Food & Travels: Pisa and Rome - A guide to must-see places and foods you can't miss in these two Italian cities!

I’m back with more Italy pictures!! I hope this excites you, because if it does, that means we must be kindred spirits who love traveling and making a kajillion lists of all the places we want to visit someday, right?! In all honesty, my phone is filled with lists of places to travel all over California, plus […]

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Apple & Rhubarb Galette - A flaky free-form pie piled high with juicy fruit and topped with a hefty sprinkle of raw sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com Apple & Rhubarb Galette - A flaky free-form pie piled high with juicy fruit and topped with a hefty sprinkle of raw sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com #OXOGreenSaver @OXO @MelissasProduce

We’re back with another round of flaky, buttery pie crust-goodness! I’m pumped. Not only am I obsessed with that golden-brown crust sprinkled allll over with raw sugar, but I’m also loving the rhubarb piled high on top because – hey! – baking with rhubarb is allowed to make me feel a little more sophisticated, right? Mkaygood. This […]

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Food & Travels: Venice

May 13, 2015
Food & Travels: Venice - A guide to must-see places and things to eat in Venice, Italy | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I have two things going on in my mind right now (or at least, two that are actually relevant here); the first is that I should have tons to say because I’m sitting here talking about two of my most favorite things in the world – food and traveling – ,  and the second is that […]

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Nutella Chocolate Chunk Skillet Brownie

May 8, 2015
Nutella Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie - an easy one-bowl brownie recipe for serious chocolate lovers, baked in a skillet! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It’s the weekend, it’s all grey skies and cool breezes outside, and I literally can’t think of anything that seems more appropriate right now than a warm skillet brownie loaded with Nutella and oozing with chocolate. In an ideal world I’d be curled up under a blanket eating bites of this straight from the pan […]

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Glazed Blueberry-Vanilla Scones

May 5, 2015
Glazed Blueberry Vanilla Bean Scones - fluffy and tender scones with an amazing vanilla flavor and juicy bits of blueberry taking center stage - plus a sweet, colorful blueberry glaze! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I have this MAJOR piece of news, which is that I’m leaving for London and Greece in about a week (!!!), and that means that at this moment I’m caught somewhere between being crazy-excited for what’s coming up and freaked out about all the stuff that needs to get done before then. I kept telling […]

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Ruby Red Greyhound Spritzer with Palm Breeze {Vacation Every Day!}

May 2, 2015
Ruby Red Greyhound Spritzer - a bubblier, easier-drinking version of the classic greyhound cocktail - perfect for feeling the tropical vibes wherever you are! | www.brighteyedbaker.com #VacayEveryDay #CleverGirls

My excitement for summer is at a serious high right now. Like – YOU GUYS – beach days, summer cocktails, and sunshine allll the time? I’m stoked. And as if that weren’t enough, I now have the perfect midday drink for those warm summer afternoons. It’s fresh, it’s citrusy, and it’s practically made for poolside-sipping. (←AKA, […]

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Healthy Apricot & Coconut Date Balls {GF, Vegan}

April 30, 2015
Healthy Apricot & Coconut Date Balls - a recipe for natural-sweetened energy bites to curb those random snacking cravings. {Gluten-Free, Vegan} | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I love it when I can say that a recipe is gluten-free and vegan (with absolutely no added sugar either!) and know that I’m not serving up something boring, tasteless, and generally BLAH. Because these little guys — the fruity, coconut-flaked ones you see here — are 100% healthy and anything but boring. Think those coconut-date rolls that you […]

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Let’s Get Cookin': Spicy Loaded Guacamole

April 28, 2015
A recipe for fresh, spicy guacamole loaded with red onion, tomato, and a touch of lime juice for maximum flavor. Takes minutes to make and SO much better than store-bought! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

There are no words to explain the intensity with which I ♡ this guacamole. It’s fresh, spicy, vibrant, bursting with flavor, and – overall – KILLER good. Mind you, I’ve made 2 batches of this within the last 48 hours; if my enthusiasm wasn’t totally legit, that never would have happened. Now really, I owe this recipe to Saturday-night […]

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Cinnamon-Swirl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

April 24, 2015
Cinnamon-Swirl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread... The ultimate banana bread - moist, studded with plenty of chocolate, and swirled with a hefty dose of cinnamon-sugar. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

FRIDAYS! – They either call for a drink or chocolate-on-chocolate-on-chocolate, am I right? Actually, let’s be real; they call for both. Pull out your cocktail shaker and the chocolate chips and let’s get the weekend going! Now, I assume that if you’re here you already know this much too well, but it’s worth saying anyhow: you can never have […]

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Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones

April 22, 2015
Coffee and Brown Sugar Scones | A java-inspired twist on the scone that makes it the perfect companion for your morning cuppa.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

THIS is what you call a combine-all-your-favorite-things-into-one kinda recipe. Coffee + brown sugar + scones ➝ tell me these are your favorite things too, right?! Real talk though — as much as I love scones any which way you make them (so long as they’re made well), these are without a doubt one of my favorite […]

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