Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oh man you guys. We’re bringing back the breakfast muffins. Chocolate Chip Muffins are happening today and they are bringing me back to when I was a kid and I’d get a giant muffin every morning for breakfast!  

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Flaky Honey Brioche Bread.

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The BEST Flaky Honey Brioche Bread…for your weekend baking. This light, buttery, super soft, and eggy brioche bread is swirled with hints of sweet honey, and makes for the most delicious, extra fancy companion to your morning coffee. This bread is great on its own, toasted with butter and topped with cinnamon sugar (so  good). […]

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Buckeye Brownies

Buckeye Brownies

These Buckeye Brownies are an easy chocolate and peanut butter brownie recipe based on the popular midwest candy called Buckeye Balls aka Peanut Butter Balls.

Buckeye Brownies are an Easy Chocolate and Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe!

If there was ever a brownie recipe that got a standing ovation, this might be it. Combining peanut butter and chocolate tends to do that to people. I mean, it isn’t a classic flavor combo for nothing…and this is coming from a girl who just ate a spoonful of peanut butter with chocolate chips on it for an afternoon sweet treat.

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Sticky Korean Chicken Wings

With March Madness right around the corner, you better believe I have a great game day recipe for you. Check out these addictive Sticky Korean Chicken Wings! Make these and you’ll be happy even if your bracket is busted! The thing that makes these wings special is a special sauce using Gochujang Korean chili sauce! Luckily, […]

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To Make Ground Beef Truly Great, Just Add Wine. A Lot of Wine.

A Swiss stew packs all of the complex flavors of boeuf Bourguignon into a quick ragu. Get excited about g’hacktes mit hörnli. Almost every meat-centric cuisine in the world has invented a perfect way to cook with ground beef, a recipe that manages to condense the major flavors of that cuisine into an approachable, economical […]

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Shrimp Risotto

This simple shrimp risotto was inspired by a trip to Venice. It’s made with tiny pink shrimp, shallots, parsley, and lemon zest. Super creamy! You’ll think you’re in Italy!

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Brown Sugar Baked Ham with Pineapple

Go retro with this Brown Sugar Baked Ham with Pineapple! Massage brown sugar and spices into the ham 24 hours before you serve it. Cover with pineapple, and bake slow and low for a juicy, succulent Easter or Christmas ham.

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Tres Leches Cake!!

A slice of tres leches cake on a pewter plate, cake is topped with strawberries

Tres Leches Cake: Also known as milk cake, this sweet cake is a classic butter yellow cake that is soaked with a sweet milk syrup and topped with whipped cream and strawberries.  The sweet milk is made up of three different types of milk, hence the name–three milks.

While the name sounds fancy, it’s a simple poke cake, like our favorite Chocolate Poke Cake From Scratch!

A slice of tres leches cake on a pewter plate, cake is topped with strawberries

I am a big fan of desserts, especially desserts like these three ingredient peanut butter cookies, or pecan sandies. I am typically a cookie lover, but sometimes I want cake, and this easy tres leches cake is a total favorite. It is so delicious. And I have a secret that makes this tres leches cake recipe easy too!

Does Tres Leches Cake Have Alcohol?

Typically, no, but you could easily add some rum to the milk syrup if you want some alcohol in it.

The rum goes well with the cinnamon and the milks really well. Just remember, you do not bake the milk syrup. So the alcohol will not be baked off.

Honestly, you can add all kinds of variations to this tres leches cake. I add a little cinnamon to the batter because I love the richness and depth it gives the cake. And I top with fresh strawberries (but this is not necessary).

Tres leches cake on a pewter plate, with berries in the background

How to Make Tres Leches Cake

This cake is made with three layers: Cake, filling, and topping.

I like keeping things eazy peazy (hahaha) and so to make this cake I start this tres leches cake with cake mix. I used a butter yellow cake mix. However, the awesome thing about this recipe is you can use any light colored cake mix you have. White cake mix, yellow cake mix, and butter cake mix all work well.

Of course, you can make the cake from scratch as well. And if you happen to be missing something, check out these baking substitutes.

The filling is made with 3 milks:

    • Evaporated milk
    • Sweetened condensed milk
    • Heavy cream

If you do not want your cake too sweet, then cut down on the sweetened condensed milk and replace it with equal parts heavy cream.

The topping is a whipped cream topping. It is a homemade whipped cream that uses heavy whipping cream, a little powdered sugar, and vanilla.

Tres leches cake with strawberries on a grey plate, with a bowl of cut up strawberries on the side

Strawberry tres leches cake is amazing. The strawberries are a really fun addition. This is a very sweet cake, so adding the berries adds just a little tartness that can cut through the sweet.

