Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

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These Strawberry Cupcakes are soft, fluffy, moist and deliciously strawberry! There are pieces of chopped strawberry in the cupcake and pureed strawberries in the icing. No artificial flavor here - all flavor and color is from fresh strawberries. Yum! I've been wanting to give a makeover to the strawberry cupcakes I did back when I first started the blog. While delicious, I felt they could be even better! And since I've been on a mission recently to make the perfect vanilla cupcake (have you seen the picture of all the cupcakes on instagram?), I decided this was the perfect time. Plus, it's springtime. Well, kind of. Spring doesn't really seem to want to stick around. My vanilla cupcake will be coming your way soon, but first I just had to share these strawberry cupcakes. They are a … [Read more...]

Carrot Cake Gooey Bars

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These Carrot Cake Gooey Bars are sweet, full of pineapple, coconut and white chocolate, and super moist! Can you believe Easter is less than a week away?! It has totally snuck up on me! I am not at all prepared. I will probably be running around like a crazy person on Thursday or Friday night trying to get everything together. Normally my mom pretty much takes care of meals when we are all together for holidays - even when it's at our house. She prefers doing it and since I work full-time, she likes to take the load off of me. I do not complain. I tend to be a bit of a control freak and little OCD about certain things, but we pretty much do things the same way anyway. I am her daughter after all. I totally grew up cooking with her. So much of what I do is simply because she did it that … [Read more...]

Black Forest Ice Cream Cake

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This post is part of the Lucky Leaf Spring campaign and contains sponsored content, but all opinions are my own. When I was approached to join the Lucky Leaf Spring campaign and create a recipe using their pie filling, this Black Forest Ice Cream Cake immediately came to mind! With spring finally showing itself, I knew it was the perfect time for another ice cream cake. Plus, this flavor is one I've been wanting to make for a while and I was pumped to finally have a chance to make it! Luck Leaf has a number of pie filling flavors that you can use in so many ways - pies, cakes, tarts, etc. They sent me cherry, blueberry and strawberry. I obviously used the cherry for this recipe, but I can't wait to try the others. Once I had this cake made and tasted it, I was so excited - it's delicious! If … [Read more...]

No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake in a Jar

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These No Bake Key Lime Cheesecakes in a jar are super fantastic! They are so incredibly easy to make and have the perfect key lime flavor - not too strong, but plenty key lime-y! Plus, today is an awesome day! Myself and about 20 other bloggers have come together to throw a surprise virtual baby shower for Lisa from Wine and Glue! One of the great things about blogging is meeting other bloggers and becoming friends. They can be so super supportive, it's really amazing and has quickly become one of my favorite parts. I haven't actually met Lisa in person, but I just love her and her blog! And I hope to meet her in person one day! Reading her story about her last child, Elliot, absolutely touched me. Warning, you may need tissue. My younger brother and I were both born with potentially life … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Puppy Chow

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This Banana Pudding Puppy Chow is absolutely delicious and unmistakably banana pudding flavored. It gets it's banana flavor from dry banana pudding mix! This puppy chow has been on my list of things to try for forever! I've had the banana pudding mix sitting in the pantry since some time last year. I'm not really sure why it's taken me so long. Maybe it's that my list of things I want to make is too long. :) But finally a couple weeks ago, the hubs said that it'd been a while since I'd made puppy chow and he was requesting one. It's just such a great snack and the hubs doesn't make requests often, so of course I obliged! And because we are both such banana lovers, I knew it was time to make the banana version. I wasn't entirely sure if it'd even work well with the banana pudding mix. … [Read more...]

Wise Decor Tutorial and Giveaway

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Do you have one of those walls in your house? You know, the one that you’ve been looking for the perfect thing to fill it with? I totally had one of those. Right in our living room. I’ve been looking at it for three years trying to figure out what exactly to put on it. So when I got an email from WiseDecor about using one of their vinyl wall decals, I knew exactly where I’d put it! Only question was, what would I put up there? WiseDecor Decorative Lettering offers an inexpensive way to decorate every room with their long-lasting lettering and wall decals. And they have so many options! They have options for every room, but you can also make your own, so if you have a favorite saying or quote, you can get it made. Plus, they are based in Greensboro, NC, which is where the hubs went to college! And I … [Read more...]

Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

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These Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups are fresh, fruity and totally perfect for spring! Easter dessert maybe? The combination of moist and chewy sugar cookie, smooth no-bake cheesecake and fresh fruit is such a wonderful mix of taste and texture. I want them all to myself! :) I recently got the chance to try a bag of Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar. It's a non-GMO verified and vegan morena sugar. A morena sugar is one that doesn't undergo conventional refining processes, which remove the complexity and flavor in raw sugar cane after it's been processed. Zulka's sugar has a more natural, slightly brown color to it. The granules are also bigger than regular granulated sugar, but it's completely interchangeable with regular sugar -> 1 cup regular sugar = 1 cup Zulka sugar. And it packs a big, … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Cream Pie Gooey Bars

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These Oatmeal Cream Pie Gooey Bars are dripping with deliciousness - literally! They are so sweet and full of moan-worthy flavor - I could not stop eating them! I've been wanting to bake with Oatmeal Cream Pies for forever. I absolutely love them. Every time I see them in the grocery store, I want to buy the whole box and devour them right then and there. I just love the taste and chewy texture of those little cookies. So when I thought about what to make with them, I wanted to make sure you could still taste those amazing little oatmeal nuggets. Eventually I arrived on these bars. With layers of crisp oatmeal cookies, oatmeal cream pies, nutella, mini marshmallows and three kinds of chocolate chips, I knew they'd be awesome! Plus, it's all smothered in sweetened condensed milk. The mother … [Read more...]

60+ Cookie Dough Recipes!

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So today is the last day of Cookie Dough Week. I’m sad to see it go, but I hope you've enjoyed it! I know Julianne and I had a super fun time getting everything together and trying to make it an awesome week! I've had cookie dough recipes on the brain like crazy and there are still more things I'd love to make, so expect more cookie dough in the not too distant future. :) There have been so many awesome recipes that I had to round them all up for you! I even added some others to the mix. This is the ULTIMATE in cookie dough recipes round ups! Enjoy! *NOTE: If you want to pin a particular image, please click on it to visit the original source. If you want to pin this Round Up as a whole, please pin the collage image above. Thank you!* Cookie Dough Stuffed Peanut Butter Fudge by Lemon Tree … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake

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This Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownie Layer Cake is one decadent, rich dessert! It's my second installment for Cookie Dough Week! Layers of brownie and peanut butter cookie dough are layered together and topped with chocolate ganache and a touch of peanut butter icing! You are going to want a tall glass of milk with this. :) If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know by now that while I love super simple treats, I also have a major love of an over the top dessert! In fact, this dichotomy is indicative of my own personality as well. Most of the time, I'm a pretty laid back kinda gal. Jeans and a top, hopefully cute, but not trying too hard. I mean really, I just don't have time for that. I used to. But not these days. And ultimately, I want to be comfy. Not comfy = me in a bad … [Read more...]