Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cookies

These Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cookies are the perfect cookie to take you into Autumn, not to mention they taste like Coffee Cake, which means it's totally acceptable to eat for breakfast.

You're welcome.

 Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cookies Recipe #cinnamon #cinnamonchips #coffeecake #cookierecipe

Or is that just me who will eat a cookie for breakfast before eating a healthy meal?

Well, okay, I willll drink a smoothie. I just dont want to take the time to cook a healthy meal for breakfast, sit down and eat it, wasting all that time I could be sleeping!

Enter coooooookie! A cookie you can eat for breakfast and not feel guilty about...

It does have struessel after all!

Struessel is usually found on a muffin. Muffins are breakfast food. Ergo: Struessel = breakfast. Ergo Ergoooo (these) cookies = breakfast.

Math always was my best subject.

 Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cookie Recipe #cinnamon #coffeecake #cookie

But in all honesty, these cookies were made for someone.

More specifically, every child out there that is going through devastation. Childhood cancer claims more lives in children than any other disease, and it is time for it to come to an end.

OXO kindly sent me some cookie tools to get busy baking in the kitchen (hardly something I need an excuse for), and I just fell in love with everything they sent me.

I now have two of their cookie scoops, but really, can you ever have too many of those?! #morecookies! It is really sturdy and gives you perfect portions for your cookies. No more rolling necessary!

Their cookie spatula is perfect for lifting the cookies off the tray, and it is silicone, so you dont have to worry about the cookie sticking to the spatula.

They also sent their 3 piece spatula set (can you ever have too many of those either?!), as well as their new dusting wand and some really pretty white measuring cups and spoons. I am truly obsessed with OXO products, and I just fall even more in love with companies that have huge hearts for kids!

OXO has teamed up with Cookies for Kid's Cancer to help bring an end to childhood cancer. When you buy any OXO product with this sticker on it, OXO will donate 25 cents in support for pediatric cancer! How amazing is that?!

 OXO Cookies for Kids Cancer Sticker

In addition to that, for every blogger that posts a cookie recipe in the month of September in support of the #BakeADifference campaign, OXO is donating $100 to Cookies for Kids Cancer.

That is a campaign I can get on board with :)

So get out there, buy some awesome OXO products (with the #cookiesforkids sticker on it, donate a few cents to the campaign, and go home and make some cookies for breakfast!

Talk about killing three birds with one stone! ;)

 Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cookies Recipe

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cookies
makes roughly 3 dozen


-2 1/4 cups cake flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 pinch nutmeg, or freshly ground
-3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
-3/4 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
-1 tsp kosher salt

-2 tsp vanilla extract
-2 eggs
-6 oz Cinnamon Chips (like chocolate chips, found in grocery stores)

for the streussel:

-3/4 cup cake flour (or all-purpose flour)
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-1/4 cup softened butter
-1/4 cup pecan chips (chopped pecans)


1. Preheat oven to 350°F, spray 3 baking trays with non-stick spray.

2. In a bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attached, combine together the butter and both sugars, beating on high until light and fluffy (roughly 5 minutes).

4. Turn mixer to low, and add salt, vanilla and both eggs. Return to high and beat until combined.

5. Turn mixer to low again, and slowly add in the flour mixture, scraping the sides with OXO spatulas when needed.

6. Using a spatula, fold in the cinnamon chips until combined. Set aside.

7. In another bowl, combine the streussel ingredients, stirring and smashing with a fork.

8. Scoop out cookies onto the three baking trays using an OXO cookie scoop. Using a spoon, press the tops of the cookies in to form a "bowl" for the streussel to sit in. Scoop out roughly 1/2 tsp worth of the streussel on top of the cookie, pressing in if needed.

9. Bake cookies in preheated oven roughly 10-13 minutes, until starting to golden brown on the sides. Remove and allow to cool before enjoying.

