Strawberry Layer Cake

A light fresh cake filled with fresh sliced strawberries and a classic whipped cream frosting. This one is tried and true… and you probably need it in your kitchen right away!  There’s something about the promise of warmer weather, sunshine, and longer days. There’s something that makes me feel rejuvenated, inspired, and refreshed. Perhaps that’s just the way spring works. The last few nights of frosty air and clinging with gray days looming over head. It makes for a hard wake up from this long hibernation. But there’s hope. It’s tickling at the back of my mind for fresh blooms and […]

Classic Baklava

Let’s talk social etiquette. With all this new technology and the world being faster and more connected than ever, it’s fair to say that it’s just not the same as it used to be. Nothing is the same. We are able to form friendships across oceans over night, stay in contact, and keep up to date itineraries with everyone. We are also able to watch and sit in a silent world of constant perfection curated. We are able to filter what we see and who see’s what all of the time. The world is rapid and quick fire and it’s amazing. […]

Chocolate-Cinnamon Coffee Cake

A simple and sweet moist coffee cake loaded with the bonus of hazelnuts and chocolate. Perfect for breakfast or dessert.  No one tells you being an adult is going to be fun. You see all the big kid pictures, the rock, the home, the countless hours spent climbing the ladder to put food on the table, and everyone seems to forget to tell you how fun it is going to be. They don’t warn you that asparagus, coffee and beets are going to make your pee stink and that one day you are going to learn all about ingrown hairs […]

Baked Croissant French Toast

Layers of buttery croissants are the base for this maple caramel laced baked French toast breakfast.  There’s only a few ways to go big for breakfast. One, going out. There’s just something about it that makes me happy. It’s a ridiculous indulgence that I love every once in a while. Two, getting up and attacking the kitchen in your pajamas. You know, going big at home. I’m not talking scrambled eggs and a toasted bagel or a bowl of yogurt with some Honey Bunches of Oats. I’m talking making a real deal sit down together before life gets crazy breakfast, […]

Hot Cocoa Cake

This is a double-decker classic chocolate cake with a fun marshmallow creme center and smooth chocolate frosting, polished off with a mountain of marshmallows and a dusting of cocoa powder. Just like a perfect cup of cozy hot chocolate, this cake is fun and will bring a smile to your face, even on the coldest winter nights.   It’s the middle of winter. The threat of snow lingers on the tip of the newscasters tongue every single morning. The skies have been 95% grey for weeks. But, winter has it’s bonuses. Hoodies. Right? Snuggling… yeah, I’m starting to like this. Ridiculous […]

Smoked and Salted Almond Brownies

I am all kinds of late and wrong, as Handsome and I don’t watch much TV (ditched cable last this winter), but we have discovered some of the shows you can watch thanks to the interwebs and are obsessed with Rome right now. It’s only 2 seasons long, which is all the perfect sort of commitment for me. I love the play on history and what not, but really I am in it for the two side characters (and based on just how much screen time they get, we aren’t alone). I should pause to mention now that I am […]

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

kind of There’s a way to write a food post… food blog. Whatever you wanna call ‘em. There’s the to the point, don’t mess with the science, this recipe is perfect and here are all of the reasons why. And that’s cool if that’s your sort of thing (and if that were the case, welcome, you won’t find any of that here). And then there’s the random text that leads to a slamming recipe that you are licking your lips over while giggling to yourself of some inane story being shared with you while you squeaked in 5 minutes to […]

Classic New York Cheesecake

Classic, smooth, and perfect every single time, this recipe for a Classic New York Cheesecake is a hit at any dessert bar.  All things in life come in multiple formats. There are the sparkly versions of everything, covered in glitz and glitter, then there are the same exact things, toned down and done simply. Beauty and enjoyment can be discovered in both versions of anything if you are willing to explore,willing to take a leap and try variations of things that may be out of your comfort zone. Personally, I am not a glitz and glitter kind of gal. Growing […]

Classic Snickerdoodle Cookies

12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails  Sometimes all you need is a very simple, very basic hit for that sweet tooth. And these cinnamon coated cookies are perfect to kick that sugar craving in the booty. If you have never tried a Classic Snickerdoodle, you really should. They are a simple sugar cookie rolled in a cinnamon sugar combo before being baked. Bonus, make the cinnamon sugar mix in bulk and have it on hand for a wonderful addition to breakfast toast from time to time (this was a much loved family staple growing up in our house) or sprinkle […]

