You know what I love about muffins? Muffins are extra large cupcakes that can be eaten for breakfast. AND they come with no judgement. If its eaten between the hours of 6 and 11 in the morning, extra large, and void of frosting…no one cares. No one gives dirty looks. It’s breakfast. Chocolate chips and all. I once saw a red velvet smore’s muffin at a local coffee shop. That my friends is my kind of breakfast. #breakfastgoals
These muffins bake up super fluffy and soft with just the right amount of crunch from the Oreos. Not to mention, they are insanely easy and quick to make, so don’t you worry. You’ll be stuffing your face in no time. It’s okay though. It’s breakfast remember? First meal of the day, so make it count!
Will you look at that. That glistening chocolate ganache pouring down the sides of the best cake mix bars you will ever eat. Yes! These bars are from cake mix! Pecan pie is one my favorite desserts during the holidays. Notice that it’s usually gone before the pumpkin pie? At least when I’m invited to the party. Especially if it’s made with chocolate chips.
Is anyone sick of pumpkin yet? No? I didn’t think so, but if you are one of the few on the outs with pumpkin this season, stick around. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Just one bite of this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and you will be back on that happy little pumpkin bandwagon again.
Oh, America how I miss thee. I miss your Christmas decorations that come way too early, your change of seasons, and your mountains of canned pumpkin puree. That last part is really pulling on my heart strings. I live in Dubai, and canned pumpkin does not come easily. At home I usually can grab some year round and go pumpkin crazy. In Dubai, not so much.
Halloween is only a few days away! If you’re scrambling like me about what to make at your upcoming parties, here are some of my favorite creepy desserts crawling around on the web. Here is a perfect round-up of 15 Halloween Desserts just in time for the scariest day of the year. Make sure you pin this for next year too!
Easy boxed cake mix turned into soft pumpkin cake baked with a perfect crunchy pecan and chocolate chip streusal. This Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee Cake is so easy you’ll never buy coffee cake again.
One of my best friends Jennifer came to visit me from Florida last week. We did all the Dubai things I was too afraid to do on my own. Like brave the chaotic streets of the Old Dubai Souks in Deira. She is pretty much like me when it comes to shopping. Our motto to every store employee or shop owner is “Don’t talk to me”. I’m not sure if that’s an American thing or a I don’t have any idea how to haggle thing. Our first mistake we made was arrive hours before the shopping rush. No one was there but the little shop salesmen. Is that what they’re called? Imagine Agrabah from Disney’s Alladin on steroids and the only customers are two scared white girls who don’t want to be talked to. Every salesman was on us like flies on a date.
Photo credit to Smeggys
I think I’ve kind of turned into a S’mores snob. I’m not sure if that’s something to brag about, but I’m totally going to own it. Here it goes. I’m going to say it…Biscoff cookies are soooooo much better than graham crackers. Especially when making s’mores. Uh oh, there goes my Nabisco endorsement.
Rich dark chocolate, sea salt, Nutella and pistachios all packed into a flourless perfect little cookie. Don’t let the title fool you. These Gluten Free Chocolate Pistachio Cookies will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
You know that perfect crispy edge to a brownie? And what about the chewy dense center after that first bite? Think of all your favorite parts of a brownie magically squeezed into a gluten free, butter free cookie. Yes, no gluten or butter! Oh, and one more thing. Only one bowl! These are so decadent and so delicious, you wouldn’t even guess that the flour and butter are missing.
Everyone knows not to grocery shop when you’re hungry. We all do it anyway and end up with a cart load of food we probably will never get around to eating. You also shouldn’t grocery shop with a two year old, regardless if she’s hungry or not. Every time I’m in the produce section, she’s super excited to see those bright yellow bananas. “Bananas!”, she always squeals when she rides by them. Will she eat those bananas? Nope. Does she scream if you don’t put them in the cart? Yes. It’s okay though, that means plenty of opportunities for baking this Chocolate Chunk Banana Caramel Poke Cake. You would be squealing about bananas too.