Oreo and Nutella Brownie Bites

Oreo and Nutella Brownie Bites

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a good week.  Chris and I are doing some tree removal/fence work in our yard.  Earlier this week we had nine large Pittosporums removed.  It was chaotic and noisy but worth it.  We now have a lot more sun light coming through our kitchen/dining room area.  More
sun light = better photos.  Hooray!

Next week the tree guys will be out here grinding down the stumps.  Then we’ll have our new fence built —can’t wait! We’ve been fenceless for several days now and it’s weird when there’s no barrier and people can look/walk in.

Anyway, today’s recipe requires no introduction.  It’s chocolate-y and it’s Nutella.  Need I say more? Enjoy your weekend lovelies!

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Grapefruit Ricotta Crumb Cake

Grapefruit Ricotta Crumb Cake

We’re not huge grapefruit eaters.  Heck, in this household, we’re not huge fruit eaters.  I am, sorta, but Chris isn’t.  So whenever I get fruits from Kimi or Nelson, I tried to eat them, but grapefruit is just not on the list of the fruits I eat.  However, I’ll eat fruit in a cake form if there’s crumb toppings involved.  Wouldn’t anyone? 😀 I really love the flavors in this crumb cake.  Grapefruit and ricotta, it’s just so yummy that you can’t pass this up.  Now march your hineys into the kitchen and bake this.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

I made some PB&J bars yesterday.  I was hoping to give some away to my friend Lisa and my neighbors, and send the rest off with Chris to share with his co-workers.  I sent an email out to my neighbors first to see if anyone may want them before I distribute them, as not everyone likes the combination or peanut butter for that matter.  I was pleasantly surprised to find so many takers! Not sure if it was the free baked goods or that they really liked PB&J.  In the end, I was only able to send four pieces off with Chris *sad face* :(.

These are rich, dense (thanks to all that butter and sugar) and wickedly good! So if you’re not watching that waistline this summer, go bake yourself a batch of these.  You’ll be glad you did.  Have a great weekend!

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Orange Sour Cream Pecan Cake

Orange Sour Cream Pecan Cake

I got a bag full of cuties (oranges) from Kimi the other day.  There were so many of them that I didn’t know if we were going to consume them in a timely manner.  We’re not fruit people.  Plus, they weren’t all that sweet (more of a reason why we’re not fruit people) so I decided to bake with them.  Luckily they’re small so I used four of them in this recipe.  That’s half the bag, whew! I hate waste.  Now I just need to figure out what to do with the other half of the cuties.  If you like orange and pecans, this will be a new favorite.

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Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Nutella Brownie Bites

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookie Nutella Brownie Bites

I can’t believe it’s Friday and the last day of May today.  Time sure flies… And because it’s Friday, I think everyone deserves to end the work week/month with a little something sweet and decadent.

Now to all you Oreo, chocolate chip cookie, Nutella and brownie fans.  If you like either one of these or all then you’re in for a treat.  These brownie bites are little bites of heaven! You have the cookie dough on the bottom and Nutella brownie batter on top.  Then the Oreo cookie in the center, all in one little package.  YUM! Doesn’t that sound good? Don’t you just want to bite into one? Now march into the kitchen and bake some.  You’ll be happy that you did.  Happy Friday!

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Coffee Streusel Muffins

Coffee Streusel Muffins

I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend.  Yes I know the week is half way over and I’m behind on my blog.  I didn’t get a chance to cook or bake over the weekend, hence the tardiness on my post this week.

Let’s see… Chris and I bought a new dining room set over the weekend —yay! It’s a beautiful distressed piece, which I love and it will be delivered this Friday.  Kimi came home from her trip so we spent the afternoon with her.  Chatted up with our neighbor regarding the fence we share.  Was thinking about redoing it next month.  So yes, it was a busy weekend.

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Cheddar & Chive Mini Beer Loaves

Cheddar & Chive Mini Beer Loaves

I’m a bit late on this post but I made this last week to pair it with the Ranchero Beef Stew we had for dinner.  I made this into mini loaves so I can give some away.  This beer bread is fantastic by itself or with soups or stews.  Anything with beer in it is a great start to the week! Toodles!

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Jalapeno Pepper Jack & Corn Muffins

Jalapeno Pepper Jack & Corn Muffins

After spending the weekend in Napa, I was glad to be home and back on my routine.  I don’t know what it is but it’s getting harder and harder for me to travel.  It takes a real toll on my body! I know —can you believe it? How hard can Napa be? It’s not like I had to get on a plane.  It’s just a car ride away.

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Banana Chocolate Chunk Mini Loaves

Banana Chocolate Chunk Mini Loaves

I promise, this will be the last banana recipe for a while.  I finally used up the last three bananas in my possession —yay! What a relief! I thought my last couple of bananas were black but these were super black and ripe! But the outcome of these cute little mini loaves were delicious.  Who doesn’t like banana and chocolate with crunchy almonds? I shared these loaves with my neighbor Angela and my dear friend Lisa, who I’m having lunch with today.  Happy hump day!

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Baileys Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

Baileys Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

I baked these for my lovely neighbors.  There are five units in our little cluster, including us.  So really, I’m baking for four households (~1-2 person household).  I have to say, I’m pretty lucky to have friendly and easygoing neighbors.  We are a tight-knit bunch and we all look out for each other.  I am the foster Mommy to Cairo, Ashes and Marbles (not pictured here) when my neighbors (their parents) are out of town.  Isn’t he cute?

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