Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake

My sister is having friends over for dinner tonight, so I made a Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake this morning to sit in the fridge all day until dinner time when we can break in to it! I got the recipe from my Tasty cookbook. It was so simple and easy, and not to mention very delicious!! Definitely want to try it with blueberries or other berries in the future!


Paleo Chocolate Cake

I decided to try and make my mom a paleo chocolate cake for Mother’s Day because she’s been trying to eat more paleo inspired recipes, and is a huge fan of chocolate. I found this recipe and thought it looked good enough to give it a go.

http://www.paleonewbie.com/paleo-friendly-chocolate-cake-with-ganache-recipe

It was really simple and easy, but it ended up tasting a tad dry to me. I wish that I poked some holes in the cake and poured some of the leftover coconut milk from the can on top of the cake to moisten it up a bit. Other than that, it was good!


Homemade Bonuts

Over spring break, I drove to Nashville just for something fun to do, and it was one of the most delicious cities I’ve ever been to! Anyway, the favorite dish by far of the weekend that we agreed upon were the “Bonuts,” or Biscuit Donuts, that we had from Biscuit Love for brunch one morning. It was my friend’s birthday the week after we got back from Nashville, so of course it was my goal to try and replicaye the Bonuts dish from Biscuit Love as a fun and unique birthday cake surprise for her! I just used this Bonuts recipe I found here:

http://altonbrown.com/hot-glazed-bonuts-recipe/

However, instead of making them into donuts of course I tried my best to shape the dough into the Bonuts like Biscuit Love and then I filled them with cream cheese frosting (simply because I didn’t have the time to try and make a mascarpone filling like they did). Finally, I made a blueberry compote like they did as well and put it in the middle of the 5 Bonuts. The blueberry compote recipe was found here:

https://www.google.com/amp/www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/blueberry-compote-recipe.amp

And last but not least, I also rolled the Bonuts in a cinnamon sugar coating and put a cream cheese frosting swirl on top as well. All in all, it was a pretty successful attempt for the most part! Definitely not the true Biscuit Love Bonuts, but as close as I think I can get!

Here were the Bonuts from Biscuit Love that everyone should have on their foodie bucket list (and I will add that the biscuit French toast was killer too):


And here were my attempts at recreating the Bonuts!


Energy Bites Recipes 

A friend of mine is teaching a workout class tomorrow for her church and I am helping her run it, and I told her I would make some energy bites as a good fuel post-workout! I found these two recipes that I wanted to try and they were awesome…

Coconut Cashew Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Recipe: http://arismenu.com/coconut-cashew-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-bites/

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Oatmeal Energy Bites Recipe: http://www.blessthismessplease.com/2017/03/peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-oatmeal-energy-bites.html?m –> (I used chia seeds instead of flaxseeds here)

Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus

This week, various people from work brought in different types of dips to share for lunch, and my favorite I’ve made so far is the chocolate peanut butter hummus I found on the “Hummusapien” blog, so naturally I had to bring that in!  When I was on the website, I also found a snickerdoodle hummus, so I decided to give that a try as well… Just have to say, I think this one may be even better.  Both are incredibly awesome, but wow was this one good!  Excited I found it and can’t wait to make it again sometime for a gathering!

Recipe: http://www.hummusapien.com/maple-cinnamon-hummus/

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AMAZING Snickerdoodle Brownie Blondies

Pretty sure I may have just experienced what a taste of heaven must be like!! Saw this recipe being made on snapchat by What’s Gaby Cooking, an awesome food inspiration, and she said that many people have told her this is the best thing to ever have come out of her kitchen so naturally I had to try it! I have to say I had some high expectations after hearing that statement and boy did it live up to that! Here’s the amazing recipe I will for sure make for another party this weekend! Absolutely amazing!

http://whatsgabycooking.com/snickerdoodle-blondie-brownies/

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

I have to make cookies for a cookie exchange party tomorrow and even though I’m a season behind the times with these ones, I felt they were necessary because I still have so much pumpkin purée to use up! I think these are some of the greatest cookies to have in the fall, so I decided to make them since I didn’t get to make any this fall! Here’s the recipe, they turned out great:

https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/32364/old-fashioned-soft-pumpkin-cookies