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Pirates of the Caribbean Davy Jones Pie

Davey Jones Pie

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Everybody’s favorite pirate is back on the big screen with Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales. To celebrate, I decided to make an octo-PIE. For the PIE-rates. Nobody stop me!

Now, I know Davy Jones isn’t in the new movie. I know he died a long time ago. (I don’t feel bad about that spoiler because if you haven’t watched the movies by now, what are you doing?) He may not be in this movie, but he makes a pretty charming pie. Plus, there’s no way I could properly capture Jack Sparrow’s beauty in pie form. I actually have to wait to see the movie until next week because my friend is out of town and insists I wait for her return so we can go admire Johnny Depp on the big screen together. I digress.

With this dessert, I tried something new. Yes it’s me, in video form. Can you tell I feel awkward on camera? I’m working really hard to kick that feeling so I can start making a lot more videos. Because they are fun!

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Cookies, Movies

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Max Macarons

The Grinch Max Macarons

“Here’s your motivation: Your name is Rudolph, you’re a freak with a red nose, and no one likes you.”

– The Grinch

From the whimsical pages of Dr. Suess’ picture book, to the colorful 1966 animated short, The Grinch has been a staple in the Christmas season for fifty years. In fact, the original book was published on December 25th, 1956. The original Grinch wasn’t green, but instead just black and white with pink eyes. He gained his green color in the animated movie, and that aesthetic decision carried over to the 2000 live action film.

Starring Jim Carrey, How the Grinch Stole Christmas played a major role in my childhood. So much so, that my twelve-year-old self decided to be Cindy Lou Who for Halloween- right at the peak of my awkward stage (I will burn every photo). However, those cringe-worthy pictures won’t stop me from quoting the classic movie all year round. With a combination of improv and excellent writing, Jim Carrey brings the begrudging green giant to life in the most hilarious way.

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Cupcakes, Recipes, Television

Stranger Things Chocolate Pudding Eggo Cupcakes

Stranger Things Cupcakes

I, like the rest of America, fell deep into the Upside Down of binge-watching Stranger Things. It starts innocently enough by noticing a new show pop up on Netflix. Then suddenly, you haven’t seen sunlight in two days and you’re gently weeping watching the 7th episode for the third time. That happened to everyone, right? Not just me?

Stranger Things boasts a perfect blend of thrilling plot, adorable stars, and 1980s nostalgia-inducing soundtrack and visuals. Although only eight episodes, the series guarantees a whirlwind of emotions and actions that could last a lifetime. The series undoubtedly worked its way into all of our hearts, (and Halloween plans- I am already planning out my Eleven costume). While most of us have watched the series three times over by now, here are some facts you may not know about this summer’s sci-fi breakout series.

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Fall Baking, Pies, Recipes

Portable Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

I know everybody is all about Pumpkin Spice, but I’m here to hype up my personal favorite fall flavor- Salted Caramel. To me, salted caramel absolutely trumps pumpkin spice, regardless of circumstance. Have you ever enjoyed a Salted Caramel Macchiato? If not, go try it and you’ll never crave a PSL again.

I love Salted Caramel because the balance of sweet and salty works so perfectly. That being said, I hate salted caramel because CARAMEL. It is such a pain to work with! I have too many horror stories of caramel catastrophes in the kitchen. If working with caramel makes you as nervous as it makes me, then I have great news- this recipe is entirely no-fuss! There will be no cooking the caramel from scratch, or desperately trying to clean burnt caramel out of your saucepan. In fact, not a single kitchen utensil will come in contact with the sticky, but delicious, beast. For this recipe, you simply, and without shame, buy individually wrapped caramels from your local grocery store. You unwrap them, pop them in the middle of an uncooked pie, seal it up, and bam! That’s the end of the caramel-related tasks (besides eating it later.)

So we have sweet salted caramel, tart Granny Smith apples- What could make it better? Make it portable. Boom. You can eat pie and go for a run at the same time. You can eat pie on the way to the grocery store, on your evening walk, whenever you want! Is this dangerous? Yes, probably. In the past our pie intake has been limited by circumstance, and now there are literally no bounds. That being said, the only choice is to embrace it.

So whip up a batch of these salted caramel apple hand pies and multitask like you never have before. If the amazing taste isn’t enough for you, just look at how adorable these are as well!

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Fall Baking, Recipes, Whoopie Pies

S’mores Whoopie Pies

S'mores Whoopie Pies

Happy November! The weather’s getting cooler (except I live in Florida so it is hot and humid actually,) sweaters are coming out (I’m wearing flipflops), and friends are gathering around campfires to roast marshmallows and make everybody’s favorite treat- s’mores! Funny enough, my friends and I tried to have a campfire the other day, but it got too hot and we decided to go inside in the air conditioning. So these whoopie pies were the next best thing! Chocolate shells, homemade fluffy marshmallow filling, and crushed graham crackers. They taste just like the real thing!

Whoopie pies have consistently been a fan favorite with my friends and family. They can be virtually any flavor, and there are endless combinations to by pairing different shells with different fillings. That being said, this s’mores recipe might be up there with my all time favorites in the world of whoopie pies. It really, truly, tastes like an actual s’more. All of the flavor components are there, and the marshmallow filling is the exact consistency of a gooey, toasted marshmallow. If you really wanna get crazy, you can take a kitchen torch to the filling before adding the shell on top to get that browned toasted goodness. I promise these whoopie pies will not disappoint.

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Cakes, Fall Baking, Recipes

Coffee Cake

I’ll admit it- coffee cake is not a photogenic dessert. As obsessed as I am with food aesthetic, this one provided a challenge. But you know what made up for it’s lack of beauty? It’s undeniable deliciousness. This cake will be my breakfast for the next week and somehow I don’t feel guilty at all about it. Bake one up and enjoy with a nice cup of coffee for instant happiness! Happy September!

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Cookies, Recipes

“Everything Nice” Cookies

What happens when you’re dying to bake some cookies but too lazy to drive to the store? You get creative! And that’s how these cookies were born. I call them “Everything Nice” cookies because they have some sugar (white and semi-sweet chocolate chips) and some spice (cinnamon). Some kind of hybrid between the classic chocolate chip and snickerdoodle, these cookies have the perfect combination of flavors that is just enough of a step away from the norm but still surprisingly delicious. They’re really fluffy and soft too!

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Bread, Recipes, Summer Baking

Lemon Blueberry Scones

Summer is coming to a close, and I’m regretting having not taken advantage of the months of delicious fresh fruit. As a final scramble to appreciate wonderful produce, I decided to whip up some incredibly refreshing blueberry lemon scones. With real, fresh blueberries and fresh-squeezed lemon juice these breakfast treats are absolutely delicious!

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Muffins, Recipes

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Are there some bananas on your counter getting just a little too ripe? For some reason, I’ve been very bad lately about eating them up before the start getting spotted and brown, so yesterday I made a quick decision to whip up some muffins for breakfast with the 3 bananas I had on there way out. What a great decision that was! This recipe serves up some moist banana muffins with just the perfect amount of chocolate chips.

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