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails Mix up the cookies this season with this melt in your mouth chocolate chip shortbread cookies. Two perfect cookies in one bite.  There is something about the holiday season that brings out the kid in us. Just the idea of twinkling lights and garland, hot cocoa and carols. All I want to do is be cozy and watch the classics. I want to watch the Santa countdown and snuggle. We don’t have kids, so really I have no excuse other than that I really just like to rock out with my holiday tunes […]

Cherry Cheesecake Cookies

The 12 Days of Cookies and Cocktails  Winter has crept in. People are decking their halls and jingling under the mistletoe. The year is traveling towards the final sprint at an enraging speed and there are only 30 swift days to scratch off any lingering goals on the list. Perhaps it’s the shorter days that lead to lethargic nights that have me sitting and thinking. Maybe it’s the 97 things I am disappointing I didn’t scratch off the list this year. Maybe it’s the 102 unexpected accomplishments that I am not allowing myself to consider a rewarding enough win. Whatever it […]

Sweet Potato Pie with Gingersnap Crust and Meringue

You know how Christmas tastes like roast beasts and comes with Who-pudding? Well, this pie is that – but for Thanksgiving. It is everything that Thanksgiving should taste like. It’s homey, comforting, delicious, and perfect. It is the kind of pie that reminds you of cozy fires and hot cocoa, warm smiles, and comfy socks. This is the pie you need to make share with your loved ones this Thanksgiving. And it’s from non-other than the boys over at Baked. I can’t rave about the Baked books enough, and have been doing so every single year when a new one […]

Pumpkin Spice Macaroons

Sorry, guys. I couldn’t help it. I have been eyeing this recipe up for like 2 years. I meant to post it last year, but my macaroon skills were not up to par. After 3 attempts, I walked away vowing to try again. Well, again was this season, and sure my macaroons may not be perfect looking, but oh my were they perfect. One bite into these little clouds and you will understand what the macaroon madness is all about. I only experienced my first macaroon a year or so ago, and it was love at first bite. Tender, light, […]

Irish Apple Cake with Boozy Custard

In your dessert menu craving an update? Are you tired of rolling pie crusts over and over again to make the same thing every year? Do you secretly loathe cutting those apples into thin even strips every year and have flashbacks to reality cooking shows? Well, have I got a cake for you.  That’s right. This one is all the things you love about the fall baking season with a fraction of the work. (If you have been playing along this season, I am all about that). It’s loaded with apples (randomly diced for a homey look – none of […]

Butterscotch Biscoff Pudding Cookies

and a The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook Giveaway! Need a soft delicious cookie to add to the line up that isn’t loaded with the same old chocolate chips? These little doodads are the cookies you have been looking for. Double down with butterscotch flavor and knocked out of the park with a little hit of Biscoff cookie spread these cookies are it. Pause. What the heck is Biscoff? Am I the last foodie on the planet to discover this high flying cookie? Apparently, yes. Biscoff cookies are an 80 some year old European cookie that landed in the us in the 80’s […]

Pear Cornmeal Cake with Rosemary Simple Syrup

Forget apple pie. Let go of the pumpkin tradition. Set out this simple pear cornmeal cake this holiday season and watch their shock. This cake will take a fraction of the time you would spend rolling out dough and a quarter of the stress. It’s so uncomplicated that you can go back to actually enjoying your time in the kitchen, with company, and doing the things that matter. The rosemary simple syrup is understated, and the perfect touch to really pull the flavors together. Let them judge for themselves. This cake is the show stopper this holiday season. PrintPear Cornmeal […]

Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce

Imagine a warm cozy fire, candle light, warm blankets, and a slice of this cake. There’s not much more I could ask for as the weather starts to dip and a chill sneaks in. This decedent Rum and Date Cake with Caramel Sauce is what a sinful dessert should be. It looks stunning, will make your eyes roll to the back of your hear, perfect to impress guests, and really, isn’t that hard to make. But, we can keep that between the two of us. While the days get short and dark and the holidays sneak upon us, add this […]

Banana Peanut Butter Swirl Bread

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There are days when I see bright beautiful pictures all over Pinterest. They are on everything from wedding blogs to food photos. Clear, crisp, and clean. Perfect homes, stunning tablescapes, picturesque gardens, all being maintained by beautiful women all in perfect white outfits. I worry that I don’t send the right message through my work on here of GirlCarnivore.com. That my personal “brand” isn’t bright enough. Not clear or crisp enough to attract the right kind of audience, client… the right kind of life. Then I take a step back from those photoshop-ed models, those magazine homes,  and I realize […]

