Crazy for Crust Baking... With a Slice of Life 2017-08-19T18:09:57Z http://www.crazyforcrust.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Almond Poppyseed Loaf Cake]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23856 2017-08-18T19:55:26Z 2017-08-17T10:10:40Z Almond Poppyseed Loaf Cake is an easy pound cake recipe that’s made in a loaf pan. It’s like a quick bread but a cake all in one, full of almond extract flavor and poppyseed! PIN IT NOW TO SAVE FOR LATER! Last month, on our family trip to Seattle, we ate several times at Frolik Kitchen […]

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Almond Poppyseed Loaf Cake is an easy pound cake recipe that’s made in a loaf pan. It’s like a quick bread but a cake all in one, full of almond extract flavor and poppyseed!

PIN IT NOW TO SAVE FOR LATER!

Almond Poppyseed Loaf Cake is an easy pound cake recipe that's made in a loaf pan. It's like a quick bread but a cake all in one, full of almond extract flavor and poppyseed!

Last month, on our family trip to Seattle, we ate several times at Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails, the restaurant in our hotel. Normally I avoid hotel restaurants because they’re usually hyped up chains that don’t serve very good food or have very creative cocktails, but this restaurant was different. The menu was fabulous and everything we had (from breakfast to snacks to dinner) was delicious. I grade every restaurant by the creativity of their cocktail and dessert menus, and that one got high marks for both. (Remember that Rosé Lemonade I made? Inspired by Frolik.)

The dessert menu was pretty unique, which is another thing I’m not used to. I hardly ever order desserts at restaurants because the normal offerings are cheesecake with fruit sauce, creme brûlée, and some sort of chocolate decadence cake, none of which actually taste better than any of my recipes. However, there was one on the menu that caught my eye: Almond Poppyseed Cake. Normally used to seeing lemon poppyseed cake, almond poppyseed was a new flavor combo for me. Also, I was surprised at the offering by a restaurant; almond poppyseed isn’t something I think of as a sexy, modern, millennial-type dessert. So I ordered it. And guess what?

(Obviously, I loved it. We all knew that one.)

Mel ate it. He liked it. He really really liked it! (Get it? 🤣) He actually liked it more than the peanut butter chocolate whoopee pie. It wasn’t too sweet and it was cake and MEL ATE IT.

Almond Poppyseed Loaf Cake is an easy pound cake recipe made in a loaf pan bursting with almond flavor accented by poppyseed.

AND MEL ATE IT.

Almond Poppyseed Loaf Cake is an easy pound cake recipe that's made in a loaf pan. It's like a quick bread but a cake all in one, full of almond extract flavor and poppyseed!

This loaf cake is a variation on one I’ve made several times before. I’ve made this cake as a lemon loaf, orange bundt, apple cider pound cake, champagne pound cake…and more. This time I added a hefty dose of almond extract and poppy seeds along with a sweet almond glaze. It’s a cake that’s like a loaf of quick bread…but it’s cak…that makes you want it for breakfast.

While I was making this cake I wondered….why would you add poppyseed to cake? I mean…do they have a flavor? I actually googled it and all I got were recipes for what look like really good lemon poppyseed cakes. So…they’re pretty? I guess? Otherwise the bread would just look like a loaf of cake?

I absolutely LOVE almond extract. There’s a hefty dose in both the cake and the frosting. I would drink almond extract if it tasted as good as it smelled (spoiler alert: it doesn’t).

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails Seattle]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23937 2017-08-15T15:04:40Z 2017-08-17T10:00:36Z Wondering where to eat in Seattle? Look no further, I have a fantastic recommendation for you: Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails atop the Motif Seattle hotel. An indoor/outdoor restaurant and cocktail lounge, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick breakfast, relaxing lunch, or a fun dinner. Last month, when we were in Seattle, we ate […]

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Wondering where to eat in Seattle? Look no further, I have a fantastic recommendation for you: Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails atop the Motif Seattle hotel. An indoor/outdoor restaurant and cocktail lounge, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick breakfast, relaxing lunch, or a fun dinner.

Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails in Seattle; this fun restaurant and bar is located atop the Motif Seattle. The food is fantastic and the rooftop bar is perfect for relaxing!