Disclosure: OXO sent me some of their cookie tools to make this recipe. I would not promote products I do not believe in. OXO is one of my favorite brands and I often buy their products because I love them. Their quality is top notch and I also love the things they stand for.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Upscale Football Party with Tiziano Wines

Any party that includes these beautiful Shrimp Caprese Skewers and Parmigiano Onion Bread is a party I will be crashing, even if it does have to do with football. The real winners are these appetizers anyway, and they pair perfectly with wine. Football parties no longer need to be beer and tater tots (not that I would complain about those either!)

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It's football time again. How did that come around so fast?!

I have to be honest and say that I am really not a football fan, but I will also say I will attend any party that has food and alcohol.

Heck, I would host a party if food and alcohol showed up as guests! #sorrynotsorry

I mean, how fun would it be to have a "classy" football party? Wine and finger food anyone?

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Two things I absolutely love are all things grilled, and all things Caprese. So why not combine the two beautes?! I had never tried Shrimp Caprese, so I challenged myself to do just that.

Goodness, I didn't know Caprese could get any better but oh, yes it does! Adding grilled shrimp is just the perfect addition! And talk about a perfect football party food.

Tiziano's Pinot Grigio pairs amazingly with these Shrimp Caprese Skewers, because the crisp flavor of the sweet citrus brings out the bold flavor of the tomatoes. The wine also pairs nicely with shrimp, so I couldn't go wrong there! You will love this pairing!

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Just sayin', if you want to make these at your football party, you might just have an extra person (read: me) show up at your party.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

No-Churn Biscoff Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Simple and creamy Biscoff Ice Cream that doesn't require an ice cream maker! The addition of mini chocolate chips will send this ice cream over the top!

 No Churn Biscoff Ice Cream recipe photo #Biscoff #nochurn #icecream #recipe

Does it feel like ages since we've last conversed?

That's because it has. Literally I aged since we last spoke.

I turned 27.


I woke up one day and suddenly felt old and like I have to act like an adult. Now how is that fair?!

And yet, as circumstances stand, you would think we are not adults. My husband, afterall, is an animator and - by definition - gets to be a child for the rest of his life.

That and the fact we are living with family **still** since the animation industry is at an all-time low at the moment.

Try as we may, this industry is doing whatever it can to knock us back down on our butts. But we keep standing up again. Because that's all we can do.

Stand up and try again.

Every single time we question if now is the time to move on to a different industry, our amazing Lord tells us otherwise.

Matt will prevail with animation and we will be stronger because of it.

And for now we stay where God has asked us to be, because there is no question that He has placed us here in our hometown of the Biggest Little City Reno, NV for a reason.

....Just thought you might be wondering what these last few months have looked like for us!

It hasnt been easy, but we know there is a greater plan at work. And I can't wait to see where it goes!

In the meantime, let's talk about this ice cream!

 No Churn Biscoff Ice Cream recipe image #Biscoff #nochurn #icecream #recipe

I would be lying if I told you my favorite food to eat was dessert. I know... #foodbloggerfail.

But if you set a plate of chips and dip in front of me right next to a cake, I must say I will go for the chips and dip every time.

Sorry not sorry ;)

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Roasted Red Pepper and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese

You will not regret trying this amazing twist on the grilled cheese with extra sharp cheddar cheese, parmigiano reggiano, roasted red peppers and prosciutto! Delicious!

Roasted Red Pepper and Proscuitto Grilled Cheese | Carla's Confections #recipe #grilledcheese #roastedpepper #prosciutto

May is National Grilled Cheese Month, and with my love of sandwiches, there was no way I was going to let that pass by without celebrating!

But before we start the grilled cheese party, let me update you on my life, because it seems every time we talk, there is something new to tell.

I am currently writing this post from a third story hotel room in the heart of the Alphabet District in Portland, OR. How is that for something new!

The hubs got a short term (three week) job up here working on a commercial, and the company was generous enough to put us up in a hotel for the duration which means one thing: I get to eat my way around Portland for three weeks!