More Delicious Poke Cakes You’ll Love:

  • Divorce Cake – hubby’s fave!
  • Chocolate Caramel Cake – perfect combo of chocolate and caramel
  • Red White and Blue Poke Cake – festive!
  • Creamsicle Orange Poke Cake – be reminded of your favorite summer treat!
  • Coconut Caramel Poke Cake

While the actual person who first created the tres leches is unknown, it does have Latin American roots. It was created many years ago and has evolved through the years into a standard celebration cake in certain regions of Mexico and even Nicaragua.

Whoever created it, let’s all take a moment to thank them for this sweet, delicious cake!

tres leches cake in a white pan with the holes poked in on top of a cooling rack

If you do not want to add fresh berries to the top of your tres leches cake, you can add a sprinkle of cinnamon to add some color and make it look great.

How long is Tres Leches Cake good for in the fridge?

Once a tres leches cake is covered with the sweet milk syrup, and topped with the whipped cream topping, it will last 4-5 days with refrigeration, but is best consumed within the first 48 hours.

The cake soaks up the liquid you dump over it, but it can get “soggy” if it sits too long. It is a nice moist, delicious cake, much like this banana pudding cake. But it can’t sit as long as other cakes without going bad.

Tres leches

Tres leches cake is a deliciously sweet cake that is soaked in milk syrup and topped with whipped cream.

  • 1 package butter yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 ounces)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Garnish (Optional):

  • Berries
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F Grease a 13×9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

  3. Beat with a hand mixer to combine until well incorporated. Pour into prepared pan.

  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.

  5. In a large bowl combine evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy cream together. Whisk topping ingredients until combined.
  6. Use a chopstick or skewer, and generously poke holes in top of the warm cake. Pour milk mixture slowly over cake, and let the mixture absorb and fill the holes.

  7. Refrigerate, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  8. Just before serving, add cream, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla, and beat until it begins to thicken. Continue to beat until soft peaks form. Spread over cake.

  9. Serve with sliced strawberries (optional)

Tres Leches Cake is a fresh and delicious dessert! It begins with a classic butter yellow cake, soaked with a sweet milk syrup made with three different types of milk; evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream, and then finished with whipped cream and strawberries. #spendwithpennies #tresleches #easydessert #milkcake #classicdessert #dessertrecipe #cakerecipe
Tres Leches Cake is a fresh and delicious dessert! It begins with a classic butter yellow cake, soaked with a sweet milk syrup made with three different types of milk; evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream, and then finished with whipped cream and strawberries. #spendwithpennies #tresleches #easydessert #milkcake #classicdessert #dessertrecipe #cakerecipe

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Spring Pasta Carbonara

Spring Pasta Carbonara is going down in history as one of the best things I’ve ever made! 

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Asian Vegetable Stir Fry

This Asian Vegetable Stir Fry recipe is packed with vegetables like broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, bell pepper and cabbage. The veggies are stir fried with a simple Asian-style sauce.

Asian Vegetable Stir Fry served over rice

We absolutely love this dish when we’re looking for something light and healthy for dinner. I serve it up with a little bit of grilled chicken for a complete meal.  But if you’re vegetarian, or if you just enjoy eating a meatless meal once in a while, it’s totally delicious served over rice or Asian noodles too.

serving of Asian Vegetable Stir Fry

Asian Vegetables:

There are a lot of Asian vegetables, and they’re not all in this dish.  If you’d like to try swapping out a few of the vegetables in this recipe for something else, I do have a few suggestions.  My advice to you is to visit your local Asian market, and you’ll find a lot of vegetables there that you won’t spot in a traditional grocery store.

Yardlong beans, also called asparagus beans, are great to add to a stir fry.  Mustard greens and garlic chives are also delicious additions to an Asian Vegetable Stir Fry. Japanese eggplant is delicious too.  Choy Sum is similar to Bok Choy and can be used in a stir fry.  These would all be interesting additions, so give them a try!

Asian Vegetable Stir Fry served over rice

Jasmine rice is my favorite rice to make for serving with this Asian Vegetable Stir Fry.  It’s light and fluffy, and it has a good texture.  It also cooks quickly- in about 15 minutes.  Chinese style noodles (sold in your market’s International aisle) are easy to make, and they’re good when served with stir fry too.

If you’re a fan of stir fry recipes, you might also enjoy my Three Pea Stir Fry (a medley stir fry of three different kinds of peas).  My Lemony Stir Fried Sugar Snap Peas are pretty delicious too!

serving of Asian Vegetable Stir Fry

If you’re on the hunt for more Asian- style recipes, you might enjoy trying some of these:

  • Asian Chicken Salad
  • Udon Noodles with Asian Vegetables and Peanut Sauce
  • Asian Turkey Salad
  • Slow Cooker Asian Braised Beef
  • Seared Asian Tuna Steaks
  • Asian Spiced Pork Tenderloin


Asian Vegetable Stir Fry

This simple stir fry recipe is a website favorite!

