Delicious and Easy Goodies!

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By now, I’m sure most of you have heard of the new craze website, Pinterest. It has become a slight obsession of mine and those around me and it has inspired me to get a bit more creative in the kitchen. When it comes to food, I’m not the most patient person, so all of these are quick and easy ways to subdue your sweet tooth!

One random night, having a way-too-ripe banana in my fruit basket, I decided to try the PB Banana Bites. I was not disappointed, however, they did not turn out quite like this:

Instead, there was a bit more chocolate thrown all over the place… BUT the bananas were completely covered, and that was the important part. I popped those babies in the freezer for about two hours and then had a small, delicious goody for the next few days. They also got the boyfriend stamp of approval.

For Thankgiving, I tried the Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip. The first time I made this, I shared it with my coworkers and a few of the girls and it was a big hit. Then I made it for my family for Thanksgiving day… it was there one minute and gone the next. Not an exaggeration. I was walking through the kitchen to the dining room and it was gone. I mean… look at it… it just looks so irresistable!

They recommend either Teddy Grahams or Graham Crackers to dip… I’ve tried both and I have to say, I like the Graham Crackers better. They gave the dip a crust flavor… amazing.

These next two are my favorites… I saw these on Pinterest and knew I had to make them!

The first was Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries and hoooooly amazing! These seemed to be the overall fav!

Surprisingly, coring the strawberries wasn’t as much a hassle as I expected. I used my pearing knife and it worked brilliantly! I’m surprised I haven’t heard about stuffed strawberries before… but I sure can tell you that I WILL be making these again!

The last treat I made was Santa Hat Brownies — I thought these were just the cutest!

My brownies weren’t quite as thick since I used a big pan to get more of them, but they were still delicious. I also substitued the mascarpone cheese for cream cheese, but next time I’d probably try to mascarpone despite the cost because the icing didn’t hold up quite like I had hoped. I’d probably only use 2 cups of powedered sugar next time too since the icing was very sweet. BUT, these were still delicious and they stole the show with their undeniable cuteness!

Next up, I’d like to try these Birds’ Nests!

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These seem so easy and are so cute!

Slutty Brownies are also on my list and if you read the recipe, you’ll know why!

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Well, now that I have hopefully made your mouth water, I hope your work or school day or what have you goes well and you feel inspired when you step into your kitchen tonight!

“Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
- Jim Davis

“The belly rules the mind.”
- Spanish Proverb

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