Strawberry Jam Bars – Only 6 Ingredients!

Strawberry Jam Bars

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My 7 year old is a Jam Snob. When I made these Strawberry Jam Bars she politely ate one then after our friends had gone she looked at me and said “So I wasn’t a big fan of the bars. You see, I liked the top and the bottom, but that jam, that wasn’t good jam. You should get some good jam.”

Strawberry Jam Bars

Insert Eye Roll.

Note to self: drive 45 minutes out to Springridge Farms to buy strawberry jam. Because grocery store jams – ew. Also so are apparently jams with large pieces of fruit. That little bit there reassures me that she is still 7. Strawberry Jam Bars

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Cheesy Jalapeno Biscuits

Cheesy Jalapeno Biscuits

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There are few things that make you feel like a Boss in the kitchen the way making good biscuits does. That’s just a Fact. It is probably the satisfaction that harder working people than I get when they make a good bread. However, since I don’t have a stand mixer and am unlikely to spend any serious amount of time kneading anything I prefer baked goods that require a lighter touch. These Cheesy Jalapeno Biscuits totally hit the mark. They are soft and flaky with a slight crust that I adore. The jalapenos give them lovely flavor as does that melty cheese. Because let’s be real when has melty cheese not been utterly delicious?Cheesy Jalapeno Biscuits

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Whole Wheat Orange Muffins

Orange Muffins

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I first went to Disneyland when I was 9, then again when I was a college freshman. My junior year of college I went to Disney World. All three of those times, no matter who I went with, we all just walked in and did whatever we felt like. In another week or so we are off to Disneyworld. I booked Fastpasses for 3 rides for each day 20 something days ago. If I was staying on a Disney property I could have done it 180 days in advance. I have a Pinterest board, am in three Disney related Facebook groups, have a list of must do activities, a list of places that are good for meals and others for snacks. We also have a breakfast reservation for day two. Oh and the girls have a cute Disney countdown going.orange_muffins_

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Coffee Toffee Lindt Shortbread Cookies

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Did you ever watch Home Alone? You know, from back when Macaulay Culkin was cute. Apparently it released in 1990 and the fact that I remember it well makes me way old. But back to the movie. Growing up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia that movie was the first time I was exposed to Christmas. You see we are Muslim and before the whole world shrank thanks to the internet Christmas was still a very North American/ European thing. Now I see friends still living in Pakistan putting up trees with twinkling lights. It is fun to see that Santa has gone global 🙂 

I love the carols, the lights, the magic of it all, but I also really love having another excuse to bake. When I spotted these Lindt Shortbread Cookies from Salma of The Write Balance I knew I had to bake them pronto. Because, well it’s the season after all. Coffee Toffee Lindt Shortbread Cookies

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Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies

triple chocolate cheesecake cookies

It’s sunny, it’s beautiful, but there is a decided nip in the air. The kind of slight chill which makes you reach for that cozy blanket even in the day. At times like these what is a girl supposed to do, but crave cookies. And when a girl wants a cookie what is she supposed to do, but bake some. If she has been baking for the bulk of her 35 years then she probably knows what kind of cookie she craves. Something choclatey (because duh), but with a cheesecake-y depth and tenderness. Something like these Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies below. Is she the stuffing cookies with bits of cheesecake filling type? Nope. Clearly she is the speaking in third person for no damn reason type. Ok then, will stop now.

triple chocolate cheesecake cookies

There is no question in my mind that I am an emotional eater. I am not sure what the mechanisms there are – is it because chocolate floods your brain with all those positive feel like love chemicals or is there more to it? Note to self: ask husband, he knows everything.triple chocolate cheesecake cookies

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