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Reese’s Crispy Cereal Bars

Reese's Crispy Cereal Bars - You're average rice crispy treats are getting a makeover thanks to lots of peanut butter and chocolate. Made only with Reese's Puffs cereal, Reese's Pieces, marshmallows and butter, this will be your new favorite afternoon treat!

Reese’s Crispy Cereal Bars – You’re average rice crispy treats are getting a makeover thanks to lots of peanut butter and chocolate. Made only with Reese’s Puffs cereal, Reese’s Pieces, marshmallows and butter, this will be your new favorite afternoon treat!

If you’ve been following this blog regularly, you know how I feel about peanut butter and chocolate. This duo is one of my favorites and I am not shy about sayin’ it. In fact, I have tons of recipes on the blog that highlight this love affair of mine. Some of my favorites are:

I realized that it’s been far too long that I last shared a peanut butter chocolate recipes so I just had to bring you something new today. This recipe is incredibly easy and features this duo in a whole new way.

Check out my Reese’s Crispy Cereal Bars!

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Tiramisu Cupcakes - A mini, easy-to-eat version of the classic Italian dessert. Made with vanilla cupcakes brushed with espresso and topped with a marscapone whipped cream.

Tiramisu Cupcakes – A mini, easy-to-eat version of the classic Italian dessert. Made with vanilla cupcakes brushed with espresso and topped with a marscapone whipped cream.

Tiramisu has been one of my favorite desserts for as long as I can remember. Olive Garden used to be a place we went to to celebrate and every time we went, I got to have a taste of their incredible tiramisu. Even after having tiramisu at the fanciest of Italian restaurants, theirs is still my favorite. I think only Italy itself can produce a better version. I guess I’ll just have to visit to know for sure!

Rather than just make a traditional tiramisu, I wanted to try to master them in cupcake form. I’ve only had one tiramisu cupcake that actually tasted like tiramisu and that was because of the espresso-soaked cake.

Other versions have tried to use an espresso chocolate cupcake or even espresso buttercream stuffed in a chocolate cupcake. But anyone who knows anything about tiramisu is that the only chocolate in the dessert is cocoa dusted on top. How dare they use a chocolate cake base and call it tiramisu!

Don’t you worry – I got your back with my more authentic version and I’m sharing it with you today! Check them out!

Sparkling Jalapeño Limeade

Sparkling Jalapeño Limeade - This refreshing homemade limeade is made by creating a cilantro jalapeño simple syrup and combining with fresh lime juice and sparkling water. It's the best thing to enjoy all summer long!

Sparkling Jalapeño Limeade – This refreshing homemade limeade is made by creating a cilantro jalapeño simple syrup and combining with fresh lime juice and sparkling water. It’s the best thing to enjoy all summer long!

Hooray for summer! I am loving this warm weather, but even more, I am so excited to start using tons of fresh produce again.

You’ve seen a few samples of my produce-filled recipes this past month, like this Southern Cobb salad or this pineapple sorbet.

But thanks to my break from alcohol as I grow this baby in my belly, my new-found love is making homemade sodas like this grapefruit soda. They’re so refreshing, yet unbelievably simple to make. So I have another yummy soda recipe to share with guys today!

This recipe is inspired by my love of spicy margaritas. I’m not a spicy fan, whatsoever. But there’s just something about a hint of spice in a cool, refreshing margarita that just tastes magical. So I’ve recreated here in this nonalcoholic version.

Check out my Sparkling Jalapeño Margarita!

Southern Cobb Salad

Southern Cobb Salad - A Southern take on a Cobb salad, loaded with fried chicken tenders, fresh strawberries, grapes, Granny Smith apples, candied pecans and crumbled goat cheese. Served with a homemade poppyseed dressing.

Southern Cobb Salad – A Southern take on a Cobb salad, loaded with fried chicken tenders, fresh strawberries, grapes, Granny Smith apples, candied pecans and crumbled goat cheese. Served with a homemade poppyseed dressing.

Salad? What’s this about a salad recipe???

Yeah, yeah, I know I don’t post a lot of these salad recipes, but when I do, trust me, it’s gonna be incredible. Just look at this avocado and charred corn salad I post last summer. Or this orchard harvest salad from the fall. Both are loaded with hearty ingredients and a killer homemade salad dressing.

Because we’re heading into prime season for produce, I thought I’d share another great salad recipe for you guys. But this one has a hint of indulgence that we love so much here and it comes in the form of fried chicken. Nothing makes a salad better than some fried chicken.

Along with the fried chicken, there are a few other Southern-inspired ingredients like candied pecans, crumbled goat cheese, and Granny smith apples. So I call this salad my Southern Cobb Salad. Check it out!

Kentucky Derby Cookie Bars

Kentucky Derby Cookie Bars - You haven't had derby pie like this - a chocolate chip cookie crust is topped with a Derby Pie filling made with pecans, chocolate chips, and a hint of bourbon. Oh and don't forget to top them with gooey homemade bourbon caramel sauce!