Last month, when we were in Seattle, we ate TONS of food. My favorite thing to do when I travel to a city is not see the sights or do a museum; no, my favorite thing to do is EAT. Before I travel I spend weeks researching the best restaurants for every meal (and snacks in between). Which has the best dessert menu? What bakery should we try for breakfast? What bar has the best cocktail menu? I travel armed with a list and a personalized google map and my stretchy pants.

When we arrived in Seattle for our stay at Motif, I knew we’d be eating at one of the better restaurants in town because it was inside the hotel. We’d be enjoying dinner there our first night, as well as cocktails and breakfast during our stay because when your hotel has a gorgeous rooftop bar you take advantage of it – daily.

Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails is the destination spot for downtown Seattle, complete with regional American cuisine and a rooftop bar.

It was absolutely beautiful weather when we were in Seattle; hot even. On those days that the sun shines, a rooftop bar is where everyone needs to be, soaking up the rays. As one of the only premiere rooftop bars in Seattle, Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails is a literal ray of sunshine atop the hotel. The outdoor patio houses a modern style fireplace, white lights across the top, and lots of tables and chairs for an intimate drink or a group of friends hosting a party. (And if it rains they have a tent!)

Also: their drink menu is en pointe.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Jalapeno Popper Sheet Pan Chicken]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23847 2017-08-15T13:21:23Z 2017-08-15T10:00:07Z This Jalapeño Popper Sheet Pan Chicken is TO DIE FOR. It’s like eating your favorite appetizer stuffed in a chicken breast! This sheet pan meal is an easy chicken recipe that’s the perfect weeknight meal. PIN IT NOW to save for later! Until about a year ago, I’d never had a jalapeño popper. I grew […]

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This Jalapeño Popper Sheet Pan Chicken is TO DIE FOR. It’s like eating your favorite appetizer stuffed in a chicken breast! This sheet pan meal is an easy chicken recipe that’s the perfect weeknight meal.

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Jalapeño Popper Sheet Pan Chicken - this EASY chicken dinner is a sheet pan meal that's done fast! It's the perfect easy weeknight meal; chicken breasts stuffed with a creamy jalapeño mixture!

Until about a year ago, I’d never had a jalapeño popper. I grew up from a super picky kid into a semi-picky adult, so sometimes it takes me longer to get where everyone else already is. When I had my first jalapeño popper it was like heaven; how had I waited so long to try it?? This seems to be a trend with me: lemon, avocado…and now poppers.

I have a good friend whose husband is an amazing cook. I’ve tried for years to get him to let me post his recipes because they are to DIE FOR. In fact, Jordan requested his pecan pie for her birthday dessert (and it’s way better than my regular pecan pie recipe, which is saying a lot). He made the jalapeño poppers I tried for the first time; they were full of cream cheese and cheese and I think there is even sausage in his recipe. One time, at a party, I ate about 10 of them and dearly paid for it for days.

Those poppers were the inspiration for this Jalapeño Popper Sheet Pan Chicken meal. I’d never made a sheet pan meal before this recipe and I’m kicking myself because they’re SO EASY. I’ve made a few different variations several times since we enjoyed this one. Throw all your ingredients onto a sheet pan and bake until done. It’s the easiest meal, perfect for busy weeknights. Easy clean-up too!

Jalapeno Popper Sheet Pan Chicken is an easy weeknight meal full of the flavors everyone loves: cream cheese, jalapeños, and cheese!

Jalapeño Popper Sheet Pan Chicken - this EASY chicken dinner is a sheet pan meal that's done fast! It's the perfect easy weeknight meal; chicken breasts stuffed with a creamy jalapeño mixture!

I love a good stuffed chicken recipe. Chicken can be so boring! We eat it all the time and it gets hard to find new ways to make it. Stuffing it with a spicy cheesy mixture is just the thing you need to kick your old chicken recipe up a notch. Paired with roasted vegetables, it’s really the best go-to easy meal. I absolutely LOVE every single roasted vegetable. In fact, I can eat roasted veggies all day every day if given the chance.

