Homemade Hershey-Bar Fudge

Everyone has a favorite treat that they grew up with that they feel is the "very best ever," and I'm no exception.  My grandpa makes the best fudge. Each Christmas he would make several batches - some with nuts, some without.  I always selected the variety without the nuts because I'm a purist when it comes to treats - I like my banana bread with no chocolate chips, and my fudge free from nuts. This last Thanksgiving my family came into town for the holiday. My mom brought a container of fudge that my grandpa had … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookies

If you like Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's you'll love our Holiday Ho-ho's (without the E). Our favorite people from Blendtec made an incredible video on how to make our Christmas Cookies in their blender!!! Can you imagine making them in a blender? SO easy! What's even better is you can enter to win a blendtec over on our instagram!!   Several years ago we hosted The Great Cookie Exchange! It was so much fun! We have thee cutest downloadable invites, tags, recipe cards etc. You can find all the free … [Read more...]

Hot Fudge Sauce

This sauce is a recipe that has been sittin' around in my cupboard for years. It's a classic, timeless perfect chocolate sauce. It's so purrrfectly chocolatey so to satisfy the cravings of your choc-o-holic needs, but not too rich for those who are *gasp* not inclined toward the chocolate things of this world. You will still be wrapped around this sauce's little finger. Top it on your ice cream. Top it on your cheese cake, make banana splits, or bottle it up and give it to your friends. (you will be soo popular). I … [Read more...]

Barbershop Quartet

Are you wondering where in the world the name of this dessert came from?!   I grew up with my mom (and then me) making this dessert probably more than any other dessert in our house. It's got 4 layers, which is why it's called Barbershop Quartet! Weird, I know, but a lot more interesting than Lots of Chocolate and White Fluff, yeah? This is a pretty simple one to make, and even my chocolate-hating husband likes it. He claims the chocolate pudding doesn't taste like chocolate. So. There's … [Read more...]

Almond Joy Breakfast Shake

Oh So Delicioso has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KashiPlantPower #GOTOGETHER #CollectiveBias Who else struggles with breakfast!?  I am ALWAYS rushed in the morning, so my go-to breakfast is always a shake.  I've come up with some fun, tasty recipes over the years - and so I thought I'd share one of my staples today.  With all of the processed foods these days I like to start off the day with something that is good for me, so I find a breakfast shake … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fondue

  If there is one thing that I have served at gatherings that is always a hit - it is this chocolate fondue!  The recipe is simple and it is really such a crowd pleaser.  I received this fondue pot as a wedding gift and I've used it so so many times for various recipes - but chocolate fondue is by far the favorite.  Fondue can also be made in a saucepan and served warm in a dish if you don't have a fondue pot. One of my fondest memories is visiting a fondue restaurant with friends when I was a newlywed.  We had a … [Read more...]

Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Crepe Cake // Blendtec

ENTER OUR BLENDTEC  GIVEAWAY BY CLICKING HERE  Would you guys believe me if I told you this entire cake was made just by using a blentec? (ok and a few sauce pans) Crazy huh? Our personal blendtec's are literally our best friends for all the girls at oh so. I can honestly say I use mine daily, someday several times a day. Its more than just a smoothie maker. It's a salsa maker, snow cone maker, sauce mixer, dressing emulsifier, and a cake maker. Crepe Cake and all its ingredients were made by this bad … [Read more...]

Oreo Truffles

Many years ago I was introduced to a little piece of heaven called the Oreo Truffle.  A friend would make them once a year and sell them at a fundraiser auction.  They were always the hot ticket. When I learned how easy they were to make I was shocked!  This delicious piece of candy is only a few ingredients!?  It couldn't be! These guys are so so perfect for valentine's day!  Your valentine will love a box of these as their gift.  My husband was so excited to come home and savor some of these delicious … [Read more...]

Chocolate Waffle Cookies

Do you need a fast, easy, yummy cookie recipe to make before Santa arrives to an empty plate?  Well I have the perfect recipe for you.  These chocolate cookies are such a cinch to whip up and you make them in your waffle iron! My mom used to make these when I was a kid and we adored them.  My 3 year old helped me make up this batch and loved waiting patiently for the waffle iron to bake these cookies. These cookies are soft and chocolatey and and the icing is the perfect finishing touch.  My boys begged … [Read more...]

