Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts – A Twist on the Classic Lemon Meringue Pie

If you are on dessert duty this Easter (or any Holiday really) then you NEED to make these Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts! They are the easiest dessert you can make, and will impress even the biggest Lemon Meringue fans in your family. I even added a little extra ingredient to the tarts that is sure to crown you the dessert Queen (or King!). When I think of lemons and desserts I automatically go to pies/tarts, but I really wanted to step it up and give you something fun and new. This is where the raspberry comes in! It is just the right amount of sweet mixed with the tartness of the lemon, and leaves your taste buds singing in happiness! And, it makes these gorgeous tarts even prettier once you bite into them (yes it is possible!).

Lemon-Meringue-Tarts

I have loved making pies since I was a teenager, from the homemade crust to the endless fillings, everything about pie makes me happy…but when a Holiday like Easter comes around I always start to stress out about how I will have the time to make the main meal and all the desserts everyone has come to expect from me. That my friends is why I am sharing this super easy, and fast, recipe with you today (hint: you only have to make the meringue from scratch!). Anyways, enough talking, let’s get to those Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts shall we?!

Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts -Easy and Quick!

Raspberry Lemon Meringue Tarts -Easy and Quick!

Ingredients

  • 2 pkg of 12 three inch Tart Shells (or you can make your own!)
  • 1 pkg Lemon Pie Filling Mix (generally requires eggs and water)
  • 1/2 c Raspberry Preserves
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 c Sugar

Instructions

  1. Prepare Tart Shells as per the package and allow to cool. Spoon about 1 tsp of raspberry jam into the bottom of each tart.
  2. Set oven to 425 degrees Farienheight.
  3. In the meantime, prepare Lemon Filling according to package (*Save your egg whites to use for meringue!), spoon into your cooked tart shells and and set aside while you prepare your meringue.
  4. In stand mixer whisk egg whites on high for about 30 seconds. Slowly add in the sugar and whisk on high until stiff peaks form (about 1-2 minutes)
  5. Spoon onto your filled tarts and fluff (see tips below for making it stick!).
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned on top.
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There is nothing wrong with using store bought tart shells and lemon pie filling mix. I repeat, NOTHING WRONG! It is just as tasty as homemade and will save you so much time! I personally prefer to use Tenderflake 3″ Tart Shells (they are larger than the quiche shells you can buy, which means more Lemon Meringue for you!) and I have been using the Shirriff Lemon Pie Mix for years! You can use your favorite brands, or make your own if you want to go all out.

The easiest dessert you can make for Easter! The raspberry preserve adds the right amount of sweetness to this classic Lemon Meringue Tart.

The easiest dessert you can make for Easter! The raspberry preserve adds the right amount of sweetness to this classic Lemon Meringue Tart.

tips and tricks for the perfect raspberry lemon meringue tarts
  • Make sure you cook your tart shells until they are lightly golden, you do not want them to be mushy under the lemon meringue, this step is VITAL!
  • The lemon curd should cool slightly before filling your shells, you do not want to put it in right from the stove top (although the package will tell you otherwise!).
  • For the meringue, make sure your egg whites are COLD. In fact, make sure your bowl is cold too! Put it in the fridge for 10 minutes before whisking to make sure it is the right temperature.
  • Before putting your meringue on to your tarts take a small amount and spread on top of the tarts. Using a bamboo skewer (or fork) lightly scrape it into your lemon curd. This helps the meringue stick so it doesn’t fall off when you take a bite!
  • Once you spoon the meringue onto your tarts use the skewer to “fluff” it to get those gorgeous peaks you see above!
  • Keep a close eye on them in the oven, you don’t want to burn the meringue.


Kale and Broccoli Salad- New Salad Favorite!

I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys today! It is part of the monthly Recipe Swap that I am a part of, which I grow to love more and more every single month! It really gives me the chance to try some amazing recipes which I then get to share with you. This month I had The Cheerful Kitchen and chose to make their Kale and Broccoli Salad which I can guarantee you will become your new go-to salad for any event. 

