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Coffee Bean CopyCat espresso cream cheese brownies

Espresso Cream Cheese Brownies

After a recent day full of shopping, we decided to recharge at Coffee Bean. Upon entering, there was a large photo of their new Espresso Cream Cheese Brownies that immediately caught my eye. Espresso had been on my mind after finding out that my favorite coffee store, Nespresso, opened up at the very mall that […]

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Rice Krispies® Treat Cutouts

Rice Krispies® Treat Cutouts

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayTreatMaking #CollectiveBias There are so many traditions to uphold during the holidays. Decorating, baking, gift giving, and of course cooking the big meal. All of this combined with the daily routines can be quite overwhelming at times, but […]

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Boozy Eggnog Shake

Boozy Eggnog Shake

So either you love eggnog or you hate. I like it, but don’t hate it. I prefer it in foods rather than a cocktail, but will treat myself to maybe half a glass during the holidays. Growing up however, I LOVED the Eggnog Shakes at Jack in the Box. My bus stop was right next […]

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Shortbread Cookies- 6 Ways

Shortbread Cookies- 6 Ways

By now most of you have probably started to figure out what recipes you will be baking for your Annual Cookie platter, or you may already be knee deep in dough. Now matter how sweet the results are, it can be stressful. Every year I find myself overwhelmed by ingredients and different recipes. I usually […]

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The Best Rugelach

The Best Rugelach

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheHoliday #CollectiveBias My annual Christmas cookies reflect my Californian/Hawaiian upbringing. They consist of a melting pot of culture cookies from people and places I have lived. I love learning about new holiday traditions and specialties from the people […]

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Easy Chalkboard Sugar Cookies

Chalkboard Christmas Cookies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeHolidayJoy #CollectiveBias During the holidays we love to entertain. With my kids’ and husband’s birthdays and major holidays every two weeks beginning in October and ending at the end of January, we always have a reason to celebrate! […]

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Zombie Party

Zombie Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, MARS. All opinions are mine alone. #BOOItForward #CollectiveBias It’s officially October which means we can finally start talking about Halloween. It’s about darn time as I have been planning it since early this summer. I have been wanting to throw a Zombie Party […]

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Football Watching Party

Football Watching Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #NotSoFastMom #CollectiveBias This year I have officially become a football mom. I have been a soccer mom for over a decade, but football is different. There is so much more energy in the bleachers! Now, don’t think […]

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Blackberry Crumb Bars and Ralphs' New Click List

Blackberry Crumb Bars and Ralphs’ New Click List

Have you ever needed just a few items at the store, but completely dreaded making an appearance in society that day. Or, are in desperate need of groceries because you teen miraculously devoured an entire week’s worth of snacks in one day, but you know that if you lug all the kids with you, your […]

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Cherry Hand Pies

Cherry Hand Pies

Holy cow I think that this has been my longest blogging break ever! We have been having an incredible summer with long beach days and playdates galore. Next week we leave on a fun European adventure, so prepping for that has been a big time sucker too! Before we leave, I wanted to share a […]

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No-Bake Grasshopper Pie

No-Bake Grasshopper Pie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BiteSizedBitsOfJoy #CollectiveBias Growing up, I would love to visit my aunt’s house. Unlike our home pantry that consisted of jars of flax seed and quinoa, her pantry was filled with delicious things like Keebler cookies. On occasion, if […]

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Blueberry Scones

Blueberry Scones

Our favorite time of year is finally here! My kids and I absolutely love to visit U-Pick farms around Southern California and create new and delicious items with everything that we have picked. While this may be a bit more expensive than purchasing the produce on sale at the local stores, the experiences that are […]

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Lemon Lime Madeleines

Lemon Lime Madeleines

I have so many lemons and limes on my fruit trees that literally everything that we have been consuming includes citrus. Not that it bothers me though, as lemon/lime is one of my favorite ingredients! Madeleines are a delicious “cookie” that are super simple to make and they store beautifully. They have quickly become one […]

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Easter French Macarons

Easter French Macarons

French Macarons are one of my favorite cookies to make for Easter. They add such a beautiful array of colors to my dessert table. I usually make quite a few batches in different flavors/pastels two weeks before Easter, then freeze them until the day of the party. It is always nice to have one less […]

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Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Cookies

Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Cookies

Before going on any trip, I research places to eat and things to do on my favorite travel blogs. Usually, if traveling within the US, good places are always easy to find. I am finding that information for the countries we are visiting this summer are a little more difficult, however. Even though I have […]

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Christmas Spritz Cookies

Christmas Spritz Cookies

Christmas Spritz Cookies are a must have on your holiday cookie platter. They are easy to make, delicious, and add that much needed pop of color! A few years back, my neighbor brought me over a big plate of these cookies. After years of passing out holiday treats to my neighbors, this was the first […]

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Mini Chocolate Pound Cakes

Mini Chocolate Pound Cakes

One of my favorite Black Friday stops is World Market. They always have a killer deal on Guittard chocolate chips and champagne. They also had some great deals baking pans. I couldn’t resist the mini bundt pan, despite already owning like 10! Seeing as how I came home with yet another cake pan and about […]

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An International Christmas Cookie Platter

An International Christmas Cookie Platter

For years I would try to continue my mother in law’s cookie tradition during the holidays for the sake of my husband, and every year I would hear the same thing, “These are good, but not quite as good as Mom’s.” After hearing this for about 5 years, I gave up and decided to create […]

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Cannoli Cake

Cannoli Cake

Having been raised in an Italian household, Cannolis are essential. I remember my grandfather making them for any and every special occasion. You knew that if you woke up to the smell of hot oil, you were going to have the perfect dessert later in the day. Although I love the traditional cannoli, I also […]

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At-Home Tailgating Party

At-Home Tailgating Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareYourSpirit #CollectiveBias It is football season, and while I don’t understand every call of the game, I do understand football food, which is more important anyway right? And because we only have soccer players (so far) in my […]

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