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Mint Chocolate Poke Cake

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Mint Chocolate Poke Cake - moist chocolate cake covered with hot fudge, chocolate pudding and then topped with mint whipped cream. A chocolate and mint dream come true!

Mint Chocolate Poke Cake – moist chocolate cake covered with hot fudge, chocolate pudding and then topped with mint whipped cream.  A chocolate and mint dream come true!

Mint Chocolate Poke Cake - moist chocolate cake covered with hot fudge, chocolate pudding and then topped with mint whipped cream.  A chocolate and mint dream come true!

Tomorrow my little guy turns 10 years old.  Double digits!!  That is kind of a big deal.  I can’t even believe that he is that old already.  On a weekly and monthly basis time seems to go by quickly, but then you have kids.  The kids get older, and all of the sudden they are real people.  It just a few years he will be in high school, driving, and even dating.  I can’t take it.  He needs to stop growing up so quickly!  I have heard of families doing special trips and things when their child turns 10. Neither my husband or I grew up with anything like that, so I don’t know that we are.  But if you have traditions, leave a comment below, I might change my mind!

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Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies

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Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies - A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge. Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies – A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge.  Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies - A fudgy brownie, topped with a layer of peanut butter cups, and then a layer of chocolate/peanut butter crispy fudge.  Pure chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

What is your favorite dessert?  Mine has to be brownies.  I could eat brownies pretty much every day and not get tired.  A close second would be warm chocolate chip cookies.  But they have to be warm.  Room temperature cookies are usually nothing special.  My husband’s is crème brûlée, he does not like anything chocolate.  Needless to say, desserts around here are never agreed upon easily.

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Oatmeal Cake

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Oatmeal Cake - a moist oatmeal cake topped with a coconut and pecan streusel.
Oatmeal Cake – a moist oatmeal cake topped with a coconut and pecan streusel.
Since I am traveling, I thought I would ask a couple of friends if they would be willing to take over for me for a day.  I was so excited when Amy from Very Culinary said yes.  If you do not know Amy, you need to head over there and get acquainted wit her.  Not only does she make some delicious food, like Cheater Korean Beef and No Churn Ice Cream with Toffee and Chocolate Bits but her and her husband make some of the best parody videos.  Like this “Happy Food” video.  So sit back, relax, and check out this mouth watering Oatmeal Cake recipe!

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Coconut Cream Filled Biscoff Cookies

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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