Kale-Broccoli-Slaw

This Kale and Broccoli Salad is loaded with so many good-for- you foods, from the kale, broccoli and cabbage, to the pepitas that you sprinkle on top, it is a feel good dish that your friends will beg you to make for them again and again. I love that it makes such a big bowl too, there is more than enough to go around at a dinner party, or keep for yourself for lunches! It comes together in minutes and the dressing is  a perfect compliment with its slight acidity and tang…in fact I am already thinking of how well the dressing would go with a number of salad dishes I make. We took a couple of short cuts with this one, although you can shred the broccoli and cabbage yourself, I went for my go-to mix from my local grocery store. The nice thing with the mix that I use is that it also has carrots in it which add to the already beautiful colors in this salad.

Kale and Broccoli Salad- with Creamy Coleslaw Dressing

Kale and Broccoli Salad- with Creamy Coleslaw Dressing

Ingredients

  • • 2 cups washed and chopped kale
  • • 1 pacakge of broccoli slaw (with cabbage and carrots in it)
  • • 1/3 cup Mayo
  • • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (or White Wine Vinegar)
  • • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • • 1/2 Teaspoon Celery seeds
  • • Sunflower or Pumpkin seeds for garnish
  • If you want to shred the cabbage and broccoli yourself you will need : 1/2 cup red cabbage, 2 cups green cabbage, 2 cups broccoli (use a box grater or food processor with the appropriate blade for shredding).

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cabbage, kale and broccoli and combine them in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard, salt, pepper and celery seeds.
  3. Pour the dressing over the greens and mix until combined.
  4. Cover and put in the fridge until you are ready to serve (at least 30 mins).
  5. You can make this salad the day before by mixing in half of the dressing and reserving the other half until you are ready to serve.
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So what do you think?! I bet you are ready to go and make this right now! Be sure to let me know what you think of it, and if you make it for an event you can even tag me on Instagram! Stay tuned for some really YUMMY Easter Recipes coming next week!

This Kale and Broccoli Salad is loaded with flavor from the cabbage, kale and broccoli to the creamy dressing and pepitas that you put on top! A new favorite salad for any night of the week that is pretty enough for BBQs, picnics and family events too!

This Kale and Broccoli Salad is loaded with flavor from the cabbage, kale and broccoli to the creamy dressing and pepitas that you put on top! A new favorite salad for any night of the week that is pretty enough for BBQs, picnics and family events too!

Find the original recipe here, along with many other yummy dishes from The Cheerful Kitchen!


Banana Apple Muffins with Oats

Well friends it is time for another Recipe Swap, who’s excited!? This month I had my good friends over at FizlDizl and I chose to make their Banana Apple Muffins…I mean who doesn’t like a good muffin on an otherwise grey Spring day? They are delicious on their own or enjoyed with a nice cup of tea. These muffins are super easy to make and are full of so much flavor! I loved the addition of the oats as well, it gave them a great texture and helped to bind the apple and banana together nicely.

Muffins

 

Okay, is that not the CUTEST tea towel you have ever seen!? My sister gave them to me at Christmas and honestly I am so in love with them! Anyways…back to the muffins!

The original recipe called for a boxed Banana Bread mix, which is totally awesome if you don’t want to make your own, however I chose to use an old Banana Bread recipe that I had and incorporated the rest of the ingredients for these delicious Banana Apple Muffins. I love how versatile the recipe is as well, you can really use whatever apples you have on hand (I used Gala, the original recipes uses Granny Smith) and you probably have the rest of the ingredients you need to make them tonight. The addition of some subtle spice really sets these muffins apart, they turned out AMAZING and I know that you guys will love them too!

