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Dessert and Drink Pairings

8 Dec


Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On!


One of my favorite things to do in my free time is bake delicious treats. I love making cookies, cupcakes, muffins and breads. The most important thing when baking treats is making sure you are serving them correctly. When Clever Girls Collective and Duncan Hines asked me to write about my favorite dessert and drink pairings I was really excited to share them!

Now I’m not a particularly fancy person- or a fancy baker. So these pairings are what I think are delicious but I am sure any culinary artist would be ashamed of them. I don’t drink dessert wines so my drink combos are a little out there.

Some of my favorite dessert and drink combo’s are:

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Milk: This is a given. You are not allowed to eat warm delicious chocolate chip cookies without a big glass of milk.

Chocolate Strawberries and Mimosas: Chocolate strawberries always remind me of fancy brunches- and what is the best thing to have at a fancy brunch? A nice refreshing mimosa.

Drinks as desserts: Why not drink your dessert? Milkshakes, smoothies, mudslides, daquiries and more. If it’s hot outside there is nothing better then a nice refreshing milkshake or smoothie.

Muffins and Juice: I tend to make breakfast muffins- blueberry, banana or pumpkin. I think the best way to enjoy one of these is with a nice glass of orange juice, or perhaps some apple or grape juice. A nice well balanced and sweet breakfast.

Now that the holidays are here you can serve any of these dessert and drink combos together at your next holiday get together. Mimosas and chocolate covered strawberries Christmas morning? I vote yes Santa!

What is your favorite dessert and drink pairing?
Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bread Recipe

20 Oct

One of my favorite ways to bake with pumpkin is in bread. Pumpkin bread is delicious- but when you add cream cheese to make Pumpkin Cheesecake bread it becomes so. much. better.

For my blogger sweet swap this bread recipe for Lindsay!

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Bread


  • 1 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 3/4 c flour
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 c water
  1. Blend cream cheese, 1/4 c sugar, and 1 egg
  2. Combine flour, 1 1/2 c white sugar, baking soda, salt and spices
  3. Combine pumpkin, butter, beaten egg and water. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture
  4. Pour 1/2 batter into pan (9 x 5 loaf pan)
  5. Pour cream cheese batter over pumpkin and top with remaining batter
  6. Swirl with a knife
  7. Cook at 350 for 70 minutes
I’ve made this recipe twice so far this fall and it was delicious both times! I hope Lindsay enjoys it too 🙂



Food Blogger Failure

22 Sep

I’d say a majority of the blogs I read tend to document their food in one way or another. Some post three times a day with their eats, other’s just share a good dinner or breakfast recipe.

Confession: I am a terrible food blogger!

I don’t know how to take pretty pictures of food (although I try) and I always forget to take pictures of stuff. Sorry, my priority is usually getting the food into my mouth as fast as possible, not photographing it.

Although yesterday I thought I would really try hard to document an entire days eats for the big #WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) phenom that Peas and Crayons started.

I started off well with a picture of my breakfast (yogurt with strawberries, bananas and peanut butter puffins and two apple cinnamon muffins).

Then I got really ambitious and took pictures of my planned lunch- a salad and 1/2 a banana

Then failure set in. I left my lunch at home so I did NOT get to eat my delicious salad or banana. Instead I snagged a free bagel from my boyfriend and two mini cliff bars from my friend. Not quite so healthy…

Starvation set in by the time I made it home at 7:30. Luckily my boyfriend decided to make pasta with vodka sauce, feta cheese and basil chicken sausages, and I remembered to take a picture!

Then we went for ice cream and I did not remember a picture-fail.

So overall my one day at attempting to blog my food was a semi-fail. I don’t know how you food bloggers do it everyday!

You know what wasn’t a fail? My 4 mile run this afternoon. Nope that was a success!

Also a success- Charlie weighed 19 lbs at the vet yesterday! He weight 8.5 when I first got him but they said he was too skinny. Now he is HUGE, but still skinny.

For all you food bloggers out there- how do you do it?!


Late Night Blogging

18 Aug

This has been the longest 3 day work week ever! Luckily I am getting over my sickness and am feeling much better.

This week has been pretty lame in terms of typical blog content. I haven’t been working out besides going on walks with Charlie pup. Hopefully next week I will make my glorious return to running post-half marathon.


I have an awesome recipe to share with you but I must keep it top secret for the next few days. I am taking place in Amy and Jessica’s blog sweet swap so I was busy baking all night.

Heres a recipe includes..

Dear Jessica: I hope you enjoy your treats!

And with that I am going to go join my sleeping puppy and get to bed. Poor little guy fell asleep with half his head in his water bowl today.