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Blackberry Sour Cream Muffins

Yesterday my sweet baby turned three months old. Yesterday my baby turned three months old. THREE MONTHS! Where is the time going? Before I know it she’ll be way too cool for me, and then driving, and then coming home with some dude to tell me she’s getting married Father of the Bride style. I’m positive that’s how my parent’s felt when I brought Mr. T home to meet them. Then they got all weirded out and Famous Julie started asking really bizarre questions and my dad wouldn’t

Raspberry Jam Bars

Alright, you guys are going to love me. But your butt is totally going to hate me. Your butt is bigger than your heart, so that makes me feel a little bit bad, but not really at the same time because this recipe is AWESOME. And it is WAYYYY too easy for how good it is. P.S. If your heart is bigger than your butt , you should probably go get that checked out by a doctor. I think I’m safe though, because my butt is AT LEAST ten times bigger than my heart. I don’t mean to brag o

Practically Pre-Made Fruit Pizza

This dessert tastes like my childhood. When I was young, I used to eat all the fruit off the top first, and then eat the sugar cookie and frosting alone. Now that I’m an adult and have a more refined palate, I just stuff my face with it the way that it is. I keep the face stuffing to a minimum most of the time because I’m like, a lady and stuff. And stuffing your face with fruit pizza isn’t super lady-like. But sometimes, you just gotta go for it. Ya know what I mean? In my b

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Watch out world. Bananas everywhere were just left to ripen on the counter for a few more days. I can almost hear them ripening. No big deal. I have ears like a hawk…. ‘s eyes? What expression am I looking for here? Anyway, it’s basically a super power of mine. I can be dead asleep and the pitter patter of my children’s feet on the carpet will wake me up. Take that murderers! You know what murderers love? Cupcakes. How would I know that, do you ask? Because everybody loves cu

Cranberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding

Merry Christmas Eve, peeps!!! I’m so super stoked for Christmas this year. Baby Girl has been so fun and obsessed over Santa. Like, full on fangirling every time. Until he tries to talk to her, then she clams up and stares straight at her feet. She thinks EVERY dude that has a white beard is Santa. Pretty sure that every dude with a white beard thinks he is Santa as well, though. Anyway, whenever Santa sees Baby Girl he usually likes to come and talk to her. She is so shy if

Apple Cinnamon Artisan Bread

Over on my Instagram (follow me @playzwithfood!) we have been celebrating Pie Month and it has been GLORIOUS. Ya’ll know I have a thing about pies. Well, any dessert really but PIES. I could talk to you forever about pies. With that said, if I’m going to interrupt pie month for anything you KNOW it’s got to be good. I’m always looking for ways to up my artisan bread game, and with this crusty slice of heaven I think that’s what I have done. It couldn’t wait any longer because

Caramel Apple Slices

I love eating caramel apples. I’m being sarcastic. I hate eating caramel apples. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the TASTE of caramel apples. But the actual EATING of caramel apples is horrendous. I never know where to take the first bite, the caramel gets so stuck in my teeth I’m pretty sure a filling came out the last time I ate one and the toppings usually end up everywhere BUT in my mouth. But here we are. Loving caramel apples yet hating eating them. And that’s where the

Peach Tart

HOOOOOONNNEEEYYY!! I’m HOOOOOOOMMMMEEE! Seriously though, guys. I’m back. My newest addition is already TWO MONTHS OLD. And can I talk about her for a quick second? Girlfriend is the best baby in the ENTIRE HISTORY OF THE LIVING UNIVERSE {knock on wood}. She makes me want to have like 17 more just like her. She is literally perfect. And I mean LITERAL PERFECTION, PEOPLE. I should actually probably call it quits right here and now and end on a high note but we all know that I

Orange Cranberry Scones

I had never been a fan of anything that called itself a scone unless it was deep fried and smothered in honey butter. But my life has forever been changed. I’ll never say no to falling in love with more carbs. It all started with these Lemon Rosemary Scones and has snowballed into more and more delicious flavors. These tart and sweet little carbo-bombs are the perfect pick-me-up for any morning. They are also perfect to grab and go on busy mornings. My recipe uses fresh cranb

Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Not everything that I bake has to be totally delicious unhealthy. Only like 99.3% of it. Those odds could be worse. These banana muffins are pretty healthy and totally bomb. I don’t mind feeding them to Baby girl for breakfast! Along with her cocoa puffs and sugar yogurt. JOKING. Kinda. Sometimes you just gotta stuff your kids with stuff they’ll actually eat so they don’t starve themselves to death. They live to see another day where we can try harder to stuff green things do