Banana Apple Muffins with Oats

Banana Apple Muffins with Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c Butter
  • 1 c Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Bananas (mashed)
  • 1/2 lg Apple (finely grated)
  • 1/4 c Dried Cranberries (chopped)
  • 2 lg Eggs
  • 1 1/4 c Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 c Oats (quick cooking)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, place muffin liners in muffin tray and set aside.
  2. In a mixer cream together your butter and sugar. Add in your eggs and beat thoroughly. Mix in mashed Bananas and grated Apple until combined.
  3. Sift your dry ingredients together in a medium bow (Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Cinnamon, Nutmeg) and slowly add to your wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Add in Oats and Cranberries and stir (again until just combined, you do not want to overmix them).
  5. Fill muffin cups to 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 17-20 minutes depending on your oven. They are done when a toothpick comes out clean, or until slightly brown on top.
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Tips and Tricks for the best banana apple muffins
  • Bananas not ripe? That’s okay! Here is a sweet trick to get them ready for you to bake NOW! Place bananas on a try in an oven set to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 10 minutes (until peel turns brown/black) allow them to cool before squishing them out!
  • Use a Cookie Scoop to fill your muffin cups, this will ensure they are the same size and can cook evenly.
  • Use Muffin Liners, trust me! When making muffins, especially ones with oats, you want to line your tin so they come out nicely…otherwise you will be scraping chunks of muffin out of the muffin tray!
  • Keep an eye on them when they are cooking, but don’t open the oven door! You want to make sure you do not overcook them, and because oven temperatures vary you want to ensure you take them out when they are done.
Banana Apple Muffins - A delicious and healthy muffin recipe that is loaded with fruit, flavor and a hint of spice! Super easy to make muffins that use a banana bread base to create a new family favorite!

Banana Apple Muffins – A delicious and healthy muffin recipe that is loaded with fruit, flavor and a hint of spice! Super easy to make muffins that use a banana bread base to create a new family favorite!

Find the original recipe HERE and be sure to check out FizlDizl for more than just your recipes! They have an amazing Shop Page where sales from their beautiful handcrafted products go towards helping those less fortunate. I seriously LOVE these guys!

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread Fries

Get ready to have your mind blown, this Butter Chicken Poutine is not your “normal” poutine recipe…no no, I decided to use Naan Bread as my fries! Oh ya, you definitely read that right, and you are going to want to grab a pen and make your shopping list now because this recipe is AMAZING!

So, what sparked this GENIUS IDEA you ask?! Well, as part of one of my blogging groups there are monthly challenges using a specific recipe item or dish, in this case it was Naan Bread, we then create a dish and share within the group so that everyone can see what was created. When I first saw the idea I thought “Pizza! We do Naan Bread pizzas weekly in our house…so quick and easy…” but then I thought I wanted to go further with it and give you guys something you haven’t seen before. And that is exactly what I did! Look at it, so gloriously yummy!

Butter-Chicken-Poutine

 

Not only is this recipe full of flavor, but it is actually really, REALLY easy to make too!  The butter chicken is placed on top of the crispy Naan Bread (don’t worry I’ll tell you how to do this too) and then smothered in cheese and cilantro. What isn’t there to love about this dish?! Every single bite that you take leaves you wanting more…it’s a good thing this recipe makes enough to serve 4 dinner sized portions!

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread Fries

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg Naan Bread (you only need 3 for the recipe)
  • 5-6 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • 1 jar Butter Chicken Sauce (I used KFI but you can use any one you love!)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken into cubes and cook according to directions on sauce (generally, you pan fry chicken until browned, add sauce and cook for 5 mins on low simmer)
  2. Set oven to low broil and place 3 Naan Bread inside (**Keep an eye so they don't burn!) flip after about 2-3 mins when they get slightly crisp and broil additional 2 mins.
  3. Cut Naan into "fry sticks" and set aside.
  4. In a small bowl assemble ingredients as follows: Naan fries, Butter Chicken, Cheese Cilantro. Have fun and add as much or as little for the above ingredients!
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There are a couple things I am already thinking about for the next time we make this too! First, I would love to try it with some plain Greek yogurt on top, or even some crumbles of goat cheese. I think this would give it a really nice tangy flavor! Also, I would love to try it with actual cheese curds (these are traditionally used when making poutine!). With that said, this dish is incredible just as it is, and I know you will love it too!

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread "Fries"! A fun and EASY twist on a traditional poutine using Butter Chicken!

Butter Chicken Poutine with Naan Bread “Fries”! A fun and EASY twist on a traditional poutine using Butter Chicken!


Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Oooo do I have a TREAT in store for you guys today! If you enjoy indulging in a slice of chocolate cake every once in awhile, but just don’t have the time or patience to make it, don’t you worry…your newest and QUICKEST recipe is here : Mug Cakes!! These tasty desserts seem to be growing in popularity, and for really good reason if you ask me! The Mug Cake Recipes that I have for you guys are awesome for a few reasons; they take under 5 minutes from start to finish (yep that includes cooking time), they use ingredients that you already have on hand, and they are just simply DELICIOUS ! Guys, don’t just take my word for it…look at them!

Peanut-Butter-Brownie-Mug-Cake

 

This is the Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake (with a gooey peanut butter middle!). Find the recipe for both Mug Cakes below!

Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Microwave Mug Cake Recipes – Salted Caramel and Chocolate Brownie!

Ingredients

    Salted Caramel Chocolate Mug Cake
  • 1/4 c Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt (Sea Salt)
  • 2.5 tsp Caramel Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chocolate Chips (semi-sweet or milk)
  • 1/4 c Milk (heat in microwave 12 seconds)
  • 2 tbsp Butter (melted, allow to cool)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Mug Cake
  • See above and substitute caramel sauce for peanut butter, eliminate salt and increase sugar to 2.5 tbsp.

Instructions

  1. Heat milk and melt butter, set aside.
  2. In small bowl sift together flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  3. For Caramel Cake: add in 1 tsp caramel sauce, milk and butter. Mix well until there are no clumps. Mix in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour half of mixture in mug, add additional 1 tsp caramel sauce and top with the rest of batter.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute, drizzle with remainder of caramel and sprinkle with salt.
  6. For Chocolate Brownie Cake: Steps 1 and 2 above, then add in milk and butter mixing until no clumps. Add in chocolate chips. Pour batter into mug. Gently form peanut butter into log using two spoons and push into the center of batter. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Top with icing sugar if desired!
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Did you even finish reading the recipe before you started to gather your ingredients (ha!) I don’t blame you, they are super easy to make and really will curb any sweet tooth you have! Another thing love about any Mug Cake recipes is that you can really customize it to your own tastes. As long as you have your basic ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, butter) you can really get creative and add in things that you love! Why not try a chocolate coconut mug cake? Or how about a peanut butter and jelly mug cake?! The possibilities are really endless!

looking for more sweet treats?!
  • Check out my Dessert page, you will find a nice mixture of easy and decadent treats to make for any craving!
  • Check out this delicious Monkey Bread from our friends at FizlDizl!
  • Want a new muffin recipe?! Try our Coconut Carrot Muffins!
Two Minute Mug Cake Recipes! Features a Salted Caramel Mug Cake AND a Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake with a Ooey Peanut Butter middle! Your new go-to dessert any night of the week!

Two Minute Mug Cake Recipes! Features a Salted Caramel Mug Cake AND a Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake with a Ooey Peanut Butter middle! Your new go-to dessert any night of the week!


Valentine’s Treats – A Special Round-Up!

Hey guys!! Who is as EXCITED as I am that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner?! There is really something about this “holiday” that makes me want to eat sweets, and nothing is more fun that  some cute Valentine’s Treats…although if we are being honest, I don’t generally need an excuse to indulge! I decided that it would be fun to put together a round-up for you guys with the BEST goodies from myself as well as some fellow bloggers who seem to love “love” as much as I do!

Oh, and don’t worry, if you aren’t into all that overly sweet, chocolaty goodness I have put some other fun ideas on here for you to make for your sweetie (although we can’t be friends if you don’t like chocolate!!). Enjoy! <3

easy nutella brownies:The Olive Blogger

These are a GAME CHANGER guys! I posted them a couple of weeks ago, and if you didn’t check them out then, you will want to do that NOW! They are incredibly easy to make and their fudgey deliciousness will give you all the feels for Valentines Day. 

Nutella-Brownies

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

copycat bounty bar chocolate hearts: from allergy girl eats

Coconut and chocolate shaped into adorable little hearts…who wouldn’t love this treat?! I am a sucker for a Bounty Bar so I personally cannot WAIT to make this one!

Copycat-Bounty-Bar

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

champagne cupcakes: from simply made recipes

These adorable pink cupcakes are topped with a champagne frosting and finished off with a sweet raspberry drizzle! Mmm talk about show stopping treat! The best part? It uses a boxed cake mix making it perfect for a last minute goodie.

