Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake

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This Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake starts with a layer of brownie topped with mini Reese's, then topped with a layer of peanut butter mousse, then a layer of chocolate mousse. It is rich, delicious, and yet light because of the mousse. Absolutely to die for! This cake was actually our dessert for Super Bowl Sunday last week. I had something else I was going to share with you today, but I just couldn't wait to give you guys this recipe! I think I mentioned that we had our small group over for the Super Bowl. Well, we had a birthday to celebrate and it was requested that it somehow involve Reese's. This cake is what I came up with. I've decided that I love the requests I get for this particular birthday. Last year, the inspiration was some kind of cannoli dessert and I made this Cannoli … [Read more...]

25 Treats and Desserts for Valentine’s Day

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Can you believe Valentine's Day is just over a week away?! How is it that time flies by so fast? Well, no need to worry if the holiday has snuck up on you. I've got you covered with 25 awesome treats and desserts for Valentine's Day for you to choose from. There's everything from no-bake, easy options like rice krispie treat cupcakes, to fun cupcakes and cheesecakes. There's reds, pinks, hearts! Even some indulgent and chocolatey things to drool over. Take your pick! Strawberry Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes Layered Red Velvet Cheesecake Bundt Cake Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups Red Velvet Cheesecake Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches Strawberries and Cream Puppy Chow Red Velvet Ice Cream Cake Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes Red Velvet Oreo Trifles in a Jar Strawberry … [Read more...]

Chocolate Oreo Cake

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This Chocolate Oreo Cake is to die for! A moist chocolate cake full of Oreo icing! And not just any Oreo icing - it is FULL of crushed up Oreos. An Oreo lover’s dream. So you might remember that last year I mentioned that the hubs and I were going to South Africa, both to visit his family and for me to see the country. Well, we were supposed to go over Thanksgiving and into December, but ended up having to postpone the trip because of a delay with getting the hubs’ citizenship. It has taken a LOT longer than we expected based on some other people’s experiences, but finally the hubs has the final interview and test on Monday! We can’t wait for him to be done with it. Hopefully the finally “ceremony” where he’ll actually receive the citizenship won’t take too long - but of course we aren’t holding … [Read more...]

Pineapple Coconut Bars

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These Pineapple Coconut Bars are absolutely one of my new favorites. Pass me a pan of these bars and I'll demolish the whole thing. I love both pineapple and coconut - hello pina coladas! - so these bars are the perfect tropical dessert bar! Plus, they're from my grandmother's cookbook, so they're special. :) I shared these Banana Oatmeal Cookies from my grandmother's cookbook last year, and they've been a big hit. I've been wanting to share something else for a while and I finally made these bars. One of the great things about this cookbook is that it's actually a little spiral notebook. It's full of clippings from newspapers, family recipes, recipes from friends - all kinds of things. And so many of them are handwritten by my grandmother onto the pages. She passed away several years ago and I … [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...]

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...]

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