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Baked Apple "Apple Crisp"

Baked Apple “Apple Crisp”

Happy Tuesday friends! Today I want to share with you all a new promotion my friends over at Apples4Ed.com are launching, Buy an Apple, Help a Student! This promotion will help schools with building new gardens, improving their libraries, updating their technology, revitalizing playgrounds, and enhancing resources for their teachers! From now until Novermber 15th, […]

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Chocolate Peppermint Brookies

Chocolate Peppermint Brookies

Yesterday I learned multiple life lessons. One- trust your gut. Two- always keep a clean kitchen and living room. Three- baked goods make a great Thank You gift. I was supposed to be galavanting around San Francisco right now trying fabulous new foods and hopefully connecting with new brands. Well, on Sunday night, my dear […]

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Greek Lamb Pita Sandwiches

Greek Lamb Pita Sandwiches

Now that the holidays are almost over, I feel that we can start on my next favorite thing to make…man food. I love cooking for groups of men, especially while they are immersed in a football game. Even though they generally inhale the items in two bites or less, they are always so appreciative of […]

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Sweet Potato and Pecan Dinner Rolls

Sweet Potato and Pecan Dinner Rolls

  A few weeks ago I was asked to review Rick Rodger’s new cookbook, The Big Book of Sides. Seeing as how he is an award winning author, I knew it would be good. With more than 450 recipes, there is really something for everyone. This book could not have come out at a better time. […]

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Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest Cupcakes

  Last week was a nightmare. I can officially say that the Plague of 2014 hit our family and hit us hard. After a few weeks of someone being so sick that they required multiple visits to the doctors, I was at my wits end.   Thankfully, my husband kindly took over sick parent duties […]

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Cranberry Mousse

Cranberry Mousse

I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is in 4 days. Apart from my turkey, I have given absolutely no thought as to what I am going to make. I have however, planned out my Black Friday shopping list. Now we just have to figure out who goes where. So as you can see, I have finally moved […]

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French Crepes with Cherry Mascarpone Filling

Beer Crêpes with Mascarpone and Cherry Compote

These delicious Beer Crepes are thin, light, and absolutely perfect. Combined with mascarpone and cherry compote, you’ll be dreaming of France! The other day, I had an impromptu visit from my friend. It is always these visits that turn out to be the most fun. On this particular day, it resulted in Beer Crepes! She […]

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Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries

Have you ever found yourself in a deep conversation with someone? You know, where you go into detail about an experience you have had, or a secret that you don’t just tell anyone. A conversation that will bind you with someone forever. A conversation that you will never forget? Well this is the cake to […]

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Strawberry Pavlova with Honey Lavender Whipped Cream

Strawberry Pavlova with Honey Lavender Whipped Cream

Last week the kids and I went strawberry picking. After, we were invited over to my mom’s house for a small luncheon with some aunts and cousins. Now let me tell you about my mom. She can throw a Hampton’s style party, with a farmer’s budget and 24 hours notice (and me cooking of course). […]

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Raspberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

Raspberry Cheesecake Swirled Brownies

I always like to have every palate covered at the dessert table. What this means is I need something for everyone. But I am in Spring mode, and fudgy chocolate brownies just seem so winter to me.   I had to find a way to incorporate the chocolate favorite, but add something springy and fresh […]

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Croissant Bread Pudding

Croissant Bread Pudding

I have been testing recipes for my Easter Day brunch all week. I will be cooking for about 45 family members, which are my harshest critics. There are a few people with aspirations of writing a cook book in the family, me being one of them. Needless to say, we are all a bit competitive, […]

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Toasted Fluffies!

Toasted Fluffies!

Banana, Peanut Butter Chips and Toasted Marshmallows. Nuff said right! Da-E-Vine-nah!!!! I saw this toasted marshmallow technique on Picky-Palate recently, and had to try it. One almost kitchen fire (parchment paper caught on fire under the broiler) and 60 minutes later we were enjoying these hot. And there was silence for about 10 minutes….that is, […]

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Lemon Brownies

Lemon Brownies

  I’ve noticed that lots of people have been tweeting about new buds on their fruit trees and slightly warmer temperatures, so I now feel comfortable offering spring time desserts. If you are still in freezing weather, make these, take a bite and close your eyes. You will immediately start seeing green grass, tulips, and […]

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Tagalong Bars

Tagalong Bars

I am not sure if I have been living in a hole these past few weeks or what, but I have not come across one girl scout selling cookies yet! To make matters worse, people are plastering pictures of their thousands of boxes that they just purchased and now consuming. Can you say jealous…ah YA! […]

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Salted Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars

Salted Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars

Last year around this time I showed you guys how to make Dulce de Leche in the oven. Well guess what? I have an even easier method!!!! Stick some condensed milk in the crock pot, cover it with water (more detailed instructions below), turn it on low, and in 8 hours you will have a […]

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Another Red Velvet Recipe...Tis the Season!

Another Red Velvet Recipe…Tis the Season!

You slowly take a dainty bite and gently feed your significant other… Once dessert is done, you both look at each other and decide it is time. You stand up and start walking to the bedroom as he swiftly follows. You both slowly and sensually crawl under the covers. You seductively look over and make […]

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Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies Sandwiches

Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies Sandwiches

Valentine’s Day has become more a  kid holiday in our house. Homemade baked goods and cute hand written Valentines. This is my way of avoiding years of guilt. Let me explain. My husband, bless his heart, always tries to buy me something with hearts or romantic. Note to self: make sure to not let him […]

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Cannolis- My Comfort Food

Cannolis- My Comfort Food

Truth be told, I already broke my New Year’s resolution diet. This morning at 7am I needed something comforting. I broke open my refrigerator and piped some leftover filling into a shell and slowly devoured it. Let me explain why I needed some comfort food. Despite my ongoing efforts to avoid the unending political debates […]

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Caramel Pecan Shortbread Bars

Caramel Pecan Shortbread Bars

This recipe is the beginning of my attempt to share with you all of the goodies that I make during the holidays. Because I come from such a large family, we only do gifts for my immediate relatives. The rest, receive a small box with homemade candies, chocolates, and cookies. Luckily for me, all of […]

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Chocolate Cake and Blogging Frustrations

Chocolate Cake and Blogging Frustrations

I find myself examining every photograph differently now. When I look at a cookbook, magazine, or internet, I look how the photographer styled the food, what they used as a background, and the way it was lit up. I bookmark styles that I really like and try to use them later in my own photographs. […]

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