Healthified Graham Cracker Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Little in life says, "Thank you," "I appreciate you" or "welcome to the neighborhood," than freshly baked goodies. Don't you think (and agree with this quote from Buzzfeed)? As a sign of gratitude for my co-workers who covered duties while I was away in Iceland, I baked up a big batch of cookies. These were not just basic cookies, mind you. With summer just coming into full swing, I decided to share s'mores-inspired cookies!Taking ...continue reading

Christmas Dips and Drinks

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Mission holiday party is complete! On Friday, I hosted about 30 close friends for appetizers, drinks and desserts to celebrate the season rather than getting everyone gifts. Greatest idea ever. As you can see, I had an awful time with my girl Bethany and the rest of the crew. :) There were plenty of sweets, including Peppermint Patty-Stuffed Cookies, Gooey Butter Cookies, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites and more. And for ...continue reading

Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cookies

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Happy National Bake Cookies Day! It's very fitting, considering that verb has been one of the main causes for my blogging hiatus lately. I've been in party prep mode for the last week or two, planning a menu, shopping, cooking/baking and cleaning before I host some close friends for an appetizers, desserts and cocktails holiday celebration! There are plenty of cookies and other sweets on the menu, ranging from guilt-free to ...continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

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Pumpkin and cinnamon, peppermint and chocolate, peanut butter and jelly...What's your favorite flavor combination? PB&C (peanut butter and chocolate) is one hot combo this time of year, thanks to those ever-popular Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins! Inspired by that Halloween favorite, I set out to make a healthier dessert that was just as sweet and delicious. Could I do it? You be the judge. :) Chocolate Peanut ...continue reading

Lighter Holiday Side: (Almost) Couldn’t Be Easier Green Bean Recipe

Around the holidays, traditional green bean casserole is the norm—cream of mushroom soup, fried onions, butter, you name it. But my Mom and I were discussing possible ways to (slightly) lighten up our Thanksgiving table and make another nutritious options available, and we decided to make over the green beans! These veggies are high in antioxidants and vitamins (C, K and A) and low in calories. It was a natural choice then for a ...continue reading