Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing



  • 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


In a jar with a lid, shake together remaining ingredients. Pour desired amount of vinaigrette over salad just before serving.


Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Cookie Dough Frosting


These are brown sugar cupcakes with chocolate chips in them and cookie dough frosting…

In case you ever feel like eating cupcakes that taste like a chocolate chip cookie! 🙂

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Makes 12 cupcakes


3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup light brown sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup chocolate (or white chocolate) chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beat for 30 seconds after each. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Measure out milk and vanilla together. Add about a fourth of the flour to the butter/sugar mixture and beat to combine. Add about one third the milk/vanilla mixture and beat until combined. Repeat, alternating flour and milk and ending with the flour mixture.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Fill baking cups and bake for 20-22 minutes until golden and the cake springs back when lightly touched.

Cookie Dough Frosting


1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 tbsp light brown sugar
1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tbsp. milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Mini chocolate chips (for decoration)


Combine the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth.  Beat in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and combined. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

Modified from: Hello Baker   (cupcakes) and KevinandAmanda (frosting)

Milk Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches with Peanut Butter Filling


This recipe was in Every Day with Rachael Ray over a year ago.   Shania is a huge fan of Reese’s candy so I thought she might like these cookies.  I kept the magazine out for a while, intending to make them all last summer and never got around to it.  I was actually planning to make chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting today but then I remembered that I’d never made these cookies.  I can’t believe how long it took me to try them- they were so easy!

Milk Chocolate Cookie Sandwiches with Peanut Butter Filling


  • 2 1/2 cups (15 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 for the cookie dough; 4 for the filling)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 8 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a medium, microwavable bowl, melt together 2 cups chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons butter on medium power until almost melted, about 1 1/2 minutes; stir just until smooth.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and  salt. Using an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla at high speed until thickened and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Mix in the melted chocolate at medium speed; whisk in the flour mixture. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips. Refrigerate the dough until firm enough to scoop, but still soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Onto each prepared pan, drop 12 rounded tablespoons of dough 2 inches apart. Bake, switching and rotating the pans halfway through baking, until the cookies appear bubbly and still soft, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely.  They will seem under baked but they crisp up quickly as they cool.
  4. In a medium bowl, beat together the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and the peanut butter. Sift in the confectioners’ sugar; beat until fluffy. On the flat side of each of 8 cookies, spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture; sandwich with the remaining cookies.

Modified from: Every Day with Racheal Ray

July 4th Cupcakes


These cupcakes were so much fun to make and eat.  I wanted to cut them all open to see how the layers looked… each one was different!  I simply made my white cupcakes recipe and then divided the batter into three bowls- I added red powdered color to one and blue gel color to another, keeping the last white. Simply layer each color in baking cups and bake as normal. I topped them with white butter cream frosting and red, white, and blue star sprinkles.  I’m excited to try this with other colors for other holidays. 🙂

Happy Independence Day!!

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Very fun dessert! The Oreo at the bottom was my favorite part. 🙂

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
24 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached
2ÂĽ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped 

For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tbsp. heavy cream

For garnish:
Oreo cookie crumbs
24 Oreo cookie halves

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line the wells of two cupcake pans with 24 paper liners.  Place an Oreo halve in the bottom of each liner, cream side up.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir together with a fork to blend and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Blend in the egg whites one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Blend in the vanilla extract.  With the mixer on low speed, beat in half of the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Add the milk and beat just until combined, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients.  Gently fold in the chopped Oreos with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated, being careful not to over-mix.

Evenly divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.  Blend in the vanilla extract.  Beat in the confectioners’ sugar until incorporated and smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Add the heavy cream to the bowl and beat on medium-low speed just until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and whip for 4 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Frost the cooled cupcakes as desired.  Sprinkle with Oreo crumbs and garnish with Oreo halves.

From: Annie’s Eats

This recipe is supposed to yield 24 cupcakes but I was able to make 32.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries



House Seasoning:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • Olive Oil, for tossing
  • 5 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • Oil
  • 1 tablespoon House Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

For the House Seasoning:


Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Line a sheet tray with parchment. In a large bowl toss sweet potatoes with just enough oil to coat. Sprinkle with House Seasoning and paprika. Spread sweet potatoes in single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd. Bake until sweet potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Chip Pie


I made this for Shania to take to school for “Pi Day.” My goal was to find a pie that would be appealing to kids and that Shania could transport easily and not worry about refridgerating.  So it came down to this or fudge pie and she, of course, chose chocolate chip! Very simple recipe and what kid wouldn’t love a pie inspired by chocolate chip cookies?

I altered the recipe just slightly by using less butter and adding vanilla extract. I used a pre-made graham cracker crust. When I make this again for the family I plan to serve it with whipped cream.

Chocolate Chip Pie


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 9 inch pie crust


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Add the flour, white sugar and brown sugar; beat until well blended. Blend in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into a 9 inch pie crust.
  3. Bake for 1 hour.

Modified from: All Recipes