Pumpkin Cookies

pumpkin cookies with maple glaze

With fall quickly making its way into our neighborhood, I have been getting the cozy, domestic feeling inside that inspires me to bake my butt off. And what screams ‘fall’ more than pumpkin? I decided to look up a pumpkin cookies recipe and chose this one from Very Best Baking due to the great ratings.

While the I was making these cookies, I had a yummy stew cooking in the crock pot and plans to use the rest of the canned pumpkin for dog cookies. Treats all around! 

Pumpkin Cookies
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  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1...

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Skinny Coffee Club Review

skinny coffee club

A little background

After hearing about Skinny Coffee Club through Instagram, I thought it would be a fun thing to try and experiment with. I love juice cleanses. I’ve always been intrigued by a teatox and I love coffee, so this is the perfect match!

As with most things, I conducted a lot of research before making my purchase. Unfortunately, Skinny Coffee Club offers some sort of store credit for referrals, so I found a lot of artificially glowing reviews that didn’t really mention anything about results, simply for the purpose of pushing their referral code. Because of that, I decided that once I embark on my detox, I would write my own, honest review.

I like to consider myself pretty knowledgeable about health, weight loss and nutrition, so I’m not the type to have wildly unrealistic exp...

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

carrot cake cupcakes

Chris’ birthday happened recently, and knowing how much he loves carrot cake, I wanted to make him carrot cake cupcakes to celebrate. He has always raved about how much he loves his mom’s famous recipe, and due to many failed attempts to get it from her, I had to resort to finding my own recipe online. I decided to go with the one that had the most ratings on Allrecipes.com. I took some of the advice from the comments and made a few alterations, such as including brown sugar, nutmeg, and extra cinnamon. I also prefer baking with coconut oil as it is a healthy fat, so I used refined (virtually flavorless) coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. 

To mine and his delight, the cupcakes turned out absolutely deliciously and this will definitely be my go-to recipe going forward. I used a cream che...

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Peach Crisp

peach crisp

Getting a last-minute commission to bring dessert for a friend’s birthday + being in a lazy mood = I wanted to find something delicious but super easy to make. Luckily I got it right on the first try with this one! 

Being crazy about apple crisp and peaches and the fact that peaches are in season meant I had to combine my loves to make a peach crisp! This recipe is a slightly modified adaptation in which I reduced some of the sugar (definitely didn’t miss it!) and a few other ingredients.

As usual, my food photos are not the most aesthetically pleasing, but rest assured that this was absolutely delicious and nearly guilt-free!

Crisp topping for apple or peach crisp
A crumbly oats, cinnamon and sugar topping for desserts.
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Chewy, Delicious Gingersnap Cookies

gingersnap cookies

My dad occasionally reminds me how much he loves gingersnaps. It’s one tidbit I’ve stored up in my mental vault and I’ve made him a batch here and there. Well, since Father’s Day was coming up, I knew I wanted to make him some of these special cookies. 

I used a recipe found on Allrecipes, however instead of shortening, I decided to use refined coconut oil instead (it doesn’t taste like coconut at all). The result was the most perfect, chewy, delicious cookies! And because the recipe made so many cookies, I decided to split up the batch and bring cookies to my father-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law’s father who would all be at a family BBQ together. (I made sure to give my dad the most cookies, of course!)

Here is my altered recipe:

Gingersnap Cookies

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Peach Cobbler Cupcakes

Note to self: do not stray from trusted cupcake recipe!

I don’t know why I decided to try a new recipe instead of playing around with my trusty base cupcake recipe, but I did, and it was a sad failure (in my opinion). Unfortunately, the cake itself came out very dense and somewhat bland and flavorless. Sad panda! 🙁

So while I won’t be sharing a recipe with you in this post, I will share some of the processes I used, because I’m certain that if the cake base were correct, these cupcakes would have been fantastic! 

  1. Finely chop a fresh peach into pea-sized pieces. Use about 2/3 of a chopped peach in the batter.
  2. After filling batter into cupcake liners, sprinkle on some cinnamon brown sugar mixture and swirl it around with a toothpick.
  3. Add the other 1/3 of the chopped peach pieces into van...
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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

I am absolutely terrible at remembering to take photos – of my cupcakes and baked treats, and of fun life events and memories in general. It’s something I always look back and regret. But! Such is life. 

Anyway, I was commissioned to make cupcakes for my adorable niece’s 2nd birthday yesterday, and the theme was Minnie Mouse. So I got some mini Oreos for ears and red sugar bows for a simple but cute decoration. Unfortunately, this is the best photo I’ve got of a cupcake!

minnie mouse cupcake

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“Samoa” Girl Scout Dog Cookies

dog eating samoa cookie treat

When we were notified about the Girl Scout cookie recipe contest for 2016, they also let us know about a second contest they were hosting. This recipe contest was to come up with dog treats inspired by Girl Scout cookies. The first idea to enter my mind was to figure out a way to make cookies that look like Samoas but with dog-friendly ingredients. 

Well, unfortunately, a little brain fart prevented me from getting my recipe in on time, but I decided I still wanted to try it anyway. Have a look at the recipes below to see how I made these yummy cookies into dog treats. 

Samoa dog cookies base
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  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1/3 cup cornmeal
  3. 1 Tbsp coconut oil...

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Girl Scout Savannah Smiles Lemon Muddy Buddies

lemon muddy buddies

Another recipe idea I came up with for the Girl Scout cookie recipe contest was a sweet treat that’s easy to munch on. I’ve always had a slight obsession with the classic Chex Muddy Buddies (chocolate and peanut butter, who can resist?) so I thought it would be fun to take that same casual, crunchy treat and change it up.

Enter, Savannah Smiles. I knew these light, lemony cookies would make a great coating for a Chex treat so I came up with the following recipe.

I had my heart set on creating an Easter Chex mix type of snack with Easter colored M&Ms, nuts, and other mix-ins, but since the Easter candy isn’t in stores yet, it will have to wait until next time.

Savannah Smiles Lemon Muddy Buddies
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Thin Mint Macarons

thin mint macarons

I’m so thrilled to participate in the Girl Scout cookie recipe contest (and their dog cookie recipe contest, more on that later) again this year. I can’t believe this is my 5th year in a row with this contest! So, because I knew it was coming, I have been thinking about recipe ideas for the last few months, here and there. However, this recipe came to me only a few days ago and I was eager to try it out. Thin Mint macarons. Ambitious? Yes. Difficult? We’ll see…

After searching around for recipes, I decided to use the Martha Stewart recipe that I’ve used in the past since it worked for me. But adding in dry cookie crumbs would be a total experiment and I crossed my fingers that it would work.

A peek in the oven at my baking cookies, and thankfully I was successful! After countless baking ex...

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