Monster Cookie Bars

I got the base for this Monster Cookie Bar recipe from a coworker and adjusted it slightly. I liked how quickly they came together and how chewy they ended up being, so I had to share! They’re very gooey when they’re warm but set up nicely in a few hours. Hope you get to spend time with loved ones on this special weekend! Continue reading “Monster Cookie Bars”

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Cookies That Nourish: Blueberry Chocolate Oat Cookies with Flax

Michael and I try to eat fairly healthy. These blueberry cookies were a result of that attempt. We moved to Wisconsin last year, and apparently¬†all the delicious cheese is blamed for raising people’s cholesterol. I think it’s more likely the deep-fried, smothered-in-gravy, food that’s absent of fresh vegetables, but what do I know?
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Espresso Cupcakes


I’ve become pretty addicted to (good) coffee. I can never drink it in excess since the caffeine will make me jittery, but I drink a cup every morning now. That made me want to go back and take another look at this recipe, which never got the love it deserves from me.

I re-made them and focused on getting a good coffee flavor with plenty of chocolate notes. After reading about bacteria for my Food Fermentation class, this was a welcome distraction! I now have 11 credits for my Masters done, with 19 to go. And then, who knows, why not get a PhD?
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Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Do you ever find yourself kind of WANTING baked goodies, but no real energy to make them? Thanks a lot, winter.

One of my resolutions this year was to blog monthly. Some months I can get so many recipes created and others, I feel completely buried in work and school that I just can’t find the time or energy to bake. The gloomy winter days make me sleepy, and a recent change at work has me a little stressed.
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Perfect Cookies: Shortbread

How is Christmas next week?? I don’t understand it. I decorate for Christmas (well, I decorate the tree while my husband does everything else), I make cocoa and fudge and drink eggnog, but Christmas just never hits me until it’s here, but it’s okay, I still soak it all in. Michael and I get each other lots of presents because we’re really just large children, and we always wait until after his birthday (the 19th) to open them. After our celebration, we’ll head down to our parents’ houses in Iowa. They only live 20 minutes apart, so that’s pretty handy, and we usually split our time between the 2 houses. This year, both our families are having Christmas on New Year’s weekend, so we’re mainly going to relax on Christmas weekend, other than some grandparent visits. I get a lot of time off work and Michael’s done with school for the semester, so it should be a nice Christmas vacation! I do a treasure hunt for the kiddos on my side, and we always decorate Christmas cookies.
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