Okay all, I am in Christmas mode. I have been for a few weeks, and I will probably continue to be for several more weeks. Bare with me. I love everything about this time of year: Hallmark Christmas movies, sparkling trees, cozy fires and hot cocoa, Christmas lights, and yes even the music.
And what I really get excited about this time of year is the food! These cranberry orange cookies filled my house up with beloved Christmas smells and brought joy to my Christmas-loving self.
These light and fluffy holiday treats are loaded with fresh cranberries and orange zest. They are finished with a light orange glaze that adds the perfect touch of sweetness. I couldn’t decide whether to call these cookies or biscuits-they are kind of in between! They are nice and soft in the inside but slightly crunchy around the edges. Whether a cookie or a biscuit, these sweet little guys go great with a cup of tea or a tall glass of milk!
Cranberry Orange Glazed Cookies
These festive cookies are filled with the beloved Christmas tastes of cranberry and orange!
I have a wonderful puff pastry dessert for you today that is perfect for the holiday season. And honestly, this recipe couldn’t be easier. It calls for three ingredients. You guys, three ingredients! But you would never know how simple and easy this recipe is because they look absolutely gorgeous. Your friends and family will be wowed by these delicious little puff pastry desserts at your next holiday party!
I used store bought puff pastry, because it is SO easy to work worth. I haven’t attempted to make my own pastry yet…I have to admit I am a little intimidated by homemade pastry! I’ve seen them make it on the Great British Baking Show, and it looks like no easy feat. For now I will stick with the easy and still delicious store bought puff pastry! (:
Sugar plum jam, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a rich plum flavored jam enhanced with sweet notes of orange. It is incredible cozy and delicious in this recipe and you can also use the leftover from the jar on toast, scones, or muffins. Your holiday mornings will be made dreamy by this sugar plum jam.
Filled with sugar plum jam and dusted with snow, I mean powdered sugar, these puff pastry squares are so festive and will bring holiday cheer to any get together this season.
Sugar Plum Jam Filled Puff Pastry
This easy 3 ingredient recipe is perfectly festive, making it a charming holiday treat to satisfy all.
Lettuce wraps don’t just have to be an appetizer you get at fancy Asian restaurants! This recipe is the perfect low-carb dinner that even picky eaters will enjoy and want seconds. And thirds! Totally guilt-free…
Spicy Sriracha sauce, beef, and potatoes come together to make an absolutely mouthwatering low-carb dinner. I love love Sriracha sauce. It packs the perfect punch of spice and can be added to just about any dish to instantly add flavor and heat. This instantly became a favorite in my house. I made this dish for my dad and grandparents, somewhat picky eaters, and they could not stop raving about these lettuce boats. This recipe will definitely be in my dinner rotation!
This recipe is super easy to make and can be whipped up in no time in the kitchen for a fast dinner option. It is also budget friendly. What more could you ask for in a dinner? You will love these lettuce boats because they are healthy, light but very filling, and are packed with flavor.
Sriracha Beef Lettuce Boats
An easy low-carb dinner packed with color and flavor!
If you love lemon as much as I do, you have got to make this lemon raspberry cake that is oh so moist and oh so perfect for summer.
I love love lemons and all things lemony. This cake has the perfect amount of lemon and raspberry to make it a fresh summery cake for all occasions…birthdays, BBQ’s, a Sunday afternoon teatime, this cake will delight at all times. This cake is filled with a homemade raspberry jam and a delicious lemon cream cheese frosting. Using fresh raspberries and lemon slices adds so much color and flavor to this summery treat.
I absolutely love baking with fresh fruit. It almost makes you feel like you are eating healthy right?! It can’t have calories if there is fresh fruit! Don’t worry, this lemon raspberry cake is guilt-free (; Oh so worth it…..
Don’t let summer pass you by without making this fresh and colorful cake!
Raspberry Lemon Cake
This is a fresh summery cake loaded with lemons and raspberries perfect for all summer gatherings.
Oh my goodness. I never knew how much I could loved stuffed bell peppers until these ones came into my life. You guys. I was really missing out on a deliciously healthy mouthwatering dinner. If you are missing out on the joys of stuffed bell peppers, you gotta hop aboard the healthy veggie train and make these to wow your family and friends.
I used red, yellow, and red peppers because they are so colorful and summery! This dinner was perfectly fresh and a delight to my whole family. Stuffed with couscous, more veggies, and topped with chicken and cheese, these peppers are sure to please carnivores and vegetarians alike (sans meat of course & stuffed with more couscous). These peppers were truly so fun to make because I felt like I could get as creative as I wanted. You can truly add anything to these peppers to make a delicious and healthy dinner. You can even stuff peppers with those leftovers you just don’t know what to do with!
I love couscous, so I chose to be very generous and put a thick layer at the bottom. I also made chicken in the crockpot the morning of, so assembly was very easy and clean up was simply. Who doesn’t love an easy clean up?!
Packed with tons of flavor, these versatile peppers MUST be on your menu for dinner this week!
Stuffed Bell Peppers
This healthy dinner is so versatile and is sure to please the whole family.
This smoothie is so creamy and thick, perfect for breakfast or for a quick snack during a hot summer afternoon!
I love smoothies! Especially during the summer when it is so hot. What’s not to love about smoothies? They are delicious and nutritious! Peanut butter and banana is one of the best combinations out there. This smoothie, made with only a few simple ingredients, tastes almost like a dessert!
This smoothie is made from one banana, almond milk, peanut butter, and ice. It’s so simple! Throw it all in the blender and voila! Breakfast is ready. I like my smoothies nice and thick, but if that’s not your style, just add a little more almond milk.
