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Goodbye Summer – Recipes

I have the day off of work to go and see the one and only, Ozzy Osbourne in concert tonight. So I’m sitting on my wonderful patio having coffee with the dogs, which I’ve been able to do so little this summer due to the awful mugginess that plagued us most of the season, thinking that I am ready to say goodbye to summer. Autumn is my season (and it’s right around the corner!) and I’m ready to indulge it for everything it’s worth.

I haven’t done a lot of baking this year but there was a light lunch date with family in which I was asked to make some things to bring. What should I end the season with? Blueberries!

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Blueberry Cheesecake dip recipe here.

 

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World’s best muffin/cupcake carrier.

Blueberry Banana muffin recipe here.

Both recipes really added to our little lunch date. Laid out alongside cookies, a fruit platter and cheese, meat, cracker platters, they were a perfect addition.

How are you saying goodbye to summer?

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Strawberry Dump Cake

Like baked goods but baking isn’t really in your wheel house? Crockpot baking recipes are sweet goods made easy. Minimal effort and then you literally dump it in your slow cooker and walk away.

The draw back to massively cutting back sugar in your life is that this cake mix is just too sweet.

If you don’t have that issue, the flavor combinations with this type of recipe are endless.

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Recipe here.

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

There are almost always bananas in my house. Nine times out of ten, my husband won’t eat them because he knows if they start to brown, I’ll turn them into some sort of delectable treat. Problem is, I’ve made so many now that I’m scouring the internet for new banana treats to try. I’ve found some fun new things that I look forward attempting, but until then, here’s a banana bread with one ingredient I haven’t tried making it with yet.

This bread was incredibly moist. I’m cringing at that word but it’s the best I can think of to describe it. Easy to make recipe.

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Recipe here.

Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

I tried two new recipes this past Fourth of July and was annoyed with both of them. Doesn’t happen often so the fact that I had two less than awesome recipes in a row, had me slapping things around in the kitchen. Both tasted better than they look so that was a small plus.

This recipe requires you to let dough set in the fridge for 30 minutes. 30 minutes did nothing to harden it up. (That’s what she said.) I stuck it in the freezer for 15+ minutes and that seemed to do the trick. EXCEPT, after about 2 minutes of scooping dough, it went right back to being tacky. I was so annoyed that I just started flinging it on the cookie sheet with zero fucks about what it looked like. I was also so annoyed that I didn’t even do the last step of giving it a lemon glaze.

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Recipe here.

Top 5 Recipes of 2017

I slowed down on baking in 2017 because of a hectic year of buying a house, and moving but there were still some great recipes along the way.

  1. Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip
  2. Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cupcakes
  3. Banana Oat Muffins
  4. Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
  5. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

 

I’ve learned some sweet new baking tips in the last year and hopefully will implement them plenty in the new year to come. Remember kids, food is love!

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Cookie Day 2017

Last Saturday I had the absolute pleasure of joining my uncle’s holiday baking group. Every year around the holidays they get together and bake a mass amount of cookies. I was fully initiated with my own cookie recipe book that everyone in the group owns and a apron made just for me. (Grinch on one side, zombies on the other.) It was a fantastic time and I learned so many tips when it comes to baking, it was amazing.

The way it works is each person brings two from-scratch cookie dough batches and then we bake and decorate them all day. At the end of the day, we each come home with a large variety of cookies. (My husband sampled one of each flavor within 5 minutes. He had been waiting weeks for this to happen. He’s already looking forward to Cookie Day 2018.)

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Living room full of cookies.

I went the safe route for my first year and picked two fairly easy recipes. One was your classic gingerbread man. I had never made them, let alone decorated them before. Because I am me, there were a LOT of inappropriate ones.

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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe Here

I love mint. So my second batch choice was a peppermint sugar cookie with peppermint buttercream frost and crushed peppermint bark on top.

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Peppermint Cookie Recipe Here

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! For the first time in a couple of years, we went to someone else’s house and didn’t have to do the cooking. Being a good guest though, I baked some mighty tasty bread to bring along. This recipe has been hanging out on my Pinterest board for a couple of years now and it was time to give it a whirl. The result? Awesome. Sweet and tart.

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Recipe Here

Buttermilk Pumpkin Bread

I have seriously slacked when it comes to baking this Halloween season. But fear not, I celebrate all things pumpkin all the way until Thanksgiving.

I recently joined a baking group that meets once a year in December and bakes and decorates a mass amount of cookies. I’m actually pretty nervous about it as these people have been doing this for 20 years and I’ve only been baking about a year and half now. I’m convinced that my cookies will fail in some manner but I’m sure I’ll also learn approximately one million things from these people.

Anywho, this recipe was quite tasty. I don’t know that the buttermilk actually made much of a difference compared to any other pumpkin bread recipe but I needed to use it up and this recipe fit the bill.

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Recipe Here