Creamy Lemon Tart

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This Lemon Tart is the perfect balance of sweet and tart! With the addition of the sweetened condensed milk, it's even a little creamy. It's the perfect dessert for a lemon lover! So it occurred to me last week, after getting back from Santa Barbara, that I have some weird sleep habits. I'm always so pumped to get home to my own bed (it's so soft and big!) and part of the reason is my weirdnesses. I actually still sleep with a teddy bear. Don't judge. There's a real reason. And it's not that I love teddy bears. The hubs actually gave me a teddy bear back on our very first Valentine's Day together when we were 18, and I slept with it for years. Finally my mom was like, you have got to get a new one - this thing is old and gross. Of course I didn't care. It was the original. But I gave in and got … [Read more...]

Reeses Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart

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This Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart is so delicious! It's made with ganache, so it's super smooth. It might also be one of the easiest things I've ever made. Boy do I love a good no bake dessert! So the last few days, my mom has been visiting. The hubs has been out of town, so we've been enjoying some girl time. Honestly, she's been spoiling me a bit. First of all, she brought crab legs for dinner one night and we had sushi last night. Two of my favorite things. #spoiled And as usual, she's been cleaning my house. In fact, she claims that's the real reason she's here. I won't even tell you all that she's done, but I will tell you that everything she cleans, she cleans better than me. It's a gift. For both of us. When she's here cleaning, we always laugh over how funny it is that we … [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...]

Mini Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake Trifles

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These Mini Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake Trifles are full of chocolate and Baileys flavor! I am totally in love with the fun mix in textures. Between no bake cheesecake, cookie crumbles and whipped cream - these trifles have it all! You know those days where you totally think you're killin' it? At least in one aspect. And then... Well, that happened to me the other day. I bought all the stuff to make dinner in the slow cooker for a night the latter part of last week. I try to have a slow cooker meal at least one night a week - usually Wednesday, since that's the night we go to small group. Well for some reason I just could not remember to put everything into the slow cooker in the morning. Twice I forgot to do it. Twice. #fail So finally Monday morning, I was all ready to go. The meat … [Read more...]

Pecan Caramel Turtle Candy Bars

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These Pecan Caramel Turtle Candy Bars are a fun, easy bar version of a Turtle candy. And to make them even better, they are another recipe from my grandmother's cookbook. So the weather here has been kind of crazy lately. Not Boston crazy, but Atlanta crazy. Like 60s one weekend, then freezing rain and ice a week or two later. Like, how does that work? About this time last year we had the Snowpocalypse. Ice for days and stranded cars everywhere. Fortunately the hubs mad me leave work earlier, so I ended up getting home just as it was starting to get bad. The weather we've had this week has been nothing compared to that, but it is seriously cold. And even though the roads are fine, the ice on our bushes and trees is pretty thick. Some people lost power and some trees were down, but we were fine. … [Read more...]

Strawberry Nutella Hand Pies

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These Strawberry Nutella Hand Pies are a fun and easy way to eat pie! They are self contained, so you can just grab them and eat them. And I just love the pop of strawberry with the Nutella - one my favorite flavor combinations! I am totally a fan of simple treats every once in a while. You know I love my cakes, but little pies are just too fun. Kind of pike the mini dessert of the pie world. And I love mini things. :) And these are so nice and easy to make with a pre-made unbaked pie crust. I get the Pillsbury brand. Unroll the pie crust and use a 3 inch circle cutter to cut out the circles. You could do other shapes too, if those are the cutters you have. You'll want to unroll the pie crust on a non-stick surface. My preferred way is on parchment paper so that I don't have to use flour - … [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...]

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...]

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