Milk & Cookies Pairing Guide

Milk & Cookies Pairing Guide

This post is sponsored by Milk. Love Whats Real, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. At the beginning of every year, I feature a New Year’s Swap. Something small that I am swapping out for a more conscientious option. For example, swapping a breakfast donut for a bowl of oatmeal. Or swapping a streamed episode on the couch with a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. Little changes can make a big impact. But there is one swap I will not be making… I will not be replacing the real milks in my refrigerator. Seriously, why …

Chocolate & Pear Pastry Wreath featuring American Heritage Chocolate

Chocolate & Pear Pastry Wreath

This post was sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate as part of an Influencer Campaign for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. My memories of childhood holidays are filled with magic. No matter the business or financial hardships, my mom always went out of her way to infuse every day with seasonal whimsy. Now that I’m a mom, I want to do the same for my daughter. While I am certainly no Mary Poppins, I do have a bit of fairy dust up my sleeve. And one of my magic tricks is whimsical baked goods. With the …

Hot Cocoa Dessert Hummus + Blue Diamond Nut-Thins

Hot Cocoa Dessert Hummus + Blue Diamond Nut-Thins

I’ve partnered with Blue Diamond® as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Do you get holiday recipe burn-out? You know, that blank spot in your head when you need to write up a dinner menu. Not only do you need to come up wth an entree, sides, and dessert, you also have to think of appetizers and light bites. I will admit, I occasionally find myself staring vacantly down a grocery aisle with no idea where to start. That’s where today’s recipe pairing comes to the rescue! I am pairing Blue Diamond …

fudge, chocolate, outlander

Classic Rewind: Almond Lavender Fudge

Today’s classic rewind comes from one of our most difficult recipes! Candy! Enjoy and make sure to scroll to the bottom to enter our newest kitchen giveaway… David and Goliath. Rocky and Drago. Tesla and Edison. Every good story has an arch nemesis that must be overcome by sheer will, grit, and resolve. My arch nemesis is fudge. I curse the sight of that thick, chocolaty nectar! Why, you ask? Because every time I attempt to make it, I fail. And trust me, nothing will kill your soul more than being bested by a tiny block of sugar. Well today …

Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Classic Rewind: Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon

Game day is around the corner and you’re going to need some awesome treats to serve your guests. That’s why today, we’re revisiting one of our most popular game day recipes, Hickory Smoked Chocolate Toffee Bacon. Oh yeah, baby! Get all the rewind details below… Before we get to the recipe’s nitty gritty, I need to lay something out on the line. I love throwing Big Game Day parties and I am quite the awesome hostess at them. Why? Because I am not a fan of football. I know, burn me at the goal post! My game day hosting fabulousness …

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

Classic Rewind: Red Velvet Hot Cocoa

Every so often, we hit the viral jackpot. You know, that one recipe that gets so many hits that it crashes our website? Well this is one of them. About two years ago, I created a Red Velvet Hot Cocoa recipe. Not only was it delicious and a hit with my loyal readers, it has turned into a viral sensation. So today, let’s revisit this fabulous recipe and whip up a fresh batch… If there is one thing I love on a cold winter’s day, it’s a cup of hot cocoa. Add to that another one of my loves, red …

Holiday Dessert Pie Table with Edwards Desserts

The Procrastinator’s Guide to Holiday Dessert

Thank you Edwards® Desserts for sponsoring this post. Head to the frozen desserts aisle of your grocery store to pick up your favorite Edwards pie and make entertaining a breeze! We’ve all been in this nightmare situation. The roast is basting, the house is sparkling clean, the cider is being warmed, you’ve fastened on the beauty spots, and your guests will arrive within the next hour. But then you realize, you completely forgot about dessert! Frantically you search the cupboards for a hidden cookie tin or boxed brownie mix, but to no avail. Your mind flutters as you try to find …

brownies, red wine brownies, red wine rose water brownies

Red Wine & Rose Water Brownies

There are two types of people on this earth. Ones who like their brownies chewy and ones who like them cakey. You just chose a side, didn’t you? It all comes down to texture preference. I was raised on thick blocks of light, neatly cut, cakey brownies. My husband was raised on thin slices of dense, messy, chewy slabs. It is a major point of contention in my house. When I make the fluffy version, my normally adoring partner looks down his nose at them, adamantly refusing to call them brownies. ‘This is absolutely delicious cake, love. Can you put …