Holiday Ho Ho’s {Trader Joe-Joe’s Copy-Cat recipe}

Trader Joe's has some of my favorite Christmas treats. Among them are their Jo Joe's. They are similar to Oreos with chocolate wafers but have a peppermint cream in the middle.  After buying a package and eating them within 24 hours, I realized that I could bake something like it at home.  With a homemade Oreo wafer recipe and some candy canes, I thought this Christmas season I could make my own Joe Joe's.  I present to you the result of my experiment:  Ho Ho's (I'll keep it clean without the "e").  They are so … [Read more...]

Toasted Marshmallow Frozen Custard Shake // Blendtec Giveaway

There is one thing we are all obsessed with, and it's Blendtec. We all have one, each purchased on our own years and years ago. These things are incredible. We all got them with the smoothie craze that started years ago, but have found so many other uses for our Blendtecs. We even did an entire series last year around Super Bowl season with tons of recipes using our Blendtecs in shakes, soups, salad dressings, cauliflower rice, baby food, hummus, salsa, and my favorite, shredding roasted vegetables and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Creme Brûlée // Arvo Watch Giveaway

We have such a lovely giveaway and recipe for you today.  We are giving away a GORGEOUS Arvo watch and we are sharing a decadent chocolate creme brûlée that is perfect for your special holiday dinner.  Let me jab about this dessert for a bit - and then I'll get back to the giveaway. Creme Brûlée is my FAVORITE favorite favorite dessert.  But I understand that there are some out there that really prefer a chocolate dessert.  I have the perfect solution - chocolate creme brûlée.  My husband and I first discovered … [Read more...]

Earthquake Cake // Hello Apparel and Chelsea Charles Giveaway

Chocolate. Glitter. and Jewelry. Is there really anything better than those three things?  No way. I have a serious admiration for Hello Apparel, and was so touched when they agreed to collaborate with us on this post. They are amazing....and I kinda want to be pregnant just so I can wear their I'M SO PREGNANT shirt. +their buffalo plaid sweat shirt is killin it.(heart eyes emoji x 100) WE LOVE Cheslea Charles' Count Me Healthy Bracelets. This is not the first time that we have worked with her. We really love this … [Read more...]

Toasted Marshmallow Chocolate Custard Pie

It's time to serve the best pie of the year. I'm on a toasted marshmallow kick, and for a good reason. It's a flavor that you really can't get anywhere else. It's insta-nostalgia, and who can argue with nostalgia? Give me burnt chicken with toasted marshmallow and I'll call it the dreamiest chicken I ever did have (mostly because I've shared burnt chicken over a campfire and washed down with some toasted 'mallow s'mores many a time--and that was only because my climbing and biking and camping partner husband, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Fall is here and so is pumpkin season!  What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?  I'm partial to pumpkin cake, but cookies are a close second. Today I have another recipe that is near and dear to my heart - pumpkin bread.  Years ago I belonged to a crafting group and my dear friend gave me a loaf of this bread.  I may or may not have eaten the entire loaf myself.  I sheepishly asked for the recipe and she graciously agreed.  There is nothing better than a moist quick bread in my book. That beautiful loaf pan is … [Read more...]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

If you are growing a garden that contains a zucchini plant you probably have zucchini coming out of your ears right now! I was just visiting my mom and she has so many growing and growing so dang fast! If we forget to check the garden for a day or two and pick the veggies then they end up mammoth size! When they're this large they aren't exactly the best for steaming up and eating fresh. They still have all kinds of uses so don't throw them away. Our favorite is to blend or grate them and use them in breads and … [Read more...]

Cherry S’mores Cups with Annie’s Homegrown Naturals

I've posted several times about the book that basically changed our lives, Eat To Live. My husband read it, and long story short, I grudgingly followed in his footsteps and we made all sorts of changes to our diet. We added a couple of Netflix documentaries to our repertoire that really drove home the importance of what we put in our bodies, and the decline there has been in the things we put in our bodies. It's shocking, really, and we both felt extremely good making the change. Less meat, and many more Meatless … [Read more...]

