Trader Joe’s Inspired Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Coconut Chips

Trader Joe’s Inspired Dark Chocolate Bark with Roasted Coconut Chips
The opening of Trader Joe’s in our town has, of course, been somewhat revolutionary. I would count it among few others that have had such grand opening hype (top was Chick-Fil-A which had a camp out before their first day of chicken sales and future political statements). I’m so getting a...

Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed “No Nuts Nutella”

Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed “No Nuts Nutella”
Might I tear you away from Pinterest for a few moments so you can read this post?  I know you are getting ready to french braid your hair (sideways) and need to go to the grocery store to buy ingredients for those bacon and cinnamon roll muffins and are in the middle of building that new wrapping paper...

Christmas Cookies from Cuizoo

Christmas Cookies from Cuizoo
We’ve hit the two week mark until Christmas. And because our house is on the market, the gifts I have purchased are stashed under beds, in the back of the car, and in between moving boxes in the garage.  I attempted to make sugar cut-out cookies the other day and realized my cookie cutters were...

Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel

Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel
I have received one butternut squash and one dozen eggs every Tuesday for the last three weeks from my CSA.  Up until yesterday, I had exactly three butternut squashes on my counter and three dozen eggs in my refrigerator.  I always like to kid myself and say things like “When fall gets here...

Crispy Brown Rice Skillet Cookies

Crispy Brown Rice Skillet Cookies
We went to a minor league baseball game the other night and it was apparently “Christmas in July” night.  The ushers were dressed as elves, Santa was there, and they had the big, inflatable snow globes running.  My kids were a bit confused when I told them that Christmas in July is just...

Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sunbutter Mousse Frosting

Gluten-Free Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Sunbutter Mousse Frosting
I am having a hard time listening to my own voice lately.  The words are all the same … “Eat over your plate, please. Do not get in the pool until your sunscreen is on.  Why did you just get in the pool without sunscreen? It’s not too hot. It’s summer.  Don’t come back...

No Brainer Blueberry Ice Cream

No Brainer Blueberry Ice Cream
For the first time in many years, I missed strawberry season.  In my defense, the season fizzled out pretty quickly this year.  But the reason doesn’t really matter when there is no strawberry jam to fill the freezer for the entire winter.  It just seemed that between travel and schedules, I...

Banana Pudding Popsicles

Banana Pudding Popsicles
Maybe it’s been the heat, or my lack of air conditioning during the heat, but I’ve been thinking about Jell-O Banana Pudding Pops lately.  I generally believe that the entirely random thoughts that breeze through our brains are on their way to the discard pile — unless we pay attention...

Aunt Cherry’s Rhubarb Cake

Aunt Cherry’s Rhubarb Cake
This has been a week for appliances and household items to take a shit.  Our air conditioning broke during a heat wave (of course). Now we find out we need a new furnace and heat pump.  Our new washing machine began to leak and created a nice little flood in our laundry room (on the upside, the floor...

Rum Balls

Rum Balls
I planned to write this post detailing how it included my favorite things — rum and balls, of course.  And then I was going to integrate how appropriate Rum Balls are during the holiday season because of the infamous Pete Schweddy’s Balls.  And then I planned to go into the typical territory...

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