9.19.2016

Salted Chocolate Caramel Bars


Right away, the name of these bars should have caught your attention. Anything salted, involving chocolate OR caramel is something I want to dive right into. And I knew these bars were going to be great, but I didn't know they were going to be so great that I couldn't even take pictures because I was so busy stuffing one after the other in my mouth. True story.

This recipe comes to you today from Dorie Greenspan's new book Dorie's Cookies, which comes out in October. Dorie has teamed up with OXO this year, one of my favorite brands, for their annual blogger campaign in support of Cookies for Kids Cancer.  For this blog post and every other blog post dedicated to the campaign, OXO will donate $100 to Cookies for Kids Cancer.


I love participating in their campaign every year because it's for such a great cause, PLUS who doesn't love new OXO products? I would honestly buy their entire warehouse if I could. To whip up these bars, OXO sent me their illuminating hand mixer which I am head over heels about. Not only does it light up as the name indicates, but the steadily increasing levels ensure that your ingredients aren't splashing everywhere. Also, it has a flat base which allows me to set it down in between adding ingredients, and a clip to attach the beaters to the mixer for an upright storage.

They also sent me 2 and 3 quart glass baking pans that come with lids, which I know for sure I will make use of. Almost everything I bake or cook ends up in a pan. The lids are an awesome protective feature and what I especially love is that the glass can withstand extreme temperature changes.



9.16.2016

Green Piña Colada Smoothie


Well hello! This post has been long overdue and I promise I have a good explanation for why I've been MIA. No, I'm not pregnant. But I am VERY slowly adjusting to married life and living with someone else, and at the same time, planning a BIG change for the blog. By the end of this year, I plan to re-brand and redesign my website.


For a while now, I've felt uninspired. And after getting married recently, it really pushed me to want to start fresh and choose a new blog name that I felt better described me and my brand. Unfortunately, at 17 years old, you don't put too much thought into choosing a blog name. Honestly, at that time, I didn't even think my blog would grow into what it is today. But here I am, 8 years later, and although it's definitely a risky move to build everything from the bottom up again, I think I will be happier in the long run.

So yeah, this whole re-branding thing has pretty much consumed my entire life and thus, I haven't had much time to develop any new recipes. The only time I'm in the kitchen is when I'm making dinner for the hubby OR I'm making protein shakes to get me through the day. So, when I got my hands on this new e-book, BLEND: Healthy + Indulgent Smoothies, I was super excited. Generally, I'll throw in whatever fruits and veggies I have on hand in my smoothies, but it's nice to switch things up and follow a recipe.


This e-book was co-authored by Faith of Edible Mosaic and Alyssa of Everyday Maven and I love love love it! It goes above and beyond providing delicious recipes, because it explains the basics of smoothie-making, the best types of fruit to use frozen/fresh, different kinds of sweeteners, and so much more!

8.02.2016

What I Ate In Puerto Rico


Hello hello! It has been TOO long, guys. Too darn long. The last time we spoke, I was unpacking. Well, I'm done unpacking and I recently actually went on my honeymoon!...which means more packing and unpacking went down, but I'm basically a pro at that stuff now!

As you probably guessed from the post title, I honeymooned in Puerto Rico! The hubs and I stayed in the beautiful Condado Vanderbilt Hotel which I HIGHLY, highly recommend! Our location was great because the street the hotel was on (Avenida Ashford) had a ton of restaurants and stores. Also, Old San Juan, which is also a prime area for restaurants, was a short taxi ride away. Yes, as a food blogger, I had to make sure I was going to have plenty of food options!


Unfortunately, I didn't make sure my DSLR was always on me so some of these are less than stellar phone pictures! So, I'll try to make my descriptions as vivid as possible :P

6.28.2016

Greek Vegetable Pizza


Hi everyone!

I am so excited to be a guest blogger for Meriem as she unpacks and organizes. My name is Lauren Kelly and my blog is Lauren Kelly Nutrition. I am a nutritionist, healthy recipe blogger and cookbook author. I love sharing healthy recipes and I hope you like this Greek Vegetable Pizza (straight from my cookbook, The Greek Yogurt Cookbook!)


This pizza can be a simple appetizer or easy enough to make as a lunch or dinner. I love Greek yogurt for it’s protein and its versatility. This is so simple, yet so tasty.


You can easily add cooked, diced chicken if you’d like, or experiment with your favorite vegetables and cheeses. Chopped mint is an excellent garnish, and melds well with the Greek flavors of this dish.

Please come and visit me on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest! Have a great day!

6.17.2016

Chocolate Walnut Twist Bread


Well hello there everyone! It feels so good to be back! Though I am not REALLY back yet, just popping in to say hello, I'm alive and well! I'm officially a married woman and living in the Midwest now! It's definitely going to take some time adjusting, not to mention unpacking. So, I have a few friends guest posting for me in the meantime. Take it away Nancy!


Hi everyone, I’m Nancy from gotta get baked and I’ve been a very bad blogger. I haven’t baked or posted anything in what feels like forever. So what’s brought me out of my self-imposed solitary? When a friend needs help, I spring into action!


The lovely Meriem is caught up in a whirlwind of activities right now and she asked if I could guest post while she’s getting married and moving. Phew! I mean, only one of those activities would be crazy stressful but two at the same time! Meriem, you’re super woman.


I wanted to make something rich, decadent and beautiful but also comforting and easy to make. I wracked my brain for a loooooong time before I decided on this chocolate walnut twist bread.