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, (sliced into strips)
  • 1 medium garlic clove, (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4 cup julienned carrots
  • 6 shiitake mushrooms, (sliced into slivers)
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1 cup bok choy or Napa cabbage, (shredded)
  • 3 tablespoons fat free chicken broth ((for Vegan- use Vegan broth))
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  1. In a large skillet or wok, combine oil, water, broccoli, bell pepper, garlic and ginger. Cook on medium heat for 1 minute. Add carrots, mushrooms, cashews and cabbage and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  2. Whisk together broth, soy sauce and cornstarch; add to vegetable mixture and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  3. Serve alone or over rice or noodles.
  • Weight Watcher POINTS per serving (divided into 4 servings):  Freestyle SmartPoints:  4, Points Plus Program: 4, Old Points Program: 4
  • This may be a side dish or a main dish served over noodles or rice.
  • Reduce fat/calories by using less oil.
  • If preparing this as a gluten free dish, be sure to use a brand of soy sauce that is designated as GF.

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Spring Pasta Carbonara

Spring Pasta Carbonara is going down in history as one of the best things I’ve ever made! 

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One Skillet Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken and Orzo.

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One Skillet Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken and Orzo, the perfect spring time dinner that’s quick, easy, and healthy…ish. Pan seared chicken breasts, stuffed with goat cheese, walnuts, basil, and honey. Cooked together with orzo pasta for a complete dinner made in just ONE skillet. There’s even some Tuscan kale thrown in for a pop of […]

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Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

I am currently writing this while it is hailing outside (!!) while a very vintage (circa 2011) episode of Real Housewives of New York plays on in the background. I guess you could say it’s a splendid, wonderful day filled with positivity and bright light! These overnight cinnamon rolls are sooooo good. I’m not gonna lie, cinnamon rolls are a labor of love. They require two rises, making three separate components (the dough, the filling and the glaze), assembling, chilling, slicing, etc. That’s why I am a firm believer of dividing the work in half. It’s like an interest-free loan when buying a high-ticket item, you know? If you do/pay a little at a time, it doesn’t sting as much! I like to do three things the night before: – Make the dough – Make the filling – Make the glaze It makes it SO much easier the next day. You’ll still have work to do the next day, but dividing it by half makes it a breeze! The next day you’ll have this on your to-do list: – Assemble the rolls – Slice up the rolls – Let them rise – Bake them – Smother them with the glaze […]

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Moroccan Spiced Dinner

Spices are very important in Moroccan cuisine. Common spices include cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, paprika, coriander, saffron, mace, cloves, fennel, anise, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, fenugreek, caraway, black pepper, and sesame seeds. Twenty-seven spices are combined for the famous Moroccan spice mixture called “ras el hanout”.

Due to its location on the Mediterranean Sea, the country is rich in natural resources and meals are usually built around seafood, lamb or poultry. The Moroccan national dish is a tagine or stew named for a special pot that is used for cooking. Common ingredients include chicken or lamb, almonds, hard-boiled eggs, prunes, lemons, tomatoes, and other vegetables. The tajine, like other Moroccan dishes, is known for its distinctive flavoring, which comes from spices that may include saffron, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and ground red pepper. Give this Moroccan inspired recipe a try.

Moroccan Spiced Chicken


1 tablespoon chili paste (harissa or sambal oelek)
1/2 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 tablespoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 orange, zested, then cut into segments
2 tablespoons oil
4 bone-in chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup diced cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup green olives
1/4 cup chopped preserved lemon
Couscous, recipe below


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Heat a wide, deep braising pan over medium-high heat.

In a small bowl, combine the chili paste, paprika, turmeric, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, allspice, cardamom, cayenne, orange zest, and 1 tablespoon oil. Stir to form a paste.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper; rub half of the spice mixture on both sides of the chicken thighs.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the heated pan. Sear the chicken skin-side down until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and brown the other side. Remove the chicken to a plate.

Add the garlic, onion and remaining spice mixture to the same pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to medium and cook until the onions are softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Return the chicken to the pan along with the tomatoes, chicken stock, olives, preserved lemon, and sliced oranges. Cover the pan and place it in the oven to braise for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Uncover and continue to braise until the chicken is tender, another 15 to 20 minutes.



1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole wheat couscous
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ¼ cups no salt added chicken broth


Bring the chicken broth and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour in the couscous and the olive oil, give a quick stir, cover and turn off the heat. Let sit for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork to break up any lump and serve.