Healthy Chocolate Muffins

These muffins are light, fluffy and taste incredible. The best part is that they are pretty darn healthy! While they still have flour and some sugar, we have substituted the oil, milk and eggs for only egg whites, a can of pumpkin and some water. The whole recipe takes minutes to whip up and bake. Giving you a great breakfast for on the go or those busy crazy mornings. You can freeze half the batch for later weeks if desired. a long time ago I bought this muffin tin for LARGE muffins. Its my favorite. I saw a … [Read more...]

Birthday Cake Cookies

As a kid I ALWAYS requested funfetti cake for my birthday.  I loved that frosting with the waxy little numbs of sprinkles.  So it's only appropriate to have funfetti cookies! My husband loved these little babies!  They are sweet and fun and the perfect little bite of perfection. These guys are great freezers - so make up a big batch and stick them in the freezer for a future date. I'm not a huge cake lover - so I would much much rather receive a plate of these cookie on my birthday.  What about you? … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Raspberry Sweet Rolls

I have a love for the combo of white chocolate and raspberry.  As evident in my white chocolate raspberry cookies and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. This past Christmas I whipped up a batch of my white chocolate raspberry cookies for our white elephant gift party as I usually do, and as usual - people are still talking about them.  This got me thinking...what else could I concoct with those flavors that would be heaven... and then the lightbulb went off while I was lying in bed one night.  White Chocolate … [Read more...]

Fudge Truffles

Fudge Truffles! They are about the most delicous things in the world.. you know from my Candy Cane White Chocolate Fudge post yesterday, that I love me some fudge. What's even better then just fudge, is chocolate-coated fudge. Something about the smooth milk chocolate balances the creamy fudge flavors. I took about 1/2 of my pan of both chocolate fudge and white chocolate fudge and made them into truffles. One thing I notice was having them rolled and chocolate coated made them last longer. Traditional fudge has a … [Read more...]

Candy Cane White Chocolate Fudge

I'm kind of a fudge person. I love fixing up a batch and having the little bite size pieces to snack on through out the holidays. Fudge is pretty simple and can be whipped up in about 15 minutes. The base of this recipe is the one my grandmother uses. What is funny is I was assuming I had some old time classic fudge recipe - coming from my grandma. So this year, I was whisking up a batch of chocolate fudge when I decided to read the back of the marshmallow cream bottle. And I was shocked to see Kraft had stolen my … [Read more...]

Black Forest Gateau

This cake is somthin' special. It doesn't come from my grandma's recipe box, but it does come from a grandma's. One who lives in Germany (I think that just makes it all the more cool. right? like, this is legit.). I have a friend who has lived around the world, and has family-in-laws all over the world too. She posted on her instagram her father's favorite cake and it looked AH-MAZING. She is so generous to share it with the world. It has a sweet back story to it so I want her to tell it. I'm going to write what … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

My favorite dessert is cheesecake.  I love everything about it.  So when my friend Katelynd mentioned that she created a killer white chocolate raspberry cheesecake recipe, I was all over it.  I bugged her about it about a thousand times.  She was so kind to give me and you a step by step to this delicious dessert. First off, let me introduce you.  This is Katelynd.  Momma to four littles, including a set of twins, baker, crafter, and business owner.  Katelynd sells her handmade wood items that are absolutely … [Read more...]

Boston Cream Cupcakes

I've had a long time love for boston cream pie.  I remember during college my co-workers would run down to the local grocery story and buy one for me on my birthday.  I've also been known to have a few Yoplait boston cream pie flavored yogurts in my fridge too! The other day I got a craving for boston cream pie in a bad way.  I thought about it for days.  Literally days.  And then something wonderful happened.  My friend had a birthday!  So I whipped up a batch of boston cream cupcakes to give to her, and I selfishly … [Read more...]

Almond Joy Brownies

So do any of y'all ever wonder just how our blog works? Like gals who run their own blogs do their own recipes, don't ever worry about other people's opinions or ideas or preferences or schedules or styles or anything. They post what they want, when they want, and they also have a lot of weight solely on their shoulders {these are all just my little 'ole assumptions}. I feel kinda blessed that we have six beautiful ladies to share this little experience with. Each of us have gone through some difficult or crazy … [Read more...]

