12 Days of Holiday Treats: Mini Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

The halfway point is always the point in which I think to myself, “I just might be able to make this happen again!”

I am really trying to mix up the types of treats I am presenting to you, as not everyone wants sugar cookies and gingerbread men. Sometimes, people want mini muffins!

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Adorable, sweet (but not too sweet) and dotted with chocolate (the best!) these muffins are bite sized and definitely a crowd pleaser. And even better, I was able to bake all 48 at once thanks in part to my wonderful 48 mini muffin tin I snatched (well, I payed of course) from Target a few years back from the clearance section…Heyy-o!!!

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12 Days of Holiday Treats: Pumpkin Spice Blondie Cookie Bars

Well we are almost halfway through this Holiday adventure, and I don’t know about you, but I’m sure enjoying myself.

Yesterday we went to Target and per usual checked out the clearance backing rack…good idea. Steven picked up a package of Pumpkin Spice Chips…SCORE! I had looked for them in October with no luck, and now they were on sale! I definitely considered myself one lucky lady.

I went right home and proceeded to bake these super tasty bars.

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These pumpkin spice chips are SO delicious and the bars would make a great breakfast, snack, or dessert.

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12 Days of Holiday Treats: Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow, that nostalgic treat that brings us all back to elementary school snack time and cartons of cold milk.

I am pretty certain the idea of Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies for some of you) does not need to be sold to anyone. Sugar coated chocolate and peanut butter covered Chex? Sign me right up!

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And I get to shake the shit out of a bag until the insides are evenly coated with powdered sugar?

Right on! AmIright?!

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12 Days of Holiday Treats: Loaded Nutella Cookies

Welcome to day 2 of the 12 Days of Holiday Treats here on BBB! 

Today I have for you quite possibly the best cookie ever made to date. Yup, you heard me. Shit’s getting real, and now I know you REALLY want to bake these for yourself so you can make your own adult decision.

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These cookies have Nutella, dark chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips, and I do believe that equation equals one Hell of a delicious outcome. For all of you peanut butter and chocolate lovers out there like myself, just the smell of these will make wipe you off your feet. And for all of you haters…learn to love this combination, it truly is amazing!

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12 Days of Holiday Treats: Peanut Butter Cookies

Is there anything better than the Holiday Season?! 

Putting up Christmas Trees, hanging stockings, NSYNC’s Christmas album,  baking cookies …and doing these posts!

First up are these lusciously delicious Peanut Butter Cookies…rolled in sugar and served best with a glass of cold milk.

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There is nothing crazy going on with these Peanut Butter Cookies. They are straight up with no frills…just a sweet coating.

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Bob’s Sauerkraut

My Uncle Bob was one of the grandest people you’d ever met to all those who were lucky enough to know him, and for those unlucky ones, well perhaps you might get the opportunity to try some of the kraut made in his honor, with his recipe. 

You see, I wish I could really describe Bob to you, but I promise my words could never do him justice. To Bob everything was an “opportunity”. You need a picture hung? Why that would be such an opportunity. You need help moving? I do believe that would be such an opportunity. Bob_Alt

Bob always had a smile on his face and that is no lie. He brought a presence to the room you’ve never experienced unless you were in the same room as Bob. He shared his coveted sauerkraut and Irish cream every Christmas, and both of those were not to be missed. He danced so hard his clothes were wet post-dance, and in the most impressive way.

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The Taste of Madison 2015

Good food…is there anything better?!

Hmmm…nope…other than it paired with good drink AND good company…nothing better.

I mean, why put anything in your mouth if it isn’t worth the time (ohp! dirty much?!)?! 

My family and I attended The Taste of Madison this year, with Trapt playing at 2:50PM on the JJo stage, and whew, they were more than I ever expected them to be. Trapt has a special place in my heart due to my late best buddy and I both obsessing over them in high school and college…but beyond that, they are definitely a talented group. They put on a show like whoa, and I am SO glad/stoked I was able to see them in Madison at a local food/music fair next to the most beautiful capitol in the world.

Living in Madison, WI some people tend to forget we are spoiled to the MAX with music, food, and entertainment, but it’s true, and daily there is amazing events to attend and experience.

The Taste of Madison is one of these events…and this year, though stands tended to serve smaller servings, the actual food did not disappoint.

Following is the list of tasty foods and drinks we ingested during this years’ Taste of Madison 2015!

First up is the Black Raspberry Maui Wowi chosen by my little sister. It was served with an umbrella, so I am convinced it was super RAD!

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Yum Yum Fest 2015

On Sunday August 23, 2015, Steven and I attended the second annual Yum Yum Fest put on by the Madison Area Chefs Network (MACN), of which was put on to benefit food-related programming for children. How cool, right?! I mean, we are talking Madison’s finest chefs (and yes, Madison is undoubtedly an ever growing foodie metropolis) were told to highlight their creative cuisine in a community engaging way. The results? Absolutely stunning. We will definitely return each and every year it makes an appearance.SAMSUNG CSC

Yum Yum Fest is not only to highlight delicious food, but also drinks. And, to really round out the entire event, there was musical entertainment as well. You know, to make sure shit didn’t get all quiet and awkward…nobody likes awkward. 

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Oops! Banana Bread

Sometimes you have nasty looking bananas hanging by a thread on your banana basket hook…but sometimes you don’t quite have all of the regular ingredients for good ol’ banana bread.

Sometimes you let a lack of ingredients and motivation to run to the store stop you from baking banana bread…and sometimes you say “Fuck it!” and figure that shit out.

…this is one of those times.

I took your standard banana bread recipe and twisted some of the ingredients to not only reflect my pantry…but also my inner spirit animal (doesn’t make sense to you? Me either.).SAMSUNG CSC

I neglected to tell anyone I gave this Oops! Banana Bread to about my changes…but they didn’t seem to notice…but rather raved and found it quite delicious and enjoyable. 

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