Finished and cooled brownies.

Dulce de Leche Brownies

When I made the dulce de leche for the mocha caramel cookies, I ended up having quite a bit left over. The recipe I used says dulce de leche will keep for a month in the fridge, but I didn’t like the idea of just having it sit around for that long (especially when it’s…

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Giving Thanks in 2016

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday of the entire year because it is all about coming together with those you love and enjoying delicious food. I traveled down to DC again this year to cook this wonderful feast with my mom. We spend two to three days prepping and cooking to get ready for…

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Lemon Thyme and Mocha Caramel Cookies

This past Saturday, the weekend before Thanksgiving, I finally started baking season. Epicurious has a wonderful Holiday Handbook out this year and both of these cookies are twists on the classic sugar cookie. Lemon Thyme Cookies with a Lemon Glaze   For the glaze, I recommend going ahead and using 1 cup of powdered sugar…

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Garden Adventures 2016

I absolutely love gardening! I never thought these words would come out of my mouth when I was growing up. Last year was the first time I planted my own garden, and it was such a success that I know I’ll always have one. Flower Bed Setup Happily, my peppermint, spearmint, lavender, oregano, and chives…

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Favorite Books of 2015

I managed to read 56 books in 2015, and goodreads put together this nice little overview of my reading. That is the most books I have read in a year since I signed up for Goodreads in 2012. I didn’t set out to read that many and a couple series I picked up definitely helped…

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Snail Mail My Email V

  Snail Mail My Email V kicks off today and this year will be my second year as a volunteer letter writer. Last year, I had a lot of fun creating letters as requested in the submissions that were sent my way, and I tried to fulfill each request as best as I could. Submit…

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Triple Chocolate Oat Muffins

Yes, triple chocolate and healthy! Ever since my Road to Inches coach, Amber shared the original version of this recipe with me, I have made these every time I’ve finished a batch. They are perfect for snacks between meals and fit perfectly in my lunch box. What I love the most is that are very quick…