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This is a pretty common Friday night at our house: cooking with my brother in our messy kitchen with my son strapped to me. Nothing could make me happier. ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s been a loooooong time since I’ve done a recipe roundup – Thanksgiving was the last one, I believe. Having a baby kicked my mom gear into overdrive (yes, having three younger siblings I already had a mom gear in place) and I can not stay out of the kitchen. I’ve been super busy baking and cooking since our son was born and I’ve been venturing further and further out of my tried and true comfort zone. Maybe binge watching The Great British Baking Show has something to do with it…Here’s a look back at all the best recipes I’ve made in the past month or so.

Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs
We’ve been going on a grill kick lately – trying to get some more husband cooking friendly recipes under our belts before the baby gets here. Hey, I offered to make freezer meals, but he graciously agreed to grill more often. I’ll take it. ๐Ÿ˜€ These kabobs are incredible! Super easy marinade, super fast grill time and super duper tasty.

Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs
We were recently invited over to my dads’ for a rib dinner and the first thing out of my sisters’ mouth was, “aren’t ribs supposed to fall off the bone”. Face palm. This of course spurred my husband to want to grill our own. We tried one recipe and I don’t think we’ll ever try another – amazing doesn’t even begin to explain it. The recipe definitely makes some spicy ribs so if you’re sensitive to that, I’d recommend cutting the chile pepper in the rub to your tastes.

Almond Joy Cake
Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don’t. By no means am I a picky person when it comes to chocolate, but Almond Joys and Mounds are the slight exception. I prefer the milk chocolate and the almond flavor of the Almond Joy, but the nutless-ness softness of a Mounds. This cake makes that sort of perfect. It tastes just like an Almond Joy, but the almonds are so small (recipe calls for silvered, I used chopped because it’s cheaper!) that there is no super hard crunch of an almond – just the perfect almondy flavor. Bonus: best coconut buttercream EVER.

Homemade Crunch Wrap Supreme
Absolutely the worst best worst best idea ever. Since I started my weight loss journey I have semi given up a lot of my favorite foods. (Most of which happen to be fast food- ๐Ÿ˜ฏ – and by semi given up I mean nothing is totally off limits, just a rare treat) Gone are the days of weekly McDonalds’ Mocha Frappes, Burger King Chicken Biscuits, Wendy’s Frosty Floats and… the Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supreme. Being 100% honest, I still order all those things, but to fit them into my daily allotment I only eat a small bit of them and it feels like a waste to only eat half of something I spent money on so finding homemade versions are perfect for me – cheaper, healthier, leftover friendly and I can make them whenever I want. This recipe hits the Crunch Wrap right on the head. I mean, Taco Bell wouldย  hire me as a full time Crunch Wrap master. ๐Ÿ™‚

Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox Cake
I’ve been going on a peanut butter and chocolate kick lately and man, oh man, did this hit the spot! I actually got in trouble with my husband for making this. I cook and bake A LOT and we always use a recipe analyzer to figure out theย  nutrition facts for my homemade goodies. Let’s just say this was the most calorific dessert I have ever made…until that Almond Joy Cake above. Oops. Thankfully, my husband has to go into the office at least once a week (he works from home) and his coworkers have become accustomed to him bringing in leftover dessert. I am a very popular lady. Haha. Calories aside, make this cake!

White Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling and Cream Cheese Buttercream
When your husband comes home and tells you that ALL his coworkers thought he had gone out and bought professional cupcakes keep that recipe. In all honesty keep ALL of those recipes. ๐Ÿ™‚ These cupcakes were a combination of three recipes that were completely unrelated to one another and I was craving lemon meringue pie. So what did I do? Made a lemon meringueish cupcake. Use a doctored up boxed cake mix (recipe below), this lemon curd recipe and cream cheese buttercream (recipe below) and you’ll be the talk of the town.

Doctored Up Boxed Cake Mix Recipe
1 box cake mix (I used white)
1 (3oz) coordinating box instant pudding (I used vanilla)
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water

Mix ingredients and bake according to package directions.

Cream Cheese Buttercream
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 – 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat 1-2 minutes or until fluffy.

Triple Layer Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Cake
Yes. My husband had three (four if you include work) birthday celebrations. Four celebrations = two separate cakes (or cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚ ). This was the cake I made for us, my parents and his parents – the cake I was told I could only make if it had ice cream. BOOM. (Or if you’ve ever seen Nailed It! – NAILED IT! – only I actually did nail it) Everyone was all “did you make that? It’s sooooo good!”. My thought process immediately went to all the different flavor combinations you could potentially make: vanilla cakes with golden Oreos and strawberry ice cream, chocolate cakes with peppermint ice cream, spice cakes with pumpkin ice cream. (Is it too late in the season to coupon for more ice cream?!)

Chocolate Cherry Blondies
What do you do with 10 pounds of fresh cherries? Make cherry syrup, cherry jam, a batch of chocolate cherry muffins and a batch of fresh cherry muffins. What do you do after you’ve done all that and STILL have cherries? Make these. As simple as this recipe sounds, it is literally one of my favorite things I think I’ve ever made in my life. Cherry season, I will miss you.

Blueberry Syrup and Strawberry Syrup
Around mid summer every year, I dream about the big southern manor I’ll one day have, complete with a cutting garden, tons of kids and a big garden full of fruit trees and bushes. Or at least as close as I can get. ๐Ÿ™‚ Regardless, all the fresh berries just scream for me to preserve them all year. This year I tried something new and gave making homemade pancake syrup a try and oh, gravy is it worth it! I can smell the pancakes now…

Copycat IHOP Pancakes
Oh, look! Pancakes! Of course I had to include a pancake recipe to go with your syrup. Or you could just drink it – your call. These pancakes are to die for! I mean you think you have your forever buttermilk pancake recipe and then you go and make these. Step aside, you’re old news.

Keep checking back in with me and be extra sure to stop in for the next round of recipes – I’ve been holed up in my kitchen cooking and baking some AMAZING things! ๐Ÿ™‚

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