Gooey Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

The name of these was my husband’s idea. I asked him if he wanted cookies this week, he immediately wanted chocolate chip ones, and I immediately said “I like to make them a little different, so what should I add?”

“Hazelnuts!”

“Not sure where I’d even find those unshelled, babe.”

“Okay, then, toffee. Gooey Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies!”

And so it was.

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Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream

I warned you that there’d be a lot of strawberry recipes coming your way, right? Okay, good!

Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream- soft, sweet, packed with strawberry flavor…basically it's the strawberry ice cream you've always dreamed of!

Before this, I was pretty sure I just plain sucked at making ice cream. Even if it was good straight from the ice cream machine, by the next day it was always a rock-hard chunk and then it turned straight to freezer burn. Finally I drew on my food prep lab knowledge and added a bunch of fat and sugar. Ta-da! Creamy ice cream that’s as easy to scoop as the store-bought kind. Also, it tastes amazing. So much strawberry flavor! Did you know that ice cream actually needs a lot of sugar to keep the ice crystals small? And the cold temperature tricks your tongue, so it seems less sweet once it’s frozen. Continue reading “Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream”

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No Bake Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake

Fresh, tangy cheesecake topped with strawberries- no need to turn on the oven for this summer treat!
We made it out to a local U-pick farm just in time for strawberry season! It doesn’t last long around here, so I was super excited to get a few pounds of fresh berries. I asked Michael what I should make with our haul, and he said something with lemon sounded good. I had already planned on making these, so adding lemon was no problem!

Picking berries!

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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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Lemon Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Filling

Lemon Cake with Vanilla Bean Filling! Layers of tender cake, filled with vanilla buttercream, frosted with lemon curd cream and topped with candied lemon slices- wow!

My mother-in-law, Lori, is super sweet and thoughtful. She adores her kids and considers their spouses to be her children, too. When I asked her what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she requested “something lemon”. I knew just what I wanted to make for her.

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