Blueberry Butter Tarts with Mascarpone Ice Cream

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We have a winner!  And I have my power back!  Yes.  I was without power for nearly two days.  With two stinky dogs, sixteen stinky chicks, five stinky chickens, five stinky kids and two marginally less stinky adults, our power came back none too soon.  No power translated to no pump for the well, no…

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Peanut Butter Balls

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Hi friends!  The last few weeks have been maddeningly busy.  We’ve done a lot of work on our house and property, camped, traveled, been visited, and had animal crises.  I hope I have a chance in the next couple of weeks to settle back into a regular blogging routine.  With all the fresh produce hitting…

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Jalapeno Mojito Syrup

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I need to remember that no matter how weird things get around here they can always, and probably will, get weirder.  Unfortunately, the last couple weeks have been peppered with some of life’s less pleasant moments.  One of them, I will share with you in a future post.* The other two things I’m going to…

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Foodie With Family Gorp. A.K.A. Trail mix and Scroggin

Gorp, trail mix, scroggins... It's a delicious, quick pick-me-up no matter what you call it.

I know most of us have had/heard of/eaten our weight in G.O.R.P., but when was the last time you thought about it?  Or ate it?  Or made your own?  Forget back-to-nature, let’s start a back-to-G.O.R.P. movement.  Let me enummerate the reasons why… Gorp.  Super fast to make and makes you super fast.  Or at least…

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Bananas Brûlée

Chocolate, crispy caramel and bananas.  Mmmmmmm.

I have not fallen from the face of the Earth.  I’ve had what you might refer to as an exceedingly busy week.  Homeschooling the boys, running them to various and sundry activities, major home construction projects (…aaaand what’s new there?  Not much…), cooking three meals a day for the whole family, testing recipes, etc… That’s…

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Purple Cow Smoothies

My kids are clinging impatiently to my thighs while I take this picture, 'scuse the angle.

It is simply gorgeous outside here today.  And for that reason, I will not be long winded here.  (And there was much rejoicing…)  My kids are standing on the porch, pressing their faces against the window asking me when I’ll be out.  They’re also waiting for their smoothies so I have to make like a bird…

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Cranberry Upside Down Cake

If you heeded my advice, you will now be grateful you made two...

May I talk to you for a moment about cake?  I have a love/hate thing going with cake.  When I was a kid I disliked cake.  My poor mother.  I asked for a pie every year for my birthday and my Mom has what borders on piecrust making phobia.  I was a selfish little child. After much contemplating…

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Bacon Toffee

Ain't it pretty folks?

Did you see the Maple Bacon Cake over on Thursday Night Smackdown?  Michelle, the proprietress of TNS, is a true lover of the bacon and made ample use of bacon toffee on her cake.  I’ve been meaning to make a sweet bacon dish for about a year.  A few months ago sweet bacon recipes started…

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Chocolate Truffle Tarts

Rich, decadent, pure, unapologetic chocolate ganache.  These are too good to believe.

Were you paying attention when I suggested having some of extra tart shells on hand in the Individual Grapefruit Tart post this week?  This is why I said that…    With five minutes of hands-on time I turned out these phenomenal Chocolate Truffle Tarts.  To make these you simply fill fully baked tart shells with a…

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Individual Grapefruit Tarts

I think grapefruit is just gorgeous.  Almost a shame to eat it.  Almost...

I was making my usual rounds in the food blogging world when I popped in over at the Smitten Kitchen.  She was making whole lemon tarts and I was, in a word, smitten.  I’ve always had a real thing for lemon bars, and for tarts of any kind, and combining the two?  Well, shut my…

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