Peanut Butter Cup No Bake Mini Cheesecakes

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I’d like to observe a moment of silence for my waistline. *Silence punctuated by the sound of chewing. Munch, munch, mmmmmmm… It’s moments like these that I wonder what I’m doing to you folks: you kind, sweet people who come read my recipes, laugh with me, send me wonderful notes and leave flattering and/or hilarious…

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Bourbon and Vanilla Infused Sugar

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My friend Pamela is a good person to know. She knits the most amazing things. She sews like an angel and can sing your pants off*. *Make that sings like an angel and can sew your pants on. Really. She could probably sing while sewing on your pants and knitting you a sweater. She’s good…

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Shortbread Cookie Spoons (Spookies)

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You know how sometimes everything just comes together at the right time? Those moments where inspiration strikes at the same time that you have all the supplies to make it happen? This is one of those moments. I had just made some velvety, luscious chocolate custard and one of my friends started talking about the…

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Deep Dish Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

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Raise your hand if you, like me, love snickerdoodles beyond any other cookie on the face of the earth.  Raise your other hand if you, also like me, really don’t think snickerdoodles need to be messed with to make them wonderful.  Raise your foot (since we’re running out of hands) if you think tinkering with…

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Superbowl Party Food Part II | The Sweet Team

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This post is Part II of my three part Superbowl Party Food roundup. Be sure to check out Part I, The Savoury Team, for great hearty party food options. Ah, dessert. The sweets. The good stuff.  The reason to run on a treadmill. Or not.  And by ‘or not’ I mean run on the treadmill,…

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Nana’s Spanish Style Hot Chocolate (Hot Chocolate Pudding)

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My Mom -known around these parts as Nana- does a lot of things very well.  She remembers the name of just about everyone she’s ever met, plays a mean piano and a killer game of chess, makes stupendous lumpia, and always delivers a hug right when you need one (even if you don’t know you…

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Six Week Bran Cereal Muffins

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I got a bit of an unpleasant surprise while reading cereal box ingredient lists at the store the other day. Let me back-track for just a moment or two, though.  For years upon years upon years, drawing close to a decade and a half, I’ve been making a particular bran muffin.  More of a Bran-ish…

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Finnish Oven Pancakes (Pannukakku)

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There is a certain type of weather that requires you to fire up your oven;  To combine flour, butter, eggs, milk and various other good things and apply heat. There is something in the low temperatures or rain or snow that obliges you to create baked goods and then eat them.  Since I am a…

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Honey Gingerbread Bites and Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

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If you haven’t checked out the column that I write for the Traverse City Record-Eagle before today, this is the perfect day to start.  And if you have?  Well, get on over there.  Unless of course you have a problem with  Honey Gingerbread Bites and Spiced Pumpkin Muffins with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, romantic nattering…

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Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

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A.) It’s rainy. B.) It’s chilly. C.) My husband was on a business trip this week meaning that I parented our five boys solo. D.) My husband got in from that business trip at 1:30 a.m. this morning. E.) I’ve been canning like a maniac for weeks on end. F.) I have a hole in…

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