Banana Sour Cream Cupcakes

Obviously I’m a fan of fruit and sour cream going together in desserts? I guess I like the tartness of the sour cream combined with the sweetness of the fruits. And in this recipe, the sour cream combined with the bananas also adds a great texture to the cupcake itself. I don’t usually put nuts on top of these cupcakes, but the nuts were so pretty! … that sounded inappropriate coming out of my fingertips. With so many boys in my house growing up, there was a lot of sports tal

Sour Cream Cookies

Spring is my jam. Especially being a mom. The amount of TV we watched during the winter was almost deplorable. I guess that’s what you get when you have 2 months of morning sickness during winter time. But Spring is upon us and I couldn’t be more pumped. I especially love when fresh fruit starts making it’s epic comeback. I want to put it on all of the things. These berries are AMAZING on top of these Sour Cream Cookies. The cookies themselves are not overly sweet, and neithe

Soft & Fluffy Orange Rolls

It’s SPRING you guys! When Spring comes around I find myself craving any and all things citrus. These orange rolls are fresh and zesty and everything you’ve ever dreamed of having from an orange roll. I’m not going to lie to you, though. I used to not like orange rolls. *GASP* I know. I know. But I was young and stupid and my only concern was that there wasn’t any cinnamon in these intruders that called themselves sweet rolls. But now I’m older and wiser and my palate has cha

Fruity Pebbles Edible Easter Basket

Easter weekend is finally here! Easter is such a fun holiday with kiddos. One of my favorite holiday memories was when Famous Julie would make our Easter baskets out of Fruity Pebbles. Our baskets would be stuffed with awesome toys and treats and then we could EAT THE BASKET. One Easter we even wanted to make Personalized Easter Eggs but we never got the chance. It was still the best Easter ever. Seriously. It made my childhood. Best. Mom. Ever. Am I right? I can’t wai

Blueberry Muffins with Brown Sugar Streusel

These blueberry muffins are the real deal, my friends. They are LOADED UP with fresh blueberries. You won’t get a single bite without one. Unless you eat like a bird or something, like a single crumb at a time. Seriously, take a lesson from Carl’s Jr’s gross commercials and eat like you mean it. Don’t miss out on these muffins. Those commercials always confused me. The reason those women are probably attacking those hamburgers like that is because that’s the first hamburger t

Angel Food Cupcakes with Whipped Strawberry Cream

These angel food cupcakes are the bomb, you guys. Seriously, the batter for the cake is like a dream come true. It’s so fluffy and gorgeous I took pictures of it and sent it to all my baker friends. #foodienerds They were impressed. You will be impressed, too. Assuming you’re impressed by that kind of stuff. Which, you are here looking at a food blog so I can say with almost 89% assurance that you would be into something like that. Weirdo. Sarcasm! Sarcasm. Kind of. So, I too

Russian Cream with Fresh Fruit

Looking for a Valentine’s Treat that isn’t going to totally weigh you down? This is a stunning and delicious dessert that is light and super fresh. I absolutely LOOOVE fresh berries with my dessert, so obviously I am a big fan of this cream. My favorite part is that the cream isn’t too overly sweet, it let’s the sweetness of the berries have their time in the limelight. Yet it offers the most cool, silky, creamy back drop for the sweet berries. AH! It’s just so good. You’re g

Mandarin Orange Salad

Whenever I get pregnant, the thought of eating sugar makes me feel sick so I apologize for the upcoming lack of dessert recipes around these parts. It kind of made me sad around Thanksgiving and Christmas, when all those yummy treats were abounding, I didn’t want any of them! They only come around once a year, and I was so sick that I didn’t even have a slice of pie on Thanksgiving! Tragedy. Especially because you all know my feels about pie. Anyway, a lot of people have aske

Famous Julie’s Banana Bread

This recipe is a great one to have in the arsenal. It’s a classic, purely unadulterated loaf of banana bread. Not trashed up with nuts and chocolate and Nutella… although you are more than welcome to incorporate it in if that is what you’re looking for. But if you want to start with a clean canvas for your newest masterpiece, this is the recipe for you. It’s a beautiful thing really. And you can see tiny chunks of banana in there if you look real close. It’s swoon-worthy. Fam

Orange Pineapple Mango Smoothie Bowl

Look at my smoothie bowl! It’s the first one I’ve ever tried and I’m fangirling so hard right now. I looked it up. The symptoms of fangirling include but are not limited to: Shortness of breath Incoherent babbling Fanning yourself to no end Using hand gestures in vain to describe your many feels Being on the brink of swooning/actually swooning Having a borderline obsession A whole lot of screaming Yeah. FANGIRLING. SO. HARD. I like to add fresh ingredients whenever poss

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