Champagne-Cupcakes-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

Love knot cookies: From you can eat now

A simple and delicious cookie you can make any time of year, but they are especially perfect for Valentines! Think about the symbolism with these cuties, I think they are the perfect Valentine’s treats for the kiddos to bring to daycare/class for their friends.

Love-Knot-Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

valentine strawberry pop tarts: from kitchen counter chronicles 

Looking for the perfect way to start the day?! Start with these “Pop Tarts” in the shape of hearts! They look delish, filled with a strawberry jam and topped off with a simple icing! The kiddos can even get in on this one, finishing them off with fun sprinkles!

strawberry-pop-tart-valentines-day-dessert

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

chocolate cherry cobbler: from trisha dishes

Guys!! This is one decadent treat and it is probably one of the easiest to make (yay!). It is done in the slow-cooker, which makes it a “set it and forget it” kinda dessert (bonus points for that) so you can focus on your sweetie while this cooks away! 

Chocolate-Cherry-Cobbler

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

black bottom raspberry vanilla creme brulee bars:from my kitchen love

This dessert features an Oreo crumb base topped with a vanilla creme full of raspberries, I mean c’mon it really doesn’t get any better than this!

Raspberry-Vanilla-Creme-Brule-Bars

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the Recipe! 

dark chocolate mousse with candied kumkuats: from diversivore

Here is a dessert that is sure to impress the love in your life! The mousse is “Smooth, airy, and chocolaty” and our friend Sean at Diversivore then adds another delicious element by incorporating candied kumkuats! Say what!? Simply put, they are a citrus type fruit that add a serious depth to this dish!

Dark-Chocolate-Mousse-with-Candied-Kumquats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

vegan chocolate covered strawberries: from 80 twenty nutrition 

A true classic !! Who doesn’t remember at least one Valentines Day where your sweetie gave you some Chocolate Covered Strawberries?! This recipe is sure to please, and gets bonus points for being vegan, low in calories and having NO added sugar!

Chocolate-Covered-Strawberries

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

cinnamon heart snickerdoodles: from lively mess

A truly adorable cookie that is light and fluffy and has a sweet and slightly spicy surprise…Cinnamon candy hearts! This update on the Snickerdoodle (a traditional Christmas cookie) has got me all excited!

Cinnamon-heart-snickerdoodle-cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

extra chocolate lave cake: From my organic diary

Another classic for us as far as Valentine’s Treats go…Chocolate Lava Cakes mmm! This is a super easy recipe, meaning even if you have zero kitchen skills you can make it for your sweetie. I even love the instructions provided to FREEZE some for later (you know, if you don’t eat them all at once)!

Extra-Chocolate-Lava-Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe!

Are you feeling SWEET yet!? I don’t even know where to start with all the goodies above…I mean really, I can feel my waistline growing by the second! I thought I would throw in a few “extra” goodies for you guys to check out as well! These may not be your “traditional” Valentine’s Treats but they are sure to become a favorite to incorporate year after year!

Strawberry bacon roses: from the primal desire

Oh ya, you read that right!!! Strawberry Bacon Roses with a chocolate balsamic vinegar reduction to top it all off…are you drooling?? I know I sure am! I think these will make my hubby very verrryyy happy!

Paleo-Valentine-Bacon-Roses

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies: from fizldizl

Yep  I went there!!! If you are traditional then this is the recipe for you! You can choose to “dress it up” with some vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce served warm from the oven, or eat em straight up! You can even write cute little love messages on them and give them out to co-workers, friends or your kids! 

chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

sparkling unicorn drink: from the olive blogger

Here is something you don’t see everyday…a unicorn! Okay…maybe not, but it is just as interesting as one! I came up with this drink for Mother’s Day last year and have made it many, many times since then! It is super light and refreshing, and is the perfect way to add a special touch to your meal!

Summer-Spritzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

warm figs with goat cheese and balsamic glaze: from 80 twenty nutrition

Looking to start the night off right?! Cook up this delicious appetizer and sit back while your sweetie praises your “hard work”…they don’t have to know how easy this one was to make!

fig-balsamic-glaze-goat-cheese

 

 

 

 

 

Click HERE for the recipe! 