Cookie Bars

First off! Congrats to Stephanie W. and Natalie M. for winning our Resqueeze giveaway! If you haven't already checked out Resqueeze go do it now! A smart and eco-friendly idea for encouraging healthy eating in kids. Congrats girls! and as for the rest of you... Hope you all had a nice a relaxing weekend! I know we have been busy prepping for our So Cal Meet and Greet tonight! We are looking forward to meet some blog buddies and shop owners we have admired for along time. We will be posting about the evening on Instagram … [Read more...]

Chocolate Crepes Recipe with Strawberries and Cream

Ok friends, I'm are sharing with you today one of my favorite desserts! I know what your thinking, I say that about every dessert. Ok it's true, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. But how can you not love a delicate chocolate crepe filled with a smooth cream and garnished with sweet strawberries. I would be crazy not to love it!  This recipe is apart of the Mother's Day Brunch we shared over on Lunchpail's and Lipstick! Lisa and the girls were so awesome to have us. Be sure and go check it out.. there is a watermelon salad … [Read more...]

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins // Healthy Mama Series – Robin

Hi!  I’m Robin: wife and mom of 3 little ones! We LOVE to eat and do a LOT of it.   I have a BIG SWEET tooth so I ALWAYS find myself craving treats.  But I hate the feeling of eating sugar all day long and after having kids I realized eating sugar all day is not helpful…Sugar crashes with kids can be less than ideal:) So whenever I can, I feed my sweet tooth through healthy options. One of my tricks is fruit.   My kids LOVE fruit!  Its sweet. Its fresh. It’s healthier than processed treats AND its delicious! Another … [Read more...]

Nutella Muddy Buddy

One Sunday afternoon I really had a hankering for something sweet. I just needed some kind of a dessert, anything! (you've probably never experienced this sensation before, have you) however, I had very few ingredients in my cupboard- especially dessert related. And I had little energy. (Both- empty cupboards and low engery- can be blamed on a little thing called pregnancy + three kids running around, probably my need for something sweet too) I had no easy brownie mix, or even chocolate chips to mix up a quick batch of … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookies

This is my Grandma Eliason's recipe and my dad's favorite cookie. It's quite delicious. I added a little holiday spin on it. It's only the 2nd week of January but I'm already thinking of Valentine's Day. Food coloring can make any food seem more festive. My grandma makes these with the big Hershey's Kiss in the middle. I just can't keep those in my house, they would be gone before the cookies were even done. I feel like 3 chocolate chips work out perfectly. Baking is touchy. If the butter consistancy isn't right, … [Read more...]

Choffy

  If I could have it my way, I would have some form of chocolate EVERY night. My friend Jodee introduced me to Choffy. It's so good, I had to share it with everyone. I would describe it as a mix between coffee and hot chocolate. It has the looks of coffee but is made from 100% cacao (cocoa) beans. It only has small traces of caffeine (like all chocolate) which is awesome! You won't receive that caffeine high and then crash a few hours later. It keeps you feeling good! It contains ZERO fat, sugar, chemicals, and dairy. … [Read more...]

Velata Giveaway! Easy Fondue

So I think fondue is kinda awesome. My husbands family tradition is to do a foundue feast every New Years with crab, french bread, steak, and all sorts of goodies. It is a crazy mess with the entire family gathered around one long table tearing bread, searing meat, cheese dunking and plates passing. And every year the favorite family memories are retold while someone gets embarrassed. Well, have you heard of Scentsy? I’m sure you have, I’m a regular of their wax scents and small wall plug-in’s. Nothing better then a … [Read more...]

