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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Butterscotch Cheesecake Topped Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I am kind of over pumpkin. ‘Tis the season for the pumpkin latte, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin mac and cheese, pumpkin oatmeal, and pumpkin EVERYTHING. I swear if I see another pumpkin recipe I may start punching things. It isn’t that I dislike pumpkin – in fact I really like it – but SO many people have jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon this year I fear we have reached critical pumpkin mass! I have never been...

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Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

I have been something of a baby lately. As you may know, I have been on a medical scavenger hunt for almost two months now.  I have already endured numerous tests, trips to the emergency room, and visits to doctors and specialists.  For as long as I can remember I have hated doctors.  I may in fact have a slight ‘white coat’ phobia, despite all my doctors being lovely people who make me feel as comfortable as possible. ...

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Chocolate Chip Coconut ‘Awesome’ Bars

I was kind of half joking on Twitter when I said that I would call these ‘Awesome Bars’. It turns out they are really quite awesome so I felt no qualms about adding it to the title.  So, what are ‘Awesome Bars,’ you might ask?.  Well, they are a dense, buttery cake bottom with a VERY rich cream cheese topping loaded with coconut, chocolate chips, and some crisp rice cereal.  The cereal does not really add any...

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Pumpkin Banana Cranberry Chocolate Chip Blondies

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. This year I have been thinking about pumpkin desserts that are not your standard pie or bread.  Don’t get me wrong, those desserts are all wonderful and I will be having at least one of them on our holiday table, but this year I wanted to shake things up.  I am helping my mom with her dinner on Thanksgiving Day, and then the next day I will be going out to my in-laws for a second Thanksgiving...

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