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...]

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...]

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...]

Strawberry Cream Pie

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This Strawberry Cream Pie is the stuff dreams are made of. It is strawberry and cream heaven and as soon as I tasted it, I knew I’d be in love forever. So did you guys know that today is Pi Day?! You know, as in March 14th —> 3.14 - like the math number? All the math geeks come out in droves, fill the streets and eat pie until they explode! Ok, so not really. But it is a great day to celebrate the number pi with some actual pie. So a bunch of us bloggers have come together to bring you all kinds of amazing pie! Best. day. EVER! :) My contribution is this beautiful and delicious Strawberry Cream Pie. I’ve actually been wanting to make this pie for quite some time. Since last summer, as a matter of fact. I have always loved strawberries, especially when covered in sugar which is basically … [Read more...]

Baileys Chocolate Cookies

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These Baileys Chocolate Cookies are so moist, chewy and flavorful, you will not want to share. They have just the right amount of Baileys flavor - not too overpowering, but definitely there. And the white chocolate on the outside gives it that extra boost of chocolate flavor, as well as a bit of crunch and variety in texture. I think these might be my new favorite cookie. They are definitely the hubs’ new favorite. I got up last Saturday morning to make them before we left to go do some things that he need to do. I was trying to hurry since I didn’t want to make him late. I was starting to think I was going to be short on time and have to put the dough in the fridge and finish the other half of the cookies later. Then he tasted one of the cookies. All of a sudden he was trying to eat all … [Read more...]

Baileys Chocolate Pie

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This Baileys Chocolate Pie is an amazing mix of chocolate and Baileys! It has Baileys in every chocolatey layer - the filling, the ganache and the whipped cream! It's rich in flavor and smooth and velvety in texture. The texture of each layer is slightly different though, so if you're a texture person like me, it's fun. :) The filling is smooth, thick and pudding-like. The ganache is thicker and richer. And the whipped cream is light and…whipped. Mmmm. If you haven't noticed already, I'm a Baileys fan. I'm not really a big drinker, but I love to bake with it. I've made a number treat with it, like No Bake Baileys Cookie Balls and Baileys Puppy Chow. This pie is being added to the list. However, if you aren't as big a fan of Baileys as I am, it's really easy to reduce the amount use to … [Read more...]

Baileys Chocolate Whipped Cream

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This Baileys Chocolate Whipped Cream is light and delicious! Perfect for topping your favorite dessert! So you see, I've always been a big fan of Cool Whip. Love the stuff. Will eat it straight out of the carton. But recently, I've been playing around a little more with making my own whipped cream. And not just as a replacement for Cool Whip in recipes, but flavoring it and really making it tasty! And you guys. Flavored and fun whipped creams are no joke. So tasty. So easy. And so fun to eat. I mean, forget about putting it on something. Just use your finger or a spoon. I think half of my whipped cream gets eaten that way. Cool Whip definitely has it's place in my heart still, but it's now a shared space. I've been inspired by friend Julianne from Beyond Frosting in this whipped cream adventure of mine. … [Read more...]

Mint Oreo Icebox Cake

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This Mint Oreo Icebox Cake is perfectly minty and so easy to make! It's no bake and I'm a big fan of no bake. Certainly by now you know that I also love a more complicated dessert and beautiful cakes as much as the next person, but there are definitely times that easy, quick and super tasty is all you need. This is one of those recipes for one of those times. And it's perfect for sharing with friends! And I need an easier dessert to make this weekend. I felt restricted because our garbage disposal was jammed, so no water would go down the drain and when I tried to use the dishwasher, water started filling up the sink. Eek! So, our Saturday night was spent doing two things. 1. We saw 'The Lone Survivor'. O.M.G. Have you seen that? Amazing. Must see. It absolutely blows my mind that our service … [Read more...]

Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups

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These Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups are little bites of heaven! A soft and chewy cookie filled with a no-bake cheesecake filling. They're even tastier than I had pictured in my mind. I love it when that happens! :) Yesterday was a crazy travel day! I'm in Salt Lake City for the Build Your Blog Conference hosted by the sisters of Six Sister's Stuff this weekend and I couldn't be more excited! Getting here was not easy though! I had a flight delayed, which was going to make me miss my connection. So I changed flights and decided to go through Philadelphia rather than Houston, TX. I figured if I was potentially going to get stranded somewhere, Philly would be best since my mom just happens to be working there this week. I ended up with a canceled flight, then a new flight, which was then … [Read more...]

Layered Red Velvet Cheesecake Bundt Cake

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This Layered Red Velvet Cheesecake Bundt Cake is the perfect red velvet cake! Perfectly moist and tasty, the cheesecake swirl layered in it makes it even tastier! Red velvet + cheesecake = match made in heaven. But before I dive into the recipe, I must tell you about what happened when shopping with the hubs this weekend. Nothing ground breaking, but he always manages to surprise me - and make me laugh. :) We were running a marathon of errands. And no errand run would be complete without a trip to Target. Is it even possible to walk out of Target without buying something you didn’t go in planning to buy? Nope! Especially with that little section near the door where you can always find super cute sprinkles for $1. For once, I’d almost made it! BUT! As the hubs and I are walking through the … [Read more...]