Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars

Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars

I am way too excited about this recipe.

because of THIS:

Coco Whip

So Delicious recently released a coconut based whip topping, and it is good. I was able to preview a bunch of their new product and holiday seasonal items (fun stuff coming soon!), and this Coco Whip is what I was most excited about. You can find this in stores now. I have two tubs for this week alone.

Before this even landed on my doorstep, I knew exactly what I would make.

Piña Colada Dessert Bars

Growing up, our holiday table always included a jello salad.

Now, I have that same question many ask – why is this called salad?

Whatever it was originally called, back then it was my favorite. I have updated the original recipe from my Grandma Z, adding a pretzel shortbread crust and … well I don’t call it salad.

The main ingredients of a …

Read More »

Bumbleberry Cobbler

Bumbleberry Cobbler

Among my vast and treasured collection of cookbooks, I have every single cookbook that Julie Hasson has created. I love them all. As of a few years ago, I am lucky to call her a friend as well. Julie is local to Portland, and I am lucky to see her from time to time (we still need to have our lunch, Julie!).

In addition to the successes of her fabulous baking mixes, Julie’s most recent project has been all about casseroles. You know I love comfort food, and this book has it – to the max.

Yep, to the max. I am so excited about this book that I reverted back to the 80’s for that one. I was incredibly honored when asked to share her new book, a recipe, and a great giveaway for a Breville Smart Oven (giveaway at end of post).

Vegan Casseroles – Pasta Bakes, Gratins, Pot Pies, and More:

Vegan Casseroles

From Caramelized Onion Dip and Loaded Nacho Fries to a Truffled Cauliflower Mac and a Creamy Spinach Florentine, Julie has you covered on …

Read More »

Pumpkin Bread with Salted Pepitas

Pumpkin Bread with Salted Pepitas

Pumpkin Bread with Salted Pepitas – sweet and soft pumpkin bread meets crunchy salty pepitas! This bread is great for snacking, breakfast, and cross-country road trips!

_____________________________________________________________

It is officially fall!

Autumn?

Whatever – it is time for boots and sweaters and tights and scarves and boots! It is time for warming, comfort foods, it is time for all things pumpkin.

But… I sorta have pumpkin year round, and am not really a fan of pumpkin in my coffee.
*ducks head*

I suppose what I am saying is that I never really go overboard with the pumpkin.

But. I did make you a loaf of pumpkin bread. Actually, two. Perfectly sweet, with a salty seeded topping. That’s the kicker for me – I have always loved pumpkin bread, and now I will think all pumpkin breads need the salty addition.

It is good.

Honeymoon update! This week, our road trip finds us in the Black Hills and the Badlands. Yesterday we …

Read More »

Fruit Stripe Pops

Fruit Stripe Pops – a sweet and tart combination of layers, with fresh watermelon and tart green apple flavor – keeps you cool and Spark gives you a bit of a boost!

 

Watermelon Apple Fruit Stripe Pops

Portland’s late summer has been a hot one – on our wedding day, we were on the Departure rooftop deck in 98 degree temperatures. We took photos quickly, and joked about taking the next photos in the restaurant walk in…

The heat has continued through our first two weeks of honeymoon – vacation, which has been great while we’ve been out playing in our own city before we travel. We have been enjoying some lake side happy hours on warm evenings, complete with awesome kombucha flights.

My all time favorite …

Read More »

Passionfruit Cheesecake with Pretzel Shortbread Crust

Passionfruit Cheesecake with Shortbread Pretzel Crust

I woke up this morning and made a cheesecake. Then I had a piece for breakfast.

I haven’t made a cheesecake in a while. This one is a birthday cake.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Since Dad grew up in Hawaii and loved all things tropical, I made this for him. Today I will …

Read More »

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

 

Today I am kicking off the cookbook tour of one of my favorite bloggers, Cara Reed of Fork and Beans! I was so very honored to review her new book, Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking – I have been giddy excited for her as she worked on it.

I am also giving away a copy to one lucky reader – read on for details.

Cara and I have been friends for a while – I am drawn to her incredibly creative interpretations of …

Read More »

Mini Toffee Mallomars

Mini Toffee Mallomars

Father’s Day is Sunday.

My first without Dad.

Not a day goes by that I do not think about Dad.

More times than I can count, in the first two months he was gone, I found myself driving to his house, autopilot style (his house is two minutes up the hill from ours).

Every morning I walk through our library and say “morning, Dad” as I walk by his urn.

I still watch Days of Our Lives at least once a week, even if it is just on in the background while I work in the kitchen …but often I will schedule my lunch around that time, and settle down to catch up. Dad, I know you’d be loving the stories right now.

I also watch Barrett-Jackson auction from time to time, looking for your Corvette.

Yep, I talk to Dad sometimes. I used to bring him fresh juice and coffee every day, and since I practice this ritual daily myself, I am often wishing he was here. Giving my green juice the side eye, and drinking it with a smile.

I celebrate his memory, I think of the good times. We had so many good times.

He bought me my first basketball, when I was probably 9? I remember standing there in the store, looking at them all, looking up at Dad, how do we choose? He simply picked one up, you know how they have that half box going all around the ball, and he bounced it. Box and all. Okay, this one is good.

He also …

Read More »

15 Cool Summertime Treats

Dark Chocolate Oat Cream

 

Many of you will remember my Dreamy Dark Chocolate Oat Cream up there (so many of you tried it, yay!). I have made this recipe many times, and have recently started playing with new flavors.

Some awesome flavors.

Just for you.

Because it is summer. Okay, not officially, but it’s close enough for me. My schedule has been a bit more free lately, which feels summer like. The sun has been shining, even on the rainy days if you can pick up what I’m puttin’ down. Light and free, that’s me.

and that is what summertime is all about, right? Light and free.

and frozen treats. There must be treats. Lucky you and me, I have fifteen frozen favorites right here.

 

ginger maple miso ice cream

 

lightened up Piña Coladas

 

blackberry cheesecake ice cream

 

See the rest in the slideshow below:

 

Check out Fresh and Cool Summertime Treats

by Kristina at Foodie.com

 

or click here to see all recipes at once!

 

 

SLIDESHOW SPONSORED BY FOODIE VIA GLAM MEDIA. ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED HEREIN ARE THOSE OF SPABETTIE.