Peanut Butter Creme Sandwich Cookies


Let’s take a walk, my friends. A walk down memory lane. When our biggest worries included things like a spelling test or possibly getting picked last for dodge ball. When sites such as Twitter or Facebook didn’t exist. Heck, the internet wasn’t even around. When there was such a thing as appointment television. When slap [...]

Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting and Bacon Sprinkles


Most days I like to think I eat meals that are pretty healthy. Green smoothies for breakfast. A salad or veggies with dinner are a must. Red meat usually no more than once or twice a week. But today we’ll deviate just a bit. We’re going to put all that healthy eating on hold. Today [...]

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting


I’m one of those people who can easily spend an hour wandering around Target. The brightly colored home goods beg me to browse through its section. I usually shop for clothes at thrift stores but the women’s clearance rack always needs to be checked because you never know what you might find. And then there’s [...]

How To Make Muffin Tin Pancakes

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I love breakfast food. I can easily eat eggs for breakfast or dinner, and I am happy as a clam.  My kids are the same way about pancakes. They will eat them any time I take them to IHOP my husband makes them. When I read Anissa’s post, How to Make a Puff Pancake That Will Get [...]

Maple Glazed Shortbread Cookies with Bacon Sprinkles


Bacon. We all love it. Well, unless you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or just abstain from pork products of any kind due to religious beliefs. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of meat eaters enjoy consuming this salty, slightly fatty, could-potentially-be-used-as-currency food. Whether it’s smoked (bacon), unsmoked (pancetta), candied, or deep fried, we [...]

Homemade Ricotta Really is Idiot-Proof


Every food blog and magazine in the world has already talked about how easy it is to make homemade ricotta. These publications also promise that canning is quick and everybody has hand-harvested sea salt, so you know, whatever. But they say it’s foolproof. My acid test for the idea of a foolproof recipe is if I, [...]

Bread Therapy


Bread is good therapy. Three cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Two and a quarter teaspoons of yeast. Two and a quarter cups of warm milk and a tablespoon and a half of butter. Mix. Add 2-3 more cups of flour. Mix again. Then knead. Get your hands [...]

Quintuple Chocolate Pudding Pie


My husband. Great father. Smart. Funny (sorta). And a big geek. Or nerd. Whichever term you prefer.

How to Make Equal Opportunity, Low-Fat Brownies

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Mexican Black Bean Brownies. Oh yeah! I got brown, black and mexican all in that title and I got yum in the brownies. I’m equally opportunity and low-fat – like EEOC and Lean Cuisine rolled into one. That’s just how awesome I am. But these brownies are even awesomer. So awesome that if you don’t [...]

How to Make Irish Soda Bread


There are a few things about Ireland that really stand out in my memory: Hanging upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone. Irish passing “lanes” and the resulting gray hairs. Bunratty and the realization I could never drink an Irishman under the table. And of course the soda bread that we’d buy nearly every day [...]

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

Who knew comfort foods could be so good without gluten

I admit that I adore not having all the digestive issues that I had when I was shoveling gluten into my face at every single meal. However, I do miss the comforts of some of those wheat-laden meals, so you can’t imagine my excitement that I not only created a gluten-free Chicken Noodle Soup that [...]

Shamrock Shakes in December

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So we have established that my birthday falls on Christmas Eve (happens every year). And we have established that as a holiday birthday person I gravitate towards the color plaid and the flavor peppermint. There is one more unique quirk associated with my birthday – I am in love with Shamrock Shakes. It took me [...]