We are not expecting to be able to make Portland home (been there, done that, didn't work last time), so we are just taking it day by day and enjoying the three week vaca that I get!

Yesterday was the first day in roughly 6 months that I had absolutely nothing to do except enjoy myself.

I was a weird day! But I loved it. And the good thing about this hotel, is it has a full kitchen, which means I can cook if I want to, but lets be real: who wants to cook when they are in the hub of amazing restaurants, food carts and coffee shops?!

I will be recording my adventures, so follow along my three week journey here in Portland, and in the meantime, head over to GoodLife Eats to get the recipe for this Roasted Red Pepper and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mini Crustless Kale and Broccoli Quiches

These Mini Kale and Broccoli Quiches are the perfect on-the-go breakfast to get your day the healthy and satisfying kick it needs!


I am just in love with springtime. I love that it brings on new life, beautiful colors, warm weather, and an excuse to eat ice cream.


I meant a reason to eat healthy!

No but really, I don't know what it is, but something about spring makes me think of eating quiche.

I just want to make it all the time, and keep enough on hand to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I dont see anything wrong with that scenario!

Whether you love it as much as me or not, make sure to make some for your kids or yourself to have a perfectly easy breakfast (or lunch or dinner) on-the-go, and make some extra to freeze (and give to me of course!)...

You'll find this baby over at Goodlife Eats today!

Happy (almost) Easter everyone!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Quinoa and Chia Seed Toasted Granola Bars

An updated version of delicious Quinoa and Chia Seed Toasted Granola Bars that will give you a perfect start to the day, AND they are kid-approved!

 Quinoa and Chia Seed Toasted Granola Bars Recipe Title Photo | Carla's Confections #granolabars #quinoa #chiaseed

Isn't it funny how fast time seems to go? I mean, how is it already April? It literally feels like time is slipping through our fingers. And although I only work 30 hours a week in my outside job, it seems as though I have NO time on my hands. Between the job, three different bible studies I am a part of, volunteering at church as well as church services in itself, hanging with friends and family and everything else going on, the blog has unfortunately taken a back burner. And I am not sure why either, because the blog is the job that I am passionate about. There seems to be something wrong with that!

I go back and look at some of the photos I have taken and my heart does a little leap. Does that happen to you with your job?

I think that's when you know you are doing what you love. When your heart leaps and you can't wait to get back to doing that very thing!

I finally got the chance this week to make some new recipes and get pictures of them, and it brought me back to how much I love this whole blog thing! As crazy and time consuming as it is, I really do love it! And I hope you love listening to me ramble about it too! ;)

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Speaking of new recipes, have you heard of ZipList? It is a pretty awesome tool that is reaching across the blogoshpere, and it makes it super easy for you to save recipes to your very own recipe box and even add the ingredients from any recipe you love to a digital shopping list so you dont have to write it all down and then forget the list at home (yes I am very guilty of this!!).

Now ZipList is a part of Carla's Confections and right at your finger tips to get started on trying your favorite recipes easier than ever! Right under the recipe title on Carla's Confections, you will see a "save recipe" button that you can do just that! As well as on my main navigation, you will find two new buttons: Recipe Box and Shopping List where it will take you straight to your pages where you can add ingredients to your shopping list, and review all the recipes you have saved. You just need to create a free account and youre free to go!

Pretty cool huh? Let's get to cookin!

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I made this recipe as a guest post for another blog a while back, and while it is well liked, there has been a lot of questions regarding it, so it is high time to answer the questions and show you my updated version.

I tested this recipe four different ways, just to make sure I had it all right, just so YOU can have the best tasting, and best "stuck-together" version of these granola bars.

I made the four different versions all in one day, so you can imagine how many granola bars I had sitting around the house! Thank goodness they are healthy for you, otherwise we'd all be 400 pounds!

