross," thinking back to her coffee doused cornbread.  She then chuckled, and proceeded to clarify that the coffee Continue Reading...

Double Chocolate Turtle Bars

Double Chocolate Turtle Bars

Made with a cake mix, this super chocolaty Double Chocolate Turtle Bars are just as easy as they are delicious!  Loaded with lots of chocolate, caramel, and pecans, these bars are amazing anytime you're in the mood for a sweet treat! I don't know about you, but when I get a little stressed, anxious, or am burning the candle at both ends, my go-to food is chocolate.  I know full-well that I'm an emotional eater, and its something I've tried to overcome.  Over the years I've become much better about not eating my feelings, but its still something that I do on occasion.   The past couple weeks have been REALLY stressful!  I took on a volunteer position at my son's school for their annual Mardi Gras fundraiser.  Its a fantastic event that brings out a couple hundred Continue Reading...

Triple Chocolate Espresso Brownies

Triple Chocolate Espresso Brownies

So, I don't know about you, but I have a bit of a chocolate problem.  A problem, by the way of wanting it eat chocolate far to often than whats good for me.  About every two weeks or so I get an intense craving for a really rich, chocolaty brownie.  I like my brownies on the fudgy side, but I will never turn down a cakey brownie when offered.  These Triple-Chocolate Espresso Brownies are a perfect combination! If you're a serious chocolate lover like myself, you probably know the trick to bringing out the intense chocolate flavor in any chocolate cake or brownie - the secret ingredient is coffee!  Now before you turn your nose at coffee in brownies, I'm here to say that it really amplifies the chocolate flavor.  The coffee flavor is pretty mild, but the finer notes of the Continue Reading...