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This is a simple cake filled with wild huckleberries and a crunchy crumb topping. If huckleberries are hard to find in your area, blueberries make a fine substitution.

Huckleberry Buckle

I just got back from the most relaxing week at my family cabin in Idaho. I took at least one nap every day, I read a few books, I built sandcastles and watched the sunset every night over the lake. It was a much needed vacation, free of agenda and to-do lists. Sadly, the week eventually ended and we had to come home.

I didn’t come home empty handed, however. In addition to a car full of sand and a few tanlines, I also brought home a pint of freshly-picked mountain huckleberries.

Sunset swim with my sister after the kids have gone to bed. Perfection. #mccall #idaho #vacation Vacation starts now. #mccall #idaho #homeawayfromhome
Where we'll be for the next week. Building sandcastles and playing with cousins. #dailyjohn Today my nephew said "We should live here and go on vacation to our house and all our stuff." Smart kid. #mccall #idaho

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Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

I’m not much of a chocoholic. Sure, I love chocolate (who doesn’t?), but my world doesn’t revolve around it. Of course, there is an exception to every rule and occasionally I can’t get a chocolate craving out of my head. And if some peanut butter happens to cozy itself up next to that chocolate craving, forget about it. I’m a goner.

In my mind, combining chocolate and peanut butter together may have been the most significant creation of all time. Okay, probably not, but we can all agree that it’s a pretty damn good combo, right?

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I mentioned in a post last week that I’m doing a bit of a diet regimen in order to lose the last bit of baby weight that’s clinging on for dear life. I’ve cut back on a lot of things and it’s been a little tough, but I’m finally seeing results. Which is both exciting and very motivating. Swimsuit season, here I come!

All that being said, while I’m avoiding sweets for the most part, I haven’t cut them out completely. In my opinion, life is just better with a little butter and sugar. And so I indulge every now and again in something homemade and worthwhile, and I feel really good about it. This last weekend I made a batch of these whole wheat chocolate chip cookie bars and loved every single bite.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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