Desserts

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Crispy Treats

Everyone loves marshmallow crispy treats made with puffed rice cereal, but what about other childhood cereals? Try these Lucky Charms treats just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

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It’s already March which means I’m already behind in my usual splurge of St. Patrick’s Day themed foods. I cannot explain it but St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for which to cook and bake. Is it because I feel like it gets underrepresented compared to the rest of the major cooking holidays? Or maybe because it involves fantastic colors – such as the entire rainbow? All I know is that my brain explodes with ideas every year and I never seem to have enough time to execute them all. But the first thing I made in preparation for this year was the simplest of them all.

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I’m sorry Mr. Leprechaun, but the kids will be after every last bit of your lucky charms because they now have a double dose of marshmallow. These marshmallow crispy treats are everything you love about the traditional version but made with Lucky Charms instead of puffed rice cereal. Nostalgic, fun colored, and easy to make! I actually plucked out some of the marshmallows cereal before mixing them into the melted marshmallow mixture to ensure there would be plenty on top. Aesthetics make things taste better, right?

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One year ago: Amaretto-Maple Glazed Pork Chops

Four years ago: Easy Garlic Knots
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Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies

My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies take a turn to the dark side – the double dark chocolate side. Inspired by chocolate covered cherries, you will also find dried cherries in these cookies.

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I know moved over a month ago but there are still boxes left to be unpacked. Permanent spots for the things in such boxes remain to be determined. On the flip-side, the massive amount of boxes that were unpacked made me realize that I may have slight hoarding tendencies. As a result I found myself purging a lot of things and have several boxes in the spare room full of things to go to a donation center. Just another set of boxes waiting for a home.

Another area in which I hoard things is evidently the kitchen, specifically the pantry. I have so many different kinds of chocolate chips, nuts, flours, honey flavors, dried fruits – you name it and I probably have it. After being overwhelmed with this overly adequate stock pile I did the only thing that made sense – baked cookies! And yes it is another variation of my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies. This version has double the dose of dark chocolate with dark cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips. Then I threw in some dried cherries because I had my chocolate covered cherries on the brain.

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One year ago: Honey Almond Ice Cream with Fudge Ripple

Two years ago: Garlic Lover’s Pizza

Four years ago: “Creamed” Berry Cheese Spread
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Speculoos Cookie Butter Mousse

Now you really can eat your favorite cookie butter by the spoonfuls in this Speculoos cookie butter mousse. Light and rich at the same time.

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If you’ve had the pleasure of sampling either Biscoff of Speculoos cookie butter spread and you liked it as much (or even more than) your favorite nut butter, then you may be guilty of eating it straight from the jar using a spoon. If so, this dessert is for you.

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This fluffy mousse harnesses the sweet yet rich flavor of Speculoos cookie butter making it light and sinful at the same time. You’ll find yourself savoring each spoonful and scraping every last bit out from your bowl. You may even start eyeing your neighbors if you finish first or vice versa so guard your bowls!

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One year ago: Mini Caramelized Banana Nut Bread

Three years ago: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dried Cherries and Israeli Couscous

Four years ago: Homemade Tagalongs
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Maple Walnut Blondies

Love Trader Joe’s maple walnut blondies? Now you can make them at home! Chewy blondies packed with walnuts and maple flavor.

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On my most recent trip to Trader Joe’s I snagged a bag of their Maple Walnut Blondies. They’re freaking fantastic by the way and I highly recommend picking some up if you are able. If not then you’re in luck because I did my best to recreate them!

On an unrelated note, since getting my first smart phone in December I have slowly accumulated favorite apps. The obvious ones being Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (yes I finally have instagram – follow me). But the app I abuse most is Target’s Cartwheel app. You can either browse offers to add to your barcode which is scanned at checkout or you can scan products while shopping to check if there are any offers. When there are not any for that particular item, if there are other offers for similar items it will tell you. I’ve already saved over $30 using it and in the process got the deal of the year – combat boots for $6.75!

What are your favorite smart phone apps?

One year ago: Southwestern Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

Two years ago: Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder
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Hurricane Cupcakes

Turn your hurricane cocktail into a sweet treat with these hurricane cupcakes! Tastes just like a tropical storm without all the destruction.

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I know we just spent the weekend being romantic but now it’s time to get boozy because it’s Mardi Gras! How about some rum infused cupcakes? Rum in the batter, rum soaked into the baked cupcakes, and then rum in the frosting. These cupcakes were inspired by the hurricane cocktail which is made of passion fruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine, and rum. You will find all of those flavors in these cupcakes however I could not find straight passion fruit juice and instead went with a mango-passion fruit blend. Oddly enough Bob did not enjoy these cupcakes at all, which upset me at first until he explained that he said it tasted like a fruity girly drink. Mission accomplished!

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One year ago: Goat Cheese, Spinach & Tomato Quiche

Three years ago: Crispy Parmesan Green Beans

Four years ago: Feta & Broccoli Pizza
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Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chewiest chocolate chip cookies now come in red velvet. Rich red velvet color and flavor with sweet white chocolate chips.

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Welcome to the I-stopped-counting-how-many reincarnation of my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies. I am surprised it took me so long to make a red velvet version, especially since I’ve made a small batch green velvet. It is such an easy transition, just add a little cocoa powder, red food coloring, and use white chocolate chips. It has the look and flavor of red velvet while keeping the best quality of these cookies – chewiness.

