Half Windsor Cocktail Recipe (vodka, cucumber, lime, and agave) + Tips for Throwing a Fantastic Outdoor Party | brighteyedbaker.com

Ohmygoodness. It’s been forever and a day since I’ve posted something new here and I feel very inadequate/brain-scrambled/excited about finally being back with something new. I actually have a lot of things I want to talk about, like WHY I’ve been MIA and how life can be so overwhelming, and all kinds of other random […]

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Easy Nutella Crêpes - no extra time or special equipment needed for this small-batch crêpe recipe for light, sweet crêpes. | brighteyedbaker.com

Today I wanted to share something new. (In addition to these crêpes, of course.) Meet Maggie. She’s my little sister, the girl I’ve spent half my life arguing with but couldn’t live without, occasional hand-model and video-taker for the blog, and the pickiest taste-tester I have. We fight over a million things but bond over […]

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DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey’s}

March 11, 2014
DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's} - a sweet, creamy, and chocolate-y, homemade Irish Cream Liqueur made in a blender in SECONDS. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

If there’s one thing I can get on board with spiking, it’s a sweet, silky, chocolate-y, cream I can add my to lattés in the name of lazy weekend mornings. (Or hectic Monday mornings, or whatever, because who’s really keeping track?) In other words, I’m totally on board with homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream. It takes […]

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Creamy Triple Chocolate Mocha

March 6, 2014
Creamy Triple Chocolate Mocha - a blend of three chocolate make for a dreamy coffee-house style mocha that couldn't be easier to make.

I’m thinking today’s post needs to be short and sweet, mostly because a) This was supposed to be Monday’s post, and it is now… THURSDAY, and b) I haven’t really had much thought about what I want to say, other than three types of chocolate, coffee, and cream make for a dreamy mocha. Do it. […]

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Confession #144: I can’t catch up with myself… Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

February 24, 2014
Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars - the classic PB&J sandwich in an irresistible, cookie-like, crumb bar form. | brighteyedbaker.com

Embarrassing fact #1: I literally made and photographed these PB&J Bars more than a year ago, and then somehow never got around to posting them. Embarrassing fact #2: This is so not a one-time scenario. Somewhere in the mess of  3 scribbly recipe notebooks, 2 computers full of photos, and 1 jumbled brain, I have […]

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Confession # 143: I have a banana-baking impulse…Healthy Banana Coconut Chocolate Chunk Muffins

February 17, 2014
Healthy Banana Coconut Chocolate Chunk Muffins {GF, Dairy-Free Option, No Added Sugar} - tender and chocolate-filled muffins that are naturally sweetened with roasted bananas and coconut flakes. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

There’s something about an uber-ripe batch of bananas that makes me become a banana hoarder. And if I go to the store and see a bunch covered in those tell-tale brown speckles, all plans are out the window because I’m making banana bread… or muffins, or coffeecake, or SOMETHING. What I’m not doing is passing them […]

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40+ Sweet Recipes for Valentine’s Day

February 10, 2014
40+ Sweet Recipes for Valentine's Day - a collection of pink, chocolate-y, and perfectly indulgent recipes for #valentinesday| www.brighteyedbaker.com

Although I had every intention of sharing another dessert for Valentine’s Day with you all, time got away from me and I can see now that it’s just not going to happen. The recipe will be up here sometime (hopefully sometime soon because it’s so crazy good), but for now it’ll have to wait. Instead, I realized […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction

January 31, 2014
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction - sweet, rich and tender dates stuffed with cheese and wrapped in crispy, smoky bacon with bits of caramelized brown sugar. Say hello to an easy and tasty appetizer!| www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is ironic, to say the least. Here I am, the girl who refused to eat any form of pork up until a few months ago, officially pushing the publish button on the first ever non-vegetarian recipe on the blog which includes BACON. Not only that, but it combines bacon with dates, which I now […]

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Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + Minted. Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

January 27, 2014
Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting + a $100 Minted. #giveaway! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Rose cupcakes and a Valentine’s Day Minted giveaway… I’d say Monday is off to a pretty sweet start, wouldn’t you? There’s all kinds of good stuff going on here today: perfect chocolate-chocolate chip cupcakes, an incredible strawberry cream cheese frosting that will knock your socks off, and $100 towards Valentine’s Day cards from Minted. - because […]

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Confession #142: I’m a snacker… Cranberry-Apricot Almond Butter Granola Bars

January 17, 2014
Cranberry-Apricot Almond Butter Granola Bars - Healthy and filling fruit and nuts bars with an almond-y twist.  | brighteyedbaker.com

 As much as I loooove a good sandwich, one that’s warm and toasty and packed with yummy fillings, I rarely ever have one because I’m just not a big lunch eater. My list of meal priorities goes something like: breakfast, dinner/dessert (actually dessert might come before dinner), and then… lunch. At best, lunch for me […]

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