If you’ve never stuffed chicken before, it’s really easy. Just mix up your stuffing ingredients (in this case, cream cheese, cheese, and pickled jalapeños), slice the chicken open to create a pocket, and stuff the filling in.

If you’ve never made a sheet pan meal before, you’re missing out. It’s probably the easiest way I’ve cooked in forever; all you have to do is pick your protein and vegetables, throw them on the pan and bake until done. I used green beans, peppers, and onions for my meal, but you can choose your favorites.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=22449 2017-08-14T22:39:34Z 2017-08-13T10:00:09Z Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars – my FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars STUFFED WITH OREOS! These are the BEST cookie bar ever. PIN IT NOW TO SAVE FOR LATER At what age is it acceptable to drop your kids off at a water park to hang out with their friends? I ask […]

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Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars – my FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars STUFFED WITH OREOS! These are the BEST cookie bar ever.

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Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars - my FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars STUFFED WITH OREOS! These are the BEST cookie bar ever.

At what age is it acceptable to drop your kids off at a water park to hang out with their friends? I ask because yesterday I spent 7 hours at such a park with Jordan and her friends. Now, to be honest, I spent 7 hours sitting in a cabana because girlfriend don’t swim/do water/walk barefoot at water parks, but still. I had to be there alllllllll day and it wasn’t even the type of cabana that served drinks with umbrellas, just overpriced pizza and soda.

Jordan and her friends are 12, and according to the park ages 12+ can be there without an adult. I wasn’t ready this year but next year I plan to buy her a season pass and drop her off with her friends. As long as they adhere to the buddy system and the shoes-in-bathroom system, I’m good with her being there alone. (After all…I sat in a cabana for 7 hours…they were basically alone yesterday.) The biggest thing I worry about with Jordan is that she’ll lose her money, her phone, her goggles, her head…etc. (Girlfriend is seriously disorganized when it comes to stuff.)

The park didn’t even offer anything good for dessert other than shakes and Dippin’ Dots which were invented by someone who hates people because really, people say they’re good but people are liars. I just wanted a cookie or a gooey bar darn it [read: glass of wine or a vodka soda] and they didn’t have it anywhere!!

Next time I go I’m sneaking these chocolate chip gooey bars stuffed with Oreo cookies into the park. (And by next time I go I mean never.)

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars are chocolate chip cookie, a gooey bar, and an Oreo all in one magical bite.

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars - my FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookie Gooey Bars STUFFED WITH OREOS! These are the BEST cookie bar ever.

Now, stuffing Oreos into chocolate chip cookies isn’t new. Picky Palate kind of invented that back in 2011, and then was promptly copied by just about everyone and not always sourced. (I kind of hate copiers who do it wrong – not sourcing. I’m dealing with that right now…people using “inspiration” from my recipes in cookbooks…it sucks.) Everyone is familiar with the Oreo stuffed cookie phenomenon so it was only a matter of time before I added one of my favorite cookies to one of my favorite recipes: GOOEY BARS!

If you’re new to this blog (welcome!) you may not know that I am the source for gooey bar recipes (also, cake rolls!) and I have so many different versions. I’ve got gooey bars made with cake mix, sprinkles, lemon. I’ve got cookie versions, like chocolate chip, peanut butter, and caramel, and now I’m adding OREO STUFFED to that list. (Not to be confused with my Oreo Gooey Bars that are cookie gooey bars that taste like Oreos.)

These Oreo STUFFED Chocolate Chip Gooey Bars are exactly what they sound like: my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with Oreos and sweetened condensed milk in the middle. The result: a rich, chocolatey, GOOEY cookie bar WITH OREOS.

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Arugula Pizzas]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23792 2017-08-10T12:58:18Z 2017-08-10T10:00:57Z Whether for lunch or an easy weeknight meal, Arugula Pizzas are the PERFECT solution. Just a few simple ingredients and everyone loves pizza – including the kids – even with arugula on top! Jordan has been at dance camp with NDA for the past two days. I have no idea what “NDA” is, but according […]

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Whether for lunch or an easy weeknight meal, Arugula Pizzas are the PERFECT solution. Just a few simple ingredients and everyone loves pizza – including the kids – even with arugula on top!

