Shortbread Cookie Spoons (Spookies)

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 [Read On]

Deep Dish Snickerdoodle Skillet Cookie

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 [Read On]

Superbowl Party Food Part II | The Sweet Team

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, [Read On]

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

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 [Read On]

Six Week Bran Cereal Muffins

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 [Read On]

Finnish Oven Pancakes (Pannukakku)

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 [Read On]

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

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 [Read On]

Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Kettle Corn

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 [Read On]