Snickers Layer Cake is a candy lover’s perfect cake. Layers of chocolate, caramel and peanut butter nougat frosting combine to make an unforgettable dessert.


We really need to work on becoming a society that celebrates more than just life changing, physically demanding accomplishments.

Like I understand that marathon running is having “a moment” right now, but can we talk about how much Halloween candy I can eat without getting sick?

Or the fact that I’ve binge watched all of the best shows on Netflix? Or my impressive collection of handbags? Can’t any of that that count for SOMETHING? Not all accomplishments look like muscular calves and rock hard abs, after all.

I might be squishy, but I’ve always got chocolate in my purse and I can give you the latest on the Blake Shelton/Gwen Stefani drama. And that has to count for something in this world.

Snickers Layer Cake Photo

For the record, I am not a fan of the Blake and Gwen romance. Doesn’t anyone stop to BREATHE after a divorce?

Do we all just run around dating all willy nilly these days? For the love, people – this isn’t HIGH SCHOOL. Take a moment to get your crap together and maybe take up a new hobby. Knitting is always useful – people love scarves! Or woodworking? There’s something to be said for a hand-carved elephant sculpture. But immediately stepping out with the Hollaback girl? Maybe not the best route to emotional stability.

Speaking of my many accomplishments, let’s talk about this cake that I carefully created. It’s layers of chocolate cake with peanut butter nougat frosting, caramel, peanuts, and chocolate ganache.

Snickers Layer Cake Picture

If a Snickers bar’s fairy godmother visited and transformed it to a magical dessert, this would probably be it. And you don’t want to miss out on that, do you?

Of course not.

You can also find this Snickers Layer Cake recipe on Food Fanatic, where I am a regular contributor of all things sweet.


This Coffee Break Gift Basket makes the perfect teacher gift for the holidays!

Coffee Break Gift Basket Picture

This post is brought to you in partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts®. Partnering with brands that I love and use in my daily life is a great opportunity to share what I love with you! These partnerships help me continue to provide you with free content. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I think we can all agree that teachers are basically saints.

How do they do it?

No seriously. I am asking. How do they get up every day knowing that they face roughly eight hours of all the kids?

My son has always been blessed with really great teachers. On the rare occasion that he’s come home telling me that one of his teachers was “mean,” I’m like…”Seriously? Of course she was mean. Have you seen how mean I get? And I only have to deal with you for a few hours a day. She’s not even allowed to drink wine during school hours! What do you expect?”

Gosh. It’s like we have to tell kids every single thing about life.

IMG_4307 One thing teachers ARE allowed to have though…is coffee. And considering what they’re up against…they probably need it.

I always try to do something special for my son’s teachers before Christmas break, and a coffee gift basket is one of my favorite ways to spoil them. I try to think of a few items that they might enjoy during a much-deserved break, and include it all in a cute little basket.


Thankfully for me, Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee is available at Walmart! I am at Walmart at least once a week doing my grocery shopping, so it’s an easy and convenient and doesn’t require an extra shopping trip with my toddler. There are tons of seasonal flavors available now! I chose the White Chocolate Peppermint — it sounds so yummy and the packaging is so cute and festive.

I also included a few other “me time” goodies — all purchased at Walmart.

IMG_4318 Cute notebooks and my favorite pens for journaling…

IMG_4326 Some fuzzy, Aloe-Infused socks…


And an adorable (and large) mug.


I attached a cute tag with some twine and was left with a thoughtful, USEFUL gift that didn’t stress me out or break the bank.

Easy peasy.

If you’re interested in doing the same, you can find everything in this basket (including the basket itself) and all kinds of Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee flavors at your local Walmart. And I’ve included TWO free printable gift tags! The one you see above (CLICK HERE TO PRINT), and this one, if you prefer a more generic message (CLICK HERE TO PRINT):

2015ChristmasTag2 Show those teachers you love them!

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dunkin’ Donuts® . The opinions and text are all mine.


My darling Lucille.

Three years ago today, you came into the world. After a scare during your delivery where our heart rates kept dropping with every contraction, you arrived wide-eyed and screaming. Gosh, you looked so incredibly pissed. It was like you were looking everyone right in the face and asking, “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU JERKS???”

I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. Jon David was so quiet, so peaceful when he was born, I was afraid he wasn’t breathing. But you? You most definitely had something to say.

Your poor face was swollen. I remember looking at you and feeling like you were not who I expected. You felt like a stranger. And I actually felt a little guilty about it. But as the night wore on (it was a long night…you kept choking and gagging and fussing) and the swelling went down, I totally recognized those lips and nose. “Oh yes…” I thought. “There you are.”

