Blueberry Chocolate Streusel Bread

Blueberry Chocolate Streusel Bread

I hope everyone is having a lovely long weekend! We spent it barbecuing with family, some cooking/baking and fighting off the ants and spiders! Ugh… one of the things I hate about home ownership is battling pests! Flies, spiders, ants, racoons, skunks —you name it! I’m relieved that I’m having my home fumigated on Tuesday.  Hopefully most of them will be gone by then.  Chris and I used to live in a condo so we didn’t encounter pest problems but we did have some noisy neighbors.  Either way, they’re both pests.  At least with these pest, they’re not loud and obnoxious, just creepy.

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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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Oreo and Biscoff Muffins

Oreo and Biscoff Muffins

I made this over the weekend.  I was so excited to cut into it for breakfast the next morning too.  When I took a bite out of it the next day, it was mush.  Funny how it looked fabulous when it came out of the oven.  What happened here?! Cakes aren’t supposed to have a soggy and wet texture! I was sooooo disappointed I was going to chuck it in the trash.  There goes a wasted day.  Chris, however, liked it.  He said it tasted like a bread pudding.  I rolled my eyes.  He ended up taking it with him to work to share.  I was somewhat embarrassed but whatever!

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

Oh wow, is it Wednesday already?! My blog has been seriously neglected.  E and M just left.  And I’m pooped! It has been quite an exhausting weekend.  We were out all day Sunday and Monday.  Mostly outdoor stuff —poolside barbecue and picnic barbecue.  And I’m not into any of those things.  There’s one thing you need to know about me.  I don’t like getting dirty and I don’t like outdoorsy activities.  OK, that’s two things.  Why? It’s mainly because of the insects.  I attract them.  They love to eat me alive.  Plus, I do not like dining with any bugs around.  Who does? Aside from that, it was great seeing my nieces, E and M!

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Chocolate Raspberry Mini Muffins

Chocolate Raspberry Mini Muffins

I brought home a box of raspberries from the store the other day.  They were the prettiest out of the bunch.  Big, plump and organic.  I washed them when I got home and when I fed it to Chris, he said… “it’s kind of sour” then he made a face.  More of a reason why we don’t eat fruit around here.  Sigh… I hate it when that happens.  How the heck do you pick out a good box of raspberries? So when that happens, I usually bake with them.  It’s the only way I know to salvage them without throwing it out, or make a liqueur out of them.

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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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Lemon Basil Cake

Lemon Basil Cake

Good morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  The weather outside was beautiful! Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about the inside of my house.  It was like an oven! Hot, hot and very hot.

Regardless of the temperature, I was still in a baking mood.  I generally prefer baking from scratch but there are those days when you just don’t want to be bothered with a ton of measuring.  Think about all those dishes and clean-ups!

I took a box of vanilla cake mix (you know it’s a good one when you can see all the specks of vanilla beans in the cake) and added basil and lemon zest so it wouldn’t be so boring.  Served this with some homemade vanilla cinnamon whipped cream, some raspberries and blueberries —it was delicious! I know it may sound strange adding basil but it really worked in this recipe.  Now aren’t you intrigued to give this one a try? Go for it! You won’t regret it.

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Blueberry Ricotta Yogurt Bread

Blueberry Ricotta Yogurt Bread

Doesn’t the title of this post sound a bit strange? Ricotta and yogurt?! Well, I was going through the fridge and had stuff I needed to use up before they go bad.  I had about a half cup of ricotta left but it wasn’t enough for a bread batter so I added yogurt, which also needed to be used up.  Surprisingly, the bread turned out super moist and delicious.  Who knew? Happy hump day!

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