It doesn’t get much better than a homemade candy bar! Homemade Take 5 bars with layers of milk chocolate, peanut butter, pretzels, caramel and peanuts are insane, out of control, and maybe one of the best things ever.

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Caramel and Pretzel Candy Bars (Homemade Take 5 Bars) from

I rarely let myself have candy. With all of the homemade treats coming out of my kitchen, I just don’t have the calories to spare. I could say that I’m above candy, that I don’t like it, or that I’d rather have something sweet I baked myself, but that wouldn’t be completely true. My sweet tooth is nondiscriminatory.

So when a bowl of candy got passed around during card games with my family during our vacation a few weeks ago, you better believe I pigged out had some. And halfway through a snack size Take 5 bar I thought this is so good, followed shortly by but I could make a homemade version that would be even better.

And so I did.  Continue Reading…


Apple fritters / meet waffles / meet doughnuts in this outrageous autumnal mashup.

Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from

Have you heard of the waffle doughnut, or wonut? Well, pay attention because this is important: it’s a waffle that’s fried in oil until golden and crispy and then dipped in a sugary glaze. And it is amazing.

Starting off with apple fritter batter— filled with diced tart apples and plenty of cinnamon— takes it way over the top, and makes it a perfect fall splurge.

Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from
Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from
Apple Fritter Waffle Doughnuts from

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I’m wrapping up Canning Week with this sweet and spicy peach jalapeño chutney.

Peach Jalapeño Chutney from

I hope you all have enjoyed this week’s canning recipes and ideas! And I hope that at least a few of you have caught the canning bug. Be warned, once you discover how fun, easy and rewarding home canning can be, you’re going to want to can everything.

Utah peaches are still going strong and I just can’t get enough! I’ve already put up several jars of sliced peaches, but I wanted something more in my pantry for the winter. One afternoon after harvesting no less than 17 jalapeños, the thought struck me to put the two together, and that’s how this chutney was born.

It’s ridiculously simple, incredibly flavorful, and goes with just about anything. Spoon it over chicken or pork, serve it alongside a cheese platter, or use it as a spread on sandwiches. Continue Reading…


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