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Coconut Cream Filled Biscoff Cookies


Creamy coconut filling sandwiched between 2 Biscoff cookies- this sweet treat is ready in minutes and sure to please a crowd!

Creamy coconut filling sandwiched between 2 Biscoff cookies- this sweet treat is ready in minutes and sure to please a crowd!

Creamy coconut filling sandwiched between 2 Biscoff cookies- this sweet treat is ready in minutes and sure to please a crowd!

You guys have all heard me gush about Katrina from In Katrina’s Kitchen before.  Well, today I am lucky enough that she is taking over for me for the day.  One of the best things about this whole blogging thing is the amazingly talented and wonderful people you meet.  Katrina is definitely one of those people.  She is beyond creative with her Double Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two, her Layered Drinks, and Cookie Monster Cookies.  So I hope you enjoy today’s recipe as much as I do!

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Chocolate Eclairs


Chocolate Eclairs - Light and airy pastry filled with a vanilla cream, and then topped with a chocolate icing. Sure to impress, but way easier than you think to make!

Chocolate Eclairs – Light and airy pastry filled with a vanilla cream, and then topped with a chocolate icing.  Sure to impress, but way easier than you think to make!

Chocolate Eclairs - Light and airy pastry filled with a vanilla cream, and then topped with a chocolate icing.  Sure to impress, but way easier than you think to make!

We have been in New Zealand for over a week now.  It is amazing, and we are loving it!!  I am posting some pictures on Instagram, so follow along if you are interested.  Depending on time, I might throw in a Thursday Things post and share some of our trip before we get home. I will do a few different write-ups on the trip once we get home for sure.  New Zealand is such a magical place, I wish everyone had the chance to visit.  So far we have seen mountains, lakes, oceans, gone on amazing hikes, boat rides, and scenic drives.  Plus my husband and son have eaten more fish and chips than I can count!  A great start to the trip.

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Peppermint Pattie Brownies


Peppermint Pattie Brownies - Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.

Peppermint Pattie Brownies – Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.  

Peppermint Pattie Brownies - Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.

Today is the day!  Tonight we are getting on a plane and flying to New Zealand for 6 weeks!  We have been planning this trip for what seems like forever.  I never actually thought we would get to this day.  But it crept up on his, and the last few weeks have been so busy trying to get ready.  Now to just travel, go through airports, sit on planes and fly for the next 26 hours.  It will all be worth it.  My parents are taking us to the airport this afternoon, and then spending the next 2 months at our house.  Hopefully they will fall in love with Colorado, and be ready to move here as soon as we get back.

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Strawberry Margarita Bars


Strawberry Margarita Bars - a twist on a classic lemon bar. Strawberry, lime, and tequila make these taste like the classic strawberry margarita in dessert form.

Strawberry Margarita Bars – a twist on a classic lemon bar.  Strawberry, lime, and tequila make these taste like the classic strawberry margarita in dessert form.  

Strawberry Margarita Bars - a twist on a classic lemon bar.  Strawberry, lime, and tequila make these taste like the classic strawberry margarita in dessert form.

Today I am hanging out with my mom and kind of going crazy.  I am packing and trying to get stuff together like a mad woman.  We leave for 6 weeks on Friday, and I swear I am going to forget everything important.  We have been making lists of what to bring for over a month, but I still feel like I am going to forget something major.  My parents are here for the next 2 months, so they can stay at our house, and hopefully find an area they want to move to in the next year or so.  Thankfully she is here and helping me remember some stuff I would not have thought to pack.  Good thing they have stores in New Zealand, so I can at least replace what I forget.

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Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake


Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake - a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake – a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Cake - a super moist lemon yogurt cake studded with fresh blueberries and topped with a lemon glaze.

Today is my husband’s birthday!  Do you do anything special for birthday’s at your house?  We are going out to dinner to a restaurant of my husband’s choice.  After that we will have his favorite dessert; Cookie Cake.  The rest of the weekend is pretty much whatever he wants to do.  I think we are headed up to the mountains to go snow shoeing on Saturday.  I have a little special outing planned on Sunday, we will see what he thinks.  We are headed to a new place in Denver, I hope he really likes!  I can’t say too much yet, because it is a surprise; and today is the day he will probably actually read my blog.

