Honey Lemon Mini Tarts

 Honey Lemon Mini Tarts- an easy, lemon filling with just 3 ingredients, inside a crunchy shell!
This was the coolest experience ever, and I have Iowa State to thank for it. One of the ladies from the Ames Farmers’ Market emailed all the students in the FSHN (Food Science & Human Nutrition) department and asked if anyone would like to volunteer to do a cooking demo at the market. I said yes, not sure of what that even meant.
Cooking Demo
I was also unsure of how to make a dessert with only an induction burner (which I had to google to know what that even was; apparently it’s a portable stovetop). I bake almost everything in the oven! My one and only idea was mini tart using already-prepared shells.

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Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes- M&M's, chocolate chips, oats, peanut butter blend together in these amazing cookie cupcakes!

This is is my 50th blog post! I’m so happy to have started this little collection of favorite recipes and random thoughts. It’s been so much fun to take pictures of treats and share them with you! I love talking to people from new places and discovering new blogs. I’m hoping to keep doing this for a long time! To celebrate this tiny milestone, I made these cupcakes. I took pictures of them, and then I shoved them into my mouth. SO GOOD!

Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes

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S’mores Rice Crispy Treats

S'mores Rice Crispy Treats- a few easy additions make these the best rice crispy treats ever!

I’ve made these treats dozens of times. They’re so easy to make and the added crunch of graham crackers plus that layer of chocolate makes them much more satisfying than plain rice crispy treats. I actually found this recipe in a health magazine, so it has to be good for you, right? Okay, maybe not when you eat half the pan in one sitting. Not that I’VE ever done that. Ahem.

S'mores Rice Crispy Treats- a few easy additions make these the best rice crispy treats ever!

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Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake

 

Memorial Day weekend flies by way too quickly. I lost my aunt Diann on Thursday, and it was such a shock that I baked away on Friday to distract myself. We left for family camp on Friday evening and just got back home on Monday afternoon, so it sank in slowly. She would have been 69 on Saturday, and she was always smiling. I miss her already! One of the last things she told me was that she loved my blog. Now every time I’m baking or blogging, I think of her and it makes me smile. It’ll be a long time of healing for my family, but we’ll get through it together as always.

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Coconut Butter Granola

Coconut Butter Granola- the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert! Healthy and very simple to make!

I made seven different kinds of treats today and yesterday, but I had to share this one first. It’s my family’s favorite granola! The coconut butter gives it an amazing flavor, plus it stays together in big chunks until you want it broken down. That’s some good granola.

Coconut Butter Granola- the perfect snack, breakfast, or dessert! Healthy and very simple to make!

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