Coconut Butterscotch Toffee Blondies

Someone told me today, “Wow, you look happy!” I AM happy, and evidently it shows! It has been a while since someone told me I looked happy. Frankly, outside of my home life, I have been terribly unhappy. What’s worse: I allowed it. How sad is that? I opted for the ‘safe’ path – the secure job at a place that I now see was bad for me. Why did I sit on my laurels? Because it was easy not to change....

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Peanut Butter Oat Cookies with Chocolate Fluff Filling

Have you ever wished you could change your life? If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know that for the last 9 years I have been working at a job that I did not love. I spent some time last month talking to a very good food blogging friend and he made me realize that if I am truly serious about making food and recipes my future I needed to get on the stick! So, I left my old job and have taken a part-time job three days a week....

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Peach Pecan Bread Pudding

Summer is in full swing, and to me that means parties! Well, kids, this blog post is part of a party – a virtual pot-luck – sponsored by Lucky Leaf! You remember them, right? They sent me to Camp Blogaway* earlier this year. While I was at camp I asked a few other talented bloggers to create some fun recipes perfect for summer picnics and pot-lucks all using Lucky Leaf Premium Pie Fillings. If you want to see the other...

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Chocolate Glazed Coconut Cake

Do you think the person you are today would make the 8 year old you happy? I have been contemplating this question, wondering if the child I was would be truly happy with the adultI have become. Would the little girl who dreamed of being an opera singer be content with writing recipes and shooting food porn? Could 8 year old Kelly understand the complexities of life, love, and change? I’d like to think she would be, upon deeper...

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Chocolate Chip Brown Sugar Rolls

Bad days often equal the best ideas. When I am having a not-so-awesome day I tend to escape into food fantasy. My happy place is a fully loaded kitchen with an unlimited supply of butter, bacon, and chocolate – and an open bar. Anyway, on one of my recent no-so-awesome days I retreated to my inner test-kitchen and decided I wanted to combine cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies, with a little cream cheese tossed in for good...

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Peaches & Cream Cookies

My name is Kelly, and I am a peach hoarder. No, really! I love peaches as you may well know. Last year – as peach season came to a close – I got a bulk package of dry peaches to get me though the winter. I love them because they are sweet, chewy, and terribly versatile. I may have gone a little over-board, however, in the amount purchased. Despite the fact that I dice them up and toss them into my morning oatmeal,...

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