Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce

Tomorrow I’m taking my kids to Utah to stay with one of my best friends so I can fly to NYC to find an apartment this weekend. That came up quick for me. Time flies when you’re going insane.

I’m excited and nervous and excited! Story of my life.

I can’t believe I’m moving to New York City. I keep typing it out and saying it to myself, but it hasn’t quite sunk in. Maybe once I sign my lease and hand over a check for 6x my mortgage payment (gulp), then it’ll get a little more real? PS- the cost of living in the city is borderline ridiculous. Have you heard the term sticker shock? Well, I have sticker RAGE.

Speaking of rage, I get to see my husband this weekend! (Ha! Just kidding, honey.) Only for 37 hours, but I’ll take it! I think it’s been 9 weeks? 10 weeks? Lots of weeks since we’ve seen each other. I’m going to be super awkward incase you’re wondering. I’m awkward in most social situations…that’s why I blog. So, it’ll be fun and weird. But mostly fun!

Big items from my to-do list getting checked off this weekend.

Graham Streusel Coffee Cake Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

I’ve made it though another week!!!!! Yes, that sentence does need five exclamation point.

I’ve been a little radio silent these past few days because my children can’t get enough of their mother (read: they won’t leave me alone) and I can’t seem to stay awake long enough to write a cohesive sentence or edit a picture once they are all in bed. This solo parenting business is rough.

I thought I’d get smart and hire a babysitter to watch my kids so I could work in my office yesterday….I should have known better! Blake was banging on the doors with all sorts of questions (Does this monster truck come in blue? Did you get it from Target? Can I get a fire truck toy in New York City? Will we have a house in New York City? Are we living in Canada or New York? Can I have a yogurt?”) and Eddie would hear the sound of my voice and start whaling from across the house. So, that went on for a good 4 hours and I accomplished….nearly nothing. Well, I edited these photos in those 4 hours. That counts for something? I was hoping to post this recipe yesterday afternoon and obviously, that never happened. Sunday it is!

Monster Truck Cake Monster Truck Cake

Since I posted all about Blake’s birthday party, I’ve been getting lots of questions and emails about how I made this cake!! I was surprised because for me, this is nothing special. Super easy cake without fancy structural tricks. The glorious thing about having a boy is boy birthday cakes can look messy and you can totally get away with it!! I didn’t need any special piping bags or equipment for this cake, which I LOVE.

You can still make a lovely, delicious, nice looking finished product without having to spend money on things you’ll use once. My methods mean you don’t have to try too terribly hard to get fun finished results 🙂

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Carrot Cake Pecan Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Carrot Cake Pecan Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
Actually Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies Actually Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am in love with these cookies.

After googling and searching and researching and testing (yum!) I’ve figured out the perfect combination of ingredients and baking methods to get super soft and chewy cookies.

I hate making and eating crispy cookies. I think they should be illegal, plus, who wants to eat those? What a waste of calories.

ANYWAYS, after a lot of trial and error, here is what I’ve discovered whilst creating super soft cookies:

Double Chocolate Silk Cream Pie {a.k.a. the pie that got me married!} Double Chocolate Silk Cream Pie {a.k.a. the pie that got me married!}
Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars
Valentine’s Day Brownies Valentine’s Day Brownies
Warm Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Dip Warm Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Dip

Warm cinnamon rolls and cheesecake made a baby and this is that love child.

Sometimes I wonder why I’ve been given this evil gift of recipe development.

Usually it’s a good thing. No, a great thing! Because I can come up with delicious dinners with very little food in my pantry. However, sometimes I come up with these kinds of ridiculous concoctions that I can’t NOT eat and they do absolutely nothing for my figure.

It’s literally the only hazard of this blogging job. Maybe I should start paying myself hazard pay. Can I even do that? Would I need OSHA to come out and inspect my…..kitchen? Recipes? –>these are the things I think about late at night when I type these posts out.

I’ll check with my accountant and report back. You’re welcome.

Soft & Chewy Gingerdoodle Sandwich Cookies Soft & Chewy Gingerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

What do I like more than soft and chewy ginger cookies? STUFFED soft and chewy ginger sandwich cookies.

I am a *leetle* bit addicted to these cookies, ya’ll. That’s why I only make them once or twice a year. Soft cookies make my heart go pitter patter. I could die happy without ever eating another crunchy cookie again. Soft cookies though? I would probably cry myself to sleep every night. There is truly nothing better.

