White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

These remind me of the oatmeal raisin cookies I used to eat in my elementary school’s cafeteria. Except that these White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies are so much better. There is still the spice and chew that was so familiar in the grade school version, but now there’s a hint of maple, tang from the driedContinue reading “White Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies”

Healthy Green Peanut Butter Smoothie

I am a smoothie fiend. I have an arsenal of frozen bananas and yogurt in my kitchen at all times. I particularly like smoothies that kill two birds with one stone. Like this Green Peanut Butter Smoothie which boasts two heaping cups of spinach. Huzzah for vegetable consumption. Along with the spinach, the protein fromContinue reading “Healthy Green Peanut Butter Smoothie”

Chocolate Pistachio Bark with Sea Salt

Swoon.  That’s what I tried to make my boyfriend do by giving him this Chocolate Pistachio Bark with Sea Salt for Valentine’s Day. I used roasted pistachios and semi-sweet chocolate, though ideally I would have used raw, unsalted pistachios and excellent-quality dark chocolate. Alas, I go to college in upstate New York and this is what wasContinue reading “Chocolate Pistachio Bark with Sea Salt”

Sunday Morning Blueberry Banana Muffins

I am home for the weekend. It is snowing. I was hungry. Solution? These Banana Blueberry Muffins with a Demerara sugar crunch topping. A one-bowl, dangerously good muffin, perfect for a last minute brunch or snow-day treat. Adapted from Serious Eats, I used dark brown sugar for a deeper molasses flavor and added a half teaspoonContinue reading “Sunday Morning Blueberry Banana Muffins”

Golden Grahams S’mores Bites

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, in case you forgot. And if you did forget: rest assured. These Golden Grahams S’mores Bites are an easy treat to whip up. I made these back for the Superbowl and they were gone by halftime. What’s not to love about a gooey cereal bar filled with summer’s bounty, i.e. S’mores? Golden GrahamsContinue reading “Golden Grahams S’mores Bites”

Banana Cream Pudding Cookies

 Unexpected flavors, with the crunch of Nilla wafers, and the added sweetness of white chocolate pieces, these Banana Cream Pudding Cookies took me by surprise– in the best way possible. With the help of pudding mix, the cookies stay moist in the center, while still being sturdy. You could try using any type of chocolate chipContinue reading “Banana Cream Pudding Cookies”

Key West

Following the drive down the Florida Keys, we stayed overnight in Key West at Papa’s Hideaway. I managed to research and book this bed and breakfast less than 24 hours in advance. Most inns have a minimum night stay, or bust the budget for us poor college students, but Papa’s Hideaway was a hidden, and economical,Continue reading “Key West”