Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes


I have the privilege of being able to make the cake for the upcoming wedding of my brother and his wonderful fiancée this summer. Besides being excited to be such a big part of their day, I’m thrilled that I’ll be occupied in making sure the cake is just-so and therefore will hopefully not be…

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Almond Joy or Mounds Cookies


By a show of hands, who out there is going to be angry with me if I post two dessert recipes in one week? Anyone? No? We’re good? Good. Because this one? Phew. This cookie recipe is the ne plus ultra of cookies. This is like a combination of a Twix bar with an Almond…

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Boston Cream Pie


Phew. I made it through birthday season! I cooked, I decorated, I celebrated, I cooked some more and I found the perfect gift for each child. Thankfully, three-fifths of the kids chose their dad’s extra wonderful specialty (extra crispy fried chicken) for dinner, but that didn’t leave me off the hook. Oh, no no no…

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Grandma Val’s Hot Fudge Sauce


First of all, you know this is going to be good; it’s hot fudge sauce. What you may not know, though, is just how good this particular hot fudge sauce is. It is, in fact, the best hot fudge sauce ever of all time Amen pass the beer nuts. This hot fudge sauce is not…

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S’Mores Brownies and Homemade Marshmallow Fluff


Hot on the heels of my Deep-Frying Trilogy (Parts I, II, and III) I bring you yet another uber-healthy offering; S’Mores Brownies. I know. I hear you. Please don’t hate me. I’m sorry. Not.* *I’m also a mature adult. Not. Sweets are a requirement on all birthdays, but I believe that big birthdays require sugarbomb…

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Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake


I’m going to apologize to anyone who is on a diet or watching their waistline or avoiding sweets right now and get it out of the way. I also tender my deepest and most sincere apologies to carrot cake and pineapple upside down cake addicts because what I’ve done? Well, it’s dangerous. Really dangerous. My…

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Bacon and Eggs Candy


I love food with a sense of humour. Something silly that makes you giggle and screams, “EAT ME!” * *Well, unless something is actually screaming “eat me” which would be more than just a little disconcerting. It just doesn’t get much cuter than these little “Bacon and Eggs” candies that I saw years ago in…

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Orange Vanilla Creamsicle No Bake Cheesecakes


My childhood tasted great. It tasted like homemade pizza, tacos, lumpia, big green salads, sourdough pretzels, Jell-o Pudding Pops (swirl was my favorite), sun tea, grilled hamburgers, Necco wafers and cookies. It tasted like summer. Raised on the grounds of the summer camp and retreat center that my father managed, summer was a blur of…

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