Kitchen Treaty

Navigation Menu

Thick & Creamy Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Thick & Creamy Chocolate Coconut Chia Pudding

Posted on Monday, March 24, 2014 in Happy Endings

~Ch-ch-ch-chia!~

You know I had to.

Ahem. So! Chia seeds. Surely you’ve heard of these little mini wonders, one of the newer super-power foods that everyone is raving about? They can go into all kinds of things and make them awesome. Including this thick, rich, creamy chocolate coconut pudding.

Read More

Baileys & Coffee Blondies

Baileys & Coffee Blondies

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Happy Endings

Our 2-year-old has a new habit lately, and I worry it’s something she learned directly from her parents.

“Daisy! No eat the house!”

“Daisy! No hit the CARS!”

Read More

Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 in Happy Endings

Yeah, so I had to pack up these chocolate oatmeal cream pies and get them out of the house almost the instant they were put together.

Don’t misunderstand – I taste-tested them. Thoroughly. I mean, it’s my job, right?! My kid and my guy tested them repeatedly as well. And then, later, my guy’s coworkers. They were a hit. Especially with me. Which is why they needed to be out of my clutches as soon as humanly possible.

Read More

Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Granola Clusters

Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate Granola Clusters

Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Happy Endings

These tasty little clusters were one of those last-minute ideas that, thankfully, turned out even better than I imagined. Good thing, because most all of my last-minute kitchen ideas of late have been disasters. Like, say, grated parsnips in Crock Pot chili (eww, slimy). So I needed the confidence boost.

See, I was making some chocolate bark with pretzels sticks. But at the last minute, I decided to reserve half of the melted chocolate and stir some of the granola left over from this recipe into the remaining chocolate, pile it in mounds, let it harden, and see what happened.

Read More

Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 in Happy Endings

This is what making cookies with my almost-two-year-old daughter looks like these days:

I scoop the flour and hand it to her. She very carefully, and surprisingly accurately, tips it into the bowl and lifts up, dispensing the contents like a pro. A teaspoon of baking soda … tip and pour. A mix with the whisk, and then the salt and the cocoa powder. Precise. Impressive.

Read More

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Spiced Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Posted on Monday, September 30, 2013 in Happy Endings

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! Can you ever get tired of pumpkin?! That’s rhetorical question. At least, coming from me it is. But if you asked my guy, he’d have a decidedly quick actual answer. I think he continues to remain sick of pumpkin thanks to last year’s Pumpkinpalooza.

Read More

Moist Banana Spice Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Moist Banana Spice Snack Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013 in Happy Endings

Living in limbo isn’t quite as hard as I thought it would be. It’s sort freeing, actually. My guy helped guide my perspective – “it’s an adventure!” – and for the most part, I’ve gone with that approach.

For 31 days, we are not tied down to a thing! We own nothing! Well, aside from three full-size PODS stuffed to the gills with our furniture and household goods (where does it all come from?!).

Read More

Iced Brown Sugar Zucchini Cookies

Iced Brown Sugar Zucchini Cookies

Posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Happy Endings

Note to the couple who bought our house and the swarm of people in and out a few weeks ago in relation to that: Those cookies sitting on the kitchen counter? The ones with the suspicious green flecks baked into them? Those cookies were not funny cookies! That was just zucchini. Really!

Read More

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Happy Endings

I’m not going to say “you’ll never know it’s there!” because clearly, if you look at the cookie, well, you’ll see it’s there. If you eat it in the dark or blindfolded, though, it’s true. You might not know it’s there.

My veggie-averse (sigh) toddler doesn’t know it’s there. Or she doesn’t care. She loves, loves, loves these cookies.

Read More

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Popsicles

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Popsicles

Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 in Happy Endings

Welcome to my very first “skinny” recipe! I’ll be honest – I’m not sure I love the use of “skinny” in recipe titles, and I’ve been hesitant to jump on that particular bandwagon. But sometimes you’ve just gotta go with the most descriptive word, and so “skinny” it is.

These vanilla cheesecake pops are the best of both worlds – they taste so rich and utterly sinful, but they’re only 128 calories each. Seriously – 128 calories!

Read More

Rhubarb Crisp in a Jar

Rhubarb Crisp in a Jar

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 in Happy Endings

Food (and drinks) in jars is pretty much the coolest concept ever. I mean, aside from aesthetics (they just look cute), it’s a highly convenient way to bake up cakes and pies – and make sangrias, even. They’re easy to assemble, tend to take up less room in the fridge, and are perfectly portable for gifts, parties, and lunches on the go. Even this awesome blogger wrote a cookbook all about it.

Read More

Salted Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

Salted Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2013 in Happy Endings

I love having a food blog. I’ve always adored experimenting with recipes, writing is in my blood, and I’ve been huge into photography since the beginning of time (though for me, food photography is much more of a challenge than landscapes, pets, or portraits). Oh, and I love creating spaces on the web – I’ve been drawn to the internet since its inception, shaping my career first around web design, then development, then focusing more on writing professionally for corporate websites, and then finally, this blog – such a perfect intersection of so much of what I love.

Read More

Cinnamon Red Hot Buttercream Stuffed Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

Cinnamon Red Hot Buttercream Stuffed Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 in Happy Endings

I’m not sure why cinnamon red hots (also known as cinnamon imperials) are so quintessentially “Valentine’s Day.” I guess because they’re bright red. And hot. And candy. Okay, maybe I know exactly why cinnamon red hots are a Valentine’s Day thing. Never mind.

Anyway, I bought into it and decided that I needed to combine oatmeal cookies with red hots for Valentine’s Day this year. It had to happen.

Read More

Donut Holes + Striped Straws = Lazy Cake Pops (and the Short Story of the Smash Cake)

Donut Holes + Striped Straws = Lazy Cake Pops (and the Short Story of the Smash Cake)

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in Happy Endings

I have to admit, I went back and forth on whether or not this really merited an entire post. But you know what? We’re all short on time these days, and sometimes the super-simple, super-duper-quick things actually make us smile the biggest. And smiling is good. And so, I decided to share.

My little girl’s first birthday was a couple of weeks ago, and even though her party was a fairly small family affair at home, I had Big Plans (capital B, capital P) for a dessert table. I blame Amy Atlas and Jenny Cookies.

Read More