Classic Apple Dumplings

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Apple dumplings. Have you tried them? LOVE.

If you’re down for a classic treat that will be a repeat offender at your annual holiday gathering, this is the one. My cousin makes at least two pans every year and it’s always one of the most clamored-over desserts at the table. In addition to being insanely easy to throw together at a moment’s notice, these delicious morsels are the perfect blend of cinnamon, spice, apple & everything nice!

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Some HUGE News from the 2015 World Food Championships…

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Guys, hi!

I’m finally back in California, where the weather has dipped into the high 50s at nighttime and the wonderful lack of humidity limits my showers to one a day. I’m exhilarated, exhausted, and trying my darndest not to fall asleep at my desk as I type these words…

But there’s so much news to share that there’s really no good way to ease into it, so I’ll just say it:

Um, guys–I just won the 2015 World Recipe Championship.

Crazy, right???

Let me back up. As most of you know, I was away all of last … Read more

4-Layer Everything Bars

4-Layer Nougat Caramel Cookie Ganache Krispies Bars

Before I begin, I just want to say that I’m not at all sorry for sharing this dessert with you. Yes, it’s a crazy dessert–yes, it’s so insanely good that I nearly picked through half of the pan before I managed to pry my paws off of these layered bars long enough to package them and ship them off. But will I say sorry?

Certainly not!

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The thing is, I’m a chronic sorry-sayer. If you’re not one yourself, you know one: that friend who, even when she is doing you a favor, will say “sorry” out of instinct more than … Read more

When a Food Blogger Gets Hangry….

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Have a ever seen a food blogger get HANGRY?

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You’d figure that, for people who spend the majority of their days around food–making it, tasting it, styling it, photographing it–hanger isn’t a problem. Let me make this clear: HANGER IS REAL. YES. EVEN FOR FOOD BLOGGERS.

“But how is this possible when you spend all of your time around food?” you ask. Excellent question. Before I launch into my self-righteous explanation, however, I want to make sure we’re all on … Read more

Pecan Pie M&M’s®-Loaded Applesauce Cake Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias

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One of the strangest things about being on the quarter system is that although the rest of the world has signed this tacit contract that says yes, the end of August is the perfect time for everyone to be back at school and we should all probably cooperate to coordinate this educational effort, over here we just do jazz hands or something until one day we look at the calendar again and summer is officially over and we’re all like, OK, … Read more

here’s my story. what’s yours?

Caution: cliches ahead! Read on (I want your thoughts), but consider yourself warned.

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“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? But because I knew you…I have been changed for good.” – For Good, Wicked

Every once in a while, you meet someone special who changes you–for better or for worse, but without a doubt: for good.

“Just a second we’re not broken just bent / And we can learn to love again” – Just Give Me A Reason, P!nk

The old cliche goes that if you really love something, you should let it … Read more

Friday Wallflavourites: Edition 29

Imho, hands in my food doesn’t usually = food porn: UNLESS you’re the incredibly talented Tieghan from Half-Baked Harvest, in which case….dang, this 30-Minute Korean Stir-Fried Shishito Pepper Rainbow Veggie Noodles looks freakin’ amazing.

30 Minute Korean Stir Fried Shishito Pepper Rainbow Veggie Noodles with Seared Tuna | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

As usual, when it comes to Cynthia’s photography, I just want to sink my face through my computer screen. These Fig Rose Parfaits are seriously no exception!

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 I’m a sucker for cheesecakes–but throw that into an icebox cake, and THEN get an incredible photographer like Kelly on the case and….well, this Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake is a win all around!

Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Cake makes an easy no-bake dessert &  perfect for sharing with a crowd

I’ve been making s’mores everything … Read more

One Tea-rrific Dad

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One of the really cool things about being a blogger is getting to press the Pause button from time to time and write one of those meaningful life reflection posts that have nothing to do with sharing new recipes, posting BBQ photos, or looking gorgeous in the dappled forest sunlight. These posts help me slow down and do some of that major appreciation work that really needs to be done more often around here.

As you’ve probably guessed, today’s appreciation post … Read more

Friday Wallflavourites: Edition 28

A quick but BIG thank you to everyone who offered advice, wisdom, and lots of reassurance in response to my last post. You guys are seriously awe-mazing!!! Time to pay it forward by sharing even more link love today…let’s go!

I am such a sucker for breakfast. Okay, I’m a sucker for all meals, really (hobbitses much?), but these Peach Cobbler Pancakes via Life Made Sweeter have convinced me that I want breakfast to last all day longgggggg! Boo-yeah.

Peach Cobbler Pancakes - fluffy pancakes filled with juicy peaches topped with a warm spiced streusel is like having a delicious peach cobbler for breakfast-10

Sometimes my friends will ask me if I “miss eating meat,” to which I will now forevermore reply with … Read more

post-exam life: a rosy smorgasbord of updates!

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(Warning: crappy phone-quality photos ahead! Updates in raw stream-of-consciousness.)

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So in my last post, I promised to tell you all about the pre-exam procrastination and post-exam celebrations that have been happening since last Monday, when I was duly locked in a room with my dissertation committee to talk about a document that honestly needs to be reappropriated as kindling. I was so drained from writing that all I wanted to do once I finished was flop down on my couch and watch an entire lifetime’s worth of Gilmore Girls on Netflix while devouring a family-size pack of cookies ‘n … Read more