Jul
26

While munching on one of these blondies the other night in front of the TV, I thought about how much I’m learning to love relaxing with a sweet treat and an episode of whatever I’m feeling. Serious statement. I really haven’t been into TV shows since Dawson’s Creek and Felicity.

At this point, I think I can admit to you that I’m terrible at relaxing. I don’t like to do it and in general, makes me feel bored. I have this rationale in my mind that tells me TV is a waste of time and that I could be doing a million other things with my time that’s both productive and satisfying.

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Jul
20

Hello and welcome to stressville. Our house offer was accepted this weekend and we’re in the midst of coordinating inspections, lawyer fees and contracts. I’m really excited though and for the most part I’ve been handling it like I normally would aka baking all the things and forgetting all about my real world responsibilities.

Anyway, while I’m off in la la land (and possibly taking a few days off from blogging), I wanted to give you a recipe for HEALTHY fudge. It’s real, dreamy and also tastes like the real deal. Plus only 4 ingredients are involved!

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Jul
11

You know when you get the feeling that you’re searching for something more, but you don’t know what it is yet? Perhaps it’s your life calling — a passion, a truth, a religion, just something to make you feel like this is truly who you are, shining in all your glory? Well, that’s me. Right at this moment. HELLO QUARTER LIFE CRISIS NUMBER 15.

Seriously, it might be number 15.

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Jun
02

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were always my favorite candy as a kid. Classic case of nostalgia.

During Halloween I’d go through my bag and pick out all Reese’s and set them aside for extra special treat days. I had to savor them because Mom didn’t buy Reese’s often. When Easter came along and Reese’s eggs were popular, I was allowed to have exactly one. I cherished that Reese’s egg with my entire soul.

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May
18

Meet my favorite new brownie. Trust me, it’s an important introduction. It’s kind of like when you meet your soulmate and want to make sure your friends all approve. This brownie situation is similar; I really, really hope you all approve. How could you not? They’re freaking fantastic fudgy almond flour brownies! Too many f words?

When was the last time you had a brownie anyway? I’m talking about a rich, fudgy brownie that talks to sweetly your soul and warms your heart with love. One that you need a big glass of milk for.

Those are exactly these kind of brownies.

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Jan
11

Normally I start each blog post with some sort of little story about life and what I’ve been up to lately. Today I just want to bring you a recipe for paleo banana bread because frankly, it’s just awesome.

I’ve been hoarding this recipe in my drafts for months, waiting for the perfect moment to hit publish. Mondays always seem to be the best because you’re all looking for new things to make, and who doesn’t love a good treat for the rest of the week?

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Dec
31

A few years ago, Joanna from A Cup of Jo posted pictures to my most famous cookie I’ve ever put on my blog (Nutella-stuffed chocolate chip cookies!). Immediately my site crashed, and people came by the masses to make my so called “life-changing cookie”. It was easy to understand why: brown butter, brown sugar cookie dough, Nutella, chocolate chips, and sea salt; everything a cookie should be and so much more. It was the first cookie I ever baked my boyfriend and one of the reasons we fell in love (cookies can do that, you know!). The dough is rich and has a slight butterscotch flavor that I’m certain can’t be resisted.

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Dec
02

OH MY GOODNESS. These bars. No seriously, theeeeeseeeee bars.

I found myself baking these after an intense craving for fig newtons. While I realize that Fig Newtons contains actual figs, I couldn’t find any at the store so I settled with dates, another favorite dried fruit. Good old dates — cheap, addicting and always there to save the day. My favorite way to enjoy dates lately has been by spreading almond or peanut butter all over them. Can you say YUMMMMM?

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Sep
16

Are you ready for some pumpkin?! I’ve been waiting for it like a kid on Christmas morning. And I guess you really don’t have a choice because here I am shoving this recipe in your face. There’s no turning back now: Pumpkin season has officially started on Ambitious Kitchen.

In fact, did you know that my love for pumpkin is right up top with my love for all things nut butter? I’ve always said that if I could choose my last meal on earth, it would be pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Does that make me a basic bitch?

Don’t answer that one.

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Aug
25

Brownies on a Tuesday. Ummm… you down?

Of course you are!

I made these brownies on snapchat a few weeks ago (username: ambitiouskitch) and saw that several of you ended up making them and tagging me on Insta. This is giving me some incentive to post more Snapchat recipes and not just videos of my cat drinking water out of a tea cup.

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