Anise Licorice Cupcakes

Anise Licorice Cupcakes

I sure hope you’re a licorice lover because these cupcakes will rock your socks off! It’s all licorice, all the time with these babies. And aren’t they so cute with the little licorice gummy bear on top? They almost didn’t last long enough to make it on top of the cupcakes. So while not everyone is a licorice fan, our family definitely loves it. I didn’t like it as a kid, but now it’s easily one of my faves. Have you ever had the licorice candy mix? The one with little pieces that are like Good N Plenty, with the red, black and white pieces, and some pieces that are covered in sprinkles? My dad has been a lover of that mix for forever. He used to always have some hiding in his desk drawers in his home office. When I lived at home and had a craving for it, I’d go looking. Sometimes it was trying … [Read more...]

Mint Oreo Cheesecake

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This Mint Oreo Cheesecake is exactly as it sounds - a mint Oreo crust filled with chopped mint Oreos, chocolate sauce and mint cheesecake! It’s a mint chocolate lover’s dream! This cheesecake was made especially for my bloggy BFF, Julianne from Beyond Frosting. This Friday is her second blogiversary, so I wanted to help celebrate with something I knew she’d love. If there are two things I know she’s a fan of it’s mint chocolate and cheesecake, so this dessert is perfect for her! I love making cheesecakes. Certainly, I have always loved eating them as well. Growing up, cheesecake was well known to be my favorite. These days, it’s hard for me to pick a favorite type of cake because I love them all, but cheesecake remains a top lover. Thing is, I’m picky about my cheesecake. It must be thick, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake is super moist and a delicious way to eat your pumpkin. I hope you haven't had too much pumpkin yet, because you'll definitely want to try this! So you know how I mentioned almost a month ago that my phone broke and I was almost dying without it? Well I finally got my new one working on Tuesday night. We have phone insurance, but using it was not the most fun process and they sent me the wrong phone the first time. So it's taken a while, but I'm back in business! I finally have all my contacts again! Woohoo! Seriously, what did we do before cell phones? I know I was alive then and I remember not having them, but really - what did we do? Nutty. A co-worker was telling me a while back that his kids actually saw a pay phone recently and had to ask him what … [Read more...]

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...]

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