Red Velvet Cheesecake

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This Red Velvet Cheesecake is one of the smoothest and creamiest cheesecakes I think I've ever made. It is insanely good and has the light tang that is so loved in a red velvet dessert. The cream cheese whipped cream on top finishes it off perfectly! Red velvet is one of those flavors that people seem to either love or hate. Some people are just like, red what? That's a cake? And some people think it's basically the same thing as chocolate. It's kind of like the mystery cake flavor. What I really love about it is the tang from the buttermilk and the slight flavor of the vinegar. I don't know how to exactly describe the vinegar taste since it's not like you're actually eating vinegar, because that would be gross. But it ads a very specific flavor that I've come to really love in red velvet. I … [Read more...]

Banoffee Cupcakes

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I have been quite excited to share these Banoffee Cupcakes with you! I almost couldn't wait. A banana filled cupcake is topped with a thin layer of dulce de leche, then finished off with dulce de leche icing! They are so delicious and so fun - you have to make them! So yesterday, our church wrapped up a great first series for the beginning of the year. It basically turned the New Year's Resolution on its head and instead of asking what you can do to make yourself better, it asked what we could do to make the world better. It was basically all about the idea that if you want to become a better person, do something to make the world a better place. Often through doing for others, we grow so much more as people than when we focus on ourselves. Certainly there's nothing wrong with wanting to lose … [Read more...]

Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark

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This Conversation Heart Chocolate Bark is a great, easy treat for Valentine's Day and it uses one of my favorite things about the holiday - conversation hearts. Is it just me, or is it hilarious that the little things the hearts say are all hip now with things like hashtags? Cracks me up. :) So lately I've been trying to be healthier. I got way off track over the holidays, with so much going on and so much good food. Now I'm eating better, working out harder and eating very little of what I'm baking. It's kind of sad to not eat as much of the yummy stuff I make, and yet I feel much better in general when I feel healthier. So much of healthy eating and working out for me is about how I feel. Sure, I care about my weight, probably too much, but I hate it even more when I don't feel good in my skin. … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes

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These Valentine's Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes are super cute to share for Valentine's Day! They are actually flavored with a strawberry cake mix, but you could use any flavor. The pink cake mix is what gives them their pretty color. They're topped with vanilla icing and a festive gummy heart. I'm in love with them! Can you believe Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away? There's not nearly as much prep as at Christmas, but I know some people and kids put quite a bit into it. I know I used to love getting my Valentines and candy together to give to my friends. I think if I were to pick out valentines right now, I'd go for the Disney princesses. I'm a lifelong fan. But as an adult, it's not nearly as fun. The hubs and I really don't do that much for it, but that's on purpose. We did more when … [Read more...]

Nutella Red Velvet Poke Cake

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So if you haven't noticed yet, I'm a big fan of poke cakes. I love how easy they are and how they are soaked with yumminess and guaranteed to be moist for days. This Nutella Red Velvet Poke Cake is no exception. A delicious red velvet cake is soaked with a combination of sweetened condensed milk and Nutella and then topped with a Nutella whipped cream! So the other day, the hubs and I were driving home and my car beeped at us to remind us that my one of my tires was still low on air. The beeping had started weeks ago, but we hadn't done anything about it yet. The hubs found a gas station with an air pump thingy (do those have a word?) and proceeded to fill up the tire. Here's the conversation that ensued when he got back in the car: Hubs: "Man, you're tire was really low. Like 10 PSI low. … [Read more...]

No Bake Nutella Pretzel Bars

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These No Bake Nutella Pretzel Bars are going to be your new favorite bar. Nutella and pretzels are the star of the show, giving you an awesome sweet and salty combo. Plus, they are no bake and only 5 ingredients. So I’ve almost had a breakdown twice this week. Things just have not seemed to go my way in the kitchen with my equipment. It started Tuesday… Before we left to go out of town over the weekend, I ran the dishwasher. I emptied it before we left. Included in the dishwasher was my beater attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. I got lazy and apparently that was a bad idea. When I went to use it on Tuesday, I picked it up and it had this grey stuff rubbing off onto my hands. I don’t really know what happened, but after trying to clean it a few ways that I googled, I gave up trying to fix it. … [Read more...]

Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

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This Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake combines many of my favorite things - funfetti cake batter, brownies, fudge sauce and ice cream! It’s a wonderful combination of flavor and textures and it should definitely be on your must make list! So the hubs and I contacted a fence company about installing a fence for Jessie back near the beginning of December. We’d hoped to have it installed by Christmas, when we had 5 dogs staying at our house, but it didn’t happen. They were definitely on the slow side and we’ve had a fair amount of rain over the last few weeks. Well when we left for Miami last Friday, they’d still only put the fence posts up. We’ve been really ready for it to be done so that we can stop thinking about it and let Jessie use it. She’s had an electric fence since we got her, but … [Read more...]

Triple Berry Trifle

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This Triple Berry Trifle is absolutely delicious! It’s light, both in flavor and calories, fruity, and I could’ve eat the entire thing on my own. It’s completely addicting, which turns out great in this case, because it feels so guilt free. Perfect for those trying to eat a little healthier, but also great for summer and 4th of July (I like to plan ahead. :) ) So I know you might be wondering why I’d post a recipe featured lots of fresh fruit smack dab in the middle of winter. Well, let me tell you, because there are many reasons. 1. This dessert is so nice and light, it seemed like a great time for it. Angle food cake is pretty light as far as cake goes, and cool whip is light and can be fat free. Pudding is pretty light. Fruit is fruit - healthy. It makes this such a great dessert option for … [Read more...]

Maple Bacon Rice Krispie Treats

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These Maple Bacon Rice Krispie Treats are a great easy, no bake and lighter treat. They are also a great treat to eat while watching football, along with my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs. I mean bacon and football? Yes. So having a dog is awesome and having Jessie is even better - she's seriously the most chill, cool dog you could have. She's so chill, most people tend to even forget she's around. We can put food out on the coffee table when we have people over and we know she won't eat it, even though it's literally right at face level for her. Of course, if we left food out and then left the house for a few hours, she'd totally eat it. But everyone has their limits. And she's gotten her paws on a few things before, but overall, she is one awesome dog. And she's the perfect dog for … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

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These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs are made with eggless cookie dough and are the perfect no bake treat for the next few weeks - packed with football playoff and championship games! I haven't talked much about the Carolina Panthers this season. Honestly there hasn't been that much to talk about. They had kind of lousy season with lots of injuries. And we've been so busy, I haven't even gotten to go to a game this year. We were in town for one and the hubs went, but I was visiting with a friend who was in town from Australia. Crazy enough though, our division was all lousy and now the Panthers are in the playoffs! We cheered them on last Saturday and we'll be doing the same thing this Saturday. And if they win again, we'll be cheering them on while eating even more of these cute little … [Read more...]

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