Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These chocolate chip cookie bars come out perfect every time and are incredibly easy to make! They are soft and chewy with ample chocolate chips in every bite! (That is what we love- right?!). Add to this the fact that it doesn’t require a mixer or chilling the dough- even better! In fact, my kids actually bake this up more often than I do.

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Shot Glass Desserts : Sweetness Personified

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Mini desserts have been trending for a while and it seems like they are here to stay. Perfectly portioned for individual servings, allowing us to sample a variety of them in one sitting! Align them up on your dessert table and they look absolutely stunning.
I enjoy making these mini-desserts for parties we host at home. Inevitably, I end up getting carried away, and try out new combinations and old-time favorites. This results in needing over 50 shot glasses to serve this deliciousness in. So a special thanks to my awesome neighbor for always lending these to me, as a frantically whatsapp her at odd hours!
Here are my four favorite shot glass desserts to share with you. They are easy to put together and that one spoonful is enough to take you to dessert heaven!(Yes, that’s a place!) Continue reading

Four Super Smoothies!

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I have always loved making smoothies, and was recently gifted a ‘NutriBullet’ as a birthday present! Best birthday present ever! Smoothies are quick to make, filling, and if you add the right ingredients, – nutritious too! (Just FYI, I classify chocolate as a very nutritious ingredient!). And what’s more, they even look pretty!

The last couple months, I have over indulged in the holiday season with multiple turkey dinners and sweet treats galore! So this past week, I tried to get back on track, by making smoothies for either breakfast or lunch. Here for you are some of my favorite ‘go-to’ smoothies.

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Holiday baking!

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There is really nothing better than the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house! As December rolls around, I start my holiday baking. I love trying out new cookie recipes, old time favorites, some desserts and even breads. And then I try some chocolate chips straight out of the bag- you know, just to make sure they are good for baking! They always are, but best to check!

There is something about taking a bite into a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie that has bits of chocolate chunks in it that have perfectly melted and the cookie is still warm. Could you stop at just one? I try and resist and not eat the whole tray, but they are calling out to me!

Here are some of my favorites I baked this past week and handed them out as holiday gifts.

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Let’s Talk Turkey!

blogheaderIt seems ironic that my second post revolves around food after I wrote at length about my fitness obsession just last week. Oh well! I love the holiday season – the food, shopping, family, friends, the festive atmosphere – and did I already mention the glorious food!!

Thanksgiving dinners in the past have always been with my friend making the showstopper turkey and the rest of us bringing sides. This year things shaped up differently somehow. Apart from the excitement that Gilmore Girls is coming back this weekend (can’t wait for it, but that has to be another post), there was more excitement for Thanksgiving than I had anticipated.

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My friend Najla graciously offered to host Thanksgiving this year. Yay! She would make the bird and we would all bring sides. I offered to make yams and a green bean casserole. It was my tried and tested recipe – I had nothing to worry about. Somehow during the hundreds of WhatsApp messages exchanged for the Thanksgiving dinner (because what is the purpose of WhatsApp if you don’t have a gazillion messages on a group), it became apparent that we would need two good-sized turkeys. I suggested she do her traditional turkey and make another one with some Pakistani spices. She loved that idea. I told her a friend of mine – Saniya, had done it in the past and it was always a huge success. Fast forward 45 WhatsApp messages later and this is what transpired…..

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