Arugula Pizzas - such an easy dinner recipe! Use mini pizza dough or naan for an easy weeknight meal everyone loves - with a little bit of greens!!

Jordan has been at dance camp with NDA for the past two days. I have no idea what “NDA” is, but according to Jordan it’s like God is teaching her to dance for 3 days. The whole thing is in preparation for her first year as a team dancer at her middle school. They’re at camp for 9 hours a day, which is a godsend for me. 9 hours to work and get stuff done. 9 hours to bake and photograph, make videos, do laundry, answer emails. 9 hours to procrastinate because I really don’t feel like working this week.

Why is that? When I have a ton to do and a few days to do it I just want to watch TV, read Sinners, and shop online. Instead I’m forcing myself to sit here and knock out some blog posts because next week is the last week of summer and, well, it’s a you-know-what show, I gotta say. Play dates and dance practice and orientation and water parks OH MY.

I keep telling myself, just hang on girlie because in 2 weeks you’ll have a regular schedule again. I CAN DO IT.

When we have these busy weeks and I run out of time to make dinner (or Mel is gone and I just don’t want to) I often turn to homemade pizza. Everyone loves pizza. I could live on it. Seriously: send me to a deserted island with unlimited pizza and Taco Bell bean burritos and I’d happily live forever and ever. (I’m such a non-foodie food blogger.)

Often, I use my own homemade crust when I make pizza. Other times I buy freshly made dough at the fancy grocery store. Other times Boboli finds its way into my cart and then there are the times like the day I made these easy arugula pizzas. I was digging in the freezer for something and found some naan I’d frozen (after I made homemade baked churros) and decided they’d make a great vehicle for pizza.

Arugula pizzas an easy weeknight meal to make with vegetables and store-bought pizza crust or naan.

Arugula Pizzas - such an easy dinner recipe! Use mini pizza dough or naan for an easy weeknight meal everyone loves - with a little bit of greens!!

I mean…really…does anyone NEED a pizza recipe? I mean, you get some sauce and cheese and toppings and go to town. No one needs a pizza recipe, but you do need this SUGGESTION of a recipe. I used a package of 2 naan (perfect for me and Jordan on a night when Mel was out of town), topped it with sauce and mozzarella, and then some veggies. Chopped tomato, black olives (because Mel hates them) and, my new favorite thing, arugula.

Until very recently I hated arugula. I’ve tried it over the years and thought it “too spicy” for my liking. And then I had it somewhere…maybe a restaurant? Anyway, I fell head over heels in love. Obsessed. I went through bins of it in days. My family finally begged me to stop serving it to them so now I eat it at lunch. All of a sudden I realized that lettuce exists with taste. Romaine is boring; arugula has flavor.

LETTUCE COMES WITH FLAVOR, y’all. Did you know?

Anyway, I love putting spinach on pizza, so arugula works too. Even Jordan liked it. Plus, it really is like that saying: I had a salad for lunch. Just kidding it was pizza.

In all honesty…this IS kind of like eating salad so….

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Honey Banana Smoothie]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23762 2017-08-08T17:38:39Z 2017-08-08T10:00:46Z Honey Banana Smoothie – this easy smoothie recipe is full of bananas, honey, and almonds and kids LOVE it! It’s just the right amount of sweet with some healthy and the perfect breakfast! This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze. I always hear parents say “my kid loves smoothies and they’re so healthy!” and I […]

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Honey Banana Smoothie – this easy smoothie recipe is full of bananas, honey, and almonds and kids LOVE it! It’s just the right amount of sweet with some healthy and the perfect breakfast! This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze.

Honey Banana Smoothie - this easy smoothie recipe is full of bananas, honey, and almonds and kids LOVE it! It's just the right amount of sweet with some healthy and the perfect breakfast!

I always hear parents say “my kid loves smoothies and they’re so healthy!” and I wonder what kind of smoothie they’re feeding their kids. Jordan loves smoothies too, but usually the kind with tons of juice or yogurt inside and I wouldn’t consider them very healthy…especially when she drinks it with a side of cereal for breakfast. I’ve tried for years to get her to like smoothies with banana or almond milk and she’s just never been that interested…until now.

