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Hosting an Easter egg hunt for two young kids is just about as cute as it gets! Since rice krispies are so easy to make, we decided to make some in Easter-themed shapes. The recipe was the same as always but the fun part was making the fun designs and adding jelly beans, sprinkles and peeps to the mix.

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Happy Easter!

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Craving something quick and easy? This recipe is filled with chocolate and peanut-buttery goodness!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose baking mix (Bisquick, for example)
  • 1 bag of M&Ms (I used regular)
  • Some chocolate chips to sprinkle on top before serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 325*F. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Combine peanut butter and eggs until well mixed and smooth. Add in brown sugar and stir until combined. Stir in baking mix until moistened (I used my hands because the spoon wasn’t cutting it for me–it is a very thick batter). Fold in M&Ms. Again, using my hands worked best for this step. Not all of the M&Ms stuck in the batter (or perhaps it would be more accurate to call it dough). I just shoved them in when I put it all in the pan. Spread mixture in greased pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

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These smelled so good I couldn’t even wait to try some before taking the picture!

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Because there’s nothing better than a Waffle Work Meeting on [the day after] International Waffle Day!

The recipe itself is still on the organic waffle mix bag at the office,which was quite good and healthy using soy milk and honey. But the idea for this came up as a team bonding experience for our relatively new team. Within one day, we had all of the equipment and ingredients needed to make fruit and maple syrup covered waffles in the office kitchen. They smelled and tasted delicious and I got some new Instagram followers from it 🙂

Remember, baking can be with anyone, anywhere. Just enjoy it and don’t stress about it!

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In addition to it being my sister’s birthday, it was also a historic Pi Day!

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This recipe had a recipe to make the crust as well I had to buy a pie crust in the interest of time (which worked just fine except that my filling started to bubble through the crust toward the end of the baking time). I’m sure this crust recipe is just as good as the filling which was absolutely delicious!

Ingredients
  • 6 cups (about 2 pounds) of strawberries, small ones whole and larger ones chopped into chunks
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup + 1 tbsp. pure cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
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Directions
Chop strawberries and put in a large bowl. Sprinkle cornstarch on the berries along with the salt and stir thoroughly. Add vanilla, lemon juice and ¾ cup of sugar. Mix until berries are evenly coated.
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Remove crust from the fridge. Roll one half of the dough out into a circle, large enough to lay in the pie pan with the pie crust laying over the edge of the pie pan.
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Spoon the strawberry mixture on top of the pie crust.
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Roll out the other half of the dough into a circular shape, enough to cover the pie plate with 1 inch or so hanging over. Cut strips across the dough approximately 1 inch wide using a pizza cutter or a decorative edge cutter. Lay strips horizontally and vertically across the pie.
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Pinch the ends of the top and the bottom dough together and make the decorative edge of your choice. Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
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Preheat your oven to 425 F. Cover the outer edge of your crust using a pie ring or foil.
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Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a baking rack.
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More pictures from the birthday festivities:
You can find the recipe to the cake here!
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The birthday girl and I!
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 The full spread!
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And some behind the scenes:
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In preparation for Valentine’s Day, my sister and I got together to bake these yummy, adorable, easy cookies! My sister took some amazing pictures that you will see throughout this post. Enjoy the post, enjoy the cookies, and enjoy Valentine’s Day with all our loved ones!

Ingredients

  • 1 package pie crust
  • strawberry jam
  • sugar for garnish
  • milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 370 F. Cut heart shapes from pie crust.

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Put a teaspoon of strawberry jam in the middle of the heart.

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Top with another heart slice. Press the sides with a fork.

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Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

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Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Also, in light of Valentine’s Day, we made these pink chocolate chip cookies. They were quite easy to make but I think I made them a little bit too big. Oh well, more cookie in every bite! Props again to Laura Quintero Photography!

Ingredients

  • 1 box (18.25 oz) strawberry cake mix, like Duncan Hines
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder.

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Set aside. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand.

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Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough- stir vigorously until all of the pockets of dry cake mix are gone.

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Gently mix in the chocolate chips.

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Drop rounded balls of dough, about 2 Tablespoons each, onto prepared baking sheet. Make sure the balls of dough are taller than they are wide. Bake for 10 minutes – do not let the cookies get brown. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes; they will be very soft at first. As they cool, the tops may settle down; press them down gently with your fingers if they are not sinking much. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

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Have some blueberries in the fridge? Or any berries for that matter?  Mix up this incredibly quick and easy 4-ingredient recipe and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 125g plain flour
  • 50g caster sugar plus an extra 2tbsp
  • 100g cold butter, cut into several chunks
  • 150g fresh blueberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 180°C (Gas Mark 4 / 350°F). Combine the plain flour and caster sugar in a large bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Press about two-thirds of the shortbread mixture onto a lined baking tray or loaf pan. Be sure to press it in firmly to help it hold together. Scatter the blueberries across the shortbread, and sprinkle over the remaining breadcrumb-like shortbread mixture.

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Top with a couple of tablespoons of sugar, and bake for around 30 minutes, until the shortbread is light golden brown and some of the berries have released their juices. Allow to cool completely, and then cut into squares with a pizza cutter.

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This crisp is absolutely divine! With good peaches and good blueberries, this recipe lets the fruity tastes stand out while adding a delightful crunch! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • ice cream for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a 9×9 baking dish, mix peaches and blueberries with sugar, flour and salt. Toss well and set aside.

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In a large bowl, whisk together oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.

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Use your fingers to add in the softened butter, crumbling it together until it’s evenly distributed.

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Sprinkle the crisp over the peaches and berries.

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Bake for 25-30 minutes, until crisp is golden and fruit is bubbly.

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Serve immediately with ice cream and more fresh basil if desired.

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Without exaggeration, these are one of the best cookies I have ever eaten, ever! I would eat these any time of year, they are so soft, sweet, and scrumptious! Cristina shared this recipe with us and along with Laura and myself making these together, it was a recipe for a really sweet and silly time! Also, this was the first time my older dog, Nemo, met Cristina’s puppy, Scooter, and let’s just say it was noticeable who the younger one was! I blame their cuteness and entertainment for lack of cookie pictures, but here is one of them together to make up for it!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla and molasses. Whip 1-2 minutes or until it turns a light brown color. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix until dry ingredients are just combined.

Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball and coat in granulated sugar. Place on silicone baking mat, lightly greased cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until outside looks cooked but inside is still soft and gooey. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Here is a tasty snack that has all the right ingredients for a energy boost! All the ingredients are packed with just what your body needs to stay alert and strong and it tastes yummy too. They are not baked; they just need to be frozen and when you want to eat one you can either pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds, just let them thaw for about 10 minutes, or eat them frozen! Either way you eat them they taste good and they are good for you! Enjoy!

I made these with my sister and her roommates, Josie and Rosanna, who are all very fit and health conscious in an inspiring way! Josie even has a instagram account with thousands of followers and has countless ideas for workouts, healthy food, and inspiring words. Follow her @vmfitness

Ingredients

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into balls.

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Place balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for one to two hours. Remove from cookie sheet and place in an airtight ziptop freezer bag (or other airtight container).

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We tried microwaving some as cookies before freezing them, but we put them in for a minute and a half (too long!) so heat them up for only about 30 seconds.

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Enjoy!

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Makes around 3 dozen energy bites.

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