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...]

Nut-Crusted Cranberry Tart with Martha Bakes

I've been looking forward to this post for a while now! We were invited to share in the excitement of Martha Stewart's 7th season of Martha Bakes on PBS and give you a peek at one of her recipes - this Cranberry Tart. I don't know about you but aside from my mother's kitchen, I learned to cook from TV! I've spent many days watching various food celebrities whip up desserts and dinners. Watching the process and learning techniques has transformed my own culinary skills. I'm so looking forward to watching the culinary … [Read more...]

Almond Poppyseed Bread

Next week we have some BIG, exciting posts planned + some really great goodies. If you have been a loyal reader of OSD for a while you know that during the holidays we like to a big giveaway for you. Sometimes several separate big items, sometimes 1 grand giveaway. This year we are changing things up. It's not just a giveaway! It will be a whole week of tips, tricks, recipe on how to SERVE others through food! We are surrounded by people all day everyday who are always in need of something. It may be small or it may … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Roll

So I like pumpkin rolls, alot. Every fall I make oodles of them. Wrap them up and store them in the fridge, cut a slice or two for guests. Maybe a quick after school snack for the kids. They are awesome. Best part they are pretty simple to make. Pumpkin rolls make great gifts for the holiday's or as a dessert for a party! They are pretty simple to make as well, just mix up the batter and pour into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake! Then invert onto a tea towel dusted with powder sugar. Slowly peel … [Read more...]

Apple and Pear Slab Pie

Tis the season for pie!!!!  With the holidays right around the corner I wanted to offer up an easy alternative to your traditional pie.  A slab pie has all of the components of a regular pie, except it feeds a crowd.  A slab pie is perfect for a big family gathering or a friends-giving. I created this recipe from start to finish with my KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  My kitchenAid mixer is a staple in my kitchen.  Besides cakes and cookies, I love to shred chicken and make dips and frostings in it.  A few years ago I … [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...]

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...]

Mini Pressure Cooker Cheesecakes

One of the things I kept seeing you could bake with the pressure was cheesecake. Sound perfect, right? You get the moisture needed for cheesecakes, and a quick bake time so you can start chilling them. Because CHEESECAKE! I tried this three different times until I got the cook time right. I used my Grandma's cheesecake recipe, I love it every time. I've done mini cheesecake bites as well as a regular cheesecake in a 9" pie plate, but I mostly wanted to test out baking methods for the pressure cooker. And on the … [Read more...]

Peaches and Cream Frozen Custard with Brownies and Salted Dark Caramel Sauce

Movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches. Movin' to the country, gonna eat me a lot of peaches... We're probably older than some of you, which means some of you don't know why I'm moving to the country and am gonna eat a lot peaches. It's a song! I was in 5th grade, and all the boys were singing it (that, and doing that wrist-flick thing...and wearing puka shell necklaces and sambas) and I still love it to this day! Welcome to Peach Week! My sister-in-law is from Georgia, and she has inspired this … [Read more...]

Baskin-Robbins Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

This post is sponsored by Baskin-Robbins. I have a 5 month old little boy.  He is so smiley and rolly polly and precious.  It's all I can do to not nibble him all day long.  When I was pregnant with him I MAJORLY craved Baskin-Robbins.  I sent my husband on late night runs ALL.THE.TIME.  So when Baskin-Robbins asked us if we wanted to try their new Warm Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich there was no way I was going to say no. My little family made an evening of it - everyone got to choose their own warm cookie ice … [Read more...]

Raspberry Sour Cream Cake

This cake is hands down one of my favorite desserts.  My mom made this growing up and I've continued to make it as an adult.  I've served this time and time again and have yet to meet someone who didn't ADORE this cake.  It is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. The cake is dense, served cold, and moist!  It's one of those desserts that you just want to keep eating and eating and eating. You make the cake in a jelly roll pan - the large 11x16 baking sheets with a lip that you can sometimes find at Costco.  I … [Read more...]

Sour Cream Pound Cake

This recipe has been on our blog for years and has always been one of my favorite cakes! Many of you know this but years ago, this blog was a group blog with many many contributors. As the blog grew and life went on we narrowed down the contributors to those with serious interest in food blogging. Many of the recipes shared by our previous contributors are still on this blog and so delicious!   Because I love this recipe so much I decided to give it a little facelift and bring it forward a few years! (Yes it's been … [Read more...]

Summer Strawberry Pie

Well this dessert is going to rock your socks!  Simple enough to whip up the morning before your barbecue, yet delicious enough to make everyone go back for seconds. I recently made this fresh strawberry pie for some neighbors we had over for dessert. Their cute little boy ate it up and kept asking for more. Licking his lips he said, "Oh this is good! Mom will you please get the recipe?" I was flattered of course, but then again I knew it would be good!  And if your wondering if this is the same strawberry pie recipe … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

The other night my husband's boss came for dinner.  I served up Desi's Rubio's chicken tacos in honor of taco Tuesday, which I knew would be a hit and easy to whip up.  And then I had to come up with a dessert.  I had some apples in the produce drawer - so I decided on apple crisp.  Then I took it a step further and decided caramel apple crisp would be tastier. I pulled out Steph's salted caramel recipe - and this dessert was born.  I made them individual sized, because who doesn't love to eat their very own … [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...]