Enjoy this simple and delicious smoothie! (:
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
This delicious smoothie is a perfect healthy option for breakfast or an after school snack.
These are without a question my favorite muffins. They are incredibly moist and each bite explodes with tangy lemon flavor!
It’s still very much summer here in the hot desert sun! Which means more lemon recipes. They probably won’t stop coming till’ Fall comes. Sorry guys. It’s just gonna be a whole lot of lemon recipes until it’s time for a whole lot of pumpkin recipes. Actually who am I kidding!? I’m not sorry! Lemon is absolutely amazingly delicious this time of year. Whether it’s in a muffin, cake, bar, or drink, lemon is such a refreshing pretty lookin’ little fruit.
These whole wheat lemon poppy seed muffins are just perfect for a Sunday brunch recipe (or anytime of the hot summer day recipe!). Made with whole wheat flour and greek yogurt, you could almost argue these little muffins are healthy for you. These muffins are super moist and tangy as they are filled with lemon juice and tons of lemon zest. I honestly love anything packed with lemon juice and zest. Not too sweet and not too tangy, these muffins are a hit in my house. The lemon drizzle adds even more of a zesty punch that you will just love (I couldn’t stop eating it off the spoon!).
This classic lemon poppyseed recipe is sure to be a hit with your family and friends the summer!
This watermelon pizza is not only lovely to look at, but it is absolutely refreshing and perfectly sweet. Lemon zest and fresh strawberries add beautiful summer colors to this dessert and make it bright and wonderfully light. This easy no-bake dessert can be whipped up in no time and is the best afternoon snack for a hot summer day. Finally a dessert that is satisfying, low-carb, and loaded with fresh fruits! I promise, you are going to want to make this refreshing watermelon pizza. Your kids will love this as an after school snack, and your friends will be impressed and delighted at your next barbecue get together.
Honestly, this is one of the easiest desserts I have ever made. Slice a watermelon, whip up some whipped cream, and cut up some strawberries. Voila! Easy as pie. And almost tastes like pie with fresh strawberries and whipped cream but has half the calories and takes half the time to make. I don’t know about you, but on hot summer days I really love eating fresh fruit. Which is why this watermelon pizza is a perfect summer dessert option for those of us who have a sweet tooth but also want to look good in our new summer dresses. You definitely do not have to feel guilty after enjoying a few slices.
I have been obsessed with making homemade whipped cream. It is so much fun to make and so delicious. Confession: I ate most of the whipped cream with strawberries before I even took pictures of this recipe! Oh did I mention this whipped cream is loaded with fresh lemon juice and zest?? That’s right friends. Lemon whipped cream. How’s that for a delicious summer treat? This watermelon pizza will not disappoint! In fact, what am I still doing typing…I have 2 pieces left in the fridge (sorry honey, I will make more!)!
Okay, how cute are these guys? They are like little mini pies. Tiny little individual lemon pies-it can’t get much cuter than that! Why are small things always cuter? I kind of have an obsession with tiny thing and with lemon flavored anything. Although these mini lemon pies take a bit of time to make, they are so worth every bite and are sure to impress!
These little lemon dessert bites are filled with zest, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and topped with a delight of fresh whipped cream. Everything is better with whipped cream my friends. They are perfect to take to a BBQ or simply for a summer’s afternoon treat!
Summer is almost here, which means I get to start baking and cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables! I absolutely love this time of year and all the fresh recipes that come with it. Put away the scarves and pull out the dresses! Open up the windows and let the summer’s breeze enter in! Not only is it time to have fresh flowers on the dinner table every week, it’s also time to make all the lemon inspired desserts.
I love these little lemon bites. They have a sweet cookie crust and are filled with an easy-to-make lemon filling. Topped with homemade whipped cream, these really can’t get any yummier.
Cookie Crust Lemon Bites
These lemon bite-size desserts are perfect for a sunny afternoon treat!
This Woodland themed apple spice cake is filled with apple butter, cinnamon, and loads of sweetness! The cinnamon cream cheese frosting is just what this lovely naked cake needs.
This was my first time ever making a naked cake, and it was so much fun! AND, this cake is probably one of my favorite cake recipes because it’s so yummy and easy to make. It’s so moist, and so beautiful! Naked cakes are the new hottest cakes on the market right now, and I totally understand why! They are honestly so easy to make, and so delicious. I was afraid their wouldn’t be enough frosting to fit my tastebud needs, however, the layers are filled with so much frosting that each bite is perfectly sweet and moist.
What I love about the naked cake is that it’s so easy and quick to assemble. They usually look fancy and like no beginner baker could make one, but that is far from the truth! You don’t need tons of frosting (which is good because I always run out!), and they don’t have to look perfect! The naked cake is all about that rustic feel.
I was inspired by nature when I made this cake, which is why it’s topped with little forest animals and surrounded by fresh eucalyptus. Cake toppers are gorgeous, but they can often be expensive. I found these adorable animals for a few dollars each at Hobby Lobby! Sometimes when making cakes you can be on a budget, and that’s totally okay! You just need to be creative, maybe don’t get inspiration from Etsy, and hit up your local Hobby Lobby or dollar store. Fresh flowers to decorate naked cakes can also be expensive. I found this eucalyptus for a few dollars a bundle at Trader Joe’s, and it made this cake look extra woodsy and tempting!
One last note: apple butter. Apple butter in cakes is one of the best ways to sweeten up a cake and add moisture. Whenever I make a cake with apple butter it ALWAYS comes out moist and super flavorful. You can find apple butter at any grocery store near the jellies and honey.
Apple Spice Cake with Cinnamon Frosting
This apple spice cake is loaded with warm spices and sweet apple butter. It's perfect for a fall dessert or for a springtime baby shower!