Chocolate Pots de Crème

by kara on January 2, 2012

Happy 2012!  I’m certainly ready for a fresh start this year.  I had 3 orthopedic injuries in 2011 and have declared 2012 an injury free year!  To celebrate the end of 2011, we decided to have a few friends over to ring in the new year. Wow. . .such a fun and fabulous party. Keith and Trycia brought a variety of […]

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No Bake Cookies

by kara on November 6, 2011

These are my kind of cookies.  Do a Google search for No Bake Cookies, and you will find all sorts of recipes. This one is from my Grandma Renner.   With just a few ingredients, it is fun for kids to make as well.   No Bake Cookies are even a healthy treat with the addition of peanut butter and oats.  I’m choosing to ignore the […]


Fudge Nut Bars

by kara on May 12, 2011

In celebration of Nurse’s Week,  I’m sharing a recipe from my nurse friend Pace.   She’s from North Dakota (like me).  She’s a potluck pro.  I was in heaven the first time she brought these Fudge Nut Bars to a work potluck.  Chocolate fudgey nut goodness.   I made these for the Open House Party at Bubbly Paws.  They were the […]

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Dark Chocolate and Pecan Blondies

by kara on April 10, 2011

We went to a housewarming party last night.  I brought these Blondies.  Certainly not the healthiest treat; but they were gone by the end of the night.   This recipe is adapted from the Smitten Kitchen recipe for Infinitely Adaptive Blondies.  The original recipe calls for baking the Blondies for 20-25 minutes.  I baked mine for at […]

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Peanut Butter Cups

by kara on February 9, 2011

Valentines Day is coming up next week.  Make these for your sweetie and it won’t break your diet. It’s a modern-day version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (without the chemicals, additives, and preservatives).  This recipe is from Alicia Silverstone’s cookbook, The Kind Diet. Yes, the actress.  The cookbook is quite informative and makes you feel healthier just […]


Black Russian Cake

by kara on December 23, 2010

This really should be called Booze Cake.  I love it.  My mom introduced this recipe to me years ago. It’s a regular menu item at our house during the holidays.  It just seems to compliment so many different kinds of meals.  I especially like it because it doesn’t have a thick frosting to it. . .just […]


Bundt Cake

by kara on August 22, 2010

I am not the biggest fan of baking cakes. . .particularly the kind with multiple layers and loads of crisco laden frosting.   I do love baking bundt cakes though.  They are easy and have a nostalgic sort of appeal. One favorite is my mom’s recipe for Better than Sex Cake.  I know what you’re thinking. . .chocolate cake with caramel, toffee bits, […]