This past June we went to Santa Monica for a few days. Each morning we’d walk to a new place for breakfast and one of the coffee shops had super expensive smoothies. (I’m talking $9 a pop, but hey, with the rents in So Cal I didn’t really bat an eye; that price is expected.) She didn’t really like anything on the menu so she was all, “I guess you can just order me a honey banana smoothie” and I was like okay here’s $9 for something that will go in the trash but whatever it’s vacation! We all should be happy!

(Dude, traveling with teenagers is not for the faint of heart. Teen moms got my back on this?)

Anyway, they handed her a pretty large smoothie and we headed back to our hotel…and she’d sucked the entire thing down before we got halfway back. Then, the next day she begged me to get her another one…and when we got home she asked to learn how to make it herself. She now makes herself a Honey Banana Smoothie at least once or twice a week!

A Honey Banana Smoothie is full of almond milk, almond butter, honey, and banana and is the perfect breakfast or snack!

Honey Banana Smoothie - this easy smoothie recipe is full of bananas, honey, and almonds and kids LOVE it! It's just the right amount of sweet with some healthy and the perfect breakfast!

I’m serious – she makes these herself. I don’t even have to help her anymore, which is a miracle. That girl doesn’t ever want to do anything in the kitchen and always wants her meals made for her. For her to want to make her own smoothies without any help must mean she really likes them. (It also means she’s impatient an doesn’t want to wait for my in a minute honey!)

There are just a few ingredients in this smoothie recipe: a banana (of course), honey for sweetness, almond milk for blending, and almond butter for flavor and protein. I also added ice and sometimes I add chopped pitted dates and/or whole almonds for some extra flavor. Really, you can use what you have, and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already.

Honey Banana Smoothie - this easy smoothie recipe is full of bananas, honey, and almonds and kids LOVE it! It's just the right amount of sweet with some healthy and the perfect breakfast!

I love using Almond Breeze Almondmilk for my smoothies. I’ve said it before; we use Almond Breeze in everything (smoothies, cake, French toast) and I love their Unsweetened Vanilla Almondmilk on just about everything. It’s my go-to milk for cereal too. Usually I buy the refrigerated kind but sometimes I pick up the shelf stable one; they taste identical. You can use any kind of Almond Breeze Almondmilk in this smoothie (I’m also partial to the Almondmilk Cashewmilk blend).

I like that it’s a great start to the day or a great snack for after school. Sometimes I’ll make it for myself and add some protein powder to keep me going throughout my workout too, especially on busy school mornings when I don’t feel like eating early.

Regardless, I know your kids will love it – and they can make it all themselves. Be sure to catch the video below because it’s all Jordan (and the outtakes are hilarious). (And while you’re down there, take the survey for me too!!)

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Red Velvet Cake Roll]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23769 2017-08-10T13:41:33Z 2017-08-06T10:00:24Z Red Velvet Cake Roll – this easy red velvet cake recipe is rolled up in a roulade – it’s the perfect cake for any occasion! Plus it’s filled with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!!! PIN IT NOW TO SAVE FOR LATER After Jordan finished grade 3 or 4, I didn’t expect to make friends with the other […]

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Red Velvet Cake Roll – this easy red velvet cake recipe is rolled up in a roulade – it’s the perfect cake for any occasion! Plus it’s filled with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!!!

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Red Velvet Cake Roll - this easy red velvet cake recipe is rolled up in a roulade - it's the perfect cake for any occasion!

After Jordan finished grade 3 or 4, I didn’t expect to make friends with the other “school moms” anymore. I had a unit of gals I’d met in Kindergarten and first grade that did mom’s nights and events and fun things together and once she got to 3rd grade I started seeing less and less parents, which made it harder to make new friends. More and more moms headed back to work by grade 3 or 4 and it dwindled from everyone walking up to drop and pick-up kids from the classroom to just me and a few others to none in 6th grade.

So I was pleasantly surprised when Jordan made a new best friend last year and I became friends with the mom. Of course, with any new friend of Jordan’s, I would introduce myself, get to know them a bit (guns? drugs? violence?) before letting her head to their house for a playdate but never had it gone much further than that, until this time. Jordan’s BFF’s mom and I have a lot in common, especially parenting-wise. We have a lot of the same parenting philosophies which gives us lots to talk about since out here in the ‘burbs it sometimes ends up seeming like we live in an episode of Big Little Lies.

