Apple Butter Palmiers

These 4 ingredient Apple Butter Palmiers made with puff pastry are easy breakfast pastries to whip up for a party yet elegant enough to impress.


Apple Butter Palmiers made with 4 ingredients

Happy May! I can’t believe it’s already May 2. May is my favorite month, not only because my birthday is coming up but also because I usually go on vacation this time of year. A time for me to take a week off work, get out of Pittsburgh, and explore another destination. This year I’m going on a road trip to St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Louisville. I’d love to hear your suggestions of things to do and places to eat as I’m still finalizing the itinerary.

Before I leave on vacation though, I’m going over to my parents to celebrate Mother’s Day. You may be planning brunch for Mom. I’m actually making Mom dinner with my pork wonton soup, but that doesn’t mean brunch is out of the question. I’m personally a sweet brunch girl; I’d rather have pastries and doughnuts than frittatas or a spring salad. Let’s be honest – how can you possibly choose a salad when these Apple Butter Palmiers are staring right at you? Warm, flakey bites of heaven made with puff pastry dough then stuffed with apple butter, cinnamon, and sugar. Palmiers are such an easy pastry to prepare with only 4 ingredients, yet they taste anything but simple. They start out with puff pastry dough, an ingredient I’m ok with buying because homemade puff pastry takes an entire day to make and chill before using it in a recipe. Then after slathering on some spiced apple butter and sprinkling with a generous dusting of cinnamon sugar, they are rolled up for an elegant presentation. They may not even make it to the table once you bite into one straight from the oven. One thing is for sure – Mom is going to love these.

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Buckeye Layer Cake (Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cake)

This two layer Buckeye Layer Cake, aka chocolate peanut butter fudge cake, is made with fudgy chocolate cake layers with a creamy peanut butter filling then covered in chocolate ganache. It’s the ultimate celebration cake when you reach those special milestones in life.


Buckeye Layer Cake (Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Cake)

This week marks 9 years of blogging, which is ironic because I’ve been super frustrated with it this month. My new posts are barely seen the first day then drops off the rest of the week. Social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram changed their algorithms, so nobody is seeing my content. It feels like I’m shouting into an abyss and hoping that maybe someone out there is enjoying my work, even though she or he may not ever leave a comment or like it on social media (side note – if you do like something, please let me know you saw it by liking and/or commenting). This blog is tied into who I am, so it’s hard not to take it personal. I am forever grateful for this job because my last one didn’t end so well, and I know most people would happily trade me. I remind myself why I started in the first place and my success is based more on my talent than my numbers, but sometimes my self confidence cracks, leaving me with many whys and not enough answers. I’ve accepted the fact I will never be super popular with millions of pageviews. I can live with that. Maybe I can’t give quantity, but I can give quality. I don’t take shortcuts.

Anyway, I needed to get that off of my chest. Today needs to be about celebration, not self pity. I want to thank you for reading and supporting my blog for the past 9 years. Without you coming back, I wouldn’t still be writing. This Buckeye Layer Cake is dedicated to you because I know you love chocolate and peanut butter as much as I do. At least I hope you do! I struggled to figur out what kind of anniversary cake I wanted to make. I knew I wanted chocolate, but I’ve already made a devil’s food layer cake. What other kind of chocolate cake can I make? Then it hit me – duh, peanut butter! After taking even more time on deciding on the frosting, this Buckeye Layer Cake was born. Two fudgy chocolate cake layers with a creamy peanut butter filling then covered in chocolate ganache. If that doesn’t scream celebration, then I don’t know what will.

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Spinach Parmesan Quiche

Spinach Parmesan Quiche with homemade pie crust

Make a great impression at brunch with this easy Spinach Parmesan Quiche baked in a homemade pie crust. A few weeks ago, I started a new Instagram account called @citylifeadventures because I wanted to share my travel photography. And by … [Continue reading]

Mexican Beer Cheese Dip

Mexican Beer Cheese Dip with chorizo and jalapeno

Get your fiesta started with this Mexican Beer Cheese Dip with chorizo and jalapeno. Plenty of flavor packed in every cheesy bite! How often do you eat Mexican food? In two weeks it'll be Cinco de Mayo, an excuse for Americans to consume … [Continue reading]

Fried Ice Cream Sundaes

Fried Ice Cream Sundaes with cinnamon toast crunch cereal

Don't have time to make dessert? With a few easy ingredients, these Fried Ice Cream Sundaes made with cinnamon toast crunch cereal can be ready in minutes for an impromptu ice cream sundae party. Do you ever sit there and wonder how someone … [Continue reading]

Pickled Red Onions and Hummus Bar

Pickled Red Onions and Hummus Bar

Made with only 5 ingredients, Pickled Red Onions are an easy way to pack extra flavor into your meals. Eat them straight from the jar, add them to tacos, or set up a hummus bar for snacking. Have you ever been so hungry before dinner time, you … [Continue reading]