Raise your hand if your’e a lazy baker. Anyone? I can’t be the only one, right? It sounds silly but sometimes I feel mixing brownie batter can be a little too labor intensive. Even the one bowl kind without melting chocolate. After reading that back to myself, I just realized I’m a lame-o. It’s time to amp things up with these Miniature Banoffee Brownies. But not too much amping people. I’m lazy remember?
Amazing thick and chewy peanut butter bars with an apple cinnamon streusal and salted caramel drizzle. If you adore apples smothered in peanut butter, these Apple Peanut Butter Bars with Salted Caramel will be your new best friend.
How can I make a healthy snack of apples and peanut butter into a completely decadent and insanely delicious not so healthy dessert? That may or may not have been my thinking while developing these bars. It’s okay though. I eat these in my gym clothes so that I can run straight to the gym and work off the calories after pigging out. It’s my system and I stand by it. By the way, these Apple Peanut Butter Bars with Salted Caramel are totally worth running those extra miles on the treadmill.
You know what’s super terrifying in Dubai? Not the camels that have been known to bite fingers off, or spread MERS among happy and oblivious tourists. It’s not even the 12 types of venomous snakes found here. It’s the insanely dangerous drivers.
Here’s a scary fact: Everyday an average of 2 people are killed on the roads here. Everyday!
When I first started driving here I literally had to pack extra pants from all the “Omigod, he’s coming into my lane and I have no where to swerve!” moments. Don’t get me started on their roundabouts. Please for the love of God, send some Dutch people over here to teach everyone how a roundabout works!
I know just six days ago I posted a recipe for Hummingbird Coffee Cake, and I was totally going to wait to post these cupcakes. You know, to let you guys breathe a little. Well, get ready. I’m going to smother you some more with my latest Hummingbird cake obsession. You can thank Southern Living circa 1978.
This post is taking much longer to write than expected. I probably should have been done an hour ago, but I’m watching a guilty pleasure on Bravo. My usual go to trash tv program is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I’m caught up on that, so I’m on to Vanderpump Rules right now. It’s a train wreck! I. Can’t. Stop. Watching.
Now, I know that Caramel Violet Crumble Chocolate Chip Cookies is an obnoxiously long title for a little ‘ole chocolate chip cookie. I get it. You’re probably thinking, “why not paste with Fleur del sel on the end while your’e at it?” Well, smarty pants…it’s already mixed in the salted caramel. 🙂 These cookies are so good they deserve that extra long title. They’re so good that even if I ended up naming them Ebola Cookies, you’d be raving about Ebola Cookies to all your friends and not even care. Too soon? Too soon…
Chewy and dense white chocolate chip cookies smothered in salted caramel sauce and topped with a toasted marshmallow. The ultimate holiday drink in cookie form! Warm up tonight with these Caramel White Hot Chocolate Cookies.
Just like one of my favorite Christmas songs, It’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Perry Como version of course. As soon as Target gets their Christmas goodies up in the back of the store, my insides squeal like a little girl. This time of year is absolutely perfect. Except for one thing. No snow here in Orlando. Bummer. No snow equals no toasty hot drinks made of dreams. Also known as hot chocolate. So…I did what any sugar fiend would do! I made hot chocolate into a cookie!
In all the excitement of my bright (and original for sure) idea, I googled hot chocolate cookies just to check. A bazillion different versions came up. Boo. This seems to happen a lot, but after reading a post over at Love From the Oven I said to myself, “To heck with originality! If it tastes good make it and share it!” But since I’m scared of the recipe blogging police, I shook things up a bit.
Cheesecake bars dripping with salted caramel and littered with Butterfingers, Rees’es Peanut Butter Cups, Rees’es Pieces, Snickers, and Oreos. Put that Halloween candy to use in these Halloween Candy Cheesecake Bars!
I love nothing more than taking my son Oliver Trick or Treating. Seeing his eyes light up with every drop in his bucket, and hearing him proudly exclaim “I’m a clone trooper!” to every neighbor. It makes my heart smile. But with that fun filled night comes loads and loads of candy I end up hiding from his greedy little hands. Not so fun.
October has been such a blur. I remember thinking about how little the kids were last Halloween. Last year, Jovi was still a newborn in a stroller while we chased a three year old Oliver around to each house on the street. We had to repeat, “Remember to say Thank you!” after each stop. Tonight though, Mr. four year old Oliver had it down perfectly. “Trick or Treat!” and promptly, “Thank you!” would follow. That’s my little guy.
Although he’s growing so fast, he still does little things that let me know his innocence in still intact. For instance, one afternoon a ridiculously sexualized commercial for a fast food restaurant was on the television. It was a young lady eating a rather large cheeseburger in a super sensual way. There’s my son, Oliver right in front of the T.V. (with his nose two inches from the screen), large eyes and mouth wide open. He turns to my husband right after the commercial, and says, “Daddy…” . I think “Dear God, here it comes…”, but he finishes by saying,
“That’s a big sandwich!”
I just wonder how long that innocence will last.
Buttery caramel flavored moist bundt cake drizzled with homemade salted caramel sauce and dusted with Biscoff Cookie Crumbles. Two Biscoff madeleines with salted caramel buttercream teeth make the monster of this Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake.
I have a little confession about my family. We’re a bunch of geeks. Geeks to the core. I’m a Disney fanatic sprinkled with a little Harry Potter and drizzled heavily with I Love Lucy. My husband is a Trekkie who’s obsessed with Star Wars all while being a loyal Battle Star Galactica fan. But geeks are awesome. So while October comes to a close, this Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake is for you geeks!
So for all you non-geeks, a Sarlacc is a horrific plant-like omnivorous creature found across the galaxy. It’s got huge tentacles and a beak and was in the famous pit scene from Return of the Jedi. This is where Bobba Fett met his maker. This thing gave me the heebie jeebies the first time I saw Return of the Jedi, so this is my little tribute to him. I know the Sarlacc traditionally does not have teeth on his beak, but I just couldn’t resist. Teeth made of frosting is my new favorite thing.
Would this trigger PTSD for Luke? Maybe…But I could totally hear him say,
“But I don’t remember the Sarlacc ever having teeth…”
And all the Star Wars trolls nod and clap in agreement. Hey guys, just think of this Sarlacc as the suped up version with CGI teeth. I know, CGI is a sore subject. Either way, this guy is super delicious. You should make him now. Teeth or no teeth.
Wickedly delicious chocolate cupcakes frosted with vibrant green and orange vanilla buttercream frosting and topped with a miniature brownie cauldron bubbling over with salted buttery caramel. These Chocolate Witch’s Cauldron Cupcakes are the perfect ghoulish treat for little goblins and witches this Halloween!
“Christmas decorations in the stores already?!”
The only thing is…I’m totally okay with it and super excited about it. Hey, I start listening to Christmas tunes when August comes around. I’m the last person you should be complaining to about the commercialization of Christmas. Sorry Linus from Charlie Brown, but I’m the gal with my Christmas tree up and decorated before you can finish saying Happy Thanksgiving! That being said, this is my last spooky cupcake post! Bring on the cinnamon, cloves, apples, and all things jolly!