Springtime in New Jersey


My gorgeous 16 year-old sister visited last weekend for Sibling’s Weekend here at Rowan and this is just one of the many pictures I took of her. I suppose she looks like me, but I think she’s way more fashionable, though not nearly as cool.



This week’s food blog faves

The spring weather is slowly trickling into South Jersey and with it some interesting recipes from my fellow food bloggers. I’ve been looking for a “welcome spring” recipe myself, and I think I might find it here!

I absolutely love copycat recipes, and this strawberry NutriGrain recipe from At Home in Alaska is the perfect treat. The ingredient list makes me smile, too – I’m addicted to cake mix!

Flourless chocolate cake is back and even better than even before. Bakerella actually got the chance to meet one of my favorite chefs ever, Paula Deen, and the cake recipe is one of Paula’s own.

Not much is simpler than a traditional magic bar, named so for the “magic” that happens when the ingredients come together. Baking Bites made this simple dessert successfully (of course!).

Since it’s warmer in other parts of the country than here, ice cream is suddenly a big hit! Dessert First made cocoa nib ice cream with the addition of tonka beans. I don’t even know what those are.

I just had to mention these caramel apple turnovers from My Baking Adventures. Not only do they look really simple, but also extremely delicious. And I have apples!

This chocolate-orange punch bowl cake from Something New is Cooking is too simple to pass up. Many of the ingredients are pre-made, which makes assembly of this dessert quick, easy, and fulfilling!


Spring picnic snacks

Teddy Grahams

The sun is just now peeking out of the clouds even though it has been dreary and gray all morning. I’m not a huge fan of the rain, so when it was sunny and a gorgeous 55 degrees yesterday, my boyfriend and I found a nice patch of grass near campus to enjoy a tiny picnic and some snacks.

We stopped by our local grocery store to pick up some Stewart’s root beer and Teddy Grahams, two of our most favorite things in the world. On top of that, I didn’t have to bake the cookies! There’s nothing like having a quick snack in the sunshine with the man you love. 🙂

Root BeerBoxes!

This week’s cookies and cake

It’s been an exhausting Spring break, definitely not long enough, but I am glad to be back at school, even if I do have to go to class. I spent Sunday night baking, unpacking, and getting caught up with all my fellow food bloggers, and now here I am at Thursday, wondering where my week went!

As usual, A Recipe a Day has another fantastic looking recipe for us to drool over. Her strawberry Waldorf cake may be made from a Betty Crocker mix, but anything with strawberries is a definite thumbs-up from me!

At Home in Alaska won my heart with her recipe for orange-flavored Milano cookies. I love the Pepperidge farm originials, but how could I not want my own version?

The spring chickens at Bakerella make me want to go “AWWWWWW” for an exceptionally long amount of time just because they’re so darn cute! I don’t know if I would be able to eat anything so delicious.

Baking Bites grabbed my attention this week with a post about an awesome new cake pan: the pull apart bunny. It’s true! Now, in addition to your chocolate bunnies, you can murderously tear apart this cake!

This was the week for chocolate recipes. Cooking for Comfort showcased a simple, but delicious-looking recipe for Toll House Pie that I think I’m going to have to put on my to-bake list. Examining the ingredient list, I think it’s a chocolate chip cookie pie … only better.

My heart was torn when I saw Smitten Kitchen’s latest post about icebox cupcakes, I think my heart skipped a couple of beats. I have been wanting to make her icebox cake since for weeks, and now she comes up with her own recipe for smaller versions?!