Cucumber Salad


1 English cucumber, sliced thin
1 scallion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed.


Combine all the ingredients in a serving bowl. Mix well, cover the dish and refrigerate several hours before serving.

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The Michelada

Because I’m desperately craving spring, I’m also craving spring cocktails!  When the weather finally heats up, I can guarantee you that I’ll have a jug of this Michelada Recipe on standby in my fridge. It’s the perfect light drink and goes well with all kinds of meals. Personally, I like it as a happy hour drink especially […]

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The Danish Still Matters

The days of cupcakes and Cronuts are behind us. It’s time to take a fresh look at an old pastry-case friend. I’ve never taken breakfast all that seriously. As a kid, it was a bowl or two of Sugar Smacks mindlessly spooned while watching The Great Space Coaster; in high school, it was a Coke, […]

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Don’t Throw Out the Leek Greens

The sweet, colorful allium is a perfect starting point for chaotic, hungry dinnertime improvisation. Cooking without a recipe can be wild and reckless. Anything can be questioned. Rules can be broken. You can bastardize things you’ve already tried, amalgamate dishes you love into irresistible culinary monstrosities, turn the mundane into something great. When it’s time […]

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Baby Bok Choy with Cashews

Bok choy is quick and easy! You can make bok choy that is simple yet delicious in just 15-minutes. All you need is baby bok choy, olive oil, garlic, green onions, and roasted, salted cashews.

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Twice Baked Southwestern Sweet Potatoes

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Southwestern toppings are the BEST! Black beans, corn, bell peppers, and creamy queso fresco make this a colorful and filling main dish all on its own. Score!

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Baked Butternut Squash

This Baked Butternut Squash recipe is one of our favorite easy side dishes. It only has 5 ingredients and tastes amazing! You can slice it or mash it and serve it alongside a roast or a meatloaf, or serve it as a delicious side with minimal prep work! 

Oven baked butternut squash is super packed with nutrients and available year-round. It even freezes well in plastic freezer bags for single servings. Just pull them out, add the toppings, and reheat!

Baked Butternut squash on a wood plate ready to serve

How to Bake Butternut Squash

The most important thing about baked butternut squash halves, is how to prep them properly! Lay the whole squash on a towel and slice a small portion off the bottom. This creates a solid stand for slicing in half from top to bottom. Slice the squash lengthwise.

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up).
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds and the stringy bits.
  3. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle of spice (we love using pumpkin pie spice) and bake.

It’s that easy! To enjoy, slice, and serve!

Squash halved and sprinkled with brown sugar for making Baked Butternut squash

How Long to Bake Butternut Squash

When you are getting ready to bake a butternut squash sliced in half, make sure the oven is preheated and ready to go.

It can take anywhere from 50 to 60 minutes to fully bake a butternut squash, and it is best to bake in the center of the oven to ensure even baking on both sides.

The butternut squash should be tender when pierced with a fork, similar to most squashes, sweet potatoes and baked potatoes.

Baked Butternut Squash on a sheet pan ready to serve

More Recipes You’ll Love

  • How to Cook Acorn Squash – super delicious
  • Roasted Butternut Squash – one of my favorites
  • Spaghetti Squash Casserolekid favorite
  • Butternut Squash Soup – Creamy, dreamy and delicious!
  • How to Cook Spaghetti Squash In The Microwave – seriously easy

How to Serve Butternut Squash

You can eat butternut squash as is for a delicious side dish! Serve it sliced and seasoned.

We sometimes scoop baked butternut squash into a bowl and mash it just like our fave Mashed Potatoes. Stir in your favorite seasonings, a bit of cream or sour cream, some butter (of course) and mash it until smooth.

Baked Butternut Squash

This baked butternut squash recipe is one of our favorite easy side dishes. It only has 5 ingredients and tastes amazing! 

  • 1 large butternut squash (3-4 lbs)
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)
  • salt to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy bits.
  4. Brush the squash with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon (or pie spice).
  5. Place on a baking sheet cut side up and bake 50-60 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  6. Slice or mash with butter to serve.

This baked butternut squash is made in the oven with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar to create an easy fall side dish that takes almost no prep. We love easy butternut squash in the oven with roast dinner! #spendwithpennies #squash #bakedbuternutsquash #roastedsquash #butternutsquash #easybutternutsquash #ovenbakedsquash #bakedsquash
This baked butternut squash is made in the oven with butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar to create an easy fall side dish that takes almost no prep. We love easy butternut squash in the oven with roast dinner! #spendwithpennies #squash #bakedbuternutsquash #roastedsquash #butternutsquash #easybutternutsquash #ovenbakedsquash #bakedsquash

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