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Lemon Strawberry Pie

This beautiful Lemon Strawberry Pie is the perfect dessert to serve for any party or 
special occasion! It's light and airy, full of flavor, and so simple to make!This beautiful Lemon Strawberry Pie is the perfect dessert to serve for any party or special occasion! It's light and airy, full of flavor, and so simple to make!
It may only be February, but I'm already dreaming of spring. It's hard to believe this month is almost half over, and before we know it March will be here. I can't wait to see green grass, green tree buds, and hear the birds singing. Surprisingly enough, this winter has been pretty mild here in Michigan (knock on wood!) and I've been lucky to hear some birds chirping lately. Maybe it was the birds that got me in the spring mood and pushed me to make this Lemon Strawberry Pie. Or maybe I just wanted pie....


Mini Crab Rolls #SundaySupper

A healthier take on a traditional lobster roll, these Mini Crab Rolls are made with 
a creamy yogurt sauce and are perfect as an appetizer or light lunch! 
A healthier take on a traditional lobster roll, these Mini Crab Rolls are made with a creamy yogurt sauce and are perfect as an appetizer or light lunch!
We are in the heart of college basketball season, hockey season, and of course, awards season. I don't know about you, but for me all of these events require fun foods to eat while watching. I love having friends and family over to watch our favorite teams play, and I enjoy watching the awards shows with friends, too. We all have to eat (of course!), so I like to whip up appetizers or handheld delights that are perfect for watch parties. These mini crab rolls right here are one of my favorites!

Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart

A rich and decadent Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart made with a chocolate 
shortbread crust is just what you need to feed your sweet tooth!
A rich and decadent Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart made with a chocolate shortbread crust is just what you need to feed your sweet tooth!
So a few days ago I told you that not everything for Valentine's Day has to be chocolate, and here I am today sharing something chocolate. Do you see the irony here? Don't get me wrong I love chocolate, I mean I looooove chocolate, but I just wanted to make the point that there are other delicious sweet treats besides our beloved chocolate. And I shared Triple Ginger Cookies. Which are fabulous by the way, and good for you to boot. But here I am today sharing this luxurious Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart. And I'm not sure I can get away with saying this is good for you. Other than it does have dark chocolate which has some health benefits. That's good enough for me! 

Triple Ginger Cookies

These crunchy Triple Ginger Cookies are light and crispy and packed with flavor. 
Three types of ginger inside - fresh, ground, and crystallized - gives these cookies the perfect little kick! 
These crunchy Triple Ginger Cookies are light and crispy and packed with flavor. Three types of ginger inside - fresh, ground, and crystallized - gives these cookies the perfect little kick!
While most people think Valentine's Day is synonymous with chocolate, I believe there are many more sweet treats to enjoy that aren't of the chocolate variety. Pies, fruit tarts, cute little cakes, there is so much one can make to show their love. These Triple Ginger Cookies happen to be one of my favorite things to share with family and friends not only on Valentine's Day, but all year round! 

Red Velvet Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting #ValentinesDayFood

These decadent Red Velvet Bars are covered in a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and are so simple to make! 
They are the perfect treat for your loved ones on  Valentine's Day, or just when you want to spread some love.
These decadent Red Velvet Bars are covered in a delicious Cream Cheese Frosting and are so simple to make! They are the perfect treat for your loved ones on Valentine's Day, or just when you want to spread some love.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and I'm continuing to share some of my favorite holiday treats with you! Today is also a special day because I've teamed up with some of my dearest blogger friends to share a collection of special Valentine's Day recipes. You can start the day off with a Bacon Lobster Omelette, make Pan Seared Steaks with Homemade Steak Sauce for your family for dinner, and for dessert enjoy my Red Velvet Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting! Get these recipes, and many more, at the end of this post.

French Onion Filet Mignon #SundaySupper

These elegant but simple French Onion Filet Mignons feature beautiful pan seared steaks 
topped with rich caramelized onions, a toasted baguette slice, and melty Gruyere cheese. 
Whether you make these for a celebration or just because, this is the perfect dinner for two!
These elegant but simple French Onion Filet Mignons feature beautiful pan seared steaks topped with rich caramelized onions, a toasted baguette slice, and melty Gruyere cheese. Whether you make these for a celebration or just because, this is the perfect dinner for two!
I've never been one to go out to dinner on Valentine's Day. Not in a very long time at least. I would much rather cook a special meal and enjoy being at home with my family. When my kids were younger I always let them choose what they wanted for their special dinner, but now that they're older I like to surprise them. This year I'll be cooking for two, myself and my youngest son, so I want to make us something special.

Simple Chocolate Truffles

These decadent Simple Chocolate Truffles are smooth and creamy and so simple to make. 
These beautiful candies would make a delightful addition to your dessert tray!
These decadent Simple Chocolate Truffles are smooth and creamy and so simple to make. These beautiful candies would make a delightful addition to your dessert tray!
Happy February! I can't believe I actually just said that. Where did January go? It seems like just yesterday that we celebrated the New Year! Anyway, now that February is in fact here, there is one thing that's on my mind...Valentine's Day! I love Valentine's Day because of the treats. Does that surprise you? You can always count me in when there is food involved, especially sweets! To get you ready for the big day, I'll be sharing some simple desserts with you over the next week or so. First up are these decadent chocolate truffles!