So my Gingerdoodle cookie recipe which has been on my blog since 2011 and is one of the most popular Christmas cookies recipes on my site. Mainly because they are the quintessential soft ginger cookie. They come out perfectly every time for anyone who makes them {as long as you follow my directions!}

Wintermint CHIPS AHOY! Icebox Cake Wintermint CHIPS AHOY! Icebox Cake

So, it seems that my”Super Quick, Easy Holiday Recipes” theme I adopt every December is here to stay. Things get busy and mama ain’t got time to:

keep an army crawling baby from pulling the Christmas tree on top of him
volunteer to make crafts in my daughter’s second grade class
keep going to the gym {ha!!!}
handle a son with the stomach flu
make dinner {the kids actually have to eat? are we sure about this?}
tidy the house AND
bring dessert to a Christmas Party all the while my husband is away on business.
Oh, wait. I’m the mom? I’M THE MOM. I get to do ALL those things which is why I’ve resorted to Super Quick, Easy Holiday Recipes in the first place.

It all makes sense. Full circle, folks.

Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake

I tried to avoid posting this recipe for a few weeks because I always like adding lots of dessert recipes to my blog much closer to Christmas. But, somehow, I couldn’t NOT post it because its one if the easiest and tastiest cakes I’ve made in a while.

I took some help from the store by using a cake mix to speed things up {because the holidays mean a lot less time spent in the kitchen…at least it does for me!} but if you wanted to make this from scratch, you could definitely use my Double Vanilla Sour Cream Cupcake recipe, swirled with the butter-cinnamon mixture and baked the same way as described below in the recipe.

Incase you were wondering, this cake is the bomb dot com. It’s filled with lots of sweet and buttery crevices that are drizzled and filled with icing. SO good!!

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Caramel Pecan Filling Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Caramel Pecan Filling

Here we go again with the pumpkin craze! I seriously can never get enough. I don’t know about you, but I feel like pumpkin treats always taste better in the Fall, just like turkey tastes better at Thanksgiving. Is that weird? I mean, could it actually be true or is it all in my head?

Actually, don’t answer that.

Whenever I’m on the hunt for something delicious to make, I tend to steer clear of whoopie pies. Why? Because I feel like they are labor intensive and I could never get the recipe right. Well, friends. I’m here to tell you, I GOT THE RECIPE RIGHT! {I love a challenge.} And these are no more labor intensive than baking regular cookies and adding frosting. I’m not sure why I had such a low opinion of whoopie pies, but hallelujah, my opinions have changed.

This recipe produces soft and sweet cake-like cookies that are filled with a marshmallowy caramel pecan filling. A fun variation of the chocolate original. Oh yessssssss. Because I start this recipe with Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening, I end up getting a lighter-textured, moist and tender finished product. Also, Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening is a great alternative to butter, with zero grams trans-fat per serving so that totally means these are healthy for you, right?

Don’t answer that either.

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Are you invited to a Halloween party that you need to bring a treat to? And you forgot about said party and said treat? I’m not talking about me, I’m asking for a friend…

Anyways, I’ve got you covered.

Rice Krispie Treats to the rescue!

If you’ve been reading my blog for the 7+ years I’ve been writing, you probably recall that I used to eat these unfailingly in college which led to my freshman 15 25. Some might say it was the Sonic onion rings, but I beg to differ.
ANYWAYS, I’ve since reigned in my old habits and rarely make rice krispie treats because when I do make them, I eat them all. Moderation is not my strong point. Ahem.

But clearly I’m desperate for super simple no-bake recipes. So here we are.

My FAVORITE Pie Crust My FAVORITE Pie Crust
Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake

If you follow me on any of my social media channels, you’ll know that I was in Cincinnati last week hanging out at Kroger Headquarters. {Hi friends!!} If you are not aware, I am one of their ambassadors and happily shop at one of the many Fred Meyers in Boise. {Free babysitting! Fresh and local produce! Clicklist! It’s close to my house! I could go on…}

ANYWAYS, while I was in Cincinnati, I created an amazing recipe meant for the holidays that I’m going to share with you today.

I created this fun Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake that feeds a CROWD. This one recipe serves 24 people. Me trying to hold this cake AND photograph it was…interesting? Hilarious? Impossible? Someone came up and asked if they could hold it for me because I was clearly struggling. Ha! It was heavy because those 4 layers of goodness certainly add up.

Double Chocolate M&M Cookies Double Chocolate M&M Cookies

Do you know how long I’ve had mini M&M’s in my pantry? A LONG TIME.

I had plans to just use the fall colored candies in a dessert and took the 20 minutes to divide all the colors out, but then Gordon I wanted some seriously chocolatey cookies one Sunday afternoon and wanted them colorful. Soooooo, I threw all the colors back together and made these Double Chocolate M&M cookies. {See video here of this day here!}

Anyways, I used my double chocolate cookie recipe and tweaked it based on what I had in my pantry and threw these fun and chewy cookies together.

Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pull Apart Bread Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pull Apart Bread

Behold! My first pumpkin recipe of the season!

Yes, I realize it’s September 26th, but we are DAYS away from October sooooo close enough.

Put your pitch forks away and just accept this very delicious and very easy pumpkin recipe.