A sweet round-up with over 14 different Valentines Treats for your sweetie! Features everything from Chocolate Lava Cakes to Champagne Cupcakes and everything in between!

A sweet round-up with over 14 different Valentines Treats for your sweetie! Features everything from Chocolate Lava Cakes to Champagne Cupcakes and everything in between!

Ok guys, that is IT! I think that should be enough inspiration and deliciousness to get your Valentines Day started! Now get planning and let me know what goodies you choose to make!

 


Top 5 Recipes of 2016 – Cake, Cookies and MORE

What a year 2016 was!!! It was such a roller coaster year for me, in both my personal and professional life, but there is one thing that stayed constant for me and that is THIS BLOG! I love being able to share with you guys so many delicious meals, snacks, treats etc! And from what I can tell, you guys LOVED it too!

I decided to participate in a “Round-Up” of sorts, with some of my fellow bloggers so we could see what our most popular recipes of 2016 were and share them with you guys in one fun place! Below you will find my Top 5 Recipes for 2016  as well as a link to the main page where you will find so many yummy eats from a wide array of food bloggers! I hope you enjoy, and please be sure to let me know if you had a favorite (bonus points if you made it!).

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Dainty shortbread cookies with Christmas sprinkles, on baking sheet

This cookie was our most POPULAR post last year and with good reason too!!! It is such a simple yet flavorful cookie that literally melts in your mouth, and it’s perfect for any time of year (but featured for our Christmas Baking Frenzy).

Butter Lemon Snow Drop Cookies

Butter-Lemon-Snow-Drops

No surprise that a cookie recipe took both the #1 and #2 spot for us last year, especially one a tasty as this Butter Lemon Snow Drop. This cookie was featured from a fellow blogger as part of our Christmas Baking Frenzy as well!

BEef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

This is by far my favorite dinner recipe up on the blog, so it is no surprise to me that it came in as one of the top 5 from last year!! It is so EASY and TASTY and inexpensive (with the use of ground beef) that it is a perfect meal for any night of the week.

Chocolate Peanut Butter CAke

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Mmm…that is all I need to say about this one! What a SPECIAL treat to make for birthdays, holidays, dinner parties etc. It is swirled with chocolate and peanut butter batters to create a heavenly cake that everyone will love. Best enjoyed with others so you don’t eat the whole thing!

Christmas baking frenzy- 13 days of goodies

Christmas-Biscotti

This 13 Day post features different cookies, squares, truffles and bars everyday that we like to make around the Holidays to give to friends and family to enjoy! There is a treat for everyone on this list, and even many treats you can make year-round.

 

 

Well, there you have it! What did you think of our Top 5 Recipes?? Did you have a favorite that wasn’t on the list? And what about this year…what would you like to see? Let me know in the comments so I can get creative and get cooking!

Carrot Coconut Muffins – A MUST Try Muffin Recipe

With the mild weather we have been having here I was in the mood this week to bake up some muffins…but not just any kind! I invited my mom over (we have a weekly Wednesday bake/cook date!) and told her we were going to be making muffins and she suggested carrot…but with a TWIST!! We ended up deciding on Carrot Coconut Muffins, two of my favorite things in one muffin, and got to work on the recipe to make it perfect for you! And let me just tell you…they are AMAZING! They are perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy top, and the coconut compliments the carrot with a gentle sweetness you aren’t expecting.

Muffin-Batter

 

Notice how I topped them off with the shredded coconut before going into the oven? This gave them a lovely toasted coconut top to bite into…YUM!

Carrot Coconut Muffins

Carrot Coconut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 c Flour
  • 1/2 c Margarine (you can use butter if you prefer but this works just fine!)
  • 1/2 c Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c Granulated Sugar
  • 3 c Shredded Carrots (about 3 lg carrots)
  • 2 Lg Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 c Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 c Shredded Sweetened Coconut (+more for topping)
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners
  2. In stand mixer cream together margarine with sugars until light and fluffy. Add in oil, eggs and vanilla and beat on medium-high until mixed together.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices, and salt). Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Stir in the shredded carrot and coconut.
  5. Fill muffin cups (all the way if you want a nice fluffy and full muffin!) and cook for 22 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean).
  6. Remove and allow to cool.
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These Muffins are perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy top, and the coconut compliments the carrot with a gentle sweetness you aren't expecting. Add them to your baking list now!