Apple Dumplings

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It’s very simple. Shorter days make me a little old lady. I just want to wrap up in a blanket and read until the sun comes back out to play. It’s making my already crazy jam packed busy life speed by that much more rapidly and I am not sure I can tell the weekends from the workdays. BUT things have been pretty awesome. Photographed a wedding as a second shooter on Saturday with the awesome Adrienne Matz Photography (more photos a coming, I promise) Tested out some super cute Chef shoes that Mozo is putting out over the weekend. They […]

Chocolate Layer Oat Bars for Two

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Grab a bar, sit down. Lets have a chat about nothing to do with food blogging. Let’s have a big, clear the air, what’s really been on my chest talk. No, Dad. I am not pregnant. Now that I got all of you parents calmed down Let’s talk about 2014 and my pursuit of happiness. I have spent 2014 struggling. Really grasping to figure out who I am, what I really want, and what it is I am supposed ‘to do’. I spent so much time fixated on trying to figure it all out that I pretty much have missed […]

Zucchini Whoopie Pies

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Everything right now is apple or pumpkin. All of it. And I won’t lie, I totally found myself trying to enjoy a #PSL the other day, but they don’t make them in ‘skinny’ and I didn’t know a vente from a grande and that annoyed the young man behind the counter…. so regular coffee it was. But I’m here in defense today of all of the amazing produce out right night. The squash are redonculous, stacked cumbersome and high at my local market, the pears, all shapes and sizes. The green fresh beautiful produce… I don’t want to miss any […]

Banana Bread Scones with Maple Glaze

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You know those days when nothing is going according to plan? When there are 400 chores to be done and more being created every moment and still nothing is going right? Today was one of those days. And that is 100% ok. Because the chores will always be there. There will always be laundry to be done or a shelf to be dusted, but today was my friends first 5k. And I wanted to be there to cheer them on. So, we dropped the chores and the work and drove down to be there to help them celebrate. I am […]

Spiked Mudslide Cupcakes

Hello Guys and Dolls. It’s time for an internet confession. (Because everything is 100% anonymous when you’re online). After a 24 day diet where I purged myself of pop, sugar, and gluten, I have been hitting the sugary sweets like an addict on buy-one-get-one-free day at the methadone clinic. It’s been a bit ridiculous. I have tried telling myself a slice or watermelon or bite of an apple will sedate my skin crawling urge for sugar, but really, I want to shove my face into a bag of Snickerdoodle Chex-Mix and let the world judge me as they see fit. […]

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Sometimes it’s about the simple things. Ok, lately, it’s all about the simple things. Finding time to squeeze in a homemade baked good instead of just binging in the bakery aisle like I am a kid who just toked up for the first time leaving with 4 desserts between two people under the judgemental eye of the sales clerk (true story, minus the toking). These strawberry oatmeal bars are perfect for on the go quick busy weekdays (or even weekends). I had a few jars of homemade strawberry jelly from Handsome’s mom and I thought – even though he cherishes […]

Berry Tart with Lemon Cookie Crust

12 Hours of Cranky Monkey This next post is about bikes. If you are just here for the tart, scroll down. If you never try anything new, you will never know how fun it can really be. I didn’t imagine myself a mountain biker. I never even considered it. But somewhere back on a hot summer day watching my first mountain bike race a few years ago I apparently drank some Kool-Aid. A whole lot of it. I met some amazing people, made some amazing friends, watched some crazy races, taken some awesome photos, even finished a race or two. I’ve […]

Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Sometimes plain Jane cheesecake just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you have to dress it up a bit, put on the black tie, and douse it in caramel. Because sometimes you want something a little bit more than your classic old fashioned cheesecake. Let Bananas Foster Cheesecake Bars come to the rescue. A quick and easy recipe, that makes kicking banana loaded dessert bars topped with a caramel sauce and extra bananas (just in case you weren’t getting enough already) is perfect for your next celebration. And celebrate we shall. PrintBananas Foster Cheesecake Bars Ingredients2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs 1/2 cup […]

Rum Cake Recipe Handed down for Mother’s Day #FlavorStory & Giveaway

The best recipes are tried and tested. The come with notes and stains. They are on old wrinkled sheets of paper that small like a Sunday morning in the kitchen. They are handed down from one generation to the next. This rum cake is no different, a special recipe that was passed down from my boyfriend’s grandmother, to his mother, and now to me. And with all those combined years of baking experience, it’s down right perfect. This is a rich pound cake, with 8 eggs and more butter than I have used in months, it’s sinful. When laying out everything […]