Pull Apart Bread! Filled with pumpkin, cream cheese and sugar! Topped with butter and cinnamon sugar! Baked to perfection! Drizzled with more sugar!

Eaten warm, it could bring nations together. I’m sure of it.

Chocolate Cake Extreme Chocolate Cake Extreme

Who’s listening to Christmas music?

What do you mean it’s September?

If it makes you feel any better, last year I started listening to Christmas music in July, sooooo baby steps.

This one is amazing. This one is also amazing. And this one is a ridiculous family classic that never seems to get old no matter what time of year.

I love Thanksgiving and Fall and all the pumpkin recipes, but CHRISTMAS!!!! It’s my very favorite holiday.

Speaking of holidays, Labor Day!! Yay for a day off…except I’m self employed and it just means my kids are home to keep me from getting any work done. So, I guess it IS a holiday. A perfect day to bake a thing or two, right 😉

This recipe I’m sharing today is based off of my perfect chocolate cake recipe and my best and easiest chocolate frosting recipe. So, I basically smashed those two together, but used specialty dark chocolate cocoa powder in place of the regular cocoa powder. That stuff is SO good and it’s what gives this cake such a dark and rich appearance. {Got mine from Fred Meyer, which is a Kroger store.}

Cinnamon Swirl Donut Bread Cinnamon Swirl Donut Bread

Hold onto your hats friends, I’ve got another *fat pants* recipe for you, and this one is RIDICULOUS. I’m so so excited to be sharing this recipe with you today because it is so amazingly good!

A sweet cinnamon swirled cake, baked until perfectly moist and then dipped into melted butter and coated with cinnamon and sugar!! If that doesn’t make you excited for dessert, then I don’t know what will.

You have my friend Machel to blame. Last week, she employed me to create a clone to a very very similar item found at her grocery store a few weeks prior. I’m not one to back down from a challenge, so of course I gladly accepted and a few days later here she blows.

This is a pretty simple loaf to make, you just need to be prepared to get a little messy whilst dipping the whole loaf into melted butter…and then cinnamon and sugar.

Chocolate S’mores Skillet Cookie Chocolate S’mores Skillet Cookie

I’ve teamed up with Crisco®, as a Crisco Creator, to help inspire home cooks with new recipe ideas and cooking and baking tips using Crisco® products.

Well, howdy friends! It’s been a while since I’ve brought you a dessert recipe, so here lies an amazing one that I hope will be reason enough to stop what you’re doing to make immediately.

This Chocolate Skillet S’mores Cookie is to die for and is so so simple to make. If you have any experience baking cookies, then this recipe will come easy to you. Lots of basic ingredients thrown together to create a crispy edged, soft and chewy skillet cookie that happens to be filled with all the good stuff that makes s’mores so amazing.

I love using Crisco® All-Vegetable Butter Flavored Shortening Sticks for a recipe like this because if you ever run out of butter {which I do all the time} then this is a great alternative that just so happens to have 50% less saturated fat than butter¹. You might be surprised to learn that there are many ways to cook and bake with Crisco® shortening to make savory dishes and sweet desserts. It also delivers higher, lighter-textured, moist and tender baked goods which you can see in this recipe.

Peach Dumplings Peach Dumplings

I just spent a good portion of the day watching music videos from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Ohmygosh, it all takes me back.
N*Sync, 98 degrees, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Brandy, the list goes on!! I can’t handle the unfortunate hilarity. Since I grew up with no cable tv, I never got to see these music videos. So deprived was my childhood.

So for some reason, I was entranced into a freshman high school spell that sent me into a 2 1/2 hours 15 minute watching spree of said music videos.

Here are a few observations for you. You’re welcome:

Justin Timberlake is so much cooler now. {Though his chunky turtleneck in this video is pretty RAD.}

The Nick Lachey/Jessica Simpson relationship certainly didn’t last long {3 1/2 years!} despite their amazing reality show. *Please note my sarcastic use of the word amazing in the previous sentence.

The mother in me had a minor heart attack over Britney Spears’ school outfits in this video.

What ever happened to Jojo?

Lauryn Hill has such a pretty voice. Especially in Sister Act II. PS- Jennifer Love Hewitt in this movie is prime.

I don’t care what you say, I will forever love this song.

Ah, memory lane. You were such a good way to blow my otherwise productive evening.
Anyways, I’ve been seeing recipes for these dessert dumplings float around for quite some time now, and I thought it was about time I made my own, without the soda in the bottom. Typically, the recipe calls for a can of mountain dew poured into the bottom to create a lemon-lime sauce in the bottom. I thought that sounded gross, so I made my own. Slightly different, but so delicious. It’s like a weird peach pie stuffed into crescent rolls. Warm, comforting and delicious. Especially delicious with ice cream, though I have yet to find something that ISN’T better with ice cream. But I digress.