Soft Gingersnap Muffin Tops

Let’s all have muffin tops! …the good kind, that is.

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I’ve got a burning question here, guys: how do you eat a muffin? Do you cut it into halves, or quarters? Do you take a big bite indiscriminately? Is a fork and/or knife involved? I may be in the minority here, but I start by grabbing a piece of muffin top and ripping it off with my hands. Then I proceed to make my way around the muffin, leaving an oddly whittled and balding-around-the-edges muffin in my wake. Not for long though, because muffins = <3 and the rest is soon to follow. But muffin tops? My FAVE.

Soft Gingersnap Muffin Tops |

So imagine my surprise when my doctored up gingersnap cookie recipe ended up so light and fluffy, I couldn’t stop myself from yelling “I MADE MUFFIN TOPS!!!” the minute they came out of the oven. I’m sure my new neighbors appreciated that weekend wake-up call. ;-) Read more…

Tortellini Bake with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

Let’s talk about the time I went to boil tortellini and realized I didn’t have a sauce pot.

Or let’s not. :) Just going to chalk that one up to the move. Cue this hearty tortellini bake, packed with spinach, three (!) kinds of cheese, and roasted red peppers. Sans sauce pot.

Tortellini Bake with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers - a quick, satisfying meal. No need to boil the tortellini!

If you would have asked me a few months ago to choose between baking and cooking, I would have opted for baking. My brain likes to be precise, to put things nice and neat in little boxes, and clear, straight-forward issues. I love that a baking recipe will tell me down to the pinch the quantity of every single flavoring, leavening agent, and sweetener involved.

So in my work life I became an accountant. No surprises there, right? That said I seriously admire those who revel with glee at the thought of discussing topics that are a whole lot less black and white and a lot more “gray”. I had to take a philosophy course in college and seriously thought my head was going to explode by the end of each class. My post-class ritual was to pop an Advil and take a nap. Debits and credits for the win.

Tortellini Bake with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers - a quick, satisfying meal. No need to boil the tortellini!

Now though…there’s been a shift. Read more…

Double Chocolate Butterscotch Crunch Bars

Please meet my summertime crush. Don’t worry – B’s (more than) okay with it. Homemade double chocolate butterscotch crunch bars.

Double Chocolate Butterscotch Crunch Bars - a no-bake, quick way to satisfy your sweet tooth! |

Like I said – we’re both more than okay with it.

What else I’m more than okay with? The fact that this dessert is SO. SIMPLE. So simple it requires caps. You’ll need three types of chips and a box of puffed rice cereal. And some sprinkles for zhushing over the top. Which I suppose are optional on a technical level, but somehow make everything taste better, so I say add them.

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