ANYWAY, I love this family (both the daughter and the mom) which is a good thing because Jordan and her daughter are somewhat inseparable. She even came with us on our Disneyland trip this past June. Mom had her birthday a few weeks ago so of course I had to make a special treat. Daughter told me she likes all treats (another reason we get along, ha!) but also that she loves red velvet. BINGO, I said to myself. You know the one kind of cake roll I haven’t made yet? That’s right my friends, Red Velvet.

A Red Velvet Cake Roll is easy and delicious and makes the most stunning dessert for any occasion!

Red Velvet Cake Roll - this easy red velvet cake recipe is rolled up in a roulade - it's the perfect cake for any occasion!

Like I said, I’ve made TONS of cake rolls. I’ve made zucchini and carrot, pumpkin and coconut and even lemon and strawberry shortcake (my most popular). But I’ve never made red velvet before…until now.

This cake roll is fluffy and sweet and vibrantly red and it’s sandwiched with cream cheese filling. I mean, really. The only reason anyone eats red velvet cake is for the frosting, am I right? I think I could eat a whole bowl of the filling with a spoon. The soft and not-too-sweet red velvet cake pairs perfectly with the sweet and somewhat savory cream cheese frosting.

Luckily, cake rolls are great for birthdays and parties, but they’re also good just because. There’s nothing like wowing your guests with an elaborate cake roll they think is magic when really, it’s easier than you think. Trust me: you can make a cake roll. I thought I couldn’t for years and now I can’t stop making them!

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23754 2017-07-31T23:25:35Z 2017-08-03T10:00:21Z Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars – this easy one bowl zucchini bar recipe isn’t quite a cookie or a cake but it’s a delicious soft and sweet dessert full of zucchini and chocolate! Made with SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend, they’re lower in added sugar too! I just went shopping and spent over $200 on […]

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Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars – this easy one bowl zucchini bar recipe isn’t quite a cookie or a cake but it’s a delicious soft and sweet dessert full of zucchini and chocolate! Made with SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend, they’re lower in added sugar too!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars - this easy one bowl zucchini bar recipe isn't quite a cookie or a cake but it's a delicious soft and sweet dessert full of zucchini and chocolate!

I just went shopping and spent over $200 on school supplies – for one kid, and that’s not even including all those things we hear about in the first few weeks of school (i.e. Picture Day, PE uniforms, fundraisers, oh my). I even stuck to the list we got when we went shopping and only got a few things that weren’t on there, like earbuds I know she’ll need (instead of using the communal head phones) and a world map she wanted so she could mark off the countries she’s been too (I’m trying to encourage her love of travel).

I’m very excited for school to start but I know within a month I’ll be longing for the easy summer days…and that’s when I’ll make desserts to remind me of June and July…like recipes with zucchini! Zucchini is everywhere online now, and it’s super cheap in my grocery store so I love adding it to everything: bread, brownies, coffee cake, even pie! Years and years ago I made a zucchini bar recipe that I absolutely loved and when I went to find it on this blog it was nowhere to be found. I decided I needed to remake these bars and instead of adding tons of calories with icing, I used mini chocolate chips instead.

Chocolate > Frosting, if you ask me.

Easy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bars are made in one bowl and are soft like cake but sturdy like a cookie. And they taste delicious!

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Back To School Recipe Plan]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23675 2017-07-20T18:46:50Z 2017-08-01T10:00:54Z Looking for easy back to school ideas? Try these easy recipes to get back into the swing of school, with a side of fun printable to get your kids in the mood! This Back To School Recipe Plan will check off all the boxes on your to-do list. When back to school rolls around I’m […]

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Looking for easy back to school ideas? Try these easy recipes to get back into the swing of school, with a side of fun printable to get your kids in the mood! This Back To School Recipe Plan will check off all the boxes on your to-do list.

