German Chocolate Millionaire Bars

German Chocolate Millionaire Bars

Alright let’s talk about these German Chocolate Millionaire Bars. So, if you don’t know what a millionaire bar is, it is essentially a Twix bar. It has a shortbread cookie base, with a caramel middle, and topped with chocolate ganache. I made a few adjustments to this combo though by moving the chocolate ganache layer to the middle, and switching the caramel for the coconut pecan filling of German Chocolate cake. And it turned out, GREAT. The cookie base provides a nice crunch, while the chocolate and topping will simply melt in your mouth. The chocolate ganache is made with evaporated milk, which helps keep the chocolate soft and easy to bit into. I added a sprinkle of sea salt onto the chocolate ganache layer, providing the perfect amount of sweet and salty to the overall taste. To be extra fancy, I added a chocolate drizzle on top…

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Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies

Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies

These cookies have more chocolate flavor than traditional tiramisu. The cookie base is largely made up of melted chocolate, which leads to a brownie like taste and texture to the cookies. Layered in between is the mascarpone filling. Beaten together with butter, powdered sugar, and a touch of brandy this rich, yet light, mascarpone filling perfectly complements the chocolate-espresso sandwich cookies. For added fanciness, I sprinkled cocoa powder over the mascarpone filling…

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Simple Fried Egg Sandwiches

Simple Fried Egg Sandwiches

This simple fried egg sandwich recipe is layered with fresh ingredients, included avocado, lettuce, and tomato, and is balanced with the savoriness of crispy bacon. I chose whole grain bread for my sandwiches, but really any type of bread will do, from bagels to artisan bread. And let’s not forget out my favorite part - the lemon garlic aioli sauce. Slather the sauce on both the bottom and top slices of bread to add more flavor depth to the sandwich! And the best part about fried egg sandwiches, is that you can have them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

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Easy Overnight Blackberry Challah French Toast

Easy Overnight Blackberry Challah French Toast

The challah bread, moist and infused with a hint of honey, is soaked in a vanilla/almond/orange egg mixture, then drizzled with blackberry jam. Fresh blackberries are added for additional sweet and tangy flavor. I made the dish in a round baking pan, but you can choose whatever dish shape you please, as long as the bread can stand up straight without falling over. I served the french toast with syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar, but you could also add whipped cream or even more blackberry jam and fresh blackberries!

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Brown Butter English Toffee and Pretzel Cookies

Brown Butter English Toffee and Pretzel Cookies

If you read last week’s blog post, you would already know that we have been having car troubles. We took our car to the Subaru dealership where we normally service the car, and found out that the transmission needs to be replaced, which would cost more than the car is worth. WHYYYYYYYY (insert all sorts of angry and sad emoji faces)?! So naturally after hearing this news we started frantically thinking about how we would get my car out here from California. We found cheap one way tickets to…

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Tuscan Kale Salad

Tuscan Kale Salad

Thank goodness it’s summer! But probably not for the reason that you are thinking. Last week our car started malfunctioning in that it wouldn’t go above 20 mph, sometimes even 10 mph. Obviously this makes it near impossible to drive in a city. But thankfully because it is summer and not snow-covered winter, we have been able to get around via our bikes. And we are even more thankful that we live close enough to our places of work that riding our bikes is easy. We carefully drove our car to a nearby Autozone to have the “check engine” code read. Unfortunately, while there were codes that they could pull, none of the codes would transfer to the computer to be read. We tried a different car shop, and the same issue occurred. Our only other option was to…

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Lazy Girl Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Lazy Girl Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

Last Thursday was the official start of summer, and to kick off the season our sweet friends hosted a “retro-BBQ” for our small group. We spent the evening in their backyard, under café lighting, eating burgers and tots from old fashioned burger baskets, and enjoying some root beer floats. It is times like these when I am really excited for the day when Alex and I can buy a house, with a backyard of our own to enjoy. But in the meantime we will be enjoying lots of BBQing in our apartment complex’s beautiful courtyard. In addition to summer BBQs, these are the things that I am most excited for during…

