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...

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, these cookies are for you! These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect marriage of chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. Perfectly chewy, and dipped in chocolate this chocolate chip cookie recipe is the perfect treat for every chocolate and peanut butter lover! Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are chocolate and peanut butter lovers dream come true. Two of my favorite cookies are chocolate chip and peanut butter, so it's only natural that I combine the two, to make one glorious cookie recipe! I've gone the extra step and dipped these giant cookies in chocolate to make them even more decadent. The idea to dip these cookies in chocolate was inspired by one of my Continue Reading...

Black and White Brownie Bars

Black and White Brownie Bars

A dark chocolate layer tops a white chocolate layer, all topped with a candy drizzle. Perfect for cutting into hearts or squares!  A wonderful Valentine's Day treat, or perfect for any time you're craving dark and white chocolate together. Looking back on Valentine's Day as a kid always makes me smile.  Putting together your Valentine's for your classmates, and decorating a shoe-box clad with construction paper and glitter for receiving Valentines from your friends, to proudly display at school.  Sometimes were even able to sneak in a hand-made sugar cookie or popcorn ball colored brightly with pink and red frosting. Unfortunately, the last couple years, due to allergy and dietary restrictions, my son's school has asked that no food be included with Valentine's.  I do Continue Reading...

Red Velvet Cake Parfaits

Red Velvet Cake Parfaits

Over a year ago, I was making a lovely bundt cake to take to a baby shower.  It was going to be so pretty!  I took it out of the oven, let it cool slightly, just like you're supposed to.  I ran my knife around the edges to loosen the cake - so far so good.  And then the moment of truth...I invert the cake and hear the "plop" onto the cake plate.  I turn the bundt pan right side up, to realize only half the cake came out of the pan.  Nooooo!!! After learning from this experience, I now ALWAYS grease and flour my bundt pan.  Non-stick baking spray did not cut it on the day of the baby shower.  However, I was now faced with the dilemma of what to take to the baby shower, as I was supposed to bring a dessert.  The cake was perfectly edible (although quite ugly!) as it was in multiple pieces Continue Reading...