So Long, Winter

I think it’s almost safe to say so long to winter here in Ohio. Almost–it’s currently snowing. I actually like the cold weather and snow, but I’m happy to welcome the sun back to my life. The season did result in a lot of baking. My favorites were the Oreo Truffles and a new spin on Peanut Butter Blossoms. I finally tried a lava dessert for the first time and while it wasn’t bad, there’s definitely room for improvement.

Kitchen chalkboardHeart blossoms

Easy Baking: Peanut Butter Blossoms

Here’s an easy baking secret of mine: Betty Crocker. I love Peanut Butter cookies and I have yet to find a recipe that’s as moist as the Betty Crocker mix. When it comes to making my beloved PB blossoms it’s easy and thanks to Pinterest, I made them with Dove dark chocolate hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Aside from baking I spent the winter doing a lot of cooking. For several reasons I’ve been working to become a five day vegetarian. I’ve tried some fantastic new recipes and have enjoyed eating healthier.

Here are a few of my current favorites:

Avocado Pita Pizza with Cilantro Sauce from Two Peas and Their Pod
Creamy Avocado Pizza from Two Peas and Their Pod (I add goat cheese to mine)
Slow-Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas from the Kitchn

Spring is my favorite season for sweets, so it’s a good thing I’m eating so many veggies. Easter candy is the best. Reese eggs, Cadbury eggs–Yum! My absolute favorite are the Hershey Candy Eggs. I may stockpile these. And of course, I can’t forget Girl Scout Cookies! When I bite into that first Thin Mint it’s hard to believe I go most of the year without them!

What are looking forward to most about spring? 

On another note, if you have a few minutes, please vote for me in the TOMS Ticket to Give contest. This is the amazing opportunity to go on a Giving Trip!