brown sugar brownies

aka blondie bites

just another one of my crowd-pleasing miniature desserts : )


i love brownies. i love blondies. i also love all things miniature, which is where this recipe comes in. i used this blondie bar recipe  a few times before i realized that although they are sensational, i hate cutting them into squares. lame, i know. i did some experimentation and adjusted the temperature to turn these bars into bites using a mini muffin pan. genius, i know i know.


recipe //

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup crushed chocolate candy (my favorite is peanut butter cups)

preheat oven to 350 degrees. melt butter. mix brown sugar and melted butter – mix well. cool slightly. add egg and vanilla. blend well. in separate mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. slowly mix with wet ingredients. mix in chocolate chips & crushed chocolate candy. scoop out into greased mini muffin tray. bake for 10-15  minutes. store in airtight container at room temperature.

**this recipe is also featured in the cookbook i created. check it out here



Fun Fact: I like to Mix Cereal

I remember when I was a wee child, the first thing I learned to make in the kitchen was cereal.  It was easy enough cereal + milk = deliciousness.

Now as a full grown sophisticated adult (at least, I like to think), it’s still one of my favorite things to eat, especially when there is just no time for anything else.

Over the years, I have tried every cereal flavor out there. All of them. Seriously.  And for the most part I love them all.  So now when I go to eat cereal, I can’t just pick one.

So I mix them and its amazing.

My fiance would disagree because he’s one of those weirdos that hates when food is mixed or touching. No offense to those that have similar eating styles. To you all, I’m probably the weirdo.

SO with no further ado here are some of my favorite combos.


Love how the sweetness from the Rice Krispies Treats compliments the Raisin Bran Crunch. While the treats gets soggy the raisin bran stays crunchy.


The Cocoa Puffs allows for the Capn Crunch to get a little chocolatey. Great combo.


This is an obvious combo. Delicious fruitiness.


The Cinnamon Toast Crunch really gives the Raisin Bran an added flavor profile with the cinnamon and sugar. This is good stuff.


Oh yes, this is a total no-brainer. This combo is a great variety of textures with that same honey sweetness. Oh btw, the milk at the end tastes AMAZING!


Ah yes, this combo of Rice Krispies Treats and Cocoa Puffs is waaay better than any chocolate krispies cereal alone. I love the variety in texture and how everything doesn’t get soggy right away. Yummy!

Now it’s your turn! Let me know if your a little wierd like me and like to mix your cereal.  Would love to know what kind of combos you’ve come up with and I would love to try.


sara travels the world: cabo san lucas

a few weeks ago i took a little trip to Mexico. The Mr.’s cousin got married and the ceremony (as well as every single detail) was the most beautiful thing. stunning. it was pouring rain in SF the entire time i was gone. #perfecttiming i spent 4 glorious days soaking up the sun, enjoying beach-side breakfasts and relaxing in a totally wifi-free zone.  if it’s cold where you are, here are some pictures to warm you up : ) and pardon me while i begin planning my next rendezvous there.


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Strawberry Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

So this idea came to me on the fly on super bowl Sunday couple weeks ago.  I was driving home to my Dad’s house for some pizza and intense football viewing (we are huge Bronco fans), and I called my dad to ask if we had something for dessert.  Typically my Dad will purchase 6-8 pizzas (remember I have 4 grown brothers who can throw down some pizza) but he always forgets the dessert.  So on this phone conversation, my Dad told me not to worry and that we could find something to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Once I got there, I walked in to find a tube of crescent roll dough on the kitchen counter.  My dad looked at me quizzically and said, “you think you can whip up something delicious with that?”  My dad also knows that I love to bake so he was giving me free reign to make something good.   I rummaged through my family’s fridge, found some strawberry jam and some cream cheese and BAM! The idea hit me.  Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Crescent rolls. YUM!



1-8oz can of crescent dough
1 tbsp of sugar (use more if you would like it be sweeter)
4 tablespoons of cream cheese
8 tsp of strawberry jam


1. Mix Cream Cheese and sugar with a spoon
2.Unroll the crescent dough according to directions
2. Place 1/2 tablespoon of cream cheese in the middle of the triangle
3. Place 1 tsp of strawberry jam on top of the cream cheese
4. Wrap all three corners on top of each other
5. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees




easiest homemade Naan pizza

the other night i was scrounging to figure out what to make The Mr for dinner. we’d been having leftovers for the past few nights and it was beginning to be a bit much. as i was searching through the refrigerator to find something that we hadn’t already eaten this week i stumbled upon a package of Naan bread i had recently purchased on a whim. the Naan came in a 2-pack and resulted in perfectly proportioned homemade pizzas. just call me Martha Stewart.


three simple ingredients :

– mozzarella cheese (sliced or shredded, whatever you have on hand)

– pasta or pizza sauce (i always use pasta sauce when making homemade pizzas. A) we never have pizza sauce in the house B) it’s more flavorful when making a plain cheese pizza)

– Naan bread (or pre-made pizza dough – whatever you’ve got. the beauty of this recipe was i just improvised and didn’t have to run to the store)



Mix It Up 2: Tart Deco and Mint Apple

Its that time to update you all on my bi-weekly series called Mix It Up! Where I change my nail polish every two weeks and show you my latest color combinations.

This week its two Essie colors called Tart Deco and Mint Candy Apple.  I threw Pure Pearlfection in there because I loved it so much last time when I paired it with Bikini So Teeny.

Now I have to be honest.  I am not a huge fan of Tart Deco on my nails.  I do not think it goes well with my skin tone because it makes the polish look more orange than a pinkish coral color… but that’s just me. Otherwise, I love the accent nail with Candy Apple Mint.  I will definitely be using Candy Apple Mint again.

Essie Colors: Candy Apple Mint, Pure Pearlfection & Tart Decotartdesklamp



What do you all think? Does the tart deco look orangy to you?