Kentucky Derby Cookie Bars – You haven’t had derby pie like this – a chocolate chip cookie crust is topped with a Derby Pie filling made with pecans, chocolate chips, and a hint of bourbon. Oh and don’t forget to top them with gooey homemade bourbon caramel sauce!

Welcome to May, everyone! Since it’s our first recipe of the month, it’s also our cookie recipe for this month.

As you know, I like to start each new month with a new cookie recipe. But as you also may know, sometimes I take liberties with the term “cookie.” I may use cookie flavors but make another dessert, like I did with these chocolate chip cookie dough cake pops. Because sometimes you just gotta keep it interesting, people.

Here are some other recipes where I stretched the limits of my cookie recipe creativity:

All of this is to lead up to today’s recipe, which is also a recipe that features cookie qualities, but isn’t technically a cookie. It’s more of a bar. A Kentucky Derby Pie Bar, to be exact. With the Derby coming up this weekend, these are the perfect bars to make for your festivities!

Loaded Texas Nachos

Loaded Texas Nachos - Individual crispy tortillas are loaded with refried beans, seasoned ground beef, and shredded cheese before they're toasted in the oven. Don't forget your favorite fresh toppings like sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo!

Loaded Texas Nachos – Individual crispy tortillas are loaded with refried beans, seasoned ground beef, and shredded cheese before they’re toasted in the oven. Don’t forget your favorite fresh toppings like sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo week, everyone! We started our celebrations yesterday by having our baby shower in the theme of a Mexican fiesta, with a full taco bar, fresh margaritas (virgin for me!), and even a piñata! It was so fun to celebrate our little señorita with all of our friends and family. She already so loved!

And please excuse my husband…Apparently, his fake mustache turned him into a tough guy who thinks smiling is overrated!

In keeping with the theme, today’s recipe is one you need to serve at your Cinco de Mayo fiestas this weekend. But before we get to it, here are some other recipes that need to make an appearance, as well:

The above are fun remixes of traditional Mexican dishes. But you also gotta serve up the classics, right?! So that’s why I am bringing you these Loaded Texas Nachos today!

Rosemary & Olive Oil Focaccia Bread

Rosemary & Olive Oil Focaccia Bread - Incredibly fluffy and flavorful focaccia bread that comes together in less than 2 hours, from start to finish.

Rosemary & Olive Oil Focaccia Bread – Incredibly fluffy and flavorful focaccia bread that comes together in less than 2 hours, from start to finish.

When chatting about my homemade bagels earlier this week, I told you how much of a carbaholic I am . Welp, count yourself lucky because this carb addiction has brought you another incredible bread recipe this week. Double the carbs, double the fun!

Focaccia is something that I learned to love only recently. I used to think it was too “bready” and dry – chewy, crusty bread was more my style. It wasn’t until I made some from scratch in a cooking class that I really learned to love it.

My favorite thing about focaccia is that you can really get innovated with the recipe just by adding different toppings on the dough before baking. You can use sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers or various cheeses to make the focaccia just how you want it.

So out of all the combinations to be made, how am I possibly to chose one?! Well the choice was surprisingly simple. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with really good-quality olive oils so I wanted olive oil to be the star of this focaccia. You have not lived if you haven’t had bites of focaccia pockets loaded with olive oil! And rosemary packs just the punch of flavor that can take this focaccia to a whole other level so it’s the perfect pairing with the olive oil.

And so…I present to you my Rosemary & Olive Oil Focaccia Bread!

Homemade Bagels

Homemade Bagels – The chewiest homemade bagels you’ll ever make, with the perfect crispy, shiny shell on the outside. You won’t ever want to toast your bagels again after trying these!

Carbs rule my world. No matter how hard I try to avoid them, they manage to sneak back in to my life. And bread is by-far my favorite carb of them all.

I’ve made a few breads on the blog so far, including these garlic herb rolls, this festive pumpkin Challah, and, my most recent attempt, these super-fluffy sweet yeast rolls. And this week I have two more breads to add to the list!

The first is for chewy Homemade Bagels.

Pineapple Sorbet

Pineapple Sorbet – Only three ingredients are required to make this refreshing pineapple sorbet at home!

I know it’s only the beginning of Spring and most of you are still even getting some snow! But I can’t help but look ahead to the warm summer months and dream about the incredible weather, the endless barbecues, and tons of pool time.

And let’s not forget the incredibly refreshing frozen treats! Yup, that’s right – I’m already sharing a sorbet recipe today! I first introduced you guys to homemade sorbets last summer. Do you remember how unbelievably easy they are make?! All sorbets are made of three basic ingredients:

  1. fruit
  2. sugar
  3. water

You can even add in some booze to make the sorbet extra exciting, like I did with this peach riesling sorbet.

But given my preggers status, sadly, I’ll be leaving alcohol out of this sorbet. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still incredible that way!

Check out my Pineapple Sorbet!