Banana Streusel Coffee Cake

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Brunch is the BEST. Seriously the best.   It's like the Disney princess of meals - birds chirping, sun shining, cake before 10am…..pretty much best morning ever. Plus I get booze before noon and cinnamon rolls are considered a "side dish".   Only I'm not going to lie, probably what I love most about brunch is that I DON'T make it. Sunday morning is usually a big enough struggle to draw straight eyeliner or locate my purse, so when someone else makes me coffee…pours my … [Read more...]

Favorite Recipes of 2013

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Out on the town toasting the holidays with my dad! Hi! It's me. Kristina... Remember??   I feel like I need to reintroduce myself after this long hiatus I've taken from blogging over the holidays! Things like sugar cookies, onDemand movie marathons, and literally doing nothing have gotten in the way of me being anything close to productive. I just shamelessly self tanned (little NYE prep - which may or may not have been a terrible decision, we'll see what color I turn tomorrow...) … [Read more...]

Vegan Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes

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Happy Birthday...... to me!!   It has been a fabulous birthday week! Ok so technically my birthday was Monday...but as long as the birthday mail keeps coming I reuse to give up the bday crown :) I wouldn't refuse another birthday cake either... I like vanilla with chocolate buttercream...just sayin'...   or pumpkin cake (my favorite)... or carrot cake...   or FUNFETTI cake!   My birthday is the 9th and my dad's birthday is the 10th.....and we had … [Read more...]

Blueberry Sugar Shortcakes with Mango Compote

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ahh! hi! Sorry, I feel like I've been seriously cheating on you all lately. I've been cooking, baking, and cooking obnoxiously more (as usual) but instead of sharing it with you all I have been EATING it all! Oops. Life's been crazy busy lately so I've had absolutely no time to to take pretty pics and write about it. Only enough time to shove it in my own mouth. Things are going to start settling down though next week so get ready for some full force Whipped recipes!   I've been … [Read more...]

Hazelnut Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting and a Wedding Shower

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Hi! I'm home! I've been trying desperately to avoid the fact that I'm home. But I think it happened?? Maybe if I just click my heels a couple times... few times? for 5 minutes?? I'll wake back up in sunny California....   Nope. I don't know what Dorothy's got that I don't. I even picked up a Yorky this week (I'm dog sitting for one of my friend's for the next few months! SO. freaking. cute.) But that's ok, I've actually been going through some serious kitchen withdrawal, I cannot … [Read more...]

Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnut Holes – Easter Bunnies!

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Can you all believe the first day of Spring was this week?? I kind of feel like someone is lying to us. Like they know we're all getting super antsy with this crazy snowy weather. So to keep us calm they decided to announce it was the first day of spring.   Didn't fool me weatherman!   I know snow when I see snow. As long as I have to zip up my  winter boots and apply chap stick like an addict it is still winter.   Luckily Easter is right around the … [Read more...]

Skinny Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

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  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...]

Chocolate Raspberry Heart Cakes

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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

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  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...]

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

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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...]

Monster Cupcakes!

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Halloween is the BEST. Besides the fact that an entire new aisle is now dedicated to candy in the grocery store, even better is that I can walk out of the store with 10 different bags and no one will judge me. Because the old lady next to me just walked out with 12.   I seriously had SO much fun trying to find cute candy decor for these little spooky cupcakes! Once a month I come up with easy festive recipes for a recipe board I have set up at a doctor's office - and this was … [Read more...]

Skinny Pumpkin-Banana Bars

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I love pumpkin bars.   Holy moly ladies and gents. I forgot how good these were! Peanut butter and Jelly might be the originals but Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Frosting are the new kids in town. Move over Regis... I'm loving my Kelly & Michael!   These little babies are just happy food.   Happy fluffy pumpkin-y cake with happy smooth cream cheese frosting. The kind of simple desserts that make a bad day good and a good day that much … [Read more...]