Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Bars

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Happy Father's Day—to my amazing dad and all of the other irreplaceable papas out there! In honor of the holiday, I baked you (and him) a treat. :) Since I couldn't be there in person to celebrate the holiday with my dad, I sent a batch of this dessert his way. It's includes some of his favorite snacks, peanuts, pretzels and chocolate. And who doesn't love a bar cookie? This recipe turned out to be the perfect gift for my dad in ...continue reading

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

Cookout-Ready Confetti Bean Dip

When the weather heats up, many people naturally lighten up their menus, opting for seasonal fruits and vegetables over stick-to-your-ribs foods like, well, ribs, buttery mashed potatoes or cheesy casseroles. This dish, while easy to serve year-round, would be ideal for any upcoming outdoor events you have coming up. Attending a summer barbecue, potluck or picnic? You’ll be a hit if you come bearing bean dip from one of my favorite food ...continue reading

The Best of Healthy Holiday Hosting

I hope you all had a very Happy Thanksgiving! Sorry I checked out for a bit—I was just trying to squeeze the most family time in as possible while back in Iowa for the week. Anyway, I think of Thanksgiving as kicking off the festive season: Advent, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, etc. During these weeks, parties and gatherings seem to pop up out of nowhere and we may be scrambling at the last minute to think of a dish to bring! So I ...continue reading