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Strawberry Parfaits with Chocolate Angel Food Cake


Light and airy chocolate angel food cake, fresh homemade whipped cream and juicy strawberries make for an easy but show stopping dessert.

Strawberry Parfaits with Chocolate Angel Food Cake – Light and airy chocolate angel food cake, fresh homemade whipped cream and juicy strawberries make for an easy but show stopping dessert.

Light and airy chocolate angel food cake, fresh homemade whipped cream and juicy strawberries make for an easy but show stopping dessert.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.  We don’t have much planned, but it will be nice to spend time as a family.  My husband almost never travels for work, but he has been out of town this week.  He comes home tonight, so it will be good to have him home again.  I work from home, so I am home by myself all day every day.  But to have my husband away for work, takes some getting used to.  I am not used to just cooking for 2 people, and spending the evening alone.  At least I was able to catch up on some trashy TV :)

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels


Chocolate Covered Pretzels - super easy and fun treat for any occasion. Pretzels dipping in white chocolate and coated in sprinkles.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels – super easy and fun treat for any occasion.  Pretzels dipping in white chocolate and coated in sprinkles. 

Chocolate Covered Pretzels - super easy and fun treat for any occasion.  Pretzels dipping in white chocolate and coated in sprinkles.

What a busy weekend!  Our new fridge is here!  I am super excited to have a new fridge.  I have wanted a French door one for years, and it is all I hoped it would be.  There is so much storage it is crazy.  I feel like I need to go shopping just to fill it up. My last fridge was so small, so it will take awhile to get used to all of this extra space.  Saturday night I took my 9 year old to a hockey game.  A friend gave us tickets, and we had 2nd row seats right near the penalty box.  My son was in absolute heaven.  You could see everything, and it was right in front of you.  He loves just about any sporting event, but this is the closest we have ever gotten, and he loved it!

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Banana Snickerdoodle Bars


Banana Snickerdoodle Bars - Use up those over ripe bananas to make these Snickerdoodle Bars. All the flavor of a Snickerdoodle cookie, in the form of a bar!

Banana Snickerdoodle Bars – Use up those over ripe bananas to make these Snickerdoodle Bars.  All the flavor of a Snickerdoodle cookie, in the form of a bar!

Banana Snickerdoodle Bars - Use up those over ripe bananas to make these Snickerdoodle Bars.  All the flavor of a Snickerdoodle cookie, in the form of a bar!

I always have bananas sitting on my counter that need to get used up.  At least it seems that way.  I am not sure why I always buy so many, thinking we will eat them all, and then 1 or 2 just sit there.  Needless to say, I am always looking for a different way to use up those over ripe ones.  Sometimes I just throw them in the freezer for later, but other times I get ambitious and want to bake something with them right away! These Snickerdoodle Bars have to be my son’s favorite.  He pretty much loves anything that involves cinnamon, so I knew these would be a huge hit with him.

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Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies For Two “Pizookies”


Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two -An ooey, gooey, chocolate-y deep dish cookie that makes just enough for two people. A homemade version of the famous Pizookie.
Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two -An ooey, gooey, chocolate-y deep dish cookie that makes just enough for two people.  A homemade version of the famous Pizookie.

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two -An ooey, gooey, chocolate-y deep dish cookie that makes just enough for two people.  A homemade version of the famous Pizookie.

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two -An ooey, gooey, chocolate-y deep dish cookie that makes just enough for two people.  A homemade version of the famous Pizookie.

Sunday is the day of the big game!  Are you having a get together?  My husband is too mad that the Packers lost, so we aren’t doing much of anything.  We will hang out the 3 of us, have a few snacks and watch the game.  But that is about it.  I thought about trying to convince him we needed to have a few friends over, but then I would have to clean my house, and be on the ball.   I am feeling kind of lazy lately, so that seemed like kind of a lot to ask.  A family night sounds good to me!

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Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies


Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies – a classic soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie with a cinnamon and Biscoff twist!

Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies - a classic soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie with a cinnamon and Biscoff twist!

Welcome to Day Five of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Thanks to our sponsors for Christmas Week. Anolon is donating a 5-piece Bakeware Set. Swing by their Facebook Page to show them some love. We also have Ball supplying us with 4 sets of Jars in their gorgeous Green Heritage Color. Swing by their Ball Canning and Recipes Facebook Page to say hello.

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