One Cupcake, Two Ways to Dress it Up

Novelty cakes are always great fun! Kids love them, and even adults can be coaxed to smile when they see these cute gummy worms sneaking out of chocolate ganache-like “mud.” Sometimes, you want something a little more elegant, especially when serving dessert to a group of adults. But, what about the kids? Well, with a […]

Salted Caramel Affogatos: A Recipe for Coffee Floats

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With the approach of Winter, longer nights, and cooler temps, my mind turns to warm and elegant desserts. What sounds more elegant than serving Salted Caramel Affogatos? Affogato is just a fancy word for coffee float. A traditionally Italian version would, of course, feature gelato, but regular ice cream can work just as well. The […]

Pumpkin Coffeecake with Pepitas

This Pumpkin Coffeecake with Pepitas features a dense, moist cake, topped with a sugar crumb topping dotted with salty pepitas. It promises to be a winner at your house this fall. Last winter I found canned organic pumpkin for 50 cents a can. I stocked up and thereby provided myself with dozens of cans. Dozens. We can […]

Baked Pears with Ginger Crumble

A few weeks ago Joy the Baker shared these beautiful peach cobblers. She rocks when it comes to putting beautiful things on a plate. And she always has such great ideas! Since I didn’t have peaches, and quite honestly, don’t like cooked peaches, I decided to make something different. Baked Pears! Henry’s had organic pears […]

Simply Sprinkled Sugar Cookie Cutouts

When I was first creating my 12 Days of Cookies list, I put gingerbread on the list. Not because I particularly like gingerbread, but because my kids do. If you read my other blog, you know about the beautiful Gingerbread Buffalo that resulted from that endeavor. So, I decided to just make a different kind […]

Snowball Cookies – A Must-Make for Your Cookie Plate

Snowball Cookies are a delectable concoction of butter, flour, and sugar. This no-nut version of the classic recipe is a delicious must-make for your cookie plate. A recent poll of my progeny as to their favorite holiday traditions revealed that cookies top the list. And not just any cookies, mind you. We don’t need no […]

Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies with Cassis Jam

I discovered cassis the year I lived in France. I’m not sure what turned me on to it, but it was a very common flavor there at the time. I haven’t been back in 17 years, so I don’t know how times have changed. But, in 1992, tea, jam, sodas, and candies were all commonly […]

Lemon Ginger Bars

I grew up with a lemon tree growing in the backyard. Loved that! We had a huge crop of lemons twice a year. And since I started cooking and baking at an early age, I was rather possessive of the lemon crop. I still am, come to think of it. So thankful when my dad […]