Fall Flavors: 5-Ingredient Pumpkin Shortbread Bars

You guys!  These bars are insanely good.  Scratch that. Dangerously good!  And way easy to make!  Only 5 ingredients. 5!  These bars have become my new go-to recipe! Heres the deal. Start with a super simple shortbread cookie base Then a layer of pumpkin butter Followed by a streusel of shortbread crumble on top Then bake, cool, slice, and try not eat the whole pan in one sitting. You can use any pumpkin butter you like – store-bought or homemade, –  but I’m going to put in a strong plug for my easy 20-minute pumpkin butter!  A batch of this will keep in the fridge for at least a month!…

Healthy Treats – Salted Caramel Chocolate Coconut and Oat Bars

If you cringe when asked to be “treat mom” or to “bring the treats,” I know the feeling, even though I am currently kidless.  Almost everyone if off of something these days. Even kids! The school’s list of acceptable/unacceptable ingredients in homemade treats I see pinned to the fridge at my friends’ house leaves little but organic unicorn dust and non-GMO rainbows up for grabs.  And unfortunately, I’m fresh out of both. One year we hosted a monthly dinner for our church small group.  A week before our first meal, three people reached out about their dietary restrictions with the clear assumption that accommodations would be made.  Between the 3 of…

Summer Dessert: Roasted Plum and Nectarine Crisp

I remember making myself sick from eating too many plums as a young kid. If it weren’t for a distinct memory of the event, I would likely repeat the incident today. The unforgettable juiciness of black and red plums, and their smaller, tarter, and easy-to-eat-far-too-many of them Italian counterparts are still some of my favorite stone fruits. My great grandparents had an Italian plum tree in the field of their farmhouse.   I have vivid memories of my Great Nonnie cooking everything in gobs of butter, riding their very grumpy horse with my Dad, and eating as many plums as I could pick! Lesson learned about that last one. (Especially. before…

Girls’ Night in 5: Blackberry Goat Cheese Tarts

Girls’ Night in 5 is a monthly “how-to” series containing Girls’ Night friendly recipes with 5 or fewer ingredients and no more than 5 minutes of active prep!  This series is part of my mission to simplify entertaining to encourage readers to invest in their community through hosting and loving people well. For the past week or so, there is a familiar sweet smell wafting through the air each morning on my run. Blackberries. I know that we are all supposed to love strawberries and raspberries and other things that aren’t so wild and plentiful, but I am a blackberry girl through and through. Maybe its because blackberry and stone…

Coconut Lime Cookie and Fro-Yo Sandwiches

Six years ago this morning, I was sitting in hair salon chairs with my best friend sipping coffee through a straw having my hair done for my wedding, nervously checking ferry wait times, and stressing about my half-memorized vows. Six years ago today, I said “I do” to the guy who still makes me laugh until I cry and is every bit as kind, smart, and wonderful as I thought when we jumped into this crazy adventure.  There is no one else I would want to do life with. Yesterday, we boarded a plane for Kauai.  The same island we went to on our honeymoon 6 years ago.  We are…
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