Skinny Caramelized Banana French Toast

So I have a secret to tell you today! A very serious secret. And its not where I hide my peanut butter m&ms. That follows me to the grave ladies and gents. Good try.   I am a baker by day.... lead guitarist by night. O ya!  Jimmy Page would have to shield his eyes if he ever came in the same room with me and my picking skills.   Unfortunately - my gifted talents seem to have been lost on my family. They aren't appreciating my mastering of "Mary had a little Lamb" as … [Read more...]

Skinny Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

  Cinnamon. Crumb. Coffee Cake. ...French Toast Souffle...Sun dried tomato Goat Cheese Quiche....Banana Streusel Muffins...Mmm..mmm...what do these all have in common?? Besides sticking to the butts of even you super humans out there training for your spring half marathons... ?   Haha umm....actually - pretty much nothing you all care about. It's just everything I want to wolf down at Easter Brunch.   So in order to justify my brunch obsession I'm going to be … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day “Luck of the Irish” Homemade Oreos

  So I have a confession; I am not Irish. Not even close to being Irish. The closest I get is that I like beer and boys with Irish accents.  Soooo basically I'm American. And 25 years old.   But we all know that the whole 'not being remotely related to this holiday' thing would never stand in my way. Give me green. A couple sticks of butter. And let me get to work!   I knew I wanted something simple and easy - because when you're baking cookies for your kid's … [Read more...]

Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cakes

So I just bought Martha's new Cakes & Cupcakes special edition magazine last week. Clearly I was done for. Remember Monday's post? My addiction to all things cheesy and embarrassingly domestic? Well pair that with a magazine addiction... (People, Glamour.. Cooking Light, I don't discriminate) - andddd you get little individual heart cake for Valentine's Day! And they are freaking adorable. These are the cakes that are featured in my heart healthy February Magazine issue :) Low cal, lower … [Read more...]

Chocolate Heart Cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

  The secret Martha Stewart in me gets so excited for holidays! I love any and every excuse to go a little OCD domestic on some cupcakes. If I had all the time and piping bags in the world, plus a magic pill that negated every cookie I ate...I would be finagling corny baked goods for every holiday on the calendar - Casimir Pulaski to Garbage Day.  Needless to say I couldn't help myself for Valentine's Day...! And I so wish that I could take credit for the adorable design, but I found … [Read more...]

Cheesy Pizza Pockets – Skinny Superbowl Snacks!

  Woo! It's just about a week till' Super Bowl Sunday! Bring on the beer, chili, brownies, and don't forget the Tums! I LOVE football parties. Everything about them. Well. almost. Ok - I'm so sorry. I really wanted to come up with some super witty first paragraph about the game - maybe some awesome insightful joke on who's going to win. Only when I sat down to type I realized that I needed to google "who is in Superbowl 2013"...   But knew that Beyonce was the halftime show. … [Read more...]

Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

So originally I wasn't planning on posting this recipe! The other night I was just baking for fun... because secretly I am an 85 year old grandma trapped in the body of a 25 year old. I also go to bed by 10:30. And drink tea... omyGod! Sounds so much worse when I type it out....   I have been on a mission for the past year to find the absolute best Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cookie recipe! Not even for the blog, but just because I have been dying for a delicious cookie that I can eat … [Read more...]

Easy Melting Snowman Cookies and My Favorite Christmas Recipes Round-Up

Merry merry Christmas! This is my last post before Christmas Day and I want to wish you all the very best holiday! This is one of my favorite weekends of the year. Everyone I love, and everything I love to eat are all packed into the best day, wrapped in Christmas wrap, covered in pretty Christmas lights, and tied up with a shiny bow. One of my best friend's just flew in last night from NYC and the rest of the crew is following over the next couple days. My fridge is literally stocked with … [Read more...]

Cookie Almond Clusters and the Winner of my Contest and Giveaway!

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in mine and Kayle's Christmas Cookie Exchange this year! The exchange is literally bursting with irresistible cookie pics! I've gotten so many fun e-mails from you all talking about which cookies inspired you at home, so sending a big smothering grandma hug to all my lovely readers today! And the official winner of Kristina & Kayle's Christmas Cookie Exchange and a $10 Starbuck's Gift Card is.... Stephie with her "Maureen's Rice Crispy … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Nutella Thumbprint Cookies & a Silpat Giveaway!

 So to keep the cookie love going this week I just couldn't resist baking something with my two favorite things in the whole wide world.   ...And I don't mean finding my favorite boots on sale at Jcrew this week (because I did!! Sorry credit card...) ...Not even the second season of Homeland. Obsessed. ....OR my car seat warmers...when its 10 degrees in Chicago (gasp!).. combined!   I'm talking Peanut Butter. And Nutella.   These little dreamboats are addicting! Soft … [Read more...]

Best Chewy Sugar Cookies and Enter Kristina and Kayle’s Christmas Cookie Exchange!

Yay! It's officially Christmas season!...which means its officially time to dust off those cookie cutters and start baking Christmas Cookies :) My pantry is already embarrassingly overflowing in chocolate chips, sugar, and these adorable little santa cupcake holders that were on sale at Bed Bath & Beyond. I'm a sucker for cookies, and an even bigger sucker for cute things with bright orange Sale! tags on them...   So in the spirit of Christmas and all things sweet, nice, and … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cream Pie

So the awesome part about being a food blogger is that I get to eat pie. On a Wednesday night. And its totally normal.   The not-so-awesome part about being a food blogger....is that I get to eat pie. On a Wednesday night. And I think its totally normal.   Haha whoa! 4 pumpkin pie recipes, a zillion tweaks, and a mild sugar coma later - I have the absolute easiest. yummiest. creamiest. pumpkin pie recipe ever. I love how the simplest recipes are always the best. … [Read more...]