These Muffins are perfectly moist with a slightly crunchy top, and the coconut compliments the carrot with a gentle sweetness you aren’t expecting. Add them to your baking list now!

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE PERFECT carrot coconut MUFFINs EVERY TIME!
  • Use a julienne peeler to make shredding your carrots super easy!
  • Do not over mix your batter, once you add your dry ingredients you want to mix until just combined…this will keep them fluffy and light!
  • Be sure to sift your dry ingredients before adding them to the wet, this ensures you don’t end up with clumps of baking soda all in one bite.
  • Use a cookie scoop to fill muffin liners and prevent a sticky mess on the pan that will burn in the oven! This also makes sure you have the same amount in each cup, which means even cooking times!
  • If you are looking for nice full top muffins you want to make sure you are filling your muffin cups to the top! This gives them the perfect muffin top! (take a look at the picture above to see how much I filled my muffin cups).
  • You can freeze these (and most muffins) in a tightly sealed container so you can enjoy them later!

Well, what are you waiting for?! I bet you have all the ingredients you need to make these Carrot Coconut Muffins RIGHT NOW!

Easy Nutella Brownies – Fudgey and Chewy!

I am gonna just start by saying that these Nutella Brownies are the BEST brownies you will ever make!!! And I do not say that lightly friends. As you know I am a major chocoholic and brownies may as well be listed as a food group for me.

Easy Nutella Brownies - The BEST brownie you will ever make! Perfectly chewy and full of Nutella flavor! Check out this recipe and more at TheOliveBlogger.com

Easy Nutella Brownies – The BEST brownie you will ever make! Perfectly chewy and full of Nutella flavor! Check out this recipe and more at TheOliveBlogger.com

As part of this months Blogger Recipe Swap that I participate in I was tasked with making something from Aileen Cooks (you guys gotta check her out!). I had so much trouble finding just ONE thing to make but as soon as I saw her Nutella Brownies I was done…heart stopped, drool running down my face, done. I mean can you blame me…look at them!!!

Fudgey-Nutella-Brownies

 

Just looking at that giant plate of goodness makes me want more…sadly we brought them all to a dinner party with friends and they were DEVOURED which meant no leftovers for us! But hey that’s okay, just means I get to make another batch…just for me…for me and my hubby of course!

Easy Nutella Brownies

Easy Nutella Brownies

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ cups Nutella
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a square 8x8 baking dish and set aside.
  2. Combine Nutella, eggs, and vanilla in stand mixer until well combined.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the Nutella mixture until JUST combined.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips and gently mix in.
  6. Pour the brownie batter into the greased baking dish and bake 22-25 minutes.
  7. Let cool before serving.
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Be sure to check out the original recipe and many other yummy eats over at Aileen Cooks!

Chicken BLTA Salad with Avocado Dressing

I am so excited to feature this Chicken BLTA Salad from my friend Amber over at Simply Made Recipes! It is a delicious and fresh salad to help start your new year off right! This salad is LOADED with veggies and protein and is even topped off with a delicious avocado “bomb” sauce, which makes it perfect for lunch or dinner.

Chicken-Salad

 

Are you wondering what the BLTA stands for?? Well let me tell you!

B: Bacon

L: Lettuce

T: Tomato

A: Avocado

I mean, really guys, this salad is guaranteed to become a new favorite in your household!! Enjoy!

Chicken BLTA Salad. A delicious salad loaded with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and avocados and topped off with an awesome avocado dressing! Guest post up now!

Chicken BLTA Salad. A delicious salad loaded with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and avocados and topped off with an awesome avocado dressing! Guest post up now!

Chicken BLTA Salad with Avocado Dressing

Chicken BLTA Salad with Avocado Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 chicken breast (cooked and cooled, cut into strips)
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • desired amount of "Bomb"Sauce (from Simply Made Recipes)
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Try these other recipes along with your Salad!!