When back to school rolls around I’m always so stressed to find the perfect recipes to make that are easy and good. Plus, I always like to send something for the teacher and this year Jordan has 6 teachers!! She’ll probably be the only one bringing gifts to the middle school, lol.

If you’re looking for easy recipes and fun printable and crafts for back to school, look no further. This list has you covered!

This is the perfect Back to School Recipe Plan list!

SLOW COOKER HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN from Your Homebased Mom

CHICKEN WHITE BEAN MOZZARELLA DIP by Reluctant Entertainer

CHICKEN SALSA MINI PIZZAS  by The Cookie Writer

CHEESY BEEF & TOMATO SKILLET by Yellow Bliss Road

PEPPERONI PIZZA SLIDERS by Julie’s Eats and Treats

EASY MEXICAN BREAKFAST BURRITOS by Crazy for Crust

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP GRANOLA FROZEN YOGURT BARK by Honey and Birch

PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY CUPCAKES by The Baker Upstairs

BEST RICE KRISPIE TREATS by TidyMom

 

 

CLASSROOM SWEET CLASSROOM PRINTABLE by Eighteen25

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL ALL ABOUT ME INTERVIEWS by Yellow Bliss Road

 

APPLE HOOP ART by Live Laugh Rowe

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Dorothy Kern http://www.crazyforcrust.com <![CDATA[Easy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken]]> http://www.crazyforcrust.com/?p=23718 2017-07-31T14:22:19Z 2017-08-01T10:00:01Z Easy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken – this easy chicken recipe takes is FULL of BBQ sauce flavor and is made in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. The chicken always comes out perfect! Happy August my friends! I can’t believe summer is coming to an end; it seems like just yesterday I was looking […]

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Easy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken – this easy chicken recipe takes is FULL of BBQ sauce flavor and is made in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. The chicken always comes out perfect!

Easy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken - this easy chicken recipe takes is FULL of BBQ sauce flavor and is made in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. The chicken always comes out perfect!

Happy August my friends! I can’t believe summer is coming to an end; it seems like just yesterday I was looking forward to summer and all the fun it afforded and now I’m looking forward to back-to-school and all the freedom that brings!

We’ve had a ton of fun this summer and I’m looking forward to leaving my suitcase unpacked for a month or two. I feel like I’ve been gone more than I’ve been home the past few months, which was fun and exciting, but now I’m looking forward to routine, both with school and with EATING. My summer travel was capped off this past weekend with a girls trip to Reno; a group of moms I’ve known since Jordan was in Kindergarten try to take a trip together each summer. We go for one night and just have FUN without husbands and kids. This year we decided to head to Reno and stay at a big resort, lounge by the pool and go for a nice dinner. It was a blast!

If there is one thing I’m happy about with the ending of summer vacation (well, besides Jordan going back to school) it’s that I hope to have a regular eating routine. I have got to get serious and focus on my eating for awhile. My 40th birthday is in just under 2 months and I want to lose 10 pounds if I can. Wish me luck!

The hardest thing for me about losing weight is my job. I bake cookies and pie for a living – and I have zero willpower. So in the interest of my waistline, I’m going to try to share a dinner recipe once per week to cut down on the amount of sugar going in and out of my kitchen. I have some tried and true recipes I’m going to share with you over the next several weeks, like this easy oven baked barbecue chicken.

Done in under 45 minutes, oven baked barbecue chicken is an easy weeknight meal with tons of flavor!

Easy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken - this easy chicken recipe takes is FULL of BBQ sauce flavor and is made in the oven for a quick weeknight meal. The chicken always comes out perfect!

This BBQ chicken recipe is a spinoff of my easy chicken parmesan. It starts with chicken breasts (or you can use tenders) that are lightly breaded then baked. Halfway through baking you add barbecue sauce on top and the chicken finishes cooking and gets all flavorful and saucy at the same time.

The best part about this chicken recipe: it comes out perfectly every time and is never dry!

Plus, it’s a super easy meal for busy weeknights. You can prepare and bread the chicken ahead of time even, if you know you’ll have limited time in the evening. And kids love it – Jordan usually gripes about chicken because we eat so much of it, but she ate all of her portion and said it was delicious. I think the ample dose of barbecue sauce helped!

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