Berry Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups

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These Berry Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Cups are light, delicious and perfect for spring! The cookie cup and cheesecake have an awesome lemon flavor that is totally there, but not overkill. And the berries add the perfect compliment - both in flavor and beauty! We are getting into my favorite time of year to bake! Spring and summer means all kinds of delicious fruit! I am totally into fruity desserts. Plus, they are just so happy! How can you not look at beautiful, fresh fruit and not be happy and want to eat it? Well, I guess if you're my mom. She's not really into fruit, but she's a weirdo. ;) I had actually intended to have these at the American party I threw for the hubs last Saturday to celebrate his citizenship. I had them all ready to go - and then forgot about them in the outside … [Read more...]

Berry French Toast Casserole

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kings Hawaiian. The opinions and text are all mine. This Berry French Toast Casserole is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. With pops of fruit and my favorite Kings Hawaiian Sweet bread, it would make the perfect Easter breakfast. French toast casseroles are easily one of my favorite things to make for breakfast on a holiday morning. Usually there’s all kinds of fun things going on during a holiday morning and that’s no exception on Easter morning. As kids, my brother and I would wake up in the morning and immediately go right into our egg hunt. The Easter bunny came while we slept and left behind the eggs and baskets, so we were always pretty anxious to get started. Enter this super easy breakfast casserole. You can throw it … [Read more...]

No Bake Coconut Caramel Nest Cookies

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These No Bake Coconut Caramel Nest Cookies are super easy to make and so cute for Easter! They are made with a mix of cornflakes, caramel and coconut, giving a fun blend of texture and flavors. So in case you missed it last week, the hubs officially became a U.S. citizen last Wednesday. We went to the ceremony, which only lasted about an hour, but started two hours late. They did a nice job. There were 159 people from 61 countries that received their citizenship during that ceremony. They listed all the countries and it was pretty crazy to think about all the people with such different backgrounds together in one room with one thing in common - becoming U.S. citizens. It's pretty amazing to think about what people go through to achieve that and so many of them just had their excitement all over their … [Read more...]

Bunny Peeps in a Blanket Brownies

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These Bunny Peeps in a Blanket Brownies are super fun for Easter! A moist and chewy brownie is topped with a cute bunny peep, then dipped in chocolate. So easy and kids will love them. :) So I know this type of recipe isn’t really my usual thing. I’m normally about the big, the bold, the beautiful. Not to say that peeps aren’t beautiful, but you know what I mean. But this idea popped into my head and I had to run with it. I mean - peeps in a blanket? You know you can’t help but love it. They’re funny and festive and they have sprinkles. How can you not love them? Plus, marshmallow and brownies dipped in chocolate? Delish. Dipping things in chocolate always makes them exponentially better. I don’t know what it is about putting a candy coating on a brownie or a cookie, but it’s just plain yummy. The … [Read more...]

Coconut Blondie Cheesecake

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This Coconut Blondie Cheesecake is so darn good and full of coconut flavor. Every time I make another coconut dessert, I’m reminded of how delicious coconut is. And the combination of the chewy blondie and the smooth, creamy cheesecake is to die for. So you know how whenever something’s missing, your mom is always the on who finds it. It never seems to fail. Sometimes I think I need to be a mom just so that I can actually find something for once. Last night, the hubs and I sat down to eat dinner and watch a little tv. We were going to watch something on our apple tv, but couldn’t find the little remote. We’ve never had trouble with it before. It’s always hanging out with our other two remotes. We knew we’d just seen it. But we couldn’t find it. We got up and walked around the whole living … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

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Did you know that June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day? It's true! So today I am celebrating with this Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake. It combines three of my favorite things - cake, strawberries and cheesecake - into a beautiful dessert that is perfect for celebrating this fun day! If you've been reading the blog a while, then you know I love strawberries. They've been my favorite fruit since I was a kid. My dad will still buy them for me when they're in season and I'm coming to visit. So when I was asked to help Driscoll's Strawberries celebrate Strawberry Shortcake Day, I could not wait. Strawberry shortcake has been a classic dessert for more than 100 years and Dricoll's is easily the strawberry brand I prefer in my shortcake. They always have the best smelling, prettiest berries! I … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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