Archive | August 2012

Friday’s Dessert w/ Alcohol: Baileys Strawberry Shortcake

3 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream
Strawberry ice cream
Shortbread cookie
3 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream and strawberry ice cream. Top with a shortbread cookie.
This recipe contains no more than 0.6 fl. oz. of alcohol per serving 

(You can find more delicious recipes from Bailey’s right here! Drink responsibly…eat your face off! Well…not really (stay away from the bath salts!)



In the Kitchen Tonight: Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Jam Cookie Bars

My hubby loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (as you can tell, he is my inspiration for many desserts since he is the one who eats them!)  So I came across this delicious recipe from Pillsbury for Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Jam Cookie Bars– which my official taste tester (aka hubby) gave a HUGE thumbs up too.  He also immediately ran to the kitchen to pour himself a tall glass of milk afterwards too.  This dessert is very rich in flavor and yummy in taste.  If you are a kid at heart (like hubby) and love your pb&j sandwiches…this dessert is for you!

Starting off with the basic ingredients. I used grape jam.

Pressed the sugar cookie dough onto the bottom of the pan

Layer with peanut butter

Grape Jam Layer

Sprinkle chocolate chip morsels

Add cookie dough for top layer

Fresh out of the oven

Ready to eat (and with a glass of milk, of course!)








Friday’s Dessert w/ Alcohol: Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes

Its my favorite day of the week.  You know…the one that we can finally breathe a sigh of relief when its over, run home to put on our favorite pajamas and watch back to back episodes of the Kardashians over pizza and wine.   Well, okay…this isn’t exactly how its done in my house (unfortunately haha!) but on a perfect Friday night this is how I envision it. Researching for tonight’s desserts I came across one with a catchy title called Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes – how appropriate! Thank you Betty Crocker for creating desserts that are easy and fun to make especially for adults like me who enjoy an alcoholic beverage now and then…especially in a cupcake!

Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Cupcakes

Saffron Cupcakes w/ Cardamom-Rose Frosting

Today is the official celebration of India’s Independence.  I  love Indian food (I love almost all food…except for seafood and just really weird stuff…but thats another story) so figured today was a perfect opportunity to post a dessert in honor of India’s Independence.  I came across these delicious looking cupcakes courtesy of Chef Priyanka.  They are beautiful and pink!  Please see the recipe for Saffron Cupcakes w/ Cardamom-Rose Frosting right here.

Swatantradin ki Shubhkamnaye!

Chef Priyanka’s Saffron Cupcakes w/ Cardamom-Rose Frosting

In the Kitchen Tonight: Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

After a long day at work and in need of comfort food, there is nothing better than fresh out of the oven oatmeal raisin cookies.  The moist oatmeal, raisins and a hint of cinnamon make this all time favorite deeeeelicious! My favorite recipe is the traditional Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe – the “vanishing” in the name fits perfectly because ya can’t help but to eat more than one.

Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

National S’mores Day!

It’s National S’mores Day! I remember making s’mores over an open fire when I was a girl scout many moons ago.  How I loved to slap that big piece of Hershey’s chocolate over the graham cracker and tuck the marshmallows in between. What a gooey mess! But it was oh so delicious.

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to make (and devour!) a piece of Dreamy S’more Pie.  The pie has a graham cracker crust and for the chocolate this recipe uses Nutella.  Yummy!

What are your favorite memories of making/eating s’mores?

Dreamy S’more Pie


Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball!

Today would have been Lucille Ball’s 101st birthday.  What are your fondest memories of watching I Love Lucy? One of my favorite episodes is of Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory and the conveyor belt going crazy.  Or when she drank too much Vita Vegamin.   Some nights I just like to put on my pajamas, curl up on the couch and watch re-runs of I Love Lucy.  Still makes me laugh after all these years and always makes my heart happy.

I did some research today and came across Lucille Ball’s Persimmon Cake Recipe.  The main ingredients are: persimmon, walnut meat, raisins and dates –  sounds delicious!

Happy Birthday, Lucy!

Lucy and Desi