Raspberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These Raspberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are super thick with crisp edges, big chunks of white chocolate and freeze dried raspberries. This post is sponsored by Reynolds®.

These Raspberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are super thick with crisp edges, big chunks of white chocolate and freeze dried raspberries.It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Are you a fan of celebrating Valentine’s Day with lots of over the top lovey dovey stuff, or are you one to keep it more low key? Most people either love the holiday or hate it, but I find myself a little indifferent this year – I’m happily single, glad to spend the day seeing the new movie Single with some of my best friends and devouring something with lots of chocolate.

Whichever way you like to celebrate, I think we can all agree that one of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is spoiling yourself and/or the ones you love with delicious goodies.  [Read more…]

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free)

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are incredibly soft and naturally gluten-free. This simple recipe will become a quick favorite for any peanut butter fans.

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are incredibly soft and naturally gluten-free. This simple recipe will become a quick favorite for any peanut butter fans.It’s always fun for me to experiment with super unique and different recipes, but sometimes, I just want to make something homey, warm, and comforting. Cookies usually do that for me. The ritual of making cookies always reminds me why I love baking, and it’s even better when you can make the dough with the basics: a bowl and wooden spoon.

I’m constantly using my stand mixer and subsequently doing a whole bunch of dishes, but for this recipe, you can skip it. A little elbow grease is all you need! [Read more…]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is a peanut butter lover’s dream!! The peanut butter cookie stays soft in the center while the edges get crispy, and a layer of peanut butter in the center takes this skillet cookie over the top.

This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie is a peanut butter lover's dream!! The peanut butter cookie stays soft in the center while the edges get crispy, and a layer of peanut butter in the center takes this skillet cookie over the top.Aloha from Kauai! If you had asked me on Saturday morning where I would be this week, I definitely wouldn’t have thought I’d be in Hawaii.

But, on Saturday morning, my sister texted me from the vacation house in Kauai she’d just arrived at with her boyfriend. They had two extra bedrooms, I had a voucher for a free flight, and a job that allows me to work from where ever I want. It was one of those times where it worked out too well for me to do anything but jump at the opportunity to escape the Seattle rain and soak in some sun rays in Hawaii. [Read more…]

Blueberry Crumb Cake

This Blueberry Crumb Cake has a thick layer of pecan crumble atop a flavorful cake that is bursting with fresh blueberries! This cake is perfect dusted with powdered sugar or served with a bit of whipped cream.

This Blueberry Crumb Cake has a thick layer of pecan crumble atop a flavorful cake that is bursting with fresh blueberries! This cake is perfect dusted with powdered sugar or served with a bit of whipped cream.This blueberry crumb cake was inspired by a candle. An amazingly delicious smelling, super cheap candle from Walmart. It’s one of the candles from their basic line, and I think the three wick was something like $4. The scent is called Blueberry Pancakes, but it always reminds me a freshly baked blueberry muffin.

If you’ve made blueberry muffins at home, you know the scent. The one that hits your nose right when you open the oven door to pull them out, or when you tear into one when it’s still warm. It’s the scent of bursted blueberries and a sweet, sugary crumb. The candle smells pretty spot on, if not a little bit artificial. [Read more…]

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies (GF + Paleo)

These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies are a swoon-worthy and surprisingly guilt-free treat – they’re gluten-free, refined sugar-free and Paleo!

Are you NOT gluten-free or Paleo and want to make these brownies with ingredients you already have? Click here for a version of this recipe with traditional brownies.

These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Brownies are a swoon-worthy and surprisingly guilt-free treat - they're gluten-free, refined sugar-free and Paleo!I remember when my sister first asked me to try baking healthier for her. When I was first learning how to bake eight years ago, it pretty well coincided with her discovering her intolerance to gluten. She would come into the kitchen and scoff at me putting 2 cups of sugar and a whole bunch of all-purpose flour into something, begging me to please figure out how to make things delicious without all the sugar and gluten that I normally used, that she couldn’t have.

I heavily resisted for a while. I was convinced that nothing without gluten or sugar could possibly taste good, and I held on to that skepticism for a while. Finally, when my dad decided to try going gluten-free, I acquiesced, realizing the majority of my immediate family now wouldn’t eat the gluten-filled items I’d make. [Read more…]

Nutty Blondies

These Nutty Blondies are a soft and chewy brown sugar blondie filled with sliced almonds, pecans, and cashews. You’ll love these chewy treats!

These Nutty Blondies are a soft and chewy brown sugar blondie filled with sliced almonds, pecans, and cashews. You'll love these chewy treats!One of the best things about food blogging is the community – pretty much any food blogger will tell you that, but it took me way too long to figure out.

I started blogging when I was just sixteen years old, and I always felt like such a baby in the food blogging world that I never really reached out to other bloggers to make friends. Uhhh…such a mistake. As soon as I started chatting with other food bloggers, I realized how much value there is in chatting with other people who do the same thing as you, especially when that thing is done at home by yourself. [Read more…]

Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust (GF + Paleo)

These Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust are Paleo, gluten-free + refined sugar free, but you’d never guess from the decadent vegan chocolate ganache or sweet and chewy crust.

These Chocolate Ganache Tarts with Coconut Macaroon Crust are Paleo, gluten-free + refined sugar free, but you'd never guess from the decadent vegan chocolate ganache or sweet and chewy crust.I’m an early riser. Like, my eyes were open before the clock hit 5 a.m. this morning kind of early. And even though waking up so early ensures I start getting drowsy around 8 or 9 p.m., there’s a certain calm energy in the air during those hours before most of the world has woken up.

Here in wintery Washington, the sun doesn’t rise until well after 7 a.m., leaving me a few hours of time before the sun (or clouds, more likely around here) comes out and cars start buzzing around. I haven’t always woken up quite this early, though I’ve always been a morning person. Since I started working from home, those pre-dawn hours have become my time to organize myself. [Read more…]

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft + chewy cookies full of freeze dried strawberries and chocolate chunks, dipped and drizzled with dark chocolate.

These Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft + chewy cookies full of freeze dried strawberries and chocolate chunks, dipped and drizzled with dark chocolate.You guys have heard about this crazy Powerball lottery jackpot right now, right? As I write this, the prize money is 1.3 BILLION – the highest ever. When someone wins that jackpot, they’ll become a billionaire, just like that! Well, you know, before taxes and all that not-fun stuff.

So it got me thinking – what would I change if I won the lottery? Not that I’ve ever actually bought a lottery ticket, just hypothetically. And I must say…there’s not much I would change about my life. Of course, I would build my dream house with the most KILLER kitchen ever and travel a ton, but I’m lucky enough to be doing what I love, and why would I want to change that? [Read more…]