Carly’s Triple Threat Chocolate Cake

I never understand when people order sorbet for dessert. My husband always wants something fruity to finish off a good meal. For me it’s gotta be something chocolatey. I love chocolate cake and love it even more when there are chocolate chips scattered throughout the cake. The icing on the cake for me is literally […]

Magical Gooey Bars

I am not a baker so these bars are right up my alley. They are gooey, chocolatey, and frightfully easy to scarf down. I made these today for my Superbowl party. If you are in a rush and want a dessert that is fast but everyone will love, save this recipe! I even was able […]

The Ultimate Sugar Cookie

  My husband loves sugar cookies. Since I promised to make him some over Christmas and then got sick, I decided to make them this week. So much for starting a diet for the new year. I made the dough ahead of time and let it chill in the refrigerator over night. They came out […]

Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

I like to serve grilled shrimp to guests as an appetizer in the summer on my patio while they sip a cold beverage. But just because it’s 10 degrees and snowing here in Chicago at the moment,  doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy some wonderful shrimp. In the winter months I roast shrimp in the oven […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Well, winter is here and my days at the park and going for long walks with my girls have been replaced with Christmas shopping online and baking indoors. I know this will affect my waistline in a negative manner, but what else is there to do? Today I got to bake this classic recipe with […]

Chocolate Eclair Dessert

I have to post this recipe because it’s one you can put together in 15 minutes, make a day in advance, and buy all the ingredients well in advance. These three components mean it’s a mom friendly recipe when you have little time to do anything!  I made chocolate eclair dessert this weekend for a […]

Creamy Apple Dip

Sticking with my fall obsessed posts lately, I had to add this apple dip recipe. We eat apples everyday in our house. As they say, ” An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Not sure I should be the one to claim that as I did have a stroke this year while 8 months […]

Williams & Sonoma Pecan Pumpkin Bars

Fall is the long awaited season when pumpkin spice lattes make an appearance at Starbucks. I can’t drink them because they are so sweet and I never mix sugar with coffee. But, I do love pumpkin and for Halloween I made Williams & Sonoma’s pumpkin bars for a party at our house. There was only […]

Snickerdoodle Cookies

I am eating one of these snickerdoodles right now! The kids are in bed, I am watching a stupid but funny Amy Poehler movie, and I just realized I’ve eaten at least four cookies. I guess what they say about consuming too many calories while watching tv is true. I feel better about myself because […]

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

My sister is the baker of the family and I am the cook. When we have family dinners, I like to plan the dinner menu and leave the dessert to her. Maybe it’s because baking is too precise for me or maybe its because whenever I use flour, it gets all over my kitchen counter […]

Easy Spanish Inspired Cheese Tray

Isaac and I studied abroad for a semester in Madrid Spain during my sophomore year of college. I lived with a sweet older woman named Carmen and her husband Susi. It was liberating to be in a foreign country and experience the way Spaniards live. Their daily schedule, pace of life, and food were completely different from what […]

Four Ingredient Guacamole

I used to make this very elaborate guacamole using bacon and a ton of finely diced tomatoes, red onions, and jalepenos. It was tasty but took forever to make and I found it overpowered the actual avocado flavor. I now make a guacamole that could not be simpler. Four ingredients… that’s it! The one mistake […]