It was on January 1st of this year that I started Love From The Oven. My original idea was to simply have a place I could keep track of my own recipes. I’m terribly disorganized with paper, I need everything to be searchable by computer! I also wanted to have a way to share my recipes with the friends and family members that ask for them. It quickly grew into so much more, and it has been such an amazing year. Love From The Oven really combines some of my very favorite things – food (obviously!), photography, writing and connecting with others who share those interests. I am excited for 2012 and sharing more great recipes, ideas, products, printables and fun stuff with you.
Here’s a look back at some of my favorite recipes from the first three months of 2011…
A friend of mine has the most amazing recipe for Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Muffins. They are divine. Like cookie muffins. I had to find a way to make them a little lighter and add a bit more nutrition (to offset my guilt of eating them, in multiples).
This is without a doubt one of my favorite desserts. I can’t understand why it’s always chocolate frosting that you find on brownies when a vanilla buttercream is mind bogglingly delicious on a brownie. I make these with a box brownie mix, so they are pretty quick and easy. And delicious. Trust me. I love to cut these into round shapes, and you can use the “scraps” to make Oreo Brownie Trifle.
I adore these pumpkin muffins. They are very low in fat, very moist, big on flavor and freeze wonderfully. You can almost always find some of these in my freezer. This should probably be a reminder to us pumpkin lovers that we might want to stock up before the pumpkin clears out of stores and all we are left with is that icky canned pumpkin pie “mix”. Boo.
Oreo & Marshmallow Pops are both simple to make, and a big hit at parties for the kids. Switch up the colors of the chocolate and the sprinkles, and you can make these work for any holiday or event.
After hearing about Levain Bakery and their amazing cookies, I knew I’d have to try and recreate them at home, as Phoenix and NYC are kind of far apart. These cookies are really REALLY good. I have used this recipe as a base for other recipes, and it’s just one of those “keeper” recipes.
This is quite possibly the most visited post on Love From The Oven. It’s kind of funny, because I am not very good at the frosting and smashed cake variety of cake pops (and actually never make them anymore) but I think a lot of people find Love From The Oven while searching in frustration over making cake pops. This is my step by step how to make the “traditional” style of cake pops, though I now make my cake pops with the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker or the My Little Cupcake Molds.
This is an idea I borrowed from Jenny over at Picky Palate – making cookies in a Whoopie Pie Pan. It makes for the most perfectly shaped cookies ever. Love this method!
Chocolate covered pretzels are one of my most dependable treats. They are delicious, they are easy and they are always well received. When I don’t know what to make for a treat to take somewhere, this is almost always what I go with.
Completely not from the oven, but this was when the blog was brand new and I didn’t quite know where I was going with it. I love love love this salad. So yummy. I’m not much of a salad girl (sadly) but this one rocks my world. I love to serve this when we have company.
The star of the show in March was Peeps! I had an entire Peeps Week full of fun and easy Peeps ideas.
I made so not so photogenic White Chocolate Magic Cookies Bars. While they may not be pretty, oh my heck are they good.
For Pi Day I made an insanely yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie.
I made my copycat version of the Tigger Tails you can get at Disneyland. Chocolate + Caramel + Marshmallow. Yes please!
I shared the recipe I probably make the most – my made over Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. This is what my daughter has for breakfast almost daily. Made with ingredients such as whole wheat flour, oat bran, flax seed meal, yogurt, applesauce and bananas, these are a great combo of delicious and nutritious.
And finally I made Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies inspired by the ones from Levain Bakery.
It’s fun looking back at what I was making at the beginning of the year – some of my favorite recipes are in there!