12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

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When you think of spring, what comes to mind?  Flowers?  Bunnies?  (Allergies?)  I think of flavors.  Like, fresh, fruity, zesty flavors. 

Yes, I know.  My world kinda revolves around food.  I’m okay with that.

Anyway, there really isn’t just one particular flavor that comes to mind – it’s like a whole basket of flavors.  An Easter-basket of flavors – if Easter baskets were full of actual fruit and healthier things that the jelly beans try to taste like.

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Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

Mint Brownie Frozen Yogurt

Going out for ice cream was always a special treat when I was a kid – I couldn’t wait to get a big bowl (or, if it was a really special occasion, a dipped waffle cone!) of banana ice cream.  With gummy bears, of course.  Side note… I wish we had known about frozen-banana ice cream then!  It tastes exactly the same!

Anyhow, right around the time I went to college, I started becoming more health conscious.  That was when I realized what an honest-to-goodness splurge ice cream really is.  Yes, delicious.  Not so much low in fat or sugar! 

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5 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {Healthified!}

5 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Recipes {Healthified!}

I’m going to start this roundup post with three facts about myself:

One.  A good portion of my ancestry is Irish.  I don’t personally know any of the family that still lives there, but I listen to Celtic music a lot, as if it will bring me back to my roots.  (“Celtic” is legitimately a Pandora station I created and saved as the homepage of my computer.)

Two.  I spent two lovely weeks in Ireland in June of 2011.  I saw so many happy looking people and animals there.  I could practically live on the dense, grainy bread we ate everywhere we went.  And I did kiss the Blarney stone.

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{Healthy} Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

{Healthy} Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

Have you ever tried to find the end of a rainbow?  Somehow it always disappears as you get close.  It’s almost like it’s a trick of the light or something…

So I don’t know if there’s ever been a pot of gold sitting at the end of a rainbow, but that’s what they say.  I’ll let you know if I ever see one in person. 

In the meantime, I’ll still consider myself pretty lucky if I happen to have a panful of something both chocolatey-delicious and absurdly healthy in the house.  It’s like getting a guilt-free pass to have dessert every night for an entire week.

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