Pineapple Upside Down Carrot Cake

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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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Homemade Hot Dog Buns

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I make my own hot dog buns. I’ve had a couple friends tell me -in the most loving way possible- that I’m off my nut for making hot dog buns. “You can get them anywhere! You’re certifiable!” Why in heaven’s name would I make hot dog buns when there are so many available to buy?…

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Ultimate Guacamole

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I adore guacamole. I eat it on tortilla chips, pretzels, in burritos, on hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, over rice, by the spoonful… Whatever is the fastest and most efficient delivery system available to get the guacamole from the bowl to my mouth is the one I’m going to choose. This is one of those foods that…

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Brown Sugar Strawberries and Cream Mini Tarts

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This is the story of a dessert that shouldn’t have turned out. It should’ve been an abject failure, but instead, it turned into a giant kitchen redemption tale and an awfully wonderful Mother’s Day treat. It started out with a beautiful recipe. One that my good friend, Krysta, posted last year. Krysta has made her…

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Bacon and Eggs Candy

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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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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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Sausage, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

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There are a lot of things I’m good at in my kitchen. Making hot breakfasts for seven people (or more if we or the boys have overnight guests) before a whole pot of seriously caffeine fortified tea isn’t one of them. I’m just not enough of a breakfast person to warrant the effort most times….

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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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Garlic Butter Soft Pretzel Bites

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I declare soft pretzels in their many forms to be my all-time favorite snack food with ZERO exceptions. Sure, there are many other delicious things with which to satisfy a snack attack, but there is nothing to compare to the pure satisfaction of biting into a chewy, salty, warm, soft pretzel. With mustard. Lots of…

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Hot TexMess

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We had ten inches of snow last night. On the twenty second-slash-twenty third of March. I vacillated between bitter and grateful. Bitter because it’s MARCH TWENTY THIRD and I have ten inches of snow when yesterday there was green and chirping and peeping and warm breezes and sunshine. I opted to park myself on grateful…

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