Courtney Pies

14 Flips | 4 Magazines | 7 Following | 17 Followers | @CourtneyPies | Courtney Pies is a mom, wife, blogger and virtual assistant and the writer behind the blog Optimistic Mommy in Cincinnati, Ohio. She stays busy with her 5 year old daughter, Riley, and her loving husband, Miles, as well as their 2 dogs, 3 cats, and fish. Her passions include reading, cooking/baking, crafting, traveling, watching TV and movies and fishing. 

Peppermint Chocolate Coffee Smoothie

Peppermint Chocolate Coffee Smoothie<p>Prep Time<p>5 mins<p>A quick and easy peppermint chocolate coffee smoothie that will keep you full and energized all …

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake Is the Best Thing Ever

If you only make one cheesecake in your life, make it this one.<p>Even if you've never set foot inside a Cheesecake Factory, you know the chain likely excels at one thing: cheesecake. Fortunately for all you cheesecake-obsessed readers, Delish dreamed up the one cheesecake recipe you should probably …

Dessert

10 insanely awesome incredible edible egg hacks

Did you know May is National Egg Month?<p>Eggs may be one of the world's most versatile foods and they are a protein powerhouse, chock full of essential vitamins and minerals.<p>Whether you like 'em poached, roasted, hard boiled, fried, or scrambled, there's always a new egg dish to try.<p>But perfecting …

Make a Dessert Pizza for Memorial Day

What’s better than pizza? Cake! Okay we’ll call it a tie. On Memorial Day you won’t have to choose what to eat first — you can have your cake and eat pizza too. Dessert pizzas are really easy to whip up, so even if you’re not a pro-baker, it’s hard to mess them up. For a healthy and colorful twist, …

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Toss Recipe

PER SERVING *<p><b>Calories</b>630Calories from Fat290<p><b>% DAILY VALUE*</b><p>Total Fat32g49%<p>Saturated Fat8g40%<p>Trans Fat<p>Cholesterol115mg38%<p>Sodium450mg19%<p>Potassium630mg18%<p>…

Delicious Grape Salad Recipe

"This is one of my favorite recipes handed down from my great aunt. It is simple to make and looks very pretty for the holidays or any type of shower …

Desert 101: S’mores Cake's in a Jar

<b>The crust:</b><p>1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs<br>• 1/2 stick butter<br>• pinch of salt<br>• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.<p>Melt butter and mix in graham crumbs and salt. Mix …

Dessert

Quick Fix: Strawberries Cream Iced Coffee

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Folgers. All opinions are 100% mine.<p>Coffee is my friend. But, sometimes I just need it right now. …

Coffee

7 Second-Breakfast Ideas Nutritionists Swear By

We all laughed at Pippin’s obsession with the seven hobbit mealtimes in <i>Lord of the Rings</i>, but the hobbit had it right when it comes to second breakfast. A new study published in <i>Pediatric Obesity</i> made a splash for finding that two breakfasts are better than none in terms of weight loss. The authors …

Nutrition

Lighten Up With This Sparkling Lemonade

Shares 133<p>The weather here this week has been absolutely perfect. I’m imagining a relaxing afternoon, with a glass of sparkling lemonade in one hand …

Your Next Brunch Needs These Cinnamon French Toast Fingers

Soft, fluffy brioche French toast rolled in cinnamon sugar and dipped in fresh raspberry and mascarpone dip. Are you salivating as much as we are right now? This easy recipe makes the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast. Or even better, just make yourself a large plate and take it back to bed with an …

Breakfast

Our Favorite Lemonade Desserts

Why drink when you can slice? These lemonade cake recipes are top-notch, guaranteed winners on your table.<p>Butter cookies and a fresh lemon spread …

Dessert

Chocolate Waffles with Cheesecake Mousse, Mixed Berries and Strawberry Sauce

<b>Ingredients</b><p>Chocolate Waffles<p>5 eggs, separated<br>• 3 cups all-purpose flour<br>• 3/4 cup cocoa powder<br>• 1/3 cup brown sugar<br>• 3 teaspoons baking powder<br>• 1½ teaspoons salt<br>• 3 cups buttermilk<br>• 3/4 teaspoon vegetable oil<br>• 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract<br>• 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips<p>Cheesecake Mousse<p>8 ounces cream cheese, …

23 Brownies That Are Almost Too Powerful

"This is too much chocolate." —said no one, ever.