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Individual Baked Apple Pies

 
Individual Baked Apple Pies Individual Baked Apple Pies Individual Baked Apple Pies Individual Baked Apple Pies

Who doesn’t love a good Apple Pie?! Now, let’s take this old fave to a new, Holiday entertaining-worthy level! These individual Baked Apple Pies are super simple to make, delicious & perfect for a festive end to a Holiday dinner. Everyone always loves these, trust me…add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each apple if you want to kick it up even more! YUM!

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Individual Baked Apple Pies
 
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Homemade Almond Joy

 
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Just because Halloween has come and gone doesn’t mean my craving for chocolate candies is satisfied! More often than not, generic grocery store chocolate candy ends up disappointing me these days….the chocolate isn’t intense enough, the fillings are often way too sweet, and the flavor balance just could be so much better (yeah, I’m that kind of candy snob!) So, in an effort to remedy this issue, I decided to make my favorite store-bought candies myself..starting with Almond Joy.

The recipe is actually pretty simple. There aren’t a lot of ingredients, and the results are delicious I tell ya!! If you’re already an Almond Joy fan you’ll be blown away by these. I found that the key secrets are to toast the coconut to bring out all of the wonderful nutty flavors and to use salted almonds for a little extra depth and to offset the sweet coconut mixture. You can choose your favorite type of chocolate for dipping, I decided to go with semi-sweet because I prefer it over milk chocolate. Try it out and let me know what you think!! Nom nom…

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Homemade Almond Joy

 

 

 

 

 
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Currently Snacking On {No Bake Flax Energy Bites}

 
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Do you ever find yourself craving a sweet snack (it usually happens to me mid-afternoon) and nothing will satisfy the urge until you get that chocolate bar, piece of candy or whatever else it is that squashes your sweet tooth? I normally find myself reaching for a piece of chocolate (or 2 or 3) or a big cookie…but since bikini season is imminent, I thought I’d try to develop a sweet & satisfying snack alternative that won’t make me feel so guilty.

I rummaged through my pantry for ingredients that are dense (i.e. have lots of fiber and healthy fats), have amazing health benefits (flax has a great amount of omega acids), and are satisfyingly sweet on their own without added sugars (agave nectar is a great natural sweetener). Then I played around with the proportions and came up with these fun & surprisingly delicious bite-sized balls of sweet goodness. They’re yummy, have a nice texture, are SUPER easy to make (no baking involved here!), and one will usually satisfy my sweet craving for many, many hours.

Give these a try! They’re also great as a pre-workout bite or for packing on-the-go – so you won’t grab that bag of Doritos out of desperation on your next road trip!

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

 
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Currently Mixing {Jello Shots for the Grown Ups}

 
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Normally, I’d believe that anyone who puts the words “Luxe” and “Jello Shots” in the same sentence is clearly insane. To me, Jello Shots signify times long passed, such as rowdy college parties…who’s with me?!

…unless, we’re talking about these adorable & actually delicious Rose-Amaretto Jello Shots!! I’ve been toying with the idea of a “Grown Up” Jello Shot version for quite a bit now, and this past weekend I finally took matters into my own hands.

What a difference the right ingredients make! Choose your favorite sparkling wine or rose, add some sweet & aromatic amaretto to the mix and you have yourself a fun alcoholic treat that won’t make you look like a silly college party host.

Of course, in my world most things pink need to be accompanied by some serious sparkle, so I topped off my shots with a healthy dose of edible gold glitter. You can leave your version plain pink (great for a classy bachelorette party or bridal shower), or add some different colored sprinkles (why not bring them along to a grown-up birthday party?!)…the sky’s the limit here when it comes to your creativity!

I hope you give it a try. Let’s help the old Jello Shot move from the depths of cheap liquor & plastic cup humiliation into the glam & tasty party scene, shall we?!

XO

{All images by Miss Renaissance.}

 
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Currently Baking {Homemade Samoas}

 

Homemade Samoas by Miss Renaissance

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Girl Scout Samoa Cookies

Girl Scout Samoa Cookies

Something beautiful is happening right now. It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season (feel free to imagine me screaming this part!)!! Every year, for about 7 weeks between January and March, we can all get our fill of carb & sugar-loading deliciousness in the form of a box (or 12) of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, or my personal favorites – Samoas. I’ve been known to literally stalk the local Girl Scout Troops just so that I don’t miss their sales & end up without cookies for the Season.

But then Spring rolls around and the hoarded boxes of cookies slowly run out….what then!!?? I can’t believe it took me this long to come up with a solution – just make your own favorite Girl Scout Cookie recipe once you run out of the real deal. Don’t get me wrong, I am 100% for supporting your local Troops & buying as many boxes as you can stuff in your pantry/fridge/freezer…but for the rest of the year, making your own is the perfect cure for that cookie withdrawal we all know so well.

These absolutely taste like the real thing – amazingly crunchy, chewy, caramelly-coconutty awesome! Wish me luck at not gaining 40 pounds over the next year due to this recipe.

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{All Photos by Miss Renaissance.}