Today may be Friday the 13th but it is also the day before Valentine’s Day so beat the bad luck voodoo and whip up some magic in the form of cookies.

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One year ago: Captain Rodney’s Baked Cheese Dip

Two years ago: White Chocolate Cake Batter Hearts

Three years ago: Pasta with Vodka Sauce
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Red Velvet Creme Brulee for Two

Welcome to the combination of red velvet and creme brulee. With so much decadence in one dessert, you’ll be glad it only serves two.

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When it comes to cooking holiday meals preparation is key, even when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Unless you are cooking the meal together, you don’t want to spend the entirety of Valentine’s Day in the kitchen so if possible knock out some steps head of time. So the day before you should marinade the meat and make this creme brulee.

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This creme brulee recipe is perfect for Valentine’s day not just because it is red velvet, it only makes 2 servings and is pretty easy to make as far as creme brulees go. And creme brulee is fancy. By making it the day or two before means all you have to do is show off your pyro skills and toast the sugar on top right before serving. Dessert and a show!

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Two years ago: Valentine’s Funfetti 7 Layer Bars

Three years ago: Sausage Lasagna Heart Calzone

Four years ago: Oreo Truffles
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Two Ingredient Nutella Fondue

Romance is a warm bowl of melted chocolate and all of your favorite things to dip into it. Make it ever sweeter with this easy two ingredient recipe including Nutella!

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Nothing says romance like a bowl of hot melted chocolate and today just happens to be National Chocolate Fondue Day! I’ve already made a couple chocolate fondues (white chocolate, and a healthier version) which were served with eggless, raw cookie dough bites. But since today is also World Nutella Day I decided it was time to combine the two holidays and make the easiest, two ingredient fondue ever – Nutella Fondue.

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For this fondue all you need is heavy cream and your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread. On any other day that is not World Nutella Day you could also use any kind of spread you prefer (try peanut butter, almond butter, or straight up melted chocolate). But it’s time for romance and Nutella in preparation for Valentine’s Day, making this fondue a perfect addition to #TripleSBites this week.

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What do you like to dip in your chocolate fondue? I went with fresh strawberries, pretzels, and marshmallows. Maybe you should create a fondue-s’mores and skewer the marshmallow and strawberry together and then sandwich them between two pretzels? Cookies, mini cupcakes, cookie dough, and other fruits would have been stellar as well. Let’s go for a dip.

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When I dip you dip we dip.

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Two years ago: Nutella Pecan Pie Bars

Three years ago: Nutella Chunk Cookies

Four years ago: Nutella Rice Krispies Treats
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Red Velvet Layer Cheesecake Bars

Red velvet isn’t complete without cream cheese. These cheesecake bars have a layer of red velvet cheesecake topped with a plain layer. Don’t forget the Oreo crust!

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Welcome to Day 2 of #TripleSBites where 20 bloggers including myself are sharing spicy, saucy, and secy recipes for Valentine’s Day and beyond (said like Buzz Lightyear)! When it comes to Valentine’s Day desserts, decadent desserts as king and red velvet is a popular category. It’s time to splurge after 1-1/2 months of abiding by your new years resolutions so let’s make some red velvet cheesecake bars!

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These bars have an Oreo cookie crust, topped by a layer of red velvet cheesecake, followed by another layer of plain cheesecake. The result is a bar that resembles a red velvet sheet cake topped with cream cheese frosting. Top them with fruit, fresh whipped cream, sprinkles, or enjoy them straight up. Whatever tickles your fancy!

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One year ago: Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three years ago: Nutella Recipe Roundup

Four years ago: Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
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Chocolate Greek Yogurt Blossom Cookies

Add protein to your cookies with these chocolate Greek yogurt blossoms. Then top them with sprinkles and even more chocolate. Because protein can be pretty too.

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Well folks, I finally joined a gym. While LA Fitness is closest to where I live and OSU is obviously where I work, I splurged on the more expensive option, Lifetime Fitness. It’s close enough to where I live to still go on the weekends, convenient to go on my way to/from work, and has everything I could ever ask for in a gym (which is why I was a member of it in Memphis as well). On my first day back in a real gym since Christmas, I tried out Reformer Pilates. I’ve done pilates before but it was just on a mat and typically a fusion of pilates and yoga (piyo). Reformers are those torture looking devices but it was actually kind of cool and I plan on going to some more sessions. The only downside is that it is one of the few classes not included with membership. Thankfully you get a certain amount of credits to use for such things upon signing up which means I will be doing just that, at least until I run out and then it’ll depend on how addicted I am to it.

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Now that we’ve talked about the gym, it’s time to talk about some cookies because we’ve earned it. After suscessfully substituting Greek yogurt for cream cheese in one of my favorite blossom cookie recipes, I tampered again by adding come cocoa powder giving you chocolate Greek yogurt blossom cookies. Since there’s a certain holiday coming up involving a lot of heart shaped things in red and pink I went ahead and rolled them in festive sprinkles and pressed a strawberry creme swirled Dove chocolate into the center. The chocolate even had sometimes cute, sometimes corny phrases inside their wrappers.

One year ago: Mexican Stuffed Shells

Two years ago: Brussels Sprouts with Honey Vinaigrette

Four years ago: Almond Crusted Chicken with Scallion Beurre Blanc
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