Gooey Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy-crisp cookies with toffee bits and dark chocolate

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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Fresh Strawberry Muffins

I admit, before this, strawberry muffins weren’t something I’d ever considered making.

Strawberry muffins- loaded with fresh berries and topped with a berry glaze, these muffins are packed with flavor!

I love strawberries fresh or in ice cream, but baked? I was afraid I’d lose that sweet berry flavor! I asked for suggestions on Facebook for what to bake with all my fresh berries, and a friend suggested muffins. I said I’d give it a shot, and wow, I’m so grateful she said that! These are amazing. Proof that other people are much smarter than I am. ๐Ÿ™‚ These are a perfect breakfast, treat, or even dessert. The glaze is sweet but adds a nice shot of flavor. You can definitely skip it, though. Continue reading

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake- moist, tender cake with a streusel ripple will make everyone happy!

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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Homemade English Muffins

Chewy, light, and airy- these muffins are amazing!

I’m so addicted to english muffins. If I buy a package, I end up eating them all within the week. Once they’re toasted and smeared with peanut butter, honey or jam, I cannot resist. They’re the perfect snack or breakfast! They’re so good, yet too expensive for my tastes. I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe for awhile now, and this one is really simple. I love it when I have all the ingredients at home!

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How To: Cut Up Tropical Fruits

My husband has been attacking the mangos I buy ever since I showed him how to cut them up. I had an old post on here with terrible photos that I’ve been dying to re-do, and now I finally have!

How to cut up tropical fruits

Sometimes people ask me how to cut/use/eat certain fruits and vegetables, so I’m going to try to do some photo tutorials of my favorite ones! Tropical fruit is first on my list because 1) it reminds me of Hawaii, that magical state where I wish I was at all times and 2) it’s delicious, healthy, and sweet like sugar. These are probably some of the highest-sugar fruits out there, but rest assured, they are still very good for you! I know this isn’t close to all the wonderful tropical fruits out there (mmm, kiwi), but these are our very favorite ones! Continue reading

Egg-Free Chocolate Pudding (+3 Ways To Make It Fancy!)

Chocolate Pudding

Mom makes the best chocolate meringue pie. Growing up, I’d watch her cook the filling on the stove and lick out the bowl once it was cooled. She has this old cookbook that has a recipe for “Man Pleaser Chocolate Pie”, which always made me smile when I saw it. Once I was old enough to realize how amazing homemade pudding is all by itself, it became my go-to dessert. I like to make a batch and eat it all by myself. Sorry, Michael!

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