One of my favorite things when I make recipes is to see everyone else enjoying them, and even better than that is when kids enjoy them. You know how brutal kids can be with food. They won't hold back if they don't like something, so it is like Christmas seeing kids devouring this stuff.

I was able to watch not one, but TWO kids scarfing these granola bars down, and it literally made my day! And the best part about it is how stinking healthy they are! Packed full of chia seeds, quinoa, flax seed, peanut butter, and tons of other healthy ingredients, you won't have to worry about your kids eating those sugar-filled storebought granola bars. And they will be non the wiser with how delicious these are!

It is spring and the best time to be packing your kids these healthy snacks! And I won't judge if you steal some for yourselves too!

Happy Spring!

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Quinoa & Chia Seed Toasted Granola Bars | Printable Recipe

makes roughly 14 bars


-2 cups old fashioned oats
-1/2 cup raw or roasted sunflower seeds
-1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
-1/4 cup chia seeds
-1/2 cup ground flaxseed (also called flax meal)
-1/2 cup raw almonds, roughly chopped
-1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
-1/2 cup honey
-1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
-pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg (a couple grinds of fresh nutmeg if using)
-1/4 cup raisins
-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F/190˚C. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper, and lay out the oats, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and roughly chopped almonds on the baking sheet and toast in the preheated oven 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, combine the peanut butter and honey in a small bowl, stirring with a fork to combine.

3. Once the oats mixture are golden brown, combine those, along with the remaining dry ingredients into a large bowl and stir roughly to combine. Add in the peanut butter/honey mixture and mix well to combine.

4. Line an 8x8 roasting pan with parchment paper and turn out the combined mixture into the pan, pressing down with a spatula to get as even and flat as possible.

5. Place bars in the fridge minimum of a couple hours to firm up. Remove and cut into desired bar sizes and store in the fridge in an airtight container until ready to eat.


-This is a soft, chewy granola bar recipe; if they are stored at room temperature, they will not hold together. They need to be stored in cold temperatures to stay together. They will start to fall apart if they are out of the fridge too long.

-Bars should be good to eat for at least a couple weeks when stored in the refrigerator.

-Feel free to substitute craisins for the raisins, different nuts or any chocolate variety you would like.

-Yes the quinoa is uncooked. I promise you will love the added crunch it gives the bars :)

Recipe adapted from Carla's Confections, which was inspired by Two Peas and their Pod

© Carla's Confections 2014

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Baked Shrimp Po' Boy with Sriracha Mayo

Seriously mouth watering sandwich that will take you down south! This Baked Shrimp Po' Boy with Sriracha Mayo will certainly have your heart singing. Not to mention your stomach a-growlin! ;)

 Baked Shrimp Po' Boy Recipe | Carla's Confections #shrimp #poboyrecipe #poboy #sriracha #srirachamayo

Can I just tell you that I have seriously been wanting to make this sandwich for over a year?!

And then I had to go and have one of the best versions of it in Portland, only ever-so-slightly raising the bar for myself to make it.

I was sort of extremely nervous to make an at-home version, because, I mean, can you really compete with the best??

The answer, my friends...


Every. Time. I. Look. At. These. Photos. I. Crave. Another. One.

I really could not be more impressed with the way these turned out. We even had leftovers the next day and they were just as good! (If you want to go this route, see notes at bottom of recipe) And I still want more! Every single day.

 Baked Shrimp Po' Boy Recipe | Carla's Confections #shrimp #poboyrecipe #poboy #sriracha #srirachamayo

I am a fairly new convert of Sriracha hot sauce, but for no other reason than I haven't had many things that I would think Sriracha would taste good on, if that statement makes any sense.

Even though I have only had it a few times in my life, I instantly knew that on my version of Shrimp Po' Boys needed Sriracha Mayonnaise.

I absolutely guarantee there will be no going back once you cross the Sriracha Mayo line.

Nor will you want to go back!

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