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Mint Ice Cream and Brownie Layer Cake

Mint Ice Cream and Brownie Layer Cake

I’ve got another summer dessert for you all today! Well technically I would gladly eat “summer desserts” all year round (thanks to my giant sweet tooth), but the frozen aspect of this cake reallyyyyy makes it perfect for summer. This cake is very special to me. The recipe entered my life during…

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Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Angel Food Cake

Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Angel Food Cake

We recently had some very important visitors stay with us – Alex’s parents. The last time they were here they were helping Alex move in and we all went to his white coat ceremony, so it was fun to show them what our home looks like now and show off some of our favorite places around the twin cities. For anyone the comes to visit us, we always take them to…

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Roasted Strawberry Honey Ice Cream

Roasted Strawberry Honey Ice Cream

26. How do I feel about turning 26? To be honest, I’m not sure because most of the year I didn’t know how old I was…lol. I wonder at what point we stop keeping close track of our age. When I was little I ALWAYS knew my age, even down to the number of months I was. Maybe it’s once we are older than any law-restricting age? 16 for your driver’s license, 18 for voting, 21 for buying alcohol, 25 for renting cars without an “adult”. The word “adult” still baffles me. Technically I am considered an adult, but…

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Chocolate Pistachio Babka

Chocolate Pistachio Babka

In honor of the royal wedding this past weekend, I wanted to share something extra fancy this week. Babka. My obsession with babka began about a year ago when I was first introduced to the beautiful, swirly bread via Pinterest. I assumed it was extremely complicated to make, so I didn’t even bother looking up a recipe to see. Instead, I simply admired these bread masterpieces from afar. Then one morning I woke up to a…

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Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad with Balsamic Glaze

We’ve been back home for less than a week and I am already craving being back in the ocean. Well, yes, let’s be honest – I started getting this feeling the second we had to leave the ocean before heading to the airport. We spent last week in Puerto Rico – a couple days in the heart of Old San Juan and a few days on the west coast of the island in Rincón. I will be putting together…

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The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies

I would argue that the chocolate chip cookie is THE most classic dessert around. It is beloved by almost all and is everywhere! Whether in ball parks, cafeterias, bakeries, weddings, birthday parties, conferences or meetings the chocolate chip cookie is suitable for all types of occasions. Now there are two camps of people when it comes to determining…

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

It is SPRING! Minnesota has finally welcomed spring, and I mean, gosh, it’s about dang time! I worked this past weekend, and on one of those days after work the weather was 50 degrees. The sun was shining, the entire population of Minneapolis appeared to be out and about, and I just had to join them, so I went for a run. The cardio aspect of the run was torturous thanks to…

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Carrot Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today was one of those days where I found myself going down the YouTube rabbit hole. It all started with watching Beyoncé’s Coachella performance, which omg was amazing. And that turned into watching various documentaries/interviews with Beyoncé and Jay Z, to finding behind the scene clips from various Beyoncé music videos. And suddenly I realized...

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Matcha Pistachio Coconut Macaroons

Matcha Pistachio Coconut Macaroons

Since graduating college almost 4 years ago (how has it been that long already?!) I have started Kayla’s Itsines’ BBG workout program about 5 times. I tend to always stop around week 8. It either happens because I am busy doing something else and lose endurance or simply because I become disinterested in it. So, I made it one of my new year’s resolutions this year to finally complete the entire program! Anddddd right at week 8 again, I stopped ahah. But it’s because

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Strawberry Black Pepper Scones

Strawberry Black Pepper Scones

The calendar says it’s the first day of spring and we’re over here in Minnesota lol’ing. It “snowed” all day today, but none of the snow stuck to the already snow-covered ground because it was just slightly above freezing. Although, I will say that the amount of snow on the ground has reduced this past week, and as some of the ground underneath is exposed, there is...

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