Birthday Cake Sweet Rolls

Hey guys - so today is my birthday, so I thought - why not share a birthday recipe? I'm not a big bread maker.  I'm not a patient person and all the waiting and raising just isn't my jive.  I'll make rolls a few times a year and cinnamon rolls a few times a year.  That's about my max.  But what better reason to make bread than a birthday?  Who wouldn't love to wake up to these birthday cake sweet rolls?! The dough is my mother-in-law's recipe and it is so so perfect.  I did a twist on the filling and icing to … [Read more...]

Raspberry Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and White Chocolate Icing

It's officially spring! And Easter is next week! And we love cake! Especially if it's pink... Several Easters ago, I made a Strawberry Coconut Cake that was the prettiest cake I'd ever made! I revamped the recipe last year, and this year went after the same aesthetics with different flavors. With white chocolate. I also did a Cherry and Lime Curd Shortcake, the curd of which I've been jonesing for. But lemon. A trick I love? To prevent your filling from being pushed out the sides, pipe a ring of … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Tutorial

  A few years ago I made some rainbow cupcakes like this for my son's birthday party and they have become one of the most consistently pinned recipes on our blog. I've received a lot of questions about the who's and the what's about these babies, so I decided to do a separate post with all the specifics. I added the gold coin oreo's because this is the PERFECT treat for your St.Patrick's Day Party. You'll Need:: Cupcakes - whatever is your favorite. Bake and let cool. I found these gold cupcake liners at … [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...]

Strawberry Colada Milkshake

We already shared with you our complete Valentines gift guide.. and there is some good stuff on that list! I hope you took notice of my choice - The Riva Hoop Ring by Monica Vinader. It's just so gorgeous you guys!  We will come back to that in a bit, for now I want to talk about this mouth-watering, sweet-tooth quenching milkshake staring at us all. It's also pretty darn gorgeous! (The best part about food blogging... enjoying our work!) I love a good milkshake, particularly a strawberry milkshake. Just the other … [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...]

Candy Cane Chip Ice Cream // Zoku Giveaway

You guys - the holiday season is here.  Can you believe how fast this year has flown by?!!  To kick off the season we are bringing you a really really really fabulous giveaway series.  From now until December 12th we have 12 giveaways!!!!  Yes - T.W.E.L.V.E!!!  Each day we will be featuring s fabulous prize for our wonderful readers, so make sure you're checking back daily.  We are calling this little BIG series 12 Days of Giveaways, and we hope that you love it!  Not only we will we giving away so many awesome gifts - … [Read more...]

Hazelnut English Toffee

I love all the Christmas goodies! Not only are they legitimately good (fudge? more fudge? caramel? peanut brittle? truffles? yum!), but they're so nostalgic that you instantly love them. I thought we needed to add my Grandma's English Toffee recipe to the mix on here. It's really pretty simple. Watch and stir the candy over the stovetop (about 15 minutes), spread it on a buttered jelly roll pan, let chocolate melt over the candy, sprinkle nuts and kosher salt, and that's it! This buttery rich toffee is … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cake

 This cake is killer. Its moist, fluffy, full of pumpkin and spice and topped with cream cheese frosting. I have never made this cake without the pan being scraped clean at the end of the day. The last time I made it we all ate a piece before taking it to the party because we knew we wouldn't have another chance to eat it later. The first time I had it was at a family holiday party. My aunt had made it- she cut the cake into huge pieces. I looked at it thinking it was way too big for me....but then I ate that piece of … [Read more...]

Food For A Perfect Halloween

You guys, Halloween is right around the corner!  Are you prepped and ready with your costumes, candy, and festive foods?  We may not be able to help you with your costumes, but we have you covered in the food department. Chili is a traditional Halloween dish - and we have a few delicious ones to choose from.  Check out: Chili Con Carne Creamy White Chili Vegetarian Chili Sloppy Joe Chili What about a side for that steamy pot of chili?  How about: Cheesy Corn Bread … [Read more...]

Sautéed Apples with Bacon

We are big apple eaters over here. They are a staple around our house. As much as we have chicken, pancakes, and bananas- we have apples. No trip to the store would be complete with out stocking up on apples. So when the girls started brain storming ideas for apple week, I knew just what I would contribute.  A year or so ago I switched up our apple routine and tried sautéing them. It was so amazing! I served them over pancakes and it was a hit with the family. Because of the simplicity and common ingredients, this … [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...]

Classic Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars are something I remember as being a "grown-up" dessert when I was a kid.  My mom would make them occasionally and I don't remember particularly liking them.  Funny how as you grow up so does your taste. Now that I'm an adult I love lemon desserts - and lemon bars are at the top of the list! You start with a shortbread crust, and then top it with a tart, sweet, smooth lemon filling. I like them cold out of the fridge, if I can wait long enough for them to cool before I dig … [Read more...]

