Peanut Butter Blossom {reboot}


Prior to Thanksgiving I had all this gusto when I thought about all the Christmas cookies I wanted to make this year. I planned to dedicate Black Friday to cookie making. Then Thanksgiving happened. I mean I cooked and cleaned all day long. It was exhausting. So I didn’t much feel like making Christmas cookies…

Butterfinger Blonde Brownies


I bought a package of butterfingers bits way back when planning to use them in some recipe I saw on Pinterest. Then life got in the way and I put the package in a jar and I put that jar in a cupboard and sorta forget about their existence. I unearthed those butterfingers bits the…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puffed Rice Bars


A couple months ago I bought a bag of puffed rice, I’m presuming because I likened it to brown rice cereal AKA (brown rice) rice krispies and intended to use it to make some sort of granola bar recipe. Tick-tock, tick-tock. Time passes and the bag of puffed rice sits on its perch in my…

Gravel Cake


Anyone who sees this post is probably wondering WTH is Gravel Cake? Valid question. Gravel Cake is my creation. The cousin to Dirt Cake, made with oreos, is Gravel Cake, made with round Nutter Butters. You could call it Sand Cake, I suppose. Or Beach Cake. Or Sandy Beach Cake. But doesn’t Gravel Cake roll…

Chewy Peanut Butter Oat Cookies


I spent an hour or so scrolling through Pinterest the other night and found a cookie recipe from the food charlatan that I knew I needed to make as soon as humanly possible. It basically called to me when I saw it. Why? Well for starters, I just plain love peanut butter. I also love…

Chocolate Candy Bar Crush Cake


One of my favorite parts about making a cake is that moment when you reveal it to the people who are going to be eating it and you hear the oohs and the aahs. I had planned on making a chocolate cake for my (joint) birthday (cake) celebration. Then the day after my birthday, I…

Peanut Butter Bars


When I was in high school The Back Street Cafe was one of my favorite hangouts. It was right down the road from me, in Eagle, Wisc., before it moved to a bigger location in Delafield, Wisc. It’s since closed its doors, sadly. They had amazing food and always made my list of restaurants to visit…

Sea Salt Buckeye Fudge Bars 


In the beginning of December during an all-hands video teleconference, our VP was talking about how she had made fudge over Thanksgiving break. Which led me to think about fudge (of course). And how I should make some. Flash forward a couple weeks and lots of stress about my dog’s health later and … I…

Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl


The first time I had an Acai Bowl was, embarrassing, not that long ago.It was when I moved back to California (two years ago) at Acai King in Huntington Beach. I chose the peanut butter banana flavor and watched him scoop a humongous portion of peanut butter into the already prepared Acai mix. It was…

Chunky Monkey Warm Oats Bowl


Maybe you’re reading the title of this blog (and thinking back to my Warm Oats Bowl with Superfoods blog) and wondering… what the hell is the difference between a warm oats bowl and oatmeal? I like to think of warm oats bowls as oatmeal’s indulgent (yet still healthy) cousin. On weekends when I make these…

Blondie Scotcheroos


Disaster is what happens when you over-commit yourself. Say … you commit yourself to making one six-layer cake for every day of the week of your birthday week. It’s also what happens when you decide to make something “quick” in the eleventh hour. “I rather like having a large brownie for breakfast each morning,” I…

Banana Bread & PB Chocolate Chip Cookies


Over a week ago I bought a bunch of bananas to make a bunch of banana “ice-cream.” I guess I was overzealous in my thoughts because after a week passed the bananas were still sitting on my counter only by then they were too brown to eat and past the point where I would want…

Peanut Butter Granola Dessert Parfait


I found a recipe for Chewy Peanut Butter Granola at the website Something Swanky (thank you, Pinterest) and I knew I had to try it. I love granola. I love peanut butter. I love the idea of having something snack-y on hand. So I tried the recipe and I got to thinking … this is…

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream {vegan}


I’ve seen recipes for vegan banana “ice cream” floating around Pinterest for a while now. I’m big into real ice cream (have my own ice cream maker and cardboard pints for storing in the freezer) so I thought I would try out the substitute and see how it compares. This particular recipe was found at…

Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bites


I decided after my trip to Florida that I would try to continue with my pre-Florida eating because it was so successful to help me lose six pounds in two weeks. So I decided that during the workweek I would stick to my hot water with lemon and smoothie breakfasts, ground turkey lunches and veggie…

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Flapjacks


Dear readers, If there are any of you left, thank you for sticking with me. I want to apologize for my absence the last few months. It seems I lost a part of myself somewhere along the way. The part of me that craves cooking, baking, sharing food (love) with others and sharing my experiences…

Chocolate Superfood-Spiked Energy Bites


A couple of weeks ago I bought a cookbook titled, Superfood Snacks, by Julie Morris, a health food chef living in Los Angeles. It was an unusual purchase for me because I rarely buy cookbooks. Oh I used to all the time when I lived in Portland. But back then I was buying discounted cookbooks…

Peanut Butter Cookies {gluten-free and vegan}


I found this random recipe for gluten-free vegan cookies which was a huge hit at my office. I also brought vegan snicker doodles and bittersweet chocolate chip cookies with sea salt but my coworkers went absolutely mad over these cookies. The best part is the recipe was so simple to follow. You’re going to want to…

Peanut Butter Balls


Originally posted on Le Food Snob:
‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies. Every year when I was growing up, my favorite cookie to eat this time of year was my mom’s peanut butter balls. They are the best! I’m still not quite sure why we only make and eat these at Christmas, but it’s been…

Peanut Butter Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting


Some people don’t like Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Gasp! How is that possible? The complaint is that the frosting tastes too much like butter. In all fairness, it should. It tends to be the most substantial ingredient in the recipe. To cut down on the “butter” taste you can add other flavors to it. Like cream…