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Oh how I love 3 day weekends... Thank. You. Presidents.

I baked these bad boys for the Superbowl (Good gawd, I am THAT behind) because my sister has been begging me for s'mores. Since fires aren't really my specialty, I found these on Pinterest and knew these were it!

 SmoresBars with Simply EvaniRecipe from Baked Perfection

SmoresBar with Simply Evani SmoresBar2 with Simply Evani

Chocolate, Crackers and Marshmallows, oh my!

My sister was pretty fond of them, she has quite a sweet tooth. I have to admit that we made the graham cracker top layer a little thick for my liking. I would recommend keeping those graham cracker layers thin, they expanded with baking and are the driest part of the bar. But overall, they were tasty and definitely had s'more tendencies!

Reading my dear friend Lyss' blog, she mentioned a Creative Cleanse that Kate proposed. This idea couldn't have been better timed for what's going on in my life. I can't keep up with the blog reading that I used to and still produce posts 3 times a week. I want to spend more quality time on producing content. And to be honest, my daily reads are people who comment on my blog regularly (most of them being my blog friends). So if you are a reader of my blog, I would love if you could leave me comments, chat with me on twitter, ANYTHING so I know that you are important to keep on my radar! I promised myself a long time ago that I would always be readers of my reader's blogs so if I'm dropping the ball, please feel free to let me know. (I follow blogs with Bloglovin because I can't have GFC so I hope you have one I can follow!)

I had the most wonderful 3 day weekend that I'll be sharing with you tomorrow!

How was your weekend? 

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

I posted my Me, Myself and I link up on Monday. Check it out!

Since I spent most of last night in a pile of kraft wrapping paper and ribbon, furiously working on Christmas presents, I figured I would finally share a recipe I've been bringing to all my potlucks lately. Who loves Nutella like I do?!?

Recipe from Daisy Chubb's, adapted from Delightful Bites, originating from Barbara Bakes
Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe adapted from AllRecipes (sans chips)
Check out more of Ash-lee's recipes here

I cannot sing enough praises about this recipe. First of all, the cookie dough is to die for. Then, you throw in the Nutella and it's unstoppable. I do want to note that because the cookies hang out in the mini muffin tin for awhile, I've found that the cookies need to come out of the oven sooner than a typical cookie. When you take them out, make sure they're closer to the soft side, because they'll continue baking in the tin while you make the cups and put the Nutella in. 

I've gotten really good feedback on these bad boys and some of that feedback has come from my own mouth. Lol. So give it a try!

What is your go-to recipe for potlucks? It's on my 25 before 25 list to find my signature dish so help me out!

Have a great hump day everyone!

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Happy Thursday everyone!

Awhile back, the lovely Katrine of Make it & Fake it was on vacation in Chicago and she asked me to guest post on her amazing blog (Katrine's was one of the FIRST blogs I ever commented on and followed). I figured now is as best a time as ever to share this with my readers too! Happy Blog Birthday (+1 day) to Make it & Fake it!

** Don't you hate typos on Photoshop files? Ugh baking POWDER.

Recipes adapted from Makoodle. I changed some of the proportions and excluded a few ingredients to fit my needs.

Sugar Cookie Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup butter, softened
  • 1.5 eggs (literally broke open an egg and only threw in "half" of an egg. Lol)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream until well combined. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.
  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and keep refrigerated for at least 2 hours.
  3. Once dough is chilled, roll it out and cut with cookie cutter. Set oven at 350 degrees and bake for roughly 11 minutes (less if you roll your dough out thin). Let the cookies cool before decorating.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, add more for consistency

Instructions

  1. Cream softened butter and cream cheese together then add vanilla.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar to desired consistency. You might need more powdered sugar if you want firmer icing.

It's not often I eat a ton of my own baking creations but boy did I eat tons of these. I would have to say they come out with more of a"soft" shortbread taste rather than traditional sugar cookie but they were delicious. I used the Brown Eyed Baker's tutorial to attempt to ice my cookies and clearly I'm a first timer... Also, I don't recommend using cream cheese frosting to frost cookies using the flooding method. But overall, definitely give this cookie recipe a try!

I am having an epic week of running around with my head chopped off, hot gluing my fingers together and basically, party planning. This weekend, I'm helping coordinate a Thank You party for my work with approximately 800 RSVP'd guests with 3 simultaneous (rain) storm systems headed our way. Did I mention a flood warning? And I'm in charge of the carnival, the bulk of the activities... I'm SO excited because it's going to be so much fun but I'm a liiiiiitle stressed too.

I'll be back tomorrow with a fun surprise for my Let's Get Physical ladies. I'll also be blogging (slash crying) about how I've gone over 302 days without a single McDonalds french fry... See you tomorrow!

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Happy Monday lovelies!

Sharing a super simple cookie recipe today, I hope you enjoy!

While planning for a Sex and the City Party, I was on the hunt for red colored desserts. I saw this simple recipe and I knew this was it!

Recipe adapted from the WhipperBerry blog, go check out her fabulous blog! :)

Ingredients

  • 1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1 cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2.5 cups of White Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350. Cream the butter until fluffy and slowly add in cake mix and flour. Add egg and once completely mixed, add white chocolate chips and mix completely. Form dough into balls and bake for 8-10 minutes. Then enjoy!

I'm enamored with the deep red color which makes it Halloween, Christmas and Valentines Day friendly. I do feel like the cake mix made the cookies more crumbly than the typical homemade cookie but they were definitely taste approved.

In theory, I want to move towards making my own box cake mixes but this is a super simple recipe since it's mainly just a boxed red velvet cake mix. Don't you keep a stash of red velvet cake mixes handy too? Oh, that's just me? #SorryI'mNotSorry haha

Do you have any favorite SIMPLE recipes? I could always use more ;)

I had a very relaxing weekend, which was much needed.

How was your weekend??