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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

Milk Chocolate Cream Pie

Oh, month of pies how I love you. This month is giving me the opportunity to try making things that I’ve never made before, and believe it or not… a chocolate pie is one of those things. I have always LOOOOOVED chocolate cream pies, but had never attempted to make one myself. Well, that has now changed, everybody. And seriously, they are kind of embarassingly easy to make. I am slightly ashamed that I’ve never made one before… And now I’ve just admitted it for the whole world

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

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

DUDE. This pumpkin cake is probably the best pumpkin cake I’ve ever had in my entire life… and I’m not exaggerating even a little bit, because that would be irresponsible. It is FREAKING moist *shudder*, PERFECTLY spiced with all of your favorite fall spices and the cinnamon cream cheese frosting… ah, man… it’s perfection. It’s the literal icing on the literal cake. If you make only one pumpkin thing all fall, make this cake. Seriously. I’m not joking. You have to roll all th

Better Than Swig Sugar Cookies

I’ve done it. I’ve made Swig sugar cookies better than Swig. I adore these cookies. I’m kind of sad that I don’t have one in my mouth right this second, actually. I have never been a huge fan of sugar cookies because if I wanted to lick a giant bowl of straight sugar then I would just lick a giant bowl of straight sugar instead of eat a sugar cookie. These actually have FLAVOR. The frosting on top is a perfect accompaniment to the not so sweet cookie. These are seriously a dr

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

Pumpkin Biscuits with Maple Butter

What’s up FALL?! It’s actually been Fall for a while now in case you were wondering but this is the first pumpkin recipe on the blog, so now it’s O-FISH. Ahh…. I don’t think I can pull off the whole shortening words thing. I’m only 24 and I’m already way too old for that crap. Now! Back to the biscuits. I didn’t know if I was going to appreciate these but they were crazy magical. I popped them warm out of the oven, split one in half and watched as the steam billowed off the t

Strawberry Apple Slab Pie

Slab pies are one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century. This is a spin-off of one of my favorite pies: strawberry rhubarb pie. I looked all over the place for rhubarb when I got the hankering for one. I couldn’t find it anywhere. So… sub the Granny Smith apples. I figured they were both sour, right? Oh boy. It worked. It worked like it was it’s job, and it’s getting paid a six figure annual salary. Wha???! … My brain hurts. There aren’t really that many times that y

Raspberry Pretzel Salad

This is yet another one from the trusty ol’ Thurston recipe book. So have you ever been working on your laptop, and then you take said laptop to a public area and it’s only when you open up the laptop in this public area that you finally notice how disgustingly dirty it is? Like, it seems like every dust mite and smear in the known universe somehow made it’s way to your keyboard during your journey? Then you start thinking to yourself if only those Black Friday deals at Promo

Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cookies

YOU GUYS. These cookies are INSANE. They are everything that a peanut butter cookie should be. Soft, gooey, and the Reese’s Pieces add the most amazing texture and a subtle crunch. They are just… mind-blowing. Honestly, I have never really loved candy. I was the kid who would save my Halloween candy for a time that I felt more like eating it, and then I would find it the next Halloween. Untouched. But if I had known that I could have baked all of that candy into delicious coo

Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Bars

You know what’s good? Candy. You know what’s even better? Homemade candy. My sister-in-law made these bars one night, and I was 95% positive that she sprinkled crack throughout them because they were ADDICTING. Turns out it was just powdered sugar. Which is pretty much the same thing. Usually I can resist making a dessert depending on where it falls on the addictive/pain in the butt scale. Unfortunately for my waistline, these fall perfectly under BOTH the easy as sin AND ins

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

Pretty sure I accidentally blinked and pumpkin season is already almost over. That is totally why everyone in Utah is obsessed with Fall… it only lasts for like four seconds and then it’s winter. I’m a sucker for Fall as well. I bake to my little heart’s content, I buy every gosh dang pumpkin spice candle within eyesight and I dress baby girl in the most adorable fall outfits of all time. Because seriously. SERIOUSLY. I still can’t believe that perfect tiny human came from me

Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

I made it off the mountain in one piece! I deserve a little bit of this deliciousness. Famous Julie makes this every Christmas morning. So, naturally it is one of my favorites. It’s incredibly good, and easy to assembly the night before so all you have to do is wake up and turn on the oven and throw it in for a warm delicious breakfast. I love breakfasts like that. As you can tell from the pictures, I am visiting Famous Julie’s house and get to use her pottery. Baby girl is g

Creamy Cookie Dessert

I come from a family of amazing cooks. This recipe is comin’ at ya courtesy of my Aunt Brenda. She is totally amazing and cool and can not only cook up a storm, but she can run like 100 miles without stopping and has TRIPLETS. Yeah… I only have one bun in the oven right now, and I’m about ready to wave the white flag. Kudos, Aunt Brenda! I think you are pretty neat. I always end up craving this dessert around Christmas/New Years time for some reason. I don’t know why the crav

Coconut Crap

I have seen many different names for this divine treat. I have seen it called: Coconut Chex Mix Gooey Chex Mix Sweet Chex Mix Christmas Chex Mix Sweet Christmas Chex Christmas Crunch Holiday Chex MixAnd my personal favorites: Who Hash & Christmas CrackIn an effort not to sound like the world’s most awesome drug dealers, my family always called it “Coconut Crap.” Not quite as appetizing, but you sure as heck won’t get it confused with anything else we’ve got goin’ on

Pomegranate Salad

Mmmmmhhh…. pomegranates. They are like the prettiest and tastiest of all the fruits. My little brother can eat them by the POUND. A pound of pomegranates seeds…. that’s a lot of seeds, since they weigh approximately, oh… I don’t know… Nothing. Seriously though, Check those out! They are almost too pretty to eat. Key word = almost. They are really awesome in so many things, but you need to try them in this salad. I had never had this fruit salad until I married my husband. It

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