The last few months have definitely been my favorite of your entire life so far. Finally, we can have conversations! I know what you’re thinking, how you feel, what you want. You love Target (“Oh mom…it makes me OH SO HAPPY”, you say) and nail polish and lipstick. You call paint brushes “Make-Up Brushes,” bless your heart. It’s evident who has been raising you. You love peanut butter and bread and absolutely ANYTHING sweet. And you are always surprising me.

When I traveled to Chicago recently, I asked what you wanted me to bring you home. “Woody from Toy Story,” you said — without missing a beat. Not Elsa…not some pink nail polish. Woody. Just when I think I have you figured out, you throw me a curve ball. I love that about you. I hope you never stop keeping me on my toes.

You love to help me cook, but just as often, you’re gathering your tools and strapping on your mini “Home Depot” apron and running outside to help dad. You still sleep with about 20 baby dolls and won’t even entertain the idea of putting a few away. You draw on yourself. A lot. A WHOLE LOT. I get so frustrated, and then your bottom lip quivers and you get that devastated look in your eyes…and I realize that there are worse things in the world than a hand, arm, and tummy covered in red and orange scribbles.

You sleep a lot. It’s funny because for the first two years of your life, you barely slept at all. We struggled with naps and bedtime — I was so exhausted and desperate and felt like it would never get better. And then finally…it did. You sleep until 8:30 most mornings and take long, 2 hour naps with no trouble. I’ve told you so many times that you can come out of your room when you wake up but instead, you insist on playing quietly until I come get you. You are always so happy in the mornings. Lots of smiles and hugs and most often you compliment me on what I’m wearing. “Mom, your shirt is cute,” or “I like that pink lipstick. So pretty, momma!”. It makes you sound so old. And it also makes me happy that you notice other people and let them know, even at such a young age.

There are so many things I want for you and want to tell you. But for now I will settle for long hugs, lazy afternoons with M&Ms and a Disney movie on the couch, and lots of walks around Target.

You complete my heart, baby girl. I love you forever.

These Cinnamon Pull Apart Muffins are simple enough for a novice, but taste like they were prepared by a professional! Gooey and fluffy, they must be tried to be believed.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Muffins

This post is brought to you in partnership with Fleischmann’s®. Partnering with brands that I love and use in my daily life is a great opportunity to share what I love with you! These partnerships help me continue to provide you with free content. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Hi. My name is Kristan and I used to be completely terrified of baking with yeast.

It’s not that I didn’t WANT to bake with yeast. I did. Quite desperately, to be honest. Light, fluffy, warm carbs…is there anything better? And the smell – bread baking has got to be the most wonderful thing in the world. The smell of bread baking makes me want to light a fire in the fireplace and start knitting a sweater or something. And thankfully, I have finally found a yeast that is a dream to work with. Fleischmann’s® Rapid Rise™ Yeast is so incredibly easy to use – I’ve never had a single issue with my dough when using it. So all those bread baking dreams? Totally a reality.

One of my family’s favorite things in the world is Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread, so I decided to switch things up and turn it into little glazed muffins. Oh. My. Gosh. Hands down one of the best things to come out of my kitchen in quite some time.


The dough was really easy to make – -no crazy ingredients or directions. You make your dough in your stand mixer…


Knead it just a little…

And after resting, cut it into 36 pieces.


I did this by cutting it into six wedges and then cutting each of those into six more.


Spray a baking pan really well with nonstick spray, then coat the dough pieces in the melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Place three pieces in each tin, cover, and let rise until double in size.

Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes…

cinnamon pull apart bread pic

And you’ve got one gorgeous breakfast bread.

Cinnamon Pull Apart Muffins


  • 3-1/4 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 packet Fleischmann's® RapidRise™ Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk (whole, 2%, 1% OR skim)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter OR margarine
  • 1 egg
  • Filling
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter OR margarine, melted
  • Glaze:
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons warm water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Combine milk, water and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture with egg. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.
  2. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and dough springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. For filling, combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
  4. Cut dough into 36 pieces. Dip each piece into the melted butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place 3 pieces in each tin of a muffin pan that has been generously sprayed with cooking spray. Combine any remaining butter and sugar and drizzle over rolls. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes .
  5. Bake in preheated 375ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until rolls are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes in pan, then remove to a serving plate.
  6. Prepare glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together glaze ingredients until smooth. Drizzle over muffins and serve.

These are absolutely perfect for cold mornings and would make a pretty amazing dessert, too. They’re impossible to mess up. Enjoy!