Gingerbread Twix Blondies

Gingerbread Twix Blondies

I love baking this time of the year.  There are a lot of seasonal items during the Christmas holidays that you don’t see year-round.  Gingerbread Twix is one of them.  So if I’m bombarding you with all these sweets, my apologies!

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Holiday Chip Brownie Bites

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter and Holiday Chip Brownie Bites

Christmas is a week from now and wow, it sure sneaks up on you quickly.  Is it me or do you notice how quickly 2013 is going by? When I had a full-time office job, the year never passed this quickly.  Now that I’m a homemaker/blogger, the days go by in a blink of an eye.  Anyway, I hope everyone has gotten their Christmas shopping done.

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Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

Maple Pumpkin Spice Pie Bars

Around the Thanksgiving holiday time, it’s always the most chaotic time of the year.  I have Chris’ birthday around that time, as well as my nephew and niece all a day or two apart from each other.  This year for Chris’ birthday, we took a trip to Napa to celebrate.  Then after the trip I had to prep for Thanksgiving.  Last year we were in Mexico.  We also moved into our new house so we didn’t really have our Thanksgiving dinner in our new home until this year.  Having said all that, my blog took a backseat.  Anyway, I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving.  I know we did.  Our bellies were full!

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Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Happy Wednesday friends! I wanted to squeeze a few more pumpkin recipes in before the season ends so here’s another one.  I’m not sure if the markets are still carrying pumpkin cream cheese.  If they are, you should definitely buy a package and make this.  I’m not big on cheesecake in general because they’re huge and so rich (I’m thinking Cheesecake Factory here…).  I’m a firm believer in everything in moderation.  But cheesecake bars, I love.  They’re smaller and for me, it’s plenty to remedy any sweet cravings you may be having.

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Lemon Blueberry Bars

Lemon Blueberry Bars

I’m starting my weekend early this week.  Chris is taking today and Friday off so we can have a little R&R and check out some new restaurants for lunch, happy hour and dinner.  Yes, I get a break from cooking and lots of it —whoo hoo! I’ll be posting pictures of my meals on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ so if you’re not following me, there’s still time. 🙂

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Pumpkin Ale Brown Butter Blondies + Happy 1 Year Uni Homemaker!

Pumpkin Ale Brown Butter Blondies

Today, I celebrate my 1 year blogiversary! I can hardly believe a year has passed.  I loved every moment of it, except the stealing part.  It truly has been a wonderful year filled with lots of delicious food and connecting with other bloggers and readers.  And here’s to many more!

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Double Chocolate Chip Blondie Bites

Double Chocolate Chip Blondie Bites

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely week.  E and M will be visiting next weekend.  I’m super excited, as I’ll get to see my two cute little nieces.  Which means this weekend, I’ll have to start cleaning.  Yuck! It’ll be the first time they’ll be seeing our new place since Chris and I bought it last fall.  I gave a quick tour via FaceTime but that doesn’t really count.  I’m dreading having to scrub and clean, but at least I’ll have these yummy blondie bites to look forward to after my cleaning.

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Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

Nutella Swirl Cheesecake Bars

This is my first time making cheesecake anything.  For some reason, I thought it would be difficult.  Some of the recipes I have come across sounded overly wordy so it was a bit off-putting.  I have to say this recipe is not one bit scary. 🙂

I love the Nutella here.  I think that’s the best part for me.  Chris really liked the crust.  Crust was good, but in my opinion, the Nutella in this cheesecake won me over.  Happy Thursday!

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