Double Orange Mini Loaves

A few months back I attended a church function where we ate the BEST muffins.  The friend who brought them made all sorts of yummy varieties - chocolate, banana, and my favorite - orange glazed.  I ate more than my fair share of those babies.  And ever since then I've thought about those perfect muffins. I finally asked her for the recipe and immediately made up a batch.  Then I got to thinking - that these muffins would be amazing as a quick bread.  I am a HUGE fan of quick breads.  Particularly banana and … [Read more...]

Cherry and Lime Curd Shortcakes

Biscuits and gravy are my THING. I used to order them at about every breakfast/brunch/diner place I ever went to, and honestly I was disappointed 90% of the time. I get it, you can't take piping hot flaky biscuits out of the oven for every order, but I never get why the gravy was always tasteless. Anyway, I make my own. So when King Arthur contacted us about participating in their #BetterBiscuits campaign, well there was absolutely no hesitation in raising my hand. MeMeMeMeMe! Yes please!!! I'd never baked … [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...]

Funfetti Dip

A few months back my parents came in to town.  I was hosting a craft night during her stay and she insisted that I make this dip.  She told me a co-worker of hers had given her the recipe and that it was to die for.  You can't say no to a description like that! With only 3 ingredients, it was made up in no time!  I served with with berries, grapes, and Nilla wafers. Needless to say it was snarfed down so so quickly.  Everyone loved it! I promise this will be a hit at your next get … [Read more...]

Fresh Fruit Cake Filling

My littlest boys have birthdays side by side to each other. One turning one, so he didn't have much say in what his birthday was about, my 4 year old however has been counting down the days till his birthday since Jan. when his older brother had his birthday. So it was kinda a go big or go home kind of an event. William, the birthday boy, requested a chocolate blueberry cake. He LOOOOOVES blueberry and they were totally in season at the time so we were eating loads of them. Naturally, chocolate blueberry was the most … [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...]

Lemon Berry Cobbler

Today I'm sharing this delicious cobbler that I've been making for a few years now. It's light and fluffy with tangy berries mixed in, and it's incredibly easy! The bright berries and fluffy whip cream is making crave spring!! I call it a cobbler because the original recipe this was inspired by was called a cobbler. However, it seems more like a cake than a cobbler in many ways- kind of a cobbler cake. Moist and fruity like a cobbler but made from a thick batter and bakes up like a cake. I agree with calling it 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...]

Individual Red Velvet Trifle + Lemon Yogurt Filling

  In case ya didn't know, cupcakes are soooo last year, and trifles are sooo this year. OR so says my nine year old.For her birthday she wanted red velvet cake.... but not just your regular old cupcake. We had to change it up a bit. Make it a little more sophisticated, a bit more fancy. And let me tell you, all the other lil ladies who came to her party gobbled them up like crazy. Don't tell my husband this, but I even let them eat them in the living room. They were way way way less messy. I was a little … [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...]

Lemon Yogurt Cookies

These are my friend's cookie recipe. They call them crack cookies. is that too harsh of a thing to say here? They call them this because they are so good they are severely addicting. Just the glaze itself you could bathe in. no joke. I have been looking for a good lemon cookie for a little bit. I really wanted to try out some lemon curd in one, when one day she showed up to a get together with these babies. After that all searching came to a halt. When I made these cookies I substitutes the oil for a greek yogurt. I … [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...]

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...]

Apple Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze

Today I'm sharing a family recipe. My mother has a notebook that is packet with recipes. Papers jut out in every direction with recipes scribbled on them. Some are typed, some torn from magazines, many on eclectic recipes cards from friends. This binder is a treasure chest of recipes. I love flipping through it and finding old favorites and recipes that remind me of the past times. I even found a recipe for an Orange Julius that I had written when I was probably 12 or 13 years old. A few months ago I was passing time … [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...]

How to Freeze Dough : Homemade Rolls and Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade bread is the best. The smell, the fluffiness, the taste! It just screams comfort and home and mama's good cookin. Making homemade bread is also a beast. Well at least for me. I don't love it. Its not therapeutic it's a big mess. So, it rarely happens, but it would be nice on those beautiful Sunday afternoons to have some homemade rolls to go with that pot roast, or on a busy weeknight to be able to have homemade bread with that pasta dish. So how can one accomplish this without spending hours in the kitchen … [Read more...]

Fall Rice Krispie Treats

My favorite time of year is here! Yay! Cooler weather, holidays, sweaters, & good TV shows. Aren't Fall foods just the best? I have turned this Classic Rice Krispie Treat into a great Fall snack. Since Stephanie introduced me to Brown Butter Cookies I haven't looked back at my old recipe. They are simply divine, especially the dough. Does everything taste better with Brown Butter? Well these Rice Krispie Treats definitely do. When browning butter, all you need to do is keep the butter on med/high heat and keep … [Read more...]