copycat Portillo’s Chocolate Cake

Portillos Chocolate Cake

   Exactly one year ago at this time I hit “publish” on my very first blog post – a tasty but truly terribly-photographed deep dish pizza.  I figured starting a food blog would allow me to share my love of cooking while making some easy money on the side (haha) - not that I’m not gratefulRead more

Salted Cherry Caramels

Soft, chewy, delicious caramels with no butter or cream!  That is the magic of date caramel.  By tossing dates and a few other ingredients in the food processor, you can make candy for the whole family all Christmas long.  These cherry caramels are inspired by the incredible Wood Orchard cherry caramels we had in DoorRead more

Strawberry Lemonade Sandwich Cookies

Strawberry Lemonade Sandwich Cookies4

  There are so many things I love about summers in Milwaukee… the festivals, free outdoor music almost every night, and seeing everyone outside soaking up as much sunshine as possible.  However, all these wonderful things can be a little distracting when you’re, say, trying to keep up a growing food blog…  I have toRead more

Chocolate Chip Whiskey (Banana) Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Whiskey Ice Cream

Oh hi, I thought that might get your attention!  This dessert is deliciously sweet and creamy with just a little kick from the whiskey.   It takes just seconds to prepare and is an easy single serving dessert or snack.  And don’t worry – you’re not drinking alone… you’re enjoying healthy banana ice cream! I’ve beenRead more

Blueberry Cheesecake Shake

Blueberry Cheesecake Shake

    This post is brought to you by summer! It actually feels like the frost is behind us, and it’s safe to unpack the summer clothes. This blueberry cheesecake shake is the perfect way to celebrate! The base is frozen bananas, but you’d swear it’s ice cream! This shake is sweet enough for dessert,Read more

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dip

Tiramisu Cheesecake Dip

Memorial Day is almost here!!  Which finally means beach days, iced drinks at Starbucks, and of course celebrations.  This tiramisu cheesecake dip is the perfect addition to any summer party and can be served as an appetizer or dessert.  It’s light and creamy with just a hint of chocolate flavor.  It was wonderful with strawberries,Read more

Easy Coconut Macarons

Easy Coconut Macarons

It seems like everywhere you look, macarons are the “it” dessert - the grocery store, every Pinterest board, even my new Healthy Surprise snack box (review coming soon)!  Macarons will always hold a special place in my heart.  One year ago, Tim and I made the somewhat-scary decision for me to go part-time at work, which hasRead more

Applesauce Cake with Almond Buttercream Frosting

Applesauce Cake

Happy Spring!  This moist, fluffy cake would be perfect for your next graduation party or shower!  This is my second contribution to the Recipe Redux - a recipe challenge group of healthy food bloggers started by registered dieticians.  This month’s challenge was to choose a “cherished kitchen item” and make a recipe featuring that item.   MyRead more

Fashion Friday - S’more Yogurt Parfait

S'more Yogurt Parfait

 You know those perfect summer nights when the air is just crisp enough that you grab a sweatshirt, but still warm enough to spend hours sitting around a beach campfire laughing with friends, roasting marshmallows and just listening to the waves?   Evoke that feeling with this lightened-up s’more yogurt parfait, complete with toasted marshmallows! This summerRead more

Caramel Apple Cookies

Happy Fall!  I’m so excited to share this recipe.  The cookies have more of a bread consistency, and using Greek yogurt for the frosting gives them just the right amount of sweetness.     Be sure to give yourself plenty of time - the dough needed to sit in the refrigerator for almost 2 hoursRead more

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