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 Strawberry Oatmeal (GF + Vegan)

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It’s gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

This Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal tastes like dessert for breakfast! This oatmeal is sweetened with a banana and cocoa powder + chocolate chips make it super chocolatey. It's gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan.

Let’s talk about breakfast. Specifically, let’s talk about that fact that the chocolatey bowl of deliciousness you’re seeing above this sentence? Yeah, you can eat that FOR BREAKFAST. Who’s in?

I made this for breakfast for the first time on Monday, again on Tuesday, photographed it (and subsequently devoured) on Wednesday, make it again on Thursday, and then was exceedingly sad on Friday when I was all out of bananas and strawberries. You can say I’m a little obsessed. [Read more…]

Chocolate Berry Bars (Paleo + Vegan)

These Chocolate Berry Bars have an almond flour crust topped with vegan chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blueberries. These dessert bars are beautiful, delicious, and better for you – they’re gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and Paleo.

These Chocolate Berry Bars have an almond flour crust topped with vegan chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blueberries. These dessert bars are beautiful, delicious, and better for you - they're gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and Paleo.I got a new camera! And these photos are the first photos I’m posting that I took using it. What do you think?!

I went pro, and bought myself the Canon 6D and the 100mm f/2.8L Macro Lens (those are affiliate links). It cost a whole lot of money and it sort of hurt to pay it, I was due for an upgrade and I’m glad I splurged and got a really great camera and lens. I still barely know how to use it, but since I’m coming from another Canon (the Rebel T3 – discontinued, here’s the newer version; and 50mm f/1.8 lens), the learning curve isn’t too steep.

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Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp (GF)

This Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp is a mix of sweet, tart, and little spicy with a buttery shortbread cookie crumble! This festive holiday dessert is gluten-free and doubles easily.

This Pear Cranberry Ginger Crisp is a mix of sweet, tart, and little spicy with a buttery shortbread cookie crumble! This festive holiday dessert is gluten-free and doubles easily.I have been, no joke, thinking of holiday cookies for pretty much the entire month of December (and November and October, because planning and testing). I even did a roundup of my 16 All-Time Favorite Holiday Cookies! And as much as I LOVE cookies…I’m sorta done with them for the year. Is that ok? Instead, I’m going to share with you some other swoon-worthy, still totally holiday-relevant desserts.

Like this pear cranberry ginger crisp. I’ve said it before, but crisps are my favorite. Especially with ice cream, and I won’t complain about caramel sauce either. Apple tends to be my fave, but this pear cranberry ginger crisp is a serious contender for 1st place crisp winner in my book. It is SO good.  [Read more…]

Cranberry Lime Sangria

This Cranberry Lime Sangria is a sparkling + festive take on sangria! This is the perfect refreshing cocktail for a crowd this holiday season.

This Cranberry Lime Sangria is a sparkling + festive take on sangria! This is the perfect refreshing cocktail for a crowd.Happy Friday, friends! Can you believe that Christmas is ONE WEEK from today?! Is this for real? I seriously don’t know where this year went, and I’m in shock that we only have two weeks left in 2015.

I’ve been up to my ears in holiday-themed festivities (along with the rest of the Internet), and I must say, I love everything being so festive. Blasting holiday music and looking out my window to see twinkle lights adorning all of the houses makes the long, dark nights a whole lot more bearable. [Read more…]

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Vegan)

These Cranberry Orange Muffins are bursting with tart cranberries + orange zest and topped with a sweet crumble – you’d never guess that they’re vegan! This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

These Cranberry Orange Muffins are bursting with tart cranberries + orange zest and topped with a sweet crumble - you'd never guess that they're vegan!I don’t know about you, but I have been feeling the cranberry love this season. Since they’ve been in stock in the grocery store this season, I’ve had a bag in my fridge. I’ve been wanting to put them in everything going through my kitchen that’s needed a burst of tartness. Too often, cranberries are relegated to the Thanksgiving table in the form of cranberry sauce and maybe a few Thanksgiving leftover meals, and then they’re forgotten about until next Thanksgiving.

I’m not cool with it. And for that reason, I try to be generous in my use of cranberries as long as they sit on the grocery store shelves – that’s especially evident in these cranberry-packed brownies (they have fresh, dried, & chocolate covered cranberries!). [Read more…]

Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars

These Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars use leftover cranberry sauce to make an irresistible gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan dessert. The crumb mixture doubles as the crust and crumb topping.

These Paleo Cranberry Crumb Bars use leftover cranberry sauce to make an irresistible gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan dessert. The crumb mixture doubles as the crust and crumb topping.Happy day-after-Thanksgiving! Hope all of you had an amazing day full of family, love, and especially food. As much as I love to spend my time baking and cooking, even intricate, time consuming desserts and (occasionally) meals, I’m always amazed by how quickly something that I spent hours and hours on can be eaten. Hours of work, disappeared into people’s mouths.

We spend even more time prepping for Thanksgiving, because besides just the actual cooking and baking that goes on, we have to spend a whole bunch of time planning out the meal, coordinating with family, grocery shopping, and getting everything else in order for the big day.

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Jam Shortbread

Jam Shortbread are made with just four ingredients, but they’re delicious and impressive enough to serve to guests or display on a holiday cookie platter. This easy recipe will become a holiday favorite.

Jam Shortbread are made with just four ingredients, but they're delicious and impressive enough to serve to guests or display on a holiday cookie platter. This easy recipe will become a holiday favorite.Happy Monday, friends! I know, I know…most people don’t use the word “happy” to describe their Monday, but when we’re talking about cookies first thing in the morning, how could it be a bad day?

Since I started working for myself, I don’t mind Mondays. It doesn’t mean going back to school like it used to, but instead it means I get to jump back into my work…and for me, my work is definitely more like fun, so I really can’t complain. [Read more…]