5 Layer Cake with Raspberry Mousse Filling and Chocolate Ganache

Here's the deal. This cake tastes pretty amazing. 5 layers of moist, thick white cake, blanketed by cream cheese frosting and a light raspberry mousse. Then smoothered in a soft chocolate ganache. Add in a few fresh raspberries and the stream of flavors is complete. The kind of cake that makes you mmmmmm.  But.. I'm kinda a perfectionist. And I have to say.. there were a few issues with this cake. The weight of the cake is a little heavy for the mousse.. so the mousse had a difficult time staying put in the layers. Also … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

It's fall, and in the (more-than-I'd-care-to-admit) instance that I'm not eating food of actual substance, I'm eating chocolate, cinnamon, or salted caramel. Who's with me?! Moist cinnamon chocolate cake with a rich cinnamon salted caramel filling and a sweet chocolate frosting. Yes, I'm serious. Mix up your batter, and it will be thin. I think one of the most important steps in getting perfect cake layers is to take a little extra time to trace around the bottom of your cake pans on parchment paper to … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Chocolate Apple Cobbler

  As most of you all know, fruits and veggies have seasons that they grow best in and taste the tastiest. If you're like me, you're buying apples year round. When I think of Fall fruits I automatically think of PUMPKIN. Oh so yummy! So of course pumpkin is a Fall fruit but apples are also. They are best eaten late summer and into fall. I've made this cobbler many times but have usually done it in the oven and with white cake mix. I decided it switch it up and it turned out great! I'm a huge chocolate lover and this … [Read more...]

Texas Sheet Cake

So here's the thing about Texas Sheet Cake. You've mostly likely had once, or several times in your lifetime, right? It's not a big ol' mystery because it is pretty dang popular. But why is it so dang popular? If your tastebuds aren't reminding you of its moist chocolatey goodness, I'll sell you on a couple of other points. 1.) It's EASY, seriously about as easy as opening up one of those plastic bags inside the cake mix box. 2.) It's FAST--.Texas sheet cake doesnt take 50 minutes to bake like those box mixes.... … [Read more...]

Brown Butter Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Brown butter--I've seen it all over other food blogs, in pasta sauces, in cupcakes and cookies. Well dang. Musn't I try it? I must. I did. You must. So I read up on it quite a bit and about the fine line between browned butter and burnt butter. The first time I did it, I burnt the bits. That's because I didn't stir the butter, I just swirled it in the pan. I highly recommend using a whisk to stir it continuously. Cut the butter up into 1-2 T cubes so that it melts evenly and quickly. it will then start to boil. … [Read more...]

Eclair Pie

Today's recipe is from a guest, although, Geoff and Christy are not reallly guests to our blog. Geoff is our blog/web developer. He is a computer genius. I think around the age of 16 he opened his own graphic design business.Later, he met Christy and they got married Christy loves to bake, I am now her neighbor and I happen to be privy to all sorts of treats during the week. I love when she sends me a text "WAY too many cookies, you guys want some?!" Who can say no to that? She has spent many-a-late night up with us, … [Read more...]

Pound Cake Fruit Parfaits / Brownie Fruit Skewers

I love holidays. I'm more of a Thanksgiving/Christmas type, but I'm always willing to party. With the 4th of July being right at the beginning of summer, it's a nice way to kick things off. If you've ever tried it, you would know that Aubrey's Sour Cream Pound Cake is so yummy! It's such a good base for any dessert. I had the idea to make it more patriotic by using it in my Blueberry/Strawberry Parfaits. The trickiest part of this recipe was the strawberry and blueberry syrup. Not because it was hard to make but … [Read more...]

Chocolate Orange BabyCakes

 To ENTER our GRAND GIVEAWAY (where there are 11 winners, and over $600 in loot, click HERE!                             Some of you may be fans of Small Fry, if so you may have noticed us over there yesterday featuring our final (for now) Fireside Nights recipe. These Chocolate Orange Babycakes are SO amazing. Already, one small fry fan made it and commented (check out their instagram for the review) … [Read more...]

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

      mmmm.. I"m really trying hard to come up with the best way to tell you all about my high school days with Jolyn. Should I sell you our secrets about our "out of towners" (our friends that were boys in the nearby towns, wink wink) OR should I tell you about the very inapproprate jokes that were made when we played balderdash. Maybe, the pranks. no. I'd like to keep my records clean, haha.   I wish I could tell you about what a good friend she was, always there for me through a lot of … [Read more...]

Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispy Treats

These are the BEST!! They are super duper easy, look amazing, and taste delish!  I got my cookie cutters from Walmart and they came in 4 different heart sizes. I used the 3 smaller ones and loved having the different sizes. I think it makes the display look prettier and it was great I could eat the small one and not feel so guilty... of course I ate a big one too. At least it wasn't two big hearts, right? I made these already for my husbands office staff for Valentine's Day and they were super impressed! … [Read more...]

Beacon Hill Cookies {Chocolate Meringue Cookies}

Cookie Exchanges are a fond memory of mine.  My grandma hosted a HUGE cookie exchange every year.  They went all out and baked 1 dozen cookies for each person in attendance.  I remember my mom coming home with and entire laundry basket full of plates of cookies.  That is heaven for a little kid.  I remember going with my mom on a few occasions when my dad was working and just drooling over all the cookies.  I also felt super special being there because it was a no-kids event...but with it being at my Grandma's house … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Doesn't fall make you want to stay inside, bake delicious things, and get fat for the winter?   I only make these beauties in the fall.  They are a special treat we look forward to...and they are definitely an indulgence! Peanut Butter cups in the batter, chocolate peanut butter ganache, and more peanut butter cups as garnish!  Sinfully delicious.  Theses are a semi-homemade treat because you start with a cake mix - I love a shortcut with gourmet results! I couldn't even make it through the photo shoot … [Read more...]

The EASIEST Pumpkin Muffins

  So - I heard that you could make muffins using ONLY a cake mix (any kind - chocolate, white, spice, etc.) and a can of pumpkin in place of the eggs and oil.  I was VERY skeptical.  Come on.  No oil?  No Eggs?  Yeah right.  I was POSITIVE that they would turn out dry and would fall apart.  I've had this in the back of my head for a while, but last night as I was looking through the pantry to see if I needed to make a quick late night run to the store so that we would have food to eat on Sunday, when I saw a yellow … [Read more...]

White Chocolate Raspberry Cookies

When I was in college a good friend of mine made these cookies.  Marie is an amazing baker and loves chocolate!   She was always fattening me up with some sort of delicious baked good. On this particular occasion she sent me home with a small plate of these beautiful cookies.  On my drive home I decided to sample one.  Before I made it home the ENTIRE plate was gone!  Whoops.  Ever since then these have been an absolute love. I make these for parties, neighbors, holidays, or just because I'm craving them.  I have … [Read more...]

Angie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

  I have had this recipe in my recipe box since I first got married. My Grandma Harding gave it to me, said it was her favorite. She said I could have "Angie's recipe" and she said it in a way that gave me the impression that Angie is a good cook, or her cookies are dang good, so I was so lucky to have these. Over the years I have only ever made these, haven't even searched for a new recipe....I think its partly cause I feel proud to have Angie's recipe, a family recipe, even though I don't know who Angie is..... Plus … [Read more...]

No Bake Cookies

I saw this recipe and couldn't resist. Made them yesterday. I was reminded how simple and delicious they are. Quick and easy...perfect for an after school snack. Everyone needs a good no-bake cookie recipe. Kinda like how everyone needs a good chocolate-chip cookie recipe, only this is much easier! We LOVE no bake cookies around here. Most of the time they don't make it long enough to set up, they get scooped up with a spoon and eaten as quickly as possible. I know that a lot of people make their no bakes without the … [Read more...]

Scotch Chocolate Cake

I love love luuuuurve this cake. It's kind of like a texas sheet cake, but with a dash of cinnamon and spice....heavenly. It's not too rich, but not bland in the least. It's just kind of like Mary Poppins...practically perfect in every way. I don't think I have ever made this cake and come home with left overs. Which, while is a huge compliment to the cake itself, it's kind of depressing for one, who might need a midnight snack-a-roo or two, right?! On several occasions guests will just "take a small piece," cause ya … [Read more...]

Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Pudding Cookies

My dear friend made these a few times for me and they are sooo addicting. My favorite part is the chewy marshmallow :)   *let cool on cookie sheet 10 minutes before moving, makes 3 dozen   [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:261]   … [Read more...]