Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Ganache Filling


These Moist Chocolate Cupcakes are only made more delicious by the ganache filling in the middle. They are moist, a little fluffy, a little dense and oh so chocolatey! And they got rave reviews. If there's one thing everyone loves, it's good, moist chocolate cupcakes. It's a necessity. I didn't even like chocolate cupcakes until I finally had a good one. And while I totally love this chocolate cake recipe and have used it time and time again as a cake and cupcakes, I've been wanting to make a chocolate version of my vanilla cupcake for a while and finally decided it was time. One of the things I love about this recipe is that it's all made it one bowl and is so easy to put together. It also uses regular ingredients that you normally have. I'm sometimes asked with the vanilla cupcakes if the … [Read more...]

Berry French Toast Casserole


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


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


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


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...]

Food Blog Forum and Top 5 Takeaways


Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Food Blog Forum at Walt Disney World. For those that don’t know, FBF is a food blogging conference. This was my first year attending this conference and I had a blast. The weekend actually started for me on Thursday night, when my bloggy BFF, Julianne, flew into Atlanta just so that she could make the drive with me to Orlando and keep me company. What a friend, right?! We realized that night that it was the anniversary of when we met in person for the first time last year, so it became our Anniversary weekend. :) We had dinner and Jennie’s ice cream to celebrate. She got to see our home in person, meet the hubs and give Jessie a rub. It was so fun to see someone from my blogging life enter into my “real life”, even though we already talk practically … [Read more...]

M&M Basketball Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake


This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is covered in peanut butter M&Ms to make a super fun basketball cookie cake that is perfect for all the basketball watching coming up over the next month. One of my least favorite things is doing dishes. There are always so many of them. Dishwashers are a wonderful thing, but then there’s the sorting of the silverware as you take it out of the holder. Not my favorite. Yes, I know I’m sounding very lazy, but it’s the truth. The silverware can sometimes still be wet so then there's drying involved. I mean, really. And the hubs really doesn’t like dishes or emptying the dishwasher. In fact, he purposely avoids it. I finally asked him why he hated it so much the other day and he said it was the silverware sorting. Clearly a solution was needed for both of us. So … [Read more...]

Bananas Foster Layer Cake


This Bananas Foster Layer Cake is a delicious combination of the wonderful flavors of banana foster. The soft cinnamon cake, the rum fosters sauce, the bananas, the rum fosters icing - it all comes together to make an amazing cake! Well, we had a lovely weekend. One of the things that stuck out in my mind a lot after the blog conference I went to last weekend was that I need to make more time for myself to relax and recharge a bit. Between working full time and all the work that goes into this blog, it's hard. It's so much easier said than done, but I'm making a big effort. First of all, the hubs got his notice that he will officially become a citizen Wednesday morning. YAY!!! We will be submitting his paperwork for his passport later that day. :) Then, the weather here was absolutely beautiful … [Read more...]

Samoa Cookie Cake


This Samoa Cookie Cake is absolutely to die for! A moist and chewy sugar cookie is topped with chocolate ganache, gooey caramel filled with coconut, then drizzled with chocolate on top! It is soft, moist, gooey and even better than any Samoa Girl Scout cookie you’ve ever had! So if you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably seen several photos of me having a great time out at the Food Blog Forum conference over the weekend. It was hosted at Walt Disney World and it was awesome! Such great info, so inspiring, great people and great fun. I’ll be telling you all about it soon. I left a day early and came over to Daytona Beach, FL - only about an hour from Orlando. My grandmother lives just a few minutes from the Daytona Speedway. She broke her arm back in December, so I came over to see her and help … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake


This Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake is a delicious thick and and creamy cheesecake with a ribbon of cinnamon running all through it, topped off with cream cheese icing. It’s an awesome cheesecake that you’ll be dying to serve for dessert - or breakfast! :) So I hope you all love cheesecakes as much as I do. There are so many options and things you can do with them and they really aren’t hard to make. They can take a little time since they take a while to bake and cool, but as long as you have some time to work with, they really shouldn’t be intimidating. And they’ve always been one of my favorite desserts. I’m such a texture person, so I love a thick and creamy cheesecake. I used to call them “the” favorite, but I just love so many things now it’s really hard for me to pick a favorite anymore. I have a … [Read more...]

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