Banana Bread Mug Cake

Another amazing recipe for Kirbie’s Cravings! I got this recipe in an email subscription from her website in early May and have had the link open on my phone ever since so I would remember to make it and have FINALLY made it! Not only is it tasty and incredibly easy to make, it is a neat spin on a banana bread taste and is a more healthier mug cake option!


Banana Upside Down Cake

My sister and I bought 2 bunches of bananas last weekend and turns out we didn’t really need that many because we didn’t eat too many of them throughout the week! When I saw all of them, I remembered this recipe from my tasty cookbook a friend got for me and decided to use up the bananas on the recipe:

I have always wanted to try it and I’m glad I finally got to try it! It was an easy recipe and definitely tasted well in the end.

No Bake Cake Batter Bites

Currently having a pretty lazy Sunday around here, so I wanted to conquer some boredom by baking something quick and easy! I was craving a small dessert bite of some sort, and after looking around for some, I chose to make this no bake cake batter bite:

I have made some of his recipes before and I love how creative they all are! This one was great like the rest and didn’t take long at all to make up so I can have a nice and easy treat to grab in my desk at work this week! 🙂

Gingerbread Poke Cake

My mom was asking if there was a cake recipe I wanted her to try and make for my birthday, and I have been craving gingerbread so I have her this one to try:

I also wanted to try and look for something convenient and easy for her to do, and I think this one was for her! It was a good recipe, but I think she could have poked some deeper holes to soak the cake a bit more because the soaked parts were amazing and the other ones were more dry compared to the soaked parts of course!

Orange Pistachio Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

For my staff cookie exchange, I decided to make these cookies as well from Julie Nolke:

I enjoy some of her recipes she makes and ideas that she comes up with, so I decided to give this one a try and I really enjoyed the recipe! I think it mostly tasted like gingerbread, so maybe could use even more orange zest/pistachios, but it was still a good recipe!

Italian Rainbow Cookies

I am entering in a holiday cookie showdown contest on Tuesday, so I decided to bring out the big guns and make an Italian Rainbow Cookie! I know a lot of people will argue that they aren’t cookies, but once they taste them they won’t even care because they are so delicious! Definitely my favorites. Here’s the recipe I used:

It is absolutely a time consuming process, but it’s worth it in the end when you see the final product! Great recipe that was easy to follow with a very tasty outcome.

Cranberry Orange Custard Pie

For a game night with friends tonight, I decided to use up some cranberries that I bought for Thanksgiving. The first recipe I found that sounded was this cranberry orange custard pie:

It was absolutely great and everyone loved it, besides the fact that the middle was undercooked so I should have cooked it the full extra 45 minutes and maybe more. I would have just had to put some foil around the crust because the crust was starting to get dark brown and nearing the burnt side! Other than that, the flavors were a crowd pleaser!

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Today, I decided to treat a young group of athletes by making them some Italian Ricotta Cookies!! They are one of my favorites—Ricotta always makes everything better! I used this recipe:

The only thing I did differently was for the glaze, I used 3 cups of powdered sugar instead of 3 & 3/4 cups. Also, the recipe made 75 cookies for me instead of 4 dozen!!! For the topping, I sadly did not have any sprinkles at my house, so I decided to problem solve and chop up some flavored chip morsels. I put chocolate, peanut butter and pumpkin morsels on the icing as toppings. My favorite was the pumpkin! Anyway, the kids loved them and they were delicious! A great recipe find!

Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Our family has an old family Christmas cookie recipe with anise in it, but since my sister does not like anise we decided to look for a second recipe to make. After much searching, I decided to try and use this recipe:

I love that it was fast with little refrigeration time, yet the cookies kept their shapes very well! Not to mention they taste great as well! Next time I make it, I will definitely double the batch so I can make a lot more cookies!

Apple Galette

My last contribution to our Thanksgiving meal was dessert. A couple of days before Thanksgiving Day, I received this email from the What’s Gaby Cooking email list, and just from the looks of it I knew I had to try it for Thanksgiving dessert!

It was incredibly easy to make and very delicious! It had a very strong almond flavor with the crushed almonds and almond extract, and I think I added too much lemon juice because that flavor was very strong as well, but I absolutely loved it!