Looking for something sweet for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? These brownies are not only beautifully festive, but they are also unbelievably tasty.
I have this amazing neighbor. She’s a wonderful friend, wonderful mom, and also a wonderful baker. She bakes up the most delicious treats, and we’ve managed to be lucky enough to be her guinea pigs on more than one occasion. A couple of weeks ago, she texted me asking if it was OK to send down some Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies to try. (Did she really need to ask? Heck yes! Send them down!) She wanted to know if they were good enough to send in for the teachers. We were her taste testers. Tough job, eh? Read more...(859 words, 8 images, estimated 3:26 mins reading time)
Chocolate and marshmallow is one of my favorite combinations, but I fully underestimated how delicious these cookies would be. I saw them on Pinterest, thought they were clever and fun, and then I took a bite, and fell in love.
These cookies are fudgy, and chewy, rich, and delicious. Warm, out of the oven, they are melty and gooey, like a molten lava cake. As we ate them over the next few days, they were still chewy, and decadent…and the marshmallow stays puffy and light. That was, honestly, my biggest worry. I wondered if the marshmallow would dry out and lose its bounce. Nope. Still amazingly puffy a few days out. Read more...(705 words, 9 images, estimated 2:49 mins reading time)
That’s a name that will get your attention, eh? With a name like that, they’d have to be good! My dad found this recipe, was intrigued by the name, and passed it along to me. (There are many reasons why my parents are happy we’ve moved closer to home…and though they haven’t admitted it yet, I’m pretty sure one of them is because when I bake, I now live close enough to share.) Read more...(701 words, 9 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
One of my favorite fall traditions, and one that I’ve been able to carry on with my children, is of heading to an orchard in the early days of fall, picking bushels and bushels of apples, sipping on cider, swatting away the bees (OK, I could do without that part.), and then turning said bushels and bushels of apples into delicious treats for my friends and family once we get back home. We haven’t gone apple picking yet this year, but this could be the perfect weekend to do just that. Read more...(912 words, 10 images, estimated 3:39 mins reading time)
Old, passed down recipes are the best, aren’t they? I have my fair share of fancy cookbooks, but I love looking through my old recipe cards and seeing food memories reappear right before my eyes. I have my recipe cards stored in a large photo album, because my recipe box was bursting at the seams. It makes finding that perfect recipe just a little less frustrating, and when I look through it the way it’s organized now, it’s like revisiting an old vacation photo album. I find torn pieces of paper with recipes scribbled in “I don’t have time to write it exactly” code, beautifully written recipe cards, and tattered magazine clippings. I find notes from friends and family who are no longer with us, and the beaten up corners and over-folded fold lines in cards that have been passed on from generation to generation. It’s food memory after food memory, tucked away for me to rediscover every once in a while. Read more...(902 words, 10 images, estimated 3:36 mins reading time)
I love a good challenge, and when the good people at Driscoll’s Berries asked me if I’d like to participate in their Muffin Madness promotion for the month of March, I couldn’t resist! All this month, Driscoll’s will be featuring mouth-watering berry muffin recipes on their website. You’ve heard of March Madness, right? Well, Muffin Madness is a whole lot tastier!
They have some amazing recipes on their site, but I decided to try to concoct my own variation. My all-time favorite berries are sweet, tart raspberries. My favorite muffins are those yummy pumpkin cream cheese muffins you see in, virtually, every coffee shop and cafe during the fall months. I thought a raspberry cheesecake muffin sounded like the perfect Spring variation to try. Read more...(817 words, 9 images, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
I figured we needed a breath of Spring air over here.
My goodness, it’s cold! And while it’s crazy cold here, I know that it’s even crazier colder in a lot of places. Yes, it’s winter. We get it. We aren’t complaining. Contrary to popular belief, even though we spent the past 15 years down south and this is our first real winter in a good, long while, we aren’t crouched in a corner rocking back and forth and crying for our flip-flops. No, we’re actually enjoying this winter vortex mess…well, as much as we can, I guess. Read more...(605 words, 9 images, estimated 2:25 mins reading time)
I just saw our weather report for Halloween. It’s supposed to be miserably rainy and gross. Yuck! What a bummer. I haven’t told the kids yet. I’m holding out for some sort of Halloween miracle, but the forecast looks pretty dim.
I knew I would make these cookies again soon, but I may just have to make them again for Halloween to raise the spirits of my most-likely-soon-to-be-sad Despicable Me Minion and Witch. My little trick or treaters love these cookies, and ever since the last one disappeared, they have been asking me to make more. Read more...(794 words, 8 images, estimated 3:11 mins reading time)
What do we do with a vast amount of canned pumpkin that I couldn’t resist buying? We bake!
I came across this recipe a while ago, and wanted to try it come pumpkin season. I’m so glad I did. This will be my new, go to pumpkin bread recipe! It was a huge hit with my family, and easy enough to throw together, that we can enjoy it often throughout the season. Substituting antioxidant-rich olive oil for less-healthy fats like butter and vegetable oil, and swapping out the bulk of the white flour for whole wheat, make this a better option for me and my family…and a delicious one, at that. Read more...(657 words, 8 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
If you read this blog often, you know that I do like to promote products or companies that I truly believe in. OXO is first and foremost among those companies. I’ve always been an OXO fan, my kitchen has been filled with their gadgets since day one, but as a blogger I’ve developed a deeper relationship with them through their amazing Blogger Outreach Program, and learned that they are not just about amazing kitchen gadgetry, they are also BIG on giving back. Read more...(980 words, 9 images, estimated 3:55 mins reading time)