The other day I had a sort of pie-related meltdown. I really needed for some reason to make a pie but had too many recipes. I was dying to use as many new appliances as much as I could. So that left me with any sort of cream pie (meringue in my new KitchenAid stand mixer!) or a Mocha Silk Pie (that requires 20 minutes of my KitchenAid mixer’s use). There were too many recipes, and I was battling having to buy ingredients since I’ve just moved here and haven’t yet found a grocery store I’m comfortable in.

Ultimately, I had to make this one. The fact that it’s basically melted milk chocolate with heavy cream and marshmallows intrigued me. With whipped cream and chopped-up Heath bars? Sign me up! Plus, I got to use my new blender to chop walnuts and even whipped out my mixer twice!

I don’t even know what to say. The moment I saw Nutella, caramel, hazelnuts, and brownies in one sentence I lost the fight. If you have as little resistance as I do, I’m sorry. But they are really, really good.  The brownie itself is crispy, the center is softened with a layer of the top’s caramel brownie-mixture, and entire thing is drizzled with a lavish syrup.

This banana bread is simple, deep, and rich. Maybe I’m biased because this is one of the very first things I ever cooked all by myself, but I love it.

I’m pretty sure this recipe originates from my brother’s middle school home-ec class. Yes, really. This is the horrible thing I get to read every time I make it:

Let me preface this by saying I don’t like cooking on the stove. Besides sauces, pasta, and eggs, I leave the stove-top cooking to Joseph. I always have a hard time getting things to cook evenly. And yet I made crepes.

Trust me–if I can make crepes, you can too. I’ve been putting off attempting crepes for years. It turned out to be surprisingly easy! I had no problems knowing when to flip, and flipping them didn’t take any special skills. If you can fry an egg, you can make crepes. If you can flip an omelet, you’re overqualified.