Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles

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These Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles are a delicious combination of no bake pumpkin cheesecake, whipped cream and angel food cake! They are super light and festive - I just love them! So have you noticed how the price of buying groceries just seems to go up and up? It’s something my mom and I talk about regularly. It seems so crazy the amount that we spend to feed two people. Back in May, when I went to the BlogHer Food Conference, ALDI was a sponsor. They were handing out free bottles of wine to everyone attending the conference - they even had a Moscato! As with most things - I like my wine sweet. :) I heard from many other bloggers about how much they loved ALDI and their prices, but I’d never been to one myself. Fast forward a few months and I now know that there is one just down the road … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake is perfect for fall and the holidays. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been kind of obsessed with the pumpkin and chocolate combination. It’s just so good! This time I’ve got a delicious, moist brownie on the bottom and a no bake pumpkin cheesecake on top. It’s smooth, creamy, chewy and irresistible! So sometimes you have those moments where you are reminded to appreciate the little things. I had a cute little moment like that yesterday while flying home from Iowa. The guy next to me on my first leg of the flight sat down and told me it was his first time flying. He was about my age and so sweet. He seemed pretty excited to what it was like, commenting about everything. Once the flight took off, he said it was the coolest thing he’s ever experienced. He … [Read more...]

Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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This Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is perfect for a Halloween party or for baking with your kids. It's easy to make, festive and who doesn't like a giant chocolate cookie? If it was ok to hand out homemade things to trick or treaters, I might even hand out slices of this cookie cake. I personally think it'd be much more fun than a 10th little bag of skittles. But alas, homemade things probably would be regarded quite skeptically and not eaten, unless it was a neighbor that knew me. And I get it - if I had kids and some lady was giving out something and I didn't know what was in it, I probably wouldn't want them to eat it either. The fact is, there are some weird people out there who do not so nice things. Unfortunate, but true. Fortunately, I can share this recipe with you and you can make … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

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Remember when I made this cake last week and said I needed to find another use for the pumpkin icing because it was so darn good? Well, I decided what to do. Sandwich it between two chocolate pudding cookies filled with chocolate chips. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches are where it's at. Asheville, NC is also where it's at. Or at least, it's where I'm at until later today. We've been on a work retreat since Tuesday - working, exploring, having a few laughs and eating entirely more than necessary. With the exception of a few hours of work each day, we've been spending a lot of time on activities. Bike tours, touring the Biltmore, wearing super cool muppet shirts. We've had some fun. I've been to Asheville before, but not the downtown area. We stayed in a place right downtown so that we … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Brownie Brittle Bark

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This Mint Chocolate Brownie Brittle Bark is smooth, crunchy and super easy to make. It comes together in no time and is great as a snack and perfect for sharing! So with many of our friends starting to have kids, it seems one of the first things we do when we see the babies for the first time is try to decide who the baby looks most like. Mom or dad? Then, as they grow up, there's still those comments about who the kids are more like. And even as an adult, it happens. "oh, you get that from your father." Usually it's the bad stuff that one parent is blaming on the other. I totally get it. Whatever bad things our kids do one day, I'm definitely blaming on the hubs. And the truth is, I'm very much like my parents. The good and the bad. Today let's talk about ways that I'm like my dad. 1. … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake

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This Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake is a perfect mix of moist chocolate cake and smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake. The combination of flavors and textures is delicious - even better than I expected! I think chocolate and pumpkin is my new favorite flavor combo. So after our trip, it has been good to be back in the gym the last couple of days. I hadn't worked out for almost a week, and I have absolutely no control when on vacay, so it has been much needed. The only problem is that I'm a bit sore. Not from the gym, but from the trip. My niece was really into doing handstands while were there and it reminded me not only of my younger self, but of my cheerleading days. I cheered competitively for 8 years and it had me missing it. So I made the brilliant decision to get up and do handstands … [Read more...]

Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups

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These Nutella Cheesecake Chocolate Cookie Cups have a soft, chewy chocolate cookie base and are filled with the creamiest no bake Nutella cheesecake. They are so delicious and the perfect little treat for sharing - or not. You might decide to keep them all to yourself, which is perfectly acceptable as well. :) So we just got back last night from spending a long weekend in Hilton Head, S.C. with my family. Hilton Head is an annual trip for us. We’ve been going since I was a kid and it holds so many memories for me. Even the hubs has been coming with my family since we were in college. It’s such a great beach for families - so clean and laid back. I look forward to hopefully being able to bring our kids to Hilton Head one day. Before we left yesterday, the hubs and I decided to spend as much time … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Trifles

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These Caramel Apple Trifles are the perfect apple treat - no bake, super easy and full of cinnamon! It's also my last recipe for Apple Week. It's sad to see it go, but be sure to check out my blondie cheesecake and layered cake. So many tasty apple choices! Julianne, from Beyond Frosting, has been cranking out some awesome apple recipes too, so be sure to check out her cheesecake bars, muffins and ice cream. So the craziest thing happened the other night. I was sleeping peacefully when all of a sudden the tv in our bedroom came on. Immediately I turned to accuse the hubs of waking me up. I was ready to banish him to the living room to go watch that tv. I had my death stare ready to go but when I looked over at him, he was passed out cold. Not even moving. I called his name and woke him up and … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Layer Cake

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This Caramel Apple Layer Cake is made with layers of brown sugar cake soaked with caramel sauce and cinnamon apples. And without a need to ice the cake (it's naked!), it's so easy to put together! It's also amazingly good and my second recipe for Apple Week! If you missed my first Apple Week recipe, check out my Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake here. And be sure to check out Julianne's recipe for today too - Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream! This cake is based on this recipe for a Salted Caramel Cake. I made it a while ago and it was HUGE hit! I thought it'd be perfect with apples and I've been wanting to make this fun new version ever since. This cake looks complicated, but there's actually just a number of steps involved. The main three phases are making the cake layers, the caramel sauce and the … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake

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This Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake is pure caramel apple heaven, I kid you not. It's an apple spice blondie filled with apples, topped with a no bake caramel cheesecake, topped with cinnamon apples and even more caramel sauce. It's one of my new favorite desserts ever and the perfect way to start off Apple Week! This week my bloggy BFF, Julianne, and I will be bringing you all the apple recipes you'll need for fall! Get ready, because we've got some awesome recipes planned. And before I go any further, I want to thank everyone who read, commented, emailed, etc in response to my post on Friday. Thank you so much for the support. I'm trying to respond to everyone, but haven't been able to get to everyone yet, so know that I appreciate it SO much! So this weekend was quite nice. Funny … [Read more...]

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